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4 Years!!!!

Today is my and TJ’s 4 year anniversary! It’s hard to believe it’s been 4 years already. He is without a doubt the perfect person for me. He makes me laugh, he makes me smile, he works hard to provide for us, he is so supportive in everything I do and he is an unbelievable father. I could go on and on about how amazing he is, but you might tell me to get a room. LOL! 


While this isn’t a milestone in marriage, it is significant for us. This will be our last anniversary so close to where we got married, on Hunting Island in South Carolina. TJ works at both of his jobs today so we celebrated yesterday on the island where our marriage officially began. It’s one of favorite beaches and being back brings back so many fantastic memories. I will truly miss that beach when we move but one final trip was totally worth it.
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fitness, life, Schweaty Sunday

Schweaty Sunday #5

Happy Sunday! How is everyone today? I hope you’re enjoying your weekend. Summer kicked off with a bang yesterday. It was hot, hot, hot outside. We’re talking high 90’s with heat indices above 104. It was great day to practice some of those tips I shared Friday. But on to the real reason you’re here.

Sunday

Today was a rest day. I worked a baseball tournament, which can always wear you out and then one of my best friends stopped to visit on his way to Jacksonville. 

Monday

This morning kicked off another round of 21 Day Fix. What’s going to make this round so much better? I have TJ right there next to me doing it as well. I’ve been wanting us to workout together for a while, but it seems like the time is never right. What I realized was we just weren’t making the time to do it together. So, I asked him if he’d do it with me this time. Since his work schedule varies, I decided I would adjust my workout times to match when it was convenient for him. It’s a little odd not working out first thing in the morning but I loved working out with him so I’m happy to move it around. And you know what else? Even the kids joined in for parts of the workout in their own kid version, so it ended up being a family affair. I loved it!

Tuesday

Today was Day 2 of 21 Day Fix, which was Upper Fix. Upper body workouts are not my favorite but that’s probably because I need it the most. Working out with TJ is great. He makes me work harder. Even without his crazy antics and encouragement, I work harder with just him being there. And once again, the kids joined in for part of it to try and workout. I really should get pictures but when you’re all working out there’s no one left to hold the camera.

But seriously, it was a great workout that I’m sure will leave my arms really sore in the morning.

Wednesday

Day 3 of 21 Day Fix: Lower Fix. TJ totally cheated. Lower body workouts are not his favorite so he tends to neglect them a bit more often, so after the last two days of workouts, he was really sore. He took several breaks and just wasn’t as enthusiastic about woday’s workout.

AS for me, I don’t know if I just wasn’t as sore as him or just toughed it out knowing what’s next having down the program before. I am, however, pretty sore and taking Jordyn’s old clothes and baby items to the consignment shop was not easy. 

Thursday

Oh Pilates Fix. You gave me lots of laughter. After TJ “cheated” yesterday, I was expecting TJ to go full force. He complained a bit in the beginning, but once the abs portion started, he kicked it into high gear talking about how he could do this all day. I, on the hand, apparently need some serious core work, because I was struggling just a bit. Not a ton but enough for TJ to give me a hard time telling me I was doing it wrong and not to do any modifications. Then….we hit the booty part and our roles reversed. He kept trying to quit saying it hurt and things like, “Recovery day, my ass. This hurts!” In between bouts of laughter, it was my turn to give him a hard time telling him he was doing it wrong. When it was over, I asked how he liked it. His response? “It’s clear I have never worked out those muscles in my life.” HAHA! Gotta love him.

Friday

Today was Cardio Fix. This workout happened later than our normal workouts. We did it this evening instead of in the morning. We had a few errands and grabbed lunch while we were out. It was not healthy but it was so good. TJ seemed to feel pretty good during the workout. I, however, did not. I struggled through the whole thing. I was just not feeling it and while I love the calorie burn, I was glad for it to be over. It just goes to show that what you eat does affect your workouts. A nice reminder that healthy eating wins every time. 

