ODU Big Blue 5k

Oooooh! Look! A non baby related post. ;)

I did my first 5K since December on Saturday. I wasn’t running very consistently, but did manage to get 3 runs in the week prior. I knew I could do the distance, so I was more interested in trying to improve my time.

Here are my previous 5ks (click on pictures to enlarge).Screenshot_2014-04-15-10-29-20

Yes, that’s the same race for three years in a row (well, technically 2 years apart). The first one at 30:15 is pretty much my PR for a 5K (the one before that had a short course). I was like 2 weeks pregnant then.

The next one at 38:05 was when Nolan (see I managed to slip him in there somewhere) was 3.5 months old. All I wanted to do was finish without walking. And I did.

The next one, from 2013, was just me trying to get back into. I hadn’t hardly run at all in nearly a year.

The good news is that I did improve my time…

2014-04-15_10-16-05

…by nearly a minute! Yay!

Here are some picture from the race. (Yes, those are proofs…they want crazy money for these things.)

2014-04-15_10-06-45

2014-04-15_10-07-00

2014-04-15_10-07-16

2014-04-15_10-07-34

This was a pretty fun race! Parking was free and easy. The race course was nice and mostly flat. At various intervals different athletic teams from the University were there cheering you on (and providing a little eye candy).

There was one water station about halfway through, but I skipped it. It was warmer than expected (70+) so the sun was killer at times and there was often very little shade. I was an idiot and didn’t put sunscreen on so was red the next day.

The finish line was on the football field and they had it projected up on the big screen, too, which was pretty cool.

Since participants got admission to the football game, participation was limited to 2k people so it wasn’t crowded, which was nice.

The Big Blue BBQ afterwards was a bit of a different story. I paid for Josh’s ticket and felt since there were people paying just for the BBQ they should have been better equipped to handle the number of people. They ran out of food in one line I was in and we had to move. They ran out of white wine, as well, and this was about 30 minutes to an hour into what was supposed to be a 3 hour “barbecue”.  Hopefully they’ll improve that part of it for next year.

Overall, I thought it was a blast and one of the few times the $45 cost was worth it between the race (t-shirt & medal) BBQ and the admission to games. I’ll be back next year!

2014-04-15_10-14-25

 

Cloth Diapering

I’ve been meaning to write this post for a while, but I struggle with how much detail to go into since there are much more informative sites out there. I’ll try to keep it simple, but I doubt I will succeed, although cloth diapering is not difficult.

In the beginning…

We cloth diapered from the start using a diaper service. (Eco Existence for those in the Hampton Roads area.)  This was how I got Josh on board since wouldn’t be washing any dirty diapers.

The service dropped off clean diapers once per week and picked up the dirty ones. They provided the pail, a deodorizer disk (monthly) and two pail liners (one in the pail and one to replace it when it was time for the diapers to go out). They also gave us four newborn diaper covers.

Like most diaper services, they only provided pre-fold diapers.  These are pretty much what most people think of when they think of a cloth diaper. It’s a cotton (or hemp or bamboo) piece of fabric that is sewn with extra layers in the middle.

cloth eez prefold diapers white cotton

(Picture from Green Mountain Diapers)

Unlike what you think of with these diapers, though, no pins are required (though some people do still use them). Generally people use Snappis.

They’re a little like bungees with plastic teeth to catch in the fabric.

20130225_152722

Since the cotton isn’t waterproof (obviously) a diaper cover is required.

20130114_184843

We always used PUL lined ones, mostly Thirsties and Blueberry which are fantastic quality and have a more generous fit. Micro-fleece and wool can also be used for covers.

I loved our pre-folds and covers. Leaks out of the cover were almost non-existent. We never had to change outfits or throw clothes away. Leaks onto the covers weren't uncommon, but also normal. Those we did wash at home.

From pretty early on, since Nolan slept through the night at a young age, we used disposables for nighttime since the pre-folds don't wick away moisture (like a micro-fleece would). By themselves they aren't all that great for more than 2-3 hours.

The only real negatives of the service were

1) cost: $78/month (probably about the same as disposables - at least in the beginning),

2) smell: Since they only got picked up once/week, sometimes the pail would smell strongly

And then...

