Think Out Loud # 23

I should say goodnight everyone, not good evening since it is so late. But it is what it is. This is the first time I have been able to sit down all day. But that’s okay. I was simply going to go to bed without posting, but decided I wanted to talk to all of you before I end my day. Since, it is Thursday I am linking up with Amanda for Thinking Out Loud Thursday. So, here is what has been on my mind lately.

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  1. First I have to say this morning I woke up at 5:15 got all ready to workout and McKayla started screaming. So, I went into her room and tried to get her to go back to sleep. No such luck, so I ended up bring her into my bed for a little bit and once I think she was calm and sleepy I place her in her crib. Not going to happen. So, it’s 6am this point and I decided she could come down stairs and watch me workout. Well, McKayla had other plans. She wanted to snuggle. At first I was a little upset (Steve can attest to that; I sent him a frustrated text) I wanted to get my workout in, but once I was holding her little body I decided I was going to choose to love this moment. I was going to enjoy snuggling my little baby because before I know it she will be going to kindergarten and I won’t be able to do this any more. So, from that moment on I made the decision that I am going to embrace all the snuggles I get throughout the day. That was the best decision I have made in a long time.think - mckayla snuggling
  2. Steve and I has an amazing trip together. I truly fell totally head over heals in love with him all over again. I seriously, couldn’t love him anymore if I tried. Being in Vegas spending time with him reminded me just how wonderful our love is for each other. Sometimes we get so caught up in the day to day we forget all that, but we aren’t going to do that any more. Our lives are only going to get better. Our family is amazing. But we wouldn’t be a family without us. So, we need to make sure to always remember that.
  3. This coming week is my last week with Sophia before our lives change forever. She will be a school girl from here on out. It is so crazy to think for the next 13 years she will only have summers off. I am going to miss her, but I am going to cherish each moment in the coming week. Everything else can wait.
  4. We have a fun weekend planned. Saturday we are renting a boat and spending the day with Mimi, Papa, Auntie Ade, Uncle Scotty, and Gigi on the lake. It is going to be a wonderful day of relaxing and fun in the sun. I can’t wait. We will be celebrating Auntie Ade and Papa’s birthdays.
  5. Okay, so I have been using Rodan and Fields Redefine regimen since April and tonight as I was washing my face I realized I truly can’t believe how much my skin has changed over the past several month.  Seriously, my fine lines on my forehead are almost gone, my pores have become tiny, my skin is brighter, my lips are fuller and less lined, my eyes are brighter, oh my this list could go on and on. I can’t wait to see what our new product is going to do for my skin. I didn’t think it could get any better. I am truly blessed to be able to share this amazing skincare with so many people. I love making everyone feel beautiful. I believe everyone deserves to feel good about themselves and we only have one body so we should take care of it. www.reneeguy.myrandf.com10615348_10102430990906652_8418323209773593551_n 8829f4209c26b19ce55e49ed4e5015e5
  6. I hate ending on an odd number, so I simply had to make a number 6. I know I am a little crazy.

In the Comments Below:

  1. Tell me what is on your mind.
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WIAW # 85 – Exercise and Food on Vacation

Good evening everyone. I hope you are having a wonderful week so far. Today we had a much needed family day; Steve took the day off to spend it with all of his girls.

Since, it is Wednesday I am linking up with Jenn for What I Ate Wednesday. Instead of talking about my usual day of eats I thought I would take a moment to talk about exercise and eating on vacation. First I must admit I didn’t take one picture of my food from this trip, I know that is terrible, but I was simply enjoying my hubby.

I will start by saying I did not step foot in the gym, but boy did we walk A LOT. If you have been reading my blog for awhile you know I have been working out about 7 days a week for months, so my body has become exhausted. Therefore, I knew I needed to use this vacation as a way to rest my body from my traditional workout. However, don’t think all I did was sit, drink, and eat bad food all day everyday; that is simply not me.

Steve and I love to walk, so we basically walked everywhere we could. Steve wore his fitbit while we were there and we walked just about 8 miles each day. We would walk for hours to get from one casino to the next, to go to dinner, to go to  the pool, walking is always a no brainer for us. I never took an escalator or an elevator if stairs were available. That is a big one. It always amazed me that I was the only crazy person taking the stairs; everyone probably thought I was crazy, but oh well I felt great!! I would make sure to throw a pair of flip flops in my purse when we would go out at night. I do love my heals, but I also love walking. So it’s a win-win. Don’t ever let your shoes prevent you from moving.

