Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Vegas, baby

I have been looking forward to our Vegas Vacation for so long!
Of course I was also apprehensive leaving the nugget over night.
I just didn't want her to feel sad that I wasn't there. 
She doesn't understand that I'll be back tomorrow!
But alas! We did it! The turnaround trip was a lot of fun.
It was so wonderful spending time with the hubs,
playing in an adult play land,
and of course attending a friends wedding!

After our 4.5 hour drive, we arrived at our hotel, but couldn't check in yet.
So we grabbed lunch at the Hard Rock hotel's Pink Taco

Eating out has never been so delicious!! ;)

The pink is pickled onions and they were amazing!
 We walked around a bit and laid by the pool before the wedding.
I <3 the Strip Hubs.

5 minute wedding = perfection

High School friend Stephanie and her boy

H.S. chums unite!

Happy Couple
 After a short "reception" of sandwiches, some of us younger folk headed to the strip to light up the night!

The Chandelier @ Cosmopolitan

We walked all around the strip til about 1 am.
Now that is WAY too many hours past my bedtime.
But I survived!
It's Vegas baby!

Bellagio Gardens

enroute to Bally's

The hubs w/ his giant Jagger-bomb

All night -outs should end with a heaping plate of nachos, right?
 I was up at 5 despite the late night.
{Which is normally when I should be going to BED in Vegas...}
Ready to get on the road to see my baby girl!
Albeit beating the traffic as well!
Goodbye Vegas, til next time. 

The hubs and I could've never had this getaway without my trustworthy mom and stepfather.
Forever am I grateful they were able to come from MN to spend quality time with their granddaughter while we played in adultland Vegas. 

Thursday, September 13, 2012

sick and silly

The nugget got sick last week...
that combined with the hubs being gone, {meaning no sleep...}
can really only explain my laziness absence from blogging.

The nugget wanted comfort through the night and I was happy to give it to her.
Even happier when it didn't mess up her sleep routine when she was on the mend.

Last Saturday we made it up to Mel's new place,

Which is now just over an hour away!
It's a beautiful suburban area,

with great views and amenities.
Such a thrilling new chapter for them!

{insert here pictures of the house that I forgot to take!}

On Sunday, the hubs was off (work) before he left for Virginia.
As we were preparing the nugget for bed, she decided to really start walking!

She had done a few steps here and there,
but she traveled back and forth from me to the hubs several times!
This is so exciting and she keeps improving as she practices everyday.

We went to the beach on Tuesday so I could run and nugget could play.
Although it was {beautifully} overcast, it was extremely humid.

The nugget has also been silly this week despite her lingering cough and runny nose.

Playing under the table and dreaming...

Cooling off in the dog's water dish,

and of course, some fun time in a box!

What has kept you busy this week?

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Cloud Dough

I found this sensory activity on pinterest and couldn't wait to try it with the nugget.

Cloud dough feels like flour, but is moldable.
The recipe I found was for a small army.
So I cut it down to

2 cups flour
1/4 cup baby oil

It's so EASY to make,
and so FUN to play with!

It all eventually ended up on the floor, as nugget dumped the container on herself!
This brilliant activity kept her busy for 45 minutes!!

cleaning this up was no easy feat.
I had to call in for a little assistance.

Monday, September 3, 2012

My gym

I recently saw this quote by John Bingham and thought it was too perfect not to share!

I AM A RUNNER because my runs have names. I do tempo runs and threshold runs andfartlek runs. I do long, slow runs and track workouts. My runs are defined, even if my abs are not. 
I AM A RUNNER because my shoes are training equipment, not a fashion statement. The best shoe for me is the one that makes me a better runner. I choose the shoe that goes with my running mechanics, not my running outfit. 
I AM A RUNNER because I don't have running outfits. I have technical shirts and shorts and socks. I have apparel that enhances the experience of running by allowing me to run comfortably. I can say "Coolmax" and "Gore-Tex" in the same sentence and know which does what.
I AM A RUNNER because I know what effort feels like, and I embrace it. I know when I'm pushing the limits of my comfort and why I'm doing it. I know that heavy breathing and an accelerated heart rate--things I once avoided--are necessary if I want to be a better runner.
I AM A RUNNER because I value and respect my body. It will whisper to me when I've done too much. And if I choose to listen to that whisper, my body won't have to scream in pain later on. 
I AM A RUNNER because I am willing to lay it all on the line. I know that every finish line has the potential to lift my spirits to new highs or devastate me, yet I line up anyway. 
I AM A RUNNER because I know that despite my best efforts, I will always want more from myself. I will always want to know my limits so that I can exceed them. 
I AM A RUNNER because I run. Not because I run fast. Not because I run far. 
I AM A RUNNER because I say I am. And no one can tell me I'm not.

Word John. Word.

Monday Motivator:


The streets, the sidewalk, the grass, the hills, the beach...
That's my gym.

Sunday, September 2, 2012

not asking for much

As much as I LOVE summer, I'm ready for cool weather!
I want the windows open with a cool breeze,
I want the abundance of house flies, fruit flies and spiders to decrease,
I want my runs to not be so sweaty, hot and humid,
I want to start baking with pumpkin.

I'm not asking for much. ;)

Hot sweaty and gross after my 5 mile long run.
You can thank me later for posting this pic.

At least we have the beach to cool off!

The nugget is still having a hoot practicing standing

which has turned in to muscle contests on how much she can lift while standing.

She pretty much makes all the decisions around here, 
and decided our spices needed to all go in one box.

Nugget also picked out some good reads at the library...

then discovered a tunnel in the book racks.

I made my favorite pulled pork recipe when my friend Kendra visited from MN.
We ran out of buns of steel for the leftovers, 
so we were creative and made pulled pork wraps!

it is smart to fold up the end of the tortilla, 
this helps keep all the yumminess in.
{I MUST have coleslaw with my pulled pork}

The hubs created a breakfast wrap using the leftover pork, and it was amazing!

If you like pulled pork sandwiches, what do you eat with them?