Almost End of School

GEDSC DIGITAL CAMERAThis morning, Ian and I discussed the fact that today is the last Monday of Second Grade.  I also mentioned that to his teacher.  Wow, this year has gone by so fast.

It has been a great year and we are now ready for summer and some down time.  The last week we have been dragging each morning, taking a long, long time on homework, and having a hard time focusing. I just hope we can rally for the last few days.

This photo was from the first day of school in fall 2015.  Ian has grown at least an inch since then and has learned and changed so much. He will soon be a rising third grader and should be ready for the new challenges that are ahead for him.  His love of reading has grown by leaps and bounds over the past year.

In fact, this weekend, he started a new book series called Warriors. He read some of it to me and told me about all of the characters.  And, he is nearly halfway through the book already.  He had a hard time putting it down once he started.  He informed me that he is supposed to read for at least 20 minutes per day. That is very doable.

I am thrilled that he loves to read and enjoys it.  He is even inspired with his own story.  He has characters and a plot in mind.  We need to get them all down on paper and move forward from there.  What fun that will be.

We had a great weekend and hope you did as well.  My oldest nephew on my side of the family graduated on Friday night. We went and had a great time. I remember when he was a baby. He has grown into a great young man. I cried happy tears when the caps were tossed at the end of the ceremony.  One of Kirk’s nephews and one his nieces are also graduating this year.  Amazing!

Saturday was Ian’s last pack meeting for Cub Scouts for the year.  He earned a few more belt loops, got to fly a kite, see his friends and the older boys, and enjoy sherbet on a cone. We then went to the library to check out new summer books, played on the playground, and asked about the summer reading program.

Sunday was a lazy day at home in our pajamas.  We normally go to church and have a big lunch, but decided to just rest.  It was great.  We had time to read, finish most of Ian’s homework, and relax.  We ate together and chatted about his story and many other things.  It was just what we needed for late May.

Today I am thankful for:

  • Being there to see my nephew graduate
  • Time with my family and friends
  • Watching Ian fly a kite with my dad
  • Sherbet melting down our arms
  • Feet in the grass
  • A windy and lovely day
  • Time with my aunt and other family members
  • Messy hair and early morning conversations
  • A day in my pjs
  • The start of a new book
  • Ian loving to read as much as I do
  • Friends with birthdays
  • Ideas for Ian’s story
  • Hugs and cuddles

I wonder what this week will bring?  I am not sure but know that it will be good and that we will make the most of it.  We will enjoy the end of our school year and then SUMMER!!  YEAH. Hope you have a great week!

Weekend Bliss

GEDSC DIGITAL CAMERADon’t you just love weekends?  I sure do. And, this weekend there is an extra day.  Ah, bliss!

Today we have enjoyed our day at home.  After a busy week when we go out each day, it is so nice to stay in and relax. This morning, we made our breakfast, have enjoyed watching some tv movies, read, I have written, Ian has been playing, and Kirk has been staying busy with projects.

Our local radio station plays a lot of old songs from the 70s, 80s, and 90s and we enjoy that.  I crank up the volume and enjoy dancing!  I just love the Bee-Gees, Kool and the Gang, Michael Jackson, and many other artists too!

Tonight is Boomsday.  Many people attend the festivities. This is a fantastic fireworks show held each Labor Day weekend.  We always know that it is fall when this and football start.

Tomorrow we will go to church, more than likely eat lunch out, and then come home and relax.  There may be a nap, or a favorite show or sports team to watch, and a walk — if it isn’t too humid and rainy.

Monday will be going to a cookout with family and enjoying that extra day of weekend bliss. Happy Labor Day indeed. Then Tuesday, it will be back to our usual routine.  We will however, have had loads of time to rest, relax, and enjoy ourselves.

This photo to me is all about relaxing.  This was taken during a recent visit to Cypress Gardens.  It is the swamp — full of water, water lilies, amazing trees, and animals. The beauty of nature is so calming, as shown so well in this photo.

I wonder what else this long weekend will bring?  It should be fun to find out!

Hi and Happy Monday!

GEDSC DIGITAL CAMERAHi and Happy Monday!  Today is also President’s Day, which is a Federal holiday.  So banks are closed and no mail will be delivered.  Some school systems are out today, not ours.  Ian went today and was ready for a day of learning.

On Friday, school started two hours late.  This was a day after a snow day.  We took this picture on the snow day.  A selfie of Ian and Mommy.  On Friday, Ian traded Valentine’s cards with his classmates, teachers, and teaching assistant.  It was great that the entire class participated.  Ian wrote the cards by himself and did a great job with them.

That night, we had dinner at my parents that night and had a fun time.  It was great to spend Valentine’s Day with them.  My hubby game me some lovely roses that are multi-colored and some fabulous chocolate.

