30 day shred update

i did day 15/19 today.

i’m glad that i am halfway through to my goal, but i’m not excited that i’ve already taken 4 days off!  (my original goal was to do 30/35 days which means i only have one more day off and i’m pretty sure i’ll be taking that tomorrow since it’s sunday!) i took a last minute vacation down to san antonio to visit my dad and little brother and took two days off for that (but i did work out one time in the hotel, no DVD, i had memorized level 2!).

i am down 4lbs still, and i *think* i noticed some definition in my arms?!!!? yes! i’ll be measuring on day 20 to see if there is any difference!

dad and austin are here for the weekend so we’ve been eating out quite a bit, but i’ve been doing pretty well with my choices and i’m excited to get back into it next week before our anniversary weekend.  i would LOVE to be back at my wedding weight then!

also, i watched Fat, Sick, and Nearly Dead on Netflix Instant last week and was really encouraged to start juicing for more of my meals.  great documentary about a guy who does a juice fast for 60 days.  it’s a $$ issue for us right now.  we are on a TIGHT budget (side note: do you know that we have paid off $23,500 in debt in that last 18 months?!!!? AND we bought a $5000 car with cash AND had a baby! crazy!!! it CAN be done, people!) so we are trying to cut down on other things so we can have more freedom in buying fruits and veggies!

in the next few months, i would love to do a 10 day juice fast.  my body is begging for some good stuffs!

caleb – 15 months

what a super fun age this is!!!! i can’t even believe it!  i LOVE that he is still a baby, but is also WALKING and almost talking.

ack! so freaking cute!

here he is standing up on his own…in the last two he is smiling at his accomplishment. i can’t help but smile and clap for him!

some things i want to remember about this past month:

  • he is WALKING! it’s the best thing ever! i love that he can get around, he’s so much happier now!
  • he now says ‘ear’ along with ‘mama’ ‘dada’ ‘bah’ (ball) ‘haiiiiiii” (Hi) and i think that’s it.  he’s said other things, but these are the ones he uses regularly
  • he has a new sign: “again” for when we read books and sing!
  • his favorite things to do are putting items inside something (balls into milk jug, monsters into ice cube tray, etc) and reading books
  • still loves to dance
  • sleeps so great! still at two naps a day and sleeping 11 hours at night (last night he slept 13!)
  • when he sees my water glass within his reach, he picks it up and then stuffs his hand inside and splashes the water.  i usually hear him/see him from across the room and tell him to put it down (for fear he will drop it and it will break!) and he tries to set it down gently, but it usually ends up spilling.  then, he laughs….LOUDLY!  he thinks that’s the funniest thing!
  • he can point to his ear, nose, and belly button….as well as our body parts. ha!
  • he’s getting to be a bit picky with eating, but i’m glad we were able to get him used to lots of fruits and veggies before he started this phase.  he LOVES berries!
  • he enjoys giving kisses, like, every 5 minutes. mainly because i always ask if i can have one. hehe
i love his hair!  this was after his nap and his hair was sticking out on the right side.

caleb, you are the best, best, BEST baby.  i just don’t know what else to say about you.  you bring such delight to your dad and me EVERY MINUTE we spend with you.  you are so content and sweet and you can make a friend in anyone you meet.  don’t grow up, k?  i LOVE YOU!


i know why God allows us to cut teeth at a young age…because they are small teeth.

if we cut teeth at age 26, i would be out of commission for at least 6-8months…per tooth.

caleb has 8 teeth and has just started cutting one of his molars. i hear they are the worst.

nicole comes over fairly often (which we love!) and i wanted to get a few snaps the other day.  it started out well…


but then quickly went sour…who is this kid?

a little change after a kiss and a song…

then back to sour face again.

oh my gosh! look at him in that last photo! he’s really laying it on thick!

i love him and all his expressions!