Back in October, when we switched daycares we decided to cancel the diaper service. The new daycare was $140/month more than the old one. I figured $80/month would be a big help to have back. Pre-folds are cheap and we already had covers and Snappis. Pre-folds are also the easiest to wash (I mean...they're just cotton).

A couple of days into it at the new daycare, and I was told that their state licensing rep would require me to have a new cover and Snappi with every change. Keep in mind that this was their first time allowing cloth diapers.

Now those covers aren't cheap $10-$18 for new, good quality ones (and I hadn't learned about the world of buying and selling used diapers, yet). Snappis aren't cheap, either (which usually isn't a big deal because you only need a few).

I figured, at that point it was cheaper to buy pocket style diapers if they're going to change the whole thing anyway.

A pocket style diaper is a diaper cover with a lining sewn in (usually stay dry fabric) and a pocket on one end to stuff an insert into. Sometimes they have a pocket on both ends that is supposed to allow the insert to agitate out in the wash rather than you having to remove it before washing.

Most come with a micro-fiber (MF) inserts. More absorbent inserts can be purchased and are made from bamboo or hemp (the most absorbent). You can even stuff them with a pre-fold.

Many people have problems with the MF, but we, luckily have not, though I do have a few hemp ones. Microfiber should never be placed next to baby's skin as it is very drying.

I didn't consider all-in-one diapers at the time (no inserts to stuff) because of their purported long drying times.

I got lucky and there was a pocket diaper lot on Craigslist with the inserts for $75. I think there were about 20 in the lot.

These were what are generally called "rebranded Alvas". Alvas are a brand of pocket diaper made in China. You can buy them directly from their site with a MF insert for under $6. Sometimes people/companies buy them wholesale without labels and put their own label on them, thus the rebranded part.

I, personally, have never had any issues with our Alvas. No leaks or fit issues. Some people do, though, and prefer to stick with USA made diapers or even diapers made by work at home moms (WAHM). Unfortunately, I have had terribly luck with the no-name WAHM diapers I've bought.

As I did more research I started finding out about Facebook Buy/Sell/Trade (BST) pages. This is where you can buy, sell or trade items such as diapers. Sometimes a group is for a particular brand, but The Cloth Diaper Swap is the biggest one and it's for anything cloth diaper related. I started trying out different brands and also selling off some of my Alvas (prints or colors I didn't like) in order to do so.

Yes, I put USED diapers on my baby. GASP. Whatever. You bleach them once, then wash them and they're good to go.

For a while there I was a little obsessed with cloth diapers and getting cute prints. I was constantly selling and buying.

IMG_20140210_214454 (1)

MAYBE half of my stash, not including the prefolds I never use anymore.

Eventually I decided to try All-in-Ones (AIO), specifically Blueberry Simplex because sometime in the near future Nolan will start potty training. The Simplex have stretchy, side snapping flaps meaning they could be pulled up and down like training pants. They are also pretty fast drying for AIOs because they have a flap that is attached only on one end and can be out for faster drying (and can agitate out in the wash). You don't technically have to stuff it into the pocket, you could just lay it on top.  These are lined with cotton, not a stay-dry fabric, also ideal for potty training because baby will feel when they're wet.

They do make a stay-dry version called Basix.

The Simplex comes either sized newborn, medium, large or one-size. I only have sized ones (M & L) because I love how super trim they are. Blueberry also has the cutest prints.

IMG_20140220_192022Full disclosure: One of these is not Blueberry Simplex...figure it out and you get a prize.

I bought all but one of these used on Facebook BST sites. These are puppies are NOT cheap. Brand new they're about $28. I paid anywhere from $15-20 a piece for mine. If I take care of them then they should hold that value.

I've been lazy and throwing them in the dryer and also because being that they're cotton, they get "crunchy" when line dried. However, I have noticed that a seam is coming out of one so I need to be a little nicer to them so I can re-sell them.

So...we use a combo of pockets and AIOs now and almost never use pre-folds.

At night...

As I said previously we generally used disposables for nighttime since Nolan slept long stretches from the very beginning and our diaper service pre-folds wouldn't cut it. Once we cancelled the service I very cautiously stepped some toes into night-time cloth diapering.

