Finish This – Week #34

This game is called “Finish This,” and all you have to do is finish the following prompts and link up your post below! You can also visit the other hosts of this party on their fun blogs: Nicole {Three 31} Lisa {Coastlined}, Jen {The Arizona Russums} and Becky {The Java Mama}.

My daily hair routine consists of… putting it in a pony when I wake up.  I work for 1/2 day at home then run on my lunch break..  Shower, wash/condition (with Creme de Coco from Bumble and Bumble), spray with Aveda damage control, blow dry and depending on where I’m going I may curl or hairspray…

The best hair advice I’ve received… use a round brush to increase volume. My hair looks 100x better when I round brush when drying!
My hair idol is… My future sister-in-law (someday ahem…), George’s God-mother, Stylist and Owner of the amazing Viva Voce Salon,  Miss Jayme.  This girl has amazing hair whether she’s rolling out of bed and going for a run or she’s heading out on the town.  She’s simply beautiful inside and out and I am so blessed to know her and have her as my own stylist.  And SOON I will have my long hair again as we are doing extensions again in a few weeks. YAY!
Jayme with her sweet nephew Lane… 

My hair idol Jayme 🙂  – Photo from Facebook

Prompt for WEEK 35 — September 3
I celebrated Labor Day by
My dream job/career, would be
My first paying job was
My current job is
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Weekend in Review

And it’s Monday again!  The weekend flew by as it usually does! I didn’t take many pics this weekend but George turned 7 months on Saturday and I was able to capture one (a little late!).  My goodness he’s growing so fast!

We spent both Friday and Saturday night with friends. It was so nice to get together with different people. Saturday was completely impromptu and it was perfect!  We grilled out and were able to all catch up. Two of the families have newer babes so it was so fun to see them as well.

Likes:  Sleeping with a blankie (yes, I’m aware this isn’t approved but he cannot sleep without a small one).  Playing with toys that are loud and have lots of lights.  If I’m on the laptop he’s quite interested as well. 
Dislikes:  Not being able to be mobile. He wants to be on the go and hasn’t quite figured it out yet.
Mobility: George is sitting up pretty well on his own. He occasionally tips over, but I’m told it’s because of his big head 🙂  George can roll both ways. Hasn’t learned how to crawl but gets on his back and scoots using his feet.  This is causing rug burn on the back of his head. Ha.
Food: Eating solids but still hasn’t quite taken to them yet.  He likes carrots and sweet potatoes the best.
Sleep:  Usually sleeps through the night. Goes to bed at 8:30 and is up around 6:00am.
We spent some time over at Grandma and Grandpa’s house on Sunday night while Adam was at his fantasy football draft.  We played outside and Moo the kitty came to see us.  George cannot get enough of animals. He loves petting and playing with them!  (He’s clearly nothing like me!).  I just can’t get over how big he’s getting!!  
Hope you have a wonderful and easy week!
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Finish This – Week #33

This game is called “Finish This,” and all you have to do is finish the following prompts and link up your post below! You can also visit the other hosts of this party on their fun blogs: Nicole {Three 31} Lisa {Coastlined}, Jen {The Arizona Russums} and Becky {The Java Mama}.

I feel stupid when… Im talking in groups of people. I am an introvert so when I start telling a story and I find the group is listening I get anxious and nervous. I find myself talking faster and usually getting to the end of the story and have people staring at me like… What’s next?! All eyes are on me… I have nothing more to say…. and that’s when the feeling of stupid sets in…

I hope I never…have to see my son in pain.  It hurts my heart watching him go through teething so to imagine him breaking a bone, having his heart broken by a girl or face anything more serious just terrifies me. 
My one piece of advice to the world… Trust in yourself when it comes to all things.  People will tend to give you advice about nearly everything and you simply need to take it with a grain of salt. You should trust your instincts. If something feels off, it likely is off.  My instincts have been right so very often that ignoring them is no longer an option. You know yourself and your children best so you need to trust that you are doing an amazing job raising your littles and that you are being the best person you can doing so.  
Prompts for WEEK 34 — August 27:
My daily hair routine consists of
The best hair advice I’ve received
My hair idol is
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Pepperfest 2014

Pepperfest is one of my MOST favorite weekends of summer.  It’s an entire weekend event that takes place the 3rd weekend in August in North Hudson, WI.  I grew up just down the street from Pepperfest Park and I have always loved going.  It started as a fundraiser for the local elementary school 60 years ago and has continued in its Italian Heritage and traditions throughout the years. Some events that take place over the weekend include a parade, coronation, a 5k/10k race, hot pepper and spaghetti eating competition, music, beers, italian food and so many other little side activities. 

Since I was pregnant last year I couldn’t run the 5K race, but this year I convinced 3 girlfriends to run it with me 🙂  I am so proud of all of them and how well they did. This was Emily’s first 5k ever and she killed it!!  It’s a harder race because it has 3 pretty decent hills in it.  I could definitely have done without those! 

Claire, Me, Shonda and Emily pre-race

However, I’m bugged about the race. I have been training for my 1/2 for a while and know I ran my butt off.  When I crossed the finish line it read 33:30. I was pacing at 10:18. How could a 3.1 mile race take me 33:30?  I looked at my Map My Run ap and it said I ran 3.3 miles.  I know I wasn’t that far off from the start line.  So I went back and looked at the certified race map and the 2nd mile turn around was placed almost a 1/2 block farther than the course should have been.  I’m bugged because my official time is off by nearly .2 of a mile, which is about 1-2 minutes depending on when I crossed the starting line.  I know I’m not out setting world records but I just had to put this out there. Maybe this will help me let it go… 

Left map:  Official Race Map showing 2nd mile should have turned around just before Woodcrest Drive. Right Map: My running map where they marked the 2nd mile turnaround at Krattley
Meanwhile back at Grandmas…

George spent the day with Grandma on Saturday since Adam and I were asked to help judge the local parade.  We had such a great time!  My long-time friend Michele’s parents were the other set of judges and we really enjoyed spending the day with them! I think the free beer helped. We are definitely signed up to do next years parade!! George absolutely loves this little blanet at Grandma’s house.  So cute that she was able to capture him playing on it with his little tongue hanging out.    And yes, that is a Brewer’s outfit on him.  It still fits and since Grandpa and Grandma are BIG Brewer fans, I thought we would entertain them and put him in his little outfit.     

Grandma and Grandpa had other plans on Saturday night so we brought George down to Pepperfest Park where we ran into my brother Steve and his little girls Vivienne and Brooklynn. Brooke met George after he was first born, but this was the first time for little Viv. I wanted to get a picture of the cousins together and when Adam stepped close to Steve Viv reached out and gave George a hug. It was such a precious moment! Steve’s girls are absolutely gorgeous and Miss Viv has such a calm demeanor (much like her dad!).

 Below:  We bought George this cute little firefighter boots at Carter’s this summer. Grandpa Paul and Grandpa Dave were both firefighters so when I saw these I had to get them for him!  Too bad the smallest they make them are size 5!  It will be sweet when he can actually run around and wear these!  And a weekend wouldn’t be complete if we didn’t have our Sunday dinner with Grandma Judy, Grandpa Paul, Uncle Alex, and Great Grandpa George.  Grandma took out all the blocks for little George to play with! 

As always we had such a great weekend!  Next year we might have to get an overnight babysitter for the little boy so we can stay out a little longer at the Festival 🙂  Have a wonderful week!

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