I spent the weekend away in the city…Chesapeake, VA to be exact. I found out about a personal training seminar that would earn me some continuing education credits, so I thought I’d go to that and see some family at the same time. My mom, son, and great aunt took the trip with me. We had really good travels and talked a lot all the way there and back (about 6 hours each way). My almost 2 year old son even talked a lot! He said lots of new words like blue jeans, Virginia Beach, and more. It’s amazing how fast he’s picking up on things. His new favorite word is “Help!” It’s too cute.
I like visiting the city, but I can’t imagine living there. I live in a very rural area and love it. There just seems to be so much hustle and bustle in the city and all the kids have their technology gadgets. But, I guess that happens everywhere, not just in the city.
I learned a lot in my seminar, but still have a lot to practice. We learned how to analyze people’s postures and how to correct imbalances through stretching and exercise. The guy teaching was very knowledgeable and explained things really well.
What did I happen to run across while I was at the beach? A Trader Joe’s! I was so excited. We have to travel an hour to get to Trader Joe’s from my house, so I had to make a quick pass and pick up goodies and Christmas gifts.
My son and I contracted a pesky cold from my husband. Thankfully, we felt good until yesterday when we had to come home. It was so nice to sleep in my own bed again!
I had eaten so much take out food this weekend that I HAD to cook last night, even though I was tired. I found this recipe online for Orzo with Roasted Vegetables and modified it. My veggies were sweet potatoes, brussels sprouts, onions, and garlic. I used her dressing recipe, but I got a little heavy with the pepper. It was yummy! I’m going to have leftovers for lunch.
My son finally did it yesterday! He looked at me, arms wide open, and exclaimed, “Mommy!” He has been refusing to say any form of “mom” directed at me since he could talk. He knew it was driving me bonkers, I guess. He’ll say daddy, MeMe, granny, pa, Gail (his aunt) and more, but not mom. I was tickled to death! I picked him up and gave him a big hug and kiss. It was such a wonderful moment.
I think he’s really getting a grip on what a family is. He’s 22 months old now (I promise to stop with the months when he turns two) and he recognizes mommy and daddy. He likes babies too, thankfully, since we’ll be adding the second child in July.
It’s amazing to hear him talk and watch him learn. The other day, we pulled up in front of the Mexican restaurant for dinner. He spouted out “Eat!” and then “Dip!”. It was so funny. He rambles off words like boots, hat, towel, cow, tree, dark… I love to hear him talk.
“Expecting what?” you ask. Why, another baby, of course! I found out for sure on Monday when I went to the doctor for a pregnancy test, but I pretty much knew a week or two ago. We’re due July 16 and I’m about 7 weeks along. I hope this pregnancy goes as smoothly as my first one did. I wasn’t sick at all and the only complication I had was gestational diabetes, but I controlled that through diet and exercise.
So, we’re excited about adding another child to our family. Our son will be about 2.5 years old when this new baby arrives and I hope it’s not too hard for him to adapt. He’s the only grandchild on either side of the family that lives close to his grandparents, so he’s used to getting all the attention. But, I’m sure he’ll do just fine. Or, that’s what I’ll keep telling myself!
I made our son a shirt to wear on Thanksgiving to announce our news. My husband wanted me to put “BIG BRO 2 BE” but I didn’t have enough “Bs” for that. So, it ended up being “LIL BRO OR SIS IN JULY”. It went over well.
I feel like a bum this week, though! I’ve eaten well and not exercised very much. I was working out of town a couple of days taking a lifeguard instructor class, so I didn’t make time to workout. This week, I gotta get back at it big time. Thankfully, I’m teaching spin on Tuesday morning, so I just have to figure out workouts for Wednesday and Thursday. I’ll be out of town this weekend with my mom and son visiting some family, so I’m not sure how much exercise I will get then. I’m glad I’ve found some workouts I can do in my yard or in the house. It’s nice and sunny and warm today (maybe 50?) so I jogged/walked around our field then did some lunges, squats, triceps dips, push ups, planks, etc. I feel much better after the fresh air and exertion!
Maybe I can get back to blogging regularly. The holidays are a hard time to find time, eh?!
