Thankful Tuesday

1. Today I am thankful for those who currently serve and those who have served.  Thank You.  

Thank You


2. Today and everyday I am thankful for my mother.   Today is her Birthday! 




3. I am thankful for Eileen’s Cookies.  Did you know they are a requirement when celebrating something significant?   Monday I was able to meet up with my girl Sara for lunch to celebrate her last week in Corporate America.  She will be staying home with her two beautiful babies, helping care for her teenage stepdaughter and keeping her man in line.   😉

And she is starting up her own Grant Writing Business.  Southwest Iowa folks – if you are in need of a grant researcher/writer, please look her up here.




4.  I am thankful for my almost finished living room! 

Painting, DONE!

Wall decorations, UP!

Furniture, IN PLACE!

Crown molding and trim is all that is left to do, however, that won’t happen until December/January, but I am pleased as punch the way it is for now!


Panorama View.  See that yellowish blob in the bottom right?

That’s Sasha Dog walking.

Looks more like puke, ya?

Take note: objects in motion do not produce good panoramic photos.

 imageTake Note again:  Sasha looks as though she has three legs.   She doesn’t.  She has 4 last I checked.


5. I am thankful for early, snowy, icy mornings and a frantic husband.   Why would this be thankful worthy?  Because even at 2am, my husbands excitement/panic was contagious.  While he and his crew weren’t quite prepared for what mother nature dumped on us early, I can’t be mad at him for his obnoxious alarm clock, banging doors, running up and down the stairs and opening and closing the garage door… not once… but three times on his way out to his businesses.


Let’s just say 2am and I became fast friends.   A few projects got completed.  And out the door at 4:30am I went to teach at the YMCA.  😉

Yep, still thankful.


6. Thankful for my YMCA family.  Three times today I was thankful for them!  

  1. My morning Insanity Crew came out to kick some serious Insanity ass this morning.  They didn’t let the weather hold them back.  Even had a few new ones.   NO EXCUSES!  BOOM!
  2. My YMCA boss, Carrie.  She deals with my random emails.   She served as my therapist today, even.  Pretty sure she doesn’t want in on that business.  Thanks, CARRIE!
  3. My afternoon TurboKick class.  I don’t know where these chicks came from today – but the 7 of you who made it to the early 4:45pm session – you rock!   We seriously had SO much FUN today.  *If you’ve never taken a Turbo class before, I am sorry.  You’re missing out on a good time.


And THAT, my friends, is your random Thankful Tuesday.

Thanks for reading! 

The Weekend in Review

Why is it that the weekends just fly by?  Sigh…..

What a great weekend it was, though!

Friday, 4pm, Happy Hour.  Check Friday Faves for a recap.


After Happy Hour with the girls, I met up with my husband at The Anchor Inn for some dinner and beers.  The Anchor used to be located on the Missouri River and was THE place to be during the summer months.  They had a large outdoor stage right by the river where multiple bands played every weekend.  On site was the main bar and grill where you could sit inside, or you could enjoy the outdoors and visit any of the Tiki-Hut bars (number depending on the size of crowd).  It was definitely a one-of-a-kind place to hang out during the summer.

Unfortunately, the floods of 2011 put the entire place under water for months, and in the end they were prohibited from re-building.  So sad.  They have relocated to an in-town location, which is still a fun place to hang out and we always enjoy our time there, but it is definitely a completely different ambiance.  The new building doesn’t allow for the crowds and atmosphere as the Anchor Inn once had, but I have to commend Junior (owner) for re-opening and continuing on.  Business is still booming!

Clint and I were actually supposed to be married in 2011 at the Anchor.  I’ll tell that story at a later date.  We found an alternate location, but it was a bit stressful, to say the least. 🙂

Below pic is an example of the old Anchor Inn parties.  So fun!  Click here for more pics.


Saturday!  Woke up and watched my favorite Food Network TV Shows and started my BFY Chicken Tortilla Soup.   I love Crock Pot recipes!  Throw in the pot, close the lid, set the temp and walk away.  The house smelled SO good while the ingredients cooked down and melded together.  Delicious!

The end product:


My husband worked on the house replacing a few boards and painting some of the trim.  Sure is handy when he has the proper equipment to reach our rooftop.

ImageChamp and I hung out on the front stoop enjoying the beautiful weather while the hubby slaved away.

What a cute guard dog.

He’s likely to lick you to death, so a little less guard and a lot more cute is probably the reality.


ImageI took advantage of the gorgeous day and went for a nice 5 mile jog with a 1 mile walk to cool down and take in the sights.  There is a pretty nice trail (cement trail, not off-road trail) near my house, so I always like to hit it up when running more than 3 miles.  I maintained a nice and easy 9 1/2 mph pace which is right where I wanted to be since it’s been about a month since I have done any real jogging over 2 miles.  Needed a break after training for two half marathons.  My back was thankful for that break, but it was nice to be back out there again.




We capped off our Saturday evening staying in.  We were planning on attending a Halloween Party, but in the end, decided to just stay home.  Sometimes we just need that down time.

Sunday morning I was up at the crack of dawn (seriously, 6:30AM), so I went to the grocery store and bought ingredients to make the most delicious egg white, spinach, feta cheese casserole.  I will post that recipe and my full day tomorrow.

Now, it is time for BED!

Enjoy your Sunday evening whatever you do and wherever you are!