Wednesday, May 27, 2015

temporary header thanks to my cousin

Hello dear ones,

How are you this fine Wednesday?  I am looking out at gloomy skies and feeling so sad for everyone affected by this crazy weather we've been having. 

I got called out on my header so I did a quick one this morning.  Can't quite get that size right.  ha!  :)  I will work on that.  For the meantime, this is better than those deer. 

I changed my calories in my fitness pal to maintenance mode.  I just need a break from thinking about that for a bit but don't want to totally go rogue, either.  Hopefully this will give me the mental break that I need.  Thank you, Sybil for the workout suggestions!  I have them on my list to look up.  I hope to implement something on June 1st.  No time like the future!  :)  I am struggling this last week, if you can't tell, mainly with my eating.  It's okay...it's life.  I ate TWO hamburgers at my sister's the other night.  I never have eaten two hamburgers in my entire life!!!!  hahaha.  nom nom nom.

What else is new??  Ruby is home with a low fever.  She was sick on Saturday, then fine on Sunday & Monday and then came home from school yesterday with a fever.  Nick has a cough.  I have allergies.  But otherwise we are healthy as freaking horses. 

Don't tell anyone but we are painting our mythical lower level!!!  I hate to have hope (my hope is in the Lord) (I say jokingly but it's true) but I think that room might actually get a ceiling in 2015???!!!!  Call me crazy, I know.  We are painting it brown with some dark brown.  It doesn't quite match the brown carpet or brown couch or brown curtains.  HAHAHAHAHAHA.  The curtains can be switched out, I suppose.  It will all look either A) cozy B) depressing or C) like you've entered a giant turd that you are supposed to relax in???  I love us, we are so funny.  (I mentally pat us on the head.)

Ebay update:  It's going well!  I sold all those Lululemon shorts in short order (ha) and made $140 profit on them.  Sa-weet!  I am selling that map wristlet because I got a different purse I love on our shopping day so I could let it go.  Some lady bought it but then changed her mind so it is for sale again.  Hopefully it will go.  I've been having lots of other sales, here are some of them:


So thankful for all of them.  I tried to explain to my children how God blesses me through ebay and I think Ruby kind of got it, Nick, well Nick is 5, and James was skeptical.  :)  Of course he was. 

Speaking of Nick.  He climbed in to cuddle this morning and then said, "Mom, do you just put a pizza in the oven and it cooks?"  I said yes.  Then, "Well, I think I could make a pizza by myself."  hahahahaha. 

I read a fiction book by Max Lucado.  Miracle at the Higher Grounds Cafe.  I liked it.  It is one of those Christian chick lit type books but one that describes angels and demons at work all around us.  I haven't had those images in my mind for a while and I liked it.  I also read Orchard House and really liked that, too, even though it can be a bit of a downer.  I thought of Sybil a lot as it's set in Seattle. 

Now I should go.  Ruby needs some colored pencils.

DON'T WE ALL, RUBY????

xoxox

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

the one where I post my actual weight on the internet

Good morning to you!  How are you so far today?  I am good.  I am drinking a coffee with half the cream I usually use (2T...don't judge, I love cream) + some SF vanilla syrup I don't usually use and it's not half bad.  This means I can have 2 coffees today for only one coffee worth of calories.  :)  Yes, these are the things I think of.  I can feel your jealousy.  ;)

I lost about 10 pounds over the winter, so that feels good.  It took what felt like forever to get away from 174/176.  I was stuck there for sooooooo long.  Now I am sitting at 166 and feel good about that.  My next goal is 164, then 160.  haha!  I aim high!  It is crazy how much I dink around before staying at a weight.  I will go down then up then down then up.  hahahahha.  It's just how I roll.  (that's just how I eat rolls...)  I am not sure how summer will play out but I'd love to be at 160 when school starts.  It would be fun to weigh 150 by my 45th (CHOKE) bday.  That is next June.  holy crap.  old.

My favorite thing is My Fitness Pal.  user name: stephaniekgb  I stick around 1500 calories most days and don't eat back all of my exercise calories.  Some days I go totally off the rails and that is okay, too.  I am not in a race of any sort, I have to remind myself, just wanting to feel better all around.  I went through a vigorous exercising phase in the fall and have settled back into my favorites...walking and biking.  I would still like to have a simple, every day bodyweight routine that I could add in.  Let me know if you have one!

I don't know how much I ever talked about my heart rate.  It seems to get high sometimes when I exercise and it bugs me.  The good thing is that it comes down quickly but STILL.  I have a physical scheduled for the end of the month and I am looking forward to talking with a doctor about this, hoping it will ease my mind OR that she will have me do a stress test or something to see more of what I'm seeing.  In the meantime, I try to keep myself in the mid 130s...a good rate that I can go at for a while.  Mowing the lawn last week had me in the 160s, though.  The grass was high, I was going fast (rain coming) and it is not a self-propelled mower but still.  normal?

