Day 3 Orlando

Hey there my fellow obsessors!  I hope your week is going well.  If it’s not, here’s your virtual hug xxxxx!  And you know what always makes me happy.  Food pics!  And guess what?  I have a bunch for ya:)

Day 3 in Orlando, Cam was up early and off to sessions all day so Val and I were left to our own devices to dig up some trouble.

While missy was passed out in the room I ran a few miles in the fitness center.

She seriously slept like 12 hours!  I finally woke her up, dressed her, and hauled her booty down to the convention center for lunch.  Steak is always a good motivator for Val:)

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My motivation?  If you don’t know by now, this is clearly the very first post you have ever read of mine!  Oh the desserts!  I never eat dessert at lunch, but heck I just ran 6 miles, so why not?!



Oh wait.  Shut the front door.  They had a dude making ice cream with liquid nitrogen!

Can’t say no to that!


After Val and I were done eating and properly sugared up it was time to hit the pool.

These are the faces we make after 3…ok 4 desserts 🙂


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It was the perfect afternoon at the pool with my chickie.  We even played her favorite trivia game.  Which is where we ask each other questions about our favorite things, hobbies, junk like that, and if you get it right you get dunked.  Yeah I know, you should not get dunked for getting it right, but Val made up the game when she was like 5 and she still loves to get dunked.  Anyway, my girl knows so much about me!  I think she might know about me than I know about me:)  Love that girl!

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After swimming, I decided to round out my mileage for the day with an extra run.  Since I was going for a record of desserts eaten in one day I had to burn them off somehow.  So Val did some strength exercises in the room and showered while I sprinted it out in the gym one more time.

When I got back…she had popped out her last baby tooth!  She was doing burpees and said that it just came out!  I love that she tries to keep up her cheer/tumbling fitness while on vacation and I can’t believe that is how her last baby tooth came out.  That molar will forever be know as the burpee tooth.

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So after I finally got it together and realized my baby would be getting her last visit from the tooth fairy.  It was time for dinner!

Haha, desserts first please.

Then shrimp of course.

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Oh yeah, and I suppose I should eat some salad.

Ooooeee glad I did, that was some tasty salad!  I must make salad with pineapple and blue cheese now.  It was so good.

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We lingered for awhile until I thought Cam was going to fall asleep in the banquet hall.  Poor guy he literally crashed at 8pm and didn’t budge until the next day.

Ah I almost forgot to tell you!  Cam attended a meeting that day for IPC and they had a raffle for 3 trips and he won one!!  No Joke! A trip to Miami.  What a day.  Swimming, 10 miles, 10 desserts, last baby tooth, and a trip to Miami!  What are we going to do next Val?


Froyo?  Sounds like a plan.  Add it to the dessert pile.

And a trip to the arcade to top it off.  Don’t tell Daddy we spent $10 playing crappy games, only to get a prize worth a quarter.  Shhh he was passed out upstairs, he’ll never know 😉


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So ends our day hanging out at the hotel/conference.  Stay tuned tomorrow for more Dawson antics!


Girls on the Run 5k

This year was my second time coaching Girls on the Run at my daughters school.  I love getting to know girls in grades other than Valerie’s.  There are so many cute girls at her school and I was privileged to coach them and spend time with them every Monday.

The 5k was at Sugar House Park again this year.  I’m not sure how much longer they will be able to pull this venue off.  The program is getting so big!  It was like a pink explosion!


We painted faces, did temporary tattoos, glitter, and hair accessories.  The girls had tons of fun.Image

The race course was packed!  I’d love to see an early race and then a later race, just to help give the runners some breathing room.


I also wish we would have tied florescent yellow or green ribbons in our girls hair.  It was impossible to spot Oakwood girls in the sea of pink.  I even lost Val a couple of times, but I figured as long as I kept going, I would run into her eventually:)


When I see these pics of us together I can’t believe how grown up my baby is!  I think 5th grade will be the year she catches me in height.


My girl finished the race in 38:40.  So proud of her!  Even with the crowd she pushed herself and ran a fantastic race!  So glad to call this cutie mine.


Today is Valerie’s first official day of summer!!  I’m sure I will be posting all about our crazy antics.

Happy Friday Everyone!



