Mid November catch up

November 18, 2013 at 3:35 pm

I pretty much let Yelp take over my blog for a while there, but regular life was also happening in between all of those fabulous events. I was dumping all of those non-Yelping photos into a file as the days went by and this morning there were over 250 photos in there. Here are some of them (stuff that happened in the last two weeks):

Lots of walking to school.

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Mack is such a trooper for posing for these silly pictures on our walk every morning.

Lots of other school stuff happened, like volunteering the past two Mondays and today.

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Three Monday lunches at school with the sweet potato.

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Cal’s school had a mandatory PTSA meeting (like PTA with an S, and they are all mandatory) one night…

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and it was also a spaghetti dinner.

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Mack participated in a multi-school gifted competition called the Creativity Olympics, held at Perkins Elementary.

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His team didn’t score in the top three, but he talked about it for hours afterwards and kept saying how much fun it was.

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He got the coveted “Participant” ribbon.

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Mack got to see a bunch of his friends from his old elementary school, and I did too.

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The kids had school on Veteran’s Day and the car line was lined with flags.

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Very nice.

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My attempts at fashion and bathroom mirror photos over the past two weeks…

Volunteering at school outfits:

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Yes, that is a dress covered with purple giraffes. So what?

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A Yelp night outfit:

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Another Yelp night outfit:

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Showing off some of the beads that I made at Painting with Fire Studio:

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Gearing up for The Urban Bike Adventure with Team Wonder Wheels in downtown St. Pete this weekend (yikes):

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Ugh. Ok. Enough with the horrid selfies. What else?

I noticed on my various shopping trips the past couple of weeks that it is obviously full-on holiday time. I love it.

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I don’t love this so much:

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Why?

I was excited to stop by a new to me fish store a week or so ago.

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There were about a dozen people loitering around outside both of the entrances, but sadly, despite the next photo, they were not open.

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Some lady was pretty upset because she was supposed to pick up her crab. I hope she got it.

I went back to the doctor.

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More on that in another post most likely.

Chewie, the boys, and I went to Largo Central Park one Sunday.

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They have the Christmas lights up! We love coming here to see all the lights during the holidays.

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Best playground in Pinellas County.

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The boys play while I walk laps with Chewie.

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Last week I went to a Ladies Night event at The Trek Bicycle Store of St. Petersburg.

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I have been missing my friends at the Trek Store since I haven’t ridden my bike very much in the past six months. But next weekend is The Urban Bike Adventure (yikes again), so I took this opportunity to take Star the Trek in for a tune up.

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They had some good food…

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giveaways…

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and a speaker from Trek Women as well as a lady who spoke to us about commuting by bike.

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I was happy to see my friends Meghan and Tori there!

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You can barely tell in the photo above, but I wore my shirt from the Southeastern Guide Dogs Walkathon last March because Southeastern Guide Dogs was also there and gave us a great presentation.

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Duke pretty much stole the show.

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I won a giveaway!

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A set of tire levers…thanks Trek Store of St. Pete!

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Thank you to Anne and her team for another fun event!

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And thanks for the tune-up for Star…

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and her new sticker which was hard to photograph.

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On Saturday we went out to the beach to have some family Christmas card portraits made.

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And Sunday we rested.

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Or at least some of us did.

So now I’m a little more caught up, but that was not 250 photos, so more to come.

Cya.

Whole30, Day 28

February 4, 2013 at 3:04 pm

I meant to sleep in today (Sunday) since I got up at 4:15 a.m. on Saturday, but my body wouldn’t let me sleep past 6:30. I hate that.

I made Silk Almond Waffles for the boys…

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and one of my typical Whole30 breakfasts for myself.

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The green stuff is bell pepper, mushrooms, onions, prosciutto, and beet greens. I love when you can get beets with the greens still attached. It’s like two for one.

I also roasted a sweet potato this morning and boiled some eggs, all of which were in preparation for the coming week. I didn’t take a photo of my roasted sweet potato, but this is what boiled eggs look like:

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So, my hip feels good today! I’m a little sore and tired in all the muscles and joints in my legs and hips from my 8 miles yesterday. But my left hip (the good one) is actually more tight/sore than my right…this is AWESOME! To me that means that there is no unusual pain or soreness in my right hip. Any pain or soreness that I do feel is just normal tiredness/day after stuff. I am so happy!

After breakfast the boys and I loaded Chewie into the car, or rather Chewie joyfully bounded into the car, and we all headed to Largo.

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Chewie loves car rides.

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I have no explanation for this:

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We were headed to Largo Central Park.

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The boys played on the awesome playground…

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while Chewie and I walked laps around the park.

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I wore my Best Damn Race shirt. It was a gorgeous day.

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We had to stop many times for mini train crossings.

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There was something in this monkey grass that Chewie desperately wanted to catch:

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He was not successful.

Every time I walked by the playground I checked on the boys. One time Mack yelled, “Mom, take my picture!”

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You don’t have to ask me twice.

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On one lap Cal walked with me to the car to get some water.

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He also helped me take a portrait of Chewie with the Police K-9 memorial statue:

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In all, Chewie and I walked two miles…

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and the boys got some sunshine and exercise while playing on the playground.

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Nice morning.

We headed home for lunch. Chad made soup for the boys, and I had leftover salmon patties on a salad.

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The white shredded stuff is sauerkraut. I also made some more of my semi-homemade creamy Italian salad dressing (homemade paleo mayo mixed with vinaigrette salad dressing). I’m kind of obsessed with it.

We hung around the house for a couple of hours until it was time to head to our friends’ house for the Superbowl.

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Cal and Erin both got new glasses in the same week!

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It was hard to get that picture without a photo-bomber…

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Our friends (the other Caroline and her husband Lee) had a great spread of food laid out when we arrived.

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Chad did all of our Superbowl cooking this year, and he was awesome about making some Whole30 compliant options for me. He made two kinds of wings…

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In the foreground are wings with just salt (for me) and in the background are these awesome wings made with brown sugar and chili powder. Chad says this will be his go-to wing recipe from now on because they were awesome.

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Cal referred to them as “meat candy”.

Chad also made Whole30 compliant jambalaya (in honor of the Superbowl being in New Orleans) based on a recipe from Paleo Comfort Foods.

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It turned out really amazing. It had the perfect amount of spiciness.

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My Superbowl dinner:

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I went back for a second bowl of jambalaya later because it was so good.

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Chad made this for me even though he couldn’t even eat it due to all of the tomatoes. Thanks honey!

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The dads worked out a plan to get the kids into the game. They put all of the offensive players names (and also slips for defensive teams and special teams) into a hat and the kids drew out several names each until they were all gone.

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Each kid put in $5 and for the first six scores in the first half, whichever kid had the scoring players’ name would get $5. If there weren’t six scoring plays in the first half, then whichever kid had won last would get the rest of the pot. It did work to get the kids more excited about the game.

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We think it’s important to teach our children the joys of gambling.

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They were actually more excited when we announced that it was cookie time!

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We did have some quality football-watching togetherness, though.

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Thanks to the C’s for having us over for the Superbowl!

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Love you guys!

We left at half-time to go home and get the boys to bed.

That’s it for Day 28. Two more days to go!!!!

Cya.