September Roundup

This month was was a blur.  I got rid of some stuff, didn’t exercise enough and could use some overall motivation.

  1. Run the Naked Bavarian 40 mile race on March 4, 2017  –  Done.  Read race recap here if you missed it.
  2. Raise $5,000 for Covenant House Pennsylvania – Done March 3, 2017
  3. Run the Dirty German 50 mile race on May 13, 2017* – finished the 25K
  4. Lose the baby weight (starting weight 140) – So I kicked butt in August and I loosened up my no sugar rule and now I am up to 132.  So here goes another sugar free-ish month. We are going to Sonoma and wine is not sugar-free.
  5. Rock Climb More – Nope it didn’t happen this month.
  6. Travel More – We are traveling to San Francisco for a wedding this month and visiting family in Florida for December.
  7. Blog More – Its not happening.  I need a better plan for 2018.
  8. One small house project a month – I was on the roof of my house.  The ROOF..  I nearly crapped my pants but we saved $1,600.  We installed a new chimney liner.  Yeah I didn’t know the chimney had a liner until I had to replace it.  Here is a handy video from This Old House if you want to know what we did.  Except it took us 10+ hours to get it done.  And here is proof that I was on the roof:Gladysontheroof
  9. Declutter –  I donated a bunch of things to our daycare and had The Red Cross pickup 8 boxes for donations.  I also got rid of a highchair and a large pot.  I am having a tough time decluttering because my in-laws just got rid of their family home and now things are appearing at home regularly so this category is going to be my focus for the remainder of the year.
  10. Spend less – We did pretty good in this category although my husband’s beer trading has been on my eye lately.  But I have to admit when I am enjoying ridiculously delicious beer, I tend to forget his overspending in this category.   To make up for his overspending, I did a focus group regarding credit cards which paid for most of my last BJ’s grocery/household haul. Score!

 

-G

August Roundup

This month was a bit more productive than last.  I kicked my diet in the a$$ and got moving a bit more.  Looking forward to a even more productive September.

  1. Run the Naked Bavarian 40 mile race on March 4, 2017  –  Done.  Read race recap here if you missed it.
  2. Raise $5,000 for Covenant House Pennsylvania – Done March 3, 2017
  3. Run the Dirty German 50 mile race on May 13, 2017* – finished the 25K
  4. Lose the baby weight (starting weight 140) – I have worked my ass of this month and am happy to report I weighed in at 131 lbs this morning! Boom! I have completely cutout carbs and the only sugar I’ve consumed has been in drinks on the weekend.  Wine and Paloma’s are my weakness.  But I have noticed having a hard rule of no sugar helps me a lot.  My goal is to be below 130 lbs by the end of September. Wish me luck!
  5. Rock Climb More – No rock climbing this month. It will happen in September.
  6. Travel More – We are still living it up in LBI, follow me on instagram for fun in the sun pics.  We are traveling to San Francisco for a wedding in October and visiting family in Florida for December.
  7. Blog More – Its happening.  Not consistently but I am happy and that’s what this is all about no?
  8. One small house project a month – Nothing.  Every weekend in LBI makes it nearly impossible to get anything done.  Also planning on more of this in September.
  9. Declutter –  Again I was able to get rid of a few things and I did a side hustle gig that has kept a bit of cash in my wallet.  Planning on ramping this up for September.
  10. Spend less – My hubby’s car needed some work and I booked all the travel for the rest of the year this month so it was another expensive month.  I am hoping to lock down the budget for the rest of the year.  Although there are some required improvements needed at home.

I am hoping to blog more but life has been pretty hectic lately.  Lastly Cheers to my mommy who’s coming to visit for a couple of weeks!! I am excited to spend some much need quality time with her. Today is my Friday which is even sweeter when we are off on Monday!!  Happy Labor Day!

-G

Cheers to the Freakin’ Weekend

Per usual, I am copying Life According to Steph’s style and I’ve decided I want to start doing a weekend recap every Monday.  Hopefully I can be consistent. So here goes nothing.

On Friday, I self-imposed an early dismissal from work at 12:30 pm so by 1 pm the hubby and I were on the road to the shore.  My brother and his family were visiting and had arrived on Thursday night and the my in-laws had taken the boys to be with their cousins while we worked half a day.  It worked out perfectly.  When we arrived my older son, Desmond was playing awesomely with my youngest nephew Julian.  They’re only 5 months apart from each other so it was only a matter of time that they would gravitate towards each other.  My little one, still feverish, was excited to see his mama but he also was playing with all the boys as well, it was adorable.  We went to an early dinner and headed straight to the beach.  The boys played at the water’s edge until the little ones got tired.

We were able to put all the kids down to sleep and have some adult time on the top deck of the house.  It was awesome.  Great conversation, great beer and champagne.  It was just nice to hang with other adults without having little ones to attend to.

On Saturday morning, we made breakfast and let the kids play in the garage hello – bouncy house! My brother and I went for a run (3.3 miles yay!) and then we joined my hubby and sister-in-law with the kids on the bay.  We did a little drag netting and brought the kids home for naps.  We took our little one with us to lunch, while my generous mother in-law stayed with my oldest nephew.  We thought Des was going to nap as well and left him in our room to nap but when we came back he was wide away jumping away in the bouncy house.  We rounded up the kids and went down to the beach.

The water was colder than the day before and the waves were rougher.  There was a long board classic surfing competition going on, so the beach was crowded but it was entertaining.  I took a quick nap while my husband ran the kids ragged on the beach.  Then back home for dinner and a movie for the kids.  Since Des didn’t nap he became a handful  so we took him for a walk and he passed out in the stroller.  Is it bad that I had this huge sense of relief when he fell asleep?  #sorrynotsorry   Once bedtime was settled, we went for a walk to get ice cream and ended the night in the hot tub.

On Sunday morning, my brother and the family left in the late morning.  We took the kids to the playground by the bay for one last hurrah and were able to get this great picture:

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Afterwards we ended up taking a walk before lunch at the Port Hole and both kids napped in their strollers.  Of course we had to document it:

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We stayed later then normal but had these amazing views of sunset on the way home:

Yesterday would have been my father’s birthday. Being with my brother this weekend was the best way I knew how to celebrate it.  He would have been so happy to see our families together.  Happy Birthday Dad, we miss you so much!

Happy Rainy Monday.