I Love Bison

First off, I can’t get enough key lime LaCroix. I just bought two 8 packs at Target and have already cracked one open. I guess there could be worse things. I’m also strangely addicted to buying baby food. Every time I go to a store I have to scan the baby food section and usually end up buying 3 or 4 things of it…anyone else with me on this? UGH. Harry loves it though so as long as he’s happy, I’m happy.

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My sweet kids ❀

Life has been a little less hectic this week but still busy. Last week was one of those weeks where I felt like I couldn’t get ahead and everything that could have gone wrong, did. Our make table at The Subhouse broke so that was another headache in itself but all is fixed and well in the world. Thank God for Sam. He keeps me calm during all the stresses of small business ownership and I’m lucky to have a spouse that really supports me.

There’s this cute coffee shop a few doors down from me called The wired robin and I frequent it frequently. They have this fun blended beverage called the wired monkey that has banana, espresso, and other stuff…oh and whipped cream. I LOVE this drink and would love to drink it daily. Maybe I will.

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Cool whip

Oh, also, it’s only Wednesday and I made it to the gym twice already this week. I’ll chalk that up as a win. I did the following workout Monday and was SO EFFING sore. I also jogged with Harry so that could have contributed to the soreness. Anyway, here’s the workout:

12 minute AMRAP:

5 pullups

10 push-ups

15 Air squats

20 Deadlifts

Then 5×5 Push Press supersetted with 5×15 rev flies

MY SHOULDERS DIED. I am still a little sore. But so fun. Also, I think working out less makes you stronger? Is that a thing? I normally have to use a band for my strict pullups and do pushups from my knees. This time, I did 3 unbanded pullups per round and all pushups from my toesies. COOL.

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Took a selfie cuz I liked my hair LOL

I also got in a fun 3 mile trail run today at the State Park…ugh the best.

Not much else is new except for one thing. You see I have always had this thing for Bison. I blame my parents for taking us to the Black Hills every year growing up. I just think they are beautiful and strong. If you look up what bison represent spiritually, they stand for good health, strength, and stamina. I LOVE that so much. Bison are literally my spirit animal. I also refer to Harry as my little bison.

Anyway, I’ve been wanting to get a bison tat for a while now and finally had the time to do so today. It hurt like hell but I love the end result. Bison will forever be a part of me now πŸ™‚

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BYE-SON!

I guess that is all for today. I need to go make 8 gallons of peach green tea for The Taste of Hudson tomorrow.

Have a beautiful night.

XO

-Haley

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Life Update #203

Holy cats it’s been a hot minute since I blogged. I love blogging. Blogging is fun. But sometimes life gets busy and you have to make choices. I choose to put blogging on the back burner because some things (Harry, Ruthie, Sam, family, work…etc) are more important. You get it.

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Mom, why you so busy?

But here we are, back at it. Man, how the h is May already half over. I just don’t understand. Ruthie is almost 5. Harry is almost 8 months old. I just cannot handle my two pals getting older. But one thing I can handle is how much they love each other. Harry will be sad and the moment Ruthie walks into the room he just lights up and starts laughing. It’s adorable and melts my heart.

I also just learned that this exact day last year we found out Harry would be a boy. Man, sometimes I miss being pregnant on account of nobody judges you for anything (eating all the ice cream, using your belly as a table, going to bed at 7PM…). I’m so thankful for my little boy every day.

So where to begin. I ran a 10 mile trail run a couple weeks back. I did the same one last year when I was growing a human inside me. I shaved off 32 minutes and felt a ton lighter. Trail running rocks.

I am currently on my couch with Ruth after consuming a ginormous bowl of Chipotle and a Mexican Coke. OK, what is it about Mexican Coke that is SO MUCH BETTER than American coke. IDK but I love it.

I haven’t had much time to meal prep lately and I just for the first time ever, ordered food to be delivered to my house. I feel like a failure for this but I also thoroughly enjoyed not having to pack up Harry to go get myself a meal. I’ve been living on subs, cookies, salads, Key Lime LaCroix, blackberries, and coffee. Healthy? Meh.

