Thursday, October 18, 2012

Full of excuses

Hey y'all! I have some really good blog posts in the works. I just have my hands full with my 2 boys, working my crazy wrap business, and trying to stick to an exercise routine. I know, I know.....I am full of excuses.

Here's a quick recap of what's going on in my world:
~Caleb went to the doctor for the 5th time in 7 weeks on Monday. We now have a double ear infection along with severe allergy issues. He's on one more round of antibiotics (if it doesn't work we go back to the ENT), he is on a nose spray and Singulair. Poor kid!

~Seth is finally over his cough/cold/congestion. Now if he would quit being such a boy and running into things, bruising his forehead, scraping his elbow, etc. (I know, this is never going to happen!)

~I am pretty sure that as of this morning I am coming down with something. I cannot stop sneezing, my eyes are itchy and watery, blah, blah, blah!

~My mom finally moved back to DFW as of yesterday! Hooray!

~I'm pretty sure we will only get to see my hubby on weekends for the rest of the year due to his work schedule. :(

~My best friend, Courtney, just joined me on this amazing It Works journey! I cannot wait to see what this business does for her and her little family!

~Another big one: We did get Seth a hair cut. I am working on a video and will get it posted as soon as I can!

I think that just about sums it up! I have lots to do today while the boys are at school. So, I better get off of this darn computer and get to it.

If you want some more reading material though go check out my BFF's new blog. Courtney is so creative and artistic. If you have kids you definitely want to check it out!

It's almost Friday! Have a great day!

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Let's Talk Tattoos-My first Link UP

Today, I am linking up with Melanie. This is my first Link UP! When I saw the topic I figured I may as well since I have a couple of tattoos.


Ok, so the ink and their stories.....
I got my first tattoo back when I was 19. It's a long crazy explanation but it goes something like this: I had been with my college boyfriend off and on. We were currently off and I was dating my hubby, J. (told you it was crazy) Anyway, the college bf had recently gotten a new tat but said he did not want me to get one. Well, since we were "off" I didn't much care what he thought. J and I went on a date to Putt-Putt and started talking about it. He said let's go do it! And so I did. It's a lower back tattoo but not low enough to be a "tramp stamp." You can't see it unless I pull my shirt up. So, it was a "I really want one" and "I'm getting back at the bf" decision. The good thing is J was there with me!

My second tattoo I got back in 2008. My brother, Amos, had recently been deployed for the first time to Iraq. I had been wanting another tattoo and decided on this one because it had meaning. It is the Japanese symbol for "family." Now, of course, other family member were supposed to get this same tat but no one ever did. And that is fine by me. I love it, know why I got it, and am glad that I did. It is on the inside of my right ankle. Amos ended up serving a total of 2 tours (Iraq & Afghanistan) and after almost 9 years in the Marine Corp finally retired!

I don't think my tattooing days are over quite yet. I know that I want at least one more, but what and where I am not sure. All I know is it will have to do with my boys. Once I decided and do it I'll be sure to post about it!

Thursday, October 11, 2012

To cut or not to cut?

My little one, Seth, has the most amazing curls. He was pretty much a bald baby and his hair didn't really start growing until around his first birthday. It has slowly turned into what most mamma's want their little girls hair to look like. Next month he will be 2. I am thinking it is time to bite the bullet and cut his hair into a true little boy cut. The back is always so curly and beautiful but the front is completely out of control most of the time. J says to do what I want. My moms say to keep it long. (My little brother, Eric, also had long curly hair until he was 2) I am so unsure of what to do. What do you think?

We have an appointment scheduled for tomorrow at 3. I guess I have until then to decide what to do!

