BAD, Fun Mommy!

This is how it’s been going in my house…

“Good morning!  We’re going to go to the swimming hole today in the mountains” (talking to my youngest two while they are sitting on their computers in the office).

“Good Morning, Mom,” they both say.

“Wait, what are you talking about? You made us go to the Boardwalk yesterday.  Why are you forcing us to do things that we don’t want to do?  I don’t want to go anywhere.” Complains my #3 Son with an exasperated and stressed look on his face.

“You know, you can get as mad at me as you want.  It’s summer.  We are going to enjoy it and life while we can.  You’re going to go and have some fun and get out of this office.  I can just take your computer privileges away for the summer, then maybe you would lean that there is more to do than just sit in a room all day and play on your computer.  So, be ready, we are leaving to be there by noon.” Then I left the room to make breakfast.

A few minutes later I walked into the office after my husband came in from outside and his conference call. “So, apparently I’m the bad guy, because I want to spend the day with the Boys at the river swimming at a swimming hole.”  My husband just made a quirky face.  He knows exactly what I’m talking about.  They do it to me all the time.

Then, my #4 says, “A hole, why are we swimming in a hole?”  While he is giggling and being silly.

As I’m in the kitchen making breakfast, my #3 came in and said he was sorry with a big hug.  Not once, but twice.  He is super, super sweet.  I wasn’t even mad or upset.  It’s nice that he doesn’t want me feeling that way though.  I’m thankful that he can say he is sorry.  I told him that we were going to have a great day.

I truly love my Boys.  Now off to wake up the older two and go through the same conversation with them.  Hahaha!  :)

xo

Random Pillow Thoughts

As I am changing the sheets and bedding on my bed (yes I have two sets, because it takes me so long to get laundry done, I don’t want my bed without that long) and putting it all back together, I am thinking about the movie “Along Came Polly”.  The scene when they are taking all the pillows off of his bed and discussing all of the extra pillows that “make the bed look nice.”  I just have to say… I fucking love all the extra pillows on my bed.  How comfy they are when I lay on them.  How nice they make my bed look.  All complete like.  On the other had, I wish I had a spot to put them all like he did.  I just put them to the side.  Also, I’m thinking how fun it would be to mutilate them all with a big kitchen knife, like in the movie.  Hahaha!!  Yep, just a few random pillow thoughts today.  :)

xo

Behind on Road Trip Updates…

Yes, #4 and I are still on the road.  Unfortunately, I have gotten a pretty bad sinus infection, so updates will be delayed. We are keeping track of our tunnels, bridges, and animals though, so please stay tuned.

Catch up with you soon!  :)  xo

Road Trip with #4… Day 2

1 Tunnel     42 Bridges     Dozens of Elk     1 Wild Horse

Wow, what another great day.  Day 2 was fantastic.  I can say that I wish that we had more time to explore, than make every stop a quick whirlwind and then back on the road, but I will remember that for next time.  Reed said that he has been perfectly happy.  That’s what is important to me.

We started our day with searching a couple different beaches for Sea Glass.  We finally made it to the right one that had tons, but ran out of time to actually climb down to it.  We gathered a little bit while we did explore though.  We were thinking that maybe we need to make this a stop on the way back as well.  We shall see.10268569_10152107279316935_6086944769337552087_n 1005794_10152107327726935_5973495628408471820_n 10273529_10152107383221935_3831557003135718186_n 10312568_10152107371496935_5689934706299984826_n 10372327_10152107351121935_739999539207543184_n

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We then made our way to the Drive Thru Tree.  How cool is this!!10296606_10152107649266935_2731571574197284926_n 10325629_10152107651401935_3852702342246104477_n 10365834_10152107662241935_3690361825247140117_n 10264491_10152107668646935_4322988113640262631_n

 

I remember stopping and camping when I was young at Richardson Grove.  I stopped for gas today and looked over and look where I was!!  The last time I was here is when I came to Reggae on the River in my 20′s.  What great memories I have throughout my life.

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Next stop was the Trees of mystery.  We didn’t get to explore like I had planned, but we will for sure later this summer. 10325160_10152108420496935_8749887203024461466_n 10367605_10152108035796935_7154897331421711818_n 10295682_10152108036296935_7527998157972849539_n 10351687_10152108172916935_542601952566551396_n

 

Quite unexpectedly and soooo happy to my surprise, we came across the Elk.  I remember stopping to see them every year on our way to Winchester Bay Oregon.  Wow, what a trip!  So beautiful!10363963_10152108421916935_4046650009346461885_n 1969396_10152108422226935_6375191091996632837_n

 

After another long day in the car, we made it to our final destination.  The Out n’ About Treesort in Oregon.  WOW!!!  This place is soooo amazing.  We don’t even want to leave tomorrow.  This place is for sure a return visit kind of place.

Reed was making friends.  Swinging on the ropes swing.  We all sat around the camp fire and so much more.  Can’t wait to explore tomorrow.

We are sleeping in the Swiss Family Treehouse tonight.  This is a photo of our whole unit, both buildings, with the walking bridge between.  We are sleeping in the main treehouse on the left.  The one on the right is a kids room with chalkboard on the walls, table and chairs and a bunk bed.  This.  Is.  Awesome!

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Well, Reed finally passed out about 10:30.  I know I didn’t tell too much detail about our trip today, but I’m tired and we have zip lining scheduled for 9:00 a.m.  It’s been a great day.

Time to climb out of my treehouse and make one last trip before I pee my pants.  Haha!  :) xo

Road Trip with #4… Day 1

3 Tunnels      20 Bridges     1 Deer     2 Wild Horses

I had been trying to figure out what my youngest Son and I were going to do while my Husband and three oldest Boys were on their Annual Shelfer Fishing Trip in Florida.  Originally, I was trying to go to New Hampshire to see some great long time friends.  After researching tickets for several weeks, I found that the tickets were so expensive at this time.  I couldn’t find anything less than $750.  Times that by two, plus car rental, food, etc.  I just wasn’t up for spending that at this time.  So, I decided on a road trip along the Highway 1 instead.

Our morning started with packing the rest of our things and getting it all into the car.  I like to be organized.  Have things in  my reach while driving.  Easy access to food, pillow, etc., for Reed.  I don’t like to be distracted while driving, or having to pull over all the time.  We got it packed perfectly.

I was on the road at 8:48 a.m.  My goal was before 9, so I was super happy.  I figured with stops, it would be about an 8-hour day.  I was right.

It was just gorgeous today.  We got in the car, with the top down and took off.  We ate breakfast on the way.  Strawberries to start for me and chili-lime chips for him.  Happy, happy!

The weather was just perfect!  It was crazy watching it change in some spots from 58 to 79 within 5 minutes.  Up and down it went for about a half hour.  It was so strange.  Cool though.

Our first stop was the Pigeon Point Light house.  It stopped working in 2002, I believe it was.  It is an absolutely gorgeous spot though.  Reed and I got out and walked around.  Talked about the lighthouse, took some photos and talked about the caves underneath us.

I love that Reed was so fascinated with the lighthouse.  I hope we have time to stop at one, or more tomorrow.  Driving along Highway 1 is beautiful, but definitely the slower way to go.

My highlight at Pigeon Point was when Reed looked down over one of the cliffs and said, “This is where the mermaids and merman live.”  He is so cool!  I totally agreed with him.

Pigeon Point Lighthouse

Pigeon Point Lighthouse

Pigeon Point Lighthouse

Pigeon Point Lighthouse

Pigeon Point

Pigeon Point

Pigeon Point Lighthouse

Pigeon Point Lighthouse

"This is where the mermaids and merman live." Reed

Pigeon Point “This is where the mermaids and merman live.” Reed

 

We kept cruising along and enjoying the beautiful views.  Reed started dozing once I made it to San Francisco.  The one time I decided to use Siri and she takes me in a circle and I got stuck in traffic and completely missed the part of Lombard Street that I wanted to take him too.  He was completely out, so I didn’t even bother.  I just enjoyed my drive any way.

I love the City.  An even better experience driving through with the top down in the car.  The architecture, the people, the colors, the smell… I love it all.  It makes me realize how much I miss it every time I drive through.  It also makes me realize that I will never live there again.  I feel so fortunate that I was able to when I did.  San Francisco will always be in my memories and my heart.  I am just so happy to be back in California to be able to visit the City when ever I want.  Good stuff!

San Francisco

 

Crossing the Golden Gate Bridge was so fun.  I couldn’t believe how packed it was.  People every where.  Driving over, walking over, taking photos, riding bikes, on tour busses.  It never seems to lose its amazingness.

Several hours later Reed woke up and we stopped for lunch in …  We split a Burger and fries.  Reed said the burger was amazing.  Well, they did advertise that they had the best burgers around.  He had a super happy, full belly and I was excited to have someone to share lunch with, so I could stay on track with my points.Estero Cafe, Valley Ford, CA

Sharing Lunch

Sharing Lunch

 

Later we stopped to just admire the view.  I remember my Mother talking about loving Jenner.  I don’t remember exactly what she had talked about, but I know that she did.  I’ll have to ask my Father about Jenner, CA, when I get home.

Jenner, CA

 

Before we headed to our hotel, we wanted to make one quick stop to see what the Pygmy Forest was all about.  As we were driving down the road to find it we saw two beautiful huge horses running down the road.  They looked wild.  They also looked like they were playing and having fun.  I was able to grab a quick video since we were going to slow on the back road.  Wish I was able to get more footage of them.  They were so majestic.  They ran into someones yard.  What beautiful animals to have.  

We finally made it to our hotel… the Glass Beach Inn.  It is super cute.  Our room is amazing.  Nancy, the In-keeper, showed us the Schooner Room to make sure it was to our liking.  How could it not be?  After walking through the rest of the house with all the room doors open, it was obviously the best choice for us.

Coolest Hanging bed ever!

Coolest Hanging bed ever!

The Schooner Room

The Schooner Room

 

We got checked in and we drug out things up the long staircase.  It was time to find some dinner.  Sushi was suggested by Reed, so we asked Nancy.  She suggested Off the Hook Sushi.  Said she had heard that it was really great.

We got changed and walked over.  Walking felt so good after todays drive.  Jumping cracks in the sidewalk was even more fun while walking over.  I love laughing and having fun with Reed.

Dinner was average.  Reed is a sushi expert.  So cute!Reed and I at Off the Hook for Dinner

Sharing Dinner

Sharing Dinner

 

While walking to and from the restaurant tonight we passed by the wonderful little art gallery.  This was one of the pieces in the window.  Reed and I were both mesmerized.  Yes, it’s made of glass.  Just love it.Cool Glass Merman Clothing

 

After dinner came Reed’s 30 minutes of reading and I started to blog and upload a video.  I suck at uploading videos.  I need to practice that more.  Actually, I just need to use this computer more.  It is brand new!

Well, I’m done with typing and Reed is done with me having the computer on.  Nighty-night all.  Until tomorrow. :)

xo

Back on this journey…

Well, I am back on the journey to drop some weight again. It is the only thing that I ever seem to have to work on. Blame it on my metabolism, my food intake, my alcohol intake, my lake of food intake, what ever it may be. Here I am again.

Last week, Friday, was my first weigh-in back at Weight Watchers.  6 pounds in one week! Holy-molly! That is crazy! Well, first weeks are always the best in my book.  I felt really good about myself though and that is key.

You know what my problem is?  I’m ridiculously, happy. Seriously!  I am happy just living life.  Happy to be in love. Happy to have such an amazing family.  Happy to be living back in California. Happy to have moved into this incredible new house.  Happy that I woke up today. Just fucking happy!!  This is what my problem is and why I don’t pay attention to my weight all the time.  I really don’t think it is a bad problem to have. My life is pretty great.

Anyway, when I went to unpack all of my clothes into my new closet, I realized that I don’t fit into like 80% of them.  Ug!  Dummy!  I didn’t even realize how much weight I had put on this past year. Everything I lost during WW, plus 12 more.  My highest weight ever. Oh boy, yeah, something needs to be done. So, I’m back on WW.

How is it going?  I went way over points Friday, Saturday was good and yesterday, Mother’s Day, I haven’t even tracked yet. A lot of wine and champagne yesterday.  Today and the rest of the week I am going to kick ass though. I need another good loss.  I need to stay on track.  I need to be healthy for my family and not only for myself.

My journey is back on track and I’m feeling great about it! :) xo