Sadie and I were awfully sneaky this morning. We decorated my parents’ place in preparation for my mom’s arrival back in town!
For the past month, my dad, sister and I have been planning a surprise celebration for my mom to honor a big milestone in her life. As I previously mentioned, my this month marks five years since my mom’s double mastectomy which is a HUGE deal because the chance of recurrence is highest within the first three to five years after initial breast cancer treatment. Reaching the five year mark feels like a giant milestone and one our family has been praying for ever since my mom was diagnosed.
It’s definitely cause for celebration!
Sadie helped me hang streamers outside…
Until she got bored and decided it was time for a break… in my lap.
I am sure many of you out there with big dogs who think they’re lap dogs can relate!
We initially planned to make Saturday a full-day celebration and follow up our morning at the North Florida Race for the Cure with a nice dinner to honor my mom, but since she ended up staying in Pennsylvania with my grandma to help her after some health issues, we switched things up and plan to take her out to a nice dinner this evening.
This morning I woke up around 6:30 a.m. and worked on my morning blog post before heading off to the gym to try a new-to-me Les Mills class. My sister is a big fan of BodyAttack and encouraged me to try it while I am in town, so I drove to the gym and took the 8:30 a.m. class, unsure of what to expect.
The class was fast-paced and very energetic. It incorporated lots of plyometric movements including jumping lunges, 180-degree jump squats and burpees. My heart was pounding! It was a great workout and one I’d regularly incorporate into my fitness routine if it was offered at my gym. The instructor was fantastic and I was seriously impressed with her ability to talk and give feedback while she did squat jumps and burpees. It took everything I had just to breathe!
On my way home from the gym, I used the Yelp app on my phone to help me find a local coffee shop and swung by to pick up a hot drink for me and my dad.
I really enjoy discovering new local coffee shops and the reviews for Sippers Coffeehouse were very positive. I ordered a pumpkin cappuccino for me and a chai latte for my dad since he doesn’t like coffee and we both agreed that our drinks were fabulous. I have a feeling popping into Sippers after I work out at the gym in Jacksonville may become part of my routine.
When I arrived back at my parents’ place, I quickly assembled a bowl of oatmeal for breakfast.
I topped the oats with pecans, macadamia nuts and Justin’s chocolate hazelnut butter. It was a winning combination!
And now it’s lunchtime. See ya later!