TOLT – 1 Week Until Preschool!

Today is Thursday and I’m not having to get up and go to work for the first time in many weeks. But it also means that it’s the last Thursday, for awhile at least, that I could have slept in…..because next week my baby starts preschool! And, in the words of Peg Plus Cat, I AM TOTALLY FREAKING OUT!

Thank you, in advance, to Amanda for a place to vent my worries.


  1. The Goodbye – When my first son went to school two years ago, he walked right in and I had to call him back to say good-bye to the little guy and me. This time around it will be the big one and I dropping off the little one on the first day. I’m not quite sure how this will go. Part of me wants him to be hesitant and still need me. Part of me wants him to be brave like his brother and waltz right in like he knows the place.
  2. What to do with Kid #1 – So, on the first day of preschool my oldest son will still be 12 days away from starting school for the year. So, it’s kind of new territory for us. There was just the two of us before the little guy came along, but since then I can’t think of another time in which it’s been just the two of us (unless you count volunteering at his school). So, what will we do with our time together? I HAVE NO CLUE! We have had lots of little moments together, but never 3 whole hours of us time in the last 4 years. I’m thinking I might take him to show him my new work as it’s right across the street. We might go out to breakfast. We might just go crazy….who knows?!
  3. More Friends – Okay, so this really shouldn’t be a worry, but I’ve already found that this summer was harder than any other before to make sure we had at least one play date with each of our friends. Why? Because now we have the friends we made prior to school, the friends from preschool that we’ve held on to, and now kindergarten friends. That doesn’t even account for the friends we’re about to make this year for both kids! I already know one of the families in the preschool class and we like them and have mutual friends, but there’s a reason we throw a large party a few times a year….we don’t have enough time for all of the friends!
  4. No Nanny – Yep, she left us and graduated and moved home and got married and is a grown-up with a full-time job now. The last two years have been a breeze because of our nanny and I can tell you it was the best experience we’ve ever had in childcare. So great, in fact, that I can’t seem to find anyone who lives up to her! And now we’re going to try and do it all on our own without her or anyone else. Already I’m dreading it. What will happen when one of the kids gets sick? Who will be there to help out in emergencies? What about when I need someone to set out something to defrost during the day? Who will eat all of the leftovers?! Really, our nanny was like a part of our family and we miss her dearly!
  5. The End – There will be no more kids at home after this. Granted preschool is only 2 half days per week, but this is the end of being a full-time stay at home mom. I have worked most of the time that I have been home with my kids, but I no longer have kids that are home full-time after next Thursday. It went too fast…..

Not Just Desserts

Well, it’s Wednesday again and I got up at 530am to run in 20 degree temps so that I could make breakfast for my kids before I went to work and abandoned them with the nanny. Well, part of that statement is true. I didn’t have to make them breakfast, there are plenty of foods that we have to eat at home. And, they love the nanny, so it’s not abandoning them when they enjoy a day away from mom.

Used Silk Vanilla Almond Light instead of 2% milk…..because that’s what I had available….oh, and unsalted butter.

What did I make them? Well, Nutella pancakes of course! I had a huge jar of Nutella left over from my cookie exchange when I made these amazing cookies from Ambitious Kitchen that I’ve talked about here before. So, this past week I wondered what I was going to do with it…..?

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Smells Like Team Spirit

I’m in Marion, NC for the weekend for another NETA workshop and luckily for me Fox is covering the Iowa State v. Iowa football game! You seriously cannot hear how giddy I am over this! The game was late to come on tv due to the Yankees v. Blue Jays game going into 11 innings, so I decided to head down to the ol’ fitness center and run on the treadmill (which I hate to do) and watch the game there. Just something to keep me from sitting in my room all night. I conquered 4.17 miles of running up to speeds of 7.5 mph. It was a good run. Check it out at MapMyRun!

