January 31, 2011

because i still can...

i'm going to go ahead an put this out there...i'm 35 years old! okay, so that part isn't really that much of a shocker, but this video is. i'm pretty sure that the last couple years of marathon training and constant gym appearances have gotten me ready for this. i'm not going to lie, i'm still hurting, but suck it old body I DID IT ANYWAY!!!

not sure if i'm going to work my way up to bigger things, because honestly this is enough for me, but i only have another 2 months before i'm pretty much forbidden from bouncing around or going upside down for that matter...

January 28, 2011

just curious...

not that i ever really pay attention, but i've noticed something on my blog. over there on the right is a list of recent visitors...well, it seems i have a very consistent visitor, and i have no clue who it is. i'm not offended, i'm quite honored that you read my crap that often, but i'm just curious who you are Mr.(or Mrs.) Sanford, NC...

January 20, 2011

i can't keep the secret any longer...

now that we've informed the family i thought it was only fair to blab to my interweb family...last year i wrote a very long winded post about my aching uterus and it's not a secret that our family wanted another baby in the house, but now, after more than a year of talking, planning, researching, and crying we're "trying" for that little girl. it's been very hard not to talk about it, but on the other hand it's also been very difficult to talk about. i'm going to put the warning out there now that the rest of the rambling that i might do in the next few months may not be what some people want to hear, but guess what? this is my place and if you don't like it, leave.

some people may be wondering why i put so much emphasis on the "trying" part of having a baby. well, that's because unfortunately it's not going to be as easy as a bottle of wine and a night in the hot tub (i think that's what happened last time). yes, i do have 3 healthy boys, but i'm selfish and i want a healthy little girl as well. i'm not going to say that i have fertility issues, because that wouldn't be fair to those who really do have issues with getting pregnant. but i want to honest with what's about to happen in the next few months, and some people may have a problem with the way we're going about getting pregnant. guess what again, i've come to terms with it and i don't care if someone says what i 'm doing is not okay.

i'll step off my little box and get back to the announcement part...our family is starting this process, and yes, it's going to be a struggle, but i would like to think the reward will by far outweigh the couple of months of torture i'm about to put myself through. and by torture, i mean the 4 times a day of self-injections, multiple trips to the doctor's office, countless tests (you know those probing kind), and the mind numbing waiting and waiting. that's it, i'm done complaining. i know there are couples out there who go through this for years, and i can't even fathom how hard that is, so from now on everything will just be informative...to keep you updated on how it's going.

so, now on to the question and answer phase...i don't consider myself a lucky person. and by that i mean when it comes to winning things or playing a guessing game, i'm going to lose. i don't gamble, i don't buy lottery tickets, and i pretty much suck at picking raffle tickets, so, i've become obsessed with "good luck charms". i've been carrying around my new lucky dollar since the day i got it from the parking garage at the doctor's office. i've invested a lot of time in researching what's considered to be lucky, like stars (got one), elephants (got one of those too), four leaf clovers (got one), and even a fertility statue (being delivered as we speak). i know that according to the Chinese Zodiac this is the year of the Rabbit, which for me means a year of good luck....woohoo! so, my question is, what do you think is lucky? and can i have one?

{please ignore the wrinkly old lady hands}

well, that's about it, so if you're not offended (and if you are, but still find this a wee bit interesting or you're just nosey) then stay tuned for a very adventurous 2011...

January 7, 2011

i like to potty all the time...

not sure if it's considered bragging, and i'm quite positive that now that i've said it, it's going to backfire, but this house has been diaper free for an entire week!! i never knew how exciting that would be (for me) to have a diaper free house. it's been 9 years (with a little 4 month break back in 2005) of buying diapers, pull-ups, and wipes! that's a long time people! NoNo has been by far the easiest to "train" and the youngest (the other 2 were well over the age of 3). having boys meant not pressuring them in to doing something they didn't want to do, and i was probably a little lazy. boys don't care if they're dirty or have crap in their pants, so why would they give up the luxury of someone always wiping their butts?! i'm crossing my fingers that i'm really done with the training part of proper use of a toilet, but unfortunately NoNo is the type that would pee his pants just to make me mad, especially if he doesn't get his way.

if you're wondering what the trick was...jelly beans and m&m's! dude has a serious sweet tooth (hmmm...wonder where he gets that from?) and it really worked. he decided on his own that he didn't want to wear pull-ups, not even to bed. i'm so proud of him (and myself). speaking of potty time...someone needs to go right now...
{it's the cutest little butt in all the lands}

January 1, 2011

December in 5, 4, 3, 2, 1....

considering i haven't posted in over a month, i decided to borrow an idea from a fellow blogger...a recap of our year 2010. so, here it goes...

