October 20, 2017

Weekly Wins {Middle of October Edition}

October is halfway over, what in the world. Fall is in FULL force down huuurrr, mornings have been chilly, especially those early 6am class mornings. Scarves and hats will be coming out soon cause I don't do cold very well.

I do enjoy a happy week and this one went by quickly, which is always nice. Nothing huge happened or will happen either, but that's why I like this concept. A quick look back and the lil wins.

|| Le Husband was home Wednesday night and we did an Italian night in for dinner. The food was delicious and the company was even better.

|| While my food intake hasn't been the greatest, my water intake this week has been on point. I credit all the water for helping me make it through on the low energy days.

|| I'm having brunch tomorrow with two awesome friends and I'm excited.

|| No traveling plans this weekend so delicious dinners cooked on the Green Egg are happening.

|| Fall shows are back and I'm all caught up on my favorites.

|| Sunrises on the drive to work have been too gorgeous to describe. Pink and blue cotton candy skies have greeted me every morning and it makes me so thankful to be breathing. Pictures are too dangerous to take and honestly wouldn't do the scene justice, so just trust me.

|| New shoes and workout clothes have been purchased at an awesome discount.

|| Today is Friday and we have nothing planned. Bring on the lazy.

Hope you have a fantabulous Friday and wonderful weekend. See ya on Monday, lovies!

October 18, 2017

Things I Believe in This Week


Last week was a doozy and there was no catching up this weekend. Which means I had very little down time on Monday because I had to learn the launch release I put off last week. #skills. Those two sentences to say, my blog hopping and visiting has been down recently and I'm hoping to change that course this week.

I managed to get around to a few blogs yesterday and saw *this* post from fabulous Chelsea. Not only was it well written (like all of her work of course), it provided much needed inspiration for today. Thank you, pretty friend, for allowing me to borrow your fabulous idea.

Husband sweatshirt are more comfortable than my own. Mine are way cuter of course, but when it gets chilly I reach for his first. Something about the coziness I think.

Maple is the flavor of the season. I don't do pumpkin {nope} so I'm usually out of luck when it comes to the fabulous fall flavors. But, down here in Knoxville, maple has been everywhere and I can't get enough.

Quiet moments with a book can offer a much needed respite. I read to live in a different world for just a moment. Sometimes I'm gone for a long time, but even just a chapter here or there brings me back to a happy perspective on life.

New friendships. We may have only been here over a year but I've made some incredible friendships. I'm talking grip you deep inside your soul, part of the family, will drop anything to help out kind of friendships. I feel so blessed to have so many wonderful new people in my tribe.

90% of it all is mental, so be a human and adapt. While driving 7 hours Friday night and Sunday to and from a wedding [ouch] I listened to one of Le Husband's podcasts. We both enjoy learning about fitness, but he takes it to a whole scientific level I normally don't vibe along. However, this week's episode made a great point and it's something I've taken to heart. Thoughts become things or actions and we are in control of them 90% of the time [excluding any type of mental health diagnosis of course]. Just because we have a bad day, or are hungry or tired doesn't give us the right to give up and just be a jerk. When possible adapt to your situation and know it isn't forever. Please understand I'm talking about the day to day, small bothers and annoyances in life, this is not a blanket statement to every situation.

When things are hard, look for the helpers. Lots of bad and horrible in the world right now. So much it makes me want to hide my head and just wish it away. But, the helpers who show up everyday inspire me to do my part. Maybe it's a quiet part, maybe it's a loud part, but I will be a helper in times of need.

Travel makes my heart sing. I can't get enough of traveling and my list grows daily.

What do you believe in this week?

October 17, 2017

The Last


Thing I ate... brisket stuffed sweet potato and a small piece of baguette.

Show I watched... episode two of Law & Order True Crime: The Melendez Murders

Account I followed on Instagram... ArtisticPops

Blog I visited... Hungrymeetshealthy.com for a truly incredible post. #brave

Activity I did... taught BODYATTACK98!!!

