Manic Monday – Jello Calves



The best part of my Monday was receiving this beautiful flower from one of my kinders.



The flower was completely open by the end of my very long shift. I love getting flowers, especially from students.

Last week, I set some Operation Get Fit goals. I managed to achieve all three goals. I went above and beyond my walking goal. I think I walked everyday but two days of the week. However, some days I doubled up on walks. Kiddos have been super awesome about getting out on the walking trails.

Today I had worked 10.5 hours, attended a lengthy staff meeting and got the kiddos home for a late yet healthy dinner. We went for our nightly walk after dinner despite my sore calves. I’m already dragging ass but I must have mustered up some motivation. To my surprise the kiddos and I started jogging and to be honest it wasn’t that bad.


The view on the trail out back of our home is pretty lovely. It’s a nice place to go for a walk or a jog.

This weeks goals:

  • staying on track with healthy eating
  • using my walking app as a motivational tool
  • starting the couch to 5k program
  • lots of summer camp planning
  • learning more about Scentsy

Let’s see how weak number two of Operation Get Fit goes. So far I have been fitting walks and healthy eating into my crazy schedule. Wish me luck y’all!


Operation Get Fit – The Harsh Reality


Operation Get Fit - The Harsh Reality

This morning I stood contemplating whether I should step on the scale or not. Three tiny little numbers were about to show me my harsh reality. Do I actually want to know? Can I really make a change? Such a silly little thing to get so anxious about.

After I psyched myself up I stood on that scale and embraced the numbers it unveiled. Three tiny little numbers strung together that showed me the highest weight I have ever been in my life. To be honest I am so shocked that I can’t even share these depressing little numbers in this post, maybe some day. Hopefully after seeing some results!

As upsetting as it is to see how much I weigh, I’m trying to use it as motivation to succeed. I know I don’t want to gain any more weight. I want to be more energetic and active. It would be nice to work myself up to jogging. That way I could play tag and run around with my kiddos for longer.

For this week I am setting little goals:

  • Decreasing my portion sizes
  • Eliminating fast food
  • Walking with the kiddos at least three nights

Friends and family tell me that I don’t look as big as what I am but I don’t want to feel as big as what I am. It’s lovely to hear that you are a pretty girl but you have to believe it. Any weight loss tips are welcome! I know it’s going to be a long journey but well worth it.

Monday Monday Monday wait it’s Tuesday!


Monday Monday Monday, wait it's Tuesday!

Tegan and Sara are ringing through my head right now as this beautifully sunny Monday comes to an end. It was extra painful getting the kiddos out of bed this morning. Our weekend away was a blast but it left us all exhausted…..


….and now it is Tuesday! See it was an exhausting getaway, I couldn’t even make through an entire blog post before falling asleep. It’s looking like it is going to be a busy week, again!

I have a lot of work planning coming up. It’s almost the end of the school year so my kinders and I are planning an end of the year celebration as well as a nature hike. Last year my kinders were lucky enough to see tons of tadpoles in the conservation area swimming around in the water. If we are lucky we might see one transitioning into a frog, it’s still a little early though. I hope their little legs can make the hike! I also have to plan my summer camp activities! I’m lucky enough to have another camp leader to bounce ideas back and forth with this year.

If you have a neat summer camp game/activity that you would like to share feel free. I’m always looking for fun new ideas!!

As for home, there are a million and one things to do. It’s a never ending battle. I’ve discovered that I indeed am a busy body. My mother accuses me of this all the time. I can’t stay home long enough to accomplish what I would like to get done. I think it’s part of my anxiety, if I don’t stay busy than I ruminate. Which reminds me I’ve been forgetting to take my anxiety meds quite a bit lately. This week my goal is to take them every day. I think blogging has had a positive impact on my anxiety though, I don’t seem to be over thinking as much lately. It’s nice to have an outlet, a place to just be me.

On that note, it’s time to fold some laundry and watch my new addiction. I just started watching this show on Netflix called Once Upon a Time. It’s so interesting, all about fairytale meeting reality. It’s also my little escape from reality. My children are even loving it!Hope everyone had a nice start to the week!

Bluffin’ with my Muffin’


Bluffin' with my Muffin'

Okay, have to admit I did not accomplish too much on my to do list from last Manic Monday. No bluffing, I’ve had a head cold for about six days now. If my ears don’t unplug soon my head might just fly away like a balloon! Working in child care with minimal hearing has been a challenge. I know understand how my mother feels, who is partially deaf. Pretty sure the kiddos could tell me where to go and I’d likely smile and nod.

I did manage to plant my cucumbers, that’s a start. I also kept up with house tasks. Let’s face it if I didn’t who would? I helped my girlfriend build  fire pit at her trailer, which required digging and heavy lifting. We are women hear us roar! I also came to the conclusion that I think I need to delete my online dating profile. Dating used to be fun, it seems like more work than anything else lately. I need to get back to me, the fiery confident red-head!

So I end my Manic Monday with a banana muffin, hot cup of tea and an episode of Being Human. I have a million and one things to do but they can wait. Nursing this head cold is at the top of the list right now.

bakingMy main man helped me make some muffins tonight when he got back from his Dad’s house. He comes home from Dad’s with a bit of an attitude but quickly straightens up when we have some Mother/son time. I love quality one-on-one time!


Manic Monday



Monday’s are painful in my home, like poked with a red-hot poker painful. I start work way to early for a mom that has to drag two monkeys out of bed! This morning I had to threaten my son with the Mommy Monster! She comes to visit when all else has failed. That lit a fire under my son’s bottom.

I’m usually brushing my hair, dressing a child, finishing up packing lunches and trying to make a coffee all at the same time. Rushing to beat the clock in order to make it to work on time. Monday’s are manic! We rush out the door coats half on, breakfast in hand and eyelids half-open.

This is the start to another hectic work week in our household. Can’t we go back to Sunday!

This week I am hoping to accomplish a few tasks.

  • I need to organize the kiddos bedrooms and gather all of their gently used clothing for donation. Sadly my kiddos are growing up way to quickly.
  • I also want to work in my garden (weather permitting), I have two cucumber plants to put in. I also have to figure out just where the sunflowers are going to go.
  • Daily duties: laundry, dinner, dishes, vacuuming and dreadful dusting. I haven’t been getting as much done as I’d like to lately.
  • Also I would like to paint all of the window frames this week. I’ve been in my house for almost eight months without curtains. It’s time! I’m sure the neighbors will miss the daily peep shows but there’s just something so spectacular about having privacy.

Well those are my goals for the week. How did your Monday start off?