3/9/14: The Skinny

Lucas (my youngest) went to the MEPS building on Monday February 24th, took the ASVAB, and then joined the Navy on Tuesday. I used to have something else written here but just deleted it. I’ve been able to come to terms with this since then. I’m very proud of him for making an adult decision. However, I’ve never been away from any of my children like that. Ryan lives 15 minutes away with her family and Colton is still at home. This is going to be a major adjustment for me. I’m a baby.

Oh, and he enlisted for six years. Six!

That’s The Skinny on what’s going on in my life. Now let’s talk about The Skinny on the www.

the skinny


I’ve been thinking of doing more of a theme during my monthly family meal when we don’t have a specific reason to celebrate (other than the fact that we just love each other). I like this Bingo Themed Party. It would be fun for adults and kids!

Abby gave me a gluten free pep talk just when I needed it. By talking about the reality of being gluten free for her it’s just what I needed it. I still feel like I keep looking in the pantry and not finding anything to eat but I’m working on it.

Even though I’m not doing it, I really enjoyed it when Kim shared the HappyFitMarch Challenge from Happy Fit Mama. It looks well put together. However, I’m doing another challenge this month.

I really loved Louise’s advice about making decisions and how to handle it so that you’re not jumping into something. We all know that I’m a jumper.

Tamara celebrated her four-year blogiversary.

I’m totally loving this DIY Spring Flower Vase. And not just because I’m dying for spring to roll around. Or because it’s affordable. Or because I can actually do it. Okay, it is for all of those reasons.

You know that I love photography talk. In my mind, I’m going to take pictures that aren’t yellow and where everyone has a head. Or, I could just figure out how to make everyone else want to take yellow, headless pictures. Here is some great talk on cameras and using a tripod for fashion photos.

I believe I mentioned Amber on the last skinny but this time she may have changed my life forever. Forever I tell you. Zoodles. That is all.

I might use the zoodles to make this Dukkah & Olive Pasta. Dukkah. Fun word.

Have you ever wanted to can something? Does it seem to complicated? Jenna over at Eat, Live, Run walks us through how to preserve some awesome canned pears.

I was catching up on my reading and not feeling like working out when I read this article from Nellie on staying mentally engaged in your healthy living goals. Wonderful advice!

I’d been feeling bad, even guilty, about cutting back on blogging. Not the par where I write posts but the part where I wait all week and use the bulk of the weekend to catch up. Alison wrote on this and where our focus should really be and I’m feeling so much better about it. And apparently, I’m not the only person taking this new route.

The winner of the Sunoco giveaway is up. It’s not too late to enter the MASHup Conditioning giveaway.

  • Have you or a close relative ever been in the military?
  • It’s supposed to get up to 55 today. I might just run until my legs fall off. What are you doing this Sunday?
  • How much wood could a woodchuck chuck if a woodchuck could chuck wood?

39 thoughts on “3/9/14: The Skinny

  1. Marcia

    Wow 6 years. Sigh. Big hugs mama!
    I am beyond tired after being at a family wedding way too late, then the hour drive home plus losing an hour. Need to get out for 9 miles. At least it’s sunny.
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    1. Carla Post author

      Thank you, Marcia! I have plans to visit him at as many locations as possible. I’d been saving up for a huge swing set for the girls but am now holding onto all that money for flights. :) Six years is a long time but he won’t get away from me that easily. LOL

    1. Carla Post author

      Thank you! I thought it was a huge step…not one that I’m prepared for but his excitement is contagious.

      That’s what I usually do on Sunday’s as well.

  2. Tamara

    Thank you for celebrating my four year blogiversary with me!
    And I love the video about the differences in lenses..I have the 50mm 1.4. And I do tell people to not bother with the 1.8.
    As for your son leaving…
    No, I don’t have any loved ones who have ever joined the military. I don’t know what I’d do! Des is only one and Scarlet is four and starting kindergarten next year. That alone is that first step in letting go. A lifetime of education and career and then she moves onto making her own choices. Yikes!
    I might cry right now.
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    1. Carla Post author

      Oh, don’t cry! I’m doing pretty okay but Lucas really doesn’t like the crying and carrying on. I’m already planning to take the day off after he leaves though as I know I’ll need a day to recoup.

    1. Carla Post author

      You’re welcome Abby! I was getting a little bored last week but I have a new menu planned for the week ahead that should work out great.

    1. Carla Post author

      You’re welcome, Kim!

      I just told Lucas that I planned on visiting him at every single place he’s stationed at least once. He said “I’m hoping to be stationed in Japan.” I said “I’ll be there! You don’t get rid of me that easy!”

  3. Chastity

    Hugs, Carla! Please thank Lucas from my family for his service.

