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Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Ty's 1st Field Trip & Cody's 1st Drop of party...

Yay for more 1st times....

Saturday, Cody was invited to a Birthday party for a school/soccer friend with a Halloween costume theme. It was also his 1st time being dropped off at a party, as most of them are at this age. He had a blast. They held it at their church in the gym, set up carnival games for the kids to play and win prizes, had snacks, cupcakes and a general good time.
As we haven't had time to put his costume together yet, we pulled out the cowboy attire and he went as the sheriff.

Tyler showing off one of the prizes.

His pumpkin arm band tattoo.
Tuesday was Tyler's 1st field trip, he was very excited to finally have one of his own! His school, all three classes, went to the library and had a story time all their own, then to the park for a picnic.
Getting ready for it to begin.

Relaxing story time...

Head, shoulders, knees and toes...

Throw in soccer, a Pampered Chef party (open until Saturday if you need anything), jogging, school book orders, and general weekly stuff, we're as busy as usual!

Saturday, September 26, 2009

Weekly training update...

Yay another week past and completed!

Tues was 30 min of 4 min jog/1 min walk intervals. It went well and finally about 1/2 way through it started to feel good. Ended the workout with a weights session.

Thu was 35 min of 6 min jog/1 min walk intervals. I hit my stride much sooner, but that last interval was about to kill me. Ugh, baby steps.

Sat was the same as Thur, but it went better and felt better in the end.

Moving up and feeling better about it is the main thing right now.

The scale is dancing up and down up to 4 lbs at the high/low swings, so whatever.

I did our weekly shopping today and instead of buying the 12 pack of soda that was on sale, I bout a 6 pack of mini's in hope that I can start to wean a bit. I also bought a box of an old favorite tea, so hopefully that will rejuvenate the food train.

This week we are back to our regular routine, so hopefully I can get my booty in gear and add in some more strength training and a touch of yoga, my muscles are way to tight.

Thursday, September 24, 2009

Applesauce and Lasagna via Crock Pot

Mmmm, the crock pot has been put to work this week.

Last night we tried a new recipe for Slow-Cooker Lasagna, um Yummy! The flavors were great and I can see where this will become a favorite, except next time I'll stop cooking it when it's done and not let it sit on warm for 2 hours because of soccer. Sogginess is a bad thing when it comes to noodles, but it wasn't totally inedible, so I'm destined to try it again.

Slow Cooker Lasagna
1 lb ground beef (or 1/2 lb + 1/2 lb sausage)
1 jar (26oz) spaghetti sauce
1 cup water
1 container (15oz) Ricotta Cheese
1 pkg 7oz Shredded Mozzarella cheese
1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
1 egg
2 Tbsp chopped fresh parsley
6 lasagna noodles, uncooked

Brown meat in a large skillet; drain. Stir in sauce and water.
In a separate bowl mix ricotta, 1 1/2 cups mozzarella, 2 Tbsp Parmesan, egg and parsley
Spoon 1 cup of meat mixture into bottom of slow cooker; top with 3 noodles broken to fit crock and 1/2 the cheese mixture. Cover with 2 cups of sauce and repeat the layer with noodles and cheese. Top it off with the rest of the meat mixture and cover it with the lid.
Cook on LOW for 4-6 hours or until liquid is absorbed. (Best results on low, not high)
Sprinkle with reserved mozzarella and Parmesan, and cover until cheeses are melted, about 10 min.

Today the house smells of baked apples as the first batch of applesauce for the fall is cooking, can't wait to try it out!

Crockpot Applesauce

8 lg apples; skinned, cored and cut into quarters
2 Tbsp lemon juice
1 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp nutmeg
2 tsp vanilla
3 Tbsp brown sugar (or to taste, not needed at all if you like)
1/2 cup water

Skin, core and cut apples into quarters, place pieces into crock. Add lemon juice and water, then stir, then add the rest of the ingredients.

Cover and cook on low for 4-6 hours. When apples are very tender, mash with a potato masher or large fork. The longer they cook, the less mashing you have to do.

Okay fall, this is your cue!

Sunday, September 20, 2009

Cody's Game 9/19....

Cody played another great game yesterday. According to my video count, he scored 5 goals! WOW! So anyway, here's the video I shot of him playing. Yep, lots of commentary from me, so you might want to turn your sound down a bit, and I mean a lot.

