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Saturday, June 29, 2013

After the weigh in

I weighed myself this morning after the girls came and woke me up together, before 7am.  So yay.  Then I got yelled at because I didn't turn on their Disney junior shows and I set up my wii fit so that I could weigh myself.  I lost a total of exactly 2 pounds yesterday.  So I'm at the lowest that I have been since before I got pregnant.  And if I lose more I will be back to where I was just after high school.  I didn't hit 200 pounds until after high school.  So I am hoping that I can get there and past it again so that I can have the ability to say that I finally weigh less than I was in high school.  I almost can't wait to be able to do that.  So this week my weight loss was 4.3 pounds.  Not as good as last week but I have kept some of the weight off and actually lower than I was last week.  So all in all I'm happy with the weight loss.  I really am going to try to make sure that I don't overdo it this week and that I either maintain the weight loss or try to keep it under three pounds for the week or a longshot hope that I will lose some more. 


We went and got Hardee's this morning.  I had a regular coke zero and I didn't finish all of the hash browns.  So it could have been worse.  After breakfast we went to Big Lots and I go these two terra cotta pots and put sand and shells in them. 
 
 
I love them.  I so very much miss the beach.  This is the first time I have ever lived inland.  I don't really like it.  I always imagined when I would have kids I would take them to the beach and no offense the beach is not attached to a lake.  The beach is salt water and endless ocean and burning your feet in the sand, looking for seashells, and seagulls dive bombing you for any food you have, and fighting the undertow.  I just miss the ocean breeze you feel everyday.  If it weren't so outrageous then I would have at least one if not more rooms decorated in all ocean stuff.  On our way back we stopped at a yard sale and I finally found a blender for one dollar woo hoo.  A really, really old blender but hey it will serve it's purpose.  And when I say old I mean
But at only a dollar I really can't complain.  Now if I can just find the smaller table everything would be great.  I mean I really don't want to pay an arm and a leg for a table that my kids are probably going to tear apart.  Not that I am upset about them for that I mean they are kids and while they got into trouble I am not going to get overly angry for something that is normal for children. 

Well I'm going to go for now.  But don't worry I will be back on tomorrow!!! XOXO

Friday, June 28, 2013

Last Dinner this week

Okay maybe not for the entire week, just for the diet part of my week.  So I had one cup (2 cans) of tuna with the constant accompaniment of mustard and Mrs. Dash, and one half of a banana.  The combination seems kind of weird but it is actually not as bad as it sounds.  The calorie count for this meal was 245. 
Honestly I completely forgot about the ice cream until after I took the picture and ate the dinner.  But it was one half of a cup of ice cream.  If you guys need a visual look at yesterday's picture.  The calorie count for the ice cream was the same as yesterday too which was at 120.  So all together today I ate 716 calories.  But back to regular food tomorrow.  I can honestly say that I'm not sure if I am looking forward to it.  I feel better and have fewer stomach issues when I am on it. 

We got to mark one of the items off our list today.  We played on the table with shaving cream.  It ended up everywhere.  It took Love Bug a little while to get into it but once she did it was all over her face, clothes, hair, up and down her arms, even on the wall behind her. 
Pumpkin had no problem and took to it right away.  Even after Love Bug got done playing and was ready to take a shower Pumpkin still stayed out and played until the shaving cream had just basically become liquid.  This was one of the easier activities to clean up.  Plus I think my table was cleaner afterward.  I've read all about what kind of a cool cleaner that shaving cream is.  I got the raspberry smelling kind from the dollar tree.  So they smelled good afterward.  Plus my house smelled like raspberries after we were done for a little while so overall I can't complain.  We were going through my cookbooks to find out what Pumpkin was going to make on the kids make the dinner night and she has decided on a Hawaiian pizza with the pineapple and ham.  It's kind of hard because there are so many things that she tells me that she doesn't like. I tried to keep it healthy and we looked exclusively in the Hungry Girl cookbooks.  That way we have a lower calorie meal so that I can continue to lose as much weight as I can.  My hubby who is also trying to lose weight said this morning that I probably weigh less than him now and to be honest that made me feel pretty good.  I mean the woman is supposed to weigh less than the man and I never have.  Even when I was at my thinnest he was in the navy and able to work out way more and had to keep himself in shape for his job. 

Well I'm getting sleepy so I am going to go.  I'll probably be back on tomorrow to let everyone know how my last weigh in went.  XOXO

The good and the a little bad

I woke up at around 7am this morning.  I actually slept in but I had a feeling that it would.  At some point after midnight last night we got so much rain, thunder, lightening, and wind that I would have almost sworn that there was a tornado.  It was really loud but I honestly fell asleep through it.  I could sleep through just about everything.  Even when I would fall asleep in the living room so that I would hear if anyone (i.e. my husband coming or from work) came in the door and I still didn't hear him most of the time.  It was just easier to just go to sleep in the bedroom since I didn't hear my hubby come home and if I am sleeping well he won't wake me up to move me.  Which is sweet.  As soon as I came into the living room I heard Love Bug making some whiney noises from her bedroom to let me know she was awake.  I always make sure that her bedroom door is closed at night because if no she would wonder around the house and enevidably end up in either my bed or her sister's and there's no telling what she will get into so it's just easier to go and close her door.  That way she'll get a full nights sleep.  But anyway back to the whole diet and weight loss thing.  I did what I set out to do I lost 0.8 pounds which put me at 239.9.  So right now I am at what I was at the end of the diet last week.  Whatever I lose today will just be extra so I am excited for tomorrow morning.  So that was the good.  The little bit of bad is that since it is Friday and I went yard saling I stopped and got a large vanilla coke zero.  But I don't feel to bad about it.  I have been eating a lot of ice.  And I'm sure it won't add too much.  Breakfast this morning was one small apple sliced, one slice of American cheese I tore into quarters, and 5 saltine crackers.  The calories for that meal was 221.
Pumpkin so wants to be so like me sometimes so she had to have the same breakfast that I did.  But if she is eating better I am not going to complain.  I have really tried with them lately.  I don't want to deny them the right to be kids and have some junk food but I try to limit to only once a day.  Like the day before yesterday they had a chocolate brownie for a snack so I gave them a frozen banana for dessert.  I know it's not going to be perfect but I am going to try.  Lunch was one slice of white bread toast and one hard boiled egg and one slice of toast.  It contained 130 calories and it was obviously a very light meal.  It's the only one I have on this diet that feels kind of small. 

