Sunday, September 14, 2014

"What do you mean the ride is closed?!"

We had another busy week and weekend. Scott and I finished our summer running series this weekend and Michelle joined us.

Scott ran with me and it's been a few weeks since he ran. Friday night I asked him what his goal time was and he said he wanted to beat his previous time of 38:38, so that was what I worked with. I may have pushed him at points and he may have cursed me in his mind a few times, but we beat the time by a few seconds. He was even smiling at the end, see.

Michelle came in a few seconds behind us and I like to think that she was mentally thanking me for taking her on the course a few weeks before. That course was no joke. The first mile had four hills in it with the final hill being more of a mountain.

Oh, and take a look at my bib number. Not that I'm superstitious or anything, but uh...yeah I was a little nervous about that running with that number.

After the morning run and all of the normal Saturday errands, we went to Magic Kingdom for the afternoon/evening. I rewarded all of my hard half-marathon training with the most delicious strawberry shortcake sundae I have
ever laid eyes on. I would like to personally thank the person in front of us who ordered it because it encouraged me to follow suit. Seriously, look at that mound of deliciousness!

We were able to score some Fastpasses and go on a few rides without really having to wait. I would like to point out that one of the rides we walked right on to was Carousel of Progress at the kiddos request. Only my 6-year-olds would want to go on that ride.

We also took a ride on the other carousel. The funniest thing of the day happened while we were waiting in line for the ride. Jill mentioned that she wanted to go on the Snow White ride, so I asked if she meant the mine train and she said no, the Snow White ride. She then pointed to where the ride used to be like 2 years ago. I told her it wasn't there anymore and she said, "What do you mean it's not there anymore?!" I told her it was a princess meet and greet now. "I don't want to see any princesses! I want to ride Snow White!" I'm still trying to figure out where she has been for the last 2 years.

But, speaking of the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train...the line said 70 minutes almost every time that we went past it. We finally bit the bullet (after a mandatory potty break, because Lord knows I was not getting out of that line for anything) and jumped in line. We were in like for maybe 10 minutes before Jill had a "stomachache" and couldn't ride. The moment she stepped out of line with Scott she wanted to go on another ride. I think it was straight nerves. Aaron and I toughed out the line (only 50 minutes) and had a total blast. He was nervous when we got in the car and then literally screamed from the moment we took off to the moment we were back in the loading area. He even went on it again with Scott (who scored a handy dandy rider switch pass).


After the mine train, we all walked on to the speedway. Aaron chauffeured me and Scott took Jill around the track. Thankfully, I am not suffering from whiplash.

We managed to sneak out after the parade and before the fireworks, so it was a minimal wait to get home. We could not have planned that any better.

I'm loving these moments of fun during the hustle and bustle of daily life. We are definitely lucky and I am beyond thankful.

I hope you had a wonderful fun-filled weekend, too!

Thursday, September 11, 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 all that he does for us.
  • Aaron and his enthusiasm.
  • Jillian and her constant cuddles.
  • Family all around us.
  • Coffee and lots of it.
  • Long runs on my Saturday mornings with the bestie.
  • Sparkle mail.
  • What could have been a really awful situation being absolutely nothing at all. 
It's been quiet on the blog lately because we have been so busy. More to come soon, I promise!

Thursday, September 4, 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 somehow manages to juggle all of this right along with me. Trust me, there is a lot of calendar invites to make all of this chaos work.
  • Aaron who is so excited about baseball and is giving it his all.
  • Jillian and our evening chats. Sometimes there is nothing better than curling up and chatting with your little lady.
  • Family all around us.
  • Long runs with my bestie that don't feel like long runs.
  • Being able to meet up with family over the weekend.
  • Three day weekends spent poolside.
  • Coffee that is ready when I walk in the door in the morning. It's the little things people.
  • Peanut Butter. Do I really need a reason for that one?
What are you thankful for this week?

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. 
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