Monday, July 30, 2012

girls will be girls

The nugget and I had a great week with our besties Holly and Olivia!

They flew in Sunday and stayed until Friday.
Olivia is quite silly and loves to throw toys loudly on the floor play!
She is almost a year old and walking all about.

We were also thankful that she was flexible with naps and bedtime, as the nugget is very routine, and any change in that would've been tough.

The first day (Sunday) we mainly hung out around home, the girls played and got to know one another.

Monday, we filled the pool before nap-time, splash city!

I promise you they had fun, despite the faces in this picture!

{aren't they so girly in their pink rash-guards and pink pool?!?!}

We had plans to hit up the zoo post nap, but by the time we got going, it was late in the day, so we post-poned for another day...

we played at the park!

A lady at the park suggested we put them back-to-back in the swing...
The girls LOVED it!!!
I think the mommies got tired [of swinging] before the babies!!

We gobbled up more fresh air with a walk afterward.

the girls played doctor
{aka chewed on medicine bottles...}

Then plans for the zoo were delayed one more day
since nugget napped for nearly 3 hours!!

{can we say worn out!}

So we improvised and headed downtown.
Holly really wanted to check out the elusive Heavenly Cupcake.

Their July flavor is watermelon, and holy moly was it good!!
Of course I couldn't pass up the chance to indulge in my favorite,
As we walked around downtown, 
Holly discovered the joys of Bettie Page

After 2 failed attempts at the zoo,
Holly was like 
Let's go in the morning...
leave Olivia and I there {since O can easily nap in her stroller}
then pick us up AFTER nugget's nap!
{ME = DUH!}

Thank goodness someone (not me) has brains...

So the plan was executed wonderfully on Wednesday!

No joke, this monkey came right up to the window to, well, monkey around.
The girls loved it until a second monkey came running right up to the window and THUMP, scared the nugget.

I'm really happy our "zooplan" worked out well.
I think Holly and Olivia had a wonderful time, 
and were able to take full advantage of their time at the zoo.

Thursday was our busiest day yet!

We went to Mission Bay Park to play and walk in the morning,

then visited Mission Beach in the afternoon!!

after a BIG breakfeast

we played at home in the morning 

then feasted on Mexican at Coyote's in the afternoon.

mexican lefse

Then we had to say goodbye to our besties.

Always sad to say goodbye.
Until next time...

1440 minutes

We have been busy around here.
Last week we had the lovely Holly and her hilarious daughter Olivia here for a visit.

@ Heavenly Cupcake

{Our week in a recap is to come soon...}

This week my mother-in-law and sis-in-law are here!

So, blogging has taken a backseat for awhile
{whilst I try and play ketchup catch-up on sleep...},
but I'll try and keep you updated.

My half marathon training WILL start next week.
Need to get my lazy booty moving!

Monday Motivator:


I love this motivator, it sure puts the little bit of time in perspective.
A 30 minute tv show, or a 30 minute workout...?

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Screaming for smoothies

The past couple days,
my body has been screaming for ice cream smoothies!

It's a great way for me to get fruit and veggie nutrients.
{not to be redundant...}

This smoothie has baby romaine in it.
I don't like this type of green in a salad, the flavor isn't my fave.
However, it's nutritional value is phenomenal (duh!-it's a leafy green...)
so since we had it, I shall use it.

Smoothie #1
Baby blue-romaine 

Ingredients to be blended: 
(note: if you have extra large hands your smoothie may be extra large)

handful baby romaine
2 handfuls blueberries
1/2 frozen banana
4 mint leaves
splash OJ
splash water

The other smoothie was just as good as the first!
I love how the fruit masks the taste of any leafy green.
Not that I don't like spinach, I LOVE it!
But you know what I mean...

Smoothie #2
Mint Berry

Ingredients to be blended: 

handful spinach
handful frozen berry blend
half frozen banana
4 mint leaves
approx. 1/4 cup OJ

The final result of this smoothie looks identical to the above smoothie.


Happy Tuesday!!

(Nugget reunited with her Baby Einstein jumper)

Monday, July 23, 2012

It will...

Just 2 weeks until my half marathon training will start!
I'm excited to start the training! <---- Is that weird?

When I saw this poster, I knew it had to be my

Monday Motivator:


Saturday, July 21, 2012

Saturday Tidbits

Some random Saturday tidbits...

We found a new park to visit that is really close to home.
It's small, but perfect.
It's in an artsy, older part of town.
A new fave in our swing books!

She just loves crawling up playground stairs!

sand box!

We went back the very next day so we could show the hubs our "neighborhood" park.


Afternoon play-dates are a thing of the past.
We now have breakfast play-dates!
7:30 am is the best time to play!

despite the serious faces, the babes had FUN!


The nugget and I ventured to the lake for a run Friday morning.
One word: HUMID!
Sweaty runs, gotta love 'em.
Doesn't it just look humid in this picture?

We played for a bit at the lake, but there was an abundance of flies, so 
{no surprise here...}
we found a nearby park!


If you are still wondering who is faster, 
the tortoise or the hare?

Look no further.

According to the NY Post,

Some turtles in Georgia showed that its better to think fast than to move fast.
The plucky reptiles managed to make a low-speed dash to freedom from a turtle farm after vandals ripped a hole in a fence that was penning them in.
The 1,600 turtles made it hundreds of feet to the safety of nearby lakes before anyone noticed they had gotten away.

Read more:

Rock on turtles!!

Happy Saturday!

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Sweaty Run

Welcome to summer running,
when you run early,
and are still sweating like c r a z y
because it just doesn't cool off at night.

Cheers to bathing in our own sweat!

Monday, July 16, 2012

cream cheese pancakes and JUST RUN!

The nugget and I have already had a busy morning playing,

{blurry, but this is her first pair of jeans!!}

we took a 2 mile walk before it got too hot,
and we made some cream cheese pancakes.

I found the recipe for them on pinterest.
I suddenly remembered it when I was looking for a cheese to use with our scrambled eggs.
I decided to give em a whirl,
[carpe diem!!],
try something new!

They were really good,
but took longer to make then scrambled {duh!}
All you need is
2 eggs,
2 oz cream cheese,
dash sugar [I used turbinado]
dash cinnamon

Throw it all in a blender, pour in a pan like
you would pancakes, and
Cream Cheese Pancakes!!
{crazy too, their carb free... }
{if you care about that...}

These were the nuggets
{pre chopped up}

delish with some PB!

The recipe made what you see above, so if the hubs were to join in, we would double the batch.


Monday Motivator:


I have done all these... 
and no matter how I feel when I start, 
during a 1 mile run,
a 6 mile run, 
I always feel AMAZING after the run!