Wednesday, July 30, 2014

28 months ... 2 1/3 years

I can't believe its been 4 months since my last Mason update.  I guess I've been too busy chasing after him to sit down and type.

Anyways ... our monster is such a toddler.  Sometimes I'm convinced he's a 5 year old already.  He seems like a big boy but can still show me his baby side by asking for "up" (for me to carry him).  Trust me it's not like I want my baby boy to grow up quickly ... it's just happening on its own and I'm just witnessing it.

  • Mason is over 3 feet tall ... I would guess 38 inches
  • he weighs around 35 pounds
  • wears size 2-3 in clothes and size 8-8.5 in shoes
  • he still takes 1 nap (most days) for 2-3 hours and sleeps from 8:30p-6:30a IN HIS CRIB!  we are in no hurry to switch him to a big boy bed.  he hasn't asked and we're not going to offer.  his crib is by far the safest place for him to be contained/caged.
  • we started a loose form of potty training sometime in May.  he started wearing big boy undies while at home this past week.  he's had a couple of accidents while at home but for the most part will go peepee and poop on the potty, either when asked or on his own.  he wears a pull up while we are out and will always go potty during errands or while at restaurants ... sometimes multiple times during the meal to escape the high chair.  he still wears diapers during naps and at night and pees during those times which makes us believe he is still not quite ready to be completely potty trained.  we still have time and are in no hurry ... he'll let us know when he's completely ready (I hope).  
  •  Mason loves going to the park, pool, gym ... basically anywhere.  He's just like his mama, always on the go.  
  • he's been talking a lot more and in {almost} complete sentences.  you can actually have a conversation with him and walk away knowing what he was telling you.  
  • he counts to 5 in Spanish which is ADORABLE, and knows some colors and objects in Spanish (he says amarillo - yellow, and its hysterical)
  • he counts to 22 (random I know) in English, occasionally missing "7" or "13" ... who needs those numbers anyways?  
  • Mason can identify so many letters and objects and tries to sing his "ABC's"
  • he also likes to sing "Humpty Dumpty" and "Twinkle Twinkle Little Star"
  • I'm basically an obsessed/proud mama and love to tell anyone/everyone how special Mason is.  we're so blessed that he gets along with everyone.  teachers and caregivers at the gym are always complimenting us on how well-behaved and what a good helper our little guy is.  
  • oh and he's still obsessed with cleaning ... loves to help with laundry, mopping, vacuuming, wiping down the table, basically any form of cleaning.
  • the boy can eat ... which is clearly impacting our grocery bills.  no complaints about his healthy appetite from me.  he's growing big and strong and needs all of those nutrients.  he drinks unsweetened, unflavored coconut milk for breakfast and after naps.  he likes bananas, apples, grapes, and most other fruits.  he can an entire cheeseburger on his own (it's impressive).  he's embraced pasta and spaghetti lately.  he loves meatballs, hummus, guacamole, turkey sausage.  he'll drink my entire smoothie if given the chance.  he still has NOT had juice or sugary candy ... I know he'll have plenty of time for that when he's a little older.
 
And that's about it ... Mason is a cool kid who makes me laugh all day long.  He is so wild and active which makes days with him exhausting, but I wouldn't trade it in for anything.  

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

I couldn't help myself

... But I probably shouldn't have ran today.

I've been sick since Sunday with a cold and haven't run since Friday morning. Mason hasn't played with kids since camp ended so I brought him to the YMCA for some daycare and downtime for sick mama.

Unfortunately I can't be at the gym with sneakers on and not run. So I did a slow 2 miles on the outdoor track for something to do ... 2 minutes walking, 3 minutes jogging for 20 minutes.

And now my chest feels like it's imploding on itself. Who gets a cold in the summer? This girl.

Here's to resting while Mason naps this afternoon. Fingers crossed I kick this cold soon!


