i dunno guys...i just don't feel "it" yet. 35? even with all these bills that come to the house every week. lol. adulting and parenting is hard....but not impossible. i had no idea where i was going with this 35th birthday post but i'm going to go with my gut and list 35 things i've learned in this life so far below...Read More
i posted to IG recently that our vacation was postponed cause of the zika virus outbreak running rampant in Florida and other tropical and domestic areas (be safe, mamas) at this time. getting a glimpse of this guy or gal helped me get out of my feelings rather quickly though! we were just gonna roll Sonny's birthday festivities right on into our trip at that... so unfortunately i was very bummed for a few days after Hubs and i decided to call it off. i had been looking forward to our very first family vaca all summer long. it's just not worth the risk at 6 months preggo though. plan b? #StayCation at one of our fave places in Houston to go! besides, we've got 1 more year to get Dego into Disney for free before he turns 3 so it's all good, haha. he will be more aware of what is even going on by then, and i'll also have time to save a bit more so we even can stay and play longer. just looking for the positives, as usual.
saturday morning, august 6th: happy birthday, papa!!
excitedly running to give Papa his gifts! i barely captured them in time.the love they have for this guy...it's such an incredible thing to witness.
we are a fit family, forreals! Sonny and i could both receive workout shoes and gear for every single birthday and be completely fine with that.headed to birthday breakfast! we don't eat breakfast out much at all; only everything else. always a treat.originally i planned on going to The Breakfast Klub, but changed it up while en route. the food is fantastic and worth the wait, but that super long line with two hangry kiddos? nah, son. i made a game-time decision and headed to a place i knew would be a family hit, Barnaby's Cafe! definitely one of our breakfast faves.
hot chocolate :) we never skimp on the whipped cream round here. steak, eggs, and pancakes for the birthday boy,Chiso requested red velvet pancakes outta nowhere! they were delish. loli ordered the green eggs (egg whites with spinach and cheese, chicken apple sausage, home fries); i just can't order anything else. #iaintsorryafter trying to get Dego to look once i just let him be. that baby was hungry and i understood.we usually need a nap after we eat breakfast out, so it was the perfect time to check into our room at hotel Sorella. the last time Sonny and i stayed there, we were celebrating our 3rd wedding anniversary in 2011. i was pregnant with Chiso (5) and surprised Sonny with the news that weekend! we're back again, 2.5 kiddos later. admiring my huuuur! my sista-friend Ogechi keeps me fly and not looking a mess!when Sonny is on vaca, Sonny is on VACA. all he wants to do is...nothing! so i took the boys to the pool while Sonny enjoyed a quiet birthday nap. afterwards, we went back upstairs to freshen up. i sent Sonny over to the Lifetime Fitness (best gym evaaaaar ;) ) City Centre spa to get a needed back massage that he enjoyed. it only made him sleepy again though but it worked out because Dego had just began his nap in my arms. Sonny and Dego went to nap some more while Chiso and i headed to the gym for a pre-dinner workout.i actually got a fantastic workout in cause Chiso was fascinated with the cardio machines and had a blast all by himself lol. i will post our workout vid and entire workout in my next post!!loved my relaxed, dinner fit that night! those jeans were always a lil' loose in the hips on me, but they are now the perfect size for my 6 month belly. deets below!
look... between IG stories and Snap Chat i am so done with social media some days!! every app is basically vying for our attention and i sometimes feel like i have to be active on every single thing... and that just isn't true.
we walked right across the courtyard to Ruggles Green, another game-time decision made by the birthday boy in the family's best interest. Texas de Brazil was my first option, but the boys kept asking for pizza so... we found a great people-watching table on the RG patio while a live 1-man-band band played Sunny 99.1 type hits on his saxophone. he was amazing! there were kids running, playing, and dancing everywhere and the boys couldn't wait to finish their food and join them. what a seriously perfect family night. we skipped across the courtyard from RG to Red Mango for fro-yo! the boys wanted to make Sonny a homemade birthday cake, but we weren't able to whip it up the day before we left. so, i planned to just buy a mini one or a cupcake from Sweet, which is what i did.we thank God that everything worked right on out. cheeeese!back to the room to sing happy birthday to Papa and his candle-less cupcake! not even room service had one we could use :(Chiso picked out a yummy s'mores cupcake.we sang and split that thing 4 ways! we then put our jammies on and watched tv 'til we all fell asleep.next morning, breakfast time again! we headed downstairs to enjoy Sorella's beautiful continental breakfast buffet. afterwards, more pool time for my water babies. i am so honored and grateful to share and celebrate yet another birthday with Sonny and our 1st family staycation was one to remember. happiest of birthdays, Hubs!
