Our Royal Family

Our Royal Family

My Boy

My Boy
Age 13

The Countessa

The Countessa
Age 13

The Duchess

The Duchess
Age 12

The Princess

The Princess
Age 10

The Pooch

The Pooch
age 6

Miss Pooch

Miss Pooch
age 2

Thursday, March 12, 2015

When Reality Rears It's Head

For most of my adult life my weight and loosing weight has been an ongoing battle for me.  For the last thirteen years I have lost and regained the same 15 pounds more times than I can truly count!  Going to the doctor and being asked to step on the scale has never been an enjoyable experience. Nor has the lectures from my doctor about the importance of loosing weight.

I'm not an inactive person by any means! Up until 4 months ago I took a Boot Camp class five mornings a week and loved it.  However my pocketbook did not!  I have a treadmill which I use daily and I do various weight training and cardio exercises during the week.  I find inspiration on Pintrest and incorporate workouts I find online there weekly as well.

Unfortunately none of this prevented me from being hospitalized for 5 days in February with acute pancreatitis!  Pancreatitis is an inflammation of the pancreas.  According to WebMD 80% of cases are due to alcohol abuse and 20% of cases are due to gallstones.  I am not, nor have I ever been a heavy drinker and test showed I had no gallstones.  So this left my doctors baffled.......why was I experiencing acute pancreatitis?

Further research of my prior medical records revealed the cause in my case to be genetic.  For what ever reason my triglyceride levels run abnormally high, which left untreated can lead to pancreatitis. 

So my new reality is a non-fat/low-fat diet from now on and daily medication and monthly blood work to treat and monitor my triglyceride level.  My doctor strongly advised against eating anything containing more than 5grams of fat per serving.

I can not eat regular cheeses, commercially baked goods, processed meats, ground beef, regular pasta, regular ice cream, or any item with added sugar or hydrogenated oils.

I can eat whole wheat pasta, ground turkey, non-fat dairy items and any items that do not contain hydrogenated oils.

So far I've had an easy time of making meals.  Most of the items on my CAN NOT have list I didn't really eat anyway so they are not great loss.  I've had to get more creative with my cooking and going back to a cooking from scratch mentality.  With four kids and a very busy schedule I fell into the convenience trap.  

Since my release from the hospital I have lost just over 10 pounds which I'm very proud of.  With my continued exercise routines my hope is to loose those pesky 15 recurring pounds plus more and actually keep it off with my new eating style.

So readers, tell me....have you had experience with pancreatitis?  Do you have any tips for coping to share?
Do you cook from scratch?  Share some recipes if you do!  I'm building my new recipe box!

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Meet Our Newest Family Member

I would like to introduce our newest family member, Miss Pooch!  She was a gift from my family for last Mothers Day!  She is a sweet, loving and cuddly almost 2year old pitbull mix that my Hubby found at our local Humane Society.

She is absolutely adorable!  Kind of a pain because she is still puppy-ish and chews up anything left in her path!  She has gone through countless shoes, her favorite being flip-flops!!  BUT we forgive her!

Our Pooch still isn't quit sure how to deal with her!  She loves to play and so does he, eccept he tires and she never stops!  This leads to him needing to reprimand her, but she's learning and we are down to him only needing to give her a warning.

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Back To School

Our summer is officially winding down and my kids and I are both gearing up to head back to school next week.

We have spent the last three days visiting various stores gathering everything we'll need for the next school year and getting new shoes, clothes, binders, back packs ect.

I will be beginning my Junior year at Sonoma State University on Tuesday and I am eager to get underway.

My twins will be starting at a new school on Wednesday.  Middle School!! YIKES!! Both a a bit nervous, as is their Mamma!  I can't believe they will be middle-schoolers!!  Boy how time flies!!

The Duchess and Princess will be entering 5th and 3rd grades and are excited to find out who their teachers for the year will be.

Over-all I am just ready to get back into our school routines.  I seem to function better with a more structured scedule and our summer has been anything but structured!!

