Wednesday, April 01, 2015

April Goals

Spring has sprung and I'm starting back posting my monthly goals!  I'm really excited about all the opportunities I have right now: corporate work, new Beachbody coaching, family time, and personal goals of fitness and eating healthy.  I think this excitement for warmer weather and the opportunities will put my goals into overdrive.  Let's see what we can do:


  • Easter planning
  • Update Phoebe's Field Hockey schedule - she's done Spring Break the day after Easter
  • Work with boys on sight words and numbers/math skills - come up with some fun games
  • Date nights with Tom (already have next three weekends planned)


  • Become a Beachbody Coach - DONE!  Now working on building a business.  I'm not making any specific goals for customer and coach signups, as I want to be realistic based on initial results.
  • Blog post 5x a week - I will be planning my blog posts to help me remember what I wanted to blog about.  I come up with ideas and write down notes, but then forget to get them done.  Plan to see more postings from me.  I know I'm going to put my favorite Asian zing chicken wings recipe tomorrow!
  • Get up to date on blog reading on Feedly - I'm very behind and I miss being able to have the conversations through comments with bloggers
  • Build my blog followers:  Google - 50 and Feedly - 50
  • Get to the office earlier - 8:30 is my new target.  This means I need to work on my evening routine to get more ready for the morning.

Health and Fitness

  • Drop the 10 lbs I gained in grad school by the end of the April
  • Elliptical 5x per week
  • Stretch or do yoga daily
  • Limit coffee to one morning cup per day
  • No wine/alcohol during the week and if I can avoid on weekend, bonus!  Last Saturday night, Tom and I had a date night and I stuck to water!!!  
  • Meal prep on weekends and/or after grocery shopping - make hummus, salad dressing, prep salads, chop veggies


  • Submit taxes - close to done.  Just got the results from the accountant today.  It's not that bad, thank goodness.  We will break even for a change, instead of owing.  Once we review, they can be submitted electronically.
  • Meal planning weekly
  • Build system of grocery lists - I've been listening to Chalene Johnson's podcasts around focus and creating systems.  I'm really trying to pull together the different grocery lists we have for different stores.  I think this will save us time and money!


  • Wash off plants in house - some have some bugs or spider webs that will be more healthy if I wash with soap and water
  • Paint guest room for Phoebe
  • Declutter the garage a little.  I have some stuff for donations stored in there I will get those cleaned up and out of the house
  • Start cleaning out the basement - find out what I can sell to the children's consignment vs. donations
  • Fix the carpet steam cleaner 
  • Plan/build out where the hot tub is going - Yes!  We bought us one for my birthday.  It should be available in May for installation.  That will make all other house projects easier, knowing we can go sit in the hot tub as a reward at the end of the day.
These are all doable.  Some are mandatory, like taxes, but I'm looking forward to tackling this list this month!  I'll report back mid-month and then end of month.

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Now a Beachbody Coach

I'm not sure if I've ever posted about my love for Shakeology, but it is my favorite go-to breakfast as part of my default diet.  "Default diet" not meaning when I'm on a diet, but I don't like to think about what I'm going to eat in general, so I have certain things I prefer to eat to make it easy to eat healthy.  I've also done P90X as an at home exercise plan and it's awesome!  Love the yoga video!

I've decided I love the products so much, I'd finally decide to break down and become a Beachbody coach.  I won't make this blog become about pushing that business, but if you have any interest in the products or having me as a coach, the websites I have for this endeavor are as follows:

Beachbody coaching -
Shakeology -
Ultimate Reset -

I'm looking forward to being able to help people progress in their fitness goals and this was one avenue I was interested in pursuing this goal.  Other avenues to come in the future!

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

I Missed My 10 Year Blogoversary 2/24/2015

What a difference a decade makes!  I can't believe I started this blog 10 years and a month ago!  So much has happened and when I look at how time has gone by, it's amazing.  I read earlier blog posts and am amazed at where I was.

I was trying to rationalize to have another child or not.  We had so many problems and infertility treatments were not working.  I was sometimes trying to accept our fate in life as a one child household and other times desperate for hope, wanting to understand what could help us expand our family.  I already loved yoga, having found it before our daughter was born and that love has blossomed; however now I need to find time to go back to the mat.  I learned about eating clean, healthy food and what my diet was doing to my lack of fertility.  I embraced Traditional Chinese Medicine, leaving one acupuncturist when I didn't feel she was on my side and finding another fabulous one who by twist of fate, was good friends with my yoga instructor!

We went back to the doctor and through IVF were able to have our twins!  Our house now is completely full and crazy and I love it.  Phoebe is a teenager and taller than me!  The young woman she is becoming is amazing, strong and very smart.  The boys are as different from each other as can be and are each other's best friends.  They really love having each other so much.

