Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Half Marathon Training Update

It is week 4 of training.  Already.  This is when it really starts to get fun and the long runs start to get long.  The tricky part of training this time of year is that its too cold or too icey to run outside.  So every week we debate over indoor track or treadmill.  Neither are great options if we are being honest.  I would like to say I'll run my 7 mile long run outside this week but its unlikely and I'll probably end up on the treadmill again.  This is going to make transitioning to the pavement very hard.

Rory starts swim class on 3/20 on Wednesdays so I had to move my schedule around a bit, I think it will probably change even more but here's where I am and my training plan as of now...

We found out this weekend that Craig Morgan will be headlining the Country Music Marathon concert.  I like him, but he is awfully twangy for my non-country loving friends.  I'm so excited!

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Monday, February 25, 2013

Our Weekend

Our weekend pretty much consisted of this...

Lots and lots of sleep!  Rory only takes 1 nap during the week and it ranges from 1-2 hours.  But on the weekend she is still taking 2 naps most days.  And they are usually 2-3 hours.  School must really wear her out!

Friday night Tim, Rory and I went to Old Chicago for pizza.  Rory was pretty good through dinner, although at first she did not want to eat her pizza.  Crazy to think of a kid not wanting pizza.  In an attempt to get Rory to eat, I let her feed me a bite from her plate.  And voilla, after she saw me eat a piece she was game.  Tim's response: "Really, that worked?!?!  This parenting thing is hard."  Ha, sure is!

Saturday morning I rolled out of bed and put my running clothes on and headed to the gym.  I ran 6 miles on the treadmill next to Anne (who by the way ran 6 miles for the first time ever!  Congrats Anne!)  It felt great and I was surprised that I wasn't even sore the rest of Saturday or Sunday.  I guess that means I should have run faster!

Tim and Rory's favorite thing to do while I run is to watch soccer together!

Tim left for the airport around noon.  He was going to swing by the Walser dealership to just browse at cars since we are in the market for a new car for him.  Well, somehow browsing turned into action and Tim will now be driving a beautiful black 2013 GMC Acadia.  He'll pick it up on his way home from France on Friday.  We are really excited, his old car kept breaking down on us so it will be nice to have something reliable.

After about 3 hours at the dealership with Rory signing paperwork I was thrilled that my friends were waiting for me when I got home.  We cracked open a bottle (or 2) of wine and attempted to make puff pastry from scratch.  Epic Fail.  I normally make my Brie bake with store bought puff pastry sheets, but we were all out!

Here are a few photos of Rory from Saturday.  She was wearing a shirt over this when we went out but I had to capture the tank top, its just kills me how cute she look in it!

Sunday was a lazy day.  Rory was up way too early so I brought her in bed with me and she fell back asleep till 8am.  I was very greatful!  She also took a 3 hours nap from about 10-1.  I slept too!  We hung out around the house, watched a little bit of the movie Chicken Little and ventured out to the EP indoor track to get some steps in.  Yesterday she was all about naming articles of clothing. Shoes, socks, shirts, pants, jackets.

I am astounded every day by how much she understands and how much she talks.  We had a really fun day, just the 2 of us.

Rory watching Chicken Little

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Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Gimme head with hair...

Yes, I am quoting Hair lyrics!

Do you remember this little girl with no hair?  This photo was take at 3 days old.  Rory was born with very light peach fuzz on the top of her head but you could tell right away that it was going to be red.

It felt like it took Rory's hair FOREVER to grow!  Actually, here is a photo at 11 months and she still had no hair.

And now at 17 months, I don't know what to do with this mess!  (By the way, Tim can fight me on this all he wants, but I think she looks like me in this one).

I barely know what to do with my own hair so I really don't know what to do with Rory's hair as it goes through the awkward growing stages.  I did some research (dork, I know) and found some hairstyles that will hopfully hold her over.  Her bangs are very long and almost in her eyes.

Even Rory doesn't know what to with it.  Ha!  She loves trying to brush her hair.  I say trying because sometimes she uses the wrong side of the brush.

Here is what I have been doing with it the last couple of days.  I put the top in a third pony and then clip it down.  What do you think?  Cute?  Any other suggestions?

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Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Balancing Act: No Time to Make My Lunch

Anyone with a kid or even anyone who has ever watched a kid for 24 hours knows that mornings are always hectic.  Getting yourself ready while getting a toddler ready who really wants to read a book or play with a toy is not easy.  Most mornings Tim and I work together to get out of the house.  I'll jump in the shower at 6:45 and get half ready then go get Rory ready while Tim gets up and showers.  Then he'll leave with Rory and I'll finish getting ready.  This usually gets him out of the door by 7:30 and me out the door by 7:45.  Give or take 15 minutes.

But of course some mornings Tim has an early meeting or is out of town so its just Rory and I.  These mornings go a lot different.

I wake up and go get Rory ready for the day.  Usually this involves a lot of her asking for her book.  "Book, Book, Book"  She's pretty impressive with the On the Farm book.  If you ask her to show you a cow, she will show you the cow in the book and tell you it says Moooo.  But this does slow down the process.

Rory's hair is super long (more on that to come) so after she is all dressed we need to figure out what to do with it.  I usually opt for high pigtails which causes some crying and whining.  I guess our scalps get stronger as we get older because I don't think it hurts when I put my hair up.