FB friends: you'll have to visit my blog to see the video, they usually don't auto transfer. Weird.

Sorry it's so shaky, thought I had a better grip on that!

Lots of good playing. The kids are starting to play as a team a bit more, even better than a week ago. Couple of times it was good to see Cody be as cautious as he is, stopping before he trampled another player that fell, and stopping before he kicked the other goalie as she already had the ball. Exciting stuff!

Saturday, September 19, 2009

Weekly progress report...

Trying to stay on top of things, I finished my workout for the day and figured it was a good time to get it all down.

This past week Tu/Th/Sat, were all the same as far as training, 30 min, intervals of 3 min run and 1 min walk. It went well, and by today, it felt good and I finished out the full last interval, extending the training time by 2 minutes.
Tu/Th I also did a weight set and some ab work.

This weeks goals are much the same, keeping up with the training runs, they increase gradually over the week. Continue to do some weights Tu/Th, and add in some core training 5 days.

Food is food, but I was down to one regular soda a day, and sometimes an additional diet as well. By the end of the week, I was able to cut out the after dinner snack, so hopes of more of that will get the scale moving in the right direction.

Now, I just need to find some bravery and register for the Apple Hill Harvest Run on Nov 1st, 3.5 miles. Can seriously say it freaks me out a bit, like I'm trying to jump into the cool-kids group but not quite sure I belong there. Need to register soon so there's a spot for me and I can get a cool shirt, cause really, at this point, it's all about the swag.

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Tyler's 1st Day of Preschool...

Today was Tyler's first day at the new preschool. We were both excited and both a little nervous about things. We had many discussions over the last few days that he started school this week, "At my pweeskool?" he would say. Also talking about how get got to go by himself, like Cody does everyday.
Backpack on and ready to go.

In front...

Ready to go in!

We walked in and found his cubby, put his bag down and he was off to explore.
This is how I left him.
"Bye Buddy!" I said
"Okay, bye mom." and he was back to his truck.
Well, okay then.

Here is what he told me about his day:
Did you like school?: "Yeah, I got to play with other big kids like me."
What did you play with?: "Pirate Ships! Dey haf 2 like ars do!"
Did they read any stories?: "Yeah, Da Little Mouse at school one." (I saw this book sitting on the front desk, "Little Mouse's 1st day of School."
Did you sing any songs?: "Yeah, we did the Hokie Pokie!"
What other games did you play?: "Marshmallow Bingo, we eated one, it was BIG and squishy, and it was full." (I think it made him full?)
What was for snack?: "Umm, apples and juice and wa-der, and special crackers."
Did you play with the animals, or feed them?: " No, no one got to. The snake was having wa-der, but she didn't drink it." (I don't know either)
Did you find the potty?: "Yeah, there's two of dem, a big one and a little, tiny one (pinching his fingers together to show little) and it has stairs, two stairs!"

I arrived and they were all outside playing, here's his cubby/basket, full from the day.

This is how I found him...

Showing me the snake before we left.
I spoke with one of his teachers and with one of the moms that stayed and it sounds like he had a great day. His teacher said he did great and they didn't have any issues. He was quite, which I expected, but answered questions when asked. He sat at story and sang songs during circle time.

I dropped Cody off with Grandpa so he could do some cool things so Tyler and I went out for lunch to celebrate his first day.

So glad that things went well and that he let me leave. I wasn't sure he would, but he did great! Yay for starting preschool!

Last week progress.....

and deterioration.

I finished all my training days, going from 24 min to 28 by Saturday. Intervals changed to 2 min jog, 1 min walking. I also got in 1 weight training session at home. That was the good.

The bad came with the food. For the most part, breakfast, lunch and dinner were okay. For some reason I was drawn to cereal this week and in the afternoon and evening I had to have a bowl of dry Cinnamon Toast Crunch, not good. Soda was a bit of an enemy this week as well, we won't even get into Sunday.

The other good, I weigh in on Tuesdays, and the scale showed that I was down 2.8 lbs, so progress.

This week is busy with Tyler starting school, so as long as I can drop him off without issue, I have no excuses not to get my training in and then do a short weights session. Yesterday, my food was a bit better, cutting back to one soda, more water and tea in the evening. Snacks were still a little on the high side. Back to baby steps, cutting out the after dinner snacking first.

