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?

Lady Track Shack 5k {race recap}

My double race weekend started with one of my favorite races, the Lady Track Shack 5k. This year was even more special because Kenley came with me to run the race. I told her a couple months ago that we were going to run an all girl race so naturally she has been talking about it ever since. She even would tell Greg and Crosby that they couldn’t go because it was only for girls.

The night before the race, she got up at least twice asking if it was time to get up yet. She was so excited! We left before the sun came up and headed down to Loch Haven Park to meet up with some friends before the start of the race. Kenley was excited to see Livie, Michelle’s daughter, was there.

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This was my first time ever running a race with a stroller and it will likely be my last. We had to start at the very back of the race, the very back. The whole first half of the race was spent bobbing in and out of the walkers trying to actually run the race, all while trying my hardest not to run into anyone with the stroller. Kenley asked the whole first mile if she could get out and run with the girls. Just after the first mile, when it opened up just a bit, she hopped out and was on her way.

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She was good about getting back in the stroller when she needed a break. I had to tell her a few times to slow down and to make sure she stayed next to Livie so she could pace herself.

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As we passed Track Shack, the DJ said into the microphone that she must be the youngest runner on the course. She hopped in and out a few more times and cheered Livie on from the stroller while she was resting. The last quarter of a mile, I pushed her to run the rest of the race. We kept telling the girls that the donuts were waiting for us at the finish line, which they were, Krispy Kreme!

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We finished in 39:23 based on our chip. You can see that we crossed the start line a good three minutes after the clock started since we were in the very back.

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We had such a good time and saw so many other mamas after the race. Kenley had a blast playing with Livie, who ended up placing third in her age group! Kenley is already talking about running the whole race next year.

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You can also see my past race recaps for the Lady Track Shack 5K from 2015 and 2016.

Friday I’m in Love

Happy Friday! It’s hard to believe this is the last Friday in June. How is that possible? Anyway, let’s get to it…

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On Sunday night, over 50,000 people stood together around Lake Eola to remember and honor the victims of the tragedy. We weren’t able to go, but we watched the recap on the news following the NBA Finals Game 7 (which was insane, by the way!). The vigil was the best way to close a horrific week in our city. Monday was a new day and a new week and we welcomed it with open arms. On Wednesday, Keep Dancing Orlando was born and it brought a smile and a few tears to my face. Watch, smile, and keep dancing Orlando.

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Can I share with you what has been our saving grace lately? This

The favorite thing to do in our house right now is jump on the couch, which results in us telling asking the kids to stop jumping on the couch no less than ten times a day. Now, we just tell them to jump on the trampoline instead and has made everyone so happy!

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I came across a couple good articles this week for working moms and working women everywhere.

The ugly secret of working moms

Sheryl Sandberg of the Myth of the Catty Woman

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Friday I'm in Love Linky Party

Don’t forget to head over to see what the other ladies are loving this month. We will also be taking a short hiatus from the link-up for the summer. We will be back in full force after Labor Day!

Have a great weekend!

Friday I’m in Love {with Orlando}

It’s finally Friday after what feels like the longest week ever. It was hard for me to even sit down and write this blog post because there really isn’t much to love this week. Instead, I’ve compiled a list of newsworthy articles, stories, and examples of what an amazing community we have here in Orlando. I am certain you’ve seen these stories this week, but if you haven’t, take a look.

UCF held a beautiful candlelight vigil on Tuesday night to remember the victims, specifically the two that were part of the UCF community. Millican Hall as lit up in rainbow colors following the vigil. I am so proud to be a part of such an amazing university. The outpouring of love and support of for our students, staff, and city has been incredible. The other college and universities have also done the same — Orlando’s Colleges Offer Solace in the Wake of Tragedy

Millican Hall shows it Pride

Earlier in the week, I shared at Orlando Moms Blog how we can help by purchasing beautiful art prints by local artists.

The running community is a strong one, both here in Central Florida and across the nation.

Orlando Track Shack has already sold out of their first batch of the #OrlandoStrong shirts and have already ordered more.

Next Saturday, June 25th there will be an #OrlandoUnited 5K fundraiser in Lake Mary. We will be running the virtual race as a family.

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Moms RUN This Town/She Runs This Town has a fundraiser in the works to raise money for the One Orlando Fund. I LOVE the photo she posted on Instagram too.

4Rivers will open its doors for the first time on Sunday and all proceeds will go to the OneOrlando Fund.

Greg will get to work the K92.3’s Country Strong benefit concert on Tuesday, which has a pretty strong line up.

All of our professional sports teams have come together to sell #OrlandoUnited shirts. They are in high demand!

Finally, the best article I have read all week is this one — Maxwell: With the world’s eyes on Orlando, let me tell you who we really are

On behalf of our city, thank you for the love and support this week.

my weekend in photos

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friday morning started with five humid miles with heather

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saturday morning, we took a family trip to the y. i finally realize that i an actually use my running watch while i am running on the treadmill. only two years later…

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some of crosby’s friends came over for a swim on saturday morning. they all had a great time, despite the looks on their faces.

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saturday afternoon included a trip to ikea! if there ever is a place that is both terrible and awesome at the same time, it’s ikea.

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we were successful and crosby got a new mattress for his new bed that we put together this morning.

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saturday night, i celebrated kayla’s birthday with dinner and drinks! it was nice to get out for some girl time.

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today was a bit of a blur. crosby woke up early and greg told me about a shooting at pulse. as the day went on and more details came out, it was hard for me to process it all. i felt helpless. heather and i got in a little bit of girl time and retail therapy, then we tried to donate blood. the line was super long, so we opted for buying cases of bottled water to donate to the big red bus. we’ve been glued to cnn all night still trying to come to terms with the fact that this terrorist attack happened right here in our own city. please continue to pray for orlando.

my weekend in photos

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our friday night consisted of reading and the mets game. thrilling, i know.

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the little monsters had a great game on saturday! kenley played the best she has all season.

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after the y, we headed to target and chic-fil-a for lunch. if you could have seen us at target…it was quickly approaching lunchtime, so in order to avoid meltdowns, we were literally throwing things into the limo cart as we went through each aisle. it wasn’t really my idea of a fun trip to target, but we came out with more than we needed.

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greg and i got a lot done around the house during nap time, which meant we got to play in the pool in the afternoon!

crosby is a little fish!

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unfortunately, our double date plans were postponed, so greg and i had a sitter and absolutely no plans. we ended up at ikea, then to rocco’s tacos for dinner!

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it was a great night out and we were home and in bed by 10pm.

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this morning, heather and i got in six miles before 7am.

after naps, we headed down to skyzone to jump with some of the other orlando moms blog families.

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afterwards, we explored artegon marketplace. it was so cool!

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the kids took a little break from browsing the shops to play legos. we will definitely be back!

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we had a packed weekend, but it was so fun! needless to say, we were all exhausted tonight.

how was your weekend?

my weekend in photos

friday giggles.

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saturday morning sunrise over orlando before the lady track shack 5k.

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it was a chilly morning, but great weather for a nice and easy 3.1 miles to warm up before sunday.

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saturday afternoon, we headed down to celebration to pick up my race packet for sunday. we found a new park and were pretty much obsessed.

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she climbed and climbed and climbed the entire time we were there.

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swinging with friends!

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crosby’s signature phrase right now “ta-daaaaaaa”!

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this morning, we ran the celebration half-marathon! it was such a great race. greg and the kids came down to celebrate afterwards and we hit up the same park again. the rest of the day was spent lounging and grocery shopping.

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we had a great last weekend of january. how is tomorrow february already?
how was your weekend?