Week 4…

I’m feeling non-creative this morning. Like so non-creative that I just titled this blog post “week 4” like I’m writing this from the depths of some rain forest whilst competing on the newest season of Survivor… they wish! I can picture me now… insisting I save my drinking water to shower and wash my hands with and dying of thirst by day 2. That would probably be more preferrable than having to eat the flesh of a rotting snake carcass… so there you have it… my strategy if I ever get cast on Survivor… die by day 2!

Now that we have those pleasantries out of the way… week 3 last week was much better than week 2. I exercised 5 days… which is a feat for me in the winter. My exercise of choice is outdoor woggercizing and it’s impossible right now unless I suddenly grow some cajones for cold weather and icy conditions. Ain’t happening… the emergency rooms thank me! So, instead I pulled out my country heat dance DVDs that I bought back when I was employed and never did. I somehow know that I can kiss my scholarship to Dancing With The Stars University goodbye, but them’s are the ropes y’all! The cat is a great judge and critiquer… she meows loudly every time I step on her tail. The nerve!

My goal for last week was to structure my weekend eating better. I improved over last weekend for sure, but I can still definitely use some more tightening up there. One step at a time. I’m also vowing not to weigh regularly for the first little while. Weighing too much and being disappointed was my hang up the last several times I’ve attempted to reboot my health, so I’m giving it a few weeks and continuing on the path of “ignorance is bliss”!

I hope y’all are doing okay and if you’ve dropped the goal, aim for a living room dance session one time this next week! Show me up for certain!



Hi Whitney’s blog readers and our accountability readers! This week proved to be the first week that I really felt a struggle. I have been on a role and haven’t felt deprived or frustrated. I have just been plugging along happy with my results. Last week I lost 2 pounds. This week I only lost one pound. So a total of 7 pounds down in 3 weeks!!! I SHOULD BE HAPPY ABOUT THAT! That was my goal in the first place, one pound a week. Well, there were a few days where I didn’t PLAN! We were away from home longer than I planned and meals were missed and by the time I came home I was FAMISHED and I made not so great choices. It shows in the weight loss with only a pound. I have found safety in having my meals every 2.5-3 hours and I NEVER get starving to the point I make not so great choices! So this weekend was harder than others.

That being said, I have enjoyed a few meals and thought I would share them with you for this weeks Blog:

Breakfast: Whole egg, 2 egg whites with mushrooms and peppers. I also have a english muffin with 1 TBSP of peanut butter. I have also experimented with some
GREAT protein pancakes that I love! I use Walden Farms ZERO Calorie syrup! It’s great!

SNACK: I always have a spinach shake with 3 strawberries, a handful of blueberries, flaxseed, ice, water, 1 cutie orange, about 2 cups of spinach and a Strawberry crystal light energy. I look forward to this it is very sweet and YUMMY

LUNCH: Usually turkey wrapped in a whole wheat tortilla with a side of guacamole and sprouts and cucumbers inside of it. Sometimes I add a light Babybel cheese.

SNACK: Questbar or Premier protein shake. Sometimes I miss this snack depending on the calories for that upcoming evenings dinner.

DINNER: I have had lots of great ones. Last night was a super yummy chicken, potato, carrot curry with lite coconut milk. Saturday night I made Jalapeño chicken
sausage over a bed of zucchini noodles with reduced fat cheese it was very satisfying. I try and use less carbs for dinner and use a vegetable instead.

These are some common things I have each week and I am enjoying them. Each week I have a cheat meal with a dessert because I don’t have dessert during the week. What are your go to meals that you look forward to and don’t feel deprived???

Thanks for reading! We love to hear your comments and suggestions so don’t be shy!


Baby BoBo says, don’t let friends eat my Nutella.

Hey errybody… I gots a new Blippi garbage truck!!


Happy week 4 y’all! Would love to hear your ideas for quick healthy breakfasts, lunches, and dinners!


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Fairy-Spittled Spinach Salad…

I will tell y’all up front right this minute, I have the taste buds of a 10 year old. I inched up from 5-year-old taste buds after I turned 30, so I guess progress? Maybe by the time I’m 50, it’ll be 15. I just have problems eating some foods… the texture, the taste, the way it feels like a squid vomited inside my mouth hole… I just can’t with some foods… and they’re usually all of the really healthy variety types of food. I can’t ever remember being like… nope, I hate the texture of Twinkie dough and that Snickers bar is hell on Earth.

