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Do you know when I usually get sick? Saturday night or Sunday morning. This is a huge problem because most doctors’ offices and urgentcares are closed on Sundays. No bueno! Well guess what’s open on Sundays?! Walgreens Healthcare Clinics.
The nearest one to me right now is in Las Vegas, but I’m hoping they will migrate further West to us in CA!
I have this theory. It’s that people with larger eyes get pinkeye more often. It sounds crazy, but most of the people (myself included) that get this nasty virus have big eyes! When I worked in elementary schools I got it a ton. It’s so contagious that someone infected could touch a door handle and then you open the door and get it. It’s the worst because when I wake up with a gunky eye, I know all I need are the prescription eyedrops and the pinkeye will be cleared up in a couple of days.
This is a problem when everyone is closed on Sunday! Enter Walgreens Healthcare Clinics. I could have gone in, received a prescription, and had my prescription filled right there!
This picture is after it cleared up. You’re welcome :) This is what I do when my kids won’t pose for a picture with me. See? Big eyes.
2. The time Matt’s sore throat tried to kill him.
Here’s how last September looked for us:
- Ran Ragnar Napa the weekend of the 20th-21st
- Moved on the 29th (technically the 30th because we left Santa Cruz around 1 AM)
- Matt started work at his new job on the 30th after only 1.5 hours of sleep.
Bottom line, lack of sleep and major stress caused him to get sick. He could barely swallow or talk his throat hurt so bad. He was having trouble hearing, too. His insurance didn’t kick in at his new job for 90 days, so we were feeling pretty scared about the giant bill we’d have after moving expenses and putting a deposit down on our new place. He ended up at the ER once and then Urgentcare the next day. I know that if we had a Walgreens Healthcare Clinic nearby – he would have been able to get the antibiotics he needed without those multiple expensive trips.
Walgreens Healthcare Clinics, please come to Santa Maria, CA! We need you! To find a Walgreens Healthcare Clinic near you, search here.
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When I was growing up, Saturday was our day for chores. We would usually have a soccer game in the morning, then we’d have to come home and clean our bathroom, change our sheets, and take care of our responsibilities before we could go play with our friends. Now that I have my own household, Saturdays are a day that I want to spend with my family because Matt is off work. And I’d prefer to not spend it doing housework, although sometimes it has to happen that way.
I know that on most days, I feel like it is 4 against 1. I am the one trying to keep the house clean, and there’s a husband, a 4-year-old, a 2 1/2-year-old, and a puppy that are all trying to do the exact opposite! Through trial and error, I have found that a little bit of work every day goes a long way for my sanity and my home. I have put into my phone calendar recurring events that need to happen each day of the week in order for my house to stay clean. It looks like this, but you can adjust it to your needs:
Monday: Bathrooms (I figure Monday is blah anyway, so why not get the worst one done and over with)
Friday: Catch up day (because nobody is perfect and I usually end up skipping a day for whatever reason)
Saturday: Wash sheets & towels
These chores are in addition to everything else that comes with life. Just because Wednesday is sweep day doesn’t mean that I don’t have to sweep any other day of the week. I just know that if I stay on top of these things, my house looks better and that I don’t have to clean as much each week. I try (emphasis on try here) to do a load of laundry each day from start to finish. For me, washing and drying is easy. It’s the folding and putting away that kill me! Clean clothes sit in baskets way longer than I care to admit. P&G, when are you going to send me a cute little pod that folds my clothes? ;)
Tide Pods have been around for a while, and I love them. Now, there are Gain Flings too! I guess Gain laundry detergent has a huge following called Gainiacs! Ha! I never understood it until I used a Gain Fling on my Ada & Lola’s blankets and they both snuggled up with them and said they smelled like grape lollipops. (They’re both looking at Maverick in this pic) :)
Husbands love them too:
They are so small and fun! I love that there’s no mess, and that they are so easy to toss in the washer. You can find them at Target.
For me, doing little things every day goes a long way. Not just with my laundry, but in all areas of my life!
What little things do you do to help life go smoothly?
Lola especially loves to snuggle him while he sleeps.
She loves to say goodnight to him :)
He loves to lick ears…Doing crunches was near impossible because I was laughing so hard!
When he’s tired of the girls harassing him, he’ll go into my bathroom and fall asleep on the bath mat.
Lola asked me, “Where mine puppy?” When she found him, this happened :
He LOVES to sleep under kitchen chairs with his head resting on a rung. It makes him snore and it’s so funny!
