Grant: 12 months

March 18, 2015

Happy 12 months baby boy! I guess you are officially a toddler now, as much as I don’t want to admit it. You are still as happy as can be and there is nothing better than seeing those adorable little cheeks round out with your smile!

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Your first year was an unbelievable time for daddy and I. We never thought we could have so much fun with you or learned so many new things just by being with you. We learned a single smile can make everything better, a simple hug can make the world stop, and laughter really is the best medicine. You are the light of our lives and it gets brighter each and every day.

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You are sooo close to walking these days. You love standing all by yourself, but as soon as you realize you are standing solo, you decide the ground is far more comfortable. A few months ago I would consider u a little daredevil, but these days I think you are a bit more cautious. That makes me a very happy mommy. The less u can throw me for a loop, the better!

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You are pushing 22 pounds and are 31.5 inches tall, so you are a skinny guy just like your mom and dad. The doctor said you are perfect though, so I am going to have to agree with her on that. The morning of your first birthday, you woke up and decided nursing is for babies, so the night before was the last time I breastfed you. I’m a little sad to see that time go, but you let me know you are ready to be done. I’m weaning off of pumping now, so you are going to be all on food and cows milk as soon as our freezer supply is out. It was a great year of breastfeeding you and I’m glad we were able to make it to my goal of a year! You are healthy as can be and I attribute that a lot to our regime.

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You’ve recently started to need a little more mommy time, but it seems to be only when your new teeth are hurting you or when you aren’t feeling well. I can’t complain, but I do know daddy gives great hugs and cuddles too, so don’t forget that. He is the best to be with when you aren’t feeling well.

You are such a little boy now, playing in the dirt and getting into everything. If the Tupperware drawer isn’t in shambles at the end of the day, then you probably didn’t set foot (or hand) in the kitchen.

For your birthday party, you had so many people come to celebrate you! There were balloons, streamers, and lots of yummy food! You loved the candle in your cake, but you had no interest in the cake itself! I’m sure that will change in the coming years.

Daddy and I couldn’t be more proud of you. Your personality can rival anyone and your independence is truly an asset. You love exploring and learning new things each and every day and we love being a part of your life.

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You are an amazing teacher and I bet you didn’t even know it. You’ve taught me it’s best to eat spaghetti only in a diaper. You’ve taught me a sleep schedule might be the greatest thing ever. Most importantly, you’ve taught me to love unconditionally, for no other reason than just because.

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Thank you for being the biggest blessing I could ever have and for making daddy and I the happiest parents around. Your first year was my best year ever and I can’t wait to experience so many more with you.


It’s Your Lucky Day Workout

March 17, 2015

Happy St. Paddy’s Day everyone! I feel like it has been far too long since I shared a workout with you all, so here is a great one you can do right at home without any weights – all you need is your body weight! he only equipment you really need is a ledge or chair for the tricep dips and possibly a yoga mat just for comfort. Have any questions on any of the exercises? Just comment or email me and I am more than happy to explain it to you!

Lucky Day Workout

Grant’s First Birthday

March 2, 2015

We celebrated a very special day this past Friday! It was Grant’s first birthday! Marcus and I both took the day off of work to celebrate our little guy and I am so glad we did! We started the day off by surprising Grant with quite the wakeup call. He got ballooned!

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Seeing his face light up while he was playing was such a special experience. He is the happiest little guy I know and there is nothing better than hearing his laugh and seeing this smile! After the balloon festivities, we headed to grab breakfast at Village Inn, and Grant was such a star. The waitress staff sang to him and everything. He wasn’t so sure why on earth people were singing and looking at him all at once, but he loved looking at the candle!

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After breakfast and a killer 2.5 hour  nap, we were ready for the zoo!

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We went ahead and got an annual pass a couple of weeks ago, so we put them to use! The zoo on the week day is amazing! It was extremely quite and much more fun than going with the masses on a Saturday or Sunday.

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We looked at a lot of different animals and really just let Grant explore since it was so quite. We didn’t have to worry about him getting stepped on or anything, so he was able to spend a lot of time checking out elephants, zebras, rhinos, and giraffes! Oh the giraffes!

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I think Grant may have just thought they were really big dogs since he kept trying to pet him – aka, the only thing he wasn’t allowed to do!

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After the zoo, we made it home for nap #2 and then dinner with the family for the first of two celebrations – I didn’t catch a single photo during that time. I was too busy taking it all in to even worry about the camera. It was just our immediate family on Friday, and we are having his big party on Sunday of this weekend to celebrate! I can’t wait to celebrate Grant with all of the people who have had a big part in his first year!

The 2015 Gasparilla Half Marathon

February 24, 2015

Gasparilla is probably the one race I was so sad to have to miss last year, but I had good reason. It was on my due date! I registered months and months ago for the 2015 race, knowing I would be running this year. My friend Meg and I have been doing our training runs together and planned to run the race together as well. I picked her up bright and early on Sunday morning for the 6am start. We parked around ½ mile from the start, and had no issue walking into the corral about 10 minutes before the gun went off. Perfect!

