|April 7, 2014||Posted by Madeline @ Food, Fitness, and Family under Weekend|
**Notice something new around here? A brand new and shiny design! I’ve had the graphics in my inbox since JANUARY but PA school kicked my booty and I just got around to the facelift. Thanks to Maria from Craft Crazy Mom for the prettiness!
Good morning friends! Spring break is officially over and I am back at it for my second quarter of PA school this morning. The break went by too quickly but it was full of fun and memories with my family. We ended it on a high note with a fun-filled weekend too!
Saturday morning Chris and I were up bright and early for the Big Nasty Mud Run. I am so thankful that I am married to a man who cares as much about fitness as I do! Gearing up for 5 dirty miles sounds like a pretty perfect date to me Expect a full recap of the race tomorrow but Chris and I ran it together and had a blast. He was a gem before the race and helped me duct tape my shoes so I wouldn’t lose them. I told you he was a keeper.
After a couple of showers and a few chores it was time to head to the airport to pick up Chris’ younger brother Brian. Brian serves in the Army too and is getting stationed abroad so he came out for a quick visit to see us and the girls before heading out. We started our night in downtown Savannah sitting outside at the Social Club, drinking Bud Light Limes, and munching on guacamole before meeting some of my friends at Wild Wings Cafe. #ParentsGoneWild
Don’t worry though – we were home by 10:30 PM. Crazy, I know. Bryn surprised us all and blessed me on my last Saturday night by sleeping from 10:30PM-7:15AM! Holy cow. I was up a few times in middle of the night making sure she was alive because she hadn’t slept that length of time yet. Some things never change as a mom. Once we were all up for the day we took Brian to our favorite weekend breakfast joint. Emmalyne sure was happy to get some scrambled eggs and waffle!
Unfortunately reality set in after breakfast and I headed to the local coffee shop to do some light reading. And by light reading it might as well have been in hieroglyphics for what I got out of it. After staring at it for a few hours I decided to call it a morning and wait until lecture and then re-read it again. Oh pharmacology … I am not sure how I feel about you yet.
The rest of the day was spent getting ready for another week. I prepped our food for this week, Chris did laundry, and we hung out as a family. It ended perfectly by getting to snuggle by little peanut to sleep.
I hope your Monday is fantastic and that you had a great weekend. See you guys tomorrow with my recap of the Big Nasty Mud Run
|April 4, 2014||Posted by Madeline @ Food, Fitness, and Family under Travel|
Yesterday we wrapped up our quick trip to Jacksonville with a trip to the Jacksonville Zoo. We loaded up the car and got to the zoo right as it opened at 9AM. I have learned over the years that the absolute best zoo experiences come first thing in the morning. We may or may not have been the first family in line Emmalyne is at an age now where she gets things and I love watching her enjoy new experiences.
The Jacksonville Zoo is organized by different trails relating to animals from different parts of the world. There is the Asia Loop, Australian Loop, Florida Loop, etc. By getting there nice and early the animals were all out and seemed to be in great moods. One of our favorites of the day was this giraffe. Her name was Naomi and we definitely ended up buying Em a stuffed giraffe that she promptly named Naomi as we were leaving.
We got the tickets that included all the additional attractions the zoo offers. This included butterfly hollow (which was kind of like Butterfly Wonderland but not quite as cool), Stingray Bay, the 4D movie, and the train. Emmalyne could hardly contain herself as we were waiting for the “choo-choo”!
We spent most of the morning hot on Em’s heels as she ran from one adventure to the next. I wish I could bottle up toddler energy and sell it for profit because it’s insane.
Luckily for all of us Bryn was willing to come along for the ride. She is such as relaxed and easy baby. Bryn loved just chilling in the Ergo or smiling at all the other people. Bonus points for me? I figured out how to nurse her in the Ergo so we didn’t even have to stop for snacks She also took some good naps while we were there and I enjoyed the snuggles.
The last activity we did at the zoo was let Emmalyne have at it in the splash pad. We didn’t bring her swim suit so we improvised
It was an absolutely beautiful day to be at the zoo and I was full of joy watching the wonder and excitement in Em’s eyes. We ended what was the perfect morning with a little treat before getting in the car for the drive home.
