Sunday, July 19, 2009

Shredding it up!

Well, I've started Shredding. What is "Shredding" you may ask? Well, I'll tell you. It is an INTENSE 20 minute workout by Jillian Michael's. She's the chick from The Biggest Loser. I am really aching and sore. I haven't seen any "progress" yet, but that's because it is only day 4! haha! Let me tell you, every day a new muscle aches! It is very hard, And I've been pushing myself through it. Even though I lose my breath and get tired, I just slow down and catch my breath for 5 seconds then pick back up. The point is no stopping for 20 minutes!

It's 20 minutes of 2 minute "circuits". Cardio, abs, back, legs, arms. doing Cardio in between each 2 minute muscle workout. And each two minute circuit consists of four 30-second workouts. This is why I like it. You just do what you can in the 30 seconds. If I can only do 10 crunches in 30 seconds, that's okay! The point is to do it for that amount a time, not xxx amount of reps xxx amount of times. I hate counting! So Starting tomorrow, I will weigh myself (I did not weigh myself before I started last week) and if I can find my soft tape measure, take down my measurements. I POSSIBLY will share my weight.. not so much the measurements. I mean really, I'm not trying to embarrass myself. HAHA!

I need to watch what I eat also. Cut back on junk. I've been drinking these frozen coffee things I make with my Magic Bullet... gonna have to cut them out a bit. Or use a less fattening sweetener (right now, its a Chocolate Eclair flavored Creamer!) My problem is that if it is in the house, I have no will power. But I can rationalize myself out of buying it. If it is already bought, well, I can't just throw it away, that's throwing away money! We don't have a treadmill, or even anywhere to put one if we did have one. Otherwise I'd walk on that all the time. I'm more likely to walk/jog on the treadmill at home than go for a walk outside or at a gym. I don't know why. I guess I just like my privacy!

So, I don't want it to be about dieting, but just about eating healthier. Fruits instead of cookies. I'm really not a big chip eater, other than tortilla chips. and I eat those with home-made guacamole. And, they are organic, so that counts for something right? The problem is I get sooo addicted to them! I could eat a half a bag easily if I let myself. I think I need to start eating at the table as well. Just to make a habit out of it, ya know? Instead of eating in front of the t.v. We'll see how my plan goes. Maybe I'll make a "meal plan" for the week and see how that works out for me.

I've been doing my workout around 10ish, because by then Bella is down for a nap. So I have JUST ENOUGH time to do it. She's usually awake by the end. Then I can drink a bunch of water to re-hydrate, and feed her oatmeal to her at 11. Monday will be a challenge, because we have a play date at the park at 1030. This means I have to be showered and dressed by 10. I will take Bela's Oatmeal with us, and fee her there so we don't mess up her schedule. but that means I will have to shred SUPER early in the morning. I know if I don't do it in the morning, I probably won't do it at all. I just have to GET UP. Probably at like 7. That's gonna suck. We'll see how it goes.

Thursday, July 16, 2009

Summer time.. and the livin's easy...

Well, that's what the song says, but it's not always true. No, my life is not a hard one. Yes, I've been through some tough times, but the end result, where I am at now, is all worth it.

It is hard for me, to be home all the time. Not that taking care of Bella is hard at all, she is pretty easy for the most part, but it can be draining. Sure I can go out. Going out with her is becoming easier and easier, it's just that I don't want to really go anywhere that I might spend money. And I hate to crash at a family member's house every day. I know they would not mind, but at the same time, I know they will get sick of us! So I usually stay home. Not to mention, I have a hard time getting the motivation to get up and go. I can sit and sit, but I don't have any energy these days. i know I'm lacking in my diet, and I need to take a multi-vitamin or something. I just don't. I don't know why. Because I forget, because I am worried about what I can take while nursing, there are various reasons, none of them a good enough one to be just sitting here NOT taking vitamins.

Anyways, right now I'm supposed to be cleaning the kitchen, but alas, here I am, blogging away about nothing in particular.

Bella has been sitting up amazingly well. She can even lean over the the side and front for toys and not fall over. Sometimes she leans too far though and *faceplant* LOL but I just sit her back up and we start all over again. No progress in the crawling department yet. She's still on her tummy, can turn in circles and roll all over the place though, so she has no problem getting to where she wants to be! No teeth yet either, I don't even see any "buds", but I know she is feeling those teeth grow! It is worse at night, last night i had to give her orajel AND tylenol just to get her to go back to sleep. She kept trying to go to sleep but just couldn't. Poor baby was just so tired though! So was mommy! During the day she is okay, she is awake and alert and able to chomp on things. Occasionally a dab of orajel is all she needs.

