August 2015Back Home Again: August 2015

Monday, August 31, 2015

September Goals and August Recap

So Alan and I were talking about a week ago and we realized that we had to make our hotel reservation for our friend's wedding in September. It blew. our. minds. that September was just around the corner and now here it is! I really do think that time goes faster and faster the more kids you have and once they're in school, it's going warp speed. Seriously. WHERE has this year gone?!

Here's how I did in August:

  • Fit in my runs whenever I can. I registered for the half marathon in October and have been doing well with training until I went out of town last week. I was supposed to run nine miles yesterday and it was a struggle to run a 5k. I'm also suffering from plantar fasciitis again since I've been running more and more. I ordered a foot sleeve to help and I cannot wait for it to get here this week. I have ten miles coming up and I desperately need the foot support. 
  • Meal plan, meal plan, meal planThis has gone well the weeks I have been home. 
  • Yard work. We got all of the yard work completed that needed to be done early in the month except for one shrub in the backyard. Of course it's grown back now and we need to do it again and we'll be out of town for the next several weekends. 
  • Clean the house. We cleaned for a cookout we had early in the month and since then we've both been out of town so it's a mess. Again. 
Here are my goals for September:
  • Continue training for the half marathon. It's October 3rd and I know it will be here before I know it. Since I'm going to be out of town the next couple weekends, I'm going to have to run double digit miles during our trips. This is a must, no ifs ands or buts about it.i
  • Clean the house. This isn't always easy since we're single parenting during the week and out of town on the weekends, but the clutter and mess is affecting my anxiety and I NEED it to be clean.
  • Start planning Cecily's birthday party. Her birthday is at the end of October, but I don't want it to sneak up on me like everything else has seemed to this year. I have ideas of what I want to do, but I need to put them in motion. 
Aaand that's it really. It's going to be crazy around here until after Ewan's birthday in January and I just need to get through without losing the rest of my sanity. 

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

I Owe My Son an Apology

We've had a rough couple of mornings at my house. Alan is out of town this week for work and while I pack lunches the night before, it's been a struggle to get myself and both kids ready and out the door to Pre-k and daycare and get to work on time. 

Today he asked me, "Mommy, why are you always yelling at me and making me sad?" I immediately felt like crap. Ewan and I go round and round a lot because we are so much alike. The past two mornings have been filled with tantrums about how he doesn't like his shirt to his socks don't fit into his shoes to insisting that I put black beans instead of blueberries in his oatmeal. All the while taking up precious time before we need to leave and resulting in me just picking him up and carrying him to the car while he's screaming. 

Today I woke up extra early and was really making a conscious effort to be patient and not let my exasperation show. While I was definitely frustrated this morning, I didn't think I was yelling. However, I will do better. I realize that single parents do this all the time - and it's HARD - and I also realize that I can't always be his friend, that I must also be his parent. But, I never want my kids to feel like all I do is yell at them. I grew up in a house full of yelling and it sucked. Really and truly. I don't want my kids to grow up in that situation. 

Ewan, I am so sorry. I forget sometimes that while you may seem like such a big kid, you are still a little guy. 

I love you so much and I don't want you to think all I do is yell at you. You are my baby boy and I love you to the stars and back. Don't ever forget that little man. 

Photo Credit: Roesner Photography

It's Ok August 18, 2015

It's ok...that I got horribly chafed while running my long run on Sunday.

It's ok...that I am continually astonished that I am able to run not only a mile, but seven. 

It's ok...that I purchased a gift from my cousin's wedding registry this past weekend only to find out that someone else gave it to them at their other shower. 

It's ok...that my favorite person won Next Food Network Star. 

It's ok...that I'm on my own with this kids this week.

It's ok...that I am completely exhausted!

What's ok with you this week?

Monday, August 17, 2015

Have You Ever Been to Painting with a Twist?

At Painting with a Twist, everyone comes together for a unique experience that includes friends, paint and music, alcohol is optional. Led by local art instructors, you paint on 16" by 20" canvases using supplies provided by the studio. There are more than 5,000 original pieces of copyrighted artwork, which have been conceptualized and produced by Painting with a Twist art instructors. Friends gather for an evening of laughs, creativity and camaraderie as they create one-of-a-kind pieces of art to take home and, often, discover a newfound talent. In addition to the scheduled classes, Painting with a Twist also offers private parties for team buildings, bachelorettes, bridal, corporate, birthdays, sororities etc.

Painting with a Twist started from humble beginnings in 2007 when two enterprising women - Cathy Deano and Renee Maloney - started doing their part to rebuild their Hurricane Katrina-devastated community. From there it has grown to the biggest paint studio franchise with over 250 studios and counting and over 2 million customers.

Painting with a Twist painting sessions are more than just a fun night out - it's a hands-on, relaxing activity where you can connect on an emotional level. After creating your own beautiful paintings, you feel like you have truly accomplished something and conquered any fears about art. It's also a great place to connect with your kids and be a kid yourself. There are over 1,000 kid friendly paintings that can challenge kids to be creative and appreciate art. We also put together kids camps where kids can immerse themselves into half a day sessions and learn about art, artists, paint mediums and come home with their own acrylic on canvas masterpieces. Kid friendly classes are 1 1/2 hrs long and cost $25 per canvas.

