Thursday, March 27, 2014

March and my birthday ....

here's my March chalkboard

 
and check out our cute little grandson John Thomas!
he looks just like our daughter with those great big eyes!
 
 
and a cute picture of Jacquelyn right before they were
going out for the afternoon. And lucky me got to keep Declan!
 
 
what a sweet little family.
the picture I took before this Declan was looking at his mommy
then he reached around so that he could put his arm around her
oh goodness.....you know my heart melted

 
and then I had my birthday weekend.
it started on Friday with dinner out and Jake joined us
On Saturday Jacquelyn, Bucky, Declan and I went down to
Williamsburg shopping at the outlet malls
fun and I found some new clothes for summer
 
Then on Sunday we had the ultimate lazy day.....lounging around
and doing nothing!! that evening we all went out to Maggianos
for my birthday dinner! It was definitely a fun weekend.
 
later.......
 
 


Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Lunch time .....

Since I started eating clean, I stopped buying lunch at work so much
mostly because I don't know what things are cooked in. But also
because I think my food taste so much better. There are times that I don't
have food prepared in advance so I just usually get a big salad from the
salad bar and add eggs for my protein. We are starting to see our cafeteria
at work do more clean eating dishes.....soups and veggie salads. So it's
really nice to go in there and see things that I can eat.
 
So now I get up just 15 minutes earlier so that I can pack my lunch.
 I do a lot of cooking for lunch in the evening after I
get home from Jazzercise. I also will put things in the crock pot and cook
while we sleep. Like tonight, I put a pork tenderloin
in the crock pot before I went to Jazzercise. When I got home, I roasted some string beans. I'll shred the pork up before I go to bed
and then I'll have good stuff for lunch tomorrow!
As I've always said, eating clean does take some planning.
Below are my breakfast
and lunch for the past 3 days.....
 
I cook my bacon in the microwave, 2 slices, 1 minute 50 seconds
It turns out perfect! I eat only sugar free, nitrate free bacon.
Once you eat this bacon, you'll never eat another kind....I find
it at Trader Joe's. I buy 2 boiled eggs at work. I know I should just boil a bunch of eggs at home but it's only a dollar for 2 eggs!
And I have some  cut up kiwi and a banana.
Then lunch is bean soup that I made from dried beans. I rarely ever
eat grains but I had not had any bean soup in so long that I just had
a taste for it. Also to go with it, a small salad, my own dressing
and for dessert a Larabar.
afternoon snack was 3 tiny tangerines.
 


Tuesday's breakfast was, 2 slices of bacon, 2 boiled eggs,
cut up grapefruit and grapes.
lunch was shredded taco chicken, baggies of black olives and tomatoes
that I added to it after I heated the chicken, salad with my own dressing
and of course to satisfy my sweet tooth, a Larabar
the 3 tangerines are my afternoon snack
 
Today, my  breakfast was bacon, 2 boiled eggs, grapefruit and kiwi
Lunch was a hamburger with mustard, no bun and
roasted asparagus and of course, a Larabar.
tangerines for snack......haha, seems I eat the same thing a lot!! 

 
And I pack it all in my Lands End tote bag....which I love!!
 
 
My breakfast and lunch fill me up so much and taste so good
and the bonus.......I save money by not buying lunch at work!!
 
later.......
 


Thursday, March 20, 2014

March Snow ....

We really haven't had a "big" snow this winter
we've had brutal cold temperatures
and small snows......but nothing big
 
So when they started forecasting for a huge storm, naturally, I was
very excited!! But it wasn't to be......too much sleet and freezing rain
so the snow accumulations were not what they had expected
We measured 4 1/2 inches on our deck....so still a nice snow!
 

 
One of my preparations for a snow is to make sure I have
plenty of birdseed on hand to keep the feeder full
I love watching for the beautiful cardinals......


 
as you can see below, it doesn't take them long to go
through the seeds. So many different birds and of course those
dang squirrels

 
later............


Wednesday, March 19, 2014

John Thomas ....

our newest grandchild John Thomas is so sweet!
he has that flappy piece of skin in his wind pipe so
he's very squeaky. So I call him my squeaky bear......
the doctor said no worries, he will get better in no time
 
his eyes are as big as Nicole's were when she was a newborn
 
 
Tyler in love with his newest son

 
Gabe loves being a big brother.....

 
Nicole and Tyler can now say.....our 3 sons!





 
Maddox loves John but I think will enjoy him more
once he can play!

 
later......