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Valentines weekend

Hello!

The weekend is coming to an end and it was so darn fun that I’m already missing it.

The weekend started with a lovely ‘repurposed left overs’ breakfast

Salmon hash close upI love using left overs in new dishes.  For this one I took my smoked salmon hash from the morning before and added an egg and scrambled it up.  At that point does it continue to be a hash? Or is it now reborn as a scramble?  Either way it was delicious.

After seeing a couple private clients I met up with Dave and we headed down to the court house to get the documents to change our names.  Look out “Paolone-Webb” here we come 🙂

After a few stops (currently only the IRS knows us as the Paolone-Webbs), we headed out to Salish lodge.

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We decided after the last couple of months we needed a treat, so we got the “Romance atop the falls” package and made sure to get a falls view.  It was the most relaxing evening we’ve had in a while. Bath & Dave.jpgSometimes life gets so crazy you forget to just chill and do nothing together, and after a short run to the falls and back that’s exactly what we did, ALL evening.

We exchanged gifts, but this year we kept it simple (the resort was the real gift)

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Dave got me a Groot bobble head.Tyrion.jpgI got Dave a Tyrion Lannister action figure.

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We decided that when we own a house we will have a bathtub that opens up into our bedroom like this one did, it was GREAT!Champagna glass.jpgI was sad when our stay came to an end, but I was excited to get home and see our boys and for the rest of our valentines celebrations.

I signed us up for an antigravity/aerial yoga partner workshop.  I love that Dave is interested and willing to take yoga classes with me.  He’s taken vinyasa, nedra, hot, acro, and now antigravity/aerial yoga!  I always have fun with him, and I think he’s starting to see the benefits of adding core work/flexibility training to his workout regime.

The best way I can describe the class is a modified acro class, which is so great because we’ve tried acro before (without hammocks), and it’s super hard to get into any of the poses.  The hammock adds the support you need to really get into the poses and then hold them to build the strength.  The individual poses were pretty fun too.

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It was also just fun to be cocooned in the hammock like a small child 😛Antigravity yoga.jpgAfter our yoga class we headed to the apple store to get me a new laptop for my business (OMG, I can open an application in less then a minute finally), and I spent the evening getting it ready.  Organizing satisfies something deep down inside of me, so I thoroughly enjoyed this!

This morning we woke up and continued our half marathon training with 5 miles at a 10:30 pace.  I’m trying to focus on getting the distance in right now, and then later I can try and speed things up a bit.  I’m just happy I was able to push out that extra mile.

RunningValentines weekend just wouldn’t be complete without a donut

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And then there were none

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Altogether an amazing valentines weekend.  It definitely reminded me of the quote “it’s always darkest before the dawn.”  I try to remember during those hard times that there are amazing times just around the corner, but it’s not always easy to do that.  I guess that’s why it’s good to document the good times for future reference.

Be well.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Labor day camping!

 

Time to get on the road!  It’s wild how much stuff it requires to sustain 5 humans and 2 dogs for the weekend.  A. Lot.  The car ride was filled with the usual, ABC game, stories about conception, and witty banter.  The newest addition: Family Feud.  Super fun game 🙂
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First things first, let’s get the Wifi

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Just kidding, no wifi and no reception for 3 full days.  Well except when we went into town to buy me a sleeping bad because I had forgot mine.  #camping101 #wheresmyheadat

Next up, Charlie gettin’ cozy time.

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Time for a little cribbage

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But then it would be WAY more fun to tell you about ear candling.  It is 100% not recommended; the research says that it’s not harmful, but that’s it’s also not really effective.  Although, we all tried it this last weekend and it was very relaxing and seemed to work.  It’s a hollow candle that you light on fire on one end and put the other end in your ear.  Essentially it’s suppose to clear out excessive cerumen from your outer ear.  It. Did.

Chillin’ yo!  You may notice the propane fire, yeah there was a ban on wood fires, which we figured out the second night (I’ll let you connect the dots on that one).IMG_6663

 

Time for bed, let’s get cozy.

