Weekend Wrap Up: Memorial Day

It’s officially the start of summer! The Catton family is so excited to have some amazing summer adventures! We started off this weekend with a Frappacino stop at Starbucks before we headed to one of my field hockey players’ grad party.

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Saturday morning Brian woke up and did a 10 mile run while I stayed home with Princess Lola. When he got back we went to our favorite breakfast spot for some yummy food!

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I got buttermilk pancakes and turkey bacon. Then….

We have been dying to take Lola swimming so a friend suggested we take her to the creek near the Willows on Skunk Hollow Trail. She was hesitant at first by then dove right in. There wasn’t much swimming but jumping through the creek was fun!

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Afterwards, Brian and I headed to the Philadelphia Outlets and got some shopping done! I was so excited with the steals I got. Some stuff from Gap, Under Armor, J Crew, and Van Heusen! Needless to say I am so happy with my new summer finds!

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Then Brian and I drove out to Cherry Hill, New Jersey to have a date night at our favorite restaurant. We also had a 25% off coupon so that was part of the reason we headed out there.

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As you can tell we both love our wine. Hence why part of the reason our honeymoon was in Napa Valley, California.
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I got my favorite bacon cheese burger with onion rings on top. After we headed into Old City Philadelphia to this awesome ice cream shop that has been seen on the Travel Channel. We went here the day we got engaged.

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There are so many awesome choices to choose from but we went with our go too.
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The Mt Vesuvius! It is vanilla ice cream with homemade brownies chunks, whipped cream and a bit of graham cracker on the top. I love how they mold the ice cream into a volcano.

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Monday morning we walked downtown to the Radnor Memorial Day Parade! We were so proud of Lola she was such a good girl and met a bunch of new friends.

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Lola wanted to see the antic cars too!

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After the parade we bummed around the rest of the day. We just sat around and read our books. I am trying to finish Running: A Love Story by Jen A. Miller. Thankfully I am almost done and it is such an awesome book! I highly recommend it!

Anyway, I am sad to see the long weekend end but looking forward to so many fun summer antics!

Yes, mommy this weekend got me a big tuckered out!

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Canada Road Trip – Part 2

We woke up in the morning and went out on our mission for coffee for me of course! We landed at Tim Horton’s, a staple in Canada. 


We even left with a bag of coffee to bring home. Bringing a bit of Canada home with us. 


Since I was missing Lola a ton we saw a PetValu store so we stopped in and bought her some special treats that are only made in Canada – we had to get the Maple Bacon flavor for her. 


We found this chain restaurant called Montana’s Cookhouse!

One added bonus to their menu was that they have one of my favorite foods! Fried pickles!!!

After lunch we got ready for the wedding. We were so excited to celebrate Blair and Jacob’s marriage. 

Brian and I really enjoyed this Canadian outdoor wedding with a slice of the states in it! I guess that’s what happened when America and Canada get married! 

Below is probably the cutest picture from the night. Blair’s dad made her wear a jeans jacket to their first father daughter dance so they both wore one in their father and bride dance. 

So much cuteness in one picture!
This girl means the world to me and I was so glad I was able to celebrate their wedding day and 1 year anniversary. I am constantly blessed by her and so glad that we got married less than 2 months apart from each other. It is such a blessing to have a friend that loves Jesus, is super competitive/athletic, and at a similar stage in life as me. Love you so much Blair and you looked amazing!!!!!!

Mama Lynn, I can’t even begin to tell you how excited I was to get a hug from her! I hadn’t seen her since our regional FCA conference in November and with all the growth in our regional I’m not going to see her at any camps this summer either. Instant sad face. So I was super blessed to see her and catch up! 
my Mama Lynn

Happy Wedding Day & 1 Year Anniversary to Jacob & Blair Ruby! We love you and it was so great to be in Canada for the first time for your wedding!!!

2016: Week 20 Log

Monday, May 16th 

I was really excited that I was able to start up on the elliptical this week. So glad I can do the bike for 15 minutes, elliptical for 15 minutes, as well as my exercises.

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I spend my time on those two machines now!
Tuesday, May 17th

Spent some time at the gym doing the elliptical, bike, and PT exercises.

