Wednesday, March 4, 2015

To-Do Spring 2015

Good morning!

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We might have a fish taco addiction. Served with homemade Mexican rice which was so worth the hour it took to make. 

I have been awake since 3 am, which is due to the unfortunate combination of a pregnant woman, a young child, an old dog, and a grumpy husband (when dog and child are awake) all in the same room. 

We should do something about that, huh?

Let’s think about that another day. Today we are thinking about spring, or at least I am! Does anyone else’s mood soar when you hear the birds chirping in the morning? It is like they are singing, “It’s almost heeeerrree!"

Ina is ready. Yesterday she attempted an outdoor trek wearing only a t-shirt and a smile. I told her she needed about 45 more degrees before that could happen.

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In normal Racheal-fashion, I have made a list of all the things I want/need to do before the really hot summer days get here. 

- Take Ina on an Easter egg hunt

- Dye Easter eggs
- Celebrate Dan’s 30th birthday
- Clean out my car - like detail clean (Ina loves to help with this)
- Purge clean my closet (I have to make room for some of Dan’s clothes because the new baby is taking over his closet)

- Plant a garden (maybe start a few plants from seeds?)
- Go to the zoo
- Do a service project with our small group
- Go fishing at my grandparents’ farm
- Grill dinner 
- Throw the frisbee
- Teach Ina how to ride her bike (so thankful we live at the end of a cup-de-sac)
- Sign Ina up for swim lessons
- Drink my coffee, ready my bible, and write my blog outside
- Go to a day Royal’s game

- Stop and smell the flowers

What about you? Anything you are looking forward to this spring?

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

One Tough Cookie

Yesterday was one of those days that made being a working mom very hard. 

Danielle called to tell me that Ina had fallen off a chair and bit her tongue and, “it was bad.” Hearing those words was hard, but hearing Ina cry in the background was worse. She was obviously in a lot of pain and I was a 30 minute drive away and could not comfort her. I wanted so bad to put my arms through the phone. Would someone please invent that technology?

This was the first time I have heard her (really) cry and not been able to do anything about it and I could barely contain myself. Danielle was staying calm, cool, and collected, and I was literally turning circles in my cube. 

Finally, I had enough sense to call Dan and tell him to get there as soon as possible and meet me at the hospital (right next to where I work) if she needed it. Then, I face timed Danielle, which I think helped both me and Ina calm down. She was still crying, but doing much better and mostly just catching her breath and the bleeding had slowed down. By the time Dan got there (like 10 minutes later), she was fine and didn’t even want to leave because they were making Cat in the Hat hats. (Isn’t Danielle the best?)

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That girl is one tough cookie, because I finally had the nerve to look at her tongue a few hours after I got home and the cut is deep, but in the middle, so  I am hoping it will heal quickly.  I told her she should be thankful for small teeth.

Nothing a popsicle and some ibuprofen can’t fix. I am still a little rattled and keep looking at her expecting something bad to happen. She isn’t phased and discovered she can climb on top of her (rounded top) toy box if she stands on it just so.

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(I was really trying for a hat picture.)

The thing is, this was just a bit tongue - what am I going to do if something worse happens? I think the solution is bubble wrap. Bubble wrap and lots of cuddles.

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Also, because this is a “running blog” I should tell you I ran yesterday! Well, um, jogged, for um, a few minutes. I did this treadmill workout 


 + 10 more minutes of walking to make it is 2 miles. It felt good to get those legs moving in the running motion, even if for a short period of time.

We also had these chicken fingers for dinner - so good!

Have a blessed day, with hopefully a full tongue!

Monday, March 2, 2015

Things Ina Says [2.25 Years]

While attempting to put her doll’s diaper on, she became very frustrated when it kept creeping up to the doll’s head. She sighed, looked at me, and asked, “Why does this always happen to me?

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Why did John Smith go to the doctor? (Every.Single.Day)

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[Her favorite things to cook are bacon, chicken and pink soup. Mmmmm!]


Danielle: Ina, it’s time for nap.

