Experiencing More!

I’m baaaack! I kind of disappeared, but like I told y’all last Monday, I had a work trip last Thursday to Saturday! Getting things ready for my first trip away from Chloe took over most of my time last week. I wish I could say that leaving her was easier than I thought it would be, but honestly, it was rough! I had a great time and learned a lot about Kyani and myself. It was completely worth it, but man, I missed that baby!

I wanted to share a little bit about my trip. Some Kyani information, some Disney and some fun!

We arrived Thursday around 10:45am and hopped on the Disney Magical Express! Gotta love free transport from the airport to Disney! It’s about a 30-45 minute ride depending on what stop your hotel is on the ride. Ours was first! #winning! We stayed at Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort. This is the resort that also has a convention center hence the reason we were there! I stayed here back in 2013 for Disney Princess weekend when the race expo was moved to the convention center instead of Wide World of Sports. After getting settled and grabbing lunch, it was time for our first session, the Scientific Symposium. Learning about the science behind the products was very enlightening! I didn’t realize some of the amazing ingredients that make up the Kyani products! Here are a few of the slides I snapped pictures of that I just had to share!

It’s all about putting good things into our bodies! Kyani isn’t a lose weight quick solution. Kyani is a get HEALTHY solution. I think that’s why I love the products so much and want to share them with y’all! Everything in our products you could (should) eat in a well balanced diet, but we don’t! Blueberries, raspberries, kale, broccoli, fish oil. Antioxidants, polyphenols, omega 3’s, tocotrienols, anthocyanins, nitric oxide! This really is exciting stuff y’all.

In case you’re wondering, we have 3 products: Sunrise, Sunset and Nitro (2 versions FX & Xtreme). Together they make up the Triangle of Health. You can take one or two, but taking all 3 together enhanced all the benefits! Check them out!

If you’re interested in learning more, check out www.kyaniscience.com! Or just ask me!

After having our minds blown hearing about our products and the amazing testimonials from people who’s lives changed after taking Kyani, we had our social event out on the Coronado Springs beach! Tons of food, a band, and karaoke, followed by a glass (or two!) of wine. It was fun meeting new people and even speaking with one of the company’s founders!

Of course we went to bed too late and had to wake up too early for this momma’s liking. So much for catching up on my sleep right?! It was all for a good reason though…we got awesome seats for our first session of the day!

Kyani Mommas waiting in line FIRST to get into our first session of the day!

Day 1 was all about the products, but Day 2 was all about learning about yourself. We talked about success and what success means to us. We looked into stepping out of our comfort zone. How far are we willing to go to achieve what we want? We discussed goal setting, helping others, being the best versions of ourselves.

The final session of the day wrapped up with our Keynote speaker, John Maxwell. For those of you who don’t know who he is, John Maxwell is an author, pastor and motivational speaker that has written dozens of books on leadership. Hearing him speak about how true leaders lead a life of value and significance. Here was my greatest takeaway…

5 Things to Lead a Significant Life Every Day:
1. Value people.
2. Think of ways to add value to people’s lives.
3. Look for ways to add value to people.
4. Do things that add value to people.
5. Encourage others to add value to people.

So I encourage y’all…add value to people! Make them feel worth while. Make other’s lives better. In the end it will also make you better.

After our day ended, Julie came to pick me up for a fun bestie hang out! Where else would you hang out if you’re spending time in Orlando? Disney World, duh! I knew this year was the best year to get an annual pass! We went over to Hollywood Studios and watched the new Star Wars fire works, ate dinner and rode the Rockin’ Roller Coaster! I didn’t get to ride rockin’ last month because the line was so long plus it was just JP, Chloe and I, so it would have been hard. I was excited to ride and as you can see, I enjoyed it!

Afterwards, we decided to go to play some mini golf at Fantasia Gardens Miniature Golf! It seemed like more fun then waiting in lines. Plus it was quieter and we could chat and hang out. I think the best part of this evening was that Julie and I could hang out like we would if we actually lived in the same city!

