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Weekend Update: 10/7/12


As always, a caramel skim latte from Caribou for the car ride up to the cities


First stop: MOA (Mall of America). . . Luke and I kept ourselves entertained in the dressing room with Dad was trying on pants.


They were having a competition – making structures out of canned foods – with local architectural firms to support a local food shelter. . . they were still early in the building process. Le Sueur –> represent!


But had some cool photos from years past. . . IMG_1981IMG_1982

Then, off to Grandma and Grandpa’s house. . .

Grandma Mary just got back from Seattle and brought back a super adorable toy airplane for Luke. IMG_1988

Which he loved for about 2 minutes and then the rug was much more interesting! Oh the life of a almost 6 month old. Smile 


Abby did not appreciate having to share attention with Luke – and also he was on her rug.  ..


Then, we all went and had lunch at Scott’s favorite restaurant – Chili’s – where he always gets the same thing. . . chipotle chicken crispers..  . so boring! Love their chips and salsa though! And I had a fabulous bowl of potato soup and a yummy sandwich. Great lunch with great company.


Abby being cute in the car – love her paws together! IMG_2027

I had gotten Scott an arrangement from Edible Arrangements for our 4th anniversary, and we went a finally picked it up last weekend. (it is sorta out of our way, hence why we didn’t get it until then.) But they messed up the order and gave me dark chocolate strawberries. And the lady at the store wasn’t helpful at all. . . so social media to the rescue – I tweeted about it!

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And heard back from the company and they offered to make it right. . . another bouquet with all white chocolate strawberries – and they were delicious! Thanks again Edible Arrangements for making it right. Smile 


Dinner on Saturday night – squash! Abby has learned very quickly to be close by when Luke is in his high chair. IMG_2030

And she tries so hard. . .


notice the puppy nose in this picture! –>


Dad having fun with the camera. ..


And bummer. . . at Target on Sunday to pick up antibiotics for Luke’s 1st ear infection. Boo.


Thankfully, he was feeling good enough later in the day to put on his Packers sweatshirt and go for his 1st family run!


I bundled him up good – cause it was only 55 degrees out. . . and put some extra padding in to help keep him in place.


He did great! And even fell asleep on the way home. Winking smile 


Family pic… or as close as we could get! Winking smile 


And my calf stayed nice and quiet! 3 miles and no pain –> I’ll take it. Smile

Overall, a really nice weekend. .. and I think Luke is starting to feel better from his ear infection.

What were you up to? Any running? Eats at a good restaurant?



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Happy September!

Whoa how is it September already??? I can’t believe Labor Day is this weekend. . .

And I start my new job on Tuesday!!!

Catching up from August?

I read The Hunger Games
My sister, Jenny, came to visit – we went to dinner and had some adventures

I made chobani pancakes,


perfect cake mix cupcakes


and the best summer lemonade


Scott and I went to the great MN get together



And finally. . . today! I am having the best day ever. . . Smile 

I finally got myself over to Liv Aveda <—the best salon in Mankato – for an eyebrow wax.

And Caribou – just happened to be on the way home and it is crazy hot and humid today – perfect for a caramel cooler… complete with whipped cream and caramel! Yum! It may or may not have been my lunch today. Winking smile 


And then this afternoon, got a much much needed pedicure!





Sneak puppy paw. . . and this is what Abby was doing while I was trying to take a picture of my awesome toes. . . seriously, sometimes she is just too adorable.


Hope you are having a great 1st day of September! Smile


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Air conditioned house

Monday Monday Monday …. How is it Monday again???

Thankfully it went pretty quick!


Breakfast: CSL from Caribou = always helps to make Mondays much easier. Smile 

Lunch: Turkey and provolone sandwich, carrot sticks, Harvest Cheddar sun chips

Snack: Apple and handful of almonds

Dinner: Leftover lasagna and pepper slices

Abby was much cuter than my dinner!



Dessert: Smoothie with blueberry chobani, frozen peaches, mango and strawberries, and pineapple OJ. Topped with granola, coconut butter and chia seeds.




CTI class at the YMCA tonight. I am training a new aerobics instructor, so we split the class tonight.

Here are the 2 circuits I did tonight, we used a mat and weights:

Circuit 1
High knees
Semi-squat with forward punches
Static lunge with forward row
Pendulum lunge with hammer curls
Double crunch

Circuit 2
Jumping jacks
Front kicks with punches
Squat with overhead press
Oblique crunches

It was super hot in Mankato today – somewhere between 97 and 105 degrees here! It was nice to work out in an air conditioned room.

Now we are hanging in the air conditioned house and watching Greek.

Tomorrow is a very big day for Scott and I – stay tuned!

What was the temp where you are today?


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Couch time with 2

Back to work Tuesday. . .

I started my day with a medium CSL from Caribou for breakfast.

