Monday, January 31, 2011

Modeling Debut

One of my new friends from MOPS is learning photography and her two sons are tired of modeling. So...she asked C to make his modeling debut! Here's a little sneak peek.
Isn't he cute?

Mom Jeans

I’m officially back down to pre-preggie weight! **cheers from the crowd**

Unfortunately, and NOT as I expected, I still have a closet full of clothes that do not fit. I thought that pre-preggie weight would = pre-preggie clothes. Hahahahaha. Nope. Not even close.

So now, still about a size bigger than BC (Before Carson), I have no clue how to dress myself. I don’t know if I’m “allowed” to dress the same as before now that I’m a mom. I don’t know what looks good. And, I don’t know how to dress this weird new body. I need a stylist, like pronto. Clinton Kelly, please?

I’ll go into the stores that I used to shop at frequently (mainly Ann Taylor Loft, Banana Republic, Old Navy and Target) and I feel totally lost, totally out of place. I’ll wander around confused, and then leave empty handed. In my former, baby-less life, I felt pretty good…ok, decent, at navigating the fashion scene. Now, I’m like a blind person, clumsily feeling my way around with a cane.

Hopefully I will continue to lose weight (I’m working on it) and will be able to ease back into my old clothes and back into the fashion scene super soon. In the meantime, here are some looks that I’ve been crushing on.

Old Navy



Thursday, January 20, 2011

It's a compliment?

People give you the most bizarre compliments when you have a baby. Take these for example...

-He has the best sized thumb nails!
-His little nostrils are so cute!
-He has the best shaped head!
-I love his little belly button!

Now, I can totally agree with all of the above, but this next one blows my mind.

The all time weirdest compliment ever given in the history of all of human existence...

-what a cute little baby puppy fetus!!!

To which I almost choked...and slowly backed away...reaching my hand towards my mace. What does that even mean you psycho crazy lady?????

Black and White Party

I am totally inspired to have black and white party!
Now I just need a reason to celebrate!

*all images are from google images*

Bring it on!

Last night was a really hard night. No, Carson wasn't up all night. Instead, I was in excruciating pain. I went on a run last night. It was supposed to be week 2: run 2. Instead it was run-for-15-minutes-and-end-up-crying-because-you-can't-walk-on-your-ankle. Ya. It was brutal. Here's how it went down.

I reluctantly ventured into the cold to go to the gym. I get there, stretch out all nice and good and begin to run. Now, my ankle has been hurting for several weeks, but nothing like this. After a few minutes it's hurting pretty nice but I kept going. Then, at about minute 15, I can't step on it. I text Ross and ask him what to do. He said to come home or, that he'd be happy to come get me. I hobble, literally, out of the gym and make it home. He meets me at the car and helps me inside. He has an ice pack and some medicine ready and waiting. I ice-advil-hot bath-ice it and am finally able to put pressure on it again. I mean, seriously, it was horrible. It was way worse pain than when I broke my wrist. I was crying, frustrated and just plain ticked off. Why won't my body cooperate with my 5k goal? So, after elevating, icing and advil-ing my pain away last night, I can sorta-kinda walk on it today. I think it's safe to say that I'll be taking a few days off for my ankle to heal and then it's back to 3 days a week. There may also be a trip to the doctor in there somewhere, just to check things out. I don't think that this much pain is normal or healthy. I just hate, hate, hate going to the doctor. I'm afraid that they'll give me some sort of crap diagnosis like tendonitis and tell me to just take it easy. Blah.

The thing is, it kind of just adds more fuel to my fire about accomplishing my goal! It's like...Body? You don't think you can do this? Well, I'll show you! Bring it on.

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Not boots for walking

So, I've been running you know...because I post ramblings about it frequently. And, I love you know...because, well, I'm a girl.So, naturally I've decided that I need new running shoes. For practical purposes only. Right? Qualifications? They must be pink. Not pretty little baby girl pink...but, HOT PINK. And they must be comfy, good running shoes, blah, blah, blah. I've looked several places but haven't found the ones yet but I know they're out there just awaiting on me!

