Monday, May 19, 2014


We have made some wonderful friends through the Knights of Columbus.  Jean Ann & Chris are two that Ed & I met when Eddie was a baby.  They are such thoughtful & gracious people.  We love getting to spend time with them & the boys love them.
Recently, they flew into Austin Executive Airport for some meetings & we were lucky enough to pick them up & take them back to their plane when they left.  (Chris has his pilot's license & they flew in on their small plane...easier 3 hour flight over a 9 hour drive).  For the boys, it was a fantastic experience to "play" pilot in their plane as they were getting ready to leave...
They boys with Jean Ann & Chris
Getting ready to take off.... he flying this plane????
Until Next Time

Friday, May 16, 2014


I keep thinking about my blog....and thinking....and wondering....what do I want to do???  Where is my focus?? I know I ask this one a lot.  Maybe because I really don't feel like I have focus in my life right now.....hmmm....

Liam graduated from pre-school at our church last night....where I've been teaching for the last 2 1/2 years.  Pretty sure I will leave that chapter as he moves to Kinder next year.  There is still something that I might apply for, but it is looking unlikely that is would be a possibility at this point.

So, boys will be in Kinder & 2nd....what's a mom to do?  Substitute?  That's the likely scenario.  I love teaching, but I know that I am not ready to go back into a middle or high school classroom at this point.  There would be a learning curve for the standards for the new tests....I've been out of the classroom for 7 years....and I'm not ready to bring all of that planning & grading home.  I don't know if I could juggle all of the chaos that would entail.  I know that so many do it & have done it for years, but I'm not ready.

I keep applying for all sorts of blogging things that "might" pay some, but I haven't gotten anything....probably because I can't  seem to stick with this.  I like to write, but I'm not the best wordsmith & tend to rush through something I would warn my students about....good teacher but not a good student.

Are there any jobs out there 8-2 that pay well & you don't have to bring home much?  Ideas anyone?  Plus, I need to do laundry, run errands, exercise & spend time with some friends during some of that time. 

Hmmmm....NOT going to happen.  Guess I will keep buying scratch offs & a lotto ticket here & there. ;)

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

5 DAYS....

So, I wrote for 5 days...then it was Eddie's 7th birthday party on day 5 & his birthday on the 6th day....I got distracted.  Then Liam got sick & I've been worried about him & not on the laptop much.

Life got in the way & I didn't make time to write....maybe that's my problem, I just don't make certain things....writing, running, friends....a priority.

I wanted to sit down & plan more of the month, but I still haven't done that.  I don't know why but I can't seem to stay focused.  I end up sitting down & just veg on the couch....I need help.

I know this post really sucks, but I'm a little disappointed in myself right now.  I have great intentions, but just can't get the motivation....


I follow Another Mother Runner on FaceBook.  I saw the following post earlier today:

If you don't click on it....basically it says that the ladies will be choosing 2 runner mothers to train for their first marathon & run it with the authors of Run Like a Mother (Dimity McDowell & Sarah Bowen Shea). 
I've been trying to think about what I need to do with my life....I have a hard time keeping the running going without some sort of challenge or motivation.  I need someone to keep on top of me....hmmm...I think this would be perfect.  Not sure about 26.2 miles, but everyone would do it if it were that easy...right???  I'm just not sure if I can get myself fast enough to not have to spend the entire day running/walking.....

I'm not sure if I could do this totally on my own....I just don't know if I should just stick with 5Ks....not sure I have much of a chance (there are a ton of entries & there were a few tear jerker entries)...

