M.D.W.

6:00 AM: Strength Workout; 11:00 AM: Run – Hill Repeats

Happy Tuesday! The long weekend was great and I had too much fun with the kids.  Unfortunately, it’s back to reality for all of us.  I prefer to workout first thing in the morning, but Sebastian has been incredibly needy of me.  Sometimes I’ll be up and it’s like he knows and then wakes up with me.  So, as soon as I unrolled my mat, he did same.

Great workout session for both of us.  I wanted to run but didn’t have time… no really, I finished my workout, prepped Lili’s lunch, got the kids ready to go to school/in-laws, packed running clothes and by the time I knew it, I had zero time to shower. Oops.  So I quickly got myself ready and headed out the front door.

It was already hot when we left so I tried to go run at the earliest time that I could go.  I went at 11:00 AM.

hill run

And I was drenched.   But I am glad it is done.  I did a mile warm-up, then hill repeats on Clinton Ave.  It was so hot I could only stand to 1-minute repeats x 6 before calling it quits and then heading back to the office for a 1-mile cool-down.

Anyway, the weekend was great.  There was lots of running, food and park time.  First, on Friday morning, I dropped Lili off at school and Sebastian and I visited my parents.  After an hour, we met up with my friend, Jacquie, and her two kids for a 2-mile walk and then they played at the park.

We went home close to noon and then I fed him lunch before he passed out.

friday nap

He was knocked! P was home by 1:30 and stayed with him while I picked Lili up.  Then we visited my in-laws for a few hours before heading home.  The kids played with playdoh before we ate dinner.

Saturday morning I got up early and baked.

baking sat

Then the kids and I went food shopping and I made a big brunch.  Pancakes, sausage, bacon, oj. We but Sebastian down for a nap and then headed over to Celeste’s house for Rosa’s Birthday BBQ.  Celeste and John did a great job hosting.

cici 1

Here are a bunch of gifts from the guests.  Everyone brought gifts and Celeste and John will be making baskets and donating them to a hospital for mothers that are going through a pregnancy loss.  They are amazing friends.

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And here is a collage of photos that Celeste put together.  I was able to get a good video before the wind took a few down.

The food was good, company was great and the kids had a ton of fun.  It was such a beautiful, HOT … but beautiful day.

What a great time..

cici 5

We left close to 5:30 and I had to make a stop at my sister’s to drop off her planner that she left at my parents house last week.  Since we were there, we hung out a bit, gave the kids bath and then she ordered dinner.

sat night

Lili fell asleep on the way home and was CRANKY!!!

Sunday morning it was HOT again. I made a quick breakfast and then took Sebastian for a haircut.  We actually saw my mom there so that was a nice treat.  After, we headed to Dunkin Donuts for iced coffee and donuts and then to the spray playground.  I got a great parking spot and a bench all to myself.

 

sun park

It was 90 degrees out at 11:30.

sunday park 3

After two hours it was time to go!!! Sebastian napped like a baby and Lili rested most of the day. P went out to a late lunch with his mom.

Yesterday was pretty low key. We were supposed to get some storms but that didn’t happen. We did check out Sports Authority because they’re going out of business but there weren’t really any great deals.

Lili had a meltdown this morning when I dropped her off.  She was upset because I wasn’t picking her up from school.  MELTDOWNNNNNNN.  Then when I got back from my run, my phone was ringing and it was Sebastian trying to Facetime me.

I guess that happens when you spend too many days with the kids.  They are clinging to you for dear life.

Who ran some Memorial Day races? 

Anyone ever run a race and got to a certain point when they decided to STOP the race (due to weather conditions)? A few  of my friends ran Vermont Marathon on Sunday. That was my first marathon ever.  When they got to mile 21, they were shutting down the race because of the heat.  All of my friends gave them the F-U, I’m FINISHING and crossed that finish line.  Tough as nails.

Hope you enjoy the short week!

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May Festivities

5.5-Mile Run – COMPLETED

We’re hitting 90s temps the next few days.  Summer days are here (at least for now.  Weather is bipolar!).  Since I couldn’t fit everything into one post yesterday, I’ll continue on with the May festivities.

