Monday, June 18, 2018

Father's Day Weekend 2018

Our Father's Day weekend this year was spent in the hill country of Texas! My brother and sister-in-law recently made a move to the hill country (literally last week) and they invited us to spend the weekend with them. Jason was scheduled to work nights on Father's Day Weekend (sad times), so he wasn't able to join us.

We had so much fun on our Texas adventures, I wanted to share them with you today!

Father's Day Weekend

No trip to Texas is complete without a stop at Buc-ee's! This "rest stop" seriously has it ALL including home decor, clothing, and food!

Father's Day Weekend

We also got to meet the "real" Buc-ee and Brayden gave him a high five! :)

On Saturday, we spent the morning at the San Antonio Zoo! It took us about 3 hours to walk all around and see everything the zoo had to offer. We also arrived just as the zoo was opening, so it wasn't terribly hot and the animals were all out for us to see!

Father's Day Weekend

This was also Brayden's very first zoo experience! Fun times!

Father's Day Weekend

He LOVED the fish!

Father's Day Weekend

Randomly, we saw that one of their elephants was named Karen! Of course, I had to take a picture!

Father's Day Weekend

We arrived at the giraffe area, just in time to feed a few of them. It was so cool to take part in this "extra" experience and see the pure joy on Brayden's face. He LOVED it!

Father's Day Weekend

Father's Day Weekend

 This really was a super cool experience and totally worth the extra money to participate!

One of the giraffes was named Brayden, so we (of course) had to take a picture with his sign!

Father's Day Weekend

Birds are also another favorite of Brayden's, and he loved seeing the pink flamingos!

Father's Day Weekend

After the zoo, we cleaned up then had a Father's Day dinner of BBQ to celebrate my dad.

Father's Day Weekend

The brisket was melt-in-your-mouth kinda good! YUM!

Father's Day Weekend

It was a delicious meal!

Father's Day Weekend
 

Sunday was travel day, but we still spent the morning exploring the surrounding areas around my brother and sister-in-law's home.


Father's Day Weekend

This pancake at Granny D's was seriously as big as my child!

Father's Day Weekend

The downtown area of Gruene is precious! We walked through a flea market type area and a few of the downtown shops. We also explored the oldest dance hall in Texas, the Gruene Hall! (This is where George Strait used to play, back before he was discovered!

Father's Day Weekend

The river was also pretty busy over the weekend...campers and tubers were all over the place!

Father's Day Weekend

It really was a beautiful weekend with perfect weather! The view from my brother and sister-in-law's back porch isn't too shabby, either! :)

Father's Day Weekend

Our weekend ended at In-N-Out Burger, something I only get to have when I travel to California and it had been YEARS since I'd had a burger from there! This place always reminds me of Disneyland!

Father's Day Weekend

I might have also purchased a burger for Jason and surprised him with it! :) 

That pretty much sums up our Father's Day Weekend in Texas! I loved spending time with my family (minus Jason) and can't wait to do it all over again! We are already planning our next trip! :)

How was your Father's Day Weekend? Did you do anything extra special?

Friday, June 15, 2018

Fitness Friday - 6/15

Fitness Friday

Currently Training For:

  • Dopey Challenge 2018 - Walt Disney World
  • Rock n Roll New Orleans Half Marathon 2018 - New Orleans, LA 
  • Contraband Days 5 Miler 
  • 4 on the 4th
  • Rock n Roll San Antonino Half 

Sunday - Rest Day
Monday -
Orangetheory - Strength workout
Tuesday -
Rest Day
Wednesday -
Early morning Orangetheory workout - "ESP" - Endurance, Strength, and Power
Thursday -
Rest Day
Friday -
Orangetheory - Strength workout 

It's Friday! I am so excited for this weekend because we are traveling to Texas to visit with family in their new home in New Braunfels! I've been to San Antonio but never explored the surrounding area, so this is exciting!

This week of workouts was exciting, too! They mostly took place at Orangetheory and although I'm only on a 2 times per week workout rotation, Monday's workout "didn't count" because the Grand Opening hadn't taken place yet! In total, I was able to attend four "free" OT workout sessions which is awesome! (This is also the reason I've been taking full advantage of my OT workouts these past two weeks and haven't done much else!)

Fitness Friday

So, Monday afternoon's workout included a lot of strength and crazy inclines on the treadmill. After Monday's workout, I realized that I would NEVER have the drive or determination to do these kind of workouts on my own at home, so that's why a class like this is good for me! It forces you to push yourself!

Fitness Friday

Tuesday was an exciting day as it was the Grand Opening of our gym!

Fitness Friday

They had all kinds of delicious catered food, they took people on tours of the facility, and it was fun to mingle and meet a few new people!

Fitness Friday

We might have taken a selfie with the mannequin! HAH!

Fitness Friday

 Speaking of friends, my friend Melissa joined Orangetheory, too! I'm so excited to have a buddy to workout with!!

Fitness Friday

The food was delicious, too!

Fitness Friday

For the remainder of the week, I worked out early morning (the 6:15 a.m. class), then took a shower and went to work!


Wednesday's morning class focused on all three areas - endurance, strength, and power! It was a TOUGH one but I loved it! As you can see, I was able to get my heart rate in the orange and red zones much more often than Monday!


Friday morning's workout was another strength one and by accident, the timer didn't get turned on until several minutes into class, so our calories and splat points aren't correct. Whoopsie oh well. That's growing pains, I guess! I wasn't too upset, it was still an overall GREAT workout!  

You sick of hearing about Orangetheory yet? Well, now that the Grand Opening has taken place, I'll be on a two workout per week schedule which will allow me to run outside at least once a week (maybe twice if I'm feeling it). This heat though, y'all. It's rough.

