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Over the Rainbow Bridge

Last Monday, we had to say goodbye to a family member. My sweet 13 year old toy poodle, Sasafrass, went over the rainbow bridge on December 1.

Over the summer when we first moved back to central Mississippi, we were really excited that our dogs would get to go back to our old veterinarian. We love this place, and this vet is the one who saved Sassy after she almost died being attacked by a dog a few years ago. We took them for their yearly checkup in June, and everything looked great aside from Sassy just being old and needing her teeth cleaned.

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In July, Sassy got really sick and we ended up having to board her at the vet for a few days so they could watch her. She made a full recovery, but the vet happened to notice a lump on her upper right gum. She was concerned because it was not there in June when she came for her checkup. We agreed to let her take it out surgically, and we would get her teeth cleaned while she was under, a win/win. Sassy did great, and the vet sent the growth off to be biopsied.

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Keep in mind I was 8 month pregnant, we were in the middle of selling our house and buying a new one. We were trying to pack up and move, and everything was just really crazy. It didn’t even phase me when we never heard from the vet about the biopsy. They are very busy there, and I assumed no news was good news. I had Emma Kate, and in October I took the dogs to get haircuts and meant to ask about the biopsy but totally forgot.

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We went on with life with a newborn, until mid November when one day Sassy started acting weird. She was shaking and panting and following me around the house which she never does, so I sent a video to Bobby telling him I was worried. She eventually calmed down, and that night, Bobby gave me the news. He told me that Sassy’s growth was malignant, and that she only had a short while left. The vet was actually surprised she had made it this long. I was in shock, and didn’t believe it. She was fine otherwise aside from walking a little slower, so I just didn’t understand.

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Apparently, the biopsy came back soon after the tumor was removed, and the vet, knowing I was 8 months pregnant, had the foresight to call Bobby instead of me. They decided it was a good idea to not tell me just yet, and let me have the baby and only tell me when necessary. Bobby felt like it was getting close to time when I called him in a panic, and he was right. We got some pain pills form the vet and when she was on them, she acted fine, perfect, and happy…but I knew she couldn’t live on them forever.

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The vet said the next thing to happen would be breathing difficulties, and I did not want that to happen, or Sassy to suffer one day while I wasn’t home. She was getting worse, so we asked the vet for enough pills to get us through Thanksgiving so we could have one more holiday with her, and take her to my parents house one more time. We had a great weekend, and on Monday morning, Bobby took Sassy to the vet. It was a very difficult day for me. I just wanted to crawl in the bed and cry but I had to take care of the baby, which I guess was good because it somewhat distracted me.

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cheering on runners during a local triathlon in our neighborhood

Sassy truly was a member of the family. I had her longer than I have known Bobby. I got her in September of my junior year of high school, just before the September 11th attacks. We have been through a lot, and she has lived in a lot of places (my parents, my apartment in college, and four other houses with us since). I have a hard time remembering a time when I didn’t have her.

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She loved going for walks, rolling on her back, playing under a blanket, “talking” to us, and showing us her toys (or a sock, or a scrap of paper, it didn’t matter.) She was so submissive, always wanting to please people, and was very obedient.

I am still not used to her being gone, and say things like “the girls” referring to Bella and Sassy, then I remember it’s just Bella, and it’s hard. This is a hard time of year for a loss, but I know she is not in pain anymore. She lived a good, long life where she never had to stay outside and be too hot or cold, never had to go hungry, and always had someone to pet her.

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When you get a puppy, you don’t think about years down the road when you will have to say goodbye. I felt so guilty because I knew she didn’t understand. She didn’t understand why she was in pain, or what was happening when I watched Bobby drive away with her for the last time. I miss her so much, but am trying to hold on to all the good times and the fond memories of our first baby girl.

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Sasafrass “Sassy” August 4, 2001 – December 1, 2014.

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We love and miss you. Love, mom and dad.

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Taken our last night together.

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Four Things Survey

Do you guys remember when e-mail surveys were the “it” thing? I am aware I am a total geek, but I always loved filling them out and forwarding them to my friends. Blog surveys are just as much fun and help us to learn about each other. I was tagged by Lori and Michelle from Purely Twins for this one, here goes!

Four names that people call me, other than my real name:

Heath (pronounced as the first syllable of “Heather”)

Sassy

Honey (only Bobby is allowed this one Smile)

In high school people called me “bird legs”

Four jobs I have had:

Old Navy sales associate

Running skirts sales rep

High School Varsity Volleyball coach

5th grade teacher

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selling skirts to running stores!

Four movies I’ve watched more than once:

The Santa Clause (every year)

Father of the Bride I and II

Beauty and the Beast

Elf

Four books I’d recommend:

Redeeming Love

Maze Runner series

Purpose Driven Life

The Selection series

Four places I have lived:

Metairie, LA

Dacula, GA

Biloxi, MS

Madison, MS

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running by all the casinos near our old house in Biloxi, MS

Four places I have been:

Hawaii

Cozumel

Grand Cayman

Costa Maya

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Four places I’d rather be right now:

A Disney Cruise

Walt Disney World

A Beach

Did I mention somewhere warm that includes a beach?

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Four things I don’t eat:

Seafood

Broccoli

Cauliflower

Squash

Four of my favorite foods:

Chocolate

Cheese

Potato soup

snowballs (that’s a food, right?)

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Four TV shows that I watch:

The Walking Dead

Grey’s Anatomy

Once Upon a Time

19 Kids and Counting

Four things I am looking forward to this year:

As in 2015? Going to Disney

Running races

getting back into pre-pregnancy shape

Hanging out with my family

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Four things I’m always saying:

Y’all

I die

Oh. my. gosh.

Seriously!?!

Four People I Tag:

Karen

Mindy

Jen

Stacie

QOTD: Answer one of these four questions for yourself in the comments!

Body After Baby: Two Months

I know I am a little late, but better late than never! I can’t believe another month has come and gone and it’s time for another update. I know these updates aren’t liked by all, and that’s ok. For me though, I found body after baby posts SO helpful when I was pregnant. If I had not read what other bloggers had to say, I would have had very unrealistic expectations of what to expect from myself. I wouldn’t have known that a lot of weight comes off at first but then slows down or stops completely. I wouldn’t have known that it would take a long time for me to feel like myself again physically, and I would have felt very alone.

I take my workouts seriously, and while some people think I should spend every waking moment staring at my new baby and not worry about running, the reality of it is I NEED to workout to get out of the house and get away from her for a bit. #KeepingItReal. I have only been running 3-4 days a week, so I have plenty of time and days to spend with her, but mama needs some alone time, too. Smile

So, it is my hope that maybe talking about my progress and struggles will help someone else going through the same thing.

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Just over two months. Also the day after Thanksgiving. Not the smartest time to take a photo!

I still have a belly pooch, but I feel like last month it started up at my ribs and went down to my hips, and this month it is just above my hips. Progress, people!

Month two’s progress was a lot slower than month one. The scale says something different every day, but I think it’s safe to say I lost around two pounds this month. This puts be about 7 pounds away from my pre pregnancy weight, and about 10-12 from my happy weight. It’s a really difficult time of year to try to get back to the way I was! I have not joined a gym yet because they don’t have childcare until the babies are six months old, but I’m thinking in January I will join anyway because I really want to start firming up again.

My running has been going pretty well. I am up to six miles as my longest run, and I will bump up to seven tomorrow. I’m still behind where I wanted to be by now as far as mileage, but as long as I can complete Rock ‘n’ Roll New Orleans, I will be happy. There won’t be any PR’s but that’s ok. I have been struggling a bit with my IT band and the neuroma in my left foot, but I am managing with foam rolling, KT tape, and ibuprofen.

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I haven’t been very strict with my eating because of the holidays, but I figure as long as I am making progress and taking baby steps then I am happy. I did the Advocare fiber cleanse, and I have been taking Omegaplex, Catalyst, and spark. (You can purchase any of these products from me here.) The spark is especially helpful in giving me energy when I REALLY don’t feel like working out.

Other post baby changes going on with my body are not so fun. My hair is falling out in HUGE CLUMPS! Luckily I have super thick hair so I’m not worried about it getting too thin, but it’s really weird and there is hair all over my house. Also, my face that was so smooth and clear during pregnancy is now breaking out like I’m 13 again. My linea nigra is still there but fading, but I am overall feeling more like myself.

Confession: I still cannot fit into any of my pre baby jeans/pants, so I pretty much wear yoga pants every day. Thank goodness it’s winter so I can wear tights and long tunics as well. Smile

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My goals for this next month are to make it through Christmas without gaining a bunch of weight, and to keep upping my running mileage. Also, injury maintenance is a must. I am doing more stretching and foam rolling to help my body recover well. I am pleased with my progress, and it’s neat to think that just two months ago my body did something really amazing and now I am out running longer distances again. I am quite proud!

