October 19, 2014

21 Day Fix - prep

Tomorrow begins my journey to more energy and toning. I have never been a big diet plan supporter. In high school I swam thousands of miles a week and burned more calories than I ate. My sophomore year of college I moved on campus and things quickly went downhill. O gained almost 40 lbs. All of which I lost before my wedding in 2008. After moving to Lafayette I joined a gym and worked out 3-5 days a week for an hour. I fell in love with Les Mills Body Pump and Body Combat.

 I was in the best shape of my life when I found out I was pregnant with Joel. I attempted to workout through my pregnancy but suffered severe back pain. My doctor advised me to take a break from working out after my 5th month.

After Joel was born I attempted returning to the gym but it was difficult. It was hard to balance it all and find time to nurse Joel and workout. Speaking of nursing it seemed to be helping me lose the weight I had gained with little to no effort. The year Joel was born we had an unusually warm winter so we were able to get out and run when he was 2 months. This helped.

With Millie I had gestational diabetes which helped me not gain ad much weight in pregnancy as I did the first time around. Again, with the help of nursing I have lost the weight I gained. However I am lacking the energy I used to have. It could be due to the fact that I am now 30 or the fact that I am caring for 2 kids and not getting 12 hours of sleep. But I am to the point where I will try anything.

Enter my best friend, Jennifer and the 21 day fix philosophy. I don't agree with everything, like I will NEVER drink skim milk, but I am excited for more energy, getting back in to workouts and learning portion control.

The next 21 days I am going to try and write more so come follow along on this journey!

October 11, 2014

Fall 2014

Fall is my favorite time of year. I love everything about it. The colors, the cooler weather, warm drinks, sweatshirts, apples and pumpkins. Phil and I have been enjoying fall since we first began dating back in November of 2004. Our first official date was when I made him attend my parents halloween party. He was a good sport and even wore a scarecrow costume. I'll try and dig up a picture.

Each year I get excited to share fall traditions with the kids and make new memories and traditions. We've been attending Kents Cucurbits in Brookston for the past 3 years. It is a small family run farm that sells lots of pumpkins for reasonable prices. We spent an hour their this afternoon walking around and looking at the pumpkins. Here are some pictures from the day.

Joel's first pumpkin trip in 2012 to October 2014

Happy Fall from the Travis Family

June 22, 2014

A Trip to Michigan

We spent the last week and a half of May in Michigan. Phil's sister Emily got married and we decided to make a long trip of it. We hadn't been home since September and wanted to make sure Joel spent time with all of his grandparents. He has 9 great grandparents and 5 grandparents. He saw all of them except 3 this trip. Millie was able to finally meet all of her aunts and uncles and some great grandparents. It was a wonderful time of introducing Joel to some of our favorite childhood memories and spending time with family. The trip finished with a beautiful outdoor Michigan wedding. We are so excited to have Jermell as part of the family! Here are some picture highlights of our trip:

Historic Train ride in Coopersville, MI. The town where daddy grew up.

MK and mommy

Philip's grandparents at the blueberry farm

@ the blueberry farm aka our happy place

Favorite ice cream spot in Holland

All ready for the beach

@ Grandpa Scott and Grandma Jills with "baby" the horse

Wearing great grandpa Ted's shoes and hat

Kensington Metro Park Farm - Mommy's favorite childhood memory

With Grace, our flower girl

Bubbles with Joel's "cousins"

Taking MK for a ride around the mall

MK and Grandpa Ski
1st trip to the beach, Tunnel Park, Holland MI

Learning the Travis family pancake recipe

4 generations
Happy wedding Aunt Emily

MK's first time swimming

June 11, 2014

MK :: 6 months old

Our sweet Millie Kate is turning 6 months old tomorrow. I cannot believe how fast time is going. We were not expecting to have another baby so soon after Joel but we couldn't imagine our lives any other way. Millie has been such a wonderful addition to our family. I cried and prayed and cried and prayed some more when I found out I was expecting her. I asked God for an easy baby because I was already feeling overwhelmed raising my then 14 month old who still wasn't sleeping through the night. Well God heard my pray and answered it in a big big way. Millie is the happiest, most easy going baby ever. She always has a smile for you, even if she has just met you. She has slept through the night since 3 weeks old! We can't wait to see how God uses her sweet nature to bless others in His kingdom.

at her 4 month appointment she was 11.6 pounds.We go to the doctor next week for her 6 month appointment. All I know is she is tiny.