Saturday

Dirty 30 was up this morning. I was also on my own. TJ works until 4am Friday and Saturday nights (or should I say Saturday and Sunday mornings?). Not typically a big deal but since he was working his other job at 10 am this morning, the best thing for him was sleep. Back to my workout, I definitely didn’t struggle as much today thanks to a healthy breakfast. Dirty 30 is my favorite but it wasn’t as fun this morning without my partner in crime. I’ve lived the good life all week working out with him and I don’t want to give that up. There’s always tomorrow.

How were your workouts for the week? Does how you eat affect your workouts? Do you workout with a partner and how do you like it? Talk about it in the comments below.

fall, fall foliage, family, life, Massachusetts, New England

The Wedding {And a FAB apparel company and DEAL!}

Good morning! How is everyone? I’m back with another recap from my trip, but first let me talk about my latest purchase!

Have you heard of ViewSPORT? They have sweat-activated fitness apparel that reveal motivational messages the harder you workout. I first heard about them when they appeared on an episode of Shark Tank. My husband and I love the show and seeing what kind of products and ideas people come up with. We remember thinking that this was a super cool idea and a great motivator to get you to workout harder. I’ve been wanting to get one for a while, but just kept forgetting about it. Well today, I finally ordered my shirt!


Isn’t she pretty? You want to know something else that’s awesome about it? I ordered it this morning and it already shipped! Even better! And I spoke with someone today and they were absolutely fantastic! Great customer service! I will definitely be sharing a picture of me in my new shirt when it comes in! Stay tuned next week!

***Interested in your own? Check out their website and enter code “funning” to save 15% through Sunday!

****Side note: ViewSPORT has in no way compensated for me this. I just LOVE their shirts and want to share how great I think they are!

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Now, onto another installment of my trip to Mass. Did you miss the first two? Check out the flight up here and our apple picking adventures here.
Saturday was wedding day! But before we took the drive to Sturbridge, we stopped to visit another cousin of mine. I haven’t seen my cousin Andy or his kids in years. We talk on facebook all the time and he only sees a million pictures of my kids there as well but he’s never gotten the chance to meet them.
We got to their house around lunchtime and they had pizza waiting for us. And this pizza was amazing! It was Grilled Chicken and Broccoli with Ranch Pizza. No joke, it was the best pizza I have ever tasted in my life. Unfortunately, I can’t remember the name of the pizzeria but it was great!
After lunch, we headed to the yard so Jordyn could run around and play in the leaves. This was a completely new concept to Jordyn. We have leaves on the ground at our house but they are tiny and not good to play in. Andy raked up a pile for Jordyn, but she even attempted to play in, we had to show her what to do. It didn’t take long before she was well on her way to a good time!

Once Jordyn had her fill of leaves, it was off to Sturbridge to get ready for the wedding.
The wedding was held at The Publick House, a historic New England Inn that was opened in 1771 to residents of the town and travelers as a place to stay along their route. AT one point, it also became a post for the US Army top house soliders en route to training. Visitors to stay at the Inn include George Washington, Benjamin Franklin, and even actors Bill Murray and John Travolta.
The ceremony was outdoors and it was a tad bit chilly but not as bad as it could have been. All the bridesmaids, along with the flower girl and bride had the cutest shalls.

  

 

Once the ceremony was over, we headed inside where the reception was held. Looking for my place card, I realized that my mo and I were separated. Hmmm…..but then realized I was sitting with my cousins. Ahhh, the kids table, just like when we were younger. Awaiting at the tables was the cutest favor I had ever seen. Tiny little maple leaf bottles filled with homemade maple syrup made by my uncle.

Aren’t these the cutest and most creative idea you’ve ever seen? Perfect for a fall wedding. Not only did my uncle make the syrup himself, he, Katrina and my cousin Josh, bottled it themselves as well. I love them! And was so excited to try it, along with give TJ his first taste of “real” maple syrup. (and btw….it was amazing!)
And check out their cake. Perfect such big outdoors people
The reception was a so much fun. We ate, we caught with each other and we dance, even my grandfather.
And of course we got some pictures. Here’s my mom (in the blue) with my grandfather and her brothers and sisters
Now my turn with my grandfather and a few of my cousins
And of course with the bride groom! Oh, and I LOVE how Katrina have the same pose going on! LOL!
And my favorite picture of them!
I love you guys! And I’m so glad I could be there!
Semi-Random Question: Did you check out ViewSPORT site? What is your favorite shirt that they offer?

fall, fall foliage, family, life, Massachusetts, New England

Apple Picking

Good afternoon! How is everyone’s Monday? Hopefully it’s going great. This morning, I promised another post about my trip up North. Well wait, no more.

