It's these kind of pictures that remind me of how far I've come. They keep me motivated to keep pushing. I don't ever want to go back to that 2011 picture.
I had my first personal training session today. It will probably be my one and only considering that it costs more than our mortgage a month to train with a trainer. But I got some excellent tips and and learned some new workouts to improve my core, which is something I really needed. I absolutely LOVE my gym. Body Plex is amazing. Everyone is so nice, all the workers are nice, and I love going in there and being able to talk to just about everyone. It makes all the difference because I look forward to going everyday.
I'm going to be honest. I've been really struggling with my eating. I've been to Hooter's probably 3 times in the past month(dang western burger and curly fries). I work my butt off at the gym, but I can't out train a bad diet. So I'm really going to be focusing on eating better. I go through phases where I eat great, then I just eat like crap for a day or so. I need to reign it in. But overall I'm ecstatic at where I'm at and I look forward to where I will be in a few more months:) I have my 10 year high school reunion AND a beach vacation in September, so I got to focus and and get it together!
Ok so enough about that. I have a ton more to update on.
Miss E's dance recital was last weekend and she did great. Their leader however, forgot the moves. The leader is NOT their teacher, it's one of the older members that is brought in and taught the moves to dance with the younger ones on stage. I felt bad for her and bad for the girls. But Miss E still had a great time (anytime she is in front of an audience, she shines!) At the very end of the recital, they had the older company members dress up as Disney princesses and escort the dancers down a red carpet for their trophy presentation. It was by far the cutest thing I have ever seen. Miss E was escorted by Tinkerbell and she did her little curtsy at the end of the red carpet. I got it on video, but I couldn't take pics and shoot video at the same time and for some reason none of the people with me thought to take pictures of her during her dance or her red carpet walk. Luckily the photographer there got pictures(and of course they were expensive) so I ordered some.
After she danced, with her flowers her daddy sent since he couldn't be there.
After she walked the red carpet and got her trophy.
She got her dance pictures done by a friend of mine the next day. She was going to be out of town for the actual studio pictures, plus these are SO much better than any we would have gotten done there. They were done by Julianna Grey Photography (https://www.facebook.com/juliannagreyphotography?fref=ts). Miss E and her BFF did a shoot together, so we got some of the girls together and then some of them separate. They all turned out great!
I didn't add any of the ones of the girls together because I would want to get her mom's permission before putting her kids photo on a public blog:)
We added a new dog to our family about a month ago. Yes we are in fact crazy, we now have 4 dogs. She wasn't planned, but things happen like that. God put Brandon in the right place at the right time and I think she was meant to be with us. Her owner tried to drop her off at the shelter and they wouldn't take her because they had just gotten off of quaranteen and she was rescued from there previously. Keep in mind that she is not even a year old. So this guy was just going to dump her on the side of the road. Brandon loaded her up in his truck and brought her home. I couldn't even get mad about it because I would have done the same. Her name was originally Rain, but we changed it to Remi(short for Remington) and inducted her into the family with a camo collar. At first our other big dog Shyla was NOT happy, but after working with them both, now they are great friends. She is a beautiful black lab ( I had one that I adored when I was younger, so I'm a softie for those). She is so smart. I just can't believe someone would be so horrible to dump her on the side of the road. Makes me absolutely angry to even think about it. But now she is happy and has a great home.
This post is kinda scattered...that is just how my brain works though!
Onto Mother's Day. I had a fantastic Mother's Day. Miss E woke up at 8, she apparently did NOT get the memo that she was supposed to sleep in. But it was okay because we weren't rushed. We had plenty of time to relax and do showers and get ready for church. Brandon laid all my gifts out while I was getting ready. He made a frame and wrapped a canvas picture that I've had for over 2 years, he fixed a canvas that I had made for him on our ten year anniversary 2 years ago( that whole fiasco is a whole other post in itself). He also dressed up Miss E and took three pictures of her holding a frame that says "I Love Mom" and framed it for me. He even took the pictures with my big camera and did some editing. I was impressed. Then lastly, he got me a Polar watch, which I have been wanting for a while. I am in LOVE with this watch and I highly recommend anyone serious about weight loss or getting in shape to get one. We tried out a new church that morning and I really enjoyed it. I think even Brandon enjoyed it (he is very traditional when it comes to church) because he said he would go back. We are going back this Sunday. It has been weighing heavily on my heart lately to find a church home for our family and I pray this is the right one. After church we went to Brandon's grandmother's for lunch with the family.
I actually don't shy away from the camera anymore!
Then we hung out there pretty much until time for dinner. I wanted Hooter's (I told you, I have an addiction to this place). Mom's ate for free on Mother's day and it happens to be one of my faves, so it worked out well. We finally got back home and spent the rest of the night relaxing. All in all, it was a great day.
I think that's about all I want to cram into this blog post! I have some more I'll update on hopefully soon.