Sunday, August 29, 2010

I should be upset, but I'm not

Yesterday was weigh in day at Jenny Craig. Last week I lost 3 pounds. Not sure how, but it happened. I had a hunch that I wouldn't lose any poundage this week. Number one, I've been doing this diet for so long, I've been cheating a bit here and there, just out of boredom. My Jenny consultant has assured me that this is normal, I just have to spice up the Jenny meals in some way to add variety. So, I went in, weighed myself, and...I gained 1.6 pounds. Please note, on my scale I stayed the same, but I have to go off the Jenny scale for official weight results. Even so, I've lost a total of 20 pounds since starting my diet. I'm skinnier than I was BEFORE getting pregnant. To be exact, I'm back to my college weight. I'm just not fitting into my college jeans. But I will. Apparently when you have a baby, your body shifts in different ways. Crazy. So, here are the latest pics:

I wish I had thought to take before pictures, but I was so ashamed of my body that I didn't do it. I definitely notice a difference though, especially in my face. Here is a VERY bad picture of Andy and I from college and I think I look much smaller now than I did then.
This week I am sticking to my Jenny plan and hopefully I'll see those numbers go down. Only 5 more pounds until I hit my original goal!

Friday, August 27, 2010

play date = success!

Who ever invited the idea of a play date is genius! We officially made our way to our first play date, thanks to the acceptance of our new meetup group. The event: Pajama Storytime at the library. SUCCESS! First of all, Logan was dressed in his most adorable pj's. Those would be the dinosaur ones with dinosaur feet. Second, he loved listening to the story. Not a cry or whine came out of him. There were a few throaty laughs, but I'll admit that I was egging him on for those, along with one of the moms. We met a few moms and kids. Most importantly, we met a mom that not only worked for my school district, but also lives around the corner from us. SCORE! Her son is 3 months and we've already exchanged numbers in the hope that our families meet up sometime out of the play group setting. I think I may be more excited about this than Logan. Although I know he interacts with the little ones at his daycare, I can't wait to actually see him playing with another little boy. Our next play date will be happening next Friday at the Children's Museum. Free and tons of fun!

Monday, August 23, 2010


I think this word actually fits me today. Very strange, something I'm not used to.

I had a neurologist appointment in the afternoon, which meant a half day at school. Remember how you used to LOVE half days when you were a kid? Well, we teachers LOVE them to. Normally I have boring meetings on half days, but today I was free. Kind of. I drove myself home, and promptly finished my lesson plans that were not finished from last night. I also threw a load of laundry in the washer. At approximately 2 pm I drove to the neurologist, he checked my stats, said that my ms is a-ok, and took my $40 for payment. I then picked up my darling child from daycare, freeing Tricia a whole hour and a half earlier than usual, and we headed to Fry's for some groceries. Shopping was finished and groceries were put away by 5:30, Andy came home, and we were able to relax.

Seriously, I think I need to look into this part time teacher thing. If I'm able to get this much done everyday, my life might be a little less stressful. Less stress is worth the pay cut to me. Happy Monday!

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Making new friends...hopefully

Although Andy and I LOVE our friends that we have out here in Arizona, we have started to realize that we are a bit different from them. Case in point: We have a baby. I have a couple of friends that are pregnant right now, but that's about it. It's really hard when everyone is going to the bar for happy hour or to see a way cool band, and we opt to stay home with the L man. We're not upset about it, I mean, we planned for Logan to come along (although I had planned for a baby of a different gender...someday perhaps). With our planning, we knew things would change and this just happens to be one of them. So...I've decided to take matters into my own hands and join a play date group. The first one we tried to join declined our application. Yes, that's correct, we had to apply. They apparently are lucky enough to be stay at home parents and meet during the day. Alas, I am not. We quickly tried to find another group...and we're in! I'm incredibly excited about this. We've already RSVP'd to 3 events, one of which is happening next week. The McKenna's will be heading to the Glendale Public Library for some story time and meeting of friends. Let's hope Logan gets along with everyone!

Sunday, August 15, 2010

A future model or star perhaps?

Logan is just too cute for words. I know I'm always bragging about the little guy, but his 6 month pictures prove it. We were so afraid that he was going to be a grump today when we took him in. He was screaming in the car, had a nasty scowl on his face, and was just in a down right bad mood. I actually told Andy to turn the car around and we'd reschedule. Man, did the little guy prove me wrong. He was such a ham! The proof is in the picture:

Can you tell what his favorite face is?

Tuesday, August 10, 2010


We have two followers of the blog. This has just made my day. And, just to make it a little sweeter, 3 one day! It doesn't take much to make me smile.

Oh, and an added bonus. The doc said today that the L man is perfectly on point with his health. He's a whopping 17 lbs 10 oz, along with 27 in. But please, remember, he's a mixture of myself and Andy. Skinny isn't exactly a word I would use to describe either of us. Even so, he's actually right around the 50th percentile for weight and the 75th for height. Not sure how the height thing is happening. No tall peeps in our family. It amazes me that he grew three inches in a month. Yes, a month. We may need to move into a new car seat with the long legs he's sprouting. Oh, the joys of spending money...

