My Happy List


Things that have made me happy this week:

- We have our Marine Corps Ball this weekend. I love my dress, I have a good babysitter for E, and I found someone to do my hair. Need I say more?

-I cleaned the house from top to bottom today (okay I really only did the bottom- the upstairs will have to wait.) There is nothing better than a clean house!

I decided it was about time for E to start earning her keep so I put her to work dusting.

-Baby pigtails


-It rained! I even had to use my windshield wipers for the first time. Ever. Enough said! :)

-Playdates at the waterpark with Brittney and Grace. I love watching G and E together.



-I had to run to the mall today to pick up a few things. While we were there I let Emerson get out of her stroller and walk around a little bit. She made her way over to one of the cell phone kiosks and proceeded to touch every single display phone while simultaneously yelling "phone" over and over. After a few minutes I started trying to lead her away but she was having so much fun she kept turning around and going back. As we were leaving for the third time one of the employees asked me to wait a minute so he could get something. He came back and handed Emerson one of their display cell phones. Emerson was beyond excited and I thought it was just the sweetest thing in the world. She has been carrying it everywhere ever since.

-Color Wonder markers. Emerson loves them and I love that they don't make a mess.
-Kisses from my little munchkin

-Seeing what a Daddy's girl she is

-This jacket I bought for E. Yes, I know it's probably the most ridiculous thing in the world to buy a (faux) leather motorcycle jacket for a toddler- especially in a climate where the low temperature is 65 but it's pink, it was an incredible deal, and I couldn't resist. Seriously. I die over the cuteness.


-Emerson's dance moves
-Facetime dates with my favorite people

-Homemade pumpkin spice lattes

What's on your happy list this week?

A Birthday Wish List


A week from today I'll be turning the big 31. Seriously? Sometimes I feel like I'm still young and then I realize that I'm a full fledged adult now with a husband, a mortgage, and a baby. I guess it's true what they say- time flies when you're having fun.

One of the best parts about birthdays is presents, don't you agree? :) The truth is, Jesse and I rarely buy gifts for each other these days. We typically buy things as we need them throughout the year and we'd much prefer to spoil little E. And even though I technically already got my anniversary/birthday/Christmas present for the next two years (my embroidery machine) I still have a few things that I've had my eye on. And since I'm not counting on getting any of them for my birthday, I'll just add them to my Christmas list. That's the beauty of having a December birthday. :)

What's on your wish list this year?

Our Thanksgiving Weekend


Happy Monday! I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving. Our Thanksgiving weekend was perfect! We already have so much to be thankful for and then on Wednesday we got some amazing news (No- E is not going to be a big sister) and it made Thanksgiving that much more special. We are so, so blessed and I can't wait to share in the next few days. :)

So, onto our Thanksgiving recap:
Last year we hosted Thanksgiving for the Marines at our house. So this year when another Marine family offered to host, I was more than happy to oblige! It's not that I don't enjoy hosting, but I knew I would be so much more relaxed and I was!

Jesse smoked a turkey and I made a few side dishes (corn casserole, green bean casserole) and I bought a dessert. Yep, I took the easy way out this year. But our hosts, on the other hand, didn't. They made THE most amazing food. I honestly could NOT stop eating! We had stuffing, mashed potatoes, twice baked potatoes, sweet potato casserole, and pumpkin and pecan pie. Even Emerson said "mmm" after every bite!

They live downtown in a 15th story apartment overlooking the beach. The view was amazing and Emerson had such a fun time checking out their apartment. We had about 20 people so it was a nice sized crowd but still small enough so that it wasn't over crowded.



After we ate and relaxed for a bit, my friend and I took Emerson to the park near their house. Of course my camera died right when we got there but she had a great time. We met some fellow Americans there, which is always a nice treat.

It was just such a lovely day spent with wonderful people. I don't think we could have asked for a better day.

The day after Thanksgiving we took Emerson to have 18 month photos done. She hasn't had any professional photos taken she was 6 months old so I thought it was a good time. We used the same photographer that we used last November but this time she did all of the photos in her studio. I have to admit that I was a little nervous going in because Emerson has been hard to photograph lately. She has zero patience for sitting still. But luckily the session went great! I brought 4 outfits with the hopes of getting at least 2 of them in and we were able to get all 4. I've seen 2 sneak peaks so far and I LOVE them. I can't wait to see the rest. Of course I'll post them here when I have the disc. Hopefully in the next 2 weeks or so.

