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Family is Happiness

 
3:17 PM

Look how gorgeous this girl is in her tap competition outfit! Can’t wait til the beginning of the year to see her perform!

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3:12 PM

After trying to figure out how I wanted to set up our playroom/daycare room, and not having the chance to paint since we are renting, I finally figured something out. It’s still really basic, but with everything we’ve added on the walls, it certainly helps it feel more like a playroom/daycare room. I know even have a “soft wide baby gate” at the door so that we can try to keep the toys IN the playroom, and actually keep the kids in one place and not have them running all over the place wildly. Now, we still use the other parts of the house of course, but for the most part, I want them to spend the majority of their time in the playroom. So, that is where we are when we aren’t eating or napping. When we move (which is hopefully in the next 6 months) I hope to be able to really have a “daycare” space, and add some camera’s into the playroom so that the moms can check in on their kids too!

Like I said, nothing super fancy, but here is how we have it set up.

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I made these letters. I cut out of a book and put them on there. I also made the vinyl lettering for the wall.
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Birthdays
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10:18 AM

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  • I’m still attempting to lose weight, and I’m hitting the gym at least 5 times a week. I’m doing cardio exercises and strength training as well. I need my butt and legs to look good!
  • There is a good chance that I’m getting 2 kiddos on Saturday’s for daycare and another full time infant come mid to late October. I only have 1 full time kid right now. The other 2 are pretty random
  • I’m taking Kayliana to her first concert this Friday!
  • The husband will be gone for a few days next week. He’s going to Canada. I get to manage my own kids and daycare all on my own. It’s going to be tricky getting everyone where they need to be.
  • We took Kayliana to an eye doctor and they said her eyes were fine. However, we tried reading glasses on her and the difference in her reading without them and with them is huge, so we are seeing a specialist on Monday. There is obviously something going on there that the sucky jerkhead of an eye doctor is missing.
  • The husband took off of work this week, but it doesn’t feel like it. He still sits on his computer all day long. I feel like if he was going to take off he should be doing something worthwhile during the day.
  • Addison’s attitude is becoming really bad lately. I hope it gets better because it is currently driving me nuts.
  • I’m hoping to have Xander potty trained by the time he is 2. He understands the word “potty” and knows when he is peeing so he’s close, I think.
  • Tristan doesn’t want to eat lunch at school most of the time anymore. He’d much rather come home for lunch.
  • We went “house hunting” in a way over the weekend. We’ve learned what areas we’d like to stay in, so that is one move forward when we actually start our real process. We saw an awesome house in a great location for just 125k for over 2k sqft. It had gorgeous flooring and a living room and family room that had a gorgeous fireplace (not that we would need it much – but still). If only it would be available when we would need it. Plenty of room to add a fence around the yard too!
 
11:40 AM

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  • I stopped dieting for an entire week. I gained 4lbs that week (so I gained the 2 I lost and gained 2 more). Must have been major bloat or something because I weighed myself yesterday as my first day back on my diet and I was only a pound heavier than I was before I stopped the diet for that week.
  • If you haven’t seen it on my Instagram, we got a new puppy. He’s a lab mix and his name is Hunter. So far, he’s been a really good pup!
  • I found out the dates for Kayliana’s 2nd competition of the season and we lucked out in that it is on Sunday again, so I wont have to miss it.
  • I’m going to the gym for the first time this evening. I mean, literally. I’ve never been to the gym in my life and I’m sure I have no clue how to use the equipment LOL.
  • I really need to get back to the dentist, I just don’t have the money to do it.
  • The kids have been talking about what they want for Christmas, and it’s pretty much all electronics. They are getting expensive. I can see that they wont have much under that tree this year!
  • Here it is.. 11:30am.. the kids are napping and I’ve still got Mickey Mouse Clubhouse on! Time to switch it to something else!
  • Sometimes I wonder if I made the right decision opening up a daycare. My patience runs thin at times and I can’t seem to keep up with the cleaning of my house because the kids are like tornadoes.
  • Speaking of tv.. I can’t wait for the fall tv shows to start coming on. I’ve got almost nothing to watch these days.
  • I think we are going to battle the rain on Sunday and hit Disney World. It’s been awhile since we’ve been there and the kids have been asking.

 

 
4:28 PM

Today, Kayliana had her very first gymnastics meet. She was definitely nervous and scared this time around and I’m hoping that next time she will not be as nervous. We had some hard competition though. There was this one gym that was there that pretty much won everything possible, seriously. Their scores were 9.2 and above for pretty much everything, with most of the scores being 9.6 and 9.7 from what I could tell, so they were crazy good. Overall, her score was high enough to get to states so far, but I’m still pushing for her to try even harder and try to beat some of those girls at that other gym.

They did it by age group when they were giving out awards, and I don’t know what group they lumped her in. I know that some of those girls were at least 10 years old, and she’ll be 9 in a week. In her age group, she got last… 13th overall with a score of 33.675. This isn’t bad for falling off the beam, and messing up on bars. We’re proud of her either way though, and she did really good. Here are the videos from the meet from today.

Beam Score: 8.550

Floor Score: 8.775

Vault Score: 8.400

Bars Score: 7.950

 
9:49 AM

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So… I haven’t done great this past week. While I started walking and doing small exercises, my eating habits have been sort of on the bad side. They haven’t been awful, and they haven’t been as bad as they were prior to trying to lose weight, but they definitely aren’t as good as I should be in order to lose weight, and I can definitely tell that it is taking its toll on me.

Weight Loss in Week 1:   2lbs
Weight Loss in Week 2: 0lbs
Goal to Lose: 15lbs
Amount to Still Lose: 13lbs

So, as you can see, I’ve lost nothing this past week. On the bright side, I didn’t go back up. I lost a few ounces and I fluctuate a pound, but definitely not enough to say that I’ve lost anything additional this week. Of course, this weekend, I KNOW for a fact that I will eat whatever I want. I wont be home, so it’s going to be 10 times harder to diet, and I seriously don’t feel like salad.. LOL!