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I basically slept with yoda this weekend.

IMG_6660Breakfast on the way home always tastes super delicious.   Breakfast lovers!!!

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I feel like there is a direct correlation with the number of days you’ve gone without showering and electronics and the level of satisfaction derived from that first shower when you get back home 😛

Camping was awesome, can’t wait for the next trip!  I have a ‘camping workout’ to share with you all soon!

Be well.

 

 

 

Highlights from Nonna’s

 

 

Burpee Challenge!!!

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Day 1 = I was the winner.  Day 2 = Daniel won.

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Did I mention LOGAN LOVES DOGS!!!!!!!!  Charlie and Oliver were in heaven, I’ve never met a 22 month old as gentle with dogs as he is, so adorable!

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Mom got a little crazy.  In true Italian fashion she was taking swigs of grappa and then offering it to everyone else.  With a thick Italian accent she would say, “you want a little bit of da juice?”

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Julia didn’t buy it, but we had a good laugh.  Especially when mom’s $17,000 ipad when flying into the water ;P

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Can I just say that this little guy is SUPER intelligent.  Dave had so much fun building a star wars walker out of legos with him.

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It’s always fun visiting nonna, especially when I get to see so many fun family members!

Be well.

#FLashBackFriday … to about 4 weeks ago … SoCal

-Emily got us these beauties from Las Vegas; however we didn’t technically ingest them until SoCal, so I counted them as part of the Cali portion.  Now I’m not going to lie, when it comes to the sweet pastries, I’m a donut person all the way (as you’ll see later in this post), but these cupcakes were AMAZing!!!

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-Soaking up as much sunshine as possible

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-This is the ACTUAL #FBF portion of this post.  I think we spent two or three nights watching old family movies.  Sorry for the crappy photo quality, but talk about guilty pleasures, watching old movies of yourself as a child!!! AMIRIGHT??

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Left: Myself. Right: My cousin Kate, myself, my uncle Neil, and my cousin Jenna

-Then it was my birthday, I went for a run in the morning and my watch surprised me, thanks polar ;P

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-I’m telling you, I. can’t. get. enough.

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-Birthday Beach Day!! Huntington to Laguna and a couple stops on the way.  Wish I would have snagged a picture at dinner which was with a couple of my favorite Californians, Gianny & Kimmy!!

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-It was time to head to Spokane for Blooms day and these guys:

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-I felt proud of my splits

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-So we celebrated with donuts on the way back to Seattle

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Pretty amazing spring break!  Still missing it in a massive way, but reminiscing felt pretty awesome 🙂

Be well.

VEGAS!!!!

It feels like Vegas was sooo long ago 😦 I’m hoping that this recap will take me back to that place.

First things first, I feel as though I have excellent packing skills.  My OCD leads me to plan my whole vacation in outfits, albeit I usually end up buying clothes and then not wearing half of what I packed.  I always have the best intentions though.

IMG_6258It wasn’t as warm as I thought it would be in Vegas, but it was nice and sweltering in SoCal.  Every time I go to SoCal I think, ‘I want to live here,’ this has happened to me since I was young.  I feel like one day it will come true.

First full day in Vegas was beautiful out, but first things first, let’s eat breakfast!!!  We went to Hash House a Go Go, and it was sooo delicious!  I can’t believe all the delicious food in Vegas, I wish more of those chefs (e.g., Gordon Ramsay) would spread their love up to Seattle.  At any rate, here are some pictures of our yumtastic breakfast:

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Biggest pancake ever!!!!
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Yes that biscuit was as delicious as it looked!

During that first full day in Vegas the sun was shining!  We walked the strip (probably 8 solid hours of walking), which was awesome and tiring all at the same time.

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Love these girls!!!!

 

When in Vegas you must walk around with your alcoholic beverage

IMG_6280However, be careful not to drop the best part of your bloody mary!

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😦 😦 😦

I appreciate that my mom didn’t actually sit in this disgusting looking chair, but I still had to post the picture, because it’s perfection.

