Weekly Update: IT’S MY FRIDAY

Is it me or did this week drag on or what?  Marathon training’s going and I also managed to get in weights 3x a week.  I know I’ve said this before but I’ll say it again, the humidity kills.

Anyhow, this past weekend (I know, days and days ago) was pretty much laid back.

My brother’s fiance watched the kids on Thursday, which worked out perfect for me.. The kids were thrilled to see her.

lili painting

b painting

On Friday we visited my parents.  I hadn’t seen them in weeks.  My mom and I took a few trips to Costco and then when B took a nap, Lili and I went to the park to hang out.

girls date

We had a mini-picnic, just her and I. While she played on the playground, I caught up on some reading materials.

runners world

By 1:30 PM, I ordered lunch for my parents and I then headed back home.  We stayed for a bit and then headed home.

The weekend we just kinda hung out. The weather was crap so we did a lot of imagination play.

dinner date with b

Lili was the owner of the restaurant.  We ordered food and had a nice meal.

dinner date with b 2

The kids found my running headlamp.

running light

Pedro said they looked like they were digging for gold.

Tuesday night we headed to movies in the park. It’s the last movie for the summer. I can’t believe summer’s coming to an end.

ej and mimi

They were showing Inside, Out. we love that movie.  I caught up on some reading.

national book lovers day

I started a new book.

girl on the train

It’s pretty good so far. I can’t put it down, but unfortunately I have two little ones that are demanding.

movie in the park

Such a good time.

Anyway, this weekend we have no major plans except my long run and back to school shopping. I can’t be school starts in less than a month.

What books are you reading? Book or Kindle?  I bought Me Before You also.  I prefer books rather than the kindle.

 

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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.

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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? 

A Setback Means Run it Out

My dad was scheduled for round 3 of chemo last Thursday. Unfortunately, his blood counts were abnormal (low Hgb, low WBC, high Creatine = platelets low and kidneys failing) so he needed to be readmitted into the hospital.  My parents spent 8 hours in the ER waiting to be transferred over to the oncology unit.  I arrived to the hospital as they were making the transfer.  We got my dad settled in and he was already looking stronger since he had been admitted (it’s crazy how fast antibiotics and lots of IV fluids will get you up again).  We stayed on the later side and then I dropped my mom off at home and then headed home myself.  I had to pick her up really early the next morning.

Friday morning, I woke up early and my brother’s girlfriend babysat Sebastian. My mom and I headed over back to the hospital.   We waited around for his doctor to make her rounds.  She came around at about 9:30 AM and gave us the rundown.  She said that he needed a blood transfusion followed by four doses of steroids.  Unfortunately (a lot of that word being tossed around), because there are so many days in between his chemo, all his treatments need to be started over from scratch.  Bummer.  Just gotta keep the positive vibes going.

We left the hospital at around 1:30 because I still needed to pick Lili up from school.  After, we hung out at my parents house until about 8.  I still needed to make dinner and give the kids a bath.  I was exhausted.

Saturday morning, I woke up and decided to jump into a local 5k down the street.  It really was a 5-minute drive.  I put the jogger into the car, dressed the kids warm, packed snacks, and got dressed. The race didn’t start until 9:30 so we had plenty of time.  I almost backed out but figured I needed to get a run in anyway.  It was COLD but we kept warm.  It was a great vibe — large table full of breakfast, DJ blasting music, face painting, etc.

First 5k Fall Race 2015

First 5k Fall Race 2015

I ended up seeing Amanda (from Team Bacon — Cici introduced us a few years back).  I wish we took a picture together.  It turns out that they happen to be her work’s client.  I should also say, she just had an amazing PR a week ago at the Hartford Marathon.  I think her time was like, a 3:46.  So proud of that girl.  Anyway, race started on time.  At mile 1 I was regretting it.  What was I thinking… running with the kids in the jogger when I’ve been so out of touch.  At mile 2 this couple in front of me kept laughing because Sebastian kept saying, “What is this? What is this? What is this?” over and over.  The girl finally turned around and laughed saying, “Honey, mommy is busy running right now.  She’ll get back to you in a mile”. God bless her…

Done & Done

Done & Done

Honestly, I was HAPPY to be done. I am sure I almost vomited.  HAHA.  I ran into another runner that ran with her kids in the double.  She was the one responsible for getting my butt there that morning.  We talked for a bit and then I took the kids over to the park that was right behind the building the 5k was being held at.

