Wednesday, May 25, 2011


In case you haven't noticed, I've been feeling blah about the blog lately. It's certainly not been for lack of blogging material; it seems to have been more of a motivation issue.

Today, however, I woke up feeling bloggy instead of blahgy. Yay! Here's some of what we've been up to.

It's officially SUMMER at mi casa. We're only a few days into it, but so far it's been good!!!

Will finished middle school last week. In a few short months, he will be a freshman in high school. That's hard to wrap my mind around! He had a pretty big week last week. He was confirmed at our church (that's another blog post that I want to write this week) and then he "graduated" from 8th grade. John took him and some of his best buds to Elitch Gardens last weekend to celebrate. He had a blast and it was a fun way for him to kick off the summer!

I keep saying it's summer but our weather hasn't gotten that memo. We've had a few nice days mixed in with some cold, rainy weather. It even snowed (briefly) one day last week! It was in the 40s yesterday so we stayed home and cleaned out closets. I hadn't packed away the kids' winter clothes so we tackled that and deep-cleaned everyone's bedrooms. I love starting summer with a clean/purged house. The girls' room was a DISASTER. I don't know about your kids but those girls of mine are packrats. I ended up with two huge trashbags of stuff after tackling their room. I save very little and I'm definitely not a clutter person. I'm at a loss as to how to help them tame the mess monster...I'm just hoping and praying they outgrow the need to save every piece of paper and craft they've ever made. 

We're going to watch the Thunderbirds with some friends later. Today is the US Air Force graduation and the Thunderbirds always perform after the ceremony. We're going to pack lunch, secure a good viewing spot, and just enjoy. We usually get to watch them practice for a few days before graduation (they fly right over our house!) but the weather has been so weird lately that they haven't been out as much. I never get tired of watching's seriously one of my favorite things about living here! 

Okay, changing subjects. I'm on a super restricted diet right now because of a recurrent health issue. I quit drinking coffee (cold turkey--yikes!) and am feeling much MUCH better. I also cut out all sugar (this temporarily includes fruit), white flour, gluten, dairy, fermented products, starchy veggies, and artificial sweeteners. I was desperate for relief and after talking to a lady at my health food store I followed her diet recommendations and did all this cold turkey. I don't recommend that. I've had to figure out exactly what I COULD eat on the fly. I've sorta found my groove now (today is Day 12) and am feeling fantastic! It took a while though; last week was R-O-U-G-H. I can basically eat veggies, meat, eggs, almonds, quinoa, and brown rice. I have almost two weeks under my belt and need to go about two more after that and then re-introduce things back into my diet gradually. It's basically a cleanse for a yucky infection that isn't pleasant to talk about. The good news is that my symptoms disappeared almost immediately once I eliminated all those foods! If you're just dying to know more, email me and I'll give you the lowdown. 

Alrighty. This is longer than I expected so I'm signing off for now. Happy Hump Day, peeps.


SZM said...

Yay for feeling Bloggy instead of blahgy!

Lindsay said...

Mer, your food challenges sound like those a co-worker has.

OhioFamOf4 said...

I think I would feel better if I would make some food changes myself, but it's so hard. Good for you!

Katrina @ Pics, Pages & Purls said...

good luck with your food challenge. A thing you can do about the girls is to have them take pictures of the items, that way they can still see it and it will actually take "less" space then all over their room. :) I've missed you in blogland...but I also haven't been felling very bloggy lately.

*carrie* said...

Totally get the *blahg* thing--I feel that way sometimes, too.

I'm almost to the end of my sugar challenge--certainly not as drastic as what you're doing, but it has been challenging for me.

Hooray for summer--now you can start tackling your list of fun activities!

Leah said...

I just re-entered the blog world after a three month break. I never intended it to last that long, but it feels good to be back!

My girls went through their rooms yesterday, too. I totally know how you feel about all the clutter, and their being sentimental about each and every little thing. They seem to be outgrowing it, so there's hope for your girls, too!

Food restrictions are no fun, but it can lead to greater health. Glad you're seeing positive results!

Have a great holiday weekend!

Brenda said...

We've been doing baby steps in the 'getting back to nutritious food' dept. We feel so much better. And I can even pronounce quinoa! You may have figured this out already, but we like it best after being refrigerated then used again, sorta like spanish rice. Not so mushy that way.
Glad things are clearing up.

Ali said...


I'd love more info on the purge and diet change! Sounds very healthy! I need to do something like that so post more on what you eat and how you find the motivation to follow through! How do you deal with temptation?

~ Ali

Mary said...

I would love to hear more about the diet changes. I'm not ill, but feel oh so very blah. I would really love to have the energy to be a productive member of society once again and I'm sure my eating habits are the biggest part of my problem. My guys will be gone to camp in a couple of weeks. That might just be the perfect time to do a cleanse since I'll only be responsible for my own meals and won't be cooking for others.

Also, just wanted to let you know that I just used my gift certificate to Get Dolled Up not five minutes ago. I'll be sure to send a pic of my lovely new laptop bag as soon as I get it!

Jill said...

Interested in the low me if you have time...

Unknown said...

My kids are packrats too...drives me insane. We are currently working on getting thier rooms back into shape.

Your diet sounds difficult. You must have been in some serious angst to take such drastic measures! I am so glad to hear you are feeling better. I've been on a "diet" as well for nearly 7 weeks...seems that approaching 40 is everything everyone said it would be...and I've the 10 pounds to prove it! Well, actually only 6 now...but I am amazed that weight does not drop off like it used to...Happy friday!