Friday, December 31, 2010

2010 Resolution Review

Here are a few of the resolutions I made for 2010.  Let's see how I did:

One was to lose 22 pounds.  Hey, I did it!  Oh wait-I think I meant I wanted to actaully be down 22 pounds.  I've definitely lost at least 22 pounds, but it's been the same 3 or 4 pounds over and over.  Guess that doesn't count...

Another was to read more.  My goal was 15 books.  I read 14 1/2.  Shoot.  So close.  If only the girls still napped I surely would have exceeded my goal.  Oh well.

Guess what my resolution is for 2011 (See #1 above)?  4 1/2 months until our Hawaii trip so I need to get on it.  My goal is to lose about 17 or so by then.

Thursday, December 30, 2010

Christmas

I think I'm the last blogger to post about Christmas, but here goes.  We had 3 full days of Christmas festivities.  That's not typical, but that's just how it worked out this year.  We went to my brother and sister-in-law's on Christmas Eve and had a great time.  The girls got to play with their 2nd cousins, Taylor and Skyler, and they had so much fun.

Kayley, Taylor, Olivia

On Christmas morning the girls got up at 7:00 and came and snuggled in bed with us.  They knew the night before that Santa would be coming but they didn't really remember in the morning until we said something.  We went downstairs and had a nice relaxing morning of opening stockings and sipping coffee by the tree and just hanging out as a family.  Later, Paul's parents and sister came over for more gifts and a turkey dinner.  The girls got SO many nice gifts between the two families!  I still haven't got it all put away and organized.

On Sunday, we went to Paul's parents to have yet another celebration with Paul's cousins (his aunt and uncle were supposed to be there too but couldn't make it).  All in all, it was way too busy for my taste (we agreed when we got married that we would do my side one year and his the next, but since his parents of course still want to see the girls on their off years we compromise by having them come to our house.  The Sunday thing was just an extra thing we got talked into) but we still had fun.

My mom, dad and stepmom went together on this table

New kitchen

Olivia buried in gifts

Kayley

Olivia's Pillow Pet from Auntie Cheryl

All 4 of us almost looking and smiling...so close!

Thursday, December 9, 2010

FIrst Santa Pic

Last Thursday (the 2nd) we took the girls to our neighborhood tree lighting.  There really wasn't an actual tree lighting, unless we just missed it, but others that had been there longer didn't see it either.  They did have a band playing Christmas carols, Santa, hot cider, etc.  The girls enjoyed seeing Santa for the first time, but Kayley didn't want to sit on his lap.  I was glad that Olivia was brave enough, and she even told him she wanted a pony (I thought she'd be too shy to say anything).


Speaking of pictures, we still need to get a good picture to either put on a photo card or to just get wallet size prints to send out in Christmas cards.  We skipped studio (i.e. JCPenney) photos this year because we can never manage to get out of there without spending in the neighborhood of $150.  Either way, I need to hurry and take a good picture and then get it printed.  I really wish we could afford to get some professional photos done of all four of us.  I'm going to look into it next year, I think.

At least I'm only one gift away from being done with my shopping!  Whoo-hoo!  Usually I'm only about half way done by this time.  Man, it feels great.

Thursday, December 2, 2010

C25K Week 9

I kind of took an unintentional break from C25 over Thanksgiving and the week before.  I didn't even exercise at all between the 17th and the 27th.  So starting on the 27th I couldn't just pick up on Week 8 Day 3 (the final 28-minute run before increasing to 30 minutes in week 9) where I left off, because I had to build back up to it.  I think I ran for 10, walked 5 and ran for 10 more, then the next time I ran 1 mile (12+ minutes), walked for 3 or so, and then ran for 8 more or something, then the next time I ran for 20.  So I wasn't expecting to be in week 9 this week because I still hadn't completed Week 8 (I figured I'd have a few more days of 20- to 25-minute runs before doing Week 8 Day 3's 28-minute run), but as I was running last night, just hoping to last at least 20 minutes, I just kept going--for 30 whole minutes!  So Week 9 Day 1 was suddenly complete!  Yay!  I still can't believe I ran for a full 30 minutes!  That's huge for me.

The other thing is I finally decided to remove my stupid ticker that seems to have gotten stuck on 3 lbs (and even then wasn't always accurate).  I have been losing and regaining the same. three. pounds. since August.  It was getting old and that ticker was taunting me, so I decided until I can make the darn thing actually tick, there's no point having it on there.  I'm hopeful that tomorrow's weigh-in will finally change that darn 3 into a 4.

