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Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Sweet Summertime 2016 - May and June Edition.

Since it's been a month since I updated (sorry-not-sorry), I thought I'd share what's been going on lately.

A Home for the Jimenez' 
We've identified a home, gone through the process and are waiting for a closing date from the bank. We are hoping to close soon.

Baby Jimenez' # 3
We found out of June 6th that baby number three is a healthy, thriving baby GIRL! We celebrated by bringing home Pink doughnuts for our two toddlers, and have been working on a name.

I'm still feeling pretty well, despite a stomach virus that swept through our house Father's Day weekend. There is nothing like vomiting so forcefully you can't breathe. ...seriously, never. again. I don't wish that on anyone!

Friends for our Girls
Our girls are settling back into Miami life very well. We've joined up with a great group of moms who have children close in age to the girls and it has been such a blessing in both my life and our children. They LOVE to go to the zoo, and different play dates with the kids. I enjoy seeing some other moms, and having friendly conversation.

Anything else? 
Between play dates, zoo dates and life there really hasn't been much happening. My little corner of the internet has suffered because I have been more focused on my family. More and more I come to the realization that our time with our children is way too short.

So, what's new in your life? Any fun summer plans or activities happening in your life?

If you miss me, you can find me over on snapchat and instagram with the username @storybookerin I'm still very active on those social media platforms.

Until next time...

Friday, May 20, 2016

Baby Number 3 Trimester 1 - Fitness Recap

I have been blessed with healthy pregnancies, that allowed me to run and remain active throughout the entire time.  With all fitness goals and routines, I consulted my Doctor and when running, made sure I stayed at a "conversational" pace. I am not a medical professional, this is just what I did with the clearance from my doctor.


I trained for and ran three Disney races during my first trimester.
  • I did yoga 2 to 3 times per week
Goals for Trimester 2. 

Since it's starting to get really hot, and I don't have access to a treadmill anymore I won't be running. I don't feel comfortable with it, especially since I took a couple weeks off of running when we were packing up our apartment to move (Life Update here). 

I have been walking with the double jogger and continuing to do a lot of yoga and other strength training. My goal is to be active 3 to 4 times a week for the rest of this trimester. 

Question of the day: What are your fitness goals for this month? 

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Baby 3 Update - 16 Weeks

As this post goes live, I'm actually almost 19 weeks but I'm going to share the stats from my last appointment because my next appointment isn't for a few more weeks.

You can read my first update here.
Baby # 3 at 16 weeks

  • Tacos. 
  • Cream Cheese
  • Mayonnaise
  • Honey Mustard
  • Dijon Mustard
  • Anything with sauces
  • Eggs
  • Feet... 
  • Pretty tired, but more energy than trimester 1. 
  • Hungry
  • Thirsty
  • Some nausea the last few weeks (triggered by aversions)
Weight / Blood Pressure / Gestational Diabetes
  • Weight:
    • Down 2 lbs still
  • Blood Pressure
    • Back down to normal healthy range 
  • Gestational Diabetes
    • Passed my trimester 2 three hour screening 
  • Started feeling flutters more frequently at week 16
  • Baby had a strong healthy heart beat of 140's at the last appointment
  • While at Disney my two year old took off her Mickey sticker, put it on my belly and said it was for the baby... It was so sweet I wanted to cry. 

Monday, May 16, 2016

Weekly Chase - May 2016

Well Friends, it's been a minute (or three) since I joined Mindy for the Weekly Chase.  If you read my Life Update, you understand why.

This weekend was jam packed with house hunting, going to the zoo, birthday pool party for Tita (Auntie), and church. Still haven't found the right house, but there really isn't anything available in our budget right now. We just have to be patient...

Here are my goals for the week.

1. Walk at least 2 mornings.
2. Yoga at least 2 times
3. Schedule pediatrician apts
4. Update doctors with new insurance

Question of the day: What's your favorite animal at the zoo?

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Life Update - May 2016

Can I just tell you that my life as been literally insane since my last post . Well, actually since before that post. So allow me to share what's been going on in our lives.

The best way I can explain the crazy is to give a little timeline of the last couple of weeks.

Friday, April 14 - Announce Baby # 3!!  Hooray!!! On this day we left for Disney to run the Darkside Half Marathon, I also had a doctors appointment AND we got a phone call from a University in Miami offering my husband a position. (Pretty much the greatest day ever!)

Monday, April 17 - Start date agreed upon.

When we arrived home on April 17th, we started packing our home in Fort Myers right away because my husband would be starting a new job back home in Miami in three weeks. So, I spent every opportunity packing, packing, packing (at 4 months pregnant).

Saturday, April 30 - MOVING DAY! We spent Saturday moving back to Miami, cleaning our apartment and turning in the keys.

Monday, May 1st - Baby Appointment and 3 hour glucose test (spoiler alert - I PASSED).

Wednesday, May 4th - Go visit friends and family in Central Florida, soak up some Disney fun.

Sunday, May 8th - Mother's Day at Epcot

Monday, May 9th - Daddy's first day!!!

