Thursday, December 30, 2010

FacePaint

Sunday, December 26, 2010

Christmas Morning 2010

Thursday, December 23, 2010

Santa's Message to Elliott

Did you know that you can ask Santa to send a message to your little one?

Go to Portable North Pole and see!

http://www.portablenorthpole.tv/watch/guest/yOP1emkABn4auYEy_giSSQ

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Recorded for History

December 16, 2010. Elliott Louise Blanchard says "why" for the first time.

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

A happy family

A sneak peak at our recent family photos.

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Monday, October 18, 2010

How Rude!?

Lately Elliott has been giving orders in very firm tones.

"stop crying mama"
"no crying"

(generally when I am laughing and she can't see my face)

For all those who over hear our child say these things and judge me for rude parenting please, We don't tell her to stop crying!

So why is she telling me to?!

She also says: "don't drop it" , yeah, I might say that.

Today, was the big prize though. Out of the blue Elliott said:

"I love you Suki" to my mom.

How sweet is that? Those are the moments you wait for! My mom deserves it after babysitting her all day on a Monday!

Finally, today Suki asked Elliott where she lived and Elliott said "California"! Awesome.

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Public Gardens






Sunday, October 10, 2010

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Water Table Play

Friday, September 17, 2010

Facts and Updates

As previously mentioned. Elliott has started saying some sentences. Today Elliott was eating her dinner. She had eaten, not all, but a good amount, when I stepped out of the room for two minutes. I came back and her plate was completely empty. I said "Elliott where did all your food go? Did you eat it?" She replied "I threw it" Sure enough, her bites of sweet potato were thrown to various parts of the kitchen.

In other news. For Elliott's birthday we purchased her this:



Even though she does not wear that outfit, she actually still uses it, and loves it. Elliott loves to play in the sink ("water please?"), help me measure and pour when I am cooking and baking, and knead dough at the counter. I look forward to her growing with the item and learning a lot.

Today I said I need to get the olive oil, while Elliott stood at her "tower", she pointed right to it on the shelf. I feel that this "tower" is going to help her expand her vocab as we work and create together side by side. A step stool is good too - but now I don't have to worry as much about her falling off, making kitchen play time more relaxed.

This morning we went to the Trail Side Museum. Elliott got to see an Otter, turtles (so you know she was stoked), deer, an owl, and fed ducks bread.

Her new favorite book is: My First Little House Book "Winter Days in the Big Woods". Who knew there was a WHOLE little house series for the little tykes!

Her favorite quote from the book is when Pa comes home and says:
"Where is my half pint of cider half drunk up?!"

She also is enjoying the book: "Say Hello!" by, Rachel Isadora. From which she has learned to say "Hello" in several different languages. From the book she specifically she likes to say: "Jambo!", "Shalom", "Konechiwa (sp)" and, given the times, I find delightfully amusing, "Al salaam a'alaykum".

So, Jer is back to work full time and we are very very happy that he has a great job that he enjoys! Elliott, not so much. She is still getting used to her daddy not being home. The other day, when I was in the kitchen, I heard Elliott crash through our bedroom door and say "Hi, Daddy!" only to find he was not there, and started to cry! :( Today in the car, when we were driving to the museum, Elliott spontaneously cried out "daddy home..." in a whiney wimper. I feel so bad for out little love nugget! I miss him too and I tell her so.


Finally, yesterday, Elliott received a Zhu Zhu Pet from MTB. Elliott loves it. I think it is hilarious. Jeremy, he's hard to read on the matter. It is just like a real pet that you don't have to feed! Elliott reacts to is as she would any real animal she encounters - delighted and scared at the same time. She peeks to look at it closer then hops on my lap and clings for life! She has moments of bravery when she picks it up and says it's fur is "soft". I made a little bed for him. Last night we read him a story and tucked him in. Thanks MTB!

To some, the life of this mommy may be mundane, to me it is anything but. This child of ours is amazing and I am so glad I get to spend my days with this little girl!

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

The New Cubby

Sorry it's dark. We can't have perfect lighting on these spontaneously awesome events AND it was supposed to be quiet time in preparation for bed.


Saturday, September 11, 2010

Friday, August 27, 2010

Sleepy Baby with Books

Last night Elliott insisted she had to sleep with some of her books. We are pretty sure she would have slept with all of them if she could. She kept on trying to add more and more...


Monday, August 23, 2010

We've Got Sentences Here People!

Ell will be two years old on 8/28 and she is starting to share with us some (short) full sentences and a whole lot of NO's (with a smile).

Momma do it.
Momma read it.
I read it.
I do it.
Suki do it.
Suki Posh on. (toe nail polish).
Dadda do it.
I buckle it.

Obviously there is a whole lot of IT going on. Whatever it is, she is so cute and fun. I feel like we have reached a new stage in her amazingness.

Fun fact. Elliott peed on the potty today. Monkey See. Monkey Do. Her B-Fi Andrew took care of business and she just had to follow suit!

Friday, August 13, 2010

Hummarock River



This was shot with a Flip Mino SD with a broken screen. Therefore, I had no viewfinder and was shooting "blind" or by feel.

I would like to get a new Flip Mino HD and add a Sunpak wide lens kit, to improve POV.

Also, If you want to simply skip to the cutest part of the video go to about 6:30.

Monday, August 09, 2010

When the hit's Just keep on coming

To piggy back on Marissa's worst post ever. I will share the things I have lost recently.

my watch
my cell phone
my ATM card
and the very best
my wallet

Upside about the watch. I was able to find the same exact watch at the exact same Target. The price tag did not hurt too much ($15).

My cell phone was found in the bushes in my parents back yard. It was missing for a week before I spotted it on my parents counter top. (when were they going to tell me? I guess they couldn't...)

The ATM card. Still MIA. No withdrawals. Canceled it (thanks Jer). New one on the way.

My wallet. I saw you Sunday! Where are you? Searched the car. The bags. No dice.
At least the car is now clean. No, that really does not provide consolation. It has got to be around right? That is my consolation. Generally the things I lose turn up some day.

So why the chaos? Between beach hopping, pool jumping, splash park splashing, museum visiting and general summer fun - it is hard to keep tray of all the stuff (oh bags and bags of stuff) I lug.

Any ideas?

Saturday, August 07, 2010

dinner out with the girls


Susan, Colleen, Dawn, Louise, Michelle, Rachel
(note a "little people" I found in my purse on the table, front and center)

To celebrate my cousin Colleen's return from Italy for an extended summer stay with her husband and children; the aunties and cousins went to Siro's for a girls night out. It was a wonderful time with delicious food. Thank you Michelle for letting me eat all your chicken parm! We should definitely make outings like this happen more often.

More?

Playing with Star Stickers Sent by Grandma Sharon


Yesterday I let Elliott do one of her favorite things. Play in the driver's seat of the car.

She loves it.

As you may know, children often have trouble with transitions. So, for along time we have given Elliott a 5 minute countdown when we will be leaving the park or changing up something she is engrossed in.

Yesterday I started with the five minute countdown in the car. "5 minutes, Elliott, then when momma says beep beep beep we will be all done with the car" and the same down to 1. At one minute I say "one more minute Elliott then when momma says beep beep beep we will be all done with the car". Elliott looks at me then peeks into the pocket of the backpack next to her and says "More?" I reply "More?"

She replys: "More minutes?"




Wednesday, August 04, 2010

July Update

Just in case you did not notice. We have some videos on the right hand side. To see a video of Elliott click on "July Update" and enjoy. Even if it is in August!

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

American Museum of Science and Technology

So we are thinking of joining this:



So we get this:

Membership Benefits Include:

•Free! admission (The Chiildren's Museum, The Science Museum and More!)
◦Enjoy unlimited AMSE visits for a whole year, starting today!
•Free! admission to other museums
◦Take advantage of free admissions to over 250 museums worldwide through the ASTC Passport Program
•Discovery Shop discount
◦Save 10% on AMSE merchandise every day.
•Members-only events
◦You’re invited to exclusive members-only events.
•Facility rental discount
◦10% discount when you reserve AMSE facilities for your personal celebrations.
•Birthday party discount
◦10% discount on AMSE birthday parties.
•AMSE Camp discount
◦Save on AMSE Camp fees for your kids! (discounts vary by camp week)
•Classes and Workshops discounts
◦Save on classes and workshops presented at AMSE (discounts vary depending on class or workshop).

