Thankful Thursday

As the weather gets warmer I feel as though we’re getting busier (or maybe we’re just doing more.) and the weeks are just flying by!

I feel like so much has happened this week. Like I only blinked and it’s Thursday again! This was a big week in our house as our youngest one went into Kindergarten in person for the first time this year! It was a tough choice but was a much better choice for everyone involved instead being on a video stream of a classroom all day long. She was ecstatic to finally experience school, and we were relieved to find out there were only 4 kids in her class! She’s been loving it all week!

So that’s something I’m so thankful for this week! A smooth transition and a blossoming little one getting to experience school for the first time.

Secondly, I’m sooo excited to be pretty much outdoors on walks, runs, and adventures exploring daily in all the beautiful weather this week!

It’s been a pretty great week I’d say!

What are you thankful for this week?

Thankful Thursday

This week has been a bit of a whirlwind. We got a dumpster on Monday to do some deep spring cleaning, and for a couple small construction project my husband is doing. I promptly spent Tuesday filling it with as much as I could in the day. Then between work and school stuff for the girls, the rest of the week has flown by!

This week I’m just so thankful my family that God has blessed me with! I’m married to my best friend, celebrating 14 years this month. He challenges me to think deeply about things and love with actions over just words. He is my calm in the storm of my emotions, always there to cheer me up with a good laugh! Man, we can have the best times laughing, and just goofing around until I’m crying and he can’t breathe because we’re laughing so hard. I love him so much!

My oldest daughter is my little witty, sarcastic, loyal, loving, creative, beauty. She’s always ready with the one-liners in any situation. Her favorite thing is spending quality time together and really having that one-on-one attention. She’s super creative and artistic and creates beauty so easily. I love spending time with her and just getting to see new, and ever changing sides of her personality!

My little one is my bundle of sweetness. She is so kind and loving and just goes out of her way to help and/or compliment most everyone she comes in contact with! She’s also incredibly artistic (they both get that from their daddy.) and enjoys anything to do with arts and crafts. She is also made of pure energy and rarely stops moving (she’s been that way since she was in the womb!) always looking for something to do. Although, when asked she’s always up for a good snuggle session. She’s such a sweet little love!

Anyways, this week I’m just really so thankful for the family I’m blessed with. They’re my heart and I’m so thankful to have their love, laughter, and memory making moments, to look forward to every single day!

What are you thankful for this week?

Motivational Monday

It’s been a little bit since I recapped how my workout life has been going. This week was a bit of an off week for me. My long weekend of work leading into Monday really threw my body off and I was just spent starting off the week. My saving grace this week was all the warm weather we had in New England! On the days that I was just straight up exhausted, I made sure to get out for a good walk as my workout.

Monday night was the first time this year that it was light out enough during my youngest ones dance class again to get a walk in! I usually walk or run a local trail just a few minutes away from her studio while she’s in her class. It was the perfect night to get back to it!

Tuesday night I had a 5k walk planned with one of my best friends. We live about a mile apart and our 5k loop passes both of them. The weather was amazing, the route was incredibly hilly (per usual in New England), and the time catching up was what we both needed! It was the best kind of workout.

Wednesday I got some biking in before my anniversary date night. I usually would’ve used my exhaustion from my overnight Tuesday as an excuse not to workout, but I wanted to look/feel good for my night out with my hubby. Whatever it takes to motivate ya right? Ha!

Friday I got in a quick bike/weight interval workout and Saturday I did about a mile of running spurts with my little one to break in her new sneakers. All in all it was a very low-key workout week compared to my normal routine. I’m excited to get back in the groove this week!

My eating was pretty good last week but my water intake was TERRIBLE! I was pretty much living on caffeine half of the week due to some terrible overnights and trying to recover from them. I’m definitely going to be more intentional about drinking at least 60oz. Daily this week

How was your movement and health this week?

Thankful Thursday

This week was a doozy of a week so far! Very little sleep has been the theme of my life thus far with a string of rough overnights. There are two things this week that have carried me through the exhaustion and they are things I’m so very thankful for this week!

First, let’s all give a good shoutout to a lot of our dear friend and companion on tough days, COFFEE!

Coffee has been that sweet pick me up on these rough days this week. That delicious warm cup first thing in the morning to start the day off right, and that refreshing cold cup in the afternoon to get through that midday slump. (Seriously though, I need to cut out that second cup and go back to my afternoon tea!). On a week like this one, it’s felt like a real lifesaver! Anyone have weeks like that?

Secondly, the thing that kept my spirits up and my energy higher then it would’ve been otherwise, is all the sunshine we’ve gotten this week! We’ve been outside almost every day going on walks or exploring the woods.

It seriously does the mind and body good to get outside in the fresh air and sunshine! We all get in a better mood in this house anyways. A walk through the woods, or better yet, running on the sand of the beach, makes all the cares of the world melt away.

The beauty of creation really just puts things into perspective for me you know? It just helps me to really slow down and focus on and enjoy the beauty all around me!

What are you thankful for this week?

Thankful Thursday

This week I’m so incredibly thankful for my family, and my kids relationships with their cousins!

Throughout this pandemic our family has been our constant circle of “safe” people. For a while we got together weekly for cookouts socially distanced taking turns at houses. It was our lifeline of interaction with each other in a world that quickly socially distanced from each other.

As the months have gone on we’ve stayed each other’s circle now most of us working from home or working with the same few people weekly. We try and get the kids together as often as we can since, for now, they’re each other’s only play dates. This week was no different.

Friday night we had a cousin movie night and sleep over, making the best of our last warm day for the week. There’s nothing like getting out for an adventure through the forest!