It was nice to get out of our hotel and hang out with Julie. You don’t get amazing friends like that every day in life!

Again we went to bed later than planned, but we did sleep in an extra hour. Not exactly enough sleep, but I’ve been learning to survive on limited sleep the last 6 months.

Our last session was about finances. We listened to a Dave Ramsey speaker, Christy Wright, learned about taxes, and talked about how to build our business. Unfortunately, Kristin and I had to sneak out just a little early to catch our flight home. We were learning a lot and having fun, but it was time to see our babies!

Our group! Kristin, Amy, Ashley, Lisa, Dana

We took the Magical Express back to the airport and had a smooth and easy flight back home. We had to snap one last picture at the airport! Hello Houston! Watch out…here we come!

I love these products and I want to share them with the world. The best part is that I can! I would love to talk to anyone more about the products if you have any questions at all. I also have samples, so if you’re truly interested, I’d love to share them with you! If you’re looking for a change; a change in your health; a change in your wealth, let me know!

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This Exciting Life We Live.

Every year I start off talking about how awesome this year is going to be. Some years end up awesome, while others are pretty rough. Then there are the years that have the highest highs and the lowest lows all at once. Last year was one of those for me. This year though, I’m pretty set on it being the highest of highs all year long. I know we’re only 46 days into 2016, but so far it’s been pretty exciting and I only see positivity ahead.

Speaking of exciting, exciting things really have been happening around here!

Thursday, I met up with two ladies that I went to middle & high school with and their beautiful baby girls. It’s been 10 years since I’ve seen them and it is like no time has passed. Of course we have kept in touch via Facebook/Instagram, so we had an idea of what was going on in each other’s lives. It’s reasons like this that I am so thankful for social media! If it wasn’t around, we wouldn’t have reconnected. I’m excited to have two mommy friends with baby girls just months older than Chloe! I am blessed to get to watch these girls grow up together.

Friday, I cut off all my hair. Okay, not all of it, but 14 inches. It was getting very long and the time had come. This is the 3rd time I’ve chopped it off and donated. I was able to cut 12 inches to donate to Pantene Beautiful Lengths! I know that someone else can benefit from my hair more than I can. I hope that soon it will help a woman feel beautiful!

Saturday, we hosted game night for our friends! We have game night about every other month and this month was at our home. Because I love a good theme, I decided to theme our gathering “Te Amo en Mexico.” Because why not? I wanted to make some delicious Mexican cuisine aka fajitas and sopapilla cheesecake and it was the day before Valentine’s Day, so why not combine the two? The night was a great success! There were 10 of us here and it was a bit of a tight squeeze in our townhome, but it was a blast!

Sunday was Valentine’s Day! I had to share some gorgeous shots I took of my tiniest Valentine! We spent the day relaxing around the house. I made pancakes for breakfast and JP cooked us mahi mahi and asparagus for dinner. I never left the house and it was pretty amazing.

Today is Monday. Yup. Monday. But I got to sleep in and hang out with my baby girl! Since my morning clients were all off for Presidents’ Day and our babysitting Auntie Annie has an eye infection, I got to stay home. JP will come home for lunch while I head up to the gym to teach my classes tough! I’ll still get my workout in!

This Thursday I’m going to be leaving my baby girl for the first time. I’m excited for the trip, nervous for leaving her and a little terrified all around. I know it will be good for both of us for different reasons. Last November I embarked on an exciting opportunity called Kyani! I haven’t talked about it much on the blog, but I’m ready to step out of my box and put myself out there! Kyani is a health supplement that helps your body at the cellular level. I started taking it shortly after having Chloe and I have seen first hand how it can help change your health for the best! After reaping the benefits, I decided to become a distributor because I believe in the products that much. I’ll share more about the company soon! This trip I’m taking is the Kyani International Leadership Conference in Orlando. I’m excited to meet the many people from my awesome team, Vision Group! I’ve interacted with them via phone and online, but finally we can connect face to face. I really hope this conference gives me the kick in the butt that I need to really put myself out there and make a difference in people’s lives!

There you have it, so many exciting things and many more to come! I hope everyone has a wonderful Presidents’ Day! Hopefully you have it off 🙂 Until next time y’all!

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My Forever Valentine

Happy Friday!!! I was prepped and ready to do an awesome Friday Five and share a recipe with y’all, but I couldn’t. With Valentine’s Day coming up this weekend, I had to do a post for the main man in my life, my husband! He’s not always on the blog with Chloe in the forefront, but trust me y’all, he is always there.

I’m so blessed to have someone that is there to love and support Chloe, the dogs and me. He works hard so we can live this amazing life that we live. He gives it his all so I can stay home with Chloe as often as I want. He tries to be his best for us, and for that I am so thankful.

This is our 10th Valentine’s Day together. TEN! Every year is different and we grow so much. We started as college love birds, became an engaged couple and by our 5th Valentine’s Day together, we was officially my forever Valentine. I’m so lucky to have him as my forever in my life. I couldn’t simply choose 5 pictures of us to make this a Friday 5. I couldn’t even choose just 10 to represent us, but here’s a glimpse back at my forever over the years.

My forever goofball.

My forever beach babe.

My forever sports wiz and stat machine.
My forever wedding date.
 My forever running buddy.

My forever travel companion.
My forever guitar hero.
My forever puppy and baby daddy.

My forever support system.

My last first kiss and my forever man.

Forever is a pretty long time. Forever means good days. Forever means bad days. Forever means happiness, anger, joy, frustration, elation and apathy. Forever means ups and downs. Forever means in goodness and in health. Forever means in sickness and in death. Forever means forever. Every day isn’t beautiful and no one can expect that. At least I know that forever I’ll have him. No matter what.

I love you my forever! Happy Valentine’s Day, enjoy it with your forever, your right now, your best friends, your girl friends. Just enjoy it no matter who it’s with!

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Thursday Thoughts

You know what I love? Having a place to put all of my random thoughts and pictures. You know what I need? A place to empty all those random thoughts and pictures to clear some room in my brain. Mom brain is real y’all. You know what else I love and need? Bullets.

  • Becoming a mom has changed my life in so many ways. I feel like everyone tells you how much your life will change when you’re pregnant. Of course people tell you that it’s the best change of your life, but many of those people tell you about all the negative changes. “You’ll never sleep again!” “You won’t be able to do the things you did before.” “Be prepared to make your life revolve around hers!” These statements are not untrue. I just don’t see them as negative “side effects” of having Chloe in my life! Sleeping less means more snuggles with my baby girl. I’m perfectly able to do the things I did before; I just have a little addition. I may also be running a little behind thanks to that little addition. My life does revolve around hers! And I love it. I wake up looking forward to seeing her. I think about her when I’m away. I wonder what will make her happy while I’m with her. I dream about what kind of woman she’ll become. I guess what I’m trying to say is that the title Mom is the best thing I’ve ever been given. This little girl takes every negative statement about having a baby and turns it into a positive. We have rough days and plenty of rough moments, but who doesn’t?

