Nov 21, 2014

Friday Favorites

Happy Friday everyone!  Linking up with these ladies for Friday Favorites!

http://www.tabanderika.blogspot.com/2014/11/friday-favorites-were-thankful.html

1Donuts.  I may or may not have enjoyed a wee bit 'o wine last night at a wine tasting, so I thought it a great idea to stop and b a bunch of donuts for the office, oh my word, how I love donuts.  The sugar coma will begin promptly at noon. 


2. I cannot WAIT to put up our Christmas stuff!  I plan on getting the family decorated on my day off Tuesday and am so freaken excited!

3. Sunday we will have to sell a child to pay for Rachel's volleyball season.  She's lucky she's a good kid and that I love volleyball, haha!!!


4.  Also on Sunday we get to celebrate this beautiful lady's birthday!  Looking forward to eating and celebrating!

 

5.   This says it all!  We have been binge watching Hallmark movies for the last 2 weeks.  I'm not even kidding.  My girls are just as addicted as I am.  We will hurry up and get our chores done just so we can watch another movie.  It's sickening.


6.  I am very grateful I don't live in New York.  Yowsa.
 
The end.  Happy Friday!



















 


Nov 20, 2014

Life Lately...

It's been a while since I've posted, you know how that goes.  Here's what we've been up to....

Miss mouse got the chance to dance with her cousin Madalyn and had such a blast doing it!
My little squirt is quite the dancer!


Gettin her groove on...


Rachel had volleyball tryouts on Sunday for JO volleyball.  I stress SO bad every year (her first year she didn't make the team and all her friends did), but once again she made the A team, and all her besties are on it too!  I am SO excited to watch them play, they are going to have an amazing year!


We got a ginormous snow storm last week (ok, not like NY, but close...) and my drive home was absolutely horrific.  I tried not to cry and prayed the entire drive home.  I then got home and promptly made hot cocoa and filled half the mug with Rumchata.  Uh huh.
 

This little shit is going through withdrawals not being able to go outside.  I think she has become certifiably insane.  She also thinks its super fun to wake us up at 3 am.  Although in her defense she's hungry, because the damn dog eats her food (and her cat litter, but that's a whole nuther story...) in the middle of the night. 

 

 Oh, and Emma Jo got contacts on Tuesday.  Have you ever worked with your kid trying to get those damn things in?  Ridiculous.


Honestly, she is always so worried they are inside out, or not in.  And watching them put the contacts in???  Good grief, she gets about 2 inches away from her eye and then stops, but can't figure out why they won't go in.  YOU'RE NOT EVEN CLOSE TO YOUR EYE!!!!!!!
 It's been a test of my patience, I tell ya.  And if you know me at all, I'm not a super patient person...(thanks Dad!).

So that's been us in a nutshell, I'm Christmas shopping like a mad woman, and trying not to stress over the mundane things in life.  JUST KIDDING!  I'm already stressed.....











Nov 3, 2014

Halloween 2014

Hope everyone had a wonderful Halloween!  Our weekend was pretty packed, but lots of fun!
Friday night we went over to my brother and sister in laws for supper and then took the girls trick or treating in their neighborhood.  It was COLD!
Here is out little grandma.  The wig and scarf were my Grandma Omi's and the cane is Brad's grandfathers.


Emma dressed up as Katniss from the Hunger Games.  I didn't get a pic of Rachel because she went trick or treating with her group of friends.  They actually go trick or treating for food instead of candy.  All the food gets donated to our local food shelf, it's part of We Scare Hunger.


Saturday night we went on a Halloween bus with a whole bunch of peeps.  It was a blast!  A big bunch of us dressed up as the characters from Austin Powers.


I think we had all characters covered!


It was such a fun time, and I was very thankful for gaining an extra hour of sleep, haha!

 

I got a ton of stuff done on Saturday before our festivities began.  I got a 5 mile run in Saturday morning,   and then made Pioneer Woman's Pumpkin Cinnamon Rolls.
They were SO delicious!  I will absolutely be making these again.  (this is her photo, btw:)
 

pumpkinrolls 

I also made a homemade pizza so we had something to stuff our bellies with when we got home from the bus.  And then of course the usual cleaning/laundry.  I was glad to get all of that stuff done Saturday so I could relax (and nap!) Sunday.  And relax and nap is exactly what we did.  I didn't overdue it Saturday night, so it was nice to feel good!  The girls and I watched a Christmas movie on the Hallmark channel and just vegged all day.  I made a beef roast so we could have sandwiches for supper along with cheesy potatoes, yum!
Alayna made a fall tree craft and then we all made a "thankful" pumpkin.  I cut strips of orange paper and had the girls write down 4-5 things they are grateful for.  I made a hole in each end and then used a brad to attach and shaped it into a pumpkin.  Loved seeing everyone's responses!