This past Friday we jaunted up to visit Lindsay and BoBo, and because we’re all on this healthy living kick, we decided to pick a lunch spot that was known for its healthy food. You know the type, organic fairies water the lettuce with pots of rainbow water whilst holding hands and recycling their spittle. It’s all too much for Whitney to take in. I won’t post the name of the joint here so as to not offend anyone who may come across this blog in the future and be all like, oh, well she sucks… stupid 5-year-old taste bud chick!

So, we get there and the menu is like a walking organic garden… there is nothing on there with french before it and nothing with fries after it. They are also probably the only joint in Utah who does not carry fry sauce! THE NERVE!!!!!!!! Lindsay had the audacity to ask for a diet Coke after which the chick behind the counter about had a stroke! No, we do not have Coke, but we do have a grand variety of organic fairy spittle flavored by the roots of a rutabega. My mother ordered a cauliflower sandwich… a CAULIFLOWER SANDWICH! I ordered some sandwich with carrot aioli on it… and I’ll just tell you that carrot aioli is added to the list of foods my taste buds do not enjoy. It was a trial to eat 2 bites. You don’t get to weigh as much as I do by eating carrot aioli on the regular! Instead they dropped me off at Subway in the ghetto neighborhood where Lindsay gave money to a drug dealer on accident, and I ordered the Subway kind of “healthy” food instead.

My week 2 update started out stellarly. I did well during the actual week when I had a menu all planned out, but then the weekend came and I had no menu and I did not do as well, so my goal for week 3… make a weekend menu or at least make a breakfast and lunch menu and then see how many calories remain for my dinners, Saturdays are usually go out to eat nights and Sundays are usually family dinner nights. I always go back to that saying, “If you fail to plan, you plan to fail!” I really truly know that is the truth for me.

Moving on to week 3… I hope y’all had some successes in week 2 and if not are ready to start week 3 with a new resolve. Please share what was good and not so good about your weeks! We’d love to hear them!



Hello Again Whit’s readers! How are you guys enjoying your new year? What are your successes? What are you looking forward to? What goals have you been working on and what difference have you noticed in your life by sticking to them?

I weighed in last Monday and in 1 week of my dieting I lost 4 pounds. I was TOTALLY SURPRISED! That has never happened to me! EVER! But I can’t say I didn’t work for it. I was super diligent and determined to make this weight one off! I realize not to expect that every week. The second week which was last week I was on point with me eating again! This makes the most difference. I still have 1 cheat meal a week and usually save it for the weekend when it seems we eat out more.

I am feeling full each day, I don’t feel hungry which is why I choose to eat higher protein. One thing Whit and I have both talked about is being prepared. Each week I plan the meals I will be having and I do not leave it to chance, if I do I will end up eating whatever is convenient and that is not the best choice! Having my daily spiritual time MAKES ALL the difference in the world. I am grateful for you guys being a source of accountability! Thank you for going on this journey with us and let us know where you guys are at!


Lindsay would also like to share this video of her weighing in one week last year and cussing out her scale… 😛

Baby BoBo’s like… look, I got a new horsie!

Here I am kissing a snwoman!

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Laws Almighty, It’s Accountability Day…

Hey y’all… we’re back. There were a few people who signed up to join us in our new year of healthier living. I know how things go with resolutions. You are talking to the queen of broken resolutions and usually it’s by January 3rd. Record breaking year one time was January 6th… I was pretty proud of myself that year. Went out and celebrated eating healthily by eating 17 plates of scones at Chuck-Up-Arama… Great Uncle Burl was super proud. Another time I celebrated exercising 6 days a week by taking a nap on the 2nd day instead. Naps totally are more fun than sweating… ask anyone!

Anywho… back to the task at hand. This year I told myself I was going to ease gradually into health. It’s not realistic for me to say things like… gonna exercise 8 days a week for 2 hours a day, eat green leafy food except on the 12th day when I add in a non-leafy yet still green food, and whilst watching TV I will be squatting. NOT HAPPENING! When I had my massive success before it was because I eased into things gradual like. So, each week I’m going to tack on a few new tasks to my healthier living lifestyle… smaller tasks so as to not overwhelm and make me drop everything and revert back to the dump/sewer living Whitney of yore (I use yore a lot more in the weeks after Christmas… I promise it will peter out come February!)

