Birthday Weekend Recap

Today is Bobby’s 33rd birthday! We spent the weekend at my parents house and surprised him with a cake and some family and friends came over to BBQ, too.

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Saturday morning I went with my mom to visit a friend of hers in the hospital, and we grabbed coffee together while the boys watched Emma Kate. We BBQ’ed that late afternoon, but sadly it ended up raining then as well as most of the weekend so I didn’t get a chance to run.

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How cute is EK’s Finding Nemo/Dory outfit? Love it! Sunday morning I had one more surprise for Bobby. Our friends Jen and Jeff couldn’t eat with us Saturday night but they met us for breakfast Sunday morning and Bobby had no idea. Surprise! Mom and dad watched Emma Kate while we went to eat.

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On our way out of town Sunday, I grabbed a wedding cake cream snowball. Yum!

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I tried to disconnect a bit so I didn’t post on social media a ton over the weekend, and it was great to spend time with family and friends. HAPPY BIRTHDAY BOBBY I hope you have a great birthday today!

QOTD: Favorite snowball flavor? Are you excited for Finding Dory?

Soakin Up the Sun Triathlon

Bobby participated in his first triathlon of the season on Saturday. It was held just a few minutes from our house in my favorite neighborhood in the area. It was just a very short sprint tri to kick off the season (200 meter swim, 8 mile bike, 2 mile run).

It was a chilly morning in the 50’s, but we got up at 5:00,packed up the baby and made the short drive over. When I arrived Bobby was already setting up his transition.

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The race started promptly at 7:00. He was with the first group/experienced group for those that have raced before, so he was one of the first in the water.

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He was 11th out of the water, and honestly I wasn’t expecting him so soon and almost missed him!

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He doesn’t race in tri’s often, so his transition was a bit slow, but he made it onto the bike and out on the course.

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Emma Kate and I wandered around for a few minutes people watching, and very soon bikers started coming back in, as did Bobby. He quickly changed his shoes and was off on the run.

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There were cars blocking the way of the run course so I couldn’t see him until right when he turned the last corner right before the finish.

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Yay! He finished right at 49 minutes, and placed 31st out of around 180 people. Pretty good for not having been on his bike since the duathlon he did 6 weeks ago!

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We hung around for awhile after because the weather was just so nice, we couldn’t believe for being almost June. They had pizza, sandwiches, smoothies, and other treats to enjoy as well. Emma Kate and I are proud of him!

QOTD: What’s the weather like where you live?

Spring Photo Dump

The last two posts I have written have taken a lot of though and hurt my brain. Since I’m not all that into thinking really hard when it’s not necessary, I thought today’s post should be a little easier on the already exhausted by Friday noggin. I needed to clear space on my phone since every time I go to take a picture I am told I am out of space. Seriously? SERIOUSLY? So time to show you some pics that didn’t make it onto social media or a blog post. Happy Friday!

Emma Kate can already play video games on my phone. I wish I was joking.

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Homegirl has some wild hair, but hey, at least she can sit up by herself now!

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Bella has this “routine” that we do every evening when we go upstairs to watch TV. She waits for me to sit down then wedges herself in next to me, ONLY on my right side. Weird dog.

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Wednesday we had EK’s 6 month photos done, I cannot wait tos ee how they came out! I snapped this one of her in one of the outfits she wore for the shoot. We love Disney! (no, really? I had no idea!)

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Wednesday night I was super lucky to catch the train going home from the Fleet Feet fun run. Can you believe we have lived here almost a year and this is the first time I have caught the train?

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This one cracked me up. We went to swing and walk a the park. I put Emma Kate in the back while I folded up the stroller, etc. and this is how I found her. I think she’s a little tuckered out from all the fun.

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My sad, sad attempt at making an Easter egg with my Twitter/Instagram name. Yall, it’s hard! Those “magical” crayons you write with, you CANNOT SEE what or where you are writing. I think a monkey could have done a better job. oy. #EasterFail

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I hope everyone has a great weekend. No big plans here. Unless you consider laundry, yard work, and cleaning bathrooms big plans. Who wants to come over? I’ll provide the toilet brushes!

QOTD: What are you doing this weekend?

8 Year Anniversary

Yesterday Bobby and I celebrated our 8 year wedding anniversary! It sneaks up on me every year because it’s right after the holidays. I’m not sure how we got everything all ready to go right after Christmas that year!

Looking back on everything Bobby and I have been through and done in the past eight years, it’s crazy to think that I still see myself as a college kid sometimes, and am quickly brought back to reality when a 19 year old calls me “mam”. We have had our ups and downs, but there is no one else I would rather have spent the past eight years with (over ten including the dating/engagement!)

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I think at year 10 we need to do a vow renewal, don’t you? Smile

**If you would like to read full recaps of my wedding with more pictures, go here.

QOTD: What was your favorite part of your wedding? Have you ever been to a vow renewal?

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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Love it!

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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?

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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My WHOA face

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

Weekend, Weddings, and Doctors

Good morning friends! I am in Louisiana this week doing some dog sitting and spending time with the fam. He’s the sweetest little goldendoodle, and so soft and fluffy!

This weekend was a lot of fun, we went to my parent’s neighbor’s son’s (got that?) wedding, I used to babysit the groom, I can’t believe he is now married! Fun times were had by all.

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Sunday we celebrated Bobby’s birthday with my parents. I know the actual day was Friday, but any excuse to have cake right? The baby wanted it. I can’t control it.

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Now I have one month to make fun of Bobby for being 31 while I am still 28…before I turn 29. Yikes! My last time to turn a number in the 20’s. I may be in denial.

