Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Monday, February 23, 2009

The "D" Word

Oh, it was a blissful eight months we had together, no calorie counting, no exercise schedule, no dress to squeeze into for a family event...but alas our time has come to an end and I must thrust myself back into reality! I hate saying the dreaded "D" word because it only brings judgement and disgust, let alone my own children will run away in fear because Mommy's taken away all of the "fun" foods. So here we go...wait for it...yes I'm starting back on my DIET!

I hate loathe that word, for years I would use my children as an excuse, "I just haven't been back to my old self since I had kids" or the ever popular "I'm so busy with work and family that I just don't have time for me" (yeah that second one was always a great fall back!) But last year, when we found out that Dave's brother was getting married, I didn't want to be embarrassed by my size (I'm strong enough to admit it, I was a size 20) so I decided to try to lose some pounds before the wedding. Don't get me wrong, I most likely wouldn't qualify for The Biggest Loser however, I definitely have not kept my girlish figure (if you want to call it that) since I was a blissfully unaware newlywed (size 16) and now I'm realizing that I can't give excuses anymore.

Most people who know me realize that I have never been in the size 12 and under range (except maybe when I was 10), nor will I ever be, but I most definitely do not need to be where I currently reside either. By June 2008, I had lost almost 30 lbs. and was feeling great about it! I wasn't really dieting, I was simply watching my portion control and exercising at a gym right down the street, but I was making a concerted effort. Well, the wedding came and went (which I still looked terrible in the photos once I saw them) and so did my self control. I decided to cut back on the gym (and used the excuse that I needed to save more money for the family) and then my portion control just ceased to exist. I will say that about the only thing that I have maintained is my ability to avoid fast food restaurants, which was a HUGE (pardon the pun) weakness!

However, it's now eight months post wedding and I've gained back every single pound! So, after a disappointing weekend of pants shopping, I cried to my husband that I was so angry with myself that I needed to get back in control. And so here I am, ready to tackle this demon yet again! I know that I will never be a "skinny" girl but once I had lost those 30 lbs. I knew that I could do it and maybe even lose a little bit more, but now I'm back at square one and it stinks!

This time, I have no goal (i.e.-wedding) but I know that I felt so much better when I had lost that weight and that I was my own worst enemy. So, according to my height and current weight, I am well over the normal range (would love to know who determined what this range is) and if I want to be "normal", then I need to lose approximately 50 lbs. to be average. Just thinking about this number I want to smack myself silly because I was already half way there before I had the ingenious plan to stop my routine! So, starting from scratch, just with no gym this go round (we have a treadmill in our basement that will be my new best friend until spring) and my sheer determination (that always sounds good on paper, right) to overcome my battle of bulge!

With Lent starting this week, I've chosen to give up soda which is going to be incredibly hard since I prefer that over sweets but I know I can do it. I'm starting off slowly with simply gaining my stamina on the treadmill and then I'll start adding back in cardio and some free weights that I have at home. This all sounds good in theory but I hope to be able to stick with it. I have no one to blame but myself and I want to be healthier and happier (plus it doesn't hurt to be able to clothes shop because everything's too big!)

If anyone has any tips that they're willing to share, I'd love to hear them, heaven knows I have a long road ahead of me! Wish me luck!

Happy Monday!

Menu Plan Monday


Well, it's another week of menu planning for me! I'm really happy to be keeping up with this because it truly makes shopping for groceries and keeping on our budget, so much easier. Be sure to check out I'm an Organizing Junkie ( for other great menu plans as well as great tips and tricks for organizing. So, here's my menu for this week:

Monday: Hamburgers and Mac & Cheese for the guys (Mommy's going out with friends, YEAH!)

Tuesday: Chicken Fettucini Alfredo, salad and bread

Wednesday: Fish sticks and rice for the boys (fasting for the adults, Ash Wednesday)

Thursday: Leftover Buffet

Friday: Salmon, rice and salad

Saturday: Homemade Calzones and salad

Sunday: Crockpot potroast and potatoes, green beans

What's on your menu for this week?

Happy Monday!

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Tackle it Tuesday

Tackle It Tuesday Meme

So, here's another great blog that I love to read that covers all the bases! Over at 5 Minutes for Mom, they cover the gammet of making Mommyhood fun and blogable. I've been reading posts from Tackle it Tuesday for several months now and in my attempt to be better at blogging in 2009, I decided to join in on this weekly adventure.

Now, my friends know that I'm very organized, but although I'm organized, that doesn't mean that the rest of my family shares my organizational obsession enthusiasm! So, here's my tackle for the week, our resident JUNK DRAWER!

This tiny little drawer drives me CRAZY! This before shot is actually pretty decent because I had pulled some stuff out earlier in the week but it truly is a magnet for all of the stuff that no one seems to know where it came from. It's a small drawer but I cringe every time I open it because I feel like it's mocking could this small area always get messes up. So, I decided that I was going to just do it and show the drawer who's boss! So, here's the finished product:

Although it looks simple, it had been driving me crazy and the before picture doesn't really do it justice since I had taken out quite a bit of stuff to throw out prior to the picture being taken. However, I accomplished my goal and now I have proof that it can be clean and matter what my men do to it! It's not the size of the tackle, just the follow through that counts!

