Weekend Update (Kerry)-A Fairy Tale Weekend

Holy Crazy Weekend, Batman! I feel like Jada’s Birthday is the never ending birthday! But we did have a great weekend so I can’t complain!

I had Friday off so I could prepare for Jada’s party. I decided to get the house all decorated because I knew Saturday was going to be busy. The theme this year was Disney Princesses–of course!

image image

image image

Most of the decorations came from Amazon and Party City. These letters were my favorite. They came from the Etsy Shop-Gunners Nook. They were a big hit for the party but also nice to put in Jada’s room.

image

We had princess crowns and wands for the girls and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle masks and swords for the boys.

image image image

image

By the time all the decorating was done, my family from New Jersey arrived. We decided to go out to dinner on Friday night. And yet another birthday treat for Jada.

image image image

Saturday was a busy day. Jada’s party started at 11:15. We invited some friends from daycare so by 11:30, I had a house full of 3 year olds! Jada loved all her decorations!

image image

She is wearing an adorable Disney Couture Tutu that her wonderful Godmother, Lara bought for her. The kid loves this outfit! She even slept in it that night! We had a special visitor at the party–Ariel! The kids were so excited!

image image

Ariel did a ton of fun things with them. They read a book, made crowns, had their faces painted, and danced.

image image

image image

Even I got in on the action!

image

The cake came out great too! All in all a great day!

image

But the celebration didn’t stop there. It was also Jada’s friend, Isla’s birthday so later in the afternoon, we had another birthday party to go to. This one was at a gymnastics center. Good thing, because it let the kids get all their energy out.

image

The cake for that party was adorable as well.

image

Needless to say, we were all exhausted by Sunday so it was a very low key day at our house. I did go through some clothes up in the attic with the hopes of getting rid of some of it.

image

Then it was some quality time with the kiddos. I colored this work of art with Jada.

image

Let’s certainly not forget poor Jalen! This whole weekend was about Jada but he felt the love too!

image

Hope everyone had a good weekend!

 

 

 

 

FacebookTwitterPinterestShare

Weekend Update – Love Being Outside All Weekend

The weather is finally starting to be consistently gorgeous and I love it.  I make note every morning when driving to work to take in the colorful spring blossoms on trees. They change so fast to leaves that it’s easy to forget the spring colors.  My goal this year is to try to take it all in.  Working 9-5 Monday through Friday means that I miss out on a lot of sunshine. I’m not a fan of that.

But we aren’t here today to talk about that.  This recap this weekend.  There was so much fun stuff and lots of sunshine.

Friday started with a morning run. I have no idea what I was thinking when I chose my outfit this morning.  Best part about it was my new sneakers. I am loving my new New Balance.
image

Kayley had her field day today. I don’t know why it was so early, there is still about a month left of school.  Guess it doesn’t matter because it was a gorgeous day to be outside! Every year they all get white shirts to decorate.  image

My husband knows the real me and had to share my secret with all of Facebook…image

Fenway Park is my happy place and I was more than happy to spend my afternoon and evening there with my awesome cousin.image

Stopped to smell the lilacs Saturday morning after a brutal 7 mile run.  I had to stop halfway through to feed my parent’s cat.  I suppose I could have timed it better, but once I got back on the road, my legs felt like cement.  It was tough to get back in to it. Tough runs only make you stronger right.image

We had a very special birthday party to attend after my run.  This little munchkin was having her 3rd birthday party with of course a process theme.image

I mean seriously – how freaking adorable are these two?image

And how lucky is the birthday girl to have Ariel show up at her party?image

Sunday was all about relaxing.  Kayley and I spent some time outside getting some fresh air while she did her homework.  Can it get any better? Well maybe if I was looking at crashing waves in the ocean…image

Before bed we did some stargazing to see Mars.  It’s out for the first time in a decade visible to the naked eye.image

Weekly Workout Recap – 5/22

Another week in the dust. Let’s see how we did…..

