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Friday, July 25, 2014

Frivolous Thursday Fun has turned into Freaking Tired Friday!

Last night, after work, Emry and I did pre-race training for the 4 mile race we have scheduled for August 16, 2014. 

A group of people, of different running capabilities, all ran the course (mostly on the sidewalks) through the downtown area it will be held. 

Around the 3 mile mark.. Emry started to slow down and complain of pain... I didn't want to push him to hard, so we took a short cut.. and finished the course, but only completing 3.44 miles of it. 
86% of the course in 40 minutes. I am so proud of my boy. I stayed with him so he wouldn't feel alone, and also.. because well... It's not the race.. and the streets were filled with cars... 

Plus, it was kind of fun to motivate each other through the hills and turns. 

We got home, ate dinner... and I figured as a great reward for a good run done... We would go to the County Fair. 

We got to the fair by 8p... and did every BIG KID RIDE (because my Emry is now over 48 inches tall... at 7 years old) in the entire Fair.

3 hours later, we were home. We all showered, and then I had the fun of packing the lunches for the next day... and just doing the MOM thing, and I was in bed by oh... midnight.

It was a blast. 
We had so much fun.
(And the only fair food I ate was half of a fried oreo.. I know, I'm impressed too!)

And now, as I sit here at my desk.. I am not ashamed to tell you, that I have a 12 ounce cup of black German Chocolate flavored coffee...

Because, I have dubbed today COFFEE APPRECIATION DAY.. because I am EXHAUSTED.

It is Friday so that means it is rest day. The past 2 weeks, I have been doing short 20-30 minute workouts first thing in the morning.. just to speed up the metabolism... This morning.. That didn't happen;


I slept until the last physical moment I could, and then we got dressed and out of the house.

But, let me give you my Friday 5's. The things that I am truly grateful and happy for this week. Wet Vacuums and Power Drying Fans - This is my #1 this week, because, well.. I may have (read: totally did this) flooded our break room with a 6 gallon jug of water... I swear, I didn't drop it... It was 3 inches from the ground when I let it go... and I've done this many a time before.. this time.. .THE BOTTOM SHATTERED.. AND THESE ARE PLASTIC JUGS.. It went freaking everywhere. On the walls... on one of my coworkers... UP MY DRESS AND SOAKED INTO MY LEGGINGS (I look like I pee'd myself)... And, all over the floor of the break room. The puddle it created was named after me. And I was the laughing stock of my department. **SIGHS** Thank the Lord, for the fast acting facilities department, and the wet vac and power fan... because today.. It doesn't look like it happened... And, well.. I wish I could have stood in front of the power drying fan before I left work.. because I was pretty much Soaked. Nike New Balance Shoes - Emry and I got our running shoes, and this time they were Nike New Balances.. Now, I'm not really a master runner, or know much about brand, but New Balance never seemed like a FANCY SCHMANCY shoe to me.. so I kind of turned up my nose when it was recommended to handle the mileage and type of running we were planning to do.. but, I listened to the guy at the Custom Shoe Fitting place.. and I'm pretty happy with the selection.. And Emry is definitely benefiting from the proper support of a real running shoe. Guess, I'll never brand shame again! Dark Chocolate flavored Yogurt Covered Raisins - These have been my go to.. NEED CHOCOLATE snack. I separate them out into 1 serving portions, and I have them for a quick.. grab a bag.. snack at home. This week, they have helped me conquer the temptation of : Strawberry Shortcake (fresh from the bakery), Danish (fresh from the bakery), and Bagels (fresh from the DAMN bakery)... I get my chocolate fix without the horrible extra calories and carbs that the other options had. I'm considering adding them into yogurt and fruit parfaits for the weekend.. for when that inevitable ice cream hankering hits. Because, it WILL happen. Positive Reinforcement of the Superficial Kind - I have been freaking out about my dress fitting today... I am guilty of being a slave to the number on the scale... And since the last time I weighed in, I am heavier than when I tried on the dress the last time. And even though I put in the hard work, and bust my ass in the gym, I know I haven't been as dedicated to the nutritional end of this journey. So, I was freaking out. TODAY, I put on my smallest work skirt...My reasoning: If I can get THIS thing to zip up, and be able to breathe and sit in it.. I will be able to get that dress on. And guess what friends, I'm sitting in the skirt, and breathing.. It's a little snug.. but, I got the thing zipped up. Dress is going to fit. And that makes me happy. YOU - yes, all of you are the fifth thing that has made my week amazing. You all are so amazing. Positive, and Honest. A support system that I have dreamed for! I love the amazing friendships I am making each week, and the ones that are growing stronger as the weeks pass by. You let me into your lives with your posts, and you actually take the time to read through my diatribes and lift me up and sometimes ground me. It's an amazing feeling. I am about this close to telling Klay I want to add another table or two to the wedding just to invite ALL of you. Seriously, completely honest here... I feel like you all have been the support that I've been craving from those I actually see everyday. 
Who wants to make a trip to NY? :)

