Monday, September 1, 2014

Holiday Weekends: Pools, Cheesecakes and Irish Pubs

I don't know about you, but I love a good long weekend. I actually was able to scoot out of work early on Friday, which made it an even longer weekend.

Friday night I met up with my friends Jesi and Amy. I haven't seen them in a month and it was a long overdue girls night complete with cheesecake.

That counts as carb loading before a long run, right?

It was so fantastic to have a moment to catch up with my girls. I cannot wait to have our next girls night/outing.

Saturday morning, as I eluded to, included a long run. I have a half marathon coming up at the end of October and it's definitely approaching a lot faster than I expected.

I have been upping my game in the training department. I really want to crush my best time (3:18) and ultimately come in sub 3 hours. I'm back on my 3-4 runs a week, cross training with walking on inclines and doing strength training. It's a lot and I'm really lucky to have an awesome support system. Now if we could just work on the humidity...

Saturday wasn't just about my long run, it also included an afternoon with Alex and Jenna. I'm so excited that Alex is stationed closer to us and cannot wait for more visits (you know, after those pesky deployments).

We had lunch at Raglan Road over at Downtown Disney. I love this restaurant, it's seriously one of my favorites.

The kiddos were pretty much attached to Alex and Jenna the entire time. Aaron even drew Alex a picture. .

The rest of the weekend was pretty much spent poolside. It's a tough life, isn't it?

I hope you are having a fantastic holiday weekend!

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Thanksgiving Thursday


For those of you that don't know what Thanksgiving Thursday is, it is the one time during the week where you stop and basically count your blessings. Even if you've had one of those weeks, I promise you can find at least one thing to be thankful for, no matter how big or small.

This week I am thankful for:

  • Scott's patience and flexibility. I honestly do not know how he does it. 
  • Aaron and our nighttime stories. I love that now he's the one reading to me.
  • Jillian's ability to blossom in just about any situation. 
  • Family all around us.
  • Saturday morning runs with my bestie. Equally thankful that they are finally paving one of the roads we run on.
  • Girls night with Jesi and Amy. Cannot wait to catch up over wine.
  • Cuddling up in bed with a good book.
  • Three day weekends. 
What are you thankful for this week?

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Grilling with Jennie-O: Turkey Satay

We tried another grilling recipe from Jennie-O tonight, this time we went with turkey satayThis was so easy to make and under 300 calories (for everything!). 


Aaron ate everything but the peanut sauce (I think it was too spicy for him). Scott loved all of it and I waited until after he finished to tell him that I made the rice with coconut milk. I was even surprised by how good the rice was with the coconut milk (I am not a coconut fan at all). 

This is a really easy and light summer meal that is perfect for the whole family. Check out this recipe and many more on Jennie-O's website. I have one more recipe to post that will hopefully help make the switch to turkey.

Disclosure: Jennie-O supplied me with coupons for their products to make these recipes. The opinions expressed are my own. 

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Grilling with Jennie-O: Mushroom and Bleu Cheese Turkey Burgers

We made the switch to turkey years ago, and I do not for one second regret it. I will say the hardest sell in the "switch to turkey" was the burger. Scott was not a fan of turkey burgers, until of course he had Jennie-O 100% white meat turkey burgers. They are really juicy and plump, making them the perfect end of summer grilling treat.

I found a recipe for mushroom and bleu cheese turkey burgers on Jennie-O's website and I have to be honest, when I saw it I immediately thought, "how come I never thought of this!?" It's so easy and SO yummy! 


I did switch it up a bit and instead of the normal hamburger bun we went with sandwich thins. It cuts a lot of calories out and I picked a brand that was high in fiber and added flax seed. So good!

You can find this recipe and so many more on Jennie-O's website. I'll be posting two more recipes this week to help inspire you to make the switch to turkey. 

Disclosure: Jennie-O supplied me with coupons for their products to make these recipes. The opinions expressed are my own. 

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Thanksgiving Thursday


For those of you that don't know what Thanksgiving Thursday is, it is the one time during the week where you stop and basically count your blessings. Even if you've had one of those weeks, I promise you can find at least one thing to be thankful for, no matter how big or small.

This week I am thankful for:

  • Scott and his constant support.
  • Aaron and our Saturday morning cooking show marathons.
  • Jillian and our bedtime snuggles.
  • Family all around us. 
  • The ability to take my kids to school in the morning and be home earlier. I love my time with them.
  • A company that is really accommodating to families. 
  • Great friends.
  • A great first week of school for the kiddos with great teachers.
  • Coffee...lots and lots of coffee.
What are you thankful for this week?

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

First Day of First Grade

I know, I'm a few days late on this! 

I still cannot believe my babies are in first grade! It seems like yesterday we were bringing them home and now they're big kids. 


The first day did have some hiccups though. The parking lot was a HUGE mess and I couldn't walk them in on their first day. I had to drop them off in the car line, which they didn't mind and they didn't even give me a kiss :( 

As if I wasn't emotional enough about not being able to take them in Alan Jackson's "Remember When" came on the radio as I pulled out of the car line. Yeah, thanks. 

They had a wonderful first day and second and third day. Their teachers seem fantastic and I cannot wait to see what this year has in store for them.

I hope all of you had a wonderful first day of school, too!

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Celebrating Running with Some Fireworks

It's the last weekend before school starts. Um, didn't summer just start? Didn't we just go to graduation? I'm pretty sure we did...

Anyway...We made the most of our last weekend. Scott and I started it with the Celebration of Running 5k through downtown Orlando. It was a course neither of us had run before and it was a ton of fun. I hung with Scott the whole time and told him we were crossing together. Scott said I pushed him at the end, and I was happy to do it!


How cute are we?! And how cute are those medals?!

After the race (and after the rain let up) we all went to EPCOT to just enjoy the afternoon. 


We went on a few rides, had some dinner, some dessert and settled in to watch the fireworks. We usually are not in the parks late enough for the fireworks, so it was definitely a treat for the kiddos. I'm not going to lie, Scott and I both needed coffee to make it through. 

Today we all slept in well past our normal wake up times and then just hung out for the rest of the day.

I'm not even ready for tomorrow. I cannot believe my babies are going to be in first grade. Where has the time gone?!

Wishing all of you a happy first week (or maybe it's your second, or you're lucky and haven't gone back yet) of school!

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