Thursday, April 17

April Miles

Thursday April 10 - 3.6 mile run
Friday - 3.3 mile run
Saturday - 3 mile run
Sunday - Supreme 90 Total Body
Monday - 2.3 mile run
Tuesday - none
Wednesday - none

Weekly Total - 12.2 miles
April Total Miles - 14.7
April workout total - 9

I'm not quite where I want to be for the month, but I was pretty proud of my workouts this past week.  With Florida less that two months away I really want to focus more on toning up the next few weeks.  Hopefully it gets back to being warm so I can keep up my outside running!

How was this week for you?  I'm hoping for a nice long workout this morning so I can eat as much Easter candy as I want this weekend!!

Adventures of Manda and Mr Howie

Wednesday, April 16

Midnight Moments

As I mentioned the other day, Charlie has been waking up in the middle of the night for about the past week.  I'm not exactly sure what's causing it, but she's always been my trouble sleeper, so I'm pretty used to it.

As much as I love and need my sleep, I am finding joy in these middle of the night hours spent with her.  The first night it happened, she started crying around midnight.  I went in her room to see if I could comfort her a bit.  After getting her some milk and a fresh diaper, Charlie requested I read a story to her.  I had her get up out of bed, and chose her own book for me to read.  This is what she came back with.


 Obviously Charlie doesn't remember what this book is about, but I do.  Tears pricked in the corner of my eyes as I gathered her in my lap to read it.  As I read the soothing words over and over, the tears slipped down, just as they did when my grandma would read this story to me as a little girl.

Once the story was over, I asked Charlie what song she wanted me to sing.  "Baby Mine" she replied and snuggled a little deeper under the blanket.  This song has always been a favorite of hers, and she sang along for a bit with me.

As Charlie got drowsier, I tucked the blanket closer around her, and kissed her goodnight, pouring all my love for her into that kiss.

As I tiptoed out of her room, I felt so blessed to have had those precious moments with my littlest.  I absolutely love my sleep, but there's something so wonderful about those quiet, midnight wake-ups.

Monday, April 14

Monday Mish Mash

It may be Monday, and I may have been up for two hours in the middle of the night, but I still know this is going to be a good day.  I think the slight sunburn I'm rocking from yesterday and the fact that it's going to flirt with 80* again today have something to do with it!

We're just going to ignore the fact that it will be in the 30's again by Wednesday.

Emmy was fine all morning as we were getting ready for school, but then got very upset when we were in the car.  She kept saying that she missed Braddock and was nervous about going to school.  I gave her teacher a head's up to keep an eye on her.  I hope she has a good day!!  It's going to be a long one for me as I'm already counting down the minutes until I can get her.

I finally took out my 'big girl camera' after months of collecting dusts and snapped a few pictures of the girls!  I'll share some more of these later in the week.

Emmy's dance recital information was handed out during class the other day, and we were notified that the original date after Father's Day changed.  They moved it up.  To when we will be in Disney:(  I will not confirm or deny if I immediately started crying in the waiting room.  Yes, being in Disney is by far the best reason to miss a dance recital, but I didn't think it was too much to ask to be able to do both.

The recital is something Emmy has been talking about forever as well, so in order to soften the blow, we are going to tell her about Disney {we were originally going to wait until the day before we left}  My bestie got them some shirts that say "I'm going to Disney World" and we're going to have the girls open them this Friday!

Does anyone have any experience with a lazy eye in toddlers?  I'd love to ask you a few questions!

Emmy drew these pictures of Skip and I the other night.  It's amazing how her drawings have progressed from stick figures to this!  I'm still stuck in stick figures.

I pretty much shoved the girls outside every free moment we had this weekend.  After the months and months and months of winter, I am determined to enjoy every second!

Charlie has woken up crying in the middle of the night, every night, for about the past week.  She calms down once I go in there for a bit, and eventually falls asleep on her own.  Not sure what's going on there, but I'm drinking plenty of coffee until I figure it out!

I'm scrambling for what to do for Easter this year.  Husb has to go into work at 1:00 and will be there till late at night, so it's just going to be me and the girls.  I thought about taking the girls out to dinner, but as we're going to start potty training with Charlie the day before, that's probably not the best idea.

