my weekend in photos

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five miles on friday morning. it was slow and steady.

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we headed to the townhouse restaurant on friday after work. the kids were so excited to see charlie and margot who were visiting from canada!

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so thankful for a quick dinner with these girls. it’s been way too long.

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i was back on campus on saturday morning to work while greg and the kids hit up the y and the park.

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after crosby’s much needed haircut, we headed to sea world!

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shamu!

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we thought for sure that we would be the only fools who wanted to go to sea world on saturday evening when it was 95 degrees outside. wrong. it was packed. there are apparently a lot of other crazies out there aside from us.

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greg and i collapsed on the couch once we got home and watched london has fallen. it was pretty good!

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sunday included church and errands. kenley and i did a little back to school shopping at target this afternoon too.

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it’s not a weekend without a quick swim and popsicles.

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we had a great weekend! our summer weekends are quickly winding down, so we’re making the most of them.

how was your weekend?

Training in the off season

I ended race season in March with my tenth half marathon in Sarasota. Since then, I have taken a much needed break from a rigorous running schedule, which has allowed me to try some new workouts and classes to stay in shape. I’ve been utilizing our YMCA membership a lot more and I have really enjoyed the wide variety of workouts.

H.I.I.T.

HIIT stands for high intensity interval training and I take the class at the Y before work. Depending on the day, it’s a good mix of cardio and strength training. It is indeed high intensity and very fast paced. The class is about 45 minutes and our instructor has been known to call certain exercises “30 seconds of pain”. On other days our 30 second “breaks” between exercises were actually 30 seconds of various types of planks. Ouch. After class, I feel like I got a really good workout and I am usually pretty sore the following days.

PiYo

PiYo is a mix of pilates and yoga and is done on the yoga mat, barefoot. In the past, I have felt that yoga wasn’t a good workout because it didn’t get my heart rate up, but once I started doing piyo, I felt very different. It is hard work!! The class is about 50 minutes of continuous movement and strength training. My heart rate definitely is up during the class and I love that she does a nice, yoga-like cool down with us. I really wish I could go to this class every week, but I’ll settle for a couple times a month.

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Spin

Spin or spinning is simply indoor cycling. If you want a class that definitely gets your heart rate up, spin it is! I have been to spin classes on and off since we moved to Florida. Thanks to my Little 500 days, I still have my padded shorts that come in handy for this class. If you’ve never done a class, I highly recommend it, but I also know that it’s not for everyone. I definitely go as often as possible.

Other

When there is no class to go to, I’ve been getting on the elliptical at the Y. It’s great because I can watch TV while I am working out, which seems silly, but it’s just a nice break from reality where I don’t have to focus on anything for 30 minutes. It’s even better when there is an episode of Friends on. Aside from cardio, I have also been doing a little bit of weight training… and by little, I mean very little. I would love to have a personal trainer to tell me exactly what to do since I just go in there and wing it. Over the next year or so, I would love to work on getting stronger, so we’ll see how it goes!

Race season is quickly approaching and our training schedule begins in a few short weeks, so my mileage is going to start increasing a lot! I’ve enjoyed mixing up my workouts this summer, but I am also ready to start racing again…if only it would get cooler here!

What are your favorite non-running workouts?

my weekend in photos

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we haven’t gotten to ride bikes much lately since it’s been insanely hot, so we rode around the block on friday night. it was still hot.

diving for rings!

kenley has been working very hard to perfect her cannonball. she’s doing so well!

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playing dress up… kids are funny.

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early morning legos. shortly after, crosby decided to flush one of kenley’s toys down the toilet… or so he says. we haven’t found the toy so i think he’s actually telling the truth, unfortunately. needless to say, the end of the world was near in our house.

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girls trip to target!

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swimming with ryan!

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sunday funday.

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grammy came to visit this weekend and we had so much fun! i apologize for the lack of photos!
how was your weekend?

my weekend in photos 

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after work on friday, we headed to winter park. i popped in to the rifle paper co. sample sale to pick up some goodies.

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we tried the coop for dinner for some good southern food.

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daddy’s girl.

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saturday morning, we met some friends at the park before we headed to the y. it was hot, but fun!

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after nap, we made a family trip to lucky’s market! Greg and i had a $2 draft while we shopped. i think i’ve found my new favorite place to shop.

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kenley loved having her own cart…until i put cilantro in there and then she didn’t want it anymore…oy.

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i pulled myself away from a day of grading to enjoy some pool time with these hams.

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our view from dinner at our favorite restaurant.

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celebrating eight years of marriage with a trip to target and dinner at hillstone.

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a great way to end the weekend.

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we had a good weekend mixed with work and play and some toddler attitude thrown in there as well. how as your weekend?

4th of July weekend in Indiana

We headed up to Indiana on Friday for a long weekend. Greg and I were not convinced that we would actually make our flight on Friday judging by the insanely long lines at the Southwest counter when we arrived, but alas, we did and we landed in Indianapolis excited to get our busy weekend underway. Our first stop was Scotty’s Brewhouse for an early lunch or breakfast in our case. After lunch, we got settled at my parents’ new house before hitting the road.

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We took the back roads up to Alexandria, for the last time in a long time, if not forever, to see the old house. We walked the empty halls and I said my goodbyes to the only house I have ever known. I was surprised that I didn’t cry considering I am getting misty eyed just writing about it now. I will forever treasure the great memories I have of that house.

