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Meet Nick

 

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Photo credit: Sean Malone Photography

I have been so lucky to have such wonderful men in my life.  It started with my dad and my brother, and continued with Nick and his father.  Nick and I met after we had both moved to the Sacramento area after college.  It wasn’t love at first meet.  But after a long night celebrating a friend who had just completed her first trimester of law school, I ran into him.  I asked him to ride with me to take a male stripper home.  He said yes, and we spent the entire night talking.  Seriously, it’s true.  Just talking.  The rest is history.

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This handsome little guy and his sister were raised in Folsom by two loving parents and only went away to attend college at UCD.

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We met and married in 2005.

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He adopted this little ball of fur.  He had no choice.  She was my baby.

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After trying for a few months, we were blessed with this little angel.  This was the biggest change in his entire life.  He started to focus on his health.  We all spent more time at home.  And I saw him turn into a doting, worried, proud papa.  Right before my eyes.

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Nick has always loved kids.  He was so great with his cousin’s kids and my nieces.  But I never could have predicted how “hands on” he would be as a father.

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Then came Brady.  Another little one to love.  And this time it was a boy.  Our little man.

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See, isn’t that adorable.  He’s wearing one and holding onto another.  I love it.

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Photo credit: Sean Malone Photography

Having a little man and a little lady has shown me parts of husband I never saw before.  He has so much compassion, empathy, and love for our kids.  He truly is an amazing partner, husband, and dad.  He really loves being with them.  He’s the kinda dad that never wants to miss anything.  He gets down on the floor and plays with them.  He takes them outside to kick or throw a ball around.  He loves the look on their faces when he gets to show them new things.

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But let’s not forget that he’s human.  He will teach our kids to do things that will freak me out.

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And make me cringe.

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A little gambling here and there.

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All that just makes him more fun.  And that makes them and me love him even more everyday.

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This is a picture of Nick putting up the balloons last night.  This is just another reason why I love him so.  He goes along with all my hair-brained schemes.  He’s artistic, smart, creative, loving, and the best partner and father a girl could ask for.  Happy Father’s Day handsome.  I love you.

Meet Nick…

Hello Ladies and Gents.  I have been the other half (certainly not the better half) of Mama Momtourage for almost 9 years.  She has asked me to do the Five for Friday because there is some kind of special day for men this weekend. So here it goes…the uncomfortable task of talking about myself.   I am 35 years young.  Yeah 35…the age you needed to look to avoid being carded when buying booze.  Unfortunately, I’m lucky to not get carded anymore.  Let’s see, when I am not with the Mama Momtourage Posse (aka my family), I work in the pharmaceutical industry and coach crossfit a few mornings a week at Folsom City CrossFit.  As most of you know we have two beautiful children, Lyla and Brady, who truly are the lights of my life.  In fact, Brady is turning 3 today.  Happy Birthyday buddy!  I’m looking forward to spending his special day doing lots of fun things.

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Italy

I am in need of a serious vacation.  My reserves are running low from the daily grind.  I’ll get some days off soon, but it won’t be as grandiose of a trip that I would really like to take.  The trip I think about a lot is a trip to Italy.  I have heard my wife speak so fondly of the month she spent there and I think that it would be so fun to spend time with her there.  I am a history junkie and there is an abundance of culture and history there.  Although I have traveled domestically a lot for work and been to several places in Mexico and Canada, I have yet to travel across the pond to see Europe.  I can’t think of a more special place I would like to go with Amanda than Italy.  Of course, by the time we go, our kids will likely be old enough to go too…which wouldn’t be so bad…Can you say European Vacation Pt. 2??

I really love…

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Reebok Crossfit Nano 3.0 $119.99

My Reebok Crossfit Nano 2.0/3.0s.  No surprise here.  Crossfit is a big part of my life.  I love these shoes.  I have had every edition of these shoes.  Truly catered to Crossfit as they suitable for all aspects of fitness (maybe not running).  No matter what type of fitness you like or prefer a good pair of shoes is key.  If your feet hurt it just sucks the motivation out of your body to get up and be active.  Runners particularly understand this but it really is true.

Guilty Pleasure…

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Kids Movies.  I think that I like them as much as my children.  I enjoy taking the kids to the latest kids flick on opening weekend.

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If its a sequel, I like to build the excitement for upcoming release by doing movie nights at home with the first movie. And then there’s those damn catchy Disney ballads.  I have a terrible voice.  Believe me, these pipes were not made for public.  That being said I like to elicit some funny faces from my children as I belt out some ballads from popular favorites like Frozen and Tangled.  I may not get all the words right either.  Amanda loves to point out every time I butcher lyrics in a song.  She humors me though.  Sometimes I feel like she is going to smile and pat me on the head and say, “Kids, your Daddy is special…”.

