Saturday, August 27, 2011


So life is getting on a schedule with school going on. We are finally getting used to doing everything that we can. I go to school and Ginny goes to her sitters. On Mondays, she stays at her sitters till four when Stephen picks her up. During that time I am cleaning the house and getting ahead on my homework. It's the time that I spend getting things done that I normally can't get done because she's home and wanting my attention. Which I don't mind at all. Wednesdays and Fridays, I go to school, come home and call the sitter who brings her over. I then give Ginny a bottle and take a nap with her. Then Stephen comes home and we spend time as a family for awhile. Tuesdays and Thursdays, I spend time with Ginny and while she takes her naps I do homework that needs to be done or pick up.
Ginny is getting big. She is now rolling around so it's a big challenging in the fact that I can't prop her up on her bobby while i am doing homework right next to her. She is becoming more fun to play with and she giggles once and awhile. Nothing like an all out giggle fest. We are not starting foods till she's six months old. But we are really enjoying her as she grows.
Stephen is doing good. He got hurt at work awhile back. That he is slowly recovering from. So for awhile it's been hard for him to work then come home and help out. But we are making it work. We are both working on losing weight though so hopefully, things will go smoothly.
You will now start to see recipes on the blog. I am slowly starting to cook more. I am going to be making dinners in the crockpot on some nights and working on making a small cookbook that I can give out to family and friends. So, I'll post the recipes and what we think of them. So far I have made pot roast and pulled pork which both came out perfect. I have a few friends that will be coming over to try the meals each week. So we shall see.
Starting tomorrow, I'll show you in pictures what I do during the days. It's not much but it works for us. Oh also I have been learning how to drive. My friend Sam took me out to the dirt roads and let me drive her car around. I even came into town and drove around. Also drove on the highway for the first time. I am finally pushing myself to learn how. So we shall see how that is going.

Friday, August 26, 2011

Shedding the Excess: Planning Fast Break Day 1

For those who don't know Sparkpeople. Fast break is a week where it gives people a taste of success and a flicker of hope that this time they can succeed.
Six Action Steps for Fast Break
1. Set your Fast Break Goals
2. Plan Your SparkTime
3. Reaffirm your focus
4. Set up Shop
5. Choose your rewards
6. Learn about what you currently eat

Set Your Fast Break Goals
Track three small goals that might seem inconseqential. "The goals are designed to be simple that the only possible answer is "Of Course I can!"
My Fast Break Goals:
-Drink 8 cups of water each day
-Excercise for ten minutes for 5 out of 7 days
-Post on blog about weight loss 5 out of 7 days
Plan Your SparkTime
Have time for Plan and review, read and reflect, and exercise.
My schedule:
-4:30am: exercise 10min-30min
-5:00am: Feed Ginny
-6:00am: eat breakfast
Be done with 2 cups of water
-6:30am: Shower/dress
-7:00am: pack backpack
-7:30am: plan and review
-8:00am: read and reflect
-8:30am: leave for class
Be done with 2 cups of water
-9:00am: English class
-10:00am: Relationship, have a healthy snack
-11:00am: Poetry
-12:00pm: Biology
Be done with 2 cups of water
-1:00pm: go home
-1:30pm: Eat lunch
-2:00pm: Nap with Ginny on Wed. and Fri.
-2:00pm: Work on homework on Mondays
-4:00pm: Homework or Clean house
Be done with 2 cups of water
-5:00pm: Dinner
-6:00pm: Read a book
-7:00pm: Blog
-8:00pm: Relax
Be done with 2 cups of water
-8:30pm: Go to bed

Tuesdays and Thursdays
Tuesdays and Thursdays
5:00am: Feed Ginny
6:00am: Eat Breakfast
7:00am: Go for a walk with Ginny
Be done with 2 cups of water
8:00am: Nap
9:00am: Feed Ginny
11:00am: Lunch
12:00pm: Homework
Be done with 2 cups of water
1:00pm: Feed Ginny
2:00pm: Nap
4:00pm: Relax
8:30pm: Bed

Shedding the Excess Questions

So I admit that I am not starting till Sunday. Why am I waiting till Sunday to start working on losing weight because it's the start of the new week. Also I will offically be in the swing of thing with school and such by then. So, what am I doing to work on shedding the excess weight right now. I am working through my book. The book is called, "The Spark" it's by the founder of which is a free weightloss website that I use. It's actually a pretty easy read about weight loss. I keep notes for myself through out it. So here they are...
What truly drives you?
My daughter, my husband, and my future
Is there a clash between what you really believe and what you're trying to accomplish?
At times there is because of the fact that I believe that I can eat and be who I want to be but I want to lose weight.
Are you working each day toward something that really matters to you?
Right now, yes. I have always wanted to become an elementary teacher and a stay at home mom. I want to finish school and become a teacher for awhile then become a stay at home mom and perhaps start up a preschool. So then I can home school my children.
What are your core values and beliefs?
I know there is a heavenly father who listens to my prayers. I also think that family is one of the most important thing in the world. Also that education is needed for everyone to be able to achieve the highest education that they want.
How can you turn those values and beliefs into a purpose in one or more of your life roles?
I can work hard in college to try and get the best grade that I can to become the best teacher I can. I can also spend time with my daughter and husband and try not to stress out so much. Which means that I have to feel good about my body so that I am less stress about things.
Visualize your purpose. How can you see it becoming a reality, based on where you are now?
I need to find time to work out and eat right so that I can be the best person there is. Also keep ahead in my studies so that I have time to spend time with my family.

Friday, August 19, 2011

Back to the School Grind

I can't believe that I have started school already. It seems like I just ended early because I had to have a baby. I haven't missed school in one bit. I thought I would by this time but I haven't. I loved spending time with my daughter and just cuddling with her. Singing songs to her and teaching her all different things. But, I must learn more things myself. I need to finish college so that I can proudly tell her to keep going when she gets to this point in her life. So, school is already becoming a huge stress factor. I am taking fifteen credits this semister because three of those credits didn't count for fasva. Curse having to take biology three times. So most of my classes are just filler classes. Things that I really don't have to take but am to fill up more credits.
Here's my schedule:
9:00-10:00: Shakespear Class
10:00-11:00: Reletionship Class
11:00-12:00: Modern American Poetry
12:00-1:00: Biology
Starting in October
2:00-4:00 only on Mondays: Diverse Class

5:00-6:50: Music for Elementary Teacher
It's going to be a rough semister trying to learn how to juggle homework with raising my daughter. So far, it's not going so I had over 100 pages to read in two days. Also Ginny, has been waking up once through the night and having a hard time going back to sleep. Like today she woke up at 2:00am and she is just in a light sleep in the swing as I type this at almost five o'clock in the morning. I did get a lot of homework done though in this period.


Sunday, August 14, 2011

School is about to Start

So I have been out of school for a little over four months now and it's going to be so strange going back to school. But, no matter how much I love being home with Ginny and wanting to be a stay at home mom. I need to finish getting my degree so that my husband, Stephen, can go to school himself. Then perhaps, I will be able to stay home and raise my children. I am just glad that I had the whole summer with her to get to know her and her personality. I am hoping to finally go into Block 1 in the spring so then I will be closer on getting that degree.
Today, in Relief Society we had a lesson about eternital marriage. One of the sisters who was teaching was talking about some family stories that she had of her family. It makes me so excited to get sealed to Stephen as well as Ginny when the temple gets built. I can't wait to know that I will be with them for eternity. Before I became a mom I wasn't very religious. I went to church but that was pretty much it. Though, now I pray every night after I put Ginny to bed that she will make it through the night. That no harm will come to her.
Anyways, so I start school on Wednesday. I have classes only one Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Except one class at night on Tuesday. Anyways, we found a great sitter in our ward who Ginny already likes. It will be nice to know she is with someone that I can trust.


Thursday, August 11, 2011

4 Months Old

So today Ginny turned four months old. I can't believe that by this time at night, I was crying my eyes out because I couldn't cuddle with my little girl who was in the nursery because of her condition. It was a long hard labor for me and it was even a long eleven days after. But we are finally adjusting to being parents. We can't be more happy with our little girl. It still amazes me that she is four months old.

So right now what does Ginny do. Right now she eats every four hours except at night four ozs. We are hoping to get the okay for eating cereal next week. We will also get to find how much she weighs.
Her bedtime is 8:30pm. If you don't have her ready for bed by then you get a screaming mess of a baby. She then will sleep all the way to six o'clock am. Wake up just to eat and new diaper. Also to say goodbye to her daddy as he leaves for work then back to sleep till ten.
She loves singing time with Mommy and playing in her toy.
Also, she loves standing and loves when her daddy says, "How you Doing?" or when mommy says, 'What do you want?"

Love her to death.

Monday, August 1, 2011

It's Monday

Sorry I haven't posted in awhile. It's been slow here and nothing really exciting to post about. I am sure things will get more exciting. But I thought I better give an update on my blog about things. So this summer has been relaxing and getting me in the swing of being a mother. Stephen's been working hard at Walmart and in hopes of getting a job at the DC which pays better. I am not looking forward to school starting in only a couple of weeks because I am enjoying spending time with my daughter home. Who is right now...playing with her toes her knew found passion.
Lately though, we have been relaxing at home. I am reading books on my blog and reviewing them. I just started a new blog just for book reviews. I am singing silly songs to Ginny and teaching her little things. She can now stand up stright if we support her. She also knows how to give kisses even though they are the big wide open mouth that makes her look like she will eat your face. But it's been fun. Also we got a huge back of clothes from one of my sister-in-laws that goes all the way up to 2T so getting those organize as well as packing away newborn and most of Ginny's 0-3 months clothes since she's outgrown them.
Stephen and I had our 2nd year anniversery. We decided to treat ourselves to a hotel and a two day break from everything. Ginny had the pleasure of staying the night with my mom. Stephen and I stayed at a hotel that was not the best hotel that we could have stayed. We found a neat indoor pool in Overland park that we plan on going off and on now. We ate at Bufflo Wild Wings and then had some ice cream. Then went to see a movie before we went to see our girl. It was a nice two day get away.
Well Ginny is I must go...I'll put pictures up sometime soon.