Party all weekend

Hey hey! How are you? Hope you enjoyed a fabulous weekend. We had a great one spending time family and friends, so it was definitely a win. 🙂 

I shared some of the adventures from Friday and having the fam in town in Friday Faves, and the festivities continued through Sunday.

On Saturday, we had a chill breakfast, and then the crew headed to one of the jumping castle parks for a couple of hours. I stayed back to clean up a bit and pick up some last-minute supplies (cake, drinks) and even caught a 30-minute spin class in the garage. When everyone came back, we all chilled on the couch, ate popcorn, and watched Coco. I’ve seen it at least 20 times (the girls can’t get enough) and the ending makes me hold back the ugly cry every.single.time. It reminds me so much of my family, especially the nana Coco, and it just hits me in all the feels. They did an incredible job of showcasing Mexican music, culture, and the family dynamic. 

I snuck into the kitchen for a little while to put together the biggest cheese board I’ve ever made. We got this giant wooden paddle board thing at Birdie’s, and knew it would be ideal for family parties. 

Cheese board

We stocked up on cheeses during our last Trader Joe’s trip, so it had a fun mix of bleu cheese, goat gouda, caramelized onion cheddar, and truffle cheese. I used my usual strategy for assembling it, just on a bit bigger scale. 😉 

Cheese board

Cheese board

The food was ordered from Woodstack BBQ – we wanted the fam to be able to try some our local BBQ, and Woodstack is amaaaaazing –


(the…weird-looking thing…on the right side is P’s finger haha)

and I had made a double batch of tequila sangria. It’s so dangerously fruity and smooth.

tequila sangria

It had been raining all day, which ended up being perfect for the wet/dry inflatable slide in the backyard. The kiddos took turns sliding down in their swimsuits and screaming with glee, while the adults watched and drank sangria.


My friend Sarah from high school came over with her kiddos and it was a blast to just hang out, chat and eat with everyone.

For dessert, we had little cookies from Sweet’s Addiction (I thought they might be kind of “meh” tasting since they seemed to be more for decoration purposes, but I was way wrong. They were SO good and had the slightest hint of lemon),

and cake. I couldn’t help putting candles on it so we could all sing to the Pilot. 😉

Singing with cake

Blowing out candles

The fam

So very proud of this man and thankful to have him in our lives. <3

P loves her dada

As wonderful as it was partying and celebrating, the best part by far was that so many of his family members (almost his entire family!) came out to spend the weekend with us. It was so great to see everyone, and the girls had so much fun with their aunts, grandparents and cousins. It was certainly a weekend for the books.

Today, we’re back in the usual Monday routine. I’m teaching Zumba later, and getting some work stuff done this morning. I hope your Monday is off to a great start.

Have a beautiful day and I’ll see ya in the morning with a full Peloton review.



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  1. Kristen on April 9, 2018 at 8:30 am

    What are the measurements/proportions for that sangria?! Looks delicious and dangerous! Also, congrats to the pilot!!

    • Fitnessista on April 9, 2018 at 8:02 pm

      thank you! i don’t measure anything for the sangria.. it always comes up a little different

  2. Fiona @ Get Fit Fiona on April 9, 2018 at 9:41 am

    Sounds like it was a fun weekend with having so much family there for your husband’s birthday. When I was growing up we didn’t have much extended family close by – just one set of grandparents – so I’m always envious when people are able to have family celebrations with lots of family.

    • Fitnessista on April 9, 2018 at 8:01 pm

      since we’ve been able to live near family, but have also had to live far away, it definitely makes me appreciate all of the moments we’re together

  3. Emily @ Pizza & Pull-Ups on April 9, 2018 at 10:36 am

    Congrats to the Pilot, looks like a great weekend!

    • Fitnessista on April 9, 2018 at 8:01 pm

      thanks so much, lovely

  4. Reenie on April 9, 2018 at 11:19 am

    Happy Birthday Pilot!!

    Your cheese boards always look amazing.

  5. Megan @ Skinny Fitalicious on April 9, 2018 at 11:38 am

    You are a rockstar hostess. Making that sangria this summer for sure!

    • Fitnessista on April 9, 2018 at 8:00 pm

      thank you so much, friend! yes! i think you’ll love it

  6. Kirsten on April 9, 2018 at 12:04 pm

    By far, you make the prettiest cheese boards that I have ever seen! This is inspiration for our next little get together!

    • Fitnessista on April 9, 2018 at 2:08 pm

      thank you so much! enjoy! they’re super easy to put together 🙂

  7. Kelli @ Hungry Hobby on April 9, 2018 at 3:00 pm

    That tequila sangria is the BOMB I’ve been making it every summer since you very first posted about it!

  8. Amanda on April 9, 2018 at 4:00 pm

    I’m still reading daily, but haven’t commented much lately (sarcastic thanks to my job, which is keeping me overly busy), but chiming in to say congrats to the Pilot. 🙂 Could you enlighten us non-military peeps. What exactly does his accomplishment of pinning on a new rank mean?

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