Monday, August 31, 2009

Too Cool for School...

Today was the big day, The Son had his first day of Kindergarten. I managed to upload the pictures in a timely fashion and here they are... (You're welcome, Grandparents.)

Here's a couple on the front step. He's a little squinty because it was very sunny. We had a beautiful day, low 70s and no humidity. The Son was able to wear long pants to school and told me that he felt like a "rock star" in his outfit. I didn't have the heart to tell him that he'd make an awfully preppy rock star, however...

As we were getting ready for school, he asked me if I would draw a heart on his palm so that he would have it with him all day. I thought it was the sweetest idea so of course I did it. He then became obsessed with showing "his heart" in every. single. photo. I had to keep telling him to put his hand down but of course had to make sure to take plenty of photos of the heart as well. He was so pleased with it.

Let's walk up to the bus stop...

Waiting and waiting...

and waiting...

He wanted me to take a picture of his favorite sneakers and of course had to sneak that hand with the heart on it in there again...

There's the bus! My heart started to pound...

I had to get in one last kiss.

A happy face, that makes me feel pretty good. He was eager to get on the bus.

sniff. sniff. Goodbye my sweet boy, see you soon.

YES! I followed the bus... so what? I had to know that he would arrive safely and get into the school building.

And, he did. Not that you can tell, but he was the first one off the bus and running into the school. I continued on and made it to the Y without too many tears on my part at all. Phew...

The Son ended up really enjoying his first day of Kindergarten and says that he has "the best teacher ever." I hope he continues to feel that way.

Enjoy your Tuesday everyone. We'll be enjoying ours here.


my baby goes to kindergarten. Yep. At noon today, I will be putting The Son on the bus and he will be taken to school. He told me last night that he was feeling a bit "apprehensive" about going. I reminded him that it would be a new experience for all the children and that seemed to make him feel a little better. He was telling his stuffed squirrel, Skuggs, about his teacher and when he spoke about her, he seemed excited. I know she's going to be a good teacher for him. I was very, very pleased with her when I met her.

My neighbor and friend, whose son is starting 1st grade tomorrow, told me that it was perfectly acceptable, AND normal to follow the school bus to school (on the first day) and watch him get off safely. She said, "there is nothing wrong with wanting to know what is happening to your five year old" and that it's a "difficult transition" for many moms. She made me feel a little better and I think I will be following the bus to school, just to make myself feel better. I won't be telling The Son that I'm doing it but I'll just let him know that I'm heading to the Y to work out while he's at school which will actually be what I will be doing after the brief visit to his school.

Speaking of the Y... today is the day that our Y reopens after being closed for a week. I'm so excited to see all the new cardio machines and anxious to get back into my routine. I've been working out at another local Y but it's just not the same as my "home away from home." I've been doing OK with my healthy eating but I do feel that after my vacation in Maine and the week away from "my" Y that I need to refocus and make sure that I am tracking all my food at least for the next couple weeks. I have definitely been a "tracker slacker" for the past month or so. It's time to recommit and get started with the next phase of my weight loss... bring it on!

I'll be taking lots of photos when The Son gets ready and leaves for school this afternoon and I'll post them as soon as possible. There will be no one here to take pictures of the tears streaming down my face as the bus drives away but I assure you, there will be tears, let's just hope they're only mine and not The Son's. Enjoy your Monday everyone... I'll try to enjoy my life changing day...

Friday, August 28, 2009

It's fun to work out at the YMCA!

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This has been a tricky week for me, our YMCA has been closed all week for it's annual "Shut Down." Basic refurbishment and maintenance is done but also, this year, we're getting TONS of new cardio equipment. Many with personal televisions attached. I. Am. So. Excited! The Y doesn't reopen again until Monday so I've been traveling to another local Y this week. It's also pretty nice but I'm really excited to be back in my home base when it reopens again next week.

Here's our Y's fitness center a few weeks ago, I don't think it will look much different next week except that all the equipment will be new. After visiting the Y in Maine last week, I realized how lucky we are at our beautiful high-tech modern Y. Yay! This picture is taken from our second floor track.

Here I am working out on my favorite AMT machine. We only had two of these but I think we're getting a couple more. Hooray! They are coveted machines and they burn a lot of calories but are easy on the joints. I think of it as a combination elliptical/arc trainer/step machine. I vary the tension from levels one to twenty (ugh!) and if I stay on for 45 mintues, I burn over 600 calories! At least that's what the machine tells me after I enter my weight and age. I definitely realize that that number is simply an estimate of calories burned I don't use at as a hard and fast rule.