MONDAY

Kerry: Boot camp day for me today. We did a partner workout. Basically one partner would run to the 40 yard line and do an exercise with the resistance band (bicep curls, seated press, triceps, extended rows) while the other stayed at home  base and did another exercise (crunches, push ups, burpees, mountain climbers, squats). We would then trade off after 15 reps. The workout flew by and my arms were definitely feeling it. It was pretty chilly too. I wish I wore gloves. I came home and immediately made a cup of coffee!

image

Lara: I had my long run on Sunday, so I wasn’t going to run today.  I didn’t want to miss a Monday.  I decided on an at home workout that was an interval of weights and yoga/stretching.  It was just the combo I needed.
image

It was also time for week 4 day 1 for couch to 5K.  My friend who I’m helping through is doing absolutely fantastic.  I wish I had her frame of mind about the training process when I went through it 5 years ago.
image

TUESDAY

Kerry: Today was one of those mornings that I should have just stayed at home. I ended starting my run really late in the morning and contemplated just skipping it. I decided to head out but less than a mile in, my head phones died. Ugh….I felt like I had two left feet the whole run. Not my best effort. But I did it.

image

Lara: Finally it was time for a good stretch.  I need to take care of my hips.  They aren’t bothering me when I run but I can feel the tightness when I’m not running.  I need to try to get ahead of the stretching. No need for no more injuries for me right?
image

WEDNESDAY

Kerry: Boot camp again today. Today we did the cyclone workout. This is where we run to a certain spot on the field while our trainer walks to meet us. We run to the spot and then back to the trainer and around her and back to the spot until she meets us there (hence the term cyclone). Once we are all together, we complete a series of exercises–1 minute each. I love this workout. One of my favorites. My legs were feeling it today so I needed a little extra stretching once I got home.

image

Lara: I was up super early this morning. I’m not sure how Kerry does it.  I was on the road by 5 and got 4 miles in.  My legs were still feeling sore.  Not that they hurt, but more that they felt tight and a little fatigued.
image

And it was time for Week 4 Day 2 of Couch to 5K. She rocked it today. Recording over 2 miles during our session!!

THURSDAY

Kerry: I got out for an easy 3 mile run today. I wanted to take it easy because I plan on doing my long run tomorrow.

image

Lara: Lunchtime workout was on the schedule for today.  I’m trying really hard to get my strength training to occur regularly.  I think it’s working. 🙂
image

FRIDAY

Kerry:  I decided to do my long run this morning.  Tomorrow is Jada’s birthday party with some family and friends and I figured trying to cram a 9 mile run in was gong to be tough. I have to admit, I was in no mood to run 9 miles today. Luckily I had the day off but I was still up and out the door by 5am. The run was okay. Not my best, but certainly not my worst. I knew I had a ton of stuff to do this weekend and I kept thinking about that stuff and making myself anxious. Regardless, I finished the 9 miles–thankfully.

image

Lara: I kind of like running on Friday mornings.  I got 4 miles in.  I felt like I was working hard by my time showed otherwise.  I guess I’m ok with it because it was a good way to start the weekend.
image

SATURDAY

Kerry: I kind of figured I wasn’t going to get a run in today.  I have family visiting from out of town and we also had Jada’s birthday party. Along with Jada’s party, we also had a birthday party to go to in the evening for a friend of Jada’s from daycare. Busy day. I still managed to get over 10,000 steps in. It must have been all the party prep.

image

Lara: I had a real tough go of it this morning.  I was dragging to get myself out the door. I tried a new route that felt like it wasn’t going to be long enough so I spent most of the beginning of run trying to figure out where the extra miles would fit in.  I stopped at mile 4 at my parent’s house to take care of their cat while they were out.  I delayed my run so long that my muscles were not ready to pick back up again and finish. I should have called it 2 separate runs rather than 1 full one.  Whatever – 7 miles completed. Wasn’t pretty.
image

SUNDAY

Kerry: I really wanted to head out for a run today but I don’t see that happening. I am exhausted from this weekend. I just plan on catching up on some house stuff and getting myself ready for the week.

