Picture post

I tried to take a picture of Ethan and I in the mirror. He moved too fast. All that is left is a blur.

My friend, Sara, had a beautiful baby at the end of January.

Isaac came back from the nursery last Sunday looking like that. I don’t know how they put his diaper on backwards. That’s hard work.

E&A’s room is primed and Nathan hung shelves and installed a light in the closet yesterday! I can use their closet like a closet! Woohoo!

Hmmm….. something smells. Time to change a diaper.

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Still here

It’s been almost a week since I’ve blogged.
Still here and still doing my 30 Day Shred. I skipped Wednesday. I’ve done it 10 of the last 11 days and have now moved on to level 2. I added in my running again this week and have run 3 times. I hope to run at least once more this week. I went out yesterday and was hoping to 3 to 4 miles. I only lasted 1.4 because my calves and feet hurt so bad. I’m blaming that on the Wii Fit that Ethan and I were using earlier in the day. Lots of balancing things with no shoes on = very sore legs. I’ll take it easy until after my run today and then I’ll see what energy I have left.

With all the working out that I’ve done, one would think I would lose a lot of weight this week. Well, unfortunately, I increased my eating more than my exercise. Yes, it’s possible. I’m really disgusted with myself about it and you may be tired of hearing me talk about it, but that’s what I’m dealing with right now. I have some major food addiction issues that I need to break through. I’m so tired of losing and gaining the same 2 pounds.

I retooled my calorie goals yesterday and I’m hoping it will help. Yesterday was good. That’s one reason I managed to only gain a half pound this week instead of 2 or 3!

The kids are great. Ethan and Audrey were pretending to be my doctors yesterday. I had to lay on the floor in the living room while they poked me. Lots of fun! Isaac has two teeth now. He’s still rolling everywhere. He can pivot around on his belly, but he isn’t crawling yet. I weighed him with me yesterday and he was 20 pounds! He is only one pound away from how much E&A weighted at one year. He is almost done with needing his helmet. In two weeks, we’ll be done with it.
I hope everyone has a fabulous weekend!

Friday Shred Update and Date Night!

As of the end of the day on Friday, I had completed 5 days in a row of working out using the 30 Day Shred DVD. Yesterday, I switched to level 2 again. I felt like I needed it to be a little harder since I had made plenty of poor eating choices that day.
When I weighed and measured yesterday, I was down 2 pounds and 1.5 inches. That’s mostly holiday weight that was just waiting to leave. I’m still carrying a few holiday pounds. So, don’t get too envious of me. I’m not losing any “new” weight yet. Back to losing the same pounds that I’ve been gaining and losing since July.

In unrelated news, Nathan and I went out last night. We made a trip to Menards to buy sealer/primer and paint for our room and E&A’s room. The walls are ready for painting. They are perfectly mudded and sanded and I have most of my house back. The kids slept in their own room last night for the first time in almost 2 weeks! After the Menards trip, we went to Applebee’s for supper. On the way home, we picked up a Wii and Wii Fit Plus. Nathan had been eyeing them for quite a while.

We got home at 10:30, and then we stayed up for 2 hours bowling, hula-hooping, ski-jumping and doing other fun things. According to my weight and lack balance last night, the Wii program told me that my calculated age was 44 or 45. I guess I have some work to do!

30 Day Shred

What better time than January to start a new exercise program, right? I love running, but it’s so cold right now that it’s hard to get outside to do it. We have the treadmill and I’m thankful for that, but I can’t go as hard or as long as I would like on it without burning out. So, I picked up the 30 Day Shred DVD. This is something I can do even when Nathan is gone since I don’t have to leave the house to do it.

I’m ready to let Jillian Michaels kick my butt. Or help me shrink it a little. During my first workout, Ethan was eager to work out alongside of me. That’s a challenge in and of itself. Do you know how hard it is to do push-ups while watching Ethan do them? Laughter is good medicine, but it makes push-ups nearly impossible. Then he says, “Hey Mom, I think your bottom is already getting bigger!” He’s a great trainer, really.

Today is day 3 for me. I’m going to do my best to do this for 30 days. I did it a couple of times last week, but decided my official start-up would be Monday (two days ago). On Monday I did level 1. On Tuesday I decided to try to do level 2. It was really hard. I switched back to level 1 today. I’ll stay at this level for another week and then move up if I think I’m ready.

I’m enjoying the combination of cardio, strength training and ab work. I don’t know how “shredded” I’ll end up at the end of this, but it should be a fun journey.


I love new beginnings. The start to a new year is always energizing to me. I’m hoping for a reset that starts now (or tomorrow!). I know it’s a few days after the beginning of the new year, but it’s still fresh and new.

