I am crossing my fingers for some sunny weather after a rather dreary day in Charlotte yesterday. We did our best to make the most of the final day of my father-in-law’s visit, despite the wet and cloudy weather!
My morning began with the buzz of the alarm at 5 a.m. and I headed into the kitchen to assemble a quick breakfast for myself that included an egg white oatmeal protein pancake.
(Sorry for the horrible picture but it’s hard to take pretty food pics when it’s dark outside in the morning!)
The pancake fueled me through about 75 minutes or so of work until mama duty called in the form of a squealing toddler over the baby monitor. I headed upstairs to scoop Chase out of his crib and get him ready for the day!
Ryan headed off to work just before 7 a.m. and after we said goodbye to him and my father-in-law was awake, Chase snacked on an almond butter muffin while I ate breakfast 2.0!
A kiwi and a small cup of Siggi’s strawberry yogurt worked for me and peanut butter baked steel cut oatmeal served as breakfast for my father-in-law!
Greg encouraged me to take my usual boot camp class in the morning while he showered and got ready for the day, so Chase and I headed out for what ended up being one of my favorite upper body Burn Boot Camp workouts ever. It was SO hard but so awesome and just was my body was craving on a Monday morning.
Here’s a rundown:
Wow, that is a LOT of text and description but hopefully it’s not too confusing! If you’re hoping to give it a shot and find yourself scratching your head, definitely let me know of any questions and I’ll happily answer them for ya!
Following my workout, I said goodbye to my workout buddies, scooped Chase up from BBC childcare and hurried home to pick up Greg. We had plans to go to a local park but the weather wasn’t cooperating, so we swapped out slides for smoothies and went to Clean Juice!
(The Recovery One Protein Smoothie: Strawberries, Banana, Almond Butter, Honey, Almond Milk, Hemp Protein)
We left Clean Juice feeling awfully cold (drinking ice cold smoothies when it’s cold outside may not have been the smartest) but once we were back home, we warmed up with hot tea before putting Chase down for his nap.
Greg kindly offered to take Sadie on a walk while Chase slept (Sadie is seriously obsessed with him and it’s adorable) and I took advantage of the quiet time to work on the computer for a bit.
Eventually my stomach told me it was break time, so I paused and Greg and I assembled a quick and easy lunch of Thai takeout leftovers from Sunday night’s dinner.
Since there wasn’t much there, I also made myself a small bowl of egg salad with tomatoes to eat with a banana to fully satisfy my hunger.
Once we were done eating, I put together a quick crock pot dinner of Lindsay’s honey garlic chicken thighs so Ryan, Chase and I would have a warm meal ready for us in the evening.
Soon after lunch, it was time to take Greg to the airport for his afternoon flight back to Florida, so we piled into my car and headed out! After we pulled up at Departures to drop Greg off, we said our goodbyes and thanked him for coming to visit us on his birthday weekend. I really hope he enjoyed celebrating with us!
On the way home, Chase and I made a couple of pit stops to do some returns and then grabbed some food for the week at Whole Foods. We made it back home in the early evening and Chase and I shared a snack before putting the groceries away. Ryan arrived home shortly after and we dug into the crock pot dinner I prepped earlier in the day!
The honey garlic chicken thighs, sweet potatoes and carrots hit the spot… And I promise it tasted better than it looks!
We ended up taking Chase upstairs for a bath earlier in the evening thanks to a dirty diaper issue so he was fresh and clean and in his jammies for our usual round of evening playtime!
Ryan took care of putting Chase to bed so I could sneak in a tiny bit more work on the computer before it was time for me to head off to my Monday night small group.
We’ve been meeting biweekly at a local coffee shop ever since the summer and I cherish the time I have with our group of seven women so, so much. Last night kicked off a new study in our group and I’m excited to see how it unfolds in the coming weeks.
I arrived home around 9:30 p.m. and Ryan and I headed immediately upstairs to get ready for bed. We chatted for a bit before my eyes felt too heavy to remain open for much longer, so lights went out around 10 p.m.
Monday = Done!
I hope you guys have a great day today!!