8th Grade Recognition

I wrote most of this post back in June and never got around to posting it. Oops! I figure I probably should share before I start high school next month!

Woohooo I’m officially a high schooler! No more middle school!! I can’t even explain how ecstatic I am to be out of that prison. See ya never!

Graduation was on Monday and the last day was on Tuesday. My school has a whole ceremony and banquet- the whole shabang.

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My dress is one that I bought at TJ Maxx about 5 years ago – for $3! It was always too big, but when I tried it on this time it fit perfect!

We took lots of pictures and had a dinner. I seriously ate so. much. pizza. My belly had no feeling.

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I gave a speech. This is something I never imagined I would do. It was actually more of a poem since it rhymed. It talked about the memories of middle school and what to expect in high school. Everyone told me I did great, and it was really fun writing it!


Then we had a dance for a few hours. No one really danced, but we took lots of pictures. And you know what? I had fun!

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I really hope I have a good time in high school and enjoy it. It’s my last 4 years of living at home and not having to worry about things. Let’s just hope I remember that!

Do you remember your middle school graduation? What about high school?


Firecracker 5 Mile

I know I’m going a little backwards with posting but I want to share my race on the fourth with you!

The reason I wasn’t going to go hard at the half marathon on Saturday was that I ran a 5 mile race two days prior.  My plan was to get a good time at the Firecracker and take it easy at the half. I ended up going hard at both… figures 😉

This was my third year doing this race. They have it every Fourth of July, and let’s just say last year was not my year. I hadn’t been running at all and I pretty much died. It’s kind of funny to think about, haha!


red and blue in my hair for the Fourth!

Top: Target

Shorts: Kohls

Shoes: Mizuno Wave Elixir 8

I also wore my Boston wristband.

My plan was to definitely get under 40, and somewhere around 35 would be nice but no big deal if I didn’t. Photo3 (18)

I started off pretty fast (unlike the Heritage Half) and I didn’t feel as good. Miles 2 and 3 were probably my slowest, but I don’t know since I don’t have a Garmin yet.

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I still had enough energy to sprint at the finish though!

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I forgot to smile.. of course.

I ended up with 35:28 – PR!! I was the 5th women and first in my age group!

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I had to rush after the parade to Main Street to march in the parade – marching band! I played the bass drum, but I didn’t’ take any pictures. After that (and almost passing out in the heat), I went to my aunt’s house for her annual 4th of July party! This was really the first year I payed attention to the food, but man it was good.

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The main course was pulled pork and chicken but I don’t really do those. I had strawberry salad, broccoli salad (favorite!), fruit, cheese and crackers, and dessert! 

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Our contribution –

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Red White and Blue Trifle

The rest of the day was spent with family and friends having a lot of fun! The 4th of July is huge in my town. Everyone comes out and we have a big celebration! The night was ended with fireworks that didn’t get their picture taken.

So that was my 4th of July, and it’s pretty much the same every year, haha!

How did you celebrate your 4th?

Hope everyone is having a terrific Tuesday! 😀

Happy Birthday Evan!

What a marvelous weekend!


On Friday I went to my baby brother’s kindergarten graduation! It made me remember when I did the exact same thing 😉

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Then I went to my basketball team party which had some amazing food.

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caesar salad, mac&cheese, Texas caviar, coleslaw, snickers salad

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On Saturday I woke up early to meet my very first running group! I was so happy to discover that there’s a running group in my area. They were doing 8 miles but I only did 4 because of what was the next day 😉 They were all so nice, and I will definitely go every Saturday possible.

I quickly packed then left to meet my dad and stepmom to leave for Green Bay! We were going because my little brother turned 7 on Sunday. On the way down we stopped at Cousins Subs (my first time there) and I was very pleased.

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We got there and headed to the National Railroad Museum. It was really neat, I learned a lot! Someday I want to go on a train ride. That would be so fun!

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Then we went to Chuck E. Cheese. It was kind of weird. I used to have such a fun time there.. but I was kind of bored.

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And then to dinner. I was starving! We went to Applebee’s. I ordered Chicken Broccoli Alfredo minus chicken extra broccoli.

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It was delicious. And hot, I had to wait at least 5 minutes to eat it. Really hot.

Back to the hotel and some relaxing before bed! I was drained. I slept really well and was wide awake the next morning when I woke up for the 10k!

This was my first 10k ever (automatic PR 😉 ) so I was super excited! I had my toast with pb and banana then dad and I left for the race. It was freezing (48 degrees) and I didn’t bring anything but shorts so I would have to survive.

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me and another kid racing at the end (I won)

I ended up with a 45:25. I was very pleased with that time! I won my age group and was 12th overall.

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This race was organized so well. I’d definitely do it again. Actually, I’d’ like to do the triathlon that was going on at the same time. I couldn’t this year because I haven’t trained for one and wasn’t prepared at all. That was the major event. The 5k/10k was a side thing.

