First, I’ve had a few people ask about the whole name change thing and Brookers. I haven’t switched over my name legally to Baron yet but that is next on my to-do list. Changing my name was something that I thought a whole lot about before I ever even met Andrew and I never felt I had an answer. I decided to just make the decision once that time came around (and if it ever came around… before Andrew I really wasn’t thinking getting married again was going to happen).
Once Andrew and I started talking about marriage I automatically felt like changing my last name was the right thing for us to do in our situation. I don’t think it will ever be a major problem with Brooke when I think about it logically and remove from the equation my emotional side of —> oh my goodness, WE DON’T HAVE THE SAME LAST NAME. Brooke adores her dad and will love having that tie to him with her last name. If anything I think she thinks of it as something special that she just shares with her dad at this point. Like a part of their special bond or something. As far as I go, she feels very secure with me because I am pretty much always with her and so having a different last name doesn’t mean a lot because she knows I’m always there. Andrew treats Brooke like a princess so there are zero feelings of being left out. I don’t think having a different last name will make her feel any differently.
With all of the many different factors/obstacles that go into blending a family we’ve decided that we just gotta love our kiddos like crazy and be kind. I’m learning to let go of worrying about things obsessively (thank you Andrew for helping me with this:) and to deal with any problems when they arise rather than not sleeping at night because I’m so stressed over something. Another factor going into my decision—> I saw how smoothly things worked for my sister and her family once she switched her name to her husband’s last name and so I wasn’t as fearful doing the same thing.
Anyone in this situation please share your experience because I would love to know what you chose to do, how it worked for your kids, any problems that came up etc! Each family is different and I love hearing all of the different points of view and seeing what works best for you!
Okay, let’s get talking about our day yesterday.
Things started with 8 treadmill miles at an 8:10 average pace and then Brooke went over to my Dad’s office to hang out with my parents while I hit up the dentist for a bit. Remember how I was supposed to get a tooth implant… well, after they looked at it again yesterday they said it still needs to heal up some more and so I’ll get it in a few more months. Fun stuff.
I’m sure you’ve been on the edge of your seat waiting to hear that.
After that we went and cleaned out our car (one of the many things that drives me nuts so Brooke sees me vacuum my car quite often).
We then took the car to get the oil changed and they told me it was going to take 1.5 hours. Brooke and I then set off on foot. Well, I set off on foot and Brooke rode on my back.
We walked clear over to Old Navy and did some school clothes shopping for Knox and Brooke. It’s strange how happy this green jacket makes me… and Brooke too obviously.
By the time we finished that up lunch was needed badly before the rest of our errands. We stopped at Aubergine for a salad with apples, chicken, quinoa, grape tomatoes, spinach, avocado and cucumbers with their spicy and sweet dressing. Plus their cheesy bread. I think this place is a tad overpriced but it always tastes amazing.
We then went home and did some bubble playing while Beretta ate and I drank this goodness… Remember last year when I had to drop out of the St. George Marathon because my gut was killing me off. Not going to happen this year, I’m taking extra precautions.
This below masterpiece was created by Andrew——> Turkey burger with a fried egg, grilled zucchini, cheese, avocado and greens.
We finally have a kitchen table (and baseboards wahoo).
We made sure to get in some playing with Brooke’s bday presents.
And I sure loved this little view while watching Home.
So, this showed up in my inbox… I can’t wait to hang out with 71 strangers on a bus at 4:00 a.m. soon:) Josse and I are off to get in a workout today—> she just sent me a text that it will look a little something like 2 mile w/u, 2 x 2 miles fast, 2 mile c/d. Time to get these legs MOVING.
Oh and a reader sent me the best idea for Brooke’s Halloween costume this year:) Talk about perfect.
A few people have asked Andrew for a review on his Garmin vívoactive (affiliate link) so I’ll let him take the stage:
Hey everyone! I think Janae has been asking me for a week or two to write a mini-review about my vivoactive because a few people have been asking about it.
First things first I have always loved my garmin watches. I remember my first forerunner, I think it was the 405 and it was a game changer for me. I wore it all the time when I ran and I still have it. My complaint about that one was that it was too bulky and I couldn’t wear it all the time, battery life and mostly it wasn’t water-resistant.
Well… I changed jobs back in December and a few of my colleagues had the vivoactive and I saw them leaving during lunch and coming back all sweaty, despite the shower they took. So right off the bat I knew they were runners and I had to ask them if it was worth it and what they liked and didn’t like about it. Because of that I pulled the trigger and bought a vivoactive.
Let’s hit the things I love about that watch. I think the watch is sleek and slim. It is nowhere near the bulky 405 and I wear it all the time. I hate wearing watches but I wear this one wherever I go. I even wore it on my wedding day.
The battery life is awesome and I don’t find myself charging it very often and when I do it charges very fast. I love how I don’t have to have my phone or anything else for it to have gps and it is very accurate. It is also considered a smart watch. I didn’t think that I would really care to have those features but I think it is nice to get notifications on my watch and not have to pull my phone out of my pocket. Especially for meetings and times when I don’t have a second to pull my phone out, like when I am riding my bike or running.
Things I don’t like. This version doesn’t have the HR monitor in the wrist (The newer one does, but personally I don’t like the new design of the vivoactive,so I’ll just keep mine) It can still connect to chest or bicep hr monitors. Many people comment about the screen’s visibility. It’s not a super bright screen but I don’t mind it. One complaint that I have when I am running, I can’t get it to switch back to the time unless I stop and finish my workout. (maybe there is way, I just haven’t found it out)
I think it is a great watch, I found myself liking it more and more. You can personalize it and sync it with myfitnesspal and other apps. It was definitely worth the money I spent on it. I usually have it on unless I take it off and misplace it. :)
Janae back: I’ve worn his Garmin vívoactive a few times too and second everything Andrew said:)
On Thursday evening Andrew and I will be streaming via Facebook Live!! I’ll give you all the details on Thursday but we will be having a Q&A while we cook up something delicious w/Blue Apron in our kitchen (and I’m sure Brooke and Knox will be joining in too:)
What are the things you look for in a running watch that you NEED? What are some of the cons of any of the watches you have tried over the years?
Last names—> what are your thoughts on all of this? What has your situation been?
What is your run today? Have a speed workout or tempo run this week? PLEASE SHARE what it is!
What was your dinner last night?