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This Mama Needs Some Motivation

My friend Tracy May over at It Builds Character started a “Motivate Me Monday” weekly link up to help motivate her to train for the Chicago Marathon. Well, count me in. I’m not training for a marathon, but I am attempting to convert to a hot mama for the cruise Mike and I are taking in October.  Due to a variety of reasons, my workouts and eating habits have been pretty lousy the last couple weeks, so I’m committing now to turn things around.  My goals this week are:

1.  Bar take out and make dinner every night this week (M-F, hoping to cook with hubby on the weekend)

2.  Get in six workouts (this will actually be the easiest of the three goals for the week)

3.  Skip Starbucks chai lattes (if I must go, it will be an iced green tea)

Please wish me luck, yell at me if you find out I’m slacking and if you need motivation too, consider linking up.

 

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Saving the Super Ones Birthday Party

Today we celebrated four terrific little people’s first birthdays: Awesome Alaina, A-MAY-zing Austin, Marvelous Mia and Nifty Noah!  Together they made the Super Ones Squad. Their “Super Stats”:

The three other moms and I had so much fun putting the party together. Activities included a Super Quackers Water Table, Superhero Transformation Station (Capes, sunglasses, stickers, throwing stars, etc.), Defy Gravity Bounce Zone (Bounce House), Color Me Super coloring and comic books and Superhero cutouts.

The Super Ones are ready for their cake!
Super Mom Planning Squad:
Thank you to our friends and family for helping “Save the Super Ones” birthday party!

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A Whirlwind Weekend in the Big Apple

This past Saturday, the four of us headed to NYC for the 160th birthday celebration of Annemarie (70) and Uncle Bernie (90).  What an incredible milestone and we felt so fortunate to be a part of it.  Uncle Bernie and Annemarie are truly a power couple with larger than life personalities and hearts.  It was so wonderful seeing so many family members for such a happy occasion.

We haven’t flown with the kids since August, so it was questionable how they’d be, but the two of them were really good and I think they may have our travel bug in their genes!

Before heading to the party, we met a former client and her son at a local park.  It was so great catching up with an old friend.
The party was so incredible.  The group is a theatrical bunch and many of the guests performed special poems, songs, etc. for Annemarie and Bernie.  The top performance of the night goes to the kids, their spouses and grandkids for their musical medley and comical show.
After a fantastic party, we headed back to the hotel way past the kids bedtimes.  Evan crashed pretty quickly but diva Mia put up a bit of a fight and was up a lot during the night.  There was a sick baby next door to us and I think she and Mia were talking/crying to each other through the walls.  The next morning we headed back to Annemarie and Bernie’s for brunch with the family.
We made it onto an earlier flight only to get delayed, but that’s the way the cookie crumbles.  Evan fortunately slept most of the way home.  Thank you NYC!  We’ll be back soon.

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Wordless Wednesday: One Look?!?

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Bless Baby Mia

We christened beautiful Mia on Saturday, December 4 with our family and friends. Her lovely godmother Amy and terrific godfather Carl both traveled from out of town to be with us and we greatly appreciate it. It was wonderful to have the support of good friends and family. And Mia was able to wear the christening gown that 25 other members of my family had worn, including Evan, me, my brother and my mom! So special! A few pics to commemorate the event, including ones of the gorgeous (and incredible tasting) cake made by our friend Alison (she also made Evan’s train cake). if you need a cake, let me know and I’ll share her info because she’s amazing.

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For Sleep Deprived Parents

Sing to the tune of “Let it Snow”:

Oh, the crying upstairs is frightful
Thank goodness, their smiles are so delightful
Because I won’t be counting sheep
Let me sleep! Let me sleep! Let me sleep!

The wails don’t show signs of stopping
And I don’t have sleep pills for popping
Please don’t make another peep
Let me sleep! Let me sleep! Let me sleep!

When I sweetly kiss you goodnight
I expect you to be nice and calm
But if you put up a fight
Sleep is a long way gone

The sun is slowly rising
And my dear, we’re still goodnighting
The bags under my eyes are deep
Let me sleep! Let me sleep! Let me SLEEP!

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Ch-ch-changes

As David Bowie sang “time to face the change”. Evan’s last day at Bright Horizons was last Thursday and this week we switched to having a nanny for both kids three days a week. This was an extremely difficult decision as evan’s experience at Bright Horizons has been so wonderful. We ultimately decided on going with a nanny because:

1. Miss Mia won’t take a bottle and if she’s cared for at home, I can easily nurse her. (though we are working on this so I can leave the house for more than a few hours at some point over the next year)
2. Schedules. Most of my clients are on the west coast and the daycare schedule didn’t allow for me to be able to do late in the day calls bc I was needing to pick up the kids. Also if I need to travel, mike’s schedule doesn’t allow for pick up and drop off
3. We found a terrific caretaker. Lindsay has been babysitting for us for a few months and both kids love her.
4. Financial. It’s expensive to have two kids in daycare.

Our first week has gone pretty well. We signed Evan up for a number of classes to ensure he still gets plenty of social interaction and we are working on the same for Mia.

The biggest challenge has been the food! I’m not used to providing three meals a day. If anyone has meal planning advice, I’d love to hear it. We are in decent shape for dinners, but breakfast and lunch are a challenge!

Luckily we have two amazing munchkins that make it all worthwhile!

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