Here is what I posted:

I need a challenge.  I have completed 2 half marathons with the last one 2 years ago.  Since then, I have been run/walking off & on.  If I have a goal & some help, I can complete a task.  I did Zooma Texas in 2012 with an awesome mentor who kept me on track.  I’m turning 42 later this year & would love to have another motivation/challenge.  I have 2 boys (7 & 4) & a hubby with a crazy work schedule.  I have done runs up to 9 miles pushing my boys.  I know that I need to work on speed, but I have time to do that, if I am chosen for this.  I have never run/walked a marathon & would love this opportunity. I would love this opportunity to be able to tell friends & family that I’m going to run a marathon….this would solidify the fact that I’m a little bonkers in my later years…lol!! I’m in Texas & have a gym in my neighborhood where I can dreadmill/elliptical/lift weights to help the training. I have some great running ladies in the area that I can reach out to for some help….PLEASE CHOOSE ME!!!

They will announce the winners on April 16....

Saturday, April 5, 2014

Day 5

5 Tips to Staying Organized

When I don't keep up with a calendar & write family events & even meal plan in it, I am so disorganized.  It's nice to sit down with hubby & see what is going on for the week.  We are able to be on the same page and fewer arguments when we are on the same page.
I've tried the electronic, but I always go back to a written one.  My favorite over the years was momAgenda, but when I went to order the refill this year, they were out of stock.   I have the Personal Portfolio & it's nice to keep so much in one place....however, now I have a different's working, but I can't keep notes in the same agenda....
I found this post that had a great organizational page that I think I'm going to use to organize our weeks...I essentially did this on a blank paper, but this looks nicer:

I can't keep organized without a list...there are so many online that work or just make your own.  There are some great cleaning lists...organizing lists...
You have to find the list that works for you.  I've tried many & tend to look for one that is specific to what I'm doing.  Whether it's party planning, spring can find so many just by googling!!

This isn't necessarily something that is for organization but I learned it from FlyLady.  It makes cleaning & doing anything to keep organized easier to do because you just set the timer for 10 or 15 minutes & work.  Then take a break.  This helps with my boys too....

Pinterest this may be a cop-out, but there are so many great boards out there with organization tip.  I have pinned quite a few that I go & look at when I need to organize something.
Here is my board that I started to reference:

Last tip:
Don't let anyone touch anything that is organized....not kids or hubby or even yourself....LOL!

I've been organized many times, but it's the upkeep that is difficult.  You have to take the time to put things away & keep the organization going.  You have to attempt to obtain help from everyone in your house to stay organized.  It's hard when not everything is organized but you have to try to explain that it's a process & you need help.

I'm going to close by saying that I have not gotten organized at the new house...yet.  I have ideas & pins that I would like to try, but time & $$ prevent some of the ideas that I would love to try out.

I'd love to hear your organization tips!!!

Friday, April 4, 2014

Day 4

Parenting tip: How do you keep your children from telling white lies?

Wow.  I have no idea because Liam had started telling stories & has been blaming thing on Eddie that I'm pretty sure he did.  I wish I had an answer for this one.  This is something that we really need to figure out before it gets out of hand.  I don't remember Eddie telling stories or assigning blame elsewhere.  Ugh....Liam is going to challenge me every day.  Love that boy, but is he full of it!!!
 There has to be a book or something out there that can help teach that white lies are not OK. 

I really feel like I am giving up on these writing prompts, but it's difficult.  I'm at a loss for some of them....

I wonder if I should skip around or look at some other writing prompts & pick & choose....anyone out there have something they want me to write about????

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Day 3

Describe your dream job.

I've been thinking about this....
Ideally it would be something that I could do while the boys are at school.  I love teaching, but I really don't want my own classroom again with all those responsibilities....lesson planning, grading, contacting parents, meetings....
I'd love to do something history & education related....a museum education department?  That would be cool, but that would be a year round job & I'd love to have the summers off with the boys.
Helping teachers make their lessons better & their job easier....many of those type of position you would need a master's degree or districts got rid of those a few years ago when the state cut budgets.
Start my own business....don't have a clue what I would do????  Most take a lot of uang/dinero/$$$$...
Hey, I think I'm really sitting here trying to figure out what I am going to do over the next few years to get back into the job/earning market....
I'd love to write something, but I really am not a very good wordsmith....I have friends that could write circles around me.  As you can tell by this blog, I haven't yet found my voice...
Maybe I could somehow make money with writing or a blog...???? How do so many do it?? Who do they know?

