Thursday, September 29, 2011


This week I had a complete cry baby melt down.  A cry baby melt down that all started with Facebook.  No, I was not upset by the changes, I didn't want to be a part of that angry mob.  Instead I was trying to embrace the new and was uploading the new Timeline (which I LOVE by the way!)

When I did the update I started looking at pictures that I hadn't looked at in ages on there.  Suddenly I came across one of me, roughly around Leyton's age and it because so apparent.....

He is his mommy's child.  I know I've posted comparison pics before but it just amazes me how much he looked like his daddy at the beginning and how now there are pictures of me as a child that could be him.  His daddy is still there though, the shape of his eyes, his chin and eeeegad that gorgeous curly hair is all Ball.

Then I started thinking.  I started getting all spiritual and deep.  Yes my friends, I was getting spiritual and deep on FACEBOOK!  What dawned on me in that moment is that Leyton is a chance for my twin brother Steven.  He is what I would imagine Steven would look like.  He is likely why I knew I always wanted a boy and got a boy.  Leyton is a chance for Steven to grace this world since he didn't have a chance to the first time around.

I knew then that I am going to make it the best world he could ever possibly imagine, and in some almost impossible way....I loved my son 50 times more than I had just moments before.

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Thrifty Adventures

Another quiet week here for me at Thrifty Adventures.  For me going thrifting is like a disease sometimes.  I catch it and no matter what I do I can't keep myself out of a thrift store.  Then all of a sudden, I'm over it.  Maybe it's because I stock up on too much stuff, maybe I just get tired...I'm not sure.  The past couple trips I have taken have either resulted in bringing nothing home or just finding one thing.  Last week I found a Ball canning jar.  Just one.

This week I was just about to leave the store and spotted the cutest little owls.  They looked like a set of shakers I once got for Kate and I knew that this little figurine would look wonderful in Miss Getty's room.  So, this is my only thrifty find this week!

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Healthy Day Dreams

It was another successful week for me and JC.  I'm down another 1.6lbs, which brings me to a total of 21 lbs in 8 weeks!!!  Not too shabby!  Overall I'm feeling much better.  Wearing clothes I couldn't fit into, more energy and just overall less ashamed of how I look.  Yes my friends, I felt shame at being the size I was.  With each passing week though I feel more and more proud.

There are going to be some changes this week.  While I have loved what JC has done for me, I also knew it was not something I could do forever.  Eating from a box is not great, and really I know it is not the healthiest option.  So, starting tomorrow I will transition over to WW.  I wasn't sure when the right time to do this was but the good thing is I will still go to Jenny to weigh in, and still have my membership with them for a year so if I need to go back on their food I can.  The bad habits that I had before starting are in check, but if they start to get out of check then I know I can go back.

I've also started to think about things I look forward to down the line.  Of course the biggest is just having more energy and having an easier time playing with Leyton.  I want to be able to keep up with him as he gets older and that wasn't going to happen in the body I was in.  I can't wait to shop at regular stores for clothing.  Being plus size is not fun.  There are not as cute of options and many times the clothing costs more.  I can't wait to not shop in the plus size or maternity section for my clothing and I'm getting closer to that by the day!  I can't wait to be able to push myself out of a pool with my arms to climb out.  As a swimmer this is something I could always do, only now I look more beached whale when trying to do it.  I also have an exciting finish line prize in which a bathing suit designer will be making me a custom shoot and doing a photo shoot in that suit!  That's a loooong way to go, but I figure all the celebs always do a bathing suit reveal so I will too...and I'll be showing you the real non airbrushed version!

Wish me luck this week!!

Monday, September 26, 2011

Christmas Shopping

I get a ton of catalogs in the mail.  There is typically something on my porch every day and with the holidays months away just around the corner they will only start coming in even bigger volumes.  The other day a new catalog showed up that I had never seen before.
The catalog was ABC distributing and from the looks of the cover I just knew that I could find Christmas presents for everyone on my list this year and wanted to help you as well! 

