Weekend recap.

I picked a rather normal, uneventful weekend to do a recap of but you know what, sometimes that is what I love reading about most on other blogs, simple, ordinary, day-to-day life. My parents stayed with us the weekend prior and we went to Tracy’s Taste of the Valley festival and were pretty busy all weekend so we knew we wanted to take it easy this weekend. Sometimes those are the best weekends, the ones with no plans. Friday morning started out with my little baby looking way too big. I swear, the times goes by even faster with number two, what a sweetheart!


Friday afternoon, Lyla, Sophie and I headed to downtown Tracy. We had an amazing drink at this adorable coffee shop when we first moved here and I promised Lyla we would go back one day. When I walked out of my bedroom wearing a hat, Lyla said, “Oh, I’m going to wear my hat too so we can match,” um, heart melting! Hearing things like that makes me so happy. When I was little, I used to love to match my mom. I’ll be sad when these days are over. Here we are in our hats ready to head downtown.


My hubby took my car to work that day so we got to cruise around in his car, a Chevy Volt. It was my first time driving an electric, hybrid car and I was a little hesitant. Maybe I thought it would drive differently or something, I don’t know what it was but I was scared. Of course, there was no reason to be. I actually loved driving his car. I missed the space of mine (I have a GMC Terrain) but it was fast, zippy and used no gas, winning! Plus, it looked all futuristic inside.



Our first stop was Baristas.We discovered this place back in July when we went to the Farmers Market downtown and Lyla had to use the restroom. It was super hot that day so we ducked into the closest place we could find to use the restroom. We ended up ordering the best drink ever, the strawberry lemonade blended. We are loyal Starbucks customers and I mean loyal but we just love this place. It’s adorable and everything we’ve ever tried there has been really, really good. I love the feel of it, its got a good vibe and is decorated so cute. Lyla, of course, ordered her strawberry lemonade blended and I decided on a pumpkin caramel nut mocha blended. I never order these type of coffee drinks because I know they are typically very high in calories but I am so glad I did. This drink was amazing. I keep raving to my hubby that he has to try this place. I cannot wait to go back and try more items off the extensive menu. We’ve only tried the baked goods but the lunch food looks great as well.


We walked around downtown for a bit, stopping in a few of the stores there and browsing around. Lyla is the best window shopping buddy. She asked me to take her picture in what she called the “secret garden” – here she is. It was getting pretty hot so we decided to head home.


We made a quick stop at Safeway and Sophie was being her typical, smiley self. She has such a happy persona 🙂


Sometimes John gets home later on Friday nights so the girls and I went ahead and ate dinner. I snapped this pic and sent it to him to let him know his dinner was ready and waiting, nice and warm. I made balsamic chicken in the crock pot and it came out so good.

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Saturday morning came and Lyla, who started to complain of a sore throat on Friday, woke up feeling really sick as did I. It was such a bummer because we had plans to work around the house this weekend and I was in no shape to be doing that. We did go to Costco for the first time since we’ve lived in Tracy (exciting!) and I’m happy to report that it was barely crowded! Costcos in San Jose are notorious for being insanely crowded all the time, especially on the weekends and it was pretty crazy to see one that wasn’t that busy, especially on a Saturday. I love going to Costco. We aren’t regular Costco shoppers so when we do go, I love to browse around and go up and down every aisle, much to my hubby’s delight.


Sophie has only recently started to ride in the cart so it was really exciting to see both of my girls in the double cart – Lyla is smothering her sister as usual – lol.


Can anyone guess where we went to dinner on Saturday night? Does the picture below give you any hints?


Yep, Five Guys! I texted John on Thursday and said, I’m craving a cheeseburger bad and we are getting one this weekend. I knew that would  make my hubby happy because he loves burgers and I only eat them every so often. We eat very, very healthy during the week and I workout 4-5 times a week so when I crave a burger, I let myself enjoy one, everything in moderation is my motto. Boy was it good!



Saturday night I started to feel really sick and I hate being sick. I absolutely cannot stand it. I’m a go, go, go type of person and I don’t like it when I can’t do all the things I’m used to doing. I was also planning to go on a long, solo run Sunday morning and I was so bummed my throat starting to hurt really bad. Sophie also started showing the same symptoms as Lyla and she was not happy about it. She has never been sick in her eight months of life and she was just super fussy and had a hard time getting to sleep that night. We were all hanging out in our bedroom and Lyla asked me to take some pictures of her and her girl, her mini Lyla, in their matching pajamas. This made me smile even though I was feeling so bad.


