Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Have You Ever Turbo Jam'd?!?!

As everyone knows the coming of a New Year brings all kinds of changes and for me that means changes in my schedule. I will be taking my niece during the day three full days a week instead of 2 half days and one full day. I used to just stay home all day on Wednesdays and then hit the gym every other morning. I'm thinking that I may not get out quite as often as I used to. I was searching for a workout I could do from home.

My sister-in-law had been trying to get me to try Turbo Jam ever since she got it. She has used it to get back in shape after having her baby. I didn't doubt that the workout worked for her but I was feeling a bit too self-conscience about Jamming in my living room. Going to a spinning class was pushing it for me when it comes to group exercise. At least our spinning classes are in the dark.

I finally gave in and agreed to trying the first couple disks in the Turbo Jam program. Yes, I felt like a FOOL when doing some of those moves. I almost gave it up when Chris came home one day unexpectedly and caught me punching and kicking in my severely uncoordinated fashion. But, I was sweating and feeling the burn. The kicker (ha ha!) was when I woke up and realized that I was sore in the abs, etc. Hmmm! Maybe this workout really does work! I decided to give it a more thorough try.

I can now get through the 45 minute Cardio Party on disc 2 and live to tell the tale. I feel like collapsing at the end but I finish it. My sister-in-law and I will be switching discs soon and I will get to try out the other workouts. We'll see how it goes.

Tuesday, December 30, 2008

The Sickies and Such

My poor sweet Caleb is sick with a cold this week. His nose is running like a waterfall and he can't seem to stop sneezing. When I woke him up yesterday he was acting like he was hungover or drunk. I hadn't given him any medicine so I figured the sickies in his head were making him feel woozy. Thankfully, he has been more willing than usual to get to bed on time and take good long naps. I am sure he will back to his normal, crazy self in no time.

I was a little unsure about starting Caleb's little preschool yesterday due to the cold but we did have a soft start. I introduced him to his "A" notebook and he found it fascinating. He just wanted to look at it and discuss the pictures. He then informed me that he wanted to color his "A's." He got cozy in his chair with his crayons and notebook and went to town. I think he colored a little bit on each page. As he did that I read to him from the Johnny Appleseed book and we both had a great time. I would count the first day as a success.

When Chris got home, I asked Caleb if he wanted to show Daddy his "school notebook." Caleb grabbed the notebook from me and ran to his Daddy. He opened it up and showed Chris all the A's. He even took Chris' hand and had him trace each A on one particular page. Oh, be still my heart! Chris is very happy with how things are going so far and he likes how I am doing the notebook and reading time.

I know we have only done this for one day but here is how I think the days are going go for at least a little while. Caleb and I will get the notebook out and he will color the pages while I read to him during that time. It looks like I might have to print out more coloring pages and check out more books to get through a week. I am not pushing for anything formal right. He is only 2! I want him to have fun and hopefully look forward to our "school time" each day. It is so much fun watching Caleb grow and become so interested in the world around him.

Monday, December 29, 2008

Week 1--Letter A

Books we are reading this week:

The Apple Pie Tree
Life & Times Of The Apple
Johnny Appleseed: The Story of a Legend
Tiniest Acorn: A Story to Grow By
Dot & Jabber and the Great Acorn Mystery (Dot & Jabber)
The Escape of Marvin the Ape
From Acorn to Oak Tree (Welcome Books)

Go Here to see all these books in my Amazon store.

We will also be using some leftover Pinto Beans to work on counting, basic adding, and "building" letters.

It is 6 AM and I am Already up Blogging...Finding a New Normal

Here I am at 6 o'clock in the morning, sitting at my desk, drinking my coffee, and writing in my blog. I am even dressed!! How in the world did this happen?? Let me tell you how this will be my new normal.

Right around the time my blog went by the wayside I started taking care of my little niece during the day. She stays with me when Mom is at work and Dad is either at school or work. It is a way for me to make a little money and a way for her to stay out of daycare. It has been a major adjustment having a baby around but I guess you could say it is training for when we have another little cutie. Blogging took a hit as I was adjusting to her.

