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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.)


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.


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 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.


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


2013 Year in Review

I did this last year, and thought it would be good to do it again this year.

If anything, because I’m 30 now and old and can barely remember which fibrous cereal I had for breakfast let alone 12 months ago. smile

Without further ado, my 2013 year in review!

Saw the cowboy ride away (George Strait’s last concert tour)

The Cowboy Rides Away Tour

Went to Boston for work

Surprised Will with a small V-Day basket

My valentine

Celebrated P’s 23rd at Bolero

Ps bday

Fed my phone to Rocky

Broken phone

Celebrated 9 years of marriage

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Took P and Layla to Zam Zams to enjoy some of our favorite Middle Eastern cuisine

Zam zams!

Got a promotion at work!

Traveled to Boston for work
Beautiful blooms!

Turned 30 (and didn’t cry or die like I thought I would smile)!!

One of my fun cards

Had sushi with P

Had so much fun touring the OU football facilities

The Bell Dozer

From the press box

Play like a champion today

Went to the Arts Festival

The girls

Went to the Red & White game over my birthday weekend.
Red and white 2013

Started Ipsy subscriptions!

Got a spray tanner for my birthday, and (sort of...) mastered it.


Went to Boston for work…again


Was rocked by the Moore tornado. Thankfully safe , but knew so many affected. It still hurts when I think about it.


We bought a motorcycle.

The bike!

Spent a weekend in a beautiful remote cabin with my family (part of May too… over Memorial Day!)



Playing with pups

Learned how to roast garlic.

Celebrated Layla’s 1st birthday!
Layla turns one!

Went to the Toby Keith Moore Tornado Relief Concert (and sweat like pigs!)

Toby Keith Moore relief concert

Visited Will’s family & shot some paint balls.

Shooting paintballs

Celebrated Will’s 33rd
Will's Birthday!

Started looking for a life group

Babysat Layla

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Got my first ever speeding ticket

Bought a dining room table

My new dining set

Kicked off another OU football season


Lots and lots of OU football

Stripe the stadium  OU-West VA

Went to dinner with my LG girls
Life group girls!

Went to breakfast with P

Coffee slingers

Traveled to south bend for the OU-ND game!

BnW OU-Notre Dame

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And made a pit stop in Indy!

Watching the colts game

Got all dressed up and went to a wedding.

Who are these dressed up kids!?

Went to OU-Texas

OU-Texas 2013

Took Layla to a pumpkin patch

The pumpkin patch!  In front of the creepy scarecrow dude

Went to DC for work, got to see Theresa!

A great evening at home with Terry.


Went home to cheer on Will’s high school football team
High school football

Shot paint balls

Went to our last OU game for the season

OU-IA state  Windy Saturday

Celebrated Thanksgiving in Colorado

The girls

Face timing with my Will

Paid off our credit card!!!

Put up the tree!


Battled bad weather

Helped P move into her house

Professionals at work

Had our LG Christmas party, danced the night away!

Celebrated Christmas Eve with my parents

& Christmas Day with Will’s family

Christmas 2013!

It was a wonderful year, full of so many blessings.

I never really set resolutions, but I had a few things I wanted to focus on during 2013.

I wanted to know God more. That’s an ongoing desire, but this year I made such strides in drawing near to God. His grace is so real, and I am so excited about knowing him more in 2014.

I also wanted to be a better wife, family member, and friend. Same thing for 2014. As silly as it sounds, when I turned 30 it was like a switch went off (um, did this switch go off for any of you guys?). I want to focus on loving my husband, family, and friends even more, and blessing them like they bless me.

Just like last year, I want to be healthy. I also want to evaluate whether or not I might need to make some changes to help with my iron and B-12 levels.

I also wanted to give myself more credit in my job. I’m not that mousy 22 year old girl anymore. My second promotion at this company was a great re-validation. I want to continue to evaluate my career this year. There’s tons of changes looming all around me, and I want to really do a gut check and pray about what 2014 holds.

So what about you? Give me your 2013 year in review. Do you make resolutions? If so, share!

Thanksgiving Recap & Look Ahead

It’s December.

How did this even happen!?

I can’t prove it, but I’m pretty sure time is moving faster.

So, can you indulge me and take a look way far back into last month… also known as last weekend?


