Sunday, June 27, 2010

Weight Update

So I had an awesome May.  We had just re-joined a gym and I was all gung-ho and motivated and I lost 6.4 pounds.  I was hoping to lose another 5 or so in June.  Oops.  Not only did I not lose a single pound, I gained back every. last. ounce. of the 6.4 I lost in May!  That's like the 2,849th time this year that's happened.  I can NOT break this cycle!

So here I go again.  Only this time I only have 3 days until we leave for Crescent Bar, and once we're back from there I have a week and a half until we leave for Long Beach (WA, not CA).  Then we'll be home for 5 days or so and then we go to Crescent Bar again.  So the chances that I'm going to lose any weight in the next 5 weeks or so are pretty slim.  But I've come up with the following strategy and I'll hope for the best:

Today I did a good, brisk, hilly 45-minute walk and I think I stayed within my 1500 calorie limit.

Tomorrow (Monday) I'm going to do the 30 Day Shred in the morning and then go to the gym after dinner and do 30-45 minutes on the treadmill.

Tuesday I will do the Shred again and hopefully take the girls for a 30-minute walk.

Wednesday we leave and will be gone until Monday the 5th.  We're bringing healthy lunch food but I know there will be the stray hotdog and/or burger that will find it's way down my throat, dragging chips along with it and chased by a Mike's Hard Lime/Lemonade/Cranberry or two.  Then there's the huge breakfasts, of which I will try to replace a few with a simple 220 calorie bagel with fat free cream cheese or a 175-calorie bowl of cereal.  I wil try, try, try to resist all the cookies/brownies/pie that undoubtedly will be parading around, all tempting and seductive.  And then there's the wine and margaritas.  I think I'll let that one slide...

Anyway, I've pretty much decided to eat whatever on the 4th but try to be "reasonably" good the rest of the time ("reasonably" = not as good as I would be under normal circumstances at home, but better than I usually am on vacation).  And I'm bringing some workout clothes so I can walk/jog for exercise (either very early in the morning or late evening, as otherwise it'll be too hot), plus I'll of course be swimming a lot.  So we'll see.  Every time we go there I gain like 3 pounds, so I'm really going to try and just maintain this time.  I doubt it'll work (I say that every time but it never happens), but we'll see.  Sigh.  If nothing else I'm for sure going to get serious once all these small trips are over in early August.

A Day in My Life

 

It's time once again for the Multiples and More Question of the Week:  A Day in Your Life.

What is your schedule like? Do you work outside the home or stay home with the kids?  I am very blessed to be a SAHM.  Our schedule looks something like this:

The girls get up anywhere between 7:20 and 8:20, but usually around 8:00.  Lately I've been letting them watch an episode of Dora so I can get on the computer and check email, Facebook, etc.  Otherwise they just play for an hour or so and then we have breakfast.

By the time we're done with breakfast (fixing, eating and cleaning up) it's usually between 9:30 and 10:00.  We get dressed, and then we go wherever we're going that day (errands, park, playdate, etc.).  If it's a stay home day, I'll usually do a DVD workout while they just play upstairs and then we'll go for a walk or play outside after.

Lunch is anywhere between 12:00 and 1:00, and nap is 1:30 or 2:00 to 4:00 or 4:30.

After their nap we just play for awhile, outside whenever the weather permits, then daddy takes over so I can start dinner.  We eat between 6:00 and 6:30, then they either watch a DVD or play with dad while I clean up.  A few nights a week I'll go to the gym and Paul will clean up.  If I don't go to the gym, we sometimes take a post-dinner walk to the park.

Around 8:30 we start getting ready for bed:  bath (every 2-3 nights), jammies, brush teeth, books.  Bedtime is usually 9:00, but sometimes ends up being 9:30.

Do you follow it very closely?  Pretty much.  We're totally flexible if we need to go to an event or family function or what-not, but otherwise I cherish that naptime way too much to allow them to miss it or cut it short too often!

How much (or how little?) "help" do you have?  Just enough.  Paul is excellent about chipping in.

What chores do you do on a daily basis?  Laundry, laundry, laundry.  It's never ending.  There's usually a day or two every week that I don't do any but most days I do at least one load.  Other than that, just picking up, dishes, and sweeping the kitchen floor.  I also vacuum the downstairs almost every day.

Do you get any "me" time on an average day? What do you do then?  I'm very lucky to get a decent amount most days.  The girls take a 2 1/2-, sometimes 3-hour nap most days, so that is my "me" time and I rarely do any housework during that time other than clean up from lunch.  Instead, I play on the computer (blog, Facebook, etc.) and read.  Occasionally I'll clean a bathroom or fold laundry while watching "Ellen".
I get even more "me" time in the evenings after everyone else goes to bed.  Paul gets up really early for work so he usually goes to bed by 9:30.  I like to play on the computer some more or watch Seinfeld or Friends reruns on TV.

