It Has Been Awhile

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Life has gotten pretty busy and the one thing that I let slip was these letters to both of you, highlighting our memories and random daily activities. We’ve been busy these past few months to say the least.

Chace started Pre-kindergarten and is loving it. Most of the class has returned so he is settling back in just fine.

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After summer school ended, we took a nice road trip to San Francisco and then Lake Tahoe and while I was nervous that you two would hate the long hours spent in the car, you actually both did really well. We managed just fine and had a fantastic time in both places.

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We hiked, climbed rocks, played mini golf, skipped rocks at the lake and overall had a blast as a family.

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Harper has been busy while Chace is at school. She is counting to 5, drawing every moment she possibly can and is basically running my day. She is going through the terrible two’s at the moment and that makes it hard to get the things done that I want to do. Previously I would workout after dropping Chace off at school and then go and run errands. Well, after a few too many tantrums in Trader Joe’s and at the bank, I realized that she does better when I run errands first, and then workout. It all has been an adjustment. She is down to just one nap a day and while I would love for her to sleep until she wakes up, some days we have to go and get Chace from school so her nap is sadly interrupted. Luckily, she has been a good sport about it. She knows that going to get Chace at school means more play time with the big kids on the playground.

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It’s fall and one of my favorite times of year. Pumpkin patches, Halloween costumes, apple picking, butter pecan lattes from Coffee Bean, scarf and boot season(yes, even in California I wear these fall favorites).

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Stitch Fix is still part of my life and I will post an updated fix soon.

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We Survive With a Schedule

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When I first had Chace, I discovered that he was happier, slept and ate better when I followed a steady routine. He would wake up around the same time everyday and we would schedule things around nap times and eating. He would take a morning nap while I would run on the treadmill. We would run errands in between his morning nap and lunchtime such as the bank, grocery store, park trips, fun outings etc. The afternoon nap was crucial because it allowed me time to get things done at home while Chace rested and recharged to play before dinner, bath and bed. 

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There was a short time that I would disrupt his routine if I knew daddy was coming home. I learned quickly that this was a bad idea. He was off and it didn’t help anyone (well maybe daddy liked it).
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As soon as Harper was born, she was on a schedule too and it has adapted but thankfully she is on a routine and that fits well into our day.  I get up, get ready and get the kids stuff ready for the day. By that time they are up and we go through our morning routine. I take both kids to drop off Chace at school and we spend some time there before Harper and I head off to the park. I run while Harper naps, usually 30-60 minutes. Then we head home so I can shower and get ready before we head out again for errands. It’s crucial for me to get those done with just one kid in tow! One day a week we have music class and another day we go to the library for story time.
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At noon we pick up Chace, play at school a little and the head home for lunch. Both kids nap after lunch while I clean and get things done around the house and then we play outside, I make dinner,  feed the kids, play, bath, read books and bed.  I’m exhausted!
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Chace is in swimming, soccer and music but luckily those are on weekends or only one day a week.
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Then it’s time for me to break out a few dark chocolate covered pretzels and sit back and relax before I have to do it all over again. To some it may sound repetitive and boring but to me it’s the best job around!
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Hello Mommy Guilt

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I have been only working out sporadically these days and it’s really taking a toll on me mentally and physically. I feel my best after sweating it out, taking a short break from all the stress and my release is running. I like the way I feel afterwards and it makes me a better wife and mom.

Here we go again!

Here we go again!

While Chace is in school, I have been taking Harper in the jogging stroller and running at a beautiful park nearby. I have not been consistent and she can only handle it for so long. I stop when she is done or wakes up. On weekends I leave you both with Daddy and go for a run, but again, it hasn’t been consistent. It’s just not enough so I recently made the decision that I would go back to the gym. I haven’t been to the gym consistently since before Chace was born. Before kids I was an avid gym goer. I would take classes, run on the treadmill and use the weights.
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7 Months Pregnant With Chace

In order for me to workout at the gym, I have to take Harper and put her in the kids club for the hour that I am there. In creeps the mommy guilt. It’s a new gym so everything is clean and nice, but that doesn’t take away all the guilt I have for leaving her there. The lady who is in the kids club is so nice and good with kids, but regardless of all of that, I still feel guilty for dropping her off there while I am working out. It’s really less than 20 feet away from me and in the same building so why do I feel so guilty? As moms we are so hard on ourselves and taking time for ourselves is hardly a priority. I’m trying not to feel guilty but that is proving to be impossible. Let’s hope this gets easier and taking this small amount of time in the gym will help us all. Fingers crossed!
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Jumping on the Juicing Bandwagon

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Today begins the first day of my 5 day juicing adventure. Uncle Dan (my brother in law) started juicing to improve his overall health and was able to lose weight, lower his cholesterol and improve other aspects of his health. After his success and raving about it, I decided I wanted to try it. Luckily I have two other people doing it with me for moral support and who will understand my moodiness and complaints because I am sure there will be a little of both.

My mission is to lose some weight and most importantly jumpstart more healthy eating. I am giving up a lot and hoping that after the initial first few days, I will not want those special treats anymore. Let’s see how this goes!

