my weekend in photos

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after a date night on friday with greg at our favorite place, cooper’s hawk, heather and i ran a quick 10k on saturday morning. we even incorporated a hill repeat to get us ready for our respective races in a couple weeks. i can tell you i am not ready for the bridge that i’m going to have to tackle.

we spent most of the day on saturday outside. it was so gorgeous.

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we’ve started spring cleaning in our house and we’ve been tackling small projects here and there. greg got me this awesome medal rack for valentine’s day so i finally filled it with my medals this weekend!

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after playing at kyler & hudson’s house, we took a walk around the neighborhood for some more fresh air while daddy was at work for the evening.

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sunday morning was our winter mrtt virtual race. we knocked out a 5k with lots of other mamas on a chilly morning.

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we tried a new restaurant for lunch! it was super yummy!

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after nap time for everyone else and paper writing for me, kenley and i headed to caleb’s birthday party to celebrate his leap day birthday!

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meanwhile, the boys were busy building tall, tall towers.

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we had a great weekend with some amazing weather, but it seems like the weekend flew by!
happy leap day!

28 Months

The months keep flying by and C man is getting further into the trying twos. We are working on following directions and having good listening ears, but sometimes it is a challenge. He knows how to test his limits and likes to see how far he can get…which usually gets him a timeout.

Crosby is a funny little nugget. Any noise that he hears in the house he asks “what’s that?” then follows it up with “maybe….it’s a bus?!” or “maybe…it’s a train?!” He loves to wrestle with daddy and play “get me” which is basically just wanting someone to chase him. Kenley has called this “get me” for years, so I think it’s sticking. Like Kenley, he is fast! He still loves to climb everything, even the things he’s not supposed to, and he also loves to jump off of said things. He’s a little daredevil. He has been practicing with his balance bike and is getting pretty good at it. He really likes riding it, but in short increments.

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To say he loves cars is an understatement. I have been trying to take as many pictures of his “signature position” as possible because I’m not sure how long it will last. Since the beginning of his car obsession, he has laid on the floor like this with his arm out. He’s completely oblivious to the world around him in these moments, focusing on rolling the cars (or any vehicle) back and forth.

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Crosby is a great eater. He has been doing very well with his utensils, though he needs reminded to actually use them from time to time. He loves quesadillas, chicken nuggets, pears, grapes, cuties, pancakes, waffles, crackers, cheeseburgers, green beans, black beans, cheese, and he loves to dip it all in ranch. I’m only half kidding, he will dip anything in ranch if you let him. He loves the yogurt ranch, but doesn’t discriminate against the regular ranch if it’s the only option. There isn’t much he doesn’t like, but he still isn’t a fan of bananas and he doesn’t really like peanut butter either. I think both of these things will grow on him in time.

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Our biggest struggle right now is bedtime. Crosby will have a few good nights in a row, maybe even a week, but he regresses big time when he gets sick. Unfortunately, for the last couple of months, he’s had a fever every couple of weeks. It feels like we are starting over with the bedtime shenanigans each time this happens. Case in point, he was at the doctor on Tuesday this week with a fever and fluid in his ear. Since then, he has been super emotional and clingy at bedtime. Today he completely boycotted his nap and chose to read books in his bed the whole time, so he went to bed fairly easily tonight. It’s definitely a work in progress. Once we tackle this, it’s on to the next big task…potty training…which I am sure will negate any progress we have made at bedtime. You can see why I am in no rush to get that started.

28 months notes:
Weight – 33 pounds, thanks to our monthly doctor visits
Hair – Light brown and in need of a haircut!
Teeth – 16, and who knows when those molars will get here.
Eyes – Brown
Clothes – 2T clothes, some 3T pajamas, and size 8 shoes
Diapers – Size 5 disposables during the day, size 6 at night
Likes – Climbing; running, jumping; riding his balance bike; cars, etc.; Jake & the Neverland Pirates; Mickey Mouse Clubhouse; reading lots and lots of books; boycotting naps; getting an M&M for going to the potty; going to Touch-a-Truck; giving hugs; cuddling; push toys; the water table
Dislikes – Getting dressed each morning; staying in his bed at bedtime; taking medicine; getting timeouts

Friday I’m in Love

Happy Friday and happy last Friday of February! Don’t forget to visit our link-up to see what the other amazing bloggers are loving this month.

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While I was at a conference for work last week, the campaign Five for the Fight was launched. You can see the video here. It’s simple…your $5 donation will go directly to cancer research at the Huntsman Cancer Institute in Utah. Once you donate your $5, spread the word and get five friends to donate $5 too. We need this research…for people like Charlotte and Joey and so many others.

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This week, I am loving our YMCA membership. I really have been loving it for the past year, so I’m not sure why I haven’t mentioned it before now. I have been three times this week and the kids love when we go on the weekends. It’s so convenient and I really love the little community that we have developed there. It’s the little things.

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Sheryl Sandberg posted this powerful video on Facebook yesterday of a commercial that is encouraging dads to #ShareTheLoad. It’s amazing how a simple message of a laundry detergent commercial can speak volumes to the changing times and stereotyping gender roles. Really awesome stuff, check it out.

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I am not sure if I have shared my love for ALDI here, but I love it. Check out my recent Orlando Moms Blog post – All About ALDI for some tips and tricks if you have never been there before!

