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A Breakfast/Coffee Date

Yesterday I was recovering from a bad night of feeling sick to my stomach. I had zero sleep for the second time in a few days and I just didn’t have it in me for a coffee date.

So instead, happy Saturday! Let’s chat over breakfast, or coffee, or a protein shake (which is what I’m having at the moment.)

If we were having breakfast, I’d tell you that I am so over whatever sickness is bothering C this week. I thought it was from her molars coming in, but now I’m not sure. She is so congested that she gets to coughing at night and then, well I won’t finish that sentence since we’re at breakfast….

If we were having breakfast, I’d tell you that I love the warmer weather that spring brings, but hate how busy it makes work for my husband. Planting will likely begin this weekend since it’s dry enough, although there’s quite a bit of rain in the forecast for tomorrow, so they might hold off… A lot of rain is bad right after planting, a little sprinkle is ok. It looks like we have 3/4″ on our way though and that’s not the best outlook when you just planted hundreds or thousands of acres of corn.

If we were having breakfast, I would tell you about the new sink I had installed this week. It’s beautiful charcoal granite and it’s stain proof, and won’t scratch or crack. It’s so much bigger than our old stainless crappy sink so now I should be able to do dishes without changing the water 2-3 times.

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If we were having breakfast, I would tell you that I’ve been eating like crap lately, my office (aka parents house) is in the midst of a kitchen remodel. So there’s no way to fix food except a crappy old countertop microwave that scorches my food. They are closer to being done, but it still seems like a lifetime until their countertops arrive and appliances are installed. I never want to go through a kitchen remodel! Here’s hoping our next home has an already updated kitchen!

If we were having breakfast, I’d tell you that C had her Parents as Teachers visit this week. She is at good developmental for all of the things they checked – communication, fine motor, gross motor, social, problem solving etc. but we have a few things to work on like jumping, putting words together, mimicking me when I make faces and a few other things. We’ll be working on those things in the coming weeks since it gives us some new activities to do!

If we were having breakfast/coffee etc, what would you tell me??

What Parenthood is Really Like?

I saw this video online yesterday. It was a guy who recorded 3 months worth of “exhausting” Saturday mornings with his 4 year old. I thought to myself, it didn’t look that exhausting to me… She was keeping herself occupied and he was just sitting at the computer….

Well, Karma is a bitch so I got what was coming to me for being so judgmental. Yesterday was one of those days: It was a whole bunch those dreadful things you hear about motherhood rolled into a single 24 hr period.

C has been whiny all week. Whining is the worst, and I just don’t know how to deal with it besides giving a pacifier and I do not want to start that when we have made it so far without it. We were doing really well and had made it almost 2 weeks without any wake ups. Well, 12:30am came and C decided she needed a snack. I usually give her 20 minutes when she starts fussing to work things out on her own. Most of the time she goes back to sleep in about 5-10 minutes. This time she didn’t. I looked on the monitor and she was just sitting there, calling out. I went to get her and she wrapped her arms around me and said “eat!”

This has happened before, but usually only when she doesn’t eat a good dinner. I gave her a snack anyway – she wanted a few goldfish, a couple cherub tomatoes and a bite of banana and a sip of milk and the. She was ready to go back to sleep. She usually goes back down with no hassle on nights like this, which is a plus.

So when we got to my parents house and she was crabby, I just wrote it off that she was tired from waking overnight. She came running to me after eating her breakfast and gave me a big hug. Which was sweet. And then I wrapped my arms around her and got a handful of poo as it oozed out the top of her diaper. Gross.

I washed my hands about 15 times with scalding water and antibacterial soap. But once you get pooped on you just keep thinking you smell it on yourself somewhere. I think I washed my hands another 24 times yesterday.

As the day progressed, her nose started running and her fingers would not stay out of her mouth. Fantastic. So that means we are probably teething AGAIN. Teething is the worst and my kid is the slowest on the planet at cutting teeth. She also refuses to use teethers, making the process that much slower and more miserable.

She took a good 2hr nap, the. Was crabby again until it was time to go home. She brought me her coat and shoes a little early but I obliged and we headed home since she was starting to act pretty clingy and refused to eat lunch. I knew this wasn’t good. My kid is not clingy.

