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Lucy & Ethel

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! 

Out and About in Canada

It’s Thursday and I’m home.

Woo hoo!

I loved my time in Canada and was thankful for the opportunity to visit such a beautiful country.

But man, I really love being home.

Today’s post is devoted to pictures and a recap of my time in the great land of Canada.

The weather was mild, but unfortunately it rained for a large portion of my trip. I don’t think I saw the sun once.

I was disappointed because I was hoping to spend some time out and about. Thankfully, though, I was still able to explore a little.

Out and about in Canada!

Out and about in Canada!

I was fortunate enough to travel in style to Canada and back. Quite simply, it was spectacular. I fear the next time I travel coach I will feel like a heifer being crammed into the back of a cattle car.

The jet I took ruined me in the best way possible.

We got in Sunday afternoon and had a little time to explore before the first round of rain came.

Out and about in Canada!

Out and about in Canada!

I had dinner at a place called Joey’s, and enjoyed a healthy(ish) quinoa salad.

The best part of the evening was climbing into bed before 8:30. smile

Oh, and can we please laugh at the differences between FaceTiming with Will versus P?

P is engaged and dynamic.

FaceTime ❤️

Heck, even Layla gets it.

FaceTime ❤️

(Her smile!! Killing me.)

Will?

Well, I’m often being carried to different rooms and staring at the ceiling. Look at my face in this pic. Haha

FaceTime...mostly with the ceiling

Aaaand the ceiling again.

Is it FaceTime if you never see a face?

Mostly the ceiling with a Will photo bomb. haha

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Anyway, FaceTiming with him always cracks me up, so I decided to capture the “fun” of video chatting with Will during this trip.

Monday was busy and full of lots of meetings. I had quite possibly the best sandwich EVER for lunch that day (and Tuesday. And Wednesday. smile ) at a place called Chachi’s.

Ridiculous.

I never go bananas over sandwiches, and I still can’t put my finger on why I almost died from its deliciousness, but seriously- so good.

If you have one and haven’t been there, get The Veg toasted on brown bread.

Obviously the highlight of the afternoon.

My Monday evening was fantastic! After work, Angela was kind enough to walk over to my hotel to come pick me up for dinner.

It was so very good to see her in real life and give her a big hug! She’s just as beautiful and vibrant in her pictures, and it just totally lit me up to see her in the flesh.

We walked from the hotel to her apartment, which was so nice and allowed me to see more of the city from a local’s perspective. I got to see where she runs, as well as the fun stuff like the local grocery stores and coffee shops.

Like many metropolitan areas, the masses seem to get around by bike and foot. Sadly, Oklahoma City is so spread out its impossible to be able to do that, so I enjoyed the opportunity Monday night.

We walked to her apartment and enjoyed a glass of wine and conversation. I even got to meet her kitty Merlin, who is way more beautiful than Boz and Lucy.

But let’s just keep that between us.

Then it was on to dinner! The initial plan was to go to a new vegan place (!!!) called The Coop, but it ended up not opening until Tuesday.

Instead, we tried a quaint little place called The Market.

Oh. My. Goodness.

It features fresh and local fare, and offers a seasonal menu. The food was delicious! It was a carrot-y night for me. Haha I got a carrot salad full of all sorts of beautifully colored and fresh carrots, as well as a few other veggies. I also got a side of roasted carrots. Dead.dead.dead.

Angela and I both agreed they were most definitely the most delicious carrots we’ve ever had. I think perhaps they brined them in salt and then roasted them. So darn good.

We enjoyed good conversation until about 9:00.

Proof we met in real life. smile

Great food, better company

Then?

Then it started to rain.

Instead of enjoying a nice walk back, we parted ways and I took a cab back to the hotel. 

To put a bow on the day, Monday night was fantastic.

Tuesday wasn’t as fun, but eventful nonetheless.

It was full of things I won’t bore you with, as well as another trip to Chachis for lunch.

That evening I was able to do a little more exploring and take a few pictures. I had dinner at Bank and Barons, an old bank converted into a restaurant. So so cool. The food was good and the atmosphere was better. I got the Quinoa Chicken Salad, minus the chicken. Ha! They compensated by giving me a “boatload” of quinoa, as seen by P.

Bank & Baron for dinner in Canada

Bank & Baron for dinner in Canada

She has a point...

Oh, and considering this entire post is mainly food related, I feel like I should also tell you I worked out every single day on my trip.