QOTD: Did you have a reality check post baby as far as weight loss or workouts? How do you stay healthy during the holidays?

5 Must Have Holiday Items from Lorna Jane

This post is sponsored by FitFluential LLC on behalf of Lorna Jane.

I have heard a lot about the brand Lorna Jane in the past few months, but had never owned any of their clothes myself. I can now tell you that I see what all of the buzz is about! I received a top and pair of tights/pants, and I am in love! The clothes are really well made and super comfortable.

Lorna Jane releases 70-100 new styles PER MONTH so there are always adorable new clothes to buy. Not only are there a plethora of outfits to choose from, but their outfits are very fashion forward. I would gladly wear their clothing line out and about and not just at the gym. Everything is so versatile! They have stores in CA, WA, OR, AZ, TX, NV, and are coming to the East Coast in 2015! You can Find your closest store or shop now on lornajane.com

I really think everyone should try them out, and so I thought it would be fun to share five items that I think should be on your wish list.

5 Must Have Holiday Items from Lorna Jane:

1.) Move Nourish Believe diary: (pictured below) Yall, this thing is awesome. I am such a planner, and for some reason I really like paper planners and have never liked having an online calendar. There is just something about writing things down on paper that helps me stay organized. Every year I am on the hunt for the perfect planner, and I think I have found one!

Not only does it have a monthly calendar and space to write in things week by week, but it has tons of motivation and inspiration like recipes, challenges to help you move, and more. I can’t wait to fill mine out!

2.) Felix hooded top: (pictured below) This top is really comfortable and keeps me warm! I especially love the hood and the pocket in front to stash my cell phone or keys. It has a waffle type patterned feel, and fits really well (I am wearing a medium). It’s great for workouts but also stylish enough to wear around town.

3.) Amy full length tights: (pictured below) Oh, how I love these, let me count the ways. These have become my favorite running tights for cold weather. These babies are so soft and really flattering. I’m still carrying around a few post pregnancy pounds but I feel confident in these tights. They are made of a great performance fabric that wicks sweat and helps keep you dry.

4.) Eccentric sports bra: Not only is this sports bra adorable, but it’s functional. It’s designed for maximum support and high impact sports. It also has removable padding and adjustable straps which is a must for me. I don’t own this product (yet haha) but it definitely belongs on my list.

5.) Dreamer Tank: I love the look of this tank top! I am all about flowy tops while I’m trying to get back into shape. It also doesn’t hurt that I love the saying on it (front and back!) It’s made from a lightweight fabric and has a very flattering neckline.

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Have you ever visited the Move Nourish Believe website? It is a great holiday resource on so many things. It has great “go to” articles to help you get through the holidays: think recipes, workout items to keep you in shape while eating all those yummy holiday meals, etc.

Some of my favorite articles are the fitness related ones, like this one about 5 ways to exercise when you are really busy, and the one that talks about misunderstood fitness secrets.

Be sure to follow Lorna Jane on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram!

QOTD: Do you like any of the 5 items I have picked for my holiday must have list? Is there anything you would add?

This post is sponsored by FitFluential LLC on behalf of Lorna Jane.

Thanksgiving 2014

Whew! what a whirlwind holiday! We had a very fun but very busy Thanksgiving weekend. It was my first time to host my parents for a major holiday, and of course, Emma Kate’s first Thanksgiving! My parents drove up early Thursday morning, and we spent the day eating and watching the parade and football.

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Turkey? for me?

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We had a yummy lunch with all of our favorites, and EK actually slept the whole time so everyone got to eat at the same time, hooray!

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After lunch, the boys and Emma Kate did what you are supposed to do, take a nap! Meanwhile, I went for a run and completed my own little 5k since I didn’t get to participate in a Turkey Trot.

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EK’s face trips me out in the photo below. Grandpa was sticking her tongue out at her, and she wasn’t so sure about that.

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Friday morning, my parents watched EK while I packed since we would be going to their house in Louisiana that night. But first, we had Thanksgiving lunch with all of Bobby’s relatives. My parents took the dogs with them for us, and poor Sassy wanted to make sure she got to go, so she hopped in my suitcase.

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I didn’t take pictures at lunch since so many of Bobby’s relatives had cameras, but I can tell you It was a little crazy with 16 kids under the age of 16! Late that afternoon we drove to my parents, and Saturday morning I got up early and ran 6 miles in gorgeous weather. A new post pregnancy PDR!

