Friday, February 24, 2012

I love surprises.

I know some people hate them, but I love to be surprised.  

I never want to know what my presents are and I love being in on a surprise party.  Wednesday night, after I had gone to bed, I had already fallen asleep, Tony said, "Open this envelope at 7:30 in the morning."  He put a brown envelope on my nightstand.  I'm pretty sure I grunted recognition and then rolled over and fell back asleep.  While getting up with Noah in the night I saw the envelope, remembered what he had said and started thinking, "what could it be?" I was excited for the surprise.  I was almost too excited to sleep.  I must have fallen back to sleep though because Tony was waking me up at 7:30 eager for me to start my day.  

I opened it and found I was about to embark on my amazing day.  The envelope was full of more envelopes with times on them for when they were to be opened with instructions of what I was supposed to do.  I was nervous and excited.  I hurried and got ready, kissed my babies and rushed out to #1 which was breakfast at Panera!  I was trying to think of who could be there.  I pulled in and saw my sister's van in the parking lot. What a great way to start the day!  We chatted and had breakfast, and then I opened #2 which instructed me to go to Kohl's and buy a new shirt.  And it couldn't be a tee shirt.  That was hard for me.  Thank you, Jen for putting up with shopping with me. She's such a good sister to me and such a good example of motherhood.  

I then opened number three, where I was instructed to go to my friend Bethany's house and do something relaxing like write in my journal or take a nap.  Man, this was just what I needed.  My nerves had calmed a bit now and I was embracing the love that was being shown me by my wonderful friends and family.  Tony had me pack my journal and I spent some time writing.  While writing I opened the scriptures to Philippians 3:13, where Paul says: 

"Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before..."

 I realized at that point that I needed to forget all the garbage in the past.  The times I'd made mistakes, been hurt or offended and just the bad juju I'd been holding on to.  The sleep deprivation I've been going through has put me in a bit of a funk emotionally and this day really helped me to jolt my system back into rhythm. It certainly helped to be around Bethany who has such a calming and uplifting affect on me.  I was able to remember my true priorities.  

Envelope #3 instructed me to head to Toledo, to an address I didn't know other than that it was downtown, and see if I met anyone I knew.  I had an idea of who might be there and when she walked in, it was so great to see her.  Marylou has known me for a long time, 14 years, (wow, really?!).  She has been like a mother to me and is such a positive, strong woman.  We enjoyed catching up over lunch at Grumpy's deli.

Spinach! I should edit that out but Noah is going to wake up any second.
My next envelope had me coming back home to the movie theater.  I was nearly certain that I was supposed to see The Vow, (I've been hinting that I've wanted to see it for a month) but didn't know who would be there to enjoy it with me.  As I was walking in, there was Courtney.  What a good friend to me she is.  Everyone should have a Courtney in their lives.  We indulged in some movie theater junk food (did you know popcorn and Reese's Pieces are a perfect combo?) and enjoyed the movie.  Even the butt.  Ha ha.

I was instructed to open #5 when I pulled into the parking lot at home.  I had had such a wonderful day but was really excited to see my family.  #5 held a letter from Tony where he said a lot of sweet things but the best was, "you do such a good job of caring for the most important things in my life." I ran inside with all my prizes for the kids (thank you ML!) and a heart full of joy and gratitude and a renewed soul ready for the challenges of motherhood and the the love of my family.  Tony was making dinner and my children were smiling.  This day filled my bucket and my love tank, all the way to the tippy-top.  Thank you to those of you who were able to be there with me (and kudos on the secret keeping, I really had no idea this was coming) and those of you who wanted to but couldn't. 

And a very special thank you to Tony who could recognize his wife was going off her rocker and finding the perfect way to help me remember the joys of my life and reminding me that these days of little babies are short lived and to enjoy every moment I have.  
I love you forever.

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Fat(less) Tuesday

Can it really be Mardi Gras without a Paczki?  
I just had to look up how to spell that. 
I have lost 15 pounds!!!!
Hooray for me.
15 more to go.  I think it will probably take more than two months.  I've been a lot more relaxed this time around than last.  A lot more balanced.  I've still been eating things I enjoy like brownies and cookies but in moderation (mostly, don't ask about the peanut butter brownies) so I don't feel deprived.  I have days off or meals off if occasion calls for it.  I'm finally feeling a little different.  

I have this file folder of all the recipes I print from the internet and then I can never find them again.

If you're on Pinterest you know I spent a good part of my free time last night putting my favorite recipes on a new board, conveniently titled "My Favorite Recipes."

Good bye clutter folder.

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Friday, February 03, 2012

It's been a month!

We've been successful at this diet/life change for a month!  We're down 20 pounds and two sizes (one each).  I'm still making salads every day and Jazz dancing around the living room.  Hooray for us!

Thursday, February 02, 2012

Oh man...

Now that it's February I should catch up on what we did in January.  I have a lot of pictures and I sit down to edit them and get them up here and think of witty things to say but inevitably someone needs their bottom wiped or milk refilled and my brain is just OUT of witty things to say.  Also, most of my little bit of free time has been spent dancing around my living room to lose the baby weight.  Thank you Jazzercise DVDs.

I still have more, but here are a few things I've been meaning to get up here.