So, there you have it. Nothing lost, nothing gained. After this weekend, I’m going to go back to a decent diet, start walking more than 3 times a week and maybe even add Hip Hop Abs or Jillian Michaels to the mix a few times a week. More water next week is a definite must too!

 
9:01 AM

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  • I’m so tired today! I had to get up early and neither of my girls went to school. Sometimes daycare hours blow chunks!
  • I have a ton of homework to take care of before Friday!
  • I’m bummed that there really are no tv shows on for the fall until next month. I have nothing to watch.
  • Addison turns SEVEN in 2 days!
  • I feel like I can’t, and haven’t been able to keep up with our laundry lately! I need a maid!
  • My sister is subbing for me on Saturday and I hope that she isn’t too nervous. I know she’ll be fine.
  • The end of this week is going to be crazy busy. On top of the daycare, I have to manage to get the house cleaned and keep it cleaned for when we leave on Saturday.
  • I’ve been reworking the playroom and I can’t wait to post pictures of the final outcome.
  • I was going to attempt pictures at some point this week with the kids, but with the stomach bug hitting, that wont be happening.
  • I don’t know what else to say, so I’m leaving it at that LOL
 
7:01 PM

So, the stomach bug has hit all 4 of our kids. Willie and I are the only ones left standing at this point that have not gotten sick. I have no doubt that it is coming though. I ALWAYS get it, and I always get it at the worst possible moment, so I know that if I get it, it will probably come later in the week when it’s the worst time for that to happen.

I received a call this morning that Kayliana was in the clinic with an upset stomach. I asked them to check on Addison so I didn’t have to go out twice, but apparently she was fine. I pick Kay up, head to Walgreens to grab some gatorade and Kay tells me she’s going to get sick. I send her outside right away where she barely made it out the door. We get back in the car and I get another call. Addison has vomited on herself, and I had to go back and get her. Wonderful! Tristan had it over the weekend, and Xander has had symptoms here and there, but just started vomiting a tiny bit today.

Tristan didn’t go to school today since he was so sick last night, but he’s feeling better today, and he’ll definitely be back at school tomorrow.

I’m glad that if Kayliana and Addison were going to get it, they got it now. Kay has competition on Sunday and we are going on a mini vaca on Saturday afternoon/evening, so I really needed them to be healthy for the weekend. I just hope Willie and I get it before the weekend or do not get it at all!

Damn stomach virus!!

 
12:17 PM

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Sadly, there isn’t much to update. There were 2 days that I didn’t do so hot as far as dieting goes, but nothing too bad to be honest. I was still able to do well for the most part.

Weight Loss in Week 1:   2lbs
Goal: 15lbs
Amount to Still Lose: 13lbs

My goals for the next week are to continue eating less sweets and carbs – preferably no sweets if I can help it. Try to cut out the coffee, drink more water, and start exercising. My foot is feeling better so I’m going to start walking every now and then. I don’t want to do too much too fast just in case there is still a major issue with my foot. I certainly don’t want to be limping again! Unfortunately, Friday’s are always hard for us because this is our typical eat out night. We always get something “to go” from a restaurant on Friday evenings and I’m going to miss my cheese fries or sweet potato – both of which are high in carbs. I’m trying to do as few carbs as possible for the entire day so that whatever I do have for dinner isn’t too bad. I’m still going to try to cut those carbs though, so maybe I can talk the husband into Olive Garden since I usually get Calamari and Stuffed Mushrooms which are relatively good compared to other things I normally get. We’ll have to see!

I’ve seen no noticeable difference in the way I look, which I didn’t expect to with just 2lbs lost. Maybe next week I’ll be down another 2 and notice a slight difference. One can hope!

 

 
1:23 PM

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What I’m Currently Reading:
“If I Stay” by Gayle Forman

I just started reading “If I Stay” by Gayle Forman last night. I didn’t get far into it since I was so tired when I started it. But, it has captured my attention so far, and I am one of those people who want to read the book before watching the movie, so I’m doing just that. The book is very quick to start, so I’m looking forward to reading it.

Previously Read:

I have just gone through and read all of “The Ghost Bird” series by CL Stone. I have one book that I haven’t read because it hasn’t been released yet.  I’m going to cheat and do a copy and paste of this from where I wrote it on Bubblews the other day.

First, I will go into a bit of detail about what the books and series is about. A girl, named Sang, moves into a new town. Her father is uninvolved, but not absent, and her mother is abusive. She attempts to run away, and when she does, she runs into this guy, named Kota. They get to talking, and next thing you know, she’s met all of his guy friends. At first, she keeps the abuse from her mother a secret, but eventually they find out. The guys also have their own secret. They are part of this “Academy” but no details are given about what the “Academy” truly does, so Sang is left in the dark, and told to trust them. She does. Over the next couple of books, she has stalkers and everything and the boys are there to protect her. The boys start to fall in love with her, and she starts to fall in love with each of them. It’s technically somewhat of a polygamy story.

I think that Sang has the ability to be a strong character, except for the fact that she is extremely naive. She’s 16, never kissed a guy and is completely clueless about things and relationships. I think that part bugs me the most. All of the guys have their own personality and I liked all of the characters. Being that there are a total of 9 guys, it’s hard to keep up with who is who at first. Most of the books are fast paced with a bit of action in there, but the last book was pretty boring and just moreso character building and “falling in love” type of situations.

Overall, I think I’ll give this series a 3 out of 5. While it has its flaws, it is a simple read and keeps your attention. It’s a Young Adult book by the way.

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