my weekend in photos

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greg had one the his best work days on friday when they hosted the POTUS at the arena on campus. he said it was stressful, but awesome. definitely a once in a lifetime experience.

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afterwards, we headed out for a date night! we ended up having mexican food and watching the world series. it was a great night.

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after a day of errands and playing with friends, we headed down to our neighborhood block party with the jenkinsons. these two are best buds.

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so are these silly girls.

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i got up super early this morning for my first half marathon of the season. it was hot, humid, and i tackled a very large bridge, but i ended up with a personal record! it was a fun morning with the best running buddies you can ask for.

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the pool was too chilly so we played in the hot tub this afternoon! it was just what i needed after my race today and the kids had a blast.

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pumpkin carving!

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we ended the weekend with a drive around the block. we tried to give crosby his first driving lesson, but it was short lived.

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we had a great last weekend of october. how was your weekend?

Friday I’m in Love 

Happy Friday! I cannot believe it’s the last Friday in October. Where did this month go? I am not loving that, but here is what am loving this week.

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Brand new babies! The Jenkinsons welcomed their third baby this week, a boy! I was able to visit them at the hospital and snuggle him the next day. Gosh, newborns are so sweet! Welcome to the party Lincoln, October is the best month!

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We finished the Gilbo birthday celebrations this week with Crosby’s birthday on Thursday. How in the world is he three years old?! We had an action packed day, but it began with a donut which is the best way to start the day.

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Another fun thing about Thursday was the Fall Festival at the kids’ school! It’s such a fun day for the kids and they had so much fun getting into their costumes again.

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We are definitely not Cubs or Indians fans, but what a fun World Series this is! Game three is tonight at Wrigley which I am sure is going to be insane!! We are rooting for a good series and exciting games and I think we’ll definitely get that.

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Three Years Old

Crosby Martin is three years old today!

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This boy is the perfect mix of sweet and ornery. He sure went out with a bang on these terrible twos. The past couple of weeks it seems that he has lost his listening ears many times, but when he’s not causing trouble, he is just a sweet boy. He loves to cuddle and give hugs (many times to complete strangers). He is fun-loving and is absolutely hilarious. The morning after we went to Legoland he came straight into our room from his room (at 7:30am, I might add) and started singing “Everything is awesome!“. Not only did we think it was hilarious and awesome, he sure did too.

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Crosby is an active little boy. He loves to run and jump. You can always find him jumping on the couch, from the couch to the ottoman, on the trampoline, from his bed to the floor, and anywhere he can get some air. I love this picture because I feel it perfectly captures him at this age. Climbing and hanging on something, then jumping right off. Without fail, every single day we threaten him with “do you want to go to the hospital today?” The answer is always “no” and it usually causes him to stop doing whatever it is for a brief moment. Whenever he puts on his tennis shoes, he says he’s going to go “run really fast” and he does. He sure has a lot of energy!

He’s doing very well in school and is learning so much! He’s been practicing his days of the week and months of the year thanks to special songs during circle time. He knows exactly when his birthday is and does a great job with his letters. He is getting better with his counting and can usually make it to 20 with no problems. His speech is not nearly as clear as Kenley’s was at this age and he still has a lisp, but overall his speech is very good.

I wanted to continue with the tradition from Kenley’s third birthday, so I asked Crosby the same questions in a little interview. It’s funny to see their answers side by side. We also read Kenley’s answers back to her this week and she thought they were hilarious.

What is your name? Crosby Gilbertson
How old are you? Three
What is your favorite thing to do? Play with my fire truck
What do you want to be when you grow up? A garbage man
What is your favorite food? Grapes
Who do you like to spend your time with? Kenley
What do you do really well? Play with toys
What makes you laugh? Knocking stuff down
What is the best time of day? Singing ABCs
What are you afraid of? Um, a monster
Who is your best friend? Kenley
What do you like to do with your family? Play with all the toys and give them away
What do you love to learn about? Poopy
Where do you like to go? Chic-fil-A
What is your favorite book? The pumpkin book
If you had one wish, what would it be? A surprise

I love that he absolutely adores his sister, even though he loves to torment her most days. I am also not surprised that “poopy” came up in his interview because he talks about this daily. He thinks it’s hilarious. We don’t. Their class has a parade on Monday and they all got to choose which community helpers to be. Crosby, of course, chose sanitation worker, so we got him a cute little yellow vest. He loves garbage trucks!

