Thursday, November 20, 2014

A Look At Tuesday

I love when Tina does a day in the life posts on her blog so I thought I'd copy her and do one on my blog, too. Everyday is so different because it totally depends on what time T decides to get up in the am. This particular day (Tuesday) was an early morning! Yesterday he didn't wake up until 8:30! :o

Here's what this past Tuesday looked like:

6:22 I hear T talking in his room. I hop out of bed and go get him. (Best part of my day, by far) I nurse him and we eat breakfast together. We're both huge fans of the sugar free oatmeal bake I made for the week. Coffee for me and pureed prunes for the boy.
He sure keeps me on my toes!

6:45 T goes in his exersaucer with some puffs (magical things, I tell ya) and I get all the garbage and recycling ready. Our garbage service can come so early in the am, so you gotta have it all ready to go.

7:00 Play with T and Sadie. Get T ready for the day and we play in his room for a while. My coffee goes in the microwave for the third time this am ;)

7:45 T is getting wicked tired and rubbing his eyes. I put him in bed and he falls asleep pretty much right away

8:00 I check the news, my e-mail and a couple of blogs. I Facebook some people for their mailing addresses and write out some Christmas cards.

8:15 Leave for the gym for spin class. This month is Member Appreciation Month at my gym company, so I am able to go to any club. I picked the top notch club because it's such a nice facility and they have rooms for every class. Sadly, my home club doesn't have a spin room. Sniff, sniff. On the plus side though, my gym is all women and doesn't have any macho men dropping weights :D

10:00 Leave the gym after spin class and get home to a happy little boy. I hang out with T for a while and then shower. Yup, showered after playing with my little man.


10:30 Little man goes down for a nap. I shower, get ready for the day and compile my grocery list

1:30 We leave for groceries and to sell K's iPhone 5. (this ends up taking a long time) T and I walk around Target for the hour and end up buying him a sun shade for the car window. I of course almost bought a lot of little outfits. I always end up putting things back. A "My First Christmas" outfit is clearly in order this year though

3:30 We leave the mall for groceries and realize he is due for his nap and wouldn't hold up to groceries so we skip them and stop for a burrito and burrito bowl. Mmm. I had to get no spice as I was going to be sharing mine with T. He loved the refried beans.

4:15 Stop at the country mart for some squash. It's local and inexpensive there!

4:30 Get back home and try to put T down for a nap. He sat and talked in his crib for a good half hour. No intentions of napping at all.

5:00 Get T from his crib and play with him. Nurse him and give him his dinner (oatmeal bake, bread and some grapes

5:00 to 7:30 Hang out, toss the ball to Sadie, do some dishes, etc. Kenny leaves for a work related event and Tate discovered the bottom drawer's contents. A bath for T happened in this time period, too. Bath time is a fave!

7:30 Nurse T, say a little good night prayer and put him into bed. I don't even think he cried, just right to sleep.

7:45 The cleaning bug hit me so I tidied up the living room and kitchen. Then I vacuumed, mopped and cleaned the upstairs bathroom. Hmm, why not do some laundry, too?!

8:00 Kenny gets back home and we download the Sunday episode of Homeland. Gahh, what a stressful episode. Awesome as always, but had me stressed out.

9:30 I write out some more Christmas card addresses, browse Pinterest for some time (i.e longer than I anticipated as per usual ha!) and start getting ready for bed.

11:00 Hop in bed. Zzzzzz.

What time do you usually get up in the am?
Coffee first thing in the am? Or tea?

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

UpTate: 9 Months

 I'm pretty late with T's 9 month update considering he'll be 10 months old on the 24th. Whoops, but better late than never, right? You'll be all "up-tated" come next week when I do his 10 month update!

So, 9 months has flown by and he is getting more fun every day.
Here's what he's been up to!


Little man did not want his pictures taken this time around. In fact, this is the only photo I got sans tears! Ha!

He:
  • pulls himself up
  • had his first cold:( 
  • still has no teeth, but is showing signs of teething
  • calls his Daddy "Bub"
  • crawls all over Sadie and pulls her hair
  • gets very excited over puffs
  • yells (with excitement) to any dog he sees
  • is in the 8th percentile for weight and 45th for height
  • had to get his crib lowered because he was getting too tall for the higher height
Love you, kiddo! 
xo

Monday, November 17, 2014

Leibster Award

Happy Monday mornin'! I hope you had a good weekend. Ours was pretty relaxing and included a little birthday party for one of Tate's friends ;)  

Thanks to my pal Heather for nominating me for a liebster award :) She's the girl behind one of my favourite blogs, so go and check her out if you're not already a reader! 
There's a few questions that go with the Liebster award. I'm not actually sure what it means ha! I like the super cute logo and I love survey type questions. Be sure to answer them because it's fun to get to know you a little more! :)

1. What is your current health related goal?
My current health related goal is to get my achilles rested and healed up for spring time. 2015 will hopefully be my half PR year because 2014's goal came to a crashing halt with my injury. Insert crying face here. Also, NYC marathon is still on my goal list, perhaps that'll happen in '15 as well?

