A Bad Day

Ugh! It has been a rough one here.

I went to bed a little early, but didn’t fall asleep until Nathan came to bed 1 1/2 hours later. Then 5 hours later Isaac woke. He didn’t go back to sleep. He kicked his crib and talked, and cried. 2 hours after that, Nathan got up with him. Bless you, Nathan.

Today, I was (and still am) so tired I can’t think straight. Of course Isaac is incredibly cranky. He slept for a very short time for his nap. The rest of the day had been filled with crying. I cannot keep him happy and I’m so beyond able to cope right now that he is sitting in his crib crying. I just couldn’t hold him anymore and I was getting so frustrated and angry. After yelling at him (which made him cry more) I put him in his crib.

He has a runny nose, but nothing else except tiredness seems to be the problem. Tomorrow has to be better, right?

2011- 1 month down (almost)

Tomorrow is the last day of January. So, it’s time for an update on my goals for the year. This is a long update and may be interesting to just me. Sorry!

1. Finances.

I found some great deals this month. January is generally a good time to find deals since lots of people stop spending because they spent too much for Christmas. I was a little bummed because the gas bill came through at the normal amount and not the average budgeted amount that I signed up for  a month ago. Other than that, we did great! It’s a good feeling.

2.Date Night.

I mentioned this in the last update, but we did get our date night for January. We have our February date already planned. It comes with free babysitting!

3.Cut out eating after 7:00.

I completely forgot and ate after 7 on Friday this last week. It didn’t even cross my mind that I shouldn’t be eating. It’s such a long-standing habit. The only other time I ate after 7 was when we had dinner at someone else’s house and didn’t start eating until 7. I feel pretty good about it. My weigh-in this morning had me down 2.6 lbs from the beginning on the month (my ticker is rounding it up– I haven’t actually lost 3 pounds yet). I’m trying to keep my eating under control. Having a cut-off time is helping.


I’m up to a whopping 4 miles for the month. 🙂 Until the beginning of this week, I had been working on the 30 Day Shred to keep up my cardio fitness. I had to stop though because the impact from those exercises was irritating my IT band on my right leg and making it tighten up causing pain when I was running. If I have to choose between the two, I choose running! Even though it’s cold, it’s not as bad as it has been and I’ll just suck it up and deal with it. This happened last year too, I just didn’t remember that Shred workout didn’t combine well with running. I worked out a running schedule that should work well for the next week or two. It will be nice to be back to running regularly. I’m also back to doing my stretching and strengthening exercises for my IT band.

5.Memory Verses.

4 verses memorized!

6.Write a family mission statement.

Not done yet.

Doctor Appointment Today for Ethan

Ethan has had some GI issues that needed to be looked at. So, we were referred to a pediatric surgeon. Today we met with him and it was a disaster. Ethan absolutely refused to cooperate. I understand that Ethan was afraid, but I was so frustrated because I knew that every single penny that was charged from the appointment was going to be coming entirely from our pockets. The joys of having a large deductible at the beginning of the year. I had a nice taking to with Ethan and went and tracked down the surgeon so that he would come back and try again!

Ethan cooperated for about 5 seconds. Better than nothing, I guess.

The bummer is that we’re going to have to see a pediatric gastroentologist anyway. We should have been referred there to start with. Argh. Seems like something my doctor should have researched before sending me directly to the surgeon. The surgeon didn’t think Ethan would end up needing surgery. That’s my silver lining in this.

11 hours

That’s the number of hours of sleep I got last night. I needed it too! Between having everyone sick on and off for a while and Isaac’s random wakings that are really early, I was tired.

So, why am I up so late tonight?

Shocking discovery…

We had a very touching service church service this morning. The Teen Challenge choir was singing, and the testimonies and songs are always moving.

At one point, the director of the program asked the very pointed question “Who here, if it weren’t for teen challenge, would probably have been in jail or dead within 6 months”. Almost every person on stage raised their hands.

So did Ethan and Audrey.

We’re very concerned about this shocking discovery…

Also heard this morning, after the youth pastor, in introducing the missionary of the week said “and, we should have a slide up here…”:

“What? Awww…I though they had a slide!”

You ever tried to explain to a 5 year old boy that a bunch of words projected on the wall are a “slide”, but not a downward leading plastic spiral? Ethan was pretty excited for a second or two there!


Up 2.4 lbs this week. That’s what happens when you only have one day out of 7 where you actually stay within your calorie goals. It’s really no fun to see my weight loss ticker go from showing a 2 lb loss to showing 0 lbs loss.

Time to step it up. I’m not giving up and I will not finish January weighing more than I started.

Sunny(Cold) Saturday

For those who wondered, I did find something to wear for today 🙂 My outfit included slippers. Yes, I’m serious.

Our Warming House event went fabulously. I don’t know for sure the number of people who were there, but I’m going to guess that there was at least 50 women. That’s not bad for a frigid Saturday morning. I planned the music with my friend Karah and it went really well and ended up fitting in really well with the message and flow of the morning. God did that! We sure couldn’t have.

After spending the morning at church, I’ve had to keep reminding myself that today is Saturday and not Sunday.

Let’s see. What else is happening? Everyone seems to be on the mend from whatever virus went through the family. I missed one day of doing my 30 Day Shred. I’m planning on doing it tonight still. That means I’m 11 days into the 30 days. If I only miss one day out of 10, I guess that’s not too bad. I’m not “shredded” yet. I think the extra eating I’ve done this week may contribute to that. My one saving grace is that I’ve been very diligent about not eating after 7:00. That means that my weigh in tomorrow will be up 1 pound instead of 5. It’s strange to consider any weight gain a victory, but I know that I’m not being as destructive as I have been in the past. Does that make sense?

This was “eat a cookie on the couch night”

Audrey has her PJ’s on because she wanted to put them on early. I promise you that this was before 7:00! Now, it’s time for me to go and do a million plank jacks before bedtime.

Edited to add a photo to prove I did my workout and to confirm that I’m so not glamorous when I’m working out: