Friday, May 30, 2014

Five for Friday

Today is a beautiful day and I am so thankful for the sunshine, good friends, and family.

I feel like I have a million things going on in my head right now, so todays five for Friday is to get them down "on paper" {ie, blogland}

1. I am helping host a baby shower on Sunday for Pastor Zac and his awesome wife Rudi! I have a billion things that I desperately need to  finish,... The upside is cute decor ideas for you all come next week.

2. We are dog sitting my Parents dog this week while they are on their cruise.{side note: so jelly of all y'all vacationers out there} Ms. Chalupa will be worn out after a week with my Littles.

3. I have been using ItWorks products for the past 5 months and I LOVE the products, so I took the plunge and signed up to be a distributor. I am so excited about sharing the products I love with my friends!

4. Mason starts vacation Bible school this week and that is just one step closer to him being a teenager and hating my guts.

5. I have some great new recipes in the works for next week!

If you made it through, you deserve a medal for diving head first into my muddled, messy brain.

What are your weekend plans? 

Have a great weekend!!!!!
All My Love,

Thursday, May 29, 2014

Selective Amnesia

The Grits Blog
On this GORGEOUS Little Friday, I am realizing that Summer is here and that means a house that is less than presentable at most times.
There are grass clippings dragged in from the shoes of my Littles, me, and my Husband since we are in and out of the house all day. 
There is a perpetual layer of pollen, dust and other particles because I refuse to shut my windows and turn the air on. {Our house was built in a time when they didn't have air conditioning and the breezes we get are unbelievable, sorry visitors.} 
Dusting always falls to the bottom of my to-do list when there is sunshine to be played in and Littles to be snuggled. 
Summer is here and my house is a mess and I am okay with that. If you come to visit, just don't go upstairs...

I have been in the "I just ran a Half Marathon, I can eat EVERYTHING" mindset since Saturday and that has got to stop now. 
It is also exacerbated because I am slowly running out of groceries, but I am going to the farmers market tomorrow, so I just have to make it through one more day!
I have a bunch of recipes that I am dying to try.
Also, THANK YOU friends who have made my {not so}Sinful Almond Butter Brownies, for letting me know how they turned out for you!! 

I still can't believe what a great feeling it was to cross the finish line. To raise my hands to God and thank him. To see my Mom, Husband and Littles waiting for me. To have a great group of ladies rallying behind me. 
Running that Half was a little bit like pregnancy and childbirth, for me at least. It was so painful. There were times when I didn't think I could do it, but when I did the feeling was indescribable. With each moment that passes I think "I could do that again..." when I clearly remember during the race, thinking that I was insane for attempting this. 
What a blessing it is, as a woman, to have that selective amnesia. To do things that we think are impossible. To be brave when we want to turn in fear. To face pain because our reward is so much greater. 
While we are still praying about, possibly, a Little #3, I am also praying about my future as a runner.

Is your house messier in the Summer?

All My Love, 

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Weird Wednesday.

Happy Wednesday!
Since it is my Birthday week, I am taking today to share with you some my favorite meme's and gif's. You're welcome in advance.

Happy Hump Day Loves!!

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Birthday Weekend recap

I have had such a great Birthday weekend!! Saturday was my very first Half Marathon. I made it through and came up with 21 Thought From My Half Marathon. Saturday evening my Littles spent the night with my awesome parents. I sat my butt on the couch and pretty much didn't move.

Sunday after I picked up the Littles, we got to see my sis-in-law Emily and my sweet nieces K and H. We don't get to see them very often since we moved home, so that was really nice.

Post nap time on Sunday we headed out to Tipton for a family reunion with my Grandpa's siblings and their families. It was so nice to see my Great Aunt and Uncle! They had a really neat playground at the park in Tipton, so the Littles had a blast. There was a real train car on display! Mason was in love.

