4th of July Weekend 2016

I know it’s been almost a week, but I realized I never recapped my 4th of July weekend! We decided since we would be with family, to go ahead and celebrate my birthday early (it’s not until the13th). I picked up EK after lunch from daycare so she would nap in the car on the way to Louisiana. When we arrived, my parents had bought her a fun pool toy that also sprays water (it comes out of the top of the palm tree and comes down the “waterfall” where the blue streamers are). Sadly, the “slide” on the pool isn’t really something you can slide on, but she still had fun.

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We BBQ’ed and then had cake and ice cream. Check out my cake with LSU colors! I had my favorite of course, chocolate doberge cake (it’s a New Orleans thing, Google it. It’s delicious.)

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Saturday my dad and I went to buy Emma Kate a small slide so she could slide into the pool. We ran a couple other errands and visited their neighbors dog. Look how sweet she is holding his hand!

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My parents have a nest of babies, well, one baby and two eggs, right outside their house that we visited as well.

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Then that afternoon it was more pool fun, this time with an actual slide. She must have gone down it 100 times and she slept 13 hours that night!

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Sunday morning I decided to go for a 6 mile run. Little did I know the “feels like” temperature was 108! I didn’t know this until I was done. I just thought I was out of running shape because I haven’t been doing it much lately. it was brutal and I had to take it slow the last two miles in particular. Of course I wore my red white and blue stars running skirt.

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In the afternoon we went and got snowballs which was perfect for such a hot day. I had wedding cake cream of course.

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That evening, my buddy Jen and her family came over to eat with us and play in the water. The kids played outside for a long time! Look how adorable these friends are. They were holding hands and hugging!

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It was great to see them as always. We realized after that we didn’t take a picture together! Next time.

Monday morning we played at the house, ran a couple errands, and then loaded up the car to head home after lunch. One of these days we will be able to get everyone in a photo, but here are the Montgomery girls!

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We got home and we needed to water the grass. Of course Emma Kate used the opportunity to play in the water…again. As if she hadn’t had enough of that over the weekend.

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I think we were all wiped out after such a fun weekend. Can’t wait for the next one!

QOTD: What was your favorite part of the 4th of July?

All 4 Run: Virtual Run Recap + 4th of July

I completed my “All 4 Run” virtual race this past weekend. Gone for a RUN put on yet another fun race with a great shirt and medal included. I ran on Friday July 3rd because I knew the 4th would be pretty busy!

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It was a hot morning and I didn’t get started until mid morning. I’m really not sure why I thought this time frame was a good idea.

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I ran one of my favorite routes in a nearby neighborhood and tried to find some shade. It was tough and hilly, but I got it done! Of course I had to dress the patriotic part, too. While my time didn’t reflect a race pace, I am glad I had a fun event of my own to participate in.

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I really enjoyed doing this run. I decided not to run our local 4th of July 5k because it’s very hot and very crowded, and we had two parties to attend that day so this worked out better for me. I hope everyone had a great holiday weekend and that you were able to get a race or a run in!

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On the 4th of July, we had two fun parties to go to. Our life group at church had a lunch get together, and our neighborhood had a dinner potluck plus fireworks. It was fun to have a full day of hanging out with friends and meeting some of my neighbors (we have a pretty big neighborhood so a ton of people I don’t know).

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Emma Kate’s shoes stayed on for about 2.5 minutes. Oh well. I got to wear my flag sandals that I wear exactly one time per year.

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QOTD: Have you ever participated in a virtual run?

As a Gone for a run Ambassador, I received free entry into the virtual race.

4th Recaps + My Favorite Party Recipe

Hey everyone! Happy holiday weekend! I know a lot of people are off work today (sadly I am not one of them), but I just waned to hop on and wish everyone a safe and happy 4th of July. I will be running my virtual race this weekend and reporting back on that next week, and on Sunday we head to Destin!

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Don’t worry, I will be sharing lots of photos and such (make sure you are following me on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, and the newest, PERISCOPE!) I am @HeathersLG. I plan to do some live broadcasting from the beach yall!

