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Swimming, Shoes, and Loofahs

  • May 27, 2010 1:18 pm

So many updates, so little time!

First things first:  Shoes update.  After a week of taking walks in my new Skechers Shape Ups (with strategically placed sports tape to protect against stupid seam placement), my measurements results are these:

  • Lower Abs:  -.75
  • Waist:  -.25
  • Hips:  no change
  • Thighs:  -.50
  • Knees:  -.50
  • Upper arms:  -.50

So…not too bad for the first week.  I will keep going.

In other news, my loofah sponge plants have finally made an appearance:

The weather has turned nice and hot and Kira loves to play outside.  I got her a new little swimming pool and swimming suit and set it out in her deck playland.  She spent lots of time playing in and out and with the water.  Give a toddler 2 inches of water and it’s fun for hours!

Shoes Update and a Day at the Farm

  • May 22, 2010 9:39 pm

First things first:  the shoes.  I’ve taken them for two 2-mile walks so far.  They are actually very comfortable.  However, they are definitely made large.  I bought a half-size smaller than normal and they still slip a little in the heel.  I couldn’t them any smaller though, or they’d be too narrow.  Probably will have to get some insert for the heel, as there’s an inconveniently-placed seam that has rubbed lovely blisters on my heels already.

Do they actually work out my legs?  Yes, they actually seem to.  First thing I noticed was that because I walk in a less slumped position, my lower ab muscles are being used more.  My lower and upper back feel slightly sore after the walk, and my calves and backs of my thighs definitely feel it.  It’s not so sore that I feel like “wow, I worked OUT”, it’s more like definitely the muscles are working a bit more than they do in regular shoes.  So, we’ll see…in the meantime, I have the fun task of breaking them in.  Hopefully it doesn’t take long for the leather to conform to my feet.

Today we took Kira to the local farm for their Spring Fling day.  I wanted to buy some more lamb chops (they sell the BEST lamb!) and some gruyere cheese, and since they were having a petting area, we decided we’d see how Kira did with the animals.  She wasn’t afraid of them, but she wasn’t all that interested in them either.  There was just too much else going on that she didn’t seem to be able to focus on the animals.  She had fun running around and checking things out though.

Petting the baby sheep

Petting a goat

Yikes - the goat jumped

Whoa - this lamb is really close

I think I'll touch this chicken though

Always the best place to touch a strange dog

Found a piece of a sheep

Marching right through the sheep shearing, completely oblivious

On the tractor


I was at a loss one day trying to figure out how to entertain Kira when she just couldn’t be satisfied with anything.  I thought “Fingerpainting!”.  Little kids love to smear and make messes.  So we stripped her down, taped the paper to the table, and got her all set up.  She gave the paint one big smear and then started to yell because her hand was messy.  I tried desperately to make her enjoy this like a normal kid – I added sprinkles, cookie cutters, and even some flour-dough.  She half-heartedly played with it for a while, pausing occasionally to hold out her hand and give a cranky yowl because it was messy.  Sigh.  Finally, after about 10 minutes of this fun, we cleaned her up and sent her on her way.  She was probably very relieved, wondering what on earth just happened.

And finally, this is what I have to deal with all day when I’m trying to work… 🙂

Please stop working and play with me, Mommy!

The Great Skechers Experiment

  • May 19, 2010 6:31 pm

We’ve all been intrigued by the new line of Shape Ups shoes by Skechers (yes,  you have – admit it!).  Who wouldn’t be?  It’s a shoe that trims up your legs and behind while you walk.  Genius?  Maybe.  Will it work?  Maybe.

I finally broke down and bought a pair.  $99.  Ugh.

Skechers Women's Shape Up-Trim Step Walking Sandal

However, I needed new shoes for summer anyway, and Joseph spent more than that on a pair of fancy dress shoes at Nordstrom’s in January, so it’s my turn.

I’ll take some measurements of my legs in various places and then let you know how they’re doing.  Note:  I will only post inches lost/gained, no actual amounts because they’re too frightful to say out loud.  Anyway, we’ll see if these shoes are all they’re hyped up to be.


  • May 10, 2010 12:25 pm
Seems as if the cheapest toy that you buy is always a favorite?  I paid 25 CENTS for that little magnadoodle at a Mom to Mom Sale just to see if she’d like it.  And of course, she likes it better than some toys I paid a lot for. 

Daddy's got my hair up like a schoolmarm

Mommy chasing me with the camera is pretty funny!

Mommy told me to stay, so I stayed (this was after being changed)


And just because I suppose it’s customary, here is a Mother’s Day shot:

Loving the Spring Weather

  • May 1, 2010 9:45 pm

The weather has finally taken a turn and it’s pretty consistently warm now…some days warmer than others, but at least we can shed the winter coats once and for all!

We’ve been tackling our lawn as our major summer project.  When they built the house, they just threw down some seed on a bed of clay and gravel and since we can’t afford sod, we’re having to coax our lawn to life, one small bit at a time.

In the meantime, Kira loves going outside.  You have to be careful to say the words “go”, “walk”, or “outside”, because she’ll run to the door and cry if she doesn’t get taken out immediately.

Riding my old-fashioned (and probably dangerous) horse

Picking flowers

Picking flowers

I have to pick every single dandelion I come across

I'm pretty sure I can lift this rock

I guess these rocks will have to do instead