I was very tempted to blog about something negative this evening. I even got a few lines typed before I decided to be positive instead. I had been thinking all day about what I am thankful for, seeing it is Thanksgiving week. This morning in my son’s Sunday school class, they made little crafts showing what they were thankful for. It made me think about how we always rattle off things like food, family, friends, yada, yada. That’s all fine and good, but I thought I would be specific with my list this year. Here’s what I’ve come up with after mulling it over most of the day:
- a loving God who blesses me daily and is building me a home in heaven right now
- a wonderful, hazel-eyed husband who puts up with my craziness and lets me snuggle up to him each night
- a beautiful son who makes me laugh and smile every day while showing me how innocent the world can be
- a loving mom who raised me in a Christian environment and taught me the value of thank you notes
- a loving dad who has shown me the value of a dollar saved and hard work
- a sister who turned me on to wheat pasta, reusable shopping bags, and cooking from scratch
- another sister who surprises me with hand written notes in my mailbox and lives a carefree life I can only dream of
- in laws that treat me like their very own daughter (and grand daughter)
- fresh, clean drinking water in abundance
- the ability and desire to exercise and stay healthy
- a flexible work schedule that allows me to spend more time with my family
- enough money to provide all of my needs and most of my wants
- the freedom to worship and live the life I desire
- healthy blue eyes to witness the amazing beauty of nature, sunsets, and all the other gorgeous things on the earth
- a warm bed with clean linens
- hot showers
- a car that’s paid for
- good books and colorful magazines
- a church family that gets along and supports each other like a family
This list could go on and on forever, but I’m honestly pooped right now. It’s about time for bed, but if I think of anything else I missed, I’ll add as another post. I challenge you to think outside the box and come up with your own thankfulness list.
Last night, I was a little tired and not too patient. Do I hear any “amens” from toddler parents out there? Anyway, I’ve been having a time getting my almost-2-year-old to pick up his blocks. He loves to dump them out and always promises me he will pick them up, but it’s an act of congress to get to follow through. We haven’t started time out yet (I see it our very near future), so I was just saying “Come here and help me pick up these blocks.” I think my husband could sense my frustration, so being the wonderful man that he is, he took over.
He got our son to come sit with him in the block pile, then he took my son’s little hand in his and they played a game where they picked up blocks with both of their hands. It was really good and our son got to giggling about it. Then, he started picking up his blocks all by himself. Ain’t that sweet? We clapped and made a big deal over each block he dropped into the bag.
I don’t give my husband enough credit – as a husband or father – a lot of times. I think sometimes if I just step back, he’ll step in and take over, which is nice. One time, a wise woman (and blog reader) told me that the mom will always do more than the dad. I find this is true. It’s not a bad thing, but it is true. I think as moms, we step in and take over for some reason, when the dads would do a little more if we just let them.
I thanked my husband this week for helping with our son, keeping our house clean (he keeps it spotless!), and working to provide for our family. He has a job in corrections that I would never want and he commutes about 90 minutes each day he works. That’s not easy and I really appreciate him.
Have you thanked your man lately?
I love birds. I remember being little and my grandma Reba feeding the birds. She would point out different feathered friends and tell us kids what they were. I guess I get my appreciation of birdies from her.
The other day, I went outside to get something out of my car and these birds were eating the berries out of our Bradford Pear trees. I just stood and watched in amazement because they were only a few feet from me. Some would stop and cock their head, giving me a questioning look, but some continued to eat their berries without noticing me. They would fly from the pear tree to the tall poplar trees and all you would hear was the beating of their wings. It was pretty magical.
I went inside to get my camera so I could get some photos or videos, but they were gone when I came back. To my pleasant surprise, they were back when I brought my son out to go to work. We stood and watched the birds and he seemed to enjoy it, too.
Yesterday, we took a stroll and I picked up pine cones. This weekend, we’re going to make old fashioned peanut butter, bird seed pine cone feeders. Won’t that be fun?!
…of water, that is. A few weeks ago, I discovered that I was drinking my one bottle of water pretty quickly and then I found myself buying Diet Dr. Pepper or some other drink. So, I had a genius moment where I realized if I just bring TWO bottles of water to work, then I won’t be tempted to get something else when I run out of water. It’s working so far! I’ve drank 2 quarts today and there are still hours left. I finished off one bottle in spin class this morning – we were all dripping sweat after those hill climbs!
I used to bring a gallon jug of water to work and refill my cup when it got empty. That’s something I could pick back up. I have really good well water – I’m not a city water drinker. Yuck! Plus, I try to refill my plastic water bottles so I’m not ruining the environment.
What’s your trick for drinking water?