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The Sleepover One & Look Ahead

Hey sweets!

How is it already Monday?!

Seriously!

This weekend flew by, and I’m beginning today wondering just where the heck it went!

Before we get to Friday night, can we please laugh at how many beverages I have handy on any given Friday!?

Drinking problem

Camel.

I think there’s literally about 100 ounces of liquid between all these cups.

Moving on…

Friday night Will’s dad came to stay with us! He and Will went to the OU-Tulsa game Saturday, so he stayed with us so they could leave out together early the next morning.

We ate dinner and talked about his days growing up in Tulsa. He has lots of good stories.

Saturday morning started early. I hit the gym while Will and his dad headed to Tulsa.

Later that morning I went to Life Church to gather together with hundreds of other women for SISTERS! It’s a yearly event where women gather together for a time of worship and teaching.

This year Amy Groeschel spoke, and I was so blessed. She had such a gentle demeanor, yet is still able to command a crowd. I love her and I love her heart!

She spoke about standing firm in this day and time. To yield to God daily, and resist the devil.

Afterward I came home and got some stuff done and then headed to P’s for a sleepover party! Woo hoo!

We had such a fun time. We didn’t so anything exciting but it was just fun hanging out and not having anywhere to be afterward.

We are pizza, watched The Wiggles, contemplated the YouTuber “Disney Collector” (who is this chick and is anyone else creeped out?), and explored bizarre beauty rituals. Real life.

Girls night

Far different than our Chicago sleepovers, but still so fun in their own right.

Oh- and we had the most delicious pie EVER for breakfast. It was like a team of grandmas got together and created the most heavenly version of every berry pie imaginable, combined it, and tripled the butter and sugar.

Best.pie.ever

Dead.

Thankfully (?) we shared the piece so I didn’t feel as terribly afterward.

I am so glad we hung out and I can’t wait until we can again!

I came home to a house full of men. Will’s dad stayed Saturday night too, and wasn’t feeling the greatest so he ended up sleeping a little longer and having breakfast with us.

He got on the road late morning and Will and I kicked off the afternoon watching football and prepping for the week ahead.

I also managed to do Insanity. I will say pie isn’t the best pre-workout fuel. smile

Another long week ahead, but thankfully I have some fun stuff coming up!


Let’s take a look at what’s coming up this week:

-Tuesday Things
-Everything Works, Nothing Works Forever
-Things I’m Loving Thursday
-An intro to Ezra

That’s all my friends! Check in tomorrow! 

Tuesday Things, 2 Sept 14

For the last two weeks, anytime I’ve been running late and had to blow dry my hair, I’ve simultaneously done my makeup.

Is this a thing?

Am I late to the game?

If it is, it’s probably a good thing I waited to start until I was in my 30s.  I think perhaps my coordination has improved over the years.

Although, I’m probably just telling myself that…

No softball last night.

Will was visibly bummed.

The good news is that next Monday kicks off Monday night football.

The bad news is that next Monday kicks off Monday night football.

Football widowhood commences.

My sister and I have a terrible habit of planning super exciting things and never following through.

We’ve been talking about a sleepover for months and months but have never actually done it. It’s tentatively on the books for Saturday night. I bought the pancake mix and she’s got the ice cream. Fingers crossed.

I ate my weight in vegetables yesterday.
We got everything on the grill, and a few minutes into cooking, the propane went out.

Labor Day

Sooo, we ended up finishing everything in the oven. Half grilled, half baked. I feel there’s a joke somewhere in there?

I was supposed to go to the OU-Tulsa game with Will Saturday, but it’s a 10:00 kickoff, our seats were in full sunlight, and it’s going to be 97.

I don’t need to link to the hundreds of times I’ve mentioned how I pour from my head and.cant.stop.ever.

Thankfully Will’s dad took one for the team and is going in my place.

Everyone’s happy.

Back in March Will and I ordered a love seat, followed by its matching couch soon after.

When the love seat arrived this spring, I swore it looked darker than what we saw in the store.

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I checked online and confirmed there was only one color made in that style. So while I still swore it was darker, I figured the couch would bought had to be the same.

Nope.

The couch came in Sunday and was the original color we saw and wanted in the store.

The new (super duper long) couch

I’m not sure if you can tell in the picture, but the love seat is way darker.

I have no idea what happened, and it’s crazy the place still supposedly only makes one color in the style. Ughhhh, guys.

I realize I sound like a brat, but when you buy new furniture it should be what you want.

