Hi hi friends 🙂 How was the weekend? I hope you had a great one, and that all of my mama friends enjoyed a happy Mother’s Day. It was an amazing one, and it was so nice getting to spend some time as a family together again.

After dinner on Friday night

(we walked around the mall for a while then grabbed dinner at Surcheros, a new Chipotle copycat that makes me very thankful),

the Pilot and I popped a bottle of Prosecco and watched the girls run around outside and play. They’re outside so much more often here in Georgia than we ever were in San Diego. It’s funny because we lived right by the beach, but because our backyard was teeny tiny (and there were always people walking down our street), when we went outside it was more of an official event. Out here, they have a ton of space to drive their Power Wheels around, ride scooters, and make mud pies, just like Kyle and I used to do when we were little.

Want to take a wild guess if I ran the 5k on Saturday?

I even had all of my gear out, ready to go.

running gear

Nope, I totally ditched it. (I can see all of your surprised faces through the computer screen.) I was looking forward to it, but in the end, sleep won, especially after 4 weekends of solo parenting. Also, it was a cross country 5k and I could see myself trying to *race* it (even though I haven’t raced in years now) and spraining my ankle or something stupid. So… I slept in a little instead. Just called me the Finessista-ish. 

With my love

We had breakfast here at home before heading out to Wild Adventures. In the past, we’d usually just go for a couple of hours, but planned to go all out and hit the water park after the theme park. The girls had SO much fun.

We got to pet the animals in the petting zoo,

Baby pig

ride all of their favorite rides,

feed the giraffes,

Tom and P feeding giraffes

Liv feeding a giraffe

and enjoy the water park before it started to rain. We were all totally exhausted afterwards in the best way.

Water park

Dinner was a quick and easy Sunbasket meal,

Sunbasket dinner

(turkey burgers with sweet potato wedges and tomato relish)

and we took a family “nature walk” before doing the bedtime rituals. I started this little thing as a way to get in a family walk after dinner while the Pilot was gone. I’ll make a short list of things to find while we’re on our walk, and the girls get really into it. The list will include items like a red leaf, a pretty bird, a piece of trash (that we’ll pick up), and a squirrel. 

After putting the kiddos to bed, we stayed up way too late watching Shameless. Just finished the 2nd season and it was crazy as usual. 

Sunday was Mother’s Day, which means I slept until 9:30 and it was BEEEEAUUUUTIFUL. When I woke up, the Pilot and the girls came back from their Target adventure, and we grabbed brunch at Birdie’s, which is easily our favorite Valdosta spot. We just try to avoid burning out, so we’ll only go max once every other week or so. 

Tom and the girls

Carafe of mimosas,


and I got the usual eggs with sweet potato hash. We missed my madre, nana, MIL and stepmom, but I loved spending the day with the people who made me a mom. I’m so thankful to be the mama for these amazing little ladies. They keep me on my toes, crack me up, and fill my heart every single day.

Walking with the girls after Birdies

We spent some time hanging out at home, I got the sweetest, most wonderful cards, and then headed off to an afternoon yoga class. It’s been a long time since I’ve taken a class – it’s been too crazy with work and life stuff, especially in the evening – so it felt like a really special treat. The practice was just what I needed. EVERYTHING was tight and hurt, even child’s pose almost had me squirming. (I’ve been more sore than usual testing out the Fit Guide workouts!) It felt so nice to stretch my tight muscles and not have to focus on anything else for 90 minutes. Our instructor also played a fun mix of girl power and mom-centered songs in honor of the holiday. Momaste. 

Yoga central

This week, we’re looking forward to getting some stuff finished around the house and just being back into a more solid routine. I’m off to take some workout pics with Lindsay – lots of new workouts on the way! – and get some work stuff done.

Hope you have a happy Monday! What was a highlight of your weekend? Any fitness wins? Have you ever ditched a race?