  • People always ask me if I’ve seen this show or that movie. Most of the time, my answer is no. It’s not that I don’t like watching tv and being lazy; I just can’t focus on the tv for an extended period of time. I like to watch shows that I can multitask while I’m watching them like Dance Moms, Say Yes to the Dress, 19 Kids and Counting (when it was still running), Project Runway, The Bachelor, Big Bang Theory and most shows on HGTV, TLC or Lifetime, occasionally Bravo. Don’t get me wrong, I have a few that require focus like Pretty Little Liars and Game of Thrones. JP is trying to get us to start watching House of Cards which we’ll hopefully start soon. I just can’t focus on the tv to binge watch shows. I’m too much of a busy body and feel like I need to get more done.
  • In one week from today, I’ll be leaving Chloe for my first trip away. I’ll be gone from Thursday morning to Saturday evening and I’m getting so nervous! Right now I’m thinking, “Why did I sign up for this convention?” I know that as soon as it gets here I’ll be so glad I went! What convention you ask? I’m heading back to Orlando for the Kyani International Leadership Convention. I joined Kyani back in November as a way to earn some extra “me” money. I’m still new in the business and I’m hoping that attending this conference will help me to get the extra push I need to get myself out there. Getting started is definitely the hardest part, but I know I have an awesome team that is trying hard to help me move forward. I just have to step out of my comfort zone. My mentor Kristin sent me this message the other day, and it couldn’t be more true!
  • I have to admit, I have a problem. I take wayyyy too many pictures. I can’t help it. I take tons of pictures of the same thing and then decide I can’t delete any because they’re all so cute. I think it’s a disease. Firsttimemomitis. Lucky for me I have this awesome blog where I can create collages of the pictures that I didn’t share on Facebook or Instagram and show them to y’all. Here’s a collage of my babies over the past few weeks…

1. Before her 6 month shots
2. Puppy snuggles on the couch
3. Playing with her big girl toys!
4. Tummy time
5. Mama and Little shirts
6. This dog can’t get enough of her!
7. Nom nom…bananas
8. Post 6 month shots and still my happy girl
9. Moose and Momma!

  • My life is crazy. My life is busy. My life is wonderful. Some days are hard and quite the struggle. But everything I do is so worth it. My goal for the next few months is to really put myself out there in many ways. I hope I can share that with y’all on the blog. So get ready world…Amy’s coming at ya!!!

Happy Friday Eve y’all! We’re getting closer to the weekend!

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A Super Weekend in the books!

Happy Monday…I mean Tuesday. I couldn’t get it together yesterday to do my regular Monday post! Between being gone all weekend to Super Bowl partying to busy Monday workdays to being a momma, blogging didn’t happen. It’s happening today though! Like I said, we had a busy weekend and I just had to share the fun we had with family and friends!
On Friday we…
…took our puppies on a walk because it was a beautiful day!
…took our puppies out again when daddy was done working! This time we went all the way to the dog park. Chloe loves to watch all the dogs run around, and Maggie likes to protect her baby. She’s always checking to make sure other dogs aren’t getting to close and to make sure her baby is having fun. Moose just likes to run around like a crazy pup jumping into the lake and sprinting as fast as he can. He’ll be 3 next month, but he’s still all puppy!
On Saturday we…
…packed up and headed off to College Station!
…couldn’t help but take a pit stop at Bucee’s with our favorite little dinosaur.
…spent time with Jojo and Pops! We made lots of funny faces, showed off our new tricks and just snuggled and loved them all day!
…had lunch at Blue Baker! It’s my favorite sandwich place in the whole world. As usual, I was too excited to eat to document the experience.
…went to the Aggie Basketball game! Jojo stayed at home with Chloe for some one on one bonding time while JP, Phi and I went to the game!
…went to the Olate Rescue Dog Show! By we, I mean Jody and I! This time JP and Phil stayed home with Chloe while Jody and I had a mother-daughter-in-love night out. It was so great to get a chance to spend time with just the two of us. I hit jackpot of the in-law lottery y’all. 
The Olate Dogs are a father and son team that rescues poodle and fluffy mixed breeds and trains them to do some awesome tricks. They actually won America’s Got Talent! Below are some cute pictures I was able to snap during the fashion show!
On Sunday we…
…enjoyed a relaxing morning in College Station. Jody and Phil made us an awesome breakfast of biscuits, sausage and eggs! We just hung out, talked and played with Chloe until we took off shortly after lunch.
…headed to Sugar Land to go to a Super Bowl party at the Adams! We went there last year and had such a blast. Last year, we went and I was just in the beginning of my 2nd trimester! It was so good to see so many of our family friends and for them to spend time with Chloe.

We’re really lucky to have such wonderful people in our lives that care about us and Chloe! I love spending time with our parents and all of their friends because they’re so special to us.