I went to grad school and got my MBA!  During this blog span in 2007, Tom graduated from the same program I eventually went on to pursue.  It was amazing!  I've made many good friends through blogging, one close to home (about 40 minutes away) and another on the other side of the world in South Africa.  Marcia in South Africa and I have met in person three times!  The first time when she came to New York City with her husband and we all had dinner together.  The second and third time were a year after the first time when I was in South Africa for a school trip.  The third time was awesome as it was on Mother's Day at a lion and rhino preserve with her family and my family minus the two boys as they were back in the States staying with their grandparents.  I learned how much I love malva pudding on that trip and Marcia taught me that the cream on top must be warm!  I have yet to attempt to make this at home.  I'm quite sure I'll be disappointed that it doesn't quite taste the same.

Now, my grad school is over, the boys started Kindergarten, we had to move their first school as it wasn't working out and Phoebe is getting ready for high school next year.  I took a new role at work last August and I'm loving it.  I'm working more with business risk management but looking at technology risks in our company's online presence and mobile apps.  I get to be very proactive and do a lot of research, which makes me very happy!  I hate being reactive.  I can do it, but too much of it like in my old job make me very unhappy.

I'm working on getting more organized, with routines and systems to simplify our life.  I feel like so much of our life was put on hold, first to have babies, then going through the early years and my grad school.  I want to focus more on exercise, photography, gardening and cooking.  I've missed the blogging community so much as well as I keep posting less and reading less.  I keep meaning to fix this, but it also keeps taking a back seat.  Hopefully watching my 10 year anniversary of this blog breeze by without a notice from me is the kick in the seat of my pants I needed.

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

I Wish God Didn't Have Such Faith In Me - LOL

Did you ever hear the saying "God only gives you what you can handle?"  Sometimes I wish he didn't have such faith in me!  In the past few weeks, Phoebe had a concussion that caused her issues for three weeks, we had rough weather last week, that kept the boys out of school for all days but one and last but not least, Tommy had a stomach bug that took him to the hospital last night.  He's still working on getting his appetite and fluids back.

Phoebe got the concussion in cheerleading, which she will never do again, thank goodness as it conflicts with field hockey going forward.  She's doing great now, but it did involve two doctor's visits, being out of gym and sports at school for three weeks and therapy for the concussion.  Thankfully, that was over as of last Friday when she was cleared for all activities again.

The weather last week was crazy!  Icy roads from freezing rain on Monday, Tuesday was good, Wednesday icy roads, Thursday we had a big snow storm with 7+ inches of snow and Friday people were still digging out and it was icy.  I only got into the office one day last week and we were all stir crazy by the end of the week.  However, we believe this is the last snow of this winter, I got some pretty pictures and the kids had a great time rolling about in the snow like dogs.

After this was over and we had a busy weekend of visiting grandparents, our grand-niece, and a birthday party the boys were invited to on Sunday, Tommy started throwing up on Monday morning.  This lasted all day on Monday, he could not keep down any fluids and then the opposite end started acting up.  By the end of the day, we knew we needed to take him to the ER to keep from getting dehydrated.  Unfortunately, there were tons of people at the hospital and the wait to see a doctor was around 6 hours!!!  I've never seen it that bad before.  They gave Tommy medicine for the nausea, but three hours later, he was throwing up again.  That really got their attention!  We still didn't get out of there until 3AM and we were home a half hour later.  I was exhausted!  Today has been laundry time and get fluids and food back into Tommy.  He ate one piece of toast so far today and has been drinking fluids fine, but he's definitely not back to his old self yet.  I'm sure tomorrow will be much better.

Here's to Spring coming around the corner!  I saw robins outside the house today!  Getting back to the office again tomorrow and everyone back on their routines.

Monday, February 16, 2015

So Much To Say!

We had a great Christmas and a very peaceful New Year's.  Hope everyone did the same!  We also became a great aunt and uncle on January 6.  It's our oldest niece's baby and her name is Nora Grace.  We've also all been getting over colds.  About three weeks ago, both Tom and I came down with something very flu-like, if not the flu exactly.  I'm still getting over the congestion and cough that is lingering.  The boys had it a few days before us, and they recovered much faster than we did, LOL.  At least the fact they had the same cold and got through it without antibiotics told me it was definitely a virus of some kind.

Other than that, Phoebe has had winter cheerleading and having some indoor field hockey practices with the high school team.  The boys are busy with Kindergarten, learning their sight words and enjoying their swimming classes at the YMCA.

I need to get back to training!  This year, we have the Spartan Sprint in July and the Philly Rock n' Roll half marathon in September.  I need to order a new pair of sneakers as the current ones I have are old and giving me shin splints when I run.  I do have a word for this year!  It is STRONG.  Unfortunately, I haven't felt too strong so far the beginning of this year, but I've been getting through all our colds and still not being too far behind.

What I'm also looking forward to is having fun this year!  Through all this craziness, we've been having some fun!  Even with the boys homework, I try to make it fun and tell them how much I look forward to spending that time with them.  It may snow tonight.  We haven't had much snow this winter.  We've had a lot of threats of snow with misses that haven't missed the New England area, as they are buried.  Tonight they are calling for 3-5 inches, so hopefully we will have snow and then can enjoy a day off school and work, play in the snow and make the first snowman of this winter!

