Pictures that make me smile.

So, I’ve had a rough couple of weeks.  I know that everybody is going through something (and nobody comes here to read about a Debbie Downer), so I’m just going to share some pictures that make me happy.  🙂 I hope they make you smile too!

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Thursday Thoughts!

TGI almost F. Anybody else really happy it’s almost the weekend?

How about some random, thought provoking, incredibly insightful thoughts/things for this Thursday?

1.  My Uncle Gren took this picture when we visited a few weeks ago.  He said she is going to break some hearts one day…and he is right.  ❤

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2. This lovely gem was taken during my junior or senior year of high school. My friend Jessica and I beat the boys playing basketball, so we got our pictures taken with these homemade (wrestling) belts. I hope Dave D., John, and Dave H. aren’t still mad about it. 🙂
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3.  So, this is a picture of my hand from this morning.  My hands are so dry that they are cracking and bleeding everywhere.  I put lotion on all day long and this still happens.  They are much worse tonight…so bad that I cannot bend them to make fists.  C’mon Summer time…

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4. The windows in our house aren’t the greatest. The wind is so strong that I can hear it whistling through the baby monitor in Annabelle’s room. Don’t worry Mom and Dad, the heater is keeping her warm. 🙂

5. Panera Bread just sounded like the right thing to do for dinner tonight. Classic salad with chicken and broccoli cheddar soup for the win. I had big plans for me and Annabelle to go get fro yo in our PJs, but she was ready to sleep before we had the chance.

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6. I’ve been really busy at work for the past few months. While I am more stressed than I have been in a while, I actually feel like I have a real purpose now…and I like that.

7.  I LOVE that Annabelle’s hair is long enough for this cute high ponytail.  Hydrating like a champ.
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8. I’m about to eat some chocolate and watch some trashy TV (read:  Dance Moms).  If you put all the drama aside, I really just like to watch the dancing.  Fun Fact:  I was a baton twirler back in the day and I love watching all types of choreography.

9.  I’m in a running slump of sorts.  It’s been REALLY cold lately and running outside has been a challenge.  Along with the ice and snow, it’s just been hard to get in quality runs.  I don’t mind the treadmill if I’m doing speed work, but man is it hard to do long runs on that thing.  CONFESSION:  The closer it gets to Boston and the more I read about others training for it, the more jealous/bitter/sad I get.  Ok, it’s not that bad.  But I am definitely bummed that I won’t be there this year even though I made the cut.

10.  I can’t wait to finish up work for the week and spend Friday night with Chris, Annabelle, and Molly.  🙂

Tell me one of your happy thoughts for today!

Favorite trashy TV show?

Who is running Boston?  Never mind, don’t answer this one.  😉

Sentence per picture.

This is been a very busy work week and I’m so ready for the weekend! Since I’m exhausted, here’s a lazy (but thrilling) post. 🙂

Yesterday’s yummy breakfast.

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Last night (and tonight’s) dinner. I really love BBQ chicken pizza.

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Last night (and tonight’s and every other night) dessert. I just can’t stop dessert…I need an intervention.

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My favorite little girl. ❤

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Face mask…I just realized this is still on and it’s been on for way too long.

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Snow day for Annabelle and Molly!

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Enjoy your Friday!

A long, hot, steamy shower…

…is the only way I warm up after a cold winter run. 😉

I didn’t head out until close to 2 pm today and I didn’t really have a plan or a set number of miles in mind. It was so warm out (read: 30 degrees) and perfect running weather. Well, almost perfect…we had some wind, but it wasn’t bad unless I was in the shade.

I started off with a little over a mile warmup and then headed to a hilly neighborhood to do some hill work. I did 6 hill repeats and it was TOUGH. PS I ran up each hill as fast as I could and then did an easy jog back down. I really wanted to do 10 hill repeats, but I only had the energy for 6.

I continued my run and ended up with 10 glorious miles. I even met a nice man walking his dog and we talked running and races. He suggested the Disney races and I think I’ll have to do the Dopey Challenge next year. 🙂

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After a long hot shower, I downed a salad and pizza. I will def eat some dessert later.
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Baby Update: Annabelle went to bed at 8:30 and only cried for 10 MINUTES! She was asleep by 8:45 and slept until 7:30. It was a miracle!!!! Day 3 of no bottle has also been a success. She even ate 3 decent meals today. 🙂 I’m a happy mama.

