Tuesday things {Day in the life}

afitmess
March 15, 2017

Good morning! Yesterday was a full, but fun day with the girls. I thought it would be a good day to share as a Day in the Life post. This is a typical day for us when I am home with the girls.

 

5:45 am: My alarm went off several times before I eventually got up. I went downstairs and poured myself some coffee and settled into the couch. I reviewed my recent post and hit “publish”, answered some emails, and checked out social media.

6:30 am: Ashlyn came downstairs and we snuggled for a bit on the couch. I turned on a show for her and then I loaded the dishwasher and threw in a load of laundry.

 

7:00 am: Maddie is up and downstairs. The girls want a smoothie so I quickly make one using strawberries, bananas, yogurt, and almond milk. I also add a small scoop of nut butter and flaxseed.

7:30 am: The girls play while I make myself a protein pancake. After I took this pic I topped it with cinnamon and sunbutter. I also had some blackberries.

8:00 am: The girls have breakfast and we all sit at the table. I made them bacon, tortillas, beans, broccoli, and applesauce. Kind of random, I know.

Afterwards, the girls play a bit longer while I clean up the kitchen, answer a few emails, unload the dishwasher and fold the laundry.

9:30 am: We are all dressed and out the door. We are headed to Pump It Up, an indoor amusement place full of inflatables. On our way we share some Larabar bites. The mint chocolate is definitely my new favorite!

10:00 – 12:00 pm: The girls play for two hours before I eventually coerce them to leave. Next time I’m going to bring a book so I can sit and read while they play. They could have easily stayed for another hour.

12:30 pm: We are home and I make the girls a quick lunch of chicken and rice noodles, olives, and cucumbers.

I also make them some “ghost” popsicles (banana with nut butter rolled in coconut flakes.

I also reheat some leftovers for myself – chicken thighs, broccoli, and avocado.

2:00 pm: Ashlyn is down for her nap and Maddie has quiet time while I work. I start this post, make a few phone calls, and then have a couple of Fig Bars and some milk.

I think about doing a quick upper body workout, but I just can’t get motivated so I play with Maddie and we wait for sissy to wake up.

 

3:00 pm: My thredUp items arrive and I open the box to review the goods. The top is Lululemon ($14.99) and the shoes are Forever 21 and I think they were less than $10. Super cute. I love everything! If you haven’t tried thredUp then now’s the time. Use my referral link and get $10 to spend!

4:00 pm: Ashlyn is up and we have fun with Play-doh and coloring before the girls are hungry for dinner. I also fill the washing machine with more clothes and start another load of laundry.

 

5:00 pm: I make chicken tacos and peas for the girls. They also have an apple and some plantains.

Mommy has some wine and then I sit at the table and try to review our summer camp stuff. We are making some progress on the plans!

 

5:00 pm: After dinner the girls help me go through some of their baby clothing to give to a friend of Matt’s who is expecting a baby girl soon. They couldn’t believe they were once that small!

6:00 pm: Matt’s home from work and I am off to shower and get cleaned up. I eat leftover chicken tacos and coleslaw, prep our lunches (the girls and mine) and get the kitchen cleaned up.

 

7:00 pm: We let the girls watch a show on TV and I pick up the house.

 

7:45 pm: PJs, teeth, bedtime stories, sips of water, and then finally lights out. Matt and I settle in for some Netflix, we talk a bit, I foam roll, check email and text my sister for a while.

 

9:45 pm: In bed and lights out.

The End.

 

 

Wednesday things

afitmess
March 8, 2017
A Fit Mess

Hey there. How are things? I don’t know about you, but I think this week needs to just go ahead and end already. I am dragging because my sleep hasn’t been that great. I’ve been going to bed absolutely exhausted and then once I’m in bed it takes me forever to fall asleep. My mind bounces around and I just can’t relax. I also keep waking up at night – at least once – drenched in sweat. Ugh. Not sure what is going on here, but I hope it passes.

 

Anyway, since it’s obvious I am having trouble focusing, I thought I’d share a few of the random thoughts that are occupying my mind lately. Hey, maybe this will help me sort things out! As always, I love hearing your input and suggestions. Please feel free to share your thoughts below.