Fave beauty item:

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I’m not sure its a beauty item, however, it is a grooming item.  I am speaking of my beard trimmer that is used to clean up beards, sideburns etc. Look, I have some obsessive compulsive tendencies.  For instance I am artistic and when I draw, no matter how far into it I am, if something is not straight or symmetrical I will crumple it up and start over.  But back to the beard trimmer.  I tend to like to keep things clean and straight. Amanda can share several stories about my obsession of keeping my sideburns (or any facial hair clean) straight and clean.  Yeah I just have to own this.  No defense…damn OCD

Recent mommy moment…

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Here’s the thing…I’m not really sure that I know what a “mommy moment” is but I do know that when I have a both kids without the wife’s supervision its damn circus.  In actuality, when I have ne of my kids without wife supervision its a damn circus.   For instance, my son and I were spending a Sunday together and he had a stinky situation occur at a park. No big deal.  I have long been desensitized to the smell/look/feel of a poopy diaper.  I thought about letting him just continue to play with the dirty diaper.  I mean he wouldn’t be the first kid, but I couldn’t do that to the other kids.  It was BAD.  He and I walk in to the men’s room of the park and I put him on a sketchy changing table.  The plastic was cold so he was freaking out.  While I was attempting use 50 wipes to clean this boy’s butt up, he kicked the diaper which was still completely open off the changing table.  Instinctively, I reached down and caught it.  Yes, my reflexes are still swift.  Unfortunately, I caught it face down.  My right hand not only caught the diaper, but all of its wonderful contents.  Most would have think that this would be a catastrophe and that I would be dry-heaving at this point.  Oh no, not anymore.  Like I said, desensitized…I simply dumped it all into the garbage can and washed my hand with another 50 baby wipes and some hand sanitizer.  This is what life has become.  I’m not going to lie.  I may have exposed my son to 1-2 foul words underneath my breath when I realized what I had just done.  Don’t think less of me…I did catch a handful of poop.

 

Haha!  Priceless “Mommy Moment” babe!  Thanks for all that you do and for all that you are.  We love you!  You make our life full!

Have a great weekend!  And happy father’s day to all the dads out there.  Be sure to spoil the men in your life.  You can still get one of these gifts, or make one of these.

XOXO
A

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What motherhood Means to Me

What motherhood Means to Me

Yesterday, I spoke a little about my own mom, she was, obviously, my first experience with motherhood.  She is an amazing mom and a selfless person, she always has been.  I love her and am blessed to have her as my mom.  She’s fun, funny, smart, caring, compassionate, loving, an excellent listener, and a great advice giver.

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Meet Annie

Hey mamas!

I have a total babe for you to meet today!  Annie and I have known each other since Kindergarten.  We went to school together for 9 years (Holy Spirit Bears!) before we parted ways to go to different high schools.  Back then she was cool, funny, pretty, and a good friend to everyone.  So basically nothing has changed.  She’s outgoing, slightly irreverent (in the best, funniest way), super friendly, brave, resilient, and completely authentic.  She’s always the coolest girl you could know.  She holds nothing back and is always smiling, probably because she is thinking about a dirty joke.  She was an esthetician before getting her nursing degree, so she is exactly the kinda girl you want on speed dial.  She can tell you how to get rid of that zit before telling you how to apply a tourniquet.  She just ran her first half marathon and she did ah-mazing!  I’m sure you will all love her as much as I do!

Meet Annie.

