Friday, April 27, 2012

Getting ready for the weekend!

Yikes, I am running around like a Ninny today! My "I'm not planning a big party" for my one year old, kind of went out the window.... Well, in my defense, I did marry a Deneault, and for those of you that don't know the Deneault's- specifically my husband.... If you say party, my husband's first thought is... "We gotta have LOTS of food...." And when I say "lots" I mean enough to feed a large army. My husband is kinda OCD when it comes to having enough food for his guests. I blame his Dad (jk Connie) and the forty two pot pies and then the eighty two meat pies the boys would make every holiday season for absolutely no one in particular!

So now that we've got that out of the way, help a girl out and if you live in the area, PLEASE feel free to swing on by and help me eat my way out of my house bc yesterday hubby came home and told me he ordered SIXTY POUNDS of crawfish and a couple (which in his language probably means like twenty) pounds of shrimp..... UM, we have twelve people coming over, some of which don't even eat seafood, like ME! For Pete's sake, if all this food is gone by Saturday night I will eat my words (no pun intended). Seriously, my husband has issues.

So think of me this weekend drowning in seafood..... Here are a few pics.....

Ford will be wearing this
I will be making these.....


And Tyler and hopefully ALL of our guests will be putting a dent in this.....

Hope Ya'll Have a GREAT weekend! 

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

For life's "bleachable" moments.....

Every time I see that commercial of the child running out of the bathroom to to tell his Mom "He made Poop," and then she excitedly runs into the bathroom to see that her child did in fact "make poop," just in the wrong place i.e. the bath tub, I say a little hallelujah that fortunately I've never experienced this. Because frankly people, poop still grosses me out. I know, I know, I'm a Mom I should be used to it, but seriously it makes me want to gag. I still have to trick my mind into going elsewhere when I change Ford's dirty diapers for fear that I might upchuck on my poor child......

Which brings me to last night...... his birthday evening.....  where my little hallelujah went up in smoke bc he did it, he POOPED in the bathtub. People,  I almost DIED.... My husband on the other hand, died laughing, as he looked at me and said "Honey it's your night to give the kid a bath, which I guess makes it your night for clean up duty!!!!" Ford of course, cool and collected, just stared at me, like "What Mom? Stop freaking out it's totally natural...."

OH.MY.GOD........ disgusting.......

You see folks, the one thing I've learned in this CRAZY year of first time parenting is every parent has good days, bad days, and down right DIRTY days. It comes with the territory I guess, but if I'm honest (hah! which you know I always am) I really wish the "dirty" days could come on the days it's Tyler's turn to give that boy a bath!

Monday, April 23, 2012

Ford turns ONE!!!

Happy Birthday to my sweet, sweet boy. You have changed our lives forever, we love you!

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Happy Due Date Senor Ford!

Hard to believe, that a year ago today I was eagerly awaiting the arrival of my little handful! A year ago today I was getting a pedicure, full body massage (pressure points people!), eating spicy foods, taking rose caplets, etc. trying ANYTHING to make this baby budge, but in true Ford fashion he had to come on his own time, so we waited FIVE more days to meet Senor Ford. But in honor of his "almost" birthday, I thought I'd share this little family video. Hard to believe it's been a YEAR!!! Time flies....

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Monday, April 16, 2012

Hello Pre-Baby Body....

Oh how I have missed you! Yikes! Well, first, let me just say I didn't mean to not blog for two weeks, it just sort of.... happened.... life has been busy..... So, as you can probably guess by the title of this post, I'm finally weighing in at my pre-pregnancy weight. And actually, if I want to be really honest I'm actually two pounds less than I was when I got pregnant... Yay, go me. :) All one hundred and twenty THREE pounds of me have worked their tale off to get back into shape! And, honestly, I've enjoyed losing  it, way more than I thought I would.

I started working out slowly, Baby Boot Camp, got me back into shape and got me on a schedule I could live with. I lost sixteen(ish) pounds thanks to Ms. Erin. The girls were so supportive and not only did they help me lose weight, but helped me become confident in my new found job as a Mother. I hate to be all dramatic, but in some instances they truly saved me on some of my "Oh CRAP, what did I get myself into?!!?" days. ( Trust me "almost Moms"- you will have these days and it's nice to have others that have been there). I would highly, highly recommend a group like this to any new Mom.