For this Price: (am thinking Family or Family + Friends because the more the merrier!)

Membership Categories
Individual $25
Grandparent $30
Family $35
Family & Friends $75
The Sunday Punch Club $150
The U-235 Club $235

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Sun Protection

Many of you know may know how obsessed I am about sunscreen and sun protection. Here is a cute little thing to make me think even more!

Sun, Summer Safety and Cancer
Via: Term Life Insurance

Now onto the beach! This week and last we have enjoyed a familiar family beach. Humarock Beach. Clearly, Elliott is far better about her sun protection than I am.






Via: Term Life Insurance

Friday, July 23, 2010

Update

Today I am giving blogging another shot. The problem is me and the camera have some disconnect going on, and pictures tell such a better tale then my words. But, for the sake of documentation, I will tell you what El is up to lately.

Today Elliott took a break from her household duties, sweeping, and played air guitar with the broom. ...which is funny since she hates when her father plays the guitar. Jeremy has concluded it is because when he does play the guitar she is not getting all his attention. Even if he changes every verse of "coming round the mountain" to include horses for her enjoyment. I also have a memory of her and papa playing air guitar with a bat...

Today we also took her to a "lifestyle center" an outside mall, if you will, so we could hit up Whole Foods for one of her favorite snacks. Freeze dried corn. She loves it. You should try it. We brought her baby and stroller, which she pushed up and down the sidewalks much to many shoppers delight. I mean, how cute it is that?

Elliott loves her baby "julia" when she can't find her she walks though the house saying "julia where are yooooou?" Elliott will rock, burp, nurse, wrap and sing with Julia. Sometimes she will drop Julia intentionally (over and over again) and want me to pick her up and comfort the doll. So help me, pray we don't lose this thing.

Lately, we have been hearing Elliott say "self". Which is telling us she wants to do something herself. I have been introducing the word "team work" so I can actually her shoes on and out the door in a reasonable time. Now she can say both.

This week we have gone to Humarock beach a lot. Elliot rocks her full body 50 spf sun suit and we love not having to apply too much sunblock. She is having a great time dipping the rocks in her pail filled with salt water and sucking on them. Isn't that what the beach is all about?

Some other funny things:

"carry you" means carry me.

She only tells you that she has pooped when she has not.

"Rewon" means "another one".

Baloney, Jeremy (both refer to her father, don't ask :)

She hugs us close to avoid a diaper change cuz she knows we love it.

She hated, now loves slides. A drastic, overnight, change.

Panpakes = pancakes. "Dip" is maple syrup which is only for special occasions.

So, there you go. I will try to pick up some blogging steam for you all to enjoy.


Elliott and Dad showing off their mustaches.

Saturday, May 15, 2010

The Graduate

Once upon a time Jeremy decided to apply to graduate school. He applied and was accepted to Boston University's MS/MBA program.

It was a long haul. Baby Elliott was born during orientation and he had to work hard to juggle school work and family. He succeeded. Friday, Jeremy graduated. Jeremy's mom, Sharon, flew in for the occasion. We are proud of the accomplishment and excited and nervous about what the future may hold.


We had a lovely visit with Jeremy's mom. Lots of fun at the park, a little museum, music, good food and quality family time.

Fun with Grandma Sharon's reading glasses.