She wanted dinner an hour early of course since she didn’t eat lunch so I had to distract her for a bit and we went for a walk and ran around the hard for about 30 minutes. When we got back in, I started dinner and she wanted to watch “Cars” for the billionth time. (Let’s just say it’s a problem when the name of a movie is one of the few good words your kid can say. She asks to watch it CONSTANTLY. I think I can recite it by heart now.)

When I fed C dinner, I was so impressed! She ate two servings of Mac n cheese, half an apple, two (of my) handfuls of tomatoes and 2 pieces of ham AND a nutri grain bar. That is a lot of food for a toddler, especially mine!

I thought this was promising, we should get a good night of sleep with a dinner like that. My husband made it home a little while after her bedtime and we were sitting on the couch, watching tv, he was eating his dinner, when I heard C crying. The crying escalated fast so I went back to get her and as I opened the door it sounded like she was choking on her drool. I picked her up and she kept crying and then she choked again and puked right down the front of me. That just made her more upset and my husband heard it and ran in with a towel trying to clean everything up and she just keeps puking. 5 more times.

I felt so bad for her. That huge dinner? All over me and her and the floor and the bed and the changing table. I got her in the tub and my husband (who was in the middle of dinner, remember?) wrapped up all the dirty linens and cleaned the furniture off. Then he went to the sink and washed his hands 15x and had to go back to finish his dinner – what a trooper.

After a bath and some time on the couch, C decided she wanted to go back to sleep so she put her water in the fridge (which is the cutest thing ever) and led me to her bedroom. I made a makeshift pillow for her to help prop her head up, but after a few minutes she gave up on that.

So I went to bed at 9:30 knowing this would likely be a bad night. She was up again at 9:50, 10:50, 12:30, 2:30, 3:30 and then she slept until 7. Of course my poor husband wakes up early so he had a rough night but I let him stay in bed all night since I could take today off. At 9:50, C puked all over me again as we walked to the kitchen for water and I had to change both of us yet again and try to clean up the floor without putting her down.

If you think getting poo on your hand is bad, try getting puked on. I took a shower after the first incident even though changed all my clothes (where was that smell coming from?????) but then when it happened again I resorted to cleaning myself up with baby wipes. PROTIP: Scented wiped will do in a pinch, but the minute you can get a shower- take it.

So I’m now hoping that we don’t have another repeat of this again tonight, but chances are likely that we will. I just hope there’s less puking involved this time.

While everyday of parenthood isn’t like this, it’s not always a parade either. All I can say is that no YouTube video or parenting magazine can explain what it feels like to get puked on and not hate the other person. I love this kid, rain or shine and it’s impossible to explain but I wouldn’t change a thing.

What Did I Do Last Week?

“Weekly workout recap” has been sounding boring to me. So I’m sassing it up this week. I need your advice, tips and tricks on a few issues, so please read on.

MOFO – 90%
3 PP

I just wasn’t feeling the MOFO this day. The OHS were TERRIBLE. I really started to struggle in the 3rd round. The push presses were ok, but I feel like I could have done better.

7 Push Ups
10 KBS – RX 55#

I did this WOD RX. I was pretty impressed with my performance! I looked for the current highest women’s Rx WOD score. It was 5+10 so I made it a goal to get to 6. I ended at 6+4. The last round I could hardly do any push-ups. I just kept crumpling to the ground. But hey! I made it!

MOFO – 90%
3 Deadlifts
3 Push Jerks
This was a really heavy one! The deadlifts were making me dizzy so I only made 2 reps on the last 2 rounds. The push jerks were great though. My overhead pushes are getting much better!

15 CTB Pull Ups
50 Double Unders
400 Meter Run

I don’t have chest to bar pull-ups so I did 5 regular pull-ups and 10 chest to bar with a band. My regular pull-ups were great! It’s been a long time since I could string 5 in a row. It was also raining so the 400m row was pretty nasty. Sidenote and also maybe TMI: even though I had a C-section, it seems that the 2 hrs of pushing during my labor with C had an effect on my bladder. I can only do 10 double unders in a row before I fear that I might pee my pants. I thought that I wouldn’t have to worry about this…..anyone have tips to reverse the problem or am I just stuck at 10 double unders forever?

The weather was nice a few days last week. So I got a few miles of walking with C in the jogging stroller.

