Sunday, April 19, 2015

My Food and Fitness Plan [4/19]

On Friday night, we went to our first family Royals game of the season. Ina was so excited and stuck her fists in the air on the drive to the game.

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Once we got to the game, anytime the crowd roared, Ina would reflexively throw her arms up, regardless of what she was holding (a hot dog, a drink, my phone, etc.).

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She jumped and cheered her heart out and helped the Royals win!

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Not so surprisingly, on the walk to the car, her arms went down. 

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We had such a successful night at the game (I didn’t forget anything, no potty accidents, no tantrums, etc.) that I now have the courage to do things like that more often as a family. That is, until the baby comes and I have to figure our entire routine out again. Ha!

Saturday was a less successful day with waking up early, a weird nap time, and major regression in potty training. But we did have fun at a friend’s swim birthday party and then had some friends over for Pad Thai.

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It never gets old. 

Here is my plan for the week:


Fitness: I am going to try to walk 3 days and REALLY try to get in the pool at least once. 

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

Friday, April 17, 2015

Always a Problem + A Few Good Reads

Good morning and Happy Friday!

I just successfully completed a (much needed) software upgrade on my Mac because I finally figured out how to clear my start-up disc. Word to Mac users: iPhoto has a SEPARATE trash than your computer. Once I cleared those 3000+ photos, there was surprisingly a lot of space on my computer. I don’t even want to think about how much time I wasted on problems that could have been fixed by that one simple solution. 

And, unfortunately, I now have no idea how to use my computer. Ha!

Until I figure out how to use the new photo app, this is the only picture you will see - my bug friend who joined me and Baby Gary for a walk.

I am really enjoying walking and almost don’t miss running. Every once in a while I get to missing that heart beating out of my chest, sweat dripping feeling, but most of the time a nice walk is just what I need.

So I have more time to figure out my new computer problem (caused by fixing the old computer problem), here are some articles I loved from this week:

- Cake: I can so relate to this right now.

-But Why?: Now that we are sofreakingclose to being debt free, Dan and I need to have a serious discuss about this to motivate us.

-How to lose Facebook friends. Sorry, I had to.

-Three truths about C-section mammas. This decision is looming ahead of me...

Have a great weekend! <3

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Thankful Thursday (and no more Zyrtec)

Good morning!

This morning I am especial thankful for coffee, because there wasn’t much sleep happening around here last night.

I am thankful for my friend Kim, who cut Ina’s hair while simultaneously babysitting her because Dan and I both had to work. She is superwoman.

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You can’t really tell in this picture because she wouldn’t hold still while I put in her pony, resulting in the cockatoo look, but she cut off around an inch and it looks super cute and more thick and less baby hair-ish. (I know you know what I mean.) 

Also, when did she turn 16?

I am thankful that my work meeting went well yesterday. 

I am thankful for my mom’s continued help with Ina.

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Seriously, the girl could live off puzzles for days. 

I am thankful that we are no longer giving Ina Zyrtec (for her allergies). I know you guys are going to think I am crazy, but last week Ina’s behavior and tantrums were worse with each day. And this was not just-being-a-toddler-worse. This was my-toddler-is-possessed-by-a-demon-worse. I was starting to question my decision to be a mom to two of these creatures. At one point, in a state of exhaustion, I said to Dan, “she is seriously acting like she is on drugs,” and then I thought, well, we did just start her on daily Zyrtec.

After some Googling, I found many moms had a similar experience, and once we stopped the Zyrtec, my mostly angelic daughter with occasional, but controllable, temper tantrums came back to me. Never again.

I am thankful for a weekend full of fun activities and friends ahead. 

What are you thankful for?

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Tax Day


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[Ina picked out her own outfit yesterday. She insisted that different patterns are in style, so I really couldn’t argue.]

Happy Tax Day! This pregnancy has made me much more organized and I finished my taxes in the beginning of February. However, although the state of MO has accepted my return, they have not given me my refund. I am sure they are looking at what I did through a magnifying glass. This is the first time I have done my own taxes since I had a big girl job, so of course I expect the auditors to show up any day now...

Until then I am still free to talk to you fine people. 

Yesterday was a great day. I worked from home and Dan and Ina were home in the morning, which presented some challenges, but they left to go on an adventure for the majority of the day and I was able to crank out some work. 

Side note: While we were all home, one of our friends who is starting a small business CAME TO OUR HOUSE to change the oil in both of our cars. You can’t beat that convenience and I somehow paid less than I do at Jiffy Lube, even though he assured us we were paying full price. If you live in South KC and are interested in this type of service, I will be happy to pass his info along.

After I closed up my computer I went on a 3 mile walk while chatting with my aunt about the nursery plans. I don’t think I have made any final decisions yet, but the three mile walk did go by surprisingly fast. 

