Monday, February 23, 2009

Changes on the Blog!

I have been envious of the pretty blogs but not willing (or able!) to put any money into mine. I tried to add the picture header to my blog right after I started blogging (anyone remember that??) and the attempt at HTML background ended in failure. So I was content to just look at all the pretty blogs out there in bloggyland while mine stayed, well, plain. I figured it didn't really matter as I only have about 3 faithful readers. :)

My sister-in-law, Courtney, just started a family blog and fancified hers up with a little help from and so I decided to try it too. Thanks for the inspiration, Court! :)

I hope you enjoy the welcome changes to my blog.

Sunday, February 22, 2009

An update...a little bit of everything!

Wow, I hadn't posted in awhile. I will just update on all fronts in one post.

I am still looking for a job, it has now been 10 weeks since I was laid off. I have been on two interviews out of the tons of applications I have filled out. Nothing has panned out yet so thank goodness for UI benefits. I am just trying to stay optimistic and enjoying the time home with Emma instead of stressing myself out! Some days are harder than others though.

I am down to 194 so I am losing but I really need to work at it more. So far I have only cut down on Coke - no more than 2 a week - also we are cooking a good bit from the Biggest Loser Cookbook. The recipes are healthy versions of the food we all love and so far everything we have tried has been amazing. I highly recommend it! Now I just need to get motivated to work out to my 30 Day Shred DVD and jog around the block with Emma...

Emma had been doing awesome with the potty training for about 3 weeks but she has had a rough week. The accidents keep happening and she refuses to "try" and potty when we nudge her to do it. She has been peeing in her pants (and on the floor) with a silly smile on her face so these are not accidents. We have been having some talks with her and are going to try to focus on it hard again this week. The ironic thing is that she is still doing well when we are NOT home (just two poopy accidents - sorry if TMI!) So if you have any advice to offer on the thinking it is "funny" to pee on the floor or on the poopy pants front then please comment. :)

We had a great Valentine's Day weekend with Emma. We spent the Friday at Granny & Diggie's house and joined GeeGee & Grandad for dinner that evening. We took her to Julia's Bakery and let her pick out a cookie on Saturday before going to Barnes & Noble to see Curious George. She really enjoyed singing and listening to the story but was getting impatient waiting to meet George. There were so many kids! It was finally her turn and she gave George a hug and smiled for a pic.

I think that is about all we've been up to lately so now I'll share a few new pics.
Granny & I made Emma this dress. I love it on Emma! Oh yeah - I joined Face Book. :)

Thursday, January 29, 2009

Better me.

I have been struggling with my weight for awhile now and I finally decided I want to look better and feel better. I have a few work out DVD's but I've yet to really get into them. I try to walk whenever possible. I have cut out Coke...I did have a slip up last night though. I am not going to beat myself up about it - I figure if can at least cut down to once a month or even once a week I am so much better off. I also joined the Biggest Loser Club online last week and have lost 2 pounds so far.

The website offers a ton of recipes, grocery list ideas, exercises and member forums where you can challenge each other. You weigh in once a week. I've yet to really dive in but I can't wait to see the results when I do. The site offered three free books when you joined and one is the tips/secrets from the cast throughout the seasons. I think that will be good for me. The other one is the cook book. We sooooo need this - healthier cooking coming straightaway! I think we only own one other healthy cookbook which is Rachael Ray.

So I am putting myself out there...accountability. I weighed in last Wednesday at 199 and weighed in yesterday at 197. Here's hoping it is only down from here!

Quick pic

I am amazed at how much older she looks in this pic. Is it the hair, the dress, her expression? I love that she is letting me play with her hair again - even if she does rip it out about an hour later! :) I don't want to jinx us but she is pretty much potty trained - no accidents at all today.


Friday, January 23, 2009


It was warm enough the past two days to go outside for a few minutes without a coat for a quick fashion show or three. lol




We need to try the Daddy's Sweetheart again for her Valentine's Day card. :)

Update: The potty training is going so well. She is down to almost no accidents and lets us know when she has to go even when we are travelling and out at places too. :)

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