So its been forever since I’ve constructed an actual post. At first I kept forgetting because I was so busy and then I just decided I needed to focus on the business and come back to it after my trip. So here I am. I’m back!!! Lots to update on
A week and a half ago was Preston’s 4th birthday party. I spent a good portion of that week cleaning the house, baking layers of Preston’s rainbow cake and helping my aunt get ready for her move. That week was bananas!! The party went really well. I even squeezed in a 7.5 mile bike ride before the party I weighed myself the morning of the party and had lost 0.6lbs that week so my total now is 20.8lbs. I can’t even remember if I posted that already. I was happy that it was a loss and coming off of two larger weeks I was totally ok with it.
Before the party I had made a decision that from the day of the party until today I would let myself off the hook with the diet. I knew I would be really busy so working out would be challenging to fit in- I got one in last week. I also wanted to be able to relax with Preston’s party, going out for my friend Heidi’s birthday, then Preston’s actual birthday, my birthday, and a road trip to North Carolina to visit my grandparents all in a week and a half (although it feels like a month!). I knew that this past week would be tough to have as much control and part of me wanted a little break from being strict. Today I got back on track – went to the gym and started to sweat just walking out to my car because it is sooo crazy hot! I also ate food that is diet approved. I also tried really hard to drink a considerable amount of water because I kind of fell of the wagon with that as well.
Now for details: Preston’s party was a blast. I worked really hard on the cake and it turned out awesome. Everyone had a lot of good things to say (even though it was just box cake) and I was happy the rainbow-ness turned out!!
I also incorporated rainbow in the rest of the table setting. I got colored goldfish crackers (because what kid doesn’t love goldfish??), I filled bowls with skittles and m&m’s. I did a veggie tray and cheese & cracker tray and the part I was most proud of was the rainbow fruit kabobs!
I bought the fruit the morning of the party so it was all really fresh and it worked out really well. I also added the Rolo’s at the end to represent the gold at the end of the rainbow The fruit was a big hit! Preston was really well behaved and had a ton of fun opening all of his presents. My favorite picture of him is when we were all singing “Happy Birthday” to him.
I can not believe he’s 4 now!!! Lots to reflect on!
I remember this day like it was yesterday!!
The week after the party was actual birthday week. His birthday was on Tuesday and we celebrated by spending his birthday $$ at ToysRUs in the morning and catching Brave in 3D. We had a great time and just enjoyed the day. I had intended to do a whole birthday post about him – it will hopefully come later this week. Preston is so special to me (of course because he’s my son), but having navigated 4 years (or 3 years and 10 months) of being a single mom has been no easy feat and I’m amazed at how far we have come.
My birthday was Thursday and was pretty uneventful. I am now 29. One year away from 30. I have to be honest I am looking forward to my 30s, I think good things will happen in my 30s. I will not be re-celebrating my 29th birthday for the rest of my life. I plan to embrace the understanding, perspective, and wisdom that come with being in your 30s (and maybe hopefully a man!) The only fun thing to happen on my birthday was that I decided to give myself bangs I had the side bangs going for about a year but my hair was just begging to be normal bangs so I made the switch. I like them for now.
The day after my birthday we left for North Carolina. My older sister, Meredith and I had been planning for a couple of months to take a trip to North Carolina to visit my dad’s parents. We call them Mimi and Papa. I hadn’t taken Preston to their house since he was an infant. I wanted to wait until he was old enough that I didn’t have to be on top of him at every moment making sure he didn’t get into trouble. He did great!
Preston and I left Chicago around 7AM on Friday morning. My sister had been visiting a friend in West Virginia so we were meeting her later in the day in KY. I had Preston’s DVD player hooked up and enough movies to watch back to back to NC and back. We loaded up with books, coloring books, Barbies, and other toys. The trip there was pretty easy and we arrived about 12 hours later. Papa had a list of activities planned for us that were Preston friendly. Pres helped walk the dogs, took rides on the golf cart, we took him swimming, hiking, and to visit the goats at the Carl Sandberg Home.
throwing rocks into the stream
Papa and Meredith took Preston to a children’s museum while I hung out with my friend Johanita who drove up for the day on Saturday: she was my best friend when I lived in Atlanta, GA which is only about 3 hours from my grandparents house and we hadn’t seen each other in just over two years!! Meredith took a few pictures of Preston at the children’s museum.
We really had a great time with my grandparents. They are amazing people and its always nice to get out of town and spend quality time with family members you don’t get to see very often.
We got home around 6pm yesterday. I was EXHAUSTED! My diet was least clean on our trip but it was nice to be a little bit relaxed. And food on the road can be tricky. I am planning to weigh myself this Sunday as usual and if I’ve maintained or even gained a little I am 100% ok with that. This is the part of the journey that I need practice with and so allowing times where I am not calorie counting or even eating decently are part of life and part of my journey. I plan to take time off from the diet every couple of months just for practice and to be realistic. I know a lot of people talk about not calling it a diet and just maintaining a healthy lifestyle change but I do look at the losing period of time as a diet – it works for me – and thats why I talk about it this way. So overall I had a great couple of weeks. I am ready for some normal life time though Hope you all had a happy and safe 4th!