Happy Happy Birthday J!

Happiest of Birthday’s to you today J!
Jack first picture
I can not believe you are 4 years old today!
CaCa and Jackie
I could not be more proud of the little man and big brother you have become!

You have filled every moment of everyday with so much love and happiness J. You make me slow down, speed up, laugh, cry, and smile my way through everyday!

Life was forever changed for the better when you entered our lives. You challenge us, and make us smile everyday, and I am blessed to have you in my life and make me the best CaCa I can be.
Things you love are:
Fire Men/ Fire Trucks
Swimming ( you do it without a bubble!)
Skiing ( you hate turning- your a machine!)
You hate vegetables- corn/ peppers/ string beans!
Things you don’t like are SPICY Seltzer water, veggies, ect.
You love to sing, and dance around! ( Here comes Peter Cotton Tail…)
Being a big brother to T is amazing to watch
The Jokes you tell, and the faces you make, kill me with laughter
You want to do EVERYTHING A does!
You want bunk beds oh so badly!
One day you hate chocolate sauce the next you love it!
When your tired at night it’s a GUARANTEE you will walk into something and end in a bag of tear
You love to snuggle, it melts my heart
You can retell stories and talk on the phone

You run like the wind! And love the Beach!
I hope you get everything and more this year as you turn 4!
Jack's b day

Thanksgiving 2014

Happy Thanksgiving!
I hope you had the absolutely best day with family, friends, and enjoyed food and laughs because we sure did! I typically do a turkey trot with friends, however was feeling run down, and friends were all scattered this year, so did a workout at home in the morning and got to enjoy watching the Macy’s Day Parade on TV. Usually I am at the trot and miss this part with my parents and sister so it was so nice to just relax and watch it with them.
I absolutely love all the marching bands, singers and floats, and of course I loved seeing Santa!

Parade Time

Parade Time

Then it was time to start making some pies, I always make the pies and usually the Pecan Pies are my go to and everyone favorites! So I made 4 this year, then added an Apple and a Peach pie in the mix. The Peach was the taste test winner, they are all from scratch and the pie crust recipe was my BIL’s mom’s so it was an all round favorite!

Then the crowds ( our family alone is a crowd ha) started rolling in so we had 10 adults 2 children, one future baby ( January) and a great time. The baby even got a happy birthday baby pie! Baby B we are all excited to meet you! An easy Peach Pie Recipe for you. And Paula Deans Favorite Pie Crust.

Baby B got it's own Birthday Pie

Baby B got it’s own Birthday Pie

Dinner was absolutely fantastic! My dad cooks for about 2 days straight since we are the pickiest eaters around, he makes a pasta, a meat, a veggie, a starch, a gluten free, a you name it option for everyone! For the Gluten Free Stuffing we went with this Trader Joe’s Favorite.

And Always a turkey!

And Always a turkey!

My dad also made some very happy campers in A and J when he brought them home treats from Germany, they were chocolates in little bags, and the bags also had little brooms on them ( for Santa’s helpers to clean the chimney)  J loved this part the best and cleaned the whole whole with his.

Then after dinner and dessert, we moved into the living room and watched ELF! ( round 2 of the day for some of us!) and the kids loved it! I think Elf is my all time favorite movie! We also watched Home Alone and Annie, do it was a fun filled movie day at our house! The best part were the movie snuggles and floor time, it really is what the holidays are all about!

Then this morning ( Friday) I woke up and saw the best sight ever….SNOW! We get our Christmas tree every year ( we cut it down) and it never snows, and it’s snowing today, it was the best thing to see in awhile! I absolutely love the holidays and the holiday’s with snow what could be better!

It's Snowing!

It’s Snowing!

And to jump start a little health back in my day today, I did a kick bum tread tabata! Last Black Friday I got a new treadmill and I absolutely hate the idea of black Friday shopping, but if you need a big item ( for me the treadmill) I do recommend going you get a good buy and save some big $$$. Today’s workout was:

Treat Tabata Friday

Treat Tabata Friday

Treadmill: 2,4,6,2 Incline stays for 8 full rounds at each level, 20 seconds on 10 seconds rest for 8 rounds, then you move to the floor, then back to the tread.
Upperbody: Bicep curls, Shoulder Presses, hammer curls, tricep extensions. Repeat each.
Lowerbody: Lunge Jumps, Squat Pulses, Side Squat with Cross Lung, Wall Hold. Repeat each.
Cardio: Grass Hoppers, Frog to Mull Kicks, Mountian Climbers, Squat Thrusters. Repeat each.
Bicycle Crunch, Boat Pose ( Hold), Lower legs ( 1-2-3-4), V Crunch. Repeat each.

How was your thanksgiving?
Do you get a Christmas tree ( real, fake, no tree?)
Favorite Christmas Movie?
Favorite Christmas/ Holiday Tradition?