Memorial Day Hike

Since sleeping in is basically unheard of in this household, we were up bright and early on this lovely holiday.

Ryan, my sister and I started our day with an easy and delicious breakfast by Van’s.

Van's French Toast Sticks

The Van’s cinnamon French toast sticks were a hit all around. All three of us enjoyed the crispy sticks topped with syrup.

Memorial Day Breakfast

Since we wanted to take Sadie hiking before the real heat of the day set in, we changed into our hiking clothes and hopped in the car.

While on our way to Weikwa Springs State Park, I drank a strawberry smoothie made with ice cubes, frozen strawberries, strawberry protein powder and ice cold water. I wanted a little protein in my belly to keep me full on our hike.

Strawberry Protein Smoothie

When we arrived, we decided to do a large loop, which we figured would take us around two hours to hike.

Sadie, Leslie & Ryan

Ready for Hiking

The Hiking Gang

Not even a half of a mile into our hike, we came across a deer!

Though he ran before I got a chance to snap his picture, I did manage to capture a little of his hiney!

Find the Deer!

We also stumbled upon a small tortoise, which Sadie wanted to make her new best friend.

Sadie + Torty


Hot Dog

I wore my Garmin on our hike to see exactly how many miles we covered.

We ended up hiking just shy of six miles in a little less than two hours.

Hiking Stats

After a morning full of activity, we were ready for a filling lunch.


To me, Memorial Day = BBQ time!

Ryan threw some hot dogs on the grill which we enjoyed with cucumber and sliced green and red pepper.

Memorial Day Dog


My Plate

After lunch, we headed out back to soak up some sun and read our books. We didn’t last long though because it is H-O-T!

Now it’s time to run some much-needed errands, including a trip to the grocery store.

Question of the Afternoon

What’s your favorite food that’s traditionally served at a BBQ?

I love corn on the cob and watermelon. Yum!

Cold Weather Hike

I think the couple of beers I had last night affected me more than I thought, mainly because I didn’t drink nearly enough water throughout the day yesterday. I woke up with a tummy ache and didn’t feel hungry until 10 a.m.  😦

Ladies from Last Night

Since it was chilly outside, Ryan and I opted to start our Sunday curled up on the couch to watch a movie. Ryan complained that we don’t have enough man movies so I gave him the movie 300 for Christmas. We popped it in the DVD player and I was surprised at how entertained I was! I made it through the whole movie, only taking a quick break for breakfast when my appetite returned.

I made apple cinnamon pancakes for Ryan to enjoy. I had several bites off his plate before digging into a big bowl of Flax-Z-Snax butter pecan hot cereal with pumpkin.

Apple Cinnamon Pancakes

Butter Pecan Hot Cereal with Pumpkin

After the movie and a couple loads of laundry, I ate a cup of Greek yogurt with honey before we headed out to Weikwa Springs with Sadie for a chilly two hour hike.

Greek Yogurt with Honey

It is cold outside and Ryan and I bundled up in several layers before heading out on our hike.

Layered Up and Ready to Hike

Sadie even sported her Halloween t-shirt to keep warm.

Feelin' the Halloween Spirit

After our hike we were hungry!

We stopped by Jimmy John’s. I love this place soooo much. Their bread is delicious.

I ordered a roast beef sub with extra veggies.

Roast Beef Sub


We also got an Oreo milkshake with hot fudge on top but gobbled that down en route to our apartment, before I could snap a picture and before we even ate our subs. Dessert before the main meal… that’s how I roll. 😉

Off to finish up the laundry and take down the Christmas decorations… Boo!