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Sometimes You Just Need to Take a Personal Day

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I should have probably taken mine on Monday, after the conference but I waited until today because the baby toddler little guy had Kindergarten registration. Yes. KINDERGARTEN.

Wasn’t I just celebrating his 4th birthday and wondering what to call him now that he wasn’t a "toddler" anymore. *sniff* sniff" And wasn’t his third birthday just yesterday? I sure do remember that green monster cake like it was. . .

At two we baked these giant chocolate cupcakes.

And one? Well, his first birthday was like most others. . .

Now we’re getting him ready for "Big Boy School."


I may reminisce but really I’m excited. It’s a new stage and it’s inevitable. I can either embrace it or throw myself a pity party that he’s "growing up so fast" or that "I’m getting old." But that’s no fun! Instead we celebrated and spent the most amazing day together.

First we made blueberry waffles out of my Quick Whole Grain Banana Pancake mix before gathering all the paper work and straightening up. We still had some time left before our appointment so we played war (he kicked my butt!) and then decided to make some muffins.

We used the BlueBran VitaMix and doctored it up with some cocoa powder and chocolate chips. They are delicious! I plan on getting the recipe and nutritional info up on GreenLiteBites as soon as possible. (side note: Don’t forget if you want to try any Vitalicous product click here to visit my page and use the code RonisWeigh for 10% off – Vitalicious is a paying sponsor of the site and I am a fan of *most* of their products)

Then we were off to the school. He did really well in the reading test and we met most of the administrators, even the principal. The only thing that concerned me was the school lunch options. I thought they would be healthier and not so fast food like. I’m thinking he may be brown bagging most days.

Other then that though I was impressed by the school. Honestly, it was one of the reason we moved here last year. I wanted to settle in a good school district and be a little closer to the city.

After our meetings we headed to Chick-Fil-A (the husband’s idea, of course, and yes I see the irony of me complaining about the possible school lunches being fast food like while taking my kid to a fast foods resturant – it’s all about moderation, right? ;) and enjoyed a late lunch. I stuck with the grilled Southwest Salad, a few bites of the family fries and any nuggets the little guy couldn’t finish. That’s my standard fast food meal.

When we got home there was still so much day left we left to take a walk to the park and someone decided to join us.

yup. That’s Irish, the cat. She is totally a "pack cat" and doesn’t like to be with out us. It’s cute.

Little guy was worried about her. . .

but she stayed away from the road. . . :)

Once we got to the park it was all fun fun fun! Someone finally figured out the swing AND got enough courage to take the rock wall on his own.

I need to find a wall of my own. I really miss the one at my old gym.

After the park we strolled to the library, read a few books, borrowed some and headed home to cook dinner.

I made chicken legs, sweet potato fries and asparagus.

I couldn’t ask for a better personal day.


I needed it.

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There are 23 comments so far.


    March 25, 2010

    I have a very cute little guy! The frist birthday pic made me LOL. Also, I think I want your job! My bosses gives me hell when I ask for a day off work

    Cynthia (It All Changes)

    March 25, 2010

    What a perfect day for a personal day. Your little guy deserves it! And enjoy him.

    I totally agree about school lunches. As a teacher I never ate down there.


    March 25, 2010

    He is so sweet! I registered my girl for kindergarten this month too. Sniff, sniff…


    March 25, 2010

    Have you seen this blog… She eats the school lunch every day…that food for the most part looks TERRIBLE! My kids bring their lunch on most days – Thank God for thermal bowls – both hate sandwiches so they bring soup or pasta.


    March 25, 2010

    Ha Roni! You sound like Jamie Oliver and the school lunch thing. But, I totally agree. My kids bring lunches most days, mainly because it tastes so bad! Glad to hear you had a fun day, you earned it. :)


    March 25, 2010

    I work in a school district in MO now, but have worked in several school districts in several states and I do not advise anyone to eat school lunch, pretty much anywhere. I am sure that there are some schools that do a good job making healthy lunches, but I’ve never worked at a single one, either on staff or as a student. It is so sad the complete junk that they serve and as Sarah states, it doesn’t taste good, either. If I have to buy lunch because I just plain ran out of time in the AM (I am currently a substitute teacher and sometimes I get called less than 30 min. before I have to be at work) I always hope that I am at the middle or high school so I can at least utilize the salad bar. The base is always iceberg lettuce, which I don’t think I have EVER boughten, but it’s better than whatever the “hot lunch” of the day may be. Blech!