The rest of the weekend was super lazy!  It was so nice.  We stayed home and in our pjs or sweats all of Saturday and Sunday.  We watched some of our favorite shows, made Valentine’s Day cookies, and enjoyed a relaxing time.  It was great and so rare to come by these days.  On Saturday morning, I asked Ian what he wanted to do.  “I want to stay home and play Mommy,” was his reply.  I told him that was fine.

Sunday morning we were planning to go to church but then learned it was cancelled since even more snow had come in Saturday night. That was unexpected. The weather people had predicted snow flurries, but we got another 2 inches of snow.  Then by the afternoon, it all melted since the temperature was warm and the sun out most of the day.  Then this week it is supposed to be in the 60s.  Crazy weather, that’s for sure.

I spend part of the weekend reading, which I always enjoy.  Our books are due in another week back to the library, so I have got to get reading.  What I need to do is read some as I ride my stationary bike.  Speaking of exercise, I saw some photos of myself at my grandmother’s recent birthday party and did not like the way I look at all.

I majorly need to lose some weight!  I have too large an appetite and get too little exercise.  And, I eat when stressed or worried about things.  I really need to get a handle on this.  I would like to be back to a decent size by the summer and really down by my birthday.  However, I know it will take a while since it took a while to gain it.

Nothing like a bad photo to shove you into reality of what needs to change.  Right?!  I have been on this weight loss journey before and know what to do.  I just have to get up and do it.  So starting tomorrow, I am going to start exercising for 30 minutes for 5 or 6 days a week and then work my up to 45 minutes and an hour.  I am also going to work on less food and more healthy choices.  I bought a lot of fruits and veggies at the store today, so that should help.

Wish me luck!  I will need it to stay with it.  I realize that it has to be part of my lifestyle and not just a diet or for a short time.  I have some family and friends who have had amazing success and I hope to join them and once and for all, take the weight off and keep it off.

Take care and have a great Monday!

Lazy But Yucky Weekend

sad faceHi and happy Saturday.  Hope you have been having a good one.

My son and I are both under the weather so ours has been very lazy.  We’ve both had computer time, watched television, Ian has been playing, and I am close to finishing a great book.

We are resting and lot and getting plenty of sleep and taking our medication and vitamins.  We both have sinus issues. Hopefully we will be better very soon.  I have even managed a few naps, which I rarely get anymore.

We went to the doctor yesterday afternoon and got the word on what we had.  I was glad we went since my symptoms had started on Thursday afternoon.  I caught it before it turned into a sinus infection.  Ian, unfortunately has a sinus infection.

The drastic change in the weather this week may be part of the problem.  This morning it was below freezing and there was frost on the grass and houses.  It was a lovely sight and I was glad to stay in.

For lunch today, I made chili soup (without beans which I am allergic to) and homemade tortilla chips.  They both were yummy and truly hit the spot.  Ian ate mac ‘n cheese and was happy.  We are also having lots of liquids as you are supposed to do while getting better.

Sometimes you just need a lazy weekend where you stay in your pjs all day and putter around the house.  We are doing this along with the meds.  Guess it can’t be ideal, can it?

Well, I must get back to my book — about a woman who opened a cupcake cafe.  It is a fun book with some great recipes.  Take care and stay well!

I plan to be back to regular postings and my photo challenge by Monday,  Until then, my time will include rest, kleenex, meds, and lots of liquids.

Weekend of Rest

Ian_pirateWell, it’s Monday again.  Seems like we were just here!

This week so far is better than last was and I am so glad of that!  We are feeling better and back to our usual routine.

On Friday, Ian went to his preschool class and was thrilled to be there.  He was out sick the rest of the week so it was nice to have him back.  He had a fun day and was happy to tell me about it when I picked him up!

Then Saturday morning, we went to the birthday part of a girl in his class.  The theme was Tinkerbell and pirates.  Ian dressed up as a pirate and had a great time.  Kirk made him a sword out of a yardstick and paint stick with tape, and we rolled up his pants and used a few scarves for the rest of the costume.  Here he is all dressed up!

It was great!  We received quite a few compliments for our creativity.  It was fun and Ian loved it.  After the party, the three of us went to Ian’s favorite Mexican restaurant.  The food was good as always and our usual waiters were glad to see us.

We then came back mid-afternoon and Ian and both took naps for a few hours.  I hadn’t planned on that but we both needed it.

After we woke up, it was time for dinner and watching the movie Unstoppable.  Ian was fascinated with the train and how fast it went.  It is a great movie!

Sunday was a real day of rest.  I feel bad that we skipped church again but we needed to.  All three of us have been fighting a bad cold for a week and needed a bit more time to rest and get better.

We had a nice breakfast, worked on puzzles, read, watched television, colored in a lighthouse coloring book, had some time on our computers, and Ian made three books of cars, vans, and buses.  We also had a good lunch and dinner.

It wasn’t the most exciting weekend but one where there was time to rest.  All day Sunday it rained, so this morning there isn’t the layer of pollen everywhere. I think that has helped all of us.   Hopefully this week will be better and the pollen will stay away for a while.

