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Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Photo Dump

Here's the Gateway Arch (St. Louis, MO).
I took this picture while going down the interstate.  Don't worry - hubby was driving!  I took about 12 pictures, and this was definitely the best one of all.  We had no idea that you could ride a tram inside this thing, all the way to the top, and then look out windows at the city!  That would've been SO COOL.  If we ever get to go back to that are of MO, I definitely want us to do this. Mr. Scared of Heights isn't so sure it's a good idea.  :)


Here is a pic I took of the Mississippi River, also while zooming by.  Not bad!


I thought this property was pretty, so I snapped a pic.  Just a couple minutes after passing this, I noticed a sign that said "Welcome to Illinois."  I am from East Tennessee, near the Smokey Mountains, so anything this flat amazes me.


Then, of course, I had to take pics of Lamberts!  It is Home of the Throwed Rolls and so much fun!  We visited the one in Sikeston, MO.  The food servings were HUGE.  We all took boxes home, and everyone's drink came in a 32 oz mug, even the kids'!  So glad no one had a spill.  Whew!  For an appetizer, someone walks around with a huge dish of freshly fried okra hollering, "Fried okra, fried okra!"  You flag her down if you want some, and she puts it on your napkin.  Another person walks around in the same fashion with sorghum and apple butter.  The apple butter gets plopped onto your napkin!  The sorghum gets drizzled directly onto your roll.



The kids were given coloring books and actual Crayola crayons - the good stuff!  Ha!


The kids loved raising their hands for a roll and having it thrown at them!  They were HOT and fresh, though, so hands beware! Absolutely delicious, though.  It's said that they throw up to 8,000 rolls a day!  Only one person dropped theirs while we were there, and it was totally her fault.  :)  Since I wasn't feeling well and hubby is Mr. Baseball, I let him catch mine!



As if this wasn't enough food, while you are eating four different people walk around hollering about their fried potatoes, applesauce, macaroni and tomatoes, and black eyed peas!  I passed on the fried potatoes, but I loved the black eyed peas.  My mom always made macaroni and tomatoes when I was a kid, so I tried those but theirs were sweet.  Hated that!  I got 2 bbq chicken leg quarters, a baked potato, and baby carrots.  I ended up only eating half of my chicken and a few bites of my potato.  Before my meal came, I had about 5 pieces of okra and almost a whole roll.  My goodness, they are huge!  With everything else going on, I couldn't hold a bite more.



While in KY, we were able to swim in an Olympic-sized swimming pool all by ourselves!  The husband went out to run some errands, so it was just me and the kids.  How awesome that no one else was in there!!!


This girl loves cameras.  Lol

The two youngest kids had to have action shots.  :)



Oldest daughter wanted proof that she conquered the 11 foot water.



On the way back home, we saw this really neat cross and monument thing somewhere in KY.  I took pictures of it, even though I don't know what it is. Ha!  It was a secluded and gorgeous place to stop and stretch our legs.






Seeing this bug on a pole intrigued the kids beyond measure!  Lol  They chased it all the way over to the grass.  Fastest moving stick I've ever seen, that's for sure!  :)








Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Back in Tennessee

We got back home around 7:00 Monday night.  The trip was fun, even in spite of being sick.  I had hoped to post today with pics, but I'm just still not 100%.  My voice sounds more normal and I can sorta sing a little bit again, but it's not very good.  Lol  At least I no longer sound like a dying cat.  I started out today feeling really good actually!  Around 1 pm, I started feeling pretty rough and continued to feel that way.  I seriously could've went to bed at 7:30 tonight, but instead I'm still up at nearly 11 pm somehow!


We did a half day of school today, went to piano lessons, and I got back to the gym.  I did 10 minutes on the bike, 5 arm machines, and 9 minutes on the treadmill.  I gave myself 4 APs.  When I weighed this morning, I was very prepared to see a number that I have never even seen before.  To my delight and surprise, I weighed less this morning than I did when we left for our trip!  Not sure what's up with that, but hubby pointed out that we didn't have time to eat a whole lot and that even when we did eat I never finished my food.  I guess feeling bad paid off after all.  Lol


I got out my tracker today and was very surprised to see that it was on July 9th that I originally started trying WW again.  Since then, I have lost 5 pounds but only managed to keep 3 of that off.  <sigh>  That's really pathetic.  I mean, I'm glad I've actually kept 3 pounds off, but only 3 measly pounds in nearly 2 full months???  Obviously, I'm putting forth effort with exercise but not with my eating.  Argh.


A lady emailed me a picture of us singing in the service we were at in KY.  Good grief.  I just can't believe how heavy my face is.  We have to go somewhere on Friday evening.  I haven't been there in at least 2 or 3 years.  I remember that we went there frequently (my husband almost pastored the church), and I was "doing WW" then.  Only back then, I weighed at least 30 pounds less than I do now!!!  There is one very forward lady there that would always ask me about my weight loss and stuff yet send me home with loads of leftover goodies from the church meal.  It would burn me up!  I really don't THINK she meant any ill.  She's really nice.  She's just one of those people you CANNOT say no to!  I always left upset, telling my husband that I really thought she was purposefully trying to sabotage my efforts.  Lol  So I really dread going there un-skinny.  :)  I would love to hide out all alone, but I'm just too social for that!


Hopefully I can post my pictures of the St. Louis Arch, the Mississippi River, and some pretty property that I saw just before we entered Illinois soon.  We came home to a super clean house because that lady from our church cleaned for me while we were gone.  That is just the biggest blessing ever!!!  It's just that I've been busy with laundry, trying to get some school done, and fighting this cold!  I don't feel like going to the living room computer to sit and blog where all my pictures are.  Lazy, lazy.  I am definitely on the mend, though, so that's a plus.  I'll drop back in soon.