So where are we now? After a year of gaining experience in my husbands field of study the Lord opened the doors for us to move back home to Miami. We are currently searching for a home to call ours, and loving life back in South Florida.

We are forever grateful for all those who prayed for us during the crazy transition, and are continuing to lift us up in their thoughts and prayers.

Want more? Read our Life update from May 2015 here.

Friday, April 22, 2016

Star Wars Darkside Half Marathon - RECAP!

Friends, I couldn't wait until Wednesday!!! I'm just so excited, so SURPRISE!!! We had such a wonderful weekend at Walt Disney World, followed by an insane week at home (more on that in another post).

So without further boring introduction, here is my recap from the Star Wars Darkside Half Marathon. Recently I mentioned that due to a glitch in the system, my husbands proof of time was not read. However, since he had put all the information in a notes section of Active, RunDisney was able to (within seconds) place him in the appropriate corral! He moved from Corral J all the way up to Corral D [insert happy dance].

Since I am expecting, and had zero intention of stopping for anything except maybe a bathroom we agreed that he should run in his corral and I would run in mine (Corral G).

Prior to the start of the race, we took several pictures with some star wars peeps, and just had a lovely time enjoying the pre-race vibe.  My sister was also running the half but was in a different corral. I also advised her to run her own race and have a good time, because I knew I wouldn't be pushing myself (at all) for the race. My only goal was to finish before the sweepers.

The race started and I moved as far over to the right side as I possibly could and began my 30/30 intervals. I'd decided it would be short enough intervals to keep my distracted, and I wouldn't get my heart rate up too high too quickly. On Friday I took a one hour glucose test at the doctor to test for gestational diabetes, and was still feeling "off" so I really just wanted to do my own thing.
Baby Jimenez ready to start! 

My sister must have passed me around mile 2 because I got her 5k split a few minutes before I made it to the 5k mark, I never saw her. BUT... We were in Epcot and IT.WAS.AWESOME!  We entered Epcot from the back (like think underneath test track) and ran around World Showcase for a bit. Since it was still quite dark when we ran through it, all of the buildings had white lights around the top, and there was Star Wars music BLASTING through all the speakers. I'm not a Star Wars fan, but whatever nerdy ounce I have in my body was thrilled.


Running through Epcot while the sounds epic light saber battles are all around you? Best start to a race EVER!

After Epcot we entered onto the boardwalk area and ran the path that connects Epcot with Hollywood Studios. The course was quite narrow at this point, and as annoying as I was to all those around me, I continued to stick all the way to the right hand side and run 30/30 intervals.

Hollywood Studios was also pretty Epic. There was a large stage in front of the Chinese Theater with Kylo Ren and some storm troopers, you know encouraging you to "move along".  I had every intention of taking a picture, but ... I didn't. Not even sure why.

After HWS we entered the first long (and boring) stretch of Osceola Parkway. One thing they did, that I wish they'd do more of during other half marathons is they played movies every mile or so on the long boring stretches! I mean, it's not like meeting Jedi Mickey (Who was no where to be found) but it's pretty cool and distracting!

Before I knew it I was entering Animal Kingdom. I got a little emotional during this part of the course, mostly because I was having deja vu from when I ran the Marathon (pregnant with Baby 2). The sun was rising, and everything just looked so pretty!  I had a good time running though Animal Kingdom and took advantage of a REAL bathroom and sink to wash my hands.

After Animal Kingdom we entered the final stretches of Osceola Parkway. I'd started to slow down at this part, but was still well above the 16 min mile requirement so I was comfortable with my slowing pace.

Before I knew it I was turning a corner into the woods and running on a dirt path entering EPSN Wide World of Sports. The crowd was vibrant was we entered ESPN and it was here that the tears just fell. I'd done it... My knees still felt great, and I was approaching the finish line.

My dad and younger sister had come to chEAR us on with signs, so I blew some kisses to them and then headed for the finish line. Where my older sister had waited for me so we could take a picture together!

This was not my fastest half marathon, in fact it can go on the list as one of my slowest. However, it was the most fun I've had running a half marathon.

Finish: 3:19:21
Pace: 15:13 per mile
Pregnancy: 14 Weeks (Second Trimester)

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Excited are we, Announcing Baby number 3

On Friday morning around 5:00 a.m. we texted our family to let them know we were expecting baby number 3. Of course everyone was super excited but they had no idea I was actually pretty far along and would be announcing to Facebook on the same day that we told them!

If you are interested, here are some of the details of pregnancy number 3.


  • Cereal - can't get enough... 
  • Salsa (if you have chips and salsa even better)
  • Cream Cheese - just keep it away, please. 
  • Joint pain 
  • Lazy - no energy (at all)
  • no nausea (hooray!)
  • Always hungry (just feed me and tell me I'm pretty)
Weight / Blood Pressure / Gestational Diabetes:
  • down 4 lbs
  • BP higher than my other two, but still healthy
  • Failed my 1 hour GTT, taking the 3 hour soon
Estimated Due Date: October 14, 2016