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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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Friday Favorites–Carrot juice and spring weather

Happy Friday!

I have lots of happy endorphins from my PUMP/CX class this morning!

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I’m also super excited to be heading up to the cities to spend the day with my sister. We are shopping, eating and going to see Wicked!!

Finally, I am on Day 10 of an AdvoCare 24 day challenge. I have a love/hate relationship with the fiber drink. . . don’t get me wrong, it’s not bad, but after doing it for 10 days, I’m ready for a break. . . and for max phase! Smile

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Otherwise, I’ve been enjoying my last few weeks of working a part time schedule hanging with my boys. . .

Legos and snuggling are my life.

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And carrot juice. My fav combo – carrots, apples and lemon.

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Just hanging.

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4 months old!! time. slow. down.

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that face. seriously.

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Running in the sunshine.

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Practicing letters for Kindergarten. Seriously, someone hold me. Winking smile

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Trip to the park.

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Evening stroll.

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#perfection

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Alright, I’m off to shower and get ready for the day!

Hope you have a great Friday and an awesome weekend! Whatcha up to??

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Life Photo Dump

Happy Monday!

Life has been crazy busy, awesome and passing in the blink of an eye right now. . . How is Jake 4 months old??

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Because it’s been so busy, I haven’t had the chance to blog as much as I would like. . . and so I have a bunch of pictures on my iPhone that I haven’t shared. . .

So, quick life recap via photos today!

Caribou coffee date.

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Trying to take a family selfie. . . #fail. Winking smile

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Loving spring weather running with my little man.

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His little face makes me so happy.

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Post-run snuggles.

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You can never have enough baby snuggles.

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Abby agrees..  .

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Loving tummy time.

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Luke always wants Jake to be involved in all activities.

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Teaching PUMP/CX combo on Friday mornings.

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My boys.

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Easter Eggs!

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#truth

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When my Dad died, my friends from the YMCA, gave me the beautiful gift of a tree planted in his honor at a local park. So, when my family was in town for Luke’s birthday, we planted a beautiful maple tree.

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the end. Smile

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Disney World–Magic Kingdom Day 2

Happy Friday!

I’m popping in today to share my last recap post from our Disney trip!

One of the best pieces of advice I got while planning our trip to Disney was from Becky and it was to take a rest day.

Best. idea. ever.

After two days at the park, we were all more than ready for a chill day.

And Luke couldn’t wait to go swimming in the pools.

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Jake didn’t mind hanging poolside. . .

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As long as he didn’t actually have to go in the water. Winking smile

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Much better..  .

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After our afternoon in the pool, we went to Disney Springs for dinner and to wander around. They have the biggest Disney store in the world there and Luke picked out his souvenir. . .  a pink Minnie Mouse dog carrier with Figaro in it! Not exactly what I would have picked but he loved it. Smile

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Then, we spent one more day at the Magic Kingdom.

And oh man, it was HOT. 90+ and sunny!

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Character lunch with Winnie the Pooh and friends.

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More wandering. . .

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Luke became an honorary pirate from Captain Jake Sparrow.

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We met Tinker Bell. . . Luke kept asking before we met her if she was going to be little or big. Smile

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We caught the parade.

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And finished our Disney vacation with the fireworks.

Our last day was more swimming, taking the Magic Express back to the airport and getting back home.

Luke is already asking when we can go back. . . Winking smile

And I’m super excited for the weekend – we have Luke’s 5th birthday parties, friends party tomorrow and family party on Sunday. I’ll be back on Monday with a recap.

Have a great one!

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Our Trip to Disney World–Animal Kingdom

Day 2!

We headed to the Animal Kingdom.

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First stop: African Safari.

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oh my goodness. it was so cool! we saw crocodiles.

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and giraffes.

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I didn’t take too many pictures because Jake was sleeping and I was trying to hold him tight to me with all the bouncing to keep him asleep.  .. but we also saw elephants – including a baby one! Lions, hippopotamuses, rhinoceroses. This “ride” is a must do it you go to AK.

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my only complaint was that the ride was so fast! It would have been nice to slow down a bit. . . but I also understand they are trying to get lots of people thru fairly quickly.

Then, we got to meet Mickey and Minnie.

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Iced white chocolate mocha was #necessary.

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And then after a super scary, horrible dinosaur ride (according to Luke), we met Pluto and Goofy.

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And ended our day with one more ride.

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After some souvenir shopping. . .back to the hotel for showers, PJs and bedtime!

Day 3 at the pool and Day 4 at Magic Kingdom coming up next!

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Our Trip to Disney World–Magic Kingdom

Wow.

What a trip!

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A friend told me that when you have kids, if you take them with, you call it a “family trip.” If you go alone, it is a vacation. Winking smile 

No, seriously, we had a great time. Luke had such a fun time, Jake was a trooper and Scott and I had some fun too.

I wanted to share a few recaps from our trips. . . because holy pictures. And I also plan to share a recap of some tips and tricks from our first time for anyone planning to go with young kids.

So, today, I’ll share pictures from traveling and our first day at Magic Kingdom.

Excited to hit the road. . . best decision ever, spending a bit more for a early afternoon flight. Everyone was in a much better mood than when we try to do an early morning flight!

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Jake did great on the flight. . . slept most of the way there.

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How we roll thru the airport. Winking smile 

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We stayed at a Disney resort, so the transportation from the airport couldn’t have been easier. <—more details in my tips post.

I booked dinner at a Character Buffet dinner at the hotel. It kicked off our trip perfectly. Luke got to meet some characters and eat some dinner.

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Prince Charming.

