MIMM: 18 Hours in Richmond

Happy Monday, y’all!  Can you believe that Friday is already August 1st?!  School didn’t end until the last week of June and between tutoring a few times each week, spending time with family/friends, hosting a Gender Reveal Party, going on our babymoon Caribbean cruise, traveling for weddings and work, starting to pack for our move, and preparing for a baby…  The month of July has flown by.  This weekend was no exception.

Thanks Katie for hosting another marvelous link-up!

Saturday morning Ryan and I drove down to Richmond for a family friend’s wedding.  Unfortunately, we spent 3+ hours in traffic {beach traffic, most likely} so we entertained ourselves by making up silly songs and playing “I Spy.”  Ryan has a knack for creating silly songs – give him a topic and he’ll make a verse.  The next Weird Al?

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We did make a couple of stops along the way to use the bathroom {pregnancy problems} and buy drinks/snacks, despite having a cooler full of lunch/snack foods…  I can’t go anywhere over a two hours without snacks because when hunger strikes, it strikes hard.  Once we finally got to Richmond around 1:30PM we made a pit stop to see the new Redskins training facility.  It’s rumored to have cost a whopping $10 million dollars.

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Practice starts daily at 8:35AM and as we learned, typically lasts until 11:30ish.  We couldn’t stay for the 4:10PM walk-through because we needed to get ready for the wedding, so we didn’t see the guys in action, but the facility and field were nice looking.  On our way to the hotel, we stopped by my old house where I lived in from birth until I was about 5-years-old.

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Isn’t the key lime front door lovely?

After we primped and prepped, my momma, Ryan, and I drove over to the church.  I wish I could have taken a picture inside the church because the architecture and organ were breathtaking, but the wedding party politely asked for no pictures.  Not to mention, the bride looked stunning.  The last time we saw her she was dressed in her vestments {clothing worn by people who conduct worship services} at our wedding!

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St. James Church

picture via St. James’s Episcopal Church website

The reception was held at The Country Club of Virginia, which again, was beautiful!  No dinner was served, but there were plenty of delicious passed hors d’oeuvres and stations.  The shrimp cocktail, crab cakes, fresh pastas, and beef tenderloin were our favorites.  Towards the end of the evening, the couple cut the cake and served it with the an impressive coffee and tea station – chocolate shavings, real whipped cream, multiple milks/sugars – I felt like I was at a high tea party!

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After a late night of celebrating, waking up at 7AM was tough.  Ryan had a flight to catch so we wanted to make sure we had plenty of time to get home in case we got stuck in traffic {again}.  Thankfully, it took us only half of the time to get home as it did to get down to Richmond so we took Charlie for a walk, ate lunch, and relaxed before getting back into the car to go to the airport.

Even though I see him daily and we haven’t been in a long-distance relationship since I was in college, saying “See ya later!” to my husband is still hard.  I know that I’ll see him again soon and traveling is required for work {gotta make ze monies}, but I’m not sure that it’ll ever get easier – especially after we add a baby into the mix.  While driving home it felt like I had a pair of socks stuck in my throat and the radio magically played all of the sad songs…  Isn’t it ironic?

The rest of the afternoon was spent running errands, going to the gym, and cuddling with Charlie.  PSA to all women: don’t watch the movie Jersey Girl while pregnant.  The first 10 minutes got me all emotional.

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he’s the best cuddler

Question:  Do you prefer hors d’oeuvres {no dinner served}, a buffet, or a plated dinner at weddings?  This was my first experience where dinner wasn’t served, but I didn’t leave hungry.  It was nice having the opportunity to taste a little bit of everything, choose how much I wanted, and munch throughout the evening.  Buffets are nice because like hors d’oeuvres, they give guests the opportunity to taste a little bit of everything and take however much they want, but they also can be frustrating if the food runs out by the time your table is called to eat or if you have to wait in a long line.  Plated dinners typically are more formal and guests don’t have to wait in a line, but sometimes dinner comes out cold or what sounds good when you RSVP months ago may not look good when it’s actually in front of you.  Obviously, each option has its pros and cons!

Question:  What’s your favorite road trip snack?

— Allison

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MIMM: Charlie’s First Swim

Hey y’all :)   So much has happened over the past four months – I ran another half marathon, we found out that WE’RE EXPECTING {such a BIG surprise! – our little “miracle”!}, friends and family have gotten married, we traveled to Boston with friends, the school year ended, we hosted a gender reveal party {team pink!}, we went on a Caribbean cruise for our “babymoon,” I accepted a new job for the 2014 – 2015 school year, and oh yeah, we’re moving next month.  Thank goodness for my OCD color-coding tendencies, otherwise I might have forgotten about some of the wonderful things that we’ve done or have coming up in the future.

I never planned to take a break from blogging but life kept happening and one day turned into two, two days turned into a week, a week turned into a month, a month turned into four months, and today is already Monday, July 21st.  That baffles me.

