Archive for June, 2009

Veggie Delight

While Ryan and Chase napped I thought of dinner ideas. ( and watched Oprah haha) Her show was about prolonging your life and what you can do to be your best. She had a 85 yr old man who lived a healthy lifestyle, ate healthy food and stayed active, and felt like he was in his 40’s! I am so amazed by people like him. He also is one of the richest men in the world.

Bailey and I went in to the kitchen while the boys napped and I started on dinner.

And, had a glass of vino. =)

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Bailey sat in her Bumbo seat and munched on some frozen strawberry’s.

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She is the best assistant chef ever.

I knew I wanted to make some sweet potatoes for dinner. I cut up 2 big sweet potatoes and tossed them in EVOO and a pinch of salt and pepper, baked them in the oven at 400* for 30 min. I still had 2 chicken breasts from yesterday leftover and was going to have 1/2 of one. Until that is, I saw the big bowl of veggies. I had a bunch of broccoli, cauliflower, zucchini, carrots, and red pepper staring at me. I thought for a minute about dumping them then a light went off. How about vegetable soup? I put all the veggies in my food processor with a little bit of low sodium chicken stalk and blended away. Once it was all blended I poured it in to a pot and brought it up to a boil. Added a little bit of Mrs. Dash table blend and tada! It was magic.

All the vegetable soup business got me way off track from what was suppose to be dinner. I know the boys don’t like sweet potatoes (weird huh?) and there was no way they would try the veggie soup. I’m really trying to get them to try new things, it’s just hard. Ryan said he just wanted chicken and Chase didn’t say much, I think he was still sleepy. In a last minute effort I heated up some chicken for the boys, tossed some sweet potatoes in a bowl of soup and we sat down for dinner.

Here’s my bowl.

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No protein in this meal but it was plenty filling. So much so I couldn’t finish it.

What’s left over.

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Tonight would be perfect for some dark chocolate. Too bad I don’t have any, maybe it’s a good thing. Cori is off from the beach again tomorrow. That means a run is in the plans. Hopefully the weather is better than today.

See you for breakfast,

ashley

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Rain rain go away

It’s been raining here for over 2 day now. I know we need it but this is messing up my flow. The kids went to the movies with Cori today. Cori said they really liked the movie but after 2 hours they were over it. Ryan also had to go #2 in the middle of it and she had to run to the bathroom. haha, Can’t say I’m upset I missed that one. I didn’t do much after I got back from my oil change. Bailey took a nap and I just layed around. I would have gone outside and done some yard work had it not been raining. I finally got hungry around 1pm and made myself a tuna sandwich. I used my flat sandwich bread, 1 can Albacore white tuna, 1 tbls fat free mayo, romaine lettuce, mustard, and a sliced pickle.

Yummy tuna salad sandwich.

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I did open a 100cal bag of chips but I couldn’t finish them, I was full and they were too salty.

Laurie called me and told me she got her furniture for the new house so I packed up Bailey and headed over. She totally lucked out. She got 2 living room sets for $1700! There is a used furniture store by my house and she got everything there. You can’t even tell it’s used though, it looks brand new. (all of it)

Cori and the boys made it back to the house just after I did. She took them to Chick’fil-a for lunch and then went to Barnes and Noble. The boys love going to the book store. Cori is already gone to the high school to go work. =( I have no desire to cook dinner tonight. I’m feeling kinda blah. I think it’s all the rain. I’m use to sunshine and blue skys. This rain makes me lazy. Hopefully she won’t be home too late and she can help me come up with something yummy for dinner.

See you for dinner,

ashley

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Sweating to the oldies

With my (actually it was Cori’s) Ipod in hand I set out for what was suppose to be my run this morning at 6:30am. It looked like it was about to rain so I stayed around my neighborhood. I figured that way if it started to pour I  could make it home faster. I ran for about a mile but the air is so humid I kept feeling like I couldn’t catch my breath, I kept it a fast walk instead. It’s about 2 miles around my whole neighborhood and I went 2x so that’s about 4miles. I did get rained on a little bit but not too bad. My last mile got really windy which felt great. I jamed to a bunch of old dance, pop, rock and punk songs. Gotta love shuffle mode! Not too many walkers this morning. (could be the weather haha) Most mornings there is at least 5-10 people out exercising. Even though I didn’t run I still feel like I burned some good calories. I had a good sweat going. I tried to sprint a few times towards the end but eh, it wasn’t gonna happen.

Bailey was up at 5:30am! I waited about 15 minutes and she didn’t go back to sleep so I went and made a bottle. The house was still very dark and as I was going down the hallway to her door I bumped into Cori. She scared the crap out of me. I thought she was still in bed, opps. She changed her diaper and brought her back to our bed and fed her. It’s nice when she takes over like that sometimes. I didn’t go back to sleep (none of us did) and by 6:15 I was itching to workout. When I got back Cori headed out the door for a run herself. She’s worried she’s gonna get out of shape now that the Fire Academy is over. When she gets hired she will have to take another physical test, and if she doesn’t get hired right away she has to take the CPAT every 6 months to keep up her certification. Yikes.

Chase wanted Cherrios and Ryan and I had waffles. I had Kashi Strawberry Flax waffles with 1/2 a banana and 2 tbls light maple syrup.

They were so yummy.

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I think next time I’ll add some PB too. =)

I have to jump in the shower now. I have to bring the van to get an oil change. Hopefully they will wash it too, she’s dirty.

Cori is bringing the boys to the movies today and I’m not sure what I’m going to do. I’m just about over staying in the house so I better think of something.

