Scenes from Our Extended Weekend and the Time I Was Told Not to Exercise

Did y'all enjoy the long weekend?  We did!  I'm thankful I had yesterday off and the boys were out of school because it made for some extra fun!

Our long weekend started off with a game of Battleship on Friday night.  We have the regular board game and the boys, especially K.C., enjoy playing with it.  He asked for the electronic version of it for Christmas and it's really been fun to play!

After dinner, which my sweet husband cooked (barbecue chicken and brown rice!), we watched Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked.  Have you seen this movie?  I took K.C. to see it when it came out in the theater and the boys got it for Christmas this year.  It's so cute.  The boys' laughed and laughed!

On Saturday morning, I was getting ready to go for a run and Kaden asked to go.  He likes going on runs with me and I enjoy our conversations and games of I Spy.  As we were getting ready to go out, K.C. decided he wanted to go, too, so after bundling them up really well, we were on our way.  We bought a single jogging stroller last year, but with them both wanting to run, I pulled out the double stroller which adds an extra 100 pounds by the time the boys are in it.  Talk about a workout!  I ran about 1.5 miles with the boys and then finished by myself for a total of 5.  I also did a really intense ab workout after the run which proved to not be so good (details below).

We haven't quite finished getting everything back out from Christmas, so we worked on that Saturday afternoon.  Our den has lamps again, pictures are back out, and for the most part, everything is back to normal.  

My mom and grandparents stopped by to see us (who am I kidding, they really just came to see the boys!) Saturday afternoon and we had a great time visiting with them.  My mom has finally joined the iPhone world and had to take pictures to have on her phone.  I liked the one she took of KT and me!

We went over to my sister-in-law's for dinner Saturday night.  It was delicious!  She is a great cook and we love getting to hang out with them.  The boys especially love playing with their cousins.  I took a variation of a sausage and corn recipe from Southern Living and some cupcakes.  Kevin got in on the cooking, too!

I joined our church on Sunday morning.  I started going to church with Kevin shortly after we started dating and decided I wanted to go ahead and become a member so I can really get involved and serve in different ways.  I was nervous about walking down to the front, but the service put me totally at ease.  We sang my favorite song from our church and my favorite song from my church growing up which was cool and our pastor's sermon was on a time for everything from Ecclesiastes.  

The boys were so cute (as usual) all dressed up for church Sunday morning.

After church is where our (my) weekend got not as fun.  I didn't feel great when I woke up, but didn't think much about it.  We went to one of my favorite restaurants for lunch and I didn't eat.  When we got home, we all snuggled up and watched a movie (trust me, watching a full-length movie is a rarity for us, much less, two.  Kevin and I were talking about how we haven't ever even watched one full movie with the boys without stopping it.) and I fell asleep.  I had fever that afternoon and spent the night all nauseous but didn't ever get sick.  K.C. wasn't feeling great either, so I think we ran into a bug of some sort.  

When I woke up yesterday, I was feeling better and not nauseous, but had horrible pains in my stomach and back.  I was really trying to be a trooper, but it was tough.  We went for a walk in the woods and I turned around and went back home because I couldn't hardly stand upright without being in pain.  I couldn't resist snapping this cute picture of Kaden before I went inside though.

About 2:30, I decided to call urgent care to see how long their wait was because at this point, I was worried that there was something really wrong, like gallbladder or appendicitis wrong.  I think I scared Kevin and he immediately took me to the doctor.  After asking a ton of female-related questions, the nurse and doctor both kind of looked at us like "you're pregnant." (Spoiler Alert: I'm not!).  I about died after doing the test when the doctor walked in with a smile on his face though.  Trust me, I love children and I've always wanted 3 or 4, but as long as we have something to do with it, we're not ready for that yet unless God has other plans.  We are newlyweds and we have two precious boys.  After ruling that out, he was also able to rule out other things, and it turns out I just have a bladder infection and a STRESSED AB MUSCLE.  Not fun.

Moral of the story: Don't work out too much.  

I have a tendency to overdo it.  I know I do.  I exercise 5-6 days a week.  I run 4-5 days a week.  And generally, I do ab work 5-6 days a week.  I think increasing some of the things I'm doing coupled with running with nearly my body weight a few days last week (Saturday wasn't our only family run) and the intense ab workout I did Saturday after not doing one for a few days attributed to this whole ab muscle thing.  

Kevin asked the doctor about me exercising this week and he said I can't until Friday.  And I have a race on Saturday.  And I'm not very happy about that.  But, in the end, it's ok.  Oh, yeah, and my husband says he wins the burpee challenge by default (I'm joining back up later this week).  

So this week I'm focusing on developing a new plan of action.  I'm going to focus on quality of exercise over number of days.  I'm going to walk around our neighborhood and stretch a lot.  I'm going to finish up some things inside our house that I'd like to get done.  

And I'm also going to get back rubs.  Lots of them.  Because you know what?  The doctor said that back rubs will help my back feel better and you know you have to do what the doctor says! :)