Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Iowa Cousins

Lars sister and her family stayed with us from Iowa for the 4th. She has 4 kids. Roan took to them the moment they arrived. I didn't see much of him after that because he was busy following them around and playing. 
 They brought Roan a 6 ft castle to build and color. They had so much fun playing peek a boo and decorating the fort. 
(10 points if you can spot a popular 90's item in the pictures)

We ate delicious food, shopped, and mostly just goofed off. The girls loved to dote over Roan and got to give him a bath while the boys wrestled with Roan and taught him how to throw balls. There was lots of contagious laughter all around. 

I have some super cute videos that I keep trying to upload but they won't cooperate. :( Oh well

We love you Sarah and Dave and Family. Please come back soon! :)

Be Prepared

We went camping last year when Roan was 6 months old and it was a breeze. He slept most of the time. This time around with a toddler I knew we had some work cut out of us so I tried to prepare things to help us all enjoy our camping experience. Here is what I learned and what I wish I did and didn't do.

Where I was prepared:

I prepared an activity bag full of little things to keep Roan occupied on the road. You can never count on a toddler to sleep the entire time. We started our journey at 6 am. I was hoping he would go back to sleep but he was as alert as ever. We borrowed a family truck for this trip so the first hour of the drive Roan was mostly entertained with his new surrounding.

I made Roan a map in a box so he could know where we were. This also was good for drawing in, playing with cars, and used as a place mat for snacks. 

He was a good little traveler. He liked a lot of the toys I had for him, little cars, touch and feel/pop up books, crayons, pipe cleaner, magna-doodle (this he spent the most of his time with), hand puppets, and stuffed toy. I tried not to burn through them but I ended up doing just that. We also had Lars' tablet that he watched a fun movie on when things got rough or when he was ready to sleep. When he did get fussy the one toy he loved and honestly played with the most was a plastic bowl with lid. Always the simplest things. So in this regard I think I was over prepared.

The ride back was easier because our friends son, Elijah, rode with us. He was a champ and helped entertain Roan.

The only bad thing about the drive back was that it took forever because the kids all pooped at different times, Roan mostly ;) My cousin suggested traveling with a travel potty and just pulling over to the side of the road. Duly noted. Of course this applies if you have kids out of diapers.

Where I wasn't prepared:

I felt the least prepared with a toddler while camping. I didn't bring hardly any activities for Roan to do because I figured we would be out doors and that is activity enough. Wrong! I should have brought a truck or even a bucket and shovel for him to enjoy. Our friends had a soccer ball that he loved and he did play with the other kids. This kid loves LOVES sticks too. When he found good ones he was entertained.

When you go camping take more Advil than you really need. Roan started teething just before we left so he was more clingy and whiny than usual. The second night he had so much trouble sleeping. We ran out of Advil so we relied on our wits to get us through it. Sometimes we let him cry it out but when your campsites are close together that is not a polite option. Eventually he fell asleep in our family sleeping bag. The next morning Lars drove into town and got some more Advil. Roan's teething got better for the rest of the trip. On top of the teething Roan had diarrhea! So he didn't eat much but we kept him hydrated and when he did eat we tried to give him stuff that would plug him up.  He did throw up on the second to last day. After that he started acting somewhat normal. I am grateful that the diarrhea and puking only took place while at the campsite and not on the road.

So when you travel with a toddler take more things to help them enjoy the outdoors and less stuff for the road and always take extra Advil, and other remedies for sickness. We are going on a short "camping" trip this weekend with Lars' Dad so we will test out my new preparedness skills then. I say "camping" because they have an RV so we will only be taking up our food, clothes, and activities for Roan. ;)

Hogle Zoo

My Dad's work summer party was held at the Hogle Zoo in June. 
We went with them and celebrated Roan's first time at the zoo. :) 
  I am riding backwards. 
 What is that? Could it be a Liger?
 Waiting for the bird show. It was actually a really rad bird show too.  Lars got some cool shots of the birds flying but I will let him share those. 
Grandma and Grandpa 
 Let me in...I am an animal too.
 Roan's favorite animal to see was....
 The Giraffe's
He has a toy giraffe that he kisses and sleeps with him. Seriously though, this kid went nuts when he saw them in real life. He started squealing and talked to them. 
For you locals this is a classic picture to take at the Hogle Zoo.  
We had fun! Thanks Mom and Dad!

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

TX Friends

My friend Melissa was in town and I got to steal her and her son, Jake, away for lunch from her families. 
We had fun catching up. 
We miss her and her husband Brandon dearly but know they are happy in their new life in Texas.   
 Our boys are super cute
 I had Jake mesmerized with my craziness
 Silly faces
Thanks for playing with us. Come again! 

Friday, July 5, 2013

Proud to Be An American

"I like to see a man proud of the place in which he lives. I like to see a man live so that his place will be proud of him."
~Abraham Lincoln

I am grateful for the country I live in and for all those that sacrifice to keep my safe from "weirdos". I really like the last sentence of the above quote. What better way to show our patriotism and gratitude towards our country by living well. Be kind to those around, be honest, have integrity, and be optimistic.  :) 

Happy 4th of July Everyone!

Monday, July 1, 2013

StephanieJoy Health Coach

I became a health coach for the program, Take Shape For Life, that helped me clean up my habits and get healthy. I joined so I could help others get healthy. I have a strong desire to help people. There is more than one way to get healthy and my only goal is to promote healthiness all around. If you are looking for a change and would like to learn more about the program I used as an option for you please contact me. And if you want to join I would be more than happy to be YOUR health coach. :)

You can also check out my website  or 
learn more here

And now for an update on my progress
Results vary. Lose 2-5 pounds per week for the first two weeks and 1-2 pounds per week thereafter. 

Here I am 8 weeks into the program:

Start Weight: 191.6 lbs
Start BMI: 28

8 weeks weight into program: 157.6  lbs
8 weeks BMI into program: 23

So far I have lost:
34 pounds
8.5 inches off my waist
4 inches off my hips
2 inches of my upper arms
3 inches off my upper thighs.

12.6 pounds away from my goal of 145 lbs. But best of all I feel amazing and I know that what I am doing works and has done wonders for me in more than just weight loss. My energy is up, I am dealing with issues head on rather than turning to food, and I am enjoying new vegetables that I never thought I would ever eat. Now matter where you live or where you think you are in your life their is a first step towards a positive change. Give me a call to learn more. Maybe this is what you have been looking for. :)