My First Mother’s Day

Last weekend we celebrated Mother’s Day.  Since it was my first Mother’s Day it felt extra special and I’m thankful for Ryan who made me feel extra loved.  I’m a huge fan of birthdays, but Mother’s Day might be my new favorite day of the year.  Not for any materialistic reasons {although, Ryan surprised me with a generous gift}, but for sentimental reasons.  I never truly realized how much mothers do until I became a mother myself.

Saturday morning I woke up early for my last long run before Boston’s Run to Remember Half Marathon that’s coming up Memorial Day weekend.  I’ve been running mostly with my local Moms Run This Town {MRTT} chapter and a smaller group of girls which has made training a lot of run!  Two weekends ago we ran 13.1 miles and last weekend we ran 12 miles, so I’m feeling confident that I can do the distance.



After I finished running I quickly freshened up because we had plans to meet a friend at Frying Pan Park for their Spring Farm Day.  For a small fee kids could partake in activities such as milking the cows and goats, going for a tractor ride, riding the carousel, and various crafts.

Before we began exploring, we enjoyed a picnic under the trees and caught up with a friend who we hadn’t seen in months.  After lunch we walked throughout the park, pet the animals, saw the old cider mill, popped into the country store, and watched a few minutes of the equestrian vaulting competition.





It was only about 2PM when we finished walking around the park so Ryan and I decided to drive out to one of the pick-your-own flower farms.  Unfortunately, when we got to the farm we discovered it was closed.  Since we had already made the drive, we decided to look for another farm in the area and stumbled upon Great Country Farms.

Great Country Farms Great is a 200 acre working farm located at the base of the Blue Ridge Mountains.  It has farm animals, a huge jumping pillow {envision a moon bounce that’s built into the ground}, mini golf, gold mining, playgrounds and swings, a large maze, and pick-your-own produce.  The farm was closing soon after we got there so we didn’t have a chance to pick any produce, but we’re planning to go back for the strawberry festival later this month!








Sunday morning I traded eating breakfast in bed for running the Devotion to Children Mother’s Day 4 Miler.  I’ve been running with Little Miss for the past couple of months, but this was her first race.  There aren’t many races that are stroller friendly and considering I wouldn’t be a mom without our sweet baby girl, I thought it was as good a time as any.

The first mile was pretty bottlenecked which made it difficult to move very fast with the stroller, but once we got around the first turn everyone began to spread out.  The course was fairly flat aside from a hilly start and small rolling hills between mile 2 and 3.  Considering I was pushing nearly 50 pounds, I was happy with my time!  Plus, it was my first official 4 miler, so it’s an automatic PR.




On our way home from the race we stopped by Starbucks and piddled around the house before going out for lunch.  We were going to visit family later in the afternoon so we decided just to stop by Wegmans since it was on the way and they have high chairs that Little Miss can fit in and join us at the table.


By the time we got back home from visiting with family and buying groceries it was already after 5PM so we quickly put away the food and went over to my mom’s house.  Neither my mom nor I wanted a fancy dinner, so we opted to stay in and have our first BBQ of the season.  Grilled burgers and sausages with a light salad and roasted potatoes hit the spot.

I’m so thankful that my mom lives nearby.  We talk on the phone most mornings and nights, but it’ll never replace the time we spend together.  We’ve definitely grown closer over the years and as hard as it is for me to believe that I have a baby, I can’t imagine how hard it is for her to believe that her baby girl has a baby girl of her own.  She’s a loving mom and grandmomma.



Question:  How did you celebrate Mother’s Day?

Question:  Have you ever seen a pygmy goat?  I’m obsessed.  I want one!

— Allison


10 Random Tidbits 4.9.15

I didn’t mean to take two weeks off from blogging, but it happened.  Every night when I go to bed, I dream of how my morning will go…  I’ll wake up before the rest of the house, sneak downstairs to fix myself a cup of coffee, turn on the news, scroll through social media, and write a blog post.  That’s what I used to do in the mornings.


But the reality is I stay under the covers for as long as I can before I hear sweet baby babbles and hope my newly appointed blog editor shows up to work that day.

Tidbit 1:  Over the past month or so Little Miss has fallen into a fairly predictable bedtime routine.  She eats dinner around 5PM, plays, takes a bottle at 6:30PM, and is asleep by 7PM.  It’s great because I used to feed her while we ate dinner, but now Ryan and I have the opportunity to eat dinner together or spend time with our friends.


Titbit 2:  Runners are crazy.  I’m crazy.  Paying to enter a lottery that results in running 26.2 miles is crazy.  Only 199 days until I cross the Marine Corps Marathon start line…  And hopefully the finish line, too.  Check out my race calendar here.



Tidbit 3:  My current favorite snack: honey graham crackers + peanut butter + banana.  I can’t believe it took me nearly 20 years to make it.  I subtracted the years that I was too young to hold a knife.


Tidbit 4:  A few friends and I started a mommy book club.  Last month we read 10% Happier: How I Tamed the Voice in My Head, Reduced Stress Without Losing My Edge, and Found Self-Help That Actually Works – A True Story by Dan Harris.  This month we’re reading Yes Please by Amy Poehler.



