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Waking Up Early on Sensational Sundays

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Every day I wake up around 5 a.m. if I want to or not. It doesn’t matter what time I went to bed or what I have to do that morning.  This fairly new phenomenon is maddening! I used to be a sleeper with no problems but the kids and my early workouts have changed me forever.

Or maybe it’s just part of the aging process?

Regardless, my day started at 5 a.m. as it normally does.

Sometimes, on weekends, I can coax myself into an extra hour or so of sleep by going downstairs, leaving the lights off and putting on ID network (I’m obsessed). Weird tradition, I know, but many a Saturday or Sunday morning I’ll steal an extra hour on the couch before the kids get up.

Today it didn’t work. I lounged downstairs until 7 watching TV and snacking on a banana.

I strapped on my sneaks around 8 a.m. and decided to hit a local trail before starting the day.

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I’ve been slowly getting back into to a running groove. I’ve missed it. I’m not sure why I stopped but now that I’m making an effort to get a few runs in a week I remember how I much I enjoy it. I even started a running group at my gym for shot of motivation and we’ve got 12 people signed up!

When I got home I made a scramble with egg, egg white, potato, ham, and broccoli topped with sriracha of course. The kids and I ate breakfast while doing picture finds.


They actually amused themselves for quite a while for a change.


Of course the hose made an appearance.


But I didn’t mind. They played and I made Whole Wheat Chocolate-Kale Banana Muffins.


… this time with the added chocolate chips.

The kids starting doing their chores and I got called from upstairs. Evan wanted to show off his clean room and made bed. When I got up there he said, “Look! It’s going to help me sleep because I’m going to be so comfortable!”


He’s always been my little cleaner. It’s so cute!

He’s also coming around on the hating fruit thing. This weekend he had pomegranate and cantaloupe!


Lunch was some English muffin pizzas and this new roll-up I’m in love with — a slice of ham, a thin slice of jalapeño muenster cheese, carrots and hummus all rolled together.


I know it looks kind of gross but that’s only because I bought beet hummus so it’s pink!

After lunch Ryan went back to cleaning out his closet.


I’m convinced the only reason he wanted to do it was to get out of other chores but it worked for me.  He did an amazing job!

Once we were done with chores it was Nerf gun battle time.


This is the current family obsession. We have epic battles every few days and I must admit, they are super fun!

After a few rounds I was going to walk to the store alone as I forgot a few things on my last grocery trip but then both kids wanted to come. So the three of us took a nice 2-mile walk before dinner.

Speaking of, we had a feast!


I grilled some steaks and green beans (like this — SO GOOD). We made salads and had baked potatoes on the side. The kids ate phenomenally! It was wonderful.

Now I’m getting ready to settle in for the Fear the Walking Dead while snacking on some veggie chips and hummus. I have a big week ahead of me. More about that soon!

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    September 28, 2015

    So many good ideas in this post – fall run, family Nerf battle (Christmas idea, thanks!), chalkboard bedroom wall (and Max and Ruby blanket!), and OMG skewered green beans – brilliant! Our garden beans have all been packed away in the freezer, but that is a definite must-try for next year. Also, where do you find those picture-finder sheets?


      September 28, 2015

      I love those green beans! I could eat them nightly. So simple!

      Anyway Ryan got the picture find a few years ago as a gift and we love it. Here it is on Amazon but I’m not sure they make it anymore….

      Giant Family Fun Scavenger Hunt


    September 28, 2015

    I’m impressed with your kids abilities to do their chores. My daughter is just…difficult, to say the least.

    I need to get up so much earlier, to get back to doing my morning workouts.

    Skewered green beans sound delicious. I’m gonna need to try that!


      September 28, 2015

      Don’t let the photos fool you, there’s a LOT of whining and crying about chores in this house. lol


    September 28, 2015

    Wow – what a busy lady you are and you still manage to keep the boys on task and a balanced meal on the table. I’m so envious! (BTW – do you find “Fear the Walking Dead” a little on the slow side here at the beginning?)


      September 29, 2015

      YES! Totally dragging. I’m pretty disappointed so far.