meatloaf and pool time

Yesterday I decided to make a meat loaf for the first time ever. I can't believe I am 32 and have never made one before. I took the girls to HEB to pick up a few ingredients. (Isabella loves the big plastic carts) The meat loaf turned out pretty good. I made instant mashed potatoes (which were ok) and peas. For dessert, I baked a few apples and sprinkled splenda, cinnamon, and spray butter. I decided to puree the meat loaf so little Sophia could try some. In her defense, it totally looked like can dog food....she gagged and gagged and refused to eat it.

This morning I drug myself out of bed and went to the 9:30 CSI class at the Y. I do not love working out, but I have gone everyday in July (except last Sat and Sunday) and have worked my butt off...It is now a habit that I feel I should just do, and get it over with. After working out I decided to take the girls to the neighborhood pool. I drove through Chick Filet and got Isabella and I lunch to eat at the pool. I ordered the spicy chicken wrap (no sauce) because it is 400 calories and soooo good!!!! The girls were wonderful and so cute.

I am not sure what time Dave is coming home today. We will probably do something low key....I am craving sushi and would love to just have some red wine and have sushi delivered to the house....we shall see. Tomorrow night we are meeting up with friends who live in Qatar. Just one more week until we go to New York City. I am super excited!!!! The end of the summer is creeping up on me...I really am going to miss all of this time with my girls!!!!!


We have teeth, recycling, Ratatouille, and Speakers

Today was such an awesome day. Let me preface it with the fact that last night we realized that Sophia now has 2 bottom teeth!!! How exciting...She is starting to be such a big girl. Today is Wednesday which means the girls go to daycare and I get to run errands, etc. I got so much accomplished. I went to the dentist for a cleaning (which was so not fun!), went to the dr for a check up, went to the ink store, exchanged Dave's wedding ring for a third time (now it fits!) and then and went to Panerra Bread and drank coffee and diet coke and worked on economics lesson plans for 3 hours...It was such a good day!!!! Dave came home and asked if we could go look at speakers at Best Buy. He has been saving his money for these speakers for our living room. (our house is pre-wired, so it was about time we got some). While we were there Isabella threw a tantrum and I took advantage of Dave's large purchase to slide in the Disney movie Ratatouille that I have wanted to buy Isabella for a while. Dave ended up getting a great deal on a set and then we went home for him to set them up. I took a picture of the beer Dave drank. Poor Dave, he is the only person in our household who tries to recycle. The problem is that he just leaves the beer cans/ other cans right outside the normal trash and never follows through. I end up just tossing it into the regular trash can. (I know, I suck for not being green!!!!). Dave (with the assistance of Isabella) put the new speakers in...They are wonderful!!!


Sweet girls

We have had a couple of busy days. Christa and Brad watched the girls overnight last Saturday so that Dave and I could spend time with friends in Austin. We had such a blast. Lots of sun and lots of beer! When we got back on Sunday we picked up the kids and waited for my parents to come in. We noticed that Isabella had several big bites but were not that concerned. We were concerned about the one next to her eye because it seemed to keep getting larger and larger. After Isabella woke up from her nap we noticed that her left eye was completely shut. After seeing that all of the quick cares were closed Sunday evening, we decided to take her to the emergency room. Isabella suffered from an allergic reaction to whatever bit her. They gave her steroids, benadryl, and a grape Popsicle.

Other than that, things have been calm. I have continued to go to the YMCA and work out very, very hard. I am happy to report that I am finally seeing the results. I am back in the 120s and can fit into some old jeans. I am going to continue to work out hard....I really love the feeling after I am finished. Tomorrow the girls go to daycare and I am going to the dentist and running errands. I can't believe that the summer is flying by.

We are going to visit Dave's grandma in New York City in less than two weeks. We have decided to take my 12 year old niece and 15 year old nephew to help us out with the girls (and because they really, really want to see the city)


Tales from the potty

Today has been very adventuresome...Christa watched the girls this morning while I went and worked out at the Y....This is 9 days in a row of going to the gym....hooray for me!!!! We then took all the kids (Isabella, Sophia, Paige and Will) to a place called monkey business...it is a place with lots of fun jumps. It was pretty fun. I don't know if I would go again. I paid about 10.00 for Isabella to jump for a total of 30 minutes. We then came home and I cleaned out my closet. My goal for the next few weeks is to spend some time every day organizing something. Isabella played hard and took a long nap. She refuses to smile for pictures. This phase has gone on for about 6 months. Later on she pulled down some old photo books where she saw a picture of herself in a black wig for Halloween. As a joke we put it on little Sophia.