Happy Friday Everyone.
May your weekend be filled with happiness and friends! 
Make some memories people! 


Thursday, July 24, 2014

Being Your Best You: Strength 

 This link-up is a chance to join, motivate and share with one another all things health, fitness and lifestyle to be the best version you.  Embrace the journey, one link-up at a time.

This week is all about health and fitness. 
Share your favorite workouts, tips, tricks, and ways to reach your peak strength.

Now, I'm a runner... not like crazy fast marathoner.. but I enjoy the running.. a great deal.

My favorite workout is at least a 5k run in the morning.. outside.. with the sun rising in the distance.
There is nothing more pure to me than that.

But, then, I hit a plateau with the running.. I wasn't seeing the results I wanted to... and I wasn't... motivated to do it 5x a week. So, I went down to 3 days of running (sometimes 4, depending on how many miles I've put in)... and I added some weight/strength training into the mix.

This started with dumbbell exercises.
Bicep Curls
Chest Flys
Chest Press
Bent Rows

Things like that... and then, I really wanted to do more...

And I met my best friend on earth:


Now, I do these with a barbell.. and I have finally hit the 50lb squat range... I'm nowhere near being a "Power Lifter" ... but, my legs are my STRONGEST part of my body.. and the more squats I do.. the better they look.. not to mention the better my BUTT looks. Just saying, sometimes it's a superficial thing.

But, I don't stop there.. I like to focus on each area of my body... I want to feel and look strong... It's not about being SKINNY... It's always been about being HEALTHY... and being STRONG is another aspect of that. 

Side Squats
Sumo Squats
Squat Pulses
Knees together squats...

Look it up.. There are so many different ways to do a squat.

I also found a class TABATA, which I go to EVERY WEEK. I share a post each week about the activities we have done in each class.. and how they make me feel... I have never been so sweaty.. and feeling so STRONG... EVER... And each week, I excitedly go... For the burn... Sometimes I even go TWICE a week.. (They have it on SATURDAYS TOO!) ...

Now, with all of the strength training.. and all of the different exercises.. There is another very important aspect of STRENGTH... And that comes from STRETCHING. Make sure that you stretch before and after ANY WORKOUT.. even if it's just a little...

I'm an internet junkie.. if you know you want to work a certain area of your body.. LOOK IT UP... you'll find examples and youtube videos up the WAZOO.

If you aren't sure how to stretch out a certain muscle group... once again... GOOGLE IS OUR FRIEND.

The last part of this STRENGTH post is something that I am still learning.. and is a weekly struggle... You have to eat CORRECTLY to be STRONG. Your body needs the right amount of protein, fat, carbs... right amount of EVERYTHING, in order to rejuvenate and do it's job.

Take it from me... Find a nutritionist, or a personal trainer or read the BLOG of one... Ask questions, Ask for help. I've been so blessed to be friends with so many amazing trainers, nutritionists, and blogging buddies... who just will answer any question I have...

I couldn't do this without them...

Strength is also having a support system... and knowing when you need a little help.

What keeps you strong? 
What is STRENGTH to you?


