Love Love Love

I love my wife, my kiddo, our dog, and most of all...MY LIFE! I couldn't ask for anything more than what I already have. I get to spend time with those that love me, while doing the things that I love!!!

7.29.2009

{Not So} Wordless Wednesday

Just because I can - Happy Hump Day :-)


She was not pleased at having to take pictures that day


Thankfully she got over it


I thought this was too funny to NOT post. Maybe its inappropriate. Maybe not. This is her "poop" face. I love it. Poor thing.


And this is my new favorite picture. You have seen it before. But I had to post it again.

7.24.2009

If all the raindrops were lemon drops and gum drops...

Oh what a rain that would be!!!!

This was formerly titled, "I love being a mom."

Lorelli is such an awesome little kid. Seriously she is. She cracks me up every single day. Friday night as it was getting near her bedtime (actually an hour after her bedtime - but near the time I was going to MAKE her go to bed) she said, "I just wand to take a nap down here on the couch for a little while." I let her. She was wanting some mommy snuggle time so I went and snuggled her.

Friday, she fell asleep in the bathroom because she was sooo tired. And no, she did not fall asleep on the toilet. That would have been sooo funny. But then I would have had to worry that she would fall in while sleeping. The fact the she fell asleep like this made it possible for me to just turn the light off and let her sleep. For an hour and a half.

Saturday, she and I went on a breakfast date to Golden Corral (a buffet place if you are not familiar with the name). She offered to share her biscuit with me, "Here Momma, I will give you half." I had to look at her and make sure she was still three. Where did she learn to "give half?" How does she even know what half is? And when did she get to be so sweet. (And don't worry. I did not blow my eating healthy routine. I just had to budget around the 800 calories I had for breakfast.)

Sunday morning she asked me (AT 5 A.M.) if she could get up and watch a movie. To which I, of course, replied...."UHHHH - NO WAY!!! Go back to bed and go to sleep. It's still sleepy time." She then told me that she was done sleeping. Thankfully she went back to bed and slept until 8. But, she was done sleeping. Uh huh. I'll keep that in mind. As you snore logs in your little bed.

And then, this morning. She has on a cute little polo dress that has stripes of many colors. Similar to Joseph's coat of many colors, but not quite. I told her to go get her dark pink shoes that would match one of the stripes in her dress. She says that she wants to wear her black flipflops because "this part right here is black." (Actually that part right there is navy blue.) So we argued. And W-H-I-N-E-D. And complained. And finally put on the dark pink shoes that mommy told her to put on.

7.23.2009

Keep it moving...nothing to see






I thought these might brighten your day like they did mine. :-)I had to get that super sad negative whiny post off of the top. This one should (hopefully) be a little better.

I don't really feel like typing a lot. I think I am going to go lay down with my kiddo and get in some snuggle time.

But first, I just want you to know that I have not weighed myself in a week or so. I try to stay off the scale so that I do not discourage myself when I do not see the number on my scale changing. But today, I definitely saw a new number. I will even tell you that number. That number is 231. I know that to most of you that is a huge number. But, to me, that is a number that is significantly less than what it was 5 weeks ago when I started this venture. Five weeks ago the scale showed me a number that I was definitely unhappy with. The old number was 242. I am quite shocked, actually. I have been a bit discouraged lately, I will not lie. I have not wanted to do my workouts. And I love my workout. I just have been in a rut, I think. Lorelli told me tonight, "mommy you have to do your exercise because you like to be all sweaty." No, dear. I do not like to get all sweaty. I just know that getting sweaty burns more calories because it means I am working a little harder. My little 3 year old has been my motivational speaker lately. :P I have been tempted like you would not believe (by my own self) to eat horribly this last week and a half, but I have been steadfast in my decision to watch what I eat and how MUCH of "what" I eat. It is a new thing for me, still, this counting and recording calories, but it is also rewarding.

