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The Art of Running in the Rain

"To give anything less than your best, is to sacrifice the gift." -Prefontaine

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2016…That’s a Wrap

Well, for many of us 2016 was complete shit! It definitely had it’s share of ups and downs for the Paolone-Webb household; however, I am going to use this post as a place to focus on my favorite things that happened this last year. Don’t worry, you know me I’ll share about the shit stuff in future posts ūüėČ

1.) As many of you know for the last half of 2015 and the first half of 2016 we lived in Orange County. It was beautiful, sunny, and such an adventure!

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2.) There was that time we took a road trip to Arizona to visit uncle Jeff and his animal sanctuary.

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3.) Going to the Bahamas, and eating the yumminess that was in the below coconut!!!!

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4.) Kelley came to visit, and we went to Disneyland and the women’s spa and it was everything.

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5.) Kate, Em, Lauren, and mom came and we went to disneyland and explored Orange County.

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6.) Okay, let’s be honest, I went to Disneyland A LOT this year, and I am stoked AF about it!

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7.) We moved back to Seattle and it was perfect timing.

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8.) We broke nonna out of the hospital for Christmas Eve dinner and I’m sooo happy we did. I love this woman so hard!

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9.) Three amazing people in my life sealed the deal with their partners: Kelley & Russell, Lena & Josh, and Kate & Jon. Their weddings were definitely some of my favorite memories of 2016.

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10.) We are pregnant with a little girl! She is due June 18th 2017, and we are so ecstatic I can’t even express it. I mean I guess this one is probably my biggest highlight of 2016, and I think Dave would say the same!

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The forecast for 2017 calls for more blog posts from this girl! Here’s wishing you all a brilliant year!

Be well.

 

 

Christmas 2015

I love Sundays! ¬†Even though the work week is looming and that means I’ll get less time chillin’ with the husband, it also means a day of decompressing guilt free. ¬†I’ve also been trying to use my Sundays to do meal planning so there’s less frantic assembling during the work week. ¬†Today I’m prepping a polenta lasagna and cutting up vegetables for a home style salad bar.

I wanted to recap on some of the holiday happenings from this Christmas. ¬†I get more and¬†more excited about these recap posts ever since taking that happiness course. ¬†One of the exercises proven to increase happiness and decrease stress is to reflect on photos of happy moments, and after I’ve completed these posts I do feel great! ¬† I think there may be a correlation with posting happy photos on social media as well, I’d love to see research on that.

We started our trip with an early morning flight, Dave and I headed back up to my homeland to visit my family.  We had such a good time, but man did that week fly by.  We flew with the animals, and although I felt like Oliver should have been so happy to be with us in the cabin he was pretty much freaked out the entire time.

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Charlie was in cargo, I just had to not think about him because I know that old man was nervous the whole time.  All in all I would fly with them again, especially if the trip is over a week and dog friendly.  It ends up being less than a sitter and I LOVE having my little dudes with me whenever I can.

We were very excited to see nonna!

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The gentleman in the background is my zio Antonio, he’s my nonno’s brother. ¬†It’s so nice to visit him and his wife; Dave loves the glimpse into my background and I love seeing someone who reminds me a lot of my nonno.

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You can’t get away from their house without feeling full and a little drunk. ¬†I hope that’s how people feel about my place ūüôā ¬†*oh, Daniel*

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Zio makes his own wine, and this year it was out of this world. ¬†I can’t even describe the flavor it had, unreal.

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He was very excited about this bottle, you pretty much grab it by the butt and boobs (censored terminology for the interwebs).

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“Ma, whatayagonnado?”

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Following the delicious wine, zio wanted Dave to experience some Italian beer.  Dave said it was crisp and refreshing, but more than anything it was fun to try beer from Italy.

After visiting with zio and zia we headed to my auntie Lauren’s house for dinner.

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We all got the grey memo ūüôā

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My cousin’s daughter is so incredibly adorable!! ¬†I just kept wondering if they made that outfit in my size.

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So many Christmas day memories in this house.  Also, did you catch nonna downing the wine?

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Proud parents with chez Lauren!  Her meal was fantastic!!!!

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I had the most adorable view during my dinner!

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My grandpa’s birthday is Christmas day, so we always have christmas/birthday combo celebration. ¬†The gift he was opening was from a family friend, Rocco.

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It was a coffee mug with pictures of all of my grandparent’s six children (two of which are no longer with us anymore). ¬†Everyone was pretty happy about the memories. ¬†There was one for all of the aunts/uncles and my grandparents, very thoughtful!

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After dessert it was photo time and then we played heads up.  What a fun Christmas!!  Hope yours was filled with family and laughter too!

Be well!

 

 

Fun fun times

Hey all,

This year held SO many of my most favorite occasions.  Occasions that changed my life in the best of ways!

I met a sloth

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I went to Vegas with a few of my favorites

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I completed two half marathons

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My best friends threw me the most beautiful bridal shower ever.

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Most amazing bachelorette party ever.

IMG_6816 IMG_6881 IMG_6901I pretty much had the most amazing weekend of my life which included seeing so much family, our FUN rehearsal, and the BEST.DAY.EVER (10.12.14) our wedding!

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My brother got married in Japan.

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And here we are ūüôā I plan on elaborating on a few of the aforementioned events. ¬†It’s been an amazing year, and I’m excited for what the future holds.

Be well.

