Sunday, July 27, 2014

Where Have We Been? Disney, of course!

To say we have been busy the last week would be an understatement. Why have we been busy? Well, for starters, these two crazy kids are here:


It's awesome having my folks in town and I've been able to take some time off to spend it with them. Last Saturday us ladies went to the afternoon tea at the Grand Floridian. None of us had been and I couldn't wait to make some memories. 


The tea was wonderful! They even brought out a small tea pot for Jillian. I hope to make this a tradition for us ladies. 

That night we went to Maggiano's to celebrate my new job. 


Aaron decided to have family style with us and ate until he almost burst. 

My parents checked in to their Disney hotel on Tuesday and my brother Kevin and his family joined them. We all met up on Thursday at EPCOT and had a beyond delicious lunch at Via Napoli. 


I promise my nephew smiles, just not in photos. I guess the same could be said about my Dad. Hmmm....

The next day we started our morning at Chef Mickey's. Now, let me tell you what happened and how much my life has changed in the 6 years since I have had these kiddos. I was walking back from the buffet, plate in hand, and the child in front of me blew chunks everywhere. I sidestepped the mess and my first thought was, "Oh crap, I didn't grab any eggs..."

Aside from that display, the breakfast was awesome and the kiddos were able to see all of the characters. 


We headed out to Animal Kingdom after breakfast and I was able to snag this photo on the way to the buses:


Animal Kingdom was fun...hot...but fun. We headed back before the storms hit and then headed out to dinner with my cousin Mike and his son. While we were waiting for them, my niece and nephew were hanging with Jill. My nephew was busy teaching Jill how to spit over the railing. Memories, people, memories. 


The next day we all headed out to Hollywood Studios. I'm not totally sure what my most favorite part of the day was, lunch at Sci Fi, riding Tower of Terror with my Mom and niece, riding Tower of Terror with my nephew, niece and cousin or the moment we found my Dad sitting on a bench at the front of the park because, you know, we would have to walk by at some point. 


The kiddos spent the night at the hotel with their grandparents and all I know is they stayed up later than Scott and I. 

We all met up for breakfast this morning at Kona Cafe and then spent the day poolside. We ended it on a pontoon cruising the lakes. 


The visit has been awesome and unfortunately, really fast! Now, if you'll excuse me, I need to catch up on some sleep. 


Thursday, July 24, 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, who has been my rock in all of the madness. And for agreeing to take on another dog.
  • Aaron who is my sweetie pie, cuddle bug and handsome little man.
  • Jillian who sings opera style about everything in the world.
  • Family all around us.
  • Afternoon tea with the girls (both grandmas, Jillian and me).
  • A week of family being around. It's so fun making memories!
  • A fantastic group of coworkers and colleagues that make goodbyes hard.
What are you thankful for this week?

Side note: I know I have seriously slacked this past week. There is a lot going on over here. I'll be sure to add more this week.

Thursday, July 17, 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 encouragement and support. 
  • Aaron and the fact that he makes a point to tell me that he loves me every day.
  • Jillian who still needs the mommy cuddles when she doesn't feel well.
  • Family all around us.
  • Two and a half weeks with my parents!
  • Morning runs with my honey and breakfast after.
  • Almost 2 years at my job. I met great people, had some amazing opportunities and learned so much. 
  • My new opportunity that literally fell into my lap and for Chelsie who helped make it possible.
What are you thankful for this week?

Monday, July 14, 2014

Cool Summer Weekends

Is it just me or are the weekends getting shorter? Seriously, they just fly by faster and faster.
Friday night, Scott and I headed out to pick up our race packets, new running shoes for me and then dinner. It was a much welcomed date night. 

We had our second race in the summer series on Saturday, so it was an early (and slightly humid) morning. I broke in my new shoes on the course and loved every minute of it. I finished the course in 35:58 and Scott was not far behind me at 39:19. 

I cannot even fully express how proud of Scott I am. He set his mind to this fitness journey back in January and is just killing it on the course. He said at one point he was coming over a hill and saw me in the distance and was trying to will me into a walk break so he could pass me.

 I know the day is coming soon when he will be running right next to me and then in front of me. I am so looking forward to the day we cross side by side. 

We each were able to take the kiddos on a lunch date and then spent a good chunk of the afternoon in the pool. It was the perfect ending to a pretty awesome day.

Sunday, Jillian had the bright idea to go to Disney. Originally, she wanted to go to Magic Kingdom, but I was definitely not in the mood for the crowds, so we agreed upon Hollywood Studios. I had completely forgotten about the Frozen Summer party that they had going on. It was perfect.

