wiaw: wishing for more

Sometimes being a working AND coaching mom can be difficult.  I thankfully only coach in the fall, but I conduct conditioning and open gyms in the off-season.  Now, I have been given a new hat to wear:  helping coordinate a youth volleyball league for the city.  Again, thankfully it is not going to be nearly as time consuming as I was expecting, but it is still going to cut into time at home with my family.  Especially days like yesterday, where I left at 6:30 AM and didn’t get home until after 9 PM.  It also makes meal planning that much harder, but I am somewhat of a planner and was still able to get some healthy-ish meals in.  

(Edited to add:  At the time I wrote this, I was supposed to have a youth volleyball clinic from 6-8:15.  At 5 until 6, when there was not a single youth player or volunteer coach there, I started to get worried.  No one showed up.  Since I am doing this to help the city, apparently info wasn’t relayed around either to me or the coaches.  Hopefully I will find out today what the deal is, but at least I got to go home early!)

Goodness, I hate 4 AM alarms.  I decided to cut my workout a little short because I knew I would have 2 hours at school in the evening where I could sneak in the rest of my run.  So, after fueling up with a banana and peanut butter, I did an easy 4-miler on the treadmill.

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Breakfast was the standard smoothie and coffee in the car, as always.  Such a time saver for me, even though I would rather be able to sit down and eat with MacKenna every morning.

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I have started getting hunger pangs around 9 AM every day, so I’ve added in an mid-morning snack.  Typically, it’s an apple since it’s an easy grab and eat between classes snack, but I went for some higher protein nuts today.  They held me over for a little while at least.

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Lunch was also another standard – a salad with romaine, tomatoes, broccoli, avocado, cheddar, sunflower seeds, hummus, and creamy balsamic, with some grapes, Greek yogurt, and the rest of my peanuts on the side.  Lunch is becoming one of my favorite meals because it’s my time to decompress from the morning and mentally prepare myself for my hardest class of the day (my 5th hour right after lunch).  What is it with 8th graders that they decide they just don’t care about the last quarter of school?  I’m sure my high school teaching friends can relate with seniors…

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I got hungry extra early and ended up eating my Clif Builder Bar before my last class of the day and apparently I was so hungry, I totally forgot to take a picture.  Tasted like a candy bar – without the chocolate, of course.  Is it Sunday yet?!  I’m ready for some M&Ms…

My afternoon and evening was spent coaching and playing volleyball.  We have open gym on Tuesdays and Thursdays after school and now I’m helping sort of organize a youth volleyball league and we had a youth “clinic” last night.  So, after open gym, I headed out on a quick 2 mile run, totally shattering my expectations!  I felt great!  The run felt easy and it made me almost miss when I was in high school and would be satisfied with just going on a 1 or 2 mile run.

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The high school days, I would probably do a run like that and then go stuff my face with 10 Jack in the Box tacos (not kidding) and a concrete from Fritz’s.  Now, 10+ years later, I go out and get a Wendy’s (not many choices in a small town) salad and baked potato.  Oh, the sacrifices you make for good health…

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Unfortunately, no one showed up for my volleyball clinic, so I got to play some volleyball with some of my players for about a half hour.  Gosh, I miss playing so much!  I’m a much better player now just because I know so much about the sport from coaching.  The good news was that I got home just in time to read a book to MacKenna and put her to bed.  Made my day!

I was starving (again) and needed something sweet.  Reese’s Pieces are my new favorite candy (until Sunday when M&Ms will take the #1 spot again), but the Reese’s Pieces Eggs are absolutely the best thing EVER!  I will be going back before Sunday to buy more!  Too bad they don’t make them in a big ol’ bag. Of course, I’d probably eat the whole thing in a day.  I have a problem.

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So, my day wasn’t nearly as busy or jam packed as I expected, but I still spent 13 hours away from home, which just makes for a long day.  I absolutely love my job as a coach, so it’s totally worth the time away from my family, but I will always long for the time where I can spend more time with my daughter.

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the stroller long run

It was an absolutely beautiful day on Saturday.  Matt had a track meet and my built-in babysitters (Gigi + Pawpaw) were still living it up in Cancun.  I really wanted to get my long run of the week in, but I was nervous to do it while pushing MacKenna.  It had been awhile since I had pushed her in the stroller and our last run together about a month ago had been pretty horrific.

It is really difficult for me to run on Sunday mornings because (1) I like to use that as my rest day, (2) I like to sleep in, and (3) I simply just don’t have enough time.  And with rain in the forecast, I knew I really need to get it done on Saturday.

My #1 to-do when moving in with my parents was to air up the tires in the jogging stroller.  Um, why did I wait so long to do this?!  It’s amazing how much easier this made it to push her.  It felt about 15 pounds lighter than that last horrific run, so I knew right away that my long run wasn’t going to go as terribly as I originally thought.

I loaded MacKenna up with a jacket, her water, some goldfish crackers, and her iPhone (my old one loaded with toddler apps) in hopes that she would stay at least a little entertained and not force me to turn around early.