So yeah. Kind of a couch problem with no real remedy because there are no exchanges or refunds.

So if you ever come over? Please don’t say anything about the mismatched couches.

Any randomness you care to share?

The One with Labor Day, Sooner Football, & Look Ahead

Happy Labor Day!

Hopefully you’re off today enjoying an extended weekend like I am.

For that reason, today’s post is short and straight to the point.

A few highlights and a look at what’s ahead.

Something terrible happened Friday.

HALP ME

CHOCOLATE PEANUT BUTTER WHOOPIE PIES 😱
Considering I’ve talked about these puppies three times on the blog in the last two weeks, I’m surprised it didn’t happen sooner.

I brought a couple to my mom and Layla Friday afternoon and enjoyed special time with some of my favorite ladies!

At least someone likes my cooking

Saturday kicked off football! We headed to Norman and enjoyed Ted’s for lunch amidst a crowd of fellow fans.

The first game was hot as usual, but thankfully it was an evening game and (kind of) became more bearable.

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So many freshman played throughout the game, and they looked so good! Hopefully good things to come all season!

We left early, which was nice. Instead of getting home at midnight, we beat the rush got home earlier.

Yesterday went just as quickly as Saturday. Gym, church, and lunch, followed by When the Game Stands Tall that afternoon (good movie!).

The couch we bought waaaay back in March was finally delivered to the store this week so they dropped it off last night. Yay!

And now another week begins.

I hoped today would be about relaxation, but sadly there’s lots of work to do! Yard work, washing the car, and a few more boring adult chores.

The fun of being a grown up. smile

I think we are also going to grill out with my parents later today so that’s nice, at least.

Hey, it’s nice to already be one day into the week, though, and get to spend it with my favorite people. 

Here’s a look at what’s coming up this week!

-Tuesday Things
-My current leg work
-Things I’m loving
-A call to prayer (and an mini introduction)

Alright that’s it for now! Happy Monday. I’m off to de-poop the yard.

Such a glamorous life I lead. 

31, Reflections, & A Look Ahead

Hello lovelies!

I realize it’s Monday, and we have a week ahead of us, however it doesn’t feel too bad this week because:

1. It’s my birthday, and
2. Will and I both get Good Friday off!

Not too shabby.

Before we get into all that, though, let me hit some of my weekend highlights!

Friday Will and I were both off and had a very productive day.

I made it to the gym before 7, so it wasn’t too busy. I enjoy not having to share equipment. smile

Then, got ready and was able to shop at the grocery store in peace, get a fancy (read: cheap) watch at a local jewelry shop, as well as run a couple more errands all while Will painted our spare bedroom!

Watch

Afterward, we went downtown to a glass shop to get a piece cut for our entertainment center. Then we went and saw Draft Day!

I’m sure you’re shocked we went to see a football related movie. Ha

Friday was a busy and productive day.

Saturday was full of fun and just as packed.

I got an early leg workout in at the gym, followed by a little time with my sister and Layla.

Afterward, I got ready and Will and I made a trip to Lowe’s, and then headed to Norman for the red and white game!

It was a big crowd Saturday, making it all the more exciting. After that decisive and epic victory over Alabama last season, I think we are all pumped and ready for football.

Red & white game

WB red and white game

After the game, I had Will take me to Cool Greens for my “birthday lunch.”

I’m a super cheap date. smile

We just bought another matching couch to accompany the one we just got in a few weeks ago, so I didn’t want to do anything over the top. Plus, honestly? It’s one of my favorite local places.

I got their skinny plaza salad. So, so good.

Afterward, we came home and had a relaxing and uneventful evening!

Yesterday I got to spend the morning with my family! I love them very much. We had a birthday breakfast, and Layla even sat by me which was a nice treat. smile

My sister got an action shot of us admiring artwork. haha

It's a Bird, it's a plane, it's a huge pic of food at Jimmy's Egg!

We missed church because breakfast was followed by a trip to Best Buy and a two hour nap (!!), so we will have to watch online this week.

The rest of the afternoon was far less exciting than the rest of the weekend, but it was really nice to relax and not do much!

I did, however, spend a couple hours in the kitchen prepping food for the week. More on that soon.

That afternoon I went over to my parent’s house and had birthday cake! I love my mom so very much. She made me the prettiest, springiest, most beautifully colored cake. smile

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It was delicious.

So that was my weekend!

And here we are again.

And here I am, 31.

How did that even happen!?

Last year felt like a huge milestone, and I suppose it was. I felt old, but I also felt “official,” like I had finally come into my own.