Monday, January 17, 2011

Week 2: Run 1 (aka: Advil needed)

Week 2 Workouts: Brisk five-minute warm up walk. Then alternate 90 seconds of jogging and two minutes of walking for a total of 20 minutes. Five minute cool down walk.

Week 2: Run 1
Distance: 1.85 miles
Walk pace: 3.2 mph
Run pace: 5.7 mph
Calories burnt: 191
Terrain: Treadmill

How was your run? Brutal but I somehow made it through. My left ankle is killing hour later. I feel accomplished! The new workouts for week 2 are definitely taking it up a notch. My distance and calories are down. I guess that is because I was slower towards the end since I was so tired.

Rocking Chair

I snapped this cute little pic of C in Ross' old rocking chair from when he was a kiddo. I think it's quite precious!

Here's another of C getting some sweet kisses from Daddy!

By the way...I totally love Hipstamatic on my iPhone! Vintage pictures are way more fun!

Sunday, January 16, 2011


Hope this brightens your day like it did for us!

Saturday, January 15, 2011

Kacie's Run

So, I'm looking at different area race calendars and guess what I found?!!?!?
One called Kacie's Run. For real. No lie.
I mean, I'm pretty sure it's just begging me to run it!
No one ever spells Kacie like that!!! Pretty much, I'll do it just for the shirt. Seriously.

Here's the link for it. It's March 26...may just by my first one! Kacie's Run

Then...I found one for my sister on May 14! It's called Run for Sarah.
This is awesome stuff!

Here's another one that I'm interested in...just so I can keep track.
This might be the one that my sister and I run for Yaya.
Komen Race for the Cure- April 9

Week 1: Run 3

Today totally sucked...Maybe because it was a Saturday?!?! I'm going to post a picture of my favorite food, sprinkles, to make myself feel better. And yes, sprinkles most definitely ARE a food.

Week 1 workout: Brisk five-minute warm-up walk. Then alternate 60 seconds of jogging and 90 seconds of walking for a total of 20 minutes. Five minute cool down walk.

Week 1: Run 3
Distance: 1.96 miles
Walk pace: 3.2-3.5 mph
Run pace: 5.0-5.9 mph
Calories burnt: 201
Terrain: Treadmill

How was your run? Today was brutal. I think it was harder for several reasons. One, all of the good TVs were taken so, I was forced to watch an infomercial about a shaving product and a football game. Ugh. Second, I forgot to stretch until run #7 and by then I figured it was too late to do much good. Third, my heart rate was exceptionally high today. I walked run #8 because it was higher than the treadmill recommended and I needed to get it just a little bit lower. And finally, I was in lots and lots of ankle and knee pain. That doesn't help. But...on a good note, I'm proud of myself for going on a Saturday and I burnt the most calories thus far!

Friday, January 14, 2011

Week 1: Run 2

Last night I completed run #2 for this week.

Week 1 workout: Brisk five-minute warm-up walk. Then alternate 60 seconds of jogging and 90 seconds of walking for a total of 20 minutes. Five minute cool down walk.

Week 1: Run 1
Distance: 1.95 miles
Walk pace: 3.2-3.5 mph
Run pace: 5.5-6.1 mph
Calories burnt: 198
Terrain: Treadmill

How was your run? I ran much faster than the last run and was way more out of breath. It was a good thing! My ankles hurt again but my knee doesn't! I feel happy and healthy. I'm excited that I ran .3 more miles than last time. I ran about 1 mph faster and that's good, too! Also, I burnt about 50 more calories than last time. Yea!! It's progress :)

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

SUPER guilty pleasure

Welcome to my little slice of trashy tv delight. Ooooh so entertainingly delish. I'd encourage you to join me in wasting several hours of you life and dvr some episodes, too!