Hey amazing, hardworking, lovely mamas! My name is Annie and I live in Sacramento with my boyfriend (baby’s daddy), Nick, and our son Carter (almost 11 months).
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Nick and I met while I was in nursing school. At that time, I was focused on my future career and the last thing on my mind was dating! After my first semester of nursing finals, I went out with some girlfriends to Golden Bear. My friend was dating a guy and she told him to meet us out that day and to bring some friends. One of the friends he brought was Nick, my future baby’s daddy. I thought he was handsome and we hit it off. It always happens when you least expect it… and we fell in love…Gah! Nick is a happy, hilarious, and handsome!
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When I was in my final semester of nursing school, I had a few questionable symptoms and decided to take a pregnancy test. After two positive home tests, I took a final positive pregnancy test at my doctors office ( that explained my complete exhaustion besides working graveyards at the hospital). It was a definite surprise but we were excited for this new venture together. My pregnancy progressed and at my 16 week ultra sound, my doctor had more news than the sex of the baby. She told us we were having a boy and that, unfortunately, he had gastroschisis. Gastroschisis is a condition where the intestines stick outside of the stomach through a defect in the umbilical cord. Nick and I were worried sick but tried to stay strong. On May 4th, 2013 (36 weeks pregnant), I went into labor. Carter wasn’t responding well to my contractions so I had an emergency c-section. Carter Joseph Silveira was born at 10:50PM at 5lbs 2 oz and 17 inches long. They wheeled him next to me for a few seconds so I could see his face before they took him to surgery. He was in surgery for a few hours and the outcome was looking good. They eventually put all of his intestines back inside of his body and he lived in the NICU of Sutter Memorial for the first month and a half of his life.
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Since he was discharged, we have had multiple stays in the hospital from complications. Thankfully 2014 has brought us health thus far. Carter is a vibrant, funny, LOUD, and handsome (like his daddy) boy! He has taught me the true meaning of life. He brings so much joy to Nick and I and we are overjoyed that we are lucky enough to be his parents. Being a mom is the hardest thing I have ever done but it is the most amazing thing I can add to my resume of life. I am proud and forever grateful to be Carter’s mommy!
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Currently Coveting:

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Vitamix 5200 Deluxe Complete Kitchen Set $599

I love to juice and make soups. This would make the process much easier than my ninja!

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A maid! I have serious OCD about a clean house but would rather spend my time playing and teaching Carter new things. A cleaning lady once a week would make me do some serious back flips ending in round-offs.

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A cook- can i get an amen! Although I do enjoy making yummy, healthy food for my family to enjoy… It takes so much time! Can it just be done for me?????

I really love my…

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P20 Hot Pilates and Fitness

I have been going to P20 Hot Pilates studio since I was given the okay to workout after Carter was born. It has completely transformed my body and I love going there. They offer hot pilates, trx, kettle bells, and bikini butt classes. HOLLA!

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Tuffo Blanket $42

Carter’s favorite thing to do is to go outside, enjoy the outdoors, and creep on neighboors. It’s cheap, waterproof and perfect for any outdoor occasion.

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Carter’s physical therapists. Carter was also diagnosed with a condition called congenital benign hypotonia. He goes to physical therapy twice a week and is progressing thanks to his awesome physical therapists that work so diligently with him.

Guilty Pleasure…

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Trader Joe’s Chocolate Covered Pretzels

OMG! If you haven’t had them, please just go buy them! And tell me thank you later!

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Keeping up with the Kardashians

Don’t lie and tell me you don’t watch this horrific amazingness!

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Real Housewives of Beverley Hills

It’s just entertaining and I am team Brandi all the way! She’s obnoxious and inappropriate just like me! =0

Fave beauty items:

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SkinCeuticals Retexturing Activator $73

I have extremely sensitive skin and can’t handle retinols. This product gives me comparable results to retinols without the sensitivity and redness.

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Image Vitamin C Enzyme Masque $30

My skin can be very dry, especially in the winter, and I use this masque as a night time moisturizer. It exfoliates and gives the skin a proper dose of antioxidants to fight that pesky thing called “age”… bleh!

Recent mommy moment…

Carter has been working hard in his physical therapy. I tend to get down at times because there are weeks where I feel he is not progressing and that maybe I am not doing enough at home to help him. We went to physical therapy today and Carter did a few things that impressed his physical therapist and she was so proud of him. As a mother, I see his progression everyday but when someone else notices an improvement in your child it is the most amazing feeling.
Another moment…
Nick and I usually put Carter to bed between 7-7:30. The weather has been so nice that we decided to hangout in the backyard, lit the candle on the outside table, and drank some wine together. We talked for hours about Carter, our future, and just laughed. It’s easy to get caught in the day to day monotony. It was so nice to have our own little date night right in our own backyard!

 

That sounds dreamy Annie!  I love a good at-home date.  Oh geez, now I have yet another SkinCueticals product to obsess over.  Thanks so much for sharing all this goodness with us!

XOXO
A

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Workout Wednesday with our CrossFit Coach

Happy hump day!!

If you read the “Girls’ Night Out” post over at Folsomette, then you know I’m training for a half marathon, the Folsom Blues Breakout Half.  If not, check it out!  It was so fun to participate in her “Girls’ Night Out Series”.

Anyway, to prepare for the half,  I’m running five miles three times a week and one long run on the weekends.  This long run keeps getting longer the closer I get to race day, October 19th.  Running to prepare for a race is great, but do you know what’s even better?  Cross-training.  Yep, it really helps.

