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Archive for the month “January, 2012”

Happy Birthday to my beshdaba.

This is the birthday season for our house!  It starts on December 1 (Alex) and goes to December 2 (Beek), December 11 (Kristianna), January 4 (Broc), January 5 (Donna) January 7 (Ree), January 27 (Bob) January 28 (me) and January 31 (Juliet)!  Wow!

This Wednesday we celebrated Broc’s 3rd Birthday.

Seriously, is he not the cutest thing ever!?!

This kid just melts my heart.  I almost died when, while waiting patiently to open his presents, he said, “Let’s get this party started!”  So cute.  He makes me want to have a son like WOAH.

Thursday was Beek’s mom’s birthday!  We celebrated with her by singing over the phone!

The beek and his mom

It was great to celebrate with them and to thank God for the blessing that they are in our lives!

This was a busy week, filled with work, 4 am runs, and birthday celebrations!

The celebrations continue today, as it is my littlest sister’s, Annmarie, 22nd birthday.  Seriously!? How can she be 22???  I remember her when she was like this:

3rd grade, french maid. Duh.

And this:

First day of school

I feel like I have always been 2 things:

1.  A teacher

2.  A mom

Seriously, when we were growing up, I was all about these girls.  Both of them learned how to read due to Kate and my’s summer school curriculum, and I had them follow a strict bedtime routine.  We all shared one big room and our routine looked like this:

  • Get our last snack (our 58th of the day)
  • Brush our teeth, put on pajamas
  • Say goodnight to mommy and daddy
  • Push all three of our single beds together into one big bed
  • Snuggle
  • First recite the Lord’s Prayer together
  • At the end of the Lord’s Prayer, we each would recite our own prayer.  I began with my prayer, and then I would monitor the girls to make sure their prayers were heart-felt enough, long enough, and did not copy mine.  If they did, I would tell them to say it again in their own words.  Wow, I was a psycho.
  • After prayer time, it was time to practice the books of the Bible.  We would sing a song that listed all of them in order. It’s true.  Kristianna performed it once for the school talent show…it was the highlight of my life that year.
  • After the books of the Bible, we would conclude with our worship songs.  The three of us would lay there and sing our favorite praise songs, which was usually, “Father I Adore You.”  I think we liked this one the most since it had hand movements to go along with it.  Seriously, can you imagine three little girls laying in bed lifting their hands and doing the motions while singing, “Father I adore you.  Lay my life before you, how I looooooove you.”  Adorable, then I would say, “Okay girls, this time with feeling!!”  Then you would hear: “Jesus I adore you…..” and on it went.  We loved it, and I would lay there smiling at how proud of was of the girls. ha.
  • Once we said our prayers, recited the books of the Bible, and completed our time of worship, it was time to snuggle up and get to sleep.  Ree Ree would put her little butt, in her Tweety Bird PJs, right into my stomach, Kristianna would be snuggled up behind me, and off to sleep we would go. Perfection.
This makes me laugh every time I think about it.  I really ran a tight ship, huh?!?  Haha.  We loved each other so much, and still do.  My family means EVERYTHING to me, and I truly treasure those memories.  I would always call Ree my “baby girl” which somehow turned into my “Beshdaba”.  So, that was my nickname for her growing up.  I would always tell her that she is my beshdaba, and I would do anything for her.
Funny thing is that although we are now adults, I still feel the same way.  I wish that we could always all be together, every night, push our beds together, sing songs, and snuggle.  I’m kidding……Kinda.
I treasure our family, our memories, and the love that we have for each other.  I hope, pray, and wish that our Bella can have a sibling or siblings so that they can share the same love for each other.  Our family is very special, we’re sort of a big deal.
Today, on my Beshdaba’s 22nd Birthday and always, I am so proud of the woman that my sister has become.  She went from being a little girl who loved Tweety Bird, The Spice Girls, and to lay on the couch with mommy, to a smart, independent, compassionate young woman who is about to graduate from college and take the world by storm!


Happy, Happy Birthday, Annmarie!  You will forever be my beshdaba!! ❤

While I wait for the birthday girl to get here, I am headed out for a 6.2 mile run 🙂  Tonight, the family will be coming over and Bertha will cook the birthday girl’s requested dinner: meatloaf (weird), mashed potatoes, green beans, salad, and homemade oreo  ice cream cake for dessert.

Maybe I should run twice.

Happy Saturday!

PS: I may or may not  make Beeker do the same routine each night.



Counting sheep.

Counting sheep does not work.  I was awake for what seemed like the entire night last night.  I tried counting sheep, praying, tossing, turning, everything.  I woke up every 37 minutes…fact.  When my alarm finally went off at 3:58 am, I thought to myself, “thank GOD I do not have to deal with this night anymore!”  Not sure what my problem was.

I woke up cheery and ready to run.  Beeker and I did a quick one miler (I wore 3 sweatshirts and felt like I was roasting myself to death), and then I came in and finished up my workout.  I did:

Jillian Michaels 3o day shred, week one .  I have the biggest girl crush on Jillian.

Pull-up and ab circuit:

15 assisted pull-ups

25 stability ball roll-outs

25 stability ball knee tucks

25 seconds of plank on stability ball

25 on each side waist bend overs (10 lbs weights)

Repeated 3 xs.