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When I last left you, Jordyn and I had just arrived in Connecticut. My cousin, Nick, had just picked us up and we were on our way to Greenfield.

After lunch, Nick took us to Poet’s Seat Tower. It’s an observation that overlooks the town of Greenfield. It’s such a beautiful place this time of year is absolutely beautiful.

Oh, how I miss this place! Isn’t it just beautiful?
After we left Poet’s Seat Tower, it was time to go visit my grandmother. We talked and visited for while and then she took us to Pine Hill Orchards to go apple picking

Have you ever been apple picking? I haven’t! And it was so much fun! Jordyn loved running around picking apples.

And my little non-apple eater made a liar out of me, going to town on her apples.

But when the look this good, how can you not try one..or two.
Even I got in on the action.

And even though there’s an abundance of apples in the orchard we still like to share.
And the beautiful woman who took us apple picking. 
After apple picking, we headed back to my grandmother’s and hung out for a while before heading to my mom’s best friend’s where we were staying the night.
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I was going to share more, but this ended being a rather long post, so for now, I leave you at the end of our first, very busy day. Be on the lookout this week for more, including the wedding!
Have you ever been apple picking? Nothing’s better than fresh, local apples, or any fruit or vegetables for that matter. 

fall, family, life

A Perfect Fall Weekend (Picture Heavy)

Good morning! How was everyone’s weekend? Mine was great!

Saturday was a low-key day filled with a bit of laundry and cleaning, and oh yeah, shopping! Jordyn and I had a girls morning at Target that included Halloween costumes for each of the kids, the kids’ first Christmas presents, some fruit (LOVE that Target sells produce now) and some Pumpkin Spice Waffles (finally!!!!)

That was pretty much the most exciting part of my Saturday. I know, it’s exciting, you don’t have to tell me. lol!

Today had a bit more excitement. The morning was pretty relaxing, but this afternoon we headed out to Ottawa Farms for some pumpkin picking and fall fun! We had a blast! There was a ton for the kids to do. We started with a few pictures with, what else, pumpkins!

 

 

 

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Apparently my kids decided they didn’t want to smile at the same time today! LOL!! After a few pictures, it was time for the bouncy slide. I got halfway up the slide and then was told I couldn’t go up, so I oushed Jordyn up and hopped down, while Dylan took her down the slide and through a few obstacles

 

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It was then onto the Cow Ride!
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And then for some tricycle racing at the Ottawa Speedway!
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We thought the corn crib would be fun for Jordyn, but she wasn’t quite sure what to do. It was Dylan to the rescue trying to show her to play in it like a giant sandbox. She finally caught on but really just wanted to put the corn kernels on Dylan. lol
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After waiting really patiently, Dylan finally asked if he could go to the Corn Cannon. That was fun! You shot ears of corn out of a cannon at bullseye target. Of course, TJ just “had” to help.
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Before hopping on the hayride, to the corn maze, we had to watch some pig racing.
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Finally, it was time to head into the corn maze. Unfortunately we didn’t get to do as much of it as we wanted to. Jordyn started getting whiny because she was tired and thirsty but Dylan still loved it and we had a great time!

 

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I hope eveyone is having a fabulous Monday so far and I’ll be back later for another post on my trip to Massachusetts. Did you miss the flight up? Check it out here!
How was your weekend? Did you do anything fun for the fall?

 

family, life, Massachusetts, New England

And Away We Go…..

3 am  was our wake up call. I haven’t gotten up that early since I worked at Target and we had the occasional 4 am shift. Waking up that early is hard but definitely not as hard knowing you’re about to get on a plane and travel to one of your most favorite places, Massachusetts.