Sophie slept horribly Saturday night and so did I. I woke up Sunday feeling like I had been hit by a truck so my plans of going on a long run and doing some yard work were replaced with sitting on the couch and trying to rest… kind of a hard thing to do when you have two kids. My sweet hubby went out to Jamba Juice to get smoothies for Lyla and I. Normally, I make smoothies for us almost every day but we were all out of frozen fruit and I was not in the mood to make anything. Thankfully my appetite returned around dinner time and John made an amazing meal. We had picked up the most beautiful piece of Halibut at Costco on Saturday and he prepared it just wonderfully.


So there you have it, our weekend recap! We were home a lot since the girls and I were sick and as I type this, I’m still sick and nowhere near feeling better. I hope to shake this virus soon!

Our Sunday.

I know today is Tuesday and by now Sunday is becoming but a distant memory BUT I started this post and I’m going to finish it! I really want to get into a more regular blogging schedule when I find the time, here’s hoping! Anyways, back to Sunday…

All I was thinking about before bed on Saturday was my run on Sunday morning. I.love.to.run. It is my therapy and my favorite form of exercise. I’m going to devote an entire post to my love running one of these days. That is just how much I love it. And Sunday runs are that much sweeter since I get to do them ALONE. I love my babies through and through but there is nothing like running alone to get me centered and ready for a busy week. Needless to say, I was anxious to get to bed on Saturday night so I could enjoy my very rare “me” time on Sunday morning.

As I was getting ready, my hubby informed me there was an earthquake that morning! Around 3am, there was a 6.0 quake in South Napa. We did not feel a thing and we are just under two hours from Napa. We were texting with my brother who lives in L.A. asking if we were okay and watching the devastation on the news. There hasn’t been a quake that big since the Loma Prieta quake in 89. An interesting fact, the home my parents live in now was flattened in that quake (they were not living there at the time, we were still in Florida). Not sure if that is interesting or scary but when it was rebuilt they put in major earthquake protection and that fact always makes me feel better. As a native Floridian, earthquakes scare me big time. Just the thought of the earth moving and shaking is unreal to me. I have felt about five or six quakes since I have lived here and they still scare me. The worst was when I was working for Acer. Their offices were on the 15th floor in downtown San Jose and the quake made the building sway. My hubby always says they are fun, must be a California thing.

My heart goes out to Napa. It is a region that we absolutely LOVE. We got there once or more a year to wine taste and enjoy the beautiful scenery and it makes me so sad they have to go through this. We even have a little “Black Friday” wine tasting tradition we do every year and have celebrated countless birthdays, anniversaries and just amazing times there. Seeing the pictures of all the lost wine is heartbreaking. Not because we can’t drink it, although that is a bummer, but because I’m sure the winemakers who poured their heart and soul into the wine are devastated. Winemaking is such an art and I hope and pray all the people affected by this tragedy recover well.


So with a heavy heart, I got moving. This is me all sweaty and happy after a glorious three-mile run. Some runs are better than others but this one was great. Pandora played all my favorite songs to keep me moving and the weather was warm but not stifling. And my headphones were charged, yay! Most of the time, I usually forget to charge them and don’t realize it until its too late. These headphones are the jam by the way. I have tiny ears and have had an issue with getting headphones to fit my entire life but my hubby changed all that when he got me these headphones for Christmas one year. They are Bluetooth and they stay in my ear for my entire run. It is a huge pet peeve of mine to have to mess with my headphones during my run, it takes me out of the zone.


After showers and breakfast, Toys R Us was next on the agenda. Lyla received a gift card from her Uncle Jon and was desperate to use it. This little girl loves to shop (she is my mini-me after all) and this card was burning a hole in her pocket. We decided to head to the Toys R Us in Dublin since there are none in Tracy, much to my daughter’s dismay. Lyla likes to take her time and look at everything before making a decision. In the end, she ended up with a Frozen light-up castle, Frozen dress-up shoes and a Frozen charm bracelet. She was a happy girl!!


By this time, my hubby was ready to get back home, back to the Niner game and back to relaxing. We’ve been busier than ever this summer and this was one of our first weekends where we had nothing specifically planned, that is pretty rare for us. We got home, ate lunch, watched the game and relaxed, it was perfect. Soph went down for a nap so I decided to go to the grocery store. Lyla came along with me and we got some rare, mommy and Lyla quality time. It was so nice. Even though it was just a trip to the grocery store, it was still so special. I love this girl so much.


I hoped you enjoyed this look at our Sunday!!