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We thoroughly enjoyed the chilly weather and the evening fires while we were there. We also made our way down to the lake to catch the sunset, which was at 9:30pm!

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The kids thoroughly enjoyed playing with Arie!

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On Saturday morning, we headed over to brunch with the Lower clan. Seven of the ten cousins were in town, so it was a party! The kids all had a great time playing with each other too!

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We headed over to the beach club afterwards and the kids got in the water, which was freezing! It was way too cold for us Floridians, but the kids didn’t seem to mind. Kenley loved jumping off the diving board!

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Sunday morning, the rain started and we headed out to the Outrunning Autism 5K/10K. The race was super small and I ended up getting 4th in my age group!

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Majority of Sunday afternoon consisted of all of us sitting in the garage going through boxes and boxes of old pictures and keepsakes. It was definitely a highlight of the weekend, traveling down memory lane. Kenley also did some sparklers as we watched the rain continue to fall outside.

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We woke up to a rainy 4th of July and packed our bags to head home.

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We arrived back in Orlando and were greeted by the blazing temperatures which made us instantly miss the nice, cool weather in Indiana. After a quick, long weekend, we hauled our two kids, two car seats, two suitcases, and umbrella stroller back through the airport to our car. Needless to say, we skipped out on the fireworks and all went to bed early Monday night after an amazing long weekend.

32 Months 

Crosby is 32 months today and quickly becoming a little boy well on his way to three years old. Where did my baby go? In the last couple of months he has changed so much.

For starters, he is completely potty trained. I mentioned in his last update that we had just started the three day potty training method with him and he was doing well. To be honest, he completely surprised us! “They” say boys are harder to potty train than girls but that is completely untrue. I don’t know the reason but I honestly think he did better than Kenley did. He was back at school on day 4 of potty training and hasn’t worn a diaper or a pull-up since we began the process, both day and night. That’s not to say he didn’t have some accidents both at school and during the night, but we rarely worry about him now. He does a great job of telling us when he needs to go. We (mostly Greg) will take him potty in the middle of the night and he will go most nights without a fuss. We are so proud of him! His teacher also commented on what a big boy he has become since he has been using the potty. It’s like he flipped a switched and has lost all of the toddler in him. His communication has really improved too. Aside from his occasional overly excited stutter, he is speaking more and more clearly, as well as holding actual conversations. A lot of our deep conversations come while he is going poopy before bed. He says the funniest things!

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Earlier this month, school ended and he transitioned out of his toddler classroom and into his summer camp room. He’s had two weeks of summer camp and they have been great weeks. It’s always hard to gauge how the transition will go but he’s done very well, especially considering that a couple of his friends were moved up to preschool, so he has a lot of new faces in his current classroom.

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He has very specific interests right now. He loves sharks and he LOVES A Hole in the Bottom of the Sea. He was introduced to the video at school and asks to watch it every single day when he arrives to school. He loves singing the song and he loves the shark in it. He will carry around his stuffed shark that he sleeps with and make it “swim” through the air while he sings.  He also loves his Nemo fish and will typically sleep with him too.

Crosby now sleeps in a twin bed and we are officially done with our toddler bed. His new bed is shaped like a boat and we’ve had it since he was a baby, so Greg and I were equally as excited to move him into it. We rearranged his room since the bed is so much bigger and it looks so great. I will post updated pictures of his room soon. He does a good job sleeping, but it takes him a while to wind down at the end of the day. There have been a couple nights over the past few weeks where he has gone to sleep later than Kenley. Thankfully, he will sleep until 7am or after if he stays up later than normal, whereas Kenley gets up at 6:30am no matter what time she goes to sleep. I have a feeling he will be done napping when Kenley is done napping, which I hope is not for another year!

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32 months notes:
Weight – 32-33 pounds, if I had to guess
Hair – Light brown with a fresh new cut this week
Teeth – I think all of his molars are in for a full set of 20
Eyes – Brown
Clothes – Mostly 2T clothes, some 3T pajamas, and size 8 or 9 shoes
Diapers – No more diapers! Size 2T/3T undies!
Likes – The usual suspects: cars, trains, planes, garbage trucks, construction vehicles; jumping on the trampoline, as well as the couch; swimming; Finding Dory; PJ Masks; playing, as well as arguing, with Kenley; playing the Lego Juniors app; singing Baby Shark and Old MacDonald; reading, especially Little Blue Truck Leads The Way; playing with Legos, cars, and trains; making mommy, daddy, and Kenley laugh
Dislikes – Seeing mommy and daddy upset with him or sad, staying in his bed & hot stoves.

my weekend in photos

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friday lunch at blaze. yum.

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saturday morning starbucks run.

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we completed the orlando united 5k on saturday morning. it was hot and brutal, but we went out and supported our city and that’s all that matters.

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saturday afternoon, we headed out to world of beer for a home brew competition. our friend brewed a beer and it was delicious!

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it was about 97 degrees out there, but we had a great time!

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summer time means wearing your swim suit to publix! we hit up the splash pad afterwards.

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michelle and i headed to the new lucky’s market this afternoon to check it out. it was crowded, but it was surprisingly awesome! i can’t wait to go back.

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swimming and popsicles!

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how was your weekend?!