my weekend in photos

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friday night date night at cooper’s hawk. we are now proud members of the wine club so we will be getting our wine on more often. i’m excited!

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let me tell you, the last thing i wanted to do the next morning was get up and run 10 miles, but that’s why you have a running buddy… to hold you accountable. we knocked at 10 miles and felt pretty good afterwards. we weren’t as concerned with pace as we were just finishing. running in the summer is no joke. this was my longest run before the rock n roll half marathon in chicago next month!

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the boy is obsessed with this train set.

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saturday swimming.

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the pool store happened to be close to jeremiah’s italian ice which was exactly what we needed on a hot day. unrelated, this is the face he makes every time he sees himself on the phone.

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saturday night was our first time getting the spa going… which worked out well seeing how i ran 10 miles that morning. greg and i enjoyed a little quiet time to ourselves after the kids were in bed.

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the perfect wine to take to a new mom.

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we got to meet baby andrew today! kenley is obsessed with all things baby so she loved him. crosby loved him until i started holding him and then he was not thrilled about that. he knows he’ll always be my baby.

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we also got to see kenley’s old teacher who was visiting this weekend. so fun!

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sunday swimming.

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we had a great, mostly relaxing weekend and are definitely looking forward to the holiday weekend coming up. how was your weekend?!

20 Months

Just this week Crosby’s vocabulary has exploded. Greg was gone for a few days for work and was shocked when he came back to see how much he’s changed. Thankfully his words are starting to flow because he had a couple weeks where he was very frustrated that he couldn’t communicate properly what he really wanted to say. There was a lot whining and pointing and getting upset at us because we kept asking for him to use his words. He is putting two words together now like ‘hi daddy’ and ‘here go’. He continues to sign, but also says the words. His favorite word right now is ‘no’ and my favorite that he says is ‘yeah’ as he says it so perfectly and in the right context.

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He is becoming quite the toddler and asks to ‘walk’ when we get to school. He knows he must hold hands, so he will grab mine and reach out to grab Kenley’s hand as we make our way up the sidewalk. It’s really cute. When you are holding him and he doesn’t want to be held, he points to the ground repeating ‘down down down’.

Crosby moved into a new class this month as school ended and summer camp began. He has graduated from the infant department and moved over to the toddler department. Side note: Kenley moved from the toddler department to preschool….how is that even possible? Crosby is enjoying his new class and we are getting reports that he loves to climb on everything in the new room… not surprising. He can now climb up into his high chair and has gotten up onto the kitchen table a handful of times. The most recent time ended in him falling onto the chair and then onto the floor and he hasn’t climbed back up there since. However, we are constantly reminding him to keep his ‘feet on the floor’.

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Since the move to the new room, his nap time has been around an hour so by the time 7pm rolls around, he is ready for bed. His new thing is to sleep sideways in his crib with his feet sticking out of the rails. He will also push his feet against the wall and slide his crib away from the wall. Each morning we go in and see that it’s about six inches away from the wall. I’m not really sure how it’s comfortable, but whatever works I guess. He does take a little bit longer nap at home on the weekends. He loves sleeping with his lovies and using them as chew toys as new four new teeth pop through.

Crosby is doing very well with his animal sounds, he can identify a circle, and we are working on his colors. He loves to name different types of vehicles (cars, trucks, airplanes, trains, and construction equipment) and he is really getting into trains. Of the few train tables we have been around, it’s been hard to pull him away. He also loves our Lego train set and will drive Lego cars around the tracks. I think this will make shopping for his birthday easy come October.

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hello camo t-shirt // khaki shorts

Twenty month notes:
Weight – 25-26 pounds
Hair – Brown, thick, and growing so fast!
Teeth – 12 but a couple others have poked through!
Eyes – Brown
Clothes – 18-24 months and 2T; size 6 shoes
Diapers – Cloth diapers by day, disposables by night, size 4
Likes – Choo choos and the Lego train set, saying no, swimming in the pool, most foods, cars, trucks, pointing at airplanes and birds in the sky, walking into school, running, being outside, Daniel Tiger and Mickey, reading books, the digger, climbing on everything, riding in the wagon, pushing his lawn mower, laughing and being tickled
Dislikes – Getting his clothes or diaper changed, laying down on his back, the time between getting out of the bath and having his pajamas on

Friday I’m in Love

Happy Friday! Head over and check out what these ladies are loving:

Misha // Mary Beth // Amanda // Laura // Aileen // Jessica // and welcome to Ashley!

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Recently, the Bentgo Kids lunchbox was on a lightning deal on Amazon. We snagged a couple and already love them! They are excellent for packing lunches and are a great size. I don’t fill the compartments all the way to the top yet, so there is still room to grow with them. I’ve already started making a list of healthy items to pack in the kids’ lunches for a quick reference once school starts back up again in the fall.

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Greg is an avid ice coffee drinker, so he got a Contigo Shake & Go tumbler for Father’s Day last weekend. Since he was out of town this week, I confiscated it. It’s pretty sweet. You can shake up your coffee then pop the straw in. I would imagine this is also good for smoothies and shakes too!

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I finally ordered Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead by Sheryl Sandberg for my Kindle (which ended up being free thanks to my Amazon credits!) and I am excited to start reading it (you know, in all my free time). While I was learning more about the book, I came across Sheryl’s TED talk: Why we have too few women leaders from 2010… yes, I realize I’m a little behind the times. If you’re so inclined, listen to it. It has me very excited to read the book!

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Your turn! Tell us what you’re loving in the comments or link back to your own post, we’d love to see!

