July 8th, 2014

I was grumpy this morning because 2 of the kids woke me up way too early.  Since I was grumpy, Kai told me, “Mama, you not love me.”  Ouch!  Dagger right through my heart.  Bad Mommy!  After some snuggles and apologies, I asked him if Mommy loved him.  Then he said, “uh-huh!”.

April 12th, 2014

Kai is potty training and for the longest time, it has been hard to get him to poop in the toilet.  Tonight, he finally agreed to using the toilet and when he was finished, he yelled, “I win!  I win!  I win!”.  He then told his sister, “You lose!”, and she was gracious enough to give him the victory without dispute.

April 8th, 2014

Once the fruit trees start blooming, I start to get excited about planting things in the garden.  Last year I made the mistake of starting a little early, which caused me to have to cover my plants at night for a few weeks when we started getting frosty nights again.   They never did seem to really take off, so I think they still got some frost damage.   This time I’m trying to wait it out.  I’m planning on Tomatoes, container herbs, some flowers, a couple roses and several pots filled with annuals.  I may also try some chile peppers.  I’m excited!  What are you planing this year?

March 20th, 2014

When Kai asked for a peanut butter and honey sandwich (he calls it “peanut pie”) this morning because he didn’t like his cereal, I said “no.”  He took my hand, looked me earnestly in the eyes, and said “yes, Mama.  Yes, peanut pie.”  Then he gave the cutest, sweetest grin I’ve ever seen, with his eyes all squinted and his nose all scrunched.  I still said “no” and I told him he is not a Jedi.  He started crying.

March 7th, 2014

The word “detox” normally makes me cringe, but I picked up The Blood Sugar Solution 10 Day Detox Diet book the other day because it came recommended by one of my favorite fitness DVD people.  I started reading it and while I agreed with the points being made in terms of the food they suggest eating (REAL food, non-processed, no sugar added, no artificial sweeteners, high fiber, lower carb, etc.), I was annoyed that it wasn’t until several chapters in that they tell you that you also need “supplements” for the detox diet.  Also, the most important supplement (PGX) is one that they sell on the website for the book and it is expensive (Surprise!).  This PGX supplement is said to be a very important part of the whole “diet”. Grr! I didn’t get the book because I wanted a magic pill. The funny thing is that the “pill” that is so important isn’t really magical either.  It’s just a fiber supplement that will make you feel full and prevent spikes in your blood sugar since it takes longer to digest any food that is taken along with the fiber.  How about instead of taking a fiber supplement you just eat more healthy, fiber-rich foods?  That seems more logical that popping a pill that has claims that haven’t been FDA approved and has barely more than small scale “studies” and personal testimonials to back it up.

All of that being said, I will try the food recipes because they look tasty.  Also, the book reminded me that losing weight isn’t necessarily just a matter of calorie intake versus calories burned.  It matters where we get our calories from since the body reacts to spikes in blood sugar differently than if you get your calories from foods that don’t cause the spikes.  So having a milkshake and a salad isn’t the same as having chicken and salad, even if it’s the same number of calories.

I will continue to increase my fruit and vegetable intake and eliminate processed and sugary foods form my diet.  I won’t be trying the fiber supplement since it’s expensive and it seems healthier to just adjust your diet with actual food instead of trying to take a short cut with a pill.  If any of the recipes are great, I’ll probably blog about it.  If not, this is the last you’ll hear of this book.  Overall, the book is an interesting read, but I wish I borrowed it instead of bought it.  Anyone want to buy my used copy when I’m done with it?  Can you return books to Costco? Oh yeah, it’s cheaper at Costco than Amazon.  Just sayin’.

March 6th, 2014

A couple of the best moments of my day were at the very beginning and the very end… Waking up to my 3 babies snuggling into bed with me this morning was great.  I’m so thankful for our not having to rush around getting ready from the moment we wake up.  Morning snuggle time rocks!  Then tonight, hearing my 2 year old pray on his own before bed… “Dear God, Thank you (for this) day.  Thank (for) Daddy.  Thank you (for) Mommy.  Thank you (for) Mia.  Thank you (for) Sean.  Thank you (for) Kai-Kai.  Thank you (for) Mommy.  Thank you (for) Daddy.  (In) Jesus name, Amen.”  He (leaves out) a few words here and there, but I’m sure he’s being understood.  It was also cool that he was feeling double thankful for Mommy and Daddy.  :)  So thankful for our family!