Yes, I’m asking for a pat on the back.

smile

Not a whole lot to share from yesterday. Meetings, lunch at Chachi’s again (hey why ruin a good thing?), and a trip home.

Home.

Where I belong.

Tonight a Will has softball practice and I can’t wait to sweat all over myself watch and cheer him on.

I’m also off tomorrow, which is pretty darn exciting.

So that sums up my adventure to Canada! Thanks for indulging me! Check in tomorrow!

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Things I’m Loving Thursday: 3 April 2014

Pandora Hymns Channel
Like straight up, old school church music.

I love old hymns, and sometimes only this channel will do.

Royal Tailor- Ready Set Go

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This song is so fun! Add it to your workout playlist and let loose.

Brown Sugar and Fig Body Butter

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This stuff?

Is old.

Not old as in expired (um, at least I don’t think so?), but old as in I received it as a gift a really long time ago and only recently realized I had it.

I don’t use a lot of “fancy” body butters (ready Tuesday’s post), so it takes me forever to use the ones I have. I like to keep a couple in my desk at work.

Anyway, long story short, I found this tub of delightfulness last week and brought it to work and love it!

Peanut Noodle Salad

Peanut noodle salad

Seriously. I can’t get enough.

Hot Pink Nails

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And hot pink skirts. smile
This article about being the pursuer in friendships.
I love this perspective, and it’s so true. Everyone likes to be pursued every now and then, whether it’s a dating relationship or even a friendship. It promoted me to write a thank you note this week!

Anything you’re loving this week?

The One With the Bachelorette Party & Look Ahead

Here we go again.

Is it really April tomorrow!?

Instead of lamenting about time passing, let’s talk about how I spent some of it this past weekend.

One of the perks of my new job is getting every other Friday off. I can’t tell you how excited I am to have this time.

I hit the gym after Will went to work, and then gave the house a much needed cleaning that took most of the day. By the time I finally got showered and cleaned up, Will was home!

Will decided we should have an impromptu date night, which was a nice surprise. Our Friday nights are usually spent eating dinner at home and catching up on shows and going to bed before 9:30.

We’re so exciting.

We grabbed dinner and then went to see God’s Not Dead. I was surprised just how good it was. I kind of feared it would be similar to some of the cheesy Christian movies I had grown up watching in church, but it was far from it. Definitely a good movie, so go check it out.

Saturday was spent working on Will’s “man cave.” We made progress, but have a way to go. We also managed to sneak in some relaxing too.

Deep talks

I spent Saturday night celebrating the upcoming nuptials of one of the couples in our life group! They’re tying the knot Friday, so the girls had a fun night out out enjoying dinner and an improv show.

Jess's batchelorette dinner

Improv club

We finished the night eating ice cream sundaes and chatting it up. I got home at midnight and turned into a pumpkin. smile

Yesterday was church, grocery shopping, food prep, working out, and blogging. Nothing picture worthy.

Now onto this week.

Meals last week were a little weird, so we ended up not cooking everything originally planned, so we are pretty much eating last week’s planned meals this week instead.

This week we’re eating:
-Beans and cornbread
-Beef and broccoli (tofu for me) over brown rice
-Stuffed baked sweet potatoes

As for workouts-

-Monday- Kickboxing
-Tuesday- Off
-Wednesday- Full body weights
-Thursday-Off
-Friday- Chest, triceps, shoulders
Sat- Legs & cardio
Sunday- Back, biceps, shoulders, & cardio

Now posts! Here’s a look at upcoming posts:

-Softer skin now
-Arms Month begins!
-Things I’m Loving Thursday
-How to have a radiant face

Check in tomorrow, friends. Have a great day!

The Extra Long One Where I Danced The Night Away & Look Ahead

My weekend continues today!

The gift that keeps on giving.

Will gets Christmas Eve and Day off (I only get Christmas Day), so we opted to take some vacation and wrap the holiday around a weekend.

Such a good decision.

I rarely take vacation these days, and it feels so good to have some time off.

Guys, I had such a splendid weekend!

I don’t even know where to begin.

My work day was pretty quiet, which was so nice. Afterward I made a trip to the grocery store alongside heaps of other Oklahomans.

An ice storm threatened to snap power lines and kill everyone’s holiday plans- so off to the store the world went.

Hey, I was just going to the store like I usually do. I did not want to get caught up in all the chaos, but I didn’t have much of a choice!

Friday night was busy with stuff around the house, getting stuff ready for Christmas with the families, laundry, and making dinner. We caught up on some of our shows and called it an early night. By the time we went to bed, the rain was steady, so we knew we would wake to ice!

