Tuesday, May 31, 2011

May Goals Update

Oh how I have been dreading writing this month’s goals update. When you’re dreading sharing it, it’s most likely for one reason: you’ve been a big failure. And for most of May, that’s exactly what I was, a big failure in the goals department.

Drink more water.
I was apparently drinking so much Diet Coke, it was causing me to be in a constant state of bloat. Early last week, I was MIS-ER-ABLE…I haven’t had a DC in five days and feel back to normal (except for the fact that I’m now falling asleep on my desk in the afternoon). So…I think that speaks for itself.

Stick to a budget.
I did it again…I borrowed from my house fund.
Sorry in advance to all of my friends and family for the “paintings” by a 20-month-old that you will all be receiving from the Golding’s for Christmas this year, because I am still determined to have my goal amount stashed away in my savings at the end of the year.

Read atleast one book each month.
I did get a book read this month! An amazing little book: Heaven is for RealA Little Boys Astounding Story of His Trip to Heaven and Back. If you haven’t read it, you should. Really, you should. It’s powerful (and entertaining and quick).

Keep my pictures organized.
Thanks to the NASTY, NASTY wind yesterday, I did make huge progress in this department. It was disgusting outside, so I didn’t get anything done that I had planned, but I did spend the afternoon at my computer moving and saving pictures. I have just about completed a Shutterfly book of the Little Lady’s first Christmas. Yay, this was a huge accomplishment for me!

Start sewing again.
My Mom got an IOU for Mother’s Day.
Really, Emily?
Yes really, her bag is still not done.
EPIC failure.

After taking a couple of weeks off (**sigh**), I did really well in this department the last few weeks. I’m even going to add a nighttime abs regiment in several nights a week. I bought a swimsuit…enough said.

The “d” word.
My May goal was 10 pounds. I lost 3…barely. I’m embarrassed, really embarrassed, to be telling you this. I had such a terrible month, I’ve almost put my birthday weight goal out of reach. Actually, unless I eat lettuce and water exclusively for the next 6 weeks, I’m pretty sure that I have.

So, there’s one word that pretty much sums up my May goal’s progress: fail. I don’t know what my deal is, but if I don’t get myself back on track, I can guarantee there will not be a June goals update. I hate to fail, but even more then failing, I hated telling you all about it. So, here’s to a June goals update…

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Just Swingin'

You might remember that the Easter Bunny brought the Little Lady a new swing for Easter. Well, it's been sitting in our office on the floor since then. For the past several weeks, T going in the office, sitting in the swing, pulling the lap bar up and rocking herself back and forth, has become a nightly occurrence. OK Mom and Dad, get the swing hung up already! Daddy was able to get it hung up on Monday when he was home with T.

And as you can see, she loves it!

Now, if the weather will just be warm enough this weekend for us to bust out her pool, because you guessed it, playing in an empty swimming pool has become a nightly occurrence too!

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

A day in the life...

Ashley of The Domestic Wannabe, invited us to share a look at our typical day with her readers, on her great weekly guest post, "a day in the life." Be sure to check it out!

A day in the life...

Ashley of The Domestic Wannabe, invited us to share a look at our typical day with her readers, on her great weekly guest post, "a day in the life." Be sure to check it out!

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

License plates from hell

So yesterday, John Wayne and the Little Lady headed to Cheyenne Wells to register our “new” stock trailer. Yes folks, a 1993 beauty it is!

Before leaving the ranch to head to CW, John Wayne decides he better pull down by the trailers to write the VIN number down just in case. Well, before he knows it, the suburban is rolling down the hill towards one of the other trailers!

He’s telling me this (his first mistake, he’s telling me this) and I’m thinking:
“Really, you left T in the suburban…unbuckled…alone…really?!?!”
Of course he didn’t, he just left the suburban in gear, no big deal.
Luckily he had left the door open and was able to jump in and stop it.
Disaster adverted.

John Wayne and the Little Lady arrive safely at the courthouse. Upon being greeted at the DMV, one of the ladies asks Tressie where her other shoe is?
Things like that happen when you’re with Dad.

John Wayne then goes on to describe to me how difficult it is to try and do business with the Little Lady in tow (his second mistake, he’s telling me this) and I’m thinking:
“Really, you think I don’t know how difficult it is to do business with the Little Lady in tow…really?!?!”
One of the gals behind the counter that goes to our church rescued John Wayne and came and held onto the Little Lady so he could get his paper work filled out.

License plates in hand, John Wayne and the Little Lady head home, but not before first spilling cheerios all over the suburban.
The Little Lady sleeps from Carson home. This 20 minutes is the only nap she took ALL day. She didn’t want to miss a minute of her quality time with Daddy!

When I get home from work and wake John Wayne up and stop the Little Lady from drawing all over his face with magic marker (just kidding!), John Wayne shows me the license plates.

And I’m thinking:
“Really, you couldn’t get them to give you any other number…really?!?!”

So there you have it, our license plates from hell. I’m hoping this has no indication about the future of our trailer.
But we are going to have it painted soon… maybe we should consider some horns?

*Disclaimer…While I might have poked fun at John Wayne, he really is a rock star Daddy… and he did admit to me that Grandma and I deserve a medal! : )

Sunday, May 22, 2011

Curious Creatures

Young humans.

Young animals.

Two very curious creatures.

T and this Hereford heifer found each other equally intriguing.
They both just stood there and stared at each other for quite some time.

Oh the joys of watching the Little Lady learn and explore!

Saturday, May 21, 2011

A good day in the big city...

At the last minute, the Little Lady and I decided to head to the big city today with my Mom. We had a good day, but two really good things came out of our trip...

