Friday, April 02, 2010
Make that the last 2 days were weird and yet very productive...
Yesterday we did the yard...it's never looked so good, and it's never been this easy to clean-up thanks to all the work we did last year in one section...a 2 day weed/cleanup wound up to be 3 hours! No kidding!! and the grass is cut and the preen is down...it's all good! We are ready to entertain!! Woohoo!! and that being said, while we were working in the yard yesterday, I noticed a significant change in exertion levels...what would have been an out of breath experience and sore muscles screaming at me even last year, turns out to not be the case anymore...which is honestly a very good sign, because it proved to myself that I am pretty fit, considering my lack of movement as of late! ROFL!! See - proof that all is not lost when things change up!! I know that it will go away, so I'm also happy to say that I've been increasing my nightly workout routines - AT LAST!!! WEEE!!!!
So today, I had my very first paying piano lesson...and the kid's mom never ordered the books online. Ugh!! and I left mine at home - hellooo, you had 3 weeks to order them!! So I winged it, and I think I did a pretty good job considering that I had nothing to go by. Sheesh...I'm carrying mine from now on...lesson learned. When I got home, i jumped right into studying, took a quiz, printed out the labs, printed out another quiz...so I have some stuff to do later tonight, which is more than I've done in the last 4 days!! ROFL....I need a fire lit under my dareierre sometimes, but then again, I always work better under pressure.
So I was trying to study outside, and the boys were playing basketball in the driveway, and of course, someone needed something done,and the studying ended pretty quick. So instead, I grabbed the basketball and started playing with them....it's SO cute how they all hang out and play now that they are older, which got me thinking....I NEVER take these kids out by myself...I am NOT joking (have a gaggle of kids 2 year apart and you'll know exactly what I mean)...and they have been so cooped up in the house this whole week, I started to feel bad for them, but also for myself..."Kids - get in the car!! We're going to get some easter shirts at the Navy of Old!" Their heads whipped around so fast - "what about Dad?"..."nevermind Dad, he's napping....let's GO!! I give him a shout, and if he hears, great...if not, we'll be back in 20 minutes" Off we went like a bat outta heck! Windows open, chalk on their pants, 3 complete sets of mismatched playclothes and all...music playing...to the store!! Yay!!!
I have to preface the next part here...whenever I took the babies out, they were always oogled at...each one-completely different - all oogled...very amusing to me. Well, now they are older, and I have to tout, well behaved MOST of the time, but I figured the oogling was pretty much a done thing. We have our rules as a family, no running in parking lots, hold hands, listen to mom & dad, stranger danger...yadda yadda, but having them alone is like having your head on a swivel that goes 360...and your brain on overload so noone gets lost, they stay near me and together, I find my stuff and theirs in record time in order to not lose the small window of excitement before boredom sets in...the brain processes alone could send one into a tizzy! LoL and that is basically how the trip went...and into the dressing room we go to try on my pants!!
The teenager at the desk just glances at the 3 boys holding their shirts and she just melted (teeheehee - they still ge the oogle it seems) and grins and brings me over to a room...where we all trapse into like an little army. As I order them to sit down in a row on the bench, they all look at each other and start to take off their own shirts to try the new ones on...being Mommy, I already knew they'd fit, but heck, it'll keep them occupied while I try on 2 pairs of jeans. Bam! Done 7 minutes flat!! "Let's go boys!" A world record for trying on a pair of jeans! That fit! In a smaller size! Yay!! mommy's happy - boys are happy...off like a little army we go!! As we pass and I look back to make sure they are all together with their shirts, all I see are people's heads turning and grins lighting up their faces, just like when the boys were babies. I kid you not....it was like it was from an old corny movie or something! Picture it...3 little boys all in a row, smallest to tallest, each carrying an easter shirt in his arms like a prize, right up to the cashier and each plops theirs right onto the counter and grins! I swear I almost peed my pants, it was so cute. Even I could not believe how awesome they were! And they still get an oogle out of a place!! ROFL! The cashier even said with a smile..."they all yours?" (honestly, we get that a lot for some reason, must be the boy thing and their close ages) My oldest goes "yup, we are!" and smiled his flirty smile....guess he's heard it a lot too!! LoL What a crew i have...each completely different, but as a whole, the best little bunch of guys a mommy could have - I am SO lucky!! Blessings counted for the day...1, 2, 3!!
And guess what - we were home within 20 minutes! BOOya!! ROFL!!! Mission accomplished! My hubby was sleepy eyed and "Where'd ya go?" as soon as we walked in the door too...very funny!
Sunday, March 28, 2010
With the headsets on, everything is quiet and muffled.
And then, you turn the key and it's time to get moving.
Slowly, you push in the throttle and you go faster and faster down the pavement and before you know it, the throttle is full in, the lines on the pavement get closer and closer together, the fuselage shakes all the while the noise is getting louder...and then all it takes is your hand to pull back and there it is - the quiet rush of the air as you climb higher and higher into the sky as the ground falls away into a small and wonderous world of strange familiarity that only a bird would know.
Then there you are...up in the air with someone you hang out with on a regular basis at this point in your life. Imagine the fun of getting to know someone in such an enclosed space. Literally 6 inches away is another person who has a knowledge that you are yearning to possess and while you are paying for this experience...they eventually turn into one of your best friends. Their knowledge holds both of your lives in their hands, but you are the one in command.
"Here, now put these on."
What are those hideous things?
What are they for?
"So you can't see out....just the instruments"
Huh? Why? You didn't tell me about this part,
"So what? Just put them on and close your eyes and give me the stick. It's time for some fun."
