Tuesday, November 18, 2014

The Race Is On

The race is on figuratively and literally. The race to get back in pre-baby shape.

I'll have to admit that getting in shape after Charlotte has been a bit more a challenge mainly because have struggled to find the time to work out. It's so much more of an effort to find the time than it has been in the past. Thanks to nursing and eating healthy (which is so hard time of year), I've lost most of the baby weight. That doesn't change the fact that I am so very out of shape.

While I was on maternity leave, I was able to go for walks and do Pure Barre, which I love. But since being back at work I have really settled into a workout routine. I feel like I've finally gotten our morning routine, and life routine really, more manageable and am able to start running again. 

That leads me to the race. I've decided to train for a half marathon starting in January in order to run a race in April or May. Right now though, I'm training in order to be able to train. You need to be able to run three miles comfortably and right now there is nothing comfortable about a three mile run. Ha. 

I had forgotten how much I enjoy running. I love have a few minutes to myself to just thinking about everything or nothing at all.

I've also starting doing some weight training, but am not very knowledgeable about weight training. I basically do the same arm and leg exercises all the time with really no rhyme or reason. The only time I've really lifted weight was with a trainer a few years ago and I didn't pay much attention to the method behind his madness so I'm trying to learn now. There are so many websites about weight training out there. Who knew?!? Any suggestions of a beginner plans? I just looking for something quick and easy to execute. 

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Fall 2014 - Catch Up

I want to get back into blogging but feel so behind that I'm not quite sure where to start. I figured a little recap would be good for catching up and starting anew.

Here's a quick round-up:
  • We went to Louisiana to celebrate Stefan's dad getting married. Sheryl is the perfect addition to the family, and it was a beautiful and very sweet wedding. We also got to see all of Stefan's siblings which was a treat because it's hard to get 7 kids in the same place at the same time!
  • We then went to Texas to see Stefan's aunt and uncle on their pecan farm. Let me just tell you, it was simply gorgeous. Their land backs up to the bay, and I've convince that a pecan farm has to be one of the most beautiful types of farms. Lush trees as far as you can see in perfect rows. We had a great visit, and the girls absolutely loved riding the gator!

  • We had a big Halloween at one of Audrey's best friends houses but only after our traditional first stop at GG's house. We had such a great time that I forgot to take many pictures. Cinderella, the lion and our little ladybug all had a great time trick-or-treating and eating way too much candy.

  • We also had a little playdate with our boyfriend Tanner and taught him all kinds of bad habits.
  • I got to spend some time with my aunt at my Michelle's house. My aunt was on her way to Hawaii, and we sent her off with a warm chili meal and lots of baby snuggles. I also loved seeing my sissy and her cute little bump. 
  • This past weekend, my parents took the big girls so we can spend some time with just Charlotte. As much as I missed my big girls, I loved being able to give my undivided attention to Charlotte. And one baby is so easy in comparison to three. (I wish I knew how easy one was when I had just Audrey. I should have gone and down more!)

    Charlotte's first visit to the beltline! 
  • Work Work Work...as everyone else starts gearing up for their Christmas shopping, I'm gearing up for lots of extra hours at the office. But that's life when you work in ecommerce especially when online shopping is supposed to be way up this year. I just had to keep swimming a few more weeks. 
As you can see we've had a family and friend filled Fall so far. Just the way I like it. Now we are gearing up for more fun, family, friends and festivities as we head in to the holiday season! 

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Charlotte: Four Months

I've been pretty bad about blogging lately (again). But I feel like things are finally starting to slow down around here with my return to work, girls settled into their new routine and just life overall.

I'm here to tell you that Miss Charlotte is four months old! It's hard to believe that these months just keep flying right on by.

Charlotte goes down at 7:30 and wakes up around 6:30 with a dream feed around 9PM. 
I will forever and always be a huge believer in Babywise. I know it's a bit old school, but I have followed their schedules with all of my girls and they all are great sleepers...and I've never had to let them cry it out for more than 10 minutes. 

Every three hours during the day and getting around 6oz each meal. She's definitely well fed and has got the rolls to prove it. We are still working  through some gas issues with her poor little system, but it's slowly but surely getting better. 

