3:04 PM

Take It Off Tuesday: Week 2

August 7, 2012

This past week started out amazing. I think I got 2 days of nothing but eating right, exercise, and proper water intake before all this weekends festivities had me crash-landing. I hoped with all the picnic and ballpark food at my disposal I was at least sweating some of this crap out in the heat. And alcohol? That just makes this that much harder. But hey, I didn't gain weight. I'll call it a win!

Weight loss this week: -2  At one point I was down almost 4 and then the weekend came and I lost my sanity.

Weight loss to date:
-32 lbs

Weight left to lose: 28 lbs

First Goal: 10 pounds

· Reward: Pedicure

Second Goal: 20 pounds

· Reward: New Pair of Bebe Jeans

Final Goal: 30 pounds

· Reward: Fall Session with Miss Sadie

Success: I didn't gain weight, that's a success right?

Set-Backs:  I helped organize and handled all of the food for almost 200 people at Kaleb's Helping Hands picnic this weekend then we headed to the ballpark for a Cincinnati Red's game on Sunday... not only was I running around like crazy but I had cheeseburgers, pretzels, beer and lots of other delicious food in my face the entire time. I feel like if I would've prepared healthy snacks and made sure I was full on those before I was tempted my weight loss would've been better this week.
Exercise: I only got 2 days of cardio in before the madness started. EPIC EXERCISE FAIL! I feel like I need to make a huge effort in this department this week.

2:36 PM

Take It Off Tuesday: Week 1

July 31, 2010

Take It Off Tuesday? Sayyyyyyyy what? So I've seen this done all over blogs over the years and it seems to me that holding myself accountable for my weight-loss via blog that I can better monitor myself, have a specific weigh-in day, and most importantly have somewhere to show off those rockin' before and after photos!

Let's just say my weight started fluctuating about 4 years ago. I lost about 20 pounds, got pregnant with Kaleb and it was all down-hill from there. Add another pregnancy in less than 2 years and my poor 20-something body resembled a deflated balloon. In the year from Kamryn's 1st birthday to now I managed to lose and keep off close to 30 pounds. For an entire year I have been stuck here...

30 pounds? That's awesome, right? Wrong. I have a short 5'3 frame and those 30 pounds are a necessary first step but not anywhere near what is healthy for me. I need at least another 30 and if I could make an even 40? I'd be rockin my high school weight people.

Inspiration? Besides looking like one hot Mama? My very best friend Char is getting married (finally!) in November, my 10 year reunion is next spring and I'm sure one day in the very near future we'll be saying I do... next fall or summerish? Yeah, I have a ton of things to keep me in line.

I'm not doing anything special diet wise- just trying to make a healthy "lifestyle" change. Nothing but lean meats, chicken, fish, fruits and veggies, yogurts, non-processed food, absolutely NO fast food and lots of water. I'm going to try work out 5-6 days a week with a mix of cardio and weight training. It all started this morning.... so far, so good...

I didn't take "offical" before and after pictures for the 30 pounds but for inspiration?

Kamryn and I- May 2011

This is Kamryn and I last week.

See what I mean? Definitely a difference, but not enough of one to make me feel healthy. Andplusalso? That middle section has to go. And let's not forget those little reward at each milestone.

Weight loss this week: It's begins now!

Weight loss to date:
-30 lbs

Weight left to lose: 30 lbs

First Goal: 10 pounds

·         Reward: Pedicure

Second Goal: 20 pounds

·         Reward: New Pair of Bebe Jeans

Final Goal: 30 pounds

·         Reward: Fall Session with Miss Sadie

Success: Let's hope it's nothing but success this week.

Set-Backs:  I have a huge Helping Hands picnic this weekend that will keep us very busy but with lots of picnic-type foods and temptations. We'll see how it goes!

Exercise: At least 5 days of cardio/ mix of strength training

Now to put it all to good use....

3:21 PM

I'm Back..............!

