Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Pumpkin Patch

This past Saturday we went to the pumpkin patch with some friends and it was a blast. The year before we opted not to go since Vince was so little, but this year it was perfect. 

Vince was walking all over the place! There were animals for him to look at and tons of activities for older kids. Plus it was completely free, which is also a bonus!

We left with three pumpkins and smiles on our faces. Our friends also enjoyed themselves and they even brought their 5 week old baby girl! 

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

A Working Momma

It is official, I had my first day of work and it went great. 

I felt like I jumped right back in and that felt good. I didn't feel like a fish out of water, I felt in my comfort zone and happy. 

I only worked a half day, which was nice because it was a nice ease into working. Vince is at a friends for the next two weeks, since the CDC on base was full until then. He had a blast and I think he would have stayed over there longer if I let him. 

My new coworkers are very nice and it will be great getting to know them more. 

Being back in an  Aveda salon is so nice. I missed all the smells and products and really do love Aveda. It was my starting ground, since I went to an Aveda Institute for cosmetology school. And with so many new products, I am excited to get my hands on them and try them out. 

Being in the salon also made me miss being behind the chair, actually doing hair. But then I think of what is best for me and right now working the front fits. Maybe one day I will go back to doing hair, until then I will be the best advisor I can be.

I also managed to make it to Starbucks and get to work 20 minutes early and the first person there. I am excited for this journey and I will keep you posted along the way!

Friday, October 12, 2012

Stay at Home Mom to Working Mom: How did you do it?

I told you there would be more about this!

Lets see, I am still freaking out about leaving Vincent. I can only imagine that I will miss him tons and want keep calling to see if he is doing ok and I don't know if that will be an option while at work.

What did you Momma's do to help make the transition easier for not only yourself, but for your baby. And when I say baby, I mean any age, in my eyes Vincent will always be my baby.

How did they do at daycare? Did you do anything that helped ease the transition? I am scared for him. What if he wont sleep there? What if he has one of his meltdowns, will someone comfort him? Will he eat there food? I hope he likes his new friends and a ton of other crazy things I worry about.

I hope I am not crazy and not alone on this. I know there will be tears, hopefully just on my end. Heck there are tears now knowing that I will be leaving him! 

So ladies fill me in. What helped you guys and how did you both do??

Our date to the aquarium

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

I Got Another Job!

So if you remember this post about me getting the job at the bank and how excited I was, well I also applied at a salon here in town. And they called me last week asking if I had found a job and that they wanted to interview me. I told them I did, but that I did want to interview because I wanted to weigh my options. 

If you didn't know I am a licensed hair stylist and worked in a salon in Arizona for 2 years and a salon here all throughout my pregnancy doing hair. It closed right after Vincent was born and with all his belly issues I decided that it was best if I stay at home with him. 

Well now that he is getting older and we are going to be here for a while I chose to go back to work. It will also open up opportunities for our family and I think it is time for Vince to be around other children  and start being in a more learning environment. Because I am not a teacher and yes even though I have read books on Montessori and other parenting books, I want him to get more. 

Now Montessori here is expensive here. When I was looking into it in Arizona it was about 250-350 cheaper than here. I am bummed out at this, but we would be paying over $1000 a month plus a pretty hefty registration fee of $500 up front. And right now that just isn't going to work for us. So we have checked out some other options and decided on the CDC on base.They have waiting lists, but they can get him a spot on the 29th of October, which means we only have to have two weeks where we can either call them to see if they have any drop in openings or he will go to a close friends on base. 

At this salon I will be working the front desk and doing makeup or as they call it an Advisor. I opted not to do hair because it is a very time consuming thing to build a clientele and right now I rather focus on my family, but still be in the environment that I love. They told me that in a month or so that their location will need a Lead Advisor and since I have a ton of experience and know Aveda very well hopefully I will get it. They did offer me lower than the bank, but I am a firm believer that happiness means more than money. And since I am confident with knowledge of a salon and sales I think I will move up more than I would at a bank. 

I start on Monday and not sure of my schedule just yet. I am terrified! The longest I have left Vince is 5 hours maybe and that was with family. In a day care setting, I have left him for an hour and a half tops at the gym. He has such a schedule here and will have to adapt to the one at school and I hope that goes smoothly. The rest of this week, him are I are going to enjoy our last couple full days together. Also with the salon I will close some nights so I will get some mornings with him, which means we can still go to the zoo, Target or just hang out in pjs. 