Well, thats about all for now, I AM going to get the kitchen cleaned up today! and possibly even go swimming. =)

Wednesday, July 8, 2009


Who doesn't love free stuff?! Here's a list of some freebies you may want to take advantage of! I know I'm late with the Arby's for today, but hey, better late than never!

Free stuff every Wednesday:

July 8th - FREE Orange Cream Swirl shake with any sandwich purchase

July 15th - FREE Regular Roast Beef with any soft drink purchase

July 29th - FREE FruiTea with any sandwich purchase

August 5th - FREE Regular Roast Beef with any soft drink purchase

August 12th - FREE Roast Chicken Club with any soft drink purchase

August 19th - FREE FruiTea with any sandwich purchase

August 26th - FREE Regular Beef ‘n Cheddar with any soft drink purchase

Be sure to call your local Arby's to make sure they are participating. The one closest to my house is not, but the one in town is.


Now, through August 3, get a McDonald’s on Mondays from 7am - 7pm for a free 8 oz. hot or 7 oz. iced mocha. Call to make sure your McDonald's is participating. Limit one per person.


Check here often for free samples! Most of the time, you also get a fairly good coupon with the item!

Also be sure to check the websites of your favorite restaurants and sign up for newsletters and birthday clubs. Most will send you coupons for free meals/drinks/treats!

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Happy Fourth Of July!


I hope everyone had a wonderful weekend! We had a great time up at the camp! We left Friday mid-morning and got up there around 5pm. It was a long drive, but Bella was pretty good! This was the first time we took a long trip without bottles. It worked out pretty well, and in the end it was sooooo much easier than having to take milk and keep it cold and/or frozen. No bottles to keep clean or take up space. I know I packed WAY too much, but hey, I'd rather have to much than not enough. Packing for the trip to my parents' house in August will be fun for sure!
Camping out is great!

Anyway, we got in and set up our tent! We all camped outside Friday night! Kevin's parent's and the girls (our nieces) stayed inside the camp, but Missy, Bryan, Christopher and us all camped out. It got cold, but we did okay, and Bella stayed pretty warm. We put the Pack N Play inside the tent, and I brought warm jammies, a warm sleep sack, PLUS a fleece swaddle. Overkill? Maybe. But it was only in the 50s at night! Turns out I forgot the fleece swaddle, in fact, I forgot a swaddle completely! Bella has NEVER slept without a swaddle unless she is in her car seat, or she falls asleep nursing. I was soo nervous about it! We sat around the fire for a while, and eventually she fell asleep on me. I put her to bed in the tent and she did okay. She did wake up once, and I gave her binky back, and she went back to sleep. Then, she woke up again to eat, and her little cheeks were cold, so I brought her to bed on the air mattress with us. It was cramped, but it worked out. It was only for a couple hours anyways.
The firepit!

I loved waking up Saturday morning and just stepping outside and feeling the sunlight and smelling the fire. It was just great! Scott, Sara and Grant got there on Saturday, and they also set up a tent. It is always great to see them, since we don't see them often. Aunt Sandra also came up, along with a few other people. We cooked out over the fire - hot dogs, sausages, deer meat, corn and had a ton of other sides! We played corn hole and really just sat around outside and chatted. Bella was a doll, as usual!
My Beautiful Nieces!

Saturday night was a bit colder, so we pulled an extension cord from the garage and hooked up a small heater in our tent. We could have put Bella inside, but I wanted to camp outside, and I knew she would want to eat in the middle of the night. With no bottles, she had to be where I was! Our tent was super toasty, so we didn't have to worry about being cold at all! At some point Lizzy got a hold of some corn cobs during the day.. we found out when she puked all over Kevin's side of the air mattress! Fun times! At least it was on Kevin's side! HAHA! Sunday we just hung out in the morning. Took down the tents and everyone left except Kevin, Bella and I; and Kevin's parents. We took a ride into town, went to the mall and I got Bella a super cute jumper at Sears for only $3.99! I LOVE clearance! I also found a super cute purse that would have been perfect as a diaper bag, but even on clearance it was $35 and I just couldn't find a good reason to buy it. Ah well! I got an upset stomach on the way there, and for the rest of the day I really felt crappy. I don't know what it was, but I just felt nauseous. We ate at Bob Evans, and I felt a little bit better, but once we started going again, I got sick to my stomach, and also had a bad headache. It wasn't until we got back to the camp and I was out of the car for a while that I started to feel better.Celebrating her first 4th of July!

We slept inside Sunday night. It just made sense and we didn't want to have to fold up a tent and all that Monday morning. All in all it was a beautiful weekend and I am sooo glad we went up there! Bella loved being outside and sitting in the grass. Kevin just loves being up there, and I just love to sit around the fire roasting marshmallows! Next year will be soo much fun with her running around!

Thursday, July 2, 2009

Happy 4th everyone!

Bella really loves the oatmeal! She enjoys every last drop!