I'm a Twit Thursday! (7-24)


Last week my goals were to:

  • Continue to make good choices with my meals and snacks
  • Always make sure that I am taking in an adequate amount of protein, as well (healthy) fats.
  • Continue with 1 cheat meal a week, and keep that in a healthy sized portion.
  • Move from 10lb dumbbells to 12lb dumbbells.. on my upper body work.
  • And continue to build my core
Did I meet those goals?
Yes and no.
I made some very good choices this week, and a few bad ones (even outside the trainpalooza vacation). But, when I made a bad choice (IE: Ice cream, and MEGA S'more).. I only had a portion of it... I didn't keep going.. I didn't just gorge. I ate what it was.. and that was it. I call that an improvement. Normally, a unhealthy (cheating) snack spirals out of control into this never ending eating binge. And that didn't happen this week.
I call that progress.

I have been taking in recommended protein and healthy fats as well... This week I've had avacado, and chicken and tuna and tilapia... and almonds... and some olive oil... and I even added a 4ounce post workout protein shake. Which has made a big difference. At least I think so.

On Tuesday, I did my full body strength and weight training, and I did in fact move up to a 12 lb dumbbell. I did not use a 12 in the Tabata workout today.. But, I made the step.. now it's time to build my strength.

My core is getting stronger... if you've been over to the TABATA post, you will read about the Side V-Ups, that were easier than expected!

I didn't weigh myself today, I was running behind.. and it just really slipped my mind.. so let's see what I weigh NEXT week.

  • Healthy Portions, Healthy Meals, 
  • No cheating this week... just to make sure I can still do that!
  • Run with Emry 3x
  • Continue with the 12 lb dumbbells

How was your week?

Add the button to your post, add it to your blog... Come on, you know you want to!

Tabata Thursday (7-24)

It seems that I have made Tabata a habit.. not just a habit.. it's kind of a love affair.
I keep going back to see what we're doing! And it makes me just.. SO STINKING EXCITED.
All levels of Fitness Geek go to this class, and I love how we all inspire each other to keep going!
 Once again Tabta is a HIIT class (High Intensity Interval Training). Participants go through 7 different stations, 2 exercises per station. Each exercise is 20 seconds long, with 10 second breaks. Each station gets 4 repetitions of the 2 exercises. It's about 4 minutes for each station, and then you get a 2 minute break between stations.

Double Wave
Jumping Jacks was really in the zone today, I've been struggling with feeling good and not feeling good... almost at the drop of a hat.. I'm fighting soreness.. and I think I'm getting a cold.. which would really explain all the mixed emotional and physical turmoil my body has been going through.. I put this all into the ropes... ALL OF IT... The double waves, I kept me chin up, and I slammed them down... And I kept doing it.. I just need to get this.. FEELING out of me.. I need to just not get stuck in another RUT.. AGAIN.. It's just not going to happen. then the jumping jacks.. I am never really good at these... the ropes seem to get in my way.. but today, somehow.. my body got it.. it clicked.. and I was doing them continuously.. no girly one at a time nonsenses.. I was doing the jacks.. And I was doing them for most of each round without stopping.. Now, if I can do it again.. It's a habit ;)

Back Row Squat
Low Chest Press never really use the TRX for upper body work, so I was pleasantly surprised with todays exercises... If you've read the "Your Best You" post, you know that I love squats, and with the trx, I can get ALL the way down, and now worry about how I'm going to get up. And I noticed.. I wasn't really using the TRX to get up as much as I thought I was going to.. The back row aspect of this totally strengthened my back... It felt nice.. chest presses are hard.. Don't let the  GIF fool you.. They are not easy.. and it was a challenge.. And I was refusing to do the girl modification.. and do this at basically a 45 degree tilt.. I wanted to be lower than that... Wasn't my best exercise of the day.. but I stuck it through.

