day in the life: saturday style

I know I am not even close to being a single parent, so I’m not even going to pretend I know what it feels like.  Because, let’s face it, parenting is hard in itself.  Having to do it alone, well, I hope I never have to experience that.  But, that doesn’t mean I get to have someone to help me day in and day out.

When I married a teacher and coach, I figured he’d be gone maybe one or two days out of the YEAR.  Well, that hasn’t been the case so much lately.  I don’t know if you know, but my husband is brilliant and an incredibly talented teacher.  He also is very passionate about his job and his hobbies, so he doesn’t hesitate when he has the opportunity to do something he things would be well worth his time.  Therefore, lately, I’ve been spending several weekends parenting by myself.  I tell my counterpart at work all the time – I don’t know how she does it with a husband who travels almost every week.

So, here’s a little glimpse of parenting on my own for (most of) a day – and a little bit of our weekend life…

12:30 AM – Miles’ monitor is going off.  I go into his room to move him and of course he wakes up.  He starts crying as I walk out of his room and lay back down in bed.  Kenna wakes up, goes into Miles’ room looking for me, then comes and tells me Miles is crying.  I go put MacKenna back to bed and amazingly, Miles stops crying and goes back to sleep.  Crisis averted…

5:40 AM – MacKenna comes into my room and I let her climb in to bed with me for some extra shut eye.

6:15 AM – MacKenna is climbing all over me, asking if it’s time to get up.  I tell her she has to wait until the clock says 6-3-0 before we can get out of bed.  We cuddle and talk about the weekend before it’s time to get up.

6:30 AM – I go fix MacKenna breakfast and pick up around the kitchen a little bit, including cleaning out my coffee maker since it hasn’t been working lately.  *sad face*


6:50 AM – I hear Miles babbling in his crib and go in to get him.  We go sit on the couch and I nurse him while MacKenna plays with her new lip gloss she got from Grandma last night.

7:15 AM – I put Miles in his booster seat and get his breakfast ready.  I pull myself a bowl of Lucky Charms since I am almost out of Shakeology and want to save it for weekday breakfasts.


7:20 AM – MacKenna asks to get dressed, so I give Miles some banana and Cheerios while I get MacKenna ready for the day.  I come back and find Miles like this…


Sneaky little guy…

7:30 AM – My Lucky Charms are soggy, but still taste delicious.  I immediately open my computer and order another month of ShakeO and put myself back on autoshipments so this doesn’t happen again.

7:45 AM – Miles is done eating, so I go take him to change his diaper and get him dressed.  It is always a fight to get him in clothes – he just wants to play!

8:00 AM – Shower time for Mama.  Miles goes in the jumparoo and Kenna gets the iPad on the bed.  It’s the hour of my day where I sort of have time to myself and don’t want to be bothered.

9:00 AM – I go put Miles in his crib for a nap.  He fusses and then spends some time babbling before he falls asleep.  Kenna plays in her room and playroom while I change the sheets, make the beds, and get the laundry started.  I try to do a little bit of laundry every day – with clothes and diapers, it is never ending and I don’t want to spend hours of my weekend folding laundry.  Of course, I still end up with 3+ loads to do over the weekend, but at least they are mostly small loads.

9:45 AM – Time to get some errands done before it’s time for Miles to eat again.  And let’s face it – I haven’t had coffee yet and my mood is suffering for it.  I get Miles up and we head to Aldi and Schnucks for groceries for the week.  Plus, a stop at Starbucks for some caffeine.


11:00 AM – We are back home after a very pleasant shopping experience with 2 kids.  I unload the groceries and then feed Miles, while Kenna plays.

11:15 AM – Done feeding Miles and Kenna has been asking all morning if I will paint her nails, so I finally do it for her.


11:30 AM – I wrangle Miles while trying to get MacKenna to sit patiently and wait for her nails to dry.  I finish unpacking groceries and pick up a little bit around the house.

12:00 PM – Lunch time!



