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Zooming Through a Sensational Sunday

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This Sunday started with an 8K run through The Maryland Zoo

It’s called the Zoo Zoom. There were critters at the start…

and the last mile we ran through the zoo. I HAD to stop and take a picture of the Chimpanzees.

It was so early all the animals were out and about.

I came home to two hungry boys and made myself a smoothie.

I know it’s weird, but after a long run I’m never in the mood to eat. My latest smoothie creation is 1/2 banana, kale, frozen blueberries, protein powder, dark cocoa powder and almond milk. UPDATE: Click here for the recipe and a video post of how to make this smoothie.

We drew while eating (drinking) our breakfasts.

Then danced while we cleaned up.

Our chore for the day: Clean out and organize the mudroom.

It’s been so unorganized we just throw our coats on the floor. Yes. That bad.

Within minutes I lose my cleaning partner.

But it was all good. The brothers are bonding.

What’s the saying? It’s gotta get worse before it gets better?

Little Bean went to nap and Little Guy hit the Legos while I finished.

Then we had the big reveal.


The boys split half an avocado. A quesadilla for Big Brother and Banana Blueberry "Pudding" for Little Bean.

I plan on making that our next Baby Food Adventure.

I made myself some Bulgur with Peas and Pomegranate

It’s been awhile. I forgot how good it was! Click here for the recipe.

After lunch the boys and I hit the park.

It was so warm I was able to wear my birks.

I hope it stays mild like this for a little longer. I’m loving it!

We got back from the park just in time for me to leave for my date. I met an old friend at the movies. We found a late run theater that shows matinees for $3. That’s THREE DOLLARS. How awesome! We saw The Help and it was A-mazing! I laughed. I cried. Definitely a must see.

I got back to hungry boys AGAIN…

Actually, only 2 hungry boys. The Husband fed the baby. He can handle opening a jar of baby food, but that’s about it. ;)

I was planning on making Tacos but they convinced me to pick up KFC on the way home from the movie and honestly, I was relieved. I’m not sure I had the energy to cook dinner.

Our KFC meal of choice: a 10 Piece bucket with mashed potatoes and baked beans. I get some grilled for me and the rest original for them.

After dinner….

Then my day ended like this…

Ok, MUST go. I’m literally falling asleep at my computer, but I wouldn’t have it any other way. This Sensational Sunday was a success!

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There are 21 comments so far.


    November 21, 2011

    LOVED THe help!! So good! Did you read the book? I haven’t yet. but i fully intend too!

    your Sunday was definitely sensational!


    November 21, 2011

    That sounds like a wonderful day!! I really want to see The Help but I’m sure I’ll wait until it’s out to rent. $3 matinees are amazing!!!


    November 21, 2011

    wow :) i love the way you do your blogs pictures and all!


    November 21, 2011

    Your day sounds incredible!!! I’m starting to think my lazy-sitting-around-on-butt Sundays are not really as restful as the night’s sleep you must be getting after a day like that!!! Consider me inspired!!!


    November 21, 2011

    sososososo made my heart smile.


    November 21, 2011

    Your Sunday made me seem lazy! Have not seen the Help yet. We have Netflix, so usually wait until I can see things at home. We have a $6 movie here, but that’s as good as it gets in NJ!

    Teresa Langley

    November 21, 2011

    Wish i knew about the Zoo Zoom! I would have totally run that!!

    Lisa J

    November 21, 2011

    Can you please post the recipe for your new smoothie. I have been enjoying the green smoothie but I am ready for something different. Thanks


    November 21, 2011

    Lisa – haven’t really been measuring anything. Just throwing a 1/2 banana, kale, frozen blueberries, protein powder, dark cocoa powder and almond milk in the blender. If I make it today I’ll try to get a little more exact but that should give you some ideas.


    November 21, 2011

    I triple heart your Sunday posts!!

    Irina G (Fit Flexitarian)

    November 21, 2011

    Looks like a GREAT day! I love the run. I only wish you had taken more pictures cause I bet that was totally beautiful!

    Deanna @ The Unnatural Mother

    November 21, 2011

    I think I might have to STEAL this as a blogging idea, because it literally puts everything in perspective! I mean, how can you not start your week after reflecting on all the beauty in your life!!


    November 21, 2011

    Evan is getting so big!! And I have to admit, I might hit up KFC for dinner tonight too :)

    Question for you: any tips for lego storage? We are just at the brink of getting into legos in my house and I am wondering the best way to organize them. I kinda envision them going everywhere and losing a ton of pieces–those things are expensive!


    November 21, 2011

    I love how your husband is “watching” the boys. It looks like he is taking a cat nap!

    Dawn, Lay Down My Idols

    November 21, 2011

    Awww, love the photos! And I had no idea that KFC even sells grilled chicken – wonder if they do in Canada? DH LOVES KFC and I can’t eat it (gluten) but I cringe when he wants to … so I should suggest the grilled… :D


    November 21, 2011

    I love spending the day with you and your family.


    November 22, 2011

    Lisa – I posted the smoothie recipe today! Hope it helps…


    November 22, 2011

    The boys are so cute together. I love seeing pictures of them.

    Where’s the $3 movies at around here? I know there used to be one next to the bookstore in Bel Air, but it closed several years ago.

    I hope you have a great Turkey Day with your family!


    November 22, 2011

    It’s down Bel Air Road in Fullerton (I think) Here’s a link…


    November 23, 2011

    Christina – SHELVES! Lots of them. My husband is a little but of a nut about keeping the sets together and separate. It’s becoming a hobby and collection thing for him. We have shelves in the living room and plan on getting more for the basement.

    Lisa J

    November 23, 2011

    I cannot thank you enough for all your post. I do not normally make comments. I have been following your posts for months. You are such an inspiration. Somehow when I need encouragement, you have helped along the way with your posts. I started my journey years ago to weight loss/health. I have been stuck for awhile and your recipes have really helped. In the past 3 weeks I have started jogging and lost 5 pounds. You are an inspiration. Thank you again!