Thursday, June 2, 2016

Spin Is My Life

Haha!  Y'all just thought I was gonna be back to blogging regularly.  And I totally was. 

But see, then stuff happened.  And then people.  And excuses....  So... once again, here I am, trying to catch up!

But in all honesty - my parents came to visit and we got this new exercise bike and that pretty much consumed me for the entire month of May.  Well, that and all the freaking rain!  Oh, and the million mosquito bites on me and my children.  (Seriously, I put Skin So Soft ALL over us.  ALL over us.  Except for Nat's nose.  And poor baby has a bite right on her nose.  UUUUUUGGGGGGGHHHH.)

But back to spin.  I'm OBSESSED.  Spin is my life now.  And if you would have ever told me I was going to become obsessed over spinning, I would have laughed at you.  If you told me that some day, I would do 2 spin classes IN A ROW, I would have taken you to the looney bin.

But no, it's me that needs the looney bin.

We bought a Peloton Bike and I cannot tell you how much I love this thing.

Excuse me while I geek out about it.

It has this huge screen on the front of it.  And you take either live or on demand classes.  There are thousands of on demand classes and about 8 live classes a day to choose from.  And they are FUN.  The instructors are amazing.  The music is so inspiring.  Mostly you ride to the beat, until an instructor pushes you and then you almost die.  But then you don't and you feel awesome!

There's a leaderboard (I think that's what those are called) that ranks your output with everyone else across the country who has taken the classes also.  You can either compete with them for a good ranking (or a better ranking then usual) or you can hide it and just do you.

And did I mention that this is in my house!  So I just get the kids set up with a show and then throw on anything and ride!

Ok, I'm obsessed.  So sorry for the rant.  But every time I talk about it, someone asks me to explain how it works because it's so different and unique.  So I thought I'd get it all out there.

It is pricey.  But they offer financing in the store in Dallas.  ($2000 for the bike, $250 delivery, $300 for the (optional) warranty, then $40 a month for the streaming.)  But if you've ever paid for spin classes - it's not cheap.  And this is in my home and so convenient.  If you buy one tell them I sent you and we both get 2 months free streaming! 

Alas... I have not lost a single pound yet.  But we all know that's more diet then exercise.  And I love chips and salsa.  And spin makes you hungry! But that's okay, because I just really love that sore leg muscle feeling I have all the time now.  So to me - worth it! 

So that's it for me... other then that, just gearing up for a busy summer!  Vacations are planned, mini-trips planned, birthdays to plan. 

Lets just hope the mosquitoes will go away soon!

Monday, May 2, 2016

I have Someting To Tell You

Drum roll please everyone.....   We finally bought this house!  Yes we did move in last year.  But it's finally, technically, OURS!!!

It was a long, long road of selling our house in Frisco and getting approved for this house in Dallas.  It was expensive.  More expensive then we expected.  It was a roller coaster of emotions with low offers, high offers, low appraisals, closing Frisco, loan approvals, then denials, then 2 insane appraisals, then more approvals then price hikes then waiting for a CTC (clear to close) for an insanely long time. 

My emotions went through the ringer.  I thought I was gonna pull out all my hair.  I drank waaay to much.  And my face broke out.  But we finally got it! 

It was going to happen.  We knew it was.  We'd already put money into the house (foundation work, new water heater, ac repair) and maxed out our credit cards assuming it was going to happen.  It had to happen.  But that waiting for it TO happen was the WORST. 

And then it DID HAPPEN!  We bought one of the oldest houses in Dallas.  A house that used to be a church!  2500 sq ft IN the city! Old and falling apart and amazing!  We have a porch swing facing a side street where the gays walk to the clubs or our neighbors walk to the Kroger.  We have a playroom and a guest room and high ceilings and a huge garage and a Jurassic Park style fence to let the kids play in the back without worrying.   We are in love and sometimes we just look at each other in amazement over this awesome house!

We truly have the best friends in the world who made this happen.  Again Beverly found this amazing house and had the inspiration and backing to making this possible.  Samantha worked miracle after miracle to make this loan go through.  Also a miracle, that we are all still friends after this.  Friends with slightly more grays and at least one of us with a newly found alcohol problem (me).  But friends none the less! 

But the celebration is short lived.  Because now the real work begins.  Our list of things that need to be done is LONG.  And I have major anxiety over where to start and even what we want to do. 

First on the list is a new AC for the upstairs.  And those are pricey y'all!  Then we want all new windows in the house.  The walls need to be fixed.  As in ALL the walls.  They all have cracks from the foundation.  Every singe one of them.  The floors down stairs need to all be redone.  But I think we need to do the kitchen first because we are knocking down walls there. 

And should we knock down that wall?  What about the bathroom in the kids room - do we make it smaller now?  Or wait?  And I hate our den and have no idea what to do there.  Pinterest - help! 

And what can we afford to do now?  And what can wait till later.  And how bad are asbestos shingles really?? 

