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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

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


  • 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


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



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.

8:00 AM



8:19 AM


  • I’ve been on my diet for a few days now and I’m already down 2 pounds! I’m proud of that.
  • We’re already discussing what to get the kids for Christmas, and I’m mostly clueless on everyone but Kayliana.
  • Kayliana has been working really hard on her back handspring. She’s almost got it!
  • Xander is finally starting to play by himself without getting into trouble.
  • Tristan complains about school in the morning, but then tells me it is awesome when he gets home.
  • I’ve taken a liking to spending time out on the lanai, even if it is warm out here.
  • I had my first “dance competition” meeting for Addison, and watched her do her tap dance. She’s really good, and I’m glad we decided to go in this direction with her, even if it is super expensive.
  • Kayliana has her first gymnastics competition in 2 weeks. She’s nervous, but I’m excited to watch her compete!
  • I’m excited about the opportunity to move, but I have a feeling it isn’t going to go as we hoped it would when we get started.
  • I can’t believe that it’s September already. My girls will be 7 and 9 this month!
3:02 PM

I’ve been incredibly bad at taking pictures lately. I can’t even remember the last time I took any sort of “professional” sort of picture.  I need to pause at times and remember to break out my camera. I’m probably missing a lot of little moments in life because I’m NOT grabbing my camera, so it’s time for me to start doing that again. I’m a photographer, god damn it, I should have that camera in my hand practically all the time, and I don’t. It’s like I just got… I don’t know.. careless I guess. Even if I grab that camera for just a few minutes each day, that is good enough for me. I did just that today. Everyone is out of school and while the girls are on the computer indoors, I’m on my computer outdoors, doing homework while the boys play on the lanai. As I was watching them, I decided to snag my camera and take a few pictures. I do need to get some “professional” pictures of the kids done soon though. We’re taking a trip in 2 weeks so I’m thinking of buying outfits specifically for it and find neat, new places to take portraits and to get a few of all 4 of mine together. Hopefully you guys will start seeing more pictures, more often!








11:02 AM

I know, I’ve been missing from my own blog, but I swear it is because life is crazy busy and I don’t have much to say. I’m going to try to change that. I promise… seriously!

Life for me, like I said, is crazy busy. The kids are back in school now, they still have their extra curricular activities, I’m running my daycare – which I have 3 kids – and I’m back in college, with condensed classes that have me super busy during the evening times. That said, the time to myself is pretty much non-existent. I run the daycare 6 days a week – including Saturday. Sunday is my only day off, and I need to start taking that day to do something for myself, or to at least be by myself even if for just a short amount of time. I love my kids, and I love my husband, and I even love that I’m in school again, and the fact that the kids DO have those extra curricular activities AND my daycare kids, but really, I NEED that me time too. I need to take a step back to do something, anything, for myself.

That said, I’m also trying to do something for MYSELF as far as health, self-esteem and comfort. I weigh more now, than I did when I was 16 weeks pregnant with Xander. This seriously depresses me. I seriously have had enough of my extra weight. My clothes don’t fit, I’m depressed and self conscious and it’s seriously messing up my personal life in a few ways. I am still in the “normal” weight range, however, I’m bigger than I’d like to be. I hate wearing shorts because I hate the way I look in them. I can’t wear tank tops or camis alone because my stomach is too big for that sort of thing. People say that my weight is fine, and I look fine, and it may appear that way to THEM, but there is only so much confidence you can have in yourself, and if your self esteem is suffering for any reason whatsoever, you need to fix that the best you can. My weight is mine! It’s what I need to do for myself. I just started my diet on Friday, so I’ve only been on it a few days. I’d exercise, but right now, it’s not only too hot out for that, my foot is still feeling pain from when I broke it, so not much I can do there right now. My goal is to lose a total of 15 pounds. I think I’d be extremely content with that at this point. Right now, I’m looking at about 3 months time to lose that. My goal is to be at that weight by Christmas.

These are just a few things I need to do for myself. Hopefully in a month or two, I can actually update on how I look, how I’m feeling, and how life has changed for the better. We will see how it goes!

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