Fitness Friday

...but for real, how cute is this?! Just a boy and his dog! She LOVES him when he has food! These happened to be orange cheetos. See what I did there? Whomp whomp.

I hope you all have a great Father's Day Weekend! Follow along on my instagram stories to see all of our adventures in Texas! :)  Happy Friday!

Monday, June 11, 2018

Astros World Series Trophy Tour

Happy Monday! I hope you had a great weekend!

We had an amazing weekend to say the least and the highlight of our weekend was seeing the Commissioner's Trophy from the 2017 World Series (earned by the Astros, of course)!

Astros World Series Trophy Tour

A local business decided to add our town as a stop on the World Series trophy tour and the rest is history!

As a little back story - in January of this year, the Astros hosted a "fan fest" event in Houston which is a free event to enter, but there are several "extra" options you have to pay for (including a picture with the World Series trophy). Well, we obtained the entry passes but did not snag the "extra" options in time before they sold out. Also, fan fest was held on the weekend we returned from Dopey Challenge and an extra 2 hour drive "just because" didn't sound like much fun at the time, especially since all of the events I was interested in were sold out already. So, we missed out. I assumed I would see the trophy at some point during a game this season, but to have it up close and personal like this was an even better treat!

Astros World Series Trophy Tour

The local Toyota dealership went all out with this event including Cracker Jack, Popcorn, Sunflower seeds, hot dogs, and hamburgers!

Astros World Series Trophy Tour

A local news outlet was also at the event and they interviewed several fans (including us) which was fun!

Astros World Series Trophy Tour

Buy me some (popcorn) and cracker jack...

Astros World Series Trophy Tour

We arrived early and the line went pretty quick!

Astros World Series Trophy Tour

The Astros game was also playing on several tv's inside the show room floor!


Brayden LOVED his first taste of popcorn!

Astros World Series Trophy Tour

As a surprise, the Astros mascot (Orbit) was there, too! I told him that I loved his ring, so he had to show it off! 
Astros World Series Trophy Tour

No inappropriate pictures with the trophy, please. Seriously...it's sad they even have to tell people that.



This was seriously so cool to see in person!

Astros World Series Trophy Tour

It's so shiny! (Then I started singing that song from Moana...)

Astros World Series Trophy Tour

No trophy tour is complete without a selfie!

Astros World Series Trophy Tour

After we finished with our pictures, we sat for a minute to text people and post to social media. Orbit walked by and started "helping" Brayden with his game. I died.

Astros World Series Trophy Tour

Oh yes, and while waiting, they called a door prize number and guess what? It was mine! I won this orange Astros hat! YAY!

Astros World Series Trophy Tour

Sunday afternoon was SO much fun and I really appreciate the Tarver family for hosting this event! Seeing the World Series trophy in person with my little family was a pretty incredible experience, one I'll never forget!

Friday, June 8, 2018

Fitness Friday - June 8

Fitness Friday

Currently Training For:

  • Dopey Challenge 2018 - Walt Disney World
  • Rock n Roll New Orleans Half Marathon 2018 - New Orleans, LA 
  • Contraband Days 5 Miler 
  • 4 on the 4th
  • Rock n Roll San Antonino Half 
So for real, how long can I leave Dopey Challenge on my list? I mean, my body says it's still not over it...

Sunday - Rest Day
Monday - First day of Orangetheory!
Tuesday - Rest Day (cause I couldn't walk!)
Wednesday - Global Running Day - ran about a mile and a half total
Thursday - Orangetheory day 2!
Friday - Doing something, just not sure what yet! :) Way to have a plan, right?!


So if you've seen my instagram and read Tuesday's blog post, I'm sure you know that I drank the Orangetheory kool aid and I'm SUPER excited about it!


The fact that I like this type of environment surprises me because I was never one to attend classes at a gym (especially not "by myself" aka without a friend). I don't know if it was the excitement of something new or what, but on Monday, I walked in our Orangetheory, introduced myself, and the rest is history. Like a boss. Ok, not really....let's not get ahead of ourselves here. I'm still kind of shy and uncertain in unknown situations but ok whatever.


I also chose the chest strap heart rate monitor. After getting advice from several Orangetheory-ers, this is the one I decided to go with and I'm so glad - I barely even feel or notice it!


Day 1's workout was amazing and I fell in love immediately!


On Wednesday, I had a SUPER busy day (including my day at work) and although I ran about a half a mile in the hallways, I knew I needed to get an official run in, even if it was "only a mile".


It was hot and humid (and after 9 p.m.), but I did it anyway!


After it was all said and done, I realized my run wasn't a purposeful one but that's ok, you need those every once in a while. I actually spent the entire mile on the phone talking to my brother! Hah!


Back to that Orangetheory thing...so I could finally walk normal again but Thursday and decided to return! Only this time, a friend came along, too!





This workout was completely different from Monday's and was all about strength with weights and inclines on the treadmill.  It was SO hard to keep my heart rate in orange while on the weight floor. I kept dropping into the blue zone. My resting heart rate is around 68, so when I stop moving, it drops immediately. Oh well.


Despite that, it was still an amazing workout! I can definitely feel the weight work in my shoulders and back today!


...but we didn't die! That's good, right?!

For tomorrow's workout, I'm returning to Orangetheory bright and early! While walking to my car after work on Thursday, the humidity and heat hit me like a ton of bricks. "Feels like 99 degrees"...what is that, even?! I can honestly say I was so happy to be able to workout with a little AC!

The grand opening for our site is going to be on Tuesday, so that's when all the real fun will begin! I cannot wait!

How is your week going? Anything exciting happening for you this weekend?

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