Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Weekened Recap (05/24 - 05/28)

Gotta love holiday weekends, right?  This one turned out to be longer than the anticipated three-day weekend for us, but the reason wasn't a happy one.

Matt's dad, Larry, passed away on Tuesday May 22nd after a valiant battle with brain cancer.  We knew it was coming, but that didn't stop it from being difficult.  His viewing was Thursday the 24th and the funeral was Friday the 25th. 

Thursday May 24
I worked a 1/2 day (7-11), picked up the boys and headed to Elwood.  We arrived around 2:30 to Matt's mom's house.  We headed to the funeral home.  There were a couple ladies from Joyce's church who were in the children's room and they watched the kids so we could focus on the viewing.  Matt's old boss and good friend Mike Girardot came from up near Fort Wayne.  His old friend Jack and his wife, Melissa, came from Noblesville.  But the one that I think meant the most was his current boss and a customer service associate (Matt LOVES this guy, talks about him all the time) came from Champaign, Illinois, just for the viewing.  It was so thoughtful of them.  After four long hours on our feet, we all headed home (Matt and I to my parents' house) for some sleep. 

Friday May 25
We all met up at Joyce's house around 10:15.  Joyce's sister, brothers, and father had gotten in the night before.  Despite the circumstances, it was very nice to see them.  We headed back to the funeral home for the service at 11.  The service was very nice.  Several pastors from the ministerial association spoke and it was all very beautiful.  It was very difficult as well.  After the service, Larry was laid to rest in a quiet cemetery about 100 feet behind tee station #2 of the Elwood golf course, which is where he always said he wanted to be buried.  There was a funeral dinner afterwards, which my parents attended to help us watch the boys (my parents are such wonderful people, I must say!).  After the dinner, Matt and I (and the boys, of course) went back to Joyce's house to spend a little more time with the out-of-town relatives, and we headed out towards Ohio around 4 pm.  We all got home around 7, got the boys bathed and in bed, and Matt and I enjoyed a few peaceful minutes on the porch swing.

Saturday May 26
I had gotten to bed around 10, so I got up at 6:15 and went for a run.  It felt good, since it had been almost two weeks since my last run.  When I got home, Matt and Hendrix were in the kitchen getting breakfast.  I told Matt to go back to bed since it was his birthday, so he did.  Hendrix and I watched a little TV, and I got dressed and in housework-mode.  Wade and Amy were coming later than afternoon, and through all the chaos of Matt being gone and me being the sole parent for the past week, the house had somewhat fallen apart.  Matt got up around 8:30 and Jamers got up around 9.  We cleaned and straightened, Matt mowed, I did laundry, I scoured the bathroom, I did dishes, Matt helped fold laundry.......we were a housework whirlwind for a few hours!  The Kanes arrived around 4.  We grilled out and after dinner we all walked down to the river.  It hasn't rained in a few weeks, and the river is really low right now so we walked along the river bed.  The kids loved it!  After that, we got our boys to bed, and sat around a little fire in the backyard, and had a few drinks.  It was relaxing and enjoyable.

Sunday May 27
Wade and Matt had gone to bed late, so they slept until 10:30 am.  Amy and I were up with the kids.  We tried to go play at the park, but it was 90 degrees at 11 am, so we were only there for about 15 minutes and came back home.  We drove to Bowling Green for some Mexican food, and when we got home, Jameson napped and Amy and I sat on the deck while Hendrix and Kenna played in the sprinkler and the little pool.  I got a little color to my skin, which is nice.  Wade and Matt went fishing, which was a new experience for Matt.  I think he enjoyed it though.  We all walked down to the river again later that evening.  After the boys were in bed, the Kanes headed out and I went to bed around 9:45.

Monday May 28
Monday was another scorcher.  I stayed inside the majority of the day.  I baked a batch of cookies and caught up on laundry.  Hendrix kept begging to go outside, and didn't really understand that it was too hot to be outside non-stop.  He was upset that he had to keep coming inside for cool-down breaks.  Matt and he went to Home Depot late morning and I messed around with icing my cookies.  When they got back, we had a quick lunch, then watched a movie and played in the living room for a couple hours.  After that, Matt and Hendrix installed white rope lights around our deck.  It looks really nice and I look forward to using the deck this weekend when it's not so hot! We grilled chicken and corn on the cob for dinner.  We also had ranch roasted red potatoes.  Mmmmm.  After dinner we got the boys to bed and I crashed at 9 pm myself.  It was a long weekend.