I didn't intend to go on and on about my body this morning but there you go.  I guess that's what was on my mind.  :)

Time to get to work!  xoxo

Thursday, May 07, 2015

good morning, dear ones

How in the world are you???  I am good.  I think about this blog, and use it as a reference tool quite a bit, but just haven't made the time to write.  I wonder about next year...when I have a bit more time to myself.  I wonder if I will be inspired to write more again?

Let me dwell on this for a minute.  :)  Next September all 3 of our darling children will be in school full time.  For me this will mean that on most days I will have the hours between 7:45 and 3:15 to myself.  In my mind I am working at home 2 full days, listing and taking pictures, out thrifting one day, out doing errands one day (and having lunch with Patrick), and having one day to get some bigger projects done around the house.  (painting, etc.)  It will be fun to see how it actually works out.  :)

Today was supposed to be a work day but James is home sick so I kept Nick home, too.  We will try again tomorrow.  We are having a reduced summer babysitting schedule this year (date night only, no afternoon hours to myself first) so I have been trying to stockpile inventory to list over the summer without having to go out and buy more during those months.  (with all 3 kids in tow...kill me now.)  I've got about 8 weeks worth which will probably cover more like 10 or 11.  When you add in time out of town I am probably set.  It felt good to get all of that figured out and organized yesterday.  I have about 2 weeks worth (ie: 50 items/25 per week) of tops to list, 1 week of shorts & pants, 1 week of skirts, 1 of dresses, 1 of men's clothing, 1 week of athletic wear, swimsuits & shoes, and 1+ of miscellaneous crap.  :)

A recent score was just this last Sunday.  I found 4 pairs of men's Lululemon shorts.  I think I saw a man on Real Housewives (Orange Cty.) once wearing Lululemon and thought it was kind of strange but I know how expensive their stuff is so I got them.  Men's Lululemon is totally a thing!!  I listed on Monday and 2 pairs sold right away to, you guessed it, California.  :)  I bought for $4.29/pr and sold those 2 for $45.99 each.   I also found a beautiful leather wristlet, totally like new, for $4.99 that sells for $69.  It is this one:

My dilemma here is that I kind of love it but I also kind of love the $50 I could probably get for it.  sigh.

We are spending so much money right now on summer activities that any extra cash is much needed...I think I might have to let it go.  sob.  :)  (but it is so soft and so mappy...)

As always, I am so thankful for my job.

Are you wondering about my kids?  They are doing well.  Growing up.  James is SO big all of a sudden.  So mature.  He is so rational and just "right" a lot of the time...so much like his father.  I say "right" in that if I am being emotional and maybe just a wee bit irrational, he will speak up with this voice of reason (he is 11) and if I can manage to listen to him, what he is saying, often times, makes lots of sense.  Hard to parent that sometimes.  :) He has some really good friends and they do cool stuff together like modify nerf guns and make go-carts.  He goes on bike rides.  He makes muffins all on his own and will start dinner for me.  He is going to play the flute in band next year.  :)  He agreed to go to an overnight camp with church even though his feelings about God are complicated right now.  (Thank you, Lord.)

Ruby is at this point of still being so little and enjoying all her same things that she has for years but also wanting to be accepted by a group of girls that act much older and don't do that "baby" stuff anymore.  Luckily, she is free to be totally herself at home and with her neighborhood friends.  These other girls aren't bad, just maturing slightly faster.  (they have big sisters.)  She does brush her hair all by herself now and usually in front of the mirror.  :)  She wore a bracelet to school yesterday.  However, she still doesn't care what the heck she is wearing as long as she's comfortable.  I love that about her.  She is super funny and also a bit dramatic.

Mornings around here are either really good or totally chaotic.

Nicholas is 5 now.  He still wants to cuddle with me every morning (cheek to cheek, if you will) but all he talks about is tanks and guns and fast cars.  He plays with Ruby's BFF next door almost as much as she does.  (he is 8 and very good with Nick)  He loves to go on bike rides and have a sack lunch along.  :)  He is playing soccer with his cousin Jacob and the two of them are hilarious out there.  His speech is improving (had some speech therapy at school this year) so he is much easier to understand.  He loves to stir up trouble with James and then fake-cry super loud when James gets him back.  He hasn't learned to wipe his own butt yet.  :/

Well, that is a quick glimpse at life right now.  We are all excited for summer and the freedom that comes with it.  I can't wait to spend more time with Wendy again (she is a teacher).  I can't wait to go camping and hang out at Devil's Lake.

Now I need to go make some bbq sauce!  yee haw!

xoxo

Friday, April 10, 2015

tybee, part 3

Thursday night we had our best dinner at AJ's which was steps from our rental. It was delicious! I had a fried flounder po' boy and Patrick had grilled mahi mahi. We both had watermelon margaritas. yuuuuuuuuuum.  James had a burger as big as his face and Ruby & Nick had homemade chicken "strips" that were so plentiful that we all had some for lunch the next day.  :)  It was a great end to our time on Tybee.

