Sunday, February 26, 2012

Good Eats, Good Exercise, Good Times

That about sums up these past 2 months. Ben and I cut back on a couple of the things we were doing that were kind of making our life crazy and have really enjoyed more weeknights at home. As for the weekends, Ben is usually working, but we try and make the most of his time off. I'm training for another half marathon, on March 24th. I've run this one before a few years back while I was still at Baylor and had a blast. The Bearathon is the "hardest half in Texas," and I think my best friend and I had a lot of adrenaline last time considering it was our first one, so it wasn't too difficult. I'm pretty nervous about it this go 'round because I have heard some not nice things about it. That all said, I have been getting in some amazing workouts and fueling with some good food as well. 

Jessica's Buffalo Chicken Burgers - these are amazing! 

Wednesday's consist of HIIT runs with either a Bodyrock workout or weights added on. Bodyrock kicks my butt and I love it! 

I can't remember where I got the recipe for these tacos, but in Ben's words, "these are restaurant good!"

We have become addicted to sushi

Tuesdays and Thursday I run 5 miles, usually outside, but some days I just like to take it to the treadmill and get a GOOD sweat! 

Balsamic Glazed Pork Tenderloin with Balsamic Carmelized Brussel Sprouts 

We celebrated Ben's birthday with his family at Fearing's and I consumed this AMAZING Buffalo Tenderloin! That thing on the left is this squash taquito-like thing...OMG, so good! 

Our Valentine's tradition is for Ben to make dinner for us and enjoy a quiet dinner (actually at the kitchen table) together. This year he made Miso Glazed Salmon, the meal I recently proclaimed to be the last meal I would consume on earth. It became my favorite at Cheesecake Factory, but I discovered the nutrition facts and will be sticking to the homemade version from now on. This was incredible! 

Jenni and I ran the Hot Chocolate 15K. It just happened to be one of the only days that was freezing and really windy. I walked the whole way back to the car with my hands in my pants trying to get warm...I think I got some stares! 

Holy fluffy chocolate pancakes from Heather's blog. Just told Ben, "I'm making these tomorrow!"And yes, that is spray butter...I'm obsessed! 

And to finish up the eats... Jenna's Lighted Up Cajun Chicken Pasta!

Now for the good times. My sweet niece, Annie, turned 3 on January 23rd and we were able to celebrate with her and a bunch of her adorable friends. She wanted a pajama party, so we had breakfast - pancakes, maple scones, muffins and fruit. No big deal that it was 9 AM...we still had cake and cookies! 

The adorable family - my oldest sister, Katie, her husband, David, and Annie and Charlotte!

Annie playing with Belle (Beauty and the Beast) set we got her. Is there anything better than giving your niece a present and her adoring it?!


Making a wish! 

We also got to have a fun night out with Ben's company to celebrate their success. We had a blast with all of his colleagues and I really enjoyed getting to know some of the wives. We only took one picture, but it was a great night! 

Like I mentioned above, Ben turned the big 25 this month and we got to celebrate at Fearings with his family. I tried to make his birthday week special with daily homemade cards and his favorite things like Frito Scoops and "Regular" peanut butter (he doesn't like my stuff), a couple issues of his favorite business magazine, etc. It was pretty fun to put things together and by the end of the week I think he really looked forward to seeing his gifts. On his actual birthday I got him a ginormous plate of donuts and served him breakfast in bed. It was quite a site! 

The King!

Last, but certainly not least, one of our Christmas presents from Ben's parents was tickets to the NEEDTOBREATHE concert on February 17th. I have been a huge fan of NEEDTOBREATHE ever since PS I Love You came out and I loved one of their songs on the soundtrack. We actually had one of their songs in our wedding, Garden. I've always thought they were great, but their concert was absolutely unbelievable! They were amazing!! Ben Rector opened for them and he was incredible too. Definitely the highlight of the year so far! 

Do yourself a favor and look up Ben Rector's, I Wanna Dance with Somebody video! I've had multiple dance parties by myself in the past couple of days and even broke out the karaoke machine to sing along! 

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