2. What is your biggest irrational fear?
My biggest irrational fear is rats and mice. So, rodents. I've seen two on our street in the last year and that was enough to make me scream and be super duper paranoid that they're in my house, yard, etc. They literally make me panic. 

3. Do you enjoy wrapping presents?
  I enjoy wrapping presents, yes, but they aren't exactly beauties when I'm finished;) I do up a mean gift bag though, ya know, the super cute taped-shut kind? Ha! Actually Target has helped me a ton in this department with their adorable bags and matching tissue paper. Just another reason to love Target, right?

4. What's your favourite cross training activity?
My fave cross training exercise is the cross trainer elliptical type machine at my gym. I'm not 100% sure of the name of it, but you can choose speeds from walking to running and different levels. You'll surely leave tired and sweaty if you pick an challenging level and speed! Swimming is something I am determined to make a part of my workouts. Mom and tot swims should be happening before I head back to work! 

5. If you came to visit me, we would:
  • go to the Farmers Market on Saturday morning
  • walk along the boardwalk from the market with our treats and coffee
  • go to Peggy's Cove for an hour or two
  • grab lunch somewhere, such as Rhubarb on the way back from Peggy's Cove? 
  • head down to Wolfville and go apple picking, maybe catch the Farmers Market there, too?!
  • show you around Wolfville and head out to the beautiful look out in the Canning area
  • head back to the city for dinner at our fave thai restaurant, or maybe our fave pizza place and then grab dessert at The Sweet Hereafter 
  • head back home for a more relaxing evening, wine and a movie? 
6. You have 2 weeks off of work and 2 round trip plane tickets to ANYWHERE. Where would you go and who would you take?Anywhere?! Fly to London for a couple of days, then Paris for a couple of days. From there, head to Switzerland, Austria and Italy for 10 days. I'd take Kenny I guess ha! ;)

7. What's the most embarrassing thing that has ever happened to you during a run or race?
Hmmm, not exactly sure? I remember scaring the crap out of an older gentleman on the trail around my house a while back. I didn't mean to and I felt terrible. Some of my race photos are pretty embarrassing!

8. Tell me the 3 best days of your life. Or at least the first 3 that pop into your mind.
  • When T was born! Seriously an overwhelming and awesome day! 

  • The day I ran my first full marathon. That was SUCH a fun day. Ran my race then we took off down the Coast of California and stopped in Monterey for the night. We went out for dinner, walked along their waterfront and went to Trader Joes' before crashing for the night. 

  • Our wedding!  
P.S Do yourself a favour and invest in a GOOD photographer, lol!!
9. Okay, you HAVE to eat a fast food meal. What restaurant would you choose and what would you order?
Does fast food include Chipotle?! Because you don't have to make me eat that! A chicken burrito bowl! Bad fast food? I love the asiago chicken burger from Wendy's and the hot dogs from Costco restaurant are delicious!

10. Have you ever met a celebrity?
Not sure that I have met a big time celebrity, but I lived a few houses down from LL Cool J, saw Jimmy Fallon, David Letterman, Jay Leno, Kim Kardashian, Steve Carell, Imagine Dragons and others on late night show live tapings. 

11. A "no work out clothes" photo.
If I'm not in scrubs or work out clothes, it's safe to say I'll be in jeans and a sweater/cardigan. 

I nominate y'all! :)
Answer the questions and nominate a few of your fave bloggers! 

Friday, November 14, 2014

Life Lately, a Great Song and A Wicked Workout

Well, Hello! As you can tell I've been taking some time away from my blog, not sure if it was my overtime screen time with catching up on Good Wife or what, but I felt a need to step back for a bit. I'd say a little break calls for a random post, eh?



  • Poor Sadie. We noticed her limping after running, playing ball, anything active. If you know Sadie, being active is her life. A tennis ball=Sadie's prized possession. We hummed and hawed about going to the vet because it was likely just a sprain, but then it kept happening over a month or so. So, the vet is where we went. An x-ray and exam later, she has a knee issue with the socket where her ligaments enter, it's very shallow and causes inflammation after strenuous activity. It's something glucosamine and limited activity can help. We were beyond thankful and relieved it wasn't hip dysplasia or arthritis. P.S Thanks Google for having me convinced it was one of those two options. I wonder when I will learn that Google diagnosing is for the birds? 




