Friday, December 30, 2016

2017 Goals

Hi! Happy Almost New Year! 

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Yesterday I worked from home while Ina recovered from her 12 hour fever. She played on my phone, colored, stamped, and talked. A lot. The girl still has a ferocious cough, but otherwise is feeling better. 

After work we hung around the house until it was time to meet my family at Jack Stack BBQ. My cousin Liz was in town from NY, so all 27 of us met at what felt like the most crowded place in KC. 

It was nice to see everyone in my family that we missed over Christmas due to weather.

I had a rest day yesterday, so no workout recap, but here is what I was thankful for:

  • A new humidifier - the one in Cora’s room went out and I was able to get a replacement without having proof of purchase. Mom life.
  • Being able to work from home while staying home with a sick kiddo. On that note, very few emails. I love the holidays.
  • Ina and Cora’s fish they received for Christmas are still alive. I didn’t think they would make it this long, so anything else is a bonus.

As you all know, I am a huge goal person, so of course I had to think of some goals for 2017. I put a calendar reminder every 3 months to remind me to evaluate them. Let’s make it happen.

Health and Fitness:

  • Do a pull-up. Perhaps picturing myself rocking these out with Ina at the park would help? Ha!
  • Do “real” push-ups (knees off the floor, chest touches the ground)
  • Maintain a clean eating style with a few more strict periods of time to get the ball rolling


  • Learn a new skill (I have my eye on a few classes)
  • Be mindful of my “down” time and use it more wisely.


  • Make a decision on our house. Either sell it or come up with a plan to pay it off early that we are happy with. (Dan and I have been back and forth about this thousands of times and we just can’t make a decision.)
  • Max out our Roth IRAs


  • Read books with the girls daily. The best time for me is right when we get home from work/daycare, before the dinner/bedtime routine starts. 
  • Continue marriage counseling. Even though we have worked through the issues that drove us to start going to counseling, Dan and I have continued to go and make useful time with the counselor. We actually love it. However, it can be tempting to not take the time to go when so many other things are going on at the same time. 


  • Daily morning and evening prayer
  • FLOSS (I am the worst about this)
  • Blogging almost daily. I really, really miss taking the time to write daily and I want to get it back in my life. So, I am going to. Decided. In order to get my brain back in this mindset, I will likely go back to the old way of taking pictures of my food, talking about my workouts daily, etc. 

Any 2017 goals for you?

Thursday, December 29, 2016

A Day at Home


Yesterday started out great, but ended with Ina having a fever and up most of the night with a cough, runny nose, and sore throat. I am praying that a lot of rest today will heal her right up. Despite the ickies, she was remained her usual talkative self, and wanted to talk about everything while she couldn’t sleep last night. So, I slept through my workout alarm this morning. Oops- accidental rest day.

However, the rest of the day was great. I deep cleaned our master bathroom and bedroom while the girls played on their own and then I joined them in a few puzzles and a great game of hide and seek (Ina is so into this right now). 

After lunch Cora took a nap and I could tell that something was up with Ina, so we rested in her room while reading a few chapters of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone. Once I was done with putting dinner together (skyline chili with pasta and roasted b. sprouts), we headed to the park. 

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The weather was perfect and I felt guilty about keeping the girls cooped up most of the day. It was so fun to see Cora running around and playing with Ina. I know I talk about this a lot, but I have been so looking forward to this stage. 

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We met Dan at home for dinner followed by a reading session and early bedtime. 

Adulting is so fun.

Wednesday Workout (by Fitness Tiger KC)

  • Warm-up: 5 minutes of light weight kettle bell windmills (25#)
  • Tabata 20/10 x 8
    • Jump Squats
    • Donkey Kicks
  • 10 Round AMRAP 30/30 (35# dumbbells)
    • Suitcase deadlift
    • Renegade row
    • Clean and Press
  • Circuit 30/15 x 2
    • Bar hang knees to chest
    • Pavlov press
    • Single leg squats on box
    • Stability ball pikes
    • Crow
    • Assault bike
    • Heavy hold (60# kettle bells)
    • Sumo deadlift high pull (40#)
  • 5 minute swings (35# x 160)

My forearms and grip were cashed after this workout and I can definitely feel it today. I could barely hold on to the kettle bell at the end. My hand calluses are forming at an exponential rate. 