I'm dreaming so....writing a blog that helps history teachers in their classroom & can make me money???  a book deal out of it???  Then maybe going into the classroom to help teachers & having districts hire!  But I'm not creative enough to come up with my own ideas....the last year that I had fun teaching, I took ideas from all over the place to have a fun was the best teaching year ever....2005-2006

I really loved teaching.....I would go back in a heartbeat if I could have an assistant that could do all the grading & paperwork needed.... ;)   hmmm...student teacher????  lol!

Wait...We watch Jeopardy all the time & I remember there was someone who had a profession that I thought sounded much that I wrote it down....Study Abroad Adviser.  Hmmm...that really sounds interesting.  Might have to take a look into something like that. ;)

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Day 2

Describe your favorite spring activity.

Spring is great to start getting outside again.  Before kids, we used to love working in the yard...planting great plants to attract the butterflies & humming birds.  It was so awesome to work out there knowing how much wildlife it would bring in the coming months.

Since kids....we stopped taking great care with our wildlife oasis.  Now that we have moved, I have no idea how or what we are going to do with the lawn.

Spring & kids....playing outside....sitting watching & listening to them as they play outside....East egg hunts...the boys are only 6 & 4, so they are only now beginning to enjoy the out doors.  Looks like our spring will have a lot of soccer....hopefully, I'll get many walks/runs in with the boys or while Eddie is practicing soccer. 

Spring/April much fun in celebrating & enjoying the wonderful family time in spring.

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Day 1 - Happy April

April Fool’s Day! What is the best practical joke you’ve played on someone or one that has been played on you?

I am not a practical joker....I've been trying to think of something that I've done....nothing...I've drawn a blank...not one that I can think of....

This is not getting off to a good start....

Instead....what was I doing 10 years ago????
Having our marriage blessed in the Catholic Church.
I was going through RCIA (rite for christian initiation for adults) in 2003-04.  I don't quite remember  why we needed to do this (I've had children & lost brain cells because of we did.  Some of the leaders of the class helped to make it special with flowers, readings, cards & even a gift.  Totally not expecting it, but it made the day special.

So...happy Catholic Anniversary to my hubby.  Love you!

Friday, March 28, 2014

Revisit and recommit in April

Time to take a look at the month of April & see what I need to do.

If I put it out there....maybe someone will hold me accountable??? anyone??? 

Recommit to running 2-3 times per week.  I'm thinking that I can run on Tuesday & Thursday when Eddie has soccer practice.  Then I will need to figure out which day on the weekend to take a longer run/walk.

Cross-training.... I need to figure something out for this.  I'm not sure what I want to do or what I can stay committed to doing.  I have a DVD that I may try to start a few days a week.  I think I'd like to find some stretching to do in addition because I know that will help with the running.

Food....I need to figure out some better things to have for breakfast that will have plenty of protein. 
Keeping up with menu planning....this has helped tremendously.  We have eaten healthier this week because we have stayed on track. 

I have to commit to menu planning on Sunday & shopping on Monday so that we are prepared for the week!! 

Now, I need to get off the computer & open up my calendar & schedule my workouts & the planning of meals.  I'm going to have to write it down & make it a priority. 

Here's to a successful April!!!

Sadness and a tooth

I don't know why but I had an overwhelming sense of loss this morning.  I started thinking of friends & even family that I really don't talk to much recently....for various reasons.  I know there are people put in our lives for different reasons and for a time....but it's always sad.  I don't want to push, so I don't ask anymore. 

I'm such a homebody anyway.....

I'm horrible about following through & keeping in touch, so maybe it's my fault.  But when you ask and get turned down or just stop asking. 