  • My little bug got weighed yesterday to see if he moved on up from the big 8th percentile ;) He gained two pounds and is now in the 10th percentile. My Doctor, who I love and am so excited that she took us as patients) isn't worried about him and it's "just him". He's a lean mean eatin' machine! He also got his first dose of the flu shot. I really don't know where I stand with the flu shot, but where he's so young I wanted him to be protected. 



  • Nice photo quality, hey? Not. I downgraded to an iPhone 4 from my 5 a few weeks ago thanks to a faulty antenna that Apple or Rogers wouldn't do anything about. SO, we're switching companies and getting new phones. It's a ridiculous deal which ends up being cheaper than my current plan with a plain ole' 4! 



  • Christmas is right around the corner. Gahh, I'm so excited. I think I will start putting some decorations up soon. No Christmas tree until into December, though. A Christmas tree will be interesting with a very mobile 10 month old, hey? I ordered part of my secret santa gift yesterday. I am slowly starting to love online shopping. Tracking your package is so much fun ha! 

Our first married Christmas. I'm infected with strep throat here :D


  • Speaking of Christmas, this is the first year we've done Christmas cards. They're en route to us as I type. If you want one, let me know;) They do not include our family pictures we got taken a few weeks ago as they did not turn out. Freaking cold and windy with a sick little boy. Thankfully she offered us a re shoot and I picked (early) next fall when it's warmer. 



  • I was talking to my nephew Adam about this the other day. Ever have a song that just helps you? He was saying that Tenth Avenue North has been a big help to him. The song that I have really been helped by is Overwhelmed by Big Daddy Weave. Have a listen! 


  • There's gonna be some of that white stuff tonight. What do they call it, snow? It makes me cry? Ha! I guess November calls for some of it. This winter I want to do all sorts of fun activities, I'm determined to make T love winter when he is growing up! 
  • Here's a great workout I'll leave with you. Do this followed by some good cardio and I guarantee you that you'll leave the gym (or your house) sweaty and tired! 

Here's to the weekend! Have an awesome weekend, see ya Monday!

Is your schedule filling up with Christmas parties already? Yay! :D
Any favourite songs lately?
Workout that you find difficult? Jump rope! Holy cow!  

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Thursday Thoughts #34 of 2014

Happy Thursday to you guys! Thanks to Amanda (right off the bat) for hosting Thinking Out Loud today.

I'll get  right to some Thursday thoughts for the week!

1. I've been patiently waiting for our family photos to come back to us. I'm a little nervous as to how they turned out because the day was super cold and windy. Props to our photographer though, because she offered to re-do our shoot if we're not happy!

2. Speaking of family photos, I've been drooling over minted Christmas cards. They are most definitely out of my price range though, but they're stunning. If you're interested in similar ones, groupon has a deal for $70 worth of printed goods for $27. I am actually having a hard time deciding on which style to go with as there are tons of beautiful options! Also, if you use the code OFF5 today then you save an extra 5%. Not too shabby, eh?
P.S I promise no one told me to do that. lol!

3. Christmas is in full bloom in the stores here and I love it. :D Target with my tiny man in some reindeer antlers. Yep, I'm that mom ;)

4. Starbucks is being weird this year. In Western Canada they took away the gingerbread latte and out East here they took away the eggnog latte. Not gonna lie, I'm happy they decided to keep the #gbl our East. I love that thing!

5. My friend Leah... Hi Leah! and I have been binge watching The Good Wife. We're at the same place in the show and since she lives in CT, we message about it all the time. Ha!

6. I tried running again last night with Sadie and within the first 1km my achilles was sore. This injury seriously can feel free to leave now. It's been since August!! Achilles tendonitis...go away.

7. Instead of running these days, I have been loving quick and dirty workouts like tabata- plyometric workouts. I've also been loving group workouts like Body Pump and Flow.

8. Tomorrow I'll share a delicious almost-sugar free recipe with you. It's a baked oatmeal that I made last night. Baked oatmeal has got to be one of my fave foods to make ahead.

9. I forget if I posted this a few days ago or not. I finally got a pic of my nephew with T. They're both so cute :D

10. In honor of #tbt, here's my midterm schedule from 2010 in Hygiene school. Gahh, those were some stressful days, and rightly so! ha!

What would your TBT be today?
Christmas decorations- after US Thanksgiving or later/before?
Leave me some of your random Thursday Thoughts! 

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