Lili went on her first school field trip.  First school field trip also means first time on the school bus.  I was one of the chaperones on said trip.

field tripjenks 5

We went to the Jenkinsons Aquarium down the shore! The kids had so much fun.

jenks

After the tour, we walked on the boardwalk before lunch.

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After lunch, we walked on the beach.  It was overcast, but at least it wasn’t raining.

jenks 3

These little kids are just so cute.

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What a great group of children!  We had so much fun and I was exhausted for days after. HA!

My SIL celebrated her birthday this past Saturday, 5/21 (in Florida).  We didn’t get a chance to see her, but we sent her fun birthday videos.

jacey bday

Her birthday is also the same day P and I got married.  We chose that date because it was our “dating anniversary”.  We celebrated 10-years of dating and 6-years of marriage.

me and p

On Sunday, we happened to drive past City Hall where we got married.

city hall

We didn’t do anything special.  We ran some errands during the day and then all of us (including kids) went to Outback for dinner.  We love that place. Unfortunately no pictures taken except this one — the other man in my life.

me and boo

After dinner we stopped at my in-laws for a bit.

Monday was filled with more birthdays.  My future SIL turned 27.

mimi bday 2

No wedding plans yet.  She’s not sure if she’s doing a California or New Jersey wedding. B was staying with them for the day while I went to work and he was so lucky because they made plans to go to Liberty Science Center.

lsc

One of the exhibits they had was dinosaur and fossils.  I loved all the videos my brother snapped.

Apparently he did NOT want to leave.

Monday was also P’s best friend’s 40th Birthday and last minute he was coming over.  He took the train in from Brooklyn and it was kind of late, but the kids wanted to see him.  I also picked up a cake for him.

pete's bday

We sang Happy Birthday and I let the kids eat a sliver before climbing back into bed.  I fell asleep with them.  I was exhausted.

I think I’m pretty much caught up now! I am looking forward to some nice weather.  I am about to scoot out and run some errands!

I thought MAY had a lot of birthdays, but JUNE has a ton also.  We have my birthday, Lili’s and P’s.  On top of that there’s national running day (very important day), National Donut Day and Father’s Day.  (Oh and Flag Day too).  Hmm, am I missing any important days in June???

 

 

Hey May…

5-Mile Run – COMPLETED

Work’s been CRAZZZZZZZY, which is a good thing.  And when work isn’t crazy, life is crazy.  BUT, I’m not complaining.  I’m grateful to have a paycheck each week and a happy family to come home to. Perspective.

The month has been filled with lots of fun things.

sleepover 4-30

It started with a sleepover with my niece (4.30.16).  We borrowed my mom’s air mattress from Costco.  I am thinking of buying one for our home.  It’s compact when deflated and 3-4 people can fit on the mattress.

5-1 sleepover

We had some weird weather and the kids decided to wear hats and gloves while doing some gymnastics indoors. (5.1.16).

I left the office early one day and took Lili out on a date.

We had so much fun.  Right after our diner date, we headed over to the library.  Lili was scheduled to read a book to a dog. (05.02.16)

read to a dog

She was so excited to read to Madison and Madison was very interested in her book. Cutest thing ever.

I got to run with my solemate mid-week.  Any run with her makes my day. 05.03.06

5-3 run with cici

On Cinco de Mayo we celebrated my boss’ 50th Birthday.

pam's birthday

I’ve worked for this woman for 12.5 years.  We get a long very well.

We had so many days of rain.  I thought it was April Showers brings May Flowers… They were wrong this month. (05.06.16)

5-6 rain

We celebrated Mother’s Day with Pedro’s parents on Saturday at an Italian restaurant, Tristeina’s (05.07.16).  Our family lunches would be conflicting with one another so this made life easier.

5-7 mother's day

And Sunday we celebrated with my family after Sunday mass. (05.08.16)

mothersd day

Pedro’s did fantastic with my Mother’s Day card. He never fails to give me the most heartfelt and crafty card for Mother’s Day.

mother's day card

Made with love.

The following week we had to switch up day-care since my MIL’s brother was visiting from Ecuador.  My brother’s fiance babysat Monday and P took off on Tuesday.  Then we visited with my in-laws.

