20 March 2014

{Week at a Glance} March 13 - March 20, 2014

This week there are fewer pictures but still some really wonderful, great memories.

{One of my favorite moments}

Walking through the grocery store and hearing the distinct sound of a ukulele. The Hawaiian hearted girl in me wanted to know where this magical island music was coming from. So I followed the sound and discovered the source of the Hawaiian melody was from a sweet Samoan kid playing his ukulele right along-side his mother, who shopped peacefully and completely undisturbed by the large number of curious eyes.

I envied the mother and the son for their ability to be so unaware of the judgmental looks. And just between you and I, I kind of followed them throughout the store. The ukulele brought me back to the island and I wanted to hold onto that moment for as long as I could.

{One of my favorite conversations}

This weekend we had the pleasure of hanging out with my husband's sister. She is such a fun spirit and it is always a pleasure to have her around. On Sunday evening she bought us dinner (or rather the makings for dinner) and after coming back from the store hubby made a delicious Shepard's Pie.

Kevin: "Babe, Not only did Karen buy ALL of the groceries for dinner, she also filled up the gas tank while she was out."

Me: "KAREN!!"

Karen: "Huh?! It was an accident...The gas just fell in there."

This week I embraced my African American side. Since the big
chop almost a year ago, my hair has officially hit the inbetween
phase, and after much encouragement from my husband I finally
picked it out and let my fro flow proudly :-) I love how
supportive and loving he has been through all of my hair phases.

I officially began my new job this week.
I am now part-time nanny to this cutie!
 Lucky me right?!

This week I ran a St. Patty's Day 10k.
Running for Two blog coming soon with more details.

This cutie has begun to voluntarily sit on the potty.
He still isn't putting anything in it, but sitting is a big step for us!




Yesterday was a 'Free Day' for all Washington State Parks. We took advantage of this and headed to the state park just 10 minutes from our home, and I am so glad we did. Beautiful wooded hiking trails met by the perfect serenity of sand and water. Two completely different exeriences in one trip. We all LOVED being out of the house and surrounded by nature. It was truly a wonderful evening!

Oh, and this happened! We had our septic tank pumped yesterday.
That thing was full to the brim, I am glad Kev and I decided to check on
it. If we would have waited any longer it would have been bad news.
There is still so much to learn about this home owning experience!
Good thing we only have to tear apart a portion of my lawn every 3-4 years :-)
Kev was happy to be the first to contribute his waste to our newly pumped
septic tank. Oh the joys! 

13 March 2014

{Week at a Glance} March 6 - March 13, 2014

Thursday of last week I gave up social media for lent. I am not religious in the slightest, however, I needed a serious break from the constant time spent Facebooking, Instagraming, Pinteresting, Snapchating, etc. I find myself so wrapped up in other peoples lives that I have noticed that I am not being present enough in mine. So I have decided to take a break from the social media that seems to be consuming my life. With me recently quitting my job as well, this is a perfect time to become present.

This past week has been a change for me. I often find myself searching through my phone for the icons I have become so programmed to touch the minute I turn the screen on. I instantly click the share button after taking a picture ready to upload it to Instagram, only to discover that is not an option anymore. While I have missed my connection to the outside world I have loved the time that I have regained with my children and family and have been taking full advantage of my stay-at-home mommy status and the beautiful sunshiny weather. 

Here are some highlights of our week, Enjoy :-)

Daddy teaching Kameron how to eat a burger like a man :-)

This little princess is becoming the most amazing, graceful ballerina.
I love watching her blossom!

Hello Sunshine! Daddy and Kaydence had some special one on one time 
working on our soon to be new fruit and vegetable garden!

Our first appliance breakdown since becoming homeowners. I never enjoy doing the laundry
but now that I have a legit excuse not to, I just want it back up and working.
This little big guy has decided that he doesn't like socks or shoes in the car anymore.

I despise the mall play areas. For one reason only; other peoples children! 
They are mean, rude,unfriendly, and bully's. What frustrates me most is that I 
seem to be the only parent regulating my children's behavior. Usually, too much poking 
of this mama bear takes place and then I end up yelling at children that aren't mine
 (someone needs to be a parent right!)

Kaydence was a little disappointed when I only put 3 colors (blue, yellow & red) in her
paint pallet. Until she discovered that I wasn't being cheap but that she could make other colors.
"Mama, come look! I just made greeeeeen!"
"Mama, mama! If you mix red and blue you can make purple!"
I love when she discovers the magic of the world all on her own.