Monday, November 29, 2010

Thanksgiving Weekend

We went to Paul's parents for Thanksgiving this year.  We spent the night and decided to take advantage of the availability of his sister to babysit (we were back before they woke so no real babysitting even occured) so we could partake in the Black Friday ritual-my first time ever.  His parents do it every year and if we're there we just sleep though it, but this year I decided to give it a try, which is pretty amazing seeing as how I DESPISE getting up early.  But, I really wanted to experience it for once so we got up at 4:30 and off we went.  It was actually kind of fun, but we really didn't need that much.  Paul wanted to get a Wii, so we scored that at Best Buy and then got some toys and a few gifts at Fred Meyer.  Friday evening we watched Christmas Vacation as is our tradition (although we usually watch it Thanksgiving night), and Saturday we took turns going out by ourselves to the gym and miscellaneous errands/more Christmas shopping.

Sunday we went to a local tree farm and got our Christmas tree.  I was, of course, hoping to get all kinds of cute pictures of the girls helping daddy find the Perfect Tree, but they got really cold and cranky and the whole trip yielded just one decent picture of Olivia standing next to the tree while daddy cut it down (Kayley was in the car, very nearby and within sight).


All of the shopping and tree trimming has really got me in the Christmas spirit nice and early this year.  It was all I could do not to bake dozens of cookies yesterday but I was determined to weigh less this morning than I did on Thursday (Thanksgiving) morning, and it worked!  Only by 0.4 but still!  First time that's ever happened, I'm sure.  Anyway, It's really fun this year because the girls are really aware of what's going on and who Santa is and all that.  Thursday evening we're going to our town's tree lighting/Santa arrival.  I'm excited to be able to do those kinds of things with them now that they're old enough to understand (at least somewhat) and enjoy it.

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Cute Video about Moms of Twins



Another blogger shared this youtube video on her blog and I had to steal it. I'm lucky enough to not get too many of these types of questions/comments, but I see other MoMs (mothers of multiples) on message boards/Facebook/whatever complain about it all the time. Anyway, this video is hilarious.

Monday, November 22, 2010

Snow!

Yesterday and today we got the first snow of the season.  We're not really prepared.  I got the girls each some snow bibs at a consignment sale awhile back, but the boots I bought them are a little big and the only gloves they have are chenille, so not waterproof.  Nonetheless, we went out a played in the snow for a few minutes today.  Kayley refused to even wear her boots OR gloves, so we didn't stay out very long.

Olivia

Kayley

Ralphie (from Google Images)

Not quite as bad a Ralphie...


No gloves-brrr!

Sunday, November 21, 2010

This Week's Highlights

The girls and I have had a busy week.  On Monday, we met Paul's mom and aunt at Southcenter for a little shopping and lunch for his aunt's birthday.  Yesterday, we had a playdate with another mom in our church group and her kids and Friday we met a friend and her daughter at Bellevue Square for a playdate and lunch at Red Robin.  The girls have had a really fun and active week.

Yesterday I took the whole day and went Christmas shopping, by myself!  It was so nice.  This was round 2, so I've made some good progress on my list, although I still have a ways to go.  Every year I vow to be at least close to finished by Thanksgiving, and every year when Thanksgiving rolls around I've barely started.  This year I'm still not that close to finished but I'd say I'm over 50%, which is way more than usual at this time.  Kohl's was having a great sale, so in addition to some gifts I actually got some things for myself, which was so much fun.  It's been awhile since I've gotten some new fall stuff (I bought a few summer tops this summer) and I was able to get several cute, current and trendy things.  Now I won't have to wear the same 2 or 3 things over and over!  Although, I'll still live in my yoga pants when I'm hanging out at home :)

The girls have continued their crazy sleep schedules.  Wednesday and Thursday nights they were up until 10:00, having had no more than a 30 minute snooze in the car or whatever, and Friday night they were up until 11:00!  They had fallen asleep in the car around 2:00, and against my better judgement I let them continue to sleep after we got home so I could get a few things done.  They ended up sleeping a little longer than I intended, about an hour and a half, and proceeded to stay up until 11:00.  Ugh.  Luckily, Saturday night they were in bed before 9:30.  The challenge has now become keeping them awake (whereas I used to want nothing more than for them to nap) so as for them to go to bed at a reasonable hour.  It seems as if they have so much as a 15 minute cat nap they're up until the wee hours (wee for 2-year-olds, at least).

