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Friday, March 28, 2014

Five Random Facts for Friday

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1 - I'm up to my ears in the poetry unit & can't seem to keep myself from spewing alliteration at all times. Hence, the title of this post. It doesn't help that I read at least 20 children's books each evening too, so there is no escaping it at home either! 

2 - I read this article last night about ten books that could revive the teen romance film genre. I don't know if anyone else has missed these types of movies lately, but I certainly have. I mean, I love Twilight & Hunger Games, but I kind of miss movies about real life. I've already downloaded two of the books on the list & may even read all ten...

3 - Ella has absolutely destroyed my iPad case, so I've been on the hunt for one for what seems like forever. I don't want to pay an arm & a leg, but I also wanted something that was more interesting than a solid sleeve. So when I saw Laura's new case on Instagram the other night, I knew that I had to have it! It isn't available on Shop Riff Raff's website, but I was able to find it here online.



4 - Ella is all signed up to take swim lessons! I am so excited. She was a total fish in Florida & we plan to spend a lot of time in the water this summer. (One of my friends just bought a lake house!!) I have to go in the water with her though, and I don't feel like it's appropriate to wear a bikini in the YMCA pool, especially when I regularly see students there. So, I'm on the hunt for a swim shirt. I found a few options at J.Crew, but if you see any cute ones let me know! 

5 - We're going out with friends for Hibachi tomorrow night. I'm really excited about it because a) we never go out with other couples (other than my sister & Matt) & b) I've only had Hibachi with a group of third graders. I'm assuming it'll be totally different. Or at least let's hope so... 

Happy Weekend People! Let's kick it old school...  

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Long Time No Blog...

We'll hello everyone! I'm just popping back in after dropping off the face of the Earth for the past week. I have excuses & lots of them, so let's get to it...

1 - NJHS 

with my cheerleaders that we inducted last night! love them! 
I am co-advisor of our schools' National Junior Honor Society, an organization that honors students who have demonstrated both scholarship and service. We had our induction ceremony last night, so that kept me running around the building like crazy for the past three days. There were a lot of administrators and board members in attendance, so I was a little bit intense. Luckily, I had amazing people helping me behind the scenes & the ceremony went off without a hitch.  

2 - Laundry

I currently have about a gajillion loads of laundry to do, and that is after I already did a gajillion this weekend. Between my gym clothes, Eric's gym clothes, towels, and Ella it never ends! My goal is to get it all washed, folded, and put away by Sunday morning when my in-laws are coming over for dinner. It's a pretty lofty goal, but it needs to get done. 

3 - Divergent

Remember a couple weeks ago when I got sucked into Hunger Games? Well it happened again, only with Divergent this time. I've read the entire trilogy & am now dying to go see the movie. Has anyone else seen it? My sister thought it was good, but didn't think it followed the book very closely. I'd love to hear opinions before I spend $20 to see it at the theater! 

4 - Training 

Good news - I've been keeping up my workout schedule through all of this craziness. I got in all of my cardio for the week & weighed in yesterday morning at 127.5. I'm very happy with that after a trip to Disney and a week of chaos. My eating habits have sucked though, so I need to get back on top of that. I just can't seem to keep it in check when I'm stressed or traveling... 

5 - Travel

Speaking of travel, we ended up being out of town for most of last weekend. We went to Albany to attend a baby shower for my future nephew, Finn. It was absolutely adorable & totally Pinterest worthy. The amount of time in the car & away from home stunk, but we got to spend some time with people that we don't see very often, so it was worth it. 

Ella hugging her cousin, Ophelia, at the shower... 
This weekend, we're staying home. I'm serious. No trips. I will go to the gym, do laundry, cook real meals. That's all I'm doing. Ella & I need to rest up because Spring Break is only two weeks away!! 


Friday, March 21, 2014

The Rest of Our Florida Trip

As much as I was pumped up for the Disney portion of our trip, that was actually only one day of it. The rest of it was spent laying by the pool, shopping, and dining. I absolutely love my parents, so just getting to spend a few days of quality time with them was awesome. Ella is so obsessed with my dad that it melts my heart. I wish we could have stayed with them longer, but I'm pretty sure that we were exhausting them, so it's probably best that we left when we did! Here's a little recap of the rest of our trip... 

