Hello again everyone! What a week its been. I spent several days battling a stomach bug, which caused me to missed all my workouts except a short treadmill workout with my buddy Rebekah and a round of Friday yoga. Thank goodness I felt better by Saturday, because we had a big day planned in the Courtney-Gallegos household.
I finally got King Edward to agree to a round of Crossfit! And not only Ed, but Amanda and Eric also decided to check out the coaches at Cantina CrossFit. This was a big deal for several reasons. First, because it’s often a sign of miraculous events when Ed agrees to get out of bed before noon on a Saturday, and class was at 9:00, meaning he had to be up by 7:30 so he could fuel up and get ready. Second, getting Ed to come to the gym with me has been a long, losing battle and this is my first victory!
I’ll take it!
I think everyone enjoyed their experience in the box, I know I did! (I always do, its the sensation of impending nausea and the feeling of immobility the next day that make me question my sanity.) It was a great turn out for the intro class, and although I loved it, I missed working out with my usual Saturday meetup group, and those guys rocked it on their WOD! Great job ladies, I will be back next Saturday!
So after beating ourselves into insensibility as a warm up, the King and I head home. After Eric and Amanda headed out, we had a quick lunch of homemade red chili enchiladas, a la Edward, and then started the process of cleaning up the house. The whole house. We are having our quasi-annual Low Country Boil with all the kids tonight.
Cleaning the house entails a lot of sweeping and mopping and dusting and straightening and hiding various miscellaneous things that I simply don’t have the energy to figure out where they should really go. Ed and I spent from 11:30 to 4:00 cleaning furiously, with a short break for prepping the Country Apple Slaw, as it needed four hours to chill. Then bring out the enormous stock pot, and fill it with sausage, potatoes, corn, shrimp, crab, garlic, onions and crab seasoning…. Oh sweet lord, this is going to be so, so good!
By 5:30, the kids are starting to show, and the pot is boiling nicely. By the time Justin arrived at 6:00 we are ready for dinner. Jordan gave me a hand with the dumping of the pot, which is becoming a tradition of its own, and we sit down to a seafood extravaganza! (Plus slaw and Spanish rice on the side. Man does not live by crab boil alone.) As he is recovering from surgery, Artur gets to sit next to me, since I am the master crab-picker and he is working with only one arm.
We followed up with dessert of pie and cake thanks to Jenna and Artur, and Amanda and Eric, and some coffee and conversation. So much good food, laughter and happiness at this table. Ed is in the best mood I have seen in weeks, and even seems to have forgiven me for taking him in for tortu… a workout this morning.
What a great day! Crossfit, enchiladas, and a family tradition. All six kids together, what a beautiful day. I honestly am not sure what part of this day I am most grateful for, but I am humbled to have this many blessings in my life. We love you guys and we are already looking forward to our next day together.
I love my Friday’s off! Even if I do a lot of chores or homework, I get to do them on my time, from my couch, and with my puppies sitting beside me. That is always a good day.
So this Friday I spent a little bit of time with my Psychology book, learning all about research methods and double blind studies. Then off to Cloud 9 for some much needed hot yoga with my girl Carley. Then back to the books to swim through a seemingly endless sea of homework, reading, and quizzes.
I love school. I love it, I love it, I love it. No… really I do.
But a Friday off is a gift, and one I definitely appreciate. I didn’t always have them with this frequency. I have been playing lots of catch up and working on blogs, laundry and getting the crock pot ready for dinner. I am starting to think this thankfulness project may be a bit more than I expected. But I am happy to say I find a new thing everyday that makes me remember how blessed I truly am.
I guess one of the things that I often forget to be grateful for are the little pleasures that I get to take advantage of every day. Every day I wake up to a house that is warm and lit. I have clothes that fit (sort of) and food to eat. We tend to forget about the little everyday gifts of our modern life.
Tell me what you are most grateful for today. What moment did you have that made you realize how lucky you are to be you and to have your life?
Today was football day for the Courtney-Gallegos household! It started with a great breakfast at Flying Star with our celebrated artiste, Aunt Pat. Pat and I try and get together for some sort of Saturday date, at least once a month, and we were both really happy that “King” Edward was awake and willing to join us. Just for the record, the Aunties adore Ed, and he loves them to pieces as well, he just REALLY likes sleeping in on the weekends and we tend to be a group of early risers.
During the course of breakfast, we were talking about the games coming on later, and I told Ed that I was amazed he didn’t have a 49er’s logo tattooed on him somewhere. At which point he reveals that he really wants to have Joe Montana tattooed on to one part of his body and Jerry rice on the opposite side, so that he can make Joe throw a Jerry a touchdown pass. I am assuming he was joking about that. I really, really hope he was joking…
After our breakfast, we said goodbye to Aunt Pat and started off on the rest of our football day. We ran to the store to get all the ingredients for game day snacks (pepperoni rolls and homemade salsa) and a few other items we were taking to our friends Niner party. Then back home to do some cooking and football with the puppies. (You have to be careful when you show my Saki dog a ball. All balls belong to her.)
The football game was a lot of fun until “King” Edward threw the ball into my full coffee cup. Kids, this is why your parents tell you no ball in the house. Eight paper towels later, the ball gets put away and the bread for the pepperoni rolls are done rising. Yummmm….
Ed gets busy playing some Black Ops II for his pre-game warm up while I make the rolls. If you have never had honest to goodness pepperoni rolls, you do not know what you’re missing. Check out the story behind this awesome culinary gift from the Gods here. They are rumored to be from the same town in West Virginia I am from, so I guess that makes me pretty special too, right?. Soft white rolls filled with thick sliced wedges of delicious pepperoni, topped with olive oil and freshly pressed garlic…. Excuse me while I wipe the drool from my chin.
Once the rolls are out of the oven, its Ed’s turn. I start watching the Ravens game and he gets chef duties. Twenty minutes later we have a gallon (yes, a gallon) of Eddie G’s 66 Salsa ready for kickoff. Homemade salsa with New Mexico green chile? It doesn’t get better than that!
We headed out to Jacob and Cathy’s to watch the last quarter of the Ravens vs. Broncos, with me a nervous wreck, waiting for the game to end so I can relax. Everyone else at the party is there to watch the following game, Green Bay at San Francisco. And even though we were constantly switching back and forth, I still got to see the Ravens win in double overtime, and Ray Lewis collapse with joy.
After filling up on fajitas and rice, salsa and pepperoni rolls, the game day Niner Party got started in earnest. We had Jayden, Justin, and Jordan joining us. All of our boys are Niner fans. It was a great night, a great game and everyone was happy with the San Francisco win. I do not know what we will do if these teams face each other in the Super Bowl!
Charlie, the dog, was the only one not in their Niners uniform. But he is not really a football fan.
What an amazing day, rounded out by two incredible games. We were so lucky to have all our boys together, and to be able to eat, talk, cheer, and laugh together with them, and our dear friends. Can’t wait for next weekend!