First for all the people at the office, how about some candy.  Who wouldn't love a M&M mug full of candy that they can eat in one day and then later fill with dusty paperclips!

Then for those that love to cook you could go with something trendy and fun!  No, not a cake pop mold, that was so last year...instead we have a Whoopie Pie mold!  I mean, because who would have thought that those aren't just two cookies pushed together and that you'd actually need a special pan to make them!!
Maybe you have a lady friend in your life and you need something truly special.  Maybe that lady has seen countless commercials for pajama jeans, but is just a little afraid of what they are really going to look like.  She loves wearing your jeans, so why not go with the Boyfriend version of pajama jeans...they truly speak for themselves!  Don't believe me?  Well at least from the description she will know that she can wear them long or rolled.  Women can't be trusted to figure out those small details on their own.

Oh wait, you are likely a woman!  So perhaps you need something for that special man in your life!  Then look no further my friends because this catalog has pajama jeans for him as well!!!

Nothing says, "I love you" like a pair of tattered pj's!  You can go ahead and thank your lucky stars too because you have not just one version to choose from, but TWO!!!  Don't think the standard torn jeans are enough?  Well, then why not go for the faux boxer version!!

Abs not included ladies, abs not included.
Happy Shopping!!!

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Row, row, row your board.

Last night I joined my friend Beth and took a standing paddle board class.  I've seen people do this on Donner Lake and thought it looked like fun so I wanted to give it a try myself.  I was super nervous about how hard it would be and whether or not I would be able to stand on the board.

Oh man was it ever AWESOME with a capital eighties voice!!!!  It was such an incredible workout, but at the same time so relaxing and just beautiful.  I saw the sunset for the first time in gawd knows how long.  It left me sitting her today wondering, when can I go again?  How can I find time to do this tons?  Who do I have to sell my soul to in order to buy myself a board?

Thanks so much to Scott and Jaime of RiseSUP for such an amazing experience!  I can't wait to come out again!!!

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Seeing the thinner me.

This week was tough.  If I would have given you a JC update on Wednesday night I would have told you that I hated this program and that the people that think this food tastes good are seriously out of their minds.  Now, a week later I know that was a speed hump.  It was a speed hump that I normally hit and then get out of the car. This time though, I pushed that damn gas pedal down and took the speed bump Dukes of Hazzard style.

Here's the thing, do I always like the  The food is really quite good, but there are these shelf stable foods that sneak in sometimes and I literally want to throw them at the wall.  I learned early on that I didn't like them, but some new food was released this week and damn it if the Thai Curry Chicken didn't sound awesome.  Truth is, I wouldn't even feed it to the dog.  JC does such a good job at making their frozen foods taste fresh, much better than a frozen meal you'd buy in the grocery store.  On the other hand their shelf stable entrees leave a WHOLE LOT to be desired.  

The week got better as I went along and then yesterday I decided to try on a pair of jeans that I haven't put on since, oh, 2007!!!  Guess what?  They fit, and this picture gave me all the extra motivation that I needed.

Know what else?  On this terrible week in which I wanted to take my JC food to a shooting range more than I wanted to eat it....I lost three more pounds.  I am just a couple ounces from a 20lb total weight loss.  Damn, that feels good.  

There are parts of my body that I can see again.  Not that they look great, but now that we are being reintroduced hopefully I can make them look better.  Clothes fit better.  I have more energy.  Also, my c section scar does not hurt at all.  It used to hurt.  If it wasn't hurting I could still just feel it.  Now it's like it's not even there.  

I can't wait for what the future holds!  Here's a face comparison of week 1 compared to week 6.  Not too shabby!

It's Alive!!!!!!

When Kate and Mark were told that Getty had SMA they very quickly after found a place to share their feelings.  At the time that space was Caring Bridge.  When I saw this I was at first very happy that they had an outlet to well....get things out.  Then I started to notice that friends and family were making donations.  Only, these donations were not going to Kate and Mark to help Getty.  These donations were going to Caring Bridge.  That was when my alarms went off.  Look, I don't know much and I'm sure Caring Bridge is helping people and has there place....but that is my optimistic view of them.  What I really think is they are making a ton of money off of the misfortune of others.  I've had a blog for YEARS.....and I have never paid a dime for it.  To me, what Kate and Mark were doing looked just like a blog so I encouraged them to get off Caring Bridge and thus the Getty Owl blog was born.