5-10 family

They don’t speak English so I had to brush up on my espanol. HA! (05.10.16).

My bestfriend watched B on Wed. (05.11.16). Lili was totally bummed out because she had to go to school.

5-10 krista

I don’t know what I would do without her.

And then it was Friday the 13th, which also happened to be my niece’s 7th birthday. It was raining again.  I had to run errands with B. He had another dr. appointment. His allergies have been awful.

allergy season

And then we ran out to scoop up Lili and head over to my niece’s.

5-13 batman

He’s all about Batman. (05.13.16).  My sister was throwing a birthday dinner for my niece.

 

scarlett's birthday 5

scarlett's birthday 6

We had a lot of fun and then after presents and cake, Scarlett came over our house for a sleep over. We got home so late so the kids went straight to bed

scarlett birthday sleepover

The next morning, I made them banana bread and pancakes. (05.14.16).

5-14 breakfast

And when Scarlett left, I headed out for an early afternoon trail run with my soley.

5-14-16 runwith cici

We are always so happy to run with each other. The rest of the day we just hung around.

Sunday we had Scarlett’s birthday part part 2.  This time it was the gymnastics studio that we go to. (05.15.16).

Wow, that was a long two weeks.  I still have to catch up on the last week. The quick recap is we spent a lot of time with family, celebrated a birthday and I got to run with my solemate a few times this month.

I’m looking forward to catching up with everyone else’s life. It’s been a few weeks.

I’m debating on a trail race in two weeks.  Something just for a fun.  Do you like trail running/racing?

We’re hitting 90s weather this week.  P has to take out the A/C units. That should be fun.  Have you turned on your AC or central air yet?

Still Alive & Exciting News

Work’s been quite busy the last two weeks, hence my absence with any updates. Honestly, life has been pretty much the same over here so there hasn’t been too much to talk about. Here’s a catch-up with pictures.

1. On Cici’s spring break, we pretty much got to run every single day and it was the best week ever.

soley run

Soley Retreat 2016 (04.14.16)

2.  Lili finally had her play-date with her best friend.  They haven’t seen each other in months so they were thrilled to spend hours together.

playdate

3.  We celebrated my in-laws’ birthdays (04.22.16 and 04.24.16).

4.  When it’s warm out, we’re at the park…(04.24.16)

5.  And on Monday nights, we’re at the library for story and crafts (04.25.16)

6.  I ran a 5k this past Sunday and wanted to do very well.  Unfortunately, I cramped up so bad after the first mile in and then my double knotted shoe lace magically unlaced itself.  I finished in 25:41.

5k race

I’ll get it next time…

And the BIG EXCITING NEWS….

engaged

04.20.16

I pretty much cried when he told me.  They both met online about 7-years ago (not on a dating site but more like a blog).  He went out to visit her in California and then she came to visit that summer of 2009.  My brother’s best friend was coming to town so he told her they had to pick her up at the airport.  His best friend actually arrived earlier that day.  So, they walked to the gate where he first picked her up and then he started reminiscing about their time together and then he popped the question.  So sweet.

Oh, and a quick birthday shout out to Chelsea!!! Happy, HAPPY birthday you running maniac.  Hope you have a wonderful day.

 

Hey Spring

Workout: Strength  + Track Workout

Happy days are here when you open up the weather app and see that the next few days are filled with sunshine!!!

weather

This really is the most perfect weather for running. First, I did a kettlebell workout.

kettlebell

Sebastian placed his Incredible Hulk action figure next to my mat. HA! It was a good workout and I burned 234 calories.

Cici met up at 11AM and we ran to the high school track (1-mile) and did some 400s.  So glad that I got to see her again.

soley

Except my expression is just really weird looking.

Tonight P has a friend coming over so I had to pick up a few things at Trader Joe’s.  We’re watching the last game of the season Nets v. Knicks.

Do you use a heart rate monitor? Which one? Do you love it?

I had one with my first Garmin but you had to strap it onto your chest and I would chafe with that so I stopped wearing it.  Celeste was trying to keep her heart rate low but she doesn’t wear a monitor. She goes by the “talk test”.  If you can carry a conversation while running, then you’re not really pushing it too hard.

 

 

Here Comes the Sun

6:30 AM: Strength Training

1:10 PM: 4-Mile Run

April showers really brings May flowers. For real, the weather the last few days have been a drag.

rainy day tuesday

We’re getting a bit tired of it, but I looked ahead and it looks like Spring will spring starting this week to next week.  So looking forward to it.

Quick weekend recap.  Friday, Lili stayed home from school and we had some friends over during the day.

mila and lili

Elsa & Anna

I miss being a kid.

the boys

Of course B saw the girls dress up and had to put on his costume.

tea party

Tea Party

Our friends left close to 1 and I put B down for a nap. By the time he woke up, I fed them an early dinner and we headed off to Lili’s hip hop dance class.

dance

Hip Hop Class

And then visited with my parents. It was a nice Friday altogether.

Saturday morning, I ran 6-miles and then the kids and I headed over to the library for story/crafts.  Ms. Barbara read a book, From Caterpillar to Butterfly.  And after, she had tables set up for crafts.

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I helped B with his caterpillar.

library

Afterwards, the kids read some books, colored and played with blocks.  Then I dropped them off and met up with my mom at the jewelry store for a bit.  While B napped, P and Lili played castles and school.

she loves papa

The kids and I were sleeping over their house that evening to take care of my father.

saturday night

and yeah, it was raining yet again…. My father is doing much better so that’s great news. He will be weak for a few months but good news is he won’t need dialysis anymore.

The next morning, we had breakfast with my parents and then I got the kids dressed and showered.  Then I dropped B off and Lili and I headed over to Sunday mass.

sunday mass 1

04-10-16 Sunday Mass

She was trying to follow the gospel.

sunday mass

And then we went home to relax! I was exhausted.  In fact, most of the afternoon we just watched tv, laid on the couch and did nothing.  At one point, I did get my second wind and I prepped dinner and did two loads of laundry.  Then I got ready for the work week.

I have so many runs scheduled with Cici this week and my work drawer is ready for lunch time runs.

running drawer

I keep extra clothes, socks, shoes, gels in my drawer.  In fact, I dedicate a drawer at the office just for running clothes. HA!

And I was happy to see Celeste.  She ran the St. Louis half on Sunday with friends.  Go Cici!!!

runch

Fortunately, today is the last day of rain. It stopped at noon to be exact, so Celeste and I ran at 1.  Worked out perfect.

Do you keep extra running shoes/clothes in at the office or in your car? You never know when you might want to go for a last minute run so it’s better to be prepared.

 

First Trip to the ER + A MARATHON

Speed Work – PENDING

Well, we’ve made it 2 years and 7 months (unless we are including Lili, then it would be 4 years and 10 months) without making a trip to the ER.  They say boys are more rough, and boy oh boy is it true.  I left the office at 5 and got to my in-laws by 5:25.  As soon as I walked in, Sebastian was in good spirits, but he wasn’t using his left arm at all.  He was on the couch trying to grab the iPad on the floor but instead of getting up, he went arms first and I’m not sure if he just didn’t have enough strength or balance in his left hand that he somehow twisted it and fell on it weird?!? Needless to say, he was not using that arm/hand at all and he said it hurt.  He didn’t want anyone touching it and he couldn’t even put his jacket on.  I had to take them to gymnastics but for obvious reasons, I dropped Sebastian off at home.  P and I were texting each other the entire time and he was keeping me posted on his arm.  It didn’t seem right.  He couldn’t even unlock the magic with his oreo cookie.  And that is how we knew it was an EMERGENCY.  (I kid, but really, we knew it was pretty serious).  So, I left Lili at gymnastics and my BIL was going to take him home.  I got home, packed a bag of goodies and the iPad.  I ate a quick dinner and B and I were in the car by 7:15.

