Wednesday, April 27, 2011
April 24, 2011 ... Happy Easter! At 2:30am I heard Sean's door open, and I held my breath. Would he find what the Easter bunny left him? I prayed he wouldn't. I wasn't ready to start my day at 2:30 in the morning! Luckily he was in a stupor and stumbled into our room, and crawled into bed with us. I didn't fight it, I was too tired myself and just thankful he didn't see the huge basket full of goodies the Bunny left him outside his door.
I set my alarm for 7:30am because we had a lot to do in the morning before leaving for 10:30am mass, and I didn't want the magic of Easter morning to be rushed. Sean didn't budge when the alarm went off, so I slipped out of bed to snap a few photos of his basket just as the Bunny left it.
Then I went to wake up Sean, "hey buddy, wake up. The Easter Bunny was here!" You would have thought I shot a gun off -- he shot straight up in bed, "He was? The Easter Bunny?" And then the big smile spread across his face. Oh what joy!
He ran out of the room to find his Easter basket and pulled everything out. He carefully looked everything over. Then he found the chocolate bunny. The sweet little bunny never saw it coming. As you can see, ears first.
April 23, 2011 ... Today we colored Easter eggs with our Greninger cousins. Sean dropped three eggs into colored mugs simultaneously and promptly left the table to play basketball with his older cousins outside. And Hannah didn't want her picture taken... which was A-OK with me because I snapped this yummy light on her face when she turned to talk to her mom.
Sunday, April 24, 2011
Saturday, April 23, 2011
April 20, 2011 ... Jeff had an informational job meeting thingamajig tonight, so Sean and I had a date night. Normally that means we eat dinner at home, Sean gets to play in the bath extra long, and then we snuggle on the couch in our PJs eating popcorn and watching some sort of animated train movie (take your pick, we've got 'em all).
But this night we went actually went out on a REAL date! Being the lady I am, I let the boy pick where he wanted to go -- McDonalds it is!! Nothing better than a date night at the McDonalds playland with your three-year old son. Going home with a Shamrock shake is a close second.
PS. Camera phone again. I keep forgetting to bring decent cameras with me...
Friday, April 22, 2011
Thursday, April 21, 2011
Mornings can be pretty messy around here. Especially when cereal is involved. We have to pull out the plastic bib... where almost half the cereal & milk ends up.
I particularly like how he shoves big spoonfuls into his mouth. I'm sure that's a big no-no in Miss Manners.
April 16 ... This was entirely Sean's idea, and lucky for him I'm not too anxious about messy play.
I love when he gets into imaginative play. Here he said he wanted to be a daddy, and give his baby a bath. This is Jimmy. Nevermind that Jimmy came in a pink diaper and flowered shirt. Sean doesn't care. He loves Jimmy just the same.
Isn't Jimmy the cutest? And he's the most patient, durable and tolerable baby doll EVER.
Saturday, April 16, 2011
April 14, 2011 ... Three months ago I started to move more and eat less. Getting back to the basics, and slowly working on simplifying my lifestyle. I joined a 16 week weight loss challenge at Snap Fitness that guarantees my money back if I meet all their requirements. Workout three times a week, keep a daily food journal, and meet with one of their trainers once a month. So far, so good. I've gotten into a rhythm and actually enjoy my workouts for the most part. My routine right now is 45 minutes of cardio Mon, Wed and Fri ... Tues & Thurs I do strength training at home. And one day on the weekend I do something outside like gardening, walking, biking, etc. Something fun, not so intense, but keeps me moving.
I've lost 17 pounds. Yay for me! That's about a pound and a half a week. Can I do better? Sure I can. Would I stick with it if I worked harder? Maybe not. I'm making small changes here and there until I see change. I'm in this for the long haul. Like for the rest of my life... so I better like (even love) what I'm doing.
I also started logging my food diary on myfitnesspal.com. It's made a big difference in the past two weeks to really understand what I'm eating in terms of calories, carbs, fat and protein. My goal is to not exceed 1500 calories. Some days are better than others, but at least now I know where the pitfalls are.
This little blue rolly thing is one of my new purchases. It's a foam core roller. Those of you who have used it know you have a love-hate relationship with it. They are extremely versatile and can be used in workouts to improve balance, flexibility and strengthen your core muscles. To start I'm simply using it for self-massage. After my cardio workouts at the gym I come home and use it to massage my calves, quads, hips and back. The pain can be intense. That "ouch, that feels good" kind of pain. It's pretty wonderful.
I'm getting back to basics. Simple. Well, most days :-)
Friday, April 15, 2011
April 13, 2001 ... I'm in love with the spring flowers blooming. While tulips are my favorite, I'm enamored by the early daffodils. Last year I actually dug up what I thought were all of the daffodil bulbs. They were planted in an area of the planting bed that was overgrown with weeds and grass. So I decided to rip it all out.