Reading Kylene’s and Erica’s posts about Christmas has made me smile for several reasons. First of all, because it was so nice to have everyone together. Weather threatened to really mess up our plans, but everything came together in the end. The second reason their accounts make me smile is because it’s funny to me how we all were a part of the same event, but my experience was vastly different then theirs.

The combination of the fact that I have 3 small children to care for and not much ability to do preparation too much in advance that isn’t going to be undone (by said children) and the fact that I really felt like I didn’t know how everything was supposed to work had me a little on edge. I knew that I was hosting, but I didn’t know what that really entailed and it’s a bit more stressful when it’s not your own family.

Here’s a little of why I felt kind of frazzled.

I had a last minute medical appointment on Wednesday morning to have an echocardiogram. I had a heart murmur that had never really been checked out. Because of my SVT episodes after my mom’s death, my recent application for life insurance would not be processed until I had an echo.

Then we had some weather issues. The weather turned bad and Luke and Krista missed their flight and weren’t supposed to get in until late the next day, Nathan and I were pretty certain we would not be seeing everyone on Christmas Eve because L&K would be arriving at the same time the snow was supposed to really start falling again. Then Christmas Eve morning dawned, we found out that plans had been changed and L&K were arriving that morning. With the chance of snow continuing through the next several days, we thought we should probably trek to Shakopee to be with everyone while we had a chance. So, we had 1 hour to get all of our stuff ready. All of our stuff= diaper bag for Isaac, dress the kids, wait for Isaac to get up from his early nap, pack a change of clothes for everyone, pack snow gear for everyone, shovel the many inches of snow off our driveway, and pack all the ingredients for the meal we were helping provide for later that day as well as the baked goods that I had made previously. All of this in 1 hour.

We left the house in shambles. We were planning to do our major cleaning the next day in preparation for everyone to arrive on Saturday. We had found out that Kylene and Justin would not be spending the night with us that evening because they wanted to go to the Christmas Eve service in Shakopee.

We got to Tim and Erica’s and I found out that Justin and Kylene would indeed be at our house that night. They were planning to follow us home when we left later that afternoon. *gulp* I wish I was easy going and that things like that would not cause stress. I know there are people out there that wouldn’t feel a bit of anxiety over their in-laws coming to their trashed house. I aspire to that someday. But that was not the day. I’m the kind of person who gets very stressed out about having people over when I don’t have the house clean. And it wasn’t just a little cluttered. I had major cleaning to do.

So, we had a nice celebration with everyone that day and I did my best not to think about the house. Then we drove back home. Then I spent the evening and next day cleaning. I was planning to spend that time cleaning anyway. So, that really wasn’t a big deal.

Then I found out that the main meal we were having together as a family on Saturday was going to be served for lunch instead of supper. Not a big deal except for the fact that our original plan had someone volunteering to take care of lunch for everyone. Now, that we moved the main meal to lunch time, that meant that there was a meal that needed to be provided for everyone that evening that I didn’t have groceries for. Thankfully, Kylene volunteered to pick up the slack for that meal when she noticed I was about to curl up into a fetile position at the prospect of trying to figure out what to do about that meal.

About 99.9% of all the stress was a result of the weather throwing out the window whatever plans me made.

Saturday came, we had a great time together. Everything worked out fine, but when the guests left that evening, I sat down on the couch and I didn’t have the energy to get up. We stayed home from the church the next day because we were so tired.

I don’t know why I thought that it would be a good idea to schedule having someone come to do work on our house immediately following Christmas, but for some reason I did. So, we followed up Christmas with 3 days of kids not being able to sleep or nap in their rooms, a trip to Cottage Grove to celebrate the holidays with my family (and we stayed up too late) and now we’re back home again with several days of work left before the kids have their room back in order.

I was so tired today that I finally just lay down and slept on the couch. I should have been working on other things, but I had no energy.

So, I’m so grateful for a recovery week coming up. I’m grateful for a new beginning and I’m hoping to get some extra rest this week.

In the last week

* The kids had been displaced from their room because
*We’re getting all the mudding, sanding and trim work done in the living room, kids room and our room
*Our toilet broke
*We got a new one
*I started doing the 30 Day Shred exercise DVD
*Ethan told me my bottom was getting bigger
*We celebrated Christmas with the Henning family
*We played lots of card games
*I ate too much food
*Isaac has been waking up at 5:00am
*Nathan has been home every day
*I got approved for life insurance, but
*I found out that I have mitrovalve regurgitation which is, in most cases, nothing to worry about
*I ran over 3 miles in the bitter cold