Check out my 2013 4th of July recap here, and my 2013 4th of July recap here. I also have two 2011 recaps here and here. Clearly I enjoy being festive and celebrating holidays!

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I also wanted to share my “go to” BBQ/picnic dessert recipe, chocolate éclair pie. It’s SUPER easy to make and always a big hit. Have fun, shoot fireworks, and don’t point roman candles at people. Happy Independence Day!

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QOTD: Any fun parties to go to this weekend? Do you dress up?

4th of July Plans + Virtual Race

I love holidays, so in my mind it’s never too early to start planning for the 4th of July! This year we have a lot going on, but I’m really excited.

First of all, Gone for a RUN is hosting another great virtual run. This one is a four mile race. Just sign up, receive your race packet in the mail, and run, walk, or crawl the 4 miles on the course of your choice during the race window. In exchange you will receive a REAL finisher’s medal! You will also get a race shirt (either a Women’s Athletic Tank Top, Men’s Lifestyle Tee or Youth Short Sleeve Tee), real race bib (no downloads!) and a car magnet.

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Race will be held July 2nd-5th.
In order to ship your race packet in time for the race, please register by June 22nd. Here is a close up of the medal. I love it!

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If my quad is cooperating, then I plan to run the local Watermelon 5k in Jackson. It’s a big fun race but it’s going to be super hot I’m sure so we will see what happens.

Also, our life group from church is having a 4th of July party. We will have BBQ, slip n slide for the kids, and everyone is dressing up in their red, white, and blue. It’s going to be so much fun, I can’t wait. I love dressing up for themed parties so this is right up my alley. Here are a couple photos from years past:

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QOTD: What are you doing for 4th of July?

Disclosure: as a Gone for a RUN ambassador I received a free entry into this race, however all opinions are my own.




4th of July Recap 2013

Bobby and I woke up and hit the gym before driving to my parents how for a little 4th of July BBQ. We had to drop the dogs off with them since we are going to the beach today! My dad already had the grill fired up, and we had a delicious lunch.

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I wore my flag shoes I wear once a year.

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We didn’t stay outside long, it was so hot and humid!

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My mom did a great job of decorating.

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Even the pups were decorated. They love holidays, too ya know!

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Friday morning, Bobby and I went for a seven mile run. I can still be patriotic on July 5th, right?

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We had a great day with my parents, and ate lots of good food. It was just a quick visit, but we will be back in a week for my birthday! Today we are on the road headed to Destin, FL. The dogs are being watched, the house is being watched, and we are ready for some fun in the (hopefully) sun. It’s been quite rainy this week so I am praying it clears out. I can’t wait to tell you all about this great place we are staying. Yall are going to love it!

Have a great weekend with your family and friends. I will still be blogging so don’t worry!

QOTD: What did you do for the 4th of July?

4th of July Weekend Fun

 

Good morning! happy July 2! We are now officially in my BIRTHDAY MONTH! So who watched the Olympic Gymnastics team trials last night? I have been watching men’s and women’s since Thursday, I’m hooked! I think the selection committee got it right for ladies gymnastics. I loved seeing the girls come out with tears in their eyes, I was so excited for them and I know their families and friends must be so proud. I can’t wait for the Olympics and am so stoked to see all the athletes competing for the great USA!!! Can’t you tell I’m patriotic?!?

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Ok, wait, let’s back up a bit before we get to my outfit! This weekend we went to my parents house because we had some business in town plus a wedding to go to. You may have seen a couple of photos I posted on yesterday’s post about the wedding. So we got into town Friday evening and the girls were thrilled as usual to see Grammy and Grandpa.

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Saturday was the wedding in New Orleans. Hello NOLA!

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The ceremony was very nice, but the heat was killing me just walking into the church!

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and the reception was right next to the superdome where my beloved Saiints play football!

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We ate plenty of food and listened to awesome cajun music with plenty of fun and dancing.

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They even had a photo booth! When I saw the Minnie and Mickey ears we of course, had to take photos! I love how ours came out.

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Sunday morning, we got up and ran 5.5 miles in this lovely heat wave. It was slow an steady, and I was so happy to be done! It was a cut back week for us, so we have ten miles next Saturday.