And a plus, no burned toast today and the egg doesn't look as bad as yesterday's did.  After I took the picture I cut the egg up into really tiny pieces so that I would be forced to make more bites so that it would take more time to eat it.  So I only really have one more meal of my diet left. 

We went yard saling this morning.  It was fun.  We didn't get to leave until about 9 am.  But I went to go and get cash and then we started.  At the very first yard sale we found like a huge plastic bottle thing filled with cookie cutters for $2.  There has to be at least 80 in there and they are for all different seasons or no season at all just all kinds of them.  The only cookie cutters I have are Christmas and a few stars.  So I'm excited to be able to make some cookies with the girls that aren't Christmas themed and I don't have to wait until Christmas to do it.  However I want to try to find a recipe that maybe isn't too bad calorie wise.  If not we'll still make cookies but I probably will end up giving most of them away to my in laws and my neighbors.  I also got myself two books.  The Blind Side and Message in a Bottle. I loved the movie The Blind Side and Message in a Bottle was the first movie I ever cried to.  After that all the waterworks seem to spill out anytime someone else cries on tv.  If I see them cry most of the time I am going to start tearing up too.  The girls each got themselves a little toy and a Barbie doll.  That way they didn't come home empty handed when I got stuff.  I still haven't found a smaller kitchen table or a blender but I have been looking. 

I got to Skype with my best friend Debra today.  She just moved so I haven't been able to talk to her much.  Sadly the move wasn't closer to me :( But I'll be okay.  At least she gets on Skype now so we can actually see each other even though I hate seeing my face on there.  I always think I look horrible.  Looking down at a computer isn't the best angle so my hair always looks bad and my face always look HUGE. She texted me pictures earlier and they were really old pictures.  We were in 9th grade.  It was our last day of school and I can't believe I ever went out of the house like that.  There was a group of six of us that hung out together and we were all in it.  But it was so funny to see those pictures that I haven't seen since I was 14.  It's amazing how much has changed.  I mean the only one of us out of the six that are friends are me and her.  Every one went their own way.  I just couldn't believer how different everything was back then and we were the cool kids in our grade. It just brought back a lot of memories. 

I'll be back on later to tell you guys about dinner and about how much fun playing in shaving cream was.  Talk to you guys soon. XOXO

Thursday, June 27, 2013

Yay Dinner Day 2

This is going to be short tonight.  I'm already getting tired, it's getting late, and my contacts are starting to bug me.  For dinner tonight I had 2 Jenny-O turkey hot dogs, one half cup of crinkle cut steamed carrots, one cup of steamed broccoli, and one half of a banana.  Plus all the water I can drink. 
Again using the small plates makes it looks like there is so much there and I wasn't hungry today really at all.  My stomach didn't growl once today.  The calories in the dinner are 241.  Then again I had ice cream but only one half of a cup this time.  The calories for that is 120.  So in total for the day I had 840 calories.  Which is 136 calories less than yesterday.  Yay!!  So here's hoping for 0.8 pounds lost for tomorrow.  I found that I ate so well on this diet last week going back to eating the crap I was eating before kills my stomach and I can't eat as much of it.  So that is always a good thing.  If my stomach shrinks then I will loose the weight and get my food portions under control.  Tomorrow I am going to be on my last day and I will eat the least amount of food.  Although the only meal that I really notice it at is lunch when I will only have one hard boiled egg and I believe either the toast or the crackers.  I'll have to look at the meals tomorrow.  This is honestly one of the better diets I have ever tried.  It's really not that hard to stay on.  I feel better while I am on it.  I during the day feel like I have more energy than I did before but when it is bedtime I get so tired that I fall out pretty easily.  No headache today even though I didn't have a drop of soda or tea. Just the water so awesome.  However if I don't go to bed soon there is a really good possibility that I will have a headache soon.  Tomorrow I get to work on our grocery list for the next two weeks which will be fun since I am going to take a week off of the diet.  I'm nervous but the hubby has the week off so tuna will be off limits so that's two meals that I would have to change.  But I'll be back on it the week after.  But I'll still be on here keeping you guys posted about the day to day things that go on or how I feel about things.  Talk to you guys tomorrow. XOXO

3 Meals, 3 Pictures

I really meant to get on here yesterday to talk about my dinner and dessert.  I really meant to but I didn't feel too well last night.  But I had dinner last night obviously.  It consisted of one 3 ounce turkey burger patty with no bread or condiments, one half of a banana, one small apple cut into slices, and one cup of steamed green beans. 

Oh and one cup of vanilla ice cream.  Since I used this small plate it looks like so much more.  I was stuffed after I ate this.  The dinner itself had 290 calories and the dessert had 240 calories.  So for an entire day I had 976 calories.  And that was the day that I get to eat the most.  So this morning I got up and weighed myself.  I weighed 240.7 which meant that I lost a total of 1.5 pounds which isn't that bad since I am kinda bloated right now.  Not because of the diet, because once a month, every month, I get bloated but I usually gain weight during that time so I am still very happy with losing over a pound.  So I had breakfast this morning consisting of one large egg scrambled, one slice of white bread toast, and one half of a banana.  This had a total of 179 calories.

The bread was less burned today woo hoo.  This still filled me up.  I was still full when it came time for lunch.  Which today lunch was one cup of fat free cottage cheese, one large hard-boiled egg, and five saltine crackers.  Lunch's calorie total was 300.  The one cup of cottage cheese is a LOT of cottage cheese so it's a good thing that I like it. 
I had a really hard time getting the shell off of the egg so that's why it looks so funky.  And you know you all want my Twilight cup.  I got that cup from the movie theater when I went to see breaking dawn 2 with Pumpkin and my little sister when she came to visit.  I'm not an obsessed Twilight fan.  I'm more of a Harry Potter fan but I do like the Twilight movies and I have read all of the books. But it is a huge cup.  It holds 6 cups of water so if I have that and drink from it all day and if I drink at least two of them I get the amount of water I need for the day.  So only one more meal today and then tomorrow and then I am done.  I so hope that I lose at least 0.8 today so that I can be where I was at the end of my diet last week and I'll still have another day to loose so that I am below that number.

