holiday house tour

I know several of you have been waiting for me to post pictures of our house, but I will admit that until recently, our house didn’t really feel like our “home” yet.  Maybe it was the fact that we had been so busy when we first moved in that it took us a long time to get settled, or because we had lived in our old home for almost 7 years that it was hard to get used to something so new and different.  But, really, it wasn’t until a few weeks ago when I finally walked into our home and said, “I LOVE this house!”

We have officially been living in our new home for 3 months and really didn’t get totally settled until just a few weeks ago.  We still had boxes in closets and you don’t even want to see our disaster of a basement right now.  But, after getting Moose’s and MacKenna’s rooms put together (besides paint on Kenna’s walls), I finally feel at HOME.  Now, all we need are some light fixtures that I’ve been too cheap to go buy and I’ll start feeling a LOT better about our home.  Light bulbs make good light fixtures, right?!

The new house is a HUGE upgrade from our old house.  At less than 1,000 square feet (not including our finished basement, which really wasn’t much and we very rarely used), we were in need of something much bigger, especially since we were planning on expanding our family at the time (I got pregnant soon after we put the contract on our new house).  It had become a money pit (like any house) and it just wasn’t worth our time and effort any more.  Nor did we like the neighborhood we lived in or the fact that we were completely upside-down in our mortgage and were advised not to refinance since we were planning on selling soon.  It was definitely time to move.


Almost a year ago, I walked into my best friend’s brand new house and absolutely fell in love with it.  Soon after, Matt was able to see it and talked to some of the guys in the neighborhood about buying their houses and the benefits of it, and he was sold too.  Plus, it was in our budget and fit our criteria of within a mile of running trails and close to the highway for my work commute.  A few months later, and we were signing the contract to our soon-to-be-built home, which just so happens to be right next door to my best friend – an added bonus!


We spent a few months customizing our home, moved in with my parents, and finally broke ground in May.  We closed on our house on September 15th and moved in the following weekend.  And yes, it took me 3 months to finally feel settled in and that this will be our forever home.  (Although, I will admit that I drove by our old house a few days ago to see what they were doing as far as Christmas decorations and changes they had made… nothing exciting to report.  But, it did finally feel weird driving that way, although I miss my old running routes from time to time.)  I’m already looking forward to bringing our new baby home to this house as well as celebrating our first “Christmas” in our new home – with a REAL fireplace, instead of the Yule Log on TV!  (Christmas will probably not be celebrated on Christmas, but we’re going to pretend that it is Christmas day without our usual family traditions.)


And since we have our Christmas decorations up, I thought this would be the perfect time to give a little bit of a “house tour”.  Holiday house tours are really popular in our area and it’s always a great way to show off beautiful homes that are gorgeously decorated for the holidays.

MacKenna’s Room

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Moose’s Nursery (eventually I will get things on his walls… and the ladder will be moved this weekend too)

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Dining Room/Play Room


Kitchen (the selling point for me)


Living Room (the TV will be above the fireplace at some point)




Breakfast Room


Master Bedroom

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Master Bathroom (another selling point for me)

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Our home still is far from being complete and is definitely not gorgeously decorated (yet), but it’s getting there.  We know we have a lot of work to do before we really feel completely settled in, but we are just happy to call this “home” now…

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getting back to my pre-pregnancy weight

I wish I could say that I had a real concrete plan put together for how I am going to “get my body back” after baby.  But, as corny or cliche as it sounds, getting back to my pre-pregnancy weight is sort of the least of my worries.  In fact, I’ve pretty much put the thought of it on the back burner until now simply because I’ve been so much more concerned about remembering how to care for a newborn while trying to stay sane with a rambunctious 3 year old running around the house.  So, yeah, getting back into my jeans isn’t exactly my top priority right now.

In addition, I know that I’ve been incredibly active my entire pregnancy.  I’ve been able to run 10-25 miles per week throughout my pregnancy and I’ve actually eaten fairly healthy throughout the last 9 or 10 months.  Of the almost 30 pounds that I’ve gained, most of it has been in my belly, which is a drastic difference from my pregnancy with MacKenna, where I gained weight not only in my belly, but my legs, hips, arms, and face as well.  And while the weight came off sloooooooooowly (it took me about 9 months to get back down to my pre-pregnancy/fighting weight), it eventually got there with a little effort on my part.  And by not completely obsessing over it day in and day out.

So, while I don’t exactly have something set in stone for what I’m going to do to get the weight off, I do have some things that I am planning on putting in to play to gradually get back to the size I started at before I was pregnant.  (And I’ll admit, I look at those pictures now and wonder how I could EVER thought I had a tummy or was even remotely fat.  Great reminder through this journey…)


Goal #1:  RUN!  I think the thing I am looking forward to the most about not being pregnant (besides, of course, having a new baby to hold every day) is that I get to start training again.  What for?  I haven’t exactly figured that out yet.  I would love to say my 2015 race schedule is all set, but with a C-section, I’m just not sure how long it will take me to recover and feel good enough to actually start training for real again.

I plan on definitely taking the first 2 weeks off from any physical activity, as I know I need time to recover and we will be adjusting to life as a family of 4.  But, after that, I am hoping to at least go to the gym for a little while a few days a week, depending on how I feel.  Who knows… I could be running at the beginning of January, or it might be mid-February before I feel well enough to run again.  I hope to God it doesn’t take that long, but I know that I really am going to have to listen to my body.

All that said, I do plan on going back to the way I had been training before I got pregnant, which was using Greg McMillan’s “You (Only Faster)” training plans to get myself back in to training and racing.  I’ll be doing most of my runs by time instead of distance, especially in the beginning, and then eventually adding in some hills, repeats, and tempo runs to really get back to my race pace.  I definitely have missed running fast and being somewhat comfortable while running, especially recently!


Goal #2:  Eat better.  While I did eat fairly well this pregnancy, I know there is definitely room for improvement in my diet.  I’ve really been lacking on fruits and vegetables lately, and I really need to do a better job of getting some protein at every meal.  But, I refuse to deprive myself of things that I love, like ice cream, M&M’s, and pizza.  Plus, I’ve been saving up on pumpkin beer since September, and cannot wait to have my first sip once we are home from the hospital.  I’m a big believer in everything in moderation, so I am planning on living by the 80/20 rule, making 80% of my meals healthy, good-for-you foods, and giving myself a little leeway with that 20% of foods I can’t live without.

Goal #3:  Get strong.  Just like the other two goals, I really have no real plan for this.  I tend to get bored easily with my strength training, and the only thing that has really stuck for me is CrossFit.  I just like how fast the workouts are and how much it pushes me out of my comfort zone.  But, I have also been dying to try out my T25 DVDs that I got way back in August and just have been too pregnant to do comfortably.  Plus, they will be a great way to workout at home while the kiddos sleep (or at least while MacKenna naps – Moose can hang out during those 25 minutes every day).  I just really miss pushing my body to it’s limits and am ready to feel like I can lift more than a few pounds at a time.  So, I will probably do a little of everything, which is perfectly OK.  My body will probably enjoy having it mixed up a little bit.  Or at least my mind will…

I am trying to go in to this with an open mind, with no real weight goals or time frame in mind.  I just want to be active and set a good example for my babies.  Really, I will need working out more for my sanity than for anything else.  Do I think it’ll only take a week to get back into my pre-pregnancy jeans?  Oh, heck no!  Would I love to be back in them by the end of January?  Of course!  But, I know that weight loss takes time and effort and it might be this time next year before I’m back at my pre-pregnancy weight.  However, I intend to get there at some point!

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baby bump #2: 38 weeks

One week.  7 days.  I simply cannot believe that he will be here so soon!


Baby Bump 2 - 38 weeks

Gained another pound this week.  I get mixed comments from people, either about how big I am or about how I don’t look like I could be big enough to be having a baby in a week.  But, I think one of the best things about this pregnancy has been that of all the almost 30 pounds that I have gained, pretty much ALL of it has been in my belly.  My face, arms, and legs were much bigger last time around, so I’ll take any “big belly” comments!


I. Am. Uncomfortable.  This past week wasn’t terrible, but yesterday.  Ouch.  Either I really overdid it with cleaning the house yesterday and getting the carseat installed in the car (that was a lot more difficult than I remembered), or I’m starting to get the flu.  Good timing, right?  It probably didn’t help that I had 2 late nights Friday and Saturday night.  I’m thankful to have a child who at least will sleep until around 7 AM, so that midnight bedtime doesn’t seem quite as rough.

Heartburn has been bad this week and again with the ribs.  I’ve also had a ton of pressure in my pelvis.  Not pain, but definitely uncomfortable.  He’s pushing in both directions, which always feels great…


This past week was definitely hard.  My legs felt like lead and there were a lot more walking breaks than I’ve had since my pregnancy began.  I can definitely tell I’m at the end of my pregnancy and the added weight is really starting to bother me.  But, I’m still running and plan on running this week as it will be my last week of mileage for at least 2014 and possibly most of January as well.  I plan on posting my Body After Bump plan on Wednesday, but it will mostly be my plan to ease back into running.  I really, really, really miss running comfortably – and fast!

Monday:  CrossFit WOD
Tuesday:  2 treadmill miles + CrossFit WOD w/ 1.5 miles
Wednesday:  CrossFit WOD w/ 2 miles
Thursday:  2 treadmill miles + CrossFit WOD w/ 1.5 miles
Friday:  2 miles easy
Saturday:  3 miles easy
Sunday:  rest day
Total:  14 miles


Baby Stuff

With a week left, I have let all the worries and fears start to creep in about his birth and caring for a newborn.  It’s been 3 years since I’ve cared for a newborn and I’m having to really think hard about exactly what it was like to have an infant again.  Add on top of that that it’s a boy (which is new to me) and that I’ll also be taking care of a very rambunctious and stubborn toddler, and I’m freaking out just a little bit.

There are a lot of “what ifs” going through my head that I’m trying to just ignore.  As an overly anxious person (who hides it very well), there are so many things I’m worried about. Birth, recovery, parenting, etc.  I’m slightly overwhelmed.  I am ready for him to be here, but I am so not ready at the same time.

I scratched a lot off my to-do list this past week, but I still have yet to pack a hospital bag nor have I had the overwhelming urge to really do any nesting.  Yes, I’ve thoroughly cleaned the house, but knowing I still have a certain amount of time left (not that a week is a lot) has really not helped in making me feel like I have to get things done NOW.  I have a busy week ahead though and I know there are still a lot of things I need to do, so I’m hoping that maybe it’ll click that it’s “go time” and I’ll finally get that urge.

I still can’t believe we’re going to be adding another child in a week…

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