Alright August, way to make me feel like a gigantic failure.

That’s right.  I started August with full intentions of being healthy in all aspects of my life.  Eating healthy, amping up my workouts, etc.

And then, I injured my foot.  Or calf.  As of this past Thursday, I was officially given the “go-ahead” but the doctor to start small work outs again.  Meaning, biking is ok.  Walks are not as good, and running is out completely.  Basically, I went a whole week in August with being able to work-out.  This also means, once I became injured I felt sorry for myself and indulged in lots of sweets.  Chocolate made my foot feel better.  I even let myself have ice cream in the fridge, which is just dangerous.

Needless to say, I failed at getting back on track.  I failed miserably.  And, it shows.  I am really missing my work-outs, and need to find something low impact until I am back to 100%.  I am not sure at all when I will be back to running, but I am hoping I can gradually work back up to that.

My other half of the goal was to focus on my budget.  This side was not a failure, I actually did really well at this part.  It is just frustrating, because getting out of debt is not an immediate fix.  It is going to take me months and months to feel in control, and I am one of those people that likes to see immediate results.  I think the only way to manage that is to win the lottery.

Anyone have low impact work outs they recommend?  Or want to make me an instant millionaire?

People wait all week for Friday, all year for summer, all life for happiness

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I feel like time is on fast forward.  It does not seem possible that summer is winding down.  School has started, the pool is closed and soon we will be bundling up in sweatshirts and watching the leaves change colors.

I love watching my little guy grow.  Everyday is a new adventure.  Witnessing life through the eyes of a child is absolutely amazing.  And the amount that HJ learns and processes never ceases to amaze me.  Every day, I witness a little more of my baby slipping through my fingers while this amazing young boy molds in front of me.

A year ago, he was afraid to get his head wet at the pool.  This year, he is diving off the board.  Last year, he was attending school for the first time.  This year, he walks to school with his buddies.

Sometimes, I want to push pause and savor each moment.  Yet, at the same time, I can’t wait to see what is coming next.

*Congrats to Mollie!  You won The Boxcar Children DVD!

 

My child has quite the imagination.  This weekend, he changed into a dog. A one-year-old puppy named Tyson (which is very confusing for a 9-year-old dog who is named Tyson in the house).  So, this weekend, we have had a house with 2 Tysons.  The new puppy (HJ), was slightly demanding, and quite bark-y.

For one, he required a water bowl in the kitchen.  The water bowl also needed ice refreshed every so often.  He likes snacks in his food bowl, but instead of scooping dog food into a bowl, he liked blueberries or strawberries.  He also preferred if you made him do a trick before every bite.  Tyson/HJ is very good at rolling over, shaking and running.  Not so good at taking a nap.

Tyson/HJ could also speak, mostly in various tones of barking, but all had very different meanings (usually translated through hand signals).  Tyson/HJ also crawled on all four most of today, and as I type he is insisting on sleeping in a dog bed on my floor (I have made him crawl back into bed 3 times already, but he keeps whining and crawling out to his water bowl).

He went through a phase like this a year ago too.  While having two dogs is fun, I really miss my little 4-year-old boy!

 

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HJ has been waiting patiently for school to begin.  Last week, his 2 teachers came to visit us at home, and since then, he has been SO EXCITED.

School will be a bit different this year.  Last year, he went two days a week, for about three hours.  And, the preschool was in a separate building from the main school.  This year, it is 5 days a week for 5 hours.  It is also in a large elementary school, so he gets to walk from daycare with the big kids (he thinks it is awesome).

After his first day, he told me it was awesome.  He said he liked playing with all of his new friends, but doesn’t remember any names.  He disliked that at recess, he had to play in the “little kids park”.  He prefers playing in the big kid park (he also thinks he is 8).

HJ also told me it is cool to carry your backpack over one shoulder.  Carrying it on both shoulders is lame. He also set this trend for the other kids at daycare.

This far, he even likes hot lunch, but next week there is something called “peaches in strawberry gel”, so he might change his mind.

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*Congrats to Jenny for winning the Veggietales DVD, an email is coming your way!*

When I was young, I loved reading The Boxcar Children Series.  I had them lined up along my headboard (which was a bookshelf), and loved how Gertrude Chandler Warner made me want to find my very own boxcar to live in.

When I was asked to review the new Boxcar Children DVD, I was excited to introduce HJ to the 4 siblings I fell in love with as a child.

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After watching the film, HJ and I decided we would start reading the series together.  We have only located book #22 at my parents, but are still hunting (that means there are at least 21 more to find…I never skipped a book).