Well I am sure I will have more on how terrified I am within the week. Pray for me!

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Cutting Out Wheat

If you have been reading for a while you know I suffer headaches, and a lot of them. When I ate Paleo for 24 days I didn't get a single headache. That was the longest to date since I was probably 10. I am not even joking, in summer camp as a kid I had ibuprofen that I had a note I could take because they got bad. I get light sensitive, sound sensitivity and turn into a hermit. 

A couple months ago I went to the Doctor about them finally and she told me they are combo migraines and tension headaches. I explained to her that when I ate Paleo that I didn't get a single one and wondered if I had an allergy or intolerance. She blew me off with that one, but I can't figure out anything else I did differently. I do drink green tea every day. It is normal my normal morning beverage then just water. I don't drink soda or juice, I love water. 

Well this past week I have had a ton and even woke up this morning from one. So I have decided that I am going to cut out all wheat and see how I feel. It will be tough, just like Paleo was, but I am sick of feeling this way. 

Now if you were me, would you go back to the doctor and request getting tested for Celiac? I go to a doctor on base and I do like her, I think she has just seen so much hype with Celiac disease that she shrugs it off. Some other symptoms I have are upper abdomen bloating, mood change after I eat wheat {tired and grumpy} the headaches and stomach aches. 

What would you do? And any suggestions as to what I should do??

Monday, October 8, 2012

going back to work and staying healthy!

Food has always been my problem area. I am a bottomless pit and can eat all day if you let me.

I find that when I am in a work environment, I cave a little more than I want to and find myself eating unhealthy food, fast food that is close and just too much food. With me going to work coming up so close, I am starting to think about ideas that can help me eat relatively pretty clean. Not that everything I eat now not working is healthy, but I would like to try and have balanced meals at work. And not have to rely on fast food or microwaveable food.

I know that I need a cooler of some sort. I was thinking about using Vince's bumblebee lunch box that we got in our Citrus Lane box, but I don't think it will be big enough.

I saw a friend post about the Six Pack Bag and I thought it was genius! Seems big, but also seems like it will keep you on track and healthy and has a compartment for everything you need! All the multiple compartments for protein, supplements, utensils and then individual comartments for each meal. It seems like such a great lunch box to help balance everything to eat. Something I will need help with!!

I hope I can get my hands on one soon!

Also now we find ourselves talking more and more about joining a cross fit box and how that will affect our schedule. All of them are pretty far from our house, but we want to go so back that we will try and make it work. Also most don't  have childcare so that makes it a tad harder, but we will figure it out. 

I know I will have to work on all my balance with work, working and most importantly being a Mom. I am nervous and I cant believe that in a week I will be back working full time again. I know next week will be rough for me. So here is not eating everything in sight just because I miss my baby.

Saturday, October 6, 2012

The Weekend is Here!!

And a long weekend for us at that! Jacob is still currently sleeping since he didn't get off until this morning and I am lounging around while Vince naps.

I have been so quite on here and I don't like that.

We have been super busy!! With getting ready to move to the other side of base, me getting a job and trying to find daycare for Vince we are swamped!

We move at the end of the month and I am excited! The home is older, but we will have 4 bedrooms instead of 3, which we will turn into a gym. So excited to not have a treadmill in my dining room anymore. The home is also single story, which I am ecstatic for. I hate stairs. I have been trying to pack a little each day and organize everything to ensure a hopefully not too stressful move. Since I will be working. Yikes!

If you follow me on Instagram {@MegantoMomma} you will have seen a photo I posted about having an interview at a salon. It will be as a front desk/makeup girl at an Aveda salon. I should hear back by next week. I am a licensed hair stylist, but I don't have the time to commit to building up a clientele. I rather focus on family. But I do love the environment of the salon, so I am hopeful. Now it all depends if they offer me a job and some other details if I will take it over the bank. I rather be happy and I know I would in a salon, but now that we have a family some other things need to go into play.

Daycare is becoming harder than I thought. Ideally I would love for Vince to be full time in Montessori, but here in Albuquerque prices are rather high and most don't even offer the full time that we would need. So I am on the list for the CDC on base here which I really like and have heard great things about. So while we are at home we will be focusing more on Montessori and Vince will have a Montessori style room in our new house too! Exciting things!