I have really been into running over everything lately when it comes to being active. For some reason it’s been incredibly difficult to wake up at my usual 4:30 am to get in a workout. Also, if I don’t do it in the AM, I most likely won’t do it after work…so I’ve pretty much been shooting for 3 gym days a week (girl, work dat booty), 3-4 runs, and 1-2 at home workouts. Sprinkle in many walks with the dog, kid, and hubby, and I’m getting around 20,000 steps a day. I’ll take that as a win!

Oh, also, my sister-in-law/nanny got us a Bob jogging stroller and it’s amazing. I call it the Cadillac of strollers. Anywho…have you ever jogged with a stroller? Talk about a workout. I literally ran a mile and was winded. Harry, on the other hand, LOVED it. I mean I loved it too but it was tough. Next challenge, running with Harry and Ruth LOL. I asked Sam to run with us and he laughed in my face. Okay, I’ll try again next year hehe.

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New best running buddy ❀

In other news, I have to get a root canal. I mean I don’t have to but let me tell you a story. In 8th grade, one day before getting my braces off, I got smoked in the face with a softball. My front tooth bent backwards. Thankfully, the braces kept my tooth from falling out. However, my tooth has been discolored ever since that day.

I went to the dentist 2 weeks ago and they did this test. They blew cool air on my good tooth and instantly I felt it. They blew cool air on Mr. Gray and I could not feel a dang thing. Turns out, he’s dead. He has probably been dead for years. RIP Mr. Gray.

Since that day in 8th grade, I have been super self-conscious about my tooth. I try to smile with my mouth closed because I can tell he’s gray and doesn’t fit it with his roomies. So, my dentist told me they can do a root canal and whiten it to match my others. I’m currently doing 10 days of whitening mouth guards and then I’ll go in for the procedure in June. I’m nervous but hopeful I will be able to smile with my teeth after this πŸ™‚ Sam calls me a celebrity because I’m whitening my teeth. I just smile and suck up the saliva caused by my mouth guards.

OK, to be honest I’m very tired and brushing my teeth sounds like a chore right now. But I’m going to do it then jump into bed.

Have a fun night!

xo

-Hales

I don’t even know my childs age

Am I a bad mom for not knowing how old my kid is in weeks? I was just thinking about this…if you asked me how old Harry is today, I couldn’t tell you on the spot. I know he’s almost 7 months…is that good enough? Hope so!

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Hey there little buddy

All I know is that Harry is funny…he obviously got his sense of humor from me πŸ™‚ He is very into putting things in his mouth right now…his feet, his hands, the dogs tail (yes, he tried this and I had to act fast to stop him), his toys, my hair…you get it. He also has the appetite of a 20 year old man lately. He LOVES all baby food. Tonight we tried mango, corn, yellow zucchini and turmeric. He ate the whole thing! Big boy.

He does not like loud noises very much like his grandpa cheering on Tiger at the masters or suddenly entering a room with a lot of people. He also doesn’t like sleeping much…he fights it until he no longer can and passes out in my arms. I don’t mind the snuggles.

My sister came to visit last week and Harry had a blast with her. They played the drums and xylophone, sang, danced, I cried when thinking about Harry being in choir (just the cutest vision in my head), and we played many games of yahtzee (Harry’s fave) and scrabble. FUN.

Other than that pretty much everything else is the same. I have been working a lot as we’re a little short on staff right now and I’m not gonna lie it’s tough. I feel like I’m missing out on so much with my family but I know it will be worth it…right? Any advice on how to get through the tough days as a small business owner would be greatly appreciated. IDK why but I just keep thinking about missing Harry’s first words or steps, or him not knowing I’m his mom (obvi he knows I’m his mom I’m just being dramatic), and I get tears in my eyes. OMG what’s wrong with me!? hahaha.