While I didn’t want to get up at first, I was anxious to get out the door. But first that meant, I had to get two very tired kiddos out of bed and dressed. Thankfully, I already had everything ready the night before so that wasn’t too difficult. It was just a matter of getting them up and dressed.

TJ very sweetly took over, “Operation: Dress The Kids” while got our coffee ready. I may have been anxious to get out the door, but I still needed my morning coffee. I pulled together a super quick breakfast for us, involving a few frozen waffles for the kids (yes, I know shame on me, but we have them for emergencies and quick on-the-go breakfasts) and a homemade egg muffin for myself. TJ didn’t want anything that early in the morning.


**** Jessica, I know there’s no color again. We had nothing in our house right now. We actually stopped at the store after coming home and there is color in our meals now. 😉 lol

Once we had breakfast and coffee in our hands, we were out the door. The airport is fairly close to us, so we were there in no time. We just needed to park and unload the car. Because I needed to bring Jordyn’s carseat, stroller and our bags, I needed TJ to help me carry everything. He really was a life saver. There’s no way I could have managed all that and kept Jordyn occupied. And without Dylan’s strong arms, how would I have ever gotten my luggae in. 😉


After the luggage and car seat was checked in, TJ and Dylan hung out for a little bit before heading out. Since they can’t come to the gate with us, there was no point in them hanging out too long. Besides, they could both use a little more sleep.

Once the boys left, it was time to head through security. Other than waiting in line, security wasn’t too bad. Because I had Jordyn with me, I couldn’t go through the body scanner, which made the process faster for me. It was then off to the gate, where we waited to board the plane.


Our first flight from Savannah to Atlanta was pretty easy. Jordyn played with a new toy,

and then as soon as they closed the doors and began to leave the gate, she cuddled up next time and was asleep before we even left the ground.

Arriving in Atlanta, my mom met us at our gate as we got off the plane to help me with my carry on bag, purse, stroller and Jordyn. Our layover was short and then it was time to board again for our flight to Hartford. Jordyn was a bit more antsy on the second flight but still did pretty well.

Apparently Jordyn needs to catch up on her reading


What flight is complete without a few high-in-the-sky pictures.

Once we arrived at Bradley International Airport, we met up with my cousin and began the drive to Greenfield, but not before snagging a picture of Mark Twain’s house, made out of 125,000 legos on display at the airport. This, among a few other pictures, were taken with my lego-obsessed 7 year old in mind.

And that brings us to Greenfield, Massachusetts, the birthplace of this blogger. I’ll end this crazy long post for now but on on the lookout for a post or two (or more. lol) about my adventures in New England (yup, you read that right. we’re not talking about just Massachusetts anymore)

Have you flown with babies or toddlers? How did they handle the flight?

family, life, Massachusetts, vacations

We’re Back!

We’re home! Jordyn and I arrived in Savannah late last night to our two favorite boys welcoming us with open arms. OK, well Dylan was really just excited to stay up late night on a school night and go to the airport in hopes of seeing some airplanes. It was double exciting for him.

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Needless to say, we are exhausted. Dylan is now at school, and I took today off from work to re cooperate  and so TJ could take my car to Atlanta and get my treadmill (more on that later, once it arrives).
But for now, Jordyn and I are just going to hang out at the house today, go for a run, make dinner, catch up on laundry, and spend another day of quality time together. I’ll be back throughout the week (or weekend depending on how much I get done) to share a few (yes, we were that busy) posts on our trip with lots of pictures, and later today to talk about my run while pushing a stroller.
fall, fall foliage, family, life, Massachusetts, New England

Mini Vacay!!!

Sunday, I very briefly mentioned that I’m heading to Massachusetts this weekend. I am SO excited. In less than 24 hours I will be walking off a plane at Bradley International Airport in Hartford, CT so that I can hop in a car and head to Greenfield, Mass and see family I haven’t seen in 6 years!

6 years! I know it’s crazy, right? I miss them so much and am so excited to be in New England in the fall to see some gorgeous fall foliage.

