Saturday, March 16, 2013

We got tattoos-again...

If you can't tell, mine is on the inside of my upper arm-and I actually designed it and went with my own sketch for it. I really wanted Levi and an anchor, but did not want fancy lettering or a gaudy anchor. Is that how you spell gaudy? Whatever. So i wanted something clean, and simple yet wanted it to be difficult to read Levi from afar. I love it, and its already so special to me. This is also my fourth tattoo! Whooo.

Josh's tattoo is of course a ship wheel, on his freaking ELBOW! Yes, my husband is crazy, but he has been wanting an elbow tat forever. It ties in with his navy tat on his upper arm and it looks amazing! I love it so much. Our tattoo artist is da Yeah, I just said that.

In case you're wondering, my font is green because I want Spring. Ohio's weather is very teasing at the moment. Its sunny, then rainy, then snowing, then 70 degrees, then 30. Its crazy! I'm ready for picnics, and flower picking, and flower planting, and walking outside barefoot, and going running without freezing my bum off. This spring should be fun. Last Spring, Levi was still so little-but this year he will be big enough to enjoy the outdoors! He better start walking soon before we won't be going anywhere anymore because I can't hold 26 pounds all day haha. 17 months and still taking his time--that's my baby for ya :)

Can I just be proud of myself for a second? Okay. I don't get to be this proud of myself too often. I am on day 5 of my new "lifestlye" diet plan. Its amazing how much better you feel when you're not on a "diet" and counting calories and carbs etc. I did post a few posts back about cutting my carbs. Let me tell ya something. After a year of trying to lose these last 10 pounds, doing something like that works for like 3 days then you feel lethargic and defeated. Its too hard. Your body needs carbs. Good carbs of course. The past 4 days, i've incorporated whole grains an hour before working out and its AMAZING how much more energy I have. CRAZY I tell ya. I even did 3 miles of cardio. What? Yeah. For the first time in like 3 years. It felt great! I also realized that this whole getting in shape thing is more mental than physical. It was awesome knowing my body wasn't going to fall apart after three miles, but my mind could've told ya different :) Anyway--I feel great. No diet for me. Just eating right, and working out. I did start taking Omega 3-6-9 Complex vitamins twice a day. After reading an article about how IMPORTANT they are for your body i knew i needed to take supplements. They are also essential for fat burning-What? Taking Fatty oils helps burn fat? Yup. Also, I'm taking twice a day "Tropical Thin"-which is all natural supplement of herbs and extracts such as Raspberry Ketones, African Mango, Cinnamon, Green Tea/Black Tea, Kola nut, parsely, etc etc. It basically keeps your metabolism going and promotes fat loss. And its all natural-nothing harmful at all!

Levi has hit a few milestones in the speech field. He said Hi, Head and UP (more clear than the last time i thought he was saying up)..He is also holding things to his ear saying hi, and having conversations. Although he acts shy and won't do it when put on the spot haha. He is a lot more expressive and seems to be understanding more and more lately. Our pedi did say around 18 months it all kind of clicks. But he also did reccommend doing an evaluation at 17 months if he wasn't talking and walking. I don't really agree with it, but i did schedule an appt to see if he even qualifies for "therapy" ughh. He also started reaching and pointing in the last few weeks, which the pedi was also concerned about at his 15 mo appt. I did meet a mom at the park yesterday who's 16 month old wasn't saying words at all and i was relieved. She said her pedi wasn't worried at all. Then I realized maybe I should switch pedi's & why is he giving me such anxiety for Levi not being where the "books" say he should be. Levi is also practically running with his walking toy. Why not let go child? Haha. I think his balance is still a little off-Probably with that buddah belly.

That's it for today. I think I'll go run the steps at Hoover today. Did you know when you work out with an incline you burn up to 45% more fat than a straight, flat surface? CRAZY. Good day loves. Enjoy this St. Patty's Weekend! :)

Sunday, March 10, 2013

Our weekend getaway...

Snowshoe Mountain Resort, WV.
This post will be mostly pictures since i've been driving most of the day and don't feel like thinking :)

Josh and I decided for my Spring Break to take a little weekend getaway, just us two, and lots of R & R. I of course was in panic mode over leaving Levi for the first time for three nights, but I actually handled it very well once I said goodbye, then balled my eyes out in the car. He was in good hands. Josh and I decided on spending a weekend at Snowshoe even though we weren't really set on skiing or snowboarding-weird, I know, we go to a Ski Resort with little interest in skiing. But, we were more interested in being somewhere secluded, close enough to home if something happened, and somewhere with a different environment. It was "Spring Break Weekend" at Snowshoe, so there were concerts, contests, parties, and live comedian shows. We kept busy in the village, which was super cute.

 We had a lovely one bedroom apartment in a lodge with a beautiful view. We spent a lot of our time in the bars (we're not alcoholics) haha, we just don't get a lot of oppurtunities to go out and drink with a baby at home. One of our favorite places was called The Junction. They had awesome beer specials & a plus, served them in mason jars-everyone knows how much I love mason jars. :)
We also went horseback riding, which was our favorite by far. It was so relaxing. Josh and I had never been on horses and we were kind of scared when Josh's horse took off and started trotting pretty fast. Then we caught on and were able to enjoy the view through the snowy woods.


Josh's face. That's all I need to sum up our exciting adventure. :)

Then we took lots of pictures of each other, because everyone always had big bulky gloves on, and we felt rude asking them to take a picture knowing they had to take their gloves off.

Seriously. How handsome is my husband. Gah, love him.

Our weekend was just what we needed to rekindle, relax, and just be. We had no set plans, no diapers to change, or dinners to prepare. We really needed this break, and despite my anxieties going into it, it was totally worth it. We decided to do something like this at least once or twice a year at different destinations. Its amazing how refreshed your marriage can feel after a few days away. I reccommend it to all you Mamas out there!

I was so excited to come home and see Levi. I was a little nervous that he would have forgotten me. But once I ran through the door, he started giggling and crawled as fast as he could to me and didn't let go of me the whole night. A wonderful weekend with my Husband and a beautiful little boy to sum it up--can't ask for anything better.

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xoxo: a cup of Hope