Happy Wednesday! I hope you are having an awesome day so far. I’ve got some tangents and things to talk to you about today.
*Our current addiction. I’m going to go ahead and blame Andrew for this one though;)
*Is it possible that it feels like Brooke grew 5 inches taller while she was away for the weekend? It always feels like she grows up crazy fast while she is away!
*Remember how I have been complaining for the last little while about running… turns out I went to the Dr. and I had an infection. Started taking an antibiotic a few days ago and running is feeling a lot better already.
Monday: 10 miles @ 7:30 average pace.
Tuesday: 8 miles @ 8:00 average pace.
*This quote gave me goosebumps—> “I am a discomfort master. I thrive in all conditions. Everything I need to succeed is already within me. It is here to stay.”
*Just a beautiful salad eaten on the floor in between coats of paint.
Fun fact: painting takes forever. I was a little bit too optimistic about this whole painting Andrew’s entire house project going into it ha. The painting part really is kind of fun but the prep and all of the primer… not so much.
*Brooke is still loving it though. PS last night Andrew sent Brooke and I out on a date while he finished up most of it… he is a real good one.
*On Monday we stopped by my good friend’s parents’ house (Sarah… the one I visited in Thailand) before she leaves the country again. I met Sarah in 9th grade English and it is one of those life-long friendship things.
The kids swam and ate donuts.
*Just Brooke’s daily dog kisses from the lovely Beretta.
*Andrew sent this to me yesterday. He already gets it.
*Turns out that distance runners probably make the best Pokémon players. While I don’t really understand the game at all, if it gets people walking/running/active… awesome!! I’m pretty sure if I attempted to play this while running then I would be falling every few minutes.
*Kristina sent me this picture in her ‘Sorry for what I said at mile 20’ shirt in front of her home in Malawi, Africa! It made my day to see this:) Good luck with everything Kristina!
*I have a race THIS weekend!!! Josse and I are going to run the Timpanogos Half together! This course is stunning and it is by far one of my favorites (my PR race was on this course last year). Josse rode her bike for a little bit with me last year (she was injured) and I’m stoked we get to run it together this year! The half is almost full but there is also a 5k you can do. See you there:)
Let’s take a second and talk about blending a family. I’ve done it for all of 2 seconds at this point and so I have no idea what I am talking about but like usual, I’ll just share some of my thoughts (that are all over the place) about this whole thing real quick:
*Whenever people ask me if the two kiddos are twins, I just respond we’ve got a Brady Bunch family. Brooke and Knox are a month and 12 days apart and so they easily get mistaken for twins. The two of them play together like crazy. After a day or two apart they miss each other big time and ask about the other one often. But they most definitely fight too… just like normal siblings (oh, my brother that lives in Arizona now and I used to get into some pretty crazy fights when we were young). There are some major adjustments for them to get used to for sure. As far as Brooke goes, she was used to my full attention for her entire life so far. FULL attention (probably too much… you live, you learn?). Even during different dating relationships in the past she was never around them very much and so this is a whole new world to her. Sharing my attention is just going to take a little time and patience and we’ll get it all figured out. Andrew and I joke that most of the time they have forgotten about US now because they are so busy playing together. I’m beyond grateful she’s got a built-in best friend (and fighting companion;) for the rest of her life. Knox adds so much fun to our days/nights, I couldn’t ask for anything better.
*I think the most important things with ex’s is to make sure everyone knows and feels that there is no competition. Zero. I am not Knox’s mom and no one will ever take that place in his life other than his mom. I’m just a woman that loves him completely, wants the best for him, will do anything/everything I can to help and be there for him. I’ve said this before but I’ll say it again—> over the years I’ve learned (with Brooke’s situation) that the more people that love a kiddo, the better. BUT it isn’t a competition, no one will ever take another person’s place and the more smiling and kindness there is amongst all of the different parents/step-parents= the best thing possible for the children. I just want to be the best step-mom I can be and Andrew the best step-dad he can be. Brooke calls Andrew Shu Shu (yeah, we don’t know where that came from) and Knox either calls me Step-mom or Nae. I talked to a therapist about the name stuff and she told me to have the kiddo call the step-parent whatever they choose:) Marrying Andrew and getting the HUGE bonus of being a part of Knox’s life is the best thing ever and having Andrew around Brooke so much is a dream come true.
*Andrew and I kind of skipped that whole dating stage (we introduced our kiddos into the mix quick:) and so we really focus on taking our alone time seriously. That means= mini trips together when we don’t have both kids, phones are put away at night and a weekly date night is beyond important. Making sure our relationship is strong and healthy is beyond important even when life is crazy with toddlers.
*I’ve had a few custody questions—> We have Knox 50% of the time and Brooke see’s her dad for a weekend each month.
*We definitely want more kid(s) BUT I’m barely hanging on during the days we have both of them (MOM’S OF MULTIPLE CHILDREN… HOW DO YOU DO IT… but seriously!?!?!) so we are waiting a year or two or three and loving this stage right now. But yes, we most definitely want more kids too.
Lunch date after my run on my treadmill and Andrew’s lunch run before he went back to work:
Who else has a blended family!? What are your thoughts, tips, things that help everything run smoothly?
If you are wanting more kids—> how many do you want?
Tried out Pokemon Go yet? What are your thoughts?
What is your next race and when is it?