Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Perfect Fall Weekend

We had the ultimate fall weekend....pumpkins, football, and more pumpkins! 
 
Todd took off of work on Friday so early in the afternoon we drove about 45 minutes south of Columbus to go to the Circleville Pumpkin Show.  This is one of my all-time favorite events and it was our 7th time going together!  I was even more excited this year because Lucy is big enough to actually watch the action and eat some of the yummy pumpkin treats.  Last year, she literally slept in the ergo carrier the entire time.
 
Lucy was eying my fried cheese on a stick
 
It was a record year for growing pumpkins...the winner set the show record at over 1900 pounds!

Traditional family photo

Eating pumpkin chili while waiting in line at the bakery for pumpkin donuts

The famous world's largest pumpkin pie

So many pumpkin donuts!  

Todd trying something new this year...a pumpkin coney dog

And ending the day with pumpkin pizza and a pumpkin buckeye (which was huge!)

Todd & I
 
Lucy last year compared to this year
 
On Saturday afternoon, Todd & I dropped Lucy at my parents' and we headed down to campus for the Ohio State vs. Rutgers football game.  We had the worst seats ever (last row in B deck) and I could literally only see about 30 yards of the entire field.  I cannot believe OSU charges what they do for these seats and we luckily moved at halftime and had a much better view.
 
  View from where I was sitting

Zoomed in on the end zone when the team came out

Todd & I

Hey, at least we had something to lean against!

Our view once we moved seats to where Todd's cousin was sitting

Todd & I with his cousin

One more of the two of us
 
On Sunday afternoon, we took Lucy on her first trip to the pumpkin patch at Jacquemin Farms.  They had some bouncy toys set up for kids and a store with pumpkin donuts, cider slushies, and other treats but the real reason we went was to take a hayride to the pumpkin patch.  Lucy loved it and liked getting dirty in the hay and dirt.
 
Trying to walk on the gravel in her boots

Hayride to the patch

Making our way into the pumpkin patch

Lucy picked out a good one but it was a little too big

Todd cutting our smaller pumpkin off the vine

Hanging out

We picked out a mini pumpkin too for Lucy

Waiting for the tractor to take us back

She was fascinated with the tractor

I see our cute little pumpkin peaking out!


Monday, October 20, 2014

Weekly Recap: October 13-19

Love that I'm able to add a bit more variety to my workouts now that my back is feeling better and stronger.  I was finally able to go back to System of Strength and take a class.  I did the 1 hour Control class on Friday morning which is basically an hour of strength training.  It doesn't involve any jumping or high intensity cardio (which is good since I'm not cleared to do that yet) but I was definitely working up a good sweat lifting my 8 pound dumbbells and resistance bands. 

Monday: walked 4 mi on treadmill; Jackie Warner Xtreme Abs DVD (15 min)

Tuesday: taught 1 hr Spin/TRX

Wednesday: walked 6 mi on treadmill

Thursday: taught 1 hr Spin/TRX

Friday: 1 hr Control class at System of Strength
walked 2 mi w/ Lucy

Saturday: 45 min Spinning

Sunday: Rest

TOTAL: Walked 12 mi

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

"I Love Lucy" Birthday Party

Lucy turned one over 2 weeks ago already on September 29 and we had her birthday party the following weekend on October 4.  I knew for awhile we were going to do an "I Love Lucy" themed party...or rather a "We Love Lucy" themed party.  It was pretty much a no brainer and I thought it a cute, unique theme.  We invited quite a few people and were so excited to have almost 40 people show up to help us celebrate our favorite little girl.  We had both sets of grandparents there and both of Lucy's aunts & uncles as well as her cousins and lot of our friends and their younger kids.  In fact, I think we had about 10 kids, the majority of which were under 18 months. 
 
The party was a huge success and despite Lucy not digging into her smash cake like we were hoping she would, we had a great time and I'm so glad we ended up having a big party for her 1st birthday.
 
**Warning, there are A LOT of pictures in this post and I actually narrowed it down quite a bit!*
 
The dessert table....aka Lucy's Chocolate Factory (the white table runner was really supposed to be a conveyor belt like in the famous chocolate factory episode of "I Love Lucy")
 
Chocolates from Anthony Thomas and miniature candy bars wrapped in "I Love Lucy" wrappers

The huge cake...trust me, we had plenty of leftovers

Lucy's smash cake and cookie tray

Snack & drink area....cheese & crackers, applesauce pouches for the kids, and fall munch mix

Main dishes we made were Frito chili, mac & cheese, and corn dogs (which went on the empty white platter but they were in the deep fryer cooking) and we also had corn bread muffins, fruit salad, and a veggie tray
 
"I Love Lucy" coke bottles and of course, I can't ever throw a party without matching paper straws!
 

"I Love Lucy" bottled water

Lucy's highchair for the party...I was pretty excited about the tutu I made

Her party bib

Chalkboard poster that we hung on the basement door....thanks to my close friend, Lynn, who designed this and our party invites

52 weeks of Lucy!  Yes, I actually printed out each weekly photo I had taken of her and hung them all on the wall

I put a few of Lucy's 1 year photos in the frames on the mantle and hung her monthly photos across

Todd & I with the birthday girl

Everyone hanging out and eating

More people hanging around the kitchen

Singing happy birthday to Lucy

She was loving this part if you couldn't tell by the huge grin

She wasn't sure what to think when she stuck her fingers in the cake

and she didn't seem to happy about it

Attempting another try at eating cake

and still trying to figure out what the heck is on her hands

I think she liked the cake part....

but not the dirty hands part

Family pic

She was much happier when we gave her a spoon to use

Finally, a smile!

Opening presents while everyone enjoys their cake & ice cream

Ripping open the presents

Her favorite present...batteries!

"Reading" the card

Reading her new book (and sitting on another one)

Pushing her pink jogging stroller for her new baby doll

Loving the new table & chairs from MaMa and PaPa

Once everyone left the party around 2:30, Lucy helped us clean up some of the leftover bottled water

She spent a good bit of time moving all of the bottles from one side of the rug to the other...

and trying to stack them up
 
Like I said, I'm really glad we had a big party for her this year but I'm thinking we'll keep it more low key in the next few years!