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Day 5

Errand Day

Ran the roads today for appointments – working on our blog, took Devyn & Hannah to a Girls Camp party/sleepover, treatment with my AWESOME Applied Kinesiologist :), and then came home to have a QUIET date night at home with my hubby.  :)  On the way home I grabbed our fav Bullritos salads and red box movies.

 

Fire Bites: 

Breakfast – Vi shake – with coconut, spinach, frozen banana

Snack – Zonebar

Lunch – 2 Jack in the Box tacos / somebody left a Whataburger Chocolate chip cookie in my car that was calling my name :)

Supper – Bullritos grilled chicken salad – YUM!!

Dessert – Coconut milk Vi shake

 

 

Movie Time

Catching up and Movie Time

Day 3 on the Challenge –

Not really a lot going on over here. I’m just trying to lay low, enjoying the quiet of my house but missing my little ones, catching up on computer work, housework, trying to get motivated to get back into my routines. I worked from my recliner till about 2pm (it was awesome! :) ) and then finally walked away so I could get ready and take Devyn and Hannah to see a movie before their church activity. They had been begging me to take them to see Snow White and the Huntsman, which I have seen already. I wasn’t crazy about seeing it a 2nd time but I actually enjoyed it and picked up on a couple things I missed the first time. Besides, who doesn’t like to see a movie with Chris Hemsworth in it?!?! :)

I didn’t really ‘plan’ very well today. I will be planning and prepping better so that I get more ‘color’ in my day and eat more balanced. I realized this late into the evening. That is why I LOVE dietSNAPS so much!!  It helps me to visually see what I’m eating too much or not enough of so I can plan and prepare better the next day!!

Dreamsicle Vi-shake. PB w/banana. Raspberry Neuro with Peach flavor mix in and my vitamins. Shared a small popcorn with the girls at the movie. Coconut Banana Vi-shake.  ZonePerfect bar.

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Pinterest Saves the Day for the Last Day of Preschool!!!

Yesterday was Gabe’s last day of Preschool. He is now going to be a Pre-Kindergartener next year!! My sweet little boy is growing up sooo fast! It is gonna truly be bittersweet after next school year when he will be gone to Kindergarten all day. There is definitely something sad and different thinking about your last child going to school all day – especially having no other babies at home to take care of like I’ve been used to for the past 15 years!!! Crazy!  I have all next year to prepare myself right?! :)

 

In my stupor this morning I realized I hadn’t come up with a teacher’s gift for Gabe’s two AWESOME and sweet teachers yet!!!  Can I just say THANK GOODNESS for Pinterest and how much I LOVE that website?!?!!!!  I have been randomly pinning teacher gift ideas over the last couple of months but have had no time (or brain) to sit down and actually go through them to pick one out and do until this morning. I had 5 minutes to decide what I was going to do that was cute, simple, cheap, and sentimental. Within a minute I came across the cutest idea and knew that was the one!!!!  Its’s the  M&M’s Teacher Appreciation Gift on the cutest blog called Domestically Speaking!

 

I LOVED the sweet poem that went with it and I especially loved that they had it available to just copy and paste! :) I had all the supplies but the M&M’s and it was super quick to put together before we walked out the door.  I thought they turned out SUPER cute!

 

Gabe with one of his teacher’s – Ms Sheryl

breakfast – Zone bar on the way to school

WW meeting about Outsmarting the grocery store – recap coming!

lunch – protein pancake with cinnamon Cool Whip

snacked on too many daggum peanut M&M’s

banana on the way to the kids soccer practice

Dinner – Subway oven roasted chicken with honey mustard and loaded with veggies

 

Anyone else hooked on and love Pinterest???!!! :) 

Has Pinterest ever saved the day for you?? :) 

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Back to the Small and Simple Things

Well it was a LONG and busy week but oddly I feel more rested and relaxed. I think a lot of it was because I didn’t put all the crazy extra stress I normally put on myself every day during the break so it felt like I was LIVING and LOVING life. So I guess since it was Spring Break – I gave myself a BREAK. 😉  I need to do that more often and am trying to refocus my life and my priorities. This week is dedicated to getting my routines back on track- aka FlyLady style like I have mentioned before. I have been reminded lately from reading the book The Compound Effect  (I downloaded to my iBooks app and read every chance I get)-   it is the small and simple things we do every day that make a HUGE difference in our lives.