That afternoon we got all of our Christmas decor and set up the Christmas tree. Emerson was so excited! I can already tell that Christmas is going to be such a blast this year!




I was a little bit worried about Emerson messing with the tree but she has done surprisingly well. She does like to touch the ornaments but she does it very gently, which is a good thing!

We spent a little bit of time outside and E commandeered the neighbors little scooter. She loves it and does really well at pushing it around with her feet.

On Saturday night we introduced E to her first Christmas movie, Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer. She loved it! We didn't finish the whole thing but she was mesmerized with the part she saw.
I think we're going to try to make that our weekend tradition throughout December. It is so much fun sharing all of these things with E and seeing it with a whole new point of view. I just can't wait for Christmas...

HBBC Week 1


Today I'm linking up with the lovely Jill Conyers to share my recap of my first week of the Holiday Bootie Buster Challenge. I'm happy to say that it was a success. My goal this week was to stick to the workout plan provided for Week 4 of Body Revolution and I'm happy to say that I did it! I also wanted to try to add in something extra each day since the workouts are only 30 minutes long. I did this on most days, but not all. Overall I'm pretty happy with my workouts this week. Being part of the challenge has really motivated me to get in an extra few minutes of exercise each day and to eat my fruits and veggies!
Workouts This Week:
Monday- Jillian Michaels Body Revolution Workout 3, Turbo Fire HIIT 20
Tuesday- Jillian Michaels Body Revolution Workout 4, 1 mile run (10:40)
Wednesday- Rest day/2 mile walk pushing E in stroller
Thursday- 3 mile run (30:11) 
Friday- Jillian Michaels Body Revolution Workout 3, one mile run (9:49)
Saturday- Jillian Michaels Body Revolution Workout 4
Sunday- Turbo Fire HIIT 30
By the Numbers:
Workouts: 7 (including a 2 mile walk with little E)

Miles: 7
Minutes: 269
Strength/Core Workouts: 4

Fruits/Veggie Servings: 7 days
Total HBBC Points: 38 (this included 12 bonus points)

Today was the last day of Phase 1 of Body Revolution. Tomorrow I'll start Phase 2, Week 5. I'm excited that I've stuck with it this long and I just hope I can continue following the schedule. I'm really looking forward to some new workouts but I have a feeling they'll be tough!

My goal for this week is to stick with the BR workout schedule and to do a 3 mile run in under 30 minutes.

I know that I won't win the HBBC challenge but I'm still glad I'm doing it. It was just the extra push I needed to keep plugging along with my workouts.

Zoo Day


I wanted to do something special for Emerson's 18 month birthday so I decided to take her to the local zoo. When we first went last year, we saw that it was pretty much a petting zoo with a few wild animals thrown in.

However, since then they have done major renovations and it has changed so much! Most of the animal enclosures are much nicer and the whole setup is much better.

We started by checking out the safari animals. We were able to get up close and personal with the giraffes.
But I have to admit that Emerson was more interested in the misters they had along the walkways. She kept saying, "rain" and holding her hands up in the air.

We walked through the snake exhibit and one of the workers had a snake out for the kids to touch. As soon as E saw it she started saying no and hiding behind my legs. How does she know snakes are scary!?
We stopped by and visited the same llama that we chatted with last year.
The llama looked exactly the same but E sure didn't!

And we gobbled right on by the turkeys.
The meerkats were running around and having a blast. They are the.cutest.things.ever.
We stopped for a water break and then I let E ride the little safari ride.

She loved every second of it until I made her get off. Haha!
And then as we were heading towards the exit we spotted the baby goats. Emerson was obsessed with them when they were in the cage but then they took one out for her to pet and she wouldn't touch the thing.
But then they offered to let her feed it milk from a bottle.

And that was enough to make my whole year. I mean, really, is this not the sweetest thing you have ever seen?
After that, she had a new best friend!

And since she was so good at it, they let her do one more.

All in all I have to say that it was the perfect way to spend Emerson's special day. And now that we know how much fun it is, we will definitely be going back!

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