Motivation Monday and Weekend Shenanigans

Stats from this past week:

Monday: 15 minutes on the elliptical and a 45 minute Sports Drill class (alternating cardio intervals and strength training intervals)

Tuesday: 60 minute Orangetheory Fitness class

Wednesday: NOT feeling it today at all, but I knew I’d feel better if I at least did something, so I walked on the treadmill for 45 minutes at a 5% incline. It felt really challenging, which reminded me that I should mix in some incline walking with my usual running more often. For some reason I always feel like I have to run to get in a good cardio workout, which is of course not always the case.

Thursday: 4 mile run along the river with my running buddy…this felt particularly hard today and I feel like I’m getting to close to changing my runs into power walksL

Friday: 60 minute Orangetheory Fitness class

Saturday: Ran a 5K race downtown that was super fun AND finished in 30 minutes (and some odd seconds), which is pretty much my usual pre-pregnancy pace, so I was pretty pleased with that:) It was so cold that morning, and I almost didn’t go, but per the usual when it comes to morning workouts, I was glad I did it and got my exercise out of the way early.

Sunday: Basically took a rest day other than taking Cody for a 20 minute walk around the ‘hood.

We had yet another busy weekend. I don’t know when it’s going to slow down, but as of right now we have nothing on the calendar for this coming weekend, so maybe this will be it. We did, however, get a lot of stuff done around the house, particularly in Asher Wade’s new room, so at least it was productive. The quicker we get his new room completed the quicker we can start focusing on the nursery. Matt put together AW’s new bunk beds and they look so cute. Of course AW wanted to sleep on the top bunk and although it was a little touch and go the first night (a combination of being in a new room and the new bed situation), he ultimately slept soundly all night and informed us the next morning that he loves his new bed. Not going to lie, I almost cried as we tucked him in (which is NOT easy for this pregnant mama to do now since it involves climbing a ladder to get into the top bunk) because he suddenly just seemed so big to me, all up in that top bunk, so, so far away (ok, maybe I’m exaggerating a little, but it did seem like such a big step up to me). I mean, does he not look 10 in the picture below??

Anyways, I am so pleased with how this room is coming out. We’re just waiting on a new area rug and a couple pieces of furniture and it will be done. I’ll post some pictures as soon as everything is complete.

Matt and Asher Wade went to a father/son event that our church organized on Saturday night and according to both of them, they had the best time. 

I was initially a little jealous after hearing that bonfires and s’mores were involved, but after getting 4 hours all to myself to do some shopping, I can’t complain. I can’t remember the last  time I went shopping on my own time without feeling the need to hurry and it was so nice. I picked up a few cute maternity pieces, browsed in Sephora and treated myself to a piece of food court pizza after deciding that the 5K from that morning warranted it. Then I got a cookie from the cookie company after deciding that walking around the mall for 2 hours warranted it;) Sunday was church, lunch and what felt like a million errands, and by the time we climbed in bed Sunday night, I felt like I’d run a marathon, and promptly started researching ideas for a beach vacation, lol.

In other news, these are in stores, so all is well in the world.

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Motivation Monday and Weekend Shenanigans

I kind of had a hectic week at work and then we left town on Friday for a little getaway, so it was a bit of a struggle to fit in my exercise towards the latter part of the week. I’m also noticing that my workouts are starting to feel more challenging and I’m finding myself taking more breaks, and taking it slower in general. I’m still running, and I’m planning to do a half marathon in March, but I feel like after that I may start switching to walking instead. Not that running isn’t perfectly safe during pregnancy (assuming you were running before getting pregnant, and assuming you have your doctor’s OK of course), but I’m also trying to listen to my body and my body seems to be telling me to slow it down a little bit. Orangetheory is still going great and I have every intention of keeping that up all the way through my pregnancy, knowing I’ll just have to keep modifying as necessary. Thankfully the coaches are super knowledgeable and have been great about providing modifications as needed.

