Timber!!! +Weekend recap

We enjoyed a nice relaxing weekend which was just what everyone needed! Kelly has 2 more weeks of graduate school until he is officially DONE with his education…forever. He promises me he has NO desire to get a PhD. Smile My restaurant is finally opening tonight so my work schedule is going to get  much busier this week. Needless to say we are in for a wild ride for the next few weeks!

Here’s a photo dump recap of how our weekend went down:


This happened TWICE last week. We finally wised up this weekend and bought a bigger stand for our massive tree. I’m happy to report there have been no more tree-falling-over-at-4am-and-waking-up-the-entire-household-episodes.


After decorating this thing 3 times, we’ve got it down to a science. The kids LOVE the train. We made sure to buy the most annoying train toy stores have to offer. This one plays music and has a bell. If listening to a screeching rendition of jingle bells 50 times in one day doesn’t send me to the loony bin I don’t know what will!


Something that doesn’t make me want to rip my eyelashes out is this photo. My boys have been giving each other lots of hugs lately. We are getting pretty darn close to having AS many hugs and loving moment as fights. This may not sound like an accomplishment but I’m quite happy with that ratio!


I managed to get outside and go for a short run. It was raining most of the weekend but the cloud cover increased the temperature quite a bit. It was perfect running weather.


I went to a church youth group activity that involved cooking quick and easy meals. It was a bonus that they were pretty healthy too! We made Beef Sandwiches and Curry Chicken Lettuce Wraps. The lettuce wraps were my favorite and I will be making them again this week.


Hung the stocking and put up a few other Christmas decorations.


Dax and I went on a special Mommy-Son date.


We went out to eat and he ordered a Hamburger and French Fries with Lemonade to drink. All things he usually doesn’t eat.


We followed dinner with a 3D showing of Wreck It Ralph. I was quite surprised that Dax kept his glasses on for the whole movie. If you have kids, or if you just enjoy animated movies, I recommend Wreck It Ralph. It was funny, cute and heartwarming. Dax and I were fully entertained!

What did you do this weekend?

Our Big Adventure

I started my day off right yesterday with a slow and easy 4 mile run outside.  I went just as the sun was coming up and it was magnificent. I sure do love getting my workouts done first thing in the morning!

I was feeling adventurous so before heading out to pick Dax up from preschool I packed lunches for the boys. I used to be so much better about taking my kids to explore exciting places. Lately, if we go anywhere, it involves the grocery store, Walmart, or the gym.  I was planning on taking them to the park for a picnic lunch but as soon as I stepped outside I realized it was too cold. We did the next best thing and headed to the library. There is a big long hallway with a sitting area before the entrance to our library so this is where the boys ate their lunches.

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Once they finished eating we headed in and Dax made a B-line for the computers. The Logan library has a bunch of computers in the kids area with educational games on them. Dax played a Sesame Street game that is supposed to help him learn how to sound out words.

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While Dax played on the computer Everett and I checked out some of the Holiday books.  We were lucky enough to find “The Night Before Christmas” and “How the Grinch Stole Christmas.” Once we finished perusing the entire children’s book section, we headed over to the reading area.

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After spending at least an hour in the library we headed home for naps. I was hoping they would be super tired from our “big afternoon adventure” and take extra long naps. That didn’t happen. I had just enough time to make lunch and eat it before they decided it was time to come out and play again!


I made some sautéed some chicken, bell pepper, and onion in low fat sesame ginger dressing. I also baked a few corn tortillas that were used to scoop up that big heap of guacamole. It was definitely a random lunch but it tasted delicious!

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I had to go to a quick meeting for work last night but we promised the kids we could decorate the Christmas tree. Kelly got home a few minutes early so we could spend a half hour decorating before I had to leave. The boys had an awesome time and the bottom 1/8 of our tree is FILLED with ornaments. Smile We did a bit a rearranging after they went to bed. We did get to finish decorating so I will post a photo of the whole tree once I add the finishing touches!

What is the best thing you did yesterday?

Do you ever use your local library?

-I use ours occasionally, but feel like I should utilize it more! Who doesn’t like free books and movies?