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For lunch we had some family over for a surprise 80th birthday party for my uncle. Here is the birthday boy with the tiny human.

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That afternoon I did a little shopping at Target, and we did some relaxing and watching football.

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This is the face of a happy girl who slept from 8:30 pm until 7:30 am! YES!

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Sunday morning Bobby, EK and I went to visit our friend Jennifer. We met through local running events and blogging, and have become in real life friends. She had her little boy Alex a week before me so it was fun for the babies to meet!

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How funny that we are both in running shoes and black yoga capris? Such is life as a new mom and runner!

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After our visit we went back to my parents house to BBQ, it was so gorgeous with temps in the low 70’s, so we sat outside and hung out for a bit then watched the Saints game before making the drive back to Mississippi. Like I said, it was a whirlwind, but a lot of fun and I am glad I got to spend the Thanksgiving holiday with so many different family members.

QOTD: What did you do for Thanksgiving? Favorite part?

5 Years of Blogging

Well, my 5 year blogiversary snuck up on me! That’s right, I have been doing this gig since November of 2009.  What makes me laugh, is in that first post I mention at the top that I am not very good at this blogging thing and that I didn’t think anyone was reading it. Oh my, if only I had known!

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The half marathon that started it all.

Remember, this blog started out in 2009 as Running With Sass. I knew nothing about WordPress, blogging etiquette, or even photo editing. I learn new tricks every day, and it is fun to look back and see how far I have come.

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Once I really started blogging regularly in 2010, I blogged seven days a week for many years. Once I got pregnant, I cut down to five days a week and stopped blogging on the weekends. Those were my lowest stat days anyway, and I wanted to spend more time with Bobby before the baby came. Well, then the baby came…and I dropped down to three days a week. I have every intention of going back to blogging at least four if not five days a week (hopefully soon), but until I get little miss thing on a schedule, I just do what I can. I would rather have quality posts than a post every day.

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I’m sure I have said this before, but if you would have told be five years ago that not only would I have run three full marathons and over twenty half marathons, including Goofy and Dopey challenges, but that my blog would still be going strong and I would be getting paid to write it, I don’t think I would have believed you. Some days I have to remind myself that this started as a hobby, a journal as I trained for my first half marathon. It still really blows my mind.

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I have been given so many amazing opportunities through blogging, and I have met some wonderful people and made lifelong friends. I love how the internet/social media has the power to bring people together, no matter how far apart you live from your friends. I am so blessed to be able to stay home and work and take care of my baby girl. This was my goal five years ago when I quit teaching to work from home, and there have been some definite bumps in the road, but we are figuring things out as we go.

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To my amazing readers, thank you so much. Without you, THLG wouldn’t even exist. I think of you when I am coming up with story ideas, planning my race calendar, and accepting and declining job offers. I have been touched by your sweet encouraging emails, and made a better person and write thanks to your ideas and advice.

My one hope is that through this blog you will find encouragement, hope, and learn a thing or two from my blog. I share my personal experiences- the ups and the downs, so that others can feel like they aren’t alone, and see that there are people, real people out there that struggle just like you. I don’t live a glamorous life, and there are a lot of days I don’t feel like writing, and a lot of things I would rather not share. But, if my sharing helps just one person, in a big or small way, then it’s worth it.

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Team runDisney, some of my many friends I have made!

I pray that the next half decade will be just as much fun on the interwebs as the last one, and I hope that you will follow along with me on this journey. Thanks for sticking with me through thick and thin, changes and trends, heartache and loss, love and laughter. I hope to meet more of you in the coming years, and form even more connections and friendships. So, cheers to you, and cheers to another year of blogging, living, and sharing.

<3 Heather

Emma Kate: Month Two

Guess who turned two months old on Monday? Crazy right?!? The first few weeks went by SO SLOW at times as I waited for her to get out of the newborn-crying-for-no-reason stage, and the needing to eat every two hour stage, day and night. Emma Kate has changed SO much in just a month’s time I don’t even know where to begin!

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I can remember when I wrote her one month update, there just wasn’t a lot to say as far as her likes, dislikes and personality. I realized at that time that well, she just didn’t do a whole lot and had not grown enough to have a lot of personality, but boy has that changed!