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We agreed to keep it really easy in the first bit, as to not get caught up in the frenzy of people sprinting off the start. I slid in right behind Meg since she was going to be dictating our pace for the race. It was completely silent, with the pitter patter of feet throughout the entire first mile – it’s definitely one of my favorite sounds!

Once we got to the 2 mile mark, I knew Meg was hurting. She was completely silent and I knew something was up. She insisted I go ahead without her – her hip was bugging her and knew it was going to be a tough race. I made sure she was ok a couple more times, and then I went ahead. She promised it was the best idea, so I was off! I really picked it up for the next mile, and settled into a 7:15 pace. The race route is one I run all of the time. I’ve literally run parts of the course hundreds and hundreds of times, so I knew exactly what was in front of me. Pushing the pace was no big deal, given the extremely flat course up ahead.

The wind was minimal this year, so the 60 degree weather we were running is was beyond perfect. In years past, there have been some really hot and some really cold mornings. 2015 was an ideal weather year for Gasparilla! The course takes the runner around an island for 5 miles, and then makes up the other 8 miles along Bayshore Boulevard, a waterfront street with the best views ever!

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I kept on trucking along, grabbing fuel at everystop, alternating between water and Gatorade. Just because it wasn’t hot definitely didn’t mean it was cold, so I was sure to stay hydrated. Loss of fluid is a key to bonking during a race, so I know to always keep up with water and Gatorade, even if it’s only a sip here and there.

Stephanie was at mile 8 & 10, since it was an out and back type of course. It was so great to see her smiling face, especially that early in the morning! A 6am start is not the easiest to get spectators out to, so Stephanie jumping and screaming with her homemade cheer signs was amazing! Once I left Stephanie, I only had 3 more miles to go, so I decided to pick it up a little bit. I had slipped to around 7:30 by then, so I went back to the 7:15/ mile I was holding before and it felt a little more labored, but nothing crazy.

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I knew I was going to see Grant and Marcus at mile 12, so I hustled to get there. I actually stopped to say hi to them, which is something I’ve never done before. It was the first time Grant had come to one of my races, so I wanted to see his smiling face! I lost about a minute at the stop, but I didn’t care. Seeing Marcus and Grant’s smiling face was well worth it!

When I was about ½ mile from the finish, I looked down at my watch and saw that is stopped working. It stopped about ¼ mile after I saw Marcus and Grant. Oh well, I would just have to rely on my results for an accurate time – no big deal. I crossed the finish line around 1:39, so I figured my actual finish time was probably 1:38:XX since it took 10-20 seconds to cross the start line.

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I grabbed my amazing medal and headed to the finisher’s area. It used to be right after the finish line, but this year they actually put it about 1/2 of a mile from the finish. It was somewhat of a bummer to have to walk that far to grab food, but I did it anyway. A girl’s gotta eat ;) I can understand why they put it over there though, since the majority of people probably park in the parking garages close to that area. I had parked the complete opposite way, so it just made it for a longer walk for me. I got some food for Meg and I, swung by the finish to grab Meg so she didn’t have to walk further than she needed to, and that was it! Another Gasparilla half in the books!

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Remember earlier when I mentioned I would just reference my results for my finishing time? Well, little did I know that my chip timing didn’t work for the race. It only clocked me crossing the halfway point, but not at the finish line. I am so bummed! I would love to know what I actually ran the race in! I’ve already emailed the inquiry line to see if they can help me out, so we shall see.

Has anyone else ever had a timing chip malfunction? This was a first for me in the 11+ years I’ve been running. I’ll take that as a win!

Friday Favorites 2.20.15

February 20, 2015

Happy Happy Friday! Along with the rest of the country, we Floridians got a jolt of cold air the past couple of days. Lows in the 30’s is pretty abnormal for us, so its been quite the adjustment! I know its nothing compared to the single digits a lot of you are dealing with, but it is still very cold for us! I may have worn 2 pair of pants on my walk this morning with the pup – ya gotta do what ya gotta do!


Anyhow, enough weather talk. Here’s a few fun things from the week and upcoming this weekend!

Its Gasparilla Race Weekend!

Today is the expo, then tomorrow is the 5k and the 15k, with the half marathon and the 8k on Sunday. I am running the half marathon with my friend Meg and I can’t wait! I’ve only ever run a race with someone the whole time twice, so I am really looking forward to going Meg’s pace and enjoying every mile! Considering this time last year was Grant’s due date, I am pretty pumped to be running the race this year!

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My coworker posted this little motivational tidbit this morning, and I absolutely love it and have to share it with all of you.

Motivational quote/SayingI saw this article yesterday and thought it was really interesting. I’ve always read the 1% incline rule on the treadmill and it is interesting to see its somewhat of a myth.


Check out this article on the world’s most intense fitness program. It’s based on the Navy’s Hell Week for SEAL Candidates. Holy moly! I’m all about tough workouts, but dang! This is a whole other level!

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Hope your Friday and the rest of your weekend are both fantastic!