To Emerald City!

To Emerald City!

I went to Seattle for a conference for work. It was an adventure.  Travel was good, weather was cruddy, the food was AMAZING (Weight Watchers, what?) and overall, it was a great trip. I’m grateful to work for a place that values education and training and sends us to conferences each year.

The flight there was HILARIOUS. A lady next to me put on a sleep mask and headphones and PASSED OUT.  She was all floppy head slinging all over. I snuck this photo.

We took the first flight out because we were arriving the day before the conference started- and we wanted time to explore. We took a gourmet food tour (THAT’S how I gained 4 lbs! ha) which I’ll make it’s own post later, in case anyone is interested in doing that when they travel to Seattle.

I traveled with Becca, a great coworker friend.

The food tour ended at Pike Place Market, so we explored. We almost got a second food tour, sampling smoked salmon, crab and produce.

We were walking and literally stumbled upon the original Starbucks. There was no line (which everyone said was a miracle and never happens).  Of course, we had to get a Pike Place roast and a souvenir.

Our last fun stop (besides meals later in the week- the rest of the time was all work) was the Space Needle.  It was under construction, which to be honest made it very underwhelming. It was all plywood and the views were blocked. But when in Rome  Seattle, right?

I was thankful for my people for holding the fort down at home. Remi was happy and hardly even missed me. Tyler did AMAZING- the house was pretty great when I got home- dishes were done, laundry was running and baby was fed. Mom and Nancy helped out a ton since Tyler worked part of the trip (and his hours are not condusive to daycare drop off).  I’m grateful.

Arm Circle Challenge

Arm Circle Challenge

So my girls at work did our squat challenge (see my results here), and we moved to upper body for Challenge #2.  We did 30 days of arm circles. (Not this exact thing, but this is close-ish)

Just like the squat challenge, it only took like 3 minutes a day (we would do one song).  We sort of got into a routine of arm pulses (palms down and up), circles (forward and backward), overhead clapping, side to side T movement, and chest presses in the songs. We would get through the entire thing twice usually.

It made a GREAT difference.  We measured and I lost an inch on each arm!  (For comparison, one coworker lost 1.5 inches, and two others lost .5 inch).

My after is above, before is below.

It’s backwards, but my after is on the left, and before is right.

My arms are smaller and firmer. Very happy with what 30 days of focus can do!

Finding Your People

Finding Your People

More and more, I feel like I’m finding my people. You know, the people you can be yourself with.  The people you laugh with.  The people who seem to get you.

I’ve found a few of those people, but I’m finding more of them. And it’s so good.

One friend is Rachel, next to me in this pic.  She came to my Wednesday night class and I just thought we would click, so I sent her a text. We’ve hung out a few times and it’s fun to make a new friend.  Rachel was celebrating her birthday and wanted to do Painting with a Twist, so a couple other ladies from our class, Tara and Wendy, joined us.

And y’all.  We had a BLAST.  And my painting wasn’t half bad either!


Here’s my sunset. Step 1.

Then we added an ocean. (Hey Tara, hey!)

And the finished product!  Added a sun, sea grass and a fence (which I called a bridge.  Whatever).

We had a GREAT time together and I’m excited to keep getting to know these ladies.

Family Fun Weekend in Hot Springs

Family Fun Weekend in Hot Springs

Tyler took a day off and we had a fun family day together. We decided to head to Hot Springs to see the family and go to the races.

We had dinner when we got to town with my family at Uncle Neil’s.

Remi girl LOVES having the family around, even if it was close to bedtime when we got there.

She was trying to stay happy, tired girl. But she was SO excited when I sat her on Luke’s lap.  She LOVES Luke. She kept making the rounds and waving at him, but he’s just not that into her. ha!  But she was THRILLED to sit with him.

We had an OK hotel stay.  She went to bed pretty soon after getting to the room, and she was a little apprehensive in the new space.  But some snuggles and mommy support and she fell asleep.  She had a cough, so she didn’t rest super great, but she was a trooper.

We all had breakfast in the morning. The hotel had an AMAZING hot breakfast with like fresh pancakes and omelettes. Nene and the fam came by to see us.  She was SO happy.

After breakfast, she took a great easy morning nap and woke up a happy girl.

The weather wasn’t great, but we braved the racetrack anyway.  I grew up going to the races ALLLLLLLL the time, so it was special to take her there. Carl, my grandma’s boyfriend, works at the track. He gave Remi a horsehoe and jockey’s goggles. She was SO excited and proud.

We had a lot of fun exploring and she liked watching the horses. The weather was cold and rainy, so we only ventured outside for the one minute horse race.

We only stayed for the one race and then went to lunch.  She was getting tired, so she was a little frustrated having to sit still and eat her lunch. Thanks to the grandmas for keeping her happy during the meal.

She took a great nap on the way home, and we had a great trip together. I hate that one of us has to take a day off for family time, but we make it work.