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#122 Photo Every Day (Jul. 20)

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I love these little chicklets!

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Photo Every Day #17 (April 6)

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Getting back to flowers today, which (other than my kids) are my favorite thing to photograph.  This was a pretty little bouquet on the desk at the girls’ dance studio today, and Ms. Lyndsay was kind enough to let me take pictures of them.  Thank you Lyndsay!  🙂

Photo Every Day (Easter Sunday) #11 (Mar. 31)

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Sabrina’s haul at the annual Easter Egg hunt.  Eggs full of candy & tiny toys.  And her dress would have been a handy transportation tool, if the eggs hadn’t kept falling out.  She had a great time though, and it was a pretty beautiful Easter Sunday for all of us.

Photo Every Day – Day 4 (Mar. 24, 2013)

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Yesterday, I brought my girls, plus two friends (Marie and Madelyn) to see The Croods.  We all enjoyed the movie.  And when we got home, the girls had a good time playing & being silly in the yard in beautiful early spring 50-degree weather.  I like how this shot captures their silly happiness.  Girls rule!

Feeling crafty today

With Valentine’s day quickly approaching, I took advantage of a relatively quiet Sunday to make some goodies for the girls to bring to school on Tuesday.

For Veronica’s class, I made my first attempt at Bakerella‘s cake balls (http://www.bakerella.com/category/pops-bites/cake-balls/).  They’re very weird to make, so I hope they come out good.  I made them with strawberry cake, vanilla icing mixed in, and I’m going to dip them in pink melting chocolate.

The recipe I made for Sabrina’s class is just as cute, doesn’t have a weird name, and was VERY easy.  Like, so easy, I could hardly believe they came out to be both tasty and adorable.  Here’s a link to the recipe, and a picture of how they actually came out when I was done with them:  http://familyfun.go.com/recipes/conversation-heart-fudge-683686/

Shoeper Shoe Challenge Catch-up (aka Challenges #32-33-34-35-36 of 60)

So, I’ve been on a little bit of a shoe-saving kick in Shoeperwoman‘s Shoe Challenge.  I’ve saved 5 pairs since I last posted.  To justify my delay, I was out of state for the Fourth of July week for vacation without my laptop.  And I lived to tell the tale.  Incredible, right?

We had a great time in York, Maine, going to the beach almost every day, so I spent most of the week in beach flip-flops, which don’t count for shoe-saving purposes.  But I did bring one cute pair of flat sandals (Payless) for walking around York’s Wild Animal Kingdom and shoe challenge number 32.  The double-ankle buckles are a hassle sometimes, but I like them enough that I don’t mind.

Last week, it was back to work as usual (mostly), with Wednesday off to bring my dad to the cancer center for his weekly appointment, and I managed to save four more pairs.

33.  Roni spent the week with Auntie Joyce though, just like last summer, and Auntie Kariann took Sabrina Monday night & Tuesday night to go with Joyce & Roni up to northern New Hampshire for a trip to Santa’s village.  So Jim & I even managed a week-night date on Tuesday for me to save my leopard-print “Vegas” wedges (Naughty Monkey).  We saw Horrible Bosses, which we both thought was hilarious, after dinner outside at The Cheesecake Factory.

34.  These are super-comfortable, I think the brand is LifeStride.  I got them on a shopping day last summer with Andrea.  This outfit with the lightweight turquoise skirt is what I wore to my dad’s appointment.  He’s more winded lately than he had been for the last several months, but he re-gained 4 more of the 40-ish pounds he had lost, so that was exciting news.  He’s still eating pretty normal too, which makes me happy.

35.  Thursday, I went with a basic LBD, but I stepped out @ lunch to donate blood, so I had a stranger take a picture of me by this funky sculpture, just for a change of scenery from my back porch.  I only realized later that the grass obscures your view of my purple low-wedge slingbacks.  If I had to pick a pair of shoes that would be my signature, it would be these.  I love them, and don’t know anyone else (in real life, at least) who owns & wears purple shoes.  At least not anyone over the age of 8.  Roni & Brie probably have friends who wear purple shoes, but it’s not really the same, is it?  I can wear these with so much more than plain black, but haven’t had a chance to photograph them until this outfit.  They’re by Etienne Aigner.

Because you can’t see much of the shoes here, I took another picture on my parents’ back porch so you can see them better.  You’re welcome.  😉

36.  To close out the week, on Saturday, I brought the girls to swimming lessons, then went to a friend’s birthday party, then to Auntie Joyce’s for family dinner.  So I wore my black cork flip-flops, that I think are pretty, but still comfortable.  These are also from Payless, and I’ve had them for longer than you’d expect Payless shoes to last.  I’ll be sad when they break and I have to throw them out, because they’re a summer staple for me.

And there you have it.  Now I’m all caught up on my shoes, and you’re caught up on the highlights of my past two weeks.  And of course, while the girls were away, everyone involved said they behaved like perfect little angels.  And they’re always sweet little things all happy to see us when they first get home, but within 24 hours, they’re right back to bickering, and their usual whining and non-listening, which forces me to re-adjust fast to “mommy mode.”  You would think I would learn to expect it by now, but I’m a total sucker.  Every time people tell me how well they behave, and how nice they are to each other, I foolishly expect it to last longer than it does.  Ugh!  I really just hope it carries forward to the day they both move out of my house, that they’ll get along and treat others (and each other) with kindness when it counts.  Out in the “real world” as adults.  I’ve got about 14 + years before we get to see how that works out though.  Stay tuned…

Shoeper Challenge 26 of 60 (rsvp)

Well, here’s another pair of shoes saved in Shoeperwoman’s shoe challenge.  And I apologize that this picture’s almost a week old now.  I wore these shoes on Sunday June 5 to celebrate my niece’s HS graduation.  The school colors are red & white, so OF COURSE I had to wear red shoes, right?

But, while normally red shoes make me (very) happy, today I write in sadness.  Because as much as I’ve come to love (all) my heels, I can’t wear them for awhile.  As a result of trying to take up running to aid my weight loss efforts, which I was also REALLY enjoying (go figure!), I ended up with Achilles tendinitis in my right leg.  It’s been sore for many weeks now, and I have been avoiding running for fear of making it worse.  This week, I finally found time to get it checked by a doctor, who delivered the expected bad news.

To treat this condition, I have to take Rx strength Advil for a week.  I’m also supposed to stick with flat shoes, and add an arch support insole, because I’m nearly flat-footed, and the nurse practitioner thought that might have also contributed to my Achilles problem.  So, no more heels for awhile, which makes me sad now that it’s FINALLY pretty shoe season.

Last but not least, I’m embarrassed to let you know I’ve also gained back some of the weight I’d lost.  When I weighed myself the day after this picture was taken, I had re-gained 7 lb. from my lowest recent weight.  I’ve recommitted to my efforts & goals though, and even decided to join a “Biggest Loser” style weight-loss pool.  So my current stats from last summer are that I’m down 14 lb., with 40 lb. to go.

I’ve had a great week of eating more dairy, fruits & veggies, and drinking more water though, so I’m eager to see if the scale rewards me tomorrow.  I’ll keep you posted, and try to get back to regular Saturday updates.