Oh and the Potty....where should I begin....

Isabella asked to go poo poo on the potty around 3...which she did...the potty process is long...often we just sit and sit and sit....I am not complaining...I am grateful that she is asking to go...Dave said we were out of m&ms so I was worried about the reward since we keep emphasizing the m&ms....Well, once she went I told her daddy was buying her m&ms and bringing them home...she ignored me and immediately went to the pantry and started to point...it is a good thing I am very unorganized because the container where I keep all the misc. candy (which trust me I don't eat!!!) had about 7 random m&ms...this was enough to tide her over and reward her.

She decided she wanted more m&ms...She remembered earlier when I told her she had to tee tee or poo poo to get m&ms so she told me she had to go....We sat there and sat there and sat there....she tried to be "sneaky" and spit a couple of luges (sp?) into the potty...of course I had her game, so after about 20 minutes I put a diaper back on her...she was trying to get me!!! haha...

Tomorrow is Wednesday which means Dave takes the girls to daycare for the day. I LOVE my girls, but am happy for the break where I can get things done... I have been scheduling all of my doctors, dentist appts on Wednesday.


Bob's Taco Stand, Rosenberg, Texas

Today we decided to go and try and eat at Bob's Taco Stand in Rosenberg, Texas. It is 12 miles from our house. It was featured on Food Network's Diners, Dives, and Drive Inns. They are known for their tacos and snow balls.

Of course our luck would have it that they are closed July 5th and 6th. We saw a barbaque resturant that we decided to try. It was odd because there were two resturants right next to each other with the same name. Dave and I were confused and just went inside where they told us no, they were not affilitated with each other. We went into the one that sold hamburgers and chicken, and not barbaque. The food ok, but the service was terrible. Isabella slept through the entire lunch.

Big Girl Panties

Isabella has been asking every now and then to use the big girl potty. I bought her minnie mouse big girl panties that I usually put over her diaper. Today she told us she only wanted to wear her big girl panties (no diaper)...Dave did not think it was a good idea and he was right when she peed all over about 2 minutes after I put them on!

4th of July

We had a great 4th of July. In the morning we relaxed and then took the girls to the pool down the street. The girls then took a nap while I ran to the YMCA to get in a quick workout. Later on we went to La Centerra (the town center by our house) for the Fourth of July Celebration. They had a band, food, drinks, and fireworks. Our neighbors across the street met up with us. Dave always complains about the wagon that Christa and Brad lent us, but it came in handy when we realized there wasn't a lot of seating. We just took the rails off and sat on the wagon. He was actually pretty grateful for the wagon!

Pool Time

The girls love going to the pool. We are fortunate enough to have several to choose from.

Back to blogging!!!

I haven't blogged in a million years....Lots of things have happened....School got out and Dave and I and the girls took a trip to Santa Fe, New Mexico and Denver, Colorado. It was such a wonderful trip. We stayed at the nicest hotel in Santa Fe in the center of the plaza. We met up with Christa and Brad and their kids at the YMCA family camp in the Rocky Mountains.

For the last month I have been enjoying my time off with the girls while Dave is at work. I have been doing so well going to the YMCA and working out. I have taken several exercise classes that kick my butt....but I can totally start seeing the results.

Here is an update on the girls

Isabella will be 23 months in two days
- she speaks in sentences
- still the queen of the castle
- has peed and pooped on the big girl potty
-is letting her bangs grow out
- loves to go swimming at the pool-- we actually have signed the girls up for lessons at the YMCA next week.
- is obsessed with Toy Story (she loved the third)
- is still a picky eater, but now asks for chicken and rice

Sophia- almost 7 months
- is teething
- weighs about 14 pounds
- loves the exosaucer
- loves her big sister
- eats formula, fruits, vegetables
- coos and mimicks
- raised her hand like me when I asked her to