Sunday, April 15, 2012

Whole again

Whole30 that is. Had a great day and worked out too!

This morning at church we found a tick on Miles' ear. Behind his right ear, there it was. It had bit in and everything. Right in the middle of church. Jared and I grabbed him and dashed into the kitchen. Jared went for the tick nippers, and I grabbed Doris to help me find a zip lock bag. We go it out no problem and popped it in the bag still alive. It looks like it is an American Dog Tick. We can't figure out if they carry Lyme Disease. For now we are just watching.

Thursday we went to the aquarium store after school and bought 2 ghost shrimp and 2 platys. I love them and the aquarium looks so much nicer now! Friday night we saw a little tiny baby fish! Jared and I were watching it and debating about if we should take it out of the tank. All of the sudden our beta swam by more baby fish. :( I went to bed feeling terrible. Saturday night, another baby! First thing we did was take the beta out of the tank, then get the little guy out into his own area. We stopped by the fish store today after church and chatted about the little guy. As it turns out, both of the platys we bought were female. We bought a nursery holder thing and put him in it. We also added the one that we thought was having the babies (although neither looks pregnant) just in case. If she has no more babies by tomorrow morning we'll get her out of there. Baby seems to be doing great!

Shortly before dinner, Jared asked if I wanted to go look at doors for the bathroom at Lowes. I didn't but agreed. We found a beautiful 5 panel door and bought it. There is also a bifold, so we are thinking about replacing that one as well!

Saturday, April 14, 2012

Day 6

So far the Whole30 has been going great. I've really been doing well and making really good food decisions. Yesterday I was chatting with a more experienced friend and she suggested I might not be getting enough fat. In an effort to work on this I added some butter while cooking my eggs this morning. While eating them I was meal planning and looking at food sites focused on Whole30. One of the sites mentioned using ghee. That was when it hit me. I'm not supposed to have dairy! I'd basically finished the eggs already. Doh! So, then after a very long day, Jared came home and said he wanted to go out to dinner. We were splitting a burger salad (which was fantastic!) and my favorite slaw. Oh yeah! The slaw has blue cheese! Darn. I did it again. Twice in one day. Bah. I'll try again tomorrow.

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Spring Break 2012

Miles was a little unsure what Spring Break was before it came, but I think he's a big fan now! The week started slowly because, being tax season, I still had to work. On Monday I worked most of my hours and Jared had Miles. On Tuesday I had him so that Jared could run out to the airport to work on a project there. It also happens that Tuesday while I was at work a huge storm hit. We had several tornadoes here in the area, huge hail, and a general mess of a storm. Although I'd fit in all the hours I needed for the week, I stayed to finish up some projects because I didn't want to get us out in the storm even for the short trip back home. Wednesday we packed up the car and headed out about 1:00 for Glen Rose!

We found an interesting little place to camp. While we had a nice trip, we will NEVER camp at that location again! The first night we learned that there are 7 flood lights that shine into the area. ALL NIGHT LONG! Yeah, that didn't help in a tent. Also, there was some problem with their septic tank overnight, and an alarm went off. Continuously. For over 5 minutes. Yeah. Anyway, sleeping problems aside, we had a great trip! The day we arrived, we set up camp, went to the grocery store, and just relaxed. The next morning, we packed up and went to Dinosaur Valley National Park. Miles loved it! He got to see real dinosaur foot prints. In order to see the foot prints, you have to cross a river. It was fairly fast flowing, but not too deep. We opted to carry Miles across, then let him play in the water after a little hike in an area that was not so fast flowing. Above is the picture of the river where we crossed, and below is one of Miles playing in the water. He ended up soaked! We were trying to get him to keep his clothes relatively dry. That didn't work at all! He ended up in the back of the car wearing just one of his dad's shirts! He had tons of fun. After that and a picnic lunch we met up with my parents and explored the area. Yes, in part we were looking for better camping options for the future! The area was simply beautiful! We've had quite a rainy season and that has led to one of the best blue bonnet seasons. They are incredible this year. Simply huge fields full of them.

The next day we went to a drive through animal park. Unfortunantly my camera battery died about half way through. Mom's camera battery was also low (and died right at the end) so we were a bit selective about taking pictures and she has the pics from the last half of the trip. :( It was super fun and a nice long tour around beautiful winding roads. The animals were able to come right up to the car, and could even eat right from your hand if they wanted! It was really cool and Miles loved it! The longest line was to view the giraffes. People loved trying to feed them. They were very selective in who they allowed to feed them, and how much they would eat. We had lots of fun, and I'll try to post more pictures and some stories probably next week... Right now, I feel a little like this...

Monday, April 9, 2012

Beginning today...

Beginning today I'm doing The Whole 30 by The Whole 9. I'm excited (and a little scared). It is strict. No legumes, no potatoes, no processed foods, no dairy, no grains, no sugar, oh yeah, and absolutly no alcohol for 30 days. Hmm. But, it isn't about what you can't eat. It is about what you CAN eat. You can eat all the whole "clean" foods you want. Particularly vegetables. Vegetables are good and filling and healthy.

My husband and I have eaten well for a good while, although we've been very lax of late. We are mostly doing this to support my sister. She has never really eaten well, and she is out of shape. She's tired of it, and I love supporting her! I'm excited for her. I'm going to use the next 3o days as a chance to get "back to basics" with food, but mostly a time to start working out.

Jared and I took a kettlebell class recently. We've tried it a few times since then, and are ready to get on a regular routine. I'm thinking every other day. I'm most excited about that. I guess I missed my goal of losing 10 pounds in the first 3 months of the year, but I'm hoping to drop some in the next 30 days.

Thursday, April 5, 2012

March Goals Checkin

Goal Check In

Here is a review of this year's goals and where I am...

*Weight Loss:
~I will lose 10lbs in the first 3 months of 2012
See next post
* Cleaning Goal
~I will keep a cleaner home
I'm slowly getting better at this. I need to work out a schedule I want to keep.
* Picture Goal
~I will take more photos this year
I will do this by
Complete 52 of 52 challenge.
Try to take pictures of Miles at least three times a week.
Take Mother's & Father's day pictures this year!
I am doing a terrible job of this!
* Bible Study Goal
~I will have a daily Bible study and I will read the Bible in a year.
I'm working on this. Just picking it back up though.
*Christmas Goals
~I will have a low stress Christmas this year.
I have 3 stocking stuffers! Yay!
I will accomplish this by:
Hand making at least 5 Christmas gifts this year. I will work on one every other month.
Trying to have complete list by early/mid October.
Buying 3 stocking stuffers a month (15 stockings to stuff).
Completing Advent activities.
*Family Goal
~I will go on a field trip with Miles each month this year (and take plenty of pictures helping my photo goal).
The school had a talent show and auction in March. At the auction I let him bid on a stuffed animal that came with a book and he won it! That is the only field trip I can think of that I took with him. We had a family over for dinner that he loves, and he had a play date at the house with a school friend. Jared's parent's took him to the circus at the end of the month. We had a "day off" and went to a kettlebell class, out to lunch, and ran some errands. He loved the circus and the talent show.