I learned a lesson today...

-Never dress your baby in a fuzzy, light colored onesie and wear a black shirt. You will end up gray all day long.

-Always keep one long fingernail. You will need it to pick at something on your baby's head... boogies, ear wax, peeling skin...It's sick but true.

-It's ok to push the Target cart full of (paid for) groceries into the stall with you so that you can go to the bathroom and not leave your baby unattended. It is ok to be that person.

-When you are running late, he WILL poop up his back side. Guaranteed.

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Running and Week 1: Run 1

I am not a runner. Never have been. Never thought I would be!

But, with the help of this program, C25k, I may become one! I am on the website and I have the app for my phone. It gives you the exact work out for each day. You run 3 times a week for 20-30 minutes a time for 9 weeks. The app talks to you and tells you when to walk, when to run, etc. My friend told me about it (check our her blog...she has a precious little boy) and tonight was my first night. It was the perfect amount of challenging. I was stretched but didn't die. I felt accomplished for finishing, but not that it was too easy. I think that this is the perfect start to achieving my goal of running a 5k in honor of my grandma, Yaya!

I am going to be documenting each of my runs on here to hold myself accountable, not because I think that it will be interesting :)

These are the guidelines given/asked from the app.

Week 1 workout: Brisk five-minute warm-up walk. Then alternate 60 seconds of jogging and 90 seconds of walking for a total of 20 minutes. Five minute cool down walk.

Week 1: Run 1
Distance: 1.6 miles
Walk pace: 3.2-3.5 mph
Run pace: 4.4-4.7 mph
Calories burnt: 150
Terrain: Treadmill

How was your run? During it I felt ok...just the right amount of challenge. Immediately afterward, my ankles hurt so bad that I could barely walk. We will see how the night goes from here.

Monday, January 10, 2011

5 O'Clock...aka The Witching Hour

Screams. Cries. Blood curdling shrieks.
Wanna come play at our house?
Every day around 5-ish Carson enters into the witching hour.

I run through the normal solutions.
Clean diaper? Check.
Fed? Check.
Not sleepy? Check.
Still crying? Check.

Why, oh why my baby? Why, oh why?
What it's come down to is this. He's going to cry, even if I sit down and hold him. He's going to scream, even if I do everything I know how. So...I just stick him in his swing, put him in the kitchen and make dinner...with baby cries as my cooking soundtrack. I don't know what else to do!

Did your little ones ever have a certain "melt down" time every day? What did you do to survive? How did you make le bebe feel better? Do you have a solution? PLEASE!

Sunday, January 9, 2011

Happy 26th!

This weekend we celebrated Ross' 26th birthday! I planned a day of surprises for him...not all went as planned but we still had a good time.

Ross loves BBQ so, I did lots of research and found this place: Angelo's. It had fabulous reviews, was on Food Network, was #1 on Urbanspoon, etc. It was the best north Texas BBQ we have found. I mean, it was no Goode Company but it was still really good. We'll be back and that says a lot.

The next thing we did was go to the Fort Worth Museum of Science and History. It was a thoughtful place to go because Ross loves these types of museums. I thought he'd like to show Carson some of his favorite things like dinosaur bones was a total bust. We were really disappointed. Turns out, it's super small and totally geared toward small children. We streeeetched it out and stayed almost an hour but it wasn't good at all. We even left before our scheduled viewing of the planetarium, one of Ross' favorite things ever.

Finally, we went to Sweet Sammies for some dessert! This was FAB! They make these fantastic ice cream sandwiches from homemade cookies and Bluebell ice cream! Can you think of anything better? You pick your cookies and your ice cream flavor...then you sit in complete gluttony and devour every last morsel.

Happy birthday to my wonderful, fabulous, caring, providing, supportive, helpful, loving, handsome, driven, successful, kind husband!