Sweaty enough for you? You can tell that's a lot of calories gone, I work hard! Pretty huh? ;)

So, I don't really have a weight loss report this week. Our group has ended until after the beginning of September. I have lost a total of 63 pounds and I'm still working on getting rid of least 40 more. Right now I am recovering from my trip to Maine and my lobster bisque, dates with Ben and Jerry and more cocktails then I normally consume. I got weighed on Monday and I am pleased to report that there is no significant gain. All the working out in Maine must have kept me right where I need to be. I'm getting back on track now that my routine is more or less back to normal. I hope that I'll have a loss to report next week.

Have a great Friday everyone! Stay healthy!

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Mini Golf and a date with two of my favorite guys...

On one of our last night's in Maine, we took The Son miniature golfing. It was so much fun. It wasn't his first time at mini-golf but let's just say, it was the first time that was truly successful.

I picked a pink ball because I am always a girly-girl. The Son picked black because they didn't have red and The Husband wanted blue...

The Husband offers a little bit of assistance with the golf stroke. The Son did great even scoring a hole-in-one mid-way through the game. I happened to score a hole-in-one on the very first hole and was very pleased with myself. I don't know if I ever told you but I was a champion mini-golfer in college, bringing my sorority a Greek Week Win for mini-golf back in my day. Turns out, The Husband won anyway. Let's just say, I let him win... sure... that's it...

Where's the next hole people?

Note to self: Stop slouching in photos.

Always posing, he set himself up for this one. Cute. As. Ever.

Ok, Now onto my date with two of my favorite guys. What? You didn't actually think I meant The Husband and The Son did you? ;)

We didn't actually make it to the Scoop Shop in Kennebunkport that I wanted to make it to, so we went to the one in Ogunquit, ME instead. It was nice, the girl who served us was lovely and Ogunquit was beautiful as always. One of my favorite places in Maine for sure.

This is a horrible picture but I wanted to show you my regular cone of Peanut Butter Swirl. It was absolutely delicious. I can't even begin to imagine how many calories this cone contained but at least Ben and Jerry's ice cream is all natural, that means something, right? RIGHT? Anyway, it was very much enjoyed, a definite treat. A treat I'm making up for a week later but a treat nonetheless.

Ummm, yeah, The Son enjoyed his too. He had a dish of Fudge Brownie, this mess is made from him having a dish. Can you imagine if he had actually had a cone? The Husband enjoyed his usual, Mint Chocolate Chunk.

Fun times were had by all. I have to break up with my boyfriends again until next summer I'm afraid but I have a feeling they'll take me back again with open arms when I'm ready. Ben and Jerry are good like that. Tomorrow, I'll even tell you some other good things about Ben and Jerry and maybe even about my favorite shop in Ogunquit. Good times, good times...

Monday, August 24, 2009

Life Changes...

Sometimes life can be a little bit rocky...

Sometimes they say, "Life's a beach!"

Sometimes it's a little bit of both...

This is one of those kinds of weeks for me, Today begins the last full week of summer for our family with big, BIG changes ahead. SO much is going on. I have off from work for the next two weeks because our Y is having it's annual shut-down for maintenance and the week after that, the indoor pool is still shut down for extra maintenance. Fortunately, the outdoor pool will still be open so I imagine we'll be spending a good deal of time there. No swim lessons is a nice break but we'll still be plenty busy getting ready for next week, next Monday will be The Son's First Day of Kindergarten!

The Husband and I have a meeting on Wednesday this week for The Son's school and then he has a "Sneak-a-Peek" meeting on Thursday where he'll get to see his classroom and meet his teacher. He's feeling a little bit apprehensive about it all but I think as soon as he meets the teacher and sees the classroom, he'll be excited. I think he's ready, he's been in preschool since the age of two and a half. He loves to learn, he loves to make friends... he's definitely ready in all those respects, but I know he feels it as a big change as well. A real milestone in his relatively short life so far. I'm pretty confident, he'll adjust well and quickly. Me... I'm not so sure. Part of me is ready and SO excited for him, but as so many of you know, it's hard to "let go," to let him enter the "real" world of education. He's only attending half day kindergarten, I still haven't decided if that's going to be a good or bad thing for us. I guess that all remains to be seen. I do know that it will be an adjustment for both of us, my little shadow for five years will be missing for a couple extra hours in the day and that's going to be hard.

