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My birthday is July 2nd, and what better gift could I give to myself that to reach this goal that’s nearing two years in the making? So from now until then, I’ll be giving Sunday updates/weekend wrap-ups on my progress called Birthday Gift Goal Updates.

Yesterday was my first week of Spring Break, and I totally enjoyed myself. I went to my first-ever Aqua Zumba class (which I’ll write about tomorrow) in the morning and then spent a good portion of the afternoon reading The Language of Flowers while lounging in my Adirondack chair as I watched Sofi play.

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Since today is Easter Sunday, I completely forgot to weigh myself. I didn’t exactly take a “day off,” but I didn’t exactly follow my normal food & exercise plan. I ate a bit of everything offered at my family’s Easter Brunch, but I tried my hardest to keep it to “a bit,” in other words, in moderation. And I also guesstimated how much all of those “bits” added up to and then overestimated the calories, logging it all into MyFitnessPal.

Since I have this coming week off, I’m planning on doing a really big push in terms of exercise. I want to hit the gym every day, in addition to daily mid-morning walks with Sofi. Tomorrow BeautyJunkie824 and I plan on going for a 2-mile walk around a lake by her house to catch up on everything that’s been going on for both of us since we last met up about a month ago when we went to Bikram. Speaking of Bikram, I think I’ll go to a Bikram class at least once this week, as well.

I hope you all had a wonderful weekend spent with those you care about.

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What a great weekend! There really is nothing like a family celebration to make a weekend special, is there? Ever since I took on the task of teaching that extra (6th class), life has become really hectic, and it seems like the only thing I do on the weekends is run a bunch of errands I couldn’t get to during the week. Which makes weekends like the one we just had all the more special because I was able to relax and spend some quality time with family.

Friday
Friday evening my sister and nieces had me over for a nice dinner of shrimp scampi. While I drooled over their pasta with butter and cheese, I ate my steamed zucchini and roasted cauliflower that my sister had for me. I ended up eating one piece of the pasta (literally one piece), just to satisfy the craving. And it was just as delicious as I knew it would be, but that one piece was enough. After 20 minutes my body registered that it was full and the craving for the pasta died down. I think that I gave in to the craving because I knew that I was going to eat carbs on Sunday at our Easter brunch. Not that I think eating one piece of pasta is a problem, but let’s just say I’m glad that I don’t have it in my house because it would be difficult to resist on a daily basis.

The girls were beyond excited that they were going to die Easter eggs after dinner. I forgot how much fun that whole process is. I’m so glad that my sister and my nieces are living next door now, because I realized on Friday night how much of their lives I missed out on when they lived 45 minutes away. Even though I’d see them at all the major holidays and on weekends when they’d come and visit, it’s not the same thing as being close enough to walk across the driveway. It’s so much fun to be a part of their daily lives. And the egg decorating was fun, too. They even made me a hot pink swirly egg.

Saturday
Most of the day on Saturday was spent doing housework and errands.  You know, the fun stuff – mopping the floors, cleaning the bathrooms, doing laundry, changing the sheets, dusting.  I actually don’t mind housework at all because I love the sense of accomplishment I get afterward.  Not to mention how much I love a clean house.  Plus, I just put some good music on and the tasks  go a lot more quickly.

The rest of Saturday was spent braving the grocery stores (I needed to go to two), and I kept kicking myself for not stopping at either of them on Friday night instead.  You would’ve thought they were giving food away for how busy it was in the stores.  Still, I had to get the  berries that I needed to make my fruit salad, so there was nothing to do  but deal with the crowds.

Late Saturday afternoon the breeder where I’m getting my new puppy posted new photos after their first bath and a video of their first time eating puppy food.  Too much cuteness!  I still have my favorite (Winnie), but I really think all six of those puppies are adorable, and I’d be happy with any one of them.  The selection process begins somewhere around the 5-week mark, which is coming up later this week (Saturday).  I have pick 4, which means there will be 3 puppies to choose from.  I know I’ll be on pins and needles until I know which one is mine.  If you need something to brighten your day, take a look at those photos, because I don’t think you can see them and not smile. (And now you know where the title of this post comes from.  Although my nieces are pretty cute, too).

