Monday, December 15, 2008

Thanksgiving Trip

I know I am behind in getting this posted, but I wanted to share our trip to VA over Thanksgiving. My parents and my family, had decided even though it was Thanksgiving we wanted to get away for a long weekend. It was hunting season and we knew the boys would want to hunt. My dad has a good friend who owns a cabin in Tazwell, VA and said we could go up any time and stay and they could hunt on his 40 acres. On Thanksgiving morning we set out to go to Tazwell, VA. It is about a two hour drive from our home and then a 45 min drive up this mountain that the cabin is on. There is no electricity, this house is all done with solar energy and has a gas generator for back up. The fire place is the source of heat, with a gas log stove in the basement. It was amazing to see the solar energy at work. I loved it!
The boys hunted, however did not kill anything. We enjoyed our time there, and look forward to go back in 2009.
In this picture you can see the solar panels on the roof. Once the energy goes into the panels and then it is stored. Below you can see the picture of how it is stored.

This trip was worth it just to see how this worked, and to see this view. It's amazing to see what a view God has created.

Friday, December 12, 2008

Weigh in #4

Last nights weigh in was wonderful! I lost 2.4lbs, so a total weight loss of 6.2lbs. I received my 5lbs star this week. I am now down to 196. My goal is to be down 10 lbs by Christmas. Only 3.8lbs to go, I know I can do it. Short term goals is really what I need to stick to.

My best bud Jen made her short term goal of being below 200lbs, she did it. I am so proud of you!

This weight will come off us both, in time. Thanks Jen for going with me, it does make a difference.

Thursday, December 11, 2008

Weigh in #3

I am on my 4th weigh in tonight, we had weigh in #3 last week. I gained... 2oz... I mean come on! Total weight loss of 3.8lbs.

I am excited about tonight, I am sure I have lost. Time will tell... be back later to let you know. ;)

(We would be on weigh in week #5, except that they did not have a meeting week before last due to Thanksgiving.)

Getting caught up

It's been a while since I wrote. I have been so busy lately starting Thanksgiving.
Thanksgiving was spent with my husband, kids and my parents. We made a wonderful trip to Virginia. A hunting trip for the boys you can say. I will post more on that later. We staid in a cabin that is total dependent on solar electricity with a back up generator.
I have been under the weather, I am feeling much better though. I hope to get caught up on all I have to say. :)

Monday, November 24, 2008

Love these boys....

On Tuesday of last week, I was home enjoying some time with the boys. We had our 2nd snow event and Devon was out of school and I decided I was going to stay home too.
Our new little one Chandler looks just like our older son Devon. I see pictures of Devon at this age and it's is amazing how much they look a like and everyone says to Devon he is your little twin.The only thing that Brad and I can tell that is really different about them is that Chandler's hair is going to be darker. Devon's hair was blond as it could be when he was small.
Any who... Devon and Chandler were dressed a like on Tuesday when we were home. Devon says "Mom you need to take a picture of us boys, we really are twins today.

I love how Devon is such a great big brother to Chandler. I know they have many years between them, but I know Devon would not trade him for nothing now.

Friday, November 21, 2008

Weigh in #2

Last night was weigh in number two. Oh how excited I am to say that I lost .... 2.8lbs
Total lost to date is 4lbs.

Weight Watchers really does work!

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

New Find...

I was at the store Sunday doing my weekly shopping and I get to the ice cream. I think to myself, here I am doing weight watchers pass on by.
Then I think.... buy you some weight watchers ice cream. I stand there looking at them and think why not try something new. There was Skinny Cow ice cream, now I have heard many people say oh it's so good. The ice cream was only 2 points, same as weight watcher brand so I put in the buggy. It was a little pricey, but so is weight watcher ice cream. I have had the weight watchers ice cream and I will say it's good, especially the cookies and cream bar. However, I think that I have found my favorite.

It was wonderful, tell you the truth I could have had another one. Let's just say I didn't though. I was a good girl.

Thursday, November 13, 2008

Weight Watchers Weigh in #1.

Today is weigh in #1 for me. I am so excited and scared at the same time. I feel that I have done really well watching my points that I have ate. So... we will see tonight how it all turns out.

I lost 1.2lbs, wished it was more but at least I lost. I plan to get more off this week!

Wednesday, November 12, 2008


My husband Brad has been sick off and on for going on about two years now. In the mornings he will wake up with a headache, dizzy, sick to his stomach and just feel like crap. Last year we went to a family physician and he requested Brad get a MRI, it showed nothing. After much testing he came to the conclusion that it was a type of migraine and gave him medicine. Well with no luck did this help and he stopped taking the medicine. At each dental apt they noticed how much Brad's gums would bleed and he put Brad on a special toothpaste which in the end it has not helped him at all. The last time he was at the dentist they told him he really thought that he should go back to the doctor and request they check his sugar. At the time I was still pregnant with Chandler and so he told them once I have him he would follow up. I made a mental note of that and Brad kept his word and followed up. Today he had his glucose tolerance test done, I went with him and sat the three boring hours and in the end we got a answer. Brad is Hypoglycemic (Low Blood Sugar). Thank you Lord for giving us an answer. I really did not want this to be the answer, but I am glad we have a answer to what is wrong with him. It is so hard to watch him get up just about every morning sick and not know what was causing it. He never complains he goes on to work, to provide for his family. I know that there have been many times that he just wanted to stay in the bed, but could not. Brad is my best friend and husband and I thank the Lord that he gave him to me. I don't know what I would do with out him. Brad I Thank You for being such a wonderful husband and wonderful father to our two little boys. I am glad that we can now work on getting your diet fixed so that you will feel better. I love you with all my heart. Your Cin-Cin