activity: eating time objects




age attempted: 14 months

items: baby cup, baby bowl, baby spoon, tray

objective: build vocabulary

i first held the bowl (the one i thought he would know the least) and kept saying ‘bowl’.  then i introduced the cup (after he had a few minutes with the bowl so i could easily take it away) and then i introduced the spoon the same way.  after he had a few seconds to play/eat them, then i put the other two back on the tray so he could play with all of them.

i asked him questions like: “where is the bowl/spoon/cup” “can you put the bowl/spoon/cup in the bowl/cup” “can you eat the spoon” “can you drink from the cup”

he did well with placing the objects, but didn’t yet understand i wanted him to ‘show’ me each item. that’s the next step after exploring. we will do this activity at least once a week and i’m hoping it will help with his vocabulary.

this activity lasted about 10 minutes.




30 day shred: day 5

just finished day 5 of jillian’s 30 day shred. i have already lost 3 lbs (easy to do in the first week), but i’m hoping to see more results in my stomach and arms this time around…mainly ’cause i bought a cute one shoulder dress for our anniversary get away.  i’ve always wanted one, but never had the guts to wear one! and it’s pretty and slinky and i don’t want to ruin it with my flab! ha!

i started juicing in the mornings again which has really helped me throughout the day.  i read somewhere that whatever you eat first thing in the morning is usually what you will crave all day.  so if you eat toast, then you will want a sandwich for lunch and pasta for dinner, etc.  so start the day off right!

i took some photos a few days ago and they are tucked away in a secret place. i  plan to take photos on day 10, 20 and 30!  i’ve never done this before, but i see others do it and i think it really helps to see those small changes.

more updates to come, for sure! keep me accountable!



so i finally measured myself.  i’m taking a break from running for two reasons:

1. i’m burnt out!  i don’t look forward to it anymore.

2. it’s freakin hot!  it’s 90 degrees by 8am! yikes! this has a lot to do with the first reason, too.

so i started Jillian’s 30 day shred (i’m about to do day 3).  i did it back in november and had great results after only completing 16/30 days.  my goal is to complete 30/35 days this time around!  i know i will need a few days off to keep me motivated.  and i hope to go back to running in september when it cools down a bit.

but, i wanted to list the differences in my measurements from last july to today. (red denotes negative)

bicep: 1/2″

bust:  3″

true waist – 3.5″

belly button waist – 4″

hips – 2″

thighs – 1″

calf – 1″

weight – 6.4%

i remember being so miserable last summer.  it was hot, i wasn’t getting much sleep, i had gained AFTER having caleb, and i couldn’t wear any clothes…just my maternity clothes and they were mostly for winter.

i still have a ways to go, but i’m happy that all the “extra” is gone.

not much change since february of this year so i’ve got to get to work on that!

off to shred it!

a day in our life: july 2011

several of my mom friends have done this and i like the idea!  i would like to do this once every six months just to see how our day changes.  it will be fun to look back on this time and remember the daily grind!

so, if you have nothing better to do, here is a DETAILED list of what we did all day (and what we do most days).


6:00: dane gets up and readies for work. i make his lunch and offer a kiss and a wave.

6:15-7:00: rested in bed. i usually get up and make our bed, read, and get my workout clothes on (things i can do in our room), but we stayed up late the night before for the fireworks so i needed the extra time in bed. i think caleb woke up around 6:30, but we let him play in his room until 7:00…normal getting up hour. 🙂 so i listened to him and just read a bit in the Word.

7:00-7:20: breakfast which was a banana, cheerios, and almond milk.  i had two bananas.  i read my bible while he ate.  i’ve been reading through matthew and i read chapter 23 today…characterizing and condemning the pharisees.  prayed over the areas of my life where i am legalistic.  gotta watch out for those camels!

7:30: swish ‘n’ swipe bathroom (just a quick surface clean of the bathroom. i keep disinfectant wipes in there and use one each morning) while changing into workout clothes.

7:45 – 8:15: workout – level 2 of jillian’s 30 day shred.  it’s a cross training day and i’m trying to amp up my ‘off’ days from running.  she’s a killer!  caleb organized our DVDs while i was sweating away.