Friday - Eric picked me up from school, then we picked up Ella and my sister on our way to the airport. He deserves an award for this, as it was a total pain in his butt and he had to use his lunch hour, plus stay a little late to make it happen. But he loves us, so he did it :) 


We arrived at the airport & the friendliest attendant ever helped us get all of our bags in, checked everything in, and handled Ella's boarding pass. I was blown away. People were never that nice to me when I flew without Ella! We made it through security & then just had to wait for our flight. 

Funny story... we almost missed it. We were sitting in the children's play area & completely missed our boarding call. We headed over there assuming it was probably close to time, and found out we were some of the last people to board the plane! Luckily a sweet man agreed to move his seat so that Britt & I could sit together. I think he saw the panic in my eyes when I realized that I was going to have to handle her solo. (Although Britt may have enjoyed her flight a bit more if he hadn't moved...) 

Our flight made it to Orlando ahead of schedule & we met my parents at baggage claim. My mom is awesome, so she had Starbucks waiting for me! We loaded our luggage into their rental & were on our way to the hotel.... 


Saturday - We woke up & headed off to the store to get some groceries for our stay. We always book condos when we travel as a family so that we can eat breakfast in the room. It's especially helpful when we have Ella with us because she needs a lot of snacks... 

Once we were back from the store, it was time to head to the pool! The resort we stayed at had a kid's pool that was only 1 foot deep, so Ella was in heaven. My sister and I stayed in the water with her the whole time, but she didn't have to wear floaties & that made her very happy. She swam for over an hour before she passed out in her stroller for a marathon napping session. 

That night we headed to Downtown Disney to do a little bit of shopping. We wanted to have our Disney t-shirts to wear in the park next day, so we bought them that night at the massive Disney store there. Ella got a sunhat, Minnie sunglasses, a Minnie t-shirt, and a flashing pen to sign autographs with. I got a tank top to wear with my ears, which I'd brought with me from my last trip. I also purchased an ornament for our Christmas tree in honor of Ella's first trip! 


Side note: I normally love Downtown Disney, but it's undergoing a major renovation right now. It was really hard to get through the paths & totally overcrowded. I've never seen it like this though, so I'm blaming the renovation & will definitely go back next time I'm in Orlando. 

Sunday - Disney Day... read about it here

Monday - The forecast for Monday was pretty grim, warm but super rainy, so we decided to hit up the outlets for some shopping. If you know the Bliss family, you aren't shocked by this decision at all, as all of our vacations tend to involve shopping...


I purchased new shorts from Under Armour & a new hoodie from Nike. My mom & sister got new watches & my dad found some new shirts. Deals for everyone! But where I really cleaned up was the Gap. Everything was already 50% off & I had a coupon for an additional 40% off too. My entire bill came to $73, but I saved $125. 

Tuesday - We woke up to an email that our flight was already delayed by an hour, so we didn't have to get to the airport until 2. That was exciting news, but we had to scratch our orignial plan of a pool day because it just wasn't warm enough. We ended up going to breakfast at Panera, packing up our stuff, and then hitting the Florida Mall. It had a Nordstrom, so we couldn't help ourselves. Unfortunately, I didnt' have any room left in my suitcase, so I left empty handed :( 


Ella fell asleep just as we were pulling up to the airport & miraculously slept through the entire ticketing line and security. She woke up just as we were arriving at our gate & had time to run around. She did a lot better on our flight home, that is until we started our descent. At that point she screamed in pain & puked on me. Nothing would calm her down. Thankfully, it was over quickly & my sister was able to clean me off. The people around us were very nice about it, but it was not the peaceful ending to vacation that I'd hoped for! Oh well, it'll be a great embarrassing story for when she gets older... 
Thursday, March 20, 2014

Ella's First Trip to Disney!