Speaking of that little guy, he is walking around so much more!! It is so fun to see him take these big steps. I get excited every time. He even does an almost run at me when he gets excited. The look on his face is priceless!

I am still working out a ton, just haven't posted my workouts. I feel like those posts got a tad boring and I need to re energize it a bit.

We also got a Zoo, Aquarium and Botanical Gardens pass since we will be here longer than we thought. It is funny every time we got I see new things that I didn't even know excited there. The aquarium and botanical gardens are my favorite. The gardens are beautiful and I could go everyday. They even have a zen garden which I wish they had yoga at, it is so peaceful.

Well I hope you're having a great weekend!!

Monday, October 1, 2012

New Favorite Tank!!

A couple weeks ago I found @Living_Proof_Fit_Gear on Instagram and I fell in LOVE with all her tanks!
If you have followed me for a while and ever notice, I almost always wear tanks to the gym. For one it is more comfortable to me and second {about to be vain} I have never had muscles and I do like to see them while working out.

Well Miranda the owner of Living Proof Fit Gear contacted me and offered to send me out a tank. I was so excited! I even screen shot the email and sent it to Jacob because I had been showing him the tanks the night before.

Now imagine my excitement when I got my tank in the mail!!! I was so excited! I wore it the whole day and didn't even go to the gym.

I wanted to wait until Jacob got home so that I could get a good photo of myself in it and not a mirror shot, which would make the words backwards. 

Yesterday morning while getting ready for the gym I picked out my awesome tank and looked at myself in the mirror and read the shirt. It really did pump me up for the gym. I picked out a WOD that had 5 rounds of 5 man makers, 10 single arm kettle bell swings {each arm} and 15 wall balls. I did rounds and didn't fell good. My time was sucking, my body was in pain.  I could sense myself losing all motivation and needed to crack out of it. So I put all my weights away and headed to go run on the treadmill and then I thought it was too nice outside to not go for a run outside. So I left the gym and took off running. I ran to the other side of base and a long way back to the gym which ended up being a 4.75 mile run! I haven't ran that long in a long time and it felt good. 

At one point I was getting pretty fatigued, but I was out on a road that no one really ever drives and there was no one around. So I started singing the song on Pandora out loud. I also kept repeating the words of my shirt to myself. 

Although I am not training for a race or competition, I am training for life, for motherhood and to be fit. 

I want to give another huge  thank you to Miranda for sending me the shirt! I am hoping to buy the "Can't Stop Won't Stop" shirt here soon!!

Friday, September 28, 2012

I Got The Job!!

Thanks everyone for your kind wished about my interview I had on Monday!

Yesterday I got the call saying I got the job! I am very excited, and nervous at the same time. It is a full time job and I will have to leave Vince. But I know it is what is best for our family right now and we will make it work!

In other exciting news, we got a new car!! Since we moved here we have always shared our car. We always thought that Jacob would be leaving soon, which would leave me with two cars to manage the year he was gone. So we always stuck to one. It did have its bad days, but also we managed to get things done together and we would work it into our schedule. Anything we really need is on base and a short walk away, so we never had too many problems. But now that he is here for a while and I got a job we figured it was time to get another. We had been looking for a while and had it narrowed down to a Jetta or a Kia Soul.

We ended up with the Jetta, which was my first car ever  as well. I love it so far!! Yesterday was a great day!!

I don't start work until the 15th, so we have a couple weeks to figure out where Vince will go and test it out a bit! So keep us in your thoughts! And thanks again!!!

Official One Year Photos!

Vince is now 13 months old and blowing milestones out of the water! I was so excited to take his official 1 year photos, but if you remember Vince got his first boo boo shortly after we came home from Tucson after his party. I didnt really want to capture these photos with a black eye. I even bought a great frame a couple months ago, with all thought of have the perfect picture, sans black eye for sure!

I also knew that I wanted to use to metal push car, since it has the number 1 all over it. And I think waiting the month also gave Vince the added confidence with standing and holding onto the car.

I am in love with how these photos turned out!! Tell me what you think!

Thursday, September 27, 2012

My baby is walking!


I guess I can no longer call him my baby, even though I always will.

On Tuesday we were playing with Vince on the floor and working on his walking. He has take a couple steps before, but we didn't count it. He stood there and took 5 steps, then kept doing it!! Yesterday he kept taking more and more steps as well. Along with learning to climb on the ottoman.

