Finally, Friday!!


Happy Friday!! Fall is here and are you ready for the weekend? Since the Texans broke my heart last night, I’ll be cheering for the Royals tonight.

Last month marked one year of blogging. Time flies. Though I haven’t blogged in over a month, I am glad to be back.

Also, I decided to continue with this series. Year 2 Week 1 will start next week.



It’s been a little busy over here. The girls picked up their after school sports and activities this season. Xavi is playing league soccer and Jaelan is running on the Cross Country team at her school. Middle school sports is limited here, so after cross country, kids pretty much play league sports.




Xavi’s soccer team is currently undefeated and in First place. She loves being back on the soccer field. She has always had fun, but this year is special because this is the first winning/dominating team that she has ever played for. Side Note: Apparently I get too loud during the games, so Xavi asked me to stop yelling too loud.



Xavi expressed her desire to learn how to play the violin, so she signed up for it at school and she is currently taking private lessons. Let us pray it works.


This is Jaelan’s first year of Cross Country competition. She has improved her time with every race, so I’ll take that as a win. She doesn’t understand why people would voluntarily run miles for no reason. I told her so that she won’t get fat. Just kidding.




Jaelan is doing choir again this year, and she tried out for state. She will find out if she makes it in November. Cross your fingers, toes, and tails.





I had lots of Aspen smart ass remarks to share with y’all, but then I lost my paper where I wrote down all of it. So, you will have to wait until I remember them.

New things about Terminator:

1. Her new favorite song is, “Bout the Base”.

2. She loves penguins.



3. She wants to be Elsa for Halloween.

4. She has fallen in love with soccer from watching Xavi play. I told her that she had to be five years old to join a team. So, she has told anyone who will listen that she is skipping four years old and going straight to five years old after her next birthday, so that she can play soccer.


Here she is “practicing” her soccer dribbling skills:































Toddler in the (Home) Gym!!


Every once in a while, when I don’t feel like running, I (try) work out in the basement. We have a little gym set up down there, nothing fancy, a bench with legs extensions and bench press/squat bar, curl bars, punching bag, and free weights. If I have to go down there, I try to do it when Aspen is napping or before the whole house wakes up. Otherwise, I end up fussing/entertaining her rather than working out. Xavier on the other hand can work out with that crazy toddler running around down there.

Xavier is helping me out with training this week, so when Aspen sees us getting ready to work out, she too has to “exercise”, she says. I protest, of course. But, Xavier says she can come, all we have to do is let her exercise, he says. I have tried to work out with her down there and it usually ends in a war and no workouts.


Anyways, I start working out and after every rep that I finish, Xavier lets Aspen do her, “exercises”, in between when I am resting. Of course, why didn’t I think of that? He lays her down on the bench and have her do sit ups while she counts out loud. It helps with her numbers, he says, and she loves that she gets to do everything on the bench. If you let her be a part of your workout, she won’t be a bother, he says. Yea right.

But, I do notice that after she does an exercise she goes off on her own and starts playing with her toys and even goes back up to play with her sisters. She only comes back down when she is ready to do her next “exercise”. And surprisingly, I am working out without any issues. And all I had to do was let her exercise. Of course I’m sure that when it’s just me and her, it won’t go as smoothly. But I will definitely be doing that next time she insists on exercising with me, instead of skipping a work out because I don’t want to fight with a toddler.

I am so busy seeing her as a distraction down there, that I forget that she might actually learn something from watching me work out. Maybe, I should see how it might teach her the value of fitness and exercising, and help with her numbers. Maybe. We’ll see. I’ll let you know how the new method, “works out”, without Xavier.




Don’t “Half” Do it!!


This past weekend, I decided to run the Rock the Parkway Half Marathon. Big mistake. First of all, I whole heartedly meant to train for this run, I really did. But, I have no idea where time went, and the next thing I knew, it was this weekend. Second of all, I didn’t have to run this thing at all. I had no monetary investments or anything of that sort to MAKE me run it. So, my point is that, if I didn’t think I was ready to run 13.1 miles, I didn’t have to (I think I was just too excited to finally do a run here in Kansas City and because I hadn’t ran a race since the Dallas Turkey Trot this past Thanksgiving Day). But I did anyways, cause I am hard headed, and because I said I was gonna do it, and because I got all the way to the starting line undecided, and then the horn went off, and all of a sudden I was running, and so I had to finish it.