Lara: I am super overdue and ready for a rest day today.  There is nothing on the schedule.  Besides getting some housework done and food prep, I think the only thing besides resting will be stretching.

 

 

 

Dire Need of Playlist Tune Up

In case you missed it, I will be running the Marine Corps Marathon in October 2016. Although, I’m not sure how you missed it because I talk about it in about every single blog post since finding out (like here, here and here).

idiot run

Also, admittedly, I have been out of the training mode since about September of last year. I was injured (more here) and was in physical therapy for a few months. My monthly mileage went from 100 or near a 100 miles a month to zero.

This year will be a true test of my ability – both physically and mentally. I have to get my body back into training mode.I need to train my mind to not worry about pace this time around and prepare for endurance and distance instead.

In order to accomplish this, I need some kickass music to get me moving!

And my currently playlist for running needs a SERIOUS overhaul.

image image

Want to know why? Because I honestly have had the same one since I started running about 5-6 years ago. Songs have come and songs have gone (I CANNOT listen to Katy Perry’s ET anymore because it reminds me of just starting out) but the bones of this playlist has stayed the same.

I’m a Top 40 music fan. I fall hard for some new music. But because its popular, it gets overplayed and I get sick of things easily. So I try to stay away from current Pop music if I can.

There are songs that have been my Ultimate Power Songs to psych me up since day 1. And unlike Katy Perry, these ones of stuck with me and still pump me up.

All I Do Is Win – DJ Khaled
I Can Transform Ya – Chris Brown
Make It Bun Dem – Skrillex

But it’s time now to add and maybe delete.

I’m thinking I will add: (Some may have explicit lyrics)
End of Time – Beyonce

Yonce/Partition – Beyonce

Can’t Stop the Feeling – Justin Timberlake

Started from the Bottom – Drake

Jumpman – Drake & Future

And I’m definitely going to have to delete:

I Love It – Icona Pop
Gettin Over You – David Guetta
Can’t Hold Us – Macklemore

Thank you to my relationship with The Mermaid Club for providing this prompt as a blog post. Being a Mermaid is seriously the coolest thing. Read more about this amazing community here!

What’s your favorite song to run to?

Weekend Update-Kerry

Oh man, where do I start. This weekend was crazy! So many fun things packed in to one weekend and two birthdays too! I didn’t want it to end!

I know it’s a weekend recap but this whole week was fun so I will start with a little recap of the week. Let’s start with Monday. I had posted a few weeks ago that we were looking at swing sets for the backyard. We finally bought one and it was delivered on Monday. Jada loves it and has been on it everyday since we got it. I guess it was a good investment. It also came in time for her birthday (which was Sunday) so we considered it an early birthday present.

image

Fast forward to later in the week, Jay and I decided it was probably about time we converted Jada’s crib. We told her for her birthday, we would redo her room. She wanted princesses, so princesses it was.
image image image

Since Jada’s birthday is on Sunday this year, we decided to celebrate her birthday at daycare on Friday. I brought in cupcakes for her class and also made these cute goody bags for her classmates. Apparently they were a big hit.

image

Friday morning Jada decided she wanted to go on a run with me. She was all ready for daycare so I decided why not. I love getting to spend a few extra minutes with her.

image

Friday night we grabbed a quick bite to eat and then it was off to bed early. I had a busy weekend ahead and had to get up early Saturday. Saturday morning started with a quick 4 milerun bright and early.

image

Then it was off to the airport for me. I took a quick trip to New Jersey this weekend to celebrate my brother’s 30th birthday. His friends were throwing him a surprise party but it was also Jada’s birthday weekend too so I had to make a quick trip out of it. I was at the airport by 7:15am.

image

I was wearing my new favorite shirt.

