Wednesday, 24 December 2014

Christmas Grinch

Seasons Greetings from the Christmas ;) 
Surprisingly I am more in a festive mood than previous years...I've wrapped all of the gifts beautifully

We have a mini tree. Our friends spoilt us rotten and really helped make us feel special. 
Today Eric trained at 6am, Raine woke for a feed as he was leaving, fell back asleep until 7ish. Poor Raine has a huge cold sore on her upper lip so we are trying to combat with lysine and tea tree.
We made our way to Nanna & Gaga's house for Christmas Eve breakfast and while everyone is a little full on, I'm super proud of how polite and gracious the kids are. In case you are new to this blog, my family avoids plastic, we have no plastic toys. We also avoid over-consumption and consumerism. So Christmas time we chose thoughtful and much needed gifts for fam to give the kids. 
When we got home the kids played with their new toys 

Making us lattes and cupcakes...mmmm and then Eric took Riv out while Raine had a nap. I took the opportunity to clean out the kids room and prepare space for the clothes they needed and ready the things for our new baby. I love putting away good quality clothing and toys for a baby. 
Tonight my mum has us over for Christmas dinner and we're spending this afternoon cleaning up the house and relaxing.
In terms of exercise, last week I managed five of the seven days at CrossFit Croydon, even getting the best time of one day (scaled for pregnancy). I'm having the week off training this week (just my own yoga practice and walking the dogs) and so far I feel great about the rest! Today we ate fresh organic fruit for breakfast, I had two weak lattes, Eric's amazing hash brown brunch and a mango smoothie for late lunch. I'm about to have a handful of almonds and we will head over to mums at 5.30pm for a vegan organic FEAST.
Tomorrow morning will be cool watching the kiddos open up their gifts (from me, NOT Santa thanks) and then hopefully having a breakfast feast with Nick & Amber.
For lunch we are going to healsville sanctuary with the Blyth side and then will see Papa Tony in the arvo/evening. I'm not particularly excited about having to see more than two people tomorrow and I think Boxing Day is going to be very hard, with River going to his Dad's family event. So I am tuning into my breath, focusing on my achievements this year and manifesting the things I desire for the year ahead.
There are many moments in the day I want to give up...the kids are SO LOUD and demanding. Breastfeeding is hard and painful. Communicating can be hard with a 1 & 3yo...I am so tired I find myself snapping a bit, when I have to repeat myself 25,000 times. There are times I don't think we will ever pay off the things we need to, there is much stress over making sure there is enough cash in our account for food. And I often feel as though I'm just not good an athlete, a coach, a business woman, a partner, a mum...a friend! 
This time of year actually seems to bring out the worst in some people...the stress and pressure of buying gifts out of obligation, of seeing people you don't have much in common with, of competing for your grand child's affection. It's bullshit. This is the time to show people that you love, that you love them (and no it doesn't have a monetary value), time to slow down and reflect/plan ahead, time to be present with people and ENJOY their company. But I don't feel like this is any different to the rest of the year...or it shouldn't be. Though I'm glad to have a few days off training and off work :)
Peace out festive fellows xx

Thursday, 11 December 2014

Empire building from the kitchen table while Raine drinks the paintbrush water...

Today my children have driven me up the hilarious as they may be, I am exhausted and some days wish Eric or I had a "normal" job. With both kids interrupting phone calls, River falling off the kitchen chair that he fell asleep in, toilet untraining Raine and a too long To Do's easy to get bogged down thinking I would like a cone of silence or a name change from "mummy". Fingers crossed some yoga and nourishing food will sort the day out...

So I didn't set aside time to train and had no meal plan. This is what today looked like:

7.30am 50 Squats mango & almond milk smoothie topped with half a passionfruit 

9.30am coffee

10.30am massage

11.30am piece delicious toast with fake cream cheese & tomato, a few almonds

12pm shoulder & scap stabalising, ankle work with theraband

1.15pm short walk with Raine in Ergo on back - to get her to sleep (success!!!!)

Cup of Pukka tea

2pm (ish) four buckwheat crackers with fake cream cheese, tomato and spinach

Cup of Pukka tea

6.30pm rice with stirfry of tofu, edame, broccoli, onion, carrot, zucchini, eggplant

7.50pm walk with Raine in ergo on front and half a GIANT Anzac cookie (yes it got in her hair)

8.30pm 20mins of yoga and static stretching

Cup of zen tea

Kids had the same as me minus the tea & coffee. They also had a vanilla cookie mid morning and Riv had oats for earlier breakfast and afternoon tea of PB crackers, cherries and cashews instead of the cream cheese crackers. Raine breast fed three times during the day but missed out on arvo tea due to her nap.

