Hi, friends! I hope you had a wonderful weekend! To the mommas out there, a happy belated Mother’s Day to you! (And that includes all of you moms-to-be, dog moms, cat moms or whatever type of mom you are or aspire to be one day!)
Dave and I got back from our weekend trip to San Diego last night, and it went by super fast, but it was a great time. Dave’s parents live on the island of Coronado in San Diego, and we haven’t been there since Christmas of 2015 — so our trip was long overdue. We were there to celebrate Dave’s older sister’s wedding, which took place at Rancho Bernardo Inn, a beautiful resort in San Diego County.
We’ll keep the trip recap short and sweet, okay? We got to the San Diego Airport on Thursday night and had to wait around a while because Dave’s golf clubs got lost in transit. They were eventually delivered to us in the middle of the night (so strange), but other than that, we didn’t have any hiccups in travel.
That evening, we hung out with his family and extended family at home, had a healthy dinner (shown above), then went out for the best ice cream cone I’ve ever had at Mootime Creamery in downtown Coronado. I had the Banana Nutella flavor, and I will forever dream about it …
On Friday, Dave was off golfing with the guys, so I had some time to myself while everyone else had their own activities going on to prepare for the wedding. Dave’s Mom was kind enough to drop me off in downtown Coronado as she went out for a hair appointment, and I grabbed some breakfast using a gift card at Starbucks, then got a much-needed manicure and pedicure, using this fabulous color. I also ordered a to-go lunch from Which Wich, and Dave’s Dad picked me up in the afternoon to head back to the house.
That evening, after checking into Rancho Bernardo Inn, we went to celebrate the rehearsal dinner at Stone Brewing World Bistro & Gardens, which is a massive place — perfect for a fun dinner with a group. Our party sat outside near some heaters and dined on appetizers and entrees. We barely explored the huge property while there, but apparently there are areas for corn-hole and other outdoor social games. So fun! The food was great that night, and we followed it up by hanging out back at the hotel bar with some more of the out-of-town wedding guests. (While others had adult beverages, I ate a cookie skillet dessert at the bar … keeping it classy, as always!)
On Saturday, Dave and I borrowed his Mom’s car and took a top-down convertible adventure about 20 minutes away to the Nutmeg Cafe for brunch. While Dave was sleeping, I spent a ton of time doing Yelp research for the perfect place to dine, and Nutmeg delivered on expectations. The line was long, but we ended up with a table near the window, and we were both super pleased with our food. Dave had a steak quesadilla, and I had the avocado toast and a green tea latte, and we took a vegan scramble back for his Mom too.
The rest of the day included wedding festivities. The beautiful ceremony took place at 4 p.m. in the San Diego sunshine in a little garden area on the resort property. And because Dave’s Dad was the wedding officiant (he did our wedding too, and he is AMAZING and so moving!), Dave walked his sister, Chrystn, down the aisle, to meet her smiling and eager groom, Chris. It was so sweet to watch. The entire wedding was lovely and in the perfect setting on a sunny, but breezy day!
As always, the ceremony turned into cocktail hour, which turned into dinner and dancing. And do you want to know two of the coolest parts of the wedding? Dave’s little sister, Gwena, had made a video of all of us siblings recording a message for the bride and groom, and they played it back for all of the 50+ guests to watch. So special!
And here’s the second thing: The wedding photographer was incredible, and he set up a same-day slideshow, in which he showed all of the photos of the day to the entire reception, starting from the bride and groom getting ready in their rooms. It was so moving to watch the day unfold in pictures before our eyes, before the event was even over. I had never seen that before, but then learned from the groom (who is also a photographer), that this is a new special add-on that photographers can do at weddings. If you haven’t been married yet — request this! It’s magical!
The night was great, and I loved meeting some members of Dave’s extended family that I hadn’t before. They were all so nice and congratulatory about our growing little boy in my tummy. And because I couldn’t drink any wine or champagne that night, I did some serious damage on a few slices of red velvet wedding cake, so all was not lost. It was perfect! Sending so much love and congratulations to the happy couple, who is staying in San Diego a few more days before flying back to their home in New Hampshire.
On Sunday, we went back to Dave’s parents’ house and hung out with the fam, as we watched the Warriors win game one of round three of the playoffs. We also picked up another delicious sammie from Which Wich, and then got dropped back off at the airport in the afternoon to return to the Bay Area.
It was a short three-night visit, full of festivities, but it was a good one! We were absolutely elated to go pick up little Rudy from our friends’ house, and he was just as excited to see us as we were him. I wrote much of this blog post on the short one-hour flight, and now we’re back home and settled and ready for a great week! But yes, it sure does feel good to get out of a town for a bit and regroup! 🙂
My weekly workout recap
Switching gears, let’s take a look at my workouts as of late …
At 16 weeks pregnant …
- Monday: Took a one-hour BODYPUMP class, 10 a.m.
- Tuesday: Practiced 25 minutes of Bootybarre at home, 11 a.m.
- Wednesday: Did 25 minutes of power walking on the treadmill, 10:30 a.m.
- Thursday: Taught a one-hour BODYPUMP class, 8:30 a.m. and taught a one-hour Bootybarre class, 5:30 p.m.
- Friday: Taught a one-hour Bootybarre class, 4 p.m.
- Saturday: Did a 25-minute full-body TRX workout, 11 a.m.
- Sunday: Rest day
At 17 weeks pregnant …
- Monday: Did 25 minutes of power walking on the treadmill, 10:30 a.m.
- Tuesday: Taught a one-hour BODYPUMP class, 8:30 a.m.
- Wednesday: Did a 30-minute PiYo Hardcore on the Floor DVD at home, 11 a.m.
- Thursday: Taught a one-hour BODYPUMP class, 8:30 a.m.
- Friday: Rest day
- Saturday: Rest day
- Sunday: Rest day
Overview of the two weeks of workouts
Last Monday, as my ebook was debuting (did you get it yet??), I skipped my workout report, so you’re getting two today. You’ll see that I took a few rest days while traveling, which is usually my norm, and totally okay for you to do too, (people, give yourself a break every once in a while!). The previous week, I was successful at lifting weights three times, did some cardio and also had a full rest day. And this past week, I lifted weights twice and also switched things up with a PiYo core workout DVD, sent to me by my sweet friend and reader, Courtney. While I absolutely LOVED taking a PiYo live class, I will say that the PiYo core workout was a little tough for my growing mid-section now that I’m further along in my second trimester! It was challenging, and I will definitely be sure to add it into my routine after the baby makes his arrival this fall. Have you done the beast move with a classic Charlene Johnson kick-through? Wow! Overall, the past two weeks of workouts were fairly solid, and I’m hanging in there and doing the best that I can in spite of my changing bodily condition.
Have a fabulous start to your week, my friends! See you soon!Wedding adventures in #SanDiego and weekly #workout recaps … Click To Tweet
P.S. Thanks to Meghan for today’s “Week in Review,” and there are affiliate links in this post!
Questions of the day
What’s your favorite part about weddings?
What was the hardest workout you’ve done lately?