Easter 2013

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Happy Monday friends!  We are enjoying a long weekend here since Chris has today off of work.  The last couple of days have included multiple egg hunts, trips to the park, and a certain basket delivering bunny 😉  This was Emmalyne’s second Easter but definitely the first that she could participate in.  The Easter Bunny left her a pretty fun basket!

 

Emmalyne's Easter Basket

 

She got some crayons, sidewalk chalk, books, shorts, and the Sofia The First movie.  Chris popped the DVD in while I got breakfast ready.  Em loves Sofia and I managed to catch this gem of her watching:

 

Emmalyne Easter

 

After a delicious breakfast of eggs, bacon, fruit, and cinnamon rolls we headed out the door to church.  I LOVE Easter mass and this one was no exception.  I also love cute little girls in pretty new dresses :)

 

Emmalyne Easter

Easter Family Photo

 

We got home in time to have a light lunch and attempt a nap for Em.  Unfortunately for us, she decided to skip it all together.  FUN.  Our friends Bryan and Cassie rented out the club house in their neighborhood and had a bunch for us over there to celebrate Easter.  When I can’t be in Phoenix, I am thankful for my Army family to fill in the gaps on holidays!  We had an awesome food spread:

 

Easter Party

 

The company was even better.  We spent the afternoon chatting away with our friends, watching tons of babies be cute, and stuffing our faces.  The day ended with an Easter Egg Hunt which was the highlight for Em.

 

Emmie Easter Egg Hunt

 

It was SO MUCH FUN hunting eggs with the Emster.  She definitely understood and was on a mission to hunt all the eggs.  She even figured out how to open them thus leading to her first M&M consumption.  I’m so proud.

 

I hope your weekend was full of good times with friends and family.  I have to get the house together today to get back on track for the week!  Happy Monday :)

 

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Weekend Recap

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How is it Monday already??  This weekend flew by in a blink.  Our friend Mike has been staying with us until he can move into his house later this week.  We had a great time over here.  Friday night I was treated to a site not many people will have.

 

Boys in the Kitchen

 

 

Yup.  That’s Chris doing dishes and Mike making chocolate chip cookies.  I had a tough couple of days with Em (she had her 15 month shots and a fever) so I got to sit back, drink a Blue Moon, and watch.  #Bliss.

 

Saturday morning I got up bright and early for the intermediate flow class at Awakening Yoga Studio that I go to every week.

 

Saturday Morning Yoga

 

 

Saturday’s class was totally focused on hamstrings.  I got super excited since I figured that this would be perfect the day before my long run.  Ha.  Ya right.  My legs were shaking most of the class and while my hammys felt nice and stretched, I was left with legs that were smoked.  We spent the rest of the day hanging around the house until it was time to head downtown for the evening.  I love the nights where I get to put on “real” clothes and not some compression leggings.

 

#OOTD: Saturday Night Fashion

 

Top: Forever 21 (old), Sweater: Target, Leggings: Lululemon Wunder Unders, Boots: Nine West

 

We ended up meeting some of our friends from college at Wild Wing Cafe down in City Market.  I have made it pretty clear here on the blog that I love all things buffalo flavored so I was pretty excited.  There is always a live band on the weekends outside of Wild Wings so that made our hour wait for a table tolerable.  Emmalyne got down with her bad self and made the people near us laugh.  We ended up getting an awesome table in front of the TV projector and sweet talked our way to having the Arizona basketball game put on.  As an appetizer, we got 2 of the 3 dip platters so we could try all 6 dips.  The buffalo chicken dip was unreal.  I ordered medium wings for dinner and the verdict?  Meh.  I was pretty disappointed but some of the other flavors were pretty good.

 

Wing Wings Cafe - Savannah

 

You know what buffalo wings and beer doesn’t make?  A good meal the night before a long run haha.  Sunday morning we all loaded up the car and the BOB to hit up J.F. Gregory for a long run.  I ran with my friend Leslie Ann who is a fantastic running buddy.  Unfortunately my hamstrings were on strike from yoga and made the run pretty difficult.  Endurance wise I felt great but my legs weren’t having it.  Multiple stretches of walking left us with averaging 10:49/mile which is still on par with my McMillan pace for long runs but kind of disappointing.

 

Sunday Runday

 

What wasn’t disappointing though was the brunch we had planned for after the run.  We came home and whipped up waffles, eggs scrambled with tomatoes, mushrooms, and spinach, fruit, and some bacon.  I was in post-run heaven.

 

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And what brunch is complete without mimosas?  Not ours.

Sunday Mimosas

Overall it was a perfect weekend.  Having Mike around reminds me of all the great times we had when we lived at Fort Hood and also reminds me that the Army is a small world and our Army friends are here forever.  We are pretty lucky to have him stationed with us again!

What’s your favorite brunch item?  Did anyone race this weekend?

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Thanksgiving Recap

This extra long weekend has sure been nice!  I hope you guys have been enjoying some time off as well.  I can’t believe today is only Sunday!  Having Chris home the last three days has spoiled me 😉  We had a fantastic Thanksgiving, or should I say Friendsgiving 2.0.

 

We started off Turkey Day with a 4 mile run with our friends Leslie Ann and Adam.  I was surprised how cold it was in the morning!  We took it easy and averaged at 9:55ish per mile.  It was a great way to start the day and was even better because we did it as a family and with some of our Army family :)

 

Thanksgiving Turkey Trot

 

After pre-burning off our turkey, Chris had to head to Fort Stewart.  Our battalion had a big Thanksgiving feast for the single Soldiers, some families, and the Soldiers who were working the roads.  Being Military Police, these Soldiers don’t get holidays off because they are either on patrol or working the gates.  Chris went to help serve with the other commanders and command teams.  While he was gone, I got Emmalyne down for a nap and finished up my dishes for our own Thanksgiving food fest.  On my menu?  Sweet potato soufflé, green bean casserole, and cheddar sage biscuits.  All from scratch.  BOOYAH.

