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First 2013 Jenny Craig Update

Jenny Craig Update!

January 15, 2013

WOWZA!  New Year, new me for sure!  I am maintaining within three pounds of my goal weight of 150.  With the exception of the first week of November when my husband was in the hospital having & recovering from open heart surgery…I had an affair with some Snickers bars…kind of every night…But I corrected that as soon as we were home and got back on track.  (Emotional eater right here!)  I am still careful with my food choices while out and the preparations at home, I still splurge on my favorite barbeque joint for lunch once a week and I am still hitting the gym as often as I can.  Even on days when I really really rrrrrrrrrreeeeeeeeeaaaaaallllllllllllllllllllly DO NOT want to.  Like today. But my sis-in-law/bestie made me go.  We had a gym date and I got my sweat on.  It was horrible, but we did it!

I am ridiculously excited and immersed in helping my sister plan and carry out the details for her wedding (which is just under four months away!).  The boys are back in their preschool/gymnastics/play date routine and we are marching towards spring (please please show up, spring!  Mama needs time outside with the tots!)  Our 2013 travel itinerary is filling up quickly and lots of exciting things are happening.

Here are a few quick recap pictures I did with a nifty little (FREE) phone app:

(1)  August 2009 &   (2) December 2012

(1)  Honeymoon picture from October 2004, (2)  May 2011,  (3)  December 2012

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Merry Christmas!

I will write more I swear  – we have been crazy crazy busy!  My sister is home for break and took some fantastic pictures for us and I wanted to share one really quick.  Love to all seven of my devoted readers *wink* and I will do my best to catch up on my backlog of events and happenings and Matt’s recovery!

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Moments in time…

Moments in time…

It’s been a busy fall for our little family.  It usually is.  And we are only getting started!  I wanted to gab about a few recent events and share a few pictures and tidbits with you, all five of my loyal readers *wink wink*  I will try to fill in the story lines a bit with each event as I can, but here are a smattering of pictures for you with a little description above just to tide you over!

Engagement Party, Fall Festival, Evan’s 4th Birthday, Picking Pumpkins, Fall Carnival, Christmas Tree Outing, Charleston, Halloween….


A major “happening” that has been on my agenda since May has been my little sister’s engagement and upcoming wedding!  The date is set for May of next year and plans are in full swing.  I am unofficially the wedding planner, but I’m really just trying to help my mom and sister with anything I can.  My sister is in school out of state and I am honored beyond mortal comprehension that she has entrusted so many of her special details to us.  I was astounded especially because she is so artsy and creative and from my experience, most girls have every detail of their wedding day planed out before they even meet their Prince Charming!  However, by releasing control I think she has released major sources of (what could potentially be) distraction and stress.  Both things come with planning weddings, and I cannot fathom doing so while in school and out of state!  I planned every aspect of mine, handled every detail and was super organized.  And now – I get to do it again!  Wheee!

Her and her fiance were honored at an Engagement Soiree the first weekend of October and I must say it was the most fun I have had at big ‘ol shindig of that caliber in a long time.  We had the pleasure of hosting a couple of her bridesmaids at our home as well.  One whom I have known since she and my sister were little girls and one whom I just met about three years ago, both whom I adore!  They were helpful with the little ones and

The menu was perfect, the ballroom decor and floral arrangements were unique and perfect, the band was amazing.  During one of my few moments alone with the bride-to-be, we were dancing together, palm to palm (we have a hand thing…it’s like we pass our secret sister juju back and forth).  And in that specific moment I saw her as a woman.  Not as a little girl or a teenager or a young lady.  A woman.  We have always played many roles in one another’s lives.  Everything from manicurists, stylists, confidants, road trip amigos, tweezing specialists, therapists and every odd occupation in between.  We have been those things for each other.  But with her pale moonbeam hair, intricately twisted and pinned up and shining in the lighting, and her perfectly applied bridal makeup and the fairy-tale ballerina-esque, pearl encrusted and tulle party frock she was wearing ~ she was not just my little sister, she was not just the girl I grew up with, she was a woman.  A bride.  And I am so so elated to be part of her life and her and Calen’s celebrations.

Below: me & my little sister

Below: My sister and her fiance, getting jiggy

Below: My handsome little guys on our annual pumpkin search

Below: My two boys (on the right) and my twin nephews on the evening of my big man’s 4th birthday

Below: My littlest little man and I at the fall festival

Below: Little man helping daddy carry the big pumpkin to the car

Below: Evan approaching the great USS Yorktown at Patriot’s Point in Charleston, SC

Below: On the USS Yorktown

Below: On the top deck of the USS Yorktown

Direct quote from Evan: “Mama, we need one of these at home”

Below: My two rugrats in the lemur exhibit at the Charleston aquarium

Below: Our collection of hoodlums pre-trick-or-treating on Halloween

It’s a Disney crew: Captain Hook, Tinkerbell, Jake, Woody & Buzz!

Below: My littlest little checking out a few jack-o-lanters

Below: They looooove riding the train at the mall.  It’s a special treat!

Below: Fall is so beautiful in our town

Below: On our way to the NC mountains to pre-select our Christmas tree

Below: Me on our tree expidition

Below: Daddy & big little man looking for a tree

Below: Mama and little little man taking in the scenery

Below: Another of my favorite streets in our town

Below: My big man & I amusing ourselves at the doctor’s office before his 4-year check up

Below: My handsome nephews, my boys and I on an outing to see the horses near their house

Below: For your amusement, this is be in the morning before I am fully caffeinated.

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Hey y’all, remember me??

Hey y’all, remember me??

I deserve to be flogged for staying away for so long!  I was keeping a running post about all of our September/October activities that I intended to post after all the Halloween shenanigans were wrapped up.  However, I was delayed from that task by a sudden and scary event and continue to be behind in most areas of my life at the moment.  My husband had emergency open heart surgery on November 3rd (he was transported from our local hospital to a specialist at a teaching hospital not too terribly far from home late night on November first).  He made it through and we were sent home last Wednesday.  He has several more weeks at home with mama Dot playing wife, mother and nurse for a bit.  We are finding a temporary new rhythm as a family and I have lots of help with the kids and the meals – all things I am enormously thankful for.

I will work on wrapping up my Fall Hijinks post and try to do a more detailed account of our (ok, my hubby’s) crazy surgery scare.

For now I say Happy November, friends!  I will be back on track as soon as I can, please forgive me!

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A quick mountain getaway…

A quick mountain getaway…

This past weekend we packed up the boys &headed for the hills to meet our dear dear friends at the perfect midway point for us both ~ beautiful Asheville, NC!  It was a whirlwind quickie, but we made good use of our time, with our itinerary looking a bit like this:

Friday evening ~arrive, unload, late dinner on the patio at a cantina

Saturday morning ~ breakfast together, then menfolk watched the three little boys while the mamas went window shopping

Saturday afternoon ~ lunch together, then mamas took over with the kiddos while the daddies went to golf!

Saturday evening ~ another precious couple met us all at the hotel with their stunning daughter who was to be in charge of the kiddos that evening while we got fancy and went out

Sunday ~ packing, breakfast, quick stroll downtown and departure….


We must definitely do it again sometime!  Here are a few moments from our adventure:

The boys riding the piggie statues

Aunt Amy, Adison & Evan

All five guys checking out the “firetruck house”

Adison & Evan and “the cool old fashioned truck”

(L to R)  Amy & Grey, me & Matt, Julie & Paul

My honey bunny and me

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Well, folks.  I hit it.  150, I mean.  This past Wednesday morning.  Again, Mrs. Chatterbox is at a loss for words to properly express my elation/joy/hysteria/pride.  I will revisit my starting stats from June 1, 2012 and provide my measurements from today, September 7, 2012:

June 1, 2011 starting weight: 246.8

September 5, 2012 goal weight: 150.2

96.8 pounds lost!

Bust: 50  / 37                      13 inch difference

Waist: 45  /  31                14 inch difference

Abdomen: 54  /  39.5          14.5 inch difference

Hips: 54  /  40                  15 inch difference

Upper Arm: 17  /  12          5 inch difference

I will post a picture from the beach last week (not perfect, but I’ll try to get a new one taken ASAP!) and one of my first “before” shots.  I asked my consultant about attacking three more pounds to make it a nice even ~one hundred~.  So I might do that.  It’s on like Donkey Kong!  Those three would be just for me.

It’s late – I will most likely fluff up this post a couple days down the road.  Just HAD to share!  Whooooopie!

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August Adventures: Part II

August Adventures: Part II

Just in the last couple weeks we have celebrated my littlest man’s second birthday and had an extended beach extravaganza with Auntie & Daddy!  What fun it has all been.  I am oddly still surprised at how rapidly time slips away from me, from us all.  When I was (a wee bit) younger and in school myself, I thought time went pretty fast and was sure it would slow down once I graduated and settled into a post-student life.  I guess that happened for a while, but then my kids came along and zoooooooooooom – it is going even faster!  How is that even possible?  I look at my first son’s birth date pictures and swear it was just the other week ~ he’ll be four in October!  It is truly wild!

We have had a lovely lovely summer with lots of fun activities, play dates with friends, and some wonderful family time.  I love summer and always have.  The lull in school work and busy busy schedules is a welcome shift in our house.  My parents loved having us home, which I think affected our emotions towards the weeks upon weeks of what could have been utter and total boredom or being sent off to camp for the duration like so many of my friends were.  Sure, we went to summer camp when we were old enough and expressed the desire to, but it was just a couple weeks.  Our parents loved to travel with us, they wanted our input on possible destinations, we spent the days at home with my mother playing, crafting, toodling around the house or around town.  We would end the majority of our summer days at the pool, arriving in the late afternoon after the hoard of teenagers departed and would swim to our hearts content until daddy joined us after he got off work and we would dine poolside together.

The way I experienced summer as a child has  led me to adore the lull myself, as a mother.  I might eat my words in a few summers, or declare myself mentally unstable for thinking this, but man I have loved it.  We did not change our wake/nap/sleep schedule at all – that kind of deviation is not worth the hassle for our little family.  But we found a new routine.  A softer one with more special outings, more pajama mornings, more afternoon treats…and it was a little slice of heaven.

Preschool starts next week for us and we have a lazy Labor Day weekend and a full extra day with daddy home to enjoy it and prepare for the week’s full schedule leading up to the first day of class.  We meet teachers, I have haircuts lined up for both boys, and I have to finalize the addressing of my little sister’s engagement party invites (that’s a whole different blog post right there!!)

Here are a few snippets of our final days of summer in the Carolinas.  Happy Labor Day, y’all!

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Full on lapse!

Full on lapse!

I knowingly and consciously chose to step off my wagon Wednesday night for an impromptu girls’ night, but then I let the wagon back up and run over me a few more times for good measure…

Well, after a series of delicious but terrible food choices between last Wednesday and Sunday, I am up three pounds to see 157 on the scale this morning (dammit!).  I have to share my failures and well as my successes, right?

I was truly surprised that that much weight can add on so quickly, when I work my tush of to have a one pound loss per week.  I am less than 10 pounds from my goal and I just added three weeks to my process, but I damn well learned better and will work even harder to get where I want to be.  I didn’t splurge, I had a full on lapse.  My mom has a saying that I’m sure is something most women have heard before, “A moment on the lips, forever on the hips”.  SO TRUE!  Oy.

So ~ happy Wednesday y’all!  Keep your goals in sight and make good choices to get yourself there!

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August Adventures!

August Adventures!

Here is just a bit of what we have been up to this month so far ~

tons of playground time

a little road trip to a super charming mountain hideaway

visits to the gorgeous gardens nearby

my littlest man’s second birthday!

and gymnastics camp for my big boy

beach time is coming soon – I’ll post about that after we return

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Quick & Easy Summer Breakfast

Quick & Easy Summer Breakfast

I ran across a recipe similar to this just yesterday and had to give it a try immediately.  I am a big breakfast fan and this easy little something is filling, good for you and deeee-licious!

Here is my version:

1/2 cup  Rolled Oats

2/3  cup   Silk soy milk (light)  (or almond milk, or vanilla flavored organic milk…)

1/2 cup vanilla yogurt (or greek, or non-fat…)

a few sprinkles of Cinnamon Sugar mixture (or cinnamon, or brown sugar…)

Strawberries (or raspberries, blueberries, sliced banana, or honey…)

*UPDATE from 8.1.12*

1/2 scoop Vanilla protein powder (scoop comes in container)

You can truly make this recipe your own!

I used one of my boys’ Thermos brand cold/hot food storage containers, but I think any air tight container would be fine.

Add 1/2 cup of oats, 2/3 cup of silk, 1/2 cup of vanilla yogurt, 1/2 scoop of vanilla protein powder and a few dashes of cinnamon sugar and stir thoroughly.  Put your container of oatmeal soy milk mixture in the refrigerator overnight.  Yes, refrigerate it!  Sounds weird, but please give it a try!  When breakfast rolls around, pull it out of the fridge, add a few more dashes of cinnamon sugar and stir well.  Throw your fruit on top and dig in!  Cool, healthy and really tasty.  This is coming from a girl who has never ever been a fan of oatmeal.  Ever. I had it this morning and prepped my breakfast for tomorrow just a few minutes ago!

Update from 8.1.12 ~  I bought a large tub of vanilla protein powder at Target the other day and experimented with it, finding that a whole scoop made my oatmeal a bit too thick for my liking, but half a scoop was just perfect – amping up the vanilla flavor and giving me a smidge more protein to keep me full through the morning.

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