I hosted a St. Patrick’s Day dinner at my house and got to snuggle my new nephew who I’d only gotten to see once before.

Lastly I’m so thankful for the weekly workout sessions I’ve been having with my sister since she moved back home! This is our second week getting in two workouts a week and that along with our heart to heart discussions afterwards have been so wonderful!

Needless to say my heart is full. ♥️

What are you thankful for this week?

Motivational Monday

This past week was a glorious week filled with sunshine and warmer weather! It really helped my motivation levels stay pretty high. I got in my fastest time for a 1.5 mile run with almost 50 degree weather! It was just a great week.

It was also the first time that me and my sister got together twice a week for our workouts. We’re trying to start a routine doing Tuesdays and Thursdays, arms and abs/leg day every week. It felt so good to start that routine and have a workout partner two days a week!

I did pretty good getting in my water this week and was really intentional about what I was eating. I still need to fine tune a few areas but I’m happy to be getting more structured in my meals and habits!

How was your week?

Thankful Thursday

Another week closer to SPRINGTIME! I’m countdown the days to longer daylight time, warmer weather, and more of that sweet sunshine! Covid has really made this winter feel unending here in our house. We are all craving the sunshine and warmth to play outside in!

Which leads me to the thing I’m thankful for this week, a week of warmer weather and a few good days of sunshine! Now don’t get me wrong, this is still New England, we’re still having snow forecasted for next week. But for now… we get to hold onto this warmth and glorious sun to hold us over to the next bout of nice days!

I’m thankful for the promise of change and growth that Spring brings. I’m yearning for it after this winter that seemed oh so long! I love the motivation and feeling of a fresh start that comes with the start of Spring! As this week continues on, even with the threat of snow again next week, I hold onto the hope that Springtime is coming and all the fresh new changes it’s high to bring!

What are you thankful for this week?

Thankful Thursday

With the first week of the month we have already been hitting much warmer temperatures here in New England! It’s been in the 40s for a few days and there’s SUNSHINE a little more often this week! I’m loving it and looking wholeheartedly to the change of seasons as we get ready for Spring. Next week were even going to have a couple of days in the 50s! That’s the perfect temp for Spring if you ask me. I’m ready to put behind the snow, the bitter wind, and the gray dreary days.

This week I’m so thankful for the group of women I was born into! I’m from a very large family so I have and have had a lot of built-in friends in my siblings now and growing up. I’m one of 7 and there are 5 of us girls (My poor brothers! Although they are the most loving doting husbands to their wives and I’m going to take some credit as a sister in that! HA!) and we are all super close. We have added two sister-in-laws to the bunch and have adopted them into the sister club! Anyways, my sisters are a constant support, source of wisdom, and safe place to vent in the times of struggle. I honestly couldn’t ask for better role models to be inspired by. Not just my older sisters, but my two younger sisters as well! As we grow older the age factor fades away and I’m constantly being blown away by their strength, their deep faith, and there strong love for those around them! I’m so very thankful they are in my life and that we have the relationships that we do.

There’s 3 of our children and my mom in this pic and we’re also missing a sister-in law who lives out of state but this is my tribe! 🤍

What are you thankful for this week?

Motivational Monday

This week I reached the milestone of working out more than 60 days in a row! It had become a driving goal every day to close all the rings on my Apple Watch and get that daily work out in! Sunday I finally decided to take a rest day and break my streak. I’m honestly a bit relieved and excited to start off March getting in my new workout groove of 5-6 days a week!

This week I ran my fastest mile so far this year logging it at 12:10! It was a day that my run was super rough, it was hard to breathe and I only had time to squeeze in that 1 mile. I was shocked when I finished and saw my time! I was expecting it to be my slowest!

I did get in a few days of weight lifting this week and a couple bike only days. I’m hoping as I plan out for my month of March that every week I’ll have certain workouts planned for certain days. I’ll throw running into the mix on days we have nice weather, aiming for at least once a week! I think that planning it out is going to be my key to success.

I’m planning to start today actually tracking my daily water intake and logging it in my phone. I really, really, REALLY, need to get in at least 64 oz a day this month! I know it’s something my body is missing when I fall short almost daily like I did this past month.

I’m excited to start off a a new month with a bit of a focus shift and some better planning!

How did you do on your goals this past week?

Thankful Thursday

Here we are on the final Thursday of February! Can you believe we’re finally almost in March? I’ve been counting down the days here in New England since March is when temps start to rise and weather starts heading toward the beauty of Spring!

This week was a wonderful week. It kicked off on Sunday with a wonderful prayer and worship event which I went to in person for the first time in months. I didn’t realize until that moment how incredibly much I had missed being in that community of people praying and seeking God together! It felt like such a breathe of fresh air and started my week off in a great way.

Wednesday it was SUNNY (which is a big deal after having mostly gray days for what seemed like forever.) and almost 50 degrees so I went for a walk outside with one of my good friends. It felt amazing to be in the sunshine!

I also ran my fastest mile this year earlier in the day! It was such a shock to me! I struggled so much with my breathing and even though it was only a mile I felt like I was going so slow and struggling so much. It was a happy surprise when I checked my time at the end!

Finally, I got to celebrate my sisters birthday with her for the first time in almost 5 years this week. She just recently moved back from out of state so I wanted to make sure we did something to celebrate! We got sushi and had dinner with my mom and dad. After we gave her the gifts we’d gotten her, we just spent the rest of the evening reminiscing and sharing things that we were learning in our walks with God. It was the best night!

How was your week? What’s something that you are thankful for this week? ♥️

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