25K Race

Last week I decided I’m going to run in the 5/3rd Riverbank Run in Grand Rapids, Michigan over Mother’s Day weekend. I have to be in town for the annual West Michigan World Trade Association Week, so I figured, why not?

My training starts next week Monday and I have 8 weeks to get to 15.5 miles 🙂

I can run about 8 miles right now, so it shouldn’t be tooooo hard, but 15 miles is a lot longer than 8. I’ll post my training schedule a little later today! See my training schedule below. If any followers happen to be in Grand Rapids May 9th and want to run with me let me know!

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On the days it says to cross-train I plan on doing Les Mills Body Pump, or TRX, or TRX RIP Training, or a combination of all three @ my local YMCA. I’ll also throw in some AB work in there.

I start next week Monday-follow my training under fitness.


New Look

Hello All!

I’ve changed the look of my blog. I’m hoping it’s WAY easier to navigate. There is now a sidebar with recent posts and categories below that. Before you had to scroll to the VERY bottom. I’ve also added a bar at the top of some categories I post the majority of my stuff to. I still have a few post to catch up on, but I’m hoping this helps me stay a bit more organized & helps you enjoy my blog with greater ease 🙂


Hello All!

I am so sorry to have not posted anything since September 11th. I have a long list of posts to catch-up on.

Today I have to:

  1. Finish unpacking from our trip to Michigan for Thanksgiving
  2. Write Thank Yous from Aiden’s birthday party (sorry to all of you who I haven’t gotten a card to yet)
  3. Send rent check
  4. Start Decorating for Christmas (yay!)
  5. Make a list of the blogs I need to catch up on
  6. At least one catch up blog

This week I have to:

  1. Meal plan for the rest of the month & make a grocery list
  2. The never ending pile of laundry
  3. Finish Christmas Presents
  4. Get a TREE!!!!
  5. At least 4 more catch up blogs
  6. Post some stuff on Craigslist
  7. Clean out my closet
  8. Clean out the office
  9. Go through baby clothes (Oliver is growing like a WEED)
  10. RUN, RUN, RUN, and oh yeah, more RUNNING


And just because I think he is the cutest baby EVER.

Hope to see you all later today!

This is how I feel today.

Aiden, Oliver and I went to the mall to get yet another pair of free panties. I love you Victoria’s Secret! And we saw this in the parking lot.


Aiden was saying “cow and moo” for about 2o minutes. I just thought to myself, I feel like a milk factory-a few more months 🙂 I love my baby Oliver so it’s worth it.

Sodus Point (okay, not really).

This past Saturday, Henry and I packed up the boys and the car with beach supplies, snacks, lunches, and anything else you could possibly think you might need on an outing to the beach with an almost 2 year old and a 2 month old. We even stopped on our way out of town to get sand toys.

On our way up to Sodus Point we discovered the most magical place: Burnap Fruit Farms.


We almost drove right past it, as it was not our actual destination. But then we spotted this train.


And then this truck.


It was like all of Aiden’s things built out of wood and made just for him to play on. Did I mention they also had a chicken coop? As you can see Aiden was just having an amazing time chasing the rooster around the coop.


He WAS a handsome fella, and I’ll admit I found myself chasing him around the coop 3 times in order to capture his glory.


We had actually only planned to stop for a few minutes, and ending up staying for at least an hour and a half. Henry and I ordered the most amazing lunch ever at the most adorable Garden Cafe. Freshly made bread with veggies and chicken for me, and a homemade hoagie with turkey and pesto for Henry. Simply amazing. If you ever make it to upstate NY, you have to try this place. A hidden gem for sure.



Many thanks to Tina, our navigation system, for taking us this way to Sodus Point. Next time maybe we wont just “stop by” this secret treasure and we’ll actually make it to the destination we didn’t even get out of the car to see 🙂

happy flowers. happy birthday.

Tyra and Kathleen got me the cutest gift. ever. I call them my happy flowers. I have them in the window in the kitchen. They move in the sun. My flowers are called ‘happy’ for a few reasons. The first reason-they make me happy. The second reason-they look happy. The third reason-they move when the sun isn’t even out, therefore, they must be happy.

Elise, I’m sharing my happy flowers with you today, because I want to wish you a ‘Happy’ Birthday!