Life with the Bs

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A house full

I had a house full of kids this weekend.  Tim was out of town so my mom came over to assist, thank God for Nana!  Since my sister is dealing with a kidney infection, my nieces came too.  That’s six kids!  There were tears from every child at one point during the weekend.

I signed my kids and I up for a 5K (I didn’t know that the Safe Families children would be with us when I registered).  I expected lots of complain from Janie but she surprised me and was actually the one that tried to keep Nolan going.  Mr. Energy lost steam about 20 feet into the race.  He said that he never wants to do a 5K again, although he did enjoy the snacks at the end.  My mom and I took all 6 kids to IHOP after the race.  Nothing like a little bribery to get them to the end!  When’s the next holiday weekend?  I’m ready for it!

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I’m no Forrest Gump

My running partner and I were up to week 6, day 3 on Couch to 5K.  That 22 minute run about killed us!  The first 11 minutes were good but that last half was awful.  I don’t know if it was the heat (we go out between 7 – 8pm so we’re not dealing with the sun) or what I had eaten that day but it was no fun and made me wonder why I’m even running anyway.  Luckily, my friend was there to keep me going so we finished.  We both knew the next run was a 25 minute run.  The next time we met, we decided to go back a few weeks.  We went back to week 5 and did three 5 minute runs.  I don’t know what our plan will be from here.  Running has gotten easier and my breathing is better.  Our pace is pretty sad but hey, we’re running.  I like to finish things that I start so I’m tempted to just finish and get the to 5K but I don’t know if I can.  Should I run the other way?!

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5 for Friday

  1. It’s crazy how much milk you go through with one extra person in the house.  I have literally made a milk run every night since Tuesday.  Yesterday I was smart and bought two gallons so I shouldn’t have to run out tonight, I hope!
  2. My children are awesome!  They have handled this transition so well.  Janie needs to be a social worker when she grows up, she has been amazing!
  3. I asked to try StitchFix for my Mother’s Day gift.  My first “fix” is scheduled for mid June.  I’ll let you know what I think.  I’ve heard great things so I’m hopeful that I’ll have some new pieces to wear soon.
  4. How great is this pillow cover?!?  I ordered it from GroopDealz and I think it was made for this chaise. June 007
  5. I’m on week 3 of Couch to 5K and I still hate it.  At what stage does running become enjoyable?  It’s obviously beyond week 3.

Have a great weekend!


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Weekend Wrap Up

We enjoyed our last weekend of summer break!  We had dinner with friends on Friday night.  Nolan found this hat, wig, not sure what you call it…..

CAM00979Then I got up early on Saturday morning to participate in the Run or Dye 5K with some of my friends from Zumba.

It was much more organized than the Color Run.  We had a great time running/walking through Atlanta!

While I was gone, Tim took the kids to Home Depot and they happened to have a kids workshop going on so they got to build and paint a truck.  Good timing, dad!

CAM00392Then we had fun with neighbors at the lake for a back to school bash.  Janie and a friend always end up collecting trash.  Such good little community helpers.  I just wish we would remember to bring gloves for them!

This boy can cast a line like he’s been fishing for years!


Then he looks cute while waiting for the magic to happen.

CAM00987We went to our former neighborhood for a cookout on Sunday evening.  It was fun to see old friends!

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Parties, movie and ouch

Happy Monday!  We went to two birthday parties this weekend.  One was at a pizza place.  My friend refers to it as Chuck E Cheese Lite.  It’s got all the games, tickets and prizes without the mass chaos and motorized, singing rodents.

Good ole Southern boys practicing their hunting skills

CAM00921We also won tickets to Turbo.  It was really cute!  We should never sit in the middle of a row with Nolan after he has had lemonade.

CAM00931And I started bootcamp on Saturday morning.  My abs and legs are killing me!  Please don’t make me laugh or sit on a toilet (hard to avoid that one).  It’s a good pain though… pain, no gain (or loss).

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Ladies Night

I had two nights out this week!  I went to a paining class with some neighbors and friends.  These classes are so much fun.  If you haven’t done one, you need to try it.

CAM00916I’m not in love with this painting but I used a Groupon and had fun so it was worth it!  Anyone have a place to hang it?  If so, it’s yours.

I got tickets through Cinemoms for The Way, Way Back last night.  Tim wasn’t all that interested so I asked my bestie to be my date.  It was so good!

We have a kids birthday party tonight.  I’m starting boot camp in the morning.  I’m not looking to lose any weight this time but I really want to tone up.  I have a feeling that my Monday morning post may be titled “Ouch”.  Have a great weekend!


Weekend Wrap Up

What a beautiful weekend!  We started with smores at the fire pit with neighbors on Friday evening.

CAM00678Saturday morning I was up super early for the Color Run.  There were five of us from my neighborhood that signed up and it was fun.  We spent more time in the car getting there than we did actually walking but it was nice to hang out with girlfriends.

Before and After

Color run CAM00687This little guy had another baseball game.  I couldn’t make it but he had quite the fan club show up!

Janie and I were invited to a baby shower for one of her preschool teachers today.  It was a fun date for us and we got to see some of her former teachers.  We even won the baby food game!

And now I’m off to watch Mad Men……so excited!  Have a great week!

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Weekly Updates

Happy Thursday!

Remember Janie’s leprechaun catcher…..she did great on it.  Her presenting skills do not come from her parents!

CAM00647If you follow me on instagram (lifewiththebs), then you already saw this but it was so funny, I have to share again.  Nolan was eating his chocolate bunny, when he finished he said, “that was a hot mess!”

CAM00663I have not been doing well with my eating.  I’m still logging Monday – Friday on myfitnesspal but it’s not pretty.  All this Easter candy in my house is not helping either.  Mom, go back to putting pennies in the Easter eggs, please!

We had a couple of days of nice weather this week so we got out and enjoyed it.

CAM00669 CAM00666I’m joining moneysavingmom’s

I missed the first 2 days but I’m going to try to do this on my lunch break every day.  Yesterday, was the bedroom.

CAM00671This is what I found under our bed.  The golf club came in handy in getting the rest of the stuff out from under there.  I vacuumed under the bed, our cornice board and the blinds!  I will try to do a weekly update on my progress.

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Movie and Soup

We had a pretty good weekend!  Janie won a round of bingo at her school Bingo Night.  She was disappointed that she didn’t win the Xbox, which was funny because I have never heard her say anything about wanting an Xbox.  Maybe she just likes to win, like her super competitive parents.

I won tickets for a showing of Peter Pan on Saturday morning.  They asked that the kids wear pajamas so that was a special treat.

CAM00498Both kids fell asleep on the way home!

CAM00502Tim is a hunter so we have lots of venison in the freezer.  We choose to get most of it ground because I can substitute it in most ground beef or turkey recipes.  According, to myfitnesspal, venison has way less fat than beef and more protein than turkey and beef.  And it’s organic!

On Saturday night, I made an excellent vegetable soup with stuff that I had on hand.  Here’s the recipe:

1lb ground meat (venison, turkey or beef will work)

3 whole carrots sliced

2 celery stalks sliced

1 small onion minced

1 can of diced tomatoes

1 tub of Knorr concentrated vegetable stock

2 cups of water

1 bay leaf

a dash of salt

a dash of basil

a dash of garlic powder

Brown meat and onions in a skillet.  Put all of the other ingredients in a crock pot.  Add the browned meat and onions.  I had mine in the crock pot on high for about 1.5 hours.  We liked that the carrots and celery were still a little crisp.  I served it with corn bread muffins and it was a huge hit!