    I try to eat gluten-free as much as possible. I really like quinoa and the pasta made from it is really good!

    I hope you have a great week!
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  4. Alison Hector

    Thanks for the mention in The Skinny, Carla! LOL re: the wood chuck question. Talk about a tongue twister. And thanks for introducing me to zoodles. Love it!
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    1. Carla Post author

      Because I have a cleft palate I had to go to speech therapy several times a year so they could listen for issues. That was one of their favorite ones to make me say.

      I still haven’t made the zoodles myself but I will for sure remember to do it the next time I’m craving noodles!

    1. Carla Post author

      I really think I feel better emotionally and physically without the gluten. Plus it really help me to keep my food clean and get closer to reaching my goals. I’ll try to do some updates as I get better at staying on track.

    1. Carla Post author

      I agree! A lot of wood!

      Thank you, Brittany. His excitement is contagious and I plan on visiting him at every place he’s stationed at least once as long as I can financially do it. I’m looking forward to that part, just not when he’s gone for long periods of time without any connection.

      I hope you like the recipes or it inspires your own ideas!

  5. Joi @ Rx Fitness Lady

    MANY THANKS to Lucas and your family for allowing him to serve this country! So much respect for our solders. I will be praying for you while you adjust. Very proud for you!

    You surely aren’t the only one! I have found that there is less guilt as you put this blogging thing into perspective. It was rough for me the first week, but I was so busy with life that I couldn’t afford to worry about it. I have a brand new outlook on blogging just because other things in my life require my focus and I can’t do it all, that’s just fact! It’s so odd to me that as I’m checking in with my crew, you’re all pretty much sharing the same sentiments! We truly are a family :)
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    1. Carla Post author

      Thank you so much, Joi! This is a huge adjustment and I know I will be heartbroken for a few days after he leaves but I’m sure that I’ll find ways to make this work. He’s going to get to experience the world in a way that I haven’t and I’m sure it’ll make him a better man.

      You have so many wonderful things going on in your life, Joi, that I can see why you have to prioritize your blog where you do. And I agree, we are a family and we have a lot of the same thoughts when it comes to various things. It shows why we are stay connected!

  6. Tara Newman

    I had a close friend enlist when we were 18 and he did the same thing…6 years! I went to visit him and watch him graduate from boot camp, There are definitely a lot of positives but as a mom…that would take me a little while to process. Maybe even a long while. I am sure he is very excited about his independent decision.
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    1. Carla Post author

      I don’t think I’ve ever seen him so excited and happy, Tara! I just hope he carries that enthusiasm and excitement with him through boot camp because that piece of it does not necessarily give you a view of what life is really like in the military. Or at least that’s my understanding.

    1. Carla Post author

      Thank you, Maureen! I am proud but sad that I won’t get to see him all the time. It was a very adult decision for him though.

      Love you, too, girl!

  7. Brittnei

    So many good ones here! Yay Tamara is like one of my absolute faves. Advice on not jumping into things sounds fabulous. I was worse about this in my single days. Thankfully hubby covers me and tends to take things a bit more slowly lol. So glad you got some encouragement around the gluten free thing! I know making that change can be difficult. :)
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    1. Carla Post author

      Nope, I’m still a jumper. The only thing I ever get marked bad for on reviews at work is my need to rush and jump into things. It’s a part of my personality that I find hard to get rid of.

      I do feel so much better mentally and physically when I’m not eating the gluten. It takes a few days to recover from just a little bit of gluten.

  8. KalleyC

    Six years is a long time, but you know what, it’s for a great cause! Please thank him from my family for his service–I have many people in my family who served, so I will keep you in my prayers. The adjustment can be hard on everyone!

    I love the bit about yellow headless pictures! So cute! Who knows..it could be trend down the line ;-)
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    1. Carla Post author

      He wanted to join for 10 but I convinced him to reenlist later if he wants to stay. I think 18 is way too young to decide what you want to do for 10 years. Of course, I could be totally wrong. Everyone is different.

      I hope it’s a trend! It would mean I could stop trying to hard with the pics. LOL

  9. Nellie @ Brooklyn Active Mama

    Huge hugs to you. You baby will be fine, its hard to tell you not to worry but you are so strong! Never doubt that.

    Thank you for the shoutout, and I can’t wait to check out all of the others!!

    Love the new look btw–I get the heebies when I THINK about redesign–you do it so often and it always looks great!
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    1. Carla Post author

      Thanks, Nellie! I’m sure I’ll make it through this. Like I said, it’s just so different than what I’m used to with my kids.

      I hope you enjoy the other posts.

      Oh, thank you for the compliment on the blog design. I just love doing design and so I just put things together that I like to see if I can do it.


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