Riverside Dash 15K {Race Recap}

On Sunday, April 12th, I ran my second 15K race – the EA Sports Riverside Dash. Greg and I had gone out on Saturday night didn’t get home until close to midnight. Needless to say, I was not looking forward to getting up at 5am to run. Kayla also had a rough night, so we did everything in our power to get out of going to the race. Luckily, Kristen talked some sense into us and by 6am, we were on the road to Sanford.

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We arrived as the sun was coming up over the lake and it was so pretty. We met Sally, who ended up getting 3rd in her age group in the 5K race, and saw some other girls from the running group. We chatted a little bit before getting ready at the start line. As the race was starting we decided to not run intervals and just go out there and run.

I decided not to bring my Camelbak for the race because it wasn’t supposed to be that hot and I knew there would be water stops along the way. We walked through each water stop and got one or two cups of water before we started running again. The out and back course has us running by the water the whole time, which was awesome. We felt pretty good the entire race, but the last couple of miles were tiring. We walked a little bit more than just at the water stops during those last couple of miles.

My official time was 1:40:58 which is a 10:51 pace. It’s fun to look back at my last 15K race which was the Miracle Miles 15K back in September. That was my first 15K, so inevitably, it was my PR. We shaved 15 minutes off our time and set a new PR. It’s pretty awesome to see how far we’ve come since then. Unfortunately, that was the last year for Miracle Miles, so we won’t be running it again this fall.

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I find it interesting that our pace for longer runs is actually better when we run intervals (run 5 miles/walk 1 minute) than it is when we run straight through. I am not sure it will always be like that, but that’s the way it is right now.

Overall, the Riverside Dash was a great race. The price was great, the course was scenic, there was plenty of beer, as well as a photo booth with free photos. There aren’t many 15K races in the area, so I will probably make this a yearly race.

18 Months

Little man is constantly on the go!

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Crosby started swim lessons this month! It was a rough first week on everyone but he’s doing much better. It’s been sporadic due to some weather issues but we are hoping to get back on track this week. We are excited to see him progress. Kenley started swim lessons around 22-23 months old, right before her second birthday, so Crosby being a bit younger has been a different experience. He will be ready to start swimming this summer for sure!

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Since spring break, Crosby experienced some separation anxiety going back to school. I did not expect this at all, especially since he was home most of the week with my parents and I am the one who drops him off at school in the morning. It wasn’t like he got to spend the entire week with me, I continued to work my normal schedule. For about two weeks following spring break, he cried and cried at drop off at school. After a couple minutes, he was perfectly fine, but hearing him scream “mommmmmmmy” while I walk out the door was crushing my heart. He has never done that in the 15 months he has gone to school. All of a sudden, he was perfectly fine and it was like it never happened. He now runs right into his classroom and starts playing and could care less that I walk out the door.

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Typical weekday schedule – 6:00-6:15am wake up, Cheerios & cartoons in mommy’s bed, breakfast with Kenley at the table, off to school with Mommy, fun day at school with his buddies, Daddy picks up after 4pm, home to play upstairs, swim lessons, dinner, bath, pajamas, books, bed around 7:15pm.

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It’s crazy how different our mindset is between our first child and our second child. When Kenley was 18 months old, she seemed so old. She has been in a toddler bed since she turned 18 months old and I cannot even imagine Crosby in a toddler bed right now because he still seems so young. Don’t get me wrong, I do not consider him a “baby”, but we have a three and a half year old to compare him to, so it’s just different. He is in full toddler mode, getting into everything, climbing on everything, throwing things, just being a boy. But he is also my cuddly, lovey boy who loves hugs and kisses. If you’re in our house, Crosby will come up and hug your legs, no matter how well he knows you, especially if it is nearing bedtime. If he wants your attention, he will grab your cheeks and move your face towards his.

