Beach, please

Hi friends! How are you? I hope you had a wonderful long weekend. We got to enjoy lots of time together as a fam, crush our to-do list (we’re majorly purging and spring cleaning right now), and escape to the beach!


the girls on the beach

The fun started Friday morning. I had already asked a babysitter to come over for a few hours so I could get a little work done, but then I remembered that the Pilot was OFF WORK. So, we started the day with a Heart Rize class. 

After heart rize fitness

It was total body and included a 1-mile challenge run on the Skillmills, so it crushed us in the best way possible. Some of our friends were also in the class, and it’s always fun to see everyone and get an awesome workout. It was his first time taking a class, and he loved it! He also dominated the 1-mile run. On the Skillmills, everything feels more challenging since you have to move the belt with your own strength. (AKA you don’t press “on” and the belt automatically starts moving.) For endurance type work this can be really tricky because if you move too fast, the belt will easily go above a speed you’d want to maintain for very long. You have to be strategic about pacing yourself.

We were both drenched in sweat when we left, and then went over to Birdie’s for a quick snack and work blitz.

Sushi bowl

The Pilot and I often have “nerd dates.” We spend most of the time working with our computers out, but it’s nice to be together at least. 😉 

We came home to the girls, who were outside blowing bubbles and running around, and changed them into their swimsuits so we could hit up the splash pad.

We got gas station tacos for lunch, and then came home to relax for a while. Since we had lunch so late in the day, we skipped straight to dessert and headed out for Hawaiian ice in the rain. There’s a place downtown called Snopocalypse that has AMAZING snow cones. The ice is extremely fine (the best!), and they have 100+ flavors and use only cane sugar to sweeten them. They’re also packed with food dyes, but YOLO. We’ll definitely be back.

Friday night, the power went out from the storm, so we lit candles and lanterns and cuddled up on the couch to listen to “Little House in the Big Woods” on Audible until the girls fell asleep. We were all completely intrigued by the story and are excited to keep listening to it this week. The Pilot and I stayed up watching Shameless on the iPad until the power came back.

Saturday morning, we went to Cracker Barrel for breakfast. 5 stars for their oatmeal… it’s this ridiculous apple pie oatmeal combo. So good!
 Cracker Barrel apple pie oatmeal 
(I also had a side of scrambled eggs with it.)

We spent the day playing outside with the girls, doing chores, purging all of the kitchen pantry items and the dishes we no longer want to keep, and it felt amazing. The Pilot grilled burgers for dinner, and we packed up for a little Jacksonville trip!

This was our last trip to Jacksonville for a while, so we definitely made the most of it. 

Even the dogs got to join in the fun. 😉
 with Bell in Jacksonville

Liv and Caro in the back seat

(Our favorite boarding facility was booked for the long weekend, so since One Ocean is pet-friendly, we packed up the pups to bring them with us.)

Some pics from the adventures:

We <3 room service

the girls before dinner

Heading out for post-swim jumping at the trampoline park and dinner

trampoline park

 Wine and star wars

Watching Star Wars for the first time ever and… I just couldn’t get into it

At the ocean with the girls

Of course, our trip wasn’t complete without a trip to Trader Joe’s for allthecheeses for our next girl’s night party here at the house.

I hope you enjoyed the weekend, too! What was your favorite part?


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  1. Reghan on May 29, 2018 at 6:58 am

    I’ve never seen Star Wars either…and have no desire to!
    My fav part of the weekend was the beautiful weather we are getting, BBQ’ing and relaxing on the deck with my love 🙂
    The beach looks amazing and love your cozy thunderstorm night. Thunderstorms are my fav!

    • Fitnessista on May 29, 2018 at 9:59 pm

      haha you’re not missing out on anything
      love thunderstorms, too!
      sounds like you have a great weekend <3

  2. Krista on May 29, 2018 at 10:09 am

    With all the purging and cleaning talk I feel like you’re moving! And last trip to Jacksonville for awhile? Am I right or totally off?? haha…

    • Fitnessista on May 29, 2018 at 9:56 pm

      we kind of are.. it’s a weird situation but everything is ok! i can share more info soon <3

  3. Emily @ Pizza & Pull-Ups on May 29, 2018 at 10:22 am

    What a fun weekend, we had tons of BBQ and pool time this weekend, definitely felt like a summer holiday.

    • Fitnessista on May 29, 2018 at 9:56 pm

      that sounds perfect!

  4. Danielle on May 29, 2018 at 11:20 am

    MMM Trader Joe’s. I just got Trader Joe’s new honey chevre cheese yesterday and it’s pretty good! I still like the blueberry goat cheese log better, though.

    My favorite part of the weekend was hanging with my fam and taking a long run and bike ride in the country. yay endorphins and fresh air!

    • Fitnessista on May 29, 2018 at 9:55 pm

      i got it yesterday, too! LOVE that blueberry one
      so happy you had a great weekend <3

  5. Tracy on May 29, 2018 at 3:15 pm

    I can’t get over how much older P is looking lately. Such a big girl!!

    When do we get to learn about the “behind the scenes” stuff you alluded to in an earlier post? You have me very curious!

    • Fitnessista on May 29, 2018 at 9:55 pm

      i can definitely share some more info about it soon, but unfortunately not everything since it’s kind of a weird situation. (everything is ok.) i can email you, though!

      • Tracy on May 30, 2018 at 1:58 pm

        I’d love to hear from you 🙂 If you can, please do email me!

  6. Casey on May 29, 2018 at 8:37 pm

    I LOVE reading your fun weekend recaps because you and the Pilot are serious #parentgoals! We have a six month old and can’t wait to take him on as many adventures as you and your fam!

    • Fitnessista on May 29, 2018 at 9:54 pm

      thank you so much! such a sweet comment <3
      you can totally do it. it gets way easier as they get older, too

  7. Erika S. on May 29, 2018 at 11:08 pm

    Oh girl…. I’m so with you on Star Wars… I’ve never seen it & am not interested either. I’ll take your word as confirmation it’s not for me.

    I did a TJ’s run today and couldn’t resist picking up the smoked gouda…have you tried it? Def my fave along with the cheddar-gruyere mélange & Toscano soaked in syrah…yummm!

    • Fitnessista on May 30, 2018 at 9:52 pm

      you are not missing out on anything haha
      yes, i love their smoked gouda! i need to try the other ones you mentioned <3

  8. Shelly on May 30, 2018 at 5:26 pm

    Haha. I LOVE LOVE LOVE Star Wars. Just not the new ones. (Only 1-6) My parents have never seen Star Wars and I tried showing it to them, but they could not get into it. To each their own though! That looks like a great weekend you all had! I have not had a sno-cone in forever. Need to get one!

  9. Tammy on May 30, 2018 at 6:20 pm

    Hi Gina, looks like an amazing trip! I love your white swimsuit cover up do you mind sharing where you got it? Thank you!

    • Fitnessista on May 30, 2018 at 9:51 pm

      it’s from stella and dot last year! i think it’s on sale now if they still have it

  10. Jennifer on June 1, 2018 at 5:36 pm

    Couldn’t get into Star Wars!? What?! Just kidding, I can see why a full grown adult who never saw it as a kid would find it meh. So much hype from other people. Plus, you never seemed to be a sci-fi girl anyways.

    That photo of the girls in front of flowers cracks me up, such model-y poses! lol

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