Our Crazy Life

Raising three kids just one day at a time

Healthy Lifestyle Changes June 15, 2011

Filed under: family,Weight Watchers — Jamie Payne @ 1:10 pm

The last five weeks have been quite an adventure for our family since I joined Weight Watchers.  At the very beginning my biggest fear was how to cook for myself and for my family….as in separate meals…to keep them satisfied.  I barely have time to cook one meal, let alone two, so the answer was simple.  They’re eating what I eat.  I’ve been working very had to find recipes that are not only WW friendly, but also something that the entire family will eat and enjoy.

Here are a few changes we’ve made so far that have gone over well:

1. Whole wheat pasta – The kids are clueless.  They have no idea that I’ve switched to whole wheat pasta and therefore don’t realize that I’m packing their little bodies with more fiber and less sodium.

2. Brown rice – The advantages of switching to brown rice are numerous!  When I found that white rice is basically brown rice that has had essential nutrient removed during processing in order to make it easier and faster to cook, I knew that we were going to switch.  Another advantage is that rice bran oil (which is only present in brown rice) contains gammaoryzanol, a compound with the ability to lower cholesterol. Yeah!

3. Water, water and more water – I’m finally drinking more water and less Diet Pepsi.  I still allow myself one 20oz bottle every morning for the caffeine but then I switch .  I bought an Embark water bottle at Target which has the measurements along one side so that I know how much I’m drinking each day.  I try to drink 28oz before noon and then another 28oz before I leave at 4pm.  Besides that fact that I’m about to float away and go to the bathroom every 10 minutes, I feel better about

4. Fruit for dessert – Our kids had gotten used to having something sweet for dessert each night as long as they finished their dinner.  This would consist of anything from fruit snacks to a Twinkie.  Not exactly good for them, I know.  We made the switch to fresh fruit for dessert and it’s gone over pretty well.  All three enjoy apples, watermelon and pineapple the most.  Every once in a while we throw in a Twinkie if they’ve been especially good:)

5. Lots of veggies and fresh herbs – Recently I’ve cooked with more fresh veggies and herbs than I thought I ever would.  The kids have been good about trying everything at least once and the only things that Ayden is adamant about not eating are peas, carrots and mushrooms.  I’ve learned though that if the carrots and mushrooms are small enough and disguised well, they still get consumed. 

6. Exercise – I’m back to working out 4-5 days a week like I was before getting pregnant with Miss Ava.  Mondays and Wednesday are treadmill days.  I do 30 minutes at a rate of 4 and incline of 1.5.  Tuesdays and Thursdays are toning days.  I do the full round of weight machines which work my legs and arms and then a lap of lunges around the running track.  All four days I do an abdominal workout to help lose my muffin top as well.  We encourage the kids to get their exercise as well.  The kids love to play outside and the boys are both taking karate and swim lessons.  During every karate lesson they include lots of stretching, push ups, sit ups and squats.  Ayden is also interested in taking tennis lessons so we’re looking into that when swim lessons are done for the summer. 

I still have a way to go before I reach my weight loss goal, but I’m already feeling better about myself.  If I have a weak moment, I don’t beat myself up about it.  Each day is a new day and another chance to make healthier choices.  As we try more new recipes I’ll be sure to post the ones we like here on the blog. 



Callaway Gardens Beach June 14, 2011

Filed under: random chatter — Jamie Payne @ 8:11 am

We thought it would be fun to take Eric and Riley to the Callaway Gardens beach on Sunday since we purchased a season pass this year.  It was a beautiful day and the beach wasn’t very crowded.  We managed to get a couple of chair/umbrella sets to rent for the day and we settled in for a few hours of fun.  Between swimming in the lake and making sand creations with all of the toys we brought along, the kids had a great time!  We were so busy that I forgot to take my camera out until Jason took the boys over to the inflatable island to play on.  Miss Ava Marie was looking too cute so I took the opportunity to snap a few pictures.

