Be Grateful. Be Thankful. Be Joyous. Give Love.

Hello.

Harry is napping so I figured I’d take a little time to do some house chores and write a blog post. It’s been a few days but that’s OK. Life gets busy. Ruthie is currently snoring next to me as I sip a vanilla latte from Starbucks. All is good in the world.

Sam tells me I’m never appreciative for the things I have in life so I’m trying harder to think about that every day. He is right. There’s a warm roof over our head. Sam and I have the best dog and son in all the land. I am able to drive a car that has an amazing heated seat that burns my bum. Being able to work allows us to put meals on the table (or in our case the arm chair of the couch). Nature has graced our house with a lovely Fraiser Fir this year. Yes, I am thankful. I also appreciate Sam so much. He is such a wonderful dad and makes us laugh every day. He is one of the hardest workers I know and would do anything for his family. Yes, we are lucky.

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Polo Baby loves daddy

Last week was a very festive one. Harry and I spent some time with Grandma Dee making cookies and other Christmas treats. Of course we did the classic sugar cookie with the most tasty frosting. I love decorating cookies but typically by the end I get bored and just sprinkle sugars on them. This year was different. Every cookie got time spent on it. Every cookie was different. I may have eaten 3 dozen by myself. Usually I’d be like wtf you gross human. But this year is different. I am enjoying whatever I want this holiday season because I can always get back on the healthy eating train in 2019. PS can you believe it’s almost 2019? I think it’s gonna be a good year ūüôā

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Santa’s workshop

Gramma Dee and I also made chocolate dipped pretzels and the pretzel rings with Hershey Kisses and M&M’s. So easy and so tasty. She also made toffee and fudge and let me tell you…it tasted like it came straight outta the bakery.

Yesterday we went to Sam’s school and Harry met Santa. It was just a blast. He was a little unsure in the beginning but then realized this guy is going to be his favorite every December 24th for the next oh…10 years. He even smiled at Santa as he tugged on his beard. Oh to be a child.

Today we are planning on decorating our Christmas Tree. Yes, we got a real tree this year and the house smells amazing. I’m planning on turning on Santa Clause or Elf and drinking a large peppermint mocha. I’ll post a pic later.

I also bought a whole chicken to try in the instant pot for dinner. I sure hope it turns out! Trader joes has all the fixings for a lovely chicken dinner complete with stuffing AND mashed potatoes. All that’s missing is the pumpkin pie but we have pretzels to eat so I guess that will work.

Hoping to get a speedy workout in here sometime today but lately, if I miss a workout I don’t care because carrying an 11 pound baby around the house is a workout in itself. Maybe we will walk up and down the stairs like 10 times or something IDK. LOL.

I hope you’re enjoying this Holiday season. Remember to take time each day to jut live in the moment otherwise before you know it it will be January and the Holidays will be over. Be grateful. Be thankful. Be joyous. Give love.

XO

-Hales

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Help! I don’t know what to make for Dinner!

Another day, another dolla…isn’t that¬†what they say? For me, it’s like another day to spend dollas because lately I’ve been¬†wanting to shop like a mad¬†woman. Good thing I live¬†with Sam because he usually talks some cents (hehe) into me.

Deja Vu, it’s Sunday again. Harry has not been sleeping much during the day lately so I’ve been trying to entertain him, feed him (he’s had a shitty few days of feeding and I’m stressed about it but he’ll be fine), and¬†watch him smile. This morning¬†while feeding him, he smiled at me then did this creepy old man laugh. I almost spit out my¬†water…anyone else down the¬†water¬†while breastfeeding? It’s like as soon as the kid latches on, I become extremely parched and need some H2O.

Pause. Lets go back to yesterday because Sam and I¬†went out to lunch by ourselves and it¬†was fun yet very odd not to have Harry (shoutout to Grandma Lynn for¬†watching him yesterday. You’re the bees knees!). I missed him and it¬†was only like 4 hours¬†without him.

I¬†was able to go for a nice hike¬†with my dad (hello chilly¬†weather), get a haircut because my hair has been absolute shit since giving birth, and go to my favorite restaurant…Barkers!

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I¬†wanted to chop it all but Sam said he likes my hair long…

Back to Barks…They have the best french fries on the planet. Our food came and I downed the fries before Sam even took a bite of his¬†wings…I’m sure our¬†waitress judged me for cleaning my plate but IDC because I need all the cals right? Plus, I left a little ketchup so it’s not like my plate¬†was 100% cleaned.

Oh, and I had half a margarita and felt like a Goddess. Funny¬†what alcohol does to your mind ūüôā Every time I drink margaritas I get all these great ideas of things I’m going to do…like move back to Hudson (someone find us a cute little house on some land¬†with chickens!), become a lunch lady so I can take care of Harry and have summers off, run 5 marathons…you get it. I believe they call it liquid courage? Maybe I’ll follow through¬†with some of those things…except run 5 marathons because I think I’m done¬†with road marathons…trail running is¬†where it’s at people!

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Margaritaville?

So now it’s Sunday…my fave day of the¬†week currently especially¬†when it’s rainy out because it makes me feel like I don’t have to do much. Except I’ll probably do a lot. Sunday’s are always for meal prepping in my house. I have like 5 tabs open right now of¬†what to make. There’s a ranch pork chop, creamy¬†white chicken lasagna soup, chicken florentine lasagna, french onion grilled cheese (current lead), and beef stroganoff. Give me your vote and I’ll make it! I have the¬†worst time making decisions and I’ll probably just end up eating salad. LOL. NO.

Sunday’s also mean I get to go to the actual gym because Sam is home and can take care of Harry if needed. Due to daylight savings, Harry ate at 4:30 am¬†which¬†was perfect because that meant I got to the gym around 5:30 and I love getting there early. Thanks buddy for cooperating.

This morning I did the following¬†workout (I’ll try to explain it better for you Aunt Lori):

5 sets of 3 reps: Squat Cleans (Used 65 pounds)

Superset: 5 sets of 12 reps: Single arm swing snatch (used a 20 lb dumb bell)

Then…15 minute AMRAP (as many rounds as possible):

5 banded pullups (used the most assisted band because my pullups are no¬†where near to¬†where they used to be…but that’s OK, I like a challenge)

10 pushups on a box (because my boobs hurt too much to touch the floor)

15 slamball hang to overhead

20 slow air squats

*I ended with a minute of box step ups just for funsies*

Then I did 4 intervals on the rower of 90 seconds row + 30 seconds arms only row

Then I¬†went home and downed some coffee and oatmeal. Oatmeal has been my jam for breakfast the past couple days¬†with skim milk, rasins, and brown sugar…keeps me regular ya know? It also brings me back to childhood because I swear my dad used to eat it like that but that could be a made up memory.

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That’s a dumb bell

I really hope to organize the house today and get up our bathroom mirror. I need to get rid of some kitchen stuff¬†we don’t use and go through my closet. I think I’m going to put my maternity clothes in a separate closet but that sounds like a lot of¬†work right now.

I also¬†want to order more holiday scented candles (like I said above, I¬†want to spend $) from Amazon but I don’t think Sam¬†will be too thrilled¬†with me. I’ll keep you updated on my candle sitch.

Okay friends, that’s today’s update on my super exciting life. Let me know your vote for dinner.

Thanks for tuning in…until next time ūüôā

BYE!

-A very caffeinated and endorphinized Haley