Time for a banquet

We have survived mardi gras, found out Nicole is having a boy!, and now its time for the Blue and Gold banquet for boy scouts.

By this time in the day, I was completely exhausted. So after our second wardrobe change, it was time to head to Andrew’s school.

We started with church, followed by a few awards, and then over to the gym for dinner and of course, a photo shoot

Funny picture


Ticking to get him to smile


FINALLY a good one!


After dinner (and a few more million awards, speeches) it was time for a presentation by the bird sanctuary

This was the first guy, that got a little scared by all the kids noise and went straight to the ceiling


Pretty owl


This was my favorite


Finally it was 9:30 PM! and time for bed.

I asked God for a busy weekend, and he definitely gave me a fun one!

Question for you:

Were you in boy scouts/ girl scouts?

New camera (part II) photo shoot

Andrew and I loveeeeee taking pictures! And with the camera coming yesterday ( Ilove deliveries) we just couldn’t resist!! Enjoy!!

obviously…we dont need the flash….

Andrew’s turn with the camera….

recipe to come tomorrow

after a stressful day yesterday….I decided to DEstress with an at home pedicure

Question for you:

If you could take a picture of anything, what would you choose?

-I absolutely love pictures of flowers or smiling faces 🙂

Time to start second grade

Today, the alarm went off at 6:30. It was time to get the little rascal out of bed (and me too) for his first day of 2nd grade.

I know that this summer has been hard, with the horrible heat, we really didn’t do much except head for the pool or play with legos. And I know Andrew was happy to see all his friends again.

The day started with breakfast, and getting dressed. All occurred with little fuss, but lots of eye rubs. We were both tired.

And then the photo shoot began!

Walking to school

Andrew’s dad came to walk with us

Trying to find his classroom

2nd grade!!!

It was alittle hard to leave. I will definitely miss him (and today was only 4hrs haha)

For me, it is always so hard to be away from Andrew. First, he is my little buddy. And to not be with him, or to be able to share his day together, never gets easier. But I know that he is having a great experience with all his friends. Even his best friend will be in his class! WAHOO!

Question for you:

– Did you have any traditions for your first day of school?

My brothers and I always had to stand in the same spot outside our house each year, so we (my mom) could see how much we changed. We also walked with about 10 other kids about a mile to school. It was a great way to wake up in the morning ( I didn’t always think that haha)

Cardinals photo shoot

Today started with an amazing pancake recipe, thanks to Angela! Recipe to come tomorrow 🙂

Then it was time for the gym. I went w/ 7 miles on the list. I really didn’t want to, but I wanted to make my training buddies proud, so I stuck with it. I didn’t go extremely fast but I did finish! (and trust me, I wanted to stop at 4, 5, and 6 miles haha)

The day concluded with the Cardinals game 🙂

Only 103 degrees at 7pm. No big deal

We stayed cool with ice cream

And lots of funny pictures

Well, one normal one haha

Question for you:

Is it hot where you are ?

It hit 109 degrees yesterday!!!

(busy) ME DAY

Only I would have a busy “me day”, instead of taking a day of rest. I did do some fun stuff though!


  • Pack for vacation (we leave saturday!)
  • return books at the library
  • Get school stuff for andrew
  • Visit grandma
  • Massage
  • Grocery shopping for car ride
  • Pedicure
  • Bike ride (maybe…)
  • Sleep in (if Im lucky)
  • Dinner with friends
  • Old Navy for school clothes
  • Pool

out of 12 not too shabby. I didn’t want to buy school supplies w/out andrew. I always remember how fun it was! And the bike ride and pool got cancelled due to rain- BOOOO


Morning started off with an awesome/easy breakfast

then to my new house, library, and massage! It was wonderful. Exactly what I needed- thank you groupon!

Next up, visiting old navy (if you buy $20 worth of stuff you get $10 to spend next week- SWEET!).

Then to my grandma’s and finally home for lunch!

(yougurt, blueberries, apples, and fiber one cereal)

Then a pedicure with my mom. It was fun to do this with her, and love the color!

Finally, the moment I was waiting for ALLLL day!

I got to pick up this lil guy!



Isnt he adorable? haha;-)

Home just in time to get ready for dinner.


(sorry weird angle. my brother’s gf was sitting when she took it)

My brother called me Barbie, not sure why. I didnt have any pink on haha (for once)

My friends and I were meeting up to celebrate one last time with Katie, who is moving to D.C. to do travel nursing.

She is HILARIOUS.  I will miss her. Its only for 13 weeks, but she might go somewhere else after that!

But the night was still young, at 1030, I went to the grocery store.

yep. no joke

 needed snacks for the car ride

and finally packing ( I think I put it off LONG enough)

this is only part of it………

Question for you:

Do you like packing?

