Thursday, May 19, 2011

Weight Watchers 5K

So Saturday is my WW 5k. I am looking forward to it. Yes, I really did just say that. LOL The reason is I am hoping it will jump start me back into a walking routine again. I have been doing a lot of thinking about getting back into a routine but not a lot of doing. Just a lot of excuses.

First off of course has been the infamous foot. I can't make up my mind about this darn foot. Right about the time I'm thinking I really need to go back to the Dr. and have it checked out some more I wake up the next morning with it feeling and looking pretty good. Like this morning for instance. I woke up and it was hardly swollen and it barely hurt at all. Of course, now that I have been on it a little while it has swelled up a little but it still feels pretty good. This Saturday will be 10 weeks since I injured it. I'm anxious to see how it does after the 5k. The furthest I have walked since the sprain has just been around Busch Gardens which I am sure was probably equivalent to 5k but with lots of breaks.

My second excuse of course is the old stand by TIME. We have just been so busy these last few months with softball almost every night and end of year events for Sydnee that when we do have a night off the last thing I want to do is go walk. What I really want to do is just relax but mostly find myself catching up on things like laundry and cleaning. I wish I felt the same way about exercise as I do about cleaning. I feel incredibly overwhelmed and stressed when my house is a mess I feel like I can't relax because the mess is just staring at me. I wish that not exercising made me feel that way. I wish I just couldn't relax or do anything fun until my workout was done. I mean don't get me wrong I dread having to do laundry and vacuum and mop floors but for some reason not the way I DREAD exercising. I also don't get that awesome feeling of accomplishment when I'm done like I do when I look around a clean and organized home. In fact (and this is terrible) I usually feel depressed after a walk because I then realize how out of shape I am and how I just want to hurry up and finish. I think about how I have wanted to get a handle on my weight and fitness for so long and I just can't stay motivated long enough.

I know this is just a mind set and like all things it's just about getting your mind in the right place. I just wish that they sold a map to help you find THAT place and then LOCKED you up to keep you there. LOL

Sunday, May 15, 2011

Senior Prom

Sydnee's Senior Prom was on friday night. The kids decided to meet in Safety Harbor at the Harbor by the Marina which was a beautiful place to take pictures.
Everyone looked amazing and from what I heard they had an amazing time. Sydnee went with her good friend Jordan. That seemed to be what most of the kids did this year, they went with their good friends instead of romantic dates so it made it more relaxed. Another perk of going with your good friend is that he is 6'2 so she got to wear the most gorgeous very high heals!!!!

Friday, May 13, 2011

Graduation Announcements

I have begun sending out Sydnee's Graduation announcements. I was very proud of my frugal announcements because I think they turned out beautiful. Instead of going through the school and ordering really formal ones. (even though I think they are nice) They are not really our style. We are not formal people. Plus, after spending a small fortune on her Senior pictures I didn't want to pay the exorbitant prices so I went through good ol Sam's Club and these are what I picked out. I wanted to send one to her pediatricians office just because I feel like they have watched her grow up. I also knew that I wanted to send a thank you note along with it. I had written this thank you note in my head many times, many different ways. Sometimes I wanted to include specifics about how each of the Dr's (there are four in the practice) had really gone above and beyond. Or more often about times when they calmed my OVERACTIVE nerves in regards to Sydnee's health. I wanted to include things like the time I called one of the Dr's after hours because Sydnee had put her sister's ear drops into her eye by mistake. I thought I was going to die from a panic attack. After I relayed what had happened she actually giggled, yes laughed, then profusely apologized. She quickly explained that she had never heard that one before and it sounded like something that would happen at her house. I remember that her laugh instantly calmed me down. I thought well, if she can be laughing about this it can't be that bad. Turns out it wasn't. In fact the ear drops that she put into her eye happened to be the same type of antibiotic that had been prescribed for her eye. So while it was made up of a few different ingredients essentially it was the same medicine. Oh there are so many more things I wanted to say in that letter, but then I realized it would be just to long. So instead I kept it short. Because you know I use this blog as a journal for my girls' I am inserting a copy of the letter.

