Friday, March 22, 2013

Running Fail

So if we're friends on Facebook or Instagram or in real life, you probably know that I've taken up running.  I love it. I really do.  Sometimes I don't love it while I'm doing it but I always love it when I'm done.

So this week I've been in a major funk.  I haven't wanted to run, workout or do anything healthy. I blame it on Spring Break.  And my kids.  I love those little crazies but they make their momma crazy! I digress. Normally I actually look forward to my training runs during the week but this week I haven't. 
Last night I knew I had to do it.  It was cold, getting dark and I had a bad attitude about getting out.  But I laced up and got my cold weather gear on.

My goal was 4 miles.  But I wasn't above calling it a night after 3 miles. Actually 4 miles is my standard training run distance.  I kind of feel like I've just gotten warmed up after 3 miles so what's 1 more mile.
So I head out around 8 PM. I tell the hubs I won't even be gone an hour so if I'm gone that long come and look for me (I've watched too many episodes of Criminal minds).  I actually even set the kitchen timer so he doesn't forget about me.
I start my run and after a mile I start feeling pretty good.  I feel like my pace is good and I'll go ahead and get in 4 miles.  I've eaten like crap lately and although you can't out train a bad diet I figured I could do some damage control.  I hit 2 miles and I think that for the next mile or so I'll start kicking it up between mail boxes.  Not necessarily sprinting but just picking up the fast. Faster pace, normal pace, faster pace, normal get the idea.
I turn our onto the main road in my addition.  I had my regular pace going on and then it happened. I fell.  Flat. on. my. face. I'm pretty sure I must have scared the beejeezus out of the car that was headed toward me as I fell.  They did slow down. But didn't stop.  Jerks.

I jacked up my ankle so I had to walk home.  Ya'll, it's a much colder walk home than it is running.  THANKFULLY I was actually headed back toward my house and I wasn't too far out. 
So there you have it.  My running fail. The first time I've fallen while running. I've had some close calls but had always managed to stay on my feet.  Not last night. I was down on the ground. Scraped hand and knee to prove it.
The worst part? My pace was actually looking pretty good (for me).

Well, actually the worst part is my ankle still hurts and it would probably be advisable to not run on it for a day or 2.  Whatever.
Happy Friday!! 

Thursday, March 21, 2013

Ellie Abigail: 15 months

Ellie Abigail. Sweet girl.  You are hot mess express but you are ours and we can't get enough. You are 15 months old and you are busy, busy, busy!  You are into everything and nothing is safe...high or low.

At 15 months you:
  • wearing 12-18 month clothes & 18 mo clothes
  • wearing size 3 shoes.
  • wear size 3 disposable diapers although we are using cloth diapers 90% of the time.
  • walking everywhere. Everywhere!
  • getting 4(!) teeth and we are pretty sure there are more about to pop through any day now.
  • eat whatever the family eats. Some of your favorites are mac n cheese, pineapples, blueberries, tortilla with cheese, spaghetti, goldfish, Gerber grabbers, & peanut butter and jelly sandwiches.  
  • love having your teeth brushed.
  • LOVE playing with your sister. You girls are the best of friends and Avery is such an amazing big sister. One of your favorite things to do is play Ring around the Rosies.  We will hear you walking around the house saying "ashes, ashes,...).  It's pretty darn cute!
  • a big daddy's girl. As soon as daddy gets home you want nothing to do with mommy. 
  • are babbling so much.  We can catch some words here and there. Once you start talking we're pretty sure between you and Avery we won't get a word in edgewise!
  • lay down on your changing table all by yourself.
  • still crying when we put you in your crib at night. It usually don't last too long. You are still sleeping with a paci at night and we recently started turning on your projector at night. You are still sleeping with your pink lovey bear.  We hope we never lose that lovey!
  • DO NOT like to get things taken away from you.  You can really throw quite the fit!
  • climb on everything. Couch, tables, step stools...anything off the ground is what you want to be on.  You have no fear.
  • love being outside.  This spring is really the first time you've had the opportunity to really play outside.  You and Avery love playing on the playset. You can climb up the ladder like a real champ!
  • give kisses on occasion although you are quite stingy with them. 
  • will push anyone away when you don't want them close. It's usually Avery you are trying to push away.  She just loves you so much!
  • are doing much better at Mother's Day Out.  You still cry but not for long and you really have a great time.  You still don't take long naps but you are happy.
  • usually take 1 nap but sometimes we give you an evening nap when you need it.
  • drink great from a sippy cup or straws. I can't believe how big you are!
    You did great at your 15 month appointment.  You weighed 21 lbs 5 oz and were 30 inches tall.  You were about 24th percentile for weight and around 50th for height.  You did have to get a few shots but you took them like a champ and only cried for a few minutes.

