Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Good News Wednesday

I've been back in Cali since Sunday evening... meal prepping and cooking for the kids, helping with errands and whatever else needs to be done. Although... my daughter has informed me that if I make her another spaghetti squash anything, she'll bury me in one, lol. Guess she's done with that particular veggie.

She's done so incredibly well with her dietary changes, I'm really proud of her. AND... it has paid off!! After so, so much preparation, today's event, which I cannot yet discuss publicly, went PHENOMENALLY!!! Woooohoo!!! The results were beyond any of our expectations! And now that it's finished, she's getting the treat meal that she's been dreaming of for months (even though she called me a food nazi today, haha)... coffee, pizza, hot Cheetos's, and red velvet cupcakes. Lol! As far as I'm concerned, after what she's been through, she can have whatever the hell she wants. Well, until we start the next phase. ;-)

You know, there's something both hopeful and worrisome about watching your children navigate through tough times. You hope you've raised them well, but you worry. You hope you've instilled faith, strength... that through some parental miracle you've taught them grace, and shown them how to find joy - even in times of despair, but you worry.

Then when it happens, when you see your children step up, and step through the challenges... when you see them stand strong when others would break, embrace laughter even through tears, and hold fast to what's truly important when stress tries to rip it away... when you observe this, in your own grown child, it's humbling.

And even as it humbles, pride soars. And even through that pride, you find yourself wishing there was a way, some way, any way, to take these challenges from them - to take it on yourself and spare them the pain. But... that would be robbing them. Strength comes from adversity. Peace can only be known & valued when turmoil and chaos have been experienced. Still...

But. I'm so proud of my kids. Each and every one of them. As the years have passed, they've grown from angelic babies, to delightful children, to hellion teenagers, to amazing-incredible-fascinating-brilliant adults. They thrill me, awe me, terrify me. And I'm so blessed. So grateful. I'd take this trial from the two of my kids going through it, but since I can't, I'll simply be thankful that I can be here for them when they need me - and I'll embrace with a joyful heart the good news we got today. I'm holding onto that with bright, burning hope.

And to everyone's horror, I am doing my happy dance. Deal with it ;-)

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Keeping it Light...

Hi everyone! I'm on a brief visit back home, and enjoying some time with my hubby (and Bethany and Sadie, lol). I drove back home Tuesday, and I'll go back to CA Sunday. Monday starts another countdown on the stuff we've been doing/going through. Hoping to be back home for a good chunk of time after about two more weeks.

The stuff we're doing (which I can't yet share) is going well. Really well this round. I'm so incredibly proud of the kids, and how they're handling all the stress and the required lifestyle changes to get the best shot at this. Their strength and maturity while carrying this is amazing, and their ability to find fun in and around their situation is incredible.

This last trip out, we did the usual cooking/prepping, all the doctor and various assorted appointments, took a trip out to Seaport Village - in the rain. Lol. Been awhile since I've been in a real San Diego soaker, and boy were we soaked!!


I also got a guest membership at the local gym there. I'm slowly starting to get myself back into my routine - at home and on the road. I miss my Kayla time, but I know I have to get my own discipline back in play. My clothes all still fit (except 1 pair of jeans, lol), but I'm too soft for my own liking. And my joints... ugh. So, time to get back at it. However, I forgot about the HUMIDITY. I was sweating before I even stepped on the stairmaster, lol. Afterwards, I was able to literally wring out my hair. Gross.

Shi and I hit up the Lorna Jane store near her (I had brought nothing to go to the gym in), so I was able to pick up a top, bra and capris - I've been wanting to try out that line of workout wear so this was a good opportunity. Also had to pick up some shoes, lol, they frown on barefoot cardio at the gym. Shi picked out the kicks, she said they looked happy - happy is good. Lol.

Love, love LOVE this workout top!
Super breathable, comfy, and cute!
I'm a little drippy. Car needs a
new air freshener.    
Just wrung out my hair. Ewwww!!!!
So the word on the Lorna Jane gear? I loved the top! This is my new favorite workout shirt!! The capris lived up to their reputation (dry fast), and that was nice - they're supportive, flattering, and comfortable. The bra - not impressed. It was a "maximum support" - but just felt.... meh. Not worth the (high) price tag, in my opinion.  I should have tried on more bras before purchasing that one, but ran out of time. They have another pair of capris that I really, really want - these (click the link, aren't those awesome???).  And a ton of tops with amazing messages. I love that store! ;-)

There's my two cents on Lorna Jane. ;-) What's your favorite workout wear? Is it a "brand"? A style?

