Jeepers Creepers

It’s pretty much Thanksgiving. That is cuckoo. Who, what, why, where, when HOW!? My lanta (my slanta) I just can’t believe we are like a month away from 2020. Sad/happy/excited. So many feelings this time of the year.

I am super excited that Harry is at such a fun age right now though and is totally into this whole holiday thing. I wanted to do elf on the shelf but I think he’s a tad too small for that. He has really enjoyed checking out the Christmas lights my mom hung on the stairs and he LOVES the Grinch puppets that sit atop the piano. My little Christmas boy.

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So what’s new here since a month ago? Well, we officially sold our house and are living in my childhood bedroom now. It’s pretty neat. We have sort of started looking at houses in the area but are not in a giant rush. Not having a mortgage is kind of sweet and we’re saving as much money as possible right now.

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We also took a nice trip to Denver for Sam’s cousin’s wedding. It was very relaxing and we stayed in the most amazing AirB&B. Let me tell you though, running/working out in Colorado is toughhhhh. My lungs burned after the 2 runs I went on. Fun!

Speaking of working out/running….once again I have been unmotivated! I haven’t actually lifted a weight since Wednesday. My gosh what’s going on…I did have a 24 hour bug Wed-Thurs and tossed my cookies so that was cool….not. Puking is THE WORST. I went for a tiny run yesterday and have been doing a lot walking with Harry and Ruthie. Walking is nice. My goal for next week is to lift 4 times and go for 2 shorter and 1 longer run…wish me luck LOL.

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Those goals might be tough to reach actually because Friday AM I’m hopping on a plane to FL for my cousins wedding. CAN’T WAIT!!!! I guess we can count walking around Epcot as a workout right? Perfect. I’m hoping to find a cute pair of mouse ears for Harrison.

Other than adjusting to life at my parent’s house we’ve pretty much been working, sleeping, and eating. My mom makes the most amazing meals and our bellies never feel empty. I’ve also gotten to enjoy a couple baths with my CBD bath bombs and it’s amazing.

One thing I’d like to do more is start reading again. I will take any and all book recommendations you have.

Well, that’s all my brain can think of for now. Nice catching up, chat again in a month.

XO

-Hales

 

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Jeepers Creepers

I’ve been up since 4am. Can’t sleep. No good. Maybe it’s because I was in bed at 7:45 last night? Perks of a baby going to sleep at 6:45 pm eh? Looks like I’ll be going to bed early again tonight.

This past month was nuts. So much happening, time has gone too fast. This past weekend we packaged up our house and moved everything to my childhood home for the time being. It’s exciting but also a little weird. I stood in Harry’s empty room and cried thinking of all the memories we made in there. We’re also excited to start looking for a new home closer to our families and our business. For now, we will enjoy living with my parents, playing lots of yahtzee, and eating like kings and queens (my mom is an insane cook and just this week made lasagna, pot roast, chicken pot pie, apple crisp, cookies, and breakfast casserole…looks like I might put on a few lbs LOL).

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Now that we live in WI we live about 10 minutes from my fave State Park rather than 45. SCORE. My pal Katie and I met up for a beautiful run Saturday and it was just the best. We have known each other for 25 ish years which is just nuts to me! We also chatted about some fun winter races to sign up for so motivation is running high right now. Nature does wonderful things for the heart, soul, and mind.

We also celebrated my cousin’s wedding not last weekend but the weekend before. It was Harry’s first wedding and first hotel stay and I’d say he had a blast. He especially loved the cheese tray and the lime from my gin and tonic. Sam better watch out…Harry might be my new fave wedding date…JK Sam will always be #1.

Speaking of Sam, he shocked the shit out of me for my 30th Birthday. It was Friday October 11th. My employees at Subhouse had already made it a pretty fantastic day with a bag full of Bath and Bodyworks soaps, candles, and lotions (they smell like pumpkin marshmallow OMG), and a caramel malt from Culvers (WUT).

Sam told me we were going for drinks and then had a dinner res at 7:15. “FUN!” I thought. Also, we were “supposed” to go camping with my sister but they cancelled last minute due to my brother-in-laws work conference…anywho, as we were having beers and a birthday shot, my friend Laura (who I’ve also known for 25 years), said she had to leave to pick up her dog. I was sad but didn’t think anything of it as we had to head to our dinner shortly anyway.

As we entered the restaurant, Sam just kept walking straight past the host booth and I was like “uh, where are you….AHHHHHH!” As I turned the corner, my entire family (most of them) and best friends were gathered in the party area. I LITERALLY HAD NO IDEA. I immediately started crying like a baby. My sister was even there!!!! Laura was there! Everyone lied to me but I’ll let it go this time hehe. It was the best day and night ever. Sam’s gonna have a tough time topping this next year πŸ˜‰

Oh, here’s a fun photo of me and my 2 besties. Cute.

