Saturday, July 4, 2015

Our First Date in a Year!

Last Saturday morning, Joe and I headed out for a date day/night away. This is the first date we have had since Leland was diagnosed 9 months ago, meaning it has been about a year since we have left the kids to have time just him and I. You can say it was much needed. Still, it was really hard for me to leave my baby. I just feel really strongly about caring for him and his numbers and have difficulty trusting that someone else can step in and do that. Joe's mom was out for a couple weeks, and with her being a nurse and having been trained in the diabetic area, I did feel a little more relaxed to go. 

Joe planned the whole outing and got everything ready. I just had to show up. Love those kind of getaways! ;) The alarm went off at 4:30 AM, and while we get up at that time during the week, Saturdays are typically my day to sleep in, so I took advantage of the hour+ drive and napped. 

Finally arrived and here we are loading up our packs at the truck before heading off on our 7 mile hike in.


Joe would stop at a few points as we walked in to tell me that this was an area where I could get service in case of an emergency. Umm... well I totally rely on Joe whenever out in nature. I can't even walk out of Walmart without going the wrong direction so how was I supposed to find random spots in the mountains to run to in case something happened to him?!?! I was just praying for his safety the rest of the walk in.

We made it to the over-halfway mark. Only three miles to go! I chuckled that there were signs posted because this was literally in the middle of nowhere. I figured Joe was one of the only ones that had ever been back here before. He finds the craziest places in the mountains. ;)

I am SO thankful he passed his walking sticks on to me. I almost fell many times and those things saved my ankles and wrists from getting sprained.

The bridges got me even more! Again, I was in awe that people came back here to build these. There were 10 of these that we crossed. While totally not necessary, they were nice.

We passed this gorgeous little waterfall on our walk in. It was tiny, but as you can hear in the video, it was loud.

Joe said we had arrived. I was beyond excited. I dropped that pack off my back so fast. My shoulders and arms were already feeling it. I only had eight pounds on my back too, but it was enough with the climbing. After we shot this quick video, Joe discovered this wasn't the spot. I was a little bummed to have to put the pack back on and hike another mile. ;)

He gave me a short break while he casted his pole a couple times. Isn't this view absolutely breathtaking??

Alright, now we made it to our little overnight haven. Here is the information, including elevation, time, and miles walked in.

Right here is where we decided to pitch our tent. The water is right behind us.

How cozy is our little two person tent??

Once we were unpacked, we headed over to catch some of those fish that were jumping. {Note the flies all over Joe. They were a bit overbearing for my liking.}

One of the things that was top on my list of to-do when I got a break from the kiddos was to take a nap. It was perfect!!

While I was trying to wake-up, Joe got a fire ready. I have to also mention that when we got here, this horse camp was all put together with benches, stools, the fire pit, and even a couple pots that we used for grilling. SO, turns out Joe is not the only crazy guy that goes off into these deserted areas. I also love the fact that people out here put these little campsites together on public land and others will come use them, treat them well and leave them picked up and looking better than when they got there!


We worked up an absolute sweat walking in and after napping, we decided to jump into our giant bathtub and clean up. :)

We even washed our clothes. Talk about feeling like we lived in the olden days. ;) It was hard to jump into that water, but after all was said and done, we felt like a million bucks!!

By this point, it was time to start thinking about supper. There was a little creak right by our campsite where we got our water as we needed it.

Joe packed and prepared all our food. The bars were our snacks. The bags are freeze-dried meals that we ate.

We totally had a paarrrtay! ;) Vodka and Squincer for Joe that evening. He even thought to measure out my pre-workout drink, E&E, into little baggies so I could have one before the two hikes!! Love this man!

Joe decided to go back over and fish some more, this time hoping to catch some for supper.


He caught three smalls ones and started to clean them up.

Once we got back to the camp area, he started cooking them up. He tried two different ways, one over the fire, one boiled.


I chose not to eat the fish. I have this thing with visualizing fish anytime I have to eat it. I can get over it with store-bought or when Joe cleans them up without me seeing, but yep, not this time.


I was happy to just go with the freeze-dried meals. :) And in case you are like me and wondered how these things are made, I videoed Joe teaching us.

Here I am taking my first bite ever and my thoughts. Don't mind my anger for a second there. The mosquitoes were seriously attacking me, hence the reason I put all of Joe's hunting clothes on. I threw on his gloves after this video too, and if he would have had his face mask along, that would have been going on as well. Of course he wasn't getting bit at all. #StoryofMyLife ;)

This is what a romantic date night out in the mountains looks like. :)

After supper, more fishing. The fish were *really* jumping. In fact, I had to get a video to show you just how much.

This is where I spent a lot of my time while Joe fished... by his side but lounging on a rock reading my Kindle book off my phone. Perfect, absolutely perfect!!