12:30 PM – We are all done eating, so I let the kids down to play and watch some Little Einsteins before naptime.  I continue to clean up from lunch and do some more picking up around the house, switching out laundry, etc.  (It’s seriously a never ending cycle…)

12:45 PM – My mom calls and is on her way over to bring by some clothes for the kids for pictures tomorrow and Thanksgiving.  She hangs out and plays with the kids for awhile too.

1:30 PM – Gigi leaves, so it is officially nap time.  MacKenna is fighting with me about going down, so I go read a book to Miles and put him down before getting Kenna ready for her nap.  It’s definitely been a struggle with her lately, so I grab my bathroom clock and put it in her room.  I tell her she can’t get up until the first number says 3.  She seems satisfied with that answer and doesn’t make a peep after I leave her room.

2:00 PM – Yet more picking up before I decide to give myself a little bit of a break on the couch for awhile.  Miles won’t be up for awhile and I know I have at least until 3 until MacKenna gets up, so I take advantage of some peace and quiet to sit and watch Scrubs on Netflix and work on this post.

3:10 PM – I decide to get up and at least get something done since they are both still sleeping.  I clean both bathrooms successfully and didn’t wake either child in the process.

3:45 PM – I go get Miles up from his nap to feed him.  Not long after, MacKenna is yelling from her room, asking me if she can get up.  I tell her yes and she comes and snuggles on the couch with me and Miles.

4:15 PM – Play with the kiddos for awhile while we wait for Daddy to get home.  MacKenna is being incredibly bratty today and ends up in time out for hitting me after I tell her to go get her milk out of the refrigerator if she’s thirsty.  I’m praying for Matt to get home soon.

5:10 PM – DADDY IS HOME!  Lots of hugs and kisses all around.

5:30 PM – I decide to make some nachos for dinner and leave Matt to spend some time with the kiddos while I sprinkle some beans and cheese on some chips and stick it in the oven.

5:55 PM – Dinner is ready.  Matt and I split 2 beers with dinner as well – and they definitely hit the spot.


6:30 PM – I begin to clean up from dinner and Matt take the kids in for a bath.  Once Miles is done, I get him lotioned up and wrestle to put on his diaper and PJs.

6:55 PM – Last feeding for Miles while we all relax on the couch.

7:35 PM – Time to get ready for bed.  Brush teeth, read books, potty, prayers, and songs – and a threat for no donuts in the morning if she gets out of bed.

8:00 PM – Time to relax.  I grab some M&M’s and dark chocolate espresso beans and lay down on the couch.

10:40 PM – Apparently, I fell asleep.  I keep my eyes open just long enough to watch Elizabeth Banks sing and dance her monologue before I pass out again.

11:30 PM – I’m awake again to Kenna needing to go potty.  She goes and I put her back in to bed.  I get ready for bed myself and by 11:45 PM, I’m passed out for the night.

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one of those weeks…

You know those weeks I’m talking about.  The ones where you know right away are not going to be great and are going to drag on forever.  Yup, that was my week last week.

First, Miles ended up with croup Sunday night, causing me to be up with him for a good 2.5 hours in the middle of the night.  Thankfully, I took a sick day to take him to the doctor, but I did not get a chance to catch up on sleep at all.  Then, Matt was out of town for work Thursday through Saturday, which just meant the week was going to last even longer.  I kept feeling like Thursday was Friday, so I ended up extremely disappointed come Friday morning.  On top of it, I just felt in a funk all week.  Ugh.  Too many things to do and definitely not enough time to do it.


You’d never know this kiddo didn’t feel well…

But, the weekend made up for it a little bit.  I’m still not caught up on sleep from last week, but it was nice to have Matt back home and to spend some time with the kiddos.  It was definitely a relaxing weekend for the most part, which was much, much needed before the chaos of the holidays officially begins next weekend.