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Zombie Land and Back

Elliott has decided that she hates to sleep and we have had to sleep train our little love nugget once again. There is some speculation as to how this sleep slip occurred. A few things may have triggered it. First we tweaked her bed time a 1/2 hour earlier then one day she decided she no longer wanted to nap her crib. I was fine with that. I let her nap in ours - we would nap together or I would cuddle her to sleep and slip away - mommy-ninja style. OH! but once she got a flavor for that you know she wanted MORE! She wanted to sleep in our bed at night time too. Finally, for a few weeks, miss thing was starting to seem a little grown up. Wanting to sit on the potty. We were thinking "it was time" was this an act of regression? telling us she is not ready to grow up? I don't know. I only know we are freaking tired and I know she knows what her bed is and that she should sleep in it.

Night 1. Home girl cried for 3 hours. 3! Every ten min I go in and send my love - till she can't fight the sandman no more.

Night 2. Out in 35 min.

Night 3. TBD

For those of you who poo poo CIO. You can. I co-slept with my baby for a year, busted my back in a sling and nursed for 19 months - so judge away that's fine.

Saturday, May 01, 2010

Busy Bear

Basically, if Elliott is sleeping I am trying to clean or catch up on sleep. Kids are serious work.

Fun fact. For a long time, Elliott has taking to taking care of her lady business under the dining room table (by lady business I mean poop). So, the other day when she was quiet and underneath the dining room table. I gave her the required privacy.

Little did I know her actions were far less benign than pooping.

Baby got a Sharpie.



Homegirl hit up FOUR of my dining room chairs. Look at that picture. She is shameless!




When we purchased the set, I had visions of this event occurring. I was proud that I kept my cool as to not stifle her creativity and recommended paper as an effective medium for future artistic endeavors.

She has also discovered the thrill of walking in mommy's shoes.



The kids vocab is off the hook. (For the layperson: Elliott's vocabulary is ever expanding)

We are getting a big kick out of hearing her say "thank you" and "your welcome"("your welcome has a wind up and is like "wwwwwelcome". She says both back to back, like she is having a conversation with herself or some times if I pass something back to her in the car she will say clear as a bell "thank you". We have a little miss manners.

She is sometimes chucking things toys etc. In those cases, I have her pick it back and have her try again, gently. I am not in the mood to have a black eye from a chucked sippy cup.

Elliott is making us crazy people is the sleep department. I can't even type about it. Trust me, it's just bad. Last night my parents took her overnight and we had some reprieve.

Untethered, we went to Jer's school talent show. He did not even get a nod from the judges! I took comfort knowing that none of the people with actual musical talent got any recognition. (but I still want to toilet paper their house) Post talent show we went on a hot date. We opted for a super casual walking date popping in for pizza and ice cream along the way. We mingled among the beautiful people on Newbury Street in gorgeous weather. The highlight for me was seeing an old dude rocking out to "spoon man" with the windows down in his seriously sweet ride.

To close, another note of cuteness: Elliott is now having tea parties! Auntie Lisa & Uncle Michael got her a set for Christmas. She say "tea" "tea" and we sit down and she "pours" and "stirs" and "sipps" and "cheers".

Very stinkin' cute!

Sunday, March 21, 2010

An Incomplete Kind of Alphabetical Word List


We sat down this evening and attempted to compile a list of words Elliott now knows. Some will be repeats from the old list. Some will be missing because they are already on the old list. And because we accept imperfection in order to make things happen. Here goes!

Amen
Airplane (She has an eagle eye for these things)
Again (she hears a song she likes, do something that makes her laugh)
Apple
Baby
Bath (Don't say this word unless you intend to give her one. Baby loves that bath!)
Buba (sippy cup)
Ball
Bean
Boca (like the burger)
Bed (she likes to jump in hers)
Butter
Button (Belly)
Brush (We have tooth brushes stashed around house so she does not lose her good one)
Bootie (Pirates Bootie Snack)
Cookie
Computer (in her own way)
Car
Clock
Cheese (for the camera or to eat)
Cool (the food is not hot it is cool)
Corn (with an !!)
Cart
Down
Duckie
Dada
Dia (short for quesadilla! she says it three times in a row with a dance)
Eyes
Ears
Fish
Fork
Horse

Happy (Hap-eeeee!)
"Happy Birthday" (happybee - she likes the song and want to sing it when she sees a picture of cake)

