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1 1/2 Weeks Down, a Bazillion to Go and the Best Gift

1 1/2 Weeks Down, a Bazillion to Go and the Best Gift


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?

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I mean, aren’t these the coolest backpacks you’ve ever seen?

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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,

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but they were genuine on the way home last Friday.

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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.

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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.

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Different day, but same shoes and clean socks.

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By the way, Mizuno now has a Wave Sayonara 3 out and I’m really digging them. I’ve been doing all my treadmill runs in them. They seem just a bit heavier than the 2’s, but man are they comfortable.

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.

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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.

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The rest of the weekend looked a little like this:

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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.

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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.

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Check it out, they came all packaged in a box ready to prepare.

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I got to order two meals of the Runner’s World menu so I chose the Chicken Mango Fajitas and the Caramelized Onion and Fig Pizza.

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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

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and FINALLY having the riced cauliflower.

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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.

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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.

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Ha ha.

Other things that have gotten us through this week in particular are:

coffee, lots and lots of coffee (for Mama and Daddy only)

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motivational shirts and Run With Perseverance tank tops

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approximately 2 jars of peanut butter free NuttZo (code STUFT-15 for 15% off online)

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and this afternoon/evening it was another ginormous helping of Quest Nutrition peanut butter cream protein ice cream topped with brown rice cereal.

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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.

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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.


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That sums up life from here on out.

Heck yes I’m ready.

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  1. 1

    The school transitions can be so hard on the kids and sometimes worse on us! I recall my son having the hardest time when he started preschool. It took 6 weeks until he stopped crying and decided to like it! So stressful but it was a learning experience for us both. The kids get used to the routine, I swear. Hang in there 🙂 And yes to getting so annoyed at Trader Joe’s for always being out of something. Happens to me every week and it’s crazy frustrating.

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    Tess says:

    Ok so I’ve been teaching Kindergarten for 13 years and have seen some pretty rough stuff. BUT by the end of the year it is a learning experience like no other. The social, mental, emotional, physical and academic growth you will witness in your boys is unbelievable. Starting is tough but mostly for Mom and Dad. The boys will love their teacher and remember Kindergarten as one of the fun years! “And this too shall pass” is what I’ll say about the beginning of Kindergarten. It makes my heart happy for your and the boys that you took this “TIME” to take care of them and yourself. The beginning of Kindergarten only happens once!!! Savor it, even the tough stuff because it will turn into a beautiful memory to share………take care!!

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    Laura says:

    I hope the most difficult days are over and things will get easier from here on out!! Those backpacks are super cool 🙂 I am annoyed with Trader Joes but only because there aren’t any near me lol. I have to suffer through Walmart each week :-p

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    Linda says:

    Hang in those boys are strong and everyday will get easier.

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    Denise says:

    Indeed Kindergarten kick off has been more difficult than I expected! Olivia is not eating her lunch and had a few accidents! Her teacher is wonderful though!
    I hope the next weeks get better! We need to have you guys over for a visit! I miss you!

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    Michelle says:

    Hi, Kristin!
    I’m a long time reader but rarely comment on blogs. I just wanted to say: you can do it!!
    You’re a very inspiring person and I find your recent blogging (the past year or so) to have been the most inspiring yet. You’re human. And a great human at that, thank you for being you!

    I know that was cheesy but I figured sometimes we all need a little cheesy encouragement from every source we can get it, including from internet strangers. Even if you blog less often, I’ll still be here to read and receive that inspiration 🙂
    I hope this week is less rocky for you!

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    Joy says:

    I’m sorry to hear that the first weeks of school were so rough. But you’re doing all the right things–giving them time and attention and making sure they’re okay. You’re doing a great job!

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    elizabeth says:

    I was wondering how you ate all your hatch chiles from last year? I bought a few at the store today.

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