{Picnic @ the Park}

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Picnic @ The Park

Happy Wednesday, Friends! 

I was able to cross another item off my 2012 Summer Bucket List yesterday!  I'm on a roll!

Yesterday was Pioneer Day (our official state holiday) or Pie and Beer Day!  Depending on how you choose to celebrate the day!  Luckily, I had the day off!  Poor Carl had to work.  Madi and Tyson, both had the day off too, and Madi even came over Monday night to stay the night.  Love when she does that!

My day began with Madison and I going to a super fun Zumba class, and then heading over to Keva Juice for some post workout smoothies!


I ran home to relax for about 20 minutes, then headed out with Tyson for workout #2 of the day at our favorite gym GPP Fitness for this THIS crazy workout.  I didn't do very many double-unders, but I am making progress!  My max for front squats was 75lbs, but Tyson busted out 5 reps at 255 lbs.  That boy is crazy strong! 


I spent the rest of the afternoon putting together a picnic dinner to take to the park, when Carl finally got off work! 

We went to the same park that we went to on Sunday, for Chloe's day out.  It's a gorgeous park!


See how happy Chloe was to be back at the park?


Tyson stopped by for some food on his way out with friends.  Chloe is wondering where the food is!




Kisses from Chloe!  Such a cutie! 


On the menu for the night:  Shrimp Crostini, Fresh Fruit, yummy chips and salsa from Rico, and chicken caprese sandwhiches (recipe coming soon!).  So good!

It was such a great night. Lot's of dogs wanting to play with Chloe (she's still not too brave) and good food and company!  One more item off the Bucket List!

We skipped all the firework shows in town, since Chloe is skeeered of the loud booms, and we were home relaxing by 8:00 pm!  We really know how to celebrate, right?

If you live in Utah and have the chance to visit Memory Grove Park, you really should!  It is gorgeous!  And it is also dog friendly!   


Question for you:  Have you ever had a picnic at the park?  Where is your FAVORITE park?

This is was our first picnic at the park in YEARS!  And my new favorite park is Memory Grove!

Have a great day!  Thanks for stopping by!


{Chloe’s Day Out}

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Chloes Day Out

On Sunday, I was able to cross another item off my Summer 2012 Bucket List, by taking Chloe to the dog park at Memory Grove.  Chloe absolutely LOVE IT!

In the car on the way to the park:

Chloe was so excited in the car!  She has only been to a dog park a few times, and most of them were just fenced in areas with BIG dogs.  This dog park was in a wooded park and included a large "off leash" area.  Since Chloe is so small, we weren't sure how she would do if she ran in to some big dogs!

She couldn't wait to get going!  She had the leash pulled tight, all way to the "off leash" area!



There was a large creek running along the trail that was so nice!  Chloe is generally afraid of water, so we weren't sure she would dip her feet in, or not.


She didn't seem to  mind the water at all! So refreshing!


Watching the big dogs getting washed off:


She did have a few run-ins with some big dogs that had her running in the opposite direction with the tail between her legs.  They big dogs only wanted to play, but Chloe was too nervous! 

Chloe's happy face:


I think Chloe really loved her day at the park!  Carl and I got in a nice little walk/hike as well!

Chloe's reward after the park:


Ice cold water, and a doggie bagel from Einstein Brothers.

What a great day!  I really recommend this dog park if you are in the Salt Lake Area.  The trail is large and wide (room for multiple dogs and people) and the creek running along side the trail is really nice.  The trail is mostly shaded as well, which was really nice on such a hot day. Everyone we came in contact with, was so nice and respectful of the area and the other dogs.  I think this may become a Sunday afternoon tradition!

Question for you:  Do you have a dog?  Do you regularly go to dog parks?



{Weekend Wrap Up}

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A quick Weekend Wrap up!

Our weekend was jam packed, mostly with a wedding celebration that was so amazing! (more about that in a later post)

As usual, my weekend started when I got off work on Friday afternoon. Carl, Tyson and I headed to our favorite gym GPP for THIS workout. Oh my! I love any work out that is OTC = On Trainer’s Count, and this one did not disappoint. But, my arms are weak! Specifically my triceps! I really struggled with the skull crushers! Someday, I’m going to own those!

After the gym, we quickly ran to Kohl’s to pick up a suit for Tyson. He needed something to wear to my brother’s wedding the next day, as well as a suit to wear for interviews. We got a smokin’ deal, and he looked so handsome!

Saturday was my brother’s wedding at Log Haven. It was gorgeous, and I had to give a speech! EEEEK!


I’m going to do a separate wedding post, because it deserves it’s own post!

Sunday, I was able to cross another item off my Summer 2012 Bucket List, by taking Chloe to the dog park! Once again, another post on this, because it was such a huge success. Chloe is a Mal-Shi ( and a really small one) so hanging at the off-leash dog park with the big dogs, was pretty scary for her! But, she loved it!

The rest of he day was spent catching up on our summer guilty pleasure DVR'd episodes of Big Brother and getting Chinese take out.

