Thursday, September 22, 2011
|This is me at the Pumpkin Classic nexst year!|
Wednesday, September 21, 2011
I've finally decided on a course of action for my life. And I have an awesome goal, a year in the making. I'm taking up running again, and I want to run in the Pumpkin Classic next fall. That is my goal. I've never ran in a race before, but I figure better late than never. I'm really freaked out by this, but I am determined to do it. I used to be a runner. When I was in college at ISU I would run 1mile a day and 2 miles every other day, and time a mile once a week. Believe it or not I could run a mile in 8 and a half minutes! This from the girl who barely walked a mile in high school. I had a great coach and motivator. Which brings me to my new coach and motivator, my little brother, Nick. There he is after finishing the Pumpkin Classic on 9/17. I am so very proud of him, and hopefully next year it will be me at the finish line with that great sense of accomplishment on my face. In fact my first run is going to be tonight after work. My brother is coming to get me and he said he would run/walk with me, but I'm not sure how fun that will be for him. I'm really hoping that I don't die tonight because this is the first time I've really worked out in FOREVER. I know I'm really out of shape too, because I get winded walking up an incline. So please wish me luck on my new endeavor, and remember that I;m determined, and if I can do it, anyone can.
Thursday, September 15, 2011
Chicago was a blast! we started our day out at Ikea, a fabulous home stuff superstore. I had never been there(yes, really) and I was totally in awe. It is the biggest single store I had ever been to. And
believe it or not, I actually ran into someone I knew, from around here! We spent about 2 and a half hours in there, and we ate lunch, and I only managed to spend $101.34. Which is not too shabby for my first time. Right? I actually had the Swedish meatballs for lunch. They serve you a plate of 15 with a single serving of mashed potatoes and a salad and drink for $5.99. Then I had to work it all of walking around right? My daughter didn't do so well, she ate some of my meatballs and some of my friends. I guess she was hungry, growth spurt right? Besides the coffee and muffin from Starbucks for brekkie I didn't do too bad. Then came the pizza! Chicago style thin crust, is not real thin crust! It was soooo good though, and I got mine with veggies, so it had some health value. The rest of the weekend was spent downtown, we went to the American Girl Store at Watertower Place Mall. It's like doll heaven. My daughter couldn't decide what to look at first! It was pretty cute.
Her friend was in major meltdown mode before we got out of there. And I only spent $50. Not bad considering most stuff is $30 plus! The doll, who's name is Nellie, got her hair done at the doll salon, and she could've gotten her ears pierced, but Reilly decided to wait until next time. We moved on to the Lego store, where they had built a model of Chicago out of Lego's. It was impressive. We moved on to eat a nice lunch outside at Potbelly Sandwiches. That's where Laura got the "Giant Pickle". Ry was so jealous that she didn't get one too. We had a lovely day in Chicago, ending with a play at the park with some Chicago friends. I thoroughly enjoyed the walking and talking the train, so did Reilly, because ya' know we're not city girls...(even though I will always want to live there) I'm gonna stay here in my little town of Peoria Heights. Where I can drive my car to the store, and ride my bike for fun, and visit Chicago whenever I want, because it is only a couple hour drive. Here's a couple of more cool Chicago pix for ya.
|The "Giant Pickle"|
|Our beautiful girls and best buds!|
Friday, September 9, 2011
I want to start out this post with a realization...I was getting ready for work yesterday and I was putting on lotion when I realized that my skin felt different. I guess it's something that only a fat person notices, but my skin felt more together. Like it wasn't so stretched. You see, lately I've been feeling very tight. Almost like it had gotten so big that it didn't want to stretch anymore and I was going to burst. It's actually a really good feeling! It really makes me feel like all this hard work is paying off finally. I haven't weighed myself in a week or so, but my scrubs are even looser so I must be doing something right. I've been very creative lately and to promote my little etsy shop, I'm participating in a giveaway on a blog in Oct. I made this adorable fall dress to give away to hopefully new fans (and customers). I have debated on making one for my daughter, because she thinks she is grown and sometimes kinda picky. Sometimes. Most of the time she still likes the stuff I get her. I'm
lucky that way. I really love creating things. Especially for the ones I love. Which brings me to my newest endeavor...tomorrow I'm going to an Ikea store. It will be my first trip. I'm so very excited! I have already went online and shopped to my hearts content and made a list and printed it out! I'm such a dork sometimes! But, I'm being very proactive this year, and I'm starting teacher Christmas gifts super early. I've got a great idea for some Ikea stuff, for example, that stuff right there. I'll let you know how it turns out. Cute, hopefully!
