catch me in a wave pool

Hey hey! Happy humpday! What are you up to today? Here’s the Summer Shape Up intro post and 4-week plan if you’re looking for some workout inspo this morning. I’ve been hard at work behind the scenes putting the fitness graphics together and getting everything to go; I finally have some time to post a *real life* post with some adventures from lately. 

Last weekend was such a fun whirlwind. We ended up doing a lot, and had a blast taking to girls to what have become the usual staples around here. 

Friday afternoon, the Pilot had a BBQ at work, so I made a peach crisp for dessert. I ended up using this recipe, and doubled it, since there was an abundance of gorgeous, ripe peaches at the store. They were destined for crisp.

Peach crisp

I grabbed some vanilla ice cream to go along with it + ice cream sandwiches for the kids. Both of the girls wore new dresses from their Mac & Mia boxes -so stinkin’ cute- and P actually sat still for me to do two French braids in her hair.

Miss p in pigtails

Saturday was DONUT SATURDAY, courtesy of Tinkerbell. She texted me to let me know she had a box of hot donuts for us, from Dixie Cream (where they make everything fresh each day, and often run out of a lot of flavors earlier). She’s a real-life angel. It made our day, and I woke up to a chocolate glazed donut to go along with hot coffee. Heaven.

Donut saturday

Later that afternoon, our sitter came over to chill with napping P, and we took Liv to go see ShrekThe Musical. The show was part of a summer production series at the college.

Shrek the Musical

I accidentally bought front-row tickets, which ended up being amazing since Liv could see all of the actors up close. To be honest, I didn’t have super high hopes for the show, but was blown away. It was SO good. The cast was so talented, and we were especially impressed by the girl who played the dragon (I lurked her website from the program). The Pilot and I were both like, “Damn girl. You go.”

W liv before shrek

(Dress is THML; I bought it half-off at a boutique here in town that was closing, but can’t find it online. Shoes are here from Nordstrom. They’re on sale and so comfy.)

Liv and tom after shrek

We had Sunbasket for dinner,

Sunbasket chicken w chimmichurri

and Sunday morning, we headed out to Wild Adventures to hit up the water park. As soon as we walked into the doors, we could hear Tejano music and smell tamales. I was like I’M HOME. Turns out, it was Hispanic heritage day at the park. They had stands of Mexican food, enormous vats of horchata and agua de piña, and papusas on the grill.

Hispanic heritage day

I started gravitating towards the papusa tent, when it began to POUR, complete with gusting winds, thunder and lightning. 

A group of us huddled under a covered stage area, waiting for the rain to blow over. The Pilot, aka the weatherman, had the radar pulled up on his phone, and told me it would be done in 20 minutes. Sure enough, in 20 minutes, it turned to sprinkles, the sun came out a tiny bit, and after the lightning was outside 10 miles, we could finally play in the water.

Pool day

It was worth the wait because it was so much fun. Liv rode the slides, P splashed around in the splash pad, and we all floated on an inner tube in the wave pool. Nap time was sufficiently busted (worth it), and I ended up getting a papusa after all.

A good day indeed.


We headed over to a friend’s house for a b-day celebration, and then grabbed dinner at the Salty Snapper. (<— worst name, one of my favorite places here haha)

Salty snapper

The rest of the week has been back into the usual stuff: teaching, child wrangling, and catching a yoga class with friends.

Hope you’re having a wonderful week, too!

When you go to summer parties, what’s your go-to side dish or appetizer recipe?

See ya in the am, and thanks for stopping by the blog today.



PS. Happy happy birthday to this blog’s first reader, ever: my nana! We love you so much. <3

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  1. Christina @ on July 19, 2017 at 7:43 am

    LOVE that blue dress, so cute 🙂 I love bringing this kale salad: My sister in law made it for Thanksgiving one year and I became obsessed, it’s so good!

    • Fitnessista on July 19, 2017 at 2:15 pm

      YUM. i might make that for a thanksgiving side this year- thank you!

  2. Laura @ Laura Likes Design on July 19, 2017 at 9:06 am

    Omg, their little braids are so cute! You just reminded me that I still need to hit the waterpark before the summer is over!

    • Fitnessista on July 19, 2017 at 2:14 pm

      yes! it’s such a fun little adventure

  3. Amber @ Busy, Bold, Blessed on July 19, 2017 at 10:23 am

    P is looking so grown up lately!

    I often bring buffalo chicken dip, but lately I’ve been switching it up with caprese kabobs (grape tomatoes, mozz balls, and fresh basil on a toothpick with some balsamic glaze), a Greek dip (hummus topped with tomato, cucumber, kalamata olives, fresh herbs and scallions, etc), and some baked jalapeno poppers (jalapenos sliced in half filled with cream cheese and cheese mixture, topped with bacon crumbles).

    • Fitnessista on July 19, 2017 at 2:14 pm

      love all of these ideas!!

  4. Stephanie on July 19, 2017 at 10:29 am

    The girls are so cute!

    My go-to party recipes: broccoli salad(faux healthy), buffalo chicken dip, cold veggie pizza(the one on pillsbury crescent rolls) or dunkaroo dip. I try to swap out some ingredients for healthier ones but they still taste great and are always a hit!

    • Fitnessista on July 19, 2017 at 2:14 pm

      YUM. what is dunkaroo dip? it sounds exciting

  5. Megan @ Skinny Fitalicious on July 19, 2017 at 11:22 am

    Haha the weatherman! My boyfriend pretends to be one too, but he’s always wrong which is funny ‘cuz Arizona. How hard is it to be a weatherman here?

    • Fitnessista on July 19, 2017 at 2:13 pm

      haha kind of like being a weather-person in san diego. it’s the same. every day

  6. Amanda Ryan on July 19, 2017 at 12:22 pm

    We loved the dragon, too! She was really talented. She was in My Fair Lady as well and did a great job. We were really surprised at the production value for all three shows. Glad y’all enjoyed it!

    • Fitnessista on July 19, 2017 at 2:13 pm

      it was so good! i’m sad we missed the others, but i’ll definitely make it a priority for next summer 🙂

  7. Juliana on July 19, 2017 at 12:27 pm

    Get a baking dish and layer:
    Fig jam on the bottom
    Sliced brie over the top
    Sliced pears on the brie
    Sprinkle walnuts on top

    Bake it at 350 for a while (can you tell I’m a cook and not a baker? haha), until the brie is gooey, and serve with your fave crackers or bread.

    (Not healthy really, but always a huge hit!)

    • Fitnessista on July 19, 2017 at 2:12 pm

      WHAAAAT. this sounds awesome- and so easy

  8. Emily @ Pizza & Pull-ups on July 19, 2017 at 2:30 pm

    I stumbled across a Latin festival in Denver on Sunday, it totally made my day. It was like T-town followed me there lol.

  9. Liz on July 20, 2017 at 2:50 pm

    I feel like you always find the funnest things to do with the kids to keep you all busy! Lately my summer side dish has been a cross between caprese salad and bruschetta. Slice up french bread, layer tomato mozzarella and basil and drizzle balsamic glaze over everything and you’re good to go! Nothing super creative but it always pleases!

  10. kelli @ hungry hobby on July 20, 2017 at 3:17 pm

    Looks like a great week! I still want to try sunbasket really bad! Seems like it makes dinner a lot easier!

  11. adrianna on July 22, 2017 at 2:55 pm

    omg ‘salty snapper’…that had me truly LOL’ing. keep it dirty 😉 but the food does look great!

    • Fitnessista on July 22, 2017 at 7:31 pm

      right?! it makes me snicker EVERY TIME

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