Saturday, March 21, 2015

You May Be Right

Friday night I crashed your party
Saturday I said I'm sorry
Sunday came and trashed me out again
I was only having fun
Wasn't hurting anyone
And we all enjoyed the weekend for a change

I've been stranded in the combat zone
I walked through Bedford Stuy alone
Even rode my motorcycle in the rain
And you told me not to drive
But I made it home alive
So you said that only proves that I'm insane

You may be right
I may be crazy
But it just may be a lunatic you're looking for
Turn out the light
Don't try to save me
You may be wrong for all I know
But you may be right

My blogging has been sporadic as of late.  I've been usual.  Taxiing kids here and there, running a household, and doing my own thing.  My sweet little nephew has been in town that has been most awesome.  

  This dashing little man is cruising everywhere and is unafraid!!  My favorite thing he does is that he repeatedly says, "Heeeey" in the sweetest baby voice ever.  He is very smart and I am absolutely certain he gets that from his Aunt Mandy although I'm sure my brother would say otherwise.

Stahp, just stahp!

This crazy chick has been running track and her Momma and Daddy are so proud of her. I love that she keeps going.    She is an amazing person...  Sometimes ..ok most of the time I don't know how I got so lucky to have a kid as great as her.  All those screaming toddler years I guess!!

I am going back to the orthopedic surgeon, because my knees are not better.  Surgery is the likely treatment for my Chondromalacia patellae.  I'm at peace with it, I kinda have to be...if I want to run again.  I just have my fingers crossed that I can do upper body while I'm in recovery.  I have been lifting with incline walking six days a week...and it is paying off.  I can see changes.

Last March....when I wasn't lifting as often.  Same flex, less gains...different Jeep.

And this was at about a BMI of 45...Morbidly obese.

I  flex all the time now, and post all these pictures on social media.... My kids see them, my friends see them, and my family see them.  I hope that it will encourage and motivate people and not annoy or offend anyone.  I always say if I can do this anyone can...and I TRULY mean that.  And if it does offend or annoy people..I feel that's just too damned bad. I don't need you in my life.  I am trying to be a positive healthy role model for my kids.  I won't have them going down the unhealthy path that I did.  There are haters out there..and then I have my best girls...I usually meet up with them at the gym daily!

Monday, March 2, 2015

Snow Days, Surgery, and The Crazy

The past two weeks have been CRAZY.... And I do mean crazy.  Not one but two kids have had emergency appendectomies less than two weeks apart.  Color me astonished.  Never say never.  Both Matt and Nick are recovering.  Nick is still home as his was just performed Saturday.  
Our first lucky emergency appendectomy recipient 

Our second emergency appendectomy recipient

Meanwhile, during all this medical emergency business.  This kid still somehow managed to obtain his Learner's License.  Eeeeek!

We have also had some CRAZY Texas weather.  Ice and then some "real" snow!!  

The kiddos have enjoyed their Snow Days and it was nice to have real snow.  It was not so nice being stranded away from the gym!!
They always manage to keep it interesting!

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Hot Chocolate and All Things Sweet

Our sweet boy is growing and getting so darned cute.  His Mommy took these pictures, and they brought a smile to my face as soon as I saw them.

Weight training is going great!  I am noticing changes that I had never been able to see before.  I love meeting up with my girls in the weight room 6 days a week!  Mostly I love that through my gym I have gained such a strong group of friends that support each other...through good and bad.

Flexing my quad...Is that a muscle!

Carter cannot resist a good flex off.

Saturday, we ran the Hot Chocolate 15k in  Dallas.  It was so much fun, and the longest distance that I have run since my Half Marathon.  I was still able to run the entire thing, and appreciate my friend for staying with me the entire run.  Talking helped me not focus on my knees.  I go to the doctor today for a new treatment called Gel 1, and I am very excited.  I have high hopes that I will be back to running next week. 

Sunday, February 1, 2015

Super Bowl Sunday

It's Super Bowl Sunday....and it means absolutely nothing to us!  I'll be heading off to the gym like any other day!    I haven't posted in a few weeks.  We have been just as busy as any other family of six.  So let me catch up....

I'm not running right now...I hate it!  I have an overtraining injury issue with my knees.  I had to see a specialist and get some steroid injections...they haven't helped as much as I'd like.  I am doing strength training hoping it helps...also I just love it.  I will probably be going back to the doctor in a few weeks to take it to the next level of treatment though.  I can't stand not running.  I can still speed walk like a boss though!  I signed up previously for a 15k that is next I don't exactly know what to do about it......I CAN just is painful.  Still pondering it.
When you are feeling a little blue because of an injury....head to the beauty school for a new do!

