Super Saturday 2015

Sorry!!!!! I have not been good at popping in at all lately! I feel so bad but I’ve been crazy busy. Coaching is rewarding but time consuming as well. In a good way! I am dedicated to helping those in my challenge group get the most out of their programs and enjoying the journey.

Speaking of coaching, I went to my first Super Saturday last weekend. Super Saturday is an event Beachbody hosts quarterly, brining coaches together to listen to top coaches in the company, get inside info on upcoming programs and products, and mingle and encourage each other in our chosen career! They host them nationwide, but the closest to me was in Seattle! So at 2am Saturday morning my sister Emily, little Evelyn and I set out on an adventure!

A little drip coffee and cream for the drive.

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We settled in for the long drive and thankfully Evelyn slept the whole way except for a short stop for gas and to nurse quickly in Ellensburg. We were there about 5am and Starbucks was open!!!! Yay! Emily bought us coffee and we were on our way again. We made it to the Shoreline Convention Center about 7:30 which gave us plenty of time to change from our driving pjs, dress little Evelyn and nurse her, snack on some breakfast we brought with us, and then head over to sign in.

It was surprisingly smaller than I thought it would be, about 300 coaches total. For some reason I was thinking there would be many more people. Regardless of the turnout it was still very informative. Beachbody flew in Elite top ten coach Carly Del Carlo to speak and she was full of wisdom!

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She talked about her journey to elite coach, the hurdles she overcame, and about adding to her team along the way. She explained that there will never be a point in your career that you can become complacent. You must be teachable and willing to grow as a new coach, and continue those same two ideas even as top coach in the company.

They also had leadership coach Josh Coats speak about growing your business and presenting the coaching opportunity to potential coaches.

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And you guys, Evelyn did so good! She pretty much slept through the whole thing! I sat in the very back so I could nurse her on and off and she was just an angel.

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The event went from 9am to about 12pm, when they took a small break and allowed everyone to change into their workout gear since they were hosting a sneak peak workout of The Masters Hammer and Chisel that comes out January 2016!

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They also had a Shakeology bar set up to try different flavors, and a small section of local Pacific Northwest Coaches gear like hats and such.

We sadly decided to skip the workout since Evelyn was about done and wanted nursed and needed another nap shortly. Plus I wanted to take Emily downtown Seattle and walk Pikes Place since she had never been to Seattle until our trip! Say what!?

That’s when things went a bit off course. After nursing Evelyn I hooked her into the car seat and we buckled up to head out. I turned the key . . . and nothing happened. Yep. Dead battery. In Seattle. All alone. Great.

I called Travis and he said if I could get a jump from someone then he would see if his dad was home (his parents live very close to the event location) and we could meet up and follow him to a battery store and have it switched out.

Thankfully Dean was home and headed out as soon as Travis called him! I found someone relatively fast who had cables and was willing to jump us, and we headed over for our meet up. Dean was so, so great and had us on the road again faster than I expected. Thank you Dean!!!!!! You saved three ladies in distress!

And let me tell you all, I was so proud of myself. I have NEVER driven in Seattle in all the years of visiting I have done. Travis didn’t really trust me, I didn’t trust me honestly! But with Google Maps on my phone we were unstoppable! We found parking at Pikes Place our first try and were out and about ready to explore!

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Evelyn got to see the gum wall, walk through Pikes, and along the pier. She doesn’t look thrilled, but again, she did stellar!

We didn’t stay too long, just enough to give Emily a taste of how amazing Seattle is, and then headed back to the car. I must have been an okay tour guide though because Emily claimed she “could totally live here!” Before we left. We found the best coffee in a small local cupcake shop. After passing three Starbucks that had lines out the doors we were desperate! So glad we gave the local shop a try, because the iced coffee was a little piece of heaven. We also treated ourselves to a cupcake while there! Eat clean 80% of the time, and have fun 20%. We got our food fun in for sure! I’ll have to ask Emily what the place was called and post it, because it’s totally worth stopping by if you are ever in Seattle!