The other big thing that happened this fall was my little boy turned 1! I just can’t believe he’s been here for an entire year already. So thankful for this little dude that brings so much joy, and laughter into my life. He’s really taught me how to be patient, how to go with the flow, and to not take anything too seriously.

We had a Baby Shark themed party for him and by the time we got to the cake (PS Costco cakes are the best), he wanted nothing to do with it and just wanted a nap. I’m not sure he inherited my sweet tooth as I would NEVER pass up cake.

He weighed in at 20 pounds 7 ounces and was 31 ish inches long. At his 1 year check up the doc said we need to try to get rid of the bottle, pacifier, and only do 1 nap. LIKE WHAT. I can’t just take away all of his favorite comfort thing ma’am. Turns out, it wasn’t that bad. We are pretty much down to 1 night bottle, 1 nap (yikes haha he’s been going to bed at like 6:45pm and waking up at 6:30 am), and pacifier only at bedtime. Like I say, every kid is different…find what works for you and run with it.

OH, I almost forgot. Right after Harry’s 1 year shots he got super sick. He was literally radiating heat and wouldn’t eat much. I thought at first it was his shots…turns out he got Hand, Foot, and Mouth…I do not wish this on any parent. It was his first sickness and it sucked. He got over it in about 7 ish days and is finally back to his normal self.

Can you believe there are just 2 months left in 2019? Nutso. At least they are the 2 2nd best months (after October…duh). My goal for the rest of the year is to take every day as it comes. Not plan too much just enjoy the holiday season with my friends and fam. I always print out those Holiday bucket lists from Pinterest and never accomplish them then feel sad. This year I’ll make a short list like bake cookies and watch Hallmark but that’s really it.

I hope to continue running through the winter ( I typically only run outside like once a week…wuss) and eating semi healthy.

Workouts lately have been alright. I keep snoozing my alarm and ditching my morning workout though….that means I’ve turned into a PM worker outer. It’s working with my schedule right now so I’m adapting! Woo!

We also hope to start looking for houses as soon as we return from Denver this weekend. Can’t wait for Denver, can’t wait to house hunt.

Well I think I’ve rambled long enough and my coffee is getting cold. I wish you a happy and healthy week and hope to check in in about a week πŸ™‚

Toodles!

-Hales

Here I am, looking out the window at the rain falling. It’s quite relaxing actually. Lots going on this week and I just needed to take a little time for myself this morning. PS I just licked the foam off my pumpkin cream cold brew and it tasted like pumpkin pie…YUM.

So, it’s already Wednesday which is nuts because seriously these days go by way to quickly. How does one make time slow the eff down? If you have the answer, please let me know. Thanks.

So, after a very rainy week last week, it finally stopped and I was able to take Ruthie to the State Park for a nice hike…she actually got 2 hikes last weekend….what a queen. She loves hiking as much as me (at least I think so). I really appreciate our time together now that I don’t get to spend as much QT time with her as we used to. She likes it too. I can tell because she gives me this look like “Yeah mom, girl time. Woo!”

Harry turns one on Tuesday. WHAT THE ACTUAL EFF. He’s a giant, he loves eating uncrustables and drinking milk, he loves bath time and music, he loves his dog, he loves walks, and he’s finally getting better at going to sleep.

 

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We are throwing a little Birthday bash for him Sunday and I really hope he survives all the excitement haha. He’s not great with crowds and gets a little freaked out so I’m crossing my fingers he takes a good morning nap, eats cake, and is a little angel.

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Today was leg day and I’m afraid to stand up as I can already feel my leggies are wobbly. I have been working on my back squat and did 1 set of 10 reps at 130 today and almost pooped myself from excitement (or maybe it was the coffee I chugged pre-workout).

Yeah, I use coffee as pre-workout. And for me, it works. Anywho, I feel like I’ve been doing more strength workouts lately than cardio/hiit workouts and that’s ok. I think I got kind of burned out/bored from those. Plus lifting heavy things makes me feel like a BAMF so I’ll take that.

Well, I’m gonna go shave my legs because they feel like carpet.

Have a fab Wednesday.

XO

-Hale

Hey, Hello, Hi

Hey. It’s the middle of September and I had a breakdown this week. Just ask Sam. He went to hug me and I had so much snot running out of my nostrils I ran away. Gross. I just have those days ya know…everything seems like it is going in the wrong direction, Harry is almost one year old, our house hasn’t sold yet…I just started panicking and next thing I know I’m a puddle. But Sam is the best and calmed me down and while I’m still having moments, I feel loads better. Nothing wine, a good workout, puppy cuddles and baby kisses can’t fix right? Sorry for unloading but that felt good πŸ™‚

So moving on…have you tried the Pumpkin Cold Brew from Starbucks yet? I have, I’m obsessed, and I slightly wish I never tried it because now I’m throwing all my extra “bucks” (get it) to the mermaid. Oh well, YOLO. In case you don’t know what I’m talking about, let me show you.