image

One of the things I love about going to NJ is all the great food I miss (that was one of the reasons I got up to run Saturday morning–I knew I was going to eat a lot). My mom picked me up at the airport and we grabbed lunch on the way home. We went to Hiram’s –which is known for their hot dogs. They basically fry them in oil. They are so crispy and delicious. A must have!

image image

I ended up taking a little nap in the afternoon to prepare myself for the party. It was so weird not yo have the kids around. I didn’t know what to do with myself. We headed out to the party around 7:30. I have to say–my brother’s friends did an awesome job with the party. It was 90’s themed and really focused on all the things my brother used to love (some he still does).

image image image

They even had a photo booth. The props they had were AMAZING!

image image

I was obsessed with Justin Timberlake and didn’t put it down all night.

image image

My brother was so surprised to see me. I am so glad I made the trip. My flight Sunday left at 8:30. I had to be at the airport bright and early. I think I got like 3-4 hours of sleep!

image

And don’t worry, Justin made it to the airport with me.

image

But I had to get home because Sunday was Jada’s 3rd birthday! I can’t believe I have a 3 year old! It’s crazy! Where does the time go. When I got home, she opened all her presents.

image image

Then she wanted to play outside.

image image

After dinner, we had cake and my mother-in-law, niece, and Lara’s family came to join us.

image image

And of course, I had to take a picture of Jada with JT!

image

Hope everyone had a nice weekend!

Weekend Update – Flip Flop Weather (Finally)

It’s Sunday night and I’m just wrapping up the weekend.  I don’t even want to write this post because it means that the weekend is over.

So, rather than dwelling, let’s just relive it.

Friday was Friday the 13th. Anyone suspicious about it? I didn’t even remember that it was, so I had no time to be scared or suspicious.  I can’t even watch horror movies anymore without having heart palpitations. So lame.image

My husband tagged me in this FB post.  My reputation precedes me. My comment back to him was something like “This is what’s written next to my name in the dictionary. If my name was in the dictionary…”
image

Friday night, I’m usually in the dance studio.  I made it there. But we ended up heading home before class even started.  My poor kiddo had a pounding headache and said she was exhausted.  She went directly to the couch when we got home and fell right to sleep. Allergies are bad this week.image

She woke up good as new Saturday morning after 10 hours of sleep.  She even agreed to walk to Dunkin’ Donuts, which is a little over a mile away.  image

We ended up walking one of my running routes which totaled about 3.5 miles.imageThis kid has so many clothes, yet she wears the same things over and over again.  We went through her clothes and weeded out what doesn’t fit anymore.  Funny how she discovered clothes that she forgot about during this little exercise!
image

I walked by our shoe mat by the front door and had to stop and admire that fact that there are flip-flops out and not boots!image

The weather was gorgeous! We needed to go shopping to fill up some of the spaces left from our clothing purge.  What better way to do it than at an outdoor shopping plaza with friends!image9 miles started Sunday morning. After lots of inner dialogue to get myself in the right frame of mind.  The run ended perfectly in front of a diner where Ben and Kayley met me. With flip-flops. This was the best greeting after a long run!
image

Those are sweet potato hash browns and they were simply amazing!image

Kayley dance teacher has started calling her Bambi because her long legs make her look so gangly when learning new dance moves.  Those things do look so hard to control like a newborn deer. If we could only all have such problems.image

The day ended on a very special note. image

We got to wish this adorable little munchkin a happy 3rd birthday and share some cake with her.  We are so lucky to be living so close.  Love every second of watching this two little ones grow up!image

What’s your favorite scary movie?

Weekly Workout Recap-5/15

The sun has finally arrived! Let’s hope it lasts. Let’s see how we did this week.

