Monday, September 26, 2011

doggy diet?

I stepped up onto the bathroom scales, really just looking for confirmation of what I knew to be true. A few of the post baby kilos which I had previously said goodbye to have somehow snuck up on me while I had my back turned, and have firmly placed themselves around my waist. Oh those sneaky little kilos. I know now that they disguised themselves as chocolate cake and frosting, and countless soy lattes. It doesn't matter if I am trying to be on a dairy and egg free diet for LadyBug... sugar is sugar, and sugar can be deceitful, yet delicious.  We have enjoyed some wonderful homemade, dairy free custards, cakes, sorbets and the like, which have ALL been amazing to say the least.  And well, lets face it, winter isn't exactly the most motivational of times to be out and about shedding those sugar filled kilos. (that's my excuse and I'm sticking to it)

Christmas is fast approaching too (just under 13 weeks away) and it just so happens that every year, around about this time, I decide that I have to lose 10 kilos before Christmas.  I just have to be able to lose 10 kilo's so that I look amazing in those Christmas photos.  You know the ones where you are sitting on Santa's knee (who happens to be your dad) and you can hear his knees creaking in dispair under your body weight!  Most years I would be lucky to manage 2 kilos.  And 2 kilos gone is really good, believe me!  But most of the time those 2 kilos are sitting on the Christmas dinner table disguised as roast pork with all the trimmings and Christmas pudding with cream, just luring themselves back on to your hips!

Ah, friends, let me declare that this year will be different.  It should be different anyway because I have an exercise buddy!  He's dark, not too tall though.  He is pretty darn cute too...

Basil, our gorgeous King Charles Cavalier

Every time we take our pooch into the vet, he gets a routine weighing. I'm kind of glad they don't do that for humans, and very glad that dogs don't feel the shame of all those delicious morsels, now settled in nicely around their rotund middles. At his last check up Basil weighed in at a whopping 13kgs. That doesn't sound too much for a dog, but as you can see he is just a little dog, and quite a sedentary being too. Basil is known for snoozing away too many hours in the day. One vet mentioned to me that it would be ideal to keep Basil at 10kg because of his height, and because of his lack of enthusiasm for activity anything over that would be too hard for him to lose.

For Basil to lose 1kg would be great for him.  Well, he will lose a kilo instantly once he has a hair cut!  I, on the other hand should shed 10 kilos but realistically even a 5kg reduction would be great for me.

So together, Basil and I will be walking at least 4 days of the week.  That's a starting goal anyway.  He loves to walk, and I love it too.  Wet weather is predicted for the end of the week, so our walks might be jeopardized a bit.  I can take to the wii fit, but last I checked they haven't made a dog exercise board.

Yesterday afternoon we set out for our first walk for the week.  Baby in pram, pooch on the lead and away we go.  It was an absoultely glorious afternoon fora walk around the block.

relaxing all the way home!

We live in a hilly area of our small town, so the 'walk around the block' is up and down and up again, and takes about 40 minutes with the dog and pram, maybe only 30 minutes if I went by myself.  There are some amazing views, and hopefully I will remember to take the camera and try to capture some of them to share.

My exercise buddy Basil and I will check in through the weeks to come and update you on our progress!  But for now... enjoy the sun x

Saturday, September 10, 2011

one more sleep...

Mumma: So this is your last day of being 7 then...

LittleBee: Yeah!

Mumma: So how does it feel being nearly 8?

LittleBee: Exciting!

Mumma: Excited about turning 8 or excited about still being 7?

LittleBee: Oh, excited about turning 8 of course.

Mumma: What's so exciting about turning 8?

LittleBee: Umm..... umm..... oh, I don't know.  You should know Mumma, you've been 8 before, I haven't!

nearly there LittleBee, nearly there!

"just like peas and carrots"

This week we hosted our first play date in a long time.  There was a time in our lives when play dates with a special family happened weekly.  Sometimes even a couple of times a week.  We would meet at our place, or theres... at a park or shopping centre.  We'd enjoy lunches, crafting together, let the kids create incredible paint messes in the yard.  There were countless cookies, cupcakes and donuts consumed, and as our families grew, many a birthday cake and party has been shared between us.  A few years ago we moved house from one side of Melbourne to the other, and with that move, we left our dear friends behind.  I am thankful that we only moved just over an hour away, and not anything crazy like interstate, yet the move did mean that our weekly visits and many many play dates and fun times could not be as frequent.

But this week, for the first time in this little town, LittleBee had a LittleFriend over to enjoy the afternoon with.

LittleFriend arrived promptly at 2pm, and these bright little butterflies flitted from one game to the next, from one room to the next, inside and outside all afternoon.  Hand in hand.  Giggling and squealing.  It filled the house with a noise reminiscent of many an afternoon spent with our other dear friends, and filled my heart with joy knowing that LittleBee has found a kindred spirit to be all girly with.

They boldly requested chicken schnitzel for dinner, so while a Barbie movie was entertaining the girls in the play room, I set about getting dinner ready.  Coat the chicken... Cook the peas... Peel the carrots.

Peeling carrots at anytime reminds me of Forrest Gump.  Have you seen the movie?  Such an beautiful film!  Forrest likens his friendship with his childhood friend as peas and carrots.  As I set the dinner plates out infront of a table of hungry faces, it occurred to me that peas and carrots really do go together.  They have their obvious differences, but on the plate, they are in sweet harmony.

I'm not sure if LittleBee has found her "Jenny" in this dear LittleFriend who spent the afternoon here the other day.  But I do know that she has make a beautiful friend all the same, and I look forward to enjoying hearing more of their giggles and squeals as they make their own memories together.

... I dedicate this clip to my own "Jenny".  You and me like peas and carrots girl.  I value you, and appreciate your friendship so much.  Thank you for the little gift you left me last night too XxOo

Thursday, September 1, 2011

{this moment}

{this moment} - Inspired by Soulemama... a single photo - no words - capturing a moment from our week that is simple, special, and extraordinary. A moment I want to pause, savour and remember.  If you're inspired to do the same, leave a link to your 'moment' in the comments

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