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Archive for April, 2012

like a vacation

When you have two children, but only the responsibility of caring for just one, it feels like a vacation!  Having one kid feels tough sometimes, and then you have two… Allow me to explain.  The other day, Macy asked if she could go to Jerry’s house for the day.  The answer- of course!

After I dropped her off, Kiwi and I had a little one on one time.  We hit up TJMaxx, Pier One, Panera for lunch, and the grocery store.  If I were lugging both kids around with me, I never would have been able to go to so many stores, but with my chill baby in tow, we had a lovely afternoon.

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It’s nice to have some one-on-one time with my baby girl.  I don’t get much of that since Macy is always with us, and I sometimes feel guilty for that.  At the same time though, I was still working when Macy was a baby, and now I have the opportunity to stay home with both girls, so I consider myself extremely lucky.  In the fall, Macy will be attending pre-school twice a week, so that will be my time to spend with Kiwi while I cry over abandoning Macy.  What am I going to do with all my extra time?  Even now, Macy is hanging outside with her “Daddy Boy” and Avery is sleeping.  I don’t even know what to do with myself!  Perhaps get started on reading “Fifty Shades of Grey”??  Hope everyone has a lovely Saturday!


follow the leader

Since Avery has started to crawl, she and Macy play so much more together.  This is nice because it keeps them both involved and happy, freeing me up to do other things.  Macy gives Kiwi quite the workout by coaxing her from one room to the other, saying encouraging things such as “Come on Kiwi”, “Good girl, good girl” and “Keep moving!”.  Girl is doing laps around the house! I really need to videotape this because it is oh so adorable.

DSC_0020Macy also took her baby sister for a spin in the shopping cart the other day.  It was fun for a few minutes, but I don’t recommend trying this at home, because the cart and precious cargo tipped over just after snapping this photo.  Oops!

DSC_0009I am so glad that they have each other as sisters, and more importantly, as friends forever! Red heart


Can you believe that Avery has been a part of our lives for eight whole months now?

DSC_0021She can’t believe it either!DSC_0019

All I can say is that I’m so glad she’s mine! SmileDSC_0026

first ice cream cone

Avery experienced her first trip to the ice cream stand on Saturday!  She has enjoyed ice cream on other occasions, but this was her first time enjoying this special treat out and of course this little piggy couldn’t get enough! Smile



DSC_0019I enjoyed this hot fudge sundae was soft serve twist ice cream (that I was obligated to share, of course).  No whipped cream- I’m not a fan unless it’s homemade.

DSC_0011I’m glad I ate it because 1) it was delicious and 2) it motivated me to complete my 11 mile run the next day.  I’m sure this was just the first of many ice cream trips this summer!

frogtown inn wine dinner

Last Wednesday, we joined the Wards (our vacation buddies) for a wine dinner at the Frogtown Inn.

The dinner featured 5 courses, with wine pairings from Mountain View Vineyards, a local winery.

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Nut Crusted Brie with Cinnamon, topped with Cranberry Chutney

I didn’t snap a picture, but this was delicious.  Brie isn’t usually one of my favorites, but the cranberry chutney made this cheese wonderful!

First course:

Goat Cheese and Sauteed Leek Stuffed Cremini Mushrooms

photo 2 (2)I don’t love goat cheese, so this course was just okay by my standards.  However, this was the only course served with a white wine- my favorite- so I still enjoyed this course Smile

Second Course:

Filet Mignon stuffed with Blue Cheese.  Served with Blue Cheese Mashed Croquette.

photo 3 (2)Best course of the night!

Third Course:

Smoked Trout served with Bell Pepper, Caper, and Dill Relish.

photo 4 (2)I guess I have become a smoked trout snob since Blake’s family used to own a trout hatchery.  I have to admit that I have had better smoked trout- compliments of my MIL Beth, but the relish served with the trout was a nice addition.

Fourth Course:

Peanut Butter Pie topped with a Chocolate Ganache, drizzled with a Mountain Goat Red Wine Reduction

photo 5 (1)We were so stuffed by this point, but the peanut butter pie was too good to pass up.  YUM!

The final verditc- I didn’t fall in love with any of the wines, but I did enjoy how each wine perfectly complimented the accompanying course. I would definitely attend another wine dinner and there will be one in the fall.  Who wants to come?

Of course, we had some room left to enjoy another glass of wine with our good friends. Smile  Seriously, love this couple.  If possible, I am now even more excited for our annual beach trip!!

poor little baby

Avery has been under the weather for the past few days. Sad smile  While I haven’t enjoyed the fussiness, I have enjoyed the extra cuddle time!  She has been perfectly content to lay on the couch curled up with me, which is totally unlike her since she has become mobile.

photo 1 (1)Thankfully, it seems like she is starting to feel better, so hopefully she will be back to her smiley self soon!photo

eleven is heaven

When I left the house for a run this afternoon, I had absolutely no intentions of running my scheduled 11 miles.  I wasn’t in the mood, and I put it off this morning, so I knew I would have to face the rain if I wanted to get it done.  However, once I started running, I felt good, so I extended my 2 mile workout into a 5 mile one.  Then I added on 2 more for fun.  Then I figured, if I already did 7, I may as well just do 4 more to accomplish my goal.

2 + 3 + 3 + 3 = 11 

I can say with complete honesty that I enjoyed every step of this run.  It was lightly raining, but I actually like to run in the rain.  When I used to compete in high school and college, I actually looked forward to rainy races and those are the days that I had my best times on the course.  I don’t like to drive in the rain, but I do like to run in it.  Weird, right?

The only thing about running further than planned was that I wasn’t prepared for it.  I wore my old shoes because I didn’t want my new ones to get soaked.

Also, I didn’t wear my compression socks, as I have been for all of my long runs.  I hope that doesn’t make my shins sore, because I have suffered from shin splints in the past!  Plus, I have pretty much only drank coffee up until my run, so I will have to focus on hydrating this afternoon!

I don’t even have enough fingers to hold up for the number of miles I ran today.  How cool is that? 🙂

One more thing- I would like to give a shout out to my husband that ran almost 6 miles on Friday!  I am SO proud of him.  That was the furthest he has ever run and I think it’s awesome that he is working so hard to get in shape.  I told him he should start a blog to track his progress.  He can call it bmruns.com (idea stolen from gmruns.com).  But then I realized that gmruns = cool.  bmruns= diarrhea.