Saturday, March 30, 2013

Spring Break 2013~ For You Shannon

As I have mentioned a couple of times Spring Break 2013 was last week. We went with our good friends the McCurdy's to Angel Fire, NM again. It's a yearly thing. My mother in law has a house there and we try to go pretty often. Going at Spring Break with the McCurdy's is a tradition. We always have a fantastic time with them. We took a different approach to going this year. We met with the McCurdy's in OKC on Saturday and stayed the night in a hotel. Kristen and I went to a Bon Jovi concert (Amazing!!). It's ridiculous how much I love that man.

The kids all thought it was exciting to stay in a hotel. The next morning we got up early and began out trek to New Mexico. That is a really long drive. We stopped in Amarillo and saw my Grandpa, Uncle and cousins. We meet at a McDonald's with a play place so that the caged animals, sorry, children, can run and play and hopefully take a nap. That last part never happens :/ We made it to Angel Fire around 7 I think. We grabbed some pizza and settled into the house. The next day we hung out around the house and played. I decided to get a head cold which was amazing. I love it when that happens. Thank goodness for cold medicine. Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday we sent the big kids to ski school. Olivia was so excited. Corbin was miffed he wasn't going to snow boarding school. The best part about ski school~ they were worn out afterwards! In addition to ski school we sent the small guys to a daycare they had on the mountain for those three days. They were really excited to "make new friends." They got to play in the snow on the mountain and had a fantastic time. Again, the best thing? They were worn out. I haven't skied in about 10 years. I'm not sure I remember how. Olivia owned the mountain. I had no idea she would be such a good skier. She was a rock star. Kristen and I realized we won't be able to do ski school for the whole trip next year. Mr. Mayer is a really good skier. He can take the kids! Then we realized that Mr. Mayer probably won't be okay with that. Kristen and I will take a day of ski school to refresh us on skiing next year and then go ski with the kids. It's going to be pretty embarrassing when they out ski us. But, at least we can get some really cute pants. Priorities people!! There wasn't a ton of snow this year and the weather was actually pretty warm. In addition to my head cold that I loving shared with Brian. Mr. Mayer got altitude sickness. That's a lot of fun. Then Brian got altitude sickness. That was even more fun. The first day we were there Carter stopped a fall on the pavement~with is face. He looked like he had been in a bar fight. I bet we made a great first impression at the daycare. It was a rough time for us. All in all though we had a great time. We left Friday and began our trek home. The drive home always seems like it takes longer. We all arrived in Tulsa close to 10 that night. We were exhausted. We unloaded and went to bed. The McCurdy's were staying the weekend with us. Why? Because Kristen and Mr. Mayer are nutso. The ran the Race for the Well 10K Saturday evening. See? Nutso. The weather was pretty craptastic for it as well. Akelah came over and watched O&C because I had lovingly shared my head cold with them too. Brian and I took the big kids to see The Croods. Which by the way is a super stinkin' cute movie. Olivia and I were a little emotional through parts of it. Brian looked at me and said "You know he's going to be okay." I responded with "No, I don't. They killed the dad in Lion King!" See. Disney can be cruel. Afterwards we met the mentally ill runners for pancakes. Sunday I had to get up and go to Norman with my friend Amy. We ended Spring Break week with a fantastic snoozefest Ethics training. Ugh. Glad that's done for the year. All in all despite illness (because Mr. Mayer and I can't take a trip without illness) and long drives we all had a great spring break and are looking forward to next year. 

An Eggstraspecial Tradition

Every year since O was around 2 we have decorated Easter Eggs. We usually have a few friends come over and join in the fun. It's typically very chaotic and a lot of eggs get destroyed. But, we are making memories!! I won't lie. Easter has kind of snuck up on me this year. Being gone last week for Spring Break and this week being Easter has really thrown me off. Between my internal clock being messed up and a busy week/weekend I wasn't sure we were going to get the eggs decorated this year. I decided that we would try to do it on Friday evening. I emailed a couple of friends and they were available. We ended up with 8 kids (well, one being Miss Scarlet and she wasn't into the decorating festivities) and 12 adults. We started the evening off with a shot of tequila (doesn't everyone?) and ended the night with the Harlem Shake. In between we grilled hamburgers and hot dogs, squished decorated 50 a few eggs, and had a great time with family and friends. For a thrown together event that I did zero pre-planning for it turned out to be a fantastic time. The weather was just nice enough that the kids stayed outside most of the evening. My clean up afterwards was super easy!! Those are the best events!


