Saturday, July 28, 2012

My own muscle man

Today at the Y they hosted a weight lifting event.  Most of the participants were staff, and when I stopped by “the concrete room” to peek  in while Kinlee was at swim class, I saw some of my buds lifting.

Adam is one of my fave coworkers, one of our personal trainers, and is our Physical Director at the Y. (For only the next 3 days. Boo.)  Kinlee calls him The Silly Mr. Adam. He organized the event with Kyle, behind him in the black/white jacket.  

And this is Kyle, who finished 4th in nationals of Olympic Weightlifting, competing for Lindenwood University. He’s also a personal trainer at the Y.  (That’s almost 600 lbs, folks.)

But more importantly, Kyle is also MY personal trainer.  And he kicks. my. rear. when it comes to workouts.  Just had to give props to my pal and fitness guru. 

We’ve got a long way to go, but I’ve got a pretty good pro on my team. 

The event was a hit, and it really ended up feeling a lot like a little fraternity party.  But since I have 10-15 years on most of the staff, that shouldn’t be a surprise.  I’m blessed to get to work with a bunch of fun people.

Blueberry Saturday

After a super bargain at Aldi,  we splurged with blueberry pancakes today. B,  K,  and M enjoyed the pancakes,  and I did sneak one little corner for a taste. Yum.

Now it's off to swim lessons for KiKi at 9:45am while Braska enjoys much loved time at Y-school. Then I'll go back for a workout date at noon. Good thing we are 4 minutes from there.

Our pancakes didn't quite look like this, by the way, though they were gorgeous and golden. But does anyone really eat a stack like that?

Hope you have a good Saturday. What's on your schedule?

Thursday, July 26, 2012

School physical day

First off,  the dentist went ok the other day. Not great but much better...   More details on B's blog when I can do more than these phone posts.
Today we are at the pediatrician getting physicals. Kinlee for K4 (Yes we have been blessed to be able to find a curriculum-based program who will let her jump up a year due to academic skill. More details on that soon too.)  Braska is doing Kindergarten,  but no longer through the conventional means at public school. She will be attending the same private school as KiKi but in the half day academic Kindergarten class. She was screened and accepted and they have been granted a nice scholarship,  so reg ed private school it is!  I'm very excited to be involved in this new school and will talk more about it soon I hope. They are totally excited about having both the girls, and what more could I ask than to have teachers actively want my kids in their classes? I'm still so blown away that this all worked out in a matter of a couple weeks. God has been so evidently involved. Gives me chills. Literally. We are blessed and so grateful.

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Pre-dental calm

We are at the dentist. For Braska this time. We have not had successful visits,  hence combining dental with eye surgery in the fall. That was handy. But no surgeries on the horizon now,  which is good,  but it means we attempt in-office dental again.

I'm praying for surprising success.

Thursday, July 19, 2012

Smile. Then collapse.

Tonight it was let-Kyle-kick-our-rears time again.  This time my co-worker E and I are doing training together.  There are pros and cons to working out where we work, letting one of our co-workers (a currently nationally ranked college bodybuilder, no less) make us look ridiculous and sweat like little piggies. Plus we know everyone working out while we’re there… good to show staff walking the talk, but it feels funny to have everyone see us so much less “done up” than when we’re looking cute at the front desk. 

E is younger than I am, way WAY more fit than I am, and she’s a great cheerleader when I’m grunting like a dork trying to get the 8-lb dumbbells over my head ONE more time.  We did it though, we made it through. And I didn’t feel TOO horrible afterword.

Hoping this kicks in the downward motion on the scale again. 35.4 lbs gone since March, lots more to go!

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

A little older. A lot more fun.

It’s been about a year or so since Kinlee was last in an indoor fast-food type playplace. The enclosed kind.  Where I can’t really get to her when she refuses to come down.

Which is what happened and why I banned the practice.  I bribed a 9-year-old to go up and shove her down the slide last time (fries!) and I told Kinlee there would be no more for a good long time, at least til she was 3.  And I do not waffle on such promises.  Granted, we don’t ever come to these places unless it’s on purpose for play, so it was easy to fully avoid.

Recently, she was asking if she could try again. She remembers well what happened way back when she was 2.  She can recount the whole story clearly if you ask.  She will conclude by saying she “made a wrong choice and didn’t obey, so I don’t get to have fun there anymore.”  We talked about how, since she was 3 now and was learning to obey better and make right choices, maybe we could see if she was ready to try again.  She didn’t beg, and she didn’t whine about it (hooray!), so we tabled it and I said I’d think about it.  She was good with that.

So for about 4 days, we’ve been discussing that Tuesday morning after we dropped Braska at ESY (Because SHE does not get to play in these things.  That kid will NEVER come down.) we would have a special Mommy/Kinlee morning to go try and see if she can be a big girl when it’s time to leave a play place.