MONDAY

Kerry: Boot camp day today. I almost skipped class this morning. I ended up taking a nap Sunday afternoon, which in turn, led me to stay up until 11:30 Sunday night. I finally fell asleep and then Jalen woke up at 1am and I was up with him until 1:30. I kept looking at the clock thinking, “there is no way I am getting up in 3 hours to go to boot camp”. But alas, Jalen woke up again at 4:30 and needed to eat. Once I was done feeding him, I was up and decided to forge ahead. Today we did an AMRAP (as many reps as possible). We started with 6 minutes–that consisted of 10 jump squats, 10 sit ups, and 10 push up planks. The next series was 5 minutes and we did 8 lunge jumps, 8 tricep dips, and 20 jumping jacks. We did that through 1 minute with varying exercises for each interval–burpees, mountain climbers, step ups, and plank. The last-minute we held plank. I was able to sneak in a picture.

image

Lara: Monday is usually a run day for me, but due to the race yesterday, today would have been 4 run days in a row.  Since I’m trying to be smart with my running and taking care of my muscles, I decided it was a stretch day instead.  My body definitely thanked me for it.  My hips are tight as indicated in the picture, but at least I gave them some much-needed attention.
image

TUESDAY

Kerry: I got out for a 3 mile run today. I was a little sore. I think maybe the 8 mile run Saturday and the race Sunday caught up with me. My plan was to do an easy 3 miles. After mile 1, I looked at my pace and it was 7:41. I knew I needed to slow down. I finished. My average pace was 8:18. I look thrilled in the picture below.

image

Lara: Turned out I was the only one of my lunchtime workout crew to workout today.  I did a 20 minute workout from the Nike Training App and then enjoyed the gorgeous weather outside with a walk and hang with the turtles sunning themselves.  I honestly did not want to go back into the office afterwards.  If I was able to choose my favorite weather for 365 days a year, it is this type of weather.
image

WEDNESDAY

Kerry: Boot camp today. I kind of had a feeling this was coming but today we did hills! I normally like hill workouts but I was tired this morning. I wish I brought my phone with me today to show you the hill but I left it in the car. Anyway, we did several laps up and down the hill. The trainer had cones throughout the hill so each time up we would run to a different cone. To give you an idea of the workout-I took this snapshot of my Fitbit at 10am this morning. 53 floors–whoa!

image

Lara: Today was a 4 mile run and it wasn’t very fun.  Actually it was kind of tough.  During the route I was running, I have to cross over the commuter rail train tracks in two separate places.  Of course, as I reached it for the first time, a train came by. I ended up doing laps around the parking lot until it was on its way again.  Then, I decided during a straightway, that I would do fartlek intervals in between telephone poles.  It was like I was out to punish myself.  My legs were definitely feeling it today.
image

My workout didn’t end there. I did go for another walk at lunch time. And then after work, it was another couch to 5K night. My friend’s daughter gave me a new hairdo for the run.  She said that she wanted to make sure they all stayed in during the run.  To be honest, I completely forget they were in there until we finished and she counted them. The weather is still so gorgeous.
image

THURSDAY

Kerry: I have a lot going on this weekend so had to switch my running schedule up this week. This morning I set out bright and early for an 8 mile run. I wanted to make sure I got my long run in since I have been doing so good with keeping up with them. This run was a little slower than last week. Normally I get a rest day in before my long run but this week that didn’t happen. I still did good with pace-8:30/mile. I was definitely feeling a little worn out but was happy I got the run in. Getting up so early has its benefits too–look at this gorgeous sunrise.

image

Lara: There was a big annual meeting at work today, so I planned on not having the time to workout at lunchtime.  I got out of bed early and worked out in my pjs.  As convenient as it is, I also know why wearing cotton for a workout is frowned upon.
image

And as it turns out, I did have time to workout after lunch.  It ended up being a very brisk walk outside. Awesome. But not too brisk that I wasn’t able to spot a turtle trying to cross the road as a big pickup truck was heading its way!
image

FRIDAY

Kerry: My intention today was to get out for a slow 3 mile recovery run but as I was walking out the door this morning, Jada asked to come with me. It’s very rare on a weekday that she is up and ready when I leave, so I figured why not. I ended up taking her in the BOB with me. That things is a beast. I ended up only doing 2.5 miles and I did walk a little bit with her. But I was certainly happy that I got to spend some extra time with her this morning.

image

Lara: I totally had to drag myself out of bed this morning. I did not sleep well and I was up early, so I figured I would just do it.  I had ordered a new hat for a race I’m running in July and took the opportunity to break it in.  It was only a 3 mile run.  Actually 3.13 on Friday the 13th.  Funny how that worked out.
image

SATURDAY

Kerry: I actually was going to skip a run today because I had to be at the airport at 7am. I was heading out for a quick 24 hour trip to New Jersey to go to my brother’s surprise 30th. I was up at 4am and couldn’t go back to sleep so excited last-minute I had time to get a run in. I knew I probably wouldn’t be eating well so figured a little exercise could help offset that. I got a quick 4 miles in and I am so glad I made the decision to run.

image

Lara: Normally a long run day for me, I had to skip it this morning.  Last night Kayley came home early from dance not feeling well and super tired.  It’s more important for me that I am home if she needs me (she had originally had plans to be at a friends but ended up staying home), than to get a run in.  After a long night’s sleep, so woke up feeling much better. So better that she agreed to go for a walk to Dunkin Donuts which is easily a good mile away.  We ended up doing one of my running routes that is about 3.5 miles.  I may not have gotten a long run in, but I got a nice walk with my kiddo instead.
image

SUNDAY

Kerry: Today will be a rest day for me. It’s currently 6:30am and I am sitting at my gate in the airport waiting to head home.

image

I have a big day ahead of me…..my little munchkin is 3 years old today. So once I land in Boston, it’s birthday celebration time!

Lara: Another night that I didn’t sleep well. I woke up at 4:30 and started to think about whether or not I should run.  I eventually got myself up and out the door.  After successfully running 9 miles, I actually timed it perfectly to eat breakfast with the family.  They were kind enough to bring my flip-flops with them!
image

 

 

Melrose Run for Women Mother’s Day Race Recap

Every year there is a local Mother’s Day race in the city where I (Kerry) live. The race is near and dear to my heart because it was the first race I ever ran back 6 or so years ago. My love for it drew Lara in and it has kind of become a tradition for us. The course is certainly hilly and not the easiest course but it’s close to home and also all women so it makes it fun.

image

Kerry’s Race Recap

I actually signed up for the race last-minute. I was going back and forth about running it–for a few reasons. First, I only got back in the groove of running over the past 2 months or so and wasn’t sure I wanted to race or commit to it. Second, the kids have swimming lessons on Sunday morning and it requires both me and my husband to go to and I wasn’t sure I could swing it. I mentioned to my husband that I wanted to run the race (hoping the kids could skip class and they could all come cheer me on). He did tell me to go for it but that he would take the kids to swimming and have his niece come with him to help him out. I was bummed they weren’t going to be there to cheer me on but at least I got to actually run the race and not mess up everyone else’s schedule.

The race started at 9am. They have a ton of helpers there and every year the race seems to take off without a hitch. The course is 3.5 miles and is hilly. I had zero expectation for this race. I am a pretty competitive person so knowing that I was going to be slower than I have been in years past was kind of frustrating for me, but we all have to start somewhere, right? This was actually a text message between me and Lara the Friday before the race. I am basically telling her I don’t have a chance coming close to my times from previous years.

image image

I finished the first mile and looked down at my watch and I had run an 8:13. That wasn’t too bad and was thinking I would be happy if I could keep that up. I got to mile 2 and looked down and my pace was 7:49–whoa. I was thinking I had to slow down if I didn’t want to burn out. As the race went on, I was feeling good and decided to keep pushing. Mile 3–7:28. I couldn’t believe it! I ended up finishing the race at 26:28–7:34 pace. This actually made it the second fastest time of all 6 times I have run this race. I was pretty pumped. Felt good to know I still had it in me!

image image

Overall, it was a great race for me and a way to kickstart my return to running.

