New Year, New Body … Anyone?

So with a new year come resolutions to eat better, exercise more, lose weight, etc., etc.  We’ve all made those resolutions in the past and we usually do well at sticking to them for a week or two.  Well Natalie and I have decided the holiday plumping is over and we’ve committed ourselves to a 12 week challenge.  We did this last spring and had what we felt were pretty impressive results, so we’re ready to do it again.  This time around though, we’re inviting anyone else that would like to participate to join in on the fun.  It’s going to be a “Biggest Loser” challenge where the ultimate prize is the satisfaction of being a thinner, healthier you, and the only real losers are those who don’t participate. 😉

The challenge will go from January 5th through March 30th.  You can use whatever diet or fitness program you like (if you don’t have one you like, check out Body for Life).  Try taking some “before” pictures so you can check out your progress throughout the challenge, and take some “after” pictures when it’s over.  If you want to track your progress against others, you can go to, sign up for an account (sorry, the registration is separate from our blog), and join the group “Gibbsters” with the password “loseit09”.  Just a quick note on that site:  I started on it several years ago and never really finished, but it works well enough for tracking our progress through the challenge.  If you want to use it for a challenge with your own family or co-workers you’re welcome to do so as well.  And don’t worry, no one will see your weight unless you want them to … the progress is all tracked by percentages.

So here’s to a healthy and happy new year!

Bedtime story with Mommy

As Tateym’s bedtime approached tonight, I was playing with Tateym on the floor while Natalie took a little break and got in some quality reading time.  It was time for Tateym’s bedtime bottle, so I left her playing with her toys on the floor (under Natalie’s supervision, of course) while I ran down to get her bottle.  As I headed down the stairs Tateym started to scream, as she typically does when people stop paying attention to her.  After a short while though, the screaming stopped and I could hear Natalie’s voice.  “Oh,” I thought to myself, “she must be reading her a bedtime story.”  When I came up stairs here’s what I saw:

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