A workout with my sister!!! It felt like ages since I last hung out with her because of her kitchen remodel (turns out that takes a little bit of time) but we finally got the chance to catch up with each other. And the best way to catch up with your people… while working out. I’ve had my favorite conversations with my sister over the years while running. We snatched the elliptical and treadmill that are next to each other and I got in 8 miles.
My sister always does her weights first so things started off with leg day! Her leg day workout is in this post (with all of the explanations/pics) and it is a tough one for me… especially to do and then run afterwards! Ummm can you imagine even being able to lift up these 140 lbs dumbbells? Let alone do any type of movements with these? That is impressive.
Back home with the crew.
Lunch was a salad! While it is currently snowing in the mountains right by is, I’m just going to keep convincing myself it is summer with my food choices. Spinach, chicken, feta, strawberries and a vinaigrette (we love the Brianna’s Home Style Creamy Balsamic).
Why sit on a chair when you can just sit on Andrew’s knee?
Later on in the afternoon Brooke and I made our way to the Tuesday movie deal (movies are really cheap on Tuesday’s here).
We came prepared with our blankets which is always a great idea especially in the recliner chairs. That popcorn was amazing too. We saw Smurfs and Brooke loved it.
Then we stopped over at Megan D’s house because it was her birthday! She hooked up Brooke with a cinnamon roll flavored Oreo.
When I got home I had some work calls and emails to do and these two got to work on crafting together.
For dinner we topped some cheese/egg/ground turkey tacos with cowboy caviar (the bowl of goodness that keeps getting better with each day it sits in the bowl soaking in all of the flavoring).
Andrew finished off the meal with his favorite… graham crackers dipped into milk!
The quote that Jordan Hasay had on her IG about running is a new favorite for me. “It’s going to be hard, but hard is not impossible.” I think I love this quote so much because it is honest, real and hopeful all in one. It’s good to know that the hard is going to come (and not be naive to what is going to happen during our races) but to remind ourselves that we can overcome the hard… just because it is hard doesn’t mean we can’t do it. It just means we’ve got to really work for it.
Today is our one year anniversary since Andrew’s and my very first date together. We were set up on a blind date. I went into it with the best feeling (which was not normal for me) and at the end of that first date when he asked me to join him on a 12 mile trail run a few days later… I had high hopes for him. I was thinking the other night about some things that on April 25th, 2017 I sure didn’t expect happening over the next year and thought I would share some of them.
*I sure did not expect meeting someone and getting married so quickly! When we first started talking about marriage we began by planning an October wedding (which was still fast). I felt so happy, peaceful and excited for this adventure together… with zero anxiety (which was strange). I had never felt more right about something. And then we decided to move the wedding to August and before you knew it, we chose July 8th. We knew we were going to get married so we thought, why not just go get married and start our family together.
*The day before I met Andrew I sure did not think that I would have the most sweet step-son that I absolutely adore… that is just 5 weeks younger than Brooke. I also did not expect to have such an amazing step-dad for Brooke that plays such a huge role in her life.
*I sure didn’t expect having a house (I had been in apartments until then), a dog (although I think Beretta misses the time when she was the alpha-female of the household) and such awesome neighbors. That was a big change for me coming from a more transient life of moving once a year to a new place and not really feeling any roots.
*That blending a family took a lot of work. Andrew and I just kind of expected it to be seamless and just all mix together. I’ve told you before but the hardest part for me is just trying to understand my part in it all, where I fit in and what my responsibilities are. There is a lot of back and forth business, people to work with and things that pop up. It keeps getting easier but that was a huge adjustment for the both of us in the beginning. The kids were SO happy to have each other but it was also a learning curve for them to go from all of the attention to splitting attention from their parents.
*I didn’t expect the things that have happened with my family this last year. There were some very stressful things going on (so much better now) and I cried a whole lot to Andrew. He was definitely my rock and really helped me get through that time.
*I didn’t expect being so adventurous (for me;). Andrew has gotten me out of my comfort zone by swimming with whale sharks, mountain biking down a mountain (yeah, that freaked me out;), helicopter rides, sailing and camping (yeah, didn’t really do that before Andrew).
*I didn’t expect to love pizza so much. Too bad that In-N-Out hasn’t grown on me more, right Andrew? Before Andrew I never really thought about ordering pizza. I was all about eating the same thing each night and focusing on the important part (dessert). Now I feel like it is just part of my routine to order pizza once a week for a movie night with Andrew and the kids.
*I didn’t expect to double my family, have a best friend and partner in crime over the last year. I didn’t expect to love marriage so much.
*I didn’t expect our current work situation to work out so perfectly! Andrew had applied to nursing school before he met me and we found out he got in a few months later. Once he started being gone all day at work and then having hours of school to do at night, we talked and decided that he needed to focus on school. I was trying so hard to do the stay at home mom thing, hang out with a husband, work, cook, clean, shop, take care of two 3 year olds (at the time), blend, etc with a husband that was gone all day (with a rough schedule for him)… so he quit his job (don’t worry, he was more than happy to quit and see us all again:) Now we still get that time together but have the time to get all of the things done that we need to get done. Sure the budgets could be more flexible with both of us working right now but we chose for Andrew to really be able to focus on school right now. I get to keep doing the job I love doing and he is on his way to a job that he has wanted to do forever (and his dream of helping others).
*I didn’t expect that I would have to convert to be an Angels fan. My Dodgers loving brothers (even thought they are different leagues.. it’s just the principle of switching to a different team) still haven’t forgiven me for this.
What has been the biggest change in your life over the last year?
Last movie that you saw at a theater… what’d you think?
A food that you didn’t really used to think about but a friend/significant other/family member got you into it and you can’t stop eating it?
Last salad combo that you had?