  1. Bleach. I have tried a few homemade, all natural cleaners, but sometimes you need to bring in the big guns. 
  2. Cora has started to say, “cheese!” when I hold up my phone to take a picture. This is a huge deal.
  3. Broken TV. I know, I know, I just said I was thankful that our TV was fixed, but the bulb went out again (I am calling on it today) and I love evenings without the TV on. 

I hope you have a lovely day! <3

Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Game Night + New Format

Hi there!

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How is your holiday week going? I took yesterday and today off work to slowly ease back into the grind after Christmas. The girls and I have nothing planned today and I am weirdly looking forward to it. 

Yesterday we visited my friend Sarah who is in town and the girls were spoiled by her parents who had puzzles and toys and books laid out for them to play with. Her mom even made a grain bin, which quickly resulted in pasta everywhere. They were in heaven.

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We came home and Cora took an epic nap while Ina and I tackled a laundry mountain and re-arranged her bedroom. She promised that she would sleep in her room forever now. Who believes her? 

After dinner (leftovers), we played one of Ina’s birthday gifts - The Sneaky Snacky Squirrel. We had so much fun playing this game, which I never thought was possible given our age differences. Now I am on a mission to find other games the entire family can enjoy. Game night >>> TV night.

I have decided I am going to start blogging more. For motivation, I am going to report my workouts and 3 things I am thankful for daily, instead of weekly. 

Tuesday Workout: (by Fitness Tiger KC)

  • Mini Fitness Test 30 seconds x 2
    • Max push ups (11/13)
    • Max squats (23/23)
    • Max sit ups (21/21)
    • Max pull ups (ummm…I hung there for a few seconds…)
  • 12 Minute EMOM (30# KB)
    • 8 snatches
    • 8 cleans
    • 8 front squats
  • Partner work x 5
    • 10 single leg dead lifts
    • partner holds band squat

After this workout I decided one of my 2017 goals would be to do one pull up. One. I think I can make it happen.


  1. Dan moved our old washing machine out of the living room and I took down the Christmas decorations. Clutter be gone!
  2. Christmas cards. They are seriously one of my favorite things about the holidays and I love getting the mail everyday. 
  3. Having the chance to talk to my oldest friends. We have a group text that is constantly happening, but seeing them in person is so much better.

Have a lovely day! 

Tuesday, December 27, 2016

A Very Merry Christmas! + Workouts/Meal Plan


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I hope you had a fantastic Christmas! 

Ours’ was just lovely, but I have to say my favorite part about it was spending so much time with Dan and the girls. We rarely get this much alone time as a family and we had so much fun together. A few highlights:

  • Shopping and church on Christmas Eve Eve. I seriously wanted to slow clap after the sermon. You can listen to it here
  • Watching Rogue One. (Both girls did awesome. Popcorn is a great bribing tool.)
  • Spending Christmas Eve at Dan’s grandma’s house
  • Opening presents at home on Christmas morning
  • Enjoying Christmas evening at my grandma’s house 
  • Shopping the day after Christmas for our new pet fish 
  • Having Dan’s mom and grandma over for steak and crab legs

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Now that all of the celebrating is over, I need to have a plan for the week, that ends with more celebrating. Ha!
  • Tuesday: garlic lover’s salmon, baked sweet potatoes, and roasted green beans
  • Wednesday: skyline chili with salad
  • Thursday: out to eat with family
  • Friday: Dan’s in charge :)
  • Saturday: New Year’s Eve - still working on finalizing plans 

Also, here were our workouts last week. Designed and implemented by Fitness Tiger KC


  • Warm-up continuation: 5x5: 
    • inch worms
    • push ups
    • jump squats
    • v-ups
  • The Hourglass 4 x 5 minutes (50# sandbag)
    • 6 deadlift
    • 6 bent over rows
    • 6 cleans
    • 6 lunges
    • 6 shoulder press
    • 6 squats
  • 5 minute wall sit with sandbag with occasional breaks of pushups, squats, and mountain climbers. The last minute was holding the sandbag over your head. Whelp, that was hard.
  • Tabata kettle bell swings: 20 sec work/10 sec rest x 8. I did 97 reps x 40#

Thoughts: After 3 days in a row off, this workout kicked my booty. Getting that 50 pound sandbag over my head was a lot of work. It felt good to be back.