I just got a head pain typing all that... was I cut out for a house remodel? 

I keep telling myself to take it one day at a time.  But then I look at my closet upstairs and wonder if I could remodel it for cheap to make it amazing.  It's pretty big, but maybe there's room for more functionality.  And I go down the rabbit-hole once again. 

Back to one day at a time.  The AC is this Friday.  Then we can move back upstairs (we've been sleeping in the guest room downstairs where the AC does work).  Then we will decide on step number 2. 

For now we will just enjoy this house and this summer and Pin Pin Pin away!! 

In the meantime, feel free to send any awesome house Pins my way!

Thursday, April 28, 2016

Some Thursday Night Ramblings... After Some Drinks, Maybe

Oh writing... I have a love/hate relationship with you.  For some reason I love to write and feel drawn to do so.  But that pull comes with challenges.  I hate to write and never know what to write about.

Then, I write and hate it.  I hate what I've written or I am not fully happy with it.

But there's a saying.  It's about sleep, but stick with me.  Most new moms learn it -- about when they are desperate enough to try sleep-training.  Sleep begets sleep.  The more your child sleeps (in theory) the more they will want to sleep/need to sleep.  "Put them to bed early and they will sleep later." And I feel like writing is similar.  The more I write, the more I want to write.  The more I write the easier it gets to write.  The more I write, the better the odds that something I write isn't going to be crap. 

So I just need to force myself.

But it's hard.  Life is busy and social media is overwhelming.  And sometimes I think-- if social media was a drug - I'd be in rehab like 4/6 times a year.  I can never find the right balance and go from too much social media to quitting, to withdraws to overload again.  And writing takes a back seat to everything else going on in my life.

But the truth is that I feel better when I write.  Everyone needs an outlet of some sort - and for better or worse, writing is mine. 

So my May-Years Resolution is to make this outlet my priority.  To dedicate to getting my thoughts on the screen in some way or another.  Despite any hesitation or reservation of inadequacy.

And I feel like this resolution will come with some much needed re-evaluations of what I want this blog to be...  more then a diary/recap of our lives.  I want to find a focus or drive.  I need an outlet, but I want it to be something interesting.  Something that I would want to read.

And that's more of just my ramblings then anything else.  But I need to start somewhere.


That's it for now.  No focus yet.  No promises of what is to come.  Just a start.  An attempt.  And a first step toward... something new and different.  And I hope, something good. 

Thursday, November 12, 2015

Some Thoughts About Star Wars Because of Interstellar

As a SAH/Homeschool Mom my adult conversations are few and far between.  I spend more time then I would like to admit watching and re-watching Star Wars and Frozen.  Over.  And over.  And OVER.  

Because my world revolves around Star Wars and Frozen -- I have come up with some interesting questions and theories about each.  

One I mentioned to my husband last weekend and blew his mind.  Then I did a Google search (sorry Bill, feel free to try Bing and see if that makes a difference) and couldn't find anything about it. 

Basically, because of the science explained in Interstellar -- wouldn't that make the Star Wars travel from planet to planet impossible? 

I'm not going to pretend to understand what Interstellar explained - but there was something about Einstein and Time Dilation and higher gravity fields.  And all that meant that travel to different planets would totally suck because 1 hour on one planet could equal 7 years on another planet. 

So how can Chewy and crew travel from planet to planet and reconcile things like relative time?

I do understand that the Star Wars Universe is not the same universe we live in.  But it does borrow a lot of our rules.  So maybe this is just one of those things we just have to assume they "fixed" or "solved" already.  Like space travel in general and artificial intelligence. 

It's just that this does seem a little trickier!

Any theories?? 

Welcome to our planet!

Saturday, November 7, 2015

Eye-Gore and A Busy Week

Monday morning Natalie woke up with a swollen eye.  Why is it so scary any time your babies are not 100%?  My imagination becomes my worst enemy.

 I called her pediatrician and they said to ice it, benadryl and see how it looks tomorrow.

She refused the ice pack.  The benadryl made her hyper.  And the next day it was worse. 


But thankfully, a sweet friend said that she remembered a friend's daughter having the same swollen eye problem and it ended up being just a bug bite.  So I tried not to let it bother me and just let time do it's thing.  

We had a Dr. appt scheduled for Miles well check on Wednesday.  And sure enough, her dr confirmed it was just a bug bite and she would be fine in no time. 

World cutest pjs from Samantha

Miles, however, didn't fare so well.  He got 2 boosters and then an ugly looking rash from his polio booster. 
For reference, my hand is on his knee.  That bump is just how swollen the booster is. 

After much research and a call to the dr, it just is what it is and we have to wait it out.  UGH.

He seems fine, no fever.  But the bump is warm and itchy.  :(  I've been using lavender oil and colloidal silver, but it hasn't gotten much better yet.

