Saturday, June 20, 2009

Go me!

Big News! I'm getting to go to Denver in a couple of days! My mom and I are flying up there to see my brother. He was already planning on driving down here later in the week so we will just ride back down here with him. I'm so excited. I don't get to see him very often and I have never been to Colorado before. And I haven't been on a plane since the summer of 2002. I'm not a huge fan of flying, but i'll work around that. After we get there, my brother is going to meet us there and we'll stay in Denver until the next day. At some point while we are there, we are going to Colorado Springs and going to see Pike's Peak. I watched some videos about it and it looks amazing. I had heard of it before, but didn't really know just how huge it was. The summit is at 14,110 feet. And from what I can tell, there are three ways to get to the top: walking, driving and some sort of train. I looked at the weather for the summit. On tuesday the high is going to be 42deg. How awesome is that?! And there is snow on the top!! I have seen a total of about 4 inches of snow in my whole life. And snow in east texas just doesn't seam as authentic as snow on a mountain. My dad would have loved going up there. He would probably have preferred hiking up the mountain, but I just cant' see myself making that whole trek. I can handle walking maybe the last half mile. Being on the top of that mountain will probably be the closest I could get to him up in heaven while standing on earth. I'm not sure what other exciting things we will do while we're up there, but i'll try to give a full report when I get back.
I have kids that don't want to go to sleep at the moment. Well, just one kid. Leslie just came in here to tell me that her bed is no longer comfortable and she can't find the right spot to fall asleep in. She is hoping that I will tell her to just go get in my bed. She thinks my bed is the softest bed in the world. I think my bed feels like concrete. And she has the air conditioner in her room. I have thought about going and getting in the empty bunk bed in her room to sleep. Hopefully if everything goes well, our ac will be fixed on Tuesday. I'm off to go sweat my self to sleep and watch saturday night live. Tonight is the rerun of the most recent time Alec Baldwin hosted it. He's a hottie.

Friday, June 19, 2009

He's Back!!

Our kitty showed back up this morning! He'd been on another one of this 5 day vacations. Every once in a while he'll disappear for a few days and show up out of the blue. I tell the kids that he's on an adventure so they don't worry about him. When I saw him jump up in the kitchen window, the first thing I did was go take a Zyrtec and then I went and let him in so I could pick him up and hug on him. Zyrtec is a miracle drug for me. If I don't take it and then I just barely pet the cat, I am out of commission for the rest of the day with allergies.

Thursday, June 11, 2009

I'm Melting.....

I am still trying to be good, but I have noticed when it's really hot in here, it makes me want something cold from the freezer. For lunch the last couple of days I have been sticking with salads. We ate at Sweet Tomatos in the woodlands on monday. It was so good and somewhat healthy. Leslie and I both put some of what we thought was cheese on our salad. At the exact moment it was falling onto the lettuce I actually read what the sign said it was. Jicama. I have vowed that I would never eat that because it looks horrible. But I couldn't even tell it was there. I didn't tell Leslie what it was until after she was done. She was surprised that she ate it and didn't have some sort of attack. I still don't think I will go buy one and use it at home. On monday we also went to have our family pictures taken. We went to the walmart in the woodlands to do them. In the past, I have been pleased with the pictures that come out of the walmart studios. But this time I was amazed with the pictures. They were all so wonderful that I bought a lot more pictures than I had planned to. We all wore nice bright colors and were against a black background. I can't wait for everybody to see them!
I have found something else to keep my time occupied lately. I have now been a member of facebook for a while and discovered a game on there called FarmTown. You get to plant your own farms and have livestock and other farm related things. I absolutely love it! It helps me with my desire to plant stuff with out having to deal with outside or the plants dying. We do have a small garden in the back yard though. It has some blackberry plants, watermelon, rosemary and some red and purple flowers. I have been going outside to water it everyday! I try to get Charlotte to help me sometimes, but she just wants to stand there with the hose and point the sprayer straight up in the air. That's fun, but not always what I am in the mood for.
Charlotte had a momentous occasion earlier this week. She peed in her little potty finally!! She hasn't gone since. I hope we get that completely taken care of soon. Having two kids in diapers has been an expensive habit for a long time.
wow...i have suddenly gotten very sleepy...see ya!