  • Skillwork
    • Pyramid 1-2-3-4-5-4-3-2-1 Turkish Get-ups. (20# on the way up; 25# on the way down)
    • KB Windmills 10-9-8-7 (25#)
  • Inna Gotta Tabata 20/10 x 8
    • Push ups
    • Squats
    • Burpees (ugh)
  • Cool Down. 


  • 12/21: The goal was 12 rounds. I completed 8 and a half.
    • 21 sit ups
    • 21 v ups
    • 21 bicycles
  • More Ab Work: The goal was 10 rounds. I completed 7 and a half.
    • flutter kicks 21x 4
    • hello darlings x 21
    • windshield wipers x 16

Whew, I never thought I would sweat so much while lying on my back. My abs will feel that for the next few days. 


  • skill work 6 x 4
    • pistol
    • lateral jumps
    • diamond pushups
  • The Grind Circuit 30/10/30/30 x 2
    • battle rope
    • bottom’s up hold
    • kettle bell
    • bike
    • bosu ball pushups
    • bear hug squats
    • Thor hold


  • 10 minute EMOM (35#)
    • 20 kettle bell swings
    • 5 goblet squats
  • goblet lunges 12x4 (35#)
  • 60/30 circuit x 2
    • Single leg box step up
    • ERG
    • 60# bench press
    • sumo deadlift high pull (35#/50#)
    • bent over row (25#)
    • pull up bar hang (or, in my case, attempt to hang)
    • plank walk overs
    • bag lateral jumps
    • single arm overhead squat (25#)
    • jump rope

Saturday: our special 90 minute holiday workout (which was wrapped before we got there. Hehehe.)

Sunday: REST - which was rightly earned after Saturday. I don’t know if I will ever be able to enjoy The 12 Days of Christmas again.

Have a great day! 

Thursday, December 22, 2016



  • A day off work and a slow morning with the girls. It was so nice to leisurely eat breakfast with them, let them take their time with a bath, and slowly get them ready.
  • Lunch delivered to our house!
  • We went to my cousin’s cousin’s house and she has some kids that Ina has never met before and both her and Cora fell in love with them. It was so cute to watch them play together and Ina developed a love for paper airplanes. 


  • Having time to play cards with my family. Sometimes with the little kids it is hard to maintain all the adults attention. 
  • My family from Texas keeping the girls overnight while simultaneously prepping for my grandma’s house to be taken over for Christmas.
  • Uber and how easy it is to safely ride home from a Christmas party.


  • Listening to my family sing The Twelve Days of Christmas and the grace they give me when I squeak out, “Three french hens…” 
  • A new hair dryer! I have wanted one of these for years and my uncle drew my name this year. So lucky!
  • A vehicle with all with drive. Ice is not fun.


  • Dan stayed safe overnight when he plowed snow.
  • A pajama day.
  • Homemade egg nog.


  • Danielle made us cinnamon rolls. With caramel. Yep. There goes my plan to only eat spinach between now and Christmas.
  • How excited I was to be back in the gym after three rest days. 
  • Bath time with the girls. 


  • My co-workers went out for a holiday lunch. Us all together in a social setting is rare and fun…even though we ended up talking shop. We just can’t help it. 
  • My mom came over to watch the girls for a few hours and brought new Christmas books! Such a treat!
  • Grace. Lots of grace. 


  • Gibo feeding Cora yogurt - now I don’t have to worry about sending food she can’t feed herself for breakfast. Ha! 
  • Lunch with Dan’s sister - so good to catch up
  • Trader Joe’s tomato soup

What are you thankful for? I hope that you have a fantastic holiday! 

Tuesday, December 20, 2016

"Just Us" Moments: Cora Blowing Bubbles

Watching Cora mimic her older sister is one of my favorite things. She follows Ina around playing hide and seek and attempts to squeeze her body under the same chair. She repeats words Ina says. She always, always wants to eat the same food Ina is eating.

But I have to say my favorite so far is watching them play in the bathtub together. Ina teaches her how to dump water out of the pitcher, stick letters on the wall, and now to blow bubbles in the water. 