Anyway, after my gym time, Bear and I hung out together and watched some Parenthood (season 6) together while Shi and Jared took in a ballgame. We shared some popcorn ;-)
I spent the rest of that evening doing some work, then playing my favorite distraction... Game of War. The hubby was playing, too, so it was almost like being with him. Almost.

The next few days I'll be prepping this house for my next departure - making sure there's GOOD food in the fridge, doing laundry, etc. Sunday will be here before I know it. We got Bethany all registered for her next semester of college, and we'll order her textbooks today (we rent through Amazon).  Another YAY moment around here - she got a job at a local preschool! Great experience for the budding kindergarten teacher :-)

Another task to do - I have to decide what clean-eats to pack up in my trusty cooler for the next trip... usually it's turkey rollups, almonds, cheese, chicken... plus my water and Xyience. Just stuff I can eat and drink without making a mess while I'm driving. ;-)

If you're interested in a list of travel friendly foods, check out the Travel Food Recommendations sheet on the website. :-) There's also a Vegetarian version.

I'm planning to update the Workout Playlist page soon, too, so keep an eye out for that. And if you have any tune recommendations, shoot them my way - I'm always on the lookout for fresh music! :-)

Ok, I'm off... laundry calls, lol. Happy Thursday!!!

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Tasty Tuesday - Recent Recipes

Today got off to a great start... dropped Sadie off at the vet for her annual appt, then drove straight to the gym. Yep. For anyone keeping track, that was my first cardio session since January. 30 minutes on the stairmaster, two puffs on the inhaler, a bucket of sweat, and a whole lot of feeling accomplished. Half an hour of misery felt pretty darn good, lol. The way things have been this year, I've been lucky if I get in a session with Kayla once or twice a week, and recently even that hasn't happened. My complete focus has been on my family, so gym time has suffered. It will continue to suffer, for some time to come, but I'll do what I can when I can and be ok with that.

I've tried out several recipes recently, some worked out great - others, not so much. The best of the best are posted below in honor of Tasty Tuesday ;-) Enjoy!

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Monday, July 13, 2015

Catching Up...

I'm back at home, at least until Thursday. There's so much to catch up on, tasks to do... Oy! I spent last week in San Diego with the kids. This time Bethany went with me, which made the ride out there a lot more fun - until my navigator fell asleep as we were entering San Diego. Yep, I took the wrong exit. A bit of panic ensued, but we got it straightened out. Lol. Seriously, you'd think I would have this trip memorized by now. It's the switch from the 8 to the 67 to the 52 to the 15 that gets me. Every time. Lol.

Anyway. We got a lot done this trip... lots of recipes tested (some good, some not so much), lots more doctor visits and errands, and managed to get in a trip to Dog Beach so Bear could play. :-) It was fun!

After tons of research, and speaking with doctors and a super fabulous Naturopath (Rachel Corradetti - Tosca Reno's daughter), we've started my daughter on Acupuncture, and made additional dietary changes. The acupuncture was an experience neither of us had before, so that was interesting. She'll be doing that once a week for quite some time. The needles weren't an issue, it was the laying there for 30 minutes without moving - she and I both have a hard time with that, we get fidgety, lol.

Her dietary changes include more protein, less gluten, more veggies, less fruit, more fat. We'd already been making moves there, so it was a matter of just a little tweaking. She's doing fabulous with it :-) She's always been a Lasagna-Mac'n'Cheese-Pizza kinda girl, so to ditch all that and eat so differently is a challenge, but she's really done great! She even sends me pics of her meals when I'm not out there. Lol! I think the hardest adjustment for her is the no caffeine deal. No coffee, no chocolate.

My other daughter and I both had a consult with the main doctor, and the good news is that it looks like Bethy will not be facing the same challenges as her sister, though we'll be keeping an eye on things, retesting her every 6 months (thankfully insurance covers it!).

Back home now, I'm catching up on email, mail, chores (ugh), and appointments - it's a little crazy. Plus, Bill leaves Wednesday for a conference, I leave Thursday to go back to San Diego... lots of stuff to get done in a short time. Now that it's 115 here in AZ, I had planned to pack up all my winter clothes, but I need them when I go to CA, lol. The day I left to come home, it was 67 degrees in San Diego... 107 when I got home at 6pm. Youch!

At least Dex is enjoying the weather...  :-)