Well, as I mentioned on Monday I'm going to give this C25K thing a go.  I did day 1 (or part of it) on Monday and boy was it tough!  Today, even though I was exhausted because the baby didn't sleep well I loaded her up in the car and off we went.

It went better today to my surprise!  I still didn't run every time I was supposed to but I have faith that I'll get there.  I think this time I only missed 2 minutes of running.  So, I'm a little bit proud of myself today and have my head a little higher and shoulders a little straighter.  But, to keep this up I've GOT to get some running clothes.  My pants keep falling down and that wouldn't be a pretty picture... 
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And here we are in yet another week.  It's the first week of summer for the kids here which means that traffic is automatically 50% better!  Why is this important to me as a SAHM you ask?  Because I've decided to try and start the C25K program.  It's an interval running program designed to get you from the Couch to a 5K in 9 weeks.  I think I'll take it a little slower and go 18 weeks because I'll be pushing a jogging stroller carrying a 20+ pound baby...  Nevertheless I'm doing it!

I decided that I don't want to run in my neighborhood becuase it's full of hills and there are no sidewalks either so I'm going to drive to a park with a track.  Hopefully I can stick with this and make it through.  It would be a HUGE accomplishment for me because I've never been an active person. E.V.E.R.  So this will be a huge test to my will power but I know that it's something that I need to do for my health and for my family.  I want to be around to enjoy them for the rest of my LONG life.

So, now on to my menu plan for the week.  It's gonna be kind of light because Hubby is going on a camping trip this week so I don't want to cook for myself.  I'll stock up some leftovers or grab something out with a friend.

Monday - Honey Pecan Glazed Salmon
Tuesday - Bourbon Chicken - I double the sauce and make it in the crock pot
Wednesday - Hamburgers on the grill - hubby doesn't know he's cooking yet :)
Thursday - Up in the air
Friday - Up in the air
Saturday - Pork Chops on the grill
Sunday - Cook out at friend's house

As always you can visit Org Junkie for tons of other menu plans and recipes.

So I'm back from my trip for my sister's graduation and I'm ready to get back into the swing of things.  I got together a menu for this week and hopefully I can stick with it the whole week.  Sometimes it's difficult to go back to normal when you get back from vacation.

Chicken & Ravioli Carbonara - new recipe this week
Shephards Pie - with leftover meatloaf muffins, mashed potatoes, corn, carrots and some cheese
BBQ Grilled Salmon with rice and veggies
Homemade Pizza - need a new crust recipe though

Visit OrgJunkie for tons of other meal plans and recipes.
Hip Hip Hooray!!!

After 2 years (I know that's nowhere near as long as most) my braces were finally taken off yesterday.  I was sooooo happy! 

Then I got my retainers.

I have essix retainers which are clear trays that slip over your teeth.  I think they are probably better than a traditional Hawley retainer but they are still the devil.  I'm going to have to do some fine tuning on mine and maybe it'll be a little better and I'm sure like all things it'll just take some getting used to.

My first meal after braces was RIBS!  I skipped the wings and will just have them some other time since they're off for good and all... 

So, without further ado here are some before and after pics...

This week there is a theme to the WFMW over at We Are THAT Family.  This the backwards edition where instead of posting tips for you I ask a question and you post a tip for me.

So, as I sit here at 12:10 AM typing this post my question to you is:  How do you get your child to sleep through the night again??

My daughter, 8 months old yesterday, came home from the hospital sleeping through the night.  I know right?  Lucky ME!!  Fast forward 7 months to Spring Break vacation and that came to a screaming screaching hault.  She started waking up off and on throughout the night sometimes as much as every hour and she's wanting to nurse many of those times.  She has had a few glorious nights where she has slept all night but really, there have only been a few in the past month.

So do you have any tips to help me out?  Am I doomed to just ride through this phase and keep the coffee on?
Mother's Day is quickly approaching and although I've been a step mom for several years now I have my own bundle of joy this year that can ALMOST call me 'Ma Ma'!!  I'm lucky this year I get to go home and spend Mother's Day with my mom too!  (Thanks sister!!)  So here's a pic that says to ME what motherhood is all about... smiles like those...


So, this week I've had to put extra work into planning my menu because I'm flying home for my sister's graduation next week but the hubby is staying home.  So, because I'm such a good wife (and he doesn't really need to lose any weight)  I'm going to make meals this week that I can freeze for him to have again next week.  You can view lots of other menus at Menu Plan Monday at Orgjunkie.com.

Monday - Chicken Spaghetti (not sure if I'm going to freeze this one or not)
Tuesday - Lasagna X 3 (one for now, one for next week, and one for a friend)
Wednesday - Drum roll please......   drrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr..............
       I get my braces off after 2 long years so I'm going to dinner for ribs and wings. 
Thursday - Meatloaf, mashed potatoes, green beans
Friday - Chicken Enchiladas & Quiche so that he can have breakfast all week too... :)

NOW, on to the recall!!
Johnson & Johnson has issued a recall of their Children's/Infants Tylenol, Motrin, Zyrtec & Benadryl.  I have 4 bottles of recalled stuff at my house alone and I've been giving my teething/allergy laden daughter doses of this stuff for weeks now!

They are saying that the recall is a voluntary recall and that there aren't health concerns involved.  Just that the products don't necessarily measure up to their safety standards.  Click here to visit the recall page to see if your products are included.