i spent $20 to smash a pie in his face

Ryan is officially on block leave! For those unrelated to military happenings, that means that Spencer and I have him for a whole two weeks before he even has to think about work again, and we're loving it. Honestly, I'm also loving that he finally gets a break. This man's been non-stop moving, working, stressing and getting into the groove of his new job at Fort Drum since we arrived in January

To celebrate leave, his company had Org Day on Friday, and we all got together to celebrate summer and having our loved ones for a break. Oh yeah, and the FRG threw a pie-in-the-face fundraising contest. Soldiers (and family) got to bid on the pie in the face, and very few people were bidding on my husband. (I guess that means they like him?) Anyway, I bid $20, won, and smashed a pie in his face. It was glorious.

^^^ pardon the exceptionally unflattering photos

We also got to explore a little more of Fort Drum, and we discovered that there are legitimate cottages and campgrounds on post by Remington Pond where the party was held. I smell a pseudo-vacation at some point soon.

In unrelated news, our sweet baby bean is working on another tooth because teething was so fun the first time around. And, because we're gluttons for punishment, we're taking two - yes, two - trips during block leave. We're going to Philadelphia this coming weekend for a wedding and to see Aunt Nini and Uncle Josh. Then we're heading to Toronto later in the week to see a friend from college and have family pictures taken...

Mostly because that boy is getting too darn big, and we need to document it before he's in college. Seriously. Time flies.

losing it (and loving myself)

One of my biggest fears when I found out I was pregnant was the weight gain. I'm not ashamed to admit it. Weight has always been a sore subject with me, and knowing that I'd have a hard time actually controlling my weight for a change was really a struggle for me to accept. Unfortunately, it also hindered some of my joy regarding the changes in my body while I was pregnant, as well. 

When Ryan and I found out we were expecting, I was in the process of trying to lose a lot of the bulk weight I gained while doing CrossFit, but I felt as though I'd barely started when I got pregnant and started putting on the pounds for our sweet peanut. Guys, I was strong when I did CrossFit, but I gained almost 15 lbs of muscle that I hadn't hoped to gain - along with bulk from improper fuel.

Honestly, whether I looked bad or not was irrelevant. I felt bad about myself, and that's what matters.

^^^ circa 2013 - in the middle

Despite being unhappy with my weight and physique though, I justified it, saying that I was strong - and I was, mind you - and that was what mattered. But I watched my weight climbing, and I hated it. While pregnant, I didn't gain too much, but that 15 I lost after quitting CrossFit definitely packed back on, and I while I should have loved my growing body, I resented the changes.

^^^ 37 weeks. I by no means looked bad, but I struggled with the weight gain.

5 months after delivering Spencer though, stress was taking its toll on me again, and though I'd lost my baby weight, I started watching the pounds creep back on again. I was making excuses as to why I couldn't work out...no time, too tired, not enough energy...and I was drowning my disappointment in myself in food. I was really, really struggling. 

After a heart to heart with Ryan though, he agreed that I had to get this under control for my sanity, as well as my health, and I joined Weight Watchers. I'd started a running regimen, and I was seeing inklings of progress, but it was slow-going, and I knew I needed to fix my diet, as well, if I wanted to see real changes. I was humbled going to my first meeting because, though I knew I needed the accountability and the help, I was embarrassed that I couldn't do it alone.

Now, however, I am so, so happy that I went...and that I'm still going. As of yesterday, I'm 9 weeks, and I'm down 14.4 lbs. I have about 17 to go to my ultimate goal weight (a healthy one), but I'm learning to eat properly, love myself and my body again, and that's what's most important to me. 

Will I ever be super skinny? No, and that's not my goal. My goal is health, happiness and feeling truly comfortable in my own skin, and I'm so excited to say that I'm getting there. I told Ryan from the start that I didn't want more children until I got my body issues under control, and thankfully, it's working. Guys, I'm not selling you on a product, or a fad, or a diet. Promise. I'm telling you though, if you're missing a key to happiness in your life, work towards it. This journey is so fulfilling - even just now. 

a weekend in pictures

Summertime is oh-sweet in the North country, and I'm really learning to love this northern New York scene. We haven't had the chance to explore as much as I'd like yet, but I know we're going to get around to it eventually. It's difficult managing these things with a baby. Perhaps we're the only couple that struggles with it, but I think finding the time to explore, coupled with balancing his feeding/napping schedule is definitely a tedious task. Perhaps it gets easier when they're not exclusively breastfed? Just musing here.

