Strawberry Picking & 100 Miles in May

Hey y’all!  How was your weekend?  I was planning to go to Stroller Strides this morning, but Little Miss went down for her morning nap earlier than usual, so I took advantage of the time to clean up around the house and write a recap of our weekend.  It was a busy, but fun one!

Saturday morning we were up at 5AM.  For the past month Little Miss has been waking up at least once throughout the night and starting her day at 5AM.  I miss the days when she slept from 7PM until 7AM.  I tried to get her back down to sleep, but had no luck so we went downstairs and she pinned while I made us breakfast.

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We had plans with friends to pick strawberries at 9AM {to beat the heat and humidity}, so after breakfast we all freshened up and were on our way.

When we got to Great Country Farms it was slightly overcast and misting, but we all agreed that it was better than the sun beating down on us.  Once we paid the admission fee to enter the farm we hopped onto a tractor and rode out to the strawberry fields.

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Ryan and I started a tradition of picking apples every fall a few years ago, as well as other various fruits and veggies throughout the year, but neither of us had picked strawberries before.  There were rows upon rows of strawberries – it was hard not to taste a few along the way.  There were also lots of spiders {I made the dumb mistake of wearing flip flops}, but despite the creepy crawlies, we had a great time!

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Once our palate was full of strawberries, we hitched a ride on the tractor and rode back to the main farm house.  We ended up picking 6.5 pounds of strawberries!

Before leaving we walked around the farm to see the animals.  We visited just a few weeks ago, but Little Miss was much more interested in the animals this trip.

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On the way home we stopped at a local park for lunch.  Considering how hot it was, I was surprised by how many people were there.  I wish we took advantage of the local parks more often – grills, picnic tables, trails, fields to play games…  It’s the perfect spot for a summer BBQ with friends.  Plus, it’s free!

While chatting during lunch I remembered that the Herndon Festival was taking place so we dropped off the strawberries at home and went to check out the festivities.  There were tons of vendors and a handful of amusement park rides and games.  It was packed!  Despite all of the noise, Little Miss stayed asleep.

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After running Boston’s Run to Remember Half Marathon last weekend {coupled with a wicked sinus infection}, I took the week off from running and focused on cross-training, strength, and stretching.  By Saturday I was itching for a run, but after being on my feet for most of the day, I kept it short.  Two speedy, sweaty, treadmill miles.

For dinner we had taco hamburgers and started House of Cards.  The last series I watched from beginning to end was Friday Night Lights.  We’re a few episodes in and it’s okay, I’m not hooked yet.

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Sunday was Runday Funday.  Little Miss and I were up again at 5AM, but I didn’t mind because I had a long run on the agenda and needed time for breakfast to digest.  Two slices of whole wheat bread + peanut butter + banana slices…  It’s the perfect balance of carbs, fats, and proteins.  Yesterday I also added a few sliced strawberries – it was delicious!

At 7AM I met a girlfriend and we were off.  It was crazy humid so 5.5 miles felt like 10.

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When I got home, Ryan was putting Little Miss down for her morning nap so I quickly showered and was out the door to run a few errands.  As much as I enjoy having my little helper and husband accompany me to the store, it was nice to go by myself.  It’s been a while since I’ve gone to the store and didn’t feel like I had to rush in and out.  On the way I stopped at Starbucks for an iced coffee, but by the time I made it to my car all of the ice had melted.

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I apparently wasn’t very observant after my run because when I checked the Nike Running app in Trader Joe’s I saw that I was just shy of running 100 miles in May {2.2 miles to be exact}.  I started kicking myself for not running those 2 extra miles.

As soon as I got home I unloaded the groceries, changed back into running clothes, and braved the humidity once again.  It felt like we were running through a swamp, but we did it.  We ran just over 100 miles in May!  Thank goodness for equally crazy running friends.

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After lunch we went over to my momma’s house because my brother is home from school for a few days.  It was so fun watching him play with Little Miss.  Last week she started reaching into her toy bin and pulling out all of her toys…  She’s growing so quickly!

I planned to make spaghetti with meat sauce for dinner, but the afternoon got away from us, so we kept it simple with Trader Joe’s chicken sausage and Gnocchi Alla Sorrentina {frozen gnocchi with tomato sauce and mozzarella cheese} and an episode of House of Cards.

Question:  Have you picked strawberries?  What’s your favorite fruit or veggie to pick?  Strawberries were fun, but I think apple picking is my favorite.

Question:  You know you’re a crazy runner when __________ {fill in the blank}.  You know you’re a crazy runner when you go back out for a second run in the heat and humidity because you want to hit 100 miles.

