Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Our Turkey Day

Our Thanksgiving Celebration was on Saturday this year.
It worked out great for us, because we were able to do
birthday activities with Daniela on her real birthday, which
was Thanksgiving Day this year.

The Fedon Clan from Ohio & Virginia (Elaine & Ryan)

Steve, Rose & Bugsy who invited us all to their house.
Rose is an excellent cook.  She put cherries in the turkey
dressing and usually I don't like raisins or anything in mine,
but it was really delicious.

Patty & Mike.

For Christmas this year it will be just Gary and I
plus his siblings and Audra & Rick will
be the only adult children that are able to make it and
Rowyn will be the only child.
Christmas Eve will be at our house with an ornament
exchange.  Changing things up a bit this year.
Mike and Patty always have it at their house and
it's decorated like you're visiting Bronners, but
they are under construction this year.
I will do my best to make it festive.

I'm thankful for family.
There are no outlaws on my husbands side of the family,
they are all great, loving, caring, generous people.

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Birthday Time!

Daniela's Mom & I took her to see the Muppets for her birthday.
We were a half hour early, because we heard we may
have trouble getting in on Thanksgiving.
Apparently not that early in the day.  We had no trouble at all.
The preview didn't start until the time the movie was suppose to start
and they lasted 20-30 minutes.  So..........
the snacks were gone and so were Daniela's patience
for sitting still, we saw about half the movie and then
chose to leave.  All in all she did pretty good.
She was so darned adorable the entire time sitting
in the little booster chair and standing up leaning over
the seat in front of her dancing.

Grandpa stayed at home and put her birthday present together.
He said the directions were in hieroglyphics,
but he seemed to still be in a decent mood, so it
couldn't have been all that bad.
Her reaction to seeing her birthday gift for the first time.

The kitchen set is from Mama & the food sets
are from Grandpe & MiMi.

She's been cookin ever since.

She loves washing her hands with the soap dispenser (thanks again Rosie)

Food sets are wood and made by Melisa & Doug.
The kitchen is  by Kid Kraft - Razzleberry Kitchen Set.

Her favorite food set is the cutable fruit, she's sliced
pears, strawberries, kiwis, oranges, bananas and melons;
put them back together and cut them again and again.
Looks like we can add fruit salad to today's menu as well.

Happy Birthday Daniela!
It has been oh so much fun and we haven't even had cake
and ice cream yet.

Happy Birthday Daniela

Still putting the pieces together....
Two years ago today she was born
and a week later I met her for the first time.
She was amazing then and remains so today.
As I looked over the pictures from my trip to Mexico
and her first two weeks, I noticed more than the
usual amount of pictures of me holding the baby.
In all the pictures I am beaming, even
the ones where I'm not actually smiling.
She is my sunshine and she brings out the best in me.

She often flatters me by saying "Awe, cute!" when
she sees me.  I can be in denial that she said the same thing
about the wild turkey at the Nature Center.  Not a problem.

She often runs to me when she gets home and we have
a bunch of silly little games we play and things we
do to make each other laugh.
She thinks it's hysterical when I tuck her in at night.
I kiss her Kitty, her dolly and then her blanket.
Who else besides her crazy MiMi would kiss a blankey?
So funny!

She is doing and saying new things every day.
"It's not working" is a frequent phrase which can be used
for "I can't open it" or "the puzzle piece won't fit" or
any number of other situations.

Today instead of turkey....
we will be enjoying popcorn while watching the Muppets
at the theatre and cake & ice cream later with gifts.
A Dora balloon & other colorful balloons are hiding in the closet.
Oh! It's going to be a fun day.

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Still here.... Still walking

Yes, I'm still walking.  Yesterday was a beautiful day for November.
Danan and I walked down to the end of our road and back and I
took a few pictures.  It actually looked much more gray and dismal,
but with the help of Picnik.com I was able to boost the colors a little
and now it looks much more appealing.

The days have not all been so accommodating.  It has rained and
I have walked in the rain.  Ya, me.... walked in the rain,
hard to believe I know.
When it's windy and we walk at the school it's like being in a
wind tunnel.  I wear my cuddle duds and a fleece head band over my ears.
and sometimes complete the look by wrapping a matching scarf around
my head.