It’s a Tuesday night and the ER is packed. An hour later, we are in a room.

er

04.05.16 ER Visit

The nurses came in to take a look and he would cry when they tried to even move his arm. There was no bruising on the arm and she didn’t feel any swelling. They came back in and gave him some ibuprofen before the doctor came in to take a look.

er 2

And hour later, the doctor came in and examined him.  He was still not moving his arm without crying. He would hold onto his hand delicately if it was being moved.  She didn’t feel any swelling but still ordered films because sometimes there could be a broken bone or fracture. So it was the waiting game some more.  We had to wait for someone from admissions to come and I had to sign consent forms for them to do an x-ray.  Then we had to wait for someone from radiology to come over.  It was about 10PM and B had fallen asleep.

When the radiologist was taking the pics of his arm, he had to manipulate it several ways. Of course this caused him to cry and scream.  But, when we got back to the room, he was using his left arm freely and normal. Of course, we still had to wait for the films to develop and for the doctor….

By 11:40, the doctor came back and she said that the films looked good: no broken bones and no fractures.  However, because he was not able to move his arm they wanted to put him in a splint.  Before she could do that, I told her that after the radiologist manipulated his arm, we got back to room and he has been using the arm just fine. So she tested it and it was pretty much perfect.  She said a ligament was out of its place and he most likely put it back into place when he was taking the films.  So, we were GOOD and just had to wait for discharge papers.  While we waited for discharge papers, B was allowed to draw on their walls.

 

By the time we were done with signing off on papers and driving home, we were in bed by 1:15 AM. WHAT.A.NIGHT!!!!! But thankfully he is OK and hopefully we won’t need to be in the ER ever again.

Needless to say, I’m working on 4 hours of sleep.  I had to drop off B at my girlfriend’s house as I didn’t have someone to watch him. I’m glad he’s doing okay.

babysitting

And in other news… I forgot to mention that I got into MCM for this October 30th.  Hooray.  I get to meet Chelsea in person.

MCM2016

Link of image.

I am looking forward to this marathon! Honestly, it was the only one I had on my list for this year.  I’m not quite sure if I’ll run anything else before or after.  I am thinking of more middle distance races in between. We’ll see.

Have you ever been to the ER? Broken bones? 

Back to Work

Burn Intervals (cardio + weights)

I had a weird work-week last week.  I worked Monday and Tuesday, took off Wednesday and Thursday and last minute I had to switch my Friday to a Monday.  It was so hard working on a Friday, but I was actually pretty busy.

friday work

Working on a Friday = Iced Coffee

I had to drop off the kids at my sister’s on Friday morning. She lives about a half hour away and then is half hour away from my office.  The commute was basically crap but I was grateful to have someone babysit the kiddos while I worked.

needs boy friends

hey Mom… I need some guy friends.

Well, this is what happens when my son is stuck with two girls and a dog.  He ends up wearing a pink tutu with a magic heart wand. Anyhow, I was non-stop busy but we did leave the office at 3:30.  I went straight to my sister’s and we hung out for about and hour and a half before heading home.

The rest of the night, I gave the kids a bath, we ate dinner and then I laid out race clothes.  My alarm was set for 5:00 AM.  Unfortunately, B didn’t have a great night of sleep.  I also woke up from 12-1:30 AM. I couldn’t go back to sleep.  I was exhausted and woke up to a text message from Cici that she had an awful night and took a Tylenol PM at 3:00 AM.  I don’t know how she was functioning.  She was trying to get over a nasty cold that she got earlier that week.  BUT, we sucked it up and I literally was ready by the time she pulled up.

soley

Race Day Selfie.  Yeah, well we were a bit under-dressed but we were smart and packed another shirt on top of our dry clothes.  It was going to be a wet race.  Heavy rain between 9:30-12:30 (pretty much the entire time we would be racing. We were really early and ended up having to wait an hour and a half before the race started. Better early than late.  I had to pee at least 3x before start time.  At 9:09, we decided to do a short jog and then put on our other shirts.

before

Then went back out for dynamic stretches.

stretching

This picture makes me laugh. HA. Anyway, we had plans to drop the hammer on this race but with Cici being sick and my training being a tad off (I literally ran ONCE that week) with my crazy schedule and my dad being sick, we decided to just change the plan a bit.

besties

For most of the, Cici and I stuck together. I love running with her.  She’s an amazing runner and friend.  Around mile 8, we lost each other but she wasn’t too far behind.

second loop

I love that you could see the Verrazano Bridge behind.  It pretty much rained the entire race.  It was hard rain most of the time.  The boardwalk area sucked and did I mention, it’s 3 loops of an out and back.  Just straight up boring, but not awful.

finish line

I finished in 1:55 and was drenched.  Cici came up behind me at 1:59 and poor thing lost her voice.  She has another half in St. Louis this coming weekend. Hopefully she will feel 100% for that race.

cici finish

AMAZING considering she took a Tylenol PM at 3AM.  I would have been dying.

finishers

I placed 2nd in my age group.

