Sunday, November 20, 2011

11.8...To Be Exact!

It's 5:35 a.m.  I've been up for an hour.  At the ripe time of 4:30 a.m., my little boy woke up and started playing in his room, quite loudly, I may add.  It was so cute, he knows he can't come out of his room until his "moon turns yellow and orange"...I guess I didn't specify not to get out of bed until at least, oh I don't know, the farmers get up for the day?  Starbucks opens?  Anyway, I lost the battle of the go-back-to-sleeps and he is now cuddled on the couch watching Cars 2.  And, I'm wide awake. 

Figured I would take this time to shout to the world my loyal readers that I have lost 11.8 pounds since starting Weight Watchers on October 3Pants are starting to get a little looser and I could zip up a pair of boots over my calves that I couldn't last winter.  Things are looking up.  I even found a form of exercise that I, gulp, actually like.  Spin class.  I can't believe I'm saying this, but the 50 minutes flies by.  Who am I?!?

In other news...

1.  We took family pictures yesterday.  I don't have high hopes here, my little lady was tired and not really herself.  The photographer assured me she got a few great ones, but we'll see.  I LOVE sending (and receiving) holiday cards, so I'm keeping my fingers crossed we got some card-worthy shots!

2.  My life-long friend, who I met on my very first day of sleep away camp when I was eight, had her first baby this week.  A little bundle of perfect love, for my friend who has been a "mother hen" since as far back as I can remember.  I know her adventures in motherhood will be nothing short of brilliance, like she has been doing it all along.  I can't believe I have to wait until January to meet that darling boy.

3.  I was looking through some email drafts, and I came across something I had to capture for posterity sake.  Husband said it while we were out to dinner.  I emailed it to myself at the table, because it cracked me up.  Maybe it was the cocktails, but it brought a smile to my face to read it again...He said, out of the blue, "Your blog has too many adjectives. Oh, and adverbs. That's the difference between girls and guys - it takes you four sentences to say what I could have said in 2 words."  Ha, he is so right!

I wish I could say that I will post again this week, but my track record says otherwise.  So, let me be among the first to wish you the happiest of Thanksgivings.  I absolutely love this holiday and can't wait to share it with those I love most. 

May your plates be full, your laughter loud and often and your day spent surrounded by those you are thankful for most in this world! 

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Halloween 2011

This year, Halloween was an over-the-top, amazing, already-can't-wait-until-next-year success!  My Buzz Lightyear and Minnie Mouse stole the show...I mean, just look at 'em, cah-mon!  Scrooge McHusband won't let you see their adorable faces, but I tell you, grins from ear to ear!

It was fun to watch my kiddos tackle trick-or-treating so differently.  MDB ran full speed ahead, from door-to-door, not really caring what the candy was, as long as it was filling up his pumpkin.  Ellie, on the other hand, was much more methodical.  She thought very long and hard about what to choose and had to examine each and every piece before placing it gingerly in her stash.  And then she pulled things out from time-to-time, wanting to talk about the oh-so-goodness of candy. 

When they were done, MDB thrust his bucket in my arms and told me I could take it inside.  After dinner, when I let him pick one thing to eat, he just grabbed what was on top and that was that.  Ellie on the other hand, nearly had a stroke if someone even glanced in the direction of her loot.  She changed her mind 19 times in deciding what to choose for her after dinner treat.  And, we caught her sneaking pieces of candy under the couch cushions, to save for later.  Hilarious.

Overall, it was a great celebration.  To me, it was one of those times when I could actually feel myself taking a step back, trying to savor the moments and take as much of it in as possible.  It was as if I was hoping to bottle up the feelings so I could close eyes years from now and recall the pure joy of innocence in my babies eyes.  It seemed as if I was watching the events unfold from outside my body, bearing witness to one of those moments that mark a true joy of parenthood!

And, I would be remiss if I didn't mention -- one of those Halloween-sized boxes of Milk Duds -- only three Weight Watchers points.  Totally worth it, in my book!