October Love

October is my favorite month of the year (and none of our birthdays happen to be this particular month — though Sebastian was supposed to be born on 10/02/13).  From fall running/racing to endless hayrides and pumpkin patches, October is by far the best month ever.  And because you all know I’m a big planner,  I made sure to plan for some great fall activities.

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Recap of what we’ve done so far:

1. Okay, this doesn’t count for October because it was 9/29, but we attended Lili’s paint monthly paint night with her school.  We love going.

Too much fun with the little folks.

2. B came with  me to the office one day and he was totally good.

3. We had a 4-day weekend for the Jewish holidays and Lili started the day off with yoga at the library. (10/01/16).

While she did yoga, P and Sebastian hung out on the story-time rug.

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4. Monday (10/3), I took the kids to a pumpkin patch right down the street.

And when we came home, I made dinner while they painted said pumpkins.

B went down for a nap and then we started baking Halloween cookies.  He woke up in the middle of our bake-off.

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And then we went to the library (yes, all the same day).

Lili read a book to Connor and she did fantastic.

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and then we came home.

5.The kids had another day off but I didn’t so I needed to take off (10/4).  Of course Lili wanted to know what our plans were for the day. So we went to another pumpkin patch down the street.

And we are trying to practice B’s smile.

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After we picked more pumpkins, we stopped at Target to pick up a few things and then we headed home to paint the pumpkins. HA.

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Told you, we are trying to get this smile down.

We also finished up our bats and hung them up.

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6.  On Friday, I picked up Mimi’s brother and we headed into the city to pick our bibs for Brooklyn Rock N Roll Half Marathon.  We took the train from my office and it went pretty smooth.

After we picked up our bibs, we had time to stop over Time Square. Every single time he visits, he has to take an obligatory Time Square photo.

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We had to catch the 12:46 train back in order for me to get the kids from school so we were pretty pressed for time but he was happy to get his pic in.

After I picked the kids up, we dropped off Ralph and came home to eat a quick dinner before heading to Pump it Up with some friends.

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Kids had a ton of fun.  After pump it up, we had to run over to the super market and then we were home by 8PM. Ugh. I still had to give a kids a bath, put them down and then lay out race clothes.

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I was in bed by 11 PM, later than I like to be before a race.

6. 10/08/16 RACE DAY!  I woke up quarter to 5 and ate breakfast.  My brother scooped me up by 5:50 AM and he drove us into Brooklyn.  Quick sidenote: as we are getting dropped off, Ralph realizes he left his BIB at HOME!!! Oh my GOD. I thought he was going to have a hard time getting in but it all worked out.

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I pretty much paced him. He wanted to come in around 2:25-2:20.

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It was a good time. I know he was hurting towards the end but we pushed through and came in at 2:22 AND not only was he thrilled but he had a PR.

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Our siblings had awesome signs for us.

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Then we had to walk 2-miles back to the car. HA! But it wasn’t bad. We were home before noon and I showered and put B down for a nap.  Then I made an early dinner and we carved pumpkins in the evening.

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Isn’t it pretty? The kids got a little bored of cleaning out of pumpkins part, so I had them make construction paper pumpkins on the side.

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7.  Columbus Day I had to work but kids had off (10/10/16) but I promised them that once I picked up kids I would take them to Kidz Village.

They had a blast and didn’t give me hard time when it was time to leave.  Probably because they were about to close their doors.

8.  I was swamped at the office on Tuesday so my sister in law was able to pick up Lili from school and take her out before dropping her off at my office.

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They had fun together.

9.  I was OFF yesterday (10/12/16) for the Jewish holiday and so were the kids so guess what we did??? We met up with my soley, Cici, for a track workout (tomorrow happens to be our 4 year runniversary).  Did I tell you she’s 22-weeks pregnant???

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We were dripping post workout.  I didn’t have a sitter, so I made sure to pack their bag and was praying that the field wouldn’t be packed and lucky us… hardly anyone at the track!!! I love when that happens.

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They would occasionally join me for half a lap.

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I can’t take their cuteness.  And can I tell you how stinkin’ cute Lili would be when I was doing a recovery lap?

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She would bring water for me on the side. I swear I felt like I was an elite runner. HA! When we said our goodbyes to Cici, we headed over to look for Halloween costumes for Lili.  We already ordered Sebastian’s.

We were there for awhile trying on costumes and then she finally picked up. I’ll have the winner posted soon.

When we came home I had to cook lunch, prep dinner, put B down for a nap, do laundry and then we did more Halloween arts/crafts.

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What a great time we had, especially making these puppets.

10.  Saying goodbye.  While in the midst of cooking lunch, prepping dinner, doing laundry, feeding kids, etc. Mimi and her brother stopped by to say bye to the kids.

