Saturday, August 29, 2009

Playing Catchup

The kids have been in school since the end of July. They are both doing very well in school. Kait is on the safety patrol and recently recieved a letter from the Elementary Honors Society that she is now a member and will go to an induction on Sept 21. Tyler is really very good in school so far maintaining 3 a's and 2 b's. Here in the next month, he has the opportunity to join a league and learn how to shoot pool and eventually participate in competitions. Very exciting.

This weekend, we are celebrating Tyler's 13th birthday with his friends.( His actual birthday is Sept 1st) Yesterday one of his friends came over and spent the night last night and will again tonight along with 2 other of his friends. Full house.

I have been working very hard to lose weight and train for a 10k run next July. I had been switching things over to a new diet and I guess frankly a new lifestyle. I quit smoking a little over 12 weeks ago which feels great. I started walking and running. I can now run a solid half of mile without gasping for breath. I now walk and run 3.4 miles. Along with all this excersize, I have been changing the diet as well.
I dont eat red meat anymore, only chicken, turkey and occasionally fish. Lots of fruit and veggies and recently started drinking vanilla soymilk which is really not as bad as I thought it would be.
Anyway, yesterday, I found out from my doctor that my cholesterol and triglycerides are "absolutely horrible" according to my doctor. ( I also recently learned that genetics plays a huge part in this and that there are a lot of members in the family who have high cholesterol and are on meds or trying to prevent being on meds for it.)
So now I have to take two types of meds to lower those. Which of course has led me to looking at more options to changing my diet even more, like adding blueberry oatmeal and a special soymilk that also helps decrease cholesterol.

Either way, you have to crawl before you walk and when you come to a point in your life when you realize that the things you used to do arent cutting it and you decide to change those things, you realize that you are crawling again. I am learning how to have a different lifestyle and working towards goals that put me in a different mindset. My goals now lower cholesterol and trigs, lose 60 pds, and be able to run almost 7 miles. Easy huh !!!!

I am very excited that starting next week, College Football !!! WOOOHOOO!!!! I love college football, which reminds me that I need to check my information on Espn to get ready for College Pick'em.
I am hoping that with a new coach for Tennessee and new coordinators that my team will be a lot better this year. I am not expecting a huge conference game or championship but I am not keeping those tiny dreams out of my head either. hehe

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

My Wonderful Kids

School is going good for the kids. This week is their first full week after going only two days last week.
Kaitlyn was a little upset because she didnt make it on the yearbook team but I told her not to worry about that she always has next year. She is already on saftey patrol and is waiting to hear whether or not she will be inducted into the Elementary Honors Society.
Tyler didnt make it to sign up for football so after he settle into school some we are going to put him in karate.

They are both growing up so fast it seems.

This Saturday coming up, Tyler and one of his friends decided that it would be great to have a yard sale. I decided to let them do it in our driveway and so they are really excited. I told them this was their deal and that I was going to just be outside reading a book and making sure that no one takes advantage of them. A kid run yard sale, I think is a great idea and will teach them a lot.
Of course, Tyler has been going through the house seeing what items I can donate.

Kait wanted to be a part of the yard sale with the guys but they dont want her to be a part of it. A guy thing or something. Thats okay. She is setting up a concession stand off the side of their yard sale. I got her 3 cases of different cokes and fruit punch and also a case of water. She is very excited about that. It gives her a chance to earn a little money too.

Of course they have made signs which they will put up this afternoon and Tyler's friend will be bringing all his stuff to put in the garage tomorrow. Friday night he will spend the night so they can get up early and set everything up Saturday morning. They have decided together to start the yard sale at 9am and end it at 4pm.

This will be interesting and fun to watch them run their own yard sale and Kait her concession stand. I hope that they get some nice sales and make a little extra money.

Friday, July 31, 2009

Tyler Strikes Again

The kids had a great first day of school. Tyler's bus came home about 15 minutes late as it was supposed to be home at 2:45pm. I guess that worked out better because it was raining and storming during the time he should have been home. Though I did embarass him waiting outside for him with an umbrella. He is at the age where mom is the uncoolest person on the face of the earth and there is nothing more embarrassing than mom being anywhere around him outside of the house. LOL Its ok, I get it and understand.