Then Chris' job as a loan manager in a mortgage company he ran with a partner finally started taking a hit due to the economy. For awhile, our little county was in a bubble and Chris' company was closing enough loans for us to live quite comfortably when other companies were closing their doors. Chris and his partner weren't closing their doors but they were feeling the pinch.

Chris and I bought a house in a really nice neighborhood because we got an insane deal on it. We moved-in in mid-November. This house is smaller than our older house but it is most definitely an upgrade. Boxes everywhere and tons of stress to get it all done.

We moved in on a Saturday and on Monday Chris found out he had lost his job. It was just too much to stay open. Aaaaahhhhhhh!!! We both panicked for awhile and then we got busy..trusting in the Lord. Chris got to work looking for a new job, a new career and I got to work supporting him and making sure he moved forward with confidence.

After about a month of trying different options, Chris has a job with a water treatment company. He is on the lowest rung right now but the potential to move up and move up fast is great. He has to be at work at 6:30 am and it is a 45 minute drive. The radio goes off way too early at 5 am and we sleepily get out of bed. I make Chris a travel mug of coffee, he eats breakfast, and he heads out the door. I make my cup of coffee and come in here to blog. Caleb is still sleeping for probably another hour. Even though I am struggling to stay awake right now, I confess the alone time this early in the morning is almost refreshing...almost.

Now that the holidays are behind us, Chris and I are looking forward to establishing a new normal. Finding a new routine. This should be an interesting year. Please join me!

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Merry Christmas!!!

Christmas Tree

We are leaving for my family's Christmas celebration as soon as Chris gets off work tomorrow. I will be enjoying my family during that time and probably avoiding the computer. I will be back December 29th. See you then!!

The Boy Wants to Learn!!

As Caleb grows older he is displaying an absolutely insatiable desire to learn. He will play with his Letters and Numbers for hours on end. He wants us to sing with him non-stop and the reading, oh the reading. He wants us to read to him all day long. Sweet Boy! We are kindred spirits.

The only problem is that this constant desire to learn can also get to be a little pesky at times. Sometimes Mommy needs to get housework done or get dinner on the table. I found myself pushing Caleb's requests to the side way too often. I never wanted to squelch his spirit but I also couldn't let my other responsibilities go to pot.

While I was putting together our New Year schedule, I decided to schedule time each day for "school." For one hour each day we will go over his letters, numbers, reading, etc. in a more formal fashion. The learning won't stop after that scheduled time but at least there is a time slot that is dedicated to it each day. I have always considered homeschooling Caleb, but I never thought we would start this early. We will be starting Dec. 29th. Here we go!!

So, what will we be doing? I have created a little notebook that will cover a letter a week. We will work our way through that little notebook during the week. I have made the notebook in a way that Caleb can color throughout and hopefully grow to love it. (I will have another post with links to all the pages in the notebook including links to the books we are reading that week.) Each notebook will hopefully cover the letter, letter sounds, science, numbers/counting, history, and art (coloring). Feel free to come back each week to get ideas or snatch the pages I'm using.

Disclaimer: I am VERY GREEN at this. Caleb is my first child and the first child I've ever homeschooled. There is a large learning curve. But, I would love to have company on this journey. Join me and let me know what you think!!

Yes, I am Back, But...

I am back in the blogging world after an insanely long break. But, I want to make something clear before I move forward. Please see below. I found this manifesto awhile back and was intrigued how it liberates me and how I blog. This is how I see my blogging now.

* Because you shouldn't have to look at your blog like it is a treadmill.

* Because its okay to just say what you have to say. If that makes for a long post, fine. Short post, fine. Frequent post, fine. Infrequent post, fine.

* Because its okay to not always be enthralled with the sound of your own typing.

* Because sometimes less is more.

* Because only blogging when you feel truly inspired keeps up the integrity of your blog.