Loves riding in-between his gals.
Once again with the ear licking :)
Loves to say, “Wake up momma!”
Took him running and had to drop him off after half a mile. He is getting better on the leash!
One night, he fell asleep in my hand! Ha!
Lola snuggling with the napping pup :)
He really pulls his weight around here, helping with dishes even.
Making sure the tire is sound.
Making sure the suitcase is sturdy.
Making sure the girls’ beds are safe.
And the couch is soft enough.
We love our pup! He’s been training well and knows sit, lay down, roll over, shake, stay, down, lay on your bed, go inside, no bites, no, and heel.
He’s energetic and gets so excited to see new people but calms down after a while of petting and saying hello. He only has pee accidents if we haven’t let him out enough. We did have to take away our area rug because he wanted to use it to pee on. I’m hoping we can re-introduce it once he’s older…we’ll see.
Valentine’s Day breakfast was Pink Heart-Shaped Whole Wheat Pancakes! I used our family’s recipe and just mixed everything in a freezer-size Ziploc bag and added pink food coloring. Snipped the end off the corner and made hearts! The girls were in heaven.
The doorbell rang and it was a motorcycle tire. : / Talk about anti-climatic! Plus it was the wrong size, so we had to send it back and get a new one.
Maverick was happy with it:
I was happy with my box of See’s candy! All Milk Chocolate Butters. The BEST! Mmm :) I sent Matt to work with a See’s Bordeaux egg, Cadbury eggs (I don’t get the hype but the boy LOVES them), and a card.
My grandpa picked Ada up to go to an adorable Valentine’s party with her friends! They decorated cookies, made Valentines, and played. She wore ALL pink in honor of the holiday :)
Matt & I dropped the girls with my mom for a slumber party! They made the most adorable Valentines and had a blast with their Nonnie! Then we went to SLO for a run. We planned on going to the shooting range, but got up there too late. Then we went to Firestone to get tri-tip sandwiches and they were all OUT of tri-tip!!!! We were so sad! We ended up trying out the new Splash Cafe Grill downtown and were pleasantly surprised! It took us forever to decide since we were set on Firestone, but I got the Crab Melt and it was insanely delicious.
It’s funny, when we were first married – this probably would’ve been classified as a “bad” Valentine’s day. But since having children and being busy busy busy…we were just so happy to have time together! Amazing how your perspective changes. We didn’t care that most of our plans fell through. We were just glad to be able to talk without being interrupted and eat without having to take someone potty or prevent a meltdown. :)
When we came home – the Valentine’s Fairy had left a gift for us! In Matt’s family, their parents do this every year and the girls loved their balloons & we’re loving the gourmet food inside!
Matt had been crazy busy with something every night that week. The girls went to bed before he got home, so they were missing him big time. Ada woke up crying and I went in, took her potty, gave her a drink of water, and she was still crying. I put her in bed next to Matt and she grabbed a hold of his arm and went right to sleep. She just needed her Papa :)
Today was a rainy day, so we made play dough to pass the time inside. The girls love mixing the ingredients and putting the food coloring in. I used McCormick’s Neon Food Coloring and the play dough turned out so pretty!
We made hot pink, purple, and blue.
This dough is really soft and fun to knead while it’s warm. Hope you and your children enjoy it!
Pour all ingredients into a medium sized pot. Stir to combine, then place the pot over medium heat. Stir constantly until the ingredients start to pull away from the edges of the pot and form a ball. Remove from heat and let rest on the counter until cool enough to handle. Knead the play dough until nice and smooth and have fun!
My mom and I went up to Gilroy & San Jose for a little getaway & shopping trip last month. It was awesome! Look at us in our new stripes & skinny jeans :) We definitely have the same taste when it comes to style!
It’s weird being away from the children that you are accustomed to being with 24/7. I yearn for quiet when I’m with them. Then when I have it – it feels awkward. But nice! When we ate out at Cheesecake Factory, my mom & I both said how quiet it was compared to when we’ve been there before with both girls!
