The Weekend Is Almost Upon Us

Come on weekend, I’m ready for you!  This has felt like a long week for no specific reason.  I’m super ready for a low key Friday night.  Although, most of our Friday nights are pretty low key these days.  Hence life with babies.

What’re your plans?  We have two birthday parties to attend tomorrow: a three year old’s and a combined adult’s only birthday dinner.  We also plan on fitting in some gardening.  I’m looking forward to family time and a night out with friends.

Wishing you a good one.

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My First 5K

If you follow me on Instagram you would have seen that I ran a 5K on Sunday with two of my best girlfriends. It’s one of those races where children and strollers are welcome, so totally casual. For weeks leading up to the race I made sure that my girls knew that I was not in running shape and that I would be walking.

After all, I have not ran since my attempt at #31OctMiles six months ago. So besides letting my friends know that I would be walking, not running, I didn’t give the race much thought. I knew I could definitely walk 3 miles, no problem.

Well we didn’t really walk. We walked twice for a short amount of time to get water and to allow one of us to stretch a tight calf muscle. My race results were in my email this morning. We finished the 5K in 37:07 minutes. Our pace was 11:57. My personal division place was 36 of 93 and my gender place was 328 of 819.

You don’t have to tell me that these are not top notch results, but I’m really oddly proud of us. Out of the three of us, one is 13 weeks pregnant (NOT ME, OMG – could you even imagine?!), the other has been doing Couch to 5K and has worked her way up to running in 2 minute increments, and I personally haven’t ran since October.  SO…Not too shabby I say!

(enjoying our free beer post run!)

I totally babied a lower back ache yesterday, but I’m feeling inspired and thinking Hey! Maybe I should get back into this running thing – at a gentle pace. It’s crazy what you think your body can do and what it actually can do. (Keeping in mind not to push yourself to injury.)

Hooray to trying new things!

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M+AK+E in March

March was a doozy in that it came and went by so-so fast.  It was jam packed and yet I had a hard time remembering what it was we actually did.  Fortunately I was able to document some of those things and pull this little post together.  It’s late, but it’s here and it’s way better than not at all.  Perfection, you guys, is over rated!

In 2015 I want to do a monthly mother daughter photo project documenting 5 of our favorite little things. At the end of the year I plan to have this photo project printed into a keepsake book.

Working on >> M – a lyric craft project, AK – doing so many things all on her own, E – becoming more mobile and gaining lots of body strength

Surprised Lola by showing up for her birthday X 3

Reading >> M – This Is Where I Leave You, AK- ABC is for Circus, E - Peek-A-Boo Forest (again!)

Enjoying >> M – the arrival of Spring, AK – afternoons at the park (especially the swings), E – long walks in the stroller

Consuming >> M – coffee WITHOUT sugar (first time ever!), AK – lots of yogurt, E – lots of yogurt

What were your March highlights?

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Right Now

+ A blogger I have loved following on the internet has decided to make her online accounts more private.  For the sake, I imagine, of privacy.  Her own, her children’s, her family’s.  I get it.  I really, really get it.  Every time someone I admire comes to this sort of decision I find myself wondering how much is too much to share online.  I never want to share something I would regret.  I certainly would not want to disrespect the privacy of those I love the most, namely Matt’s and my baby girls’ privacy.  And yet I enjoy the online community and the people who put themselves out there and all the sharing and connecting.  I honestly think there is some real value in this avenue of social media… And yet I still wonder, how much is too much?  This is most certainly a question that each person has to decide for themselves.   I don’t have hard and fast rules for what I share online, but I definitely have rough guidelines for what I have deemed appropriate vs. inappropriate.  Every now and then I think it’s a good idea to revisit these and re-evaluate to ensure that everything still lines up with what is right for me and my family.   What are your rules for sharing online?

+ I’ve jumped on the Capsule Wardrobe Bandwagon.  I loosely follow this bloggers guidelines for creating a capsule wardrobe.  I think people are drawn to the capsule wardrobe concept for a variety of reasons.  I created a Winter Capsule wardrobe halfway through winter as an experiment.  I liked it so much that I’ve decide to continue on with having a Spring Capsule wardrobe.  I have several reasons for creating a capsule wardrobe for myself.  The main reason was for simplicity’s sake.  Any way I can streamline and simplify things in my life these days is a must. (Hello I’m a Mama to a 7.5 month old baby and a 22 month old baby.  Enough said right?  Also I work 32 hours/week.)  Another reason was for the sake of storage or rather for the lack of storage.  Our MBR closet is a joke – it’s a doll’s closet.  Being able to see all my clothing options has been refreshing and enjoyable.  I loosely follow the guidelines but I’m not hardcore.  I have adjusted a few of the “rules” because it’s a free country and I do what I want.  Also a girl can change her mind and the point of this entire concept (for me) is to alleviate stress.  Therefore if I want to have 40 items as opposed to 37, or if I want to exchange out a pair of shorts for another pair I know are neatly folded in the hall closet, or if I chose to not count jackets and coats in my 40 items, THEN SO BE IT.  Anyone else ever try out a capsule wardrobe?  I’d love to hear your thoughts.