Saturday, September 12, 2009

Go Tigers!

Today was Cody's 1st official league game. Both teams did a great job and it's nice to finally be at game day so they can understand what they've been practicing for. Cody had a great game, listened pretty well to the coaches, is learning to stay away from his team mates and scored a couple of goals.

Standing next to the team banner, Awesome!

Action shots...

The weather was a quite cloudy, but it only sprinkled on us a few times. This was about 5 minutes before they ended it started up some more, Cody is trying to catch the drops in his mouth.

Handshake line...

"Let me tell ya bout my beeest friend..."

The team.
And yes, I was the mom on the sideline, yelling and "encouraging." It will be fun to see if some of the shy kids will open up and see the team evolve over the next couple of months. With any luck we'll survive the season, clear through mid November!

Friday, September 11, 2009

Why is it so much?

One thing I've learned to love about our school district is that they love to give the kids time off from school. This year, they get 10 days off around Thanksgiving, Yes that was TEN days. So being that we have such an awesome amount of time, I'm thinking it would be a good chance to go see the family and friends in Boise.

Why in the crap does it cost so much to travel? Seriously!~?!?!!?? UGH!
Also, Amtrak needs to connect their train back to Boise, no train then bus, just a train!

So needless to say, I've been trying all kinds of different combos and it's just outrageous. That or I missed the sale that was going on two days ago. LAME!

So I've tried flying to Boise, then coming home to Reno and riding the train home, the next day.
Train to Portland and fly to Boise, then the same way home. Good option, except the cheap flight leaves 40 minutes before the train arrives, plus there's that 2 day to get there, then 2 days home.
I've tried routing the airplane south then north, way north then south, east then west, nothing is coming out quite right.

Hints, anything? Every time I think I have a good combo it still adds up past $700, usually around $750.

I know a lot are probably saying just drive dork. That would work out if the weather holds, then it would be a $300 trip, but I can't count on it to stay nice that time of year over the mountains. And the Jetta is only so safe in the weather, rain okay, snow, not so good.

Helpful hints are greatly appreciated.

Monday, September 7, 2009

Cody's stylin' backpack...

One thing I knew going into this year at school was that we were getting rid of the character backpack, and edging out similar clothing while we're at it. The goal being that we can get him a bag that will last more than a year, not falling into the favorite character of the moment. Not being able to really find any bags we liked, or were willing to spend the money on, we opted for him to use one we already had. So he was passed down my HS backpack, ran through the wash, looking like new. Only "problem" was that it was a big boring. So after the first day of school, we headed to JoAnn's and picked out a few patches that were put on right away. Keith found some patches this weekend, and I've been holding onto a couple that I found online, so I figured it was time to finally get them all on. With that, it's almost finished for now.

Front: Nor-Cal Speedshop (VW edition), alien dude, bike patch, race car, Trains & Dino key chains, and the soccer patch (placed to cover up the Eddie Bauer logo).

Left Side: VW dude and a dog that looks like Cocoa (IL's puppy)
We have a Boise State Broncos patch coming to finish this side off.
Something like this...
I also plan on hitting up Evangeline's in Old Sac next time we're there because I know they have a whole wall of patches. Hopefully we can find some that are Kindergarten appropriate.

Right Side: VW split window bus, NHRA drag racing starting tree, and stars (because who doesn't like stars?)
Bugs crawling across the top.
This was a lot of work, hand sewing through canvas and patches is not easy on the hands, but he loves his bag. I love it because it's not going to go out of style next year!

So there you go, head out to you local craft store, online store, or car show and get some patches for a custom backpack.

Sunday, September 6, 2009

Speedy Mini Meat Loaves....

Flipping through the latest issue of People Magazine and Paula Deen has a recipe for meat loaf in the Dinner for Four Under $10 section. I have come to realize I Love Meat Loaf, if done in a very traditional way, this is it! Made it for dinner tonight and Cody loved it! (Ty's not much of a meat fan so no surprise he didn't touch it)

Speedy Mini Meat Loaves
1 1/2 lb ground beef (or turkey)
1 cup plain unseasoned bread crumbs (I used crackers)
3 large eggs, lightly beaten
3 tbsp milk
1 garlic clove, finely chopped
1 medium onion, finely chopped
1 1/4 tsp salt
1 tsp minced fresh thyme
3/4 tsp ground pepper
3 tbsp ketchup
2 tbsp Dijon mustard
1 tsp Worcestershire sauce

Preheat oven to 350 degrees and lightly grease the cups of a 12-cup muffin pan.

