Pieces of Me

Wednesday, May 27, 2009


What is it about watermelon?  You either love it or hate it.  There's really no in between.  In my home, three of us LOVE watermelon.  In fact, Hannah, Cayden, and I could eat 1 small watermelon a week if we wanted to, but we don't because I try to have different types of fruit in the house throughout the year, even at summer.  But today, at Newflower Farmer's Market, the kids begged me for a watermelon.  And with it being on sale (8 lbs for under $3), I got us one.  I also got strawberries, blackberries, raspberries, nectarines and apples, all for under $11.  And now we have an abundance of fruit that my kiddos will eat all week!  They've started to turn their nose up to vegetables (where is that coming from??? Must be school), although they will eat asparagus so I shouldn't complain.   Now Stephen. . . he's a difficult one to get to eat his fruit or veggies, but as long as we have corn and green beans, he's fine.

We're going to build and plant a garden this summer.  This means I have to read up on how to plant a garden as well as figure out when you plant what, blah, blah, blah.  Maybe I should call Pap and ask him.  It will definitely be a learning experience, BUT it will keep us active and help us be more "green" (I think).

Living a fit and healthy lifestyle is a goal that I want my entire family to reach.  I want us being active, and playing together.  Have you seen the public service announcement with the basketball players - it's for an hour a day, just play.  I tried to find it online, but I was unsuccessful.  If you've seen it, you'll know what I'm talking about.  It's really cute.  Anyway, I am trying to get our family to do this together.  Especially with the summer here.  It's time to get out and play together whether in the pool or just for a walk. 

And together, we will grow closer as a family as well as prolong our lives here on earth.  We've already received salvation.

Memorial Day Weekend and Track and Field Day

Memorial Day weekend was a lazy one for us.  It's a good thing, too, because my head was not cooperating with the rest of my body.  I have been getting headaches for quite some time, and it's very frustrating because I have lived without them for so long.  Hard to believe that car accidents can wreck havoc on your good health.  Ugh.  At any rate, I did learn that Yoga is a good way to cure a terrible headache.  After 30 minutes of Wii Fit Yoga on Sunday, my headache finally disappeared.

I've been working out every day for at least 30 minutes.  Some days I get 45 minutes to an hour.  I'm committed to working out and becoming a fit and healthy person.  Of course, losing 60 lbs is also on that list. 

Friday we met with our Regroup.  Instead of our weekly discussion, we met at Dick Nichols Park for a Pre-Memorial Day Picnic and Volleyball.  It was a great time to get to know our Regroup members on a less serious level.  We've got some great people in our regroup.  Stephen and I are two of the "Senior" members as there are only 3 people over 30 in our entire regroup.  It's kinda crazy, but those college kids really help to remind us of the carefree life we used to live AND they help us love our children because they are so willing to play with them and remind us to have fun.  We are very blessed with our group.

Yummy burgers and dogs!  (And LOTS of watermelon).


Hannah and Emma climbing on the dolphin sprinkler.



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Making "sand angels."  I didn't get a photo of Cayden, but he was making "bad guy angels in the sand."


Mr. Lee showing off his muscle strength!


On Monday, we were invited over to "Grandma" Lavonna and "Grandpa" Gerry's place for a BBQ and Swimming.  The BBQ was wonderful.  The pool was FREEZING so Cayden and I opted out of swimming.  We brought Buster along as we were asked and he had a family reunion with his brother and mommy.

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Saturday, May 23, 2009

Splish Splash!

The Preschool Year is over.  I have one more month of Tues/Thurs with the kiddos, but the month of June is Summer Camp - shorter days, no lunch, and planned curriculum.  I'm so excited to focus on the love of Jesus with the kids this month.  Not that we don't have a Bible Story each week during the school year, but our Summer Camp is more like a MDO VBS for toddlers-five year olds.  It's going to be fun.

