Month: September 2013

Holy Plus Size Clothes Fatman!

I don’t know how this is possible, but finally the facebook ads worked for me. I was browsing around on your newfeed (yes, you there) and I saw an ad pop up. Usually these ads are about getting gastric bypass surgery or about other juice diets. But here is what I found… (I almost don’t want to tell you) A store called Gwynnie Bee. They had me with the name since by BFF from high school is Gwyn. Something with this store that can’t be right! A mail order plus size clothes rental store? This sounds like Tom Haverford’s store in Pawnee, only it is not for kids AND it isn’t in a make believe town in Indiana. It is online and it is for ME, ME, ME, and big girls like me.

I am the type of person that goes to the store and buys a new dress, I wear it a few times and then the shimmer and glimmer from the newness of it all quickly fades. With this, I can wear it once, twice, or not at all and then I send it back. They’ll then send me another. Like Netflix. Of course there is a monthly fee, but the first month is free! I am going to try this out and let you know how it works out. Please, please, please, if you decide to try it out, use this link. This is not joke, they call it clothing without commitment.

Goats, Goats, and more Goats

When I was a little girl, my mother took me for a weekend trip to Indianapolis.  We stayed at a hotel with a pool that you could swim inside and then slip through an underwater door and swim outside.  We ate at the hotel restaurant where I tried my first chicken breast (I was a leg girl before that), I ordered my first kiddy cocktail and I order a Chivas Regal on the rocks for my mom while was in the bathroom.I don’t remember what else we did on that trip, but I remember my mom driving the car while we listened to Marvin Gaye and Gladys Knight.

I decided that when I became a mother I would take each of my children on a weekend trip, just like my mom did with me.  Next weekend is the first of those trips.   I will take my daughter to the Goats Music and More Festival in Tennessee.  She is obsessed with goats, LOVES them LOVES them.  She saw an article in a Readers Digest magazine at the doctor’s office last year about this festival. Since then, she has been planning for us to go.  Friday we head to Nashville where we’ll pick up our rental car and head out to Rock Creek Park in Lewisburg, Tennessee.  We’ll stay there till mid day on Saturday when we’ll head back to Nashville to do some sightseeing, some swimming at the pool, relaxing in the hot tub, and hopefully, we’ll be able to find some good white food for my girl along the way.  On Saturday evening we’ll head to the Grand Old Opry!  I was reminded by a friend that I went to college with a guy who actually works for the Opry  .He helped us get tickets and will be getting us a back stage tour!  We plan to sleep in on Sunday and then head out to A Cowboy Town in Whites Creek where we’ll do some horseback riding, pan for gold and enjoy the Tennessee countryside.

I hope to give to her memories that she will cherish, similar to those that I have.

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Cute goat print hanging in Aida’s room

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A clay goat I made as a topper for Aida’s birthday cake last year

Day 20-Electronic Fasting

So far so flexible.  Like many things, that’s just how we have to roll.  The kids had a day off from school.  Jonah had all of his homework done, (he’s gotten A’s on everything so far), he read, he played outside, he practiced soccer, he played with his sister…I let him have some time on the Xbox.  We had had a meltdown the night before and realized this was a main way to stay in touch with his BFF who just moved to California.  This adjustment to the new school year, new friend hierarchy (pecking order) has been pretty hard for him.  I let him play online.  We also gave the kids an option for a family evening.  1.  play games or 2. watch a movie.  The movie won out.  

We have made some decisions moving forward on our fast.

  1. We’ll continue to restrict, if not eliminate, TV and video games during the week.
  2. We’ll open up weekends to some level of use.
  3. The kids and I go to sleep pretty early.  Once we’re in bed, it is all bets off for my husband.  He can do what he wants, the caveat is that I don’t want him complaining about not having enough time to get things done!
  4. Our 30 full day fast ends on the 25th which is a Wednesday, smack dab in the middle of the week.  We’ll end the fast the 22nd.

Till next time!!

Day 11 of the Electronic “Fast”

I thought this was going to be harder than it has been.  I am not sure my son would say the same thing.  Last Tuesday evening when my husband and I were out I did receive a text from my son that explained to me that he is not creative and has no imagination to continue NOT playing video games and watching TV.  I completely understand how he felt.  So far though, we are doing pretty well.  Jonah did tell me last night that we only have 19 days left. 

We are making  up the rules as we go along, but I incorrectly categorized our electronic “fast” as a “ban” last week and I wanted to clarify….we haven’t banned anything. 

The RULES

  • In our house, no television and no video games.  The exception to that rule is on Friday, September 6. 
  • When at someone else’s house, their house rules apply.  If TV is okay, it is fine by me.
  •  Computers are okay as long as it is something creative like writing, photo editing, blogging, etc.
  • Phones are okay for communication purposes.

Lessons Learned

  • Without the electronics, we are eating more meals together at the TABLE.
  • The kids are finding books they enjoy reading.
  • Toys are being rediscovered!
  • We are playing family games.
  • Homework is less of a chore to get finished.  Even the extra credit is done by the end of the day. 
  • The park across the street is their newly discovered favorite place to be.
  • There are things that the parents can do with out TV too.  😉
  • Nothing like a good night sleep for the whole family.  Who said 8:30 is too early to sleep?
  • Samir and I have a tendency to try to go through our family time as quickly as possible to get to the television and “relax.”  Not to mention that “Breaking Bad” is hardly RELAXING!!  This is teaching us to be more mindful while we are together.
  • Need something to do?  Pack your own lunch for tomorrow!