No, this isn’t a 2-month late post about things to get someone on Christmas Eve.

Nope, today was one of those days where I couldn’t think of anything to blog about until the very last-minute.  It has a title.  It’s called “writer’s block”.  Or in my case, a life that’s just not that interesting to talk about everyday.

But then I got home from work, and Davis wanted me to tell him about the red dress on my shirt.

ignore the frisbee. its not relevant to the story.

I told him I was wearing the red dress because February is American Heart Month.  He said, “Oh yeah, I know all about that!”  He gave me a few pointers:

He asked me if I was going to blog about it and let everyone know how important it is to be heart smart.

Here’s a recap of the things he wanted me to know:

http://health.yahoo.net/articles/heart/13-numbers-everyone-should-know

He thinks everyone should have this information, so don’t let Davis down!  We can help lower the rate of heart disease through action and awareness.  Just click the Facebook or Twitter button and you can spread the word!

As a new mom, you think that every milestone your child reaches will be this spectacular event.  As it turns out, some of those milestones have been really cool and others not that memorable.  However, the milestone Davis just reached has been all I hoped it would be.

He’s finally walking!  Yay!

After about 6 or 7 months of cruising, he finally decided to lower our stress levels. 🙂

Everybody tells you not to worry if they take a little longer to start walking, but that advice is really hard to heed (in my opinion).  I wasn’t really worried so to speak.  It’s just that internal competition thing that parents have.  If you have kids, don’t act like I’m crazy.  You know what I’m talking about.  As much as we try to fight that feeling to compare our kids to others, it still seems to rear its ugly head.

Nevertheless, here we are, and it’s so awesome to see my little man trucking around the room!

 

my little baby's not a baby anymore

 

Any of you moms out there have thoughts about the “competition mentality”?  Feel free to share your comments on the blog!

Growing up, we always had at least one dog in the family.  Before I got married and moved out, we had a toy poodle named KoKo.

After I got married, my heart was broken without my KoKo.  So, Kurt and I decided to get a toy poodle of our own.  Enter KeKe:

Sorry I don’t have any puppy pictures to put in the post.  Due to the fast pace of the digital revolution, most of our puppy pics were taken with disposable cameras and point-and-shoot 35mm cameras!  If you really want to see them, I would be more than happy to have you over and bore you with all 3 photo albums.

Continuing my story….we thought that KeKe was bored without a sister.  We later found out that she was really just a pretty lazy dog!  Anywho….enter Reesey (the sister):

 

Was it mean to put the bonnet on her head?

We had these two little girls for 7 years and I loved them like they were my kids.  However, when we had Big Baby Davis, it started to become really difficult to take care of two needy dogs and a baby too.  They were so accustomed to being on my lap and by my side every minute of every day.  I just felt like I wasn’t able to give them the attention they needed.  So, we had to find a new home for them.  I have to admit there are plenty of days I second guess the decision to give them away.

What makes it even harder is that Davis absolutely loves dogs.

All things equal, I think we made the right decision, but that doesn’t make me miss them any less.  Here’s to KeKe and Reesey….the best little girls in the world.  I hope they’re getting showered with all the love they deserve in their new home.

And….I think I’m crying now!

As we all know, there’s food that’s good and there’s food that’s good for you.  More often than not, they keep themselves separated pretty well.  However, that’s not always the case.

Take a look at my breakdown and tell me what you think…

For those times that I really don’t care what the nutritional data says on the package:

1. White Peppermint Mocha from Starbucks.

2. Italian sub with extra meat from Jersey Mike’s.

3. Icing on the cake.  Just the icing….no cake necessary.

4. Cheese- I once ate a whole hoop of Sharp Cheddar in 4 months.  That’s 20 pounds of cheese people!

5. Restaurant bread-  I once bit off a server’s hand when she brought the loaf to the table.  Not really, but she did have to pull it back pretty quickly.  Sheenasheen don’t play.  Bring my bread or suffer the consequences!

