Training Is Almost Done! 

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So my half marathon is this weekend! I can’t believe it’s almost here. It seems just yesterday I decided to take the leap and push myself to the max. Since my last post about my training I have been getting a lot of questions about how training is going and if I am improving. Here is my latest update.

So training has been hard. There has been days where I feel like I can’t do it. There are days where I am pumped and there has been days where I skip training all together. It’s just the way it is.

As many of you know I have been doing crossfit three days out of the week. It has been a lot of fun a really challenging. I have met a lot of cool people who have the same goals as me and they do a real great job of keeping me motivated. I was told by the owner that with doing crossfit and half marathon training I would see a huge improvement in my overall time. I did not believe him at all.

One thing that happened during my training was I got so crazy allergies. It caused me to not be able to run for two weeks. As I was starting to feel better I resumed my training I could not run long distance. I would get tired or feel as if I could not breathe. It made my confidence very low. I was getting worried if I could finish this half marathon or not.

I decided that I needed to do a practice run. So Sunday I decided to run 11 miles. I told my wife to be by her phone just in case I needed her to come get me. I made a real good start. Miles 1 thru 3 were easy. Then a crazy thing happened around mile 5. I was actually getting faster per minute. My pace was getting better and I was running a minute faster per mile. When I finished to mile 11 my total time was 1:42:36. I even beat my 10k and 5k records!

 

My confidence is back and I am ready to head to Oak Island. I have one more run that is tomorrow. It’s a 5 mile jog and I am excited to get it out of the way. I feel this could be my best run yet!

  

 

****Friday’s blog will be live!****

#PregnancyProblems Weeks 9 to 12

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 So we have almost made through our first trimester and man I can’t wait! This has been a hard pregnancy for my wife but I have to comment that she has been a real trooper through everything. I know that the life growing insider her is sucking her very own life force and this type of activity has left her a very broken woman.

Since my last pregnancy update, my wife has pooped!! Yes she has pooped and I am so glad. She is still so tired all the time. ALL THE TIME! She still goes to bed before 8:30, which is not that bad but she it has left our marriage dangling at a whole different level. I know this due to the fact that when dinner is done she watches one TV show and then heads upstairs. About five minutes later I hear the sound of snoring. Its the way it is with a pregnant wife.

I bought my wife one of the pregnancy body pillows. I call it her question mark because that is what it looks like she is sleeping in at night. I should have never bought it cause now she never snuggles with me anymore and I am left on my side of the bed feeling lonely. I should have took the advice from the movie The Back Up Plan. If your wife is expecting, stop what you are doing and watch the scene in this movie where Anthony Anderson is giving the male lead advice on pregnancy. It will change your life!

My wife is still getting sick. Last week we were in the car and enjoying a nice conversation when she stopped in mid sentence and held her mouth. I grabbed a CVS bag from the back and was stuck listening to my wife blow chunks while driving down the road. She was driving which in all honesty, is very impressive. My wife has always been great a multi-tasking.

The baby growing inside her is still preventing her from eating Mexican food. Tacos in particular. I found this out the hard way when I made the Mexican pie I posted here a few weeks ago. She could not even be around when I reheated it for K-Dub’s lunch the next day. Its been a real struggle to find things for her to eat. She has been doing a great job with drinking water and staying hydrated.

We have started getting things together for the baby’s room. As many of you know, we have taken the crib our of K-Dub’s room which at the time was very tramatic for her. Now she loves her new bed. At least she acts like it. I think she has not figured out that there is no bars keeping her in. I won’t tell her if you don’t.

Well we are scheduled to find out the gender on May 18th. We are super excited but we are actually not going to find out then. We are going to have the ultrasound and then have the gender wrote on a card and placed in an envelope. We are then going to have balloons blown up and placed in a box where we will open in front of our family and friends so we find out together. I can’t wait!!

