Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Trivia Tuesday

I decided to start a "Trivia Tuesday!" today! Since this is my first Trivia Tuesday I am going to start off with asking a very simple trivia questions... What is the largest planet in our solar system?

Now for those of you that do not know me here are 10 random facts about me!

(01) I love it when my kids do something wrong and then tell themselves "No, you can't do that!"
(02) I love the colors green & blue
(03) I love music and listen to it daily
(04) I believe in love at first sight b/c the firs time I saw my husband I told my best friend at the time that "I will marry that boy one day!" without even knowing his name, or anything about him... We have now been together nearly 13 years
(05) I rarely drive the speed limit
(06) I love special event cards (sending and receiving)
(07) I love dancing in the rain
(08) I love daisies
(09) I want to go to Italy for my 30th Birthday
(10) I love volunteering!

Sunday, August 29, 2010

I almost forgot...

Since having my IUD removed I have lost a jeans size! I was able to put on a pair of jeans yesterday that I hadn't been able to wear in 5+ months and they are actually a little lose on me... I am soooooooo excited... and the best part is I haven't even been dieting or exercising which means I lost that jeans size just from getting the iud removed. hmmm, so much for iud's cannot cause weight gain like my ob/gyn said... I put on 60-70 lbs within 6 months of getting my iud and now I am losing it without doing anything different!

When did I become so sappy?

I have always been more of a tomboy than a girly girl but since having children I have became a total sapp! We have an automatic school calling system here, and we get at least one message a week about events at the school, fundraisers, etc. Tonight we had a message welcoming kinders to the school and wishing them a wonderful first school year and I am crying... hard too! I still cannot believe my baby girl is in school. It just breaks my heart.

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Slacking Thursday!

I am calling today Slacking Thursday
because I have been slacking this week
with my blogging and
need to check up...
So here I go.
Sorry if I get overly random! :)

I am really trying to get back into
the habit of taking random pictures!
I am not really into photographing people
anymore but I do like to take photos of
everyday odd ball objects... Like gummy worms!

My oldest started "Children's Garden" this week.
Of course I mean Kindergarten (which is German for "Children's Garden)...
Which broke my heart! I was a nervous
wreck all day long on her first day!

I have had my nephews everyday this week.
WOW, 4 children ages 5 and under (5, 3, 2, & 1)!
No wonder my blogging has been slacked!

And Lastly, I am so insanely busy with college
that I don't think I am ever going to have
my "me time!". WOW, I really need to finish
school this time so I can stop going back and
putting my brain through this :)

Friday, August 20, 2010

My First Love!

My first love was learned well before I had a boyfriend or even knew what love was. My first love was something I still love to this very day... And no I am not talking about my love for food/eating, Halloween, horror movies, apple juice, lemons, or the color green... Even though I have loved all of those things since I was a very young child and still love each of them to this day!

I am however talking about my love for photography! Sadly, I haven't taken photos in a very long time. I always thought, I would have babies and photography would take over my life because I would be doing nothing but taking pictures of my children... This was not the case at all... In fact I have very few pictures of my daughters, and this saddens me greatly!

Why, would someone who loves photography so not have millions of awesome pictures of her children? I started off taking pictures like a crazy woman when Clover was born but quickly realized she hated my camera/having her picture made. Now we realize it is because of the Autism but at the time we didn't know why. So, when she was a few months old I just stoped taking pictures besides on the 'big' days (birthdays, holidays, etc).

I do love photography though, even if I am not any good at it, and miss taking photos. So, tomorrow I might just get out and take pictures all day. If I capture any moments in time worth sharing I will post them :)

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Oh, wow it's Thursday already?

This week is going by quicker than I wanted. I really needed this week to go by slow so I could have a little time to work on my crafts... Yet, I haven't had a single moment to work on them. Partly because starting school this week is keeping me super busy! WOW, what have I gotten myself into?

Oh a bright note, I did get a new laptop Tuesday! Thanks to my awesome husband :) I am loving it... I actually have all of my keys again! WOO~Hoooo!