A Day in the Life

As you know I’ve been following Jamie Eason’s LiveFit Trainer from bodybuilding.com. The program is completely free and I’ve loved it so far.  I’m only on day three but I can tell my body is appreciating all the healthy foods I’ve been feeding it. After indulging over the long weekend I’m really happy to be back to more nutritious foods. The average woman gains 3-5 pounds between Thanksgiving and New Years. I’m bound and determined NOT to be that women.  Hop on the bandwagon with me and you don’t have to be her either.

Before I get to my usual What I Ate Wednesday I want to share my breakfast recipe with you. I found it on bodybuilding.com and it was super scrumptious. Everyone in my family gave these pancakes great reviews.

Pumpkin Spice Pancakes

From www.Bodybuilding.com

Calories: 64
Fat: 1.3 grams
Carbs: 9.5 grams
Protein: 3.5 grams
Sugar: 0 grams

  1. Preheat griddle to medium heat.
  2. Mix oat flour, Splenda, baking powder, salt, cinnamon, allspice and nutmeg in a bowl.
  3. Wisk egg whites and pumpkin. Mix in Almond Breeze (I also added 1 tsp. vanilla here).
  4. Add wet ingredients to dry ingredients and mix together.
  5. Spray griddle with non-stick butter spray.
  6. Scoop batter with a 1/4 cup measuring cup onto griddle. Cook 3-5 minutes on a side.

Makes 16 pancakes.

For today’s What I Ate Wednesday I am going to give you a glimpse into my day-to-day life. This is from yesterday. Here it goes:


We woke up and Dax helped me make some pancakes and eggs for our breakfast.

8 AM Breakfast:

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2 pumpkin pancakes with almond butter and 5 egg whites cooked with salsa.

After breakfast we kissed Daddy goodbye and I realized I only had 10 minutes to get myself and my two kids dressed and out the door to head to the gym. I only reserved a spot for my kids from 9-10 and I didn’t want to be late and cut into my workout time. I managed to get everyone ready but didn’t realize Everett was missing shoes until I had already left the house. Luckily my diaper bag is a bottomless pit and I just so happened to have an extra pair of shoes in there!

I only got 10 minutes into my workout when a worker found me and let me know Everett needed a diaper change. :-/ I was in my own little world so she had to tap me on the shoulder and wave her arms in my face to get my attention! I was just starting to get into my groove so it was a bummer to have to stop. Being a mom is a 24/7 job and kids don’t always pick the best times to need something. Such is life! After finished up at the gym, we headed home for a snack.

10:30 AM Snack:

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Chocolate protein shake made with 1 cup almond milk, 1 scoop whey protein, 1tbsp. cocoa powder, 1/2 banana, and ice.

After snack the boys played while I got ready, blogged, and responded to emails. After reading a few books and doing 5 million puzzles with my kids it was 12:00 and time to feed them lunch. I made them PB&J on whole wheat bread with a side of applesauce. Everett decided he didn’t want his sandwich and was begging me for cheese. He is just beginning to talk so when he pointed to the fridge and said, “chsssss” I couldn’t resist.


What can I say, the boy REALLY loves his cheese.

I started prepping my lunch while the kids were eating. They both went down for naps at 1. This is mommy time and I enjoyed my lunch while listening to Christmas music.

1:15 PM Lunch:


Taco salad with spring mix lettuce, chicken, salsa, guacamole, homemade baked tortilla strips, and a squeeze of lime.

After lunch I relaxed for a few minutes before heading into the kitchen to clean. I was in such a rush to get to the gym in the morning that I hadn’t even cleaned up breakfast. Needless to say, it was a really big mess. The boys both woke up around 2:30 and had snacks. We ready more books, did more puzzles, watched Mickey Mouse, and played with endless amounts of cars, trucks, and trains. I also made some pumpkin protein bars while Mickey Mouse was on.

4:45 PM Snack:


An apple and two Pumpkin Protein Bars (not pictured).

Daddy surprised us by getting home early so we could go pick out our Christmas tree. We found a great tree and got it all set up on our car when we realized we didn’t have a tree stand. The tree lot didn’t sell them so we headed to Walmart. What do you know? Walmart doesn’t have tree stands either. But since we were there anyway we picked up some goldfish crackers, teddy grahams, and beef jerky. All my boys were getting hungry (Kelly included)so they ate some really nutritious??? snacks. We drove to the other side of town to go to Home Depot where we finally found a tree stand. Success!

