Monday, September 30, 2013

I ran 12 kilometers!

I'm back on a semi-schedule for my half-marathon training.
 
On Saturday, I ran 12 kilometers.

Can't say I ended up in paradise, but I felt great!
 
The farthest I've gone previously was 15 kilometers, but that was more walking than running.
 
This time, I ran more than I walked and I really only walked because I was at stop lights. Alright, there was one time I walked for about 10 seconds because my knee was a little sore, but I smacked myself in the butt (not literally though) and kept running.
 
After the run, we needed more milk so I went to the conveinence store and bought myself a chocolate milk, 2 Powerades and a bag of Skittles trying to get myself rehydrated and some sugar in me quick!
 
I'm quite proud of how I'm doing considering work and everything else is quite crazy! I'm hoping to get in at least 18 or 19 km in before the half marathon in less than a month! We'll see how it goes though. If I need to walk the half than I'll still be happy that I finished it.
 
On another note, I'm down to 154 lbs. Only 4 more pounds to go before I hit my pre-pregnancy weight with Joseph! The lowest I ever remember being is 148lbs so maybe I'll get there before the half-marathon. Either way I'm really pleased with my progress!

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Wednesday, September 25, 2013

On The Go Giveaway!

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Monday, September 23, 2013

Oasis Zoo Run 5K

 
On Saturday, I ran in the Oasis Zoo Run at the Toronto Zoo.



I had a good time, but man was I soaked.

It was rain, rain and more rain. I'm talking, 80%, 90% chance of rain, not just the usual 40% or 60%.

Anyway, The Husband decided to come out to the race, even though it was raining, because we know the rain doesn't bother Joseph and he loves the zoo enough that he'd probably overlook it. Turns out we were right.

We got to the zoo after the 10K started so there was a bit of a wait getting into the parking lot and finding a spot. We unloaded the boys, left their dry clothes in the car and headed to the entrance.

As soon as we turned, I stepped into a gigantic puddle. Well, the idea of my feet getting wet and having to run in wet feet was quickly shot down. They were soaked and there was no turning back from there.

I picked up my race kit (nice and easy), pinned on my bib and headed into the zoo. The boys and The Husband brought me to the crowd of the starting line, wished me good luck and headed off to see the Giant Pandas (an indoor exhibit).

Looking at my bib, I was placed in the Yellow corral. I walked past the purple, then past the green and then into the blue. Thinking it was yellow I was beginning to question why I was so close to the front. That's when a nice older lady pointed out that I still needed to move up a corral. Huh?? That's the second wave! There's no way I'm up there. Turns out I was and I'm still not sure why.

Anyway, the first wave went off, we started 4 minutes after them and from there it was one rainy blur of uphills, downhills, animals, strollers, walkers and really speedy runners. I honestly couldn't tell you what the course looked like because it was all in and out and up and down. Here's what the race website gave us. If you can make sense of it let me know.



I just remember keeping my head down so I didn't get rain in my eyes and running as hard as I could.

I ran until the water/Gatorade station (about 3.5km in), had a quick walk break while drinking my Gatorade and then picked up the running again. I stopped to walk again around 4k when my ITBS started to flare up a bit. I also knew there was a gigantic hill at the end so I wanted to save my knee for that as well.

Photo: Oasis Zoo Run finisher!! Not the greatest time (33:54). The rain and hills really slowed me down but I ran a large majority of it! Next up CIBC Run for the Cure in October and then the half! 
 I finished in a time of 33:54. Not my greatest 5K time, but I think that with the rain and the hills I did fairly well. I was really concerned I wasn't going to be able to participate at all because of my knee but it held up well. I'm hoping that it means good things for my half marathon training.

Next up, the CIBC Run for the Cure on October 6th, with my Momstown posse! Then the Niagara Half Marathon on October 27th.

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Thursday, September 19, 2013

I'm still here!

I'm still here!! I promise!
 
I've been so busy.
 
First, Blogger is blocked at work so I can't get onto it to do anything at work (imagine having to work at work!), then I go racing from school to pick up the boys at 4:00, then back home before the traffic begins. I spend my time catering to them, making dinner and squeezing in a run or two. After they go to bed, I try to get some work done, but more often than not, I fall asleep on the couch around 9. Such an exciting life!
 
I promise this weekend, I'll get caught up and have some new posts for next week. I have lots of stuff from school to share, some cute little stories and soon it will be Andrew's birthday so I'll be sharing all the details of his Farm birthday party!
 
So please, hang around!
 
I hope you all have a fantastic Friday!

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Tuesday, September 10, 2013

It always happens....

...just when I really enjoy something or plan something big.

This time it's with my running.

I hit a wall. Not literally, although my knees would probably question that.
 
It's actually a pretty big wall called Iliotibial Band Syndrome.
 
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The spot where that finger is pointing is where my pain is located.
 
Two weekends ago, I ran 6 miles. I was supposed to run 5 but misread my schedule and pushed myself to 6. I dragged myself through it (over an hour) and ignored the pain. It meant barely being able to walk the rest of the day and hobbling around on the Monday. I spent the rest of the week on the sidelines watching everyone else enjoy running in the lovely, cooler fall weather.
 
This past weekend, I just tried to drag my butt out. Didn't get very far at all. I made it 0.43 km before I had to stop when I started feeling pain. Now, I need to spend time with my foam roller, stretching and lots of ice. Not impressed.
 
I'm still planning on heading to Niagara Falls for my half marathon on October 27th and I'll be in the race whether it's walking or running or a combination of both. I'm hoping more running, but my goal has definitely been altered. Now I'll just be hoping to finish under or around 3 hours.
 
I have another race coming up on September 21st. It's called the Zoo Run and it takes place at the Toronto Zoo. We literally get to run around the zoo, past all the animals and into some 'behind the scenes' areas. It's only a 5 km, so I'll be able to push myself a little more depending on how my knees feel and hopefully get close to a good time (for me). Afterwards, we're going to spend the rest of the day at the zoo. I'm quite excited about this.
 
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We run by the giraffes!!
 
Food wise, I'm doing well, but it's mostly because I'm back to work. I find I enjoy eating at work and getting to know my co-workers more than at previous schools I've been to. I find I fit in a lot better and love some of the conversations going on. Plus, I hate rushing out for lunch and racing back to eat it before recess is done. I need to figure out dinners a little more and hopefully I can start sharing some more recipes!
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Monday, September 9, 2013

I survived Week 1!

As I stated last Tuesday, it was my first week as a full-time working mommy!
 
Holy crap, I'm exhausted!!
 
I'm thinking that I definitely handled it really well though. The boys made it to daycare everyday, dressed in appropriate clothing (the temperature really cooled off one day) and relatively clean!
 
Joseph had a really tough time with the transition and spends most of the day repeating "Mommy, Daddy, Joseph, Andrew, go home". I checked with the teacher to see if they considered him a disruption (I told her to be honest because I can read through the lines) and she said he wasn't. It's more during transition from one activity to the other and he eventually settles down. I'm hoping it won't take too much longer for him to settle in completely.
 
As for me, my head is spinning!!!
 
I'm up to 33 munchkins in my class ranging from 3 -5 year olds and they're definitely a handful. The boys are very physical and very busy, the girls love the house center and my little, little ones are just in awe.
 
Each day I had a couple criers, only two that really lasted all day, and mostly it was just the sheer magnitude of the number of parents, kids and toys in the classroom that set them off. Oh, there was only one toilet accident too, just because she was too shy to ask to go to the bathroom. We got it all fixed, had Mom explain that she can go without asking (bathrooms are in the classroom) and that was that.
 
I'm still getting everything set up. I took a long time to get into my classroom to get it ready since they were doing construction so we're just finishing everything up now. It's a good thing the curriculum is play-based so that I can sneak in some set up time while they play.
 
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What my classroom looked like only a few days before the start of school.

Unfortunately, I haven't gotten any new pictures of my classroom setup, but I promise I'll get some and share them with you. I'm trying to make sure it's fun, inviting and educational for the kids.
 
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New carpet!!
 
To add to the craziness, my car broke down. The battery decided it was done, so I had to get a new one put in. Now it works perfectly and it should for the next long while!!
 
Off to start week #2!
 
Anyone else start a new school year recently? How did it go?
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Thursday, September 5, 2013

Cute, Easy Rag Quilt


I currently have two good friends that are very close to having babies in September (one on the 18th and one on the 21st). Both of them are team green so I went with fairly gender neutral materials (even though I think they're both having girls).
 