 

What’s been stressing me out:

 

Summer camps

Boy, do these fill up fast! Everyone I talk to about summer camps tells me we should have lined ours up back in January. [Insert panic attack now.] I have a few ideas in mind, it’s just a matter of sitting down with my calendar and contacting places. For some reason, it just feels like such a big project. And summer seems so far away (especially when we are expecting snow this weekend! Whaaaat?!). Anyway, this is definitely a priority for me!

A Fit Mess

My schedule

I’m still adjusting to a new morning routine with the girls and an abbreviated work schedule. I can’t seem to find the right rhythm and I end up scrambling and rushing from place to place. I rush the girls to school, race to work, and then run around trying to catch up on everything before I leave. Getting out the door in the morning seems to have gotten harder. I’m trying to make things a bit easier in the morning by prepping the girls’ lunches the night before, packing my gym bag and the kids’ backpacks ahead of time, and laying out all of our clothes the night before. I’m hoping these changes will help a bit. I had such a good routine before so maybe it will get better with some more practice.

 

What’s bringing me down:

 

Unplanned expenses

I really, really hate these, don’t you? I recently broke the frames of my glasses and brought them to my optometrist to be fixed. The technician told me that my frames could not be repaired so I had to buy a whole new pair of frames on the spot. And this woman was so unfriendly and seemed to be bothered that I even showed up that day. I ended up buying the only pair of frames I was told would fit my lenses. I couldn’t even see what they looked like before buying them – I popped them on later that day when I was at the office. I think they’ll do, but man what a b that lady was!

 

I also got a big, fat bill from a physical therapy appointment I had back in October. At the time I was told it would be covered by my insurance and now I have a $600 bill! I must have called Patient Relations half a dozen times to get the issue resolved and no one will call me back. So frustrating!

 

Annnddd, I have to get braces. My bite keeps shifting and I’ve been chipping my teeth so my dentist recommended I get Invisalign. Honestly, it’s probably a good idea since I have chipped my teeth three times in the last six months. I thought I was done after my retainer days in highschool.

Right?

 

Okay…I’m sounding a bit like Debbie Downer so let’s shift to some more positive thoughts.

 

What I’m enjoying:

 

CrossFit

I am going on my second week of CrossFit and so far it’s going well. I am learning A LOT and liking it, but I can’t wait to feel more comfortable stepping inside the box. I feel awkward doing some of the more complicated movements (can we just talk about how difficult snatches are?!), but I’m sticking with it and taking it slow. Right now I’m trying to focus on form and getting the movements down. Luckily, everyone has been super nice and encouraging. The coaches have been very helpful in class. What an awesome community!

 

Orangetheory

Still really love going to the group classes at OTF. I love the intervals and the fun atmosphere. If they had childcare I’d be there every day (hint-hint, guys). If you haven’t tried OTF then you need to get on that (first class is free!).

 

Blogging

Recently I mentioned that I was going to start cutting back on blogging for a few reasons. Mostly, I was starting to feel a bit overwhelmed with creating so much content. And I also felt a bit burnt out on writing. Once I took the pressure off and spent some time away from blogging, my thoughts shifted and I felt better about everything. Ironically, I started writing more. Taking some time off – whether from writing or another hobby, can really energize you. I’m feeling really excited about blogging these days. I love having a hobby that is so expressive and enjoyable. And I am so happy you are here, too.

 

What I’m looking forward to:

 

Mexico

In just one month Matt and I will have our first real vacation together since becoming parents. While we have done a few overnight stays here and there, we haven’t been away, away in a loooonnng time. I cannot wait! And I’m so grateful that my mother-in-law is able to come and stay with the girls while we travel. We couldn’t have done it without her help!

 

Spring

I’m not a cold weather person. I need the sunshine and the warm temps. I love the springtime when you can spend tons of time outdoors and the flowers are blooming. We love this park near our house because there is a beautiful rose garden we can walk through and explore with the girls. There’s also a playground and tons of picnic area to enjoy.

 

What’s got you down these days? Any positive thoughts to share?