Time to get caught up on the blogging. We had an amazing Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year with friends and family. It was such a wonderful holiday season having my husband home this year. Our families gave us a lot of help with the kids so we could go out and spend time together. The best however was our New Years Eve. My mother-in-law got us Chicago Bulls tickets and watched the kids for us so we could spend the night in the city. It was so much fun and there was a blizzard! Most people may think “oh no!”. Not us, it only made it more exciting and romantic to be downtown watching the snow fall. This past year was so hard without him, 2014 is off to a wonderful start!
Downtown Chicago NYE with my love
We drove from Fort Sill to Northwest Indiana for both Thanksgiving and Christmas. It was quite the traveling experience, especially in December. We drove through freezing rain for 14 hours on the way there. Then on the way home we stopped in Missouri and woke up to almost a foot of snow and had to drive in that for 6 hours!
Bear and Bella my travel buddies
Vivi was so happy to get to the hotel and be out of her car seat
Ben waited all day to play with his play doh again
The Roads in the morning.
However, we got out of Indiana just in time because the Polar Vortex (yes polar vortex) came through and they got about 2 feet of snow and had temperatures about -50 with the wind chill. Oh my goodness! We have giant spiders (actual tarantulas) and crazy winds here in Oklahoma (For example, we’ve lost power twice today from the wind.) but I don’t miss Chicago winters! Anyways, it was such a great time being home with everyone we were very sad to leave. We love and miss you all very much.
Since we have gotten back here in Oklahoma we have been trying to get our lives organized and back on track. Since my husband came home from his deployment things have been crazy. Traveling for 5 weeks and unending celebrations. Now that things have calmed down we can really settle into our new house and pick up where we left off. I have been quite busy making boards and I am so thankful. It has been great! I have a little work station all set up now and it feels awesome to be able to have my own work to do. Being a stay at home mom is wonderful but it’s a good feeling to be able to somewhat contribute to our family’s needs while doing something I love. I am very excited and have some new board ideas in the works.
My other main focus since we got back has been our health. We both classically gained about 10 pounds after the holidays and celebrations. Literally none of my clothes fit by the time we got back to Oklahoma! So it was time to get down to business immediately. I have been cooking new healthy recipes and focusing on working out and muscle training. I have been on skinnytaste.com for the past couple of weeks and so far I love all of the recipes posted on there! Not a failure yet, kid and husband approved as well.
Chicken pot pie soup was the kid’s favorite
Picadillo stuffed peppers was momma’s favorite
Then for breakfast and lunch I started doing my Herbalife shakes again. This time last year I became and Herbalife health coach while doing the diet and selling it as well. I will be a lifetime customer. I love having my shakes, they are delicious, filling, easy, and the best part…they help me lose weight!
It has been quite difficult to figure out a time best to exercise with being so busy with the kids but I have a new system that has been working out well so far. In the morning when Genevieve takes her nap I get Ben dressed and let him play in the garage on his bike and big wheel while I run on the treadmill. This plan goes well for a little bit but right about the time I get my heart rate up is when things start to go wrong. First, he decides he wants to get really close to me and check out the contraption I’m running on is, which totally freaks me out and I have to yell at him to back away. Then, he decides he needs to use the bathroom…again…even though he just did before we went outside. Since we’re potty training I can’t really say no, and I swear on the days I do say no he pees his pants on purpose to prove me wrong and say “See mommy I had to pee pee.” Finally, he decides he’s starving and needs food or popsicles or anything he can get me to give him because he knows I just want him to cooperate so I can run. He’ll keep running into the house (slamming the door each time with scares me will wake up Vivi) and bringing out different food options. All these things force me off the treadmill and then back on…and then off. In the end does this still count as a run?! Oh the joys of mommyhood. How do all those hot mamas do it!?
Rocking his new batmobile with…a popsicle…
Then for my weight training we finally go inside and he gets a popsicle…or two… besides the snack he got out of me in the garage…and a movie. He has been such a trooper allowing me to get my exercise in, I’m very proud of him, also impressed with his manipulating skills. Next month we are going to join our local YMCA. I hear it is very reasonably priced and they allow 2 hours of free child care a day. I’m very excited about this so I can get a GOOD workout and also so my kids can get some social interaction and get out of the house for something new! Yay! Lets hope they let me leave the room!