Sunday, July 27, 2008


The newest members of our Family. Sierra and Misty. (and their $189.99 cat tower!) They were born on May 10, 2008. They are 2 of the 3 kittens the stray cat we were feeding gave birth to. Our Landlord captured them and took care of them for a few weeks before we were ready to adopt them. Our Landlord has their Brother.

How we spent our Saturday evening

bob and I (and some friends of ours that are leaving soon to go to Sudan) went out last night to a local bar/hangout called Surf Club. We had been talking about stopping in there several times over the past two years and just never checked it out. There was a local Cheverly band playing last night called Soul Revolvers. The were very good and fun to listen to. Lots of our neighbors were there too making the evening loads of fun. Our friend that was with us kept calling out to the band to play "Free Bird" by Skynard which in turn made a few others call it out too. (Unless you were there you wouldn't get the same comic relief from it that we did). After a few hours, one of the band members said into the mic that "you'll hear whatever we play". It was great! The best part was after the band was done for the night, the bass player (same one that made the comment) started playing free bird solo with his bass guitar. We were shouting and clapping and then the lead guitar player came back up and finished Free Bird with him. We gave them a standing ovation! Our friend said it was the best rendition of Free Bird that he's ever heard! It was such fun last night. I hope that we'll get out more often like that to have some fun!


We just came home from our 2 hour Sunday morning workout at the gym(1pm) and I stepped on the scales. I'm happy to report that I've dropped 3 more pounds!!!! Wooo-Hooo!! I'm now down 43 pounds with only 17 more to go to reach my goal weight of 140!!! I'm so excited right now!!

Sunday, July 20, 2008

Photos you won't believe!

I haven't mentioned Bob's weight loss lately. When we started this endeavor, we really had no idea how well it would turn out. Bob never saw himself smaller than maybe 160. As he got closer to that weight, he kept changing his goal weight. He weighed in at 204 pounds on February 17, 2008 when we started this. Today he is at 147 pounds. He's lost 57 pounds in 5 months. He's maintaining now and even eating more of a protein diet to bulk his muscles up a bit. I have went from 200 to 160 and I'm still trying to loose 20 more before I start to maintain. Here are some long awaited photos...............

Saturday, July 19, 2008

Doing the happy dance!!

Well, it's taken me 5 months now, but today is the day that I woke up to find that I'm now down 40 pounds!!!!!!! I have reached my 160 pound mark and only have 20 more pounds to go. I'll post photos this weekend of both weight loss.

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

What lurks under our porch

We have a stray cat that the landlord feeds (which recently had kittens that we are adopting) and these critters seem to enjoy her cat food as much as she does. The landlord recently captured one of these critters and turned it over to animal control. They certainly aren't frightened of us or my camera apparently. Thank goodness for a zoom lens though for us photographers that don't like to get too close to wildlife.

Saturday, July 12, 2008

We had our pictures taken

My Son agreed to have his picture taken with me before he went back to his unit. It's just something I wanted before he went over to Iraq.

Thursday, July 10, 2008

Check out these cutie pies............

Tuesday, July 08, 2008

Getting back to my normal routine.........

I took my Son to the airport last night. That was a pretty hard thing to do. I am really trying to stay positive about him being deployed to Iraq. He called me today to let me know he made it back to Colorado and his barracks okay. He goes back to work tomorrow and his entire unit will be busy from sun up to sun down packing up and getting ready to ship out. They still have not given them an exact date of deployment. It's a waiting game now.

I myself went back to work today. It was really odd to get back into the swing of things after being off work for 12 days. After work I went to the gym for a much over do and needed workout. I am really pleased with myself though, since I have only gained one pound since I posted about getting down to 162 pounds. I've only been to the gym 3 times since being off work and haven't always been eating right. It's back on track now though. I'm hoping to hit my 160 mark very soon. (That will indeed entitle me to a happy dance!)

Sunday, July 06, 2008

Seadog Cruise

Today we went to the National Harbor in Maryland to ride a new cruise they have called the Seadog. (Check out their website) It's a 45 minute cruise on the Potomac River. We had a very nice time. Here are some photos from our day.

Friday, July 04, 2008

How I spent my Thursday.........

I wanted to something fun and exciting with my Son while he was here. I asked him if he wanted to go to six-flags. It was a definite yes from him. He was so excited about it the he looked up the park on his laptop to make sure they had some of his favorite rides. I promised him I would go on these with him. Let me tell you, I really truly believe that my roller coaster riding days has finally come to an end. I had to take breaks and actually find a grassy location to lay on my back in to keep from puking and/or passing out a few times. It really messes with my head anymore. I get so dizzy and nauseous. I was a trooper though. If you click here, you'll see the rides I rode on. The batwing, The joker's jinx, Roar, The mind eraser, Tower of Doom and Oh my God, the skycoaster!! I was never ever in my life more scared of anything than I was during this ride. You'll have to click on that to see photos of this ride. David was proud of me for doing things that I didn't really want to do and for doing things that scared me. The skycoaster nearly brought me to tears. I know that for some people reading this, they'll think it's nothing. (especially if you have parachuted before). I'll attach the only 2 photos from our day yesterday. One was while we were on the coaster the Roar and the other is the old time photo that we had done. David looks good in it but I think I look too much like my Grandma when she was younger. (Gloria, I'm you'll agree on that one). We stayed at the park from 10:30 am till 8pm.

Tuesday, July 01, 2008

it's been awhile...........

My son has been here since June 21. He sort of just hung out the first few days enjoying not having to do anything or answer to anyone while I was at work. We left on Thursday last week to go back to Ohio so he could spend some time with his Sister and her kids. It's always a joy to see the kids again. We had a small family get together on my ex's side of the family on Friday as some of his cousins and Aunt's and Uncles haven't seen him in a very long time. It was a great get together and it was great seeing them all again. On Saturday, we took the kids to Youngstown, Ohio to a place called Wagon Trails. It's a really cool Safari park that they drive you through and you can feed all the animals. Click on the link and check out their website. I highly recommend this place for kids of all ages to have a great time and see animals up close and learn about them more than you would at the zoo. My Son and I came back yesterday afternoon and let me tell you, I had a much needed nap from all the driving I did over the weekend.

The really awesome news I have to report is that I haven't been to the gym in a week and when I stepped on the scales this morning (1st time since last Wednesday), it showed me at 162 pounds!!!! I have now lost 38 pounds!! Slowly but surely I'm getting this weight off and I feel great. I'm going to the gym this morning after I return the rental car for a long over do workout. I really did feel as though I was in gym withdrawals. I was actually feeling as though I might have gained a few pounds while at my Daughter's but I'm ecstatically happy to see the opposite.