Yay! A morning post

Morning!

Hope everyone had a good night sleep. I sure did. Cori woke up early so she could fill up the van with gas. =) Gotta love her. I’m taking the boys to the zoo today. My mom is coming over at 9:30am to hang out with Bailey. I was going to workout this morning but I might wait to see how much walking I do at the zoo. The last 2 days I have considered all my yard and house work to be my workout. Why not? I barely sat down either day and was sweating quite a bit while outside. It didn’t help that Bailey wouldn’t sit and hang out for longer than 10 minutes. She is still in vacation mode and wants to be held a lot.

Breakfast today was old faithful, Green Monster. I’m so predictable aren’t I? Gosh, sorry guys. You know what they say, when it’s good, it’s good.

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I figure by the time I am done posting I will have 1 hour to get showered, dressed and lunch packed for today. That should be plenty of time. Hopefully. It looks like it’s going to be crazy hot and humid here today. Good thing they have fountains for the kids to play in at the zoo.

See you after lunch,

ashley

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We’re Back!!

Hello and good evening!

I am so sorry it’s been over a week since my last post. We had a GREAT vacation. I was going to  blog while we were gone but decided to cherish the 7 days with Cori and the kids. We got back Tuesday at 6pm. Since I didn’t go grocery shopping before we left, I had to run to the store before I could relax from the drive. $350.00 later and 1.5 hours later, I was back home. (yes, $350.00!!) The sad part is I still feel like we need more.       =(   After unloading and putting everything away, Cori and I grabbed a Corona Light and watched True Blood in bed. It was a good one. 3 beers later and I was a little silly. opps. I think it was lack of food and too much beer. It’s alright though, we had a fun just the 2 of us.

I was going to blog about the trip Wednesday morning but my internet was down. Go figure!! Ugh, I was so upset. I finally got online (or so I thought) and wrote almost a whole blog when I lost the connection. I was so frustrated. I called Comcast and they came out to fix it today. Yay! I am connected again.

Now…..about our trip. Man did we enjoy ourselves. We left a day early (Tuesday night) and drove for 3 hours before getting a room at the Holiday Inn  in Gainsville. We were up and on the road before 9am. We stopped at Starbucks for a quick pick me up and I got some oatmeal. If you like oatmeal and haven’t tried theirs yet, it was good. They give you dried fruit, mixed nuts and brown sugar to top it off. It was just about lunch time when we got to my grandma’s and we were hungry! We all had turkey sandwiches and some kettle cooked chips. That night for dinner we had some slow cooked pork roast. It was yummy. I had a big salad and a small piece of the pork. (oh, and 1 small red potato) The next morning we headed to the Georgia Aquarium. It was Bailey’s first time and our 2nd time going. The boys were so excited to see the whale sharks.

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Yea, it’s not easy to get all 3 of them looking at the camera (and smiling) all at the same time. You’ll also notice I don’t have pictures of my food because I told Cori “No Blogging.” Lunch at the Aquarium was pretty lame. Nothing too healthy so I had some granola and a apple that I brought with us. After a few hours we walked over to the Coke-Cola factory. I could have skipped it for the $50 it cost us all to get in but the kids and Cori loved it. They had 64 Coke products out for sampling. I made sure to only try a few and just a sip at that. Chase didn’t use the same caution and ended up not feeling so hot. Cori and I decided to walk through Centennial park before we drove the hour back to Grandma’s. When we got back to the house she had Shepard’s Pie waiting for us. Oh it was soooooo good. Shepard’s Pie is one of my favorites. Friday morning we woke up and I had this yummy bowl of Oatmeal, a banana and 1/2 cup of coffee. Oats were Kashi Truely Vanilla brought from home. (okay so I snuck in a picture! haha)

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It was just what I needed to get me through the day at the Atlanta Zoo. That is one of the best Zoo’s ever. Lunch options there were about the same as the Aquarium, pretty lame and unhealthy. Cori even agreed this time and we both snacked on some Natures Valley Granola. We left the Zoo around 2ish and went to the Hard Rock Cafe in downtown Atlanta. I was bad and ordered a burger and a ice cold Stella on tap. The burger was heaven and worth every calorie. Bailey got to sit in her first high chair and was quite proud of herself. I was pretty impressed myself.