Friday morning: I will glaze over getting us out of the house (big kids=naughty) and jump to what came next.  We spent another great day at the beach!  It was even warmer, around 80, and we went back to the North beach which is not as busy as the one by the Pier.  If you walk around the jetty it is even less busy, which we prefer.  I even got in the water!  I was thinking it would be too cold but Patrick was right, it wasn't bad once you got used to it.  After a few hours of playing we left to head for Savannah where we would spend one more night.

I still needed to change so we stopped at a playground right near the beach where there was a restroom with no waiting and some great trees to climb.  (be still my heart.)  James set up at this picnic table and said he wanted to stay all day.  :)  It was shady, there was a breeze...very nice.  He was planning a game for him and Nick to play on the way home.


Patrick called me to come over and when I turned the corner I saw this.  hahahahaha.  He was up so high!
Of course Ruby and Nick wanted to try.  (James was still creating.)


I love this one:

We finally left and headed towards Savannah.  We had our first meal at Chick-fil-A (so good!) and got some more donuts.  (Peanut free, how could we not??)  We parked near Forsyth park and wandered around with a coffee.  There is a beautiful fountain, a couple playgrounds and tons of green space.  It was gorgeous out and we were happy we had stayed for one more night.

Next we walked down by the river.
little rats.
We found a brew pub for dinner and James had fun playing this large game with strangers:

Ruby took these:



I took this.  She was thrilled with her nachos.
Nick and this little boy were making funny faces at each other all night.  :)
And now my kids are almost home.  More soon!  xoxo

Wednesday, April 08, 2015

more Tybee Island

Before I forget.  Yesterday Nick asked me how to spell, "Don't go in yours room because it is destroyed with toilet paper."  Haha!  He would be an excellent spy.  ;)

On Tuesday, the second day of our trip, it was gorgeous from start to finish.  Ruby came on my morning walk with me and we decided it would be a good day to rent kayaks.  After breakfast James & I headed to a kayak place to get some information.  It turned out the time to kayak to Little Tybee was ASAP due to the tides.  They loaded a couple kayaks onto our van and we headed home to get the others.  (James got a can of mountain dew.  He was thrilled.  :)  )

There was a kayak launch spot right near our house and the trip over to the island only took about 15 minutes.  I think we were going fast because it was a bit nervewracking.  We were right at the mouth of the river where it meets up with the ocean...feels a lot freakier to me than being on a lake.  Patrick was in one with Ruby & Nick and James and I were together.  Ruby didn't like the ride over much and Nick didn't like getting splashed but we all loved the island.  I didn't bring my camera so I don't have any pictures of the large hermit crab we found living in a snail shell, the whelk snail we found that was so big and spewed a bunch of water out of it when we flipped it over.  (I will never forget the look on Ruby's face.)  The big old horseshoe crab shell we found, tons of other shells.  We just walked and walked and walked and looked in tidal pools and then walked some more.  We almost lost a kayak.  We had some snacks.  The kids just played and played in the sand and water and tidal mud.  (yuck!)  It was beautiful and there was only one other family over there exploring...it felt like we had the place to ourselves.  It was so crazy to me to look over at a crowded beach and be on a mirroring beach with NO ONE else on it just because it takes a little bit of work to get to it.  If we had our own kayaks I would have gone over there every day and explored.  (maybe next time...)  :)

After we returned the kayaks we had dinner and went back to the beach to run around.

Wednesday was another beautiful day and we just hung out all morning until we met Dr. Joe for our beach walk.  Dr. Joe is amazing and we all had a really good time.
Here are Ruby & Nick hunting for sea treasures under the jetty:

 All of these shells, even the tiny ones, had hermit crabs in them:
 James is in the blue LAS VEGAS hat below:  (thanks, Dad!)

 Here James was preparing to help Dr. Joe drag a net over the ocean floor to see what we'd catch (and release, of course):

 Nick just LOVED the hermit crabs:
 Here we cleaned out the net.  Lots of small fish and some gooey blobs that were actually another type of jellyfish:

 and a squid!!  So cool!
 After this we drove to the outskirts of Savannah to get some Krispy Kreme & visit the Bonaventure cemetary.  Patrick & I loved it years ago and thought it would be a good place to walk around.  It had just closed and the kids crashed after their sugar high.  :)

 We went back to Tybee and went on a boat ride to see some Dolphins.  We saw a few, rode some big (to me) waves and I was very happy to get off.  :)

 The next day, Thursday, was even warmer out!  We decided to go to the main beach to set up and have lunch there.  James loves being buried. 
 Ruby and Nick offering James support via refreshments:
 The pier:
 James fell in love with boogie boarding.  Seriously loved it.



 Nick loved the waves, too.  Loved jumping over them.  The water was a bit cold for Ruby but she just had fun playing in the sand, finding hermit crabs and rescuing jelly fish blobs.  :)




 This is Nick holding one of the blobs.  They almost looked clear but actually had a super fine digestive tract you could just barely see.  Kind of amazing.

That is all for today!  xoxoxo

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