Friday I’m in Love

Happy Friday and happy last Friday of October! How is this month already over?

If you’re new around here, each Friday we share what we’re loving this week. I hope you will join in on the fun and link up with us below.

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Another one of my birthday gifts was a spiral vegetable slicer and I have been making zoodles (zucchini noodles) like crazy! For lunch this week, I made a Greek salad with zoodles and it was delicious! We also had zoodles with marinara and Italian sausage for dinner. I can’t wait to try different veggies and different recipes.

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I mentioned this earlier this week, but Greg and I had such a great time at the USA women’s soccer game on Sunday. Live soccer is so much fun! Also this week, the Orlando Pride (our newly announced women’s MLS team) signed it’s first players, including Alex Morgan! I am definitely becoming more of a soccer fan!

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The outcome of the first two games of the World Series wasn’t to our liking, but there is hope! Let’s go Mets!

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Two Years Old

Crosby is two years old! However, every time you ask him how old he is going to be, he replies with “be three!”. Sorry buddy, time is already flying, we’re not passing by a whole year! That pretty much sums up the C man though, he definitely thinks he’s older than what he actually is…I guess that’s what comes with having an older sibling. Anything Kenley does, Crosby tries to do, why wouldn’t he think he’s going to be three?

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One big change this month was that we have decided to stop using cloth diapers. It is actually a much bigger change for Greg and I, than it is for Crosby, and I am still coming to terms with the decision. After returning home from Key West, Greg and I were both just over it. We dreaded doing the laundry and everything else that came with it. At that exact time, Target was having a huge sale and gift card deal on their boxes of diapers, so we bought three boxes that will hopefully last us through the next several months. It was clearly our decision, but it is still an adjustment considering we have been using cloth diapers for four years now. I would still recommend cloth diapers to everyone and can talk to anyone about them for hours on end, but with having two active toddlers, it’s just easier to do disposables. While I am a little bummed that we didn’t make it until the end, I can’t even begin to tell you how proud I am to say that we cloth diapered two children for four years straight. Don’t even get me started on how much money we saved over the course of those four years.

Another reason for the decision is that we have been introducing the potty more and more. I was thrilled to see that Crosby’s name was on the potty chart at school, so I know they are doing the same thing. A couple of his older friends have stars on the chart, so hopefully Crosby will start following in that direction. We get reports that he does sit on the potty, so that’s a step in the right direction in my book.

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Crosby has turned into a talking machine. He is doing very well with his ABC’s and numbers, as well as singing some of the popular nursery rhymes. His colors still need some work. The drive to school in the mornings are becoming more interesting since majority of the time both kids are talking at the exact same time. I remind them that they have to take turns, but Crosby doesn’t quite get it yet, so it just turns into them trying to talk over each other. Now that his car seat is forward facing (another big change this month!), he loves to point out everything he sees as we are driving. He is doing a great job with his words and he is a little parrot.

This month Crosby took his last airplane ride as a lap child. He now has a Rapid Rewards number and will get his own seat on our next flight in December. He loved being at the airport and watching the planes take off and the trucks go here and there. He was in heaven.

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Two year notes:
Weight – [updated] 29 pounds – 75th percentile
Height – [updated] 34 inches – 35th percentile
Hair – Light brown and looks great in a mohawk
Teeth – 16, but working on his two year molars
Eyes – Brown
Clothes – 2T clothes, some 3T pajamas, and size 7 shoes
Diapers – Size 5 disposables
Likes – Choo choos and his new train table, books, Jake and the Neverland Pirates, climbing, running, screaming, destructing toys, being outside, trying to ride the scooter, Duplo Legos, trying to play with Kenley’s tiny Legos, big trucks, and naming all the big trucks he sees, Goodnight, Goodnight Construction Site, eating, playing on the iPad (educational games only), Mickey Mouse Clubhouse, building toys and knocking them down, sleeping!
Dislikes – Laying on the changing table, getting into trouble, not getting his way

my weekend in photos

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we tried out blaze on friday for lunch. so delicious and the name and smiley face was a nice touch. we’ll definitely be back!