Cora has always watched in awe as Ina sticks her face in the water and all the bubbles appear. She has tried a few times, but either didn’t get her mouth in the water or swallowed half the bath tub. However, last night she was determined. She sprawled her little body out, on her hands and with her legs floating behind her and her little booty sticking in the air and looked at us with a huge grin as her chin approached the water. Then, when she was ready, her eyes got really big, she took the plunge, and for a few seconds, blew bubbles for all she was worth. 

This surprised all of us so much that we screamed, clapped, and cheered, and then she did it again. And again. And again. Each time she waited to make sure that Ina and I were paying attention and would widen her eyes, then her mouth, and then dramatically pause before a few bubbles came up. 

Each time we would cheer, which of course made Cora smile from ear to ear and do it again and again. 

I was/am an older sister and I remember as a child adults would tell me how big of a responsibility it was. Of course, I never understood, not fully until I had a second child. And, of course, I want to convey this responsibility to Ina. I want her to know about this precious gift she has. I want her to know how special it is. But perhaps part of what makes it so special is her not knowing. 

So I will sit back, be quiet, and watch.

Have a good day! <3

Other “Just Us” Moments: Bedtime Reading

Monday, December 19, 2016

Meal Plan + Last Week's Workouts

Good morning! My body and my house are currently recovering from a great weekend of celebration, during which I took zero pictures. 


How is that even possible? I think it is because my work email is on the same device I use to take pictures, so in order to avoid thinking about work, I leave my phone in a different room. Time to break out the old point and shoot!

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Abby did capture a great moment of Cora delighting in the fact that she was high above everyone at the table below, my nephew Bauer trying to climb as high as his 3 month older cousin, and my sister trying to prevent a tragedy. 

Good times.

We went shopping. We went to a Christmas party. We sang songs. We watched the snow fall down. We opened presents. We made egg nog. We watched football. We played cards. We ate (a lot). 

Real life is going to be hard today. 

Here is my meal plan for the week, which will require having something more than egg nog in my refrigerator. 

Here are last week’s workouts. Again - all of these are designed by the fantastic Fitness Tiger KC


  1. Skill work
    • 5 minute low windmills: worked my way up to 30#
    • 5 minute high windmills: worked my way up to 25#
  2. Moving circuit 15 minutes work; 10 seconds rest x 4. We moved through the circuit twice.
    • Sitting overhead press (20#)
    • Single arm chest press on bosu (25#/30#)
    • Landmine rotation (I didn’t get the hang of this one until the time was up)
    • Single leg squats
    • Box handstand pushups 
    • I, Y, and T (8#/10#)
    • Kettle bell swings (35#/40#)
    • Cossack squat (20#/25#)
  3. 3 minutes kettle bell swings (40# x 125)


  1. 12 minute EMOM
    • 12 sumo deadlift high pulls(40#)
    • 10 burpees
  2. Pyramid: I thought I could do 20# dumbbells. Kent and Sheena thought I could do 25#. I did 25#. Slowly.
    • 20 thrusters 
    • 30 opposite toe taps
    • 40 bent over rows
    • 50 mountain climbers
  3. 100 jumpking jacks
  4. 1 minute work; 1 minute rest x 5 kettle bell swings (40# x 165)

This one was a doozy. Those thrusters are hard work. My forearms were spasming by the 3rd round of swings. I was sweating like a beast.


  • Part 1: Snatch(tacular)
    • Buy in: 20 jumping lunges
    • 5 snatches every 30 seconds x 10 (30# kettlebell)
    • Buy out: 20 jump squats
  • Part 2: The Century: pause every 2 minutes for 8 push-ups
    • 100 goblet squats (35# KB)
    • 100 crunches
    • 100 flutter kicks
  • Part 3: 100 m ERG row/bike sprint/wall sit
    • First round: 20 sec
    • Second round 19.9 sec
  • Part 4: single arm kettle bell swings 30 sec work/10 sec rest x 10 (35#)


  • 5 minute EMOM: I started out with 25# and struggled my way through 30#. Struggled hard. Thankfully Kent was behind me to push my arm the rest of the way
    • 3 strict press
    • 3 push press
  • Core Tabata 4 minutes of 20/10
    • Hallow rock
    • Dirty dog
  • 2 minute leg hold
  • Circuit 45/15 x 2
    • Battle rope
    • Ball jacks
    • Walking lung with overhead plate hold
    • Sit ups
    • Stability ball stir the pot
    • Single leg bosu balance
    • Box jumps
    • Jump rope
  • 5 minute kettle bell swings with 5 burpees, 5 plyo pushups, and 10 tuck jumps mixed in (35# x 190)

Friday to Sunday: REST

I didn’t mean to rest three days, but the weather left me stuck at my grandma’s house without even a sports bra to workout in. I will make up for it this week. 