Source for both pictures came from massvacation.com

I mean, who doesn’t want see all this gorgeousness?

The reason for our trip? If you read Sunday’s post, then you already know. My cousin is getting married Saturday. I’m so happy for him. Originally, we were all supposed to go up, but plane tickets are expensive. Way more than our budget is going to allow right now. Instead, Jordyn and I are going to go. Jordyn’s ticket is free, so gets to come with me. Otherwise she’d be spending the weekend with her daddy. lol.

I plan to take lots of pictures and will come back next week with a recap that I know you all will be anxiously awaiting to read. I may not be around the ol’ blog too much this weekend, and don’t know how much “formal” workouts I’ll get in, but there will definitely be some fun fall outdoor activities going on that will involve walking around a lot.

I hope everyone has a fabulous weekend!

family, life, military

It’s Not Goodbye, It’s See You Later

It’s a phrase my friends and I all say to each other when that time hits for someone to PCS to a new duty station. In fact, I can be pretty sure it’s a phrase said between military wives and families all over the world.

Gotta love a good 80’s party!
You meet some of the most amazing and extraordinary people when you (or your spouse) are in the military. You instantly form bonds with some of these families and they quickly become part of your family. There’s a sense of community among military families that is so different than anything I had ever come across. When things get tough, you stick out together and are there for each other.

And sometimes a little yoga can be helpful too 😉

While we (and I say “we” because while TJ was the one who actually served and was on active duty, the kids and I also are tied to it and “serve” in our own way as a support team) are no longer in the military family, we still live very close to the Beaufort area and frequently visit are friends there.

The fantastic ladies that showed up for my birthday dinner in 2010. Am I lucky or what?

So, where am I going with all this? Well, for the past few months, some of our friends have started to leave to begin a new journey in a new duty station. Only recently in the last week or two, has a larger number begin to leave, and with that has brought some of my closet friends. 

Love these ladies!

Which brings me to this coming weekend. This coming weekend, one of the most amazing families I have met since moving to South Carolina will be leaving Beaufort. This family is amazing!

Maggie was one of the first friends I made when I moved to Beaufort. She was so welcoming and made me feel right at home in the Marine Corps family. She got me involved and introduced me to some more wonderful ladies. Her husband, Ryan, is a genuinely nice guy and the moment he and TJ were introduced they got along immediately and became great friends. They have three phenomonal kids that I have had the pleasure of watching grow over the last 3 years. They get along great with my kids and always have a blast together.

Peeking through the windows on one of the Christopher Columbus ships in May 2010 

Maggie and Ryan were there when we got married on the beach. They were there when Jordyn was born. They were there in some of the toughest times and never thought twice about offering any help when they thought we needed it. From simple play dates to big moves to major life events, they have been there without a moment’s hesitation. They are truly amazing! Words can not express how much this family means to us and how much we will miss them! So much so, that within minutes after getting in the car, Dylan is picking a weekend in which he doesn’t have school on Friday, so we can take a roadtrip to visit them.

I wanted to see them off in the worst way, but Jordyn and I will be out of town. We will be in Massachusetts for my cousin’s wedding. Instead we spent all day (and I mean all day) with them. The movers came last week and took everything and this week, they are getting the house together for the renters that are coming soon. TJ offered his assistance in getting the house ready, and I offered whatever help I could and to help Maggie keep the kids out of the way. Plus, I wanted to see them and I knew the kids wanted to see them too.

They were having so much fun bouncing on the blow up mattress, this was the best picture I could get.

My all-time favorite picture of them!

As soon as TJ came home yesterday, we left and headed up to Beaufort. We met them at local flea market, which is really like a giant yard sale with tons of families. Ryan and TJ left pretty much within minutes after we arrived to get started on the house. There was lots of painting to be done. Maggie and I hung out at the flea market for a little while and then headed back to the house to drop some stuff and hit the park.