Also, omg we are about two weeks away from no more diapers ever!!  Cue the angels singing.

Alright, time for Charlie and I to go out and play.  Have a great Monday everyone!

Thursday, April 10

April Miles

Thursday April 3 - none
Friday - none
Saturday - 2.5 elliptical
Sunday - 31 Day Shred
Monday - Supreme 90 Total body {it's like the knock-off p90x} / abs
Tuesday - Supreme 90 Inferno
Wednesday - Kickboxing / arms / abs

Weekly Total - 2.5 miles
April Total Miles - 2.5
April workout total - 5

As you can tell, the stomach flu really took a lot out of me this month.  So I'm just glad to be starting to get back into it again!  I would have loved to have gone running or to the gym more, but it was just tough this week with Skip's schedule.  At least I was able to get something done when the girls went to bed!

How has your April started off?  As temps are warming, hopefully I can get in some outdoor runs soon!

Alright, off to make FastPass+ selections for our Disney trip..have a great day!!

Adventures of Manda and Mr Howie

Tuesday, April 8

Kickin' It Old School

Okay, so a few months ago, the ever fabulous Bri nominated me for a Liebster Award!  I remember when these used to be really popular in blogging and loved doing them.  And with all the tearing down of each other I've seen people do's nice to see some supportive women out there:) 

Since it's been awhile, here are the rules:
1. Link back to the blogger(s) that nominated you
2. Answer the 11 questions requested by the nominator.
3. You cannot nominate the person who nominated you.
4. You must let the bloggers know they were nominated.

Here are the questions Bri gave me!
1. If your home caught fire and your family & pets were safe - what 3 items would you save, and why? My external hard drive because it has all our pictures and videos loaded on there.  My cell phone.  I'd want to call fire dept with something, and it would take me forever to get back all those contacts!  My "war letters" from Skip and all the military boys I know.  Those could never be replaced.

2. Which goals do you hope to accomplish in 2014? I wrote out all my resolutions for the year back in January.  Most of them are pretty standard, eat better, workout more, save money, etc.  But what I hope most of all is just to have a happy year with my little family!

3. If you could live anywhere in the world, where would you and why? Florida.  My body was made for the warm weather!  I love the idea of a place that you really don't have a reason to own a winter coat.  Plus, let's be honest, with all the retirees from this area moving down there, Florida is becoming a warm I'd fit right in!

4. How old would you be if you didn't know your age? 23

5. What would you do differently if you knew nobody would judge you? Use the weights more at the gym.  I seriously get so paranoid that someone is silently making fun of me or thinks I'm not doing it right.  So I rarely do them at all.  

6. Why do superheroes wear underwear OUTSIDE their clothes?? My 6yo really wants to know. Haha, no idea, but I'll make sure to ask Dean Cain if I ever meet him;-)

7. What was the best thing BEFORE sliced bread? French bread!  The far superior bread in my opinion.  There was no need for it to be sliced as eating the whole thing is totally acceptable!

8. If you could turn into an animal, which would it be and why? A sea otter.  They just seem to have a lot of fun!

9. Name 3 songs that you swear were written for you? "This is How You Remind Me" by Nickelback
"I'll Stand by You" by the Pretenders "Tangled Up in You" by Staind

10. What are you waiting for? Currently? My husband to finish making some coffee and Michaels to open so I can go shopping!

11. What book would you recommend? "A Farewell to Arms" by Ernest Hemingway

My Nominations: Make sure to head over and check out all these fabulous ladies!!

Here are the questions for you to answer! 
1. What is your favorite dinner to make?
2. What make-up item would you never leave the house without?
3. Are you currently reading any books?  If so which one?
4. Do you have any summer vacations plans?  Where to?
5. What is your favorite movie of all time?
6. What is your favorite series to binge watch on Netflix?
7. What do you think is the worst current fashion trend?
8. How many kids do you want to have?
9. If you had a whole free day all to yourself, how would you spend it?
10. Are you a night owl or morning bird? {is morning bird a thing? I think I just made that up}
11. What is your absolute favorite dessert?

Have a great Tuesday!  And remember to check out some of the most delicious cheese ever!



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