My kid is starting Driver's Education at the High School this week.  I'm nervous about it.  He is gonna be behind the wheel of a moving death machine.  It also means...oh shit..he isn't a baby any more.  I don't think he could be more his not let on kinda way.

We are in serious Summer Vacation debates over here y'all.  Our regular Florida pool house, new Florida house on an island....or Matt throws Hawaii in the mix.  Well you know I can't turn down Hawaii.  I think I might be part Hawaiian.  I "meed" to get back there as soon as possible.  So when you talk Hawaii, then you have to decide the Big Island or Kauai.  It's too much....
I have to get back!
But the kids love it here!

My sweet little nephew is still the light of our lives.  He is just a joyful little soul.  Everything he learns is a new and amazing thing, even though I've seen it four times still amazes me!  Boy Wonder is his new name...and I even found him a shirt that proclaims it!  We went to visit him last week and I missed him as soon as I was home.

Friday, January 2, 2015

First Post of 2015

     I haven't posted in a few weeks..... I have been so busy with the holidays and kids and enjoying it all.  The kids go back to school in just a few days, and I have to say that I am glad.  I want to get back to a regular schedule.

We had an absolutely wonderful Christmas.  Having my nephew here makes it so special.  I remember talking about it last year.  This year it was for real.  He has learned to get EVERYWHERE in his walker....the Christmas tree..and anything within his reach was not safe.  I love him with all of my being.  I like to think I have to love him just a little bit more because our Momma wants me to.

Annual Christmas Lights Photo 2014

Their 1st Christmas Lights Photo!! 2014

Just what he wanted!

One of the many ornaments he pulled off the tree.

Loves his gift from Uncle Austin and Aunt Robbie!

Uncle Matt is getting him!

He loves to play the video games.

It's a brand new year, and I cannot wait to see what's in store for us.  2014 was grand!  I became a runner, ran a half marathon, ran much further than a half marathon...and learned that I can probably do anything I set my mind to.  That is something at 276 pounds....I would have never imagined doing.  My hubby and I celebrated our 18 year anniversary in December and he blew my mind by taking me to Hawaii over the summer.  A wildest dreams trip.  Now, we are planning on taking the kids!!  My babies continue to grow and aren't babies anymore.  They astound me with their knowledge and  quick wit.  Brady will grow so quickly this year.  He is going to learn to walk and talk.  I cannot wait to watch him.   It goes so fast!

Annual Christmas Lights Photo 2009

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Let It Out

Keep, keep, keep
Keep pushing this higher, oh
I've been living uptight
Take it easy right now
Like a moth to the fire, oh
Like I'm losing this fight
Take it easy right now

From the day we're born
We are scarred and torn
We've been scared to sing out loud

But we don't care no more
'Cause we know life is short
We don't care who hears us now
Breathe it in and let it out, oh
Let it out, oh
Breathe it in and let it out, oh
Let it out, oh

Well, my first "official" half marathon experience was not all that I had hoped it would be.  I got sick two days before.  I had no voice, was not properly fueled, and not properly hydrated.  But, I am no longer the girl that quits things.  So, I ran that 13.1..... I guzzled 2 cups of water at FIVE water stops...I was so thirsty.  But, I finished my half.  I did not get the time I wanted.  I hurt like I have never hurt before.. I didn't hurt that bad when I ran 18.  I still have no voice..... But what I do have is a 13.1 sticker on the back of my Jeep and a Dallas Half Marathon Finisher Medal hanging on my wall.  My hubby and my Aunt Becky were there to support me.  It makes my heart happy.  My aunt yelled her head momma would have too...makes me feel like she was there a bit too.  Thirteen point one....I kept saying it's ONLY 13 miles...I've run that and more many times now.  BUT...never at 276 pounds could I have dreamed of accomplishing it.  So, yes..I'll take it..and on to planning my next race.

 We headed home afterwards and had a fabulous Christmas party...even if my voice was gone baby gone!  We also had to have a Birthday cake for my sweet Sister in Law...who is my favorite Sister in Law....and yes, I do have more than one!    My sweet little man was the star of the he should be.  Later in the evening Santa stopped by!  What a wonderful wonderful wonderful day.  I just love making these memories for my babies and am so thankful to everyone that takes part in making them!

It's almost if Brady is thinking, Hrm...will I get some of this cake?

Carter was very pleased with his tent!

Love these ladies...missing my Sister....

It's Santa!  Brady knows him!

This family couldn't make me any happier.