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Monday, February 18, 2008

Bye Bye 10, A Giveaway, A Challenge and the OBGYN

So, I'm sure you want me to start with the giveaway...but I'm going to start with ByeBye 10 first! Make you have to read on a little heehee. So I was looking at my lap the other day, just happened to glance down and I thought to myself "my that leg is looking smaller, is it just wishfull thinking?" So up I get and go get on the scales and low and behold I've lost 10 pounds. I wasn't dieting, not really trying...granted I've got another ?7 to go (like I'm gonna tell everyone). I was trying to save money and eat at home more. I've made sure I've had more stuff for me to eat for lunches so it wasn't so easy to just stop by Backyard Burger and grab a Black and Blue cheeseburger and fries. I've also tried to have more fruit to snack on. I'm loving the presliced apples. I've been making a little fruit dip for them with some light cream cheese and a little marshmallow cream. YUM. The marshmallow cream really isn't all that bad. For 2T it only has 40 calories, not fat and only 9g of sugar. Mixed with the light cream cheese it makes a yummy not too horrible for you fruit dip. I've even gotten Craig and Phillip to try apples. Phillip thought they were ok, but didn't like the after taste, said he would eat them again. Craig (my dh who is the pickiest of the bunch) said it was pretty good. YEAH! Not one but 2 tried something new, it's a miracle! For those of you who know my family this is huge! They are sooooooooo picky. Craig eats bananas and corn and that's it as far as fruits and veggies go. He will drink grape juice and orange juice. Phillip will eat bananas and sometimes green beans. Josey eats NO fruits and veggies, UGH...pediatrician says he's healthy though. I try to make up for it in other things and he will eat pizza and marinara. Lauren eats corn, mushrooms and several fruits. I've tried to talk to them about eating healthy and I thnk it is finally starting to sink in. I've put it to them as a health thing, not a weight thing. None of them are overweight...well Craig and I need to lose weight, but the kids are good. If they continue to eat the way they do though I worry about them. It's always been hard since Craig is so picky. I really have tried and all 3 ate better when they were little. So I still have hope for the future. I'm going to be buying the Deceptively Delicious ( cookbook and sneak it in them for now.

So I was getting ready for my yearly OBGYN visit, which all women should do, and got to thinking.....Have you ever thought about the time you put into getting ready for that yearly visit? I mean I know I double check and make sure everything is extra clean, perfectly shaved and trimmed and toes painted, feet buffed and lotioned and more. Not saying I'm not a clean and neat and tidy well kept person, but on that one day a year I take extra care, for someone who sees me once a year. Other than that in winter there are days that I skip shaving and don't "trim" as often as I should. Shouldn't I be doing this for Craig every day like I do for this doctor who sees me once a year? Just got me to thinking.

So I see all the giveaways on blogs and it got me to thinking that it might be fun. So I'm doing my very first blog giveaway! It's going to be a goody bag full of fun embellishments. I have just bought a huge bag of vintagfe buttons on ebay that are gorgeous so there will be some of those and all kinds of other fun stuff. You have until Friday to post a comment to this post to be entered. I'll have one of the kids pick a number and will post on Saturday who the winner is. Good Luck!

2peas Challenge... Describe one of your birthdays as a young child?

Hmmm... well I remember one in particular that stands out in my mind. We were stationed in England at RAF Alconbury and were living in a little village called Allwalton. I have to say that is one of my favorite spots in the world and I loved every minute of living there and attending the little village school (this was in the early 80's). For my 8th birthday I think we invited every child that lived in the village and a few who didn't. We had it at the house in the backyard and my Daddy was there in his Air force uniform, he had a mustache. My grandma and Case had come from the states. She had chosen to come for my birthday instead of for Prince Charles and Diana's wedding. I still remember how special that made me feel. She brought me a clock that I had seen in the Miami airport when we were leaving to move to England. I couldn't get it then but she remembered and went back and got it for me. My Daddy got me my first camera for my birthday. It was a little kodak 110 camera. I was so excited. My Daddy was a photo journalist in the AF and so this was the best gift he could have gotten me.
I remember the pinata and the cake and icecream and standing around opening gifts with all my freinds around me. Oh and I got a tape recorder too. Remember those things? We skipped around the backyard...small but filled on all sides with a lovely English garden of roses, daffodils, lavendar and a few small trees. We played all those silly hand games that little girls play....Miss Suzy had a baby....It is a day I will never forget and one I hold close to my heart. I miss my Daddy every day and am so glad to have this memory of him. I have pictures of this birthday but dang it I can't get my printer to scan. I can't even find it in Vista. Still getting used to it. I'll try to add them latter.

