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Love & Basketball.

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Yesterday was the last regular-season home basketball game… 2.7.12…it was also a day that I’ll remember for the rest of my life.

A bunch of family members & friends (My Aunt Teena, Momma FF, Momma Snyder, Uncles on my Dad’s side of the family, the surrogates, & co-workers) were in attendance at the game, since they didn’t know if they’d ever get to see me play again.

After coming back into the gym from our half-time locker room talk, the team started shooting around to warm up for the second half of the game.  I headed for the bench, where my water bottle was, to get a quick drink when Jarid made his way to the floor from the bleachers.

He had flowers in his hand, which I assumed were in recognition of my last game…I was wrong.  When he finally got to me, He got down on one knee.  At this point, everything around me completely disappeared and I forgot where I was.  Honestly, the only thing that mattered was he & I.  Not the score, not the team, not the fans.  He said, “Sami Alyssa Cox, you are my best friend and soulmate.  I met you on a basketball court and fell in love with you, now I’m asking you to marry me on a basketball court“… 

I, of course, said YES!

It all happened SO quickly.  But don’t worry, we reinacted it when the game was over.

When we got home from the game, we got some dinner & Poppa FF brought home some bubbly to celebrate!

I can’t wait to start our life together!  We are thinking about aiming for September 15th, 2012 as a wedding date.  What do you think?  Can we pull it off in 6 months? 🙂 

I can’t wait to be Mrs. Snyder ❤


Game Day.

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Morning, bloggies.  I’m so glad to see so many of you have entered my Chobani giveaway!  If you haven’t yet, check it out!  There are three easy ways to enter.

My devotional today reminded me of how efficient it was to use an actual devotional book as opposed to reading everything online.  It encourages me to take down notes and reminders and acts as sort of a journal for my spiritual journey!  It’s cool how it relates training and fitness to SPIRITUAL growth in this passage!

Breakfast was simple but tasty never-the-less.  Pepperidge farm 10 grain bread with 1/2 banana & a squirt of macadamia nut butter from Artisana

I woke up pretty hungry since I had a game at 6:30 last night, so I had another slice of bread with fat-free cream cheese & sugar free bloob jelly.

Let’s do a little bit of a rewind to yesterday, since I didn’t get to do a normal post!  I knew I had a game that I wanted to be super energetic for, so I packed a pretty carby lunch.

1/3 C. quinoa with 1/2 small chopped sweet tater, cinnamon, a splash of unsweet almond breeze, and raisins.

This is becoming one of my FAVEE dishes.  I can’t believe it took me so long to try quinoa.  It intimidated me before, but ever since I witnessed it cook in the microwave, it’s not a fear food anymore.  Easy peasy 😉

Speaking of peas, to go alongside my lunch, I had some.

Have I mentioned lately how much I adore canned sweet peas

After lunch, I finished up at work and headed to Dick’s Sporting Goods to find some compression shorts!  I would model them for you, but I think it’d be a bit inappropriate.  Just kidding.  I kinda forgot. 

They basically look like black boyshort undies and I love them for under my white uniform shorts!  I also stopped at Target to restock on my stash of NewTree Belgian Biscuit chocolate.

Dark Chocolate with Golden Flax Seeds ❤

After I was finished at all the stores, I headed to the gym to suit up for my basketball game.  I haven’t mentioned this on the blog yet, but I’ve had some issues with my ribs since Saturday.  I got knocked around pretty good in our game, and they are super sore on the left side.

On the way there, I had part I of dinner.

Meet my friend Mr. Potato head.  Just a simple white potato with forty spices hummus and light ragu for sopping up the starches 🙂

Here I am, all suited up! 🙂  I chose #2 because it was the bestie’s favorite number…she had it in softball!  Coincidentally, it was her husband Jare’s favorite number before they even met, too.  He actually asked her to be his girlfriend on 2/2! I’m sure “lil’ Bo” is going to be #2 as well, so I figured it was only appropriate that “Big Bo” did the same.


For the record, my teammates are the absolute greatest.  I love each and every one of them.   The game was totally intense.  I got two fouls within the first few minutes and had to sit out most of the first half, which totally left me disappointed.  I prayed that God would keep me positive and there for my team.


I started the 2nd half and felt great.  Everyone said that the pain in my ribs was probably just masked by my adrenaline, but I don’t believe that for a second.  It was definitely Jesus 🙂  Never underestimate the power of prayer.  He can heal bruised ribs with the snap of a finger!  Sure I’m sore, but the pain dim.


The intensity of the game was insaneee.  With three minutes to go, we were down by 5 points.  God provided the opportunity for the team to come out on top!  Actually, he provided the chance for me to score! 


I made a layup with about 1 minute to go and the referee called a foul so I had 2 points plus my foul shot.  I was uber nervous, but for some reason felt at peace at the same time.  God is so cool like that.  Funny how prayer puts you at peace like that.

I’m #31 in this picture because that’s my fave number, but the #31 jersey was too big.  After a thrill of a game and a victorious win, I headed to my car for dinner part II.

A 1 egg + 2 white fritatta with broccoli, onion, shroomies, and nooch with light ragu ontop.  I don’t think there’s anything that light ragu isn’t good on.  I could eat it just like tomato soup.  It’s perfectly sweet and the tomato basil flavors are phenom.

Dessert when I got home was some no sugar added canned mandarin oranges.  I just love canned goods.  Especially canned green beans, canned peas, and canned unsweeted fruit 🙂  Super cheap, too!

Welp, That’s all for now!  Happy friday to you all!  Have a wonderful weekend!

PS- Check out Meg’s PERFECT FOODS bar giveaway! Annnnnd Hill’s Barney Butter giveaway! One more!  Check out Carrie’s giveaway, too!

What is your favorite canned good?