Next, I want to tell you again about some of new blogs. I have mentiioned them to you before, but, they have really helped me alnog my journey lately. BikiniBy30 is a great blog because you can tell she is a normal every day person who is really just struggling with the same battle that I am. She wants to be heathier. She wants to finally fit into that bikini. And she is awesome enough to share her journey. Of course, you should also know that I am sort of doing some moonlighting over on LBD Diaries, also. Nan has been such an awesome person to get to know. She is so encouraging and truly a great new friend. She has taken excerpts from the emails that she and I exchange daily on a regular basis and posted them as blog entries from me. If you would like to read them, then head on over there and take in some spectacular women's journey back into their Little Black (or Red as the case may be) Dress. Another site I want to tell you about is an incredibly smart woman named Tommie. She operates the Awesome to be Rawsome website. She has always been a vegetarian, but even as a vegetarian she was heavier than she wanted to be. She had thyroid problems. And she decided to do a trial as a RAW VEGAN. While I admit it is not something we all should/would want to try, it is an interesting read. And Tommie is very straightforward and honest about her journey.

As a parting gift, I will leave you with some pictures of my kiddo. She has been extraordinarily funny lately.

There was toad-ily an amphibian in the kiddy pool


Hanging out at the park on a B-E-A-UTIFUL Monday afternoon


This is the bite of food my daughter had in her mouth for TWENTY TWO MINUTES!!!!



Just being silly after spending the morning swimming



P.S. - If you are still here after the pictures and the blog plugging - can you throw a few good wishes my way. We still have not closed on the house. We need to be out of here by July 31. And while you are at it, can you throw a few good wishes in my general direction. I am coming up very quickly upon a pretty rough week in the timeline of my life.

7.18.2009

Heartache

So, I know that I am normally an upbeat and happy go lucky person. But I had my heart smashed a couple times this week. By people close to me.

First, my mother forgot my birthday. Completely forgot that Monday, July 13, was my 29th birthday.She sprang me from her very loins on that day, 29 years prior. The hottest day of that year, the 13th day of temperatures over a hundred degrees. And she failed to call me and tell me that she was glad that this particular day had come about again and that she and I were still here to marvel in it together. FAIL!

My boyfriend has left me alone all week. Sure, he has been in the house. He has slept the nights with me. He has kissed me goodbye in the morning. But I haven't felt his heart was in it. He has a lot on his mind about the house, the loan, moving, etc. I get this, but it hurts to feel like a roommate. I have felt like a roomate before and it is a horrible feeling.

Thursday, a coworker, a friend, snapped on me when she overreacted to something I said. She sometimes gets sensitive like that. And she sometimes gets into a negative frame of mind. When that happens, I just don't worry about it, I put on my headphones and let her be by herself for the rst of the day. But things were different this time. It didn't blow over this time. I went into work on Friday and as soon as I walked in, she started attacking me (verbally only). She said mean and horrible things to me in the office. Then, she left for the day because she said she wasn't feeling well. And, as childish as it is, it sounds even more when I say it or write it, but she and a friend of hers basically blew up one of my internet pages and said mean and horrible things about me and to me. I just don't understand ppl, sometimes. But, as I have said several times, "its going to take a lot more energy for someone to be ugly to me than it will for me to to go on living my life as normal." I am just truly pained that, after all this, she would tell me that I am a user and I don't take people's feelings under consideration.

And then, on top of everything else, I had asked Rob if I could get some quality time last night? Especially since its been a tough week. But, he did not call, text, or come home till 1:30 this morning. I was so hurt. I could have really used his comforting last night.

Ok. Sorry to bring the mood down. But I had to get that all off of my chest.

7.16.2009

4 Coconut Cream Pie


So, I am trying to get my baking business off the ground once we move. I made this INCREDIBLY delicious and beautiful pie for my boss's birthday. I have been taking some of my creations to work so that I can get my work out there and have a small customer base. The people at Fry's already know that I make decadent desserts and that I love to cook and bake. All I have to do now is get that first customer and I will get going. :-)

This was a tiny bit labor intensive, but it was soooo worth it. There is coconut in every single part of the pie, from the crust to the whipped cream. This recipe is adapted from a recipe that Foodista had on her blog a while back. This pie was raved about by everyone that came anywhere near it. It is also not something I would suggest eating on a regular basis as it is "a wee bit" heavy.

