MIMM # 93 – The Love of a Sister

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This weekend was another great family weekend. As I watched my girls together I realized even more then before how blessed they truly are to have each other.

The love between sisters is a love like no other.

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As, Sophia, Isabella and myself were driving to Costco yesterday, our car was filled with lots and lots of giggles. Their happiness always melts my heart; these are the moments when that prove just how wonderful it is to have a sister. Sophia, Isabella, McKayla, and McKenzie will always have each other and that is a beautiful gift.

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This weekend we had Sophia’s school fair. Seeing Sophia interact with her friends is always a joy of mine, but watching her take Isabella under her wing is breath taking.

Face painting is always a favorite with my girls.

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McKenzie felt like such a big girl while sitting at her biggest sister’s lunch table.

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I couldn’t leave out a picture of McKayla.

My sweet little girl loves playing Yahtzee like her big sisters. Monkey see, monkey do.

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Thank you Katie for hosting.

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1. Tell me what is marvelous in your life? What wonderful gifts have you been blessed with?

 

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Thinking Out Loud # 45

Thank you Amanda for hosting.

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1. I know I said this yesterday, but I have to say it again. You are all amazing. Your comments and messages have truly helped me through my tough mommy moments time and time again. In motherhood you are never alone, yet it can be very lonely. But having all of you makes everything seem so much easier.

2. So, I was thinking the other day how much fun I had with my older girls up north and how I loved getting time with just us. Of course, I miss my babies too. On our drive home (from up north) Sophia says, “I miss the babies”. This quote has stuck with me on so many levels. First one being that Sophia and Isabella love their sisters and that means the world to me. The second one is that even though McKenzie and McKayla are A LOT of work they wouldn’t trade them for anything. I love that our girls love each other the way they do. I love the connection our family has with each other. The love of a family is precious.

3. I can’t believe how quickly three weeks went by; my first round with 21 Day Fix Extreme is almost over and it really was amazing. I love how my body has transformed and I love how my nutrition has completely taken an overhaul.

4. Adrienne (my baby sis) and me booked our flights Vegas in June. I can’t wait to go celebrate with the bachelorette. I am counting down the days until I can sit by the pool with a drink in hand.

5. My hubby has been traveling all week and got home late last night, but had a work dinner tonight. He will officially be home tomorrow evening. Oh, I miss him terribly. So, I have a nice family dinner planned for tomorrow night and can’t wait to have the six of us together again.

6. I can’t believe Rodan & Fields is featured AGAIN in more magazines about their incredible product line! We just launched Canada this month and are officially a GLOBAL company! This is just the beginning. If you ever contemplated joining me – NOW is the time!

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WIAW # 100 – 21 Day Fix Extreme

Before I share with you a typical day for me on the 21 Day Fix nutrition plan I wanted to thank all of you for your kind words about yesterdays post. I am so grateful to have all of your support and kindness through my journey as a mother. You are truly amazing!!

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This is my third and final week in my first round of the 21 Day Fix Extreme program and as I have said before I am loving it. I can’t even begin to tell you how wonderful I have been feeling and how much my body is already changing. Yes, in less the 3 weeks my body is leaner and stronger.

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Today, I thought I would share a typical day of meals/snacks for me while following the 21 Day Fix Extreme nutrition plan. I am following the 1,500-1,800 meal plan.

4 Green – Veggies

3 Purple – Fruit (I typically allow me to have 4 purple)

4 Red – Protein

3 Yellow – Carb

1 Blue – Healthy Fats (cheese, hummus, raw nuts)

1 Orange – Dressings & Seeds (raw nuts, raw seeds, ground flaxseeds, dressing)

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Breakfast 7:00am

After getting my 30 minute workout in yesterday morning I got dressed then enjoyed one of my all time favorites (yes, these pancakes are 21 Day Fix approved), pumpkin protein pancakes. I can’t even tell you how delicious they are; you must try them for yourself. FYI: I can’t stand cottage cheese, but I LOVE these pancakes. (1.5 red, 1 yellow, 1/2 orange)

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Snack 9:ooam

A big bowl of strawberries and grapes (1 serving of fruit is huge). (2 purples)

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Lunch 11:15am

After getting home from Isabella’s dance class I was starving so I made 4 egg whites with half a sweet potato. (1/2 red, 1 yellow)

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Snack 12:00pm

I was cravings something sweet, so I had a teaspoon of almond butter. (1 tsp.)