So workouts have actually been fun again lately. I started a lifting program and finally see some results. I got my back squat up to 130 for 7 reps and almost peed myself. I haven’t lifted that much FOREVER. It felt so cool but the next day my legs were literally like what the hell did you do to me. It’s OK, I actually like being sore because it makes me feel like I did something.

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Lift it.

I’ve also been into salads at work as I’m TRYING to cut down on carbs….APRIL FOOLS. Sort of. I am actually trying not to eat as many subs since I was eating like 1 or 2 a day…they are just that good. BUT, our salads rock too. I have been adding a scoop of our curry chicken salad and it’s just nuts. I could eat this every day…with a cookie on da side.

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HEY.

Speaking of cookies, I finally made some homemade cookies Saturday night. I use my mom’s recipe and they are the best. They have both chocolate and butterscotch chips and a shit ton of love baked into them and I make them small so I can eat 4 and not feel like a heifer. I’m contemplating making these at the shop and selling them…maybe I’ll do a test run soon.

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Hey cookie.

OK, now I need to get some cookies that I’ve started talking about it. But, it’s lifting day tomorrow so I need the extra carbs. I’ll try to limit myself to 2…who are we kidding, I’m for sure having at least 3.

Have a freaking cool night.

Catch ya on the flipside.

-Hales

4.6.2019.

It’s 7:30 PM and I just chugged some iced coffee…uh oh, could be a long night. Or not because coffee doesn’t really have an effect on me unless I drink it in the morning. So scratch that I’ll still probably fall asleep at 8:30 PM. Ruthie is currently at my feet chomping on a 3 foot long bully stick…the smell is awful but she’s happy so that’s all that matters.

Can you believe it’s already the 6th of April? I can’t. That’s nuts. Time goes faster every year and I hate that. Can’t we just live in slow motion for a little. Especially with Harry at this age. Gosh, he is the most fun. He’s a little over 6 months old, weighs in at about 28 pounds and is 28 inches long.

He LOVES music. He loves his bouncer. He loves smiling and screeching at a high pitched tone. He enjoys chicken and apple baby food. Or any baby food for that matter. Speaking of baby food, we tried the Aldi brand of baby food. They have great flavors and they are $0.79. Harry liked it so I’ll chalk it up as a win.

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Baby Baby Baby fooooood

He can say mama. He still doesn’t sleep through the night but that’s OK because I love snuggling him in the early morning hours…most nights. His hair is a natural mowhawk. He loves taking baths (crossing my fingers he like the swimming pool this summer).

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Eating Big Boy biscuits

So, Sam and I are trying to do some updates to our house. Tonight we painted our entire upstairs gray. Except it looks a hint of purple…maybe because we bought silver bullet paint? I think I like painting but I’m not 100% sure. My forearms get really tired. Sam says I push the roller down to hard…I think he’s wrong. Now I just want to keep doing projects.

Moving on. I am back on the motivated workout train…I think. The nice weather makes running outside SO MUCH BETTER. I even got Ruthie out for a run. She is fast…too fast for me.

I also made it to the gym 4 times last week. Cool. I am trying a new lifting program and feel stronger already…I think…well at least my butts been sore since Thursday so that’s cool. I have also been digging this place by work that makes protein shakes. They’re a little spendy so I try to limit myself to one a week but they have a million flavors and they fill me up til lunch. Friday I tried the cherry glazed donut. BOMB.COM.

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I live for sprinkles

I still have an addiction to sugar. I eat a cookie a day and this morning when I opened my backpack I had a cookie in one pocket and a brownie in the other. You know what they say…YOLO.

Okay I’m pretty tired so I’m going to get ready for bed. Have a fab night. Chat later.

-Haley

Harry goes to the Zoo

Hello there-

It’s Thursday and I have the day off for a dad and daughter date. My dad and I are heading to the Science Museum this afternoon to catch the National Park movie at the Omni Theater and I am so excited.