Nolan is not a super heavy wetter so what works for us are:

*A fitted diaper is a cloth diaper that is shaped to fit the baby but needs a cover to be waterproof. Some have layers of fleece or wool in between layers to help them last longer and many people use them without covers around the house as they can last quite a while before being wet on the outside. I have a few, but they aren't really practical for us because we aren't home much and it's too much to ask for Josh to understand what needs a cover and what doesn't. I was pretty much done with fitteds during the day when I was at Target with Nolan and realized he had one on with no cover.

But, I digress.

The SBish diapers, made by Sloomb, are pricey, but can be found on the BST pages, which is where I got mine. Remember, you're only using them overnight so you don't need more than 4 or so. I have three. They are VERY bulky and it's pretty funny to see Nolan waddle around in one. I have two pair of micro-fleece pants that I use as covers (these are very cheap) at night. Fleece and wool are more breathable than PUL liner covers. Wool is more waterproof and breathable than fleece, but more upkeep. I have some wool, but have never used it.

The OBF are not stay-dry, despite the fleece in their name. Therefore I use some type of fleece liner next to his skin, sometimes just a cut up piece of fleece fabric if my other liners are MIA.

I also have one Kawaii GNHW pocket that I stuff with one MF insert and two hemp inserts. This is already lined with a stay-dry fabric.

I still sometimes use a disposable, mostly if I don't have any clean overnight handy or if he's getting a rash and I want to use a strong diaper cream (most mainstream diaper creams are damaging to cloth diapers). Since I use a liner most of the time, though, I've even been using the cloth when he needs a cream. (::pats self on back::)

Nolan sleeps 11-12 hours a night regardless of whether he's in a disposable or cloth.

Wash Routine

So this is the scary part. It was for me. And not the ick factor. Poop doesn't bother me.  It was all the special laundry detergents and horror stories about stink and leaks and repelling.

I have not had any of those issues in my 6 months of washing. Keep in mind that I've heard that it can take 6 months to a year for issues to arise as detergents supposedly build up. A lot of it also depends on your water (soft or hard).

Powdered Tide is the most commonly used, accepted, and effective laundry detergent in the cloth diapering community. Yep. Tide. And, yes, you can use a powder detergent in a front loading machine and they make an HE version.

I keep a wet bag in the nursery and a pail with liner in our laundry room/downstairs bathroom. I have diaper sprayer hooked up to the toilet and a Spray Pal to prevent mess. Yes, it seems like a lot of equipment and expense but keep in mind it can ALL be re-sold. Nothing to do with disposables can.

For daycare I have a wetbag that both zips and has a drawstring. I brought in a small step trash can and every morning I put the wetbag in and every afternoon I take it and the dirty diapers home.  They put all dirty diapers in there, wrapping up poopy ones in plastic grocery bags.

Every night I empty the wet bags and rinse poopy diapers that need it and throw them in the pail in the laundry room. Every 2-3 days I do a load. On the weekends I wash the daycare wet bag.

I have a Whirlpool front loading HE machine. I do a pre-rinse with NO detergent. ALWAYS do a pre-rinse to get rid of any ick still on the diapers. Then I do a hot wash with Tide HE powder (NO FABRIC SOFTENERS) with an extra rinse at the end to get rid of any lingering detergent.

I then hang my pockets, covers, and wet bags on a clothes line we have in the laundry room. Inserts go in the dryer. That's it.

Bottom Line

Cost: CAN be cheap or can be $$$, depends on you. BUT everything can be sold if you take care of it. I highly recommend buying pre-loved whenever possible.

Potty Training: I can't attest to the rumor that cloth diapering promotes faster potty training. We just aren't there, yet. Also, I think it totally depends on the kid.

Rashes: We very rarely have more than just a little redness unless he's got diarrhea.

Blowouts: I don't think we've had more than a couple of blowouts (out of the covers-onto clothes) in 20 months of cloth diapering.

Environment: I'm no expert and I know some people say the water use in washing outweighs other environmental savings. I think that's bull. It's 2-3 extra loads of laundry a week (more in the beginning). And since you have more blowouts in disposables  you're probably doing more laundry anyway.  Oh, and one disposable takes 500 years to degrade in a landfill.