Next week, I take on the upstairs!

Monday, February 16, 2009

Menu Plan Monday


Well, I'm back for another week of menu planning! Be sure to check out I'm an Organizing Junkie ( for other great menu plans as well as great tips and tricks for organizing. So, here's my menu for this week:

Monday: Soup and sandwiches

Tuesday: Veal cutlets, garlic potatoes, french green beans

Wednesday: Hot chicken salad casserole, salad & rolls

Thursday: Lasagna, salad & garlic bread

Friday: Leftover buffet

Saturday: Breakfast Dinner

Sunday: Swiss Chicken, scalloped potatoes, salad

What's on your menu for this week?

Happy Monday!

Thursday, February 12, 2009

Happy Birthday Monkey!

Dear Carter,

Happy Birthday Monkey! It's hard to believe that you're turning four years old today. I can't even put into words how much joy you bring me each and every day. It's amazing to me as each year passes how much I see myself in you. You're so determined to assert your independance whether it's dressing yourself in mis-matched clothing, or trying to compete with your older brother at a video game, you always let everyone know around you that "I can do it myself!"

The evening you were born was such an exciting time for us because we were so happy that Logan would have a little brother to teach things to. Little did we know that at this young age, you're the one who's teaching us everyday. I love your devilish smile and how you come into our room and gently tap me on the shoulder when you can't sleep at night. It makes me smile to hear you sing Christmas songs year round because it makes you "happy" and that you always kiss the top of my hand before you leave a room and call me your "princess". It's fun to hear you sing the Indiana Jones theme song 24/7 and use the toy whip to swing from the bottom of the stair railing to escape the "bad guys." I love how you still can't pronounce your "L's" (you still say Wove rather than Love) and that you feel so big when you get to say the prayer at dinner time. And I especially love our secret way to say I love you is when I say "O-H" and you reply "I-O."

I love you buddy, you'll always be my Monkey, no matter how big you may get!

Love Always,
February 2005

February 2006

February 2007

February 2008

June 2008

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Dinner conversation

I'm so glad that I've started to blog about some of the things that I hear from my boys, because I don't think people would believe me but they really do say these things. At least this would make a great stand-up bit when they're older.

Tonight at dinner, Logan was explaining to his dad one of his homework papers and it was a list of items to learn more about the child. The sentence would start and then the child has to finish the thought. Here's how the conversation went:

Dad: So, you have to answer alot of questions?

Logan: Yes, but mommy and I already answered most of them, I only have two more that I need to answer.

Dad: It looks like the next question is, "I wonder..."

Logan: I know what I wonder daddy.

Dad: What?

Logan: I wonder when I'll get my first ex-wife.

Dad (after trying to keep his composure): No Logan, you hope that you never have to deal with that.
Ok moms, just think, this guy is going to be available to all of your daughters in just 14 or so short years. He's a keeper, you just don't realize it yet. All I can say is...I've got a lot of work to do!

Conversations in the car...

This is a conversation that Carter (my almost 4 yr. old) had with my mom in her car yesterday and I couldn't help but share.

Carter: "Nana?"

Nana: "Yes Carter."

Carter: "Nana, would you take me to the 'wicker store'?"

Nana: "What?"

Carter: "Would you take me to the wicker store?"

Nana: "Buddy, I don't know what you're talking about."

Carter: "Nana, Daddy goes to the 'wicker store' but he won't take me and I want to see what's in the store."

Nana: "Oh, you mean the liquor store?"

Carter: "Yes, the wicker store, I want to see the magical store where only daddy gets to go."

Nana: "Well buddy, you'll have to talk to your daddy about that."

When my mom called me, to repeat the story, I could barely control my laughter...needless to say, this is a conversation that I wanted to remember so that I can share with Carter when he can truly appreciate it!

Monday, February 9, 2009

Not Me Monday

Welcome to Not Me! Monday! This blog carnival was created by MckMama. You can head over to her blog to read what she and everyone else have not been doing this week. This is my first time trying this and I think it's going to be a lot of fun!

I most certainly did NOT yell speak loudly at my youngest after dinner last week to quit singing the Indiana Jones theme song for the hundredth time (in the last two hours!) because mommy had a headache from the off key singing. Nevermind that I'm not tired of taking that oh-so adorable Indiana Jones costume (which I did not purchase for Christmas) off of him every five minutes when he changes his mind and wants to be a Star Wars Clone Tropper.

I would never tell my oldest son to stop crying about not feeling well because it only makes it worse and mommy needs to finish making dinner.

The following day, I did not feel like a complete failure as a mother when I took Logan to the doctor and found out that he had the beginnings of pneumonia and realized that I should have taken him in two days before. But I would never be more concerned about the deductible we had to pay up front than whether or not my child was truly not feeling well. And I never cried to my husband that I felt like the worst mother for not taking his symptoms more seriously.

