Friday, April 30, 2010

Day 115 of 60lbs

You know how sometimes your life swirls around you?

Well that seems to be what is happening to my life recently.

Except, I am present, and enjoying life rather than just letting it pass me by.

And thankfully so.

Don't get me wrong... some days are quite challenging.

Especially when you make visits to the Emergency room, or try to coordinate family picture outfits, or when the stubborness of a certain 3 year old is rooted so deep you have to dig your way to China to soften them up- everything is made in China nowadays right?- or when you have to try to keep the cutest Red head- who is just learning to toddle- from getting the slightest bump or fall. ( strict instructions from the above mentioned ER visit)

And then somedays are so exhilirating.

The days when I say to Lucy " your so gorgeous" (all dramatic like)

and she says "NOOOOOO your so GORGEOUS mama" ( I'll take it- dramatics and all)

When we get to go on super long walks with super awesome friends.

The days when we ride around the neighborhood and take in the beautiful-ness of these West Virginia hills, and the beauty that spring has to offer. Really not much can compare to this kind of beauty. Everything just seems right with the world when the spring is in full force.

I am in a good place right now, and although things are not as progressed as far a long as I would like them too with my goals as far as weight loss goes, I am okay with that right now. I am still on the losing track and am thankful that I am able to have some balance right now. Even if this takes me 8 months or 10 months I am going to keep on going. Because keep on going is what we have to do right?
When this life starts swirling... just keep twirling.
And that is just what I am doing.

Friday, April 23, 2010

Happy Birthday

Happy Birthday

to our first born.

Our sweet little blonde beauty.

Our sassy little doll babe.

Our little Lucy Lou.

Our sweet and sometimes REALLY sour BIG sister.

Daddy's little girl.

(tightly wrapped around her pinky)

Miss Independent.

The one that I look at and think,

"oh, this is what revenge is."
The one that I look at and think how could my life ever amounted to ANYTHING without you.

She is so many things. Beauty and Grace. Sass and Frass. Laughter and Seriousness-

just like her mama.

She still asks me to tell her about when she was a baby. I tell it to her the same every time.

She likes the part when I say she was kicking inside of me and I knew she was getting ready to come. Then I tell her about getting into the birthing tub and then she came out to meet us. Daddy held her in the pink blanket and we called and told everyone that we had a new baby girl named

"Lucy Ann"

We kissed her on her little button nose and then brought her home. Kona- the dog, sniffed her little face. -She especially likes the part when we pretend to be Kona sniffing her face.

She giggles and says ,"do it again!"

She has so much to live for and experience and we are so proud to be her parents.

We love you Lucy

Happy 3rd Birthday.

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Day 105-106 of 60lbs

I am writing this post this morning... but I am going to refrence yesterday. A little behind once again, but still... here I am just as promised.

Yesterday started out early. Not too early but I was putting on mascara and using the straightening iron 3 hours before usual so, early.

Superman had a tonsilectomy by Dr. Spork yesterday. I like the Dr.'s name so I thought I would give a shout-out. He was tall, white haired and wore really fancy white shoes with a surgery cap that had all sorts of hot sauce's printed on it. While I was waiting for superman to get out of surgery and holding the cutest red-head who was flirting with all the oldest people on the face of the earth in the 1day surgery center... we decided to take a walk to the Farmer's market. I browsed around and bought some Agave nectar and thought about buying Dr. Hotsauce some special tabasco. I ended up buying some really fancy rock-candy lollipops for the Princess' birthday on Friday... the man told me they were 60 cents each.... so I picked out 10. I then realized that I just spent 6 dollars on lollipops. Oh dear. Oh well... they are super cute.

Superman is recovering just fine and all went well.

Lucy was playing at J.J's house and he taught her how wiz outside like a boy... trouble is... SHE is NOT a boy. Hence, a new change of clothes and a strict "Lucy, you ONLY use the toliet." She gets it now. I think.

Then nighttime befell on us and brought a crisp breeze. So lovely. And then the smell of the rain. Ahh.

Dinner was over, baths were given, binkas in place and then snuggle time with songs and prayers. Out like a light.

Time for Biggest Loser.

***** NOT******

time for a phone call.

****ring ring ring****


Hi, you have the house for sale on 27th street and Shawnee Circle, is that right?

Yes, we do.

blah blah blah- a bunch of stuff about the house

This phone call was special though.

And not so much in a I have a feeling that this REALLY OLD GUY is going to buy it up paying with cash way, but more in a Ike Gamin sort of way.

You see I spoke with Ike Gamin last night for an hour and a half.

I know absolutely every possible thing about this man.

I know his 4 daughters names, their spouses names, where they went to college, how much money they had in their bank accounts, where they lived growing up, where they live now, who their mother is and when she died, that their mother was an alcoholic and a smoker, that NO MATTER what Ike did he could "NEVER please that woman!"even when she told him that she wanted to paint the entire 3rd story of their home PINK, so he surprised her while she was on vacation and had 4 painters come in and paint the entire 3rd floor pink- and when she came home she was NOT happy- she wanted a different color of pink- but "Lois, their is only one shade of pink." - not to her their wasn't. Now she wanted pink carpet to match. "Whatever you want" he told me, he told her.

