Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Very Pinteresting

There's this website that can be your online bulletin board for all of your great ideas you'll probably never do. I think it's the perfect place to be able to live vicariously through someone else. You can be in awe of the craftiness of others and forget for a brief moment in time that half-finished project stuffed deep inside your closet out of eyesight so you don't have to feel guilty every time you pick out shoes for the day. And, instead of looking at your own tiny kitchen you can look with longing at your someday kitchen on your Pinterest kitchen ideas board. Someday....

The only thing I find that I actually do from Pinterest is use the recipes. I've found some really good Weight Watchers recipes that I've tried.

There's the Bubble up Enchiladas made with ground turkey and low fat refrigerated biscuits. (We already dug into it before I remembered to take a pic...obviously.)

There's the glowing green smoothie with banana, frozen peaches, frozen pineapple and spinach. It was great.

Then there's the caprese salad. Soooo, good, but I'm a little bit obsessed with basil. Obsessed meaning I want to put basil on everything I eat. From pasta to sandwiches to ice cream...well, maybe not ice cream...yet.

I suppose when you are limited to what you can eat, you try to get a little inventive. Thus, Pinterest.

P.S. There are tons of crafts on Pinterest, maybe someday I'll do one.

P.P.S. If you want an invite to Pinterest, let me know. I waited and waited and waited (we are talking months) for one from the site without realizing that my sister could invite me. I felt silly.

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Hello?...Is Anyone Out There?...Bueller...

I'm sure my following has abandoned me long, long ago, maybe around December, so I don't really expect anyone to read this. However, if you're still around, because you are awesome, then know that I am jumping back on the blog bandwagon. Having a kid has made me busier (more tired?) than I ever thought I would be. It's not that I don't have time to blog, it's that during my time I have to blog I would rather do things like catch up on "Parenthood" or go workout.

I know what you're thinking: "Abby? Workout?" Well, you're thinking is right. I don't love it, but my big fat butt wasn't going anywhere with diet alone, so I've called up the help of the elliptical to work it off. Greg and I joined a big fancy gym right down the street from us. It has fitness classes, pools, spas, functions, dances, and all sorts of amazing things for us to do. So, I suppose it's silly that I go the same times during the week, to the same elliptical, and do the same workout routine instead of all the fancy stuff we pay for. What can I say? I have routine-ed my life to a ridiculous degree.

So, with the help of Weight Watchers point system (which I think really works because I won't eat things because I'm too lazy to write them down) and the fourth elliptical in the second row at the gym, I am slowly starting to work weight off the old fashioned way. It's sloooooooowly working...

Everything else is wonderful. Greg and I are thinking of looking for a new casa, I think mainly because he's sick of hearing about how I wish my kitchen was bigger.

This kid is getting bigger and smarter everyday. She's this close to walking, but has a crazy fast crawl so probably doesn't see the point, and she's getting teeth and eating what we eat and growing so fast. While it's making me miss my little baby, I'm excited to see the adorable little girl she's growing into. Which I'm sure is not the one that's at my feet screaming because I won't let her type on the computer...

P.S. More blogs are coming. I'm going to blog you're mind. (Get it? Instead of blow your mind? You can expect more of that amazing-ness)

P.P.S. Yes, she finally stopped screaming...

Monday, November 7, 2011

Family Update

Well, our backyard is officially transformed. However, it's losing its leaves and dying right now.

Maryn is almost 11 months, and I have no idea where the time went. All of those cliches about how fast they grow and you blink and they can say "Da-da" and hold their own bottles are so true. Everyday she gets more and more amazing. She gets around by moving and rolling and scooting and has yet to crawl. I think one day she'll just stand up ready to run a marathon, and quite frankly, I am in no hurry for the mobilization of Maryn. It's a lot easier when she can be contained, and I am quite certain she will walk and not roll and scoot to elementary school.

She says "da-da-da-da-da" and all other forms of consonant-a you can think of except for "ma-ma." It's a little disappointing, but everyone keeps telling me once she starts she'll be saying it constantly for the rest of my life.

Well, it's a short update, but I don't even want to discuss Tech football. It's heartbreaking...

P.S. There are hopefully going to be changes coming our way in the near future, at least that's what my fortune cookie said..

P.P.S. I will try to post updates more often. Sorry it has been such a long hiatus, but Maryn keeps me busy!