Snack 1:00pm

Peanut butter protein shake. This is seriously one of the best things I put into my body all day. It keeps me full for hours and tastes delicious.

Snack 3:45pm

Before heading to the bus stop to get Sophia I snack on carrots, hummus, and turkey. (1/2 red, 1 green, 1/2 blue)

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Snack 5:45pm

A salad with almonds, walnuts, and a sprinkle of mozzarella cheese, topped with 1/2 tablespoon of dressing. (2 green, 1/2 blue, 1/2 orange)

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Dinner 6:00pm

Chicken and rice, so simple yet so delicious.

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Snack 6:30pm

A teaspoon of almond butter. This is seriously my go to whenever I am in the mood for something sweet and it works every time. (1 tsp.)

Before starting the 21 Day Fix program I was so nervous about what I was going to eat and when. I was afraid I was going to have to change everything I ate, but I didn’t/I don’t. All the 21 Day Fix has done for me is that I am becoming much more aware about everything I am putting in my mouth. I am not grabbing random food here and there. I am really thinking about my snacks and meals. Like I said before my protein intake has gone up about 40 grams and I have been eating a huge salad a day. This plan is doing everything I was hoping it would; I am getting healthier. I am becoming my healthiest and fittest in 2015 (the year I turn 30!!)

Thank you Jenn for hosting.

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  1. What have you been eating lately?

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Rough Days Happen to All of Us

I will tell you most days I am just try to stay afloat. I am simply trying to keep it all together, to not lose it again and again. I am trying to do the best I can. This has been exceptionally difficult these several days because it has been freezing. We are ready for spring. We need to be able to venture outside, walk to the playground, write with chalk, run around in the sun and simply get out of the HOUSE!

Today was a tough day. It was a tough night. McKenzie and McKayla were not on their best behavior (they cried A LOT and that is very hard on me). Who am I kidding they are rarely on their best behavior. Days are rarely easy and that breaks my heart. Motherhood is one of the things in my life that has always come easy to me. A mom is what I am born to be. But ever since having our twins things have not come as easily for me. I have to work very hard to be the mom I want to be and to be honest with you I fail at that a lot. Which makes me very sad; I cry A LOT and tonight was no exception. The most difficult thing for me is when I am not perfect. I know I hate that word; no one is perfect. Nothing is perfect, but I am someone who always strives for perfection. I know it is unrealistic and so wrong, but I my girls deserve a perfect mama. I love my girls more then anything in the world and I would do anything for them. I think the best thing I can do for them is to drop the need to be perfect.

I am not writing this for sympathy I am simply writing this to show we all have bad days. We are all just trying to do the best we can and sometimes we fall short.

Tonight McKayla took an hour to fall asleep and she wouldn’t let me leave the room (she would scream and when McKayla screams its earth shattering). I was getting frustrated; I just wanted her to go to sleep (McKayla is our child who has a very difficult time falling asleep). By the time I left her room I was more upset with myself for not being able to stay calm, not being able to enjoy spending time with my baby, not being able to let her take her time. I will tell you I learn from everything and I will learn from tonight and tomorrow night I will love on her and I will help her fall asleep easier. I will be the mama she needs at that time.

Tomorrow is a new day. I am ready to wake up and enjoy my girls. They truly are my everything.

I wanted to share this with you today because I get a ton of emails asking me how I keep it all together; how I have it all together. Well, I don’t. But at the end of the day when I typically sit down to write this all four of my girls are peacefully sleeping so I usually try to reflect on all the good things that happened during our day. This is the time of the day when this mama is calm and at peace.

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