Now it's back to the grind. Thank goodness it's a short week, though!  We're travelling again this weekend for Matt's niece's 1st birthday party. I look forward to seeing family, but am 100% dreading loading back up in the car for another 6 hours (both ways).  If you could see me now, you'd see me cringe.

But is what it is.  Hope everyone has a blessed week, and I apologize for my absence lately.  Hopefully the craziness is gone from our life for a while and we can enjoy summer now that it's finally here!

Fitness 2012: Week 21 (May 20 - 26)

These past few weeks have been crazy.  Matt's dad has been very ill with brain cancer, and he passed away on Tuesday (5/22/12).  Matt has been travelling back and forth between Ohio and Indiana, and I've been taking care of the boys on my own.  It's been exhausting to say the least.

I've been doing my best to keep up with my fitness. 

Sunday May 20: Rest

Monday May 21:  30 minutes on the elliptical

Tuesday May 22:  Rest

Wednesday May 23:  20 minutes on the elliptical and errands on my lunch break

Thursday May 24:  Headed to Indiana for the viewing

Friday May 25:  In Indiana for the funeral

Saturday May 26:  ran 4.05 miles

Miles for the week: 4.05
Miles for May: 16.35
Miles for 2012: 145.90

Friday, May 18, 2012

Fitness 2012: Week 20 (May 13 - May 19)

Sunday May 13:  Rest

Monday May 14
*  30 minutes on elliptical ~ about 350 calories burned
*  I weighed myself in at 134 lbs.  That's probably the lowest I've been since I was about 16!

Tuesday May 15:
* Rest

Wednesday May 16:
* Rest

Thursday May 17:
* 2 mile walk and jog combo with the double-loaded jogging stroller

Friday May 18:
* 30 minutes on the elliptical, 360-ish calories burned

Saturday May 19
* Rest - travelled to Indiana to see Matt's dad, Larry.

Update: Eating and exercise changes

Remember here, where I talked about how, after my half-marathon, that my exercise and eating habits were going to change?  I thought I'd update everyone on how that's going for me.

Let me say, healthful eating, and eating smaller portions is challenging!  BUT, it's definitely do-able, if you want physical changes badly enough.  There have been days where I've cheated, no doubt.  But I've just concentrated on eating smaller meals/snacks every few hours throughout the day and drinking at least 64 ounces of water each day, and it's been pretty successful.

Some of the things I eat as snacks are:
hard boiled egg
cheese and crackers
fresh fruit
string cheese

I've learned that - though it's something that takes practice and getting used to - that you can truly feel satisfied by eating small portions more often.  Now - that being said - when I say that you can feel more satisfied, I'm taking about hunger level.  You're definitely not going to feel satisfied in terms of sugar or salt cravings, and there in lies the challenge.  I've definitely missed my sugar, and I've let myself have smaller amounts some days.  But my sugar intake has been drastically reduced and I'm slowly but surely getting used to that.  But in terms of my hunger level - I'm not hungry.  Definitely not "full," but my stomach isn't growling, and my blood sugar remains at a more consistent level, rather than dropping and giving me that light-headed, grouchy feeling.

Drinking water has also helped immensely, which I knew it would.  There are times that your body tells you it's hungry (stomach growling, etc) when it's really just in need of hydration.  I have a 32 ounce water bottle at my desk at work and I make sure to fill and empty it at least twice a day.

In terms of my exercise, I haven't been doing as well as I'd like, but life has been a bit chaotic lately.  I've still been going on at least one run each week, and I've been utilizing the elliptical machine and resistance weights at work on my lunch breaks.

Ready for the weigh-in? 

I weighed myself today right before my workout and weighed 134.5!  That's the lowest weight I've been at since I was probably 16! I'm super excited, and motivated to continue to see if I can make it to 130.  I'm happy where I am, and won't beat myself up if I can't get there, but I'm going to try! :o)

Monday, May 14, 2012

Fitness 2012: Week 19

Sunday May 6:  Rest - was on my mini-vacation in Illinois with my family.

Monday May 7: Rest - travelling home from Illinois

Tuesday May 8:  Rest in terms of exercise, but I spent the day cleaning house, so I'm sure that burned a few extra calories!

Wednesday May 9: 30 minutes on elliptical at work (362 calories)

Thursday May 10: 30 minutes on elliptical at work (357 calories)

Friday May 11: 4 mile run (? calories - haven't downloaded the run yet!)

Saturday May 12: No exercise, but I painted and cleaned out our camper and re-organized the coat closet.  I guarantee calories were burned in these endeavors!