On a side note, I can’t say enough about how thrilled I am with Heather and the LilyBits community that she’s created.  Heather is the type of breeder that we should all hope to have.  She’s so nurturing and sweet, but she also maintains such order and organization.  And she keeps things so clean! She’s definitely a woman after my own heart in that respect.  And she’s set up a wonderful community of LilyBits “parents” on Facebook who post photos and videos of their little loves all the time.  I can’t wait to become a full-fledged member!  If you’re in the market for a Shichon puppy, I highly recommend contacting Heather. 

I spent a quiet night at home on Saturday finishing up A Dog’s Purpose  (with puppies on the brain I just had to finish it) and looking for a new book to read.  I quite a few on my “to read” list, but I wasn’t in the mood to start The Girl Who Played with Fire because I’ve realized that I need to be in the right mind space for those novels because they are so dark.  Two of my favorite “fun read” authors, Jen Lancaster and Jennifer Weiner both have books coming out in early May and early June, respectively. But nothing else was jumping out at me.  Please leave recommendations of books that you’ve recently enjoyed.  I like a wide variety of genres, so any and all suggestions would be great.

Sunday
Sunday morning I made a beautiful berry salad. I’d be lying if I said I hadn’t missed having things like this these past 10 weeks.  I’m looking forward to being able to eat fruit (and other carbs in limited quantities) again.  I mean, just look at how good this looks…

Our family brunch was delicious,  and I’m glad I allowed myself the day to enjoy the food.  I was up on the scale this morning, but I should be able to take that weight off before Wednesday.  Beyond the food, it was nice to have all of the most important people in my life together and for the atmosphere to be light and happy.  Now that my sister’s ex isn’t around, there isn’t that dread that something is going to go wrong.  Toxic people really take so much joy out of life, don’t they?  I’m so thankful that we never have to spend another family holiday with him.

After brunch my mom and I headed to Target to buy my dad and her some workout clothes.  They just joined a small gym and both of them feel like they don’t have the right clothes to workout in.  I really wanted them to join 24 Hour Fitness since my sister and I both belong there, but the gym they joined was less expensive and more suited for their needs.  So I’m disappointed that we won’t be able to work out together, but I’m so happy that they’re going to start working out on a regular basis. Our trip was cut short due to the fact that Target was closed, which was surprising.  I’m glad that the employees got the day off, though.  So my mom and I are headed there this afternoon instead.

Sunday afternoon and evening was spent getting ready for the week ahead and relaxing with mindless reality shows that have become such a staple of my Sunday evenings.

Monday
I know this post was a weekend wrapup, but I have some time on my hands this morning because the students are taking state-mandated standardized tests and I’m all caught up on my grading.  That’s why this post is so long.

This morning I woke up and checked Facebook on my iPhone as I do every morning.  The difference was I had a message from a friend of a friend whom I don’t speak to very often.  She had seen the Easter photos I posted on FB and wanted to let me know how great I looked.  What a nice way to start the day, right?  The fact that this person whom  I really only keep in touch with via FB noticed a change in my appearance really makes me feel great. I have to say that when I saw the photo I thought I looked pretty nice in it, which is a reaction I haven’t had in quite some time when seeing a photo of myself.  It makes me look forward to the future where all of the photos I take will show improvement.

Finally, the Daily Challenge for today is awesome and I’d like to encourage you to participate in it, even if you’re not doing the actual challenges.  It will definitely brighten someone’s day, and it’s easy to do, so why not?:

Draw a smiley face on a little piece of paper, sticky note, or wherever you like. Add a short message like “Have a great day!” or “Keep smiling!” Hide it somewhere your favorite person will find it tomorrow while at work, school, or home – in a drawer, desk, lunch bag, briefcase, coat pocket, purse, or book bag.

I hope everyone had a wonderful weekend and that your Monday is going well, too.

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