I’ll leave you with a few random thoughts at the end of this post on life in the 30s this far, and would welcome your own comments, too!

But for now, let’s talk food this week.

This week we’re having:

-Vegetable lasagna (with zucchini as the noodles smile h
-Caprese salad
-Philly cheesesteak sandwiches (I’m having leftover lasagna)

Yum!

Now let’s talk posts.

This week we are talking about:

-How you just gained refrigerator rights
-Arms month continues! Sculpting sharp shoulders
-Thursday confessions
-How the Bible helps

So check in this week and don’t miss out!

I close with just a few random thoughts on the 30s (or lack thereof at times smile)

Share some of your own thoughts below! <3

1. I finally feel like I’ve arrived and have more of a seat at the table.

Unless it’s Thanksgiving with Will’s side of the family.

I’m pretty sure we will forever be at the kid’s table there. 

2. I’m still terrible with directions.

And feel like I might always be.

3. I’m more comfortable with who I am, who I’m not, and who I want to be.

4. Oddly enough, I feel way more comfortable and less self conscious about my flaws. While I looked better in a bathing suit 10 years ago, I’d probably rock it with more confidence now.

5. I’m a better wife.

6. I understand the importance of rest and a day off work sometimes.

7. I finally understand God’s grace.

8. I’m (slightly) better at putting on fitted sheets.

9. If I want a giant spoonful of peanut butter, I’m going to eat a giant spoonful of peanut butter. I trust myself way more and no longer fear self-sabotage. It comes with understanding moderation.

10. I realize birthdays are far better than the alternative and therefore appreciate each passing year.

So there you go! Now let’s enjoy our Monday!

More to come…

The One Where the Tree Stayed Up & Look Ahead

Aaand, now we’re back to the totally predictable Monday updates.

I bet I don’t even need to give you guys one, right? In fact, I bet you could probably write these for me!.

But since we’re here, why mess with tradition?

Weekend update it is.

Friday was pretty boring. We had a late night Thursday because of the OU Sugar Bowl victory (and I’m still pretty pumped about it), which naturally meant we oldies were tired all day Friday.

That meant an early night! Seriously- a really early one. Like before 9.

I’m so old.

Saturday came early, since Will put in a few hours. That usually means I hit the gym and clean the house before he gets home. However, this week was a little unique compared to most (and I plan on sharing sometime soon), so no workout that day.

I actually ended up going back to sleep all the way until 8! It felt really good. I was pretty wiped and needed the rest.

I got up and managed to vacuum, dust a couple things, and get a load of laundry started.

Afterward, I got around and headed to the salon to get my hair done.

I love these days, aside from the time it takes. I prefer to go on a weeknight, but my stylist is having a baby this week so I was glad she could fit me in!

Same color as last time, a little on the darker side compared to the blonde-blonde I sported most of last year. It felt so good to get fresh brows, too! They needed a wax.

Red just waxed eyebrows and all.

New hair

By the time I got done, I was well into my Saturday.

I came home and watched the Army All American Game to see if OU picked up any recruits. There was one kid in particular they wanted (as well as 50 other schools!), so Will was glued to the TV.

I think we were both pretty surprised when he put on an OU hat! So exciting for the program. Between that and the Sugar Bowl, it was a good week to be an OU fan. smile

Afterward, we went straight into the Colts playoff game, which was a bit of a nail-biter! So glad they squeaked by.

After the Colts, it was the Eagles and Saints. Saturday should just be labeled, “Football Saturday.” Because really, that’s pretty much all we did. I managed to get a little multitasking accomplished and posted on Saturday too. What?

I know, right?

What I didn’t do, however was this:

Defluffed, but still out. Good thing I decided not to stop procrastinating in the new year

Pathetic.

Good thing I decided not to stop procrastinating in the new year.

As you can see, I did manage to de-fluff and get it ready for dismantlement.

But that was it.

One more week is okay, right?

Don’t answer that.

We woke up to a light dusting of snow yesterday!

Snow! And dogs

Because of the late football game, we missed Saturday night church, which meant Sunday instead.

We made a quick trip downtown, placed a deposit down on the couch we want to reserve it when it finally comes in, and had lunch at Ted’s.

Pretty productive I’d say, despite the whole leaving the tree up part, of course. 

The rest of Sunday was devoted to prepping meals, laundry, and blogging.

We’re very exciting.

Meals this week are finally totally back to normal now that we’re past New Year’s week.