Ellie, you are becoming such a little big girl! We are seeing your personality more and more everyday. You are quite the curious little girl and know exactly what you want.  We love you so very much and you make our family complete! We cannot wait to see the little girl you become!

And no blog post is complete without a picture of this big kid.

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

A Night at the Theater

A few weeks ago I found out a local high school was putting on Beauty and the Beast.  I found out on a Thursday and the other other performances were Friday and Saturday.  We were busy Saturday so I decided to take my big kid on Friday evening.  We'd have a Mommy/Daughter Date.
Well, this was the date that almost didn't happen.  After school on Friday Avery turned into the Beast. I kid you not. And when she turns into the Beast this momma become Momma Beast. I thought there was going to be bloodshed.   All over her wanting to wear comfy pants (yoga pants) and a tutu leotard to the theater.  Apparently she thought that was fancy enough. Momma Beast did not think so.  Thankfully, she had a change of heart (threat to cancel the evening) and picked out more appropriate outfit.

Seriously people.  Isn't she a beauty?  Maybe you need more proof.
Pretty sure I'm the luckiest mom ever.  We made it to the show with only a few minutes to spare.

The show was awesome.  Fun fact: I was in drama when I was in high school.  Once I played Malynn in our production of Steel Magnolias.  That's the Sally Field character if you are wondering. Fun fact over. I was so impressed with this production.  The kids did awesome and I may have teared up a little at the end.  And I'm not even their momma! I know how much hard work and dedication the cast and crew put into the show and I was just so proud for them.
At the end of the show I asked Avery if she liked it.  She said "I didn't like it, I LOVED it." She was dancing in the aisles and was mesmerized the whole time.
After the performance we headed to our favorite place.  Orange Leaf!

And just like that our Mommy/Daughter date was over. When we got home that big girl crashed! We both had a great time! I can't wait to take her again. And when the little is big enough, it'll be a regular girls night out! No daddies allowed! 

Monday, March 18, 2013

Weekend Wrap Up

As a mostly stay at home mom, I get asked if I look forward to the weekend as much as the next working mom.  And the answer is Heck Yes!  The weekends means the hubs is home to help with the kids and lots of family time! This weekend was no exception.

Friday night I started the guest bath make-over.  This bathroom was actually the girls bathroom.  And it was so boring.  We decided to make the bathroom closer to their rooms "their" bathroom and make this the guest bathroom. Blah, blah, blah!

 Saturday I got up and ran 9 miles.  That's right 9 miles ya'll.  It was long and hard.  I wasn't sure I was going to be able to make it.  The only thing that kept me going was the thought that I didn't want to have to come back home and tell the hubs I didn't make it!
9 miles
I may have also done this. I love swimming with the Barbies. I've done an ice bath a few times and it helps with the soreness.  I wasn't sore at all after that 9 mile run!
ice bath

I actually ran it faster than I expected.  I thought it would take me 2 hours but I finished in 1 hour 50 minutes.  About a 12:13 pace. I was pleased!
Saturday was absolutely beautiful so we spent some time outside.  These girls LOVE being outside.  Ellie was a December baby so when spring/summer rolled around last year she wasn't crawling or walking so she didn't get to really enjoy being outside.  This year she is LOVING it!

Sunday brought church.  I rocked a pencil skirt that I haven't been able to wear in a few years and this fun leopard print jacket.

sunday outfit
When I bought the jacket the arms were really tight.  Like I didn't wear it much, tight.  But now the arms fit perfect and I can actually button it. I'm fairly certain I weigh about the same it's just more proof that my body is changing for the better! Yay!
Our St. Patrick's Day was pretty uneventful.  Ronnie's cousin is having a garage sale next weekend and so we got to have a special sneak peek.  We couldn't leave without bringing home this beauty.

The wig.  Not the kid.  We already own the kid.
And this was the cutest leprechaun ever.

And I did finish up painting the bathroom from top to bottom.  The color looks like a mint green in this pic but it's actually Icy Teal.  I'm loving it.  Now if I can convince the hubs to paint the wood white, we'd be in business!

bathroom after
So there you have it.  My weekend in mostly Instagram photos (I'm kind of addicted to Instagram).  It was a great weekend but always too short. 
This week is Spring Break for us around these parts.  Hoping to do some fun things with the kiddos! And maybe clean my house...
How was your weekend! Did you do anything fun and exciting? 

Saturday, March 16, 2013

Spring has Sprung!

A blog post?! I know its been a while.  Trying to renew myself and start documenting life a little more.

The weather was absolutely perfect today in the 405.  After dinner we headed outside for some family play time. 

There was playing...

Lots of climbing...




Practicing stairs...


And an overall good time.


Love this family. Love these girls. Love this weather!


Does it get much better? I think not! So glad spring is here! I suspect there will be many more evenings like this in our future!