Wednesday, May 18th

I had a follow up with my athletic trainer to see how my knee was doing. We both agreed that I could add weight to the knee isometrics and because of that I am only doing my exercises 3 times a week with bike and elliptical everyday (or when I can).

My knee still has some bruising so I need to still take it a little easy on certain exercises which was a bit frustrating but I am going to work through it.

Thursday, May 19th

So glad that I am able to really get a good sweat in at the gym right now. It makes me feel a lot better about my day and also makes me not feel lazy.

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I love this new tank I found at Target. Totally true today.

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Friday, May 20th

We are leaving for Canada today and I headed to the gym bright and early in the morning to get my bike and elliptical work out in.

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Saturday, May 21st

Spent the day with the hubby romping around London, Ontario. We got our food on at the Ruby wedding!


Sunday, May 22nd

Rest day – driving back from Canada and when I got home I really wanted to relax.

Canada Road Trip – Part 1 

If you don’t know to much about me yet I work for a sports organization called the Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA), and over the summer we host several leadership and sports camps in our region. My role at 2 of our camps is to interview, hire, and train our huddle leaders (camp counsellors) to pour into the lives of the student-athlete campers. Over the years, I have become very close with some of my huddle leaders that often are returners. My one friend/huddle leader, Blair, who played field hockey at Richmond, got really close throughout the years.

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Blair and I after one of her college field hockey games.

Her mom is also on staff with FCA as well. Well, due to how life was, they eloped and got married last May. So now on their 1 year anniversary they are having their wedding, in Canada, because her hubby is Canadian.

I was so excited leading up to this trip for one reason being that I’ve never been to Canada! So I am excited to explore this new continent and with the hubby! This trip is definitely a much needed time away just the two of us before crazy summer camp season officially begins!

Anyway, we got up in the morning and I went to the gym quick to ride the bike and elliptical for physical therapy – when I got home was some last minute odds and ends. Then we dropped Lola off at the kennel.

Missing my baby
I was so sad dropping her off but we gave her a family hug and said bye. I hate to admit but I cried when we got in the car then the hubby took me to Devon Donuts and that cheered me up. Then we were on our merry way to, “Oh Canada!”

on our way!!!!!

We got hungry or I like to say hangry in upstate New York so we stopped at Papa Jack’s for some grub!

Papa Jack’s had the best onion rings and homemade potato chips! It reminded me that I need to find a really good homemade potato chip recipe.

We stopped to get gas and I ran into the little shop to grab us a pick me up because we still had 4 hours to go until we got to our hotel. So we tried the new S’mores Frap. It definitely tasted like one too! 


We finally made it to Canada and the officer at customs was awesome!


And we had finally landed in Ontario.


After getting settled in our hotel we decided to head out on a date night in downtown London. Such a nice little place with places to shop and eat. 

We landed at a local brewery for dinner. 


Afterwards, Brian had a hankering for something sweet and we saw a Marble Slab Creamery, which I haven’t been to since the Eastern Lacrosse spring break trip in college. 


We both had to get their Nutella flavor! 

Can’t wait to share more adventures and pictures from the wedding in my next post!

2016: Week 19 Log

Monday, May 9th

Today I went back to the gym! I was honestly excited for this day because I felt like I could really work out again because today starts BIKE DAY!

I went to the gym to get my physical therapy in because lets be honest – physical therapy is my work out for the next couple weeks and today I was able to step on the stationary bike. The goal of getting on the bike is to get the motion back in my knee.



Tuesday, May 10th

I went to my follow up appointment for my knee. The assistant said that my knee looks great and she was impressed with the motion I had in my knee already. So that’s a good thing that my PT is doing what it needs to do. 

Afterwards, I hit the gym to ride the bike for 15 minutes then headed home to do the rest of my PT. Lola sat next to me when I was doing my heel slides. So sweet. 

Wednesday, May 11th

I did most of my physical therapy at home then went to the gym to ride the bike for 15 minutes. 

I also did some ab work and arm lifting as well. Then…. Stopped at Starbucks for a little afternoon pick me up before our last lacrosse practice of the season. 