I am so excited for the fourth of July.  We bought fireworks and have our shirts and bows ready and I am thinking of make deviled eggs with red white and blue stripes to take over to my husbands parents because that is where we set off the fireworks.  We are going to Dollar Tree today to see if we can find any poppers.  If the do I will get a bunch of them if not I am going to go to Wally World tomorrow and I know they do.  And since they are the girls' favorite we have to get a bunch.  The fourth usually entails us going to the nearest fireworks stand and getting more because we ran out too fast.  Plus we are very patriotic in our family.  A lot of the men in our family were in the military including my dad, my father-in-law, and my hubby.  Actually they were all in the Navy.  The all loved the time they were in.  We still wish we were.  My hubby has an uncle who was a Colonel in Air Force and my nephew used to be in a Marine, but it wasn't a good fit for him.  I am very proud to have family members who have served.  I even still watch those videos of soldiers and sailors coming home and surprising their families.  Those bring me to tears just about every time I watch them.  Of course I know what it is like to have my military family member gone on deployment and missing them and wishing they were back so bad and the joy when I got to see him again.  When my hubby was overseas on deployment, I was miserable at first but then I got busy and then I got proud that I was actually doing stuff by myself for the first time and then I broke my ankle and had to be in the hospital and somehow I got lucky enough that my husband got to come home for two weeks.  When he left we moved and then when he got back if I could have ran at him I would have.  But as it was I still had my cast on my leg.  So when I watch the videos I get transplanted back into that time when I missed him and how happy I was to see him.  But I gladly support all the troops and love the military.

But I will try to be back later to talk about my dinner.  Hope to see you there. XOXO

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Breakfast and Lunch on day 1

Good I guess now here it is afternoon.  I had to eat a late lunch today since it consisted mostly of tuna and my hubby had to leave for work before I could eat that.  But anyway I weighed myself this morning and it was 242.2.  Lost 0.2 in two days but gained 2.3 in four days which isn't as bad as it could have been.  I mean I could have gained it all back and then some.  So while I wish that I didn't gain at all, it could have been worse.  But I had breakfast this morning and just like I promised there are pictures.  Breakfast was ones slice of white toast with two tablespoons of chunky peanut butter on it and one very small orange.  Plus a glass of splenda sweetened iced tea.

Okay the bread looks all jacked up because I forgot about it while peeling the orange so it got burned a little and I had to scrape the burned parts off and a little of the crust came off with it.  Besides I never claimed to be the best picture taker but at least I try.  And you know that you guys are jealous of my laminate blue countertops.  Oh plus my kick ass snowman ice cubes.  I know it's almost July and honestly I got the tray at Christmas a few years ago from the dollar tree and it's like one of those silicon trays and it is so much easier to get the ice out of there than a conventional ice tray.  But anyway back to the food.  The diet just called for peanut butter and I like chunky better.  I looked at the calories and they are exactly the same for chunky and creamy.  So I went with what I like.  Also I was supposed to have half a grapefruit but like I probably mentioned before I can't stand them.  Even trying grapefruit juice kinda makes me sick.  But with what I made counting the calories on my fitness pal online it came out to 286 and mostly from the peanut butter.  I probably would have saved even more if I had chosen to have whole wheat or reduced fat or another type of bread but that's what I have to get for my family so I had to adapt.  Besides it didn't specify what kind of bread.  Okay lunch was fun.  I had 1/2 cup of tuna just a little bit of mustard and a dash of Mrs. Dash and again one slice of toast.  Not burned this time.
 
 
Now it's water from now on for the next two days.  I really am not good with presentation.  But it's had to make one can of tuna and a slice of toast.  I didn't realize my lunch looked so yellow.  But I love these bowls though.  They look like cupcake cups and they came with matching spoons.  I got them from the dollar tree too.  Come to think of it so did the cup and the plate from above.  Seriously that is my favorite store.  The calorie count for just lunch is 160 calories.  So far today I've had 446 calories and I was only hungry because lunch had to be postponed. But that's okay since that just means I won't be that hungry when dinner gets here.  I was a little hungry but it wasn't unmanageable. 
 
I so don't want to clean up today.  Not that I don't have the energy I just know that it is getting kinda warm in the house since it is like 100 outside.  Even with a fan going in the living room it still says that it is 82 in the house.  What I really need to do is go through stuff in my bedroom but that is the hottest room in the house so I know that I am going to be sweating a bunch.  Although that isn't always the worst thing.  I still have my childhood wish of having a maid.  Probably even more now that I have kids and they make a big mess.  My dryer has been running today since I had to wash my sheets and blankets since Love Bug peed all over them.  I know it was an accident but I wasn't planning on washing those today.  But in trying to keep the house cool all of my blinds and curtains are closed so my house is kind of dark.  We only opened the door once when my hubby had to leave and he kind of ran outside so that we could close the door. 
 
But I will be back after dinner.  It will probably be a short post since I don't expect much to happen between now and then.  Talk to you guys soon. XOXO

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Late again

I know, I know I'm late posting on here again.  Everyone felt better today.  Thank goodness.  The hubby is still a little weak and he had to go into work but other than that he felt pretty good.  Plus, no nightmares for the girls. Very happy about that.  We caught our fifth mouse this season.  They somehow found a way into the walls and then made a hole in Pumpkins room.  It sucks royally but we are going to get something to take care of the problem tomorrow.  Probably some steel wool and tape so they can't get back in.  I really don't like mice.  Thankfully I have only heard them running around but I haven't actually seen one except for on the trap.  I won't even take those out.  I make my hubby do it.  I just get too nervous that I think that they will somehow jump out at me.  I know if they could do that then they wouldn't still be in the trap they would have gotten free, but I just don't want to take that chance.  I really hate bugs too.  I made the hubby go and kill a bug that was sitting on my glasses I found when I went to take my contacts out for the night.  After he got the bug off and killed it I wouldn't even put the glasses on my face until they were thoroughly cleaned.  And of all bugs spiders are the worst.  I won't even go near one if I can help it.  My fear is so bad that I won't even look at the screen when in Harry Potter 2 they have the giant obviously fake spider on screen.  What's sad is that I have a lot of fears.  Bugs, Rodents, Snakes, Most rabid animals like opossums or raccoons, I have a fear of the dark.  That one really sucks.  I never go anywhere in the dark.  There haven't been very many incidence where I've had to turn on my lights because it was getting darker.  If I am in a new house I start shaking.  Even in this house that we have been in for almost a year I still have to go to sleep with the television on or I am awake for hours.  I have a total of 6 nightlights in my 3 bedroom house.  I can't see anything in the dark and my eyes never really adjust so I can never see where I am going or if someone or something is out there with me.  For a while when my hubby was on deployment I carried a knife around with me through the house for just in case and we lived in a very safe place.  Luckily no one has ever been hurt.  It's just kind of embarrassing being almost (boo) 30 and still afraid of the dark. 