STATION 3: Barbell
Overhead Press
Front Squat Pulse barbell and go go go ... I definitely challenged myself with the over head press... My body was definitely not happy about it.. but, screw that.. we're going to be strong, I've decided it.. Now lift the damn barbell above your head. Don't you love how motivational I am to myself? I had pushed myself to the limit with the overhead press, I lightened it up for the Pulsing Front Squat.. only 20lbs.. but, I got REAL low in that squat... Like Super SUMO squat. FEEL THE BURN LEGS AND THIGHS AND ASS.. FEEL THE BURN!

Plank Twist
Side V-Up twist.. was interesting... I could feel it in my hips the entire time. And I've been complaining all week about the soreness in my hips... But, there was a stretching element to it.. and that must have done some good.. They aren't as sore as they were this morning. V-Up.. the last time we met.. I wasn't very good at you.. and I must have increased some core strength, because today, you didn't seem so hard! Ha! By the 4th station, I was sweating up a damn storm.. not going to lie... And laying on the mat while doing these meant I had the 10 second down time to just DIE on the mat. HEHEHE 

Chest Fly + Leg Lift
Renegade Row Fly + Leg Lift: This was the best picture I could find.. but it's sort of backwards... you opened into the chest fly when you lowered your legs.. and raised your legs while closing/raising your arms. It was a dual exercise, and it messed with my coordination. I did this with a 10lb dumbbell.. and felt it the ENTIRE time... Row: Push up.. Lift a dumbbell... push up lift with the other arm.. rinse and repeat. I did this with a 10lb dumbbell as well, and I was having issues with the push ups today.. I blame the TRX for sapping all my energy in that department. But... I did it slow.. and steady. I'm like the darn TORTOISE! 

Burpee + Frog Jump
Rope Shuffle continuous death station.. so much fun.. TOTALLY not. Burpee.. Then a frog jump Burpee and the propelling myself forward with yet another Frog Jump.. Until you reached the end of the room... THEN! had to do fast feet with a rope as your guide... Two in front.. Two behind... Forward Forward + Back Back.. until you got to the other side of the room...
Keep Going
No break for you.
I hate you John.. but I really love you.. 

T - Lunge Pulse
Up Up, Down Down picture is also not accurate, the T aspect of the Lunge Pulse is your dumbbelled hands in a T position while you did the pulse.. Not fun... I hate lunges.. I lose my balance too easily.. But, they are challenging so I pushed through.. 
And then, as if the last station wasn't bad enough with the fast feet over the rope.. Then we had to do it up and down the DARN bench... Yup... Just closed my eyes and did it.. and prayed I wouldn't miss the bench and fall... 
With a warm up and a cool down.. this was the workout today.

I feel good right now.. 
Not as sore as I felt yesterday or the day before...
So that's a positive.. right?
What did you do today to get active?

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Hump Day Confessions! (7-23)

Liz @ Fitness BlondieToday, is Wednesday and you all know what that means! It means that it's Hump Day, and the "Hump Day Blog Hop". This is hosted by Fitness Blondie, an amazing and positive blog I stalk follow. I found a bunch of great new blogs to read, and a lot of new positive bloggers! I have been doing this for a while now and each weel, the new bloggers I follow become like new friends... We are a support system of awesome sauce... Are we not?
Go check it out.. and Join in!
Vodka and Soda
Today I am also linking up with Vodka and Soda... I found her through the Hump Day Blog Hop over at the Fitness Blondie! She was an instant "I MUST ADD THIS BLOG TO MY FEED"...She's been having the blogging blues, but she is still motivated to keep dishing out this link up. Which means, the blues cannot be PERMANENT! Come on Kathy, give me some SARCASM SUGAR!!!! :)
So without further ado... 
WEDNESDAY CONFESSIONS ALA ME! didn't run today.. I woke up sore again... It's all in my hips.. But, I was determined to get some sort of mileage in today... So I went straight for my foe: The Stationary Bike. Cardio is Cardio.. Am I right? So, I popped my head phones in, focused on Smallville reruns and pedalled for 55 minutes.. which is my normal run time. 19.76 miles later.. and now my legs are sore... Should have been more aware while I was pedaling. confess I made myself a sinfully delicious dessert last night. I took chocolate chip pop tarts (they're Emry's, I swear) and toasted them. Then I spread a little PB on the inside of one pop tart.. and then I smooshed two toasted (on the stove) marshmallows in between them. I call it MEGA S'MORE, and I'm pretty sure SyFy will make a horrible movie starring Ian Ziering! I regret nothing.
I am pretty sure that my hip soreness is coming from the killer squats I've been doing (with 50lb dumbbell) and the leg press machine, in which I upped the weights... to 150lbs. All I know is these legs are going to look like rocks... and stretching is my friend...
Even though we were coming home from vacation on Sunday, I really did miss going to the Yoga class at the YMCA. I only went once, but, I really did love the stretching.. I felt amazing after. So I am counting the seconds until Sunday. second dress fitting is on Friday night, and I'm scared. I have the worst feeling that the dress isn't going to fit.. and I'm working myself into a frenzy.'ve been drinking about 100 ounces of water a day... and I've decided that I should move my office into the stall of the ladies room... At least I'm well hydrated. think I want to take a sick day on Friday... so I can just relax... like... really RELAX. But, I probably won't. But... I might...