So I did as I was told. I closed my eyes with the hideous glasses on...and I held my breath and tried to pay attention in the dark.
Silence....huh? what happened to the engine? Strange forces on my back and a buffeting sound....that's a stall going on. More silence and a steep pitch down.
"Open your eyes....save us."
Gauges are going nuts - hard right rudder, yoke down and in turned to the left, throttle in...fighting the urge to do the complete opposite and to react to what your body is telling you...to trust the instruments and the skills you learned before this moment.
I can still remember it to this day....the adrenaline rush, the motion of the world around me as instincts took over, and the feeling of accomplishment of completing the task at hand.
"Good. Let's do it again"
It was one of the coolest things I had ever done in my life and on clear spring days, I can close my eyes and go right back into that small 2-seater airplane and experience those feeling all over again without ever leaving the ground. It ranks right up there with meeting my husband, getting married and giving birth to my 3 kids. Pure joy.
And then I think of this place...Spark...the people....the feeling of accomplishment when a goal is reached. It's like saving yourself from falling out of the sky...and when you save yourself, it's joy. Pure joy.
Tuesday, March 23, 2010
I swear to Pete! I was totally wigging out about school on Sunday, and got upset and everything about not understanding the material, blah blah blah....when I stopped everything, went outside in the sunshine and weeded my flower beds and raked the leaves.
OH MY GOD IT FELT SOOOOOOO good TO MOVE AROUND!!!!!!!
I didn't realize that I had become so stagnant since school started. I will admit that I felt like my butt is spreading at one point I can "b" about not finding time...yadda yadda yadda....I do have some time, it's just truncated to say the least. Ten minutes here, ten minutes there...so I've decided to use them more wisely. I'll figure it out - I'm not worried.
Foodwise, there has been some really cool stuff happening in my house. I've decided to buy fresh produce on Fridays for the whole week. My little guy and I head over there after we put the other 2 on the bus....and we stock up...we have a good time out of the house for a half hour and then back we go to prep the fruits for the week. It's normal to have pineapple always cut up in the fridge, ready to eat...and strawberries & grapes at hand. I've experimented with the older 2 with scored oranges in their lunches, and they love pealing them in school. Which brings me to school.
This month is Nutrition Month in my school disctrict - they launch a great program every year involving a 2 bite club, healthy breakfasts...new lunch menues to try on the kids. Imagine my surprise when my middle guy comes home all jazzed about trying new foods! He's my "I hate anything green" kid. Well....by mid-week, he tried broccoli and marinated chicken!! SHOCKER!!! SO happy...and all on his own! Ok, not totally, but you know what I mean. The kids actually are having more input into their lunches too...which is fun for me. I accidentally put one of my Kashi bars in the oldest bag for snack....he liked it and requested it for snack, so they I put one in the middle guys bag, his report back was "it was good, and I even ate the nuts!" LOL
With all of the fresh stuff in the house, hubby & I have tried to use EVERYTHING we buy before it spoils...so we have gotten creative here & there AND it makes us cook in and not take out as much AND it shows the kids more veggie combos more than ever now. With that being said...my hubby has lost a few more pounds and is now 190! and I am SO proud of him!
Which brings me to why he started watching his own food intake more carefully - HIS workplace started a Biggest Loser contest, so, while he did not actively participate, he did take note and lost a total of 14 pounds thus far! Woohoo! and nice and slow too!! Which is even better!!
I just love this! It's not like we're not eating treats at all, but the majority of the family consumption is on the healthier end more than ever before!! It makes my heart sing! I'm not being a healthnut zealot about it either, it has just been the natural progression of things...how cool!!
Camping season kickoff is this Sunday. We have done NOTHING to get ready for this short trek, but the kids are all excited. I'm looking forward to walking around the quiet campground with the kids. I'm not sure how much studying is going to get done, though! LOL One thing I'm looking forward to is a great big campfire!!! Sweet!
Thursday, March 18, 2010
Hey all....Boy oh boy, it's been a while!!!
Here's what's been up. Studying hard, trying to balance everything (which was starting to work) and then BAM! the kids got a virus on Fri night, and that ended that studying steak and I got sick as well on Monday night. Probably a good thing in retrospect....I have been off the wagon for a while. The virus kinda reset my body, so to speak.
Maintenance is different when you lay off tracking everything you eat, so stress had unleased some bad habits (ie. the carb-lover) and the corned beef & cabbage & irish soda bread didn't have a chance in my house! I'll pat myself on the back for staying away from the sugary stuff tho - that stuff will kill me. Anyway - itt's all about balance, and eating right, falling off & getting back on is cyclical & normal, so I tend not to freak out as much anymore.
My energy levels are really garbage right now- totally because exercising has not been fit into my routine. Again, not going to flip out - I'll get back to it when I find that balance, but I'm starting to feel that "ITCH" you get when you slow down to a crawl. The change in time is playing havoc as well....again, not going to flip out - this too shall pass, like everything else.
I have to openly admit - I'm envying a bunch of you "fitness" people right now!! I'm using you all as inspiration to get moving again! You keep my brain on the fact that it's there and not going away! So thanks for that! Keep doing what you're doing - I'll be tooting my horn along with you soon enough.
I took my Spark Lifestyle Checkup today...Got a big fat red arrow pointing DOWN telling me to get my proveribial keester in gear again by tracking and exercising...... haha ...NO DUH!! Hahaha!!! I love taking those things and being honest...a great litmus test of what's going on.
Anyway - that's my 5 minutes that I have to spare....which of course went into 15 minutes! Haha!
Thanks for the well wishes on the status while I was all icky & gross! you buds are the bestest!!!!
Now....onward & upward!!!!
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