* Because they are probably not going to inscribe your stat, link and comment numbers on your tombstone.

* Because for most of us blogging is just a hobby. A way to express yourself and connect with others. You should not have to apologize for lapses in posts. Just take a step back and enjoy life, not everything you do has to be "bloggable".

* Because if you blog without obligation you will naturally keep your blog around longer, because it won't be a chore. Plus, just think you will be doing your part to eradicate post pollution. One post at a time. . .
I am back and I am happy to be back. Please join me!! We'll have a great time.

Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Dog Tired

So. Very. Tired.

'Night, 'Night!

Child in Blue

Oh that God would give every mother a vision of the glory and splendor of the work that is given to her when a babe is place in her bosom to be nursed and trained! Could she have but one glimpse in to the future of that life as it reaches on into eternity; could she look into its soul to see its possibilities; could she be made to understand her own personal responsibility for the training of this child, for the development of its life, and for its destiny,--she would see that in all God's world there is no other work so noble and so worthy of her best powers, and she would commit to no others hands the sacred and holy trust given to her.

~ J.R. Miller, Homemaking

Tuesday, May 27, 2008

This, That, and the Other

There isn't much to say today.

We had a wonderful weekend and thoroughly enjoyed the extra day off on Memorial Day. It was spent having fun as a family at the Donut Shop, Veteran's park, pool, and at home. I am so sorry it is over!!

Today, I have been trying to catch up on my household chores, reading to Caleb, exercising at the YMCA, and preparing for the arrival of Baby B into our house during the day. Hmmmmm. I've kind of forgotten what it requires to take care of an itty bitty baby.

I got two new books from today and I think I will be curled up on the couch reading them tonight instead of blogging. I hope to be back tomorrow.

Till then!

Sunday, May 25, 2008

Seymour the Snail

"By perseverance the snail reached the ark."

--Charles Spurgeon

Saturday, May 24, 2008

Five Minutes From the Pound

The saga between Hopper and Eowyn continues.

It was Wednesday evening at the usual time. Hopper came into our yard around 5:30 pm and Eowyn goes crazy. Nothing new there. Eowyn begged and begged to go outside and chase Hopper. (Note: I really should take a video of how Eowyn acts so y'all could see it.) I gave her a resounding, "NO!" because I've learned my lesson and I wasn't her out the door until Hopper has gone to his little burrow in the woods.

I was patiently waiting for Chris to come home so that I could head on to a end of the year MOPS party. I was trying to pick up the house before Chris got home and that included taking out the trash. I step out the door while sternly saying, "STAY!" Needless to say, you can't trust a Jack Russell to stay when a bunny is on the line.

Eowyn dashed out and stopped at the usual boundary. I thought, "Okay, good. She won't go into the woods this time. Maybe she's been shocked enough times now." (SIGH!) What was I thinking?! A bunny was on the line. Eowyn backed her little bottom up and shot right through the boundary. I'm thinking, "Shock! Shock! Shock! Dumb dog!"

I turn off the fence and patiently wait for Eowyn to come home. She knows who feeds her at the end of the day. After about ten minutes she pokes her head out of the thick brush and I notice something is missing. OH NO!! PLEASE, NO! She doesn't have her fence collar on anymore. She must've gotten her collar hung up on something (the brush was pretty thick and low to the ground) and she pulled out of it. (Note: Dog collars should always be loose enough so that they can pull out in an event just like this.) I felt a sinking feeling and I feared Chris coming home. Those collars are NOT cheap.

Chris comes home and I inform him of the situation. At this point, Eowyn has come home with a huge smile on her face and she is cooling off by laying on top of the AC vent. When Chris hears about the collar he is quite upset. I then say, "Um, in light of full disclosure, we are also up for getting more heartworm medicine. Eh!" That was the closest Eowyn has ever been to the pound. I said, "No, Honey! Our pound is a 'kill shelter!' We can't send Eowyn to her death!"

