Cooper

Holiday weekends rock!

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I am in denial that the holiday weekend is over. Honestly, I spent most of yesterday stressing over the fact that today was Monday and that would mean heading back to work. Boo. BOO! I am ready to win the lottery and give up this whole having to work for a living thing.

I thoroughly enjoyed having a short week last week. I left work early on Wednesday. I had big plans for the time off, as trivial as those plans may have been for my downtime, it was still my time.

Thursday morning, hubby and I went out for a short run. I love it when he runs with me and I think he like the spending time with me part, but he does not enjoy running like I do. I can understand that. Every one is different. After our run, we went to hot yoga class. Since it was a holiday, the yoga studio was offering a free class to a guest when you paid for yours. Perfect! They just had one class and I never expected it to be packed, but it was. So much sweat. It was awesome.

I was pretty proud of our activity that morning and I had no guilt whatsoever when we went to my brother and sister-in-laws for a 4th of July cookout. Chips, salsa, hamburgers, hot dogs, chicken pasta salad, and beer. It was a fun afternoon, despite the little bit of rain we had. My other brother and his family came over so we got to see our cutie-pie nephews.

 

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Hubby headed home after we ate, so Blue and Ozzie would not be alone during the thunderstorms AND fireworks (hubby is such a good dad!) and we headed to Crystal Beach in hopes of the weather clearing in time for a sunset and possible fireworks. Neither happened, but it was important that I was there for the 4th, in memory of my dad. My mom and I haven’t missed a 4th yet. We did have some fun time with Autumn before the rain really kicked in, so that was nice.

 

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On Friday after my morning run, I “worked from home”. And by “work from home”, I mean I made 3 calls in the morning and one of our stops during the day was work-related. The rest was our time since hubby had the day off as well. This rarely happens where we both take time off. Workaholics don’t even begin to describe us. We bought new tires for my car (a highly irritating purchase but it worked out well), a trip to Parkesdale Market one of our favorite produce markets owned by my friend Xi and her family for fresh produce and delicious milkshakes, and then spent the afternoon at home. (Read Xi’s blog here.)

 

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Saturday, I had my WW meeting and then ran afterwards. Hubby played paintball, and I did some cleaning and laundry. I even went to Starbucks for about an hour and enjoyed a beverage and finished the book I was reading, Safe Haven by Nicholas Sparks. I picked up my niece afterwards for a sleepover so her mom and dad could have a night out to celebrate their 10th anniversary. When we were driving to our house, she told me she wanted to spend every Saturday night at our house and that she was going to talk to Mommy and Daddy about that. I love that she feels so comfortable at our house. She walks in like she owns the place, calls the guest room “her room”, and is a big helper with Blue and Ozzie and anything else I am doing. Needless to say, we had a great time as usual. Hubby and I took her to the the mall, ate dinner, played on the playground, and had ice cream. Our night ended at home watching The Princess Bride, her choice of movie to bring with her, and playing War. Seriously, she is one cool kid.

 

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Sunday morning we played Go Fish and went to the park. Autumn says I need to get a bike so I can ride with her when she comes over. She’s probably right, but I had fun walking and running to keep up with her too. It was great exercise. After a trip to Petco for puppy treats for Blue and Ozzie and her dog Scarlett, we took her home. Good times!

 

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A quick trip to the grocery store and then we were home the rest of the day for some laziness. I love to be lazy.

I’m already looking forward to our next long weekend, Labor Day.

 

How was your holiday weekend? How did you spend your time?

A birthday and a recital!

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Last Sunday was a busy day for the kiddos in the family. Our nephew Cooper was having a birthday party (he turned 4!!) and our niece Autumn was having her second dance recital. Unfortunately, they were both at the same time… So, my mom and I went up and spent some time with Cooper and Cole before the party so we could give him our gifts. It actually worked out well because we got to spend some one-on-one time with Cooper and Cole. There was much laughter and silliness while we were there. Hubby and I got Cooper a cool Superman flying toy and that was a hit. Especially when it hit the ceiling or one of them tried to catch it. Silly boys. Hard to believe Cooper is 4 now! He’s getting to be such a big boy. And Cole, who will be 3 in November, is the squeakiest little boy ever, not to mention the spitting image of my brother….

Cooper was pretty excited to get his gifts…

 

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That afternoon, my mom and I met Nick and Jenna at Ruth Eckerd Hall for Autumn’s dance recital. The dance school that she goes to, Suncoast Academy of Dance, goes all out for this yearly recital. There are 2 acts, each with 30 or so songs / dances. The little ones are so adorable… The older kids are very talented and their hard work shows. This was my niece’s second year doing the recital and what a difference a year makes. Last year she was very timid and shy. They danced to Walking On Sunshine and it was so cute! This year she was very excited and all smiles on stage and even waved at us. She never ceases to amaze me and I love sharing proud aunt moments!

 

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**I borrowed several of these recital pictures from Jenna….. Smile

Favorite posts of 2012

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happy new year 2013

 

 

As 2012 comes to an end tonight and we welcome 2013, I am thinking about this year and all the things I accomplished. 2012 has definitely been the year of stepping outside of my comfort zone. I’ve done so many things that I normally would not do. I hope that I continue to face my fears head-on in 2013.

To finish out the year, I thought I’d do a list of my favorite posts of the year. This was really tough to narrow down and I’m probably forgetting something, but these posts meant the most to me. From completing not one but TWO half-marathons, meeting the wonderful women of Tampa Bay Lady Bloggers, my first blog conference, becoming Yelp Elite, starting Jingle Bikes For Kids, wonderful family time, along with several struggles I faced - it’s been a memorable year.  I hope you enjoy this look back with me…

 

 

I love my blog and I really look forward to continuing to blog in 2013 and to see how it grows. I would like to thank each and every one of you for following and showing interest in my babbling. It helps to keep me sane.

Wishing you all a SAFE and Happy New Year!!

Christmas Eve Magic

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Merry Christmas everyone! As I type this, A Christmas Story is on TV, I’m drinking a hot soy latte, and thinking about the pumpkin pie bars and pasta salad I still need to make for later.

Last night, we all celebrated Christmas Eve at Joey and Devon’s house, my brother and sister-in-law, with their boys Cooper and Cole. The kiddos were in full playtime mode and the sound of laughter and giggling filled the house. There was food, fun, and presents! It was a very nice night. Funniest moment of the night – when Cole went to tell Simon (the Elf, currently perched on the tree) that Cooper wasn’t being good. Classic!

I took so many photos – and a fun video – so I better get to it!

 

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Cole (left), Cooper (right), and Autumn!

 

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Today we will have Christmas dinner at Nick and Jenna’s house and give Autumn her gift! Can’t wait to see her face when we give it to her. (hint, ponies!!!!) Today, as always, I am thankful for wonderful family times!

 

Merry Christmas to you all!

Sunday Birthday Party!

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Normally I would do a Sunday in the kitchen post since today is Sunday. I will stray from that today because I don’t have anything really exciting in the kitchen today. We went grocery shopping this morning and stocked up for the week. I am currently making dinner, which is a not-so-healthy taco bake, but man does it smell good!

What I do want to talk about today is my nephew’s birthday party! Super-Cooper as I like to call him, turned 3! He is a little cutie-pie. His birthday party was at Jungle Bounce in Holiday and there was plenty of bouncing, sliding, and laughter from the kiddos. Afterwards there was super yummy cake (the icing was FABULOUS!) and Cooper had a great time opening all his gifts.

Here are some fun pictures from today…

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Happy 3rd Birthday Cooper! We love you!

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