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Thankful

Happy (belated) Thanksgiving!

We had lunch with Scott’s family yesterday. . .

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And I’m feeling pretty darn thankful for both of my turkeys.

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Also, I’m just thankful for our every day memories. . .

Having lunch with Luke at school.

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Jake falling asleep while eating dinner {something that Luke never did!}

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Playing at the Children’s Museum

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Teaching BODYPUMP 

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Fun with Aunt Jenny at Underwater World at MOA

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This.

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And these. . . living in these slippers from Target. Love the price tag too!

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And living in these out of the house.  ..  <—25% off right now with code Thankful

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And decorating the Christmas tree as a family this morning.

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my heart is happy.

hope you had a great thanksgiving with the ones you love.

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Living Life!

Hey!!

Happy Friday. Smile 

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I am pumped up o endorphins from teaching PUMP/CX this morning at the YMCA! And I have the day off work. And we are busy packing up to head to the Lake for the weekend. It’s a good day!

I didn’t mean to disappear for the last month. . . as you can imagine, two kids + full time job + summer running + teaching BODYPUMP + life = busy!!

And honestly, it’s been the same things over here. . .

Jake is getting bigger. 6 months old already!

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I’m still teaching BODYPUMP and CXWORX twice per week at the YMCA.

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Summer trips to the Lake.

Family runs. We bought another BOB running stroller. .. Scott pushes Jake and I push our 50 pound 5 year old. *We are working on Luke riding his bike with us instead of riding in the stroller!

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Scott and I celebrated our 9th wedding anniversary!

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Luke is still an amazing big brother.

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And Abby’s a pretty good big sister. Winking smile 

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So, if you need me, you know where you can find me. Smile 

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Have a great weekend!!

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Memorial Day Weekend & turning 35!

Happy Tuesday!

I hope you had a great Memorial Day weekend. .. we were at the Lake – it. was. wonderful.

Just thought I’d pop in and share a little life update and weekend recap.

We’ve been enjoying the spring sunshine.

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And this stuff is amazing. I love it on avocado toast or hard boiled eggs.

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Loving that we live just a few blocks from the boys’ school.

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My new favorite flavor!

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Luke and Mom movie date.

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sometimes you just have to nap. . . in the middle of the house.

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Making cookies with my boys.

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Luke is such a great big brother.

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5 months old!

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Feeling the love with a birthday cupcake.

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And a Caribou gift card from my favorite girls.

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My 35th birthday started out with birthday BODYPUMP.

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And dinner with my family and sisters at Red Robin. Yum! Smile

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Followed by ice cream!

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And then we headed to the Lake for the weekend.

Doughnuts!

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First boat ride.

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Time on the dock.

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And <love> with #gopackgo

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Time to get ready for work! Hope you had a great one. Smile

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Life Favorites–Jumping into the BIG pool!

Happy Wednesday! I am a busy bee today trying to get ready for the family to head to Disney World! This will be my first time at Disney World and I could not be more excited. . . full recap next week when we get home! If you have any suggestions for our first time, please share!! Smile 

It’s been a while since I’ve checked in, so I have lots of favorites.  ..

One of the biggest ones was Luke jumping into the BIG pool at swimming lessons all by himself {to a noodle}. He was so excited and proud of himself. . . and I’ll be honest, this Mom was too!

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Nice weather! It appears that spring has finally made an appearance in MN. I am loving the 50s and 60s and running outside!

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Baby smiles and coos. Heart melting every day.

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He is getting too big too fast!

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And he looks just a little bit like his brother. . .
Luke on the left, Jake on the right!

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Aunt Jenny came to visit!

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Mom and Dad selfies with Jake.

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A little too much fun with snap chat filters.

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Luke continues to be the best big brother. It is amazing how much he thinks of his baby brother and how he wants to make sure that all activities include him!

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Back to teaching at the YMCA. Both BP and CXWORX.

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Aunt Laura came to visit!

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Cupcakes from the new place in town – Bluebird Cakery. Delicious! The cookie dough one was amazing.

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Sunday morning coffee run in PJs.

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Framing the newborn pictures of Jake {print from Shutterfly} . . it already seems so long ago that he was that little and new. It seems like he has been part of our family for a long time already! <—that might be part of the sleep deprivation. Winking smile And I am loving my new Easter bunny sign. ..

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I am looking forward to the weekend at Disney. . . and hoping that I don’t melt in the 90+ degree heat!!

Hope you are having a great week – any highlights to share? Plans for the weekend? Have you ever been to Disney? Advice for us??

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Weekend Update–one of my worst nightmares. . .

Happy Monday!

