Its a woman's right to change her mind frequently....

Let's just call me spastic. I had this grand idea to change to a new format blog ... and then hit major writer's block plus my hands became very full (TWO babies y'all!!!). So much of what I have to say revolves about being ... uh... mom? I am still very much trying to figure out this mom thing. Now I have two TODDLERS (?!?!) and the pressing issue on my mind is, how does one mom take two non-swimming children who adore water to the pool? These are hard hitting issues!

While being a mom is not all of me, its a huge part of me. You might get a random off topic post (beware, lol). But for the most part, there is a lot of mom stuff I want to talk about and this is the best place for that. Lately I have been desperately googling single mom travels with two toddlers stuff ... and the bloggersphere has been decidedly lacking on answers. SHAME. It's always been a dream of mine to travel extensively and I have seen a lot of amazing places but once I had kids ... that came to a screeching halt. My husband has a lot on his plate, so the kids and I are on our own a lot. I know I am not the only married woman in such a situation. (God bless military wives.) I have come to the conclusion that if I want to travel, I am going to have to bring kids and go solo adult (eeecckk!).

You may not know, but I am actually a travel agent along with being THE BOSS at my daily job. I love travel that much. So I have bit the bullet. We are going to fly to Orlando. Without additional adult help. I will be completely alone doing everything. OMGosh I think I am insane....

My bugga boo now walks AND talks! Ethan is so big now. So if you see these kids with a youngish red headed mom loosing it in Orlando, give her a hand please. Pleaseandthankyou.


Missed me? I moved.

This is scary and exciting all at once. Its official. I have moved to a new blog. I guess I could have revamped this one, but it just didn't really feel like home to me any more. I will miss the pink, but the funny thing is that pink really isnt my color. I dont have any pink in my home unless its Elena related (even then her room is blue).

Well thats the crux of the issue. I wanted a place I could be me. Mom me. Business me. Homemaker me. Artist me. Wife me. Real me. Only parts of me felt welcome here.

I am still a mommy and my new blog is still a mommy blog. So everything you have ever seen here? Yeah that kind of stuff will be there too, plus more. I think you will like it.

Join me please.
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I am still working out the kinks and some things are still in boxes, but I have never been that kinda girl that insists on no company unless the baseboards are clean and dishes are done.



Toddler Throwdown: Cutest Wins

If you didn't know, Elena is battling Caroline @bebehblog for title of cutest little girl. Lately my heart has been cracking under the strain of her overwhelming cuteness.

Caroline considered yourself served.

PS Ethan didnt want to be left out.

PSS Caroline, I really love talking to your pictures on mommy's computer. So no hard feelings and I offer you the title Miss Cutest Ginger because are the cutest little ginger I know.
xoxo, Elena

[This is a no hate zone and we all adore Caroline. Obviously, we have been having too much fun over here and are a bit silly.]


Trying New Things

I have never thought of myself as a writer. Story teller, yes. Writer, no. My grammar is not that great, more from laziness and style than lack of knowledge. I don't have a burning desire to write. However, I have been accused of talking to much. I do have a burning desire to share. Yeah, I know, annnnoooyying.

I do write ad copy, sales pitches, and technical documents on a daily basis, but I have never written fiction. Like never ever. I love reading so much that occasionally I wonder, why haven't I written fiction before? Well last night I was inspired and started developing a basic short story plot, this morning I just couldnt let go of it so I put it on paper, did a few rough edits, and then realized that its really not bad. Actually its better than some of the stuff I have read. If I can flesh it out with a decent long term plot (versus series of short scenes) and develop the characters, I would even characterize it as good. Great would require some serious story telling depth without loosing the reader's interest.

I can't believe that I actually wrote a story. An interesting piece of fiction. Not just imagined but captured in words. I am so beyond proud of myself. I left a copy for my husband to read, but I am not ready to share it with the genneral public so don't ask. Maybe in the future but dont get your hopes up. I cant wait to put more on paper, I have several future scenes playing in my head and am mulling about where I want my characters to go.

I think I might have a new hobby developing.


Like Woah Weigh in.

I don't own a scale but am committed to getting down to my pre-Elena target health/weight. Its not just about weight, its also about strength and, more importantly, endurance and lung capacity. I know there are very few pictures of me on here. I have cuter kids. Plus, no one ever takes pictures of me.

Here is my weight by the numbers ...
High school skinny: 103
My just married weight: 112
Pre-Pre Elena (no exercise + marriage weight): 130lbs
Pre Elena (after getting healthy): 122
At 40wks with Elena: 167
At 8wks with Ethan: 142
At 38 wks with Ethan: 175
Keep into account I have been the same 5' 3" through all of this.

My healthiest. See the one handed hold? These guys have it easy.

For years post marriage, I coasted on being naturally petite. Hormonal birth control packed on the freshman 15 unlike college ever did. For my height I was overweight. Not obese but definitely on the blurry line between normal and overweight for my build, but more concerning for me I was that I was unhealthy. As a child I was diagnosed with chronic bronchitis from severe allergies turning into bronchitis and then pneumonia. I was briefly on a twice a day inhaler. With prescription meds we were able to control the allergies and the bronchitis cleared up. My lungs were never the same. Pre-Pre Elena I was very upset with not how I looked but that I was winded easily and felt drained of energy. I started a work out routine that works for me mixing weights and cardio. I felt great, lost inches, and could breathe again! That's how I got to my pre-Elena weight and condition.

I dont have any real pictures so you get old bump pictures.

4wks 3 days with Elena
That is right at my pre-Elena weight of 122. At this point my shape was starting to change but not my weight. Current me is at 132.5lbs as of last night! My boobs are twice as big and my pooch is similar to this picture but I have extra weight in my love handles, legs and lower hips. I can see those ten extra pounds. What you cant tell from a pictures is that that stomach is hard. My new post two babies one is mushy with lots of lovely extra skin. Oh my abs, I miss you! Now the hard part begins: building muscle tone and cardio health. Apparently my weight loss is drastic enough to where our therapist keeps commenting on it. I am not doing this for my husband but I think it would be pretty awesome if he commented on it and enjoyed it too.

Next Friday Ethan turns 4 months old.

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