Have a great week everyone...It's a big day in the Zimmer house tomorrow!  Rachel gets her braces off!

Oct 31, 2014

Five on Friday

Linking up this week for Five on Friday

THE GOOD LIFE BLOG

1.  It's HALLOWEEN!  We are heading over to friends to eat pizza, trick or treat and hang out for a bit.  It's gonna be cold, but lots o fun!

2. The 2 little's and I made monster cupcakes.  Scary stuff.


 

Can you even imagine sitting like Alayna?  Makes me knees quiver...


3.  Tomorrow night we have our annual Halloween bus with a ton of our friends.  It's a BLAST and this year we have a whole crew dressing up in Austin Powers characters.  


 Melissa and I are going to be the Japanese twins, and Mr. Zimmer is Austin Powers.  Oh my word, I CAN'T WAIT!

4.  I got a 6 mile run in last night which felt AWESOME!  Hoping to get a 5 miler in sometimes tomorrow.

5.  Is it sad that I am most looking forward to crappy Halloween candy???  Why do you think I got in a long run last night????

Have a fantastic (and safe) Halloween!












Oct 30, 2014

A Reminder

I was a bit cranky last week.  Cranky that I didn't get my mileage in for the week, which made me completely doubt that I will ever be able to successfully finish a marathon in 6 months.  Funny how warped our minds are...
I was seriously having a super fun pity party for myself which may have included chocolate, when I walked out back to sit on the patio and sulk.  That's when I saw this:

 

A perfectly beautiful purple petunia growing from our brick patio.  This was like a face smack from God.  Seeing this flower reminded me how something beautiful can come from the most unlikely places.  It *shouldn't* be growing from the patio, but because of perfect circumstances ( and hard work on the petunias end...I mean really!), it did.

This was enough for me to suck it up and quit my pity party.  I CAN and WILL finish the marathon.  Will it be easy?  Hell no.  The training is going to be hell, I might get injured, I might have to take time off of running for whatever reason.  But I CAN do this.  Amen.

One of my favorite quotes is: "Forget the reasons why it won't work, and believe the one reason why it will."

Linking to Fitness Blondie

Oct 24, 2014

Friday Randoms

It's Friday, it's FRIDAY!!!  Amazing how quickly these weeks fly by....
We've been doing our normal things, but wanted to share some pics from the last 2 weeks...

If you look reeaaallll close you will see our cat Maci on top of the wood pile (don't worry, that nasty looking shed will be coming down shortly), this cat CRACKS me up.  She is damn near human.  Yes, I may be a crazy cat lady, but she is my fourth kid.


Last weekend mousey and I made an apple pie with the pie filling I canned this year.  Complete yumminess.


Alayna made a toilet paper roll monster.  Scary.


And NO, this is not a Christmas tree, silly, it's a Halloween tree!  Brad had a minor flip out thinking I was putting up a Christmas tree....silly boy, doesn't he know that I wait until the week before Thanksgiving to put our Christmas stuff up...


Hope you all have a great weekend!

Oct 9, 2014

The "M" Word

Oh yes, the M word.  I almost don't want to say it out loud, for fear of jinxing myself, but here goes....
My goal is to run the Fargo Marathon in May of 2015.


I just started sweating after reading that...
It's a big goal, peeps.  One that is going to take up a LOT of my time (and money, haha).  But the good thing is that I have 7 months to prepare, which I feel very good about.  I have a book called "The Women's Running Book" ( and yes, Emma did actually ask what the book was about...) and have read it cover to cover.  It's my running bible!  I am following their training plan for now, which focuses on how long you run, not the mileage.  Right now my long run is an hour and a half, which is 8 miles for me.  It's so much easier mentally to look at my time instead of miles!   And after my long run, I enjoy a big ole salad.  This is in a mixing bowl, if you can't tell.  I told ya it's big.



In January I am going to hire a running coach to give me more of a personalized running schedule.  By then I will be ready to amp up my training.  She can also help me with my nutrition.  Honestly, that is where I struggle right now.  I eat very healthy, and I know what types of foods to eat to stay healthy.  However, adding in all those miles means you need more protein/fats, carbs and calories.  That is where I'm not sure....do I eat 60 grams of protein/day, or 120?  Carb load before a run or not?  Salt tablets?  
I look forward to learning a lot from her.

Right now I run a total of 4 days/week and then mix in either a walk, bike ride or a pilates video on one of my off days.  I am really trying to incorporate strength training into my weeks too, need to beef these legs up if I'm going to run 26.2 miles.

So there's my life for the next 7 months.  Yowsa.  Pray for me.