4 COCONUT CREAM PIE

For The Coconut Pastry Cream
2 cups milk
2 cups sweetened shredded coconut
1 1/2 tsp high quality vanilla extract
2 large eggs
1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons sugar


For the Piecrust
1 1 package coconut bar cookies
1/4 cup cold unsalted butter, cut into small pieces
1/4 cup shredded coconut
2 teaspoons sugar
1-5 tablespoons of cold water

For the Cream
2 cups heavy cream, chilled
1/2 cup creme de coconut (often found on the Mexican aisle)
1/4 cup sugar
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract


For Garnish

2 ounces unsweetened "chip" or large-shred coconut (about 11/2 cups) or sweetened shredded coconut


Instructions :

1. To make piecrust, begin by putting 1/2 package of coconut cookies, coconut, butter, and sugar into food processor and blending until well combined and crumbly. If mixture does not seem to be wet enough add water 1 tablespoon at a time. Then remove mixture and press into pie plate. Crimp edges with fingers for design or leave with no design. Cover with foil. Put in 400 degree preheated oven. Cook for 10-12 minutes to dry and form. Remove foil from pie crust and cook additional 3-5 minutes to crisp.



2. To make the pastry cream, combine the milk, coconut, and vanilla extract in a medium saucepan. Place the saucepan over medium-high heat and stir occasionally until the mixture almost comes to a boil.

3. In a bowl, whisk together the eggs, sugar, and flour until well combined. Temper the eggs (to keep them from scrambling) by slowly pouring a small amount of the scalded milk into the egg mixture while whisking. Then add the warmed egg mixture to the saucepan of milk and coconut. Whisk over medium-high heat until the pastry cream thickens and begins to bubble. Keep whisking until the mixture is very thick, 4 to 5 minutes more. Remove the saucepan from the heat. Add the butter and whisk until it melts. Transfer the pastry cream to a bowl and place it over a bowl of ice water. Stir occasionally until it is cool. Place a piece of plastic wrap directly on the surface of the pastry cream to prevent a crust from forming and refrigerate until completely cold. The pastry cream will thicken as it cools.


4. When the pastry cream is cold, fill the prebaked pie shell with it, smoothing the surface. In an electric mixer with the whisk, whip the heavy cream, coconut cream, sugar and vanilla on medium speed. Gradually increase the speed to high and whip to peaks that are firm enough to hold their shape. Fill a pastry bag fitted with a star tip with the whipped cream and pipe it all over the surface of the pie, or just use a spoon and scoop onto pie.

5. For the garnish, preheat the oven to 350°F. Spread the coconut chips on a baking sheet and toast in the oven, watching carefully and stirring once or twice, since coconut burns easily, until lightly browned, 7 to 8 minutes.


6. Enjoy!!!!

7.15.2009

I like you so much better.....

WHEN YOU'RE NAKED!!!! I just love that song by Ida Marie and I had to incorporate that into my blog today. :-) It cracks me up and gets in my head and stays there. For looooong periods of time. But for right now, I am okay with that. And it is kinda my theme song right now. The other line in the chorus is "I like me so much better when you're naked!!"

So, I had a good birthday. My friends all texted me and IMed me and FBed (?!?!?!) me to tell me HAPPY BIRTHDAY! Some of them sang to me. I got a cake and cards and balloons from my coworkers. Unfortunately, my mother messed it all up because she actually FORGOT MY BIRTHDAY!!! I have had the same birthday for 29 years. She sprang me from her loins. She should remember my birthday. I called her after I had been 29 for 12+ hours and told her she FAILED because she had not yet called me to tell me happy birthday. Then she had the nerve to tell me that she didn't realize it was the 13th and that it was my birthday. WHAT?!?!? Are you EFFING kidding me? DOUBLE FAIL! But its okay. She is my mother and I will forgive her. Someday. But I will hold a grudge. Thats what I do. Thankfully, my friend Nini came over and hung out with me in the evening .We had daiquiris and fajitas and girl time and it was G-R-E-A-T!!! We don't get to hang out that often anymore because she lives a half hour away and has a 1 year old and works weekends. But we enjoyed our time.


