Fall Festivities

Bring on the fall festivities! This weekend was full of fall festivities, from Harvestfest at the kids’ school to our friends’ kids birthday parties, and we had a blast celebrating.

Friday started with Harvestfest at school. It meant bobbing for donuts (trying to eat a donut off a string without using your hands), getting sparkly tattoos, story time, a cookout and other kid-friendly activities.

FW and LM had a ball.

Saturday morning included some yard work.

And then, birthday party fun!

It was a costume party also, so FW wore his spiderman outfit and LM was a sheep.

It also included some pumpkin painting.

The evening included takeout from Aladdins. Because, who doesn’t love hummus? (Answer: FW. But he is still pretty picky)

Sunday, B and his dad spent the whole morning power washing. Meaning I hung out with FW and LM. We went for a walk/trike ride around the block.

We ran around the house and goofed off.

And we watched B do work.

The weekend also included a run, some dinner with family and a few other non-pictured activities. And as always, Sunday night came and went too fast. Now, onto a short (for me) week before I head out of town to see family!

Some questions for you:

  • Do you have any trips coming up?
  • What types of fall festivities do you have planned?

Weekly Running Update: Highest Mileage Week

This week was my highest mileage week of the whole year! I ran nearly 36 miles for the whole week, which is high for me. We had step challenge at work going on (I didn’t win), so each day my plan was to run at least 6 miles before work. I did it, and even got in 7 on Friday. Here’s how it looked:

Some highlights from the week include:

Sunday, before the step challenge started, we did a race with the whole family. I pushed FW and B pushed LM in the stroller and we did a local 5K.

The rest of the week included 6 + mile runs each day, including a 7 miler on Friday. It’s so dark in the mornings now! But if I wanna get a run in, I gotta still wake up early to get it in.

Despite getting in 19,000+ steps each day, I didn’t win the step challenge. But I still got in more steps than I usually do! Some questions for you:

  • How many steps do you take in a day?
  • What time do you wake up?

I’m linking up with Deborah and Kim for the Weekly Run Down.

Finally Feeling Like Fall

Last week may have started out with 80 degree temps, but we are finally cooling down and it feels more like fall again around here. So, our weekend was full of fun fall activities.

We started off Friday night with dinner out – pizza!

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And Saturday included one of my favorite fall activites- apple picking!

FW liked the Jonagold apple.

I love these guys.❤

After apple picking, we had lunch and did some baking. We made cookies to bring to a dinner we had planned that evening.

Saturday night, we went to my friend Emily’s house. She has two kids also and invited us and few other our friends with kids over for dinner. She made tacos and it was a great way for all the kids to run around and play with one another. There were only blurry photos because the kids were always moving!

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Sunday morning, we had plans – we were doing the Happy 5K race in my neighborhood. B and I ran with the kids (and their strollers) for the run.

 

 

After naptime, we decided to hit the playground. FW had brought his class stuffed whale home for the weekend (thus the whale in so many of the above pics) and kept mentioning he wanted to take him to the playground. So we did!

And for dinner we kept it simple. B’s parents had been out of town over the weekend, so our usual Sunday family dinner plans were cancelled. We ended up staying in and making which hit the spot. Oh, and of course we had leftover cookies 🙂

Some questions for you:

  • Did it finally start feeling like fall near you?
  • Have you gone apple picking yet this season?

Weekly Run Down: Cleveland Ambassador Edition

I’m excited to share that I am back as a Cleveland Marathon Ambassador! I will be once again training for one of my favorite races next spring, and sharing my training with you. I’ll also be able to share a free race entry with one lucky fan coming up soon. I’m really excited and feel so lucky — the Cleveland Marathon is a great event, and I’ve done one or more of the races as part of the marathon weekend for more than 5 years in a row.

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So what I doing for runs now? I don’t have any big races lined up in the meantime, but instead have plans to keep up my base mileage throughout the winter so I’m ready for training next year.

Knowing that, here is a look at my runs this week. It was a warm week – it was nearly 90 on Monday – but I think it’s finally getting to be fall now. I’m anticipating some chilly morning runs soon!