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  1. Nicole Kump on May 14, 2018 at 9:34 am

    Glad you had a nice mother’s day and fun weekend! I really like the nature walk idea, and I’m going to steal that for my future kids and my niece and nephew. I skipped a race once that I paid for because I had walking pneumonia. It felt like a good enough reason but I still felt guilty haha. The highlight of my weekend was finding a dove nest in our lime tree. It countered the scorpion I found in the kitchen the day before!

    • Fitnessista on May 14, 2018 at 9:54 pm

      ha i think that’s definitely a good reason to skip it!
      and AHHHH to the scorpion. they seriously give me the creeps

  2. milania on May 14, 2018 at 10:18 am

    happy mother’s day!! love that “momaste” and glad you slept in instead of race. sometimes we just have to do what’s best for us! i have not ditched a race but i’m sure it will come at some point. also love that purple/violet top!! where from??

    • Fitnessista on May 14, 2018 at 9:53 pm

      yeah i figured it was worth it just to take a morning to chill. it’s from express! i’m pretty sure they’re on sale right now, too

  3. Emily @ Pizza & Pull-Ups on May 14, 2018 at 10:43 am

    I took a yoga class as a little mom day treat to myself yesterday as well, it was glorious.

    • Fitnessista on May 14, 2018 at 9:53 pm

      that sounds perfect!

  4. Lynnlee on May 14, 2018 at 11:05 am

    Looks like a wonderful Mother’s Day weekend! I love the top you wore to brunch! Where is it from?

    • Fitnessista on May 14, 2018 at 9:52 pm

      thank you! it was from stitch fix. i’m pretty sure the brand is skies are blue

  5. Mari on May 14, 2018 at 11:27 am

    Glad you had a wonderful weekend with your family!! So fun seeing your Sunbasket picture – because of your great reviews about Sunbasket, I decided to try it out over a month ago and I’ve been hooked ever since! I actually made the turkey burger this past week too so it was fun to see your picture of it – I thought it was delicious!!

    • Fitnessista on May 14, 2018 at 9:52 pm

      so happy you love it, too! the turkey burgers were AMAZING. i wasn’t sure if i’d like the tomato relish but it was so so good

  6. Stephanie W on May 14, 2018 at 12:46 pm

    Fitness win: I fit into a dress for mother’s day that I haven’t been able to wear in over 3 years since my first little was born! It was even a bigger deal to me b/c the end of the week wasn’t great eats & fitness wise because we had family in town. Also I was up half a pound when I weighed at the gym on Friday. I try not to let the scale bum me out but it did just a little. So Sunday morning when I fit in that dress I did a little happy jig! It definitely motivated me to continue with my lean machine fit guide and feel inspired to continue making working out a priority. I still need a little motivation to skip the treats all the time though =)

    • Fitnessista on May 14, 2018 at 9:51 pm

      yeah girl! that’s an amazing win! thank you so much for sharing it with me 🙂 keep up the incredible work!

  7. Tracy on May 14, 2018 at 3:26 pm

    Happy you had a nice mom’s day and weekend. You deserved it after the last few weeks! Hope you have a great week ahead, too 🙂

    • Fitnessista on May 14, 2018 at 9:51 pm

      thank you, friend. hope you had a wonderful mother’s day, too!

  8. Amanda on May 14, 2018 at 3:40 pm

    Yesterday morning my yoga teacher bought tulips to give to all the moms in class. it ended up being a smaller class than usual, so she gave 2 tulips to each of us (mom or not). it was such a nice treat! Glad you were able to get some extra sleep and a momaste yoga class to celebrate Mother’s Day!

    • Fitnessista on May 14, 2018 at 9:51 pm

      what a sweet surprise! i love that idea (and will keep that in mind if i ever teach a class on mother’s day!)

  9. Megan @ Skinny Fitalicious on May 14, 2018 at 3:42 pm

    Happy belated Mother’s Day! Glad you have a such a fun time. We literally hung out on the couch yesterday and it was glorious. Never get to do that.

    • Fitnessista on May 14, 2018 at 9:50 pm

      that sounds perfect!!

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