Have a good one! <3

Thursday, December 15, 2016


Good morning! 

How are things on your side of the internet? I am home from the gym and looking forward to my long weekend with nothing but rest, family, and general merriment in my future (well, immediate future). 

Plans today are sort of up in the air, but tomorrow we are going to my grandma’s house where I will leave the girls at night for Dan and I to go to my part time job’s Christmas party. Then Saturday and Sunday we have two separate family Christmas celebrations. I am almost giddy with anticipation.


 As if that isn’t enough to be thankful for, here are a few more things I was thankful for this week: 


  • I was running super late for a meeting and after dropping Ina off at daycare I ran into Danielle’s trashcan. I am very thankful this was an inanimate object and not a dog. Or a child.
  • My ability to take my meeting from home, even though I thought I was going to make it to the office.
  • A Chiefs win! 


  • Going to Costco and only buying what was on my list. I didn’t even know that was possible.
  • When i fell at the gym, instead of kicking me out, everyone there laughed with me. 
  • Our DVR being full of movies. Winter is good for catching up on them all.


  • Dan encouraging me to go to the gym on Saturday morning. I feel guilty (stilly, I know) leaving him alone with the girls first thing, but it does help to start the weekend out on a bright note.
  • After looking for 30 minutes, finding a parking spot on the plaza.
  • So many nice people held the door for me while I was pushing Cora in the stroller or helped me maneuver around a tight corner.


  • Our church and the programs they have for children. Ina recently switched classrooms and she continues to love to go there just as much as before. It is such a special place.
  • Dan helped me address Christmas cards. Ina helped a little too (a few lucky recipients received cards colored on the back). 
  • Our small group’s amazing cooking skills. Seriously, so good.


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  • Ina’s easy bake oven that our neighbors gave her for her birthday. She is already addicted.
  • Our TV is fixed. Although it was nice to not have the TV on in the living room, there are a few times when it is clutch in the morning when I am trying to multi-task.
  • Our new washing machine! My generous mother in law bought us a new washing machine and boy is it fancy. I actually want to do laundry now. 

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  • The coaches pushing me at the gym. I always think I can’t lift what they think I can lift. Negative self talk isn’t my thing, so perhaps I should start seeing myself the way they see me? 
  • Scrounging up the few things we have in the fridge to make dinner. 
  • Amazon Prime and the ease it brings to Christmas shopping.

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  • Office holiday lunch. I could swim in the horseradish cream sauce. 
  • Parent as teachers: I quickly learned that I must make Cora a grain bin. She was absolutely enthralled with a box of beans mixed with toys.
  • Dinner out with Dan’s sister and her new husband. 

I hope you have a fantastic weekend! <3

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Things Cora Says/Does/Likes: 1.5 Years

Cora is at a pretty fun age right now.

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She says:

  • Hi!  (particularly when she holds a phone up to her ear, or on top of her head…) 
  • Bye! 
  • Momma
  • Dad
  • Ina Mae (clear as a bell)
  • Uh-oh!
  • Eye
  • No (Anytime we ask her a question. Sometimes when Ina and I are bored we ask her things like, “Cora, do you want ice cream/$100/a pony?” and she says, “No!!!” and we both die laughing.)
  • No thank you. Or really no and then two other syllables. 
  • Thanks - or again, something that sounds like that and is used appropriately.

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She has this surprised face she likes to make and will go around the room until all of us are making the same face. Then she has to smile because she accomplished her goal and she can’t make that face anymore. It is just the cutest. 

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She likes to carry two things around. It typically doesn’t matter what two things they are, but there must be two, one for each hand. If we give her one cracker, that is just not acceptable. She needs two. Examples include:

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  • a dirty sock and a bar wrapper
  • two half eaten apples (she took her sister’s)
  • two stuffed animals (her favorite)
  • two empty bowls
  • two of her sister’s shoes
  • two puzzle pieces (much to Ina’s dismay)

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We are currently battling a phase where she wants to be held by me if she can see me. No matter how hard I try, I still harbor some guilt about working and leaving her every day, and she knows. She knows all she has to do is cry at my feet and I will pick her up and let her cuddle on my chest while I watch TV. Or cook. Or unload the dishwasher. Or eat. Thankfully, she is pretty light, but on days like Thanksgiving, my back was done by 5. I know this is all my fault and I know that I eventually need to break her of this, but right now I just give in, because even if my back hurts, her cuddling is so cute and sweet. 