This week we’re having:

-Eggplant parmigan

-Jambalaya

-Chicken fried rice (we have that a lot around here. smile)

Workouts are the same as usual, and it feels good to hit all the muscle groups this week!

-Monday-Off

-Tuesday- Boot camp cardio

-Wednesday- One of my at-home workouts

-Thursday- Off

-Friday- Back, Biceps, Shoulder Abs

-Saturday- Legs & Abs

-Sunday- Chest, triceps, shoulders

And posts? I didn’t forget about those.

This week we’ll be talking about

-Sweet treats

-Getting out of our fitness comfort zones in the New Year

-Managing our pies

and more!

So check in tomorrow. Until then? Let’s tackle this first week we have without a holiday.

because sometimes, i just feel like posting on a saturday

Hi!

It’s Saturday. Why am I posting?

There are a lot of times when I’m working on content for my blog when I just sort of don’t feel like writing.

It feels too scripted, too structured. On those days (like this one), I just sort of want to ramble.

Is that okay? Can I just ramble a little today?

Actually, I’m sorry to say you don’t get a vote in here.

I’m rambling, it’s happening.

In fact, when I go back and look at my posts throughout the years, some of my favorite were the ones I sat down to write having absolutely zero direction. They were long, wordy, and slightly overkill, but they always (um, well mostly) came back full circle.

Let’s hope that happens today.

Ha, who am I kidding? I’m 30. Of course I can wrap this package up all nicely with a clear underlying message.

Actually, I’m lying.

So I’m camped out on the couch half watching the Colts game with Will, but mostly posting the post you’re reading right this second.

It’s already the end of my first weekend day, and I’m looking at my to do list wondering what the heck happened.

Because the answer is nothing. Nothing happened.

Remember those January Blues?

Let’s blame those.

And it’s not like I had a huge to-do list this weekend, either.

I just simply decided to go on strike, and oddly enough? I’m only hurting myself.

Haha- please tell me you just heard your mom’s voice In your head when I said that?

I would tell you some of the stuff I put off, but I figure I better leave something to discuss Monday. Teaser!

I can’t even blame my lack of motivation on the cold weather. That’s not here until Monday!

So are some of you guys hunkered down in the miserable cold that is crossing the country? Please tell me you’re wearing fuzzy socks, parked on the couch, and watching a movie, reading, or painting your nails.

Even if you’re not, can you please say you did? My ego can’t handle how productive you’ve been this weekend.

Thanks.

Can we please talk about how my blog readership skyrocketed the last couple months? Hey, it’s neither here nor there that the majority of those visitors were courtesy of spam out of China, but hey- perhaps they value my workouts or vegan friendly recipes?

Probably not.

Or let’s talk about how sad I am Will is going to be now that college football is basically over? Thankfully we still have a few weeks of pro football left, but seriously? It’s like a funeral around here come February.

Thankfully we have the Thunder now to help band-aid poor Will’s sad football withdrawals.

Oh, and we also have a trip to plan too! The problem is that this trip is sort of on me this time.

I secretly like when Will makes most of the decisions, but this time? The decision is all mine.

We don’t want to make this trip a major vacation, but rather a trip where we can get away and relax but do it economically.

For that reason, I’m sort of leaning toward a cruise or all-inclusive package.

What do you guys think?

Will and I have never done an all-inclusive aside from our Honeymoon, but it was in the Poconos and I’m thinking this trip would be more beachy. I’ve been on a few cruises, but Will never has, so that’s another option too.

I wonder how he would do stuck on a boat for a few days, but then I realize I can waltz him to the lido deck and stick him in front of the ice cream machine, and God love him I know my love will be just fine.

I’ve asked around to a few people who have done both multiple times, and they say for this type of trip we ought to do an all-inclusive. Plus it’s our 10th anniversary this year and an all-inclusive is more adult friendly. Relaxing, quiet, less “stuff.”

I don’t know! I sure do love cruises… okay- you get to weigh in. what do you think? Oooor- is there a better option?

Sheesh, I hope you say no. I can’t do more options!

Okay…rambling getting long and now I feel like I should save some of these “gems” of conversation points for my “real” blog posts.

Okay, not true. But I do feel like I should be getting those darn things ready today!

Let’s do that.  Ramble over (for now).

What are you doing this weekend?

The One Where I Got “Snowed In” & A Look Ahead

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Hi friends! Do you see that!?

It’s snow!

I realize some of you may see it all winter, but it’s a rarity here and I relish taking tons and tons of pictures when it finally surprises us here in Oklahoma.

