Monday, January 28, 2013

My Whole30

After Christmas I decided that it was time for the "baby weight" to disappear.  I needed something serious to jump start my weight loss and get all the junk out of my body!  My friend, Marci, introduced me to the Whole30 diet a few months back, but I really wasn't in the right frame of mind to do it.  When I commit to something...I commit!

The Whole30 basically consists of only eating meat, eggs, nuts, fruits and veggies!  That is it!  No sugar, grains, beans or anything processed!  There are some other no no's but there are too many to list. I've eaten a lot of eggs and tons of salads!

I just finished Day 28, but I'm close enough to the end to post my thoughts and results on this diet.

The first day was HORRIBLE!  Like...I was pretty sure I was going to die!  Then it got better and I actually didn't really miss the food on the NO list.  Now...towards the end I'm so torn on what to do.  I really miss some foods, but I'm terrified that I will back track my progress.  So...the jury is still out on what I will do in 2 days.  For now, I'm thinking I will stick to the plan for the most part on Monday-Thursday and then eat what I want on the weekends.

The Results:
-I didn't really notice a difference in my skin...I had heard that my skin would be radiant and blemish free...not so much. :(
-I didn't really notice any extra energy or less energy than before.
-Cravings for sugar have gone away...but not cravings for Mexican food!  Those are still there...just suppressed a bit.
-And the big one....I lost 16 lbs!!!!!  I'm not sure how many inches because I don't have a tape measure.

I don't have a before picture, but here is a picture of me in my pre baby citizen jeans!  Not perfect, but a definite improvement!  :)

So overall, I'd say the diet was a success!

Duck, Duck, Goose!

We have the cutest little river about a mile from our house and there are tons of ducks and geese waiting to be fed!  KG absolutely loves the ducks!!!!  She gets so excited when I tell her we are going and she cries and says "byyyyeee" all the way home! (telling the ducks bye)  We go just about every day and each day is just as much fun!  She is at such a fun age and it is so cool to watch her enjoying the ducks! 

Today was a bit rainy and overcast, but I had already told her we were going to see the off we went with a full bag of cheerios.  We were the only people at the park today, so naturally, the ducks flocked over to us to see what we had.  It was fun until they surrounded the stroller and I couldn't get KG into the car without fear of being attacked!  I threw her in the carseat and jumped in on top of her.  She was cracking up!  I couldn't get out to get the stroller because the ducks wanted the cheerios that were still in the stroller.  Finally, they left and I was able to pack up the car and get out of there!  

A weekend with friends

One of best friends and college roomies brought her little guy down here for an awesome weekend!  It was just too short!  I picked them up from the airport on Friday night and we went to the Riverwalk to eat at the Rainforest Cafe.  The kids loved looking at the animals and we definitely wore them out!

I'm pretty sure we weren't even out of the parking lot and they were out!

Saturday morning,we went to the main st in town and tried to take some pics of the kids in their Valentine's shirts.  We didn't get much!  The first pic was in mid hug/tackle!  

This was about as good as it got!  Lovely, right?!

The rest of the day was so much fun!  We took the babies to paint some spring time pottery with their feet.  I pick it up Wednesday, so hopefully it turned out OK.  After that we grabbed some lunch and then went home to let the babies nap.  After they woke up we took them on a wagon ride to the park and then cleaned up for dinner.  After dinner, we stopped by the River to feed the ducks, which was a big hit!  We were worn out by bedtime so we picked up a movie at Redbox and just relaxed!  

Sunday morning we hung out at the house and then went to the most amazing lunch at the The Peach Cafe!  Seriously....the most AMAZING salad I've ever had.  And if I wasn't on a diet I would have inhaled the homemade cheesy rolls!  I'm going back!!!  Soon!  Mostly for the cheesy roll!

We got a cute pic of the kids outside of a super cute store, Fiddlin Frogs! 
This is the cheesy roll!!!!!!  Don't you want to come visit me just to eat this roll?

We shopped in all the stores that were open on Main St. and then we had to head to the airport.  It was such a fun weekend and I can't wait for them to come back!

A girl needs her accessories!

This girl cracks me up!  She loves to find random pieces of clothing around the house and turn them into scarf/necklaces.  She will keep them on as long as you let her and gets upset if you take it off.  She is serious about her fashion!  

Pajama pant scarf

Her own pants repurposed as a scarf

little connector toys as a necklace

Monday, January 21, 2013

14 Months

I know I say it every month, but seriously...this baby is growing way too fast!  She is such a joy and a blessing!  It seems like she is really starting to look more like a toddler than a baby!  She has started walking a little.  It isn't her preferred mode of transportation, but she will do it if it is convenient.  She can say Mama, Dada, ball, Papaw, Bubba, and cheese.  She loves to give kisses and hugs.  She can follow basic instructions and really knows what we are telling her.  She knows animal sounds, can identify foods out of her play food bucket, can eat with a spoon, helps me wash her hands, loves to take a bath, can color with a crayon and can take things apart and put them back together.  She loves graham crackers and whole wheat ritz, but she has gotten really picky about veggies.  It is hit or miss with just about all foods, with the exception of most fruits and toast.  She is wearing size 12-18 months clothes and size 3 shoes, but they are getting snug.  She is wearing size 3 or 4 diapers.  She weighs around 22 1/2 pounds.  We have our 15 month appt next month so we will get her official stats.  


