Tuesday, January 31, 2012
Now, after the weekend of being pampered and eating way too well (thank-you again, to my wonderful aunt and uncle) I didn't gain any weight in the last couple of days, but ever since Christmas I have put on a couple of pounds. No biggie. Except I am actually trying not to do that. And it's not really working.
Hubby made me a delicious smoothie today as my aunt made us one on the weekend and he replicated it this morning. It was delicious, and it just took me an hour to nurse it down, but I am just not really very hungry in the morning. Never have been. And yet, breakfast is still one of my most favourite meals to go out for. It helps, I think, that I get up so early and by the time I end up going out I have been up for 3 or 4 hours. That is when my body gets hungry. I have always known that breakfast is the most important meal of the day, but ever since I can remember, I just don't want to eat first thing. Not like Hubby, who wakes up because he is hungry and has to eat ASAP. He is able to wait about an hour upon waking but if he had a choice, then he would eat breakfast first and then get ready for his day. Because he is such a creature of habit, then he always showers and gets ready for his day, and then eats and reads the newspaper. On weekends, he does sleep a little bit later, but really doesn't waver much from his routine.
And then there is me. I don't really have a routine. Every day is different. I usually wake up anywhere between 5 and 6, but when I actually get up is dictated by when the children are arriving. Some days, they come at 6:30 am. There are other days, it can be as late as 8. And since Christmas, I have been known to actually go back to sleep until 7. That is sleeping in. So if I get up at 5, I will eat around 9 or 10. If I get up at 7, then I will eat at 11 or 12. Sometimes I eat lunch for breakfast. No matter what though, whenever I get up, I will have a glass of water and and banana and take my thyroid pill and my supplements. Grandson used to love coming and helping me take my "vitamins." Believe me, with calcium/magnesium, vitamins B,C and D, plus my vision factor and adrenal boost, there is quite a few little capsules to ingest. To me, they make up small meal.
I tried Zumba last night. As I left to go, my entire family had a little chuckle about that. And they had every right.....I am not co-ordinated and I have no rhythm. I have been procrastinating since Christmas though and I did finally make a class. It was hard, and I was really sweaty, but I am very happy that I went. Thank-you Cynde, for calling and inviting me. I am going to try it again tonight with another instructor at a different facility. I actually feel pretty good this morning, but I didn't really push myself too terribly last night. Like the instructor told us first-timers, "It's not a dance class. Just enjoy the music and have fun. Try to keep up, but don't worry if you don't." Believe me, I didn't keep up, but I really did have fun and I smiled a lot. So I will try again tonight and see how it goes. Wish me luck!!
My cousin's son plays the guitar and has a group of guys that he jams with. He was practicing for almost 4 hours on Saturday and we were very fortunate to go and listen to him and his friends. (One of his friends has a soundproof room in his basement) It was fun....they are called Free Tacoz and they even have a couple of youtube videos. They have played in their school talent show we really enjoyed listening to them. Here is a pic of my very talented, guitar-playing 14 year old cousin!!
Monday, January 30, 2012
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Friday, January 27, 2012
Thursday, January 26, 2012
Wednesday, January 25, 2012
Tuesday, January 24, 2012
Monday, January 23, 2012
Sweetheart is 21 lbs 3 ozs now.
Sunday, January 22, 2012
I don't have to cook dinner as we had a really late lunch on the way home from Vancouver, so I can at least eliminate one task. Not that eating is really a task, but cooking and cleaning up certainly is. And I don't usually clean up. But I do a lot of tidying and putting away. Sometimes I just wish that my house looked like it. And it usually does for a few hours in the morning, but that is about it. Living in a Daycare does have it's pros and cons. I LOVE the children, but I really don't love their messes.
Friday was a Pro D day and I think that the school-agers made more of a mess than the toddlers. The few things that the toddlers drop on the floor don't really take very long to clean up. But those big kids move big things. Like small pieces of furniture. They love to make tents and the furniture and pillows don't move far, but they certainly do move. And then it is always me putting them away properly.....'properly' being the key word here. It was snowing in the morning so we did get outside for a little bit. Hubby was so wonderful and shoveled the driveway before he went to work and it changed into a sheet of ice by 10 o'clock, because of the freezing rain. All I could envision was concussions, but they sure loved it. I was so happy when they all came inside. Despite the mess......at least they were safe and warm and dry. Because two of them came without boots or outdoor clothes.......sigh.
