Friday, May 23, 2014

I’ve become a Yoga(er)…

The day after I had Caldwell was born I felt like I could run a marathon and I also lost my appetite for anything other than yogurt.  Which is weird because I sort of hate yogurt.  Yet I consumed an entire Sam’s Club Box of Yoplait before I could say I had a three month old baby.  It’s the biggest trick feeling that good and then being sent home with a tiny human that has to eat every three hours.   I really struggled to have the energy to do much. 

I’ve always been hesitant about yoga.  My only prior introduction was the P90X version - which in my mind, is about as fun as getting punched in the face.  I’m even a fan of P90X.  I’ve mentioned before I’m fairly full of anxiety 90% of the time.  I think this contributes to a lot of really great aspects of my life and personality, but there also times I’d really like to be able to tone it down.  I got on Amazon and bout the cheapest little beginner yoga DVD. The photo below I took from Amazon.  Link is here

I’ve done it consistently for roughly two weeks.  Don’t I have to do it for 30 days before I can say it’s a habit or something?  I hate to even say this is a form of exercise.  Rather, a great form of stretching and mind control.  It’s consistently helped me sleep and all around feel better.  Give me another two weeks, perhaps I’ll be one of those people who owns a yoga mat.  Doubt it. 

Thursday, May 22, 2014

Hanging Terrarium Globe...

 A couple weeks ago I went to the Beehive Bazaar.  I’m a sucker for the homemade craft fairs.  I’ve been attending this particular one since 2009.  I have to admit I’ve become a bit disappointed.  It’s begun to all look the same.  I was inspired by this particular item.  Not even sure what they were at the time, but I took the picture’s to show Chris.  The $30 price tag seemed a bit steep. 
Last week I was reading my favorite blog – Young House Love.  On their sidebar I saw an ad for products they love.  I have a tendency to be a Young House Love groupie – or so I’ve been told.   Turns out, its proper name is Hanging Terrarium Globe.  You can purchase here on Amazing for $16.99. 

Not sure what I’d fill mine with, but super excited about it.  I’ve sort of liked pretending I have a green thumb even since my garden last year. 

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Eating peas...

I felt horrible inside about making Caldwell eat peas.  I realize this makes me fail at the number one thing mom’s are supposed to be good at – making kids eat their vegetables.  Even though I truly hate them, Chris loves them and puts them in his tuna.  I knew I had to cave and allow Cald to get used to the taste.  Who am I to deprive my son of all the times he and dad eat tuna and peas without mom.  I mean that’s some serious father, son bonding stuff.  So I gave them to him and….

I’m toast – but not with tuna and peas on it. 

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Green Smoothies...

One day Chris came home and said we should start doing green smoothies.  Truth is we have a $20 blender from Wal-mart and aint nobody want to deal with that.  Literally, this thing can hardly blend an over ripe banana.  A week later I went to Relief Society and it was a whole class on green smoothies.  Divine intervention?  Probably not, but it got me motivated to start. I didn’t want to splurge on a new blender, via the obvious fact that we might stick with it for so long.  Instead, I wake up put the frozen veggies in the blender with some hot water then go shower.  When I get out of the shower I put all the greens in spinach, kale, carrots, broccoli, etc.  Bam!  Green smoothie! Here are three tips that I think helped me.

1. Add coconut milk – it’s by boxed milks at the grocery store. We use the un-sweetened and it takes the edge off some of the strong flavored veggies.
2.  Use a lot more fruit than green’s to start.  50% fruit and 50% greens.  As time increases you will get used to the increased greens.  This week we started 75% greens, 50% fruit.
3.  Be prepared for some extra bowel movements.

Lots of recipes online, but quite frankly I just go to produce section and buy a bunch of stuff I like and put it in. 

Monday, May 19, 2014

You Are Badass...

This is the actual title of a book.  There is a blog called, The Alison Show.  Which I enjoy reading.  She did a series on “How to be Awesome.”  Which is on Youtube and is really good if you need a little motivation.  Either in her posts, or on her YouTube series, I can’t remember which, she recommended the following book.  I really love reading, but usually only things that are a complete waste of time – novels, blogs, People magazine.  This is an actual self- help book which was in reality super helpful for me.  It also reminded me of my brother who is sort of badass too, which is a plus.  There you have it my book plug.

FYI - I think the book said the a few bad works including that one that starts with F.  Sorry about that. 

Saturday, May 17, 2014

We have a routine folks...

One time my mom told me, “Once the baby is six months he'll just start to fit into your routine.”  This is long before “the baby” had a name or fully grown limbs for that matter.  So I've been waiting.  Half patiently, half exhaustively waiting.
Well let me tell you this.  The baby, Caldwell, will be six months in about two weeks and that my friends is really, really good advice.  The last three days I've been able to do yoga. Turns out, yoga is a really good stress reliever and I love it – more on that later. After yoga I took a bubble bath.  All of this took roughly one complete hour.  One complete hour to myself to do something I really enjoyed.  In the last year, one complete hour to myself meant one of the these three things, laying on the couch growing a human, trying to sleep, or itching every square inch of my body rash. Which, my friends, is now almost all but disappeared?  This is what I like to call – fitting into my routine, or perhaps light at the end of the tunnel.

Sunday, May 4, 2014

First Hair Cut...

Cald's hair is long.  I knew if I didn't do something about it, I'd wind up finding a family member with scissors soon. My mother in law actually admitted she cut a few strands and didn't tell me.  I finally trimmed him up last Saturday, no big.  Except that my sister and mom later asked me if I kept the hair. 

I recall going through some scrapbooks where my mom had kept our hair after our first haircut.  This is a thing of the past, right?  I personally think it's gross to keep the hair.
Did anyone's else's mom keep their hair?  Should I have kept the hair? 

Graduation & Such....

Well, we finally moved, again.  I've basically been moving once a year since 2005 when I graduated high school.  You would think I would be used to it.  However, this time it feels real.  Perhaps this time we're actually starting to put down some roots.  Chris is enjoying is new job, and I'm going strong on working over two years at the same place.  I'll be staying in Park City for awhile, and I'm coming to terms with it.  I have such mixed feelings on being a working mother.  That's another blog post in itself - I think I write it everyday in my head as I drive back and forth to work.  

This last week was so great.  Chris was able to walk in his graduation.  We celebrated after with hot dogs, watching my nephew Hayden play some BYU baseball.  Caldwell was exhausted, we rarely keep him out past his bedtime.  The payback was waking up every two hours all night.  Saturday, I just decided to say screw the house cleaning and do list and we all just got some rest.  These last few weeks have been more than I can describe, trying to move, work full-time, learn how to be a mom etc.  In the afternoon, we grabbed a quick bite at City Creek.  Chris, my city loving husband, loves how close we live to downtown.  I actually don't love the city, but I'm learning to adjust and Chris always surprises me with some activity I enjoy.  I'm sure we'll be down there more often.  We then got to ride out to my nephew Zac's soccer game. 

This Sunday was so relaxing with my small family.  I always anticipate what a pain it is to get all three of us to church at nine.  That sounds dumb, since I'm usually out the door by seven each morning.   Church at nine is tough since it's right in the middle of Cald's nap.  Sunday afternoons always surprise me by being way too great.  

My goal lately has been to try and enjoy my family and my time at home more.  I have constantly have a list of things to do a mile long.  I have decided if I am going to work than some things have got to give.  One of them is a perfectly clean house.  We still have boxes, and closets that are unorganized but I don't care. I just focused on Caldwell and Chris and it was such a great weekend. 

Tonight I feel content.  I think being content is one of the hardest emotions to obtain.  I love when it swoops in and fills you up.