I think I should start playing the lottery! I mean, you can't win if you don't play right??? I'm going to play the lottery, win and retire from my job to travel and hang out with my family. Mondays are always hard for me. I hate getting up early, saying goodbye to Amelia, leaving all of the projects I want to do at home to go and make just a little more money than it costs in daycare and gas for me to work. Don't get me wrong... I like my job, it keeps me busy and my co-workers rock... but Mondays always make me wish I was a rich stay at home mom who could just do whatever I wanted had longer weekends. There are never enough hours in a day and never enough days in a weekend. I've tried thinking of some easy get rich schemes but I'm not sure my husband would be down with working 5 jobs; acupuncturist, phlebotomist, pole dancer, musician, cowbell style, and professional Chinese gardener. Yes that's right, my get rich scheme includes him working his ass bum off. I mean, a girl's crafting can get quite spendy... and my head is full of ideas. Since the movie is actually called Magic Mike, and not Magic Mark, I think I should get a sweet hobby that makes me money... so I can have even more sweet hobbies. Speaking of Magic Mike, great movie! I mean, you could probably talk me in to going to see it a second time on the big screen! 

So, back to how short this weekend was... Yesterday we stayed home cleaning house, hanging pictures and crafting. JoAnn's had little bird houses for $1.00 so I picked up four for Amelia. She is quite the artistic little Miss and I knew this project would keep her entertained while I cleaned house. I was right... four houses, four hours. 

Oh... so the sweetest thing in the world happened last night. Amelia received her first flowers from a boy. Our neighbor Kim and I went to high school together and she has a little guy named Kellen. He is such a doll and probably the cutest little boy I have ever seen. Anyway, our huge kitchen window overlooks their backyard and while they were outside playing last night they hollered up to see if we wanted to join them. Amelia was covered in paint and in the crafting zone so we had to decline, but pretty soon a knock came at the back door and Mr. Kellen had some beautiful red roses. Amelia loves flowers and thanked him kindly with a hand painted birdhouse. It was adorable. I want our weekends to slow down a bit so the two of them can hang out and play. Kim is a photographer so if anyone is interested in her work (you can also see the adorable Kellen on her site) here is her website. I can't say enough about her talent! My family and I are having pictures taken by her in October and I can't wait. 

The flowers and our little artist hard at work. 

So this Monday's weigh in was just terrible! I did not lose an ounce! But thankfully I didn't gain more than a few ounces. I really need to be disciplined. I'm such a stress eater and it is just killing me lately. Grocery shopping is on the agenda for either Mark or myself tomorrow, and healthy food is on the list. I'm going to bag up the sweets we have lingering around our home and take them to the office. I'm sure my fellow co-workers will enjoy the treats. I just have to get them out of here! I'm going to try and post my meals at the end of the day with caloric breakdown. I need to get back in the habit of tracking every single thing on SparkPeople. I do really well when I am on top of it and don't stray away. Here's hoping next Monday's weight in puts a smile on my face. 

On another note... the 5K that I wanted to sign up for is August 5th and Mark and I have decided to go out of town for our anniversary. My parents are going to take Amelia camping for a couple of nights and we are headed... somewhere. Yeah, we haven't decided on a destination yet but I'm sure we will find something fun to do.

The finished houses and roses

This is the painting Amelia and I made for Chris's birthday since he is a firefighter. 

Alrighty folks, That's about all I can type for now. I need to get my butt off the computer and play with my Amelia. Have a great night all. 

Ashley Elizabeth

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