My beautiful sun princess…

That’s Jason and Ayden up at the top right before Jason threw him into the water.  It was pretty funny to watch:)

Eric and Riley playing in the water.

I think Riley was trying to keep her daddy in the water with her but Eric needed a break.

The great debate…to go on the inflatable island or not.  Riley won. 

It was another fantastic day spent with  the Arndt family!  We’re going to miss them when they head back to WI on Wednesday:(


Visitors from WI June 13, 2011

Filed under: family — Jamie Payne @ 10:52 am

Eric and Jason have been great friends since middle school and their personalities are so similar it’s sometimes scary.  We’ve been missing our WI friends since moving to Georgia six years ago so we were beyond thrilled when Eric called to ask if he and his daughter, Riley, could come down for a visit.  They arrived this past Friday and it didn’t take more than 5 minutes for Riley to fit right in with our crazy bunch! 

We had a relaxing start Saturday morning and then headed to the GA Aquarium in the afternoon. 

The kids loved the area where you can actually touch baby sting rays and sharks. 

The aquarium was packed and we lost Jameson about 67 times.  I was finally able to get all four kids together long enough for one picture. 

I love this picture of Riley pointing Ayden’s head in the direction she wanted him to look. 

We ended our visit with the penguins and beluga whales. 

Since we managed to walk out of the aquarium with all four kids that we walked in with, we treated them to some free time at the playground while us parents took a breather.

Our next stop was to stuff our faces with pizza at Big Pie in the Sky in Kennesaw.  I have never before seen such enormous pizzas!  I shared a cheese pizza with the kids while Jason and Eric both wolfed down a slice of the “Carnivore”.  Yum, yum!

We ended our day with a dusk golf cart ride at Mimi & Bumpa’s house to see the fireflies.  I think by the time we got home, the parents were more worn out than the kids:)  Thanks Eric and Riley for sharing such a wonderful day with us!!!


Weight Watchers Recipe Updates! June 3, 2011

Filed under: Weight Watchers — Jamie Payne @ 8:30 am

This week I added a lot of new recipes to the blog that we’ve tried during the past couple of weeks.  Jason and the kids are starting to get used to our new “healthy eating” and really look forward to their fresh fruit for dessert.  They still get macaroni and cheese on Tuesdays and fast food on Fridays when we have karate at night.  I think this keeps them from getting too angry with me over the wheat pasta, brown rice, fresh veggies and general lack of carbs and cheese:)  I’m excited to weight in this Saturday and report back what a month of counting points has done for me and my parents!


The Cure for Boredom June 1, 2011

Filed under: family — Jamie Payne @ 11:05 am

What do we do around our house when we (the parents) get bored?

We aim the leaf blower at them and watch what it does to their faces!!


Raingutter Regatta – 2011 May 24, 2011

Filed under: random chatter — Jamie Payne @ 8:32 am

After the Autism Speaks Walk this past Sunday, we headed over to Shamrock Park in Tyrone for the Pack 79 Raingutter Regatta.  It was unbelievably hot but the kids had a blast as us parents watched them race their boats. 

Go Ayden!

Go Ayden!!

And he wins!!

Ayden and his trusty sailboat did pretty well together.

All while Ava played at the playground….

…and Jameson tried to squirt water out of his mouth.

Thanks for another fun event Pack 79!!!  We’ll see you again in the fall…this time as Wolf Cubs:)


The Graduate May 23, 2011

Filed under: random chatter — Jamie Payne @ 10:56 am

This boy graduated from Pre-K on Saturday.

When did he decide to grow up on me? 

Ms Brooke and Ms Kellie are amazing teachers and got Jameson through a very challenging year.  I will forever be grateful to them for the patience and love they gave to him. 

Ayden and Ava were very supportive of their brother on his big day.

Jason and I are so very proud of Jameson and his wonderful transformation into a big boy this school year.

Congratulations Jameson on your special day!  You’re an amazing little boy with such a special personality.  We love you to the moon and back!!!