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3 years notes
Weight – 33-34 pounds, we’ll see at the doctor today
Height – TBD
Hair – Blondish brownish and in serious need of a haircut
Teeth – A full set of 20
Eyes – Brown
Clothes – 3T; size 9 shoes
Diapers – Size 2T/3T undies
Likes – Legos, especially his new fire truck, reading books, trains, construction vehicles, garbage trucks, Batman, Batman gummy vitamins, saying “cheese” for pictures, tormenting Kenley, trucks, cars, running, being silly, saying “poopy”, using the word “poop” to describe anything, jumping, sleeping in, riding his balance bike, going to the park, swimming, sharks, pancakes
Dislikes – throwing up, getting woken up in the morning, getting into trouble

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Happy birthday C-man! We love you so much!

Crosby’s amazing photos are by Dearly Photography! I can’t wait to share the rest!

U Can Finish Distance Dare {Race Recap}

The U Can Finish 2 Mile and 5 Mile races were on Sunday, October 16th. If you want to complete the Distance Dare, you run both races. This is my third time running this race and it gets better each time! The timing of the race has always been great as I have worked the 7 miles into my training schedule for any upcoming half marathons. It’s also another fun thing to add to our favorite month of October!

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The race is on the UCF campus and starts right outside the football stadium. The 2 mile race was first and at the end, we got to run through the stadium. All of the UCF Athletics teams were there cheering on the runners and this year the race happened to fall at the end of Homecoming week.

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The 2 mile race was great and we ran it in 20:49. We didn’t have a ton of time before the five mile started, so we grabbed a little bit of water and headed back to the start line for our second race.

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Just after mile 2 in the 5 mile race, Heather wasn’t feeling great, so we decided to walk and talk. We ran and walked the next 3 miles while we were talking. The goal for the day was to get in 7 miles, not necessarily at any specific pace. We finished the 5 mile race in 60:41 which is definitely not our best time, but we finished, and that’s all that matters!

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It was really fun running through the football stadium (twice) and the baseball stadium. We also got to see some other people we knew out on the course. Overall, it was a fun race! I’m not sure if I will do it again next year. I may take a year off from this one and find a new race to run.

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Thanks Orlando Track Shack for another fun race and Go Knights!

my weekend in photos

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heather and i ran and enjoyed some cool temperatures for five miles on saturday morning. i wore my long sleeves and our run ended at starbucks, so already our day was off to a good start.

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crosby and hudson warming up before the girls’ soccer game.

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crosby said “it’s so freezing!”

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the little monsters had their last soccer game of the season on saturday. they played awesome and kenley scored another goal! they had such a great season and kenley improved vastly from last season.

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saturday afternoon, we headed to legoland for brick or treat! the kids got to wear their halloween costumes and looked incredible! i have a lot of photos from the day, so i will share more soon!

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crosby and his buddy huck are only seven days apart so we got to celebrate his third birthday this morning at the park!

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the coolest roller slide!

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running off some energy and enjoying the perfect weather.

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celebrating these two with pizza and cupcakes.

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super heroes!

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super friends!

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we had some ups and downs this weekend, but overall it was great! the weather was gorgeous and we continued the birthday celebrations. 

how was your weekend?

Friday I’m in Love

Happy Friday!

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I think it’s safe to say we love birthdays this week! We have had a great eight days celebrating three birthdays and this week was no exception. Kenley turned five on Wednesday. Yes, FIVE! We are looking forward to one more birthday next week when it’s time to celebrate C-man!

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On Kenley’s birthday, the kids went on their first field trip of the year! This was also Crosby’s first field trip. Greg and I tagged along to make it a family affair. We drove separately to enjoy some quiet time together while the kids rode the bus. Between Kenley turning five and Crosby being old enough to ride the bus to his first field trip, I was on the verge of tears all day. We went to Green Meadows Petting Farm and had so much fun! I have so many pictures to share, so I will share more next week.

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Kenley’s only request for her birthday this year was a cash register, so after some research, I decided on the Learning Resources Pretend & Play Teaching Cash Register. This thing is awesome! I really had no idea what all it did, but it is very educational. There are some great features like quizzes on addition, subtraction, and coin recognition. I think both kids will really get a lot out of this purchase, which makes this mama happy!

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We tried something new this week! Hello Fresh. A friend sent us a free box so we did the family plan this week and had two meals. The first meal was quickest mac & cheese with spinach, tomato, and cheesy breadcrumbs and our second meal was mega meatball marinara with creamy polenta, zucchini, and mozzarella cheese. Both meals were really good and I really loved getting something new that I didn’t have to think about planning, shopping, or prepping.

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