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Ah, I love these people.

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I skipped dinner back at the house due to the late lunch/early dinner burger. =) Saturday morning we packed it up and drove to Clarkesville to their other house. 2 hours later Cori was taking the boys on an adventure walk in the woods and I was taking a nap with Bailey. I decided not to work out this day and opted instead to have a few drinks. hehe. Cori and I got a 6 pack of mix and match beers from ingles. I LOVE INGLES! Oh my goodness, they have everything. As Greg says, “Ingles Rocks!” Get this, you can make your own peanut, cashew, and almond butter. Doesn’t get any fresher than that. Oh, and bulk bins with oats and granola. We need to get an ingles down here. Whew, anyways. I made 2 big pizza’s and 3 small pizza’s for dinner. 1 small one for each of the boys, 1 small one for Greg, 1 big fresca pizza (fresh tomatoes, mozzarella, spinach and mushrooms) and 1 big cheese and pepperoni pizza for grandma. We had a lot of pizza left over.

Sunday we all went to the Tallulah Gorge. What a beautiful place. We got to see some amazing waterfalls andwalk over 1000 stepsto the bottom of the Gorge. We found out once we were there that you can get a permit and actually go in the water! How cool is that? Next time we are so going to get a permit. I carried Bailey in the sling the whole time and boy was I feeling it on the way back up the stairs. Cori was in charge of the boys. (who both did awesome) Dinner that night was burgers and since I had just had one, I made myself a big salad  and had just a bit of the meat with some mustard. Monday we all went to Helen andwalked around. All the shoppes and restaurants are old German style and really neat to look at. We didn’t buy anything because it was all really expensive and touristy. (is that even a word? sorry)  We left Clarkesville that night and headed back to their house in Mc Donough. We were all packed and ready to leave in the morning. I said my goodbyes that night because I knew we would be leaving early. Cori and I were not ready to come home yet. We were out the door by 7am and after a quick stop in Orlando to have lunch with Katy and Janet (and 11 hours later) we were home. Ahhh, so there you have it. It was a much needed and appreaciated vacation for my family.

Yesterday morning I spent the day unpacking, cutting the grass, weeding the back yard and cleaning the house. I  think I used up every bit of energy I had. Well, I couldn’t stop to blog so what else was I suppose to do? haha. One thing I did miss that I hit up first thing was my Green Monster smoothie! I had one yesterday and this morning.

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This was where I was sitting yesterday morning when I realized my Internet wasn’t working. How sad right? Today has been just as busy. I fixed the sprinklers in the back and front yard, my mom came to visit for a few hours and  my friend Tammy who just moved back from South Carolina came by too. She brought her fiance, daughter Coral and her new baby Hendrix. It is now 9:40pm and I am just as tired as I was last night. Tomorrow will start back to normal. The boys and I are meeting up with a couple boys and their mom from their baseball team. GO RED SOCKS! My mom is coming over to sit with Bailey. I’m looking forward to spending some q.t. time with my boys.

See you for breakfast,

ashley

ps- I didn’t realize how much I would miss blogging. Yikes!

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Not lost

HELLO!!

So, my Internet has been down for 2 days. I tried everything to fix it except call Comcast to come out and repair it. They charge $40 to come and we wanted to give it another day. YAY! I woke up this morning and it’s working. I don’t get it but I’m happy it’s working. I feel like I’ve missed so many days I don’t know where to begin. Lets see…..

4th of July:

We had a great time. I made dinner for all of us before we headed downtown to watch the fireworks. Dinner was chicken, black beans and rice and garlic bread. I didn’t have any fresh veggies and only can corn so we skipped them tonight.

 My plate.

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The fireworks were great. Lake Worth always does a great job. We met up with my mom, Laurie, her kids and her mom. We set up our chairs and blanket right on the water and waited for the show. The boys got some soft serve vanilla ice cream. ($3 a pop!) Cori and I brought a bottle of Merlot and some solo cups. haha. We finished the bottle between the 2 of us in 2.5 hours. I didn’t finish my last cup so I had about 1 1/2 cups maybe? I’m not sure because I just keep pouring small amounts so I wouldn’t spill any.