I finally finished the patriotic bows today.  Here are the ones I made for Love Bug:

I'm going to put her hair in pigtails.  Her hair is so fine that really that is all I can do with it right now.  Pumpkin is my mini model for the bows so everyone can get an idea of the size.  Here is the one I made for Pumpkin:

This is more of a flag bow.  I made two of them I'm going to be doing her hair in like a two tiered pigtail.  We'll see how it goes.  I haven't tried it before.  Then there is the bow that I finally got around to making for myself today:

I hope they will look cute on the fourth considering how hard we have been working on our outfits.  Well.....Mostly theirs I didn't make a shirt for myself.  Just the bow.  I finally went through my craft cabinet today and got rid of the scraps and trash and leftover stuff I wouldn't use.  I had to make room for the girls' DVDs.  They really don't like to take care of them which I understand to an extent I mean they're kids.  It just gets annoying when they whine because they can't find the movie they are looking for because last time they watched it they don't take care of it.  So at that point it could be anywhere.  So we are implementing a system where she almost checks them out and can't get a new movie unless she brings the old one back in its box.  We'll see how well this goes over.  I know that I posted it on here before but the link to my facebook page so the you can see ALL the bows and jewelry that I have made is:
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Elizabeths-unique-creations/287420431319927?ref=hl

You guys should come and check I'm about done for the night.  I am going to start on the diet again tomorrow so I will be on more than once and hopefully with some pictures of the plates of food.  Until then XOXO

Monday, June 24, 2013

Okay, okay

Okay, okay I know this is my first and only post today.  I am finding that the diet is the easiest to do in the last half of the week.  I didn't even have the option to start the diet today.  Last night for a lack of a better word SUCKED.  I finally fell asleep around 11.  About 12 Love Bug woke up crying her scared cry so that meant that she probably had a bad dream.  So she came into the living room to sleep with me and she is SOOOOOOOO not the easiest person to sleep with.  She kicks and rolls constantly.  Not even long enough for me to fall asleep.  The most sill she stayed was when I had to get up a little bit later.  Anyway about 3 am Pumpkin wakes up and comes in the living room to tell me that she has had a nightmare too.  Since I already had Love Bug on the couch with me I told Pumpkin she could turn on her television to comfort her to sleep.  About that time I can see my bedroom light come on and I think that they have woken my hubby up so I go in there to apologize and find out he had been getting sick for a little while.  So basically I was awake since around midnight.  My hubby finally stopped getting sick around 6 am.  So being tired anyway I didn't think that today was a good day to start.  Plus my hubby was so sick he didn't go into work and with him here I can't eat tuna.  He can't stand the smell of it.  Seriously whenever I have it I have to make sure I spray febreeze everywhere and take a shower and brush my teeth like twice.  I take the can of tuna outside, wash all the dishes that had tuna on them and make sure the counters are clean.  It's better if I can open up the windows but right now that isn't an option.  It's been constantly in the 90's and just so muggy that I try to keep the house as closed and dark as possible to keep out the heat but it still gets kind of warm. 

I weighed myself today and I had gained 2.4 pounds.  Not as bad as I thought or as bad as it could be.  I will weigh myself again on Wednesday when I start the diet.  I will have to take a week off because my hubby thankfully has the week of the Fourth of July off.  I am so excited.  We went and got some fireworks to set off.  We always have to get a bunch of smoke bombs and the little poppers that you throw on the ground and they make a snapping noise.  Pumpkin has always loved running through the smoke bomb's smoke.  Ever since she could walk she would go in a circle around the smoke bomb laughing and cackling.  Still even now.  Love Bug can actually join her this year.  Last year she was barely 1.  I think she will enjoy a lot more now. 

I made both of the girls two matching bows each.  I will try to post them on here tomorrow.  The really turned out cute.  I am so excited for them to wear their new bows.  Both of them are so different, but they are both made out of just the red, white, and blue ribbon I got.  When I make bows I am so glad that I have two little girls who get to wear them.  They are mostly who I have made them for.  I have only sold a handful of bows.  I would love to sell more, however. I don't want to used a site like ebay or etsy that make you pay a fee for your items.  I only really sell them for at the most $5 each so by the time the site takes out their fee I am barely left with any profit if any at all.  Plus I am still at the beginning stages of making bows, there are still a lot of techniques I don't know yet.  I try to make different types of bows so that I can learn and have a variety of different types for potential customers to choose from.  I try to sell them on facebook but it seems that even when I post on the site I still only have one or two people like my page, but don't order anything.  Honestly I would love to have enough orders that it would take me more than one day to complete all the orders I have.  The very first person who ordered a bow from me kept in contact because she said that her mother-in-law used to make bows and had some extra craft supplies that I could have.  After a few months she asked me if I could make a couple bows for a charity auctions she was putting together and I didn't mind so up until I had to give her the bows she kept telling me that her daughter hid all the stuff and she couldn't find them.  At first I was like okay, whatever, she was giving me them for free so if it took a while I wasn't going to complain.  Well, that was the last time I had heard from her and then all of the sudden on facebook she posted pictures of some bows that she made.  Now it didn't bother me that she made the bows or even that she used the stuff her mother-in-law didn't use anymore.  What did bother me is that she lied about it.  If she had said that she had changed her mind that she wanted to keep it to try her hand at it then I would have been okay with it.  The bows she made were very different than the ones that I made.  I really don't understand why she lied about it.  I know I was not, am not, and will not be the only person to make bows.  Everyone's styles are different so no two bows are the same.  But since I don't feel the necessity to lie to people or break promises I kind of hope people who after they have met me would show me the same courtesy.  I know that it is not the way it goes.  That a thought like that is na├»ve.  It just kind of upset me.  But it usually does when that scenario presents itself.  It's like when we moved into this house it was covered on the inside with cobwebs.  The people who lived here before had moved out a while before we got here and her uncle paid the rest of her rental agreement money while she was gone.  Then when the lease ran out they went ahead and changed all the carpet in the house and the linoleum in the bathrooms and entrance.  However, there were cobwebs and dirt and dust and even the walls needed washed when we moved in.  When we were first looking at it they were in the process of getting ready to change the carpet and the linoleum so we thought that they would at least clean it up before we moved in.  We were very mistaken.  If I were the Landlord or responsible for a property and a new family was going to move in I would make sure that the house was cleaned well.  No matter how long it took or how many long nights it took I would be embarrassed if someone moved into a filthy house that I was responsible for.  I even before we move out of a house make sure the house is cleaned to the best of my ability.  Every floor is vacuumed, swept, mopped all surfaces wiped including the windows, all fans dusted.  Anything I can clean up I do.  I expect it clean when we move in so I try to leave it as clean as possible when we move out.  So anyway I just wish some people would show me the same courtesy that I would show them. 