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by the time i got home on friday, the kids had already gone swimming, taken a bath, and were in their pjs! daddy doesn’t mess around. that left us time to go for a walk around the block to check out the “spooky” decorations.

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friday night and saturday morning was dedicated to birthday party prep!

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saturday afternoon was birthday party time! i didn’t get nearly enough pictures, but i will share what i do have soon.

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sunday morning started at 4am with the lake nona half marathon! again, more pictures to come.

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greg and i headed down to the usa women’s soccer game against brazil at the citrus bowl in the afternoon. it was our first time there and our first time seeing a live soccer game. it was super fun and really exciting!

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afterwards, we headed downtown for dinner & drinks with friends before falling into bed at 9pm from pure exhaustion.

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we had a crazy, busy weekend, but it was so fun!
i can’t even believe october is almost over. how was your weekend?

Friday I’m in Love

Happy Friday!

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A couple months ago, I posted a picture on Instagram of our version of Sunday Funday, which included packing lunches in our favorite Bentgo Kids lunchboxes. It turns out that Bentgo used said photo in a blog post last week: 5 Ways To Simplify Your Healthy Lunch Routine. We take our lunch making very seriously and make a point to pack healthy lunches for everyone, so I am very excited to be a part of such a great post!

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A Canadian airline now has a Frozen themed airplane. I know at least one little girl who would be ecstatic to ride on this airplane!

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The last two weeks have been birthday weeks in our house! This week Miss K turned four and she woke up to a donut surprise with four candles.

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Speaking of birthdays, one of my gifts this year was an air popcorn maker. Greg and I may be obsessed. We already love popcorn, but a introduce me to a healthier version and I’m all in. I’m going to start getting creative with the different toppings to make it even better. Don’t worry, I’ll share some recipes!

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Have you updated your iPhone yet? There are 150 new emojis! Who is excited?! My new favorites are the taco and a burrito… obviously.

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The Mets are going to the World Series!!

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Key West SoMo 10K {Race Recap}

About a month after we booked our trip to Key West for October, I was scrolling through the list of must-do marathons of 2015 on Runner’s World. Much to my surprise, the Key West Southernmost Marathon was on that list and it was the weekend that we were arriving in Key West. The marathon and half marathon were held on the day we arrived, so running the half marathon was out of the question, but I did notice the 5K and 10K were being held the day after we arrived… awesome! I signed up for the race knowing that I would be forced to get in my training run that weekend even though we were on vacation and I could do another destination race.

The race didn’t start until 8am. On one hand this was good since it would be daylight when I had to leave and I had no idea where I was going AND taking a cab at the same time. I felt much better being about to see where I was going rather than it being before the sun came up. On the other hand, the sun was blazing down on us as soon as the race started and it was HOT.

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The race started at Salute! On The Beach which is a restaurant located directly on the man made beach in Key West… I later learned about it being a man made beach on our trolley tour of the island, which I will definitely share more about. The 5K and 10K started together and it was a relatively small race.

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The course took us up A1A for 3.1 miles and we turned around and headed back to the restaurant. It was great overlooking the water for most of the race, but the sun was also beaming down on us the entire time and there was no breeze whatsoever. I really wish I would have brought my Camelbak or water bottle, but neither made it into the suitcase. There was water available on the course and I stopped at every water stop to grab a cup or two, but the water was so warm… so it definitely did not hit the spot. Not to mention, I probably did not hydrate well leading up to the race, so that didn’t help. As the race went on, the more drained I got.

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I started with a solid pace, but looking back it was too fast for how hot it was. My last mile was significantly slower than the first five and I walked more towards the end. I was so ready for it the race to be over! You can see my forced smile around mile five, but the next picture is a true representation on how I felt… beat!

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I finished 6.2 miles in 1:04:13 which was a 10:21 min/mile pace which gave me 4th place in my age group, 16th of the women, and 35th overall. I am pleased with my time, but knowing how much I slowed down at the end of the race, I know I could have done better. I am still convinced that the 10K race is my least favorite. I am not sure why, but I feel like it is such an awkward distance.