2nd place

2nd Place

Overall a great race.  The rest of the day I had to clean and pack as we were spending the night at my mom’s.  Well just the kids and I.

sleepover

I am in love with this aero-bed. It’s from Costco and is amazing.

Sunday, we woke up and I ran over to pick up some bagels and flowers for my in-law’s 44th anniversary.  Then I came back,  ate, got the kids dressed, cleaned up the basement and showered.  We stopped at my in-laws, then I dropped the kids off at my sister’s and then P and I attended my SIL’s grandmother’s wake.  It was a pretty long drive and after, P and I had dinner ALONE.  It was nice. Then it was time to go home and that’s where I relaxed and used the stick and foam rolled out my IT Band.

relaxing

I caught up on this month’s issue of Runner’s World.

runners world

I’ve actually stopped my subscription because I have too many of them.  So once in awhile, I’ll buy an issue.

Do you subscribe to Runner’s World? What do you do with the old magazines?

 

 

 

Two Week Review

Hill Workout

It’s been a very busy month since I last posted.  Basically, my dad has been in the hospital for over three weeks now.  His stem cell transplant went accordingly and as expected, his numbers all dropped. He got sick, nausea, vomiting, loss of appetite, weight loss, etc.  And then he started picking up. I visited him a few times.  All visitors must wear a mask at all times.

hospital

I kept him company, sometimes forced him to walk, we FaceTimed the kids so he could see them.

facetime

He was scheduled to come home on Palm Sunday (the 20th) but he took a turn for the worse and had an infection (c-diff).  He had to be treated and was now in isolation.  Visitors not only had to put a mask on but also had to put a gown and gloves on the entire visit.  After a few days of antibiotics, he tested negative for c-diff but still has some underlying symptoms that he is being tested for today.  Hopefully they’ll figure things out and he can be released as soon as they feel is healthy enough.

In other news, (and in no particular order really) running has been going okay. I am tapering this week.  I did get to run a two-hour trail with my solemate a few weeks ago (03/13/16).

soley

She is the best.  It was a pretty AMAZING run.  And we always have a great time together.

 

Our niece and nephew spent the weekend at my in-law’s house so we took them out to Dave & Busters (03/12/16).

girls dinner

Sanchez Girls

It was a lot of fun.  We had the kids back home by 9:45 PM.

We celebrated our nephew’s birthday twice (once on his real birthday (03/15/16) and the other with all of the family (3/19/16).

Then with family that Saturday.

jules bday

My non-Irish kids on St. Paddy’s Day.

st. paddy

Happy St. Paddy’s Day

We also spent some time outdoors with the kids when the weather was nice out (03/09-03/10).

Lili’s school hosted another paint night (03/16/16).  This time P was going to take her but there was SO much traffic so I took her there and he met up with us.

paint night

She was so happy to spend time with him.

paint night 2

Paint Night 03/16/16

That week was really rough for me and I couldn’t make running plans with Cici.  So I had to figure out my last long run and met up with some Union County runners that Sunday at 9AM (2/20/16) for 10-miles.  I ran the first 5 miles with this girl, Helen.  The the last 5 miles with this girl, Dina. She just had baby #3 who is just a few weeks old.

Last week, we celebrated my brother’s 27th birthday.

ej birthday

We ended up ordering a bunch of food. It was totally last minute.

Good Friday Pedro was off, so we took the kids to the movies.

zootopia 2

Zootopia 03/25/16

It was B’s first time at the movies and he was pretty well behaved.

zootopia

I really liked the movie a lot. Can’t wait for it to come out!!!

