Christmas Recap 2017

Happy January guys! I can’t believe it’s now 2018. How many of you are still forgetting and writing 2017 on everything? Hand raise! We had a great Christmas, but just like every year it flew by so fast and I want it back! Here are a few of my favorites photos and things we did.

The Friday before, Emma Kate had PJ day at school and obviously had to show them off.

Saturday we made reindeer food and fudge.

Christmas eve we went to church along with my mom and dad. 

Love singing Silent Night with just out voices and the candles. So beautiful. 

After church, we hit up PDQ. I know it’s not very traditional, but we knew we were going to be cooking all the things that night and the next day so I was not up for cooking again for lunch.

Bobby cooked pork chops for dinner and mom was in charge of bread, which is terrifying because she always burns it. So she sat in front of my oven to make sure she didn’t. Bless it. 

We made cookies for Santa and left them by the tree with some milk. 

We read the Christmas story from the Bible and the Night Before Christmas. My sister’s plane arrived just in time for her to get to join in and tell Emma Kate good night.

My mom, dad, and sister left to go to their house, then Santa came!

On Christmas morning, I made EK sit at the top of the stairs and wait just like I used to do. She was a trooper even though she didn’t really understand ha.

She ran downstairs to see that Santa came, and was so excited! She even had gifts in her stocking.

This is my FAVORITE Christmas photo from the day. Sums it all up perfectly. 

Happy girl loved her “doctor things”

Self timer for the win!

We got ready then drove down to my parents new house for the day. It was my first time seeing it with furniture and I love it!

Emma Kate even has her own room.

Also, Santa made a visit to Grammy and Papa’s house, too.

Bobby also got in on the gift action. (and he got me a laptop!)

Maybe a future career?

The weather was in the low 70’s and perfect.

We had our big meal at lunch, and it was delicious.

Santa even left Emma Kate a cupcake.

Self timer again! 

Lunch goodness.

Christmas day is also my moms birthday so we had a cake, of course!

Emma Kate learned how to “drive” papa’s golf cart.

The sign of a good day, asleep int he car by 7:30. We drove home and were so sad it was all over, but thankful for the great memories!

I hope you had a great Christmas with your loved ones. I’m already looking forward to next year.

Emma Kate: Month 9

It recently dawned on me the other day, that before long I will need to start planning Emma Kate’s first birthday party! Mind blown. Also, this week marks her 39th week of life, which is the same amount of time I carried her. Weird to thing she has now been out just as long as she was in.

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Summer has officially arrived in the south, so we haven’t been getting to walk as much as we were last month. Even at 7:00 in the morning, temps are already in the mid 80’s! We had gotten to sit outside under the fans on the back porch, and we made our first attempt at playing on a splash pad which did not go over well.

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Sleep is going well, and I think it’s finally safe to say she is used to her crib. For awhile, she was waking up at 5:30 until I discovered that we had started making her bedtime go from 6:30, to 6:45, then to 7:00 or even later. We backed her up to 6:30 or 6:45, and she is back to sleeping until sometime between 6 and 7 every morning. We take two naps a day, ranging from 30 minutes to two hours, although most are between 45 minutes and an hour and fifteen or so.

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Her two top teeth have finally come down all the way for a grand total of four teeth.  Eating took a leap this month, and she now loves puffs and yogurt melts where she wouldn’t even touch them before. We are experimenting with finger foods but she still loves for me to feed her from a spoon.

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We made some huge leaps this month in what she can do physically as well. It’s crazy how one day I felt like she was never going to move, and then instantly it all changed! We went through a week long period where she kept flipping herself onto her stomach and then crying because she couldn’t flip back, to her now flipping all over the crib. about ten days ago I went in to get her after a nap and she was sitting up in her crib, it scared me to death! We lowered the crib mattress after that one! She started LIKING being on her stomach and sleeping that way, and also pulling herself onto all fours and wanting to crawl SO badly, but getting scared and then backing herself up into a sitting position. She still manages to get around by flattening herself up, turning around and sitting up again, but no traditional crawling yet.