Oh, but before we start- Happy Thanksgiving again! I hope you had a wonderful weekend. 

So you got the gist of my Thanksgiving Day extravaganza. Strapped in tightly with my family all the way on the 9 hour drive to Colorado.

It sounds like I’m complaining (um, I sort of am?), but it wasn’t that bad. It was sort of fun.

Cutie Thanksgiving 2013

Keeping busy  Thanksgiving 2013

Windmill!  Thanksgiving 2013

Just like old times, except now I’m ancient and my legs get all creaky and tired from all that sitting, and my sister as a kid.

And I hate gas station food.

Just like old times… except not. smile

We got in early Thanksgiving afternoon and surprised my grandma.

My mom called earlier that day and told tall tales about our Thanksgiving plans and our meal, and my grandma ate it all up.

She sure was surprised when we got there. It was adorable. I got her on video opening the door and it was a moment I will cherish!

Layla and grandma

Because of the amount of family that would be staying at my grandparent’s, my parents decided to get me, P, and Layla a hotel room. It turned out to be a good thing because Layla can be hard to put to sleep. Plus we had our own space (and bathroom!) so that was nice.

It was Layla’s first time in a hotel, which was sort of funny.

Everything was so new! Couple that with her sporadic sleep schedule because of the travel day, and we ended up going to be around 7 that night and getting up at like midnight for a “party.”

What a night.

Sleepover Party!

Friday’s predictions were a little off.

It should have been moved to Saturday, but hey? It was a prediction, I am wrong sometimes. Haha

Friday started early. I got up to squeeze in a quick workout before the day got started. Toward the end I was greeted by visitors knocking on the gym door.

P and Layla woke up and came to greet me!

We got cleaned up and had a quick breakfast at the hotel .

My grandma was going through a round of chemo this week, so my mom and I drove my grandma to her chemo treatment and sat with her.

Chemo with my grandma. Waiting to go in

Oh friends, it was sad. The reality of her sickness was before me the whole time we were there.

She took the treatment like a champ, and I suppose after months of months of being there she has become a pro. However, I know it never gets easier. It probably only gets harder. At least it does for me.

She does a lot of reading while she’s there, so I bought her a Billy Graham devotional. I hope she reads it and it blesses her.

There was a young guy there getting what he hoped to be his last treatment that day. It was exciting for him, and he was chatty which made the time pass quickly.

It was hard to go, but I’m glad I did. I am glad she had company, and I’m glad I got to spend some extra time with her.

After her appointment, my mom, sister, and I made a trip to the local grocery store to get food for our Thanksgiving meal!

Small town grocery shopping!

As silly as it sounds, I love grocery shopping, especially in cutesy small town stores. I got a veggie tray and green beans, quick and easy. smile We got to my grandma’s and my mom and I spent about an hour in the kitchen prepping food for Saturday. It was fun and we were speedy!

As predicted, it was meltdown city in the house. Poor Layla was stripped down to her diaper and P and I kept going out on the patio.

Can we all please make a pact that we will keep our houses only reasonably heated when we get old, please?


We watched football, had pizza for dinner (um, veggie with totally non vegan cheese haha), and called it a night.

Saturday, like Friday, started with an early morning workout. This one was only 25 minutes so it was speedy but I’m at least glad I got it in.

We got around slowly and headed over a little before lunch.

It was good to see family and all spend time together. I know it made my grandparents happy.

I got a dessert plate.

We should leave it at that.

We chatted, watched football, and had a nice afternoon.

After everyone left, we watched some more football and had Thanksgiving Round 2.

Um and please tell me you watched the Alabama game!? Crazy!

Will and I had fun talking about it afterward.

Face timing with my Will

(Check out Will’s no shave November beard! Crazy!)

I sure did miss that guy. As predicted, he didn’t want to live our lives on Facetime, but he did indulge me a little.

Before long, it was time to call it a night. We said our goodbyes and I was sure to hug my grandparents tightly.

Yesterday was all about rushing to get home… along with everyone else in America. The roads were packed!

It sure felt good to be home. I missed Will and the dogs so much! The dogs have been too cute, by my side all night.

Will and I chatted and watched football together, while I multitasked doing laundry, unpacking a little, and getting this post ready!

