Sunday, August 9, 2009

It's been awhile!

I know it's been forever and I honestly not even sure anyone reads this thing, but it feels good to get thoughts down and its kinda fun to get to use my creative side, which has been dorment for some time.

Today, I decided after reading a couple of blogs that it was time to drag out this old thing and update things a bit.

So where to begin? Well it's August (can believe it is August already?) and I have offically walked the graduation stage at ASU. Finally I have my degree in Human Communications. I loved the last few years of classes, with exception of the dreaded spanish classes. And I am sorry to admit, I kinda miss those COM classes that were interesting and inspiring. If I could have just taken those classes, I would have suck around forever. Sad, but true.

Austin had officially made it through his first 2 weeks as I big boy in Kindergarten, with a only a few hurdles. I will say I was surprised when I got a call from the Dean of Students telling me that he had been in her office for biting another child. I had thought we were over that. I received a call shortly after that from his teacher, and was less than thrilled when she asked to speak with me after school. It's no surprise that my son is the youngest in his class and that boys mature more slowly than girls, but it was a tough pill to swallow wen the teacher says, "I just want you to know your options." We talked through it and I discovered that my son was well-liked but a little behind. I kinda knew this might come up with his age, and I was a bit discouraged, but I promised/vowed to his teacher that we would work with him and help him stay up with the rest of the class. And guess what? He had a wonderful weekend filled with scholatic, yet fun activities where we worked on writing his name, fine motor skills activities, cutting and counting.

And another thing....
He did it! He wrote his name. His FULL name tonight in almost perfect kindergartener fashion. He struggles with the "s" and the "n", but tonight he did it all on the first attempt. I actually let out a scream when he did the "s". I was so proud of him! We worked so hard on it this weekend, because I knew this coming week's letter would be, you guessed it, "S". I saw how proud he was and it filled my heart with pride and hope that we just might make it through this year. It made me want to scrapbook about it, and I porbably will in his kindergarten scrapbook, but it will have to wait.

Since I have graduated, I have begun doing two things with my time. One I love and the other I thought I would hate, but so far, I am really diggin it! I have resumed practicing my love for cooking. I cook most nights now and therefore I am able to take my lunch to work each day. I am collecting new recipes and trying new things (thank you Stephanne).

The other thing I have just begun to enjoy (again, this is the thing I never thought I would) is going to the gym. Afterall, I have always claimed to be "allergic to exerceise." After months and months of Stephanne trying to convince me that I would feel so much better if I could squeeze in a workout, I did it. 2 weeks ago, I went to my very first organized class at my gym. I decided it needed to be something that wasn't too difficult or needed to much endurance (as I am badly out of shape). So I went to the Mat Pilates class. The instructor is great and she is patient and demonstrates different levels from beginner to advanced. I did however discover that I am even more out of shape than I thought I was. Pilates is a focus of the "core" of your body. Well my core is full of Jello and in serious need of an overhaul. I am getting just that! Did you kno your ab muscles extend all the way up to your TaTa's? I have learned that...


And I am loving every minute of it. I had a chance to skip it last Wednesday, but I actually said I didn't want to. Monday I was planning to go to the gym for some cardio and upperbody training, but Austin's trip to the office kinda put a damper on that, but I went Tuesday after my meeting with the teacher, then Wednesday for my class again. I had also planned for a Friday afternoon workout, but it too was postponed due to my car battery playing tricks on me. Let's just say I had a few choice words for the Buick when I pulled into Checker Auto Parts to have a nice young man tell me my battery was doing JUST FINE!! I didn't make it to the gym this weekend but my bag is still packed and ready to go for a workout tomorrow after work...and surprise, surprise...I am really looking forward to it!

Well, I think that's it for tonight. Hopefully soon I will get to share some of the more recent recipes I have been trying and enjoying. I hate to admit this but I tried one today for lower calorie, crustless mushroom sausage mini quiche, that did not turn out as planned. I might try it agian tomorrow night when I make dinner or even look for a new recipe, because it sounded delish. It's the first one to fail since I started cooking again! Hope you all have a wonderful night, if there is anyone reading my rambling!