Thursday, January 22, 2009

My New Love/Hate Relationship

So this year Rick and I decided to join a gym as part of our quest to lose weight and be healthier. It is very inexpensive and close to home with a nice family type atmosphere. To help motivate one another, we decided that we would go to the gym together. With our family schedule and everybody's going ons, this means that we have to go the gym before Rick goes to work.
Enter the hate part ~ getting up at 5am
I didn't realize how getting up at 5am would affect my entire existence! I no longer lounge lazily in bed enjoying the comfiness of the covers. My bladder has now been trained to require relief before the sun comes up (even on the weekend). And, I can no longer stay up until all hours of the night ~ especially if I want to wake up when that alarm goes off. Rick says that no matter how early I go to bed or how much sleep I get, I am just NOT a morning person. I agree - thus the hate part. But once I actually drag myself out of bed, life doesn't look so bleak. Until of course, we actually get to the gym. Once at the gym, I encounter my 2 morning enemies:
the treadmill
and the stationary bike
I am SURE that I hear them laughing as they see me coming. I KNOW they raise the incline a little higher and make the suspension a little tighter as I cross the room. It's just wrong! But, I put in my ear buds, turn on my purple Disney Tinkerbell MP3 player (inherited from Alexis when she got a bigger and better model for her birthday), and attack. The match usually lasts 35-40 minutes and I always finish (the love part ~ finishing) a little sweatier with several points for aches and pains. The sense of accomplishment is a good feeling as well as the opportunity to get a jump start on the day (again ~ the love part)! Then again, I have to because before I know it, it's time to go to bed again.....

By the way, did I mention that at 5am in New York in the dead of winter it is a whole 5* outside?Not including the windchill factor? I guess that's a whole other blog.......

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Crazy Days!

Some pretty crazy things have been going on in the Dunklee house lately! Check it out:
A 2-headed, 4-armed, 4-legged, very scary creature has taken up residence....
Julee willingly played along with Alexis' take over the world scheme (she does a great dead act doesn't she?)
Princess Valentine took over the Playstation & won't give it back!
One very crazy kid is obsessed with the camera & actually takes a pretty great self-portrait!

Wednesday, January 7, 2009

Happy Brithday Grandmama!

Today my mom celebrates her birthday! I won't reveal her age but I will say she is celebrating a new decade today - you can do the math. We wish that we were there to help her celebrate the big event! Here are a few things that we love about "Grandmama".....
1) She loves us
2) She has crazy, awesome nicknames for all the grandkids
3) Her teddy bear collection (to include Grandpa)
4) She takes us out to eat at Applebee's
5) She is always excited to hear what the grandkids have to say

Grandma & Grandpa with Julee and Alexis in Palmyra, NY (Oct 2006)

Hope you have a great birthday!