Sunday, June 27, 2010

Wasting time..

I have all day to get things done, but it doesn't nearly seem like enough time. I am currently wasting time online, while Bella eats breakfast. I know it's probably going to be the only time I can actually get online without (much) interruption today. I have lots of running around to do, but before I even leave, i need to get my morning yoga out of the way, get myself and Bella dressed, re-pack my diaperbag since it was totally disassembled yesterday, and feed the animals. No, don't worry, they won't let me forget. The rest of the day will consist of chasing Bella around, keeping her from climbing on tables, keeping her happy while we pop in and out of Walmart, Target, and Costco for returns, and then trying to get her lunch and a nap on time. While she's napping I need to workout, shower, sweep, vacuum, clean the kitchen, clean the living room, fold laundry and get packed. All in a small 3 hour window. Why the rush today? We leave for PA tomorrow, and our goal is to be on the road by 8am. Today we want to pack and load up and so all we have to do in the morning is roll out of bed, brush teeth and hop in the car. Now, you should know, this is ALWAYS the plan, whenever we go anywhere. Usually we don't actually get on the road to where we are headed until 10.. which puts us in PA late afternoon. Kevin would like to get there earlier. Not exactly sure why, but hey, I'm all for getting on the road early! =)

So.. traveling is fun! I'm excited to go somewhere, and excited to go to PA to see all of Kevin's family! It used to be very stressful for me, but I think that I'm just getting more comfortable around them. There is still a level of anxiety and stress I feel when I'm there, and I can promise you that by the time we head home in a week, Kevin and I will be snippy with each other, but we survive, and once we are home and he's back to work and we have that time apart, we'll be back to normal. =)

My little Miss Hollywood at the pool. =) 

Next bg "event" is the cookout next month. =) If you are interested in coming, leave a comment and I'll give you details. Unless you are on FB, then you probably already know about it! =D

Thursday, June 17, 2010

Getting healthy!

Well, my moms group started a weight loss challenge group. Basically a group for some of us who want to lose weight and get healthy. We post and talk to each other, track our wight weekly, chart our exercise, and once a month post our measurements (hips, waist, thighs, arms, chest). Let me tell you, the initial measuring was enough to get me motivated! There are no set guidelines, we are all doing our own thing, but doing it together, if that makes sense. Some people are going to the gym, a couple are doing weight watchers, and a few of us are just doing it at home. What's my plan? To get in shape. I'm not looking to get 6 pack abs (although that would be AWESOME!). And honestly, the numbers on the scale don't really mean much. I want to be healthier, be able to run up the stairs without being out of breath. I just want to FEEL GOOD. So, I'm being conscious of what I eat, but not restricting. If I want a piece of cheesecake, I'll have it, but I'll try to make it small, and also, only have one. I'm trying to choose healthier snacks; fruit, roasted edamame, yogurt, etc.

I've recorded a couple of yoga shows on the DVR, so I do one of those every morning, which is about 20 minutes. Then, at nap time, I've been doing Jillian Michael's 30 Day shred. I've just moved up to level 2 (go me!) thats 25 minutes of INTENSE workout! Today, I added into my routine EA Active Trainer for Wii. That was 20 minutes of medium intensity, lower impact of a great workout. I was sweating when I was done, but went on to do the shred right after. =)

I've also been going on walks (not as much as I want though) on the days that aren't super hot in the mornings =)

So, thats what I've been up to, and since I workout during nap time, it takes up my online time, and I don't have much time anymore when Bella is awake, because she is a Busy busy little girl! =)

Sunday, June 13, 2010

The many faces of Bella

The flavor of lavender

We've gotten settled into our new house, and I am finding the most wonderful plants growing! There is purple sage, rosemary, mint, spearmint, lillies, lilacs, cilantro, white and purple lavender, peonies, hostas, a butterfly bush, roses, and more! I'm excited about the herbs, and am making a goal to learn how to use them! (fresh and dried!) It is absolutely wonderful to know we have these at our fingertips, and it inspires me to want to cook more! I know what you are thinking, "This girl does not cook!", and you are right. I hate cooking. I hate the prep, I hate the mess, and I hate the cleanup! I am, however, trying to improve on that, and become more comfortable in the kitchen. I love to bake, so when I was at the Virginia Herb Festival at Sunflower Cottage, and tasted the most delicious lavender cookies,  you know I HAD to find a recipe! So this morning I went out and picked some fresh lavender, found a recipe, and made some for myself!

