Monday, January 30, 2012

One proud momma

One of the biggest reasons for wanting to get healthy is to set a good example for my kids.
And some of my favorite moments are seeing them at the finish line of any of my races.

I'm totally not in race shape (given that I just had a new baby and all) but thought that it would be fun if they could run a race to start getting them more involved. 
Husband found the Disney Kid Races a couple of months ago and signed them up, and I'm so glad he did!

They broke them down in to age categories with the 1-3 year olds running 100 meters, and the 4-6 year olds running 200 meters. All through Disney's California Adventure!!

The race was super fun, but surprisingly a little bit disorganized, especially for a Disney event. When we first arrived, there was a huge line to get in to the park, because they were bag checking every body and it was essentially a single file line.

waiting to get in to the park

Once we were inside, they filtered every body to the back of the park, to a holding area. It was divided in to three areas, one for each age group, and it was there that we waited. And waited. And waited.


and waiting
and waiting

The race was supposed to start at 8am, but because of the long line out front they had to push back the start time.
And then they had the older kids (whose distance was one mile) run first. So we waited for them. Finally it was our turn to go, but the kids decided that they wanted to run together (which was so fun), so they both ended up running the 200 meters, together. (I love that my kids like to do so much together).

Once the race started, it was done in true Disney fashion. They started the kids in small groups, of maybe 10-15 kids, so that it wasn't a big huge mob of people running down the course. This also allowed each kids name to be called as they crossed the finish line. And they were greeted by Disney characters!!
My 3 year old even got to give Mickey a high five as he crossed the finish!

the finish line

After the race they were corralled in to a big area where they were offered Clif bars, water bottles, bananas, bagels, and fruit ropes. As though they had just run a half marathon or something. But they loved it!

Mallory ran way faster than I thought she would, and I even missed her as she came running through the finish line, but I was able to catch Daddy and Donovan, and I was so proud! It was so fun to see how much fun he was having.

We decided that we would sign them up for the same race in September, when I run the half marathon at Disneyland, and make a weekend trip out of it. Happy memories, for sure!!

I am so proud of my kids for doing such a great job, and can't wait to do it again!

After the race with their Super Cool medals

Friday, January 27, 2012


Linking up again over at Life. Rearranged.
Here's a little peek at my life via Instagram. (totallytheturtle if you want to follow)

I spent some quality time with the 5 year old, coloring a picture for Daddy. It was great and she really enjoyed the attention. But the fact that she mixed markers and crayons in the same picture made me want to have a panic attack. Apparently I have more problems than I thought.

This recipe is nowhere near the healthy end of the spectrum. But it was super delicious. I baked it for my Moms group at church, so I only had one little piece. But I for sure could have had way more.

We took a crib rail off of this guys bed to make it in to a big boy bed, preparing him for the transition out of his crib for the baby. This means that I get to spend the beginning of nap time sitting on the floor of his room until he falls asleep. This also means that I get to listen to him snore. Loudly. I'm talking sawing logs.

I love me some baby feet. I know that one set is super small, and the other one, not so much. But I love that kids Flinstones. They make me smile.

We have been having meals delivered for the past couple of weeks because of the baby. Well that has finally come to an end and its time for momma to start providing for her family again. (Yikes!) this was my first attempt. In a new crock pot. That apparently cooks way faster than the old one. So we had take out instead. Again.

I know this week wasn't super exciting, but that's what happens when you barely leave the house! One of these days I'll get back in to the swing of things!!

life rearranged

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

This just happened

I need some serious motivation up in this place.
I feel gross.
And so sedentary.
And the fact that I am still wearing maternity pants? Totally unacceptable.
So I gave myself a little kick in the pants.

This just happened.

I better get on it! 
Going from not running for the past 9 months to a half marathon in 8 months is going to be hard work. 
But mommas gonna do it!!!!

Friday, January 20, 2012


I'm linking up with Jeannett over at Life. rearranged. because her blog is awesome and her heart is even more amazing. And because it's fun.

I have Instagram on my phone, which I totally love. It's like facebook or twitter, but with pictures. Fun.

So every week you get to see my life via my Instagram pictures. You know you want to.

 The 5 year old donated her hair to locks of love. 10 inches of it.
Bye bye long, beautiful, thick, tangly hair.
Hello more time in the mornings.

While we were there, the 21 month old got a hair cut too.
Apparently the tween missed the memo on the surfer cut that we were going for and opted for a Bieber cut instead. Gross.

Cuties for $1.99. Snacks all week. Yum.

Totally not diet food fare, but the Pioneer Woman Chicken Spaghetti? De.lic.ious.

This guy? Makes me smile. Alot. A lot.

Because my diet has been not exactly healthy lately I've had to share everything I eat with the littles. But this snack? All to myself.

life rearranged

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Just like that

It feels like yesterday that I gave birth to baby #4.
But just like that, baby girl is now one month old.

It feels like yesterday that I promised to come back and blog more about my life and my journey.
And just like that, it's been over a week and I've posted nothing.

And two weeks ago I stepped on the scale and saw that I had lost about 15 pounds of my pregnancy weight. Yay!
Today, I stepped on the scale to find out that I GAINED 4 of those pounds back. Just like that.

How is it that time goes by so stinking fast? I feel like everything is a blur and I can't focus on anything right now. It's super frustrating. My life has resorted to lists. If it isn't written down it isn't getting done.

And I just feel like I'm buried right now.
Under responsibility.
Excess weight.

I would love to snap my fingers and have some of the burden lifted. 
Just like that.

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Do you pin?

So over the past months, while I've had nothing better to do than bake a human, bake cookies, and gain back all of the weight that I worked so hard to lose last year, I discovered pinterest.

If you don't pin, you totally should.
I originally just started out looking for craft projects that I would totally do, you know in all of my spare time.

And then it dawned on me that I could use it for so much more.
To find new healthy meals.

Fitness inspiration.

Even fitness inspired crafts!

Source: via Kendra on Pinterest

If you don't have an account yet, you should totally get one. I'd be happy to send you an invite! And you can follow me, my username is totallyturtle. 
Just don't judge all of the yumminess that I have pinned.
I sort of have a sweet tooth.

Monday, January 9, 2012

Here I Am

So here I am, back from the abyss of unmotivated pregnancy.
I've spent the past 9+ months baking, birthing, and feeding this little one.

But I'm back.
Wanting to get back on the proverbial bandwagon and get back in shape. 
To lose the pregnancy pounds and then some.
To start blogging again to keep myself accountable. 
To have a sense of fellowship, even if its only with my keyboard and the words on the screen, with someone else who is going through the same thing.

This time things will look different.
I have FOUR kids now. And they are my world.
So I'll probably talk about them more than I did before.
And I'll probably babble about the rest of my life more too.
Because I am more than just my weight.
More than just this journey.
And I want this to be about all of me.

Let's get on it!!