By the time we got home and set up the tree it was time for the boys to go to bed. They were a bit sad we didn’t get to decorate it so we let them put the star on the top!


After PJ’s, brushing teeth, reading stories, singing songs, and prayers this kids were in bed and it was time for me to EAT. I had planned on making chicken and sweet potatoes but since everyone else already ate I nixed the idea. I didn’t feel like cooking for just 1 person.

8 PM Dinner:


I don’t like to eat too much deli meat because of the preservatives and high sodium but I made an exception tonight. I had 6 oz. deli turkey, 2 celery stalks, and a slice of Ezekiel toast with peanut butter and sugar free jelly.

I ate dinner while watching an episode of Sister Wives. Why is that show so addicting? It is just so fascinating to see how a polygamist family lives.

What is the best thing you’ve had for breakfast lately?

Are you usually alert during your workouts or do you tend to zone out?

-I almost always zone out but I try to be more aware during my outdoor runs. Safety first!

Have you put up Holiday decorations yet?

Healthy Pasta Salad

I spent almost 2 hours deep cleaning my kitchen this afternoon. When dinner time rolled around, the last thing I wanted to do was make a huge mess! I was craving pasta and lo and behold, when I looked in the cabinet, sitting right next to the pasta was a brand new bottle of Newman’s Own Ceaser dressing. Instantly the idea of pasta salad popped in my head.

I used 100% whole wheat elbow pasta. By the way, many of the pasta brands that claim to be whole wheat are only 50% whole wheat. I always check the label and make sure the ingredients are 100% whole wheat. I only want the good stuff! While the pasta was cooking I chopped a green bell pepper, red onion, and cherry tomatoes.


I prefer to eat this pasta salad cold so I rinsed the pasta with cold water after I drained it. Then I simply combined the pasta, dressing, and veggies together. And voila! You have a colorful, healthy, and delicious pasta salad.


You could easily add some precooked chicken to the salad for a punch of protein. I ate my salad with a few bites of leftover pork from last night’s dinner to round out my meal. For this dish, I only had to clean 1 pot, a cutting board, and a knife. Plus we had plenty of leftovers for lunch tomorrow! Perfection.

The exact measurements for this pasta are:

  • 8 oz. uncooked whole wheat pasta
  • 1 green bell pepper
  • 1/2 red onion
  • 2 cups cherry tomatoes
  • 1/3 cup Newman’s Own Ceaser Dressing

Make this dish, you will LOVE it!

What I Ate Wednesday

I decided to wait till tonight to post my What I Ate Wednesday instead of my usual morning post. I was still getting over my flu bug yesterday and I didn’t think you would be interested to see photos of saltines and sprite! Well lets get on with it.

7:30 AM Breakfast: Cereal, milk, and an apple.


10:30 AM Snack: A wasa cracker with peanut butter, banana, and honey.


1:00 PM Lunch: A Flatout Bread Pizza with pizza sauce, cheese, red pepper, red onion, cherry tomatoes, black beans, salsa, and avocado.


3:30 PM Snack: A smoothie with blueberries, pineapple, mango, strawberry, banana, orange juice, and almond milk.


5:15 PM Dinner: Pulled Pork on a whole wheat bun and steamed asparagus.


I’m on my way out the door to head to a meeting for work but I plan on having some popcorn while I watch Modern Family tonight!

Ragnar In The Making

Ragnar Las Vegas started yesterday morning at 7:30am and we have about 10 hours till we finish. Or those of you who don’t know, Ragnar is a 197 mile relay. our team has 12 girls and we separate into 2 different vans. while the other van is running we can stop and pitch a tent to sleep for a few hours till its our turn to run again.
The girls in my van have been so much fun! My first 2 legs were awesome and I’ve been averaging 8:20 miles. In Ragnar when you pass someone it’s called road kill and the teams tally their total number.

I was super pumped before my first run but I was immediately humbled by a steep incline and 30 mph headwind. Luckily the last 3 miles of my 4 mile run were downhill and with the wind. My last two miles were 7:42 and I don’t think I’ve ever run that fast! It was SO fun and I ended with a huge endorphin rush. I was ready for more!

