High Five to Year 35!

I love Birthday’s.  And, no, I am ABSOLUTELY NOT that girl who says I am 29 and holding.  Gross.   Embrace age.   Life just gets better year after year.  I have straight up loved my life in my thirties.

Bring on 35!

The Hubs wins again with flowers delivered on Monday for my “Birthday Week”.   His mama taught him right, I’d say.  What a sweetheart.

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My Thursday AM Insanity class surprised me with balloons and a card, thanks to Alice’s sneaky ways. 🙂  And we had a packed house (24) so we had crazy energy circulating that room on Thursday.  I’ll take that as a birthday present for SURE!

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Friday I took a half day off and indulged in a spa appointment with my fave girl Becky at Victor Victoria, followed by Sushi with Tyree and Tracy and then a lash appointment at Living Beautifully.

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Friday night we enjoyed dinner with Clint’s brother J and wife Shelby.  Always a treat with those two.  We only live about 15 miles apart, but yet we tend to only see each other when we all travel to Clarinda for parties and holidays.  #lifehappens

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Can’t tell they’re related at all…

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Saturday morning started with a Starbucks and a card from my witty husband before we made our way to good ol’ town of Clarinda.   We have had so much going on the month of August that I just wanted to get away.  So, we did!

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10:30 hair appointment with the amazing Kayla followed by a mini BBQ at my mom’s house with Gabe, mom, Gr’ma and Clint.  It was a perfect lunch date.

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Bottom right hand corner is Ms. Chloey, my “niece”.  😉 She tracked me down later that evening to give me the coolest gift I’ve ever received.   How CUTE is she?

Saturday afternoon we attended the funeral for the father of one of my classmates.  It was the most beautifully done ceremony out on their family farm.  Very touching.

We ended the late afternoon at my Aunt and Uncle’s house for a few beers and conversation before we ended the evening at J Bruner’s restaurant.   They opened the new location a few months ago and I am SO impressed with how beautiful it is.   Nice work Emily and Joe!

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We ended the evening with a road-trip back to Emerson to drop off Troy and Sara (entertainment from the backseat, yo) before Clint and I finally rolled into home around 2:30am.  Sunday I basically slept, watched TV and ventured out only ONCE for new shoes.   Surprisingly the only stop I made in the mall was the shoe store.   I clearly was on a mission to get in, get out and get back in my pj’s. HA

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The PERFECT ending to a weekend that was spent exactly how I had hoped to.

Cheers!

Back In The Groove

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Thanks to a busy travel schedule for work plus a week in Sturgis, SD thrown in the middle, I had no choice but to take a break.  A break from my daily gym presence.  A break from leading fitness classes.  A break from my alarm clock.

Just a break.

And, you know what?

I feel good.

I spent those weeks doing what I needed to for work.  I spent that week in Sturgis eating, drinking and living without regret.   The week after Sturgis I only taught 1/2 of my fitness classes and spent the rest of the time letting my body just relax, rejuvenate and reset.

And now…

I’m back.

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I am BACK with the latest Round of Insanity (14).  New music, new moves and NEW format that I am LOVING.  My classes are loving it too!  High-Five Beachbody Live for this welcome and needed format change.

I have jumped back into running a few miles.   Taking it slow right now.  My body was worn out in July.  I was working it hard… and playing equally as hard on top of it.

(Ok fine… I was playing 10 times as much as I was working.   Ah, I friggin’ LOVE summer)

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I’ve also  been taking time each night to perfect the new TurboKick Round.   ❤

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Did you know my FIRST CERTIFICATION as a trainer is coming up on October 3rd?

  This is it!

This is me making my dream come true.  You know, the audition I nearly skipped because of fear.

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I am focusing on smaller runs during the week and paying closer attention to kicking up my pace.

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I have mapped out every weekend long run from now until November.   I’ve got The Good Life Halfsy on the books!  13.1 is mine!   You know what else is mine?  That darn 1:59.

My finish time WILL BE UNDER 2 HOURS!

Half #1 – 2:20

Half #2 – 2:10

Half #3 – IS GOING to be 1:59 if it kills me.

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My morning YMCA classes have picked back up again after hit and misses all summer.  (Ah, summer.  Can’t say I blame them for the hits and misses.  It’s SUMMER!)

This morning we had over 19 in Insanity class.  I can’t even explain the energy in that room when we are that full.     You should join me and experience it. 😉

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The March 2015 Insanity Crew. 

I should convince my August morning crew to take a new pic. 🙂

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I’ve even signed up for the Beer and Bagel 4 mileTrail Run on November 8th.  As of today, part of the M2M Iowa team has also signed up.   Awe… reunited and it feels so good!

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#teamknickers  

Watch it – we are going to dominate!

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Well, I know Blair and I will at least dominate the beer, bagels and chili afterwards.

…Mainly beer.

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Cheers to a much needed rest and rejuvenate.

I am BACK!

Monday Dinner Idea

Monday Has Me Like…

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If you’re like me, you don’t even want to think about dinner tonight.