This week’s tasks were as follows:

1. Exercise at least 3 days a week for at least 15 minutes each time.
2. Make better snack choices, especially late night snacking.

I accomplished both things last week. I can tell you I haven’t exercised regularly for months (by regularly I mean at least 3 days a week), and it showed in my out of shapeness whilst exercising this week. We have like 3 feet of snow on the ground (no exaggeration, I wish it were) and we had temperatures as low as 30 below zero this week, so my walking outside days are over at least for now. Instead, I threw in some exercise DVDs and pretended I was coordinated enough to follow the moves (Spoiler Alert: I’m not, but it’s the thought that counts, and that’s also why I do that kind of thing in the dark basement with no one around and all of the blinds closed!)

I always make a menu, even when I wasn’t making such great choices, so I continued to do that, but my biggest eating trouble lately has been late night snacking. It’s been a challenge these last several months full of stress and uncertainty, so this past week I planned out a healthy snack for late night, moro oranges aka blood oranges. I am proud to say I stuck with that for the most part.

Onto this week… my new task this week is to continue the above 2 items and then to focus on my menu and sticking with that in the day rather than snacking randomly and bagging the healthier food I had planned on. Y’all, we totally have this in the bag. It’s January 9th, Uncle Burl is a bit upset, but that leaves more scones at the Chuck-Up-Arama for him, so… win-win!



Hi Whitney’s readers! Welcome back. We are doing our weekly update WEEK #1 for you guys! I am happy to report my week went well here is a recap:

I did awesome on my eating. I can’t believe the difference that it makes in my overall mental facilities. My mind is more clear, I have more energy, I am more optimistic, I am more confident and overall I feel good that I have a plan and a purpose. If that’s not enough motivation to keep me going them hopefully checking the scale for weight loss will be! I have not yet weighed in. I will weigh in Monday morning. I don’t expect a HUGE weight difference …… as a former trainer once told me that it may take 2-3 weeks for your body to change and make a noticeable difference. Of course, it wasn’t all roses. It was hard! I threw away a bunch of tempting treats that tempted me. We have a 20 year old and a 16 year old in the house as well as a 1 year old and I have to be realistic and they will eat treats/snacks so I just put those in a upper cupboard that I will have to utilize a chair to even reach. Plus they are treats that don’t really tempt me.

Lindsay’s breakfast one day…

Lindsay’s Lunch one day…

Lindsay’s Dinner one day…

My workouts were ok. I worked out 6 days last week. Most days were only about 30 minutes. I was going to also do cardio in addition but I didn’t get both done most days because I was quite sore so I am getting my body adjusted slowly to the new change. The workouts are a bit easier than my past workouts so I will continue doing the P90X3 and see how it goes I want to give it a full 3 weeks before I switch back to what I used to be doing.

Everyday is a choice to either improve myself or fall backward. I am going for it and making good choices. I feel that the one thing that is giving me the discipline is prayer and regular scripture study. At 11 a.m. everyday I am studying the scriptures and saying a prayer. IT IS MAKING A DIFFERENCE! Whatever your beliefs are, GOD does care about you and your goals and he will give you strength to accomplish your goals!

I look forward to hearing your successes and ideas so please share!


Whitney’s final note:

Okay, it’s y’alls turn! What were your successes last week? What could you improve on this week? How awesome are you on a daily basis (only “really awesome” counts as an answer, okay!?)

Baby BoBo and hims rosy cheeks is here to cheer you on!!

And so is Kitty LucyFur whose new seat now that it’s 30 below zero is in front of the space heater. Quit hogging the heat, LucyFur!


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New Year… New Us…

Oh hello… has it been nearly 2 months? I have a lot of excuses, but I’ll save you pulling out your tiny violin and move on to the important stuff… like the fact that I desparately need a whack upside the noggin in 2 places… one in the common sense portion of my brain and the 2nd in the smart part of my brain! Anyone willing to do the whacking? If not, I’m going to have to phone Johnny Whackadoodle from the mob, and no one puts Mr. Whackadoodle in a corner… y’all hear!?