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Fall in a cup

Speaking of fall, this week was rainy and cold and I kind of loved it. I need to get some fall clothes real fast before this weather is here to stay.

As the weather changes, all I want to do is drink coffee, journal, online shop, and bake. If I could just do those things all day that would be stellar. Thanks.

Other things from this week…I’ve been trying to get to the willow once a week to go for an 8 ish mile trail run. It is something I really look forward to and I’m kind of sort of training for a race in October. The leaves are already changing and it’s so beautiful out.

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Best Place.

I got some great squat workouts in this week and hit a new PR in my 10 rep back squat. That was really cool and made me feel super strong. #roadto150

I also feel like I didn’t eat as many sweets this week which is cuckoo for me so I’ll probably eat a big bowl of ice cream or a piece of cake or something later tonight since my sugar intake is probably low hehe.

Now I’m hungry.

I’m off to take a salt bath-I got this CBD oil bath bomb thing and I’m super curious as to what it is. I’ll update you next time.

Have a great weekend!

xo

-hales

Is it Fall?

I LOVE this weather! SO much. I do think it’s a little goofy that the PSL’s and all things pumpkin are out already since it’s technically still fall BUT, it’s here so lets embrace it? OK.

Also, I’m super pumped right now because I got my son down for a nap. I can never get him to sleep so I just cave and let him stay awake. But today, I got him…mwah hahahaha. Sucker.

That gives me about 60 minutes (if I’m lucky) to do laundry, dishes, make some overnight oats as I’m trying to eat better, drink coffee, and catch up on some trashy reality TV. Oofdah. Time is not on my side.

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Patio Baby

So speaking of healthier eating…lately I have not had much of an appetite. I usually have coffee for breakfast, a sub or salad for lunch, and by the time dinner rolls around (usually at 8 PM after the kiddo is asleep), I have no energy to make anything. I typically eat a cookie and call it a night. Not good.

Last week I did make some rice and chicken and that was all I wanted. I tossed it all in a bowl, topped it with cottage cheese and mustard, and devoured that stuff. MMM. Now that’s all I want.

I’m made some protein pancakes this morning (Harry loved them) and am about to mix together some pumpkin overnight oats. Getting back on that meal prep train! Choo Choo.

I’m reading a book about building strength and it talks about how important it is to eat protein before and after a lifting session so I’m also trying to get better at that cuz currently I usually eat nothing before working out and just drink coffee post workout. Grow muscles grow!

So these past two weeks I have had ZERO energy. I have snoozed my alarm and layed in bed an hour past my alarm was set for. All I want to do is snuggle up with Ruthie and hide under the covers. what the heck. I’ve missed about 4 workouts I had planned and that just led me to feeling bad about myself.

So this week I’m vowing to get back to my normal routine. I just feel so much better when I workout first thing in the morning. Today I got up and did the following.

20 minutes: 100 Burpees as fast as possible then…As many rounds as possible…

5 pullups

10 pushups

15 deadlifts

20 air squats

And holy moly that was a fun one. I’m hoping to get in a good trail run/hike tomorrow and go from there. Here’s to being healthy and being good to yourself. I also plan on taking a nice long epsom salt bath tonight. EEE.

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So Harry turns 1 this month and I’m really struggling with this. I feel like his first year of life went by so fast. I wish I had more time to spend with him at this age. I know I have 17 years left until he doesn’t need me anymore but I just want to do all the things with him like go to the zoo, the pumpkin patch…you get it. It’s super tough though when Sam and I are usually working weekends now. I feel like we can’t do much as a family and it’s been really hard. I’m probably just being dramatic but I’d love any suggestions on how to balance work/family life. Thanks πŸ™‚

OK, time to go make my oats. Have the best day.

 

XO

-Hales

 

LOL I Guess It’s Almost September

WHAT THE HECK. How is it the end of August? I just don’t understand. How am I already planning my baby’s 1st Birthday Party. NO. NO. But also yes because he is the perfect age right now and is just hilarious. Harry turns 11 months old on Friday. He’s super chatty, loves to sing, could eat bananas and avocados all day long, loves going for walks, loves Ruthie, still thinks he’s a dog, loves bathtime, and is really good at giving kissies. He doesn’t like Chipotle, getting his dipey changed, or going to bed.