January 13th, 2014

I started using Crest Pro-Health Mouthwash last week.  Throughout the week, I’ve noticed that my tongue has been getting increasingly tingly and numb and that my sense of taste has been getting weaker and weaker.  After doing a little research today, I’ve found that this has happened to many other people.  Apparently, one of the “inactive ingredients” in the mouthwash is cetylpyridinium chloride or (CPC).  This has been found to cause possible staining of the teeth and temporary loss of taste.  I looked on the bottle, and it mentions the possibility of staining of the teeth, but it doesn’t mention anything about the fact that you might not be able to taste anything if you use the mouthwash.  Grrr!  This makes me mad.  I’ve been wondering the whole week what was going on with my tongue!  I last used the mouthwash last night and my tongue is still tingly and I still couldn’t taste my lunch.  I’m hoping that things will be back to normal soon.  This may not happen to everyone, but if it’s a possibility, I think people should be warned.

April 24th, 2013

Kai is 19 months old now.  He is a heavy wetter at night.  I usually use cloth diapers on him, but it doesn’t work so well for night time since he sleep for 10-12 hours at night.  Either he leaks, or wakes up with ammonia smelling diapers and a rash.  I switched to disposables (pampers, huggies, luvs), but that didn’t work well either.  He still leaked.  I tried the night time diapers made by Huggies and Pampers… still leaked.  Then I remembered a brand of diapers I used on Mia.  It is the brand that Smith’s/Krogers sells, and they are processed chlorine-free and seem to use a different type of absorbing stuff (that’s the technical term).  They cost $6-$7 per pack… at least $2 less than the brand names.  The great thing???  They don’t leak!!!  Yay!!!  I’ve gone a whole 3 days now without having to change Kai’s bed sheets!  I love when a problem gets solved, and it’s cheaper than you thought it would be!

So far, I haven’t skipped any workout days since April 8, 2013.  Yay!  This is the longest I’ve gone.  I almost didn’t work out tonight, but Nathan said we could take turns on the the elliptical machine, so I had to do it.  I don’t usually like working out so late at night (I finished at 11:10 pm).  If it’s too late at night, I have trouble getting to sleep at a reasonable time.  Oh well… at least I got my workout in.  My calf is doing much better.  It still feels tight sometimes depending on what I’m doing.  Also, if I come down on my leg too hard, I still feel a little pull in it.  I’m still trying to stick to mostly low impact cardio, weights, and abs.  I just ordered a new workout by Ellen Barrett… one of her new 30 minute, full-body cardio/toning workouts.  Can’t wait to try it out!

April 23rd, 2013

I lost count of what number workout day it is.  I guess it doesn’t much matter since I’m hoping to just keep it up long-term.  Yesterday I did Ellen Barrett’s old “Burn and Firm Pilates” while the littler ones were napping.  Today I worked out with Ellen again and did “Slim Sculpt”.  She really likes to work the shoulders.  I like her workouts because they really help my core strength.  After 3 pregnancies and 3 c-sections, I REALLY need that.  :)

Yesterday was a “fail” in terms of eating healthy.  There were ranch flavored chicken fries on clearance at the store and I totally succumbed to the temptation.  They were tasty.  So was the frozen pizza that we had for dinner.  Like I said, FAIL.  Hopefully I’ll do better… especially since the pizza leftovers are gone now.  Dinner should be good.  Italian chicken, green beans, and salad.  Of course, after eating like that yesterday, I’m totally bloated.  I’m so thankful for elastic pants on days like today.  Ha!!!

