Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Life as of Late

We've been having some beautiful weather lately so last week was the perfect opportunity to take Eli and Ethan to the zoo.  This was Ethan's first trip to the zoo and Eli's first time since he started walking.  It was a whole new world. We had a great time with friends and can't wait for many more trips this summer. 

{Eli and his friend, Liam, checking out the trains and Ethan in the Baby Bjorn.  He wanted to see everything}
 On one of my runs, I found a hidden park in a neighborhood nearby.  I actually called city hall to find out if it was a playground or someone's backyard.  Lucky for us, it's a playground.  I've taken the boys several times and Eli loves it. The playground equipment is just the right size for him as opposed to some of those larger ones at other parks.
Ethan's not big enough to enjoy the park, but he loves walking there and hanging out with his big bro.
Over the weekend, I ran in to get us a cookie from Whimsy Cookie Co. and guess who was there...the Easter Bunny!  I ran out to the car and got Fred and the kids out.  No line sure beat waiting forever at the mall.  At first, Eli was skeptical, but with a little bribery in the form of a cookie, we got a pic...
His expression is hilarious.  Ethan just looks bored.  I can only imagine what meeting Santa will be like this year.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Hip Hop: The Easter Bunny Is on His Way

I think having two kids makes holidays even more exciting.  This year, the Easter Bunny is brining the boys a little bit of fun and a little bit of necessity.
Easter Basket Goodies
Bunny / Bubbles / Easter Books
Beach Towel / Clothes

Eli is obsessed with books right now so I thought a few Easter books for each of them would be fun to have.  We also got them their own monogrammed beach towel since they'll be going to swim lessons this summer.  We also got them their own personalized Jelly Cat bunnies.  I think Mommy loves them more than they probably will.  And we got them some clothes for the Spring and Summer.  

I can't wait for them to see their baskets, especially Eli.  We kind of missed the fun at Christmas when Eli was sick so I hope he's over the moon for Easter.  

What's the Easter Bunny bringing to your house? 

Monday, April 14, 2014

Run for Ronald 5K

Over the weekend, I ran the 6th Annual Run for Ronald 5K.  I love this race for two reasons: it supports the Ronald McDonald House of Memphis and it's hosted by the local Alpha Delta Pi chapter (I'm an ADPi from the University of South Florida).  

I was a bit nervous since the race mainly consists of college kids.  But I went in with the mindset that I would try to keep my speed around a 9 minute mile.  
Well, I succeeded. It wasn't my best race, but t ended up winning first place in my age group (probably because there weren't any other 30 somethings) and I was the third overall female finisher.  I've never placed in the overall category so I was pretty happy about that.  But what made me happier was beating the college kids and some high school kids.  :) 

Fred also ended up running and pushing the boys in the double stroller (pretty impressive).  He too placed first in his age group.  I just wish I had gotten a pic.  

Time:  27:45
Pace:  8:57/mile
Race Rank:  20
Gender Rank: 3
Age Group Rank:  1

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Late to the Party: The MDO Search

I've been going back and forth on whether or not I wanted to send Eli to Mother's Day Out in the fall. I want him to have more socialization with kids his age and to learn new things, but I love having him at home with me.  And if I send him, I can have a couple of days a week to have some one-on-one time with Ethan too.

Where we live, it seems like everyone sends their kids to Mother's Day Out as soon as the child is old enough.  If I kept Eli at home, would he be behind?  Or is he too young to start going to "school"?   Those are the two questions I keep asking myself.

After much debate and discussion with Fred, I decided to bite the bullet and call around to a couple of places.  Little did I know that there would be waiting lists in April.  The programs don't start until September, but there are already waiting lists.

I want to send him somewhere convenient to home, where he'll have a good curriculum, and somewhere where he can play outside.  As silly as that sounds, Eli loves to be outside and I am a firm believer that kids should be outside having fun.

So far, I've visited two places and fell in love with one, but we're second on the waiting list there.  I ended up knowing several teachers there.  It felt like home, but we have to wait our turn.  I have appointment to look around with two other programs next week.  Honestly, I feel like we're going on college tours.

Who knew sending your not even two year old child would be such hard work? I just keep praying God will show us the right program for us.

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Eli: 16 Months

Teeth: 10...Four new ones have broken through and we believe more are on their way.
Weight: 24 lbs.
Height:  30.75 inches 

Clothes:  You're wearing 12 month pants and some 18 month shirts.  Looks like someone had a growth spurt.
Social: You act shy when you first meet people, but once you warm up to them, you're a character.   
Toys: Books, books, and more books!  You can't seem to get enough.  And you love being outside.  I think you'd spend the entire day outside if we let you. 

Sleep: You've always been a good sleeper.  You go to bed at 8pm and wake up around 7am.     
Food: This month we learned that you like lettuce and red onion.  Who knew?!  You're still eating your Mac 'n Cheese, chicken, tacos, black olives and pickles.    
Personality: You are so smart and you're soaking everything up like a sponge.  You love to chatter.  You're happy for the most part, but you seem to be going through a "screaming" phase when you don't get or have what you want.  You loved cheering on the basketball teams in March Madness!
Saying:  I think I've heard "oh yeah" and "thank you" this month.  You are just a little parrot!
You are such a sweet, happy boy!  You're such a joy to be around and you always put smiles on our faces.  Everyone comments on how cute and sweet you are.  You make my job as being a Mommy quite enjoyable and easy.  We love you!