So it’s already been a month since last time and I feel like not much has happened. The biggest thing that happened was that my sister got MARRIED. YAY. It was the most perfect day, perfect weather, perfect venue….just everything. I don’t remember much past 9 PM LOL but that’s OK. It was my one night per year to get crazy and celebrate my fave lady.

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Great spot for a beach barbecue

I had to give a speech at the wedding dinner and I’d say it went well…except for the part where I called their dog “The Golden Teddle Doody.” I meant to say “Teddy the Golden Doodle.” Oh well. It all worked out.

The food was fab, the dancing was fun, and the photobooth was just a blast. Ugh, I want to do it all over again.

Sam and I even got in some fun hiking together (this rarely happens hehe) and we slid down the Alpine Slide. I wish I would have gone faster but it was a super cool experience. If you’re in Lutsen, try it.

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Other than that, I feel like life has been the same. Oh, except I can’t stop drinking the new LaCroix flavor…HELP.

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I’ve been making it to the gym 3-5 times a week so I’ll give myself a pat on the back for that and typically run 3 days a week. On wednesday I usually do my longer trail run at the willow river state park. I’m still not sick of that place.

At the gym I’ve been trying to do heavier lifting like deadlifts and presses mixed in with some stuff like lateral lunges, box jumps, snatches, and sprints. Gotta keep it fun and exciting ya know.

Eating has been…lets just say MEH. I keep telling myself…”OK, today is the last time I’m going to have ice cream”…then I find myself indulging in a bucket of it the next evening…I guess I’ll never be able to give up the sweet stuff.

I do try to balance out my sweets by eating lots of veggies/protein. Lately my fave snack is hummus and cut up veggies. Or fresh grilled kebabs. I could eat this stuff all year long. Maybe I will.

I’m getting pumped for the fall weather/fall foods. Hello soups and stews, pot roast, pumpkin pie, and everything else that comes with cooler weather.

OH, I almost forgot. Our house is on the market. YAY. It’s a big relief but also a big stress because we just want to sell it and move on. It will happen when it’s meant to happen though right?

Okay, my LaCroix is gone so I must go find something else to drink.

Toodles!

-Haley

I Guess it’s August

Lately, all I want to do is shop. I have about 12 things in my online shopping cart at Gap kids. I have a ball pit and sports center in my Buy Buy Baby cart…and don’t even get me started on my Nordstrom’s cart. Sam would flick me if I purchased any of these items…but there are so many cute things out there for Harry. Yes, for Harry. I’m not even telling you about the things I have in the shopping cart for myself LOL.

Anyone else feel like this? I feel as though I’ve been doing a decent job of saving my cash money over the past couple months but now all I want to do is spend spend spend some more. SLOW YOUR ROLL CHILD. I blame Harry. And coffee. OMG I didn’t even think about getting Ruthie anything either…bad dog mom alert. I mean look at the little princess monkey. Yes, I callΒ  my dog a “princess monkey.” Don’t know why or how that started but it did and she loves it.

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Get your paw out of my cupholder gurrrrrl

OK, moving on.Β  I just finished a fabulous run at the Long Lake park and feel like a million bucks…sort of hehe. My hamstrings are V tight and I can feel my tilted pelvis having an affect on my ability to run lately. Whatever. Girls gotta get those miles in before the Gopher to Badger half next sat. Yikes. I haven’t done a road race in quite some time and I’m nervous I’m going to have to poop.

You see the nice thing about trail running is that if you happen to have to drop a turd in the middle of your run you can just hop into the trees. I think they’d frown upon that in a road race. Dear bowels, hold yourselves together.

So this is my second time posting this week and I’m like shocked at myself. I’m sitting at this cute little coffee shop in my town that I’ve always wanted to go to but never have. Cheers to trying new things. I just downed an insane mocha and am wired.

Sam and I have been getting our house ready to list and yesterday my parents stopped over and helped us with some stuff. My dad powerwashed the shit out of our siding and it looks great. My mom helped me weed around the house…she’s an angel. Sam worked on finishing the fence, and Ruthie bathed herself in the sun. What a diva girl.

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I found lots of frogs and spiders in here…vom

Our hope is to get our house on the market next week. Part of me is super thrilled but the other part of me is a tad sad. We’ve been here for five years and this house holds so many mems. Our first house. We brought Ruthie home to this house (I’ll never forget her jumping into our bed on her first night with us. She has never left hehe).

Harry was conceived in this house (TMI-whatever), Sam turned 30 in this house…I drove my car into a flood in front of this house…the list goes on. House, I may have complained a lot about you but in actuality, you’ve been a great first house. I love you.

OMG I just realized I have a bag full of groceries in my trunk and should probably get going but I’m so comfy here at this table.

OK fine I’ll go. But here’s a pic of Harry before I do.

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Thanks for tuning in, catch ya next time!

-Haley