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I have 5 days of 2 meals a day as juice that consists of kale, spinach, dandelion, ginger, lemon, cucumber and a few other things. For today, I am going to have them for breakfast and lunch and then a healthy salad for dinner. I am not completely drinking liquids only like a lot of people do when they “juice”. My plan allows me to have almonds and other nuts and 1 meal a day. I am cutting out the caffeine (this isn’t that hard since I have been caffeine free for a long time), carbs and dairy.

The juice looks pretty gross but it’s surprisingly yummy. I am not turned off by the taste at all which is a good thing because that was what I was most worried about! Doesn’t make it difficult to drink the 16 oz each meal. What I am anticipating to be hard is cooking for both of you! I tend to cook and taste the food to make sure it’s the right temperature and taste. Oh well, you will have to be the taste testers this time around!

Daddy – hope you can bear with me this week and possibly beyond!

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Sweat Pink

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It’s Official! I recently was selected to be part of the amazing Sweat Pink Team and am now an official Sweat Pink Ambassador!

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I can’t tell you how excited I was to receive that email. Unfortunately, I had so much going on, that I couldn’t write about it until now. As you know, I love to run and stay fit so this is the perfect community to be selected as an ambassador.

What is this?

Sweat Pink Ambassadors live the Fit Approach mission every day: they sweat hard, play hard, and inspire those around them to achieve their best selves. –  Fit Approach

Why Am I So Excited?

Fit Approach is a healthy community and I am so excited to be part of it! It’s a supportive group of people, including everyone from ultra marathoners to couch potatoes, sharing their experiences with health and fitness, and I can’t wait to encourage others as well as be inspired by all the fabulous ambassadors that love to Sweat Pink!

I am headed out for a 4 mile run. It’s time to Sweat Pink!

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Running Holiday

PicMonkey Collage Dear CIt’s not what you think. I am not taking a break from running, but just the opposite. It’s actually National Running Day and I decided that we would have a little family fun run. Well, just Chace and I. Harper would come along for the ride of course. Chace gets very excited when I start to get ready in my workout clothes, which is practically everyday. He always asks if we are going for a run and some days we are and some days we are not. That is just how it goes in our house. I love wearing workout clothes even when I am not working out. Anyways, today he asked and I said yes and quickly got him ready too. He’s a toddler afterall. His attention span is not that long and he can quickly get disinterested so I had to take advantage of his excitement about our impending run.

There he goes!

There he goes!

I strapped Harper into her infant seat in the BOB and watched as Chace was expecting his turn next. Well, that never happened and we headed out the door and as I started running, he paused for a second before he realized that I meant that he was running with me. He was so excited! His little legs worked hard to catch up and then it was an all out sprint for him. It was fun to see him turn back to make sure I was still running and I would speed up a bit to catch up. It was a perfect time to run because it was still cool out and not many people leaving for work or on the road. The sidewalks were empty and all for Chace.

Headed straight to the park

Headed straight to the park

We didn’t go far, but we did make it to the park with a few stops here and there. I was so proud of him and he was so happy. I think it tired him out and we ended up having a relaxing day playing with cars at the park. Normally, Chace runs all over the grass, plays frisbee or slides down the slide over and over. Today, the toy cars slid down the slide instead of Chace. I positioned myself at the bottom and Chace was at the top. He would let them go and after they flew off the slide I would run them back to him so we could do this over and over again. A fun little game that lasted a good 15 minutes.

Normally what he does at the park

Normally what he does at the park

In honor of National Running Day, besides just running, we are also signing up for a race. I am looking for one that I can run and then hopefully Chace can take part in a kids run too. I’ll keep you posted on what we decide! While I didn’t run that far today, it was important to just get out and run, enjoy my running partner, and have a good time.

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Coconut Water in Our House

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Chace’s “Juice”

Coconut water is a staple in this house. I remember the first day I introduced it to Chace. He was sick and I couldn’t give him milk, so I called Poppy (my dad is a pediatrician) and he said to try coconut water to rehydrate him quickly. Well, from that day on Chace found his beverage of choice. I started out just saying “juice” and giving him coconut water but that all changed when we were at the park and he came up to me and asked for “juice”. I handed him his sippy cup filled with coconut water and he was on his way back to play. Another mother standing nearby overheard our conversation and then proceeded to tell me how bad it was that I was giving my son juice and the high sugar content and ramifications and so on. Luckily I had to refill his cup while she was lecturing me, so when I brought out the coconut water, she paused and asked if that was what I meant by “juice”.   I said yes and she seemed shocked and lost for words. She just uttered “oh good, I’m glad it’s not juice.” under her breath and walked away.

While I don’t mind people carrying on conversations at the park, I do mind the judgments that some people pass without knowing the whole story. I try to be really open minded for this reason alone. It did help me realize that calling it “juice” was confusing so I started calling it what it is which is coconut water. Chace caught on quickly and I learned my lesson. I don’t need to change words or meanings just because he is a toddler.

We keep our kitchen stocked with coconut water because I love it after a run or in smoothies, Daddy drinks it whenever, and Chace loves it all day any day. I love that it is natural and healthy and I can get it anywhere now. I used to only be able to find it at Trader Joe’s or Whole Foods but luckily all the stores I shop at carry it.

Cheers!

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