Mama Son Date Days

This past weekend, I was lucky enough to get a couple Mama and son date days with my boy. We spent Sunday playing legos, then went to a paint your own pottery place to make Christmas gifts for the grandparents.

Monday I had the day off, so we spent it at the zoo, one of our favorite places to go. We had a really special moment where we settled down for snacks and “special drinks” (his hot cocoa, my latte) at the seal exhibit. The crowd cleared out, and for a little while, it was just me, Piglet and the seals. It was pretty magical.

It was a great end to the day, which started off a little rocky, with mama forgetting her license so we almost didn’t get in with just our member card (lucky for me the ticket taker was cool with a photo of my license I had in my email, whew!) and we almost couldn’t board the public transportation train because the ticket machine wouldn’t take my card, and then poor Piglet even spilled his hot cocoa seconds after getting it. The nice cashier let us have another one for free.

After the zoo, he somehow wasn’t tired, so we loaded up Loki and headed to the park. We have decided the only way to exercise this pup is by rollerblading with him. So mama got a big workout in too!

It was a great time with my sweet boy, and I need more weekends like that. Love him so, and I’m still so amazed at how fast he’s growing up. I will cherish these sweet moments with him. I hope he always wants to go on mama son date days.

Match’s New Blog

You guys! Match has a new blog he has been working on: PNW Outdoorsman. He also has an online store with a lot of pretty cool stuff in it. I would love for you all to stop by and take a look. He just posted about a beautiful fall hike we took on Saturday. It was a beautiful fall day, and one of my favorite days of this year.

Halloween Decor 2019

Last week I posted about the Halloween Kid’s party at our new home. I didn’t get a chance to post some of the decorations we’ve put up. This is one of my favorite holidays, and I wasn’t going to let a little unpacking unstop me.

Next year I plan to do more, but since we’re just getting settled, for now this will do.

The built-ins we had for our bedroom are a perfect fit in the new living room.

The monster cut out looks so cool against the view of trees outside.
The front porch. I love having a big porch to decorate!
I love adding the little details. I’m not sure what the fish thinks of it though.
We can’t forget the pirate ship. We also did a backdrop, but I hate how small it was. I think next year we’ll do something different.

Have you decorated for Halloween? We’re having a great Halloween season, and I can’t wait to dress up again on Halloween with Piglet and Match.

Fitness Goals

As always in the New Year, I set goals for myself that I wanted to accomplish. Just like every year, fitness goals were a big part of that. I’m happy to say that as we enter October, I have been completing those goals! I think this is the first year that I’ve stayed this committed. I completed Cassey Ho’s 100AbChallenge, I just completed another 30 day challenge, and now I’m doing various gym routines with a new app I found that gives me workouts to do, called Strong. I’ve upped my workouts from 2 nights a week plus the occasional weekend day to at least 4-5 days a week.

I’m sad to say my injuries have prevented me from going to Zumba. I have plantar fasciitis in my left heel, which has caused me to put more pressure on my right side, where I ended up with a knee injury. The upside is that because I could no longer do my routine, I had to think of something different. Match gave me some workouts to do at first, and then when a friend told me about the Strong app, I found myself excited to go to the gym. I miss dancing, but I’m seeing more results from doing weight lifting and cardio.

At first I was worried about spending that hour a day at the gym, and how that might affect Piglet. Luckily Match’s schedule has been better and when I’m at the gym, he’s home with Piglet. On the few nights where Match is working out or has class, Piglet tags along and goes to the gym daycare. I’ve kept it his choice on whether or not he wants to go, but I’m happy to say he loves it there. I’m also happy to say that working out makes me a better mom. That endorphin boost makes me more amped to play with my boy, and happier in general.

I’m proud to say that I’ve reached my first milestone goal weight. I am just 5 pounds away from my long term goal weight, which is the weight that’s been on my driver’s license for the last ten years. Even if I don’t lose those last 5 pounds, it’s not about the weight on the scale. My clothes fit better, I’m stronger than I’ve ever been, and I have more confidence.

How about you, readers? Do you workout? Have you found something that motivates you to hit the gym, or train at home?

4th Annual Kid’s Halloween Party

We hosted our first party in the new home, and it makes me so happy that it was a Halloween Party! Most people are still unpacking 3 weeks after moving, but we are crazy OCD so we were decking our house out with Halloween decorations after painting and unpacking.

Piglet has been picking out our costumes for the past 4 years, and this year I have to say I loved the theme. This year? Pokemon!

Match was Ash, I was Eevee, Piglet was Pikachu, and Loki was Psyduck!

We had so many kiddos this year, and I was so proud of the grown-ups for rocking costumes too! We had almost total participation!

I love our friends so much. I’m so grateful we are in this lovely home where we can host everyone more comfortably.

The kids went feral again, which I’ve decided is just a sign of a kid’s party done right. They were like tiny drunken frat guys. They were jumping off furniture, screaming, running in circles, and all around having a great time!

I love October, hosting parties, and Halloween. We had a great first party at the new house. It was a great way to celebrate the new house. Happy Halloween Month, everybody!