Dance Recital 2017

I can’t believe recital week has come to an end. It really is bittersweet for me. I love all the excitement of being on stage. I actually love the entire process; I mean I did dance from age 4-17. But, I must say by Sunday I was exhausted (I am not as young as I used to be). I could barely function. Good thing Sunday was chilly and rainy, just what this mama needed after a long week of late nights.

Recital week began with a run through night which only Sophia had to go to. This evening consisted of each dance simply figuring out their placement on stage. Not too bad, just a late night.

Tuesday and Thursday were both full dress rehearsals. Luckily, we didn’t have to do makeup. All four girls had to be there ready to go by 4:15. Well, Tuesday that didn’t really happen. My planning was a little off that night, but by Thursday I had it all together and we were on time. Go me!!! Seriously, getting four girls ready is no joke. Tights, costumes, bun, oh my!!

Friday, was the first officially show and we were ready. I had a great routine going by then, so it really went very smooth. But, I did have to do all of their makeup and hair. Whew, that was a doozy, but of course I did love it and so did they.

Saturday was night #2, their final show and they rocked it. They all danced beautifully and had so much fun.

Oh and I am not sure I told you, but I danced with my girls in the mother-daughter (or son) dance and it was so much fun. We practiced for about 6 weeks and learned a pretty tough routine. I was apprehensive at first but, I truly enjoyed it and can’t wait to do it again next year. Once a dancer always a dancer.

Thank you to all our family who came out to support our girls. We are so blessed to have you all in our lives. It truly meant a lot to all of us to have you there.

There is one special lady we must thank for everything she did for us this week and that is Mimi. She was with us through and through. We couldn’t have done it without her. Seriously, she was at every rehearsal and show. Without Mimi our lives wouldn’t be the same. She helps our day to day run smoother. She has special place in all our hearts. Mimi being there meant everything to my girls and me. Thank you for all you do for us. We love you very much.

 

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A Much Needed Rest Week

Yes, you read that right, I took last week off of exercising; the ENTIRE week (well at least form exercise, we were so busy that I still hit at 12,000 steps each day).  My body, mind and everything in between needed it. I made this decision for a couple of reasons one being my body was beat (my workouts were killing me and I wasn’t feeling great from them), I knew I was pushing it too hard for too long with no rest. My second reason was it was rehearsal/recital week for my girls’ dance studio and this week is no joke. We had rehearsal Monday, Tuesday, Thursday with shows Friday and Saturday (these we late nights for my little ones). Talk about an exhausted Mama, Mimi, and 4 little girls. It really was fun, but I must say it’s nice to be done. Bittersweet would be the best way to explain the day after feeling. So much work went into those two nights, but it was worth all those smiles. (I will post pictures and more details on the show in a later post)

I love that since I started counting macros I don’t rely solely on exercise to keep my body looking and feeling the way I like it. This past week I stuck to my macros 100% and I felt AMAZING, even though I wasn’t working out. I have learned so much about myself throughout this process and I know that my body is the way it is mainly because of how I choose to eat. I don’t need to kill myself 6-7 days a week. Taking a rest day, week or month is fine for MY goals. I simply want to be my healthiest, happiest self. I know my mind is still a work in progress and my most difficult thing to train. But, I am getting there, one day at a time.

I will definitely be taking a week off every so often. I am thinking every 6-8 weeks depending on what we have going on. It is just such a wonderful mental break and since I get up at 5am to workout I was getting at extra hour of sleep each morning. I am going to really start listening to my body and I know this is the start to a beautiful mind, body relationship.

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Baked Zucchini Chips

I am on a major veggie kick right now and it’s not ending any time soon. Actually, I don’t see it ever ending. Once you figure out your favorite way to prepare veggies it’s incredibly easy to fall in love. I crave veggies. Yes, you read that right I CRAVE them. Once  you figure out eating healthy can taste delicious, you will simply fall in love with eating healthy and your body will thank you. Trust me when I tell you I won’t eat something simply because it is healthy; my food MUST taste good too.

Ingredients:

  • Zucchini
  • Salt
  • Olive oil spray

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 225 degrees.
  2. Slice the zucchini very thin. I used a mandoline slicer, very similar to this one here.
  3. Place slices in a single layer between two paper towels. Press down on each piece a couple times to get out some of the moisture.
  4. Place zucchini slices onto a parchment lined baking sheet.
  5. Brush or spray slices with olive oil. I use Trader Joe’s Organic Olive Oil spray (only ingredient is olive oil.
  6. Bake for 2 hours.

That’s it. So easy. The hardest part it waiting the 2 hours, but they are delicious and well worth the wait. I typically place these in the oven at breakfast or lunch time so I can snack on them throughout the afternoon. Who am I kidding I usually eat them all at once. 🙂 Good thing they are healthy.

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Mother’s Day 2017

First of all I want to say Happy Mother’s Day to all you wonderful moms. I hope all of you had a fantastic day with your families. My girls and hubby certainly know how to spoil me; they gave me the absolute most perfect day.

It all began with a quiet shower alone (anyone who has children knows how amazing this is); Steve took all the girls to get donuts.

Of course, they had some gifts for me and I loved them very much. My favorite ones are always the ones they made themselves. This Mother’s Day I felt so loved by all my girls; I can’t even begin to express how much I needed these moments meant to me. My heart is full.

As a mom I have many moments where I doubt myself and my mothering (lately it hasn’t been any different), then Sophia writes me this letter….

Wow, this definitely brought tears to my eyes after reading it. My girls really know what I need, when I need it.

After opening gifts we took our time getting ready for brunch. We didn’t need to rush or hurry; we made our way peacefully into the car. It was a perfect morning. This mama HATES rushing.

We enjoyed a wonderful brunch with Mimi, Papa, Gigi, Auntie Ade, and Uncle Scotty. We sure missed Uncle Fran, Aunt Sarah and Baby Maizy.

Sophia loved that we were seated right next to the dessert table.

We ended our day with a wonderful steak dinner, made by none other then my hubby. Anyone, that knows Steve knows he is one of the best cooks when it comes to steaks. He sure knows his way around the grill. It was the perfect ending to my perfect day.

My girls have my whole heart for their whole life…..

Since becoming a mom I have become a better person. Each and every day they teach me what life is all about. I have learned so much about myself, life and everything in between since the day Sophia was born and even more as our family grew and grew. I am beyond blessed to call these four girls my daughters. They are growing into such amazing little people and I cannot wait to see where their lives take them and the changes they will make in this world.

Since becoming a mother

I am more patient.

I am more forgiving.

I am more prayerful.

I am more compassionate.

I am more mindful.

I am more joyful.

I am more appreciative.

I am more thankful.

I am more blessed.

My daughters are truly my angels. God knew exactly what he was doing when he gave me my girls. God doesn’t make mistakes.

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