This afternoon is going to be rather sad for me though. I am going to my oldest daughter's first real 'open house' at school. She will be starting Kinder on Tuesday and we are going to meet her teacher tonight (although we already know her, thankfully) and get the low down on parking, drop-offs, pick-ups, lunch, etc. I am not looking forward to this at all? How is my baby old enough for Kinder? I am tearing up as I think about it. Although, this year is going to be the real test for my sweet little Clover... If she does well we are going to keep her in 'regular' school, but if she doesn't do so well this year then I will be home-schooling her from here on out.

Now back to the crafts! I MUST do a craft today because I need it for something I am doing this weekend. Or at least hopefully working on this weekend. I will update with pictures if I get to finish it up. Wish me luck because today is going to be a super busy one.

Lastly, I realized today I am not drinking as much water as I used too... Heck I should be honest, I am not drinking ANY water lately. Which is sad because for 7 years of my life I drank nothing at all besides water (no milk, no juice, no soda, nothing but water! For SEVEN years!). Now days I am drinking sprite like each can (that I do recycle) is the last can in the world... Which does help with my GERDS and uclers but doesn't help with my diet... So starting tomorrow I say good day to sprite and good morning to water once again... Again I am going to be honest... I will not completely give up sprite just yet. Since I do have the uclers & GERDS and water can cause my GERDS to really flair up, and cause a great deal of pain through out the night, I will still have 1 can of sprite during my dinner but I will not drink any more than that! Once I start losing weight, I will give up that sprite as well.

Until next time love, peace and happiness!
~Lissa Lou

Monday, August 16, 2010

Random Manic Monday!

I know most of the world deems Mondays as "UGH" days but I don't really mind them... Its the middle of the week that gets to me. On Monday I am coming off my 'weekend high' and Friday's I am ready for the week and excited its almost here... But the middle of the week, forget it! So, lets get on to the randomness of my day...

Today was a little more manicish than most... Which made the day fly by. This morning I weighed in... I am down 2.5 lbs from last Monday! YAY! This is very exciting since I didn't diet or workout last week like I should have. Today I rocked my diet however and am pretty sure I can stick to my current diet because I bought all of the foods I needed at the grocery store this weekend.

I had to go by the college to pay my tuition and buy my books... Which was insane! The lines alone was enough to drive me batty but the cost was a little shocking... I wasn't expecting to spend that much.

After seeing my books, and getting my first assignments I have to admit, I might just be in over my head! YIKES my already busy life just got kicked into overdrive. These books will be consuming my life for the next 16 weeks:

Since I am back in school once again the time came for me to get another laptop... My old one has surely saw better days and after getting attacked by 4 children 4 and under it hasn't worked well in at least a year... It was literally falling apart and every time I used it I would get error messages. But as you can see from the pictures below half of my keys were missing, half of the screen was no longer connected to the base. It was just a mess! And this is actually my back up laptop! You should see my main one that I can no longer use at all and had to turn to my back-up a few months ago. Anywho... I am not sure when I will be getting one though because I will need to fit it into our budget and with the fall coming up our budget is tight (dance tuition/fees, vacation, school, etc) until after Christmas.

Well that is all for now...

~Lissa Lou

Sunday, August 15, 2010

Oh yea!

So, I decided to weigh myself this afternoon and I am already down 2 lbs since Tuesdays! I haven't ate any differently this week or had the time to workout, so being down 2 lbs is major!

I am thinking taking my IUD out was a good idea. Tomorrow we will the official starting date for my diet... I didn't eat badly or anything like that this week but I wasn't able to start the diet I wanted too this week so tomorrow is the day! My goal for the week is 4 lbs. I think I can reach that goal... Fingers crossed!

On another note, I am sitting here watching 'Cupcake Wars' and it has got me in the mood to bake! So, I am thinking I will bake up a batch of cupcakes tomorrow. Not sure what kind yet but I can't wait. I love making cupcakes!

Lastly, I am planning on working on a few small crafts this week... My goal is to have all 3 of them fully completed by Saturday morning. Now if I actually get to do them, that will be amazing! School starts back tomorrow (for me) and I am taking a full load this semester (16 weeks).

