Playing Catch Up – January 2016

Oh hey!  Remember me?

Yes, I know I’ve been extremely absent from the blog and a lot of social media lately. I’ve been a little distracted by quite a bit of chaos.  And I know I don’t owe anyone an explanation, but I’m going to share it, because that’s what us bloggers do.

So what had happened was…….

December was a great month.  My hubby didn’t do much traveling so we got to spend a lot of family time together with the kiddos.  My brother-in-law came to visit us over the holidays and we loved every minute of it.  My kids just adore their Tio Victor. My son only says a dozen or so words, but he nailed saying “Victor” on the first day of his visit, so we knew right then there was going to be a special bond between them.  And throughout the two weeks he was here, it was evident that he’s a great influence in their lives.

Since we had him to help out with the kiddos, we took advantage and got some of our punch list done.  We (by “we” I mean “my hubby”) organized the garage and finally cleared out some of the clutter.  We donated a ton of baby items to friends and charity and we finally made room for our exercise equipment. garage shelves

We purchased a desk for me and hung shelving for my own little work space.  I’m absolutely thrilled about this too.  It’s not 100% finished, but it’s getting there.  I just need to tweak my storage methods to perfect the space.

Christmas day was very mild for us. Since I was still showing symptoms from the shingles, a couple of my family members decided to keep their distance, which I don’t blame them for, so we had a predominately quiet Christmas celebration. We opened presents early christmas morning then enjoyed a late lunch/early dinner with my parents and my brother.

My mother had to leave abruptly after eating because my grandmother was admitted into the hospital for some urgent symptoms. We would learn later that she had developed pulmonary embolisms and would need to stay in the hospital for some additional testing. After a few days of blood thinners and more tests, we learned that she has stage three cancer and would need to undergo weekly treatments of chemotherapy.

At this point, my grandmother is doing okay, but my heart is breaking knowing she is enduring such a gruesome process. It’s never easy to know that someone you love is going through any stage of suffering.  Cancer is a horrible disease, but we just continue to pray for her healing and believe that she will beat this. She’s a strong lady and I have no doubt that she can kick cancer’s butt!

kicking cancer

A couple days after Christmas, I drove over to Orlando to spend some time with my bestie.  She had flown over from California with her boyfriend to spend time with her brother and his family, who are also our friends, so we made a whole day of it.  My daughter and her niece are just the cutest little girls on the whole planet.  I love watching them play together.  Rossi and Madison


After letting the kiddos romp and play together for a couple days, it was time to celebrate Marci’s birthday with a couple cocktails.  We hung out at a little spot called Graffiti Junktion for beers and tequila.

Marci Brett


After a day of catching up with drinks toasting to the birthday girl, I had to return home to the fam.  I wish I could’ve spent more time with her and her man, but it just wasn’t in the cards.  After nearly ten years of friendship, I love how we are able to pick up where we left off.  It doesn’t matter if it’s been a month, or a year.  She gets me and we love each other unconditionally.

New Year’s Eve was a simple dinner at the house with my hubby and his brother.  We popped a couple bottles of wine and set off some fireworks with the kids before bedtime.ladera wineI’m embarrassed to admit that I didn’t make it to midnight.  After a few glasses of wine, I was toast.  My twenty-five year old self would make fun of the new me.  For reals.  I’m a party pooper.

On top of everything else that’s been going on, I decided to continue with my previous plan to run the Disney marathon this past weekend.  And I’m so glad that I did.  Because I had taken three weeks off from running due to having my shingles, I wasn’t sure just how to expect my body to respond to the stress.  Truth be told, I was more concerned about the shingles returning post marathon more than anything.  And technically, I’m not in the clear just yet.  However, since all my rash and the scabs had cleared up a few days before the race, I decided to go ahead and attempt it.

As it turns out, I was able to run it with one of the moms from our MRTT group.  It was her first marathon and I was thrilled to be able to run the whole way with her.  It was a proud moment for us both!

medal wdw


wdw marathon


All things considered, I’m feeling pretty accomplished.  We got some pretty great home organization projects completed and I ran my second marathon.  Not too shabby for a holiday vacation.  Next up, is Best Damn Race Jacksonville this weekend.  My legs are feeling okay, just a little sore, but nothing another epsom salt soak can’t help.  I’ll be reporting back with a full recap of the marathon soon enough.  And then I should be back to business with the regular posts on the blog.

I hope you’ve had a great start to your new year and I look forward to an awesome 2016!!


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What did you do over your holiday break?

Hey there! Thanks for stopping by my little space on the web. I'm Haley. I’m a digital marketer & social media strategist, a running coach, compulsive movie quoter, wannabe photographer, Capricorn, and a slightly sarcastic, ultra chatty extrovert living in Tampa with my awesome family. I love spending my time helping folks find their best self through fitness, health and wellness. I strive to help you live your best life, and enjoy the journey. Sometimes I write. It’s rarely worth reading, but I like to put it out there anyways.

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