On Sunday, we woke up at the crack of dawn & headed to Disney! It took a little bit of work to get everything put into backpacks & loaded into the car, but we made it happen. After a quick stop at Panera, we were on our way! 

The one (and only) thing I love about staying off property is taking the monorail into the Magic Kingdom from the ticketing area. I kind of love the monorail... in a ridiculous way. It started as a kid & I just still love it. Don't even try to get me to ride the boat... 


waiting for the tram to take us to the monorail
walking into the park with her Aunt Brittany
We made our way up Main Street and my sister was kind enough to snap a shot of us in front of the castle. Then we headed off to Fantasy World to set  up our Fast Passes & get to riding some rides! 


Our first ride of the day was the caurosel. I'm really glad that we chose this as our first because it was kind of a good warm up for Ella. She'd never rode a ride before this trip, so I wasn't sure what to expect. She was kind of hilarious... holding on for dear life, but smiling as we got going. 


we shared a horsie & Aunt Britt rode next to us
After the Caurosel, we rode Dumbo - which was Ella's favorite of the day. She was giggling the whole time & even figured out how to control the stick. I wish that I'd been able to take her on it again, but there was just too much to fit in!

I'd done my homework ahead of time & made a reservation for us to eat lunch at The Crystal Palace. It gave us a chance to sit down, eat real food, and meet the characters of Winnie the Pooh. I'd been here for breakfast as a kid & remember loving it. Unfortunatley, Ella wasn't sure what to think about the characters, so it ended up being a really expensive fiasco. Oh well, I got my money's worth on iced tea & the buffet.

Ella's reaction to the characters is captured perfectly in this photo... 
After lunch we headed back into the park, right smack dab into the middle of a parade. Ella LOVED this! It was all music & dancing. She was shaking it with my parents, giggling the whole time. I have a couple videos of it that I've probably already watched a hundred times. It was just too cute! 


We spent the rest of our day riding more rides, meeting Minnie Mouse, and watching another parade... just typical Disney stuff.  


Miss Ella meets Miss Minnie

the whole gang on the teacups
At about five we started debating if we should stay or go back to the hotel. I really wanted to watch the Electrical Parade though, so we decided we'd go for it. We had a quick dinner & then headed to Main Street to do some shopping & claim a spot for the parade. The highlight of this portion of the trip was sipping Starbucks. It is easily the best decision Disney has made in years! They added a cafe to their main street shops & it was exactly what we all needed at 8 as we sat waiting for the parade! 


We made it through the parade & totaled 14 hours in the park that day. We were all exhausted, but everyone agreed that it was totally worth it to see Ella having such a good time. And I think the rest of us would all admit that we enjoyed the Disney magic too :) 

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

We're Back!

We're back from Orlando & I have mixed feelings about it. On the one hand, I'm really happy to be back at home, with Eric, in my own bed. It's far easier to parent with a routine & without grandpa caving in to her every desire. On the other hand, I would far rather be wearing shorts & hanging out by the pool than driving to work in 30 degree weather. It won't be too much longer until it's beautiful in New York though, only 13 weeks of school until summer vacation! 


I'm going to do a full recap on our trip later on, but I need a few hours to get organized! My inbox at school is chaos & my sub didn't get through even half of what I left for her... so today will be interesting! My normal babysitter is still in Aruba too, so Ella still isn't going to be back in her routine until Monday. Oh, and did I mention that I didn't run the entire time I was in Florida? Whoops... I did a lot of walking, but somehow I don't think that counts when you're training for a half-marathon. So I have that to get back to too... just typing this is stressing me out. I need to hop to it!


Sunday, March 16, 2014

A Walk Down Disney Lane...

Today marks my ninth trip to Disney World. My first was at the age of two and a half, before my sister entered the world. My one & only solo trip with my parents. One that I can recall flickers of, but I'm quite positive those only exist from stories & photos pieced together. My last trip was just over two years ago, with my Aunt Babs, as a girls getaway. In between lie countless adventures with my mom, my dad, sister, cousins, Grandma & Grandpa, friends, and Eric. We've "done Disney" in a variety of ways, staying on property & off, flying in & driving in, three days & ten days. Every trip is different, yet magical in its own way.  

