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Monday, August 25, 2008

Zoo






This morning I got a wild idea and thought the zoo would be fun. After a few phone calls it turned into a zoo party! We all had lots of fun and for the first time I think Kate really liked the animals. She has all kinds of signs for animals that I have taught her and it was fun for her to finally get to see some of them in real life (now that she knows what they are). She cried when we left the elephants and really there wasn't much else out, but that was okay. We'll go again soon and hopefully we'll have a better turn out of animals. We visited the petting zoo for the first time and she baa'd and maa'd (is that how you would do that?) at the sheep and goats, but she was a little nervous about them getting too close. We also road the train for the first time and she really liked that. As you can see, my child who will take a two hour car ride or more without napping fell asleep on the way home - not good!! She currently is still laying in her bed talking and has been for almost an hour now just because of her 20 minute power nap. I guess today her three hour nap isn't going to take place. Oh well, it's good to get off schedule once in a while - right?!?

Finally - Daddy's birthday cake



Last night we finally made Daddy a birthday cake. We were only a week and one day late, but we waited until he felt better and we could enjoy. Boy, did Kate enjoy. She stuck her finger in the cake and took one lick and she was sold on chocolate icing! Kate got her Daddy a coloring book and a Snicker's. She loves to color with her Daddy! Happy Birthday to the world's greatest Daddy (and husband)!

My little cutie!


Okay, I just have to have a mommy brag moment here - isn't she the cutest!! We had a birthday party to go to on Saturday and I forgot my camera. She had a blast jumping and playing on the huge inflatables - she was not a bit scared. This is a picture of her afterwards holding her party favor - a miniature baby doll. I thought she was just darling.

Thursday, August 21, 2008

My silly girl!


I just love this age - that is the age of 16 months. Kate is getting to be so much fun! She literally cracks me up on a daily basis. If I could see all the things that go through her little brain I am sure I would be in awe! I just have to share our bath experience from last night. I've mentioned how she prefers one of her babies to accompany her on her adventures. Well, bath time is included in that. It takes lots of effort and encouragement for Kate to take a bath without a baby. Last night I just didn't have the energy to fight - baby almost got a bath (not good - she would have had to visit the trash can for a very long vacation after Kate went to bed!). We compromised and allowed Mr. Bear to take a bath. Mr. Bear came into Kate's life when she was four months old. She sleeps with Mr. Bear every night and now an assortment of babies, etc. Chris had let her take Mr. Bear into the bath before, so I thought it was my turn to give in. I had to get a picture of them wrapped in their towels. And yes, Mr. Bear had to brush his teeth as well!

If anyone knows of a good bath baby - I would be interested in knowing the details!

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Here it is...weightloss


I am writing this post first for encouragement to those who struggle with their weight and secondly because I have been getting so many questions from family and friends about how I am losing weight. I am the smallest I've ever been in my adult life - only by 2 pounds :) - but hey, it counts. When I began this I was not actually trying to lose weight, I just made some changes in order to have a healthier lifestyle and in turn I have lost some extra weight. This is a long post - sorry. The first paragraph tells my story - my history of weight issues and struggling to find balance. The second paragraph tells the changes I made. I hope you enjoy.


Okay, I've decided to be brave and show those of you who have never seen before what I used to look like - a picture. I've always struggled with my weight and when I graduated high school I had reached my all time high of ____ - I'll let you fill in the number, no need to tell the world : )
After graduation I decided change was necessary. I wasn't happy with myself and I wanted to lose weight. I had tried things in the past, but nothing seemed to work. My mom joined Weight Watchers on my behalf (I was too embarrassed) and we started walking every morning. I dropped 20 pounds that summer and felt great about myself. I had made lifestyle changes that have stuck with me forever. Off to college I went with a new found confidence. I met my lovely husband and we fell in love and for the first time in my life, I felt pretty and confident - thanks, Chris! I maintained my weightloss my freshman year and over the summer. My sophomore year of college a group of my friends and I decided to do Weight Watchers again. This time I dropped another 20 pounds, but I became very obsessed. I won't go into details about how obsessive I became, but I'll just say that I didn't eat pizza for probably almost two years and oatmeal was my basic food - I was not going about this the right way. Still to this day, if you ask me how many points something is on Weight Watchers, I can pretty much tell you! Finally, my mom had to step in and tell me it was time to be finished with Weight Watchers - I hate to admit this, but I was so close to becoming anorexic that I am so thankful for my mom having the courage to intervene. My weight wasn't unhealthy, but my brain was making a switch to rejecting food of any kind. After I began to eat again, I obviously put a few pounds back on - this scared me to death, but I knew I couldn't starve myself!! Chris and I got engaged and I decided that I wasn't going to look back at wedding pictures and think ugly thoughts about myself, so I started working out at Curves. At this point in my life I felt the best I ever had. I was excercising and eating healthy. This was the beginning of a turning point for me. We got married and I got a little fluffier - doesn't every bride gain a few pounds after her wedding?? We finished up our last year of college and then moved to our current home and I began to teach. With teaching came extra weight. I was happy and not struggling, but I put on pounds sitting behind a desk and not excercising. It took Chris and I 14 months to get pregnant with Kate and I'm sure stress was not helping my weight. Finally, pregnant - at that point I decided I was going to continue to eat healthy and not gain too much weight, and I didn't.
I know most of you could care less about my history, but without telling that I feel like where I am today and what I am doing to lose and maintain my weight is meaningless. I've tried to diet since my sophomore year of college and I cannot. There is a switch in my brain that flips and I go into crazy Sara mode - not healthy for me or my family. Pretty scary actually. In saying all of that one day in April of 2008 I decided enough was enough. I was allowing Satan victory in my life over one small area - food and dieting. I wrote down a list of things that I still have and will always keep of how I was going to change. I will share a few of those with you now.