Song I listened to..."Let Me Love You" Dj Snake and Justin Beiber. #bodypump103

Time I swore... this morning when a police officer decided to ride slow in the right lane. #gofaster

Product I used... peel face mask because my face is destroyed after last week and weekend.

Book I read... Key Lime Pie Murder Mystery.

Thing that frustrated me... trying to get a sub for a class. #spoileralertitscoverednow

Time Le Husband shocked me... how excited he was to see my Friday night. I love him dearly, but superfluous works of affection are not his love language [gifts + physical touch are his jam] so hearing he was happy to see me [said multiple times] made me all happy mushy inside.

partone - parttwo

October 13, 2017

Weekly Wins: Short and Sweet

Going at you late today, oh well. This week was super busy, but super awesome. It just sometimes means I write a blogpost in the morning, not the night before. Even when things are tough and yucky I usually can keep my perspective that LIFE in general is good. Which is exactly where this post idea was born, for me. Even if the week STUNK TO HIGH HEAVEN, there are always small lil wins and joys to celebrate.

|| My parent's celebrated their 37 year wedding anniversary on Wednesday. My card to them was late, oops, but the texts and calls were on time. I'm very thankful and feel super blessed to grow up in such a loving home with two people who respect each other so much. Wishing them many, many, many years of happiness and joy. LOVE YOU MAMA AND AND DADDY!

|| LAUNCH WEEK IS COMPLETE and I DIDN'T MESS UP ANYTHING! YES! YES! and mooooooooooooooore YES! Studying for my PT cert really put me behind the eight ball with learning new choreography, but I managed to cram, cram, cram and rock all my classes. Even the one yesterday where I learned everything in three hours. Cheers to fitness!

|| Also, cheers to friends. After the last class of the week last night, two of my fave guy friends and I went to pizza and it was delicious and fabulous. We are a lil trio of fun and it had been awhile since we had all just chilled together and laughed. Grateful for my friends.

|| LE HUSBAND COMES HOME TODAY!!!!!!! Y'all, he's been gone for 14 days and he's finally coming home. I don't post this lightly because I know many a military wife or wife of a traveling husband but I'm still super excited he's coming home. We have a wedding this weekend so it's right back on the road for him, however this time we will be together. YAY!

Before I leave I need to speak about Shane. Wednesday also marked 11 years since he made the ultimate sacrifice for our country {you can read more *here*}. I miss him, a lot. I think of him quite often, too. Beyond grateful for his bravery and willingness to serve. I love you, Shane. #landofthefreebecauseofthebrave #lancersforever


October 11, 2017

For Real? - A Confession Post

+ I used a work stamp for a personal letter because I ran out. #sorry

+ I had every intention of coming into this post guns blazing because someone I haven't talked to in four years decided they wanted to make drama. And I was THIS close to taking the bait. But then I realized pointing back and throwing accusations only perpetuated drama which is the last thing I PERSONALLY want or need in my life. Things are good here and whether or not they are good for her is none of my business, so why even chime in with chatter?

+ Someone stole my credit card information and my first thought when I received the email was 'Call Dad'. I'm a married 34 year old who owns a house and I STILL reached out to my dad. #adultingnope

+ Last week was a doozy of late nights and Thursday was a long one. So long I didn't get home until 10:15pm and still hadn't eaten dinner. So I heated up meal plan dish and ate it sitting on the floor because I was too tired to find the table.

+ Yesterday when I got in my car I realized my shirt had a prominent hole on the sleeve. I had the extra thirty seconds to go in and change but I didn't. I rolled up the sleeve and just went to work.

+ Through asking a question about a policy I ended up accidentally tattling on another instructor for teaching the new releases early. I caught her using the new music and would have kept my mouth shut, but I freaked out I needed to learn choreography earlier than expected. Luckily they had already heard about her launching early, but I still felt bad when I answered the questions asked.

