Sunday, February 27, 2011

Goals for March

Every year I make a New Year's Resolution to lose weight, and most years I start off pretty well, but this year I just can't get anything going at all.  So I'm hoping to turn that all around starting tomorrow.  These are my goals for the month of March:
  • lose 5 pounds
  • record everything that I eat every day for the entire month (either here or just on paper)
  • backtrack to week 5 of C25K and do it 3 days a week, consistently
  • be more consistent with healthy eating (which I'm hoping #2 will help me with)
  • blog about my efforts at least once a week, maybe more, for accountability.
As for C25K, I had worked back up to week 7 (running for 25 minutes) after falling off the wagon around the holidays but then I got really inconsistent and for the last few weeks I've just been alternating like 5-10 minutes of running with 5 minutes of walking or so, excpet I did run for 20 minutes once last Monday or Tuesday but then I haven't been to the gym since because of snow.

I really need to get serious because we're down to just 2.5 months until we go to Hawaii!

Saturday, February 26, 2011

Birthday Party

The girls will turn 3 on Monday, but we had their party today.  Can you guess what the theme was?

Princesses Olivia and Kayley





The cake in it's natural state...

And the cake embellished

Three Princesses

It was really fun this year, because it's the first time the girls really understood what was going on.  Unfortunately, half of my family was unable to come because of snow, but we have my great-nephew's birthday party next weekend so we'll get to see them then.

With all the excitement and activity you'd think they would have crashed early, but it's 9:20 and they're still up.  Sigh...

Monday, February 21, 2011

Project

Two years ago when my friend Kristen came overnight to visit and babysit the girls so Paul and I could go out for Valentine's Day, we went to Ikea and she bought me a belated birthday present:  a cool salad bowl and some curtains.  Yesterday, Paul and I finally got around to hanging them!  Part of the delay was that they needed to be hemmed, because for some strange reason Ikea only sells curtains that are 90-something inches instead of the more standard 84" or whatever, but at least they provide an iron-on hemming strip.  The other thing was that we wanted to paint before we hung curtains, and we finally got around to that last September (ah--the day that will forever be etched in my memory as the last day the girls ever napped.  Sigh...).  Anyway, for the first time in my adult life I have a living room with curtains!  I'm so excited.

Before:


After:



It's hard to see in the picutre, but I love the dark burgandy color with the paint color, which is kind of a brown with a very slight olive-y green tint.  Anyway, the colors look awesome together.  And I love the cast iron rod from Pottery Barn.

Friday, February 18, 2011

Coffee and Doughnuts

After being holed up all week due to the girls having some stomach bug, we finally made it out today to meet a friend at a doughnut/coffee shop.  I was anticipating a nice, peaceful conversation with my girlfriend, sipping coffee and getting caught up while the girls played in the play area, but Olivia would hardly leave my side.

Toys

Yum!

Wearing mom's sunglasses

After lunch, we took advantage of the beautiful (albiet cold) day and went to the park.







And after several nights of going to sleep around 9:30 and getting up before 7:30 with no naps, they crashed around 8:45 tonight!  Whoo-hoo!  That NEVER happens!

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Valentine's Weekend

We had a great Valentine's Weekend.  It started on Saturday when Paul gave me my gifts early, I guess because he just came home from purchasing them and didn't want to bother wrapping, plus there were roses involved and what was he going to do with them for 2 days?  Anyway, I got a dozen roses, the requisite box of chocolates and a Wii fit bundle (he had given me the Wii fit DVD for Christmas per my request but we didn't realize that we needed the balance board thingie, which is NOT sold separately, that I can find anyway, so now we have TWO copies of the DVD, the first one from Christmas already open but we're going to take back the one that came in the bundle).  But my BEST gift was gift cards for a romantic night away at a winery!  On one of our trips to Crescent Bar this summer we will leave the girls with his parents and go to the Inn/winery for a night.  We'll do some wine tasting and have a nice romantic dinner and then sip wine on our balcony overlooking the Columbia River and the beautiful basalt cliffs.  Can't wait!  I feel bad, though-all I got him was a box of See's candies!  We usually don't make a huge deal about Valentine's Day and don't spend a lot, but he just happened to see those gift cards at Costco ($100 worth for $80) and we had talked about going so he just went for it.

Anyway, my lifelong best friend came down from Mount Vernon on Saturday and spent the night and watched the girls on Sunday afternoon while we went to brunch with another couple.  We went to the restaurant at the Salish Lodge at Snoqualmie Falls, which was really nice.  It was great to spend time with my girlfriend, too, who I don't get to see that often since we're almost 2 hours away from each other.