Lara’s Race Recap

For the last couple of years, Ben has been giving me my entry in the Melrose Run for Women’s race as my Mother’s Day gift and I could be happier with that.  There are a lot of gift guides out there for runner’s and always listed is a race entry.  For a runner, this is definitely a win-win gift.

Anyway, I couldn’t have been more excited when Kerry told me that she finally signed up for the race.  Not only was it our first race of 2016 for both of us, but it was our first race in what felt like ages.  Kerry since being pregnant and for me since I got hurt.  I wasn’t going to really run this race hard. I had just done 8 miles the day before and I’m still trying to back into running as a habit.
pre-race mother's day

We had about a week of rain prior to Sunday. I was thinking that we were going to be running in the rain Sunday morning.  But for some reason, that wasn’t going to bother me. I think I was ready for this race.  It turned out to be partially cloudy and a bit breezy.  I was shivering at start time. But once the race started, the sun came out in full force and it got HOT.  For these New England runners, it was a weird feeling running in the sun. We haven’t seen it in ages.  I had to give my jacket to Ben as I ran by.
mother's day jacket

Because it’s a Mother’s Day race, I’m sure you can imagine the large number of children and moms with strollers that are running.  It’s always awesome when you are struggling up a hill and a mom pushing a stroller passes you. Yup – awesome.

Side Note: A race first was that emergency vehicles had to come down the closed street to get to a side street for a call.  All of the runners had to move to the side (obviously) just as if we were cars.

The neighbors on the race course are all out with signs, water, music and cheering.  It’s actually pretty cool to experience.  The hits are always a struggle, but because this was my 4th year (I think. Maybe 5th), I was familiar with the course and knew when hills were coming. Also, another side note to the course spectators, saying “You’re about to go downhill soon” does not help.  The only downhill that matters is the one just before the finish line. 🙂
image

All in all, it was a great race.  I was faster than I expected (not even close to Kerry’s pace though)! But great for my laid-back return to running from injury.  Looking back on the past years, I pretty much run the same time every single year.  I averaged a 9:13/mile for the last 3 years.  I will definitely take it!

Weekend Update-Kerry

Hope everyone had a nice Mother’s Day. I had a great weekend–sad that it is over….

Let’s start with Friday. I decided to pick up my bib for the Mother’s Day Race on my way home from work. For some reason, I was excited when I saw the number. Seemed funny to me.

image

Jay was playing in a golf tournament Friday so I was solo with the kids for dinner. I decided to take them out to get some pizza–well just Jada–Jalen can’t quite eat pizza yet.

image

Once we got home, it was time to chill. I caught up on some reading.

image

Saturday morning I was up bright and early to get my 8 mile run in. I was pretty excited to try out the new bottles I got to go with my Flip Belt.

image

I got 2 of these 6 oz bottles. They fit right in the small hole of the belt and go all the way in. Here I am just showing you how they fit in.

image

It was so lightweight. I really enjoyed running with this as opposed to my other belt with one big water bottle. The run itself was good. I stopped at mile 4 for some Gu. I felt good and I was pretty pumped with my time.

image

I got home and Jay had made pancakes for breakfast–perfect timing!

image

After breakfast it was dance class and grocery shopping. Later in the afternoon, we decided to take a trip to Barnes and Noble. Jada loved all the books and enjoyed some of the activities they had.

image

Sunday started off with a card from my husband. Don’t you just love the homemade card?

image

The kids got up and it was time for breakfast. Jada insisted on getting this cereal yesterday at the store. I have to admit that I really wanted to try some myself.

image

Then it was off to the Mother’s Day race. This was one of the first races I ever ran. In all honesty, I hate the course but it is nostalgic for me so I try to do it when I can. I also like running it because Lara and I typically run it together. This was the first time in awhile that we had run a race together.

image

The race was good. I was totally shocked when I saw the results. I came in 23 out 782–my pace was a 7:34. I have no idea where that came from–but I will take it. This is my 6th time running this race, and this was the second fastest time I have ever run!