Miles for the week: 4
Miles for May: 10.3
Miles for 2012: 139.85

Weekend Recap (May 11-13)

Friday May 11:
Matt had gotten home around midnight Thursday night from his 2nd trip to Indiana last week (his dad has brain cancer and was put on hospice last weekend), so him and I hadn't seen much of each other in the past few days.  Unfortunately, there was still a lot to be accomplished.  He and the boys met me at a welding and hitch shop to drop off the escape to have the hitch put on it.  After that, we grabbed McDonald's (only cause Hendrix had to go #2 - otherwise we wouldn't have stopped! LOL) and headed home. I had planned on jumping into housework Friday evening, but Matt had gotten all the laundry caught up and had cleaned the bathroom while I was at work on Friday.  How awesome!  So I gave the boys their baths, and Matt put them to bed on his own so that I could run.  I got in 4 miles, and it felt very good to do so!  After that, Matt and I had a couple beers and sat on the front porch and talked a bit.  I showered and went to bed around 10.

Saturday May 12
Little feet came padding into our bedroom right at 7 am on Saturday.  I got up with Hendrix, and after he got over his 7:02 AM tantrum, he was pretty good for the day.  We spent the majority of the day outside.  I went out early by myself and finished painting the inside of our camper.  It's not beautiful by any means, but it looks a lot better than it did.  After I gave the paint time to dry, I took Hendrix out with me and we cleaned it out really well.  I scrubbed the floor and scoured the cooktop.  We put all the mattresses back in and attempted to make a bed rail so Jameson doesn't roll out of the bed (yet to be determined if it will work).  Then, we folded up the camper.  We took a walk downtown and along the river because the weather was so gorgeous.  When we got home, Matt and I were hungry so we lit the grill and made pork chops and grilled asparagus.  I cut up and seasoned some potatoes and those roasted in the oven while the meat and veggies cooked on the grill.  It was quite the tasty meal!  After dinner, we went back downtown and got some ice cream. :)  When we got home, we made a fire in the fire pit out back, to get Hendrix used to the idea of a hot fire, since we're going to be camping this summer.  We sat around the fire and enjoyed the rest of our ice cream.  Then it was bed time.  After the boys were in bed, Matt and I sat on the front porch again and just enjoyed the weather a bit more.

Sunday May 13
I played the keyboard for second service on Sunday, and had practice at 7 am.  So I got up around 5:30, showered, and headed out.  After practice, I went home and played with the kids while Matt showered and got ready.  We went to church, then grabbed Little Ceasar's pizza on the way home for my Mother's Day Feast.  Ha!  Hey, it was cheap and easy.  I liked it. :o)  After that, we tried to put on a movie and get Hendrix to sit still so we could doze while Jameson napped.  It kind of worked.  :)  After that, we just did house work and hung out until bath and bedtime.  After the boys were in bed, I did my usual "prepare-for-the-next-day" stuff and finally got to sit down around 10, which is my bedtime.  I enjoyed a few minutes of a foot rub and then called it a day.

This coming weekend, we are making a day-trip to Indiana on Saturday to see Larry (Matt's dad).  I'm not going to lie, I'm not looking forward to it.  I'm not saying that to be mean, either.  It's just going to be a day surrounded in sadness, and who wants that?  This whole hospice/cancer thing just stinks.

I hope everyone had a good weekend and can have a productive week!

I forgot to mention the most exciting part of the weekend!  Saturday and Sunday night we put Hendrix to bed in undies and he did super.  He's been waking up dry for a while, and I figured we were just wasting diapers.  I finally have a 100% potty trained boy now!  1/2 way done! LOL. :o)

A difficult, but necessary change for me...

Mid-week last week, I was reading an article, linked from Facebook, about how it is so common to see parents giving their kids half of their attention because they are so busy with their noses in their devices.  Whether it be a smart phone, a tablet, an e-reader, whatever..... You can read the article here.

Two things about this article really hit home, and left me with tears in my eyes:

1)     The article hit on parents giving their children a half-hearted "uh-huh," when their child shows them something they've made or can do, because the parent was too busy with their device to really pay attention to the child.

2)     The article hit on the child proudly bringing the device to the parent after it was left in the other room, like that child had done the parent a huge favor. 

It hurts to admit that I'm addicted to my iPhone.  But I must do it.  That little device is such a wealth of information and entertainment.  However, my children are growing up right before my eyes, and I don't want - for a second - for them to ever feel like I don't care about them or what's going on in their lives. 

