Sam Baker 2014

While on my hiatus from bloggin, my family and I went on a short vacation just 2 hrs or so away……

My family and I have been going to Sam Baker State Park since I was around 4 years old.

We also went last summer. This year we had a larger group, and stayed in brand new cabins


Even though we were a few miles away from the others, the cabins were amazing!

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I didnt take many pictures, I still only had my phone to take pictures, but I took this view from our cabin πŸ™‚


It really helped to de-stress. We even went on a hike, which might have been alot for me and my belly, but I made it!

of course there was coffee :)
of course there was coffee πŸ™‚

I promise I will now have better pictures, because my camera (which lens broke) is fix!

question for you:

Would you rather stay in a tent, cabin, hotel, or bed and breakfast?


2013 Flashback (the last 6 months)

2013 had so many fun adventures and experiences! And I only recapped 6 months so far! Today, I looked through the last 1/2 of the year, and it makes me realize how much we did, and how much fun we had πŸ™‚



  • We took the little baby to the zoo for the first time πŸ™‚




  • Andrew and I headed to Six Flags for mom and me time




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  • My friend’s and I had a great weekend at the lake






  • I started paleo for good πŸ™‚






  • To the winery with family, friends, Andrew, and our little fella

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Well that concludes the whole year!!!! it was a lot! I am so glad I decided to do this flashback. It is so much fun to see what happened just in one year. I am really looking forward to 2014

Question for you:

What do you have planned for 2014?

What I Ate Wednesday

This weeks What I ate Wednesday is a little bit of everything from the past week

Breakfast: BananaΒ  pancake


Coffee Pick me Up from Starbucks: Iced coffee with skim milk


Lunch: Cheeseburger, snap peas, and blueberries


Dinner at Sam Baker: BBque


I need to start branching out. I have been eating the same thing every day, and need new ideas! feel free to share what I should be trying!

Another day at the cabin

After a great first day at the cabins, I was up bright and early for another day at Sam Baker. I started my day with a run! (more on that later)

We started the day with eggs, bacon, and cherries- YUM


Next up, another bike ride where we found other early risers

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P1070812bMr slizzers (name by Andrew)

The rest of the day was spent at the river


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Catching tadpoles


And relaxing in the water

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Of course, we ended the day by the fire

P1070793bWe definitely had a great time at Sam Baker.

Question for you:

Are you a morning or an evening person?

-I definitely feel more alert at night, but my body seems to think 6:30 is always a good time to get up haha

Weekly Workouts

A little more low key this week, but I will say I am happy I was still active and movin’!


Sunday: Rest

Monday: 40 min elliptical (after an “easy” 12 hr shift)

Tuesday: Rest

Wednesday: 10 mile bike ride

Thursday: 3 mile run (more on that later) and an 8 mile bike ride

Friday: 3 mile bike ride. not long at all, but before a two hr car ride home 😦

Saturday: Rest

We had a great trip, and I loved that my family was so interested in getting those bike rides in! They were not long, but unfortuantly the trail was only 1.5 miles one way. But we made the best of it!

Question for you:

What is one active thing you did this week?

Do you plan rest days?

Last vacation to see Sam

Ok. Sam is not really a person I know (although my mom said a biillion times that this is her favorite place in the world)

Sam is actually Sam A Baker State Park. It is about a two hour car ride from St Louis, and is probably the closest I get to camping each year haha

We started the day by following this…. All our bikes ready to go!


My partners for the ride

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After unpacking (in record time) we headed out for a bike ride!


It felt great to move our legs! And I needed it because I had to pull over 100lbs behind me!!!


(Andrew. you must learn to ride your bike. -love mom)

We also went down to the river, which seemed alittle high but nothing crazy with all the flooding lately


The boys were taking all kinds of pictures together


Before we knew it, it was time for dinner and a bonfire!


More toΒ  come on Monday!

-We stay in a cabin at night, but rough it during the day haha