As anticipated, we woke early to ice covered everything!

Ice!

Ice

I skipped the gym and did a Max Interval Insanity workout at home to play it safe. I did some stuff around the house, and then Will and I ventured out to do a little last minute shopping. We had one gift card to get before we were all done.

Thankfully, although everything around us with enclosed in ice (like Will’s truck), the roads were clear.

We got the gift card and enjoyed lunch at On the Border. We went home, and before long it was time to get ready for our Life Group Christmas party!

I have been looking forward to getting together all week, and it didn’t disappoint.

It was a casual party, but we all still sort of glammed it up more than normal. I wore a ridiculous amount of makeup and had so much fun getting ready. I suppose I could experiment with different colors and layers every day, but I don’t, so things like Christmas parties are all the more fun.

Lots of eye shadow. smile

Makeup

Before the party, we invited another couple from the group out for coffee.

Way too long of a story to get into in a weekend recap. However, to sum it up we thought Will might be taking the group over as the leader but after some time and prayer we both felt like the original leaders should keep ownership and that perhaps down the road God might be calling us to start our own.

Anyway, we met for coffee to share our hearts and thoughts and it ended up being a great conversation and I think we all left feeling encouraged.

Then it was off to the party!

Everyone brought delicious goodies to share. I made this fruit salsa with stevia instead of sugar. So very a good. In fact, I’m going to bring it to our Christmas brunch with Will’s family too!

After snacking, we played a lively game of Dirty Santa.

Will was so sweet and stole the gift I brought because he knew I wanted it. We ended up doing pretty well for ourselves. We went home with Godiva chocolate and then my gift, which was a pretty pink Essie nail polish, my favorite pink fuzzy socks, a pumice, and my super wonderful homemade foot/body scrub.

We had a great time, and enjoyed good company. after the party, a group of us went dancing to celebrate one of our girl’s 40th birthday!

Oh my goodness friends, we had such a wonderful time!

We went to a place that’s known for having a little older crowd, and it was the best decision ever. No half naked young girls or greasy guys, just a mature crowd of people that wanted to enjoy a nice night out.

After party

(sorry for the terrible blur, but it’s the only pic we took together Saturday!)

After party

Ah guys it was such a blast! We danced our hearts out. Will was such a good sport. He didn’t dance (most of the guys that went didn’t), but he hung out and let us girls dance the night away. Before I knew it, he told me it was 1:00! I could tell he was ready to go (um, it was 1:00! We are usually asleep by 9 haha), so we called it a night, as did most everyone else.

Such, such a great night. I am so thankful for our group! For anyone that says Christians don’t have fun or know how to have a good time- come hang with us and we will prove you wrong.

By the time we got home, and I wiped off all the layers of makeup and got ready for bed, it was nearly 2:00! Surprisingly, we didn’t sleep as late as I thought. I got up a little before 9 and started the day.

Our church has a million Christmas services this week, so we opted to go to one tonight instead of yesterday. Definitely check out the times, I would love for you to attend our online service!

After my workout, today was all about football. Will was in his fantasy championship, so I was a good wife and plopped on the couch most of the day to cheer “him” on as his guys played throughout the day.

I did manage to do some laundry, dishes, and cooking amidst all the football so it wasn’t entirely unproductive. smile

Will has a couple guys playing tonight, so we won’t know if he won until later tonight, but it’s not looking pretty. My fingers are crossed, the extra money would be a welcomed gift this Christmas!

Today we’re headed to the movies, church, and dinner and Christmas lights with my family. I’m looking forward to it.

No need to share meals this week, we planned a few, but most of the week will be centered around family gatherings and leftovers.

I plan to have an amazing week of workouts. Since I’m off a couple days, that allows me to hit the gym when I would otherwise workout at home (since my home workouts are usually good for days when I’m short on time). I’m excited about a ridiculous leg day since I missed my usual Saturday routine.

Here’s a quick look at posts this week. Since it’s Christmas, I’m keeping with the theme. Hey, it only comes once a year so we have to soak it up, yes?

-Christmas memories
-Celebrating a Savior (and an ultra-fast workout)
-Thursday things
-Friday Favorites
-Christmas recap

Check-in this week, friends! 

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!

The Goods & Bads of Travelling: DC Edition

The Good:

I was supposed to get in at noon.

And I did!

Not only that, but my luggage was waiting for me.