Another thing I need advice on: I want to run again, maybe even train for a race. However I always have C with me. She only lasts about a mile in the jogging stroller. So how can I get her to enjoy the ride so I can build up my miles again??? I’m completely open to suggestions!

A Saturday Afternoon Coffee Date

Good afternoon! I’m obviously a little behind on our coffee date, but who says you can’t have coffee on Saturday afternoon?
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If we were having coffee, I would tell you that (I hope I don’t jinx it) C has been sleeping fairly well. She has only had one wake up in the past couple weeks! I think a lot of the night wakings before were teething related. Some days she would hardly eat because her mouth was hurting so then she would wake in the middle of the night begging for food and milk. Now that we are almost done with teething (until her 2 yr molars show up, probably in a few weeks, it feels nice to have a. Ore reliable schedule. She is so awesome about going down for naps and bed, most of the time she tells me it’s time for “sleep!” It’s a welcome routine after so many agonizing months of sleep problems.

If we were having coffee, I would tell you that my husband has loved all of the “time for dinner” frozen meals that I made a few weeks ago. We’ve done the apple butter BBQ pork, chicken cordon bleu, Cajun steak and I’ve had a few of the brisket sandwiches for lunches. The BBQ pork was my husbands favorite. He’s been raving about it! I wasn’t sure about the first brisket sandwich I had, but I added Bbq ashes to the second one and it was much tastier! I am taking my mom to do some meals for her bday and I hope they have the pork when we go again!!!

If we were having coffee, I would tell you my parents are in the middle of a complete kitchen remodel. I mean they replaced flooring, added lights, all new cabinets, backsplash, putting an oven in the wall etc. it’s going to be great but it’s been a LONG process and makes me hope we never have to do the same thing! Since I work out of their house I’ve been going thru the process with them. My poor mom is just ready for a fully functional kitchen again!

If we were having coffee, I would tell you that it’s almost spring planting time on the farm. While I don’t like how much work that entails for my husband, I do like the promise that things will inevitably slow down shortly after and C and I will get some much needed time with our Farmer.

If we were having coffee, I would tell you that I hope the weather changes soon! Our fuel tank for the furnace is getting pretty low and there is nothing worse than filling it and then never needing the heat again until October. I’ve been putting it super low during the day or turning it off and then keeping it a few degrees cooler than usual at night. C has her own little heater in her room so it doesn’t bother her at all, but it’s been increasingly harder to get husband out of bed in the morning! I can’t blame him, I have a hard time too!

If we were having coffee, I would tell you that I can’t believe how much C had grown! She’s getting so tall and seems like she is learning new words every day! We just love her to pieces and she gets so excited when her daddy makes it home before her bed time. She gives him a super long hug and my heart just explodes. It’s adorable how much she loves him and how she shows it lately.

If we were having coffee, what would you tell me?

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Spending Freeze

I love shopping. So much. I’ve been really lucky that anytime I’ve wanted to buy new clothes, it’s never an issue and my husband doesn’t care (as long as I don’t go overboard.)

However, looking at my overflowing closet, dresser drawers, and the totes in the basement that I never even unpacked for the season, I started to think that I have way too much. Then I thought how much more money could we put in our savings account if we weren’t buying unnecessary things. There’s a lot of reasons to take a step back and think about my purchases before I make them. I think this will be a really great exercise in willpower.

Our house is tiny. My husband and I share a very small closet. I feel like I do not have room for anything and it all feels cluttered. All. The. Time. And its not just the closets. The office is full of random things I don’t have a place for, the basement is full of all kinds of things. I just think its time to downsize our belongings before we decided to move and then end up in a panic about what to do with all of these things.

So I decided to start a spending freeze. No clothes shopping unless it’s a necessity. No house decor. No workout gear. No toys.

It’s been hard. I keep finding myself looking at things online and my trip to Target over the weekend was quite challenging.

I’ve been trying very hard though and I think once I see the difference in my credit card statement it will get much easier! My husband has been watching his spending too. However his situation is easier because he is trying to pack a lunch everyday instead of buying it on the road. Lunch out everyday can really add up, so I think he might have a bigger change in his credit card bill than I will!

Our next step will be to go through everything and donate the items that we no longer need or we haven’t used in months or even years. I think that part of the process will feel better than seeing a smaller credit card bill.