We typically get ice and not a lot of snow.

This?

Is snow.

Love it.

I ended up leaving work early Thursday afternoon and set up shop at the house because of it. I woke up to snow Friday morning and news of closings everywhere because of the dangerous roads.

That meant I got a work from home day!

It was so so SO nice to be able to work from the house. I see why so many companies allow their employees to flex their time between the office and home.Such a morale booster.

I nested the entire weekend. It was ridiculous!

I made a pie, cookies, soup, jalepeno poppers, queso, and tamale pies.

Pretty crowned cookies. Snow storm nesting.

Oh, and can I please back up a moment to tell you about the Wednesday that led me to an enjoy this snowy weekend and all that cooking?

Thanks.

So anytime there’s a threat for icy or snowy conditions here, the entire state flips out…me included.

Since I was in Colorado the weekend before for Thanksgiving, I hadn’t made it to the store for about 10 days. Our cupboards were getting pretty bare and I knew if the weather it and we were stuck inside for a few days we’d be in trouble.

Soooo, I braved Walmart Wednesday night alongside heaps of crazy suburban women fighting for the last loaf of bread and bag of Oreos.

Hey, I don’t judge. I’m pretty sure Oreos would be great when you’re snowed in.

Only I wouldn’t know since that wench ahead of me violently ripped them out of my hands!

Okay, only kidding, but seriously. The place was a ZOO.

Carts everywhere. Bread nowhere.

Yep, gonna snow a couple inches in Oklahoma

And I spent a fortune. Between a bare fridge and planning to be stuck inside for a few days, no doubt Walmart had even more stellar sales than usual.

Anyway, I was prepared. Bring on the snow!

And the snow did not disappoint.

And I thanked the good Lord by staying inside my house all weekend.

No really- all weekend.

Okay wait, I did get out.

To go a couple doors down to see my family.

To do very important things.

Snow day: when important stuff happens

Such as touching up Layla’s masterpieces.

Moving along to Saturday.

Poor Will had to work both Friday and Saturday. I was pretty annoyed about the whole thing, I mean- hello! It’s bad out there. He works in oil and gas, and if it freaking dropped three feet of snow, they would probably still make everyone come in.

Will only worked part of the morning, so that gave me some time to get stuff done.

Since it was still icy and snowy, I kept my workout at home.

I did the Insanity Max Interval Circuit. It was a good workout, but I missed really hitting my legs like I normally do on Saturday. It has now been two weeks since I’ve worked legs in the gym! I’m sort of going through withdrawals.

Afterward, I cleaned the house. It felt so good! It had been a few weeks between Thanksgiving and the last OU game. I felt very accomplished. Haha

Then Will was home just in time for Bedlam!

Oh man, please tell me some of you guys caught the Bedlam game!?

It was crazy!!

OSU was favored to win my double digits, so I was already psyching myself up for a loss.

But seriously guys- please tell me you at least know how it finished? It was close the whole entire game, and then in the last two minutes, OU took it all the way down to score a touchdown in the last minute, and not only that, but when OSU took over possession we intercepted their pass and took it down for another one!

Crazy.

Will? Totally flipped out.

I had a hard time watching most of the second half.

I have no idea why.

Focused on channeling the sooners

When we won we were both standing in that position and totally jumped up and down like complete fanatics.

And I suppose we are.

Haha

Anyway, excellent game!

The rest of Saturday was full of watching lots of good football as well as food prep.

It’s amazing now nice it is to “have” to stay indoors sometimes. I got so much accomplished.

Yesterday was much of the same. The main roads were fine, but hey, the residential ones weren’t.

I fit in another workout, and the rest of the day was spent on the couch getting posts ready for the week, watching football with Will, and doing a little more food prep for the week ahead.

In fact, here’s a look at what we will be having for dinner this week:

-Tamale Pies (recipe this week!)

-Vegan Potato Soup (recipe soon!)

-BLTs for Will, Broiled Eggplant for Me

For workouts this week, I plan on getting back on track at the gym since Thanksgiving and the weather kept me away.

-Monday off

-Tuesday at home plyo

-Wednesday- Back, biceps, shoulders (plus abs & calves)

-Thursday- off

-Friday at home cardio/plyo

-Saturday- Leg/cardio circuit (plus abs & calves)

-Sunday- Chest, triceps, shoulders (plus abs)

Here’s a look at what I’ll be posting about this week too!

- Tamale Pies for cold winter days

- Should you add new workout wear to your last minute list this year?

-Thursday Things

-Friday Favorites

Back to normal today. It’s the first time I’ve worn makeup since Wednesday!

Nice.

Ready to tackle this week. I doubt next weekend will be as incredibly relaxing as this weekend (read: I’ve put off my Christmas shopping, as usual), but I’m just ready to get there.

Oh and the tree! The tree! The masses have spoken (haha). It’s going up! Stay tuned.

Alright, your turn. What did you do this weekend?

One with Sleet & A Look Ahead

Happy Thanksgiving week!

It’s Monday, yet it feels like Wednesday since it’s a short week. I can’t dread the day like I usually do, right?

I hope you all had a lovely weekend. This past weekend was our first frigid one of the season, and I did very little.

Very.

It was a lazy weekend in, complete with cold weather and snow. Pretty great if you ask me!

It started to get icy Friday afternoon, so Friday night was pretty low key, with the exception of a quick trip to Walmart to grocery shop… alongside everyone else in the great state of Oklahoma.

Not only was it payday weekend and the Friday before Thanksgiving, but the weather promised to get worse this weekend.

Which means everyone in Oklahoma completely freaks out and buys enough to feed an army for two weeks.

Fun times.

I’m not a Black Friday shopper, but I imagine my trip to Walmart Friday night was eerily similar.

Will and I stayed in and caught up on some of our shows.

And even stayed up past 10:00!

It got crazy round here, ya’ll.

Saturday was not much different.

I actually slept in (you know, since I stayed up so late haha) and hit the gym later than usual.

I missed my chest and triceps day and wanted to incorporate them into my leg day I figured it wouldn’t be all that of an effective workout day, but turns out it was a great one!

Just making a few changes to my program by throwing in triceps and chest during my cardio and legs made a big difference and torched a ton of calories since I was constantly moving. Definitely a fun workout.

Afterward, I came home, showered, made Will a chocolate peanut butter pie,

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and watched the OU-Kansas State game!

It was nice to see the boys bring home a victory.

We didn’t have much time after the game, and I can’t even recall what we did with that time!

We ended up making a quick trip to Buffalo Wild Wings for Will and Panera Bread for me to grab a quick dinner while we watched the Baylor-OSU game.

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I really thought the Bears were going to win this one, so I was pretty surprised.

After that game, the OU basketball team was playing Michigan State (who’s ranked #1 right now), so we flipped over to that. It was a good game for awhile, but eventually Michigan State pulled away.

We even caught up on a couple shows after that, which means bedtime was near midnight.

Who are these wild and crazy kids!?

We slept in until 8 and woke to sleet!

South Oklahoma got pelted with snow, but we didn’t get too much, but did have some ice on the roads. We ended up watching church online and staying in for the day. I did some stuff around the house and then visited my family for a little baking!

We had a good time, and made something I’ll be sharing tomorrow.

Last night was spent getting ready for the week ahead and spending time with Will.

This is going to be the first Thanksgiving Will and I have ever spent apart, and my heart already aches. We sat on the couch and watched more football and just hung out together.

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Dinners this week are pretty boring.

I made a big pot of vegetarian chili Saturday, so we’ll have leftovers Monday and Tuesday.

And I fear I’ll be having it for lunch until the day I die. smile

Wednesday I’m going to make Will this buffalo chicken dip that I keep hearing about.

Remember how I hate travelling and being away from Will and it makes me justify cooking him unhealthy food?

Yeah, that’s what this is.

I will be having a sweet potato with tofu.

As for workouts, this week is going to be a little trickier than normal, which is all the more reason to plan ahead.

No workout today, but I plan on hitting the gym Tuesday and Wednesday this week.

Thursday my family and I will be on the road, so no workout that day. I plan on doing one of my at-home workouts (like my cold weather workouts I’ve been sharing!) on Friday and possibly Saturday, and then off again on Sunday as we head home.

Truth be told, I’m happy about the time off and getting to see family (especially my grandma since she is in such poor healthy), but I’m also sad this week since Will and I will be apart. I am focusing on being thankful this week and mindful of all my blessings, and hopefully you are too.

Here’s a look at what I’ll be sharing this week:

-Fall Favorites: Why sometimes you just shouldn’t mess with a good thing
-Another Cold Weather Workout
-Happy Thanksgiving!
-And more!

Check in this week for fun, and let’s make it a good week!

Lots of Football & Look Ahead

Hello pretty princesses!

I’m feeling more optimistic this Monday than usual.