I clearly didn't get them all. This one stood proudly just begging for its picture taken. Proof that no matter what we do, new life will always spring forth and grow.
April 12, 2011 ... There have been lots of cereal deals at the grocery stores the past few months, so our pantry is well stocked with cold cereal. It's our go to choice for breakfast around here. Quick, healthy, easy, yummy. Can't go wrong.
Note the harvest gold tupperware bowl. My husband brought these home years ago from his grandma's house. I just about choked him, "Do we really need more Tupperware?" And in harvest gold nonetheless. Arghhhh!
Shhh! Can you keep a secret? I've grown to love them, especially for cereal. They are just the right size to get the perfect serving size. And I kind of get all nostalgic looking at the harvest gold color. Remembering a time when I would eat Cheerios as a kid... pouring sugar on top, and joyously scraping the sugar off the bottom of the bowl. Ahhh, those were the days. Now they just bake the sugar right into the famous O's.
Thursday, April 14, 2011
April 10, 2011 ... It was absolutely beautiful today. Gorgeous.
After mass we decided to stop by the new Three Oaks Recreation Area here in Crystal Lake. AMAZING! A nice beach area, trails, fishing, boating, picnic groves, cool new playground and splash area. Oh, and the snack bar? Culvers. How cool is that? The beach is closed for swimming until Memorial Day, but we definitely see ourselves taking advantage of this new beach area this summer.
Again, forgot my DSLR and had to use my camera phone. It clearly stinks, but tells the story.
April 9, 2011 ... The Easter Bunny made a special stop at our local Walgreens for a few hours. Looks to me like he could use some new fur. Sean didn't care. He was giving fist pumps and jumping all around. Pure joy. It's what the season is all about.
And chocolate. Let's not forget the chocolate.
Me: Sean, who do you love the most in the whole world? ...
Sean: Uncle Mikey ...
Me: Are you sure? Who do you love more - mommy or Uncle Mikey? ...
Sean: Uncle Mikey ...
Me: What about Daddy? Do you love Uncle Mikey or Daddy more?
Sean: Uncle Mikey ...
Sean: Yes, really. I LOVE Uncle Mikey.
I really can't blame him. Can you?
Wednesday, April 13, 2011
April 6, 2011 ... I was heading to Portillo's to grab dinner, and was blinded by the setting sun behind me. It really was spectacular (despite the blinding part), so I grabbed my cell phone and snapped a photo of it in my side mirror.
Um, yea, the photo stinks. But trust me. It was "wow" kind of amazing.
And it's what I'm going with for this day because I've got nothing else to show for it. So there.
April 4, 2011 ... Even with a cold, this kid doesn't slow down. He begged to play Don't Break the Ice today, and I finally took a break from work to play a few games. It's a fun, nostalgic game... but honestly, it's a pain in the neck to get all those ice cubes back in place.
Today I had Sean do it himself. He loved it. Almost as much as breaking the ice.
And you gotta love the tongue.
April 3, 2011 ... I feel like crap today. My sinuses are going to explode. Or at least that's what they're telling me. Tomorrow I'm headed to the doctor. Yet, I still dragged my ass into the gym tonight. Everything I've read said that it's OK to exercise if it's not in your chest.
So, off I went. Now, that's what I call dedication.
Or perhaps we should call it: Amy wants to get her money back from the 16-week challenge and needs to workout at the gym three days a week.
Believe you me, if it wasn't for the money my ass would have been sleeping.
Tuesday, April 12, 2011
April 2, 2011 ... yep, I missed April Fool's Day all together. Just as well.
Spring has arrived. For good this time.
OK, I'm not placing bets.
Sean and I spent the better part of the day outside digging. He played with his Moon Sand thing, and I was digging in the earth cleaning out the front planting beds of old leaves, weeds and grass. It felt good, even though my sinuses were starting to scream at me from the pressure. C'est la vie.
Somebody come and play
Somebody come and play today
Somebody come and be my friend
And watch the sun 'till it rains again
Somebody come and play today
PS. I love Ernie.
Sick. I've been sick.
I caught whatever Jeff and Sean had, and my thick head turned it into an infection instantly. I never even had a runny nose. Just intense pressure, aching teeth... generally felt like someone punched me in the face. Fun stuff.
So between taking care of Sean, work, and cleaning I was trying to remember to take photos. Most weren't very good, but I reminded myself it was about documenting our lives first and foremost. Photography skills second. Still... I didn't get a photo a day.
But I'm back and ready to share what I do have. Ready? Let's go.