Archive for October, 2008
Many women won’t even talk about their weight, let alone post it publicly for the world to see.Â I am finally under 200 pounds again.Â I haven’t been under that since being pregnant with Kaitrinn about eight years ago.Â Each pregnancy then added a bit more than the previous one.Â I’d lose some only to gain even more the next time around.Â Recovery got harder.
Louie and I both started using a program called “Diet Power” in mid-May after it was recommended to us by a few friends.Â It offers a way to log your daily calories and then uses your daily weight and calorie totals to offer a suggested calorie budget.Â I used it religiously for a few months.Â I now just log on every few days to add my weight and pat myself on the back when I see the nice graph showing the downward trend.Â I’ve lost 25 pounds in the past 5 months.Â My next goal is another 20 by Spring.Â Louie has lost just as much.Â We’re both feeling – and looking- much better!Â Life is good.
Homeschooling is going well.Â Kaitrinn and I have had our power struggles, but we’re definitely off to a good start.Â I’ve been happy with our progress so far.Â Her favorite subjects are currently History and Science.Â Therefore, those are saved for after all the other subjects each day.Â *laugh*Â I have to give her some motivation to work through the other subjects first.Â Here are some pics from her recent work.
We have a family membership to the NC Zoo.Â It expires at the end of the month and we wanted to squeeze in another visit.Â Gigi,Â Stan, Amy, and the kids joined us for a beautiful Fall day.Â We’ve always enjoyed our visits there and some areas had recently been renovated.Â We’ll definitely have to renew for next year!
I’m catching up on some recent activities…. This is how we spent a weekend afternoon two weeks ago.Â We’ve always been big on providing art materials for the girls.Â They are both quite creative and enjoy all projects.Â Â We were cleaning out the garage and I found these two large pieces of cardboard in the garage.Â Dig out the paints and have at it girls!
They had a wonderful time and the neighbors enjoyed watching as well.Â *laugh*Â I expected Gavin to join in but he quietly watched from the sidelines.Â He only approached it a few times and touched it with a single finger.
Yes, the paint IS washable.
Look out world!Â The Hannen kids are on the road.
We were recently given a battery-operated jeep for the kids to enjoy.Â (Thank you Mike!)Â We figured it would be perfect for Gavin.Â It was pulled out for the first time yesterday and I must say, it was a hit!Â A neighbor across the street pulled out a few vehicles as well and we had cars and five children zooming everywhere.Â It’s a good thing we live on a dead end street!Â Gavin isn’t quite ready for the new jeep as it’s too fast for him and he can’t keep the foot pedal down.Â The girls loved it however! Our friend’s little go-cart was perfect for him though.Â Check out the video. Listen to the engine rev. *laugh*Â Gavin panics in the end when Kaitrinn zooms by him.
Okay… so I’ve accepted the fact that Gavin is allergic to most disposable diapers.Â I cannot, however, wrap my brain around the fact that he is apparently also allergic to the sun.Â Yup!Â I said the sun.Â Gavin has been ‘rashy boy’ for about a year now.Â First, it was recurrent yeast infections that would cause him to break out in hives from head to toe.Â Then, we dealt with the diaper issue and had to switch to expensive natural chlorine-free diapers.Â Lately he has been breaking out again and it seemed to only be on days we had been outside.Â Yesterday (after being outside a great amount of time), was a particularly bad rash day so I pulled out the camera.
I brought him in to see the pediatrician this morning just for confirmation.Â Yup-Â totally in agreement that it’s ‘extreme photosensitivity’.Â The problem is we don’t know WHY.Â Is it just his sensitive skin and immune system in overdrive or is there an underlying cause?Â Stay tuned for further updates.Â Here’s a peek at the pics for those of you who have asked what it looked like.Â Click for larger pics.
The girls have a marble track set that they love to build, but I hate to supervise.Â *laugh*Â They were playing with it in their room alone yesterday.Â We had a big discussion about the marbles and how I didn’t want to find them anywhere else in the room.Â It’s a safety hazard for Gavin as everything goes in his mouth (including a tasty yellow crayon on our recent Disney trip).Â They were left with twelve marbles and I expected to find twelve marbles when they finished.
Okay… fast forward to bedtime and clean-up.Â You guessed it!Â There were only eleven.Â I told them we’d have to look for it in the morning as Gavin couldn’t play in their room with a marble looming within reach just waiting to be eaten.Â Kaitrinn, being Kaitrinn, fell apart and apologized over and over.Â Â Shealyn went downstairs and pouted to Papa about how Mama was taking the marble track away.Â Okay girls-Â You’re overtired, just head to bed and we’ll deal with it in the morning.
Okay…fast forward to this morning and the great marble search.Â We moved the dresser.Â We cleared everything out from under the bed.Â Papa is on his knees digging through a basket of Mr. Potato Head pieces.Â I knew the thing wouldn’t be found in their room and it was ridiculous.Â Kaitrinn was heartbroken… we MUST find the missing marble before Gavin does.Â I turned to Shealyn and asked yet again if she had taken a marble to another room by chance.Â The truth came out!Â She launched into this big detailed explanation about how she had one in her hands when she went potty.Â She dropped it.Â She couldn’t see it.Â She flushed. Mystery solved!
Okay…fast forward another hour or so and I’m getting Gavin out of the tub.Â OUCH!Â What did I step on?Â You guessed it… a marble, just under the corner of the bathroom rug.
We’ve been homeschooling for about two weeks now.Â Kaitrinn is definitely enjoying it (as am I of course).Â We’ve started off with History, Writing, and Math mainly but I’ll be bringing the other subjects in soon.Â She’s really excited about being able to move at a different pace and offering feedback on some of the topics we explore.Â I had her do the Woodcock-Johnson assessment last week ( an annual legal requirement to homeschool in NC).Â I was quite surprised when the administrator gave me the results.Â Kaitrinn is testing at 4th and 5th grade level for reading and writing.Â She scored about halfway through 3rd grade for Math.Â I knew she was going to be ahead of 2nd grade (what we just pulled her from), but I wasn’t expecting THAT much of a difference.Â We’re very proud of her and the results have me scrambling to review some of our curriculum choices.Â I’m glad I hadn’t purchased it all already!Â *laugh*
Shealyn often joins us at the table for a little while and works on her “school papers”.Â I’ll start focusing on Kindergarten curriculum with her later this Fall.Â I think they will enjoy this journey together.