300 Strong!

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This week I celebrate my 300th post on my blog!!! Yay! It has been a very interesting journey on this blog. I have spent a lot of time reinventing this site over and over again. I never thought that the most viewed entry of all time was going to be my recipe for hashbrown casserole, or that this blog would turn into a fatherhood blog, or a fitness blog. I have enjoyed the ride every moment and it means the world to me to have such strong audience. To have over 909 followers over the course of five years has been a true blessing. I never think of my life as interesting but you guys make me feel like a rock star. My wife and daughter are what keep me writing and to truly tell our stories even if they are hard to tell.

So thank you all from the bottom of my heart and for your uncanny support of my family and this blog!

Do Your Bunny Ears Hang Low?

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So this weekend was Easter and I have to say that my daughter had a blast! Everywhere she went it was for a celebration and I think that my kid was in an extreme sugar high due to all the candy and chocolate she consumed. One thing is very certain and that is that my kid not has an extreme love for jelly beans. One of the great things about Easter weekend is that by the end of the day you are left with an exhaustion that is so unbearable that you are crawling to the foot of your bed. Maybe I am being silly but that was the way I felt Sunday night.

Our fun and festive weekend started on Thursday at K-Dub’s daycare. They had a festive Easter egg hunt, which was the first of many, and each kid got to get their picture taken wearing bunny ears. I was sent the picture below and I have to say that I smiled. Seeing your kid happy I the ultimate reward. Isn’t the reason why we parent? When we picked her up from her fun-filled day at school she ran towards my wife with open arms and completely left me in the dust. My feelings were hurt but every dad knows that no one compares to mom. True story. The entire way home we were told stories about her friends Jonah and Aubrey and Eric. It was actually the cutest conversation I have ever had with her. I am so glad that she has friends.

 On Friday, which was Good Friday, I had to work cause the newspaper never closes. My wife was off and took our daughter to my mother’s house where we have a standing tradition of dyeing eggs, making Easter baskets, eating breakfast, and toping it off with a big egg hunt. It is considered my mom’s Easter and she loves having all of her grandkids together. I think they like it too. It’s always fun to see what is in going to be in K-Dub’s basket when she comes home. Maybe next year I will get to go but for now I love seeing picture like this of my sweet daughter and nieces.   On Saturday, we had a little family fun. We decided to dye our own eggs. K-Dub loves it and I have to say that I had a blast myself. After we finished with dying eggs we did another egg hunt in our front yard.  

Finally it was Easter and K-Dub came downstairs for breakfast to be greeted with the basket that the Easter Bunny left her. It was filled with coloring books, a ball, chocolate bunnies, and bubbles! She loved it but got mad when we told her that candy was not going to be what she was going to have for breakfast.

After we ate breakfast, we got ready and headed to church and enjoyed a great Easter celebration at The Lift!

After church we went to my wife’s sister’s house and ate some great chicken, mac and cheese(my recipe of course), and some even more amazing carrot cake. I was miserable in a great way after all that amazing food. After the kids ate and napped, we did a final egg hunt and watched them fight over eggs and other toys before saying goodbye and heading home.

I was so tired but I had a 11 mile run to do that was by far the hardest thing to do. By the end of the night I passed out and did not move a muscle until the next morning when it was time to get up and head to crossfit.

I love Easter but like most holidays, I am so glad to see them go or in this case hop away.

Is It Normal To Whine?

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So I am almost at the end of my parenting whit. I don’t really know what to do at this point. There are times where I want to either lock myself in the bathroom and cry or jump in the car drive an hour up the road. I can’t take it anymore. If I could start drinking I totally would.

These have been my thought for the past few weeks. Not all the time but almost at every dinner and breakfast. The problem is my child whines and cries about EVERYTHING! Yes I mean EVERYTHING! It seems that every morning my wife and I try so hard to get our stuff and hers ready for the day and all my kid wants to do is cry cause Mommy and Daddy won’t let her walk out of the house with no shoes on or won’t let her have any water from her cup cause its for her lunch at school. Then its a battle at dinner cause she wants to get up from the table to play princesses or cries cause she wants a grilled cheese after she told us she wanted tacos. What is a parent to do.