Thanks for reading and have a great week!


Mollie said...

Ah! That's awesome about losing 10!!! I always wish that that will happen to me lol But eh, it never does. haha Oh, by the way, pick me! Pick me! lol

Jennifer H. said...

Way to go on the weight loss!!! What a great surprise to lose 10lbs without even trying! :)

How generous of you to do a giveaway too. :)

Jenna Franklin said...

Woohoo on the 10 lbs! Send some of that lightness vibe my way, please! And in return, I'll share a funny I shared on the Pub board a few weeks ago that totally goes with your annual "prettying up"! ;)

The Washcloth

This has to be read, laughed at and passed on. There is not a woman alive
today who won't crack up over this! I was due for an appointment with the
gynecologist later in the week. Early one morning, I received a call from
the doctor's office to tell me that I had been rescheduled for that morning
9:30 am.

I had only just packed everyone off to work and school, and it was already
around 8:45 am.

The trip to his office took about 35 minutes, so I didn't have any time to
spare. As most women do, I like to take a little extra effort over hygiene
when making such visits, but this time I wasn't going to be able to make the
full effort.

So, I rushed upstairs, threw off my pajamas, wet the washcloth that was
sitting next to the sink, and gave myself a quick wash in that area to make
sure I was at least presentable.

I threw the washcloth in the clothes basket, donned some clothes, hopped in
the car and raced to my appointment.

I was in the waiting room for only a few minutes when I was called in.

Knowing the procedure, as I'm sure you do, I hopped up on the table, looked
over at the other side of the room and pretended that I was in Paris or some
other place a million miles away. I was a little surprised when the doctor
said, 'My, we have made an extra effort this morning, haven't we?'

I didn't respond.After the appointment, I heaved a sigh of relief and went
home.The rest of the day was normal . Some shopping, cleaning, cooking.
After school when my 6 year old daughter was playing, she called out from
the bathroom, 'Mommy, where's my washcloth?'

I told her to get another one from the cupboard.

She replied, 'No, I need the one that was here by the sink, it had all my
glitter and sparkles saved inside it.'

NEVER going back to that doctor ever!!

Ami said...

Congrats on losing 10!
good luck with keeping the blogging going!

Zen Scrapper said...

CONGRATS on the 10 pound loss!! And I hear you on the buffing, trimming and "prettying up" from the waist down!! lol

scrappinsam said...

Oh my Jenna that is just tooooo funny!

Jackie G said...

Congrats on losing 10!!! I think we ALL get ourselves prettied up for that "special" day! Thanks for doing this fun giveaway!

Sam and Emma said...

Great job on those 10 pounds!
Love vintage buttons, hope you pick me :)

Tyra said...

Congrats on the weight loss! I think that I found what you lost lol

Very sweet to do the giveaway. The winner is a lucky lucky girl! :)

Debbie said...

Good luck on the blogging thing..I am having a lot of fun with mine. And I just did my first giveaway as well -- it was for Valentines Day stuff. COngrats on the lbs melting off you too :)

I love vintage stuff and those buttons sound too good to pass up !!

Michele said...

Congrats on losing the 10 pounds! And good luck with the blog.

KarenSue said...

I should say congrats on the UNEXPECTED weight loss, but I'm a little jealous...

seriously congrats, and congrats on getting the link to work!!

Ginny said...

Congrats on losing 10lbs too cool!

Maureen said...

Way to go for losing 10 pounds. I enjoyed reading about your birthday memory. Sounds like it was a wonderful day.

Stacy C. said...

That's so funny about fluffing and trimming for the OB/GYN appointment! I wondered if other women did that too. :)

Congrats on the 10 pounds!

Laura Ellen said...

pick me! pick me!

Robin said...

I love that joke. It comes to mind everytime I have to go and see the "muffin man". My friend's daughter calls her privates her "muffin". My DD calls her privates her "peep peep". Sorry --probably way off topic. Congrats on the new blog and the weight loss.

Susan said...

Not a birthday memory, but I lived in England during the Royal Wedding of Charles and Diana. We were stationed at RAF Greenham Common. I took a bus trip to Wales once that started at RAF Alconbury!