Um- talk about a super travel day all around.

The Bad:

I had to get up at 3:45 in the morning to catch my first flight, and I took a tiny “detour” out of the airport.

Typical.

On a positive note, there is a beautiful park right outside Reagan Airport!

The Good:

I’m staying close to the office.

The Bad:

I had no idea where I’m staying (seriously, how many times do I have to tell you I’m bad with directions).

I had to google directions to my office.

Turns out it’s only 0.2 miles from the hotel.

And I still had to use the navigator to get me there.

HELP ME.

The Good:

I realized I wouldn’t know where I was staying, so I pre-printed directions.

Smarty!

The Bad:

Apparently I cannot read anything related to directions. (See above)

The Good: 

I found a super delicious looking place for dinner called Sweet Greens.

The Bad:

Turns out, it wasn’t as close as I had hoped, so after being in the car in traffic for half an hour, I settled on Subway. Eh…

The Good:

The weather is beautiful! Absolutely beautiful. I am also surrounded by gorgeous changing trees, all majestic in orange, red, and brown.

The Bad:

I didn’t take any pictures of this majesty.

Fail.

The Good:
My sister was so so sweet and Facetimed with me and emailed me tons this week. It made me feel so loved!

The Bad:
My internet connection was shotty so I had a hard time staying connected at times. Regardless, though, I was still so happy to talk to her and Layla, and I even got to talk to my mom too!

Seriously- how beautiful are these girls!?

Love

The Good:

I got to have dinner with my real life blog friend Theresa!

We went to Seasons 52 and it was incredible! Their autumn vegetarian meal was delicious.

Seasons 52!

And they have super cute dessert “shooters,” which of course we had to try. We both got the pumpkin pie. Yum!

Seasons 52!

It was so nice to see her. The last time we met face to face was for our real life blogger friend Sarah’s baby shower, and before that was for Theresa’s wedding!

Bts

The Better:

I got to go to her house last night and have dinner with her and her family!

I am pre-posting before I go over there, so I can’t tell you how great it was, haha, so I will have to add that to another post later this week. smile

The Best:

I am headed home today! I am so happy and so ready to be home to see my sweet Willy and my little baby faces

Weekend Recap: The One With The Pumpkins

Here we go again, another work week ahead of us.

Does it ever get easier?

I’m thinking no.

Such the optimist, here.

I’m on the road this week which made me dread Monday all the more. Up before 4am to catch the first flight out of OKC.

And I know I’ve probably said it a hundred times, but seriously- you can’t get a direct flight anywhere out of OKC.

Which is highly disappointing! I wanted to take a late night flight back home later this week, but unfortunately there is no such thing and I have to stay an extra night.

Anyway, enough complaining. That’s unallowable on Monday.

At least that’s what I’m telling myself.

Let’s take a step back to happier times:

The weekend!

It was nice, but passed way too quickly.

(as usual!)

My Friday started so wonderfully.

P and I met for lunch!

She was so thoughtful and brought me a green tea latte.

Best sister ever

How sweet, right!? I was touched by her kindness.

In just 30 short minutes we managed to have such great conversation, covering a spectrum of issues. It was so nice, and I was so thankful for it!

We can talk about everything, and not hold back. I love our honesty and our ability to share and I am so happy I have her here in OKC!

The weekend kicked off with a visit from the in-laws. They were off for Fall Break and wanted to drive to OKC to have dinner with us, which was nice.

I am really blessed to have an amazing extended family.

We had dinner, but unfortunately were not able to chat long because Will had a really early Saturday morning to prepare for. Nonetheless, it was a nice evening.

Saturday was busy!

I got up ridiculously early to see Will off, and then went to the gym to obliterate legs.

It was completely ridiculous, and I am having a hard time walking this morning!

I did a circuit, as usual, incorporating lots of cardio moves in between sets, and was dripping by the time I was done.

Excellent workout!

I wanted to clean my house because it is in major need, but sometimes there are more important things in life.

Like spending time with my favorite mother-daughter duo.

Um yeah- totally beats scouring the house and cleaning my fans. smile

We went downtown to the Myriad Gardens and took Layla to their pumpkin patch.

It was chilly, but ended up being sunny and beautiful. Definitely a good day to visit.

It was really cute, but mostly geared toward kids a little older. Layla much preferred to be held and wasn’t too excited about all the fun that abounded around her. I’m thinking maybe next year is her year instead haha

The pumpkin patch!
The pumpkin patch!
The pumpkin patch!
The pumpkin patch!  Cute scarecrow
The girls at the pumpkin patch!