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

My first iMovie

My brother, Amos, is my idol when it comes to creativity and computers. He knows everything about anything computer related.(biased much?) He served two tours with the Marine Corp and made some amazing videos of his time in Iraq and Afghanistan that used video, pictures and music. {You can check out his YouTube channel here} I have been wanting to learn how make videos like his since Seth was born. I finally got around to looking into it and since my computer is such a piece of crap an old dinosaur with no sound card I haven't been able to download the software. I have an iPad and thought, "I'll just try it on there." No such luck. I know you can't download software to an iPad but I figured you could at least get a similar program. I really couldn't find anything that I was looking for. (that was free) So, I came across the iMovie app and it was $4.99. I'm pretty sure that is the most I've sent on an app ever. It's been sitting there, unused for months. Last night, after uploading the short clips of video I took while at the beach this weekend I decided I was going to give iMovie a try. It took me a while to get it figured out but I think it works great! I'm hoping to get better at it as I go but here it is:

Monday, October 8, 2012

Weekend Get Away

**I apologize now for the long post but there are lots of pictures too** Our family vaction was back in July. However, we usually take vacation at the end of August or beginning of September. J usually saves up his time and uses it right before it expires. So when September was almost over we were aching for a little time away from home. Luckily, J traves A LOT! And with all of that travel comes lots of reward points so we decided to use some and go down to Houston. We lived in Houston for a couple of years and had not been back since we moved away back in February of 2011. I was so excited to get back down there-mostly to indulge in my favorite places to eat but also to take the boys to the beach. We packed up the car and left around lunch time on Friday. Thanks to our dual portable dvd players, the boys do pretty good in the car on long trips. We had really favorable traffic considering we hit Houston right at 5 o'clock. Once we got down to our hotel, relaxed a mintue and refreshed we headed out to Kemah.
Kemah is a little boardwalk town right on the water. It was beat up pretty bad by hurricane Ike back in 2009 but they rebuilt it and it is amazing. It has several restaurants, a midway, carnival rides, shops, a little play ground and a splash pad. It is very family friendly~except for the fact that smoking is allowed. (I know it is outdoors but I hate choking down someones second hand smoke and I hate it more that my kids are breathing it in)(Rant over) We enjoyed a great dinner at The Flying Dutchman complete with Ceviche, Oysters on the Half Shell, Crab Cakes and Guinness on tap. We walked around the boardwalk after dinner, watched the boats pass by, and just enjoyed the cool breeze coming in off the sea. We really wanted to take Seth on a train ride but the line was long and both of the boys were exhausted. So we went back to the hotel for baths, bottles and bed.
Saturday morning we were and ready to get going. We dressed, had a quick bite to eat and headed down to Galveston. It was a beautiful day! The temp was in the mid 80's, partly cloudy, and a nice cool breeze. We went to our favorite spot. We like to be able to drive the car right onto the beach and unload. We found this place back when we first moved to Houston and it has always been our "go to" beach. The boys had technically both been to the beach when went down to Rockport in July. But it was a man made beach so to me this was thier "first" trip to the beach. They had the most amazing time. Seth loves to be outside and he loves the water. Caleb is absolutely fearless, he just follows big brothers lead. I loved so much just being able to sit back and watch them run around and play. (I even got teary eyed looking back through the pictures this morning.)After a few hours it was time to pack up and go. Not becuase we really wanted to but because our boys were turning into cranky monsters! The rest of the day was spent relaxing in our hotel room, napping, drinking a few beers and watching some football!
After a pretty restless night of sleep we got up and packed to head home. {Let me explain restless: One kid in a pack 'n play means one in our bed. Both boys tend to turn sideways so we get very little room. Around 1:30, a rowdy bunch of 20 somethings decided to party in the hall. Yes, that was us back in the day. But now I have 2 kids and we have enough trouble sleeping through the night as it is. I very nicely stepped out and asked them to keep it down. It got quiet real quick. Well, then around 4 something a couple starts fighting in the hallway. So loudly that I can hear every word of their conversation. This is when both of my kids wake up! I call the front desk and about 20 minutes later it finally gets quiet.} So, we are all cranky and ready to get home. We can't head home until we have lunch at one of our favorite places to eat: Ninfa's. If you ever get the chance to eat here, please do. You will not be disappointed! The food is amazing and the service is outstanding. So will full bellies and tired babies we headed home. We had such an amazing weekend. Spending time down in Houston sure did make miss living there. But I know that as long as I have J and my boys I'll be happy where ever we are. Hope you all had a great weekend too! Here are a few more pics, I couldn't pick just a couple..... **