 

Later in the afternoon we made our way over to Heather’s house.  While the turkey was finishing up we took advantage of a beautiful afternoon for some fun outside.  Lucky for us, we also got great pictures out of it 😉

 

Emmalyne Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving Family

 

While we were away from our “real” families, it felt good to be with a friend who feels like family.  Heather is quickly becoming one of my best friends and definitely one of my rocks and points of support here in Savannah.  Emmie loves her too.  This picture is case and point:

 

Thanksgiving Friends

 

After taking photos, it was time to EAT.  We truly had an amazing feast.  For appetizers there was warm crab dip and a chicken dip.  Then we dug in to the most moist turkey ever, mashed potatoes, stuffing, sweet potato soufflé, green bean casserole, biscuits, gravy, and apple crisp.

 

Thanksgiving Food

 

Overall it was an absolutely perfect day.  One that I was truly thankful for.  We left with full bellies and happy hearts.

 

How did you spend your Thanksgiving?

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Happy Thanksgiving!

Thanksgiving Turkey

 

Happy Thanksgiving friends! I hope your day is full of football, good food, and even better memories with family and friends.  This year, we are keeping up the tradition of “Friendsgiving” just with different friends (Ashley – we miss you!!).  One of the hardest party about being an Army wife is being away from my extended family.  I definitely miss my parents, siblings, niece, and nephews today.  However, I am lucky that I have my Army family to fill the void.

 

Today we will be going over to Heather’s house and spending our day with her family.  I made sweet potato casserole, green bean casserole, and cheddar sage biscuits all from scratch.  I am extremely excited to stuff my belly silly.

 

Beyond the food, today is about giving thanks.  I have so many amazing things in my life for which I am thankful.  I am thankful that I believe in such a loving God who has blessed me more than I could ever imagine.  I am thankful that I have an amazing husband, one who provides for our family and selflessly serves in the Army to ensure that Emmalyne grows up in a free country.  I am thankful that I have the most amazing little girl.  One who fills my day with sunshine and teaches me about unconditional love and perseverance daily.  One who reminds me to find the joy in the smallest things.  I am thankful for my parents and in turn step-parents.  I have four people who love me the way I love Emmalyne.  I am thankful for my sister Heather, her husband Mark, and their three amazing kids.  I am thankful for my 2 younger brothers and 3 step-siblings.  I am thankful for my friends, near and far, because there are certain friends who truly are family.  I am thankful that my extended family includes 17 aunts and uncles, their spouses, and too many cousins to count.  We have enough love to power the world.

 

What are you thankful for today (and every day)?

 

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Savannah By Trolley

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Happy Monday!  We have had a long four day weekend and have enjoyed every second of it.  I unplugged, Chris was home, and friends abounded.  When we lived at Fort Hood we were blessed with an amazing group of friends that became family.  Some of those friends were Brad and Erin.  Brad was one of Chris’ Soldiers in Afghanistan and Erin was one of my deployment battle-buddies.  Their place in our family got cemented when Brad was seriously injured and sent home.  Erin moved to Texas, into my house, and Brad followed upon his release from the hospital.  Brad got out of the Army in 2011 and they moved back to North Carolina.  The fates were on our side and brought us within a short drive to each other.  They drove down late Saturday night and we spent Sunday showing them around Savannah.

 

We started with our favorite pizza place, Vinnie Van Go Go’s.  I always recommend it because it’s cheap, delicious, and in a great location.  Emmalyne loves running around City Market while we wait for our food.

 

Vinnie Van Go Go's Group

Emmalyne

When going to Vinnie’s it’s important to know a couple of things.  First, their slices are the size of an 8 1/2 x 11 piece of paper.  Second they only take cash.  And third, apparently on Sundays beer isn’t served until 12:30PM.  We had to wait 😉  I got a custom slice with sun dried tomatoes, feta, and broccoli.  The broccoli was supposed to be spinach but oh well.  It was still incredibly tasty.

At the end of lunch, in true Savannah fashion, it started raining.  We nixed our idea of walking around City Market and instead opted to take a trolley tour of Savannah.  After consulting with my mom, step-sister, and Victoria, we decided on Orglethorpe Trolley Tours.  The tour is 90 minutes long and $19 for each person.  After the tour, you have unlimited on-off privileges at the designated stops throughout the historic district.  We had fun listening to our guide inform us of more of the history of Savannah.  I have to say I prefer Victoria’s narration whenever we are together but a trolley tour will have to do if you don’t have access to V 😉  It blows my mind that we get to call such a beautiful and historic place home.  I love it here.

Oglethorpe Trolley Tours Baby Friendly

Brad and Erin

On the tour we hit lots of the great sites: River Street, Forsyth Park, City Market, pretty houses, Girl Scouts stuff, etc.  It was kind of hard to hear our guide at times but overall it was a fun experience.  The next tour on my list is a Zombie Walk with Blue Orb Tours for haunted Savannah 😉

Historic Savannah

We had a few minutes left together after the tour so we went down to the river so I could indoctrinate Erin with my favorite candy store, River Street Sweets.  I got some s’mores fudge and dark chocolate covered pretzel.  YUM.

Overall our time together went by too quickly.  I am so thankful that Erin and Brad are only 5 hours away because I know that I will see them again soon.  It just reminds me how important my Army family is and that no matter where we go, or how much time has passed, they will always be there.  Thanks guys for brightening our weekend!

Have you ever taken a trolley tour?  Where?

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