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After the race they had a beautiful array of food. I have never been to a race that had pancakes and waffles. Now that is awesome. You bet I had about 3 plates. And they had massages- score!!

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And then we all headed to the zoo. The NEW Zoo, to be exact. I feel like all zoo’s are the same, haha. It was neat, but I was pretty slow getting around. I liked sitting down.

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And then we headed home. I napped the whole two hours. I literally dreamed about ice cream so when we got home I had to get some.

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hot fudge, banana, nuts

I think ice cream is becoming its own food group. I’m okay with that.. 😉


On a sad note, my next year cross country coach got in a car accident this weekend and broke his sternum. He’s going to be okay, but I can’t imagine how this will affect his running. Please pray for him. ❤


So, my weekend in a nutshell! Of course a little bit more happened than this, but you don’t need to know every bit and piece. You’d get pretty bored 😉

What is the coolest museum you’ve ever been to?

What is your favorite sub shop? Favorite zoo animal?

Mountain lion or zebra.

Hope you’re having a fabulous Monday! I’m off to 8th Grade Recognition 😀

Fashion Friday {5/28-5/31} + some honesty

Long time no see! I didn’t participate in WIAW first because I didn’t take one picture the whole day and two I’m not putting blogging first thing in my life. It was getting to be more of a habit, not a hobby, and I don’t want to become obsessed with it. I know, summer normally equals more blog time.. but I am so busy. I’m only going to post if I have something to say or did something awesome. I’m not going to post just  for the sake of posting. I’m gonna enjoy my summer! I will definitely keep reading blogs though. I love reading about your lives! 😀

How is it June tomorrow?! May seriously flew by! I didn’t have school on Monday which resulted in running shorts and a tshirt.

nike shorts

this would be heaven


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vest: Simply Vera Wang

sequin shirt: Material Girl

capris: American Eagle

shoes: Payless


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shirt: Lauren Conrad

pastel pants: Lauren Conrad

sandals: Candies

necklace: Candies


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peter pan collar shirt: Lauren Conrad

jeans: Abercrombie & Fitch

flats: Candies

hair clip: Pink Sugar Co

I think the accessories made this outfit! Also, of course I picked the hottest day to wear real jeans. I was a little overheated.


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tank: Aerie

shorts: Lauren Conrad

shoes: white leopard TOMS

necklace: Claires

First time wearing shorts! 😀

And there you have it! I don’t know if I’ll continue Fashion Friday during the summer.. since I wear running clothes everyday. Maybe here and there I’ll share a cute outfit. I’m just so excited to be done with middle school!

Later tonight is my basketball team party then tomorrow I’m heading down to Green Bay for my brother’s birthday. It’s gonna be a really fun weekend! I’ll (most likely) see you on Monday 😉

Have a wonderful weekend! 

Also, be sure to check out Foodie Pen Pals Reveal Day!  I didn’t participate this month, but I had a great experience in March. See ya later!

Team Dinners

Last night was really fun! Since it’s our last tournament EVER tomorrow we had a team dinner at my house. First I’ll tell you my other meals yesterday. I ate well!


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I attempted to make sunny side up eggs but I suck at making eggs. I ended up having an egg sandwich! And a banana.


Call me crazy, but I think school lunches are delicious. Thank you Michelle Obama for making them healthier. I ended up not bringing the leftover rollups and had hot lunch.

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You get so much! Buttered noodles, salad, green beans, banana, and milk. I wish I had more time to eat it, I’m always so rushed!


We had a practice after school then went to my house for tacos!

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Yum yum yum. I couldn’t have a taco because I can’t eat meat on Fridays, so I made a delicious salad!

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Multigrain chips, lettuce, cheese, tomatoes, black beans, and salsa. I had seconds! I ended up having about three of my step mom’s scotcheroos because hey, it’s the weekend and I hardly ever have sweets! So. Good.

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Then we went downstairs and played Just Dance which is so fun. I don’t know why I hardly ever play it!


After the dinner we all went to a friend’s birthday party! There was lots more food but I didn’t eat any junk. It doesn’t even look good to me!

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I did have a cookie though. They’re her mom’s specialty and delish!

I got hungry a little later and didn’t want any of that food, so since I’m practically family over there I went in the fridge and got a Greek yogurt. Mixed with cocoa powder and peanut butter, YUM!

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A few of us made a “Harlem Shake” video. I finally know what it is! I kept hearing about it but didn’t know. Stupid… but fun! I’ll post the video when my friend sends it!

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I didn’t go to bed that late, 12:30-1. Nothing compared to the others! I was up by 8 this morning and felt good. It’s been a long time since we all had a sleepover!

How often do you get together with friends?

Omg… just saw a commercial for Carrabba’s. Pasta Seconds? Don’t mind if I do! 

Now I just have to find the nearest… 244 miles. Ugh. #smalltownprobs

Special recipe coming soon! 😀