Sunday, July 31, 2011

It's that time....

Back to school shopping time is upon us... Well, school isn't starting tomorrow, but it's around the corner. Laura will wear uniforms this year, and she's about set. I did pick up some tops as Gymboree had their uniform line crazy cheap, like Walmart cheap, and I had a coupon. I do need to get started on Rachel and Emily, and well just fall clothes in general for Laura too. The Virginia tax free shopping event will be starting soon on back to school items as well, and I plan on taking advantage of that since most stores also run specials.

Above is a pictures from Gymborree on some items I am loving!


Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Umm hi, remember me...

Yes I have become the worst blogger ever... I have been busy, distracted, on vacation, self absorbed, wrapped up in life, etc etc etc. It is what it is.
So what has been happening with me? Well I am maintaining the weight loss, which I hate to dwell on, but it really has to just be a life style change or I know it will creep back on. My total weight loss from the time I started is a little over 40 lbs. I know that is freaking nuts. I still can't believe I was able to do it...I still find it interesting that it took about 25 lbs before anyone could even notice, and even more interesting that the last 10 lbs or so is when I was finally feeling thin. I rejoined the gym and I love love love going. It helps to have a good work out partner and awesome music. The Lady Gaga channel on Pandora rocks my socks. I don't want to lose any more weight, I just want to tone up more, and maintain. It's been life changing to get down to my ideal weight, and it's been weird too. I still am weirded out when I go clothes shopping. I still want to grab a size Large, and when I put on a small or the size I am now I still think the item is marked the wrong size. It's also amazing and sad at the same time how much nicer people are to skinny people. You may roll your eyes at that comment, but it's freaking true.

Most recently someone I was friends with- both the wife and daughter lost their husband/father in a motorcycle crash. I used to scrapbook a lot with the mom and hang out, and their daughter babysat for us, and honestly she was more then just a babysitter she was a good friend before she went off to college. My heart aches for them so bad. This man was such an amazing husband and father. Seriously, I don't think I have seen a man love his family more. His motto was, to go through life happy, you need to know two simple words "Yes Dear." They were treated like queens. It just makes you really stop and think. Now that the funeral is over, the real grief is setting in, and I just am heart broken for them.

We just got back from vacation, while gone I turned 31 (WTF). It was a lot of fun, lots of time at the beach with family, being silly, etc. I read two books on vacation. One was Sarah's Key (book club pick), and then a Nicholas Sparks book. Both were depressing reads. Good books, but definitely not uplifting.

In one month Laura will start her first day of Kindergarten. I am excited and sad. Emily starts preschool this year, this makes me sadder.

...and with that I leave you with a bunch of vacation pictures.....