The Finley Family

The Finley Family

Monday, March 29, 2010

My day from HELL!!!

Today has been my day from HELL!! I am not one to say that lightly! I can usually take about anything in stride and not let it bother me but today.....well, that is a different story! To start things off Haylee woke up earlier than usual which on any other day would not make a big difference to me but Mondays are my days off from my morning workouts so I like to sleep in at least a little. So, I was already a little grumpy. Then by 9:30 Haylee had already had TWO accidents. Now I am not talking ooops, I did not make it to the potty in time accidents, NO, I am talking about squat and pee all over the floor kind of accidents! Then, I go in to check on my laundry that I started this morning and guess what.....the machine has stopped working!! I am pretty sure the pump is toast! So I have a washing machine full of laundry and dirty water. Next I find Kaleb with milk ALL over him. Did he spill it on himself.....of course not Haylee decided to dump milk all over Kaleb and the coffee table and then smear it all around! Oh, and have ANOTHER accident. So here I am thinking my day can only get better right......WRONG! I decide that in order to get us all out of the house we will go and get lunch so I get Haylee all excited to go to Sonic for lunch. We get dressed (sort of) and we get ready to walk out of the house. Oh, keys are locked in the car and Lee accidentally took the extra set to work! So not only has my day just gotten worse but we are now stuck in the house ALL day! Which of course has to be on Gymnastics day which means Haylee now has to miss gymnastics! So, I still try and at least save lunch by calling the pizza place in town only to be reminded that they are closed on Mondays for lunch. Well,good thing that nap time came because I was about to loose my mind! Luckily the rest of the day has not gotten any worse......of course it has not gotten any better either but I will take it not getting worse!! Here is hoping that tomorrow is 100% better than today!

Friday, March 26, 2010


So yesterday I took Haylee to her first "big girl" gymnastics class. That means that for the first time she went to class all by herself!! Usually kids do not get to start that class until they are 3. Haylee is still only 2 1/2 but her "tiny tots" coach felt like she was ready to move up a level :) So, as I was sitting in the bleachers watching her do class alone I had my one of my first "Oh my gosh she is growing up to fast" moments! I was so proud of her for listening and doing such a great job that I actually teared up! I really look forward to all the fun new things that are to come :)

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Long Time!

As my wonderful sister pointed out in a text message I have not been keeping up with this as much as I would have liked! I think that is mainly because I have to much to say, but I am never sure what is appropriate for this forum. There has been a lot going on in my life lately most of which is really good! But there has also been A LOT of unwanted DRAMA in my life lately too! I do not understand why grown women can not communicate in a way as to not cause drama! There would be so many problems avoided in this world if people would just learn how to communicate with others! Anyways.......let's talk about the rest of my life :)
A couple of my really good friends and I have started a new playgroup that we are very excited about! We are going through a "new" phase right now and I am trying not to get frustrated with people! I just hope that everyone that joins really feels like they have a great group of people to get to know.
I have a job opportunity coming in April that I am excited for! It is just for a few days to help out with TAKS testing but I am hoping it will open some doors for me for next school year!
I have two craft fairs coming up in May that I am really excited about. We have been working really hard to get a bunch of stuff ready and I think that we will do well at our upcoming fairs!
I have two, yes TWO vacations coming up. Lee and I are going on a weekend getaway for our Anniversary and then we are going to Mexico. We are very excited for both adventures! Oh, and we have completely paid off our Mexico trip!!!!!
And lastly one of the biggest accomplishments yet......I have officially lost 20 lbs!!!!!!!!! I have at least 10 more to go before Mexico but I am so proud of myself! Helping me in this venture has been my training for my first 5K which I completed and I am now training for a 10K which I will run the first weekend of May :)

So, that is it for now, but I will try and be better about keeping this thing up to date!

