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A mom, two boys, a husband, and a whole lot of adventure!


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Friday Favorites – Blah

I did a TERRIBLE job of remembering my favorite things of the week.  I snapped some photos here and there, but I must have been in a funk.

Favorite Parenting Moment(s) of the Week:

Straight out of my FB post:

My kids do really well at the mall until… I’m in a line. They both lost their minds as I was ordering their Chipotle and the guy behind me told me how much Matthew reminded him of his son… And that it really does get easier every year. Truly what I needed to hear (it’s usually men who say the right thing in situations like this). We chatted, I thanked him for his kind words, and we went on our way. Until he came back 10 minutes later with a cookie for each of the boys, saying he waited until he saw that they ate a good lunch. He told the boys to be nice to their mom the rest of the day. And then Matthew said, “that man is very nice!”. Yes… Yes he is.

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This parenting moment reminded me that we have ALL been there, and that the only thing to say to other parents in difficult situations is that… we have ALL been there and that they’re doing great.

Favorite Outfit of the Week:

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Here are those camo leggings again, and the “Don’t Shoot” bear shirt… but I edged it up with buckled tall black boots and let me tell you – I looked badass.  I got a few, “whoa, edgy, love it” comments from the moms.  😉

Favorite Family Time of the Week:

Our weekend was soooo busy with family!  My aunt and her guy were in town on Saturday for a visit.  The boys LOVE them like grandparents – well – differently than grandparents because they are so young at heart and act like kids with the boys.  They do everything with my kids that my parents don’t.  They are engaged, loving, and fun, fun, fun!  I took these quick photos of the boys dancing with them outside our favorite restaurant!

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We headed to Hottie’s parents’ on Sunday for his dad’s birthday.  The boys and I made him a chocolate cake with super rich ganache frosting.  The boys decorated it and we headed up, made lunch for everyone, had cake, and over-stayed our welcome (not really, because they are never ready for the kids to leave).  Hottie’s parents are everything my parents aren’t, and the boys feel sooooo loved by them.  We love going there!

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Favorite Surprise of the Week:

New Year’s Eve is almost around the corner and I have the dress and earrings, but no necklace.  I have been shopping for something to match the earrings and just could not find anything cheap.  I do have an old marcasite Judith Jack necklace but the style doesn’t match the earrings.  So Hottie and I started searching on Ebay for something that would match the earrings and we found something that I LOVED, but it was more money than I wanted to spend.  I really wanted to spend $20.00 max.  HA!

So Hottie said, “just get it,” and I said no way.  There was no way I’d spend more than I wanted to spend on a necklace I’d wear just a few times.  I had the necklace in my watch list and headed to the mall to search for something cheap (again).  NOTHING.  I was lamenting my frustration to Hottie via text and he wrote, “by the way – I already ordered your necklace.”

He is still so thoughtful after 9 years together!  He said he knew I wouldn’t spend the money, and he didn’t want me to have to worry about it so he got it.  My heart melted!

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Favorite Workout of the Week:

I live and breathe my FB feed – but I don’t pay too close attention to where the posts come from.  I saw some fitness challenge and assumed it was for the fitness group I’m in, so I did it.  It.Was.Not.Easy.

Again, straight out of FB:

So I saw a daily challenge in my feed, and assumed it was from this group. So I did it. Turns out, it was a photo that Jos was tagged in, not a challenge here. But I found that out too late. PiYo Core done (30 minutes), and then I did the Name Game thing, where you get an exercise assigned to each letter of your full name. I have a long ass name. Here’s what I did:
30 Squats
40 jacks
30 second arm circles
15 Push Ups
15 Squats
25 Burpees
1 min wall sit
10 crunches
30 squats
1 min wall sit
30 squats
30 jacks
3 min wall sit
15 push ups
40 jacks
30 burpees
50 jacks
2 min wall sit
15 push ups
30 burpees
40 jacks
30 burpees

Took me 27 minutes, and burned 200 calories, so I added 3 minutes of abs to get me to a full hour today. I’ll be doing that again!

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Favorite Quiet Moment of the Week:

We had a busy weekend and the drive home from Hottie’s folks’ put both boys to sleep.  I took one, Hottie took the other.  This never happens, and I really eat it up when it does.  Double quiet loves at the same time!

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Favorite Photos of the Boys This Week:

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8 Week Countdown to NYE – Week 2

Latest fitness stats are here…. with one week left to go in my 12-week challenge. Finishing strong before Thanksgiving is my goal of these past 12 weeks!