In a large bowl combine meat, crumbs, eggs, milk, garlic, onion, salt, pepper and thyme. Divide meat mixture among 12 muffin cups pressing meat firmly into the pan.

Place muffin pan on a baking sheet and bake for 20-25 minutes, until meat is almost cooked through. The loaves will be firm when pressed lightly but not set.

While loaves are baking, whisk together the ketchup, mustard and Worcestershire sauce. After baking, remove the pan from the oven, brush the tops of the loaves with the glaze and return the pan to the oven. Bake for 10 minutes more or until glaze has thickened and meat is completely cooked through, 30-35 minutes total. Run a butter knife around the edges of the muffin cups and pop out the meat loaves. Serve hot.

Notes: I didn't have all the ingredients fresh, but it all worked out great! I also used a silicone pan and they cooked very evenly, although I missed the part about the cookie sheet underneath. This is important because they will create juice and drip. YUMMY!

Saturday, September 5, 2009

Week one of training, done and on record...

Yay me, I did all three of my training workouts for week #1.

Tues and Thurs I did my walk/jog on the way home from school, giving myself a nice 20 min warm up as we walked to school! These days were both 20 minutes, switching between walking and jogging for 2 minute intervals.

Sat was much of the same, warmed up with a 5 min brisk walk, then did 24 minutes, switching between walking and jogging for 2 minute intervals.

Eating wasn't much better than it's been, and I drank too much soda throughout the week, but this weeks goal was to start the training and finish each day to completion. That I did.

Next weeks training will be 3 more days of walking and jogging. I think each day is set at 24 minutes, but the intervals change on Thurs.

Goals for this next week include starting a weight training program at home, found a great total body workout in the latest Shape magazine.
No snacking after dinner and no soda after dinner, only tea and water.

Thursday, September 3, 2009


STOP! Don't miss my post below about Cody's 1st game. (Facebookers, visit my blog, the link is on my info page)

Something else I'm trying to do right now, on top of everything else, is it try at least one new recipe a week. This week I've got a few new ones because I'm bored with our food and we're in a rut.

So far, very yummy!

Taco Lettuce Cups:
2 1/2 cups of Taco Seasoned Ground beef or Turkey, cooked (1 lb is close)
1 cup of chunky/fresh cut Salsa (I love La Mexicana from the cold case)
1 cup frozen corn
1 cup shredded Mexican cheese blend, divided
8 leaves Bibb lettuce (I used a butter lettuce with large leaves)
2 cups coarsely crushed tortilla chips, optional
1/2 cup sour cream, if desired

In a sauce pan mix seasoned meat, salsa and corn. Cook over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until heated thoroughly. Stir in 1/2 cup of the cheese.
Spoon about 1/2 cup of meat mix into each lettuce leaf. Top with about 1 tbsp cheese, 1/4 chips and 1 tbsp sour cream. Enjoy!

Notes: The recipe book this came from has you make up large batches of meet ahead of time to be pulled from the freezer for a quick meal, hence the 2 1/2 cups of meat. I made about a 1/4 of this, because no one else likes salsa and corn mixed in. I didn't use the tortilla chips and used less than a tbsp of sour cream. These were awesome! Didn't even miss my taco shell. I wasn't able to find the Bibb lettuce, so that's my next mission, but anything with a large leaf that you can cup will work.

Slow Cooker French Dip Sandwiches:
1 boneless beef roast (I found a cheapest one and it worked great!)
1/2 cup soy sauce
1 beef bouillon cube
1 bay leaf
3 whole pepper corns (they have these in the bins at Winco)
1 tsp dried rosemary
1 tsp dried thyme
1 tsp garlic powder
Kaiser Rolls
Swiss/Provolone cheese

Trim meat and place in cooker. In a bowl combine soy sauce and all spices, pour over beef. Add enough water to almost cover beef. Cook on low for 10-12 hours, high 4-6 (depends on your cooker.)
Once cooked it should fall apart. Remove from cooker and shred. Grill rolls on the open side to get crispy and top with a slice of cheese. Put meat on and enjoy. This makes a lot of juice that is wonderful for dipping.

