life got in the way

Isn’t that how it always goes?

At least for us it is.  I mean to do so many things and I blink and it’s time to go to sleep at night.  My days are so FULL that I barely have time to be on the internet most days.  I’m making time right now, taking time away from other things [like my dishes in the dishwasher that need put away, or the laundry I need to get started] to fit this post in.

I feel like a crappy blog for that reason.  How does everyone else find time?  Seriously?!

I know, I know… you sacrifice time here to make time for things there.  Right?  I get that.  It’s how I workout more than most people who say they don’t have time to workout.  I make time for it.  And apparently internet is at the bottom of my list of priorities.

That’s not to say I’m not around.  I’m a huge Instagram nut — but that takes a few minutes to check and I can go about my day.  But blogging?  This takes more time than I feel I have lately.  So I’m trying.  I will eventually post about my husband’s leave so I can highlight the exciting points.

proof of my love of instagram! 🙂

Life just seems hectic lately.  Both kids are at super exhausting ages.  I’m still homeschooling C, but even that has taken a small set back just cause the days are getting away from me a bit.

he was not amused at our photo taking apparently.

Rich’s new schedule isn’t so bad we’ve come to realize.  He went back up to his shop as of Monday and he works the 7-3 shift.  So not too shabby.  His friend took the 11-730 shift claiming my husband was crazy and that was the better shift — it’s the better shift for a single sailor ;).  So they both got what they wanted.  I’d hate if he was on the 11-7:30.  I hated when he use to have that in San Diego, so I don’t think I’d like it anymore out here.  but 7-3 is pretty nice :).  plus duty days of course.  but the beauty of duty days is I get some me time at night, which is nice.  I usually paint my nails though nights.  and now his shop is letting the guys off at 9am the day after duty!  woohoo!  so I think we’ll start taking the kids to the indoor playground on the day after duty.  it’ll be good for all of us I think.

my workouts are still going well.  I’m redoing month 1 of Turbo Fire with 100% commitment.  I haven’t missed a SINGLE workout.  I’ve had to double up and rearrange a bit, but I haven’t skipped a workout yet.  I can see some results and the scale isn’t budging :P, but I’m pretty sure it’s just my muscles building cause I can FEEL my muscles in my things.  I just keep trudging along at my pace and doing the best I can.

I wish I had more time, but two kids are begging for attention so off I go!


Can I Sum It All Up?

Challenge Accepted :).

So with leave over officially, life is slowly turning back to normal.  Rich officially went back to work on Friday, but he got off at 10:30 and went out to lunch with the guys and then came home.  And then it was the weekend.  So really, TODAY feels like the first day after leave.  He only wanted to go back on Friday so he didn’t have to be charged for Saturday and Sunday leave [so stupid how that’s set up o.O].

The kids and I are having a lazy morning.  We need it.  Cartoons, snacks, playtime, etc.  The kids are currently zoned out in a Wonder Pets episode, so I thought I’d take a breather and see what I could type up.  Later today, I need to get the laundry going and start some small clean up.  My house is clean [my father in law came to visit and we had a babysitter Saturday night, so I had to clean at least the down stairs ;)], but there are some parts of my house [like the master bath] that need to be cleaned still.

I think I’ll talk about leave as a whole and then do separate blog posts for each big event so this post doesn’t get too wordy.

What did we do while my husband was on leave?  Let me list 🙂

  • County Fair was the BIG thing we did
  • a bunch of trips to the mall for the play area for the kids!
  • a visit from my Father in Law
  • a date night for our anniversary [and got ink’d ;)]
  • a date night to a roller derby!
  • a ton of time at home with Daddy!

When we went into the leave period we had a HUGE list of things we wanted to do.  And about Wednesday or Thursday of the first week of his leave we talked it out.  We realized this is the first time he’s been on leave and we are not A: coming off a deployment, B: getting ready for a deployment, or C: visiting family back home.  We don’t HAVE to run ourselves ragged.  We can just relax and take our time.  My husband got a ton of video game time in, I got to workout in the middle of the morning while the kids were awake, we both slept in, we both relaxed, we watched a bunch of TV, played board games together, etc.  So it was a nice relaxing leave and I’m glad we didn’t push ourselves to do more.

That being said, a few of the things on our list will become Saturday trips now, which works.  It’ll be busier I’m sure, but we’ll be fine.  One of the items :: the Bug Museum :: is now planned to time up with my homeschooling lesson we’re going through!  More on that later.

So that’s our leave in a nutshell.  I’m glad to get back to normal.  I miss having my husband home already, but the kids are so much more relaxed in the morning when it’s just me home, that it’s nice.  And I love my one on one kid time I get.

My husband’s schedule is also about to change.  He most likely is going to have crappier hours, so I think he took leave at a great time to get us ready for him to be gone more again.

I’ll elaborate more on everything with photos in a bit, but to some up leave the best, I think this photo will do::



My husband is on leave this week.  He got off weekend duty on Monday morning and since it was a holiday, he was home around 9am.  His leave officially started on Tuesday, so it was like he had a whole extra day :).

family photo op FTW

We’ve been just enjoying having him home.  Especially after a duty weekend, we’re getting some things done we needed to do.  Like going to the store, taking the kids to the playground, etc.  We’ve been to the mall twice so the kids could play in the play area and we could walk around.

I think tomorrow we might finally branch out and go do something different, but we’ll see.  Not sure exactly what, but I know we are at least making one trip to Seattle while he’s home.  Maybe next week?  I know next week we are going to the fair as well.

It’s nice having him around.  I think today things were more relaxed than they’ve been in awhile.  Weekends just go by so fast lately that the kids and I barely have time to relax with him around.  I’m hoping this will help calm our house down cause we’ve kind of needed some family time.  The last time he had leave was in February, but we flew home.  So it’s been long overdue for him to have more than a weekend off.

I do know FRIDAY is our 4 year wedding anniversary!  So we will be having a date night.  We were going to get matching tattoos that night, but the artist and place we want are booked that evening, so we’re replanning that date, but it will happen :).  Just not this week.  It’ll be my first tattoo!  🙂  So instead I think we’re doing the standard movie and dinner, but it’ll still be a nice break and our first anniversary actually TOGETHER.

Sand in the City

On Sunday we took a small road trip to Olympia.  We decided to check out “Sand in the City” since it was a completely free event!  Free parking and free admission and free activities for kids to do?!  SOLD!

So we took off early in the morning, stopped off in Gig Harbor for some yummy Qdoba, then trucked on down to Olympia.  Our kids both napped in the car, so we figured we’d have a good shot at both of them being in good spirits while there.  [though we were unaware that all four of us were coming down with a horrible cold!]

So we arrived, parked, and made the walke up to the event.  We LOVED it!  There were tons of really cool sand sculptures to look at and then literally TONS of activities for the kids.  We didn’t even have time to do them all because our littlest one threw a fit cause he didn’t feel well at all.  [he is patient zero and gave all of us whatever cold he had caught!]


when we first got there — Daddy showing C around one of the sand sculptures.  She was more in love with the balloon than the sand at the moment ;).




just some of the cool sculptures we saw!  they were so detailed!



playing in the sand pit together.



just some of the cool things the kids got to play with while we were there and then the two things we purchased for C to take home.  the pirate necklace was a whim — it was only 50cents!  and the magnifying glass was so she could examine things closer outside and while we homeschool.  we’ve been looking at leaves and bugs lately [and we’re taking the kids to a bug museum while my husband is on vacation!], so this was a perfect purchase!



on the walk back to the car!  I just can’t get over how much he looks like a big kid now :).



Lets talk about what part of my life revolves around.


it hasn’t always.  lets be honest.  for 25 years of my life fitness was a low priority.  and then something just clicked.  it happened during my second pregnancy.  something in me decided that it was time to get it right.

so once I hit that 6 week mark after giving birth to my son, I started slowly working out.  I found Bob Harper and Jillian Michaels first.  they were a FANTASTIC lift off into the fitness world.  I worked hard and lost 20lbs.  I hit my lowest adult weight ever.  then I fell off the wagon.

3 months later I found Beach Body and my life has never been the same.  I’ve been on the Beach Body track since March.  I’ve lost a total of 30lbs and more inches than I can even summarize quickly.  I went from wearing a size 18 jeans to a size 12, a size XL shirt to a size Medium.  I had to buy new underwear and new bras — I’ve lost significant inches and it feels AMAZING.

the last 3 weeks have been hell for me.  first my allergies attacked me head on with a heat wave out here.  I was so tired I could barely function much less workout.  then I got a horrible cold.  I’m at the tail end of the cold and biting at the bit to get back to working out.  I was able to squeeze in two workouts in between my allergies and my cold, but I’m itching to get back to my workout routine.  I MISS it.  I miss Turbo Fire.  I miss feeling so good!  I’ve been losing weight still, but I feel bigger since I’m not working out everyday and I don’t like it.  this weekend I’m going to ease back into working out I believe.

here’s my transformation photo.  I’m pretty proud of it :).




I love my mornings.

I love waking up.

taking my time to wake up and checking my interwebs.


getting dressed, blow drying my hair.

making breakfast for the kids.

making breakfast for me.

getting the kids up and dressed.

getting the rooms cleaned up.

beds made.

laundry started.

dog fed and walked.

dishes put away.

it takes me 3 hours from the time I wake up before I actually sit down to relax in the morning.

but I still love it.

it takes even longer if I work out in the morning.  then it’s about 5 hours before my butt will sit down again.  but it’s worth it and I love our routine.

I love it so much that on days  like today where I don’t get to have it, I miss it.  I love running errands, but I much rather run them in the afternoon.  I feel rushed when I have to do things in the morning.


here’s to the next 3 mornings where I know we’re not going anywhere and I can relax in the morning <3.