Friday, January 30, 2009

Grant- can you say.....?

Grant is quite the talker. We never understand what he says, but he's got his own little language all to himself. He walked into Ben's office/studio today holding his little Teddy Bear that his cute cousins (Alisa's kids) gave him. Ben got him to say "BEAR!" It's so cute.

So then we wanted to see if he would say anything else. We said, "DOG," and sure enough, he said it! I will get videos up and running as soon as I get my camera back. So here are some visual aids.

Also, he is AWESOME at saying "HI!" He's kinda got the "BYE" down, but he prefers to wave. He's so much fun and always doing new "tricks." He's our little monkey.

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

The Plan- and maybe your new Plan

So, again, no pictures. I have a hard time reading LONG blogs... I like pictures, to I am sorry to those who are just like me.

If you have known me for a while, you'll know that I was always really thin my entire life. I had a high metabolism for some reason, but I was also crazy active in high school. I moved to Utah, and I remember as my body went from "teenage body" to "let's be an adult" body (spreading hips... I was amazed!). Again, I was still pretty active, but went up a size from that. Then, my gall bladder surgery. Even though I lost about 10-15 before the surgery- I gained that all back afterwards! And I feel that as soon as that was over, I got married and got pregnant. After Grant was born, I was excited to see the weight fall right off like it did on many s who have the same body type as me. That didn't happen. It was frustrating, but I was alright with it for a while. I knew that I wasn't working out the way I wanted to due to a fussy new born. Breastfeeding didn't happen either. THEN, we moved and lived in a place where I never wanted to cook... HELLO FAST FOOD! Holy cow- if you do not work out AND eat fast food... well... just don't!

So, now we're here in Bloomington. I have worked out/walked/done videos a lot, but still- I am not happy with where I am. I think I weight just under what I was when I was 9 months pregnant. Grrr. My husband is wonderful, of course, and always says I look good- but Christmas was really hard on me this year. I had a breakdown (so to speak). I couldn't fake my way into my jeans, my shirts all emphasized my stomach, and I felt plain ugly. I don't say this because I want all these comments about how I look really good. No- those actually bother me more, because I know what I look like. I have had a wake up call- I guess.

MY PLAN: I am eating breakfast now (even if it's just a bowl of cereal). I have a bowl of carrot sticks in the fridge along with a bowl of celery sticks that I can snack on during the day when I am bored or start feeling hungry. I am being really good about PORTION control. I made some chicken last night thinking Ben would be mad at the size of the chicken (half)... he then said, "I am full!" YEAH!!! It works! Also, I have a workout buddy! Hooray for Hilary! Even if it's not everyday, I know that I will get some work at about once or twice a week (as to opposed NONE). The mall in town has walking hours, so we are going to do that. I bought a balancing ball and I work with that sometimes, along with my 10 minute Pilates. I don't believe in DRASTICALLY changing your life. I think if I am balanced in the things I do- like work out MORE than the fast food I may eat (oh yeah, if we DO get fast food... it's a kids meal for me!), then 4 months should be a lot change coming my way. I can't wait for it to get nice out again, because I LOVE walking outside!! Grant loves it too. If Alison is reading this- let me apologize to you now- but my goal is to look better than you at your wedding!! hahaha

INVITATION: If you want to jump on board with me, I WOULD LOVE IT! However, you must weight at least 140 pounds to do so... that's my rule. haha Until I am below that weight, I don't want to hear it from you :) haha Let's keep up together!

My email address is

I would love to do weekly emails, telling each other how well we've done, or even how not so well we've done. We can make this a GIANT support group. Let's live our lives, but be a bit more healthy and conscience about what we do with our bodies (eating and working out). This is going to be hard. My middle name is NOT "DISCIPLINED." But I think we can all do it!
Now- get off the computer and walk around the block, make laps through your house, cut up some carrots and celery, DRINK PLENTY OF WATER (I also think I am going to flush anything I eat out with tons of water!! Used to work for me back in the day). Email me ideas, and I will do the same! Hope to hear from you all then!!

Love Rochelle

Friday, January 23, 2009


I left my camera in Chicago (I think), so there is no picture. Grant is up and walking all the time. He still makes us laugh and we are having a good time watching him dance to music (head banging... he's Ben's son), clap, do patty cake and itsy bitsy spider, and our new favorite... his manners. Grant knows how to ask for things. He says please, in sign language. And he says please all the time! He walks around with his little hand on his chest and pulls with all his might! He'll say please if you say "what do you say?" or if you ask, "Do you want more?" He even starts asking for please if he sees ANY food! Now the trick is start teaching him that just because he asks, doesn't mean he'll get it! One day, he'll actually talk!!

Thursday, January 1, 2009

A little bit of everything :)

So, we have had a crazy month!  I can't believe how fast the time bas gone.  It's past 1 am on the first day of the year, and I am at a loss of words about where the time has gone!!  I think that pictures are really all I want to post right now.  So, I am going to post them small so I can fit in a lot without being obnoxious (click on the photo to see a large version).

These pictures are when Grant and I were in Lake Bluff (Chicago) visiting the family before we left for Thousand Oaks (LA).

These 3 are from our 2 year anniversary! Ben and I went to Santa Barbara, CA for the night! It was awesome. This was at the same time that the rest of the country was getting the crap kicked out of them by snow!! haha

Christmas Eve! Grant was Joseph... how cute! But it didn't even last long enough to make it to the story time, so he is sporting his awesome Mrs. Clause pjs!

Christmas Day!

Drew and Grant posing for a million pictures... I think they lost sight for at least a few moments!
And here are the paparazzi at work!  I think there are at least 3 looking in the direction of the kids!
Grant's favorite gift... look familiar Leanne?

On the way to Great Grandma Mathews home... so sleepy.
Grant and Drew actually playing nicely together!!  Probably because neither one knew the other was playing!  This was Drew's awesome gift... a talking kitchen :P

And this is the best picture of the trip!! Dads DO play with their kids! haha