I can't help but feel like this will be the most magical one yet though, as I'm preparing to introduce Ella to my favorite place in the world. I know she won't be old enough to remember, but I will. I just know, today will be as magical as all of these memories combined... 
My first trip to Disney!

with my dad on one of the resort buses

with my Grandma Ellen ~ Ella's namesake ~ in our matching Minnie outfits
The Herd with Minnie Mouse on Spring Break of 2008
in front of the castle with my love in 2008
The Jungle Book characters are just as crazy at Babs is! 
with Pluto & Aunt Babs in Summer of 2011
Friday, March 14, 2014

Leaving on a Jet Plane...

Today is the day! We're leaving for Florida in less than 8 hours!!! I know that work is going to absolutely drag by, but that doesn't matter because I'll be wearing flip flops by the time I eat dinner!



I'm not confident that my suitcase is less than 50 pounds, which is stressing me out a bit. I really don't want to pay an overage fee, but I wasn't about to haul separate suitcases for Ella & I. It's not like she can roll her own behind her. I'm already pushing it by making her carry her little backpack full of toys...

I know we'll get through it, but I'm really stressed about flying with her. She's never done it before & I didn't buy her her own seat, she's supposed to sit on my lap. So I'm praying it won't be a full flight & she'll get one by default. 

I've spent the week reading every Pinterest article on taking toddlers on a plane & taking toddlers to Disney. My carry on is so meticulously organized that I think I even impressed my mother. I have everything sorted into freezer bags, so I'm not spilling things into the aisle every five minutes. I also have enough food packed to survive the Hunger Games. I'm determined to make this a success. Even if it isn't, I'll pretend it was just so I don't have to listen to my husband tell me that he told me so. 

Be sure to follow along on Instagram & Twitter! We have WiFi on our flight, so I'll be keeping everyone up to date on the shenanigans as they unfold! 
Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Well Hello Snow Day!

Well hello, snow day! Thank you for sneaking up on us. I really didn't expect that phone call at 7:30 last night, but I'm so glad it came because I have a lot of shit to get done around this place before I leave on Friday afternoon & wasn't really sure how it was going to get done until this happened. To make a long story short, this is the story of my life... 


The real problem is that even though all of Ella's new summer clothes are neatly sorted upstairs, all of my stuff is packed away in storage in the basement. Thus, I'll be spending a lot of time today hauling & sorting through those bins. I need to find sandals, maxis, shorts.... it's going to take awhile. 

As for today's workout, I'm going to try & get in an exercise DVD at home. I let Eric take our SUV & don't even have a car seat at home right now. So I've basically shut myself in in hopes of productivity.  Wish me luck & hope that I don't get sucked into watching the Twilight Saga instead of checking items off my to do list... 

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

A Little Too Wrapped Up

This is embarrassing to admit, but I'm just awakening from a 72 hour Hunger Games induced coma. I have read the entire trilogy - all three books - since Friday night. I'm not proud people, but this is how it happened...

As I told you on Friday, Eric & I rented Catching Fire & I couldn't wait to watch it. We popped it into the player & settled in. The movie was great. I love Jennifer Lawrence. I adored watching Katniss genuinely start to have feelings for Peeta. I was completely enthralled in the movie. 



But then when it ended, I felt like I'd missed something. It was the exact same gut feeling I had after watching Twilight. I knew there had to be a whole lot more to the story than what I was getting on screen. I mean the golden rule of every English teacher is that the book is always better than the movie, right? So I made a bold move - I downloaded the trilogy & got to work. 

I pushed through the first book at a reasonable pace. I read in the car on the way to my parents' house, then before bed. I wasn't overly involved at this point & was wholly present at my Grandma's birthday part & visiting with my family. It wasn't until after the party that got sucked in. I read for two hours before bed that night. Then I read again on the car ride home, completely ignoring my wonderful husband who was driving again, even though we normally take turns. I feel bad now, but at that point I was too invested to stop. I needed more information. 