So today I got back to those small things that make a big difference and that I have been putting off (and even dreading doing) –  picking up little things around the house and putting them in their rightful place, cleaned out the fridge and my pantry so I can plan a menu and grocery list for the next 2 weeks, got all the trash from the house out for trash day, put away laundry that had been piling up,   finally got to work on and finish my Spring Break post :), cooked a healthy dinner that my family loved, had the whole family help clean the kitchen after dinner to make lighter work, had Family Night and a treat, and I shined my sink, laid out my workout stuff for tomorrow and did my bedtime routine before heading to bed.   My To-Do list is still a mile long…….but I know that doing small and simple things each day really make a BIG difference!

 

Today’s Fire Bites: 

1 tsp of PB on the way to the gym – 1

**Boot Camp class with another sub – I sure miss Monica!!! +10

another tsp of PB before running errands and heading into the grocery store – 1

while at HEB I decided to pick up a My Fit Foods breakfast meal for my hubby and I to try – it wasn’t too bad! – 8

 

snack – 5

snack – tried these while dinner was cooking – 4

dinner -homemade BBQ sloppy joes (I ate mine on 1 piece of Sara Lee 45 calorie bread instead of a bun) and green beans as a side – 5

 

For Family Night per the kids request I made our WW oatmeal cookies into chocolate cookies by adding cocoa powder and a few chocolate chunks – they were soooo yummy!!!!!  – 15

 

 

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SPRING BREAK 2012!!

I’m BACK! It’s only been a little over a week since I posted last….but it sure seems like its been longer than that!  I’m pretty sure no one really missed me 😉  but I took a nice and much needed break from everything for Spring Break. 😉

Here are some highlights of each day. This is gonna be a doozie of a post!!!!  But I promise I didn’t post every food pic! :)

 

FRIDAY- 3/9

I spoke too soon about that gorgeous weather when I posted HERE! :( It was a teaser and didn’t last long at all. It started raining and was colder weather again for a couple days. Such a bummer cause of our Spring Break starting!!!!  The kids were happy that it was Spring Break nonetheless – especially the teenager!!!! 😉

Since it was STORMING outside when the kids got home – I decided to try the ‘broom’ experience I’d seen floating around Facebook……I’m not sure what the real story is about this but it WORKS and is cRaZy cool!!!!

I’d heard you could do it with a broom, egg and a quarter – so I tried all 3……

not.even.kidding.!!

It was crazy awesome!!!!!

Friday Fire Bites:

My hubby requested donuts…..ugh – they will be the death of me cause I have no willpower!

Had an old fashioned maple glazed donut -{hint #1 as to where my week was headed! 😉 }

Lunch/Snack – Zone Perfect bar

had a bite of the kids Dominoes pizza before we left for our Date night so that I didn’t show up starving.

Our good friend (and my husbands boss) Jim invited us to eat at one of our favorite Sushi places called Michiru with another one of our friends (and my husbands co-worker)  Steve and his wife Erin. This is our 2nd time eating here for a date night together – except the 1st time was wayyyy too long ago.

Appetizers we shared – Martini Crispy Shrimp with Spicy Thai sweet and sour sauce…….

Salmon Puffs (SUPER YUMM!!) and also had edamame

Then we ordered several rolls and shared them all. They were ALL sooooo GOOD!!!

Spicy Girl and The Angus

Red Dragon and the Dancing Eel

Crazy Crab – one of my fav’s with that Thai dipping sauce again!

