Washington D.C.

This week we are visiting the Washington D.C. area. We are here on aa Mission Trip with 4 other families from our church. We stayed in Grand Rapids, MI on Friday, then flew out at 6am on Saturday morning. We had a quick and easy, which is good, condsidering it was our first flight, ever! We arrived in Baltimore, Maryland early Saturday morning, around 7:15.

Once we arrived in Baltimore, we took a shuttle in to Washington D.C. It was crazy because we arrived right when they were running a marathon and they had the streets blocked, but you didn’t know it, until you got to the end of the road and had to turn around. We finally made it to our hotel, and we were able to check in early! That was nice, so we put our luggage in our room and headed out to lunch. We chose to eat at Au Bon Pain, which the kids and I loved (minus the service…) Au Bon Pain, means with good bread! Im pretty happy because I could translate that with my rusty french!

We had such a busy and wonderful week. We tried many new restaurants that we do not have in our area. We rode the subway, rode every single escalator in DC {we don’t have escalators in Traverse City!}, went through a lot of spinny doors.

We definitely didn’t do a lot of what we wanted. Brandon had a really difficult time on vacation, and Isabella doesn’t like to walk very much. But we saw the Museum of Natural History, Museum of American History, the Air & Space Museum, and the Botanic Gardens. We toured the White House, the Capitol, and got to see the Senate. Well, they had just took a break, and had an hour to reconvene, so we didn’t sit and wait. We had an appointment to meet with our Senator, Debbie Stabenow, but they were in session, so we met with one of her staff. We walked a lot, saw lots of beautiful Cherry Blossoms, and some great monuments.

I had hoped to update my blog throughout our trip, but had incredibly spotty wireless connection + a crappy little netbook, and not too much free time. Be sure to check out the blog that my friend Alline kept while we were there, showcasing some of the mission work we did. It’s a combination blog of our Washington DC trip, and the crew that went to the Bahamas for their mission work.

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Posted by on April 5, 2011 in Uncategorized


Healthy Living Day 7


Pop:: 0

Water:: 72 ounces

Added Sugar/Treats:: 0

Exercise:: 1.9 miles on the treadmill…had to do a quick run/walk this morning before work.

Pounds lost:: -5total for the week.

Woohoo. I feel pretty good. Brandon offered me pop and snacks tonight when I took him to the Soul Step Dance Studio thing where he got to show off some break dance moves. But I said no thank you, had a water and some veggie straws, that were actually good!

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Posted by on March 12, 2011 in Uncategorized


Healthy Living Day 6


Pop:: 0

Water:: 24ounces

Added Sugar/Treats:: o

Exercise::little bit of walking

Pounds lost:: -5 total


I have been doing well at not drinking pop. Yesterday was the hardest because I took Brandon to eat lunch at House of Doggs, and they have bottled root beer which I love. But I was able to say no. Sweets and Treats was really hard on a few days. Yesterday the kids got HUGE m&m cookies, and at least Isabella tried to share with me. Well, she has tried to share sweets with me all.week.long. I had to keep saying no no no! Wednesday nights we head to dinner at church, and they always have so many sweet treats, and I felt really good about myself when I passed them up. I need to get through today, and start again tomorrow. Next week, I plan to keep a better log, not necessarily online, but a log of what I have been eating. I still have a little ways to go to hit my total 20, and only 2 weeks from today. It’ll be a close one. But hey, I just lost 5 pounds this week, so if I buckle down with my food, and a little more exercise, I got it!

Next week will prove tough though. I have brunch out on Sunday, with dessert afterwards. We have so many birthdays and anniversaries in March, on my mom’s side, that we get together every March and have brunch together. I think, that if I watch what I eat, have a small piece of dessert and then walk around my Grandpa’s farm, which is hundreds and hundreds of acres, then I will be good! Later on in the week we celebrate my oldest daughters birthday. Eek, I am one week away from having a teenager! Then 2 days later, we celebrate my birthday.

Have a beautiful weekend. I am heading to the gym shortly to fit in a quick run, and then I work all day.

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Posted by on March 11, 2011 in Uncategorized


Healthy Living Day 5


Pop:: 0

Water:: 52 ounces

Added Sugar/Treats:: none

Exercise:: 3.6miles on the treadmill

Pounds lost:: -4.8 total

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Posted by on March 10, 2011 in Uncategorized


Healthy Living Day 4


Pop:: 0

Water:: 72ounces

Added Sugar/Treats:: 0

Exercise:: none, because I was home sick all day 😦

Pounds lost::-3.2 total

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Posted by on March 9, 2011 in Uncategorized


Healthy Living Day 3


Pop:: 0

Water:: 48ounces

Added Sugar/Treats:: none

Exercise:: Run for God class… we did a 5 minute warm up walk and then did a jog/walk@ 60seconds/90seconds for 20 minutes and then a 5 minute cool down.

Pounds lost:: -1.8total

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Posted by on March 8, 2011 in Uncategorized


Healthy Living Day 2


Pop:: 0

Water:: 24 ounces…need to up that alot!

Added Sugar/Treats:: 0

Exercise:: I skipped the gym because my neck is still hurting, but did 2 laps around the mall on my lunch break.

Pounds lost:: -.8

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Posted by on March 7, 2011 in Uncategorized