Monday, June 30, 2014

I'm back!

Life has been hectic! Actually, way beyond hectic!

I've found that the end of the school year this year was completely insane!

We had a Kindergarten concert, where the parents came back to our room, getting end of year gifts for the boys' teachers, report cards, running and trying to keep my head above water, I haven't had a chance to get on here are blog lately. Most nights I've been falling asleep on the couch around 9ish and there were even a couple nights where I actually fell asleep before Joseph even headed up to bed (he goes up at 8)!

However, the summer is here and I'm so excited to get back to sharing my life with everyone! I've got lots of plans with the boys this summer and lots of things to share with you!

I've pretty much let a lot of things slips, not just my blog. My weight is actually going in the wrong direction and is in need of some serious attention. Starting today is when the eating and the exercise get back on track. I'm still aiming for my sub 30:00 5K time by the end of the year so being a smaller size/weight will be helpful!

I also have to catch up on my Project 365. I have the pictures, they're just not on here! But they will be! Soon. Well, soonish!

I hope a lot of you have stuck around and still enjoy reading!

Happy summer!

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Friday, June 13, 2014

I don't want to be a soccer mom!

Are you watching or planning to watch any of the World Cup from Brazil?

I'll watch a little bit here or there, but I'm not as crazy into it as a lot of people are.

I'm not a soccer fan and I'm kind of hoping not to be a soccer mom.

Please no!

I don't understand soccer. I understand why people play it, I just can't wrap my head around all the rules. All I really get is if it goes in the net, they score, if it goes out on the sideline, it's a throw in and if it goes out by the net it's a corner kick!

For now, that'll get me through.

Joseph has just started to play soccer and luckily we aren't at the point where the rules matter. He just enjoys running around, kicking the ball and having water breaks.

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Instead, I'd prefer to be a baseball mom and a hockey mom.

Either way, whatever my boys get into I'll be there #1 supporter! I can't wait to watch them wherever they go in life!

Are you kids in sports?

Are you watching the World Cup?
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Tuesday, June 10, 2014

I'm joining a running club

Yes, you did read that correctly!

I'm joining a running club tomorrow.

They're called the Nomads and I see them at a lot of the local races (like the Bread and Honey Race I did on Sunday).

One of the mothers at the school I teach at is a part of the Nomads and she said that joining would probably be one of the best things for my running.

They train at the high school track around the corner every Wednesday where they do speed work, something I'm lacking in my training but don't really know where to begin.

I'm nervous about going tomorrow, but I'm hoping to make some new running friends, possibly a fancy singlet and get my sub 30 5K time!

Are you part of a running club?

Any tips?
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Monday, June 9, 2014

Bread and Honey Race 2014

I've decided that this is going to be one of those 'every year races'.

Last year, it kind of sucked. The humidity was insane, I wasn't prepared, my pants were falling down and it just sucked.

This year, I was a seasoned pro!

Ok, maybe not a pro, but I knew the course and had many more races under my belt.

I went and picked up my race kit with the boys on Friday night, got my fancy singlet and my bib. I also got a nice, new water bottle which is now Joseph's and the boys got some cookies. It was slightly chaotic though and I didn't get any safety pins. Luckily, I had some at home.

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I posted my bib number picture to Instagram (not really a concern of it being stolen like the Boston Marathon ones) and came to find out that another local blogger (whose posts are great and race pictures are AMAZING) was going to be there too. I was hoping to finally meet her, but there were lots of people. I caught a glimpse of her, but she was in the corral and I was waiting in the line to get into it (we had to squeeze past the port-a-potty line).

I settled into the middle, started the watch (did it nice and early after the Nike Women's Great Watch Debacle) and was ready for the gun to go off.

My plan was to start off slow because of the hill that nearly killed me last year. I went out with a 6:30 split. Not great, but with the amount of people and the hill, I was okay with it.

Splits were all over from there, but the second one was under 6:00. I finished with an average of 6:14, which makes me happy.

As I was running, I noticed a mother and her daughter. The daughter is on my cross-country team at the school I teach at and the mom is an awesome runner who has run multiple Bostons despite having four little kiddoes age 4 to 8). I ran with them from about the half way point to the end of the race.

My only negative parts were my stupidity in taking Gatorade instead of taking water and I needed a quick :15 walk break at the end before my last big kick.

I pushed myself at the end and came up with a time of 31:25:00!
My new personal best in the 5K!

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The best part was att the end of the race. I ran into one of my students and her family! She and her sister had run the 1K and her older brother and sister ran the 5K. She had a big smile on her face. It was really nice to see and of course I'll be acknowledging it at school this week!

Next up, Green Germann Canada Day 5K where I will run the 5K and Joseph is going to run the 1K kids race! I'm really excited to get him running with me.

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Wednesday, June 4, 2014

The Boys {an update}

I realized recently that while I share a lot of pictures of the boys on Instagram and during my Project 365 weekly post (which is slightly behind) I haven't really shared what they've been up to.

I can't believe how busy two little boys can keep you!

