wiaw: a day in the life of a teacher in summer

Summer is coming to an end, so I thought I’d give you a little insight to what a day in my summer life is like.  Please note, MacKenna’s behavior lately is not normal for her, but I’ll get into that later this week…

1:15 – MacKenna is up out of bed, asking for Mama.  I go in, point to her bed and tell her to close her eyes.  I return to bed at 1:30.

4:45 – Kenna is up yet again.  Matt’s turn to go in and he comes back in a few minutes.

5:15 – Kenna is up for the morning, but isn’t crying, so I let her go and try to savor the last 30 minutes before my alarm goes off.

5:45 – Alarm goes off.  Boo.

6:00 – Kenna is still awake, so I ask her if she wants to lay in bed with Daddy or run with Mama.  She chooses to running, so I get her and myself dressed and ready to go.

6:30 – It was a pretty decent run, even with pushing the stroller.  I usually walk to the top of the neighborhood, which takes about 5 minutes and am able to run the rest of the time until right before turning back into the neighborhood – the hills are just too much for me.  3 miles in 31:41.  And Kenna was great too – she loved watching the sprinklers and all the dogs we passed.

7:15 – We settle down a fix breakfast.  This morning was a smoothie made with rolled oats, frozen blueberries, half a banana, 2% milk, vanilla protein powder, and a handful of spinach.  I’ll be making this one again for sure!


8:00 – Fold diapers and pick up MacKenna’s room to try to make it safer for night’s like last night when she does get out of bed.  She hasn’t realized yet that she has a roomful of toys to play with and doesn’t need to beg for Mama.

8:30 – Shower for Mama.

9:00 – Time for Daddy to run.  While he runs, Kenna and I fold laundry and do a few more chores around the house.

9:45 – MacKenna and I go read books for awhile and play in her room until Daddy gets back and stretches.

10:00 – While Daddy and Kenna stretch together, I go make myself a snack.  A gorgeous fresh-picked tomato from my dad’s plants with a few slices of colby jack.  I would’ve had cottage cheese with it, but we were out.  We play in MacKenna’s room for a little while until Daddy is ready to go.


10:40 – Change Kenna’s diaper and leave for the chiropractor.

11:00 – All 3 of us get adjusted.  Thankfully, my ankle felt MUCH better this morning so I didn’t worry about it too much.  We chatted with the chiro’s about our toddler sleep issues for awhile before we leave.  I swear, we ask them for advice more than we do our parents!

11:20 – We decide to check out Aldi’s since there is one close to our new house as an attempt to save some money.  I’m actually impressed!  I will do some of our grocery shopping there, but I can’t get all of it.  I was sold with organic cherry tomatoes for $1.99!

11:40 – Stop by Costco for a snack to pick up some cottage cheese and other essentials.

12:15 – Arrive at home and make lunch for MacKenna.  While MacKenna eats lunch, I make mine and stick it in the fridge for when she goes down for her nap.

1:00 – Read books and put MacKenna down for her nap.  She stayed in bed until we closed the door and then cried at the door.  I head downstairs to let her cry it out and find her silent by 1:20.  She pulled her pillow over to the door to try to open it and ended up falling asleep on it.  I’ll take it!

1:15 – Lunch time!  I catch up on emails and browse Facebook while I eat my salad (butter lettuce, tomatoes, avocado, broccoli, cheddar, hummus, and honey mustard) and pita chips.


1:40 – Steal Matt’s computer so I can do my first PiYo session!  I started with the Align:  Fundamentals “workout”, which is really just teaching you how to do the exercises.  But, it was TOUGH (and I was sore the next day).

2:30 – Head upstairs and try to get some work done.  Volleyball tryouts are next week and I am still working on getting my plan together.

3:00 – The underwriter for our mortgage comes over to talk about the costs of our new house.  I’m pleasantly surprised that things seem to be working in our favor.  We have the money to cover the downpayment and closing costs and our monthly payments are right where we want them to be.  We are waiting to lock in our rate until we get a final closing date.

3:10 – MacKenna wakes up during our meeting, so I go up and get her.  She brings her pillow downstairs and lays in the laundry room (random), while we finish up our meeting.

4:00 – I grab a snack (dried mangos, that I forgot to take a picture of) and head outside with MacKenna to enjoy the beautiful weather.

4:45 – Kenna played in the sandbox until now and then we came inside to color for a little while.  While Matt made dinner, we went downstairs to play with toys in the basement until dinner was ready.

6:15 – Dinner!  I’m so thankful I have a husband who cooks!  Quiche is one of my absolute favorite meals (we make it every other week) and we each eat half.  Yeah…


6:45 – Bath time for MacKenna!  We let her play for a little while and then get her out and ready for bed.

7:20 – Read books, say prayers, kisses and singing before trying to sneak out of her room.  Unsuccessful, so Matt stays in to ease her mind for a little while.

7:30 – I head back into our room and get to work on my tryout plans for volleyball, as well as a player commitment contract that’s due at my coaches meeting tomorrow.

