not far from the tree

Hi friends! How was the weekend? Hope you had a great one. 🙂 Did you watch the Beyonce bowl? I missed 98% of the actual game but you can bet I watched the halftime show, and it was everything. Queen Bey, Coldplay and Bruno Mars?! Yesss to all of these things. Also, Lady Gaga. I bow down.

Our weekend was a pretty great one, and on Friday, I got to have a little lunch date with the Pilot after my doc appointment. We went to California Pizza Kitchen, and I got the Moroccan chicken salad, which had butternut squash, dates, avocado, carrots, beets, cranberries, egg, chicken, olives and romaine. It was SO good; I can’t wait replicate it for an easy lunch.

Morrocan chopped

The adventures of postpartum doctors appointments continue, with another one tomorrow. I’ll post more about it on the TMI page aka the Family page later this week.

Livi’s first daughter dance was on Friday! She had been looking forward to it for a couple of weeks, and was so excited that I found a dress in her favorite color. Her words, “This is exactly what I wanted.” Mom points. I take it when I can haha. 

Daughter dance 5

It was so much fun to pick up her corsage, which the florist made super tiny for her teeny wrists:

Corsage 2

do her hair

Daughter dance 14

and get her all ready to go! They were quite a pair together, and the Pilot said it was the cutest thing he’d ever seen. I got to see a bit of the setup since I dropped off cupcakes for the event, and I was blown away. The DJ was there getting ready and the room was ornately decorated with silver and gold, with beautiful centerpieces, a huge dance floor, and flashing lights. It put some of my high school dances to shame haha. The Pilot said he figured that they’d get there, Liv would dance on his feet for a few dances, they’d have some cupcakes and call it a night. Not quite. Liv saw her best friend and ran off with her to the dance floor. She was dancing with all of her little friends, until the Pilot could finally sneak in a few dances with her. 

He took a lot of fun pics, but I have to share this one even though it’s blurry. It’s too good. Livi getting down on the dance floor with her BFF.

Livi on the dance floor

Arm up in the air? I have no idea where she got that one….

P and I held it down here at the casa.

Me and p 3

My date was crashed by 7pm, so I watched Downton Abbey and got some writing done until the party animals came home.

Saturday was pretty relaxing. We each got in a workout at the gym, where I did PBB strength circuits while listening to the POSH podcast, and climbed on this death machine for a while.

Stair master

I was sweating from my wrists, which is always a sign of a good workout.

We also had a date night! Betsy’s husband planned a surprise birthday dinner at Fleming’s. He did such a great job organizing everything, and Betsy was so surprised. She thought she was going to a work function for his job, but instead, they opened the doors to the banquet room and it was filled with friends yelling, “Surprise!” The best.

It was our first time at Fleming’s, even though we had one right by our house in Tucson.

W tom at flemings

The food was outta control.

I didn’t get pics of everything, but here is the seafood tower of my dreams:

Seafood tower

and the dessert!

Dessert at flemings

Everything was wonderful, but the best part was the jalapeño potatoes. I want to live in them. As delicious as the food was, the company was even better. It was a great night.

We hung out Sunday morning, and Livi and I spent the afternoon together while the Pilot and P did the grocery haul. We went to Build-A-Bear, which I thought would be totally empty, but it turns out that there are a lot of adults who are serious about making Build-A-Bears. She made the cutest doll for herself and also a bear for Miss P. We went to Starbucks for cake pops, and enjoyed spending some time just the two of us.

Hope you’re having a wonderful day and I’ll see ya in the morning! I’ve had a few requests to do a whole day from start to finish. I can’t promise how exciting it will be haha. 🙂



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  1. Mari on February 8, 2016 at 4:27 pm

    These pics are amazing! Your daughter shows pure joy in that picture where she’s looking up at her dad. I started laughing so hard when I saw the blurry picture of her dancing – that pic should be labeled “wave your hands in the air like you just don’t care!” Too cute!!

  2. Heather @ Life In Leggings on February 8, 2016 at 7:14 pm

    Um… “Beyonce Bowl”, pretty accurate. 😉

    That pic of Liv and the Pilot melts my heart. And all of that food… YUM. Have a great week, my friend!

  3. Jessica on February 8, 2016 at 7:24 pm

    Love Flemings!! The one by me has an awesome happy hour; you should check out the happy hour specials at the one near you!