We made a pit stop at Chili’s around 7pm to grab some real food before heading back to our hotel to catch a couple hours of sleep before our night runs.

My night run was 3.5 miles straight uphill and it began at 3:30am. It was such an awesome experience to be running on a deserted road in the middle of the night. It was one of my favorite runs of all time!

We have a few hours to kill before heading back to run our last leg. There’s nothing better than trying to sleep in a suburban with 5 other people. Sweet dreams!

My First Injury

I was SO excited after last nights run! I had planned on doing 6 miles with a few sprints thrown into the mix. About half way through the day I decided I wanted to do a tempo run and see just how fast I could go. I took off around 4:30 this afternoon. I went out and did the first mile in 8:25. This felt comfortably hard. I was breathing heavily but my legs felt great and I felt like I could maintain that speed for a while longer.  Mile 2 was 8:18. I didn’t realize I had picked up the pace but once I finished this mile I was feeling pretty tired so I slowed it down a bit. I ran mile 3 in 8:34. I was able to zone out a bit during this mile and was feeling pretty good. There is something about the half way point that gives me a boost of energy. I’m always excited when I get to start heading back towards home.

Miles 4 (8:14) and 5 (8:06) were tough but I was happy I only had 1 mile left. I was really tempted to walk that last mile since I had pushed so hard for 5 miles. In hindsight, I probably should have walked the last mile. I’ll tell you why in a minute. I just kept thinking, “You only have a mile to go. Don’t be a quitter, push hard and finish strong!” I did just that. I ran my last mile in 8 minutes flat. I was MORE than ready to walk a bit to bring my heart rate back down. I walked about a half mile to get home feeling so proud of what I had just accomplished. I even posted my time on Facebook!


There was not one point during my run where something felt painful or unusual. If that had happened I would have slowed my pace significantly. Once I walked into the house I immediately started stretching since my hamstrings felt a bit tight. This is when I started noticing that my groin was sore. Things only got worse from there and within half an hour I was in a lot of pain! I iced and took some ibuprofen but the pain was not letting up. I text my brother who is running his second marathon this weekend so he knows a thing or two about running. He informed me that groin injuries are good and bad. Good because they usually only need a few days to heal but bad because there is not a lot you can do about it besides rest and ice. 


I held the frozen green beans between my legs while I ate dinner! I had a side salad and a bowl of whole what spaghetti with turkey meat sauce.  Everything was eaten on the couch because it hurt too much to move.

I went through a few hours where it was quite painful. The ibuprofen kicked in and really seemed to help. I was really temped to go to my scheduled spin and yoga class this morning. I have decided to be smart about this injury because I don’t want to risk being out any longer than a few days. I’ve gotten used to getting my daily endorphins and the thought of not being able to workout for weeks on end is devastating. I’m feeling much better this morning but I’m still going to take 2 full days off. No more injuries for me.

My brother thinks my injury came because I did too much speed work too fast. I agree. I probably shouldn’t have done 6 miles at such a fast pace. My normal, easy runs are about 9:45 so this was 1:30 difference. I think I would have been fine if I did a 1 mile warm up followed by 4 miles at race pace with a 1 mile cool down. Lesson learned. I will not be pushing myself TOO hard again. I REALLY don’t want to get injured. I’ve come to love my runs too much!

Have you ever been injured? How did you deal with missing workouts?

Long Run and Saturday Fun

I got a great start to my 85 miles in November with a 14 mile run this morning. I didn’t have a planned distance going into my run this morning. I knew I wanted to do a long run (like more than 8 miles) but I figured I’d just go until I didn’t want to go anymore.  My farthest run before today was my half marathon (13.1).


I felt great on my run today so I decided to push just a little bit further and go 14. I was running really slow, 10 min/mile so it took me 2:20:08 but I felt Ah Mazing when I got home. I told Kelly this afternoon that I want to run a marathon. I’m really into this whole “running” thing and I would love to run a marathon this spring/summer. June of 2013 will be 25 years since my marathon running Grandpa’s death and I would love to run my first marathon in his honor! No official plans yet but my mind is mulling it over.