+ Tomorrow I launch SPRINT and I haven't even looked at the release. #fakeittillimakeit

October 9, 2017

The Baby Weekend - The Sissy Not a Kid

Wah, it's Monday. I'm tired, sleepy, cranky and just a bit sad because Babyspice just drove away to head back home to DC. I know each day is a blessing and I want to be kicking booty this weekend, but right now that ||woop|| feeling just isn't here. I miss her already, sadz.

What's getting me smiling today is all the fun memories squashed into a quick three days together. She arrived Friday afternoon and we honestly hit the ground running. Or pumping. Or CPRING, because your girl right huuuur, needed an updated CPR certification and I dragged Babyspice along to get hers too. #oldersisterproblems

Once we completed the course it was off to SOCCER TACO to watch the United States Men's National Team play Panama. The USMNT stunk their last qualifying game so we were a bit nervous, however, Friday night they came to play and rocked it like no other. It was a great evening of chips, guac, margs, goals and sissy. #ole

The rest of Friday night was spent sissy timing hanging out then to bed early because guess who was asked to sub a BODYPUMP class Saturday morning? Yup, this girl. You will be happy to know I ASKED BABYSPICE before committing to help. Of course she was all for the workout it was fun seeing her face in the class. Afterwards we had fun posing and playing on stage, because yeah, that's just what we do.

Next stop was Honey Bee Coffee Company for their delicious artisanal coffee and pastries. Babyspice chose the Cold Brew Nitro coffee and I ordered the Lavender Honey Latte. Oh my delicious and caffeinated. The vibe is a fun one, we sat outside relaxing and stretching while we enjoyed our mini breakfast before brunch. Yes, that is a thing.

Our brunch was with T-BONE, woop woop. There is a delicious restaurant right near his house so we picked him up and got a seat on the water. I had the fantastic chicken and waffles and Babyspice enjoy the BBQ eggs benedict. T-Bone is doing well and looking good for 91, we enjoy spending as much time as we can with our super cool dude of a grandfather. 

Good granddaughters help around the house to say thank you for brunch. When we dropped T-Bone off we both notice the leaves everywhere so we offered to take care of the front yard and the driveway before the rain settled in early next week. I felt so much better when we drove away, knowing we helped make the house more functional and helped it look better, too. Don't worry, next time I get to break out the chainsaw, T-Bone already pointed out what needs to be done.

After brunch it was time for yoga stretching and a nap before preparing for the evening's festivities. Man, naps, are they not the greatest things ever? Too soon it was time to get up and get ready but we did and headed downtown to meet some of my faves. The evening starting at our favorite wine bar where flights, bottles and champagne were had as we discussed fitness, life, friends and Europ. Too many laughs with this fabulous crew

The next stop was an upscale Mexican restaurant and it was quite delicious. More margaritas were had and then it was off to the Library. For reading. Ha, sike. The Library is a speakeasy themed bar and super fun. More drinks, more laughs, more fabulousness and then it was bedtime.

Sunday morning we were up for church [rough start though] enjoyed a great service then headed out for one last brunch. Took longer than expected but the coffee and muffin made up because they were to die for delicious. 

We chilled out at home for a bit then it was off to another fitness class because, yeah, your girl always helps out a friend in need. I admit, it's so nice to have a sissy in the class, someone to smile at more, someone to make you want to rock it a lil more and someone to give you feedback. The ladies in class loved our humor and everyone worked super hard which was the best. 

After class we headed home, did laundry then headed to my aunt and uncles house for dinner. T-Bone made an appearance too, so it was the fun family affair. Yummy food, family fun and a few more drinks passed the time and suddenly it was time to head home and get ready for the week.

Our bodies were exhausted from the fun weekend but neither of us wanted to sleep yet. So we packed her up, prepped food and then finally went to sleep. This morning came much to quickly and I'm super bummed to be the only sissy in the house now. The countdown to Thanksgiving is on now.