Hi
Hi Mama
Hi Dada
Hat
Hot
Go (with sign, take you by hand to door and says + signs, "go")
Girl
Glasses
Moon
Oops
Open (anything liquid)
Papa
Poo poo (but hides/runs when diaper needs to be changed)
Pen (loves 'em)
Pop
Pool
Please (with sign)
Stairs (can't get enough of them)
Stroller
Shoes
Suki (ooki)
Stuck
Spoon
Thank You (so sweet! "dee coo")
Toes
Train
Truck
What's That?
What's This?
Water
Watch
Wash (making hand washing motion, El LOVES to wash her hands! and water play!)
Yogurt (mmmmmmm)
Vroom Vroom (motorcycles. If she sees one she says "Dada")
Wow
No (sparingly, thank goodness!)
Side
Eat
High Chair
Bean
House
Turtle ("towta". I LOVE the way she says turtle. I can't get enough of it!)
OK
Out
Owl
Puppy
Down
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Saturday, March 13, 2010

Good Trades

As a parent you have to trade.

To take the knife away you must trade with more appealing and shiny water bottle.

To get your slobbered cell phone back you trade the plastic spatula.

Today, in order to get a pencil out of Elliott's hands, I traded a stick of deodorant. She has never really held one before and I thought it was a good trade.

And it was. (Cap on) She started to apply it!

Thursday, March 11, 2010

Weaning

It's time.


Elliott has been a nursing baby for 18 months. I decided long ago that I loved being a nursing mom and she definitely loved being a nursing baby. Over a short period of time, I have become less happy with the arrangement. I am not sure why. I think I just wanted my body back - and that little girl was getting pushy! Putting her hands down my shirt in all kinds of inappropriate places.

So, I consulted with a few friends, a few random strangers and a doctor and we are ready (well, I am ready).

The plan is to only nurse before bed.

Elliott is not pleased. I know she can handle it. She goes all day with out compaint when I am at work on monday. I know my baby for sure, and her cries and whines of complaint are not that of torture; but she liked things fine just the way they were.

As a result, she is a handful!


This morning she was up at 5:00 Jer took the am shift. No nursing. It was rough and she was cranky for about an hour and a half. At 6:30, after a little breakfast but still moody we left the house still in our PJs and went for a drive. Distracted, Elliott enjoyed it. We then went to my parent’s house for a change of scenery.


As you can see – we were pretty desperate.


The remainder of the day was filled with playgroup and a play date which helped tremendously.

We are being very sensitive to her loss and providing lots of attention, distraction and love in order to help ease the discomfort.


It’s a loss for me to, change is hard. Our little girl is growing up.


I was happy to end our tough day with a long nurse and Elliott blowing us kisses good night.




Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Our Family Call

"Aaaaaaaaaaay Bo!"

That's our family call. It has been our family call since I was a little girl.

As the story goes, my dad grew up with a friend named Jimmy*. When they were kids, Jimmy had a tough dog named Bo. Bo, I gather, was always taking off, hence needed to be called.

Somehow the constant call of "Ay bo" transcended. It became a greeting and, more importantly, a family call. I remember from a young age being lost in the crowd of a ski area and not knowing where my dad was. I hear the call and know I am safe, look in the direction of the call easily reconnect with my dad.

When I graduated from college "Ay Bo" was on my cap.

"Ay Bo" is living on. Jeremy has now adopted the call. If we lose each other in a store, just a quick call and we are together again.

A few months ago, Jeremy was calling my name as I was rocking out to music in the other room. I did not hear until I heard "Ay Bo" and went right in to help.

How cool is that?

I love that we have a family call. I love that it has moved from my dad's child hood, to my childhood, into Elliott's.

Sometimes I don't think I have family traditions. But I do. And that one is pretty awesome.

*Jimmy's told me when I was a wee little kid that his name was Pepsi, at the time the "no coke, pepsi" skit was big on SNL. I believed him. I remember being disappointed when I found out Pepsi was not his actual name. Jimmy did not sound right, how could I call him anything other?

p.s. you better find your own family call. Steal "Ay Bo" and it will defeat the purpose and Elliott will be lost in Disney World forever and it will be all your fault

p.p.s Jimmy's last name is Carter

can I have a 3 p. s.? Do you have a family call?

