My First Job

My first job was with K-Mart in some city in Maryland. I was a cashier and I actually liked the job. I was the favorite among my co-workers because my lack of social life gave me the freedom to cover for everyone that wanted a day off. ๐Ÿ˜‰ The only people that I remember from that job are my step-mom and my dad. Michelle worked there for a long time I believe and my dad took a job there to supplement his pay from the Navy. This was also at a time when the company paid you in cash, at the back of the store. This is actually a crafty move on the part of the corporation. What better way to keep the money they pay their employees than by paying them cash and requiring them to walk back through the ENTIRE length of the store to exit it and go home. I don’t think there was ever a pay day where I left without spending something. I didn’t stay long in Maryland so the job was short lived. I went on to have several more jobs during my teen years before getting married and landing this gig as a mom of 5.

Health and Fitness

Health and fitness is becoming a bigger part of my life everyday. If you were reading here last week you may have seen my mention of a 6 week vegetarian challenge I have started.

Today is day seven of that challenge and so far I feel great and I have lost 5lbs! I don’t find myself feeling hungry all the time. I still eat 5-6 small meals a day. Sometimes I don’t break them down quite that often, say on busy days, as an example. Yesterday we grilled hot dogs(that my family ate) and I made stuffed portobello mushrooms marinated in balsamic vinegar with an eggplant and roasted red pepper “stuffing”. Yum!

I am also aiming for exercising six days a week. I got five in this week. Today I am proud to say I ran 3.59 miles!!!! My last run was 2.38 miles. It felt awesome. One of my exercise days is my Tuesday night Zumba class. I love this class. Our instructor is awesome. Wednesday I hike with two of my best friends. I skipped Thursday this week but it is usually my leg day for weights. I had a two hour Zumba party Friday. That was a lot of fun. Saturday I did yard work but it wasn’t intense so I called it a rest day. Tomorrow I am going to try a cycling class with my oldest daughter. I think it will be fun.

My other health goal is to eat 80% clean. Clean meaning no HFCS or white sugar. I would have to say this past week was more along the lines of 90% clean. I gave up pop which is a big deal. I use clean sweeteners like honey and maple syrup. I try not to eat ย much that is processed. No chips, very few crackers, no ice cream. Cake is harder to say no to. I keep it as an option for my 20%. ๐Ÿ˜‰

My goal is to be fit and healthy by 40. I have one year and six months. Goal weight, consistent working out, running races, long hikes, etc. Clean eating as second nature. Just wellness over all. A good example for my girls.

I have a running quote app that posts a quote from a runner every day. Yesterday’s quote has been my favorite so far.

“Find your limits and exceed them.”
Lynn Strickland

I did that today and it was an exhilarating feeling. I am strong, I am strong!!! And so are you! ๐Ÿ™‚

A Day in the Life

Today’s blog post is a chance to share what a day of my life is like. I was hesitant to share today because it wasn’t anything all the interesting. Then I realized that that was a stupid thought. Life is what it is. On any given day it can be exciting, mundane, hard, easy, sad, joyful etc. The point is I was able to experience this day and all that it brought, exciting or not.

We do not have a schedule here. There is a hint of a routine but it isn’t hard core. I had a craptastic night of sleep. I was awake at 2am for the second night in a row. I had fully expected to crash hard and sleep long last night since I had worked hard moving and spreading mulch. Apparently my body had other ideas. So I watched a movie expecting to fall asleep. Nope. Fitful sleep from 3:30am until my kids started getting up was all I received. I knew it was going to make for a long day.

Fast forward to the youngest three all getting up between 8:30 and 9am. Of course when they wake up they want food. So I took my zombie self into the gigantic mess of a kitchen and began searching for anything clean I could put cereal in because no one wanted toast, which is easily placed on a napkin.

We watched a couple of episodes of My Little Ponies while we ate. Nothing like Pinky Pie and Apple Jack to get yo morning going. It was half way through the second episode that I realized I hadn’t had any coffee. I head to the coffee station to find AN EMPTY COFFEE CAN!!!! How did that happen??!!! I find some decaf which is pointless but by now I am trying to convince myself that the minute amount of caffeine in decaf might actually help me. Yeah, I was that sleep deprived.