My readers get $5 off your second scheduled visit here. I LOVE this kind of stuff and can't wait to go. Hopefully I'll see you there!

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

First Day of Pre-K

Tuesday was Ewan's first day of Pre-k. I have had butterflies for him for probably a week now and I figured that he would just walk on in and not need his mommy like he did last year. 

While he did walk on in, he seemed a little more overwhelmed this year. He's pretty shy when he's in a new situation and will usually hug me or hide behind me, just like I used to do.

And yes, when we walked away, I totally teared up. One of the teachers asked how we were doing and I told her I was trying really hard not to cry. I know I will lose it when he goes to kindergarten next year. 

All I could think about today was how he was doing. I figured he would be fine, but I couldn't wait to go pick him up and hear all about his day. He was so excited to see me and couldn't wait to show me what he made in class. He already was talking about a new friend he made, Evan, and how he was able to play with one of the kids from his class last year. 

I'm so happy that he had a great day and am looking forward to the many adventures this year will bring!

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

It's Ok August 11, 2015

...that Ewan started Pre-K today.

...that I know Ewan will be fine, but I have had butterflies for him for over a week.

...that Cecily has refused to go to bed and been up until 9:30-10 almost every day for the past two weeks.

...that I am so over her shenanigans (don't I say this every week?)

 ...that it's cooler this week and I am so excited.

What's ok with you this week?

Monday, August 10, 2015

I Went Half Crazy

I really did.

On Friday morning I registered for the Evansville Half Marathon.I was supposed to rum the YMCA 10k this past weekend and it didn't happen because I've been sick and didn't feel like I was prepared to run 6.2 miles. But, I was pretty mad that I wasn't doing it and planned on attempting 6.2 on my own sometime over the weekend. Well, I was mad enough that I decided to go to the half anyway. 

I'm still kind of like "What did I just dooo?!" but at the same time, it's the motivation I needed to really work on building up my mileage. I've been following the Team 13 (a local YMCA running group that gets you ready for the half) training schedule on my own but now I really gotta do it. 

And guess what? I went from never running more than four miles to running 6.13 yesterday. Am I sore today? You bet! It was all I could do to climb the stairs at work today because my thighs hurt so bad. But I'm so proud of myself for doing it, even if Alan did call me a stinky wet dog when I got back :-) 

I really want to order a special shirt to wear during the half (hint hint Alan) and have started pinning a few on Pinterest. 

Which one do you think I should get?

Thursday, August 6, 2015

My Yogurt Really Is Plenti

As I have started running more and more, I have noticed that I seem to be hungrier and hungrier. Especially during the afternoons at work and after a workout. Sometimes I feel like I'm going to eat myself out of house and home!

I strive to be really conscious of what I put into my body and that usually means for a snack I'll wind up with fruit or seeds or possibly some cheese and rice crackers if I'm feeling daring. So, you better believe I was super excited with my latest grocery store discovery, Plenti Greek Yogurt

I picked up the flavors above to try, but it also comes in black cherry, blueberry, coconut, raspberry and vanilla. I already put flax in almost everything and have a bag of pumpkin seeds in my desk at work to snack on through the day. Since it's packed full of goodness, Plenti gives me an added boost of flavor and protein, as well as energy. I love that it's just one serving and something I can grab quickly to put in the lunch bag or eat after a workout. Oh yeah, it's also gluten free - another plus. Feel free to check out Plenti's Instagram page here.

So far I have just tried the strawberry and it was really good.

I can't wait to try the other flavors I picked up after my workouts the rest of this week...if I don't have to fight the kids for them that is!

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

It's Ok August 4, 2015

...that Ewan's last full week of daycare is this week and then he starts Pre-k.

...that I am so over this hacking cough crap.

...that I've become addicted to that Bear Grylls show where he takes celebrities into the wild.

...that I'm ready for cooler temps.

...that I don't have much this week!

What's ok with you?

Sunday, August 2, 2015

Band on the Run 5k

Yesterday I walked/ran my third 5k. Yes, you read that right, I walked. Willingly. All this past week I have had a horrible cold and spent the majority of today on the couch. But, I had registered myself and the kids for this race a few weeks ago and I knew how disappointed they would be if they didn't get to do the kids dash. Plus, I knew how disappointed I would be if I didn't at least show up and walk. 

My plan was to start out running and see what happened. I knew it wasn't going to be my best effort and I figured I would end up walking the majority of it. The only goal I had was to get back in time to see the kids run. 

When I saw the hills outside of the stadium, I made a decision. I was going to run the downhill and flat sections and walk uphill. And you know what? Even with having a cold and walking, I still finished almost a minute faster than my first 5k at the beginning of June. 

I don't care that I was last in my age group or that I was almost last out of those that registered as runners. Because I went out there and did it, even sick. I set an example for my kids by showing up and finishing something, even if it's hard and you're feeling bad. I can't wait until I no longer have this hacking cough and can get back out there full force.
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