Made Them and Inhaled Them

Recipe courtesy of The Nourish Network

Thin and Chewy Oatmeal-Flax Cookies

Ok, so mine did not come out thin and I did not have flax but they were still good.
I would definitely make them again. I was surprised that the whole wheat flour did not spoil the deliciousness. I used organic chocolate chips for good measure.

3/4 cup whole wheat flour
1/4 cup ground flaxseed
1/2 cup rolled oats
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/8 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon sea salt
4 ounces butter, softened
2/3 cup packed brown sugar
1 egg
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 1/2 cups dark chocolate chips, or semisweet

Preheat oven to 350. Mix together flour, flax, oats, baking soda, cinnamon and salt.

With an electric mixer, beat together butter and brown sugar for one minute, until the mixture is smooth. Add the egg and vanilla; scrape down sides, and continue to blend until incorporated. Add flour mixture a little at a time until incorporated. Stir in chocolate chips.

Spray three large cookie sheets with cooking spray and mound 12 rounded tablespoonfuls of batter on each sheet. Bake for 8-10 minutes, swapping sheets half way through, until golden. Let cool slightly, for 5 minutes, and slide cookies onto a cooling rack.

Monday, February 15, 2010

Wallaby

I think about this yogurt when I wake up in the morning. I check my inventory. I do not want to run out.

So, I tried this yogurt, pretty much because there was a kangaroo on it and was in a nice display case in Whole Foods. (great product placement dudes)

I ate it and it was amazing. I did not know it was possible to really really like yogurt. Not love, people, cuz it ain't ice cream.

Sadly, it now pales in comparison to my discount Stop and Shop yogurt. I had a bite of the other kind this morning and ick!

So I embarked on a few internet searches regarding "best" yogert and what did I find? My lovely Wallaby yogurt gets top marks by yogurt "experts".

I guess my tastebuds know what good is.

Saturday, February 13, 2010

Sunday, February 07, 2010

Bring on the Cuteness

Recently, the babe had a low grade fever for a week I decided to call the MD. I try not to be a freak, obsessive, worry momster so I put it off a bit just to be sure it was not in my head. It was not, Elliott is now recovering from a double ear infection which, come to find out, sucks. Whiney sick babies really zap the life out of you and are generally less pleasant to be around, which is tough when all they want to do is be held. I actually pulled out my back on this one. (Holla to Jer for the back rubs)

She is around the bend now and recouping like a champ. Here are some pics from before and after the ear infection.




Elliott's pediatrician said to me "hunger is the best motivator" when I inquired about our fussy eater. Well, we got her good and hungry and she ate multiple bowls of chili. She kept asking for more. Jeremy and I just sat there quietly in awe, as not to draw attention to the fact that ELLIOTT IS EATING!! (she nows smiles when asked, hence the cheese:)


Play date with her betrothed, baby J.

"Wasat?" She asks as she gets very very close. The nose crust: it could be boogs it could be yogurt, sometimes its hard to tell.

Rasta baby. She puts on daddy's hat. We keep the ganja out of reach, don't worry.

Snow bunny. Very pink snow bunny.

Wednesday, February 03, 2010

Fly Lady Says

For the new year I decided to embark on the new challenge of keeping my digs clean. It can get pretty bad around here.

Partly, 17 months after Elliott was born, I have my head above water again. I can set other goals besides trying to get in a shower before the day is done.

One thing I realized is that I don't know how to clean. I don't know where to begin. Old school moms (holla to Suki and Lousie) they know how it's done. Every day you do x, Every week you do Y, every month you do Z, and they throw some yearly things in there like clockwork)

My mom gives tips to me here and there but they would not stick in my brain, there was no cohesion to it.

So, I did some research and found the "FlyLady".

