my weekend in photos

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after working on saturday morning, i headed up to great day in the country to help out sally at her booth. we had a lot of visitors and had a fun day chatting away. i headed home with this darling garland from another cute little booth.

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i came home to see that this one convinced daddy to let her wear her pineapple dress. on a chilly november day.

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after a beautiful day yesterday, kayla and i had plans to run this morning. it was in the 50s and raining the entire time we ran our 8 miles. surprisingly it wasn’t too bad but a hot shower and hot coffee were much needed.

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we built a lot of fun things this weekend.

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this one. he went into the shower today and grabbed the shaving cream then went right into the bathroom and threw it into the toilet. you can’t leave him alone for a second.

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we celebrated charlie’s 5th birthday today with a fun minion party and this yummy cake!

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these two are only six weeks apart, but it’s amazing what a difference six weeks makes at this age. they are too cute.

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we had a good, but busy weekend and i failed miserably at taking pictures. better luck next weekend.

how was your weekend?

Friday I’m in Love

Happy Friday!
Don’t forget to hop on over to see what these lovely ladies are loving as well: Misha // Mary Beth // Amanda.
We’d love for you to share what you’re loving too, link up or comment below!

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Guys… Toy Story 4. Get excited!

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This article popped up on Facebook this week and I love it.

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Tomorrow is the first ever National Stroller Running Day! Get out there mamas!

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Have a great weekend friends!

Crosby’s Construction Party

Crosby’s first birthday was under construction and we had such a great time celebrating!

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The menu:
Hand built sandwiches from Publix
Nuts & bolts – goldfish, Chex Mix
Lumber – pretzel rods
Fruit salad

The plate, napkins, utensils (tools), and cups were from Party City.
The Gladiator GarageWorks small bins were repurposed from Greg’s tool bench and worked great for displaying food and utensils.
We used caution tape for decorating around the house.

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The stripe straws were from Little Free Radical which were great because I got to choose the colors I wanted. Most of the “construction” mixes had orange in them which was not one of my party colors.

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The fuel included water and lemonade, as well as beer for the site managers.

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Dessert included dirt pudding and donuts as spare tires.
Crosby got his very own construction smash cake, made by Greg! He followed this recipe.

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The construction hats doubled as decoration and party favors.
The stickers, food cards, and the invitation were done by Michelle at This Grey House.
I used yellow duck tape on the black table cloth to make the road, both from Party City.

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I displayed Crosby’s monthly pictures so everyone could see how he’s grown each month.

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The construction trucks were from Amazon, but we only paid six bucks for them, I believe Target has the same pack.

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Happy first birthday sweet boy!

Inaugural Lake Nona Half Marathon {Race Recap}

The Inaugural Lake Nona Half Marathon took place on Sunday, October 26th and up until two weeks before the race, I was not planning on making this race my second half marathon. I had already registered for the OUC Half Marathon in December and I was planning to make this my first postpartum race since Crosby. My running buddy Kayla had been training for Lake Nona this fall, so I just had been running with her. Registration for the race actually closed in July, so she had been set on running this race for a long time. She kept asking me if I was going to run it with her and I kept telling her no. Our October calendar was already full and it was the day before Crosby’s birthday so I figured it was just poor timing. About three weekends before the race we ran 10 miles and my thought process changed. We had run 10 miles, I could totally run this half marathon with her. I mentioned it to Greg and he gave me “why not?” response.

Two weeks prior to the race, I had committed to buy someone’s race bib who would not be participating. It was on! I didn’t want to get my hopes up just in case the bib fell through, but I was excited. I headed down to Fit2Run to pick up the race packet on Friday evening, just two days before the race and then I got super nervous. I was a total wreck all day on Saturday. I felt that I wasn’t mentally prepared enough, I had no idea what I was going to wear, and I hadn’t run but just a few times since our trip to Chicago. Not to mention, the race started at 6am on Sunday…by far the earliest race I’ve ever run.

I laid out all of my clothes and gear the night before, set my alarm for 3:45am, and tried to get to bed early. Of course, I slept horribly. I woke up several times in the night thinking I was going to miss my alarm. Finally, my alarm went off and I got out of bed. I met some ladies from the running group at 4:30am and we carpooled down to Lake Nona. I forced myself to eat a bagel with peanut butter even though it still felt like the middle of the night and my stomach was in knots from the nerves. We arrived in Lake Nona and it was freezing (not to mention pitch black!). The temps were in the high 50s so I opted for my arm warmers and capris.

I met up with Kayla and Heather and we made our way to the potty. We headed over to the start line just in time. I felt a little rushed, but once we started running I knew we were going to get into our groove. We had planned on running intervals, just like we trained. My watch was set to run for 4 minutes and walk for 1 minute. The first four miles were pretty easy. I had never been down to Lake Nona, so I was trying to take in the scenery (or at least as much as I could in the dark). It was also good to see a lot of familiar faces from the running group as we were running.

It’s a good thing that I didn’t look at the course map too closely before the race. I think I would have been a little discouraged when we turned after mile four, knowing we had a long stretch to go before we turned around again. Just before mile 5, we ran on the overpass over 417, also known as the biggest hill of my life. Once we made it over the hill, it was pretty smooth sailing. The next two miles we ran out to the turnaround spot, so we were again seeing some familiar faces, including Kayla’s mom which was a fun surprise for her. We turned around just after the 8 mile marker, which was slightly defeating knowing how far we had to run back. This was the “home stretch” but it was also 5 miles long, so it didn’t feel like the home stretch.

We were rocking it, so we just kept going, albeit we were far less chatty than we were at the beginning of the race. That pesky overpass made its appearance again right between mile 11 and mile 12. I still stand by the fact that miles 10 through 12 are the worst and that hill did not help at all. At that point, I just wanted to be done. Lucky for me, Greg & the kids were exiting from 417 so he honked and waved as they passed us! We had briefly texted each other during my short walk breaks, so I knew they were on their way, but I didn’t expect to see them. It was a great little push. We were getting closer to the end, but I couldn’t see the finish line, so that was somewhat annoying. Several spectators said it was “right around the turn” and they were right….as soon as we made a slight turn around the 13 mile marker, there was the finish line!

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My official finish time was 2:30:26! It’s not a PR (personal record) but I am very happy with this time. While I was finishing the race, my mind went back to that same Sunday morning one year ago. Greg and I were in the hospital waiting to meet our new baby and we still didn’t know if we were going to have a son or a daughter. Crosby Martin gave us our “it’s a boy” moment at 8:25am that Sunday morning and I crossed the finish line at 8:30am on the eve of his first birthday. It was a special and accomplishing moment.

Now, onto getting ready for OUC in just five weeks!

my weekend in photos

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friday night was filled with halloween fun! i have several more pictures to share tomorrow.

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we were so happy to have meemaw, grandpa, and grammy in town this weekend for crosby’s birthday party.

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the calm before the party.

crosby’s first birthday was under construction.
mad props to greg for making this killer cake. many more party pics to come.

we woke up on sunday to some much cooler temps.

according to starbucks, the holiday season is here. i was “kandra” today.

apparently, target also go the memo about the holiday season arriving. however, i’m not complaining.

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the rest of the day was spent recovering, fielding time-outs, and prepping for the week.

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we had a great weekend celebrating our boy, seeing family and friends, and sending october out with a bang.
many thanks to everyone who sent us wishes, gifts, and celebrated with us all month long.

how was your weekend?