Eat on a small plate
Eat only when I am hungry
Ask myself - why am I eating this
Don't be so hard on myself
Allow God to help me in this area of my life
Exercise!!

I do try to eat less sweets and carbs and focus on protein and dairy. I eat lots of fresh fruit and try to eat as many veggies as I can! In saying that, I still enjoy cake (on occassion), pasta and whole wheat bread. I also love cappachino chuncky chocolate frozen yogurt from Braums - I have a small cup at least once a day.
Now for the numbers, when I got pregnant with Kate I weighed 166 pounds, today I weigh 145. For some of you this seems impossible and for others I still probably seem heavy according to numbers. I write this post as an encouragement to those of you who struggle with your weight. I started at 187 pounds and today I am a very proud 145. It is not easy and probably never will be, but I am here to tell you that Satan no longer has a hold on me in this area of my life! God has finally changed my life - it has been a process. The battle is never over, but with God by my side directing I am free from the love of food.
Pictures
Okay, I know the big bird dress doesn't help. My sister did her best, without hurting my feelings, to encourage a different prom dress for my senior year. I thought it was beautiful - it is I guess. This is a picture that gives me hope and helps me realize what I never want to be again.
The second picture is of me and my sister about 4-6 weeks ago. I don't have lots of pictures of myself now - funny how that changes when you have a child. I also felt kind of weird taking a photo just for this post, so there you have it. Me then and me now!

Ponytail?!?


I can't believe it, this morning I convinced Kate to let me put her hair in a ponytail!! I never dreamed I would be the mother that allowed her child's hair to just hang all over the place. Thankfully Kate has curls and it keeps it out of her face for the most part and crazy curly hair is pretty cute - at least that's what people say when they see her. Kate wants nothing to do with bows and the sorts, but this morning before our walk I convinced her to wear a ponytail like mommy - I took a picture for evidence. It might be the only ponytail for quite sometime. Isn't she adorable!

Chris's Birthday


Happy Late Birthday, Chris! Chris's 26th birthday was on Saturday. Poor thing worked all day Friday and was sick. He came straight home and went to bed. My parents and sister and brother-in-law were already on their way to visit when I realized how sick Chris really was. Oh well, it was nice to have the company and Chris didn't seem to mind. On Saturday my sister and I went to a women's conference at our church. It was really good and it was fun to hang out with my sister! Chris, Shawn and my mom and dad took Kate and Ava to the aquarium. Kate goes often (we have a season pass), but this was Ava's first time. They both had lots of fun and picked out a shark for their souvenier. That evening we went to Red Robbin for dinner - Chris informed me he was feeling worse and he wasn't looking good. Being the 4th year medical student that he is, he decided his symptoms were pointing to strep throat, so off to the Urgent Care we went. Sure enough - strep throat. So, now we had exposed the entire family and he was very sick! He's back at work today and he has still not officially opened his presents or even gotten to enjoy the special pie I made him. Poor thing, he was sick on Father's Day and now his birthday. I will have to make it up to him. Here is a pic of the girls from the weekend. If Kate never gets a little sister, at least she'll have her cousin Ava!

Thursday, August 14, 2008

Robertson Family




Last weekend we went to visit Chris's parents. His sister is going to be a senior in high school this year and I cannot believe it. She was so little when I first came around. She used to want to dress just like me. I remember one Sunday that she changed clothes so she could be like me. Now the reverse is true. I wish she would help me with my fashion. Kate loves her aunt Katie - she has two. One on each side and people ask why we named Kate, Kate - well to answer your questions, we just liked it. Katie had to go to work, so we just saw her a little bit, but Kate followed her around the house while she got ready. Anyway, Chris's brother and his family live in the same town as his parents, so it is always fun to get together. We had a great day and thanks to PaPa, Kate took a nap - she does not like napping at their house!