I have the day off today. Both boys are sleeping. Luke is still asleep and Jake was up at 6am, ate some food, played and now is down for a nap.

So, I thought I’d take a few minutes to check in!

We didn’t have very many plans this weekend, which was super nice. . .

Both Scott and I got a chance to sleep in – I took Saturday and he took Sunday. It was glorious!

Otherwise, we hung out,

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I did some BODYPUMP on Saturday – checked out BP101!

I did some meal planning and placed my order on HyVee’s online grocery service. . .

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On Saturday night we went to dinner with Scott’s family to celebrate his birthday.

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Sunday morning was my worst nightmare. . . ok, it wasn’t that bad but oh man, 6,000 beads on the floor = not fun.

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Jake fell asleep in Scott’s arms at lunch.

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We checked out the local Home Show.

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After the Home Show, I got an email saying that my order from the grocery store was ready, so we stopped by to pick it up on our way home. This was my first time checking it out and man, it wasn’t as awesome as I was hoping. So, you pull in to a spot by the front of the store, call the number and tell them you are there to pick up your order. The lady said ok, they’ll be right out. So, poor Jake hates his car seat and is screaming his little head off .. . . but she said they will be right out, so I just chill and know that we will be on our way home shortly. Well, 10 looooong minutes later, nothing. So, I call again. And she tells me that there are 4 people ahead of me and it will be a while longer. WTF? I am pretty sure I was the only one there when I first pulled in. Thankfully, I think she heard Jake screaming, and promised to come as quick as possible. So, I ended up pulling Jake out of his car seat and feeing him while we waited for another 10 minutes. So, will I do it again? I’ll probably try it again, because it was less annoying than actually going to the grocery store, but I will know ahead of time that I might have to wait for a while and to try to not have a screaming, hungry baby with me! <—sorry for the semi-rant. . . just wanted to share my experience for any other locals!

Back at home, Luke and I made banana bread.

We went on a family run. 60 degrees!

We finished the evening with watching basketball and eating leftovers for dinner. #adulting Winking smile

Off to get Luke some breakfast before taking him to school. Jake and I have a bunch of errands to run this morning – yeah for Target! #itsthelittlethings

Hope you had a great weekend! Highlight??

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Friday Favorites–Coffee and smiles

Happy Friday!

It is supposed to be in the 50’s this weekend and I am SO excited. Lots of outside time planned – running, a trip to the park, riding bikes!

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I’m also teaching BODYPUMP for the first time after having Jake tomorrow morning (locals – 8:15 at the YMCA – BP99!)

Right now, I am just drinking a caramel latte while Jake chills in the swing. It’s a good day. Smile 

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This week has been all about the smiles. It’s amazing how something so simple can bring you so much joy.

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And this picture comparing Luke and Jake. . . #twins

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My sister, Laura, came and visited last weekend. It was a super short visit, but awesome to have her spend time with us.

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And OMG these cookies from Trader Joe’s. SO good. And good for teaching letters to Luke!

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And it happened. I got sucked into the Gilmore Girls.

I’m on season 4. . . Although I’m not sure I want to finish it, everyone who finishes the series, complains about being so depressed when it is done. What I don’t know is if they are just sad that the show is over or sad because of how it ends?! Should I keep watching it?? Ahhhhh. Decisions. Winking smile 

Alright, I’m off to make silly faces at Jake to get more smiles. #momlife

Have a great Friday and a wonderful weekend. . .. what are you up to??

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Postpartum fitness update

Postpartum fitness is tough.

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If there was one piece of advice I could give any new Mom about postpartum fitness, it would be to have patience, because it will get better and easier, you just have to give it time.

Now, if are you came to this blog post to see some crazy before and after pictures, sorry, you won’t find any here. I didn’t take any.

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Also, each person’s postpartum fitness journey is unique. I am sharing my own personal experience, which should not replace your doctor’s advice and recommendations.

That being said, with both Luke and Jake, it was important for me to start exercising as soon as I felt ready, and thankfully, my doctor agreed and encouraged me to start as soon as I felt I was ready.  In my case, that meant starting with walking at about a week postpartum. I started slow and then slowly increased my speed over the course of the next week. By two weeks postpartum, I felt ready to start running. Slowly. And for short distances. I started with a run/walk and then slowly increased from there. I also wore a maternity support band to help support my core.

Over the past 6 weeks (I’m 8 weeks postpartum), I’ve increased my mileage and speed. I am back to pre-baby standard miles for me (about 20 per week), but still working on getting my speed back. Again, time and patience.. . I’ve been mindful of my body, if something hurts or didn’t feel right, I’d slow down, decrease miles for the day, or just stop and try again tomorrow.

