What I’ve Been Up To Lately: Hiking, Roller Coasters, DIY Plans & Saban

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I’m still exercising with my trainer three times a week.  I’ve definitely gotten stronger but I haven’t lost much weight.  So…it’s time to start logging what I eat in a food journal.  I’m not looking forward to doing that but I know it will help me accomplish my goals.  Speaking of goals…I had more endurance walking the Tallulah Gorge last weekend than I did two years ago.   Thumbs up to that!

Last time I didn’t go all the way to the bottom of the Gorge but this time I did!  (See the video.)  I was super proud of myself.  However, going back up was tough.  My calves still ache.

My favorite part still is crossing the swinging bridge.  However, on this day there were so many people on it (just before I took this shot) that it was bouncing up and down.  That was a little nerve wracking, I have to say.

See this post from 2 years ago for some great photos of the Gorge!

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I’ve also been riding roller coasters like they’re going out of style.  I gave our family Six Flags and White Water season passes for Christmas and now that Six Flags is open we’re going as often as possible.  If you follow me on Instagram, you’ve seen some of my roller coaster photos.  Once I went and didn’t take any photos, which I regret because I rode Batman and the walk to it was kinda cool.  Though the ride itself wasn’t my favorite.  (This one is.)  I guess I’ll have to ride it again and take some shots.  I’ll need to find some capris/shorts with pockets that close well first though because when I rode this, I lost my sunglasses.  I can’t have that happen to my phone!  Eeek!  BTW, I took every photo in this post with my Samsung Galaxy.  I love that thing!

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My daughter will be back from college and home for the summer this weekend.  We’re going to re-do her room while she’s here.  I’ll definitely be sharing that on my blog!  Right now that room is nothing to be excited about.  We’re trying to keep costs down by DIYing everything on the cheap (but still nice).  Here are a few of the ideas that are rolling around in my head on Pinterest.  Here’s another board I made with our whole house in mind.

Saban turned one year old on the 21st of April!!  She looks like her head is bigger than her body in this photo but she’s really just super big all over. 😉  (She loves that bowling pin.)  Check out this post to see how small she was when she was born! She’s about 140 lbs now and still growing.

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She loves to play soccer and occasionally cause trouble…like here and here.  Mostly, she’s just awesome.

That’s the two of us together.  I’m bumming it.  Also, my feet actually can touch the floor and those pants are huge on me.  Just sayin’.  LOL!

Alright…so that plus working on our yard, kid activities and tons of errands have been what’s going on here.  What have you been doing lately?

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  1. Blue Rose says:

    Wow, wow, wow! Okay, you know it’s bad if they have to post a health warning sign, but I am proud of you for making all the way down, and up. Great job! I love the pictures, wish I could do that, but unfortunately, I am unable at the moment. I commend you on the roller coasters, I don’t do well with them. I checked your ideas…love the wind chime…might make an interesting indoor light…like a chandelier. Saban is too funny, hard to imagine she is still a puppy…you’ve got your hands full with that one.

    1. Blue Rose,
      I’m praying that you’ll be able to do those things in your near future. <3 Well, except the roller coasters since they're not your fav. 😉 I agree with your thoughts on the wind chime making a interesting indoor light. I wish I had everything I needed...and probably someone else to create it...to make a chandelier like that. I think that would be super cool! Saban says hi! 😉

  2. You have been one busy chick, but I’m glad you did a post today! I just wanted to give a shout out to you because I too am a lover of the big bully breeds 🙂 I have 3 Pit Bulls & they are the loves of my life. I have always had a fondness for Mastiffs too, but there are so many Pits that need good homes that I always end up adopting a Pit instead. They are plenty to handle at 60-70 pounds, so I can’t imagine 120 pounds!! Anyway, it looks like you’ve got a lot of super duper fun & good health in your future! Thank you for sharing your latest endeavors with us. Maybe, in your fun future, you could create some more stamp sets?! Haha – just kidding (but not really). I just love love love your stamps!! Just sayin’.


    Diana ?
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    1. I think Pit Bulls are such good looking dogs, Diana. I’m like many people and have concerns about owning one but I certainly believe they can be raised to make great pets. I just love the way they look! Thank you for your awesome comment and support! <3 It made my day to read your thoughts on my stamps too! I turned right to my husband and said, "Well, I could probably put out another set. I still have some ideas!" 😉 Thank you!

  3. Blue Rose says:

    Just wanted to wish you a Happy Mother’s Day.

  4. try Providence Canyon in Lumpkin Ga sometime….

    1. Ken,
      I will definitely do that! I bought the annual parking pass so I can cruise into each park like a rockstar…a rockstar that paid $55 for the privilege of entering all the parks. LOL! Thanks for the suggestion! 🙂

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