Such an amazing and fun milestone. I am so excited for him. Once he gets a little better we will go on adventure walks, something I have been looking forward to for a while!!

This is also a blog milestone post! This is my 200th post! For blogging for over 2 years, these numbers aren't impressive, but a step!!

Monday, September 24, 2012

Nice little break

I took a couple weeks off for a couple reasons, during the week Jacob was gone, Vince and  I stayed really busy. We did a lot of fun things that I hope I will catch up on. 

Then took another week because unfortunately Jacob did not get selected for the job he wanted. They told him he was too smart and too nice. Needless to say he wasn't too happy with that. But then it brought on 'Where do we go next?' Jacob has to switch jobs, because his job is too overmanned.  He has a couple ideas and we are hoping we will know more here in the next couple weeks. 

With all that, we will be staying here for a little while longer, and since we moved here, over 2 years ago we have always thought we were going to leave shortly after we got here. But typical military, you can't really every plan anything. We have now decided to move to a different part of base. It is older and the houses are older, but they are single story and we both really like there layouts. They also have bigger back yards and we will be able to upgrade from a 3 bedroom to a 4 bedroom, which will be our gym. Yey! No more treadmill in the dining room!!

I also started looking into working again. I never renewed my  cosmetology license for New Mexico because, I just didn't think we would be here for me to use it, so I just kept my Arizona one going. Although I don't even know if right now I would even want to do hair. To build a clientele is hard and requires a schedule of evenings and weekends, which right now, that is my time with the family. 

When I first moved here and my license wasn't switched over yet, I worked at a bank and I liked it. It wasn't the best job ever, but I did have fun and I was pretty good at it. 

So this morning I have an interview at another bank! My old co-worker works there and says she likes it a lot better than Wells Fargo. Which makes me hopeful. I like the hours of the bank and the pay isn't half bad.  It will be nice to be around people and working in a customer service environment is just my thing!

So wish me luck!!

I will try and fill you all in with all the fun things we have been up too these last two weeks! I miss you guys!!

Monday, September 10, 2012

just the two of us

Until Friday that is. Jacob left yesterday morning. If you remember this post when he left last time, you know how hard and important this week is for us.

We talked on the phone for the last time last night and he seems so ready. This week will challenge him again physically and mentally. But he is such a strong amazing person. This week there is no contact, until Friday after he finds out if he gets selected. That day will be a long anxious day for me!  I might just look like a crazy person waiting for my phone to ring!

We miss him, but we support him. Which is more important, he is doing this for us and we love him to the moon and back.

Friday, September 7, 2012

Fitness Friday

If you read this post, you already know about a little of my workouts this week. Thankfully I took another day off, to clear my head and came back yesterday for an intense workout and am back to feeling good!

This week I did I forced myself, with the help of Jacob to work on some things I don't like doing. Which this might shock you, but it is running. There are times in my life that I love running, others I cant stand it. So this week I had 2 running WODs, which definitely kick my bum!

3 X 800 meter runs with 2 minutes rest in between 
Our gym was closed so I had to run on the outdoor track. It was 90 degrees out and a hot wind, so it sucked. My times were okay, but nothing to brag about so I won't. Not that any of this is bragging, but I am not proud of the time. 

Saturday & Sunday:
Rest Days
Jacob worked 12 hours both days and I wasn't in the mood to do an at home work out. 

Worked on cleans for an hour. Started low and worked up to 80lbs. I did want to get to at least 85lbs, but the guy next to me kept throwing me off.

100 thrusters for time
I started with 55lbs and after 65 I moved to 45lbs and did 10 more. Then I did the final 25 with 45lbs and did shoulder press.My wrists gave out before me, which I need to look into strengthening them. I have baby wrists, I might even get wraps for them. 

Rest Day

3 rounds for time
400m run
21 kettle bell swings with a 20kg kettle bell 
12 pull ups with 50lbs assistance

I did it in 26 minutes, and that counts the time I had to walk around the gym, since I don't work out at a box. I also ended up ripping my hand for the first time. Didn't hurt at the time, but as soon as I washed it boy did it burn! Today it hurts pretty bad too. I might have to wear my gloves for a couple days.

Hope everyone is having a great week so far!!! Jacob leaves Sunday so I will me MIA for the weekend spending time with him. 