After going through the pumpkin patch, we walked to Starbucks and chatted while Layla napped.

Nap

It was a really nice morning!

Will got home soon thereafter, so I did a little cooking for the game!

It was nice to sit on the couch and watch the game from home for a change. I love game days, but we have been either at Norman or on the road with the Sooners for much of the season, so it was a nice break. We snacked and cheered the Sooners to victory.

Afterward, P and I went to church!

As always, I was blessed by the sermon. I am so excited P went with me, and I pray the Lord leads her to exactly where she is supposed to be.

Afterward, I watched some of the Florida State/Clemson game, and then called it a night!

Will and I slept in yesterday, and it was so nice. He has been working ridiculous hours, and it felt good not to be a slave to the alarm clock. I got up at 8:30, feeling very rested!

I did a ton of work in the kitchen, prepping food for the week for Will since I’ll be gone (with a sweet treat coming tomorrow!), and even did some travel food prep for me, too!

I worked chest, triceps, and shoulders at the gym for a bit, and then came home to start packing.

Boo.

I REALLY did not want to travel this week. I really don’t like being away from home, so as much as I don’t like to wish days away, I am wishing this week away as fast as possible!

The bright spot, however, is that I will get to see my real life blog friend Theresa!

I spent the rest of the day getting posts ready for the week and hanging out with Will.

Another long week ahead of us, but thankfully I have fun planned.

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

-The easiest dessert you will ever make
-On the road workouts
-Goods and Bads: The DC Edition
-IF: Don’t miss it

Check in tomorrow!

the one where I went to church with P (and didn’t clean the fans) & look ahead

Hello friends!

I hope you had a wonderful weekend.

Has fall weather arrived for you yet?

This was the first weekend that was quintessentially fall.

And it was lovely!

I failed and took hardly any pictures of the weekend festivities.

So when you read this?

Pretend there are tons more visuals. smile

Friday night was low key, as they usually are when Will works Saturday mornings.

We had Subway for dinner and caught up on our shows.

Subs

We are so far behind on all of them, so we needed to clear a few off our DVR so they’re ready for more!

Saturday was pretty typical. Will went to work for part of the morning, while I headed to the gym.

I did my usual leg circuit and had the gym all to myself. It was so nice!

After, I cleaned the house.

With all this nice weather, there was no need to run the ceiling fan in the living room, so I turned it off.

Only to realize the thick layer of dust on the blades.

And I had already cleaned.

So the fan went back on.

Hey, it’s going to be in the 80s this week. I’ll clean the fans next time.

smile

I did a couple more things around the house, and then Will got home!

Before we knew it, it was time to get ready and head out to the game.

My boss (I am so blessed to have a great one!) gave me a Chili’s gift card last week, so we ended up using that before the game.

I got a black bean burger (ditched half the bun) with broccoli, and enjoyed Will’s company.

Then, it was time to head to Norman!

The Sooners hosted TCU Saturday night, and it sure proved to be a bit of a nail biter at times!

We stayed the whole time, and were thankful for a victory.

Definitely a fun game.

OU-TCU

Yesterday was a good day too, but went way too fast.

Since we got home late, we slept until 8:45. It was so nice!

I got ready quickly, and accompanied P to church!

She is trying to find a church home, and so I am going to visit a few with her until she decides which is best for her and Layla.

It was really nice getting to go to church with her.

We had a good chat as we headed there, so that was nice too.

The service was a blessing, and it is evident the church is growing and seeking God in all they do.  In fact, they began a sister church that is now on its own and supporting itself. P decided she wanted to try that one too, so I will visit there with her soon.

Afterward, we headed home, but not before I got to see this little one.

LuHow cute is she!?!

By the time I got home, it was well after 1:00, and I still had tons to do!

For that reason, I felt rushed and behind all day.

And still didn’t get through my weekend chore list.

Boo.

I hate starting the week that way!

I managed to get all the laundry done, and food prep for the week, which are the biggest.

So why am I complaining! smile

The rest of Sunday night was spent getting posts ready for the week and watching shows with Will.

And now? It’s Monday.

Sadness.

The good news is that we have fun stuff planned to help get us through!

Here’s what the B-Love Family is having for dinner this week:

-As previously mentioned, I’m totally trying this roasted vegetable penne (minus the gouda for me). I think it is going to be delicious!

