Happy Turkey Day Eve

I know I won't get a chance to post tomorrow so I wanted to wish everyone a Happy Thanksgiving!  I cannot even begin to starting naming the things I am thankful for this year, but I feel so incredibly blessed to have such an amazing husband, family, and friends.  Tonight we are going to watch our friend Alex's band play, and are sure to run into lots of old friends since everyone is in town for Thanksgiving.  Tomorrow we will be up bright and early, because Luke is running in a 5k and I will be starting on all my goodies I am making for Thanksgiving.  I have been nominated to make one of the turkey's this year, since I have a convection oven my family thought that was good enough reason to put my turkey basting skills to the test......wish me luck!  Friday is the big IRON BOWL this is always a huge deal for my family because both of my parents grew up in Alabama so we are big Auburn fans.  We are planning on having a get together at my aunt and uncles house to cheer our team on.  We are doing Thanksgiving with Luke's family on Saturday, and Sunday is our next weigh in.  I hope everyone has a wonderful Thanksgiving and weekend!


First Weign In

Yesterday was our first weigh in!  I am so proud of my family for sticking with this, and I know that after last week everyone will be very motivated to keep it going.  This week is going to be very hard with Thanksgiving, but we have all committed to keep each other on track, and only allow ourselves to eat Thanksgiving dinner.....no leftovers for this family. We have all decided that we will not be hard on ourselves this week we will just workout harder, and as long as we don't gain we will be proud of ourselves.  I won't keep you in suspense any longer here are the results.....

Mom-9 lbs
Dad- 8.5 lbs
Connie-3.3 lbs
Jake- 12.5 lbs!!!
Ashley-2.5 lbs
Marc- 7.8 lbs
Brittany- 3 lbs
Michael 1.9 lbs
Luke- 9.4 lbs
Amber- 5.1 lbs

Everyone did a great job, but I have to say that I am so incredibly proud of my parents.  I know they both worked very hard and it definitely paid off!  We are all on the right track, and I cannot wait to see how everyone looks at the end of the contest.


Happy Friday

I have to say that I have been in a much better mood and just feeling better all the way around this week.  I am 100% sure its because I have been working out and dieting, I am officially back on the train, and with $800 at stake I have lots of motivation.  I am so proud of Luke he has gotten up and gone to the gym with me in the mornings, which really helps motivate me.  We have big Friday night plans let me tell ya, we are cleaning house, and putting up Christmas decorations!  The sad part is I could not be more thrilled about it, I am so excited to get my house all decked out for the holidays.  I ordered my Christmas cards this morning, now if I could just get motivated to get started on my shopping.  I tell myself every year I am going to get started early, and end up waiting until the last minute, which is OK with me because unlike most people I thrive on the hustle and bustle of shopping during the holidays.  Tomorrow we are getting up bright and early to hit the gym, and then I am helping my sister get everything ready for Macy Kate's 2nd Birthday party!  I cannot believe my little princess is already two.  It is going to be a circus theme complete with a space walk, face painting, balloon animals, and a cake walk.  I will be sure to post pictures next week.  Saturday night we are heading over to my friend Leigh's house for dinner and I am FINALLY going to meet her boyfriend Gregg!  This has been a long time coming, because he is in the Air Force and lives in Destin, so I have heard all about him and feel like I know him so it will be great to actually meet him and hang out.  We have our first weigh in Sunday, and I will be sure to post results....I hope everyone has a great weekend!


Christmas Cards

I was so proud of myself yesterday because I went to Shutterfly and started working on designing my Christmas cards, and I felt like I am actually a little ahead of the game.  I came up with my layout and picked out a design that I loved, and got sidetracked and didn't end up ordering.  Boy am I glad that I didn't because I came across this blog post.  I always use shutterfly when ordering and printing my pictures so this was the perfect deal for me since I already have my cards designed and ready to order!  This will be my first year sending out Christmas cards, and I cannot wait to keep up the tradition.  Here are a few of my favorites.

I love the Christmas cards that have pictures on them!  Click here to check out all of Shutterfly's photo cards.  They also have a lot of great ideas for Christmas gifts you can make a personalized calendar or a photo book, and give it as a gift.  My sister made me a photo book for our wedding and I absolutely love it!  I cannot wait to get my Christmas cards and start sending them out. 


Biggest Loser.....family style

A few weeks ago I was complaining to my mom that I was having a hard time getting back on the workout/diet wagon, after my best friends wedding, well she said that she was having the same problem  I have realized that I have to have a goal to work towards when it comes to losing weight,  I worked so hard to lose weight for the wedding, and then kept it up for my friends wedding, and now I have this down time, and I need a challenge.  So I started thinking and I came up with the idea for us to all to have a weight loss competition.  I really want my family to be healthy and make a lifestyle change so I thought this would be the perfect way for us to all motivate each other.  The original plan was for us to start last Sunday but several of us got a virus and were sick all weekend so we postponed it until this Sunday.  So this is how the contest is going to work.  We are going to weigh in every Sunday, the person with the highest percentage of weight loss gets a free pass, the person with the lowest has to pay $10, and everyone in between pays $5.  If for some reason you don't want to or can't weigh in you have to pay $10.  The person who has the highest percent of weight loss at the end of 16 weeks wins all the money!  The people in the contest are my mom, dad, sister, brother in law, aunt, uncle, my best friend Brittany and her husband Michael, and if course me and Luke.  I know we are crazy for starting this right before the holidays, but I figured this would be a good way to keep each other motivated through the holidays and not over indulge.  The men in my family have been doing so much smack talking, and are so competitive it is going to be fun to kick their butts.  We are going to take before and after pictures, and I promise to keep everyone updated on how everyone is doing.  If you have been wanting your family to get in shape this is a good way to get everyone on board and make it fun, because who doesn't like a challenge and winning money?


It's about the little things....

I have to admit I am OBESSED with anything and everything to do with the holidays.  I will say I did start to get a little anxiety when I went into Hobby Lobby at the beginning of October, and they already started putting their Christmas stuff out.  Is it just me or does it seem like people are putting Christmas stuff out earlier and earlier every year??  I think that Thanksgiving often gets overlooked, but for me it is just as important, because it revolves around one of my favorite things to do, and that is cooking.  I went grocery shopping the other day, and got so excited when I went in and they had all the baking goodies out.  I started thinking about what I was going to make for my family's Thanksgiving a while back I came across this recipe, and thought it looked amazing, so that is going to be by dessert contribution.  I am going to head out this weekend, and try to snag up as much Christmas decor as I can, because I know it will be time to put my trees up in no time!