Monday, February 23, 2015

Rough Weekend

There is a level of 'being three' that can not be explained to anyone who has not had a three year old.

This weekend was a tough one! I have no idea if it was the phase of the moon or what but both girls were a mess.


Ali was on fire this weekend. Everything she could possibly do to be contrary, was done. Every button pushed. Every toy thrown. Every request denied ended in tears. Every request fulfilled wasn't enough, or right, or what she wanted anymore.

I was going crazy! It came to a point where my husband literally picked her up put her in a chair in the living room and told her not to move. Do not move. Do not speak. Do not touch anything. Do not get up. Do not, do not, do not.

Elle is entering a fabulous new stage of screaming fury when she doesn't get what she wants. It's frustrating and funny all at the same time. She dramatically throws herself on the floor screeching like a cat in water, flailing around if she does not get what she wants immediately. That 'thing' is usually food, but can be a toy, Ali's hair brush, Ali's toy, her milk cup (regardless of there being anything in it), and heaven's the mother of all fits if you think you want to change her diaper when she thinks it's time to eat.

She has also started fighting nap time.


I hate that phase. She was so good and so easy for so long and we were so spoiled, and I knew it...I hate seeing that go.

Hopefully this will be a short lived phase and then we'll be back to happy napping.

Ali's was long.

Long and very difficult.

Very, very difficult.

Every time I put Ali to bed resulted in me feeling like I had been beaten up and left for dead on the side of the road. I don't really remember how long it took before Ali's bed time settled down but it felt like forever.

Elle has always loved bed time. She loves to go to bed. She's tired. She knows it. She wants to snuggle with her blanket and go to sleep. She's never given more than the tiniest token of resistance and only on rare occasions. Usually if she had two really good naps, and she was really tired at bed time she might protest, for about 30 seconds.

Now, it's screaming. And it's waking half way through the nap, screaming. And waking up half way through the night, screaming. My favorite is waking up 20 minutes before the alarm is supposed to go off, screaming.

Hopefully this was just a bad weekend and we won't have too many, but holy moly it was a doozy!

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Finally got another dinner done!

I had a ton of fun with this week's dinner post, mostly because it was me and Ali and in the kitchen and she does such a great job. How many three year old's can chop peppers? Mine can!

Week 3 - Dinner Done

I'm hoping that I can make this a weekly thing now. We're on day three of having dinners ready when we walk in the door. It's so much nicer in the evenings than having to run in from work, having stopped at the store for supplies, and school for the girls, and then have to cook.

Gotta run. Work stuff to do.


Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Shoe problem

So disappointed. The shoes were too small. :(

I ordered a half size up and should have them Friday but it's still a little disappointing. My mom had tried ordering me a pair of supportive running shoes for Christmas and we had the same problem. Too small. I figured it was a problem with the shoe, not my foot, but apparently I was wrong. This was a different brand, same issue. I started to think that maybe my feet got bigger with pregnancy but my dress shoes still fit so I guess it has something to do with the supports in that type of sneaker. I have a severe (SEVERE) inward pronation while running and the shoes that counter that ankle roll have some very specific sole designs. It's the only thing I've come up with anyway.

I did however get up this morning and do a decent cardio workout. I've even noticed that it's getting a bit easier and I'm able to make it through certain exercises either without pausing, or getting through more of it before having to take a breath.

Today's going to be a calmer day in general and I hope to start coming up with a meal plan to make this weekend and then put together into a post for next week and start that circle of fun again.

I've even made it out of the house on time two days in a row! This morning was kind of a surprise since Elle did not sleep well, was fussy this morning.

Tomorrow should be a yoga workout in the morning and we're going to go for three days out the door before 7:25.

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

One foot in front of the other.

My new, super supportive running shoes are supposed to arrive today. I'm pretty excited about it, however I don't really have the illusion that having my fabulous new running shoes is going to make getting up at 5 am to run more appealing.

However, I think I've hit my wall in terms of diet and extremely light exercise. Each week I've done a day or two of a decent cardio workout, and then one or two yoga workouts and on the weekends I walk/run/play with Ali which is a workout unto itself. Believe me. This child does not stop.

Since Thanksgiving I have lost around 6 lbs and right now am really close to my pre-Ali weight.

Pre baby weight! Both babies! Way back when my belly was flat and had never been stretched out by pregnancy weight!

All my size 8 pants are too big and most of my size 6 pants fit relatively nicely. I was even able to wear my size 6 jeans last week.

In my head I knew that I was going to have to give up the wine to make it work but had held off as long as possible. It makes such a difference though.

Now I need to tighten things up. I still have some extra baggage in the love handle area and while my belly is much, much smaller and tighter than it had been, there's still some work to be done there too.

I have been very slack in a lot of things this year and really blamed a lot of it on being so sick for several weeks and then I blamed it on work for several weeks because I've been flat out crazy busy every day for a while, which is good for work, but makes me thoroughly exhausted at the end of the day. Right now though, I don't really have a good excuse and I"m just being lazy.


I need to get my plan back together. Get my cooking back on track and get my other blog personality up and running. Here, this is where my personal thoughts, goals and comments come out, but there's no direction to this blog. It's just ramblings and nothing focused. I wanted something focused, dedicated and helpful. I wanted something helpful. The blogs that I follow and really enjoy have a theme, they have a purpose. They are there to do something specific. I also follow a few non specific rambling ones like mine, but mostly I like the ones where someone is out there for a reason, trying to make someone else's life easier, better, brighter.

That being said, this is my new favorite blog to follow and have tried several, successful recipes so far.

I did this one on Sunday and it was great. A little high on the prep side, but really good and both girls loved it.

And...required baby photos.

Princess/Chef Ali making Pizza last week.

My 'baby' Elle growing up so fast! 
Enjoying a nice day outside at school.