Getting ready for christmas

Today was extremely productive. I followed some awesome advice from these comments, and made some priorites. First up, THE GYM! (yep I made this my #1 goal today)

I then got a little pretty (sorry bad picture, i looked better than this picture shows I promise haha)

I then ran my booty all around St Louis. Target. Then to send out my christmas cards!

Arent the stamps cute!

Then I had to mix up some cookies for my mom. chocolate chip!

After licking the spoon clean, I headed to sports authority and to get something for my dad. It was a crazy busy day and this was all before noon!!!! So I was starving!

Lunch was finished in about 90 seconds and then I wrapped presents while watching The Santa Clause III….until I ran out of tape……darn it!

One of the last things on my list was setting the table for christmas. I will have to wash everything, but I just wanted to see how it looked put together

Not too shabby, but I have a few things in mind when xmas is over and they are cheaper! 🙂

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Food Update: I did eat some sweets today, maybe Ill do a food blog tomorrow. But I ate alot better than I have been, so Im making progress. And I did 35 min on the treadmill (got up to a 9.5 speed!) and then did weights for 30 min. I actually had to tell myself to leave to get other stuff done haha.

Question for you:

What is your favorite Christmas movie?

-I am watching Elf right now, and love the Holiday and Love Actually. But my all time favorite is Its A Wonderful Life. I watch it every Christmas Eve.

 

Me day, turned movie day

Today was going to be perfect. I was going to take andrew to school, take a nap, run errands, go for a run while andrew was at soccer practice, and then watch Biggest Loser.

Well. Only two things happened. Andrew and I made pancakes and he was off to school. I slept till 10- IT WAS AWESOME!!!!

Breakfast was good o’ yogurt, strawberries, and granola. Delicious.

I then headed on the road to get some stuff done! And while on the highway, I get a call….I don’t know that number. (and usually I won’t answer) but I just felt like I should. And it was Andrew’s school. The nurse told me that his stomach was hurting and he had a headache. I figured it was from the cold that both of us had.

It is 12;15, and he is perfectly fine. 😦

 I think you just got played school nurse.

Anyway, so lunch time

Randomness of sweet potato fries, corn, and pita chips with hummus.

Of course I needed something sweet, so while Andrew and I watched Ice Age, I had some pudding with pecans

I then had to do something! I had to get SOMETHING done. And that included making dinner.

I started with potato fries and french fries

Basically, I got a huge bag of potatos from Sam’s and need to use them up! haha

Then it was Baked Macaroni time! (recipe to come tomorrow)

And of course cookies!

Dinner was quite yellow , but yummy……

Good thing the cookies have colored sprinkles 😉

Of course they had sprinkles!!!!!

So I didn’t get anything done outside of the house, but all the laundry is done and the kitchen is clean. And of course I have to work tomorrow, so the run will have to wait till thursday. 😦

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BUUUTTTTTTTT I have some good news! Heinz Ketchup is getting an upgrade! They have a new dip and squeeze packet!

Thank goodness- because you guys all know how much I love ketchup.

So now whenever I am driving, and I want to eat my sweet potato fries, Im in luck! 😉

Question for you:

Do you watch Biggiest Loser?

What is your favorite show that just started a new season?

I have a date with my bed

Yesterday I started feeling sick. I was able to take Dayquil and I would feel better for a few hours. But I have this head cold thing. So this morning when I woke up. I knew it was going to be a rough day. And I have a MILLION things to do!!!!!!!!!!

My friends are coming tomorrow, so I first started the day taking this guy to school

then running to the grocery store and target

I got this for A BUCK!

A big bowl for halloween candy!

and a few more halloween things. I LOVE halloween

For this weekend, I want to make cookies. So I had to get cookie sheets (can you believe I have lived here almost FOUR weeks and I havent made cookies yet!!!!!!!!!!!!!    thats crazy talk)

I am not a bad cook, but I also didnt have a fire extingusher for the kitchen. (I think every house should have one)

And all these things came with it. Now, am I really going to read the directions when my house is on fire?

I also got some flowers to make my house alittle nicer when the girls get here tomorrow!

I also found TWO steals at target!!!!!

I got this necklace for 7 dollars

And I got this for $3.24!!!!!!

I think I might wear this this weekend since its in the 50s

I will now be chugging this

And hanging in bed. (after I write this post, Im taking a nap)

I really should be cleaning. The girls will be here tomorrow!

Like tackling the top of the frig, where I put things that don’t have a “home” yet

well, im off to bed! I hope I can sleep this thing away!!!

Question for you:

What is your favorite holiday?

Do you look for steals? (and get so excited like me 😉 haha)

Nerd?

Another early and BUSY day in the NICU. It started off nicely then 2pm hit and we got a very sick baby.

 I didnt stop running til 730 that night!

Well lets get to the eats (they arent pretty)
7am Hard Boiled Egg
10am oats, banana, PB
12am HUGE cookie
145 SPinach salad w/ pecans, chicken, cranraisins, and feta
2pm anothe cookie……
5pm 2 hershey kisses and 1 dove chocolate
9pm shrimp, pasta, laughing cow, and veggies

Well at least I started and ended the day MUCH better than the middle of the day.

And even after a crazy day. I am looking at the positive
-My knee only hurt ONCE when walking from the parking garage to work. (most people take the shuttle, I walk)
-I went to the gym afterwards! I did 20 minutes on the elliptical and 10 minutes on the bike!!

