So be sure when you step. You step with care and great tact and remember that Life's a Great Balancing Act.

Wednesday, June 1, 2011


This blog signed up for the sugar-free challenge...10 days of no sugar or artifical sweeteners - perhaps my two favorite things in the world.
I actually signed up awhile ago but was hesitant to mention it; now, I have to be accountable.

For those of you who know me, you know that I have an intimate relationship with sugar. There was one of my most memorable acheivements - the massive oreo cookie:

And the time I went to every grocery store, accumilating a variety of free bakery cookies to create my very first cookie jar:

And then there are the hundreds of desserts that I have flirted with. I'll be honest, I typically eat three desserts a day. Yes, one per meal.

And, while we are reminiscing, lets not forget this gem!

It's 7:23 and so far the day has been a success although there certainly was enough temptation.
- donuts and pretzel M&Ms at work (2 of my favorites!!!)
- cookies, ice cream and diet cream soda at my mom's house
- free cookies AND free rice krispy treats at the grocery store
- and, at this VERY moment, my husband is sitting at the table eating cake. Without doubt, cake is my favorite food. As soon as I finish this blog entry, I am going to lock myself in the bedroom for the rest of the night.

Yes, sometimes challenges are hard, but that does not mean that we should not do them. I am experiencing some other life challenges, more complicated than simply avoiding sugar.
Is there fear of failure? Of course.
But mostly, for me, its fear of change.

So on the heels of this sugar challenge, I am also challenging myself to a life challenge. I'll be honest, there are situations that are pushing me - but the end result can be - and will be - worth it. Sometimes we need that push.

Hayden and Brenna faced a major challenge (with a push) this Memorial day weekend...the pool.

I know a lot of toddlers, if not most, inherently love the pool. Mine, however, inherently fear it. But, its Arizona and it's summer...swimming pools are a must!

Brenna upon seeing the pool:

Brenna is very observant, after she watched other kids play in the pool, she calmed down. Dont you love her swim suit? We found it at Goodwill.

Here is Hayden before. As you can see, he is quite terrified:

But 10 minutes of screaming later, he was loving it!


  1. Good luck on your challenge! I almost signed up for that one, but I don't think I'm up for it yet.

    Your children are adorable!

  2. i have a love/hate relationship with free grocery store cookies. if i'm trying to stay on point that day, they are evil. if not, i'm angry at stores (like my local one these days) that neglect to have them...clearly, i need to taste them...

    i imagine the challenge is like times i fasted for medical suddenly see food EVERYWHERE (seriously, TV is EVIL if you need to fast). i guess the good side is you have a super busy world that will help

  3. God, I love cake too. My issue is if I see candy/cookies/cake/sugar, I'm eating it. No questions asked. I won't seek it out, but if I walk past someone's desk with candy out, you better believe I'm stopping to ask some dumb question so I can STEAL THEIR CANDY. Mmmmm.

  4. After reading your post, I said I was going to do the challenge too. That was two hours ago, and all I can think about is the animal crackers in the vending machine. I'm screwed.

  5. OMG, I wonder how many blog readers know what that bottom frosting picture is, lol.