— Allison

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Touring the National Harbor

Hello Monday, we meet again.  The holidays passed by quickly, but don’t they always?  It was nice spending time with family and friends, plus having Ryan home was a treat.  If only we could have a 4-day weekend every weekend…

Last night I didn’t get much sleep, but I did make a batch of what I call my “Everyday Pancakes” before our chiropractor appointment this morning.  They were vegan-ized using a flax egg because we were out of traditional eggs and I added a little brown sugar to the batter so there were pockets of melty sugar.  Delicious!

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Friday night friends came over for a game night.  We ordered take-out from Cafesano which is a local Mediterranean restaurant.  The menu had a great selection of soups, salads, paninis, wraps, kabob platters, pizzas, and pastas so no one had trouble finding something appealing.  A few people got pizza {myself included, I love brick oven pizza crust!}, salads, kebabs, and one person tried the lasagna.

Once our bellies were full, we played Cards Against Humanity and Catch Phrase!  Everyone laughed hysterically late into the night.  I don’t remember the last time I was awake until midnight…  It definitely was before Evie’s arrival.

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Saturday morning we took our time and did a few things around the house before heading to the National Harbor.  I signed up for a race at the National Harbor a couple of years ago, but nothing was open that early in the morning and I haven’t been back since.

For the past few years and this year included, the Gaylord National Resort puts up beautiful holiday decorations and hosts ICE!  ICE! is essentially a large ice house that contains more than two million pounds of hand-carved ice sculptures, four ice slides, and numerous rooms depicting the chosen story.  The story this year was Frosty the Snowman.

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We didn’t see ICE! since it would have been a bit too cold for Evie {it’s a chilly 9*F}, but maybe next year.  It would be a fun tradition to start!  After touring the resort we walked around the shops and sat down for a drink before heading home.

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Sunday started similarly to Saturday, relaxing and slow.  Evie has been having trouble falling back asleep after her middle of the night feeding for the past week, so I’ve been taking her downstairs to lay on the couch and hope there’s something other than infomercials on TV.  She eventually falls back asleep on my chest/lap and will wake up once for a feeding but then will sleep until anywhere between 9 and 11AM.

After lunch we went to my momma’s house to help her set up her new digital picture frame.  We thought it was the perfect Christmas gift for a new grandmomma {we gave one to Ryan’s mom, too} and since we can email pictures directly to the frame, we hopefully won’t be getting too many “How do I…” calls.

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On the way home Ryan dropped me off at the gym for a quick workout.  I walked a mile, ran a mile, walked a mile, and ran another mile.  The last mile I sprinted which felt amazing for the first few minutes, but then my knee started aching.  I tweaked it when I ran the Rock ‘n’ Roll USA Half Marathon last March.  Hopefully some strengthening exercises is all it needs.

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— Allison

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An Enchanting Williamsburg Wedding

It’s hard to believe that last weekend’s getaway was our last trip before Baby Szed makes her appearance.  As of today, I’m 33 weeks and my belly is growing by the second.

As someone who has lived in Virginia for my whole life, you’d think that I would have visited Williamsburg a few times…  To tour one of the numerous historical homes, to visit one of the many museums, to ride a roller coaster at Busch Gardens, or to spend a long weekend at one of the quaint bed and breakfasts.  Sadly, I hardly remember our elementary class field trip to Williamsburg and a later trip to Busch Gardens.  The thing that stood out about both trips was the weather.  It was scorching hot, humid, and I couldn’t wait to get home.

Last weekend was the complete opposite.  It was beautiful, dreamy, enchanting, and whimsical.  It was easily one of the prettiest Virginia weekends that I can remember.  Saturday morning Ryan and I drove down to an area northeast of Williamsburg known as Gloucester, VA.  We were thrilled to have the opportunity to celebrate a good friend from high school’s wedding.

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between cracking jokes & watching Baby Szed move, the hours passed quickly

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the wedding ceremony & reception both took place at The Inn at Warner Hall

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the mature trees blowing in the wind made the ceremony feel intimate

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the bride looked stunning{!} – look at the detail on her dress

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they couldn’t take their eyes off of each other

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so.much.love

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the manor house was built in the 1640’s {read more history here}

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a fun way to remember the night – use a Polaroid camera & ask guests to write a caption

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the lanterns made the reception feel warm

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cocktails were served on the patio & the reception took place in a gorgeous white tent

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a picture perfect painted sunset

P.S.  The winner of the Applegate HALF TIME™ giveaway is…

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Question:  Have you ever visited Williamsburg?

Question:  What’s your favorite dance song at weddings?

— Allison

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