We were able to see the parade with all of the characters and then we headed over to Wandering Oakens Trading Post to check out the ice skating. 


The kiddos loved all of the Frozen activities! I have to admit, we did, too. We even indulged in an Olaf cupcake.


We spent a good chunk of our day there and as soon as the weather alert went off on Scott's phone (perk of having an EM as a husband), we booked it out of there. 

I'm wishing we had another day to just relax, but it was an awesome weekend. I'm already looking forward to the upcoming weekend :)


Sunday, July 13, 2014

What My Family Ate For Dinner - Week 19

I've been trying to make a point of letting the kids pick a few of our meals each week. Now, Jillian would be happy eating grilled cheese all week, so normally it's Aaron that picks our meals. This week he picked two of the meals, I wonder if you can guess which ones?

Here's what my family had for dinner this week:

Sunday, July 6: Broccoli and cheese stuffed chicken. Aaron LOVES chicken kiev's and this is a healthier version. We love the Barber Foods brand and I love when they are on sale at Publix. We paired this with some brown rice and green beans.

Monday, July 7: Tuna alfredo. This is one of the easiest meals and I try to put this on busy nights. All I do is make whatever pasta we feel like (I used whole wheat penne), light alfredo sauce, frozen peas and tuna. Yum, yum and yum!

Tuesday, July 8: Stuffed potatoes. Scott and I LOVE these! Aaron is not on board with these yet, but I know he will be soon.

Wednesday, July 9: Jambalaya with chicken sausage. I know jambalaya should normally be made with andouille, but for calories (and fat) sake, I sub chicken sausage. I also cheat and use Zatarains.

Thursday, July 10: It was pouring on Thursday night and Scott was running late, so we ordered a pizza.

Friday, July 11: Scott and I had a date night (that included me getting new running shoes!). We hit up Olive Garden and ordered off the Cucina Mia menu. Scott had cavatappi noodles with primevera sauce and chicken meatballs. I had the bucatini with pomodoro sauce and chicken meatballs. So yummy!

Saturday, July 12: We had a pool party at Mimi and PawPaw's and brought in burgers from our favorite local burger place. I love their turkey burgers and zucchini fries!

Enjoy!

Thursday, July 10, 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 promotion! Yes!!!! We have been over the moon for the past week. I am so proud of him!
  • Aaron, my little chef. He is a master at making apple pie and scrambled eggs.
  • Jillian, my snuggle buddy. I love our moments together talking about her day.
  • Family all around us.
  • Another Princess Half Marathon weekend with my fellow princesses! I cannot believe I just registered for my 5th Princess!
  • 5k's with my honey and 4 milers with my buddy.
  • Mid-morning walks with Amy.
  • Spotless playrooms. I hear the choirs of angels singing every time I walk by.
  • Large iced coffees with a touch of hazelnut.
What are you thankful for this week?

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

What My Family Snacks On

I make no secret about the fact that I literally eat all day. I snack every few hours and eat small meals. Since training has been kicked into medium-high gear, I've been making sure those snacks are serving a purpose. Scott also packs a few snacks for his day at work.

So here's what you will find in our snack pantry...

For the kiddos:

  • Fruit (depends on what is in season - cantaloupe, apples, bananas, watermelon, etc)
  • String cheese
  • Babybel cheese (Aaron prefers these to string cheese)
  • Yogurt
  • GoGo Squeez
  • Buddy Fruits
  • Annie's Cheddar Bunnies
  • Fig Newtons
  • Baby carrots
  • Z-bars
  • Annie's fruit snacks
  • Quaker Granola bars
  • Outshine fruit bars
For the big kids:
  • Fruit (depends on what is in season - cantaloupe, apples, bananas, watermelon, etc)
  • Hummus with pretzel chips (love me some roasted red pepper hummus!)
  • Angie's Boom Chicka Pop (White Cheddar, Kettle and Lightly Salted)
  • Cheez-It's
  • Quaker granola bars
  • Greek yogurt
  • Baby carrots
  • PB Banana Smudgies 
  • Wasa crackers with Laughing Cow cheese 
  • Fig Newtons
  • Peanut Butter Protein Balls
  • Peanut Butter Apples with chocolate chips
  • Chocolate almonds (for Scott, I seem to have developed an intolerance)
  • Outshine fruit bars
I think that's it? We rotate through all of these during the week and I'm pretty sure I'm forgetting a lot of things we eat.
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