My Running backdrops this week. I have been loving the weather and so has the kids. With my
abdominal separation and hernia, my core is completely shot. Recently, my back has been
suffering from the loss of core support. Bad back + bad core = one unhappy runner.
I feel great during my runs, it's only after that I realize how much it hurts :-/
We will see how this running for two journey turns out.

She becomes more and more of a "big girl" everyday! What a personality this little spirit has!

This guy was having some "knee" pain. Turns out that his earlier upper respiratory 
infection led to Toxic Synovitis. (A condition that is caused by a viral infection 
that sometimes settles in the hip joint. The virus causes swelling at the hip joint and 
makes it painful to walk.) He of course doesn't know what his hip is called, 
so he just called it his knee, cute boy.

Let us not forget this little one :-) He/She is growing big and moving lots.
at 23 weeks I am still finding myself forgetting I am pregnant. These
rugrats of mine are keeping me busy, so I have been spending some extra time pampering
myself with relaxing baths at the end of the night and talking to this little one of mine
who is forced to endure the chaos of our everyday. 


06 March 2014

{Running for Two} Part 2

Well this blog has been a long time coming.

I honestly believed that I would have done a lot more running by this point in my pregnancy, but apparently I have yet to understand that sometimes things just don't go according to plan.

At 22 weeks pregnant, I have run a total of five times since my Veteran's Day 11k run in November.

So what happened?

Well, the first 13 weeks of pregnancy were pure hell. I spent 90% of my day sick and fatigued. Any extra time I had, I slept and if I wasn't sleeping I was miserable  Each week I would lose more and  more weight from lack of appetite, and with no energy going in, there was no energy to be spent.

As my symptoms slowly began to even out at about 14 weeks and (with the help of Zofran) my appetite began to rise I thought for sure my running routine would pick up. However, this is when the excuses began; I was tired, I had no energy, it was too rainy outside, it was too cold, my leg hurt, I didn't have enough time, etc, etc, etc.

It wasn't until last week that I have finally confronted the real reason I have not been running, and the answer is simple; I hate my neighborhood (in regards to running). Since beginning this new sport of recreational running more than two years ago, I have always lived near trails of some sort. Running was easy and convenient. All I had to do was step out of my front door and get lost in the beauty of wooded river/creek trails. The paths were large enough for pushing a double jogger, peaceful, and went on for miles. The run always began and ended at my front door. I truly loved the ease and convenience of it all.

Since moving into our new forever home this past summer, I have discovered my neighborhood truly sucks for long distance running. Now that Kevin and I have opposing schedules, no longer do I have the option of bringing the kids with me; it is now a requirement, which is something I could handle if I had a trail. But there are no trails in my backyard. I am now forced to maneuver a jogging stroller on narrow suburban side walks. And let me tell you, not only is it annoying stopping every block to get the stroller on and off the curb, it is not easy making 90 degree turns with a fixed front wheel. If navigating narrow sidewalks with fixed front wheels on large double strollers isn't difficult enough throw in an entire neighborhood of hills and welcome to my hell.   My neighborhood is literally nothing but hills; if I an not going up one I am coming down one. That means if I am not struggling to push (at walking speeds) 90+lbs of stroller and kids ups hill,while trying to keep a conversation with my chatty 4 year old and dodging garbage cans lining the already narrow sidewalks; then I am sprinting downhill, while trying to to hold back 90+lbs of stroller and kids, dodging garbage cans on my way down and hoping my knees will not give way.

I truly love my home, and I truly love my neighborhood; but it is simply not running friendly.

So, now I am forced to drive. I must pack up the stroller and kids and drive 20 minutes to a trail that will allow this avid long distance runner a decent run. It has stopped being convenient, easy and fun and now it is work. So with this new work came excuses and I have somehow allowed 3 1/2 months to pass without running. I have turned to my elliptical as my means of exercise.

But last week I couldn't do it anymore. I have to accept that is my new normal. Driving is a must if I want to continue to run. I will never give up running, so I choose to drive. For the first time in 3 1/2 months I packed up the stroller and Kaydence and I drove to a local trail. I had a great run, I felt amazing, Kaydence actually napped for the first time in months, and all-in-all it wasn't that bad. I had made such a big deal out of something so small that I have sadly missed out on weeks of running. I have new energy and am excited to run again. At 21 weeks pregnant with a 3 month break, I ran 4 miles and it felt great. I had not pain, breathing was no more difficult and even pushing the stroller didn't seem any harder. I must admit I have slowed down quite a bit, but I knew something would give when running for two. So I accept my slower speed and embrace my extra weight. It feels good to be running again and I can't wait to kick it up a notch as I prepare for next weeks upcoming St. Patty's Day race.

More {Running for Two} segments are soon to come :-)