I haven’t been able to write a real recap post in a long time. I’ve had so much going on and I hated keeping things from you guys. Now that everything is done and official, I can finally write about what’s been happening in my life.
And I’ll start at the very beginning…
It’s been almost ten days since I’ve updated anyone on my life. That is a long time and I won’t let that happen again.
When Kyle and I got home from Florida, we were zonked from the eleven-hour drive. We didn’t want to go out to dinner, but we also didn’t want to cook anything too fancy. We made it easy by heading to the grocery store and picking up some quick eats. I love taking advantage of the pre-marinated seafood at the grocery store. The bourbon salmon is awesome! We also picked up some crab cakes, quinoa with sweet potatoes, kale, and cheesy broccoli.
We also finished off the night with some mint Halo Top Ice Cream! I’m so happy they sell it at the Publix Grocery stores now.
I made sure to get a good night’s sleep because the next couple of weeks were going to be nonstop. I spent Tuesday and Wednesday boxing everything in my apartment up and loading the Uhaul with my dad. I was about to be homeless for ten days! WHATTTTT.
My dad and I busted our butts getting everything packed up and shoved into a fifteen-foot Uhaul. I’m so happy he served all those years in the military because he really knows how to pack! My muscles grew double in size from all the lifting. When you have solid wood furniture and a giant sectional couch…things get tough!
We weren’t done just yet. The next morning, we unloaded all of my stuff and carried it from my parent’s driveway all the way to their back shed, where it was going to be for the next week or so! I WAS SO EXHAUSTED.
We finished at 3 pm on Thursday. I wanted to crawl into bed and relax, but I had some fun plans! Unfortunately, I forgot to set aside some dress clothes. They were all boxed up and I was not about to go through them all! I had to run to the mall and pick out an outfit for the ballet before four! Thank you Target for making things easy 🙂
Meighan and I were invited to view the Charlotte Ballet’s dress rehearsal performance of The Nutcracker. We couldn’t wait!
It was so cold outside, but we bundled up and walked over to the Belk theater.
They had delicious appetizers and cocktails for us, and we also had the opportunity to talk to some of the amazing performers. They are so inspiring.
If you are in Charlotte or live in the Carolinas, I highly recommend seeing this show. It’s worth it! The stage was magical, the costumes were so pretty, the musicians were flawless, and the dancers were unreal. I felt like I was in a dream.
This was the perfect way to kick off the holiday season.
I was so busy moving and getting ready for the ballet that I hardly had time to eat. It was 10 PM when I got home and the only thing I had in me was almonds, a Starbucks latte, a macaroon, and champagne. I wanted food! I stopped at the Dandelion Market on the way back to Kyle’s and picked up food.
The Dandelion does everything on small plates. I love that because I can never decide what I want to eat, so I just order a smorgasbord. I had wings, salad, brussels sprouts, and pita with hummus. SOOOO GOOD.
Kyle had Friday off, so we went to Grumples’s vet for his yearly shots and exam. That’s when I found out he lost nine pounds! I was so happy because I have been watching his diet and taking him on long daily walks. My vet was so proud.
We had a little time to spare before we got there, so I stopped at Rush Espresso’s new location in Ballantyne and it’s adorable and spacey! Definitely adding to my list.
We spent the rest of the day at the DMV and then relaxing!
I went to the Holiday Home Tour in the Fourth Ward neighborhood on Friday night with some friends. It was amazing! The homes were so gorgeous. You can see all of my photos here!
Meighan and I met up early on Saturday morning for a run! Our running dates make my entire week. The cold fall air felt so nice:)
We did three fast-paced miles.
We ran from Uptown Charlotte to the Southend so we could have coffee at the Sunflour bakery. The last time we went to the Sunflour Bakery it was super hot outside. We had just finished a long walk and wanted something refreshing, so we skipped out on their coffee. I was excited to finally try a coffee!
I ordered a skim latte with four shots of espresso and it was really good! I also ordered a snack bar and pistachio macaroon to-go!
We walked back uptown.
We couldn’t help ourselves. We just had to walk through the Christmas in the park. I think this is so cool that Charlotte has this market for the holiday season! I am going to go with Kyle this weekend to walk around.
When I got back, Kyle and I headed to the car dealership and spent the rest of our day there! Thank goodness I brought my snack bar from the bakery 🙂
I had the most random meal for dinner, but it was delicious! I had organic minestrone soup with jalapeño cheese and goldfish. The extra cheddar whole grain goldfish are addictive. I fell asleep watching a Christmas movie.
Sunday morning protein waffles!
We found these protein waffles at Target and had to try them out. They are very inexpensive compared to all the other protein waffle brands. They also tasted so much better…We loved these!
After breakfast, I took Grumples for his morning stroll.
Kyle, Steve (Kyle’s friend), and I headed to the movies to go see Arrival on Sunday night. After the movies we headed the grocery stores so we could make enchiladas. You can find my recipe here!
I headed out on my run after Grumples’s walk. It was beautiful out and I wanted to soak up the last bit of fall.