This morning started with a glorious run with my pal Katie followed by a delicious latte and bowl of oats from one of my favorites: Cafe Alma. I wrote my Maid of Honor speech for my sister’s wedding and might have teared up a couple times. Get a grip…if I’m already crying I can’t imagine what I’ll be like at the actual wedding. HELP.

Harry got to go to the zoo on Tuesday and loved it. He even got to see his two faves…the bison and the sharks. A man after my own heart. I’m glad he likes animals and the outdoors.

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Baby Shark…doo doo doo doo

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BYE-SON

Sam and I had a fun time celebrating Harry’s six month Birthday on Sunday. After a lovely morning coffee, we ventured to a nearby town for a mid-afternoon beverage and snack. I had a coconut water, rum, pomegranate drink that was amazing but probably not worth $12. Sam had a beer and we split this jalapeno bread thing that was delicious. Harry had some formula and was just really enjoying his time sitting like a big boy at the table.

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Fuzzy monkey head

Then we headed to Omni brewing in Maple Grove and really loved that place. The beer was good and cold. There were puppies everywhere which thrilled Harry. I could for sure go back there weekly. And I’m not even a beer person. I think I’m starting to see what all the hullabaloo is about this brewries. They sure are fun.

Other than that, life has been pretty much the same same same. Get up, workout, go to work, drink coffee, eat an occasional sub, drink coffee, come home, snuggle with the fam, go to bed. Repeat. Love it.

The weekend is slowly creeping up and I’m excited to make some baby food, work, and CLEAN the house. OMG it’s so dirty. I can’t wait to wash the floor, organize my closet. and go through all the small baby clothes Harry no longer fit in…I’ll probably cry again. Ugh, I’m so emotional!

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Beady baby

Okay, that’s all I got for today…i’m hyped up on vanilla latte and my mind is going a million miles and hour. Have a lovely day and do something nice for someone πŸ™‚

XO

-Hales

 

Spring has sprung and the people are happy

Hi there,

I’m sitting on my stoop and realizing the last time this happened, I had a human growing inside me. That is just nuts. I am so happy Harry is outside now but to be honest I actually kind of enjoyed being pregnant. Is that weird?

My little guy turns 6 months old on Sunday and I just can’t believe it. I feel like he’s been here forever and can’t imagine what life was like without him. He makes me laugh every single day. He’s shown me how to love just a little bit harder. He’s taught me to be patient, not to take life too seriously, and that bananas and oats are a good combination.

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Photo Credit: Aunt Alex

He’s about 30 inches tall, no clue what he weighs (his doc appt is April 2nd), he has this fake cough he enjoys doing, and he smiles for days. He’s obsessed with the Baby Shark song and is really good at holding items. He loves going for long walks and is good at napping in his carseat.

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How are you half a year old?

Spring came this week and everyone is thrilled. You can just feel the happiness radiating in people. Everyone seems to smile just a little bigger, chat just a little longer and I am all about it. Ruthie has been thrilled with this warmth as she is actually a cat and likes to bask in the sun as long as she can. She won’t walk outside in anything less than 20 degrees. She’s nuts. But I love her so much.

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My #1 girl

Ruthie and Harry get along so well and I’m so happy. I can’t wait til they start to play with each other and chase each other around. BFFs for life.

So, what else is new this week? Not a ton. I did make it to the gym 3 times as I’m starting a new squat program and it’s going well I suppose. My current 5 rep max is around 135 pounds and I’m hoping to increase that by 40 pounds in 6 weeks. Lifting and running are about the only things that sounds fun right now. I’m kind of over the 15 minute amrap type workouts at the moment and find myself getting bored about 5 minutes in. Help.

My diet this week pretty much consisted of salads, subs, cookies, chocolate milk, a few vanilla coke zeros, trail mix Cliff Bars, and oatmeal. Man, I eat like a 10 year old boy. I’m trying to get back into good eating habits and am hoping to prep some good stuff this weekend…and lay off the cookies next week. But, that’s unlikely. I just can’t help myself. Especially when they are fresh out of the oven. I literally have an addiction. It’s not good…or is it?