The Michiru – their presentation is soooo pretty and cool on all their dishes!

Jim, Erin and Steve

Courtney and I with Jim

My hubby and I followed it up with dessert at our new fav FroYo place Menchies 

 

 

SATURDAY – 3/10

**It was raining so instead of running Lexy and I met up at the gym – I did 50 minutes on the elliptical

grabbed a Muscle Milk Light protein shake while in HEB stocking up on some groceries

Went home and literally cleaned house for 4 hours to get ready for my in-laws to come into town and stay with us for the night

had a late lunch of frito pie with Wolf Turkey Chili and Fritos

had a banana while resting for a few minutes before getting ready for our dinner out with the adults in the family

Dinner at our FAVORITE place – La Brisa!!

I had my usual Chicken Fajita Lettuce wraps with pico and guacamole and too many chips with salsa and green sauce :/

We decided that the night would not be complete w/out a little dessert – from Menchie’s of course! 😉

I LOVE their Chocolate Silk and the Dolce de Leche froyo!!!

the gang! 😉

 

 

SUNDAY – 3/11

I made Granny Hinson rolls for the family for breakfast – had one with strawberry freezer jam on it 😉

Zone bar on the way to church for snack

Ty’s special day 😉

Lexy prepared a feast of sandwich fixin’s!

I made enough salsa and green sauce to feed an Army!!! {I also ate that much too!!!!}

Had more cookies than I could count on 2 hands! aka – I lost count how many I ate. :/

Aunt Jackie got to come for the day! It was soo good to get to catch up with her.  It was such a nice afternoon just hanging out and visiting with all the family!

 

Later that evening the kids had a church Fireside and dinner to attend in preparation of leaving for their 3 day Pioneer Trek!

I got to help out for the night and had to dress the part as well! 😉

cute decorations!

Devyn and Ty found out there were in the same ‘family’!

Carb loading lasagna for the big Trek! 😉

Ty was all smiles and super excited for this adventure!

I was still so full from eating so much at Lexy’s – but when they came around with Texas Sheet Cake!!!!! – I couldn’t turn it down. :(  It was soooooo good!!! :)

 

 

MONDAY – 3/12

*Boot Camp- got there and to my surprise we had a substitute – his name was Art – the funniest thing is that he was wearing a shirt that said “Work of Art”!!! hahaha  He has a website called www.cardioassassin.com – that should give you some idea at what a crazy workout it was!!!

my hubby texted me and said ‘the kids need donuts since they are on Spring Break” – ugh – snacked on 2 maybe 3 donuts throughout the day

post workout – our FAV protein waffle with banana and agave

The kids had friends over all day as we cleaned house and decided to go ahead and head up to my parents while Devyn was gone on the Pioneer Trek. They were doing the Trek only about an hour and a half away from where my parents live in East Texas.

snack – carrots and ranch while packing up things in my fridge to take with us

the kids and hubby all got McDonalds but I had no desire to eat anything there. So he kindly pulled into Subway for me so I could get a turkey & ham sandwich on our way out of town.

I tried these new Parmesan Sun Chips {thanks to Cyndi always eating Parmesan chips with her awesome sandwiches its had me wanting to try some!!!} Well now Subway has some and they were really good!

oh – and I also had more than 1 Subway chocolate chip cookie on the 2 hour drive up to my parents. :/

 

TUESDAY – 3/13

Slept in a little and it was soooo nice!!!

*I got some new running kicks on our way out of town cause I am WAYYYY overdue for a new pair of new running shoes. My last pair I bought towards the end of 2008 while training for my Houston Half Marathon that I ran in January of 2009. It is 2012 people!!  I have always bought the Brooks Adrenaline GTS ‘s for the last 6+ years and just LOVE LOVE them!!! This time I’ve been researching and trying on the newest trend of minimus shoes on ALL the brands that are out and I FINALLY found a pair several weeks ago that I loved – AND the best part is that they are by BROOKS!!!  I was soooo happy to see them come out with this minimus style shoe cause its the only shoe that I tried on that fit perfect!!! These are the PureConnect style – they are SUPER light-weight and feel like a smooth glove on. I always get giddy and excited running in new shoes!!!! That’s motivation for ya!!!

