Friday, November 28, 2008

Progress Picture

Friends & family have been commenting on my recent weight loss. I tell them that it didn't happen on accident! After having 2 kids, I dreamt about fitting into my pre-pregnancy clothes again. I had been wearing my maternity clothes for months after Ava was born talk about depressing! I refused to buy any new clothes at that weight. I got bags of hand-me-downs from my mom. That's when I got MAD! I cut back on the portions & junk food to start but the real change came with sweat. I bought my neighbors inline skates for 5 bucks at a garage sale and started 'strollerblading' with my girls. Then I started getting up at 6 am to get my exercise.

Friday, November 21, 2008

Progress & Reward

Kyra & Ava went to my in-laws today. We had a rocky morning with 1 minor meltdown that was quickly extinguished thanks to our tag team parenting tactics. When I run into a wall with Kyra, I call on Arthur to intercede. It's not ideal, but it has helped. We had a huge success with the bath & pj routine, hence the shameless sweet reward- a chocolate cupcake with a Hello Kitty ring on top.

Thursday, November 20, 2008

A Tough Day...

My biggest challenge is my 3 year-old daughter Kyra. She has been the toughest little girl to deal with as of late. From whining to kicking & screaming, this girl is testing my every bit of patience. After a meltdown, I am emotionally & physically drained. My 15-month-old, Ava, is usually crying by now as well & my husband is ready to jump out the window of our 2nd-story house. YIKES!!!

I seriously don't know what to do. I have tried all sorts of methods & end up feeling defeated, not to mention the guilt of having a household that is in turmoil. I'm not talking about a couple of fits or a few power struggles. I'm talking about waking up upset & going to bed upset & being upset for the majority of the time in between. I dropped her off to my mother-in-law's house for some relief today, but as soon as I picked her up, the tantrums resumed.

On a positive note, I made it out for my morning jog. I made it all the way (a little more than 3 miles) without stopping! I sprinted at the end for a strong finish. It's been so cold in the mornings that my hands are freezing! My eyes tear up endlessly and am constantly wiping them. I usually start with my jacket on & end up tying it around my waist when I get too hot to wear it anymore. Today I left it on the entire time!

On a crafty note, I finished up the burp cloths for my friend Amy last night. They turned out pretty cute...white flannel trimmed with Heather Bailey Pop Garden brown Sway fabric & pink ric rac. I was going to quilt them but decided not to after all. I also started Heather Bailey's Hooray For Headbands using the same fabric...I'll finish up after posting as crafting is the other stress relief outlet I have (exercising is the first)! Pics to follow soon....hopefully!

Happy Birthday Penny

Before I head off to bed, I want to wish Penny a happy birthday. You're someone I'll never meet, yet still I know you. You've given me strength (a.k.a. "Penny Power) on many occasions. When I think about how tough & crazy things are in my life, I think about your struggles & the determination you embodied in your actions. Happy birthday Penny.Posted by Picasa

Friday, November 14, 2008

Post 6 AM Run!

I did it...I woke up early & made it out for my run yesterday. I have been so out of my routine of getting up at 6:00 AM and exercising. I was a reluctant early bird but what matters is that I got up & out of bed! I claim that as a victory for me. Kyra was awake when I got home after my run. She was so enthusiastic and encouraging about my run. Did you have a good run mommy? Great job mommy! That was much needed fuel for my tank. She has been extra challenging the past couple weeks. Sometimes I feel completely out of control but when she says stuff like that it just makes me beam.

Thursday, November 13, 2008

Taco Sauce

Holy taco sauce batman! We counted 80 packets from Taco Bell tonight! My hubby DID say a lot of sauce!

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Quilted Burpcloth

Arthur suggested that I make my own burpcloths instead of buying them. The lady at Jo-Ann Fabrir store suggested the flannel. I doubled up the fabric, sewed, pressed & turned it out. Then I had the fancy idea to quilt the burpcloth before adding the fabric strip(s). I did okay for my first time but I have so much to learn.

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Cool Rose

I like to stop & smell the roses when I'm out & about. Here is my pick for the best rose in the neighborhood! It has a strong sweet fragrance & unique coloring. Anyone know what kind of rose this is? I just might have to knock on their door & ask them the next time I go for a walk in the neighborhood.

Saturday, November 8, 2008

Elephant is DONE...

...but I plan on embellishing it! The ears took me a while to attach...I didn't know how to whipstitch & had to look it up in my library book. I picked up 3 more books today...2 on fabric flowers & 1 on making dolls. I love to create!

My mother-in-law got this magazine for me. I wanted to get a newspaper but we didn't go to buy one until after 4 PM. The guy at 7-eleven told Arthur they sold out in the first 30 minutes! I wanted to have a piece of history. I was so moved by the intense sense of hope, unity, healing & restoration of this desperate nation.

Disneyland Fun!

Last night I went to Disneyland for free with some moms from my meetus group. We had a blast! Here I am in the back row with my arms up...feeling quite exhilerated. We left our kids at home so we could concentrate on having as much fun as possible with no worries! Yaaaay!

Thursday, November 6, 2008

Kitty & Sneak Peek

Kyra was so excited to try out her new sewing kit from auntie Chandra. Here is the cute kitty she sewed, stuffed & embellished all by herself! I'm so proud of you my girl! ...behind the kitty is my almost finished mommy elephant! Coming soon... --Nani

Work In Progress

Here is my Mommy Elephant so far. I started the actual sewing tonight. Up to this point I had only cut out the pattern & done some pinning. I attached the minkee underbelly & head insert as well as sewed the trunk. She is taking shape quite nicely! The minkee fabric was pretty slippery so I opted to baste the pieces after pinning for extra stability. It turned out to be a little extra work but well worth the effort...the seams look nice & clean!

Tuesday, November 4, 2008


Who said Halloween was over?!

Making History!

Kyra did the honors of putting my absentee ballott in the box this morning. She was so excited about voting & kept asking me if she could vote!

Election Day!

This morning started off with a walk to 7-Eleven for a cup of joe. I've been undecided about who I will vote for until this morning. I am really hoping for a big change in our country and I think Obama is the man that can do it! I feel so blessed to be a part of this amazing historical election. Vote, vote, vote people...Just Do It!

Sunday, November 2, 2008

Happy Birthday to me!

Slept in till 9, breakfast in bed, kids at my in-laws all day, iced coffee, trip to Tall Mouse & 5 yards of kick ass fabric... PRICELESS!

I am 32 years-old today and so grateful for all the blessings in my life.


Saturday, November 1, 2008

Unforgettable Elephant (Mommy)

I got this adorable Elephant doll pattern from Leslie on Thursday night & I couldn't wait to start. I pinned & cut out the pattern yesterday. I love this green & blue paisley fabric and Leslie thought to add red to it. I see some red ric rac in my elephants future! The inside of her ears and her underbelly will be super soft minkee fabric. That was my cool idea! I already want to make more!