It was a busy evening full of talking, eating and more eating. We even watched the game some. Thanks to Emily for documenting that part 🙂
As always, Chloe was the hit of the party. She was in the best mood and was her happy, silly self while everyone spend time with her.
And we had to get our “Real Housewives of Sugar Land” group shot! My momma had to work, so sadly she’s not in there. Luckily, we had to pick up the pups from my parents’ house when we left after the 3rd quarter. Mom had just gotten home from a long day at work, and we got a few moments with her!
Another wonderful weekend in the books! I’m so lucky to have long weekends at home with my girl. Choosing to work part time was one of the best decisions I’ve made. I’m so thankful for my hard working husband to make that happen for us! 
I hope that everyone has a fabulous week! Just think, it’s already Tuesday!
xoxo, Amy

5 Easy Power Bowl Recipes

Oh hey Friday! It’s you again; I must say that I’m happy to see you because you brought my husband back from traveling for the second week in a row. These weeks alone with Chloe aren’t always the easiest, but we’re pulling though. The one good thing about being home alone is that I can eat what I want and not have to worry about whether or not JP will like it! This week I participated in a 5 day healthy eating challenge with one of the awesome members at my gym! She asked if I would be interested in participating, and I jumped on it because I know that my eating habits haven’t been the best lately. Plus, I would get new recipes to try and a group of challengers for encouragement. This challenge inspired me to cook up some new power bowls for lunch. I made up a few recipes, used an old one and borrowed one from another challenger. I thought I’d share 5 of my favorite bowls with y’all to try out and use on your healthy eating journeys!


Roasted Sweet Potato and Spinach Bowl!
1 lb ground turkey {brown on stove}
1-2 sweet potatoes cut into 1 inch cubes {roast in oven at 425* for 20 minutes}
2 cups spinach {sauté on stove with just a bit of olive oil}
1 small can of sautéed mushrooms {optional}
Combine all ingredients in large pan on stove. Add about 1/2 cup of chicken broth and stir. Allow to simmer on low for 3-7 minutes or until chicken broth has cooked down. 
Separate into 4 containers then eat or serve!

Burrito Power Bowl!
**You can use different types of meat for this one: shredded chicken, diced steak, ground turkey. I used ground turkey on this one because I split the batch to make two different meals!**
1 lb meat of choice **see above**
3/4 cup frozen or fresh corn 
3/4 cup unshelled edamame
1/4 cup salsa
1 packet taco seasoning
2 cups cauliflower rice {You can sub 2 cups cooked rice of choice}
Cook meat of choice. Heat corn and edamame according to packaging. Combine all ingredients in pan on stove. Add 1/2 cup of water. Stir together and let simmer on low as water cooks off.
**I didn’t have corn when I made mine the other day and used mushrooms from the first power bowl!**

Turkey Taco Bags!
1 lb ground turkey {brown on the stove}
1 cup quinoa {before cooking, cook according to packaging}

1 cup unshelled edamame {heat in microwave or on stove}
1 packet taco seasoning {season fully cooked browned turkey}
4 quart sized baggies
Once all ingredients are cooked, combine and stir together. Then evenly distribute between 4 baggies or less if you plan on eating it right away. Place in freezer to store for next meal!


Southwest Chicken Power Bowl!
**This is clearly not my picture. I’m not that good. I have made this bowl before, but with some tweaks that I plan on sharing with y’all! Unfortunately, I don’t have a picture of mine. Or maybe fortunately because this looks much prettier than mine!**
1.25 lb boneless skinless chicken breast {grilled or cooked in crockpot, your preference}
2 cups brown rice {cook according to packaging}
Juice from one lime
1 can black beans {drained and rinsed}
1 cup frozen {thawed} or fresh corn
1 large avocado {pitted and diced}
1 cup grape tomatoes {sliced in half}
Pour lime juice over cooked rice and mix thoroughly to coat all rice. In four separate containers, split each of the ingredients evenly. Serve or store in an air tight container and enjoy!

