The Finley Family

The Finley Family

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.