Thursday, December 11, 2008

Wii Fit is Fabulous!

On Tuesday, I got my Christmas present early from Andrew. I have been wanting Wii Fit since I saw the very first preview advertisement over a year ago... and it is finally hooked up in my living room!

Of course I tested it out as soon as I opened it. It took me through a few set-up questions and then it tested my balance, weighed me, and told me my BMI. After the balance test, it asked me, "Do you find yourself tripping a lot?" At that moment, I knew I would have NO problem staying motivated with my Wii Bully! :) Then I had to set my goals and select my trainer, and finally I could test out the exercises.

It separates the exercises into 4 categories: yoga, strength training, aerobics, and balance. I'm pretty much terrible at yoga (tripping a lot probably has something to do with it), strength training is painful (but that means it is working!), aerobics are fun and really make you work up a sweat (step aerobics are tricky for me, but I LOVE the hula-hooping!!!), and the balance games are hard but fun (my favorites are tight-rope walking and ski slalom). I'm trying to find the perfect way to balance the fun and pain. Last night I started with the running (ouch), did some strength training (more ouch), then did 5 balance games (don't trip!), and ended with super hula hooping! I'm telling you, that hula-hooping is the best calorie-burning exercise in the world! Then I redid the body test and somehow my BMI had gone up, but my balance was just a smidge better. The game also has 2-player running, so I'm hoping to get Andrew off the couch a couple times a week. ;) If not, maybe Morgan will come run with me!

One of the other things I love about this game is that it uses all of the Miis that have been created on your Wii. I've done step aerobics with my Ma and sister, bounced soccer balls of my head with Andrew as the referee, and even had my Pa leave me in the dust while running! It is so fun to see who is next to you or cheering you on (or kicking your butt!) on the screen!

If you have a Wii, definitely think about getting this game!

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

This past Sunday was my Sister-to-Be, Allie's, first bridal shower! She and Jake are getting married in less than two months, and we are so excited to have her (officially) be a part of the crazy Lalla family!

The cake, with little Allie & Jake snowmen:

Allie with her Mom and sisters:

Candid gift-opening shot... nice gift! ;)

Allie with her shower hostesses:

Ma, Aunt Patty and I had a great time being with Allie and her family. The hostesses planned some fun games... my Ma and I both left with prizes. I finally got to hear all of the plans Allie and her mom have been working on for the big day, and I can't wait to see it all come together! She picked out beautiful navy dresses with champagne sashes for her bridesmaids. And Jake, my Pa, Dan, Matt and Andrew are going to look very spiffy in their tuxes with navy vests. I can't believe there are only 60 more days!

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Turkey Day 2008!

Andrew and I had a great Thanksgiving! We left Wednesday night when I got off work and stayed the night at Jake and Allie's new house. Their house is really nice, and we enjoyed staying up late watching StepBrothers and playing old school Super Mario on the Wii. We went to Andrew's parents' house Thanksgiving morning, and enjoyed the day with them watching the parade. I really enjoyed putting up Christmas decorations with my sisters-in-law, Mara and Anna... it was a blast! I always feel right at home with them and feel so lucky to have 2 additional sisters. Later in the day, we headed to my parents' house (when I finally remembered that I had my camera!) to enjoy some Turkey Dinner!

My Aunt Patty and My Ma... and Dan sneaking around in the background!

My Ma and Pa teamworking in the kitchen!

A shot of the family at dinner.

Precious Maddie waiting for her Turkey Dinner

My Pa's amazing homemade Toffee Crunch Cheesecake with a gingersnap crust... YUM!

Andrew, me and Kitty Bug in front of our Christmas tree this past weekend.

We missed out on seeing Andrew's extended family, but I'm hoping we'll make up for it when we head to Lake Lanier with them to see the Christmas lights next weekend! They are all a fun bunch and I can't wait to see them! I hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving!