Saturday, December 31, 2011

Set back

So I knew going to Weight Watchers this morning that I most likely gained weight over the last week but I was not quite prepared for gaining 2.8 pounds! I decided to then stay for the meeting instead of leaving right after my weigh-in. I was really glad I did! The leader focused on what has been our accomplishments over the past year and addressed that December is a hard month for so many people. Therefore I am not dwelling on my weight gain but on my accomplishments in 2011-

I have lost 15 pounds since September!
I love going to Boot Camp! I never ever thought that sentence would come from me!
I am healthy and happy!

Here's to a better week ahead and staying focused!

Friday, December 30, 2011

Christmas time 2011

A couple weeks before Christmas my moms group meet at Swanson Nursery to see the live Reindeer. The kiddos had a blast playing on the sled.

I just realized how few pictures Bill and I took of Harrison opening presents and we did not get a family picture. Oh year! Harrison is a pro at opening gifts. We did video chat with our parents and then spent a quiet afternoon at home. After Harrison's nap we all watched the Cars movie (Harrison's second favorite Christmas present.) He is a HUGE fan of Tow Mater! My heart melted as Bill and Harrison snuggled on the couch together. Our friend Michael came over for dinner and we watched/I slept through Elf.

Merry Christmas and Many Blessings for 2012!

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Whistler Adventure

On Friday afternoon Bill, Harrison and I drove to Whistler Canada for the weekend. Our friends Rod, Julie and their little boy Nic invited us to join them at their condo. Saturday morning we went to the village for coffee and an early lunch. Bill enjoyed going skiing Saturday afternoon. Thought the snow was not fresh he still loved skiing for a couple hours!

Harrison can now check off Canada from his list!

Thursday, December 8, 2011

Seattle Aquarium toddler time

Harrison and I joined our friend William and his mommy Caroline for some fun at the Seattle Aquarium on Tuesday. Harrison enjoyed steering the ship!

So much fun touching the sea creatures!

All ready for the rain outside!

I would say it was a very successful play date!

Friday, December 2, 2011

So behind...

Today I feel overwhelmed and thought I would take a moment to vent while Harrison is avoiding a much needed nap and is crying out from his crib! Overwhelmed because...

1. China pictures are still NOT put together

2. Christmas newsletter hasn't been started

3. Baby book is behind on pictures and milestones

4. My floors are covered in a black dust from this week of converting from oil to gas heating

Hmmm...I think that is it for now. Back to work on cleaning the floors!

Friday, October 7, 2011

Good-bye Seattle, Hello China

Ready or not off to China we go! Thankfully we are ready! Our flight leaves at 2pm for Beijing tomorrow and i am super excited for this crazy wonderful adventure. Please pray for safe travels. Hopefully I will have access to email and blogging,,,but only time will tell!

Monday, September 26, 2011

Down 6 pounds

I went this morning to weigh in before church and I received my 5 pound lost sticker :D since starting two weeks ago (give or take a few days).

Sunday, September 25, 2011

Playing in the sun!

Recently Harrison has taken to climbing the stairs over and over again at the park, here he decided to take a break.

Melt my heart smile!

I finally found a slide at a yard sale! Best $5 spent!

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Weight Watchers

After some time of being on the fence I took the plunge and joined Weight Watchers! My first weight in and meeting was on Saturday afternoon. I was so nervous about going since I did not know anyone and as always I am nervous when trying something new. Everyone was so nice and I love it! I am super excited for this new phase in my life. I love how easy it is to log in my points and see what the value of food is before I dive in. Here's to a new way of life! My favorite part about the point system is that you can eat anything but in moderation (something I have NEVER been very good about.) With that said today I went to McDonalds' to get a cheese burger and small fries. Those two alone were 16 points total out of my 32 allotted points a day. A true eye opener. Also as I was eating my hot fries and burger I started to think "this really doesn't taste as yummy as it once had and why did I spend so many points on it!?!"

Such is life :D I continue to LOVE Boot Camp every Monday, Wednesday and Thursday nights.

Thursday, September 8, 2011

China here we come!

It is official! We have our plane tickets and hotel for China! We leave Seattle at 2pm on October 7th and return on October 30th. We will be staying in Beijing from October 8th-24th. Bill will be working for 2 weeks while Harrison and I explore our surroundings and then as a family we will vacation for one week. We will leave Beijing on the 24th to take the train (or whatever it is called in China) to Shanghai until October 28th. We will then take the train back to Beijing on the 28th so we can fly home on the 30th. This is going to be an amazing adventure!

So far our travel plans/attractions is visiting the Great Wall and Forbidden City. Now that we have our hotels and know what neighborhood of where we will be staying in Beijing I will begin to seriously look at our guide book. There are internet cafes though out the city and in the hotel so I will do my best to keep our adventures updated (though it may all be writing and no pictures til we get home).

God is amazing and I am in Awe...

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Not a good weekend...nope not at all.

So my weekend was wonderful as far as having a great time enjoying the sun and friends. But as far as my eating habits and keeping track on Lose It, it has been horrible. I do not feel good about myself right now but I am trying to remember that tomorrow is a new day, but then again I am ALWAYS saying that. Here is to being true to myself with tomorrow being a new day.

Friday, September 2, 2011

Lose it!

So a friend of mine has been using a Lose it application on her iPhone as a way to track her daily food and exercise. I figure the application is free and worth a try. Today is my first day using the application and so far I like it because it so easy to use. Also you can link it to your Facebook account as a way to receive encouragement from friends and family.

This morning I woke up a bit sore, mostly in my abs. Last nights workout was great and this morning Harrison and I went with our friend Emily and her son Kaden for a walk around Green Lake Park. It was about 2 1/2 miles and took about an hour. Of course we had several stops for water and snacks for the kiddos. Emily and I enjoyed coffee from Peets Coffee toward the end of our walk. It was a great time and beautiful sunny weather. I am trying to soak up all the sun I can get before fall begins.

I am sure excited for tonights' class to see what exercises Boot Camp has us doing.

Thursday, September 1, 2011

Committed to Boot Camp

I have just made a 1 year commitment to Riley Athletics! I will be attending classes on Monday, Wednesday and Thursday evenings at 7pm. Along with my membership I will have access to nutrimental resources. Therefore I am going to embrace Riley Athletics resources before making the commitment to Weight Watchers.

My good mommy friend Aviva is going to be my accountability partner as of tomorrow, September 1st!

Saturday, August 27, 2011

Help Needed!

I have been struggling over the past several months, heck maybe since Harrison was born, with being an emotional eater. I LOVE food and use it as a reward as well as just plain wanting to eat in any state of mind.

I loved being pregnant! I loved having my belly grow over the course of 9 months! After Harrison was born I used the excuse that I was breastfeeding so I could eat whatever. After breastfeeding came to an end at 8 months I figured I had til Harison was a year old to get back to my pre-pregrancy weight. Harrison is 15 months old and I weigh more now then I ever have (except for when I was pregnant). I believe that after having a baby your weight shifts and settles wherever it likes. I really dislike where I am as far as my figure and my desire to have such bad habits. I need help! I also want to be healthy for myself and my family. I want to live a long energtic life.

After several months of research and talking to friends I have decided to join Weight Watchers starting September 1st. I need to be held accountable! Bill tries so hard to be my cheerleader and accountability partner but I more times then not frustrated with him when he tries to help.

Here's to new adventures!

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Boot Camp

Monday was the start of a month long boot camp at Riley Athletics,

I bought this amazing Groupon in effort to support my friends' husband who owns Riley Athletics but also because I am ready for a change! Boot Camp is Monday, Wednesday and Thursday from 7-7:30pm. Monday night was amazing and empowering! I never sweat so much...and loved it! On Tuesday morning I felt a little sore, mostly in my abs but my energy level was amazing all day. On Tuesday Harrison and I walked to the Zoo to meet with friends and then walk back home. Round trip it was 4 miles. I was so proud of myself!
Tonight was another hard core sweat feast even thought my abs have not quite recovered from Monday. I am so glad to be in boot camp and looking forward to tomorrow night. I NEVER thought I would EVER do boot camp and really love it.

Friday, August 19, 2011

On the Move!

While Nana was here we spent lots of time at Golden Garden, a beach with an awesome new playground.) Harrison loved playing peek-a-boo!

While at the beach Harrison had a great time playing in the sand! He was a bit unsure at first but then he sat down and played hard. He loved picking up the sand by the fist full and then letting the sand slide through his fingers.

All Smiles...all the time!

Harrison warmed up to Nana quickly! He was generous with his kisses and hugs. Nana also witnessed Harrison walking across the living room for the first time.

Look Mommy I'm walking! Harrison really started walking two weeks ago and there is nothing holding him back!

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Summer projects

It was time to organize our garage with some shelving! All of Bill's tools have a place.

Yay for also organizing the shed!

New benches for my anniversary. It's been so nice to sit in the backyard on sunny cool days.

Garden is growing! We will have fresh tomatoes, salad mix, corn, and peppers!

We are very happy with our new dinning room light.

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Our Babies are 1!

PEPS (Program for Early Parent Support) has truly been amazing for me! During the time of doubt and not know what was "normal" I had the support of eight other mommies that were going through the same thing. One year later we have all survived our babies first year! I am so truly Blessed to have you as my friends!

Saturday, June 11, 2011

Poppy and Debbie's visit!

Hi Poppy and Debbie! Harrison loved looking into the kitchen window to Poppy and Debbie while we were cooking dinner.

I LOVE my new tracker! I can even get on and off the sit by myself! I am getting so BIG!

Poppy came to watch me dancing at Nurturing Pathways!

Happy first birthday!

Harrison is one and what a huge couple weeks it has been. We started Harrison's festivities by having a cookout at our home before leaving for our trip to Indiana. While in Indiana we partied at the Terre Haute Science Center with our family. It was a great time. Poppy and Debbie flew back with us where Harrison's birthday present from Mommy and Daddy was trike!

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Happy first Easter

We had a wonderful first Easter with Harrison. He loved his Tigger easter basket, especially the bubbles tube. He is always after the non toy items.

After church we went to our friends house for an early dinner. It was so great to spend the day with the Bernardi's.

Harrison was not a fan of me holding Michael unless I was also holding him.

Saturday, April 23, 2011

11 Months

Happy 11 months to my sweet lovable amazing baby boy! We have had a great month of playing at the park (Harrison loves the swings) and goon to the Science Center to see the Star War exhibit.

Harrison loves to "help" me in the kitchen!

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Rotary Auction

Bill and I are relieved the Rotary auction is over! What an AWESOME night for a wonderful cause! We are looking forward to next years auction...especially since Bill will not be the chair of the auction committee!

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

10 Months!

Harrison is all play...and teething. Bless his heart as his two front teeth are making their way though. But that does not stop him from laughing, smiling and chatting away.

Bath time is so much fun!

Friday, March 11, 2011


Today Harrison and I were walking in the strong wind and rain when I decided to stop at Starbucks for a hot drink. After ordering my nonfat cinnamon dolce latte...I realized I forgot to ask for decaffeinated coffee AND I feel 100% sure cinnamon dolce counts as a sweet!
So here's to tomorrow!

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Get healthy

Tomorrow is the first day of Lent and I have decided to give up sweets and caffeine. I am ready for this detox to begin! I have also looked into the Weight Watchers as a boost to get me more motivated on eating better and making smart choices. I have learned that I am an emotional eater and often wish I did not have to work so hard to get into shape. But the truth is: I have to work very hard to get back into shape and feel good about my body at each stage. I pray to God for guidance and strength.

This is my second week at Curves. It feels great to be working with only women and doing circuit training. The plan is to go on Tuesday and Thursday night and Saturday morning.

Will keep you updated.

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

9 Months

Always happy! Harrison smiles and laughs melts our hearts. He now has 4 teeth and starting to eat chunkier foods!

Harrison really loved going to the Terre Haute Science Museum, especially the toddler area!

Once back home Harrison helped Daddy put together his new chair.

Harrison and Daddy had a lot of fun at our Saturday dancing class. It was awesome to see Bill and Harrison running around together. Harrison and I go to dancing (Nurturing Pathways) class on Thursday mornings but since Harrison and I were in Indiana and Kentucky we went on Saturday.

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Months 7 and 8

It has been a very busy couple months! We spent Thanksgiving with our friends Johnny and Noelia. It was a night of great food, laughter and friends. Harrison really kept us entertained but chewing on Sophia ( a teething toy that makes really loud squeaking noises).

Harrison did not smile for Santa, but since he didn't cry either...I found it to be a success!

Christmas was spent in Virginia with the Nagel/Immitt family. We had a great time visiting, eating food not so good for us and just relaxing. Happy 2011