image image

After the race, it was out for a well deserved brunch. I have been dying to try this new place. Ben and Lara have gone there a few times and like it so I wanted to give it a try. Plus, I heard they have an awesome bloody mary bar. Before we went out, I had to get a picture with my kiddos.

image

When we got to brunch, I can tell you that I wasn’t disappointed with my Bloody Mary. Take a look at all the fixings they had.

image image

image

So yummy! I ordered Bananas Foster French Toast. It had peanut butter mousse and salted caramel sauce. It was so good.

image

I was in a total food coma once I was done. We went home and just hung out for the rest of the afternoon. I even got a nap in!!!

Hope everyone had a good weekend!!

 

Weekend Update – Mother’s Day and the first race of 2016

Hope all the mom’s reading had a wonderful Mother’s Day yesterday and were treated as special as you so very much deserve!

I’m hoping that this Monday is the start of a week that doesn’t involve anymore rain. Seriously… I’m starting to think an ark might be necessary if it rains one more day.

Besides rain, here’s a recap of what the weekend brought.

But first, I need to show you these adorable mini tacos served on lime wedges. They were served at my work for a retirement party that was on Cinco de Mayo.  They were seriously adorable and delicious.

image

Friday morning I woke up to our sleeper sofa chilling on its side in my kitchen.  It wasn’t a prank. Ben and I did it the night before because we were expecting our new living room couch to arrive. We didn’t want to get this couch all settled in a new spot in case the new couch couldn’t make its way in.  We had to sell our old couch because we couldn’t fit it so we were hoping for the best but expecting the worst. (No worries. It fit after it made its way through the window but I have no pictures to share.)image

Ben and I were up super early Friday morning to take advantage of the dry weather and went for a run around the lake.  Fortunate for me that he is faster because I can always expect him to be camera ready when he sees me to get an action shot for the blog.image

Your supposed to be able to see that the petals on the ground are pink and everything was matchy.image

I’ve mentioned it in the past, but here’s further proof that my husband cannot pass up anything S’mores flavored.  This weekend he found M&Ms and ice cream sandwiches.  Not shown, but purchased and eaten earlier in the week were Klondike bars.image

After a super lazy start to Saturday morning, I got my butt in gear and worked on 8 miles.  My run mantra for the morning was to forget pace and just let the legs do their thing.  It actually kind of worked.  I might not have been fast, but my legs easily took me for 8 miles without complaint.image

Anyone else sweat in the most unfortunate places?image

I totally thought my picture was much better when I took it. But my ankle is filthy from my opposite heal kicking it.  Even though I thought my legs were doing ok, I guess they still got a little tired.  And here’s the proof.
image

We hit up the local running store to pick up my race packet.  While I was there, I took advantage of their services to see if I was wearing the right shoes for me.  My feet swell so much after long runs. I’m starting to get nervous about the state of my feet in my current shoes once my miles start getting over 13.  image

Our office is finally in order! Ben and I spent some time putting our new desk together.  We have no more random boxes hanging around the place anymore! Such a huge accomplishment!image

My mother’s day gift from Ben this year (and last) was an entry in the local mother’s day race.  Kerry has been running it for years and got me hooked on it.  It’s really not the most desirable course because of the hills, but its seems like such an important tradition now.
image

It’s been ages since we were in a race together. And this was our first race of the year!! It felt really good to be back out there again.  I missed the race atmosphere.image

Mimosas at moms for the win! We headed there after the race for a bit of brunch.
image

And some animal snuggles.image

The rest of the day was extremely low key.  Read: sitting on the couch watching tv for hours.  I’d say it was a good way to spend mother’s day.

And I got the most thoughtful godmother’s gift from Kerry and Jada.  This MantraBand says “She Believed She Could, So She Did” to help get me started on my road to 26.2  I’m still terrified but grateful that I have such an awesome group of people to support me through the next few months.image

How did you spend your Mother’s Day?