Week long camp

Our oldest son has been gone since Monday morning.
This is the first time that he has been gone for this long this far away from home.

When we signed him up for this camp months ago he was very excited about going! We’ve heard nothing but great things about kids going to this camp and wanted him to experience it as well.
Feelings changed over this past weekend when it came time to actually pack his bag. He did not want anything to do with packing or going to this camp. He felt like he would get too homesick and miss us too much. Completely understandable, I mean he is only 10 year old. We reassured him that he would probably miss us but that was ok & he would be having too much fun anyway! He didn’t like that answer and just knew that we were wrong.
We were packing his suitcase Sunday evening & checking items off the list that was provided for us. As he was packing more and more, he slowly started to become more excited about camp. Towards the end of him packing up, he tried one more time to get us to let him stay home. He promised that he would pay all the money back that we spent signing him up for camp. I had to explain to him a few times that it wasn’t about the money, even if it was free to attend. This was about him going somewhere that would impact his life & he would, hopefully & prayerfully, come back with a different heart than when he left.

{Disclaimer: He doesn’t have a bad heart to begin with. What I mean is him beginning changed by this experience and coming out with more knowledge about God and himself.}

Monday morning rolled around and, again, he was excited as we were putting his things in the truck and on the drive to our church. We had to be there before the bus arrived so that we could get him all signed in & all that good stuff. I think the wait & the fact that he had time to think started to upset him again. He was fine loading his items on the bus but when it came time to get a group picture & actually get on the bus is when he started to cry. We let him know that he was going with kids & adults that he knew, he would have so much fun (they were able to pick the activities they wanted to do when we signed him up), and that there would be so much going on that he wouldn’t have time to miss us. Again, that didn’t work.
As much as we love our son and don’t want him to be scared or anything, we knew that we had to push him into this. We knew that he would have fun. We knew that he would get so much out of attending this camp. We knew that he had to go. We kissed & hugged him, said we loved him, and let him know that he’d be back before he knew it, & sent him on his way. We stayed until the bus pulled away in case he was watching out the window….we couldn’t figure out where he was sitting.

A friend of ours had to end up driving her son down to the camp & her daughter texted me to let me know that they saw him and he was having fun…..shocker!!! Plus one of the leaders have been tagging me in pictures on Facebook of him. Here are some 🙂

Looks like he’s having a great time to me 🙂

He comes back this Friday & I can’t wait to see him and hear all about his week 🙂


36 & 37 weeks, Baby #6








Since I am turning 37 weeks tomorrow (What?!) I figured I would just combine the two weeks. I was supposed to have an appointment last but life got in the way (anyone else know what I’m talking about!?) and so I had to reschedule my appointment for Monday. Plus I had an appointment scheduled for Friday but since I was in Monday, my dr just said to cancel that one & she’ll just see me next week. Sounds good to me!

For the past 2 weeks I have been feeling lots of pressure and cramping in my lower back & on the under side of my belly. Sunday was the day that this happened the most. Mister kept asking me if I was ok. He’s getting on his toes about all this too! Nothing to the point that I feel the need to call my dr or go to labor & delivery but can definitely tell my body is getting ready to have this baby. I’ve been drinking my water still but it never seems to be enough (I’ll explain when I talk about my appointment). The belly is definitely getting the way of doing things. Sometimes I have to hold my breath to tie my shoes, haha! Getting up off the floor is a challenge all in itself. Oh to be a fly on the wall to watch me sometimes…I am sure that I would be laughing at myself most of the time! Something that I keep forgetting to say is that I have noticed no new stretch marks! Which totally awesome to me since I always seem to get new ones with each baby. I am definitely waddling when I walk. I am sitting here trying to think of anything else that I need to update on but I don’t think so…or at least I can’t remember 😉
So onto the dr appointment update!

I will have to show this to jess, i pick on her all the time because she "waddles" i ask her if she has any grapes lol