The film is about four orphaned and homeless siblings who come upon an abandoned boxcar, which, with a little creativity and hard work, they gradually furnish with all the comforts of home. Fearful that they will be sent to live with the reputedly cruel grandfather they have never met, the children keep their new home a secret-until a serious illness forces them to reveal themselves in order to save young Violet.

HJ and I loved having a movie night, cuddled up on the couch and watching The Boxcar Children.  I would love for one of you to win this DVD for your household.  Just leave me a comment letting me know what your favorite series was growing up, or what your kid’s favorite series is!  I will pick a winner next Sunday.

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It has been one of those weeks.  One where I am feeling overwhelmed, and ready to burst into tears at the next possible turn.

Monday is when it started.  I had to go to court for a child support hearing.  I know I have stayed silent the last few months on everything that was going on, but there really hasn’t been anything new.  Over a year ago is when the child support adjustment came out, and this week is when it was finally settled.  It took 16 months.  Gotta love the legal system.  And, if I were to guess, I still won’t get paid child support but I now have a pretty hefty lawyer bill.

I went for a run Monday night.  I hadn’t run since the previous Wednesday.  My leg had been bothering me and I thought it would be good to take a few days off. (This story seems slightly irrelevant right now, but it comes in play again a few days later)

Tuesday was a slightly hectic day at work, I had a lot to do.  I have felt slightly overwhelmed at all of my tasks lately due to us being short-staffed and still not feeling totally comfortable in the role.

That night, HJ and I were at a neighbor’s house.  One of the boys and HJ were playing with a hose.  HJ was running away from him, facing backwards.  He started getting too close to the window well and the other mom and I were yelling at him to stop.  But he was laughing and shouting.  And he fell.  Backwards, down the window well of an egress window.

My heart was beating out my chest.  It took me all of 2 seconds to get to that window, but it felt like an eternity.  I was so scared I would see him laying there injured.  Luckily, he was standing up screaming and trying to get out.  I picked him up and we made him show us he could move everything.  He was completely fine.  Not even a scrape…just dirty.

When I ran into action, I jumped so fast, my shoes flew off.

That night, I went to bed.  I kept waking up thinking my foot was hurting.  When I finally got up for the day, I could hardly walk on it.  It was painful.  I didn’t notice it looking different until I tried putting on shoes.  I could squeeze a few pairs on, my foot was too swollen.

The nurse at work looked at it and gave me some ice.  Thought the day it became more swollen and painful.  I figured I would give it another day to see if it got better.

Nope.

Today, I went to the doctor.  She gave me some exercises to do, she thinks I injured my calf somehow and it has spread down to my foot.

No running for at least 2 weeks.  That is when I have a follow-up to see if I need physical therapy.

Which means, no August 5K.

And struggling to keep my weight off.

Also, today I opened my salad and fruit for lunch only to discover mold had grown on the fruit overnight (I always pack a few salads at once to save time…never had this problem).  This caused me to spend money at the vending machine to get unhealthy food for lunch (damn you budget and healthy eating goal!).

Thank goodness for Friday.

I have shared numerous times about how I lack a green thumb.  Last summer, I was mildly impressed with my gardening skills.  Basically, lettuce and tomatoes survived.  But, I figured that was pretty good considering most plants die within 2 weeks in my house.

Due to my “issues” keeping plants alive, I have stayed away from investing too much in my yard.  I didn’t want to spend money on it, just to discover I killed it.  Or a bunny dug it up and took it away like my blueberry bush.

Last summer, my dad helped me put rocks and a few bushes in the front yard.  I have found it difficult to make the front yard look like it has landscaping, because my house is a duplex.  That means I can control what my side of the yard looks like, but it would be nice to keep things somewhat uniform.  Due to this, we just stuck to doing a small portion.  We didn’t line it with a pretty edging, I was going to wait on that.

I waited until this past weekend.  My neighbor had extra stone left over from her landscaping project.  I used this to re-edge my front yard, and make it look a little better.  The hardest part of this was coming across spiders.  I loathe spiders.

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Luckily, it was all dug up from last year, so I just had to push the small rocks around until the big ones fit.

About this same time, a friend of a friend was getting rid of some hostas and lilies they had dug up.  I jumped at the chance to take them, and decided to plant them around the back deck.  I had to dig the backyard to clear a space for them, and it was definitely harder than I had pictured.  I still have bruises on my legs from pushing on the shovel and learned my yard is quite rocky.  I wanted to completely dig out a line the length of the deck and then a few feet wide.  Eventually, I would like to fill this in with rocks and a stone edge, but I also wanted to take advantage of free plants!

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I thought you also might like to see how our garden has grown.