Anyway, today I cooked and pureed a few pumpkins for the first time in my life.  I'll be making two pumpkin pies to take to the in-laws for Thanksgiving.  I'm predicting that I won't be able to tell the difference between pies made with fresh vs. canned pumpkin, but we'll see.  I mean, I can't tell the difference between Folgers and Starbucks (maybe if I tried them side by side, but I never have), so I doubt I'll be able to tell the difference between fresh and canned pumpkin.  Nonetheless, we will be having homeade pumpkin pie and I can't wait!  I love Thanksgiving.

Friday, November 19, 2010

Show Us Your Life - Bonus Rooms

So ours isn't really a bonus room, it's just a family room, basically.  The builder called it a loft, because it's on the second floor, but it's basically the equivelant of a family room off the kitchen or whatever.  We use it as a TV room and a playroom for the kids.  And like most other rooms in the house, we have yet to do much with it.  I had envisioned painting a red accent wall, but the couch is a dark burgandy (looks brown unless you look really close, or if the light is just so) and the chair is a steel blue (all left over from Paul's single days).  So eventually we will paint some color, just not sure what yet.  And don't you love the baby gate in front of the TV/DVD player/cable box, etc.?  There are a bunch of DVDs down there, too, and the girls will just NOT leave that stuff alone so we had to barricade it.

Can't wait to get rid of that gate!

Like many other rooms, I plan to paint and hang curtains...someday.  Also would love a ladder-type bookcase on the other side of the couch.

Looking out towards the stairs.  The toy kitchen is being replaced by Santa (and will be moved to their room), and I'd like to get a small (short) bookcase for that spot for games and puzzles, etc.

Pictures!  I really do have some up!


So, that's our "loft", or TV/playroom.  Oh, and here's what it normally looks like.  Sigh...

Saturday, November 13, 2010

C25K Week 8

On Wednesday I was finally able to run the full 25-minutes.  And then some.  I decided as the 25-minute mark was approaching that I felt like I could do a measly 3 more minutes and thus complete week 8 day 1, so I did!  Then, I noticed that I was really close to the 2.25 mile mark so I kept going an additional almost minute I think.  I can't believe I ran for almost a half hour staight!  I totally could have, I just decided to stick to the program and take my time working up to it.  Man, it felt great!

Today is Week 8 Day 2.  Hope I can do it again.

Friday, November 12, 2010

Show Us Your Life - Bathrooms

It's been awhile since I've participated in Kelly's Korner 's Home Tours.  This week is bathrooms.

First, our downstairs powder room:



This is the only bathroom that we have painted so far.  It's hard to tell, but it's a silvery lavender color.  I fell in love with the color, and thought that it would go great with our purple rugs but turns out it's a bit too blue.  Oh well.  It will have to do for now.
Here's the girls' bathroom:



The only reason I have that shower curtain in there is because I needed something blue/green to go with towels we already had, and that was the cheapest one I could find, plus we already had (Paul's before we were married) a framed picutre with seashells, etc.  I thought about re-doing it in some kid-friendly theme, but have pretty much decided against it, simply because I don't want to have to re-do it again in a few years when they outgrow it.

And now to the master:



Blank wall where another sink/vanity could go, door to closet, and linen closet
When we were looking at the model and deciding on all our options/upgrades, etc., we decided not to get dual sinks/vanities because we thought that wall space would be the only place to put a towel rack.  It never occured to us that we could put it by the toilet, which is where the builder put it, leaving a huge blank wall on the other side of the door.  I hate that we didn't see/think about that, but at least we saved some money, I guess.

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Kidz Bounce Playdate (sort of)

My moms' group had a playdate today at Kidz Bounce (a place with a bunch of bouncy houses).  I was so excited because I've been wanting to take the girls there for a long time and I thought they would absolutely love it.  They came around, but it got off to a rough start.

First of all, it's Veteran's Day, a school holiday, and there were at least 2 birthday parties going on, so there were TONS of kids there, mostly older.  So the girls were pretty overwhelmed, and I was having a hard time keeping track of both of them.  At one point, Olivia was inside one of the bouncy houses and Kayley was stuck on a the stairway of a big slide, trying to get back down after chickening out.  So, while I was trying to rescue her, Olivia came out of the one she was in, and was wandering around looking for us, crying.  At that point I was ready to throw in the towel and go home (and we'd only been there maybe 15 or 20 minutes), but as I was putting their shoes back on they spotted another slide they wanted to try.  This time I went with them and they loved it.  After about 5 or 6 more times, I decided I was done and they were on their own!  They were fine without me and proceeded to climb up and slide down about a bazillion more times.  We spent the entire playdate on that thing, not interacting at all with any of the moms or kids from our group.  Oh well, at least they had a great time and we didn't have to leave early after all.  I definitely want to go back on a day that (hopefully) won't be quite so crazy crowded and chaotic.

