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.

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Question:  How did you celebrate Mother’s Day?

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

— Allison

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10 Random Tidbits 2.26.15

Tidbit 1:  I’m starting to love these tidbit posts.  They’re a great way for me to dump all of my random thoughts without trying to come up with a catchy, cohesive story.

Tidbit 2:  This morning we woke up to another {thin} blanket of snow.  I loved snow days as a kid because I didn’t have to go to school.  I loved snow days as a teacher because I didn’t have to go to work.  And now I love snow days as a mom because Little Miss is completely enamored by the magical white fluff.  She could watch it fall all day.

Tidbit 3:  I can’t remember the last time I made a smoothie and to be honest, the last few times we used our blender was to make milkshakes and margaritas {not at the same time}.  But after clicking on all of the links in this article, 9 High-Protein Smoothies That Taste Like a Milkshake, I feel the need to buy all of the ingredients to make all of the smoothies.  ASAP.

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Tidbit 4:  I mentioned last week that we’ve started to look at houses.  I’ve watched House Hunters for years and always got a good laugh at the buyers with the unrealistic list of expectations…  But I’ve realized that I am that person, too.

Tidbit 5:  I’ve also realized that an ugly kitchen is a deal-breaker.  The house could have {almost} everything on our list, but if the kitchen needs a lot of TLC I’m moving onto the next property.  Kitchens are wicked expensive to remodel and I really don’t want to live through months of construction without a working kitchen, especially with an infant.

Tidbit 6:  I tried a LUNA Protein Lemon Vanilla bar for the first time yesterday and I’ll give it a thumbs up…  Unlike the chips I ate yesterday which get two thumbs down.  The Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough and Chocolate Peanut Butter are still my favorite flavors because they remind me of a candy bar without the guilt.

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Tidbit 7:  I popped a few potatoes into the oven for dinner and between feeding Little Miss, cleaning up her lunch mess, a dog that needed to go outside, and making lunch for myself, I totally forgot about them.  Thank goodness sweet potatoes smell so delicious when they’re roasting, otherwise there’s a good chance that I would have forgotten them until dinner.

Tidbit 8:  I’ve been doing an awesome job with sticking to my half marathon training plan this week, today being an exception.  Little Miss refused to nap so I wore her in the carrier for the majority of the day so today’s run is being pushed to tomorrow.  Maybe I’ll sneak it in before she even wakes up…  That’s ambitious.

Tidbit 9:  Ryan and I are hosting a St. Patty’s Day Potluck where everyone is asked to bring a dish and their favorite 6-pack of beer to share.  What’s your favorite Irish-inspired dish?

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Tidbit 10:  Do you like Life’s a Bowl on Facebook?  If you don’t already, make sure you head over now and “Like” it.  Yesterday I shared some exciting news {notice the new badge on the sidebar?} and there might be a giveaway exclusively on Facebook in the near future.  Wink, wink.

— Allison

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10 Random Tidbits 2.17.15

Tidbit 1:  We were forecasted to receive 5 – 8 inches of snow overnight, but we woke up this morning to see no more than 4 inches.  Bummer.  If any of you New Englanders want to send us some of the 7+ feet y’all have received we’d gladly take it off your hands!

Tidbit 2:  We all watched Ryan shovel the front walk this morning before he went to work.  Little Miss is in awe of the snow – it’s precious.

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Tidbit 3:  Did you catch Sunday’s post?  It’s one that you don’t wanna miss – a tasty {no bake} recipe and a delicious giveaway.  The giveaway is open to US residents and the winner will be announced on Thursday.

Tidbit 4:  The flowers Ryan gave me for Valentine’s Day are blooming beautifully.  I especially love lilies.  And peonies.  And tulips.

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Tidbit 5:  Saturday morning Ryan and I went to a Stroller Strides partners class in honor of Valentine’s Day.  It was a lot of fun having all of the spouses join and complete the exercises with us!  By the end of the day Ryan felt the burn from all of the squats and asked me why we still have a gym membership, ha!

Tidbit 6:  I may not be the best baker, but I can read directions on the side of a box.  This devil’s food cake with whipped vanilla frosting and dark chocolate hearts didn’t disappoint.

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Tidbit 7:  My goal this week is to get Little Miss to nap in her bassinet.  She loves movement so she naps great in her car seat and carrier, but getting her to nap at home {without wearing her} has been a challenge.  She’s a deep sleeper at night, but a light napper during the day.

Tidbit 8:  On Sunday we took a drive through the mountains and followed the Potomac River into Maryland.  Ryan and I started taking day trips when he visited me at school in Boston and I’m glad we’ve kept them going.  We’ve mapped out a handful of trips we hope to take this spring!

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Tidbit 9:  Every time I import pictures into iPhoto I end up with duplicates.  I’ve read online that it could have to do with my iCloud settings, but I have iCloud turned off.  Help?!

Tidbit 10:  I planned to share how I’ve been making the greatest boiled eggs the past few weeks, but it appears that my tricks aren’t so original.  How to Make the Perfect Boiled Egg, Every Time, Every Way by Greatest sums it up perfectly.

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Question:  Did you celebrate Valentine’s Day?  We celebrated, but kept it low-key.  We exchanged gifts Friday night {because it’s hard to hide a cake} and Saturday we went to the Stroller Strides partners class and dinner + a movie at home.

Question:  Do you have any secret tips to make the greatest boiled eggs?

— Allison

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