Thursday, November 29, 2012

Black Friday Shopping

For the first time ever, I did the midnight Black Friday Shopping experience!  The main purpose was that i wanted to get a new pair of Uggs and Sport Authority had a BOGO 50% off deal that I could not pass up!

I left the house around 11:30 and drove to Sport Authority, I was amazed by the line. 

The first 80 people got scratch card for $10 - $500 and their were people who had been waiting for an hour.  It was 30 degrees out!  I got in line and wondered if I was in the first 80, I knew it was going to be close.  Turned out, I was number 78.  The guy had 2 cards left in his hand after he handed me one.  Mine was only worth $10 but it was still worth it.   I only waited for about 15 minutes.

I went straight to the Uggs and they only had 4 pairs in my size in the style I wanted.  I was glad I went so early because I am positive that they ran out of them within an hour based on how busy the store was. 

I grabbed the Uggs, a pair of running shoes, a couple North Face 1/4 zip fleeces and a North Face vest.  I also had a coupon for $25 off North Face when you spend over $125.  I got some great deals!  Tim was thrilled with his fleece, its light blue which isn't a color he normally wears and it looks great on him!

I got in line at probably 12:20 and it was all the way through the center of the store to the back.  Luckily I was between two very nice ladies and we chatted a little bit to help pass the time.  It took about 45 minutes to get to the checkout. 

I thought about going straight home since it was now close to 1:30am, but I decided to go to Kohl's.  I had a few gifts to pick up as well as a new Keurig.  Kohl's was insane.  The lines were around the whole store and they were completely out of carts and bags to carry stuff in.  I grabbed a new razor for Tim, my Keurig a few other things and my arms were maxed out.  I was about to look for new Tupperware and I saw someone in line faint.  The police quickly helped her up and talked with her until the paramedics got there.  There was so much chaos I decided to just get out of there.  I waited in line to pay for about 20 minutes.  The Keurig was my best deal 89.99 for a $140.00 Keurig.

I was home by 2:30 but I was so wound up that I couldn't fall asleep.  Black Friday shopping is kind of a rush!  I definitely think I'll go again next year!

Friday at about noon we went back out shopping.  We always go on Black Friday and get 5 new ornaments for our tree.  Well, this year we went a few over 5! 

Monday, November 26, 2012

Our Thanksgiving

Back to reality today.  Sigh.  I am back at work today, Rory is back at school and Tim is off on a work trip to St. Louis and Vancouver.  I miss both of them already.  We had a fantastic weekend together and I can't even remember when the 3 of us spent that much time together. 

Wednesday I sent Rory to school for part of the day so I could put up the Christmas tree and all of the decorations! I also did tons of laundry and cleaned everything.  Tim and I even grabbed a quiet lunch together, just the two us, which we haven't done in a while.  The house was offically ready for a long weekend of doing nothing!

I also made these amazing Vanilla Peppermint Fudge Bars they are so amazing.  But you have to cut them really small because they are so rich and sweet.

Thursday Tim cooked Thanksigivng dinner...

We had a 4lb turkey breast since it was just the three of us and he made sweet potatos, stuffing, green beans, corn and cranberries.  Although it wasn't Rory's first Thanksgiving, it kind of felt like it since it was the first time she could eat the food.  Hands down, her favorite meal ever!  Good thing too because she ate it Friday and Saturday night too. 

In addition to the rest of my meal, I ate pretty much an entire can of cranberries, I shared one slice with Tim and one with Rors.  They are my favorite thing about Thanksgiving.  And they have to be the ones from the can with the ridges on them.  I know that is awful but I just love them.  Rory liked them too, that made me happy!

I'll post later this week about the rest of the weekend!  Including Black Friday Midnight Shopping and our family trip to the Children's Museum.

Monday, November 19, 2012

Sea Life Take 2

I posted all of these of Facebook and I normally don't like to double post, but these are just too cute to resist. 
I took Rory with Amy and Meghan and the boys to Sea Life when she was younger and she hated it.  I don't know if she was just tired or what but she cried the whole time.  I was excited to see how she would react this time.

Here is Rory seeing the fish for the first time.  She loved it!  She kept saying "oooooohhhhhhhh".

And she was even proposed to at Sea Life!  We are thinking of having the wedding there, seems appropriate!  Jack was trying to hug her and he fell to his knees.  He knocked her over about 2 seconds after I snapped this!

She was so amazed!  Face right up against the glass.

Rory, Jack and Calvin checking out the star fish.  Rory is still a little too short to reach in and touch them.  Which is probably a good thing since we are still working hard on gentle touches!

I love watching these 3 grow up together!  And I think its just going to be more and more fun.

Here's one from the last time we went to Sea Life in April - so Rory and Calvin were about 7 months and Jack was 11 months.

Tuesday, November 6, 2012


Yesterday we got Rory's transition plan to the young toddler room.  I have very mixed emotions about this.  On one hand I am super excited for Rory to experience some change and try something new but on the other hand I am not ready for my little baby to grow up. 

I think she is bored in the infant room and is ready for a little more of a challenge.  Last week we were told Rory was being a little "handsy" with her friends.  Which basically means she was slapping them - not on purpose obviously.  They think its because she is bored.  She is the oldest in the class by over a month.

She'll also be back with the friends that she has been in class with since the very beginning.  There will be 7 kids and 1 teacher in her class.  We know the teacher Miss Coreena already and we like her a lot.

The kid that bit Rory 3 times will be in her class again, but I am hopeful that she has grown out of that stage.  Its been a couple months since her last incident as far as I know.

And honestly, Rory has been really whiney lately about everything.  This morning she was upset when I put her down, upset when I walked away, upset when I put her shirt on.  I don't know if she is teething or just going through a stage, but I am hoping that being around older kids vs little babies will help her get out this whiney stage.