Is every two year this way. I don’t remember my niece being this way when she was two. Every simple thing is a huge fight and frankly I have done everything. I have gave her a firm talking to, I have tried timeout, I have ignored her, I have not made another meal to show her that this is not a restaurant. Is my kid just bad and how do you break your kid of this habit? Is this what you get when you are raising girls? Are boys different?

I feel bad to be so frustrated with her and after I put her in time out I feel pretty bad about it. I could just spank her like my parents did to me. Maybe that will solve it but I don’t want her to think that hitting is ok and that she start doing it.

If anyone has any solutions on how to make the whining stop, I am all ears and I look forward to the advice you give. Thanks in advance!!!

Don’t be fooled by this face! 

  

The Bed Tranistion

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Its not a huge secret that I am a bargain hunter. I hate spending a lot of money. I have never in my life thought of myself as cheap but I do get high from saving money. Thats why I am the only dad in my community that coupons. True story. Its bad that I have a rep around town of being the most domestic housewife you met. Its true and I am not ashamed to be the one who cooks, cleans, and does all the shopping. its kind of an OCD kind of thing and on the other hand of me knowing that if I do it it will be done right.

Anyways, this week my wife asked me to meet her at a huge consignment sale at a local church. This sale is like the Super Bowl of sales. I have actually never been to a consignment sale and have always left the kids clothing shopping to my wife cause lets face it, my wife knows little girl fashion better then me. I actually arrived first and went in and there was not a crowd yet so I took my time walking around looking. I was getting some seriously crazy looks from some of the moms as it was clear that I was the only dad in the whole place.

About 30 minutes or so of looking and putting potiental items in a bag, I found it. For weeks my wife and I have been talking about getting K-Dub a toddler bed so we could get the crib ready for the new baby. We knew we did not want to go broke on a new piece of furniture but now was a better time then later. I looked up at the wall by the door and they had a very nice toddler bed with a mattress for only $35. That was a steal! I took a picture and sent it to my wife. She sent me a immediate reply with a GET IT!! I asked the kind lady sitting next to it if it was still for sale and she said yes. She handed me the ticket and I almost hugged her as I smiled.

When we got home I was still high from my latest frugal find. If I was a smoker I would have lit up then! Sometimes I think getting a great deal is better then sex! We put the bed in the dinning room and decided that tomorrow we would introduce K-Dub to her new bed.

The next morning I took K-Dub’s new bed up to her room while my wife gave her a bath. I put the sheets on and threw a nice pillow on. I was so excited for her to see it. She was going to love it. As soon as she saw it this happened…

Not the reaction I was hoping for but it could have been worse. After finally getting her to calm down by simply explaining she was a big girl and that the new baby needed her old crib now, she dried her tears and calmed down.

That night she she fell asleep after only climbing out of bed a few times. I have to say that its hard to believe that as a parent we are at this point. My little girl is growing up so fast and I am doing everything to keep up with her. I guess its on to the next adventure.

Binge Watching Like Crazy!

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This past week I did something I don’t get to do very often. I actually binge watched a TV show. Most of my time is filled with either blogging, reading, working from home, or cleaning the house so I never get to stop and watch a show from start to finish.

Saturday I was messing around on my Kindle when I went to Netflix to see what was new in the queue. I saw a show called Bloodline that was new and I went online and read some about what the show was. It was a show about a dysfunctional family with secrets and lies and a brother that is the cause of it. It had a lot of great people in so I decided to try it out. I am so glad I did.

From Saturday afternoon to Sunday night I finished the first half of the 13 episode season. I was hooked and could not wait to watch another one. found myself this week watching an episode before leaving for work or before bed. I finally finished the show last night and I have to say it was great. I hope it comes back for a second season.

Now that I am done with Bloodline, I need a new binge worthy show as soon as I finish some books I have out. I still have not seen the second season of House of Cards. I might do that next.

***UPDATE***
My wife and I decided to lower our TV package. We are going to do that for a month or so and if we still don’t see a difference we will cut service and be a streaming family,