Marc texted me this pic of Ada putting on her shades after he and Matt had gone surfing :)
And Matt sent me this picture of the girls visiting Nana & Bobba :)
The second night I was gone, Ada called in tears saying that she wanted me. It broke my heart! I welled up in Macy’s and just wanted to be there to hold her. I told her to go sleep with Mommy’s pillow and that I’d come snuggle her when I got home in a couple of hours. That made her happy :)
I got these adorable flats at Nordstrom Rack – the best! I also found a pair of Brooks PureConnects that felt like clouds on my feet…but they were too big :(
I came home to my babies and was a much better mother. I need to remember to schedule away time because I come back refreshed and recharged. It’s about time for another break. Girls’ night anyone?? :)
I’ll leave you with this: Ada as a fairy. My mom got the girls these dress up clothes for Christmas and they’ve been loving them! Ada’s poses crack me up. She loves all things girly!
Isn’t it gorgeous?! I’d been looking for a nice, solid desk with a large workspace and I finally found it. I originally thought that I’d have to buy an old one and paint it, but this baby was in such great shape that I’m leaving it as-is.
2. Our new puppy, Maverick!!! His owner posted about him on Craigslist and we went to go see him that night.
He crawled right into my lap and fell asleep…needless to say – we are smitten!
His mom is a purebred Chocolate Lab and his dad is an Australian Shepherd.
The night we met him, we had to wait a week to pick him up because he was too young to be separated from his mother. I looked at these pictures every day just waiting for the day he was OURS!
He’s adjusting well and we are loving him. He sleeps through the night, is about 90% potty-trained, and knows the commands for sit, lay, stay, down, and no bites.
First of all, let me give you the easiest caramel recipe in the history of caramel making. These little beauties are made in the microwave! The only tricky thing is getting to know your microwave and how long you need to cook them. Once you figure that out – you can bust them out every year and impress your friends and family! My Nana bought these plastic wrappers from a place in UT, but you could just use waxed paper if you can’t get your hands on any.
Butter a 9×13 pan. Combine first 4 ingredients in a microwave safe bowl. Microwave on high for 17 minutes, stirring every 5 minutes. Remove and add the vanilla, stir well to incorporate. Pour into the pan and let cool. Cut into small rectangles and wrap in cellophane or waxed paper wrappers. Enjoy!
Now for some more Christmastime fun! We always go to Santa Barbara for the holiday sales…Ada loves to go try on lipgloss at the MAC counter :)
We made gingerbread houses at Devin & Liz’s…it was so much fun!!
Ada made her own Candyland:
Becca made a Tribal Village, complete with teepee and bonfire!
Devin & Liz made a Metropolis with Teddy Grahams ice skating in the middle! Some of them were even on one leg/paw. It was so cute.
Sean made a Gingerbread House with the cutest cars & best garden, in true Portland style!
In September, I ran my second Ragnar Relay and my very first as a Team Captain! We were the Wet Bandits and had a team made up of 12 awesome family members & friends. This was my 2nd with Rach, Jared had done at least one before, and I think it was everyone else’s first! I am SO proud of my team!!
Jared, Rachel, Lindsay, me, Matt, & Casey – Van 1 at the start line in Golden Gate Park, SF!
I was runner 2 and was completely unprepared for how fast Lindsay was going to run! I was sitting in the van at 10 AM when she rounded the corner and had to scramble to get my stuff together. I was running and trying to pin my number on. haha She talked the whole time before about how slow she’d be and how she’d take forever…not the case! I am so proud of my little sis!!
My first leg was just unreal! The scenery was breathtaking and the hills were killer. It was 5.84 miles with a total climb of 1,023 feet.
All through the Presidio, along Land’s End…
On the beach where we had family pictures taken…that sand was deep and my ankles felt it afterward. Also what no make-up and no sleep plus 4 miles looks like! I am wearing lipgloss, but that’s it. Can’t run without it!
Across the Golden Gate Bridge! I’ve now walked and run across this bridge.
The fog made it look like the cables plugged into the clouds. It was so beautiful!
After my first leg I handed off to Rachel! Whose then-boyfriend-now-husband Jared was very protective of and made sure we stopped exactly where she wanted us to :)
We borrowed my Aunt Liz’s megaphone and had way too much fun with that thing! A definite must for every future Ragnar!
Melissa, our 12th runner in van 2, handing off to Lindsay, runner 1! I love the intensity in this pic. Go Meliss!!!
All lit up for my night run at 8:40 PM! Safety first.
This run was through Petaluma and stunk to high heaven (literally). I was running through cow farms, the road wasn’t lit at all, and when oncoming traffic came, their lights temporarily blinded me. Plus I only saw one other runner out there! Scary stuff. Bushes and random things snuck up on me because it was so dark and kept making me jump. One time when a car blinded me, I thought the white on the road was the shoulder line. Wrong – it was the dirt. So I rolled my left ankle and hobbled on. I got a little rain toward the end but nothing too bad. Needless to say, I was happy to be done with the 4.71 miles! I was really surprised by this because during Ragnar SoCal my night run at 3AM was my best and most favorite run.