Have you ever tried to curb your spending? What did you learn along the way to make the process easier?

Weekly Workout Recap – Handstand Push-ups!

Each week at the gym seems to get better and better!

MOFO – This week we were working off of 80% of our one rep max instead of the 70% last week. So here’s how you find what to work with: Find 90% of your 1rm. Then find 80% of that number. It sounds confusing but its been really great strength training. On my last set i managed 10 front squats and 5 front squats.
5 Front Squats
5 Split Jerks

4 Hurdle Jumps over 20″ box
5 Push Ups

Ok, i was scared to death to jump over that dang box. The first round we had to try to jump over using both legs, the next round just one but alternate each jump. Thankfully the jumps got easier as the workout progressed – likely because I realized I wasn’t going to split my shins open.  I ended with 9 rounds plus 6 reps.

GYMNASTY – I know, you are wondering “what the heck is gymnasty???” Well it’s skill work made up of gymnastic movements.
75 foot handstand walk
10 pull-ups
20 pistols
10 handstand push-ups
2 rope climbs
80 double unders

It took me a while to make it through the whole set, but when I got to the handstand pushups, i decided to give them a try (because the scaling was 10 wall climbs, Yuck!) I used a couple of abmats under my head because I am scared of hurting myself. Anyway. I got down and decided to give kipping back up a try. AND I DID IT.  My first handstand pushups!!!! I got up and started jumping around and squealing in excitement.

3x 75ft Farmer Carry (25lb Kettlebells)
10 Pistols
3x Farmers Carry
10 Goblet Squats
3x Farmers Carry
10 Double KB Swings

The kettlebells for this workout were pretty light for me, so I ran the majority of my farmer carries. I am still struggling with pistols, so i used the pullup rig for assistance when I need it. I seem to get to a sticking point when I am just about to parallel. I am sure its strength related because I can feel it in my knees. So with more practice I should get there soon!  My finish time for this was 7:34.

It seems I lost all my motivation to track macros. I haven’t been eating too terribly, but i have had some not so great cheat days.  My parents kitchen in deep into a remodel this week, so we’ll be without a stove, microwave etc for the rest of the week. I’m up a pound or two right now, but I suspect when I get back to drinking more water and eating veggies again it will go back to where I was.

Here’s to a healthier upcoming week!

Coffee Date

It’s finally Friday. So before your day gets crazy and you get caught up in all the hustle and bustle in your hurry to reach the weekend, lets take a few minutes and have a nice chat over coffee. 

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If we were having coffee, i would tell you how we keep getting later into the month of March and it feels like spring STILL isn’t here. Its been a rougher winter than usual here and I guess we were spoiled the last few years with the nice transition of winter directly to summer. I am hoping for some days in the 60′s to come along soon. We are getting serious cabin fever around here. 

If we were having coffee, I would tell you that I slept terribly last night. Then when my husband got up for work (3 hrs before I usually do) I couldn’t fall back asleep. My mind was racing, I was hot, uncomfortable and now I’m crabby. It’s not good to start Friday out like this.

If we were having coffee, i would tell you that I am feeling REALLY strong. I have been noticing some pretty awesome improvements at the gym and on Wednesday I finally did my first handstand pushup! I had to put a couple ab mats under my head for padding, but this is still a really huge accomplishment. Honestly, I’ve wanted to kick up to a handstand all around the house and the office since I got home Wednesday and keep trying to do them.

If we were having coffee, I would tell you that I’m finished with my first accounting course through Ashworth University. I calculated my grade and should have had an A. When it showed that I recieved a B+ (89) I was puzzled. They arent the best at communicating how the grade scale works. It says you can take each test 3x. When I look at the grade book it shows the highest of the 3 test scores for each chapter.  However on my report card it just showed the grade of the first take of each test. I told them something was wrong and they said “Oh the first take of the test counts unless you fail. Then you can take it again.”

Uh, how about spelling that out? I mean a school should be able to communicate something like that, right?  Well, now I know and I can study even harder for my last 4 courses.

If we were having coffee, I would tell you that I am obsessed with SUITS right now. I am almost through the 3rd season. I want so badly to catch up before the TV commercials ruin it for me. I have about 6 episodes to go. I have to say, I am getting kind of tired of the whole Ava Hessington ordeal.

