Monday, January 31, 2011

Life 365: 30-31

So far so good... but, I have a feeling this 365 days of pics is gonna be hard as time goes on. 1 month down :) Only 331 pictures to post left. HA

Things have been busy, almost hectic, around here lately. I have practice or studio almost every night of the week. I try to reserve Thursday's as our official family day. But, I have had to practice the past 2 of those! Boo. But, that means dance is in full swing and no matter how much a moan I do love it. I will be traveling 6 weekends in a row, with 1 weekend off in the middle. Phew. 2 down and off to Crawfordsville this weekend..... or supposed to. We'll see what this "historic" ice event does to Indiana.
Otherwise, things have been fairly low key. Hanging, dieting/exercising still, Jeff picked running back up. Ayla & Leah can sing the days of the week. So cute. This Sunday we actually had FREE. No practice or running or anything getting in the way of just doing what we wanted. Jeff cleaned up the garage and had an excellant helper. I napped, cleaned, cooked, and worked on some things for the consignment sale coming up. It was a good day!
Day 30:
Now we just sit and wait to see what this weather is going to do. I have practice tonight and am not cancelling. I don't see any rain falling from that sky right now! ha So, we will see.
Day 31:
This cat wants to know when this so called "sleet" is coming...

Life 365

Day 28
Friday mornings spent at the library
I love these times. The girls love books. They have a cute little program that gets us out of the house and interacting with others. Leah even loves it even though she is "technically" too young for the class. She sings right along and loves to hear the stories.
Another part I love is watching Ayla with her buddies.
I caught Ay & Mere holding hands. :)

Day 29
My Saturdays are usally spent on the dance floor.
I have traveled the past 2 weekends and have 4 more weekends left.
I will (hopefuly) have a break here or there, but not much!
My girls did amazing this weekend. I was a very proud coach.
During our team routine our music shut off about 30 secs into the 2min routine. It kept reverbbing (skipping).
They fumbled but kept going and finished their entire routine as if their music was playing the entire time!
No Joke.
In 6 years of coaching I have seen this happen a few times and am always like, "that's awesome". ha
Believe me, its not awesome when it happens to you. But I couldn't have been prouder. We got a standing ovation.
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Thursday, January 27, 2011

Life 365: Day 25-26

This Mama is still doing "fine" on her diet. I still dispise it. I am still cutting carbs. My pants are becoming very loose. :) But, I still hate it ha. I do love this kettle bell which sets on my kitchen countertop at all times. When I am cooking 3 solid meals a day I pump some iron. No really. I see it and I pick it up and do a few reps. Anyone walking by would find it weird. Kinda when I am doing choreo for my classes/team I will stand in front of my window and boogy. hehe Sorry neighbors...

Today we had a few friends over for a playday. It was fun. These two girls were making silly faces. I think Ayla was trying to do an action shot/silly face. I thought it was super cute anyway. Regardless, we had alot of fun and hoping to meet up again Very soon
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Tuesday, January 25, 2011


Today we had a little photo shoot....
I just love taking pics of my wee ones....

I know sometimes I spend too much time thinking about what I want/need to be doing....

Mommy Loves you girls!

Life 365: Day 25

We had a little photo shoot today. Just because. Its been awhile. They are always Very speedy. But, most of the time I catch a couple perfect moments. Ayla needed "fancy" hair. And yes I made her hair clip aka"happy" (that's what I call it).
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Life 365: Day 24

Mama's all-time fave snack. OOOOooooh How I love u popcorn.
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Sunday, January 23, 2011

Life 365: Day 22 & 23

Day 22: Opening dance day for IHSDTA. My girls did well. Had alot of 1st time jitters. Hopefully this weekend will go better. I was proud of them though :) My former dancer lives near by and was free to come help me transition my dancers. She was the biggest help. Love you Rachael!! Thanks again....

Day 23: Today we went to visit my grandparents. We don't do it enough. We took the girls to meet their new puppy Charlie. He is SO cute and they girls loved him. He settled down by the end of our trip and had a tea party with the girls :)

Friday, January 21, 2011

Life 365: Day 21

I got some alone time with Ms. Mommy Girl today. Which is always a pleasure. :) She sure looooves her Mama. I can't complain because one day she won't wanna sit on my lap and snuggle or ask me to "hold you".

I love you, Leah Hope.

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Life 365: Day 20

Another snowy day.. :) I get serious SAD (seasonal affective disorder). It's kinda sad. hehe But for some reason the snow is good for it most of the time. Today we got a bounty of snow. I am guessing 5 in? Its still coming down. I kinda like it except I have a very important weekend coming up! We need to practice it will be our first time out this year.

Dance will be in full swing after this weekend. I will be traveling every Sat for about 6 wks, with 1 wk off. But, I am really excited. I have some really talented solo/duets going out for the first time :)
Back to our snowy day. The girls and I sweet talked Jeff into taking a long lunch to go out with us. We love his job and the flexibility it brings. He hadn't been able to take the girls out in the snow yet this year and I just didn't what him to miss it.
We do live in the Midwest, you know? It could be 70 next week. I wouldn't count on it. But you never know :) For now, I am going to try to stay positive on the winter wonderland.

