Ryan is Three

When people say the days are long but the years are short, they are so right. I am still trying to wrap my head around my baby boy turning three.

Ryan is a gentle giant who has so much love to share with everyone he meets. He is truly a bright spot in my day. I just love him.

He was our surprise baby and continues to make life interesting for all of us. He loves peanut butter and jelly and bananas most. Going to the pool is his favorite summer activity. He also adores Megan (Gee) and Tyler (Ty). He is my best sleeper of he bunch and often puts himself to bed when he is tired. 

I thank God for Ryan everyday and I can’t wait to see where the next year takes us.

Getting Fit!

I have been working my butt off this summer. Before school was over I made a commitment to exercising 5 days a week. I load the kids up and head to the gym every morning and work out for between 60 and 90 minutes. I have come to love the exercise classes that I have joined. The times flies and a put 100% effort in while I am there. I am also trying to get in some work on the treadmill. I am amazed at how much more endurance I have since last year. It is nothing for me to run on the treadmill for 20 minutes straight. That is progress.

I am also trying to get the kids involved in exercise this summer. I want to focus on being active with them all summer long. There are Kid Fit classes at the gym two days a week and we are there! It has been fun to work out with them. On Thursday Tyler climbed on my back for the majority of the 1/2 hour Tabata session. Man, he weighs 55 pounds and that amount of weight on me was tough. It really hit close to home how much the physical weight makes everything so much more difficult. Last summer I weighed approximately 100 pounds more then I do now. Megan weighs almost 100 pounds and I can barely lift her!

I am still at a place where I would like to lose more weight, but mostly I want to tone everything. With the weight loss comes some sagging skin (mostly in my belly and thigh areas) that I am desperate to tone as much as possible.

The menta struggle is a whole other issue that deserves its own post.

Ryan turns three tomorrow. Unbelievable.

I will leave you with his last picture as a two year old.


Ryan turned into a dinosaur at the library this week.

So did his mommy.

I always forget how awesome the library is for kids until we go there. Then I think, “we should do this more often.”  This summer we will! It is my goal to make it over there quite a few times this summer. It is a nice quite activity for the kids to do. We spend so much time running it is good for them to just be able to sit. I am also trying to read a bunch of books for fun this summer. I miss reading and my season of life is finally at a point where I can (sometimes) chill with a book. Less social media, more books!

Last week my mom came down and we took a day to head to the dairy farm. It is about an hour from our house but absolutely worth the drive. My only regret is that we didn’t get there earlier in the day to enjoy all of the activities I had no idea!). I am hoping we can get back here to meet my BFF and her son for the day.

Here are some pictures:

What a great day. Except Ryan was afraid of the barn with the animals.  That’s why there are so many pictures of him…my mom kept the big kids in the barn and Ryan and I climbed tractors. Good times!

I have been focusing a lot of effort on getting exercise classes in. I would really like to lose these last few pounds and start year 2 strengthing up pretty much every problem area on my body. I am happy where I am but there is always room for improvement!

Gotta run. Have a great day! 

It’s Been a While

Hello, friends!

I can’t believe it had been so long since I have posted. The end of the school year is no joke. After Mother’s Day life went into crazy mode and it did not stop until today. 

I went to Washington DC with my 8th graders for four days. It was a great trip. It is amazing how much easier everything is when I am not carrying so much weight. I actually felt great the whole time I was there.

The best part of the trip actually happened on the way to D.C.,

If you can’t figure out what that is, it is me sitting comfortably in an airplane seat with the buckled fastening with room to spare. The last time I was on a plane I was extremely uncomfortable and needed an seatbelt extender (humiliating). So the trip started on a great note.

In other news, I have been loving yogurt and fresh fruit and Special K protein cereal and slivered almonds.

Megan won a Theme Award from school on the last day.

Ryan is turning 3 in two weeks and I am not  mentally prepared.  He also looks like he is 6.

Summer started with ice cream.

And I am happy to have some time off.

I will be back with some summer goals soon!