I am a huge believer in everything in moderation, which is exactly how I ate in Vegas

We started each day with a great breakfast. My breakfast always consisted of protein. Sunday we ate at a café in our hotel so I ordered eggs whites, sausage, hash browns and wheat toast. I only ate half the serving on has browns (restaurants always give too many potatoes). Monday and Tuesday we ate the buffet and for most people that is a big no, no if you are eating in moderation. But for me it’s easy. I first decided if I am going to eat breakfast or lunch. I don’t need to eat both in the time frame of an hour or less. Since, I love breakfast so much I stuck with that both days and actually ate the exact same thing. So, I chose a large serving of scrambled eggs (which were delicious), a slice of wheat toast, one mini waffle, and fruit. Once, I filled my plate I never went back for seconds. I knew that was plenty of food and I wasn’t going to simply eat because there is more food. We don’t get more for out money just because I eat more. If my body doesn’t need the food then it’s a waist. This same philosophy goes at home. Don’t just eat something because you don’t wait to throw it away. If your body doesn’t need it you are still wasting it.Okay, I will stop preaching, but that’s how I feel about buffets.

Each day we would simply have a small lunch. We weren’t starving and knew we were going to have a big dinner. Saturday, I had a pesto chicken sandwich (only ate half the bun), the next day I a delicious slice of brick oven pizza (worth it), Monday was a turkey sub, and Tuesday we share a personal BBQ chicken pizza from California Pizza Kitchen at the airport. Simple. I never felt like I was depriving myself of anything I simply made sure to eat in moderation and not go over board. Each day later in the afternoon we would get a scoop of gelato.

Dinners were definitely a little more indulgent. Saturday night we went to this fabulous steakhouse off the strip (Steve found it on the list of the best steakhouses in Vegas). I ordered a petite filet with a salad. A bottle of wine was shared too. I must tell you it felt good to have a glass or two of wine with my hubby without little ones running around. This was my favorite dinner while we were there. I loved our time together. Sunday night Steve surprised me with tickets to the Cirque Du Soleil show at the Aria so before the show we went to this amazing burger restaurant at the Mirage. I ordered a plain hamburger and we shared a fry. Easy and delicious. We begin Monday night with drinks and appetizers at Capital Grille (one of our favorites). I ordered my absolute favorite drink the stoli doli. If you have never had this drink you are truly missing out and I am not a huge drinker, but this one gets me every time. :) It’s simply pineapple soaked in vodka, but be careful how many you have. After leaving Capital Grille we headed over to this Mexican restaurant at the Venetian. We have pretty much gone to this restaurant every time we have visited Vegas, however I must say this time it didn’t seem to be as tasty. But it is still a fun experience. The restaurant is right on the canal in the Venetian shops.

Our trip to Las Vegas was amazing. It was exactly what we needed as a couple. We are closer then ever and I can’t even explain how much I love my hubby. He is the best and I am blessed to have in my life and my girls lives.

While we were there we decided that we need to make sure we are taking time out for each other. It is very easy to go day to day and not spend quality time together. Yes, we spend time together after the kids are in bed, but lately we are doing our own thing and not really spending it talking, laughing and enjoying each others company. We are going to make it a point to change that. We love being together and want to take time to do that. A few we are going to do to keep our relationship strong:

  1. Most Friday nights we are going to have a date night at our house. We are going to open a bottle of wine and simply spend the evening together (once the girls are in bed). This one couldn’t get any easier.
  2. We are going to try to plan an over night our every 6 months and every 12 months try to get away for a long weekend.
  3. We are going to consciously put each first. Yes, we are always going to take care of our girls needs, but we are also going to make sure we take care of each other. We need to remember our marriage is the most thing important to our happy family.

In the Comments Below:

  1. Your favorite food from this week?
  2. What special things do you do in your relationship to keep it strong?
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MIMM # 66 – Las Vegas

Good evening everyone. This is going to be a short post today, since we are still in Vegas, but I wanted to share with you a few fun things we have been up to.

