Well, Hello There…

Allow me to (re)introduce myself…

Since my last post:

Sarah helped Dominic by pulling his first loose tooth!
Wow! Can’t believe losing teeth has
already started for him
My “oldometer” ticked up for another year
(how awesome is this card?)
We test-drove, took home for a day, committed to buying
and then backed out of buying a new car
(maybe I’ll post on that someday)



Sarah’s 8th grade volleyball team took first in division,
and 2nd in City Tournament. What a great year.
Great girls and coaches!

I found a box that had these pajamas in them and they fit Vincent now!
Holy moly, he is getting big (and even more cute, if that’s possible)
Took the boys clothes-shopping and found these cool
Lego Star Wars pajamas for Dominic. Perfect.

Wow, it has been awhile, right? I admit that the longer I go without writing anything substantial, the less I care to do so. We’ve changed our course in the past couple of months. That’s a good thing, but it also means that a new form of “busy” has materialized.
First of all, Craig is still working nights. And that is fine honestly. He had been working nights for the past 10 years at the casino. It’s just that the hours are a bit longer, so he’s going in more like late afternoon/early evening and working through the night. The good part: He is home in time to help get the kids all ready and off to school before he goes to sleep and he’s up in time to get them from school before heading off to his next day of work. The not-as-good-but-bearable part: This means my day really begins when I get off work. More on that later.

Secondly, the job is such an improvement over the casino. He’s working at the Ford plant on the assembly line. The benefits are excellent and he gets paid overtime when he works it. Novel concept. 🙂 I think he seems to enjoy the work he does, too. Craig’s always liked cars (Vincent’s obsession with them gives me some idea of what Craig may have been like as a child) and this gives him an opportunity to be up close and personal with at least one make and model. 🙂

So while all of this has occurred, we have had to make some changes to the way things run around the house. Craig used to do all the grocery shopping, for example, on Friday mornings. Well, that isn’t possible every week anymore, so I have had to re-learn how to grocery shop and fit it into an already jam-packed weekend. The first two times I kept going over budget. It was really ticking me off. But the third time I did it, I made my list and I pulled out my phone and added things up as I went and … Woo-Hoo! … I was under budget and I got everything on the list! Also, Craig used to get some of the laundry done on Thursdays/Fridays and that’s not happening anymore either. This past weekend was the craziest as every person in our family had to get their laundry done on Sunday. I am planning to get on that earlier in the weekend coming up so we don’t have that happen again!

And then…there are the activities for the kids. Right now, Sarah has club volleyball, Dani has swim club and Helen has basketball. I’m thanking God for inspiring me NOT to put Dominic and/or Vincent in anything right now because I could not get them there. Mondays are the craziest since Helen and Dani both have practice at 6:30 and then Sarah has practice at 8 all the way across town. I think I’m getting a system down and this coming Monday, I think I’ll be able to do it with one less trip across town (I’ve been heading over there twice — once for drop-off and once for pick-up) since I will just have us all hang out across town while practice is going on. Dani has practice MOnday through Thursday. Sarah has practices Monday and Wednesday. Helen’s practices are Monday and Saturday. So there’s a lot of driving around for me during the week. I have no doubt that it is all worth it, but it’s been an adjustment for me because I had grown to love having my evenings free to do as I wished.

I had already started going to CrossFit in the early mornings (5:15 — bright and EARLY) so that hasn’t changed. Craig’s able to make it to the 6:15 a couple of times a week, too. The kids are pretty good at getting up and around most mornings — now that the girls are pretty self-sufficient in that arena. So, the exercise is still happening.

As you can imagine, the schedule in the evenings makes it difficult to do dinner. We do a lot of breakfast for dinner so far. I hope we can get some good crockpot things going now that the cold weather is here. But we seldom eat together. Dani is usually grabbing something early so she’s ready to swim. There are snacks, with no real dinner-time routine. It kind of drives me bonkers and makes me think I suck at this whole Mom thing, but I don’t know what else to do at this point since the evenings are just too crazy for anything else.

Through all of it, though, I was able to spend the weekend two weekends ago (the one before Veteran’s Day) doing a huge clean and purge of the house. So now at least, I like being in the house for the time I am there. Our garage is clean and uncluttered and so is our basement. I know where everything is in the storage room, too. And I have been on the kids to keep it straightened up, too (you would not believe the places I found the many puzzle pieces and telepods the boys had scattered all over — well, maybe you would). The side benefit of being so busy? There really is only so much time the kids are in the house to mess it up. 🙂

We’ll see if I can get the 7 drafted posts in any shape to be published in the near future. #dontholdyourbreath

That’s just a little bit of word-spew from me to let you know that while I may feel like I am drowning, I’m still alive and well. And happy, for the most part.

Cheers!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Monday Mumbles – 78 (CrossFit Competition Edition)

Happy 9th-to-last Monday of 2014. (Why do I like counting down Mondays?)