It's really been 16 months since my last post?

Wheeeeeeeeewwweeeee. Well I'm back.........! This was a longer-than-expected hiatus but it was absolutely necessary. We have been ridiculously busy here but things are finally slowing down and we have some big things in the works so this is the monster of all update posts.

I'm still rockin' it as a part-time in office, part-time stay at home Mama to our 2 beautiful babies. Brian attended school, graduated and landed a job he loves. Kaleb was potty trained right before his 3rd birthday and really enjoyed his first year of preschool (but that is a post in itself!). Kamryn is what B calls his "Southern Princess." She's feisty, full of fire, a sweet little diva but will wrestle her brother down in the mud any day of the week. She's turning 2 next week and the girl is ready for the potty, talks in full sentences, sings entire songs and can count to 11. Where did my babies go?

The kids are growing alarmingly fast. The best way to sum up our time away? Pictures! Here are a few of my favorites:

Us :)

They love each other, a LOT.

Kamryn's First Summer Poolside 2011

Happy 1st Birthday Olivia Kamryn!


Handsome Boy


Boy Stuff.

Big Girl!

Poolside Summer 2012

Ouch! Poor baby bug!

First Professional Polish- June 2012

Fun at the Zoo!

Feeding the goats- Summer 2012

Best Friends.

I have sooooooooo much more to come. Stay tuned!

Kaleb is 3 years, 10 months and some change.
Kamryn is just 1 week and 1 day from 2!

1:30 PM

Kaleb's Day Out

Thursday, March 31, 2011

Back in January we decided that even though Kaleb hates being seperated from his shadow sister it was important to do something fun with just him each month. In February we ordered pizza, stocked up on popcorn & ice cream and rented a few movies. We dragged his mattress into the living room and had an amazing night. The kid has an uncanny ability to keep his eyes open way past his bedtime.

This month we decided to take a trip down to the Cincinnati Museum Center. The last time B & I ventured down there I was just barely pregnant with Kaleb:

We had such a blast that we thought our little monkey would enjoy it too. The museum has a couple of different sections, including an amazing children's set up.

A gigantic tree house :) his favorite!

Climbing, Climbing, more Climbing

Yeah, B followed him everywhere. Thank God the man is in shape.

He kept clogging the tube pretending his left hand was stuck.
Not funny!

Building Blocks 

Riding the fake Metro with Mommy!

Paying for his groceries... yes that's all meat. Boys.

I'm going to show him this when he 
doesn't want to help B in the yard when he's older.

He kept saying, "Playin like George Mom!"
(as in Curious George, his favorite episode)

After hanging out in the Children's Museum all morning we decided to take a bathroom & lunch break. Can I please say how thankful I am that I didn't even have to ask B to take Kaleb? He scooped him up, headed to the bathroom for a diaper change & met me back in the lobby for lunch. Apparently our gigantic toddler exceeded the weight limit for the changer so B had to hold it up with his leg... the entire time Kaleb saying, "I going to fall Dad. Help! Help!" 

We decided to venture into the adult sections of the museum after lunch and although it wasn't as "hands on" Kaleb enjoyed it just as much.

DINOSAURS! (We hung out here forever!) 

Pretend riding on of the old street cars

My boys :) I love them.

We made a quick stop in the gift shop before we left...

... and we ended up walking away with Sid & Buck from Ice Age.
His favorite!

It was such a fun day, we'll have to do it again this year. They have so much more to see & do. We didn't even begin to get into all the different areas.

And no, he didn't fall asleep on the way home like every other child in America. What do you have to do to wear a kid out these days?

And just for kicks... I took this picture of Kamryn yesterday.

Yep, she's becoming a very green-eyed girl. Who would've guessed that?!

... More updates soon!

2:31 PM


Doesn't it just seem that way? That life is one big transition? You learn to live with your partner and get used to it, add a baby to the mix, maybe a new job, a few moves, oh what's that? Life isn't crazy enough, yes let's add just one more baby and off you go...