PB&J Breakfast Bowl!
**Again, not my picture. I made this one quite a while ago and if I remember correctly, it was not beautiful looking. There was yogurt on the edges and my peanuts were not placed so beautifully. Oh well, that’s what food bloggers are for, taking pictures of food that actually makes you want to eat it.**
6-8oz non-fat Greek yogurt
1 Tbsp of natural peanut butter {I love honey roasted from Whole Foods!}
1 Tbsp jam of choice {I used strawberry}
Small handful of peanuts
Pinch of sea salt
Mix ingredients together in a bowl and enjoy! Feel free to add in some fresh fruit as well. I added sliced strawberries to this one. This is great for a busy momma trying to keep a little baby entertained! You can make it quickly and munch on it as you’re keeping the little one entertained.

Here are my tips for making healthy, hearty power bowls:

  • Choose a protein and how you want to cook it; slow cooker, grill, stove, oven. Eggs are also an option for protein; boiled, scrambled, however you want it.
  • All veggies are game! Choose your veggies based on what your body is craving or add together your favorites. The more the merrier. It’s also a great way to try a veggie you may not usually eat.
  • Fresh, frozen, canned. Don’t discriminate! Chop up fresh veggies ahead of time to make it easier. Thaw out your frozen ones and rinse your canned ones to eliminate some of the added sodium.
  • Don’t forget the fruit. Fruit is great for breakfast bowls! Try to stick to fruits with more fiber like apples, oranges, pears. 
  • Rice, quinoa, sweet potatoes, cauliflower rice and get ways to beef up your bowl without spiking your blood sugar.
  • Combine your choice of ingredients. Mix them all together or place them on top of rice or quinoa. 
  • Try different combinations. You’ll find lots of things you like together.
  • Split up your protein and make two different bowls at the same time. You can create them for the week and have a couple options if you don’t like eating the same thing every day!

Chloe has been having her own version of power bowls this week! We started solids and so far some of her favorite combinations are oatmeal & banana, oatmeal & squash, and banana & avocado! Sweet potatoes and green beans have also been a hit. Not together. Separately. I’m not sure about adding those together, but who knows what crazy concoctions she’ll enjoy!

Don’t forget to check out the links under the last two pictures for even more delicious recipes. I like these food bloggers!

Happy Friday and have a wonderful weekend y’all!

Do you like to prep power bowls for the week?
What are your favorite ingredients to mix together?

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Marathon to Mom: How my running has changed.

I am a runner. I started running with the goal of completing a half marathon because why not? I was in my last semester of college with some free time on my hands. I was in great shape thanks to my jobs as a gymnastics coach and group fitness instructor. I wanted to challenge myself to something new. Something more. The day that I crossed my first finish line, I became a runner.

Sometimes it’s hard for me to believe that just 3 years ago I completed my first marathon. Not only did I run it, but I ran it in 4:01:51. A 4 hour marathoner. Then I turned around and ran another in 2014 with a 4:03:39! I earned the title of marathoner and remember the pride and joy I felt back then. I was a runner on a mission to conquer my goals and push my limits. I signed up for the 2015 Chevron Houston marathon ready to do it again. This time, I wanted to break that evil 4 hour barrier that I was hovering around and become a sub-4 hour marathoner. God had another plan for me and gave me something much greater than a sub-4 hour marathon time. He gave me the gift of life and made me a mommy.

During my first trimester, I pulled back and decided to still run the half marathon. I wrote about how running in my first trimester effected my training. As we got closer to the race, the harder it was for me to run. My morning sickness was pretty intense and made running for longer than 30 minutes nearly impossible. I learned that my pregnancy pace was quite different than my pre-pregnancy pace. Now I’m still learning that my post-pregnancy pace is quite different again!

A few weeks into my second trimester, I severely sprained my ankle while running. This halted my running during pregnancy. {Except for a 5K that I walked with my boot on despite being told to rest!} I was hoping to be able to run up until the end, but clearly God again had other plans for me. Growing this little baby was far more important than running.