Today, the blog that could gave birth to an AMAZING website for the Foundation!  It still has the blog component but now has so much more!  It's a place to help newly diagnosed families.  It's a place to spread the word about SMA.  It's a place to announce our upcoming events.

Go, check it out and let us know what you think!!!

Monday, September 19, 2011

My Boy

This weekend we met up with our good friend Morgan so Leyton could have a little photo session with her.  She hasn't taken his picture since the wee age of 3 know, back when we used to be able to just sit him down somewhere and he couldn't get away!  Now, taking photographs is pretty much like workout.  It involves a lot of chasing, redirecting, lifting in the air, singing songs, followed by more chasing.

I've only seen a snippet of the wonderful pics, but let me tell you THEY ARE WONDERFUL PICS!  It is funny how sometimes all it takes is a photo for me to sit in awe at the fact that this little child is mine.  The fact that his daddy and I made this beautiful child still baffles me.

Thanks Morgan!  I'm loving the pictures!

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Thrifty Adventures

This weeks Thrifty Adventures are a little different because my thrifty find was not at a thrift store.  My thrifty find was at Target!  I was making my usual trips for toiletries and such and noticed that there were staff members ALL OVER the store with pricing guns, which could only mean one thing....mark downs!  I decided that since I was alone and had tons of time on my hands I would walk the entire store to see what Target had to offer.

My first score was in the back to school supplies where I got Bill a backpack for $9 (for fishing trips) and some composition note books for 10 cents!!!  I was also scoping the store for any Missoni items that might be left just so I could see if I understood the hype.  There were items, and I still don't get it, but whatever.

This took me to the bedding area where I noticed an entire aisle with 70% off bedding.  Both our room and Leyton's room needed new bedding and I am SOO happy that I scored something for each of us!  We are still working on giving Leyton's room a boy look with an outdoorsy appeal.  I found this brown plaid set that included sheets, skirt, comforter and shams for just $12!!!  It works perfect!

Then, I thankfully spotted one that would look great in our room.  It included a Cal King comforter, shams and skirt for $22!!!!  I mean seriously, I couldn't find that cheap at Ikea!  I also decided to FINALLY do something with our gigantic family portrait so it is now proudly hanging in our bedroom and I have to say I love it in there!

I've decided to stop using Linky Tools for these posts.  To be honest, while some of you are reading, no one is playing along anymore and it's kind of a hassle.  So, if you find something good will you kindly leave a comment??  I still love seeing your thrifty finds!

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

16 Months

Today Leyton is 16 months old.  When I set out to take these pictures in my mind I wanted them always the same.  Always wearing white.  Always sitting in the same chair.  What I learned is planning these pictures worked out much like having a "birth plan."  It is impossible. 

At 16 months I can't keep Leyton from bouncing on the furniture.  He climbs and stands on anything and everything he can...especially the gold sofa in the front window that was always his picture spot.  In fact, that sofa is now turned so it's impossible to even sit on it.  No matter what I try, I can't keep him off of it and he's taken two headers off of it so it is safest to just not have it accessible.  That means, no monthly photos in the chair.  Also, the white shorts have taken a back seat.  It's impossible to find all white shorts for boys.  The leggings he was wearing...I admit...were for girls!  They now have stains all over them so I'm just going with the white shirt and shorts.  I still want to capture a picture each month, but have learned to roll with the punches.  This kiddo keeps me on my toes!!

Tuesday, September 13, 2011


It's been another successful week with me and JC.  I'm down another 3.2 pounds which makes a total in 5 weeks of 16.4lbs!  We also took some measurements again to see how my body has changed.  The most significant decrease is in my waist where I have already dropped 6 inches!!!    My bust, abdomen and hips have all dropped between 1-2 inches making me 12.1 inches smaller overall.  Can't beat that!