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Week 2 (Ending 11/18/15)

  • Week 2 Statistics
    • Weight:  138.6 pounds
    • Body Fat %:  21.3%
    • Time Spent Being Active (>= 5 hours): 7 Hours 5 Minutes
      • Miles Run (15-20 a week when decent weather):  13.11 Miles (HORRID weather)
    • Days within Calorie Goals per MFP (1390): 6 days
  • Exercise: 
    • Thursday – PiYo lower body (21:00); Ran 4.5 miles in 45:00; walked 0.51 miles in 7:00
    • Friday – PiYo Sweat (37:00); INSANITY Pure Cardio (38:00)
    • Saturday – PiYo Core (30:00); Name Game (27:00); Abs (3:00)
    • Sunday – REST
    • Monday – Ran 4.5 in 43:10; Walked 0.10 in 2:00; PiYo Upper (20:00)
    • Tuesday – Ran 3.0 in 32:30; Walked 0.50 in 7:30; PiYo Sweat (37:00)
    • Wednesday – TurboFire FIRE 45:00; PiYo Core (30:00)
  • Notes: 
    • I am exhausted and am finding myself rather fatigued quite easily.  I’m struggling
    • Just two days into the week and I’m at 2.5 hours of exercise.  Body fat is still in the 21%’s…

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THIS Moment in Time – Shout Out

I’ve had a rough morning, for reasons I can’t share. Some things are not my stories to tell. But when the morning went south, I reached out to a blog friend who I knew would understand. She said all of the things I needed to hear. She said all of the things that Hottie couldn’t to make me feel better. She was the best friend I could have asked for in that moment, and I am eternally grateful. Her words truly dried my tears.

Thank you, my dear URL and IRL friend. You know who you are! ❤

Anyone who says our blogging connections are shallow or “not real” has never had a connection like the ones I have!


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Friday Favorites – A Good Week!

What a fun week we’ve had!  There have been projects and cooking and shopping and nice weather!  The week ended rough with serious wind storms that kept us indoors, but we compensated!

Favorite Parenting Moment(s) of the Week:

My boys love their trikes, and the first half of the week we had tremendous weather.  I’ve never been thrilled with our house being on a through street – people blaze down our street a lot.  I take the kids a street down and over to a flat cul-de-sac and let them ride in the street there.  I’ve learned to actually LOVE living where we do because there are rules – YOU CANNOT RIDE DOWN THE DRIVEWAY TOWARD THE STREET – and they follow that rule.  On the cul-de-sac though, I let them ride free and if we lived there, that could get tricky.  They both mastered riding down the driveways into the street (gasp!) and then asked if they could ride on our roundabouts – because you know – it’s like a race track.  In the middle of the day, there’s absolutely no traffic so I take them there and let them ride in circles.  I love watching them chase each other and pass each other on the narrow track.  They’re loving it!

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Favorite Outfit of the Week:

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Oh this sweater!  I saw it on Modcloth and had to have it – so I ordered it with my first order that included a $20 discount.  It is so wonderful, so casual but tidy.  I paired it with my favorite skinny jeans (BR) and my new Born boots.  This felt like the perfect outfit for a cold, windy day!

Favorite Ah-HA! Moment of the Week:

I follow a gal who makes fabulous cakes (you know who you are!) and she made something truly magnificent this past weekend.  I showed Hottie and he, of course, suggested that I make the same cake this winter.  Ummm… no.  But it did get us to talking about the boys’ birthdays in June and I like to think ahead about the cakes.  Matthew is 100%, totally and completely into space right now, and I am going to tackle one of these in June.  I can’t wait!  I think I can do it!  I just hope he’s still into Space by then!

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Favorite Purchase of the Week:

My favorite purchase of the week is right here – you’ve seen it.  You know!

Favorite Project of the Week:

My favorite project is, without a doubt, our exercise space.  We got mats put down and the treadmill in its proper place along with the weight machine.  I’m now second-guessing the elliptical trainer just because of space.  We’ll see.  I’m not sure how we’re going to get it into our house since it’s already put together.

Favorite Find of the Week:

I’ve missed these shoes so much!  I wore them today for an INSANITY workout and I just love them.  They make me happy  🙂

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Favorite Meal of the Week:

I have been making soups in bulk for the winter.  My MIL loves butternut squash soup and I’m taking a bunch to her for Thanksgiving dinner this year (I also made a pie which is ready to go).  I finally made the soup and I bought way too much squash, so ended up with 8 QUARTS of soup.  It’s good – it’s so comforting!

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Favorite Photos of the Boys This Week:

I didn’t take a lot of photos this week – at all.  I’m sort of ashamed of myself.  I did capture these two little gems though.  Bryson in his chair, looking cute, and the two of them watching a little TV while holding their trikes in their laps.  (Yes… I let them ride their trikes in the house.)

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Fandom, Not Fashion

So…. On modcloth the other day, they highlighted a pair of Star Wars leggings. They were, in two words, awesome and stupid.

I had to have them.

They’re $40 which is steep for leggings I’ll probably wear once or twice (we have tickets for the upcoming movie at our local “brew and view” theater on the 19th!). I mentioned them to my friend who’s going to the film with us and she said, “get your butt to Kohls. They have some!”

Matthew had the day off today while Bryson was at school, so we went to Kohls to find these highly anticipated leggings. They aren’t as great as the other ones, but they do the job. And there was a shirt that *sort of* matched. Both items for $36. OK!!!

Matthew asked me to wear the outfit, “for the rest of today, please.” 😁 I did not!

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