Happy spring

I can’t believe it’s April already! And once April hits, we’re in full blown birthday season. Abby and Clark are this week, Olivia in 2 weeks, I’m in May, Veronica is beginning of June. Makes me tired, actually. But it’ll be nice. I’m so happy to be in Texas, where it’s warming up already, and the sun shines. My kitchen windows face full east, so one of my favorite things is working in the kitchen in the morning with the sun streaming in. It’s such a new thing for me, day in and day out, cleaning up the kitchen in sunshine. I love it.

So, this year I’ve really been focusing on my health. A healthy mindset is nothing new for me. I’ve been making changes towards better health for 20 years now, but mid January this year, I really bumped it up and I’m working out really hard daily, doing pushups and weights regularly, starting to run (I ran 2 miles a couple weeks ago! then I got sick). I still juice almost daily, have cut down portion sizes, cut out dairy, I eat whole grains and lots of produce. I’ve lost 25 lbs so far. Which is great! But you can hardly tell, and I’m still wearing the same clothes. And that is really annoying. However, it feels good, aside from taking a LOT of time, it’s not difficult, and I’m going to keep going.

The kids are doing well is school. We can’t believe the school year is wrapping up already. We’re approaching a full year in Texas! So weird.

I have been working a lot on my guitar technique. This DVD has been really helpful for my speed and fluency. I go back and forth between working with the video and playing around, making up chord progressions, rhythms, solos, etc. I haven’t written a song since November, but I have a lot of music that need lyrics, so I’m hoping to have a number of new songs soon.

Max is really smart, and challenging, and adorable. He takes a lot of my time.

Olivia had patellofemoral syndrome (significant knee pain) and spent some time in physical therapy this year.

Abigail has been student of the month twice at school this year.

Veronica has been first chair french horn all year.

Clark is learning to read really well and loves to ride on the back of Nate’s scooter to and from school.

That’s kind of the year in a nutshell, generally speaking. Here are a few pics








  1. You’ve lost 25 pounds since January?! That’s awesome! Go La!

    Enjoy that sunshine each morning. :)

    Comment by Donna — Monday, April 1, 2013 @ 1:59 pm

  2. It sounds like you are enjoying your new life in Texas. Well done on the weight loss. You look really good in that photo so you must be doing something right! Nice to hear from you again.

    Comment by sue — Monday, April 1, 2013 @ 5:26 pm

  3. That must be a very recent photo of you because your face looks significantly thinner than it did about a year ago. Your kids are wonderful.

    Comment by reader — Thursday, April 4, 2013 @ 6:28 pm

  4. Yes, my face has thinned up quite a bit. Thanks!

    Comment by Laura — Friday, April 5, 2013 @ 5:07 am

  5. Wow on the 25 lbs — you’re awesome. I love the catch up photos and post, it’s nice to read you again.

    Comment by Susan — Sunday, April 7, 2013 @ 8:34 pm

  6. Thanks for the update. I am so glad you like your new home. Nothing like sunshine to lift the spirits. And congratulations on your healthy changes, 25 pounds is a lot. Don’t worry because it seems slow going. I think it means that it’s more likely that the weight loss will be permanent instead of all the pounds coming right back.

    Comment by JudithNYC — Tuesday, April 23, 2013 @ 6:02 am

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