Stats from this past week:

Monday: 60 minute Orangetheory Fitness class

Tuesday: 60 minute Orangetheory Fitness class…we did a partner workout for Valentine’s Day and I had so much fun working out with Matt

Wednesday: 15 minutes on the treadmill (5.5 mph) and a 45 minute Power Yoga class (where I was reminded how much more stretching I need to be doing…)

Thursday: Squeezed in a 35 minute run on the treadmill (5.5-6.0 mph) between meetings

Friday: Headed to Birmingham for a marriage conference, so I took a rest day, and then regretted not fitting in some sort of exercise given the fact that there was a wall, yes a wall, of donuts at the conference, from my most favorite donut shop in B’ham. Not to mention tables and tables of mini bundt cakes and cheese biscuits and cheese grits and other shenanigans. I decided to indulge anyways, because #yolo, right?

Saturday: 1 hour walk around our old stomping grounds in B’ham with some serious hills to climb up and down

Sunday: 60 minute Orangetheory Fitness class

Like I mentioned above, we spent the weekend in Birmingham with our dear friends the Miller’s and attended a marriage conference at our old church. This is probably the fifth time we have gone to this conference and it never disappoints. I always come away with new insights and information and a renewed appreciation for Matt and our marriage, and a desire to want to make it even better. My mom flew in to keep Asher Wade so we could get away with total peace of mind knowing he was in good hands. It was such a great weekend with Matt and friends and I’m thankful for the time we had together. I was also thankful to get home to our little stinker yesterday.

Motivation Monday {and weekend shenanigans}

This was kind of an off-week, at least towards the beginning of it, as I was still recovering from the half marathon and trying to give my legs a break.  I am planning to run another half marathon (because apparently I like pain and suffering) in November, so I definitely can’t take a running hiatus or anything.  Ideally I’d like to better my time on this next one, but I haven’t landed on an exact goal yet.  I’m really missing my group exercise classes while training and I’ve had to slow down on my favorite Orangetheory Fitness sessions, but I was able to fit in a couple this week.  I’ve backed down on the weight training a lot, mainly because I just don’t have time, but at least when I can make it to OTF I know I’ll get some good strength training mixed in.

Monday 10/17: Mainly rested my legs considering the half marathon I ran the day before, but I was itching for some activity that evening so I walked around the neighborhood for 30 minutes or so.

Tuesday 10/18: 4 mile jog along the river with my running buddy…it was unseasonably hot today, and we really struggled!

Wednesday 10/19: 15 minutes on the elliptical followed by 2 fast miles on the treadmill and some push-ups

Thursday 10/20: 60 minute Orangetheory Fitness class

Friday 10/21: 6 mile jog along the river with my running buddy in MUCH cooler weather

Saturday 10/22: 60 minute Orangetheory Fitness class

Sunday 10/23: We were actually in the Atlanta area today (see below) and spent most of the day out and about, but I did take a 30 minute walk around the neighborhood that evening.

On Saturday we drove an hour south to Kennesaw, GA for the Owl-O-Ween Festival, which is basically a hot air balloon festival with a Halloween theme.  It was held at Kennesaw State University, which to our surprise was a super nice university.  I randomly came across this event online and thought it looked really fun, so we decided to make a little overnight trip out of it.  The festival was really nice and well done with tons of stuff for kids and adults alike, but unfortunately the winds were too strong and they couldn’t put the hot air balloons up, which of course was the whole point of the festival.  I’ve never been up in a hot air balloon, so I was really looking forward to that.  Plus, there was supposed to be trick-or-treating from balloon to balloon, which wasn’t able to happen either.  So that was a bummer.  Not to mention that Asher Wade was kind of sick and probably shouldn’t have been outside anyways.  We only stayed at the festival for a couple of hours and were back in our hotel early enough to treat ourselves to dinner at Ruth Chris.  Since we were puppy free that night we had big plans to get a full, uninterrupted night of sleep, but then AW was up on and off throughout the night coughing, so that didn’t exactly happen.  So yeah, now that I think about it, the whole weekend didn’t really go as planned, lol.  We still had fun though, and as anyone that has a young child knows, you win some you lose some when it comes to making plans.  The next morning we got up, ate breakfast and headed out to a nearby outlet mall, which turned out to be really nice.  We got AW all fixed up for fall/winter, and I even scored two pairs of my favorite running shoes for the price of one!  All in all it was a successful shopping trip, so there’s the silver lining:-)

My child insisted on this cheap Dory costume and I decided this was a battle I didn’t have it in me to fight…

We found these PJ Masks at the toy store and AW thought they were pretty much the best thing ever. He LOVES this show!

