Tuesday, November 25, 2014


Funny how every summer, I promise myself not to act like a wimp once the weather cools down. Yet, here I went running in a thick hoodie in the middle of the day.  

3 miles at 9:55 pace. 

Proof that I'm not the only pansy around here. Johnny Cash found the one sunny spot and planted himself there for hours. 

I'm not sure how we'd ever survive winters anywhere else. I caved and finally turned on the furnace once it hit 68* outside yesterday. 

What's the weather like in your neck of the woods????


Monday, November 24, 2014

My Monday in a Nutshell

Don't get too excited about this People issue, they fooled me once again. To my disappointment, Katie did not dish about her infamous (and brilliantly executed) escape from Tom Cruise. Nuts! Good thing I'm back on caffeine because my thoughts were racing so fast, that I was sidetracked in no time and forgot all about their trickery.

This morning started off with taking Johnny Cash to the groomer and then sitting at the auto shop getting new brake pads. This week the clinic is closed so it makes for an easy breezy workweek. I'm excited for a little free time. I do love working at the clinic though, it's no secret I love to stay busy too so I'm really enjoying my 'new life'. 

December first is coming quick, hopefully we'll get word from a few dental schools as to whether Kimball has been accepted. Then we can move on with our life. :) We've been in this house for almost two years and if we stay, I'm ready to get painting and hanging curtains. I'm in a decorating mood and want to change things up a bit! I die over the tufted teal bed paired with plumb (above), to die for.  

Next up, Black Friday planning. It's an art form really, it takes mad shopping skills. Luckily Miss Sophia is on it! This was her strategy: Watch Saturday morning cartoons with pen in and and write down every single toy commercial. 

Did you notice she got a major hair cut? Yep! It took a lot of coaxing and bribing on my part. Her super thick hair was down to her waist, and she was having a hard time brushing/washing (or allowing me to do so), and it just got to be too much of a battle. Nothing some new boots, several knee socks and a sneaky hair stylist couldn't fix. I was shocked when she actually loved it. Phew!

I'm excited about having a little more time this week (and energy) to get some solid workouts in. Today I'm knocking out this one from @blondeponytail. I've been following her blog/IG for years now. She's hardcore. 

Last week I tried the whole 'meal planning' thing. It went OK but after only a few days, I got tired of the food I had prepped and gave it to anyone who would eat it. I guess this week I'll mix it up a bit more, @addygetsfit has some great food prep ideas including nutritional facts. Thanks Addy!

Date Night Fail: Saturday night the Mr. and I headed out to our favorite movie theater that is normally a ghost town (which is why I love it), only to find these new leather recliners and a packed house! 

Problem #1 All twelve seats were taken. 
Problem #2 I fell asleep within the first twenty minutes.

And considering it was Dumb and Dumber Two, it's clearly going to be a problem. Plus I just felt a little icky about laying next to strangers, especially when I kicked off my shoes and woke up with drool all over my face. Ha, ha. Oh geez.

The temperatures have taken a dive. It's been a nippy 72 degrees in the house, by 5:00 p.m. I was forced to draw myself a hot bath and get in bed. I only turned the furnace on for a few hours. #ArizonaGirl

As not to sound like a total Debbie Downer, I'll end on a high note. I got the NFL package for free this morning...no strings attached,  plus $10 off my monthly dish bill AND the Rover didn't need new rotors. :)

It's a good day.


Sunday, November 23, 2014


"For what it's worth: it's never too late or, in my case, too early to be whoever you want to be. There's no time limit, stop whenever you want. You can change or stay the same, there are no rules to this thing. We can make the best or the worst of it. I hope you make the best of it. And I hope you see things that startle you. I hope you feel things you never felt before. I hope you meet people with a different point of view. I hope you live a life you're proud of. If you find that you're not, I hope you have the strength to start all over again."

- Benjamin Button

I love this quote from The Curious Case of Benjamin ButtonWhat a great reminder that we can do better, learn from our mistakes, make changes, become stronger, wiser and braver. Life is a journey of ups and downs but the good news is, we're the captain of our own ship. We have the power to become what we choose. I'm so grateful for the people in my life who support me and love me unconditionally. I look around and can't believe I have such a fortunate life. I'm far from perfect (my husband and kids will tell you that), but thankfully I don't have to be perfect and 
every dawn is a new day!

My goal.

Have a fabulous Sunday.


Thursday, November 13, 2014

Family Vaca {New England}

Last week we had the chance to fly our little family across the U.S. all the way to Portland, Maine. If you're a regular reader, you probably know my husband is applying for dental school this year and is in the process of doing interviews. He got an interview with the University of New England.

We decided since we love the east coast so much and since my niece Melanie (who I hadn't seen in 14 years) lives there, we'd make a much needed family vacation out of it. We were able to meet her husband and two little boys for the first time. Here's a link to our last trip back east...

Yes it was cold compared to our toasty Arizona weather, but it was SUCH a nice change. We all had a great time despite my getting sick the night before we left. It was pretty miserable traveling all day with a head cold, but I'd rather it was me than Kimball or the kids. I wasn't able to run around 24/7 like I normally do...but I was well enough to spend time with my niece and tour the city a bit so I was happy.

Sophia and Stratton had tons of fun playing in the leaves. She was hoping for snow, but was happy with leaves since we don't get much of a fall here either. Little Charlie was such a doll, unfortunately I never got to hold him on account of being sick. Dang it.