And now?

Back to reality.

What about you? What did you do? I love to hear stories and traditions. Share, share! smile

I’m not even going to waste space telling you my meal plan, because it’s weak. I didn’t have time to go to the grocery store, so it will be a lot of cabinet clean out concoctions.

Luckily, the same cannot be said for this week’s posts. I actually planned these bad boys out. So rest assured, you will not be served cabinet clean out pie for posts this week. Haha

Here’s a look at what I have coming up:
-An easy swap for healthy hair
-Should you ask for a pre-workout this Christmas?
-To put up the tree, or not put up the tree: that is the question
-and more!

Check in tomorrow!

Friday Predictions

Hi! It’s Friday!

The Friday after Thanksgiving.

Um, except I pre-posted this one, so I’m having to look into the future with all my deep wisdom.

Ba dum dum.

So… today is our Thanksgiving dinner, on a Friday.

Hey, sometimes it happens.

I am a little nervous about today’s meal because it’s the first time I’ve been around this side of the family since my decision to go primarily vegan.

I don’t plan on bringing it up at all, but inevitably, I know it will.

And I realize it’s no big deal, but my mom’s side of the family owned a large farm as well as a huge feedlot for decades.

So..."Brittny! You need to have meat on your plate!”

Oh Sheesh…

Hey, we’re family. I’m sure it won’t be a big deal.

And they’ll totallyunderstand the concept of a person not eating meat.


That’s my look into the future.

I’m also predicting it’s going to be frigid.

Like way frigid.

But that I’ll be near meltdown stage in my grandparent’s house.

Why do the elderly love the heater so much?

I also predict I am going to deviate from my normal diet today.

I will likely have one of those dessert plates I talked about on Wednesday.

Is that moderation?

Don’t answer that.

I also predict I’ll be watching polka dancing on some random and unheard of channel you probably have too but just don’t know exists.

Who ventures up to the channel 600s anyway?

I predict Layla refusing to take naps.

Because, well, that’s a sure thing.

I also predict calling Will and wanting to like Facetime our whole day.

You know, like we take the phone everywhere and just live our normal lives, but together...only on the phone.

I predict Will is not going to be on board with that. But hey, here’s to hoping I’m wrong.

I’m not.

Alright, that’s about all I can see right now. wink Anything you forsee happening to you today?

You know, besides Thanksgiving Round 2.

Undoing What You Did: How to Survive the Day After a Layover

So a few weeks ago I mentioned a really long day at the Minneapolis airport.


It was rough.

I was up before 3am go catch my first flight.

When I got to MN, I was on and off the plane three different times and waited for what felt like forever as they attempted to fix a problem on the plane.

Each time we would sit, and sit, and sit on the plane and get off, they would tell us to stay nearby.

So, for that reason I tried not to drink too much so I wouldn’t have to go to the bathroom the second I got on the plane (I just can’t do it. It has to be a complete emergency for me to go to the bathroom on an airplane).

Well, those teasers ended up turning into 6 hours of either sitting on an airplane or at the gate waiting to get on an airplane.


I was already slightly under the weather, I was exhausted from the early morning, and then coupled with the dehydration and multiple meals of protein bars, I was just left feeling blah.

This post is devoted to how to undo what you’ve done, whether it’s a long day of travel and crappy eating, feeling slightly unwell, or even overdoing it the night before.

Here was my action plan for the very next morning (and I even did some of these night I got home):



Yeah I know, what a shock.

But seriously- fill the biggest cup you have with water and go to town.

Repeat a million times.

Okay, maybe not a million… but close.

Flying can take a toll on your body, and dehydration is a common occurrence, as you’re in a low humidity atmosphere.

So drink up.

When I got home, I wasn’t feeling all that great (slight cold), so I focused on hot hydration by drinking lots of green tea.

Make a nutrient packed green monster
Not only does this help hydrate, but it also delivers valuable vitamins and helps replenish stores that were lost during the long layover bout .

I doubled up on the benefits by making a green tea green monster. smile

I brewed a cup of green tea, let it cool, and added it to my monster.

I loaded up on extra spinach, flax, avocado and healthy greens powder to help hit my system with the goodness it lacked.

Speaking of- take your vitamins!