It was then off to Lowe’s for more painting supplies and lunch. The rest of the day was spent hanging out at the house and catching up. The older three kids played outside all day. It was so nice to see them do something other than play video games. I guess it helps when the movers take them away for a week. haha! The younger two (Maggie and Ryan’s 4 month and Jordyn) were pretty good. Jordyn was stuck to me all day, making my job of taping off the trim a bit harder but after what felt like forever I succeeded. After my taping and Maggie’s wiping down of walls and doors, our job was done. It was up to the boys for painting.

I have to admit. I’m quite impressed with them too. They accomplished most of the taping (I only helped with some of the taping, they really did most of it), two bedrooms and the living room/dining room. I know that’s no easy task. Unfortunately by that time, it was time to head back to Savannah, so TJ could get to work, but not before we got a few pictures and said, “See you later.”

I love this girl! She’s the best!
Boys! They were cracking me up with this picture!
I won’t lie. This was, and probably will be, the hardest “see you later” to make. I tried to hold back the tears but it didn’t work out too well, especially when we got in the car and drove away. TJ just held my hand and said it would be OK. Even now, there are some tears. Too bad they can’t stay in Beaufort. lol I know I’ve already said it, but Maggie and Ryan (and of course the kids) are such a great family. They definitely hold a special place in our hearts and we can’t wait to see how the next phase goes.

If you guys are reading this, just know how much we appreciate everything you have done for us. We love you guys will see you later (for real and on FaceTime 😉 )

How did you handle it when someone moved away? Did you use the, “It’s not goodbye, it’s see you later” phrase? Does it help you?

family, life, running, Savannah, weightloss progress

Soaking Up The Sun

This post was supposed to go up yesterday, but sadly I left my memory card at home and when I got home, I completely forgot. Oops!

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How was everyone’s weekend? I was great! I hope yours was too!

Last Wednesday was mine and TJ’s two year anniversary. Two years ago we got married on the beach on Hunting Island near Beaufort, SC where we lived at the time. Last year, we went back to that beach to celebrate our 1 year anniversary where we got married. This year the plan was to do the same but in the end we decided on going to Tybee Island instead. Tybee Island is a half the distance to Hunting Island so we’d be saving a good amount of gas.

Saturday morning, I was up making lunches, and loading up the car. At 9am, we headed out (after turning back to get the blanket we forgot. oops!)

That’s definitely a golf cart driving down 80 in the fast lane (and not one that go very fast!)
Once we arrived we set up our spot near the pier and hit the water.
I thought the waves were a bit choppier today but maybe it was my imagination. They were definitely bigger than normal though. I didn’t take a ton of pictures. I brought my camera and wanted to take some but I was definitely just living in the moment. Dylan was all about riding the waves with his boogie board and definitely wanted me to go with him. His boogie boards are small and help you ride the waves but he needs a bigger one. Jordyn was a little nervous with the waves but overall did well. 

After a little swimming in the ocean, it was time for lunch and to take a little break to play in the sand.
It didn’t take though before Dylan was ready to get back in the water. You’d never know he used to be terrified of the ocean. While Dylan played in the waves with TJ, I sat with Jordyn. There was a tiny little pool of water from where the sand had been a bit dug out and when the tide went back out some of the water stayed. It was a perfect baby pool for Jordyn, but it was extremely warm. This is where Jordyn felt the most comfortable. She loved playing in the water with her toys and digging in the dirt. 

TJ and I took turns sitting with her and playing in the water with Dylan. After a little, Jordyn had decided she had had enough and was tired and wanted to go home. We packed a bit earlier than I had planned on went back to relax at the house. Well TJ and the kids relaxed. I did what else, laundry. 
Sunday, was big on the relaxing front for me. I hit the gym first thing in the morning and had my fastest pace yet. I was quite pleased with myself. After my run I decided I wanted to get a little more cardio in but something more low key. It was off to the bikes where I made a goal of 3 miles. Nothing crazy but enough for another low key 20 minutes or so.
On a weightloss note, I was down another .8 pounds yesterday bringing my total weight loss to 16.6 pounds. Only a few more pounds to go before I hit the halfway point! WAHOO!!!
The rest of my day was spent relaxing and hanging out with the kids. They always know how to make a person’s day!
How was your weekend? Did you do anything fun?