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Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Proud to be an American!

Hope you are all having a great fourth of July, and celebrating in remembrance of those who fought for our country. Along with a little family time and food!


Last night we headed up to a local fireworks show that my family has gone to every year, as long as I can remember.

The twins loved the band, dancing, people watching glow sticks and the fireworks! Well, Baylee did. Tanner wasn’t to sure about them for the first 10 minutes…

Boys.. never stop moving.. he sure can groove.
We got home WAY past bedtime, but it was well worth it!
Today, I woke up at 6:30 to meet some of my favorite girls for a quick workout in the park!
We did this workout, this is one of my favorite workouts to do when on vacation, because you don’t need any equipment, and you can do it in a hotel room! It gets my heart rate up and it absolutely kills your core and gets that heart rate up with burpees and  adds a little fire to your legs with switch lunges!
Tara was about the only one to pull the splits out. I attempted with a big fail. This girl is no gumby any more..
After the workout we had plans to go to a parade that was close to our home but the twins slept in! The late night party wore them out! They slept until 10:30! What kind of mom would I be to disturb that sleep and not take a little nap myself?
When they woke up I made them a patriotic protein pancake breakfast!!
Patriotic Protein Pancakes!
  • 1 1/2 cup old fashioned oats
  • 1/2 cup Vanilla Greek Yogurt 
  • 1/2 scoop vanilla protein powder
  • 1 very ripe banana, mashed
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon 
  • 1 egg
  • Blueberries
  • Strawberries

Add all ingredients except blueberries and strawberries into a blender and blend until combined well. Pour on hot skillet and  drop desired amount of blueberries on top of each batter blob. Wait about 1 minute to flip, these do not bubble they ended up being a little more dense. Let cook on other side for another minute.
Top with dollop of Greek yogurt and blueberries and sliced strawberries!
They loved them! I’m pretty sure Tanner could of eaten the entire box of blueberries himself!
It wouldn’t be the fourth of July without a family BBQ and swim party! Brent's family all got together for some food and fun.
Tanner and Baylee are now LOVING the water!
Burgers were served! Check out the spread!
I filled my plate with a lean ground turkey burger, tomatoes, lettuce, deviled egg, asparagus, and a little fruit! I went back for seconds for more of that watermelon! It was the best watermelon I have had all season.


We came home to put the babies down for a nap and Brent and I caught up on the Bachelorette.. classy. Buh bye Chris. Hate to break it to you, but you can blame your sister..
When it cooled down a little bit,
I RAN!!!
I took a little test run with my quad to see how it would feel. Do I dare say it feels better? I can still feel it a little bit but it didn’t get worse as I kept going. I was able to complete 3 miles. I felt great endurance wise but couldn’t ignore the quad. I promised myself if it hurt I would stop. It did hurt, but nothing bad enough to scare me to stop. It felt AMAZING to run! I missed it.. but I still am going to keep it easy, I have a half marathon next weekend… I’m not sure about it yet. I told Brent if I can’t then he could. He. is. stoked. Winking smile
The rest of the night we just hung out with a few neighbors and shot of a few fireworks to wrap up the holiday.
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Happy Fourth!!


  1. What a great day and congrats on the run- hope you are able to run that half :)!

  2. What a healthy & fun filled weekend you've had! The twins are so cute. Glad they've had a rocking weekend too. I want those pancakes

  3. Woo! JAM PACKED DAY! I thought for a second about coming to the park, then I was up until 4:30 AM and nixed that idea haha. The BBQ spread looks so good and so do your pancakes! Glad you got to run. I just don't want you to hurt anymore.

  4. Sounds like a FABULOUS 4th Candice! I'm glad your quad is feeling better and you were able to get out for a run! I hope it continues to get better and you can run your half! Have a great day!