I always pack my vitamins and take them everyday, but if you don’t?


Especially when you’re not properly feeding yourself.

Eat your fruits and veggies: Power up and fill up


The next day centered around lots if fruits and veggies in order to power up and fill up.

Since I was feeling a little sick, I knew the vitamins would do me good and keeps from feeling worse by eating something too heavy.

Did I mention hydrate?


So this is one thing I don’t do in an airport for fear I’ll look silly, but something I really should!


Carrying super heavy bags for hours, standing and waiting, cramming yourself in and out of airplanes… Yeah it causes a little tension.

Tight necks and shoulders are painful, and taking time to stretch out and elongate the muscles can help ease stress and loosen knots.

Similarly to stretching, deep breathing from your belly can help calm your mind and alleviate tightness and stress. I did lots of deep breaths that day… Mostly in the form of frustrated sighs haha

Pucker Up! (Lip care)
Along with the dehydration and deep huffing and puffing breathing comes chapped lips.

Be sure to have a balm handy to ward off scaliness.

Like, you know, five million chapsticks. smile


Grab a magazine and wait
Sometimes there’s really nothing you can do by wait.

In those instances, that’s all we can do! Instead of getting irate and letting our blood pressure rise, better to get one of their airline vouchers and spend it on a healthy snack and magazine to keep your occupies.

So there you have it. These were the elements I used to help get me back to normal, and hopefully they will help you during your next painful layover too.

(But hopefully you don’t have a layover! smile )

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.


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


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.


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!


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.



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!


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.


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.


The Good:

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


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.


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!?


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!


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

Work it Out Wednesday: Hotel Friendly Workouts


Well sweets, it’s my last full day away.

That makes me happy.

Plus I have lots to catch you up on, like how I got to meet up with my friend Theresa!

Not to worry, that all comes tomorrow.

Today is all about working out away from home.

I’m on the road this week, but that doesn’t mean my workouts get a break.

Not at all.

It just means they’re a little different.

A little more hotel-room friendly.

As luck would have it, my hotel has a great gym, however I decided to stick with my previous plans.

Besides, these workouts are incredibly effective and hit all the major muscle groups.

Sounds like a plan to me!

Here are a handful of my favorite hotel friendly workouts.

Give these a try next time you’re on the road.

No excuses not to get your heart rate up!

This 100 Challenge is super when you’re on the road and have little room. It’s even better when you have little time. You can get a total body workout in 20 minutes!

I absolutely hate to love this workout, but I always come back for more punishment.

I don’t even want to do the math on how many burpees I’ve done at the end of that workout. I know it’s darn near short of one too many. haha

This one is rough, but I like it when I’m on the road.
If the tuck jumps are too hard in the hotel room space available, I just do jump squats.

When I’m on the road I miss Will a lot, especially in recent years because we have gotten so close.

I think I’m going to toss in this workout just because it was Will’s first boot camp with me. Seems like the perfect one to do while on the road.

So give these a go next time you’re away from home. You’ll start the day feeling refreshed, empowered, and ready to tackle whatever lies ahead.

More to come! Homeward bound tomorrow.

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.


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.


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!

OU-Texas Weekend 2013: The Wheels on the Bus

They go round and round.

Round, and round.

Round and round.

That pretty well summarizes our weekend.

Today is as good as any to recap our OU-Texas extravaganza.

I apologize for all the repetitive travel and football posts recently, but, well that’s pretty much what’s been going on these days so that’s what I post about!

Perhaps next year we will pick up a more exhilarating and ever-changing hobby.

But probably not.


Our extended weekend started with a Thursday night wedding! It was for the son of one of our couples in our Life Group.

I know I sound like a broken record, but seriously- can I please tell you how good God is? I am so thankful for getting connected into a small group instead of only going to church and getting lost in the crowd. It has been such a blessing.

The wedding was at the historic Harn Homestead right outside OKC’s capital. I had never been, and it’s a neat little place. The wedding was outside, and the reception was in the barn. I realize that sounds a little redneck, but trust me, it was beautiful!

It was so whimsy inside!


Milk and cookies table

They did a milk and cookie bar, and had a lot of other fun things inside I did not photograph.

Who are these dressed up kids!?