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Next time we’ll see him is when we head out to San Francisco for my brother and his sister’s wedding.

Do you dress up for Halloween? Do you do Halloween races? I signed up for a 5k and a half marathon this Spring. I am thinking of a Spring marathon but haven’t really been looking around.

Did you ever run a Rock N Roll series? Brooklyn was my first. It was nice.Not too overcrowded.  The medals are actually REALLY nice.

I’m not in tomorrow so hope you all have a wonderful weekend!!!

 

Summit 5-Mile Race: The Race Swag Edition

7:00 AM: 3-Mile Wog – COMPLETED

I forgot all about my race swag from this past Sunday’s race. I know a few people that run for t-shirts. I like collecting BIBs. So, about this race, it’s a very small, small race. I mentioned before that I am pretty sure it’s small because there’s two bigger races in NJ happening on this day. We have the New Jersey Long Branch Marathon/Half Marathon/Relay and the New York TD’s Bank Five Boro Bike Tour. These two events are filled with thousands of athletes. Hence, at the Summit 5-mile Race, there were only 256 runners. Yes, that’s right… 256.

The cost of this race is $22. I believe post registration, it is $25. The race starts at 1pm. It’s kind of late for a race. Courtney ran this last year and I remember it being hot and humid. She said it was not fun at all. Especially around mile 4 when the hills, and I mean HILLS, come into play. I have to say, there are a lot of water stations, the volunteers are awesome and motivating.

After the race, right across the finish line, there was the town fair going on. How fun! Zeppoli’s, kettle corn, Italian hotdogs and sausages, BBQ. There were vendors selling those cheap sunglasses, sundresses, jewelry, paintings. It was really just the perfect day with the perfect weather.

Of course, I forgot about my swag and didn’t even bring it into the house till Monday night.

I’m surprised that the t-shirt is long sleeves. It’s a Spring race. I don’t mind long sleeve t’s though.

So, they gave A LOT of chap stick. I found it hysterical because Pedro’s always saying how my lips are chapped. In fact, he’s nicknamed me Chappy. (Another nickname is Crumbs because when I eat, there are always crumbs all over me). P said, “Oh, they must have seen you from afar and got the race swag bag with all the chap stick for you!” HA!

I’m impressed with their swag. I’ve had swag that had nothing but advertisements and a t-shirt. So this one was pretty hefty for a very small race. No complaints here!

On an unrelated racing note, last night I started cramping up and it lasted for 30-seconds each time. Oh, the joys of pregnancy. During my 10-mile race and half marathon (27-weeks and 29-weeks), I had Braxton Hicks visiting — My OB stresses hydrating. I felt like I was drinking so much and the more I drank, the more I had to pee. You can’t win.

I’m scheduled for a half-day at work. I get to see how the bun’s cooking in the oven via ultrasound. How fun! Last time I saw her/him, I was only 19-weeks and a few days. So this will be interesting. I can’t believe it’s been 14-weeks since I’ve seen him/her.

I’ll update later…

One last thing… me this morning trying to see if my laces are tied.

Whoops… can’t quite see them. I have to hold the camera in a different angle.

Hmmm… It’s getting harder to see my feet.

Project Nursery: Take Five (The Light at the End of the Tunnel)

5:45 AM: Spin – COMPLETED

6:45 AM: 2-Mile Run + 1-Mile Walk – COMPLETED

Second time this week that the instructor was a no show. I was not happy, but there were three people in the spin room with some music, so I joined them for a good 45-minutes. After, I hopped on the tread for a very weak 2-mile run followed by a 1-mile walk whilst watching Married with Children & Saved By the Bell. After, I showered and had my first encounter with a lady in the locker room. For some reason, nobody at this gym really likes to talk, which is fine by me — This gym is real upscale. I feel bad not having a Chanel gym bag. Anyhow, she was really nice girl. I even think she may sign up her daughter for GOTR.

I was out the doors by 8 and made it to work really early — which is probably a bad move since I’ll be here till after hours. We have clients coming in and I was asked to stay a bit after. Eh, I can’t complain, we are off tomorrow for Good Friday. I had a few things to get off my desk this morning so I wanted to get a head start.

On some baby news, our nursery is almost done. The first part is pretty much done – Jen’s artwork is complete and I can’t stress how amazing and beautiful it looks. For a minute, I really want to cry. Pedro and I just stood in the room admiring the mural. Brace yourself for the many pics that I’m about to post.

But first, when we got home, this was on our coffee table.

Jen is so thoughtful. She bought us a gift. Really, WE should be buying YOU a gift for all the work you’ve done.