***If you haven’t done so already, I would HIGHLY suggest going to your local running shoe store and have them fit you for the perfect shoe for you – no matter if you run OR just walk or both.  I didn’t think it was really a big deal but decided to bite the bullet and do it when I was training for my first Half Marathon in Seattle back in 2004 – all I can say is IT MAKES ALL THE DIFFERENCE IN THE WORLD!!!!!  😉 {That’s your HASU for the day!}

this is why I love running in the country! 😉

**6 miles (ran to the nearest little town and back to my parents)

*I narrowly escaped a dog attack from the neighbors dog diagonally across the highway from my parents on my way back!  Thankfully I was able to fend him off (barely) and thankfully I had a feeling to stop backing up away from him and then realized I was backing into the highway while a car was coming!! Thankfully the car that was coming down the road in that lane saw what was happening and had slowed way down as they passed by me- then they turned around about the time I was able to take my eyes off the dog for a second and look both ways to run across to the other side of the highway to get away from the dog!  They came back to my rescue and ran into the ditch at the dog about the time I had picked up something on the shoulder of the road ready to chunk it at the dog. Thankfully the dog stayed on his side of the highway and I was unharmed. The more I think about what all could have gone wrong during that incident that morning the more I am soooo grateful for being protected and watched over and for Good Samaratins!!!!  So word to the wise – ALWAYS be aware of your surroundings and be prepared and ALWAYS be aware of others who may be in need of help!!! This dog has run at me before but never like this. Next time I will be even more prepared and take more precautions.

 

 

good ole’ home cooked country breakfast!!! 😉  Fried eggs, bacon and some of my Daddy’s homemade pork sausage

cousin time!

Jayde with Gus (my parents Rat Terrier) and our Duke (they are brothers 😉 )

the kids played outside and in the mud ALL day

dinner – homemade hamburgers, french fries and sweet potato fries

 

 

WEDNESDAY – 3/14

felt pretty stuffed (and gross) from eating so much!!! made my hubby and I a protein pancake with strawberries….but what do you use when there is no syrup or cool whip for 30 miles ……..a drizzle of Mayhaw syrup!!!!!! 😉 {only in the country!}

lunch – flat out bread pizzas

*I picked Devyn up when they were passing through on their way home from Trek – she had such an awesome experience!!!! When we got back to my parents she walked in to my mom’s room and crashed on her bed for a good 3 hours! 😉

 

snacked on Dove dark chocolate while porch sittin’

lots of porch sittin’ :)  The weather was gorgeous and sunny!!!

I don’t think my kids wore shoes the whole time we were there 😉

the kids having a flower pickin’ contest! 😉

just chillin in the pasture

a little Blue Bell ice cream while sitting on the porch is always a must! 😉

I got snack-y cause my mother always has these kinds of things in her house :/ – these are soooo good!!!

first time trying these and they are soooo good!

These are only 2 points and really good!

dinner – my Daddy cooked us fresh pork ribs while my sister and I cooked the sides to go with it – she cooked cabbage, I cooked green beans and we had leftover fries

 

THURSDAY – 3/15

Slept in. Then when we got up we got busy packing and cleaned house then headed home so I could take my hubby for his {early} birthday present to the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo tonight to see (my other man 😉 ) Jason Aldean in concert! 😉

We had to make a few stops on the way home. When we were leaving my sister told me about this shirt that I just NEEDED to get – so of course I HAD to stop and buy it – think it fits me??! 😉  Check out Lexy’s post HERE if you’re not sure……..hahahahaha

 

Gabe was so cute on the way home – he was cracking himself up and laughing so hard! (probably from exhaustion! 😉 )

one of my BFF’s came into town from Dallas this week and she and her girls came over before we left for the Rodeo!! I have MISSED HER!!!!!

on our way! 😉

Dinner while watching the Rodeo events – chopped BBQ sandwich.

**Little known fact about Me- I used to Rodeo when I was in high school with the Texas High School Rodeo Association. I did BreakAway Calf Roping and Goat Tying – and I have the pictures to prove it!   Those sure were fun times and being at the rodeo sure made me miss my rodeoing days. :) Maybe one of these days I will be able to get back into it. 😉

Jason Aldean! 😉

after the concert we made our way to the food pavilion and we ordered Fried Oreos and a Fried Oatmeal Cream Pie and a corn dog to share – and all I can say is it was AWESOME!!!!!!  but very rich! – I could only eat a few bites of each. It was fun to try it out!

I couldn’t resist! 😉

 

 

FRIDAY – 3/16

Slept in again. :)

Breakfast – oatmeal with cinnamon

Lunch – We met up with my friend Teri and her girls at La Brisa for lunch. I ordered my usual Chicken fajita lettuce wraps and ate wayyy too many chips and salsa while we chatted it up and got caught up.

Devyn went with them shopping and I took Gabe and my niece Cami home to rest and watch a movie.

I caught up on some of my shows and ended up having a snacking fest on EVERYTHING I had in my house!!

Skittles, chick-o-sticks, sun chips, bean dip………I don’t know what my problem was!

Later that night we met up with them again at Menchie’s – of course! 😉

my fav cake batter flavor is back!!! I also got chocolate silk with strawberries, mini chocolate chips and drizzle of hot fudge

Becca has long since passed Dev up in height!!

Tay & Jay wanted their picture taken with them too! 😉

 

 

SATURDAY – 3/17

*a little over 5 mile run with the gals that are in town 😉 It was nice to run and chat again!

After a speedy shower and getting dressed in record time – Lexy picked me up so we could make a WW meeting before the week was up.

post workout – ISO 100 whey protein shake – 2

It was really no surprise when I weighed in with a +2.4 gain.  I didn’t like it – but I weighed in and owned it and am moving on. I am fully aware of the choices I made all week to cause this and that’s ok. I know I am going to have to work harder this week because of the ‘break’ that I took this week. 😉

The meeting topic was about Negative Talk and was really good to be reminded on ways to turn it into Positive self talk.  (I will be posting the recap soon!)

Came home and got rest and read the latest book I downloaded onto my iBooks and get a power nap before having to get ready for a baby shower –

I had spaghetti squash, roasted veggies and alfredo on the way so I wouldn’t be tempted to eat cake 😉 – 2 {it worked}

Was SUPER tired after the shower and was ready to just vegg on the couch – I picked up Little Caesars pizza and Dr Pepper 10 and rented the Redbox movie Puss in Boots to watch as a family.

Dessert – a bowl of dutch chocolate Blue Bell ice cream with chocolate syrup 😉

 

SUNDAY – 3/18

Last day of Spring Break :(

My sweet hubby fixed me brunch that I ate on the way to church – eggs, roasted veggies and 2 pieces of Sara Lee toast

after church my kids shared some donut holes they got – that wasn’t satisfying enough so I ate my Zone bar I had cut into bite size pieces and had with me so I wouldn’t get home and rampage the kitchen!

I had to turn around and drive my niece to meet my mom half way so she could meet up with my sister when she got off work. It made for a long and tiring afternoon when I am used to taking a Sunday nap this time of day! 😉

As soon as we got home-  I dropped off Tay & Jay so they could ‘babysit’ Daddy {he was in bed all afternoon/evening with a migraine} and I took Dev and Gabe to the last Pioneer Trek Fireside. They had an amazing slideshow with awesome music that really gave us a glimpse of the AWESOME experience these youth had!!!

Goodbye Spring Break!!!  We will miss you.

Now the countdown for Summer begins! 😉