- Tried baby food for the first time this past month. Started with carrots and she wasn't a fan. We moved on to sweet potatoes and they are her new love. She ate 2 tsps. tonight.
- Benn rolling over for about a month back to tummy
- Practicing siting up
- We started playing in our exersaucer and we love it.
- being left alone
- taking baths
- not being able to go to sleep exactly at the moment she wants to at night
- the ergo baby carrier
- her tag blanket
- watching her big brother
- storytime
- chewing on Sophie the giraffe

June 5, 2014

Mothers Day 2014

Weekends in May were non existent. That is to say they happened but they didn't feel restful at all. The Travis family was on the for every single weekend throughout the month of May. Motehers day weekend was no exception. When Phil asked me where I wanted to eat for Mothers day I said HOME and we did just that.

We spent the afternoon grilling out. Chicken and Asparagus. I made homemade french fries and iced coffee. We sat out on the deck and enjoyed our meal. Joel played in the yard and then both kids napped leaving some time for Phil and I to just sit and relax before heading to evening services at church.

Here are some picture from the day!


April 20, 2014

Easter 2014

Here is a picture story of our wonderful Easter weekend.
Started the weekend with a 4 mile walk in the new stroller. LOVE it!
The local zoo opened this weekend. Joel was pretty excited about the "big" turtle. It is so much more fun now that he can name the animals! We look forward to many more visits.
I don't have any pictures but we spent the rest of Saturday at Leadership Training for Christ in Indianapolis with several of our youth group students. They did an excellent job using their gifts to glorify Jesus.

Sunday was full of church, family and food. We even got to hear daddy preach. Here are a few pictures from Easter Sunday.

Joel - 2 years old

Millie Kate - 4 months

sibling love :)

Joel got a piggy bank for Easter. He was very excited!
MKs favorite way to sit on the couch.

Ended the weekend with a trip to the park in 75 degree weather. Big brother wanted sister to race him down the slide.

April 1, 2014

Brother Sister Love

I love watching Joel and Millie interact. Sure Millie really doesn't do much but smile at Joel but it is adorable. Joel is really starting to show an interest in Millie and it is really fun. Here are just a few examples:

  • Yesterday we went outside to play while Millie was upstairs taking her morning nap. When we got to the door Joel yelled back inside "bye Millie".
  • Whenever I am buckling Joel in the car and Millie isn't in there he points to her seat and says "Millie?" in a sad tone.
  • He sometimes doesn't know where she is like if she is napping or in her swing and he says "Where are you Millie?"
  • He loves to hold her hand.
  • He loves to lay next to her on the couch or play mat
  • Occasionally he asks to hold her
  • He gives her kisses, or slams his forehead in to hers, however you want to interpet that loving gesture :) 
  • He shares his taggie, drinks, play food, toys with her
  • He wants her to "Come Me" with him when he leaves the room and she doesn't
Tonight was by far the cutest thing that has happaned to date. I left the two of them in his room while I went to get something for bedtime routine out of the bathroom. When I came back he had his favorite library book propped up and was reading to Millie. When I walked in he announced this to me with a HUGE grin on his face. It melted my heart! I can't wait for him to share his love of reading with Millie. I prayer for them to love  and for him to adjust to being a big brother and I think both of those prayers have been answered. I can't wait to watch them continue to develop a relationship with one another.

Here are a few pictures of the two of them together: