Monday, June 29, 2015

I wasn't going to waste it

I wasn't about to waste such a pretty morning and not run outside. Although the humidity is close to 80%, the temperature was only 77 degrees during my run, which is quite a difference from the 99 degrees we've had here lately.

I managed to run 4 miles in just over 33 minutes then headed inside the gym to do a quick back and biceps work out.

Now that I'm feeling fit(ter) it's time to rescue the boys from childcare and head to Publix.

Happy Monday everyone!


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Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Anderson's Nursery

Anderson is almost 4 months old and I'm finally putting up some pictures of his nursery.  This might be my favorite room of the whole house ... it is a calming gray color scheme with pops of white and yellow.


I finally splurged and got a real deal comfortable rocker.  It is definitely worth it after logging so many breastfeeding hours.

The changing table is the same one we used in Mason's nursery ... we just went ahead and bought the same dresser since Mason kept his. 

The black out curtains have been key in keeping the sun and summer heat out.

I love the gray utility cart from Ikea.  We took the wheels off the bottom so that it stays put.  It holds diapers, extra crib sheets, blankets, wipes, and random creams and ointments.

We didn't use bumpers in Mason's crib but Anderson has been known to stick his arm or leg out the slats so I invested in some breathable bumpers from Target.

The white pillow with yellow pom-poms is one of my favorite additions in the room.  It was made (with love) by my mom.


 I decided to forgo the ottoman that went with the rocker from PBK and went with a yellow pouf from CB2.  It adds such a fun pop of color and is quite comfortable to prop my feet up.
I ordered some prints from Paperrama (etsy shop) and love how they turned out.  They look great in the white Ribba frames from Ikea.

 My friend Katie purchased this awesome Penguin print for Anderson.  She also gifted us the LOVE stroller blanket that is on the rocker.   
We had to get Anderson his own "anywhere" chair from Pottery Barn Kids.  I got it embroidered at a local shop.
I love the addition of these simple Ikea ledges to hold a few books, a family photo, and some toys.  And of course more penguins.

 The "you are my sunshine" is a definite theme throughout the room and is featured in 2 different pieces of artwork, along with the whole YELLOW addition.
 A few more toys and books are held in the Catalina nightstand from PBK that goes with the dresser and changing table.  The gray felt basket hold a few toys, Sophie the giraffe, and a really thoughtful photo album my friend Steph gifted Anderson.   
The lanterns were purchased from Hobby Lobby and add a whimsical touch to the nursery.  They are replacing a more traditional mobile on the crib and I think Anderson will enjoy staring up at them.

And that's it!  I love spending time in this room and hope Anderson does too. 

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

No snake sighting!

Hallelujah! I survived a 2.5 mile run this morning along the greenway without seeing a snake. Whew. I'm sure if I would've extended my run further I would've encountered one. Gross.

I listened to a new to me Pandora radio station, Dr. Dre. The beats kept me motivated and I managed a sub 8 minute mile pace for the first time in a long time for the duration of the run.



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Monday, June 22, 2015

Smashburger - Cheeseburger review


Normally I eat a cheeseburger the night before a race.  One exception has been recently during the NoDa 5k.  Since the race occurred at 6pm instead of in the morning, I opted to have my cheeseburger AFTER the race.
 
I had only eaten at Smashburger once and ordered a salad (we were there for lunch).  I was excited to try this place after my race since they offered online ordering and we were headed home with two tired kiddos.
 
As Ryan drove, I was quickly able to order and pay for two burgers with sides all from my iPhone.  When we arrived at Smashburger I had to wait a few minutes for my order but was pleasantly surprised at how quickly they expedited the food orders.

I ordered the "classic smash:" American cheese, Smash Sauce, ketchup, lettuce, tomato, pickles & onion on an egg bun.
*except I asked for no lettuce and tomato

My side was an order of their French fries, which happen to be my favorite type of fry ... thin, shoestring, and crispy

The burger was great for a "chain" burger.  I definitely should've ordered a double smash though ... the single patty was not enough for this hungry girl. 

I recommend trying out Smashburger if you haven't had the chance.  They offer a ton of different toppings and burger options and the French fries can't be beat!

3 things that sped up my run

on Saturday I was able to take my run outdoors instead of running around an indoor track.  I headed to the local greenway to knock out 4 miles. 

By the time I started my run it was close to 100 degrees out.  Not only was it super hot, it was really humid (based on Charlotte norms, not Florida).  As I ran along the partially paved path a HUGE snake slithered across.  I don't care if it was JUST a black garden snake; the thing was at least 2 feet long and still super scary and gross.

1.  heat
2.  humidity
3.  large snakes

Those are the 3 things that made me want to finish my run faster than normal.  Unfortunately I've lost quite a bit of speed since my right foot was injured and didn't finish as quickly as I would've liked but all in all it was a good (albeit sweaty) run.

How's everyone else handling the summer heat? 

Monday, June 8, 2015

Noda 5k recap



This past Saturday, June 6th, I ran the NoDa 5k for my 2nd year in a row.  There's just something about getting rewarded with beer that really motivates me to run.  I was worried about running in this race because I was getting over my foot injury, but felt that I would take it easy if needed.
 
The race was scheduled to start at 6pm but ran about 5 minutes late ... I think because of the train schedule?  I could be completely wrong, just guessing.  At this point in the day it was already 90 degrees and super humid.  It was gross and hot and I felt like I was melting during the run. 
 
Ryan and the boys were driving around town waiting for me to finish ... they had dropped me off 10 minutes before the race start.  Knowing that they were waiting on me pushed me to run a little faster. 
 
I somehow managed to finish the race in 23:20 minutes ... I was the 67th runner to cross the finish line.  I was the 10th female finisher, and even placed 3rd in my age group
Although I ran the race 1:09 minutes slower than last year, I still had a great time.  The race shirts were awesome (triblend racerback tanks for the chicks) and every finisher received a medal with a bottle opener.  Plus there were 2 cold beers waiting for me! 

I can't wait to run this race next year!

Three months - Anderson

Three days late ... I can't seem to post these monthly updates on time.  At this point I can barely find time to shower, especially on days when Ryan is out of town.  Being a "single" parent for any amount of time for any amount of children is hard.  I give mad credit to those who do it all the time ... fortunately I only have to deal with Ryan being out of town 3 days a week, 2-3 weeks out of the month.  But those days when it is just me, the three-nager, and the infant, oh and the needy family dog, THINGS ARE HARD. 

Anyways this isn't an update on how I handle raising you and your brother when dad is out of town ... this is an update on my big THREE MONTH OLD. 

Anderson puts up with a lot.  And usually he does it with a smile or with minimal fuss.  He's such a trooper all day long, being toted back and forth wherever we go because of Mason.  I'm hoping this will develop into his personality as he grows up ... just a laid back dude.


 
We've had a lot of fun taking the boys to the pool so far this summer.  Anderson usually sleeps in his car seat and then I feed him underneath a huge pool umbrella.  
He's been eating every 3-5 hours and sleeping longer stretches at night.  We've gotten some 5-6 hour stretches which is encouraging but are still struggling with naps during the day.  If he's out and about with us he sleeps well in the carseat but at home it's hard to get him to sleep longer than 45 minutes. 

Anderson has pretty dry skin and has been diagnosed with eczema which SUCKS.  His skin is in a constant state of irritation.  His cradle cap is almost 100% gone, but that also means so is most of his hair.  As the scales would fall off, so would patches of the hair. 

He's been "talking" to us which is fun to listen to.  Just a bunch of baby babble.  Can't wait until he says mama for the first time.  He's also been holding up his head so much better ... Ryan has already introduced the "Bumbo" for other seating arrangements. 

 
I know everyone says that time goes by too quickly, which is true, but it doesn't mean I'm not looking forward to all of the other milestones you'll hit soon.