Have you ever had a Mocha Coconut Frappuccino?!?! If not, drop what ever you are doing and get to your local Starbucks, NOW. I don't care if you're like me and that means driving 100 miles...go...NOW.

My new summertime favorite for sure. My favorite wintertime drink is the Peppermint Mocha. I wait all year for this tasty little drink to make its way back to Starbucks, but now, now I have something to get me through the summer. LOVE it!

But the best thing that came out of today's trip to the big city...

I finally got my hands on a copy of the latest issue of US Weekly...finally. THE wedding issue hit the stands Wednesday, well Wednesday if you live somewhere besides Wild Horse and work somewhere besides Limon. I tried all week to find a copy of this little journal detailing the biggest wedding of the year, or maybe ever (if you're me), unsuccessfully! We were about to the point that one of my besties, Annie (who by the way tagged this "THE Royal Wedding" and I couldn't agree more, so I had to steal it) was going to have to FedEx me a copy! (OK, we're crazy, but not that crazy, but it's always nice to know that a girl has options.)

So I finally have the luke-warm copy of US Weekly in my hands and I couldn't be happier. Awesome wedding, but when you take Miranda and add Junky Gypsy, two of my absolute favorites, you're bound to get awesomeness.

So my calorie count is way over and my gossip meter is on high, a great day in the big city, but time to come back home to the prairie where you get your calories from Grandma's coconut cream pie and the wedding event of the year will take place at the county fairgrounds between a couple of high school sweethearts.

Sunday, May 15, 2011

Fancy Feet

Saw them.
Had to have them.
Threw a conniption fit.
Got them.

They're here!

The fittingly named Macie Beans: Conniption Fit, arrived this weekend!

Once I saw them, I had to have them. I don't just buy a pair of boots, wear them out and then buy another pair. I have a collection. When John Wayne gives me grief about the number of pairs of boots I own, I reassuringly remind him, "babe, I'm just working on my collection, I'll be rocking these when I'm 90." And I fully intend to!

The Little Lady also has some pretty fancy new kicks that Grandpa and Grandma gave her for her birthday.

We're both going to be rocking our leopard print!

Me and T...the fanciest ladies in Wild Horse.

Sunday, May 8, 2011

Just Perfect

Some days the wind might blow.
Some days the Little Lady might scream.
And some days...well, some days are just perfect.

Saturday, May 7, 2011

Happy Mama's Day!

Happy Mama's Day to all the Mama's!

I love being this Little Lady's Mama!

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

April Goals Report

Drink more water.
I slacked off here a little bit this month, going back to my old ways of Diet Coke and coffee. Focusing on choosing water again!

Stick to a budget.
I “borrowed” a $100 from my house fund. NO! This is so not allowed. It has been paid back, but this money is invisible, untouchable, concealed, etc. from here on out.

Read atleast one book each month.
I actually read a book this month. I read The Hunger Games. It was good, not my usual type of read, but it was captivating.

Keep my pictures organized.
Slowly but surely still working on this project, a little progress has been made.

Start sewing again.
Mother’s Day is Sunday. The sewing machine will be running full speed in the evenings this week. (From that statement, obviously I didn’t sew in April.)

Hello reality. Last month my goal was to exercise six times a week. In my world, that is not so realistic. I feel like four times a week is a good, attainable goal. So four times a week it is.

The “d” word.
If you’ll recall last month’s goals post, I decided I would actually diet in April, not just watch what I ate. I lost six pounds this month. Actually I lost six pounds in the first two weeks of the month and then I just battled back and forth, up and down the past few weeks with Easter and then my Seattle vaca. May goal: 10 pounds.

I feel like I’m at a point where I really need to focus back in on my goals. The first few months they were at the forefront of my mind when I made choices, recently they’ve taken a backwards slide. Time to move them to the front again.

The FarmWife Project

A big thanks to Rachel over at the FarmWife Project who asked me to contribute to her great blog. Be sure to check it out!

Monday, May 2, 2011

Seattle, Pike Place Market and Slippery Fish

This weekend I went to Seattle with my bestie Katie, her sister Sarah and our friend Sandra. Girls weekend!

A few weeks ago, Sarah called, "Do you want to go to Seattle with me the last weekend of the month? Kate will be there for an event." (My bestie is the Fan Club Manager for the Professional Bull Riders.) I'm usually pretty quick to reply with a no to something like this; not that I don't want to go, but I shouldn't leave T, I shouldn't spend the money...you get the idea. But not this time, I was pretty quick to respond with a yes and I'm so glad I did, we had a great time!

Friday morning my alarm went off at 3:30AM. Adrenalin and excitement made it easy to get out of bed, and not to mention, the royal wedding was on TV. So much better than your typical middle-of-the-night infomercial!

I met Sarah and Sandra in Limon (Kate was already in Seattle) and we headed to DIA for our 8AM flight.

Upon arrival in Seattle we headed to our hotel in Downtown Seattle.

Me and Sandra in the cab on the way to our hotel.

We met up with Kate and headed to have lunch down on the water.

The view from our table at Ivar's.

Me and Kate ready for some fish and chips!

Next it was time for some shopping at Pike Place Market.

The fresh flowers at the market are AMAZING!

There was also an abundance of great fresh produce...

...and of course, fresh seafood.

When you hear people talk about Seattle and the market, you always hear about the fish being tossed around. Well, when we were there things were pretty uneventful. Jokingly, I yelled "We want to see some action!"

In return, I was invited up behind the counter to catch a fish myself!

Getting some coaching...


He caught this one and passed it off to me.

This one was all me!
I must admit, I was a little nervous. Fish are slippery little critters and I didn't want to make a fool of myself and drop it in front of the crowd.
Success...I caught it!

Getting to catch the fish was definitely a trip highlight for me!

More Seattle pictures and stories to come...