Things Are About to Get Crazier…

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Hi guys! I’ve missed y’all! Been thinkin’ about ya. Really I have.

I’ve come up with so many posts in my head, but, alas, this mom’s life has been a little busy. Usually by the end of the days, I’m falling asleep on the couch snuggled up to my wonderful husband by 8:45pm. No joke. I’ll be honest, it does take a little longer if I’m not warm and cozy with Hubby. πŸ™‚

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I remember thinking back in July that my days would be filled with only cleaning house, laundry, and meal prep. Ha. Hahaha That’s kind of funny now. While I am sitting still at the moment,before I jump up to head to the carpool line, most days lately I don’t make it back home after dropping my babies off at school. We all get home together around 4pm….just in time for homework and dinner. But hey, it’s the life of a mom.

And I love it.

I love it so much, in fact, that Hubby and I decided we would love for it to be a little crazier. And, most thankfully, that was also in the good Lord’s plan….because we are expecting baby #3 in May!!!!!! πŸ™‚ I can’t tell you how happy we are. Probably more so after losing a baby earlier this year. (I mentioned this in my anniversary post at the end of June/beginning of July.)

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So given that I am growing a little person, that may also explain why I’m ready to conk out before 9pm most nights.

Can you believe that Christmas is next week?!?!! Yeah, me neither. And what’s crazier still is that I haven’t done any holiday baking!! (Why aren’t there more hours in the day?? I could really use a couple more…and probably a couple more arms. Ya know what, a whole other me would be even more helpful…) But I am helping another mom put together a fun ornament-making activity for Freckles’s class. We are doing the activity tomorrow and I’ve spent the week getting my stuff together…along with trying to finish up my Christmas shopping.

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So what am I contributing to this activity? Oooh, I’m so glad you asked! Because I’m really excited about it! For my part, I’m having the kiddos make puzzle-piece ornaments! I think it’s going to be so cute.DSC01567

I picked up some 48-piece puzzles from the dollar store, spray paint and ribbon from Wal-Mart, and from AC Moore I picked up a few bottles of fast-grab craft glue, glitter, pom-poms, googly eyes, sequins…yea…I may have gotten a touch carried away but I was really getting into it! I also grabbed some large giftboxes from Wal-Mart to spray the pieces in. (Gotta give credit where it’s due: Spraying the pieces inside some sort of box was my wonderful husband’s idea, to protect them from wind and such.)

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Nate’s brilliant idea. πŸ™‚

I started spraying them last night….because I didn’t get home until after picking the girls up from school.Β And this morning and early afternoon I’ve given them their ::hopefully:: last coats of paint….because I’m running out of time for anymore coats plus dry time.Β 

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Alright, dinner is done and both of my girlies are in bed. And thanks to this awesome pain in my lower back, I’ve been told to rest until bed. So I get to finish my post. πŸ˜€ {Right after I wrote this I got hit with a major dizzy spell followed by a wave of nausea…I went to bed after that.}

Once the pieces were dry, I did a test run of the 3 ornaments I wanted to do with the kids. I think they turned out alright. πŸ™‚

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Thankfully, today went well with the class of third graders. The other mom did yarn ball ornaments with the kids and those were super cute! (I wish I had gotten a picture of the ones she brought to show the kids…only because the ones the kids did were…creative. πŸ™‚ ) We had some quiet setting up (the kids weren’t in the classroom) and then ::whoosh:: in flew the kids and it was a whirlwind until they left to get their lunches. Then we both took our first breath since we started. πŸ™‚ The kids seemed to really enjoy the ornament crafts and they had a lot of fun with them.

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Β Β Β Β Β Β Success! πŸ™‚

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Can’t believe I’m running…on purpose…because I want to!

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My plan to get in shape on my dry-erase board. I can totally do this!

Β By now you know that sending Ladybug off to her first day of Kindergarten and Freckles off to begin 3rd grade was a very big deal….mostly for me. Okay okay, only for me. I’m here to tell you, it gets easier. With each day you drop them off, it’s a little less heart-wrenching.

While I was stoked that track-out came so soon, two-thirds of the way in I was looking forward to them going back. Not because they were driving me crazy (they really weren’t, I promise) but because I was ready to start running around the lake. I started doing some cardio yoga workouts when they tracked out and at first the kids would join in…then they lost interest. πŸ™‚Β  Then I decided to add in going around the lake [2 miles] to that. I walked and jogged while Ladybug rode on her new bike and Freckles rode her scooter. Then after a couple days of that, Ladybug decided that arrangement did NOT work for her. Meltdowns ensued. Frustrations were high. The trip around the lake was cut short. Waaaaay short. Thus, I began looking forward to the kiddos heading back to school. So while I waited, I came up with a game plan for getting myself in shape. [My one and only aim is to get my body healthier. I am in no way trying to lose weight. I just want my body healthier so I can keep up with my kids and be ready for another if God blesses us with one.]

I found this on Pinterest and copied it down on my dry-erase board.

Starting when I get back to OH!

Then I decided to fill in the ‘Relax!’ days with the 30-minute cardio yoga workouts. I got ambitious and decided to do add in Self.com’s No-Equipment Workout. I did it for a couple days, then realized this thing was for someone a little more ahead of where I was at.DSC00289

Since today is Monday, and a good day to start new things, I started doing the 30-Day Abs Challenge. [Little side note here, I did try starting it back when it hit Facebook and was huge, but after the first rest day, Ladybug got pretty sick and I forgot to do the challenge. I thought about it later and could’ve
picked it up again, but I wasn’t feeling anything, so I just let it go.] I’m hoping that by going around the lake doing the ‘Couch to 5K Running’ that my muscles are going to be nice and warmed up so I will get more benefit from the Abs Challenge. Then I’m going to follow it with a 15-minute yoga workout. Should be awesome!!! πŸ™‚ And I’m playing with the idea of adding in theΒ 30 Day Arm Challenge in there somewhere to help find the muscles I know are there. πŸ˜‰

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There’s something funny about this: running on purpose. I’ve never run. Unless I was being chased, and even then I didn’t run very far. πŸ™‚ In high school, we had to run a mile. I’d chuckle at the coach, run a few feet, then walk the rest of the way. I’m pretty sure I had the longest time for “running” the mile. I just didn’t run. Period.

Fast forward 10 years or so, and I’m a woman with pressures and stresses and anxieties and I realized back in April that maybe my body isn’t as healthy as I thought. The usual workouts just don’t work, I don’t have the discipline to stick with it…or I’m just not doing it right. Instead I wanted to try yoga, and it felt great. Then, someway, somehow, I got it in my head that I wanted to start running. My goal is to be able to run all the way around the 2-mile lake without stopping. Boom. How about getting myself in shape as I get closer to the big 3-0 so I can start a new decade of my life in the best shape I’ve ever been in? Seriously, this sounds like a great plan. And I’m on week 2 and feeling good. I love that I’m able to walk 5 minutes, jog 3 minutes, walk another 5 minutes two times.

I can run for three minutes without feeling like I’m going to die! For me, that is a HUGE deal and I am so freakin’ excited! Wednesday the goal is to be up to 4 minutes jogging and then Friday the goal is to be up to 5 minutes jogging. How awesome is that going to be! πŸ™‚

Anyone else trying something new?