October 6, 2017

Weekly Wins - First in October

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Friday, Friday, gotta get down on Friday. Cheers to the first Friday in October, woop woop. I'm way more excited for this weekend than I was three weeks ago thanks to family and friends. I can't wait to see my sissy, teach some fitness, drink coffee shop coffee, see T-Bone, take a nap, go out and party with friends, teach another class and just relax with sissyboobear.

It's going to be a winning weekend, let's check out the winning of the week:

|| I mentioned yesterday about my growing tribe down here and I was beyond thrilled when a girls evening came together so easily. We closed down the restaurant and spent most of the time laughing and I'm thankful I have such amazing women to ask advice now and in the future.

|| Sissy's coming into town. Sissy's coming into town. SISSYBOO IS COMING HERE!!!!

|| This darling, darling video. Baby doesn't want daddy to go to work, too cute.

|| Biggest win for the week [besides sissy, but I've mentioned that a BAZILLION times] is receiving some fitness photos taken last week. A friend is trying to get better at sports photography and I volunteered my class to have her come practice, hoping to get a few action shots. She GOT SOME AMAZING shots and I'm beyond thrilled with what she sent. I don't post these to boast or brag, I'm just extremely proud of my technique & form and excited to have clear pictures where I don't look ridiculous. Big big big win and new profile picture :)

Happy Friday, loves! Hope you have a fabulous weekend < 3 !

October 5, 2017

What's New With You {October}


Late to the party, womp womp. But, at least I'm still at the party, right?

New things in my hood:

+ Now a certified personal trainer (CPT) after failing the exam in June. WOOOOHOOO

+ Starting the trainer training (haha) and excited/nervous to learn everything.

+ Babysissy is coming to visit me this weekend while Le Husband is out of town. I was green with envy he was going to be in Las Vegas without me, but now sissy will be here I think I got the better end of the deal. #familyalways

+ Sportyspice might be getting a puppy, eeeeek.

+ Bummer of a new is my knee. Or IT band. Or ligament. Just SOMETHING along the outer part of my right knee is bothering me, especially after I teach. I'm on an icing and stretching regiment per a PT friend, but uggggh, y'all, just ugh!!!!

+ Oh and yeah, did I mention LAUNCH IS NEXT WEEK!?!?!? EGAD!

+ I've slowly brought my other blog out of the spiderwebs. Please stop by if you have the chance and let me know your honest thoughts. What would you like to read/see from a new fitness blog?

+ My tribe of women friends is growing here and I'm beyond grateful. There are some amazing women who are fitness instructors and are friends of fitness instructors and I've enjoyed getting to know each and every person. So thankful to slowly have my tribe form.

+ October brings beautiful days and I find myself praising the beauty of the world every morning.

Alright, thats all she wrote. Nothing spectacular or pretty with pictures, but these are the new things happening in my life at the moment. I'm trying to get better about being here more often, so please keep checking back. Join me tomorrow for Weekly Wins :)!

October 4, 2017



styling outfits for fall. kind of. the mornings are in the 50s and the afternoons the 80s, #randomoutfits

saving time by making my morning green smoothie the night before and freezing it overnight.

searching for some blogpost inspiration. anyone feeling a bit ho-hum? any post suggestions?

picking out pieces for a little fall/thanksgiving decor around the house. #thankskathy

making homemade bread {wheat, gluten free, rosemary} to keep the nasty glyphosates away.

loving the thought of sissyboo Babyspice coming to visit this weekend. we gonna rock this city!

reading lots and lots of personal training blogs, choreography notes and my devotional.

hoping our world can get it together and stop the senseless tragedies.

anticipating the craziness of launch week 10/9 - 10/13. four new programs, one brain, EEEP!

watching new episodes, three cheers for fall television.


October 3, 2017

I'm In The Mood For


Hot cocoa while cozy on the couch watching a movie

Flannel and sparkly tops with jeans

Cupcakes that contain no calories

Pho, gimme all the Pho!

A weekend where I can just lazy around and do nothing

Smores, because why not?

