Tuesday, November 29, 2011

I'll just jump right in with both feet!

I hate being plunged into darkness at 5:30 in the evening! But there isn't a thing I can do about it except accept it! I just feel like stomping my foot and having a little fit about it but that wouldn't do any good either, sooooooo.....my only other choice is to just flat get over it and realize that it is going to be this way for the next 3 1/2 months! help.

I've already gained my 5lbs. of holiday weight. I read somewhere that that is the average weight gain by most Americans over the holidays. Of course, that was a few years ago, so it may be 10lbs. by now, at the rate America is going with its obesity.
Soooooo, tonight I am cutting up a large bowl of salad, of which I will be partaking during the next several days.

I have so many extra "eating occasions" in the coming weeks and it is mostly at night! Help! :-/

AND as if that isn't enough, I read on the internet somewhere today that diet soda is bad for you in that it causes you to bloat AND is thought to have something in it that causes you to want to eat more or eat more sweets or something like that.

I loooove Diet Pepsi in the 24oz. bottles/six pack. I drank Diet Pepsi in the can for years and once in a while would buy a 2 liter bottle but I seldom could drink an entire can at one time and the 2 liter bottle would get stale before I drank it all. (Ed doesn't drink soda.)

Well, one week while getting groceries I saw that someone had the 6-pack bottles of Pepsi on sale for like $2.50 so I purchased one. I cannot begin to tell you the difference in flavor and carbonation!!! It scarcely tastes like the same soda as what is in the cans and 2-liters. I always kind of wondered why people bought the 6-packs, thinking they were more expensive, but they aren't. It is the same as buying a 12-pack of cans and I only buy pop when it is on sale.

I loooooove Diet Pepsi in the bottles!!! Only to read that it is not good for me and could very well be one of the reasons why I need to lose weight around my middle, like a kazillion other people!

Okay, I'm done with that topic. :-) But I did have to go and get me a glass of Pepsi on ice before continuing this post! :-) Ahhhhhh....how delicious and refreshing!!!
Below, you will see a picture of little Jaylon alllllllll stretched out taking his afternoon nap! He is getting so tall!!! Oh, but he is my precious little man! He is so good to take his nap every afternoon, for which I am so thankful. By two o'clock, grandma is needing a nap, too, or at least a good stretch of quiet time! :-)

Oh, and that is his blue blanket laying on top of him. Now he doesn't rub the silky border on it but he does rub the taggy on it that you can see right there by his hand. :-) His daddy rubbed the silky border on his blanket when he was little. :-)
A week ago Thanksgiving, my oldest sister Bev, pictured below with her daughter Bethany, and me and our sister-in-law Sandy drove to Newark to spend the day with Bethany and her little ones. I had Jaylon with me that day, too. We had such a good time!
Bethany lives the farthest away of any one else in the family and she feels kind of isolated sometimes so we finally were able to get away and go spend some time with her. We had such a relaxing, pleasant afternoon.
We ate at a local buffet which the little ones loved, as well as the "big kids", too! :-)
Jaylon loved the train they had which ran on a track that hung from the ceiling in the middle of the restaurant. AND he loved playing and spending time with Nathen and Hayley. Now he played with Nathen but he just loves girls!!! Of all ages!!!
It was so nice to just be able to go and not have to be concerned about being back at any certain time and to be able to relax and enjoy ourselves with Beth.

My sister Bev and her daughter Bethany

My sister-in-love Sandy and me!

Jaylon and Hayley

Nathen and Jaylon! :-)


Nel said...

What fun! Glad you got to spend some time with relatives. And Jaylon is getting big, my how he has grown.
I have heard that about the diet sodas also. I am a Diet Coke drinker. I am so proud of myself, I have cut way back. A 2 litre bottle will now last about 4 days before it was a day to 1 1/2 days. Now I only have a glass of a morning sometimes 2 then one before I go to bed. In between I am drinking Crystal Light. I actually am feeling better.
It was really good to see you in blogland again. Been missing you my dear friend. How has the weather been in your little valley?
until next time... nel

Sweet Tea said...

I feel as though I'm your kindred spirit - I love diet pepsi, hate the 5:30 darkness, and have probably gained the holiday 5 lbs too. I'm actually afraid to look at the scales!!

Loved the photos. Lots of love and smiles to be seen. Jaylon is really getting tall and all the kids are so cute with their big, happy smiles!!

Mary said...

That Jaylon is getting so big! Such a cutie-pie!

MotherT said...

Hi, Friend! Good to see the post and all the pictures. It's so hard to believe how big all of the kids have gotten, I mean seriously, didn't Bethany just have Hayley??

I love my Diet Pepsi from the bottles, too, but since I haven't been working I haven't bought any for a while. I make up for it in the amount of tea I drink!

Anonymous said...

So good to see you back Jewel! Little Jaylon is such a cutie!
Tammy from the Allen's World

Barbara H. said...

I agree about Pepsi. I drink the decaf diet Pepsi, and will drank from the cans if that's all that's available, but it tastes tinny to me from the cans. The six=pack bottles really do have the best flavor. Wal-Mart sells 8-packs of 12 oz. bottles rather than the 6-pack bigger ones. I like them, too, and they don't go flat at all, but they go too fast.

Sir Nottaguy-Imadad said...

It's good to see you back.I, too, like the Diet Pepsi in the bottles (caffinee free). I was a Diet Coke drinker until my wife switched me.

I love the pics. Kids grow so fast.

Joyce said...

Its nice to see you back...the littles are so cute! I'm drinking a diet coke as I type. Guess I need to rethink that : )