Let’s mumble, shall we?

1. First CrossFit competition ever this weekend is in the books. It went all right. The hard part about doing things for the first time is not really knowing what to expect. The things I will make sure I do better next time:

  • Buy/Wear clothes that fit properly. I haven’t updated my workout wardrobe very much in the last year…it showed — fortunately not too much — but adjusting my clothing while trying to complete burpees or transitioning from jump rope to sit-ups was not that much fun.
  • Drink more water. I didn’t get dehydrated, but I don’t think I was in the best shape where water intake was concerned.
  • Try to farm out my kids to friends’ houses if I can. My kids do an awful lot to pitch in and help me out on a regular basis — I’d like for a day I am competing to be fun for them instead of a drag. They just aren’t into this CrossFit thing like I am (yet).
  • Stick with Paleo regimen for the whole month leading up to it. I fell off the wagon when the gym’s “30-day challenge” ended at the beginning of October and never really got back on it before this competition. My body processes food more efficiently eating that way and I really do notice a huge difference.

2. That being said, I had a good time and I think I did pretty well for my first competition. I ranked 15th out of 28 women in the scaled division. My ranks in the workouts broke down like this:

  • WOD 1: 9th — this WOD played to my strengths as Deadlift is one of my better lifts and the weights were good for high reps
  • WOD 2: 23rd — this WOD was one of my weakest lifts — Snatch. But, I did PR (80#) but it was only a power snatch. I need to keep working on sticking a Snatch in the squat position. Dang 41-year-old hips and knees!
  • WOD 3: 16th — I completed this WOD last for the day and I felt wiped out. I thought afterwards that maybe if I hadn’t eaten my meal about 60 minutes before, I might have been better, but I don’t know. It was a paleo meal, so the food wasn’t the problem, but maybe the timing of eating it? It was a WOD that was 3 rounds of 400m run-30 single jump-rope jumps, 20 ab-mat situps and 10 shoulder-to-overhead presses. By the third time I headed out for 400m run, I was over it. It helped me push to get through that last round, but I know I didn’t run the way I typically do (but, of course, my pants were falling down, too). However, I think 16th is probably about right for that performance.
  • WOD 4: 12th — this WOD was one where you picked up 80 pounds (two plates that totaled that) ran down to a sled-type thing, loaded the weight and then pushed it to the finish line. I did it in 27 seconds (well slightly more than 27 seconds). I liked that WOD a lot, but it was over so quickly!
  • The way the competition score seems to work is to add up your ranks in each WOD and that is your score. You want a low score. My total points were 60. It seems like if you want to be in the running to win a competition, it’s good to win at least one of the WODs and/or be in the top 10 for most of them. (The competitor in me takes note of such things.)

3. My kids were great. I wish I would have taken a picture of them being good. I had Dani, Dominic and Helen with me. Sarah stayed at home with Vincent since he’d been fighting off a cold most of last week. Dani got up from her perch to come watch a couple of the WODs, but on the last one, she informed me she was just gonna wait in the chair. ha.

4. When we got home, I was wiped out. I couldn’t really rest that much, though. I guess my body needed to calm down a bit from the day. I have also noticed this phenomenon when I have run half marathons or even when I did my triathlon. You’d think you could take a nap…but you really can’t.

5. Oh and during that last WOD, I thought more than once that I was never doing a competition again. I’m sure that feeling will pass and I’ll do another one. I’m too competitive not to.

6. I was HUNGRY Saturday night, too. Now, I typically can put some steak away. I am a meat-loving fool. But I even surprised myself with the amount of steak and crab legs I ate Saturday night. Yes, I stopped at the grocery store and picked out a couple of bacon wrapped filets, a ribeye and a pound of Alaskan Snow Crab Legs. I didn’t eat all of it Saturday night…but a pretty good portion.

7. I was so wiped out, that I forgot to set our clocks back Saturday night before I went to bed. Doh! So, Craig and I got up and got ready to go to 8:00 a.m. Mass Sunday  morning and were just discussing getting the kids up when Craig looked at his phone and saw it was only 6:00 a.m. and not 7:00 a.m. I just went and ate breakfast. I guess that’s a positive.

8. Helen and I had a little afternoon date yesterday. It was fun. She’s so sweet.

Mommy-Helen Selfie

9. I am clearing out our storage room so that we can then clear out and clean the other side of our garage in the hopes we will buy a new car soon and have a place to house it. I went through one box in the storage room that had this “love note” from my Sarah. It is probably about three or four years old.


I miss Sarah’s love-notes


10. We have a busy week ahead. We spent about 10 minutes before dinner yesterday going over how it’s all going to go down. Lots of driving for me, lots of kids getting their homework done efficiently and being ready to go when it is time.

So, deep breath. Here we go.

Have a great week!