Halloween 2017

I am jumping on real quick to give an update on Halloween 2017.

We celebrated in Charlestown again this year and had so much fun. There are so many young family’s and kids dressed up in costumes.

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Emerson surprised me with how comfortable she was with all the Halloween madness. She quickly figure out how to trick or treat and was walking up to houses and sticking her basket out for candy. She has no idea what candy is but she loved getting things put in her pumpkin! It was so fun!

Halloween 2017

I am not a big, creative costume type gal but I love all Holiday’s especially one’s where you get to go out, have fun, celebrate and enjoy each other’s company. Next year I think we might have to have a family themed costume.

Halloween 2017

How was your Halloween? Did you dress up!?

Weekend Fun

This weekend went by really fast! It was the first weekend in a while that we were home and it was really nice. We spent a lot of time together as a family and I also did a lot of yoga stuff!

On Friday night, my mom picked up Emerson from daycare and Vinnie and I went on a quick date night to the new Corepower Yoga Studio in the Seaport and then grabbed dinner at Empire. It was improntu and really nice.

On Saturday, I taught yoga in the morning and then we went to the Pumpkin Palooza at Lawn on D in the afternoon. We had no idea what to expect but it was packed and super fun. They had pumpkins there for families to carve, train rides, face painting and of course fall beer and yummy treats. It was a beautiful day and a perfect way to get outside and spend the Halloween weekend.

On Sunday, we explored a new park and hung out there for wayyyy too long. Emerson was exhausted but it was so fun we couldn’t leave. There were so many toys and kids to play with. We loved it and will absolutely be going back very soon.

Snacking At Union Park

Sunday afternoon, instead of watching the Pats game, I was in the yoga studio for 3 hours. We had a Q4 annual update teacher training meeting. It was actually a nice refresher and great to see so many of the other teachers. It can just be hard to give up so much time on the weekend especially when I only get 2 days to hang with my family. But, now I am super prepared to teach and that is a great feeling!

Tomorrow is Halloween. We did a test run in Emerson’s costume and she seemed to like it ok! She doesn’t love the hat but she wore the fox suit no prob. The tail gets me! She is going to be the cutest little fox!

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This week, I am really trying to focus in on my diet and exercise. I have been letting it slip lately and I am determined to reset and restart. The Tone It Up 21 Day Challenge Round 2 starts today so I am going to try to use that as a guide.

My goals are to:
– Do the 21 daily moves, every day
– Pack my breakfast and lunch for work  and eat only what I bring
– Cook my dinners rather than just snacking on whatever is around the house.

Cheers to a new week!

I hope you had a great weekend! I will be back on Thursday to share all about Halloween.

Balancing Life, Work and Family

I have so many things I want to do. For some reason, I just can’t commit and spend time on any of them. Instead of picking one thing I have five and none of them are getting the attention that they truly need. Rather, I’m working a full-time job, that I really don’t like, and it’s just dragging me down. I get emails from work and I just want to ignore them because I don’t care, I get home from work and I’m so deflated that I just want to sit on the couch and watch TV. I feel lazy and unmotivated which I hate.

I don’t mean to complain. I hate to be negative. But I’m just feeling tired and discouraged and like I have no real path.

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The one thing I do know is I love my family and I want to spend as much time as I can with them. I just don’t know how to do that, have an income, and not feel like I’m just going through the motions.

Here is a thought: If I spend a half an hour on each end of the day I might be able to do some of those things I like to do while still working my desk job until I can figure out my next move. Hmmm… I think that’s gonna be my plan. I’m gonna try and get up a half an hour earlier to work out every day and then at night I’m going to try and spend a half an hour working on a passion projects whatever that may be, maybe it’s this blog maybe it’s a Podcast idea, maybe it’s becoming a health coach. But I’m gonna spend a half an hour at night, a couple times a week, trying to figure out what I truly want to do. To be fair to myself I’m going to try and do it 3-4 days a week so that I don’t put so much pressure on myself to do it every single night. I know that’s unrealistic and if I miss one night, I am the type of person who would just give up and say it’s not possible.

Balancing Life Work and Family

Hopefully this will help me feel like I’m doing more for myself and making a plan for my future doing something I truly want to be doing. It’ll make me a happier person and in return a better wife and mother which is ultimately all I want.

Here’s to giving it a try! I will let you know how it goes 🙂

 

4th of July Weekend 

For the 4th, we headed up to Vermont to spend time with family and take advantage of the beautiful lake and mountains. We spent the days outside, soaking in the vitamin D!

I did a pretty good job of following my own tips for staying healthy on the 4th of July. I enjoyed myself but didn’t overdo it too much! I went on long walks or ran every day which was a huge accomplishment! However, I am on a serious kick to get back in shape, clean up my diet and feel better about myself because things have gotten a little out of control…

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It was Emerson’s first time on a boat. She did great, except really wanted to run around, which just isn’t possible!