Calories- calories burned= net
1875-376=1499
not too shabby for eating 2 cookies the size of my head! and Im glad I went to the gym to work off not only the calories, but some frustration. My son is at his dad’s and I miss him. My ex has also not tried to talk about the future, and I dont know what to do about it

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While working out, I watched the Cardinals (THEY WON! WAHOO!)
When I was almost done with the elliptical, I noticed a pretty cute guy down the way.
I thought man, Im sweaty and gross. I was also wearing a cardinals shirt

I was like OH Man. Does that make me cool?  not only am I watching the game, but Im wearing a cardinals shirt?
HAHA oh well. Im really not THAT big of a fan!

Question for you?

Do you have specific workout gear?

-Mine is just a tshirt and workout pants

new obsession and ANDREW’S HOME!

Yep. Its true. Im obsessed

OHHH well at least its good (delicious and good for my bod! haha)

After breakfast, I got on my bike again. A good 11mile bike ride around the park. It was perfect!

Then I got a text- ANDREW IS 30 MINUTES OUT OF ST LOUIS!!!! Better hurry!

shower, did end up grabbing a cookie

or two…..but it looks better when I take it next to my HUGE glass of water…Right?!?!

After picking up my lil guy

halloween 2008

Time for lunch! I ate my dessert first…………..with a million cookies then the main meal

Pork tenderloin sandwich with peppers, shredded cheddar and ketchup! YUM

with my mom’s dancing flower

My son and I then watched the Sandlot. It was exhausted and almost fell asleep on the car ride home AT TWO IN THE AFTERNOON! AFter several hours of playing with harry potter legos it was time for bed!

I enjoyed my “ME TIME” with  french bread, and wine

I usually dont drink on just a regular monday night, but I felt like it

UPDATE: I few days ago I mentioned that my son’s dad and I were talking again. Just about the past and how we still care about each other. Well we haven’t talked about it since. BUT we are getting a long SOOO much better. Who knows what will happen, but I love that everyone is getting along

Question for you:

Do you drink? Do you prefer beer, wine, or the hard stuff?

– Im usually a beer gal, but wine is nice as well. I tend to stay away from the hard stuff.  (thats when trouble starts haha)

cookies for dinner

After church it was time for breakfast. It MAY look different…

Its basically my favorite egg sandwich, but on a mission wrap. I also had to ditch the banana, it was on its last day. i knew I should have used it for baking instead (well you live and learn)

Then a few hours of packing. I swear it never ends!

Lunch was a boca burger. WELCOME BACK PEPPERS! We havent had any in the house, but luckily Sams was on the agenda today

For dessert, my sweet tooth was SCREAMING! So I had a pudding and pecans. It did the trick.

It was then off to my kickball game!

I had a piece of french bread and a small cashew cookie larabar on the way out the door

Yes. We are the Squirrels. The first game was really fun. The other team played fair and everyone had some friendly competition. We tied 7 to 7. The second game was a different story. The team was MEAN!! They were even bad talking ME! And im the nice one! haha. We ended up losing 2 to 1.

Right after that it was time to head to my house and paint! Yep. The cabinets are ALMOST finished!

But its the last one!!! so only two more coats till Im done!!

I swear. I never want to paint cabinets again in my life haha

THen. I got a call from my mom that my older brother got into a motorcylce accident. Luckily, he wasn’t going that fast. The other car wasn’t paying attention and just got the front of his bike. It did fly off his bike, but his right leg was only affected. The hospital did xrays and a CT scan. And everything looks ok. Although he is on crutches because his leg is swollen. He was EXTREMELY lucky!

Needless to say, even after all the running around, and my brothers accident. All I had were cookies for dinner. But hey they were good!! so good…I didnt take a picture haha

I also had a small slice of frozen pizza and a drink in a bag. Later that night. It was a good stress reliever 🙂

Calories 1947

Carbs 261

Fat 71

Protein 71

Well I was doing good until dinner…..

But I did played two hours of kickball!!! Dont know how many calories I burned

Now its off to bed before getting up early for a bike ride and then the pool!

THEEENNNNNNNN ANdrew comes home!!! WAHOOO! ( I might be a bit excited!)

Question for you:

Have you riden or owned a motorcycle?

-I have done neither. Im not a big fan. Ill stick with my road bike!

Chicken and Cookie Recipes

I am so sorry it took so long to get these up. But they are FINALLY here!

Spinach and Ricotta Stuffed Chicken

SPINACH AND RICOTTA STUFFED CHICKEN

Ingredients:

1 package chicken (about 1.5lbs)

1/2 cup part skim ricotta

1 package frozen chopped spinach

2% shredded mozzarella (1/2-3/4 cup)

3/4 c seasoned bread crumbs

3 egg whites

salt, pepper, garlic powder

Directions:

Defrost spinach in microwave. Squeeze out water

Place in bowl with ricotta, salt, pepper, and garlic powder

Add 1 egg white and mix w/ fork

Beat other 2 egg whites with dash of water, salt and pepper

Coat chicken in egg and then breadcrumbs. Place on baking sheet.

Put spinach mixture on top of chicken

Top with shredded cheese

Roll Chicken and secure with toothpick

Bake 250 degrees for 25-30 minutes

Mini Chocolate Chip Cookies

Ingredients:

2 tbsp butter, softened

2 tsp canola oil

1/2 cup dark brown sugar

1 tsp vanilla extract

1/8 tsp table salt

1 large egg white

3/4 c flour

1/4 tsp baking soda

3 oz semi sweet chocolate chips (1/2 cup)

Instructions:

Preheat oven to 375

Mix all dry ingredients together. and wet ingredients separately. Then slowly add dry to wet.

Bake and EAT!