If we were having coffee, I would tell you that I finally downloaded snapchat because one of my friends told me to. I just don’t get it. LOL I guess if you want to send pics that no one should see ever again, it makes sense, like a picture of yourself with no makeup on? But then again, why would you want anyone to see that in the first place? Someone please explain this whole thing to me!?!

I hope you all have an amazing Friday and a wonderful weekend. If we were having coffee, what would you tell me?


National Ag Day – #agday2014

Things are so much different today than they used to be. When you wake up and have your coffee, eggs, toast, cereal, waffles, milk or whatever you choose to eat/drink, do you ever think about where it comes from? From what you eat to the clothes you wear, chances are it comes from a farmer! Organic, Non organic, big and small, there are a lot of different kinds of farmers out there and National AgDay is a day to celebrate all the amazing things that come from agricultural advancements. nationalagday small web National Ag Day   #agday2014

Most people don’t know much about agriculture. It’s not something that is taught unless you sign up for FHA or 4-H or go on to study agriculture in college. I wish people would really take the time to learn more about all the great things that come from farms. Its not a secret that there is a lot of misinformation on the internet about farming. But take a second to look beyond the fear mongering and you will see so much more. Family farms are amazing operations. They truly care for the animals, they are stewards of the environment and they care about the food and materials they are producing.

I am so proud to be married to a farmer and seeing how hard he works just amazes me every day. I still have SO much to learn about agriculture but its simply fascinating. So take a few minutes today and read a little bit about farming.

Here are some great tidbits of information:

Each American farmer feeds more than 144 people … a dramatic increase from 25 people in the 1960s. Quite simply, American agriculture is doing more – and doing it better. As the world population soars, there is an even greater demand for the food and fiber produced in the United States.  – http://www.agday.org/media/faqs.php

96% of farms are family owned.

Even the term “corporate farm” can be misleading. Many family farms have been registered as corporations in order to simplify accounting processes and help keep farms within the family. – AmericasFarmers.com

In 2012, agriculture contributed more than $9 billion to Missouri’s economy, up from $7.5 billion in 2007, according to the most recent Census of Agriculture, performed by the USDA. -www.mofb.org

So, I just want to take a second to say to all of you out there in the field of Agriculture: Thank you for all that you do!

Do you have questions about Farming or Agriculture? Let me know and I would be happy to get you an answer!





Weekly Workout Recap – MOFO Training

Last week was pretty great at the gym. I am enjoying the programming this month and can’t wait to see some strength gains because of it!

7 Back Squats
7 Push Presses

So, for those of you who are wondering “WTF is MOFO??” its block density training. Basically you take 2 movements and perform them at about 63% of your one rep max. The first minute you do movement 1, the next minute movement 2 and alternate until the last round where you do as many reps as you can during that minute.

7 Hang Power Snatches
15 Front Squats

RX for this workout was 75lbs for ladies. I could have done the front squats but the snatches were a little too heavy for me to get very far in this one. The majority of people were getting 3 rounds but I didn’t feel confident with that so I went with 65lbs and finished 3 rounds plus 4 snatches. Snatches always hurt my hands because of the hook grip so I think I need to invest in some tape.

7 Split Jerks

This was MUCH harder than Monday’s training. It takes longer to do split jerks and OHS are one of my weaknesses. I was glad to work on them, but OUCH. It got very challenging at the end, my arms were BURNING.

Team Row for Calories
*While p1 is rowing for max calories, p2 completes 8 burpees box overs 

I was really, really impressed with myself on this one. I wasn’t speedy on the box overs, but I didn’t stop and take a breather at all during my 8 reps. I tried to pay attention to my form, but it was definitely slacking a bit at the end. I was on the rower when time ran out. When I got on it, the other girls said “Get to 160!” and as time ran out, 160 calories scrolled across the screen. My endurance is finally coming back and I am really thrilled about it!

Friday my scale read 160.6 lbs which is surprising, considering I have not been counting calories all week. I’ve been bad, but working on getting back on track this week.  I feel pretty good and can tell my clothes are fitting better everywhere except my arms. OMG, My arms. I love them and can’t wait for them to get a little more definition. Unfortunately, I had to put a few more shirts in the “donate” pile because they don’t fit me in the arms/shoulders anymore….

Hey, I am quite alright with this sacrifice.

How were your workouts last week?