Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Funnies & and a question

So, by know you have probably figured out that things are pretty entertaining around here... My girls are hilarious and there is NEVER a dull moment. I am always dying laughing at something! Well, not always. The laughter is peppered with episodes of shock when I find plastic goldfish in the toilet, or sadness when I realize I don't have babies anymore, or frustration when the girls fight... Just keeping it real; its not all sparkles and rainbows over here. But for the most part its pretty darn fun :)

Little Penny Lane is turning into quite the ham! She is just as funny and she is cute, and she's pretty darn cute! She is not talking yet, but she communicates well and is always making people laugh! Here's a few of my favorites as of late...

So, my question to y'all with more than one kiddo... Did your younger babies take longer to get talking? I mean I know Penny Lane is smart; she communicates everything she needs very well; just through signing and pointing instead of words. Lucy and Penny Lane do seem to have their own language. They communicate in a foreign language that I can not even begin to understand, but they obviously understand each other. Like a twin language, I guess, but their not twins... Anyway, I'm not super worried about it, she'll talk when she's ready. I was just curious :)

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

For the love...

of excess!

Clearly the love of everything sparkly & bejeweled is genetic. My SIL lives in New Orleans and sends the girls a HUGE box of Mardi Gras beads every year after the parade. Its like the greatest thing ever for the little ladies. It really just ends up as a huge tangled mess for me, but they have SO much fun with them, its worth it :) I went back and found last years pic of Lucy in her beads and compared it to Penny Lane's this year. They are the exact same age in these pictures... Umm... I think you can tell they are sisters! HA :)

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Guess What!?!

Can you guess what my little big monkey has been up to? Other that being adorable... Thats a given :) Well, she had swim lessons this morning, and hated it. But thats not the news. She has decided that she loves to wear sunglasses; big purple diva sunglasses. But thats not it either! Are you dying to know? This little cutie...

Is potty trained!

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Brain Barf...

My brain is fried. Even if I had something awesome to say, it would come out like barf anyway... So I'm just gonna go with it.

It was a super glorious weekend here. The girls and I spent most of it outside. One afternoon, the girls went around to all the neighbors' houses knocking on their doors saying, "Hello? Whatcha doing in there? Got any juice?" Well, Lucy did the questioning, but Penny Lane tagged along. We drew with sidewalk chalk, took wagon rides and lounged round on the picnic blanket, just soakin' up the sun. We even waved down the ice cream truck one afternoon :)

I love the spring time. My favorite thing is getting to plant new flowers, it just brightens the house and freshens everything up! I planted my spring pots over the weekend. I usually do a small hibiscus tree in my front pots, but this year I went with a funky grass called King Tut with some little orange flowers around it. I can't wait for them to bloom!

I bit ago I commissioned Katie, over at Loves of Life, to make me some cute headbands. I wanted something to wear during college football season, as its kind of a big deal around here. I wanted one for each of the teams we root for: TCU (obviously my #1 team!), OU, and Bama. They came yesterday, and they turned out so cute! Thanks Katie! You can visit here etsy HERE.

We had a bout of the stomach flu around here Sunday. Ky got it the worst, poor guy! Lucy was pretty bad too. Penny and I managed to escape pretty much unscathed, thank goodness! I ended up having to take Ky to Urgent Care on Sunday night for IV fluids and something to stop the nausea. He was miserable... Everyone's doing better now, though :)

Hop over to my design blog, HERE, to check out some of my newest blog designs! And don't forget to check out my March Special, HERE! There's about a week left to take advantage of the deal!!

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Mission Skinny Jeans Week 4

Here we are week four of my hCG diet. Did it work? Hell to the yes! I had a weight-loss goal of 25-30 lbs in 40 days. Well, I went to my doctor this morning for my weekly weight in and I ALMOST made it. It has been 30 days and I have lost 22.5 lbs!! On the hCG diet, if you are doing the long regimen (40 days) you can become immune to the hormone. And that is what has happened to me. So I am ending my hCG regimen 10 days and 8 lbs early :( However, I could NOT be happier with the results I got in the 30 days I was on the diet! I mean 22 lbs in a month? Word.