Day 7 Hawaii: Pool Day & Paradise Cove Luau

Day 7 in Hawaii was one of my favorite days.  We didn’t have any big plans during the day and we were able to just relax and enjoy Aulani.  I was up early though, I just couldn’t shake my mainland clock.  So I was in the gym burning calories because I knew I was going to enjoy some awesome luau food later:).  I even had a personal best 5 mile run!  I don’t know if it was the lower altitude, the warm weather, the excitement of travel, or just all the shave ice, but my running was better than it ever had been.

I knocked out 5 miles in under 40 minutes!  I was giddy:).  Oh yeah, totally skipped around the gym like an idiot after that run.

I also did more strength training and went back out to boot camp right after.  I was determined to leave Hawaii with the same bod that I came with.  Not an easy task with all the delicious island food just screaming your name at every corner.


But let’s not talk about maintaining girlish figures!  Boring!

Let’s go snorkeling!  We definitely got our moneys worth out of rainbow reef.  Val just loved it.  She’s part fish, I just know it.  I took this pic from the viewing windows.



I also took this video from the viewing window as well.  Valie and Cameron have a handshake that they do.  It’s pretty darn cute and funny and I hope she never gets too old to do it.  They add onto it a couple times a year so I can’t imagine how long it will be in a few years!

After snorkeling a cold treat was a requirement.  They have a self serve ice-cream machine in one of the shops by the pool.  I wanted to swirl and obscene amount into the cup, but I decide to stop just shy of embarrassing:).  You can’t really tell from the picture, but it was pretty tall.  Girly was happy.


Beach time!

K. Feel free to laugh at my insane tan/burn lines.  Yeah, I had too much fun in the sun and yes, it was worth it.  Oh and did I mention that my hair was like crazy huge in Hawaii?  Well, it was.  Totally out of control.


Look what we spotted on the wall by the beach!  Our state and last name!  Cause ya know, we totally donated $10,000 to have a tile at Aulani 😉


Time for more character pics!!  The lines were so short to meet character, it was the best.  I just love Miss Minnie.  When I grow up I want to be just like her 🙂


Awe I love this pic.  Um yeah, there’s no Val because she was busy swimming.  But Cam knows I love characters and humors my stalking.


Ah I love Hawaiian Mickey!

Val was somewhere in that pool behind me.  Probably hiding from her embarrassing Mom:)



For real, the burn lines, I’m going to have to photo shop these.  Now if only I knew how to do that…


Oh well, let’s just put on some clothes and quit looking at my terrible tan!

Ta-da!  Who’s ready for a luau????!!!

We walked over to Paradise Cove from Aulani.  It was only about 10 minutes.


Right when you come through the gates, you take a pictures with two Hawaiian hotties and they hand you a beverage.  Right then I knew this was going to be a fabulous evening.


There were lots of tables teaching guests how to make bracelets and head dresses.  It was so much fun!


They give everyone 2 additional drink tickets to use at the bar.  The non-alcoholic pina colada was too die for!!  I could of just spent the whole night making crafts and drinking these and been happy as a clam.


My cute sis-in-laws also enjoyed the pina coladas.  Oh man, I could really go for one of those right now!


Sometime during the beverage/craft time a dude climbed a coconut tree and sprinkled flowers over the guests.  I was pretty impressed by his leg strength, maybe I should add climbing trees to my exercise regime:)


This is the strawberry colada version of deliciousness!  I’m getting a sugar high just thinking about it.


There must have been some spear throwing potion in that drink because Cam rocked at the spear throwing!


I even got a video of his awesome skills!

Me with a spear…definitely not as graceful.  But I’m sure, very funny to watch.


Even Miss Val got to throw the spear.  Yeah, she was better than me.

I know we are going to have to throw spears at the Spartan race…I’m in trouble.


More games!  I just loved all the activities they had at Paradise Cove.  If I had to pick between Paradise Cove and the PCC luau, I’d have to go with Paradise Cove just because of the pre luau entertainment and drinks.


Making flower bracelets on the beach.  Does it get any better??


Oh wait it does.  Flower bracelet done and the hubby brought over a new tropical drink to try:)


They even had people doing fun tattoos!  But you gotta be careful, they smear.


Here we are waiting for a kayak.


And then here we are in the kayak.  Isn’t Lesley cute?  She was happy to smile while my child is telling to put the camera down and paddle.


K, I’ll paddle…just one more selfie with Cam:)


Right before the show the sun was setting.  It was gorgeous!Image

Hello!!  One of the most lovely scenes I’ve ever witnessed.


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I swear this is the last shot.

Let’s go eat!!