Will got all dressed up so I had to take a couple pictures. smile

I told him he was a little over the top for wearing his suit, but now I’m glad he did since we got to take a few pictures with him all spiffed up.

We got home sort of late, and had to get up early so that was fun! Ha

Friday unfolded just as I predicted, so no real need to recap other than share a few pictures along the way!

Healthy snacking:
Grapes on the way to TX

Bevo Bash:
Bevo Bash

Dinner (did not eat the sauce):
Ruth's Chris dinner

Saturday was game day.

Oh game day.

We got up early, and got around. I thought it might be pretty cool out, so I brought a jacket.

The second we stepped outside, the air took my breath away.

Complete soup.


Literally sweating before 8:00 in the morning.


Like every year, we take the DART bus/train to the State Fair. We got there with no trouble. Yay!

We usually like to buy our coupons and use them before the game so it’s not too busy.

Will got a drink and corny dog. smile

Corny dog time

And I got fried cake balls.

Yes. That says fried cake balls

Fried cake balls. Now off to fun ten miles.

Yes, it’s true. It happened.

Will had one, and I had the others. They were absolutely delicious!


Afterward, we headed to the stadium, sweating all over ourselves along the way.

I can’t believe the humidity!

I immediately put my hair up.

Will says I’m silly, but I swear you can see the humidity haze in this picture!

OU-Texas 2013

OU was supposed to win my double digits, so I was pretty pumped for the game.

Except, we lost by double digits and looked horrible.

Bummer, but it happens sometimes.

Will and I ended up leaving early to beat the crowds.

We got back to the DART train station, and there were lots of helpful workers there to make sure we got on the right train.

The ride was about 25 minutes long, and we were ready for it to be over so we could get back to the hotel.

We rode to the bus station, and hoped to find the same DART workers to help there.

Only unfortunately, no one was to be found.


Luckily, we planned ahead and took a picture of our bus stop that morning to make sure we wouldn’t forget.


The bus ride that nearly caused an aneurism.

The only bummer was that we had to wait about 45 minutes for the next bus to come.

We finally got on the 488 and were ready to roll.

And roll

And roll.

Finally, about 40 minutes in, Will and I realized the bus driver had turned around and it seemed as though he was heading back to the bus station.

Will got up to talk to him and reconfirm we were on the right bus.

He said yes.

We were relieved.

Until he took us back to the station.


Did we really have a conversation about making sure he was stopping at Valley View Lane and he said yes?

Yeah- obviously not.

At this point in the day, I thought Will was going to have a brain aneurism.

Seriously, he was hulking out and I’m pretty sure he even had a vein protruding from both sides of his neck.

Okay. Perhaps I’m exaggerating a lot a little.

So Will and I decided to get off and call the DART helpline.

They were helpful and we got squared away, but we had to wait almost an hour for the next bus.

We were hungry.

We were thirsty.

We were tired.

We were sunburned.

Our team lost, and we were both grumpy.

The afternoon? Not the greatest.

The bus finally came, and 30 minutes later we were at the hotel. We left around 1:30 and got home at 5.

What an afternoon.


By then, we were both wiped and neither of us was up to going out to eat. We ended up eating at our hotel restaurant. Afterward, we showered and were both in bed by about 6:30.

We watched college football (Did you guys see the Michigan-Penn State OT game!?), and went to sleep before 9.

Wild night, I tell you. smile

Sunday is usually a toss up for us. We’ve stayed in Dallas to shop, sometimes we just sleep in, have an early lunch, and take our time heading home, and other times we’ve gotten out of Dodge as early as possible.

This year? We got out of Dodge as early as possible.

We figured we might as well get home early and have time to unpack, prepare for the week, and rest, so that’s what we did!

We were home before 11:30, which was really nice. It gave me time to do food prep for the week, three loads of laundry, and a couple other things (like blogging!).

All in all it was a good weekend despite the loss.

I tried my best to soak up the time because Will is about to start a new grueling work schedule. :( (Think back to our Kuwait schedules, but even a little worse now.)

Just thinking about it makes me feel so sad, and makes me miss him already!

And now no breaks until Thanksgiving! Yikes. Time to keep my head down and plow forward!

Thanksgiving, here we come.

Check in tomorrow for core exercises!

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