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We finished the night off with the Circ show, ‘zarkana.’  My favorite part about the show was the sand lady (click to here to see a video), which was super amazing!!  I love watching the acrobats, but sitting in the audience watching people do that stuff gives me the itch to move.  It’s probably why I don’t watch sports (outside of hockey).  My preference would be to see how they train (so I can too)!  The best part was my crew

Katie and Emily....beautiful!!
Kate and Emily….beautiful!!

The next morning was followed by what was the most expensive smoothie I’ve ever had!  $12!!!  It was pretty good, but it definitely didn’t fill me up like Dave’s do (I was hungry an hour or so later).  Also, the people weren’t attentive, they didn’t ask Kate if she wanted any added boosters, no flax for her 😦  On the positive side, they did have some yummy looking options, and if we would have drank more alcohol they had fresh juice beverages with option of adding shots (YUM).

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Vegas was fun times…well, until Charleston!! I still have some pics from SoCal to share with you, so stay tuned.

Oh yeah, I wanted to tell you all about my new toy!!!!! Dave and I went to the REI gear sale last week (I know, you go in for socks and you come out with shorts, a new watch, and shoes).  I’m sooooo super stoked about my Garmin Forerunner 220 (full review post to come).  I did my first ‘training’ workout with it, and it was awesome.  It was a 4 mile tempo run and I tried to do mile 1 (pace 9-9:30), mile 2 (pace 8:30-9), mile 3 (pace 8-8:30), mile 4 (pace 8-9).  For the most part I stayed within my pace ranges, it was really nice having the watch buzz at me when I went to fast or slow.  I LOVE it!!!!

And yes, those are my new Mizuno wave inspire 10s, and yes, I love them!!!!
And yes, those are my new Mizuno wave inspire 10s, and yes, I love them!!!!

Be well!

 

SLOTHS!!!!!!!

What a weekend!!!!!!!!

It started with a wonderful brunch at Fiddlehead (awesome restaurant in West Seattle)

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Dave-o!! Pretty proud of his birthday present to me–as he should be 🙂
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And look at those billy buttons (one of our wedding flowers)!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

After brunch we were on our way….on our way to SLOTHS!!!!!!!!  That’s what Dave got me for my birthday surprise.  He took me to this sloth sanctuary to hang out with, feed, and pet what felt like a million sloths 🙂  Here are a few of my favorite shots from the day:

The first thing I saw when I walked in the door.  Ok, I'm already peeing my pants with excitement!
The first thing I saw when I walked in the door. Ok, I’m already peeing my pants with excitement!

 

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I thoroughly enjoyed feeding them, I’m pretty sure I fed them most of what the staff provided us.

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They are shockingly wiry, but I think they appreciate the pet.

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The girl who took us on the tour was VERY informative.  She knew so much about these sloths (as well as all the other animals they had at the sanctuary – which was a lot).  The sloths were quite funny, they love to eat so they roamed around their little habitat going up to all the different people on the tour and trying to “hook” them to get food.  If you haven’t seen a sloth “hook,” it’s adorable and you can see it in this cute video.  Unfortunately, if they don’t recognize your smell or voice they will try to bite you (I know, I couldn’t believe it either), so you have to not let them “hook” you and feed them carefully.

There was a baby named Hemingway, and he was soooo cute:

The big one liked to check in on him every so often.
The big one liked to check in on him every so often.

Hemingway was very vocal (they sound just as cute as they look)!

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Because they are so slow it was easy to get great shots of them!  I have to admit if I could quit my job and move in to the house next door to the sloth sanctuary I would do it tomorrow.  I had so much fun and I highly recommend taking the tour at the Zoological Wildlife Conservation Center & Sloth Sanctuary.  They are very nice and it was such a surreal experience.

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Dave really outdid himself with this birthday adventure, makes me so excited for the future 🙂  I’ll leave you with Hemingway, the baby sloth, sun bathing.

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Be well!

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