Speaking of "I might" does anyone else really miss those commercials? I wish they did more of them. James Earl Jones and Michael McDonell were really funny together. want to try and get on the NBC show "Food Fighters" .... I think I'm a decent cook, and I know I have some killer recipes that could be passed off as "chef prepared"... And Emry thinks I could win... he also wants me to try out for Chopped on the Food Network. wants to go to the County Fair this week, and he really wants to see the stock car races, and I'm going to tell him they ran out of tickets for the races.. I do NOT want to spend an hour of my night listening to cars... and getting the dust all up my sinuses... BUT, in reality.. I'll probably get tickets.. but dread it on the inside... I'm a sucker for my kid.. What can I say.

Those are my confessions! 
What do you confess this week?


Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Liebster Award! - WOW~

I was nominated for the Liebster Award by Tricia over at Tricia Coniglio's Healthy (Mostly) Lifestyle.  It is such a huge compliment that she chose me! A big THANK YOU to her!! I love that this will allow for me to connect with new blogs and for them to connect with me! And, if you've never been over to Tricia's GO... GO NOW! She's super and positive.. and her mission is to heal the world through Health, Fitness and Wholeness! Isn't that Super Awesome?

1. Each person must post 11 things about themselves.
2. Answer the questions that the nominator has set for you, plus create 11 questions for the  people you’ve nominated to answer.
3. Choose 11 people (with 200 followers or less) and link them in your post.
4. Go to their page and tell them.
5. No tag backs!

  1. I'm a 29 year old working mother.
  2. I love to sing. You can catch my shows in the CAR, the SHOWER, while CLEANING and sometimes just for the HECK of it... and there were more than a few times on stage.
  3. I'm currently eating frozen Blueberries.. Don't tell Emry.. He's allergic, and he won't come within 10000 miles of me if he finds out I am eating them. 
  4. I am a musical junkie. I love all things stage! 
  5. I am a reformed fatty.. Yup, I was really close to being 200 pounds and over a year ago I lost 55 lbs ... and I am currently learning the balance and trying to keep it off.
  6. I have gotten into weight training, and get such a rush from lifting.
  7. I run... a lot... I run at least 15-20 miles a week. Some treadmill, Some outdoor... It's a major head clearer.
  8. I never wanted to be a mom.. I liked kids... but, I just didn't think it was for me. Emry is 7, and I'm a dang good mom... Just saying.
  9. I get excited when I am trying to surprise Emry, Klay, my dad... or anyone.. Surprises make me happy... 
  10. My hair has been every color of the rainbow... and then some...from the age of 14 up until I started working where I am now... and I miss it.. I just want to color my hair BLUE.. just one more time.
  11. I have 8 tattoos, and 5 piercings.

1.  What is your guilty pleasure- food or other indulgences?
Ice cream, as of recently... I simply cannot get enough. I'm hoping it has a lot to do with the heat... But, man oh man.. I think I dream of ice cream regularly.
Also, my other guilty pleasure is watching HGTV... I'm addicted.