I think Eowyn sensed what was going on and she put on her best behavior. We could hear Caleb laughing in the background. Eowyn and Caleb were playing so hard and so well together. I could hear a very slight heart string plucked in Chris' heart (ever so slight, mind you). Chris says, "The good thing for Eowyn is that we can afford the collar and medicine." (Power of a budget, people.)

We may grumble all the way to the store to buy the collar, but Eowyn will live another day and with us.

Friday, May 23, 2008

Mom's Onion Rice

This recipe is probably my most favorite way to eat rice. My Mom knew it was my favorite and made it often when I was home from school. I made it the other night and I couldn't help thinking about her the whole time. Miss you, Mom!!

Mom's Onion Rice


3-4 tbls. of margarine
1 cup rice
1 chopped onion
2 cups water
1 chicken bouillon cube


Melt the margarine in a skillet. Brown the rice and chopped onion together. Add water and bouillon cube. Bring to a boil. Cover and cook until rice is tender.

This rice is perfect with chicken and a green veggie.


Thursday, May 22, 2008

Someone I Want You To Meet.

This is Hopper or at least that is what I've named him. Hi Hopper!!

Hopper is a wild bunny who lives in the woods right behind our house. This picture was taken when he came incredibly close to our back porch. He must've been feeling brave that day because we have a rather large backyard and he a good distance to travel to come this close. He (or she) comes out of the woods and into our yard just about every morning around 8:30ish and every evening about 5:30ish. He loves to eat the leaves and the clover that apparently grows in our yard.

Now, how do I know what time a seemingly quiet bunny comes into our yard?? It is because our eccentric dog, Eowyn, lets us know by barking, growling, yelping, whining, busting an artery, jumping, and just making a rather annoying racket. She runs from window to window whining and yelping. She wants that bunny SOOOOO BAD!!!!! But, Mommy knows better because she has learned her lesson.

Eowyn is secured in our yard by a Petsafe Wireless Fence System That was one of the best purchases we have made in a long time. She rarely leaves the yard because her collar will give her a good jolt if she tries to go past her boundary. It has been long enough that she knows where her boundary is and rarely tests or crosses it. I can let her run outside without really caring about where she goes or how long she is out. She stays in the yard.

That is unless she sees Hopper or one of Hopper's relatives. You can't have just one bunny, right? If Eowyn sees Hopper in our yard she forgets that there is a "fence" that will shock the fool out of her until she comes back inside the boundary (the limit is 30 is humane and approved by the ASPCA). If I let her out the door when she sees Hopper she runs with such reckless abandon after that bunny. It is almost like she was created to chase that bunny. Then Mommy has to turn off the fence and coax Eowyn back into the house which takes forever when there is a bunny on the line.

So, everyday at 8:30 am and 5:30 pm I am made aware of Hopper in the yard by my beloved, yet eccentric Jack Russell. She begs and pleads to be released but I have learned it is just better to let her be unfulfilled.

Hopper will live another day.

Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Yummy Peanut Butter Granola

I made this recipe for Peanut Butter Granola last Friday and it turned out SO YUMMY. I was a little wary because my last attempt at granola was a complete flop. This one looked so easy and I had all the ingredients on hand so I gave it a try. I am so glad I did!

I would like to thank Tammy at Tammy's Recipes for posting this recipe on her blog which is where I found it.



6 Tablespoons oil
1 Cup peanut butter
1.5 cups brown sugar
7 cups quick oats


1. Over low heat, melt together oil and peanut butter. Remove from heat, stir in sugar. Pour over oats and mix well.

2. Spread onto a large lightly greased cookie sheet and bake at 350 degrees for 18-20 minutes, stirring once or twice during heating if desired. Cook until granola is lightly toasted and golden (not burnt).

3. Store in canisters when cool. (I keep mine in a gallon sized plastic canister in the pantry.)

Note: This granola isn't crunchy. I took Tammy's advice and I also baked it longer than 20 minutes and turned the oven down to 300 degrees in the second half of baking to help dry it out more.