I made my route circular so I could pass this house over and over! I ended at this spot so I could take some photos 🙂
I had to take Leo to his vet appointment on Monday night! He’s 29 pounds!:)
Good mooring to you too, Leo.
For breakfast, I had Chex with almond milk, almonds, and bananas! I did a Jillian Michaels video and then took the pups for a long walk.
After spending the day running errands, I roasted some vegetables to go with grilled chicken. It was a long day…
And the wine was necessary.
I turned on The Grinch, made some popcorn, and fell right asleep!
I headed to the dentist on Thursday morning. I can’t be the only one that enjoys going to the dentist…
RANDOM, BUT…These candles are to die for…they smell so good! I found them while I was at the grocery store and I highly recommend finding them!
I was so nervous on Thursday night. Friday was a big day for me! I sat around and hung out with my parents while sipping on some apple cider.
I was almost too nervous to eat, but I knew I needed something. My mom made me an omelet with spinach topped with cottage cheese.
AND JUST LIKE THAT…I BECAME A HOMEOWNER ON FRIDAY MORNING! It really is a stressful process, but I did it! I cannot believe I’m planting my roots and I’m so excited for this new chapter! Do you know how many DIY things I have planned?…
After closing at the lawyer’s office on Friday morning, I had a quick lunch and then started loading all of my things back into the Uhaul for another day of moving. This time it was much easier because we had Kyle and my mom helping us.
We finally finished unloading everything into my new home at 10 pm!
We were STARVING after all of the moving, so we headed out for dinner. We all started with a big plate of wings.
I ordered salmon with sweet potato fries and a side salad.
I just had to put my Christmas tree up immediately after dinner.
Falling asleep in my new home felt so good 🙂
Meighan came over to help me conquer my closet. She is the QUEEN of organizing.
My parents were also around helping me hang things and put everything together! I plan on painting and fixing up a T.V. console next week. I was so grateful to have everyone over helping me.
Kyle was so sweet. He headed to Starbucks on Saturday morning to pick up some coffee for my family, Meighan, and I. I don’t know how I got so lucky!
First breakfast in my new home! Coffee, spinach egg omelet, and pears.
As much as I would have loved to just relax and do nothing on Saturday night, I had plans. December is always a busy month because of all the parties and I love it.
I have to give ALL credit to my mom for this one. She knew I had Kyle’s company party to go to, so she went out and bought me the most adorable outfit. She really knows me well! She bought me a black velvet/lace leotard with bell sleeves, mini skirt, tights, black heels, black lace purse, and gold jewelry. I don’t think anyone could have picked out a better outfit. I am so lucky!
I was proud of myself because I got ready in an hour and headed to Kyle’s! That is a record for me. I’m getting good at this go go go thing. I wore my favorite Andrew Marc coat!
My hot date! 🙂
My parents took the pups to their house for the night so they could run around in the backyard. They were so good during the move! She sent me this photo and my heart just melted.
To top off a great weekend, Meighan and I met up for our run Sunday Morning!
It was 37 degrees out when we started. This is the coldest I’ve ever run in! We forgot there was a Panthers game, so we ran all around the tailgates to site see for a bit! It made the run really fun 🙂
The first mile was rough and the cold air was hard to breathe in. It eventually got easier. Running in the cold means gloves, a headband, warm socks, warm pants, and a warm top! BUNDLE BUNDLE BUNDLE.
See the headband around my head? Meighan made that out of an old t-shirt. She just cut the bottom and wrapped it twice. It stayed on perfectly!
We ran four miles and then walked the rest of the time. We didn’t want to overdo it until our bodies get used to running in the cold. We plan on four miles this Wednesday and then seven miles next Sunday!
MORE FUN NEWS? Meighan and I signed up for a half marathon. It is in New York City in April and we are so freaking excited. I’ve been wanting to do one, but fear has been stopping me. I can run eleven miles, but thirteen in a group of people running super fast…terrifying. But I think I’m ready!
I will be updating our training and eats every week, so you can follow along! 🙂 I also want to blog about how we started running together. This is the perfect way to stay motivated all winter long!
It wouldn’t be a proper winter running date without lattes! We took off our gloves and had delicious lattes at Coco & The Director. It’s an adorable spot located uptown.
Running is fun, but the coffee and girl talk is my favorite.
I headed HOME <3 afterwards and took the pups for a two mile walk around my neighborhood.
After our walk, I headed to the grocery store to pick up some food for the house. I found my favorite gluten free chocolate chip cookies!
I made dinner and relaxed for the rest of the night. I had carrots and hummus, ground turkey, and quinoa rice pasta. I plan on making a meal prep this week too.
Grumples and Leo felt right at home.
So this is my first blog post from my new home 🙂 I can’t wait to share decor ideas, DIY projects, and my journey with you! Thank you guys for being so patient and kind to me the past few weeks! I’ve wanted to spill everything, but I wanted everything to go smoothly first. Also, how cute is this candle?!?! It’s from Define Design Etsy shop! 🙂
QUESTIONS FOR YOU!
- What advice can you give me for my half marathon?
- What is something you do once a week that makes you happy?
- Now that I’m caught up and can finally take a breather, what would you like me to blog about?