September 17, 2014

Taking care

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 I started my intentional weight loss journey a few days ago, I've been eating healthy for ages and I exercise daily but this last 30 wasn't coming off, I've been tired and grumpy and my blood sugar was continually crashing... So I re downloaded my little "lose it" app set a date and a goal and began. (Lose it is a calorie/exercise tracker/budgeter, it's a great resource and with busy mum life it helps a ton) what did I find out!? Why am I  Not loosing weight?! Well, could be that I'm not eating nearly enough calories for what I'm doing(no wonder I've been craving sugars...no energy), I crash then I binge in mad hunger rage and eat until I feel sick, or worse take a nap and not address it at all. What a mess! Hello my name is Lindsey, I'm on a diet and I've never been fuller!

  It's amazing, I've written about some incredibly personal things but some how choosing to commit to loosing weight makes me feel more vulnerable than anything else. I don't want you to think, "wow she thinks she's fat", or "man horrible self image", or "she has given into the lie that we all need to be skinny". None of these things are true, I want to loose weight for health, to keep up better with my kids as they grow and surpass me in speed, and to feel as good as when I was at a much healthier weight. To be honest, I think I'm wonderful, I think I was made by the hands of the creator with love and purpose, I also know I've had two babies nursed and taken a lot out of my body, and I want to put some more effort back in doing the things I love and eating healthy food. 

On day two of this journey it's became very obvious how little I was caring for myself, I want to change that, to be a better me and a better example It would probably help too if I didn't become a grumpy ravenous wolf all over my family, just saying!

If you are on a similar journey and want someone cheering you on or praying for you, feel free to contact me , i may not email you back right away (life is busy) but i will be praying, for strength and perseverance and a happy heart. Lets not be too afraid of failure to make these goals for ourselves, beautiful people  just trying to get healthy, we should feel proud not ashamed! and if you have been there and succeeded, do you have words of advice, why worked for you?

This is scary new ground.

Camaraderie is a blessing


September 16, 2014

Picnics and Pooh sticks

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A beautiful walk down a shady path, playful creekside picnic, and a game of pooh sticks... our best day in a long time!

September 14, 2014

It happened a few weeks ago...

We borrowed Adeline's best friend Tesla for a sleep over, with tea parties the day before and three exhausted and whiny kiddies we set out to run some errands, yes we are insane, but before school errands must be run sometime and as usual we cut it way too close. Will we ever learn?

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Well, thats a full stroller!

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Tesla's sweet little fingers with the blackberry Jake handed her.

We even found some blackbeeries, they saved us on the walk home with two over tired girls.

September 11, 2014

First day of first grade

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 Oh, these early weeks of school always seem like the craziest part of the year. Transitioning to schedules, evening preparations , morning preparations, trying to make time for everything that needs to happen, OH the insanity! Amidst these usual adjustments a few others have cropped up, Cub scouts, PWOC (protestant women of the chapel, though i don't actually GO to the the chapel, its more like "Christian women on this base's Bible study, oh with free child care... uuuh there!) and something rather personal that I'll talk about in another post (not dying or pregnant, or moving).

 It has taken me quite sometime to post our first day of school pictures, FIRST GRADE NOW!!! Can you believe it!? My wee Little Bear!!!  He was so excited! His teacher is a treasure, we have been so blessed with who God has places him with, Jaime absolutely adores her.

Our first day went very smoothly, the boy had recharged over the summer and was rearing and ready to go... with we could say that for some of the parents (eye roll).  I was so happy to see him excitedly stride into the school, (the emotional freaking out parents were making him very nervouse) he had a face of sheer relief and excitement going into a new year! (unlike the kids of the parents who were freaking out... they started to cry... no this wasn't kindergarteners parents, kindergarten starts two weeks after the other grades). It was very odd walking home with only one little one, but its so nice to have alone time with our littlest baby.

Jaime had a great day and came home with stories to tell. we picked blackberries from the hedge for our ice creams that night, and chatted the whole way home.


August 11, 2014

Hindsight has the best views

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there were so many beautiful views of this lake, but as jake had to stop on the side of a rather windy road this was the best I could do... next time friends I will have so many lovely photos of the amazing landscape, I need to work on my landscapes anyway!  



Are we really in the last month of summer!? School starts in a few weeks and my days of life unscheduled come to an end.

This summer I had hopes and dreams, I dreamed I would get out of the house more, go on day trips with the children, enjoy my freedom. flash to reality... i have children, tired children who spent their days split between two places, in their mind out of the house. I realized very early that I should take it by ear, read between the emotional lines, this prevented many a melt down but also prevented many an outing, most outings, nearly all of them. trying to get them out of the house took nearly all day,  i think he was recuperating from scheduled life all summer! We still haven't had Jaime's birthday party yet and his birthday was July 2nd! all the boy wanted to do was play legos and read, with occasional(when mummy remembered) school work and game of checkers or chess while Adeline napped, and on weekends we sometimes hang out with friends but mostly, he was gone in a land of books, legos, Pokemon, dragons, outer space,  and Star Wars.

MUMMY HAS CABIN FEVER!!!
I WANT TO GET OUT!
I NEED TO EXPORE!
I WANT TO TAKE PHOTOS OUTSIDE!!!

"Jake lets go to Garmisch next weekend, your always talking about how beautiful it is, lets just hop in the car and go"
Flabbergasted at his unadventurous wife's adventurous suggestion, Jake made reservations Immidiately. But then it looked like we wouldn't go because he had to work, however on  friday he was in the clear, we had one night reserved and planned to spend the day. After six hours in a car(traffic, but the kids were awesome and little miss adeline has stayed dry since) and not the best nights sleep for anyone, we lasted only the morning. We had a sweet walk in the darling town (I wished we had brought our bicycles) before deciding to head home early(1-ish). at first glance this sounds horrible, buti shall choose to see the bright side! This was a safe and productive test run for us traveling with two young children novices (outside of moving, I rock that, but traveling is so much different).


  Things learned

1. Never travel on a sunday(what heathens, I know!). People are heading home from weekends away on saturday afternoons, traffic is a nightmare.
2. Taking your own food on the road may seem like a hassle, but it saved us tons of money and no one had to eat things that don't agree with them, saving us from the wondrous "I ate junk food and now I feel like junk" moment, though we did out of the ordinary snacks that still had us feeling like we were eating "fun stuff".
3. taking a potty may seem like over kill but my tiny little girl didn't sit on nastiness and in between rest stops we simply pulled over, poured out the business put the whips in a bag to throw away and wiped out with lysol wipes, easy peasy fresh and clean... do it! (we used they are seriously awesome and easy to travel with 5 euro Nuc potties)
4. We need at least four days, two to travel, and two to relax.
5. We all prefer the country to town, simply the city isn't relaxing for us with little ones, "don't touch this" "don't go there" "hold my hand""stop yelling", no fun at all!

Jake now has a big list of things he is to get for me while he is there for work, pottery, wooden bowls and little toys, yarn/wool, shoes, thick socks... and he is happy to oblige so he can go in to these places without over tired whiny children. These same children were brilliant on the ride home, no joke, we told them we were going home and their little halos came out! The drive home was simply beautiful, now we know where to go next time we go! "And Knowing is half the battle!"
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