I had high hopes for my motivation after I posted my "why" poster. I believe in all of those things. Since I posted in July I have had to deal with a lot of stress. Job uncertainty is a huge one. I do love my job but the State of Illinois has not had a budget since July 1st. That means they are not paying their bills or fulfilling contracts. Therapy providers are leaving because they are owed thousands upon thousands of dollars from the state. You can't blame them. Would you work for free for months on end? Coordinators are in fear of losing their jobs and what they love. All while politicians are butting heads and one man wants to destroy our program to raise the limit of eligibility in order to be able to cut the program. That's all I'm going to say about this because it would not be pretty. I see the stress and anxiety at work then I come home and see it on my Facebook personal page with friends. A million years ago stress would cause me to lose weight but now it hangs on for dear life because it must be very comfortable on my ass. :)
I also started my masters program for social work. I am crazy but I need to get this done now or I'll never do it. Sigh.
I finally (after asking for 2 months!) have my new Zumba discs on our server so I can do the Zumba program in my living room on my big tv. We no longer have a dvd player just the Apple TV that we upload all of our dvd's and video's to.
Some things that have happened ....
He's lost 55 lbs this year!! All through walking and cutting back on calories. He has a new job that I am so proud of him for having but he now travels :( but it's very stressful for all of us at home but we are trying to make this work. On his weight loss and my weight gain, the only issue we have is when the 9 yr old asks me "Mommy why aren't you at your goal?" hahano.
Little one has done amazing on some outings and on other outings we just spread Autism awareness all over the place. The little Cosley zoo in Wheaton was her best outing this year.
An outing to Blackberry Farms was not our best but we made it through the day and spread Autism awareness to lots of families. So that's that. lol. The two pics were probably the only time she wasn't screaming about something. The train made her happy!
Somehow this pic of my first 5k popped up on my Timehop a few weeks ago. Cotton t-shirt? check. Visor? check. Kinda of funny pic to me.
The oldest turned 9 years old!! I can't believe it. At times when i look at her I see such a big girl and other times she's still such a baby to me.
Our first day of 4th grade was a success!
For Avery's first official visit to the dentist a few years ago it was not great but since then she's improved on her ability to wait. Somewhat. We had a very early dentist appt again and even though there was still a crowd at the dentist the office knows Avery well enough that she waited a minute or so and then they took her to the back and we were in and out of the dentist in like 20 mins. No cavities and she did awesome!
She didn't start school until about a week after her sister. By that time when the bus driver came by two days before the first day to do their dry run I gave the guy who I never met before a big hug! He laughed and said "oh my! You must be ready!" lol.
Also she got a hair cut. :( I didn't want to but now that we've cut it she's more inclined to actually brush it herself so that's promising!
The big girl "bridged" up to the next level in Girl Scouts to now a junior. She was a bit confused about the process thinking she wouldn't see any of her little brownie friends but she now understands she will still see them but just do some different things.
So we are our worst enemies. I love this pic of the three of us. I don't love the way I look. So that bothers me but it doesn't bother me enough to not share the pic. That's progress. Working on the way I see myself and how I can work towards my goals.
You are going through this post and are like "what no Toby Keith concert pics yet?" ha! I know you are not but have no fear we did see Toby this year! It just happened to be very late in the summer for him this year to come to Chicago. I am a member of the fan club and was invited to a special taping of PBS Soundstage in Chicago. I snuck this pic...
That's all I got and I might get in trouble with posting that but we'll see. About 250 people maybe saw him in this studio at Wttw and it was really cool. No alcohol was allowed so when Toby asked us what we were drinking and people shouted out pepsi or water he looked rather confused and said "You must be the most sober crowd I have ever played for!" umm yup. I still had fun. I was on the floor and had a great view. My only complaint is the wet noodles in the audience. Some of the seating was reserved and they placed you where they wanted the most colorful, young and least dressed people. Some people looked like they had never heard his music before and they were on the main floor. They just stood there. So if you see this in a few months and see this group you can tell we are not the wet noodles...
The next night was his official Chicago show. Again Speedy and I attended and it was great. I got my tickets through the fan club presale. I made a mistake of buying the tickets while I was at school and not on my home computer because the seating chart came up weird and I ended up resorting to getting pit tickets next to the stage. umm never again. I hated it. I was claustrophobic and I didn't feel I could really enjoy myself packed like a sardine next to insanely drunk people who must have iron bladders because my ass could not do that. I had to stop drinking in order not to have to go and lose my spot! It was also hot. HOT. I felt like I could pass out at anytime. But it was fun. The last 2 songs he does of American Soldier and Courtesy of the Red White and Blue were so awesome to see him bring the military on stage again and to be that close to it all.
I was shoving nachos in my mouth in this pic that's why I look weird. People watching did NOT disappoint. One thing we saw that shocked us was the people with babies at the show. WTF. Babies do not belong at a Toby Keith concert. End of story. Don't have a sitter sell your tickets. Their little ears can not handle it and I did not see a single pair of ear muffs on any kid at this show. < end rant >