After my run I was famished but I only had 20 minutes till I had to be at work. I made 2 eggs, plus 2 more egg whites and a slice of toast with peanut butter, banana, and honey.


When I got home from work, we made the last minute decision to go to the USU football game. We got there during the first quarter and USU was already up by 14! It was a fun and high scoring game. The Aggies smoked Texas State and the final score was 7-38!


After the game we went to Kneaders and I got a half turkey sandwich and a side of broccoli spinach salad. The salad had broccoli, spinach, raisins, grapes, and sunflower seeds and it was really tasty. I always love the sandwiches at this place. I got 100% whole wheat bread with turkey and avocado. The turkey is like Thanksgiving carved turkey; very thick and hearty.


They also had a huge and tempting selection of pastries and desserts. I may or may not have brought home a chocolate cream dome for later. Winking smile


Poor Dax was exhausted and fell asleep on the way home from dinner. Since it was 6:00 and we wanted him to go to bed tonight, we were mean parents and woke him up!

I am officially tuckered out and am more than ready to sit my butt on the couch, eat my chocolate dome, and watch a movie!

85 in November

I can’t tell you how happy I am that it’s Saturday. We have had an exhausting week and I am more than ready for it to be over. Having sick kids is both mentally and physically draining. I’m happy to report that we are slowly getting back to normal and no one has had a fever for 12 hours!

I’m up early this morning because I’m going to go for a long run before heading to work for a few hours. I am participating in Pile On the Miles this month. This is basically a competition with myself. I set a goal to run 85 miles during the month of November. If I meet my goals every week then I’ll be entered in a drawing to win free stuff! I’m really excited to have a goal for the month and to get outside and run a little bit more than I did last month. I chose 85 miles because it will push me but it isn’t so much that I’ll injure myself.


I always lay my running clothes out the night before and Everett found my visor and INSISTED I put it on him.


I made an extra special dinner last night. Pan fried chicken, mashed potatoes, gravy, and roasted broccoli. This meal took me an hour to make, 10 minutes for everyone to eat it, and 90 minutes to clean it up. The clean up took so long because I hadn’t cleaned the kitchen all day. We had 3 meals worth of dishes in the sink and the floors had to be mopped as well. Dinner tasted really good but I do prefer quick and easy meals!

It’s currently 28*F outside. I’m all bundled up and ready to go run!

Trick-or-Treat and Sick Kids

Unfortunately Dax started spiking a fever around 4:00 yesterday afternoon.  Then he started telling me his mouth hurt. When I asked him to show me where it hurts he pointed to the back of his mouth by his throat. I feel really bad when my kids get sick but it is so nice that he is finally at an age where he can TELL me what is wrong.  It sure beats trying to guess!

We outfitted Dax with some essential oils and Ibuprofen in hopes that he would feel well enough to go trick-or-treating. Kelly picked up a pizza on his way home from school. Pizza has become a bit of a Halloween tradition for us. I also made a side salad to go with our pizza but neither of us were really in the mood for salad and they ended up back in the fridge.

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I did have a few veggies on my pizza so I don’t feel too bad about skipping the salad!

Dax perked up a bit after dinner and was ready to put his pirate costume back on. He didn’t really understand what trick-or-treating was all about but he was excited to try it out!


Our pirate and buzzing bee were excited to go collect some candy!


Since Dax wasn’t feeling well we went out early to collect our candy, in broad daylight! It was a bit slow going at first since a lot of people weren’t home. After a few houses Dax was getting the hang of things and he was REALLY excited. He would knock on the door, say trick-or-treat, and stick his bucket out to collect his candy. Then he would look up and us with HUGE eyes and say, “lets go to the next house!”


We went to about 15 houses before heading home to watch a movie and hand out candy. Our neighborhood has TONS of kids and we passed out 5 bags of candy! I made sure to give away every last bit of candy we bought because it’s too hard to have chocolate in the house and NOT eat it. Don’t worry I ate my fair share of candy last night which is exactly why I had to get rid of it!

Dax got another fever of 103* last night around midnight. He seems to be a bit better this morning but I’m going to keep him home and let him rest today. I was planning on heading to the gym for spinning and yoga this morning but since Dax can’t go to the kid’s club I’ll have to come up with something else.

I hope everyone had a safe and Happy Halloween!