Here are some things EK Loves:

-Stretching (like in the photo below)

-watching the monkeys on the mobile on her swing and bouncer

-looking in mirrors

-putting her entire fist in her mouth

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-‘’talking” to us

-baths

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She has also shown a lot of personality as far as her dislikes. I have a feeling we have a bit of a drama queen on our hands! She does NOT like:

-Being burped

-taking naps. ever.

-clothing going over her head

-bright light/sunlight

-when you don’t pay attention to her

-putting a pacifier in her mouth when she doesn’t want it

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Oh, this kid. We are very fortunate with her nighttime sleep, which is good because day naps are a disaster. About two weeks ago she started refusing to take her morning nap, so she would crash and burn and get so cranky by about 2:00. I can usually get her to at least take one or two 20 minute cat naps, and sometimes she will take a long afternoon nap, but the mornings are a no go.

However, she has been going between 8-10 hours at night which is awesome. The problem is though, when she doesn’t nap well she is exhausted by 5:00 or so, and ends up going down for the night at 6, so the 8-10 hours still puts us at between 2-4 am. If we can get her to stay up a little later it would be awesome if she slept until 6:00 or later!

Emma Kate has been sleeping in her swing. She has been having a good amount of spit up, so sleeping in a more upright position has been helpful, and the motion really helps as well. When she is in her crib and wakes up, that’s it, she’s up, but in the swing, she can soothe herself back to sleep. The plan is to slowly slow the swing down until it’s stationary, then we can start sleeping in the crib again (and hopefully the spit up will get less and less as we go as well).

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She started smiling at just shy of seven weeks, and now smiles all the time, I love it! She has different smiles and grins and it’s fun to watch her try to mimic my facial movements. She is just starting to touch/feel things with her hands open, where as before she kept her fists closed tightly. I think we are on the verge of discovering hands and feet! She figured out she can kick in her bouncy seat and make her mobile move, so she is getting there.

We went to the doctor for her two month shots/checkup early so we could start taking her out more, so she had them done at 6 weeks and 5 days. She was a champ and did really well. At that time she was weight 11 pounds (68th percentile) and was 22.75 inches tall(87th percentile).

She is out of newborn clothing and in 3 month and in some things 3-6 months especially if they have attached feet/since she is so long. She is in size 1 diapers, too. Everyone still goes nuts over how much hair she has. It’s so long and hangs down past her ears. I think I will be able to put it in a ponytail before long.

I can’t believe she will be three months old on Christmas eve. Because of the holiday, her update next month may be a little late. Oh, I am also working on MY two month post partum update, so stay tuned!

QOTD: What is your favorite “baby” age? I am liking this stage SO much more than the first month, but I also can’t wait until she is a little more independent!

WINNER of the WIN detergent giveaway is Ann Wolfe! Ann, please email me at [email protected] to claim your prize!

Christmas Decorating 2014

We decided to decorate our house for Christmas a week early this year since my parents are coming in town for Thanksgiving and I’m not sure if they will be back before Christmas. Of course it was cold all last week, but warm the day we decorated, it was typical Mississippi weather for you. Not very Christmas-y, and we didn’t light the fireplace, but we still had a good time!046

It was fun decorating in the new house because I got to figure out where to put all of the decorations for the first time. I’m sure I will end up moving things around, and we still have to decorate outside, but I am happy with everything so far. We still have to put nails in the mantle for the stockings, and I need to get some battery operated lights for the garland around the fireplace.

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Emma Kate wasn’t sure what to think.

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Fascinated by the tree

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Hanging her “baby’s first Christmas” ornament from grammy and grandpa

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My firstborn girls Bella and Sassy.

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Thanks to Baby OshKosh B’gosh for the adorable outfit! They also sent a cute dress and sweater she will wear for Christmas!

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Important decorations in my house

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I can’t believe it’s so soon!

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Bobby telling Emma Kate about the different ornaments.

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Family selfie!

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We ordered pizza after (a tradition) and watched TV by the tree. It was a great night!

QOTD: Do you have any traditions when decorating for Christmas?

Dreams

Dreams are funny things. I got to thinking about mine after having a weird one last night. I concluded that I tend to have four main categories of dreams, and once I really thought about it, it’s odd how repetitive my dreams are, and what that means. I am by no means a dream decoder and for all I know, they could just be random thoughts and mean nothing at all. However, I thought it would be fun to share with you my four main “types” of dreams I typically have. Maybe some of yours are the same!