I'd made a rag quilt before and decided that it would be perfect to snuggle the little babies in, especially during the cold winter and pretty easy to make given my two little distractions (thank you Joseph and Andrew).
 
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The instructions for each step are underneath each picture (please read all instructions before starting):


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I went to one of my favourite fabric stores, picked out four flannel fabrics (a set called Flirty Birds) and had them cut me one yard of each of the fabrics. DO NOT was your fabric before.

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The next step is to cut the fabric and batting into squares. You need to cut out:
14 9-inch squares from two of the flannel fabrics
16 9-inch squares from the other two flannel fabrics
30 7-inch squares from the batting


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I decided to iron my creases out afterwards (when I was cutting I made sure the fabric was pulled tight) because I was having trouble dealing with the large amount of fabric on my ironing board).

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Take one of your squares, place it right side down and place one of the batting squares directly in the middle.
 
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Take a second piece of the same fabric used in Step 4 and place it right side up on top to make a sandwich. I used 4 pins to hold everything together.
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Take the 'sandwiches' you made and line up one corner in your sewing machine. Sew straight from that corner to the opposite corner. Turn the 'sandwich' around, and continue sewing to make an 'X' through the square.
 
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Lay out your quilt to figure out how you would like it to look. I decided to go with a specific pattern, but you can decide you want to move square around so that it's not so geometric. Also, take a picture so that you remember what it looks like and you have a quick reference to see the perfect way you wanted it.
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Take two of your pieces and sew them together with a 1-inch seam. With this quilt, you aren't trying to hide the seam. In fact, it will be the 'raggy' part so you want it facing outward.
 
 
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Take the first row of your quilt and sew all 5 pieces together, with the seams all facing out. Watch when you sew them together that any fabric that has a specific pattern (in my case, the birds), is facing the direction you want it to. I had to double check them all before I sewed because I completely forgot about that part.
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Once you've sewn an entire row together, it's time to start attaching them to one another. You need to ensure the seams are down when you sew them together. Line up your seams on your two rows and when you pin, take the time to pin the seams down as well. It's one less thing to worry about when the fabric is going through the machine.
 
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 After you have all of the pieces and rows sewn together, it's time to create the 'raggy' effect. Take a pair of fabric scissors (spring back ones work best and don't tire out your hands or create blisters) and cut the seam leaving space between the sewn seam and the end of the cut. You DO NOT want to cut the areas that you have sewn or you'll be sewing again.
 
 
The last step is to wash your quilt. Because I made them for babies, I washed them in a very gentle detergent in cold water on a normal cycle. For drying, I used the normal heat, but I set my dryer for 20 minutes. My quilt didn't dry in the time, but I needed to go out and empty the lint trap. It fills up very quickly. I did two more 30 minute drying cycles (cleaning the lint trap each time) and then took it outside and shook it just to get those last few little pieces off.
 
Then, I wrap them up and took one to my friend's baby shower and the other friend I met for lunch and gave it to her there! They were both really appreciative and I can't wait to see the munchkins snuggled in them.
 
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There's also a video that I used to get some tips from. You can find it here.
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Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Back to School & Photo Dump

Yesterday was my first day back at school. I'm completely exhausted. I only had my Senior Kindergarten kids so we only had 15 kids. Today, some of the Junior Kindergarten kids will start to arrive and then the rest will come Thursday and Friday. Yesterday, I had one student cry about 3 or 4 times, mostly at transition times. I also had one student have an accident so we had to change clothes early on.
 
So, because I'm so exhausted, I've decided to just do a quick photo dump today and tomorrow I'll share my newest craft! I can't wait to share. I'm hoping that on the weekend I'll be able to get some posts scheduled for next week.
 
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He can actually take 4 or 5 steps without the help of a toy!
 
 
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Joseph's first movie!
 
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Lemonade after the fair!
 
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 Standing at Legoland!!
 
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 Joseph made a race car, raced it down the ramp and was having a blast at Legoland!
 
 
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Who is this crazy big boy? He's huge!
 
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Showing off the turkey that Auntie Sara got for him. He actually slept with it!

I hope you all have a great day!
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