When we sat down in late 2010 and had the "talk" about setting goals & figuring out a plan to help build a better future for our family we knew that it would take work... so that's what we've been doing for the last 2 months I've been absent from my blog. Figuring out schedules, student forms/aide/registration, doctor visits (but thankfully for no sickies!), working, house rearranging... It's been go-go-go constantly.

Sure, I have time to myself in the evening to blog but no computer access. I'm still waiting on a decent application for my phone to blog from- but they ALL suck right now. I have time at work with the computer, but no time to sit and bang out an entry. Thankfully, we have to make a computer purchase for B to be able to do his school work (Finally a valid excuse!) so if I can hold out a little while longer... then my blog will be up and running again.

And just to keep you hanging out waiting... how about some updated pictures of the kids? And our sweet baby Kamryn is already crawling, talking up a storm, sitting up, eating food... how did that happen? And Kaleb can identify all of his letters, shapes, colors & count to 20... and still growing like a weed!

:: le sigh::

Big girl :)

Still the BEST sleeper. Ever.

Our version of a double stroller.
This only works if 1 or more of your children are part monkey.

Kaleb has started to dress himself and he has excellent style as you can see :)

More Updates to come...

Kaleb is 2 years, 5 months, 2 weeks & 3 days old.
Kamryn is 7 months, 3 weeks, 2 days old.

8:40 AM

Love & Prayers

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Kaleb climbed up the back of the chair to see his sister...

And imagine my surprise when he bent down and gave her a sweet kiss:

He is SUCH a sweet boy. I'm so glad I didn't make him get down {which was my first instinct, since I was cooking at the time} because I would've missed this incredibly sweet moment between my kids. 

I'm still in awe of how they are together. He always gets an immediate response from her whenever he is near and when he actually talks to her or kisses her or pats her back or rubs her head and says, "Good Boy Sis!" it's like her whole entire day has been made right. How can a 2 year old have such an impact on a 5 month old? 

Because God is so good.

Please take a moment and say a few prayers for these people:

All those killed in the Arizona shooting this week. I have stopped countless times to see the news covering the youngest victim of this tragedy, just 9 years old, and it makes me sob every single time. Please pray for those family & friends touched so close to home my this senseless act of violence.

 My Aunt's Aunt Connie, who always treated us more like her nieces, was taken to the ER this past weekend.  She has been diagnosed with stage 4 pancreatic cancer. Please pray for Aunt Connie & her family. She is undergoing surgery to try and remove the tumor soon so some prayers for that would be great too.

And although I heard about this tragedy a few days ago I cannot seem to stop thinking of this family and how much they need our prayers right now. Brie was a young mother of 2 girls and pregnant with a boy when she was killed the day after Christmas in a car accident. Please pray for her baby boy, Curran, who they we're able to deliver but is in critical condition. This family needs extra prayers please.

{And Side Note: Kamryn's FIRST tooth has broken the surface. Kaleb didn't get his first until about 7 months... so she's a good 2 months ahead of her brother. Maybe NOW I can get her to eat some solid food? Just maybe? }

Kaleb is 2 years, 3 months, 2 weeks & 3 days.
Kamryn is 5 months, 3 weeks & 2 days old.

9:11 PM

He's Here!

Friday, January 7, 2011

Lane Christopher 
January 7, 2011
7 lbs 12 ounces
19.5 inches long

Both Jess & Lane are doing wonderful. She delivered almost exactly 12 hours after checking into the hospital. Both Kaleb & Riley chanted, "Baby Lane! Baby Lane!" all night, so I'm guessing they are pretty excited to meet the new little man in all of our lives.

And all three of them are doing wonderful...and having a blast.

Kaleb & Riley are 2 1/4.
Kamryn & Lane are both officially outside babies: 5 months, 2 weeks & 5 days apart.