So wish I were there! Picture courtesy of Wikipedia

However, while I was running my brain started thinking. ISU is My Team…in this game, but who is “My Team” in real life? You know that old saying, “It takes a village”? Well, I started considering all the ways that I depend on different people for different things. It’s kind of nice to know that I’m not alone in this big world and that I have go-to’s. On Sunday I wrote a little about Ahimsa and non-harming of myself so that I have enough to give to others. This week I have needed my teammates more than ever. Here is a little week in review:


Monday was the start of the walking group that I am leading as an inMotion coach for the local New Balance store. I plan to write a lot more about that and my new shoes in the future. Here I was gaining a whole new team in my life. So far it’s consisted of the three women signed up for the program and the two people who work full time at the store. Each of these people is bringing something new into my life and pushing me to be a better me. I feel like it’s a little piece of what I lost when I left the world of personal training and campus recreation. I am leading and creating a group training program while organizing special event sessions. I am a coach…that is my role on this team.


Back to my full day of yoga on Tuesday. Here I am part of several different teams. First there is the morning class of mostly retirees who are kind enough to share about themselves and ask many questions about my life and the practice of yoga. I feel like I can share with them about My Yoga Life. Here I am still the coach because I lead the sessions. I continue coaching as I move through my teams at CFCC and then into the night with more classes for the City of Wilmington. At each place I have a team manager who takes care of important business at the facility and the organization of the classes….I don’t have to do it all.

Also on Tuesday I have another team….on this team I am the team manager. It’s my family and we have a specifically coordinated schedule to run through that day. This is where Cote, our nanny, comes in. She is my Special Teams Coach. This Tuesday Ike had a little vomit incident in her car on the way to school. He missed school for the first time that day, but don’t worry, he wasn’t sick. She takes care of the most important part of my life for me when I’m not there and I have to rely on her to make the big decisions.


On Wednesday I took over with my home team again and we had dental appointments. Then there was tutoring that I do for my friend’s son. While I am his “tutor”, I count us more as teammates in this endeavor. I rely on him to provide me with the information about what he’s learning about and then also to give me the patience to remember how to do high school math 16 years later. The hubby and I also worked on some projects in the back and other than saying that we’re “co-owners” of the team, I can’t think of a better title for him. He is always there when I can’t be and supports my efforts to be the scheduler, financial officer, concessions and janitor.


It was back to yoga in the early morning and then home to get Ike off to school. Eli and I spent the morning at the park where I took charge of my own fitness coaching again and then to the dentist once more. I had a Skype call with Sam on Thursday afternoon. She is my team owner at NETA. She schedules my weekends, gives me assignments, and has the final say on my work. I like having her as my team owner because I feel like she brings positive coaching aspects to her responsibilities. She’s not overbearing and a micro-manager; instead she’s very respectful of others’ ideas and talents and what each member of our NETA team brings to the field. That evening I was back with my New Balance team setting the pace and leading them through more walks.


As I traveled yesterday for work, it required me calling in part of our second string: the Grandparents. The boys are spending their weekend at their house while I am here in Marion and the hubby is at home working on projects around the house that are hard to do with kids around.

Now I am here in my room after my run feeling blessed to have so many others on my team. In yoga we talk about being part of something bigger than ourselves and uniting as part of one big yoga community. Who is part of your team? What role do you hold on your team?

Well, my team just lost….so…..Deep Breath together!

TOLT #22 – The New Nanny and Other Changes in August

I have so much to tell you all about, but I’m running out of time before we move over to the new site. I can’t believe August is half over, but here’s what’s been going down so far this month! Thanks Amanda for another

1. Another trip for NETA! I stayed in state this month and traveled to the Yadkinville YMCA on the other side of the state. The workshop was wonderful and hosted by a really great staff and very entertaining group of future fitness professionals! Thanks again to Missy and Cirilo (I got your name right this time) and the rest of the gang there for hosting! You can check out more about the workshops that I do (here, here, here, and many other places on this blog).

2. Moving Up the Ranks….Did I mention that I’ve moved up into a Lead Timer position with RTE? If you hadn’t caught on about them lately, I work for this wonderful company that times races all over NC. My boss James and I go way back to my graduate school internship and he has recently promoted me to handle some of my own races. My first race was the Temple Builder’s 5K and it was a small race with fantastic people hosting the event. My sister is now my Assistant Timer and it’s fun to be able to see her more often and work with her. You can find me at some races in the future either assisting James or running the show for the day!