When served with milk, this recipe really does taste like a crumbled up peanut butter cookie in your milk. Chris gave raving reviews and Caleb can't get enough of it.

Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Going Pacifier Free

Chris and I have decided it is time for Caleb to give up his beloved pacifier. Caleb is 22 months old now and we would really like him to pacifier-free by age two. We know that there is no reason to "push" him but we also know how easy it is to keep allowing it to go on too long.

Here is a little history....

First, I said "NO PACIFIERS" before he was born. He would breastfeed (which he did for four months) and would not be offered a pacifier. You don't have to take away something he doesn't know about, right? At four months he was weaned to the bottle, but he didn't want the bottle at first. He was a "Mama's boy" if you will. I had this grand idea that if he took a pacifier he would take the bottle. Mistake #1.

Second, we said we wouldn't upgrade his pacifiers from 0-3 months to 6-18 months size. I ended up buying him two of the bigger size swearing I would never buy replacements if they broke or were lost. Amazingly, I did keep that promise. Caleb got used to the new size and loved them. He would sleep so soundly with them. Mommy and Daddy got drunk on the ease of it.

Third, we swore we would take the paci away by one year old. That was right around the time of our trip to Poland. We could not take the paci away right before such an adventure when we would really need that vice. Time continues to march on and the paci is still there.

Fourth, Caleb is 18 months and we know it is time. We plan a trip to Rockford, Illinois that would require an 18 hour car drive. The paci would be very important for that, right?

The New Year gets here and we decide to try the "poke a hole in the tip" method of weaning him off the paci. We kept making the hold bigger and Caleb just compensated. It didn't faze him one bit.

Caleb is approaching two now and we know that this has gone on way too long. We know from experience how easy it is to just let it go. So, we set a date to make the hole in the tip count and that date was Sunday night. I took the scissors to the tip and cut a hole about the size of dime.

We put Caleb to bed and gave him his monkey, blanket, and paci. He sucked and sucked and there was a clear air sound. Yep, there was zero satisfaction there. We thought, "Here we go!" It was a long night. Caleb fussed and cried. We got him up twice to cuddle. He finally fell asleep after Chris allowed him to take his Letter "A" from his Fridge Phonics set. We checked on him later and he was fast asleep with the paci at the other end of the crib and the letter "A" in his grasp.

Whoo! We made it through the first night of Going Pacifier Free.

Monday, May 19, 2008

A Much Needed Bloggy Break Goes Much Too Long

The title is all I have to say about my absence.

A couple of months ago (has it really been that long?) I found myself running out of bloggy ideas. That being said, there is plenty of stuff to write about over here in our household but I just couldn't formulate the ideas into words for some reason. I figured a little break would be all I needed to refresh my brain and come back with great fervor. I quickly filled up my blogging time with other activities and blogging took the back burner.

I can honestly say that I have missed blogging and a few people have mentioned that miss my blog too. My loving husband asked me if I have quit and even if I have he supports me because he knows I'll fill the time with other useful household activities. I LOVE HIM!! But, I really do miss the writing and self-expression.

I also want to say I'm sorry to my oh-so-loyal readers. I just checked my site meter and saw that I STILL have people coming by my little blog. I am honored you stuck with me this long. Thank you! I am time allows. YEAH!!

This summer will be a great time to get back to it because I'll be embarking on a great adventure. I will be taking my niece into our house during the day while my sister-in-law goes to work. Little B (pseudonym) will be joining us when she is six weeks old. So, I will be go from mother on one to "mother" of two during the day. This should be interesting. Won't you join me on this adventure??

Saturday, March 01, 2008

Saturday Photo Scavenger Hunt


Here is Caleb opening all his presents with his Daddy at his 1 year birthday party back in July. It is amazing how much he has grown in only 7 months.

Sunday, February 24, 2008

Doing Much Better!

I haven't written until now because I didn't want to jinx myself by writing about it here.

