Another house, and dog…and cat…

This title is probably not what you are thinking. Andrew and I are not moving,  getting a dog or a cat. But in the past 12 hours, we have come to have all three. My parents are able to go on this AMAZING trip to Paris. And as a result I’m stuck with this little guy, Riley.


 So far he hasn’t left my side once. (I think he is still wondering where my dad is!)

Not only will I be taking care of my house, water my plants and cutting the grass. I will also be doing this at my parents. My mom even left me this post it note under the plants in the kitchen haha

 Along with taking care of Tiger Woods (cat) and Riley. Well, we have made it 12 hours………we’ll see how this goes. It’s not looking good haha

The day started with a trip to the gym. I have to workout in the morning, otherwise, at night it would NEVER happen. Then it was time to head to the aiport. My parents will be traveling for almost 12 hours EEEEKKKK (but I’m still jealous!)

I also made them each a card that they had to read on the plane WHILE they were in the air

(part of my dad’s said “PLEASE. don’t wear socks with sandles” haha)

(part of my mom’s said “If you see something you like BUY IT! We can’t go back and get it later”haha”)

And a picture, just so they don’t forget what we look like 🙂

Question for you:

Are you traveling at all this summer?

Do you have any traveling traditions?

-If my family is going on a plane, I always write them a letter. I like that they have something fun to look forward to on the plane.

Food Stories Award

I hope everyone is having a great three day Memorial day weekend! I am at work 😦

But I still have something to talk about!

A few days ago, I was nominated by Nikki for the Food Stories Award. Thank you Nikki- She is so sweet 🙂

Food Stories Award for Excellence in Storytelling

I have to share one random fact about myself:

I eat my M&Ms in order of color from lightest to darkest. Yellows first, browns last. I have NOOOO idea why haha

Also, I had to nominate five people:
- Angela @ The Chicken Scoop
- Amy @ Proud Patriot
- Courtney @ Sweet Tooth Sweet Life
- Janetha @ meals and moves
- Hollie @ fueledbylolz

Go to this website if you were nominated!

Thanks again for nominating me Nikki!

Question for you:

What is one thing you are thankful for today?

-I am thankful for a great group of coworkers who make me laugh, smile, and cry (mostly the good kinda. You know, the laugh till you cry kind haha)

calling all lifeguards

Today was just one of those run around town kinda days.

It started with coffee, and a walk around the park with Andrew. It was a great way to start the morning. Followed by his baseball game.

Then it was pool time!!!!! The first of the season. And since it hit 95 billion degrees outside, it was perfect 🙂

I like this picture with the water in front of Andrew


Got a pedicure with my mom and sister in law

The boys joined us for dinner, where I had pizza and then ice cream. And I was doing so well on not eating junk today…darn it

My tree finally came home too! For my birthday, Andrew my mom got me a hibiscus tree. And then my mom got another for just ten bucks! My parents potted them for me, and  are now “home” on the deck. I love them, and can’t wait for them to bloom

Question for you:

What are you doing for Memorial Day weekend?

Do you go to a pool during the summer?

Love notes

Sometimes all you need is love. It’s true.

It also comes in MANY different forms. I am lucky, that Andrew leaves little messages all over the place. For being six years old, this boy has a hold on my heart more than anyone else in my life.

He will actually be turning seven in two weeks. Yesterday, I told him that was sad. He responds “why” with a very confused look on his face. My response “Because you will no longer be a “baby.”‘ Without missing a beat he says “Mom. I will always be YOUR baby”. Insert lots of tears and smiles 🙂

So I wanted to share this note he made for me last night before he went to bed. He made me close my eyes while he quickly drew it on notebook paper. I don’t think I will ever throw it away.

Andrew ❤ Mommy

Question for you:

Who is that special someone in your life?

Today’s winner: Dinner

A lot of my blog friends, have a What I Ate Wednesday. Well I picked Thursday instead haha 😉

Breakfast: Oatmeal Pancake w/ bananas, PB, and agave nectar on top

Snack: Cucumbers, carrots, hummus, and grapes

Snack #2: Peanut butter filled pretzels (while watching Ellen and reading blogs. I’m a muli-tasker, what can I say? haha)

(notice dirty sock and orange dart? Neither our mine. Neither of them did I pick up haha)

Snack #3: Colby cheese and apple slices (obviously I ate lunch in 3 parts today haha)

Dinner: The winner of the evening Barbeque!!!! This was our first time grilling since last summer!! (the horror!)

We had hamburgers, sweet potato fries, and watermelon. It is starting to feel like summer! (along with the 95 degree weather- YUCK)

(3 plates you might ask? My mom came over to eat with us, since my dad is out of town)

Dessert: Good o’ ted drews 🙂

(huge ice cream. saving the other 1/2 for tomorrow)

Question for you:

What is something new/different that you ate/drink today?

What is your favorite snack?

Blog favorites

Happy Wednesday everyone! My day consisted of the gym, grocery store, reading, nap, and Andrew's baseball game. 
SOOO that is boring, instead I wanted to share some of my favorite bloggers that I read each day :)


This is the first blog that I began reading, which lead me to start my own blog. (along with lots of emailing with Hollie that I “met” on


Which brings me to Hollie’s blog! I love reading her blog for the humor! She also talks about running, swimming, and cross training. She is an AMAZINGLY fast runner!

Healthy Tipping Point

I started reading Caitlyn’s blog after carrotsncake. She talks about everything! workouts. eats. and she is now expecting a baby!

Life After Swimming

Nikki’s blog is amazing! Her positive attitude is contagious!

Chicken Scoop

Angela is such an inspiration! She just finished 2 months of the Insanity videos. We are also going to be running the FULL St Louis marathon together!

I read several blogs everyday that I love! I get workout tips, recipes, new books, and inspiration. Each blog and blogger is different, and I can't wait to find more and share them with you!

Question for you:

What is your favorite blog?

Do you have a blog?

 If so I want to start reading it!


Random Tuesday

I have a lot of random things to share with you!

The bathroom walls are finally up in the bathroom!

I went to Grant’s Farm w/ my sister in law and nephew. We first fed the goats, which jump on you to get the milk

My favorite, the parrots

My nephew liked the elephants

I had a special note from Andrew on the way to the grocery store

Yummy green monster (frozen blueberries, spinach, milk, protein powder)

And my goofy guy talking while I took his picture 🙂


Question for you:

What is one random thing you did today?