Thursday, September 6, 2012

Thursday Randoms

Vince had his 12 month well baby check up yesterday and it went great. He is now 20 pounds 6 ounces! Which means he has gained over a pound in less than a month! This momma was one happy camper! His pediatrician seemed just as thrilled as I was, she even asked about his sleep and I was also equally as excited to report to her that, that was going great as well. We haven't had many good doctor appointments, where we aren't concerned about something, so this was a relief!

More about Vince, he is starting to want to walk more and more. He will walk now holding our hands or using his push walker. But yesterday he was standing and took one step then reached out to the couch and took the rest of the steps. In as little as a week he went from not wanting to walk at all, to taking once step! I am going to have him running here soon!!

Football season has begun and of course Jacob's favorite team The Cowboy's played last night. I had to keep telling him to not yell. Last time at this year Vince would sleep through anything. Literally once we banged pots and pans together and the boy stayed asleep. This year, not so much. He sleeps through  quite a bit of noises, but random yells here and there, I don't know. 

One of my best friends here had her baby girl yesterday morning. So last night once Jacob got home, I went to visit her. Her daughter is such an adorable newborn. She is also so little, I can't believe that once Vince was that small. I haven't held a newborn in a while and it made me miss those first couple days of mommy hood. My friend is already such a great momma and I am so lucky that I got to go visit. 

Jacob leaves Sunday and the no contact begins Monday until Friday. I am excited and nervous all at the same time. Since he has gone through it all before he knows what to expect, but still the anxiety of it still hard. Keep us in your prayers!

I had my first ever pumpkin spice latte. I should also mention this was the first coffee I have ever ordered. I am not a coffee fan, but love pumpkin. I wasn't a fan, but maybe it will take time. I think for now I will stick to my Green Tea. 

Speaking of fall, I have been warming my Scentsy fall scents and I am in love. My current favorite it Hazelnut Latte and the September scent of the month Apple Pear Crisp is also amazing! I have an awesome Scentsy consultant, so if you need one, please ask me!!

Hope everyone is having a great week so far!!

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

in a rut!

And I am not happy about it. 

The past two days at the gym, I have for lack of better terms, sucked. Well in my opinion at least.

Yesterday my goal was to get my power cleans heavier. I went in the gym, I was pumped up off my green tea, I had my awesome headband, which at first I thought I looked like a tool, then I embraced it and think it might be my new go-to for the gym hair. Got to the bar and suddenly started second guessing myself. 

I did a couple practice reps and they were easy so I upped it to 65 lbs and did 5 and they were moderately difficult, added another 10lbs and they were difficult, but I could do 2 at a time. Then went to add another 10lbs and I couldn't do it. Then this guy on the squat rack next to me thought I wanted his coaching,which I do understand, he was trying to help, but he got in my head even worse!
Look at my sweet headband placement! I did my Keratin and cant wear a pony tail for a couple days.

I took off the additional 10lbs and just tried for 80lbs, again couldn't do it and again unwanted help from the dude next to me. Which also meant I had to take my headphones out and listen to him. 

I suddenly felt defeated. I didn't feel strong and honestly just wanted to walk away and not even unrack all my weight. But I didn't, I lowered my weight and kept at it. The guy next to me would stop what he was doing every time to watch me and tell me what he thought I was doing wrong. Then I took off all my weights and walked away. 

I walked away angry at myself, but tried to push blame on the guy next to me. I let him get into my head and let myself get into my head that I couldn't do it. 

Today wasn't any better. The WOD was 100 thrusters for time. I thought I would kill it and do it in under 20 minutes. I only did 55lbs and went in thinking I would do sets of 10. I keep my form almost perfect, maybe sometimes dropping my elbows. I would have loved to go to 65lbs, but I talked myself out of it. I did two sets of 10 reps and my wrists were on fire. They were the only thing that hurt. Then I had to drop it down to 5 reps and in between each 5 I would try and stretch them out, but they were throbbing. I only made it 65 reps in 14 minutes and decided to drop my weight down to only the bar. This still hurt my wrists and I ended up making it to 75 and doing the final 25 reps with shoulder press. 

Again angry at myself and my wrists. I think I need to invest in wrist wraps. My wrists are really little, only measuring at about 6 inches around and I need to look into how to strengthen them. My legs never got fatigued and my shoulders were only a little sore during the WOD. I know I can lift heavier and a huge part of it is getting my mind where my body is. 