My appointment was Monday afternoon. These last few appointments that I have, I always get excited about them. I love to see what my body is doing and how it’s progressing this far along. According to the scale, I have lost a pound since last week. I was not expecting that since #1, it was an afternoon appointment & #2, the amount of food I have been shoving in my face. I asked my nurse what my total weight gain had been up until now, which isn’t all that accurate since I didn’t start going to the dr until I was 24 weeks but I can’t imagine that I have gained too much since I didn’t look pregnant until even after I found out. Anyway, she said that as of Monday, I have only gained a total of 15 pounds! I was not expecting that number at all! I am pretty proud of myself for that. I know that I usually gain more than that.
I was hoping that she would check me since I told her that I was having a lot of pressure but she didn’t, hopefully next week I will get checked. When she was measuring my belly she doubled checked that I had always been measuring a week bigger than what I actually am &, yes, I have. So still on that track. No my due date hasn’t changed. She was checking the heart rate of the baby & started to get a bit concerned. She checked my heart rate and said that mine was a bit fast. Usually the baby’s heart rate is in the 140s-150s and it was only registering at 110-117 she said. She wanted me to get an ultrasound done to make sure that everything was ok with the baby. Baby is very active and always moving. Better to be safe than sorry. Once I was able to get squeezed into the ultrasound room, everything checked out just fine. The baby’s heart rate was back up to it’s normal. We got a few more pictures again! Mostly a squished face but we also got a picture of the baby’s hair! Thought that was so cool because I have never seen hair on an ultrasound before. I would scan these pictures but I cannot get the printer installed onto our computer for whatever reason. Mister is still looking into that.

Anyway, that’s it for right now.
Oh! If you would like to join in on the fun & make a prediction on when I will have this baby and then gender, please click here! We are getting close to some of these dates! I am excited to see who gets the closest!!! Today is actually the day of one of the guesses…..we will see!!!


Taken at 36 weeks and 4 days!

See you next week 🙂



Weigh in #22

It’s Monday again and that means that it’s time to see if my efforts continue to pay off or did I set myself back!?

Well I’ve talked about it a few times last week but I do need/want to update about my knees in this instead of making it’s own post.

Anyway, I weighed myself this morning and the numbers said 211. What!? I haven’t exercised all week last week!
I was actually surprised that I continued to loose even though I wasn’t active. I’ll take it though!
I am also going to start to track my food again. I wasn’t doing it while I wasn’t active, I should have but I didn’t.

Ok now onto my knees.
They hurt so bad last week that one night I was just in tears from the pain. I was icing them, elevating them, and trying to do as little as possible around my house (and it showed!) I know that I said that I was going to work through the pain but I was not able to at all!

My family went camping this weekend with our cub scout pack that our boys are in & I wasn’t looking forward to it only because of the pain that I was feeling. I couldn’t imagine that I would sleep well or walk around too much.
The great outdoors (and the good Lord) did wonders for my knees! The pain went away and I was able to walk and sit and just plain move without being in pain all weekend! I was so happy! I told myself that I was going to get up on Monday morning and start my walking again. I was ready to get up when I went to sleep last night and then realized this morning once I did wake up, that I forgot to turn my alarm back on after turning it off when we went camping. Oops!
No worries though, going to go walking tonight! I will not be running for awhile until I know that my knee muscles can handle it. I will slowly work up to that point.

Disappointed? Yes.
Determined? YES!

I am so close to having a 1 as the first number of my weight I can almost taste it!
This isn’t about a number for me at all! The number 1 is just a number and it will always just be a number. It is a number that I have wanted to see for a long time and I am working towards it and getting closer every week. This is all about how I feel in clothes and just overall getting my body healthy.

So that’s all I have to report this Monday!
See ya next Monday 🙂


Bees Knees

This post actually has nothing to do with bees but I thought it was catchy, haha!

I am probably just as tired about talking about my knees as you are hearing about them. This will be my last post about my knees unless something changes.

Mister made me take an Epson salt bath last night after all the kiddos were in bed. I wasn’t sure what it was supposed to do or anything like that.
I was surprised that after I had gotten out that I could feel a difference in my knees. The pain was drastically reduced and I wasn’t in pain just walking. Mister also commented saying that I didn’t look labored while walking. Score! So glad that I found something that would work!
As I was getting a few last minute things before climbing into bed for the night I could feel the stiffness and tightening coming back into my knees though. So I hurried so that I could enjoy not being in pain for awhile.
I actually woke up sometime time between 4:30-5:00am this morning from the pain. I must have been sleeping weird and had my knees bent oddly because I haven’t woken up from the pain before.

Mister told me to do a few more Epson salt baths before I start walking again.
I am also icing my knees today and keeping them elevated.
I am also going to do some stretching today.

Mister is pretty sure that I have something called knee bursitis.
He actually had this a few years ago in one of his knees from playing soccer. He ended up needing cortisone shots to make his knee better.
I am hoping that I do not have to go through this. I am my fathers daughter and would probably pass out from this.
(I am, in many ways, a big wimp! Haha!)

I will be trying different things to try and avoid the Dr. But I will look into the cost and see what they have to say.