I thought this week we would talk a little about clothes.  When I started JC I wore a 20-22 in pants, an 18 or XXL top, an 18 in dresses and we won't even talk about how big my bra was because this is a family blog.  I'm still wearing those clothes but everything fits better.  The 20 pants that I didn't fit into I now do.  The 22's are too big.  All my tops are much more lose and my bras are not squeezing the life out of my lungs.

Now, I'm not going to lie, I've done this all before.  I've lost weight, watched as my clothes no longer fit me and did what everyone does....went out and bought new clothes.  Only, then those clothes don't fit and you buy more and more and more.  Then you put weight back on and you buy more and more and more.  You can grow broke playing the yo yo game.  I knew that this time around I wanted to do things differently.  For one, I want to be done yo yo'ing.  I also refuse to buy new when it may not fit me.  As sloppy as my clothes get, I'm going to hold out as long as I can to buy replacements.  When I do buy replacements, I will buy everything at the thrift store.  The only things I will allow myself new are bras and underwear.  I'm not going to allow myself to go out and buy new things and then replace them again if I'm in a smaller size.  It just doesn't make sense.  Plus, I figure if I'm buying thrift it will make for some cute stuff I can show you on Thrifty Adventures!  I'll save the new clothes until I get to my goal weight, and I'm not even sure if I know what that is yet.

Sorry there is no picture, Blogger wants to rotate it to the side and that just makes me crazy!!!

Monday, September 12, 2011


It is very clear that my son loves music.  He dances to music, he listens to music, he will only watch a show while the music is on and then couldn't care less.  He also has taken to singing.  A couple months back he started humming his ABC's or Twinkle Twinkle depending on how you interpret it.  Thing one had been singing this to him recently so he just pulled it from his archives and it became his favorite song.  Around the same time he took a liking to Old MacDonald and would sing along, but never in the right spot.  The other day, he nailed it and thankfully I had my phone handy so I started rolling the video.  Only problem is I didn't want him to see me recording or see my phone because then he would stop singing.

That said, this is likely going to be soo cute you are going to have to watch it more than once.  To balance the cuteness out what you are looking at is the paint cracking on my dirty front windowsill which is now clean thanks to this video pointing it out!


Sunday, September 11, 2011


I knew today I would talk about 9/11.  I also knew that since 2006 when I started this blog I have never talked about 9/11.  I'm not entirely sure why, but I chose to keep my memory to myself.  Today marking the 10th anniversary I feel it is time to share.

I lived in Boston for a year and made frequent visits to New York during my time there, and some before that move happened.  I saw the towers when they stood and I saw the destruction of when they were there no longer.  I can remember the time I visited the towers with the intent of taking a ride to the top, only the line was so long there was no way we could fit it in.  So, we sat outside and tried our best to use our camera to show just how big they were.  Even with me lying on the ground and shooting up at my friends it did them absolutely no justice.

When later I visited the aftermath I was again blown away by the void.  No television shot or photo can ever show someone who has never been there just how empty that space is.

On 9/11 I was getting ready to go to work and was in the shower around 6am my time.   I had the radio on and could hear talk of planes crashing, but I honestly think I was so half asleep I didn't know what they were talking about.  When I got out of the shower I went and turned on the tv, at that point the panic has really set in as the 2nd plane had already struck the towers.  I stood there in shock and horror wondering what the hell was happening.  My husband was still in bed and I remember going into the dark room to turn on the television as I just said to him, "Something terrible is happening in New York."

Before I left for work I watched the buildings fall. 

My job in Customer Service at the time had a heavy client base on the east coast.  On a day that would normally be hustle and bustle...there was nothing.  It was quiet, it was sad and it was just heavy.  It is a day and feeling I will never forget.

In the last 10 years I have spent time watching some of the memorial ceremonies.  A couple weeks ago I watched a show about building the memorial.  Today, seeing those families at the memorial, touching the names of those they lost, etching the names on paper with pencils and seeing the water flow into those big square fountains truly takes my breath away.  I think for the first time, those memorial fountains do a perfect job of capturing the empty void of a space that once held two amazing buildings and the many lives lost.  I will always remember.

