This boy melts my heart! Colby had a 101 fever and pneumonia in this picture but he is still smiling.
I HATE New Years resolutions. In fact a couple years ago I decided my only resolution would be to never make another resolution. That being said there are some things that I need to change. Specifically I needed to start eating healthier. We took some family pictures last month and while I knew I’d gained a ton of weight seeing it in pictures really drove it home.
I figured I’d try Medifast because of all the amazing success stories I’d heard. One day into it and my stomach hurt so bad I knew this wasn’t going to work. Turns out my gallbladder does not love Medifast at all. I don’t really have time to go have surgery right now so that means I needed to go a different direction.
Years ago I tried the MyFitnessPal app. I liked it but got tired of tracking calories so I quit using it. There have been some updates to it since I tried it last and it is much easier to use now. I especially like the scanning feature. It’s really easy to scan a barcode and it pulls up all the nutritional information for you.
I still have a hard time adding in my own recipes but I’m getting better at it. I’m happy to report that I’m down 6.2 lbs just by watching my calories! That might not seem like a big deal to some one else but to me it’s a huge deal. I haven’t gone down on the scale in three years before this month.
I don’t really have any accountability partners like with Weight Watchers or something so I’m hoping that by posting about it I”ll feel more accountable to myself. If you’d like to join me on my getting healthy journey that is not a New Years resolution, I’d love to have you along. Tell me in the comments what you are working on . If you want to use MyFitnessPal also let me know and I’ll figure out a way to add you as a friend. If you know how to do that let me know please.
We had an incredibly busy week this week with doctors appointments, kids coughing and getting ready for Christmas. The kids have been so good about driving back and forth to appointments that we decided to surprise them with a trip to The Leonardo Museum in Salt Lake City before one of John’s VA appointments.
I’d been wanting to take Colby to see the Flight exhibit because he loves airplanes and helicopters. I was pretty impressed to find out they’d built a huge airplane in the museum. You can climb in and pretend to be pilots in the cockpit. I wasn’t sure how we would get Colby in and out of the airplane so I didn’t tell him much about it.
A lot of times just seeing something is enough for Colby even though we want him to experience all of it like a kiddo not in a wheelchair.
I have to give a huge shout out to The Leonardo for having an elevator next to the airplane! I know everywhere is supposed to be ADA compliant but there are places where it’s not an option or feasible. As the mom of a wheelchair user it always makes me happy to see adaptations that work and make something accessible. To be completed honest I think Colby thought the elevator was even more fun then being in the airplane! He’s so funny some times.
Jahnna and Riley loved the flight simulators and had fun watching John use one. We loved looking at different parts of planes and how they have developed over time. Both girls were surprised to feel how much air pressure was needed to lift a rocket. It was far less then they imagined it would be.
After we had our fill of airplanes we moved up to the second floor. The museum is divided up into different sections. There is a pixel play area where kids can build pictures and designs. There are legos and tubes to build and design with. One wall lets kids design different mazes with the tubes. You can roll a marble down the tubes and change it all up to see how different inclines or pieces affect the speed.
There are puzzles for kids to work out and different exhibits encourage math skill use. Riley’s eye’s bugged out when she saw all the items that had been built with cardboard! I think she would build an entire house out of cardboard and live in it if I let her.
Leonardo Annual Membership
We had an appointment to keep so we didn’t get to check out the textile area but the green screen was a huge hit on our way out. Thankfully we don’t have to worry about missing an area because we have a annual family membership. You can get one also and if you use a code provided exclusively for my readers by The Leonardo you will receive an extra month of membership for free. The code is EA6551 and is valid until January 31, 2017. Don’t wait to get one. This would make a perfect Christmas gift for someone you love who loves to learn.
I’m so excited to share with you that the SeaQuest Interactive Aquarium Utah is now open at Layton Hills Mall. I’ve been hearing about it opening for many months and I’ll get to go see it in person on Thursday. They are offering a completely interactive, hands-on learning experience with opportunities to:
Explore: Exhibits featuring sea life, rainforest reptiles, tropical birds and vast desert species.
Discover: Feed and interact with over 300 species and 1,500 animals from regions all around the world.
Inspire: Learn more about the world we live in, as well as create lasting memories for the entire family and kids of all ages.
If you want to make some magic with your kids check out the meet the mermaid option! So cool!
And now for the part I am most excited about. Fish pedicures! I’ve had my hand in a tank with these fish at Sea World and they feel so funny. I think that a fish pedicure would feel amazing and I can’t wait to try one.
If you purchase an Annual Pass and you also save on the Birthday Party Packages!
I’ve been given the opportunity for you to save even more by using this coupon through US Family Guide. If you decide to go check it out let me know what you think.
I just realized that most of my posts have been set to private! UGH! I swear sometimes having a blog is a pain!
We’ve had a crazy year…as usual but I wanted to share this awesome ceiling lift that we had installed a few months ago. Colby is still only 50 lbs but he’s going to get bigger and my back is feeling it. I wanted to get the lift installed before I hurt myself.
We started the process in May, received insurance approval in June but had to wait for proof that insurance would cover the whole thing before the company would install it. I don’t blame them. If I were installing a $25,000 ceiling lift I would want to know it was going to be completely paid for before ordering it.
I also didn’t want to end up with a $10,000 bill if they only ended up paying out some of the cost.
In the end it was completely covered and installation began at the end of August. The headers were finally finished up this week so it’s been a bit of a process.
I had a mom ask why we didn’t just get a Hoyer lift as they are much more affordable. We have so much medical equipment that finding more space to put something like that just isn’t a good option. It also wouldn’t allow me to get him in and out of the bathtub like his ceiling lift does.
Colby thinks it’s a fun roller coaster but he does wish it had a turbo boost.
The only thing I can say bad about it is that the headers for Colby’s bathroom and bedroom had to be removed to allow the track system to go through. I knew that was going to happen but John didn’t quite understand what that entailed. It means that the bathroom is not totally enclosed at the top. My sister in law said it reminded her of being back in grade school with the bathroom stalls. Either way it’s a small thing to worry about because the end results are so amazing.
I am truly thankful that we were able to have this installed and what it means for my physical well being going forward.