Sea-Saw

Sea-Saw

I haven’t seen a sea-saw at playgrounds in a LONG time.  The kids had way too much fun and it took me forever to get them to leave.

The awards ceremony was being held and I’m embarrassed to say that I was leaving.  Turns out we (it’s only right to say we since I ran it with the kids) took 2nd place in my age group.  I have to say that it made my day. 🙂

We headed home shortly after and ran some errands with P as he was walking out of the door.  It was to his parents house, CVS and breakfast.  Then home.  I showered, put the kids down and then as promised, we baked Halloween sugar cookies.

Roll It

Roll It

Pat it...

Pat it…

Sprinkle it.

Sprinkle it.

Eat them.

Eat them.

oh, they came out so soft and delicious.  Good job, Lili and B.  After I cleaned up, I got dinner prepped and then headed over to the hospital.  I knew I might not go the next day so went that evening.  I ended up leaving later than I had planned (8:30) and didn’t get home until after 9.  I had to put the kids down and poor P — I cooked his dinner at 10.  Then I had to lay out clothes for the next morning.

I ran the Halloween Half Marathon yesterday.  Again, I was going back and forth with whether I wanted to run it… My girlfriend (who knows what I’m going through with my family right now) was kind enough to pick up my race bib for me.  I decided I better go since I needed a long run in anyway.  I left the house at 7:30 and arrived at around 8:15.  I found some guys that were driving to the race (start line was about 2 miles away) so they gave me a lift. They were so nice and funny. I love runners. 🙂

I decided to take this nice and easy. No pressure.  I did some rookie mistakes that I will have to do in a more detailed post.  But overall, I finished in 2:08.  I can’t complain. I am not feeling sore at all and I didn’t have to walk either (not that there’s anything wrong with walking some parts).  I just feel a lot better after the last two weeks of runs.

Hallween Half Marathon

Hallween Half Marathon

I had every intention of dressing up in a costume but never had the time to pick one up. Oh well.

Grammar School Friends

Grammar School Friends

This girl had a 6-min PR. 1:50.  She’s my grammar school friend (up until high school). We don’t see each other often but she’s such a sweetheart. She picked up my race bib for me.  Thanks, Megan.

Anyway, I was home by 12:30 and basically spent the rest of the day doing laundry, cooking, cleaning and playing with the kids.

Wow, that was long. Anyway, I hope you all had a wonderful weekend.

Who else loves FALL running? I can’t get enough of it.

Server’s Down + Slow Internet

3-Mile Run – COMPLETED

We can’t do any work because our servers are down (and our Internet is SLOWER than dial-up connection). I am leaving work a bit early today (about 30-40 minutes) so I didn’t take a lunch on purpose. I’m sure I could have still taken one, but I opted to just stay in. It all worked out. Since I knew last night that I would have to leave early and not take a lunch, I did a run in the morning. I had to stop at 3-miles because I heard Lili’s teeny-tiny voice, “iccccccck, mommmmmmy, BAS is stinky. He pooped!!!!” So I hopped off and cleaned him up.

I don’t know if I mentioned here, but a few weeks ago, this happened to my iPhone.

iPhone on Crack

iPhone on Crack

My girlfriend was getting it fixed but now there’s something more serious wrong with it. I don’t even know what I will do now. I might have to resort to connecting my iPhone4 until we’re eligible for new phones in November. For now, I’ve been surviving with my mini iPad (just as long as I have wiFi I’m all good. No really… last week I tried to find a payphone. I couldn’t find ONE!).

