Just Visiting

Today I have a guest post up over at In Real Life (Kids, Cupcakes and other Ramblings)!  It’s my first guest spot and I’m super excited about it! 

While you’re there, check out the rest of Amanda’s blog…she’s got beautiful kids, a great sense of style and yummy recipes.  You’ll love it!


I’m Losing It

A few months back, I casually mentioned that I was losing weight.  Well, I’m still at it.  I haven’t shared any photos here yet, but I think it’s high time I do.



This was Mother’s Day last year.  Despite my smile, I was miserable.  I had just lost my  Mom.  Plus, I looked terrible.  I was tipping the scales at 332 pounds.  The day after this photo was taken, I started my journey to a healthier lifestyle.



Photo Feb 07, 11 32 11 AM

These are my most recent photos.  I am down 76.8 pounds, so I weigh 255.2.  I still have 105.2 pounds left to lose, but I already feel so much better about myself.  I have more energy, I love exercise, I look better, I can run and am participating in at least 2 5K runs this year.  All that and more in just 9 months.

I will post my progress here occasionally, but if you want to follow along, check out my  blog She’s Losing It.  You can also find me on My Fitness Pal, user name cjmcmillan.


So It’s 2013.

Yeah.  So it’s 2013.  A new year.  Time for new beginnings.  This year, this blog will turn 7.  I used to write about every little thing that we did or the kids did.  Speaking of the kids, they were 7, 2 and 6 months old when I started blogging.  Now my youngest is 7.  Time is flying.

Now that the kids are older, I’m finding that I don’t want to write about every detail of their lives. This is a big reason why I’ve been so spotty in my writing.  Things are different now.  7 years ago it was diapers, toddlers and first grade.  Now, that first grader is 8 months away from starting high school!

So I guess what needs to happen now, is that I need to decide which direction I want the blog to go.  I don’t want to give it up.  But I think I need to find a balance between being a mom, photographer and just being me.  For so long, the first two have overshadowed the latter.  I have really started to find my voice over the past year.  Now I need to speak.

Finishing Up My Project 52 of 2012 | Weeks 40-52


Finally getting around to posting the remainder of my Project 52 photos!!

Week 40



Week 41


Fall Leaves & Tennis Shoes

Week 42


Scary Kitty Eyes

Week 43



Week 44



Week 45


Miss Taylor the Kitty Cat

Week 46


I Rocked the Vote

Week 47


My Daisy

Week 48


Yummy Banana Bread

Week 49



Week 50



Week 51


Thirty Three

Week 52


Old Skool

And apparently, I messed up on counting the weeks, because I have 1 more week left in 2012, but have already reached 52!  Oops!  So here’s my pic for the bonus “53rd” week:


Winter Afternoon

Thanks for following along!


Today you are fourteen.  It has been such an amazing experience watching you grow from a wee little baby, to the young man you are now.  I am so proud of who you are and who you growing up to be.  You’re a good person.  You are funny and kind.  Smart. You are going to do great things.  I know it.














Happy 14th Birthday, Kiddo.  I hope it’s the best yet!


So, I just realized that it’s been a month and a half since I last posted.  Oops.  Sorry about that.  I’ve been super busy.  Doug had surgery on October 12 and has been on medical leave ever since (he goes back to work on Monday 😦 Boo!) Once he started feeling better we started using our kid free days to run errands and get a jump on our Christmas shopping.  (We are almost done!  Yay!)

I also have been blogging on another site.  It’s a weight loss blog. My weight loss blog.  I know, crazy, right?  After my Mom died I decided that I needed to change my lifestyle.  I was sick of being held back by my weight and wanted to get healthy.  I didn’t announce it here because at first it was private.  As I got more involved and started to lose weight, I created the weight loss blog.  I wanted it to be a separate entity from this blog.  If you feel inclined, check it out! It’s called She’s Losing It.  I’m down 62 pounds as of today with about 122 to go to get to my goal.

Aaron’s birthday is on Sunday.  He’s going to be 14.  OMG, right?  I have no idea how he went from this:


to this:


so quickly.  Ugh.  That makes me feel old.  Especially since 9 days after Aaron turns 14, I turn 33.  I am learning to embrace my age, though.  That’s one of the things that I’m taking away from this year.  I’m going to enjoy life to the fullest and regret nothing.  Life is way to short for regrets.

I’m going to get caught up on my Project 52, also.  I’m still taking photos, but just haven’t been posting them.

It’s great to be back!