Friday, February 12, 2010

Snow and Sick Boy

So, on Wednesday night when we went to bed the weather man was calling for maybe 1" of snow, and it was not supposed to start snowing until Thursday afternoon. Well, it apparently began to snow around 3 am Thursday and by the time it finally quit snowing at about 2 am Friday we had close to 1' of snow!!! Haylee thinks that it is great and would probably stay outside and play all day if I would let her. We did take advantage of the snow yesterday and Haylee got to play outside a few times. Unfortunately, I also have a sick one. Yep, Kaleb is sick :( I thought he just had a little bug or something on Tuesday because he was running a fever but by Wednesday it was gone. But, alas, I think it must be a cold because today he has an awful runny/stuffed up nose and a yucky cough. So, now I am dealing with a sick 1 year old and a 2 year year old that wants nothing more than to be playing in the snow ALL is going to be a LONG day!!! Maybe Lee will get off early and come home and play with Haylee in the snow :)

Here are some pictures of Haylee playing in the snow yesterday.

This is what we woke up to this morning.....around 1' of snow!

Daddy made a make shift "sled" so he could pull Haylee around the yard last night!

Haylee's first snow angel

She thinks eating the snow is a lot of FUN :)

Friday, January 29, 2010

10 and counting

So, I know I have this bad habit of multiple postings in one day, but I feel like when I have the time I should get everything down! I have reached my first weight loss milestone and I wanted to celebrate. I have officially lost my first 10 pounds!! I am very proud of myself and I feel like this time around I am ready to really stick to it and loose ALL the weight I want. I think that having people to support me and hold me accountable are the big difference for me! I am excited for what is to come in this hard, but totally worth it, journey!!!

Kaleb is 1

Today my little boy turned one, I can not believe how fast this past year has gone! It seems like only yesterday that we were at the hospital welcoming him to the world :) He has become such a little person with all his personality, I love watching him grow and learn each and every day! Some of his newest accomplishments have been blowing kisses and shaking his head "no" (although, I am not sure it actually has a meaning yet). He is still not quite walking on his own, but we expect him to just get up and go one of these days! He has all the skill to do it, he just has to decide that he is ready. We are excited to celebrate his birthday tomorrow with some of our family and friends and we want ALL of you to know that we appreciate all you have done for us and for our children! We love you very much! And to my sweet baby boy...Mama loves you now and forever!!!

Sunday, January 17, 2010

Life Cut Short

I know I have already posted today, but there is something else that has been weighing heavily on my mind ever since Friday and this is the first time I have had the opportunity to sit down and write about it. This past Friday my sister's boyfriend got the most awful news that anyone can recieve....his dad had died. I was so saddened by the news that even though I had never met him I cried! When I think about why I cried, this is what comes to mind. I cried for Nesto and his great loss, I cried for my sister and her loss and what they were both going to have to deal with in the coming weeks/months, and I cried for myself. Why would I be crying for myself?? Because ever since my dad got diagnosed with prostate cancer this is my biggest fear, that one day I will get that call! I can not imagine loosing a parent! It was tough enough when my aunt and my grandfather died! It is a fear I deal with almost on a daily basis! So when I heard this devestating news I was so overcome with grief for what Nesto and his siblings were going thorough and I cried! My heart goes out to Nesto, his family and my sister Jessica!! You are in my thoughts and prayers!!

Speaking My Mind/ Ready 2 Run


As I sit here in the living room of my moms house I am reminded about how nice it is to be able to speak your mind without being judged.....oh, wait, I can not do that here (or anywhere). It seems like no matter where I go or who I am with there is always something that I should not say. I feel like I am stuck in a world that everyone judges everyone else but no one stops to think about how they are affecting others. I am not very political most of the time....and I tend to think of myself as somewhere in the middle (not quite all Democrat, but not Republican either). So, living in the great state of Texas is hard for me. There are a lot of people here that are such die hard Republicans that they do not stop to think that maybe not everyone shares their beliefs. I encounter it everywhere I go, people talking bad about Democrats, people talking bad about the President, people making you feel like if you do not agree with them then you are WRONG!! I do not understand this?? Why can we not come together as a people and love one another. Why can we not support our President even if he is not who we voted for just because he is our President!! Why can we not let people know we care about them without pushing our religious beliefs on them!!

