Mileage Monday x 2

Running stats for the weeks of November 9th - November 22nd... its been a rough couple of weeks for our family. Lots of personal issues going on within the family and Dan was out of town for most of last week. I've gotten behind on blogging since their have been more pressing issues going on. Its been Roarke, Remi and myself which means its impossible for me to go out for a run. I'm craving to get out of the house and get my legs moving again... and I'm sure Remi is too since he has been stuck inside for a quite some time. Hoping once Dan gets home we can get back on schedule with getting some exercise outside.

Monday, November 9th, 2015 - REST DAY!

Tuesday, November 10th, 2015 - 2.3 mile run / 1.87 mile walk with Remi / Stretch

Wednesday, November 11th, 2015 - REST DAY!

Thursday, November 12th, 2015 - REST DAY!

Friday, November 13th, 2015 - REST DAY!

Saturday, November 14th, 2015 -REST DAY!

Sunday, November 15th, 2015 - REST DAY!

Monday, November 16th, 2015 - REST DAY!

Tuesday, November 17th, 2015 - REST DAY!

Wednesday, November 18th, 2015 - REST DAY!

Thursday, November 19th, 2015 - REST DAY!

Friday, November 20th, 2015 - REST DAY!

Saturday, November 21st, 2015 - REST DAY!

Sunday, November 22nd, 2015 - REST DAY!

Totals for the past 2 weeks : Ran 2.3 miles / Walked 1.87 miles with Remi

Week #22


The next time we go back to the doctor will be in December so no updated stats for you. However, lots has been going on with the Roarke-a-nator lately. He is growing up way too fast that is for sure. Roarke is such a happy little boy and takes almost every situation he is put into in stride. He LOVES being outside or going new places and is absolutely content when doing so for the most part. There is never a morning when I get up with him that he isn't ALL smiles! He is a roll over monster and seriously could make his way across the room just by doing so. He also has recently really started to enjoy standing up (with help of course) and will stamp his feet like he is determined to go somewhere. He has not started on foods yet, not because he doesn't want to, but more like because I'm not ready to yet. We did recently try out his high chair and he seemed to be a fan. He is still teething and going through growth spurts every now and again which causes some bad nights of sleep for the both of us, but for the most part he is a great sleeper. The newest thing he likes to do is suck on his toes and can be found doing so mostly after bath time. Books and music continue to be one of his favorite things and I can always count on using one of those to calm him down if he is crying. Him and Remington still get along just fine, but I wonder how the dynamic will change once Roarke is mobile. YIKES! Not a day goes by that I'm not thankful for just how blessed we are!


Family Photo Chaos

I felt like when I told my photographer that I wanted family pictures done this year she was a tad horrified because it would entail photographing a 5 month old baby and a overly excitable dog. But she took on the challenge without any complaints.

Before we went for pictures Roarke took a 3 hour nap and ate a good meal so he was good to go. However, what I should have done to prepare Remington for the shoot is take him on a long walk beforehand to chill him out a bit. He was completely crazy most of the time we were trying for pictures. My photographer also said that I was her biggest problem to take pictures of because I was constantly scolding Remington and looking at Roarke trying to keep his hands out of his mouth... Oops!

I left the session with the thought that if we came away with one good picture of the four of us together I would be happy. However, when I got the pictures I was pleasantly surprised. I was really happy with them, especially the ones that included Remington ;)

Below are some of my favorites!

  Looking forward to printing them our and sharing them with family :)

Salt Dough Ornaments

Dan and I have been married for 6 years... together for 8... and not once in those years have we EVER put up a Christmas tree or any kind of Christmas decorations. You see, when it comes to the holidays I would probably be known as a Scrooge. I just never wanted to take the time to put all that stuff up when Dan and I were never home enough to enjoy it. But this year things are different. This year we have a little boy who I want to build memories with and make sure his life is full of all the warm fuzzy stuff... you know what I mean?

So... we bought a tree, we bought a tree skirt, we bought a star for the top, lights, etc... you know all the things you need to make a good Christmas tree. However, I needed ornaments for my lovely tree and I didn't want to spend a ton of money for them. So what did I do... I decided to make my own.

Eat your heart out folks... salt dough ornaments made by yours truly!

When I decided to make ornaments I was trying to think of something that I could use to teach Roarke with. After racking my brain I decided that I would make them with each of our family members names on them going back to Roarke's great grandparents. This ended up being like 60 some ornaments. PHEW! I figured when Roarke and I looked at the tree we could talk about each family member and the special things about them.

Making these ornaments where super easy and super cheap! It basically takes 1 cup flour, 1/2 cup salt, and a 1/2 cup water. Then you bake them at 250 degrees for 2-3 hours and before you know it you'll have these! Don't forget to use your favorite cookie cutters and a straw to punch holes in them.

After I was finished making all my ornaments I painted them and wrote all the names on them. Then I got some red twine and tied those to them.

I was pretty happy with how they turned out and I can't wait to decorate our tree and get that warm fuzzy feeling going in our house for the first time! HA!

Mileage Monday

Running stats for the week of November 2nd - November 8th... the time change really messed with our schedules this past week. Dan was used to working out right when he woke up for the day and then I would do my runs, walk Remi, or whatever around 7:00 or 8:00 in the evening after Roarke went to bed. Because of the time change its dark by 6:00 or before so I was having a hard time doing much of anything outside in the evening. Dan and I had to rework things so I could get some time to myself while daylight still existed! I was pretty happy with how my week went workout wise. Now when Dan wakes up for the day I do my thing and then he goes to the gym afterward which works out well since we both get to enjoy Roarke's bedtime routine together most of the time. Really my goal right now is to run at least 3 times a week and do some of my own strength work when I can't get out and about.

Monday, November 2nd, 2015 - 1 mile walk with Dan, Roarke, and Remi

Tuesday, November 3rd, 2015 - REST DAY!

Wednesday, November 4th, 2015 - REST DAY!

Thursday, November 5th, 2015 - 2.3 mile run / Stretch

Friday, November 6th, 2015 - 2.5 mile walk with Remi

Saturday, November 7th, 2015 - 3.14 mile run / Stretch / 1 mile walk with Dan, Roarke, Pam, and Bruce

Sunday, November 8th, 2015 - 1.87 mile run / Stretch / 1.87 mile walk with Dan, Roarke, and Remi

Totals for the week : Ran 7.31 miles / Walked 6.37 mile with various people