Then Ford started getting a little restless and needing more "go" time versus stroller time, so around nine months, we started hitting the gym. I only meant for it to be twice a week, but we've gotten into a GREAT schedule where we now go five days a week, every morning first thing. It's awesome for a few reasons--- 1.) Ford gets time around kids his own age and other adults besides me. 2.) It's a GREAT outlet for me. I can drop him off with people I trust and generally the same kids and go exercise for an hour without wondering if he's ok.  It's perfect! And let's be honest, free child care!?!?! I'm all about that!

So, what have I done to lose all SIXTY.... yes, you read that right.... SIXTY pounds?? Well, I'll give you a few of the tricks I've had up my sleeve....

1. I use a heart rate monitor. It rocks, not only do I know where I stand during my workout, but in the end I know exactly how many calories I've burned. LOVE IT!

2. I try to make it a goal to burn 500 calories per workout. Period. If I don't reach that number for whatever reason, you can bet your bottom dollar I'll be out for a vigorous walk with Ford in the afternoon.

3. I watch what I eat. I don't "diet." because frankly I have ZERO will power. But, I try to limit my carb intake as much as possible during the week and I tryyyyyyy (try being the optimal word) to make drinking alcohol a weekend activity.... Grrr, why is red wine so good!!!??!? I load up on veggies, and try to always have precooked and frozen salmon, chicken etc. in the freezer for protein packed salads or snacks.

4.) I drink water like I'm a camel. Not sure if this is a Texas thing, or a pregnancy thing..... but ever since I got to Texas I drink water like it's no one's business. Then just when I thought I couldn't drink anymore, I got pregnant and did in fact drink more..... Not sure, but when they tell you to make sure you get about nine cups a day, well, I've surpassed that number by lunch. I'm a CAMEL people!

5.) Change up your workouts. I've got A.D.D. when it comes to working out. I need change or I get bored and I slack, so I do a little bit of everything. I spin, run, do yoga, and participate in some of the classes they offer at the gym like Total Conditioning. It keeps me interested AND trying my hardest. I ran a steady five miles this morning and about flipped. I used to be the girl that rand a quarter of a mile and was beyond winded..... not anymore!

Just a few things that have really helped me on this Weight Loss Adventure that I thought I would share with anyone who might be interested. The last thing I will say to all you preggos out there is to just be FAIR to yourself. Every Mother told me it would take about a year to lose the baby weight and I scoffed at them, thinking, they just don't know how hard i'll work...... it'll only take six months..... Well ladies, I can honestly say I worked my tail off and it did in fact take a full year. So be patient. Hopefully your not like me and didn't blow up like a whale, but if you did, have no fear, you can lose it too :).

Thursday, April 5, 2012

A few new things I'm really digging.....

Ok, so I have a few new things I've really been loving lately and I thought I'd share......

1. O.N.E. Coconut Water. My SIL got me hooked! One 8 oz. glass has more potassium in it than a banana! What does this mean? I'm less sore than I would be after some of my intense workouts. I have a glass every morning and I'm telling you it reaaaaalllllyyy helps with aches and pains!

2. Boogie Wipes. At first I thought these things we're the biggest "New Mom" gimmick, ever...... BUT I'm telling you people they get ANYTHING off my son's face. I carry them everrrrrrrrywhere! Love!

3. Threading! I use RetinA on my face, so sadly, I can no longer wax my eyebrows, but ladies..... Threading is soooo cool. It doesn't hurt anymore than waxing did AND (in my opinion) your eyebrows look WAY more manicured...... big fan. 

4. Boyfriend Denim Shorts, from Gap. First, there soooooooooo comfy. Second. They look cute with long or short sleeve, cardigan or no cardigan. Absolutely perfect for the "in-between" weather we've all been experiencing lately. 

5. Knockout Roses. Hubby and I re-landscaped our front garden beds this past weekend. We ripped out everything and instead, planted Knockout Roses. Supposedly they are impossible to kill and bloom Spring thru the first frost. Perfect for my lovely little black thumb.... 

What about you? What's striking your fancy this week??

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Forget the spoon.....

I'm going in......

So we're not a big fan of eating with a spoon folks. Unless, you count waving it around like a magic wand or gnawing on it like it's a ribeye.... Still, I'd have to say he's one cute, messy kid :)

Mama's any tricks to helping the little master this skill????
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