As I typed that out I just had this thought "Whoa, am I crazy?". Yes, I think I just might be! School is getting really to start back up for Clover and that means 'after-school' actives are to follow... And I will become a taxi driver once again. Both of my girls take dance lessons, Clover takes ballet and jazz and Willow takes ballet. Clover will also be joining the Girl Scouts this year, as a daisy! And I am the Daisy Troop Leader :) Lastly, they are both taking swim lessons this fall.

The thought of taking so many credit hours this semester is a little scary, with me being so busy with my girls, working full-time, and having so many things coming up this fall (vacation, holidays, birthdays, etc). I want to be able to focus on my classwork and make good grades. I really want my Master's and have started back to school countless times over the past 7 years but I always end up dropping out because with everything else I had going on it was just to much. So, I am hoping this is the last time I start back to school. I want to finish this time and not stop until I am finished.

I should be heading for bed since I have to be up at the college in the morning, but lets be honest I am goin to finish 'cupcake wars' before I go. But this is all for now.

~Lissa Lou

Thursday, August 12, 2010

It's no secret... I am overly random!

My friends are always telling me that I am one of the most random people they have ever known... and I am sure its true! I don't mean to be so random, but I just have a lot of random things going on in my head at once 24/7.

Earlier today I had a little while of alone time... rare, and very welcome alone time! I spent it running errands, with my radio blasting as I drove around from one place to another. I was randomly talking to myself yet once again at a red light when I looked over and the lady in a mini van beside of me was staring me down! I guess she saw me talking to myself and thought "hey, look at that freak!" I smiled & waved at her and then started signing the song blasting out of my speakers as I danced along until my light turned green.

Even now its after 1 am and my mind won't allow me to sleep... My husband went to bed a few hours ago and I had planned on going to bed with him tonight and did my nightly routine... wash my face, brush my teeth and put my hair up (I hate going to bed with it down b/c it seams to get all in my face and around my neck). I laid down and tried to relax but i just kept thinking about random things and the more I laid there the more I thought... Then I started to think about my little brother and his wife (who I am currently annoyed with, but that is a long story that I might vent about later!) and decided I wasn't going to bed, so I got up and found myself on youtube listening to and watching random music videos. Then I decided I was going to check out a few new blogs... I found a few I love! And after reading through a few blog post, here I am posting :)

I really should go ahead and make tomorrows to do list because I have a feeling I will be up for a while longer and my 7 o'clock wake up call will come a little to early. Which means my already busy Thursday is going to be a little more crazy and I will forget half of the things I need/want to do.

~Lissa Lou

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Wordless Wednesday... But I am not feeling wordless!

So, it is another wordless Wednesday, and I had planned on taking pictures and posting them, but I am not feeling so wordless today.

Yesterday was the day I got my IUD removed... Not sure yet if it was the right decision or not, but only time will tell that! And no, we will not be trying for another baby anytime in the near future! If you know me, you will know that I have had a few health issues since getting my IUD, which may or may not have anything to do with having the IUD, but after having it for nearly 3 years my family doctor has decided that I should take a break from it to see if it helps. Hopefully I will be able to lose weight now, my headaches will go away and my blood pressure will come down.

I did start a better diet on Monday... by better I mean the same diet I tried for 3 months and only lost 2 lbs while I had my IUD in, and then gave up on it. Even my doctor was shocked that I didn't lose 15-20 in that 3 months! Now, that I no longer have the IUD I am hoping doing the diet again will work. If it does then that means I made an awesome decision by having it removed... If not, then not a bad decision but I will miss having my dear aunt flow staying on her long vacation (its been over 2.5 years since I have had a visit from her)!

However, I do feel my diet will go better this time because I did put 65 lbs on within 6 months of getting my IUD, and I was doing nothing different (not eating any differently, working out the same, etc).

Again wish me luck, because I am going to need it!

~Lissa Lou

Monday, August 9, 2010

New week... New me!!!

So, yet again is another Monday. A fresh start to another week, and this Monday just happens to be a little more special because I am going to make a few changes in my life this week and they all start today.