Today was relatively uneventful.  I didn't do much since my hubby was sick and like most men he needed taken care of all day.  We didn't go anywhere and I got my cleaning done early so that I could make the bows this afternoon.  The only person I talked to on the phone was my mother and that was only for less than five minutes.  I went out to the car but only to get a cd that we needed inside.  Even though I didn't get much done I felt like I was busy all day long.  Probably because it took more energy because I was so tired.  Even now my eyes are drooping but it didn't feel right to miss a day on here.  I kind of makes me feel good to see that people whom I don't even know reading my blog.  Feel free to leave comments I would love to hear from you guys.  Any tips or pointers or what I do that you like.  I'll be back on here tomorrow.  XOXO

Sunday, June 23, 2013

Just Today

Well I didn't weigh myself this morning, however, I will tomorrow and let you guys know how much I have probably gained.  I'm nervous.  I have tried to be good today.  I have had a slim fast shake and a mostly veggie sub sandwich, but I always worry when I am not on the diet.  When I am on it I know I am losing so off I get more nervous.  Today has been pretty uneventful.  My hubby decided to go golfing today which I am okay with because he loves to golf and while it is something that I really don't know how to do it gives him something that he can go and have some guy time and do.  He says that he wouldn't mind teaching me so that we can play together but I am not sure.  I mean not that it wouldn't be good to learn something for us to do together but in a good marriage you need something that the two of you can enjoy separately.  My hubby is very big on family.  He spends as much time as he possibly can with me and the girls.  He only gets to play golf roughly once a month and I don't think that it is too much for him to have a one thing that doesn't have anything to do with me and the kids. 

Anyway, after he left I finally finished making the fourth of July t-shirts for the girls:


I tried to make red and blue almost fireworks around it.  Honestly the pictures don't really do the shirts justice.  I think they turned out really good.  Even if they just wear them the once they were worth it.  Pumpkins shirt will be huge on her but she will be able to wear it a while.  Even for the next year or two.  It was the only shirt close to her size they had at the dollar tree.  It's a small.  Love Bug still has a little bit of the paint left in her hair from a couple of days ago. 

I finally got ahold of my best friend Debra this morning.  She is moving this weekend so it has been next to impossible to get ahold of her.  We have honestly been best friends since I was a freshman in high school when I changed schools when my family moved.  So that would be all of about 16 years now.  There was a group of about 6 of us that hung out together and she and I are the only ones who still talk to each other.  We had lost touch for a couple of years after high school .  She had her oldest son and then I got married and moved away.  But then all of the sudden while My hubby and I were trying to take a mattress up the stairs in base housing all of the sudden I got a call from a mutual friend at the time and there she was again.  Since then We have pretty much always talked.  Although a lot of the time it is hard to get her on the phone and she'll go through times when it will be a month or more before we talk again but we just sit there and pick the conversation back up like we never left it.  We haven't actually been able to see each other since about a year after I graduated high school.  She says she's going to finally be able to visit me in February.  I really hope she does.  I really miss having her around.  Especially when female friends are so scarce around here.  I may have one that I can talk to, but it's different with a best friend. 


This is a pic of all the water balloons that we took outside.  They took forever to fill up but the girls had fun throwing them everywhere.  I picked up some red, white, and blue ribbons from the store today.  I really need to stay on it and make the girls 4th of July hair bows to go along with their shirts.  I am actually excited again I was looking on some websites for ideas and I think I got a few and not just patriotic ones.  Well I'm going to go. I'm getting ready to make stuff for our pizza party. I'll talk to you guys tomorrow. XOXO

Saturday, June 22, 2013

Final weigh in

I weighed myself this morning and woo hoo I lost 1.5 pound which is exactly what I was hoping for.  So in three days I lost 2.9 on day 1, 1.1 on day 2, and 1.5 on day 3 for a grand total of, drumroll please............. 5.5 pounds.  Not too bad considering I didn't really exercise. It's not 10 pounds but I'll take it.  However if I go and weigh myself tomorrow it probably won't be good.  I can almost guarantee that I would gain weight.  We had breakfast at Burger King.  That KILLED my stomach it has hurt for most of the day.  For lunch I had a grilled classic chicken sandwich.  I got the meal and gave the fries to my husband.  I stopped and got a small bag of twizzlers for the movies and I had about a cup full of leftover taco salad.  I am done for the day.  I feel so stuffed.

Our trip to the city was okay.  I mean we forgot the stroller and it is so hard to take the kids in places. They are the types to have to run around and touch absolutely EVERYTHING.  Plus yell at each other while they are doing it.  So walking through Best Buy wasn't that much fun.  Then we went to Barnes and Noble.  I love books.  I could honestly spend all day looking around and browsing around a bookstore.  For multiple days in a row I could go back and still never see or get to look through all the books I want to see.  Even the little book area in Wal-Mart I tend to avoid because I almost never leave that section without a new book.  But lately I have been on a mission to find one book in particular.  The Hungry Girl Happy Hour Cookbook.  I don't drink a lot unless it's socially and even then I only get barely tipsy.  But this was the one book I didn't have and my bestie is supposed to come and visit me in a few months and she likes to party more than I do.  So this way I'll be able to try a couple of drink recipes.  Plus there's a huge chapter on appetizers.  I so could have used that a couple of weeks ago.  But, I'm so excited I finally found it.  Now if it wasn't $15.00.  But I had to get it.  I searched everywhere and that has been the general price of it.  After that we went to the mall.  We only went into a couple of stores.  Game Stop because my husband was looking for a game and Petland.  We don't have any pets and aren't allowed to have any where we live but I miss having a pet.  I used to have a St. Bernard.  She was my puppy I did and still do love her very much.  Her name was Daisy and my parents bought her for themselves when I was 17.  However they went through a divorce and I moved out and Daisy never liked my father.  She always was a good judge of character even as a puppy.  She would always tear apart his stuff and leave the rest of our things alone.  So when he decided to move away and take the older dog with him I gladly took Daisy. It was just me and her for about a year. I didn't go anywhere except for work and to the grocery store without her.  She protected me and I really knew that my hubby was the one when the first time she met him she loved him immediately.  She would get more excited to see him then see me.  Then after we got married and moved up to Maine she tagged along and kept me company when he went on deployment.  I always felt safe in the house by myself with her in it.  Even when she accidently broke my ankle when we were out walking in the snow.  She was just trying to play and it wasn't her fault my foot stayed planted when she spun me around.  Then we moved here and I got pregnant and we went through some hard times and didn't have a lot or a place for her to run.  It took me months to find a place for her because I refused to take her to a shelter. I had to know that if I couldn't have her someone did that would give her lots of love.  Eventually I did and I felt horrible.  I still miss her terribly even though I try to play it off and say that I didn't like her whenever I am feeling really sad about it.  My hubby obviously sees right through it.  But anyway we went to Petland so that the girls could see the puppies. The love looking at the puppies there. 

