Sunday, October 27, 2013


Lots of walking this week and some new workouts!  I was cleared by the Dr to start working out.  Exciting!  I am going to take it sort of slow getting back into it, since it has been awhile since I ran or even used my stomach muscles. 

Mon, Oct 21st2.07mile walk with baby P and then some arm work with my 5lb weights.
Tues, Oct 22nd Off/busy day.  I had a meeting at work at 11am and then needed to run some errands.  G stayed home with P and loved it!  We lucked out with an amazing baby.

Wed, Oct 23rd 2.02mile walk in the cold with baby P.
Thurs, Oct 24th 1.54mile walk with baby P and I did a “morning workout” from pinterest.
3x {25 push-ups (on my knees)
       30 crunches
       50sec wall sit
       10 dips
       45sec plank
       30 lunges on each leg
       15 squats }
Oh my!  My body was sore that night.

Fri, Oct 25th 2.18mile walk with baby P.  This was a tough walk trying to warm up my muscles and get out some of the soreness.  I did do a “300 ab challenge” from pinterest.
25 In-n-outs
25 bicycles
25 reverse bicycles
25 crunchy frogs
25 cross leg/wide leg sit-ups
25 scissors
25 Hip butt ups
25 Heels to the Heaven
25 Roll-up V-ups – I couldn’t do these, so I just did crunches
25 Leg climbers
50 kayakers

I definitely looked like a fish out of water doing some of these.  I am sure my son was thinking, “what is that crazy lady doing?”

Sat, Oct 26th 2.02mile walk with baby P and the “morning workout.”  I can feel my legs getting stronger!

Sun, Oct 27th We just did a 2.02mile walk and rested/did chores around the house.

I love feeling sore from a workout, but ouch I didn’t know I would feel this sore!


Thursday, October 24, 2013

Some more knitting

I made this cowl awhile ago -

It is cotton yarn and the pink color is called flamenco and is a bright pink, but paired with the black yarn it looks more red.  Oh well.
This is one of the first pieces that I have made for myself.  I have very sensitive skin when it comes to fabrics.  Wool, even a small amount is itchy.  I have some wool sweaters, but I have to wear long sleeve shirts underneath.  So I haven't made anything for me, until I found this great cotton yarn.  Fun!

This past week I made a pumpkin hat for baby P!  I am working on one for me (cotton yarn), so we can match on Halloween!  Nerdy!  

The day before baby P was born I made these fun owl gloves!
They are a labor of love and each glove was made twice.

The pattern called for size 6 needles for the cuff and size 8 needles for the hand - see the left hand!  When I made the right glove I forgot to switch to size 8 needles.  Opps! 

Ok, I'll just remake the left glove.  As I was working the 2nd left glove I noticed that I had forgotten a few rows of knit between the cuff and hand on the right glove.  Ahh!  I didn't really like the fit of the right glove, so after I finished the left one, I tore back right glove and started the hand again.  Fun times!!

I do love how them came out.

In addition to my pumpkin hat, I am working on a cable scarf and a square blanket that is supposed to be for baby P - this one might take me awhile!


Sunday, October 20, 2013


Humm… this was a weird walking week.  Motivation not there, missed opportunity waiting to go when G got home, and rain.  Oh well!  It is one of my last weeks of not “being allowed” to workout (OB said no workout for 6 weeks), so I’ll take it. 
I did do arm exercises with my 5lb weights almost every day.
Mon, Oct 14thSuper busy day running errands.
Tues, Oct 15th2mile walk.  This was an interesting walk since ~10min into the walk, G called and told me to pick him up because he had been in a car accident.  On the bright side, baby P was already in the car seat!  After we got home and G left in the truck to go back to work, we finished our walk.
Wed, Oct 16thLazy!
Thurs, Oct 17thIt rained all day :(
Fri, Oct 18th2.4mile walk!
Sat, Oct 19thWe had a busy day at a pumpkin patch in the morning and it was off and on raining all day, so we didn’t get in an official walk.  I did “wear” baby P for almost 2hrs at the pumpkin patch.  That counts as a workout?!?
Sun, Oct 20th1.65mile walk with G and Molly!