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my weekend in photos

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playing at the park with meemaw on friday. c-man is a little daredevil.

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touch-a-truck at daddy’s work!

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crosby had such a good time seeing all of the trucks, cars, and construction vehicles. he talked about it the whole rest of the day.

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his signature position for playing with his cars.

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i got home from a conference on saturday afternoon and we went out for pizza! 

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we tried to play outside as much as possible today. the weather was so nice!

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we are so thankful that meemaw came down for the weekend to help out with the kiddos while greg and i both had work commitments. everyone had so much fun!

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how was your weekend?

my weekend in photos

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daddy worked on friday night, so the kids and i went to chic-fil-a. unfortunately, everyone else in the city was there too so it was insanely packed.

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heather and i got in seven miles on saturday morning and we ran all of them without running intervals! i am hoping this is the beginning of the end of the interval running.

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we headed over to wyatt & kennedy’s house to celebrate miss k’s first birthday on saturday. the party was absolutely perfect. kenley and zoe had such a great time playing together.

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the boys had a great time playing together too.

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tea time with the birthday girl!

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saturday afternoon we took a bike ride down to a new park to play. our warm weather has returned, so we were definitely enjoying it!

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the kids got some soccer gear for valentine’s day, so we worked on our skills this afternoon.

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after a trip to the ymca, we went to another park to play on another gorgeous afternoon.

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we had a great weekend of both work and play. i randomly organized a few areas in our house while i was procrastinating my paper writing and did a ton of laundry, but we also had so much fun playing with friends and being outside.

happy valentine’s day!

Friday I’m in Love

Happy Friday!

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Growing up, spirit weeks were always my favorite weeks in high school. It always meant something fun was happening, like homecoming week or basketball sectional. I have a lot of good memories associated with dress up days at school. This week the kids’ school had spirit week! They had crazy hair day, favorite team day, pajama day & fancy dress day, crazy sock day, and favorite color day. This also meant that they didn’t have to wear their uniforms, which was a nice break for them. I posted some pictures of them on Instagram from the first part of the week, then slacked off yesterday and today. Today they are donning their red and pink for Valentine’s Day!

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Speaking of Instagram, you are now able to switch accounts without signing out… every person in America who owns a small business or works in marketing & PR is now rejoicing. Being the techie nerd that I am, I am thrilled about this. I have already signed in to our office account and have toggled between the two accounts with ease. It’s the little things, right?

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Greg and I got out of the house on Wednesday night and headed down to the Magic game at Amway. We had great seats which included our dinner & drinks! The Magic lost to the Spurs, but it was a really close game. Though we didn’t pay a ton of attention to the game, it was great spending time with each other and talking without interruptions. It was a fun night!

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Celebration Half Marathon {Race Recap}

Part two of my double race weekend was on Sunday with the Celebration Half Marathon! I also ran this race last year and absolutely fell in love with it so I knew I wanted to do it in 2016. [Again] I was stressing out about what to wear since it was supposed to be chilly at the start. I decided to stick with shorts, but kept my fleece pants on right up until the race started and I put everything in bag check. This ended up being such a great idea that I may have to use in the future. I stayed nice and toasty until it was time to run.

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Heather and I headed down to Celebration around 5:15am with the hopes of finding a good parking spot, but we ended up having to walk a little bit to get to the downtown area. We met up with the other MRTT moms at the Grand Bohemian Hotel right across the lake from the start line. We took some pictures and made our way over to get ready to start the race.

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The race started and we were on our way. We planned to stick with our 5 minute/45 second intervals since that is what we had been running for the last couple of months. As soon as we got onto the course, I immediately recognized everything and knew what to expect coming up. We ran through the beautiful neighborhoods, on the boardwalks, and around the lakes. In hindsight, we probably started out a little too fast considering we didn’t do much talking, but we were holding a very good pace for the first ten miles or so. We walked through all of the water stops and most of them were timed perfectly with our 45 second walk breaks. Around mile 7, I had an orange slice and it tasted so good that I probably could have eaten 20 of them, but it made me realize how hungry I really was. I didn’t eat nearly enough breakfast so by the end of the race I was starving and couldn’t even think about putting more water into my empty stomach. Lesson learned.

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A little bit after mile 10, Heather started to hit the wall. I’d been there before, I knew exactly how she was feeling. I kept encouraging her to keep moving forward until the end of the race, knowing very well that she probably wanted to punch me in the face, but I figured that was the risk I’d take. I had warned her that the very last part of the race was horrible since we come off the boardwalk and see the finish line, but it is on the opposite side of the lake from where we were. We were so close, yet so far! We crossed the finish line at 2:19:44 which was a PR for Heather and another sub 2:20 race for me!

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She couldn’t help but be a little disappointed in our finish time because she wanted to both of us to get a PR, but I wasn’t disappointed at all. We did great, but also have room for improvement, and I am happy with that!

Official results & pace:

1659 — Kendra Gilbertson — 31 — Orlando — FL — 2:19:44 — 10:40

Finally, it was time for the best part — the after party! We enjoyed great food from all of the restaurants in Celebration, and of course, enjoyed our hard-earned free beers! Greg and the kids came down as well, so I saw them as soon as we crossed the finish line, which always makes a race so much better!

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Until next year, Celebration!