Being Accountable

Yesterday was my daughter's 9th birthday. Hard to believe my little pixie has gone from this

PhotobucketTo this in just 9 years!! She's such an amazing girl. Smart, sensitive, cautious, inquisitive, friendly. And I am so lucky to be her mama and help her become the young lady that I see emerging.

We had a small birthday party for her last night. She had BIG parties for the first 3 years of her life, but by her 4th birthday, I had 3 kids, and my youngest has special needs and they were already starting to rear their ugly head by this time, so we pulled back on  big parties and just started celebrating at home with our immediate family. Last year we started a new tradition by taking the birthday kid out for a day of fun. Daddy took Haley last year to the Salvador Dali museum in St. Pete, and this year I took her SHOPPING!! She got to pick out an entire new wardrobe. She chose some great outfits, but did not enjoy the trying on part, so as soon as that started she was DONE! That's my girl. I hate shopping. Tongue Out

We had two of her friends over for a sleep-over last night. I thought her friends, and my trio might enjoy nibbling on some food that they don't normally have. So I let Haley pick foods out from the store that she knows her friends like. We got cheese puffs, chips and salsa and funyuns. And I made a veggie tray. And we ordered pizza and breadsticks from Papa John's. And we had Ben & Jerry's ice cream. And a huge cookie cake. And I indulged, perhaps too much. BUT....I tracked it all. I made myself accountable.



 And yes, I'm the type of tracker that tracks everything under one TIME! I don't separate it by morning, afternoon, evening.

Am I proud of the 73 total points for the day? HECK NO!! But I'm over it now. Yes, I am up 2 pounds on the scale this morning. Not a huge surprise. But I'll get it off this week. And in fact, this "binge" has sort of renewed my commitment to healthy eating because I felt like total crap last night, and I feel like crap this morning. My skin feels greasy, I feel like I have a muffin top. It's gross. And I don't like it. I wanted to show you all that I am HUMAN. I mess up. I make mistakes. I know some people allow themselves "cheat meals" but I don't. Healthy eating is my way of life. This is not a normal thing for me. Maybe if I had allowed myself cheat meals throughout my journey I wouldn't be so hard on myself today, but since I didn't and I don't plan on starting, it's difficult to accept this, but I have and I have moved on!

Now what I should have done is made my homemade whole wheat pizza and bread sticks. Next time.

Onward and upward!! Believe. Expect Amazing. Balance.



Elephants, Tigers, and Poodles, OH MY!!

Last night my family and I had the opportunity to see the new Ringling Bros and Barnum & Bailey circus Built to Amaze! And let me tell you, as a circus snob, it really was amazing!!

 I call myself a circus snob because I grew up in Venice, FL which was the winter home of the Ringling Circus from 1959-1992. Every winter the circus trains would come rolling in to Venice and we would watch as the animals, equipment, etc., were paraded over the bridge from the train yard to the Circus Arena. It truly was a sight to behold.

My husband and I have been taking our kids to the circus since they were babies. Seriously. Our oldest daughter Haley was born in January 2004, and her first circus was January 2005. She was not even a year old. It just so happens that EVERY year the Tampa dates fall near Haley's birthday, so it's become an annual event for our family! We love it! This year it was even more AMAZING!

Getting down on the floor gave the kids the opportunity to interact with some of the performers. Ella got to put on a real circus jacket!

 How cool are these cups? One of the best lines of the night was Ronin screaming "mama, my head fell off."

This was the view form our suite! We had really good seats and could see everything!

 This show was much less clown-like. In fact, there weren't really any clowns, which I liked. I'm not a fan of the clown aspect of the circus. We had three favorite acts: Elephants, Tigers, and Poodles, OH MY!!

 The elephants were super cool. They were dancing to Hip-Hop/Top 40 and my kids really enjoyed dancing along to the music!

And tigers are just awesome. Hearing them growl and bat at their trainer always makes me feel so vulnerable.

 But our favorite part of the show was the POODLES!! The kids and I all really want a dog and the poodles put on a great show!!

 We stayed for the entire show and had fun during intermission in our suite :)

This show truly was Built to Amaze and I hope you check it out when it comes to a city near you!

All opinions are my own. I received no compensation for this review, however my family was provided with a suite and tickets for my honest review.