Who Wore it Best?

I feel like having a little fun on this Friday morning, how about you?

Since I dropped the ball on dressing us up for Eleanor’s first Halloween (we were all sick for 2 weeks so my motivation went right out the window), I still wanted to do something festive. I had some wigs lying around from previous parties and Halloween’s, and I decided to try them on her. I was not prepared for how adorable she looked.

#1: Blonde

 

#2: Reddish Orange

 

#3: Curly Brown

 

So I ask you: Who Wore it Best?ย 

Advertisements

Friday Fun

Since it’s obvious I don’t get on here as much as I would like, I figured I would do a roundup of what’s been going on in my life. That way there aren’t weeks in between each update. ๐Ÿ™‚

6 Months Old

Our little nugget is 6 months old! She had her vaccines and her ear infection has gone away (we all were sick for about 2 weeks – not fun!). She’s 16 lbs 8 oz and 27″ long. She’s going to be a tall one!

I absolutely love her personality! She loves the camera and was acting like such a ham. Love her to pieces!

The Ramblefest Half Marathon

Back on October 8th, David and I ran the Ramblefest half marathon. In hindsight, it probably wasn’t the smartest thing for me to do, since I was full-blown sick for the entire week afterwards (eventually getting acute bronchitis), but we did it, it’s done, and we’re all better now.

It was hard; I ran slow, and the weather was overcast and super muggy. I ran it in 3:03 and I came in 3rd to last. But hey, I had a baby over 5 months prior to that, so just the fact that I finished, I can be proud of that. ๐Ÿ™‚

Half Marathon

9 Year Wedding Anniversary

Yesterday David and I celebrated being married for 9 years. I can’t believe how the time has passed. We’ve been through several moves, a deployment, building a house, and welcoming a baby. I’m looking forward to many more wonderful years together! โค

9 Years

We were such babies!

New Job

As of this morning, I have accepted a new job! I’ll be working for the Wynn Boston Harbor. It doesn’t officially open until 2019 but there’s a lot to be done beforehand! I’m so excited to be part of an opening team.

6-wynn-boston-harbor-night-everett-renderings-1920x1080-1_1200xx1920-1080-0-0

So that’s all the updates from here! I’m going to a family gathering this weekend and I’m making apple pie cupcakes. I’ll make sure to post the recipe!

Have a great weekend! What are your plans?

Apple Picking 2017

Apple picking this year was at Applecrest Farms in Hampton Falls, New Hampshire. We were meeting some of my roommates from college, and it was the most gorgeous day. We had a great afternoon and it was made even better by having our little girl there with us.

IMG_0714

IMG_0718

IMG_0720

IMG_0721

IMG_0725

IMG_0729

IMG_0731

Love these ladies! ๐Ÿ™‚

IMG_0737

Where’s your favorite place to go apple picking? Any great apple recipes?ย I’ll probably make a crisp; it’s been a while since I’ve made one!

Smiles to Start Your Week

Happy Monday!ย 

Someone is excited for the start of the work week. And how can you not be happy, looking at this smiling face?

How about a few more?

Our happy little 5 month old!ย I’ll post an update after her 6 month doctor’s appointment.ย 

Something else to smile about: a relatively nice week ahead.

Weather 9-25

And the forecast shows partly sunny and 70* for the half marathon on October 8th.ย I know that’s still 2 weeks away but I’m crossing my fingers!

I hope you all have a wonderful week! Anything interesting planned? Just a busy week at work for me. ๐Ÿ™‚

Road to Wellness 5K

This past Saturday (9/9) I ran my first race of 2017, and it was my first race after having Eleanor!

The company I work for volunteers at a race in Roxbury, for the Dimock Center, and this was my first year participating. I wasn’t sure how I would do going in to it, but I was ready for the challenge.