I went to the doctor on Thursday to have my sinuses checked and I arrived convinced that I had a sinus infection, I would get an antibiotic and perhaps some decongestant, and I would be fine in a few days. Well, that just goes to show what I know.

The current Resident and the main Doctor both agreed that this is apparently "my season" for allergies and it is just my time to suffer. Ugh! Thankfully, they gave me a nasal spray steroid to snort everday to help keep things at bay. They said that I really should stay on it through May to get me through the heavy pollen season which is about to start here. I got the first month's worth of doses through office samples to try out and then I will get a prescription if I want to continue with it.

Well, I've been snorting each morning since Thursday and I have to say that I am MUCH BETTER. I have gotten so used to having a snotty head that having a regular, dry head felt too dry. I have gone at least two days without a sinus headache and I am loving it. So, this is what normal feels like?! I LIKE IT!

Thank you for any prayers that were offered for me!! They are working!!

Friday, February 22, 2008



Caleb and I went to the library yesterday to pick up a couple DVD's I put on hold for him. He got a Baby Einstein and a Little Einsteins video. Just let me say that Little Einsteins is BEYOND cute. The children in the video are adorable. The music is beautiful and it is so educational.

I have a feeling Caleb is going to get all the viewing he can out of this video before we have to turn it in. I already can't wait till the next one is available.

Thursday, February 21, 2008

Finally Going

I am never one to be excited about going to the doctor. Who is? But, today I am beyond thrilled that I will be sitting in a sterile waiting room, questioned, and poked and prodded. I just have to wait till 2:45 pm. I just pray that this doctor's visit is the end of all these sinus issues. I am tired of walking around with a mucus head.

The only thing I am really not looking forward to today is the fact that the doctor will probably have to touch my nose. I HATE for anyone to touch my nose!!! That includes Chris. When Chris is giving me one of his coveted face massages (a life saver during these icky sinus days) he knows to steer well clear of my nose. I could be fast asleep and if he touches my nose I will wake up with a quick, "Don't touch my nose!" I don't know why I am this way...just am, always have been.

Another thing is interesting about going to the doctor. Have you ever made an appointment for an ailment because you can't stand it anymore and when it is time for the visit your ailment is pretty much gone?? "Does this hurt?" "Um, No, but it would've really hurt two days ago." The symptoms are gone so you think "Maybe I should cancel the appointment, save the copay and my time." But, you know the moment you cancel the symptoms will come roaring back and probably worse and then you have to wait a week or two for another appointment. Needless to say, my sinuses actually feel pretty good day. No pain. No mucus head. I am still going though. Oh no! I know how this goes. I will go and describe my "alleged" sinus pain to the best of my ability.

Please pray this will be WIPED out and I can get back to normal...whatever that is.

See ya! Details later!

Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Breaking Stereotypes on the Road

This morning I was driving home from running errands and exercising at the YMCA and I saw a fancy car riding my tail. I sighed and thought "Hot Shot! I'm not going to speed up for you!" (Note: the part of road I was on has a rather odd change in speed limits that I too don't agree with but that doesn't change the fact that it is the law and I should obey it). I figured this person was probably young and thought he/she was in bigger hurry than me. Can you tell I really don't like tailgaters?

Well, I looked again and saw that the "Hot Shot" was an elderly lady and presumably her husband in a Cadillac with a handicapped sign hanging from the rear view mirror. She was even making gestures at me.What in the world?! I turned onto the next road and that couple actually PASSED ME and zoomed away breaking all kinds of speed limits. HUH??

I guess this goes to show that stereotypes are no good. Lessons from the road.

Monday, February 18, 2008

When Will This Ickiness Be Over?!

Right when I wrote my last post about being "Sick and Tired of Being Sick and Tired, I go and catch a stomach virus. Ugh!

Chris and I traveled to my home town for my Dad's 65th birthday. Along with my stepmom, we planned a lovely surprise birthday party for him. Their Sunday School and dancing friends were there along with my sister and her family and my brother. We totally got him! Ha! It was a great event.

