Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Christmas Mini Session Photos

My dad had taken our Christmas card photo the past few years but I knew this year I wanted to actually get some professional pictures taken.  I was really hesitant though to spend a lot of money when we had just had Lucy's 1 year photos taken a couple months back.  I'd been keeping my eye out for local photographers doing mini sessions for the holidays, which are shorter and less expensive, and was excited to find Chelsie from Big House Photography who was reasonably priced and did a great job!  Seriously, we were done in less than 30 minutes and had some pictures that turned out fantastic!  I will definitely be looking to use her again in the future.

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

My Weekend as a "Single" Parent

I was on single parent duty from Thursday afternoon until Monday morning because Todd went to California for my brother's bachelor party and all I can say is, wow, I'm so thankful that Todd is typically home and doesn't travel much for work!  He's traveled for work before but that's typically during the week when I'm also at work part of the time so it doesn't seem as bad.  Not that it was bad but it's just tiring after four straight days of chasing after a 14 month old and trying to run errands with her in tow.  And it figures that this past week was when Lucy decided to just completely drop her morning nap too.  Although I honestly think the worst part of Todd not being home, besides missing him of course, was that I didn't have anyone to tell me to get off my iPad or turn the TV off at night and go to bed.  Most nights, I'm in bed by 9:30 PM and for some reason when Todd is gone, I can't manage to get to bed before 11:00 PM and then I would be up at 5:30 AM to work out and shower before Lucy would wake up.  So yeah, I've been tired the past few days but I guess that's my own fault (and I have to be at work at 3:45 AM tomorrow...ugh!).
Lucy & I really did have such a great weekend together though and it seemed like we really weren't home a whole lot.  I don't work on Fridays so I took her to the Y while I worked out (and she did much better this week, hardly any tears!) and then after lunch, we went to the mall and she ran around in the play area (and, of course, was hugging random kids).  After dinner, we went to the children's Christmas festival at church.  My dad is actually in charge of the event so he was working and my mom helped me with Lucy as she was trying to get into EVERYTHING.  She saw Santa again (as you can see in the picture below, it clearly didn't go any better this time around), played some games, and danced.  She was worn out and was asleep within just a few minutes and slept until 8:00 AM on Saturday!

She still doesn't like Santa
Playing games

Bean bag toss

Participating in the cookie walk


On Saturday morning, we picked my dad up and drove over to visit Aunt Tootie at the nursing home.  I've really been slacking on going to see her and it's been a couple years since I've been.  She was able to meet Lucy for the first time too.  We spent an hour there visiting....which mainly consisted of Lucy leading the way and wandering all the hallways while my dad pushed Aunt Tootie around in her wheelchair.

Me, Aunt Tootie, and Lucy

Once we got back home and had some lunch, Lucy played before taking her nap.  Afterwards, we did some Target shopping and then went to my parents' for dinner.

She flipped her chair over and then started hiding all her toys underneath it
My dad & I usually break the wishbone from the Thanksgiving turkey but this year I passed the wishbone tradition to Lucy

We started our Sunday morning off with breakfast, laundry, and grocery shopping.  We then headed to my friend's house for our annual book club Christmas party where we each bring our favorite $5 thing for everyone.  It's always so fun to try new products and see what other things people love (that typically also soon become some of my favorite things). We were encouraged to wear our pjs and I knew Lynn would be bringing Olive so Lucy would have a friend to play with.  Lucy loved playing with "new" (to her) toys and running circles around the house.  She was exhausted and took a 2.5 hour nap when we got home! 

Lucy in her pjs

Lucy & Olive staring each other down

And of course she goes in for a hug

She spent a significant amount of time taking all the presents out of the bag and then putting them back in

Some of the favorite things that I got....dry shampoo, Trader Joe's cookie butter cups, lip gloss, face wipes, face masks, reusable bag, scarf, and not pictured is a set of Jamberry nails (I brought a box of Starbucks Salty Caramel hot chocolate for each girl)

A few of the girls hanging out

Lynn & I with our sweet girls
The rest of our Sunday evening was uneventful & I was sure glad when Todd got home after midnight that night.  All I know is that I think he owes me a pedicure & a night out with my girlfriends, don't you think?

Monday, December 15, 2014

Weekly Recap: December 8-14

My back, thankfully, is completely back to normal but that was quite the scare for me because it honestly felt like the back spasms I had earlier in the year.  It actually felt a lot better after I taught spinning on both Monday evening and Tuesday morning so I guess it was just really tight and needed some loosening up.
I also finally bit the bullet and order PiYo a couple weeks ago and it couldn't have come at a better time.  It's a low impact workout series that focuses on core strength & flexibility which is exactly what I need to be doing right now to keep my back healthy.  I'm not really following the schedule because I found the first few workouts (Define: Lower Body and Define: Upper Body) to be relatively easy but I really liked Sweat and am excited to try Drench either this week or next.  Todd was out of town from Thursday afternoon until late Sunday night so I liked that I could work out at home while he was gone; I could power walk on the treadmill for my cardio & do PiYo workouts for my core & strength portion.

Monday: taught 1 hr Spin Core

Tuesday: taught 1 hr Spin/TRX
PiYo Align: Fundamentals

Wednesday: PiYo Define: Upper Body (20 min) & PiYo Define: Lower Body (20 min)

Thursday: taught 1 hr Spin/TRX

Friday: PiYo Sweat (35 min)
45 min Spinning @ Y

Saturday: walked 2 mi on treadmill & PiYo Core (30 min)

Sunday: walked 3 min on treadmill & PiYo Buns (30 min)

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Breakfast with Santa 2014

I love that Todd, Lucy, & I have already started some holiday traditions that we can look forward to each year.  Our first one is going to Honda, where Todd works, for Breakfast with Santa.  We went last year but since Lucy was only a little over 2 months old, we didn't get to experience all the fun & games that it entailed.  We also invited my dad to come along with us this year so he could hang out with Lucy.  Plus, it doesn't hurt that he's also our go-to photographer.
The whole event takes place in Honda's cafeteria which is pretty big so there was plenty of space.  We ate our breakfast first, nothing special there, just typical cafeteria breakfast and then got in line to see Santa.  Lucy has been extra clingy lately so I knew without a doubt she'd be crying as soon as we set her down on Santa's lap.....and I was right.  I kind of actually love the crying baby pictures with Santa and know that in a couple years (hopefully next year!), Lucy will be quite content telling him what she wants for Christmas.
Lucy's thought process:
"Hey Mom & Dad, don't leave me here on this creepy guy's lap."

"Oh wait, maybe he isn't so bad"

"Oh no, I was wrong!  I don't like this one bit!"

"Help me!"

And then of course, Todd & I had to hop in for a picture while Lucy was still crying
Once we got that part over with, Lucy was all smiles the rest of the morning.  I mean, what kid wouldn't love decorating cookies and eating them at 9:30 AM?  She was able to decorate cookies, make ornaments, and pretty much run around as much as she wanted.  I think she was having a fun time climbing around the stacked tables and chairs in the back of the cafeteria.  We have a very active little girl on our hands!

Todd helping Lucy decorate her cookie

She did a little bit by herself...

until she tried to squirt the icing directly in her kid!

Adding sprinkles to finish it off

And digging right in to enjoy it! 

As you can see from the icing all over her shirt, it's safe to say she loved the cookie

But she must know how much I love my sweets because she shared some of the icing on her fingers with me

Proof that Grandpa was actually there too

You know, just dancing around

She had seen part of Peter Pan at my parents' place a couple nights before and ever since then, she has been trying to "fly"

We finished the morning making a Santa ornament

Lucy showing off the completed project
We also bought our Christmas tree & decorated it on Sunday (and of course, it's already fallen over once with a couple ornaments as casualties).  It's been fun to see Lucy notice it every morning as she "ooohhhs" and "ahhhhs" over it.  We don't have much else planned besides decorating cookies, reading our Christmas books, and playing with her Little People Nativity set (which I'm proud to say, Lucy is able to pick out baby Jesus when asked and she'll walk around hugging that piece).

Monday, December 8, 2014

Weekly Recap: December 1-7

I swear I jinx myself every time I say that my back feels great because it inevitably starts to hurt shortly after that.  I am going back to physical therapy this week and will see what they say.

Monday: 1 hr Boot Camp class @ Y

Tuesday: taught 1 hr Spin/TRX

Wednesday: walked 4 mi on treadmill

Thursday: taught 1 hr Spin/TRX

Friday: 1 hr Control @ System of Strength

Saturday: Rest

Sunday: Rest

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Tailgating with Family

Todd's family & some extended family come to Columbus to tailgate for the Ohio State-Michigan football game on the years that they play here.  Since that game is always the last game of the regular season, it falls around Thanksgiving so we're able to spend Thanksgiving with my family and then spend the rest of the long weekend with his family. 
They all came on Friday in the late afternoon so we had everyone over for dinner after they checked into their hotel.  Todd & I had made meatballs the weekend before and served meatball subs, salad, Broccoli, Grape, & Pecan Pasta Salad, and cooked up some fries in the deep fryer.  I also made Deep Dish Chocolate Chip Caramel Filled Cookies for dessert which were very filling but delicious!  It seemed like everyone had a good time and we were happy to host.  I know Lucy had a blast hanging out with her two cousins!
Some of the family hanging out watching the OSU basketball game

Eating at the kitchen table

And some more eating in the dining room

Lucy playing with her cousin, Audrey, in the background
Todd was up very early on Saturday (as in 3:45 AM!) to meet his family at their hotel and get down to get a spot for tailgating by 5:00 AM.  I was kind of glad I didn't have to go down as early this year since I didn't think it was necessary to have Lucy there that early.  I let Lucy take her morning nap at home and then we went down to campus right as the game was starting at noon.  I was pleasantly surprised that it didn't seem as cold as in years' past and stayed pretty warm in the tent.
From the outside, you would never guess there was a flat screen TV, two tables of food, a heater, and about 15 people inside

We tailgate by the AgEd buildings which is right across from the times you could hear people cheering that OSU scored before we actually saw the touchdown on TV

Lots of food!

Todd & I
 Todd's mom was smart to bring a small square of carpet for the kids to play on

The family

Kinda love Lucy's cute onesie

PaPa with his two granddaughters

Bundled up after the game once we tore down the tents and put the heater away

It was a long day, especially for Lucy since she skipped her afternoon nap, but it was really fun (probably because I wasn't freezing this year!).

On Sunday, we went to lunch at BJ's Brewhouse with Todd's parents and his sister's family before they drove home.  I had to include this adorable picture of Lucy & Audrey wearing their matching Christmas tree shirts that Todd's mom made. 

So cute!

And the best one I could get with all 3 cousins