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Emma Kate still babbles “mama” and “baba” a lot, but hasn’t said “dada” yet much to Bobby’s sadness. She loves to sing though and makes a ton of noise. It seems her wanting only me to hold her was short lived, and she will go to anyone again (I think we were in the middle of a leap during her last update). She puts her arms out when she wants to be picked up and will pull on your pants leg as well.

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Emma Kate Loves:

– making noise with anything. Banging measuring cups, toys, etc. on hard surfaces

-Sitting up in her crib. You can tell she is SO proud of herself when she does it, it’s so cute!

-Pulling bows out of her hair (sad mommy)

– Eating!

– Going to Daycare. The teachers are always telling me how happy she is and how she loves watching the other babies.

– Puffs and yogurt melts

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Emma Kate does NOT like:

– Not being able to crawl/get around

– Having her face or nose wiped

– When I don’t feed her fast enough

Not a whole lot of dislikes right now, she is generally very happy and we are in a good place as a family. She is so fun to be around at this age!

I caught some sweet baby giggles on camera while I was feeding her the other day. LOVE it.

Emma Kate is still in size 3 diapers, and pretty much exclusively in size 12 month clothes. I can still squeeze a few size 9 onesies on her depending on the brand. She had her official stats recorded at the doctor yesterday, and she weighs a whopping 21 pounds 10 ounces (92nd%), and is 29 inches long (93rd%). Her head is in the 90% in circumference. She’s a big girl! The doctor seemed pleased with her progress and we will see her again in 3 months at her ONE YEAR checkup!

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We are in a great spot right now as a family. Emma Kate is really happy and hardly fussy at all. She is content to play and people watch and isn’t very needy. She laughs all the time, I think we have a little comedian on our hands! It blows my mind she has, to the DAY, today been out in the world as long as she was in my tummy. Time sure does fly.

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39 weeks, 1 day in….39 weeks, one day out!

QOTD: What is your favorite “baby” age? When should I start party planning?

*The 3 winners of the Naked Juice giveaway are Allison Pernas, Crystal Lee, and Anna Lintern! I will shoot you an email.


Crescent City Classic 10k Race Recap 2015

On Saturday, I ran in my fourth Crescent City Classic 10k in New Orleans. It is a super huge, super flat and fast road race that the city of New Orleans has embraced and turned into a not-to-miss event. It is always held on Saturday, the day before Easter. I have worn the same bunny ears for the past four years of this race!

Bobby and I were up before 6:00. We were staying at Aloft New Orleans, a hotel just a few blocks from the starting line near the Superdome (more on the hotel later). We got dressed and ready and headed to the start line around 7:00.

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The weather forecast said early morning rain, but that it should be moved out before the race, and that is would be partly sunny the rest of the day. When we stepped out of the hotel, I knew that wasn’t going to happen! It was cold and very windy. We walked to the start and took a blogger picture with the other #CCC10kblogger folks, then headed to Champion’s Square.

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On my way into the square I ran into Mindy! We chatted for a minute then I went into the square to find Mrs. Z.

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There were so many people milling about, but she texted me and we found each other near the free smoothies and coffee.

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Hi friend! Fun fact: At this race, in this exact same square last year is when she told me she was pregnant! Her due date was a few weeks after mine but she ended up delivering before me!

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We decided to head to our corral early because last year it was a bit chaotic. They had the short fences up and people were jumping them, and there was no one guarding corrals to make sure people went into the proper one. However, this year was MUCH much better! The corrals were much more clearly marked, and they had volunteers standing at the front of each corral checking bibs. They also had the tall fences around the corrals, but sadly I still saw MANY people lift up the fences and sneak into different corrals.

All of the sudden, it felt like it was getting colder…and then it started raining! So we stood in our corrals like a bunch of cattle, getting rained on. It was kind of a miserable way to start the race, but what can ya do?