And pretty soon we will only like 10-15 minutes from each other. Hopefully, we will be closing next week on the house. Did I show you guys a picture? I don't remember. Well, if you already saw the pictures - then look elsewhere. If not, check it out. I, of course will have more pictures once we get back in the house. WIth our own keys. And one of the first things that will HAVE to change is the red paint and the red carpet that is allllll over the main level. I don't know if the previous owners really liked red or if they got some kind of discount because it is such an incredible color or WHAT!!!!



I tried a totally different workout last night. And, while it wasn't as intense nor high impact as the Biggest Winner Workout I have been doing by Jillian Michaels, it still had me sweating buckets and I still can feel it in my muscles today. The workout routine I did last night was Jillian Michaels 30 Day Shred - Level 1. Its a good mix of different exercises. There is much less yelling than the workout I am used to. I am thinking about combining the two. I want to do the 30 day Shred in the morning and then the Biggest Winner workout in the evening. I feel like I would get bored doing JUST the 30 day shred since it is the same exercises every day. At least with the Biggest Winner workouts there are several DVDs to go with, 5 of them, actually. I have only done three of them. But I think I am almost to the point of adding in the other two. The MAXIMIZE dvds. That will give me 5 different workouts during the week. Two that focus on the frontside, two for the backside, and then the cardio kickbox. I am really getting into this. I really want to get this done. And the more I do, it seems the more energy and desire I have to do it.

Having support from all of you makes it fun, too. I know that it probably feels like I won't shut up about what I am (and am not) eating, what I am doing, and how much I am losing. But this is the first time I have ever truly DECIDED that it was time. I have changed up my eating before. I have done some mild exercising before. But I have never tried to change my lifestyle. That is why I am so happy that I have found BikiniBy30 and LBDDiaries. This article was the thing that spoke to me and gave me that final push to get off my behind and get moving. It is all about how Monday is the best day to start a routine. And since I read it on a Monday, I just went out there and did it. With all the tools that there are out there, I really feel as if this time is FOR REAL!! It has now officially been one month that I have been making these changes in my life. I downloaded an app on my phone to help me keep track of the calories I am taking in and the calories that I am burning with my exercise. This is to help with my own accountability. I was using a website that did basically the same thing. I wanted something more immediate. And this DietOrganizer just might be it. If I had an iPhone I would so download the LoseIt! app. But, alas, I don't. I just want all of you to know that I appreciate your encouragement and praise and well wishes. You are really helping me push my through this. :-)

And now...back to work. Lunch is over. I have recorded it in my little DietOrganizer. 1 cup of watermelon. 3 chicken tenders. 1 16oz bottle of Pomegranate Wildberry White Tea. A total of 236 calories. And you know what? I am full. Not stuffed. But full. I feel good.

7.14.2009

I Heart Faces Sports In Action



Over at I Heart Faces they host a weekly photo contest. You know I love sharing photos of my wee little one. (Not so little anymore, actually). Head on over to I Heart Faces to see everyone else's entries.

This week's category is Sports in Action. My little baby is learning to swim on her own. She has just figured out how to turn herself in circles with her hands and feet and she thinks it is the coolest thing. I wasn't sure if this would qualify as a SPORTS in action shot, but I sure hope so.

7.13.2009

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 week I did not have such a bad sunburn that I had to wear my swimsuit until Wednesday instead of a regular bra. I am not so fair skinned that I burn that badly even with SPF 50 sunscreen. And when I started to peel, I did not make my daughter scrub my back for me in the shower so that she could scratch it for me and get all the nasty peely skin off of me.