Both kids had Splash Day this week.  I was able to attend Cayden's for a few moments, and I volunteered at Hannah's for the entire time.  We had lots of fun.  It's my goal to be more active and spend more time outside.  The weather this week has been BEAUTIFUL.  Of course, my body decided that it was time to be sick, and so during the middle of the week, I was in bed sick.  But just one day in bed and a couple days to take it slow (one happened to be the last day of preschool) and I was pretty much a new woman.  I even exercised for 30 minutes four times this week and 50 one time.  And as a new week began today according to my WW weigh ins - I got a 45 minute workout in today.  And I'm sore and tired and know that I'm living  my life as a fit and healthy person!

Okay, on to the Splash Day photos.  I would have never thought to have shaving cream at splash day, but the kids LOVED it.  Made the kiddie pools kinda gross, but hey, they had a blast!

Cayden's Day - Splashing, Sprinkler, Shaving Cream, and Sidewalk Chalk.



Hannah's Day - Popsicles, Shaving Cream, Watermelon and the Splash Rocket (which we brought - a HUGE hit with the kids and teachers).  And since I was manning the rocket, Ms. A took photos.  There's even one of me, and it's not too bad. . .I'm hot, sweaty, and really white, but I'm happy to have a picture of Hannah and me together at one of her events.


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And finally, Hannah wiped out and taking a break.


Lots of fun.  Tuesday is track and field day.  Should be another fun day outside.

Sunday, May 17, 2009

Crazy Little Thing Called Life

Life has been crazy the past few months. The fact that I haven't blogged since the car accident should tell you a little bit about how busy we've been. So much has happened. Let me give you the low down:

  • Cayden turned THREE!! We celebrated at Build-A-Bear. It was crazy, but the kids had fun. We won't be doing it again. LOL

  • Noah's Ark Spring Program - which I direct. It was soooo cute. As a mommy, I was very proud of my little boy. As the music teacher, I was beaming with pride at how much the children have learned this year. I would have to say that it was a HUGE success.

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  • Hannah had her first dance recital with Fusion Dance Company. We've been very happy with how well Hannah has progressed this year. I just sat back and let her dance. Ms. Brianna says Hannah has grown by leaps and bounds in her dancing. That can't help but make a Momma proud!

  • Along with the Spring Program and Noah's Ark there was a "Spring Carnival." I wouldn't exactly call it a carnival, but the kids did get to play 4 cute little games and win prizes. Cayden and his friends were adorable while they threw the bean bags into hula hoops and pulled ducks out of a kiddie pool. They enjoyed playing the games and getting prizes, that's for sure.

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  • Hannah's school also had their Spring Carnival. Only two of us got to enjoy the fun up at the school because Cayden caught a fever bug and had to stay home with Daddy. I worked the cake walk and Hannah ran all over campus with her little friends. They had so much fun, but I have to say that the cake walk was what they enjoyed the most. Hannah used the majority of her tickets trying to win a cake (which never happened, but we were lucky enough to take home a box of La Madeline treats that were leftover!

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This is Hannah with her 4th Grade reading buddy. She LOVES Alicia!! Just adores her. I hope we're able to keep up with her throughout middle school and high school. She's a sweetie!


  • Mother's Day happened upon us and the kids gave me adorable gifts they made at school. Cayden made me a Terracotta pot covered in buttons. It was soo cute. I was also provided with soil and basil seeds. The idea is to grow my own basil. I'm trying, but so far, nothing is growing. Hannah gave me a handmade card, a #1 Mom ribbon and a Handprint Plaque. And Stephen picked me up the sweetest card that sang "I Melt" when I opened it up. He also got me a gift card to Starbucks and roses along with an IOU a Wii and Wii Fit, that I received on Friday.

  • Hannah's class went on their Kindergarten field trip last week which I was invited to come along on. The kids had a blast at Crowes Nest Farm. It wasn't too hot so it was actually a perfect day


  • I've been following the WW program for 3 weeks (well really two because after my 1st HUGE loss, I didn't stick to the plan and gained the 2nd week). I've lost 4.8 lbs so far. It's not much, but it's a start! I can't wait to get my 1st five lb star. I'm on my way to my daisies tattoo.