She’s been rehearsing the rules about coming when I call her, being a good friend to the other kids, and leaving when it’s time without a bit of a fuss.  She says she’s ready.  So she’s playing with the 3 other kids here, having a ball.  Running around like crazy, then coming to tell me who did what, thanking me for letting her come to play, then going up again.  (When we first arrived, no one else was here.  She wouldn’t go up because it was too scary, but when the other kids came in, she said she would go with them and not be afraid.)

I’ll give her a while to play, while I try to catch up on posts for B’s blog.  Then we’ll test out the new exit response.  I’m hopeful, but not blindly optimistic.  She knows if she throws the slightest fit, we’ll be absent from this kind of place til she’s 4. (As if you didn’t already know I was a meanie mom, right?!?)

For now, it’s all smiles and fun.  Even though she’s only barely tall enough to make it up there to start with… I hope this is the first of many enjoyable playtimes in the next chapter of her little big girl life.

Friday, July 13, 2012

A favorite sight

On my way home from work. I miss the days when it wasn't necessary. It's worth it for my family, though I miss them when I'm gone.

Today was a tough day, and I'm glad it's done. Ready to walk in and get knocked over with little girl greetings and hugs.

All things considered... I'm thankful for my job. That I have it, little as it might be. Thankful still.

Thursday, July 12, 2012

Little thinking sleeper

This girl is something else.

Thankful for paint

After lunch watercolors. Quiet (except for that teeth-grinding fun). This is more like my kind of afternoon.

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Saving grace of gelatin

I'm going on 4 months of my new healthier choices in food and activity. I'm doing well. Feeling good. Have lost 32.5 lbs in that time as of this morning.

What gets me through? Well, on days like today, Great Value Sugar Free Peach Gelatin is key. Yum.

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Which wire makes it turn on?

It might be difficult to listen to my fave CD today.

Monday, July 9, 2012

Instagram. Finally.

For a long time it was only for iPhone users, which I refuse to be, so Instagram was out of reach, and I didn't miss it.

But today I found out its only a free download away, and so here we are.

Now if only someone had been able to capture the fun I had on the trampoline with the girls today..... That would be priceless in any filter.

Sunday, July 8, 2012


We are blessed by the generosity of so many people. It is not uncommon to have people share with us in ways we didn't expect. We do not take for granted this provision of God via others.

Today was a day filled with such things. None of them life changing, yet all life enriching. People sharing without being asked. Of their time. Of their encouragement. Of their wisdom. Of their resources.

It was a day that makes me go to bed so grateful for so much and so many.
And icing on the cake, a little sister who just can not keep from sneaking into big sister's bed after she is asleep.

So blessed.

Saturday, July 7, 2012

Late for the bar scene

Tonight we went to a bar in downtown StL to see a friend's band play after I got off work . It was fun, though unbelievably loud. A whole lot of people in a small space with not nearly enough chairs and constant movement around us. It was very interesting to me, from both from the music standpoint... because I miss performing with a band alot... and from the angle of the culture side. I never had a phase of doing "the bar scene" and I am ok with that.

It was fun to watch the band play and hear them, though I would've enjoyed a more balanced sound situation so I could have enjoyed the vocals and the superb guitar licks. 70s and 80s rock cover band. Good times.

I learned that I am way older than I realized. I learned that I am strangely enamored with watching young people try to act grown up. And I remembered why I don't live downtown.

Overall I found it enjoyable, and I would have stayed longer if I hadn't needed to come home and let my gracious sister get home to her own bed. The ringing in my ears will last a while I think. But it was a fun night out, though not my new norm by any means.

Funny tidbits to know..
**Our double date couple for the lovely in laws. The friend playing is from their church.
**I ordered a drink, and sipped a little bit, until it dawned on me that I better check the nutrition facts on it. And after My Fitness Pal woke me up with the calorie and carb numbers, it was all tea and water for me after that. Priorities!!

So maybe we don't qualify as hip or happening or current in any way, but we had fun... Until it was time to get home to real life. And really, I prefer it anyway.

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Trim time

We are waiting for haircuts for little girls. Just gotta get rid of the tangle possibilities. New 'do for the hot weather, still with length to do piggy tails, of course.

After pics later...

Edited to add.... Uh. Never mind. We waited 70 mins and left uncut still. That stuff makes me so grouchy. Tell me outright if you won't be able to keep your end of the deal. Don't make me wait with two hungry toddlers for over an hour and leave frustrated. Thanks so much.

Monday, July 2, 2012

Snippets versus stories

I’m still here. I’m not posting much. Well, here, that is.  I’ve been doing mini-updates and sharing bits of life on Twitter, because it’s just easier from my phone, and I rarely get to sit down and work on my computer. Even Blogger’s app is not all that pleasing to me.

So if you think I’m AWOL, check the Twitter box down in the right margin here or just pop over to for a run down.

Here’s a peek at what it looks like, maybe you missed some action…


I’ve debated doing the simple update thing here, instead of feeling like I have to post weightier content…  thoughts?  Would that be better than no content? Or should I keep it to the “real” stuff (which is way rare)?