Sam had texted me Sunday afternoon and invited us to the river, so when we left the reunion, we headed home to grab our swimming gear and booked it down to the cabin.
My children love water. I am pretty sure they were actually born with gills.
We swam until the sun started to set and then the Littles jumped on the trampoline until their legs were jello. Mason and Lulu were the youngest kiddos, but they loved playing with their older cousins.
Auntie Nancy and Sam invited us to stay and eat with them, which was so nice. I cannot tell you how appreciative I am to them. Thank you Sam and Auntie Nancy for letting us crash Brad's Birthday dinner!

Yesterday we got a late start, but we headed up to St. Louis to take the Little's to the Zoo. They did surprisingly well in the car! We stopped for lunch when we got to the Lou{White Castle of course}.
Crashed out on the way up.

French fry smiles!

This kills me between her face and his cheeseburger!

After lunch{and an enormous amount of traffic} we made it to the Zoo! We immediately rode the train per Mason's request. We sat right in front of the conductor who made the announcements and he let Mason say "all aboard!" at each train station. He was so excited!
Train ride!!!

Family train selfie.
The rain appeared after our train ride, so that was an adventure. Luckily they have a few indoor exhibits, so we spent a good amount of time in the reptile and monkey houses.
Checking out the reptiles while it rained.

We ate Dippin Dots{why aren't these everywhere??} and called it a day.
I can't believe how good the Littles did in the car!

Today is my Birthday and I am officially closer to 30 than 20. My 25th year was the best year of my life. We moved home, I made my goal weight, I rekindled this blog, I have made so many friends, and I ran my first Half Marathon. I can only hope that 26 treats me so well!!

How was your weekend???

All My Love,

Saturday, May 24, 2014

21 Thoughts From My Half Marathon

I am alive!
I can't believe I just did that! Today was amazing.

Sam came to pick me up at 5:30AM and we headed up to the race. We got there and slipped into our tutu's.
This is post race, but how cute are we??!

We looked around the race site for a while, used the bathrooms before they got too gross and then met with Kim, Susan, and the other awesome ladies. The race started promptly at 7AM. We lined up at the start and I was so nervous. I stuck pretty close to the 2:30 pacer for the first 9 miles, but rounding a corner on mile 9 I torqued my knee somehow and that slowed me down quite a bit. I struggled pretty hard miles 10-13, but I crossed that finish line at 2:35! When I rounded the last corner and saw the crowd I got super choked up and I almost burst into tears. I managed to make it out to my mom, Matt and the Littles before I cried.
I am so glad to have such a great support team!! Sam, Matt, my Mom, they all had such a big part in this accomplishment. I couldn't have done it without them. 
I love this man.

It started to sprinkle as I crossed the finish line and it drizzled for the last 30 minutes we were on site, but that didn't stop us from taking pictures and purchasing some sweet duds. 
The FAB tutu girls.

My Birthday Tervis from my mama, my car sticker from Kim, my amazing sparkly shirt and my GIANT finishers medal. 

Also, my screen printed shorts that I may or may not be wearing right meow.

Post run mom and I headed to Trops and indulged in a Trops Tervis of amaretto sour. Oh man, it was fantastic. We also went by Lucky's Market and I was in organic heaven. I will definitely be making weekly trips to Columbia. Now I am flying solo and icing my bum knee. I am so exhausted, but I am still pumped from this morning. What a great experience!! I can't wait to run my next Go Girl Half!

I will leave you with these gems.

21 Thoughts during my first Half Marathon:

1. The first mile is the hardest.
2. Why did I choose this?
3. Only 12 miles left.
4. Why are they handing me Gu that is harder to open than a bank safe?
5. I am really uncomfortable with this littering.
6. Keep breathing.
7. Only 9 more miles.
8. I can't believe I paid for this.
9. Did I just hear someone holler my name?
10. I wonder if Matt and the Littles made it up here okay.
11. How many more miles??
12. 8 more miles.
13. 7 More miles.
14. You've got to be kidding me, I still have 6 miles.
15. These bicycles are going to run me over.
16. 5 miles left.
17. 4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4
18. Seriously, so much littering.
19. 2, for the love of God, 2 left
20. The last mile is the hardest.
and my very favorite thought that popped into my head from the whole 13.1

All My Love, 
Bad Mother Runner Meg

Friday, May 23, 2014

Three Day Weekend and Half Marathon nerves

Tomorrow at this time, I will be about 10-12 miles into my very first Half Marathon. I already have giant stampeding elephants butterflies in my tummy. I don't know why I am so worked up about this race. I think a lot of it is because I never thought I could do anything like this. Or maybe it's just the two giant cups of coffee I have had this morning.. Either way, I have already forked over my cash and spent hours training, so there's no turning back now.