What is your favorite part of each day?  Naptime, duh.  Other than that, I would say the hour between first getting up and breakfast.  I like to watch the Today show while we play and no one is bored with anything yet.

What is your least favorite part of each day?  Right after nap.  Especially if the weather is bad and we've been couped up inside all day.  I sometimes start to get really bored about then, but luckily that's about when Paul gets home and he can take over and I have to start dinner anyway.

Are you able to make time for all the things that you want/need to fit in?  No.  If you could fit it all in, what else would you do?  Paint, hang curtains, finish their baby book, finish our wedding scrapbook (hello, it's been 4 years!), work on the girls' scrapbook,  figure out which model horses I want to sell on Ebay and take pictures and list them, miscellaneous cleaning and organizing, see friends and family more...

Friday, June 25, 2010

Five Question Friday



1. Do you know how to play a musical instrument?  Yes, I do.  I took piano lessons for something like 10 years and also played trumpet in band from 5th grade all the way through high school.  Yes, I was a band geek and proud of it.  Sadly, I no longer play either.  I'd love to have a piano but there just is no where to put one.  I do have an electronic keyboard that I bought used from an ex co-worker but I rarely bring it out.  The girls have a blast with it when I do, though, so I should play around with it more often.

 2. What is your pet peeve while driving?   Oooh...do I have to pick only one? I hate hate HATE when people don't signal! Ticks me off to no end. It's so inconsiderate and rude. Others include:

Merging onto the freeway at about 10 mph under the speed limit, driving under the speed limit period, driving too slow in the fast lane, and running red lights (especially when making left turns and holding up all the traffic because you're hogging the intersection).

 3. Would you rather have a housekeeper or unlimited spa services?  Unlimited spa services!  As a SAHM, I have time to clean but no money for spas.

 4. Is there a song that you hear that will take you back to the moment, like a junior high or high school dance?  Journey's "Open Arms" always reminds me of dancing with my first boyfriend at our 8th grade graduation dance.  Pretty much anything 80s reminds me of either Junior High or High School.

5. What song best represents your life right now?  Hmmm.  I have no idea.  If there is a song out there about finally living the dream, that would be it.  I mean, I thoroughly enjoyed my single life and had so much fun, but my dream was always to get married, have a family and live in house with a yard in a subdivision.  It took 39 years but it finally happened!  Even if our "yard" is basically a narrow strip of grass.  It's fenced and big enough for the girls to run around in so it works.

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Happy Conception Day!

Three years ago today the 2 embryos that would become Olivia and Kayley were placed in my uterus.  It was a Saturday, and we weren't sure until that morning if it would take place that day (day 3) or the following Monday (day 5).  Based on the quality and number of embryos, the RE decided to do it that day (not sure why--the 2 we transfered were pretty good and we probably could have gone to day 5 and only transfered 1, but I guess we had a better chance transfering 2 on day 3.  You just never know...).  I got the call bright and early that morning.  Aagghhh!

After the procedure I of course had to pee really bad (you have to have a full bladder for the transfer) but they make you lie on the table for 20 minutes or so before you can get up.  When I could finally get up to go pee, I was thinking "well, even if this doesn't work and I don't become pregnant, at least I am right this second.  I have 2 embryos in my uterus so technically I'm pregnant, if only for a few minutes".

Well, those few minutes turned into 8 months and 5 days (40 weeks minus the first 2 weeks that you're not really pregnant minus 2 more weeks since the girls were born at 38 weeks minus the 3 days between fertilization and transfer.  How's that for pregnancy math?).  Happy Conception Day, Sweet Peas!

Monday, June 21, 2010

New Shades

I found the girls some cute sunglasses with matching hair bows.  Even though summer is apparently boycotting Western Washington this year, they'll still get to use them when we go to Crescent Bar for the 4th.  Olivia thought she was hot stuff and Kayley just wasn't sure...


Olivia

Kayley

Hair Bows

Sunday, June 20, 2010

Happy Father's Day

The girls are so blessed to have the most amazing father in the world.  Paul is so incredible with them.  To have had absolutely no experience with kids whatsoever, then instantly becoming the father of TWO, he has totally stepped up to the plate and been very involved in all aspects of childcare, from changing diapers feeding and bathing to giving piggy-backs and building with legos.  He's always willing to pitch in and help me out even after a long day at work.  The girls are always so happy around him and rush to greet him when he gets home.  They adore their daddy!  And to hear him reading a bedtime story or singing silly songs just melts my heart.  Happy Father's Day, Daddy!  We love you!

