Tuesday, June 23, 2009

It's getting hot in here

Oh my goodness, I am hot. I just looked at the thermostat and it says it's 87 degrees. That's INSIDE the house, at 11:45 pm. At what point do I break down and turn on the AC? It's not that it doesn't work. But air conditioning is one thing I am thrifty about.

The first summer that we lived in Fresno, we lived in a one-bedroom, upstairs apartment. And being that upon moving we were unemployed and broke, we went the whole summer without using the air conditioning. Fresno gets really hot, but I was deathly afraid of what our electric bill might be. I remember very vividly how miserable I was, burning up, sweat pouring down in that stifling second floor apartment with the huge western-facing sliding-glass door. The thermostat went so high that the needle was off the charts. In fact, you couldn't even SEE the needle sometimes. It was SO. HOT. We bought this little cooler that had a compartment for ice cubes, and when you turned it on it made the air a bit cooler, but only if you were sitting within five inches of the thing. We suffered and survived, but never forgot. The next summer, we decided to start using the air conditioning more. And our bill did go up--but only by about 20 dollars. I couldn't believe it. I had suffered all summer when it would have cost less than a dollar a day to be comfortable? We could have run the air most of the summer for the price we paid for the stupid ice cube cooler. It still makes me sick to know how foolish I was.

Yesterday afternoon I met a realtor to look at a house, and afterward I took Owen and Henry to a neighborhood park. I'd only been to the park once before, and hadn't tried out the play equipment. So I pushed the boys on the swings, and then Owen wanted to go on the teeter totter. Usually at parks when I sit on one end of the teeter totter with him, I get a good quad workout. I really feel the burn, and I don't last very long. I end up having to push it down with my arms. But either my weight loss has made a big difference or this teeter totter must have a really good spring, because it was no sweat at all. We went up and down for a long time and it was really fun. I even fit Henry on the seat with me (yay!). The metal slide at the park was pretty good, too--it is fast and really pops you up at the bottom. We had a good time. Tonight after dinner we all went back to the park and played some more. It was much hotter out, and instead of going fast on the slide and popping up, my sweaty body stuck to the slide and barely slid down at all--it was terrible! After playing on the equipment we played Owen's current favorite outside game: freeze tag. We wished we had some more friends to play with us, because it's not all that fun playing with only three people and a baby who refuses to freeze, no matter how many times he gets tagged.

Did I mention how hot I am? Better go lie down in front of the fan now.

Sunday, June 14, 2009

reduced image size!

I thought I'd post some new pictures of Tim and I. Tim is down 75 pounds and I'm down 60! We get a lot of comments from people about how good we look. It's wonderful to hear, and makes the struggle and hunger that comes with dieting easier to take. Someone at church asked me if Tim had had gastric bypass, and another told me it looked like I'd lost 100 pounds. It's funny sometimes how they say things like that--like, wow, we must have looked pretty bad before (we did!). I can't believe how good it feels to be smaller and healthier. I love looking at myself in pictures now. You can go here to see a picture of us before we lost the weight.

Saturday, June 13, 2009

pushing buttons


Henry found this toy in the toybox and loves it. It's a Thomas musical caboose, and it has a button on top that plays the Thomas song when pressed. Henry carries it around with him and plays the song over and over. He climbed up on the chair next to me and was showing me what he can do. He's a musical button pusher, this kid. I love him so much!

Friday, June 12, 2009

what is wrong here?

Both boys are bathed and in bed by 7:30, nothing is wrong!!!
Except that my camera isn't working correctly. Indoors, all of the photos have big brown horizontal lines going through them and are slightly blurry. Outdoors, the photos are totally overexposed. (See below: the first pic of Tim is with the broken camera, the second I took with my new phone.)

By the way, I grew that carrot myself from seed!

Monday, June 1, 2009

Yay for Tim!

Tim is now a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. He took his last licensure exam Saturday and passed it! We celebrated by getting balloons and spraying him with silly string when he walked in the door. Then we went out to dinner with his parents and saw Star Trek. Today he gets a new cell phone to replace the one that's screen hasn't worked for a year!

Tim is so smart, and he's great at his job. This is a big milestone for him and I couldn't be prouder. Hopefully it will open some doors and bring new opportunities for him.