what i did on my thanksgiving break…

Well, I certainly did not do nearly the amount of running I was planning on.  But, that’s OK because I spent my FIVE DAYS off enjoying time with my family and friends!


I feel like my break really started Tuesday afternoon – we were on a half day schedule thanks to our now 3rd annual Turkey Trot.  We have 100% participation by our students and staff, and they have the choice to run or walk the 1-mile course, with medals handed out to the top 3 boys and top 3 girl runners.  I recognize the top staff runners too, although I don’t give them anything.  Of course, if they beat me, I would give them breakfast, but that has yet to happen!  We lucked out this year with GORGEOUS 60 degree weather!  I ended up finishing 4th overall, with only 3 boys beating me, in 6:28.  I’ll take that time!  It’s on my bucket list to break 6 minutes in the mile, so hopefully I’ll get closer to it as I continue to train.


I didn’t do much more running than that – a 45 minute run Wednesday morning, 30 minutes on Thanksgiving morning, and a quick 30 minute run Saturday afternoon.  Not the greatest week for running – a total of 17 miles for the week.  But, it’s the holiday season and training is usually slacking this time of year with how busy we are.



Other things I did over Thanksgiving break:

A much needed 90-minute message on Wednesday.  I had a $100 gift certificate burning a hole in my pocket, so I cashed it in for my yearly day-before-Thanksgiving massage.  It. Was. Glorious.  I need to not wait a year until my next one…

Spent Thanksgiving with my extended family.  There were 27 of us total for Thanksgiving dinner.  It was loud, as always, but also nice to be around my family.  It’s a good thing we love each other so much.


I had my first “Black Friday” shopping experience.  I’ve avoided it for all 31 years of my life, but after my brother told me Michaels was having some really good deals, I headed out after putting the kids to bed on Thursday night.  I scored some really great stuff to decorate our house and I now have more ribbon than I know what to do with.  But, our house is the best it’s ever looked for Christmas!  Now to get the outside all decorated…



Matt spent his Black Friday “goose hunting”.  My absolute favorite beer EVER is Goose Island’s Bourbon County Stout.  It comes out once a year on Black Friday and it sells FAST.  We barely got our hands on a 4-pack last year, so we were determined to get more this year.  Matt was out the door in line at Schnucks by 6 AM and then waited 4+ hours for our favorite liquor store to open to score some more.  We ended up with 11 bottles, including a barley wine and coffee, which of course is the one I wanted.  We are selling/trading 3 of them, but they will last us for awhile.  We still have 2 more of our 4-pack from last year in the basement.  It’s definitely a special occasion only beer.


Saturday night was our first Christmas party of the season with our neighbors.  Lots of good food and friends.  It was nice to be inside for once without having to worry about baby monitors or kids in general.  We are so blessed to have amazing neighbors (besides the 2 we chose) who have kids close in age and we can spend hours hanging out with.

Our break ended with our second Thanksgiving with Matt’s family on Sunday afternoon.  I am now absolutely stuffed to the brim with delicious food and feel like I shouldn’t eat for a week with everything I have eaten the past 5 days.  Ha!  It was a much needed, enjoyable break from thinking about anything work-related.  I loved every second of it!  Only 15 more work days until a full 2 weeks off for Christmas break…

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it’s thanksgiving week

Happy Thanksgiving week!  This is probably one of my favorite weeks during the year because:  (1) I only have 2 days of work, (2) I LOVE Thanksgiving, and (3) I get to decorate my house for Christmas.  I am one of those people who enjoys the holiday season, but not until the “appropriate” time.  And for me, that means not putting up my decorations until after Christmas and not turning on my Christmas lights until December 1st.

But, really, I’m just excited to only have to work 2 days this week, and one of them is an early release schedule so that we can do our school-wide turkey trot that afternoon.  This is my first year really taking charge of it on my own, so I’m hoping it goes smoothly.  I’m ready to kick some middle school booty too – I’ve been telling kids that I’m going to beat them.  Funny thing is, they don’t believe me.  Ha!  I’ll show them… ;P

I’ve really felt in a good place the past few weeks with running.  I finally feel like “I’m back” – it’s been a long time since I’ve really felt like a runner and not an injured runner or just getting back into running.  My paces have been improving, my endurance is getting better, and running in general has just felt better.  I still deal with some foot and hip pain occasionally (like yesterday halfway into my long run), but for the most part, I am feeling good!