The kids think it was their best trip so far. Jaxon explored the city on foot as if he was a 50 year old man...map in hand, bright eyed and bushy tailed. He's a major history buff, and LOVED visiting all the churches (he went to six services just on Sunday and more on Monday). He met some very kind and generous people (rabbi's, pastors, fathers etc), and was given some nice books, pamphlets and even a ride back to the hotel.

Some of my favorite things about the east coast are the ocean, the lighthouses, the history, the beautiful churches, the architecture, cobblestone/brick streets, and the change of seasons. I also love how accessible everything is by foot or bike.

The kids were such great travel buddies, we had a fabulous time without all the distractions and stresses of everyday life. Our hotel was very nice and brand new,  just a half a block from my nieces law firm. Sophia loved it so much she wished it was our house.

After Kimball's interview, we met my niece for lunch and then snuck away without the kids. We drove out to some cool military forts and this lighthouse. I'm so proud of Kimball and all the hard work he's put in these last few years. It's crazy to think we're finally at this point in the journey. It's gone by really fast actually, but we've definitely had our share of stress and struggles. Life can be hard but we just keep chugging along I guess, doing the best we can each day. I know we are SO blessed, so I don't ever want to sound ungrateful for all the amazing comforts and joys we have. Most of all family and health.

Our kids are growing like weeds and before we know it, they'll be gone. The older they get, the busier we get and I'm just trying to cling to every minute. Jaxon has big aspirations and will be out of the house in just a few short years. Sigh.

This sounds silly (except to all you fitness nuts), I was SO BUMMED that my workout clothes went unused. Working out on vacation is one of my favorite things...especially when I'm sharing a hotel room with my family of five AND eating on the road. I was totally looking forward to running in a new city, along the water. Oh well. Some day. =)

Have a fabulous weekend!!


Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Weekly Workout Wrap Up - On My Mind

Sorry for the delay in my weekly workouts recap (I'm sure you've lost sleep over it). :) Life seems way to busy to be blogging, it's definitely not a top priority. Please pardon my grammatical errors and such, editing is a thing of the past, I do miss reading blogs though. Several of my original blog friends have books out and crazy popular blogs. I'm so happy for them...they're still going strong! Plus, is it me or has Instagram taken over the blogging world? Don't answer that, I've known this for some time and yet I still blog. 

Weekly Workouts
Monday: 5 miles run/walk
Tuesday: 3 mile run 
Wednesday: Les Mills Burn (weights)
Thursday: run 3
Friday: 3 miles run/walk
Saturday: 6 miles run/walk

Now for the good stuff...

Teresa and Joe Giudice. I can't believe they're going to prison. 
Yes, they deserve it but I have a soft spot in my heart for...how do I say this?...not so smart people. I do love her court outfit on this particular day. I was happy to hear Joe say on Watch What Happens Live the other night, that his suit was a 2 for. As in, he got two Italian suits, two shirts and two ties for $250. If that doesn't prove they've changed their ways, I don't know what does!? Although I'm pretty sure Teresa was mortified at his sharing of that information. Seriously though, I think the judge was extremely kind to give them staggered sentences AND allow them to spend the holidays with their kids. I'm gonna miss Teresa...maybe they'll allow the cameras in the cell. 
I kid.

Eeek! I know. I think my brother just hit the floor. Sorry Jeff. I just have to share this image (from Google Images, not our patient). I had the opportunity to assist in an alveoloplasty a few weeks ago. I'm still on a high. It's a procedure to prep (shave down) the bone for dentures. I won't go into gory details...but it was pretty boss AND I didn't even pass out. I had to just keep telling myself, "He needs our help and somebody's gotta do it". It took three hours (for just the lower arch), then the patient will be back several weeks from now for the upper arch. Lucky for me the clinic was short handed that day so I was the assistant. It kinda made me want to go into oral surgery assisting, but then again...probably not. I couldn't get the image out of my head that night when I tried to fall asleep. 

My love muffin Jaxon turned sixteen last week. I have yet to practice driving with him and from what Kimball tell's me, "It's scary as shi*" so I'm in no hurry. Jax and I had a fun day together since he was on fall break. Besides redeeming his Joe's BBQ free birthday lunch, the crazy kid just wanted some cash and a trip to several Goodwill's to buy more used books. As if he didn't already have enough!! That night we had a little pool party for him with several of his friends, and my boss Joni and her daughter Addi. It was all fun and games, until we walked back over to the food area only to find the giant roaches from the big palm trees were literally crawling all over the pizza's and veggies. 
I die.

I'm a cuddler.
Incidentally, so is my tween Kaden. My biggest fear is that he'll make a career out of it. People do that you know? For only $60 an hour you can hire a cuddler to come to your house. No funny business, just all the snuggles you can fit into an hour. 

My Rich Daddy O is getting hitched. I'm happy for him. I haven't met her yet, but he looks and sounds happy so that's all that matters. I can't say I don't feel a little sad. He and my mom were married for 53 years before she passed away last year. It's strange to think about and I have to say I feel a little guilty (or disloyal to my mom) for even saying I'm happy for him, but oh well. It is what it is and he's a super young 73 year old so... 
Go Dad!

If you don't find this funny, we can't be friends. I mean it.

I'm off to get my 4 miles in + 40 min. of cross training.