Kait's bus was an hour late. So Tyler went with me to the bus stop. There are some trees by the bus stop and Tyler was crawling on one of them. He decided that he would sit where the tree starts to branch out and he laid back. Somehow he got himself twisted so that one hip was higher than the other and that leg crossed over the first.

Anyway, he got wedged in the split and got stuck. I pushed, pulled, and even pinched his butt before I relaized that he wasn't joking around and he was really wedged into the tree. I think the fact that his one leg started changing colors from a lack of circulation helped to cement the fact he couldnt get himself free.

Now, I was laughing so hard I couldnt stand up straight. Tyler didnt think it was that funny. I finally had to call and get my husband to come to the bus stop to help get Tyler out of the tree. Magd took pictures with his iphone of the whole ordeal before he would even touch Tyler. HAHAH, we have to keep reminders for him.
After much begging I was asked not to put the pictures on my blog. However, when Magd gets home from work this afternoon, I will upload the pics from his iphone and can send pictures to my loving family because they are hillarious.

Thursday, July 30, 2009

Kids First Day Back To School

WOOHOO !!!!!!!!!!!

The kids are back in school, the kids are back in school, Hi Oh Am Merry Oh, the kids are back in school.

The morning started at 5:30. It was dark. The alarm clock played its happy tune. I stirred under my covers. I opened my eyes quickly remembering that there was somthing great about today. This was the day, this is the day. I jump from the bed and shake my husband. Wake up, wake up I yelled to him.
Normally, I am not a morning person but this morning would be an exception.

As I walk to the rooms of my sleeping children, another burst of energy hits me. Whats this, I havent even had my morning cup of joe yet.

My husband jumps on them while they are sleeping, not leaving their rooms until they are out of bed. Meanwhile, I am downstairs whipping up a breakfast fit for a king. Toasted double fiber whole wheat bread, two eggs runny, spicy beef sausage patties.

Then at 6:30, we walk my son to the bus to catch the 6:40 bus to school. Then at 7:30 we walk our daughter to the bus stop to catch the 7:40 bus to school.

Then, a movie clip came to mind. Braveheart. I could here the popular movie line.


And yes, we are now free, at least until 2:45pm when my son gets home from school.

Sunday, July 26, 2009

School Starts Thursday, July 30th

The kids are very upset about the fact that school will start in 4 days. Last night we decided to make them go to bed at 9pm to try and get a sleep schedule back in order which made the kids even unhappier. Tyler is a night owl and spent his summer up all night and even most times saying good morning to his dad when he gets up for work.

This week will be busy. Last night I went and bought all the school supplies on the horribly long school list. Sad thing is that I know that isn't all especially for Tyler. Not only is there a generic supply list, each teacher has their own supply list which we don't get until we go to open house.

Today we are going school clothes shopping when Magd gets home from work. I can't say that is all that fun. The kids are at the age where they are particular which is fine so long as we can find what they are looking for. Kait is a little more difficult this year because she is not in girls clothes anymore and she doesnt quite fit into juniors. That makes clothes shopping a challenge and needless to say a bit more interesting.

Tuesday is open house at the schools. Kait is still in the elementary school and so her open house is from 3:30-5:30. Tyler is in middle school and his open house is from 4:00-6:00. Ironically, everything hinges on what time Magd will leave work which I have made a point to remind him about every day because I need him to be home to take us to open house.

Thursday is the glorius first day of school. AHHHHHHHHHHHH can you hear the angels singing.

Of course this will mean that Tyler and I have to get up at 5:45 am and then Kait gets up at 6:00am. Once the buses leave the neighborhood, woohoo, I am a free woman. Well as free as I can be without a vehicle.

The good thing is that I will be able to start working on my distance running. My goal is to be able to run 7 miles by next year for the Peachtree City Road Race. Anyway, we will see how that goes.
The plus is that I have quit smoking now for 2 months and I feel great so it will be something that is permanent. Secondly, I am working on losing weight and getting into shape. So, in a way, training for the road race will help me work harder on those things.

Anyway, the count down is on for school and I am ready!!!!! even if the kids are not lol