Monday:  30 minute easy run (3.78 miles @ 7:56/mile pace)

21-15-9 reps:
Front Squat, 55#
Deadlifts, 55#


Tuesday:  45 minute treadmill run – stupid rain (5.52 miles @ 8:09/mile pace)

Wednesday:  20 minute easy run – in the rain (2.55 miles @ 7:52/mile pace)

Thursday:  30 minute easy run (3.78 miles @ 7:56/mile pace)


Friday:  OFF

Saturday:  OFF

Sunday:  45-60 minute long run (6.40 miles @ 8:08/mile pace)


Total:  22.03 miles

Besides my 1-mile turkey trot on Tuesday, I don’t have any other turkey trots planned.  But, I am planning on getting some good running in this week, including Thanksgiving morning.  I’m also thinking about doing the Runner’s World running streak that goes from Thanksgiving to New Year’s Day.  Anyone else thinking about streaking too?! ;P

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baby boy: 11 months

Excuse me while I go sob in a corner for a little while…

Picture to be posted this weekend… ;)

How is it that in one short month, this sweet little boy will be ONE?!  WAHHHHHHH!


Let’s skip over how great of an eater Miles is, because let’s face it – the kid eats EVERYTHING.  Instead, let’s focus on the bigger issue at hand:  weaning.  It’s been a good run with breastfeeding, but I have to admit, I am looking forward to being done and having my body back as my own.  Don’t get me wrong.  I LOVE it.  But, the pumping and the feeding every few hours, well, is just exhausting.  I’m ready to be off a “schedule” and living a semi-normal life as a family of four.

It’s funny how quick things leave your memory.  I seriously do not remember the last 2 months before MacKenna turned one.  Maybe it was because I was busy as a first year teacher and coaching volleyball at the time as well.  What I remember was that I was not doing much pumping those last 2 months.  I know I wasn’t pumping at work at all, and I’m not sure I was even pumping in the afternoon.  I also know that a week before her first birthday, she bit me, and I claimed her being DONE.  But, I just don’t remember weaning her whatsoever.

So, I’m starting at square zero with Miles.  He’s nursing 4 times a day currently, and when I’m at work, I am pumping 3 times a day (once before work, at lunch, and before going home for the day).  After next week, I’m planning on cutting out my morning pump (yay for more time in the morning!) and cutting Miles down to 3 feedings a day.  By December 18 (my last day of work of 2015), I want to be down to pumping once a day at work (probably at lunch) and only nursing Miles in the morning and before bed.  I am hoping by the time I am back at school in 2016, we are only down to one feeding before bed.  Then, hopefully Miles will just wean himself on his own.

But, really, any advice would be GREATLY appreciated!

Miles - 44 weeks


Our only sleep issue lately is the dang motion sensor monitor.  We moved the monitor to one side of the bed so it wouldn’t go off as much (the side of the bed he tended to favor).  Then, he decided to move to the other end of the bed, so the monitor was going off constantly.  I moved it back to the middle of the bed, and now he’s sleeping with his butt up in the air, so the monitor is going off multiple times every night.  One of us (usually Matt) has to get up to move him back to the middle of the bed, but Miles ends up waking up, and then it’s tough to get him to go back down without laying in there with a hand on his back.  He’s getting better about going down on his own, but not always.

Miles - 45 weeks


I like to think his goofy little teeth fit his personality perfectly.  He’s just so silly.  He is a smiley little guy, he loves to laugh and play, and he is the sweetest, cuddliest little boy.  I think the one thing I am looking forward to as he turns one is to see how his little personality grows.

Miles - 46 weeks

Big Sister

I feel lucky that – right now – my two kiddos LOVE each other.  Miles wants everything to do with MacKenna, and MacKenna just wants to make Miles smile.  At her 4 year checkup yesterday, the pediatrician asked her how she plays with her little brother.  Her answer was that she tickles him, which is so true.  I can always count on her to make him smile when he is crying (in the carseat usually).  She has really been wanting to pick him up and hold him lately, so we’ve had to have the conversation about not picking him up by the head and neck, but under his arms.  Definitely gotta keep an eye on that one…

Miles - 47 weeks

Other Stuff

Weight:  He was 17 pounds (with diaper and clothes) at his appointment last week when he had croup.  So, he’s almost tripled his birth weight!

Diapers:  Still in size 2, but going strong in the cloth!

Clothes:  Looks like we’ll be finishing out his first year of life in 6-9 month clothes.  Although I did order his birthday shirt in 12 months so he could wear it for awhile.

Teeth:  Still at 4, but he is getting his top 2 canines in right now.  My boobs are suffering…

Likes:  He LOVES these little Melissa + Doug cars and will chase them around for a long time.  He also is starting to really love cruising around on the furniture and crawling all around the house.  He’s in a pretty big Mama phase right now, so he tends to follow me and wants me to hold him constantly.

Dislikes:  Still HATES the carseat.

Firsts:  Clapping, waving, doing “so big”, saying “uh oh” and “mama”, crawling on hands and knees instead of the army crawl – it was a big month for Mr. Miles!

I’m going to attempt to enjoy every last day of Miles’ infancy this last month.  WAHHHHHH…

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