I digress. We had a relaxing weekend here in the Moore household. Ryan's coming up on block leave, so we're going to have him home for a good bit for a while, too, and we can't wait! Training is in full swing again, and I signed up for another half marathon - the Empire State Half Marathon - in October. What can I say? I got bitten by the bug!

^^^ one of our favorite toys - the flapping flower from Melissa & Doug

^^^ it was a little chilly for him, but he loved the water, and this momma was SO happy!

Little man finally cut his first tooth on the 18th, and we had some sweet relief from his fussiness…plus he had a little break from the pain. Thank goodness for sweet little miracles. Summertime, you make our hearts happy.

a q & a with mr. moore

I found this fun little interview on Liz's blog, Sundays with Sophie, and it was [originally] inspired by Jessica's interview over at the The Newly. Needless to say, since Ryan is always asking me if I'm taking the time to blog, I figured it would be a good time to feature that feisty redhead on the blog again. I have a feeling we're in for some shenanigans, but you'll get a little sneak peek into this guy's mind, and what's better than that? No, really.

Anyhow, I borrowed some questions from the previous interviews and added a fun spin with my own, as well, so here goes nothing...

^^^ because it's my blog, I get to pick his feature picture. you're welcome, husband :)

Q: What's the name of my blog, and why did I pick it?
A: It's Loving Life Moore, and you picked it because it's punny. 

Q: What do I typically write about?
A: You try to give a realistic view of motherhood and life as a working professional and wife...along with fitness uhhhhhh endeavors?

Q: I used to run a different blog. What was the name, and what did I blog about?
A: i swim for oceans? And it was a book review blog of young adult fiction. BOOM. 100%.

Q: What does WAHM stand for?
A: WAHM? What asshole hit me. 
(Sidebar...work at home mom. "Oh. I've never heard that before.")

Q: Whats jewelry do I wear every day? No peeking!
A: Your wedding ring...and that's about it. I don't know, do you wear earrings every day? You're not wearing them now. 
(Sidebar...I'm getting a very accusing look)

Q: What do we like to do together?
A: Watch Netflix, play fight, worry our parents about play-fighting, take walks....run....travel for races, family time in New Hampshire, private judgment of friends on social media. That's it. OH...cooking and eating. Hells yeah.

Q: Speaking of which, what's my favorite food?
A: Beef wellington? I don't know.
(Sidebar...sushi. "Is it? You never make it. Is it really?! We went to that sushi place and you didn't seem too happy. Probably just because they didn't have alcohol."

Q: What do I do when I'm home alone with Spencer?
A: You're either working, you're paying attention to him so he doesn't freak out, or changing his diaper, or feeding him. Or you're taking care of house chores. 

Q: What do YOU do when you're home alone with Spencer?
A: Try to get him to be quiet long enough so I can read an article on the Internet.

Q: Am I good at staying on a budget?
A: We've never had a budget. One thing at a time.

Q: What's an acceptable amount to spend on a dress?
A: What kind of dress. Any kind? Well, it depends. If you're talking about a dress for church, probably like $100. If you're talking about a pretty dress for like a formal occasion, probably like $400? Talking like a wedding...I don't know. $1,000?

Q: What's usually in my purse? I'm opening a can of worms here.
A: A cure for cancer. That's my answer. Because everything in the world is in your purse including a cure for cancer. The scientists just haven't discovered it yet. It's like the unexplored regions of the Amazonian rainforest.

Q: Who's your favorite Kardashian?
A: Oh God. Have any of them died? Oh, probably, what's the name of the dad? Robert? And I'll tell you why...because he's dead. And he actually had a real job if you consider being a lawyer a real job.
(Sidebar...Your sister in law is a layer. "So? It's debatable whether they add any real value to society."