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Cinderella.

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The evil stepmother <—she was awesome!

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Here she is trying to convince Luke to come work for her in the castle.

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Those faces.

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And we didn’t have to travel very far and were able to get the kids in bed at a decent hour so we were ready for our big day at Magic Kingdom. And again, I cannot say enough how easy transportation was from the Disney Resort.

We hit Magic Kingdom right when it opened at 9am. . .

We started the day at Beast’s Castle with breakfast.

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And then we went to meet Ariel.

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Jake pretty much fell asleep after breakfast and took a great nap in the Baby Bjorn.

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So, Scott and Luke checked out Dumbo.

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And then we popped over to meet Donald and Pluto.

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Had to check out the Mad Hatter spinning cups.

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well. . . they did. Jake and I don’t do spinning rides. Winking smile 

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It was on my Disney bucket list to meet Gaston.

Jake started crying immediately when we got to our turn. Gaston said to him, “It’s ok, I know I can be overwhelming!”

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Ahhhh I cannot believe I forgot to show my guns. Winking smile 

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Family selfie with the castle.

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And then probably my favorite thing of the whole day..  . meeting Belle. She. was. awesome.

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One more ride. . . the magic carpets.

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We finished the day with dinner at the park and then picking up treats from the candy store. We didn’t stay for the fireworks the first day . .. a quick boat ride and we were back to our hotel room to shower, put on PJs and collapse into bed.

It. was. wonderful.

Day 2 coming up!

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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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Thoughts during my first day back to work.. .

{at 3am} of course Jake picks the night before I have to go back to work to decide he doesn’t want to sleep. . .

It’s amazing how much stuff I need to take with me to be gone for 12 hours.

Man, pumping sucks.

Hmmm eating food while it’s hot is pretty nice.

I’d rather be snuggling a baby right now.

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My husband is so sweet. {after getting pink roses delivered at work}

There should be rules about what necessitates an email. I don’t need to know every time there is cake in the break room.

I’m so thankful that I love my job and my coworkers are awesome, otherwise this going back to work thing would really really suck.

No matter when you are headed back to work, it’s going to be hard.

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I have the best friends. . . So nice to get encouraging texts today.

Darn those last five pounds of baby weight, my pants are tight. . . this is why wearing yoga pants is so much better.

I miss Rory and Lorelai {from watching the entire Gilmore Girls series over my maternity leave}

Man, pumping really sucks.

spark is awesome. fruit punch is my jam.

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Getting pictures of Jake from my Mom is the best. He’s such a sweet baby.

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There is nothing better than getting home after work and seeing baby smiles.

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Day in the life–On maternity leave

Hey there! Happy hump day. Winking smile

hope your week is going well. . . I am off to work today for the first time in 12 weeks! OMG. Time flies. I’m sad to not be spending my day snuggling Jake, but I am looking forward to seeing my coworkers and making people feel better!

I always like reading “day in the life” posts. . . so I thought I would do one of my last few days on maternity leave with Jake.

5:30am – Jake is awake. He is still sleeping in a rock ‘n’ play next to our bed. I pick him up and feed him.

6:03am – He’s done eating and wide awake. Scott is working out downstairs, so I take Jake and lay him on a blanket next to the treadmill. He seems to like the rhythmic sound of the treadmill and is content. I head back to bed!

7:05am – Jake is done being content and Scott needs to get in the shower to get ready for the day. I take Jake into the kitchen and mix up a spark and start emptying the dishwasher.

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7:24am – I mix up smoothies for Scott, Luke and I. Usually Scott makes them, but he is running late today. I give Scott his smoothie and a kiss and he’s off to work.

7:46am – Luke is awake. I give him some hugs and we sit on the couch for a few minutes. Then, I fix him breakfast and let him watch the iPad while I feed Jake again.

8:34am – breakfast is done for both boys. Everyone gets dressed and we take Luke to school.

9:05 – home from drop off. Jake is hanging in his swing. I mix up my smoothie from earlier and eat a few protein balls. I catch up on email and start this blog post.

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9:56am – play time on the floor. Abby always tries to get in on the action. . .

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11:04am – usually I can get Jake to take a long morning nap and workout while he’s sleeping, but he took a few short cat naps today, so isn’t having a longer nap.

So, I take him downstairs with me and he chills on the floor while I do three quick miles on the treadmill.

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1:34pm – Finally, he’s down for a nap. I make my current favorite quick and easy lunch of eggs and toast. And sit on the couch watching Gilmore Girls.

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The afternoon passes in a blur of naptime, more eating and some tummy time.

3:15pm – Jake and I head to Luke’s school to pick him up and we go to the YMCA for swim lessons.

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Luke does a great job and I let him swim for a few extra minutes after class, which earns me a “you’re the best mom ever” comment from Luke. Smile

5:35pm – home from swim lessons. making dinner. tonight it’s chili.

6:04pm – family dinner.

6:45pm – Time for Luke to get ready for bed. Brushing teeth, PJs on and then reading.

7:05pm – While Scott is reading to Luke, I’m trying to get Jake to take a short evening cat nap.

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7:11pm – Nap success. Scott and I hang on the couch and watch the Bachelor finale. <—{no spoilers!} I was SO surprised with the ending! I thought for sure it was the other girl!

8:10pm – Time to wake Jake up for some snuggles and smiles and eating before heading to bed.

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9:15pm – Jake’s asleep. Scott and I don’t waste any time brushing teeth and crawling into bed ourselves.

9:26pm – In bed. We are both scrolling through our phones and chatting about our days.

9:54pm – lights out.

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