I’m Alive!

Well hello! If you follow me on Instagram (something I highly recommend you do if you want to see pics of workouts, food and super cute kiddos), you’d know that I’m still around. Running & eating real food as best as possible.

Since I last left you…in January?! We’ve had lots of things go down on the home front.

  • Someone totaled our car…While parked in front of our house…During my last day of maternity leave. I was on my way into spin class when I got a phone call from Larry asking me to come back home. I immediately thought it was one of the girls. Luckily that wasn’t the case. Since he was home alone with two littles, he needed me to come home so that he could deal with the cops and such. Fun times.
  • Isla came down with a pretty terrible illness that landed us at Children’s hospital for nearly a week. At the end of February, our then almost 4 month old came down with a horrible case of bronchialitis. Because her lungs were so little, she had to follow a certain protocol and meet various requirements before she was allowed to go home. Thankfully, we have a wonderful support system who all helped out with Madelyn and it makes things easier when we live extremely close to Children’s. I told hubs that as long as we have kids 18 and under, we are never moving. Ever.

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    Giving me the look…”put your phone down & get us home ASAP!”
  • In March, we had a small electrical fire with our gas stove. The story is too long to explain and I’ve told it I don’t know how many times, but the bottom line comes down to faulty wiring from the previous owners. It could’ve been so. much. worse. We are lucky to be alive.

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This happened in the middle of March and we are still without a fully functioning kitchen. When this little mishap occurred, we decided to take this as an opportunity to remodel our kitchen. Apparently I picked out a pretty awesome sink…everyone else thinks so too because that sucker has been on backorder since  May. After weekly calls to Louann, they were able to track one down for us in Texas and were supposed to be shipping it this week. So fingers crossed it’s here this week or after the Holiday. Hopefully, our kitchen will be up and running sometime in July. Before our stove was hooked up we were eating at the Whole Foods hot bar, restaurants and my mom’s house. Our insurance is pretty awesome and partially reimbursed us for all of restaurant meals.

So between all of the events listed above plus trying to keep alive and nurture two small human beings, there hasn’t been much “real food”cooking or running…the title of this blog.  I did manage to partially train for a 2 half marathons (within two weeks of each other) and did surprisingly well, but I didn’t set any PR’s. Summer running is always a toss-up.

That’s been our year in a nutshell. In between all the chaos and stress there have been princess parties, story times and lots of laughs. Long days followed by short nights. We’ve spent time trying to find the balance between caring for a new baby while still giving your oldest child your undivided attention (newsflash…that can’t be done.) It’s been an adjustment for everyone and I finally feel like we’re at a good place with everything. Madelyn LOVES playing with her sister and Isla is now at the age where she can interact with Madelyn. Watching these two play together (even with the 3 year age gap) makes my heart very happy. I know it won’t always be that way, (I have a sister, I know how this works.) but I’m going to savor these sweet moments while I can.

2015 Goals Status Update

It’s already April. Four months into the new year. How did that happen? Since we’re about a quarter of the way into 2015, I thought I’d go back and look at the goals I set for the year.
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1. Focus on one thing at a time. I had lots of ideas floating around my head at the beginning of the year, but I knew before I got myself into anything, I needed to finish studying (and pass) a big test (2 parts) for work. I can proudly say that after 16 months of on and off studying, I have passed both tests and I am free to move on with my life. I can now read, catch up on Scandal and blog without feeling guilty about not studying. To say I’m thrilled is an understatement. And  All. The. Home. Projects.
2. Read one Book a Month. Has not happened yet (see above!). If anyone has any good book recommendations, please feel free to send them my way! The last good book I read was ‘Heart of The Matter’ by Emily Giffin. I hear she has a new book out!
3. Get more sleep. This has slightly improved. But needs to get better. I find that tracking my sleep on my activity tracker actually makes it a little bit more fun. I feel like I’m always in competition with myself to get more sleep than the night prior.
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 5. Set a new PR in my half marathon. Last year, I ran a lot. Between training for a few halfs and a full, I think I mentally and physically burnt myself out. This year I decided that I would just run when I wanted to-not when I had to, and to run for the pure joy of it. No goals for myself. Just get out there and run.
6. Stay passionate about cooking, nutrition and fitness. This has been about the same, which I guess was the goal 🙂 I signed up for my first Blue Apron order. I can’t wait to make my first meal and tell you guys about it.
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7. Successfully Complete The 21 Day Sugar Detox. Done! And I felt absolutely wonderful afterward! I think round 2 might be in the near future.
8. Complete one race or try out a new to me workout class each month. I’ve tried out two new classes so far this year so I’m two for two on this goal. I attended my first Pure Barre class and I tried out a new Crossfit gym while I was deployed.
9. Stay more organized (with my Erin Condren Planner!) in my day & spend more quality time with Madelyn. I was really good about tracking my food in my planner while on the 21DSD, but since then I’ve been lacking and keeping track more via myfitnesspal. I don’t really track calories in myfitnesspal but more of the nutrient requirements to make sure I’m getting enough protein, carbs, healthy fats, etc throughout the day. As for spend more time with Madelyn? Done. Have I mentioned how much I love the age of 2? Sure she has her moments and major meltdowns. But there’s nothing better than taking her to go see Disney Princesses at the Domes and having her say “Thank you mama for taking me.” She’s the sweetest, funniest, most loving little girl and every day she does/says something that amazes me. Her little brain is a sponge that doesn’t turn off (especially at nap time). Our days have been spent at the zoo, running around playgrounds and playing puzzles on the living room floor. We even talked about taking her to her first baseball game this summer since she’s currently obsessed with Miller Park. That game should be interesting!
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What goes have you accomplished so far this year? What are you hoping to achieve in 2015? I really want to finish up my collage wall for our living room. I have some pretty cool frames and art pieces and I’m trying to figure out how to tie them all together before I go and hammer nails into our walls!