Story time: Once upon a time there was an aging lost soul with an all-expense-paid bus pass. See, she rode the bus to escape the big bad wolf who was trying to sabotage her life goals and plans, not to mention eat her grandmother whole (sounds familiar, don’t it… pretty sure this girl does not own a red hood, but she might make some pretty questionable fashion choices). Anywho, one day the girl got off the bus and she sat on her rear receptacle in the dump yard next to the sulfur factory for like a year straight, and whilst she was sitting sniffing the nastiness that is a dump next to a sulfur factory, she got used to the nastiness and she decided it was a lot easier than riding the bus all day every day, and the big bad wolf often lunched with her because hello… dirty diaper quiche (yeah, that was uncalled for… I apologize). And she didn’t live happily ever after… THE END!

Or is it? Spoiler alert… That girl is me. I somehow have derailed my health routines into the dump yard next to the sulfur factory, and the big bad wolf (aka the lack of self-esteem express) is my new friend. I feel like I’ve pulled myself down into a crag of despair and depression and am having a heck of a time climbing back out. Y’all… the wolf can’t heft me neither! It’s hard to get motivated when the confidence is gone. So, that is why I was glad when during the Christmas holidays, my sister approached me with the desire to start a fitness/goals challenge with the desire to use this blog to keep us accountable. I have felt like I was swimming alone in a cess pool next to the lochness monster, so this is my way to the shore, right!? Right!?

Our plan is to blog on this here blog at least once a week (most likely Monday) to update the masses (aka 2 readers… Hi mom) on how our weeks went. Obviously Lindsay and I’s goals are going to be very different as we are each at different levels and needs.

This is where our 2 readers come in, if anyone else feels like they are drowning next to the big bad wolf/Lochness monster and just want some company and some accountability friends, we would love for you to join us! Please… hop in… I promise I won’t serve you dirty diaper quiche! If you want to, pick some goals (exercise/eating/mental/spiritual, etc., etc., etc.) and then make sure you reply to this blog (either here at the blog or under the Facebook link I usually post). We’d love for you to join us!


And now, the following is a few words from my sis, Lindser Poodle Head Howell!

Hello Whitney’s Blog readers! I am kinda nervous to write because that is not a strong suit of mine but nonetheless here I am. I am Lindsay Howell, Whitney’s sister. I challenged Whitney to go along with me and do a weight loss accountability blog from now until April. I want to document our SISTERHOOD journey! Weight has always been a topic in the Wade/Howell household and lo and behold, It is still an issue and I guess it will always be! I think at this point Whitney and I both were needing a kick in the pants as well as accountability through a weekly blog post. So, as we are on this journey….I would encourage each of you to share your thoughts, ideas, suggestions, recipes, encouragements, disappointments, triggers or whatever it may be to us!

I have taken a MONTH long break from healthy eating and working out! I have brought myself to the point of CRAVING some sort of healthiness in my life. So this is the time to begin. I am going to Cancun in April and NEED to get myself feeling more comfortable in my own skin. Whitney and I’s journey will be very different but I guess that’s the beauty of weight loss. I believe as long as you are consistent with something you will see results. Just pick a program and GET GOING! So I will share below what I am doing and I will give it a shot and re-evaluate as I monitor results and change it up as needed. So below here is my list of goals for working out, food and motivation:

GOAL #1 – I will be counting MACROS. I will be keeping track of the number of grams of Protein, Carbohydrates and fats I consume. I will track it in My Fitness Pal. I got my calorie intake numbers for Macros off of https://www.iifym.com/iifym-calculator/
I went to the calculator and when to IIFYM calculator and entered in the needed information. IIFYM stands for If It Fits Your Macros. I am adjusting my protein intake to be a little bit higher therefore having to lower the other percentages of carbs and fats. My body has always responded well to a high protein diet and I always feel much fuller on a high protein diet so this is what I will focus on.

GOAL #2 Along with this I will be challenging myself to drink 1 gallon of water per day!