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I’ve done that same process for BODYPUMP and CXWORX. Thankfully, I have a bar, weights and a band at home. So, I started BODYPUMP with a light bar and doing a few tracks at a time. And slowly increased the numbers of tracks and then increased my weight. I’m still working back up to my pre-baby and pre-pregnancy weights. . . man, it is amazing how quickly you lose your strength!

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And then last to return was core work. I waited the full six weeks before doing core work. I tried a few times between 4-6 weeks, but it just didn’t feel great, so I waited for my incision to heal further and then tried again. Now, no strange twinges and it is strange to do hovers without a huge belly pulling me down. Winking smile 

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I started teaching again this week. BODYPUMP this week and then CXWORX next week. That’s just how it worked out with the schedule. I probably could have gone back to pump a few weeks ago, but in addition to making fitness a priority, sleep and baby snuggles are also a priority!

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And now since the baby is sleeping, I’m going to go jump on the treadmill for a few miles. . . the fitness journey continues. . . Smile

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Friday Favorites – One month, snow and return to bodypump!

Happy Friday!! I’m typing this from the living room floor.  .. baby on one side, caramel latte on the other. #necessary

I’ll start by saying that watching Jake kick his little legs is one of my favorite things right now. Smile

I survived my first week at home with two kids. Keeping it real by saying that Luke goes to preschool during the day, so it’s mostly just Jake and I, but getting two kids fed, dressed and out the door is a new experience!

I finally took Jake’s one month pictures. . . a few days late #secondkidproblems

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Isn’t his Wisconsin onsie adorable? Thanks Aunt Laura!

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I made it to a BODYPUMP class at the YMCA. It felt good to be back! Now, I just have to build my strength back up. . . it’s amazing how quickly you lose your strength!!

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Couch sharing.

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Date at the Mermaid store (Starbucks). Winking smile

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Snow day + coffee = winning

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Trying to shovel while wearing a baby = not winning.

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Yesterday my friend Leah came over to visit. She was amazing and brought dinner + this “kitchen sink” cookie from Panera. Let’s just say it didn’t survive the afternoon. Smile

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Now. . . on to the weekend! I’m not sure what’s on tap yet. . . maybe a movie, some baking, running, and of course, baby snuggles. Smile

What was your favorite from the week? Plans for the weekend??

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Weekending. . .

Happy Monday!

Today is my first day alone with the boys!

So far, so good.

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Both kids are dressed and fed. Winning. Smile 

We had a great weekend of doing nothing around here!

Friday snuggles while watching the Inauguration coverage.

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Up bright and early Saturday morning. Thank goodness for spark.

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My running partner.

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One month old!

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Saturday night date with friends at Pizza Ranch.

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Sunday morning muffins. Thanks to Krusteaz for sending me yummy muffins!

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I haven’t posted anything about Abby in a while. . . she is doing good! You can usually find her in “her spot” on the couch. Smile 

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Sunday morning started with a quick run and BODYPUMP 100. I am in love with the triceps, biceps and lunge tracks. I cannot wait to get back to teaching to teach it!

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Followed by track building. #lifeofamom

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Baby wearing for the win to get dinner ready while taking care of 2 kids.

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Evening nap on the living room floor.

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It was a great weekend with my little family!

Wish me luck for the rest of my first day at home with the boys! Goals for the day include running during nap time, taking a shower, and tummy time. Smile 

Hope you have a great Monday! How was your weekend??

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Monday Update–38 weeks!

Hey there, remember me? 

Yup, still pregnant. Smile

38 weeks on Saturday and going strong. 

Repeat C-section scheduled for 12/21, so unless he decides to come early, I’ll for sure have a new baby boy in 9 days! It’s getting real. 

Thankfully, we are ready.

Well as ready as you can be to be sleep deprived. . . Winking smile

Although we still need a name. . . Baby Boy Thompson has a nice ring to it, don’t you think? 

But otherwise, we’ve been keeping busy around here. . . 

Went to see Santa. 

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Put up the Christmas tree. 

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Children’s Museum with friends.

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Our first big snow.

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Checking out BOYDPUMP 100. Whoa chest, biceps and shoulders! 

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And still teaching pump. My last class before baby is tomorrow! 

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Still going strong at work. And thank goodness for co-workers that make me laugh. 

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Getting presents wrapped. Spider man paper picked out special by Luke for the presents he is giving this year.

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Enjoying couch snuggle time with my first baby. 

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I’ll be back tomorrow (craziness!) with my Christmas Wish List! 

Hope you had a great weekend!! What have you been up to lately??

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