Cute Factor: Through the roof. Fluffy butts are adorable.

IMG_20140302_085647

 

In Action

Here are the promised videos!

(You may have to open the post in your browser instead of email or RSS reader to see the videos).

This one is just a quick montage of a few words.  He often clams up on camera or around people so it’s hard to get it recorded.

The next one is him checking me out at the “grocery store.” I showed him how to do this once and he had it down.  I guess I know where he’ll be working in high school. Ha.

And one last video of him dancing. Can’t wait to see him try those moves at prom.


Oh, and I added a page of his first 100 words so I could update it regularly.  I’ve added 8 or 9 just since I posted yesterday! Crazy!

Breaking the Ice

I feel like the longer I go without posting the harder it is to get back to it and I really miss it. I can’t believe I’ve let nearly 6 months go by and skipped the entire holiday season. As much as I want to, I’m not going to try to “catch up.” Instead I’m just going to do a quick post about Nolan now…at over 19 months.

I saw some blog post somewhere documenting their child’s first 100 words so I’ve got a running  list of Nolan’s words on my work computer.  We’re up to 28, but he’s definitely having a language explosion so the list is growing quickly. His favorite are highlighted.

1)No
2)mama
3)dada
4)dog
5)ball
6)bubbles
7)night night
8)ba (sheep)
9)moo (cow)
10)rawr (lion)
11)woof (dog)
12)hi
13)hot
14)bird
15)Daddy
16)Mommy
(signs please, more, and eat)
17) cat
18)Elmo
19)By-bye
20)baby
21)duck
22)book
23)walk
24)jacket
25)quack (duck)
26)neigh (horse)
27)mine
28)flower

Here are some recent pictures.

IMG_20140404_071848 IMG_20140404_193558 IMG_20140406_185822 IMG_20140404_071821 IMG_20140404_071829 IMG_20140331_172421 IMG_20140327_190516  IMG_20140302_164531 IMG_20140217_091356 IMG_20140207_070316

IMG_20140312_182644

That’s all for now, but I’ll be back soon with some videos.

 

Randoms

DietBet

1.) Remember the DietBet post? Well, neither of us hit our goals. Boo. For Josh I think the concept just wasn’t motivating. He’s all about self-motivation. Don’t get me wrong, he’s still down 40 lbs and looks fantastic. I’m so proud of him.

So, what about me? I made excuses. I basically forgot that losing weight is HARD. I didn’t want to do anything hard. I did try to eat a little better and at one point I was down 4 lbs. But, I haven’t been exercising much and I’ve been super lazy about actually cooking. Last I weighed in I was exactly the same as when the game started. So, at least I didn’t GAIN weight.

Calorie Counting

2) I’ve downloaded My Fitness Pal to my phone and I’m trying to get back in the habit of tracking what I eat. Yesterday I sabotaged it in the evening, though, with 3 glasses of wine. See #5 for why.

Jogging Stroller

3) I’ve been wanting a jogging stroller for a while. The Joovy one came up on Zulily and I was >this< close to buying it (at almost half price). It’s a combo stroller/jogging stroller/bike trailer. But I was annoyed that the bike hitch and jogging wheel came separately. I didn’t pull the trigger. Then…Amazon suggested I check this one out.

IMG_20131025_101346

The Allen Sports Premier Jogger/Bike Trailer…the reviews were good, the price was right, and best of all…no extras to be purchased.

It arrived last Saturday and I tried it out on Sunday. I LOVE it! I’m not so sure about Nolan.  He’s a nightmare to latch into anything right now…He was fine once he was in, though.

I love that it can be enclosed, which is perfect for the coming cold weather AND  the Color Run 5K I’m doing on Sunday. I didn’t want Nolan breathing in the powder they throw at you.  (When I signed up Josh was supposed to be off, but his schedule has changed and he isn’t anymore. So, I either needed to get a jogging stroller or recruit someone to go with me and hang out with Nolan while I did the race. Sounds like a good excuse to me.)

Daycare

4) Nolan changed daycares as of yesterday. (Okay this one probably could have been it’s own post.)

When we got the call that Nolan had gotten into the daycare he had been on the waiting list for (for 8 months) I was excited, but really nervous and indecisive.

