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5 Years Ago Today…

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I married my best friend. 

We had the PERFECT day.

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I gained a HUGE new family.

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I had a special dance with my Dad.

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I smashed cake on B’s face.

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We wore Mickey Ears.

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We had saw the most beautiful sunset. 

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We ate, drank and danced the night away!

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We ended the night with a beach bonfire.

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We realized how lucky we are to have amazing family and friends.

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I never realized my life could get any better than that day, but 5 years later it just keeps getting better.  It is amazing how fast time goes by, and I still couldn’t be happier to be married to my best friend and the most wonderful man on the planet.  He continues to be my champion, my rock and my hero.  Yes, he drives me crazy sometimes and I know I sure drive him bonkers at times.  We’re not perfect, but we have found our perfection.  I can’t wait to see what the next 5, 10, 15, 20+ years have in store!

I love you B!

25 People, A Muddy Yard & One Bathroom

A few months ago B came up with the idea of having his entire family (all 23 of them) over to the house for a barbecue this summer.  Most of his family haven’t been to our house since they live almost 2 hours away and we figured it was time.  We’ve been here for almost 5 years now!  Plus, after all the crappy things that went on this winter, we figured that life is too short to not spend it with your family…no matter how crazy they may be.  We picked the date of June 14th and left it at that.

Who knew June 14th would come so quickly!  Last week was full of running errands and stressing about having all of these people at my house.  I don’t think we have ever had more than 8 people here at one time, so this was going to be interesting.  Plus, it had rained for the entire week leading up to this (with crazy downpours the day before!), so the backyard was a squishy mess with many areas of pooled mud.  Lovely.  My reclusive nature was definitely going to be put to the test.

The good news…everything went great and the family had a blast and the day turned out to be gorgeous!  We set up a canopy for shade along with a few tables for everyone to sit.  Yeah some of the chairs sunk in to the ground, but it worked.  Plus we have the patio where most people seemed to congregate so they didn’t sink 😉

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The FIFA World Cup started last week, so most of the men stayed inside to watch that.  They missed out on all the good times outside…whatever, their loss.

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We thought ahead and got some toys for the kids so they would be entertained.  The boys spent most of the time in the front yard playing soccer and the girls loved the hula hoops!  There was even a contest…can you guess who won?

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Even B tried to get in on the action, but this is about the extent of his hula hooping skills…

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The highlight of day for the girls was when I took them down to see the basement and they discovered my exercise equipment!  I couldn’t get them off of the treadmill and they were lifting weights like crazy!  Obviously I kept encouraging them because girls who lift are pretty rad!

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Afterwards they all collapsed on the couch…

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Overall, the day was great!  Having one bathroom for 25 people proved to be a bit tricky as the tank didn’t fill up with water quick enough for the constant use which caused a bit of a panic for some people.  Thankfully we figured out a system and told people to wait at least 5 minutes before heading in there after someone came out…seemed to do the trick.

Also, the cats weren’t to thrilled with all these people in their house.  I kept them in the bedroom so there wasn’t a chance for one of them to go outside or get manhandled by the kids.  They were still a bit freaked out.  Cleo curled up on the floor in B’s clothes and Neala set up camp in the closet among my sneakers.  Poor spoiled kitties 🙁

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The day was full of laughs, good food and family!  That’s what life should be about, right?  Hey maybe we’ll even make this a yearly tradition!

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What do you do for big family get togethers?

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It’s Not Everyday You See A Rubber Duck Race!

When I first heard about the Milford Harbor Duck Race, I knew it was something I had to see.  I have an affinity for strange events and this is definitely one of them.  Thousands of rubber ducks being dumped off a bridge by a front loader and then traveling down the rapids to declare a single winner?!  Yeah, that’s right up my alley.  

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The race was set to go down at 2pm, so I met up with my friends Kat a little after 1 to walk around and check out everything else that was going on.  Apparently this is a big event in town…there were people all over the place!  We headed over to Fowler Field where all the action was happening, but on the way we noticed a serious pond scum issue at the finish line…ewwww.

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Rubber duck races, aka derby duck races, are actually very popular fundraising events worldwide, but mainly in North America, England and Australia.  Who knew?!  The way it works is that you buy a duck (this race was $5 per duck) with a number on it.  All of the ducks are then dumped into some sort of body of water and the winners get some awesome prizes.  The money is then donated to various charities.  What a great idea!  

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I really was surprised at how big an event this was.  Local radio personalities Chaz and AJ were there, a station was set up where you could paint a duck, along with many local vendors.  

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There was a huge area for kids to play with carnival type games and tons of blow up houses and slides.

