what a dad!

Yesterday we had such a great time.  My FIL has two favorite restaurants, so he very graciously let me choose between them for lunch. Between IHOP and Golden Corral, I went with GC and ended up being pleasantly surprised!

Have you ever been to a Golden Corrall?  If not, let me paint a quick picture for you.

Walk in.  Get drink.  Pay for buffet.  Find booth.  Go wander through the endless buffet.  Try to narrow choices down to what can fit on one, possibly two plates.  Sit down.  Eat said plates of food.  Go back for more if you’re so inclined. Try to narrow down from dozens of dessert options.  Eat said dessert.  Waddle out.

I ended up with two plates full and a side of fruit.  I was a bit nervous about finding healthy options, but there was no reason to be afraid.  Check it out.

Plate 1:  huge pile of romaine, green peppers, onions, zucchini, carrots, grilled red and yellow bell peppers, steamed baby carrots, steamed brussels (yay!) and a side of honey mustard dressing

Plate 2:  peas, corn, baked sweet potato w/pico, more steamed carrots, guacamole, best tasting roll ever

grapes, mandarin oranges, watermelon

I ate almost all of the salad, most of plate 2 minus about half the sweet potato and a good portion of the fruit.  Even though I had no room left, I managed to savor two bites of carrot cake, which was just meh, and two bites of apple cobbler with vanilla ice cream.  I’m sure you can imagine how I felt by this point….oh buffets.

We spent the afternoon going to bookstores and then, believe it or not, stopped for some froyo a bit later.  What can I say?  We gotta treat our dad right.

All in all we had such a fun time, and I am so thankful to have Brad in our life.  A few fun things about my FIL: he loves God, he loves to take random candid pictures, he is always there for us, he loves dots (the candy), the Beatles, golf and Ernest Tubb.

Thanks, Brad, for being such a great father and father-in-law.  We love you!

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welcome sam

Happy Saturday morning!

We stayed up late watching a movie last night and proceeded to sleep in waaaayyy later than I would have expected.  Now it’s rush rush because we are slated to meet my FIL in the city to celebrate Father’s Day in less than a couple of hours.  eek!

I’m gonna throw together a gm or a juice – not sure which quite yet.  Juicing is becoming a more regular occurrence around here, and I’m loving it.   I use a $40 juicer from Target that I got for Christmas this past year.  Stay tuned for a review and some info about juicing in the next few days.  For now I’ll just say – You don’t have to spend your every last dime to have some healthy, energy giving, fresh juice…promise!

Yesterday was a great day, but for some reason my motivation was waning a bit.  That tends to always happen to me on Fridays, and I suspect it’s not all that uncommon for others?  Anyway, I’ll leave you with a quick recap in pics.

If you read my old blog brand-new-sidewalk you remember the baby I used to nanny, Henry.  Say hello to his new baby brother, Sam.

See you tomorrow!

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a fun reunion


Tonight’s post is going to be a quickie.  I have had a lot on my mind lately, resulting in a lack of productivity this evening.  O’well.

This morning Jon and I headed out early for a run – we finished about 3 miles (dead Garmin!) despite the heat, so I was perfectly happy with that.  We ended up on the college campus mid-run and took advantage of the fountain on library lawn by splashing it down our necks and backs.  Even the distance between the fountain’s pool and our bodies proved too far for the water to keep its coolness, but once we were off again, the breeze felt so refreshing on my damp skin.  Best part of the run:)

When we got back I sewed a couple of missing buttons onto Jon’s shirt, and he was out the door to work.  I made myself a quick green monster, then hit the shower.  I won’t bore you with pictures of my gm again.  It was delicious as usual, though, and got my morning off to an energetic start.

A few hours later, I fixed a little snack to tide me over until lunch.

Whole wheat pita stuffed with hummus, broccoli slaw and sprouts.  I have a serious crush on broccoli slaw right now. lol.  It adds a nice crunch to almost anything!

As mentioned this morning, I worked on getting our budget set up on  I think I’ve got it pretty much figured out, but let’s just say that anything having to do with numbers budgeting eludes me so it’s going to take some practice.  Gotta start somewhere, though, eh?

Guys, I had the best time at lunch today.  Not only was my meal out of this world, but my company was even better. Let’s start with the food

I ordered the Veggie pita, which was a whole wheat pita, literally stuffed to the gills with grilled red pepper strips, romaine, onions, bell pepper, cucumber and tomato.  I asked for honey mustard on the side, which I later drizzled over the veggies.  With a side of fruit.  It was so much better than I anticipated!  I felt so great afterwards, too – don’t you love the feeling of being full on fresh, clean food?