All of my meals today were vegan (stating the obvious), organic and very very tasty. The fake cream cheese is probably not the best to eat, it's the first time I've bought it and I wouldn't recommend eating it daily, but it was nice for a change and reminded me of meals from long ago!

The besty ended up coming over tonight and helping me cook tea. We live less than 1min from each other but haven't really hung out in a while, so it was nice to kind of catch up over a meal :) both the kids adore Will so there was lots of interruptions to the conversation.

Baby is kicking lots this week, it's starting to feel more real. I managed to pack away some gender neutral baby clothes and seperate boy and girl specific baby clothes in the cupboard. It was nice to get rid of a whole bag of clothes never worn by a bub too...I'm pretty fussy with how I dress the kids! 

Today made me realise just how much I COULD get done if I didn't have house would be spotless and I'm sure the kids would have better "routine". But I love the fact that Eric and I are both working hard to provide for our family. And I'm glad I'm not on park duty everyday (one aspect of parenting I don't love is going to the park...). It would be hard to be a stay at home mum with River as he needs lots of stimulation...we painted and drew pictures and read books and built Lego and told silly stories to each other...but he also got a little crazy early and late in the day from not leaving the house. And for the record our tv is not hooked up to anything so I'm extremely proud we've avoided tv for the past 3.5years :)

Tomorrow I have work 6am-1pm and I plan on napping in the afternoon, finishing Christmas cards and cleaning up the kids room. I also plan on some article writing but I may leave that for Sunday. See? I am learning to balance things a tad more!

Lots of love & FAR better vibes ✌️

Monday, 8 December 2014

Almost half way

19 weeks down the "bumpy" road. Strange that I haven't yet given this bub a nickname...but Eric felt the little thing kick four times last night :) We have a scan in a weeks time just to make sure things are going well, I'm still experiencing nighttime nausea and have discovered I'm not immune to pelvic pain. Dancing this last week destroyed my poor pelvis but luckily my hips are still even and with a bit of glute stretching and yoga I'm feeling ok.
Tomorrow morning I get to sleep in and oh my am I going to soak that up...the kids have not been sleeping well lately, we've been super busy and I'm sure the stress rubs off on them. However, generally both kids have been awesome and River especially is very sweet with my tummy and the baby. Raine is so cheeky and hilarious though Elimination Communication has been disastrous in the last few weeks. I've literally just had shit everywhere...everyone else's shit to deal with!
Sometimes it's hard, I caught myself the other night wishing that someone else could just come and put the kids to sleep for us so Eric and I could finish our paperwork when not delerious with exhaustion. But I know it's worth it. Eric is putting the kids to bed now because I cannot peel myself off the couch after just weeks of not stopping. 
Our battle of the burbs inter house CrossFit comp between ourselves and Bayswater was a big success. The day ran very smooth and professionally. We had amazing vegan catering & coffee, our athletes were really great at encouraging their team mates and every competitor from Bayswater. The vibe was pumping! It's not easy to be the owners, operators, programmers and head coaches of 60 athletes...but I am pretty damn glad that we are. We know our athletes, we are good athletes ourselves (well, Eric is!), we're phenomenal coaches (if I do say so myself) and we're getting better at being business really showed me that. We had one member recovering from ankle surgery and one with hamstring tendonitis in our 6am WOD, we had a new member in the 9am, and we had coachy join in with the 5.30pm crew after a minor back injury. To have these people come in and be able to smash out a workout despite individual limitations...this is what makes my heart sing! 
Dance concert on Friday night was pretty awful, I made a few mistakes and was generally feeling really put me off. I nearly didn't go to be honest...and I really truly did not want to go on Sunday. But I did go and I did so much better in the Sunday show (the one that's filmed!) so I've finished the fifth year at KADS, on a positive note and am looking forward to Raine starting next year! 
I was going to train today but I really am very tired after teaching yoga and think an early night is on the cards. Also got some wonderful kudos from a new yoga member that literally made my week :)
So tomorrow is a big day...a sleep in, crepe breakfast, training, Rivs swimming (get to wear new lulu bathers!), Santa photos and hanging out with the kids. Eric is working a late night so wish me luck with the kids!!!
Haha, I hope you're all feeling updated and happy. I'm just happy 2015 planning is nearly complete and that I'm using my KikiK 2015 diary.
Dream big and work hard xxx