The lack of running during pregnancy made getting back into the swing of running quite challenging post delivery. I wrote a post about getting back to running postpartum and after re-reading it, I feel like these words couldn’t be more true! Mommas, don’t get discouraged. It’s hard to find your rhythm with your new body and new routine. Take it slow and steady. Your body needs time to fully recover, and I’ve learned now that it will.

So where am I now? My baby girl is 6 months old, and my body has had 6 months to heal and begin to return to its new normal. I think I jumped into things too fast which caused some additional injuries and slowed my healing process. I started running again about a month postpartum. Now don’t get me wrong, I didn’t try to get out there and do what I used to do. I started slow with short distances. I returned to work at 9 weeks postpartum and started physical therapy 10 weeks postpartum. I believe that a combination of all these different types of activities didn’t allow my ligaments to continue healing. I ended up staying in physical therapy for 7 weeks to deal with ankle and hip problems. The hip pain I dealt with in October and November halted my running and training completely.

Thankfully, I’m past the pain and injuries and back into my new racing shape. I finished two half marathons this January at 5 and 5 1/2 months postpartum, and plan to continue on this journey.

Here’s how my running has truly changed:

  • My new race pace is between 9:15-9:30 minutes per mile. It used to be sub 9:00. 
  • My new easy distance is 3 miles. I used to be able to knock out 5-6 with no problems. These days that distance takes it out of me. Not to mention it takes quite a bit of time!
  • My body aches post run. My hips and hip flexors are tight and need serious stretching post run. 
  • I try to run 3 days per week. I used to run 5 days per week! 
  • Some of my runs are actually run/walks. I’ll walk a bit with Chloe, then run for a little while, and go back to power walking. It makes running more enjoyable when I’m not constantly pushing my body and my lungs to their limits these days!
  • When I hit a killer pace, these days it must be documented!

There you have it. I’m far from a momma superstar that magically jumped back into her post baby body. I’ve worked and pushed for it, and it wasn’t easy. I’m still trying to learn my new normal and when to dial back. Pushing my limits isn’t something that I want to do as often as I used to. I’m sure I’ll get back there eventually, but I have to remember I’m still in the healing process for another few months. After the injuries I’ve dealt with, I don’t want to over do it!

For now, I’m going to continue running. I’m hoping to find a half marathon that I want to run in March or April before it gets too hot in Texas. I’m also participating in the 2,016 miles in 2016 with my friends Julie and Danielle! As a team, we’re going to run a total of 2,016 miles this year. That comes to 168 miles per month per team. Individually, we have to try and get in 56 miles a month on average. I finished 60 miles last month! I think the 2 half marathons I finished helped a lot there. I’ve started February with a solid 3.4 and plan to keep on track each month. It’s nice to have a reason to “count” that 2 mile run I did at the gym or the walk/jog I did on the bayou with Chloe. It makes every time I get out there feel like it has a purpose.

Happy running y’all!

Did y’all have any issues with running post baby?
Have you ever had something happen in life that altered your fitness “normal”?

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Chloe Grace: 6 Months Old

On Friday, my little ChloWorm celebrated her half birthday! 6 months y’all! It’s hard to believe that she’s been here with us for half a year already. They say that time goes by in the blink of an eye when you have little ones, and I’m learning that those are too true. My little wiggle worm is getting bigger and growing into a little lady before my eyes!

After the craziness of traveling and the holidays, this past month has been a little more low key. Well, the second half of the month it was low key. Chloe started her 5 month going BACK to Disney World! I have a Disney baby, what can I say? This second trip was a bit different then the first. It was longer, there were more people in our group, we ran some races and most importantly, Daddy came with us! Here are a few of our Disney recap posts if you missed them! {here, here, here}

Once we returned from Disney, nearly half the month had passed! This is when things slowed WAY down. Thank goodness! We stayed home during the weekends and spent quality time together going on walks, playing in Chloe’s room, practicing Chloe’s sitting skills, playing with our puppies and just snuggling.