We have a full week of work, and then we get an extended weekend for Thanksgiving, which gives me something to look forward to.

Hopefully you are feeling optimistic too.

This weekend was a busy one! I suppose from here on out, it will be like that until the end of the year.

My weekend started with a trip to our stomping grounds to cheer Will’s alma mater in their state football semi-finals !

We got off work and started the trek to meet Will’s parents for a quick bite. Since we did not have much time before the game, we ate hurriedly and then headed to the stadium.

We had a good time at the game cheering Will’s high school team. High school football games always bring back good memories of my own days in school.

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Saturday started way.too.early.

I decided to get up before the crack of dawn to get a workout in before the day started.

I only hit the gym once this week prior to Saturday, and then did an at home workout another day.

I was definitely ready for a good sweat session!

Since I got up so early, I had the whole place to myself.

Leg day, one of my favorites.

I ran for 30 seconds on the treadmill or walked briskly at a 13.0 incline in between each set.

Good way to start the day!

After I got somewhat ready, I took a break to help Will take the dogs to the vet.

It’s no secret by now that it’s a huge production anytime we have to take the dogs to the vet.

We’re wrangling the “Bigs” to get in their harnesses, trying to keep the babies from barking up a storm, and trying to get them all loaded up some sort of organized chaos.

And that’s just getting them loaded in the truck.

We still have to get them to the vet.

Wee!!

You know what? It was crazy, but not too terribly bad. Victory!

After the vet extravaganza, it was time to hurry home, change, and head to Norman for the last OU game of the season!

Saturday’s game was the first morning game of the whole season, and it was a windy one!

The Sooners started slow, but thankfully secured a victory!

OU-IA state  Windy Saturday

Boomer!
Afterward, we headed home, and I went to the grocery store while Will watched the OSU-Texas game.

The pups were glad to have us back.
Snuggles

And then?

Then we had pizza.

And breadsticks.

And they were delicious. smile

I think we should end on that note.

Oh- but before we do, I have to also add that I made Will a chocolate pie.

Okay, now let’s call it: Saturday, the end!

Yesterday was uneventful. We missed church, which is a bummer, so we will have to watch online and get caught up in our series sometime this week.

It turned out to be a beautiful day, so Will and I headed out to the country so I could videotape him shooting some of his paintball guns he plans on selling online. It ended up being pretty fun!

Paintball

We stopped by my parent’s on the way home, as they were outside putting up Christmas lights! Will enjoyed playing with Layla for a few minutes, too.

Rides!

Afterward, I headed to the gym and worked back and biceps.

I came home and did my usual stuff- laundry, food prep, blogging, and getting ready for the week.

Blah.

The good news is that I have some fun stuff planned for the week!

But we will get to that soon enough.

We’re trying to keep dinners light and simple for the most part considering next week will be full of giant meals (yes meals, plural) and lots of leftovers.

For that reason this week’s menu only consists of salads for most of the week as well as homemade lasagna.

As for workouts, I plan on three sessions at the gym:

-Chest/Triceps/Shoulders/Abs
-Legs/Abs
-Back/Biceps/Shoulders

As well as 1-2 at home cardio/plyo workouts

As for posts? I have us covered too!

Here’s a look at this week’s fun:

-My absolute fall favorite: Mashed sweet potatoes <3
-Another cold weather workout
-My November Ipsy review
-Friday Favorites

Check in tomorrow.

Now off to tackle Monday. Make it a good one!

More to come…

The Long Recap & Look Ahead

Hey, it’s the last week of October!?

How did that even happen?

This month was crazy for me. I realize many of you might travel a lot, but for the most part these days I stay put.

However, October had me in Indiana, Texas, and Washington D.C. all in one month. And that feels like a whirlwind, even if some of those trips were full of fun.

This month has been such a blur. Oftentimes looking ahead instead of enjoying the moment at hand. Living to Thursday night as we looked forward to having Friday off for OU-Texas weekend. Surviving the week after and getting readjusted to having no breaks in sight until Thanksgiving. Looking ahead and dreading my trip to DC, and praying the days away so I could rush home.

And here we are. The end of the month.

Sheesh!

Slow down.

Didn’t I post about that recently?

I feel I need to back up past the weekend a little to commemorate a wonderful night with my friend Theresa.

After work Wednesday night I drove to suburbia to visit Theresa and her family

The route was very scenic, and I didn’t even get lost!

I got there and was greeted by Theresa and got the grand tour of their beautiful house.  Soon after, Theresa’s husband arrived with little Kayla in tow!