We had a light evening. I scooped up the kids and hung out with my parents for a bit before we headed over to story/craft time. Lili was excited. we returned her books and then waited patiently for Ms. Barbara to start her story. I was so proud of Lili too. She’s usually very shy and when we did the Hokey Pokey, she participated. Also when we did Old MacDonald and his farm — she raised her hand to give an animal. 🙂 Glad she’s getting out of her shell. While Ms. Barbara started her book, “Demetrius and the Astronaut”, B and I wandered the library (otherwise, he would have been totally disruptive). After story time, Lili got settled at the table to start her craft.

Crafting

Crafting

I took out the blocks and let B play with them on the reading carpet. I had to keep an eye on the both of them but then something caught my eye. I couldn’t believe how Sebastian was just building blocks higher and higher.

Keeping Quiet

Keeping Quiet

a little higher...

a little higher…

Hooray!!!

Hooray!!!

I was amazed and proud of him. And of course Lili too. Her work came out fabulous.

Demetrius and the Astronaut

Demetrius and the Astronaut

I let the kids play for a little while longer before we headed home. As soon as we got home, P was getting on the treadmill to workout. He did good for the first time in awhile. We didn’t eat dinner until close to 8:15 and the kids didn’t go to bed till almost 9:30. WAYYYYY past their bedtime. Apparently I was exhausted too. I fell right to sleep with them.

Weekly family dinners… How often do you get together with family during the week? Since both our parents watch our kids, we see family twice a week. We don’t always have dinner with them but we do get chat for quite some time.

I’m going to pump a little early and then head out. I can’t do much work here anyway without our G-Drive.

Week #1 + Fun Weekend

1HR Strength + Core: COMPLETED

3-Mile Easy Run: COMPLETED

I had a training plan before I found out Cici would be training with me and then she drafted her, so mine goes in the trash. HA! We have our running coach and then she’s my other running coach. Plus, her plans always so fun. Anyway, I got to run with Cici 3x last week and all runs were amazing. 🙂 So glad to be running with my solemate again.

I did Coach Skinny Vinny’s core/strength workout this morning.

CORE/STRENGTH

CORE/STRENGTH

And a HOT, sweaty, easy 3-mile run at lunch. Oh summer weather… you KILL ME.

But let’s back-track a bit. On Friday, my wonderful day off, our morning got all out of wack. P parked behind me and then decided to take my car to the doctor’s office. He didn’t end up getting back home for another hour and so my run was delayed. We finally did go for a run but then the the air in the tire of my jogger was flat and the cover was missing. UGH@#$# BUT the kids still wanted to come out so we went for a run/walk.

Me & My Crew

Me & My Crew

Lenape Park

Lenape Park

But then S fell and it was not pretty. We headed home and I took care of his bump before we headed out again.

Boo-Boo

Boo-Boo

We packed our bags and headed over to the spray playground.

Having FUN

Having FUN

Brrrrr

Brrrrr

I brought snacks and drinks. The kids were going in and out of the water.

Gangstaaaaa

Gangstaaaaa

We stayed for about two hours before calling it quits. We headed home for lunch. 🙂 I did some laundry and we waited for P to get home. It was a nice Friday after/evening.

Saturday morning we woke up and Lili requested pancakes. While they ate breakfast, I ran a quick 3-miles on the tread.

Fearless Kid

Fearless Kid

This kid gives me mini-heart attacks. I swear. He thinks he’s immortal. Anyway, after my run, I quickly showered and Lili and I got dressed. We were heading over to the matinee to watch Minions. We invited my MIL but she asked if I would mind if she gave her ticket to Julian (Lili’s cousin). Of course I didn’t mind. He would enjoy and appreciate it more than her. So P’s parents dropped him off.

Happy Cousins

Happy Cousins

Silly Face

Silly Face

The movie was wonderful. Then we met up with the family for lunch and martinis.

Watermelon Tini

Watermelon Tini

So delicious. We found out that Tuesdays are $5.00/martinis. So we’re going to meet up for dranks.

