Travel Often

“I see my path, but I don’t know where it leads. Not knowing where I’m going is what inspires me to travel it.” — Rosalia de Castro

Love Deeply, but Laugh Along the Way

"Happiness is only real when shared." - Jon Krakauer, Into the Wild

View Marriage as an Adventure

"Love is a flower which turns into fruit at marriage." ~Finnish Proverb

Fuel your body with GOOD (It's the only one you get)

He who has health has hope; and he who has hope has everything. - Arabian Proverb

Open your Soul to Motherhood

A Grand Adventure is About to Begin - Winnie the Pooh

A New Kind of Love is Born

Mothers hold their children's hands for a short while, but their hearts forever.

Monday, July 28, 2014

Fun Weekend in Review


I realized I was taking this for granted until Jackson got sick. Life sort of flips upside down when our little ones don't feel well. I totally cherished this weekend when Jackson turned around on Saturday and was back to himself. Thank goodness!!

This is what we've been up to!!

An hour-long bike ride in our new neighborhood!!! We uncovered another sweet park!!!

Cool park!!!

My boys!
My sweetheart!
Earlier last week...On the way to the doctors. This kid never sleeps, so we knew something was up

Doctor said LOTS OF COLD STUFF. 

CHECK! We ate tons and tons of cold stuff!
Germs flying around? I made sure to make us SUPER healthy stuff all week! STAY AWAY, GERMS!

One of my favorite salads in the whole world!!! Yep, made with real Mayo!
Another new park! I told Jackson we'd stop at a park on the way to Costco. Thing is, we both love Costco! SAMPLES!!!

Cool park!

Hey! It's me! 27 Weeks Preggers! (No make-up! EVER!)

Going for a ride in the front lawn!

YAY! AWESOME NEIGHBORS! Jess was walking by with her son Jason and wanted to introduce herself. HOW COOL! Made a playdate out of it! Our friends Jason and Katie stopped by too with their daughter! PERFECT TIMING!

When my friend Katie saw our master bath, she asked how many "tubs" I've taken. Answer...NONE. So I took her advice that night and DID IT! AHHH-MAZING!!!!!!!!!
For Father's Day, I had a friend out in WA gather up a bunch of beers ONLY sold out there that Karl might love and ship them over to us in Minnesota. BOY, he did not disappoint. This is Karl's favorite so far. Funny thing is when Karl and I traveled out west along the coast, we stopped at Hopworks and had a beer there! But this one was new to us and SO good. Made with quinoa!!!!! HEALTHY BEER!!!  ( Disclaimer: I only had two sips!)


Some cool things we worked on:

These hanging baskets are turning out SO PRETTY!!!! Giving them LOTS of TLC.

Karl filled up Jackson's sandbox and put bricks down under his picnic table after I weeded! Looks SO NICE!

Yeah. Did you catch all the weeds back there? There are a TON! A TON.

I spent 3 hours with Jackson on Sunday weeding the back of our yard. WHOA! It's looking SUPER nice now! We made a game out of it too. The kid who lived here before must have had a toy BB gun and the yellow BBs are EVERYWHERE. Jackson calls them "corns" and collects them. 

We got a new microwave!!!!!!! Our friend in the cabinet making business came over quick, raised up the cabinets, helped Karl put in the microwave. DONE IN MINUTES. BOOM. LOVE THESE GUYS!

Hope your week if FULL OF FUN and JOY!

27 Weeks Pregnant

Getting Back into Workout Routine
This week, your baby weighs almost 2 pounds (about the size of a head of cauliflower) and is about 14 1/2 inches long with her legs extended. She's sleeping and waking at regular intervals, opening and closing her eyes, and perhaps even sucking her fingers. With more brain tissue developing, your baby's brain is very active now. While her lungs are still immature, they would be capable of functioning — with a lot of medical help — if she were born now. Chalk up any tiny rhythmic movements you may be feeling to a case of baby hiccups, which may be common from now on. Each episode usually lasts only a few moments, and they don't bother her, so just relax and enjoy the tickle

With the move into a new house, it was SUPER hard to find time to workout. Plus, I would spend so much time moving and packing boxes, I was EXHAUSTED by dinner time. I didn't work out in the mornings because I needed to save my energy for packing and I didn't work out after, because I was SO wiped out. PLUS, I figured I had to be burning enough calories with the amount of moving I was doing from sun up to sun down AND I was chasing a toddler around. I also had to remember I AM creating life. I need to rest too!
Me working out during my lunch break! YAY!

We are moved in now. I feel like we're all adjusting really well. And I'm finding some more time, and that means time for WORKING OUT! I love it.

I know I need to devote more time to strength training and stretching. I can tell with my age and gravity, I'm not as toned as I once was. In a previous post you might have read that I became a Beachbody Coach. I am SUPER excited about this. Why? I get to try out ALL the Beachbody videos!!! First up, PiYo!!!! I was SO pumped to get this in the mail! I haven't tried it JUST yet because the weather has been AWESOME and I NEED the fresh air....and well, Jackson got SUPER sick last week.
Super pumped to try this workout!

Week 27 of pregnancy was a ROUGH week. Jackson came down with enterovirus. We THOUGHT it was Hand, Foot and Mouth, when in fact it was the other strand. VERY similar to HFM but NO sores on feet and hands (just in the mouth!). AND he can get this over and over again. NEAT.

Jackson was CRABBY. Like worse than I had ever seen him. If he drank something wrong, he'd cry. If something touched him wrong, he'd cry. If I didn't get to him quick enough, he'd cry. If a pancake was on his plate wrong, he'd cry. He wouldn't sleep. He was SUPER clingy. Meltdowns happened every few minutes. He wasn't eating. He threw up in my hair and in our bed. He had a temp of 104. Being I work full-time, I was home with him THREE FULL DAYS last week plus the entire weekend. WHOA. WHOA. WHOA. That was something. It was a VERY hard week last week. VERY. And yes, I panicked..."What were we thinking having two!?!?!? How am I going to do this??"

Our breakfasts these days!!! YUM! I LOVE Karl's homemade HEALTHY pancakes. He makes double so we pack them away and freeze them for the week. That way we can all enjoy pancakes throughout the week. Jackson LOVES them!

Somehow, you come together as a team. You figure it out. You let go of everything else going on around you and try to do your best. It was one of the LONGEST weeks of my life, but....

WE SURVIVED!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Saturday was the FIRST DAY Jackson was back to himself. THANK THE LORD. This morning he was his SWEET self. Ahhhhhhhhhh. I can breathe again. I can sleep.

If I wasn't able to squeeze in ONE gym visit, I would have been a MESS. Working out SAVES MY LIFE!!!