Monday, October 10, 2016

Top 15 From Our Long Weekend

Hello! How was your (hopefully long) weekend? Ours was really nice. I feel like we didn’t do all that much, but when I looked back through the photos on my iPhone that I took over the weekend, we actually did quite a lot of fun stuff. That said, here’s a recap of the best things (15 of them in chronological order) from our weekend!

#1: A challenging, but fun partner workout with Mal at CrossFit on Saturday morning. I felt a little beat up after Friday’s workout (my legs are still sore from the back squats), so I wasn’t sure how the heck I would get through the workout, but I survived. How this WOD worked: One partner worked while the other rested and you couldn’t move on to the next exercise until you finished all of the reps in the previous one.


#2: Post-workout iced coffees from Coffee Shack. Will WOD for iced coffee! 🙂 Seriously, though, the thought of an iced coffee after a tough workout really does motivate me!

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#3: Visiting the cows at Hornstra Farms

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#4: And trying the apple cider donuts. 

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Oh my gosh, they were incredible. Mal ate 3 of them in like 2 minutes. I think he blacked-out or something.

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Qman loved them too! 🙂

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#5: Picking out our pumpkin (at Hornstra Farms). 

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#6: Discovering this amazing spider pumpkin stand and realizing that we need one in our life ASAP!

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#7: Wearing my new LuLaRoe leggings from my sister (she’s a LuLaRoe consultant) and, whoa, they are comfortable. And Mal saying that they made my legs look long, which no one has ever said to me EVER in my 36 years of life, so they’re a new favorite. FYI: My sister and I are hosting a fundraiser on Facebook to benefit the CCFA on Wednesday, October 26th, so be sure to mark your calendars. She’ll have all sorts of deals and giveaways, too!

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#8: Catching up and eating sushi with our friends Elizabeth and Nick. Qman also had a fun playdate, so it was definitely a fun evening for all!

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#9: Waking up on Sunday morning to my boys making pancakes! 

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Please note: Quinn’s cooking tongs and “stick snake” that had to join us for breakfast. Hey, whatever gets him (Quinn, not the stick snake) to eat, right?

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#10: Making pizza and sandwiches with Quinn’s play sets, which are such an amazing (and fun) tool for increasing language. Qman’s words are coming like crazy (2 or 3 at a time + new vocabulary ALL THE TIME) and his tantrums are so much better now that he can communicate with us. He’s also a much happier kid nowadays. Hooray for EI! 🙂

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#11: Getting a bunch of our errands done on Sunday morning, so we had the rest of the long weekend to relax and play. 

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#12: Grilled Cheese Night! 

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We all had such a fun time making our own grilled cheese sandwiches and, boy, they were tasty! We’ll definitely have to do Grilled Cheese Night again real soon!

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#13: Qman getting a fresh cut. We talked about getting his hair cut for, no joke, probably 3 weeks, so I’m glad that we finally did it. He was getting really shaggy!

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#14: Running 12 miles! 

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#15: Trying Halo Top for the first time and, OMGGGGGG, now I know what I was missing. It’s so friggin’ good and loaded with protein!

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We are wrapping up a solid weekend! It was filled with downtime as we got lots of rain from Hurricane Matthew. I hope you are all safe on this Monday morning. I bought the above Halloween masks from Amazon for Mazen’s upcoming classroom Halloween party. For just $6, they were great deal!

On Friday night I spent the night at Sarah’s house, holding down the fort while she and John celebrated their anniversary. I love that Sarah, Lauren and I all have each other backs. Lauren came over to keep me company and help out with the kids. I was so thankful!

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We cooked salmon and made this delicious Greek pesto kale salad for dinner. Lauren also threw together some sugar cookies from scratch for the kids to enjoy while watching Beauty and the Beast.

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“Oh Mazen, what shall we play with next?!” (Both kids also ate some kale salad – we were very impressed!)

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Miraculously, all three kiddos slept through the night. 6:45 was an a-okay wake-up time for me! I went to bed at 9pm just in case they were up all night.

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For breakfast we had pumpkin pancakes and cantaloupe. Bless all of you who have three kids!!

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Mazen and I headed home mid-morning. His soccer practice was cancelled for the second week in a row for rain 🙁

I had leftovers for lunch – shrimp and grits heated up with baby kale on the bottom.

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We spent the afternoon snuggling, reading, and playing Batman in my room.

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Late Saturday afternoon we went out to a friends’ house for a birthday party! There was a big fort and glow sticks for the kids, which they thought was so cool!

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I brought this wine from the Wine club – it was fabulous! I pretty much love all red blends.

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We had cheese and crackers, guac and chips, and Dr. Ho’s Humble Pie for dinner!

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And a Princess cake from Albemarle Baking for the birthday girl:

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On Sunday I had two soccer games – one at 9am and one at 2. We woke up to breezy, beautiful weather. The calm after the storm!

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Breakfast was a big mug of coffee and almond butter banana toast –

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Mid-day re-fuel. I was craving cheese and salt after playing all 90 minutes of game 1, so I had a little quesadilla, a slice of leftover pizza, and an apple.

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My co-ed team won our early game 2-0 and my women’s league lost 7-1…yikes! But it was still a really fun day.

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I was supposed to be on my way to Texas today to meet my little niece, but she decided she is just not quite ready to come out yet!!  I postponed my flight to November. Can’t wait to meet her!

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