Em’s eyes were shut and she was asleep before we were even out of the parking lot. You know she had fun
Our fun is continuing through the weekend. Chris and I are doing a mud run tomorrow and his brother gets in town tomorrow night. I am going to soak up my last 3 days off before jumping back in to 10 weeks of chaos. Have a happy Friday!
|April 3, 2014||Posted by Madeline @ Food, Fitness, and Family under Travel|
Hello from Jacksonville! We woke up yesterday morning, loaded up the car, and hit the road singing songs from Frozen all the way We got down to Jacksonville around 11AM and headed straight to Chris heaven …. Chipotle.
After a quick lunch it was time to do some SHOPPING. As I mentioned yesterday, my MacBook mouse trackpad has had a mind of its own for the last few weeks. It’s given be tons of anxiety since I NEED my computer not only for everything that is PA school but also for the little bit of work I still do freelancing. The closest Apple store to us is in Jacksonville so I was anxiously waiting for this trip to get it fixed. In addition to that, apparently I killed my iPhone battery with over-use. OOPS. So Apple made a pretty penny off of me yesterday between buying a new trackpad, installing it, and upgrading my phone.
I drowned my sorrows at one of MY happy places …. Lululemon.
We stayed the night at the Residence Inn by Marriott by Jacksonville Town Center and I have nothing but good things to say about our room and stay. First, we had a one bedroom suite so the bedroom was separate from the living area. This is a key feature for us to be able to put the girls down and still stay up past 7PM. The room was really nice and had a full kitchen.
Since Emmalyne missed her nap this afternoon Chris and I decided to just pick up dinner and eat at the hotel room. After chowing down I headed to the hotel gym for a quick workout. Again, I was really impressed. There were a couple treadmills, and elliptical, a bike, dumbbells, bench, and medicine balls. The nice touches were fresh towels on all the machines, cold filtered water, and complimentary headphones.
Probably one of the nicest surprise features? They do FREE dinner with FREE wine and beer! WINNING. I definitely could go for a nice cold beer after a fun day of shopping
This morning we are heading straight to the Jacksonville Zoo before making the trek home. Have a great day
–> Just in case you were wondering, I wasn’t compensated by Marriott in any way. Chris and I are just HUGE fans of the Marriott chain. Our room in Jacksonville was free due to Marriott reward points and we will definitely be staying at Residence Inn again.
|April 2, 2014||Posted by Madeline @ Food, Fitness, and Family under Misc|
Hey there friends! Happy Wednesday! I hope your week is going smashingly so far … mine is! I officially finished my first quarter of PA school last Thursday and have spent the last 5 days soaking up my FREEDOM! What have I been doing with myself you ask?
I’ve been soaking up these sweet smiles.
Cheered on my Wildcats even though they lost
Organized ALL the closets in my house.
And ordered my favorite local crab cake sandwich.
So far it’s been an amazing few days … and I still have 5 more! Today we are heading down to Jacksonville for a mini-vacay. We have to hit the Apple store today because my MacBook is on the fritz which is not good for blogging (hence part of my absence) or for students. The trackpad essentially has a mind of its own! Crazy! Then tomorrow we are taking the girls to the zoo.
I also sat down last night and brainstormed all the things I have to share with you guys! Expect more out of me soon because I know I have been slack-a-lacking lately and I miss you!
Fill me in – what’s one of the highlights of your last couple of weeks??
|March 24, 2014||Posted by Madeline @ Food, Fitness, and Family under PA School|
Oh hey there guys – I had to take last week off blogging because my real life got CRAZY! Last week I had my physical assessment final where we had to perform a physical exam on our lab partner while our small group leader observed and critiqued. I got randomly assigned the cardiac exam which is in depth but probably my FAVORITE of all the ones we have learned so far. Then, Friday I had my A&P lab final which was …. special. No other words to describe that one. Luckily the whole class felt the same way and we have all moved on.
Today though marks my first official finals week in PA school. I can’t quite wrap my head around that at this moment. Didn’t I start just YESTERDAY?! To say that PA school is going to be a blur is an understatement. I have learned SO much these last 10 weeks and have honestly loved every minute of it. But I would be lying if I said I wasn’t seriously looking forward to my 10 day break.
This weekend I was lucky enough that my mom was still here so she and Chris took over completely with the girls. I got to sneak in for some fun but most of my weekend was spent at the coffee shop trying to cram as much information into my head as possible.
I have 5 tests over the next 4 days and 4 of them are cumulative. I feel fairly confident going into them and lucky I have set myself up with good grades so there isn’t AS much pressure on me. Still on the verge of a freak out though
I have so much to share with all of you and I can’t wait to get to all the posts I have lined up. I know that things have been sporadic and like always thank you so much for still reading. :)