I've taken a bit of a break from blogging for the last month or so.  Not really on purpose, but because I just haven't had time to sit and think long enough to write.  I've thought several times...I should blog about that and then time passes and I forget.  Hopefully I'm getting more into a routine and I'll be able to update more often.

We had a wonderful, blessed Christmas!  We got to spend lots of time with friends and family!  Here is a recap with lots of pics!

We met up with K & C for a fun afternoon at the Arboretum in Dallas!  KG was definitely not a fan of Santa this year, but she can tell you that he says "Ha, Ha, Ha!" (that is her version of Ho Ho Ho!)

 We spent Christmas Eve night at Nana & Gaggie's in Alvarado!  We ate great food, laughed a lot and had tons of fun!

M wished for a white Christmas and it SNOWED!  On Christmas!!! In Texas!!!!  So cool!

This baby LOVES her Papaw!!!!!  And I'm pretty sure he loves her too!

Nonni and Nannie sure do love KG!

 Sweet girl got a baby stroller for Christmas and she really likes to put her baby in and out of it.

The love birds got ENGAGED!!!!!  I'm so happy that K is officially joining our family...even though she has been family for a long time!  They had the coolest proposal!  Besides mine of course! ;)

She is getting a new last name...which is my old last name!  Welcome to the fam!
 The fashionista at the proposal celebration!

We moved!!!!!  Yay!!! We are loving our new house and our new town!

KG has learned how to say "cheeeeeeeese"...this is what you get!

We are enjoying the beautiful springlike weather and taking advantage of the park in our neighborhood!

No house of ours would be complete without the P wall!

The lovebirds had an engagement party last week and it was so much fun!

KG partied until 11:45 PM!  Waaaayyyy past her bedtime!  But she was so darn cute!

Check out the cute cookies KE & I made!

Whew!  I think that is the short version of the last month!  :)

Military Wife

I borrowed this from my dear friend's blog!  It is so true!  I love being a military wife and I love my soldier!!!!  

A Military Wife

Lots of moving...
Moving far from home...
Moving two cars, one kid and one dog...all riding with HER of course.
Moving sofas to basements because they won't go in THIS house;
Moving curtains that won't fit;
Moving jobs and certifications and professional development hours.
Moving away from friends;
Moving toward new friends;
Moving her most important luggage: her trunk full of memories.

Often waiting...
Waiting for housing.
Waiting for orders.
Waiting for deployments.
Waiting for phone calls.
Waiting for reunions.
Waiting for the new curtains to arrive.
Waiting for him to come home, For dinner...AGAIN!

They call her 'Military Dependent', but she knows better:
She is fiercely In-Dependent.

She can balance a check book;
Handle the yard work;
Fix a noisy toilet;
Bury the family pet...
She is intimately familiar with drywall anchors and toggle bolts.
She can file the taxes;
Sell a house;
Buy a car;
Or set up a move... .....all with ONE Power of Attorney.

She welcomes neighbors that don't welcome her.
She reinvents her career with every PCS;
Locates a house in the desert, The Arctic, Or the deep south.
And learns to call them all 'home'.
She MAKES them all home.

Military Wives are somewhat hasty...
They leap into:
Career alternatives,
And friendships. They don't have 15 years to get to know people.
Their roots are short but flexible.
They plant annuals for themselves and perennials for those who come after them.

Military Wives quickly learn to value each other:
They connect over coffee,
Rely on the spouse network,
Accept offers of friendship and favors.
Record addresses in pencil...

Military Wives have a common bond:
The Military Wife has a husband unlike other husbands; his commitment is unique.
He doesn't have a 'JOB'
He has a 'MISSION' that he can't just decide to quit...
He's on-call for his country 24/7.
But for her, he's the most unreliable guy in town!
His language is foreign
And so, a Military Wife is a translator for her family and his.
She is the long- distance link to keep them informed;
the glue that holds them together.

A Military Wife has her moments:
She wants to wring his neck;
Dye his uniform pink;
Refuse to move to Siberia;
But she pulls herself together.
Give her a few days,
A travel brochure,
A long hot bath,
A pledge to the flag,
A wedding picture,
And she goes.
She packs.
She moves.
She follows.

What for?
How come?
You may think it is because she has lost her mind.
But actually it is because she has lost her heart.
It was stolen from her by a man,
Who puts duty first,
Who longs to deploy,
Who salutes the flag,
And whose boots in the doorway remind her that as long as he is her Military Husband,
She will remain his military wife.
And would have it no other way.