The next morning I slept in, and let me tell you I woke up SORE! I definitely was not looking forward to the fact that we had to hike out 7 miles! But I really had no other option. ;)

I wasn't as enthusiastic about taking pictures on the way out either. It was a tough hike for me and I just kept trying to push forward to reach the truck.

Here is our round-trip information:

The weekend away was one of the best! I love this man more and more each day. I love how he takes care of me, how he takes care of our family; he makes me feel like a queen, and I am so thankful for that!

Our three kids were in great hands with my MIL. Leland did end up in the ER on Sunday and Joe and I hiked as fast as we could out of the mountains and headed straight there to be with him and make sure he was okay. Praise God that He had Leland completely in His hands and we never doubted that one bit. The fact that Leland is okay is a miracle, one even the doctors couldn't understand or figure out. Joe and I were completely at peace about the situation which again was only a peace God could have given us. <3

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Tuesday Truths

Well hey there, everyone! It feels like it's been awhile again. Life can get busy, can't it? Now that summer is here, we are living at the pool, our days just seem to fly right by, and I feel like I am not sitting down until I get the kids in bed at night! It's been great! This is what summer is all about.

I am definitely in the mood for some "Tuesday Truths" action today. Love doing these posts and it will be a great way for me to catch you up on some of life lately over here.

Truth: I finally got to go visit my favorite beautician last week. It's probably been a year or more since I have gotten in there. Yikes! Here is the before and after of my hair. I love it! I just went a little shorter so that I could still pull it up when I workout. I also had her cut some bangs this time.

She taught me how to maintain my bangs, because she knows with three kids I will have a hard time getting back in to see her. {I love her!!!} I may have already started playing around with cutting them more. Someone take away these scissors before I end up in tears! :)

Truth: Grandma Laurie flew in a week ago Saturday night! We have been enjoying time spent with her while she is here.

Truth: We took our Friday night pizza night out on the town! When Gam Gam is here, we partay!!

Truth: After living here for a little over three years, I finally had my first taste of a Montana beer. Joe ordered this the other night at supper and had me try it. Moose Drool... it's a dark beer and pretty good.

Truth: Our girls are the pink and purple in their daddy's world of camo. <3

Truth: The culprit to my never ending laundry issue... this cute little bug right here! She is a little diva and changes her outfits many times throughout the day. Good thing she is the sweetest 6 year old I know! :)

Truth: Leland wanted to paint his nails to match his momma's a couple weeks ago. He managed to get some on his toenails, but the majority ended up on his bedroom carpet. That was a fun surprise to walk in and find. ;)


Truth: This handsome guy showed up at the park while we were there eating lunch. Best surprise ever, and reason 57,894 why I love having him working right here in town now.

Truth: Workouts are still going strong with Joe and I. We are starting a second round of the 21 Day Fix Extreme. Love this program!!

Truth: This past weekend was a big one for Joe and I. We hadn't gone on a date in a year and finally were able to do that with his mom in town. I will be sharing a post on what we did later this week, but here is a sneak peek. :)

Truth: Smile big! Today is going to be an awesome last day of June!!!

Alright, my friends, I have so many more pictures I want to get up on the blog to share with you, but I need to get this Tuesday started over here. Laurie and I were trying to decide last night what was on the agenda for today. Like I said, we have basically gone to the pool everyday. It's been so hot here... in the upper 90s into the 100s. She wants to take the girls birthday shopping sometime, so that may happen today. We'll figure something fun out, no doubt.

Questions for you: 

  • What's one truth for you today?
  • Where do you spend most of your summer days?

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Autumn Calabrese Presents FIXATE


Get your pots, pans, and kitchen essentials ready! 21 Day Fix creator, Autumn Calabrese, takes her simple color-coded container system for measuring perfect portions and applies it to 101 of her favorite family recipes to give you Fixate, a delicious approach to healthy weight loss. Each Fixate recipe lists color-coded container equivalents and nutrition facts. 

Plus, Fixate includes Paleo, gluten-free, vegan, and vegetarian recipes along with Autumn's personal tips for preparing meals quickly, and stocking your kitchen with absolute must-haves. Everything to help you get started in the kitchen, so you can finish strong during your workout.

I have already been getting questions from many of you, so I figured I will answer all of those in one post.

When will Fixate launch? 
July 14th, 2015 

Where can Fixate be purchased? 
It can be purchased through me, your coach, on my Team Beachbody website.

Does Fixate include gluten free, vegan, vegetarian, or Paleo options? 
Yes. All of those dietary options are included in the book.

Is Fixate specifically for 21 Day Fix, 21 Day Fix EXTREME, and Portion Fix users? 
It compliments those programs wonderfully, but its great for anyone or any program.

What programs can be incorporated with Fixate?
Any Beachbody program. Full nutritional information and container equivalents are included with each recipe. 