Coffee in hand I climb the 16 flights of stairs to my bedroom to find clothes that I can wear in public. The girls are now intently playing princesses with their dolls and asking me if it is time to go grocery shopping. I usually try to go grocery shopping on my own. Not because my kids are horrible at the store. I just develop ADD when they are grocery shopping with me and it is not a pretty sight. So here I am getting ready to go grocery shopping with my 8,6 and 4 year old on prettying zero sleep and no caffeine. Can you tell where this is going? We made it to Walmart, hit 3 aisles and I waved the white flag. Seriously. I felt like I was hung over but I can promise you there was none of the fun that comes before the hang over.

Back in the van I make an executive decision. I am treating the girls to McDonald’s (don’t hate) and then I am going to go to Starbucks and get some coffee. If I am going to make it through the day I have to have something because no, I didn’t remember to buy a can if coffee while at Walmart.

Get through the drive through after a 15 min wait. Drive over to the light so I can get back on the road easily. Promptly find myself in the WRONG lane. Really?? All I want is coffee!!!! I wave the white flag again and just head home.

Back home lunch is served and we put on Tangled. By this time my teens are both up so I ask if I can try to get a nap in since I have no caffeine. This fog is thick. Nap is attempted and promptly interrupted by a 4yo who has decided that my bathroom is her favorite and later by an 8yo who upon finding my door locked thought knocking would be a good idea. So no nap.

While I was attempting my nap the younger set were busy crafting downstairs. They have been watching YouTube videos to learn how to make things for their Barbie dolls and their regular dolls.

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You are totally jealous that you don’t get to clean that mess up aren’t you. ๐Ÿ˜‰

Since my nap was a failure I have decided I am getting coffee when I take our oldest to work. I have a two hour Zumba party later and I cannot be a zombie.

Behold the elixir of life!!!

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After the caffeine has kicked in I am feeling less zombie-ish. I come home to find that the little girls have decided they want to save money to buy monster high dolls. So they have made some dolls from Popsicle sticks and scrapbook paper. I bought them all for .50 each. The looks on their faces were the best part of my day with them. They asked to do odd jobs around the house to add to what they already had saved. I helped them count what they have so far. We counted by 10s, talked about how 1/4 is one of 4 parts, money value, names of coins etc.

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After all if that I made supper. By this time my husband is home. He takes over kitchen duty and I get ready for my Zumba party. It was a blast!!! Great times with some great friends.

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After Zumba I came home to shower and head out to grocery shop with my 14yo. Back home to unload and put groceries away, kiss kids goodnight, and start this blog post.

I didn’t get this published before midnight but better late than never. I would offer a prize if you have made it this far but I don’t have anything! ๐Ÿ˜‰ I am off to try to sleep. Maybe tonight will give me at least 5 solid hours.

Spring is here!!

Finally we have spring! Warm weather with nice breezes and clear skies. Spring is my saving grace when it comes to getting rid of the winter blues that hang on for.ever!! The grumpy uglies(our name for bad moods at our house) get dropped into the freshly turned soil that is being prepped for this years garden. I stop taking my Vitamin D supplement because there is plenty of sunshine to bask in. We have meals outside and there are late night trips to the park to enjoy running around until the sun says goodnight. Wednesday night hiking with two of my best friends. Spring is also a time when I see things that remind me of my dad. He loved red bud trees and dogwoods. They are in full bloom right now. Driving out to a customers house these past two days I see them everywhere and think of him. His birthday is coming up. He would have turned 63 this year. Today I laid down in the grass for just a minute to capture this picture of our customer’s red bud tree. It is so pretty right now. I know he would agree. ๐Ÿ™‚

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ImageThank you Spring for showing up. You are beautiful this year!

5 lines

My friend Lesaย invited me to join in a ย “blog everyday for the month of may” challenge. I’m already challenging myself to eat vegetarian for 6 weeks, workout in some form at least 6 days a week, and to avoid sugar unless it is considered a clean sweetener. Why not add a blogging challenge into the mix?!

I posted earlier today before I knew about the challenge but I want to go ahead and post for today’s topic. Introduce yourself in 5 lines.

I am an extroverted mom of 5 daughters. I totally planned on having 5 girls and I can sell you my secret for only $19.99 plus shipping and handling. ๐Ÿ˜‰ If you ask my family if they thought I would be the one with 5 kids they would all shout NO! I stay home with this crazy brood where we do nothing all day, also known as homeschooling. I love turtles, reading, knitting, avoiding house work, learning new things and I am damn good at Zumba. Whew!

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