Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Craigslist Couch Crushes

I love retro items, antiques, and modern. I wonder if I can figure out how to incorporate all the different styles into my house. I've been wanting a new couch for our front room and just to show you some of the many different styles I like, here are some of my craigslist couch crushes.

Which one do you think I should pick? Or do you think I'm crazy?

Family Fun at the Farm

Paisley even liked the bounce house.

The corn maze. It was so dark, the kids didn't like it much.

The hay bail maze for the kids.

Milking the fake cow and Tucker's new funny face for the camera.

My handsome husband feeling right at home.

All of us riding the barrel train. Trent wound up holding Henry so he would stay seated, so we had the whole fam!

I've been slacking. These are from our little trip to the farm last Monday.

Monday, October 19, 2009

Fall Break

The kids were sick with colds pretty much the whole week, so we mostly hung out at home. Paisley decided to see how smashed banana would work as hair styling product. It turned out pretty nicely.

Last Thursday Trent took the 3 "big kids" to Christopher Creek for the whole day. It was such a nice break. Do you know how easy it is to take one kid places. Really easy. We went to lunch with Karen and I even got to eat sushi, something I never get to do. I also got this dresser from craigslist. Exactly what I've been wanting to use for an entry table thing. I think it will look great once I oil it up. Friday my baby sister Claire spent the day and night with us while Mom was at Pioneer Trek. The kids loved having some extra entertainment. Trent was camping. Paisley enjoyed chilling in the baby swing on our trip to the park.

On another entirely unrelated note this is my final week of the four week boot camp. I am feeling good. I have lost 5 pounds and haven't measured inches yet, but I know that my body is changing. Anyway, now that my friend Kathi's husband's work schedule has changed she is going to sign up for the next four weeks and I am going to join her! I was sort of excited to finish boot camp, but then I was getting worried about ruining the progress I've made. I think 4 more weeks will be a good thing for me, even though it's hard.

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Seen and Heard

Seen: A knot tying book on the back of our toilet and a length of rope tied around the bathroom doorknob. Oh the glamourous life of a scoutmasters wife!

During one of our many shoe hunts I said to Charlotte, "Look under your bed, look in the bathroom, look everywhere you can think,"

Charlotte: "My thinking's not coming out."

I also love to hear Henry talk about Star Wars.
"Mom, I'n Yoda mom, Tuckas Obi Won."

Monday, October 12, 2009

Paisley frowns

Yesterday we spent some time with our P* family celebrating our nephew Kade's birthday. I put on the skull outfit I made for Paisley and tried to get some pictures of her wearing it. She was fussy and wanted the camera and made the best frown I have ever seen in my life.

Paisley is usually all smiles. She is a ball of sunshine wrapped up into a chubby, rolly little package that is absolutely perfect. The other night sitting at the dinner table she was being so adorable. She loves sitting right at the table with us now in a booster seat. She was making faces and giving kisses and at that moment I couldn't imagine life going on without her in it. I felt absolutely unworthy to be her mother. I felt this all encompassing love and gratitide to be here with her. I can't describe it any better. I just felt blessed beyond belief for all my little angels and the joy and love they bring to our family.

Wednesday, October 07, 2009

She's crafty, (and she's just my type)

Yesterday Charlotte got invited last minute to a birthday party. I had some rossette's I had made practicing for the necklaces, so I whipped up a headband. I love how it turned out, so I made Charlotte model it.

Oh happy day

Today was such a gorgeous morning. Doing our warmup for boot camp it was still dark and I could see the stars poking through the clouds. The clouds were looking even more amazing as it got lighter and lighter. After coming home to everyone still in bed I hopped on the scale. I've lost 4 pounds so far and I couldn't be happier!I still can improve on what goes in my mouth, so I think I will continue to see results if I just try even harder everyday!

Our boot camp instructor Jeff is great! If you live in the valley I would totally recommend trying this boot camp. 4 weeks free with no obligation to sign up for another one! freefitcamp.comHe sends us a suggested meal plan and motivational quote each day, complete with a photo of a sexy muscley male celebrity. One thing I love, is that he always includes a low calorie fast food option. Here are the ones he's sent us so far.
2-pack Burger King Mini Burger Shots
Diet Soda of your choice

1 Baja Fresh Grilled Mahi Mahi Taco

2 Rubio's HealthMex Chicken Tacos (corn tortilla)

Sonic Jr. Burger

Wendy's Grilled Chicken Go Wrap

Quizno's Sonoma Turkey Sammie
Ask them to go lightly on the dressing - it's high in calories.
Load up on the lettuce and tomato - it's free and healthy!
If you eat there, please check out their website before your next trip.
They have a large selection of items under 500 calories.

6 piece McDonald's Chicken McNuggets - NO SAUCE
Don't order the Chicken Selects Strips
They are 400 calories and a sodium nightmare!

2 Taco Bell Fresco Menu Crunchy Tacos

Saturday, October 03, 2009

Booty camp

I made it through my first week of boot camp without crying or quitting. It's a good start. I feel good about myself just for going. I still struggle with watching my calories and portion sizes, but I am trying harder than ever before and that's got to count for something. Although the weekend has been much harder than the weekdays. I have been sore every day and today my right knee feels a little jacked up, so hopefully it will be fine with a couple days of rest. I put some old pictures of myself on the fridge to remind myself that I can be skinny and strong and to not eat so much.

Sometimes I feel like I am having an identity crisis. I am not who I used to be and I am not sure who I am. I used to be thin, strong, athletic. I used to love music and keep up with new bands. I used to be fun and laid back. I used to enjoy drawing and writing poems. I feel like those parts of me are hibernating somewhere. Being a mother is a big part of who I am now, and I am okay with that. It makes me strive to be better. I just miss some of the other parts of me too.