An End and a Beginning

Today’s 44 was another fun one with my resistance band.  I stood on the band and crossed the handles to make the resistance greater.  Then I stepped out with my right foot, out with my left and back in with each.  

In the video you can see that I switched lead legs while doing this move – I’m not sure my hips could handle 44 each side.  (now I sort-of feel like I should go do another set!!)

I pulled out one of my favorite workouts today – Les Mills Combat – Ultimate Cardio Fighter.  60 minutes of sweating while kicking, punching and jumping = awesome!!!

Looking Back at 2013:

I have seen  similar posts to this and decided that it would be a fun to end 2013 with a recap of the year.


I finished up a long-term sub job at an elementary school library – super fun!
Packing away Christmas was a bit of a disaster – 

What a mess!!!
What a mess!!!

Another shopping trip and a little assembly later, the problem was all solved!!!

New Shelves
New Shelves


I decided to do a little personal challenge during the month of February.  In addition to my daily 43 and my regular workouts, I did 1 minute wall-sits to correspond to the day of the month – so by the 28th, I did 28, 1-minute wall-sits!


We had a special Hobbit themed meal to go along with the DVD viewing of the movie.  This was mostly Jordan’s thing but I enjoyed planning the meal with his help and then fixing the meal with the help of both boys!


The biggie from this month was more of a huge mistake and learning experience on my part.  I had vein surgery on April 24th and feel like I’m still paying the price for that decision!!

Day 3
Day 3


Chris and I celebrated our 17th anniversary!

Look how young we were!!
Look how young we were!!


The boys and I went to Texas and enjoyed what would end up being our last summer  visit with my Poppa! 

Poppa with my boys!
Poppa with my boys!  June 2013


We took a great family trip to Florida!!!  The driving (22 hours each way) wasn’t really my favorite part but lots of great memories were made!!


Life is perfect here!!
Life is perfect here!!


The boys started another school year – Jordan went to high school and Hunter to middle school. Screen Shot 2013-12-30 at 9.06.44 PM

Jordan kept busy with marching band!

first football game
first football game

I made a quick trip to TX to pay tribute to my wonderful Poppa.

And, our lives completely changed when we became business owners!!!

in front of our new business
in front of our new business


More high school football games and plenty of middle school cross country meets.

walking through the end of the chute
Hunter walking through the end of the chute

I celebrated another birthday with another birthday run – and started doing daily 44s.


HaHa – I couldn’t think of anything from October and then I remembered – the epic fail!!!  I attempted my first ultra – not pretty!

hanging out before the race
hanging out before the race


Hunter started his wrestling career

fixing to shake!
fixing to shake!

Sam, Stacy, Isabel and Hays came up from Texas to spend Thanksgiving with us!!Sam, Stacy, Hays, IsabelDecember:

We hosted our first (probably annual) Christmas Day open house at the Governor’s Row House.

We have enjoyed a much needed family reset time while we celebrated Christmas and prepare to start a new year!

Tonight we will have our yearly New Year’s Eve party (we started doing this after Jordan was born so that we could have a family oriented way to celebrate the start of the new year) and tomorrow we will wake up ready for a great new year!!!

Do you have big plans to celebrate the start of 2014?

Happy Tuesday – the final day of 2013!!


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