Saturday (03/26/16) we still didn’t know what was going on with my father and if he would be released. So my brother and I went that morning to visit with him.  It was a good visit.  I ordered his lunch, took him for a walk and then my brother and I left to eat.  I had scheduled plans to go visit for Easter Sunday.

P ended up food shopping for me when I got home from the hospital.  I was so exhausted.  I didn’t pick up a second wind until 9:00PM and had to run out to pick up Easter stuff for the kids.  So last minute this year… I also had to start prepping for Easter dinner.   I prepped the ham, mac and cheese and potatoes before calling it quits at 1:30 AM.  I finally went to bed at 3AM only to wake up at 6AM to run 6-miles.

Kids woke up late but then we had our day planned out. First it was 11:00 AM brunch at my in-laws.

brunch easter

We had to leave at 1pm to head over to the hospital.

easter at hospital

easter at hospital 2

My niece was sick earlier that week and I didn’t think it would be a good idea to come to the hospital.

It was a nice short visit and I am glad that we got to him.

family easter photo

We were home by 4pm and I had a bit of downtime before I had to put dinner into the oven.  My brother and his girlfriend decided to come over for dinner last minute so it worked out great.

easter dinner

So as you can see, it was a crazy two weeks leading up to Easter.I apologize for this very long update!

How was your Easter celebration? 

Celebrations and Mid-Week Recap

6:15 AM: Strength/Core Circuit – COMPLETED

11:00 AM: Hill Repeats – 1-mi WU; 3 x 1:00 min hill; 3 x 1:30 min hill; 1 x 1:00 min hill; 1-mil CD

Every single morning I start writing an entry and then something comes up.  By the time I know it, it’s Wednesday (or even Thursday).  So here’s my regular weekend/mid-week review.

On Friday, I finally got my speed workout in.  1-mile WU; 6x400s @ 6:23 min/mi; 1.5-mile CD.

5mile speed

B was happy that I was done.  I caught up with Grey’s Anatomy and then it was a quick shower and out the door.  B had a dental appointment followed by a haircut.

new cut

I don’t know why I would schedule a dental appointment + a haircut right after each other, BUT we made it work.  Then it was home to eat a quick lunch and pick up Lili from school.  I stopped at my parents’ house to put B down for a nap so I could take Lili to dance alone. It worked out well. After dance we headed back to my mom’s to celebrate my father’s 60th birthday.

happy birthday dad

Dad was tired because he had dialysis earlier that day, but he put on a smile and tried his best to have a good time.There were lots of yummy foods including these empanadas that look like their on steroids.

empanada

Of course I couldn’t have with NO meat on Fridays.  I ended up with shrimp and salmon and was completely satisfied.

familia

I helped my mom clean up and then the kids and I headed home by 9:15.  We had a busy morning the next day.

Saturday I got up semi-early and started preparing everything for Sabrina’s confirmation.  I even gave the kids a bath since they didn’t have one the night before.

cousins 2

cousins

Congratulations, Sabrina. It was a great time.

confimration

We got home after 3 and I actually brought work home.  I worked for at least 4 hours that night and then 5 the next day.  Sunday, we had to help my mom pick up furniture.  Their new couches are looking nice.

Monday was Cici’s birthday!!!!!

cici and me

Love this girl.  We have our long run this weekend and I am so looking forward to seeing her!!!

My dad was admitted on Monday and had dialysis and chemo.  We’re moving onto the final phase.  He started the stem cell transplant at 4pm.

transplant day 1

I just got the update that he’s not feeling too well. I am sure this is all normal and he’s weak.  We expect his WBC to drop. Then we slowly wait for it to rise… More updates soon.

I did my strength workout this morning with B.

workout buddy

And I did a hill workout at 11 AM today.

hills

It’s SPRING!!! 77-degrees today. Sun’s out, dresses on.

spring

OH, and I have a new protein shake recipe.

1 banana

1 scoop vanilla protein powder

1/4 cup of unsweeted almond milk

1/4 cup of non-fat plain Greek yogurt

a dash of ground cinnamon

6 ice cubes

protein shake

So good!!!! and 43g of protein if you’re counting macros.

Happy Wednesday!!!