I too have changes ahead for me as well, hopefully, they'll all turn out to be good. I'll keep you posted on them. For this week, it just means that I have to go work out at a different YMCA, nothing major. I know it's a nice Y, nothing like the little rinky-dink one I visited in Maine last week. I'm looking at it as a nice change of pace. It will be nice for The Son to check out a new Kids' Corner too. I'm hoping it will help him realize that change is good and that Kindergarten won't be so scary.

I'm currently uploading the hundreds of pictures I took on our vacation to Maine. I'll share some more of them with you this week. Have a great Monday everyone! Stay healthy! We're going to work on enjoying this last week of Momma/Son time together.

Saturday, August 22, 2009

Boy Stuff...

We're still in Maine, stayed at the MIL's house last night. We're getting ready to head back to PA. It's been an extremely busy but relaxing trip, all at the same time. I'm not really looking forward to the drive but it will be nice to be back home. I am missing the pups. One more week before school starts. I'm off from swimming lessons for the next two weeks and I'll spend that time getting The Son ready for school, meeting his teacher, joining the PTA, etc.

I'll leave you with a couple shots of The Son enjoying the beach one day this week. I have a lot more to share and I want to tell you about my hot date with my ex-boyfriends, there was much joy had by all and by "all" I mean me.

Have a great Saturday everyone!

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

To my Ex-Boyfriends:

Dear Ben and Jerry:

Hi! How are you guys? I know it's been a long time since we've seen each other and I hope you aren't too upset with me. I have to apologize for completely cutting you out of my life like I did. I hope you understand, it was me, not you. I just couldn't control myself around your sweet, creamy, deliciousness and it wasn't good for me.

I look a little different now, I've lost 63 pounds since you've last seen me. I would certainly never blame my weight gain on you guys, again, it was me not you, but I had to learn how to have a better relationship with food and I think I'm ready to try again, at least for tonight.

Do you guys mind if I stop by for a little bit, at that cute little scoop shop up on the hill in Kennebunkport? I'll be especially pleased if you have either "Dublin Mudslide" or "Coffee Heath Bar Crunch" for me. You do know however that I'll only be indulging in a small cone and then after that, I'll have to say goodbye to you guys for a while again. I know you've probably moved onto other girls and have forgotten about me, but believe me, I haven't forgotten about you. Your ice creams cannot be matched by the likes of any one else AND your liberal politics, your advocacy for the living wage and your "Caring Dairy Initiative" are enough to make a girl giddy with delight every time she thinks of the two of you.

I'll be there in a couple hours guys. Break out your best tie dyed employees for me please, Ok? See you soon.

Love and sugar cones,


P.S. Please say "HI" to the cows for me, those ladies do good work... you might even say, they're utterly fantastic!

Beachy Keen!

On Sunday we had a family cook out and got to see The Husband's brothers, a couple whom we haven't seen in a few years. The Son got a chance to play with his cousin, The Nephew who is not quite a year younger than him. They were like long lost friends, it was so sweet. We also got to hang out with the Teen Niece who is turning 15 today! Hard to believe. Happy Birthday Teen Niece! Here's some photos of our evening at "Mother's Beach." The beaches of Maine are SO beautiful and this is the beach we've been going to for years, in fact, The Husband and The Uncles grew up going to this beach. First, take a look at some of the homes here... kinda cute, huh?
Yep! I'll take it!

Here's a couple photos of the brothers, you can definitely see the family resemblance, don't you think? In age range, The Husband is the third brother. In these pictures, he's the one in the pink polo in case you didn't already realize that.

Here's some shots of The Cousins, best buddies and the Teen Niece looking pretty cute in her bikini. Don't we all wish we still had the body of our 15-year-old self?

Lastly, now that you're probably sick of looking at pictures of people you don't know, I'll leave you with our immediate family...

Tomorrow, I'll post some pictures of us on the beach, playing in the sand, finding sea creatures, etc. Good times are being had by all and by "good times" I mean, The Son and The Husband are spending plenty of time doing "Boy Stuff" as The Son calls it and I've been hanging out in the beach chair relaxing and taking pictures of all the Boy Stuff. Just so you know, Boy Stuff involves a lot of digging in the sand, lifting rocks to find crabs and snails and exploration of multiple tidal pools... sounds like I should probably stick to the beach chair, huh?

Have a great Wednesday everyone! Stay healthy!