Three Things Thursday

I’m on a diet. Who isn’t, right? It’s only day… 9 I think. But I’m down 3.8lbs according to my fancy weight watchers scale – and a fabulous website (and app!) called caloriecount.com! This app helps me figure out the appropriate amount of time it should take to meet my goal weight, gives me the number of calories I should shoot for in a day, allows me to enter the foods I consume (and look up the nutrition info right in the app/on the site – a SUPER great feature!), allows me to enter my calories burned (you choose your lifestyle for a baseline, then add extra activities such as walks), tracks your calorie deficit for the day, gives me a letter grade based on my nutritional values that day (I suck and am striving to get better than a B+, it’s hard!), tells me which aspects of my diet are too low/good/too high (I need more iron!), and even has the option to share your daily synopsis with other users, or on Facebook if you choose. You can support other users, chat in the forums, or just track your own info and keep to yourself. I think it’s great and has really helped me see my progress and what I should work on. Highly recommend!

In addition to using calorie counter and working on improving my diet (believe it or not I wasn’t eating frequently enough, and it’s hard to correct that!) I have also started doing “hip hop abs”. Which is kind of hilarious if you know me… I have no coordination, or rhythm. But I do it! And the more I do it the slightly betterish I get. It’s not “hard” per se, I am fully capable of doing the whole workout (so far, once I finish this post I am moving onto today’s workout – which is the first night doing both the fat burning cardio AND the ab sculpt – *gulp*) but I have trouble combining a specific leg movement (or step) with a specific arm movement – PLUS remembering to “tuck, tilt, and tighten” my abs along the way. Eep! But I’m sticking with it. I just posted about it on the Internet, so now I HAVE to!

This last thing is not about me but follows along the health theme of my post. The boy had a checkup this week, all is well and he’s growing like a weed as he should. But. We’ve been keeping an eye on some swelling in his private area (hell, it’s his testicle). It comes and it goes but it’s been coming and going for at least a year and is pronounced enough that we’ve got a referral to see a specialist. They will check it out and determine whether he needs surgery to have the fluid drained. :/ It is called hydrocele testis, and we know two adults (or two close enough to have heard about it) that have had the procedure, so I guess it’s fairly common – but painful (the procedure, he’s in no pain right now). I’m not really worrying about it yet, but I’m not looking forward to it exactly either. I do very much realize that of all the things we could be sent to a specialist to check out – this is by far preferred to many things! But there is a small chance it’s a tumor, so keep your fingers crossed for us.

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Three Things Thursday

Four Things Friday

This is what happens when you forget to post on Thursday! 🙂

Sunday is Mother’s Day! I hope you all feel extra loved and appreciated this weekend. I put in a special request for Sunday but I’m not sure yet if it’s definitely happening. I would like to go out to breakfast somewhere and head to the zoo! The *other* zoo in the area than the one we usually go too. It’s smaller and friends have described it as “disappointing” but I’ve never been and want to go! Plus they have a giraffe, which is something our usual zoo does not have. And they have free admission for moms on Mother’s Day.

My original three things post was going to be some gift suggestions for mom’s like me (read: not all moms will agree). So lets get on with that!

Three FREE gifts that mom(s like me) would love this Mother’s Day!
1) Let her sleep in! ACTUALLY sleep in – don’t pile in bed with her and watch tv. Don’t crouch beside her bed and watch her sleep. Don’t ask her twenty-twelve times if she’s done yet. Don’t let the under five crowd cry and throw fits outside her door… keep the noise level to a minimum and wait patiently until she emerges on her own! Also: no middle of the night wake-ups preceding the sleep-in.
2) Make her breakfast! But wait until she gets out of bed on her own time. And ask her what she’d like (or where she wants to go – though… Admittedly that’s not free).
3) Clean up after yourself! You don’t even need to go all out and clean the house (though bonus points if you do!) but make an effort not to leave a trail of dirty clothes, wet towels, crumbs and toys throughout the house. Mom will notice. Mom will love it!