So I challenged myself starting last week, after reading the article, to put my phone in my purse after work and not get it out until after the kids were in bed.  I'm sad to say I didn't do very well with it.  I could make excuses like Matt was out of town, his dad was put on hospice, and I was keeping my phone out for updates on the situation.......I could make excuses all day.  But the truth is, I could have heard the phone ring in my purse had Matt needed to get ahold of me.  If I was just keeping my phone out in case Matt called, then why was I sitting on the floor of the toyroom checking facebook while my kids played? Oh, it hurts so much to admit that this is the mom I've become.

I didn't do well over the weekend, either.  I would hear myself get a Facebook notification, or text message, and I'd tell myself I'd just check the message, then put the phone back away.  I'm not kidding, 10 minutes would pass before I'd realize that I was again immersed in the virtual world, only giving my kids half-hearted attention.  This is so heart-breaking, isn't it?

The good thing is that I realized - though not soon enough - what I was doing, and put my phone away several times, but the bad thing is that I failed at my first attempt at going tech-free, and kept finding myself drawn into the iPhone world once again.

So, with all of that being said (sigh - feels good to admit it, though I'm so embarrassed to admit it), I'm not giving up.  My kids deserve SO MUCH more than half of me. I'm just going to try harder.  As with any change you make in your life, it takes practice.  I'm not deleting my facebook, I'm not cancelling my data package with Verizon. But I AM going to be the engaged and present mommy that my boys need, and my "virtual friends" can hopefully understand if I don't respond as quickly as they're used to.

I've made myself a couple simple rules:

1) I can check my phone at the following times:
     6 am while I'm eating my breakfast
     On my lunch hour at work
     5 pm on my way home
     After the boys are in bed AND after I've had good quality time and conversation with my husband
This is 4 times a day.  Do I need to be filled in on the mundane details of people's lives more than 4 times a day?  Nah.

2) While at work, I leave the phone in my purse, but with the volume on.  I can check the phone if it's a text message or phone call, in case it's the babysitter.
     If the text/call is not from Angie (babysitter), it waits to be responded to until my lunch hour, or 5 pm.

It's really that simple.  It's sad that it's so hard to follow these rules, but it has to happen.  Hendrix has been a bit of a challenge lately, and part of that is him being a 2-year old, I know.  But part of me wonders if he's acting out because he's not getting the attention he needs from me.  We shall soon find out!

Real life is happening right in front of me. It's mid May.  The grass and the trees are a deep green, the flowers are blooming, the birds are chirping.  My kids are running around (well, half of them are, anyway!) and giggling right in front of me.  Why in the world would I even want to miss out on that because I'm staring at a backlit screen, reading words?  Hendrix says the funniest things!! I'm in utter dis-belief that my baby is a month away from his 1st birthday.  Wow.  I won't miss any more of these small moments.  I can't afford it.  Life is too short, and it moves at way to fast of a pace.

Who wants to join me in this tech-free, child-focused journey?  I'm guessing that the most amazing things will happen.....I can't wait. :o)

Thursday, May 10, 2012

Fitness 2012: Week 18 (Aptil 29 - May 5)

Sunday April 29:  3.2 mile run

Monday April 30:  Rest

Tuesday May 1: 3.3-ish mile run.
I'm not sure of the exact distance.  The first mile I ran, my garmin said I ran it in 6 minutes - yeah right!  I got to a point where I thought was about a 1/2 mile distance, and the watch said I was at .85 miles.  Soooo, not sure about distance or pace on this one.  This is a guess.  I ran for just over 30 minutes, and kept a decent pace, so we'll go with 3.3 here!!

Wednesday May 2:  Rest
Huge laundry day in preparation for packing for our trip to Illinois.  If doing laundry burns calories, I got in a workout here!

Thursday May 3: Rest
Planned on doing a 3 mile run here, but instead spent the evening in the emergency room.  You can read all about that fiasco here.

Friday May 4: Rest - travelling to Illinois.
Saturday May 5: 3.0 mile run

Miles for the week: 9.5
Miles for May : 6.3 (May began on Tuesday)
Miles for 2012: 135.85

Weekend Recap (May 4-8)

Bet you thought I forgot all about the blog, huh?  I didn't.  I've been MIA for the past week because my mom and I took the boys to Illinois for a long weekend trip to see Gigi.

Gigi is my mom's mom.  Her name is Carol.  When my niece, Rylee, was much younger, her and my sister thought G.G. - the abbreviation for great-grandma - was cute, and it stuck.  I love it!

To start the weekend, we spent Thursday evening in the emergency room.  What fun!  Hendrix was bumped into at the babysitter's house and fell off her porch.  His knee was cut open by a concrete step, and was pretty nasty, as you can see.

He was a total trooper about the whole thing, and was even giggling and talking to the nurse.

