{celebrating} Mother’s Day & a Marriage

Who doesn’t love a weekend full of celebrating love? I’m so super excited about this past weekend still! Saturday morning was filled with lifting and lots of fitness and fun with the class. I got in some cleans, clean deadlifts, front squats, and walking lunges for my Hypertrophy templates. After mobility, we tackled the workout which was a weighted team sled pull (my team pulled 255#, not to brag or anything, but that was the heaviest sled in the whole class), 100 pull-ups, 100 push-ups, 100 sit-ups, 100 double unders (each person), then another sled pull. I absolutely love partner/team workouts because it makes me push a little harder so as not to let anyone down. This was so fun and I hope we do it again sometime in the future. After class, I headed home to get all our meal prep done while Josh taught his first class in his nutrition series. He had five people sign up, which was really exciting! We got some downtime Saturday afternoon and watched part of the USA Weightlifting National Championships before heading up to Columbus for my friend, Torrie’s, wedding. This girl and I have been friends since 2011. We met at Columbus Regional Hospital when I took a job there and Torrie was a medical technologist. Soon after starting, I walked right up to her and gave her a big hug…I didn’t give her any choice but to become my friend! We quickly learned that we had a lot in common, most especially our love for TV (she introduced me to the concept of putting all my TV shows into a spreadsheet categorized by date, time, and channel). How could this girl not be my soulmate? Fast forward six years and celebrating her and Brian getting married! The wedding was beautiful (I loved all the decorations with big red roses and white carnations) and Torrie was so gorgeous all dolled up and in her wedding dress. It was so great to catch up with my friend, Tim, and all my old co-workers from the hospital. There were lots of laughs and stories to tell. It’s possible that I ate 4 pieces of cake, too…I had to try all the flavors. And I did share with Josh! The best part was the photo booth they had set up at the reception. It was so fun putting on different masks and accessories and being extra goofy with everyone.  

Today was Mother’s Day. As I get older, I appreciate more and more what all my mom has done/does for me. I was adopted the day I was born. I’ve always known, it wasn’t something my mom and dad felt like ever hiding. There was never any doubt though that I wasn’t loved or that I wasn’t a “real” part of the family because of being adopted. My mom often told me “Never forget for a single minute, you didn’t grow under my heart, but in it”. I love that saying to this very day.


Growing up, my mom never ever let a day go by without telling us how much she loved my siblings and I, whether it was through words or home cooked meals on the table every night. She still helps us out any time that we need, taking off work to help us move to a new house or talking to us on the phone for an hour when we’re having a bad (or good) day. And you can always count on tons of food all over the kitchen if you’re hungry (or even if you’re not). Celebrating Mother’s Day at my parents house today was no exception. We spent the afternoon outside enjoying the most gorgeous sun shining down with a light breeze, playing corn hole and spike ball, and lounging by the pool (my dad opened their pool this week, but it was FREEZING so even though the crazy boys got in, no way was I) while the pups all ran around the yard peeing on everything and wrestling with each other. It was crazy and loud and I couldn’t imagine my home life any other way! After a few hours playing outside, we were all starving, so we came in to enjoy a delicious dinner of stromboli, pasta salad, fruit salad, homemade fudgy brownies (I made them from scratch for the first time ever all by myself, yay me!), my mom’s homemade Ben & Jerry’s ice cream, and a homemade strawberries ‘n cream cake roll (by my talented baking hubby). Josh and I tried our best to be good, so we brought our own meals for dinner…and then enjoyed all the wonderful desserts!

I hope we succeeded in giving my momma exactly the day she wanted- a day filled with all her kids (we missed you, Kylie!) and their pups, laughing, playing outside, and enjoying each other’s company over a scrumptious meal. I can’t think of a mom more deserving of all the love (and crazy) we have to give! Happy Mother’s Day, Momma, we love you so much!     

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