Organization and exercise makes me happy

I was very overwhelmed by the amount of toys we had in our living room. Since we moved into this apartment in October I haven't been able to figure out what to do about toys for Lexi. Her room is upstairs, but we spend most of the time down stairs, we weren't comfortable with her going up and down the stairs by her self to play so our only option was having toys down here. Toys on top of toys on top of exersaucers, bouncy seats, bumbos etc. My living room was feeling very cluttered. So I called the moving trucks in to haul the toys away... to Lexi's room. We kept a few down stairs, but I bought a container to keep all the little pieces in, so it makes it neater. I just want to say my livingroom doesn't look like a toy store anymore, and it feels great.

The other thing that is making me happy is... you guessed it- exercise. I've been working on my training towards the 8K, running 3 times a week, resting 1 time and doing some strength/cross training 3 times a day. I got this Jillian Micheal's exercise DVD that I've been doing and it's kicking my butt. I love it. I like how good I feel after exercising, full of energy and I even feel better about myself. Hopefully it will all pay off and I'll be able to look cute for my cousin's wedding in July. :) I can't wait!

Maine pictures

Here's Lexi all bundled up playing in the snow with her cousin Leah. It was funny cuz she was so frustrated by the time we got her all bundled up she didn't even want to go outside, we made her of course.

Here's Lexi and Caylee with my friend's baby. It was so cute to see them interact as much as a 2 year old, a 8 month old and a 4 month old can!

One thing I forgot to mention in the last email is that Lexi is going to be my cousin's flower girl. She's getting married in 6 months. While we were in New Jersey we got to hang out a bit, we even picked out a flower girl dress. It's so cute. I'm excited to see what happens, and how well she walks up the aisle. I do want to lose some weight before then, without the use of Leptovox hopefully running will take care of that, as well as portion control!

Anyway, I hope you have a great day!

Too much to do, too little time

Things have been absolutely crazy since Christmas. I feel like I've had no time to just sit and do anything, let alone write a post. We decided last minute to make a trip up to Maine to see my family. it was about an 18 hour drive, so we stopped in New Jersey to break it up a bit. I have family there, so it makes it nice and easy to stop for the night. We also got to stop in New York to visit my good friend Jeremy and I got to see his daughter.

One thing we decided on this trip was that we need a mini van or something. We had too much luggage and toys and pack and plays... The car was very cramped. Add to it the fact that we hope to get pregnant again sometime in the next 6-9 months and we wont be going anywhere if we have a third baby!

While in Maine we got to see lots of snow, Sunday about 13" of snow fell on us, it was great. Lexi got to play in the snow with her cousins, it was great to just see her play with her cousins. We don't get to go up to Maine too often so she doesn't really know them very well, but luckily she's pretty outgoing, so she didn't mind.

In about 8 weeks I'll get to see my sister again, she's coming down to run a race with me. We were going to run a 10K in April, but because of classes she would have only been able to come down the night before and leave the night after the race, so we found an 8K that is the same time as her Spring break, so she'll be able to stay a bit longer. I am kinda nervous about running that long, but I have 8 weeks to get my distance up so I should be fine.

I'll post some pictures soon!

I haven't forgotten you

I feel like a failure of a blogger right now. The past few weeks have been crazy. We were gone for a few days around Christmas, then we had company for a few nights around New Years, they left and the next day we got more company. Two weeks later we are alone as a family and trying to get our girls unspoiled.

Today I haven’t felt like myself and I started thinking, honestly since Caylee was born I haven’t been “normal”. Not that I have ever been normal, but normal for myself. My house hasn’t been as clean as I normally keep it, and I’ve been a lot sleepier, or at least I’ve wanted to lay in bed a lot more. I’m trying to figure out how to do things with two kids. I didn’t think it would be this hard of an adjustment, but truth is Lexi was an easy baby and Caylee is not. Caylee is very high maintenance, even when I’m off of dairy. She fusses a lot, wants to be held all the time, still eats about every 3 hours, and still wakes up several times during the night. Lexi hasn’t quite been her normal easy self lately either, I’m not sure if it’s just her age (she is two…) but she’s been extra whiny.

Over Christmas we took away her beloved Bob, so she’s also adjusting to sleeping without it. We’ve only had a few hard times where she really cried for her pacifier, but the past week or so she’s been waking up a lot at night and not going down easily- for naps or night time. Today was a rough one for nap time, but I am happy to announce that as I type this (9:30pm) both girls are sleeping. Well, Caylee just cried out and Eugene is laying down with her, but they WERE both sleeping…

I made some resolutions this year, one of those was to run a 5K. Well, I found a 10K that is taking place near by in April and I’m hopefully going to be running it. for those of you who aren’t runners a 10K is 6.2 miles. That’s not too bad. I don’t know as though I would ever want to run more than that. I’ve never been much of a runner, but the past two years I’ve really wanted and tried to get into it. Before I got pregnant with Caylee I could run about 2 miles, it was the furthest I’ve ever been able to run. I’m finally almost back to that 2 mile mark and I have 14 weeks from Saturday to train myself to run another 4. I think I can do it. If all else fails I’ll run/walk it, but I think I’ll be able to do it.

I have a ton of pictures that I need to share and post more in detail about Christmas and the past two weeks, but right now just doesn’t seem to be the time. I’ll get back to you on that one…

Happy New Year!

Well, 2009 is here! I'm not they type to make resolutions. In fact I normally avoid them and make fun of people who set them However for the past few months I've had a few things on my mind.

The first thing and most important decision I'm making is to not let a day go bye that I don't read the Bible. I've actually been thinking about that for a while and Sunday our pastor's sermon was about getting into the Word more. It was just confirmation for me.

The other two things are a little less Spiritual... One is spending more time with my children and less time on the internet. The other is a physical goal. To be more healthy in general. I want to eat less junk food, no more soda, have smaller portions and run a 5K.

I've already started working towards the 5K goal.. and turned it into a 10K goal. There is a 10K April 18th that I plan on running. That's 14 weeks away. I hope I can make it.

I rang in the new year with some of my favorite people, Eugene's sister and her family. We hung out, talked, played games and ate junk food. :) The last junk food I'll have for awhile.

We always have a blast when company comes over, in fact we're due to get more company tomorrow. My sister and brother in law are coming from Maine. There will be lots of cribbage played and lots of talking about everything, maybe even insurance rates :) nothing is beyond reach.