Motivation Monday (err, Tuesday) and Weekend Shenanigans

Well, Monday came and went. As a matter of fact, the whole last week came and went without me even realizing it. Apparently it’s October now. Tomorrow it will be Christmas, so you better go on and get that tree up yesterday.

I’m going to do my best to remember my workouts from last week. Normally I’m really good about documenting them throughout the week, but since I was busy decorating for Easter, it kind of fell to the wayside. Anyways, Happy 4th of July!

Monday 8/8: Really did not want to workout today, so I just bounced around and did various activities until I had gotten in close to an hour. 20 minutes on the elliptical, 15’ish minutes of a Sports Drill class (seriously, couldn’t even stay in a class longer than that) and 15 minutes on the treadmill (6.0 mph).
Tuesday 8/9: 15 minutes on the treadmill (6.0 mph) followed by a 45 minute Total Body Training class (primarily strength training using weights and some cardio bursts).
Wednesday 8/10: Only had 30 minutes today, so I ran a quick 3 miles on the treadmill.
Thursday 8/11: Ran 3 miles outside with a friend.
Friday 8/12: 45 minute Sports Drill class and then a short walk outside to pick up some lunch:-)
Saturday 8/13: 8 mile run that morning with my running buddy. It felt really good and was honestly way easier than I had anticipated. We were so proud of ourselves! We also got to see the most beautiful sky as the sun started to come up over the river (pic below). Have I mentioned how much I LOVE Chattanooga?
Sunday 8/14: Easily could have taken the day off, but was itching to get outside that evening, so I walked around the neighborhood for about 45 minutes.

In other news, we had a great weekend. On Saturday evening Matt and I attended “Wine Over Water” which is basically a wine festival where 100+ wineries have tents setup along the Walnut Street Bridge (which crosses the Tennessee river) and you get a wine glass and basically try as many wines as you can handle without falling into the river. As far as I know, no one actually fell into the river, but there were some close calls I’m sure. Let’s just say it was good people watching, especially as the night went on. Our sitter stayed overnight so Matt and I were able to have a little hotel getaway. Can’t beat a getaway that is 15 minutes from your house. It was a fun night for sure. After we got home on Sunday I took Asher Wade to a local fall festival, where he of course had a blast. Love how October is full of all kinds of fall activities and events. It really is the best month.

Motivation Monday

Happy Monday! Hope everyone had a great weekend, and hope everyone had better weather than we did here in east Tennessee. Other than a little tease we had last Monday, it’s hot as all get out, and humid, and rainy, and just generally unpleasant. Thankfully the mornings are somewhat bearable and dry, but I ran a 5K on Saturday morning and still looked like I had jumped in a pool at 8 a.m. 24 days till fall, but who’s counting, right?

Stats from the week, and some pics below…

Monday 8/8: There was a nice 10 degree drop in temps today so you better believe I headed outside! 65 minute walk along the river, and it was glorious!

Tuesday 8/9: 10 minutes on the treadmill (5.8 mph) followed by a 30 minute Step class and 15 minutes of core work

Wednesday 8/10: 45 minute Power Yoga class and then walked outside for about 15 minutes

Thursday 8/11: Took a 60 minute Orangetheory Fitness class

Friday 8/12: 30 minutes on the elliptical and 30 minutes of upper body strength training and some core exercises

Saturday 8/13: Ran a 5K that morning (pushing AW in the stroller) and did a sunset stand-up paddleboard session with Matt that night

Sunday 8/14: Had no motivation today, BUT got my butt off the couch that evening and walked around the neighborhood for 35 minutes

Like I mentioned above, I ran in a 5K with some friends on Saturday morning. we pushed our kiddos in the strollers and man, it was a workout. I finished in 32 minutes and ran the whole time, so I was pretty pleased. Asher Wade enjoyed himself until we got to the finish line. All the people cheering and the loud music freaked him out a little. Then someone handed him a Moon Pie and all was right in the world again:-)

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Kenzie and AW

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About to take off

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Mother runners!

