Our Family Vacation to Florida

Where do I even begin?! Our trip couldn’t have been any better. We had the most amazing time together as a family. I know I say this time and time again, but I truly love the ages of our girls. Traveling is so easy (well as easy as it can be with 4 kids) and fun!!! We laughed, played, experienced A LOT and we can’t wait to take our next adventure together!!

We started our 19 hour journey to Florida at 2:22 in the afternoon on a Friday and arrived in Florida Saturday at 9:30 in the morning. Our 19 hour car ride couldn’t have gone better. All four of our girls slept from 7:30-7:30. Yes, they slept for 12 hours in the car, it was pure bliss.

Tips for Road Trips with Kids:

  1. Lots of movies.
  2. Lots of snacks.
  3. Drive while they sleep.
  4. And don’t forget dramamine. Our girls have a history of getting sick on car trips.

Once we arrived we spent most of our days swimming and it was pure perfection. Thanks to Steve’s mom and step-dad we stayed used their timeshare at Orange Lake. We stayed in a 3 bedroom, 3 bathroom condo; which was the perfect amount of space. It was exactly the type of family vacation we all needed. We could have stayed there forever. Seriously, our girls continue to talk about wanting to move to Florida. They love the heat just as much as their mama.

Of course, we ended up at Disney Springs THREE times; totally not planned. We planned to go once during our week, but we loved it so much we went two more times. Since, we have a trip planned to Disney World in March 2018 we stayed away from the Disney parks; not an easy thing for us. We all love Disney World, but we really wanted to simply relax and going to Disney World during the summer isn’t always relaxing.

Sophia and Isabella loved having sleepovers every single night. They loved having their own room. It was so sweet. I love how my girls are truly each other best friends. When we are on vacation as a family they never speak of missing their friends because they have three best friends with them ALWAYS!!

Sophia and Isabella decided to get their hair wrapped and boy did it bring back memories. Mama might have encouraged it just a little. My little sis and I used to get our hair wrapped on EVERY vacation and it is a memory I will never forget. If it didn’t take so long I would have had my wrapped too.

I could vacation all year long with our family and now that we know how easy driving is with our girls we definitely plan to do more of it. I love all the quality time we get together.

 

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July 2017

What a fun month we have had, I still can’t believe it is already August. Where is the summer going?

We have been doing our fair share of swimming, shopping, playing, visiting the zoo and so much more.

I love watching the way our girls are always taking care of each other. No matter where we are they are always looking out for their sisters.

Our Day at the Zoo

Playgrounds are so much fun.

One of our favorite things to do in the summer is visit different playground around town. We had a blast doing so last year and still love it this year.

I am so glad I take so many pictures. Looking back at all the fun we have had is the best medicine for a guilt stricken mom. No matter how much I do with my girls and how much time I spend with them I always feel as though it is ever enough. At the end of the day most days I feel as though all I did was clean, cook, and laundry. But, these pictures make me smile and show me how much fun we truly have together. Why do we do that to ourselves? Try to look back on your days, weeks, months at all the good you have and trust me there is always something to be thankful for, there is good in every day, every moment.

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Reverse Dieting Weeks 1 & 2 Update

Hello Hello…

I know it’s been way too long. Summer has just been so busy, fun busy, but still busy. However, I have missed blogging A LOT. I’m hoping to get back into regularly posting again ASAP. By the end of the day exhaustion just gets the best of me.

I have been getting a lot of messages lately asking about macro counting, fitness, etc. So, I thought I would fill you in on where I am at with my diet and exercise program.

A brief history of my time with macro counting:

I began counting in October 2016 on my own. I really didn’t know what I was doing so I started with simply trying to hit certain percentages each day (I was not focusing on exact numbers). I wasn’t seeing great results so I decided to begin working with Quicney Whimpey (@iheartmacros) at the beginning of December 2016 and had AMAZING success from the start; even through the holidays. I not only lost 9 pounds in 12 weeks I began healing my relationship with my body and food. I felt great and loved the flexibility counting macros gave me. During those 12 weeks I even took a little break from working out due to life stuff and still saw those amazing results. Once I started my intense BBG (Bikini Body Guide) workouts again I was hungry, so we upped my macros and that seemed to do the trick.