After lunch, Lili and I finally headed home. I didn’t do the food shopping but I did do more laundry. I had plans to meet Cici for our long run the next day.

Sunday, woke up, fed kids and got them dressed. I had my coffee and breakfast and then headed over to the reservation to meet Cici. I always have a difficult time parting with the kids when I go for a long run.

Bye Mommmmy. I'll miss you!

Bye Mommmmy. I’ll miss you!

We decided on Wed that we should just run 70-75 minutes on the trail. It worked out perfect. I was so excited to put my trail shoes on.

SOLEYS on the TRAIL

SOLEYS on the TRAIL

So much fun. Afterwards, we hung out and refueled while chatting. Then I headed home. P had spent the entire morning/early afternoon in the yard with the kids. They had so much fun.

Sprinkle Fun

Sprinkle Fun

P said that he went inside real quick and Lili screamed through the window, “PAPAAAA, I LOVE MOMMMMMMY!” Too cute. Anyhow, as soon as I got home I took both kids inside, gave them a bath, changed them, showered, put S down to nap and ate something. Then I tried to lay down with Lili so she could nap but she wasn’t having it. By 4:45PM, I finally went food shopping with Lili. We were home by 5:30. I peeled potatoes and made fries, grilled burgers and dogs. Lili wanted to bake a cake so we baked a cake right before dinner finished cooking. It was in the oven baking while we ate.

Black & White Cake

Black & White Cake

Cake was good. 🙂

I also did 4 loads of laundry, washed/dried/folded and put away. I think I was in bed by midnight. And back to the grind.

How many times a week do you do core workouts?

What was the last movie you watched? I’m on a movie roll here. Inside Out and Minions. And I actually LOVE Disney movies.

Running Date

I had a running date today with my SOLEMATE that I love, love, love! It wasn’t planned but I actually matched.

Lunch Run

Lunch Run

It turned out that my Solemate and I were wearing the same color tank (in fact, the tank I wore was actually HER tank which she gave to my sister — then my sister gave it to me. Circle of workout clothes!).

SOLEMATES FOR LIFE

SOLEMATES FOR LIFE

And yes, I got my Solemate roses.

Roses for Soley & Rosa

Roses for Soley & Rosa

My dear solemate is going through the hardest time in her life. Cici was scheduled to have her baby on June 24th but a few weeks before her sweet baby girl was born sleeping. She was a precious angel that is now in heaven. Rosa Kimberly, we love you and miss you everyday.

Beautiful Solemate

Beautiful Solemate

It was great sharing some miles with Cici. I missed her so much. We will be doing lots of running together since we will be training for NYC marathon together. We will be RUNNING NYC for ROSA.

Please keep my soley in your thoughts. I’ve been dedicating a mile for Rosa in each run that I do just for her.

Happy Friday for some of you folks. I hope you have a wonderful 4th of July weekend.

Busy Wednesday

I was scheduled for 5-miles this morning but something came up. I am almost 100% sure that I scheduled Lili’s annual 4-year appointment on Friday but when the office called after my track run yesterday, they were confirming the appointment for today. Uh, okay… I didn’t want to push it back anymore days so I kept the appointment. Unfortunately, this meant that I had to run pretty early and all I had time for was 4-miles. Oh well. You win some, you lose some.

After my run, I took a quick shower, changed both kids and we were out of the house by 7:30 dropping off Sebastian. Lili and I headed over to her appointment.

The Doctor AGAIN?@$#

The Doctor AGAIN?@$#

Unfortunately, she failed her vision test so we have to make an appointment with the pediatric eye doctor. 😦 Other than that, her blood work came back good and as the doctor said, “SHE’S OFFICIALLY A 4-YEAR OLD!!!” (well after all her vaccines, OUCH!).

I gave her the option to come to work and I would drop her off at lunch or I could drop her off now to my parents. She wanted to come to work again. So we picked up breakfast and came to the office. After she ate, she knew the drill. Time for school work.

UGHHHHHH....

UGHHHHHH….

Today she was happy to do some work. We did a lot.

Summer Lesson Plans

Summer Lesson Plans

I know, I go a little crazy but she needs to be on top of her work.

After we both did some work (yes, I had to take care of some work myself), we ate lunch and then I told her I would drop her off at my parents. She did NOT want to go. She started to cry so I said okay we could go for a walk.

Walk into Town

Walk into Town

We walked into town and then to the post office.

Wait, there's actual MAIL other than E-MAILS?!

Wait, there’s actual MAIL other than E-MAILS?!

Then we walked to the park down the street.

YESSSSSS

YESSSSSS

and more running…

RUNNNNN

RUNNNNN

I can’t complain. It was a great hour lunch. When we headed back, I had some work to do and she relaxed a bit with a snack. When it was time for me to pump, she laid down and then this happened…

NAP TIME

NAP TIME

What.A.Life!!!!

I think we should all get to nap at work. It would make me a happier employee. 🙂

Do you wear glasses? Contacts? Do you run with glasses? I wear both — and so does P. My entire family does and P’s parents do too. We knew Lili might have an issue, but not this early. I’m hoping it was just a fluke.

Anybody running a Firecraker 4th Race?

NYCM Training Has Begun (and Updates)…

So we’re trying this NYC Marathon training one more time. I’m not sure if you all know by now, but I finally got in after signing up in 2009 (that’s 6 years ago). NYC used to do the 3-strikes and you’re in (they rid that option recently). So after three (3) consecutive years of not getting into NYC, I was finally accepted in 2012. Unfortunately, that was the year of Hurricane Sandy and they canceled the marathon. We had options to run in either 2013, 2014 or 2015. I chose 2014 because I knew I wanted to try for baby #2 in 2013. Then, if you remember, I rolled my ankle on an apple during a long run one month before the race, fortunately I was able to DEFER and, well… here we are. Training for NYC. Let’s hope it happens this time.

After tweaking my training plan, I packed clothes for a track workout.

Ommmmmm

Ommmmmm

Either I am out of shape or I forgot how brutal summer running could be, but just 4x400s were TOUGH. BUT, I am glad that at least the first track workout of the training season is DONE and DONE.

Quick weekend update (or so I say — but lately it seems that I can only update once a week).

On Friday, my first day off with both kids, I ran some errands. We had a bunch of things to do. It was kind of gloomy out, and all of a sudden chilly. I ended up doing fun activities indoors with the kids.

Body-Tracing

Body-Tracing

The “after” drawings came out good but I forgot to take actual pictures. Lili did a fantastic job coloring hers and her brother’s bodies in.

Saturday was P’s birthday! 🙂 We had noon lunch with his parents and then they stopped by for a bit to open more presents. When they left, both kids napped and then we headed over to the mall for Lili’s first movie experience.

06.27.15 Inside Out

06.27.15 Inside Out

I totally cried (then again, I cry over every movie). After the movie, we headed home and just hung around.

Sunday, I woke up feeling feverish. I somehow got up anyway and started to prepare Lili’s summer school work. I know it sounds so silly but she needs to keep up with her writing and reading. Her Pre-K-3 teacher told me to keep on doing whatever we’re doing at home during the summer.

Summer Home School

Summer Home School

She complains at first, “Awwww man…”. But once she gets into it, she’s all into it. I did make sure to have at least one fun arts and crafts after doing some school work.

Painting 101

Painting 101

The rest of the afternoon was pretty much me resting. I did feel out of it and napped with the kids too at one point. Then I made dinner and we called it a night.

Monday morning was quite busy. Lili was having blood drawn. We figured since it would be a good idea — just because she’s been getting sick a lot lately and it’s recommended when they turn 4. I was nervous about it so I had P come with me. The first thing they told me was to collect urine in a cup. Cute conversation between her and I in the bathroom.

Me: Okay, sit on the potty and I’m going to catch your pee in the cup.

Lili: Oh mommy. I can’t. I can’t pee in a cup. I don’t want to drink my pee!

Me: No honey. You don’t have to drink your pee. It’s for them to make sure your pee is okay!