 

April 20th, 2013

Pressing on in Homeschooling:

This time of the school year tends to be my hardest for homeschooling.  I keep hearing everyone else count down their days until they are done with school, but we homeschool pretty much year round, so there’s not too much of an “end” in sight for us.  But when it gets difficult, God knows just what I need.  It is also around this time of year that I’m able to get the encouragement that I need to press on.  This weekend was the Christian Association of Parent Educators (CAPE) Annual Homeschool Convention.  There were nationally known speakers from all over the country that came to speak, as well as some well-known local homeschoolers.  There is always a wealth of encouragement, tips, tricks, humor and advice to be had from each speaker.  It always serves as a reminder that I’m homeschooling my children for more important reasons than making sure they know all their addition facts, or how to diagram a sentence.  I homeschool them because I want to help lead them to a life in Christ.  I homeschool them because I want them to not just be filled with “academic” knowledge, but I want them to be even more filled with the wisdom and love of God.

I fall short on that everyday.  I have the tendency to push the minor things, like multiplication flash cards, thinking that we HAVE to get through this math book!!!  Then I neglect sitting down and reading the Word with the kids.  One of the speakers reminded us parents that we are teaching our children 365 days a year, and not just when we “do school”.  I know that I have taught by example things that I didn’t want my children to learn.   I know that in order to step up and do a better job teaching and training my children that I need to teach and train myself.  I need to seek out God’s wisdom more in my life.  I need to make more time for Him.  I’d appreciate prayers on my behalf in this area in my life.

 

Pressing on in Fitness:

I’m still trying to press on in trying to get into better shape.  Some days (only the ones that end in “y”),  I really don’t feel like it.  We have comfortable couches, ya know?   Yep, I am pretty lazy.  I’m working on that problem I have.  Sometimes I’ve had to force myself to workout out because my husband threatened to post it on Facebook that I skipped a workout.  Sometimes I tell myself that I’m just too tired.  I noticed though that once I get started, within 5 minutes, I’m glad I’m getting my body moving.  It seems to be a battle in my mind whenever workout time comes up.  Today, I really just wanted to get to bed early.  The problem was the delicious prime rib I had for dinner.  I just couldn’t be idle after eating that.  BTW, why the horseradish with the prime rib?  Just say “neigh” to the horseradish.  Yep, I really did just say that.  :)  Working out everyday and trying to get in to a healthy habit is HARD for me!!!  I can act so weak and lazy.

Day 11 was a “Slim Sculpt” workout DVD by Ellen Barrett.  I got to workout with my hubby and my sis-in-law who was spending the night to attend the homeschool convention as well.  It’s fun to workout with my husband, mostly because he thinks some of the workout leaders are so silly.  For example, he gets annoyed that Ellen refers to the “heart center” instead of the “chest”.  It is also fun to see him do “girly” workouts because they can be tough on him.  They apparently focus on muscle groups that he doesn’t generally workout. They don’t just work the biceps or make you do tons of push-ups or pull-ups;  They make you work all these little muscles that apparently cause him pain to work.  It’s so cute.  :)

Day 12 was a quick workout because I had to get up early the next day for the convention. Some quick cardio, abs, weights… 20 minutes, then to bed I went.

Today (Day 13 of working out in a row) was a quick 1 mile “accelerated” walk DVD with Chris Freytag, then some weights on my own.  Chris is so cheerful. I like working out with her.  In that video she does a “hula walk” as part of the workout.  It makes me want to get back to dancing hula and teaching Mia (and Sean and Kai) for the sole purpose of performing at nursing and rehab homes.  I always loved that.

Sometimes I like to try to go through the workout DVDs and  smile the whole way through like the ladies in the videos.  That usually doesn’t work out though because  it’s hard to smile when you have sweat running into your eyes or your deltoids are on fire.  I don’t know how they do it… they just press on and SMILE!

So let’s try to remember to always persevere and press on.  Mia likes to chant a song she heard in a kids show (Yo Gabba Gabba), “Don’t stop!  Don’t give up!”.  Isaiah 40:29 says “He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak.”  I know I am weak and sometimes weary and I need HIs strength daily.  With His strength, I won’t give up.  I will press on in teaching and training our children and seek His wisdom in doing so, and I will continue on my pursuit of better health and less laziness (even though our couches are really comfortable).