If you need me, I’ll be spending the evening on the couch. Enjoy the rest of your weekend!

What was the favorite part of your weekend?

I’m a marathon runner…Annabelle is a marathon cryer.

Hey guys! Thanks for all of your comments and encouragement on my last post. 🙂 Here’s how the first two days have gone…

Day 1

– We took away the bottle and only gave her milk in a sippy cup. (She’s been drinking water out of a sippy cup for a long time, but was hooked on the milk/bottle combo).

Back in her glory days.

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– She asked for her “bobble” pretty often, but I showed her that her cup was way cooler and she would forget about it for a while…until the next time she asked for it.

– She ate more dinner because she wasn’t so full on milk.

– She went to bed at her normal time without too much difficulty.

– She woke up at 10 and continued to cry for a very, very long time. We went in a few times to console her, but she got upset every time we put her back in her crib. She finally gave up and went to sleep at 1:30 am and slept until 9. She woke up very happy and did not seem to hate us for it. 🙂

Day 2

– Happy baby!

– She was well behaved at breakfast and she ate a bunch of pancakes.

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– She still asked for her bottle, but she started asking for her cup by the end of the day.

– She cried when I put her to bed, but she only cried for 10 minutes. Hallelujah! Fingers crossed that she sleeps all night!

I must say, I’m very surprised at how well she is doing. Her behavior was even better today…maybe because she got a good night of sleep in her crib all night (after lots of crying :-()and ate more food instead of milk? I don’t know, but it was awesome. My only concern is that she isn’t drinking very much milk now. How much should she be drinking?
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What else did we do today?

– went out to breakfast
– went to Target
– my friends Matt and Kirstyn and their adorable baby came over this afternoon…we ate and watched the Ravens game (sigh) and then this happened. She has been my dessert soul sister since 2004.

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Today was a rest/eat too much day, so I can’t wait for a long run tomorrow!

What is on your agenda for tomorrow?

Best part about your day today?

PS The wordpress app changed and I can’t figure out the bold and italic settings. Therefore, please forgive the don’t randomness going on.

A fridge full of candy and my toddler is OUT OF CONTROL.

Happy Friday! I don’t know about you guys, but I could really use a glass of wine and a pint of Ben and Jerry’s.

It’s a list kind of day…

1. I’m actually SUPER busy at work and I am not used to such things! Things should slow down once January is over…I hope.

2. Our refrigerator doesn’t have much in it, but we have enough Christmas candy to get us through the zombie apocalypse.

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3. I ran with Jeanette yesterday! She had an accident and has been recovering for a month. It was so great to enjoy a (treadmill) run with her.

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I ran 6 miles and it was a tough one.

Mile 1 9:13-8:35 pace
Mile 2 8:00 pace
Mile 3 7:47 pace
Mile 4 7:41 pace
Mile 5 7:35 pace
Mile 6 8:35 pace

4. We discovered an indoor play place close to our house. We will be spending the entire winter here because Annabelle loved it and it tired her out.

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5. Speaking of Annabelle…wow, this week has been a struggle. She will be 2 on Tuesday (I still can’t believe it.) and she is in a very difficult stage. I blame us for some things that we didn’t end before they started, but we def have a few rough weeks ahead as we try to change some behaviors. Parenting is hard, very rewarding, but hard.

She fell asleep leaning against the window yesterday afternoon. 🙂

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6. She still loves selfies.

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7. Working from home = Chris brings me breakfast. 🙂

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8. Go Ravens! I can’t wait for tomorrow!

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9. I want to go to dinner and a movie. I haven’t been to a movie since last November (like November 2013). A date night is much needed.

10. I miss them.

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On a scale from 1 to 10, how has your week been?

Moms…any encouraging words would be great. This toddler stage is tough!

Wednesday: Work, workout, what I ate

Good afternoon! Yesterday was another normal day in the neighborhood…a very rainy neighborhood.

My alarm went off at 5, I drove to work, and began work before 7 am.

Breakfast included oatmeal and a banana and my new obsession…hot tea!

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My workout was an X-Fit class at my work gym and it was a killer. Lots of squats, high knees, burpees, push ups, and about 15 minutes of AB work.