2.  What is your favorite past time/hobby?
I like to play my guitar whenever possible... Does reading count as a past time/hobby? Because I enjoy doing that as well. Working out is more of a lifestyle choice.. but, that's another thing I enjoy doing regularly.
3.  Where would you go visit if all expenses were paid on your behalf?
That's really a hard one, I have a list of places I would love to see:
Italy - It's my heritage.. and I want to go see where my people come from!
Ireland - Klay went to Ireland once, and the pictures were amazing.. I'm jealous, and I want to see CASTLES!!!
Fiji - Because it's Fiji.. that is all. I just want a beach, and a drink with an umbrella, and sun sun sun.

4.  Would you rather sky dive, cliff jump, sit at the top of Sears Tower or view the Eiffle Tower, tour Italy?
Tour Italy.. See question #3
5.  What is your favorite kind of music?
Hmmm... I love all music. But, I'm really into musicals, so I guess that is on the top of my list.. followed by opera.... and then you know there's the techno, and the rock.. and recently the Irish Rock.
6.  Why do you blog?
To get all of the nonsense out of my head.. and out to the universe. Sometimes just to get through the boredom.. and other times because I want a complete YEARBOOK (if you will) of my life.
7.  What is your dream job?
Dream job... dream job... I would have loved to be  successful singer or actor.. I know it's cliche.. but, man, it was an amazing dream to have.
8.  What is  your greatest/favorite accomplishment?
Emry. No more explanation is necessary.
9.  What is your best birthday and favorite age?
This past year was my 29th birthday... and I had my birthday party ever. It's been a fantastic year thus far!
10.  Do you prefer hot dogs or hamburgers and why? If you are vegetarian do you prefer apples or grapefruit? (random but fun)
Ooooh... Hamburgers.. I just LOVE burgers... mmmmmmmmmmm oh and Apples too ;)
11.   What silly thing do you do in front of only close family/friends but never in public?
Hehehe. I have little, to know shame.. I am silly all around.. no matter who's watching. I love being comfortable in my own skin!

  1. What is the one junk food you wish you could give up.. but just simply can't?
  2. If you could take one persons job, for a day, who would it be? and why?
  3. How long have you been blogging?
  4. If you had a choice between eating bugs or laying in a tub with snakes.. which would you pick?
  5. You're alone on an Island.. and you can have 3 frivolous items (because you have enough food and water to last you), what would they be?
  6. Do you still dress up on Halloween?
  7. Favorite Animal?
  8. When did you finally realize that you had become a.. Dun Dun DUNNNN ... Adult?
  9. The one item from the grocery store you must ALWAYS pick up... 
  10. If you could meet your favorite Historical Figure... and have a conversation... Who would it be and what would you discuss?
  11. Reese's Pieces or Reese's Peanut butter Cups?


Life, Love and the Webers!

Not the Average Bear

Till Then Smile Often!

Life by Nadine Lynn

I know it's Tuesday - But how about a really cool weekend recap! with PICTURES!!!

Welcome to the true Trainpalooza weekend recap! I was going to do this last night, but then, Tired took over, and it was all down hill from there. So, we woke Emry up on Friday around 7a, and told him we were going on an adventure, and to get in the car... Basically it was Eat Breakfast QUICK, Brush your teeth, PUT ON THESE CLOTHES, GO GO GO! Three Hours later and about 500000 "Are we there yet? Where are we going" questions later, we pull into Dutch Wonderland! And Emry is like WHAT IS THIS! When he found out it was an Amusement Park with Water Slides.. He just about disintegrated from Joy. It was the BEST SURPRISE EVER. Little did he know.. Giggles.

We did a whole bunch of toursity things.. Like take pictures in those cut outs.. because it's mandatory... right? Dutch Wonderland is basically an amusement park from children under the age of 11... Emry could ride each and every one of the rides if he wanted to... and we basically did.. Trust me.. I'm pretty sure we stopped and did everything!