The new one is a good bit more expensive and not as conveniently located. But, it’s licensed and accredited. Lots of cool activities are available as he gets older. There’s an hour of playground time EVERY DAY unless it’s pouring rain outside.  The teachers seem great and really focused on Nolan developing at his own pace.

The daycare he WAS at wasn’t bad. They LOVED Nolan and he loved them. But it wasn’t licensed or accredited. I was iffy on how well the teachers knew child development. I’d observed Nolan’s teacher encouraging hitting and fighting. Their playgrounds were out of order and they didn’t know when they’d be available again.

Ultimately, we decided to go with the new daycare. On his last day at the old one, this poster was hanging outside his room (it’s now hanging in his playroom).
DSC_0217
After seeing it, I went back to my car and cried all the way to work. :( I still tear up when I look at it.

We’re all still adjusting, but luckily Nolan was able to spend a few hours at the new  daycare 3 days last week to help the transition. Despite that, yesterday at drop off, he threw a tantrum even though he was calm on Friday. Which brings me to #5…

Wonder Week/Teething/Toddler Hell

5) Over the weekend my child entered some sort of phase that I am NOT enjoying. I imagine it has a combination of causes…our absence for 6 days, the daycare transition, the 64 week Wonder Week, and…getting his first molar. Seriously people. I don’t know this baby. Screeching, hitting, head butting, biting, pinching…gah!!

He even woke up in the middle of the night last night and I had to give him a little milk and rock him for a while to calm him down. I haven’t had to do that in a LONG time. Poor baby. His mouth must REALLY hurt. I hate that he’s unhappy, but I enjoyed the snuggles. Even at 1 AM.
DSC_0100

Can I get this baby back, please?

IMG_20131017_122258

Cloth Diapers

6) Related to the daycare change…

I’ve cancelled our diaper service and am washing Nolan’s diapers myself. The prefolds were only about $50 (I did buy a few pocket diapers, too) plus $40 for a diaper sprayer. It will save us $80/month and help make up some of the cost difference between the two daycares.

I’ve sprayed and washed diapers twice now and it hasn’t been too bad. Perhaps not my favorite chore, but worth it to add less disposables to the landfills, deal with less diaper rash, and (hopefully) potty train earlier.

Photos

7) Just some random photos I don’t want you to miss.

IMG_20131009_100551

DSC_0075

IMG_20131012_182255

20131012_123601

Be back soon with some fall/pumpkin patch photos from the weekend!

Puerto Rico

Hello! I fell off the face of the earth for a little while because Josh and I went on a 6 day vacation to Puerto Rico to celebrate our 5 year anniversary (12 yrs together!).

We flew out on Thursday the 17th at 5:45 in the morning.  It was sad because it was too early to say goodbye to Nolan (Josh’s parents came up to stay with him). But, I think that might have been for the best. I may not have ever left if he had been awake (haha, yeah right.)

We landed around 1:30 and when we arrived at the hotel our room wasn’t quite ready yet.  BTW, we stayed at the La Concha Renaissance in Condado Beach.

To kill some time we went over to the salon across the street so I could get beach ready. As I was waiting I kept looking at a woman who was getting a pedicure and thinking I knew her from somewhere. Then, after hearing a conversation between herself, the owner, and another employee, I realized it was Rachel Lefevre from Twilight, A Gifted Man, and Under the Dome.

My first real celebrity sighting! (Al Sharpton in NYC doesn’t count.) Later during our stay, the Biebs was staying there. We never saw him. Just lots of black SUVs and 12 year old girls camped out in front of the hotel.

Anyway…we finally were able to check into our room around 3 pm and I was super impressed with it. It was a suite with an efficiency kitchen and everything. Good to know for next time.

My only complaint about the room over the course of our stay was the bathroom. It had glass walls which it up the bedroom in the middle of the night if someone needed to use it and didn’t have a bathtub (some rooms do, though).

This was our view.

Pretty cool. :)

We ALMOST hit the hay at 7PM pm, but after a quick nap we rallied and explored the area around the hotel. On Friday we slept in (glorious!) and then walked halfway to Old San Juan before catching a cab the rest of the way.