Speaking of coffee, I have been adding cinnamon to my coffee grounds and it is the best decision I have made in a long time. I am trying to quit my Splenda addiction and the cinnamon adds something to my coffee without me needing artificial sweetener. Kudos to you black coffee drinkers.

Today is going to be beautiful and we will be outside enjoying every second. I love Summer.

This weekend will be a busy one for sure. Tomorrow is the race{and following the race, a trip to Tropical Liquors}. Tomorrow evening Matt will be at his cousins bachelor party. My parents are keeping the kiddos tomorrow night, so this mama will be making a pan of brownies, lounging on the couch and watching scary movies. Sunday after Church we have a family reunion in Tipton with my Grandpa's family. It will be really nice. My mom's side of the family is pretty small and spread out, so it will be nice to see everyone! Monday we are planning a drive to St. Louis to take the kids to the zoo. PBS kids plays this one Sandals Resort commercial every 7 minutes and every.single.time. Mason asks me to take him to "that beach". Since we can't afford a Sandals vacay right now, the zoo will have to do. Plus they have trains. He will love it.

Tuesday is my Birthday!! I am requesting Sushi and a trip to Goodwill with no children... Sounds pretty wild.

What are your Holiday plans?

All My Love,

Thursday, May 22, 2014

{Not so}Sinful Almond Butter Brownies

There is nothing better than Summertime. 
Sunshine, water, family, friends, BBQ's, beer, fireworks, fire pits, camping, great tunes, I could go on and on. 
I snapped these gems yesterday while the Littles made memories. 

My water bugs love each other and it is precious. 
Look at this face ^ My heart explodes every time!!

So today marks one week of clean eating. It has not been easy because I really, really, like dairy and sugar. I had one big cheat(ice cream) and I definitely paid for it the next day. My stomach hurt so bad that I don't want to even look at ice cream again. I have maintained a steady weight all week which is a big deal for me. I fluctuate between 2 pounds all the time and the scale hasn't moved since day 3. This might be exactly what I need for maintenance mode!! I am currently 131 pounds, which is 4 pounds under my goal. I also feel less bloated, and more energized!

That being said, I cannot live without dessert in my life. I deeply admire all of you who have the willpower to be strictly Paleo, but I need a little wiggle room. Chocolate is my BFF. 
Also, it is BBQ season and you cannot show up empty handed to a BBQ. It's bad manners. 
Since we were headed to dinner at Mark and Lucy's last night{sidenote: Mark makes the BEST BBQ chicken I have ever had in my whole life!} I wanted to bring a dessert, but I didn't want to ruin my eating for this week and I also didn't want an upset tummy repeat, so these babies did the trick.
{Not so}Sinful Almond Butter Brownies:
1 1/2 cups shredded zucchini{peeled or unpeeled, it's up to you. I peeled mine)
1 cup natural almond butter{I used Raw, unsalted, crunchy almond butter}
1/2 cup raw agave syrup
1/3 cup organic cocoa powder
1 egg
2 tsp vanilla
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp cinnamon
pinch of salt
handful of chocolate chips of your choice

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line an 8X8 pan with parchment paper. Mix all ingredients{you can mix them willy nilly, there's no method to this brownie madness}. 
Pour batter into lined pan and bake 30-35 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean.{Mine were actually done at 27 minutes, but my oven runs so, so hot.} 
Sprinkle the top immediately with a handful of chocolate chips and let sit a few minutes. Once melted, spread them out to create a nice "icing". 

Now Matt and I have tried a LOT of "diet" brownie recipes, I mean a LOT. Matt's favorite dessert is a good brownie. Not one of them even compares to this recipe. It's not exactly "diet", but it uses real ingredients and they definitely did not make my tummy hurt after eating them. In fact I felt no guilt at all for indulging in these babies. They were dense, moist, a little cakey, a little fudgy and just all around fantastic. And the best part is zucchini season is approaching!! 

