Thursday, August 30, 2007
I showed up yesterday morning to find that power had been restored to the office. Yay! Then I went back to the kitchen to put food in the fridge and found that the fridge was without power. It was still cold in there...so I wasn't too concerned.
Brody woke up a little after 6 am yesterday. Around 7 am I headed back to the kitchen to make some oatmeal for him for breakfast (this was his first time to have "big people" oatmeal!) I poured milk into the oatmeal, stuck in in the microwave, and nothing. Oops! There wasn't any power to the outlets in the kitchen either! I flipped numerous switches in the breaker box and still couldn't figure out the problem. I tried calling the next door neighbor to see if I could go use her microwave...but her phone was busy. Hmmm. I didn't have anything else for Brody to eat for breakfast...and he was hungry! What was I gonna do?!?!?
I left the kitchen and looked around the gym and thought, "Ok...no one is here!" Then I proceeded to carry the microwave from the kitchen to the cardio room where I set it on the floor by the recumbent bike and plugged it into a working outlet! I quickly cooked Brody's breakfast and then carried the microwave back to the kitchen.
Don't you wish you were a fly on the wall at my office yesterday morning?
Tuesday, August 28, 2007
Here's a picture of Brody enjoying a PB & J sandwich at work yesterday.
Whenever I think of PB & J....I think of Caleb. He has eaten a peanut butter (and something) sandwich almost every day since Kindergarten! I don't understand...but he never gets tired of them! I have always loved the picture below. Caleb we soooo tired that he couldn't stay awake to finish his beloved PB & J (notice he didn't release his grip on his sandwich...even after he fell asleep!)
Monday, August 27, 2007
Megan always used to ask for pictures of me teaching aerobics while I was pregnant. I never took any...but I did take these today to show you what I would've looked like teaching aerobics with Brody :)
Friday, August 24, 2007
Thursday, August 23, 2007
The first "snip".
Yay! Now Brody's hair can lay flat without out blocking his vision!
"Mama! I don't want to take any more pictures!!!"
Wednesday, August 22, 2007
Something really exciting happened last night. On Monday night I asked Caleb if he'd design a cover for my 2006 blog book. He thought it sounded like fun...and by last night had this designed (I blurred out my last name for the blog)!
Isn't it awesome?!? I have a very talented brother! Thanks Caleb!!!!!!!!!!!
On a totally different subject...have you ever read this book?
We had a cassette tape that told this story. Grover was excited about Saturday and his mommy was helping him learn the days of the week (in anticipation of Saturday)! For some reason...this morning I thought it was Saturday! My alarm clock went off at the normal time (3:45 am). Instead of hitting snooze (or getting up) I turned it off! I remember thinking, "Why did you set your alarm today?!?!? It's Saturday!!!" I was kinda mad at myself for setting my alarm and waking up on a Saturday! It wasn't until my watch (which I use as a backup alarm) went off at 4:30 am did I realize it wasn't Saturday! It's only Wednesday!!!! Praise the Lord that I found my watch before bed last night and put it on my night stand! (Brody had been carrying my "da...chh" around the living room. I found it by his toy box!) I hurriedly got out of bed and made it to work a full 20 minutes before I had to open!
Tuesday, August 21, 2007
There were 5 (actually 6...but 2 of the shots are combined) shots that he could've gotten yesterday. We decided just to do 3 of them yesterday and we'll pick up the other 2 at his 15 month appointment. Giving 5 shots to his little body just seemed so harsh (just scares me to put that much stuff into his system!) and Debbie was fine with waiting on the other 2. He cried pretty hard when they administered the shots, but then Mike held him and gave him a cheerio and he calmed down pretty quick!
Brody felt pretty warm when I got him outta bed at 4 am this morning to go to work, so I gave him some Motrin. He slept until 7:35 this morning!!! I don't know if it was due to the Motrin, the shots, or just fatigue...but it was great!
Sunday, August 19, 2007
Brody thoroughly enjoyed the BBQ. It took two of us to clean him up!
Then it was time for (yet another) birthday cake!
"It feels funny when I stick my hand all the way in the cake!"
Brody shows Great-Grandma K how to climb on the chair (and makes her very nervous)!
After 2 parties in TX...Brody finally figured out how to unwrap presents quickly!
He was very excited about these balls. They stack inside each other and each one has a different day of creation on it!
Thursday, August 16, 2007
If you click on this picture to see it big you'll notice the crack in the mirror. The lumber yard cut it a hair too big and it cracked when Mike installed it. So...we'll be replacing the mirror (at least they're not too expensive!)