8:20 – Matt finally gets Kenna to sleep and comes in to start getting some work done too.

9:00 – My tummy is telling me it’s time for dessert.  Mmmm, ice cream with caramel and chocolate chips – my favorite!  I eat it while I continue to work.


9:45 – Time to get ready for bed.

10:00 – In bed and I play on my phone while I “watch” the news.

10:30 – I’m about ready to close my eyes when we hear a bang from MacKenna’s room and 2 seconds later, she’s asking for Mama.  I sit in her room and wait for her to fall asleep.

10:55 – Matt puts a gate up in front of her door so we can keep her in her room (we don’t want her falling down the stairs on accident), I tell her that we will keep the door open as long as she doesn’t cry, and I am able to leave her room without protest.

11:05 – MacKenna is out of bed again, so Matt goes in to try to get her back to sleep.

12:00 – On the dot, Matt returns to bed after falling asleep in her room, but she had fallen asleep around 11:10.

Why do toddler sleep issues make the days seem sooooo much longer?!

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baby bump #2: 18 weeks

OK, I will finally admit that I’m getting to the point where I’m starting to forget what week it is.  Of course, last week I was on vacation, so that definitely didn’t help.  I’m sure with volleyball starting in a week (*tear*) and school starting the following week (*more tears*), I will be even worse at remembering the week.  Hopefully, that just means it will go by faster!

18 weeks with MacKenna

14 weeks

15 weeks

16 weeks

17 weeks


Pregnancy - 18 weeks

Dang, I can see the 3 years difference in these pictures every week.  I’m surprised Kenna hasn’t turned me gray yet!

So, I definitely didn’t feel like I was THAT big this week, but I will admit that maternity clothes definitely emphasize the bump a little more.  I actually felt pretty small all week, considering I was in a bikini at the pool most of the week.  But, I’m starting to show for sure now.  Probably not to the point that I think I am, but in certain clothes, I think it’s pretty noticeable.  It’s funny because I thought I was huge at 6 weeks!  Ha!


Yeah, no noticeable bump when laying down in a pool in a bikini…


Holy headaches.  I am very thankful that they are more annoying than anything, but sometimes they get to the point where I just can’t concentrate on anything.  Sometimes drinking water or eating helps, but that’s usually a temporary solution and it comes back within an hour or so.  Hopefully the chiropractor can work some magic again today.

I’ve also been dealing with more and more insomnia lately.  Again, I’m thankful that it’s only an hour or two before I fall back asleep, but it’s making me worry about later on in my pregnancy.  I’m praying it doesn’t get worse.  I wake up pretty religiously between 3:30 and 3:45 to pee, and that’s usually when I have trouble falling back asleep.  But, it’s either be extremely uncomfortable or be awake.  Plus, I usually spend my time awake with my hand on my belly, hoping to feel some baby kicks, which I normally do, so it’s not a totally horrible situation.

Last week, I was craving tuna… a lot.  I ended up getting a tuna sandwich from Bread Co. twice last week, and bought some tuna at the store today.  Then, Matt, being the concerned daddy + husband that he is, asked me to look up how much tuna I could have while pregnant.  Turns out that the recommendation is none.  It’s an avoidable thing and I have plenty of other choices, so why risk it, right?  Except all those beautiful, fresh from the garden tomatoes are just begging to be paired with some tuna salad.  Guess I’ll be going to buy my 3 pound tub of cottage cheese for the tomatoes again…


Ugh.  I hate hills, especially when I’m pregnant.  I just cannot run up them at all.  Where we stayed in Branson last week was one HUGE uphill for the first mile.  So, the very few runs I got in last week were mainly a one mile walk uphill with a 1 mile run back downhill.  It killed my ankle.  I’m so bummed, because otherwise, I feel great running!  Like with the headaches, hoping the chiropractor can fix me all up!

Monday:  1 mile walk + 1 mile run
Tuesday:  1 mile walk + 1 mile run
Wednesday:  off
Thursday:  1 mile walk + 1 mile run
Friday:  off
Saturday:  off
Sunday:  off
Total:  6 miles

I start my PiYo challenge group this week (via Madeline) and I’m super pumped about it.  I’ve had to change my running schedule a little bit so I can fit in PiYo a few days a week and still keep my workouts under an hour (I refuse to wake up any earlier than I have to).  I’m not sure I’ll use some of the longer workouts right away, but I am hoping to try all of them throughout the course of the challenge.  So, here is my PiYo Challenge Plan:

Monday:  3 mile run + PiYo
Tuesday:  5 mile run

Wednesday:  3 mile run + PiYo
Thursday:  4 mile run
Friday:  3 mile run + PiYo
Saturday:  5-6 mile run (depending on how I feel)
Sunday:  rest

I’m planning to modify this so I’m not doing too much and I know my amount of running will be decreasing as I get further along in my pregnancy.  I was doing CrossFit 4-5 times a week, so I think this is very doable for me right now.  If anything, I’ll cut back on mileage first and then cut down on days run.  If I’m feeling extremely worn down (like I did last week), I’ll take extra rest days.  But, my body is itching to keep running and thankfully I’m still feeling good.