If you haven't already done so, I highly recommend heading over immediately to the beautiful Ashley's  The Grits Blog for Little Friday! 

The Grits Blog

Do you leave wiggle room for dessert?

All My Love, 

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

The Easiest Cauliflower Rice

I cannot believe it is Wednesday already! Jump in the weekly link-up with one of my favorite bloggers, the gorgeous Liz @ Fitness Blondie! She is such an inspiration!

The Hump Day Blog Hop

Will buying a car ever get any easier? 
We have been looking for a new car for a while now and I had originally decided that it was time for a van. I mean, they have so much space and get decent gas mileage...right?! 
Well we found one that we liked and last weekend Matt and his dad went up to Kansas City to check it out. It ended up selling literally 20 minutes before they got there to look at it. We were all so annoyed. Luckily the dealership was less than a mile from Trader Joe so the trip wasn't a total waste. Mama needed some more coconut oil spray. And it really makes me laugh to picture Toby in a Trader Joe.

After that bust, since everything happens for a reason, I decided that a van was not the way we needed to go yet. So began my search for a crossover vehicle. Cue the white Chrysler Pacifica in my driveway. I am in love. Hello third row seating and ample leg room for everyone. Plus, she's beautiful.

I am on day 6 of clean eating and I have really noticed a difference in how I am feeling. I definitely have more energy. 
I have been experimenting with new recipes and I finally got the nerve to try my hand at cauliflower rice. If you have not made this yet, stop whatever you are doing and make it right now!
The Easiest Cauliflower Rice:
1 head cauliflower
1 TBSP coconut oil
4 cloves garlic
1 TBSP fresh cilantro, chopped
half a lime(optional)

Grate your cauliflower. I did it with a 4 sided grater and it turned out fantastic. I need to learn how to use my grate option for my Ninja though...
Heat coconut oil in a dutch oven(or any larger pot with lid)
Add garlic cloves and saute until just beginning to brown. Add cauli-rice and saute for 5-7 minutes. Toss in cilantro and cover for 2-3 minutes. Add salt and pepper to taste and a squeeze of lime if you're feeling sassy. 

We enjoyed this with clean turkey taco meat and a pile of fresh veggies to make "burrito bowls". It was amazing. 

Do you enjoy the car buying process?
What is your favorite clean recipe?

All My Love, 

Monday, May 19, 2014

Sweet Potato and Pepper Hash with Eggs

Ember Grey
I'm going to do a slight bit of complaining on this Grateful Heart Monday{but only for a second! Hang in there!} 
Not eating processed food is a giant pain. It is so much easier to open a package than to actually take the time to food prep. 
That being said, I am 4 days in and while I haven't noticed a big shift in the way I look, I have lost 3 pounds. I took before pictures and a month into non-processed land I will take after pictures to do some quick comparing. So far, the switch is definitely worth it.  
{see, it wasn't that bad!}

Today I am SO thankful for a healthy life and so, so grateful for the opportunity to {hopefully} be an example to, not only my children, but to everyone I meet. If I can lose the weight, anyone can. If I can start running, anyone can. I was the prime example of a sedentary lifestyle, and this Saturday I will be running my first Half-Marathon{y'all are going to get so tired of me talking about this-sorry in advance!}. I want people to know that literally, anything is possible, you just have to want it and work for it. {Does anyone want some wine to go with the cheese I just put out?} 

Speaking of food. 
Sweet Potato and Pepper Hash:

2 Tbsp coconut oil
3 small sweet potatoes, (microwaved to soften and reduce cooking time- you can leave them raw, but your baking time will increase- I am all about fast)cut into 1 1/2 inch pieces
2 peppers of you choice(mine were yellow and orange), chopped
1 onion, chopped
1 pkg of natural chicken breakfast sausage, sliced on the diagonal(8 links)
4 eggs

Melt the coconut oil in a cast iron skillet over med-high heat. Add onions and peppers and sauté until the onions are translucent and the peppers have softened slightly. Add breakfast sausage. Sauté 5 minutes or until sausage begins to caramelize. Add in cooked and cubed sweet potatoes. Sauté for another 2 minutes. Make adorable little nests in the mixture and crack your eggs into them. Sprinkle eggs with salt and pepper.Pop skillet in a 350 degree oven and bake for 8-10 minutes depending on how you like your eggs. 

Enjoy an insanely delicious treat. 

How was your weekend?! 

All My Love, 

Friday, May 16, 2014

Garlic Roasted Zucchini

I was on some sort of culinary roll yesterday. We were supposed to go to an Engineering BBQ at the park, but Matt ended up having to go out of town yesterday for work and he didn't get back until late yesterday, so I was in charge of dinner. Since I wasn't planning on cooking last night, I had to wing it a little.
Ham and egg cups are pretty much a staple 'round this house , but I had some zucchini that needed to be used. I am not a huge zucchini fan, but I ate my helping and then scraped bits off of the roasting pan because it was so good. 

Garlic Roasted Zucchini:
2 zucchini
4 garlic cloves
2 tsp coconut oil

Toss all ingredients together and lay out flat on a baking sheet. Sprinkle with salt and fresh cracked pepper. Bake at 375 for 15-20 minutes or until zucchini is tender and golden. 

Today I didn't even care that it was 46 degrees, we went for a long walk and then made our way to the park for a picnic. We needed to get out of our house. Plus, I needed to take my new shoes out for a spin. 
I don't know what it is about my children and picnics, but they love them. 
It must be one of those things they were born with, like how they somehow instinctively know what chicken nuggets are from age 6 months and where you can find them. 

My internet is still wonky. I am currently typing this on my phone. This is what I see right now on my computer...
Also, none of my 8 channels are coming in either. I'm not sure what is effecting both my internet and my antennae, but I am trying to watch Law and Order and blog here!! My cat is not helping either.
She's not impressed with any of this.

I hope you all have a great Friday!! 

Thursday, May 15, 2014

Avocado Chicken Salad

I have been trying to type this Little Friday post all day, but my wireless has had other plans.

Last night my sweet grandma and I went to Dick's Sporting Goods. 
I died and went to running short Heaven. I love Nike running shorts and they had the cutest styles! When I regained my composure after perusing through the shorts, I got to business finding some new shoes. After a really long time browsing around I finally landed on the same pair of shoes that I currently own, just a prettier color, the Brooks Adrenaline GTS14.
I was all set to break them in this morning, but it was raining. Again. 

This past week has been pretty tough on my diet. It has rained every. single. day. Needless to say I have eaten way more than I care to admit this week. 
Today I snapped out of the "stuck inside spell" and made a plan to revamp my eating. 

I, Meg Weber, will be attempting a more Paleo diet. I have eaten nothing but carbs, and processed junk all week and I am feeling the effects of my poor choices. I am bloated, my skin has broken out and I have no energy and it totally sucks. I am over it. I have been checking out recipes and working on a menu all day and I am pretty excited about this challenge. 
I really need to go grocery shopping anyway.  

Today for lunch, it was pretty much a clean out the fridge free for all. It ended up being probably my favorite lunch of all time. 

Avocado Chicken Salad:
Makes 2 servings at 180 calories per serving.

1 can diced chicken, in water
1/2 an avocado
3 TBSP chopped onion
1/2 lime, juiced
2 tsp dijon mustard
salt and pepper to taste

Mix ingredients and scarf down as fast as possible on tomato slices. 

I hope you all had a great Little Friday with the beautiful Ashley at The Grits Blog!!! I will be catching up with you all as fast as my spotty internet will allow.

The Grits Blog

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Rainy Days and Wednesdays

Guess what day it is??!
The Hump Day Blog Hop
That's right!! Thanks Miss Liz @ Fitness Blondie for being so stinking awesome.

It has been raining since Monday morning. This severely limits our activity level.
The only exciting thing that I have managed to do, was to go up to the Snob Shop Exchange in town with two bags of clothes that I was just going to bring to Goodwill and I got 60$ store credit! 
You can bet your bottom dollar that I will be going through the rest of my too big clothes and taking them up there. 

So this weekend we picked up a piano. 
It is currently sitting in our garage until 1.the rain quits and 2. we get a piano dolly so we don't scratch up our floors moving it into our living room. 
It was free, so that was pretty awesome. It is a 1919 Weber funny is that?! It was fate.
I am pretty excited about it. I have always wanted to learn the piano and now, I am totally going to do it!
It even came with a few of these handy "teach yourself piano" books.

Tonight I am hanging out with my Grandma! I am pretty pumped that she feels well enough to go shopping with me, and also, that I will be getting new running shoes. 
I think my shoes are the culprit of this hip pain that I have had. 
I ran 2 miles this morning and I am hurting now. No bueno. I have a Half Marathon in less than 2 weeks! 
My shoes have seen about 500 miles, so it is time for new shoes regardless. 

Send some blogland love over to my fraaand Lindsay @ Broke and Bougie who is moving into her new house today! She and her fiance have done so much work to their new house and I cannot wait to see the finished product! I seriously need her to come do my house next. 

Do you play piano? Or any instrument?
Have you done any DIY lately?

All My Love, 

Monday, May 12, 2014

Grateful Heart Monday #3

I feel like I have been gone for a month, but it has only been 3 days. I am so glad to be back refreshed and ready for today's Grateful Heart Monday with the lovely Emily @ Ember Grey!

Ember Grey
I spent my Friday outside, planting flowers and herbs and being oh so thankful for the sun instead of the rain that was predicted for the last half of the week and all weekend.
Basil, Parsley and Mint.

Daisies are my very favorite flower. 

I am so in love with this chalkboard "wreath" on our porch door. 

On Saturday, we had a Girl's Night Out and it was much needed! I had so much fun with Sheri, Liz, Jamie, Kelly and the rest of the girls! I am definitely ready to do it again. 

Sunday was Mother's Day and I have to say, I am one lucky momma. 
I went on a nice run with Sam yesterday morning. Our Half Marathon is in 2 weeks! It has really crept up on me. I am pumped to have some friendly, familiar faces at the race! 
After our run, it was too hot for coffee{I know! Blasphemy!} so we just sat in the shade with our water bottles enjoying the nice breeze. 
When I got home, I got ready for a nice lunch out with my favorite people. 

Today's Grateful Heart is full of love for my husband and Littles. I have never known a love like I have for Matt, Mason and Eleanor. 
They are my whole heart. 

I am also pretty thankful for the hour long sun soak yesterday while the Littles took a much needed nap before Church. 

How was your weekend??

All My love, 

Thursday, May 8, 2014

Body Image: The Never Ending Struggle

As most of you know, in the last 18 months, I have lost 88 pounds. I have sweat, struggled, cried and binged. I have also felt such an enormous sense of accomplishment and pride. I have never felt better, physically. My body has done things that I never thought it was capable of and I am so damn proud of that.

Can I just get real petty for a second though? I am down to a 32A cup guys. Between two children and a lot of weight loss, my boobs literally look like two, sad, deflated balloons. I had to buy a training bra yesterday. There was so much shame and self loathing in my heart as I was handing the nice lady my debit card.
I HATE that I have worked so hard to be at such a great point in my life and something as stupid as my boobs can make me unhappy with the way I see myself. 

My next point is why? Why on Earth am I letting something so dumb get me down? 
I have no answer for you. Maybe it's the Victoria's Secret commercials that play every 7 minutes. Maybe it's things like this ecard circulating Pinterest.
I know that it is ludicrous to be so bummed about my boob size. I understand completely that I am so, so blessed, but when there is so much pressure to have a nice body, losing weight just isn't enough. Now we as women have to be skinny with abs, a great butt, killer legs, a ripped back, but not too ripped, a thigh gap and nice, perky boobs. 

I am here to tell you that I, as a normal person, have none of those things. I have a c-section flap, loose skin, sad balloon boobs, stretch marks from my neck to my knees and there is no way in hell I will ever have a thigh gap, even though I bust my butt everyday to live a healthy life for me and my family. 
When will my best be enough though? 

