Happy 2nd Birthday Annabelle!!!

Tuesday was Annabelle’s second birthday! I can’t believe we’ve had the pleasure of knowing her for 2 years already!

The day she was born πŸ™‚

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One year old!

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2 years old!

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We celebrated with a small party complete with presents and cake and ice cream! PS I’ve been enjoying cake every night this week. πŸ™‚

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We love her so much and we can’t wait to see how she grows this year. πŸ™‚

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. πŸ™‚

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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 purΓ©ed, 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?

That time I ran my first 50k!

On July 20, 2014 I turned 32 years old. What’s the best way to celebrate a birthday? Running a 50k trail race and becoming an ultra runner. πŸ™‚

Jeanette (my partner in crime) and I decided that since we were already trained for the marathon distance, we might as well go to the next step and try a 50k. FYI: trail running is so beautiful but very different from road running. Our pace is significantly slower on the trails and our goal for this race was simply to finish.
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My alarm went off at 3:20 am and it was a little rough getting out of my nice warm bed when the rest of the world was sound asleep. I hit up the local gas station for some much needed caffeine and drove to Jeanette’s house. We then drove an hour to Upper Marlboro, MD to run the Rosaryville 50k. It was a beautiful morning…way cooler than our usual late July temperatures.

The before picture. Frank and Meg joined in on the fun and rocked the 10 miler.

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The 50k was three 10 mile loops and the course was great. It was fun to run in a new place and challenge my body in a way it had never been challenged before.

The Ups and the Downs:

1. The scenery was beautiful.

2. The first 10 miles felt SO LONG and I got really scared that I wouldn’t be able to finish.

3. Animal crackers are my new favorite “fuel”. Stauffer’s brand all the way.

4. The volunteers were awesome and the aid stations were stocked with supplies and food. They were so nice and refilled our water bottles at each stop.

5. Jeanette is an awesome running partner and she keeps me going when I want to stop.

6. Jeanette had an entire aid station sing me happy birthday as I ran in. I really needed a pick me up and it made my day. πŸ™‚

7. I fell 3 times… Fall #1: not too bad, just some dirt. Fall #2: bad, so bad, blood, bruises, confidence crushed. Fall #3: rubbed more dirt in my wounds and my right knee was screaming.

8. At around mile 25 I took a cup of what I thought was Gatorade and chugged it. It tasted so wonderful and sugary…because it was Mountain Dew. I loved it.

9. Once Jeanette saw that we could make it under 6 hours, she made it our mission.

10. We finished in 5:55:06 and it felt amazing to be done.

Will we do another one? We might just have one planned for November. πŸ™‚

The medal!

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Happy, pretty dry, and still clean after loop 1. πŸ™‚

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Before and after pictures.

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Dirty, bloody, bruised, and patched up with Sesame Street Bandaids. πŸ™‚

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I spent the rest of my bday heading on vacation, eating McDonalds fries, and enjoying a huge Dairy Queen blizzard. πŸ™‚

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50k, we will see you again soon!

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Three things…

1. I’m running my first 50k tomorrow! Here’s hoping to becoming an Ultra runner tomorrow!

2. I had my first Stitch Fix today and I LOVED everything!

3. I’m turning 32 tomorrow (Sunday)!

See you from the finish line!

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Fun Things Friday!

Happy Friday!!!

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1. It’s only 9 days until my birthday…and my 50k race.

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2. It’s only one week until our family beach vacation. Throwback to July 2013. πŸ™‚

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3. Marathon training…again. I really hope I can pull off a BQ in September!

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4. Fresh fruit! I am in LOVE with strawberries. When I was little, my family went to Sizzler on Easter and I would get plates full of just strawberries. Not sure why or how I remember this…

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5. It’s 7-11, so make sure to get your free Slurpee. We don’t have 7-11s where I live…anybody else in the same boat? It’s also “dress like a cow” for a free meal day at Chic Fil A.

Tell me something fun about your Friday!

Slurpee or milkshake?

The best mom in the world just had a birthday!

My mom’s birthday was on Monday! Doesn’t she look really good for 40? πŸ˜‰

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We started the celebration on Sunday with lunch at Friendly Farms. This place is awesome…I had a crab cake and fried shrimp and the table shares a bunch of all you can eat sides.

My Aunt Janice (my mom’s sister) and my Uncle Gren were nice enough to come and surprise my mom. πŸ™‚

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Feeding the ducks!

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Love her.

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Me, Annabelle, and Poppy ❀

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We continued the festivities on Monday and my mom and I enjoyed dinner…and lots of cake! Chocolate cake with whipped frosting to be exact.

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My bowl of cake AND ice cream. :-))

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She really is my best friend and the best example of a truly amazing mom.

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Favorite cake flavor?

Any other April birthdays?

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. πŸ™‚

Annabelle and I went for a 6 mile run on Saturday morning…this happened during mile 5.Β  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.Β  Annabelle was riding the dog (Abbey)Β like a horse…which is frowned upon in this establishment!Β  LOL

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Annabelle’s “game face”.Β  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.Β  Annabelle giving Nick kisses…or trying to eat his face.Β  ❀

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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).Β  We ate dinner at Andy Nelson’s and then ate ice cream cake and cookies while watching Homeland.Β  Thanks for the cookies Marissa!

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

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Ice cream cake or regular cake?

 

My weekend in pictures!

Lunch at Panera Bread with Marissa. I ordered the new roasted turkey and wheat berry salad.

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Mani/pedi with my mom πŸ™‚

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Annabelle’s “Popeye” face ❀

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Pizza for dinner! FACT: If you put veggies on pizza, it makes it super healthy.

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10 miler PR! I finished in first place…out of 4 people!

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Pumpkin Spice Bagels…umm, yes please.

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Ravens game!

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Cuban party for Kirstyn’s bday! The food was amazing! Here is a picture of her planking on her old car. LOL. Remember when planking was the in thing to do?

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What was the best part of your weekend??

A home cooked meal and watch out for your face.

Yesterday’s run was an easy 6.3 miles. It didn’t feel all that easy because it was still a gazillion degrees out.


We finished just in time because a storm was rolling in. BTW, I downloaded the Map My Run+ app and it’s awesome because it has an embedded camera. πŸ™‚

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After work, I made a home cooked meal for my mom. Ok, it was nothing fancy but it was healthy and delicious. We had grilled chicken, sweet potato tots, and brussels sprouts.

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Annabelle had pumpkin and banana with some oatmeal mixed in. However, she prefers to eat your face if you get close enough. πŸ™‚

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She loves her Grandses. PS someone is turning 8 months old today!

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What was the last meal you made?
What are your Friday night plans?

My Weekend in Pictures!

Saturday morning breakfast=eggs and toast with sunflower butter.

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New socks and an injury free glorious run!

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Just because πŸ™‚

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Walk on the trail with Chris and AB

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The dude on the bike kept photo bombing my pictures of the train.

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Happy 30th Birthday Dana!

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Annabelle can’t crawl, so she rolls to get around!

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What was the best part of your weekend?