Baby Stuff

The one thing I have been trying to focus on with this pregnancy is not to complain about being pregnant.  Sure, headaches, insomnia, and not being able to eat tuna sucks, but I love being pregnant and I know that I am blessed to have a second pregnancy.  I’ve had several friends and acquaintances recently who have lost babies (one being a stillborn just this past week) and I can’t help but thank God every day for the little one growing in my belly.  I am trying to treat this pregnancy like my first as much as I can because it really shouldn’t be any different.  I might have less time and be busy with a toddler, but this baby is just as special and I know God gave me this baby to love for a reason.

I am spending a lot of time lately laying in bed (or on a couch) with my hand on my stomach, waiting for kicks, flutters, and jabs.  I am feeling much more movement lately and have gotten to feel one kick on the outside.  I think it’s absolutely my favorite part about being pregnant!

And I’m still feeling that it’s a boy…

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baby bump #2: 17 weeks

Right now, I’m supposed to be having a nice, relaxing vacation – not worrying about homework or the fact that my summer is going to end in the next few weeks.  Instead, I’m listening to my darling daughter scream at the top of her lungs from a pack-n-play that she has now figured out how to climb out of.  *sigh*  So, looks like kiddo just extended her bed time for the week.  Oh, and Mama and Daddy are going to be sharing that nice king-sized bed with a third body.  Let’s hope I’m feeling more kicks from the kiddo in my belly than the one I’m sharing a bed with.

OK, enough of my complaining.  On to the good stuff…

17 weeks with MacKenna

14 weeks

15 weeks

16 weeks


Pregnancy - 17 weeks

I really feel like I’ve popped this week.  I’ve had a few people who know I’m pregnant comment on my belly.  It’s definitely still not huge, but I’m starting to feel pregnant more and more.  It’s weird looking back and seeing that my belly is actually just about the same size.  Funny, because I feel SO much bigger this time around!

Our appointment last week went well.  I’ve gained 6 pounds in the last month, most of which I put on last week!  Stress and weird meal times, thanks to volleyball camp, definitely didn’t help.  But, we got to hear the baby’s heartbeat finally and it was still just as amazing as it was with the first baby.  Such an incredible experience!  Have I mentioned just how much I LOVE being pregnant?!


Definitely wasn’t my best feeling weak.  I ate something that definitely did not sit well in my tummy and was awake for 2 hours one night, trying not to get sick.  It happened the next day too, but only gave me uncomfortable gas.  Ugh.  I’m starting to feel a lot more exhausted and just fatigued all over.  Like carrying MacKenna or even the diaper bag wears me out quickly.  Definitely a feeling I’m not used to.  Headaches, especially yesterday, hit me pretty hard this week.  They’re not migraines, because I can still function, but it just wears me out and it’s hard to concentrate on anything.

I have also been dealing with some pubic symphysis pain after my “long” runs.  This started happening about a month ago, and I finally went to the chiropractor this weekend after my run.  It doesn’t start hurting right away, but after awhile I just can’t walk right.  After getting adjusted, I was so much better.  A little disappointing, as I know I will need to be cutting back on my runs, but that was definitely expected.

Cravings are still fresh tomatoes and cottage cheese.  I’ve also started eating ice cream every single night.  Best way to end a long day!


Besides the pubic pain, things have been pretty good.  Madeline’s PiYo challenge starts next week and I am looking forward to it.  I’m already starting to think about my school schedule and how my workouts will change.  Probably much less mileage and limited strength training.  Right now, sleep is going to be more important!  I’ll still get in plenty of exercise, it just might not be as much as I am used to.

Monday: 5.2 mile run (9:56/mile) + CrossFit
Tuesday:  4.2 mile run (10:00/mile) + CrossFit
Wednesday:  3 mile run w/ the stroller (10:24/mile)
Thursday:  4 mile run (9:34/mile) + CrossFit
Friday:  4 mile run w/ the stroller + Elena (9:51/mile)
Saturday:  6 mile run (9:45/mile)
Sunday:  off
Total:  26 miles


Baby Stuff

I’m feeling so much better after our appointment last week.  This stage of pregnancy is so difficult because, while I am feeling some kicks, they are few and far between right now (too early and too small still), so the unknown is still just scary.  I like knowing that everything is OK with the baby.

We have our anatomy scan at our appointment next month.  We have officially decided to wait until after that appointment to find out if we’re having a boy or a girl, although it is getting more and more difficult.  No big gender reveal party, but we are going to do a gender reveal photo session, finding out while the pictures are being taken.  So, we have a little more than a month before we know officially what we’re having.  I change my mind every week – last week I was thinking girl, now I’m thinking boy.  With MacKenna, there was no doubt in my mind that she was a girl, but this one I’m torn on.  I’m scared to have a boy, but I’m also excited for all the new experiences I will have with a new baby.  I might have to start counting down the days until we find out!

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