Upon arrival at home, I unpacked & made lunch, then promptly plopped on the couch. I became useless to my husband. I let Ella play on the floor, I'd stop and acknowledge waht she needed when she came over to me, but I was not my usual self at all. I laid on the couch, attached to the books. 

Yesterday at work, I finished Catching Fire during my class' independent reading time, them immediately began Mockingjay - reading through lunch & in every spare minute. At the gym yesterday, I rode the bike for over an hour, absorbed in the book. (But burning over 500 calories in the process...) And at 9:45 p.m. last night, I finished the trilogy, emerging just as triumphant and exhausted as a victor, from my Hunger Games induced coma. Satisfied that now I know, and that I was right, the books were far better than the movies. 

Am I proud of this? No. But it happens. I got sucked in. Just as so many people do. It could have been online poker. It could have been binge watching an entire television series. But at least I can say I got lost in a book... 
Friday, March 7, 2014

Five On Friday...

1 - Sick Kid


If you follow me on Instagram, then you know that I had to leave work early yesterday & pick up a sick kiddo. I just hate it when she doesn't feel well, but at least she was super cuddly yesterday. She laid on my lap for the whole afternoon, in & out of sleep, while I caught up on Nashville.

Fingers crossed that I come home to my normal baby girl this afternoon. I'm hoping we can make it to the gym in the morning & then head out of my parent's house for the night. We'll see if it happens... 

2 - National Oreo Day

Yesterday was National Oreo Day & the secretaries in our office brought in Oreos & milk for everyone. It was easily the best part of my day. 


the only thing better than handing out free Oreos would be handing out these... 


3 - Catching Fire

Eric reserved Catching Fire from Redbox & we're going to watch it tonight. It's probably pathetic how excited I am to watch it, but I don't really care. I'm a sucker for a good love triangle & I just love Jennifer Lawrence.

4 - This Dress... 
pardon the wet, just stepped out of the shower, top knot I have going on... 

I bought this dress on sale from Piperlime & am in love with it. I haven't been able to wear it outside of my house yet, since it's 10 degrees outside. But I'm looking forward to packing it for my trip to Florida & wearing it all of the time this summer. The straps are even thick enough that I'll be able to wear it to school - score! 

5 - One Week To Go!

A week from today I'll be boarding my plane to Orlando! The weather is looking gorgeous & I just can't wait to take Ella to Disney! I was trying to refrain from buying anything new for the trip, but I kind of failed. I've already bought the dress above & a new pair of J.Crew shorts, then I saw a commercial for buy one, get one 50% off swimsuits at Target this weekend. It'll be a miracle if I can stay away from that sale... 

Thursday, March 6, 2014

Zero.

My motivation level is at zero. 

Proof:

  • I have at least ten half finished blog posts sitting in my queue & I have zero motivation to finish any of them. I didn't post yesterday - and it was a Wednesday. I always post on Wednesdays... 
  • I didn't pack my breakfast or lunch today. In fact, I'm sitting here eating a chocolate chip muffin as a type this. Super clean, Bri. Real impressive.
  • I also didn't pack my gym clothes. Technically I'm due for a rest day, my last one was Friday, but like I said, I'm eating a chocolate chip muffin right now.
  • I have a pile of grading on my desk that is getting out of hand... and grades are due on Wednesday. 
  • The mountain of laundry in my bedroom makes the pile of grading look like nothing. Thank God I have a ton of clothes... 
So, why am I falling apart in front of my own eyes? I blame the weather. It's sucking the life out of me. It makes me want to go to bed at 8 pm & sleep til noon, just so I'm warm. It also makes me want to drink nothing but hot chocolate... but I'm not. Truthfully, I've been handling winter really well this year, I'm just at my breaking point right now. 

So today is going to be spent mustering up every ounce of motivation I can find. Maybe I'll even be back with a real post for tomorrow. If not, I've hopped a plane to Aruba & I'm not coming back until June. 



Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Taming Your Curly Hair

If you don't have curly hair, you can go ahead and move along with your day. Today is all about us curly haired girls. We're the ones who spend hours with our heads flipped upside down diffusing on low. We're the ones who spend hours blowing out our hair & gripping our flat irons. Having curly hair is not easy. 


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I've spent over a decade trying to tame the beast inhabits my head. Some days I whip out my flat iron & fight it. Other days, I just embrace it. With the right products, your curly hair can look stunning. Thus, I've made it my life's mission to find the best curly hair products on the market & since I just love you all so much, I'm willing to share. 




1 - Not Your Mother's Beach Babe Sea Salt Spray 

This is my go - to for every day, soft, curly hair overnight. I often shower, comb my hair, and then spritz this in right before I go to bed. I sleep on it & let it air dry. The result is perfect, soft, beachy waves. I love to do this once or twice a week so that I'm not blasting my hair with heat every. single. day. Bonus - it smells like coconuts/the beach. 

2 - Conditioner & Lots of It 

Personally, I use the Not Your Mother's Kinky Moves Conditioner on my hair, every time I wash it. I know that it is often said you don't need to condition your hair every time you wash it, but if you have curly hair, that's probably not the case. The only way that I can get my fingers through my hair after washing it is to bathe it in conditioner & let it all sink in. So while I don't think the brand name of the conditioner you're using matters too much, the fact that you use it does. You'll have smoother strands, which results in a more pulled together (aka less frizzy) look. 

3 - Paul Mitchel ProTools Flat Iron 

So every curly girls wants to go straight once in awhile. I used to try to do it every day & I was ruining my hair in the process. I've learned to only do it once or twice a week & use the right tools - so the damage is minimized. The flat iron is the most important component in this process for me, because I suck at blowing out my hair. I needed a high power straightener that could handle all of my kinks. I invested in this one (yes, I believe a hair straightener is an investment!) and had it for 4 years before I had to replace it and that only happened because it took a hard fall to the floor. 

4 - Curls Rock Curl Amplifier 

This is a product that I've used for over a decade & I still love it. It gives me soft, big curls that aren't crunchy. The big difference between this & the sea salt spray is the size of the curls. The seal salt spray results in wavy hair, this gives you plump curls. Two pumps rubbed into your wet hair, flip, blow dry on low & you'll be good to go! Bonus - it smells ah-mazing! (Are you noticing a trend here? I like my hair to smell good!) 

5 - Diffuser 

The brand isn't so important on this one, as long as you're using one. If you want soft, voluminous curls, you have to flip your hair & blow dry on low using a diffuser. You can't rush it. It may take a little bit longer to dry, but the results are worth the extra time. I even blast mine with cool air at the end to set the style, a trick my stylist taught me a few years back. If I'm really in a rush, I'll leave my hair a little damp rather than cranking up the power level on the blow dryer - that just results in unwanted frizz. 

6 - Heat Protectant 

Again, the brand isn't a huge deal to me, so long as I'm using one. If I'm wearing my hair curly, I make sure to spritz this on before I diffuse my hair. If I'm straightening, I use it before I blow it out & then coat my strands again before I flat iron. I've found that the best way to fight frizzy hair is to prevent it from getting damaged, and this is the best way I've found so far. 





Monday, March 3, 2014

Let's Catch Up...

"Happy Monday Everyone! I hope you're all rested & ready for a busy week ahead!"

Yes, that's the load of BS I threw at my students this morning. They didn't buy it. I think they can see right through my fake perkiness & recognize the deep exhaustion that is inhabiting my soul right now. Ok, that's probably a little dramatic, but I just can't seem to shake this winter funk. All I wanted to do was stay in bed... 

you can thank Eric for this beautiful shot of us passed out together Saturday night... 
Normally I'm a morning person & can get right up, but not today. I think I really just need a break in the weather - at least a little sunshine! 10 days til Florida... that's my mantra right now. 