This is not a post on how to train for a half marathon, rather, it’s a post on if you are not prepared or not properly trained or have not at least done a few miles here and there a week or two prior to a race: DON’T DO IT, NO MATTER HOW CASUAL YOU MIGHT THINK IT IS. I know this is an obvious, “duh”, thing, but to reiterate this point, I’ll tell you what happened to me when I decided to do it anyways 🙂 The last time I attempted 13.1 miles was the last half marathon that I ran, which was January of 2013. My longest run prior to this run was like 2 weeks before, a measly 2.5 miles. Though it didn’t end (too)bad for me, I finished, barely, but I finished, I did pay for it. It took me fifteen minutes longer than the first time I tried it, and I suffered for it after the race, and the day after, and the day after that. I was hurting everywhere, even my eyebrows and eyelashes were hurting, I think, I couldn’t tell.


This is how it went: The weather was awesome, the last half marathon I did, it was like a freezing 30-some degrees, with rain, sleet, and bad winds. This one was 80 and windy. PERFECT, I thought. The first 7 miles was a breeze, surprisingly, I hit all of the water station, no GU though, cause I had no idea what it was. I was on my usual pace for what I usually run a 10k. The bands and the music sounded great. Then mile 8 came. And my left knee decided so say, hell no! It kind of like refused to bend a little, so I favored my right knee and continued on. By mile 9, my whole left leg and right knee was like laughing at me and wouldn’t really work, so I brisk walked a little to rest.


This run was hard FOR ME because of all the damned hills. By mile 9/10 all I can muster was a light jog because all of my leg muscles have given up, like literally. It feels like this: you try to run, but you don’t go anywhere, for real. It felt like a magnet was pulling your leg down every time you try to lift it up. I was still kind of ok at mile 10, but then they want to put the biggest freaking hill at mile 11, and I’m like, I’m done, just get to the finish line, go home, and soak. Also, at mile 10, like right before the massive mile 11 hill or whatever mile it was, someone wants to yell out, “Come on!! You only have 5K to go!”, I thought I was going to lose it. FIVE-FREAKING-K!! I wanted to stop moving so bad, but for some crazy reason I kept jogging, and once I got over the massive mile 11 hill, I trotted to the finish line, and thanked the LORD that I didn’t pass the hell out. I kept walking around once I crossed the finish line because I was afraid I would collapse if I stopped moving. For real. Finally, I stopped and sat down, and it hurt so bad. It hurt to bend my knees, every step hurt, water and bananas didn’t do crap, and, I had to drive home. More importantly, I still had to walk to the car.


I’ll end there, but the pain lasted for about 2 days. When I got home, my left knee refused to bend. Every time I tried to walk, it said, nope! So I had to pick up my left leg when I went up the stairs or to get in the car for about a day or two. It’s about 4 days later and I have down graded to being just a little sore. It could have probably been worse, I’m glad it wasn’t. So, the moral of the story is train properly before you attempt any race, and don’t half do it, no matter how casual you think the race is, because it isn’t, especially 13.1 miles. The End.


PS: Do not let the smiling photo fool you, I was smiling through pain 🙂

Week 12: Thanksgiving Day 2013


I hope everyone had a wonderful and delicious Thanksgiving. As you can see, no Friday post this week, instead, a Thanksgiving 2013 🙂

This year we went down to Dallas to celebrate Thanksgiving with Xavier’s family. So, we were close to home. It was a much needed trip, especially for Xavier and the girls. It was great to see everyone.

I started off Thanksgiving like I did last year, with a turkey trot. This year was the Dallas YMCA Turkey Trot, I ran the 5K. Last year was the Houston Turkey Trot, and it was a 10K. It is a new tradition that I am hoping to do every year on Thanksgiving, no matter how cold. Hopefully, my girls will join me, once they get a little older. It’s a great way to start the day. The weather was awesome, once I started running. Before hand, the cold was a little nippy, it was about 28 degrees. Brr! As usual, there were a ton of people, the course was flat and fast, and I ran ok, definitely not one of my better runs. But, I did get to see a little bit of Dallas, since I had never been downtown before. Dallas is very pretty and view of downtown from the front of city hall, is gorgeous. My lack of photography skills does it no justice 🙂



After the run, everyone pretty much got to relax and hang out, while the elder ladies worked the kitchen with their magic. I have so much to be thankful for this year, it is unbelievable. The kids played with their cousins the whole time, and Aspen was so happy to see everyone, especially, her Mimi, Poppa, and Uncle.

