Friday, December 1, 2017

Beast Mode ON!!

I am so excited to introduce you today to a phenomenal young athlete, Carter. I've been watching, and cheering on, Carter for the last few years as he competes, and I'm telling you... this kid is a BEAST!! His dedication, drive, and work ethic are astounding, and particularly impressive in someone his age (kuddos to his parents!!).

In Wrestling season, 9 year old Carter has youth wrestling practices 5 days a week, plus speed & agility training at a local Oklahoma boxing gym twice a week. He is unflagging. And when he competes, he is unrelenting.

The hard work Carter has put in earned him an invitation to compete at the 2017 Nationals. In just 7 days, Carter will be weighing in. Following that are ten matches in three days. Whoa!!!! How's that for Beast Mode??

Recipe For Fitness is proud to support Carter in his endeavors, and very much look forward to what he'll accomplish in the future.

Go get 'em, Carter!!

My name is Carter and I am 9 years old. I do wrestling, football, and soccer. In wrestling I’ve won state and regionals. My favorite foods are rotisserie chicken, seafood, pizza, spaghetti, and macaroni and cheese.




Friday, August 4, 2017

It's Been Awhile... Part 2

Now that I've caught you up on Jackson's arrival ;-) here's a glimpse at what else has been happening.

The Hubby and I planned a trip to Kauai for our 11th anniversary, and between air miles and points we were able to book our vacation for May. However. Ya'll know me. I'm a klutz.
What is that, you ask? That is my undoing. Five days before our departure to Hawaii, I stepped out of the hot tub onto those steps. They were wet. My foot slipped out, and I rode those steps on my back like it was my job. Bam, Bam, Boom. And I broke a rib. My L-10 to be specific. Drat!!

Fortunately, I was cleared to fly, so armed with a lovely breathing thingy, and some even lovelier drugs, we packed up and flew away.

Unfortunately, a few of the activities we'd planned were now out for me, boooo! No snorkeling (or swimming), horseback riding or zip line (thank God!), but Bill did manage to get me to do the one thing I swore I would never, ever do.


In a million years. Never. Ever.


He got me in a helicopter.

I was petrified. Thankfully, we had a wonderful pilot with a smooth, calm manner who really made an effort to put me at ease. I was seated beside him, with Bill on my other side, and views top to bottom, side to side. Did I mention I was petrified? Lol. Let me just say, the flight was amazing, the scenery incredible, and I'm glad I did it. But I will never, ever, EVER do it again. Haha. Usually, I'm the one taking all the photos when Bill and I go somewhere. This time, when we compared, Bill had 107 photos of the flight. I had 7. I was so scared that my hands were frozen stiff holding onto my phone (I had nothing else to hang on to!), and evidently I was only able to relax enough to take a photo 7 times.

Yes, I am a big chicken. Lol. I'm ok with that. We spent  the rest of our time roaming the island and enjoying the food. It was truly fabulous, and we highly recommend the island to anyone looking for beauty and tranquility. It was a very quiet island and perfect for relaxing.


Back home, we helped our son prepare for a big change. He and his girlfriend, Amber (sweetheart) are spending the summer in Alaska! June to October, they're working and exploring with an eye to moving permanently. Wow! Talk about an adventure!!!! After a ton of research, and a ton of shopping (lol), Joey and Amber made their purchase...


They worked crazy hard to prepare for the journey, and have loved every moment! They're all settled in now, near Anchorage, and just check out this set up! Lol! Living the Dream!


Yes - that is a hot tub! Have tub will travel! Lol! They see wildlife daily (often really, really close to the trailer, lol), and are having a ball exploring and kayaking, and hiking, and boating.... what an amazing experience for them!

Speaking of trailers... Bill and I have managed to take ours out a few times. It's been fun getting to know our equipment and enjoy time away. After a harrowing 20 minutes, we now also know exactly where the propane alarm is located, how to shut it off, and how to utilize the elevation setting on the generator. Ha! We've even managed to get the can-am completely broken in! Without breaking it! Woot!!

 We did learn quickly that when we ride with friends (as opposed to tooling around with the dogs) we get very, very dusty. Hahaha! But it was so fun, and we're looking forward to many more trips this year.