This afternoon Pumpkin and I went to go and see Monsters University.  That was a really cute movie.  And it was cool that it was just me and Pumpkin.  She had fun.  There were plenty of funny parts and they showed previews for Smurfs 2, Despicable Me 2, a My Little Pony movie, and a new movie called frozen.  The preview was pretty funny.  The next movie that we are going to go see is Grown Ups 2. Hopefully we can get my hubby's parents to watch the kids for a couple of hours.

Friday, June 21, 2013

Dinner and Dessert Day 3

Okay, okay I know this post is a little later than usual, but I have a good reason.......I was busy cleaning and being a mom.  We went out today and had a water balloon fight.  The aqua ball was fun but it lasted all of two water balloons.  After that all they wanted to do was throw them at each other and me.  We had about 70 balloons filled and to get them in the spirit as soon as I got the balloons outside I busted one on the top of Pumpkin's head to soak her.  Then it was all out war we kept throwing at each other and mostly missed so they popped all over the ground.  But they had a blast and that is all that matters.

Down to dinner: I had one cup of tuna with just a little bit of mustard and Mrs. Dash seasoning since it is allowed and one half of a banana. To be honest the banana wasn't my favorite part.  It had gotten way too ripe.  I'd almost rather not have it but I didn't want to mess with the system and I wanted true and honest results.  Then I had the one cup of ice cream.  And frankly I haven't been hungry at all really today.  My stomach has growled a couple of times but it kind of surprised me since I didn't feel hungry.  It was nothing like my hunger from yesterday.  Before I finally got lunch yesterday not matter what advertisement for food I saw I wanted it.  And I had to go to the store to get the cottage cheese.  Even the deli smelled wonderful whatever they were cooking.  It felt like I either heard or saw 1000 different things to eat.  I could smell the fast food restaurants as I went by them.  I was strong and I didn't stop but I really wanted to.  I realized after a little while that earlier I went off on some tangent when I said that I cheated today.  I forgot to say how I cheated.  Whenever I go yard saleing I stop and get us drinks from sonic.  My husband is a definite soda addict.  I am too, just not as much.  But I stopped and got my vanilla coke zero.  It tasted soooooo good.  And I am also addicted to chewing ice and Sonic's ice is just at the perfect size for that.  But hey ice is water so I count that. 

We had a fun time potty training today.  Love bug had a diaper (butt) on for a lot of today.  She managed to go into her closet and poop on her floor when I was calling her to put a butt on her so that we could take a game back to the movie rental place.  Pumpkin was the one that found it.  She had to tell me about it while holding her nose. 

So now as promised our list of summer things to do:
  1. Make 4th of July shirts
  2. Slumber party with the girls
  3. Make countdown to Pumpkin's Birthday
  4. Picnic in the park
  5. Balloon Ping Pong
  6. Make homemade blizzards
  7. Play out in the rain
  8. Kids plan diner night
  9. Dessert for dinner
  10. Go to the movies
  11. Handprint art projects
  12. Get pedicure with Pumpkin
  13. Play in the mud
  14. Make cookies from scratch
  15. Homemade pizza party
  16. Have bubble bath eruptions
  17. Go on a hike
  18. Make an end of the summer scrapbook
  19. Favorite movie marathon
  20. Make homemade icees
  21. Write and mail letters to Grandma
  22. Make Kool-Aid bath paint
  23. Make take home craft kit from the store
  24. Make our own bouncy balls
  25. Disney movie night with matching treats
  26. Glow in the dark bath
  27. Make frozen bananas
  28. Draw in shaving cream
  29. Glowing puffy paint
  30. Eat diner outside
  31. Fun bath with lights
  32. Build a fort in the house
  33. Nighttime bowling with glow sticks
  34. Make baked cotton balls
  35. Makeover night
  36. Canvas wall art
  37. Go to the library
  38. Pillow fight
  39. Make scented cloud dough
  40. Water Balloon fight
  41. Make glow dough
  42. Drive in movie with cardboard boxes
  43. Finger Paint
  44. Make cupcakes
  45. Glowing bubbles
  46. Make flubber
  47. Do face painting
  48. Camping in the yard
  49. Make s'mores bites
  50. Shaving cream slip-and-slide
  51. Go bowling
  52. Go cloud watching
  53. Dance Party Play salon
  54. Have a pillow fight (I know I know it's the second time it's on here..sorry)
  55. Have black light fun
  56. Watch fireworks
  57. Make foam dough
  58. Disney movie marathon
  59. Go to the park
  60. Take lots of pictures
So there it is. The whole list.  All 60 items.  It was so hard to finish getting all of that list I got different colored markers and made three lines down a piece of poster board and then I did twenty things in each column.  With a box beside each one so that when we finished one Pumpkin could check it off.  But it's on here like I promised.  But now it's getting kind of late and I'm probably going to bed soon.  Just a warning I will probably only be on here once tomorrow as we are going out of town and we always spend family time together on the weekend.  I don't even talk on the phone that much.  Family time is very important to us.  So until tomorrow. XOXO

Breakfast Day 3

So I woke up this morning with my back killing me.  I've had back problems for the past 14 years since I fell when I was 15.  Plus it probably doesn't help that we have had our mattress for almost 10 years so it is way time to get a new one.  Be that as it may if it didn't cost an arm an a leg for a decent mattress we would get one.  It's going to be one of those purchases that we are going to have to save up for.  Until then I just have to keep going out to sleep on the couch when my back can't take the bed anymore.  I weighed myself this morning.  I lost 1.1 pounds.  Not as much as yesterday but hey I'm not going to feel bad about that. Weight loss is weight loss.  So in two days I've lost 4 pounds.  I highly doubt that I am going to lose the promised 10 pounds but as long as there is some weight loss I will be fine.  Now hopefully I will keep it off.  Well the third days food is by far the least amount.  For breakfast I had one sliced up apple, 1 slice of American cheese, and 5 saltine crackers.  For lunch which I will have when I get off of here I am going to have my lunch of one hard boiled egg and one slice of white toast.  It so doesn't seem like it is enough. I really hope that I don't get a migraine again today. 