Yummmm!  Oh yes that is pork, fried chicken, fish, salad, and pineapple!  And did I have 2 plates plus 2 desserts, yes sir I did.  I didn’t workout for 3 hours for nothing!


Oh yeah there was a show too.  Honestly though the food was way good so I was distracted.  But what I remember, the fire dancers were amazing.


But the Tahitian hotties were my favorite.


Moral of the story, if you want lots of beverages, pre show entertainment, lots of yummy food, and really cute island dancers…go to Paradise Cove;)

Oh I’m sad day 7 is over!  That leaves only one day left and a red eye flight.

See ya tomorrow to finish up the great Hawaiian adventure!!

Hawaii Day 4! Kualoa Ranch, Treats, and Aulani!

Day 4 of vay-cay starts out like the previous days.  Running through lovely Turtle Bay.  I went out solo that morning and took twice as long because I was so distracted looking at everything and following paths that led me way way far away:).  I have no sense of direction. It was ridiculous, but at least it was beautiful.Image

The ocean was gorgeous!  I am not a fan of running on sand trails but I made an exception on this fine morning.


Oh, I just love this site!Image

So after running on sand for way too long, I finally turned around and decided I had no idea where I was going and I saw this funny rock.  Wait!  The rock moved!  OMG it’s a seal!  Giddy, giddy, giddy, a seal!  Oh it’s the little things that really amuse me:).Image

After I hauled my sweaty mess back to the room, I showered, packed up for a venue change and we headed out on our next adventure.  Hello Kualoa Ranch!!

I stumbled across this place on a travel site and as soon as my baby girl saw that Jurassic Park was filmed here, she just had to go.

Here we are on a bus, going to tour the movie sites!


Ah, the famous piece of wood that Dr. Grant and the two kids hide behind when the T-Rex attacks the gallimimus.  Image

Ok, now if Val and I were in Jurassic Park together, I’m sure this picture is how our story would go…minus the smiles.  I would have twisted my ankle running away and she would of had to carry me.Image

Or maybe she would have just said “sorry mom” and taken off without me:).Image

We drove past a bunch of spots where movies scenes were filmed.  It was pretty cool.

A fun little surprise for my girly was getting to see props from one of her favorite movies, Journey 2.  We went inside a WWII bunker and they had lots of movie props just hanging out in there.  Image

On our way back we had a great view of the China Man’s Hat.

We had another excursion booked at Kualoa Ranch the day.  A little trip to their “Secret Beach”.  We boarded another bus that took us to a boat, that took us to the beach.  Image

The beach had a bunch of fun equipment to use and a glass bottom boat.  I had never been on a glass bottom boat, so we hopped on.  We saw a few turtles, but really not as much sea life as I thought we would.  My suggestion would be to skip the boat and grab a snorkel if you want to see fish.

What do you think of my sparkly sunglasses??  $5 at the Aloha Swap Meet!Image

Time to play!!  I can’t believe I didn’t take any pics of us paddle boarding, kayaking, or snorkeling!  Well, I guess we were in the water and taking my phone on the paddle board would have been a bad plan.

I love paddle boarding!  I tried it in Mexico a couple years ago and it’s so fun.  You must give it a try if ever get the chance.Image

Chickie loves snorkeling and all water activities.  I think she’s part mermaid.Image

After we had lots of fun in the sun we headed out in search of food and of course shave ice.  I saw this little place called Sweet Fanatic and was so excited.  I thought it was going to be a candy shop!  It turns out that it was more of an Asian casino:).  I thought that there were arcade games in the store, but realized only adults were playing them.  I guess you can play and shoot target and win money, or lose money, probably mostly lose money:).

Anyway, their shave ice was really good!  Super fluffy ice, flavorful syrup, beautiful bright colors, perfect!  I think we all came to love sweetened condensed milk on our shave ice.IMG_2009

I tried a poi doughnut.  Much tastier than just plan poi.  Plus they were all purple and cute, I had to have one.

Once we were all fed and sugared up, it was time to head to Disney’s Aulani Resort!!  Image

Despite a long exhausting day, my crazy kid still had to get in the pool!  I was just the picture taker.  Thank goodness for Dad’s and Aunties.

Aulani at night was quite the site.  I was just stunned by the gorgeous lighting and amazing architecture.  I couldn’t wait to go to bed so I could soak it all in the next day.

ImageTomorrow will be a recap of just Aulani!

Hope you are all having a great week!! xoxo


Fun Active Weekend!

