Weekend Wrap Up


I started off Saturday morning with a cardio and weights workout concentrating on upper body. 


And then we headed to my now 9 year old’s birthday party. He invited 7 kids from his class and then we had family, so a combined party of 23 people.


Huge shout out to Cherry Hill Lanes North – this party was awesome! All I had to do was invite people and bring the cake. They provided all of the decorations, set up, clean up, pizza, salad, breadsticks and drinks for lunch and then a personalized bowling pin to take home.



Before going to an adult’s night out at Church, we had dinner with the kids and tried to do a little relaxing after a busy day! I tried the gluten free pizza from Jet’s Pizza and I was so impressed! It was SO good! It was a thin crust, nice and crispy and for the first time in years, I was able to eat pizza without feeling like a bloated disaster.


When we got home, I noticed that Emma’s cold was getting progressively worse. By the time she woke up from her nap on Sunday afternoon, she was feverish, coughing so hard she was throwing up and was really just not herself. I knew that she couldn’t make it until today to see a Dr., I suspected yet another ear infection, so we went to urgent care.  Her temp was 102, had an upper respiratory infection and just as I thought- her ears are infected. Again. This is her 4th since September. I have a feeling tubes may be in her future soon. None of my other kids have had as many ear infections as she has had, so this is really unfamiliar territory for me.

Just a few doses of the antibiotic and she is feeling a million times better just 24 hours later. She spent a lot of time snuggling today and catching up on sleep from her restless nights on Friday and Saturday night.

My plan was to do a lot of house cleaning today, but snuggles > cleaning.

Fingers crossed, we are on the road to health around here! Two of my other kids have the same cold that Emma has too.

That Escalated Quickly

After Emma woke up for the past few days when I did at 5am, I decided that yesterday was my last pre-dawn workout. Playing dodge the toddler and then dealing with cranky toddler all day is not my idea of fun, so starting today I am switching it up. Until my kids go back to school next Monday, I will either do it during naptime or before dinner, and then when school starts again, it will be naptime workouts for the win.


Standard strawberry oatmeal breakfast


A week or so ago, I entered a giveaway that Amy at Running Escapades was hosting and I really didn’t think I was going to win.


Oh, crap.

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After initially being completely freaked out and terrified, after looking at the website, I’m strangely excited. AND, the race in Michigan is going to happening on my birthday! It’s like it was meant to be.

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My inlaws are in town until today, so we decided to celebrate my oldest daughter’s birthday with them since they won’t be here for her actual birthday (Jan. 4th). Can I just say how much harder a birthday is right after Christmas vs in December? My husband’s birthday is december 15th and at that point it’s all WOOOO, let’s party and buy all the things and go out to dinner, etc.

But, by this point, it’s ugghhh, no one wants to go to a birthday party or spend money or do anything but stay home. I get it, because I feel the same way, but the show must go on! She wants to take a few friends and go jump at Air Time on Friday night, should be fun and it will get everyone out of the house and off their ipods. Win. Win.


12. Holy crap. I can not believe she is going to be 12!



In other news, I finally got around to putting all of the Christmas stuff away yesterday, it’s so sad and empty without the Christmas tree, but it was time! And since it was so warm (well, warm for Michigan in January), we took the opportunity to take all of the outside decorations down as well.