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Post race…sweaty, but happy with our Moon Pie

For date night on Saturday Matt and I decided to mix it up a little and headed out for a stand-up paddleboard session at sunset. A storm had passed through a couple hours prior, and it was gorgeous out. So thankful to live in such a beautiful city, and to have access to all these great outdoor activities.

 

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Toddler Tuesday {Toddler Bowling}

We made plans with some friends to go bowling after church on Sunday. I honestly went along thinking we’d go to lunch with everyone and then maybe hang out at the bowling alley for 10 minutes or so and then scoot, assuming Asher Wade would not be in to, or really understand, the concept of bowling.  I really should just stop having any sort of preconceived notions when it comes to this kid because I always assume the exact opposite.  Needless to say, he loved bowling, and was actually pretty good at it.  Granted there were bumpers and that little ramp thing that the kiddos can use to push their ball down the lane, but still, he totally got the concept and would get very excited when those pins fell down.

 Bowling is one of those things that I always forget how much I enjoy.  I’m not really any good (although I did roll a few strikes!), but it’s fun and active, and it’s always a good time when you are with friends.  We laughed and laughed, at each other and at our gaggle of kids.  And come one, toddlers in bowling shoes?  Cutest thing ever:-)

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Also, we bowled right through nap time, but when we got home and started watching The Good Dinosaur (for 1,247th time), this happened. He rarely falls asleep in my lap anymore, and although I had to pee something fierce, I couldn’t help but stay put for a little bit. My sweet baby…

 

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Gone.


When I finally did slide myself out from under him so I could head out for a walk, Matt went in to check on him 10 minutes later and found this…

 

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Motivation Monday and Whole30 Update {Week 3}

Heading in to week 4 of Whole30, y’all!  I’m still going strong.  It kind of just feels like my norm now.  I don’t even really think about the “no-no” foods…I just go straight for what I know I’m supposed to eat and what makes my body feel good, even though I am getting sick of eating the same things.  In an effort to mix it up, I had a veggie burger the other night, but it did not sit well.  This is the first “packaged” food I’ve had since starting Whole30, and while the ingredients were compliant (although it did have quinoa, which is technically not compliant on strict Whole30, but allowed on the modified vegetarian version), I’m wondering if there were some sort of preservatives in it?  Or maybe it was the quinoa?  Even though I can have quinoa on the modified plan, I’ve been avoiding it for the most part and following the strict Whole30 guidelines.  I think I had quinoa one day during my first week, but haven’t since.  I guess that could have been what upset my stomach.  Point being, there is obviously some magic in this program.  Whether it was the quinoa or some sort of added preservative, I think that was my body’s way of telling me to stay away.  I haven’t had one single stomach issue since starting Whole30, where I used to have issues all the time, and then suddenly I veer off a tiny bit, and I have a stomach issue.  I don’t think that’s a coincidence.  So I’m definitely going to follow the strict guidelines for the remainder of the 30 days and not even allow myself the vegetarian modifications.  I feel like I am getting enough protein as it is anyways.

What I’m eating. Big, huge salads.  I literally just fill a large Tupperware container with all sort of randomness that I have on hand, and then shake it up with some EVOO and red wine vinegar (I included a pic below, which isn’t pretty, but it was delicious).  I enjoy going to places like Moe’s and Taconooga (local to Chattanooga) and getting made-to-order salads chockfull of veggies.  Still eating lots of eggs, cooked all different ways, salmon, shrimp, or whatever seafood is on special at Whole Foods for the week, nut butters, roasted veggies, fruit and my RX bars.  On another note, I have been super hungry this week.  I did workout hard this week, so maybe that has something to do with it, but I’ve been having big meals and still wanting snacks in between.

What I miss. Quest bars (especially since they just came out with a new flavor that I’m dying to try), red wine, cereal and every now and then a bagel.

Where I’m struggling. Not really struggling with anything now – it’s really all just habit.  I guess if anything I’m still somewhat struggling with the meal prep and the time it takes to plan for the next day.  I’m tired of having to put so much thought into meals and I want to just be able to grab something quick.

