Sunday, August 31, 2008

Just A Lil' Update in Pictures!

Here's some pics of the kids, because, well, I know why you really come to my blog ;)

I was making lunch, and heard someone playing the guitar. I look in the family room and don't see anyone, then here is what I found :)

Look at me standing!

This is Ella's new favorite thing to do at lunchtime. Drink water or crystal light with her tea set. What a girlie girl.

I LOVE this picture of Cooper trying a powdered doughnut hole for the first time.

Sitting in the cart like a big boy!

Big helper at Kroger

Ella and her friend Libby being silly at Lollipops Toystore

Big boy on the move!

Having fun in this cool tunnel!

Pretty Girl all red faced from running around


Chapel, Ella and Cooper (and Phoenix was sleeping in the stroller) having a playdate at "Catch Air"

Happy Cooper

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

One Month of Training Down: The Stats!

Alright, the results are in as of today, after one month of training!

I'm just going to suck it up, and post my weight on here so you can follow the change.

Starting Stats:

Height: 5'10"
Weight: 143 lbs.
Body Fat: 18.9%

One Month Stats:

Weight: 140
Body Fat: 16.4%
Pounds LOST in FAT: 4.06 lbs.
Pounds GAINED in MUSCLE: 1.06 lbs.

Woohoo!!! It's so awesome to see that the hard work is actually paying off! It's looks as though I am going to be a hard gainer as far as muscle mass goes, which means I am going to have to work that much harder to get it....eeek!

Training is still going great! Still working on a 5 day split with the weight training. Continuing with the progressive overload with weights this month. I am going to kick it up a notch, and increase weight/decrease reps. We'll see how that helps with the muscle mass gains. I have seen huge strength increases over the past month, and it is really encouraging!

I need to have Reid take a picture!

Sunday, August 24, 2008

My Sister's Bachelorette Party!

On Saturday we celebrated Leah's Bachelorette Party! It was a BLAST!!

We started off the night at Pole-La-Teaz-where we did a 2 hour pole dancing/lap dance workshop! Let me just tell you, this was a RIOT and was a total blast! We had the best time, and laughed our heads off :) Check out their website for info. on classes! It's so much fun, and also a great workout! Come on, you know you want to try'll love it I promise...It's all in good fun!! ;) Here is a small sampling-but not even the tip of the iceberg...hahaha

Sister Pose

Me waiting to put $100 in Leah's garter after her pole dance

Our group of hot ladies!!

After Pole-La-Teaz we got the Bride-To-Be all decked out and headed to dinner for some Mexican food!

Me, Tiffany and Lauren(The Maid of Honor)

After dinner, we headed to Lauren's house for a lingerie shower, as well as some desserts and wine. It was such a fun night!!

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Charlie Bit Me!!

So, I realize that I am probably the last person ever to see this since there are like 45 million views on it, but I saw this this past weekend and thought it was so cute and halarious I had to post it! Enjoy :)

Friday, August 15, 2008

Training Update: Week 3

Alright, just finished up my third week of training and I am feeling strong and GREAT!! We went to a five day split this week, working one portion of the body a day. Basically, taking it up a couple of notches, and working that body part until total failure. Here's what I did this week:

Monday: Chest (increased 1 rep. max to 125# on flat bench press!),Abs, taught cycle that night
Tuesday: Back, jogged on treadmill with sprint bursts for 30 min.
Wednesday: Legs, Abs
Thursday: Shoulders, Elliptical Machine for 30 minutes
Friday: Biceps, Triceps, Abs, jogged on treadmill with sprint bursts for 30 min.

Feeling a lot stronger-lots of weight increases all over the place! My trainer said that I should really start noticing a difference over the next month. After next week, we do a weight recheck, as well as body fat check and measurments. Should I post pictures every month? I am thinking that would be cool to see any changes!

Monday, August 11, 2008

Playdough People

Here are mine and Ella's creations during Cooper's morning nap today :)

10 Months Old!!

Da Coop is 10 months old today!! He is turning into a wild man these days! Here are 10 facts about Cooper to celebrate his 10 month "birthday"!

1. He is crawling allll over the place these days, and very FAST! Basically, he is into anything and everything. He is very busy, and is perfectly content to play by himself-although it's always more fun with someone else :)

2. Cooper is a climber. Any chance that he has to get to the stairs, he is so there. We had our first stair incident the other day. He was crawling around the family room holding this little jingly toy, and I was in the kitchen getting Reid's lunch made to take to work. I could hear the little jingling sound, so I knew he was playing near by-next thing I know I hear him crying. He had crawled up a couple of the stairs and fallen down. He had a nice little bruise on his head to prove it. Below is a picture of him with the bruise. Poor little guy, although I am sure it is the first of many bumps and bruises!