Logan, my sensitive son, did not tell me that I should change my shirt because I looked fat, after walking into my bedroom while I was changing my clothes and noticed my lovely stomach (and all the strechmarks courtesy of his 9lb. 10oz. body!)

After my youngest child started feeling sick, I did not pick up a bucket and place it by his bedside (in the middle of the night) and tell him to only call me after he got sick. I also would never lay a towel down on his bed after throwing up and hitting the side of his bed, a little bit, and telling him that mommy would change his sheets in the morning because it wasn't that bad. This was not my seventh time being up with him since he went to sleep at 9:00pm and I couldn't see straight, let alone change a bed! And I would never slug gently nudge my husband in the arm after getting back in bed and telling him what an jerk insensitive husband he was for not getting up, again!

Finally, I most certainly did not almost cancel going to an ice rink gathering (put together by co-workers) on Saturday with Logan because I was too afraid to get on the ice after almost 15 years and fall on my butt! And I didn't tear up while we were there and he asked to hold my hand while we were skating.

For my first shot at this, it wasn't too hard to admit to all of this, I feel so much better now! I most certainly will not cringe if any of my friends read this and choose not associate with me anymore, LOL!

Sunday, February 8, 2009

Menu Plan Monday


Well, I'm back for the second week of menu planning! Be sure to check out I'm an Organizing Junkie ( for other great menu plans as well as great tips and tricks for organizing. So, here's my menu for this week:

Monday: Teriyaki chicken, sesame noodles & steamed veggies

Tuesday: Beef Stroganoff, garlic green beans & salad

Wednesday: Hamburgers, homemade fries & applessauce

Thursday: Leftovers

Friday: Soup & sandwiches (Homemade French Onion-adults, tomato-kids)

Saturday: Pizza for birthday celebration (Happy Birthday Carter!)

Sunday: Parmesan crusted chicken, garlic noodles, corn & rolls

What's on your menu for this week?

Happy Monday!

Saturday, February 7, 2009

Teach me

Today was an unexpected surprise for me. Logan and I decided to join some of my co-workers for an afternoon of ice skating at our local rink. I personally, wasn't looking forward to it because I haven't skated in a good 12 years and was nervous about getting out there and falling on my face.

Now, initially, I had planned on taking both boys but I ended up only taking Logan because his little brother was still sick. I completely expected Logan to be too scared to step onto the ice so we would spend most of our time watching everyone else. Much to my surprise, Logan couldn't wait to hit the ice! We were fortunate in that my boss Lauren is also an ice skating teacher and she was kind enough to take Logan out until his mommy could find her legs out on the ice. She was great with him, even though he was initially clinging to the wall and in no time he was marching like a pro!

I was so proud as he took her instructions and wasn't afraid, even after he fell a few times. I always tend to be hesitant to break out of my comfort level and I realize that sometimes that's unfair to my kids. Once we were both on the ice, holding hands, there was no place I would have rather been.

On this day, both Logan and I got to do something new, and the fact that we did it with each other, will always be something very special to me. Thanks to my son, I'm learning how to have fun in the moment!

Tuesday, February 3, 2009

What's for Dinner?

For a lot of working moms (including myself) one of the evening battles is "what's for dinner?" In today's economic crunch, I've been looking for ways to cut costs but still provide a quality meal for my family. Another challenge for me is that I don't enjoy cooking, it's always been a stressor for me. Then I attended a Dream Dinners facility last year and loved the entire premise of it; they put all the ingredients together and the customer can either go in and prepare the meals or they can pick up items that are all ready to go. It was AWESOME! Unfortunately, I'm forcing myself to menu plan and create my own made ahead meals and it's been a struggle. Then I came across a Dream Dinners cookbook a few months ago and decided to try it out.I made seven recipes from this book two weeks ago and have stocked my freezer with them. What's nice is that the book gives you quantity for either one recipe worth or three (I did three so that I had almost a months worth of meals in the freezer.) For people who have been to Dream Dinners before, keep in mind that the recipes in this book are not the same as what you purchase, so be sure to look through the book carefully. The prep time was very minimal and I found recipes for the whole family and some that just my husband and I will eat.

This is just one other step I'm taking to cut down costs yet still have a quality meal in the evening. It's just a baby step on my road to domesticity!

Happy Tuesday!

Monday, February 2, 2009

Menu Plan Monday


I love to find organizational blogs that provide tips and tricks to make life easier. I've been following I'm an Organizing Junkie ( for many months and one of the things I love is her "Menu Plan Monday." I decided this weekend that it's time for me to join in and share my meal planning. This is also a great way to learn about other dishes from all the other participants. So, here's my menu for this week:

Monday: Spaghetti, garlic bread and salad

Tuesday: Chicken Cordon Bleu, salad and garlic green beans

Wednesday: Chicken Bombay

Thursday: Easy Veal Parmesan and veggies

Friday: Breakfast dinner (the boys love this night!)

Saturday: Steaks, baked potatoes and grilled veggies

Sunday: Leftovers from the week

I hope to keep up with this weekly as it helps me prepare so that there's no complaining during the week about "what's for dinner?"

Enjoy your week!