Lunch was leftovers from Tuesday night’s dinner…chicken, peas, and sweet potato tots.

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After a very rainy two hour commute home, I made a salad for dinner. Spinach was the base layer and I added peas, sweet potato tots, carrots, cheese, a veggie burger, and guacamole. I also snacked on some Wheat Thins. This flavor is amazing!

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Annabelle and I snuggled/wrestled on the couch for a bit and watched Sesame Street before she went to bed. She is going into a little biting stage and her teeth are so sharp! Anybody else have a 21 month old who is doing this???

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Once AB was down for the night, I enjoyed some oatmeal chocolate chip cookies that I bought at a bake sale today.

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I also booked a flight to visit these guys in December! I can’t wait!!

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(Lauren and Rob (my #1 fan))

I hope you are having a great Thursday! It’s almost the weekend!

What time do you get up?

How long is your commute to work?

Any parents that can help me with the biting thing????

Ahoy Baby Kane!

My BFF Lauren is having a baby! We’ve been friends for 23 years and it’s so fun to be experiencing all of life’s milestones (graduations, weddings, and now babies!) with her and the other members of our BFFs club. 🙂

Last Saturday, we (Kate, Amber, Kristie, Lauren’s parents, and me) threw a nautical themed baby shower for Lauren and Rob. It was a ton of fun and I loved getting to see everybody. Picture time!

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19 incredible months!

Yup, Annabelle is now 19 months old! How in the world did she get so old so fast?!?!?

We celebrated her 19 months of life with a trip to the playground. It was a gorgeous night with low humidity and a nice breeze. Our weather has been crazy this summer…it def doesn’t feel like August.

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AB prefers to slide down on her stomach and she has no fear. She will go for any slide, no matter how steep.

Favorite Things:

Sesame Street! She loves to watch Sesame Street and her favorite toys and books are Sesame Street. I think we need to take a trip to Sesame Place. 🙂

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The beach! She loves to run in the water and chase seagulls.

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Running, climbing on the couch, making a mess, etc. She is always on the move and rarely sits still!

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Favorite Foods:

Goldfish…all day everyday.

Fruit…blueberries, grapes, strawberries.

Veggies…cucumbers. She eats any veggie puréed, but doesn’t like them in regular form just yet. :-/

Chicken nuggets and Grilled cheese…when she is in the mood

Milk! She still LOVES her milk!

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Vocabulary!

Mommy
Dada
Doggie
Poppy (what she calls my dad)
Poopy
Peepee
Baby
Stay
Knee
Mole (LOL, yes)

I look forward to what she will learn to say and do next! ❤

Moms, when did your little one really start talking?

Any tips to get kids to eat veggies?

Falling asleep in her chicken nuggets.

Annabelle was pretty clingy and cranky when I got home from work today. I could tell that her nose was a little stuffy (and that whole teething thing is still going strong), but she seemed ok. She was in her high chair eating her dinner and the next thing I knew, she was snoozing. PS this was at 6:30 pm.

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I let her sleep for a little while…I ate dinner and did the dishes. She woke up as I was getting her out of the chair and she was not happy about it. After a quick bath, she was asleep in her crib by 7:30. Poor baby, I hope she feels better tomorrow. 🙂

AB hasn’t gone to bed this early for a long time, so I wasn’t really sure what to do with this extra time. This is how I spent my evening:

– played with Molly outside (I took the baby monitor with me and we were just right out front)

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– FOAM ROLLED! I have some major soreness in both butt cheeks and this was a very painful rolling session.

– Big Brother! Double eviction night was crazy!

– Watched the Orioles win!
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Random food pictures (I know you have been waiting for these!)

Snack time! Vanilla Greek yogurt with fresh raspberries. So, so good. I don’t like raspberrie flavored things, but I like the actual fruit.

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Dinner time! Spinach and cheese ravioli with carrots and asparagus on the side.

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Oh yea…I ran today too. Shocker, I know :-). I did a 5 mile treadmill run with an average pace of 8:12. My left hamstring/butt is starting to make trouble, so hopefully the foam rolling will help.

Almost the weekend!

Have you ever fallen asleep at the dinner table?. Yes! I think it was at a Bennigans!

Favorite yogurt flavor and mix-in? Strawberry and granola!