Running…again. What have I done?!

Running…again. What have I done?!

So in January, I set some fitness goals.  Along with trying to lose some weight, I’m ultimately just trying to be healthy and strong, and focusing on fitness is a great way to do that.

I am still doing my kickboxing workouts at 9Round, and I’m still teaching a weekly dance fitness class at work.

I had initially set a goal to also do the Morning Meltdown 100 in my Beachbody app.  However, 10 workouts in, and I realized that for a second-focus workout, I just wasn’t enjoying it enough to force myself to do it.

I still wanted something more. 9Round is AWESOME. I love it. I grow stronger and better there.  But I wanted something to “finish” and work towards.

Then some coworkers were talking about completing the Women Run Arkansas clinic starting in March. I got sucked in. I’ve tried running before (see the year I ran 13 races, plus a triathlon, in 2013), and it’s not my favorite workout. But….it’s something good to work towards. So I signed up too. It will be 10 weeks of personal sacrifice. 10 weeks of home late, making sure I meal plan ahead of time, 10 weeks of pushing myself physically. But I want to do it.


The run clinic typically concludes with a 5K in Conway, but we decided to do something closer to home. And also, something harder and crazier. It’s an 8K up the world’s highest hill (it’s feet too short to be a mountain). So we are signing up for it, too.  #whathaveIdone


Then I was telling one of my weight loss accountability buddies about all of this, and she said “Why don’t we meet up in the middle and do a 5K together?”  She lives in Missouri, so we looked…and we signed up for the NWA Race for the Cure together.  Lord, it’s gonna be one heck of an active Spring!


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I’m not sure if I’ve lost my mind or if I’m about to get into great shape….but here’s to doing all of this by May! ha!

Super Weekend

Super Weekend

We had a “super” weekend together. We pieced together some really fun plans!

It started Saturday morning when Tyler and Remi dropped me off at boxing, and they went to get donuts. I’m glad they can share special one-on-one time together!

After my workout, we stopped by and saw this broken down trolley parked nearby (for who knows why?) but Remi was thrilled to see a trolley! Daniel Tiger rides around on Trolley, and so Remi thinks this is pretty cool.


We ran into Old Navy for seasonal clearance, and then we went downtown to a new store called DIYish, which is an art studio. They had a class for littles and Remi LOVED creating her own masterpiece.


Our friends Tara and Amelia came, and the girls had fun dancing around for a few minutes.


When she finished, Mrs. Rachel, the shop owner and our friend, painted an R on it for her!


She loved getting to dry it off with the hair dryer.


She was pretty proud of her painting (and since then, she’s said she’s sad about it because she “painted instead of dobbed” which she did, but I think it’s still beautiful. We are talking about things not being perfect at home).


One of daddy’s friends from high school (and her husband is an officer with Ty) had their little girl there, too. So fun to paint with friends!


We ran some errands after, to the “little tiny grocery store” downtown that sells produce, the seafood shop, and then home to nap.  We had some fun after nap, which will warrant it’s own post, and then I made a seafood feast for our family.

Our moms came over for a great dinner. I made dijon salmon, crawish gratin and shrimp and roasted veggies. So good!


After dinner, Remi insisted that we host a birthday party for her stuffed animals. I love how creative she is!


Sunday, we did church and nap and then we went over to our friend’s, the Hoppers, for the Super Bowl.  We were going to have a Super Bowl party with more people, but plans fell through (flu season and life busyness) but we decided to get together anyway and let the girls play. They had a BLAST together. We let them play outside, and then they played with ALL of Grace’s toys and shows, but the balloons were the hit of the evening!


It’s so great to have friends who you can hang with while your kids play!


What a SUPER weekend!

Mommy Remi Nights

Mommy Remi Nights

When daddy is gone for the evening, I have to be honest, some nights I just really miss my partner in crime who helps me. But I try to make the most of it and make it special (and try not to get too tired/frustrating/overwhelmed).

Often that includes Remi choosing whatever she wants (within reason) for dinner.  We knew we would have one night alone, so I asked her the day before what she wanted for dinner and she said snowman pancakes!  Easy to do!

She LOVED them (even if she’s crazy and didn’t like the chocolate chips and made me scrape them off). It was an easy way to make something simple special.


We might watch a movie or play, but it usually involves us dressing up, because that’s her favorite thing lately. This evening we were princesses (Princess Momma and Princess Remi) and we had to built our castle out of sand.


To be honest, bedtimes are tough without dad. For whatever reason, she gets an attitude and doesn’t want to listen, but we try to make it through without having a meltdown (either one of us! ha!).

But no matter if it’s difficult, I cherish time alone with my girl. I love her and I hope we grow to stay close.

So Blessed

So Blessed

We got a special Christmas gift at the end of January. This adorable monogrammed robe and some sweet Bible sticker books. It came from our sweet friends, Gransy and Popsy, who are the parents of one of my friends, Katie.  They’ve loved on me for years, and they’ve basically adopted Remi as their own since I was pregnant.

They’ve cheered for her at pageants, loved on her at church, and every year they give her a Christmas gift.  This year, it came late because sweet Gransy was in the hospital.

We are so thankful Gransy is doing well, and even more thankful for their friendship and love.

Remi is one blessed little girl to have so many people who love her.