This is a picture of the water in the pond down the road.
I cropped out the tree and grass that's being reflected.
The green scum is really almost that green.
It fools with your mind.  The water looks like the sky.
Sorry I refuse to go to all the trouble to turn the darn picture,
I wish they'd put a magic button on the toolbar, so I could
just click and fix it.  Wouldn't that be nice.

I've been trying to be super good this week with Weight Watchers,
so that I don't have to feel guilty when I eat a portion-controlled
Thanksgiving dinner.  That's the plan folks.
Last week my weight stayed the same.  I'm at -26 pounds and
fighting like heck to stay there.  The one coffee and one can of pop
a day is such a drag, but do feel like maybe it's giving me more
energy without it, so will continue on as long as the will power holds.

Friday, November 18, 2011

Freya has been replaced

Daniela's favorite dolly was dreadfully dirty and only
surface washable, so Mommy replaced her.

Daniela holding Freya's replacement

She talks and moves and Daniela likes to sit her up by herself.

She said her name is Our Baby.
MiMi is working on a new name, stay tuned.

Daniela has been cracking us up wearing these glasses.

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

25 And at a Plateau

I'm at a plateau with my weight loss.
Definition of a plateau = a period or state of little or no growth or decline:
I want the decline.
For the past 4-6 weeks I've been hovering around the 25 pound weight loss mark.

I really want to lose another 15 pounds.
So this morning I started looking around the web for some
reputable information and found this article on WebMD.
It is not word for word, but the ten ways and a little excerpt to
help explain the step.

10 Ways to Move Beyond a Weight Loss Plateau **

1. Imagine You: Healthy and Vibrant
"Visualize yourself dancing at an upcoming celebration in a fabulous black dress," Tallmadge tells WebMD, "and then apply that vision every day to stay motivated."
2. Understand Your Weight Loss Personality
Oblivious. If you tend to not pay attention when you eat -- maybe you're a TV snacker? -- you need to avoid such situations if you want to control portions.
Uptight. "If you are highly anxious, you will probably have more difficulty," Przybeck says. "Those who are anxious, nervous, and depressed might eat to feel better."
3. Record Every Food Morsel You Eat, Taste, or Lick
Track the time of day and your feelings when you eat to discover problem times and emotions that cause you to binge eat. Recognize your eating triggers and find healthier foods to satisfy your
hunger or better alternatives than food to cope with your emotions.
4. Beware of 'Calorie Creep'
A key reason for a weight loss plateau is eating more than you think. It's easy for portion sizes to creep up, and before you know it, you end up eating more than your plan prescribes. That's why it's important to weigh and measure your food to understand proper portions
5. Watch Restaurant Overeating
At restaurants, rich foods and supersized portions can sway even the most determined dieter. Especially if you eat out often, look at restaurant eating as a chance to practice good portion control.
6. Eat Low-Fat Protein to Manage Hunger Pangs
New findings show that a high protein diet can help squelch hunger. Protein foods work by suppressing ghrelin, a hormone secreted by the stomach that stimulates appetite (yes, it triggers hunger!).
7. Eat More Fruits and Vegetables
8. Push the Envelope Past That Plateau
To keep your muscles guessing -- and performing the ultimate calorie burn --vary your physical activity. And push the envelope to power past that plateau!
For example, during your 30-minute treadmill session, include a few intervals at higher speed or at a higher incline (climb hills if you're walking outside). Sustain this higher intensity for a few minutes, and then return to your comfort level. After you recover, do it again -- and again. This will help you burn more calories and blast through the plateau.
Also make sure your routine includes strength-training exercises (like weight lifting), which help counteract muscle loss due to aging. Building and preserving muscle mass is a key factor in reaching a healthy weight, as muscle requires more calories to maintain than fat.
9. Wear a Pedometer
Put the pedometer on first thing in the morning. Then make it a point to be more active: pace while you talk on the phone, take the dog out for an extra walk, and march in place during television commercials. Each 2,000 steps burn roughly 100 more calories, so aim for 10,000 steps daily for weight loss.
10. Try Yoga to Avoid Stress Eating
Stress eating is bingeing on food -- homemade chocolate chip cookies, salty chips, a handful of this, a fistful of that -- to soothe your inner emotional turmoil, not your real hunger. Studies show that yoga lowers levels of stress hormones and increases insulin sensitivity -- a signal to your body to burn food as fuel rather than store it as fat.
** Taken from a WebMd Weight Loss Article

 I'm going to choose two to work on this week and try adding another step next week and see if I can work myself past this weight loss plateau.