We are heading out to the camp tomorrow morning. As I sit here and type this, there are about a hundred other things that need to be done. Laundry, ours and Bella's. Dishes. Packing. Loading up the car. Sweep, dust, vacuum, mop, put away the ribs Kevin made for lunch. Yet, Here I am, blogging about what I SHOULD be doing. Pretty standard if you ask me.

So I am excited to go, but also nervous about how it will work out, with Bella and in the tent and whatnot. maybe we will bring the monitor, and Bella can sleep inside with everyone, and we can camp outside, just Kevin and I. Hey, that sounds like a great idea. At least for one night. Scratch that, just found out other childrens will be sleeping in our tent as well. Ah Well, so much for romantic night in the tent. At least we can sit next to the campfire together and make S'mores.
After the oatmeal! Getting all cleaned up!

Anyways, there will be no internet, and and almost no cell signal. Occasionally you can get cell service if you stand next to a certain tree with one leg in the air and tilt your head to the side. Oh, and which tree you stand next to can change at any moment, including when you are on the phone already. Fun times.

Family events always make me spastic. I don't know why though. I guess I just anticipate EVERYTHING that could happen and I get all worked up. Like, will Bella be cranky, will there be drama, will I be able to stay calm when I am tired and cranky and everyone irritates me, will I be able to not snap at Kevin when he's not helping me with Bella because he's relaxing and drinking and no longer paying attention. Yes, all these things will happen this weekend. My goal is to just stay relaxed and just let everything go.

So, wanna hear something funny? I know you do. So I was typing the stuff up above, and suddenly I heard a noise. The same noise that woke me up at 6:30am this morning. Lizzy. Puking. On the carpet. Right next to the recliner I'm sitting in. Effing Super. So the past 30 minutes I have spend cleaning the carpet. This wasn't the easy-to clean up, light colored stuff. This was the "I've-been-digging-and-eating-dirt-and-rocks-all-day" stuff. I cleaned up what I could with paper towels and oxy-clean but it just wasn't coming out. So out came the Bissel. I'm SO happy Kevin got it for me for Christmas. And so I cleaned the carpet, plus two other areas that she puked on earlier today while I was out and Kevin was home. Those weren't as dark. But yeah, funny stuff, huh?

Anyways. I just flipped the laundry. Folded/hung up what was in the dryer, put the wet stuff in the dryer and put in the last load of our clothes. Next comes Bella's, which is easy because it's just one load. And pretty much everything getting washed will get packed. She is asleep now. Poor baby was out running all over own with me today. She didn't get a good morning nap, so she's napping now. I SHOULD be doing everything I can to pack, but really, there isn't much I can do until the laundry is all done. I can't pack the car until I have the suitcases packed. I already put Gabby's crate and situated everything for the pooches. Put the pop in, and I guess I could go put the beer cases in there too. But I'll have to wait and figure out how it all is going to fit. Hopefully it all will.On the rare occasion I turn the T.V. on, Bella very much enjoys to watch Miss Spider on Noggin.

I love my dogs, I really do, but I get so frustrated with them. It's so hard to go anywhere, because Gabby has to be crated because she gets car sick, and lizzy almost ALWAYS gets gassy and stinks up the whole car. We can't leave them because we can't afford to have someone house-sit. They can't just stay out all day with no one here, and they need to probably go out at least 3x a day. Anyways, if I didn't love them so much, I would get rid of them. But I do love them, and I would miss them if they weren't here.

So, I suppose now I will go clean up the Kitchen and figure out what all I need to pack and make a note of some things i should not forget in the morning. I hope you all have a great and safe weekend!

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Ready for another....

So, I've always wanted at least 2 kids. There is no secret there. After having Bella, I decided I wanted three, or even four! I really had such an easy pregnancy with her, that I could totally see myself continuing to have babies.. just like the Duggars! Okay, not really. Four would be my limit for sure. Anyways.. I digress. Point is, I always knew I wanted more than one. I also knew I would wait until the first is potty trained (or just about) before having the next, because I didn't want two babies in diapers.

Well, I think I'm ready now. I've not gone back on the pill, and I wont because I don't want it to mess with my breastfeeding. I'm not worried about getting pregnant, and we aren't doing anything to prevent it from happening either. We've discussed it, and we both want another one sooner than two years, if possible.

We are hoping and praying I won't have to do another IVF, or any treatments. We shall see how it goes as time goes on. First thing I really need to do is get this pesky cyst on my left side taken care of. Hopefully that will be done this fall. I think that is a major reason we had such a hard time getting pregnant.

The thought is exciting and a bit scary. But that is where we are..not really trying, but not really preventing it from happening either. Just.. if it happens it happens. God will give us a baby and lead up in the right path, whatever it might be. I just hope it means more babies at some point.