Tomorrow I will be going to my OB/GYN to get my IUD taken out, which my family doctor hopes will help aid in me lowering my blood pressure because it has been high for months now (I have been on meds since Feb to keep it under control and it still runs a little high). Wish me luck tomorrow, as I have going to the ob/gyn... But most women do, right? I also plan on hitting the gym tomorrow... Not sure if I can or not yet but I am going to try! I haven't been to the gym since the first of May.

Wedenday I am working non-stop all day long (probably going to pull a 13 hour day). Which I don't mind at all, but I can't wait for it to be over with.

The rest of the week will bring new changes as well but I will talk about those as they come ;)

~Lissa Lou

Sunday, August 8, 2010

Sundays... A day of rest?

My Sunday's always seam to be insanely busy... I was taught growing up that you should do nothing work related on Sundays, they are reserved for resting, visiting family, etc. I however find that Sundays are one of my busiest days. Saturdays are the busiest, but Sundays are a close second. I always have so many chores, errands, and task to do on Sundays that I never get to rest. Although, I do not mind staying busy!

Oh, on another note, I am really excited about tomorrow! Tomorrow is a start to a new me... Basically "new" me means I am getting back to the "old" me. I want to start working on my hobbies again, and just take a little time for myself... I want to learn how to relax again and stopped being so stressed all of the time! Wish me luck on finding the "new and improved" me!

wow, my summer has went by quickly, and sadly school is just around the bend. Clover will be starting kinder this year (yes, I am sappy when it comes to my girls, and I will cry), and school brings on all of my girls after school actives... Ballet, Jazz, girl scouts, swimming lessons, etc. Which means mommy gets insanely busy!

Well I think I have did enough random rambling for now... Until next time I am wishing you nothing but peace and happiness!

~Lissa Lou

Thursday, August 5, 2010

I know, I know... yesterday was not rambling away day!

Okay, I totally went off rambling yesterday instead of posting my wordless Wednesday stuff, but on the bright side I did make a nice long post for you to read! :)

Today's post will be a lot shorter. If you have been reading my post you will remember the Wizard of Oz hair-bows I made... Today's post go along with that... I decided to make a mini hair-bow holder and went with my version of Dorthy's dress.

It's the first one of this style I have made, and this one is not finished (I am going to add really little bows to the shoulders and waistline), but I still wanted to post it. Let me know what you think!

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

busy, busy, busy... And a little pyromaniac too!

Sorry I haven't posted in a few days... I randomly get very busy and cannot find the time to sit down and collect my thoughts long enough to make a post... But I am doing better this time than I have on all of my other post (which I would make a few post, give up and then delete them).

Saturday we had a birthday party for my girls... They enjoyed it but it meant we were gone from daylight to dusk... Then Sunday was a family reunion for my husband's grandfathers side of the family, and then we had errands, chores and more to do. Monday was my crazy have to do this and that day. And yesterday I left home at 8:45am and didn't make it home until after 9:30 last night. Clover and I went out for lunch with my best friend and her daughter (our daughters are the same age) and the girls had a playdate (barbie time) while my best friend and I chatted. After that we visited my grandma (she needed help with a few things), then went by to see my brother, his wife and my nephews, and then we went to my inlaws for dinner, then went shopping with my mother-in-law, then back to their house, where my husband was now at (he works late days), he ate and then we came home.

So, yea, that would sum up my busy, busy, busy last few days... Now on to my little pyromaniac! So, today I discovered that my little Clover is more like me than I my heart can handle... LOL! I was doing the dishes and could smell something burning... It smelt like plastic burning! So, I take off running back to the girls rooms and find both of them in Clover's room. Willow was in the floor playing and Clover was staying at her nightstand saying "I play with fire". I go over to see what she was doing and she was putting little foam pieces (from a stuffed animal) onto her lamp, and they were catching on fire! I asked her why she would do that and she said "I liked to play with the fire mommy"... We talked about how that was very dangerous and I don't think she will do it again... But at the same time, that kid is just like me!!! I used to burn everything I could when I was young. I even have two scars from my little fires.

Yea, I am thinking my husband is going to have his hands full when our girls get into their teenage years! Good luck honey :)