Tuesday, November 29, 2011

sibling l♥ve

as a photography nut & someone who has always documented her life via photographs it has been a major adjustment for me when my son's entered their teenage years & suddenly became defiant about photos. i might get them -- but it is never without protest & sometimes a squabble ending with me yelling something to the effect of...
*all i want is one freakin' family photo -- now stand there & look happy for shit's sake!*
(seriously that was the dialogue from thanksgiving)

photos = pure torture to teenage guys.
who knew?

so imagine my surprise when my oldest son hunter, age 17, willing posed & smiled for the following pics?!?!
only one person on this planet can make his stubborn 17 year old know-it-all ass smile like this -- his little sister skylar!

seriously; she has us all wrapped & is more times than not she is the bond that keeps us all from going mental on one another.
i am so glad she has brothers who truly adore her...

who could ever resist this face -- even if she is my *crazy daisy* more times than not?!?!?!


Thursday, November 24, 2011

thanksgiving 2011

happiest thanksgiving!
our day was perfect!

started the day off by walking the thankful healthy blogger 5k with my son peyton.
it was a fun & a great event created & hosted by anissa @
a journey to thin.
so a special super-duper thanks to her!
the rest of the day was spent in the company of my most favorite peeps on the planet -- my wonderous (yet crazy) family!

i hope your day rocked & was filled with love, blessings, family, & some wine!


Wednesday, November 23, 2011

autumn sky...

fall is upon us...
barely a leaf in the surrounding trees & definitely sweatshirt weather.

Saturday, November 19, 2011

soft kitty

because so many of you & your families -- especially katherine & her adorable babies over at irish italian blessings -- are under the weather with the nasty flu going around -- a little something from my 2 year old daughter, skylar.
sorry for the poor lighting -- it was bedtime!

cyn & skylar

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

ShOwInG oFF...

yes -- i totally realize that i have pretty much left my mama blog (that would be this one) in the dust in lieu of writing in my misadventures of a chunky goddess blog.
and i do feel bad about that because this blog is about my family whereas the other is solely about me...
but i need to be a wee bit selfish nowadays & am really focusing on getting fit.
i will be posting tidbits here -- mostly photos & family updates.
if ya want the real dirt on life & all it encompasses -- gotta read the other blog.

but enough of that...
let's get to the showing off!
about to head out for a walk -- was a bit brisk that morning!
just miss sky being her adorable little self!
some new bedding -- she still l♥ves yo gabba gabba! has it made her sleep in her bed any better -- ummm no!
we hung out this past sunday @ my bestie's house & this is skylar & her daughter who is just 6 months older. i look @ them & instantly see angela & myself -- so odd; yet amazingly cool!
guitar hero playoff & hangin' out!

happy hump day luvies!

Friday, November 11, 2011

HoLLa: Update on Life vol. 7

just sharing some photos from the week…
we have had the strangest weather here in new england…
snow one week, 70 degree weather the next, and always a rain shower in between…

i also finished jillian michaels 30 day shred on tuesday. i did it for 30 days consequetively with no days off & upped my level every 10 days. it was indeed a challenge but has really changed my entire outlook on my weight loss journey.
i only lost about 4.4 lbs in the 30 days but i lost 13.5 inches all over so i am highly impressed with that!
i started ripped in 30 on wednesday & am fully committed to daily movement/exercise.

i saw the new therapist – liked her a lot & she encouraged me to give the other gal a shot.
okay okay…
she thinks i am on the right meds & that i am not bi-polar (
coulda told ya that) & that i probably had post-partum after skylar that escalated into a full blow depression for two+ long torturous years.
obviously i have had bouts of depression – or funks as i always called them – but nothing like this past one. i just couldn’t dig myself out; hence why i sought help.
so i am staying on the same meds & i will flip-flop between the two therapists every other week. i am willing to see how it works out & am still keeping an open mind.

i feel better both mentally & physically than i have since my early 30s & that makes me a wee bit sad to admit – but it’s true.
if i have learned one thing from this it is this – do not doubt yourself; if you don’t feel *right* get help. once you dig yourself out & things become so clear you will realize that you were right all along & wasted too much time trying to tell yourself that you will feel better tomorrow.
depression sucks but it can be helped!

and there ya have it dear bloggy peeps!

wanna know more about my weight loss journey, weight watchers, 30 day shred, and/or my quest to complete jillian michaels ripped in 30?
check out my diet blog --
misadventures of a chunky goddess.

Saturday, November 5, 2011

HoLLa: Update on Life vol.9

happy saturday all!

can i tell you how freakin’ glad i am that this past week is over?
seriously – i am so obviously not ready for the hustle & bustle of the *holiday season* because one week of two b-day parties, a dinner party, halloween, & pms nearly took me out.

but it’s a new week & i woke up with the ability to breathe outta both nostrils
(praise be!) – so life is def lookin’ up!

so what’s new?
well i think i covered the major happenings with my bajillion of photos i posted throughout the week. although i did spare ya’ll on dumb supper photos – which was great!
(me on the way – testing out camera settings on myself – heh)
and to fill ya in – dumb supper is a dinner eaten in silence where you reverse the courses
(dessert first, main course, then salad) in honor of your ancestors & those who have passed. it is held in the evening of the day of the dead (or all saints day – depending on your beliefs) when the veil between the living & the dead is at its thinnest.
(a fun spooky photo of us @ dinner – see the plates full of food – those are our offerings of food for our ancestors & those who have passed – you take a little bit from your plate for each course for the ancestor plate.)
we also had a séance after dinner which is always fun – if you’re into that sort of thing – which i so am!
we had some interesting voices come through via the ghost box & i got some amazing orb photos.

moving along…
i am still kickin’ it on the jillian michaels 30 day shred – can ya believe that today is day 27 & this coming tuesday i will be done
(with this part at least) ??? it blows my mind how fast this all went – and fyi – this workout kicks ass & truly works!
(yup – me showing off my mini-muscle! may not look like much but it is more muscle than this chick has ever had & i am pretty stinkin’ proud of the definition!)

i didn’t lose this week on w8 watchers – but i didn’t gain either – so i consider that super success after the food-a-palooza that happened last week. seriously, i think i ate non-stop from saturday – wednesday!
tsk! tsk!

i have my prescrition evaluation on tuesday – yay
(insert extreme sarcasm). i am tryin not to be a debbie downer about it all but it still pisses me right the fuck off. but maybe this experience will be different than the last? who knows? hence why i am tryin to be positive…

well folks… that’s all I got!
happy saturday & lotsa bloggy love! so happy to see some of my faves back to bloggin!!!


wanna know more about my weight loss journey, weight watchers, and/or my quest to complete jillian michaels 30 day shred?
check out my diet blog --
misadventures of a chunky goddess.

Thursday, November 3, 2011

hunter's 17th birfday...

yesterday my oldest kiddo, hunter, turned 17.
seriously, i cannot wrap my head around the fact that he is 17 already!
seems like yesterday that he was skylar's age... and that is NO exaggeration!
but like all mama's -- no matter how old he gets; he will always be my baby!


happiest birthday to my son hunter -- you may drive me completely insane with your insistant belief that you know it all -- but you are a wonderful human being with a heart of gold who has so much to offer this world! you make me proud every single day &
i l♥ve you!

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