Friday, November 14, 2014

Christmas Light Shows

Well it was snowing last night. It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas, yes I've started my Christmas music already!  Cant wait to start decorating.   Here are some Christmas outings I am planning with my kids.

Macy's Christmas Light show at the old Wanamaker Store downtown Philadelphia.  Where they filmed the movie Mannequin, great movie.  Parking sucks but the kids love the lights. Actually I love more than the kids.

Christmas Village Bernville PA, one of my favorite childhood memories, maybe that's why I love the lights so much.  Huge model trains, many Christmas scenes like a little neighborhood to walk through, hot chocolate....its worth the drive.  Adults $9 and my kids are free!

Where I would really like to go is to see the Christmas tree in Rockefeller Center in NY and to see the Radio City Music Hall Christmas Spectacular but the thought of dragging my toddlers up there just gives me anxiety so I'll wait a couple of years.  Miracle of Christmas at The Sight & Sound Millennium Theatre in Lancaster PA is another show I've heard great things about but will have to wait.
This is my favorite time of the year and it has nothing to do with gifts the newest electronics or toys.  Its the most Wonderful time of the year.
Yayy My teen and I get to attend a free three day adventure courtesy of Military Teen Adventure Camps.  We're going to Kentucky for a great time Whitewater Rafting, Climbing, Rappelling, and an outdoor expedition.  Sooo excited!



I, like most parents, love when I can spend time with my teen that isn't forced, which isn't too often.  But it makes me so happy that we both share a love for adventure and any activity that causes an adrenaline rush.  Such as riding roller coasters over and over again, obstacle courses, paintballing, and the time we took a Hot Air Balloon ride when my son (10 at the time) says he can't wait to try skydiving. Oh, only if it wasn't so expensive.


I try to foster this same love in my two girls, 2 1/2  & 4 yrs old.  Hope it doesn't back fire.  I forced them to ride their first roller coaster as Sesame Place last summer.  Even though they kind of screamed going on,   they definitely screamed because they did not want to get off, and begged to go again.  I like to put my kids in situations so I can see if they'll get scared and hope they can get over their fear.   We love Sesame Place and now they're getting used to going down their own water slides and running under a gigantic bucket of water falling on top of them.  Oh wait until they are taller, we're going to have so much fun.

Setbacks and new goals

                                                             Setback Ugh!
Unfortunately I've had a huge setback and gained weight so my new goal is to lose 60 lbs.  This setback makes me feel like my goal is impossible and so far away.  But I have no choice but to reach my goal, everything I want in life depends on it, literally.  I am not meeting military standards and could be discharged.  I also need to get in shape for possible civilian careers I may pursue.  It can be overwhelming but I guess I have to take it one pound and one day at a time.  Luckily for me, the only holding me back is myself which gives me some control.  Oh and my lack of sleep due to my schedule is a hindrance but I'm gonna try the mind over matter approach.  My before and after pictures are going to be worthy of a TV commercial, cant wait.
This Spartan race is one of my before pictures  I plan to race again this time in 2015 and it will hopefully be my after picture.  Next time maybe I can keep up with my teenage son.  It will be so much more fun if I can finish with him.  He's truly my hero on this fitness journey.  He came to my National Guard Unit with me and took my physical fitness test along side me for motivation.  Every now and then we go to the gym together and he's my workout police calling me out when I am slacking off.   I can't wait to make him proud when I reach my goal!  Also I can't wait to see my two girls who will be 3 & 4 run their first Spartan Kids race next year.

Wednesday, November 5, 2014


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