Decorating for Thanksgiving

More peace and less heartache

Creating a new workout routine so I can get stronger

More sleep

A spa day complete with facial, mani, pedi and massssssssage

Waking up early for a sunrise with the birds

Purging of all the old in our house and completely getting everything finished

Family time

inspiration from steph

October 2, 2017

Autumn Adventures


Oh hello, beautiful month of October. You bring with you delicious temperatures, gorgeous foliage, tasty treats and wonderful adventures. We had a fabulous weekend with the end of September and beginning of October. Friday night was easy as we prepped for the Tennessee game. Saturday was gorgeous and we had a fantastic time tailgating on my grandfather's boat before, during and after the game. We won't talk about the result, haha. It was so much fun I didn't think to take a single picture as I was busy chatting with friends, chasing lil kids around, stuffing my face and basking in the glow of 25+ people hanging out on the boat. So lucky to have such fabulous people in my life.

Sunday was basically get stuff done and eat all the things day. We worked out, tried Duck Donuts for the first time, bought food for dinner, grabbed a fantastic smoothie then did work around the house together. Things are coming together which makes me so happy. Before and afters coming soon, promise.

Now autumn is here I've put together a small fall list for Le Husband and I to complete. Since we don't have littles [yet!] we don't have too big of a list, but still hope to accomplish these before we winter. Or, before November when we have no free time. The next two weeks are busy but the last two could be where we accomplish everything on my list.

Any thoughts on the best {and cheapest} place to buy fall flowers and a wreath? What's on your fall list?

***EDIT: I just saw the news about Vegas and my heart is breaking. You all know how much we love our Las Vegas trips and I have my love and many friends heading there this weekend. Our world needs to stop hurting, we need to pray unceasingly for peace. ***

September 29, 2017

Weekly Wins - Last One of September

Hey hey party people! Congrats, we've made it to Friday and the weekend is right around the corner. I'm starting today listing my weekly wins, because it makes my morning a lil bit brighter thinking about the good going on instead of worrying about the stressful things in life.

Here are some weekly wins:

|| My last BODYATTACK on Wednesday nights was 10 people strong and totally awesome. I taught well, gave cues well, lifted the energy, did a cheesy dance, tuck jumped my heart out and people loved it. The class has been fun, but it's time to move on and move closer to home.

|| The new quarterly schedules have been finalized and I'm super stoked about my Monday BODYATTACK class closer to home. Bigger gym, more members and now I have TWO days off a week to do my own workouts.

|| After a few random checks, I found that CMT HAS ALL SEASONS of the DALLAS COWBOYS CHEERLEADERS available to watch online. This show has been my guilty pleasure for YEARS and it's fun watching the first seasons and seeing how different it was back in the day. I know this is so trivial but having a guilty pleasure back in play makes me smile.

|| Babyspice received a job offer and accepted a new job which is super fabulous. I'm way proud of her persistence and this new job is perfect for her giving heart. She's using her extra vacation time and planning a trip to see me. YES! YAY! WOOP! CHEERS! SISSY!

|| Our downstairs bathroom is 99.9% done and I'm am thrilled. It has been a TRIAL getting everything updated [broken flanges, mismatched water intakes, bad drywall, horrible flooring, not true corners, vanity drama] so finally have it so near completion makes me ecstatic.

|| I have learned ONE of the FOUR new releases for launch in two weeks. #oneisbetterthannone

|| Le Husband and I discovered a delicious restaurant near us, it is PHOtastic. Super flavorful, very well priced, closed to our house and totally hits the spot when a quick filling dinner is needed.

That's it for me, what are some of your wins this week?

September 28, 2017

Three Lil things

I've seen this lil quiz post circulating in blogland and finally put down my answers. How many can you guess?

