Piece of cakewalk

Tonight was a lovely night for a squadron party


[the return of hogcorn!!! <—popcorn popped with jalapenos]

and a fall festival.

festival festival (2)

The best part? They had a petting zoo, and the Pilot and I got to pet and cuddle multiple goats.

goat pilot

If that’s not the best way to party on a Friday night, I’m not sure what is 😉

pilot (2) 

It was my little bro’s fall festival at his elementary school, so after the squadron party wrapped up, we went to check it out. It’s a pretty big to-do: each class has their own booth set up with games (face painting, potato sack races, etc), tons of food, a DJ, petting zoo and hay rides, and a cake walk.


We picked the creepiest, most fun cake we could find, since it’s more for decorative purposes than feasting purposes.

We just got back to the casa and I’m going to catch as many zzz’s as possible before a full day of teaching.

Hope you’re having a great weekend!


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  1. Jessica on October 22, 2011 at 1:10 am

    Just so you know- you look beautiful in every single pregnant picture you’ve posted. All of my friends are preggo or with newborns so I know it’s an awkward feeling, but to outsiders you just look glorious 🙂

    • Fitnessista on October 22, 2011 at 1:11 am

      thank you- it’s sweet to hear, because i feel super awkward and uncomfortable

      • Destini on October 22, 2011 at 1:15 am

        I totally agree. You make a beautiful-mom-to-be!

        Oh and popcorn with jalapinos! Never heard of that!! Looks yummy

        • Sara on October 22, 2011 at 4:13 am

          I thought it looked… deadly! Do you actually munch the Jalapeno’s, or just let them flavour the popcorn? It made my tongue shudder just looking at the picture!

  2. Erin @ Girl Gone Veggie on October 22, 2011 at 1:15 am

    I have to agree with Jessica. In every picture you look stunning and like you are glowing with pregnancy happiness!

    Those goats are adorable! And that jalepeno popcorn sounds intriguing! My bf loves jalepenos. Does anything else go into the popcorn?

    • Fitnessista on October 22, 2011 at 1:19 am

      thank you <3
      you heat up oil, add the jalapenos, and then the popcorn [they use a popcorn maker in the squadron to make it] and add red seasoning salt to it. it's ridiculous

  3. Heather on October 22, 2011 at 1:15 am

    I second Jessica’s sentiments. You are glowing from the inside out, Gina! 🙂

  4. Ali on October 22, 2011 at 1:21 am

    That cake looks… like it would taste good? My Love is OBSESSED with animals, and would be so happy to do what you did tonight. The only problem? He has mad allergies! To funny.

  5. Ali on October 22, 2011 at 1:21 am

    Hi Gina,

    Ali here! I’ve only been following you for the last week or so but I finally got the chance to sit down to my computer (instead of follow you via my iphone) and say that you are just a DOLL! I agree with all the above comments, I don’t even know you and you are completely glowing! You go girl. Anyway, one of the reasons I love your blog so much is because I can relate to you so much. I’m a fitness instructor as well and I love hearing about other instructors journey’s. It’s an awesome job we have, to encourage others to be healthy and have FUN while done it 🙂 I wouldn’t trade it for the world. Anyway, just wanted to say HI! And nice to “meet” you. Keep up the great work girly, you are a true inspiration!

    Ali ~from Oregon!

    • Fitnessista on October 22, 2011 at 1:25 am

      thank you so much for reading and saying hi, ali! so nice to *meet* you 🙂
      it’s always fun to hear from fellow fitness instructors- keep on doing amazing things <3

  6. az reader on October 22, 2011 at 1:22 am

    Oh man! That’s the school I teach at!!! Crazy small world. Love the smallish feeling community out there.

    • Fitnessista on October 22, 2011 at 1:24 am

      no way! my little bro goes to your school 🙂

  7. Anna on October 22, 2011 at 1:46 am

    There needs to be a how to video on how to make hogcorn. I burn stove top popcorn every single time. It looks glorious.

    I agree with the other comments you look amazing. Your hair is outrageous. I want to get pregnant just so I can have kick ass hair.

  8. J3nn (Jenn's Menu and Lifestyle Blog) on October 22, 2011 at 5:19 am

    Petting goats is a great way to spend a Friday night!! My hubby and I are gaga for goats. 🙂

  9. Angela @ PattycakesnPancakes on October 22, 2011 at 5:32 am

    You look marvelous! That cake is extreme! Lol I had a pet goat named Sunshine when I was growing up. 🙂

  10. Lauren on October 22, 2011 at 6:15 am

    We used to do a cake walk at my elementary school’s festival! It’s about the only thing I remember about it. Haha, that and the big lollipop tree.