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Every July 3rd, the locals put on a firework show on the lake. We all go out on the boats and watch the show from the water. It is such a fun tradition.

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My mom and Emerson had matching shirts on. My mom was super excited!

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Vinnie and I met up with some friends and went strawberry picking. Emerson LOVED the strawberries. They were super fresh and juicy. I can’t remember if I have ever been strawberry  picking but it was really fun and family friendly. And cheap! I love apple picking in the fall but it’s always so expensive for a bag. We got 2 large pints of strawberries for $4.50… score! 🙂

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I hope you had a great 4th!

Desk Job vs. Passion Job

I made it through my first week at my new job. Success!!

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I have to admit, going into it, I was not very excited. I was putting it “out of sight, out of mind” and didn’t really even acknowledge I was taking on a new job. Honestly, I was not excited about just taking another job, in another office because I truly want to find a way to pursue health and fitness as my career. That is my passion. That is what I really want to be doing every day.

I listen to a million podcasts that all tell me what I should be doing…. “if you’re not doing what you love, you need to figure out what it is and do it… “work all day and then work on my dream job/passion job at night”… “if it is really my passion, I will find a way to make it my job”… “do both jobs until you get your passion job to a sustainable place.”

That is all well and good (and admirable), but do those people have a 1 year old at home, a mortgage to pay, mouths to feed? Ha! Also, in my opinion, there is something to be said about the comfort of a desk job, knowing what to expect, showing up, doing your job and then turning off and going home at night to your family/life. Clearly that reason, right there, is why I have taken this new job, why I have not dropped everything to pursue my passion. I am comfortable with a steady paycheck and the certainty of my daily schedule.

Desk Job vs. Passion Job

I also want to come home and be able to relax a little. As it is, with prepping for the next day, cleaning bottle and Tupperware, and making dinner, I barely get to sit down before 9pm anyway. Then I have to open my computer and start working on my passion job? No thank you, not right now.

Well this is not where I thought this post was going to go :). I started to write thinking I would share about my new job, the routine, the people, the actual work, but my stream of conscious clearly brought me down a different path. I will leave that other stuff for another time.

Have a great week!

Thanksgiving 2016 and the Killington FIS Alpine Skiing World Cup

As with most years, we spent Thanksgiving in Vermont with lots of family. I honestly didn’t take many pictures as I was trying to be present and enjoy the time with each other. Although we did eat multiple Thanksgiving meals…

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On Tuesday before Thanksgiving Vinnie and I hosted my family and our apartment because it was the only day all of us would be together. Julia flew out on Wednesday to go ski in Europe.

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On Wednesday we drove to Vermont.

On Thursday we ate Thanksgiving with Vinnie’s family and then walk down the hill to my aunts house and had another Thanksgiving with my side of the family.

On Friday we vegged and ate leftovers.

On Saturday and Sunday we went to Killington and watch the F I S World Cup for alpine women’s ski racing. This was a huge moment in Vermont and New England ski racing. So many people showed up to cheer on the best in the world and it was incredibly exciting to be there and a part of the historic event.  Over the two days of the event, there were over 30,000 spectators in attendance.  That’s incredible!

There were mobs of people walking up the access rode to watch the race.

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The spectators piled in. No one cared about the cold, rain, fog or snow. They were all there to cheer on the ski racers and take in the moment.Killington World Cup 2016

We brought Emerson along for all the fun. She was such a trooper. She brave the crowds, the noise, and the weather like a champ.

My brother hooked us up with VIP tickets so I was able to bring Emerson out of the crowds and into the warmth much easier. I still had to nurse her in public because there was no privacy to be found. Emerson was very distracted by all the commotion!

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Killington World Cup 2016

It was a great weekend with so much family time. It made it really hard to go back to work but it’s also nice to get back into a routine. This holiday season is going to be busy with lots of holiday parties and celebrations. This weekend definitely a great kick off!

How was your Thanksgiving weekend?

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Halloween 2016.

Emerson’s first Halloween. It was a great one.

During the day, Daycare did a parade through our office so all employees could see the cute kids in their costumes. The infants were strapped into this awesome wagon-like thing that had seats. It was so cute! Emerson loved seeing all the people in the office and was super smiley.

Emerson was a pumpkin! I went back and forth about whether or not I should buy her a “real” costume. I opted not to spend the $$ and put her in a onsie we already had with a hat my aunt made and it was perfect!

After work, I headed to Charlestown for more Halloween shenanigans. I am part of the Charlestown Mother’s Association and during maternity leave would go for walks with all the moms that had babies around Emerson’s age. There are so many moms!! We made sure to take a picture all of the babies in their costume. It was adorable!

Babys in Halloween costumes

Family photo with our little pumpkin!