So then we walk over to my room and I make sure that there is nothing on the counter that Rory can reach and I take a shower.  Sometimes she just plays and reads and sometimes she gets upset.  If she is upset I sing to her and that usually keeps her happy.  I'll peek out at her a few times getting water all over our bathroom floor.  At least its better then the days she was really little and I showered with the door open and walked out to puddles.

Once I am done showering I will turn on the TV to distract her a bit while I put my makeup on and get dressed.  She'll run back and forth between my bedroom and bathroom watching TV and watching me.

We keep water bottles on our night stand so she'll usually bring me my bottle and ask for water.  She is allowed to drink out of my bottle only if she sits, so she'll hand it to me and sit and drink very carefully to not spill.  Most days she doesn't spill.

I refuse to use my flat iron while she is around (don't ask) so my hair pretty much does whatever it wants on these days. Either up in a pony or hopefully its still straight enough to wear down (wishful thinking).

Once I am all ready we go downstairs and put on Rory's boots and coat.  Sometimes she cooperates, sometimes (like this morning in particular) she runs away.

By now, I am running late.  I don't really have to be a work by a certain time but I try to get in before 8:30, and I try to get Rory to school by 8:00 so she can eat breakfast with her friends.

So I have no time to make my lunch - which brings us to the point of this post - I grab a Chobani for breakfast and my new favorite lunch substitute Suja Green Supreme.

I am not kidding when I say this juice tastes awesome and is really filling.   I have been having such a hard time losing weight lately that i vowed I am no longer going to order Jimmy John's, so this is a great solution!  It is the perfect substitute lunch when I am on the go or don't have time to make a sandwich in the morning. And best part about it is that I can buy it at Whole Foods and its not nearly as expensive as some other Juice Cleanses.

I grabbed one this morning, dropped Rory off at 7:45, got gas on my way to work and still got here by 8:15!  So I would call that a successful morning!

Monday, February 18, 2013

What we have been up to...

First of all I decided to join the Top Baby Blogs web site.  I am super excited about it.  It allows me to be part of a Mommy Blogging community.  And lets face it I love tracking things so its perfect for me.  In order for me to stay a member I need your votes!  So if you are here reading this please take a moment to click on the link on the right.  My first goal is just to get off the last page!

I haven't posted in over a week which is completely unacceptable.  But I was out of town for work last Sun-Wed.  I went to New Jersey for a 3 day training session.  I got a lot out of it and it was great to spend some time with a few people I work with daily but never see face to face.  Tuesday night we went into NYC and saw one of my all time favorite stories on the Broadway Stage!  Newsies!  It was so fantastic, I can't wait for it to tour.

I came home to a very sick baby.  Same old story, got a cold and it went to her chest so she was hacking up a lung for a few days.  She coughed so hard on Wed that she actually broke some blood vessels in her forehead.  So sad.  Tim took her to the doctor on Wednesday and they said it was a viral cold so she got antibiotics this time around too. 

She was a real trooper on Wed and Thurs with her Neb.  She even sat all by herself and did it while I read to her.  This may look like a sad photo to you but to me its so exciting that she's doing it on her own.

Saturday and Sunday she was starting to get back to her normal self and we had such a fun weekend!  Saturday we went to lunch and shopping.  Sunday we went grocery shopping and took a walk with Mackenzie.  On the way home we stopped at Freeziac and split a frozen yogurt.  I have never seen Rory use a spoon so efficiently. 

I can't believe how old she is getting.  She talks so much now.  She says cat, cow, what's this, hi, bye, boots, nose, chair, up, down, out, eat, please, help me, and many many many more.  Rory also talked about her two BFF's from school Cori and Eden (Edy) all weekend. 

Overall, fun weekend with a few screaming Nebulizers in between!

Thursday, February 7, 2013

Go Go Go Joseph!

My favorite weekend of the year came a little early this year.  The theater does the annual Casting Auction AKA my Dad's play changed last year (It's now Bailiwick Chicago) and they moved the performance up a couple of weeks.  I do have to say though that this may have been the best play in 10 years.  It may be because I love the music of Joseph but it was just so high energy and fun!

I've seen 3 productions of Joseph before this.  Once with school in 7th grade.  Tyler Fink was my buddy and he bought me a Joseph pin, I thought that was awesome.  I actually still have it.  Then once with my Dad and friend Christine.  We were so excited to go see it.  I think that was 8th grade.  Both times in Chicago Donny Osmond played Joseph!  And once in Minnesota at the Chanhassen dinner theater with a bunch of friends.  That performance was actually pretty cheesy.

In this production, Joseph was great (added bonus that he had his shirt off most of the play)!  Jill was a perfect narrator.  And everyone else was great.  My Dad and Laura were really fun to watch and they did great!

Here's a behind the scenes video of the play.  Remember this is a fundraiser and all of these people have day jobs!  They work really hard and rehearse a ton for this!

Here's my Dad and me after the show!

The rest of the weekend was a blast.  Friday night I got to see Maddie and Caleb.  

Then went with my mom and Michael to Benihana.  Saturday morning my mom and I were lazy and stayed in bed and watched a movie, exactly what I needed.

Saturday before the play Amy, Loni, Nikki and I went to dinner at La Gondola.  It was cool restaurant but the food was nothing spectacular.  We decided to go there instead of our normal place because it was right across the street from Stage 773 where the play was.  It was super convenient but I missed Que Rico.

After the play we went to Cooper's Chicago for a couple drinks. I got home around 1am stuffed my face with a Superdawg and called it a night!  That's what I call a successful and fun weekend!