Friday, August 17, 2018

Sweet Sixteen

Sixteen years ago, during a record breaking heatwave, two crazy kids promised to love each other "as we are now and for what we will become together." And gracious, that becoming has been quite an adventure! We've packed an awful lot in to the last sixteen years. From our first apartment to our sweet old farmhouse. From infertility to life as a family of four. From grief and despair that was too much to bear to being stronger as a couple than we were before. It truly has been a wild ride! And while the days or weeks or months (or, in one particular case, a certain year) haven't always been easy there's no one I'd rather be traveling through life with than this guy! Thank you, David, for always living our vows. For truly being "faithful, patient, and honest, through laughter and tears".  And for "following me and supporting me all the days of  our life". And so, as we toast with rice cakes and almond butter, (or a protein shake for me and a beer for him) because that's how we roll when your anniversary falls during competition prep season, I say with absolute certainty that I'd do it all again.  Happy sweet sixteen to us! xo 

Monday, August 13, 2018

Be The Storm

If you had told me one year ago that I would be part of the Fitness Asylum’s bikini competition team I would have absolutely laughed at you! And yet, three body challenges and one holiday bootcamp blitz later that’s exactly what I’m gearing up to do! I’m both terrified and excited. I’m grateful to be a first time competitor with so many of my most favorite people, and I’m grateful to be part of a team that has so many who’ve competed before (and who have been so kind and patient with us new girls who have asked so many questions already)! It’s going to be an incredible twelve weeks. No doubt there will be rough days when I just want to throw in the towel (or eat a cookie) but I have no doubt that if I can do this I can do anything! I’m both terrified about what I’ve signed up to do and super excited too (It’s a strange emotion). Twelve weeks to go until competition day. Twelve weeks until I don a teeny, blinged out bikini and get on stage. Twelve weeks of the cleanest eating you can imagine. Twelve weeks of pushing myself harder and further than I ever have before. It’s sure to be one wild ride and one truly incredible journey! πŸ˜˜πŸ’•πŸ‘™πŸ’ͺ🏻❤️

Tuesday, August 7, 2018

A Sweet Surprise For Grace And Emma

A few months ago, my dear friend Sade took a cookie decorating class from a super talented cookie artist. After seeing what she created that night, I commented that I'd love to go with her sometime. So, when another class came up she invited me to come along. While I had a blast, it was clear that Sade has much more talent in this area than I do, and has been working to perfect her craft ever since. Last week she told me that she would love to decorate some cookies for the girls and asked me for some ideas for shapes/themes. 
Inspired by Grace's deer doll, and knowing how much the girls love woodland creatures, she made some sketches and created these beautiful cookies for them. 
She shared the above picture on Facebook and we hatched a plan for when she could come by and drop them off. I didn't tell the girls a thing (after all, ya'll know how much I  love to surprise them). This past Sunday, before Sade and her family went to church, they stopped by with the gorgeous cookies. And as I knew would be the case, the girls were over the moon when they saw them! 
They arrived in a bakery box, with a few in bags. Sade wanted us to decide if the bags helped keep them fresher longer (the consensus was, they do). 

Thank you, Sade, for creating such gorgeous cookies for the girls! They were as delicious as they are beautiful and we are honored to have been the recipients of some of your lovely creations! xo 

Monday, August 6, 2018

Born To Fly!

For the past two months, Grace and Emma have been taking silks class at Born to Fly Productions. They absolutely adore it, and have made so much progress in such a short period of time! Not only have they made great progress in this art form, but it's also helping them when it comes to their stretching and flexibility for dance. Ever since our first trip to Circus Smirkus they have wanted to fly. I'm so glad that we can finally make this dream come true  (and right here in town no less)! xo 

Sunday, August 5, 2018

Sunday S'mores

There are some days that just call for some peanut butter cup s'mores. Today was certainly one of those days! xo 

Saturday, August 4, 2018

Friday Night (Wood Fired) Pizza!

 Last night, we made pizza on the grill using the super cool gift that Dave's parents gave him for his birthday! 
It was our first ever pizza on the grill, but it surely won't be our last! That was easily one of the tastiest pizzas we've ever made. The only complaint was that there wasn't more of it! xo 

Friday, August 3, 2018

{This Moment} At The Lake

{This Moment} A Friday ritual. A single photo -no words- capturing a moment from the week. A simple, special, extraordinary moment. A moment I want to pause, savor and remember. If you are inspired to do the same leave a link to your moment in the comments section below. Wishing you all a wonderful first weekend of August! xo