August Fitness Goals

Howdy!  Here I am sharing yet another set of monthly fitness goals!  

With the Disneyland Half Marathon a month away, I'll be running lots to prepare for it this month, so the 50 mile goal should be reachable!  I'm a little behind on my training schedule, but I'm confident I'll be ok.  I'm not looking to PR, as I really want to enjoy my first Disney race course and take a few photos with the characters along the way :) 

Drinking more water and eating better is always a struggle, especially on the weekends when I'm out and about.  Can't forget to carry my water bottle everywhere I go and make sure to eat my healthy meals before running errands and such.  We'll be going away for a fun family beach trip later this month, plus it's our wedding anniversary on the 28th so it's going to be a challenge.  But unlike June where I used our San Francisco trip as an excuse, I will not make the same mistake.  Pinky promise ;) 

Getting the kids more active is a definite not just for this month, but for the long term.  We try to stay pretty active, but there's always room for more.  We'll be getting outside for family jogs and kid bootcamps lots more this month and as the weather starts to cool off for sure!

What are your fitness goals for August?  Any races you're training for?  

Summer Bucket List 2015

Since the summer of 2010 we've been putting together a family summer bucket list.  We've had a blast putting these lists together each year and coming up with fun activities to keep the kiddos entertained and happy during our hot Vegas summers.  A few things have become summer traditions such as going to Southern California in August, picnics up at Mount Charleston, and movie nights.  But, it's always fun to add a few new things to our lists each year.  In 2012 we started to get creative with displaying our list because it's important to see it and plan around it.  Otherwise, we tend to get busy with our regular routine and forget about all the fun plans we had for summer.  

We usually put our summer bucket list together around Memorial Day, but this year has been wonky with Jason's broken ankle and year round school for both kids! So, we waited until our kids went on their summer track brake to really focus on the fun summer activities for this year.  They'll be on summer track break for 3 weeks. Then they'll be back to finish off the school year for about a month, before having another 2 week break before the new school year begins again.  It can get confusing, but that's where a little preparation and being intentional about making the best of summer comes in handy!  We're determined to make the most of our time together as a family, be it summer or any other time of the year.  This year, I purchased this cute chalk banner at Target for displaying our list.  I got the kids to each write a few of our activities and then we hung it right over the kitchen window.  We'll definitely be seeing it constantly!  

Emeric Family Summer Bucket List 2015

  • End of Summer SoCal Beach Trip
  • Family Bike Ride (I plan to just run alongside them, since I don't know how to ride a bike.  They think they're going to teach me to ride.  We'll see what happens!)
  • Mystery Adventure
  • Bonfire 
  • Art Day
  • Sky Zone
  • Picnic at Mount Charleston
  • Make Ice Cream
  • Camping
  • Family Movie Night
  • Swimming 

Feel free to check out our 2012, 2013, and 2014 lists for more ideas for your own summer bucket list!  It's not too late to get started on having a super fun summer!  What kinds of fun activities, trips, or projects do you have planned for your family this summer? 

Viva Las Vegas | 5 Year of Calling Vegas Home

I cannot believe that we've been living in Vegas for 5 years already.  Time sure does fly when you're having fun.  I gotta say, I really like living here.  My husband misses trees, but I don't really.  I mean, it's always nice to see trees when we go on vacation, but I really do love the desert landscape.  Is living in Las Vegas perfect.  Of course not, but what place is?  Well, maybe Southern California is really close to perfection...But, alas, I don't live there. I live in Las Vegas and I'm making it work for me and my family. 

We made the decision to move from Central Florida to Las Vegas 5 years ago because my family had moved here and we were expecting baby #2.  Family is very important to us and I wanted my kiddos to grow up with family around them.  Being in Florida without our family just didn't feel right.  Plus, Jason and I were really ready for a change.  Florida had been good to us for 12 years, but we felt stuck and it was definitely time to move on.  So, we packed up our things and said goodbye to the sunshine state (which is such a bad nickname being that it's so humid & rainy there!)

Making the move cross country wasn't as hard as I thought I'd be.  I'm sure this was because my family was here and it helped make the transition a lot easier.  I didn't feel lonely or lost in a new environment.  I immediately took to the desert lifestyle and I find myself defending Vegas to people how ask how we could like living here or if it's a good place to raise a family.  The truth is, we don't live on the strip and outside of the strip, Vegas is just one big suburb.  We have lots of parks, nice communities, shopping centers, and plenty of kid-friendly activities.  It's like living in most cities, you don't take your kids to the "bad side of town" or with you for a night out, right? Here are a few things I like about living in Vegas and how Vegas has helped me and my family live a fun life:

*I worked really hard to establish my business here.  I grew as a business owner and my photography skills improved, as well.  I'm a wedding photographer, feel free to check out my work HERE (shameless plug, I know!) I don't think I would have such a successful business if we would have stayed in FL.  I didn't have the motivation or the drive to move forward like I felt when we moved here. 

*We get to travel more.  Florida is mostly surrounded by water and it takes about 3 hours traveling north to get out of the state from Central Florida and even then you weren't anywhere super fun.  Yes, Florida has beautiful beaches, amusement parks, and other fun places to visit, but for someone like me who loves to travel and explore new places it just wasn't enough.  Flying is expensive for a family of 4, so road trips are more our style. Living in Las Vegas has really given us the opportunity to visit some awesome cities, national parks, and landmarks in many different states.  


*Getting outside!  Yes, summers in Vegas are HOT!! But, they only last 3 months and the rest of the year the weather is pretty close to perfection.  Plus, it's not humid and it rarely rains! We love going on hikes around Red Rock Canyon (which is just 15 mins from our house), going to parks, and just exploring the great desert outdoors right in our own backyards!


*Getting healthy!  Ok, so this one didn't happen immediately.  It took me a long time to realize that there was a lot more to it than dieting or being fat versus being skinny.  In 2012, I finally realized that I had to make permanent lifestyle changes. I was tired of being overweight and feeling sluggish, so I made the right changes and now I live a much healthier and active life and my family does too! 


Like I said, l really enjoy living here and we've made some good friends and awesome memories here. I could look at this town and find a million things wrong with it and yeah, sometimes I do.  Sometimes I wish we lived in a city with more of a local vibe, with more cultural centers, museums, and nice farmers markets.  Sure Id o.  But, I choose to embrace where I am and make the best of it.  I choose to look for the good and be positive.  It's easier and makes me happy.  I look forward to lots more family road trips and days hiking along Red Rock Canyon with the kiddos.  Thanks, Vegas!

Vegas peeps, what do you like about living here? If you aren't from Vegas, what do you love about your hometown? I'd love to hear from you! xo