Saturday, January 21, 2012

Weathering the first winter storm

Last night we finally had our first winter storm of the season. It was gusty and made for a restless night. I even got up at 2 a.m. to make sure that the back yard wasn't flooding and the neighbor's palm tree wasn't leaning.

At 6:45 a.m. on a "Mommy and Daddy day," aka weekend, Alyssa came poking at my arm. She was hungry and her tummy was making "funny noises." So I got up . . . slowly. With the storm and little sleep I felt like I was waking up after partying all night.

I decided I'd feed Alyssa and then brew some coffee. My magazine, a cup of coffee, and cartoons sounded like the safest bet for me to work off the non-hangover hangover (thank you, Migraine-Brain!).

I didn't think that an hour later with a cuddly Alyssa by my side that I would think about how lucky I was. I got to spend time alone with my coffee, magazine, and a cuddly baby by my side.

How soon she won't want to cuddle with me and won't wake me up at 6:45 to make her breakfast. She'll be slamming doors in my face, rolling her eyes, and making her own breakfast--even driving.

Maybe at 6:45 tomorrow I'll wake up and she'll still be sleeping. And I'll miss her company--alone--with my coffee and magazine on the couch.

Saturday, January 14, 2012

2011 confessions and 2012 musings

I don't really believe in Near Year's Resolutions. If I'm going to change something in my life I think I'd be better served doing it when it needs to occur rather than when the masses deem it appropriate.

I've put on a considerable amount of weight after I had Alyssa thanks to a busy life and a lovely little pill called amitriptyline. At my highest I weighed more than my dad. (Boo Hoo) So I decided in December to do something about it. I joined Weight Watchers.

Friends have lost weight and kept it off on WW. I figured it could only help.

It's been a slow process, but I've dropped 5 lbs. I've been going to the gym every day and have started to beef up my workouts. And I'm not completely obsessed with it, but WW has helped me think about what I eat and how little activity I was actually doing. I'm making time for myself every day. On the weekends when I'm more family oriented, I find myself missing the workout.

I have to admit that I was a little disappointed today when I was cutting a skirt pattern and I had to add two inches onto the pattern pieces to make it work for me. I've never had to do that. But I should be comforted knowing that according to this pattern a size 6 person has a 23-inch waist. For crying out loud my 6.5 year old has a 22-inch waist. I have to remind myself that I'm getting hung up on a number. And when this skirt is done I'll feel so pretty in it. And it WILL look good on me. (I guess after that comment I've committed to posting a pic of myself in said skirt.)

I feel good about my decision to join WW and take control of my weight. I do feel much better about myself since starting and may actually look forward to putting on a bathing suit this summer. But don't hold me to that one. ;)

Sunday, January 1, 2012

Happy New Year

A guess this year I should be better about blogging. Work, school, and The Nutcracker usurped the latter half of 2011.

Here's a recap:
September and October brought school and flag football. Alyssa got in a preschool routine and loved it. She can't wait to go every day. Al co-coached the 7th grade flag football team this year. There were a lot fewer games this year and it seemed a lot fewer teams in the league.

Samantha auditioned for the Nutcracker in late September and played/danced three different parts, not including the Court Scene and finale. She was a mouse, a snowflake, and a ginger cookie. The ginger cookie was the biggest role she had--all four shows. We started rehearsing in October for a few hours every weekend.

November came with a trip to North Dakota for me. I was stuck inside a hotel most of the time and didn't see what North Dakota has to offer. I can say, however, that the people are the nicest you'll ever meet. I'd like to go back and explore there some more. They have about 7 different Native American tribes in their little state, they have oodles of oil, and beautiful prairies, from what I hear.

My mom and I became sewing maniacs and worked on several different costumes for The Nutcracker. My mom made the most beautiful platter skirts for the icicles. The girls felt like princesses. We finished up at 11:30 the night before dress rehearsal. Whew!

I started back at the gym after a two month hiatus. My pre-New Year's MO is to lose 20 pounds. I'm down five. Unfortunately, I've not done so well the last two weeks of December. We all came down with a chest/cough thingy so I've been avoiding activity. Luckily I've kept off that five pounds. I am excited to get back into the routine tomorrow after Samantha goes back to school.

We had a nice Christmas. I was so happy that the kids really only got one toy a piece. They loved what they got and were plenty happy with their gifts. Yay!

Uncle Kevin's gift--HK dress

Samantha's globe
We are hoping that Al will find a job this year and that we all are healthier and more active.