  4. Katherine on February 8, 2016 at 7:35 pm

    Livi is the cutest with ger dad ? glad you guys had a fun, dry weekend after all the rain!

  5. Brittany on February 8, 2016 at 8:07 pm

    You can tell how much she loves her daddy! I never had any father daughter dances in my area but seeing pics of tiny humans dancing with their daddy (or in Livs case, BFF) it melts my heart! dads rule!

  6. Amy S on February 8, 2016 at 8:50 pm

    Sounds like a fantastic weekend! The pictures in this post are just adorable. Glad you were able to spend a lot of quality time with the fam 🙂

  7. Janelle @ Wholly Healthy on February 8, 2016 at 9:05 pm

    Liv looks so cute! Did you see Beyonce almost fall? l didn’t catch it live, but saw it online in slow mo- she covered it up so well!

  8. Bethany on February 8, 2016 at 9:14 pm

    She is so darn cute! I love the dancing! Girl got it from somewhere 😉

  9. Erin @ Her Heartland Soul on February 8, 2016 at 9:27 pm

    I’m so glad Liv had fun at the dance! I love that dancing picture! haha

  10. Yaara Leve on February 8, 2016 at 10:38 pm

    That pic of Liv and the Pilot!!! OMG heartmelt! She’s definitely Daddy’s little girl. And P is already getting so big. She already has such a personality on her face. Your girls are just beauties! Have a great week girl! XOXO

  11. ellen on February 9, 2016 at 3:46 am

    Awww Liv and her dad look so super cute together! It must have been really precious! As for the food photos… well, no comment since you just made me drool all over my desk 😉

  12. Victoria on February 9, 2016 at 4:01 am

    That salad looks AHmazing, and your family is too adorable!

  13. Kelli @ Hungry Hobby on February 9, 2016 at 5:25 am

    My head is going to explode from cuteness overload, she is ADORABLE In that little green dress! I getting new salad ideas when I eat out, sometimes I take a pic of the menu of something I didn’t order just so I can make that at home!

  14. Catherine Cormier on February 9, 2016 at 7:08 am

    Oh man, I seriously laughed out loud at the pic of Liv dancing!! She’s having a great time and I’m pretty sure she got her moves from her mama 🙂

  15. Megan @ Skinny Fitalicious on February 9, 2016 at 7:33 am

    Liv looks absolutely gorgeous! Haha death machine!!!

  16. Erin @ Erin's Inside Job on February 9, 2016 at 8:17 am

    I love that little dress. Green is the best!

  17. Jaime on February 9, 2016 at 8:25 am

    What is the Posh podcast? I’ve been looking for a new one to listen to. I searched podcasts but it came up with several.

  18. Julia @ Lord Still Loves Me on February 9, 2016 at 9:22 am

    Oh my goodness, her Father Daughter dance! That takes me back. They are adorable. I cannot help but smile!

  19. Jessie R on February 9, 2016 at 10:54 am

    I just LOL’ed so hard at my desk when I saw Livi dancing with her bff! TOO Awesome, she seems like one fun little chick! The picture of the Pilot and Liv- precious! That dessert, drool! Downton Abbey, is just the best!

    • Fitnessista on February 9, 2016 at 8:51 pm

      she is definitely a fun little chick. tom got home and said, “well. she’s certainly not a wallflower” hahaha

  20. Tracy on February 9, 2016 at 10:59 am

    She looked darling! The dress, flowers, hair… so cute! The white tights looked perfect! Good choice.

    The Pilot sure has a lot of those dances to look forward to in the future!!

    Sounds like it was a really special weekend for Liv (and Mom & Dad) with lots of one-on-one time 🙂

  21. SK Bell on February 9, 2016 at 8:59 pm

    Ahhhh now I am so excited for our girls to go to father-daughter dances!! I went to one with girl scouts as a kid and I still cherish the photos =]

  22. Coleen on February 9, 2016 at 9:37 pm

    You can find the Fleming’s Potatoes recipes online(I originally found it on the Fleming’s website where the chef share it). I have made them at home and they are just as good. I have also made their Chipotle Mac N Cheese recipe at home-also insanely good.

    • Fitnessista on February 9, 2016 at 10:14 pm

      omgggg. happening.

  23. Megan on February 10, 2016 at 8:18 am

    I was just wondering…..since you don’t have family close, who watches the littles when you have date night? I have anxiety about finding a Babysitter and was wondering if you have advice? I always get nervous at night that the baby will wake up and freak out if I am not there!

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