I see pictures and hear stories about Kayla, but it was so nice to finally get to meet her and see her cuteness in real life! Since she was in her element there wasn’t any stranger danger, so we had a good time!

As Todd got Kayla ready for bed, Theresa and I continued chatting and started dinner together.

Can I tell you how nice it was just to be at home? I felt so comfortable and, well, at home.

I don’t like being away from home much these days, and even just a couple nights away leave me homesick. However, this trip wasn’t really like that since I had such good company!

After dinner, we chatted some more about anything and everything, from work, to kids, to faith.

I was so thankful for that evening!

A great evening at home with Terry.

We’ll just glaze over Thursday’s trip home since it was a loooong one. Plus I think I bought a little cold back home with me. Blah.

We’ll glaze over Friday too. Again, long day.

Friday night was low key, as usual these days. We got Subway for dinner and watched a show or two before calling it a night.

Seriously, Will’s hours are such a drag.

On Saturday, we got up super early, and Will went to work while I slowly worked out. Since I wasn’t feeling my best, I took it easy on myself and didn’t in a very good workout.

In fact, I barely broke a sweat!

I figured it was better than nothing, and that I also needed to take it easy on myself since I wasn’t feeling the greatest.

Afterward, I did some light cleaning! I even managed to do the fans too. smile

Dust

Bye bye dust!

Will got home, we got ready for the day, and then headed to Norman to cheer on the Sooners!

It was drizzly the whole way there.

As you can see- Will loved the weather. smile

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When we got into the stadium, we learned there was an hour rain delay.

Awesome!

We coped by sharing an overpriced box of peanut M&Ms.

Rain delay

(Will opening up our loot)

Hey, sometimes it has to happen.

Plus I hear they cure colds?

The game started as anticipated, and for awhile it had me pretty nervous! Thankfully, the Sooners pulled off the upset and brought home a victory!

And it was so much fun, even in the rain.

Here we are trying to look bummed about the rain, but we’re not disguising our smiles very well. smile

Trying to look bummed about the rain (but can't hide smiles)

One my favorite all-time Sooner memories was back in 2008 when Tech was ranked #1 and came to OU and we beat them! The game day environment was pretty much unparalleled to any other game I had been to. It was pandemonium, and so so much fun.

In fact- on every third down the started playing Jump Around, and I kid you not, nearly every person in that stadium got crazy, even the old blue-haired ladies!

One of the best games ever.

Anyway, while Saturday wasn’t exactly like that, but it still was fun!

Home

After the early morning, we pretty much went to sleep as soon as we got home!

But not before I did a little food prep. I made quinoa with cranberries and slivered almonds and roasted sweet potato for lunch this week.

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Yum!

Sunday was a church online day. I definitely like going so much better, but that did not happen! I still wasn’t feeling the greatest, so I skipped the gym altogether. Hopefully the rest does me good.

We got up late, and I got a start on laundry and some cooking for the week. I showered, barely got ready, and headed over to see my girls!

We went to this super cute tiny coffee shop for a small treat! I got an iced tea latte with soy. The weather was absolutely beautiful yesterday, so we drove to a nearby park and walked around and enjoyed the day!

Turtles

I hung out with them a bit longer after getting home, and then I went back to my house to do some more stuff for the week ahead.

And here we are, Monday all over again.

Here’s what on the menu for us this week:

-Stir Fry w/marinated chicken for Will & Gardein chicken for me

-Black beans & Tacos w/shredded beef for Will & Gardein shredded beefless tips for me


Here’s my workout plan:

I’m still not feeling my best, so I’m going to hold off on any high intensity cardio. Instead, I plan on doing the following:

-Tuesday: Chest, Triceps, & Shoulders & 15 minutes light cardio
-Wednesday: 45 minutes elliptical
-Friday: Back, Biceps, & Shoulders, & 15 minutes light cardio
-Leg Circuit

And here’s a look at what I’ll be posting about this week!
-Healthy Pumpkin Protein Bars
-What the heck are supersets?
-October Ipsy Review!
-And more!

Check in tomorrow!

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brittny I'm B-Love. Lover of God, my husband Will, my doggies, OU football, weight training, plyometrics healthy eating (mostly!), peanut butter, and all things health related. Buckle up and get ready for my constant embarrassing moments, health and fitness tips,and my effort to rely on Christ while living life in the real world. Follow me on Feedly! Sign up for monthly emails at blove@theblovelife.com!


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