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My goal for this long run was to run for an hour.  I was hoping to do 8, but figured since my pace would be slower, 7 miles was a better plan.  I had run 7 miles the week before so I decided that I would just run the same route I ran last weekend.  The great thing about running around my parents house is that I feel safe.  Even the “busier” roads I am running on have sidewalks and a 30 mph speed limit.  There are plenty of stop signs and most of the drivers are very aware and considerate of pedestrians.  Every car that was stopped waved me on to go before them, which would have never happened at my old house.  Plus, on my long runs, I get to run in the beautiful historic part of the city, lined with gorgeous old houses.

MacKenna was absolutely perfect on the run!  She didn’t complain one time and I actually got to enjoy hearing her sing to some of the songs she was playing on her phone.  I was worried going by one of the parks that she was going to freak out about not stopping to play, but I don’t think she even noticed it.  (Don’t worry, I would have stopped on the way back.  I’m glad I didn’t have to though!)

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Of course, I would have loved to run by myself and run a little longer and faster, but I’m so happy with my pace!  I expected 9 to 10-minute miles, so an 8:40/mile pace was a very pleasant surprise!

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With Matt’s track season not even halfway over yet, I see many more stroller long runs in my future – and I’ll be happy to take them!  As long as MacKenna cooperates…

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adjusting to our “new home”

Remember way back when I made my word of 2014 to adjust?  You don’t?  Oh, because I forgot until this week too.  But, once I remembered, it was the absolute perfect word to sum up the past 3 weeks for us.

It’s been pretty interesting moving back in to my childhood home and has definitely taken some adjusting for all 3 of us.  My biggest fear was that we were going to drive my parents crazy, or even worse, they were going to drive us crazy.  We go on trips with them all the time and usually by the end of the week, we are all ready to get home and get back into our normal routines.  So, I was really worried that this was going to be a huge mistake.

But, so far, so good!  I think it helps that we all are still working, and the fact that in the 3 weeks we’ve been living here, my parents have been in Cancun for the past week.  (Punks.  I know, right?!)  But, it is starting to become more and more “normal” to be back where I grew up, although I’m still learning to adjust to…

Sleeping in my brother’s old room.  It’s really weird to walk into a different room (even though it looks totally different) than what I walked in to for 22 years.  There is a full sized bed in my brother’s old room and we were able to set up crib in my old room.  There are still time where I’ll walk up the stairs and head straight into MacKenna’s room, just out of habit.  I maybe do it once a week now, but at first it was almost every single time when I went upstairs.  So, I’m adjusting…


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Driving farther to get to work everyday.  My parents live a little farther east than where our old house was, making my drive to work about 10 minutes longer.  It’s not terrible, but on the way home, I have to go pick up MacKenna at the babysitter’s, which is close to our old house, and then we head “home” to my parents’ house.  So, it might only be 10 minutes farther to drive, but after stopping to pick up MacKenna, it takes about an hour to get home every day.  I’m really having to work on adjusting my time management…

Getting into a “new” routine.  We are trying to keep our routines pretty much the same, but learning how to do things in a new house with 2 more people involved has been a challenge.  My morning routine is about the same, but it feels weird to be doing things in a different house.  I still don’t feel like my routine is back to normal, but I certainly feel like I’m starting to figure it out…

Meal planning with 2 more people in mind.  The first week we lived with my parents, we were still doing a ton of work at the old house, so we really didn’t need to worry about meals, and with my parents being out of town this past week, I was able to plan normally, but it’s been interesting trying to plan our meals and grocery shopping between 2 families.  We are sharing many things – produce especially – but we are doing our meals separate for the most part.  My parents eat a lot of leftovers, so we are just trying to work around that.  But, I will tell you, as a family of 5, we eat A LOT of bananas…

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Having a house with stairs but no baby gates.  I think this is one of the most difficult things to adjust to because I feel like I constantly have to be watching MacKenna with the steps.  She is actually really good with them because I think the fun and newness of them have worn off.  But, it makes me really nervous when we are upstairs.  I think we have really made sure she knows that she needs one of us in order to go down the stairs, but I still have to keep an eye on her constantly.  But, she’s doing a really good job of staying off of them and waiting for us to use the stairs…

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Being back in my old stomping grounds.  It’s really weird to be back where I grew up.  I have absolutely LOVED running my old routes around town and I feel so safe out here because I don’t have to run on busy roads and I have a lot of options of where to run.  But, it’s so strange to see people who I haven’t seen in years!  I’ve gone to the grocery store 3 times now and have seen someone from high school or my first job at Fritz’s.  That is definitely going to take some adjusting to, but I won’t lie, I am kind of enjoying it!

This weekend, we are going to be picking out/designing the interior of our new home and in about a month, we will officially be breaking ground!  So, we still have awhile to be in our temporary home and won’t have to re-adjust again until we close on the new house in September.  Let’s just hope we can adjust our finances so it’s not such a shock!  ;)

Have a great weekend!

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