Screenshot 2019-10-05 21.32.16Besides the above news, the only highlight to share is that I saw lots of deer this week! There are 2-4 that seem to live around my route and I ran into them a few times this week.

Some questions for you:

  • Are there any races that you consistently run year after year?
  • Do you see deer on your runs?

I’m linking up with Deborah and Kim for the Weekly Run Down.

An Uneventful Weekend

We had a pretty normal and nice weekend at home! It was really uneventful – we pretty much did NOTHING but work on the house, clean up the yard, and get in some indoor and outdoor time. Here’s a look at it, one-sentence-per-photo style.The hole in our house is not fixed, but right now it’s at least covered up!Out to dinner for pizza.Saturday morning indoor arts & crafts while B cleans up the yard.Even superheros need to eat.Grocery shopping is a must on weekends.When it still feels like summer, you need to relax on the porch.Stroller runs and walks are good for the soul.Making nut butter is easy when you have a Vitamix; we replenished our peanut and almond butter supply.

FW got a big kid carseat!

And LM likes playing with the box.

LM also enjoyed ending the weekend with a visit with her baby cousin.

Questions for you:

  • Do you like uneventful weekends?
  • How often do you grocery shop?

Weekly Running Update: Just Some Miles

This week was a pretty normal week in terms of running. Got in some miles, did some runs, you know, the usual. Here were the runs:

Some highlights from the week include:

Sunday I didn’t get any miles, because B and I were in Hocking Hills with friends. We did, however, get in a hike before we got in the car for the trip home. It was nice to get in a walk in nature.

The rest of the week included some runs in semi-fall like temps. The weather was in the 70s and 80s during the week, but in the mornings it was nice and cool. I even got in two 10ks! Wednesday’s 10K meant that I met my step goal around 8 a.m., which was great.

Some questions for you:

  • Has it been fall-like where you are?
  • Do you run when it’s dark outside?

I’m linking up with Deborah and Kim for the Weekly Run Down.

A Weekend Away With Friends: Hocking Hills

B and I just got back from a weekend away with the kids. It was our first trip since our summer getaway to Toronto and Ithaca, and it was our first trip ever with some other couples with kids. And it was a success! We all got (some) sleep, had good food and had fun on some hiking trails. We spent the weekend away in Hocking Hills, about a 3 1/2 hour drive from our house (longer if you’re traveling with 2 kids and one gets carsick about halfway through …).We got into town around 8 ish or so on Friday night. We had dinner with the kids and just hung out for a while talking after the kids went to bed late. We were beat – the car ride down had not been easy. LM cried for a good portion of the trip, FW needed to get out to go to the bathroom when we were in the middle of nowhere, and then LM got carsick twice. But we did have this pie waiting for us when we got there (made by my friend Anson).Saturday, we started off with breakfast. I had made a French toast casserole that we just had to heat up before the day began. Our activities began with a drive to Ash Cave and a hike to the cave. We hiked the Gorge and Rim Trail. Those trails were only about 1/2 mile or so, so we ended up walking a bit on the Grandma Gatewood Trail before turning around and making it back to our car for a picnic lunch.After lunch, we opted for another trail – this time to Old Man’s Cave! We hiked the lower falls and Gorge Trail, both of which were fun and not too hard to do with the kids – we had the little ones in backpacks and preschoolers with us at all times (basically FW was holding my hand as we walked up the tons and tons of stairs and anytime we were along the cliffs).Then, back to the cabin for nap time. We finished the afternoon with a cookout, complete with s’mores and the s’mores cookie bars I had brought.

These were pretty good 🙂

Sunday morning we had to pack it up and leave. But not before one last hike! This time we walked a little around the property. It was 80s and the kids were getting tired so it wasn’t too long of a walk – just enough to get out some energy before the car ride home.

All in all, it was a great weekend. Being around 5 children at a time could be a little overwhelming, but I would definitely do it again!

Questions for you:

  • Have you been to Hocking Hills?
  • Have you done a trip with other couples and their families?