And that was our trip! We made it out of Seattle relatively easily and on the road home with no more surprises. We pulled in the driveway at 9:30, and I had told Travis to keep Tyrion up because I wanted to squeeze my little boy. I missed him all day! He was barely awake when we walked in the door but came-to quickly when he saw momma, sissy, and Aunt Emily were here!

Overall our trip to Super Saturday cemented the fact that I have truly found my calling as a coach, and that I’m willing to go the whole way. My overall goal is to be an elite coach and have one of the top teams in the company. It won’t happen overnight. It will takes years of dedication. But, I’m teachable, willing, and ready to help people take their health back.

If you are interested in joining my growing team of people on fire for this opportunity, message me and let’s get you started towards a rewarding career!

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Happy 2015!

Happy New Year!!!!!

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Okay so I may be a little late on that one, sorry. This weekend was crazy and I really hadn’t had a chance to stop and take in the change of year until now!

Last Thursday was full of packing, and Friday we were off to Silver Mountain Resort in Kellogg Idaho with my side of the family. My parents, brother Jaryd, sister Emily, and Sister Lesly and her family all took off for a weekend of fun!

It was my parents Christmas present to us all and honestly who could think of a better gift than a mini vaca?! We pulled in about 2pm and were able to check in early. Woohoo!

The only disappointment of the weekend? I forgot my camera! Total fail on my part. Sadly, the only photos I got were on my iPhone. Sad smile

Everyone wanted to check out the waterpark first thing, so we unpacked and grabbed our suits and headed down. No, I didn’t swim. Maybe I should have, but at 14+ weeks pregnant I just wasn’t feeling it. I offered to watch everyone’s stuff and off they all went!

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Travis took Tyrion who did great, until I tried to snap a picture of them coming around the lazy river. Once he saw me it was over and the tears started.

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He hung out with me for a bit when Lesly and Eli showed up. Eli isn’t much of a water boy yet and didn’t really dig the swimming and loud noises of the indoor park. So we hung out and chatted and the little boys ate fishy crackers and people watched while the rest of our family was off swimming and enjoying the huge slides.

Danny was beyond thrilled with it all. Grandpa was great and took him all over the place!

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I mean, look at that smile! That is one happy boy!

And the slides you guys? Seriously, they didn’t mess around when they made those!

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(Picture from the 3rd floor of the hotel)

Travis came back after a bit and took Tyrion again and they went to one of the kiddy wade pools which had fountains, a swing, and lots of other fun activities and Tyrion played there for a bit.

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Tyrion trying to help Eli warm up to the water. Winking smile

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Everyone wore down fast after our travelling earlier that day, so we all headed back to the hotel, cleaned up, and started on dinner!

My parents rented out a room with a bedroom on the main floor,

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(Travis and Mine)

and one in the loft which my sister and her family took.

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They also rented out the adjoining room where they slept, and we just kept the door open the whole time and it was like one large condo.

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The resort had a couple restaurants, but we had decided beforehand to make dinners in together each evening.

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Then the kids could run around and play while we cooked, and everyone could be relaxed and not have to worry about spending a ton to eat out and trying to keep the kids managed the entire meal. Win and win!

First night was taco night and it was delicious! After dinner we all snuggled in and chatted, ate popcorn, drank hot cocoa, and ended the evening watching a movie the guys had rented from Redbox.

Tyrion doesn’t do good sleeping in a playpen away from home, he usually wakes up in the middle of the night screaming. And since we had two other children sleeping not far away we didn’t want to take our chances having a three child cry fest in the middle of the night. So, Tyrion got to snuggle in between us in the king-size bed and slept like a trooper. He thinks it’s such a special treat sleeping with mom and dad!

Saturday morning we woke up to fresh brewed coffee and started in on breakfast and chatted the morning away. Around 11am Mom (grandma) offered to watch the babies so Lesly, Dustin, Travis, and I could ride the gondola up to the base of the ski area and have lunch. Heck ya! Grandpa, Danny, Emily, and Jaryd took off in the other direction to the water park again. Besides a couple breaks for food, they pretty much lived there all day!