1.) The first category of dreams I have tend to revolve around something that happened during the day. A lot of times the dream deals with something I saw on TV. For instance, the other night after watching The Walking Dead, (which, by the way if you don’t watch I’m not sure if we can be friends), I dreamed that zombies were chasing me all. night. long.

2.) The second category of dreams I have is kind of odd, but they are so frequent that I wanted to give it it’s own category. These dreams revolve around high school basketball. Weird, right? I have dreams VERY frequently revolving around basketball games. Sometimes I am playing in them, sometimes traveling to them, etc. The most annoying ones though are the ones that cause me to panic. I have had many dreams about basketball where I forgot part of my game gear like my shoes, or I am wearing the wrong color jersey. We had white jersey’s for home games and maroon for away, and I cannot tell you how many times I dreamed that it was game time and I had on the wrong color jersey! What’s weird is I played volleyball and ran track as well but only have these dreams about basketball.

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Clearly I have on the correct jersey

3.) Another frequent dream I have is not being able to read something and it throws me into a panic. Frequently I will be on stage about to sing with a vocal group or something like that, and I look down at the words and I cannot read anything! I squint, blink, etc. but nothing helps. This also happens when I am driving in my dreams and can’t read road signs.

4.) The last thing I dream about a lot involves forgetting things similar to the basketball dream, but in this sequence I am on stage performing some kind of dance or routine (weird right?) and I forgot the moves. I can’t for the life of me remember what I am supposed to be doing and find it hard to believe I EVER knew the moves, but those around me assure me I practiced a lot, so then I get more confused. Let’s not forget that Heather is in no way shape or form a dancer, which makes this reoccurring dream even more hilarious.

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Me “dancing” at my wedding. Hey, I had lots of fun!

It seems as though a lot of my dreams revolve around 1.) being on stage and 2.) forgetting something or doing something wrong on accident. I have no idea what this means (if anything).

QOTD: Do you ever have reoccurring dreams?

Saucony Triumph Review

Disclosure: I was provided product from Saucony through Fitfluential for this review, however all opinions are my own.

Hey everyone.  This is Heather’s husband, Bobby, and you are in for a real treat today, because I am guest posting!  …Okay, well it may not be that exciting, but here we go.  I’m going to be talking about running shoes, and to be more specific, the Saucony Triumph ISO.

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Saucony was kind enough to send me a pair of shoes in exchange for my review.  I was very willing to take them up on the offer since I have been running in Saucony shoes for a couple of years now.  My wonderful wife got me my first pair after I told her I wanted to run in more minimal shoes but the brand I had made my feet hurt.  She got me the Virratas and I loved them.  I’ve put a good few hundred miles on the Virratas and she recently got me a second pair from the same line.

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Saucony Virrata’s

Now that I’ve put some backstory in, you will understand that I am comparing the Triumphs to many miles in a similar shoe.  First, I’ll distinguish the two lines by saying that the Triumphs are not a minimal shoe; they have a good bit more stability than the Virrata and are considered a neutral shoe.  I had my first run in them about a week ago and the run felt good.  I don’t know about you, but just knowing that I’m wearing new high-end running shoes makes me feel faster, which makes me say WHOA!

My favorite part about the Triumphs is also my favorite thing about the Virratas, and that is the mesh on top rather than a hard and constricting plastic.  I have big feet and I’m not exactly light, so my feet take a pounding.  Anything I can do to make them feel less restricted is a good thing.  If you look closely you can see that the laces go into a part of the shoes that is not attached to the mesh directly, which contributes to the feeling of not being confined.  After writing this paragraph my wife pointed out that one of the main features of the shoe is the “ISOFIT” which is responsible for the comfort I was just discussing, while still making the shoe feel flexible and not bulky.

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Saucony focuses on one other aspect of the shoe, and that is the cushion of the platform (POWERGRID cushioning).  Thinking back on the workouts that I have done so far I would agree that they have delivered.  Like I said earlier, I felt good on the run and it was more than the new shoe high.

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Lastly, let’s not forget that they look awesome.  As I looked around the gym I saw a lot of grey and black shoes and even the gym was dully colored.  These shoes stand out! Not to mention, so does the shoe BOX!

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I appreciate the chance to try out the new shoes and I know I’m going to wear down the Triumphs to nubs like I did my Virratas. Be sure to follow #WHOAface on Twitter to get other blogger’s opinions on the shoe. Also you can follow Saucony on Twitter and Instagram @Saucony.

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QOTD: Do these shoes make you say WHOA! Do you like the colors? What do you look for in a running shoe?