Sunday, June 7, 2009

Let's try this again!

I have gotten myself in the right frame again for another try at eating right. I have been good all day so far. Here's my eating for today:

*2 cups of coffee with lots of creamer and splenda
*a bowl of corn flakes with vanilla soy milk and splenda
*2 hot dogs with cheese
*4 strawberries with splenda
*2 graham cracker sandwiches with peanut butter
*chicken and rice on a small plate so I wouldn't eat a ton of it
*a spoonful of vanilla ice cream
*3 bottles of water and 1 bottle of water with a sugar free hawaiian punch flavoring in it.
Does that count as water?

I don't have the treadmill anymore, but i'll figure out something to get myself more active. It doesn't help that I don't like summer, or that our airconditioning is broken either. We do have some window units that we are using at the moment until something better comes along. That is the end of my complaining, I promise!
I really enjoyed watching "The Biggest Loster" this season. I hadn't seen it before and I got some good eating tips from it. It was very motivational to watch it. The transformations the contestants made were amazing. They did it in such a short time though and it almost seems like that goal would be unreachable to the people watching at home. But I have pictured myself a thousand times doing the thing where I hold up the old pants that I used to wear and dropping them to reveal a new me. It's going to happen someday.

It's Summer.

It's summer and there is nothing I can do about it. My ideal day would consist of a high temperature around 75 deg and a low of 55 deg. I am not a big fan of heat or sweating or the sun or sweating. The only thing that I have found that makes summer at all worthwhile is a swimming pool or the beach. I could stay in the water all day(with a gallon of sunscreen of course). I burn pretty easily. Unlike everybody else I know that can spend all day in the sun and come back about 10 shades browner. And even though I don't have the perfect bathing suit body, I still love getting in the water. I make it a person goal to get to the beach every summer if even for just one day. There is another good thing about the summer. Having the whole family home for 2 1/2 months. Leslie is ecstatic about being out of school. She had a great time in first grade and even got straight A's the entire year. I couldn't be prouder. We have a few plans already set up for the next couple of months. On monday, we are going to go take family pictures. The last time we tried this was when Charlotte was a few months old. The photographer had everybody set up and I was the last person to get into place. I hopped up onto the big carpeted cube we were going to sit on and I must have jumped with a little too much momentum and went over the otherside backwards. I ended up tearing down the backdrop and getting my foot stuck in some other backdrops. That was very embarrassing and luckily, the place we were at had a curtain in the doorway to the studio so nobody saw. Though, it would have been pretty great if the lady had snapped a picture right at that moment. Later this month, Leslie is going to San Antonio to stay with a friend of mine to visit with her daughter. And next month, she is going to the Girl Scout Daycamp that is being held here. Michael is going to be doing 3 planetarium shows a week during the summer. There are still only a handful of the people in huntsville that even know it exists. Hopefully doing so many shows will really get the word out. As for me, I'm going to be doing some job hunting. I can't do much of that during the school year because of not having childcare. And then there is the issue of finding a job that makes enough money so that I'm not just working to pay for daycare. There is a Target opening here next month and I have my sights set on them.
I'm finally starting to get sleepy so I'm going to try not to fight it. I stayed up watching the movie Marley & Me. It was a good movie, but since it's just about that time of the month, I cried and cried throughout the whole thing.
Oh yeah, here is something that also made me ok with summer being here(though technically it doesn't start for a couple of weeks)....I was at Hobby Lobby the other day and they already have an aisle with fall foliage in it! I am one of those people that gets energized by seeing halloween and christmas decorations in july. When I worked at Cracker Barrel we started decorating christmas trees in august. That was one of the best things about summer at that place!

Good Night!!