My Summer Vacation

Annette Breaux

Hi Friends! I have been super busy this summer!  My vacation has been at school.  I work there and I have always had  summer’s off to enjoy my family, my dogs, the sun and pool…and I try to get some stuff done.  This summer, I didn’t have the opportunity to do a lot of that because I had to work summer school.  In all honesty, I was kinda bummed when I got the call to work it (the manager that usually {Read More}

It starts with food


I am on DAY 9 of The Whole 30.  If you don’t know anything about the Whole 30, well you are missing out on some pretty interesting stuff.  Dallas and Melissa Hartwig started Whole 30 back in 2009 and it is a lifestyle movement that starts with food.  In fact they wrote a book called “It Starts With Food” and I highly suggest you read it.  This is not my first time doing a Whole 30, but I feel like {Read More}

Sit, Play Ball and Bear Crawl

Sit, Play Ball and Bear Crawl

Jim got me a new toy for Mother’s Day.  I got a Fitbit Flex and I LOVE it!  It keeps me motivated to be active and lately I need that!  It keeps track of how many steps I have taken, how active I am and even how my sleep pattern is (yikes is all I have to say to that). I have been taking the stairs more at work, taking the dogs for long walks and I go to the {Read More}

Family Benefits

Randy and his youngest daughter

Hi friends!  I’ve missed our talks.  I’ve been a little busy here, and I’m gonna tell you why.  You see, my brother Randy (I have written about him before) has a genetic disease called Alpha-1 Antitrypsin Deficiency.  Alpha-1 Antitrypsin is essentially a protein that is made in our liver and utilized by our lungs.  Basically Alpha-1 Antitrypsin acts as a lubricant to help protect our lungs from inflamation and tissue damage during the exhale part of our breathing.  This condition {Read More}

The End of Our Oregon vacation

I’m going to finish up telling you about our vacation today…You are about to see some beautiful pictures, and the pictures don’t do the actual view any justice.  Keep reading to see! Wednesday was brewery day for us.  It was damp and rainy and we knew it was going to start to warm up as the rest of the week progressed so we planned to go hiking with Kyle later in the week and continue our quest to try as {Read More}

Pacific Northwest beginning of the week

Deschutes Brewery

Hi guys! I can’t wait to continue my vacation stories..So much to tell. Monday both Kyle and Carolyn had to go to work so Jim and I set out to see what the downtown area as well as The Old Mill District were all about.  I am ashamed to admit that we bought so much “stuff” that we had to buy another suitcase before we left just to bring it all back home!  We shopped and walked around until our {Read More}

Spring Break on The West Coast

Rogue Brewery Portland

Hi Friends!  I have missed you!!!  I have been on the West Coast (Oregon actually) visiting my son, his girlfriend and their dog, Goose.  I have never been that far west before and I found it breathtakingly gorgeous!  Jim and I always go somewhere on Spring break, but in all honesty, we always pick some place warm and tropical, after all, we live in the snowy city of Syracuse and by April, we are OVER IT! This time though, our {Read More}

Staying On Track With Meal Planning

made me smile

Hello from snowy cold North Syracuse. I honestly don’t think spring is ever going to get here.  I have struggled with going anywhere after I get home from work, especially the gym! The kettle bells have been my best fitness friends these days.  They work my whole body and I love them!  I long for SPRING, when I can get outside and run..I would even settle for warmth enough to work out in our garage doing pull ups and box {Read More}

Sleep may be overrated, but I miss it

trying out the new selfie stick-Awesome

I sleep like balls.  I mean I really don’t sleep very well and I am so exhausted today.  We bought a new high-tech mattress with cooling gel and I STILL don’t sleep, although I love the mattress.  I lay there comfortable and AWAKE most every night. You can only imagine what I look like in the morning right after I have fallen asleep and the alarm goes off.  I will give you a hint…It’s not pretty! Yesterday was St. Patricks Day and {Read More}

Cleaning out and finding memories.

Old Boy Scout Books

How is everybody?  I have been spending my time cleaning out our attic.  I cannot even tell you how much time and effort that takes here in North Syracuse at this time of year..It has been freezing! I mean, Bone Chilling cold.  Turns out that we had some insulation in our attic that had slid down the rafters and it was not really doing its job.  Jim and I went up there on Saturday morning and spent all day bring every single {Read More}