The had this very cute Dinosaur exploration area, in which the kids could uncover Dinosaur Bones... and excavate! It was super cute. They had robotic Dinosaurs, and you got to walk through and learn a little bit about each type of dinosaur. It wasn't very big, but it was a GIGANTIC hit for Emry. He just loved it  !

We rode the roller coaster at least 4 times, and then I promised Emry we would go again after we did the water area. The water park aspect of this was also small, but, they had a lot of really fun things jam packed into it. There was this HUGE water slide, that you rode on a raft.. The weight requirement was a maximum of 350 lbs, and between the three of us, we were just under that.. so we were able to ride that all together. Which made it super fun.. Unfortunately.. no pictures from the water park.. I'm a mom, but I'm not STUPID. hahahaha. But, we then proceeded to go back to the roller coaster and finished out our day with one final ride!

We then told Emry that we were going home and had a LONG drive ahead of us... which wasn't true, we were headed to the Red Caboose Motel... And he started to see signs, and asked what it was.. and I said.. well let's drive by... And as we did that, I asked, "What if I told you we weren't going home?" Emry said... "Uhhh".... "What if I told you, we were staying here, RIGHT HERE, for the weekend." And then there was this moment of explosion in the backseat.. I cleaned up all the brains off the ceiling and managed to put my son back together. Hehehe. The motel was as you would expect.. It wasn't a Holiday Inn or a Clarion.. It was a MOTEL... But, it was CABOOSE shaped and that is all that Emry cared about. His face says it all..
We ate dinner at the motel restaurant, in which I had the 2nd best shoo fly pie in the county... It's award winning, and boy oh boy was it tasty! And then we explored the grounds... There was a petting zoo, and this amazing Viewing Tower that was built at the top of an old Silo.. So much fun! So beautiful.. You could SEE it ALL! I loved it.

I woke up on Saturday morning at 5:45a... Mostly because my alarm woke me up.. and also because I was trying to stay active while we were on vacation. I did a 3.28 mile run through the Lancaster Farming Roads, in about 32 minutes. Horse and Buggies passed me... A couple farmers turned to look at me as I ran by. Everyone waved.. I waved back. But, I'm pretty sure they were wondering what I was running from/to... And why I had a bright pink bandana on my head. Answer: Bed head is the worst and I need something to contain the amount of sweat my head produces during a run. Yeah, I took a selfie... Yeah, I look like death.. It was really HUMID at 6a... Just saying. 

Around 8a, we woke up, had breakfast at the motel's restaurant. I swear, the food was really good! I was thoroughly surprised! I had a fresh Farm Veggie Omelet, and all of the ingredients came from the farm right across the street. How AMAZING is that? So tasty. You could taste how fresh it was!
We began to explore the motel some more, and had some fun at it's petting zoo. There were horses, pigs, goats, a vicious turkey... and some chickens. Emry got to feed them.. We then went into the gift shop in our motel and took some silly pictures.. I know, it's shocking.. but I just can't help myself. I quite literally must find funny pictures to take EVERYWHERE we go. It's an illness... and I'm passing it on to Emry. HAHAHA.

Then we washed up, and proceeded to go to the Nation Toy Train Museum. Yes, there is such a place, and it was, quite literally, right next to our motel. They had antique Lionel Cars on display.. and had multiple model train sets... One of them even had this drive in movie screen... we found where the camera was located.. and broadcasted Klay and Emry on the screen. Yes, another excuse to take a silly picture.

We had some time before our lunch on the Strasburg railroad, so we headed to this tourist trap called the CHOO CHOO BARN. It was 1,700 square feet of model train set. That is as many square footage as the first floor of my house. It was crazy, and the entire time, I could see the wheels turning in Emry's head. I am sure he is going to have a sit down with my father and make sure we can accommodate a LARGER scene in our basement.