Notes: This had a really great taste to it. I didn't have any rosemary, so it was omitted and I added a few onion flakes as well. This is a good roast beef that would be yummy on it's own, with a veggie side and potatoes.

Cody's 1st game....

Cody's team had a scrimmage Wed night against another Orangevale team, a team we'll probably play again at some point during the season. So officially it's the first actual game he's played, uniforms and all. He was beyond excited and ready to get at it.

I made him pose before practice.

Before the game Tyler went and played around with the team.

He wants to be a big kid so bad!

The huddle...

As both teams are OV and have the same jerseys, our team put on the black pennies.

Here we go and he has the ball! He was down to their goal pretty quickly and scored the first goal.

This was the team by the end of the game, all of them fighting over who got the ball. Hopefully they'll get over that and realized they are on the same team.

It was a good game and great for the kids to finally see what it means to play against another team. Only a few hurt feelings here and there, over all I think it went great! This is my Saturday, starting next weekend through mid Nov, wishes of sanity are highly appreciated.

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Tyler on the swing...

Okay, it's a super grainy video from my phone, but so cool.

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Don't run away yet...

Hi, my name is Andrea and I'm obese. Seriously folks.
Today my BMI is 38.3, healthy range is 18.5- 24.9, in real terms that's 76 lbs to lose to even dip my toes in the healthy range. (Insert expletives here)

So there it is, laid out for all to see, I need to lose about 80 lbs.
And I'm not talking stick thin here people, I'm talking healthy, and hopefully less aches and pains from all the extra I'm carrying around every day.

With school starting, it's just a natural time to get moving. Last week we walked to school one time and then rode our bikes there every day, and home a couple of times as well. It's a start to get going and being more active.

This week is much the same, riding to school in the mornings. Today started my running program, yes, fat girl wants to run. And not just run down the road, run in organized "races" with a bunches of other goofy people that like to run.

Goal number 1 is a 5K, to run to completion, just finishing. The one I'm aiming for is on Nov 1st, The Apple Hill Harvest Run, which is actually 3.5 miles, a bit over a standard 5K. According to my training schedule I should be running between 3-4 miles at that point.

Goal number 2 is to be able to run a 10K by Thanksgiving. I had hoped to do the Run to Feed the Hungry here in Sac, but with any luck, the boys and I will be in Boise that week instead. (Thanks San Juan for a 10 day Nov. break!) But I am still aiming to be able to run 6 miles by that day.

From there it progresses and hopefully I'll lose my ass along the way, in a good way.

So back to today. Tyler rode his bike to school, while Cody and I walked . Then I started my program on the way home. This week it's only 20 minutes, 2 minutes walking, 2 minutes jogging. I did it, ran for the full 10 minutes, didn't stop early at any interval. I'll do it again on Thursday, then again on Saturday. Baby steps, definitely baby steps.

I'm also going to take my MIL up on her offer to watch the boys and hit the gym. We had to drop our gym membership in the spring because of the cost, 2 adults + 2 kids in child care = way too much money! But a single membership is doable.
I had a lot of success before by going to their group weight training classes, so that's the goal, go to those 2-3 times a week. Then I'm also going to try to start swimming a couple of times a week as cross training, extremely low impact, but still has a powerful punch.
Lofty, my friends, very lofty goals here. But it's time.

My vice in this whole deal is the food, who doesn't love food? I need to learn to love it a little less. I'm not taking that I'm going to eat like a rabbit, but a few salads mixed in can't hurt, turning in my tortillas for lettuce wraps, still getting to enjoy my tacos. Still eating pasta, but switching to the better for your whole grain, adding in a veggie and cutting down the portion. Leaving the sweat treats for the weekend.

Oh and the drinking, yep it's gotta get under control as well. The Mt Dew will have to be limited, that's gonna suck, but I'm not gonna cut it out completely because that only causes a binge. More tea, more water and one soda a day, not 3. Plus an occasional coffee, but I've only had 2 in the last 10 days, so that's a much better start. (By coffee I mean White Chocolate Mocha = lots of calories!)

So yell at me, encourage me, and by all means tag along with me.