These days Chloe loves to sit up all by herself! She has mastered the skill and can even pull herself from sitting to standing while holding onto my fingers. Slow down little one! I think her ability to sit on her own has increased her interest in the toys around her. She really started to enjoy playing this past month. She has become very grabby and wants to get ahold of everything! Her Exersaucer is still a favorite spot for self entertainment. Now she can actually press on the animals and buttons to see the cause and effect. For example, she can press on the elephant to make him trumpet or pull the helicopter to make a sound. Typing it out, it seems like such a little thing, but as a momma, it’s those little things that make your heart soar. I love watching her interact with people and things. She studies everything with more intentions now, and I can tell her little brain is working so hard!

Chloe has been teething for the past few months. She drools everywhere and loves to put everything in that little mouth of her. Speaking of putting things in her mouth, we started solids on her 6 month birthday! Our first attempt was oatmeal mixed with breastmilk. As you can see above, she wasn’t too sure about it. The next morning, we tried sweet potatoes and they were a success! We’ve also given her fresh banana in her mesh feeder which I’m pretty sure is her favorite so far. I’ve been making food for her over this past week in our Baby Bullet, and it’s so fun! I have sweet potatoes mixed with breast milk, bananas, squash and zucchini in the freezer right now. After we try these basic starters, I’ll work on getting more creative. The Baby Bullet came with a recipe book and a grocery guide which I know will be so helpful!

Since she’s a busy, growing girl, trying solid food wasn’t the only first this month! This month’s firsts:

  • First wedding {Collin and Maggie}
  • First family vacation
  • First time at a race expo {She actually went to 2 this month!}
  • First time to sit casually!
  • First night in her own crib {though unsuccessful}
  • First week without Daddy
  • First time in a swing at the park
  • First solid foods!

My Darling Chloe Grace,

Another month has gone by and you continue to amaze me. You grow, change and learn so much in a mere 30 days! This past month you have met so many milestones from learning to sit up like a big girl to intentionally reaching for toys and people. I love the way your eyes light up when I come into a the room or when I come home from work. It makes me so happy to know that you love me just as much as I love you! You’re a special little girl with the most beautiful personality in the whole world!

This past month was exciting! We went to Disney World again and you were so good on our trip. It was exhausting, but worth it. When we came home, I tried to get you to start sleeping in your own room. Let’s just say, that didn’t happen. After 3 nights of Mommy getting up 3 times and you ending up in our bed in the end, I decided you just weren’t ready yet. While I love our nightly cuddle sessions, I think it’s time we work on weening you off of those. Since you started eating real food this week, I hope that your little tummy will hold off longer each night. We’ll see what happens and maybe you’ll be in your room by the end of this month. We’ll know when you’re ready!

You are such a happy girl these days, and you have so many favorite things! Bath time is your favorite, so I can’t wait to get you started in swim lessons in the next few months. You also love story time while we rock together in your room. Lately, we’ve been playing in your room a lot! You love your play gym especially now that you can interact with it so much more. All the different sounds you can make while you move around keeps you entertained for quite a while.  You’re constantly working and trying to grab a hold of anything you can get your hands on! You really like Mommy’s hair, Daddy’s arm hair and Maggie’s head. I have to start watching you at the store so you don’t grab ahold of things on the shelves. Your movements are becoming quite calculated, and I’m going to be in trouble with your curiosity once you’re on the move. I’m okay with that though. Curiosity is one of the best ways to learn.

As always, I can’t believe how fast time is flying and what a big girl you’re becoming. You’ll always be my little baby though. I love you more and more each day. It’s hard to believe that a heart can hold that much love for someone else! I know that it will only continue to grow just as you do. Baby girl, keep learning and growing while you become your own person. I am so blessed to be your mommy and your best friend. I love you to the moon and back. Keep being you, little bug!

I love you forever,

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