8:15 – 8:30: read books, play with monks (monkey), cars together, check my to-do list for the day

i cannot say enough how much i love his floor bed!  i love that he has a place to rest if he wants to!

i could tell he was getting tired so i tried one last trick to see if he would stay awake a bit longer…dancing!

8:30-8:50: head into our room to make the bed. it’s always a fun race…can i make the bed fast enough before caleb pulls something off our nightstand?  i usually win, but today he was close behind.  i rounded the corner of the bed and found him on the floor with my cup of water from the night before.  he had his hand in it, but hadn’t poured it out yet…thankfully.  then it was back into the living/kitchen/caleb’s room area. we played with magnetic letters on the fridge for a few minutes. i just introduced these since i just got them from erin a few days ago.

8:50-10:00: laid caleb down for a nap. he usually goes to sleep between 9 and 9:30, but he was up late last night (he didn’t stay up for the fireworks, but we heard him in his bed at 9!) and then woke up early this morning. so he was pretty tired.  i finished my morning chores which include cleaning the table, caleb’s tables area, countertops, putting away dishes from night before, showering, and zone work.  this week’s zone is the kitchen. yuck. there are 8 big cleaning projects for this area and i’m supposed to do 2 a day. today i chose the stove/oven and knick knacks.  the reason i don’t like the kitchen zone and the reason i have been avoiding it the last few times is because of my pantry situation.  it’s a mess and despite my best efforts to keep it organized, i just don’t have the shelving i need.  ugh.  dane took a look at it over the weekend and was brainstorming. hopefully he will come up with something.  so i decided to eliminate a few things by putting them in my spice jars.  i’ve never used them for spices, but other miscellaneous objects like nails, stamps, batteries, tacks, etc.  so i just threw all of those things into the junk drawer (: and filled them with spices aaaaand labeled them aaaand put them in alphabetical order. then i showered.

10:00: caleb is awake. hmmm…that’s a bit early for him.  i go in to assess and find that he has a dirty diaper. change him and put him back down.  he doesn’t go back to sleep, but plays on his bed. started a load of laundry.

10:15-10:30: eat bon bons. JUST KIDDING! haha. had to throw that in there…i actually prepared lunches for both of us.

10:30-10:45: talked to vivian about a possible dance party!

10:45: get caleb for lunch…i can tell he is getting anxious to get up.

10:45-11:10: LUNCH! mac and cheese, blackberries, almond milk, and pretzels.  i had a pb and honey sandwich, pretzels, nectarine, and carrots.

11:10-11:20: clean up lunch dishes and caleb’s table area. move laundry over.

11:20-11:30: “I SPY” activity with eating things.  this is to help with vocabulary. i hope to blog a more detailed post about it.

11:30 – 12:00: Individual play time in his room.  he read books, played with his ring tower, played with the abacus, and other things, i’m sure.  i started this blog post so it wouldn’t take me 3 hours. (:


12:00-2:00: this is the time we usually run errands, but since dane took the car to work today we are stuck in the house. this time can be hard since he doesn’t nap until 2:00 most days. and (if you haven’t noticed already) his attention spans 15 minutes right now. so 2 hours is a loooong time for a 14 month old. and it’s sooo hot outside…can’t wait until it cools down and we can head to the park and swing or something.

so this day we just hung out in the living area.  caleb played with all of his toys in his living room toy box.  he especially loves monks and is always rolling around on him. he also really loves putting balls into this plastic milk jug i found at thrift town. those kept his attention the longest. then we read books and practiced walking and danced a bit.  this is the time i can do all the extra stuff like check and sort the mail, cut coupons, put up laundry, straighten in his room, research new activities for caleb, and just enjoy playing with my son.  he brightens my day and i love watching him learn.

we’re kinda all over the place and i didn’t take many pictures.

here we are in his room reading a book on his bed.

he claps when we finish. 🙂

2:00-3:30: nap time! i laid him down and then headed into the office.  it was tuesday and that’s the day designated for all of my business stuff.  i edit, blog, pay taxes, type invoices, email clients, make orders, etc.  i didn’t get everything done that i needed to, but it was enough until next week.

