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Chelsea’s Jazzercise Baby Shower

Hey there! Hope your Monday is going swell. Mine’s been flyin’ by, and I’m ready for a night of relaxation!

So yesterday I promised a recap of what else I did with my Valentine’s weekend. And it just so happens that I attended a fabulous baby shower for a fellow Jazzercise instructor!

Chelsea’s Shower Class

IMG_3317So, when you are a Jazzercise instructor, you don’t get the typcial ‘shower’ for special occasions like weddings or babies. You get the Jazzer treatment and of course, this centers around a fun, themed Jazzercise class!

IMG_3303Here’s Chelsea. Ain’t she cute with that little preggo belly? We celebrated her gender reveal with a Jazzercise Plus, 90 minute, class on Saturday morning. And it’s a BOY! Woot!! So Baby Boy Taylor is on the way this summer. We danced to lots of baby-themed songs to celebrate the expecting momma.

IMG_3305 IMG_3293I sure hope that I can still rock the stage when I have kids one day. Most instructors dance all the way through their pregnancies, so I won’t throw in the towel until my doctor says I have to! Chelsea rocked through the class with ease with the help of a few other instructors.

IMG_3291 IMG_3297I came as a student to class because I wasn’t sure how my morning run would leave me feeling. Sometimes I can feel great after a run, and sometimes I feel like I need to vomit for about an hour. Luckily my Saturday morning run left me feeling good! I was sore, but good. 🙂

IMG_3322So after this run, I ate a quick Greek yogurt and bagel in the car on the way over to the center. I was afraid my stomach would be upset, but everything settled fine, and I made it through the class without too much pain!

I was mostly looking forward to the treats though. 🙂  What baby shower would be complete without cupcakes and goodies?!

IMG_3308 IMG_3310Yum! All this sugar was definitely what my body was craving after that 90-minute class. I had a cupcake right away and a pretzel. Oh and a mustache shaped rice krispy treat!

IMG_3319Ha! All in celebration of the little boy that is on the way. It was a great class, and I’m so glad that I made it in time to participate as a student. It’s always refreshing to be in Jazzercise classes as a student. Makes me really appreciate the other instructors and how hard they all work!

IMG_3316And congrats to Miss Chelsea and her hubby on their baby boy. She’s 20 weeks along, so we have 20 more to wait to see this little bundle! (And P.S. Dede we missed you terribly!)

Well have a great night everyone. I’m off to enjoy an evening at home with my boys. I’ll see you tomorrow!


Mac and his Crackers

Hey everyone! Happy Friday! I hope you’ve had a great day. It’s beautiful and sunny here, despite the cold temps and  20+ mph wind. 🙂

Today started off with a trip to the gym, although I should have probably stayed in bed for more sleep. But when my alarm went off, my mind was immediately alert so I decided to get up and go for an easy workout. I did 1-mile easy jogging on the treadmill, 20ish minutes on the Elliptical, and then completed an upper torso circuit that focused on my back and biceps. I’ve gotten in a run everyday this week, so I needed to do something different besides go pound the pavement today! And the gym did the trick. I was sweaty and happy after my quick and easy workout.

Lunch today was a productive one. I went home to take care of Mac and eat. While I was there, I packed my Jazzercise bag for tonight AND I put some chicken enchiladas together in the Crockpot for our dinner!

IMG_3103(Recipe to come!)

I was rushing around like a mad woman, but I got it all done and back to the office in one hour. I can’t wait to get home tonight and be welcomed with the aroma of dinner already cooked! Plus, I’ll be extra hungry after teaching class at 5:40 pm. Because of my rushing around at lunch, I didn’t eat much other than a Lean Cuisine and a million of these wheat crackers that I’m addicted to right now.

Mac also loves them. Hence the title of this post. He cries incessantly when I pull the box out of the cabinet!