Happy Monday! I hope everyone had a fab weekend! I know I did.  My girly has been out of school all week for Spring Break and I have completely enjoyed spending lots of time with her.  The weather has been totally sad though, so we were stuck doing inside activities more than I would have liked.  But on Saturday we decided that despite the wintery conditions we were going to go out and have a blast at the Olympic Park!

Last fall we went and it was so much fun.  You can check out a thorough review of the place and the activities HERE.

Here we are getting all of our gear for the zip line, drop tower, and ropes course!


There goes my chickie!  This does not look like an April background.


The park got a new drop rope on the tower.  It lets you free fall for an extra 10 feet compared to the old rope.  Yeah, I was scared.  Can’t you tell?  Look at my face!  I hesitated before walking off the ledge.  My heart was pounding!


Miss Val on the other hand, no hesitation, she just goes.


Off to the ropes course!


We started off with the lower course.Image

I thought the course was much more challenging in the winter like conditions!


It snowed while we were on the lower course and made the wires, ropes, and everything a bit slick.Image

I love the snow falling in the pics though.


Right after we did the lower course, the weather cleared up with in just a few minutes.  Crazy Utah.  The sun came out and the sky was blue!

This obstacle is the hardest for me.  You have to hold on to the ropes and swing like a monkey to get to the next rope.  Being a shorty does not help either!


Look how high it is!  It takes me a while to get used to the height.  My heart rate was definitely accelerated even when I was standing still 🙂


Ok Ok, that’s enough adrenaline for now :).  Moving on to some exercise that doesn’t give me anxiety.  We spent a night at my hubby’s family cabin and it is the perfect place to train Spartan style!  We ran from the cabin to the main gate and then back.  It is about a 5 mile run roundtrip.  You can kind of see how steep the hills are in this pic.  I could barely run for 20 seconds before having to walk.  But I was way faster this time compared to the past times I’ve done this run, so woohoo!


And look at the deer!


Yeah, my husband is smiling here, but I really think he was plotting revenge against me for this workout :).  After we finished the hills, we also did a Spartan email workout.  Ugh, I was beat.


The rest of the day I spent lounging.  And on a side note… I know what my life would be like if I ever had another baby :).  Isn’t this the cutest?!!  Freddie really liked snuggling under the blanket with my new niece Cate.



Well that is my weekend recap.

Did you get active this weekend??

Is it Spring yet in your neck of the woods??

Spartan Training Times!

So the Spartan Beast is like 88 days away!!  Oh my, that means I have way too many workouts yet to complete.  Not going to lie, I’m feeling a bit of burn out at the moment.  The last thing I want to do today is anything strength related.  So I think it’s time I got reacquainted with my boyfriend, Clinton :).  Yeah I named my treadmill, I’m nuts like that.

I have seriously missed him!  Sunday I was walking by his room and decided that it had just been too long since our last date and changed my plans so we could have some quality time together :). 

And guess what??! I ran my fastest treadmill 5k ever!  Thanks Clinton babe, you’re the best!

And don’t you just love this purple-pink polish?!  I stole it from Val.



So after my run, I switched spaces with the hubs.  He got on the treadmill and I went to work on a quickie Spartan email workout.

5 minutes jump rope

3 x 15 reps burpees

3 x 15 reps jump lunges (each side)

3 x 15 reps 15 weighted squats

Max pull ups

Next up, of course it was Sunday and I have to beat my husband to death, so I put in Legs and Back P90x.  It was all good fun.  Lots of sweating and way too many pull ups, but it was good.  Progress is being made!

Today though, it’s just Clinton and I! We are going to watch Frozen together.  I wonder how many miles I can run during that movie?  Guess we’ll find out 🙂

Spartan Training Update

Still plugging along with the workouts.  I try to get the hubs out once a week for an endurance/strength/mental training session.  I’m starting to think that the mental hurdle of The Beast is going to be the hardest thing.

I’m loving the workouts that come in my email everyday!  I’ve been seeing some Beast workouts lately and have put those on our “to do” list.  The workout I picked for us this week looked something like this…

Run 1 mile
15 burpees
5 pull-ups
50 crunches
15 box jumps
5 pull-ups
50 bodyweight squats
15 burpees
5 rope climbs or 5 x 25′ bear crawl
50 walking lunges
15 box jumps
5 x 25′ bear crawl

x 3

This was a good one!  I added the sandbag to the squats and lunges and did and extra mile of running on my 3rd round.  It was a sweaty good time.