Really I don't know what her whole deal is, I am sure I could do some research and give you a full bio but I really don't care, this lady tells me how to clean and what to clean EVERY DAY. It is like she is my boss but she can't fire me so if I decide to skip an assignment, I can.

And I do.

I don't do everything because I am knew at this whole keeping house business BUT it helps me stay on course (and Jer too since I pass assignments his way).

SO we started with making our bed EVERY morning. That's huge and it makes a difference. THEN came the swipe and swish (cleaning off your bathroom sink and giving the toilet a swish every day). Now I don't do the swipe and swish every day but I am aware of it daily and tend to it if necessary. This helps me avoid the last minute scramble if someone pops into the house.

What I have found is that these little habits trickle out to the rest of the house. Clean begets clean it seems.

I am happy with the FlyLady. I am happy that this week she directed me to pay attention to "zone 1" the entrance way and dining room. As a result Jeremy vacuumed the front entrance and all the stairs going up to our place (he totally earned the celebrate plate tonight btw). We moved a piece of furniture that was no longer functional for us and the place looks nice.

If you struggle like I have, give her a gander. I have not properly explained all she does but it is pretty simple and straight forward. G'night.

This is what she told me to do today:

Flight Plan for Friday, February 5, 2010

Today is Friday - Declutter Your Purse and Car

Old gum and candy wrappers
Soda bottles
Scraps of paper/old receipts
Drive thru bags and cups
Jackets/coats/shoes

This Week we are in Zone 1: The Front Porch, Dining Room and Entrance

Dear Friends:

Today we are going to do that in the Dining Room and Entrance Way.
Let's go after the ceilings, light fixtures and window sills!

Using a feather duster or dust rag get the window sills, the light
fixtures, the dusties in the corners and the ceiling fan if you have
one (remember to put something underneath this to catch the falling
debris, one member uses an old pillow case and slips it over the
blade and wipes so the dust stays in the ca e, I thought this was
brilliant!)

This is one babystep at a time! Keep Flying!

Kelly


Our habit for February is: Declutter 15 minutes a day
http://www.flylady.net/pages/focus_feb.asp

Today's Reminders:

* Morning Routine:
-Get Dressed to Shoes including Hair/Face, Brush Teeth
- Make Bed
-Swish & Swipe
-Empty Dishwasher
-Reboot Laundry (a Load a Day Keeps CHAOS Away)
-Check Your Calendar
-Check Your Control Journal

* What's For Dinner?

* Drink Your Water

* Declutter for 15 Minutes

* 15 Minutes of Loving Movement (exercise)

* Before Bed Routine:
-Lay out Your Clothes for tomorrow
-Check Your Calendar
-Put things needed for tomorrow at the Launch Pad
-Where are your Keys?
-Spend Two Minutes Clearing off a Hot Spot
-Shine Your Sink
- Wash face/Brush Teeth
-Go to Bed at a Decent Hour

Saturday, January 23, 2010

Jan '10 update

Thursday, January 21, 2010

Heart Rate Monitor



For Christmas I received a Polar F11 Heart Rate Monitor.

I have wanted one for a few years now, so I was pretty excited about the gift. I was also intimidated. A heart rate monitor is a gadget. A gadget which I would have to learn how to use. Unlike my husband, that idea does not thrill me. It makes me nervous. Reading directions! The horror!

I am proud of myself for sitting down and studying how to use the Heart Rate Monitor and then applying what I have studied and actually using the thing.

There are two components to the monitor. One, the monitor/watch that attaches to your wrist and a strap/transmitter that wraps around your chest, "just below the chest muscles" (I should say "below" something else here). It's serious. Since my work out philosophy is work hard but keep it light I am still working on the balance between my serious exercise apparatus and keeping my exercise routine not too serious.

What's a not too serious exercise routine?