I have cheated today a little though.  Every Friday morning I take the girls and I go yard saleing.  There is always a few things I look for like cheap crafting items and a few weeks ago I needed a different stroller that was taller before our vacation. I found one for $4.00 that was taller and the only problems were a few stains and some of the padding on the top bar were coming off, but it is pretty good and it is working for what we needed it for.  I don't have to bend over to push it.  Next I'm looking for a blender.  We honestly don't use a blender that often but there are a few things on our list that I need a blender for.  I have one of those one cup blenders but it just won't be big enough. 

Tomorrow we are supposed to go up the city just so that we can get out of town and hang out and then when we get back Pumpkin and I are going to go to the movies to see Monster's University.  Love Bug isn't big enough for the movies yet or else we would all go.  I'm probably going to stop and get something for the theater beforehand. My diet won't allow the nachos which is what I usually get and I really don't want to spend $4.50 on a box of chocolate covered raisins or twizzlers.  I just don't like popcorn so that isn't even an option.  Luckily we live close to one of those really nice theaters with theater seating. So we have the nice big seats with the moveable arm rests and plenty of room for our feet and bigger screens.  I'm so excited for us to go and spend time together just me and her.  For us it's important to spend time one on one with each of our kids when we get the chance so that they feel that they are both special to us.

I haven't decided exactly when I am going to do the diet next week.  The beginning of the week or the end. I will be better next week when I do the diet.  I'll input in the calorie counts of everything and I'll probably even take pictures so that you all can see exactly what I'm eating.  When I get on here later I'll post the list of summer stuff we plan to do so that maybe you guys can get some ideas for a summer to do list for your families.  See you guys soon.  XOXO

Thursday, June 20, 2013

Lunch and dinner day 2

Update time!!!  Okay confession too.  I am blonde and so I have a bad memory.  When I went to the grocery store I forgot to get the cottage cheese so I didn't have enough for my lunch today.  So after I my hubby left for work I went to do my running around.  I had a few places to go and I already had a migraine started.  I took medicine and went to return the movies we rented and rented more.  Went to Wally world because pumpkin had to go and spend her own money and get this my little pony doll.  So I finally made it home about two o'clock to eat lunch before I did anything else. Which was one cup of fat-free cottage cheese, one large hard-boiled egg, and 5 salting crackers.  Sadly the food didn't help my migraine.  I just ate my dinner of 2 Jenny-O turkey hotdogs (which my kids love, it's the only type Love Bug will eat), 1/2 of a banana, 1/2 cup of crinkle cut carrots, and 1 cup of broccoli florets.  I'll have my 1/2 cup of vanilla ice cream for a few.  In between I picked up the house a little and washed the dishes.  In between we got to make them their fourth of July t-shirts.  Yet another idea from pinterest.  I got white shirts and blue and red fabric paint.  We put their handprints in blue on one side and made stripes beside it with the red paint.  After everything is dry and ready I will post pictures on here.  I took a little bit of the extra paint and put little stars on them.  They turned out pretty cute if I do say so myself and we got to mark another thing off of our summer bucket list.  I spent about a month looking everywhere online for stuff that the girls and I could do this summer so that they don't get bored.  I originally tried to get 100 things for us to do but after about 30 I realized that would be easier said then done.  All in all I ended up with 60 and I realized today that I accidentally put one on there twice.  Oops. Oh well as long as most everything gets done, and we take plenty of pictures of it. 

I yelled more today then I planned to.  I was okay until I asked Pumpkin to help me clean up the soap on the floor that Love Bug spilled when they were washing their hands from the shirt making.  Then she wined about how she didn't want to because her sister did it.  So I told her that I didn't need her help and for her to go and clean her room.  In response she had Love Bug come in here and yell "Bad Mommy" to me while she was whispering in her ear.  So then Pumpkin got into even more trouble for having her sister say something that she knew they would get into trouble for.  I probably yelled more because of my headache and I feel bad for yelling.  I really don't like to do it.  I always wanted to be the fun mom but I also know that sometimes it is necessary to make sure that she knows that there are boundaries and exactly how far she can push them.   But it doesn't stop me from feeling like I am that mean mommy.  It's like no matter what I do I always feel like I'm doing it all wrong.  Either being too tough or too easy on them.  I also feel like I don't do enough for them even if I am on my feet all day I feel like I have been lazy.  Obviously I don't have the best self-esteem.  I can't help that.  I would probably go to therapy if I weren't so cheap and it weren't so expensive. 

On a brighter note I bought us a new toy today.  It's one of those Aqua Balls that you put a water balloon inside and set the timer then throw it back and forth to each other until the timer goes off and pops the balloon soaking the person holding it.  I am so excited to play with that with Pumpkin.  I remember playing with one as a kid and I loved it.  The only problem is unfortunately we don't have a hose outside right now :( so we have to come in whenever we need a refill.  Also we can't get a kid pool or play in the sprinkler or any of the other water activities that sound like so much fun.  I am one who loves the water.  I am self conscious EVERYWHERE except for in the water.  I prefer to swim in the ocean but the pool will do.  I have this friend that I used to work with that invites us over every once in a while to go swimming with her kids in their community pool so it's free.  However we can't get in the gate for it without them so we are kinda at their mercy.  And sadly right now her youngest daughter has gotten chicken pox.  So it will be a little while until we go back.  We have a nice big pool connected to the Community center but it costs $5.00 a person and there is always so many people there and we can't get in the regular pool because Pumpkin isn't the best at swimming yet and Love Bug is still so small I would have to constantly hold onto both.  The swimming kid play area is really pretty cool and now that Love bug is bigger we are going to have to go so she can climb on the jungle gym.  There is also a lazy river that is my favorite but trying to get Pumpkin in an inner tube and then Love bug and me in another one and her to sit still is almost a laughable concept.