I ate about 3 plates of food, and I could barely move after. The food was sooo good! I feel so bad that we forgot to pack some left overs to bring home. After we ate, we took the kids and the the big kids to the movies. We saw, “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire”. It was great, but I think, no, I am positive, that there will be a part III 🙂 After the movie, we ate some more and just enjoyed the rest of the day with family. Now it’s almost Christmas time! 🙂

Here are a few photos. I am sure that everyone has seen enough food photos the past few days, so I opted for others, instead of food. Ok, maybe a couple of food photos 🙂


Running Challenge: Repeat

Week 3: Repeat


Here is this week’s running challenge. Again, another fail for week 2, pretty discouraging. Therefore, this week’s challenge is a repeat of last week, which is 15 miles, again.

This time I was only about 3 miles short of the intended 15, but still short. It was pretty rough from the get go after a week off, but after the last run, I felt much better. No injuries and no blisters, (so I get to keep my yellow shoes), (YAY!), just ran out of time on Saturday. It was a pretty packed day from the beginning, and I was not able to fit in a run.

There is major bad news and a major set back: I waited too long to register for the Kansas City Half Marathon and pretty much ran out of time. I tried to register this past week, but registration was closed. I thought about doing the full marathon, but Xavier thinks that it might be a bit, you know, cucko, crazy, and I think he might be right. The next one I am going for is the St. Louis Rock and Roll Half Marathon on Oct. 27th. So, for now I am going to continue with the running challenges. I will have to settle for the Kansas City 5K and then the Rock and Roll, the week after. Let us pray that there will be no issues this time, amen.

PS: This Nike+ app, is a pretty great tool. It helps you keep up with your mileage and times, and shows your progress, which is extra nice, especially when it doesn’t feel like you are doing any progressing.

Week 2 Results


Running Challenge: Scale Down

Week 2: Scale Down


Here is this week’s running challenge. The first week was a total fail. I was about 8 miles short of the intended 25 miles. This tells me one of 2 things: too many miles or too little time. I believe the latter was the cause. I know I can get up to 20 in 5 days, so I will consider this my max for now. I have decided to scale down to 15 and work my way up to 20.

Week 1 was a fail in that, not only did I not come close to 25 miles, but I was physically drained, like totally drained, by Thursday, and had blisters on my right foot. So, I decided to take last week off and rest so I don’t burn out (that’s why this week is Week 2 and not 3). It was rough, but I think it was needed, plus life and work were turnt up, yes, turnt up. It was a busy week.

Hopefully, Week 2 will be better and I can be somewhat in shape for the next 5K and shave off a few seconds here and there. Any advice or suggestions are always welcomed. Oh, and I hope, I won’t have to change shoes(blisters) because I really like my yellow shoes. I plan on running in them until they start, “talking”. 🙂

PS: Go away cold weather! I am not used to this!

Week 1 Result:


Week 3: Finally, Friday!!

This week blew by very, very fast, I am still trying to find Monday. And it was a rough one, at different points during the week, all of the minions were under the weather, but have pulled through pretty well. Aspen played sick whenever she had to go to school, of course.

Week 3 Highlights:

Aspen asked me if the weekly sales ad was for Whole Foods, cause she said we need one for Whole Foods. Does this mean that I have been buying brownies from Whole Foods too much? I personally don’t think so, but what does she know about Whole Foods?

When Aspen enters a room, she says,”Tada!” If no one pays attention, she says it again, louder, and with more emphasis, “TA-DA!”.

When I ask Aspen if she likes school, she casually replies, “I don’t care”. The pangs of being a toddler.

Finally, Aspen has a new name for mac and cheese: pac and cheese, which, when quickly said by a toddler sounds like? That’s right! SIGH.

Jaelan started running this week, YAY!

Xavi loves to play Diablo III. That’s all I got.

The new pet is a titty.

Week 3 Gallery:

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This Weekend:

Oktoberfest Festival

Overland Park Fall Festival (Maybe)

Pumpkin Patch

Farmer’s Market

Houston Cougars and Houston Texans Football on TV.

Have a great weekend!! 🙂

PS: If anyone has any tips/advice regarding this stupid blister, please share!