    To put it another way, when I was in hs, I decided to eat 2 Grandma’s Chocolate Chip Cookies and a cup of low-fat chocolate milk every day for lunch rather than what they were serving at school and that was my only change in diet/exercise. I lost 30 lbs. in about 4 months. That’s crazy!


    March 26, 2010

    needed deserved and EARNED it.


    March 26, 2010

    So glad you did. I’m having a bit of exhaust at the mo.


    March 26, 2010

    Sounds perfect indeed! I’ve so enjoyed watching your little guy grow up on your blog. It feels as if he is one of my nephews. Yes, Kindergarten is the beginning of yet another phase for all of you. Embrace it and enjoy the ride. It too will pass in the blink of an eye! But, it’s allgood!


    March 26, 2010

    My kids pack every day. The stuff they have on the lunch menu, even the deli options, are awful/pathetic/disgusting. I was actually surprised after watching all this talk about school lunches and federal guidelines. Besides, when they pack they don’t have to spend half their lunch period standing in line. And, thats the only thing i don’t like abotu their school, too!


    March 26, 2010

    We only have half day kindergarten here but every week they send home a newsletter with next week’s lunch menu. I feel the same way–the lunch choices are not very healthy at all. I know it will be a pain for me to pack his lunch every day next year but at least *I* will know he’s eating something healthy. At our school they always have PB&J, a FRIED chicken sandwich and then something else as the ‘entree of the day’. Sometimes, even the side items aren’t that healthy. And if you are going to eat fast food, chic-fil-a is one of the best places to go, in my opinion. We went there last weekend and no one got fries. My boys love the fruit cup and the hubby and I both got the grilled chicken combo with a side salad. :) I think maybe I should have married your hubby–I too love to eat out and mine would rather eat at home. LOL!!! I’m TOTALLY kidding too, by the way. :)


    March 26, 2010

    Enjoy it while you can. My baby boy will be a senior this year. So sad! I plan on watching Jamie Oliver tonight on tv.

    Marisa (Loser for Life)

    March 26, 2010

    And you most certainly deserved it! Glad you had a great day :)


    March 26, 2010

    Kawaiiii!!!!!! How adorable! I love the green monster cake, and the muffins you made look delic. I’m all about mental health days every once and a while.


    March 26, 2010


    i am (almost) sure you’ve watched this: but maybe not all your readers have. Just wanted to share…
    Congrats for everything you’ve done. I am a daily reader. (now in Brazil).

    He is too cute! looks like a great personal day to me :-)


    March 26, 2010

    Too cute! Looks like an amazing day. I love days that are the perfect combination of low key and active. Spending the entire day on the couch never does much to relax or energize me. I just have to remind myself of that sometimes! ;)


    March 26, 2010

    you are totally right, sometimes we all do need to take a personal day. looks like yours was wonderful!


    March 26, 2010

    What a lovely day:)

    Awe, I remember when you were looking for a new “name” for him, too! Time goes by too fast, but you’re right – we have to enjoy it.
    Sounds like you had a great day!


    March 26, 2010

    sounds like a great day to me! i can’t believe he’s going into kindergarten, I started reading your blog about 3 years ago i think….they grow so quickly!.


    March 26, 2010

    It is amazing how fast time goes by when you see such cute pictures of the little guy/toddler/baby…….
    At my last WW meeting, so of the parents were commenting about school lunches up here (Canada) and were a little sadden by the fast food fare. Looking forward to see what Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution will bring with tonight’s 2 shows.


    March 26, 2010

    Wow! It does seem like yesterday that he was “The Toddler”! He’s getting so big, too! Glad you enjoyed a great day together.