How I feel. Really good!  I’m sleeping well and I have plenty of energy to get me through my workouts.

Other thoughts. I feel like this is the week where I’m going to start feeling “over it” and want to throw in the towel.  Again, not because it’s overly challenging, but rather because I’m just kind of tired of thinking about it so much.  I’m also getting to the point where I’m tired of eating the same things over and over.  It’s not like I’d even go crazy with unhealthy foods or anything…I’m talking like I would just love to mix in some oatmeal, yogurt and maybe a little granola.


My workouts were must better this past week; I assume because I’ve made it past all the slumps and am now in the phase that the book calls “Tiger Blood.”

 Monday 7/18: 15 minutes on the treadmill (5.8 mph) and a 45 minute “Sports Drill” class (cardio intervals and strength training using free weights and body weight)

Tuesday 7/19: 15 minutes on the treadmill (5.8 mph), 30 minute Step class, 15 minutes of core exercises

Wednesday 7/20: 30 minute HIIT class (high intensity interval training, which is basically a Tabata style workout) and 20 minutes on the elliptical

Thursday 7/21: 15 minutes on the treadmill (5.8 mph) followed by a 45 minute Total Body Training class (strength training using primarily free weights)

Friday 7/22: 30 minute run on the treadmill (5.8 mph) and then I tried something new…stand up paddle boarding! I went with some friends from work and we had a blast.  Such a good core workout and my legs were also sore the next morning from standing up and holding my balance. Pics below! The scenery was gorgeous.

Saturday 7/23: 60 minute Orangetheory Fitness class

Sunday 7/24: Totally took the day off, other than doing a little water skiing when we were out on friends’ boat.

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When the cat’s away, the mouse will….

Matt took Asher Wade to Kentucky to visit his parents for a few days, but since it wasn’t a good time for me to take off work, I held the fort down in the ‘Noog.  Some exhausted wives/mothers may look at these 3.5 days of solitude as an opportunity for spa days, movie binges, shopping excursions, eating Ben & Jerry’s by the pint, and most importantly, sleeping in, but I guess I am not like other wives/mothers (although I AM exhausted 99.9% of the time) because I packed my days with exercise and outdoor adventure, and I did not sleep in.  Now granted I did go get a pedicure, and I did walk around Belk for 30 minutes, and I may or may not have watched like seven episodes of Parenthood, but I also got up at the crack of dawn on Saturday to run in the Chattanooga Heroes Run and then again on Sunday morning for a downtown kayak tour.  I did not touch a pint of Ben & Jerry’s, because, Whole30.  This is just what I prefer to do when I have time to myself.  I love being outside and I love being active.  I would prefer to have some Ben & Jerry’s post outdoor activity, but that’s neither here nor there right now.  Ask me again in 15’ish days.

 In all seriousness, I love being a wife and a mother more than anything in the world, and nothing makes me happier than weekends where Matt, Asher Wade and I are hanging out together, but I definitely have some introverted tendencies (particularly as I’ve gotten older) and sometimes it’s nice to have a little “me time.”  I felt guilty about this for a long time – I think because I’m already away at work 8+ hours per day – and I still struggle with making myself check out every now and then, but then when I finally do I’m reminded how good it is for me mentally.  Taking some time to let go of mothering duties, do things on my own time and recharge my batteries…it really gives me a renewed sense of energy.  When Matt pulled in Sunday afternoon I was rested and refreshed and so ready to hug and kiss my guys.

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The Heroes Run was an incredible event to be a part of.  Saturday was the one-year anniversary of the shooting at the Marines/Navy Reserve Center that happened in Chattanooga last year that took the lives of five servicemen.  Five servicemen that simply showed up to work one day, never in a million years thinking it would be their last.  The shooting happened just a few days before I drove over to Chattanooga for my interview with Unum.  I wrote about this on Facebook the other day, but I just remember feeling a little weird and guilty that this interview was still taking place.  I just knew that the community had to be so hurt and angry and confused over what had happened and it just seemed hard to me to assume that life was going on as usual, in spite of what had just happened 72 hours prior.  I guess I felt guilty to think that my business agenda was going on as usual.  I was so surprised when I arrived in Chattanooga and saw how much the community had come together.  It was evident in the people I met that day, the signs all over the city and in front of hundreds of businesses.  The community was strong and the people were proud to live there and support one another.  It was incredibly humbling.

It was so surreal to be running in this race on Saturday, considering the fact that one year later from that awful event, we now call this city home, and we too are proud residents.  It was also surreal to think about the reason why we were running and to think that something so awful could happen right here in our sweet, Southern hometown.  There’s so much darkness in this world and so many scary things happening around us, but there is also so much light and so much good.  It was evident the day of the run when I looked around and saw just how many people came out to participate, whether they were running or volunteering their time.  It was so encouraging and I was so honored to be a part of it.

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On a much lighter note, I don’t know if it was the adrenaline, or the enthusiasm, or all the people, or the Whole30, but I ran better than I ever had. I don’t think I’ve ever run five miles without a single walking break, but I nailed it that day.  It was hot as Hades too, but I pushed through and was so happy to cross that finish line.

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 On Sunday morning I got up and headed to the river for a guide-led kayak tour. I have never kayaked before (at least that I can remember) and I really enjoyed it.  Thankfully we were out in the morning before it got super hot and it was so peaceful on the river.

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After my kayak tour was finished I finally went and checked out the Chattanooga Market. People can never believe it when I tell them we haven’t been to it yet, and now I can see why.  It was amazing, and huge.  I had no idea there were so many vendors and tables, with everything you can imagine from farm fresh fruits and veggies, local meats and dairy, clothing, candles, soaps, jewelry, fresh flowers, home decorations, baked goods galore, literally anything you could want.  There was also live music and tons of food trucks.  It was quite an event and now I’m mad we haven’t been going all season.  We will definitely be back next weekend and you better believe we will be back when Whole30 is over so I can sample some of those treats.

Meanwhile in Kentucky….

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This little boy LOVES his cousins!

 

 

Toddler Tuesday {Toddler Camping 101}

{Totally forgot to do my Motivation Monday post yesterday. Last week was so crazy, I honestly don’t even remember what I did, other than trying to fit in some short runs when I could. Back at it this week for sure!}

We took AW camping for the first time this past weekend. I thought this would be a fun way to celebrate Father’s Day. Turns out, camping with a 3 year old is somewhat fun, somewhat stressful, and somewhat of a nightmare;) Let’s just say that our weekend of camping ended with us packing up and heading out at 10 o’clock on Saturday night, lol. This was after listening to Asher Wade whine and complain for the whole afternoon about how he wanted to “go home to the blue house NOW.” He started off having a really good time, until he realized that camping involved bugs and sleeping in a tent. The child is TERRIFIED of bugs. Like, it’s borderline ridiculous. Obviously there were creepy crawlers all over the place, so that didn’t go over well. Then we explained that he was going to sleep in a tent that first night, and he started crying for his bed. I mean, I guess I can’t blame him. Our beds are a lot more comfortable than sleeping on the ground. Next time we will definitely splurge on some nice Aero beds or something. Yes, there will be a next time. I’m not one to give up easily. In all seriousness I do think he’ll get more adjusted each time we go. It was just a totally different experience for him. Plus I felt like there was still a lot of stuff he couldn’t do, and we were constantly having to tell him “No” which I know gets frustrating (for all of us).

Still though, we had fun spending time together and Fall Creek Falls State Park was awesome. One of the nicer places I have camped. Beautiful scenery, lots of wildlife (deer would come right up into our campsite), the falls were stunning, nice swimming pool, horseback riding, hiking, golf, fishing, playgrounds and a huge lake with tons of water sports. For those that prefer to “glamp” there are cabins and a lodge and even a decent restaurant. We cooked our meals at the campsite, but I definitely wouldn’t be opposed to cheating a little and visiting the restaurant. There are just a lot of amenities that make the whole camping experience a little more comfortable. If you are more adventurous, there are also options for primitive camping. Options are always nice. I definitely recommend Fall Creek Falls if you are looking for a nice outdoorsy trip. We will absolutely go back.