Since, it’s Monday I am linking up with Katie for Marvelous in My Monday.

  • Enjoying time with my hubby. We are having so much fun simply being a couple. Vegas always brings back special memories; this is where we got engaged (8  years ago on the 26th) and this is where we spent our one year anniversary.mimm - vegas us steak restaurant
  • Steve surprised me with tickets to the Cirque Du Soleil show Zarkana. It was amazing. This is the second Cirque Du Soleil show we have seen. The first one was “O” at the Bellagio and we loved that show so he wanted to take me to another one and it sure didn’t disappoint. I will say “O” is still my favorite but Zarkana was wonderful.IMG_2754 IMG_2758 IMG_2761
  • Love our hotel room. We decided to stay at Aria and it was a great choice. The location is perfect; right in the center of the strip and the rooms are beautiful.mimm - vegas room
  • Of course I can’t end my marvelous Monday post without mentioning my amazing parents. They have been taking care of our four daughters with ease. We are so blessed have them at home with our girls. They are truly marvelous. Every time I talk to them they are loving their time with our girls.
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Thinking Out Loud # 22 – The Zoo

Hello, Hello

I can’t believe it is Thursday already; which means it is time to think out loud. Thank you Amanda for hosting.

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  1. We went to the zoo today with Mimi and Papa and it was a complete success. The perfect day. I never thought it would have gone as well as it did and I can’t wait to go back. I love spending time with my girls.think - zoo sophia isabella mama think - zoo sophia isabella mimi think - zoo sophia isabella
  2. We had so much fun on the carousel. Isabella wanted Mommy to go with her; which never happens when Mimi is around. So, I felt lucky. Sophia is such a pro; she was so excited to go all by herself.think - zoo carousel isabella mama silly think - zoo carousel isabella mama pretty think - zoo carousel isabella mama think - zoo carousel sophia
  3. Sophia was sad there aren’t any elephants at the zoo any more. She said those are her favorite animals. As soon as she said that we walked past the elephant statue; perfect timing.think - zoo sophia elephant think - zoo sophia isabella elephant
  4. Getting a good picture for four little ones is no easy task, especially at the end of our zoo adventure.think - zoo mama and girls think - zoo mimi papa girls
  5. McKenzie and McKayla love the wagon. They were cracking up, giving kisses, and telling secrets. I love watching the two of them interact; it is priceless.think - zoo mckenzie mckayla wagon laugh think - zoo mckenzie mckayla wagon think - zoo sophia pulling wagon think - zoo mckenzie mckayla wagon sweet think - zoo mckenzie mckayla wagon secret think - zoo mckenzie mckayla wagon laughing think - zoo mckenzie mckayla wagon kiss me
  6. I love when Sophia and Isabella hold hands. They are too cute. Best friends forever!think - zoo sophia isabella holding hands think - zoo sophia isabella holding hands back
  7. There is nothing like sisters. I am so happy we have given our girls three of them; they will always have each other. Our girls are so blessed.
  8. Today was a great day. I can’t wait to have more adventures with all my girls.
  9. I can’t believe tomorrow I have to tell my girls Steve and I are going away for four days. Oh my!! Sophia is not going to be happy. Lately, she has been very attached to me. It is going to break my heart, but I know this is a much needed break for Steve and me. We are so blessed to have my parents stay here with our girls. They are seriously amazing. Steve and I don’t know what we would do without them and neither do our girls. They are going to have so much fun.
  10. My parents have been on my mind a lot these past few weeks. Steve work has been very hectic and they have been helping me out a lot. I pray everyday that they aren’t going to get worn out; especially my mom. Oh my mom she is amazing, wonderful, kind, loving, selfless, the list can go on and on forever. Mimi is the best. My girls couldn’t survive without her. Mimi is their everything. I pray that they know how much we appreciate them. I pray that they know we love them more then they know. I pray that they can one day relax and enjoy their life together. Right now it’s hectic, but as I always try to remember this too shall pass for EVERYONE!!
  11. Thank you mom and dad!! You are the best.
  12. AHHHH!! We leave SATURDAY for Vegas. It seriously, doesn’t feel real. Wow, I can’t wait to share it with all of you.

Now it’s your turn! What is on your mind.

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