Thursday, September 08, 2011

Thrifty Adventures

This week was a slow one for me thrift wise.  I just wasn't feeling it.  I did make one trip in which I got myself a coffee mug.  Makes total sense seeing how I don't drink coffee!

I found this mustache mug for 99 cents.  I loved that it was hand crafted and of course that it makes you look like you have a mustache when you drink from it, or protects the mustache that you do have from getting wet.  This means I now have two mustache mugs which could indicate the start of a collection?

What did you find this week?

Wednesday, September 07, 2011

I Love Hats!

I absolutely love hats.  I love wearing hats, love hats on men, other woman, kiddos, etc.  When Leyton was a wee beast he loved wearing hats.  Now, it is impossible to get him to keep a hat on his head.  We try over and over again in hopes that one of these times he will just leave it.

He has a coon skin hat that he got for Christmas and lately he's been interested in putting it on.  Part of it is we clap and cheer when he leaves it on his head.  At first he would leave it on for just a quick moment, then bring it to us again to be put back on.  Slowly he is leaving it on longer and longer.

Last night I was able to put my hat on him and get him to keep it on for a while.  I was even able to get a picture.  Man oh man, there are times when I take a picture of Leyton and fall in love with him all over again and this is one of those pictures.

I know all moms say this, but he is truly a gorgeous child.

P.S.  I swear that my child does wear clothes.  It's warm in Sacramento right now and typically when I pick him up when I get off work we go outside for some water time in which I let him be naked as a jay bird.  Always seems like the best shots come out of those times!!

Tuesday, September 06, 2011

Me and J.C.

A while back I got a little crazy.  Got a little crazy and told everyone what I weighed in an effort to do something about it.  Then, what's even crazier is I DID do something about it....for a couple weeks.  For a couple weeks I paid attention and then I threw in the towel and did nothing.  Here I thought telling you all would motivate me, but I came to realize in that time that if I was doing this it was for myself.

Yes, I want to get healthier for my son.

Yes, I want my husband to think I'm sexy again.

None of those reasons are good enough though.  I need to get healthier for me.  I need to find myself sexy again.

So four weeks ago I did something crazy again.  I found J.C.  No, I didn't find Jesus Christ.  I didn't find J Crew....I found them long ago and fit into nothing there.

I found Jenny Craig.

I'm sure some of you know her or have at least heard of her.  Let me give it to you in a nutshell.  Jenny is food in a box for fat girls like me that need to lose weight but don't necessarily have the time or energy to figure out a meal plan on our own.  Look, I know how to eat healthy.  I've done Weight Watchers so many times that I can tell the point of something on smell alone.  For me points got boring.  Points take time and right now...I'm no good at math.  On the other hand I know that Weight Watchers is a terrific program.

I turned to Jenny because I needed a little more help.  I needed someone to just give me the food to eat so I wouldn't have to think about it for a while and could reset my system.  I'm not sure how long I will stick on the program until I switch to more of a WW style, but it doesn't matter.  I will know when I'm ready and right now, I'm not ready.

In finding Jenny Craig 4 weeks ago, I have lost 13.2 lbs and have no intentions of finding it.  I didn't want to put it out there and tell everyone right away because I needed to get a little time on my own in, find my groove so to speak.  Now I'm ready, ready to share with the world all 10 readers again my weight loss journey.  I weigh in on Tuesdays so I figure each Tuesday I will let you know how it went, let you know what I'm loving and hating, and show you a picture of my face.  I'll do a body shot later, but weight loss shows well in the face.  So I started the program at 255.2 and am now 242lbs.  I have a looooong way to go but I am already feeling the difference.

So, welcome to my journey.  The picture above is the face shot thus far...starting at week one (I forgot to take a starting face pic) and ending at my weight in today for week four.  Apparently the last two weeks I've been a fan of hats!


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