I did not walk out of the house and have to go back in numerous times this week because I forgot my car key. I am not that scatter brained. I would not pick up the car key only to set it down and then frantically look for it when I couldn't find it. And I definitely would NOT have found it in the bathroom at least one of those times.

I did not get so extremely mad at my boyfriend on Wednesday for not calling his sister to come over and bring her nephew to play with Lorelli so that she could cut the watermelon that I purchased on Saturday that I did not talk to him for two days. That is silly. I would never let my hormones affect my attitude so much that I would refuse to carry on casual conversation with the man I love.

I did not start counting my caloric intake on the day that I had 1453 calories for breakfast. I did not freak out at this number. I did not then proceed to tweet about it or email a friend about it. I would definitely keep that information to myself.

I did not discover that my arms are starting to get a bit of definition from my workouts and make my boyfriend feel my little muscle. And if I had done that I would not have emailed a friend about it. Nor would I have tweeted about it. I would not share silly news like that with the world. :รพ

I did not get another sunburn this past Saturday on top of last week's sunburn after putting double the sunscreen on that I had on last week. I did not, this time, sunburn the top of my legs and my whole back, thus making it incredibly difficult to sleep comfortably lately.

And lastly, I did not start the countdown to my birthday over a week ago. Today is most definitely not my birthday. And I was NOT so excited to find out that I share my birthday with MckMama herself. That is not so cool. I am not as excited about this tidbit of info as I was when I found out that Patrick Stewart shared my birthday.

7.10.2009

Hot Fun In The Summertime

Hello there!!! Have you missed me? I have not done a real post in quite some time. Not since Lorelli came home. Sorry guys. Please forgive me. I have been sorta kinda busy (not really). I have been playing with Lorelli. And reading new blogs. And making new bloggy friends. And working. And getting ready to pack and move into the house. I have not started packing, per se. But I am getting ready to do just that. But mostly, I have just been dealing with my crazy body and my crazy kid.

And I have worked and called and written to get everything taken care of so that I can start school again in December. I am going to go back and get my nursing degree. Finally. I will definitely be there a while...but I have decided it IS time. I can not continue to make half of my previous salary for the rest of my life. And besides, I want to go back to school. I miss learning. I miss school. And I am tired of not fulfilling my dreams.

So...you all who have been with me for a while know that I have been working out. I have been trying to eat healthier. And I have been trying to build a smaller, healthier ME! I am happy to report that I have lost 7 pounds. WOOWOO!!!! Scream it from the mountaintops. AND... AND on top of that.....my favorite shorts are a tad bit more loose on me. Or is it my imagination? I don't care. Mind over matter, right? If I say it is, so it is!!! AND ON TOP OF THAT....I am starting to see/feel a little bit of definiton in my upper arms. I can feel a little hard spot where a muscle is trying to break through. :-) I am excited. I even made Rob feel my little muscle. To which he laughed at. But whatever. I am proud of me and that is all that matters. I am eating healthier. Lots and lots more fresh vegetables and fruits. I am back to drinking a ton of water. I only take water to work with me and that is what I drink. I usually try to drink at least 3 water bottles of water at work which equates to 6 glasses of water. And, surprise surprise, just like the experts say, I am not as hungry if I drink a glass of water shortly before I go eat. Therefore, I am not eating as much at each meal. I have also been watching my calorie intake. HOLY MOLY!!! I did not really think that I was making ALL THAT poor of decisions in my diet...but guess what, I was. OHMYGOODNESS!!!!! But I am starting to get the hang of it and now that I know what my caloric intake should be for the day, I kind of budget it throughout the day. OR, if I plan on having something a little heavier during the day, I can plan to work a little harder and longer in my workout to negate the thing that I am planning on eating. This is so exciting for me. I am genuinely interested in what is going on in my body. I am truly determined to make this happen.