3. PRE-SCHOOL – Oh yeah, Ike had his first day of school already. I can’t even tell you what that was like because he just walked right in like it was no big deal and then came back out at the end of the day and said, “I LOVE SCHOOL!” Eli, on the other hand, is having a little of a depressive problem with being away from his big brother twice a week. We will see how that goes in the future, but I’m trying to come up with new things to do with just him to make him feel special. For instance, Tuesday we went to the beach so I could FINALLY take his 2yo photos. Yes, I know his birthday was almost 3 months ago, but he’s still 2!

After pictures we were headed away from the beach and this woman’s poodle poo’d on the beach next to the boardwalk. Eliot was fascinated with what was going to happen to the poo and I kept reassuring him that she was coming back to pick it up. When she did come back he was watching her and she said, “Do you want to get it?” I thought she was being funny at this point, but his response was, of course, “No.” To which she replied, “Then don’t worry about what I’ve got to do.”


I’m glad I continued to walk away, but she really ticked me off! Instead we went to one of Eliot’s favorite breakfast places (no judgement here….remember….good for you) for a special shared treat: Wake N Bake. It was on the way to the rest of our errands. We shared the Loopy Morning, his favorite. He only likes to pick the fruit loops off the top because he never gets cereal like that at home and it’s a novelty item.

4. The New Nanny….I know you’ve all scrolled right down to here to find out what the heck I’m talking about. I’m a stay at home mom….they don’t have nannies! Well, this one does now. Over the summer we have employed two different friends to watch the kids while I taught yoga in the morning and during various other situations that are more regular than just a babysitter. However, as fall was approaching, neither of them was really equipped (mostly due to scheduling and/or vehicles) to handle our Tuesday mornings. Starting next Tuesday I will be teaching in the mornings for the city, followed immediately by 4 hours at CFCC. During that time someone has to be in charge of the kids and get Ike to school. I will be home in time to get him from school.

So, we ventured into our first time finding someone other than a friend or family member to watch our boys. This was a nerve racking experience for me and I am happy to say that we all came through like champs. I used Craigslist (did not hire anyone on there), (also did not hire anyone from there), word of mouth through friends and family, and posted jobs to the community college and university’s student job boards. We had a variety of applicants and settled on one girl that the whole family loved, had amazing references, and who will be here for awhile. We don’t want to go through this again any time soon.

I will keep you updated as to how it all goes, but so far we’ve enjoyed getting to know her and the kids have warmed up to her quite easily. Fingers crossed!

5. This is my final note for today’s post, but expect another one soon. TRAINING Woes….If you’ve followed me on MapMyRun you’ve noticed that I haven’t done jack this summer! Why? Because it’s been too hot and humid here for normal training. I haven’t wanted to hurt myself or make myself sick. Although Monday I went for a run and had to do a funny walk home because the heat got to me and I thought I was going to be sick all over myself and the kids! I’ve written about training in the heat before and I just don’t recommend doing it! Instead I’ve spent more time with yoga, Pilates, and other resistance training. I’ve done a few extra HIIT workouts and used the cardio machines when I could be indoors at such a facility. I feel my training has really suffered, but I’ve not just stopped doing it. I’m also remembering to just remain active throughout the summer so that I don’t ever feel like I’m “off” my training.

My next post will be all about the new site and the changes coming for the blog. They aren’t drastic, just more personal and focused on why I started this in the first place. You’ll also get a preview of what the fall has to offer! Until then….

Where have you traveled this summer?
Anything new at work?
Are you ready for your kids to go back to school?
Was that lady a jerk or was it just me?
Thoughts on a nanny?
Did you run all summer or workout indoors?


Getting Dirty and Other Happenings of July

It’s been a hot minute since I posted anything and I’ve also been remiss in reading other bloggers the last few weeks….why? Well, summer happened and I already told you I’d be taking a short hiatus in prep for my new launch on my own site. This is still coming and I’m holding firm to my September 1st date. But, I thought I’d take a few quick seconds to let you know about a few things that have been on my mind and my calendar last month.