IMG_9258 Rather than trying to recall everything that has happened, I think it would be easiest just to move forward and I’ll sporadically share highlights from the past four months as “Throwback Thursday” or “Flashback Friday” posts.  Kapeesh?  Kapeesh!  Good.  <– I started saying kapeesh a LOT with my students this year.  I’m not why, when, or how it started, but they loved it – I’d say “Kapeesh?” after I gave them a set of directions and they responded energetically “Kapeesh!” if they understood {and oftentimes even if they didn’t}.

I can’t think of a better way of jumping back into blogging than linking up with Katie for Marvelous in My Monday!

Ryan and I approached this past weekend with a “go with the flow” kind of attitude.  We didn’t have any concrete plans, so we did whatever sounded good in the moment…  I baked a batch of black bean brownies, he surprised me with “just because” flowers, we went out to lunch, visited my momma, stopped by our new townhouse for measurements, picked our own fresh fruit and veggies, sat outside at a small town tavern, spent Sunday Funday swimming at our cousin’s house, and ordered pizza for dinner.

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IMG_9231 Question:  What have YOU been up to the past four months?  Share a highlight!

Question:  Does your dog love or hate the water?  This was Charlie’s first time in a pool…  I wouldn’t say that he loved it, but he didn’t hate it either.  I think with more exposure he’ll become more comfortable.  He was fast as a bullet!

— Allison

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Thinking Out Loud: Mrs. Green’s

I didn’t sleep very well last night and have a 14-hour day ahead, so I’m struggling to come up with an interesting opener today…  Let’s just dive into my random thoughts.  Oh wait, did y’all see that I shared our current favorite dinner yesterday?  Mini Mexican Meatloaves…  Let me know if you try them!

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Thanks Amanda for hosting another week of Thinking Out Loud!

Thought #1:  By the time you read this I’ll have already been to the chiropractor and been adjusted…  I still need to attend a 4th grade team meeting, teach a full day, drive to Potomac River Running, work my first shift and learn all things running, squeeze in a late workout, and eat dinner hopefully before 10PM.  It’s a long Thursday!

Thought #2:  Ryan tried spaghetti squash for the first time and thought it was less than delicious.  I shared his thoughts via Twitter and a handful of ladies responded saying that their husbands don’t like it either…  Maybe it’s in our DNA?

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Thought #3:  Tuesday night Ryan and I had a headstand/handstand contest.  I struggled to do a headstand and he easily kicked his feet up into a handstand.  A computer wiz and a secret handstander…  I never saw it coming.  Considering I ended up at the chiropractor yesterday and again today, he clearly won.

image Tip: it’s called a HEADstand, but you’re not actually supposed to put any weight on your head – use your arms!

Thought #4:  Quest did it again.  I took a break from buying Quest Bars for the past few months, but the (bad) habit is back because of their newest, latest, greatest bar…  Cookies & Cream.  Get your hands on one or a dozen of them ASAP!  And if you don’t like them, you can most definitely send them to me ;)

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Thought #5:  This year I’m tracking my miles and cardio minutes for no real reason, but because I wanna know.  I’ve tried using the Nike Running App, but I always forget to turn it when I do a treadmill run.  A couple of weeks ago I outlined my workouts in iCal and it’s been good so far…  If I switch days or change workouts, I simply have to edit the event.  It doesn’t total numbers, but I don’t mind doing it myself.

  • Running:  54.6 miles
  • Walking:  7 miles
  • Cardio:  840 minutes

Thought #6:  Charlie loves getting tangled up in his t-shirt…

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Thought #7:  Hot dogs were our Super Bowl Sunday dinner.  I used to eat hot dogs frequently as a kid (my momma made franks and beans), but nowadays we typically buy chicken sausages.  The jalapeno chicken sausages from Trader Joe’s are our favorite!

Thought #8:  Over the weekend we swung by Mrs. Green’s, a new natural market that offers 100% organic produce, all-natural meats and dairy, artisan baked goods, supplements, and household, pet, and baby products.  It immediately reminded me of Whole Foods, but the prices were whopping expensive.  Ryan said it’s called Mrs. GREEN’S for a reason – you’ve gotta have a lot of green to shop there.

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Thought #9:  I forgot my lunch at home today and the thought of eating cafeteria food makes my stomach churn.  True story: A kid found a plastic knife in his hot dog one day at lunch when I was in elementary school.  Thankfully (or unthankfully?) Ryan is working from home today because he’s not feeling well, so he and Charlie saved me from having to buy.  I love my boys!

Thought #10:  Saturday morning I proctored another SSAT test and afterwards treated myself to my favorite “me time” – a mani + pedi…

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Question:  Did you usually bring or buy your lunch in grade school?

Question:  Spaghetti squash – yay or nay?  What’s your favorite way to eat it?

— Allison

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