"Whoa!"

"Yee-haw!"

Climbing up...

"Let's go together, Olivia!" 

Monday, November 8, 2010

C25K Week 7

I finally lost another pound the week before Halloween.  Since then, however, I'm quite certain that I've gained it back and then some, what with all the Halloween candy and cookies, etc.  Today I am making a fresh start (how many times have I said that in the last few months?  Sigh.).  When I started blogging about my weight loss efforts back in August, I thought that doing so would hold me accountable and help me be more successful.  That SO hasn't been the case!  Oh well.

As for C25K, I'm still trying to finish week 7 (I should be starting week 9 today if I would have stayed on schedule).  I was so proud of myself for managing 3 25-minute runs in a row (week 6 day 3 and week 7 days 1 and 2) but when I got to week 7 day 3 I just couldn't run the whole 25 minutes.  I ran 15, walked 5, ran 5, walked 5 and ran 5.  Then I tried again a few days later and did the same thing.  So I'm still trying to finish week 7 with a full 25-minute run before I move on to week 8 (28-minute runs).  It's weird because I am able to run for 25 minutes-I've proved that 3 times now-but sometimes I feel like I can barely do 10.  I think it's been harder lately just because I just feel so fat and sluggish with the poor eating and presumed weight gain of the last few weeks.  I just know that if I could lose 5 pounds the running would be so much easier, and 10 would make a huge difference, especially since in the time it wound take to lose 10 I'd have been increasing my endurance.  That makes me sound like I'm more overweight than I am.  I mean, I'm right on the border of normal/overweight as far as BMI, so it's not like I'm that fat, but I really feel like it is still a huge hinderance when it comes to running.

Anyway, I hope to turn things around this week.  I will take another crack at week 7 day 3 tonight and see how it goes.

Friday, November 5, 2010

Fire Station Tour

Today my moms' group had an outing to the Fire Station.  It was a slow day and there were only two firemen there, and wouldn't you know it right as the tour was about to start they got a call!  So they let us roam around while they left in an aid car and after awhile another fireman showed up to give us the official tour (and might I add this guy was the total cliche of "hot fireman".  Wow.).

Anyway, the girls enjoyed seeing all the firetrucks and gear and loved getting to sit in a firetruck and an ambulance.  As usual, I couldn't get them to look at the camera and/or smile, let alone both at the same time.  They're kind of all over the place in these:






Inside an ambulance

A vintage firetruck

They got hats and a coloring book and crayons

Kayley didn't want to wear her hat but she held it up for the camera

Monday, November 1, 2010

Halloween Fun

It's been a weekend full of Halloween activities.  First, we made cookies on Friday:




Then, we carved a pumpkin on Saturday:




Finally, trick-or-treating on Sunday:




Saturday, October 30, 2010

BIg Girl Room Continued

The girls' new bedding arrived this week.



I love it, but I'm still a little torn.  I had my heart set on painting their room a purple along the lines of this:

from Google Images

But I had a hard time finding bedding I liked that would go.  In hindsight, I probably should have checked out Etsy (a website where people sell their own home made stuff, i.e. jewelry, kids' clothes, hair bows, dog sweaters, purses, you get the idea).  I probably could have had something made in a fabric of my choice.  But who knows how long that would have taken, and it probably would have cost more.  These were only $30 for the 4-piece set.  Anyway, I really like this bedding but it's a bit more pink and less lilac than I thought (so hard to tell on a computer screen).  And even if it were more lilac like I thought, it still wouldn't go with that shade of purple.

There was another bedding set that I almost ordered instead that, turns out after seeing it in person at Target, would go with that color, and I thought about exchanging it but really didn't want the hassle of returning everything and then re-ordering the other one online and having to wait another few weeks (they only had twin size in the store, not toddler).  So I decided to stick with the owls, but now I'm trying to decide if I want to paint an orchid-y color like on the owl here:


or just leave it yellow and paint an orange accent wall.  Or both (orchid-y color with an orange accent wall).  Or maybe even green (the whole room).  Sigh.

Anyway, I still need to figure that out and then get the matching lamp (or some other lamp, maybe just a plain 'ol lamp with a matching shade) and either the matching vallance or some curtains.