Oh, last Friday I had my first appointment with my new doctor and it went great. She’s really sweet and we got along well, so I feel good everything. I will be doing my glucose test in two weeks. I have heard so many things about it I am a BIT nervous.

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She said I didn’t have to fast, just not to eat anything with a lot of sugar. But she said I could have something “you know, like bacon”. Did I mention I love my new doctor? Ordered to eat bacon? I’m on it.

QOTD: Glucose test tips? I just don’t want to be nauseated after!

What did you do this weekend? I’m totally jealousy of everyone who raced!

Bobby is 31!

Today my husband Bobby turns 31 years old. Not near as a “milestone” as last years big 3-0, but still important, it is a birthday after all!

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I like to have fun with birthdays, and I made some signs for Bobby’s apartment that I snuck in and decorated with when he turned 21 I believe. We have a running joke and every year we “reuse” the signs and change the numbers (I had 21 written in puff paint on the corner and so every year we paper clip the new number over the original one). However, this year I am sad as I didn’t bring them up to the new place with us. We just had so much going on, but this is the first year we won’t be using them. I know it sounds silly, but I am all about tradition.

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I am so glad I have gotten to share so many birthdays with Bobby, and can’t wait to share many many more!

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He adds so much laughter and happiness to my life, I don’t know what I would do without him.

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Happy birthday, Bobby! I love you!

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(and the girls do, too).

QOTD: Do you have any birthday traditions?

Golf Outing

On Thursday, Bobby and I hit a local golf course because Bobby had a couple for 9 free holes of golf the course sent him on his birthday. It was a hot afternoon, but we figured it was as good a time as any.

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I of course was the official driver and locator of golf balls in the trees. Smile Poor Bobby doesn’t get to practice as much as he would like. He hasn’t played in a year!

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It was an older course that wasn’t in great shape…but really for free I wasn’t going to complain, but wow it was bad. At some parts, the path just disappeared and you went off into the grass until it reappeared again. There were tree roots going all through the course, and the sand traps had more grass in them than sand. Oy.

However, I did have fun zipping around in the cart and keeping score for Bobby. I also got to putt a few times. I’m not too shabby, but let’s also say I have no future in golf.

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I also got to try out my snazzy new Under Armour shoes. Love them, way cool.

It was a fun way for the two of us to spend a couple of hours together just goofing off and having fun. We are hoping to go back and do the same thing next week. Maybe we will wait until about 6:00 instead of 2:30. I was ready for some air conditioning!

QOTD: Do you play golf, or ride in the cart? Hate golf all together?

Triathlon: Bobby’s View

Bobby took over my blog for the day, I hope you enjoy his point of view!

Each year our neighborhood hosts a triathlon. Two years ago we spectated, and last year we volunteered. I’ve been saying for more than the past two years that I wanted to do a triathlon, but I somehow still managed to surprise Heather when I told her that I was actually going to do it.

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Granted the shock was probably due to…well this is how the conversation went:

Me: “I’m going to do the Tradition triathlon this year.”

Heather: “What?! It’s less than two months away and you haven’t trained, don’t have a wetsuit, or even a bike!”

I was tired of putting it off and this was the perfect opportunity. Besides, I have been lifting weights and running for years and this was only a sprint tri, how hard could it be? Okay, so I’m not completely oblivious. I know that anytime you participate in an athletic event that your body is not used to, it’s tough.

For those who don’t know, a sprint tri is short. Mine was one lap around the lake = 600 yards, a 17ish mile bike ride, and a 5k (3.1 mile) run. I knew that I could handle the run and I bike at the gym often, so it was really just adding in a swim. I began training as much as I could. I ordered a wetsuit and had Jen’s husband, Jeff, help me pick out a bike. By the time I had everything, the triathlon was a month out.

Swimming… is a bit different over long distances than doing laps in there pool where I pause between each one and catch my breath. I found this out by participating in a training day with the local running club. Rather than describe that painful experience, let’s just say I ended up watching YouTube videos on proper swim technique and doing how-to-breath exercises in the pool. I joined the club again for a bike/run brick workout (brick workouts are doing two of the events in one training session for those who, like me until recently, didn’t know that) and felt confident I could at least complete the tri.

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Heather did a write up on the day of the event that you can read here: http://heatherslookingglass.com/bobbys-first-triathlon/

I’ll simply add a few comments. I finished and was okay with my time. Something I didn’t do well was transitions. Apparently this is NOT the time when you sit down, rest, take a few drinks, dry off five times, and enjoy the scenery. I refuse to admit to the actual time it took me in my transitions, especially after seeing the posted times of everyone else, but let’s just say there is PLENTY of room for improvement.

The swim was the hardest part for me. The wetsuit made it easier, but I still need to work on breathing. I had a hard time keeping oxygenated and had to flip over and back stroke a few times. Even with that, my time was good because I can swim relatively fast for a 200+ pounder between the breaks. The bike was the easiest part, and the course was pleasant. The run was doable, though it was a crazy experience getting to run on legs that felt one part Jello and one part cement, at least for the first mile. Oh the sound of feet flopping around.

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It was an overall good time and I plan to do more in the future. I like the distance of the sprint tri because it doesn’t make me feel like death, but is still challenging. I simply don’t have the time, or the desire for that matter, to put in the training it would take to do something like an Ironman, so I’ll stick with the short ones. If you are like I was and want to do one, just sign up and go for it.

I’ll leave you with this video I took during my training:

QOTD: What do you wish you knew about running or a tri before your first race that you learned the hard way?