Saturday, July 27, 2013

I did it!!

I did it!!  Phase one of my 4 phase goal has been completed!!!  I am the official holder of an Associate in Arts Degree for both History and Liberal Studies!!  I am so beyond proud of my self for accomplishing this phase of my goal to becoming a teacher!!

I will officially begin Phase Two of my goal on August 20th when I head to Sonoma State University for my first day of classes as a college Junior.

It has been a very interesting and rewarding journey as an adult college student and I feel I have grown leaps and bounds as a person.  

I am so very excited to begin classes in August at the University I can hardly stand it!!  

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Americas Cup San Francisco

Last week my kids and I went into San Francisco for a day at Alcatraz with my Mother-in-Law.  As most of the world know's the America's Cup races are taking place in the San Francisco Bay this summer.

While we were on the ferry heading to Alcatraz Island, we were lucky enough to see the Oracle American boat up close.

I was absolutely amazed at how big these boats actually are!!  They are ENORMOUS!! 
It was amazing to watch the crew scramble around the boat in perfect harmony!  An incredible sight to see first hand!!

Good Luck America!!

Friday, July 19, 2013

5QF Post

Visit Five Crooked Halos to join the fun.

1. What is one thing you have too many of in your house?
I really seem to have too much of everything!! Although currently I would have to say towels.  

I know, your thinking "Towels?"

It seems my towels have procreating lately, because I tell you....I can not go into ANY room of my house and find any less then 3 towels....usually balled up and wet on the floor!!! GRRRR!!!

The really funny thing about this is.......there NEVER seems to be a towel when I need to take a shower!!!!

2. Did anything go not quite as planned on your wedding day?

Yes, but only I and one of my bridesmaid knew of the issue.  

I had requested a particular DJ for my wedding, the same DJ that had been at said bridesmaids wedding just two months before.

When my new hubby and I arrived for our reception we were greeted by a DJ I had not requested, and who I did not particularly care for!!  

However, I did not allow the DJ debacle to ruin my day, I was waaaaayy to happy!!!

3. What is your favorite summer smoothie recipe?

I'm not really a fan of smoothies...................brain freeze people!!

But, on the rare occasion I do have one it usually strawberry.

4. What is the weather like where you are?

Well, we have been having not so pleasant heat waves on and off for weeks now. Today it's expected to reach high 80's, which is about 20 degrees cooler than it has been.

5. What is your favorite book to read to your kids?

I love reading them the Magic Tree House books. We love the adventures and I love the history they teach the kids.

Friday, July 12, 2013


Join the fun oved at Five Crooked Halos

1. Would you rather pay for house cleaner or spa day?

While I LOVE LOVE LOVE a good massage, I can say handsdown I would rather pay for a house cleaner!!!! I HATE HATE HATE cleaning and to have someone else do it for me would be better than any spa day!

2. Who plans what gifts you get for holidays, you or your spouse?

If we are talking about the gifts we give our kids, that's 100% me. If your talking about gifts Hubby gets for me, then I would say the breakdown is 50% me (I'm really good a giving LOTS of hints!), 40% our kids (They are really good at remembering my hints!) and 10% Hubby (he drives to the store and pays for it!).

3. How many hours of sleep do you get? Do you need more?

A LOT!!!! I go to bed about 11 each night and if I can wake on my own it's about 10am. Occassionally I will take a nap in the early afternoon if I had a restless nights sleep, and my naps are usually about an hour.

4. Do you like your hair long or short?

Honestly, I don't really have a prefference. I have had my hair really long (butt-lenght) and I've had a short bob and every length in between. Currently my hair is just below my shoulders. I have an appointment for a cut/color next week and I'm thinking about going to a long bob, just above my shoulders. I guess it all depends on where I am at in my personal style of the moment.

5. When was the last time you were pulled over and what was it for?

Hmmmmm, I think it was about two years ago. My registration was expired by about 2 months...OOPS!! Thankfully the officer was really nice and gave me a warning and said to get it done ASAP and let me go on my way. :-)