I really hadn’t planned on going on such a long blogging hiatus, but the past week and a half pretty much hit me like a freight train. We’ve made it through the first week and a half in kindergarten and with Mommy back to work so it’s a huge success in my book.
As much as I thought I was prepared for what was going to happen once the school year started and the boys started school it still knocked me flat on my tushy. It was pure craziness. It was so much tougher than I thought emotionally and just physically stressful to keep it all together. I think that hardest part was worrying about the boys and making sure everything went okay. I’m a worrier by nature and obviously the things I was most worried about the first days of school all went down. It was pretty traumatic for all of us.
I won’t go into detail, but the past two weeks have been filled with lots of tears, sobbing, really hard goodbyes, sick nervous stomachs, etc.
At least they looked good for the first day, yes?
I mean, aren’t these the coolest backpacks you’ve ever seen?
Unfortunately the second day was even harder than the first to say goodbye since the first day didn’t go so well, but by the end there were smiles. We may have faked them at the beginning of the first day,
but they were genuine on the way home last Friday.
We celebrated with a movie night watching Elf. (I mean, what else would we be watching?). We were all asleep by 7:45 pm, but only after a very generous serving of chocolate milkshake protein ice cream.
I’ haven’t been working out as much the past two weeks, but I’ve been physically and mentally exhausted and my attention has been just taking care of the boys and having my act together at work. SO it’s been nice to back off a bit and just do some running to get the miles in. I enjoy it so much more, even my early morning treadmill time.
Different day, but same shoes and clean socks.
The only class I’ve taught the past two weeks is my Thursday night spin class. It’s funny how you can get in there so stinking tired, but still sweat like crazy and leave feeling fabulous.
I know that through all the craziness my upcoming race is going to be here before I know it. I took advantage last Saturday to get a good long run in. It was the first 20 miler since the OC Marathon last May.
The rest of the weekend looked a little like this:
That a homemade robo suit by the way The guy asked for scissors and disappeared for awhile. He came out like this really proud of his suit he made. He’s on a mission to make one for everyone in the family. We’re pretty pumped.
We made a few soon to be published videos and counted that as our resistance training. It’s going to be hard to find the time with our new schedule, but sometimes all you need is a few minutes and there’s nothing that says you can’t get everyone involved. These guys love playing the “trainer”.
Thanks to Chef’d I had some really easy dinners to make this week.
Check it out, they came all packaged in a box ready to prepare.
My creation did not look as fabulous as the picture, but it was darn delicious.
Speaking of delicious, we are now grocery shopping with the rest of the world on Sunday mornings. I’ve been a little upset with Trader Joe’s recently because they kept not having what we needed in stock, but last Sunday they really pulled through for us, both in the sample department
and FINALLY having the riced cauliflower.
I refuse to tell you how many bags I bought.
Breakfast lately really should be a bit more colorful, but when I’m in a bind I go for the standard egg white breakfast STUFTwich.
Totally unexciting, but it’s my go to when like is crazy and I can’t throw anything else together.
You know, days like this.
Other things that have gotten us through this week in particular are:
coffee, lots and lots of coffee (for Mama and Daddy only)
motivational shirts and Run With Perseverance tank tops
approximately 2 jars of peanut butter free NuttZo (code STUFT-15 for 15% off online)
and this afternoon/evening it was another ginormous helping of Quest Nutrition peanut butter cream protein ice cream topped with brown rice cereal.
That there in the background is the Bachelor in Paradise (or whatever it’s called). I gave myself 20 minutes of quite time with some quality TV. Ha ha.
And with that friends, we’ve made it. Barely, but we made it.
It’s funny how when life suddenly changes your priorities can change instantly. The only thing that mattered this past week was making sure my boys were safe, well fed, cared for, knew they were loved, given courage and that they just knew they were number one. It’s going to be that way for a very long time to come and as crazy and hectic as it’s been, I’m loving every second and I know in my heart my time is being spent doing exactly what I need to be doing.
It’s about sacrifice for those that you love.
That sums up life from here on out.
Heck yes I’m ready.