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And if you were hungry, there was great food from local restaurants like Joey C’s Roadhouse, Milford Green Pizza and Taste & See Cupcakes.

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There really weren’t a ton of things to do for us, so we grabbed some iced teas and took in one of my favorite past times…people watching.  Festivals like this are so great for that! About 5 min before the race was about to start we got on the VERY crowded pedestrian bridge to watch the race.  And that is where we came across the cutest duck of the day!

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That outfit is seriously ridiculous.  He looks like a cross between a super cute duck and a mop.  Love it.  

Then it was time to release the ducks…in my opinion, the best part.  The front loader full of ducks was escorted by a giant walking duck mascot to the bridge at the top of the Wepawaug River (hey that’s the same river I went hiking along a few weeks ago!) and dumbed them in.  It was a yellow waterfall of ducks and it was hysterical!

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And just like that, they were down the rapids!  The river was moving pretty swiftly from all the rain we had earlier in the week, so it didn’t take very long for them to make their way down.

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There was even a drone flying overhead capturing all the action!

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They passed under the bridge and made their way to the finish line and down the chute. There was a whole committee there to grab the winning ducks.

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The Winner!

The whole race took about 5 minutes, but it was highly entertaining.  It’s not everyday that you get to see people cheering on rubber ducks.  However, it probably should be…imagine how happy everyone would be 🙂

Have you ever been to a duck race?

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As A New Year Begins…

As 2013 came to an end, I couldn’t help reflect on all of the good, the bad and the ugly that has gone on this year.  I’m not one for resolutions, in fact, I actually despise them.  It’s basically a way to set yourself for failure.  But I always like to look back, reflect and see how I can improve.  Here are the things that stuck out to me:

Strength & Fitness

I’ve been going strong with CrossFit for about a year and a half now and I really want to take it to the next level in 2014.  My progress have been kind of stagnant in many movements due to the tightness in my hips, but I am committed to work on my hip mobility at home and with my coach.  Look I even got my own WOD this week!

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This year I want to work on my form, particularly with snatches and overhead squats, I want to work on my double unders because they basically don’t exist now, and to FINALLY get a pull up.  3…2…1…GO!  

Health

I’ve been plagued with this crappy (pun intended) disease and for the past few months it has gotten the best of me.  It has consumed my thoughts, my emotions and my overall feeling of wellness.  It’s really hard to not let that happen, especially after dealing with it for over 10 years with no end in sight.  My doctors have recommended that I try Humira, but I just don’t feel like it’s the right thing for me right now.  

Persevere

So I’m going to overcome it this year.  I can’t get in a funk like this again…I just can’t because it actually makes my symptoms worse.  If I have a flare, I will deal with it head on.  I will focus more on my food and try to pin point what if anything is affecting me.     

Smile & Explore

I have an amazing family and live in a beautiful area.  B and I tend to waste our weekends away at home on our computers or in front of the TV.  There is so much out there that we haven’t experienced and I want to make a point to get out there (when it gets warmer of course!) and enjoy it!

Sarah-Barry-EpcotOn the list for this year:

All of these are within 3 hours from home…so what’s my excuse??

I want to make this a great year and I hope you’ll come along with me for the ride!

What do you want to do this year?

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Sunday Funday: 11/3/13

Gah it’s November!  I decided this weekend the I am not a fan of November 1st – March 16th and here are the reasons why:

  1. It’s cold.
  2. It’s dark.
  3. It snows.
  4. Socks are required.
  5. The Holidays (yeah yeah…ba humbug!)
  6. It snows.

During these months, Operation Hibernation goes into effect in my house and on the weekends we crank up the pellet stove and cuddle with cats.  Well, I guess it’s not all that bad 🙂

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 Well it’s been a strange week around here, but thankfully I’m starting to feel better.  Thank you to everyone for all the well wishes…I seriously love you all and you have no idea what that means to me.  I also want to thank everyone who supported me at Barbells for Boobs last weekend!  It was an amazing event and I actually surprised myself with what I could do.  I’ll have a full recap up this week, but here’s a preview of my hotness…oh who am I kidding, more like awkward faces…

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Besides fasting and lifting heavy things, here are a few other things that caught my eye this week…

Best Fitness Costume totally goes to this guy…

My best friend got a baby goat this week and I can’t deal with the cuteness! 

Oh and something that has made me cry laughing this week…Amy from The Ellen Degeneres Show going through haunted houses…amazing!

And really, always remember…don’t be a douche!

Always remember, laugh even when things feel crappy…they can only go up from here! xoxo 🙂

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