Monday, February 21, 2011

Family Day, How We Love You.

You made it alright that I had to work on Saturday.
You made Sunday into another Saturday (minus the work).
You made it ok to stay up a little late on Sunday.  We didn't, because we were still so tired, but we could have.
You gave us another sleep in day.
You gave us time to experiment with breakfast.  Yummy smoothies.
You gave us a chance to go to the church for Lattes & Bouncy Castles... good visiting.
You gave us a weekday to go out for lunch.
You gave us hours to do work around the house and time to play and time to browse around online...
Family day, you are fabulous and we appreciate you.

M's off to bed now, and Sean will be home soon from golfing (yes, indoor).  That means soon we'll be pressing play and working out, but I think I have a few minutes to share some online finds.

This video caught my eye and imagination - color is a wonderful thing.

I love this scraproom transformation (it belongs to Donna Downey).  The 'before' would be amazing, but I love the brightness and colorfulness of the 'after'.

I downloaded a couple of quotes to print off from Becky Higgins' blog.  Wise words.  You can head there for the stories behind them.

Oh, and I did a bit of online shopping over the weekend!  I figured if Sean can order stuff online all the time, I shouldn't be shy about it, either.  :)   I like shopping for scrapbooking stuff in person, so I can see the whole thing and the textures and details, but there is nowhere to shop around here, and shipping is less than travelling!  Especially if you're shopping somewhere like Crafty Steals, where stuff is 50% off or more.  Thrifty, that's me.  I'm sure I'll be letting you know when the package at the door has MY name on it for a change!

I think that's all for now.  I'll save the photo of how M did my hair for another day...

Leave a comment - I would love to know what special or fun things you did today.

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Can't post now - Working out...

P90X has managed to take over our whole lives.

Our relax, do whatever we need to / feel like time in the evening has been hijacked by 60-90 minutes of sweating, plus the necessary showers after, at which point the clock says bedtime.

Sleep - we got lots before, but we do need it all now more than ever, and we don't push staying up as often as before.

Food - everthing that goes into our mouthes is evaluated (and on my part, recorded, because I like making lists and tracking things, and the program has a place to record it all, along with all your reps and weights in the workouts).

Even shopping, no, especially shopping.  Food shopping has altered to match the altered diet, but most of our other shopping as well seems to center on buying gym equipment and protein powders and bars...

This is not complaining - we are enjoying getting fit and the new shared interest and all the time together.  No, this is just my excuse to you for why I haven't written in over a week (gasp).  Oh, and because I've been too busy reading Clayton and Jen's blog.

Wednesday, February 09, 2011

And a cruise ship.

Behind me sits a pile of Polly Pockets.  Thirteen dolls, 44 pairs of shoes and 70 outfits, to be exact.  And a cruise ship.  I know the amounts because Madeline catalogued it all before we put it up for sale online.  (As great parents, we make her get rid of two toys every time she gets a new one.  We are beginning to see her room emerge once again due to this wonderful tactic.)  She had a lot of Pollys, and asked if she could sell them instead of giving them away, which we thought was a great idea.  (Surprisingly, there is a lack of buyers of children's toys in January...)

It makes me acknowledge that my little girl is growing up.  And makes me wonder what will catch her interest this year (oh, yeah: silly bands) or in 3 years...

What were my favorite toys growing up?  I might need to call my mom and get some help with this one.  Do you remember any of yours?  Leave a comment - I'd love to hear about them.  And I will head off to bed and lay there imagining little me, and trying to picture what it is I've got in my hands.

Monday, February 07, 2011

Creation Monday

I don't always get on a 'create something' kick when Sean goes out golfing, but that was sure the case tonight!
In the bucket is some homemade granola - can't wait to try it tomorrow, and beside that some bran muffins.  (Somewhere deep inside of me feels like it's cheating to use a mix, but it sure is quick!!)

 And while those were baking, I went down to the studio and made a page:

Sunday, February 06, 2011

It starts... Tomorrow.

P90X.  Extreme Home Fitness.  It's 90 days of intense working out and eating healthy and hopefully seeing great results and setting us up for a better lifestyle after.

We talked about doing it for a while, and looked for a cheap one on Used Regina, but finally just went out and bought one last weekend.  Then we got another mat and a pull up bar and resistance bands, protein supplements, new shoes, and some upgrades to our living room stereo system that we've been putting off, but which were necessary to do this upstairs.  (The basement's too small for us both to work out at once.)  We've got enough invested in this now that there's no backing out!  And that's why I didn't tell you until now - we had to keep that option open. 

Our measurements and 'before' photos have been taken - remember the fat tests we had done in junior high, with the little pinching tool?  Yeah, we bought ourselves one.  Crazy.  There's just one more thing to do before we press play tomorrow, and that's the fit test, to record a few 'before' numbers so we have something to compare end results to.

Wish us well - I'll keep you informed of our progress.  Probably won't post those photos until I have some after ones, though!!

Saturday, February 05, 2011

Wind Down...

It's wind-down time ( I read somewhere today that one does not need to be productive right up until bedtime...!) and I'm just browsing online.  I followed a link that lead to issuu.  Have you heard of this?  It's got people's publications for the public to check out - I got there from Creative Keepsake's site to check out the 52 More Scrapbooking Challenges mag.  Found all kinds of stuff on there.  Here is a link to a full issue of a Scrapbook Trends mag from last year, if that interests you - it's a great magazine and I wished my library got it, since that's how I get my fill of scrap mags.

Although now I guess I just found one to read online!

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Madeline, Tatianna and Manon on the last day of winter break.