We just walked around and took in the sights. Did a little shopping for things we’d forgotten or wanted for our anniversary date that night. After heading back to the hotel Josh relaxed and I went to get my hair done.

Josh and I had reservations at one of the hotel restaurants, Perla, considered one of the most romantic in the city.

Outside

Inside

Check out my handsome hubby!

The food at Perla was fantastic! They even added a little something extra. Awww!

Unfortunately, this is the only (blurry) picture we got of the two of us.

On Saturday we spent some time by the pool.

While at the pool we tried Facetiming with Josh’s parents and Nolan, but just as it had the night before, it made him confused and upset. :( For the rest of the trip we relied on pictures. He had a blast hanging out with grandma and grandpa.

Later we went for a walk and found a little beach area where a lot of the locals were hanging out.

Saturday evening went out on the town in Old San Juan. I didn’t get any pictures that night, but I did snap this pretty photo on the way.

We stayed out until 3AM!!! Been a while since I did that. Ha.

On Sunday we picked up a car and drove out to El Yunque National Rainforest.

IMG_20131020_173342

DSC_0181

DSC_0187

DSC_0178

DSC_0173

DSC_0168

We hiked a short (30-45 minute) trail to La Mina waterfalls where you can swim. The water is COLD!!

DSC_0191

We had been there for about 15 minutes when it started to rain. I was in the water, but not under the waterfall when it started. My first thought was “who moved the shower head?” LOL We walked back to the car and by the time we got there it had stopped.

From there we drove East to Fajardo. We happened upon a fantastic restaurant called OleLelolai. We had a wonderful view and delicious food.

DSC_0200

DSC_0202

On Monday we FINALLY went to the beach.
DSC_0208

DSC_0209
We didn’t stay too long, though, because a storm was coming in. Since it was raining outside we (I) decided to go to the largest mall in the Caribbean.

Lucky for me they were having a car show.

DSC_0210
(oh, and in the meantime we continued to get picture updates on Nolan)
IMG_20131023_135641
mms_20131020_2

We wandered all around the mall waiting to go to a movie and then at the last second we asked the ticket agent if the movie was in Spanish or English. Despite what the Internet says, SHE said they were all in Spanish. I’m still not 100% that she understood our question, but we took her word for it and headed back to the hotel.

That night we didn’t want to go too crazy since it was our last night to sleep in. We walked down to the Caribe Hilton and had a Pina Colada at the bar where it was invented.
DSC_0212

We wandered around their grounds a little (coping it out for our next trip) while soaking in the atmosphere.

DSC_0213

I loved that they had hammocks. I’m always a sucker for hammocks.

The next day we flew home and on Wednesday I got to see Nolan’s face when he woke up and saw me there. Confused at first and the jubilant. He was jumping all over Josh and kept hugging me like a little monkey. Love.

Bottom line: We’ll see you again, Puerto Rico.

Myrtle Beach

Two weeks ago Josh, Nolan and I went down to Myrtle Beach and met up with my in-laws for a fabulous weekend.

Props to my mother-in-law for booking at a hotel with such a beautiful view.

DSC_0030

DSC_0031

We arrived around 2PM on Friday and while we waited for my in-laws to arrive (they were driving up from Charleston, SC) I took Nolan down to the beach. Despite that we live near beaches this was his first time in the sand. He loved it. He didn’t even try to eat much of it. ;)

DSC_0019

DSC_0017That evening, after everyone was settled in we went to dinner at The Noizy Oyster.  The food was fantastic and we all enjoyed the atmosphere. Nolan had a yummy grilled cheese, but spent most of the time eating lemons.

DSC_0032

We all went to bed fairly early that night. Nolan was on vacation, too, and slept straight to 7AM…12 hours total!

Saturday morning was more beach while we waited for Josh’s parents to get moving.

IMG_20130928_111235

I absolutely adore this picture.

DSC_0033

We took a LOOOONG walk and got caught in some rain on the way back. Made it home in time for Nolan to nap. We then ventured out for lunch. It was not a great lunch experience, but there was a kids festival going on nearby so Nolan had fun people watching.  When we returned to the hotel Nolan and I went for a swim in the heated pool and hung out with his grandma. Once he got tired I took him upstairs for Josh to put down for a nap and went back down to the hot tub with Josh’s mom.