Those are such a steal at $0.49 for the whole set too. That's what I use at my house so as to not scratch the non-stick coating on my pots and pans.(Which I need new ones anyway, but that's another post) I'm hopefully getting a stand mixer today too. I'm very excited about it, because i have never had one before. This should make baking so much easier(I hope)and more fun. I love to bake, but I hate to mix the batter. Reilly will enjoy it too. She loves to help in the kitchen. Maybe everyone else will get baked goodies for Christmas? Do you hate me because I'm planning for Christmas already? I hate me sometimes. I get all my shopping done so early that sometimes I keep adding stuff and spend waaaayyy toooo much. Last year I was great because I stuck to a budget. Each kid only got a certain amount spent on them. I'll tell you more about that in a later post though. We're driving to Chicago, so we have lots of trunk space for all the cheap little trinkets we're going to buy. I'm getting some serving dishes, and picture frames(I heart picture frames). A hanging swag light for Reilly's room, and a pop-up tent for the baby to play in(again, for Christmas) and serving trays, and all kinds of neato stuff! I'm really, really, really excited! I'm also hoping that I don't spend too much....and, I was told that Ikea serves Swedish Meatballs. YUM. I love Swedish meatballs. I hope I don't gorge myself with a ton. I guess if maybe I do I will be walking it off shopping, right? Or downtown on Sunday? I won't be posting much for the weekend, due to being out of town, but I will post pics when I get back, and I will let you know how Ikea went, and If you don't hear from me that means I died and went to Ikea Heaven(if only). Ttyl....
Tuesday, September 6, 2011
I was somewhat productive today! Yay! I sewed some girl pants from an old dress, and I took the baby on a bike ride. Then I posted some stuff to the Peoria Area Online Garage sale, oh yeah, and some nice lady came over and bought some other stuff. It has been a nice day with just me and the baby. It always is...when the others are home I can't get stuff done. My husband does his thing, and thinks that I got the baby, and I do my thing and I think he's got the baby, when in actuality no one's got the baby. So the baby causes a ruckus. The dd wants me to do everything she's doing, which is not possible, then I have to cook and clean up, etc, etc, etc. I don't want to seem ungrateful, but it is so nice when everyone is at work or school. Aaaaaahhhhhh...the nice quiet house. Anyway, back to my day...I started out with a little bit of sewing. I had intended for these pants to be capris for Reilly, but there just wasn't enough material, so I made them into a cute pair of 3t pants for my etsy shop here. So some lucky little girl is going to get some soft comfy knit pants. Then I decided on another project. I have a little red dress that I made yesterday that needs a hood and a ruffle, but maybe tomorrow. There is also another Halloween dress to do, and a fall dress for a giveaway. Who doesn't love giveaways! There is just not enough time in the day to get this all done. Whew! And to top it all off I have to eat healthy? Wow. Sometimes I feel like I am just setting myself up for failure. Yesterday we had an impromptu cookout with the neighbors. It was nice. We had steak on the grill with Nana potatoes and watermelon and veggies with dip. I have to say that the steak I ate was way too big, and the S'mores I ate for dessert didn't help either, but my one redeemer for the chocolate and marshmallows was the bike ride I took after everyone else had left. It was so peaceful, gliding down the quiet twilight street. So today I decided to take the baby for a ride. We live right by part of the Rock Island trail(I think that is what it is called) so I thought I would ride up the street and get on it and ride to Knoxville and then back home. Weeeeelllllll...I haven't ridden a bike in forever, and I am most definitely out of shape. out. of. shape. We (I, he just got pulled) tried riding towards Knoxville, and I guess it's on a slight grade. So no gliding for me. I was breathing hard and sweating profusely, it was pretty funny if you ask me. I couldn't take it anymore and turned around to go the other way towards Glen. That was much easier. Finally when we got back to our street I was so wiped out that I had to walk the bike up the street. My legs were so tight and burning. I got the baby out of the trailer and my legs about gave out on me! Lol, I'm going to have to take this biking thing slow I guess, but I've made a good start. Now he's asleep and the house is really quiet until about 3:20 when the big kids come bursting through the door excited to tell me all about their days. My dd wants me to go on a ride with her this afternoon. I'm not sure how far we will ride, but I will make my best effort. Now I've gotta rest up for that later...
|My thoughts exactly...|
Monday, September 5, 2011
|This is my new bike|
I know, she was actually right about that! Most of the time when we think we are hungry our body
|Fly your flags proudly America!|