Three things mom(s like me) do NOT want this Mother’s Day.
1) Jewelry. Look, I know this goes against everything the commercials tell you, but look at me. Do I ever wear anything more than my wedding rings? Unless there’s something specific I’ve shown you and said “I really want this exact item” – skip it. Sorry. I still love you.
2) Flowers. Again, I know you’ve heard otherwise. But flowers cost money, and then they die. But before they die they sit on my counter and I have to try to keep them alive and keep the cat and the children from eating and playing with them. I’d rather not. If you’re gonna do flowers get something that can be planted outside. Some tulips or a rosebush perhaps! But plant it for me. And take care of it too. That’ll show me you love me!
3) Another pair of pajama pants. You’re right, I DO love my soft warm and comfy pj pants! But I just got like 4 new pairs for Christmas. I’m good with the pj pants for a bit.

Three AWESOME gifts that mom(s like me) would love for Mother’s Day!
1) A family fun day full of activities SHE would enjoy! As I mentioned I asked for breakfast out, and the zoo! I would absolutely love to work in stopping for an ice cream cone, a nap, and end the day with a movie of my own choosing (even if I’m choosing from our own Disney DVD collection). Talk about an awesome day!
2) A massage! Or manicure/pedicure, whatever pampering she’s into! I personally love foot rubs. I’ve never had a professional massage, so that would be neat! But I would appreciate a good foot rub from my husband just as much.
3) A night off! Arrange for mom to have some time to herself – not necessarily on Mother’s Day but preferably during the week following. Let her know you got a sitter or you’re on kid duty on ___ night and she’s free to make plans with friends, or go shopping, or stay home and watch tv in her pj’s in the dark. Whatever she chooses to do! Heaven!

Four Things Friday

Preface: Math Not Included

My stepfather (otherwise known as “Grandpa”) is planning to build the kids a play set this summer, and soon I think. He was asking me questions about what we want and asking me to look up slides for prices. How exciting! Not surprisingly I have been doing some web searching on the subject and have a few shares for you all. Firstly, a couple quick links to free plans:

  1. 25 Free Backyard Playground Plans for Kids
  2. Free Swingset Plans (includes wood and metal sets) – on this page scroll down and click the “Specs & Downloads” tab to load a list of downloadable PDFs

As far as slide pricing I’m finding they range from about $89 – $399. We will likely be leaning toward the $89 wavy slide (though I originally wanted a non-wavy slide, it just seems like the bumps would slow you down!) – it’s the same wavy green slide you see on most peoples play sets (and that is surely because it is the most reasonably priced). It also comes in yellow, and I think I would lean toward the yellow. I get wanting it to blend in but I don’t mind bright kid colors… I actually like them a lot. And the swings we already have (and will be using) are pretty bright, so we might as well stick with a color scheme!

swings

But the purpose of this whole post is to show you the beautiful drawing I made of what I would like for our play set! Monkey bars! A double-decker fort (using the enclosed bottom level for toy storage)! Climbing wall! Three Swings! Oh my! It is a bit wishful, we may not end up with all the extra items (ultimately this is going to be builder/financier/grandpa’s decision), but I think if we do it right we could probably build the basic frame and add extras (like the monkey bars) later when the kids are bigger. The boy LOVES the monkey bars at the playground, but he’s not actually big enough to do them himself yet anyway.

Here it is in all it’s math-less glory! (Not only is this not to scale, but I also did not have a straight edge handy, and I chose to ignore basic perspective rules (the monkey bars would come straight forward off the fort, not at an angle as shown). Don’t judge.)

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Preface: Math Not Included

Three Things Thursday

Three things my three year old wants to do himself:
1) put on his clothes/shoes
2) buckle himself into the stroller, booster seat, etc
3) brush his teeth, wash his hands, and otherwise make a mess at the bathroom sink

Two things I can’t seem to get my three year old on board with:
1) using the potty every time, not just as a fun activity
2) giving up his ‘fier (pacifier)

One thing I’m not ready for (but is starting whether I like it or not): my 1.5 year old is forming opinions and wanting to decide things for herself. That means there are TWO OF THEM that are totally unpredictable now! #outnumbered #sendhelp

Three Things Thursday