Okay enough wining and complaining for now.  Until tomorrow. XOXO

Weight update and Breakfast Day 2

The only scale I have is attached to my wii fit.  So I made sure I weighed myself as soon as I got up this morning and I lost 2.9 pounds in one day.  Wooo Hoooo!!!!!!  You're supposed to be able to lose up to 10 pounds in three days. Then if you want to keep it off eat around 1,200 calories a day.  Presumably you could do this every week until you hit your goal.  So anyway this morning I had for breakfast 1 large egg scrambled, the other half of the banana from last night and one slice of white toast.  Only water to drink for the next couple of days.  My vanilla coke zero will just have to wait for a few days.  I honestly don't like the taste of water.  I don't know quite how to explain it.  When I was growing up my mother loved water and didn't understand why I didn't. When she asked me why I didn't like it and I told her that it didn't taste good and she told me back that it didn't taste at all but it was still gross to me.  Still I prefer tea.  But it has to be sweet.  When I used to make it I'd get a pan and boil a couple of family size tea bags and some sugar so that the sugar wouldn't settle at the bottom.  Now I'm all awesome and have a cool tea maker and I also started using the off brand of spelnda.  I'm trying to see if I can cut calories where ever I can.  If I can handle the taste and it's better for me I will try to get it depending on the price.  I honestly am very cheap.  I hate spending money on myself if I can help it.  The hubby hates it.  I still have a couple of shirts that I got when I was pregnant with love bug and needed bigger shirts.  Other than that my mother lives in Texas and where she works at a local place that it is almost second hand where people donate stuff and they sell it really cheap and then all the proceeds go to charity. Anyway just about all of the clothes I own I got from her.  She sent them all to me.  Hell, she has basically has clothed both of my children since they were babies.  Since she doesn't live close to us it is the one way that makes here feel like she's still here with them.  But I don't have as much of a problem either talking the hubby into buying something for himself or buying something for the girls.  I just won't go out and buy something for myself very often.

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Dinner Day 1 and stuff I forgot

Okay I'm still doing the three day military diet and I just finished dinner on the first day.  It consisted of 3 ounce turkey burger patty (just turkey formed into a patty nothing added), 1 cup of green beans seasoned with Mrs. Dash, 1 small apple, and 1/2 of a banana cut up into small medallions.  I find that the more bites I take the longer it takes to eat and the fuller I get.  I got 1 cup of ice cream for dessert.  Which let's be honest is the real reason that I decided to try this diet.  I liked most of the stuff on it and there wasn't much prep work or weird food to make.  I make sure that I take my multivitamins so that I am not missing anything I also take two calcium pills and two fish oil pills a day.  Ice cream honestly has to be my favorite dessert.  I'm not big on chocolate so the vanilla ice cream in the diet works just fine.  I found the diet on pinterest.  I'm kind of addicted to that site. I love to do crafts.  And there are plenty of ideas on there.  But I forgot to mention earlier that I am a stay at home mom.  When I was younger I always knew I wanted to have children eventually. I loved kids. I even thought about being a pediatrician or an OB/GYN.  In short I wanted to be a doctor.  I even went so far as to get my CNA certificate in high school.  I got accepted into a pre-med program in Athens, West Virginia.  However stuff happened and eventually the dream got down graded to Nurse Practitioner, then to R.N.  I went to school in Maine for nursing and I had a really bad Biology and Anatomy and Physiology teacher.  Most of the class failed including myself who scraped by with a D but I needed a C.  Even if I had gotten the grade I would still have been on the waiting list to get into the program and if it wasn't finished in a certain amount of time then I would have to start over.  So if my name hadn't come up for the program I would have had to start over and get at the beginning of the list.  Since then I was at a stand still.  I didn't know what I wanted to do because my passion for nursing was gone.  Although I am still fascinated with the human body and how it works.  Then I had pumpkin.  I was so happy that I was a mom and during my maternity leave from my job I realized how fulfilling it was for me to take care of my husband and daughter and make sure they have everything they need.  It makes me feel happy and useful. And I honestly can't think of anything in this world that I would want to do workwise outside of the house.  Then love bug was born and that desire is still there, if possible more so.  I like knowing that no matter what I am there for my family.  If they are sick or hurt or happy or even if they ask me at the last minute to make cupcakes for school I can be there for that.  On the side, however, I do try to sell some crafts.  Right now it is just jewelry and bows.  I have a page on facebook: Elizabeth's Unique Creations
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Elizabeths-unique-creations/287420431319927?ref=hl
Lately, I have made more bows, but I'm still working on jewelry every once in a while.  These are my two most recent.  I made the one on top for our trip to the St. Louis Zoo and the bottom one for our first family pictures.  But there are lots of pictures on the site and they all have prices with them.  As I make more of them I'll probably post them on here since they're so much fun to make. 
 
 
 
I'll probably think of more things about myself that I have forgotten that I'll probably be back on here to talk about tomorrow.  Until then XOXO

 

The Beginning

Well today is June 19,2013.  This is my very first blog post ever.  I plan on coming on here mostly to give my opinions and concerns and fun times my family has.  Mainly this is going to be kinda like a journal.  But a little bit about myself to start this off with.  I am 29. I have an amazing husband that I have been VERY happily married to for 10 years now and two beautiful daughters.  The oldest "pumpkin" is 6 but she will be 7 in a few weeks and my youngest little girl "love bug" just turned 2 in April. I have blonde hair and blue eyes and I'm 5'4 which my husband tells me is short but I know is perfectly average.  However I am considered by doctors as morbidly obese.  Which is part of the reason for starting this.  I just started on the three day "military" diet.  I already had breakfast of a slice of regular white toast, two tablespoons of peanut butter, a cutie orange, and a glass of splenda sweetened iced tea.  Lunch was a little late.  The hubby doesn't like the smell of tuna and lunch was a can (1/2 cup) of tuna with 1/2 teaspoon of mustard and a dash of Mrs. Dash., another slice of toast and another glass of tea.  Dinner is going to be here in a couple of hours.  I have cheated a little bit today.  I got a route 44 vanilla coke zero from sonic.  I honestly have my new favorite drink.  When I was growing up I always liked Dr. Pepper.  It's what I grew up on.  Then when I got pregnant with love bug I could not get enough Coke or Pepsi.  Since then that was most of what I got.  Then about a year and a half ago on of my old friends had me try some of her coke zero and I thought it was good so every once in a while I got that.  Finally about a week ago I took the girls to Burger King.  They have the only play place in our town and it was too hot to go outside.  We ordered our dinner and I went to go and fill my drink and I noticed that they had a new drink machine that was more computerized.  There was only one spout and on a touch screen above you pick whatever brand of soda you want and then it brings you to another screen that you can choose whether you want to add anything into it.  They had like six or seven different choices and I figured why not vanilla.  If I don't like it I can always get something else. But I tried it and LOVED it.  I was bad and had three more cups.  Afterward I knew I found my new favorite and I had to pee soooooo bad.  However finding it outside of there was a different story.  But, I can go to Sonic and they will put it in for me.  But as to what you can expect on here.  It's just mostly going to be my opinions, experiences , choices, generally what's going on and how I feel about it.