Because it was a long, busy week, my workouts definitely suffered.  And like I said, I wasn’t just mentally in a funk, my body was all jacked up too.  My wrist has been killing me from holding Miles for 2.5 hours in the middle of the night, plus all of a sudden my left hip started bothering me, and then the stress caused some major neck pain, which of course leads to headaches.  So, yeah, not my best week for running.  And this one won’t be much better in terms of time.

But, it is what it is.  I’m not training for anything and know that I need the time off as needed more than anything right now.  A few missed workouts are not going to kill me, even if I may feel like it at the time.  I’m going to do my best to try to get all my runs in this week, but if I don’t, it won’t be the end of the world, right?!

Monday:  No run due to being home with Miles

Pushups 100x
Situps 100x
Squats 100x

Tuesday:  45 minute easy run (5.56 miles @ 8:06/mile pace)

AMRAP in 12 minutes:
Snatch 3x, 45#
Cleans 6x, 45#
Inverted Row 9x
Jump Rope 216x


Wednesday:  15 minute easy run (2 miles @ 7:29/mile pace)

Thursday:  20 minute easy run (2.57 miles @ 7:47/mile pace)

3 rounds:
Deadlifts 16x, 65#
Hang Clean 16x, 65#
Push Press 16x, 20# dumbbells
Run 800m


Friday:  OFF

Saturday:  OFF

Sunday:  45-60 minute long run (6 miles @ 8:14/mile pace)

Total:  17.63 miles (including 1.5 miles from Thursday’s WOD)

Last full week of work before a short week before Thanksgiving!  Wish it wasn’t going to be so darn busy before then…

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short weekend getaway + weekly mileage

Another Monday, another week, another weekend that was much too short.  We spent less than 24 hours at the Lake of the Ozarks with our friends Bob and Michelle and our families.  Even though it was short, it was a nice little getaway that made the weekend feel a little bit longer.  Most of our time spent at the Lake was spent in the pool.  Tan-Tar-A has an indoor water park, so after a really delicious breakfast buffet, we took the kids swimming.  MacKenna had a bit of a freakout at first after the 700 gallon bucket dumped on her and Matt, but eventually she calmed down and enjoyed herself.  Miles had a good time too, splashing in the water.




Before we left on Saturday afternoon, we accidentally found Randy’s Frozen Custard.  I was told about Randy’s 5 years ago when I first started writing this blog.  We very rarely go to the Lake, so this was my opportunity to finally have Randy’s.  Of course, it’s pumpkin season, so while the kiddos slept in the car, Matt + I split a pumpkin pie concrete.  It was amazingly delicious!  I’m not sure it beats Andy’s, but it was pretty darn good!



It was also another great week of running.  I tweaked my non-training training plan to cut back on my mileage for awhile.  I was supposed to do a 90-minute run this weekend, but (1) I need my sleep, and (2) I don’t feel like I have that kind of time while I’m nursing.  So, I’m keeping my weekend runs to 60-minutes only for now and then possibly ramping up the mileage a little bit more once the new year rolls around.

Monday:  30 minute easy run (3.76 miles @ 7:58/mile pace)

5 2-minute rounds:
Assisted Pullups 5x
Run 200m
Thrusters (max reps), 15# DB


Tuesday:  45 minute easy run (5.45 miles @ 8:16/mile pace)

7 rounds:
Power Cleans 7x, 45#
Thrusters 7x, 45#
Bar Facing Burpees 7x, 45#


Wednesday:  25 minute easy run (3.13 miles @ 8:00/mile pace)

Thursday:  30 minute tempo run (3.87 miles @ 7:46/mile pace)

5 rounds:
Deadlifts 9x, 55#
Snatch 6x, 15#
Front Squats 3x, 55#

Friday:  3 rounds:
Inverted Row 15x
Push-Press 15x, 45#
Situps 15x
Hang Cleans 15x, 45#

Saturday:  OFF

Sunday:  60 minute long run (7.26 miles @ 8:18/mile pace)

Total:  23.47 miles


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