Year Round School

It gets to August first every summer when I start to feel like it is time.

Time for schedules.

Time for normalcy.

Time to go back.

I love the summer but I think it just lasts a little too long for me. As a teacher I have always seen the benefits of year round school…a fall break, Thanksgiving break, a nice long winter and spring break, and a six week summer break. It would lower the chances of the “summer slide” and give kids and parents the opportunity to have breaks throughout the year.

I think that would work for me as a parent and a teacher.

My kids have been good as gold this summer. There have been plenty of fights and total meltdowns, but over all it has been an incredible summer.

But I am done now.

Potty Training

My kids are on my last nerve.

There. I said it.

There is a new sherif in town and it has not been pretty. Ryan has some serious behavior issues that need to be addressed (by us and a behavioral psychologist) so the doctor suggested we start with time outs for bad behavior and walking away from whining.

Well, if you are going to do this with one you have to do it with all.

The kids are not happy about this.

It is making me miserable.

But it is working.

Yesterday I started the “3 Day Potty Training Method.”

It sucks because you are a slave to your own home and cannot leave. And we are go-go-goers. 

Day one was as expected. A million accidents and no potty time.  Day 2 has not been much better. Although I think he is holding it. I am optimistic but tentative.

Since I cannot leave the house I have also been VERY VERY LAZY. This is not good. I need to do a home workout today but I can’t leave Ryan = problematic!

Happy birthday to my BFF Bethie! I love this girl! 

A Week of Workouts

I am trying to stay current with this blog, but it seems like I have so many other things going on and I am choosing to put those before this. However, I do want to have a place to keep and preserve memories of my journey. So today I am going to start a new series called “A Week of Workouts” where I can record what I did to move my booty this week…

  • Monday: muscle max strength class (50 minutes)
  • Tuesday: cardio mix aerobic class (50 minutes) and treadmill walking at a daily quick pace (30 minutes)
  • Wednesday: home workout with step aerobics and some weight training, HIIT style (45 minutes)
  • Thursday: walked a ton with the kids and my mom all over the city
  • Friday: Tabata and glutes & abs classes (total 50 minutes)
  • Saturday: muscle max strength class and possibly some running on the treadmill 

Overall it was a good week. I got myself moving everyday and sweated it out. I have really come to love exercising (after I get dressed, my motivation is gone before then). I am on a sweet spot where my kids still like to come to the gym Childwatch so I don’t have to worry about them.


I have not pictures this week…but Ryan took a million of me of vacation, so, you’re welcome!

Have a great weekend!

Health and Fitness

The struggle is real over here, folks.

I am constantly in a state of hunger/starvation/bad choices/good choices…you see that I mean?

I am trying, really trying to get in a ton of protein and water each day, but sometimes all I feel like eating is crackers. 

No bueno. 

This was a great choice. I love salads with lots of toppings

Being on vacation did not help. But now that I am home and back to some sort of normalcy I need to get back on track with both my diet and my exercise plan. 

I am desperate to tone up this summer. I have learned that when you lose and extreme amount of weight a whole host of other issues happen; sagging skin, raisin-like breasts (TMI) and just over-all body distortion. But I am working through that and the best way to feel great is to exercise on the regular.

So here I am back on the bandwagon and happy to have a few more weeks of summer to enjoy. It has been a good one.


We just got back from a ten day vacation and I am having a hard time putting the last week and a half into words. We had a wonderful time of togetherness. The kids were great and we stayed in a very beautiful spot on the beach.

It was a busy and active vacation. We spent so much time on the beach, hit up a couple of awesome playgrounds, and swam until we couldn’t swim anymore. 

In a word, it was exhausting!

But so much fun and so many awesome memories were made.

I am heading to my moms for a few days and then I will be happy to be back to some sort of normalcy for the rest of the summer.

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.