GOAL #3 – I will be taking supplements regularly! I am horrible at this. I have them all I just DO NOT like to swallow pills so I need this to be a goal! I take fish oil capsules, Evening Primrose oil capsules, Mutli-vitamin, Probiotic, etc…

GOAL #1 – I will be starting out with doing P90X3 for my “weight lifting” segment and then doing cardio in addition. I will be working out 5 days a week. My cardio session goals are 30 minutes and weight lifting about 30 minutes. Again, I will monitor progress and adjust workouts depending on progress. I will be working out in the mornings before I can convince myself otherwise! I will be in my basement gym by 6 a.m. 5 days a week!

I look forward to holding myself accountable on this blog. Not wanting to disappoint myself as well as knowing others are reading helps me to stay on track!
I am a firm believer that music can be a large motivation. I have a few channels on Pandora that I use during my workouts to keep me going. Oftentimes I will watch shows on HULU or NETFLIX if I am running on the treadmill as a TREAT!

RESULTS! I HATE HATE HATE HATE and LOATHE doing this but I take before pictures and then I take pictures weekly! It’s crazy how the scale may not change but just in 1 week you can see physical changes in your body! So I have come to see the importance of pictures.

A plan! It can be so motivating. When I am not eating right and not taking care of my body I feel disorganized, frantic, sloppy, tired, awnry, disappointed, self-conscious and slow. When I have a plan and choose to stick to it I feel Accomplished, proud, energized, confident, happy, purposeful, organized, confident and driven and then believe it or not everything else in my day falls into place! This is true! I have tested it this past month. And it’s funny that I chose to let myself be sloppy and disorganized and feel all those awful things for a full month until I finally decided ENOUGH Is ENOUGH and get back in gear!
When it’s all said and done my Motivation has to come from ME! I follow a lot of inspiring fitness people on Instagram and one of them shared this:

“I was looking for someone to inspire me, motivate me, support me and keep me focused. Someone who would love me, cherish me and make me happy….Then I realized, that all along, I was looking for myself.”

Then I also HAVE to include this quote from Prophet, Thomas S. Monson:
“It’s in the doing, not just the thinking, that we accomplish our goals.”

With that quote in mind, Let’s make this week a great week to a great start!

Note from Whitney:  Obviously she has her awesome plan set in place, I will post my goals in next week’s post, just wanted to update y’all in this one!  May the force be with us all (see how I totally got schooled on the Star Wars stuffs!?!?)

BoBo would like to remind everyone that chocolate is addicting… see following video:



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What’s that saying? The only thing that is constant is change? So, basically to sum it up be flexible and adapt. Not my strong suit, I admit. I’m more like the walrus at the edge of an iceberg who only moves because it melts and she falls into the ocean. That there is your morning imagery. Go out and pet you an unmovable walrus on this Monday morning!

About a week ago, I learned of something that will pretty well change my life as it has been now for the last about 13 years. We will be losing our biggest account at work (it’s going the way of technology and/or the big company is swallowing up the little company whole), so as of January I will have to find employment elsewhere. I knew it was coming. It was one of the big reasons I decided to go finish my bachelor’s degree, but it kind of hits you upside the head 3 ways when you actually hear it’s happening and now you have no choice but to move on. I’ve felt a gamut of emotions the last week; sadness, fear, and worry have been 3 of the biggest (stupid anxiety), but I’ve also felt tiny glimpses of curiosity at what my possibilities could be. There’s also been a lot of cluelessness about what my next step should be. I have one more semester before I graduate… so I feel like I have 6 months yet of feeling like I’m in limbo. I feel like it would just be a whole lot easier if God handed me a platter with a list of instructions and was like… here you go, your next life adventure… take off and hang on tight. But since he doesn’t do that so much, I’ll just take it one day at a time and figure things out as best I can as I go.

I’ve also had a strong worry that the prejudice some employers have over hiring a person who is overweight, stereotyping them as lazy and unhealthy, will make it much harder for me to secure something I can live on. I will pray God leads me to those who are open-minded and fair. I appreciate my boss who has tried hard for years to keep us all in work, and I know that has come with a lot of worry and hard work on her part. Thank you, Alene for these last 13 years!

In the meantime… if anyone hears of any possible job openings, y’all give me a holler… my specialty is chocolate and cheese tasting, but I can adapt to other things too… like cookies and cake. 😛 Weight problem jokes y’all… for the love of salad!

Hey erryone… I does some workouts!


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In The Delusional Part Of My Brain, I’m Only 25!

