Thursday, July 20, 2017

IHOP Anniversary

A couple of times a year IHOP has special short stack promotions and Tuesday was their anniversary so they were offering 59 cent short stacks. It worked out that I was off that morning so I was able to take the girls. I am actually in Sedona right now so it was nice to get a little extra time with them before I headed out of town. The kids love going out to restaurants but we don't do it very often because it is expensive so this is a win-win for everyone. HERE are some of the other times we have gone. Everly insisted on having topping on her pancakes so I spoiled her and I also ordered the girls sausage which they inhaled. They ate really well and I think Everly was in a pancake coma for a little bit when she got home because she laid down in her room for a while. Thanks for a great morning IHOP!
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Dresses and saltwater for the win.
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Everly loves that strawberry syrup
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Aspen's restaurant etiquette is not quite there yet. Thank you iPad. 
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LOOOOOOVE these girls. 
 

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Weekend in Review

Last weekend went by pretty fast. It started off Friday night with a soccer game. We ended up killing the other team and I scored a bunch of goals which was very nice for my ego and has not happened in a while. We also did not get stuck in any monsoon storms so that was nice. It was almost kind of breezy out. Saturday morning I got up early and drove out to Sole Sports in Scottsdale for their anniversary 5k and Cycle Bar class.  The run started at 6 which is late for me so it was sweaty but it was nice to run along the canal. I haven't run there since my sister and I did right after our niece was born (here). After the run I drank some nuun and got ready to head into the spin class next door. It was a really great class but I was sweating sooo much and I know I smelt horribly. Thankfully, almost everyone in the class had also just run the 5k so I didn't stand out. I love starting my morning/weekend off with a killer workout so this was awesome (and free)! Since Justin had to work that morning he dropped the girls off at my sister's house and I picked them up there after. They love playing with their cousins. We all went to Costco after and then later I took the girls to the mall where they played and ate lunch. We were all pretty pooped and ready for a nap after that. Saturday night we had some steaks at home and then Sunday I got up and ran 5 miles before Justin went out on a 19-mile bike ride. All of this happened before the girls were even awake! My sister was having a little golf morning at Top Golf for her birthday so after I picked up the groceries, I headed out to Scottsdale for the 3rd day in a row. It literally is the exact same exit off of the freeway for soccer, the running store, and Top Golf so I was kind of sick of that drive, haha. We just hung out the rest of the day and then headed to Dick's that evening to pick up some new shin guards for Everly's upcoming soccer season. Sunday night the girls danced to music up in their play room while Justin and I got to watch Game of Thrones! So glad it is finally back on! We also finally got some monsoon storms so I can't complain about that (other than the humidity of course)!

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dying but almost done!
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I am on the far right!
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sweaty group!
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900 calories burned before 8 AM.
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Everly leared to take selfies!
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I somehow won the first game.
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Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Aspen's 1st Build-a-Bear

Last week Justin had to work on Saturday which meant he got to take a day off during the week. Everly was already scheduled for summer camp  and we paid for it so Justin took her to camp and then had a day with just Aspen. Since it was so hot out, he decided to take her to the mall. She loves playing at the kids area in the mall and then he also took her to make her first build-a-bear. Everly was actually a lot smaller when she first went (HERE). I don't think she has even been back since so I probably should take her back sometime. Justin took some pictures while he was there and it looks like she had a good time. When I got home that evening she told me about the heart and about tying up the bear. It was very cute. Can't wait to take her back sometime!

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stuffing her bear and giving it a bath
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At first he was just called "Bear" but she has since started calling him "Teddy Bear." Very original.

Monday, July 17, 2017

My 31st Birthday!

Exactly one week ago I turned 31. We celebrated a little on the weekend with my family. Everyone came over for some pizza and pool time and we also had a little game night as well. My sister made an ice cream cake and it was a really good night. Aspen and Mae who tend to fight a lot (mostly over toys) were so sweet watching Moana together. My sister and her boyfriend beat the rest of us at Trivial Pursuit and I am still not quite sure how that happened. On my actual birthday I did work but after work I went to a little happy hour/dinner at Hulas downtown. My mom and one of my sisters came as well as my sister and brother-in-law and another friend. It was a nice way to end my birthday!
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Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Saturday Zoo Day!

Last Saturday we got up super early to get in some Zoo time before it got crazy hot. My sister met us there and the girls had a blast. We didn't spend a ton of time walking around before hitting up the splashpad because it was kind of humid but we did get to see the jaguar, alligators, and the tortoise getting a hose down. The splashpad was great. It was not very busy when we got there so the kids had free range. We let them play there for a while before hitting up the carousel on the way out. I think it was like 90 degrees when we got to the zoo at 6:30 that morning but the kids don't care about that and they had a blast.
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Love these girls together!
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Monday, July 10, 2017

Friday at Dave & Buster's!

On Friday I had the day off but I knew we were going to be having record heat so I planned to go to Dave & Buster's with the girls to stay in the air conditioning! I had some gift cards too so it worked great because it didn't cost me anything. I actually still have some gift cards left so I will be going back but just with Everly. Aspen was a little overwhelmed by all of the lights and noise and was a lot more needy than I would have liked so it was harder to play with Everly. Even some games where all she had to do was press a big button, she didn't want to do. She did really like ski ball though so she did have fun. She also liked that game where you drop coins in and hope they push other coins off the ledge. It's probably the most lame game. Everly on the other hand had a blast. She was bouncing around from game to game. She also really loves ski ball but did great on the football game too as well as some more video game type games. The girls had plenty of points to get some prizes after. Everly used most of the points on a puppy but Aspen was happy with some cheap bracelets and a bouncy ball so it was a success! Can't wait to take Everly back!
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These girls in matching dresses just kills me! Will they hate me for it some day? Maybe!

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The game on the right is my favorite. Everly won 500 tickets on her first try
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Aspen could have played ski ball all day
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The girls with their prizes!

IHOP Anniversary

A couple of times a year IHOP has special short stack promotions and Tuesday was their anniversary so they were offering 59 cent short stack...