I headed up to Nashville at the end of June for a long overdue reunion with my girlfriends from Zeta. This was the first time in a very long time that we’ve gotten together for no reason other than to be together. No one was getting married or having a baby, but we did have a birthday to celebrate!
We had a leisurely lunch on Friday as friends started to get into town, then we headed to Nash Collection for hats so we could obviously fit in for the weekend. Someone even asked if I was a local because of my hat!
We spent the rest of the afternoon and into the evening at the hotel pool with yummy drinks in hand catching up with each other before heading out for dinner way later than intended.
Saturday, we celebrated Mandy’s birthday! We started with brunch at Saint Anejo in the Gulch before we moved on to shopping.
Uncommon James (Kristin Cavallari’s store) and Draper James (Reese Witherspoon’s store) were on the top of my list to visit while in Nashville. I loved both of them, though there were no celebrity sightings.
After shopping, we headed back to get on our pedaling bike bar. We drove our bike up and down Broadway and around the city for an hour. It was hot and hilly, but so much fun!
After a dip in the pool and a much needed shower, we got all fancied up for a night on the town. Our first stop was rooftop drinks before heading to dinner.
After an insane dinner at Kayne Prime, we headed out to Broadway for some country music and dancing!
We had such a fun night!
We all parted ways on Sunday, but before getting on the plane, I had to try a local beer.
We had such a fun weekend. The seven of us traveled from six different states to be there. It was so good to be reunited.
I’m already ready for my next trip to Nashville. The city is so much fun!
we began the month at reunion resort with the west coast gilbos and grammy who were in town for drew’s lacrosse tournament.
we loved watching drew on the lacrosse field and hanging with our family all weekend.
summer camp began!
she loves ucf soccer camp!
the kids had such a fun time with their cousins.
a family photo in front of the castle. magical!
summer is for swimming on a weeknight.
first swim meet of the season.
star wars fun at hollywood studios.
art of animation to celebrate sam’s birthday.
june supper club.
we celebrated one incredible dad on father’s day!
another wednesday night swim meet.
kenley’s third week of camp was golf camp! i was most worried about this camp, but she did so well and loved it!
meemaw came to stay for a whole week! we loved having her here.
saturday morning runs.
the first pool party of the summer!
week four was ugames camp at discovery church! she did karate!
summer was in full swing and kenley got to do a different summer camp all month. we had so much fun seeing our family and friends all month! i ended the month with a weekend trip to nashville which i will share more about soon.
another month, another lost tooth.
the kids went to their first orlando city soccer game.
cheering on the lions!
may supper club!
cinco de mayo style.
mother’s day tea with c.
we got our saturdays back as the soccer and tee ball seasons came to an end.
his second tee ball season in the books!
another successful season as dugout moms.
my clan took me to animal kingdom for mother’s day!
celebrating us moms.
moms night out!
crosby’s end of the year class party!
crosby’s last day of vpk!
momming so hard on class party day.
her teacher gave her the class leader award.
and her classmates decided she would most likely to become president.
our little graduate.
kenley’s memorial day weekend was delayed by a day due to the stomach bug. we made it to the beach on sunday while she was still recovering.
living his best life.
trying to fish.
so happy to see spend some time with the suhrs when they were at disney for the week.
these girls became fast friends.
swimming at disney!
her last day as a first grader!
i’m not sure these kids could be any cuter. what a perfect way to end the month.
may is the new december around here. the end of the school year came in fast and furious. we had a fabulous month and celebrated all the things.
kenley got to have lunch with meemaw and grandpa at school to end their spring break visit.
kenley’s artwork was selected to be in the wolf pup art gallery at school for the last nine weeks of the year. they held an opening reception for the art gallery for the students, it was awesome!
our little artist!
twinning on a run!
ucf celebrates the arts!
kenley is certainly outnumbered.
april supper club
soccer saturdays continued.
when you play against one of your besties.
as did tee ball!
more art from the school wide art fair!
kenley lost another tooth!
we celebrated hudson’s birthday at the science center!
saturday morning run.
easter cookie decorating at 4rivers!
easter sunday at church!
the kids had a blast looking for easter eggs
post-easter brunch brewery meet up
symphony under the stars on campus
on kenley’s half birthday, i was the mystery reader in her class! she was so excited.
beer garden in avalon
we loved visiting with the rosemans while they were at disney!
first grade field trip to dinosaur world!
sunday brunch with scott and katie while they were in town!
it was a busy april with games every weekend and lots of time with friends.