Monday, April 7, 2014

Celebrating Six Years

Thank you for all of the anniversary love on Friday.  It really means a lot.

Saturday night, some of our friends graciously offered to watch the boys so that we could go to dinner alone.  This was our first dinner alone since Ethan was born.
We made a reservation at our favorite restaurant, Flight, a few weeks in advance.  We started the dinner off with our favorite wine flights.   We toasted to the past 6 years and many, many more.
For dinner, I chose my favorite dish, the chicken and waffles.  Fred opted for the bison.  Ladies and gentlemen, this is why I run...
We also ordered some yummy desert.  We had such a nice time celebrating our anniversary.  After dinner, we headed home to see our babies.

I should mention that halfway through the meal, I realized I had two stains on my shirt.  Based on their appearance, they were banana finger stains.  Yes, I'm officially a mom.
In years past, we've been on trips, but this year, there was no place I'd rather be than home with my husband, the pup and our two boys.

Friday, April 4, 2014

Sixth Anniversary

Tomorrow Fred and I celebrate our SIX year anniversary.  One dog and two kids later, we are still happy and in love.
During the past six years, we've had our fair share of arguments and trials, but we've also shared some of the greatest moments of our lives.  We've traveled some.  We've welcomed two beautiful babies into this world.  And there's no one I'd rather be on this journey with.

I can't think of a better man to raise my children with than Fred.  He's not only a great husband, but he's also a very loving and hands on father.  Seeing him with the boys makes me fall in love with him more and more.

I love when my best friend comes home each day and I look forward to spending time with him on the weekends.  I love the time we're together and I'm always looking forward to spending the rest of our lives together.

Happy Anniversary, Fred!  I love you!

Monday, March 24, 2014

Race for the Summitt 4-miler

As I mentioned on Friday, I've started running again.  Last week, I also enlisted Christin to help me come up with a running plan to get back in the swing of things.  She mapped out a plan and we had discussed that I would run 4 miles on Saturday.  

I noticed she posted something on Instagram about the Race for the Summitt 4-miler planned for Saturday so I asked her if she thought I should run.  She said yes and even said she'd pace me.  I was nervous and excited.
The race was pretty cool.  It covered parts of midtown and downtown Memphis.  The course was super hilly and it was quite windy out.  There were parts when I wanted to stop, but having Christin there to push me and encourage me helped me finish.  

My time wasn't what I had wanted, but I finished my first race postpartum and it felt GREAT!  I'm now ready to get back into racing and running towards goals.  

I am so thankful Christin agreed to run with me and push me!  It helped prove to myself that I CAN DO IT!  
Time:  38:48
Pace:  9:42/mile
Race Rank:  79
Gender Rank: 38
Age Group Rank:  7

Friday, March 21, 2014

Back in the Saddle

Although I got the go ahead to start running again at my 6 weeks postpartum check up, it wasn't until 8 weeks that I actually laced up my running shoes and hit the pavement.

Why did I wait?  First, I didn't have the time.  Two boys under two is busy.  Second, I was scared.  I hadn't run since June 2013.  In my head, I knew I could do it, but I didn't know how my body would respond.  It had been months and I had just given birth to a human, but I knew that all of the walking I did while pregnant had to count for something.

I started off slow and steady.  My goal was to finish 2 miles.  I went into it knowing I might have to do a run/walk combination, but I am proud to say I ran the entire way.

My time wasn't important.  I was just proud that I actually finished.
After that first run, I felt like myself again.  I was pumped so much that I asked my parents if I could use/move their treadmill to my house so I could have one at home and wouldn't have to waste time driving to the gym.  Thankfully, they agreed.  Now, I can run upstairs before the boys wake or when they go to bed and I don't have to be far away if Fred needs help with the boys.

The weather has been perfect this week so I've been running outside when Fred comes home from work.  Yes, it's hard, but I am doing it and it feels good!

I can't wait to really get things going and get a running routine down.  Now, if only the boys would cooperate...  :) 

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Ethan: 2 Months

Dear Ethan,

It's so hard to believe that you are already 2 months old.  These past two months have flown by with you and you're turning into such a sweet little boy! 
You haven't had the easiest month, but you are feeling much better and getting back to yourself. Being in the hospital with you was so scary.  I am so proud of how brave you were and you've proven once again that you're a tough, little fighter.  
You are starting to show more of your personality.  You love playing on your music mat and I love hearing you coo.  You've been smiling more and I love it.  
You are quite the snuggler and Mommy doesn't mind.  You have been sleeping in the rock and play, but you've started to sleeping in the pack and play now.  You're just growing up so fast! 
You love to eat. I think you could and would drink milk all day if we let you.  You also love taking a bath.  It seems to relax you.  We've gotten settled into a nighttime routine and I think you're learning.  
You're learning to go with the flow with our family.  You do pretty good at restaurants and out running errands. You just take everything in stride.   

You're growing like a weed and you're so long and skinny.  You are so handsome and you have such a sweet little personality.  You're starting to smile and make more happy faces at us which Mommy and Daddy love! 

We love you so much!  And you're such a joy to have in our lives!  
Two Month Stats: 
Weight:  11lbs. 4oz. (birth weight:  6 lbs. 13oz.)
Height:   23.25 inches (birth:  20 inches)
Hair:  Brown
Eyes:  Blue
Clothes:  You're wearing some newborn, 0-3 months and 3 month clothes.
Diapers:  Size 1