Then Ike told me how he has found the most amazing woman in the world. Her name is Patricia. "I would jump off the Kanawha City Bridge at high noon if she told me too." She is so amazing. He bought Patricia a ring...not just any ring. A 2.5 karat emerald with another 3 total karats surrounding in diamonds that was a thirty-two thousand dollar ring. But he is a bargain shopper and only paid ten thousand for it. Patricia wont wear it on her 3rd finger on her left hand just the 3rd finger on her right hand. According to Patricia's daughter- who is Ike's homecare nurse- Patricia loves Ike but won't tell him. Ike won't ask Patricia to marry him until she starts showing some reciprocation to Ike's feelings and affections. By the way Patricia told me that I had better not call during one of her conversations with one of her girlfriends.

Patricia is the deciding vote here.

-sounds to me like Patricia is calling all the shots-

The house and street that Patricia lives on was formerly named something else. Until Mayor Danny Jones called her up one day and said we are going to rename your street to Belcher Street. Patricia and all of her children plus others in her extended family live on what is now known as Belcher Street.

( my gut tells me that Patricia will not want to move)

(a picture that I took today of Mayor Danny Jones at the Elephant walk this morning.)

I was a very VERY successful insurance agent, he told me. I won lots of awards. Top Agent of the year. The Blackjack dealers at Harrah's know me by name and I them. We have been to every major city in the United States and Las Vegas 7 times.

"Dear... don't be offended please by me calling you dear or honey.. it is a term of endearment, and I use it casually like Mr. or Mrs."

"I like you" he said over and over to me. I like to have conversations with intelligent people and especially those who know what they are talking about.

.....Are you tired yet?

I am .. and this is twice re-lived now.

Remember this went on for an hour and a half. But I actually had to be responsive.

and... oh and there is a HUGE and....

Ike doesn't hear very well. Not very well at all. So I had to talk at decibel three-thousand. the.entire.time.

My head hurt and kind of still does.

I barely made it back in time to see the final vote off of Victoria from Biggest Loser.

As tiring as the conversation was and as little hope that I have that Patricia will actually let Ike buy this house I think that I really liked my conversation with Ike. I like Ike.

He would be just the very thing that our neighbors have asked we NOT do... the neighbors want a young couple preferably with children. Not old people, not like the Dutchess who lives on the corner of Virgina and Shawnee Circle.- whom by the way is Ike's friend. Are you suprised? I didn't think so.

After I put my cell phone on the charging station I grabbed some kettle chips and had a few bites of ice cream.

I did not go to the gym. I did not eat well at all today- or for the last 3 if I am being honest.

I missed BL which is a motivator for me and I need a little push in the right direction to get me back on track.


Saturday, April 17, 2010

Day 102 of 60lbs

So here I am.

I am back and promise to be a better blogger.

I can't believe that 30 days went by without me blogging my weightloss goal progress.
Although we were on vacation and I did post a couple of times I still have some major catching up to do!
Catching up is what I feel like I have been doing for the last week except it has been shoved into major OVERDRIVE!
We are selling our home.
So exciting and so crazy busy at the same time.
I have spent the last week cleaning and putting things away like a MAD woman. Superman hasn't stopped in 4 years though... so really in comparison I am a huge wuss!
Nonetheless.... this stress has brought on some weightloss as well!
Some funny things about being away for a while is this

#1 - you go back and visit family and since it has been 7 months since seeing them last, you have in fact lost weight and look better -everything except your hair that is in the depths of despair!
#2- you go and see the Queen of hair- my little sister Abbey (beener for short) and she makes you look like Gweneth Paltrow- haha yah right - but atleast makes you feel like your hair could rival her's!
#3- your newly cut bangs gives everyone the impression that you have lost alot of weight- even your superman hubs notices- and that is very impressive!
#4- you commence the year of giving your sweet little baby the nourishment of his life and suddenly your chest sinks in again

... so being gone for 3 weeks gives you a huge burst of self-esteem and validates once again how much I LOVE SPRING! .. especially in West Virginia.
And the Tulips.... oh the sweet beautiful tulips!
Maybe it is because they don't last very long, or maybe because they are just so perfect, or because they were the flower of my choice for our wedding.. or maybe because I have a dream of being in Holland someday wearing wooden shoes and feeling like I fit in with my blonde hair and blue eyes... whatever it may be I LOVE TULIPS!
As for weightloss.... I am still doing pretty good. I am a good distance away from my goal still and a ways off of my target but I continue to keep making progress and even being gone for almost a month I still came home with weight loss!Monday it is back to the gym time and start toning in areas that need some major toning for bathing suit season.

I do have a post coming soon about East Coast vs West Coast... so far the points are stacked against the East.. but we'll see in the end how it all ends up!

Thursday, April 8, 2010


we have been gone for a while now... 3 weeks exactly, from home.

We have been to alot of our other "homes."

Ben has been away from us for 2 weeks -back at "our" home.

Right this very second he is on his way out to San Clemente so I can see his gorgeous bod and he can give his littles some love.

I am going to miss the smell of the salty air. ALOT.

I could live here 100% of the time. For certain

But... I am dying to get back and see my tulips.

I wasn't expecting to be gone this long.... and I am dying a little inside about missing my tulips. They are so very precious to me. So beautiful.

I am also very excited to get back and see that spring has sprung...

I was really beginning to think that Charleston would never turn green again.

So, tomorrow we are on our way back to home.

It will be bittersweet