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Eighteen month notes:
Weight – 23 pounds, 3 ounces (75th percentile) Again, very similar to Kenley’s 18 months stats.
Height – 33.25 inches (80th percentile)
Head – 18.98 inches (70th percentile)
Hair – Brown, but starting to lighten up. He got another haircut last week.
Teeth – 12, but definitely working on some more.
Eyes – Brown
Clothes – 18-24 months and 2T
Diapers – Cloth diapers by day, disposables by night, size 4
Likes – Making animal sounds, especially the animals that say “rawr”, throwing toys off the changing table, climbing, running, going “side” (outside), pointing out the “light”, Daniel Tiger, reading flip books, cars, trucks, airplanes, running and tackling, singing the Itsy Bitsy Spider and Five Little Monkeys, rocks, pointing at airplanes in the “sky”, being tickled, “shoes” and “socks”.
Dislikes – The changing table…hates it.

18 Months

Happy half birthday Crosby Martin! We can’t imagine our life without you, sweet boy.

my weekend in photos

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i couldn’t pass up these pretty things when i stopped at the store for soy sauce on friday.

after my alarm went off at 5am on saturday morning, i laid there and thought of every excuse i could think of not get out of bed. reluctantly, i did and i am so glad i forced myself out there. i got in six miles at a slower than normal pace, thanks to not running all week. it sure felt good though.

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afterwards, we headed straight to the soccer fields. this was the first time the girls were actually on the field at the same time. they loved it.

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kenley did a really good job and played almost the entire game. she will run towards the ball until the ball actually gets to her, then she will run the other way. it’s so fun to watch.

after having friends over for dinner on saturday night, we got up and headed to mygym this morning. crosby had his first class, then we stayed and played during open gym. the kids loved it.

after nap time for everyone, kenley and i went to the y. since my race schedule is pretty empty right now, i’m trying to do mix in strength training and cardio with my run schedule.

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we finally had amazing weather for the healthy kids running series! stretching and getting ready to run.

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at the start line, ready to go! kenley got first place tonight!

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we had a busy weekend and it went by very quickly, but it sure was fun.
how was your weekend?

Friday I’m in Love

Happy Friday!

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I have been seeing a lot of articles and pins about “wardrobe capsules” but it wasn’t until I came across the article Why I Got Rid of My Wardrobe that I actually got the urge to do it. I currently have a stack of clothes that I have been meaning to take to a resale shop sitting in my closet and a bin of maternity clothes I want to get rid of and a whole section of my closet that I currently don’t wear, and let’s not even talk about the drawers of clothes I don’t even touch. I am inspired. My summer goal is to clean out and revamp my wardrobe. Who’s with me?

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Speaking of wardrobe…I am LOVING my new pair of Bandolino nude pumps. I found them at TJ Maxx (score!) a couple weeks ago and a scooped them right up. Not only were they only $30, they are so versatile. I have been wearing them like crazy with so many different outfits. I am sure they are last season’s because I can’t find them anywhere online, but I found some similar ones here and here.

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The 119th Boston Marathon was on Monday and I loved everything about it. The story lines that got my attention this year was the 34 week pregnant marathon finisher (who averaged at 9:54 minute pace, I might add!), the runner with muscular dystrophy who finished 20 hours after the start, and the most emotional story in my opinion was the bombing survivor who crossed the finish line.

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Crosby and I got to wander through Target on Tuesday morning while waiting for his prescription to be filled at the pharmacy. It was super fun to have the store to ourselves on a weekday morning at 9am, so we took our time and made our way through the store aisle by aisle. What I am loving right how at Target is the Made to Matter collection which includes some of our favorite brands like Annie’s, Babyganics, Plum Organics, Simply Balances, Stonyfield, Yes To, and Zarbee’s to name a few. The entire back section of our store was decided to the Made to Matter brands and it’s awesome! Bravo Target… at least you did one thing right this week, unlike your Lilly Pulitzer flash sale.