When I returned to the hotel room, turns out Nolan had refused his afternoon nap, but he was happily playing so it was all good. Especially since I had brought an alcoholic drink back for Josh.

Later, we fed Nolan some random things for dinner and put him down for bed. Then Josh’s parents came over and Josh and I went out on the town.

We rode the Skywheel, which is basically an expensive, fancy (enclosed) ferris wheel.

DSC_0047

Afterwards we had dinner at The Bowery (where the band Alabama got their start) and then headed back to the hotel.

Nolan awesomely decided to sleep in until 7 AGAIN. Then we hit the beach once more.

IMG_20131002_155416

Three generations of Meyer men.

Before heading home we all went to Peaches Corner. I had a chili dog and an ice cream cone. SO GOOD! Josh’s dad was excited to eat here since he used to do it all the time in college.

IMG_20130929_110940

The Meyer family being goofy.

IMG_20130929_132237

Afterwards, we all said goodbye to grandma and grandpa (for now).

Nolan found various ways to entertain himself on the ride home.

DSC_0073

 

 

At one point we saw a bunch of people pulled over on the side of the road taking pictures. Turns out they had spotted this guy…an 8 foot alligator.DSC_0068

The whole weekend was an absolute blast. The weather was beyond perfect (high of 80) and Nolan slept like a champ. What more can you ask for?

First Fair

Josh and I took Nolan to his first fair last Sunday in Isle of Wight.

Nolan seemed skeptical at first.

DSC_0387

One of our first stops was a Farm area. Maybe 4H sponsored? Not sure.

First, Nolan played in a box (basically a sandbox) filled with raw corn. The had even put dump trucks and such in there for the kids to play with. He thought it was pretty cool, but we didn’t hang out there for too long because he wanted to eat the corn and wasn’t a happy camper when I wouldn’t let him.

In the same tent they had some goats. I placed him on the stack of hay around the fence and the goat came straight at us. Nolan freaked!! Screamed and turned into my arms. I’ve literally NEVER seen him act like that.

DSC_0360

He recovered pretty quickly, though, as soon as Dad fed the goats some grain and showed Nolan how friendly they were.

DSC_0363

DSC_0361

I love his expression in this picture. I think the goat was nibbling his toes.

DSC_0364

 

After the goats there was some pumpkin patch posing.

DSC_0369 DSC_0370

DSC_0371 DSC_0372

DSC_0373 DSC_0374

DSC_0375 DSC_0376

In the next tent was the actual petting zoo.

DSC_0377 DSC_0378

DSC_0380

And, of course, a pony ride.

DSC_0381

Here’s a short video:

There were even camel rides, though we declined to participate in that one.

DSC_0393

It was an absolutely fantastic day (despite three outfit changes) with beautiful weather. Nolan napped on the way there and the way back and hardly fussed, except for when he wanted more sno cone. ;) LOL Like mother, like son.

 

DietBet

I know it’s been a while since I blogged about anything but Nolan.

Can you blame me?

DSC_0396

Anywho…way back when I told you about my Post-Partum Depression (PPD) I told you I lost a lot of weight. Well, I’m feeling wonderful these days…but my pants not so much. Time to start paying more attention to my health again.

So, a blogger I read started a DietBet game. Basically, you contribute $25 to “the pot” and the goal is 4% lost in 28 days. Everyone who reaches their goal splits the pot.

Last I checked the pot was up to $525. It will be at least $550 because Josh is going to do it with me. He’s going to sign up tonight.

I thought I’d invite you all to do it with us.

Here’s the link: http://diet.bt/1eV9gwL

It’s perfect for us because it starts Thursday, the 19th and ends the day before we leave for Puerto Rico. (I’m not sure I mentioned this before, but we’re going to Puerto Rico for 6 days to celebrate our 5 year wedding anniversary.)

4% is a bit aggressive for me, but I’m going to give it my best shot. I have no doubt that Josh will reach the goal. The man has a will of steel when he wants to. He’s already lost over 30 lbs in the last two months.

I hope you’ll join us!!! You need to do so soon, though, because initial weigh-ins are today and tomorrow.

Good luck!