Lunch: From the hospital cafeteria: pita with hummus, carrot and celery sticks with ranch dressing and a string cheese stick.

Snack: Apple

Dinner: Let’s Dish Four cheese spicy chicken lasagna with steamed broccoli and cauliflower, Dakota ‘garlic’ toast from Great Harvest 





Dessert: None yet. . . probably have some more cookies!

Work it out: 3 mile run with Scott and Abby and Level 1 of Shred.

Extra long day of work tomorrow – 12 hours! Hope your Tuesday went well. .. Smile 

Off to spend some couch time with these 2!!!





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Birthday Wishes

Scott is still out of town at a conference for work. . . so I woke up all alone on my birthday today.

Well, not all alone!


First birthday wish from Abby via snuggling and petting in bed this morning at 7:32

Text from Scott at 7:54

Half hearted “Hope you have a good birthday” from the Caribou coffee lady when I used my birthday coupon to get a free CSL at 8:22

Text from my sister, Jenny, at 8:37

On tap for the morning: Enjoying my coffee while watching Dexter, then Shred before lunch.


I have to go into work over lunch (I took today off for my birthday) and so I picked up some treats to take in. . . my biggest problem – deciding which one I want to eat! White cupcakes, red velvet cupcakes and M&M cookies. YUM! Happy Birthday to me!



Then, Abby and I are headed up to the cities to meet up with Scott.


Looking forward to a run on Summit Ave this afternoon and then, Scott is taking me to Fogo De Chao for dinner. I have never been but heard good things so I am VERY excited! Smile 



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My first Lara Bar

Monday again. . . How’d that happen?

To make it a little more manageable, I stopped at Caribou for my caramel skim latte this morning.


It helped!


I got some Asian inspired soup from the hospital cafeteria – not good! So, I instead I had a cheese stick, Chobani peach yogurt, and my FIRST Larabar!

Cashew cookie


I wasn’t sure what to expect. I don’t know if I really like dates, but I know I like cashews (the only two ingredients). I was pleasantly surprised! It was good. A little lacking in flavor, tasted like mild cashews. But, I think I would have it again. The only thing I don’t love about it, is the calories – about 220. A little high for a snack, especially because the bar is on the smaller size. Even though it was a smaller lunch, it definitely kept me full until my snack before CTI.

Snack: Kashi granola bar

CTI – Cardio Tone Interval

Mat, weights (I used 8#s), stability ball

Circuit 1
Mummy kicks (forward kicks with arms extending forward alternating)
Mountain Climbers on floor
Squat with upright row
Ab crunch with weights, crunch weights to knees (knees at 90 degrees to ground), then extend weights overhead as you extend one leg out toward the ground
Pushups with feet on stability ball

Circuit 2
Jump rope, alternating 1 foot with 2 feet
Reverse lunge with front kick
Lay on stability ball with shoulder blades on ball, put weights on hips, lower and raise hips from floor to ceiling
Side tricep pushup
Standard crunch on stability ball

Circuit 3
Shuffle side to side with oblique twist holding ball
Wall sit with bicep curl
Squat position, holding ball, tap ball on floor and reach to ceiling
Kneel with one knee on ball, hands flat on floor, extend other leg towards ceiling, swap and do other side
Superman banana – lay on back and reach arms/legs up, hold x3 sec, turn over onto tummy, hold arms/legs up x3 sec, turn over and repeat

The BEST part of my day. . . .

After I was done with class, one of the members came up to me and said that she had a present for me. I had no idea what she could have brought me! Then, she handed me this shirt.

It is from Caribou! Her son used to work at Caribou and last week during our warm up, I told her that I liked the Caribou shirt she was wearing. She said that she had been cleaning out her closet and found this shirt and thought I might like to have it. I said of course! And gave her a BIG hug. What a nice thing for her to do!

Abby was helping with the pictures!


After a quick shower, dinner came together quickly thanks to leftovers from last night.

A salad containing:

  • arugula
  • butter lettuce
  • grapes
  • celery
  • carrots
  • blue cheese crumbles
  • pineapple brat
  • light honey french dressing


On tap for tonight: White Chocolate Raspberry cheesecake from last night and Greek. . . we just found it on the Netflix DVR and are going to check it out. My little sister says it is addicting!


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Couch hogging

Couch snuggling from last night.


Just as I was trying to take this picture, Scott moved! So, instead of getting a good view of Abby hogging one whole end of the couch with the pillow, I got this!


Play time this morning!

Caribou caramel skim latte made this morning possible! I got to work early to catch up on my paperwork and had some extra time to catch up on my Google reader!


Lunch was really spicy tortilla soup, a small Caesar salad and string cheese.

I also had a Kashi granola bar – my new favorite!


I had a few minutes to run home after lunch before starting clinic. . . It was really hard to leave again!

Looking forward to a run after work today. The thermometer says 50 degrees outside with bright sunshine – my kind of weather! Smile


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