 

Some of the healthy thangs I eat because I know I should:

1. Bananas- I’m getting to where I like them a little more, but not that much.

2. Oatmeal- I could take it or leave it…which is why I usually leave it!

3. Whole grain bread- Kurt actually likes the healthy bread better.  Not me.  No sir.  But I grin and bear it for the good it does me.

4.  Chicken- I used to really like it.  I don’t know about ya’ll, but I just get tired of it sometimes.  There’s only so many ways I know how to cook chicken (that are healthy options).

5. Apples- We still have an apple in our fruit bowl that we bought about….hmmmmmm….two months ago.  I get on my little kicks sometimes about eating them and then I just lose interest.

 

And here are some thangs that are both GOOD and GOOD for me:

1. Fish- I’ve blogged about it before, but I’ll say it again.  I really love fish.  Tilapia, Mahi Mahi, Tuna, etc.

2. Any kind of berry- strawberry, raspberry, blueberry, cranberry.  You get the point.

3. Nuts- pecans, almonds, walnuts.

4. Spinach salad- I eat a lot of spinach salads.  And, most of the time I add several of the other items I just mentioned.

 

Anything you would add or subtract?

 

I tried to think of a really clever title for this post;  one that would capture the spirit of my message.  After thinking about it for a few minutes, the only thing I could come up with was “WOW”!  Profound, huh?

Today was a gorgeous day in the Carolinas!  I just got back from an 8-miler and it was the best run I’ve had in quite some time.  There were people outside walking their dogs.  There were tons of runners.  And, for the first time in what seems like years, I got several whiffs of hamburgers being cooked on the grill!  I know today was merely a Spring teaser, but I enjoyed it anyway.

I was, however, a little tempted to skip my run.  After having a GIRLS NIGHT OUT, and coming in really late, all I really wanted to do was crash on the couch all day.  But, the beautiful weather pulled me outside like metal to a magnet!

While we were out last night, we met a guy I promised to include in today’s post.

George A.K.A. "Big Daddy" with the girls!

He was sportin’ a fine medal from a race he ran yesterday.  Go ahead “Big Daddy”!

say cheese…

Not a lot of variety, I know.  We were having so much fun that I forgot to take anything but group pictures! 🙂

 

Hey guys!  I missed ya’ll yesterday.  When I skip a day of blogging, I feel terrible.  It’s almost worse than missing a run!

To catch you up, I ran 7 miles on Sunday, 4 on Tuesday with Fleet Feet’s Next Step running group, core work on Wednesday and Friday, and today….

THE HILLS!  CHAPEL HILLS!

I ran 4 miles of these hills this morning.  Whew!  Got a long run tomorrow and I think I’m gonna stick to the more level terrain.

2 side notes:

1. We watched “The Social Network” last night.  Thanks redbox for good entertainment and only taking $1.08 in return.

2. The weather was warm and sunny today underneath “Carolina” blue skies while the Heels put a beatdown on rival N.C. State at the Dean Dome!  I guess they’re still a rival even though they never beat us! HA! 🙂

Gotta go, it’s GIRL’S NIGHT OUT TONIGHT!  Whoop, whoop!

Like most parents, we read to our little man.  And even though he hasn’t heard the story about the 3 little pigs, his daddy is making sure he knows about one type of piggy at an early age…

This is by far, one of the cutest things that Daddy and Davis do together.  Since Kurtis does the grocery shopping, he brings home a dollar every time he goes to the store.  He brings Davis in his bedroom and grabs the piggy bank.  You should see the smile Davis gets on his face when this happens.  He, of course, doesn’t understand that its money.  He just thinks it’s fun to put the money in the hole!  Even though we have a more sophisticated savings plan at the piggy bank for adults, his daddy believes he’s teaching our little man an important ‘life’ lesson.  Now that I think about it, you should see the smile Kurt gets on his face too.

Ahhhh, if I could just drop these moments in my piggy bank of memories…