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This was Bailey’s first 4th of July. I was nervous about how she would act being up so late. She is so use to her routine and is ready for bed by 7:30pm. She did great! When the fireworks stared she could care less. Cori was holding her and trying to get her to look but she turned her head and went to sleep! Guess she wasn’t so impressed.

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The boys sat on the blanket with my mom for the whole show.

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We made it home and were all in bed before 10:30pm.

 

Now the last 2 days…… let’s see

I started Sunday morning with the biggest Green Monster ever! I needed it too.

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I’m having a serious block as to what I did the rest of Sunday.Oh wait I remember, I cleaned everything! I went through Bailey’s closet, the boys closet and all of their clothes. I have 2 big bags of clothes for my nephew Ethan and 2 big bags for Lauries little girl Steffi. When Cori got home she cut the grass and I vacuumed and moped the house. For dinner I made a ground turkey Sheperds Pie. It was so yummy. Browned ground turkey with sauteed onions, creamed corn, green beans, mashed potatoes and 2 % cheddar melted on top. I have pictures but am having difficulty uploading them. Sorry.

 Yesterday I woke up and did Jillian Michaels Shred Level 1. When I finished the kids and I went to the park for 3 hours. I got in about an hour of brisk walking while the kids rode their scooters. We left just before lunch time to come home. We all had turkey sandwiches. The kids had yogurt and cheese puffs too. After lunch we went to Lauries house. I wanted to drop off the baby clothes before we leave tomorrow for our vacation. The kids played for a couple hours before we came home for nap time. Bailey and Chase slept for a  while, Ryan and I sat on the couch watching a movie. I made a big salad, a sweet potato and chicken nuggets for the boys. I ate about 1/3 of my salad and when my sweet potato was done I sent my salad packin! I just wasn’t feeling it. I put a few sprays of my “fake” butter and 2 tsp of brown sugar. It was delicious. Cori ate 1/4 that I couldn’t finish. I haven’t had a sweet potato like that in so long. It was warm, sweet and hit the spot.

Today I was up at 6:30am. Bailey was up just after. I fed her and got straight to working out. I knew I had to get it in early if I wanted to fit it in today. I went with Jillian Michaels Shred level 2. Man that chick kicks my butt. In a good way of course. I took a few extra minutes at the end to really stretch. I’m feeling really good about where I’m at but I don’t want to get to comfortable because I still have 20 lbs to go. I made myself a GM and drank it while Bailey and the kids had their breakfast. Today is going to be a busy one.

To do list.

  1. Clean house ( I know I just did it but it’s never ending)
  2. Pack my bag
  3. Pack all 3 kids bag
  4. Finish all the laundry
  5. Bake oatmeal raisin cookies for trip
  6. Make sure house is ready to be shut down for the next week.

I think my mom is coming over today so that will be nice. I could use the company. (and help!)

See you for lunch,

ashley

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Normal BMI!!

Good morning!

I was in a deep sleep this morning when I started dreaming about a baby crying. It was a familiar cry and I was looking around me to see where it was coming from. You know where you’re dreaming and you know it’s a dream? That’s about when I realized it was my baby crying, from her room and I woke up. It wasn’t even 6am yet! I waited for a min to see if she was just whining in her sleep or if she was really crying. She stopped for a few minutes than started up again so I went and got her. Poor Bailey was starving. I think it’s funny how she  could care less about holding her bottle any other time during the day but that first one she can’t let go of.

Exciting news!!! I don’t know why but this morning I decided to weigh myself. Normally I wouldn’t because I had just checked the other day. Well, I’m finally 154 lbs which puts my BMI for my height at NORMAL! I’ve heard my WII call me overweight for so long now it feels great to hear NORMAL! I mean sure, it’s the high end of normal but so what! I’m making progress. I’m becoming healthier everyday and adding years to my life. I should still lose about 19 lbs to be at a good weight for my height (5′ 6″) but slow and steady wins this race.