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Since I’ve returned to running post-Crosby, I have been using the run/walk method during long runs. Before my first half marathon, I didn’t really know this was a thing. Now, my pace is actually better when I run/walk rather than when I run straight through, so it’s working for the time being. Here is an interesting article on the subject: Is The Run/Walk Method Better For Your Health?

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The Mets are now 13-3 and have won 11 games in a row. As you can imagine, someone in our household is pretty excited! 

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Check out these lovely ladies & have a great weekend, friends!

Misha // Mary Beth // Amanda // Laura // Aileen

my weekend in photos

pajama day at school on friday! i promise they were excited about it.

my grandma shipped me her entire set of china this week. i spent some time unpacking it, admiring it, and putting it away in our dining room this weekend. when we registered for our wedding gifts years ago, we opted to hold off on fine china for a number of reasons…but now i know why. i am so thankful to have this beautiful set that means so much to me.

saturday morning soccer.

he’s a rockstar with his fork these days.

the girls doing arts & crafts before dinner on saturday.

early wake up call to get in 6 miles with kayla before her next half marathon on saturday. it was so humid! i followed it up with spin & strength at the Y in the afternoon. needless to say, today is a rest day for me.

after a slight weather delay, they were able to get in the healthy kids running series this weekend. everyone was so excited.

first race of the season! she did a great job.

he wanted to get down and run with everyone else, but you can’t tell it here!

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we had a busy weekend, but it sure was good. how was your weekend?

3.5 Years Old

It’s been a while since I’ve given a detailed update on Miss Kenley, so I figured her half birthday would be the perfect opportunity. We officially have a three and a half year old and I still ask myself everyday how in the world that is possible? Wasn’t she just born yesterday?? Seriously though, it’s been six months since we celebrated her turning three? I know I shouldn’t fixate on this, but time is flying!!

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I am not even sure where to begin. I really should be letting Kenley tell you about what she is up to because she totally can. She is now at the age where she tells us exactly what happens during her day at school and most of the time, she’s right. School is going so well for her and we love her teachers and her class. Her last report stated that she continues to be a leader in class (which helps since she is one of the oldest) and that he loves to be the first to do things… also adding that she is practicing waiting her turn. They have worked through the entire alphabet at school with help of the weekly “letter bucket” which she loved doing when it was our turn to fill the bucket. She can recognize every letter of the alphabet and will point out all of the letters in words, phrases, book titles, on posters, etc. Sometimes she goes from right to left, but most of the time she starts from left and goes to the right. The other morning on the way to school she counted all the way to 60, with a little help from me on numbers 40 and 50. I hear that she exclaimed “my mommy is 30!!” to her class when they counted to 30 during circle time one day. Thanks girl. She can also count backwards from 10 and it usually ends with “blast off!!”. She really loves school and we know this by her frequently reenacting school activities at home with us, Crosby, her animals, or anyone who will listen.

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Kenley’s schedule recently became very full. She just finished up six weeks of class at MyGym and loved it. We are going to be taking advantage of open gym time when we can until she starts another session of classes. She just began her first season of youth soccer through the YMCA. Her team practices on Monday evenings and has games on Saturday mornings. She has had two games so far and has done pretty well. Her attention span can be short lived, but she has actually gone out and chased the ball around, which is great for her first season, let alone her first two games. The Healthy Kids Running Series just started back up again so she is very excited for her “races”! It has been busy, but she has been enjoying all of these fun activities. Once soccer and running are done for the spring, we plan to take it easy this summer and enjoy the sun and the pool.