1. What did you do in 2010 that you’d never done before?
 i ran a marathon, and don't ever ask me to do it again.
2. Did you keep your new year’s resolutions, and will you make more for next year?
honestly, if i made any i don't remember what they were, which probably means i didn't keep any promises i made to myself. i do plan on making some new ones, but like most people i'll end up forgetting what they were by the time i file our taxes.
3. Did anyone close to you give birth?
 if by close, you mean family members, then no, but it doesn't mean i didn't no anyone that has spit out a baby or two this past year. it seems that every year for the past 8 years i've known at least 5 people to have a baby each year, and i suppose it will stay that way until all those kids start having kids (which means i'll be really old).
4. Did anyone close to you die?
 thankfully no
5. What countries did you visit?
silly question, because really how many of us actually get the opportunity to visit another country. i was lucky enough, however, to have made a couple trips around the good ol USofA.
6. What would you like to have in 2011 that you lacked in 2010?
i would definitely agree with my friend Lori's response to this question, but there's one more thing on my list before getting around to that.
7. What dates from 2010 will remain etched upon your memory, and why?
June 6 - the day i completely lost my sanity (and my pride) - the San Diego Rock n Roll Marathon
December 18 - my 35th birthday
8. What was your biggest achievement of the year?
even though it was also one of the worst days of my life, i still have to brag a little about completing a marathon. really? only about 1% of the population ever completes a marathon and it feels kind of nice to be part of the very small club. oh, and i would have to say chopping 11 inches of hair off and donating it to Locks of Love was pretty good.
9. What was your biggest failure?
this past year was not about one big failure, but more about a bunch of small disappointments and set-backs. this past year wasn't the best, but i'm hoping i've learned from the not so great experiences and that this year will be a huge improvement!
10. Did you suffer illness or injury?
not me, unless you include the marathon, but i did that to myself. my kids on the other hand...they are the ones who spent most of the time in e-care, but isn't that to be expected in a house full of boys?
11. What did you get really excited about?
actually training for the marathon was kind of exciting, but other than that i would have to say being able to take the family to the beach this summer, a girls weekend in Vegas, and all 3 of my boys being in school this year.
12. What do you wish you’d done more of?
it's not so much as more as it is less. i eat way too much, but i like food, so it's going to be hard to say i'm going to do more dieting. i don't even like that word DIET (the first 3 letters are just unsettling). i would like to be able to spend more time with my extended family. we live a good 12 hours away from our family and it's hard to find time or money to see them more often than once a year.
13. What do you wish you’d done less of?
 i think i answered that in the last one....oops.
14. What songs will always remind you of 2010?
"Dynamite" - Taio Cruz (because the kids won't stop singing it...over and over and over and over again)
"Headsprung" - LL Cool J (because it's what got me through some rough miles training)
"Lovelier than You" - B.o.B (well, just because)
15. What was your favorite TV program?
i'm not afraid to admit that i watch a lot of television, but i'm not even sure how i find the time. if you could see my DirecTV playlist you might wonder if i ever get anything done. this year it was anything from Glee to Vampire Diaries and Criminal Minds to WipeOut...you name it and i probably watch it, except for reality tv (other than Biggest Loser).
16. What were your favorite films of the year?
having 3 kids makes going to movies a little difficult. we're lucky to maybe make it to an actual movie theater maybe 2-3 times a year, and when we do it's usually to see a kid's movie. so, i can't say that i have any favorites, but i did enjoy the few times that i was able to sit in the theater and enjoy my raisinets.
17. What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying?
wow, how am i suppose to answer that one?
18. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2010?
HA HA! it's called gym clothes...tennis shoes, running shorts, and a tank top...all day every day...
19. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2010.
life gives you only as much as you can handle
so, that's about it. nothing terribly exciting and nothing terribly bad. at least i can include some photos of the past month (which was pretty damn busy). after "Friendsgiving" it was non-stop for me. with Vegas, company holiday party, birthdays, school parties, Christmas, and 2 weeks worth of house guests...i'm exhausted....

{3 days in Vegas - bottoms up!}

{P-donculous finishing his very first race}
{the Uncle came to visit}

{merry x-mas ya'll}

{traditional Holiday Hibachi dinner with the Fam}