We then went over to the Strasburg Railroad, got our tickets for our Lunch Ride, and walked around the station. There was an antique car show, and the railroad had a lot of little rides and games for the kids to do. They had a pumping hand car, and a mini train ride.. Emry was just over the moon. I don't think his feet touched the ground the entire day. The lunch on the train wasn't the best. I had assumed there would be more of a selection... but there wasn't, and it was REALLY expensive for what they gave you. But, It was an experience, one that Emry will probably not have again for a long time... so, we just rolled with it.

After our train ride, we crossed the street to the National Train Museum.. yup.. Two train museums in the same town. One for TOYS and One for the Big Boys... Yup, I said it.. and it was true! It was this entire WAREHOUSE sized building, with a town, and station set up on the inside.. and they had SO many different types of trains... It was super cool. They had a set up where the children could "lay their own railroad" and an area where you could go under the train.. and see all the working parts. Super cool. 

After that, we made our way over to the Amish Village, and learned a little bit about the Amish. This was a nice relaxing hour long tour... And it was greatly appreciated since we had been going strong , and moving around since 8a... well.. 6a for me... Yeah, that 3.28 mile run, I was feeling it by the end of the day. Emry's favorite part of the tour was the Churning Butter... and the petting zoo they had outside. The funniest picture I got, was Emry in the schoolhouse... Pretending to be a bored AMISH kid. I giggled myself silly... It's inherited, we like our silly pictures!

I made sure to get a picture of Emry and I in a buggy... I wish we had time to take a ride in one.. but, it just didn't pan out. Maybe next time... if there is one.. I think I've seen enough TRAIN things to last a lifetime!

We went to Hershey Farms for dinner (Thanks Lindsay!) and I took a picture with their GIGANTIC AMISH DUDE.. and he stepped on my hand! I mean seriously.. Dude.. I need those fingers! Haha.. Just kidding... But, once again... the picture says it all. I'm a hot mess, and I know it. The buffet was EPIC... and I swear... I just couldn't decide what to eat, and was proud of what I didn't eat. So.. I say that's a win win.. But, I'm not going to lie, They had a Waffle Maker... and I made myself a Waffle Ice cream sundae for dessert.. and I'm not sorry.

We were so full, and it was 8p by time we were done... And we were EXHAUSTED. We stopped by a local wine store, and picked up some Country Cherry Wine.. and then enjoyed the sunset... While Emry watched TV in the Caboose... I slept like the dead.

Sunday morning, I woke up and I could feel it in my hips, and my legs.. I had done WAY too much walking and running around on Saturday... So I opted not to run... and that's probably the best thing, since I can still feel the soreness in my hips. Ahh... I love when my body hates me.

We got breakfast on the road, and we headed "home"... but, oh wait Emry... There is ONE MORE SURPRISE! I thought when I announced that we really had one more surprise to go.. He just about EXPLODED.. my car is going to need to be detailed from the inside... All those kid brains everywhere.. what was I thinking? We arrived at The Crystal Cave in Kurtztown, PA, and took there tour of the Cave! And there were some really great Stalagmite crystals.. and it was an awesome hike through...

Yeah, I said I was done with the walking... I think I lied... but, I really had no idea how much walking we were going to do. It was an hour and a half of a tour. It was crazy! Emry got to learn a lot about the history of the cave, and how they believe the crystals were formed. And about the cave being submerged by water at one point... And he just ate it all up. 
There were even really cool formations in the rock.. One of them being the "Jack Frost" face.. The legend says that Jack Frost lives in the Crystal Cave, and that this stone structure of his face, blows ICE COLD AIR through the cave, keeping it always at a cool 54 degrees. Yup.. I was in a tank top and jeans.. Emry and Klay were in T-shirt and Shorts.. It was poor planning on my part. But, when we came out of the cave.. It made the 75 degree day feel like a HEAT WAVE.

The tour was over and thus was the vacation. We made our way home, and only hit a minimal amount of traffic... We then just decompressed and vegged out on the couch!

Emry played with the new train car we got from one of the stores... and it was just over.... As quickly as it began.

He was super surprised, and he can never say that we never GO ANYWHERE in the summer.

And he's still talking about it.. as he should... because it was the most EPIC train vacation ever.

Happy Tuesday Everyone!