Our actual Valentine's Day was a little less exciting.  We started off with heart-shaped pancakes for breakfast.


But as for the rest of the day, our kitchen sink sprayer was leaking, so Paul spent a lot of time working on that, then after dinner Olivia had diarrhea that leaked out of her Pull-up and got all over the carpet (she was wearing a dress with no tights or leggings), plus Kayley threw up, not because of being sick but she just put too big a piece of a Valentine chocolate in her mouth and gagged, causing her to throw up, so I spent a lot of time cleaning that all up.  We did have a nice steak dinner, though, followed by a yummy chocolate and vanilla swirl cheesecake.  All in all, it was pretty good.

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Crafts

I love that the girls are old enough to do crafts now.  On Monday we went to a mom's group playdate where we made contact paper hearts.


Today we made cards for Daddy.  I discovered that, while they are old enough to do simple crafts, perhaps it'd be better to save the glitter glue until they're a bit older.  Oh well, at least it's washable.




The one on the far right is mine :)

Saturday, February 5, 2011

What the Girls Eat

Kelly's Korner is once again doing Show Us Your Life, and this weeks topic is "what do you feed your kids?"  Like most parents of toddlers/preschoolers, I struggle with this and often find myself in a rut.  I really try to not rely too much on processed crap like chicken nuggets, fish sticks, spaghetti Os, etc.  I've even started making my own chicken nuggets with recipes from http://weelicious.com/.  Unfortunately, however, the girls won't eat the fish sticks so I'm back to good 'ol Gorton's.  Sigh.

Breakfast:
Almost every day Olivia wants scrambled eggs and an english muffin, and Kayley wants a blueberry waffle.  Sometimes Olivia will eat oatmeal and Kayley will have Honey Nut Cheerios, and once every week or two I'll make pancakes.  Sometimes I even have a little fun with it:


Lunch:
Turkey sandwiches (Kayley)
Peanut butter and jelly sandwiches (Olivia)
Fish sticks
Grilled cheese (which sometimes goes untouched.  Grilled cheese, of all things, they're not real fond of.  C'mon!  WHO doesn't love grilled cheese???)
Chicken nuggets (homeade)
English muffin pizzas (spread pizza or spaghetti sauce on english muffins, top with pepperoni (or whatever) and cheese, bake)
Penne pasta drizzled with olive oil and sprinkled with parmesan cheese
I've tried making them quesadillas a few times but they don't really eat them.

Dinner:
Dinner is the most challenging meal of the day.  We usually just serve them whatever we're eating, unless it's something "weird" or that I know they won't eat, but it could be hit or miss, even if it's something they've devoured before.  The one thing they will always eat is spaghetti.

Snacks:
Fruit (apples, pears, grapes, mango, oranges, cantaloupe)
Crackers (Goldfish, Ritz, Wheat Thins or graham), usually with jam (yes, jam) or sometimes peanut butter
Fruit rolls
Raisins (Kayley)
Yogurt

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Random Things

Potty training is going a little better.  There was a day last week where Kayley stayed dry most of the day, and Olivia has gone poop several times in the last week or so, as well as had long periods of dryness.  They do really well as long as I stay on top of it and take them to the potty every hour or so, but there are days that I just get busy with things and drop the ball, or if I am diligent about taking them I'm just a bit too late each time.  But, it's getting better.

Their 3rd birthday is rapidly approaching.  We're doing a princess theme, and I keep debating if I want to attempt to make this (from Parenting magazine):


or just get a princess cake from Costco.  I'm leaning toward Costco, because the one above would probably cost me almost as much in ingredients, and I'd still have to supplement it with some cupcakes because I don't think it will be enough for 25 people.  It sure is cute, though!  We'll see.

The girls are really, even more so, starting to pick up on things/phrases we say.  For instance, I often get an ambigious response when I ask one of them a question such as, "do you want more juice?" or "do you want to go to the park?", so I'll say "is that a "yes" or a "no?".  Now, I often overhear Olivia asking Kayley, "is that a "yes" or a "no?"  It's pretty funny.  Then, yesterday in Target I was looking at something and Olivia was trying to get me to go back to the toy department for some toy puppy she had seen and she loudly blurted out, "let's go already!"  I about died laughing right there in the store.  Not that I ever say that or anything...

Kayley came down with a cold last night, so we didn't get to go to storytime today and we're supposed to get their 3-year pictures done this Saturday but might have to postpone that.  Also, we're supposed to go to a friend's Super Bowl party on Sunday and I'll be really bummed if we have to miss that.  But, so far they've gotten fewer colds this year than previous years so I'm thankful for that.