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I am so glad I got to run this destination race in Key West and I going to start making it a point to look for races every time we travel!

Four Years Old

Kenley Dee is four years old today!

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I started off asking Kenley questions from the birthday interview we did last year and when we were done, she asked for more questions, so the interview is a little bit longer. This makes writing her blog post easy since she’s the one telling you about herself. Here we go…

What is your name? Kenley

How old are you? 4

What is your favorite thing to do? Play with my dolls

What do you want to be when you grow up? Mommy

What is your favorite food? Broccoli

How do you like to spend your time with? Mommy and Daddy

What do you do really well? Balance bike

What makes you laugh? Tickling

What is the best time of the day? Sunshine to go swimming

What are you afraid of? Ghosts

Who is your best friend? All of my friends

What do you like to do with your family? Run

What do you like to learn about? School

Where do you like to go? Key West

What is your favorite book? Rock a “my” baby (I’m guessing the nursery rhyme book)

If you had one wish what would it be? (looks around) A pumpkin

What is your favorite color? Purple and pink

What is your favorite TV show? Daniel Tiger and Mickey

What is your favorite animal? Horsey

What is your favorite movie? Frozen

What is your favorite drink? Milk

What is your favorite holiday? Halloween

What is your favorite restaurant? Tiana Flats (Tijuana Flats)

What is your favorite place to go? The store

Which store? Target

What is your favorite song? Soft kitty, warm kitty

What is the best part about school? Playground

What is your favorite cereal? Cheerios

What is your favorite snack? Crackers

What do you like to take to bed? Monkey Coconut

What is your favorite thing to do outside? Play and explore

What is your favorite fruit? Apples, strawberries, all the different fruit

What is your favorite ice cream? Chocolate mint vanilla

What is your favorite outfit? Dress

Where do you live? Florida

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It’s amazing how much Kenley has grown over the past year. She has transformed from a toddler to a little girl and sometimes acts like she’s a teenager…. (hence threenager). Being three was hard at times, but she learned so much this past year and has really come into her own. She has been to the dentist twice and really hasn’t been a fan of it either time. She got three stitches in her forehead after falling on the playground at school. She currently knows the days of the week, the months of the year, and has been working so hard on counting to 100 (only needing a little help here and there). She can spell her first and middle name, as well as Crosby’s name; and we’re still working on spelling her last name. It’s a long one! Her memory is outstanding and really baffling sometimes. She’s also a little too smart for her own good too. Preschool has been going so well after it took about a week or so to transition into routine in the new room and her behavior has improved immensely. She’s a big helper around the house and makes her bed every single morning (unprompted). She also helps out with setting the table and putting her clean laundry away when she’s asked. Bedtime is still a challenge, depending on the day, but I think that is too be expected at this age. She’s a great eater and loves her veggies more than anything — hence her favorite food. She occasionally will say that she doesn’t like something, but by the next time she eats it, she forgets about it… again, just being three.

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Kenley Dee – you have a heart of gold. Happy birthday!

my weekend in photos

my apologies for the week long blog break. we are back from vacation and i have a lot of catching up to do. hang tight!

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we arrived back home on thursday to our new bed (in a box!). so far, we love it!

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i was off on friday and had the morning to myself to catch up on some schoolwork. it was in the 60s, so i enjoyed the weather while i could outside.

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kenley had a soccer game on friday night and saturday morning this weekend. she’s been doing a great job, but we’re still waiting on that first goal.

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we had a small birthday party on saturday afternoon with just the four of us and we gave the kids their gifts. crosby hasn’t wanted to leave the train table since.

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we managed to pull him away long enough to take a bike ride to the park where we ran into his friend sagan. crosby loves to bear hug.

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sweet face.

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this morning was race day! we did the u can finish distance dare which is a 2 mile run and a 5 mile run on campus. it was super fun. i’m sure i’ll post more pictures of the race later.

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we’re trying to get back into the swing of things since it’s back to the real world tomorrow, but still enjoying every second of october.
how was your weekend?