Monday, May 25, 2015

our weekend

We have been super busy as usual over here.

We found these and not quite sure where to hang them. Originally I was thinking about hanging them outside, however, I debate on the fact of wind. So, I might hang them inside. :)

I did stop back and bought a red, light blue and another star one. They are battery operated and I found them at Target, we were not contacted or compensated by Target, we found them all by ourselves. AND we love them.

Our good friend Ash was supposed to be out of town, but called us Saturday morning and we headed with her to the Morton Arboretum. We love it there. We headed out at 10:30 am. I brought along snacks, but we ended up eating there. I was happily surprised with my grilled veggie/pesto flat bread (I got a half) pizza with goat cheese. Even V had a bite and liked it. We had never eaten there before. Our friend got a half beet salad and fruit salad. She has lost a tremendous amount of weight recently and she is so diligent. I am so proud of her. She is quite the inspiration. She lost approx 30 pounds in 75 days. I am so happy for her! I didn't get a picture of her..but did of V of course..

if you notice the chair he is sitting in is a former log!

So we ended up inviting our friend Ash last night for supper. I made chicken fajitas (chicken on the grill and the veggies with PAM only in a non stick pan). I had cheese, which she ate none of, salsa, fresh lime wedges for juice (V used two..LOL) and salad mix in case she wanted to put hers on greens instead of flour tortillas. She brought a red/white/blue dessert of raspberries, yogurt pretzels, blueberries. We chowed that down and played numerous board games.

Today that continued...and many more games happened...

I think we played board games for at least two hours and then video games. We also planted our plants.

Here is my Mr. 8, going through his "younger reader" books to see if he wants to keep them. He read for well over an hour tonight. I did clean out his book case, which prompted this. Thankfully, this takes care of his reading for the week. The purging...not going great. I don't care though..I would prefer to get rid of junk vs. books.

So you can see things have been busy as usual. He starts swim team practice tomorrow, he had swim team lessons through yesterday. Soccer is almost over and will only be able to make it to the game this Saturday, after his swim meet. I am excited for him this year. Granted he is a young 8, he is in the top of his possible ability for the 8 and under group. Had he turned 9 a month later, he would be in the same group. It doesn't matter, the same thing happens for soccer. He just needs to learn to give it his best.

Let me know if you want to come and watch him swim. I am really hoping he does much better this year.

We hope you had a great weekend as well.

Lastly, but not leastly, we appreciate all who have given so much for our freedom.

Who has been on a swim team? I didn't learn how to swim until I was an adult, so I know nothing about swim team.

What is your favorite board game? We have been on fire lately with games. Maybe we should do a round up of sorts of games? Please send your favs or your kids favs my way. you have a friend or family member or maybe it was you, who has motivated many with your weight loss??

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

A rant of sorts

Tonight Mr. 8 (aka V) had his 8 yr old physical appointment with his doc. (first side note, this is his first one in 3 years, long story..but it is)

We go in and we didn't have to wait too long, which made me happy. His appt was at 6:00. We arrived at 5:45 and were brought back at 6:05. Honestly the best wait time we have had there yet. His doctor has always been fast with commands and it is hard sitting and watching what to push/pull/etc at the rate he asks to even do it. But that should probably be another side note.

He talked to me about diet and weight. Currently he is 51inches (4'5") and weighs 62 pounds. He is 8. Of course this is not his lightest, but the doctor asked how often we hit up "fast food". I replied with honestly it depends on how busy we are. And he went off on a tangent on he is barely healthy now (you can see all of his ribs and if he slouches you see a bit of a roll, which leads me to believe he is about to grow) and how if I don't cut it down to once a month, he will become obese. That I should be packing his late night meals, and not to give into the shakes and the kiosks. I had to stop him. I said.."kiosks?" He said, yes at the gas stations they have no viable healthy foods...I went blank. I have never considered a gas station as a place of "fast food". I consider those with drive thrus. I then retorted with well it depends on your selection of the available food. He quickly agreed. Then proceeded to tell me all snacks should be either fresh fruit or veggies.

