Thursday, February 23, 2017
Tuesday, February 14, 2017
Hello! Happy Valentine’s Day!
Doing anything fun? The girls and I plan to make some chocolate covered strawberries this morning, but past that we don’t have much planned.
My phone has been on a picture taking break, in preparation for the massive amount of pictures it will be taking in the days to come. The girls and I leave tomorrow for Disney World and we are so, so excited. (Dan is staying home. He isn’t much on Disney, which does not compute in my brain. Even so, we will miss him and will be sure to send him lots of mouse-eared pictures.)
I will be back next week with a full run down of our trip, but until then, how about we catch up?
We have been up to our normal winter routine - gym-work-reading time-dinner-Batman episode, with a few exceptions:
- The girls stayed the night at Granny’s house on Friday night. Although I sometimes fantasize about a day without motherhood responsibilities, after about 12 hours without the girls I realized I missed them horribly. While they were gone I went shopping, had my hair cut and eyebrows waxed, watched a chick flick, worked, did all the laundry, read, knocked out a little yard work, and sat in silence in the back yard sipping on a lemon water and enjoying the sun beating down on my face.
When Dan brought them back home they were both asleep in his car, so I just stood by the window looking at them for longer than I should admit.
That night we took them to get their hair cut and then to see The Batman Lego movie. Not my favorite, but apparently other people like it. I just went so Dan would have to see Beauty and The Beast when it comes out in March. Ha!
- I did our taxes! Always a relief to get that out of the way and exciting to get some $$$ back.
- We started small group again. Although, due to the winter ickies, it was an extra small small group. It was still so nice to get back in the swing of opening up our doors and having people over to discuss God’s word.
- Cora somehow changed the programming on our baby monitor to not connect to the camera in her room anymore. Both Dan and I have tried to fix it without success, so I guess she is ready to sleep without supervision.
- I am reading the Savor daily devotional and LOVING it. I have a major girl crush on Shauna Niequist.
That is all I have. Life has been restful and good
Have a great week! <3
Tuesday, February 7, 2017
(Ina making soup in the bathroom. Mind you, she has a play house with a play kitchen, but it lacks the vital feature of running water, which is why our only main floor restroom transforms into a kitchen when Dan and I are mildly distracted with something else. At least the floor gets cleaned with all the extra water?)
How was your weekend? Our’s was good and pretty low key. Friday night we met with the pastor of our church to discuss his and Dan’s upcoming trip to India. So many things to think about! I worked Saturday morning, we played with the girls, and then Granny came over while Dan and I headed to a birthday party.
We ate an early dinner at Granite City Brewery and then headed to the ice for a lesson on curling. (KC friends: click here for more info)
We had so much fun, but I have to be honest and say that I wasn’t very good. These pictures don’t do the experience justice, because I spent a good amount of time sprawled out on the ice and am sporting a nice sized bruise on my knee. I thought that all the work I have been doing on core strength and balance would help, but as it turns out, I am still a klutz. Ha!
I would like to go again and get another shot at it. Regardless of my lack of skills, I still had a great time and enjoyed celebrating our friend Tara.
Sunday we went to church, grocery shopped, and Dan and Ina went to his mom’s house while Cora napped and I did laundry. We watched half the game and then went to sleep. I am used to finding out the results of sporting events from the next morning’s FaceBook or people at the gym.
Speaking of the gym, yesterday’s workout was a tough one at Fitness Tiger KC.
- 8 minute partner AMRAP
- 3 burpees, 12 mountain climbers, 21 half squats
- Partner jumps rope and then switch
- Push/Pull x 2
- Seated sled rope pull x 3 (this set the timing for each round)
- Sled pull back/walking lunges
- Strict Press (20# DB)
- Hard pull ERG
- Dumbell snatch (25 or 30#)
- Manmakers (20#)
- Bent over row (20#)
- Pull ups or ring row
We have noticed that my “pulling” ability from my left side is pretty weak. On my pull-ups I honestly feel like I can’t get my left side to move. Ha! I think this might be from carrying my children on my right side…so time to make a transition.
Have a good day!
Friday, February 3, 2017
Happy Friday friends!
A few exciting things:
- Ina woke up yesterday morning with a fever, moaning, and nauseous. The exciting part was that all it took was a bath and a popsicle to beat her fever and turn her frown upside down. I have no idea how it happened, but I will take it.
Something else I will take - both Ina and Cora putting themselves to sleep while I was playing mom and scientist and not doing a stellar job of either.
Working from home with both girls makes for a long day. Long.
There is a Chinese restaurant in the same strip mall as swim lessons that as drinkable egg drop soup. Wet hair plus freezing temperatures makes soup the perfect dinner. I am having a blast playing in the water with Cora, but I do miss seeing Ina’s skills. Dan said she spent the entire time under water, so I suppose that is a plus.
The gym has been fun. Today was an “easy” day but somehow I still left out of breath and sweating. It may have had to do with the fact that the workout was bookmarked by 50-40-30-20-10 sit-ups and jumping jacks.
So easy. Ha!
Any big plans this weekend? We are going curling for a friends birthday and watching the Super Bowl hunkered down at home. Fresh pretzels and chicken wings will likely be involved.
Have a great one! <3
Wednesday, February 1, 2017
I apologize for my absence, but I have two very good excuses:
One: We spent most of the weekend installing, cleaning, and stocking our new fridge and also cleaning and un-stocking our old fridge. The new fridge needed to be cleaned because it was in a fire. The old fridge needed to be cleaned because it had the unfortunate fate of being our family’s fridge. As if it decided to rebel, I was cleaning the large piece of glass that covered the bottom, and after scrubbing it with hot water and then placing it next to the door to dry, it literally exploded into a million pieces in my hand. Pieces flew 15 feet in every direction, sliced my finger, and scrapped my legs.
