Hey guys! I hope everyone had an amazing weekend! Ours was very good, but first things first. We have a winner for the Erin Condren $25 gift card. Lucky #6:
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Our weekend was a good one. Went to Barre Bee Fit and tried out a new class: barre-dio interval. What a workout!
I’ve now tried all three classes that the Milwaukee studio offers (barre bee, Interval Barre, and Barre-dio Interval) and I can’t really decided which one is my favorite. I’ve loved them all and have yet to take a “bad” class here. The instructors have been wonderful and the workouts have been extremely effective. I leave class with weak muscles and a “good sore”. Next week I’m scheduled for my first back to back class: Barre-dio interval followed by barre…I hope that I don’t die!
Besides working out, we celebrated my BFF’s daughter’s first birthday and took Madelyn to see Santa and to get some baby bling:
She was a champ for both! No tears for Santa (more like, “who is this man??”) and very little tears for her ears. The key to that was having a cookie on hand to give her. She maybe cried for 10 seconds. I wasn’t too worried since she handles shots like a champ. High pain tolerance like her mama :-) I have been debating for a very long time whether or not to pierce her ears as a baby or wait until she’s old enough to decided. Her ears were just so cute the way they were, I didn’t want to “damage” them. Now that I finally bit the bullet and just went with it, I’m glad that I did. She looks adorable in her little studs.
Here’s what’s on the menu & workout schedule for this week:
Monday: Barre + treadmill workout. This Turkey Chili
Tuesday: Weights at the gym/Salmon with sweet potatoes & kale
Wednesday: Treadmill run + Barre. Leftover Chicken Noodle soup.
Thursday: 1.5 mile run timed (PT test prep!) Dinner is tentative. Going to a Gluten-free cookie exchange.
Friday: Rest Day. Eat out/Dine in :-)
What’s on the menu for you this week? Any fun work outs or cookie exchanges?
Hi friends! I hope everyone had a great weekend, I know we sure did! We were super busy with lots of family stuff in Chicago on Saturday. Back in August, at Madelyn’s birthday party, my SIL asked me to be a bridesmaid in her wedding. I gladly accepted the offer and on Saturday we set out to look for some dresses. After trying on a few dresses, we found one that looked great on all of us.
This one was my favorite of all the dresses we tried on. It’s the perfect material for a June wedding, it looked great on everyone, and it was very comfortable. I can’t wait to see them in the actual color that the bride to be picked out!
We also celebrated Grandma Rita’s 90th birthday in Chicago. I’m amazed at Larry’s Grandma: not only does she still live by herself, but the woman drives and loves going to the casino :-) She’s quite the little ball of fire!
On Sunday, we took the babes and walked around the mall for a little bit. I had some birthday money I wanted to spend and I also wanted to check out Williams-Sonoma to get a head start on my Thanksgiving Day prep:
I used this last year when I made my first Thanksgiving turkey and it went over very well. So, I’ll be using this again this year and in the future, until I get brave enough to venture out and try something new ;-)
After the mall, I came home and got ready for a baby shower for a girl at work. I was going to bring my little miss, but she was passed out on the ride home from the mall and didn’t even blink an eye when I took her out of her carseat and into her crib.
Speaking of Madelyn…this past week I bought her her first pair of boots! She didn’t know what to make of them at first and had a hard time figuring out how to walk in them. By the time I picked her up on Friday, she was walking all over in those things.
I die over the cuteness :-)
Today, I finally made it out to my garden to plant some garlic. I hope I didn’t wait too long. The weather is supposed to be decent this week-nothing below freezing. Instead of planting 100 heads of garlic, like the previous owners did, I opted for 40 heads. I think that should be sufficient.
I’m really excited about gardening in 2014. I’ll definitely have more time to plan out what I want to plant back there. We are also in the process of transitioning half of our garden space back into the backyard. After assessing how much of it we used this past summer, we decided that 6 raised garden beds is just too much for us. If it was our only hobby, then maybe. And we’d like Madelyn to have a bigger yard area to play in than what we have now. Removing 3 of the beds would open up a ton of space and give us back a good chunk of our yard.
P.S. Does anyone have tips for growing beets? I planted a TON of those tiny seeds in July and I only got TWO beets! I don’t know if I planted them too late in the season or what, but it was very frustrating given how much time I spent doing it. The two beets that I did harvest ended up in a juice this past weekend. Apple, beet and ginger. YUM!
Late to the monthy update party yet again. To say we’ve been busy in the corner of this universe would be an understatement. Between being back to work, marathon training, gardening, planning birthday parties, and enjoying our summer I’m left with very little time for anything else. We’re coming up on our last month of her being considered a “baby” in just a few short weeks, we’ll have a toddler in the house. Cuh-razy!!
She’s definitely starting to develop a little personality and I’m sure she’ll be walking unassisted within the next few weeks-all signs that our little baby is growing up. Her 11 month picture was the hardest one to take. She did NOT want to sit still-this was the best I could do before finally just giving up.
Sleep. We were BEYOND lucky in the sleep department with this little miss. On average we’d get about 12 hours of sleep from her. Within the past few weeks she’s decided that she wants to be an early riser and has been getting up between 5:30-6:30. It took awhile to get used to, but it’s actually kind of nice-I get an early start on my day to get stuff done around the house. And she’s finally starting to get into a napping routine. Winning all around.
Eat. We are in the process of transitioning from formula to whole, organic milk and eating mainly table food. It’s been fun to watch her play with and explore with real food. It’s also been very messy & time consuming. I try to make stuff for dinner that she can also eat too because I don’t have time to prepare 2 different meals during the week. She loves to eat salmon, chicken, and vegetables. There’s actually nothing so far that I’ve given her that she doesn’t like. Now that Madelyn eats most of her meals in the high-chair, Oliver is right at our feet waiting for something to drop. I don’t mind at all…he’s actually become a big help in the cleaning up department.
Play. This month Madelyn started standing on her own. She’s not a huge fan-she can do it for a few seconds and then she slowly starts to lower herself to a sitting position on the ground. On one hand, I’m really looking forward to the day where she doesn’t have to be carried everywhere but on the other, it’s already pretty exhausting just trying to keep up after her when she’s only crawling, so we’re really in no hurry over here. She’s definitely more interested in her cause-and-effect toys. Still no real words. I’ve been trying to get her to say “Mama”, but all I get is a blank stare and a smile. She does understand words though. I can say “Where’s Oliver? Where’s Daddy?” And she looks in their direction. She also gets what “No!” means, but tries to push her luck with that one. We’re still waiting on those top teeth to pop through. I can tell they are bothering her-she’s been up crying 3 times tonight and she has a tiny bruise on her gums :-/ Madelyn also loves the water. We took her to the pool for the first time last weekend and she LOVED it. I’m happy to announce that we have a water baby on our hands and that the two of us will be taking some Mommy & Me swim classes this fall at our local YMCA.
Planning for Madelyn’s birthday is well underway. There will be lots of Pinterest crafting/wine nights and Etsy purchases in my future. My dear friend, Marrisa made all of the invitations. She did an AWESOME job with them and I’m excited to share all the details for the party next month!