Chicago // October 2017

It’s been a whirlwind the last eleven days and I have a lot to catch up on! Two weekends ago, we headed up to Chicago for a long weekend away and for me to run the Chicago Marathon! We had an amazing, action-packed weekend filled with family, friends, and running.

From the moment we stepped on the plane, there was such amazing energy the whole weekend. Our flight attendants had all the runners stand up and there was about 20 runners on our plane alone. Jaime and I were on the same flight so we each enjoyed a complimentary Bloody Mary on the way. The kids were in heaven too.

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The weather was gloomy on Friday but it didn’t slow us down. My parents arrived at our hotel about the same time that we did, so we headed out for lunch and shopping.

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We headed to the American Girl store and the Lego store for the kids to pick out some early birthday presents. Julie came home with us and Kenley just loves her. Afterwards, Greg and I headed to Portillo’s for dinner then Bar Louie for drinks and baseball.

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Saturday morning, we were up early to head to the race expo. The expo was insane and I think I could have spent the entire day there. We picked up our race bibs, did some shopping, took a lot of pictures, got beers, and met Bart Yasso. All in all, it was a successful morning!

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After the expo, we headed to the Taco Joint for tacos and beer before heading back to the hotel to shower. About 20 minutes before Greg and I were out the door, Mary Beth and Mandy showed up to surprise me! Mary Beth and I had planned on meeting during the weekend, but I had no idea that Mandy was coming in from Kansas City! It was such a fun surprise!

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The Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC) pre-race dinner was on Saturday afternoon at Grant Park. It was good to see all of the other RMHC runners both from Orlando and all of the United States.

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It was a gorgeous, but rainy evening in the city. After the RMHC dinner, Greg and I met up with MB and Mandy again before it was time for me to call it a night.

Meanwhile, the kids had an amazing Saturday at Michael and Rachel’s house. They had a birthday party, made a cake, built forts, and made race signs (which I saw the next day!).

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Sunday was race day which will have an entire post dedicated to it!

We headed to Niketown on Monday morning to get our finishers gear and get our medal engraved. The medal engraving didn’t happen due to the two hour wait, but we did some shopping so the trip was worth it. Afterwards, we took the kids to Maggie Daley Park which was absolutely amazing. I highly recommend it and we will definitely be back the next time we’re in Chicago!

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We had such a great trip to Chicago! It was great to be back in the Midwest. The entire city was so welcoming of all the runners and really made the weekend so memorable. A huge thank you to my parents, Michael, and Rachel for watching the kids while Greg and I did all of the pre-race festivities.

my weekend in photos

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family game night!

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12 miles with the girls on saturday morning.

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followed by piyo at the y!

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oh, just buying halloween books at sam’s club in august.

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3 mile recovery run with my sidekick. i was struggling to keep up with her!

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that outfit.

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i snuck out for some errands and a pedi on sunday afternoon. my feet needed it bad and it felt so good!

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saying hi to our visitors on our way to get ice cream!

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we had a great weekend but it flew by! how was your weekend?

Indiana {August 2017}

The kids and I headed up to Indiana this past weekend. We had an action packed four days in my home state. Brace yourself, there are a lot of pictures!

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We arrived on Saturday just in time to help set up for Maggi and Greg’s wedding shower! I am so thankful that we were able to be there to celebrate the happy couple. The theme was a fiesta in honor of their destination wedding. Everything about the shower was absolutely perfect. Abbi did such a great job with all of the little details that made the day so great. It was so good to see a lot of friends and family in one place too!

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On Sunday, we got to see my grandparents, aunt, and uncle for lunch and fun around the fire. The kids got to spend some quality time with Arie and took turns taking her for walks. I think poor Arie was ready to be home after the long weekend.

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We had a great lunch at BRU Burger on Monday, then headed to the Indianapolis Zoo. It had been so long since I had been there. The weather was absolutely perfect, and we drove by Victory Field so the kids could see where mommy and daddy met!

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For dinner, we had a little pizza party with Celeste, Reese, Meghann, and Harper. It was so good to catch up with the girls, though it was short due to bedtimes for the littles.

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The kids played at the park on Tuesday, we did a little back to school shoe shopping (what my mom and I do best!), and had lunch before heading to the airport.

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I can’t believe how fast four days flew by! We had such a great time, but we were happy to get home to daddy too.

my weekend in photos

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yes, it’s only the beginning of july but we did some school supply shopping this weekend! i just love it.

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after our 14 miles on saturday morning!

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date night at disney springs!

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we had dinner at paddlefish. it was so good!

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the view from our table.

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yes, my bloody mary has a crab leg in it!

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family fun run this morning! i got in 4 recovery miles. it was super hot.

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i was slacking on the pictures this weekend, but the rest of our time was spent in the pool. we did a lot of swimming this weekend since it was just insanely hot.

how was your weekend?

my [long] weekend in photos

we headed down to sarasota for the long weekend for some family fun and beach time. we celebrated bobby’s 12th birthday and visited with cousins who we haven’t seen in a while.

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sunday was a beach day. we had such a good time! afterwards, we walked to dinner and got ice cream for dessert.

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we went to the ringling today to check out a new park. the art museum was free today so we checked that out too on the way out. the entire place was really cool and we’ll definitely be back when it’s a little cooler out.

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we finished the long weekend with a little swimming once we got home. the kids love diving for rings and crosby decided to do it in the deep end!

we had such a great trip, it was a much needed weekend away.

how was your long weekend?

my weekend in photos

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i started our busy weekend with 7.5 miles around ucf with the girls.

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we were off to soccer when i got home. kenley’s game was first this weekend.

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crosby had his last game after kenley’s game and he actually played!

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crosby finished his season on a high note and got his trophy.

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maggi and greg came to visit on saturday!

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on saturday night, we headed downtown to the new orlando city stadium for our first orlando city soccer game.

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so so happy to see her this weekend!

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enjoying date night!

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goal!

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we saw two goals which were both so exciting.

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we were slightly spoiled with our amazing seats for our first game.

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the stadium was so nice and the game was so fun! we will definitely be back.

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my crazy mother’s day brunch bloody mary.

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after naps, we spent the rest of the afternoon in the pool. i floated around for over an hour. it was amazing!

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we finished mother’s day with dinner at tijuana flats with my favorite people.

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happy mother’s day to all the mothers out there.

how was your weekend?

my weekend in photos

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i came home on friday to a really fun package! so excited to be a bridesmaid this year!

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meemaw got into town late thursday night for the weekend.

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we celebrated cinco de mayo at the brass tap on friday night. it was a little chilly, but we all survived.

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i missed the memo about the cold front coming in. i got in a four mile run and some coffee time with the girls before kicking off my saturday.

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saturday morning soccer!

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this girl played great on saturday! she stopped a goal then dribbled down the field and scored her second goal of the season!

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we broke in greg’s new tap handles from westside boards made out of recycled skateboards. they are so cool!

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saturday night movie.

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sidewalk chalk and bubbles on sunday.

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we had a great weekend and such a great visit with meemaw. we played in the pool most of the day today and even got some spring cleaning done.

how was your weekend?