Three favorite of my favorite foods
soft serve ice cream cone
sweet potato fries

Three things I'd never give up
teaching group fitness

Three favorite cocktails

Three favorite movies
Home Alone
The Negotiator

Three favorite simple pleasures in life
warm clean sheets out of the dryer
first sip of coffee on a quiet weekend morning
le husband's hand on my leg while we chill on the couch

Three things always in my car
a knife

Three things I always have on me
nail clipper

Three things I regret not doing/doing
not cutting someone out of my life earlier
not pursuing sports broadcasting with more ambition
wasting time on stupid moments that don't matter

Three most recent places I've traveled

Three most often used makeup products
tarte shape tape
eye liner

Three things that make me cry
remembering my maternal grandmother and thinking about how she wasn't at my wedding
sports moments
being away from my family

Three things that make me smile/laugh
hanging with my sisters
le husband's laugh
corny jokes

Three places I want to visit inside the US

Three places I want to visit outside the US
Bora Bora

Three blessings in my life

September 27, 2017

What's New With You {September}

Linking up with Shay

What we're eating... big mishmash of food right now. I've been getting CleanEatz meals during the week for lunch or dinners depending on if Le Husband is in town. My weight is up in the high zone right now, so I'm looking into counting my macros to get back on track. Football tailgate food is my nemesis this season. 

What I'm reminiscing about... my family weekend. Sportyspice and I put our heads together two months ago and concocted a surprise for Babyspice's 30th birthday. Everything went according to plan [thank goodness] and it was truly a magical weekend back home with my family.
Brady Bunch

What I'm loving... the fact I PASSED the NASM CPT exam and studying is over and done. Y'all this has been a gargantuan undertaking and it was such a stressor on my life. Finally, it is complete and I am a certified personal trainer!

What we've been up to...  hmmmm, "we" haven't really been up to anything together, except the house. Le Husband traveled a ton for work this month and I studied like crazy for my NASM exam. Still doing minor things on the house, the next big order of business is the master bath and then the kitchen, ugh. We each had travel on a weekend and also visited his family in Gatlinburg last weekend.

What I'm dreading... Le Husband's trip the first weekend of October. I'm not joining him in Vegas and it's kind of crushing my spirit to be left behind. Someone give me something fun to do while he is away. #greenwithenvy

What I'm working on... getting hired as a trainer. EEEEEK!

What I'm excited about... Thanksgiving and more family time. I know, I'm a month early but I am so stinking excited to see everyone again. ANNNNNNNND Sportyspice will have her gender reveal. EEK! YAY! BOY OR GIRL!?!?

What I"m watching/reading... not too much reading, need to work on that soon. Watching the trashy bravo shows when I need something mindless and I'm really excited for fall television to come back.

What I'm listening to... alllllll the Les Mills music as next month is LAUNCH!!!

What I'm wearing... the weather is still nice and warm down here in Tennessee so I'm sporting all the short sleeves, tanks, shorts, capris and flips that I can. I'm not ready for the briskness so I'm hugging the last lil bit of summer I can.

What I'm doing this weekend... heading downtown and on the boat for the UT vs Georgia game. It's going to be a fun time and we have friends in town so I'm looking forward to fun, football and food!

What I'm looking forward to next month...  we have a wedding and actually a couple of open weekends which is great. More work on the house before the holidays show up, woohoo! Also so a fun new teaching schedule which I'm super excited about. I needed the gym up and I'll actually have a day to do my OWN workouts during the week, woop.

How was your September? Anything awesome? We celebrated our four year wedding anniversary this month and seeing other wedding anniversaries in September always makes me smile. < 3

September 22, 2017

Weekly Wins: Finally Fall

|| Fall has finally arrived, which means I'm excited about the new season. I'm a summer girl, through and through, so I despise when people try to make fall happen early [stop trying to make fall early happen, ha]. I understand people further south and west need the relief, but I love me some hot days and get sad when the first crips shows up. Now it's officially fall so time to get ready for new clothing [!!!], football tailgates, potlucks, cool nights and scarves. woop
|| This post happened, woohoo! I've been exhausted from my studying and trip over the weekend so computer time has been very limited. Launch for new releases is coming up so I've also been getting ready for allll that fun. Yay for two posts this week, ha.

|| Kickball on Thursday nights has started and it's so much fun. I know it might sound trite to y'all, but the friendships formed from playing kickball is just something so incredible and I'm glad we have another group. They are fun and we win a lot. 


|| My weekly purchased meals have been BOMBdotCOM this week, yum.

|| The water is working in my office, halllllleeeelluuuuuuu! 

|| Twice during the week I've slept for five hours straight. INCREDIBLE, so thankful to have sleep again.

|| THIS MEME! #hahaheeheehahaho
How was your week? What are some wins?