See you for lunch,

ashley

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Winding down

Well, the kids and I have had a pretty boring day. Besides our trip to the Doctor today we didn’t really do anything. The kids played inside all day because of the nasty weather. They are about ready to climb the walls. Bailey got some good sleep. She took a nap on my chest from 4ish till 5:20pm. I could have layed her down but she was too cute. =) The kids were suppose to be taking a nap but I could hear them playing the whole time. I didn’t mind because they were behaving. They’ll be ready for bed come 8pm though.

Chase was ready for dinner (that boy is always ready to eat) and by 5:30 I was cooking. I heated the oven to 400* and put in the 3 chicken breasts. I had them marinating in Mrs. Dash Garlic and Herb since yesterday. They came out so good. I was going to use up the leftover veggies from last night but I went with something a little different.

I give you, chicken, cheese, lettuce, corn and salsa in a whole wheat wrap. We’ll call it a mexi-wrap. All that was missing was some sour cream. It was still tasty though.

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While I gave Bailey her bath I munched on a few of these. I love Nilla Waffers. Simple and delicious.

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All the kids are just about ready for bed. Bailey is starting to get a little cranky so I’m gonna call it a night. Jon and Kate comes on tonight. I think it’s just a look back since it started. I should go to be early tonight. I want to run in the morning if it’s not raining and I have to bring in the van for an oil change at 9am.

See you for breakfast,

ashley

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munchin kinda day

Missing my morning workout has thrown off my day. After the kids ate their lunch, I set them up outside with some moon sand. (it always keeps them busy for a little bit) I thought I should workout before I changed my mind. While browsing the exercise videos I found a 20 min tank top ready workout. It was really intense. Worked out my arms, shoulders, back and abs. When it was done I did 10 min pilates for legs. Wow! I wasn’t sure how much I would feel it but my outer thighs were a burnin! haha By the time I finished the 30 min the kids were back inside coloring. I thought I could do a little more, perhaps something fun. Then I found something under cardio Booty Blast. It was only 10 min so I gave it a try. A few minutes in I wasn’t sure if this was a workout or some kind of soft porn. ( I think it was like a stripper aerobics) I hung in there for a few more minutes until they started doing some pelvic thrusts and Chase burst out laughing. I darted for the remote and turned it off. It was too funny not to laugh. Chase jumped up and started shaking his butt. Oh no, what did I do? Guess I won’t be doing that one again. Hopefully he doesn’t break out his new moves someone inappropriate.

I thought I would be ready for lunch after all that but I was really craving some popcorn. ( weird I know) The kids were excited to have some too so I made a bag. There is only 15 cal for 1 cup of popped popcorn. Nice right? I gave the boys each their own bowl and I had the rest. haha I remembered we had some Coke Zero in the fridge and I had one of those too. This isn’t going to be my most healthy day. I’m not sure why my appetite is becoming poor in the afternoons. I’m hungry for breakfast and dinner still, just not lunch. I think I’m also getting a little lazy and I don’t feel like cooking. I’m also trying to avoid eating Lean Cusienes  and that’s a part of it. I can only eat so many sandwiches and salads. Time for some new lunch ideas. My flatout bread pizza’s were really good for lunch but I haven’t been able to find them anywhere.

Cori will be home earlier than when she was in school but still past dinner. =( I have the chicken that I marinated yesterday ready to make for dinner. We still have a ton of steamed veggies left over too. Since I didn’t have an official lunch I’m sure I’ll find something else to munch on before dinner. Too bad I don’t have any hummis, that would be great.

See you for dinner,

ashley

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Back home

The EEG went well. I had to leave the room though. He was suppose to lay with his eyes closed and wasn’t allowed to talk or smile. Every time Bailey or Chase would say something he would do all of the above, so we sat in the waiting room. It only took 20 minutes which was nice. Took me 40 minutes just to get there in the pouring rain and 30 to get back. They said they would call me if anything looked abnomal and scheduled a follow up appointment July 30.

The kids were hungry right when we got home even though it wasn’t lunch time. Chase had a PB&J sandwich, an apple and a 2 % mozz cheese stick. Ryan had an apple, carrots and a cheese stick. (he didn’t want a sandwich) I’m munched on a Kashi Dark Chocolate and Coconut bar. 120 cal, 3.5g fat, 4g fiber and 4g protein. I’m not that hungry yet so I figured I would just have a snack.

It’s only 12pm and we don’t have any plans left for the day. Looks like we’ll be hanging out around the house. If it clears up I might bring the kids to the park. Cori is working at the beach until 5:30pm and then is going to the high school to work for a little. =( . We could use the extra $ for our upcoming trip to Georgia July 8.

See ya later,

ashley

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New Week

Hello there! Today is looking good so far. Aside from a cramp in my back, I woke up this morning feeling rested and refreshed. That’s 2 nights now I’ve gotten some sleep. Today starts the first week in 6 months that Cori doesn’t have school. I’m excited to have her home more. We use to have so much more time together. It’s hard to believe that it’s over already. It’s crazy how fast 6 months goes by. It’s even crazier that our little girl is almost 7 months!

 I decided to skip the am workout (which I’ll later regret) and made a GM.

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What went in:

  • 8 ice cubes
  • 1 small banana
  • 1/4 cup raw oats
  • 1 heaping tsp Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter
  • 1 tsp flax seed
  • spinach to top of blender. Yea, it was a lot.

The Dark Chocolate PB is much less sweeter than regular PB. It is still great though. I’m drinking it as I type this. A-mazing!

Today Ryan goes for an EEG. I thought he had to be sleep deprived but I noticed yesterday that on the directions the Doctor crossed that part out. Our appointment is at 10:15am. It took me almost 25 min to get there last time, not too bad. I’ll have all 3 kids with me this time though. The EEG can last anywhere from 45 min- 1 hour. Hopefully Chase and Bailey can bare with it.

We’ll be out around lunch time so I’m already planning on what to do. I might pack a lunch just in case.

See you after lunch,

ashley

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