Sunday, June 26, 2011

Backyard Transformation-In-Progress

Our backyard is a work in progress. With a little elbow grease (and by "elbow" I mean Greg's elbow, not mine...someone has to watch the baby) we have turned our backyard from an eye sore to beauty galore. (Tried to find a lame rhyme).

Three dogs really take a toll on one's yard. And, seeing as how we live in a fishbowl, we were quite embarrassed that our neighbors could see our ugly yard, and we wanted to give ourselves a somewhat feeling of privacy. Greg has been working weekends to fix up our yard, and he has done such a great job! He tells me yard work is relaxing...I'll take his word for it.

It's still a work in progress, we are eventually going to add to our patio and such, but as you can see, it's looking so much better. We can actually sit out there and drink wine or coffee and look at the beautiful peak.

The before picture. (Notice, Greg had already started working when I shouted: "Wait! I have to get a before pic for the blog!")

Greg starting to dig out the flowerbed, with Cooper's help.

Flowerbed done, with trees. The little trees help with the privacy. There is an aspen in the left corner (every good Coloradoan must have one) and two maples. We were only going to do one maple, but then Greg called me from Home Depot and said: "I don't know where we're gonna put it, but I have to buy this tree, it's huge and cheap!" I still don't know how we got it out of the truck and into the ground with just the two of us. We had to adjust the shape of the bed and the placement of the little trees. It was a good buy though.

Another view of of the trees.

And...drum roll please...the Semi-After!! We put down sod and added lilac and burning bushes!

We put sod in a couple of weeks ago and finished the other half today, that's why the grass looks different. We also left a spot by the patio blank where we plan on extending our patio. (We didn't just measure wrong!)

Can you even take it how green Colorado is right now? We got home from Texas and were astonished at how green everything here is. It's beautiful!

So, it's still a work in progress, but I sure am proud of Greg and his hard work. Now, if we can keep the dogs from killing it, especially Wyatt and his radioactive urine....

P.S. No, there are no flowers because the dogs would probably just trample them...

P.P.S. Those of you with alleys should be quite thankful...

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Season 5 is Under Way!

Well, Greg and I wrapped up season 4! Season 4 brought us such great memories. Babies, puppies, cruises, and so much more. It was so great, I am excited for season 5.

I have become less bitter about social networking. I am totally back into it. It just became too much at one point. Now, I am back to enjoying pictures of people's kids and pets and vacations. I think I was only unfriended by one person because of my blog. Oh well!

Maryn is almost 6 months old. We are so lucky to have her. She is starting to get more and more independent everyday. She loves her exersaucer and her jumper. She loves sweet potatoes and bananas, and she is wobbly, but sits up without assistance. Mommy and daddy can make her giggle, but we can also make her mad. Don't take anything away from her, she'll tell you how angry she is with a mad wail. (That's when I call her a diva!)

I have decided to get started on the process to get my teacher certification. I will probably try and get a teaching job for the fall of 2012. I'm not quite ready to put Maryn into daycare right now, although I am not sure I ever will be... I miss being a teacher. I miss the students and the coworkers and the professional development, among other things. So, that's what I am going to do. It will get us out of debt and save for Maryn's college. (Texas Tech or an ivy league, not A&M or she'll be paying for herself...UT..hmmm...we'll talk). It's really not about the money. It's about using my training, and my degree, and doing what makes me happy.

It's hard to decide to work when you have the option to stay home. Mothers who stay at home wish they worked. Working mothers wish they were home. The grass is always greener... Colorado Springs is my home now, and I love it here. The people, the weather, the traffic control (seriously, Lubbock, I almost pulled out every piece of my hair every time I had to drive down Slide), the newscasters, the neighborhood I live in, the proximity to Maryn's Aunt and Uncle, the Pottery Barn, and most of all the scenery. I was just thinking about asking Greg if we could put a little office area in the upstairs bedroom so that when I am teaching I can do some work up there and be able to get an amazing view of the Peak. I am ready to plant my roots!

So, that's my plan. I am quite excited about it. It's a process. Take another test, get fingerprinted, contact former supervisors, and pay for something every step of the way. It's going to be worth it!

P.S. Seriously, so not as bitter anymore. Didn't mean to sound like a grump in my last post!

P.P.S. My weight battle is continuing. I've lost all the baby weight, now I am working on the fat I had even before the baby...