Before our trip up we stopped in at the information desk because I wanted to take Tyrion snow tubing when we got done with lunch, and needed to make sure he was old enough. Sadly he wasn’t. Sad smile It was only for 2 year and older. Oh well, next year for sure!

Heads up, the gondola ride was almost $40 per couple, and that 20 minute ride just gets you to the base of the ski area. From there you go up the lifts to the top of the mountain, which of course costs more. We were only going up to check out the lodge for a bit and have lunch, so our trip was relatively cheap! You pay for it all at the resort before the gondola ride, but it can sure get pricy fast. From what I could tell though there were lots of runs! I want to snowboard there next year when I’m not prego!

Leaving the main resort.

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Gondola pics!

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And above the clouds!

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The lodge restaurant ended up being the typical bar like food you get at most ski areas. But it was good nonetheless! Travis and I shared a plate of waffle fry nachos, which was disgustingly good. I never eat food like that though, so my tummy rebelled later that evening. Good thing someone brought Tums!

The guys wanted to stay and watch a football game that was about to come on at the lodge, but us ladies wanted to get back and check on the babies, so we convinced the guys to watch the game from our room.

10 minutes before we got back Tyrion had fallen asleep for his nap. Good! I was a bit tired myself and took a nap in our room. Travis brought Tyrion in a little bit later because someone had bumped him awake and he wasn’t quite ready to get up yet. He snuggled up with me and we slept a bit longer.

We probably should have taken Tyrion back to the water park once he woke up, I know he would have loved it, but since I wasn’t swimming and Travis was watching the game, Tyrion missed out. I feel kinda bad about it now, but he honestly didn’t know what he was missing, and he had a blast running around the place playing with Eli and climbing the circular stares. (With supervision of course.)

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Saturday night was steak night and Dustin was our fabulous cook. If you know my brother in law, then you know he is an expert cook. He graced us all with his amazing food Saturday night and man we were full afterwards!

We spent another night in with more cocoa and another movie. There was a Yokes Market right down the road so the guys ran there for extra food stuff and the movies.

Overall it was a very relaxed weekend spent enjoying each other. Next year if we go back we will know more what they have to offer, plus the boys will be old enough to take part in more of the activities! Everyone had such a great time and it was nice to get away and unwind a bit after all the holiday bustle.

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Picture of grandma and Eli right before we checked out.

We ate breakfast Sunday morning and then got busy packing up and checked out right around 10am. We all said our goodbyes and headed home. Literally 5 minutes in the car and Tyrion was out!

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Side story:

If you have been to Kellogg Idaho or live near there, then you know that one of the largest car dealerships, Dave Smith, resides in the little town. Travis and Dustin joked the whole time about going out to rent a movie and coming back with new trucks.

Saturday night Travis’s dream truck (A new Dodge diesel, 4 door long box) freshly off the Dave Smith lot parked right next to our SUV, so of course we joked the rest of the time that someone had bought it for him and when we went to leave Sunday morning they would walk out with the keys and title and gift it to him.

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Sadly we stood around for a bit ready to leave, but no one came out to give it to us. Sad smile  Guess Travis will have to wait a bit longer for his dream truck.

We arrived home just before noon and spent the rest of the day relaxing and enjoying the last bit of our vaca.

I made the most delish BBQ chicken salad for lunch and it was a-mazing!

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Sorry for my phone shadow in the picture. I could have tried to take a better one, but I was so starving you are lucky I got this picture!

Today has been about laundry, getting my weekly list together, and trying to figure out dinners for the next few weeks. I’m going to try and be better at pre-planning dinners in the new year.

Speaking of new year I have lots of goals and plans I can’t wait to share!  I’ll try and cover those tomorrow. I’m pretty excited about them all!

Enjoy the rest of the first Monday of the year!