Here is the recipe, which was originally found here:

Lavender Cookie Recipe
Makes about 3 dozen cookies




Ingredients
2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 cup butter, softened
3/4 cup sugar
1 extra large egg, lightly beaten
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 tablespoons dried culinary lavender, chopped








Instructions
1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
2. Lightly grease a cookie sheet
3. In a large bowl, mix the butter and sugar; mix well.
4. Beat in the egg.
5. Sift together the flour and baking powder into the mixture.
6. Add the lavender; stir until thoroughly combined.
7. Drop spoonfuls of the mixture onto the baking sheet and bake for 15 minutes or until golden brown.
8. Let cool for 5 minutes then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.

Serve on a platter. Garnish the platter with lavender flowers.





Now, I had to make a few adjustments to this recipe. I used fresh Lavender, and through some internet research, I found you have to use 3 times the amount of fresh as you do for dried. So I used 3 tablespoons of fresh lavender. I pulled off all the flowers and buds and separated them from the stems. This was tedious, but I enjoyed the smell and had I now had a 17month old "helper" it would have gone faster. The second adjustment was the baking time. The recipe says 15 minutes, the first batch had browned edged and seemed dry, so the second batch went in for 13 minutes, this resulted in less browned  edges, but still dry. The last batch went in for 11 minutes, and this was the perfect cooking time (in my oven, yours may vary!) 

Thursday, June 3, 2010

Happy Memorial Day!

Enjoying the porch swing out front

Well, I'm a few days late, but I'm getting back into a routine and Bella is finally not waking up a bazillion times a night, so I'm actually semi-coherent. only semi because it's 6:45am and I've only had a couple sips of coffee, but anyhow...
She totally stole this rib off my plate, and yes, she was actually pulling meat off of it!

Memorial Day this year brought a few tears to my eyes as I read other posts on Facebook, and watch some of the stories on T.V. My daddy is retired Air Force, and thankfully made it home after every deployment. I guess it never really hit me until now, the stress it put on my mom, and the actual sacrifice my dad made for his family, and for everyone else. Now my cousin, Matt,  is in the Air Force, as well as his girlfriend, Carolina, and my brother in law, Johnny, is in the Army. Johnny just deployed to Afghanistan, Matt is going soon as well, and Carolina goes in July. I pray that they are safe and come home safe and that God watches over them. I hope that  whoever reads this will also say a quick prayer for their safety. My sister is so strong and amazing - Johnny was deployed a lot of her first pregnancy, and now she's pregnant and has a 3year old, and hes gone again. I don't know if I would be able to survive, but she does, and that's amazing..
Naptime in the hammock after swimming

Anyhow, off course. This weekend we went over to Aunt Dory and Uncle Dan's house and went swimming in the pool and cooked burgers, ribs, and hot dogs on the grill. We all had a great time, and Bella REALLY enjoyed the ribs! No pics of us in the pool because we were all in the pool.. ;) I'm glad it is summer - the weather is hot and has been kinda rainy off and on, but I love it. Rather be hot than freezing cold!
Bella & her cousin Evan playing ball

Hope you all had a wonderful weekend, and took a moment to be thankful for those who gave their lives and are out there now risking their lives to help protect ours. Whether or not you agree with the war, they are still over there, and they are still someone's mother, father, brother, sister, aunt, uncle, cousin, husband, wife, or child, and we need them all to be kept safe, because THEY believe they are doing good, and so we have to as well.

Bella and her cousin Alexander switching hats =) What a good sport he is!

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

A real update... =)


Well, we've moved and settled in (mostly) to the new house. We are really about 3 miles from our old house.  We have more room now and are really enjoying it.  The yard is huge and the dogs love it, as does Bella.. We've been busy, that's for sure. Packing, moving, unpacking.... organizing... and dealing with Bella being super sick. We got through it though, and she is on the mend. So, here are some pictures of the past couple weeks...