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Birthdays and Bluegrass

I am sorry that things have been quiet around here the past couple of days but I worked late on Friday night and yesterday was jam-packed – not a second to sit down with the computer! We’ll just skip over Friday because other than working 11 hours, there’s not much to report.

I had to teach a strength training class at 8 a.m. Saturday so I had a 6:30 wake up call. I reviewed my class plan while I ate a bowl of banana oatmeal and then headed to the Y. My class went well although I’m still adjusting to teaching these new classes that aren’t BodyPump. After teaching solely BodyPump for two years (which is pre-choreographed and very regimented), it’s challenging for me to “go freestyle” in these classes. But I’m enjoying the flexibility and I know it will get easier the more I do it!

It was a beautiful fall day here in Charlotte on Saturday so despite the cupcake project that was looming, I couldn’t resist taking Sullie for a quick run.

This is what happens when you try to get Sullie to pose for a picture. I was laughing at her! We ran three miles at a comfortable sub-nine minute mile pace. I have not run since last Saturday due to this nagging cold and I couldn’t believe how much better my legs felt today. I think I am finally recovered from the marathon! Speaking of which…

Brandon bought me this fun hat after the race! I’ve definitely been rocking it on my runs and to teach some of my classes! 😀

All I wanted for lunch was GREEN.

I made an awesome salad with spinach, sprouts, avocado, carrots, pears, dried cranberries, feta and pumpkin seeds with homemade balsamic vinaigrette (I just mix honey, dijon mustard, balsamic and olive oil – easy!). A slice of Great Harvest Whole Grain Goodness on the side.

And then Brandon and I got to work decorating the cupcakes for my niece’s first birthday party.

And voila! Piglets and frogs!

We were pleased with how everything turned out. Thank you to Brandon for all of his help! I am so lucky to have a creative husband. We packaged up the cupcakes for transport to the party (the most stressful part!) and hit the road. My sister in law had a fun cupcake tree to arrange them in and I think they looked great.

The birthday girl was out in full force cuteness.

While she played with all of her fun new toys, I did lots of snacking. I hit up the cheese plate pretty hard. Cheese and crackers with grapes is one of my all-time favorite appetizers.

And then it was cupcake time. The birthday girl wasn’t too sure of the cupcake at first.

But after her mom broke her off a little sample she was all about it!

My older niece went with the frogs. Right before she took a bite she said, “ribbit, ribbit.” It was hilarious.

Brandon and I saved our cupcakes for a late night treat because we had to head uptown for a concert. We saw Steep Canyon Rangers at the McGlohon Theatre.

Sorry for the terrible picture but I didn’t want to use my flash in the theater. This was our second time seeing Steep Canyon Rangers this year – they are incredibly talented. The fiddle player could easily play in any major orchestra in the country. If you like a folksy/bluegrass music you MUST check out this band.

After the concert we came home, ate cupcakes and crashed. It was a wonderful but busy Saturday! I’m off to make breakfast, write a plan for the class I’m teaching this afternoon and do some more work on the blog. Hoping to get a home yoga practice or run in too.

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  • 1
    Alaina November 14, 2010, 11:27 am

    Ah, so cute! Sullie, cupcakes and your nieces. 🙂 Are you going to/did you post the cupcake recipe?

    • 2
      Jen November 15, 2010, 1:59 pm

      alaina – i haven’t posted them yet but i’m going to try to get them up on my recipe blog in the next couple days! thanks for the compliments!!!

  • 3
    Emma (Sweet Tooth Runner) November 14, 2010, 2:35 pm

    Mmm those cupcakes look so GOOD! And your nieces are adorable! 🙂

  • 4
    Lindsay November 14, 2010, 3:21 pm

    Those are the cutest cupcakes I think that I have ever seen. I think that I am going to have to try and make cupcakes again because I havent made any since I was in grade school.

    Did you find directions for the cupcakes somewhere or did you just create the frogs up on your own??

    • 5
      Jen November 15, 2010, 1:58 pm

      lindsay – i will try to get the recipes/methods posted in the next couple days!

  • 6
    Becky November 14, 2010, 5:54 pm

    The cupcakes looked adorable and delicious! Teamwork at its best! The kiddies are such cuties, too!

  • 7
    Jen November 14, 2010, 8:16 pm

    Those cupcakes are adorable! You’re so talented 🙂

    And any marathon gear that says “finisher” makes me feel so hardcore!

    • 8
      Jen November 15, 2010, 1:58 pm

      oh, thank you jen. i must give brandon credit too – he’s so much help with cupcake projects 😀

  • 9
    kat November 15, 2010, 7:03 am

    we ran into rachael and steven at arthur’s around lunchtime on saturday…they invited us to come hang for football and the birthday event. we would have loved to but we were in town along with my 88 yr old granddad so it was family time for sure. we will be back around for thanksgiving, would love to get up w/ y’all, maybe for the ga/ga tech game that weekend if you’re around! we’ll be in touch soon! the party looked great and the cupcakes were adorable! next time!

    • 10
      Jen November 15, 2010, 1:57 pm

      kat – we will be in charlotte for thanksgiving and would love to get together! also, we keep talking about how ready we are for an asheville trip so we may be heading your direction soon too. thanks for the compliments on the cupcakes!

      • 11
        kat November 16, 2010, 4:35 pm

        y’all are more than welcome anytime! just give us about a week’s heads-up and we’re good to go. see you soon!

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