It’s that time of year when I pretend I’m 25 for the 13th straight year in a row! I can’t say 25 was a great year for me… but it sure as heck sounds a lot better than 38! By the by family, if you age me by rounding that up to 40 one more time, I’m filing a petition to be adopted by another family… perhaps one who rounds the number down to 25 at all times! Hear!?

The number thing aside, this “birthday week” was full of all things Octoberish… because I do enjoy me a grand ole October day… and since there are 31 of those days, I best take advantage of every last one. Note to my 2 readers, there are only 7 days left… get outside!

On Wednesday on my day off from work, I headed down Salt Lake City way so that Lindsay and BoBo could come to the Wheeler Historic Farm. On the way Auntie Whitty and Baby BoBo snacked on peanut butter crackers from Trader Joe’s and learned our vowels… you go Baby BoBo (you’ll have to excuse my off tuneness… I only sing properly for an audience older than 1)!

At the farm, Baby BoBo got to drive a tractor and ride on a wagon ride and pet some animals and get acosted by 12,000 geese and 20,000,0000,00000000 ducks… and Auntie Whitty stepped in 12 gallons of goose doo, so there was that.

I took this picture right before BoBo fell off this bench onto his head… so there was that sad party… and pretty much scores me Aunt of the year!

Then, yesterday the fam all came up to go to the annual North Logan Pumpkin Walk… kudos Pumpkin Walk peoples! Y’all rock it every year!

BoBo got to stare at a scary witch, who really was a very friendly singing witch, but he couldn’t take his eyes off of her…

Step away from my broom! The next picture cracks my stuff up! Big bro Christian brought a friend along. Matt found a walking stick on the way to the line up and was using that, so BoBo wanted to have his own walking stick… Oh BoBo, you hilarious!

Today, we went to visit some animals around town and then had pasketti dinner with Ryan, Angie, Makayla, and Corbin…

Oh heys everyone… here I is in some leaves…

To round off the day, Makayla and Corbin surprised me by giving me this beautiful wall hanging they colored… thank you, sweet lil ones!

All in all, this girl got spoiled… and I also broke my 5-1/2-month sugar-free streak by partaking in sugar. Oh laws, the flood gates are now opened. Aiming for once or twice a week on the sugar front… period… end of story!

Thank you to all of the friends and family for the gifts, the visits, the messages, the FB posts, etc. Y’all are the best!


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Electricity What!?

It’s okay y’all… I’m alive to tell the tale. I just spent a harrowing 2 hours without electricity last evening. Oh my laws was it ever rough! It was like I was basically channeling Laura Ingalls Wilder, except the water still worked… and I had a charged phone… and… okay, it was nothing like the Ingalls clan… unless you count the fact that I had to eat my dinner cold because the microwave doesn’t work without electricity! Not the microwave too!? It was my weekend to work, so I was in the middle of proofing a report when it happened… a large explosion sound coming from the garage and then the power went out, and it was a dark and rainy evening in October so I was pretty sure the headless horseman was wreaking havoc amongst the wires in the garage! What do we have you for, George Jefferson, the Stray and Slightly Feral Cat!? I had no warning from you! Selfish feral cat anyway!

We texted the entire neighborhood to see if anyone else’s power was off, and it turns out there were only 4 houses with power outages, so we had to comiserate about our rotting refrigerator contents… okay, that was false too. I was the only one worried about rotting refrigerator contents after 10 minutes of no power. One of the neighbors happened to call the power company and they gave an estimate of 8:00 for the power to be fixed and back on. Great jehosephat… it was 5:15 when it went out! I cannot live in such squalor! I panicked because I had work and homework to do, and without Internet, none of that was getting done, so I determined I would drive up to USU to do some homework while I waited. It was pouring rain, so by the time I parked and walked to the library I looked like a drowned rat, sat down in a chair to do my homework and I get a text that the power was back on! THE HUMANITY! What a waste of time y’all! I am not cut out to be an Ingalls! The lifetime of scars I have after that 2 hours… 😛

BoBo’s like, hey errybody… I got new shoesies!

Baby BoBo and a baby piggy! Come on!

It’s just the right temperature for a swimsie! 😛

In other news… it is October and it is fall and… enjoy some fally pictures!

Oh Autumn…


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