Cool, now I’m hungry.

Is it just me or does this weather make you want to clean your house/organize all the shit that’s collected over the winter? I’m in the mood to throw out stuff, donate stuff, clean all the carpets again, deep clean the bathroom, wash all the sheets…you get it. I’m also in the mood to plan a road trip for the summer, goal plan, and buy some new shorts. It might be a little too early for that though…it’s only 49 degrees out.

Okay, I guess that’s all for now. Cheers to a lovely, adventurous weekend full of margaritas (yes, I can finally have them again), good food, many laughs, and lots of love.

XO

-Haley

Life Update #301

Guess what? I made it to the gym 3 days in a row. Normally that would be normal for meΒ  but lately I find every excuse not to go. So this is a big deal. I think I have a lot of fuel from all the carbs I’ve been consuming lately. Most people are on a low carb diet…I’m on a high carb diet (last night for dinner I had 2 huge hunks of this amazing chocolate eclair cake my mom made…I just couldn’t stop eating it. I might have had a slice for breakfast too…HELP).

So this morning as much as I wanted to turn off my alarm at 5:20, I got up, put on my hat, and ran to the gym. Once to the gym I got in a nice little workout…I had planned on doing a 15 minute AMRAP but that sounded boring so I shortened it to 10 minutes. Here’s what I did:

7 Heavy Hang Power Cleans

7 Farmer Carry Tall Box Step UPs

7 Pull UPs

21 American Swings

Minute 11: As many backward stepping lunges as possible

Then…4 sets of 8 bulgarian split lunges per leg (THESE SUCK) with weight on back

Superset 4 sets of 8 single leg deadlifts per leg holding weight

YO. Twas a doozy. Hoping this nicer weather will bring some more motivation.

Speaking of nicer weather…it’s getting to be iced coffee season. HOLLA. I make this iced coffee that I could probably drink a pitcher of. It’s extra strong brewed coffee, sweetened condensed milk, and espresso powder.

I’m especially excited for it this summer because last summer when I was growing a human inside me, this was the last thing I wanted. Bring on all the coffee treats.

Moving on to Harry. He’s almost 6 months old and I just can’t believe it. He’s really at a fun age now where he’s starting to react to things, I think he knows his name, he can say mama (at least I think so), he’s almost sitting up, and he has abs of steel. Harry told me he wants a brother for Christmas but I think we’re out of time already to give him that gift. Maybe he’ll get another doggie?

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Those little feet

Harry and I have been staying at my parents once or twice a week because they live about 7 minutes away from the Subhouse. I don’t know why but whenever we stay there I just want to snuggle my little boy so I always sneak him in to the big king size bed with me in the middle of the night. Bad, I know but I put a barrier of pillows around him so he can’t fall off. And he holds my hand the rest of the night. Ugh. I seriously can’t get over his sweetness.

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Baby Shark do do do do

In other news my sister is getting married in 5 months and I have the honor of being her MOH. SCARY. I have to give a speech. I literally start sweating just thinking about this. I am no public speaker. I get really nervous and talk in a really high pitched voice and will probably say something really stupid…like Oh my gosh I think I’m going to pee. I asked her if I could just sing a song instead…she said my voice isn’t good enough for a show in public yet. Maybe I’ll just write a poem? OR do a magic trick? OR do a presentation on how to make a sub?

BUT, I do get to plan her bachlorette party and am so excited for it. I made these cute invitations and am so excited for everything plaid/buffalo check. The theme is lumberlady since my sister is very outdoorsy. I’m thinking a trail mix bar, lots of swimming…maybe we will sleep in the trees or something? I don’t think I’ve ever been in a wedding before so this whole planning thing is all new to me πŸ™‚

OKAY, I better go straighten my bangs and get ready for the day. Sam and I work in the shop all day today and I’m so excited to spend the day with him. He might not be that excited to spend it with me…but I bet he is.

Catch ya later!

Toodles,

-Haley