By this I mean, if I do not feel like going to the gym, but I go and just stand in the hallway chatting, I give myself points for trying...not that I actually do that, but I need to know that exercise is always my choice and not forced, a "have to", "should" or too intense that I will get burned out and quit. So far, my mentality has worked, I have been going to the gym consistently (with a few holidays for sickness, fear of my baby getting h1n1 in childcare before her shots, Christmas etc. for 4 years)

So I have this new toy, that has the potential to make me intense but I am working to keep my demons at bay, and, so far, I am enjoying the new heart rate monitor. My goal is to increase my fitness level and the quality of my work out while also decreasing my workout time. From what I have learned, the more you stay in your heart rate zone as indicated by the monitor the better work out you get. The more you stay under your heart rate zone the more you are wasting you time...and I am all about not wasting my time in the gym. I have parties to be at, yo.

(I also have a kid in the gym child care who could freak and cause me to abort my workout at any given moment)

So, I have worked out about 5 times with the monitor. What I have found is that I have decreased my work out time so far, which is great. My monitor actually "talks" to the fitness equipment so I don't always have to be checking my watch which is sweet AND I can download my workouts to the computer to review and determine which workouts were best (burned the most calories, kept my heart rate up the most)...and I am liking it. I am still working through my fear of the gadget. There are more things to learn about this monitor but I am comfortable not knowing a few things now and just doing the basics. There is a part of me that wants everyone to have one. How many of us have wasted time working out? Rather than knowing the your heart rate is and getting what you know is a a good workout. We can go by perceived exertion, panting, sweating like a grease ball, but then we may be outside of the "fat burning zone" and just working our heart which is great...but what about my butt!?

So this is me. If you did not know, I am an exerciser. I like it. I like to move my body, not because I have to but because it feels good and it is good for me.

If you actually read this post in it's entirety you must really like me, you are very bored or just a little tweaked.

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Quick Chick Pea Curry



For tonight's dinner we got adventurous. As a Christmas gift Nancy (holla) gave us the Martha Stewart Food Everyday magazine. Tonight we tried our first recipe. It was a different recipe for us and it was delicious. We served it over brown rice which we soaked ALL day before we cooked it. Since I generally find brown rice way to firm, it made a big difference.

Serves 4-6

INGREDIENTS:
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 large yellow onion, diced small
3 garlic cloves, minced
1 tablespoon curry powder
1 cinnamon stick, 3 inches (I substituted this with 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon)
1 pinch of ground cloves
2 cans (15 ounces each) no-salt-added chickpeas, rinsed and drained
3 tablespoons ketchup
1 teaspoon course salt
1/4 teaspoon ground pepper
2 cups water
chopped cilantro and lemon wedges (optional), for serving

DIRECTIONS:

1. In a large straight-sided skillet, heat oil over medium0high. Add onion and cook, stirring occasionally, until dark brown around edges, about 6 minutes.
2. Add garlic, curry, cinnamon, and pinch of cloves and cook, stirring until fragrant, 30 seconds.
3. Add chickpeas, ketchup, 1 teaspoon salt, 1/4 teaspoon pepper, and 2 cups of water.
4. Bring to a boil; reduce to a simmer, cover, and cook 20 minutes.
5. Uncover and increase heat to medium0high; cook until sauce is slightly reduced, 5 minutes.
6. Serve topped with cilantro, with lemon wedges along side if desired.

Saturday, January 16, 2010

Friday, January 15, 2010

Germ Fest

Ever since we got back form our family trip to California it has been a festival of germs...a cold with conjunctivitis which the whole family got, grandparents on both coasts, aunts cousins and parents. It was a nasty one! After that a mean stomach bug came to ravage us for a few days. My first time with a puking baby. Most of El's prime puking time was in the middle of the night. Fortunately she was still interested in sleeping so she would puke, I would pull up the blanket from under her - put another down and back to sleep she would go. Puke in hair and all. Very gross. Very smelly. It struck me a few hours later - I was not as gross or smelly but I definitely did not look so hot. (but Jer would never say so ;) Jer was hit, but he held his cookies, fortunately for all of us. For some reason I really do not want to know what he sounds like when he is sick...who knows though, maybe it is musical!

Ok, this post is pretty lame, about puking and such, but hopefully this will jump start me to blogging better with cute pictures in the near future.

Saturday, January 02, 2010

Christmas!!!