Additionally, Bill finally gave in and said that since I've kept the garden alive this long, I deserve a real fence...
Isn't it awesome???
I think he agreed to the fence at least partially to avoid hearing me bitch and moan anymore about this...


That first pic of my fence was mid-June... now look how much the garden has grown since then! Holy cow!!! I've got watermelon and cantaloupe growing like crazy... and the basil and sweet potatoes... oh my!!!



So, that's all the family and personal stuff we've been up to. In my next post, I'll talk about my new favorite kitchen toy. :-) I'm having so much fun trying different recipes, methods, and just plain tinkering around with it!! Hehehe!!!

For now, I'll leave you with a few of the dishes I've made with my new toy...



Serious Yummage Ahead!!! Stay tuned!!

It's Been Awhile... Introducing Jackson!

Wow! It's been MONTHS!! Yikes! So very much has happened since my last post. If you're friends with me over on Facebook, you've kept up with what's been going on. If not, well here's the scoop! ;-)

February was fabulous, full of baby prep and fun. We transitioned to March with a few hiccups. My daughter's husband was due back from deployment, we were making plans to drive out to San Diego to pick him up for a highly anticipated 2 week visit, but the arrival day kept changing. And kept changing. Once we were assured it was "final", Shi and I booked a hotel and hit the road. During the 5.5 hour drive from AZ to Miramar, Jared's return day/time was changed an additional 7 times. I kid you not. We had to hit the mall during that trip because we had both packed exactly what we needed for an overnight trip. Lol. Wearing the same jeans was fine, underwear - not so much. ;-)

Finally, the big moment arrived! Yay!!!
So... after the happy reunion, we drove home to AZ. Shi was battling swollen ankles - this was a new experience for her (I, on the other hand, had swollen ankles basically from conception to birth when I carried, lol). Back home, we all enjoyed some fun time together before Jared had to head back for duty.

Shi's swelling increased, rapidly. A few other symptoms made themselves known, and after a quick checkup at the doc, she was sent for further testing. Diagnosis: preeclampsia.

Several hours of waiting later, Shi was admitted to the hospital for induction. Several more hours of waiting later, baby was facing the wrong way, and the preeclampsia was continuing to get worse. The medical team made the decision to perform a c-section. Now let me tell you, after two years of watching my daughter experience miscarriages, tests, infertility treatments, and now high risk pregnancy followed by preeclampsia - Mama was NOT happy to see her baby girl wheeled away to the Operating Room. I knew the situation was completely out of my control but, there was still this, "if I can see her, I can protect her". I guess it's a mom thing..

About 15 minutes later, we got the call... baby Jackson William G. was here! Oh, and he was such a beauty! His mommy had a few more struggles, reactions to medication, but she was finally able to hold her miracle. They were a family. Yes, I cried. ;-)




Oh, and little Jackson missed being an April Fools' baby by four minutes. Lol!! March 31st, 11:56 pm. He weighed a wonderful 6 lb 14 oz and was 20 inches long. Joy!!!


Oh yeah, Gramma snuck a stormtrooper in there!
Gotta start this baby off right!  


For the most part, we had a wonderful team of caregivers at the hospital. One nurse in particular we wanted to scoop up and take home with us. Unfortunately, Shi's preeclampsia developed into eclampsia and there were several worry filled days. They finally got it under control, and mama and baby got to come home. You can safely assume that Mom/Gramma kept a close eye on the new mama's health. She recovered well, and Jared was able to extend his leave a bit due to the birth of his son ;-)   Eventually, he had to return to duty, but with only a few weeks remaining of his contract, Shi and Jackson stayed here with us.

In May, Jared was released from Active Duty, and the new family continued to live with us while he did job interviews. He got a great position (and has already been promoted!), and they'll be moving out on their own in a couple weeks. While it'll be great for them, Gramma's gonna miss her morning giggle fests with Jackson ;-)

Homecoming Day!

First bath



This morning Jackson helped me out in the garden... evidently he enjoys basil! Lol!


Jackson is now 4 months old, and an absolute delight! I cannot express how much joy I have watching Shi & Jared with Jax. I am so grateful for the technology we have now, and the dedicated and caring medical professionals who made this possible. This family is a miracle.
We are so very blessed.