 I think that I am not getting a tad more competitive when I WOD, with my previous times and weights that I get disappointed in myself. I love the gym and look forward to it everyday. It isn't that I don't want to be there at all. Also being the only female most of the time in the gym can psych me out. I feel like I am getting a lot of unwanted looks and need to learn to just get in my zone and block it out. 

Well that was my gym rant! I hope that some of you have had this problem and I would love to hear what you do to overcome it. 

there are still nice people out there

And there seem to be quite a few here on our military base. I wrote this post a while back about how I do love {most of the time} living on a military base. This weekend I was again reminded of it again.

If you read my blog, you know about Vince's belly issues and as of late our troubles with his nonexistent weight gain. Our GI last week told us to go off formula and move to Pediasure. For the added calories and it is lactose free. At first he didn't like it and we had to do 3/4 Neocate and 1.4 Pediasure. Now he can drink it all on its own, but has to be warm.

I was chatting with a great friend here on base, her son shares the same GI as Vincent goes to and she has been through it all. I was asking her about how her son gained weight and some of the foods he ate that helped, when she told me she had a lot of left over Boost for kids at her house. I was expecting to go over and get a couple cartons, but then she came out with 8 boxes of the stuff! When I got home and opened them, I was shocked! There were 28 cartons in each box, in different flavors, from vanilla to chocolate and even strawberry!

I was so thankful. These Boost are also the higher calorie drinks, where the Pediasure is 244 calories for 8oz and these are 355 calories to ever 8oz. So we now have 216 cartons of Boost and Vince loves it. He also loves that sometimes he gets Vanilla and sometimes he gets Chocolate. We haven't tried the strawberry yet, because I just want him to get used to those for now.

Now I know that we might have a problem in the future with getting him to drink whole milk or even almond or coconut, but for now I am only worried about him gaining weight and moving up in there scale sheet at the doctors. He also went back to drinking from a bottle instead of a sippy, but again if he is drinking milk and in large amounts I will do whatever it takes for him to get what he needs.

All in all I love the relationships we have built here. Our friends are amazing and would do anything just to help out. I think everyone has a greater bond here because just about everyone on base is away from family and we have to look out for one another like we are family. It is hard to say goodbye to these friends we have made, which we had to do a couple weeks ago to our neighbors as they headed to Alaska and we are about to say goodbye to another amazing family we have gotten so close with as they move to Washington. I could go on and on about the kindness of our friends here. We are truly lucky here.

Saturday, September 1, 2012

September Already???

I still don't like to believe that my little boy is over 1 years old, and the fact that this time last year I was cuddling a tiny 2 week old makes me sad.

This weekend will be extremely low key for us, because Jacob has weekend duty. Which just so happened to turn into 12 hour shifts when he got there. Boo!

But on a happy note, fall is my favorite season here in Albuquerque. In Arizona we never really had the color changing on the leaves and the cool mornings and nights like we do here.

As for Halloween, I am just not ready for that. Last year I wasn't ready either and almost no decorations got done for Halloween, this year will be different! Now having pinterest for over a year, I have some awesome ideas and still have a ton of decorations.

Jacob leaves again next Sunday for a week for selection for his hopefully new job. He has already gone once and didn't get picked up, but got invited back. I am confident in him and he has really worked hard to fix some little things that he didn't do perfect last time. It will be a tough Monday-Friday for me because he isn't allowed to have his phone and no contact until after he finds out. Last time Monday-Thursday were okay, but Friday all I wanted was my phone to ring. It was the longest day ever! I am not looking forward to that again!

Pinterest is also making me want to start wearing all my fall clothes, but it is still a tad warm here during the day to whip out my scarfs and boots!

Friday, August 31, 2012

Fitness Friday!!

Friday Again! I can't believe it is already the end of the week! And almost a long weekend for most, except my husband who has weekend duty, but he then gets Thursday and Friday off and leaves for Florida for a week on Sunday. 

I hope these posts don't get repetitive, because sometimes I feel like they do. Pleas feel free on giving me any tips to make this post a better read! Honestly I mostly do it for myself to look back on and see times and such. 

7 front squats with 85lbs
7 single arm kettle bell swings with a 30lb kettle bell
7 24" box jumps

5 sets and I didn't time myself on this one.

An old buff lady at my gym came up to me and said I had amazing jumps! I was feeling pretty blah about my workout and that totally lifted me up! 

