Saturday, October 30, 2010

All About Me in 30 Days - Day 5

Favorite Quote:

Serenity Prayer

God grant me the serenity 
to accept the things I cannot change; 
courage to change the things I can;
and wisdom to know the difference.

(So this is actually a prayer, not a quote but it is a wonderful one to remember in tough situations.) 

Friday, October 29, 2010

All About Me in 30 Days - Day 3 & 4

Okay, I'm already behind on my All About Me in 30 Days meme. No surprise there.

Day 3 asks what my favorite t.v. program is. That leads me to the other post I'm behind on: The Biggest Loser Challenge.

The Biggest Loser is one of my favorite shows and I started my own weight loss challenge. I've only lost 1 lb. in the past two weeks so I haven't been feeling inspired to write about it. I'm hoping that next week I will have better news to report when I write about The Biggest Loser Challenge Week 6.

My other favorite t.v. program used to be Grey's Anatomy (which I still enjoy) but has been usurped by Parenthood.

Day 4 asks what is my favorite book. My all-time favorite book, which I would highly recommend is Jane Eyre by Charolette Bronte.

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

All About Me in 30 Days - Day 2

Yesterday I started All About Me in 30 Days. The second day topic is my favorite movie.

I love to watch movies. My husband and I used to have "movie night" every Friday, but now that we have expanded from just a couple to a whole houseful we don't get to watch movies together much anymore.

With that said, if I'm picking a favorite movie I've got to go all the way back to a couple of 80's classics. Well, I can't choose one but I'll narrow it down to two great movies: Dead Poet's Society and Field of Dreams.

I can watch both of these movies over and over again. They both are fun and entertaining to watch but they also inspire me to think outside the box about life.

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

All About Me in 30 Days

Thirty days, thirty facts -- all about yours truly. 

I follow a cute blog called Simply Stacie and she is doing this 30 day meme. I thought, what the heck? It'll give me something to write about for the next month anyway, right? Each day has a different topic. 

  • Day 1 – your favorite song
  • Day 2 – your favorite movie
  • Day 3 – your favorite television program
  • Day 4 – your favorite book
  • Day 5 – your favorite quote
  • Day 6 – 20 of my favorite things
  • Day 7 – a photo that makes you happy
  • Day 8 – a photo that makes you angry/sad
  • Day 9 – a photo you took
  • Day 10 – a photo taken over 10 years ago of you
  • Day 11 – a photo of you recently
  • Day 12 – something you are OCD about
  • Day 13 – a fictional book
  • Day 14 – a non-fictional book
  • Day 15 – your dream house
  • Day 16 – a song that makes you cry (or nearly)
  • Day 17 – an art piece (drawing, sculpture, painting, etc)
  • Day 18 – your wedding/future wedding/past wedding
  • Day 19 – a talent of yours
  • Day 20 – a hobby of yours
  • Day 21 – a recipe
  • Day 22 – a website
  • Day 23 – a youtube video
  • Day 24 – where I live
  • Day 25 – your day, in great detail
  • Day 26 – your week, in great detail
  • Day 27 – my worst habit
  • Day 28 – what’s in my handbag/purse
  • Day 29 – hopes,dreams, plans for the next 365 days
  • Day 30 – a dream for the future beyond the next year

Let's see if I can keep it up. Here goes Day 1!

My favorite song: Make Me Whole, by Amel Larrieux. Here's a link to the lyrics

My husband and I danced to this song at our wedding and it brings back warm fuzzy memories. 

It's hard to pick a truly favorite song; it depends on my mood but this one is a song that I love. 

Pumpkin Patch

Pumpkins, doughnuts, pony rides! Oh my!

We made our annual trip to Fir Pointe Farms pumpkin patch. I've got to say that this year was our best pumpkin patch trip yet -- nice weather, no tantrums, good friends, family, yummy food, and lots of

The pumpkin patch is always a great photo opportunity. It's not easy to get three kids to look at the camera and smile. In fact, it was pretty much impossible this day, as you can see.

A little better...
Not quite...

Almost got it...

This is as close as I'm gonna get.  I still have to teach Ryan to
look at the camera and smile. 

Thursday, October 14, 2010

The Biggest Loser Challenge - Week 4

Now that I'm a few weeks into my Biggest Loser Challenge I'm really starting to enjoy this new, healthy perspective that I've adopted. I lost two more pounds this week.

I have always thought it is important to eat healthy and be active, but once I became a mother I let my own health drop down on my priority list. There are always at least ten other things on my "to do" list before exercise. Also, healthiness is sometimes usurped by quickness, ease, and cheapness when it comes to meals and snacks.

For week four of The Biggest Loser Challenge I'm going to move exercise and eating healthy up on my "to do" list. I am going to focus on my weight loss goal and avoid slipping back into my old habits. (Ah, how I love those old habits.)

One of the eliminated contestants from the show, Burgundy, is a mother of five who seems to havefigured out how to make exercise a fun family activity and incorporate it into her daily life. As of the last episode, Burgundy had lost over 50 pounds at home. If she can do that with five kids, then I (a mother of three) can certainly lose 25 pounds.
Burgundy working out with Jillian.

It's Alphabe-Thursday on Jenny Matlock's blog and I think D stands for dropping pounds this week.

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

First Bike Ride

Only seven months old and already riding a bike! Well, getting a ride on a bike that is. Ryan went on his first bike ride just the other day. He loved looking over the side of his bike seat at the world zooming by. His big sister and brother joined us as we cruised around the neighborhood. They were even more excited than Ryan was!

Sunday, October 10, 2010

The Biggest Loser Challenge - Week 3

As I completed my second week of my weight loss challenge, inspired by the show The Biggest Loser, I was not very happy with my progress.

This week's report: 1 lb. lost, only two days of exercise.

My goal is that when I report for the next week of my challenge I will have lost at least 3 pounds. I can do it! I can do it! (That's my new mantra.)

I watched my daughter participate in the jog-a-thon for her school yesterday and she happily and easily ran 6 laps (1.5 miles) in under 20 minutes. She is my inspiration this week. I want to be able to go out and run with ease like she does.

I'm going to finish this post quickly so I can go workout right now since I have a few minutes of free time.