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2020 Recap And Intentions For The New Year

Hello, all!! Is anyone else ready to say good riddance to 2020? I have definitely had some low moments this year. It hasn’t been all bad though! We have definitely had some wonderful things happen as well! I like looking back and going through pictures. Here is the recap:

JANUARY: *K made a full recovery from her December hospital stay!

*I found out I was pregnant, but suffered an early loss.

FEBRUARY: K turned 1 and we had a “Sweet One” Party for her.

*My sister-in-law moved in with us because she started a job in our city.

MARCH: *The pandemic started, and I had a quarantined birthday at home.

APRIL: *We took a lot of walks, and played at home.

*We celebrated Easter at home and K had her very first egg hunt.

MAY: *Celebrated Mother’s Day with a socially distanced dinner with our families.

*Found out that I was pregnant and felt so much joy, and a little anxiety knowing that I would have two littles under two!

JUNE: *Had an appointment/ultrasound and our sweet baby had a faint little heartbeat.

*Had family pictures taken for when we were ready to announce our pregnancy.

*Found out that I was likely to miscarry, and was given options of how I wanted to go about it. I decided to let it happen naturally.

*Went to the lake with my husband’s family, and it was so nice to get my mind off of things for a while.

She ended up loving this!!

JULY: On the 4th, I suffered a very painful miscarriage at home. My mom and husband switched on and off taking care of me and K.

After the pain settled some I soaked up cuddles and cartoons with this sweetheart.

*Spent a ton of time outside and went to the Zoo often.

My giraffe loving babe!

AUGUST: *Put our house up for sale while our new one was being built. It sold in 5 days!

*Visited my brother and his family. K and her cousin had a ball together!

*Had many more Zoo visits, and enjoyed the outdoors as much as possible. It was a super hot month!!

SEPTEMBER: *Went apple and pumpking picking, and made some final memories in our first home.

*Moved into an apartment with my mom while our home was being built.

*Went to Michigan for my brother-in-law’s small, family only wedding. It was beautiful!

K was tired so this picture was the best we could get hahaha

OCTOBER: *Enjoyed SO many fun Fall activities: Hayrides, pumpkin picking, farm visits, and Boo At The Zoo. We also did a ton of Fall baking!

*Went on vacation to the Outer Banks, NC. My husband and I celebrated our 5 year wedding anniversary while we were there!

NOVEMBER: *We moved into our beautiful new home and enjoyed celebrating Thanksgiving.

Our new table and chairs! Perfect for Thanksgiving dinner and hosting (which I love to do). I can’t wait to do it more when Covid is a thing of the past.

DECEMBER: *Went to Zoo Lights, baked cookies, and enjoyed Christmas at home.

Now that a new year is coming, I just want to have a positive outlook on everything and enjoy making memories with my family! I don’t plan on making a bunch of resolutions that I won’t keep, instead I just want to enjoy this wonderful life I have been given.

Wishing you all health and happiness!

With love,

Carly

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Weekend Wrap Up (Food, Fitness, Christmas Decorating, And a 2nd Thanksgiving)

Hello, friends! Well, now that Thanksgiving is over the countdown to Christmas has begun. I was able to get some of my shopping done (yay for online sales)!!

I feel bigger than ever due to excess amounts of food over break, along with this pregnancy.

Since I was on break, my days are slightly running together, but I’ll do my best to recap…

FRIDAY:

I woke up, had some coffee, and relaxed until I decided to venture to the gym. I did the elliptical, which was pretty much all I could handle for the day with my back pain!

I got some online shopping done and spent time doing housework, while my husband worked in the yard.

Dinner was leftovers of course!

SATURDAY:

The day started with online teaching and some coffee.

My back was hurting too bad to go out, so I did yoga at home.

I got quite a bit done on my to-do list. I organized baby presents, talked to the pediatrician, got in touch with our photographer about maternity pictures, and a few more boring, but necessary things.

The evening was filled with Christmas music and decorating with my husband! We had fun and the cats were hilarious playing with everything.

After we decorated, my husband picked up Chinese for us.

We ate while watching tv. What a nice evening!

SUNDAY:

The day started with coffee and a spin class. It felt good to do cardio, but I took it super easy!

I came home and got ready before heading to my husband’s hometown for his family Thanksgiving! He has a big family and they rent out a big space. We filled up on food, then everyone headed to the gym for basketball. I just watched because I was in pain.

Afterwards, we headed to my husband’s parents to play with the dogs and chat more before heading home.

Dinner was leftover Chinese.

That’s about it for the weekend!

Have a great week, everyone.

With love,

Carly

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Fit Friday-This Week In Food, Fitness, A New Baby,  And Thanksgiving At Our Place

Friday is here…although with the holiday I have had an extra long weekend already. What a wonderful week it has been! Between meeting my niece, cleaning, and hosting Thanksgiving, it has been crazy…but in the best way possible!

MONDAY:

My workout after work was the C9 challenge! I take it every week and I can tell I’m getting stronger. It is circuit style with weights and bursts of cardio. 

Dinner was Kodiak Cake pizza and a salad. Simple, yet so tasty!

TUESDAY:

I woke up flooded with texts and pictures of my brand new niece born late the night before. I knew I had to see her as soon as possible!

My morning workout was a 30 minute stair climber workout. 

After work, I drove to meet ny niece. Luckily, my mom came halfway so I didn’t have to drive the whole thing alone. 

I love this little peanut so much already!!

After spending time with the little one, my mom, brother, and I went to dinner at Ruby Tuesday’s. I love their salad bar. I made a huge salad with chicken and had a bowl of soup. 

I stayed at my mom’s place that night since I didn’t want to drive so late. We watched This Is Us before bed!

WEDNESDAY:

I woke up bright and early to get home. My friend and I picked up our packets for the Turkey Trot, then grabbed Starbucks. 

I headed to the gym for a Barre class and it was awesome. It was low impact, but I got a lot out of it. 

The rest of the day was spent deep cleaning and prepping for Thanksgiving!! I did take a break for a nourish bowl. I found this at Kroger and it was super tasty!

My husband and I ran some errands then crashed hard once we got home.

THURSDAY:

I woke up early and had a cup of coffee before meeting my friends to run the Turkey Trot. It was freezing at the race, and I lost feeling in my feet until almost the end which kind of sucked. We had a lot of fun despite the cold and rewarded ourselves with Starbucks after! 

I love my friends!

After the race, it was time to get ready to host Thanksgiving! We spent hours cooking, and it all payed off. The food was delicious and the company was even better! Wine, food, family, and friends…you can’t beat that. 



After dinner, we cleaned up a bit. My husband’s family stayed the night so we watched a movie before bed. 

It was a wonderful day!

FRIDAY:

This morning I woke up and used our new coffee grinder  (our housewarming gift from my aunt and uncle) to make some delicious coffee. I plan on taking a workout class and potentially doing some shopping later! We have a big weekend coming up and I can’t wait to share with you guys!

Have a wonderful rest of your weekend!

With love, 

Carly