September 20, 2017

Surprise Birthday Weekend

Oh what a weekend it was. Yes, I now today is Wednesday, but I was way too exhausted to get any kind of post up for Monday. My body is still recovering from the crazy week that was study time and there was no rest this weekend because, HELLO, family time!

Friday I headed to the gym to waste time before my flight. It felt really good to BE at the gym after passing my NASM PT exam. Everyone was super excited for me which was super nice, too. I had a fantastic workout, showered and changed then headed to airport. It's so nice having MAYBE a five minute wait to get through security, cheers to tiny airports :)!

Flight was a lil delayed, but thankfully not as much as expected. I was meeting my family at dinner so I had to dress fancier than normal on the plane. Super fun wearing my felt hat to cover the crazy hairs.

 Thankfully the flight was super uneventful, I even had my own row and we landed pretty close to the expected time. I scurried to a cab, so I could meet the famjam at Ruth Chris' for the big 30th birthday dinner. The family was done eating when I arrived but they had ordered my meal and it came quite quickly.

Oh yes, I SAID FAMILY because we flew SPORTYSPICE in from Arizona as a surprise. I wasn't able to see the exchange happen but saw video and it was so perfect. Lil Babyspice had NO IDEA! After a month of planning it was so nice for everything to come together for the special moment. Being together as our family of five was so incredible, I can't even describe the feeling.

 Once dinner was over, we all headed home for some drinks, hang out sissy time and prep for the next day. Everyone was pretty tired so it was a midnight bedtime with an early morning. Sportyspice and I jumped up early, headed to Trader Joes to grab a few snacks for the fiesta. The party was at a winery and we had all the girls sign up to bring bread, cheese, fruit and crackers to share, we just wanted to get a few extra special pieces.

We tried to keep as much of the guest list a secret as possible and it was fun watching Babyspice's face light up each time someone entered the room. Once everyone arrived at my parent's house we all caravanned to a gorgeous winery twenty minutes west. It was thankfully a GORGEOUS day and we arrived early enough to grab a two tables.

The day was spent wine tasting, snacking, eating cake, taking pictures and just celebrating our darling 30 year old. She has a fantastic group of women who support her and we were so thankful they all took time out of their weekend to join in our plan. Everyone was so wonderful during the planning process and I was beyond thankful everything worked out so well in the end.

Happy happy happy birthday, sweet darling girl!

As evening rolled around people began heading home, with one friend staying with us for the evening. The four of us headed out to dinner while my parents went to different functions and it was so fun being back at our 'family' place. The rest of the evening was spent watching movies, drinking more wine and just chilling out together.

Sunday morning I was up early again to head down south to visit my bestest friend and her brood. It was a morning full of kids, feedings, naps, chatting up, hugging and advice. I'm happy with life in Tennessee now, but man do I miss my gal. So glad things we were able to catch up for a short time.

Too soon the morning turned into afternoon and then evening and we were eating dinner then getting ready to head to the airport. The weekend was such a whirlwind trying to get everything perfect but also just being together. We hadn't just been a family of five in so long and I just tried to soak up all the moments because we all won't be together again until November. I'll be honest, I cried when they dropped me off at the airport, I just did not want to leave. It was quite sudden and unexpected, but hugging my dear family peeps broke my heart again. Being a grown up can stink, but I'm so thankful to have something so special.

I miss you family, so much! Can't wait for Thanksgiving, it's going to be so fun!