I am super frustrated with this as I was actually doing well and enjoying my walks/runs. I have been set back now because of this. I just want this pain to go away so that I can get back to what I was doing and continue to make progress.

That’s it for now. Will update about this if anything changes!


Weigh in #21

I cannot believe it’s Monday again & time to update!

I was doing really well last week and not missing any days of running/walking….until my knees started to hurt. I was just pushing through and working through the pain but then later in the week it was just hurting too much to do anything. I have been resting for a few days and the pain is still there but I am tired of not exercising. I don’t want my knees to get in the way of what progress I was making. I am getting frustrated with the fact that this has happened! I have missed about a handful of days this past week & I don’t want to keep missing any.

So tonight I am starting again. I will work through the pain but not push myself to the point that I could make things worse.
I have been told that I need to find a better pair of shoes. The ones that I am using are about 4 years old. They don’t show their age but I have been told that doesn’t matter. So I am now on the lookout for a good pair of shoes that will only be used to workout in.
I have been meaning to take an Epson salt bath to soak my knees but, to be honest, by the time it’s my bed time I always forget. I think that I am going to do it today during nap time. I’ll let y’all know how it goes & if it helps.

I have also taken this weekend and not tracked anything I was eating. I haven’t gone crazy or anything but without exercising I was feeling like it was pointless. So I am back on track today and plan to stay that way!

I have lost 1.6 pounds since last Monday bringing my number to 214.4! I don’t think that I have ever been this low in my weight in my entire adult life! I cannot wait to see what next Monday brings!
I know that to some people that weight loss isn’t that much but for me it is & I am going to celebrate that loss! It’s small but it’s telling me that my efforts are working & to get going.
Plus Mister says that he can tell a difference in the way that my clothes fit. Major plus in my book!!!!

I can’t think of anything else to say about this past week.
See ya next Monday 🙂


Weigh in #20

I’ve actually got something to update on! I know, I can’t believe it either!

I weighed myself yesterday (07/22/13) and my number is 216. So I’m down 4 pounds since my last weigh in!

I have been walking at least 2 miles everyday since last Monday. I’ve been walking every night and 3 mornings. It’s definitely a challenge to wake up every morning around 6am, crawl outta bed, and get my exercise on. I am working on it though!

Plus I’ve now started running some! I can’t believe that my body decided to just take off one night! I felt it during & afterwards but I know that it’s worth it.

I’ve been using myfitnesspal again everyday. It’s helping so much with making me aware of what I’m eating.
I’m also using run keeper to track my distance, time, and calories burned. I love it!
I’m also using charity miles. This app is awesome! You pick a charity from the list, walk, and a donation is made to this charity. It’s not always money that’s donated either. Sometimes it’s lumber or shots. You should definitely check it out if you walk, run, or bike!

This is my updated for now! See ya next week!


Weigh in #19

I’ve been a slacker lately. I didn’t want to keep posting about my weight when I wasn’t doing anything about it. I can post my weight weekly but what’s the point if I’m not going towards my goal!?
I was getting frustrated with myself & the fact that I was being lazy and just ate what I wanted to.

I’ve been using and making so many excuses as to why I couldn’t exercise. My couldn’ts were actually wouldn’ts. That’s the bottom line. I didn’t want to exercise so I made those excuses.

Is it hot outside? Yes! Super hot most days. But it’s summer and I live in Texas, what else should I expect!?

Is it really early & would I rather stay in bed? Absolutely! Why would I get up any earlier than I had to?! It’s better that I do, so that’s what I will do.

I posted a few pictures last night and I wasn’t disgusted with the way I looked but I wasn’t content either. I made the choice to make a change. No one can do it for me, no magic pill, no magic surgery, no magic product. I have to get off my butt and, literally, make that first step.

Is it fun? Not for me, no.
Do I enjoy sweating & being out of breath? No! It’s miserable to me and I feel yucky!
Will it be worth it? Most definitely! I’m just starting this journey (again) and have many more steps to take. But I know that where I want to be is a better place than where I am now.

So today I did it. I woke up at 6am. Got some workout clothes on % went for a walk. I walked fast and pushed myself. I walked for 30 minutes and 1.3 miles.
I have started myfitnesspal again. This will definitely help me out!

Tomorrow I will do it again. Tomorrow I will be one step closer to my goal.

Start your journey.
Restart your journey.
It’s never too late.

See you next Monday!

Oh and my weight was 221.5.

You can find me on myfitnesspal, run keeper, and charity miles. 🙂