Saturday, July 30, 2011


My little man... 9lbs of energy! He's almost 3 months old, has been rolling over since 2 months, and almost always has a smile on his face. I love this little boy!
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I can't get enough of this little girl. She's growing up so fast! Here she is at 23 months. Those eyes.
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Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Just another Tuesday... or Life as Mom

My house is a disaster. There are toys everywhere, dishes in the sink, paperwork all over the counter, 3 baskets of laundry to be folded/ironed and put away and I still need to unpack the kiddos from our amazing vacation in Texas.

But I’m not cleaning. I’m taking a break. It’s been one of those days.

Let me start from the beginning. Literally.

12am- 2:30am - I’m still up waiting for Michael to come home from his night flight. I’ve cooked a delicious Texas chili, picked up the house, and scrubbed down the stove top. I decided to go to bed at 2:30 when I remembered the baby would be up soon.

3:30am - Michael comes home. I’m woken up by the dog, who wanted to go out to greet Michael, and then I hear the baby crying (I would have slept through that… bad Mom), and Michael shushing him back to sleep. Feed baby. Hubby ate out - no need for me to have cooked.

6am – Woken by a phone call. Still asleep, I hit ignore.

6:30am – Jared’s up. Imagine that. Feed him and put him back down to sleep at 7am.

7:30am, 8am, 8:15am, 8:45am, 9am, and 9:30 – I get up to put Jared’s paci back in so he doesn’t wake Michael up.

9:30am – Both kids are up… and screaming. Feed Audrey. Feed Mommy. Jared sleeps in the swing.

11am – Audrey goes down for her morning nap after throwing a huge fit, that I, frankly, didn’t want to deal with.

11:15am – Michael and I get an hour to catch up on the day/week and figure out what needs to be done

12:30pm – Audrey’s up. Screaming. Again.

1pm – I grab a 5 min shower before getting ready for Jared’s 2 month appt.

2:10pm – Jared’s appt. Made it to the hospital after listening to Jared scream the whole way (20 min). Feed him a bottle with one hand as I push my SUV stroller with the other.

Are you getting the idea yet that this is a LONG day?

2:45pm – They finally call us back. The stupid young guy doing the preliminary stuff (weight, temp, etc.) never bothers to help just tries to get out of my way as I’m holding Jared in one arm, Audrey’s whining in the stroller and the stroller is careening out of control in the other. I fill out the stupidest paperwork (2 month olds can’t do more than smile, eat and poop. Why do I need to fill out a pamphlet for him?)

3:15pm – The Dr. finally sees us (an hour after our scheduled appt. I’m expected to be on time, why can’t you?) Both kids are by now in full, blowout meltdown by now. Jared’s vomited everywhere, Audrey keeps screaming for no reason, the dr. is training someone so he’s asking stupid questions and taking f-o-r-e-v-e-r. He finishes the exam and walks out. (I can’t even say he was thorough because he had to come back in because he forgot to listen to Jared’s heart and lungs!) I lean down to correct Audrey for screaming instead of being calm and asking for help and she slaps me. But I can’t discipline right now ‘cause we’re in a public place. Awesome.

3:50pm – Jared’s starving (he wasn’t, just crying like he was). Audrey’s starving (she refused to eat her lunch earlier). And I’m actually starving since I didn’t have lunch. 3 cranky people. Off to immunizations! 3 shots. Boom done. Jared’s still screaming. (It's like ripping off a bandaid... It's gotta be done.) We grab quick snacks at the gift shop and head to the truck.

4:15pm – Audrey and Jared continue to scream the whole way home. I stop to grab some fast food to eat at home.

4:30pm – Both kids still screaming bloody murder. Audrey goes down for a nap and I feed Jared. I just endured 3 hours of nonstop screaming.

At this point I’m so tired that I take the now wide awake Jared to bed so I can nap.

6:30pm – Haven’t slept. At all. Jared was wide awake and talking. Tv was on. Eventually he fell asleep on my chest but then I really couldn’t fall asleep for fear of rolling over on him.

7:30pm – Just remembered I’m starving. I never ate lunch. My food is now stale and bad on the counter after being forgotten.

It’s just been one of those days. We all have them every now and then.

So here I am. Sitting here, eating a bowl of cereal and ranting about my day. More like bitching.

So, I don’t know how much I’m actually going to get accomplished tonight. But that’s ok. Do you know why? Because my children survived me today and I them.

Just another Tuesday.

It's so good to know that His mercies are new each morning, or hour as the case may be.

Thursday, June 30, 2011

Day 7, 52 days left

My first week is done! And I have improved since I started!

Today I ran 1/2 mi with the jogging stroller and power walked the other 1/2 mi. What a workout! When I get home my whole body is tired from pushing that monstrous thing. But I wouldn't be able to run with out it, seeing as Michael's schedule and my exhaustion don't allow for optimum times to run by myself.

By the way, this is my running stroller (above) a Croozer 535. It's a stroller, jogger, and bike trailer. I LOVE IT!!! I found this at a 2nd hand kids shop. They cost $400 and I was able to get this for $180! (The Lord must know I need to get in shape!)

I'm very excited about getting in shape, despite all the pain, sweat and tears. I have never been an "athletic" person. This is a huge change for me and I'm loving it. I haven't seen any physical changes, but it is encouraging to see improvement, nonetheless.

Society has trained me to want instant results. We're an impatient generation. I'm trying to change my perspective through working out and it's spilling over into my everyday life, the way I view my children, and the expectations I have for me, my husband, and my kids. I need to enjoy the moment. Carpe Diem! Or else life's going to pass me by and I'll be stuck wondering where the time went. Why didn't I enjoy my daughter exploring her world? Why didn't I sit and cuddle my son when he cried? These are short seasons, so I need to enjoy them while they last.

Wow. Didn't mean to get all philosophical on your ass. Eh. Nobody reads this anyways. :)

Oh! We're leaving for TX on Saturday so I may not be able to update ye old blog for 2 weeks or so. I will, however, still be running. And we booked our hotel room for the race!

This is really happening! I'm really running a race! I'm frickin' insane!

Oh well. See ya!

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Happy birthday to me!

Yup it's the big 2-3. Ok, 23 isn't that big a deal. And birthdays seem so much less important to me now that I have kids.

Don't get me wrong, I love to be spoiled, eat cake, and open gifts.

It's just that birthdays have lost their splendor.

This could be because my birthday doesn't always bring good omens.

I've had 2 wonderful men pass away on my birthday, I buried my grandmother on my birthday, had a friend get in a car accident (she was, thankfully, unharmed). To say the least, I do not always look forward to my birthday.

But this year I have 2 wonderful children who love me and depend on me and an incredible husband who loves me and took the kids so I could "sleep in" a little. I have an amazing family and great friends.

To say the least, I am blessed.

So happy birthday to me!


According to America's Running Routes the block I've been running the last few days is 1 mile.

Read it: 1 mile!

My hubby has, for the last week, been telling me it was only 1/4mi. I was very depressed about this (it seemed much longer) and dissapointed in myself that I could only run 1/2 of it (so 1/8mi). In fact I ran 1/2 mile!!! Much better than I thought!

Yay me! I'm in a little better shape than I thought I was.

Just a little.

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Route tracker

So here's a helpful running site:

America's Running Routes

I was able to map out 3 different 5k routes. Very helpful!
For I am in a time of life when things change around me. Everything I own or think I have control over I must lay before my Father's feet: my education, my body, my place of residence, my husband, my children.