Brave Girl

Brave Girl

When it was time to have blood drawn, she got nervous. P did an awesome job keeping her distracted and we made sure to make sure she didn’t look at the needle or the blood. She whimpered a little but then was completely fine. The med-tech even complimented us by saying how awesome we were on keeping her calm. I can imagine many kids come in there screaming. I was NERVOUS all Sunday evening. After the appointment, she came to work with me. And yes, she did an hour and a half of school work.

Learning Time

Learning Time

After, I had to do some actual work — and then I went into the back to workout. It was a strength training day.

"Let me see your HAPPY face" -Lili

“Let me see your HAPPY face” -Lili

My photographer, Lili, took my pre-workout pic.

<3

She watched Power Rangers while watching me workout.

Then it was time to go. It was a long day but I can't complain. She was PERFECT the entire time. We picked up her brother, who was enjoying the day with their cousin.

Happy Hour

And then I helped my mom move some furniture around. I was home rather late but thank goodness my dad gave me leftovers. I didn’t have to cook for P.

I can’t believe it’s already JULY tomorrow!!!! What’s everyone doing for the weekend? Off on Friday???

Cheap Thrills

I was back to my lunch runs yesterday! But today, I ran before work (even though the weather was nicer today than yesterday). I have been so busy at work the last few days because the attorney is leaving for two weeks and has been trying to get out everything all at once. I decided not to even take a lunch (well ate at my desk).

Keeping it short. I love me some cheap thrills and picked up these sunnies at Target ($14.99).

Shades

Shades

Have you ever seen their sunglasses selection? It’s pretty massive. So many for such a good deal.

Even this fella wanted to wear them.

Heyyyyy

Heyyyyy

I don’t know who wore them better.

And here I was thinking today was Thursday (a/k/a MY FRIDAY). Darn. Just one more day.

What’s everyone up to for the weekend?
We’re doing dinner with my family for that Father’s Day on Saturday and BBQ on Sunday for P’s family.

Ten Years Ago

Ten years ago today, I met my husband. I didn’t see him for over a year after that first meeting, but it was the first time we were introduced. Who would have thought that a year and half after we’d end up together. During our “decluttering” project, I found a cigar box hidden all the way on the back top of the bookshelf. I had no idea what was in it but when I blew the dust off and opened it, I found this inside.

2006-2009

2006-2009

P had saved almost all of my notes I used to write to him every single morning before I left for work. I would find a piece of scrap paper just to say “good morning” and “i love you”. I was thrilled to find these letters. I’m not sure which one of us was the sweet one; myself for writing him a love note every morning or he for saving them!

I probably stopped writing him notes by the time we were married or had Lili. But I still send him letters from work every now and then. This time our letters are from Lili and myself and/or just pictures with post-it notes of how I think he’s doing a wonderful job as a papa.

lovenotes 2015

Anyway, enough sappiness for the day. Rough morning today. I woke up at 5:45 but again, B was up nursing. When I finally did get him down, I had to unfold the tread, prepare dinner for the evening (a new crock pot recipe — Beef Stew,

crock pot

get the kids breakfast ready — then Lili woke up, so she ate, I changed into running gear, then B woke up so I had to give him some breakfast, washed the dishes, make Lili’s lunch and then hopped on the tread for 3. I have to finish my run this evening. I just did not have time for 6. I had to get Lili ready for school, B dressed and myself showered and dressed.

How did you meet your significant other? So yeah, we met 10 years ago at my sister’s apt. warming party, Napoleon Dynamite was on and I was doing some Dance, Dance Revolution with friends. We didn’t say anything else to each other except, “hi, nice to meet you” and that was that… until January 19, 2006 when we officially became “friends”.

What’s your favorite crock pot recipe? I was so mad I ran out of liners for my crockpot. ARGH@#$#%#$ It’s a pain in the ass to clean. Oh well… I like some sausage and peppers in the crock pot. Always a favorite of mine. I hope this beef stew comes out delicious. I’ll let you know tomorrow.