– I love it! I can actually pack very quickly

What is your favorite car ride snack?

-My family doenst go anywhere with out licorice and peanut butter M&Ms. YUM

The 4th! (+photo shoot)

I had such an awesome fourth of July, I didn’t get to bed till almost midnight and I worked today. (basically Im EXHAUSTED)

So rewind to monday~~~~~~~


The day started out with red and blue pancakes:-)

well, they turned out green and orange. Darn pumpkin added to the mix haha

Then it was time to get the legos packed up

we are onto lego phase.

This phase includes safely moving the legos from my parents house to our house. This is a major operation 😉

Old Navy. Home Depot (I swear I live here). Walmart.

THen it was off to the house to start mudding the walls! WAHOOO!!!

soda cake w/ cool whip

We then had TWO BBQues. The first was at my friend’s house and then at my parents.

FINALLY it was time for fireworks

And of course while we were waiting, we had a photo shoot


enough pics? haha.

Even though I am REALLY tired today, it was totally worth it. I want to sleep in tomorrow. then my son and I are going to go on a bike ride and go to the pool. We need a day just to chill and hang out!

Good night!

Question for you:

What did you do for the 4th?

What is your favorite bbque food?

work and work

My day started off by working 7-1130 in the NICU. I picked up four hours from another nurse (who was out the night before). It was actually a really great and fast day. I could get use to four hr days haha

I had colby cheese and a hard boiled egg when I got there. And then at 1030 oatmeal

When I got home. I ate a ton. mostly handfuls of popcorn. How did that stuff get into my parents house!

Then my son, brother, his girlfriend, and my dad headed to my house to work on the walls!

since it was one already, and my “workers” (dad and brother) werent there yet. We had lunch!

chicken sandwich

THen someone stole my camera!

"surprise" face haha
Angryyyyy face haha

Then the workers arrived and I had to get to work


Im pretty sure there is a lego head in there

Mini house tour

After working on the kitchen. Cutting the grass (yup I did it!) and a few other odds and ends. It was time for a SHOWER!!!! and dinner!


I had the fugi apple salad and black bean soup. I also tried my dads salad, but Ill stick with fugi.

I also had 2 dove chocolates, a chocolate pudding + fiber one cereal. And of course sprinkles!

I didnt get a workout in today. I was going to go to the gym after working this morning, but my left knee and ankle are hurting. Im not sure why. Is it the extra weight I am carrying? I need new shoes? The extra treadmill workouts? Bad running style?

Question for you:

What do you think is work? (either a job or at home?)

Any help on the knee/ankle problem?

Banana art and Six Flags

A perfect saturday!

I layed in bed at 7am. My kiddo still asleep. DEBATING whether or not to go to the gym….. I laid there till 745. I hit the gym while my kiddo was still sleeping (my dad was home) and got a quick 30minute workout on the treadmill and then the grocery store. ALL before he got up at 900. Not too shabby! (SOOOOO glad I went!)

Before the gym: 1/2 arnolds thin, PB, and banana

After the gym: Pumpkin Pancake


It was perfect, and a Happy way to start the day!

Then it was packing time and off to Six Flags!

This is a huge amusement park here in St lOuis. I havent been in years, and this was my son’s first visit!

We started out by getting a locker for all our stuff and heading to some rides!








A few rides were riden. I let andrew drive!

dont worry, it couldnt crash


my favorite!

 The hospital I work for, had some great prices for the park that included a ticket, parking pass, and free meal!

UNFORTUANTLY, the food that was available: fried chicken fingers, sloppy joes, potato chips, potato salad, and bake beans.

SOOO this was all I got.

Yaya and Andrew
Then THIS was headed our way

 We had to take shelter from the hail/severe storm. So it was the perfect time for a photo shoot!


OK. he wasnt really feeling it haha

mom and dad!

then THIS guy showed up. and we were all saved! haha

Apparently he is buds with my dad….lucky.

Then wanted to go on more rides…..




His favorite


ANDDDDDD another photo shoot

A time to head home. A WHAT!?!?!?


on the ride home. My body was screaming VEGGGGGGIIEESSSSS!

This NEVER happens. But I listened! And made big grilled chicken salads for everyone!

my dads. He’s a growin’ boymine!


Then we all had dessert while watching the cardinals lose big game

Calories 1800

Carbs 144

fat 65

protein 70

SOOO. MUCH better than yesterday. And I burned almost 300 calories just at the gym, and who knows how much walking around for 6 hours at the amusement park! YEA!


Later this evening, I was thinking about how glad I was that I went to the gym. WHY do I ever talk myself out of going? I always feel better after. EVen if I only stay 20-30 minutes. I mean who cares how long I am there! At least I went right?!?!

Question for you?

Do you find that you talk yourself out of doing something? (like the gym? eating right? or something else?)