Ina: Danielle, that’s inappropriate. 

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Ina: Will the panda bears get me? (She asks this question every night before bed. I have no idea why she is scared of panda bears, but she is.)

Me: No, Ina, I won’t let any panda bears get you.

Ina: Don’t let me down, Mom.


While taking a shower (we usually take them together to save time),

Ina: Momma, your big butt is bigger than my small butt.

Me: Um, what?

Ina: My small butt is littler than your big butt.

Me: I think it is time to stop taking showers together.

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Words she knows are bad, so says them to get a reaction out of me:

  • Butt (see above)
  • Butt hole
  • Fat (Grrrr)

In general, Ina’s vocabulary is exploding and it is so fun to watch her learn new words and hear her use them. She has also developed somewhat of a stutter, which is apparently pretty normal in this stage of development and most likely will go away on its own. She had it a little when we were in Texas in November, then it went away over Christmas. A few weeks later it came back and has slowly dwindled. Now she only stutters when she is asking a question, like, 

"Wha-wha-what is that mommy?"

It is like her little brain is moving so fast she can’t slow down enough to ask. Usually I just ignore the stutter (what her doctor told me to do) or gently say, “Slow down girl!” and she gets it out eventually. 

She also talks all the time, but comes by that completely honestly. Between me, Ina, and Dan, our house is a very lively place. I think this baby is going to be happy to get out of my belly just so it(she?) can have some peace and quiet. 

Have a good week!

Other things Ina says: 

Pregnancy Edition

2 years

23 months

Sunday, March 1, 2015

My Food and Fitness Plan [3/1]

Good Sunday morning to you!

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A few scenes from the weekend so far:


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It is so pretty, but please, oh, please, go away until Christmas Eve. Also Dan and I are convinced that someone who works at the street department lives on our street. It looks great, but the main roads are a mess!

-Lots of good food. I have been stuck at home all weekend because of snow + potty training, which leaves lots of time to cook!

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Thanks to my mom who brought over salmon for lunch and watched Ina while I worked and went to the grocery store. 

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We had fish tacos (a few tweaks to this recipe- no sour cream in the guac and marinated the fish in grapefruit juice, olive oil, and chili powder) for dinner and Dan requested that I repeat that recipe weekly. Yes, Sir!

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-I was so excited to find this pre-natal tabata-style + strength workout.


Now, I admit, the tabata wasn’t near as heart pounding as normal tabata workouts, BUT, I loved the fast pace and change from one “station” to the next. I plan to spend the next 30 minutes perusing Pinterest for similar combos.


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Can you find the Ina?

Here is my plan for this week:



  • Sunday: rest
  • Monday: 750 to 1000 m swim
  • Tuesday: 3 mile walk
  • Wednesday: rest
  • Thursday: pre-natal Tabata workout
  • Friday: pre-natal pilates video
  • Saturday: rest

What are you up to? Thanks to Mommy, Run Fast! for hosting the link-up!

Friday, February 27, 2015

Dinner + Some Important Things

Hey! Happy Friday!

I am weirdly excited about this weekend, but I don’t know exactly why. Dan works, so I plan to spend most of it hunkered down avoiding the 3-6 inches of snow that are coming our way with a naked two year old, persuading her that the big girl potty is the coolest thing in the world. 

Don’t be jealous.

Dinner last night was particularly green.

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Sun dried tomato turkey burgers (from The Daniel Plan Book), kale salad (massaged with olive oil, lemon juice, and salt and topped with chopped apple, walnuts, raisins, olives, and red onion), and roasted okra. 

Dan said this was the first time that he had tasted roasted okra, and I was about to argue with him when I remembered that every other time I made it I ate the entire pan by myself. Oops. 

Other things that you need to know:

- I had my health screening at work yesterday, and in one year of adding more good fats to my diet, my HDL (good cholesterol) went from 52 to 84! Yay!

-We met with a financial advisor yesterday and now Dan knows exactly how much money we have. This isn’t good.