Thursday, March 28, 2013

Sweatin'


A couple of months ago I bought a deal off of Living Social. It was for 3 infrared body wraps at a local tanning salon. I watched some You Tube videos on it and my curiosity was peaked. I've had this deal for a while and finally got around to scheduling my first session this week. They had an opening for Thursday so I took it. I was told to bring a change of clothes with me that were loose and long sleeved. Absolutely no metal. I went in for my appointment with no clue what to expect. The girl helping me was super nice. She led me to a small room and told me I could go ahead and get changed and I would probably want to go to the bathroom. Okay. I can do that. After I had changed into my loose fitting long sleeved clothes she had me get onto a bed where she wrapped my butt, belly, arms and legs in some wraps with cords attached. She went over all the safety instructions and said I could read, look at my phone, nap, whatever, I just can't walk around or lay on my sides or belly. Basically I had to lay flat on the bed for an hour. Ugh. I am not a still person. I am always doing something. So she turned me on and left the room. I laid there and read a magazine I brought with me. About 5 minutes in I started getting warm. After about 10 minutes I was really warm. The girl came back to check on me and see how I was doing. She brought me a bottle of water and turned on a fan. Whew! A little relief. After about 15 minutes I was sweating. Not glistening or having a light sweat. I was starting to pour buckets. Wow! That was unexpected. Another strange thing was happening. I felt very relaxed. I even closed my eyes for a little bit. So, I laid there in my pool of sweat completely relaxed. The girl came in about every 10 minutes to check on me. I guess to make sure I didn't fry or keel over dead or something horrible. My hour went by much quicker than I expected. I was a little sad I was done. Now I knew that I had been sweating. I could feel it on my neck. When I stood up to change my pants were wet, my shirt was wet and the sheets were soaked where I had been laying. Wetter than I am after a spin class. Um....gross. Sorry about that. Does everyone sweat so much? Sheesh. I had to run home after my appointment and change my underwear because those were soaked too. I didn't think to bring extra drawers! The girl told me that my skin might be red. It's not burned, that's just where the blood had been brought to the surface. No kidding. I look like I have been whipped. There are just bands of bright red on my skin. She also said that I needed to drink lots of water during the day. And, if I started to get a headache I should drink some Gatorade or Coconut Water. Wow....okay. Water. Electrolytes for a headache. Okay. I can do this. I have drank a ton of water today. Tonight I have a dull headache. We have no Gatorade in the house. I'm pretty sure I have never drank coconut water. Oh well. I'll go to bed soon. The rest of today I have felt very relaxed and kinda....um....worn out? I'm not sure how to describe it other than worn out. It's weird. I have two more left on my Living Social deal. I'm going back Saturday. I'm curious to see if I sweat as much. And if I have any results from this. 

You can't see my pants, but those are wet too. 

Mama Got a New Ride

I got a new Audi Q7 today. Mr. Mayer spoils me. I won't lie. I left the world of the Minivan Mafia behind this afternoon and I couldn't be happier. Did I need a new car? No. Did I want a new car? Abso-freakin'-lutely. I did not like my minivan. The day we bought it I cried in the dealership. The sales guy looked a little concerned.  At the time I was pregnant with twins and Mr. Mayer and I thought that a minivan was our only practical choice. I had a Volvo at the time that I loved. It was too small for 3 car seats. The minivan was convenient. And roomy. It had sliding doors and all sorts of bells and whistles. And I never liked it. Ever. I had been eyeballing SUV's for a long time now. I had my list compiled. Then last week on vacation Mr. Mayer and I saw an Audi and both of us instantly loved it. How did I know Mr. Mayer loved it? He got on the computer and started pricing and researching them immediately. That's what he does when he really likes something. He probably did a full Internet search on me when we met. Earlier this week Mr. Mayer sent me to the Audi dealership~alone. That was a dangerous move on his part. I thought I handled myself very well. I did not leave that morning with a new car. By that afternoon Nana Karen was watching the kids and Mr. Mayer and I were test driving one. It just so happened that the dealership had just gotten the exact model and color Q7 that I was wanting with the DVD players installed. It was meant to be. After the test drive Mr. Mayer and I were completely screwed knew that we were getting a new car. I tried not to do cart wheels right then. The dealership was making it to easy. They offered us a screaming deal on my swagger wagon AND agreed to the price Mr. Mayer wanted for the new ride. This is all to easy. All this came about on Tuesday. It was late in the day and Mr. Mayer had to be somewhere so we couldn't finish the deal. We made a date appointment to come back on Thursday and sign the paperwork. I was so excited I kept pinching myself. I didn't even want to talk about it because I was so worried it wasn't going to actually happen. I kept having dreams that I was going to be buried in my minivan. So, today arrived. We filled out paperwork and drove off in the new ride. The kids love it. Now....I realize that this new ride is smaller than the minivan. I like that. My kids are closer to me and within slapping distance now. Winning! There are doors that open instead of sliding. Heaven forbid I have to open a door. As with most new things Mr. Mayer and I are working out the kinks. I mean, I still haven't found the perfect position for my seat and I still have to set my radio presets. It's different. We will have to get used to it. I'm good with that. 


Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Happy Tuesday

Hello everyone! I'm still here! Don't give up on me! Just got back from a Spring Break vacay....let me just say~traveling with children is not for the weak. These handsome Devils are 2 1/2 and very much the "I do it myself" stage and I am very much the "shoot me now" stage. Ugh! There are days I'm not sure we will survive. Hopefully I can get some time tonight and catch you up on our most recent adventure!

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Mah Fitness....

I'm still trucking along. It was roughly 6 months ago I shared on here about trying to get my groove back.  I also shared one of the worst pictures I have ever seen of myself.
I still look back to this picture as inspiration. I have ups and downs since that blog post. I got into the swing of exercise. That is no problem. I like exercise. Weird. I know. It's a good release for me. I have weeks I make it to the gym 7 days a week and other weeks I may go to the gym once. But I am always moving and trying to get some sort of activity in even if it's not at the gym. Currently I am trying to revamp my routine. I have gotten up at 4:45 am for months to go to the gym. I like the early morning classes. However....I am not a morning person. At all. Even remotely. I hate mornings. I hate talking in the mornings. I want to be left along. This makes early morning gym time difficult. I have started to go to some later classes. The Dudes like going to play. I did not like the mid morning crowd that was at the gym initially. I am getting more comfortable with it. I really love the extra sleep. The downside is that I can't be extremely consistent going later in the morning or afternoons. This frustrates me. Kids are sick, have activities, play dates, doctor's appointments, so on and so forth. That and it really eats into my day. I don't like that at all. So, I think I may be heading back to the crack of dawn workouts. They just fit into my lifestyle better. I don't feel like my day is eaten up and I am not at the mercy of the kids.
I continue to struggle on my diet. Everyday feels like a battle. Since I first posted that picture I have lost 18 pounds and gone down a size. We have summer trips planned and paid for. I bought a bikini. Yikes! I fully expect to chicken out of wearing the bikini! After I saw this picture I started exercising and getting into a good routine. My diet has always been a downfall. One of my best friends, Betsy, and I joke with each other about it. She is really good with the diet aspect and I am really good with the exercise. If we could just combine them! I didn't get serious with my diet until January. Up until January I had only lost 5 pounds. Since then I am making steady progress so I feel that I might be winning the daily battle. I am making some healthier choices and learning portion control. I try not to obsess about it. I have been down that rode and it is a long and crazy one. I have a little girl watching me now and need to do this the right way. I want instant results, but slow and steady seems to be the way it's going.

Monday, March 4, 2013

13.1

 I'm so proud of Mr. Mayer. He started running in Aug. of last year. Seriously...who starts running in August in Oklahoma?! Oh, it's 210 outside....I think I'll go jog! I thought he had lost his mind. I am not a runner. I admire runners because I know it's hard. I have tried and it's just not a sport that is for me. He started running in August and ran his first 5K in September. Followed by a 15K in November. Holy balls that race was C-O-L-D!! Anyway, yesterday he did his first half marathon. He finished in 2hrs 24min. He has been doing the races with one of my best friends, Kristen. She did the half with him yesterday and finished in 2hrs 26min. I am so proud of both of them. Kristen's husband Brian isn't a runner either so he has become my finish line cheering partner. The kids LOVE it. Mr. Mayer's cousin has asked when he is doing the marathon. Brian and I have some opinions of where we would like the marathon to be. I mean, if we have to go we should be able to pick the location. We spent the weekend with Brian and Kristen. We had such a good time. On the way home a strange phenomenon happened....the Dudes slept~in a car!!! That rarely happens. They were some worn out kids.


 See! It really happened. For 2 hours they slept!! It was glorious. And, this morning they even slept in a little. Do you hear the choir of Angels singing?!