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Here are some other fun tidbits…

Sleep – We have a pretty strict bedtime routine right now which is 100% necessary since we have probably heard every possible excuse to NOT go bed from this one. Our routine includes dinner, bath, pajamas, playtime (preferably quiet play) or one show (Mickey Mouse Clubhouse or Daniel Tiger), at 7:15pm the phone alarm goes off which means it is time to brush teeth, have a drink of water, go potty, read three books, then lights out. Majority of the time it’s a short “I don’t want to go to bed” whining and then she has to tell us something she forgot to tell us, then it’s bedtime. She is usually in bed, tucked in for the last time, and door shut by 7:45-8pm. She will sometimes sing for a little bit in bed or go right to sleep, other times she rolls around until her covers are all messed up and we got back in to tuck her back in yet again. She also will sometimes get a reward (M&M, jelly bean, Dum-Dum) in the morning for staying in her bed and going to bed nicely the night before. Anything we can do to make the process more smooth, we will. As for naps, she does nap at school for about an hour or an hour and a half. On the weekend, if we are out and about then she probably will not nap or she will take a short nap in the car. She does pretty well without a nap, but it’s always touch and go. She will definitely go to bed earlier on days she does not nap. If we are home, then she still goes down for a nap. There have only been a handful of times where she rested in her room without actually sleeping when we were home.

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Food – She is a very good eater but recently has had an opinion about what she likes or doesn’t like. Sometimes we have to persuade her to try something that we know she likes already. She loves all fruits and veggies and will usually eat these things first on her plate. She would do without the meat if she could and likes most carbs. Randomly, she loves olives! Her favorite lunch is a sunbutter and jelly sandwich (which she refers to as peanut butter and jelly, but she goes to a peanut-free school, so sunbutter it is). Her favorite treats are ice cream sandwiches, Annie’s fruit snacks, and Mum Mums (with the sprinkles). She only drinks water and 2% milk unless it is a special occasion where she gets to have a juice box of some sort.

Music – She loves to sing! Every other Tuesday they have a music class at school which she loves. She sings most of the nursery rhymes, but also will tell me if she likes or doesn’t a song that comes on the radio. Of the current hits, she likes Sugar, Uptown Funk, Welcome to New York, Shake it Off, All about the bass, Fancy, and Love me like you do.

Clothes – Shirts, dresses, pajamas are all 4T, shorts and skirts are 3T, undies are 2/3T, shoes are size 8 or 9.

Favorites – Lego Duplo, Lego Juniors, play kitchen/pretend cooking, puzzles, Play-Doh, books, shopping cart, baby dolls, baby doll stroller, Skip Hop Zoo suitcase and backpack, bicycle, car, sticker books, the park, Daniel Tiger, Mickey Mouse Clubhouse, pretend play

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Bow-Back Tee // Denim Skirt // Bow

Happy half birthday Kenley Dee! We love you more than you know.

Friday I’m in Love

Happy Friday! There is so much to love this week, I’m not sure where to begin!

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We had our third craft night this week! We made some cute hair clips and headbands for ourselves and our little girls, and we had plenty of supplies to choose from! It was a fun night of chatting with the girls and sipping on sparkling lemonade.

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I’m sure you know this already, but I love social media. Social media, however, can be slippery slope. Be careful before you start to judge or envy someone based solely on their social media photos. There is usually more than what meets the eye. I love this article – I’m not a liar but Facebook sure is. On point.

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Kenley is loving her Lego Juniors. We now have two sets which she refers to as “my legos that meemaw got me” (the Supermarket) and “my legos that the Easter bunny brought me” (the Princess Play Castle). I’m not sure how the Juniors are much different than the regular Legos because the Lego pieces are still very small (much smaller than the Duplos), but they are listed for ages 4-7 so we gave them a try. Thumbs up so far!

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This week we remember the victims of the Boston Marathon bombings two years ago. On Wednesday, survivors threw out the first pitches at Fenway before the Red Sox game. Awesome.

#BostonStrong

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Emily Ley revealed the new Simplified Planner details and cover on Instagram yesterday and oh my goodness, I am in love! Definitely check them out and mark your calendars for the release date if you want to get one.

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Don’t forget to head over to see what these ladies are loving too!

Misha // Mary Beth // Amanda // Laura // Aileen

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Have a great weekend!