Life Update

So….alm17021757_1373778909310204_8644894886796336663_nost a year since my last update? Wow…time flies!  Actually, my favorite quote fits pretty well here – “The days are long, but the years are short”  This is so true, especially when watching my children grow!  B is now 7 years old and almost done with 1st grade and C is going to be 12 this summer and going into 7th grade!

B has been doing much better in school this year. Before school started, I met with the school’s principal, counselor and his 1st grade teacher to discuss his behavior issues, and things we can do to help him through the school year.  His Kindergarten teacher even stopped in and gave some input on what she found works for her.  The result? I have not received one phone call from the school ALL YEAR! He still has his good days and bad days at school, but now he is getting in trouble for things like talking, instead of running out of the classroom or school. And no meltdowns at school that result in destroying the principal’s office.  We do still get meltdowns at home, but they are less and usually less severe.

C is slowly becoming a teenager…wants to be left alone, voice deepening, chatting with girl classmates on his computer.  I’m not ready for the teenage years yet!  C’s year has been pretty uneventful.  Getting good grades, stallion band and just starting baseball. He had his first baseball practice last night and looked pretty good! I’m not ready for the hectic schedule that baseball brings, but I’m excited to watch him improve all summer long. I’m struggling on what I’m going to do with C over the summer.  He is too old for the summer daycares, but too young to stay home alone all summer.  I better decide soon though, only a little over a month of school left!

As for me? I’m still struggling with my weight and weight loss.  I’m slowing going back down after gaining almost all weight I lost a few years ago.  Finally down over 10 pounds since joining Weight Watchers in January. I’ve also joined a gym and go 5 days a week. You may have heard of it – Orange Theory Fitness.  I LOVE it and have made huge improvements in my strength.  Even down a pant size since the gym opened in March.

WDWRUNDISNEY_WDWMARAHALFMEDALBACKDROP1_20170226_7961626009I also ran a half marathon through Disney World in February.  Well ran is a strong word…I completed a half marathon in just under 3.5 hours.  The last 3 miles were rough, but I finished.  Check that off my bucket list – never need to run a half again.  Hubby and I got to take a nice Florida vacation alone for the run, so that was a wonderful added bonus.  It was so nice to get away, just the two of us!  I’m ready for another one!

So, that in a nutshell is our family’s update since last July. Maybe I’ll post more now….just maybe…

No more dishes for me!

While I was in California I decided to log in and check my bank account one night.  And I noticed an iTunes charge. Huh don’t remember doing that, but OK.  Then another one, and another, and another… $92 worth of iTunes charges to my credit card!  I sent a text to hubby to do some investigating. Turns out C decided to make a bunch of in-app purchases for gold and buy 4 new games.  C says he doesn’t remember what he was thinking, if he knew it costs money….nothing.  I’m in trouble amnesia or something I guess.

So, we have decided that C needs to work to pay back all the money he charged.  At minimum wage, he has to work for 12 hours to make $92.  How do we enforce this?  No internet on any of his devices until he does his chores.  I haven’t had to do the dishes for a week!  And once he completes a chore, he gets internet on one device only.  What it on another one? Better go vacuum the living room!  What, you want to play Xbox? I see socks that need to be folded.

I’m loving the help, and let’s face it. He is almost 11 years old – he needs some chores!  I think we will stick to this plan even after he has earned his $92 back.

On a side note, when I mentioned what C did to an attorney I work with, he told me his son did the same thing when he was about C’s age….except he charged about $7000!! Made me feel much better!

Life in LA

My trip to LA was amazing! I had two wonderful hosts that cooked for me, took me to great places to eat, drove me to see amazing sites and drove me to the office every day and the airport – twice

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Working in the LA office was seemed so much more enjoyable than working in my normal location.  The people were wonderful and the view was spectacular.  Heck, I don’t even have a window at my normal office!

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Mickey Mouse Tote

I was lucky to be able to stay with a co-worker (G) and her hubby (C) instead of staying in a hotel.  They were great hosts – and a bonus – C is a chef.  G has no idea how lucky she is to come home to the smell of dinner cooking every night!  And since I don’t drive in the big cities – they carted my happy ass everywhere!  Work, dinner, and even the beach for a run.  I really can’t express how much I appreciate them taking me in.  I did make this cute Mickey Mouse bag as a small token of my appreciation.  (Pattern can be found here). One night when G was busy doing homework, another co-worker (L) took us to Chinatown, where we got to see all of the fun little shops and ate at one of the highly recommended restaurants there.

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Sunrise

I loved LA, but as much as I hate to admit it, I was missing Iowa. By Sunday, I was ready to go home. But the universe had other plans for me.  My flight out of LAX was delayed so much, that I wouldn’t have been able to make my connecting flight, so after spending half the day in the airport G & C picked me up again and took me home for another night.  Then before the crack of dawn Monday morning C got up and took me back to the airport for a 6AM flight!  Bonus to the situation? I wasn’t getting home at almost midnight and I got to see the sunrise from the plane.

 

Flying is not my most favorite thing to do, but it truly is amazing that we can fling this giant metal thing in the air and fly at super speed above the clouds. I love looking out the window…I’m equally amazed and a bit freaked out all at the same time.

When I finally got home, everyone was so excited to see me – kids, dogs and hubby…. and the crazy picked right back up where I had left it. Got home, showered, picked up and kids and headed out to a baseball game.  It’s been a little difficult getting back into the normal swing of things, but I’m getting there.

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I think they missed me

Welcome!

Hello everyone! Welcome to Adulting is Rough! I’ve tried the blogging thing off and on…and this is an on phase. The purpose of this blog is just to share the real life of an everyday, married, working mom of 2 boys. C (the older son) is getting a little too close to teenage years for my comfort and B (the younger one) was recently diagnosed with ADHD. I plan to share ups, the downs…and everything in between in the hopes to connect with other mom’s doing this crazy Adulting thing. It can be amazing…but it can be rough. I’m going to be 100% real…and there might be a naughty word thrown in there …you’ve been warned!

I like to crochet and will post my projects here as I complete them. I will link to the patterns I use too 🙂

Finally I’m on a mission to lose weight and keep the weight off, while moving my family to mostly whole foods. I’ll share my progress, tips, tricks and yummy recipes I find along the way. 

So sit back, read on and enjoy this crazy life and my attempt at Adulting!