The Process and more

So tonight we finished up with swimming lessons for this two week period and she……PASSED!! YAY Sofie! So proud of her! Of course her reward she choose had to Red Velvet Cake…. I was good though! I didn’t even steal a bite! The thought did cross my mind however 😛

So my chaotic life can quiet back down now. *big sigh of relief*. So even with all the chaos the last two weeks I have managed to stay with my exercise program and not skip a beat! Now that swimming lessons are over, I can enjoy my runs/workouts and not feel like I’m missing out on family time.

Tonight as I did my yoga, Taylor was extremely entertaining! He was running around, squealing with laughter. I’m fairly sure it was all directed at me though. Haha! However he is such a sweet boy! As I was laying on my mat stretching, he would come over and kneel down by my head and lower his forehead to my lips. This is his way of “giving kisses.” Whenever you ask for a kiss, he leans in like that so you kiss his forehead. So he would run off with a huge smile on his face, turn around and run back for more kisses. Love this age!

As for my Facebook page, I’m excited to get my first challenge group under way in the next few weeks! I love helping and encouraging people and I love seeing the delight on their face as they reach their goals, whatever they maybe. These are my main reasons for being a therapist and wanting it to carry over and be a coach as well. It’s an awesome experience to get to be a part of. Here is to an awesome first challenge!

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I love the morning times

As a parent I love the early morning times before the kids wake up.  Not because I don’t love to hear their happy little voices in the morning, but because it gives me a chance to start my day and reflect upon what I would like to accomplish throughout the day.  As a mom, I’m always on the go, running around to various different activities:  work, school, babysitter, grocery shopping, gym, running events, swimming lessons, Girl Scouts and other various places.

I love being able to sit, drink my coffee, do an early morning workout, run if my husband is at home, or do other little odd ball things that are difficult when you have two little ones in tow.  Let’s face it as a mom you don’t even find peace and quiet going to the bathroom!  I mean there is ALWAYS that little hand poking under the door or someone sitting outside the door yelling “Mom!!  Can you help me with this??”

And with that I hear the “thud thud” I mean pitter patter of little feet saying “Mommy, I’m awake!  Come get me!”

Decisions, decisions, decisions…

Why is it some of the simplest of decisions are the hardest? Nothing serious or life changing…well not life changing for anyone else but myself that is. I’ve spent my last week trying to decide if I want to commit my time to more training or not for October. Granted it should pale in comparison to my half marathon training at the beginning of the year since it is only a 15k. ( who would have thought I would be saying “only a 15k!?!?) but 9.3 miles vs 13.1 miles. It’s under double digits easy as pie’ right!?! Alas, more time spent pounding the pavement, which I do enjoy, but more structured time I should say and in the heat at that, early morning or late at night, well late evening, where I’m having to watch out for snakes along the roadway! EEK!

Although when it’s time for the actual race, it SHOULD be cooler at least! *crosses fingers*. Plus it will probably be one of the last races for the year too, other than the Diva Dash in August.

Decisions, decisions, decisions….

Applesauce Oatmeal Pancakes

Another of my families favorite recipes. This one I’ve made for a few years now and have made several alterations along the way. To me, these tend to stick with you longer than normal pancakes. Plus they are just as good leftover and cold. Similar to oatmeal cookie.

1/2 C flour
1/2 C Oatmeal
1/2 C milk
1/4 C sugar
1/2 C applesauce
1 Tbsp Canola oil
1 Tsp baking powder
1/2 Tsp soda
2 egg whites

Directions:
Mix ingredients all together to make batter. Make pancakes like usual. Makes about 6 small 4-5″ pancakes.

My alterations:

Add in cinnamon to taste.
Used vanilla soy milk in place of milk. Most of the time I use skim milk
Splenda in place of sugar.
Used various different flavors of applesauce, most often cinnamon applesauce.
My family likes to top these with peanut butter, canned cherries and cool whip.

Fresh Corn & Tomato Fettuccine

So I tried a new recipe I found this week in my Taste of Home magazine. I knew this would be only something I liked, as my husband and kids are picky eaters. This recipe was so easy AND delicious! I did make a few alterations though.

My alterations:
3 tsp of olive oil. 2 tsp to cook green onion and peppers in and 1 for adding in later.
Used red, green, yellow, and orange sweet bell peppers
Grated Parmesan cheese in place of Feta cheese and only used about 1/3 cup.

Also thought about adding grilled chicken breast to it to add in some more lean protein.

8 ounces uncooked whole wheat fettuccine
2 medium ears sweet corn, husks removed
2 teaspoons plus 2 tablespoons olive oil, divided
1/2 cup chopped sweet red pepper
4 green onions, chopped
2 medium tomatoes, chopped
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper
1 cup crumbled feta cheese
2 tablespoons minced fresh parsley

Directions
In a Dutch oven, cook fettuccine according to package directions, adding corn during the last 8 minutes of cooking.
Meanwhile, in a small skillet, heat 2 teaspoons oil over medium-high heat. Add red pepper and green onions; cook and stir until tender.
Drain pasta and corn; transfer pasta to a large bowl. Cool corn slightly; cut corn from cob and add to pasta. Add tomatoes, salt, pepper, remaining oil and pepper mixture; toss to combine. Sprinkle with cheese and parsley. Yield: 4 servings.

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Vacation hangover

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Oh the joys of life the first few days after vacation….laundry, unpacking, transitioning back to a “normal” life, and that dreaded first day back to work. UGH! It makes you question if the whole vacation process is worth it. Than throw kids into the mix, and not only do you have you to transition back into a normal routine, but there is the kids too.

The older child has been easier since she is pretty self sufficient, however the “I’m out of school and don’t have to do anything” is getting a bit old.

Than we have the 13 month old who had just got adjusted going to a new babysitter, now does not want to go to the babysitter without tears once again at drop off. Hopefully this gets better as this was only day#2 of going back to the babysitter.

Than let’s add in mommy…tired and trying to catch up on sleep, even though I know you can’t really “catch up” on sleep, but I will use it! I think we averaged walking 8.5 miles every day and than dealing with a seven year old, four year old and a 13 month old in Disney World and traveling for six days is exhausting! I think a week of no work or kids should be required after a vacation of that magnitude! All in all it was a wonderful trip, but I’m glad to be back home!

Now to get the energy back and get back into that workout routine. A week of no exercise other than walking around an amusement park in the heat and humidity is actually draining. Being lazy was nice, but I miss the energy that comes from working out consistently. Yesterday was run #1 post vacation. Those 2.09 miles were a little rough, however I was pushing the pace quiet a bit for not running for a week. Seeing the snake (was actually dead but I didn’t know this until on the way back) along my way didn’t help slowing my pace down either. I will leave out the fact that it was only about 15 inches long but still…

Run #2 is tomorrow….hopefully it will be less eventful (aka no snakes).