Thursday, October 4, 2012

ML Fit Camp Challenge

Do you read Mama Laughlin's blog? If not you totally should. She is hilarious, real, motivaing and inspirational. I somehow stumbled upon her blog back in February and was hooked. (aka-I love to stalk her and want to be her BFF) We do have lots in common: 2 boys, on the weight loss journey, love to hang out in our drive ways all white trash like, Red Raider fans, and I'm sure there are others...but that's not the point of this post.

The point is the Mama Laughlin Fit Camp Challenge-Do a Jillian Michaels video every day during the month of October. I bought The 30 Day Shred back in April after seeing Mamas results. I got about 4 days in and quit. So, I've accepted the challenge and I'm going to stick to it! It's no joke, that shit is hard, like I want to quit as soon as we get to cardio on Level 1, Circut 1. And the devil inside is telling me to stop and take a break but I have made myself push through. It's 20 minutes a day. 20 MINUTES. That's it! If that's all it takes then I have zero excuses not to do it. I've been able to do it consistenly this week while the boys were napping or at school. The real test is going to be the weekend. Why is it we ALWAYS slack on our diet and exercise routine on the weekend? Like it's a vacation from reality or something. It's not. And chances are you are going to pay for it when you step on the scale Monday morning. I am going to post the dreaded before and after pics as soon as I can get brave enough to let the hubby take the "before" pic. I also took down my measurements. The only pic I am posting today is one of that dirty bastard: The Scale.
Anyone else doing the challenge? If so what video did you choose? And any advice for me on doing The Shred?

The Paci and a Potty

Seth is almost 2. He has always been a BIG fan of the pacifier. About a year ago, shortly before my second son was born, I said "lets just go cold turkey and take it away." I guess I didn't realize how much I like him having the paci too. It's his comfort, kind of like his "lovie." I was worried that if little brother had a pacifier Seth would take it as his own. Lucky for me that Caleb hates the paci. My real worry was "what will people think of me when my 1 year old still uses a paci?" How selfish is that? Why do we worry about what others think? I was able to quickly get over this and move on. Now, Seth is almost 2 and still loves his paci. He has recently started chewing through them. So, I think maybe now it's time to slowly ease him off of it. I took him to Barnes and Noble last night. We were out to find a couple of "potty" books. Lucky for me I found this:

We are going to see what happens. I will not force him to give up his pacifier. It would be like someone forcing me to give up coffee or wine. That's just NOT gonna happen!

Now, on to the Potty. I've been changing diapers for almost 2 years. And really, I have probably another year until I'm done. I'm getting really anxious to get Seth potty trained. My best friend, Courtney, has been working with her 19 month old for a couple of months. While they were here visiting the pressure really hit me. (Not from anyone but myself) (and maybe my hubby) Seth knows when he's pooping. He runs and hides in a corner. And then he will usually come tell me "poo" while grabbing his bottom. I've read this is a good sign. We bought a potty a few months back but he mostly just plays with it. Our #1 reason for our bookstore trip was to find some potty books. We found a couple that were just ok. And then we struck gold:

Yes, my SON loves Dora! Yes, I was very resistant to it in the beginning. But he has learned so much from Dora. So, I let him watch it. Who cares? Judge if you must. If it makes him happy it makes me happy.
But back to the potty. I have no idea how to potty train. I've read a dozen blogs, heard my mom tell me how a few dozen times, ect. Is there really a right or wrong way to do this? I doubt it. Is he really ready? Probably not. Am I going to try any way? Heck yes! My plan is to read the books together through the weekend. (We are taking a family trip this weekend!) And come Monday we are going to dive right in.

Any advice on how to do this? Tips and tricks would be greatly appreciated.

And here are a few pics of our little adventure.