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Speaking of cuddling, when she hugs me, Dan, or Ina, she occasionally will pat us on the back or arm. It is just the cutest.

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For comfort, she sucks on her bottom lip or plays with her belly button. Sometimes both at the same time. She gets upset when she wears onesies or zip pjs that hinder belly button access. This of course looks unusual and I kept on talking about how strange it was until one day I remembered my dad telling stories about me doing almost the same thing as a child. Ha! Recently, she has also started sticking her hand down my shirt, only when we are around others, like she is nervous. Hopefully that will stop soon, or I will have to invest in some turtle necks.

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She sleeps like a dream. Praise the Lord. It took a lot of work, but I can put her in her crib at 7:30 PM and she will stay there silently until 7:30 AM. She also naps pretty well, but on weekends isn’t too fussy if we are on the go and she only gets a 30 minute nap in the car. 

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Cora and Ina have started to play together, which is so fun to watch. When she isn’t begging to be held by me, Cora follows her sister around giggling. I am so conscious of how precious this relationship is and I am trying not to put too much pressure on it, but I want them to be best friends forever. <3

I am looking forward to what the next few months bring. <3

Monday, December 12, 2016

Weekend Recap: Rest/Chores/Family/Socializing

Good morning!

Happy Monday. I am home from my workout and drinking some coffee. Endorphins and caffeine are a beautiful combination. I hope you had a great weekend! Our’s was fantastic and filled with the perfect combination of rest, chores, family, and socializing.


Friday night we watched Charlotte’s Web and went to bed at 8. Boom.


- Dan called a junk pick up guy (don’t worry, I saved his phone number) to pick up a few larger items we have sitting around the house.

- Granny bought us a new washing machine, so I felt the need to clean under the old washing machine. It is amazing what we found back there.

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- I practically finished my Christmas shopping. Cora and I went to the plaza and after the 30 minutes it took to find a place to park, we knocked out 5 stores in less than 2 hours. She was a rockstar in the stroller and barely made a peep. The rest of my Christmas shopping was done on Amazon in my pajamas. 

- We addressed all our Christmas cards. Ina even colored a few. 

- I worked for a few hours on Saturday morning and also went to the gym.


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- My sister took Ina and Hallaway to get their nails done and to see The Nutcracker for her birthday. 

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Note Ina’s ballerina outfit, because she wanted to “ballerina.” She had a blast and has showed off her nails and new ballerina skills to anyone who will pay attention. 

- We met my aunt, uncle, cousin, niece, and nephews at Toys R Us for a little pre-Christmas toy shopping.

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- Ina had her Christmas performance at church. Unfortunately, she was in the back row with a super tall kid in front of her, so while we couldn’t see her face, I did see her hands pop up every once in a while. It was still super cute to see the kids dressed up and singing (or not singing). 

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- My nephew Jake turned 3 and we celebrated at Fun House, where the girls had tons of fun.

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- We had our small group Christmas meal where everyone brought their “best” dish. This was a genius idea and one I hope to repeat soon. 

It was a good one and I look forward to the short week ahead. 

Have a blessed day! <3

Sunday, December 11, 2016

Last Week's Workouts + My Plan(ish)


I hope you are having a great weekend so far! I will see you tomorrow with a weekend update, but for now I’m sharing how I plan to make this week successful-ish. 

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I thought I would start summarizing my workouts from the week before in my meal plan posts to track my progress and to show you all how fun these workouts are. All of these workouts are written and designed by Fitness Tiger KC (they also get all photo and video cred.).

If you live in KC you really need to come give the class a try. Coaches Kent and Sheena are just the best. 

Perfect example: my 500 meter ERG test. A month ago I rowed 500 meters as fast as I possibly could. I gave it my all, felt like I was going to hurl afterwards, and finished in 1:52. 