Friday, June 18, 2010

Score!

I cashed in a huge jar of loose change for an Amazon gift card (via a Coinstar machine at Fred Meyer) so I've been doing a little shopping.  I found these shoes for $15!  Totally cute.  Just what I need, seeing as how often I find the need to dress up.  But I do have my monthly girls' nights and the occasional date night, so for $15 I couldn't go wrong.  I just hope they fit and are reasonably not-too-uncomfortable.  The picture shows beige but mine are actually purple!



For the girls, I found this water table.  And seeing as how the sun/warm weather has completly lost it's way to the Pacific Northwest, we may not get to use it until next summer.

Show Us Your Life - Proposals

The topic this week at Kelly's Korner is proposals.  Here is our story.

Paul and I started dating in late January of 2005.  By May or so I was pretty sure I wanted to marry him but I could tell he wasn't quite there.  But things progressed nicely, and when we had our 6-month anniversary dinner one night in August I felt for the first time that this was really it!

In October we had our first discussion of possibly getting engaged soon.  We talked about going ring shopping!  I would have liked the whole thing to be a surprise, but I liked the idea of being able to pick out my own ring.  A few weeks later we went ring shopping and I picked out the ring but left the stone selection to him.  So now it was a matter of him going back to chose a stone, having it set, and then he could finally propose at a time and location unknown to me.  On the way back to his house, we chose our date:  May 13, 2006.  It was so weird for the next few weeks to have a date set but not actually be engaged.  Thanksgiving was approaching, and I really wanted to be able to announce it to my family, but I was still waiting for that proposal.  The darn ring wasn't ready yet!

On Saturday, December 3rd, we had plans to do something, I don't remember what exactly.  When Paul picked me up he told me that he had sold some skis to a co-worker and needed to deliver them before we went wherever it was we were going that day.  This "co-worker" just happened to live on Queen Anne hill, close to the site of our first kiss.  There is a park on Queen Anne hill with spectacular views of the city that we had stopped at after one of our early dates, and that's where we kissed for the first time.  So, as we were driving by said park on our way to this "co-worker's" place, he asked if we should stop there for a second.  I said sure, not thinking anything of it.  For like a fraction of a second I though, "wait...could this be it?" but I quickly dismissed it.  We were headed to Leavenworth the following weekend for the annual Christmas Tree Lighting and I was really thinking that would be it.  Apparently, he figured as much and wanted to throw me off.  So we stopped at the park, looked at the city, probably kissed, and all of a sudden he got down on one knee...

I, of course, said yes.  I wanted to cry but I didn't.  I think because I knew it was coming, so the element of surprise was gone.  It was still romantic, though.  I was pretty impressed by his little scheme!

Thursday, June 17, 2010

Visit from Grandma and Grandpa M

On Monday my dad and stepmom came to visit.  They hadn't seen the girls since September because they spend the winter (and fall and spring) in Arizona.  It took the girls a few minutes to warm up to them but then they were back to being the hams that they are.

Grandpa and his girls

After awhile we decided to re-introduce them to Pepe, their toy poodle.  Excitied to be let out of the car and into the house, he was tearing around so fast that the girls got a little scared, especially Olivia.  But once he settled down a bit they were ok and even tried to pick him up.  At one point, Olivia really wanted to pet him but was still a little timid, so she took Kayley's hand and led her over to him and tried to make her pet him--it was so funny and cute.




Throwing balls for Pepe

Sunday, June 13, 2010

Dining Out



This weeks Multiples and More Question of the Week is:  How do you handle taking your multiples out to restaurants?  Simple.  We don't.  Ha ha.  Ok, we do, just not very often.  But that's mostly because of the budget restraints that come with me being a SAHM.


How often do you take your children out to eat, and how old are they?  They are 2 years old and we take them out maybe once every 2 months or so.  Sometimes more.

Do you have any tricks for keeping them entertained?  They are usually just happy to be there, so we really don't have to employ any special tricks.  We do try to go early before they get too hungry.  And most places we go have crayons, so that works.

Which restaurants do you find are the most family-friendly?  Red Robin and our local mexican place (free rice and beans for kids!  At least for kids as young as ours).

How do you handle tantrums in restaurants?  They sometimes get a bit antsy toward the end and eager to get down and run around, but we've been lucky enough not to have had any full on tantrums--yet.  If we did, I would just remove the offender while my husband paid the bill and dealt with the other.  And if our meal had just started, we would either just wait for the tantrum to pass (outside) and hopefully resume our meal or if need be, get our food boxed up to go.