I was raised in a very religious family and the main reason I strayed away from the church is not because I do not believe in God, but because I have found that ultra religious people can be (not always) some of the most hypocritical people I have ever met! Why can we not all just take the main messages of the Bible and practice them in our everyday lives? Love thy my mind this does not say Love thy neighbor IF they believe the same way you do....but instead it says we should love them for who they are. We do not have to agree with what everyone elso thinks but why do we have to judge them for the way they think? God loves ALL of us, why can't we do the same? It is not our job to judge....that is left up to God and that is who we should leave it up to! I mean obviously if someone does something wrong like kill, steal, etc. they need to be punished for what they have done, I am more talking about the little things. Who are we to say that being Gay makes you a bad person (it certainly is not contagious!!!) or if you are a Deomocrat you are not religious....all that is just plain balony!!!


I start my new running program today!! I am very excited to see how much I will be able to accomplish with the support of other people! I am two + weeks into my new workout and watch what I eat regimine, and I have already lost 7 pounds! I still have A LOT to go but I think I am on the right track! My first 5 K is in 8 weeks so hopefully I can get in shape enough to do it!!

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

My Picky Eater

I swore I would never be one of those parents that has a picky eater. So in order to accomplish that goal I have always let the kids choose (within reason) what they want for breakfast and lunch, but when it comes to dinner I have ALWAYS had the policy that whatever momma makes everyone eats, if you don't like it you don't eat. That has always worked for me and I thought I was raising children that would eat, or at least try anything. Then, Haylee became about 2 1/2 and the world has changed.

Tonight we were eating dinner and I had made a nice chicken (except with turkey) casserole, which I may add used to be one Haylee's favorite meals. Of course Kaleb is in his chair chowing down and Haylee is in her chair singing the Wheels on The Bus (cute, but not at dinner). So, in order to help this process along I put a tiny bite of casserole on Haylee's fork, she eats the bite, and then.......gags and barfs all over herself?!?!?!? What just happened?How did my child that would eat anything turn into this picky eater that now has some type of texture issue? Now, since we were having green beans along with our casserole she is sitting at the table eating green beans for dinner (one at a time as slowly as she possibly can!).

On a brighter note, Haylee said something very sweet I was changing Kaleb's diaper she came running into his room yelling "Kaleb is my bestest friend" over and over. It was very loud, but very cute!!!!

Friday, January 8, 2010

New Years

So, I know it is a little late to be talking New Years stuff but since I just started this thing I figure now is as good a time as any! This year I decided instead of making resolutions I was just going to make goals for myself and work on one thing at a time. So, I have three main goals for the year.

1. To eat healthier and work out (building up to six times a week) and to run a half marathon by the end of the year.

2. To be better at keeping my house clean.

3. To play with the kids more during the day, and not let them watch so much TV.

Since it is already almost the second week of January I will report in on how I am doing. I began Stroller Strides this past Tuesday and I am going to be starting a program that will train me to run a 5 K. So with those two things in place I am well on my way to working out as often as I would like. I have to stick with it if I plan on being able to wear a swimsuit in Mexico this summer for my brother's wedding!! As for the other two things things they are coming along a little more slowly. We have started picking up the kids playroom each nigh before bath which seems to make a big difference on how clean the house looks.....but I still have 3 loads of laundry that need to be folded so..... And I have started trying to limit the TV in the mornings and while we are eating but I will need to continue working on that one!

Thursday, January 7, 2010

The Five O'Clock Curse

Ok, so I do not know if any of you other moms out there have this problem in your house but we do!! The problem is what I like to call the 5 O'Clock Curse. It usually goes something like this....The kids are playing nicely in the play room then 5 O'Clock hits and I begin making dinner, then all Hell breaks loose! Haylee turns from nice child who usually listens into this crazy thing that does not hear a word I say. Kaleb turns from the easy going baby into the clingy, don't put me down or I will cry my eyes out child. So here I am trying to make dinner, yell at Haylee (she's not listening) all while holding Kaleb to keep him quiet! And when I am about to looses my mind, daddy walks in the house at about 6 and the all is right with the world. Haylee turns back into good child who usually listens and Kaleb has someone who can hold him without having to put him down every couple minutes to attend to dinner. So yes, it is the 5 O'Clock Curse!

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Starting a new

As the year gets under way I am hoping to begin a few new things. The usual, like working out and eating better. The new, like having more patience with my children and enjoying being a stay at home mom. And, the very new, like starting this blog and working more on my crafting. So, although this is a short post it is my first of hopefully a long line of them.