Saturday, January 31, 2009

My NEW Diet

Forget "Body for Life", I found a way to lose 4 pounds in 3 days! I got my wisdom teeth out on Thursday and haven't been able to keep much down since. It's a great diet plan-- I'm pretty weak and miserable from not eating for 3 days, but pain is beauty, right?

Other than the starvation factor and a swollen face everything seems to be fine. Jason was an AMAZING nurse to me and handled the kids and housework too. I'm a lucky girl.

Megan suggested that I post a picture of my face but after some consideration I've decided that's not going to happen. However, I was able to find an amazing likeness for your viewing pleasure!

Monday, January 26, 2009

Body For Life

Several of you asked me what Body for Life is. It's a excercise and diet program that Jason and I followed a few years ago and had some success with. Jason was really good and did ALL the excercises everyday and was very good about cutting junk out of his diet. He lost 20 pounds fairly quickly. I on the other hand had a nursing baby and didn't follow the excercise program very well. I cheated on the food side a little too, but I still lost 10 pounds. The thing I love about it is that you are allowed a free day, where you can eat ANYTHING you want. (We love our free days.)
I really like the cookbook "Eating for Life" because it has a lot of great recipes that are good-- I mean, even when we're not trying to lose weight I still use them--that's how good they are. It also has most of the information about the program in it. For more info go to

Saturday, January 24, 2009

Back Online

We've got our computer back and I'm a happy girl. Here's what's been happening with the Gilberts:

* Hunter is finally adjusting to his CTR-5 class. The first Sunday he cried and I had to sit through 2 hours of primary with him.
* We've been enjoying having Jason home more often and have even gotten some of the garage cleaned.
* Hunter is loving pre-school but had Monday off, so to distract him we went to Grandma Gilberts house.
* Jason and I began panicking about our upcoming cruise and have begun the Body for Life program again.
* I tried a Zumba class at the gym and loved it.
* My jaw started to ache and I realized it was my wisdom teeth. I have an appointment to have them removed this week. (Not really looking forward to it, but necessary. Sigh.)
* It snowed. The snow melted. It snowed again.
* Played with the kids. A lot!

I love this boy.

Sunday, January 18, 2009

Our Computer is on Sick Leave

I have been forced to take a blogging/email/internet break due to the fact that our computer is out sick. Actually, the button on the CD/DVD drive is broken-- meaning I can't put a CD in-- which hasn't been too much of a hassel, but needs to get fixed before our warranty is up. We took it to Best Buy where we purchased it but they can't fix it in store--they have to send it somewhere far away. (For a button...really?) The estimated waiting period is between 7-21 days so for now I'm forced to borrow internet time whenever I can. Sorry about not keeping up with and commenting on all your blogs. Hopefully our laptop will make a speedy recovery and return home shortly. Until then, feel sorry for those of us who are internet deprived!

Thursday, January 8, 2009

The Fear

I haven't blogged in awhile so I feel like I should...but I don't really have anything interesting to blog about. Things have gotten back to normal with preschool, voice lessons, and Jason's work schedule-- which is all very nice, but not very exciting.

The only thing I've been obsessing about is getting ready for adjudications and MusicFest. Why have I been obsessing? Well, because I think my voice teacher's philosophy is that whatever songs don't kill me will make me stronger. You see, when it came time to pick my song selections for competition this year she decided to give me 4 of THE HARDEST songs I have ever seen in my life. Last year I sang 2 moderately challenging French songs. THIS year I'm singing an insanely high and difficult French song with MULTIPLE ornaments, 2 very challenging and very different Italian songs, and a beautiful but very HIGH and dramatic 20th century English song. (She mentioned trying to squeeze a German one into my set but I might have to protest that one.) Not to mention the sight reading class I'll be competing in...

I'm not going to whine about it anymore though, due to this "Ahah!" moment I had when teaching a lesson yesterday. One of my students was showing some nervous hesitation about performing in an upcoming event. I told her that being nervous was good and necessary, because it pushes us to work hard and allows us to suceed. I call it "The Fear", and all singers --scratch that-- all musicians --scratch again--all performers, need it as motivation.

So. I have "THE FEAR", and it feels good. (And scary as hell.)

Sunday, January 4, 2009

Christmas Catch-up

Our Christmas was wonderful and very snowy. We spent it in Royal with Jason's family and EVERYONE was there. No one was on a mission or out of town-- we actually had the WHOLE family together so it was quite fun and crazy. Jason was already at work so I drove up with the kids on Tuesday. First we had to dig a path in our driveway so I could get the car out. It wasn't easy without a snow shovel, but the kids helped!

The boys had a lot of fun with their cousins and Christmas morning was full of excitement. On Christmas Eve I read the kids "The Night Before Christmas " (pop-up version) and Angie read the Nativity Story to them before we put them to bed. (After leaving milk and cookies for Santa, of course.) Then we stayed up and read some more Christmas stories as a family. It was fun and spiritual and nice.
The kids must have been VERY VERY good this year.

A few of their favorite presents: superman jammies!
Anything with wheels makes McKay happy.

This race track was a big hit with all the kids.

A pirate ship to feed Hunter's latest obession-- pirates!
My favorite gift was this fish tank. We've been playing with the idea of getting the kids some fish and my parents made the decision for us by getting them an aquarium. We had fun after Christmas visiting the pet store to pick out our fish!

It's good to be home and as wonderful as Christmas was, I'm glad it's over. Now we're focusing on the new year, setting goals, and making plans. There's a lot to do!