I'm already using number 7, eating more fruits and vegetables and number 3, tracking what I eat, although I need to be more diligent (getting lazy about it).

So what I've decided to do is work on number 9.  I have a great pedometer that I purchased at Weight Watchers and I wear it when I walk, but haven't tried using it all day to track how active I am.

And number 8, using the interval method of training, and adding some weights.

Wish me luck, say a prayer, leave a word of encouragement.   26.....27.....28.... 29.....

Sunday, November 13, 2011


I remember showing Miguel (Daniela's Papa), pictures of the rest
of my Grandchildren when I went to Mexico.
He was amazed at how many pictures I had of Sydney and Griffin, who
I had just been to visit.  He said he hoped I'd take a few of Daniela.

"Don't worry" which was the answer I gave him, was an understatement.
I can't resist taking pictures of this little one and the fact
that she lives with me...well let's just say I'm using it
to my advantage, while learning photography skills.

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Snow----Oh No!

I saw a post by a friend today that they'd received snow this morning
and after a few hours went by and we didn't get any,
I breathed a sigh of relief.
No sooner had I done that and I noticed some kernels of sleet
falling on my windshield as I drove home around
one o'clock.

Snow indeed has been falling on & off since then.
Huge flakes came around 6 pm and I took
Daniela out on the back deck to try and catch some.
She loved catching the cold snow flakes and didn't want to come
back in.

This is not the real picture, but since I didn't snap any, this
one will have to do.

Monday, November 7, 2011

My Reward

I debated, him hawed (is that even a word?), mulled it over
and slept on it for days, and then even more
time slipped by and it was weeks.....

but I finally decided what my reward would be for
losing the 25 pounds.
Can you guess?
Weight Watchers tells you not to go out to eat
to celebrate or I know just where I would have
gone---- Chinese!

I wanted to make it relational, so I set the price at $25.00
that's $1.00 per pound.
I came up with the perfect reward.
A subscription to Picnik, so I would have access to all the
premium features.

Here's a peak at my latest pics.

This is too much fun.
Better get off my fanny now, before I
gain back those pesky pounds.

Friday, November 4, 2011

Last Day of Play Group - Mom & Tot - Pre-Preschool

Tuesday was Daniela's last day of school.
The day starts with 45 minutes of free play.
On this particular day she gravitated toward the doll house
area and stayed for a long time.
Other days, it has been the baby dolls,
painting, or shopping with the grocery cart.

Here's two of her friends sitting at the tables with their parents
playing with special toys put out for the day.

After free time, they do circle time, where they read books, sing songs etc.
The girl in the blue dress is Rosie, the others are new friends she met at school.
After circle time, they make a craft or two and then have
snack time before singing the good-bye song and going home.

This is Daniela's teacher, Miss Becky leading them in
Hap Palmer's song - Sticks Together.
It was a favorite of Daniela's, she loves
following all the directions with the sticks.

There is another session starting up, but we
decided not to sign up for it.
The class was great fun, but getting out in the nasty weather
that's around the corner isn't going to be.

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

More Halloween

When we walked out the door to go over to our friend's house
it was misting rain, but by the time we
got the costumes on made it out to the street it had stopped.

After trick-or-treating.
Little ones always go for the suckers.

This photo looks great as a poster too.

An action photo. 
All smiles as she receives her loot.

Her roar was so quiet I'm surprised a few people
actually heard it.

My favorite costume of a total stranger was
this little T-Rex guy.

It reminds me of the Laurie Berkner song....
We are the dinosaurs  marching, marching.