Happy 4th of July!!

Hopefully everyone has some super plans for today. I’m still not sure what we are doing tonight but I think today we are going to Laurie’s pool. She moved in to a new place and is using her other house as a vacation rental. It’s really nice if you are looking for a place to stay in Lake Worth, FL. (link- http://www.vacationrentals.com/vacation-rentals/55408.html) She’s supposed to call me when they are headed over. The boys are itching to swim so lets hope she wakes up early. haha

I haven’t worked out or eaten breakfast yet so I should get to that.

See you for lunch,

ashley

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Breakfast for Dinner

Hola!

I’ve had quite the busy day. The boys and I ate a quick lunch and went to the park. I had my last Lean Cuisine. It was Sesame Chicken with noodles. 330 cal, and way too much sodium. I took some pictures but my battery is dead. (surprise, surprise)

The kids and I left to the park at 12:30pm. We brought their scooters and helmets with us. They had so much fun. The trail around the park is more miles than the kids could do but we still managed to do almost 2 miles. I’m only guessing, we were going for about an hour. When they were tired with the scooters we walked over to the park. They have this really cool water fountain area that was just what they needed. I didn’t bring any suits so they played in their shorts. They had fun and that’s all that matters. We headed home just before 3pm for nap time.

Cori was feeding Bailey when we got home. The kids and I were ready for a snack. Ryan had some fruit snacks ,(transformer!) Chase and I both had a granola bar. The boys went down for a nap and Cori, Bailey and I layed down in our bed to watch some t.v. I thought for sure Bailey would take a nap too but she wasn’t tired I guess. I fell asleep for a little bit though. =) Damn afternoon naps sneeking up on me.

Dinner was a wash tonight. Cori had Taco Bell at 4pm so she wasn’t hungry. The boys wanted breakfast for dinner and I didn’t feel like cooking so that worked out perfect. They both had waffles and I had oatmeal. I haven’t been eating as many oats because it’s too darn hot out but oats for dinner works nice. I had 1 pack Kashi Truly Vanilla, 1 tbs brown sugar, 1 tsp almond butter (the last of it) and the last bit of Kashi Cocoa Beach granola. It was warm, filling and delicious.

Cori works the next 4 days until we leave on Wednesday. 40 hours in 4 days is hard when you’re out on the beach. She’ll be ready to leave come Wednesday morning. We all will be ready. I’m having a hard time not going grocery shopping, it’s slim pickins here. It makes meal times kinda interesting when there isn’t much to choose from. It’s almost always a surprise. haha

Tomorrow is the 4th of July. We don’t have any big plans. Hope everyone has a safe and fun holiday.

See you for breakfast,

ashley

ps- I’ll charge my camera tonight so I can upload some pics.

 

Update: Lunch

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M.I.A.

Hey, sorry to be missing yesterday. Before lunch I ended up working in the back yard for a couple of hours. I was completely covered in dirt. Our weeds were beginning to take over! I couldn’t even finish it all yesterday. The boys wanted hot dogs for lunch and I made myself half a sandwich and a 100 cal bag of chips.

My lame turkey sandwich with spicy mustard on a piece of whole wheat bread.

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I didn’t think I was going to be outside for so long and used up all my “extra” time that I would normally use to make something better. I think I just about drank my weight in water too, I was sweating like crazy. I never did get to working out yesterday but I think all the yard work was a good trade.

After we were all fed and I took a shower, I got the kids ready for a nap. My not so filling lunch left me hungry and while the kids slept I snacked on a Natures Valley PB granola bar.

I forgot how much I like these things.

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I started out watching some show on VH1 and the next thing I know it’s almost 5pm! I had fallen asleep for almost 1 1/2 hours. I haven’t taken a nap like that during the day since I was pregnant. It was great and awful all at the same time. I guess I needed it but I woke up feeling like I was dragging. I was also in a rush to start dinner. Luckily I already had some chicken defrosted and I started with that.

Dinner was as follows: Baked chicken fingers coated in special K cereal and Mrs. Dash table blend, mashed potatoes and cooked apples.

Here’s my plate that I ended up not finishing. Cori was still hungry so I gave her 1 piece of chicken and 1/2 of my apples.

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I had about 2 tbs of ketchup for dipping too. The apples were ok but not my favorite. I used 3 Fuji apples and I think a more sour apple would have been better. The chicken on the other hand was great! I crushed about 2 cups (which was actually too much) of Special K cereal in a gallon sized ziploc bag, poured the crumbs on to a plate and added the Mrs. Dash Table Blend. I trimmed the fat off the chicken, pounded 2 chicken breasts until they were even and cut them into strips. I rinsed the strips with water then coated them in the crumb mixture. Baked at 375* for about 30 min. The kids were excited to eat cereal on their chicken.

After dinner Cori and I watched Troy and the kids all went to bed. I had a hard time falling asleep but I slept good after that. Bailey was up at 6:20am. Cori was still tired and didn’t feel like working out so I was on my own. I didn’t realize how much yard work really worked you out. My legs are so sore. My back is even sore. I tried to do Jillian Michaels No more trouble Zones but I just wasn’t feeling it. I found a few other videos that I tried but either my legs or my arms would start to burn. After about 40 min of trying different videos, I decided to do 10 min of abs. By the time I was done Cori was up. I took my car to down the street and vacuumed it out. It was so gross. I figured I should clean it before our vacation on Wednesday. =) When I got home I realized I still hadn’t eaten anything yet and had a South Beach Diet PB bar. ( and a big glass of h2o)

Cori was getting ready to finish up the back yard. Seeing that I was already sweaty and dirty I helped too. I had all but 1 part of the fence done; (pulling weeds) she pulled those weeds. I sprayed round up along the patio and in the front of the house. I finally got to use the gas blower. Oh yea, that was fun. It vibrates so much it’s almost hard to hold on to. Really makes “sweeping” off the patio so much easier. 

I am not sure what our plans are for today. We are trying not to spend money seeing as we’re leaving soon. Lunch time is in 30min so I should get the ball rolling.

See you for lunch,

ashley

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Rain or shine

First let me say that I found a stashed 100 cal ice cream sandwich last night. =) It hit the spot and was delicious.

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Now that I got that off my chest, Good Morning!

Bailey Anne was up bright and early at 6am. She didn’t go to bed until after 8pm last night and I thought she would sleep until 7 at least. No such luck. It’s alright though because Cori had to get up and ready for work anyway. Bailey could hardly wait for her diaper change she was so hungry. I could hear the milk hitting her belly as she drank. Poor thing. I can’t imagine having a stomach that small and going 10 hours without eating. The boys were up abnormally early too. Cori was still here when they woke up so I know it was early. haha.

I’m still feeling run down and rather bloated. Cori found me some Midol in the cabinet and she says it will help. Anyone know any natural remeidies for pms? (Other than suck it up and get over it.) Needless to say I’m not quite in the workout mood and skipped it this morning. Instead I made myself some waffles. Kashi plain whole wheat waffles with 1 tbs almond butter and 1 tbs light maple syrup.

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I did make some coffee but couldn’t even drink 1 cup. The waffles were so sticky and sweet I opted for a big glass of water. The boys both wanted a bite and the break in eating made me feel full, I probably left 1/4 of 1 of these.

I’m not sure what the weather is going to be like today. If it is nice outside I would like to take the boys to the zoo or the park. If it rains I don’t know what we’ll do. I guess I could clean the house and do some laundry. (yay!) I need to find some energy somewhere and workout this afternoon. Rain or shine I have to get something accomplished today. Cori gets to come home right after work today and tomorrow she is off all day! I have to bring Ryan to get some blood work done tomorrow and I’m going to get mine done as well while I’m there. Saturday is July 4th and Cori works at the beach. The kids and I have no plans so far. What are all of you doing?

See you for lunch,

ashley

Ps- I did weigh myself right when I woke up and I’m still at 155lbs. I won’t weigh myslef again for a couple weeks. Hopefully the lack of weight loss this week is due to the bloating. (fingers crossed) My healthy weight of 135lbs seems so close yet so far.

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