I came home just in time to start dinner prep.

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We had some friends over for dinner and kept it simple. Grilled chicken thighs with this marinade, roasted green beans, and baked french fries (+mac and cheese for the kids + Blue Bell for dessert). We played outside until the sun went down.

My head hit the pillow so hard and I almost had a heart attack when the alarm went off this morning. Take that, pregnancy insomnia!

Have a great Wednesday!

Tuesday, April 14, 2015


Good morning! 

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(I pulled my apple out of my lunch bag yesterday to find that someone had decided to take a little bite.)

Yesterday’s lack of post was due to a combo of nothing to write and no time to write it in. Still not much to report, but in the last 48 hours I have:

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-been eating leftovers. My mom made a delicious dinner for small group on Sunday and in true G-style there was twice as much as we needed. I was thankful for not having to cook when I got home last night.

- WORKED. Things are really starting to add up at my job, plus my part-time job. Also, Dan had to work an extra shift yesterday. Dave Ramsey would be so proud.

-strategized a new morning routine for Ina. I am happy to report that for the last 3 days Ina has agreed to get dressed with minimal fuss. I will write a full post on our new routine once I get it down. 

-gone on a few stroller walks. Ina is starting to get antsy in the stroller, but only asks to get out when we stop and talk to people, which is often in our neighborhood. I am thinking I might want to invest in some type of double stroller where she can stand and ride along if she wants to?

Also, I wanted to share something that came in the mail yesterday - The Kendrick House B&B’s hotel supply catalogue. 

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This was actually addressed to the Kendrick House B&B - so either one of you who knows my address is really funny, or the internet is a creepy place.

Regardless, Dan has looked at every page of the darn thing and picked out 100 new items that we NEED. 

Have a good Tuesday!

Sunday, April 12, 2015

My Food and Fitness Plan [4/12]

Good Sunday morning to you!

A few pictures to show how our weekend has gone:

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Things are desperate when I am reading something educational during nap time.  I don’t think I will go into any more details until I am on the other side of this particular situation.

I will say, however, that last night was lovely and my sweet-as-pie daughter returned to us. Out of nowhere she gave me a hug, and said, “You are the best momma ever!” Dan came home from work and we ate picadillo (<— one of my favorite recipes for taste and preparation ease) in the living room followed by putting together Frozen puzzles, reading books, and watching the Royals game. 

Here is my plan to make this week more manageable health wise, which will hopefully help me sanity wise. :)



This was a bust last week because I was sick, so I am hoping to get back in the game this week. 

  • Sunday: 3 mile walk
  • Monday: 750 m swim
  • Tuesday: prenatal pilates
  • Wednesday: rest
  • Thursday: rest
  • Friday: 750 m swim
  • Saturday: rest

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

Friday, April 10, 2015

Our First Family Drive-Thru Experience

Well hello there! Happy Friday!

Last night Dan, Ina, and I, as a family of three(and a half), had our first drive-thru experience. At least that I can remember.

That isn’t to say that we don’t sometimes eat things less than healthy - last Saturday for Dan’s birthday I had two delicious pieces of pizza and Sunday for Easter I ate an undisclosed amount of dessert at my grandma’s. Both full of gluten, which comes to think of it, is probably why I got sick. (If given the opportunity to blame gluten, I usually do.)

We also go out to eat once a week-ish, but usually to Chipolte or somewhere I can’t replicate at home (Indian or Thai).

I just typically don’t see the point in eating anything that comes out of a drive-thru window. However, last night, as we were driving home from a weeknight errand and there was no time to make dinner, I wash’t feeling Chipolte because I was having some heart burn issues and who wants to eat a burrito bowl without spicy salsa?

When Dan asked where he should drive, I quietly told him I was craving french fries. A huge grin crossed his face and he asked where I wanted to go. I didn’t know - which place has the best french fries?

As we pulled into Wendy’s I fought the urge to slide down in my seat just in case someone I knew saw me. 

Ina asked what we were doing at the bank.

We asked Ina if she wanted a cheeseburger or chicken nuggets and she couldn’t answer because she couldn’t stop squealing.

After we ordered we pulled around to the window and Ina asked who “that girl was?” We told her it was the girl who took our money and gave us our food. 

She replied, “Awww, that’s so nice!"

When we received our bags of food, Ina screamed at her, “Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!"

Ina ate all of her chicken nuggets and asked for more. 

She spilled her milk in her carseat.

I finished her fries.

The “toy” in the kids meal was an Annie lyric book with two songs, Maybe and Tomorrow. So, the night ended with Dan and I talking about adoption and Ina’s first broadway performance.

Pretty appropriate. 

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