These are the most legit whole wheat crackers I’ve ever had. You can taste and see the grains in these babies! Plus, they taste a lot better than Wheat Thins and are a lot cheaper. Win! I need to buy more for my carb loading next week.

After class tonight, I’ll be heading home for a lazy night on the couch. I’m going to wake up extra early tomorrow to get my miles in because I have a baby shower to be at by 10 a.m.! Speaking of that….I still have to wrap that gift, too. HA. After long runs, I’m always pretty useless for the rest of the day, so I need to get all that little stuff done tonight. I told Nick I would probably end up napping most of the afternoon tomorrow. He didn’t seem too bothered! I’m excited to get this run checked off the list because it will be my last big run effort before the half marathon in a week! Woot!

Have a great night and start to your weekend. Hope you have some fun things lined up! Nighty night!

Black Friday Shopping & a Baby Shower

Happy Tuesday to ya! I feel like I’m still trying to catch my breath after the busy holiday. Yesterday was a Jazzercise sandwich  – I taught at 5:40 am and 6:45 pm. I was making up for my missed Sunday class. 🙂 And now tonight I teach my normal double header right after work at 5:40 and 6:45 pm. Needless to say, tomorrow night I’ve got to clean/organize my house! My living room is basically a disaster zone…

photo(33)All my packages that made the trip back from STL with us are still just piled in the floor like this. I’m not okay with it, and yes, I have a mild anxiety attack every time I walk into my house. Thankfully, a lot of this stuff is for Christmas, so I can wrap it up and put it under our tree to get it out of the way!

Black Friday Shopping

Let’s back up a bit to Thanksgiving night and the shopping event of the year! After dinner on Thanksgiving afternoon, Nick’s mom and I got our game faces on. It was time to shop. Most of the stores were opening between 6-8 pm on Thanksgiving night. Our first stop was Michael’s because it was already open and located right next to Kohl’s (our next stop!). We loaded up on 50% off holiday decor before we went to get in line at Kohl’s.

image(16)We were here around 20 minutes before they let us in. The crowd was really calm, and we got some great deals. Overall, a good experience!

image(17)WOOOOOOOOOT!!! This is why we waited in the cold. I got lots of random gifts here and saved enough to make it all worthwhile.

We proceeded onto Target and Ulta before calling it a night around midnight. Karen was back up at 5 am to go to Lowe’s, but I slept until 7 when we went back to Lowe’s (I wanted some 99 cent poinsettias!), Walmart, and Petsmart. We nabbed a couple more doorbuster deals at each store before heading home once again. Nick thinks I’m crazy. But I’m almost done with my Christmas shopping now and saved lots of money. 🙂

Amy’s Baby Shower

On Saturday, I borrowed Nick’s car and headed from STL into Illinois to see my mom’s side of the family. I wanted to see my grandma, and my cousin Amy was having a baby shower while our family was in town for the holiday!

image(14)Baby showers are so fun! I met my mom and aunts at my grandma’s house early on Saturday morning where we had a quick lunch (turkey leftovers!) before my cousin’s shower.

We arrived at the local firehouse where my aunt’s had rented a a room and filled it with tons of decorations!

photo(51) photo(50)Cute! And my prego cousin is pretty cute too.

image(13)We watched Amy open gifts and snacked on fruit before cutting into the cake.

image(15) image(12)It was amazing, and the piece I grabbed was about the size of my face. YUM!

I was so thankful to be able to spend a little time with my extended family over the holiday weekend. Now I just wish we all lived closer!

I headed back to STL around 5 to make it in time for dinner with Nick’s family and headed to bed fairly early. Can you see why I’m tired?! I’m pretty sure I relaxed for about 2 hours the entire long weekend. It was fun, but this is why I’m still recovering!

Nick and I made it back to Springfield late Sunday afternoon, and I was ready for my own bed. I’m sure many of you feel the same way after your family’s Thanksgiving! Now we have a couple weeks to recover until Christmas. 🙂

Hope your week is going great!