All in all, another great weekend! I can’t wait to share my brother’s wedding with you! It was so much fun!

Question for you: How was your weekend? What was the highlight for you?

For me, it was definitely the wedding!


Get Nailed!

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Madison and I had such a fun night at Nailed in Salt Lake City, last night.  My brother Chris, who lost his high school sweetheart and wife over 13 years ago, is getting married on Saturday.  I couldn't be happier for him!  He and his daughter Erin are combining families with Heidi and her cute kids, Hunter and Brighton. We love them!

Heidi treated all the girls in the family to mani/pedi's last night!  Sooo much fun!  She rented out the salon and even had some great food (and wine) for us all!  I forgot my good camera, so please suffer through my horrid cell phone pics!

The Bride to be:


Mother of the Groom, and Mother of the Bride:


Madison and I:


Cousins, Erin and Madison:


Heidi's niece Rainey, and daughter Brighton:


What a fun night!

Now, I need to get busy and write my "sister of the groom" speech/toast!  Yikes!  I'm scared to death of this! 

Question for you:  Have you had a girl's night out recently?  Or been to the nail salon? Do you prefer manicures, or pedicures?  Or both?

Last night was my first manicue (weird I know!) but, I love getting pedicures!

Happy Friday, friends!


{The Family that works out together……}

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Monday marked the second month of GPP for Carl and Tyson, and the fourth month for me.  I convinced Carl and Tyson to try the GPP kool-aid, and it worked. They are both hooked!  Carl is down 15 lbs and Tyson is down 10 lbs.  Crazy!  Tyson is a beast when it comes to lifting the heavy weight (just finished playing 4 years of college football, so he should be a beast, right?)

Photo courtesy of GPP 

We don't always go to the same class every day, but I especially love it when we do.  Tonight was one of those times and we did this workout:

Oh, did I mention that we began this WOD (workout of the day) at 5:45 PM – when it was in the 90's outside?  Yup.  Good Times!

Here are our finish times:

Definitely not the fastest times, but we did it! 

And it felt sooo good to be done!

Do you GPP?  If you don't, you should!  LOL!

Have a great night!  I think I'll be spending it on the couch resting my quads!



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Hey all, I am taking part in Janetha's Three Tip Thursday Series on her FABULOUS blog Meals and Moves  Go on over and take a look at her blog.  Super inspiring!  Lots of great tips on fitness, food and fun!  Love that girl!

So, it's Friday!  TGIF!  It's hard having a holiday in the middle of the week!  Hard to get back to the grind!

I was able to cross another item off my Summer Bucket List 2012 on Tuesday night.  One of our local golf courses always has a big fireworks display the night before the 4th.  I think they do this so they don't have to compete with all the other firework shows in the city.  It's always a hit and pretty much the whole community seems to be there!  We usually do this every year, and the fireworks never disappoint! 

We began the night having dinner with a few of my favorite University of Utah Gymnasts, their families, and other friends.  Such a fun night.  We had a great BBQ, and Tyson and some of his friends even made an appearance.




On our way down to the golf course – great sunset!






We really did have a great time!

Did you get a chance to see any fireworks over the holiday?

Any fun weekend plans?

Let me know!  I'd love to hear about them!


{Weekend Wrap Up}

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Happy Monday, friends!

I hope you all had a great weekend!  It was super hot here in Utah, but we did have a fun weekend!

As I always mention, my weekend starts at the end of the work day on Friday.  This was still the case, but my work summer party was directly after work on Friday.

Our party was held at Murray Park and began with a dinner catered by Meier's Catering and dessert from Cold Stone.  So delish!  There were some fun activities for the younger kids, along with the usual playground equipment.  We just sat and visited and watched the cute kids.

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Saturday morning, I took this cute girl for a haircut:


Such a cutie pie!

Then I headed to a Blogger’s Potluck hosted by Janetha at Meals and Moves.  It was really a great time!  I’ve got a separate blog post coming this week with all the details of the get together!  It was really a great time and so fun to meet some awesome bloggers "in real life".


The Blogger’s Potluck was held at Liberty Park which is just a few blogs away from Salt Lake Running Company, and I am really in  need of new running shoes.  I hadn’t been fitted for shoes in years, and I know Salt Lake Running Company does a great job, so I decided to head in there after the potluck.

After a quick run on the treadmill so asses my “running gait”, it was determined I have a pretty neutral stride.  I tried on several different types of shoes (Nike, Brooks, Mizuno, New Balance and Saucony).  After running on the treadmill with several styles, I walked out of the store with these girls:


They are the Kinvara 3.  So light and they feel great on my feet!  Love it!

On Saturday night I got together with some Zumba friends at my FAVORITE restaurant The Dodo. Seriously, the best food!


We had a great time!

On Sunday, I made a quick trip to Costco for a few items and then Madison and I hit up the pool.  It was sooo hot, but we had a great time.  After the pool, Madi stayed to do her laundry and have dinner with us, and Tyson was home from work, so it worked out great!  We made the BEST PIZZA EVAH! and called it good!  Poor Carl and Tyson had to work most of the weekend, so they didn't get to have too much fun!

  Oh, and then we had dessert – milkshakes from In ‘N Out!  It’s become a Sunday night tradition that I really need to stop!   


How was your weekend?  What did you do for fun?  Leave me a comment and let me know!


{Arts Festival}

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On Sunday afternoon, Madison and I decided to head downtown to the Utah Arts Festival with my good friend Millie.  It was super hot and windy, but we had a blast!
First stop:


A glass of chardy, of course!

There were so many fun vendors and such great art!

Arts Festival 1

Arts Festival 2

We didn’t stay and listen to any of the entertainment (the band playing on the main stage was, um, not really my taste, but there was a great crowd listening), or sample any of the food.  Which was actually lame of us.  Carl and Tyson were home and I had already made plans to make Turkey Meatloaf so we didn’t eat anything. Well, except the Chardy.  And if you know me at all, you know that was fine by me!  Smile


We really did have a blast, and I can’t wait to go back again next year!

Happy Wednesday!


{Weekend Wrap Up}

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Happy Monday!

How was your weekend?  Did you make it a good one?

My weekend was pretty good!

As usual, my weekend begins the moment I am done with work at 4:30 pm on Friday!  Right after work, I hit up GPP for THIS Leg Shredder workout.

Oh my.

My legs were officially shredded.

I took my first official ice bath when I got home.  It was much needed!

I woke up Saturday morning, feeling a little under the weather.  Second weekend in a row.  Carl thinks it is a combination of too many workouts and lack of sleep during the week.

Definitely a possibility.

We had plans to get together with our tailgating group Saturday night, to go over the fall schedule of football games, plan fun tailgating themes and stuff like.  Really, it was just an excuse to get together!

I volunteered to make a pasta salad and bring an appetizer.  The appetizer I chose, was this one:

Sweet Corn Salad

Corn Salad with Queso Fresco  served with tortilla chips.  It was soooo good!  I highly recommend it!

Sunday, Madison and I went to the Utah Arts Festival with my friend Millie.  We had a great time!


I will post a separate update about the Arts Festival. 

After the Arts Festival, Madison came home with me and stayed for dinner:

Petite Turkey Meatloaves  with Creamy Cauliflower Puree , steamed asparagus and watermelon.  So delicious!

One of the best sites for healthy recipes is Skinny Taste.  I swear, every recipe I have ever tried from that site, has been amazing!

That was our weekend in a nutshell.  Not too exciting, but fun nonetheless!

What did you do for fun?

Leave me a comment and let me know!


{Weekend Wrap Up}

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What a great, fun packed weekend!  I can't believe how fast it went by though.  Hate how that happens.  We wait and wait for the weekend, and it goes by in a flash!

The weekend started for us at 5:00 pm on Friday.  Carl and Tyson hit GPP for THIS workout.  I wasn't able to make it there by 5:00 pm, so I hit my 5:30 Zumba class with Teresa.  It did not disappoint. I know we all came home exhausted and ready to begin the weekend.  On Saturday.  We were way too tired to begin anything on Friday night. :)

Saturday Carl and Tyson once again hit up GPP for a workout.  I was a big slacker.  I slept in.  My bad, I know.

After that, Carl and I headed out to The Gateway to do a little shopping.  While we were there, we noticed some fabulous sidewalk chalk art going on!  Loved it!

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So talented!  And so fun to watch!  After doing a little shopping and getting my eyebrows threaded (which was VERY painful, by the way!), we headed out to Rocky Mountain Raceways for my brother's racing debut!  His good friend Ron Duncombe was out of town and unable to race his car this weekend, so the racing team decided to put Kevin behind the wheel.  Kevin has been working behind the scenes on many race teams over the years, so this was really a no brainer!  We had a blast, and Kevin did awesome.  Tyson went out with Kevin earlier in the day to help Kevin get ready, etc.  Tyson had a great time, and loved being  Kevin's "pit crew"!


Tyson and Kevin before the race

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Madi & George, and Carl & I in the stands


The "old people" (my parents) getting the VIP treatment!  Golf cart ride from their car, to their seats! 🙂


It was seriously, so much fun!  After the races, we got to hang out in the pits and Madi and I even got to get in the race car.  Sooooo small.  We couldn't believe how tight you are tucked in there!  Pretty cool!  We had such a great time, and I was so proud of my brother Kevin!  Can't wait until his next race!

Sunday, Carl, Madi and I spent a few hours at the pool, before heading to may parents house for dinner.  Carl and I got a bit fried.  Oooops! 

After the pool, I made some carrot cake cupcakes (my dad's fave) and we headed down to Salt Lake for dinner.



Father's Day cupcake toppers, courtesy of Piggy in a Polka Dot.

All in all, a really FABULOUS weekend.  The weather was fabulous and we were able to spend time together as a family all weekend long.

How was your weekend?

I hope it was great!

Happy Monday!