Music



Chris and I love music. I have a radio in the kitchen that stays on most of the day. Chris plays the piano, guitar and likes to sing. I used to play the piano, but unfortunately I quit and I love to sing - just not where people can hear!! Anyway, there is no way that Kate won't learn to love music and musical instruments. Chris has a violin from when my sister took years ago and he is trying to learn to play it in his "spare" time. He was teaching Kate how to hold it. Also, Kate loves to play the piano. Chris loves it when kids play on the piano - that's how you first learn. She was begging me today to put her on the piano bench. It was so cute how she flipped the pages and sang "Jesus Loves Me". I tried to rest my foot on the bench and she would not allow it. I love how she is growing up and developing her little personality.

Baby Dolls




I know I've mentioned this before, but Kate loves her baby dolls. I felt awful that I was having surgery and not going to be able to take care of her for a little while, so I bought her a set of twin baby dolls and gave them to her the morning of my surgery. She loved them. She plays with her dolls all of the time, basically I could get rid of all of her other toys! I think it is really cute. Here are a few adventures she and her baby dolls have taken.

First Time Treats for Kate





Kate has gotten to enjoy some delicious treats for the first time this summer. I was being pretty picky about what she ate, but I decided that you are only a kid once, so you might as well enjoy a few fun things once in a while. Here is Kate enjoying licking icing off of cinnamon rolls we made for Daddy, having her first piece of pizza, licking a mixer spoon (what are those things called?), and from her healthy aunt Katy a fruit smoothie.

Family







As promised, I uploaded pictures. I cannot believe how long it has been - nearly a month. Don't worry, I won't bore you to death with things of the past, but there are a few things I have to tell. First, this summer has been a trying one for me. I try to keep personal things off of my blog because you never know who might happen onto it, but those who know me, know I have had a rough go at it this summer. It all started on my brother's wedding day - May 17th. I won't go into details, but we'll just say that I got really sick and I've blogged already about my ambulance ride/ER visit. Finally, here we are August 14th and I feel like a new woman. I cannot tell you how great it feels to finally not have infection somewhere and be on antibiotics and now I feel even better since my recent surgery - yeah, a fresh start!!!

With all of this being said, I could not have made it this summer without my family. If there was one thing I could change about where I live, it would be not having my familiy closer. My parents traveled the road multiple times to help with Kate or pick me up to take me back with them. My sister also was a huge help this summer. I know she didn't get to get all the things accomplished that whe wanted to and largely it was because she was helping me. I appreciate all of the help my family has given me this summer. I try to be independent and do things on my own, but I know that I would not have made it without all of you guys this summer (my brothers and sisters-in-laws, too!!) I love you guys so much.

Now to Chris. Words cannot thank you enough. You are an amazing husband and you work so hard. You have had to pick up the slack around the house and really help out with things. I appreciate you so much. I cannot wait to see you walk across the stage in May to become a doctor.

With all this being said, I have a few pictures from our summer visits with my family. I hope you enjoy.

Monday, August 11, 2008

How Time Flies!

Okay, so it's been a while and it's been even longer since a picture post. Sorry to say, I still don't have my pictures uploaded, but hopefully soon. I can't seem to get caught up on things since I've been back home from visiting my parents/recovering from surgery! Anyway, my goal is to be back in order by the end of the week and have pictures up and start blogging a couple times of week. Hopefully this is not just wishful thinking and it truly does happen!!

In the meantime, I have a couple of cute stories to share - pics later, maybe. Kate is just getting so big and grown up. She loves her babies. Currently her babies, whom she refers to as Ava (my niece's name) must accompany her in all that she does. Baths, diaper changes, etc. etc. Obviously, babies and water do not mix. Chris has convinced her that they can take a bath in the sink while she takes a bath in the big tub - works for now! Babies need lotion, a diaper and last night they needed pajamas before bed. It is so funny how her little imagination just runs wild. This morning she decided that her baby needed a diaper on and shortly after she diapered her, she needed a change. I love it!!

I found a play barbecue grill at a consignment sell that she absolutely loves. She likes to take her necklace that she acquired from some cute little friends a couple of weeks ago and cook it on her grill. Who knows what she will think of next. As I watch her in total amazement I can't help but laugh, cry and count my blessings! She truly is a miracle from God - I know that now more than ever!

Check back soon!