  11. Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga on October 22, 2011 at 7:04 am

    Hope you get a good nights sleep…big day of teaching at 30 weeks. You amaze me that you’re still going strong!

    And petting goats….awwww, that’s sweet 🙂 There’s a few petting zoos with seasonal pumpkin patch type things here. We did one last year and Skylar loved it. She’s asking again for this year…that’s the plan this week is to go pet some goats and sheep.

    Hogcorn? Oh I want to try that!

  12. Girl on the Run on October 22, 2011 at 7:56 am

    Jalapenos and popcorn, never heard of that combination before but it looks tasty!

  13. annonymous on October 22, 2011 at 8:52 am

    how can u be all lovey and such to the goat when u drink its milk and cheese all the time? you have any idea what they go through to give you that?

    • Fitnessista on October 22, 2011 at 10:51 am

      hey girl,
      i’m not a vegan, so i do consume animal products. it does make me very sad to know what goats go through to make goat’s milk and cheese, which is why i buy from local, organic sources on a regular basis.

      • Fitnessista on October 22, 2011 at 10:52 am

        also, i’d love to have my own goats and baby goats to be able to keep them as pets and make my own cheese, but our homeowner’s association won’t allow it. i asked already 🙂

        • Sara on October 22, 2011 at 7:27 pm

          If you get a chance, you could maybe make a visit to an organic goat farm? I did that, and it was really cool. I loved it and the goats seemed happy. I also visited a couple of chicken farms – one was kind of nice (although was not impressed that they try to encourage the chickens to eat more grains and less grass (makes them bigger)) but one was super gross. What I didn’t realise is that ‘organic’ with chickens, does not extend to the eggs they come from, which are mass fertilised using a sort of artificial insemination technique (needle into the eggs). Sometimes this fails, and they get a batch of deformed chickens that need to be ‘disposed of’. And… so much more, that I don’t want to contaminate your blog with. The pig farm was much better. Plus, I do not feel bad about eating pigs since one tried to eat ME.

  14. Ali @ Peaches and Football on October 22, 2011 at 9:26 am

    What a fun time petting goats. I bet you just LOVED it. That cake would definitely be for looking at here. Not sure why, but anything with the black fondant on it freaks me out too much to eat. 🙂

  15. Krystina (Organically Me) on October 22, 2011 at 9:54 am

    Just piggy backing off of everyone else and saying you look beautiful. Don’t get me wrong, I’ve always thought you were stunning, but being pregnant makes you look extra pretty. 🙂

    and I LOVE goats. 😀

  16. Leslie Wingate on October 22, 2011 at 10:17 am

    Sounds like fun!!!! What a creepy cake! 😉

    We went to Chili’s last night and I decided to order the featured “Grilled Shrimp Tacos”. I removed the tortillas and feasted on the shrimp/slaw pile. YUM.
    THEN, my lips started to swell! I’ve been eating shrimp for months so maybe it was the jalapenos? WEIRD!

  17. Felicia on October 22, 2011 at 11:20 am

    Gina! We just added two mini goats to our small farm fam 🙂 posted pics a few days ago. They are beyond cute im in love 🙂

    • Fitnessista on October 22, 2011 at 3:35 pm

      ahhh i’ll be checking your blog riiiiight now 🙂

  18. mi-an d. on October 22, 2011 at 11:25 am

    i love goats!!! 🙂 what a fun friday nite! i just finished my USMLE exam yesterday!! two whole days…i think every single neuron in my brain is fried. hahah anyway, just wanna say hello!! i have to catch up on your blog!

    • Fitnessista on October 22, 2011 at 3:36 pm

      congrats on finishing your exams!

  19. Amanda on October 22, 2011 at 2:56 pm

    Those goats are so cute! My family had a couple of mini goats growing up and they were so much fun. So friendly!

  20. Maria @ Beautiful Busy Bee on October 22, 2011 at 3:03 pm

    Wow! That is the coolest cake. ever. 🙂 Have a good weekend!

  21. Christina on October 22, 2011 at 3:33 pm

    I love festivals! Looks like you had a great time with the fam! Oh and hello popcorn! yummy….

  22. Sarah @ The Dirt Road Dreamer on October 24, 2011 at 5:21 pm

    LOVE the hogcorn!!!

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