How can the container system and Fixate be incorporated? 
Refer to the Eating Plans from 21 Day Fix, 21 Day Fix EXTREME, or Portion Fix for details. 

Does Fixate incorporate Shakeology?
Yes. Fixate includes Shakeology recipes.

What if I don't own the color-coded containers
Don't worry! You will have the option to buy just the Fixate cookbook, or you can buy the cookbook plus the containers.

What is Fixate going to cost? 
Fixate, $19.95
Fixate + Containers, $34.95

Can I get them cheaper?
Yes! If you are a Club Member or a Coach you will get a discount.

What if I am not a Club Member or Coach?
Well, why aren't you?? ;) If you want more information on how to get a discount on Fixate, along with all Beachbody programs, send me an email or comment below and I will be happy to talk with you.

Want a sneak peek?? 
Check out this short video from Autumn.

Are there any sample recipes we can try out beforehand?
Yes! She is even sharing a few sample recipes to give us a taste before the launch next month! You can view those here

I hope this helps answer many of the questions you have. If you have one {or more} that I missed, please feel free to comment below or send me an email, and I will definitely answer.

Thursday, June 11, 2015

Sunday Shenanigans

Hey there! Happy Friday eve! How has your day been going??

We have been trying to stay cool over here. This week has been hot, but I am so thankful we don't get the humidity here.

Remember on Monday when I told you I would stop back in to share our adventures from Sunday? Well, it is now Thursday and I am just getting a chance to sit down to share some pictures, which seems about right for me. ;)

Joe's aunt and uncle flew out here last Saturday night from IL to visit Montana for a week. We were so excited to get together with them! We set the alarm bright and early Sunday morning. Joe wanted to be out the door by 7:00 AM. Just to give you an idea on how that went, this is me drinking my coffee at 6:57 AM. :) Oops!

We were on the road an hour later though, and you know what, I am so thankful to have such an amazing, supportive and loving hubby. He may have been a little annoyed with me for taking my time, but he didn't say anything or complain. He is a pretty good egg. {Side note, how pretty are the mountains out the window. I hope I never take those for granted living here.}

Aunt Sue and Uncle Andy are staying in a gorgeous, gorgeous mountain home for the week. It is actually one of Aunt Sue's high school friend's vacation homes. Yeah, "vacation home"... he has two vacation homes, you know, no big deal. ;)


This is the view you see when you are standing in the kitchen looking out through the living room and the double doors. I could handle waking up to that everyday.


This guy also owns the world's largest bean bag.

One of my kids came up with the brilliant idea of moving it to the bottom of the stairs and diving down on to it. If my kids know anything, it's how to have a good time.

After everyone had breakfast, we loaded up in the 15-passenger rental van. 

We headed over to the resort to spend the day.

Lassoing this big bull was probably Leland's favorite activity. Talk about determination. I should have gotten it on video. He scrunched his face all up and grunted as he tugged this thing over.

His sister then decided to hop on to give him more of a challenge.

Beep, beep! Everyone off the roads! Somehow this kid got a hold of a truck, and he is a ruthless driver! ;)

The Runde family had a first on Sunday. This was our first time going on a ski lift.

Here we go up!

15 minutes later, this is the view going back down.

This little guy just could not hang any longer. The smooth ride put him right to sleep. :)

Here's the whole gang. Good looking crew!

This is the Runde clan right here. From left to right... Joe's cousin, Maggie, Aunt Sue, and Uncle Andy. And you know the other five. :)

It was a great day at the resort, but it was after 5:00 PM so we needed to head back to the house to get supper together.

But first a stop to get a picture of Buck at Buck Road. :)

Joe brought a true Montana meal for everyone to have... elk steaks, venison burger, along with bear burger. These guys were so excited! I love that Joe was able to do that for them.

He was sautéing up his specialty mushrooms here. My mouth was watering at the smell, and I may have convinced him to let me sample a few pieces.

All the meat, ready-to-go...

Here were our grill masters for the night.

The spread! That corn was delicious! We were all saying we haven't ever had store-bought corn that good.

The kids' table...

The adults' table...

The rest of the evening was full of relaxing, BB gun shooting, and playing some old school music while sitting on the deck. {Think Michael Jackson.}

We had to get a picture of Uncle Andy with his two godsons. First time! 

Joe and Jake were quite the pair. Loved watching them compete and talk "trash" with each other shooting the BB gun. 

The night ended with the most beautiful sunset.


The fun had to end sometime. It was hard for us to leave, because we haven't seen family in some time, but it was 11:00 PM, we had a two-hour drive home, and Joe had to work the next day. 

Plus, we had three tired kiddos from an eventful weekend. This one didn't even make it to the gate before falling asleep in his seat.

Thanks for coming out and getting together with us, Aunt Sue, Uncle Andy, and Maggie. We love you guys so much. Safe travels home!