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Thank You Jen

God gave me one of the best gifts he could ever gave me when he brought my good friend Jen and I together some 13-14 years ago in homeroom and history class our freshman year in high school. You know after we graduated we lost touch and some how to this day I can't remember how we got back in touch with each other, but here we are. Even miles apart with her in FL and I in NC we still able to keep in touch. Now she is back in NC and living in the same town. Jen is close as a sister to me, closest thing I will ever have to a sister. I feel that I can tell her anything and she is always there when I need her.
Her husband and mine have become good friends. Good thing they did because they would have just had to have dealt with it. ;)
Jen keeps our new baby boy Chandler and on a day like today (Veteran's Day) my oldest Devon staid with her. Devon and Jen's girls have become such good friends. Devon was a only child for 9 years so he has never had anyone to really play with so anytime he has them to play with he enjoys it so much. I just want her to know that she is a gift from God to me and I want to thank her for everything that she has done for us. Especially helping out with the boys. It really means a lot to me to know they are in wonderful hands. I will never be able to repay you enough for taking care of them and showing them love.

Thursday, November 6, 2008

Weight Watchers Here We Come!

Today is the day! I am starting my third time with weight watchers today. I have had success the past two times and I know it works. My best bud Jen and I have decided that we need to loose weight for good and I know that we can do it together. We will keep each other motivated and get this weight off. I gained my weight with Chandler and decided he is now three months old and time to start working on getting it off. I did not gain it over night and I know I can't loose it over night. I know it will take will power and hard work but I can and will do it. Please stay tuned to watch the progress as I plan to blog each week to let you know the progress.

Before 11/6/2008 ... 202.4 lbs

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

The Election

The Election is over, which I am glad. I will say that I am not happy with how the election ended. They keep saying that everyone who voted for Obama wanted a "CHANGE" and that everyone is worried about the economy. I am here to say that this kind of "CHANGE" that we are fixing to get may not be the kind of "CHANGE" we want. When I voted this election, I thought about what was morally right and what God would want me to do. On the news they talk about how everyone was so worried about the economy that they put their moral beliefs to the side. WHAT?
I could not believe that, how can this country come to this? I have a quote on my email that Ronald Reagan said...

'If we ever forget that we're one nation under God, then we will be a nation gone under.'

I truly believe this country has not seen the worst with the economy and that soon we will be a nation gone under. I do think that it's because we have turned our backs on God! This country needs to repent and look to God for guidance. As Obama is the new leader in this country he should step forth and guide our country back to the hands of God. I don't think that we will ever see this happen though.

All that I can do is pray that God will guide Obama and the rest of this country to turn to him. I pray for all the lost soles that are more worried about the economy and want a "CHANGE"that they think Obama can give them. Don't look to Obama for guidance, look to God!

What we need in this country is GOD!

Monday, November 3, 2008


Halloween was wonderful this year! The kids got lots of candy, even Chandler who is only 3 moths old. More for Devon and us to share. ;) As Devon is getting older I know that there will be a time when he will stop wanting to go and it will be just little Chandler wanting to go.
I say that I will enjoy taking Devon while I can.

Friday, October 31, 2008

First Snow of 2008!

Did you read that right? Yes, you can say that winter is here in the mountains of NC and it's only October. The kids were out of school for the first time this year on Tuesday. Too it was Chandler's first snow!
They say we are in for a bad winter, we will see. Let's just say I am ready for a good old fashion snow like we use to have when I was small.

Thursday, October 30, 2008


Soccer season is finally over here in the high country of NC. Which I am happy about, don't get me wrong I love to watch him play but it's getting much to cold to sit out and watch. Devon played his first year and enjoyed it very much. On Monday he had his banquet with his team, they received their medals and certificate. Devon please know that Mom and Dad are very proud of you!!

Tuesday, October 21, 2008


As I start this blog I think about time and how I never seem to have enough. I could use a couple more hours of sleep, a couple more in the evening when I get home to do the things I can't seem to never get done. Most of all I would like to have more time to enjoy and really soak in every moment that I have with my kids and husband.
I want to start this blog so that I can look back and see what things have happened in my life and be able to remember them. It seems like just yesterday that my oldest son Devon was born and now he is 9 years old. Now that we have a new member in the family I am finding out that I think that I slept through the years of Devon being a baby and even a toddler. I can only remember certain things, I see pictures of him and think... I don't remember that. Even my husband says that he does not remember. I am not sure if it was because we had Devon so early in our lives or if this is the norm with having kids. Either way I vow to try to take in more with both my boys and my husband and live each day to the fullest.