If you remember from here, the reason I did the hCG diet to begin with was because of my PCOS and the inability to lose ANY weight on my own. So, my doctor sent me for an ultrasound this morning after my weight in. Guess what? I have 5 cysts!!! FIVE! Thats it! At the beginning of this journey I had "too many to even count." Now FIVE! This is GREAT news because it means that the weight-loss really helped my PCOS. Which also means, that 8 lbs that I still want to lose? I should be able to do it on my own, no problem! YAY! 

hCG Diet - Week Four
Weekly weight lost : - 5.1 lbs
Total weight lost : -22.5 lbs
Weekly inches lost : - 5.75 in
Total inches lost   - 21.75 in
Bust : .5 in (2.5 in)
Waist : 2 in (4in)
Belly : 1 in (6.5in)
Hips : 1 in (5.5in)
Inner thigh : .5 in (2.5in)
Bicep : .75 in (1in)
So, from here I start my 3 week maintenance period. Starting today I will have 2 days of no drops but still the VLCD (very low calorie diet) of 500 calories a day. Then Saturday, I will up my calories to 1500 calories a day, no carbs no sugar, for the remaining 19 days (still no drops). After that I can resume a normal diet. Hopefully a healthy one :)

Saturday, March 12, 2011

Saturday Morning Scene

A little impromptu road trip! Just me and my girls :)

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Mission Skinny Jeans Week 3

Here we are week 3 of the hCG diet! Only 3 more to go! Ugh, that seems like a LOOOONG time! I think I can, I think I can! :) Really, it is starting to get a little boring... But then I step on the scale every morning and get rejuvenated see my weight drop by at least .5 lbs! And I'm more than half way to my weight loss goal of 25-30 lbs!! WOO HOO!!!

hCG Diet - Week Three
Weekly weight lost : - 5.8 lbs
Total weight lost : -17.4 lbs
Weekly inches lost : - 2.5 in
Total inches lost   - 16 in
Bust : 0 in (1.5in)
Waist : .5 in (2.5in)
Belly : 1 in (5.5in)
Hips : 1 in (4.5in)
Inner thigh : .5 in (2.25in)
Bicep : 0 in (.25in)

Starting jean size : 6
Current jean size : 4 (but getting baggy!)

I wanted to share a yummy recipe with you, I adapted it from the recipe found HERE. I made this last night and paired it with a small filet mignon. It was fantastic! So yummy, so hearty, and SO HEALTHY! Even if you are not on the hCG diet, you should try this. You will not be disappointed! It was quick and easy too. Note: Saffron is super expensive but makes the recipe so just use a pinch! You'll thank me :)

Saffron Cauliflower Pilaf
(yield 2 small servings - you may want to double the recipe for non-hCG eating)
        • 1 cup of chicken stock
        • 1/2 yellow onion, chopped small
        • 2 cloves garlic, pressed
        • 1/4 c diced plum tomatoes
        • 1 1/2 tsp paprika
        • 1 tsp fresh thyme
        • a pinch of saffron
        • 1/2 head of cauliflower, chopped small
        • salt and pepper to taste
        • a squeeze of lemon
  • In a dutch oven simmer chicken stock with onion, garlic and spices until onions are tender. About 3 minutes.
  • Add cauliflower and cook for 5 minutes
  • Simmer on low heat until cauliflower is tender. About 20 mins.
  • Squeeze a wedge of lemon on before serving to brighten the flavours

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Its the little moments...

That make me truly count my blessings. The other day (pre-ankle demolishment) the girls and I made a quick stop at Braum's on the way home from running errands. I got the girls tiny little chocolate malts and we had an impromptu picnic on the front lawn when we got home. Nothing special, nothing planned. Just my girls and me. And some ice cream, which they LOVED! Just like their momma :) They are so cute.

Monday, March 7, 2011

Springtime, la tee da tee Springtime!

So, I'm still on copious amounts of pain meds. I apologize in advance. You will actually not believe how long it took me to type that first sentence. Or that sentence... Ugh. So, here's a little bit of my weekend... It all has to do with my ankle, shocking! All I can do is sit here and stare at it, so its all I got!

These are my crutches. I've had them since junior year in high school. They have been through 2 knee surgeries, sprained ankles, a broken foot (I kicked a bag of dog food and broken my food, what!?!), and my ankle surgeries. I painted them back in high school. I still love the animal print! Ha!

 I had to take my big boot off because the pressure on my ankle was so bad. The swelling was too much to fit in the boot. It was unbearable! So I rocked my surgery wrap and yellow toes all weekend. 

They had to switch my pain meds on Friday, because what they gave me just wasn't cutting it. The new ones made me sick :( Finally got the pain under control and now I'm feeling much better. I was even able to get my boot back on!

