Family Vacation 2014: Ocean City, MD

Last week we spent 5 glorious days in Ocean City, MD. I love the beach and seafood and ice cream, so I was one happy camper. :-).

Playground fun!

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Breakfast at Dumser’s!

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Beach Fun!

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Food!

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QT with my family. 🙂

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SUP (stand up paddle boarding) – my first time!

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Liz, thank you for the awesome pictures. Here’s two of my favorites. ❤

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Great vacation and I can’t wait to go back. 🙂

A weekend at the shore.

Hi everyone. I hope you had a great weekend and wonderful start to your week. I’ve missed you terribly, but I have a lot going on over here and I’m having a hard time finding the time and motivation to post. With that said, I really love documenting my life and posting a million pictures of running stuff and baby Annabelle. So please keep checking in. 🙂

On Friday evening, Annabelle and I headed to the beach with my cousin Carrie (Chris was working and headed down on Saturday morning). We stopped at a Cracker Barrel for dinner and right as we were finishing a couple sat at the table behind us. AB started crying and reaching towards the table and I couldn’t figure out why. But then, I noticed that the man sitting at the table was wearing an orange Oriole’s shirt. Chris wears an Oriole’s shirt almost everyday during the summer and poor Annabelle thought he was daddy. She ran up to him wanting him to pick her up and I just couldn’t help but laugh. He picked her up and she stopped crying immediately. I couldn’t pass up this photo opportunity…he was a really good sport about it. 🙂

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Annabelle absolutely loved the ocean and she giggled as soon as we walked onto the beach. She is def a beach girl just like her Mommy, Grandses, and cousin. 🙂

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We ate a lot of good food (crabcakes, pizza, ice cream sundaes), but I only managed to take a picture of my freshly made, still warm doughnut. I paired it with some strawberries to make it “healthy”.

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I did manage to squeeze in two pretty decent runs around the park on Sunday and Monday morning. While my pace was pretty fast (for me), I felt like I was running a 5 minute mile. I feel like I have lost a lot of fitness since the marathon.

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My knee is still not great, but it only hurts during part of my runs and doesn’t hurt when I stop running. I’ve become best friends with the foam roller to try and make it better.

Annabelle enjoyed some playground time while I ran. She is really liking the playground these days. 🙂

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I can’t wait to take her back to the beach when the water (and air) is a bit warmer!

Beach…love it or hate it?

What’s the best vacation you have ever been on?

Chris’ Birthday Beach Weekend!

On Friday night, we headed down to Ocean City for the weekend. Chris’ birthday was yesterday, so we decided to spend his bday weekend at the beach. 🙂

Annabelle and I went for a 6 mile run on Saturday morning…this happened during mile 5.  BTW, she held onto that toy the entire time.

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We went over to Nick and Kim’s place on Saturday evening to celebrate Nick’s bday which was on Sunday.  Annabelle was riding the dog (Abbey) like a horse…which is frowned upon in this establishment!  LOL

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Annabelle’s “game face”.  She looks like she was smelling a poor Raven’s performance coming…

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Watching the game at Harpoon Hannahs which is one of our favorite spots.  Annabelle giving Nick kisses…or trying to eat his face.  ❤

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She fought hard, but fell asleep during the second quarter.

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Fast forward to Monday night (Chris’ actual bday).  We ate dinner at Andy Nelson’s and then ate ice cream cake and cookies while watching Homeland.  Thanks for the cookies Marissa!

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Molly stayed at the kennel and had doggy daycare while we were at the beach.  She was exhausted and didn’t leave the bed the entire night.

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Ice cream cake or regular cake?

 

3 W’s: Workouts, Weekend, and Way too much food!

I hope everyone had a great Labor Day weekend!  Here is a photo recap of my beach weekend.  🙂

Workouts

Friday:  X-Fit Class during lunch.  The class consisted of a bunch of dead lifts along with a sprinting exercise and abs.  This is my cousin Carrie (also known as CK) doing some dead lifts.

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Saturday:  Does carrying around an 18 pound baby and dragging a beach cart through the sand count?  Yes, I think so!

Sunday:  6.02 mile progression run…well almost.  Duration 46:33, overall pace 7:43

Mile1 8:23

Mile 2 7:43

Mile 3 7:39

Mile 4 7:26

Mile 5 7:29

Mile 6 7:25

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Monday:  3.5 easy miles on the beach (I have a few blisters on the bottom of my right foot from running in the sand…at least my feet are very exfoliated.)

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Weekend!

Annabelle just hanging out and showing off her thighs.

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AB on the beach with Aunt Sarah.

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Rocking a high chair like a champ.

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Mom and AB took a 3.5 mile walk around the park.

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Sunset walk around the park.

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The view from our dinner table at Sunset Grill.

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Yup, another picture of me looking like I have no hair…

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Way too much food!

Breakfast at Dumser’s

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Impulse grocery store buy 🙂

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Salmon, mashed potatoes, and broccoli

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My mom’s soft crab sandwich…yup, you eat the whole thing!

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Peanut butter pie in a mason jar.  It was layers of peanut butter mousse and crushed oreos…it was heaven.

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What was the best part of your weekend?  Did you eat anything especially good?

Ocean City 2013: AB’s first beach trip!

Last week was awesome…fun in the sun, good food, naps, and spending time with my family. Here is a photo recap of our week!

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Annabelle loved being on the beach and she took long naps all week :-). The water was a bit cold for her liking, but she tolerated it for a few minutes. We let her sit in the sand one day and it took about 2 seconds for her hands to go in the sand and then in her mouth.

Have you taken a summer vacation yet? Where did you go?

Best Birthday Ever.

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Chris and Annabelle got me the best bday present ever…professional baby portraits. They turned out great and I can’t wait to finally decorate my office cubicle with lots of pictures. 🙂

Yesterday, I celebrated my 31st birthday. It was definitely my best birthday ever and it has a little something to do with this little girl.

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We got up bright and early (after 4 hours of sleep) and headed to the beach! The traffic was pretty bad, so we made a stop for breakfast. I know this will surprise some of you, but we stopped at Cracker Barrel. 🙂 The highlight of breakfast…AB sat in a high hair for the first time!

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Once we got settled in the condo we are renting, we headed to dinner. I enjoyed a margarita and a salad with chicken, black bean and corn salsa, tomato, avocado, cheese, and chipotle ranch dressing.

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My awesome friends Matt and Kirstyn came down for the night and they hooked me up with this ice cream cake :-). I am so excited to have the leftovers tonight.

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30 was a great year and I can’t wait to see what year 31 brings!

What is the best birthday present you have ever gotten?