To kick off spring break, we headed up to Indiana for a long weekend. The weekend was full of family, friends, and celebrations before heading back home.
We were so thankful to see so many family members in such a short time, most of which made the trip to visit us.
On Saint Patrick’s Day, we ran the Shamrock Beer Run 5k in downtown Indy. It was our first beer run and probably our coldest run to date. It was freezing! Thankfully the beer stops helped us warm up. Downtown Indianapolis was absolutely beautiful on the brisk day.
We ended the day celebrating Grandma Sue’s 80th birthday! We had a lovely dinner with family to celebrate our special lady.
We also got to visit with several old friends and meet new little friends while we were there! Again, we were so thankful that everyone made room for us during their busy weekends.
One major highlight of the long weekend was the snow! Yes…in March…during spring break…the kids saw snow for the first time! They loved playing outside as the big snowflakes fell to the ground. It didn’t last long, but it was memorable.
We made one more quick stop to visit the birthday girl before heading to the airport.
We had a great, long weekend which was action packed. Needless to say, it took a bit for all of us to recover.
march was a busy month!
back at the tee ball field
field day at tle
the last of the cool morning runs
winter park boat tour
the cutest puppy i’ve ever seen
the wizard of oz at tle
spring was back in full force!
On March 2nd, I ran the Best Damn Race 10k in downtown Orlando. Much like previous years, it was a great race! We did run/walk intervals the whole time and finished in 1:07.02. As always, there was a great crowd, including many friends, and a lively after party.
After a quick celebration, we headed over to Blue Jacket Park for the Track Shack Smile Mile! This was Kenley’s second year running the mile and she did far better than last year! Since Crosby already turned five years old, he could run the race, so I signed him up with our elementary school even though he wasn’t in kindergarten yet. I was nervous for him, but he did a great job!
Showing off our hard earned medals! It was a great morning of running.
In February, Greg and I headed to Savannah, Georgia with several other couples to run the Best Damn Race 5k and half marathon. It was our first time in Savannah and the inaugural Best Damn Race in the city!
After packet pick up and checking into the hotel, we headed out for an Italian dinner with the group.
The next morning, we headed over to Forsyth Park for the start of the race.
Our group was a mix of 5k runners and half marathon runners. The half marathon started before the 5k, but they obviously finished well before we did, so they set up shop to cheer for all of us as we rounded the last corner and headed to the finish line.
It was great to see their smiling faces as I rounded that corner. Overall, my race was pretty good. There were definitely some picturesque portions of the race, and some that weren’t so, but I don’t have many complaints. I felt pretty good for most of the race and ran a 2:25.09. Considering where I currently am with running, I was pleased with that time.
Greg had an awesome 5k race and got to ring the PR bell! He wanted to run it under 30 minutes and came in at 29:56!
In the afternoon, we headed out on the Savannah Slow Ride bike tour.
We had so much fun spending the weekend with our friends. We’re already ready for BDR Savannah 2020!
Back in January, I ran my first half marathon of 2019, the Shark Bite half marathon in New Smyrna Beach. Fun fact: New Smyrna Beach is the shark attack capital of the world… hence the race name.
This was my first time running this race. The best part about it was my dear friend from college, Kelly, was in town so we ran it together!
The morning started out a bit chilly (remember: January), so I had on a long sleeve shirt. I did not think, however, that we’d be picking up our race packet that morning and the race didn’t have a gear check. Therefore, I started the race wearing a tank, t-shirt, and a long sleeve shirt. Needless to say, the long sleeve shirt was stripped off very quickly once I warmed up.
We ran a solid 11 miles, then opted to do more walking for the last two miles. Overall, it was a fun race. Mostly because of the company. I loved getting to run and chat for 2+ hours with Kelly!
After the race, we got our beers and our pint glasses and walked along the beach. It almost felt colder with the wind coming off the water after the race, so it was a short lived beach walk.
Hands down, this was the largest medal I’ve ever run for!
Thanks for a good run, NSB!
after being sick for too long, i finally got out for a run on friday.
kenley says this is her favorite ride in all of disney and she truly loves it, but this is her face every single time, without fail.
the rock-n-roller coaster group.
we finally made it on slinky dog dash!
so excited and well worth the wait.
tower of terror!
this is one of crosby’s favorite parts of hollywood studios.
we had such a fun day with this group!
kicked off the week with four miles!
we had a great day on saturday and a low key sunday. overall, a fun weekend!
how was yours?