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I was very pleased with the corral organization this year though! We made it up to the start line, and after a shout out from my race director buddy Mike, we were off!

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The first mile or two was pretty crowded, but it evened out a lot once we got past Café du Monde and the French Market on Decatur.

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We made the turn onto Esplanade, and I stopped to get water for the first (and only) time at mile 3. It was nice and cool, and the huge oak trees on Esplanade provided great cover from the rain.

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There weren’t as many spectators out as there has been in years past, however there were still a couple of fun beer/mimosa/margarita “aid stations” out on the course.

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We turned left as the museum of Art was in front of us, and went around and then inside the park. Usually I hate this park of the race when it’s sunny because that’s when you realize just how hot it is without the shade of the trees. Luckily the rain had stopped, and we kept on trucking. At mile 5 we saw a guy take a nasty fall on some uneven roads (which are everywhere in NOLA!) He hit his FACE, I felt so bad for him. Luckily a lot of folks had already stopped to help him. I took one quick 10 second walk break, and we made it back into front of the museum of art. Aaannnddd that’s when the heavens let loose! I was already dying/out of breath being just a half mile from the finish line, and the torrential rain on top of that was not pleasant. You can see just how dark it got all of the sudden in the next photo!

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We made another familiar turn, and I could see the finish line in the distance! For some weird reason I didn’t do an all out kick like I usually do, I just kind of trotted through to the finish. Not sure what I was thinking? Anyway, we finished in a respectable 1:03:30, which is around 4 minutes shy of a PR. Considering I have only been running long slow miles since having the baby, I’ll take that.

We got our medals and made our way to the VIP tent. It was time to EAT! Jambalaya, red beans and rice, mimosas, and sandwiches were plentiful.

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Oh, and wings form Hooters.

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We met up with some of the other bloggers and had our own little table where we chatted about the race and such. It was fun to get to relax and hang out with everyone.

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Of course we had to take another group picture!

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It was pretty chilly, especially because I was sweating, and sadly not as many people stayed for the after party because of the weather. It was a bummer because the day before the race and the day after the race were beautiful and sunny.

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When I felt like I couldn’t take the shivering anymore (hello isn’t it Easter weekend in New Orleans? Why so cold?!?)

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We headed to the bus line to get back downtown. I had my fingers crossed as we made our way over to the bus line, because this was my big complaint from last year. They were only loading one bus at a time last year even though they had 10 buses waiting to be filled, and we stood around forever. Sadly, it was the same story this year. I timed it, we waited in line exactly 30 minutes to get on a dang bus. They thankfully had someone “directing traffic” and putting people on the buses, but were only loading buses two at a time. I wish they would count off 40 people, send them to bus 1, then count off 40 more, send them to bus two, so on and so forth and load 5 or 6 buses at a time. Maybe next year? Or maybe I should volunteer to man the bus line? I would have that line moving in no time!

We made it back downtown and had to walk a few blocks back to the hotel, but since it was just a 10k I wasn’t sore or tired so we weren’t hobbling back to the hotel like we have been for other races!

Overall, we had a great experience and I can’t wait for next year! Here is my pro/con list:


-very low entry fee

-expo (with free food and beer!)

– everyone gets a shirt and finishers medal

– amazing after party with food, beer, bands, things for the kids to do, booths for other races, etc. (Open to the public for $10, runners get in free).

-free shuttle downtown before and after the race

-fast, flat course

-timing chips for all runners


-Lots of people so it can get crowded and congested

– waiting in line for bus back downtown for 30 minutes

-uneven streets/I almost fell a few times

The pro’s HEAVILY outweigh the cons, and this race has improved year after year. I wouldn’t miss it! If you have any questions about the race feel free to ask, I would love to have you join me next year!

QOTD: Have you ever run a race in the rain?

**Winners of my Airborne everyday giveaway are Elle Pink and Vunda Vall. Please email to claim your prize!

DISCLOSURE: I was provided a free race entry, pasta dinner, and VIP

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.