Lucky for me, I live with a CrossFit coach!  My handsome hubby!  Here’s my interview with the hubster and some cool moves you can do at home to help get you in shape to run that half marathon or just to wear that super hot mini skirt!  I just LOVE this guy!

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A – So babe, introduce yourself.

Nick – Hello Ladies (and occasional guy(s)),

I’m the other half of Mama Momtaurage, Nick.  I have a 9-5 but I do coach CrossFit at Folsom City CrossFit as well.  In the midst of my own quest to be as fit as I can be, I have found a very gratifying experiencing coaching others and sharing in their accomplishments.

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A – So why can’t I just run to prepare for my run?

Nick – Distance running is amazing for the female physique.  I submit that nothing gets results for women like running.  This does, however, come with some risk.  Distance-running burns a ton of calories and females often don’t adjust their calorie intake to support what they are burning.  This can cause fatigue and also weakening of the muscles and joints.  So, first, it is important to adjust your diet to support the calorie expenditure and to get the performance from your body that you are looking for.

Second, it is important that you support your running with a couple days of weight training or cross-training.  Its critical that you build muscle around your joints because mileage can takes it tole on your joints.  Fundamental movements, like squats and lunges, in combination with explosive movements, like sprints and box jumps, are very complimentary to the aerobic muscle exertion one gets from distance running.

Lastly, take care of your body by investing the time to stretch before and after the run.  We often rush through stretching because we are on a time schedule or we underestimate the importance of doing it.  Recovery is critical to the maximizing the performance of your body.  There is no such thing as too much stretching.

A – Wow, you’re real serious…How long have you been a Cross Fit Coach?

Nick – I have been involved with CrossFit for almost 3 years and coaching since the beginning of this year.  I really never planned on coaching but the gym owners convinced me it was something I should do because I was so passionate about it.

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A – So, are like all the guys super ripped and the girls in uh-mazing shape?

Nick- Some are in amazing shape and some are not.  CrossFit is not body building.  CrossFit is designed to make you a well-rounded athlete.  Skills include Olympic weightlifting, gymnastics, core training, endurance exercises, etc.  People see increases in strength and capacity to perform skills and movements.  I suppose what I am trying to say is that CrossFit improves performance first and the physique comes as result of all the hard work.

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A – So what are you going to show us today?

Nick –  CrossFit workout are designed to consist of constantly varied, functional movements at high intensity.  The WOD that I have thrown together for you ladies today is designed to be done as fast as possible.  You may not finish it…Thats OK!.  There are no egos here.  Just challenge yourself.

A – Huh, what’s a WOD?

Nick – WOD is simply short for Workout of the Day…nothing fancy.

The WOD consist of three movements:

(1) Air Squat – The squat is the most fundamental move in our DNA.  You do it as a baby and you do it when you sit dow to go potty (sorry for the imagery but its a great analogy).

A – Obvi, anyone that has a kid can relate.

Nick – Fundamentals of a Squat

In CrossFit we teach squats differently than some of you might have been taught.  First we want our feet slightly wider than hip-width with our feet slightly ducked out.  Next we want the weight on our heels and our hips back.  When descend we want out butt to stay back and drop.  At the bottom of our squat we want to be sub 90 degrees.  This means that our hip crease is below the top of our knee.  When we ascend, we drive out of our heels straight up with our hips fully extended at the top.

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(2) Jumping lunges – Often times when I see people lunge they are taking too long of steps.  Ideally, we are looking for 90 degrees for both knees.  A jumping lunge is just a lunge with a slight hop (hop not pictured) to another lunge on the opposite leg.  You do these in place so they are not walking lunges.  These are designed to work your glutes, hip flexors, hamstrings, and calves.  All of these are critical to running.

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(3) Burpees – These are a gem.  They combine an aerobic movement with a push up combining for dynamic exercise.  From a stance, you drop to plank position lowering your chest to the ground (like a pushup) and then return in same fashion from the ground to the stance.   When you return to a stance, you jump and clap overhead (not pictured).

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Heres the WOD:

  • 20 jumping lunges
  • 5 burpees
  • 20 air squats
  • 5 burpees
  • 15 jumping lunges
  • 5 burpees
  • 15 air squats
  • 5 burpees
  • 10 jumping lunges
  • 5 burpees
  • 10 air squats
  • 5 burpees
  • 5 jumping lunges
  • 5 burpees
  • 5 air squats

A – Phew!  At the end of that you’ll definitely be exhausted.  Thanks for stopping by and teaching us a thing or two!

Have a great day mamas!

XOXO

A

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