Unfortunately, about an hour before Chris and I left for the party I got slammed with queaziness. It was like a sledgehammer. I figured it would go away as quickly as it came. Wrong! I spent the party sitting in a corner trying to not throw up. Finally, I requested to go back to my Dad's house and rest. I apologized to everyone profusely and off we went.

The rest of the night was spent lying in bed or "worshiping the porcelin god." I was miserable. Then, Chris came down with it too. The majority of the "bad" symptoms were gone by Sunday morning but we were both terribly weak with dehydration and achiness. We came back home and sipped our Ginger Ale or Gatorade and slowly muched our Saltines. We were in bed by 7:30 pm.

This morning I felt a good bit better because of the sleep. I go to get Caleb from his room and see that he has thrown up all over his crib. I strip him and his entire crib and both get thoroughly washed. I think this one episode is the extent of his sickness. He has been drinking his Pedialyte and eating crackers.

Chris and I will attempt a real meal tonight and retire early again. I have made my doctor's appointment to get my sinuses checked for Thursday. Hopefully, all this ickiness will be gone for good soon. Until then, I keep plugging along.

Friday, February 15, 2008

Sick and Tired of Being Sick and Tired

I have this sinus issue that just won't go away. It has been lingering on the left side of my face for well over two months. It is like a headache that starts right above my teeth and radiates up my cheek, behind my eyeball, and well into my skull. Ugh! It is a headache that will not go away. I've been taking a sinus medication and it has been working but I think it has finally lost its potency. I've tried using my "Feel Better Bag" to help break up all the ickiness and drain the sinuses. That worked great...for awhile. Neither one works now. So, I am stuck with this headache. I have thrown in the towel and I am hoping to get into my doctor's office sometime next week.

I am just sick and tired of being sick and tired. Because of this sinus thing I am not sleeping well at night and that, of course, affects the rest of my day. I'm also greatly unmotivated during the day. I am unmotivated to work on the house, blog, or even work on losing weight. I am just BLAH!

I am sorry for my absence. Now you know why. Chris, Caleb, and I are going to see my Dad this weekend and hopefully that will help to lift my spirits. I will see you when I get back. Please pray the doctor is able to knock this junk to kingdom come. I actually miss my regular self.

Tuesday, February 12, 2008

What Will I Say Next?

I am learning that as Mom you will find yourself saying the darndest things to you child(ren).

This morning Caleb and Eowyn were fighting over Eowyn's most treasured squeakie toy, Mousers. Caleb would steal it and run away and then Eowyn would return the favor. Whenever Eowyn stole Mousers back, Caleb would come running to me, fussing, like he was saying, "MOM!! She won't let me play with Mousers!" There was a lot of fussing, barking, growling, etc.

When I finally had had enough I yelled across the house, "If you don't stop fighting over that toy I am going to have to take it away from BOTH of you!!!!"

Note: This is to my 19 month old son and DOG!

What will it be like with more children?

Friday, February 08, 2008

Reading and Treadmills

Blurred Image of Legs on a Treadmill

I have been exercising at the YMCA for the past six months now. I try to get on a treadmill or elliptical machine (or lift weights if I'm feeling extra jiggy) about four times a week. I usually bring my headphones so I can tune into one of the tv's and I also pick one of the magazines on the wall. Those magazines haven't changed for the past six months!! I have read every savory and unsavory article there is to be had. I have come to being bored while I exercise because there is nothing to do and I can't stare into space.

I had an epiphany the other day. While it is nice to "tune out" for about 45 minutes, I could really be using those 45 minutes to edify myself. Caleb is being taken care of and I don't have to worry about him. Why don't I bring a book every trip to the YMCA? I would probably be impressed how many books I could finish over time.

So, I'm going to start a list of books that I will call my "Treadmill Books." There will be a list on my sidebar of the books I plan to read and the books I am currently reading. I might even share my thoughts on these books. This is exerciting! I will be getting fit physically and mentally. Whoohoo!

Graphic From