Q: What makeup do I usually wear?
A: Naked. That's it. I don't know. Are you talking like eyeliner? Foundation? Bronzer? Sparkles? I don't know, it's magical to me. You grab a couple brushes and it's like voila. Is this funny?

Q: Anything else you'd like to say or add on, m'dear?
A: In general? Mmmmmmm. Can I interview you and post it on your blog? And I love you, and you're the best wife, and you're the best thing that's ever happened to me. XOXOXOXOXO.
(Sidebar...yes, you can interview me. LOVE YOU!)

So, there you have it. That's my husband. Crazy, silly, sassy, ridiculous and my very best friend. I'll keep him...bratty answers and all :)

that time we ran a half marathon

We did it! Yesterday was the Lake Placid half marathon in Lake Placid, New York, and I'm so proud (and humbled) to say that we actually did it. Well, let's be honest, I had no doubt that Ryan would succeed, but I definitely doubted that I would be able to complete it. Yet, here we are - back home, slightly more sore, feeling pretty darn accomplished and crazed enough to want to register for another one. Soon.

Honestly, I've never run more than 8 miles straight, so I knew it was going to be a crapshoot going in, but I'm proud to say that I ran 10 miles straight before walking at the first water station. The last few miles were hilly and aggressive, and my mindframe went something like this along the way:

Mile 2 - One big hill down, going out a great, easy pace and feeling strong. Only 11 miles to go!

Mile 3 - Wow. I'm amazing.

Mile 5 - This really isn't that bad. We should have just entered a full marathon. No big deal.

Mile 8 - Okay, this hurts a little.

Mile 10 - Okay, this hurts a lot.

Mile 12 - I can do anything for 1.1 more miles.


Mile 13 - I don't want to run around the track to finish.

Mile 13.1 - Okay, ow. When's the next one?

^^^ apres race family photo

Ryan and I definitely need to figure out how to recover better from longer races. We (and especially him) were on the struggle bus all yesterday afternoon. I think that had I done the mileage I did in May back in March, I would have been on a much better footing going into this half, but I'm super excited to see what I can do as I continue upping my mileage.It's hard, but it's so rewarding, and my body is changing leaps and bounds the more miles I put on my legs. 

Also, unrelated after-race fact: Spencer was wailing with his Oma and Opa as soon as I walked over and had, apparently, refused his bottle during my run. So, 5 minutes post race, I hid in the shade, nursing that ginger man...#motherhood.

^^^ start line - we started at the back

^^^ Lake Placid Olympic ice rink

^^^ future half-marathoner :)

I'm so, so thankful that my parents were able to come out to Lake Placid to visit with us and watch their grandson while Ryan and I ran. It was so fun to experience this as a family, and I feel so immensely blessed to have my health and my little family to do this with me. Onwards and upwards, my friends!

PS...does anyone have any post-race recovery tips? I know Ryan, specifically, struggles with his stomach post-race. Honestly, I'm okay - just super sore.

life is good

I don't have a ton to say today. Work is busy, but there's a better balance. We have a part-time sitter in the morning through our church - a mother of 6, mind you - where Spencer is socialized three hours in the morning. Then we have a part-time sitter in our home for 3 hours a day, as well. It's a bit of money, but it's worth it to keep my job. Life is happy...busy, hectic, crazy and perfect. Ryan is more amazing than ever, and though our little life is constantly tested, each test just makes me love him more. Like I said though, I don't have a lot of words to share today...just some pictures :)

6 days

In just 6 short days, Ryan and I are running our first half marathon ever at Lake Placid, New York. I'm so dang excited, but I'd be a huge liar if I said I wasn't absolutely terrified, too! I ran an 8-miler this past weekend, and in all honesty, that's the longest I've ever run straight. I'm not sure if that's the best way to go into a half marathon, but that time has long since passed. This is a little snippet of what we're in for:

^^^ image via

We've heard a few accounts from friends now that say that the course is a a bit hilly and unpredictable. It's apparently gorgeous, but also a tricky course, simply because when you think you've reached the summit of one hill, you go straight into the next. From what we hear, you finish on a track though, so that last bit, at least is pretty simple and flat.