Monday, August 9, 2010

The cuteness that is Logan

Since I have the most adorable son in the entire world, I decided I should enter him in a photo contest. Why not earn prizes for that cute mug of his? The Paper Mama has a water theme for this week's contest. Here is the picture I chose of Logan and I, one of my fav's!
Look how dinky he is! It's hard to believe that my little 6 month old man was ever that small. Yes, you heard me correctly, 6 months. As in, a half of a year. I know. Crazy. Here are the 6 month pics:
Just a few interesting tidbits:
  • Logan is eating solid foods, more specifically, peaches and ::ugh:: peas. Apparently foods that start with the letter "p" make babies poop.
  • Weight is around 16 pounds. We'll have a more exact estimate tomorrow at his 6 month checkup
  • We officially have a sitter. He seems to lean forward a bit when doing it, but it's happening.
  • He loves to be on his belly, both when awake and when asleep. When he's having tummy time he's trying to pull himself places. I'm afraid he'll be crawling soon.
  • He LOVES bath time, or anything that has to do with water. Splashing is a favorite.
Overall, Andy and I just lucky to have such a happy baby. Each day when I pick him up from daycare, Tricia raves about how happy he is and how much she loves having him at her house. We are proud to say that we made this little guy.

Monday, August 2, 2010

First day of school, take 5

Yes folks, it's that time of the year again. You know, beginning of August when all of Arizona goes back to school. Craziness, I know. I remember the good ole days back in Michigan where we started in September. Those days are gone. Today marked the first day of my 5th year teaching. The pro's: I've taught long enough that I can basically recycle most of my lesson plans, thus cutting my planning time in half. I'm still not afraid to try new things, hence my amazing class economy that Lauren shared with me. My team hasn't caught onto the idea of using it yet, but they will soon see how absolutely fabulous it is. My students this year are completely a good way. No more fist fights, swearing, going home every night wondering why I chose this profession (yes, I know it's only the first day, but I'm trying to keep it positive). And the most important pro of this new administration is awesome! I can't stop gushing about how wonderful they are. The atmosphere in school is completely different. Our principal is funny, easy to talk to, caring...I could go on and on. Both administrators have already made themselves visible in the classroom, charming the students and letting them get to know the new sheriff's in town. The con's: well, it's August, which to me still means summer. It kind of sucks hearing my mom talk about how she is still doing summer daycare and that teachers don't report back for another month. The second con: It's August. Which means it's scorchingly hot and the school ac isn't exactly working to its best potential. We pretty much have to walk outside to get anywhere on our campus, minus the bathroom or our building of classrooms. Imagine 22 kiddos sweating up a storm. No deodorant. Me trying to mop up my own sweat. It just isn't pretty sometimes. Either way, the pro's outweigh the con's and it's looks as though we're off to a pretty good year. By the way, how many days until our next long weekend?

Sunday, August 1, 2010

Another Check on the Things I've Done in Arizona List

I had been looking forward to Saturday the 31st for awhile. Number one, Andy and I were going to celebrate our anniversary. Number two, we were celebrating alone. As in, no Logan. This has not been done since he was born. We had planned on going to the waterpark together. A little childish, yes, but that's kind of just how we are. We woke up and saw yucky clouds. That's ok, change of plans. We'll just do dinner and a movie. Then all of a clouds, tons of sunshine, the waterpark was back on! So, as my preggo friend Stefanie and her husband Chris arrive and are ready to babysit the L man, I decided to put a load of laundry in the dryer. I stepped over to said dryer and felt and sharp prick. I gave a little curse under my breath, thinking that I had stepped on another pricker that Lucy keeps bringing in when I see a SCORPION scurry away. Yes, that's correct, I was stung by a nasty little yellow scorpion. Here he is (or she):
Now, I've seen a few scorpions in the house. It's Arizona, it happens. But we've always killed them before they set their stingers on us. I immediately screamed for Andy, while Stefanie and Chris probably thought I was nuts. Andy found the attacker in the laundry room and killed him so that his attacking days were over. By this point my toe was tingling...a lot. Andy called poison control, explained everything and they said to just ice the area for ten minutes and keep note of any shortness of breath or muscle spasms and they'd call back in an hour to check on me. So...the waterpark was once again off. Even so, we were determined to have a night to ourselves, so we went to dinner, waited for the call, and when we told the lady that my toe felt the same, she said I would be fine. A movie came after dinner and the date night ended up being successful. Apparently something out there wanted us to not be at that waterpark, so I'm just rolling with the punches and saying that things happen for a reason. I had a tingly foot all night, but I'm back to normal now. I'm a little freaked out that we now have a baby in the house and scorpions can get in, so I'm going to have Andy talk to the exterminators and see what more they can do for us. Let's just hope that this experience does not repeat itself.