Thursday, June 30, 2011

Working 9-5, what a way to make a living...

I don't actually work 9-5, but I do work a couple nights a week teaching business English at a local technical college from 6-9. And I LOVE IT!!!

My entire life I have wanted to be a lawyer or a teacher. I even made business cards with my name and the word 'lawyer' when I was about 4 and I gave them out to strangers. I, consequently, got in trouble for talking to strangers, but that's how serious I was. The last 2 years of my undergrad I started praying about which career to go into and after 2 years of praying I got nothing. So I went to the bishop because I needed to know whether to take the LSAT to go into law or the GRE to become a college professor, he said that it is his belief that unanswered prayers just mean it's my choice. Hey, thanks! That's a lot of help! If I were able to choose between the careers I would have already done that. So I was back to square one and no time left, I had to make a decision. Awesome. I had several friends in law school at the time and I even knew a few who had graduated, so I had a good idea of what I was in for if I took the law route. And I had been surrounded by English professors for years of college, so I knew what I was in for if I chose to teach. My favorite English teacher told me that I better be prepared to spend a lot of money on an education that will pay very little, but the people you meet and teach make up the difference. I, obviously, chose to teach. And I haven't regretted one minute, but rather, enjoy and feel grateful for studying English further.

I'm really blessed that I get to teach English while being able to stay at home with my kids when I'm not even done with my education yet. I love, LoVe, LOVE my job and I look forward to days when I get to go to work. I can only imagine how it will continue to get better from here because I chose to do what I was meant to do. Even though I'll never make big buck from my degrees, I'm pretty blessed in every other aspect of my job and my life. Have I mentioned how amazing my family is too? My boys are smart, funny, adorable, and absolute joys, and my husband is my favorite everything!

...speaking of Jim, I'm so proud of him because he starts college in the fall. I'm especially happy because he's so excited about starting school. He's going to be an excellent teacher as well!

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Critterfest!

Last Sunday we "missed" (some say "skipped", whatever, it's all semantics, just don't tell) church and attended Critterfest 2011, so daddy could go with us. It was a blast! Both boys had fun, and so did mommy and daddy.

Here's Austin, obviously excited about the day's events...


First, we had to visit the bubbles because they're Jackson's favorite.


Then we found some baby crocodiles. They were just 1 month older than Austin.


The snakes were next. Not mommy's personal favorite.


We found a craft booth and Jackson wanted a tiger mask. Daddy made Austin a little monkey mask.


And then the fishies, soo many fishies...


Don't judge the hair, it was 112 degrees that day. It was HOT! I even had make-up on, but it literally melted off. Lovely.


And more fish...




Even Austin liked the fish.


Lions, Tigers, and Bears, OH MY! Well, really there were only Tigers, but we did see a bear being walked into the building. Apparently, the bear got lost because we never saw him again.


We tried to get Jackson to feed the goats when we first got to Critterfest because we knew it was going to be scorching outside, but he just screamed like a little girl. My little man isn't so brave sometimes, he gets that from me. But daddy took him out in the sweltering 112 degree sun and he finally fed the goats. Mostly because he saw 2 little girls do it first, but hey, he still conquered his fear!





Critterfest was a lot of fun! Maybe next time we'll find that elusive bear...

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

My boys: As they are right now

I'm stealing this idea from a fellow mommy and friend. Thanks Nicole! I posted earlier about time going by so fast and that I'm afraid I'm going to forget my babies as they are right now. As this is a huge fear of mine, every so often I'm going to post about who they are at the current time of the post. So here are my boys right now.