As for the “101” aspect of this post, here are some of my toddler camping tips for amateurs a/k/a things we will know better next time: (1) Bring cots or Aero beds, stuffed animals, their own pillow, whatever you can do to make the sleeping situation more like home, (2) Bring plenty of toys, bikes, scooters, balls, coloring books, etc., so they have stuff to do while you’re trying to enjoy the campfire and drink a beer, (3) Bring a portable potty to avoid multiple trips to the bathhouse especially if you are in the midst of potty training, (4) Pick a quieter, less trafficked campsite, preferably close to the bathhouse and a grassy area, (5) Find a campground/state park that has other, toddler-friendly stuff to do (like a pool, playground, water falls, easy hikes), (6) Bring special/safer “tools” so they can participate (AW was fascinated with the lanterns, roasting pokers, lighters, matches, sledge hammer, basically anything we’d rather him NOT play with, (7) Bring lots of wipes and anti-bacterial gel, (8) Lots of non-toxic bug spray and sunscreen (we use the Alba and Honest Company brands) and a first-aid kit, (9) Practice sleeping in the tent BEFORE you go, (10) Lots of snack options and easy to make meals that they can participate in, (11) Start small and don’t bite off more than you can chew (a whole weekend was probably a little too ambitious), and my last and final tip that I always include when it comes to any sort of toddler event, (12) GO IN WITH LOW EXPECTATIONS:-)

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Since I had already planned to be off on Monday, I enjoyed spending the first official day of summer at home with AW. We also saw “Finding Dory” with Matt. This was the first time we have taken AW to the movie theater and he did great. It was such a cute movie!

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Midweek Shakedown {still dreaming of the beach…}

Like I mentioned in my Motivation Monday post, Matt and I went to Seaside for the long Memorial Day weekend and I’m still trying to get it through my head that I’m no longer sitting on the beach without a care in the world. A co-worker came into my office yesterday afternoon to see where I was on a certain task and I literally just kind of stared at him like he had two heads for a few seconds. I had to refrain myself from asking him to please speak slower, bring me a mojito and my magazine. The struggle is real, y’all, and so is coming back from the beach to immediately be submerged into the endless to-do’s of my everyday. It’s hard to adjust and succumb to the fact that life must go on and bills must be paid. I always come back from vacation with this newfound desire to say “screw it” and just hop off the crazy hamster wheel, move to a small beach town, live in a little house and find easy jobs that provide just enough income to sustain a comfortable life. Anyone else ever feel this way? Surely I’m not the only one. Alas, I always come back down to earth, count my blessings, and pick right back up where I left off.

 Anyways, we had a great time and were able to unwind, relax and enjoy not having any agenda. We always have to laugh at how boring the days can be without Asher Wade around, lol. I mean, seriously, what in the world did we do with our time before he came into the picture?! I know we weren’t, but I feel like we had to have been so bored. I found myself just walking aimlessly around Seaside throughout the day, or taking long bike rides, just for something to do. Not complaining – it was certainly nice for a change to have all that downtime. I honestly missed the chaos though. Matt and I did enjoy the alone time and being able to do what we wanted, when we wanted. Our dear friends were vacationing nearby, so we got to spend some time with them as well, which was such a treat. I missed my little buddy though, especially as I watched all the families running around and playing. This was actually the longest we have ever been away from Asher Wade, and I felt it. AW on the other hand was totally fine. He was living it up back in Chattanooga with GiGi and Pop-Pop (and yes, AW renamed them to this…so no more Granberry and Coach like my parents had picked out before he was born).

In other news, it’s June 1st! This year is flying by! I’m so happy summer is here. We have several fun things planned and I’m looking forward to getting outside and exploring more of our new city and state. Matt’s parents are coming to visit this coming weekend. There’s a week-long music festival starting next weekend and we have all access passes to that. Then we are taking AW camping over Father’s Day weekend for the first time. We are spending the July 4th weekend in Birmingham at Ross Bridge. So…lots to look forward to! Trying to figure out how to fit in another beach trip as well;)

 I will leave you with a few pictures from this past weekend…