Dear Dr’s and Staff,

Words could never express how blessed our family is to have such an incredible pediatric office for our children.

As we celebrate this first big milestone in Sydnee’s life I wanted to take a minute to thank you all for the concern, kindness, and care you have shown for Sydnee and her sisters through the years.

When I think back through her childhood I remember so many times sitting in the exam rooms with a pit in my stomach so worried about my girl. Because of course, I had convinced myself that her minor illness was something much more devastating.

I have memories of all four Dr’s quickly putting my mind at ease and never making me feel like I was overreacting (even though most times I was.) Always so willing to answer my questions and being so patient with me as I asked the same questions over and over again in different ways just to reassure myself, then ever so nicely suggesting that I STAY OFF THE INTERNET. (smile)

As Sydnee goes off to UCF in the fall to major in Biomedical Sciences and pursue her dream to become a Pediatrician, please know that it is because she was so inspired by her wonderful Dr’s and the staff at McAuliffe Pediatrics.

Suzie Prince

I hope everyone has a wonderful weekend. Senior Prom is tonight. Pictures soon I promise!!!

Monday, May 9, 2011

Happy Mother's Day

I hope everyone had a wonderful Mother's Day. I had a very quiet one, it was nice. Normally on Mother's Day our tradition has always been to go to the beach. That was the plan but after hanging out (there may or may not have been a little drinking involved) with our great friends on Saturday afternoon and evening we just felt like being lazy on Sunday. Natalie decided she wanted to paint her bedroom this weekend and we told her she had to do it herself. I know this sounds horrible but you see our children like most children have the "I want it now" mentality. She was determined that her room be painted this weekend and Dave and I were not up for it.

Sidenote: It is a well known fact that Dave and I both HATE to paint. We avoid it at all costs.

But of course come Sunday morning she was overwhelmed and frustrated by the daunting task and I took pity on her so together we finished the job. I must say it looks great. I wasn't sure about the color at first but I really like it. I will post pictures later.

Here let me quickly say thank you to Aunt Sharon who on Saturday night stopped by (we were not home) and also took pity on Natalie and went home grabbed her painting stuff and helped.

Dave and the girls' bought me a Kindle for Mother's Day and I was very excited. I have been wanting one but the frugal in me had a hard time since I am at the library once a week anyway for storytime with my little guys. Now when I want to read the latest bestsellars I don't have to wait forever on the library's waiting list and while yes I will have to pay for the book it will be at a much reduced cost than the hardcover and I won't have to store it.

We have another busy week ahead of us with softball games and school meetings and oh yeah PROM. Yes, Sydnee's prom is Friday night and she is very excited. I am excited for her and cannot wait to see her in her gorgeous dress. We pick it up from the tailor on Tuesday. (it had to be hemmed) It is gorgeous just like her.

(yes, I am very partial lol)

I promise lots of pictures!!!! Have a great week!!!!

Sunday, May 1, 2011

Bye Bye Chloé, We miss you

Saturday morning we bid farewell to our exchange student Chloé. It was so sad I was tearing up isn't that awful. LOL I am such a baby. We just had so much fun with her and she so quickly became a part of our family. I kept joking that I had four daughters and I loved it.

Friday night we had our last hurrah with a baseball game at the Trop.

It was fun. The pictures are from that night.

The poor girls didn't get to bed I think until 1:00am (Chloé still had to pack)and then we had to be up at 7 to have her to the school by 8:30. Dave sent her off with one of his big breakfasts.

Her Mom texted me this morning and said that she was home safe and sound but bless her heart she was not able to sleep on the trip at all so you know she is exhausted.

We hope she comes back soon to visit (hint hint).

Hope everyone had a great weekend!!!