Her mama! This little girl is a mama's girl and really doesn't want anyone else. I've started referring to her as my attachment because she is constantly in my arms or on my lap. She also loves being held facing outward so she can see what's going on. I hate to admit but she seems to show a pretty strong preference for Audrey and smiles so big at her. Eleanor absolutely adores her little sister but she "loves" a little too hard.

Charlotte is not a fan of getting into her car seat at all. Once she's in she is fine, but those first few minutes she'll let you know how she feels. Charlotte also seems to scare really easily and sudden movements really upset her (she definitely gets that from me...I've always scared easily which is why you'll never find me in a haunted house). 

Other Notables
Keeping with the tradition of our traveling circus, Charlotte visited Tennessee, Louisiana, Alabama and Texas this month. She also drove through Mississippi, but we won't count that as a state visited. 

We've been working through some little health issues that have required us to spend more time than we would like in doctors offices. I have become extremely thankful for good health insurance and great doctors. I know that everything is going to be just fine and may share more as we know more and feel comfortable, but I never knew how important it was to really like and trust your pediatrician until these last few weeks.

Charlotte is such a sweet smiley little addition to our family and we are so grateful that she's ours! 

Monday, August 25, 2014

Sweet Summertime

With Fall right around the corner, we are really trying to soak up the last few weeks of summer.

A few weekends ago, Stefan's dad came to visit us. We had a great time showing Papaw and Sheryl around the gardens, exploring new restaurants, and relaxing at our house. They might be the easiest house guests ever which I am very grateful for since our house is a little nuts these days.

This past Friday we played hookey from school and spent the day swimming with our cousin Caroline. Then my aunt and uncle graciously took the big girls for the afternoon which allowed me to run some errands and have a nice quiet dinner at Brickstore with just Stefan and Charlotte.

Total side note: I love living so close to the Decatur square and all it has to offer. Our little neighborhood of Atlanta is becoming quite the foodie destination. Cakes and Ale topped was #2 in Atlanta Magazine and Kimball House was #1 for Southern Living. Paper Planes also got voted best new bar. And the entire city of Decatur got called out by USA Today. Quite impressive!

Our go-to favorites of General Muir, Community BBQ, and Taqueria del Sol also got named (if you come visit there is a good chance you'll go to one of these because they are super close, casual and great food).

Back to our weekend, Saturday we played dress-up and then spent the afternoon celebrating Isaac's birthday.

Sunday we listened to church and then spent the day swimming with Tanner and his parents.

As much as I cannot wait for Fall and cooler weather to arrive, I know I'm going to miss the lazy days of summer. Fall also means back to work for me which is met with very mixed emotions.

Friday, August 15, 2014

Life According to my iPhone

Here's a quick round up of the past few weeks via my iPhone pics! 

Going to meet her new teacher and friends

Eleanor is still our wild child and never sits still, but she does love to snuggle with Charlotte

Sweet (most of the time) sisters

First day of Pre-K

We celebrated my parents 40th Wedding Anniversary with a big party with all their friends and family. It was so much fun. Some fun pictures from their younger days (sorry for the glare).

I also got to snuggle with my childhood (and lifetime) bestie's little girl Hannah. I can't get over how cute she is. I'm pushing hard for her to come spend a weekend with us in Atlanta!! 

Sadly, I lost a very loved uncle in the past few weeks. It is still very raw and honestly hasn't really set in yet so say a little prayer that my family will have some healing and peace. But while we were all together, we did love looking through old pictures. I'm the baby being held by Joan Collins my Mom. Crazy how much it looks like Eleanor.

Stefan and I did a taste test of different types of canned margaritas. My favorite in a blind taste test was the Parrot Bay coconut one.

Coming to a mailbox near you - little bit's birth announcement. I loved the way the turned out.

Aunt Haley came to visit and made bows with Audrey. She loved it.

We took a trip to the dentist

This is one of my favorite faces of Charlotte. Sweet girl makes me laugh with all her facial experssions. 

I saw this picture on instagram and it made me laugh. Especially since I don't see the bags under my eyes going away any time soon no matter how many different products I try (but I'm always open to suggetions)!

There you have it. I would sum up our life right now as blissfully chaotic.

Happy Weekend!  


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