3. He LOVES him some pizza! Lil' dude ate almost an entire HUGE piece of pizza the other day!!

4. He loves the photographs that I have hung around the house. When we walk by one, he points his finger at it, and smiles and laughs-especially if you go through pointing at each person and naming them by name.

5. On another climbing note-at the gym in the childcare area this is one of those Little Tykes "jungle gym" things, you know, the plastic ones that have a slide? Anyway-according to the childcare worker, Ms. Donna, Cooper is officially the youngest baby to try and climb up the slide. :) haha

6. Cooper pulls himself to standing all the time. This past week, his newest trick it to let go and just stand there! Uh, ohhhhhhhhhh! Of course he thinks he is the coolest, and just laughs when he does it!

7. We think that he is saying Ella now! He says it more like "Eda" cute!!

8. He does the sign for "all done" when he is done eating. That is the only one he has caught on to so far.

9. He does that funny thing with his hand and his mouth, you know, when you say "ahhhhhhhhhhh" and then put your hand over your mouth and take it off repeatedly? He does that by himself and when prompted. So funny

10. He is a happy, healthy little guy!! We love him so much, and can't believe we are only 2 months away from his first birthday! Where does the time go?

Here's Mr. Happy! hahahah aka, not happy that he had to sit in the stroller while we were bowling :) But here you can see the bruise on his head.

Thursday, August 7, 2008

Summer of Camps!

Ella has had a great Summer, full of lots of camps! She is like Mommy, and loves to go and do, so we decided to enroll her in several camps this Summer.

For 6 weeks at the beginning of the Summer, Ella went to Camp All-American (click on it to see the website)at my parents church, Perimeter. She went to their Pre-Camp,2 half days a week. She had a ton of fun playing in their splash park, playing games, singing songs, taking her lunch(this was a huge hit for her!) and doing crafts!

A couple of weeks ago, she went to a Fairy Princess Ballet camp put on by the parks and rec. department here in Cumming. It was 2 days, from 10-12, and she had a BLAST! When I picked her up after the first day, the first thing she said when she got in the car was "Mommy, when do I get to go back?" :)

Last week, her gymnastics program did a "Countdown to the Olympics" camp for kids ages 3 1/2-7. It was for 3 days, from 9-1-and she got to bring her lunch, which was once again, a huge hit! She had so much fun last week, but she was totally WIPED by the end of the week! They did all the gymnastics "stuff", learned about the upcoming Olympics, played games, and did a few crafts. At the end, they had a "closing ceremony", where they each got to stand on a platform and get a gold medal. Totally forgot to take the camera to that, so sorry about no pictures :(

And this week was the final camp of the Summer. She did another dance camp with the theme of Mermaids and Hula. They did a final performance for all the Moms when we came to pick them up. I will upload the video tomorrow, but for now, here is a picture.

Tuesday, August 5, 2008

One Week Into Training-Build, Build, Build!

Alright, I am 1 week into training, and I am feeling GREAT!! Yesterday was chest/back/abs day-and I already felt so much stronger! I was able to do 2 reps on my 1 rep. max from last week on the flat bench press! We also were able to bump up the weight on several other things too-woohoo! It's amazing how the body works, isn't it??

I was doing some research last week about training. I came across an article written by a trainer who has done and continues to do body building competitions. He said that in his years of training, and the many methods he has tried, working each muscle group to the point of failure (meaning, you couldn't possibly even do one more rep) once a week produces the most muscle growth and the best results. I had my doubts, but after applying that philosophy this week (this is also what my trainer believes) and already noticing a difference, I am a believer. Very interesting!

Here's where I am workout schedule wise:


AM: Chest/Back/Abs
PM: Teach 45 minute cycle class, 10 min. abs


Cardio of some sort. Today I am subbing a Boot Camp class.


Every other Wednesday morning I teach cycle.


Functional Fusion class (Core) or light cardio




Teach Kickboxing

So as of now, I am on track and feeling great! Workouts are good. Eating is good. I'm excited!

Monday, August 4, 2008

Cooper Loves Books....

Especially since you can put them on your head like a hat if you really want to! :)

Such a Great Helper!!

Ella is such a great helper to me around the house. She is always willing to lend a hand. So, when I was cleaning the other day, Ella asked to help so I let her have at the windows. She loves it! (as you can see from the pictures, this was before we were about to go swimming with a friend-hence the bathing suit...oh, and pre "Orange wall" in the kitchen :)