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.


Heather did a write up on the day of the event that you can read here:

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.


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?

June Lookback 2012

Happy Saturday! I hope everyone is enjoying their weekend. We are actually celebrating Bobby’s birthday with family this weekend so I will be enjoying time with them and not online as much.

Today I wanted to do a little flashback to where I was and what I was doing this time last year, the end of May/beginning of June 2012.

I was chosen by Women’s Running Magazine as a Blogger on the Run.


We had a fun Memorial Day weekend and worked in the yard, just like this year!

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I got serious posting about leaking what you love


I set some goals for June.

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It’s so much for for me to look back on what I was doing a year ago! It helps keep me grounded and humble, and is fun to reminisce, it doesn’t seem THAT long ago!

QOTD: What were you doing last June?

Weekly Recap November Week 3


Good morning! I am HOME! My flight was delayed Friday night and I got back to my parents house around 7:00 after my mom picked me up from the airport (thanks mom!) Bobby came to get me and we just decided to crash at my parents house, I was zonked! We got up yesterday morning and drove home with the pups, and man did it feel good to be in my own house after 15 days.

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I think they missed me.

As far as workouts go…well…there aren’t any really. Saturday the 10th I ran the Wine and Dine Half marathon (recap coming tomorrow!) and then well…I just walked a lot. Now now, when I say a lot I mean a lot! I was in Disney all week after the race and anyone who has been knows how much you walk. So, no running, no weights. Just walking. Hoping to hit it hard on Monday and get back to my training plan. I am starting to feel a bit overwhelmed with the thought of goofy.

I was sick during the race and the whole time I was in Disney, something with my stomach we aren’t sure what, but I am going to see a GI on Tuesday and try to get some things figured out. It hasn’t been a pleasant month between the sea sick patch fiasco, cardiologist, the leg cramps during my half marathon, and now this. I am thinking it’s all related but who knows, but it is REALLY frustrating and I am just wanting to get back to “normal” so badly.

So….this week…

I walked. And that’s ok. It happens right? Not going to beat myself up over being out of town and feeling like crap the whole time I was there. Let’s start the new week off right, shall we?

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QOTD: Ever been out of commission due to a non running related illness? What did you do to “get back out there?”

Weekly Recap: July Week 4


Good morning! So, who spent the day yesterday watching the Olympics? This girl! I switched between television and live feeds online, but got my fill of sports for the day. I have a feeling I am not going to get much accomplished in the next couple of weeks!


I did manage to get a decent week of workouts in, and am looking forward of week two of Best Body Bootcamp!

Sunday: rest

Monday: BBB workout A, 20 minutes bike (HIIT)

Tuesday: BBB workout B, 20 minutes bike (intervals)

Wednesday: rest

Thursday: BBB workout C, 20 minutes bike

Friday: biceps and core

Saturday: core, stretching, legs


I am excited to challenge myself with BBB week two, and hopefully won’t have to be in my boot too much longer. I go to the doctor August 6th, so fingers crossed that it is not a stress fracture and I am able to go back to running again before the Disneyland half. I can’t believe I leave in just about a month for it! What is even more crazy is that Health Living Summit is just around the corner. I am so excited to be a speaker and can’t wait to see some of you very very soon!



Be on the lookout for a review/giveaway coming up this week!

QOTD: Opening ceremonies, loved it, hated it, favorite part?

Weekly Update: July week 3 and a new Ambassador


Happy Sunday! This weeks workouts have been different from usual considering I haven’t been running. I did however manage to get in a few good workouts, and I also have something exciting news to share with you all. But first, the workouts:

Sunday: rest

Monday: 2 mile run, chest, triceps, abs

Tuesday: 20 minutes stationary bike, back, biceps, abs

Wednesday: 1.5 mile run (after this run I decided to not run for 2 weeks)

Thursday: chest, triceps, abs

Friday: back, biceps, abs, legs; 15 minutes stationary bike

Saturday: rest


I did well on the weights front, 4 x’s last week, with 2 runs and 2 times cross training. This coming week will be all cross training and weights of course, and then I will try running again middle of the next week. Fingers crossed!