A month later (yesterday), I went into my re-test positive I wasn’t going to improve my time. Yes, I had been training 5 days a week, but I didn’t “feel” any faster. I didn’t even want to do the re-test but finally Kent convinced me to do it and then had everyone stay after class to cheer me on. 

I gave it my all, felt like I was going to hurl afterwards, and finished in 1:47! Not only was I faster/strong, but the camaraderie that had been built over the past month helped to cheer my on. Like I said - the best!


  1. Every Other Minute on the Minute for 14 minutes. I started at 35# and ended at 40#. My arms were screaming the last two rounds.
    • 3 clean
    • 3 front squat
    • 3 push press
    • 3 bent over row
    • 3 reverse lung each leg
  2. The Struggle is Real (20 sec work/10 sec rest/ 25 sec work/ 10 sec rest/ 30 sec work/ 30 sec rest)
    1. Battle rope
    2. Ball slam with rotation
    3. Bench hop over
    4. Bike (of death)
    5. Heavy hold (60# each side)
    6. Burpee over box
    7. Ab Wheel
    8. Skaters
  3. Five minutes kettle bell swings: 164 x 35#

Strength + cardio - whew, what a great workout!


  1. Tabata jump rope: 20 seconds jump/10 seconds rest for 4 minutes
  2. Skill work: high and low kettle bell windmills
  3. Angie’s Ugly Half Sister: Partner Workout
    • 150 pushups/plank hold
    • 150 squats/lung hold
    • 150 sit ups/leg hold
    • Plate overhead press/plate hold (I used 35#)
    • 50 ball slams (we used 50# and after that workout I couldn’t even get it over my head)
  4. Five minute kettle bell swings (I used 35# and completely lost count)

I don’t know who Angie’s sister is, but I don’t like her. My arms were trembling at the end. I completely lost count of my swings. It was a day.


  1. Strength stuff (I forgot what it was called)
    • Glute bridge 3 x 20 (unknown weight sandbag)
    • Barvarian split squat 3 x 10 each leg 35#)
    • Single leg dead lift (3 x 10 each leg 35#)
  2. 24:03 AMRAP (Pear Harbor Workout) Almost finished 4 rounds
    • 12 turkish get ups (20#)
    • 7 goblet squat (started at 30# and worked up to 45#)
    • 19 sumo deadlift high pull (started at 30# and worked up to 45#)
    • 4 dumbbell snatches (25# to 35#))
    • 1 dive-bomber

Thursday: rest


  1. Balance: 30 seconds of crow; 30 seconds of airplane x 4. 
  2. Blackjack: 7 minutes AMRAP each round
    • Round 1
      • 7 sandbag clean to catch
      • 7 sandbag lung with rotation
      • 7 sandbag drags in plank
    • Round 2
      • 7 dumbbell thrusters
      • 7 curls
      • 7 manmakers
    • Round 3
      • 21 plank shoulder taps
      • 21 plank ups
      • 21 leg lifts
  3. 5 minute kettle bell swings (179 x 35#)
  4. 1:30 max push ups

I fell during the warm up, if that is any indication to how the day went. Whew. Ready for the weekend!



  1. Every 30 seconds for 5 minutes (25#)
    • 2 kettle bell cleans
    • 5 front squats
  2. Push-up/Sit-up pyramid
    • 10 push-ups
    • 10 sit-ups….down to 1
  3. 90/30 circuit
    • prowler push/sandbag carry/sledge hits
    • battle rope/heavy hold
    • bosu squats/jump squats
    • stability ball plank hold/ERG
    • legs only bike/push press
    • slosh pipe hold/ball slams3
  4. 5 minute kettle bells swing (35# x 175)
  5. 500 m ERG row

 Saturday: REST

Meal Plan

This week we have Christmas get togethers galore, so I am hoping to squeeze in a green smoothie every once in a while. I also am taking Thursday and Friday off work in hopes to spend some time with my family that is in town from Texas, so it is kind of like Christmas is already here. Cue lack of Christmas shopping freak out...

Here is my meal plan for the week:

  • Sunday: Small group Christmas meal - everyone is bringing their “best” dish. Dan is making meatballs. I am making hoagie dip.
  • Monday: Thai beef with fresh vegetables
  • Tuesday: southwest chicken casserole (from WildTree)
  • Wednesday: out to eat with Dan’s sister
  • Thursday: leftovers
  • Friday: my part time job’s Christmas party
  • Saturday: my dad’s side of the family Christmas. We are making pulled pork.
I hope you have a fantastic week! I will see you tomorrow with a weekend recap. <3

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Things Ina Says: 4 Years

 At One you were a sweetie

 At Two you were a star

 At Three you were a charmer

 But now guess what you are? You’re lovable and clever. You’re smart and cute and more! There’s just no end to all the things you are now that you’re four!


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(This was written on the card my grandma gave Ina and I couldn’t even finish reading it to her because I was crying so hard. How is she 4?!!?)

Here are some funny things that my four year old has said lately:


We left Granny’s house with some cupcakes and I told Ina she couldn’t have one until after dinner when we were home. A few minutes later she said, “Mom, I can’t stop thinking about those cupcakes. They are doing a dance in my brain."

Confirmation that she is my child.


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We were watching Octonauts and Ina said, “Mom, Shellington is a scientist! He is so smart"

I have to admit I wanted to impress her a little and said, “You know, Ina, I am a scientist."

Ina snorted/laughed and said, “No, you are not!"

I spent the next few minutes trying to explain to her that I was in fact a pharmacokinetic scientist and never had her convinced. Then, a few days later, we were in the car and Ina asked me, “How big is Earth?"

Me: I don’t know, but I am sure there are some scientists who do.

Ina: But, Mom, I thought you were a scientist?

She got me. 

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Cora, Ina, and I were dancing to a song on the garage radio and Ina stops me, puts her hand on my leg and says, “Mom. Don’t do that dance. That is a bad dance."


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A family member told Ina she was beautiful and she said, “Well, I am above average."


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Driving to daycare one day Ina asked, “Mom, are you going to die before me?"

I was very concerned about how to answer this, chose my words wisely, and broke the news to her that, yes, more than likely, while preparing myself for her to be upset.

Instead, a huge smile popped on her face and she said, “Yay! Then I can drive myself to Kauffman and Hallaway’s house!"

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Cora took something from Ina and Ina pounded her in the leg. I yelled, “Ina’ don’t do that!"

She looked at me surprised and said, “Oh, mom, I didn’t know you were watching."


A few other notes about 4 years

  • Ina can participate in and completely understands adult conversations. You never know when she is listening.
  • She wants to be an underwater scientist when she grows up. 
  • She has an incredibly tender heart and loves with all of it. She requires no less than 5 hugs and kisses before I leave for work everyday. 
  • She likes being a big sister and is mostly helpful.
  • She loves to walk guests out to their cars when they leave and says, “Safe travels, roads are slick!” even in the middle of summer. 
  • She likes “goodies” and always asks for one (for breakfast, a snack, after dinner, etc.)
  • She continues to love puzzles, stickers, and coloring and can entertain herself for an hour at a time if she is assigned a task.

I keep thinking I can’t possibly love her more and she continues to prove me wrong. I am so looking forward to watching her bloom.

Monday, December 5, 2016

Here is a story about a girl who liked to blog. Every morning she started to write a blog post, and about half way through her daughter woke up. Or she received an urgent work email. Or she was smothered by her mountain of laundry. 

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’Tis the season, right? 
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As I am sure is true of your household, things have been hopping around here. 

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We celebrated Ina’s 4th birthday with a plaza carriage ride on Friday night 

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and an ice skating party on Saturday. 

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Saturday night we went to not one, but two, Christmas parties. First was my gym, and I was so excited for Dan to get to meet everyone I get my butt kicked with every day. I feel like people really don’t know me until they know Dan, you know what I mean?

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Then we Uber-ed it to Dan’s uncle’s house for the wrap up of a gingerbread house building party.

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Sunday we went to church and then blitz cleaned the house and made treats while listening to the Chiefs win on the radio. Then everyone from small group came over for our annual cookie exchange. 

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Our small group isn’t so small anymore. <3
Here is my meal plan for the week. I am not going to lie, writing this out was painful. I have little to no motivation to cook lately, which happens a lot in the holiday season. I am hoping that by having a plan I will stir up some kind of desire to get something green on the table. 

My gym game is still going strong. I am thinking about summarizing our workouts once a week, just so I can keep track of my progress. 

Have a good week! I am hoping to be back a few more times this week. 


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