Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Summer Workout Plan with the Kids

Spent the morning working out with Miss Missy and CJ (Cam had a lot of attitude and spent his time doing chores instead) and had a ball.  I was kind of surprised that Miss Missy kept up without giving up.  I found a great Spartan Kids Training Program for kids that was posted by a friend, but you can find the printable version at

I think we'll stick with this.  I also added in my new challenge.  Right now, we're doing the 30-Day AB CHALLENGE in my group.  Many are still working on the 30-Day SQUAT CHALLENGE and some have opted to do them both.  Want to join us?  Click on the link and join the group!

Here's the 30-Day AB CHALLENGE:

One thing Hubs and I agree on is teaching the kids to be lead healthy lifestyles.  For us, allowing them to spend countless hours playing video games without any outside time is not going to happen. 

Does this mean they aren't allow to play video games? 

Not at all.  The boys love bonding together playing NBA Live and Miss Missy has a bit of a ROBLOKS addiction when she can find an empty computer, but often we as parents tend to get lost in our own worlds and take advantage of the quiet time that the video game marathons give us.  A lot of kids spend a lot of their time playing games indoors rather than enjoying the outdoor games that we did when we were kids. 

Kids have lost their imagination and creativity and when they go outside they are BOOOOOOOORED because they can't find anything to do.  What happened to the games we use to play to pass the time while we were outside?  You  know, those days when your mama said, "Don't come back in this house or you're staying inside."  Yeah, so because of those words, we hydrated at the water hose  in the neighborhood and came up with games to play OUTSIDE. 


Any of these sound familiar?

Kids now have absolutely no idea what it means to just play outside and have FUN until the streetlights come on.

So, this summer, we're shooting for NO LAZINESS as we get up out of our beds in the mornings and get in a workout... TOGETHER!  I have committed to doing a workout plan anyway, so to add in the kids workout is just a great way to push me that much harder.  So, I'm ready.  I'm going to BEAST it this summer and be an example for the kids. 

WHEW!  I'm already tired just thinking about it!

Monday, May 20, 2013

Doggie Hunger Strike!

Ginger ran out of dog food the night the night before we were to drive to Albany for my stepdaughter's graduation. Her normal dogfood comes from Petsmart and because it was after 8 when I noticed it and I was in the middle of braiding Miss Missy's hair AND there is no Petsmart in our little town (it's about a 15min drive down the highway), Chris went to Foodlion to grab her a bag.

Now, if you know Ginger, you know that she is the most picky dog in the world. Any dog that will walk away from a half-cooked turkey meatball that has fallen out of the frying pan on to the floor really is not your average dog. Apparently it wasn't done enough for her. Well, Chris was sure she would eat the dogfood because it had chunks of chicken in it. I simply smirked as he put if in her dish because I know that changing her food usually causes the dog to go on a hunger strike. 

Well, she laid down next to her bowl and started eating. (Yes, she is just that lazy that she LAYS down to eat her food!). She was eating it. A few minutes later she walks away, leaving chunks of dogfood on the floor.  She'd done just as I though she would. She took out all of the chicken pieces and left the green vegatable and other pieces in the bowl. 

So now, refusing to buy her another bag, Chris has banned everyone from feeding her until she eats the other pieces of food on her bowl!

He doesn't know her very well because I'm sure she will sooner starve than eat food she doesn't like. As I type, her stomach is growling SO loud and so much I'm going to have to sneak her some food out of sympathy! 

Thursday, May 16, 2013

The Pain! The Agony! THE FEET!

It was quite the beautiful morning this morning and I got up and decided to walk the kids to school.  The school is literally a 5 minute walk and I think they could seriously walk it daily if the rules here in Groovytown were not that kids can't walk to school without a parent..  There were only 2 other parents that walked their kids to school today.  Sad, I think because it's a great bonding time and great exercise as well.

However, my feet hurt so bad!  Every since that 4 hour walk Chris and I took down by Savannah River, my feet haven't been quite right.  And the 2 weeks off of them that the doctor recommended, well that didn't work.  My arches are non-existent.  I'm not happy about that because that causes me the worst trouble in my exercises.  I think it also could be the cause of the cramps I'm always getting in my leg muscles.  I think it's the peroneus longus (Whatever that means)

So what's the solution?

New shoes?  Dr. Scholls?  Surgery?  Not sure what the next step is, but It's only getting worse and it's now hurting to walk around stores, take walks and stand too long.

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

I've conquered the garlic clove!

Pasta is one of my all time faves.  I'll probably never lose weight if the expectation is that I give up pasta... or cheese. So tonight's meal is chicken Alfredo with bowtie pasta. And tonight I'm especially proud of myself because u actually used an actual garlic glove! Hey, I've never said I was a cook!

What I enjoyed even more was the way I pealed it. I had to Google it to find out how it's done and when I found the Martha Stewart video that made it so simple!

Cool, right! 

It took all of a few seconds!

My trusty sidekick is always by my side, wishing and hoping for scraps to fall to the floor, so she lays here trying to pretend to be resting her eyes only to jump to attention every time I move my feet. 

Friday, May 10, 2013

Teacher's are APPRECIATED!

It's been a busy week for me where I was able to use my creative mind again.  AND I LOVE THAT!

It was Teacher Appreciation Week! 

This year, I had a lot of fun helping the kids create fun things to take in to their teachers to let them know how much they appreciate them.  It's funny how exciting this is when they have teachers they love.  Both of my elementary kiddos really love their teachers here in Georgia.  I see that spark in both of them that I didn't see when we were in Arizona and for THAT ALONE, I appreciate the teachers at CRE.  

I love being able to have the kids take things to school that are fun and unique.  The only problem that I have is that EVERYTHING I do is last minute and EVERYTHING I do is something that we end up working on until 10 o'clock or later!  But it's Teacher Appreciation... my favorite school week of the year... so I sacrifice bedtimes. 

Every day of the week, the kids were to bring in a themed gift for their teachers.  My kids, as unique as they are, decided they wanted to give their teacher the majority of their gifts today, on Friday, as one big gift, rather than daily. 

Great for me!  Gave me more time to be creative!

What's terrible is that I didn't get pictures of many of the things they took to school, but I can give you an idea of what we  came up with. 

Sweets for Cam was easy.  A bag of Hershey's Simple Pleasures.
For Miss Missy, though, her teacher is pregnant and just about ready to pop, so i made a mini two-letter diaper cake decorated in hot pink zebra print ribbon and flower hair bows for the new little one.  NO PICTURE!  UGH! 

For Words of Appreciation Day, they both wrote poems.  I loved this because they used their creative minds and wrote from their hearts.  Cam really enjoyed it and felt like he'd found his calling in poetry when the words flowed so easily and he was proud of his masterpiece.

Favorite Flower Day was another fun on.  Came made his teacher a duct tape flower pen and Miss Missy painted a picture of tulips of a canvas with the words, "Thank You For Helping Me Grow" 

For School Supplies Day, We covered some clipboards with zebra-print contact paper and accented it with a stencil of the letters of their last names and blue duct tape.  We also covered a plastic cup with the same zebra print paper and made expo marker flower pens and VIOLA!  A sassy desk set for teacher!  

Oh what fun it was to put together these projects!  THIS is why I stay home!  I love being able to do these things with my kids and they are always so proud to take their projects to school and show them off.