Not trying to be a downer, but I just wanted to put into words how I felt on the drive home this morning after dropping Eddie off at school.

We have our FIRST loose tooth. Wow.  I kept wondering when it would happen & periodically check his mouth for loose teeth.  This morning he said that his teeth felt funny.  So I check & there it was....his first loose tooth. When we went to the dentist a few month ago, the dentist said the first would  come out in the next 6 months or so......

Now, what is the tooth fairy going to do with this tooth??  I'm not sure how long she is going to she better come up with something quick & easy!!  Lol!

I took a couple of pictures of his smile this morning since it won't be the same little boy smile after he loses that first tooth.  Tears.....of sadness & happiness...

Thursday, March 27, 2014


So, I was just thinking about how to motivate myself & get to writing....well....I found this post:
I now have my prompts for the month of April.  Wondering if I can keep this up??  A few of the topics might be a little difficult, but I am going to attempt them!!
Anyone want to join me?  Anyone want to follow?? (if so, subscribe to my


I am so inconsistent. I think about blogging all the time, but I just never get around to it....

Anyone out there in cyberspace have any ides for me? 

I carried around a notebook for a while & was writing, but it never translated into sitting down & writing a blog post. I think part of it is also the fact that I can't come up with my focus....

Hmmmm....focus seems to be difficult....I glanced at my last blog post....2 days without a DP....Well, it's been almost 3 months & I have had a total of 7 sodas....2 not my choice the others were by choice & choosing to drink the HEB brand made with sugar....boy were they yummy....

I've given something else up....sweets for Lent.  Most days have not been fact, I have passed on much dessert & chocolate up a church....I've really wanted more salty snacks....chips....not sure if I want to give those up right now...

I completed a couch to 5K program but couldn't make it to the I really didn't complete it.  BUT, I got most of my runs in for the program..... Some days were difficult because I was running and pushing my boys in the jogger....I had one run of 4 minutes running & 1 walking times 7.....I didn't walk during any of the 4 minute runs (even though I wanted to).
I really need to set a regular schedule & get out/up & run....I need to keep it up so I don't lose the stamina that I have/'s already been a week....ugh....why can't I be consistent with anything??? here is my challenge to myself....I'm going to try to write something or post a picture on this blog everyday for a there anyone that will help me keep accountable??  anyone still read this blog or did you give up on me???

Thursday, January 2, 2014

2 days with no DP

Many of you may know about my addiction to Dr Pepper.....
I love it so much that my sister bought me a charm & I wear it daily of a DP bottle.  I had students one year bring me DP almost daily the last few weeks of school.  People have given me DP as a gift.  My in-laws buy it when we are coming to NY so that I can wake & have my DP. 

My name is Carmen Tydings & I am addicted to DP.

I give it up & then start it again.  It's so darn good....the Dublin version was the best.  I discovered the HEB version with sugar....pretty good too.  I've been drinking it everywhere we go recently.
I know that last year, I was able to lose some weight when I gave it gave it up I have.

TWO DAYS & not a drop.  I have really wanted some, but have not given in to my craving.  Let's see if I can keep it up.  I know that this will be very important to my weight loss & even to my whole energy.

I thought about maybe giving myself one as a treat for say a week with none or a month, but I'm afraid that if I have one, that I'll go back to my DP ways.

So....2 days & counting.....

A few other things....
When I weighed on the 1st...I'm 5 pounds less than what I started last year. So, I lost weight last year, gained but did not gain it ALL back. 

So, I go on Saturday for a meeting about my running group/plan....basically couch 25K through a local running store.  Our first group run will be next Tuesday evening.  I'll have Tuesday evening runs & Saturday morning runs.  This store is also going to hold a group/contest called Ton of Fun Weigh Loss Challenge.  I'm thinking of joining could give me more motivation & access to some weight loss essentials.'s 12 weeks, so it could keep me going for a while.  It costs, but if I lose, there are some prizes that I would get all of my money back in store credit & possibly more.