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Today, I’m linking up for the first time with Running with Spoons for Thinking Out Loud Thursday!  Here it goes…


1.  Yesterday Parks was all about sticking out her tongue.  I’d stick mine out at her and she’d stick hers out right back at me – it’s hilarious.

IMG_37482.  I’ve eaten waaaaaayyy too much sugar in the past 2 weeks.  Between christmas cookies, fancy coffee drinks and just about anything else I think I’m on a constant sugar high.  I think it’s about time for some sort of cleanse or something (I actually have never done one of these or really know what it is but I’ll let you know if I actually do it and how it goes)

3.  I also haven’t run since bald head, my knee feels fine but with all the snow it’s been more difficult to find an opportunity.  We don’t have many shoveled paths here and I’m not quiet comfortable running the roads with a baby jogger and ice.  A gym membership is sounding more and more appealing (santa?  are you reading? please?)

4. Every day Parker and I try to go over the Christmas story.  We’ve read a few books, played with the kids version of youversion, and played extensively with her own nativity scene.  Parks would tell you her favorite “character” is the angel, and she’s not quiet sure why everyone always wants to be inside the stable, when obviously it’s more fun to be on top of it:)


5. This is our new favorite game

6.  I’m in a slightly grumpy mood today.  I shouldn’t be, it was in actuality a pretty good day – it stinks how sometimes 1 thing can just overtake your mood right?  I really need to run…


Are you dealing with a holiday sugar high?  Tips to beat it?

What gets you out of a grumpy funk?



One of my favorite things to do on vacation is exercise. I feel like there’s nothing more mentally and physically relaxing than working hard and eating hard in someplace where my cleaning, work and other responsibilities are low.

This vacation was no exception. We got in on Wednesday afternoon and because parker had had a cold I hadn’t run in a week. So we unloaded and I laced up my running shoes to go for a quick 4 miles. It was the perfect remedy after being in the car for 9 hours.

The next morning I decided to take advantage of my opportunity to run solo and ran the outskirts of the entire island. I was pretty excited to see a steady sub 8:50 pace, especially when I got a little lost and ended up doing an extra mile bringing my total to 8.

The next day I convinced my sisters and dad to do the same route with me. We started all together, then after a mile my dad and I broke off and sped up a bit. Now something you need to know about my dad – he is the only person I know who is more competitive than I am. And he runs most of his miles on a treadmill, which equates to an extremely steady pacing partner. After our slow first mile, the next 3 with him at around 8:10 felt good. Right before a pretty big hill he turned back to check on his girlfriend and my sisters. I was a but worried that the loss of my partner would have a negative impact on my speed and I was right (well kinda) because I managed to easily run the next 3 faster than the 3 I did with him! I cannot remember the last time I negative split, and finished with my fastest mile of the run(this time I didn’t get lost so I finished at exactly 7 miles)

Now rewinding to my first 8 mile run. I haven’t run more than 4 miles in probably 2 months. afterwards I felt a slight tinge in my knee but obviously ignored it to go back out for my 7 mile run. But let me tell you by the end of that 7 miles, my knee was killing me. At this point the smart thing would be to call it a week, proud of my 3 very successful runs. Cue Saturday when my determined (read stubborn) self ran straight to stupid. I wanted to make the most of my time so I went for a 4 mile run. I ran slow, but boy was it painful. Add to that 2 mile plus beach walks and a 2 mile round trip walk to the local coffee shop and you’ve gone from stupid to complete idiot(and obviously these are all words that I’ll insist my daughter not use haha).

After my run, as I was telling Andrew about how I shouldn’t have done that blah blah blah he asked the simple “well why did you then?” question. To which I answered, because I love to, because it was awesome, because I can. And so while my decisions seem to have quickly gone from determined to stubborn to stupid – I’m going to remain pumped that I made those decisions and pushed myself a bit too far this time. I’ll enjoy these few days of recovery, ready and knowing how fast and far I can go when I’m back:)
when was the last time you pushed yourself too far too fast?

Do you like to exercise on vacation?

Where is your next vacation going to be to?


Happy Thanksgiving!  After an amazing 8 mile run this morning, my day has been spent doing a crazy amount of cooking, with a beach walk and some much needed down time.  I thought about doing a list of things I’m thankful for (since I totally am not together enough to post one thing every day for the entire month of November) but I’m not feeling it today, plus you all like pictures better so I figured I’d share some pictures of things I’m thankful for (obviously not all-inclusive, you can’t take a picture of everything!)  Hope you have an awesome Thanksgiving!

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Brrr…. The temperature here dropped like 20 degrees overnight. And then the wind decided to join the party- I wasn’t prepared for this…

Despite the chilly weather, Parker and I still made it out for a run. Of course we had to make sure she was all bundled up first:)


Apparently this guy didn’t get the memo


Other than our run, we didn’t venture out too much. I spent Parker’s nap working on painting her crib(more details to come) on the porch so I got my fair share of fresh air.

As the weather gets colder, I find it harder and harder to venture outside. I hate staying inside all day but also
hate being cold…

To combat the cold, I made myself a nice decaf latte post dinner. Nothing like some warm coffee to take the chill off things.


how do you keep warm in the winter?

Any ideas on how to motivate yourself to brave the cold?

What are some outdoor activities you enjoy in winter?


This one trying to shove a million veggie sticks in her mouth all at the same time.

These cookies. I picked up a bag of peanut butter and milk chocolate chips this week and made a batch of chocolate chip cookies. Now my cookies are usually pretty good, but these were he best I’ve ever had – definitely try these chips. Ahmazing

Two quick runs. Life got in the way this week and running just didn’t work out. I managed to squeeze in a quick one on Friday (I had exactly 15 minutes otherwise we wouldn’t make it in time for Starbucks holiday buy one get one). It wasn’t long, but it felt good to be speedy again.

Tired pups. Our fence was FINALLY finished this week (it’s been a long process) and we can now leave them our without worrying. They love spending hours outside nosing around in the yard. And I love how tired they are when they are done!

Old family photos.

New family photos! I’ll share more with you tomorrow, still having too much fun going through them right now:)

what was one of you week highlights? What are you looking forward to this week?

Lately, I’ve been getting a number of “well that’s very ambitious…” (read: she’s totally crazy) comments.  I guess I like to live in the wild side since I:

  • run with a baby jogger.  I don’t just run with my baby, I try to run at a decent pace (I’m still working on getting back up to speed) and I run anywhere and everywhere I can with her.  I love not only how strong I feel after completing a run while pushing that stroller, but also that I am getting the opportunity to share my love of running with my daughter.  She absolutely loves going on runs, and I hope it’ll stay that way!  Plus it’s always nice to have a running partner:)


  • walk my dogs.  On second thought, this one might be a little crazy.  I try to walk the dogs in the afternoon when Parker and I are home.  Which means I strap my baby to my back (love my Ergo carrier!) and leash up my two slightly large dogs (who may or may not weigh more than I do…)  They’re not always the best behaved, but we’ve done pretty well so far and they need to get out of the house (as do I!)

(I’d totally post a picture of this, because I think you’d enjoy it but I kinda have my hands full haha – instead you’ll have to deal with this cute picture of them snuggling)


  • use cloth diapers.  (Which I absolutely love!)  #1 They’re way cuter than disposable, #2 They don’t end up in a landfill and #3 I can’t even start on how much money we’re saving every month.  Add the savings of  using cloth wipes (they smell good, are larger than disposable, and don’t contain any harsh chemicals) and you’ve got one happy baby


  • am still breastfeeding. Somehow, I’ve managed to have 3 cases of mastitis (don’t google it unless you want to be slightly disturbed) but just know it’s not pleasant. But we’ve stuck with it and are still going strong:)
  • would love to have a few more kids. I come from a large family – the oldest of 6 and loved every most minutes of it. Granted I’m not ready to have 16 and counting, but I’d love to have 4!


I’m sure people think I’m crazy for a lot more reasons (I’m overly competitive, a total brand freak and love the song “roar” by Katy Perry to name a few). What do you do that other people find just a little bit “ambitious”?

I know. You already think I’m crazy, but I honestly do love running hills.

Today I went on my run (solo!) and despite being totally sore from yesterday’s workout managed to pull out a little over 6 miles at 8:30 pace. As I finished up mile 4 I came upon a hill. There were 2 young guys a ways ahead of me but I used the hill as an opportunity to significantly close the gap (they obviously knew I was racing them – don’t you race every single person you see while out on a run?).

I love hills because they give you a chance to dig deep, they’re never as easy as you think they’ll be, they’re always an opportunity to close the gap and you always come out feeling stronger.

I didn’t always love hills. I used to just tolerate them. Then came an itb injury and a summer vacation to Maine (which in case you didn’t know is basically one huge mountain). My doctor cleared me for running as long as the pain didn’t increase as I went. Everyone in my family was running this 5 mile course everyday of vacation, and being the competitive person I am (surprised right?) I was obviously going to do it to (and do it faster to boot). I realized fairly quickly that my itb would hurt the entire run except when I was going uphill. As the week progressed I started looking forward to the hills and really started to lean in and run them right.

And I haven’t looked back. My itb no longer constantly hurts while running(granted I still deal with the typical runner itb issues) but I still love the hills. I love to lean in, dig deep and conquer something that so many others dread. (Granted I’m not totally crazy – there are some hills that even I dread, you have to keep it real)

Ok. So that was a lot of words and no pictures. Epically sad. To make this post a bit more interesting I’m gonna leave you with this picture #babyinabox



So you know that dog from the movie “Up” who was totally engaged in a conversation and then would see a squirrel and totally change the subject? Well that’s what this post is going to be like. I feel like there’s a million different things to say and none of them are really related so here it goes:

1. I like lists (thus why this is going to be written in list format haha)

2. I’m hoping to get up before parks and Andrew tomorrow so I can go on a 6 mile run by myself- wish me luck:)

3. Still can’t get over how cute this one looked in her Halloween costume. I’m thinking we need a few more excuses to dress her up before she grows out of it


4. Red cups are back at Starbucks. Totally made my day (plus the fact that I could get Starbucks since I had a coupon for a free drink!)


5. Still on a popcorn kick. I love that stuff

6. Today I finally used the lulu gift card I got for my birthday. Can’t wait until my package comes:)

7. I think Parker is finally getting settled into a normal sleep pattern! Between our move to Andrews parents and then to out house and all the craziness going along with that (and maybe a growth spurt in the middle) she hasn’t been sleeping that well at night (waking every 3 hours to eat) thankfully she’s a quick ear and fall back asleep baby. Last night she went over 6 hours without a peep! It was amazing:)

8. I did this workout from my friend Abby. I’m pretty sure Ill be sore tomorrow.


9. Remember Parker’s photo shoot last week? Well we got a sneak peek today

20131101-210909.jpg. I can’t wait to see the rest!!

10. This girl gets herself into more and more every day. She’s gonna be walking in no time. I better watch out


#1) I love family group txts


(Yes my sisters are goofy)

#2) I’m pretty sure we’re going to end up eating popcorn every night #ilovepopcorn


#3) parks and I went on a glorious run today. The weather was amazing. Did you get to enjoy it?


#4) Pretty sure my baby is a genius.


#5) Read this post, absolutely amazing

#6) just had to add this picture – because I’m pretty sure she’s the cutest