Friday, April 29, 2011

No more drive thru for this girl....

Today marks my last time going through a drive thru... okay wait just a minute - I know what you are saying... YEAH RIGHT!!! - I am a working mom and I know that I will break this rule for time to time so I will set up perimeters for my self.

1) Tim Hortons doesn't count if you are ONLY getting tea.
2) If I choose to get a salad over a burger then it is OK
3) If there are other people in the car that want to go through the drive thru and I'm in the car it is OK but I'm only allowed buying something that is healthy. (and french fries are not considered healthy)
4) If my child is screaming her head off and the only way to get her to be quiet is to get her a grill cheese with apples and a chocolate milk then it is ok.

Honestly I have a problem that every time I drive passed a McDonalds I have to talk my self out of going thru the drive thru even though I'm not hungry. My bank account will thank me and so will my waste line. Mr. McDonalds will not be thanking me but I think he is doing ok without one less customer??!!

Good bye to all of my friends in the drive thru it's been fun!

Has anyone seen my last 2 years.. I seem to have lost them??

So much has happened in the last two years that I don't even know how we were able to do all that we did. Time flew and we are now looking at a new house,

our wedding pictures,

3 grannies have left us to join there loved ones who have also passed

and little angel is now sleeping quietly in her room.

We traveled to New Zealand for 2 months and on our way home stopped in Hawaii.

We have been to Montreal a couple of times. Took a skii trip to Mont Tremblant (where I was able to cross snowboarding off my bucket list),

ran a 5 km race (another item crossed off my bucket list)

walked in a 60km Breast Cancer walk,

bought a new car

and have enjoyed countless laughs with family and friends.

What I will take away most from these past two years is that some times you need to lean on others because you can’t do it all yourself. Friends and family mean more to me then I can even explain. Having a supportive and understanding husband helps you through the tough times. Being a mom is a gift I cherish more then I can ever explain. Every time I come home and she is there yelling “Mommy, mommy” and running at me with a big hug is by far the best part of my day.

These past two years have flown by but I have some many incredible memories that I wouldn’t trade in for all of the money in the world.

Why am I not addicted yet???

I'm trying everything I can to be addicted but for some reason my mind keeps talking my body out of it. I'm talking about running.

10 weeks ago I started a Learn to Run at a local Running Room - my intensions were 2 fold. 1) I wanted a night out of the house. One night where I did not have to put the little one to bed, or worry about what my house looked like - really I wanted me time. 2) Running in a race is on my bucket list. (I'll tell you about that another time.) This would be my way to cross it off. Truth be told I really wanted to see if I could be one of those people that I envied on Saturday morning running around my neighborhood looking all healthy and fit.

I started this process with a negative out look because I hated running sports when I grew up. Here is a list of sports that I participated in as a kid. Volleyball (no running here – just jumping and falling – two things I do very well), skating (all gliding no running) and Baseball. I played competitive baseball for 13 years and I can honestly tell you there is not much running. My dad use to yell at me to take the piano off my back when I would run around the bases (he was the coach!) Now picture this – 6 foot tall 16 year old… what do you think most people asked me??? Do you play Basketball? Yell no! There is WAY too much running. I got bribed by a basketball coach one year in high school because she wanted me on the team. I wanted to be apart of the Athletic Club. She was the organizer. She said I could be a part of the club if I played on her basketball team. My job was to stand under the net and catch the ball. You may be thinking to your self easy enough. Nope there was WAY too much running. This is the ONE and only time I ever played basketball.

Fast forward to my 30’s. I decided this was my year to try new things, cross a couple of items off my bucket list and at the end of the day have fun. I always wanted to be a runner. How hard can this be?? The first couple of times I was AWESOME. It was hard but I had a goal – run a 5 km race in 10 weeks – I can do it!! At least that is what I told my legs every time they would get tired. I find running a mental sport. What I learnt is that your body can physically do it it’s just a matter of convincing your brain. My brain and I got in to a lot of fight over the last 10 weeks but I am happy to report I ran my first 5km race. Normally I would say this will be my ONE and only 5 km race, but I am way too competitive for my own good. When someone throws me a challenge I just have to do it. Thanks to the Gundry’s I’ll be running my second 5km at some point this summer.

You might just see me running around my neighborhood- You’ll know it’s me when you see a woman flailing her arm and yelling at her legs.

He huffed and he puffed and he blew our fence down..

We had the mother of all wind storms this past Thursday and we sure felt it at our house. We were lucky we still had a BBQ and deck with all the wind we were getting. When I got home Thursday night B told me he had good news and he had bad news. The good news is that we lost 2 recycling bins.... I was thinking "how is this good news?" then he proceeds to tell me we have 4 so we are still plus 2. Ok I guess that is good news. What is the bad news??? We are missing half our fence.

I've always wanted a pool in my backyard. This is the perfect situation. I have access to the pool just no maintenance.

I hope something really great blows in to your life this weekend.

Saturday, April 23, 2011

Easter Traditions.

In my house as a kid there were lots of crafts. We would make things out of toilet paper rolls and egg cartons and really anything we could get our hands on. I had a fantastic child hood and I'm lucky to have the memories that I have. My mom also use to take us to Lewiscraft in the mall and drop us off for one of there "sessions" and go shopping and come back and pick us up in an hour. We would have crafted some sort of master piece and would be so excited to share it with her. Now that I have a kid I'm really not sure who enjoyed this time more my sister and I or my mom. This was her hour of kid free time and I know how much I enjoy that little peace and quiet during my day. To be honest I'm not even sure if there are Lewiscrafts anymore but this was a very fond memory I had of growing up.

Another fun craft we use to do was at Easter time we would decorate easter eggs. I honestly loved this tradition and was so excited to share it with my family.

How we get the eggs ready - this can be done two ways. Hard boil your eggs or the hard way - poke (with a safety pin) holes on either side of the egg and blow out the insides.

This task is very time consuming so I would recommend if your kids are not old enough to sit for a long period of time to get this part ready first. (My child has a small attention span right now so this was done in advance).

I bought decorating kits from some stores to save me a bit of time figuring out how I would do this with a 20 month older.
One was a "shrink the plastic" over the egg.

The other was tip the eggs in different dies and colour with a wax crayon.

With the left over eggs we made french toast.
Here is my ingredient list.
splash of milk
vanilla extract
almond extract
Thick cut bread (texas toast is my fav)
Mix it all together and you are set.


I will say this I had WAY for fun then Lexi did but I'm super excited to keep this tradition alive in my family.

Where it all began.....

I have tried this blog thing once before with my wedding and I was diligent at writing when things were new and really when ever I had time. Then I got pregnant and my drive and energy level went down the drain. That was pretty much the end to my blogging career.
I now have friends that are AMAZING bloggers and it really got me thinking 1st - My life is really not that interesting. 2nd - I hate writing because I have horrible grammar/spelling/i just suck at this stuff!! but really what do I have to lose???

So here it goes... This blog is going to be about my struggle with weight lose. Recipes that are staples in our home. I will open up about all of the crazy things that go on in my head. (This could save my hundreds of dollars in therapy) and really anything in between. Brace your self for what could be a roller coaster of an experience.