Do you ever venture out to restaurants without having extra adults to help out?  It's almost always just the 4 of us, so yes.

Do you think it's better to take your kids out to restaurants, and get them used to the experience, or refrain from eating out until they are old enough to understand the right way to behave?  I think it's important to expose them to different environments, including restaurants.

Be honest- do you pick up the cheerios?  Heck no.  But I am constantly picking up crayons, sippy cups, napkins, forks...

Saturday, June 12, 2010

Great Day Trip to a Wedding

Today we went to the wedding of Paul's cousin's daughter (Paul's 2nd cousin) Amy in beautiful Port Townsend.  It's 2 1/2 hours away, so it was an all day adventure.  And it was a goregous day, finally, and combined with the scenery of the location (Fort Worden State Park on the Puget Sound) made it a great day for a wedding.
The girls wore their Easter dresses, which was nice because we never got a chance to get pictures of them in them on Easter because I thought I had forgot the camera (turns out I had it with me the whole time).


We stopped for lunch on the way and the girls enjoyed their 2nd (ever) Happy Meal


Outside the chapel




Kayley was much more interested in cake than having her picture taken


Yum!

Friday, June 11, 2010

Show Us Your Life: China Patterns

The topic this week at Kelly's Korner is china patterns.  I love china.  When we registered for ours 4+ years ago it was really hard to select just one!  And even though I LOVE our china, every time I walk through Macy's I see something that I think I love even more.  Alas, we can only register once (I'm still thinking of starting a campaign to allow brides/wives to re-register like every 5 years or so).  We registered for formal china as well as more casual, everyday dinnerware.  Our formal pattern is Lenox Westerly Platinum:


 
And here it is being put to good use:


That was Thanksgiving 2008, and other than an anniversary dinner or two with just me and Paul, it was the only time in 4 years that We've used it.  But I don't care.  We have plenty of time to use it more.

Our casual pattern is Denby Jet Stripes.  This is what we use day to day.








Thursday, June 10, 2010

Switch-a-roo

For awhile there Kayley was only napping 4 or 5 days out of 7 (could be worse so I was ok with that) but for the last few months or so she's been really good and napping almost every day.  Olivia has always been great, going right down with no fuss or complaints.  Until last Saturday.  Like the flip of a switch, she's all of a sudden refusing to nap most days.  Or if she does, it's after a long crying session.  They have totally switched places.  I honestly don't know what I'm going to do when one or both of them stop napping for good.  Oh how I dread that day!  But then, on the bright side, we'll be able to go for longer outings which will be nice sometimes.

Friday, June 4, 2010

Indoor Playground

Tired of being cooped up inside all week due to the crappy weather, I took the girls to the Sno-Valley Indoor Playground today.  This place is a god-send!  It's so nice to have a warm, dry place to go when the weather is bad.  It's a non-profit, parent-run organization that sets up a great indoor play area for kids 0-5 inside the Si View Community Center every Monday, Wednesday and Friday morning during the school year.  They have lots of big foam blocks to climb and/or bounce on, ride-on toys, slides, etc.  We've been 4 or 5 times now and the girls love it.
Fill 'er up! 




Olivia and the Giant French Fry

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Memorial Day at the Zoo

The girls got a zoo pass for their birthday and we had yet to use it so we had the grand idea of taking them yesterday.  But, being Memorial Day and all, it of coursed rained.  And like a complete moron who should have totally known better, I didn't bring anyone's raincoats or even an umbrella (it was barely sprinkling when we left our house).  Duh!  I guess I was thinking that if it was that bad we'd just leave, since with the zoo pass we can go anytime (for a year) and it doesn't cost us anything (except $5.00 to park).  Anyway, it was kind of miserable.  There was a light rain when we got there (more than what we had at home when we left) and it just started raining harder and harder the longer we were there.  But it wasn't cold, so we were ok just dashing in-between covered areas and trees and what-not.  Meanwhile, we got to see the giraffes up close, being moved from one area to another which was really cool and had good views of the elephants and some oragutans.  But as we got wetter we got cold and that's when it really turned miserable.  So we found the indoor reptile house and got to warm up in there while we looked at snakes and lizards and turtles, which the girls really got a kick out of.  After that, the rain finally let up but we decided it was time to go as we had packed a picnic lunch but there was nowhere dry to eat it.  I fed the girls in the car and we got home just in time for their nap.  All in all, it was still a fun time but we're going to go again on a nice day.





The girls