Friday, November 14, 2014

Phoebe and Boys' School Updates

Sorry it's taken me so long to update.  I really need to stop saying that, but then craziness in life needs to stop happening too!

The first update I'll give is on Phoebe's school.  Phoebe is an awesome student in an awesome school.  She's in 8th grade this year and is taking Honors Geometry, which a sophomore year of high school class.  She will go to High School next year with the GPA for this class.  She's an A/B student and is the goalie for her field hockey team.  The high school field hockey coach has already talked to her about playing next year and told her she should have no issue making the team, as she's a really good goalie.

Well, this girl got an in-school suspension for something she did not do in October.  Both my husband and I fought it as it was a first offense, but the assistant principal is a bit of a jerk.  What happened is she came back to the girls' locker room after gym with 5 classes of girls all waiting in the hall for the room to be unlocked so they can go to next period's class.  The bell rang that they needed to be leaving for their next class, and the room was still locked.  It is a gym teacher's responsibility to unlock it.  Her friend was coming out of the boys' locker room and asked her why she wasn't ready and she said "The fudging locker room is still locked."  (she really did say fudging and not something else).  The gym teacher (who was late) came to unlock the door and overheard her and thought she said the F-word and gave her a detention.  Phoebe tried to tell her that was not what she said, but she didn't want to hear it and told her to leave.  The next morning, the assistant principal called her to his office and told her she had an in-school suspension which also meant she couldn't go on the field trip that was on November 12th to Philly.  We were livid.  I called the assistant principal and explained that it was a first offense and according to the handbook it should be a detention (if she said it, which I believe she didn't).  My husband then got involved and escalated to the principal, who is new this year.  We could have escalated higher, but decided to drop it.  We told Phoebe in the future not to even use replacement words for bad words to ensure there is no mix up at school.  I'm a bit irritated at the way the school even handled this as we're aware of other kids actually cursing in front of teachers and not even getting a detention.  Unfortunately, it's difficult being 5'8" and outspoken for what's right.  Our understanding is the high school will be a much easier place to be.  The funny thing is through all this, I had to tell Phoebe I think she's a good girl, even if I get on her case a lot.  I'm usually the one correcting language, manners, attitude, making sure homework is done and grades stay good.  Let's not go into the nagging I do on the state of her room.  I feel very frustrated, as I feel the administrator (just one in particular) is treating all kids as if they have uninvolved parents, of which we are not.  We are not helicopter parents either though.  We usually tell Phoebe to take care of things herself when it comes to teachers and stuff.  That's part of growing up.  Well, if you're still with me after that rant, everything has settled down and there has been no more incidents at the school of her being singled out.  We're keeping an eye out for that.

The next big issue was the school the boys were at.  We decided to send them to the Catholic school in our area that has all day Kindergarten, but the boys weren't doing well there.  Liam in particular.  He was having issues kicking tables and chairs in the late morning/early afternoon timeframe and he did hit two kids one day at recess (one was his brother).  The school suggested we put Liam in a 1/2 day program, which either meant their pre-K program or the public school Kindergarten, but then I'd need to find afternoon care for them, as they had been in a full-day preschool program and I work out of the house.  So we decided to move both boys to the public school at the are bused to the YMCA for their Kindergarten-enrichment program for the rest of the day.  It's where Phoebe went for Kindergarten and after-care, so we are happy with the program.  I just wasn't thinking I would be spending time trying to figure out where the boys would be for school at this time of the year.  But they are extremely happy, both Liam and even Tommy I'm seeing happier than before (and he's aways happy!)

Right now, things are relatively calm.  Everything is over at Phoebe's school.  She stayed home this week when they had their field trip that she wasn't allowed to go on.  She could have gone to school, but they would have her sitting in a room with other kids that weren't allowed to go and that sounded like too much punishment to us.  The boys are finishing up their second week with the new school environment and things are great.  When they hit the pillow at the end of the day (8PM) they are asleep in a few minutes with no fussing.

Friday, October 31, 2014

October Updates - Pumpkins and Renaissance Faire!

October was a very exhausting and interesting month!  I'm looking forward to some more quiet in November, please.  We did our annual pumpkin purchases at Glen Willow Orchards....

Every year they bring out their hay sculptures.  The kids look forward to it!

We went to the Renaissance Faire three days after my surgery.  Phoebe fully dressed up, I went with comfort.

The boys are all about the pirate ship there.  It's always the first stop!

Tommy and I when on the manual ride.  I think I did most of the rope pulling.

Liam opted for a new form of time-out...

Then it was time for King Henry XIII to kick off some jousting!

After this, the camera ran out of it's battery charge, LOL.  Tommy was taking lots of pictures. These last two were from him.  We celebrated Phoebe's birthday the next day.

More to come ... our 20th wedding anniversary, an in-school suspension for Phoebe and a change of schools coming for the boys!  It's been an interesting month!