Baby Sanchez is going to have a collection of books. She went with all animal books to go with the theme of the nursery.

I love my beehive. I couldn’t wait to see it. Notice how the beeline is in the letter “S” for Sanchez. Jen’s brilliant idea.

Our clouds that area all over the room.

Follow the Bee.

THE SUN!!!

Do you recall yesterday’s post about how Pedro wanted more animals? Well, he got his wish.

His hippo taking a swim. He said it was the perfect hippo.

Transitioning from Jungle to Farm.

Look at the one ducky whose head is the water and toosh is sticking up. Too cute.

The meadow.

We needed a rabbit in this scene — After all, Baby Sanchez is the year of the Rabbit.

It’s just all so perfect and what we wanted, maybe even more than what we wanted.

We are more than satisfied with the nursery and we can’t wait to start the next project — building the furniture and putting it in the room. But more importantly, having the new addition to the family in the room. It’s so exciting.

Thank you so much Jen for your hard work. You are so talented and your artwork is beautiful. I wanted to sleep in the room last night! We’ve been telling her that she must start her business. So, if anyone has any names to suggest to her, please, help a girl out. Also, if you’re in the New Jersey area and want a room done, shoot me an email at runaroundtheblog@gmail.com. I can certainly get in touch with Jen for you.

Wish her luck on her half marathon, May 1st.

Now, the weekend will be dedicated to nesting.

Project Nursery: Take 4 (Jungle & Farm Expedition)

“Animals are such agreeable friends – they ask no questions, they pass no criticisms” – George Eliot

Our nursery is almost complete, minus the final touches, which should be finished at some point today. As I posted yesterday, I was excited to see the room when I got home from work. I can’t stress how much I am in love with the baby’s room. It looks beautiful. Here are just a few snapshots that I took. The quality might not be the best, so I apologize and promise to take better ones once the room is completely painted.

I love the water coming out of his trunk. I suggested peanuts, but it’s not a circus elephant.

P loves the lion! No, really, this is his favorite animal. I mean, he loves all the animals, but he can’t get enough of the lion.

Here’s my favorite one… hanging in the tree. Mayhaps it’s because this is my Chinese horoscope…

My lil’ monkey! The crib will go right underneath this tree with a monkey hanging over. Pedro wants to hang bananas on top of the ceiling. HA! Let’s see if that really happens.

Pedro wants more animals, but he doesn’t understand that it will be too much in the room. So, Jen is going to try to work a hippo in the water. I hope it works. Pedro got so excited.

Now, on the other wall, we needed my pigs and chickens and horse and cow. Yes, I wanted pigs in the theme and the only way I was getting pigs without having them in the jungle on a stick roasting over a fire, we needed to make a transition to a farm scene.

There are still a lot more details that are on the other wall. But this is a pretty good bulk of the work. We still have to get the clouds, sun, rabbit, and another fun surprise — you’ll just have to wait till tomorrow.

I’m envisioning the furniture in the nursery. I have a feeling Pedro will want to put a bed in here so he can enjoy the scenery.

Project Nursery: Take 3 (Work in Progress)

If you’ve been reading my blog, you’ll know by now that P and I are having a baby in 9-weeks. These next few weeks are just going to fly right on by. A few months back, my friend, Jen that I met on GOTR sent me an email about how she’s starting up a business with painting babies nurseries and kids rooms. She sent me some pictures of her art and I really liked them a lot. At first, I wasn’t sure how P would respond to her work, but as soon as I sent him the pictures, he loved them. So we set up some dates for her to come check out the room and it all worked out since Jen is off from work this week for Spring break.

In case you missed any of the past posts on Project Nursery, you can catch up by clicking down below:

Project Nursery: Take One
Project Nursery: Take Two (Weekend Edition)

Yesterday was Jen’s first day working her magic on the nursery. So exciting. She was there from 9-5:45, but had to run out and get some more paint during lunch. I think she got a lot accomplished thus far. I was so excited to see her progress. Here’s what we have so far.

The little spaces you see is where she’s inserting some special things. I don’t want to give it away because you’ll see the update tomorrow as she continues on her artwork.

I love this tree. We were discussing how the tress looks like it’ll be giving some shade to the baby. The crib will be right below this tree.

So that’s what we’ve got right now and I can’t wait to get home and see what else is on the walls. She had outlines with chalk of what’s going up, but I did not want to see it just yet. I am glad that Jen emailed me when she did. Otherwise, we would have just painted the room a solid color. I like this idea – I know it’s not for everyone, but I think it’ll be great for the baby to see so many fun and exciting things in his/her room.

I can’t wait to see the finished project. For now, I’ll just have to be patient & eat my leftover Turkey Taco Salad that I made for dinner yesterday.