Saturday, January 8, 2011

3 Months

Holy Moly! Carson is 3 months old!

16 lbs
25-ish inches
Size 2-3 diapers
Feet are too long for footsies.
Arms are too long for shirts.
Legs are too long for clothes.
Torso is just right :)

Now, at this point, I'm sure you are thinking...Get him bigger clothes...and we have but, he is built like his daddy. For things to fit width wise, they are too short. For things to fit length wise, they are too wide. We have gone up a size in clothes and still are having issues. We might just wrap him up like a mummy and call it a day.

This month has been filled with: smiles, laughs, tracking, holding his head up, cooing, being highly entertained with singing and funny faces, sitting with us in his high chair for dinner (my fave)...still an inconsistent sleep schedule

Likes: still likes his swing, loves to sit in his high chair while I'm in the kitchen, his mobile, laying on the changing table, sucking on his hands, putting things into his mouth, bath time, rides in the car, going on walks in the stroller

Dislikes: Tummy time (still h-a-t-e-s it), binkies, and he is starting to dislike taking a bottle, having lotion put on

The Resolutions

This is the quintessential New Year's Resolutions post.
But, before I get started on this year, let's debrief 2010.

Last year, my resolutions were to:
Drink less Diet coke- Accomplished...pregnancy nipped that in the bud
Floss my teeth every other day- That lasted until March.
Try new things- Accomplished...Pickled herring (sick), water aerobics (good), spin class (excellent), lots of new recipes (some good, some not), not to mention all of the newness that comes with pregnancy and motherhood

In 2011 my goals are to:
Run a 5K- Now, this may not be a large goal for many people but, for me it will be exceptionally difficult. For one, I have never been able to run even one lap around the track, not even in school...never. ever. ever. For two- it hurts my knees and ankles for days...not like sore muscles...but sore joints. BUT---I'm going to do it. My goal is to run a 5K during Breast Cancer Awareness month. My grandmother and aunt have both survived it and it would be in honor of them.

The next thing I am going to do is visit 2 people in a local nursing home every week. I went last week and filled out my paperwork and am waiting on a phone call. I want to build relationships with 2 people who do not usually have visitors. I will be bring Carson, so they need to be appreciative of children and not sick with something contagious. I hope that this turns out to be a worthy endeavor.

Leave C in the nursery during MOPS and Bible study. YiKeS! This will be the toughest of the resolutions but, I think it will be good for the both of us. I will be able to enjoy some mommy time and he will learn to be ok in the care of others. Still, it will be brutal.

What are your goals this year?

In other news...
Wow was it hard but, wow was it awesome! It was so fun to have a night to just be Ross and Kacie and not Mom and Dad. We went to the beach with friends and that night the boys had their annual almost-die-blowing-things-up-marathon. Here are some pics of the fun! I'm not going to even attempt to explain them. We'll just say that there were costumes. There were laughs. There was fun.

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Carson's First Christmas

For Christmas we went to my parent's house in Victoria. It was ah-mazing! It was so laid back, relaxed and fun! Really, it was the perfect Christmas! Here are some pictures from our time at their little country cabin!

Uncle Stephen was trying to drink egg nog while feeding Carson. He decided that he'd die if all of his sustenance was dependent on bottle feeding.

Where's Carson?

Look carefully at this one...He outgrew the feet on his outfit so we "ghetto rigged" it and cut out the ends. It looks like the froggies are barfing.

My parents just can't get enough of this sweet little boy!

Yowza...It's our first (rough looking) Christmas morning picture!

Here's C, my sister and my Yaya!

I love this!
Yaya and Papoo (Greek for Grandma and Grandpa) loved on the baby the whole time!

Blog much?

So ya...I've been more than negligent with this little bloggy-blog. In my defense, I've been at my parent's house out in the country, sans internet. Now we are back home, things are unpacked, Christmas decorations are put away and I'm back to normal life!
Happy 2011!