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Christmas 2012: A photo Re-cap

27 Dec

I’m sitting at my desk at work, feeling a little bummed out that the holidays are over.

My sister and our cousins in the Christmas jams I bought for us. Twins!

My sister and our cousins in the Christmas jams I bought for us. Twins!

I’m also feeling overwhelmed – by work, unread blogs (I must read them all!), New Year’s Eve planning, 2013 resolution planning…. There is a lot to get done!

My second cousin Ava wearing her Christmas Nikes and sitting with my Dad.

My second cousin Ava wearing her Christmas Nikes and sitting with my Dad.

But, despite the stress of the post-Christmas, pre-New Year’s activities, I’ve got a huge smile on my face. Because I had the best Christmas (and birthday!) that I’ve ever had!

My Christmas and Birthday gifts! I'm a lucky girl!

My Christmas and Birthday gifts! I’m a lucky girl!

It was so nice to have Zach come with me to visit my family, but I’m also grateful that he and his family will soon be my family too!

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My future husband and some of my future in-laws (we’re missing Zach’s mom and step-dad)!

In a testament to how great my “new” family is, my Sister-in-law, Courtney (on the left in that photo) took care of our kitties while we were in Pittsburgh, and she surprised us with this photo on Christmas morning:


Photo courtesy of Courtney Bell Photography

Isn’t that awesome!? She bought them a cat tree and surprised them with it on Christmas morning. It made me feel so happy and loved that she made sure my cats were having a good time while I was away.

Of course, not all the cats were impressed:

Yes, that's Tuscany vomiting by the cat tree.

Yes, that’s Tuscany vomiting by the cat tree. Photo courtesy of Courtney Bell Photography

Gross, I know, but also hilarious. Tuscany is a little hard to please.

All in all, I had a fabulous week. There is nothing in life better than having a loving family, and this year I’m so very grateful to be gaining a whole extra family to call my own.

Question of the day:
How was your Christmas!? 


Back to the Grind!

26 Nov

I hope everyone had a wonderful holiday weekend! I know I did. I spent the weekend trying to figure out creative ways to re-fashion my Thanksgiving leftovers so we weren’t just eating a Turkey dinner every day. I ended up making BBQ turkey pizza, turkey quesadillas with cranberry compote, and leftover mashed-potato pancakes. Unfortunately, I still have a fridge full of leftovers (including a whole pan of stuffing — anyone have any creative ideas for that?) that I’ll need to get creative with!

Today is the first day of #Elf4Health! I’ve been in contact with my buddy already, and I’ve emailed her a meatless recipe — not that she needs it, she is a vegan! If you’re interested who I’ve been matched up with, her  blog can be found here.

I did manage to get in some good workouts this weekend:

  • I finished week 2 of Jamie Eason’s LiveFit Trainer. I took Thursday and Saturday off, but I finished up the week on Sunday — sort of. I pulled a lower back muscle on Saturday at Boot Camp class, so yesterday while I was doing front delt raises, I felt it a little too much and cut the workout short.
  • I hit up my favorite Boot Camp class on Saturday. I was pretty pumped about going, because I haven’t been for a few weeks. Unfortunately, about 40 minutes in, while doing squat thrusts, I managed to pull a muscle in my lower back and had to cut things short. I also hit up Ashley’s yoga class on Saturday morning.
  • I did a 3 mile walk/run. On Sunday, I was feeling a bit lethargic and bloated from all the food, so in addition to the final day of LiveFit Trainer, I decided to hit up the treadmill. Again, breaking the “no cardio” rule! I couldn’t help it though, I really needed to get a little sweat session in. The Steelers were on TV, so instead of walking outside, I parked myself on the treadmill in front of the TV. I walked/ran for the first half of the (terrible) game, and then hit the weight room.

Some photos from the weekend:


We have a ton of whipped cream leftover from Thanksgiving in the fridge, so I put some in my coffee on Sunday. I can’t believe I’ve never done this before, it’s so good! 

If there is one thing in life that Tuscany loves, it’s being held. I hope you can sense the sarcasm there.  We really don’t torture her on a regular basis, but sometimes she deserves it.

…Ok, I thought I took more photos than that!

Question of the Day:
How was your weekend!?