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Sunday, July 27, 2014

what's on the race horizon

one of my favorite parts of running is the chance to participate in organized races.  I love competing against other runners ... it helps motivate me to train harder.

this summer has been H.O.T. here in Charlotte.  So far I've only run in 2 races (NoDa 5k back in June and RFYL July 4th 4 miler Spectacular earlier this month).  the thought of racing during these muggy and humid days makes me break out in a sweat.  

ordinarily I would've already been signed up for a race in August but so far I haven't found anything that I truly want to race. 

in the past I've run the OrthoCarolina Classic 10k and Yiasou Greek festival 5k, both in August.  this time I think I'll let Ryan run one of those events (both are on 8/23) and will set my sights on a new to me race ...

Sundae Run 5k  Race Website   
I like that there is a later start time ... makes it easier to drag Mason and Ryan out to cheer me on.  I also like that there is ice cream involved!  Plus the swag bag looks pretty neat.  and it seems like it can be a "no pressure" race for myself.

in September I would like to run another 5k if it works out schedule wise.  if not I would be ok with taking a break from races for a while.  

what races are on the horizon for you guys?

Thursday, July 24, 2014

My first Berrybrook experience

After finishing 6.25 sweaty miles I quickly refueled with a homemade blueberry muffin I brought from home. Yet I was still hungry and started craving a cold creamy smoothie.




I had driven by Berrybrook Farm a million times and never popped in. Today I stopped by and ordered a "funky monkey" (almond milk, walnuts, banana, maple syrup) and enjoyed my experience.


Such a tasty and simple smoothie! It definitely hit the spot.

Monday, July 21, 2014

A weekend of workouts

On Saturday and Sunday I completed both workouts at the Harris YMCA. Both days were overcast/rainy so our usual family pool day was out.

Instead Ryan and I dropped Mason off at the childcare Saturday morning so he could let off some steam with the other kids. Ryan and I headed outside to the outdoor track and completed a little over 3 miles before working out inside with the weights.

On Sunday I wasn't really in the mood to run so I headed to a yoga class while Mason napped.



The class was slow and relaxing and worked on a bunch of hip stretches which I enjoyed. I found myself drifting off to sleep and left feeling super relaxed.

I love having so many exercise options at our gym. After dropping off Mason today at camp I plan on heading to the YMCA to run on the indoor track since the humidity level outside is out of control.

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Two times two

The past two mornings after Mason's drop off at camp, I've knocked out a quick 2 miles around the neighborhood.

Yesterday I was in a rush to finish my run so that I wouldn't be late to Y readers. It was week 4 of volunteering and I guess that meant my kids were comfortable enough with me to call me out on wearing the same shirt as I wore the week before.
"Do you wear that shirt everyday?"

Um no 6 year old I don't. But thanks for noticing.

This morning I wore a DIFFERENT shirt but only because I hadn't done laundry yet.




Both runs were done during a crisp 70 degree morning. It's crazy to me that I was able to enjoy such cool temperatures in the middle of July. I still managed to get super sweaty though.

Looking forward to higher mileage next week. I don't want to push my knee too hard too quick (pun intended) and ultimately injure myself again.

Zack's Hamburgers

I can't even believe Zack's Hamburgers has a website, but I guess nowadays every place has one.  The place just seems so old school to believe in something like that.

On Tuesday afternoon I twisted Ryan's arm and dragged him over to this new to us spot for lunch.  For you Charlotte readers Zack's Hamburgers is located on the corner of Scaleybark and South Blvd.

 


Ryan ordered the Zack's special and I ordered a double cheeseburger with a side of onion rings:










After adding 2 sweet tea's and a tip, our meal was approximately $17.  Not too shabby for lunch.  

I was pleasantly surprised that my double cheeseburger automatically came without tomatoes ... I've always thought tomatoes did not belong on a burger.  The iceburg lettuce was a bit wilted and yellowed, but the special sauce (thousand island dressing) totally pushed it over the top in a good way.  

The restaurant has been serving Queen City residents hamburgers since 1975 which is super impressive to me.  

The burger and onion rings were tasty.  Dining at Zack's was definitely a step up from McDonald's but not a gourmet burger that you find at other restaurants I've reviewed.  It's a perfect option when you're looking to spend less than $10 on your meal and want something a little nicer than fast food.  There was a huge crowd when we left around noon which goes to show you how popular Zack's really is. 

Zack's is a place that I would stop by again for a quick and tasty meal ... you should too!