This last photo is for my lovely friends who commented on my unending beauty yesterday! ha Go ahead, look real close. No make up, under eye circles, laugh lines, and loads of wrinkles. hehe But, I am what I am. I am glad you all love me regardless and for that (and other reasons) I love you guys more. Thanks for all the sweetness....

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Life 365: Day 19

Hello, delicious, asparagus. Do you mind if I pretend you are chocolate cake?
This Mama has been on a low carb diet for a little over a week. I don't own a scale, but I know I have dropped a couple lbs. My pants fit nicer. Which is a good thing. However, I still want my chocolate anything, with a side of bread.... please.

I chose this diet for my (obvious) love of anything bread/sugar/flour related. Its pretty serious. I love to bake, I love to eat. I love to eat, I love to cook. Seems like a win-win. Except when I look in the mirror, or at my skinny friends (whom eat anything), or when I can pinch a little more than I should. You know what I mean.
Basically, I am not doing it for the numbers. Like I said, I don't own a scale. I don't care to. In high school I let the "numbers" make me crazy. I want to feel better. I want to feel pretty. We are going to FLA for spring break and I want to be confident in swim wear. I have already resigned to no more bikinis. No one wants to see my "motherhood" marks with a bikini hehe But, I can at least rock a tankini, right! You better say RIGHT.

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Day 17 &18

Day 17: Sisters + bedhead + sharing snacks= BFFs :)

Day 18: Poor sad snowman. What did 1 snowman say to the other snowman?

Sunday, January 16, 2011

Day 14, 15, & 16

Day: This is what Leah does now when we ask her to "smile real big" hehe Always with squinched eyes and cheesy grins...

Day 15: Leah & Ayla's pal had a birthday party. They had an awesome time!!

Day 16: A preview of some Valentine's decor. I have been missing some extra pizzaz after all my Christmas decor went down.... hope to craft more soon!

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Life 365: Day 13

Mama isnt feeling so hot today so the boots are staying dry. All lined up by the back door. Dont you just love symmetry? :) Stay warm...

PS. Like our "lump man" we made yesterday? He has 2 eyes I promise...

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Life 365: Day 12

My nephew Parker came over today to play. Ayla and P are super good buddies. Im tired now :) We made a snowman... kinda. The snow was too fluffy and so he is kinda a lump of snow with snowman features.

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Life 365: Day 11

We had a wonderful snowy day today. The girls begged to go out as soon as they woke. I urged them to wait til the snow stopped "falling from the sky". They were ok... kinda still kept asking, but waited. By late morning Mama realized it wasn't going to stop "falling from the sky". So out we went. It was kinda fun getting them dressed. It took 10 min to do that. We were out maybe 30 min. I lost track.
The girls had a great time. Ran around, ate snow, fell in it, and tried snow angels. We went in for hot cocoa while I cooked lunch. It was a good day. Shrimp Quesadillas. YUM. I have been on a "diet". I just started. I don't own a scale. Maybe I should? I just want to feel better and not be able to pinch so much. Ya know? We are going to Fla for spring break and want to feel good again. That's it. Its not numbers.
Want to know how the cool Mama's are making Cocoa?
1 pk cocoa mix per 1 c milk
Cool whip
Warm milk on skillet wisk constantly while warming. Don't stop wisking & don't boil your milk- just warm it. Once warm add cocoa mix and wisk. Serve with a dallop of Cool Whip.
Remember that's how the cool Mom's do it.... you want to be cool don't you :)

Monday, January 10, 2011

Life 365: Day 9 & Day 10

Today we cuddled and watched alot of movies... I love doing this.

Which leads to my LOVE of Netflix. Right now Jeff and I are watching Lost Season 2 almost every night. :)

Saturday, January 8, 2011

Life 365: Day 8

We got the pleasure of hanging with friends tonight to watch some playoff action. Leah and Koen really get along well, with the exception of "mine" moments. I can handle that. But the night was unfortunately full of Leah being left out & screaming like a banshee. She's not a big girl, not quite a baby so she's trying to figure out what she wants/can do. We're helping her along.

Life 365: Day 7

Ayla got out on the floor at half time without even a bat of the eye. She did so well. She stayed with the "big dancers" without mom, followed instructions, and had a blast. She made a few friends, too. Im so glad I took the time out of my day to let her be a part of my crazy schedule. Dance season kinda takes over my week. I try to make at least 1 day a week that I have "off" for family time. The dance clinic happened to fall on that day. But, look at that smile :)

Thursday, January 6, 2011

Life 365: Day 6

Ayla & I had a full day of dance. Today Ayla's dance class started back up after break. Which was nice for all of us "trying" to get back on a normal schedule. But, this Mama is going crazy. The holidays threw me off my rocker and Im trying to get back. After her dance class we went right to the WHS Dance Team clinic. We hold it for elementary girls to learn a dance and some technique and the perform at halftime of a game. We got there late and she was overwhlemed from the amount of girls there. 65!! But she did her best and had alot of fun. Needless to say, she may be pretty clueless tomorrow at the game but SO cute :)

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Life 365: Day 5

My new "diaper bag"... who says diaper bags have to b e boring? PS. Its not shiney, that is just my flash. But it is flashy! Woohoo

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Christmas 2010

Here's an ugly mismash of our Christmas festities... or at least most of them. These pictures are from our Christmas morning, Christmas Eve at my parents, Christmas day with my grandparents and some others. Enjoy.