So, I told you HERE that one of my pins fused to the bone and they had to remove a chunk of bone to get the screw to come out... But I didn't tell you that I HAVE the pins! Here are the pins they removed from my ankle. The top one was the one that fused to the bone, bone still attached. It also sent metal splinters through out my ankle when they tried to take it out. The splinters are still in there! WARNING, this next pic is kinda gross:

Lucy is sitting on my lap right now telling me about a monster that lives in in he play kitchen oven. She said he's a nice monster and he like "rashburries" (raspberries) so she shared her "rashburries" with him. She also pointed to the pins int he pic above and said, "Those are swords, mommy!" Love. There are rashburries all over her face!

My Kyle is the best. He has taken such good care of me and done a great job running the house while I've been down. I've been pretty needy, he's been awesome! My parents have also helped out with the girls and brought me a super yummy steak last night for dinner. Kyle got me the most gorgeous roses I have ever seen. Srsly, they are stunning. I have them next to my bed so I can see them and smell them all the time! Makes me happy!

I also changed up my blog this weekend, spruced it up for spring! I think I'm loving it... What do you think? 

Also, don't forget to check out the March Madness special I'm running on blog make-overs HERE!

Saturday, March 5, 2011

Winner Update!

Remember way long ago when Miss E's Misadventures won my blog make-over giveaway? Well we finally got it finished! YAY! Just in time for their little baby girl to get here, she's due soon! And it is so cute! Stop by and tell her hello!

Friday, March 4, 2011

Mission Skinny Jeans & Ankle Pins

So, I have now been on the hCG diet for 2 weeks and I have to say, I am MORE than excited about the results so far!! I received a couple comments and emails about weight gain after the diet is over... I obviously can't see the future, but here's my take. After the drops are over, you have the 3 week maintenance period which I explained HERE. During this time, your body resets its metabolism making it more efficient and you learn to make smart food choices. The hope is that once you go back to your regular everyday food intake, you will make better choices. And because your metabolism has been reset your body processes the food you intake more efficiently. Also, personally, I am quite active with my two toddlers and I go to the gym 4-5 times a week. I have never battled my weight and have always found it every easy to maintain my ideal weight. So, I think I will be fine! Once the weight is off my cysts, caused by the PCOS, will be less active making my body able to process food (specifically cards and sugars) like its suppose to. This will also help in keeping the weight off.

So, now to the good stuff... Results from week 2!

hCG Diet - Week Two
Weekly weight lost : -4.5 lbs
Total weight lost : -11.6 lbs
Weekly inches lost : - 7.5 in
Total inches lost : - 13.5in
Bust : 1 in (1.5in)
Waist : 1 in (2in)
Belly : 2 in (4.5in)
Hips : 2.5 in (3.5in)
Inner thigh : 1 in (1.75in)
Bicep : 0 in (.25in)

Starting jean size : 6
Current jean size : 4

Switching subjects... I had surgery yesterday to remove the in my ankle. Want the back story? You got it!

Five years ago, Kyle and I had just moved to my hometown and were getting all settled it. It was January, so shockingly (sarcasm) we had a huge snow storm. Since Kyle was new in town, I thought it would be fun to take him to my favorite sledding spot where we went sledding EVERY snow day growing up. We met up with my little cousins and watched them sled down the big hill for a bit. Eventually, it was my turn. Right as I was getting ready to take off, Kyle said to me, "Don't angle towards that direction, you will hit a tree." So, guess what I did. I  took off and ran smack into a tree. I stuck my right foot out just in time to stop my face from splatting into the tree. Saved my face, sacrificed my ankle; it was shattered. I had to have surgery to repair my ankle bone and pins were put in to hold it in place.

Fast forward five years later, after several months of pain and a really gross incident were one of the pins popped through the skin on my ankle, it was determined that I HAD to have them removed. So, I did, yesterday. Usually this is a super simple, quick in-and-out out patient surgery; about 20 minutes.  But anyone who knows me, knows I am any but simple. The procedure took about a 1 hour and 25 minutes. Reason being that one of the screws had fused to the bone and sent metal fragments scattered through my ankle bone so he had to try and scrap a lot of the fragments out, he didn't get them all. And because the screw was fused it took a good sized chunk of bone out with it when it was removed. Gross. Needless to say it freaking hurts and I am in a beautiful boot for at least a month and have crutches to use when the pain is really bad. Yippee! False...

Well, that's all for now folks! Oh, and check out my design blog for a special March promo for blog layouts!!