My 6week check-up appointment is on Wednesday, so if everything goes well, I’ll have better WWW posts.  I am thinking about finally trying out some of the workouts I have pinned!


Saturday, October 19, 2013

Saying good-bye to a friend

In 2004, I bought my first car.  A Volkswagen Passat 1.8T.

It was a wonderful car, but was getting up there in mileage -> ~96,000 miles.  German cars start breaking around 100,000 miles and fixing it starts to get pricy, so we had sort of talking about selling it.  Wonder if we jinxed ourselves!?!

After we bought the Outback, the Passat became G's primary car and to be honest he hated some of the features.  The biggest hate was that the car would relock itself if you hadn't opened a door within 30sec of unlocking it.  Also, the doors autolocked if you drove over 15mph.  I could do without the relock, but I loved and miss the autolock.

In the past few weeks we toyed more with the idea of selling the truck and Passat and getting G something else.  No clue what something else is....
I do know that the truck is G's baby and the H Family way is house, dog, truck.  I would be really surprised if the truck ever goes away.
My family way is owning one extra car.  Since we got married we went from 3 (truck, Lexus, and Passat), to 2 (truck and Passat), back to 3 (truck, Passat, and Outback), and now back to 2 (truck and Outback).  I like have a back-up car!

The Passat died on Tuesday - sad day.  It was declared a total loss.  Sad.
G's was driving near an entrance area to the freeway that has one-way roads.  2 tracker trailer trucks were going the wrong way on a one-way, the SUV in front of G slammed on her breaks and G ended up rear ending her.  The impact cause both air bags to deploy and did a number on the front of the Passat.  G said there was brake and transmission fluid all over the pavement, which would indicate engine damage.  Not good.

Fortunately, G and the other driver were ok.  A little emotionally upset, but nothing physical.  G did say that the airbag pushed his hands off the steering wheel and he had some irritated skin on his wrists.  And the SUV had the VW logo "stamped" into her bumper.  Thankfully everyone it ok.

I took these pictures at the tow lot before releasing the Passat to the insurance company.  I needed to see the car and make my peace with it.  I know it is just a car, but I get emotionally attached to things.  I did shed some tears, but felt better about the situation once I left.

Love ya Passaty!

Thursday, October 17, 2013

The great stoller purchase of 2013

Once we found out we were having a baby I knew I wanted a BOB stroller.  Went went to REI during their members spring sale and test drove the Motion and Revolution SE.  I liked the compact form of the Motion, but G and the sales guy convinced me that I needed a running stroller.  I don't plan on running regularly with baby P once he gets older, but I will want to run when G goes out of town, so we went with the Revolution SE.  Also, because of the sale we decided to get the matching Britax B-safe infant car seat.
We picked orange to match Molly!
And that is were the fun ends...

The BOB is great for walks but it is large and awkward for taking in and out of the car and into stores.  I wanted/needed something smaller and easy to deal with.  Based off of friends recommendations I bought a snap n' go stoller that says it will fit most infant car seats.  I guess it depends on how you define "fit."  The B-safe didn't "snap" or fit level on the frame.  The extra strap to wrap around the car seat seemed like a bad idea.  It went back.  Fail #1.

During all this, our friends gave us their Baby Jogger City Mini.  Wonderful!  It isn't as small as I would like, but I thought I could make it work.  We just needed to get the infant car seat adapter...
The Baby Jogger website said this adapter would work with the City Mini and B-safe.  It didn't.  Fail #2.

Our friends were able to find the adapter pieces that came with the stroller.  We installed the adapter and again our car seat didn't fit.  No snap/lock the car seat in place.  You could balance and wrap a strap around the car seat to hold it in place.  Sure, let's put a bungee cord around the baby and call it a day!! I don't think so!  That baby needs to be snapped in place!!  Fail #3.

At this point I was feeling super defeated and frustrated with our decision to purchase the B-safe.  Obviously, the B-safe wasn't made to play with other brands.