-We are also having this salsa chicken (but with black beans instead of chicken for me)

-And Will requested one of his favorite casseroles his mom makes, so I’m making that for him (and I will have leftover penne)!

It’s OU-Texas week, so my workouts will be a little different than usual.

Usually, I prefer to lift at the end of the week, when I have more time at the gym, and I like my cardio sessions earlier in the week when I don’t feel like getting up early!

However, this week will be a little different:

-Monday: Back, biceps, shoulders & 10 minutes high intensity cardio
-Tuesday: Legs
-Thursday: Chest, triceps, shoulders & 10 minutes high intensity cardio

And then? Then I hope to squeeze at least one cardio session in over the weekend.

I’d love two cardio sessions, but I want to be realistic.

Here’s a look at what we’ll be talking about this week:

-An Introduction to Fair Food

-An Outdoor, At-Home Workout

-More Than a Cinderella Story

-OU-Texas Weekend begins

And hopefully more!

Check in this week, friends! Thanks for reading, and I’m sending prayers all of our ways today that we shine bright in all we do.

More to come…

the one where i procrastinated a lot, and a look ahead!

Hello lovelies!

I hope you all had a great weekend full of good memories that will keep you positive on the start to another long work week.

This is the end of the government fiscal year, so it’s crazy in my office right now.

I’m already ready for Friday!

For that reason- let’s reminisce a little. smile

My weekend was really nice.

OU was on a bye this week, which was sort of a nice break for a weekend.

It allowed me to clean the house and do absolutely NONE of the things I had on my list of things to do when the bye week came.

Oops! smile

Friday night was uneventful because Will had to work Saturday morning. Just hung out and watched some TV.

Saturday I got up early and saw Will off.

I went to the gym and did a leg circuit.

I love circuit training! I was soaked by the time I was done.

Afterward, I cleaned my house thoroughly.

Well… except not.

It’s getting cooler and we no longer need the fans on all the time.

When I turned them off, I noticed a layer of dust around the blade edges.

But by then I was already done cleaning.

So I turned the fans back on.

We’ll do that next weekend.

(Maybe I should have saved this secret for one of my confession posts? smile )

Afterward, I did something pretty cool.

But I’m not going to share it today.

Remember how I said I have had something on my heart?
Well, I took the bull by the horns.

More to come on that later, though.

Afterward, Will was home and we took a little nap, and by then it was nearly 4!

The girls in my life group decided to go out to dinner Saturday night. I looked forward to it all week!

So here’s the second confession of this post, ever since we got back from Kuwait… oh you know FIVE years ago, we haven’t really connected with a solid group of friends.

(Because I had my sister, and um, what else do you need? Haha)

Sure we have work friends we like a lot, and friends that do not live nearby we often talk to, but in terms of a solid group that live nearby and share our love of Christ and are there to build us up? We didn’t have that.

And I used to think that was okay. However, our pastor has been preaching on friendship lately, and it’s been blowing me away.

Not only that, but the last couple months of being connected in a life group has totally opened our eyes on all the blessings we were missing!

I am so thankful for this group of ladies.

Life group girls!

God is so good!

We went to Mama Rojas on Lake Hefner. It was so beautiful!

Dinner on the lake

I got the veggie fajitas and enjoyed good company. We laughed a lot!

I got home and watched the last of the Texas-K State game with Will, and then it was bedtime!

Yesterday was church, the gym, and then a fun day out with my sister!

We went to Café do Brasil for a late brunch. We had heard good things about it, plus they have a good vegetarian menu.

The food was yummy! I wish I would have taken a picture of it to share.

Fail.

But I did get a picture of the creepy mural in the bathroom.

Why do I feel like he’s watching you “go?”

This is a mural in he bathroom. Why do I feel like he's watching people pee?

Afterward, we took a walk around Midtown and ended up at Coffee Slingers. I got a peppermint tea, and P got coffee.

Coffee slingers

We sat and chatted and enjoyed the break.

We walked back, headed home, and wow it was nearly 4!

Where did my day go!? I still had to prep food, do laundry, edit a video…

Yeah, not my best afternoon.

And no, it all didn’t get done.

Eh, it happens… at least that’s what I’m telling myself so I stop being neurotic.

Here’s a look at what we will be chatting about this week:

-We wrap up our protein series high as a kite

-Another at-home football inspired workout drill to wrap up our September series!

-A sweet (and surprising!) treat

-How to travel healthy

-and (hopefully!) insights into why we can’t be perfect

So check in this week. I look forward to our chats!

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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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