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.

P.S.  I just signed up for Bloglovin.  Anyone else use it?  Follow my blog with Bloglovin!

— Allison

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100 Happy Days: Day 18 – Day 40

Read about why I’m doing the 100 Happy Days challenge here.  Sign up to participate yourself or join me – for just a day or the remainder of the challenge – the more the merrier.  Don’t forget to tag your pictures with #100happydays and #lifesabowlhappydays.  Stay connected with Life’s a Bowl on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.  Below each picture I copied the caption, minus the hashtags #obvi.

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Charlie made me happy a lot day 1 – day 8.  Then, the focus shifted to Baby Szed day 9 – day 17.  And this time it seems to be an even mix between family, home repair, and back-to-school stuff.  This week is an overflow of pictures because I didn’t share last week.  Whoops!

Day 18

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Painting and eating crumb cakes.  Thanks BUNCHES for the sweet find, Sarah!

Day 19

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Two weekends moving, two days painting, two days without a shower…  We’re totally moved out!  Looking forward to making happy memories in our new house.

Day 20

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        First, my student picks me flowers.  Then, an elderly lady stopped me in the grocery store to tell me “You look so pretty.  You’re going to have a beautiful baby.  Bless you.”  So happy to be surrounded by beautiful people!

Day 21

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A Day late, but happy National Dog Day!  We love you lots, Charlie

Day 22

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Hard to believe how quickly time passes…  Four years ago I was about to begin my senior year at Boston University.  Two years ago we picked up our marriage license.  Both are very happy memories!

Day 23

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Pregnancy is a beautiful, incredible thing.

Day 24

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My momma felt bad that I was still at school so she came to help…  Until the custodian kicked us out.  After a week of 12+ hour workdays, I’m happy to have a 3-day weekend!

Day 25

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Charlie mustache you a question…  Shall we shag now, or shall we shag later?

Day 26

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Supposed to increase my calcium intake…  The things I do for this little girl already.

Day 27

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Adding some va-va-voom to his perm.

Day 28

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Happy to have met my student and to have finished the first day of school without anyone having a meltdown!

Day 29

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He looked like such a stud

Day 30

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30 weeks pregnant today and I can still {barely} see my toes.

Day 31

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I’ve had a lot of “Ms. Szed, what if…?” questions this week.  TGIF!

Day 32

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Pictures of cute baby giraffes make me so happy.  Ironically, all of the stuffed animals that our generous friends have given us have been…  GIRAFFES!  Her themes are: giraffe and pink.  Baby Szed is already maxing out the growth chart so it’s fitting.

Day 33

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I love bread butts.  Topped with garlic hummus and pepper jack cheese.

Day 34

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Fueling momma and baby for our workout!  Luna Bar you made my day with this new-to-me flavor…  I’m sure Baby Szed will be a Luna lover like her momma {and dad}!

Day 35

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Squee!  My momma sent me a baby shower invitation!  I LOVE IT

Day 36

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It’s been a hard week, but I’m happy to be at the gym for the third day in a row.  Gym time = me time.  Time to mentally checkout.

Day 37

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First can of pumpkin this season – happy morning!  Made Pumpkin Oatmeal Fritters.

Day 38

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Happy {funny} Friday!

Day 39

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Rainy weekend happiness.

Day 40

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The master bedroom looks beautiful and our periwinkle storage room is starting to look like a baby girl’s nursery ♥  Happy to be almost done!

See past 100 Happy Days Challenge pictures…

Day 1 – Day 8

Day 9 – Day 17

Question:  What’s made you happy lately?

Question:  What’s the last good thing you’ve done to help someone else?

— Allison

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100 Happy Days: Day 1 – Day 8

Read about why I’m doing the 100 Happy Days challenge here.  Sign up to participate yourself or join me – for just a day or the remainder of the challenge – the more the merrier.  Don’t forget to tag your pictures with #100happydays and #lifesabowlhappydays.  Stay connected with Life’s a Bowl on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.  Below each picture I copied the caption, minus the hashtags #obvi.

100 Happy Days Challenge Header Evidently Charlie made me happy a lot last week.  He’s been great company this summer, especially while Ryan has been away for work.  He’s such a charmer and cuddler 😉

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I love that he loves laying on my baby belly ♥  Today marks day 1 of the 100 Happy Days challenge…  I thought it would be a fun way to countdown to Baby Szed’s due date.  Day 100 is November 13th.

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So much to be happy about today.  Today marks 26 weeks pregnant!

Day 3

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Spent this past week in Philly!  I LOVE{d} having the opportunity to travel with my husband {Charlie too} on a business trip and spend the days touring.  Back to VA to start packing for our move next week!

Day 4

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What a WONDERFUL night!  Had a blast celebrating the newly engaged couple and seeing old friends!

Day 5

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I’m incredibly thankful for everything my husband does for me and our growing family.  He’s the hardest worker that I know, is extremely modest, puts the biggest smile on my face, still makes my heart flutter after 5 years, and is gonna be a great dad…  So much love ♥  And yes, he’s showing off my baby bump!

Day 6

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Be the person your dog thinks you are.  Give lots of kisses, seize the day, always be ready for adventure, stick by the ones you love, and love unconditionally.  Love my first baby, my fur baby

Day 7

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Listening to the pouring rain, culling on the couch, and catching up on the DVR.

Day 8

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Happy to have a rich blue sky today after yesterday’s downpours – it’s a beautiful day in Virginia.

Question:  What’s made you happy lately?

Question:  What’s the last good thing you’ve done to help someone else?

 

— Allison

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