My parents are coming up Friday to spend the weekend with us and watch Spencer while we die run. Spencer is in for a treat because Oma and Opa just love him so darn much! Hopefully we'll be able to survive the run and head back home Sunday night. We opted not to stay there overnight, as everything's absurdly overpriced, but we may come to regret that later.

Anyhow...friends who've run halves and full marathons...advice? Anything we should know or think about going in?

running wrap-up: may

May was a much better running month for both Ryan and myself. Honestly, had April been half as good as this past month, I'd feel a lot better going into the Lake Placid half marathon on the 14th - and yes, that means we're only 9 days out. Now that we have proper childcare, a balance with my work and time to log real workouts, I'm starting to see progress, and I love it! I definitely could have done better, but I think that June is going to be a great month, and when we finish this race, we plan to sign up for another, so we'll keep training!

I only did 3 more runs than I did in April, but my average run was longer by far, and while I only did 19 miles in April, I doubled that in May. I think I did half my runs with the jogger this past month, and I did about half without, which afforded me the opportunity to increase my mileage.

I didn't really have any fast runs in May. I wasn't really aiming for them either. I think that my average pace in May was 10:27, whereas it was 10:23 in April. Ryan's helping me focus more on distance than speed though, and holy moly...I see the difference in my legs, which is awesome! Here's the breakdown for May:

Longest run: 6 miles
Shortest run: 2 miles
Fastest pace: 10:10
Slowest pace: 11:00
Total miles: 41.3

I'm really pleased with the progress I made in May, and I think that it can only get better from here. On a silly note, I'm down one short size, and that made me super happy, plus that combined with joining weight watchers (more on that later) to boost confidence and help get to my ultimate goal weight, I'm down 9lbs, which I think is helping, too. Here's to an even better June! :)

6 months of spencer bruce

I fail at blogging lately. And yes, I say this on a bi-monthly basis...at least. I've simply decided that life is worth living in the moment, rather than extolling on the web all the time. Do I love this blog? Very much so. Will it be my primary focus in all things? No. Plain and simple, my family and my work come first. That said, I will be keeping this up as much as possible. And, because I just got that off my chest, I have to say that my sweet baby boy turned 6 whole months yesterday! How is that even possible?! 

Weight: Nugget butt is now 16 lb 10 oz and finally in the 40th percentile for weight! No wonder my arms get so darn tired carrying him all the time. He's our little porky boy, and we love him lots. He just started wearing size 3 diapers last week...craziness.

Clothes: Spencer is well into his 6-9 month clothing now. The onesies fit him really well, while the pants and shorts slip a good bit on his waist and are pretty darn long on his little legs. He looks pretty darn adorable in everything though!

Milestones: There have been so many firsts this past month! Baby boy tried his very first solids on his 5 month birthday - avocado - and wasn't the biggest fan. He's since tried sweet potatoes, banana, peas and squash. He really only liked the banana...but I, personally, wasn't a fan of his diaper the next morning. I'm jussayin'.

He scoots around - backwards - all the time now. He looks like he's going to crawl, but then he goes in reverse, which is the funniest thing! He has the loudest belly laugh, loves to be tickled and wants nothing more than to walk. He can sit up somewhat now, but he's more interested in eating his toes.

Sleeping has been on and off this month. We've had everything from a 3-4 wakeup night to a 1 wakeup night. On average, he goes to bed at 7 PM and sleeps until he nurses around 2, then sleeps through until 7. I can deal with that!

Spencer's Favorites this Month: Spencer is a huge, huge fan of his exersaucer and his jumparoo. He also had his first few turns on the swing at the park, and let's just say it's a hit! He's quite the fan of it, and it makes me wonder why Ryan and I never bought this baby a swing...sheesh.

Mama's Thoughts this Month: We finally got the childcare situation figured out, and this month has been one of constant, steady progress. Spencer's days are more challenging - and more fun - but we're loving this phase of our little man. We wouldn't trade this exhaustion for anything, and we're loving being parents to this little stinker. Here's to many (MANY) more months of our nugget!