The Color Run and if you missed the post here it is!

I know I worked out, but I honestly can't remember what I did!! And it is annoying me! 

25 Walking lunge steps
20 Pull-ups with 40lbs assistance
50 Box jumps, 20 inch box
20 Double-unders
25 Dips with 30lbs assistance
20 Knees to elbows
30 Kettlebell swings with 40lb kettle bell
30 Sit-ups
20 Hang squat cleans, 25 pound dumbbells
25 Back extensions
30 Wall ball shots, 11 pound ball
30 handstand pushups

Rest Day

3x12 bicep curls with 22.5lb dumbbells 
3x12 overhead press with 17.5 dumbbells
3x12 lateral raises with 12.5lb dumbbells
3x12 front raises with 12.5lb dumbbells

Tabata sprints

Had to cut this workout short, because Vince was getting fussy in Kids Club and I had a headache. 


5 wall balls with 11lb ball
3 hand stand push ups
1 power clean with 75lbs

30 sets in 34:18

After 10 sets of this, my back and shoulders were on fire. I really wanted to finish this WOD because it was a hero WOD and they are my favorite because of what they stand for. 75lbs is the highest I have ever done a power clean and it felt great. Next week I am going to challenge myself to see how heavy I can go. 

Thursday, August 30, 2012

I must confess

Remember this post? Two days ago when I told you guys that I had an addiction with Target and how I was going to take a week off.

Well I failed at that, not even two hours after that post was published, I was at Target.

Now let me tell you about my day. Vince didn't want to nap. The longest I would get is 20 minutes. Then my super pregnant friend text me seeing what we were up too and told me she needed to go to Target. There is was starring me in the eye, the six letter word I had been trying to avoid. How could I tell my pregnant friend who is 39 weeks today that I didn't want to go with her. 

Well I couldn't. I gave in and we went. It was a horrible trip mind you. Vince didn't want to ride in the cart and since I was really limiting myself to not go down the clearance isles, I didn't have fun. 

On a plus side, I didn't get Starbucks! Which is huge for me! I only stuck to getting Vince some new plates and bowls. I also got some ingredients to make some cake pops too! Nothing was clearance and it wasn't anything I didn't need.

I had to share this because of all the comments I got making me feel less alone in my love of Target. 

And I know you will all get a laugh out of it!

First Boo Boo

Well maybe not his first boo boo, because there has been a few minor ones before this, but this one was his first big, bloody, even making momma cry boo boo.

Last night we were doing our same nightly routine, which included Jacob getting Vince ready for his bath and me getting his pjs ready in his room. Vince likes to be in the bath as the water is filling up, he thinks it's fun. So he was in the bath and for the last couple months he loves to stand, which have always been ok. He normally never falls and we are keep a close eye on him. Well last night he stood up and his foot must have been on a toy, because he slipped and banged his eye on a beach bucket that was in the bath tub. I never saw the bucket as a hazard, but it has already been thrown away.

Once I heard the loud fall, I yelled to Jacob and asked him what had happened, he replied that he fell, but I came running in anyways. As soon and I walked in, I saw Vince starting to bleed. I yelled at Jacob that he was bleeding and I began to look my shit {sorry the language.} I was far away and couldn't tell if it was coming from his eye ball or above his eye, all I saw was my baby with blood coming down his face. And since he was wet, it made it look even worse.

Jacob was extremely calm about it and picked him up out of the bath and took him in his room and put a wash cloth on it to get it to stop bleeding. Of course Vince was crying and screaming and I was still freaking out. I ran downstairs and got a cold chew toy we keep in the fridge. He wouldn't let us put it on his eye though. We ended up having to put a bandaid on it, because we didn't want him to split it back open during the middle of the night.

Once we all got over the shock, he was right back to dancing and laughing and his normal self. I still felt horrible, as if we failed and that my 12 month old shouldn't be bleeding. Jacob felt bad, but also said this won't be the first time. This coming from the guy who as a child super glued his eye together!

It didn't affect his sleep much, he woke up once and I gave him milk since after this whole fiasco he didn't want drink any milk.

This morning he has been great! Acting normal and his normal self, only with a giant purple eye. And of course we had to go his GI doctor today for a weight check up. I feel like everyone that I walked by at the hospital was judging me and I hated it.

He gained a couple ounces, but not enough for them. They want us to switch again to Pediasure, which for his first bottle he wouldn't even drink. So this might be tough!