 So, to really round out the week - Miles had his first dentist appt on Friday.  He did great - and thankfully nothing to report!!  Whoo hoo!! 

We go to this small dentist office near our house -Oak Point - and it is AMAZING.  They never push for anything, never scare you with threats of root canals or cavities.  They are just the best most chill dentist office I've ever been to.

Miles looked super cool in his shades.  And he loved the suction thing that sucks out the slobber.  Lol.  While we were sitting there waiting for the Dr to talk to him, he refused to swallow and insisted on getting his slobber sucked out.  Haha!

The dentist and assistant were fascinated by his 'fused tooth'.  Apparently it is no big deal really (which his dr told me years ago) but they hadn't ever seen one in real life. 

Excuse his messy face!

So, here's hoping for a much less eventful week next week! 

Monday, November 2, 2015

Halloween and House Update

We foolishly thought we'd be in our new house by Halloween.  But, best laid plans. 

So here we are, having a suburban Halloween.  I am secretly pleased - our neighborhood does the exact right amount of Halloween for my 2 kiddos.  We get one kinda, almost scary house and lots of candy.  We walked around for about 30/45 minutes and it was perfect. 

Then we came home to carve pumpkins, make chili, roast pumpkin seeds and watch scary movies Tron.  It is kinda scary how bad the new Tron is, so I guess that counts.

We did get to attend a friends annual Halloween party the night before - and it was awesome as always!!  Tony killed it with his homemade Manolo Sanchez costume.  If you haven't seen The Book of Life - you must do so right now!!  (Thank you Beky for telling me about it, it's our fav movie now!)

Overall - it was the perfect holiday weekend! 

And now for the house update --

We've had the foundation guy out to the house twice now, well Beverly has.  And no luck yet.  First he couldn't find the crawl space.  Next he asked for the power to be shut off because of live wires.  So, hopefully he'll be back asap this week.  We really need a quote and to get started on that work before we can do anything else.

Hopefully third time is a charm this week.  Because we are dying to start fixing up what we can and move!  Also, the longer the delay - the more expensive it gets.  So... ugh, common already foundation guys!

I posted a live stream of the place on Periscope last week.  And hopefully I'll post more videos as we get more and more done. So if you don't Periscope (like me 6 days ago) download the app and link it to your twitter to find me!  @amandalauro  It's fun! 

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Longest Weekend Ever

Whew.  I am finally sitting down.  After what feels like the longest weekend ever. 

My aunt Judy passed away 2 weeks ago, and they had her funeral 3 days ago in Albuquerque, NM.  Our plan was to drive over for the funeral and then drive back with my parents so they could visit for a few weeks.  I figured it would be a good distraction for my mom, who just lost her sister, to be around the kids. 

So we packed up the car, loaded the dog, all our stuff - set off -- and our car started making a weird noise and alarms were going off every few seconds.  Well, being the GENIUS car person that I am - I suggested to my husband (who's on a business call with his boss) to just turn the car off and on again at this stop light 4 blocks from our house. 

If I could, I'd go back in time and smack me upside the head.  Because then this happened. 

Good times. Land Rover of Frisco wanted to charge us more than our mortgage payment to fix it.  So we hot-wired it back home and cried.  Well, I did.  I really wanted to say goodbye to my aunt and bring my parents home with us. 

So my sweet hubby decided we would just take our other (SMALLER) car and figure things out.  So, 4 am Saturday morning we were off.  14 hours later we pulled into Farmington. 

I love being home with my family, but this trip was short and bittersweet.  We tried to make the most of it.  We shopped and ate and drank lots of wine!  The kids played and played!

Then Monday morning we were off again at 6 am for Albq. and the funeral.  My parents agreed to come along in their car and then I'd just drive them home in a few weeks and fly back. 

We got to say goodbye to my sweet mean auntie.  She was tough as nails, but I will miss her. 

Then we got to spend some time with some of my cousins.

After an appointment for my dad, we finally hit the road around 4 pm.  But by 8 pm, I was already exhausted.  The day had been long and emotional and I was so not gonna make it another 9 hours. So we stopped at a lovely cheap hotel in Amarillo.  Our room came with popcorn!  On the floor.  All over.  Fun.

But we slept in late and got a fresh start on the trip the next morning.  And for some reason that trip from Amarillo to Frisco took approx. 76 hours.  We.Just.Kept.Stopping. 

We finally rolled into Frisco around 5 pm and just crashed.  Haha!  I wish!  We had to unload, unpack, feed and entertain the kids.  AND take our broken car to the shop. 

Then my poor husband had to wake up at 4 am this morning to travel to Canada for work. 

Whew.  Poor guy. 

So today is full of dance classes for the kids, errands and grocery shopping.  AND I forgot the dog food, so we have to go back to the grocery store. 

And we've got school work to catch up on, homeschool Halloween parties to go to, and a house to sell. 

Life, it just keeps on moving on. 

RIP Aunt Judy.  We will miss you.