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We showered and packed up and headed to my cousins house for a 4th of July BBQ.

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Yes my dad is wearing a headband

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so. much. food.

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my mom made cookies and these awesome cake ball type things, but better!

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my cousin made these strawberries

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my crafty mom put this together as well

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We ate, we swam in the pool, good times were had by all, but now I need a weekend to recover from the weekend! Anyone else?

QOTD: What did you do this weekend? Any 4th of July celebrating?

More Fun on the 4th

 

I am loving that it’s already hump day! How bout you? As promised, here are the pictures from our 4th of July BBQ. Thankfully, it was overcast, and we were able to eat outside. The only annoying thing was the FLIES! ug.

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of course I had festive plates and napkins, are you REALLY surprised?

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Bobby playing with lighter fluid….

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GAH!

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chillin’ and grillin’ with Nicole and Hampton.

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Notice Bella is ALWAYS under the table looking for scraps…

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my plate. yum. cheeseburger, fried okra, baked beans, chips.

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Bobby’s plate, of course. For dessert I made an éclair pie (recipe to come) and of course, we had watermelon!

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not real sure why Bobby looks like a ghost? spooky.

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I will have you know that after I bit into this I proceeded to get juicy watermelon all. over. myself. As only I can do, right? We ended up chatting until 10:45!!! Let’s just say we are both exhausted and paying for it today! Good times were had by all, hope we can do it again soon!

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Yesterday, I set out after 9:00 am (big mistake, way too hot/humid!) for a 3 mile run. I was ho hum, running along, when about 15 feet in front of me a HUGE (like 3.5-4 feet long) black snake slithers across the road to the other side and into the tall grass! Oh. my. gosh. I wanted to die. I am certain all the blood drained from my face. Tears welled up in my eyes and I had t stop myself form crying. I of course froze…then turned around and HAULED BUTT in the other direction!!! Yall….you have no idea how badly I HATE snakes. They terrify, TERRIFY me! I won’t ever EVER run that road alone again. That booger totally ruined it for me. For the rest of my run I ran right smack in the middle of the road and looked down, darting back and forth in the grass. How chicken am I? Make fun all you want, say he is more afraid of me blah blah blah, you won’t convince me. I have the chills just thinking about it.

ANN-E-WAY….I ran pretty fast, I think I just wanted to get HOME! My left knee has been hurting me a lot after I run under my kneecap and on the inside, and gets really stiff after sitting for awhile Thoughts? runners knee? I’m just not sure. I ordered new shoes from running warehouse, hopefully they get here in the next couple of days. I think I will cross train tomorrow instead of run. I am SO tired of being hurt!

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skirted up in: mums midnight RS and Azure performance tank

QOTD: So, did YOU have any watermelon this weekend?!? hhhmmmm?

Festive-ness

 

Tuesday already?!? Does everyone feel extra spry after a 3 day weekend? I know I loved having hubby home for the extra day. Makes a ton of difference if you ask me! In case you missed some weekend posts because you were BBQing or shooting out people’s eyes with fireworks, you can catch up below:

Friday Favorites: Smoothies

Jambalaya Recipe

Runner’s World Skirted

July Goals

Also, as promised, here are some fun and festive pictures from yesterday. First, the shoes I pull out every year! I wore these babies proudly to church yesterday morning.

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holy cuteness! I have had these bad boys since high school, but I love ‘em.

Then after church we went to a BBQ in our neighborhood. Check out the festiveness:

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Running Skirt’s strappy tank in Midnight and red dot sweaty band. Great for a par-tay!

Check out my super cute American flag pin!

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Don’t I just scream soccer mom? It’s going to be fun, guys, one day when I do have little mini-me’s!

Also, can I brag about the awesomness that is my husband? Saturday after we went out to eat we stopped at the sporting goods store and bought a tent for the beach, and then he said he wanted to go “look around” Best Buy. Folks, I go through this A LOT. The boy is obsessed with video games. Anyway, he was sneakily trying to let me pick out my nook color and a case for my birthday. Recently when I found out you can check e mail, websites, and blogs on the nook color, I really wanted one b/c lugging my laptop around when I fly gets really annoying and heavy. Well, we started looking, then I spotted the iPad 2 which is super cool. Then a guy started helping us and explained there is a tablet that is way cooler than the iPad2 and cheaper, and he wanted us to look at it.