Tidbit 5:  My love for pancakes is no secret, so if I told you that I’ve eaten pancakes {or waffles} for breakfast the past two weeks y’all probably wouldn’t be surprised.  But instead of making them from scratch, I’ve been using FlapJacked Protein Pancake Mix and I’m loving it!  Full review coming soon.


Tidbit 6:  I ran the Ukrop’s Monument Avenue 10K two weeks ago down in Richmond.  I haven’t written a race recap in ages, but this race is worthy of one.  It was easily one of my favorite races!


Tidbit 7:  This article, Fathers, You can’t afford a Stay-At-Home-Mom, has been flooding my social media feeds.  I’m not suggesting that SAHMs deserve to receive a paycheck of no less than $70,000, but it puts things into perspective.  I may not go into an office everyday anymore, but I hardly sit down at home.


Tidbit 8:  For whatever reason, we never bought Girl Scout Cookies when I was a kid and neither did Ryan.  But apparently we’re making up for lost time because we can’t make a box last for a full week.  Samoas and Thin Mints are our favorites.


Tidbit 9:  You’ll notice a new ambassador badge on the left sidebar soon.  I’m excited to have the opportunity to join the FitFluential community!


Tidbit 10:  Our family could use your well wishes today.  Someone is sick and could use your positive, healing vibes.  Thank you

Question:  What’s your favorite summer and/or early fall race?  East coast, preferably.

Question:  Samoas or Thin Mints?

— Allison


WIAW: All Caught Up

How is it already Wednesday night?  Probably because we’ve been going nonstop since last Friday.  Here’s what I’ve been up to…

Friday:  Ryan took Friday off after traveling for work all week so we ventured out to get me a new phone.  After spending nearly five hours between two different stores, plus grabbing lunch in-between, I walked out with a spiffy new iPhone 6.  Little Miss loves staring at herself on the bigger screen.

Saturday:  Saturday morning I ran the Lucky Leprechaun 5K.  It was my first race in the rain and surprisingly I loved it.  I had to take off layers throughout because they were drenched, but it was so invigorating!  The rest of the day Ryan and I shopped, cooked, and cleaned in preparation for our St. Patrick’s Day potluck.


Sunday:  After a fun night with friends, we had a slow Sunday morning.  Mornings have always been my favorite, but I love them even more since having a baby who loves to cuddle.  Around noon we headed out for a drive through the mountains and picked up lunch at Wegmans.  On the way home we stopped by Ryan’s grandparents house for a quick visit.

Monday:  Monday I had an appointment downtown with my rheumatologist {aka my “lupus doc”} and I’m happy to report that everything checked out fine.  After the appointment I took Little Miss for her first run along the river.  When we got home we tagged along with Ryan and went to the park.


Tuesday:  After breakfast Little Miss and I met a girlfriend and her new sweet baby girl for a walk along the river.  The weather this week has been so nice!  Let’s not talk about the snow in Friday’s forecast…  We didn’t get home until lunchtime and by the time we both were fed it was time for swim lessons.  After driving all over the place, it was nice to end the day with another walk with a girlfriend!

Today:  Last night Little Miss slept through the night and this morning I skipped my workout, so this momma is feeling refreshed.  I did some food prep, threw in laundry, and cleaned around the house before going to an appointment with my ortho and two tutoring sessions.

Now we’re all caught up…  What have y’all been up to?


I typically prefer my coffee with a frothy, foamy layer, but this new creamer caught my eye.  I love the flavor and the fact that it’s made with real milk and cream!


I’ve seen a few people post pictures of this seasonal flavor, but I wasn’t a fan.  I’m used to thick, rich Greek yogurt and this one was a bit too watery, thin, and artificial tasting. 


Ants on a log never disappoint, neither do ants on a…  What should we call ants on a pear?  A peak?  A mound?  A mountain?


By the time we got home from our walk, it was past noon which is past Little Miss’s lunchtime and she was getting hangry.  I grabbed whatever I could from the fridge and pantry and called it lunch.


Homemade baby food!  Banana, peaches, and avocado.


I narrowly survived her first hangry episode.  You should have seen her face if I waited too long between bites…


Because lunch wasn’t enough and because it was St. Patty’s Day.


Before we went to swim lessons I responded to a few emails and wolfed down an apple and a bowl of Brown Bag Popcorn while Little Miss napped in the carrier.


For our potluck I made bangers in a blanket and they were a huge hit!  Who would have thought that a simple swap of crescent rolls for buns could make such a big difference?  All of bangers got eaten at the party, so I swapped turkey dogs for dinner.


I heard all about this butter when people started drinking Bulletproof coffee.  I must confess, I only bought it for our party because it’s an Irish butter, but now I understand the hype.  It’s so rich and spreads so nicely on toast!  No more crumbly or ripped toast.


Our version of bangers and mash, ha!  Red potatoes and pigs in a blanket, plus a bowl of steamed peas and carrots.


And my nightly tradition…  A handful of raisins and oatmeal.  Last night I topped it with a scoop of mint cookie ice cream and peanut butter.  So sweet!

Question:  What did you make for St. Patty’s Day?

Question:  Do you have a dessert/bedtime snack?  The toppings change, but fruit and oatmeal have been my go-to for months.

— Allison