Most of the wood in our house is stained natural or honey and I LOVE the dark richness of the stain in this room!!!
Wednesday, August 15, 2007
What would you say if I told you that you could get a complete cardiovascular and muscle toning workout in 4 MINUTES? I've heard of the ROM Quick Gym several times over the past year or so...but I always just discounted it as a fraud. The personal trainer in me (with a degree in Kinesiology) tells me that it's not possible to have an effective cardio workout in only 4 minutes. Even physicians recommend exercising 20-45 minutes for an effective cardiovascular workout!
After several gym members asked about the ROM, I finally decided to try one out for myself. As soon as I walked into the gym I told the owner, Mel Wright, that it was going to take a lot of convincing to get me to believe in the ROM. He assured me he was the same way in the beginning. He goes on to tell me that he has his doctorate in Exercise Physiology, was a professor in the Exercise Science field at a university in Oklahoma, played basketball for OU, played 4 years of professional basketball, and was the head women's basketball coach at McPherson College. In other words...he has a very strong background in exercise!
My first question...how can I get a workout in only 4 minutes a day? ANSWER (click on "answer" for a full explanation). In short, as oxygen consumption increases...your workout time required decreases. As you use more muscles...oxygen consumption increases...workout time decreases.
When using the ROM Quick Gym, you do upper body one day and lower body the next. I was surprised when I could feel the machine working all the muscles in my upper body with one exercise (the same with the lower body). The machine has intensity settings from level 1-20 (meaning you'll never be too fit or too out of shape for the ROM). The ROM keeps a constant level of resistance throughout the entire workout. As I began to tire (and slow down)...the resistance adjusted automatically so that I could continue the workout and work my hardest.
My biggest hesitation was the following question, "How do you train for endurance with a 4 minute cardio workout?" Mel tells me he had the same question and decided to be his own test subject. Before he bought three ROM Quick Gyms (and opened his own gym), he used to live in the country. He ran 4 miles (around the section) six days a week. Once he opened the gym, he only worked out 4 minutes a day on the ROM (no running). After more than a year of using the ROM he decided to test his endurance. He went back to his former home in the country to attempt his old 4 mile run. He shocked himself when he was able to run the route as well as (if not better than) when he'd been running it on a daily basis! Again, it all goes back to the oxygen consumption of your muscles during exercise.
So maybe you're thinking, "Staci's in shape. Of course she could do 4 minutes on the ROM. But what about me? I haven't worked out in years!" While I was at Mel's gym, a lady came in to use the ROM who was 86 YEARS OLD! In other words, this machine works all ages and ability levels! CRAZY! Mel showed me case studies of his clients. He showed me how they were losing weight, gaining muscle tone, and increasing flexibility. There was also many instances of decreased blood pressure & lowered cholesterol!
Would you please VOTE in the comments?
- Would you actually go to the gym if you knew it would only take 4 minutes of your day (rather than an hour)?
Other questions (answering these are optional...voting is not optional! ;)
- Would you need case studies to prove the ROM's effectiveness before you would join?
- What would you be willing to pay for a monthly membership?
We are seriously considering putting one of these in our gym. The cost of one is very high ($15,000)...but I think it would be more than worth it if it will draw in new members. I think the ROM targets working people (who don't think they have time to exercise) and people who hate exercising (anyone can handle FOUR minutes)! Please let me know what you think!
Tuesday, August 14, 2007
Today was Brody's first birthday (if you didn't already know this...you haven't been reading our blog! lol)
When Brody was just 6 days old we took the first picture of him with a football. Just in case you haven't seen enough pictures of Brody...or had enough of my reminiscing...here is Brody's first year with the football.
6 days old
1 month old
2 months old
3 months old
4 months old
5 months old
6 months old
7 months old
8 months old
9 months old
10 months old
11 months old
Monday, August 13, 2007
Saturday, August 11, 2007
Collin and Brody were both VERY excited to get to eat cake!
Brody dug right in to the birthday cupcake!
The only family picture I have from the weekend!
Audria and I were the brave women who took the kids swimming (Daddy Steve also got in the pool after he finished cooking the burgers). Collin wasn't too excited about swimming (probably had something to do with being jet lagged after getting back from England on Friday night!) Brody LOVED swimming!!! He looked like a prune by the time I took him inside to dry him off!
Caleb & Audria wanted to make sure that we raise a cowboy!
"Do these fit in here?" I tried...but I just couldn't leave this picture out! lol! We convinced Angela to try on the towel that she and Mark got for Brody...and she looked too cute to not take a picture ;) The camo pants helped out the look.