Thursday, January 23, 2014

Thankful Thursday

Well hello there, blog readers!

It seems like it's been forever since I've posted, so I'll cut right to the chase.  Today, I'm thankful for snow days.  My work rarely closes, but we were let out early on Tuesday and were closed yesterday due to the snow.  I'm not so great driving in the snow as it is, so not having to worry about commuting made me breathe a sigh of relief!

Instead of stressing out, I enjoyed a super cold day with John.  He loved building castles in the snow and jumping being almost waist-deep in the fluffy stuff.




I used to love the snow as a kid, but as an adult having to deal with shoveling, digging cars out and traveling in the stuff?  Well, let's just say that snow and I are not the best of friends.

Question of the Day:
What are you thankful for today?

Until next time!
~Anne Marie

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Blast From the Past

Happy Monday Tuesday!

It's once again the start of the semester which means that I'm going to run around the entire week like a chicken without a head.  I can't complain too much though, as this only happens at the start of each semester and other than that, my job is pretty chill.

While I'm away for a little bit, I want to share with you my "before" pictures.  If you're friends with me on facebook, you've already seen these pictures, so I apologize for the redundancy.  Over the weekend, my mom gave my brothers and I boxes upon boxes of pictures to look through.  While most of the time was spent laughing and reminiscing over the old days, there was a shocking reality check for me....I had forgotten what I looked like before Weight Watchers changed my life.  Sure, I had an idea of what it felt like to be overweight and of course how I looked, but I had buried those memories so deep down that staring at these pictures was shocking.

I always knew I was a bigger girl, but I never realized how much of a bigger girl.  I jokingly said to my mom that someone should have staged an intervention with me and she said that I was always smiling, and obviously, any time someone would bring up weight to me I would get super upset.   Behind that smile, hid a very insecure girl.  One who wished she could fit into anything but stretch pants.  One who had no idea that healthy eating didn't involve chicken caesar salads.  Don't get me wrong, it's not that I didn't have a happy childhood, but there is so much I wish I would have known.

So, without further ado, here's a blast from my past:

Me and my younger brother Kevin.  

My first Hanson concert.  If I remember correctly, those overalls were a size 22/24.

Freshmen year of high school with my best friend.  This seems like yesterday!


Along with those pictures also came the cute ones when I was little.  The one below is my favorite.  It's of my grandpop (John's middle name is Peter after him) and me.  My grandpop always dressed up as Santa Claus, and even though I look terrified, if you look close enough, you'll see a  lollipop in my hand. Food rewards worked back then, apparently.  haha.

I don't have many pictures with him - he passed away when I was in second grade, so any picture I have with him means the world to me.



Question of the Day:
When is the last time you went through old photos?

Until next time!
~Anne Marie

Thursday, January 9, 2014

Thankful Thursday

Happy Thursday!

Today, I'm thankful for warmer temperatures.  The last two days have been ridiculously cold.  I know some of my fellow bloggers have it much worse where they are, and even though I feel like a complete baby for complaining about temps hitting a high of 12 degrees, at least I'm owning it!

Temps in Philadelphia are supposed to be 32, and compared to earlier this week, I feel like I should be breaking out the shorts....haha

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Question of the Day:
What are you thankful for today?

Until next time!
~Anne Marie

Monday, January 6, 2014

Christmas Break 2013

Happy New Year!

I'm back at work today after an awesome two week vacation.  For the third year in a row, the president of our school gave us the week off between Christmas and New Year's.  I got extra greedy this year and took off the Monday before Christmas Eve and the Thursday and Friday after the New Year to extend my winter break.  I was super excited to only use 3 vacation days in exchange for a lot of time home with my little guy.

How were your holidays?  Mine were awesome!  Consider this your warning - you're about to get inundated with pictures.

A few weeks ago I snagged a Groupon for professional pictures at Target.  John desperately needed new pictures taken and some of them doubled as Christmas presents for various family members.  I haven't posted any on the blog since some of my family reads this thing, so I'm excited to share one with you. It's one of my favorites.  



Christmas morning was awesome.  John definitely gets the whole Santa thing, so to see his reaction to the gifts under the tree was magical.  This was the year of costumes.  John loves anything dress up, so every time he opened a costume, he immediately wanted to change.  We had Spiderman, Super Why and Jake and the Neverland Pirates in our house on Christmas day.


One of the highlights of John's Christmas was receiving a tool kit.  He loves following my husband around the house with all of his new tools.  He really gets a kick out of the fact that these are truly working tools.


In the midst of all of the picture taking madness, John asked if he could snap a picture.  The hubby and I finally have a picture together (we haven't had many of them since having John) and John was happy to use the camera.  Ignore my "I just woke up and am exhausted" look.  I think John did a pretty good job!



A few days after Christmas, the hubby and I took John on his first hiking trip.  The weather was just right (a/k/a not too cold and no mud on the trails).  John loved looking for a walking stick, not having to hold hands on the trails and climbing over logs.



The freedom John experienced could only be described in this picture.  Even though I was a few steps behind him, it felt like he was miles away.


Halfway through our trip, it started to get hot.  John took his hat off and I couldn't stop laughing.  This kid had a serious case of hat-head!  I just had to get a picture of it while he was scarfing down a snack.


I know I've been off from work for 2 weeks, but I'm not really ready to be back yet.  I've got lots more relaxing and hanging out with John left in me!

Question of the Day:
Did you have any time off from work/school for the holidays?

Until next time!
~Anne Marie

Thursday, December 19, 2013

Quick Pop In...

...to wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

I'll see you after the holidays!

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Until next time!
~Anne Marie

Monday, December 16, 2013

Santa Claus is Coming to Town!

Happy Monday!

Is it really a week before Christmas?  How in the world did that happen?  It seems like we were celebrating Thanksgiving yesterday.

Last weekend, my brother dressed up as Santa Claus for my son.  He has yet to have a bad time with Santa - I keep thinking every year that this will be the year he freaks out, but so far, so good.


John wasted no time telling Santa what he wanted for Christmas.  This year, Santa brought him a book and some Matchbox cars.  John listened intently as Santa read him a story.


Santa told John he heard he was being a good boy in school and John said "yes, but sometimes, I'm not so good."  I hope that honesty never fades.


John was over the moon when he was able to ring Santa's bells.  See his mismatched socks?  John thought Santa would get a kick out of them.  


 Of course, I had to get my yearly picture with Santa too.  It never gets old.


My brother is such a good sport dressing up as Santa.  See his costume?  It was actually my grandpop's many, many years ago.  My grandpop used to dress up as Santa for the local kids in the neighborhood.

Of course, once Santa left, John lined up his Matchbox cars and asked me to take a picture.


Question of the Day:
What was the highlight of your weekend?

Until next time!
~Anne Marie

Thursday, December 5, 2013

Thankful Thursday

Happy Thursday!

Today, I'm thankful for silliness.  I'm the kind of person who can take things too seriously and sometimes I forget to stop and be silly.

John reminds me to be silly almost every day.  Whether it's him making a funny face or just giggling at something, he gives me the opportunity to relax more and worry less.


He is in a phase now where after posing for a regular picture, he immediately wants to take a silly one, which almost always involves sticking his tongue out.  Gotta love it!

Question of the Day:
What are you thankful for today?

Until next time!
~Anne Marie