my {long} weekend in photos

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friday night fall festival!

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six mile saturday!

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tailgating before the ucf football game!

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my boys.

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our shaded seats made for a beautiful november day for football. 

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go knights!

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we found friends!

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a gorgeous sunday afternoon for family photos.

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getting those sillies out.

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in keeping with our veterans day tradition, we headed to see santa! (i know it’s early, but it’s the only way to avoid the lines.)

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being silly in line

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we had a great weekend and i had an extra day off today for errands.

how was your weekend?

my weekend in photos

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friday morning run and a holiday drink at starbucks.

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i headed down to the expo on friday after work to pick up my race packet!

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baseball ready!

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end of the season pizza party!

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saturday shopping. he was so excited about his new jacket that the cashier scanned the tag while he was wearing it.

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13.1 miles through disney! many more pictures to come!

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i found the balloons i picked up at the dollar spot a while ago, well after their birthdays have passed, so they are just playing with them now.

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our first weekend in november was packed! the weather was great and we had a lot of fun.

how was your weekend?

my weekend in photos

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the kids didn’t have school on friday so we headed to planet obstacle with some friends!

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my little american ninja warriors

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crosby spent hours in the foam pit.

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laura and i took turns doing the high ropes challenge course. i was sure feeling it the next day!

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saturday morning run squad!

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8 miles done which was basically the extent of my training for my half marathon next weekend.

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our five year old!

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we headed to disney yet again for our final birthday celebration. crosby showed off his new watch every chance he got.

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giving olaf warm hugs!

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five.

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we survived our crazy birthday month!

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goodnight hollywood studios!

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we laid low on sunday after church and a grocery run. the weather was amazing, so we played with all of our new toys and spent some time outside.

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we had a fabulous weekend celebrating our boy.
how was your weekend?

Five Years Old

Crosby is five years old!

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He started VPK (voluntary pre-kindergarten) in August which is his last stop before moving to elementary school. We had his parent-teacher conference last month and got a very good report. He’s doing well in his class and is a sweet boy when he wants to be.

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He also started tee ball last month! This is his first sport since we tried soccer a couple years ago. I’m happy to report it has gone much better than his soccer days, though he’s had his moments. At times, it’s a struggle for him to concentrate on anything except playing in the dirt. He also doesn’t like it when his teammate takes a ball that is remotely close to him. Overall, I think he’s had a good time and I’m hopeful he’ll play again in the spring.

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Crosby’s first love is still Legos. He is obsessed with anything and everything related to Legos, including building, taking apart, and rebuilding. He talks about them, reads about them, and probably dreams about them.

What is your name? Crosby
How old are you? Five
What is your favorite thing to do? Ride Star Tours (at Hollywood Studios)
What do you want to be when you grow up? A policeman, I mean, a Power Ranger?
What is your favorite food? Pineapples
Who do you like to spend your time with? Mommy and Daddy
What do you do really well? Listen
What makes you laugh? Telling jokes
What is the best time of day? When we go on trips
What are you afraid of? Bears
Who is your best friend? Elliot
What do you like to do with your family? Go to Disney
What do you love to learn about? Um, I like to learn about trees
Where do you like to go? On field trips
What is your favorite book? Hark! A shark!
If you had one wish, what would it be? I can’t tell you.
What is your favorite color? Red
What is your favorite TV show? Ben 10
What is your favorite animal? A woodpecker
What is your favorite movie? Star Wars and Jack Skellington
What is your favorite drink? Hot cocoa
What is your favorite holiday? Winter
What is your favorite restaurant? Tijuana
What is your favorite place to go? Tijuana
What is your favorite song? Jack Skellington
What is the best part about school? Going on field trips
What is your favorite cereal? Those chocolate cereal
What is your favorite snack? Cheese dip and breadsticks
What do you like to take to bed? I don’t know
What is your favorite thing to do outside? Play
What is your favorite fruit? Pineapples
What is your favorite ice cream? All the kinds
What is your favorite outfit? The one that I’m wearing right now
Where do you live? At home
What is your favorite sport? Baseball

Happy birthday to our sweet boy!

my weekend in photos

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on friday we woke up with a seven year old!

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we headed to animal kingdom after school and kenley got her birthday button!

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selfies in line.

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so proud of crosby for being brave and riding everest with us! kenley ended up riding three times! she was on cloud nine.

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we had such a fun night celebrating our girl!