I stuck with those numbers for awhile, but quickly stopped seeing results. I was also noticing a lack in energy (which is never good with 4 daughters). My “treat” meals were quickly becoming “treat” days, which was a sign that I needed more food on a regular basis. I was HUNGRY!!

Finally, June 2017 I signed up with Avatar Nutrition. At first I set my goal to slow sustainable fat loss and I was seeing some progress, but quickly realized I didn’t need to focus on losing any more weight. I needed to focus on finding my maintenance calories, healing my metabolism (from years of eating in a caloric deficit), and changing my mindset.

If you have never heard of Avatar Nutrition, you must look into it. What they offer for only $10 a month is amazing. I love that each week my numbers get adjusted as needed. You can choose different goals from slow fat loss to reverse to muscle gain. The options are endless.

Honestly, I can’t believe I thought I needed more fat loss. I think we get so wrapped up in losing weight, losing fat that once we get there we don’t know what to do next. That was me. For as long as I can remember I was always trying to lose weight or “tone” up. But, not this time, not any more. I am now focusing on becoming the my healthiest and strongest self.

Fast forward a couple of weeks and I changed my goal (on the avatar site) to conservative reserve dieting. In this plan my carbs and fats will increase slightly each week depending upon how my body is responding to the increases. If I gain more than .6 pounds in a week my macros will stay steady for as long as needed. Like I said as of right now my goal throughout my reverse is to find my maintenance macros, but my goal may change it revving up my metabolism. Which would mean that I would have to go OVER my maintenance macros and actually gain a couple pounds. We will see.

Weeks 1 & 2

My carbs have gone up about 30 grams and my fats about 10 grams in the past 2 weeks. So far everything has been going great. I have actually lost 1/2 a pound and feel so much stronger. I can’t wait to see where the next 8-12 weeks takes my body.

My goal for this reverse is to gain no more then 2-3 pounds and find out my maintenance calories. After this phase of reversing I will maintain for several weeks then figure out my next goal.

I have truly fallen in love with all things health and fitness. I love setting goals and achieving them, so I know I will come up with something fun after reversing and maintaining for awhile.

In these past almost 3 weeks I have truly started to think differently. I love weigh-in day because I get to eat more food. I love that my goals are not about restricting myself. I love that I am focusing on being healthier, having more energy, becoming stronger.

For me counting macros is not about what I cannot have it’s about what I can have and still feel great. I can have that piece of pizza and cake, but I might pair it with a salad. There is nothing I can’t have and I love that feeling. Nothing is off limits. Now, I do typically choose healthier options, but there are days when I will have my pizza. 🙂

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July 2017…. My Babies Turned 4!!

Four years ago my babies came into this worlds and our lives have never been the same. I will never forget that feeling I had when I held you two together for the very 1st time.

TWO healthy babies. God is good. We prayed for you day in and day out for nine months. Four years later you couldn’t be doing any better. You are THRIVING!! You are our miracles. Life with you two is nothing but exciting; there is never a dull moment.

You both bring so much love and joy to our family. You are silly and sweet. Loving and kind. You are our grand finale!!

You two continue to bring out the best in me. You put all my mommy skills to the ultimate test. Some I pass and others I fail, but each day I try my best because that is what all of your deserve.

Your relationship is amazing. I am in awe of what the two of share. You have a bond unlike any other and that is a blessing. You are each other’s greatest gift. I thank God every day for giving me both of you. You are so much alike, yet so different and I love you for that!!

Happy 4th birthday my sweet girls!

Who doesn’t love gift cards to Target?!

Anyone who knows McKayla and McKenzie know they really aren’t cake girls. Last year they requested Mimi’s banana bread for their birthday and this year they wanted peanut butter brownies.

Watching these two grow up together is beyond anything I could have ever wished for; this was a dream I never knew I had. Having twins was never something I ever thought about, but now I cannot imagine life without them; I would not want life without my girls. The love McKayla and McKenzie have for each other is amazing.

Parties at Mimi and Papa’s are the best!!

I made another “Nana” cake and this time it was FOUR layers. Oh my!!

Fun with water balloons, s’mores and more…

Having big sisters to help with gifts is the best!

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