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How was your weekend? Did you do anything fun?


On Saturday afternoon, the Husband and I attended our friend Isaac’s birthday party at the 5-star Ballantyne Resort. We hung out with friends, sat in the hot tubs, relaxed in the steam rooms, and drank mimosas.  I left the spa feeling very adult, peaceful, and calm, but when we got home, there was immediate kid chaos!  Even in the face of a scream fest, I thought, “Man, I actually missed this while we were away…” 


… Although I seriously wouldn’t be opposed to more “spa voices” in my real life!  Claire has gotten SO LOUD in the past few weeks, and the kids now have screaming competitions.  I swear that my ear drums are bleeding. 


Speaking of Claire, she turned 10 months on Friday.  She has gotten really good at waving bye-bye (doing it unprompted now!), and she said her third word – CAT!  Mama and Dada were #1 and #2.  And she’s taken a few steps but hasn’t really started to walk.  It’s funny how different the kids are; once Henry took one step, there was no stopping the process (he took his first step at 7 months and was a fully independent walker at 9!).  But Claire seems more cautious.  Which I am totalllly okay with.


In other exciting parenting news, I accidentally left Henry’s sneakers on the roof of my car and drove away.  I heard a THUMP THUMP when we were on a busy road and saw the sneakers go flying off the back – whoops.  I was pretty jazzed when I retrieved them several minutes later and they were not squashed flat.


It’s the little things in life, am I right?!


So… How is “No Excuses” life going for everyone?  No Excuses <— I will workout.  When there’s a will, there’s a way.  I had to dig up serious will on Sunday, when H refused (like, flat-out REFUSED) to go into gym childcare.  I ended up doing sprint intervals on the track and some strength-training moves (squats, lunges, push-ups, planks, pull-ups) while he played on a nearby playground.  It actually ended up being an awesome workout, and it made me want to do playground-workout combos more often.  Everyone was pretty pleased!


And see those stormy skies?  We have been having some rotten weather, no thanks to Hurricane Joaquin.  I’m loving the cooler temps but this rain has got to go!


We rounded out Sunday evening with a play date with friends.  Brandi made quinoa muffins – I need the recipe!


Hope you have an awesome Monday.  <3



  • Katie @ Talk Less, Say More October 5, 2015, 6:41 am

    A spa day party sounds fantastic! 😉 I hope that rain lets up for you guys and you’re not having flooding problems! Meanwhile, have a great day!

  • Kate October 5, 2015, 8:32 am

    Way to go for not giving up when Henry didn’t care for daycare. It’s amazing how difficult it feels to start a workout, but how good it feels once it is done. I have to tell myself that often!

  • Sagan October 5, 2015, 9:01 am

    Hugs about the screaming – that means they have good lungs, though, right? 🙂

    Spa days should be a regular part of everyone’s lives, methinks.

  • Sana October 5, 2015, 11:42 am

    I love playground workouts! Monkey bars are killer 🙂

  • Kelly October 5, 2015, 1:27 pm

    We are just starting to work on the “inside voice” concept with my 22-month daughter. She has gotten SO loud recently!
    It’s really interesting to me how Henry and Claire are similar and different. I’m expecting our 2nd baby in December and am SO curious how he will be the same or not as his big sister.

  • Amanda October 5, 2015, 2:49 pm

    No excuses October is going great! I’m easing back into distance running and I have challenged myself to run 100 miles this month. I announced my challenge on facebook with the sole goal of holding myself accountable… and a bunch of lovely ladies wanted to join me! So now, I have this awesome group of women keeping me in check- I love it!

  • Erin @ Her Heartland Soul October 5, 2015, 4:36 pm

    Claire is getting so big!!

  • Katie October 5, 2015, 7:41 pm

    Way to go on getting the workout in! I’ve TRIED to do playground workouts before, but everytime I go to start, there are always other kids or parents around, and I don’t want to be the weirdo doing squats or sharing monkey bar space with kids while I try to do pull-ups. Do you just pick abandoned playgrounds, or shrug off the weird looks people give you?

  • Jenn@Mark My Miles! October 6, 2015, 6:13 am

    My little ones are two and 6 months and they are already having many “let’s experiment with our voices” competition and waiting for my response. Too funny! Have a great Tuesday!

  • Lauren @ Oh Hey, I Like That! October 6, 2015, 3:50 pm

    I once left my baby cousin’s juice on the top of my car–oh the horror of that thump thump!

  • Rachelle October 24, 2015, 8:20 am

    I love playground workouts! I jog there & then do whatever I can while playing pretend with the kids. What are your favorite exercises to do at the playground? I’m always looking for new ideas.

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