The doctor decided he could go with steri-tape instead of stitches, so that's what we did.  No one involved wanted to go the stitches route unless it was absolutely necessary.  The steri-tape was supposed to stay on for about a week, but decided to come off after 24 hours.  So now he has a nasty scab, which will turn into a nasty scar, I'm sure.  I'm pretty sure the childhood of a boy isn't complete until he has at least one scar though, right?

Friday, the boys and I headed out around 8 am towards Portland.  We got there around 10 am.  My big boy needed no potty stops, and had no accidents - so proud of that little man!  My mom worked until noon, but I wanted to give the boys time to get out of the car and run around and burn off some energy before we got back into the car for the long trip to Illinois.  We played outside, and had a light lunch at my mom's house.  She got there around 12:30.

The morning after laying his knee open, this guy was doing stunt jumps off the top of the fisher price slide.......I'm in for quite a few more ER trips, I have a feeling!

The rest of the picures - for whatever reason - are sideways and are not in the order in which I uploaded them into this blog, so I'll just recap, and you can look at the pictures afterwards, mmmmmK?

Friday night, we arrived in Galesburg, IL around 6:30 CST.  It took us about 6.5 hours from Portland which is phenomenal based on the fact that we had a potty trained 2.5 year old with us.  We all just went to bed shortly after we got to GG's.  We were tired after a VERY long day of travelling.

Saturday morning, I went out for a run, and had a light breakfast when I got back.  Then, GG and I headed to Knoxville, the next town over, because she needed a battery for her self-propelled lawn mower.  We got the battery, headed back, then my mom and I mowed her lawn for her.  Later that afternoon, we went to the Pizza House, which was my one food request.  This pizza is just sooooooo good!  We met my mom's cousin, her daughter, and her grandson there.  After pizza, we stopped by the store to get supplies for homemade ice cream.  Then we went back to GG's house, let the boys play, and I cracked open my bottle of wine for a little relaxation. 

Sunday morning, we took the boys to the park.  It was warming up fast, and I had forgotten to put sunscreen on them, so we didn't stay long.  They swang for a bit, then Hendrix played on the jungle gym for about 10 minutes.  GG had been asking me what I wanted to eat while I was there, and I had told her that the pizza was my request, but when I asked Hendrix what he wanted, he had requested french fries.  Silly boy! :)  So for lunch on Sunday, we grilled burgers and dogs, and GG made us french fries, and we had some baked beans as well.  It was all very tasty!  After lunch, I got down a big tub of old pictures.  I absolutely adore old pictures, and they're even more fascinating when they're of your own relatives and ancestors.  I took digital pictures of the hard copies and I hope to have an album made.  After that we made homemade ice cream, and my mom's cousin, daughter, and grandson came back over so we got to eat ice cream and visit with them for a bit longer.  It was nice.  After they left, I enjoyed some more wine, and we just hung out and played outside some more.  Mom and I then took turns getting all of our stuff together in order to make it a bit easier to get out the door on Monday morning to head back home.

Monday morning, GG and I were going to head out to the cemetery to see my grandpa's and uncle's graves, but it was raining, so we weren't able to do that.  Hopefully we can next time I'm there.  Mom and I headed out around 9 am (EST).  The trip went pretty well, despite 2 exhausted children, and we got to Portland a little before 4 pm.  My dad went and got us a bucket of KFC and we had an easy dinner at my mom and dad's house.  I let the kids play a bit, and we headed back on the road for the last leg of our trip around 6 pm.  Hendrix stayed awake until around Fort Wayne, then passed out.  He woke up about 20 minutes from home though, and he had had enough of that car.  He started crying and continued to cry the whole way home.  I felt so darn bad for him.  I understood his annoyance, but couldn't do anything about it.   We survived though, and made it home around 8 pm.  I gave both boys baths, and they went to bed.  I was NOT too far behind them!

It was a good weekend with family, but of course very tiring.  Travelling with young ones is something I don't wish to do very often! 

Jameson swinging at the park.

Jameson sitting on the picnic table at the park.

GG sitting on Hendrix's lap!

Jameson playing on the deck.

Jameson and GG having a chat.  LOL

Hendrix playing with his dump truck in the rocks.

Mom, Hendrix, and GG working on our ice cream!

Mmmmm....homemade ice cream in progress!

Jameson, Cameron, and Hendrix

My cousin, Allison, and I with our ice cream.

The most adorable Cameron.

The look on poor Jamers' face on the last leg - between Portland and Grand Rapids.  "Am I seriously STILL in this carseat?"