Fun stuff this weekend and Takara giveaway winners

April 5, 2013 at 9:13 am

We are in moving hell over here.

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I’m not complaining because I’m really excited about moving to our new house. But packing up a house that you have lived in for 17 years is no small task. I have definitely discovered how DIRTY everything in our house is. I’m such a bad housekeeper. Everything has to be cleaned before I can pack it which slows things down considerably.

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So blogging just isn’t happening. I wish I could create some extra hours in the day. In addition to spending every spare moment packing our normal daily activities continue to take place somehow.

We walked to school a few times this week. We’re trying to get as many walks to school in as possible since after we move that won’t be an option.

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That was Mack’s wacky outfit for “April Foolish Day” on Monday. Sweet Chewie has no clue about the big change that’s about to happen in his life. He is curious about all of the boxes, though.

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Tuesday I went to school for my usual volunteer day.

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Mack’s teacher was out that day however, so I just ended up hanging with Mack in the courtyard during his lunch period.

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Last night was the last PTSA (like PTA with an S) meeting of the year at Cal’s school. The principal altruistically canceled the May mandatory meeting because there are other end-of-year activities that he wants the parents to attend.

Since finding a new house I’ve become obsessed with DIY/Home Improvement blogs and magazines, as evidenced by my entertainment for the meeting last night.

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I’m sure once we move in I’ll lose interest in all of that stuff, but it’s fun to look for decorating ideas for the new place.

That’s all I have for pictures from our fascinating life this week, but I did finally have Mack pick the winners for the two $20 gift certificates I have to give away from Takara Sushi & Sake Lounge. The spring menu preview that I attended was amazing, and it was so nice of them to give me some gift cards to give away! Mack did his duty…

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and picked two winners. Congratulations to Meghan and Ann!

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We have so much fun stuff planned for this weekend. I really need to keep plugging away at the packing, but all of these fun activities were planned weeks ago before we found our new house and knew we’d be moving soon. Here’s what’s on deck for the weekend…I’d love for you to check out some of these fabulous activities as well!


Tomorrow morning is the Shore Acres Eagle Dash 5K and Kids’ Dash.

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This event is a family-friendly 5K and there are kids’ runs for all ages…every kid dasher gets a ribbon. There is still time to register either today at Fit2Run St. Pete from 3-7 p.m. or tomorrow morning before the race. Check out the Facebook event link above for more details. I’d love to see you out there! Proceeds go to support the community garden at Mack’s school.

Tomorrow evening I’m going to a blogger meet-up at Keel & Curley Winery in Plant City. Keel & Curley makes amazing blueberry wine. Strawberry season is almost over, but blueberry season is still going strong!

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Be sure to check out the Blueberry Festival April 27-28th!


So I mentioned that strawberry season is almost over, but not quite! Parkesdale Market is hosting a food truck meet-up on Sunday and it’s one of the last chances to grab one of their world-famous strawberry shortcakes!

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The boys and I will be stopping by Sunday morning for a food truck lunch and some strawberry shortcake. Can’t wait! Get more details on the Facebook event page for the Parkesdale Farm Market food truck event.

After the food truck event we’re going to hurry back to Tampa to meet Chad at the Tampa Theater. The Tampa Theater is kicking of a new Family Favorites movie series on Sunday afternoons by showing The Princess Bride this week!


I’m so excited for the boys to see The Princess Bride for the first time on the BIG SCREEN! It’s definitely one of my all-time favorite movies and I know they are going to love it. Other movies in this series will include Babe, Willie Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, Annie, The Muppet Movie, The Neverending Story, and E.T. the Extra Terrestrial. All awesome movies! How great to see them again on the big screen in this historic theater. Check out the Tampa Theater website for more information.

Whew. What a fun weekend we have in store. I am forecasting utter exhaustion by Sunday night. If I can get through this month of home inspections, title companies, insurance companies, real estate agents, cardboard boxes, dust rags, 5Ks, triathlons, and lots of family fun as well, I will be worthy of the title #SHERO!