3:30-3:45: snack time! water and pretzels and baby puffs



3:45-5:00:  this is the same as the lunch time hour(s).  we just play. i don’t usually plan anything because i’m not sure how long he will sleep.  i tidy things up again for when dane gets home.

5:00-6:00: daddy is home!  we didn’t have anything planned for the evening so we all just hung out on the couch and talked and played. 




6:00: started dinner.  and oddly enough i got a huge headache and dane ended up taking over for me. 🙂  i don’t really ever get them.  thankful i have him to help me out!  so i just laid on the couch for 20 minutes and looked through a photo album with caleb.


7:00-7:30: dinner.  it was rough for a few minutes.  caleb and i were both very frustrated with the spoon system.  the rice just wasn’t staying on! haha!  we finally worked it out and he got fed.

7:30-8:00: laid caleb down for bedtime.  it’s usually 8, but he was getting cranky. clean up dinner, wash dishes, clean caleb’s area.

8:00-8:30: dane showers and i veg out at my computer, checking facebook, pinterest, twitter, etc.  i also made dane’s lunch and picked out my clothes for the next day.

8:30-9:30: played rummikub with dane.  we just weren’t in the mood for watching tv so we decided to play a few rounds.  we always laugh and have great conversation and it reminds me why i married him.  we truly are the best of friends.  we talked about gay marriage, made up new dance moves, i told him about caleb’s day, he shared what he read in exodus, and we just enjoyed our evening together. i cherish him.

9:30: readied for bed and then it was light’s out!  i texted nicole for awhile and read and prayed for our siblings (that’s tuesday nights!).

i think i was asleep by 10:30!

that’s a typical day in the henson household.  and it was actually a quiet day. no guests or church events or errands. wow! i loved it!




weight update

wow, it’s been almost 2 months since my last update!  aaaaand i’m still stuck. 😦

reasons i’m not as bummed as i normally would be:

  • i started running again 3 times a week.  i *feel* different .  i need to get out my measuring tape and compare to my spring results and see if there is a difference there.
  • i started taking thyroid medicine again for hypothyroidism.  i no longer need to take naps during the day and i don’t feel as tired after exercising.
  • i’ve been focusing more on my home these days.  getting back into a good routine for blessing it and keeping it a relaxing place for my boys.
  • along with that last one, i’ve been focusing on hospitality and what it really means to die to self and that the other people you live with are more important than you.
maybe next time?

sorting activity

age attempted: 13 months

i am trying to post more photos of our activities together.  this one is from an online book that i subscribe to.

activity: sorting figures/animals/balls/blocks into separate spaces of an ice cube tray.

we used leftover monsters from one of my baby showers.  we didn’t have enough so i grabbed other random things.  and then a few days later i received some monster buttons from my mother-in-law! yay! now we have a complete set of different monsters to work with. the book suggested using the same items (farm, monsters, cats, balls) so they focus more on sorting them into each space and not trying to sort the figures.

i set out a bowl with the items next to the ice cube tray.  and then i put each of the items into the ice cube tray and then put them back into the bowl.  then i asked him if he could do it.


he had to ‘feel’ them for himself.  after licking, sucking, eating them he finally made his way over to the ice cube tray after much encouragement from me! ha!  i let him play and eat them, but i didn’t let him carry them off and go play with something else.  he had to ‘play’ with them by the bowl or ice cube tray.


he didn’t understand to put them back into the bowl after putting them in the ice tray so i just helped him with that.

i was very impressed that he sat there for 20 minutes and played/ate/watched me sort the items.  i really thought it would be over in 5 minutes after he tasted each one. 🙂

we have now done this activity 3 times and he still continues to eat each one to ‘feel’ it again.  this last time i encouraged him to place it in the ice tray immediately after picking up a monster.  i think he’s getting the hang of it.  we are going to try it again today and see if he’s ready to sort.

my goal is to take more photos of our activities and post here.