Let me help you out.

 

Spicy Ranch Turkey Burgers

  • 19 oz. package 93% lean ground turkey
  • 1 (1 oz.) packet ranch dressing mix
  • 1/3 cup chopped green onions
  • 1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 5-6 slices turkey bacon, cooked until crispy
  • buns and desired toppings

Mix together ground turkey, chopped onion, ranch dressing mix (dry), cheese and cooked bacon.   Form into patties, place into skillet with a little coconut oil or olive oil, brown each side.

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Broccoli Side Salad

  • 1 head broccoli, chopped into bite size pieces
  • 1/2 red onion, chopped
  • 1 small box raisins
  • 4 slices turkey bacon, crisped and crumbled
  • Small container greek yogurt (5oz)
  • 2 Tbsp. lemon juice
  • 2 Tbsp. vinegar
  • 2 Tbsp. sugar
  • 3/4 cup slivered almonds
  • 1/4 cup pine nuts
  • sea salt (to taste)
  • pepper (to taste)

Directions

  • Combine broccoli, onion, raisins, turkey bacon, almonds and pine nuts in bowl.
  • In a small bowl whisk together yogurt, lemon juice, vinegar, sugar and salt and pepper.
  • Pour over veggie mix and stir to coat.
  • Refrigerate for 30 minutes and serve.

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Enjoy!

A Saturday in Clarinda

Clint and I took off Saturday morning to good ol’ Clarinda.

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Dramamine is my sidekick.  Always.   Worst traveling stomach to ever exist, lives within me.  It’s awesome.

Anyway…

With Pirtlefest coming up, Clint wanted to swing down there again to continue helping get things cleaned up for the festivities.   Gary and Robin were out of town having a relaxing camping weekend, so it was the perfect time to try and get some things done for them so they wouldn’t have to worry about it.

Task 1: Stack hay bales

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Task 1.1 – Strike that.   Hay bales too wet.   “Dad/Gary, now what?”

Task 2: Trim up/cut down hedge along fence line.

… or in my case, watch Clint and take photos.

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Task 3:  Sort, bag and remove from pole barn all bottles, cans and trash.

It wasn’t a task meant for the prissy.  High-five to us for not being afraid of all those pissed off barn critters whose homes we were removing.

Oh hey little barn mice….

Task 3 continued:   Clint took charge of re-organizing Gary’s tools/equipment.  Tina and I followed directions and moved items/picked up when directed.   You see what I did here… Tina and I are smart enough to never move a man’s tools.  This is all on Clint.

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Task 4: Take a break when Corey arrives.

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Task 5: Pose with cute wooden mini’s.

Task 6:  4-wheeling for the girls

Ok, so maybe the tasks are turning into non-tasks.  Let’s just roll with it, k?

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Contrary to my face here, Tina is a nice little driver.   I just needed to get over my terror of being the B on the Back. 😉

Task 7: Horse back riding for the boys.

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This was actually a slight task.  It does take work getting those horses saddled up.

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Task 8:  While the boys were out riding, Tina and I ran to town for a few grilling out groceries and then decided on Arts and Crafts time once we returned.

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Task 9:  Take the mini’s to the end of the lane to share with the rest of the world.

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We thought it would make a great “Welcome Home” for Gary and Robin.  Don’t you?

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Task 10:  Dinner and a few beers over an open fire to close out the night.

A perfect ending to a perfect little Saturday.

Clarinda High | Class of 1999

Clarinda High School 15 Year Class Reunion | August 2014  

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Class of ’99 | Junior Year Party

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I am only a year behind posting about our 15 year reunion but let’s not focus on that little fact, ok?     After-all, I just recently came across our reunion photos, so figured I’d go ahead and make this a giant #TBT to the good ‘ol days before we get to the 15 year mark.

 

Because let’s be honest.

How can you resist these studs?

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Mike, Aaron, Bryan, Mark

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Or these beauties?

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Kresta, Maggie, Tessa

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Oh, class of 99.  We all had some good times that turned into some pretty great memories.

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Ok, enough memory lane photos… for now.

How about that 15 year reunion?

August 2014 | Ice House | Clarinda, IA

… in snapshots

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Kari, Ryanne, Caleb and Kristy

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Tessa and Kayla

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Claire, me, Erin & Kayla

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Jen, Jess, Tess & Me

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Judd, Tessa, Kayla and Mike

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Katie & Kristy

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Hands off my girl, whoever you are!

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Kayla & Zach

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Tomfoolery

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Kayla & Chris

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And then after hours happened…

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I LOVE Brynn’s louder than life laugh.   ❤

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… and personality!  

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The cocktails started doing the talking…

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Clearly…

I love that so many of us are still very close.   We might not all keep tabs on each and every one of us, but we are all still connected in one way or another.  There are pockets of friendships that still exist all over and it makes my heart happy seeing it to this day.

We prove that childhood friendships can be lifelong friendships.

And I think as a whole, Class of 99 shows it well.

Cheers to a great 15 year Reunion.  Until next time…

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