By the end I was appropriately sweaty and ready to start the day!  I was almost as sweaty as I was during our trip this summer to NYC…almost.

On the ferry to Ellis Island. Seriously, we were boiling.

On freezing cold days like today it is so hard to imagine it being warm outside!


It was a good first day back and did well with my meals.


Pumpkin protein oatmeal (1/2 c. old fashioned oats, 3 egg whites, banana, and a pound of cinnamon)

Morning snack:

Hardboiled egg, necterine


Salad with loads of veggies and tuna, 2 clementines


I always pack an apple for the ride home, but when I got home I was starving.  So, I snacked on trail mix and made some steamed spinach to hold me over until Beeker gets home from dinner.  My challenge is to quit eating when I walk in the door. Seriously, I could stand at the cupboard, with my coat still on, and just pile in the the food!  Ugh!


Vegetable chili! Can’t wait 🙂

Hopefully tonight will include a full night’s sleep and no sheep.

Sweet neck tat.

When Beeker and I were having our lazy-lay on the couch-move as little as possible day last Thursday, we became sucked in on a TLC marathon of the show, “NY Ink”.  I secretly like  tattoos, but I am not sure if I will ever have the guts to actually get one.  I have toyed around with the idea of getting a tattoo to mark our journey to become parents, but I have not found anything that I love enough to have on my body for the rest of my life.  For now, I have our blog, http://www.run2ourbaby.com, this little blog, and all of the things that I have saved to remember our journey to our baby(ies).

I asked Beeker if he ever thought about getting a tattoo and he replied, “yeah, but the kind of tattoo I would want is inappropriate.”  What?!? I was thinking all sorts of things.  To be honest, I was a little worried. When I pressed, Beeker informed me that there are two types of tattoos that he would like:

1.  A full arm sleeve.

2.  A neck tattoo.

Beeker says that this is “gospel gangsta.”  Seriously!? hahahaha

As a reminder, here is me and Beeker last Halloween:

The year we were able to "create" our Halloween costumes in exactly 7.8 minutes, all stuff we had in our house. Impressive, but sad.

Yes, Beeker’s comment about a “sweet neck tat” really made me laugh!  Maybe one day…..

Stats from today:

Exercise: Rest day/ 1 mile Bella run around neighborhood with Beek.


Egg white omelet with peppers, onions, spinach, tomatoes, and parmesan cheese with a side of breakfast potatoes.

Lunch:  BLT salad with lettuce, turkey bacon, peppers, and tomatoes….too hungry to wait and take a pic.

Snack:  A lot of fruit, including tangerine, clementines, banana, and an apple

Apple and tea...trying to satisfy my 4 pm cravings.

Dinner was sooooo good!  Beeker made whole wheat pizza dough and we made our own personal pizzas with side salads.

It was delicious!  Now, must iron my clothes, lay out my workout clothes, and fill my water bottles for work.  Back to reality tomorrow! What, I have to be an adult?  Boring.


What is it with this show?  Ree and I stumbled upon an Intervention marathon…consider my day done.  Fascinating, and very sad.

Intervention and the show about hoarding always capture my attention, all the while making me feel sick to my stomach.  Seriously, how does this happen?!

I can’t even imagine.

One more episode, and then there is going to have to be an intervention to get me off of the couch.

This is my last day off, and tomorrow is back to work.  4 am is going to be a RUDE wake up call tomorrow.  I’ll probably wake up feeling offended that my alarm clock had the audacity to .wake me up ready to run, work out, and tackle my first day of work in 2012!

Beeker and I have big plans to organize our basement and make homemade pizzas.  I asked him if he would like to go rent 3 movies and lay on the couch all day, but he wants to be productive.  I’ll appreciate that later.




We rang in 2012 with our best friends, Kate and Mark.  We had so much fun and loved it, duh.

Us in NYC.

We really enjoyed hanging out with everyone at the party.  Since everyone has adorable small children, just Beeker and I stayed to watch the ball drop and ring in the new year in Gilbertsville.  At twelve midnight, the four of us ran outside in our PJs, banging pots and pans and screaming.  We quickly realized that the only competition that we had in the neighborhood were little kids, haha.

Beeker and I slept over (on the most comfortable air mattress in the world), and Kate and I went for a New Years run this morning.  The weather was absolutely perfect and I could not think of a better way to start 2012!  I truly wish that Kate and I still lived next door to each other…we could go for runs, talk about the boys, and wave goodnight from our windows….a fairytale.  Maybe one day…..

When we got home we “de-Christmased” our house.  It looks so bare, but refreshing and clean.  I cannot wait to pull the decorations out again next year…hopefully with babies around!!!

Stats from today:

Workout: 2.62 glorious miles with my best friend  ❤

Breakfast: copious amounts of nuts (I really really want a nut cracker!), orange, sliced apple

Lunch: 1/2 chicken breast with red pepper, tomato, and parmesan cheese.  Sliced red potatoes and honeydew

Snack: applesauce, clementines, bananas (2 since they were baby bananas)

Dinner: Stuffed peppers (95% lean ground beef), broccoli, big salad with ff Italian.

Holy yum.

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