I met Tracy many years ago when we were probably sophomores in college.  We were both English Education majors, and we both got placed at a school that was an hour’s drive away for our student teaching.  So, naturally we commuted together.  She was my saving grace during that time.  Those long drives to and from school were filled with venting, encouragment, advice and just good girl talk.  After college Jon and I moved away and now that we’re back she has moved.  We hadn’t seen each other in ages, and it was so refreshing to catch up.  I honestly love this girl, and seeing her made my day so bright.  She just got a job teaching English as a second language to sixth and seventh grades, and I know she is going to rock it!

When I got home I was craving a little somethin’ sweet, so I indulged in this piece of dark chocolate I had stashed away in the fridge.

Because Tracy and I couldn’t peel ourselves away from each other for almost three hours, I didn’t do much else before Jon got home from work.  We stuck to our favorite for dinner and whipped up some vegetarian burritos.

I started by sauteeing some green pepper strips and onions in some Mexican seasoning for about 5-7 minutes.  Meanwhile, I heated up some canned refried beans and cooked some brown rice.  Once everything was ready I simply spread a spoonful of refried beans around on the (heated) tortilla, sprinkled on some rice, added a layer of veggies and a sprinkling of soy cheese.  I then topped it all off with salsa, rolled it up and had a little fiesta in my mouth:)  Simply delicious.

Now that it’s after midnight, I’ve got to be off to bed.   I’m planning on going to Piyo tomorrow morning and may try to fit in some running on the treadmill as well.  We’ll see how it all pans out in the am.  Happy Friday!

Btw, I’m currently listening to a new album by Diane Birch, and I’m loving it!  If you haven’t checked her out, you definitely should!  Let me know what you think if you do;)

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a good day

Yesterday ended up being quite the busy day!  I have several “projects” in the works right now that I am not quite ready to reveal, but they are taking up a lot of my time.  The cool thing is that I am loving working on them. It’s been awhile since I’ve had something going on that doesn’t really feel like work even though it is.

I’m wanting to get into doing more yoga this summer, and my gym had a power yoga class yesterday at 5:30 pm.  I still wanted to squeeze in some cardio so I did a quick 2 miles on the treadmill in the morning.  Over the course of the last month of school and then vacation, my running endurance levels have backslid a bit, so I’m trying to build my stamina back up.  Let’s be real, the hardest part of running is the phase where you are out of shape and just trying to build up endurance.  For me, running is not much fun during this phase, but it feels dang good when it’s over!  I think that’s why people sometimes have trouble getting into running – it is hard in the beginning.  But it does get easier and more fun the stronger you get. You just gotta hang in there!

I came back to a nice big bowl of overnight oats.  It’s been awhile since I’ve made them, and I have no idea why!

This bowl started off with 1/3 cup Greek yogurt, 1/3 cup soy milk, 1/3 cup oats and 1 tbsp chia seeds.  They marinated in the fridge over night, and I added chopped fresh cherries and sliced almonds in the morning.  The cherries added just the perfect sweetness.  Aren’t cherries the most wonderful fruit?

Lucky for me, I had a hot date for lunch

Grace is one of my favorite people, and we had such a sweet time of catching up.  Her husband’s name is Jonathan also, and we love getting together and having play dates for Olive and her little Bichon, Lucy.  She always shoots it to me straight and speaks truth into my life.  Friends like that are not on every corner, and I appreciate and love her immensely!

I ordered one of my two usuals from Panera – mediterranean veggie sandwich (hold the feta!) and a cup of vegetable soup.  Also a whole grain baguette for dipping.  I haven’t been getting my baguette fill since being back from vacation, so it really hit the spot;)

Several hours and one refreshing power yoga class later, I mad a quick and easy dinner.  We had some frozen pasta from a few weeks ago, so I heated it up.  I made two sauces – one for me and one for Jon.  Actually, I sort of cheated by using this awesome new Bove wine and mushroom organic pasta sauce I bought at the store last week (shhh!). I added tons of chopped bell pepper and onion to mine and bell pepper, onion and ground turkey to his.  I loved this sauce!  I don’t know how often I’d buy it considering the steep price, but maybe for special occassions.

We were up working late last night, so I ended up having a toasted Ezekiel muffin with Earth Balance a little later.

I’m off to clean out our office and get some work done on our budget.  Fun!  We are using a program called Mint. You basically set up your budget online.  Mint links to your bank account and automatically sifts every transaction into a category.  It sends you frequent updates through your phone, so you always know if you’ve gone over in a certain area. I hate those evil little messages.  Admittedly I’ve been guilty of just deleting them when they come through, but I’m getting better!

Have you heard of or used Mint?
Do you have a system you like for keeping track of your budget?

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I am so excited to post a few pics from the first two rolls of Mini Diana film.  I hope you enjoy them!

There will be more to come!

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