Sunday, September 11, 2011

Goals For the Week: 9/12/2011

One of my very favorite bloggers is Cassie at Back To Her Roots. She began a weight loss journey a while back and one of the things she does to keep her self on track is post some weekly goals on her blog to get them written down and out in the Universe. This got me thinking that maybe I could do the same thing and start making my goals a reality.

So, without further ado, here are my goals for this week.

1. Walk all 4 training walks this week. 
My Susan G. Komen 3-day For The Cure walk is 54 days away. To some that might seem like a long time, but for me I am really starting to feel the pressure. I will be the first to admit I haven't been entirely faithful with my training sessions, I have been training, but not to the exact specifications they say I need to be. I could give you numerous excuses as to why, but they would be just that, excuses. I am done making excuses and I need to be on the ball this week so this goal is my top priority.

 2. Finish making the 50 cards to send to friends and family for donations. 
Last weekend with the extra day I had some time to sit down and make a list of close family and friends that I can ask to help sponsor me on my walk. For these people I am making a handmade, handwritten card explaining what I am doing and why this walk is important to me. It will also be asking for a donation. Last week I sent out 10 on Tuesday. I received my first donation back yesterday from my Papa John, (my mother's dad), and it was $60 a dollar a mile! I know that I can make the required $2,300 minimum fundraising requirement with the help of my generous friends and family. 

 3. Try 2 new recipes from my plethora of cookbooks.
I have recently begun to love the art of cooking. I am no chef by any means, but I love the feeling I have after I make a delicious meal for my boys and they are speechless, because they are too busy chewing :) I am trying to stick to a pretty strict budget (see rule #4) so meal planning and lists for the grocery store are essential. So it should be pretty easy to include 2 new finds in the meal plan this week. 

 4. Stick to a "cash only" budget. 
I am a teacher. My husband is a lawyer with a lot of school loans to pay back. Needless to say we don't have the most money in the world, but we aren't poor either. I want to start saving more money so we can build our dream house on our land. I have gone through our finances and made a budget for us to follow. So far September has been great, but ask me again closer to payday ;) 

 5. Pack my lunch for school the night before. 
I have a habit of waking up too late to pack my lunch. This wreaks havoc on my wallet and my waist line. So to help with my other goals for the week I am going to try and pack my lunch the night before so I will not have to waist time in the mornings.  

I will check back in on next Sunday with a goal recap for the week, and a new set of goals for the next. I hope you have a great week and get much accomplished!

Do you have any goals for the week? Do you write them down or share them? 


Thursday, September 8, 2011

How To Have An Amazing Labor Day

So it's a national holiday, (in the U.S.). All the banks are closed. Many of your favorite restaurants are closed. What can you possibly do to have a little fun?

First, you need to be sure you have some really great partners in crime...enter my two favorite boys.

We decided that such a nice day called for a trip to the zoo! So, after a scrumptious breakfast made by dad...(soy chorizo eggs and toast)...we were off to have our WILD adventure. 

Jase absolutely LOVES the zoo. When we got there we had to park across the street at the Remington Park parking. All 3 teirs of parking were nearly full! If you are from around OKC you know that this is calling for a VERY packed place. Well, it was insane! It was literally standing room only to see many of the animals, so we decided to hit Jase's highlights. 

We saw the rhinos when we first got in the gates. Jase doesn't really care for them, so we continued on to the lions. 

Of course, when we got there the lions were snoozing in the shade and poor Jase couldn't see them. We then headed through the Cat Forest. The jaguar was up and on the prowl. Jase kept saying, "dat's a big kitty mama!". Yes it was! :)

Then it was on to his favorite part of the day...The MONKEYS! He was so mezmorized by these creatures.  

He kept saying, "Mama, I go pway wif Gawge"(Mama I go play with George) He is in love with Curious George and he thought these monkeys looked like him...yes, I know George is a chimp, but we will teach him the difference later lol!

Beside the monkey cages is a swing rope for the kids to play on. Jase immediately thought he needed to try it. 



"Okay, I'll be nice for one."

Up the hill from the monkeys is a nice little splash pad for the little ones.  Jase wanted to "swim" so we took his shirt off and let him go at it.

So on a side note, does it make me a bad mom if I was secretly waiting at camera ready for him to get shot in the face with water???

How can you possibly end such a great day? With Chinese food of course!  Jase is so good about trying different foods, and he loves to go to The Grand House in OKC, the chinese food restaurant that is down from his daddy's work. 

...and in case you were wondering....

He does use chopsticks :)

Enjoy every moment you have by living in the now with the ones you love.  As always, if you like what you read please comment and share on your favorite sites!