-Ina is still rocking the naked potty training, but the second you put anything on that bottom she forgets she is supposed to use the potty.

-I haven’t exercised since Sunday. This is not acceptable.

I hope you have a good weekend! 

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Thankful Thursday [Gender Reveal]

Good morning!

Today I am thankful for baby GIRLs….

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and sisters, and bows, and dresses, and giggles, and pink.

Well, at least 98% thankful. Which is what the lovely ultrasound tech told us was the possibility of the baby being a girl when my (probably) daughter would not move her legs from the one position that hid her gender. I am also thankful the tech was gracious enough to schedule us for another ultrasound, you know, just to be sure.

A few months ago one of my friends told me she thought the baby was a boy, or a very strong willed girl. I shuddered at the thought of a girl more strong willed than Ina. Now I am starting to think it is correct, because although (probably) she wouldn’t move during the ultrasound, she was having a full on dance party from 2:30 to 5 this morning. 

I am thankful that Dan made dinner last night while I was working. 

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Ina has a new obsession with my home office and wants to join me anytime I go there. So many things to see and buttons to press! So, I am forever grateful to Mickey Mouse, who kept my daughter out of my office while Dan couldn’t.

I am thankful for snow.

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“Momma, let’s eat the snow, ONE more time!” while holding up her one little pointer finger. We tasted the snow “one more time” about twenty times.

I am thankful for the beginning of spring. I know it snowed last night, and the majority of the days ahead show snow in the forecast, but yesterday I could smell it. As I was walking into work, I could tell spring was near. Also, the past few mornings I have heard birds singing, which is always a promising sign, right?

I am thankful that yesterday’s breakfast tasted better than it looked, which was obviously pretty easy.

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I am thankful for Danielle and her allowance of Ina being “bare bottom” while potty training. So, for the second time in this post, I am thankful for dresses. 

What are you thankful for?

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Simmering Down

Good morning!

Yesterday was an exhausting day. There wasn’t one thing that made it that way (until the one thing), just lots of little things that added up. 

Ina and I walked in the door from work and did the usual dinner prep/playtime routine with some naked potty training/gummy bear bribery added in the mix. I chop an onion and then help Ina find where a puzzle piece goes. I brown the meat, Ina runs to the bathroom screaming, “GUMMY BEAR!” I cut up the peppers and then barely swoop my arms under Ina’s head in time to prevent it from crashing on the floor.

You know, the usual.

I had just sat down, after taking the stuffed peppers out of the oven and popping the roasted cauliflower in, so thankful for the first night in a while to sit and do nothing when my phone rang. It was Dan.

“Hey do you want to do me a big favor?"

I knew what it was before he said anything, because Ina had found his wallet on the couch and had tried to empty its contents while I was making dinner. 

He ran out of gas. He works 45 minutes away. He doesn’t have any money. The gas station attendant refused to take a credit card over the phone.

I had just changed into my pajamas, Ina was mostly naked, and I had just put dinner in the oven. I did not want to get in the car and drive for an hour and a half. I wanted to eat dinner and go to bed.

I was mad. Like, really mad, and the more I drove the more mad I got. I knew that this wasn’t something to get upset about, everyone makes mistakes like this, and to be honest, I am the queen of those types of mistakes. But telling myself that didn’t make me any less mad. Neither did singing songs to Ina -B-I-N-G-O, Five Little Speckled Frogs, and Frozen didn’t help at all. It was almost like I could feel my blood boiling.

But then I pulled into the gas station and saw Dan’s defeated face - he honestly felt horrible for dragging us out of the house. 

I started to deflate. The 45 minute drive home plus 20 more rounds of B-I-N-G-O helped me to simmer down and by the time we pulled into the driveway I felt pretty silly for the way I had felt and the things I had said.

We actually really enjoyed our (lukewarm) dinner together and then played with Ina before crawling into bed.

I am writing this because I hope that next time I can extend that kind of grace from the beginning and not waste so much energy being mad. Hopefully. 


Have a good day!

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