I am going to really miss the teachers Rory had in the infant room.  They have been absolutley amazing.

Rory will start transitioning next Wed 11/14 - She'll be 14 months.  Here's how it works:

Week 1 - 1 hour in YT room
Week 2 - 2 hours in YT room
Week 3 - Half Day in YT room including lunch
Week 4 - Most of the day in YT room including nap.

On 12/14 (at 15 months), she'll be officially in the new room.  They teach them how to drink out of cups and brush their teeth and they sleep on cots in there!  Holy Cow!  How in the world is Rory going to sleep on a cot?

They keep them in the YT room till they are about 21/22 months and then she will transition to Toddlers.  So come June or July we'll go through this all over again.

I am so excited for her!  Here's to hoping this transition goes well!

Friday, November 2, 2012

Goal Reached! 10 Mile Recap!

Although it’s not my longest distance or even my first 10 miler, I wanted to give a little bit of a recap of my race last weekend.  There were times when I was pregnant or when Rory was little that I really worried that I would never be able to get back into running.  I had both physical and emotional barriers I had trouble getting past.  I gained over 40 lbs while pregnant and when I started running I was still 20 lbs over my pre-pregnancy weight.  That’s a lot of extra lbs. to run with and when I started out it was really physically hard to run.
Also, Mother’s guilt is a real thing, and it took me a long time to get past feeling guilty about leaving Rory for an hour on a Saturday morning for a run.  My friend Ellen said to me at one point during my training that I was doing more good for Rory by running because Rory was seeing her mom be active and healthy.  This has stuck with me.  Taking 3 or so hours a week to go for runs, whether I drag her with me or leave her at daycare or with Tim is really better for everyone in the long run.  But it took me a long time to get there.
I am still struggling with this concept as I rejoin the gym.  Leaving her in a childcare for an hour on a Saturday so I can take a Yoga class is hard for me.  She spends the whole week in daycare.  But, again it’s just an hour and I think in the long run its better for everyone.  I have really good memories of my Dad taking me to his health club when I was little.  I remember getting to play and sitting at the juice bar with him when he was done with his workout.  I think bringing kids into that environment is a good thing.  And by the way, she could care less as long as she gets to play.
So back to the 10 miler.  As you know if you read my blog, I have been training for 10 weeks.  When I started training I was just back up to 3 miles and I was really proud of that.  Every additional mile felt like a new milestone, even though I had done this before.  I celebrated each mile 5, 6, 7, 8, 9 because they were new post-baby.  My training plan wasn’t nearly as jam-packed as it had been for past races.  I ran 3, sometime 4 times a week.  The last few weeks I topped out at about 15 miles per week.  I think it was a good balance of time. 
For the first time, I trained with someone.  For my 2 half marathons and the 10 mile in 2010  I trained alone.  I always thought I preferred running alone.  But I was crazy.  Mackenzie and I ran almost all of our long runs on Saturdays together and it was great!  It was great motivation to get up and run early.  We chatted about everything and it just made training way more fun!  It was a great balance to run with music on my short runs during the week and have a running partner on the weekends.  I never got sick of my music and never got sick of my running partner (as if I could!)  It worked out great and from someone who has trained both ways, I would recommend this approach to everyone!
The 10 mile race was awesome.  It was so quick but I saw every single mile marker.  They came really fast too.  My legs started hurting around mile 6 but I never walked.  I am one of those runners where if I walk I am done.  My legs just stiffen up and I am done.  My goal was to run every step, which I did!  My secret goal (everyone has one) was to finish under 2 hours.  Not a lofty goal but remember I didn’t train nearly as hard as I had in the past and frankly I am not fast, never will be and really don’t care.  Well, I finish in 1:55:58 (11:36 pace).  Goal reached!  And I must admit, I am pretty proud of that pace!
10 weeks, 118 miles and 13 lbs later – I feel fantastic! 
I now have 3 months off before I start training for the Country Music Half Marathon.  I reactivated my Lifetime membership and I am excited to take some classes with friends and get back in to spin.  My plan is to run 2 times a week, maybe just a 3 and 5 miler to keep up my distance a bit.  But first I am giving myself a much need and well deserved 2 full weeks off of running!

Thursday, November 1, 2012

Here I am!

Where Oh Where Has Erica Been.  I have not posted for a long time.  Probably the longest since I started this blog.  I don't really have a great excuse.  I was in Florida and then Chicago and things have just been kind of crazy.  So let me tell you all about it.

Florida was fantastic.  I went with 4 girlfriends and we had an absolute blast.  There was a lot of Shenanigans, which is just the way I like it!  I posted some photos on Facebook but here is the only one I got of all of us.  Beleive it or not, I wasn't too camera happy on this trip.

I feel so lucky to have found these girls.  I started our bookclub in Oct 2008 because I was in a new city, lonely and depressed.  Never in my wildest dreams did I think I would find such amazing friends.  (Sorry, sappy part over).  I am already counting down the days till our trip to Nashville in April.  We are going for the Country Music Half Marathon and staying for the Honkey Tonks.  Can't wait!

I got home from FL on Tuesday and flew to Chicago on Friday for Michael's fathers funeral.  I felt like the funeral and the Shiva house were really a good celebration of Art.  I was glad I could be there for Michael and his family.  It was a really sad couple of days, Art was an amazing father, husband, grandpa and everything!

I got back late Tuesday night.

Last night I took Rory to a couple houses trick or treating.  Mainly just to show off how cute she is.  Then I just hung out with my little Elmo the rest of the night.  She was even more cuddley then normal in the furry costume!

Rory has been a little off the last week or so.  I am not sure if its a stage or if she is teething or what, but she has been super crabby.  Every time you transition to a new activity etc she flips out.  More about this later.