My little chickie loves to workout with us.  Here she is demonstrating how to use soccer goals as pull up bars :).  I could just squeeze her to pieces I love her so much!


Cam’s “sandbag” is filled with cement mix:)


Out of all the exercises we did, I hated the bear crawls the most.  Not because they were hard, but because the grass made my hands raw!  After 30 bear crawls I never wanted to do another one again!


But I lived!  Hooray!  Let’s hope the weather is just as beautiful for our next workout.

Weekly Workout Rundown

I haven’t done a workout review in forever!  Guess I was just being lazy or something:).  So here’s what my week looked like…

Feb 15- Feb 21

Sunday- 100 jumping jacks, 2 miles with a sandbag, 6 regular miles, 200 burpees

Monday- rest/chase munchkins

Tuesday- 3 miles

Wednesday- 2 miles

Thursday- rest/more munchkin chasing

Friday- 10.4 miles

Saturday- Insanity

Hey, not bad for a week that was crazy busy!  I’m trying to get a couple of longer workouts in each week to help prepare me for the Spartan Beast and I have to say those days are tough.  I feel quite drained after and for most of the next day.  I’m prepping lots of meals today to help fill in my nutrition gaps and see if that helps my energy levels.  Also, more sunshine, wishing for more sunshine!  That always gives me a boost.

Short and sweet today kids.  Hope your week is starting out fabulous!

Spartan Training Update!

I can not wait for warmer days!!!  Training in the cold, rain, and snow is killing me.  On our last training session it was rain/snowing.  I guess that I should be grateful the snow has melted and that nothing was sticking to the ground.

We took our makeshift sandbags to the track and had at it!  The workout looked like this:

50 jumping jacks

Carry a heavy object .5 miles

10-50 burpees

Carry a heavy object .5 miles

10-50 burpees

Run 1-3 miles

*Repeat 1-3 times!!


Oh my gracious this was hard.  Trying to run with a 20+ pound bag is rough.  My heart was pounding and it was crazy awkward.  I also did the max burpees, 50.  Ugh it was brutal.  The running wasn’t bad.  I did the 3 miles since running is my thang 🙂

My kiddo decided to workout too.  She had a 10 pound weight she carried!  Love that girl.


I was able to complete this workout 2 times through doing the max exercises/miles.  2 miles with the sandbag, 6 miles running, 100 jumping jacks, and 200 burpees!  I was spent.  This kind of training is so much different than training for a distance race.

After being cold and wet and gross, it was sooooo nice to take a hot shower and die on the couch.

I can’t wait for Summer!  Bring on the 100 degree days!

Back @ it Monday & A Fun Surprise

I feel like I’m so boring lately and have nothing cool to write about… So I suppose you you could call this a “mom” post with a bit of “crazy exercise girl” thrown in.  Today my girly went back to school, woohoo and boohoo!  I’m always sad to drop her off that first day back and yet ecstatic that I actually get something done during the day besides make meals and be a playmate.  I can finally give the house a full cleaning, prep meals, and have whatever I want playing on the TV.  Not having to listen to the Disney channel is my hallelujah for the day!

Yeah, this is a hint of the holiday bomb that happened at my house.  Today I will conquer what is left of it!!  And I seriously need a new phone cover.  This cute pearly white one leaves a terrible glare on all my pics.



On a fitness note…I woke up early and did a 5k on an incline!  I felt like death, but apparently I lived since I am now blogging:).  I’m also going to a class tonight, so doubling up on my calorie burn for today.  Double showers too, guess I better sneak some of my daughter’s fab moisturizer while she’s at school.  Heh, heh, heh.  

Oooo, I do have something fun to tell you!  Just remembered.  Guess this post won’t be quite as boring as I thought.  As an attempt at being adventurous, I entered the hubs and I into the Spartan Beast this summer!  If you don’t know what that is, it’s an obstacle course race that covers 10-12 miles.  So I guess I better practice climbing walls, dragging heavy stuff, climbing ropes, and jumping over fire…really…not kidding…fire.  You can check it out here!!  

I’m super excited about it.  Cameron, not so much.  He’s just starting his fitness journey and pretty much wants to kill me right now.  But I’m hoping that with consistency and a plan, in 6 months we’ll be awesome sauce.  I’ll be posting about our workouts and progress as we take off on this new fitness venture.

So if you have any advice for me about obstacle racing, or how to motivate a spouse…please leave a comment.  I need all the help I can get:).