We had a great weekend & I really didn't want it to end. (Maybe that was part of the problem this morning too.) We didn't have to go anywhere & kind of just did things at our own pace. We'd wake up, eat breakfast, head to the gym, and lounge around with no set timelines. Eric & I had a talk last night and we've decided we're going to make weekends like this a priority. As much as we love seeing our family & taking little trips, we just can't be running in a million different directions every weekend. It's too much. That said, we'll be gone all of next weekend for my Grandma's 70th birthday & the weekend after that I'll be in Florida. So I guess we're easing into it? Whatever - we're going to try! 


Miss Ella at the book store... 

We took Miss Ella to the book store & did our grocery shopping. I took Eric to Trader Joe's for the first time & he actually really liked it - which was a surprise because he was pretty dead set against it when they first came to town. We bought a ton of supplies for healthy dinners & lunches throughout the week - trying to keep the healthy living train moving in the Bliss house!
Ella's on board with our healthy lifestyle too... 

As far as my training goes, I'm feeling really good right now. I stepped on the scale yesterday & was at 127 pounds, which is the weight I was at after my last half marathon. And it isn't a jiggly 127 - it's a firm, you should check out my muscles, 127. I'm actually quite positive it's the best shape I've been in my life. That's why I'm excited to keep training, keep pushing, keep seeing those results. No Big Macs & milkshakes this time around. Clean diet, hard training, no excuses. 

I feel like this post & this weekend pretty much sums up where life is at right now in our house. We're making our own selves a priority - staying healthy & taking care of ourselves. I'm sure certain members of our families will call it selfish the first time we say no to something, but it's where we need to be.


With that said, take care of yourself this week friends! It's supposed to be cold & snowy in the north, but stay strong! We can do this! 


Saturday, March 1, 2014

Sunday School - Throwback Edition

Biggest middle school fashion mistake... 

Oh I wish I had a picture of this to share with you because you'd all laugh your butts off... I swear to you, my uniform was baggy khaki pants, an Old Navy 1/4 Zip Logo Fleece, and Adidas sneakers. To top it off, I added a pony tail with bangs that always looked horrible because I never took the time to blow dry them. I really & truly looked like a hot mess. I don't blame all of the boys who didn't want to date me, I totally understand now. 


Who were your best friends in high school? Pics?




I went to a very small high school. As in, I graduated with 41 people in my class. I knew everyone. We'd been in classes together since kindergarten. My best friends were basically the same in third grade as they were when I was a senior. While we aren't really that close anymore, they're the people that I can run into at homecoming & have an hour long conversation. We share so much history together. They'll always hold a special place in my heart... 


Side note - This was not my prom dress. My dress actually got stepped on & ripped, but luckily I had worn this one to dinner because the other one was so huge. Total crisis... 

What was a typical weekend like for you in high school?


Well, my parents owned the only restaurant in town, so I spent a lot of time working there on the weekends. Friday night was the fish fry, so I was washing dishes or waiting tables. Saturday night was "family night" - meaning that nobody else would ever want that shift so my mom, dad, and I would hold down the fort. And Sunday morning was brunch, so I was on call for that too. I honestly can't complain though, all of those hours paid for the brand new car that I got when I turned 16 & all of my best friends were employed by my parents so we were usually working together. 


By the time I was a senior, I rotated Saturday night shifts so that I could go hang out with this cutie too... 



Yes. This is my husband... as a high school junior on our first vacation together. 
Did you have any boyfriends/girlfriends? Tell us about that...

Well, I'm not very exciting. I've been dating that handsome fella up above since I was a senior in high school. I "dated" before that, but nothing serious. Eric was my date to senior prom, attended both my high school & college graduations, and has been on every vacation I've been on for the past 10 years. He's kind of the real deal & I'm glad that we've stuck together all of these years... 



If you could relive one day/moment/experience from middle school or high school, what would it be?

This is probably a little more sentimental than they were expecting when they wrote this question, but for Spring Break of eighth grade I went on vacation with my Grandma Ellen & Grandpa Dave to Florida. It was just me & them. I had their complete undivided attention & it was amazing. I really wish I could go back & relive that experience... have a few more days with my grandma soaking up the sun. It's truly one of my absolute fondest vacations. She was diagnosed with breast cancer a year after that trip & it was one of the last we'd ever take together... 

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