Jackson, 2 years and almost 10 months:
He's 3 feet, 2 inches tall and still very blonde. His nursery teacher told me that he's the most polite toddler in class. He almost always says please and thank you. Occasionally we have to remind him, but that's pretty rare. And he also loves to say, "bless you!" to anyone who makes any sort of noise. This makes Jim and me laugh a lot, especially when we hear "bless you!" from his room after we think he's gone to sleep. Something else he just started doing the other night is saying, "10 bucks" when we're at a register or when he sees a receipt. I don't know when he picked up '10 bucks', but in Jackson's world everything costs '10 bucks'. ...if only this were true. He's very independent. It seems like his favorite words are, "Jackson do it". He's very hands on and he never sits still. He loves to play outside, especially in the water or with water toys. He would rather play in water than do anything else in the world. Unfortunately, it's been 100+ degrees outside, so we haven't been outside in a couple days. He mimics everything and everyone, especially his daddy. He's also just discovered singing and dancing. He loves to sing, especially Dora's "I'm the map", "Backpack", and Diego's theme song. His favorite dance is the Elmo slide. He has a few jealousy issues that we're all trying to work through, but overall he is a great big brother. He is constantly kissing and hugging baby Austin and he loves to help whenever he can. (This is really nice when we need a diaper or a binky.) He's never been much of a snuggler, but since Austin has been born he snuggles much more now and we are loving it! Oh, I almost forgot, he speaks with an Italian accent. He says things like, "some-ah bread, please" or "juice-ah please" or "go-ah shopping". Jim thinks he's picked it up from Mario Cart on the Wii. He's always entertaining.

Favorite toy: water toys
Favorite past time: helping with Austin, following mommy and daddy around, and singing
Favorite color: seems to be red right now
Favorite jammies: his footie jammies
Funny words: "sun away please"= close the curtains please. "Mawio Caht, weeeeee"= Mario Cart, Wii, and he says this whenever we are on an overpass. "Gah-ma home ah-Donode's"= Grandma lives at McDonalds (because my mom always takes him to McDonalds for lunch on her day off).




Austin, 11 weeks and 1 day:
He's growing so much faster than Jackson did. He's 25 inches long and weighs 12lbs, 13oz. He has brown-ish hair with blonde highlights. My fingers are crossed that it stays brown, so I have one of each. He's long like his brother, but much chunkier. I love his round little tummy and his chunky little legs! He's adorable! He's been rolling from his tummy to his back since he was 8 weeks. I think it's because he hates tummy time so much. He keeps trying to get into the crawl position, but his little arms aren't quite strong enough yet. He loves to snuggle! And I love that he loves to snuggle. He's very easy going, and unless he has gas or he's hungry, he's smiling. He's been smiling since he was 4 weeks old and he's just starting to giggle a little. Thinking of his little smile warms my heart. He loves his bouncer. He had to get a new one because he grew out of the bouncer we had for him, and the new bouncer bounces much better.

Favorite toy: His little lady bug friend that hangs from his play mat
Favorite past time: bouncing in the bouncer and making smiley faces at mommy and daddy

*I used this picture because it shows his little round tummy and chubby little legs. I just want to eat them up!


Saturday, June 4, 2011

Ok, so 2 babies later and Chubs still needs to drop the weight

I've been thinking about how quickly my babies are growing up. Yesterday I realized that Austin's fore arm and hand together are shorter than my hand. I want to remember this 25 years from now when my little boy is a grown man. I want to remember how his little tiny arm was shorter than my hand when my hand is just a portion of his grown-up arm. I want to remember how tiny he was because every day he gets bigger and bigger and it's truly heartbreaking. Anyway, I realized that I don't really have any pictures of me with the boys because I hate how I look. I know that's silly because years from now just having the memories in picture form will be so much more important than what the scale says today, but it is what it is.

So it's time for chubs to lose weight. Seriously. I'm not talking join the latest fade diet to drop 20lbs quickly, I want long lasting results. I'm not the type to eat protein and leaves all day long or spend hours at the gym, so I need something that works for me. I'm also not trying to be a size 4 because that's not even possible for me. I'm not even trying to lose weight quickly, I'm good with slow gradual weight loss that stays off. I don't even know what weight I want to be, I figure I'll know when I get there. I just need to learn to eat better and to fit exercise into my routine. I think I'm going to try the Carb-Lovers diet because it's seems realistic and doable. Plus, I LOVE carbs! Now, I need to learn how to exercise occasionally, this could be a little more difficult. I'm not a run around the neighborhood type of girl. I do like to walk/jog/eventually run, but it has to be on a treadmill or a track, so it's not really doable for a stay at home mom because I'm pretty much in the house all day with the kids. I have some walking dvd's that are kinda fun, and we have a Wii work-out thing that is kinda fun, so I really just need to get off my lazy butt and do it. Anyway, if anyone has any ideas about implementing healthier eating and exercise into my routine by sharing some of your daily routines, I would greatly appreciate it.

For now, it's enough that I'm blasting this out into space so that people know that I need to get moving. This will hold me a little more accountable. And maybe I'll even post progress as I get started and going. We'll see.