 

Camping workout

I was reading an article in Shape magazine on staying toned on the road, it seemed like something that I could easily do while camping so Tara and I tried it out. ¬†We really enjoyed the workout and so I thought I’d share it with you.

The first portion of the workout is referred to as the ‘chair routine,’ so you need a bench or chair of some sort.¬†¬†They recommend jogging in place or jump rope for a minute between exercises to increase the intensity.

1.) Side-Lunge Pulse: 

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2.) Push-Up Hydrant

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3.) T-Stand Drive

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4.) Dip and Crunch

Dip and Crunch5.) Wall-Sit Shift

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6.) Single-Arm Push-Up

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7.) Split Squat

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8.) Plank Push

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1. Side-Lunge Pulse: Stand with inside of left foot extended out on the bench and right foot on the floor beside it.  Be sure to bend your right leg.  Clasp hands in front of your chest and push your hips back.  First rise up trying to get your leg to hip height, pulse up and down twice, and return to starting position. Do 15 reps then switch.

2.) Push-Up Hydrant: In the plank position with hands shoulder width apart raise your right leg to hip height behind you.  Bend your elbows straight back (ignore my form in the picture) as you bring your right knee towards your right elbow.  Push back up to the starting position.  Do 10 reps and then switch sides.

3.) T-Stand Drive: Bending over the bench place your right hand on the bench and extend your right leg to hip height behind you.  Bend your left elbow and hold your left hand in front of your shoulder.  Rise up and lift your right knee to hip height in front of you while rotating your torso right, bring your palms to meet each other in front of your chest.  Return to starting position.  Complete 15 reps; then switch sides.

4.) Dip and Crunch: Place hands on bench (hip distance apart) fingers facing forward, with butt just in front of your hands (but not touching the bench).  Begin with toes pointed up and bend elbows as you lower your butt toward the ground.  Straighten your arms as you lift up and bring your right knee toward you.  Lower down to the starting position; repeat.  Complete 20 reps alternating legs each time.

5.) Wall-Sit Shift: To get into the starting position begin by standing agains a tree, wall or in our case a truck.  Lower your body down into a seated position (knees bent at a 90 degree angle).  Be sure to have both extended above your head.  Kick out with your right leg (do not come out of the seated position) and lower your left arm.  Do 12 reps, then switch sides.

6.) Single-Arm Push-Up: Stand about a foot away from the wall, car, or tree.  Lean forward and place your right hand on the wall (heels slightly lifted).  Bend right elbow, lowering yourself toward the tree.  Push back to starting position.  Complete 12 reps then switch sides.

7.) Split Squat: To obtain the starting position stand with your back to the tree and take a big step forward with your left foot.  Push bottom of right foot into the tree and bend elbows (left arm forward, right arm back).  Bend left knee while switching arm positions, return to starting position and repeat.  Do 15 reps; switch sides, then repeat.

8.) Plank Push: In the plank position extend your left arm at about shoulder height in front of you and press hand against the cooler.  Hold for 20 seconds (or longer, we held it for 60) then switch sides to complete set.

It was such a fun workout to adapt to the great outdoors.  I hope you enjoyed it as much as I did!

Thanks

 

Coming up…I’m excited to share with you a French onion soup recipe that I made!

I’m off to my friend’s wedding (can you believe she’s getting married almost exactly 1 month before me!?) in Orcas Island for the weekend, ¬†I’m sure I’ll have some great stories and pictures to share when I get back. have a great weekend everyone!

Be well!

Fourth of July recap

This last week was a much needed vacation. Although it ended too soon, I’m glad it happened and feel like so many great memories were formed. One of the highlights was the fourth of July BBQ Dave’s mom arranged. I was inspired by PBfingers¬†and made a little watermelon/feta flag salad to celebrate

IMG_0220Dave did some man things

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While I drank whisky ginger which contained a couple whisky soaked cherries

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It was the perfect day for a BBQ, everyone enjoyed the sunshine!

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Dave took a break from flippin’ burgers to pose with his mom (aren’t they cute)

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It was a great day! ¬†I feel a little ashamed that I didn’t honor my homeland on July 1st as much as I did the USA; however, I’m pretty proud that we were in Canada for the 1st and the US for the 4th. ¬†To be exact we were in southeast BC for the first half of the week and then southwest OR for the second half. ¬†Okay, I’m glad we did it, we got a lot of family time and with limited vacation time it’s hard to see family as often as we’d like, but we definitely spent 30 hours driving in total all week and that took it’s toll. ¬†We gave ourselves a full day recovery and I think that really gave me the rest I needed to be ready for work this week.

Oh yeah, these were awesome

IMG_0216Fourth of July and Canada day will never occur again without these babies!!!!!!!!

Be well.

 

Colander and a sentence a picture

Okay so when nonna is out of commission (aka broken wrist), we have to FORCE her to not do anything. ¬†It’s cute cause she just can’t stop herself. ¬†We decided that we needed to get her out of the house for din din, otherwise she’d try to make us a five course meal.

imageGetting her to smile for a pic is sooo difficult, I’m proud ūüôā

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Chocolate milk for the June birthday boys

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Sooo much pasta and sugo!!!

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Baked tortellini = cheesy delicious amazingness.

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Meat and potatoes (the potatoes weren’t as good as nonna’s, but then again nothing really is).

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In true Italian fashion you FINISH your meal with the salad.

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Logan made a Thomas sandwich!!!

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Chocolate cake needs to be eaten without a shirt (incase of spills), that rule is for Dave as well.

Great week so far!

Be well

 

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