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this year, my birthday fell on a monday. YIPPEEEEE :?
so Sonny started celebrating early (like i had hoped). immediately after church service, we went to get our rings cleaned.
i promise we're only in our thirties. lol. Chiso saw us placing our hands strategically on the display case for this pic and wanted part of the action.
over time, i have come to the realization that i'm a hint thrower. what a lucky guy Sonny is. rarely does one go over his head though, i gotta give it to him. i forwarded him a Ruggles Green brunch email i received a few weeks earlier, you know, randomly. high-five, Sonny. high-five.
so that was our next stop. only the Heights location serves breakfast / brunch in Houston, and i had been eager to check it out for months. i chose the delish crab & avocado omelette and Sonny played it safe with the breakfast plate (sausage, pancakes, eggs, potatoes). Chiso handled up on his turkey sausage, scrambled eggs, and pancakes too. we love us some eggs.
the next day, my actual birthday, Sonny got up and rushed off to work like normal, so i hit the gym early, like normal.
but not before making this gorgeous stack of oatmeal pancakes! with the start of my cooking classes, blogging took a small backseat. obvi. but i believe i have a routine going now with my schedule. *crosses fingers, toes, and eyes*. here's that recipe:
Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Pancakes
the stuff: (source)
- 3/4 cup whole wheat pastry flour
- 1/4 cup dry rolled oats
- 2 tsp vanilla
- 2 tsp baking powder
- 3/4 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk (add more if needed- you be the thickness judge)
- 2 packets granulated stevia
- 1 tbsp agave nectar or honey (optional)
- dash of sea salt
- 1 tbsp melted coconut oil
- handful of dark chocolate chips
- mix all ingredients except chocolate chips together in a large mixing bowl.
- if ya need more almond milk at this point, add it a tbsp at a time.
- heat your griddle or cast iron / no-stick skillet to medium heat and coat with no-stick cooking spray.
- spoon the cakes onto your cooking device as large or as small as you'd like them. when bubbles start to form on top, check the bottom of the cake to see how brown it is first before flipping.
- you're looking for a golden brown color (bout 2-4 minutes).
- eat'em up. sprinkles are optional but mandatory if it's your birthday.
or, you can do blueberries instead of chocolate chips!
back to the birthday festivities.
little did i know that Sonny went right down the street to his mom's house to hide out.
i took a Barbell Strength class and worked my back a little more on my own in addition to some steady-state cardio on the elliptical. suddenly, i got a 'lunch?' text from Sonny, so i said 'screw this!' and sped home to get cleaned up.
i opened the door and walked right into .. Sonny!?, fit gifts, and cake.
and a birthday song serenade from my boys!
just one small piece before lunch.
Sonny shocked our palettes and drove us to an Indian inspired restaurant in Upper Kirby called Ponidicheri. he didn't know it was 'meatless monday' though lol. tasty nonetheless and i appreciate the experience.
Sonny got an omelette too. They didn't really have a kids menu, but the guy taking orders suggested this concoction. can you guess which two Chiso ate? yep, the fries and the Elephant Cookie.
i got a birthday nap back at home (YAAAAAY for daytime sleep) and we went back out for dinner that evening. i was actually still full from lunch but went anyway just cause it was my bday and already on the agenda.
my cups runneth over :shock: ! literally and figuratively. we concluded the evening with Italian food and Neapolitan gelato from Sapore Ristorante, right in our own backyard. which was awesome cause i had to be up at 4:15am to teach my class the next day.
i feel like i'm at the age where i forget what i'm even turning and that my birthday is even coming up. thankful to God for another year though, no doubt, and for Sonny's impeccable planning skills year after year.
