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When Life Hands You Lemons

When Life Hands You Lemons


I’m not sure if that title really goes with this post, but I Googled the phrase this morning two days ago when this post was actually started and found all these quotes that made me smile.

I wasn’t really handed lemons the other day (and the day after that), but rather some stinking computer viruses that threw me for a loop. It’s the same idea though, right?

Yesterday The other day actually turned out quite well after a doozy of a morning.

I won’t bore you with all the details, but after a lot of driving around all day to get my laptop and the power cord (that I conveniently forgot at home on my first trip) to my brother-in-law (aka my hero) who fixed both our computers all up for me, the boys and decided to make the most out of the rest of our day.

I could’ve just sat around, worried about my computer and been mad that I missed my allotted time slot to get to the gym. I could’ve fed my face with donuts to try to forget about the issue (that’s what I would’ve done about 10 years ago). Instead, I thought to myself, heck we’ve already been in the car driving back and forth for almost 2 hours, let’s just make the best of it.

And that, my friends, is exactly what we did.

I’m a planner. I like to know what I’m doing when way in advance. I’m not the best at accepting last minute invitations because it makes me all anxious and such.

But the other day when I got a few lemons thrown at me, I showed those lemons who’s boss.

Since I always have my running shoes in the car, after we finally got all the computer components to the right place, I turned left instead of right and we went on a little adventure.

Here’s a mini photo dump of what went down.


Yeah, when life hands you lemons, you make lemonade. Or you just pose by the lemonade while waiting for your first ever Hot Dog on a Stick experience.


I think they liked them, you?


While they cowed down, I put on my running shoes. Then my corn dog filled tots and I were off to explore.


That’s the thing about running or walking. You don’t need much and you can do it just about anywhere. A mile and a half later we were here.


Yet another Mizuno Mezamashii Moment.


By majority rule (two tots against one mama) we headed down the hill halfway through our trek.


Also by majority rule. we kicked off our shoes and played in the sand.


My photo taking was abruptly stopped as Joaquin attempted to demolish any semi decent sandcastle he could find. I was on some serious damage control. After getting dirty and wet, we made yet another toddler trip to the clean public restrooms and made our way back.

I enjoyed the scenery and let my mind wander a bit.


They boys enjoyed a little stroller snooze with sand in their teeth.


Before I knew it we had explored over 8 miles.


(Side note- the Nike+ GPS app for the iPhone is one of my favorites.)

Our little excursion wasn’t a planned one and it wasn’t the healthiest of lunches for the boys, but we got to spent some quality time together, got in a good workout and had a blast. Life is too short to not just go out there and take advantage of opportunities like this. We showed those darn lemons (and that stupid virus) who’s boss.



I’ll leave you with my new drink I created. I’ve been needing a little more caffeine than usual the past few days so I’ve made this a few times.

I think this is called a Café Americano? I’m not sure about the lingo, but it’s delicious.


In the cup:

1 tablespoon instant espresso mixed with 1/4 cup hot water

additional cold water and ice cubes (sorry, I didn’t measure)

2 Stevia packets

1/2 cup light vanilla soymilk


Yep, that’s it and it’s fabulous.


Okay I’m off to teach boot camp and then a couple classes at the Y this morning. Woo hoo!

Have a great day!!!!


Have you been handed any “lemons” lately?

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  1. 1

    Sounds like y’all made the best of a initially rough day. I’m glad the tots enjoyed the sand and beaches… all of your pictures make me want to move to California…. right now. ha!

    Quick question: what food do you bring for yourself on these epic excursions/runs? Do you typically pack a protein shake, bars, or what? I would love to learn your secret healthy go-to snacks 🙂

    Happy weekend STUFTfamily!

  2. 2

    So glad you got your computer fixed!!!! Looks like a great outing for you and the boys!

  3. 3

    Wow! What a great way to spend some time with the kids. To be strolled with that scenery. Nice! And a great way for you to get in an impromptu workout.

  4. 4

    Mmmm coffee. A hot americano with just a splash of whole milk is my favorite drink ever.

    What a nice adventure you turned that day into 🙂 Corn dogs never hurt anyone either.

