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Spring Break

Screen Shot 2015-03-12 at 9.00.05 PMMy boys started spring break today (tomorrow is a teacher work day since it is the end of the quarter) and it is much needed!!!

Actually, Hunter hasn’t been to school since Tuesday because he has the flu – poor guy has been pretty miserable for a couple of days.

We don’t have any big vacation plans for the week (good thing since Hunter is sick) but it will be a great week of relaxing and recharging for all of us!!!

Screen Shot 2015-03-12 at 9.03.13 PMChris is going to work Monday & Tuesday but then he will take the rest of the week off so we will have several days with no alarms and very few obligations!!!

The weather looks like it will be fairly nice most of the week (never know with spring in Kansas) so we should be able to be outside some even if it’s not beach weather!!!

We are looking forward to a simple week with no big plans except to enjoy ourselves and let go of our schedule for a few days – perfect!!!

Do you like spring break (or vacation weeks) when you can relax at home or do you prefer taking a big trip?

Happy Friday!!!


Home is the BEST!!

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No matter where I go, I’m always happy to go home again!!!  And when I take a trip without my family then I’m extra happy to go home!

This morning I get to spend a little more time with my sweet niece – 

Isn't the flower awesome?
Isn’t the flower awesome?
so much fun!
so much fun!

I’m happy that I was able to come down to TX and spend some time with my sister, her family and especially my new niece, Griffin!!

But…..Screen shot 2014-04-29 at 10.46.18 PM

I’m ready to go home.

I love being home with my routine and all of the things that I do in a normal day!  And, I miss my boys – 

my boys
my boys

So, this morning after another round of baby cuddling, I will hit the road and end the day back where I belong!

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What is your favorite part of a trip?  

Happy Wednesday!!


Home Where I Belong!!!

Today for my 43 I wasn’t feeling very inspired.  I decided to try a new sit-up move and I really liked it!!! 

I used a stability ball that I held between my feet.Stability BallI did a sit-up while squeezing the ball with my feet/lower legs – touching my feet as I came up.

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The nice thing about this move – I felt it in my abs for sure but my inner thighs also got a nice little burn!

Yesterday after the funeral, grave service and a late lunch at the church I hit the road and headed home.  Screen shot 2013-08-25 at 9.33.42 AM


1.5 books on CD (a great way to pass the time), a bag of sunflower seeds (eaten 1 at a time to keep me awake!),Screen shot 2013-08-25 at 9.37.10 AM 2 Laffy Taffy bars,Screen shot 2013-08-25 at 9.38.11 AM plenty of water, 1/2 a Diet Coke, Screen shot 2013-08-25 at 9.38.56 AMa cappuccino (trying to wake up for the last hour), Screen shot 2013-08-25 at 9.39.58 AM

2 quick stops (for the above junk and gas!!), 8 hours of driving

Screen shot 2013-08-25 at 9.41.31 AMand I finally made it home!!!

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HOME – the best place ever!!!

Thursday, Friday and Saturday felt like a month with all that was packed into them and today I need to get caught up but I really just want to hang out and do nothing!!!  (For the record, my BlogLovin feed is up to 348 unread posts – and as hard as it is for me, I think I’m going to have to mark all  as read and start fresh tomorrow!!!)

Happy Sunday!!!  I’m off to enjoy my boys at HOME!!!


On the Road Again

Today’s 43 is a move that I got from Taylor at Lifting Revolution.  She did a great post showcasing 27 types of squats!!  She even has a little video gif for each one so you can see how they should be done.

I decided to try the monkey squat – I’m pretty sure that my form isn’t as good as Taylor’s. I’ve never tried this move before – I need to do them more!!

  • Reach down, grab either the ankles or toes.
  • Keeping your upper body completely still, bend at the knees and lower your butt towards your ankles.
  • Return to starting position and repeat.

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I think I bent my arms too much and I know I don’t go very low (lack of flexibility).  I liked this move for a 43 and definitely plan to start doing these more often!!!

And – I decided to take a little workout break today!!!

The other day when I talked about my drive to TX,  Josie (@ Yum Yucky) left a little comment referencing Willie Nelson’s song – On the Road Again.  I figured that all of y’all might want this catchy tune in your head today!!!

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The boys and I are headed home today – in 8.5-9 hours we will be back in Topeka!!  As nice as this week as been, I’m ready to be back home!!!

Good-Bye Texas!!!

rocking on the front portch
rocking on the front porch
Poppa & me
Poppa & me

Happy Fun Friday!!  (I’m not sure that this is really going to be fun Friday – we are going to do our best to make it fun while driving!!)


Caution: May Cause Rug Burns

Today’s 43 almost got the best of me!!!  It was HARD!  (and then I started laughing at myself because I know I looked like a complete goof – just made the move harder!!)

So, now that y’all are all dying to try the 43 for yourself, here you go.  I did a 4-way plank hold:  Start in plank (elbows for this move), turn to right side plank, turn to a backwards plank (nearly impossible for me!), turn to a left side plank and finally back to plank to complete 1 rep.

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I alternated directions just to make counting easier!  You can see in the video how much I struggled on the back plank (I actually didn’t hold the 2nd one in the demo – oops!!!).  Fun times for sure!!!

Now that I have completed 43 of those crazy twisting, turning planks, I have serious rug burns on my elbows – who knew?  Guess I should have left my jacket on or something (like maybe  elbow pads!!!).  If you are going to do this move I recommend covering  your elbows with something!!!

Today I also did day 4 of the 12 Days of Fitness.  The extended plank hold (1 minute) was a little more challenging after all of the other planking today!

It’s the weekend!!!  Hopefully the boys will want to do something fun (they are perfectly content to hang out at home most all of the time – so that might be what we go with!!).

Happy Saturday!