Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Goodbye Summer!

Hello to all of my friends. Sorry I have been absent this week. Work has taken up so much of my time, and then we had this lovely four day weekend, and we were down at the shore house with some family. Just getting back from there, unpacking some stuff, and watching the rain pour down here.

I thought I'd share some photos and update you on what I've been up too. I celebrated a birthday a week or so ago when we were down for a week's vacation and also my 30th wedding anniversary shortly after that. All of my boys were home for my birthday which was nice. We spent some nice days on the beach together, and went out for some nice dinners.

This past weekend my middle son John was down with his girlfriend Eve. My FDL ( future daughter in law) Meg, also came down. Her fiancee, my son Ryan, has already started his final year of grad school in Indiana so he wasn't around. My baby Mike, also is back at his college in Connecticut.  We  had some other family down.  All in all I think I did ok with the eating. I skipped my usual Labor Day ice cream cone, but I did over do the carbs alittle. I also did indulge in a skinny girl margherita that my sister-in-law made and brought down to the beach. It is prepackaged, and I'm sure it had some splenda in it, although I never saw the bottle. It's not really my thing, because I am a wine or occasional beer girl. However I decided to try it and it wasn't too bad. Not sweet at all. I only drank half, and I think 4oz was about 100 calories.

We put each drink in a mason jar, and then in a cooler filled with ice. This was a great idea and would work with any beverage or just ice watef with some lemon or lime. No spills either.

Hubby and me dancing at the local bar after dinner. Fun night!

Labor Day weekend. Walking home from dinner with Meg and Eve.

Birthday dinner out with my boys and hubby.
My three sons!

John has gotten himself into a real hole!
   The weather this weekend was glorious and we had some wonderful beach days. We will probably be going down a few more weekends, weather permitting. Fall is such a pretty time at the beach. The crowds are gone, the weather is still nice, and the beach is beautiful. Then that will be the last of our visits.I don't really like it down there in the winter. Too gray and dreary. Plus, we have a trip planned to one of our favorite places on earth, California wine country, the first week of October. Can't wait for that. You know how passionate I am about my wine!

Still digging that hole.  I am in front of him deep into my book!
Late afternoon on the beach is the best time!

John and Eve. My nephew is to the right looking bored with the photo taking!
 I am going to try and catch up on all the blogs. I read some of them while on the beach, but it makes it so hard to comment on my phone in the sun. I usually take a break from the computer, but keep up to date with my smartphone. Loving twitter these days. If you haven't tried it, please do. I think you will really enjoy it once you get the hang of it.

So I didn't post my weigh in last week. I was down a little bit, only .2 of a pound. But trending down is still good. I am definitely a slow loser, and perhaps my choices perpetuate my slow loss. But I am going to work harder to make good choices this week, set smaller goals and tighten up with those carbs and fats. As Dawn said, "too much of a good thing is still too much!"

Lastly, I am loving the lemon coconut bread. I eat it like Rosalie does with some cream cheese and natures hollow preserves. Such a great combination. I almost feel like I'm eating cake!

Thought for the day: Summer is when laziness finds respectability!


  1. That all looks like so much fun! Good luck with tightening down on the carbs and fats! I am sure I need to do the same with fats. Planning ahead sure helps with that.

  2. You have a beautiful family! You are a beautiful lady even if you never lose another pound. 30 year of marriage would lead me to believe your husband thinks so too.
    Slow weight loss is better than no weight loss. I miss your posts, you have an amazing writing style.

  3. Congrats on your 30th anniversary and happy belated birthday! You have a beautiful family! Have a wonderful day :)

  4. HI Pattie, You are so lucky to have a such a wonderful family. One of your sons kind of looks like my younger brother a bit.
    Enjoy them all while they are still willing to come over HAHA
    Have a great day :-)

  5. Thanks for sharing all your wonderful pictures! You have a beautiful family & You are gorgeous girl and your sons (& hubby) are so handsome!
    I LOVE margaritas & seeing them made me smack my lips for one. I allow myself a wine cooler on Saturdays (weigh in day) & I enjoy every last drop! I try not to drink much because of the extra calories. I prefer to chew my calories. Lol.
    Glad you had a great weekend!

  6. Thanks for sharing such great pictures of your beautiful family....you truly are blessed.