Friday, July 10, 2015

I know It's Summer When...

There are 8 bikes in the yard.

I've yelled shut the door 27 times and it's only 11 AM.

We've used My teenage son has used 75% of our data plan and the month is only half over.

I broke down and bought paper plates and cups because I just cannot handle one. more. dirty. dish.

When it's time to pack for something I just do laundry then throw the clean clothes in a Walmart bag.

I have no idea when my kids showered last.

We've been swimming that day, so that definitely counts as a shower.

Brushing teeth is optional.

Having to be anywhere before 11:00 am is painful for everyone.

When I tell my boys "it's time to wake up! if you were at school, you'd be eating lunch right now!", their response, "why do you wake us up so early every day?!?!".

The Minecraft music will be the death of me.

I've memorized the YouTube videos they think are hilarious {"I'm legally blind", "What's 9 plus 10?"}.

We are out of toilet paper. Again!

Making two 10 year old boys read for 15 minutes is torture.  Just ask them!

I thought I would save money not paying for school lunches.  Boy was I wrong.

Three meals a day morphs into one meal a day and a ton of snacking.

You see the school supplies at the front of the Walmart and do the crazy, excited, let me bow down and kiss your feet dance!!

Monday, July 6, 2015

Small Town Living

My teenage son has a bad habit of losing things!  {Especially things that have just been purchased.}  A few weeks ago he was headed to a team basketball camp with the Varsity and JV teams.  He decided he needed to upgrade his wallet.  In other words, he graduated from the canvas velcro wallet to the $12 leather wallet from the Walmart.

He headed to basketball camp with all his stuff and his new wallet with the spending money I gave him for snacks and food while traveling.  He ended up spending all the money I gave him {no surprise there}, but he came home without his wallet.  It took about 6 days to discover this fact.  So I told him to ask the coach if he could look on the bus for his wallet.  The next week, the girls basketball team rode the same buses, and I told him to text a friend of his and ask her to look for his wallet in the seat.  He decided he was way too cool to do either of my suggestions.  I told him no way was I paying for another wallet.

I thought about calling the bus department on the small chance that someone had found it and turned it in.  He thought that was a ridiculous idea.  He told me to just give up on the wallet.  This is where the part of living in a small town comes in very handy!  This Sunday at church a lady (who also happens to live in our neighborhood) flagged me down to tell me she had Noah's wallet!  One of the gals who cleaned the bus found his wallet and turned it in.  And my teenage son was smart enough to put his library card {with his name on it} in the wallet.  And the $1.27 he had left over was still in there!  The wallet was recovered today, so that's one less thing I have to look for, and one less thing to hound my teenager about.  That's a win for all of us!

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

2015 is Half Over!

It's really hard to fathom that 2015 is half over!  This year has definitely gone faster than any that I can remember.  I thought I'd take the time to give a little Whole30 update.  This little blog is definitely not a diet blog, nor am I a diet expert.  I'm just sharing some things I've learned the last 6 months.

I started my first Whole30 on January 1, 2015.  In the beginning, it was hard.  Very hard!  But each day got a little easier, and I really feel like the first 30 days weren't all that bad.  I tried to take a weekend off and quickly realized how much I liked the restrictive parts of Whole30.  It gets easier to say no to food. (something I thought I'd never say)

I pretty much stuck to the Whole30 plan until after the Indy Mini Marathon.  Oddly enough, this was the first marathon that I experienced leg/calf cramps.  Around mile 12 I thought I was done for it.  I couldn't walk.  I had just passed a medical tent and thought about trying to crawl back to it.  I stopped, tried to stretch, almost cried, stretched some more, then thankfully they went away.  I don't know why I got them and haven't experienced them since then.

After the marathon, I decided to add hummus to my every day eating.  I love hummus so much, and I was so thankful to have it back in my life!  So right now I describe my diet as Whole30 plus hummus!  Also on the weekends, I take a night (sometimes two!) and have a treat.  I've tried the Arctic Zero ice creams (yuck), Halo Top ice creams (yummy), M&Ms on my popcorn (our family movie night treat), and I even had a Dairy Queen Jurassic Smash Blizzard after a co-worker raved about them (delicious).  Eating treats definitely makes me want more treats, but so far I have been able to wake up the next day and eat healthy again.  I plan to do this until my birthday when I get myself a big ol' cake and maybe eat the whole thing!  Then I think after I turn 41, I'll do another serious Whole30 with no weekend treats.  That's my plan for now.