our version of a beach bod

With a beach vacation on the horizon and swimsuit wearing looming, we are focusing on healthy snacking over here.  I am not one of those gals who does very well going without things that I love, thrives on having a deadline, or who can really even function with any type of diet.  So, my beach bod goals:


To feel healthy.

Embrace my strength.

Get energized.

For me, step 1 is buying a swimsuit that fits well.  This means some much needed boost (another thing nobody thought to tell me about breastfeeding 2 babies) and the right size to cover everything and allow me to play with the beauties. Two, to add as many healthy snacks as I can.  I don’t plan on cutting out sugar or booze or fat… I just hope that in adding healthy options to our fridge maybe I won’t have as much room for the junk that I tend to go for when I haven’t eaten all day. I want to focus on rest and sleep.  I will try to relax and just get done the things that are necessary and try to take advantage of the sleep time that Elle offers!  Kurt and I have also committed to a minimal number of workouts before we go.  Things that we consider fun (as fun as a work out can be) and can do together. I made a little scratch chart… we’ll see how it goes.  Wish us luck!

(notice, we have actually done a few workouts! oh, and we got the idea for our memo board here.  ours still needs some work but I love the idea!)

Here are some healthy snacks that have found their way into the snack rotation:

Lentals (hot or cold)

Baby Cucumbers

Apples with natural Peanut Butter

Light String Cheese



Brown Rice Cakes

Marcona Almonds

Sliced Turkey

Sliced Avocado with Sliced Cheese

Rice Crackers with Hummus

Baby Bell Peppers

Turkey Pepperoni’s

As a side note: I will be finishing this flourless chocolate cake before the weeks end, just in time to finish the pan of brownies I will be making for Kurt’s Birthday ’round 2′ on Friday!

Trader Joe’s flourless chocolate cake. Add some ice cream and in our case some peanut butter chocolate sauce- ummmm… yum! And, it’s Gluten Free if that’s important to ya!

Lets be honest, I think the main goal I will focus on for the bod a’la beach vacay will be acceptance .

Happy St. Patty’s day friends!  Cheers to some green beer tonight!  {Geez, I’m hopeless 😉 }


Spring Break 2010

My parents blessed us with a WONDERFUL Spring Break vacation in San Diego last week!  It was a week filled with family, NEW family (congrats again Mitch and Lyn), Sea World, California friends, shopping, food and beach fun!  It was perfect sunny spring weather and a great break for all of us!

At the Airport Ready to get going!

Ava spent most of the flight memorizing the Sea World Map

This was the first, but not only time 2 of the brothers ended up in the same shirt 🙂

Mitch and Lyn surprised Kurt some ‘funfetti’ cupcakes for a late birthday celebration

Our family of pyros had a blast burning EVERYTHING we could find in our beach bonfire

Mom and Ave getting ready for Sea World

2 more bro’s wearing the same shirt…

“Let’s go inside!”

Smart Phone Tutorial

The Moms (JoJo and Alene)

San Diego Crew

Our Sorenson Fam- Ava wasn’t really feelin’ it. “No pictures please!”

This is how much of the Shamu Show that Kurt and Ava saw

Shamu! Shamu!

Ava got so worked up and freaked out by the Shamu intro that Kurt had to take her out… this is how we found her when the rest of us left the show

Ava’s (and maybe Kurt’s) favorite part of the day

Ava got soaked… but had so much fun!

“Your turn…” (to everybody in the group)

Say a little prayer and hope the water doesn’t land on your head as you run through… we all made it out pretty dry!

Apparently only the front 2 seats on this ride get soaked!

The boys showing off the poses of the new SeaWorld uniforms! I think there were other people taking pics of this that weren’t even in our group 🙂

Having fun with a HUGE magnifying glass!

Holy Cow- biggest fish I’ve ever seen!

Ava after the Abby  Cadabby Tea Cup Ride (notice the nice, normal complexion of Ava’s face . . . Kurt’s was green)

So much fun . . . 🙂

The parents and the betrothed (Mitch, Jo, Tug, Lynley, Alene and John)

Kurt and me at Yardhouse

Ava eating Mac and Cheese for the 300th 3rd time in 3 days… yikes!

Ava- every chance she got

Kayla Mae helping Ava get used to the sand

Boys getting ready for the 60 degree ocean

Wet suits = Yoga poses

The beautiful Del Mar beach on Camp Pendleton (this was the view from right out our back door!)

Ocean Fun (that lasted a whole 10 minutes)

John gave a great toast to kick off the engagement

Best Man!

The aftermath of the disaster that was Ava on the flight home!

(We threw away her empty TCBY yogurt cup- she started throwing a HUGE fit- snot started running down her face-I tried to wipe it which led to meltdown #2, so I gave her my eyeshadow and a makeup brush- she put it all over her face, then I showed her herself in the mirror(bad move mom)- freak out #3 started, so I gave her a wipe- while attempting to clean herself up she passed right out for the duration!)

So much fun but after this flight we were SO ready to be home!