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Here’s one last fun thing this weekend (actually starting today) that we aren’t able to attend, but I wanted to share it in case you are…


I have heard that PhilFest is a huge and fantastic festival with some great food. I wish we could do EVERYTHING!

Have a great weekend!


{Disclosure: Keel & Curley Winery is hosting our blogger meet-up tomorrow evening and is providing us with a free tour and tasting. The Tampa Theater invited a group of bloggers to tour the theater before the movie on Sunday and also is providing free tickets to the showing of The Princess Bride for my family. No other compensation was provided for anything in this post.}

Last week’s exercise and some other stuff

March 24, 2013 at 12:27 pm

I have only been blogging special events here this past week it seems. I’m VERY distracted by our new house hunt right now. I’ve looked at a bunch of houses this past week with our realtor. There have been several flurries of, “OMG Chad, you have to come see this house today!” I am vetting all of the potential houses first since Chad’s available time is so limited. But there is very little inventory in St. Petersburg right now and anything good is GONE very quickly, so you have to move fast. We’ve lost the opportunity to even make an offer on several houses because they went under contract before Chad could even see them. So anyway, I’m highly distracted and just not finding the time or inclination to blog about my usual mundane fascinating life.

I have a backlog of things I want and need to blog about, and I may be putting up some very short, public service announcement-type blog posts in the near future just to keep from getting so far behind. I mean, the main purpose of this blog is just to record the memories of our daily life before they slip away never to return. But the “new house hunt” distractions are not going to stop anytime soon so blogging is not going to be a huge priority.

With that said, here’s a run-down of the sweating that I did this past week with a few miscellaneous photos thrown in there for good measure.

Tuesday night was Restore the Core with the awesome Christie of Karna Fitness.

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Wednesday I went to a Yoga Sculpt class at Yoga Blu. This is a 90 minute class incorporating weights with traditional yoga poses. I’m starting to think all of the yoga classes at Yoga Blu are “hot” yoga. Both of the classes I went to this week seemed to be lacking any air conditioning. I was a dripping sweaty mess by the end.

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Of course I went to Publix that way to share my sweatiness with the world.

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On Wednesday afternoon I picked up our third Annie’s Organics share. This one was huge. I could barely lift the box.

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We also ran by Fit2Run Wednesday afternoon to pick up my race packet for the Honda Grand Prix 5K.

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My IRunMommies friends Kelly and Dawn were working the packet pick-up.

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I ended up not actually doing the Honda Grand Prix 5K in the end. I piled on a bunch of excuses: my friend who I was going to do it with got sick and I couldn’t verify that any of my other friends were going to be there; it was raining; my hip has been hurting all week since the Sarasota Half Marathon. The truth is that I got lazy and let those excuses sway me.

Saturday morning I went to a fundraising event at Above the Barre Fitness. My friend Maria, the owner, donated her time and studio for this class which helped to raise funds for a high school Relay for Life team benefitting the American Cancer Society.

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This morning the boys and I loaded the bikes into the back of the micro mini-van and headed to Outspokin Bicycles in south Tampa.

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This was supposed to be a “blogger ride”, but we were the only ones who showed up. J.P., the store guru (his official title I’ve been told), was really nice about it though.

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We rode through the pretty south Tampa neighborhoods until we came to the bay at Bayshore Boulevard.

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It was an overcast, humid morning, but it always feels good to be on a bike.

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I enjoyed chatting with J.P. during most of our seven mile ride.

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We stopped just before the bridge to Davis Island.

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The first half of our ride was quick and easy because we had the wind at our backs. After we turned around we were fighting some pretty challenging winds.

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We had a fun morning and celebrated by getting Dunkin Donuts afterwards. Thanks for meeting up with us J.P.!

Okay, caught up with all the mundane fascinating stuff. I still have a bunch of things I want to share but I am seriously preoccupied. I don’t want to jinx it, but we put an offer in on a house yesterday. There is also another offer on the table. We really want it. Keep your fingers crossed. This could become our new front porch:

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The anxiety and waiting are KILLING me!