Wednesday, May 22, 2019

Everyday Moments

These random iPhone photos are dark, blurry, and untouched,
but they capture everyday moments from the last couple weeks.

The girls and I used a gift card from one of my students to get an after school snack from the Dunkin Donuts in our neighborhood:

On May 10, we drove downtown, set-up our beach chairs in the street, and listened to some live music while we ate cheesesteaks from a food truck. It was a fun community event, where we saw many people we knew from school and F3.

For an after-dinner treat, the girls got sno-cones...

...and warm mini donuts. Yum!

On Saturday morning, Hadley and Savannah made Perler bead crafts:

Our family celebrated Mother's Day by enjoying some frozen yogurt in our neighborhood:

On May 14, our family attended Savannah's recorder concert! Savannah and her 4th grade classmates played seven songs that they'd practiced over the last few months in music class at school:

On May 16, our family went to a local mall, where we enjoyed listening to live beach music while we ate Chick-fil-a for dinner:

Hadley drew stick people for the first time!

Savannah is 5 feet tall!

Savannah has grown about an inch over the last two months:

After church on Sunday, the girls and I enjoyed swimming at the Y pool. We're looking forward to swimming in the Y's outdoor pool over Memorial Day weekend!

Our air conditioner and kitchen faucet broke this week. The bad news is that our air conditioner won't be fixed for a few days. The good news is that tonight Tal replaced our 19 year old kitchen faucet with the new one below:

Sunday, May 19, 2019

One Year, 100 lbs

On May 19, 2018, Tal and I started our weight loss journey. Over the last year, we've lost 100 lbs together! Tal has lost 40 lbs and dropped three pant sizes. I've lost 60 lbs, dropped five sizes, and lost 25 inches.  We've been controlling our portions, eating vegetables and lean protein, and drinking a gallon of water each day.

Losing weight isn't easy. It isn't fun. However, it's been worth the effort. Having more energy and getting healthy reports from our doctors have made the million moments of discipline and self-control over the last year worthwhile. Tal and I have already started the next phase of our healthy lifestyle...maintaining our weight!

Saturday, May 18, 2019

Training Wheels

Over the last month, Hadley's biking skills have improved so much! She has learned to pedal hard and turn corners.  Hadley is ready for a bigger bike and no training wheels!

My Birthday

Today is my 43rd birthday! Our family celebrated my special day by shopping for clothes, looking at produce at the state farmers market, and eating lunch at Texas Roadhouse. Cheers to another year!

Sunday, May 12, 2019

Mother's Day 2019

On Mother's Day, Savannah and I participated in the Run Like a Mother 5K in our neighborhood. Our goals were simple: have fun, get some exercise, and eat frozen yogurt after we crossed the finish line. Thanks to Tal and Hadley for cheering for us at the start line and finish line...and to Savannah for sharing in a fun mother-daughter event. I'm so thankful for Savannah and Hadley who gave me the greatest joy of being a mom.

Savannah made this Mother's Day card for me:

Saturday, May 11, 2019

Our 12th Wedding Anniversary!

Today Tal and I celebrated our 12th wedding anniversary! Over the last 12 years, Tal and I have made some wonderful memories and look forward to many more happy years together.

To celebrate our love, Tal and I enjoyed a family day with Savannah and Hadley. We ate burritos and empanadas at a newish food hall in downtown Raleigh. The food hall was an upscale food court with concrete floors and industrial decor. Today was a fun family day!

Thursday, May 9, 2019

Everyday Moments

These random iPhone photos are dark, blurry, and untouched,
but they capture everyday moments from the last couple weeks.

After we went strawberry picking a couple weeks ago, the girls enjoyed making strawberry smoothies:

After church on Sunday, the girls and I got some fresh air and burned off some energy at the park:

After going to the park, the girls enjoyed eating sno-cones:

Over the last year, Savannah has participated in the yearbook club at school. Her shirt says, "We're gonna crop it like it's hot."

The back says, "When life gets blurry, adjust your focus."
Can you find Savannah's name on the shirt?

Hadley enjoyed eating some watermelon gelato while Savannah was at gymnastics:

On May 4, Savannah and Hadley built Mother's Day boxes at the Home Depot Kids Workshop:

Hadley nailed many of the nails all by herself!

When we got home, the girls painted their boxes...

...and added stickers.
This is Hadley's Mother's Day box:

Savannah looks so grown up in her 4th grade school pictures:

This afternoon Hadley visited the allergy doctor and got tested for shellfish allergies. On her back, Hadley got pricked 10 times, and then we waited 15 minutes to see how her body would react to various kinds of shellfish. Although Hadley felt very itchy during the allergy testing (as expected), she was so brave! Based on the size of the welts on Hadley's back, the test showed that Hadley is very allergic to shrimp and shellfish (including crabs, clams, lobster, oysters, and scallops). Hadley will receive epi-pens for home and school. Also, the doctor signed off on Hadley's allergy care plan for preschool.