Sunday, April 20, 2014

Happy Easter!

The boys have enjoyed a fun Easter weekend! Yesterday began with the annual egg hunt at the community center up the street. This is the third year in a row we have attended and both boys really seemed to have the hang of it this year. We met up with our new neighbors as the kids opened their eggs. My boys did a candy swap when they got home and swapped all their candy out for some dark chocolate eggs from Gramma. They didn't complain! We spent the rest of the morning coloring eggs, which Oliver had been asking to do for the past two weeks. I was really happy with the way the organic egg dye kit turned out. After they woke up from their naps they decorated some Paleo bunny cookies I had baked while they were sleeping. We finished the day off with dinner with our new neighbors who moved in down the street. Just before bed Oliver left a card, some money, and a snack for the Easter Bunny.

This morning they ran downstairs to explore their Easter baskets, hunt for eggs and have a leisurely breakfast. We had a nice Easter lunch with Jim and Cynthia and finished off the day with a late afternoon trip to the beach! The weather was unusually warm and calm by the water so the boys quickly removed their shirts while they worked on building a dam. I hiked around a bit with Penny since the tide was low, and on the way home we all took a short hike in the woods. It was a great end to a fun-filled weekend.

Hunting for Eggs!

their new friend/neighbor, Charlie! I love the expression on her face as she tastes a bite of taffy.
Egg Dying time!

Painting on the glitter

And now for the cookie painting! I made the frosting by melting coconut butter with a bit of raw honey, and adding some of the food coloring powder left over from dying eggs. It worked wonderfully!

Easter Bunny Rabbit's snack of a cookie, strawberries and carrots. Plus his card and money.
Easter baskets
Family selfie this afternoon after lunch.
Beach trip!

Thursday, April 17, 2014


Happy birthday to my favorite pup! I sure can't believe you are seven already! Where has the time gone? You have changed my life in so many wonderful ways. You have helped me learn to become a dog trainer, and help me discover my love for training. We have taught classes together, filmed commercials, shot magazine covers, appeared on a local morning TV show together, and appear monthly on a local radio program. Until you joined our family, I never in my wildest dreams thought I would do any of those things! The best part is watching how much fun you have while doing those activities. Your hardest job is probably living with two crazy little boys, but you make it work! It helps that they are messy eaters and let you lick their plates. Happy Birthday Miss P. We love you!

Sunday, March 30, 2014


And just like that, the open is over! Nick and I completed our last open workout, 14.5, on Friday night. The workout was for time: 21-18-15-12-9-6-3 reps (84 of each) of thrusters, 95 / 65 lbs and burpees. Let's just say burpees are not Nick's favorite exercise. I don't mind the cardio/body weight movements as much, and it looks like I did well enough in this workout, and the other previous ones, that I may qualify for a spot on the team if our team makes it to regionals. Here are some clips of the workout:

Tuesday, March 25, 2014


Here is last week's workout! This one was the longest so far at 14 minutes, which I enjoyed. It also had a variety of movements: rowing, toes to bar, wall balls, power cleans and muscle ups. I can't do muscle ups yet, so my goal was to get through the power cleans (180 reps), which I did. Nick is really good at muscle ups yet he didn't think he would make it in time. It turns out he had time for five, so he was thrilled with that. Here are some clips:

Wednesday, March 19, 2014


Last week's workout was an interesting one for sure. Due to the amount of deadlifts, which make for very sore backs, it wasn't a workout that could be repeated in the short time period.  There are a lot of things I would have done differently a second time around, so I was a little disappointed by this. One interesting thing about this workout is that they allowed box step ups, in place of box jumps. This is pretty unusual as typically you must always jump onto the box, but may step down. I had a friend time me before the workout and it turned out that I was actually faster at step ups, than jumps, so that is what I did. Step ups also allow you to be more accurate and to breath better than box jumps.

Nick was also out of town and completed the WOD a different day than I did, so I wasn't able to get any footage of him doing it. He finished with 100 reps and I finished with 114.

Thursday, March 13, 2014

first haircut!

I finally took Elliott to get his first haircut today. With the older boys out of town, it seemed like a good "date" for just the two of us. I have been putting this off for as long as possible because I just loved his wispy little curls, which I know will never come back. But Elliott had been ready for a while, he had been asking for a haircut for a few months now, and was always pushing his hair out of his face, especially while running or being active. He was so excited for the appointment and talked about it all morning until it was time to go. He was amazing, sat very still and didn't seem bothered by much at all, except the little pieces of hair falling on his face. He also didn't mind that he got to watch Thomas movies the whole time :) Now I just have to get used to a little boy that looks much older with his new, handsome haircut.

A few before pictures:

too much cuteness!
going to miss that hair!
At the salon:


And a few photos at home to show off the new do! Such a ham and definitely living up being an only child for the moment.