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cheering crosby on at his tee ball game on saturday. and by cheering, i mean telling him to watch the ball and stop playing in the dirt.

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diamondback dugout moms!

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from tee ball we went straight to celebrate lincoln’s second birthday!

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our first birthday party in a few years. we’re ready to celebrate!

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the birthday boy and girl!

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so many awesome friends sporting their favorite teams.

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making their wishes.

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post-party selfie.

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fall has arrived so we enjoyed the evening outside.

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the perfect way to end an awesome weekend, matching pjs with julie.

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our action-packed october continues! three birthdays down, one to go!

how was your weekend?

7 Years Old!

Kenley is 7 years old today!

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The tradition continues with our birthday questionnaire!

What is your name? Kenley
How old are you? 7
What is your favorite thing to do? Playing with my friends
What do you want to be when you grow up? A tooth fairy
What is your favorite food? Tacos
Who do you like to spend your time with? Mommy and Daddy
What do you do really well? Put away my clothes
What makes you laugh? When Daddy tickles me
What is the best time of the day? Centers…in my school
What are you afraid of? Rattlesnakes
Who is your best friend? Ashlyn
What do you like to do with your family? Go on roller coasters
What do you like to learn about? Math
Where do you like to go? Legoland
What is your favorite book? Fancy Nancy
If you had one wish what would it be? That I could fly
What is your favorite color? Pink
What is your favorite TV show? Fancy Nancy
What is your favorite animal? Giraffe, I mean panda, or elephant
What is your favorite movie? That’s a hard question… Incredibles 2
What is your favorite drink? Grape juice
What is your favorite holiday? Halloween
What is your favorite restaurant? Chic-fil-a… I mean, Wendy’s
What is your favorite place to go? School
What is your favorite song? Taylor Swift
What is the best part about school? Centers
What is your favorite cereal? Lucky Charms
What is your favorite snack? Peanut butter and jelly sandwich
What do you like to take to bed? Minnie
What is your favorite thing to do outside? Go on the playground
What is your favorite fruit? Watermelon
What is your favorite ice cream? Strawberry
What is your favorite outfit? A dress
Where do you live? (says neighborhood), Orlando
What is your favorite sport? Soccer

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Kenley just finished her fall soccer season. She played awesome with this team (when she focused) and scored a goal! She shows a lot of potential and is very athletic. She is also competitive, I’m not sure where she gets that, ha! She was usually racing the boys on her team to see who would win during drills, even though that was not the point of the drills. We are considering keeping her in soccer through the winter until the spring season starts. She is also going to do tumbling during extended day. She is certainly not going to be a gymnast, but it is something she is interested in and can do with her friends right at the school. She wants to be able to do a handstand and a cartwheel so badly.

First grade is going very well! It has been a big adjustment from kindergarten and she also transitioned from one classroom to another after the start of the school year. We’re anxious to have her first parent-teacher conference next week. It felt like it took us a while to get into the swing of things this school year and I can’t believe that the first nine weeks just ended!

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Happy birthday to our sweet, funny, and spunky girl!

Chicago Marathon 2017 {race recap}

On the one year anniversary of my first marathon, I figured I would finally share about my race experience.

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My alarm went off at 4:45am on race day. I surprisingly slept pretty well but I woke up anxious that the day had finally arrived. I met the girls downstairs at 5:15am and we were off. We were on a tight schedule to pick up Jamie at her hotel, then head over to the Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC) tent in Grant Park. I was super amped up at this point. I was jittery because of the nerves and the chilly air at 5:30am. The walk didn’t seem too bad at the time, but looking back, it was a long walk before having a run a marathon.

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We arrived at the tent to find a full breakfast spread, the DJ pumping up the runners, and an area to stretch and foam roll. I had breakfast, used the potty, stretched, and finally checked my bag at the tent. We took a large RMHC team photo then waited until it was time to head over to the corral. Majority of the RMHC team was in corral H since that was the charity corral, but the tent cleared out a little bit from runners in the faster corrals.

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The volunteers led us to the corral around 7:20am. We headed in through the security check points and continued to walk until we found corral H. There was a lot of walking before the race ever started! We waited in the corral until about 8:10am when we finally started moving up to the start line. The nerves were really setting in at this point.