Don't get me wrong. I get it. I already have trouble packing his lunches. We eat out of a lunch box twice a day already. To add another meal out of a lunch box sounds terrible. We are not HUGE sandwich nor salad fans.  We don't like leftovers. We do our best of not eating out. OK..this could improve. He suggested planning meals. I wanted to laugh in his face. *moving on*

So as you read he suggest all snacks should be plant based (ok not his words, but mine) and that is an awesome concept. Let me cut up some watermelon for you to sit in your backpack all day until after school in the heat for you to eat it as your snack. Don't worry, I will take you back to your ped for the food poisoning diagnosis. I didn't mean to poison you, I was only doing as your doc suggested. But wait..let's look at his other questions...who lives at home with you have any pets....seriously? What do the pets have to do with anything...yes we have a beta fish and its name is Fishy...and you will type that in? But you don't remember the town we live in and you have asked it 4 times. (ok we really don't have a fish and we didn't say we did...but I wanted to)

So back to all fruit/veggie snacks. I am sure many of you out there are full time parents, juggling multiple kids, multiple jobs, multiple tasks, I mean honestly, I can barely get our two breakfasts and lunches made mostly healthy, and don't worry about  a snack too much. I mean if I could send granola bars I would, but now with peanut/tree nut allergies, this makes it difficult. I hate sending fruit snacks (even though they are on the "approved snack list at school") I find them to be candy.

So do you think his doc has someone cutting and preparing his snacks? My guess is yes. My guess is he is expected to get the word out on childhood obesity esp if the child/parent shows such signs. My guess is he is doing as he is told by all of the agencies making him do this opposing to be a doc.

I get it. Fresh produce is best. I do.

I feel bad for those who can't afford it, who don't have time to prep it, who don't like it even though they try, who can't send it with ice so it is a viable option.

Those who have busy schedules, do you pack your supper in a lunch box?

Anyone agree that peds no longer can practice the way they feel fit?

Do you ever feel like the doc is addressing you more than the child?

Thursday, April 30, 2015

My Mother's Day present

Yes I bought it for myself...

I bought it from here

Yes I am that person. It is ok...come join us for camping!!!

Which color would you have gotten? Any idea which one I bought?

Sunday, April 19, 2015

meal planning and some great news

We have been busy as usual over here, V is back playing soccer and has been taking swim lessons perfecting his strokes for swim team which will be starting in about a month. Also, V will be having a birthday in about 2 weeks. So there has been planning for that too. Not to mention present shopping. I think I am all done with the present shopping (thank goodness for Amazon), I need to pick up some wrapping paper and tape. V wants to have a few friends over to play board and video games. All of them said yes, and one boy has a lot of allergies (milk, eggs, gluten, nuts, not sure if there is more) So my plan is to only serve allergy free snacks, so there is no worry about cross contamination. I am thinking fruit, tortilla chips, salsa and then send the boys home with cake to eat at home. I will accept suggestions.

Yesterday V had a play date with a classmate and I ordered Pizza Hut his friend ate 7 pieces of a medium cheese pizza. V ate 1. Seriously, 7! I couldn't believe it. I think if there would have been more, he would have eaten more. This was after he scarfed down 4 chocolate chips cookies we made. I had to stop him, he wanted to just keep eating. I do think they had fun though.

Don't mind the mess, boys are messy.

So I was perusing pintrest this morning looking for new recipes for suppers this week.

I first found Pasta with Tomato Cream Sauce doesn't it look delish? I love vodka sauce and this reminded me of that, sans vodka (because that is expensive). I would want to add some veggies, and maybe some chicken to it.

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I honestly know better than to look at Pioneer Woman but I won't lie, everything she makes look divine.

I also found this lovely delicious looking recipe of Mushroom Asiago Chicken, I was going to share a picture, but her site prohibits it...I even had a the photo credit link below...well trust me, it looks yummy.

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What about these???

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After realizing I am hungry and wanting creamy and mushrooms (because the first thing I would add to the creamy tomato sauce would be mushrooms), that maybe I should stay away from Pintrest when I am hungry.

So you made it this far, are you ready for our GREAT news???? V is FINALLY strep free. If you recall he had his tonsils/adenoids removed over a year ago, he finally got a clean swab! Let me tell you, it has been a long year (plus) of strep.

Where do you get your recipes?

Are you on pintrest?

Do you want mushrooms now too?

Sunday, March 29, 2015

a bit of time for me..first time in almost 8 years

I told you in my last post about how we joined a gym. I have put Mr. V first always, all the time in the first almost 8 years of his life. Our first gym outing was Friday night, he went with the kids program, and I did 25 minutes on the elliptical, 25 minutes on the bike and 13 minutes on the dreadmill before I hit up the hot tub. I won't lie, the mile I did on the dready in 13 minutes was HARD. It was last, and I did one minute intervals of running after my long abstinence from running. Quite honestly, the first 3 minutes of the elliptical (which I did first) I didn't think I would be able to make 25 minutes...but you know what..I can do hard things..well things would be easier if I have been working out all this time.

V was not impressed by the experience. This makes things hard for me. I love him and I want him to have good experiences, probably not a reality check, I get that..but I don't want to fight about going to the gym.

Last night when I suggested to him that I wanted to hit it up for an hour before he was heading to his last swim lesson at 11. He looked at me and said, "this would be time for you". I looked at him and said, "Yes, that is true". My heart broke. For some reason, I didn't think about the hour we would be spending at his swim lesson. So we left home at 9 to get to the gym at 9:30 for my hour workout and to leave by 10:30 to get to swim by 11. It took me longer than anticipated to get from dropping him off to get on the machine/clean off machine/move etc... I was thinking about the trip to swim and thinking we might need to leave early..there is a bit of time in the pick up/drop off, that I hadn't added previously. So I ended up leaving early and go to swim a bit early, it was a good idea we left early.

As we were walking out of the gym, V inquired what I did, and I explained what I did, he responded with, "Are you enjoying your workout? Because you are already looking better Momma". Seriously twice of working out..he will make his future wife so happy.

What is the funniest thing you have heard a kid say?

Do you take time for you? This makes me feel guilty.

Thursday, March 26, 2015


You probably forgot us over here..but we haven't forgotten you!

We have been quite quiet. Why? WELL...honestly..not much to say. Then tonight, I started to think about everything I wanted to share..and then I am thinking, this is going to be  a LONG entry. So let's make this quick..

First of all, V had a sleepover at the log cabin for cub scouts, lots of fun on a Friday night. Saturday he was a disaster...evidently not much sleep happened, then he ended up with hives...

all over his arms and legs. I figured he hadn't used his sleeping bag since last fall, and then we camped outside, so many more it must be an allergic reaction to the chemicals that were used to treat the sleeping bag.

On Sunday afternoon he broke out again, and then I thought maybe it was due to the floor rug that was folded up under his bed that he pulled out. Maybe it was a dust allergy reaction.

On Monday, I called the nurse at the school to let them know he had the hives, must be an allergy and that if they reappear I will pick him up. I didn't want them to worry about his breathing. I never got a call, so when I picked him up from after care, the hives were reappearing. At this point, I decided I needed to take him to urgent care.

So I get there and it is an hour wait. His only symptom is the hives. No fever, no headaches, no stomach ache, no ear ache, etc. We finally get called back, I explain to the nurse the issue, but also his history of strep. And a bit worried it might be scarlet fever. But honestly felt I was being crazy, since there were no other symptoms.

The initial nurse told us, it wasn't scarlet fever, since it was prickly, she would have the doctor take a look. The doc came in, I showed him pictures, he agreed, it wasn't scarlet fever, but to be sure it wasn't strep and just an allergy, let's do a culture. As many of you know, Strep has many different symptoms. Guess was strep!

We have an appointment with his ped on Friday, April 10th (after antibiotic, etc) to be screened again and to see if we can get him on long term care. I don't think he has ever gotten over this.

Ok..moving on. My working out has been nonexistent. HOWEVER, we joined a gym. Both of us! V's membership includes up to 2 hours of childcare a day in open gym format, as well as Friday night structured events, including an hour of swimming with a life guard on duty. I could actually leave the gym for 2 hours for this. But I plan on working out during this time. So that being said, both of our bags are packed for our first day experience at our new gym tomorrow night.

I have been really watching what I have been eating/not eating out. I am really frustrated with how I feel like I am still gaining at this point. Gaining has been measured by how my clothes aren't fitting.

V will be turning 8 soon, and I am super proud of the little man I have raised. So many people will tell me he doesn't act like other 7 year olds. For instance, his school had an award ceremony yesterday. He was mentioned he was receiving the perfect attendance for last trimester, and he told his teacher he didn't deserve it, because he was out on _______. His teacher told him to let them know at the office.

So today, he ended up getting hurt and ended up at the nurse. He stopped on his way to the nurse to let them know he didn't deserve the attendance award. They thanked him for his honesty and sent him onto the nurse. LOL He cracks me up.

Ok..enough about us for tonight.

Tell us more about you.

Ever been honest like V?

ever fight an illness?