Joseph is now 3 and 1/2 years old and he definitely is a precocious little monster. He's definitely flourishing in his preschool and it's making me slightly reluctant to pull him from daycare during the summer, but I'll try to keep up with him. He's able to print his name, can count to 100 (with a little help) and is starting to read. He also never, ever stops talking. He's started vocalizing his imaginative play a little more so it's really funny to hear the conversations his trains or cars have with one another.

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He loves being active. This past weekend, he started his soccer season. It's most just lessons since there are only 5 kids. He absolutely loves it and is quite good at it. He's also in Preschool B in his swimming lessons and is doing really well but he won't put his face into the water! Once this round of lessons are finished, we'll just start swimming at my parents and then start lessons again the winter. I'm thinking of starting him in martial arts in the Fall though. He's also learned how to ride his bike with training wheels.

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His eczema has gotten a whole lot better since the weather has changed. I'm expecting that we might get some flare-ups as the weather gets warmer, but hopefully a salt-water pool and lots of cream will help keep the patches away. We're currently dealing with cradle cap which is starting to cause a bald spot in his hair. Luckily, it's long enough that it's hidden.

I can't wait to see what he grows up to do. He's so smart yet so funny that he could go in almost any direction.

Andrew is still my little baby. He's 19 months (what?) and is definitely a clumsy little boy. We keep joking that we're going to put him in a helmet and face mask so that he stops bumping himself on everything. He loves snuggling, singing 'Row, Row, Row Your Boat' and running around naked. He is one funny little kid!

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He is still reluctant to talk. He has about 20 words tops and there are some times where he chooses not to talk at all (especially if there are other people around). Sometimes, this is fantastic because Joseph definitely makes up for the lack of noise coming from Andrew. We're working on it, but he's just content doing what he's doing. He's really good at playing by himself and he loves being outside. He could play at the park or in the backyard for the entire day.

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He definitely looks up to and emulates his big brother. They've started to actually play together without fighting (except for wrestling). We've started to hear a lot of laughing and giggling as opposed to crying and stealing and fighting. It's nice to watch them, but I still need to play referee every once in awhile to make sure no one gets hurt.

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I might be crazy, but I'm starting to play his second birthday already. He still loves Cars so we're going with a Cars/Lightning McQueen party. I'm hoping it hangs around until then though.

That's where my munchkins are now! I can't believe how fast time goes! Before I know it they'll be off to University!

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Do you have kids? How old are they?
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Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Garlic and Butter Shrimp Pasta

My husband is half-Italian and loves pasta.

My boys are 1/4 Italian and absolutely pasta.

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I, however, am not Italian, nor do I enjoy pasta all the much.

Turns out, I don't mind pasta but I'm not a huge fan of tomato sauce (surprising since I don't like tomatoes either)!

I now have a simple recipe that I can have when the boys have their pasta without having to do much 'secondary' cooking (a.k.a making an entire second meal).

It's a really yummy garlic and butter shrimp pasta.

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1 1/2 cups of almost cooked pasta
Shrimp (as much as you would like)
2 Tbsp of butter
2 cloves of garlic
1 1/2 Tbsp of olive oil


Cook the pasta like you normally would. While the pasta is cooking, remove the tails of the shrimp, dice up the garlic and stick both into a bowl with the olive oil. Once the pasta is almost ready, put 2 Tbsps (or more/less) into a frying pan on medium heat. Once the butter is melted and bubbling, dump the shrimp and garlic into the pan and let it cook for about 45 seconds to a minute (or until the shrimp is pink). Turn the heat down a bit more and add the pasta. Mix it all together (I find a fork works well for this) and let the butter and garlic mix into the pasta. Let sit for about a minute. Eat!

The thing that I love about this recipe is that you can adjust it to what you need. I make a cup and a half of pasta so that I can have some left over for lunch the next day. If you like really garlicky food, than you can add more garlic. If you're watching what you eat than you can adjust the butter and pasta.

If you try the recipe, let me know how it goes!

Are you a pasta lover??

What's your favourite food?

What's your favourite thing to make?
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Sunday, June 1, 2014

June {aka The Month I get Back in Shape}

I've noticed that I'm a little bit cushier in places that I wasn't so cushy in prior to the winter.

Not happy about that.

I just don't feel great right now either.

It's time to get myself back on track.

 I've already started to get my eating right. I've been tracking in My Fitness Pal everyday for about a week and I do have to say that it is helping me make decisions about whether I'm hungry or just eating because. It's made me stop and think about food a little more (which I'm not a fan of but need to do).

My big sticking point right now is my fitness. The last thing I want to do is go for a run or do any type of working out. I'd rather take a lawn chair, sit in the backyard, read and have some time with the boys. I also have report cards to write which takes up a good chunk of time.

So, I've decided to hop on the every so popular monthly challenges that appear on Facebook and Pinterest. I was going to do a bunch of different ones! However, I found one that covers everything I am looking for. Luckily, my running miles will still be fairly low during this month so it shouldn't interfere with my running.

Here it is:

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Tomorrow I'm going to take a before picture and I'm hoping to see some changes in the after picture!

Are you going to join me in the challenge??

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