July 3 – I ate steak…..I do not like steak, but I ate some bloody red steak at a friend’s house. Why? Because I don’t believe that others should have to cater to my taste preferences. I do, however, request that they don’t cook with mushrooms or peaches because I’m allergic to the former and my oldest to the later. Food issues can be weird with friends. I mean, they’re friends, so they should be okay with you saying “I don’t like that”, but on the other hand, if you choose not to eat something….don’t make everyone else suffer because of it. If I had a friend who was a vegan, I’d make sure there was one dish he/she could eat when they came over, but I’m not going to plan my whole menu to suit their chosen eating preferences and I don’t expect others to do that for me. I just eat what I like and leave the rest.

July 4 – My husband serenaded the neighborhood….and they loved it! He brought his guitar and amp downstairs and played the Star Spangled Banner Jimmy Hendrix style while our neighbors set off a mass of fireworks. It was totally impromptu and it was fabulous! Life should be like that sometimes….kind of spur of the moment and all falling in place.

July 10-12th – I traveled to Irving, NY for a workshop with the FANTASTIC people at Cattaraugus Community Center, part of the Seneca Indian Nation. They were so much fun to work with and I got to see Lake Erie for the first time in my life. However, as expected, I was delayed flying home, but still made it in on Sunday. While I was gone my hubby stayed home and sent the kiddos to his parents’ house for the weekend. This is when the infestation began…..

Our squash plant had started to droop and soon our pumpkins followed. My husband was sure they needed more water, so we watered more. However, it didn’t help. While I was gone he asked a neighbor with a great garden to come and check ours out. She said she thought we had squash bugs….she was kind of right. We had Squash Borers. EW!
My husband spent the whole weekend cutting these nasty grubs out of our plants and we eventually lost the whole squash plant and most of the pumpkins.
They are still on the rebound….

Recently we have had problems in our cucumbers and cantaloupe….you guessed it….more bugs! This time it is Pickle Worms. More ICK!

We went out and cut off everything that might have eggs on them and worms in them. I have been doing that every morning for weeks. This morning I went out to find my sweet potato leaves with holes all through them. Want to guess what nasty thing has hatched now? Flea Beetles. GROSS! I have since made my own garlic spray and hope that will get rid of them. My tomato plant from the store seems to be suffering from tomato wilt and our little pepper plant is coming back and currently has one pepper on it. But the surprise of the season has been the magic tomato plant that grew out of our compost bin. The one thing that’s doing well and we didn’t even plant it!

July 15-18th – We spent the weekend at my husband’s aunt and uncle’s “mansion” while I worked a race for RTE. Check out their schedule of events and come see me at one this fall! It was an unusually quiet weekend at their house as their kids and the hubby’s parents usually join us to make it a small family reunion for the summer. We lounged by the pool, ate way too much food, and got a little extra sun. Plus, the family FINALLY came to visit me at a race and that was the first time in over 5 years that I’ve been timing events. I worked a few other events in July for RTE and one was “rained out. Then, it was the end of the month before we knew it.

July 25th – We had friends over to celebrate hubby’s 37th birthday. It was a fun filled evening with burgers, pool time, and cookie cake. Normally I make all the birthday cakes for the family, but this man really loves a store bought cookie cake with frosting. So, the kids picked out one and had it decorated with a guitar and it read “Happy Birthday Daddy!” All the kids at the party helped him blow out his candles and then we devoured that chocolate chip madness.

July 28th – I gave my final for the summer session of Fit and Well for Life that I taught online. I also had to hear the words I dreaded from Sarah, our sitter…..she has class during the time that I will be teaching this fall and we will have to find a new person to watch the boys so I can work. Thus started our journey into finding our first nanny that wasn’t friend or family. More about that in my next post. (Look for it this coming Thursday over at Running With Spoons!)

But, now we’re mid August and I’ve got so much more to tell you about a lot of things, so expect the posts to start coming more regularly before we move over to the new page. My training has fallen off for the summer due to heat and scheduling and all around other things taking priority. But, life is changing all around me this month and I’ve got some exciting things up my sleeve for you! So, stay tuned!

What did you do this July?
Do you have certain food preferences and do you make other cater to you?
Have you had any gardening issues or are yours flourishing?
What’s your favorite birthday cake or are you a no cake kind of person?
Who watches your kids?