I went to the Britax website and searched for stroller options.  After watching the B-Nimble product video, I was sold!!.  An umbrella stroller that fits the B-safe, is only 14lbs, folds up flat, and will grow with baby.  The only down side, the price.  According to Britax, B-Nimble sells for $200.  Ouch!! 
I was able to find one on albee baby for $90 with free shipping!  It came with correct car seat adapters, cup holder!, and a rain shield.  And since it is an umbrella stroller, baby P will able to grow into it as a toddler and maybe even last for another baby.  Win!!

I actually purchased the B-Nimble the morning I went into labor! That morning, if you would have asked me if I would go into labor that afternoon, I would have laughed at you!

The only downside, if you even want to call it a downside is the color.  Albee Baby sold the red version for $90 and for $170 we could get it in silver to match our orange car seat.  Hummm, not interested in almost double the price for silver fabric.  Red and orange it is!!

Moral of the story - there is no such thing as universal when it comes car seats and
strollers!  Do your research and make sure you get strollers that are compatible with your favorite car seat before buying anything.


Sunday, October 13, 2013


Mon, Oct 7thWe didn’t walk and honestly, I don’t remember why!  Probably just lazy.  Ha!
Tues, Oct 8thWalked 2miles with baby P.
Wed, Oct 9thWalked 1.64 miles with baby P.
Thurs, Oct 10thWalked 1.02miles with baby P – we made it a short walk since it seemed like something was off on the BOB stroller and P was bouncing around a lot.  I did check the tire pressure and played around with it a little and everything seemed ok.  Weird.
Fri, Oct 11thWe had a really rough night and busy morning, which resulted in a long afternoon nap for both of us.
Sat, Oct 12th2mile walk in the morning with baby P.
Sun, Oct 13th2mile walk in the afternoon with baby P.
I did do arm weights with my 5lb weights almost everyday.  Mommy needs tone arms!


Tuesday, October 8, 2013

September mileage

Not that exciting!

1st family walk with 6day old baby P!
Running - 0miles

Walking - 13.28miles

Yearly totals - 
166.08miles running
283.22miles walking
3week old!  Love his faces!    


Sunday, October 6, 2013

WWW - It's back!

Sort of...

Sept 9th – 24th mostly off recovering from labor.  We did take a few short walks of less than a mile, but I didn’t record them.

Sun, Sept 22nd My mom came into town to help/hang out/meet baby P.
Mon, Sept 23rdMy mom walked…. P and I napped!
Tues, Sept 24th 1.7mile walk with my Mom, P, and Molly.
Wed, Sept 25th it rained ALL day.  We didn’t leave the house.
Thurs, Sept 26th 1.7mile walk with my Mom, P, and Molly.
Fri, Sept 27th Lazy!
Sat, Sept 28th My sister was coming for the weekend to visit and we had to leave the house ~10:30am to pick her up.  It takes P and I awhile to get ready in the morning, so my mom just walked alone.
Sun, Sept 29th – 2mile walk with Molly, Mom, sister, and P.  My mom and sister left later than day – sad. 
If G is too busy to walk with us, then Molly will be staying at home.  She is a puller, I can’t deal with her and control the stroller.  Especially since P is so little.  Maybe when he is bigger and can sit in the BOB without the carseat we can try taking Molly with us.
Mon, Sept 30th 1.65miles with P in the stroller.
Tues, Oct 1st 1.63miles with P in the stoller.
Wed, Oct 2nd Happy 3rd Anniversary to G and I!!  It is the leather anniversary (traditional) and I got G a credit card holder wallet from leatherology and he got me a fancy leather purse.  It has been an amazing year and even better 3 years.  I look forward to many many many more!
P and I had to run some errands for dinner and buy cupcakes, so we didn’t go for a walk.
Thurs, Oct 3rd 1.0mile walk with P.  P was pretty upset at ~half a mile, so we turned around and went home to eat!
Fri, Oct 4th 0.77mile walk around the block with P, Molly, and a visiting friend.
Sat, Oct 5th talk about lazy!  We didn’t get out a bed until 10:30am!  We did go on a family walk – 2miles.
Sun, Oct 6th Family walk on a nearby running/biking path – 2.34miles.

Monday will be 4weeks since P was born, so I technically have another 2 weeks workout free.  I will keep walking and maybe start adding some arm exercises with my 5lb weights.  My mommy arms need to be tone!