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    I'm Lauren and this is a blog dedicated to living life with a healthy balance. I love to run, strength train, bike and just be downright active. I'm a marathoner as of April 24, 2010 and am currently looking forward to qualifying for the Boston Marathon.

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Party Number 1- Done

We’re back from Patrick’s graduation party and we had fun hanging out, enjoying our rooftop deck and eating some good food.

We love our rooftop deck for parties but I love it especially for laying out and getting some sun.  They had some cornhole set up for gaming later.

And I got to show off my now normal looking toes!!!  So excited that my toes are completely back to normal as of last night!  Summer, flip-flop weather ready!

We had a photo shoot on the rooftop before the party began.

He’s pretty stinkin’ sexy.

Take one for me:

Take two because I didn’t like the first one as much.

Much better!  Now onto the par-tay!!!

I had a couple of bites of potato salad, baked beans, taco dip, a few chips and a hot dog.  Not too filling but just right.

Just right, especially after a few bites of decadent dessert.

A chocolate chip cheesecake ball which I didn’t finish all of and two bites of each cupcake (chocolate fudge and lemon).

I’m learning to share my food more and more so I don’t find myself overindulging.  Works like a charm.  Such a simple concept but being raised in the South, I was taught to clean my plate and it’s hard to get out of that mentality most of the time.

When we went inside to say goodbye, they had the fondue rolling so I dipped one strawberry, one piece of pineapple and one bite of banana in the melted chocolate.  With a couple of plain pieces of pineapple too.

The hubs, me, Jack, and the college graduate, Patrick.

The sweet dog, Marie.  They had to adorn her with a barrette with the University of Louisville’s colors for where Patrick graduated from.  I love little Miss Marie.

And she loves me, obviously.

We couldn’t stay long because we’re off and running to a wedding after a quick wardrobe change.  I have loved today already and I know it’s only to get better with witnessing another man and woman entering into the blessing of marriage.  It only gets better by the day, people, better by the day.  Can’t wait to go throw on my party dress and have a blast tonight with my groom!!  See you later gators.

What A Day

And what a day it has been.  After I left you all earlier, I headed for a ten mile run.  I decided to run on the dreadmill treadmill at the hotel gym instead of running along the river.  I felt better in my heart about it since there weren’t many people out and about this morning.  I love to run outside but I don’t want to be unsafe either.  Especially since it’s an area and city I don’t really know.

The hubs popped in on me and I decided to end my run at 5 miles and us walk to the local farmer’s market down the street instead.

I forgot how hard it is to run on a treadmill.  I was literally dripping with sweat due to not having an outside breeze.  The monotony of the treadmill doesn’t help things either but I like being able to up my pace easily and push myself hard.

I love they had fresh towels and bottles of water for us in the gym.  Have I mentioned how much I love this hotel?!

We walked to the farmer’s market and I loved it.  We’ve never been to a farmer’s market before and I can’t believe the first one we went to was in a whole other state and city!  Louisville has a great farmer’s market from what we hear and we will definitely be frequenting it this year!!

Lots of fresh strawberries, veggies, and herbs.

We didn’t buy anything just because we didn’t want to have to worry about it on the 13 hour drive back home but I can’t wait to go to our farmer’s market at home!!

It was time to get ready to head to Grandmother Watson’s surprise party before we knew it.  We arrived and I immediately snapped pictures of the food before everyone arrived so I wouldn’t get so many weird looks on why I was snapping pictures of food.  🙂

Fruits and veggies!

The cake!!

They were serving fried duck as a starter while we were waiting.  I tried one tiny piece.  Not my cup of tea.

One half of the spread.  Fried chicken legs and fried catfish.  I had one piece of fried catfish.

Deviled Eggs, Chicken Salad on croissants and the fried duck.

The other half of the spread.  Fresh salad and crawfish etouffee (which is a classic Louisiana dish).

Grandmother Watson finally arrived and we were so excited!  I haven’t seen her in over a year so I couldn’t wait to get some Grandmother loving!  Isn’t she the cutest?!

Hugging on her grandson (aka: my hubs)

The sweetest woman ever.  I love her.  And am thankful to be a part of the Watson family.

Here’s my plate.  Lots of salad (I ended up having two helpings), a tad bit of crawfish etouffee, a piece of fried catfish, lots of fruit, deviled eggs (I ended up eating a couple), and a slice of the chicken salad on the croissant.

They also had this shrimp dip with some amazing crackers that I snacked on later.  So good!!  No picture though.  Sorry!

Cake came a little while later.

Four of the Watson men sang Grandmother a song for her birthday.  It was too terribly sweet because it was like a little barber shop quartet.

Cousin Brian, Uncle Charley, Father-in-law Tom and the Hubs.

It was a big hit!  Lots of family pictures afterwards.

The kids.  Charley, Grandmother, D’An and Tom.

The grandkids.

Grandkids plus grandkids by marriage.

The hubs and I.

My in-laws.

The original three.

A picture with Grandmother of course.

We ended up heading over to Grandmother’s and hung out for a little while with the family before we headed back to our hotel.

I immediately put on my running gear so I could hit the treadmill again.

I pounded out 3.5 miles and decided it was time for a walk around downtown and maybe some dinner along the way.

We headed out and ended up walking and stopping at this place called Schlittz & Giggles.  The hubs ordered a ten inch personal size pepperoni pizza and I decided I didn’t want anything.  I was still pretty full from our late surprise lunch and I’m never that hungry after I immediately run.

I did eat one pepperoni though.  🙂  The hubs practically force fed it to me.  He gets worried when I turn down food, especially pizza.  You all know how much I love pizza so it was a pretty big deal that I declined.  I just wasn’t feeling it tonight and am glad I listened to my food voice instead of food noise and refrained.  I feel great and I’m getting super excited about breakfast at our hotel in the morning!  It’s going to be another early morning.  We’re waking up at 5:30 to head down to breakfast at 6 and then we’re hitting the road by 7 a.m.!  It’s going to be another long day of traveling but worth it because there is no place like home.

Hope you all had a great Saturday!  See you after breakfast hopefully!  I’m thinking I might splurge and order a made to order waffle or pancakes.  We shall see!

Do you like running on the treadmill or outside?

I’m definitely an outside runner!!