+ I’m still craving more free time.  My cravings have become so specific these days.  As in I want this free time to be during waking hours, not after the babies have gone to bed in the evening and I’m tired and just want to go to bed myself.  I think about things like having the house all to myself.  I cannot remember the last time I’ve had the house to myself for more than 30 minutes here and there.  What would I even do?  CRAFTY THINGS!  Surf the internet!  Cook (hahaha – no! but maybe…), Organize, Watch DVR shows, Read, Write, Decorate.  I can think of a few things I’d do.

+ That being said I’m actually going to have some time away from my family.  It’s that time of year for the annual “Mom’s Weekend” that I go on with Matt’s mom, sisters, aunts, and girl cousins.  It’s going to be four entire nights away.  In the past 7.5 months I have not had an undisturbed night of sleep and fairly soon I’ll have four of them.  I cannot even imagine.  I’m guessing I’ll be waking up every so often in the night anyhow.  And as much as I’m looking forward to a fun trip away, I’m anxious about leaving my family.  Go figure, right?!  At the end of the day I love being a Mama and wife…these people are the loves of my life.   They’ll definitely be fine without me but what if they miss me?  Okay, what if I miss them?  There’s no doubt I will.  But don’t you worry…I’m still going. ;)

What’s going on Right Now with you?

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My Official Go-To Gift

Do you know what I love about orchids?  Besides the fact that they are simple, elegant and beautiful they happen to also be readily available at our local grocery store and are usually fairly affordable.   This past year I’ve reached for orchids time and time again – they have become my new go-to gift.

Here is a small list of occasions where I’ve personally gifted an orchid:

+ mother’s day gift
+ baby shower hostess gifts (thank you gift)
+ end of the year gift for one of Alice’s daycare providers (basically another thank you gift)
+ sympathy gift

I think an orchid would also make a great housewarming gift, congratulations gift, and birthday gift.  Essentially, if an occasion calls for a bouquet of flowers or a potted plant then I think an orchid is appropriate.

For roughly the same price  as a pretty bouquet of fresh cut flowers, I can gift a beautiful orchid.  The nice thing about this pretty plant is I can expect the blooms to last much longer than fresh cut flowers.

Would you be happy to receive an orchid in place of a bouquet of flowers?  (I would, obviously, which is why I like to give them.)

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Book Report. March

Yes Please by Amy Poehler: This is the the third autobiography written by a celebrity that I have read. The other two were by Mindy Kaling and Tina Fey. I enjoyed each one and all three made me laugh out loud. I love a book that causes me to actually laugh out loud and I really love a funny lady! (My closest girlfriends are all hilarious in their own ways!) In addition to laughing out loud, there were a few parts in Yes Please where I got a little choked up. To be honest, I was not expecting a serious side. Not a bad thing, just unexpected. I related to many things Amy wrote about, especially her thoughts on friendship and motherhood. There were also lots of things I didn’t relate to, such as drug use, SNL, and Parks and Recreation. I haven’t watched SNL in years and and years and I’ve never seen Parks and Recreation. I’m not interested in checking them both out now. I like how Amy speaks candidly of mistakes and regret and heartache. Although the scenarios may vary from person to person, I think the way she describes the emotions that accompany those feelings are universal. I definitely recommend this one and thought it was great book to kick off my mini 2015 book club.

The Vacationers by Emily Straub: I went into this novel with no expectations. It was chosen by someone in my casual book club, which in February grew from 2 to 4 people. It’s the story of a family with two grown children and another couple, old family friends, that all go on vacation together in Mallorca Spain. Which if you look at google images of Mallorca, Spain the you’ll be all YES PLEASE, let’s go there. Gorgeous. The neat thing about this book is that everyone on the vacation is, in essence, the main character. The story is told from each person’s perspective so you see what they think of themselves and the judgements they have on everyone else. Which for me was interesting because as soon as I formed an opinion on a character based on another character’s description, the character in question would tell their story and I would then relate to where they were coming from. The story deals with longterm marriage, relationships between two people that are far apart in age, the strange family dynamics (that really everyone has, yes?) infidelity, teenage naivety, forgiveness, and knowing when it’s time to move on. I liked this book. It was a quick and easy read.

Still Alice by Lisa Genova: This was so good. The main character, Alice (which great name by the way, right?!), is a wife, mom to three, and well respected professor in her career when she’s diagnosed with early onset Alzheimer’s disease at the age of 50. You’ve probably already heard about or maybe have already seen the movie starring Julianne Moore (I haven’t but can’t wait to see it.) The story and perspective of her health decline are portrayed so well. I couldn’t help but to rush through the pages. I highly recommend.

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I’ve been reading on my Kindle a lot lately.  It was a birthday gift and I really love it, but I also miss the feel of real books.  I’ve put a couple books on reserve at the library and hope to pick them up in the next day or two.  Anything I should add to my list? What great book have you read lately?

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M+AK+E in February

In 2015 I want to do a monthly mother daughter photo project documenting 5 of our favorite little things. At the end of the year I plan to have this photo project printed into a keepsake book.

Reading >> M – The Vacationers,  AK- Where Is Baby’s Belly Button, E – Peek-A-Boo Forest

Playing with >> M – plant cuttings, AK – Crazy Legs Lady Bug, E – Colorful butterfly

Entertainment >> M – The Americans, AK – The Wheels on the Bus, E – Baby Einstein Jumper

Wearing >> M – lots of stripes, AK – “baa baa” shoes, E – lots of footie pj’s

Working on >> M – Alice’s one year old baby book, AK – Coloring with crayons, E – grabbing everything within reach

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