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(HJ is in the back picking peas, you can sort-of see him)

We have had about 5 cucumbers so far (I didn’t even know we had planted these, HJ brought home some plants from school!), sugar snap peas (these never made it inside), lots and lots of kale, a little bit of spinach, bowls of cherry tomatoes and a few green peppers…oh, and 3 teeny tiny strawberries.  Much better than last year!

How do people learn to landscape?  I feel totally lost.  My poor yard doesn’t even have a tree.

 

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Every night, while HJ enjoys his bedtime snack, I let him pick out a movie to watch.  I narrow down his selection so it won’t be a movie that gets him all wired up (I’m looking at you Space Jam).  I love letting him watch movies that are a good length (not too long before bedtime) and also help teach valuable lessons.

HJ loved watching VeggieTales at daycare, and would tell me about “that funny cucumber”.  When I was given the opportunity to check out that funny cucumber for myself, I jumped at the chance.  HJ and I sat down with his peanut butter toast and yogurt, and started watching VeggieTales: Celery Night Fever.

In Celery Night Fever, leisure suits and disco balls take center stage, along with a message of friendship and forgiveness.  Terry Crews provides the voice of Bruce Onion, who wants to turn Celery Park into a parking lot.  This spurs Laura Carrot and Junior Asparagus to reenact the long-lost 70′s band, The Groovy Brothers, to play at a fundraising event.  In this movie, it’s not just Celery Park in jeopardy- if best friends can’t learn to forgive each other, they might all lose their beloved park.  This film debuts on August 5th.

The DVD also includes bonus features, like Perfect Puppy Singalong (HJ found this song hilarious).  Would you like your own copy of VeggieTales: Celery Night Fever?  Leave a comment letting me know who you would share this DVD with to enter to win.  The winner will be picked next Sunday, August 17th!

 

 

Many thanks to Propeller Consulting, LLC for providing this prize for the giveaway. Choice of winners and opinions are 100% my own and NOT influenced by monetary compensation. I did receive a sample of the product in exchange for this review and post.

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HJ is currently watching a movie before bed.  It is the Nutcracker (yes, the Christmas movie).  And holy cow, this is disturbing.  For one, why did the little girl’s parents pick such an old godfather?  Second off, I think he might be a pedophile.  Also, the “mice” they see, lead me to believe they are on drugs.

On that note (Nutcracker, not drugs), when I was in 3rd grade, I was in the Nutcracker ballet.  I was a mouse.  A cute, dancing mouse.  Did you all know I was a dancer?  I took ballet from first grade through 8th grade and then moved onto the high school dance team.  I loved it.  I loved dancing so much I learned the entire opening dance on Blossom.  Oh, it drove my sister nuts.

My sister and I are 5 years apart.  With me being the younger one, it’s safe to say I drove her nuts on a daily basis.  I use to get her in a lot of trouble, but she was just horrible at being sneaky.

I on the other hand, was quite sneaky.  On top of being sneaky, I was a story-teller.  My parents had a hard time figuring out if I was lying or not.  My saving grace is I was always on time for curfew, my sister was always pushing it.

Last weekend, I attended the Irish Fest in town.  Have you guys heard of Gaelic Storm?  They are amazing.  And I love their accents.  Somehow, I need to pick up an Irish accent.  You know what else I love?  Bloody Mary bars.  There was a fabulous one there.  It had bacon.  My drink had bacon in it.

This week has been slightly chilly, so I am hoping it warms up for the weekend!  The pool closes in 2 weeks, so we need to spend as much time there as we can!

Happy Friday!

July: Get a Budget

June: Stay Unplugged

May: Run a 5K

April: Beautiful Nails

March: Get Organized

February: Picture Projects

January: Get Healthy

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I have absolutely no idea how July went by so quickly.  I feel like the 4th of July was last week, instead of a month ago.

I am learning that summer is hard for my habits.  I eat ice cream, skip the gym, lounge outside and spend money.  Basically, all of my goals have seemingly gone to hell in a hand basket.  Which leads me to this month’s goal…

August: Get back on track

Remember how my friend Courtney and I were doing so awesome with our weight loss and healthy eating?  We talked this past weekend and realized we have both been failing miserably.  I had lost 20 frikken pounds.  Now, it’s 16.  I want to get back on track with my eating habits.  I give myself an inch and I take a foot…topped with chocolate.  Starting today, I am going to use fitness pal again.

Courtney and I are trying to come up with a contest of sorts, but are struggling to find something simple and effective.  Any advice is welcome!

Then July.  Get a budget.  I have been motivated with this one, I just feel that it is going to take longer than a month.  I am hoping that by following the suggestions I received, I am able to have and stick to a budget.

I think trying to refocus in both of these areas will be a challenge this month, but hopefully manageable.