    • 4.1
      STUFT Mama says:

      Okay I just recently discovered the whole Americano thing. I’ve been missing out. I had an iced one today with some soy milk (just like my boyfriend Bob gets). Can you just make me a list of everything I haven’t discovered yet because you seem to already know about it all. I can just copy you. 🙂

  5. 5
    Jessica Jones says:

    Sounds like a fun day!!! The boys really have an appetite;) I so would have had some major junk food if my day started off that way, but reading this blog has taught me that I just need a small workout and a healthy protein snack and it helps me feel so much better then eating a bag of chips and mopping around.

  6. 6

    A corn dog once in a while never hurt anyone 🙂

    That’s definitely a great way to turn a bad day around. Scenery looks gorgeous!

  7. 7
    Janet says:

    How FUN!!! I was like you in that I liked and still like to know what we are doing and when, but the children sure loosened me up! I love how you enjoyed not just the day, but the fact that you live by the beach and the great time the boys had in the sand! They grow SO quickly! Enjoy the craziness- the days are long but the years are short! HUGS and welcome back! OH, and Happy Anniversary- it was so neat (what a cheezy word!) to see Andrew with a HUGE smile in 2 of your pics- so awesome you could share that with him! Blessings!

  8. 8
    Allyssa says:

    No making lemonade for me lately. My lemon has been having my older child home from school this summer. I do have a double jogger but it’s just so darn heavy to push both kids. I suppose I can call doing home workouts with HIT training my lemonade since I’ve been letting the excuses keep me from running?

    I do want to add….that don’t you just love your Bob Ironman stroller?! That’s what my single jogger is (also in yellow) and I love it so so so much! Also, your little guys are super cute in the sleeping picture. I love sleeping toddlers and watching my 3 year old sleep reminds me of his baby days.

    • 8.1
      STUFT Mama says:

      Home HIIT workouts are definitely you making some lemonade. Yes, I love my BOB ironman. Not the easiest to maneuver around small areas, but LOVE it for running!!! Oh I bet watching your 3 year old sleep is just precious.

  9. 9

    What a great lesson! It sounds like y’all had a great day. Your boys are so lucky to have you.

  10. 10

    Well if that’s what those drinks are called that’s what I’ve been drinking for the past few weeks, I am addicted, and I love that I can just throw them together at home! Instant coffee and espresso are life savers! Which mizunos are those ones? I love the pink!!! I can’t wait until Eden is 2, its been so hard taking the boys on adventures this summer with a high maintenance baby to take care of, she just wants her crib 24/7 or shes not happy!

  11. 11
    Kathy says:

    I don’t know if this counts as lemons but its kind of funny……

    About a month ago hubby was on his way to work and lost a hubcap (the car is old but our soon to be 16yr. old will be driving it and I don’t want it to look like its falling apart soooo) hubby went in search for a cheap one on ebay….4 hubcaps were about $50 or 1 for $9.99 plus tax and shipping of course. Hubby asked…should I just get 4 and I said “No way” just do the “cheapest” one. (First lemon)

    ABOUT a week later another hub cap fell off….really? Does this happen to every one? He orders 1 more…when I asked HIM, “Did you order 3 more?” and he said, “No, 1 is plenty…it can’t happen again can it?” (second lemon)

    Just today on his way to golf…..it happened another hubcap went rolling off and to the ditch! Seriously!! I can’t make this stuff up……lemon number 3 just rolled away. Today he ordered 2 hubcaps….you just know that last one is waiting for his turn to escape too.

    How did he make it into lemonade? Well, we laughed and he had a beer with supper….does that count? 😉

  12. 12
    Jessie says:

    Love your little life lesson to all of us :].. also I love ((not sure which twin it is)) the hat he has on. Is it some sort of animal hat?

  13. 13

    Looks like an awesome day! Your boys are so cute 🙂 Can you believe I’ve NEVER had a corn dog?? Gotta try one, they look awesome.

  14. 14

    It can be so easy to just wallow in the bad, but good for your for making the best of the day!

  15. 15
    Lisa says:

    I’m glad you made the best of the situation that your were presented with! Its the only thing we can do to make our attitudes and mindset better for the day!
    You sure did show that virus who’s boss. Spending time with the boys is a lovely thing!!
    I’ve been needing more caffeine lately as well. The late nights are catching up with me. Nothing a little extra coffee can’t fix;)

  16. 16
    Bridget B. says:

    This looks like a lot of fun. It is wonderful to share exercise with the tots the way you do. What a way to turn your “lemons” into lemonade! 🙂
    Ps. Americanos are seriously the best!


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