Why is the acer iconia so cool? Well, it has flash player, and, AND a full size USB hook up and HDMI hook up. SWEET! I was playing with it while Bobby was drilling the kid on the specs, and the kid said “let me know if I can help any more or grab one for you” and Bobby said “ya, get on for me” WHAT?!? OMG! So, happy birthday to me! I now have a tablet! It’s really cool and I love it so far! My hubby is awesome.

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say hello to my little friend. Smile

So, basically, he wanted to get me my nook early so I could be downloading books to take to the beach next week, and we ended up walking out with my Iconia instead. I am a happy girl, and a lucky one, too. he spoils me.

I have more festiveness to share with you tomorrow, we had some friends over for a BBQ of our own last night! Stay tuned! Oh, I also have a recipe to share! Maybe tomorrow? MAYBE!

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Yesterday at the gym I did legs, tri’s, and chest, as well as 20 minutes on the bike.

QOTD: What is the best birthday gift you have ever gotten? Getting a new 4runner last year was pretty sweet if I do say so myself.

July Goals

 

Hi everyone! Happy 4th! I hope you are having a great weekend and (hopefully) have the day off! We are going to BBQ with some friends tonight at our house. We have had a great weekend so far, the 4th of July just screams summer fun to me, and that’s what we’re having!

I am one of those incredibly patriotic people who cries when they hear Lee Greenwood’s “God Bless the USA” come on the radio,  so I just have to say this: I am so proud to be an American, I am so thankful for the freedoms that we have and feel SO BLESSED to live in a country where we get to make choices and decisions for ourselves. I do not take for granted all that has been sacrificed so we can enjoy the freedoms that we have. A huge thanks to our armed forces who put their lives on the line so that we can sleep easy at night. I am forever grateful! Ok, All done.

So, Yesterday we went to a BBQ in our neighborhood, it was fun but so hot, like, the kind of hot where sweat is pouring down in between your boobs and down your back. YUCK! But, I looked very festive! Pictures will be up tomorrow.  Sorry, So here is one of stinky.

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Not as innocent as she looks. She will rip your heart out and eat it. Ok, well, not really, but she WILL stick her tongue up your nose.

Speaking of which, doesn’t she have a freakishly long tongue?!?!

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get in my belly!!!!

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Some of you may remember in the Spring I did monthly goals. I totally dropped the ball for June, since I was out of town for the first week of it, and just figured oh well, I would pick back up this month, so here we go!

Read my Bible every day. I was doing this faithfully all spring until I got back from my trip, and my life has been chaos with my new job, but that’s no excuse. I’m back at it.

Raise at least half of my Team in Training money. Ok, so I am getting a little nervous about raising money for the Leukemia and Lymphoma society by September. Would you consider donating? Even $5.00 would mean ssooo much to me!

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-Continue to strength train 2 x’s a week. I have been doing a really good job of this so far, and just want to keep up the habit, I think it is really helping me!

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-Be more organized in my office. I am usually very organized, but right now, things are all over the place and I haven’t willed myself to get it all straightened up. Hopefully this mini goal will get my rear in gear!

-start off my 26th year with a bang. It’s my birthday month in case you didn’t know, and last year’s birthday was HORRIBLE. I am really hoping this is a great month, and a great start to my 26th year! Hopefully this will be a year of great things!

-Foam roll every day. I used to be really good about this when I was marathon training, but in the past few months I have only done it on a “need too” basis, and I can totally tell.

 

If you would like to check out some of my past goals, you can see them below:

March goals

April goals

May goals

Also, I don’t think I ever did a May “goal rewind” So I can clear that up for you…didn’t raise 1/3 of my TNT money, didn’t stretch more, but DID SELL OUR HOUSE and PR in the 5k. So, halfway successful? Better than nothing, right?

QOTD: What is something fun you have done this weekend?