THANK YOU to my family and friends for the calls, texts, cards, gifts, and birthday wishes!!!!!!
and thank you for reading.
i subbed a 10am Total Conditioning class (it's now called Total Conditioning Extreme or TCX) for a Lifetime Fitness instructor friend this morning and it was AWESOME teaching my fave class ever in the real day time, lol! it's still dark when my tuesday and thursday classes are over at 6:30am. i had so much more energy too since i'm unable to drink coffee in the early mornings anymore :lol:
a 6 month sweaty mess.
soooo since my little man and i were in the area, we hit up Ruggles Green for lunch and ordered what we always order:
the Atlantic Salmon Salad for me, a fire-grilled cheese pizza for him (he couldn't wait for the pic but at least he prayed first) and some organic roasted butternut squash that i'm hoping Chiso will eat a spoonful of ONE day!! until then i'll gladly continue to kill it myself. i'm enjoying this solo time with Chi as much as possible before baby #2 arrives in less than 4 months. 4 months. whoa.
stuff not to say to or ask a preggo woman!
- wow, you sure were hungry! translation: you just ate enough to feed a small city. of Jabba the Hutts.
- omg are there twins in there?! translation: you're huge. however far along you are.
- sleep all you can -- NOW. well thanks for the reminder!
- do twins run in your family? translation: did you use fertility drugs? does it matter?
- how much have you gained so far? i personally don't mind this one and will share that unknown number just before i deliver.
- if cavewomen gave birth without drugs so can you. it's a personal choice.
- can i rub your belly? some people don't even ask! another one that doesn't bother me one bit. #imatroll #rubmybelly #itsalllove
- i was ripped from end to end. omg! i had an episiotomy too but i would never be that graphic and scare another mom-to-be, ROTFL
- are you still with the father? really, REALLY personal... like best friend personal. however if they're your BFF then they should already know that answer :shock:
comment below and add to the list!
i'm going through a period in my life where i'm letting go of something good to make room for something a billion times better. why is that so dang hard though? always easier said than done in my world. accepting change doesn't have to feel like pulling teeth, but i tend to take it to that level
a lot every now and then.
i stick to my 6 Pack USA workout plan for the majority of my workouts but sometimes i just go in and wing it.
today's sweaty randomness: back, light triceps, cardio
- machine shoulder press 4 x 10
- lat pull downs 4 x 10
- machine tricep pushdowns 4 x 10
- hammer strength pull downs 4 x 10
- seated rows 4 x 10
- deadlift / overhead press combo w/ 45 lb bar 3 x 10
- steady-state, fat burning cardio on the elliptical 30 min
before that though, i met with the ladies of Style to Envy for breakfast at La Madeleine and did my best to resist all their crazy delicious savory and sweet pastries. i met Val and Nikki at the Blog Elevated Conference this past Sept. and we discussed a few collaboration ideas for 2014! looking forward to that.
Chiso worked up an appetite playing hard and requested pizza for lunch. soooo, since were in the vicinity, we chowed down on some Ruggles Green gluten-free cuisine.
i had the Atlantic salmon salad with all the trimmings. i actually forgot to ask for the dressing on the side this time and was too hungry to wait for a re-do.
what a Hammy Mc Hamster! Chiso got his pizza fix and i finished what he left which was only one dang slice! and i have no idea where he got 'eat everything but the crust' from. he certainly didn't learn that from Sonny or i cause we eat the whole thing. so yeah, i finished all his leftover crusts too. that dough is AMAZING.
here is a lighter, low sugar pumpkin cake recipe i made a few days ago i'd like to share before Turkey Day:
- 1 cup Stevia for Baking
- 1/4 cup melted coconut oil
- 1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce
- 2 cups whole wheat pastry flour
- 1 can pure pumpkin
- 2 large eggs
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 2 tsp pumpkin pie spice
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 2 tbsp unsweetened vanilla almond milk
- mix wet with wet, dry with dry, then incorporate together. do not over mix!
- divide batter evenly between two 8 in round pans
- bake for 28-30 min on 350 or until an inserted toothpick comes out clean.
- let the cakes cool then pop them out of the pans
- top however you'd like! i used vanilla butter cream and the very last few pecans in the bag (i hope that explains the debris on the plate) this time, but next time i'll keep it super light and use sugar-free/fat-free cool whip. there are actually a few vegan coconut cream frosting recipes i've been seeing around. that's a great option too!
makes 12 slices (for 1, no topping): 137 cals, 6g fat, 18g carbs, 3g fiber, 2g sugar, 3 g protein
hope you had a fantastic weekend. it's COLD in Houston these days, brrrrrr.
t-4 days yall!!