Sunday, March 31, 2013

Happily ever after...


Well happily ever after for the most part...We aren't done yet so ya know.  Everyone knows in the real life it isn't always happy go lucky.  But that you have to work hard at being happy together.  And ya know what else we really are.  We have our problems we may not point them out for the world to see but we have them just like every single married couple that has chosen to stick it out through the rough patches.  But who knew that the longer you work at it the easier it gets.  I mean really we hardly ever fuss or fight anymore, I guess its because the things that scared us before and caused us to fight aren't really big issues after all.  Like bills, money, in laws (or outlaws), job changes or this parenting thing.  I don't really know what causes it to seem easier (maybe we both just had time to really grow up) but it really does seem easier.  Now you watch I'll wake up tomorrow all cranky and in a bad mood and we will have one heck of knock down drag out and I will be thinking this whole post was just a bogus mess (not really just saying that's my luck)    ;)
 
We really have grown so much together.  It makes me laugh when the girls ask about when I met dad...because when I met their dad I didn't even want a boyfriend much less a husband.  It was funny i was being pushed into meeting this guy and God knows I am (was) incredibly shy.  I didn't want any of that business yet here we are 19 years later celebrating our 18th wedding anniversary with children that are getting ever so close to being old enough to leave the nest.  We have started spending more and more time together as a couple again and it's almost like were are dating all over again.  I am loving this stage in life and I would bet that if you asked him he would agree that it just keeps getting better with every passing year.
 
My goodness we look too young to be newly weds :)
(July 1995)
 
Well thanks for reading my sappy rambling today.
Have a great week
 
Always
tammy c

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

A good time

Yep anytime you get to spend the weekend at the lake is a good time.  My girls and I drove over to mom and dads place on the lake this past weekend (Stephen met us there on Saturday)
I wanted to see them as it has been several weeks since the last time I had seen them.  Just wanted to share a few of the silly moments. 
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This is one of the little girls (forgive me Janae, I still can't tell them apart unless I'm looking directly at their faces.  I'm sorry.  I love them like crazy just can't tell them apart very well)

<~~~~This is my girls making our purchase at the Dairy Deal.  This is a MUST when making the drive to Salina for any reason.  I have never had the food there but the ice cream products they offer are out of this world (unless you are a dork like Britt and order dippin' dots...those are just weird)
Be careful when ordering a large...they are way too large (especially if you on a diet.  :)
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Here we are again being silly...in this picture she was almost in a panic because I was "helping" with the gas pedal and she thought we were going way too fast.  Shh...don't tell papa he gets his feathers a bit ruffled when they give it too much gas too often. 
He says the kids will have it wore out before summer is even over (he's probably right though if the truth be told)  But they love this getting to drive thing (every one of them) even if it is just a little yellow golf cart.        
It might as well be a fancy car to them.        


 

Papa told them they cant drive unless a grown up is on the golf cart with them. So I was the fun aunt for a bit this morning because no one else wanted to go out for a ride with them.
 I miss my parents more and more with each passing week and try to text and facebook them often to tell them that.  I wish every single day that they would move back home. 
But with this view I completely understand their reasons as to why they love being where they are. It really is a nice lake. I can not wait to visit them when the summer temps finally get here. We will be having a blast camping,cooking out, fishing, swimming, spending time with all the family and boating...all of my favorite things.
I got to spend a good amount of time with Stephens dad this past weekend too.  It is quite convenient that he happens to live just a few miles away from my parents.  His lady friend seems very nice and was excited about maybe getting to meet my girls.  Maybe she is what he needs to get him to spend more time with his only grand kids...who knows.  That is another story for another day.
I will be out of pocket so to speak for the next couple of weeks.  Stephen and I are getting to join some of my other family members on a cruise.(not as many as originally planned due to a broken down ship but we will make do and they will have a great time in a few months, I just know it.)
Anyway I will try to post before we head out and I will definitely post when we get back. 
Have a wonderful rest of the week.
As always, thanks for reading today.
tammy c

Thursday, March 7, 2013

A journey of sorts...


Well I guess it's a journey I probably should have been on all along but ya know life happens and you just don't have time.  Or you're too tired to make time maybe.
I have made an active decision to get in shape (I know round is a shape but it isn't a healthy shape)   Stephen and I signed our family up for a membership at the local YMCA back in January.  You know how it is, its a new year gotta eat better get some exercise and just be healthy.   Well even with a membership I was having a hard time making myself go to the gym more than a once or twice a week and no matter how many times I tried watching what I was eating I still seem to be stuck at this weight (& shape) and it finally hit me a couple of weeks ago that I am done being this fat and unhealthy.  I talked with Stephen and made sure my being at the Y several times a week wasn't going to cause issues at home and started going. On a schedule no less. 
I am stepping out of my comfort zone and trying new stuff.
One morning I was meeting Jody there to workout and Sarah stopped me and asked if I'd like to come to zumba. (She has called and text several times and I always find a reason not to go.  I didn't want out of my zone.) I bowed out again this day saying "well I'm meeting Jody and I'm not sure she will want to do that today"  I also thought Jody wouldn't want to get out of her comfort zone...boy was I wrong.  Jody showed up and I told her of Sarahs offer and she replied with "oh my goodness I love zumba!"  Well great...guess I'm headed in to look like a fool because...well because I can't dance.
Turns out it wasn't that bad.  It was ok that I didn't know all the moves the first day, it was a fantastic cardio work out.  So the next night I went to zumba again with Jody to a friends class and again the next Monday back at the Y...it just was so much fun.  But on the days that I couldn't do zumba I felt like I was floundering in the gym and not really doing any real good.  So with every ounce of courage I had I text Sarah and asked her if I could pay her to be my personal trainer.  Sarah is always helping people and I asked in hopes she could help me push myself harder to see the results I want to see.  She was more than willing to help.  Says she won't take any money but we'll see about that.
It has only been a few days on the new schedule and I am hurting in places I didn't even know could hurt.  But its a good hurt (if that makes any sense) it's showing me its working and when it stops hurting then I hope she pushes me harder. She has helped with an eating plan to keep me losing as well.  I have Jody traveling this road with me and she is trying new classes right there with me.  It always seems easier when you have someone there to keep you motivated.   And in this case I have two someones  :)
So I guess the photo today is my before picture.   Who knows how long it will take and maybe soon I will be able to see some physical changes.  So far all i have noticed is that I seem to have more energy these days & I've stopped drinking soda &that is a big deal. 
At this time I am really digging in and making changes while most everyone else that started their new year right is starting to taper off.  Keep checking back to see any progress and some new photos(a couple months anyway)  I'm excited to see the changes come. 
Thanks for read
Go out and get moving, it might surprise you that you may enjoy it.
Thanks Sarah for everything you do.
Have a great weekend!
tammy c