Sunday, March 30, 2014

Cucumber Lemon Water - Wide Mouth Water Bottle

My favorite water bottle has a very wide mouth.  I could say it has a big mouth, just like me!  I love it because I can then put lemon and cucumber slices in my water.  Makes it taste so yummy and it's so good for the body!  I love the pretty pictures on it too.  Very soothing, just like the water.

I am definitely finding some great new blogs to read!  Some of my new favorites are as follows are Hungry Hungry Hippie and The Wellness Warrior.

The other thing I have to say something about is the breakup of Gwyneth Paltrow and her husband.  I'm really not a huge fan of the media and the paparazzi and how they have to turn and twist everything to sell their papers or get traffic on their website.  I've looked at several of the articles and every one of them seems to be not very flattering.  I'd like just once to see something that indicates they seem to be doing this carefully for the children and don't want any drama for themselves, but to remain friendly.  There may have been affairs, possibly on both sides, but seriously, do we need to know all their business?  Can this be between them and not the whole world?  Their children will grow up someday and they don't need to see all the speculation.

It's a shame they couldn't work it out.  Being separated for so long cannot be good for a relationship.  My husband and I miss each other when we don't get a lot of time together.  We'll sometimes decide we need to play "be by me".  We just want to be near each other even if we are not really engaging in any activity together.  It's just a hang out think to do and feel the other one's presence nearby.

Anyway!  Drink more water!  It does a body good.

Monday, March 24, 2014

On The Search For New Blogs

I cleaned out my blog list in Feedly today, as I was home sick and had been meaning to do so for quite some time.  I was surprised how many blogs I used to read are no longer around.  Originally my reason for blogging and reading blogs was dealing with infertility.  My blog has changed since having the boys and we know we will not be trying to make any more babies.  We really want to close that chapter in our life.  And the blogs I used to read seem to have closed that chapter as well, some had success and others may not have, but all seem to have moved on.  So I cleaned out those that are no longer updated or meet my needs in this phase of life and I am now ready to update with some shiny new to me blogs.  Here's the topics I'll be looking for: parenting especially twins, food, healthy living, photography and FLY Lady stuff.  I'll let you know what I find!

Saturday, March 22, 2014

Almost Over - Life Will Get Back to Normal

It's almost over and thank goodness!  What may you ask?  My MBA program at Villanova.  I only have two more weekends after today, both in April, and we walk in May for graduation.  This has been a long, hard journey, but I'm so glad I took it, and I'm so glad to see the end of it.  Below is a picture with me and a bunch of my classmates in South Africa last May.  We were about to tour the BMW plant floor.  What an amazing trip!

But I'm very happy to see the end of this journey.  I have so much new stuff to do.  Work is busy and keeps ramping up more and more, but I also want to spend more time with family, friends and home.  The boys are now registered for Kindergarten in the fall.  They are going to the local Catholic school for Kindergarten as it is full day, where our public is still half day, and we won't need after care as they will be on Phoebe's bus home and she will babysit them until we get home from work.  Tom is still working from home when he's not traveling, but he's working, so he can't be trying to take care of two active boys from 3-5:30 until I get home.  She will be getting paid (modestly), so she's quite happy about that.  We will only use after-care, which is available if she is in sports after-school.  Phoebe will be in 8th grade next year and she is now officially taller than me by 1 inch.  Niki has moved back to New Jersey to help out parents, plus I think she was getting bored at our house.  We have nothing going on all day when everyone is out of the house.  There is always stuff going on at my in-law's house.  

I also can't wait to get decorating in the house and I've even started some organizing in a small way.  I recently organized the pantry, the linen closet, and the boys closets and drawers.  I want to decorate now.  I am planning for the laundry room, Phoebe's room, the boys' room and the master bathroom.  I can't wait to have a decent garden (vegetable and herb) this year.  Last year was pitiful, as I had no time to plan, plant and maintain.  Right now, I've been actively working for the past week on eating clean and exercising again.  I'm really trying to lose the weight I gained in this graduate program.  I've been using our elliptical machine at home, but I want to start again with the Tracy Anderson metamorphosis videos, and maybe take some classes at the YMCA with Phoebe.  

On a final note, I have a story about Phoebe that makes me laugh.  How come I'll be at work and her father is in the car with her picking her up from a sports practice after school and she's texting me about her horrible day?  Her father is right there on the car, but #1 I'm Mom and  #2 texting to a 13yo is much better than talking out loud.