Body image is such a bitch. You think, "oh, if I just lose 10 pounds, I will feel so much better about myself." So you lose that 10 pounds and then there is something else that you pick out that is "wrong". 

Can we just say screw you to all of the expectations to look a certain way? 
I am here on this Little Friday link up to tell you, I have tiny boobs and you know what, I am going to work to accept that, because Jesus has blessed me in so many other ways. 
Do I still feel bad about my training bra? Yes. But I am going to try really hard to focus on how far I have come and not what I "lack". 

Keep kicking ass ladies!
All My Love, 

The Grits Blog

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Tortellini Pasta Salad + there is still time for the GIVEAWAY!!

If you haven't entered to win the fabulous All Pro Tote, do it now!! It is the perfect gym bag with a shoe pocket and a jewelry strap. No more necklaces and earrings in the bottom of your gym bag my friends!
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Thanks to Julie we are able to have this awesome Thirty-One All Pro Tote Giveaway! 

On Sunday I had a 14 miler on my schedule since my Half is in 18 days{insert mild panic}. I got up early, got dressed, ate{a small} breakfast and headed out. I brought along some Gatorade chews to try because my last long run was a beast and I was desperate for fuel by mile 6. The run started out great. I felt better for the first 7 miles than I have in a week. It was so nice to stretch my legs at a nice easy pace. I ran from my house, across the Missouri River bridge, and down to the Katy Trail. Everything was going so nicely, until I had to run back up the swirly ramp of death to get back up to the bridge. I don't know what I did, but by the time I reached the bridge, my hip was killing me. I managed to make it another mile, but I had to call it at mile 10.5. I limped the rest of the way home.

When I finally gimped myself home and managed a shower, Matt and Papa Toby took Mason out on the boat to go fishing. He had a BLAST! They were out there for 3 hours and didn't catch a thing, but Mason is already begging me to go "catch some hungry fish" again soon. 
It was nice to spend time with just Eleanor. It kind of gave me a preview of our girl time we will have when Mason starts preschool in August. 

When the boys got home, we went out to my Parents house to give the kids their naps because Matt and I had Praise Team practice at 3. 
Sunday was our Senior night at Church and since we are on the Family Life Committee and now on the Praise Team, we had double duty to pull with singing/playing and helping clean up after. We sang Oceans(Where Feet May Fail) and that is probably my very favorite Worship song of all time. Matt and I also learned how to operate the dishwasher at the Church, so I have a feeling we will be needed at more events. 

Yesterday we went to the park with Grandma Lucy and met Sheri and Lydia there for a picnic. We had a lot of fun! Lydia and Mason are such cute friends. 
When we got home, I laid the Littles down for a nap, grabbed a monitor and mowed the lawn. Our yard was looking super jungle-y, so I did my best. We have a really big slope at the end of our front yard and I have been slacking on my upper body workouts, so there is a big strip that I missed because I just could not push the mower up the hill. Sorry Jeff Citians. My yard has a soul patch. 

Mason is officially a big boy.

When did this happen?!! 

And finally, drumroll please..............
I finally am back with a new recipe!! I did not want a heavy meal after being outside all day, so I made a fantastic veggie pasta salad.
Veggie Tortellini Pasta Salad:
serves 6 - 225 calories per serving

1 pkg tricolor cheese tortellini{about 2.5 cups} cooked as directed
6 slices hard salami
1 cucumber, diced
1 red, 1 yellow pepper, diced
1 celery stalk, diced
6 black olives, chopped
about 15 pepperocini, chopped
1/2 cup shredded mozzerella
1 TBSP olive oil
1 lemon zested and juiced
salt and pepper to taste

Toss all of the ingredients together, except cheese, and chill for an hour. 
When ready to eat, toss in cheese and serve. 
This makes about 6, 1 cup servings. We ate it with apple slices and peanut butter. 

Did anybody else long run this weekend? 
Does anyone else have mild panic attacks at how fast time goes sometimes?

Hope you all have a great Tuesday!!
All My Love,