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I started the race with Heather and Julianna and we made our way across the start line. The start of the race was pretty congested and we were in the city surrounded by the tall buildings. The weather was amazing since we were in the shade of the buildings and the crowds were insane. My adrenaline was pumping hard. Right away, my watch lost signal and my first “mile” clocked at the 7 minute mark. I expected this to happen due to my last Chicago race, but I was hoping my new watch would be a little better. I shouldn’t have been worrying about my pace at all, but I immediately wish I had a pace band since I knew my watch was going to be completely inaccurate.

I will say this several more times, but the crowds were unbelievable. I was so happy during the first miles of the race, I was running with a huge smile on my face the whole time. The city was so loud and I was taking it all in. Greg texted me the first time around the 5k mark to tell me where they were set up. It was a whirlwind and I was so happy to see them so early in the race. Unfortunately, I did not give proper hugs or hang out as long as the kids would have liked and they were sobbing after I ran off.

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I was cruising for the first nine miles and feeling good. Greg texted me again around the 15k mark to tell me where to look for them. Just knowing which side of the street they were on was so helpful. The streets were absolutely packed for the entire race! Greg said that the spectators were so amazing and would let them get to the front when they knew I was close. I lingered a little bit longer this time. Greg rubbed my calf and I was texting with Amanda to see where she was in the race.

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Amanda and I texted for a little while. She offered to hang back so I could catch up, but I felt like that was a lot of pressure for me to get up to her quickly. My calf was starting to ache pretty bad. Around the half marathon mark, I stopped at the medical tent for Biofreeze. I stopped at a second tent a little bit later for Tylenol. My half marathon split was 2:23:21.

I kept an eye on my pace, but I knew that I just wanted to finish. I kept calculating in my head what my finish time would be if I kept my current pace. However, the likelihood of me keeping that current pace was slim. Towards the end of the race, I was running slower and walking more.

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I saw Mary Beth and Mandy (who flew in from Kansas City to surprise me!) in Chinatown, which was such a great motivator. They were so positive and it was so good to see their smiling faces! Just down the road, I saw Greg, Michael, and Rachel again. My parents had taken the kids back to the hotel by this point. I thought it would be the last time I saw them and we discussed how and where we would meet up after the race.

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I was down to the last five miles or so which seemed to last forever. I knew some of the other girls would be finishing the race soon since they were ahead of me. As it was reaching the middle of the day, it was insanely hot. Unseasonably hot for Chicago actually. I thought it would be fine since I had trained in the humidity and heat all summer, but we never ran at noon in the middle of the day, so this was all new territory. As I made my way into the last couple of miles, I spotted Greg, Michael, and Rachel again. I almost started sobbing. They had gotten ice water from Starbucks and refilled my Camelbak. I gave them my headphones and prepared for the last couple of miles. After they saw me in Chinatown, they decided to go ahead and find me again. Bless their hearts. I so needed it.

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I probably walked more than I should have in those last couple of miles, but I made my way back to the city and the finish line. I crossed the finish line at 5:23:14. I was emotional, but also so hot and so happy to be done. My finish time was slower than I anticipated or hoped it would be. I would be lying if I said I wasn’t a little disappointed with how the race went, especially the second half. I was bummed about the weather and aggravated that my calf started bothering me so early in the race.

On the other hand, I was extremely proud just to have finished the race! I joined the 1% of the population that has completed a marathon and that was something to be proud of!

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After crossing the finish line, I grabbed a banana and a beer. Like before the race, there was an obnoxious amount of walking after the race to get back to the RMHC tent. My feet hurt and all I wanted was to sit down. I was so happy to see some of my cheer squad waiting for me at the tent.

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I will say again how amazing the entire race was. The crowds, the city, the support. So many spectators looked me in the eye, called me by my first name, and said such encouraging words to me. I was overwhelmed with emotion throughout the race. I will never forget how the city rallied around every single one of the runners out there for the entire race. I will definitely be back Chicago. I am coming for a redemption run.

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I also cannot express the gratitude that I had for my own cheer squad that day. They conquered that city for me showing up at the most needed spots during the race and wearing the most appropriate shirt of the day. Each time seeing them gave me that boost of courage and energy that I needed to keep going.

Finally, I trained with the best runner friends that anyone could ask for. These girls made the 16 weeks of training not only bearable, but fun! We spent countless hours together before the sun came up. They were there for me in the good times and the bad times. I was so grateful to have run this race with them.

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Cheers to 26.2 miles!

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Chicago, you did not disappoint. See you in 2020.