Ok, so moving on to the exciting news I spoke of earlier. I was contacted a couple of weeks ago by Verizon Wireless about being an ambassador for them. Of course, I was stoked and said yes. After much anticipation (and with Fedex royally messing up the shipment! They even admitted I didn’t get my box because the driver was LAZY!) I got my new phone, the Samsung Galaxy SIII. You may remember a little over a year ago I actually had the galaxy vibrant by Samsung, and recently traded it in for an iPhone due to some issues I was having mainly with the service through Cellular South. All of that to say I was very curious to see how the Galaxy SIII measured up to the original Galaxy.


The biggest “wow” I saw right off the bat was how big the screen was. My original Galaxy had a screen bigger than my iPhone but this one is HUGE!


Galaxy SIII on the left, iPhone 4S on the right. I immediately charged it up and started playing with it. The 4G LTE is super fast! Everything moves really smoothly with no freezes, pauses, or breaks so far. I have a few other favorites that I have discovered but I will save them for another post. I will be tweeting, texting, calling, instagramming, and web surfing from this bad boy for the next three months so hang on! If you want to check out the Twitter stream with all the chatter, check out #VZWA for all the fun!


QOTD: What kind of cell phone do you have? Do you like it?

Disclosure: I am participating in the Verizon Wireless Ambassador program and have been provided with a wireless device and three months of service in exchange for my honest opinions about the product.

Weekly Update: July Week 1


Already halfway through the year! I can’t believe it. I also can’t believe my birthday is next week! I like being 26, and don’t want to move on to 27, thank you very much. This past week was an odd one workout wise. Not only was I out of town two of the days, but I started having a slight pain in the top of the foot I had my stress fracture…yeah…I have been in total panic mode, and not running for the last few days or the next few days. So, here is last week:

Sunday: 5.5 mile run, this was our “long run” from the past week, and since it was our cutback week it was only 5.5 miles long.

Monday: off

Tuesday: 2 mile easy run

Wednesday: weights and elliptical 30 minutes

Thursday: off

Friday: weights, 20 minutes stationary bike

Saturday: off (travel to beach)

The next few days I am going to do a lot of this


and hope my foot behaves by time I get back. If not, I am heading to a new doctor, and hopefully a physical therapist. My best guess is due to my scoliosis I have a leg length discrepancy and it is causing a lot of pounding on my left foot and altering my form.

Be sure you are following me on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram (the former two you can follow by clicking on the photos on the top right are of the sidebar, my instagram name is runningwithsass) I will be posting beach photos there and I will also blog about the trip probably starting Tuesday, as my race bling post will probably go up tomorrow!

QOTD: What is your favorite beach activity?

Weekly Recap: May week 5


I hope everyone had a good Saturday. We had an unusually low humidity day, and I went for a walk with my mom and we were able to sit in the shade on the porch without dying. It was really good to see my parents, and I think the boys had a great time at the golf tournament.

This week was pretty good in the workout department, check it out!

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Sunday: rest

Monday: 2.5 mile run, weights

Tuesday: 5 mile run, weights

Wednesday: rest, yoga/stretching

Thursday: 2 mile run, weights

Friday: weights, 20 minutes elliptical

Saturday:  20 minute walk



Running: 3 x’s, 9.5 miles total

Cross training: 2 x’s

weights: 4 x’s

yoga: a few minutes of stretching on my own

I did a good job keeping with my new half marathon training plan, so hopefully I will be able to keep it up!


Also check out Friday and Saturday’s Posts:

RWS Features #26

June Goals

and in case you missed it, I was Women’s Running Magazine’s Blogger on the run for the week: Blogger on the Run