Halloween 2016

Halloween 2016

Lots of family came down to celebrate Emerson’s first Halloween. It was a beautiful night! I am already looking forward to next year when Emerson will actually be able to walk around and trick or treat.

This is my favorite photo and I just had to share!

How was your Halloween!?

Family Adventures 

Emerson has been on a tour of New England this summer. She has met almost our entire family, on both sides. We have been to Vermont, Long Island, New Hampshire, beaches, lakes, mountains and parks. Below are a few pictures from the first part of August.

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My cousin Pearson married his longtime girlfriend, Lis, in a gorgeous ceremony in an amazingly beautiful location.Her dress is from BHLDN and was absolutely stunning!  Family weddings are always so fun. Lots of drinking, dancing and late night shenanigans!

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My cousin Abbi’s beautiful family of 6!

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My family cheesing hard for the camera!

After the wedding, the family spend some time down by the lake. The weather was beautiful and everyone had a great time.

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My cousin Abbi loving Emerson! I aspire to be a mom to Emerson like she is to her amazing 4 children.

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Abbi’s oldest son, Avery, holding Emerson for the first time.

After a really fun weekend in Vermont to celebrate my cousin Pearson’s wedding, we all headed home. Abbi came down with her daughter Izzi to spend some quality time with our grandparents before she headed home to South Carolina. It was really nice to relax and catch up with everyone.

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Big family dinner at our favorite Chinese restaurant.Emerson sat through the whole thing on her Aunt Viki’s lap and loved every.

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Spending quality time in Woodie and Nini’s backyard.

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Cousin Izzi and Emerson bonding!

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Emerson hanging out with her Great Grandmother Nini. Happy as can be.

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Izzi talking to Great Grandpa Woodie. They are having a very in-depth conversation.

Next time on Family Adventures…pictures of our trip to Long Island for a beach vacation and another family wedding.

Columbus Day Weekend 2015 & Weekly Workout Recap

I hope everyone is enjoying Columbus Day Weekend. We had a fun fall filled weekend. We visited one of my good friends and went apple picking and on Sunday we went to the Topsfield Fair with my family. I have lots of pictures to share the weekend.

Apple Picking At Applecrest Farm

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Tractors at apple picking

Apple crest orchard

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These are some wicked fun facts about choosing the apple variety for specific things like salads, snacks, desserts… etc.

Sunday trip to the Topsfield fair to celebrate my dad’s birthday!

Topsfield Fair
We were not the only one’s going to the fair.


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Lily won a duck stuffed animal and a gold fish!
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I thought these cow facts were interesting so I thought others might find them cool too!

Topsfield Fair 2015

Today I have to leave for a work trip, but not before running in the Tufts 10K. I will write up a recap for Wednesday!

Here is my weekly workout recap for 10.5.15

Weekly Workout Recap:

Monday: Ran 40 minutes and Yoga Sculpt Class at CPY

Tuesday: 35 minute total body toning and 30 minute treadmill run

Wednesday: 3.5 mile run

Thursday: 5 mile run

Friday: Rest

Saturday: Rest — walking while apple picking

Sunday: 75 minute yoga class at CPY

This week, I did well with my workouts. I reached my goals of doing yoga at least twice and running at least 3 times. The more I do these recaps, the more I realize I need to work on my diet in order to see changes. I consistently fit in my workout… Yes, I could run longer or do more high intensity work outs but either way, I exercise at least 5 times a week. My diet is what I need to change. I need to work on this, stop snacking so much and create a plan I can follow.

Goals for this week: I am traveling most of this week, so I won’t be able to do yoga but I am still going to try to fit in some runs. I want to try to run 30 miles this week. That is a lot compared to what I have been doing but when you do the math out it’s 4.2 miles a day. I can do that!

My real goal this week is going to be to focus on my diet. It’s going to be hard because I am traveling and won’t have as much control, but I want to challenge my willpower and only eat what I really want and until I am satisfied. I, too often, eat just to eat.  Here goes nothing!

What are your goals for the week? Did you get all the workouts in you wanted to last week?

Labor Day Weekend

I hope everyone had a fabulous Labor Day Weekend!! We had so much fun up in Vermont with our family and friends. We floated around on the lake, went for a few nice VT walks and ate incredible local food.

We also drank a little too much and ate way too many chips and treats. But, that’s what the Holiday weekend is all about, right!?

I tried really hard to stick to my Elimination Diet that I started earlier in the week. I would give myself a grade of a B. I did a really good job in the beginning but as the weekend dragged on and my “gluten free, diary free” food dwindled, I started to snack on un-approved food. But, the biggest win for me was that I did not sip beer at all! This was so hard, because I love beer. I always steal sips of everyone’s beer because I want to try them all and I did not do that once. Yea, me! Now I just need to figure out the food thing too.

Below are some snap shots from our very fun filled weekend. What was the highlight of your LDW!?