Monday, July 19, 2010

Nothing at all about kids or music

So in April my husband and I decided to get serious about our health. This is my husband's first diet/exercise plan. My bazillionth. I don't actually remember any season of my life when I wasn't on a diet. It has been great to work out with my husband. I've lost 24 pounds and 5 inches off my waist (Yea me!) but have a long way to go. Tim has lost 30 pounds and has met his goal weight. He's continuing the workout but pretty much done with the diet. Sometimes, okay often, I get tired of making different meals for everyone in the family. The other day I went to a local sandwich shop to grab lunch for the kids and saw a grilled veggie wrap on the menu and decided to get it for me. Grilled veggies=healthy, right? A spinach wrap instead of big roll=healthy, right? I asked them for a nutritional fact sheet (my new best friend) and they were out but said it was online. I checked when I got home and to my horror this healthy choice turned out to be a monstrous mistake! It had more fat and calories than the meatball sub!!! It was my entire day worth of calories and more than my day's worth of fat. I can't even describe how frustrating that was. How many other times have I unknowingly done that??? I'm glad that places are now making their nutritional content available I guess I just need to read it before I go. Have you ever thought you were eating something healthy that turned out to not be?

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Wordless Wednesday... The color of beauty.

This is my daughter's artwork. She took the picture at Venice Beach, CA and named it "The Color of Beauty". My heart is warmed by my daughter's love for variety of color, in sunsets and people. Life is not about being color blind but rather appreciating all the different colors that make up our beautiful world.

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

And the award goes to.... ME!

I always dreamed of winning an award, perhaps a Grammy or a TONY but "understudy", and "runner-up" were more my reality. I did win a pie baking contest once. I was the only one entered in my division. I've discovered that not winning awards is okay with me.

I don't need to be THE best, I need to be MY best. Not winning gives me space to improve and takes the pressure off. That's one reason I got into Kindermusik. Previously I was teaching private voice lessons where everyone wanted to be the next super star. They weren't enjoying the music, they just wanted the awards.

Kindermusik is about the learning and the fun. Instead of "good job" we say "thank you for playing for us". We learn about music and through music, how to sing, play, move and listen. We learn about ourselves and how to work together. Life skills. Maybe some day one of my students will win a Grammy or TONY. If they do I hope they remember Kindermusik with Ms B  when they give their acceptance speech. That would be better than any award I could win on my own.

Oh but wait... the title is about me winning an award. I have at long last won something and have been given the honor of a Bloggy Award.

Liz, at has given me an award! It's the Sunshine award, and you're supposed to 1) post it on your blog (I saved the image and uploaded it), and 2) pass it on to 5 people who have brought sunshine into your life by listing them and a link to their blog.  Here are the people in my list, do stop by and check out their cute sunny blogs:

 and a "runner-up", because I think runners-up are awesome ;)

Monday, July 12, 2010

Vacation...from posting ;)

Ok, I've been on vacation so I apologize for the lack of recent posts. And apparently my brain is still on vacation as I can not find anything of extreme value to say right now. Hopefully my brain will return from whatever sunny spot it is in and I will have a new inspiring post up soon!