Two weeks ago was an unusually chilly week for Savannah. (Chilly might not be the right word to use.) We actually had snow! We looked like this while playing in it…
I bundled up the kids for a run to the park. Within a few minutes, SP was begging to turn around. She normally doesn’t even notice the weather temperature when she has park time on the agenda. However, when the snow fell, she couldn’t have been happier. She’s been begging for snow. Last year, when we took our mountain vacation during Christmas, we were expecting snow. She was incredibly disappointed to leave without it snowing. (It snowed the next week…such our luck!) This Savannah snowfall was a wish come true for this little girl!
It also helped that she had hot chocolate waiting for her each time she came in from a snow adventure. It was a super special experience for her during the Christmas break.
Last week was her first week back to school. She was excited to start back and see her friends. She cares so deeply and I love that about her. Speaking of school, it is that time of year to register again. It has made me realize how fast this move to Auburn is coming…And all of the things I need to arrange. I can tell she excited to go to a new school, but sad to leave her friends here. It has helped that two other students have already moved this school semester. She makes remarks that she will be moving too and her friends will miss her. I think it helps that we are allowing her to finish the school year. Downside to that is that she will not be able to attend any summer camps. I will have her all summer long…right up my rear…along with her brother. Yaaaayyyyy…
January is usually when the gyms are crowded with New Year resolutors claiming this will be the year of weight loss. There is a major decline in participation by February though. I’ve been three times so far. Between the weather, sick kids, my unending respiratory issue, traveling, and hurting my back; my fitness has taken a back seat. (I didn’t hurt my back while working out. I was wrestling my son into his car seat when I pulled a lower back muscle. I mean, man, that made me feel old. I don’t even have a cool story to tell about it. Haha!)
I am going to see a doctor about my respiratory issue that I’ve been struggling with since Thanksgiving. I thought it was a little cold. I woke up with chest congestion and a dry cough. I never ran a fever or even felt “sick”. You know, the tired blah feeling from a cold. I feel absolutely fine, other than having this hacking wet cough (that worsens while working out), wheezing, runny nose, sinus congestion, and periodic sinus pressure. Here is the kicker, the symptoms begin to go away when I travel away from Savannah. Once I’m back, all of the symptoms hit me harder than ever.
Recently we traveled back to Auburn, AL to look at a few houses. The entire week leading up to the trip, I was miserable with sinus pressure and headaches. While in Auburn, I didn’t have one sinus pressure headache, my cough and chest congestion lessened, and my runny nose disappeared. It is the strangest thing ever. I have noticed my allergy issues have worsened with each year we live here.
I’m hoping the doctor can figure it out. It’s kind of embarrassing to be running or anything cardio and begin a burst of hacking coughs. Even SP has a cough and runny nose, now that she’s finished with her allergy medicine too. I’m convinced we are allergic to some pollutant in Savannah’s air. Growing up, I never had allergy issues; even being on a farm.
I have two recipes I will share next time that you can add to your healthy meals repertoire. I’m doing more meal prepping for myself, mainly for lunch. I already meal prep so much for LB (my son), that it doesn’t take much extra time to prep for me either. We eat a lot of the same fruits and veggies in our diet. I just have to be careful not to season his portion of the food and keep my protein away.
Until next time!