Miracle #3 invited us over for dinner and that was a wonderful treat. She made the best chili that I have ever tasted, and then she and I (with Sweetheart) went to an Everyday Style party. It's a combination of Epicure/Pampered Chef/Partylite party and it was very fun to get out on a Friday night. Grandson was excited because his Grandpa was staying to play.....they had a Boys night and we had a Girls night. Win win.
Hubby and I tended to appointments and chores on Saturday. We went to Coquitlam Center for a little bit before we went to Mostly Music. Hubby had a gift certificate burning a hole in his pocket since Christmas and was very happy to pick up Series 30 of the McFarlane toys. Do you know that he has every single one from every single series? That doesn't include all the variants and special orders, but I do not even want to guess how many he actually owns. I used to tell everyone that I am the only person I know who has over 200 little men living in her bedroom closet, but now that he has a mancave, they don't live there any more. But they still live in my house. The only thing that is different about men and boys is the price of their toys. But when I compare the toys that my husband buys compared the toys that my friend's husbands toys, then I don't have very much to say. I am getting off easy. Really. Really. Easy.
Pretty Girl came and spent the night with us last night and it went so very well, as it was the first time that she had been without her Mommy and Daddy overnight. And she never did ask for them once. She slept right through the night until 5:24 this morning and refused a bottle but was quite happy to come and snuggle in Grandma and Grandpa's bed. She lasted until just after 7 and then we were up and at 'em. She was very happy to see her mom and dad when they came to pick her up before church, but she's quite happy most of the time anyway. Her Daddy calls her an emotionally unstable almost-2 year old, but I really only see that side of her when she is hungry or tired. And three hours naps make for very happy almost-2 year olds!! I am guessing that she went home for a very early nap and I can only hope that she had a nice long one.
Church was great. Two of the miracles came, and Grandson had a fever in the night so he stayed home. His whole family had to miss Superskills as Sweetheart has been coughing and feverish as well, so they couldn't make it. I was disappointed, but #1 was able to come with us and that was nice. She still isn't well and needs lots of prayer. SIL has had ILI since Christmas which is influenza-like-illness and he needs prayer too. Their whole family just needs to get better. #3 is really the only healthy one that lives there right now. #4 is still recovering from his surgery so even though I would have to say he is 80%, it's a very unhealthy household. Even the dog was sick just before Christmas!
Anyway, I have phone calls to make, emails to answer and paperwork to complete. I have managed to sit here on my computer and fritter away some time but none of those jobs are going to get done by themselves. Have a great Sunday evening, everyone!!
Saturday, January 21, 2012
Friday, January 20, 2012
"Hi, Gamma." She says that a lot now. Up until a few weeks ago, it was all about "Gampa," but she acknowledges me now too. It's always been this way with all of the children.....I feed them, I change them, I love them and care for them and all he has to do is walk in the room and they are overwhelmed with excitement. (and yes, he loves them and cares for them too, but he is such a kid magnet)
Thursday, January 19, 2012
Wednesday, January 18, 2012
Hubby and Grandson were drawing happy faces in the snow on Sunday with their fingers and I told them that they had to stop or they would get frostbite. Grandson looked up at me and immediately asked, "Why would Frosty bite me?" Oh, he is so funny.......and he was so serious. He is so sweet and so complimentary. We were driving home from the gym last week and out of the blue he said, "Grandma?" I answered him and he said, "You're so pretty." There are lots of days where he will look up from playing and tell me, "Oh Grandma, you're so beautiful!" And I know that he is only three, but he truly means what he says. And says what he means. Children are so refreshingly honest and he does wonders for my self-esteem.
We went to the Dr. on the weekend to get our bloodwork results. And it was all good. I know that I had already lowered my synthroid medication, but I was NOT hyper-thyroid. Everything was fine...... I was just stressed from the renovations. My HDL was a little bit high, but nothing to worry about, and I was told to drink red wine. Dr's orders. Now, that gave us all a bit of chuckle, because I don't like wine and don't really drink at all. But he told Hubby to drink some too. It is good for all that ails, and his blood pressure was a bit high. Again, nothing to really worry about, but we will need to be pro-active. He already takes 5mg of Crestor every night, but doesn't need anything for his blood pressure. YET. He started taking celery seed extract a few weeks ago, when it was 150/99.......and now when we went back it is down to 139/94. Really, in truth, we both need to exercise more.......I am doing quite well with my hour or more a day, but we both need to get out and walk. Not in this frigid weather that has come upon us for the next couple of days, but we really do need to do some more cardio. We hold each other quite accountable, so I will do my best to get him out and about more!
Tuesday, January 17, 2012
Cute little 7 year old from Costa Rica!