I sat in the van and iced my ankle, cheering on my teammates and trying to rest. Sometime after my run, during Casey’s leg, it started to torrentially rain! It was a downpour like I’ve only seen in the tropics! The forecast hadn’t called for rain, we were all expecting heat. Poor Matt was already soaked while waiting for Casey and was doing pushups to stay warm. It was freezing out there!
The handoff from Casey to Matt. We passed Casey in a forest and he looked like a Cullen! The words machine, robot, and speed demon were all used as we passed him. He was flying through that pouring rain!
After Matt’s run we had a minor hiccup with the other van not being there in time and he was calling but his phone was so wet that we couldn’t hear him. So he waited at the exchange for a bit and he totally killed his mile time. Something about the rain at night made both of those guys fly! We took showers at the college and it was open-style…worse than Girls Camp! Good thing we can laugh about everything :) We tried our best to sleep, and most did. Thanks to Jared & Rach who found a spot to sleep outside so that the rest of us could stretch out on a bench! I barely slept because I was so paranoid about missing Melissa and sleeping through the text that she was almost there!
The van 2 to van 1 handoff!
As I was getting ready for my longest run, I couldn’t find my hat. I went into panic mode because we saw a hat that looked exactly like mine in the showers the night before. After about 5 minutes of searching our filthy van, I finally found it at the bottom of my bag just in time to get the bracelet from Lindsay and go!
At 7:41 AM I started my third and final leg. It was 8.41 miles with a total climb of 555 feet. I ran from just east of Sonoma to a bit south of Napa. Van 2 took this pic of me moving verrry slowly (my ankle was swollen & bruised but my compression socks helped)! I saw lots of roadkill on this one.
The vineyards were stunning! I took this picture right before the rain started. It rained. And hailed. And rained some more.
I ended up on a freeway for a good portion of the run, and there was so much runoff coming down at me that I’d lose my footing a bit and water would wash over my feet! My shoes felt like big sponges and I was soaked to the core.
I decided about mile 4 that I was just going to go crazy and have fun amidst the cars and trucks splashing me with mud and water. So I danced/ran my little heart out to Van Halen’s “Jump” and every other song on my playlist and made every big rig honk as they drove by! Boy was I grateful for my hat and glasses with all of that rain coming down.
Finally made it, and we realized that our team name was literal. We were all SO WET!! Casey designed the awesome decals for our vans and Stacy made them out of vinyl! They looked so good and really helped while running because you could spot your team so easily. People LOVED our name! Credit goes to Lindsay for the 2AM stroke of genius :)
We were all STARVING and hit up Napa’s In-n-Out. Casey was stoked:
A burger and fries have never tasted so good!
After eating, we passed through Napa and cheered Katie on and some of our other runners in Van 2. There were vineyards, fields of flowers, and Eric running barefoot! I was glad that the rain bypassed them for the most part.
We then headed to the finish line and waited for our final runner!
It was so fun to run across the finish line as a team! I cannot believe what a huge feat an event like this is and had such a blast. My first Ragnar was 110 degrees and my second was freezing rain. Talk about two extremes! Both times I have come away with such a sense of accomplishment. When and where will you get the opportunity to run with your friends and have them cheer you on in the night/rain/crazy terrain?! Not to mention how you realize what your body is capable of.
Bandit with bling! I wish they’d give out the Gold Rush medal no matter what year you ran SoCal & Napa :)
Got a massage that felt like heaven after all of that running!
We drove our vans to church the next day :)
Thank you to all of my awesome teammates: Lindsay, Rachel, Jared, Matt, Casey, Stacy, Maddy, Katie, Eric, Amy, & Melissa!!! You guys amazed me and it was so much fun to run with you! Also our incredible volunteer – Devon. He got soaked setting up and worked through the night for us so THANK YOU! And our driver, my dad. He got out of the van to meet Matt when the rest of us stayed in the van to stay dry, harassed us while running with the megaphone, and stayed up all through the night to drive! Not to mention the fact that our van was broken into in SF and his laptop and everything was stolen. It was a crazy ride!
I’m ready for another one…who’s up for it? Or a Ragnar Trail?