Thursday, May 12th

I did my physical therapy at home and went to the gym to ride the bike for a little bit. 

I am really excited about how much range of motion I have back in my knee already. Things are looking up! 

Range of motion is coming back! yay!
On another note, Brian and I dropped Lola off at the vet to get spayed. I missed this little munchkin all day.

look at that face
 

Friday, May 13th

Today I was able to get my PT done at home before I picked Lola up from the vet. Once she got home we spent a lonof cuddle time together… 

Lola even fell asleep with her new bone I her mouth.

Then I headed to the gym to ride the bike for 15 minutes as well as do crunches and push ups.

Saturday, May 14th

I decided to not to physical therapy today because I felt like my knee needed a break. The bruising is also still there and has been pretty tender, wanted to see if I could heal a bit more this weekend. 

I went on two nice walks with Lola and the hubby and I went out on a little date. 

We stopped at Whole Foods to pick up pint of Halo Top ice cream. 


It was definitely a nice healthy treat!

Sunday, May 16th

What an exciting day! Brian and I switched gyms! The gym that we attend now has a pool, so many different cardio machines, a cross-fit area, and then cardio machines have TVs on them! We are so excited not to mention that is down the street from our apartment! 

I started be elliptical today too! 

Well, it as nice to get into PT and switch gyms so I can get more focused on strength training again! Also, running in the pool is a plus too!

Friday Fives: Volume 2 

I have done this post one time before, so I thought I’d bring it back for a second round.

But here are some things that are my favorites as of lately….

1) Chip Up Tank

I found this tank at Target and I absolutely had to have it. The phrase describes me to well. Can’t wait to wear it for a work out.

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2) Mighty Ducks Trilogy

The hubby and I decided this week to bring out my favorite series from growing up. I have to admit I was slightly obsessed with these movies during my middle school years. If you haven’t seen this oldies but goodies I highly recommend having a movie marathon with some pop corn!

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3) Book: Running: A Love Story

I love it when I have the chance to sit down and read a book for fun. It is difficult for me to find the time to sit down and chill for a bit like that. A local Philadelphia/South Jersey runner and journalist wrote this book about her life. It is very witty, honest, and a quick read. I’m not done the book yet but I am hoping to really dive into it more this weekend and finish it!

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4) Multi-Grain Peanut Butter Cheerios

My favorite cereal to date! We definitely buy a box of this amazing new healthy cereal every week. I just gobble it up! Definitely worth the try if you love peanut butter like me.

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5) Trader Joe’s: Cookie Butter Sandwich Cookies

I did my monthly Trader Joe’s shopping trip and have been passing these cookies for months and resisted until this week. I am obsessed with their cookie butter and just had to try these and they are amazing! If you have a Trader Joe’s near you I highly recommended grabbing this yummy sweet treat!

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Lisa’s Friday Fives is signing off! Hope you guys enjoyed my recent favorites!

 

2016: Week 18 Log

Monday, May 2nd – Surgery Day!

Everything went well! My meniscus was shaved down so I will have a 2 months to recover. The surgeon is concerned about my arthritis but we will see how it goes post recovery.

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Icing the knee post surgery!

Tuesday, May 3rd

I was recovering from surgery. Went to see my athletic trainer from Eastern to check in and ice my knee.

The hubby brought me home some flowers :)
The hubby brought me home some flowers 🙂

Wednesday, May 4th

Did knee isometrics 3 times and made sure I was bending my knee a bit as I was walking.

Thursday, May 5th

Knee isometrics – I was walking a lot better but when I stand fora bit my knee will get stiff an more difficult to bend.

Friday, May 6th 

Did my knee isometrics

Celebrated Lola’s 6th month birthday!

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Happy 6 month birthday Lola Bear!

Saturday, May 7th
We celebrated Mother’s Day with the hubby’s parents at Seasons 52. I got my PT in throughout the day which was good.

Sunday, May 8th

Happy Mother’s Day to all the moms out there! I may not be a “real mommy” yet but I sure do love caring for our little fur baby!

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Icing the knee post surgery!

I woke up this morning being able to bend my knee a lot better. I am excited to get onto the bike this week to begin getting motion back into it.