Happy Friday!

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my weekend in photos

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friday night the girls picked me up from work and we headed down to the orange studio for another meet + make!

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i’m excited to add this masterpiece to our gallery wall which is currently a work in progress.

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sally snagged a selfie stick, which is amazing. it was a great night with these ladies.

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after getting home late, i got up early to get in 8 miles with kayla and beata. it was so humid, but we ran on a shaded trail which was much needed. i got a huge blister on my toe which was a bummer, but headed straight to donut king afterwards so i could bring home the best donuts ever to greg and the kids.

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saturday swimming.

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look at that form!

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saturday afternoon we headed down to the science center for a couple of hours.

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checking out the baby frogs.

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reporting the weather… if only it really was 40 degrees!

getting slap happy at dinner.

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the perfect size burger.

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breakfast at keke’s to celebrate father’s day!

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the rest of the day was pretty low key. we did some grocery shopping, went swimming, took naps, rode our bikes to the park to play (for a whole 10 minutes because it was just way too hot), then went swimming again.

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hope all you dads out there had a great day! happy father’s day!

Friday I’m in Love

Happy Friday! Head over and check out what these ladies are loving:

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

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I love maps & geography so when I saw this floating around Facebook, I had to do one for the states I’ve visited.


Create Your Own Visited States Map

I need to get traveling!

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If you’ve ever visited Chicago, you may know of this place called Portillo’s. It is pretty much amazing and the day after the Chicago Blackhawks beat the Tampa Bay Lightning in the Stanley Cup Finals, Portillo’s announced they are coming to Tampa in 2016! Holler!

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I love Instagram giveaways and I am frequently tagging friends on Instagram to enter said giveaways. This week it paid off as I won one!! I now have a shop credit to Little Peanut Threads and kate&jAMES shop! Don’t worry, I’ll fill you in on what I end up choosing for the kiddos.

A huge thanks to @caytlynpacific@littlepeanutthreads and @kateandjames_shop!

Happy Friday!

my weekend in photos

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the weather cleared up just long enough to take a quick dip before bed on friday night

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the kids think daddy is hilarious

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saturday morning, we headed to the y then crosby had a quick appointment at the doctor. we then proceeded to wander around target waiting for his prescription to be filled. of course, we had to take a selfie.

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after nap time, we headed over to winter garden.

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we checked out the railroad museum and crosby loved yelling “choo choo” the entire time.

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it was hot, but we headed to the park for some play time.

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britton and crosby were twins. crosby was not impressed.

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we had a great dinner at ashley & britton’s house before heading home.

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this morning, i ran 8 miles with theses mamas (and dad). it was brutal.

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the rest of the day was spent outside riding in the car and playing with friends in the pool.

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we had a great weekend. how was yours?

My Favorites // Running Gear

My apologies for the premature post yesterday, I definitely wanted to write more about each item so I am re-posting today.

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I’ve complied a list of my favorite gear to use on runs and during races. I don’t use each of these every single time I run, but they are definitely frequently used for me.

my favorite running gear

Camelbak Charm

I use my Camelbak on long runs in the summer months. It is way to hot to be running without hydration. I love my water ice cold and this definitely keeps it that way. I usually fill it up with ice and water the night before my run and put it in the fridge so I can just grab and go in the morning. One very important trick is to turn it upside down and suck all of the air out of the pouch after you fill it up with water. This prevents the water from sloshing around when you are running. You’re welcome.

Simple Hydration Water Bottle

I mentioned a couple weeks ago that I needed some hydration for shorter runs since it’s been getting so humid out (even at 6am!). I got several recommendations and decided on the simple hydration water bottle for the sole reason that I can stick it in my Flip Belt (see below) and not have to carry it in my hand. I really like it so far and it provides the perfect amount of water for shorter runs. The only downfall is that my water doesn’t stay ice cold, but I will live.

Flip Belt

I seriously could go on and on about how amazing the Flip Belt is. This belt is so handy, I wear it every single time I run to hold my iPhone 6 and my key fob for my car. On race day, I also carry a couple GU packs and my driver’s license or credit card if I need them.

Road ID

Safety first… I usually am running with someone else, but most of the time I’m not sure if anyone else would know who my emergency contact is or how to get a hold of him. Hopefully no one will ever have to use it, but just in case, I have it.

Garmin Forerunner 220

This is the second Garmin I have had and I will never run without one. I am very OCD when it comes to logging miles and I will run up and down the street in order to get the last .05 miles just to hit my goal. The 220 is amazing and does everything I need it to do and more.

Cocogo

I love using Cocogo in my Camelbak or water bottle during the summer months. It is not only delicious, but also hydrating, especially during longer runs. Depending on how much water I take with me during the run, I will put 1-3 packets in my water.

Body Glide

I’m going to put it out there… chaffing happens when you run. I religiously use body glide in areas that are prone to chaffing, especially on long runs. I always use it where my sports bra rubs against my skin and on my feet to avoid getting blisters as much as I can. The possibilities are endless and you should definitely have some of this on hand.

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This little towel is wonderful year around. In the cooler months, I use it to wipe my runny nose and it in the hotter months I use it to catch my dripping sweat. It fits around my hand or wrist so I don’t feel like I’m actually carrying it, which is a huge win in my book.

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I am continuously reminded that running is an expensive sport. Most of these items listed above were either birthday or Christmas gifts, so add them to your wish list! I also am always on the hunt for good deals when searching for running gear. I am also planning to do a round up on my favorite running apparel, so stay tuned!

What is some of your favorite running gear?

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