I wonder what adventures this week will bring!  I don’t know about you, but I can’t wait to find out.

Weekend, photo a day

Hi Friday and hi weekend!  How are you?  It is so good to see you!

I don’t know about you but I am so ready for the weekend!  Hope you have a great one.

We will be busy for part of the weekend but also plan to have some time to relax and enjoy one another’s company.  May you have a great one as well.

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Yesterday I started November Photo A Day, which is posted each month by fatmumslim.com.au.  The lady at this Web site comes up with a variety of ideas of images on a list.  My sister and a few of her friends did this last month.  I wanted to try for November.

Here are the first two images for the first two days of the month.  I will share them at the end of each week with you, or sooner.

**November 1 — “Something beginning with “C.”  For this item, I chose Ian decorating Halloween cookies.

This year, Halloween was a lot of fun with Ian.  Throughout the day, he wore three costumes — a race car driver, Super Why (who has the power to read), and a skeleton.

In the afternoon, we decorated cookies for Halloween.  Ian had fun with the frosting, candy, and sprinkles.  This pictures shows him hard at work.

We also went to Ian’s favorite restaurant for dinner.  And, after dinner did trick-or-treating inside throughout the house since he has the sniffles.  As he told me the next morning, “I had a great Halloween with you Mommy.”  I told him that we had a great time with him too!

**November 2 – “Colour.”  For this image I chose to take a picture of a colorful scarf that my sister made me as well as an equally colorful necklace that Ian made with my mother’s help.

She crocheted this scarf out of a multi-color yarn of blues, oranges, and greens.  I can wear it with many outfits and enjoy that each time I do.

They are pretty but look a lot better in person.  I need to work on lighting for the pictures as well as camera angles.  This will be fun to work on as the month of photos continue.

Do you have a favorite color?  I do!  Actually I have two of them — turquoise and red.  The turquoise reminds me of the ocean which I dearly love.  I also love turquoise jewelry and have quite a variety of pieces in my collection.  And red is the color of love and passion.  It is also nice that I almost always get compliments when I wear it.

I have a ring that I bought at the beach years ago that is turquoise and red and it is one of my favorites!

A few of the upcoming subjects will be — “breakfast,” “TV,” “something you do everyday,” and “tree.”  I look forward to the adventure of figuring out what images to shoot and what to write about.  Would you like to join me?

Hope you have a fabulous weekend!  Take care.

Time to Lose, Etc.

Time to Lose Week 8

Yet another week has come and gone with the weight loss adventure.

The exercising didn’t go exactly as I had planned, but there is good news. I lost 2 pounds because of better food choices.  YEAH!  It truly is a combination of the two but quite a bit from healthy foods.

In each meal, I am eating either fruits or veggies and am having protein as well. That seems to be making a good difference.  I still, however, have a major appetite and am not sure when that will change.  Hopefully soon, so I am trying to fill up on healthier options – plums, pears, oranges, green salad, corn on the cob, etc.

This morning I tried on a dress that I haven’t worn in a while.  It seems to fit better than it has in recent months.  My shape seems to be improving and that is really nice.

I have to remember that weight loss isn’t all about the scale — but also about how clothes fit and how you feel.  These items are improving and I am very thankful.

There are still plenty of items to work on but each week it’s getting easier!  I still like the occasional really good hamburger with for example, Cali Cobb toppings (blue cheese, bacon, and avocado) and thin-cut fries.  This was a recent meal I enjoyed at a restaurant and it was delicious and the best hamburger I’ve had in ages.

And, I now like dark chocolate which is supposed to be better for you.  My favorite is Ghirardelli dark with mint.  I have learned that when I do want a splurge, it is going to be something I really like and will really enjoy the taste of.  I am not wasting my calories anymore on a so-so tasting item.

Here is to another week that more will be lost and more will be learned. Cheers!!

Etc.

**I have to say how glad I am that it is Friday.  It will be a busy weekend, but I still enjoy the different routine to a Saturday and a Sunday than the other 5 days of the week. Being able to sleep in a little bit on Saturday morning is a treat, as well as a special breakfast or event for the day. And going to church is the highlight for Sunday as well as lunch with the family and then a lazy afternoon.

*And, I have to say Happy Birthday to Dr. Seuss.  He is one of the best children’s authors ever.  I have liked his books for many years. And, now I am so thankful that Ian is enjoying them too.  My grandmother recently gave him “The Foot Book.” Last night as he was going to bed, he quoted from this book.

I have to say that is the mark of a great book when a 4-year-old remembers the lines from it a week after it’s been read to him!!  I hope to write a children’s book one day and can only hope to aspire to a little of the genius of Dr. Seuss.

Hope you have a great week – no matter what you are doing!  I wonder if we can make the most of it and enjoy each and every day! Hope you will!