All in all, I still feel bad. I know it was an accident, but seeing Vincent with a black eye makes me sad. I have never even had a black eye. I know it will go away and I won't receive the crazy looks, but in the mean time, we will be at home.

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Let me tell you about my addiction...

To Target that is. 

Now I know most of you out there can relate to me on this one. Minus Tami because she is living overseas and I cant imagine that one day that will be us, living where there isn't a Target. I don't know what I will do. 

Any who my love for Target is getting worse every month. I used to go maybe once every two weeks, and I would always have a list of things I needed. Then it moved to once a week and sometimes I didn't need anything. Well ladies and gentlemen, last week I went 4 times!

Why in heavens earth would I need to go to Target 4 times!! I have been pondering this question since my last trip last Friday.

Now let me tell you, I don't grocery shop at Target. I know some do, but we don't only because we get such great deals on base. And our Target doesn't have a full grocery. I will buy snacks from time to time and maybe a few things for dinner, if I have forgotten them on our normal trip, but that's it. So that can't be my excuse.

My two main reasons I go to Target are Starbucks and the clearance back isles. I normally rotate between three Targets {ridiculous I know!} But I like each one for something different. 

The closest one is the one I normally go to if I need something. I am not a huge fan of the baristas there, so I almost dread going to there Starbucks. But I do find great clearance  items a lot. And to me if it is 70%, I need it in some shape our way.

The kind of far, but not too bad one is my favorite. The baristas at Starbucks are so nice, remember what I drink and love Vince. It is normally filled with moms, just like me using it as an excuse to get out of the house. 

The far one normally has the best sales! But it is really far and will only go if I am going to somewhere near there. 

Some days I think what could make Target better, which really means 'What could make me come to Target more?' Well a play area, I mean so many mothers of young children are always there, doing the same thing I am {at least I hope I am not alone.} I would so go to play dates at Target!

So after reflecting on this addiction of mine. I have decided to take a break from Target. I haven't gone since last Friday and I am going to try and make it as long as I can. A week is my main goal. I don't need anything at Target and even if it is $2.98, I just don't need it!

Also taking a break from all Starbucks, which is tough because I love green tea, but I can make the exact stuff at my house!

Monday, August 27, 2012

The Color Run!

Was A Blast!

I was so excited the night before that I could barely sleep! I even tried on my outfit the night before, just to ensure that it looked amazing! Which it did!

The morning of my team mates came to my house with orange juice and champagne in hand! And well of course we mixed up some mimosas in our water bottles. Of course our driver waited until we got to the race, but I started drinking as soon as I could!

By the time we got down to the event, there were so many people. We were there 30 minutes before the race began and we were a good 400 yards away from the start. They let chunks of people start to run every 10 minutes and people were already finishing before we were even 100 yards away. I was surprised that people actually came to the race, to race. As odd as it seems, they didn't even time people. Why go out and finish as fast as you could? I ran the entire thing, but slow. Going through color check points I would sometimes walk, or jog really slow.

Now lets talk about color placement. I wanted to be full of color, but not so much that it all combined and made a gross brown, which I saw some of the "racers" that passed us look like. Each check point I would switch sides and try to get a good coat of every color. The finial color was a burnt orange, almost adobe looking. I knew this is why people were looking brown and not the vibrant yellows, pinks and blues. I decided to run right down the middle and not near the volunteers who were spraying the powder. And it worked!!

Even in the final color thrown at the end my colors all over me stayed bright and for the most part not combined!!

I'm pretty sure it is still coming out of my nose and I have a pink stripe in my hair that I couldn't get out. For some reason it stained my arm pits, which makes me laugh every time I see them. 

I am so glad that I had the LifeProof case, if I didn't, I would have had to have my phone in a zip lock which I saw a few people do. I was able to take over 200 pictures and a video during the giant color throw. My shoulders are sore now because of holding my glass water bottle and my phone up the whole time. Then I was running off my mimosa fuel and couldn't feel a thing.We finished in 37 minutes according to my own watch, which isn't bad for being slightly intoxicated!

All in all if I ever get the opportunity to run this race again I will!! It was so much fun! I also think it is a great race for any age range and physical level. As long as you can walk 3 miles you are good. I saw a husband pushing his wife in a wheel chair. A lot of babies and kids in strollers and even a dad carrying his son on his shoulders. 


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