You have to go check out a couple new blogs I have added to my blogroll on the side. One site that has really intrigued me and that I am in love with is LBD DIARIES just because of the story behind it. Two ladies started the website to chronicle their journey into their Little Black Dress from being overweight. The site is now run by only one of the ladies, but she has such character and determination that she has inspired me. I am now a featured blogger on her site, occasionally, telling my own story about my journey into my LRD (Little Red Dress). Head on over and check out the site. Another blog that I have found is Bikini By 30. This blog is all about exactly what it sounds like it is about. She is a 29 year old woman (AHEM, like I will be tomorrow) who is working hard to get fit by her 30th birthday so that she can wear a bikini. And while I think that the bikini is really just the reward at the end of all her work, she is really working to be healthiera and stronger, also. The first time I found her blog she had written that The Earth Tells Us What To Eat. The article talks about how certain foods look like certain parts of our body and that is actually what parts of our body that particular foods work for. It is an amazing article.

Lorelli and I have been swimming the past two Saturdays and we have both had so much fun. Of course, me being who I am I have gotten double sunburns. This is last week's sunburn :
Needless to say, it hurt like the dickens. And before you ask, yes I did wear sunscreen. I am just THAT fair skinned. Well, by Thursday it had started peeling as all really awesome sunburns do. So, Saturday when we went swimming I got burned again, even after putting double sunscreen on. Thankfully, it is not quite as bad this time. Except where I had fresh skin from the previous sunburn peeled areas. Those little places sting so bad. :-(

Well, I guess that is all she wrote. I am gonna get off here and get to bed. I have to work tomorrow. And then I am having a few friends over for dinner and drinks at the house for my birthday. I can't wait. Have a wonderful week!!!

7.08.2009

NOT Wordless Wednesday

Well, Wordless Wednesdays may be going by the wayside. As TheSpitefulChef pointed out, how are you to know the whos, whats, and hows. Hmmmm.....So, I have updated to include captions.
Lorelli in a store in Mexico - looking overwhelmed at the selection of snackies in front of her

Self portrait - with daddy

Me and My chicks - Tina and Toby - from the mini vaca to Texas in May


Lorelli with Rob's nieces at Easter (wearing a dress that he picked out - I was so proud of him)

7.06.2009

Not Me! Monday




Welcome to Not Me! Monday. This is where we tell all the things that, of course, we never would have done last week. Here is what MckMama, the creator of Not Me! Monday says, " Not Me! Monday was born out of my desire to admit some of my imperfections and reveal a few moments I'd rather forget. You may find it therapeutic to join in and do the same thing!"

I did not spend the majority of last week at work surfing blogs and "meeting" new people. When at work, I work. When there is no work to be done, I find work to be done. I would never waste entire days reading about other people's lives.

There is no way that I let my child watch a movie and eat a hamburger and pringles for dinner. In the living room. On the couch. While I went and showered and laid down. I do not let my child watch that much tv. And I always prepare her a well balanced dinner that we sit down at the table together and eat.

I am not sunburned to high heavens. I am not so fair skinned that even with SPF 50 sunscreen on that I got sunburned so badly that I am still today wearing my swimsuit, instead of a true bra, under my clothes. And all this after not spending only 3 hours out in the sun.

I was not so bored yesterday that I agreed to watch a movie with my boyfriend only to find out that the movie he chose was Role Models. Which I did not laugh through the entire movie.

And, of course, my obligatory laundry disclaimer, I did not allow the laundry to accumulate once again this weekend. I, of course, took care of it on Friday when I was off for the 3 day weekend. I would never let the laundry go because I do it every day. I always make sure that all of the laundry is always clean for my family. (Those are definitely not links to the fact that I DO NOT let my laundry pile up EVERY WEEK!!!)


And if you believe that I didn't do the things above that I say I didn't do....then stick around. This should be interesting. But, if you know that I could just be participating in NMM, then head on over to MckMama's site and check out the things my friends are totally not doing. :-)