Peace out old fridge.
Dan and I have this fantasy of buying a fixer upper house and remodeling. I had to laugh when it took us two week nights and an entire weekend to switch out a fridge. Perhaps we will stay put for a while.
Two: I have fallen in love with Shauna Niequist. A few of my friends have told me about her books and when Carrie mentioned Bread and Wine: A Love Letter to Life Around the Table with Recipes on her blog, I immediately ordered it on Amazon. You guys, this book is fantastic. It is like I could have written it myself, although much less eloquently. I love the way Shauna writes about her love for food and how it brings people together in a way that nothing else can. She encourages us to swing open our doors and make meals together happen, regardless if you know how to cook. Her love for her family and friends, her battle with shame (body shame, house shame, work shame), her prayer life, and her passion for God are all things I can relate to. I haven’t been able to put the book down and I want to order all of her other books at a the same time and spend the next week in the kitchen making her recipes.
For the sake of productivity, I will take them both one at a time.
Otherwise, things have been pretty good over here. Dan has been continuing to cook dinner, because I can’t stop reading a book about…cooking dinner. Our fantastic parents as teachers teacher visited last night and left a large sheet of paper that she and Ina was doing math problems on, which soon transformed into a cape, blanket, and shield that kept both Cora and Ina entertained the rest of the evening.
I took a break from the gym over the weekend, and again yesterday, but Monday and today’s workout were fantastic. My back is feeling a lot better with the breaks and I was able to bend and pick things up today without any pain. Yay!
I hope you have a fantastic Wednesday and hopefully I will talk to you again before the week is over.
Friday, January 27, 2017
Good morning and Happy Friday! This week was an extra long one, so I am more than ready for a weekend with not much on the agenda.
I hope things are great on your side of the internet. We are currently living in a world of disarray with refrigerator parts strewn about our entire first floor. Dan’s mom gave us her struck-by-lightning-but-otherwise-brand-new fridge and we have decided we are going to fix it. I ordered a new motherboard, which we thought would be the biggest challenge. But, as it turns out, installing that took less than 5 minutes.
What took way, way more than 5 minutes was getting a large appliance in our house, which required major disassembly. Hence the parts, all over our house. Add those to the typical toy, shoe, paper, book scattering and we are lucky to have spots of bare floor.
This weekend’s goal is getting that bad boy set up.
We also had the girls first swim lessons of the semester last night. I was in the water with Cora, who absolutely loved it and kept saying, “NO! NO!” when we had to leave. As far as I could tell Ina also enjoyed her class, although she was late because we were confused about the start time. #Fail
Workouts at Fitness Tiger KC have been doozies. Wednesday was a unilateral balance, core, and cardio (aka a lot of planks). Thursday was Tabata. A lot of tabata. 20 seconds on/10 seconds off x 8 for each of:
- speed skaters
- push ups
- KB thrusters (30#)
- side planks (attempting to put my leg in the air)
- alternating dumbbell snatch (25#)
- single leg hop
- hallow rocks
I hope you have a fantastic weekend! <3
Wednesday, January 25, 2017
Good morning! <3
Things have been quiet around here because, well, life.
The weekend went by quickly and consisted of a lot of rest, a first birthday party (Happy Birthday Jurni!), a visit to Dan’s mom’s house to pick up a possibly new refrigerator, fires in the fireplace, church, chili, and football.
Dan is in charge of cooking dinners this week and although I love to cook and meal plan, I have to say it is super nice to have one thing off my plate. I also enjoy having this time to play with the girls, but when Dan is in the kitchen we all sort of gravitate there as well.
Dan’s meals tend to lack color, so I will have to work hard on getting something green in during breakfast and lunch. Not green, but still delicious, I have been eating this peanut butter baked oatmeal for breakfast.
The girls had a dentist appointment, which Ina has been counting down the days to since Halloween. The secret is the 10 cent toy they give out after the appointment is over
Ina let them do everything - clean, inspect, x-ray, and fluoride. Cora let them count her teeth. Barely. But when Ina was in the seat she wanted to be there as well.
Later Monday my sister called to tell me that Hallaway’s dance school was having a “bring a friend” night and invited Ina to join her.
Ina loved every single second and has been asking to take dance lessons every hour since. We might have to make that happen, although we start swim lessons this week and I really don’t want to overbook our family. I am sure we can find a time that fits, but there was an hour class, with younger children, starting at 7:15 PM when we left! When do they sleep? When do they eat dinner? I feel like we are lucky to squeeze in dinner, bath time, and a book before bed, and I get home from work earlier than a lot of parents. <rant over>
I took a gym break over the weekend and Monday because I have a little lower back twinging/pain going on. It is improved, but still there. I am just being very careful during the workouts and modifying when necessary. Yesterday was a great workout at Fitness Tiger KC:
- 6 minute running clock per station partner workout (work to fatigue)
- Ring rows (5)
- Sand bag box step ups
- Bench press
- Shoulder press
- Sandbag bent over row (modified to squat)
- I feel like there was one more…but I just can’t remember
- Cardio blast x 3: 30 seconds each
- tuck jumps
- plank shoulder taps
- flutter kicks
- bird dogs
- butt kicks
Definitely out of breath after that one.
Have a good day!