My intention was to run with the stroller, but as the start time neared, it was clear that Eleanor did not want to be in it. Luckily my coworkers were more than happy to watch her while I ran. ๐Ÿ™‚ I told them I wouldn’t be more than 45 minutes anyway…

…and I wasn’t! I was super surprised by my finish time: 31:21, which is a 10:06 pace. I walked the water stops, and a hill or two, but ran for the majority. I was so sure that I would be closer to 34 or 35 minutes, so you can imagine my surprise when I saw 31 on the clock when I crossed.

IMG_1375

Another successful race in the books!

The rest of our Saturday was pretty laid back. On Sunday, we visited a local farmer’s market to pick up some groceries (vegetables and a whole wheat loaf). I had my cool sidekick with me. ๐Ÿ˜›

How was your weekend? If you’re local, what’s your favorite farmer’s market to visit?

My First Postpartum Half Marathon

I thought it was a crazy move, when David asked me to sign us up for a fall half marathon (it’s for motivation, he said!). I didn’t know how my body was going to recover from giving birth, or how my schedule with both work and nursing were going to pan out.

But here we are, over half way through the training plan, and it’s actually been going really well! I haven’t been running very many midweek runs, but I’ve stuck to doing my long runs; to me, that’s the most important part of the training: getting in the long runs. Monday was 7 miles, and I had the stroller with me the whole time. And dare I say, it was a lot of fun! The weather was great, and I did a combination of running and walking. I know that this won’t be my fastest half, but I’m very much looking forward to running this with David next month.

So, which one are we doing?

Ramblefest

It’s a point to point half that starts in Lanesborough, follows theย Ashuwillticook Trail, and ends in Adams in western Massachusetts. I’m hoping that the weather is nice, since it’ll be during peak foliage season!

This will be 5th half marathon since I started running races in 2007. I wish I had the links back to my old blog for the recaps, but here are pictures from those races.

2007 – Maine Half Marathon – 2:28:37

Maine Half 2007

2008 – Maine Half Marathon – 2:16:39

{I guess I didn’t take a picture at this race! We were originally signed up for the full marathon but wedding planning got in the way so we bumped down to the half. As you can see, we very much enjoy this race! ๐Ÿ™‚ }

2011 – Run to Remember Half Marathon – 2:16:35

Run to Remember

2012 – Half at the Hamptons – 2:09:11

Half at the Hamptons

And I just realized that this next half will be almost 10 years to the day since my first one in 2007 (that took place on October 7th)! And since then I’ve ran 81 races! It’s been a combination of 5Ks, 10Ks, 5-milers, half marathons, and even a full marathon. It might not seem like such a big number, but for someone who absolutely detested running, I’m really proud of that. And I find myself not just running because I think it’s the best way to get in shape (I know it isn’t), but because it’s a fun way to get outside, get some fresh air, and just enjoy the company of other runners. You really can’t compare the atmosphere of running a race.

So, the countdown is on to Ramblefest 2017: 1 Month and 2 Days!

What do you love about running? Do you enjoy the atmosphere of races or prefer running alone?

Four Months

I can’t believe our little Eleanor is 4 months old already. And she is an absolute doll. Her dad and I love her so much, and we can’t get enough of her cute little face and emerging personality.

 

She just had her 4 month check up, so here’s the latest:

Height: 25″
Weight: 14 lbs 8 oz

She’s in the 74th percentile for her weight; 54th percentile for her height. Both my grandfather and David’s grandfather were around the 6 foot mark, so maybe she’s inheriting those genes? David and I are average height (5’4″ me; 5’9″ him).

Anywho, her eyes, ears, lungs, and heart all look and sound good. She had another round of vaccine’s, and David said she did fine with them (with the obvious crying of course).

Eating: She’s on a combination of breast milk and formula. My supply is kind of dwindling so she does get more formula than the breast. She’s eating like a champ though and eats about 20-25 oz per day.

IMG_1338

Sleeping (Napping): She is getting SO much better at napping! She wakes up around 5 each morning, then goes down for a morning nap around 11 and again around 3 or 4. She’s usually out for about an hour to an hour and a half. Last weekend, she slept 2 and a half hours at her grandparents house!

Sleeping (Nighttime): We are crossing our fingers and thanking our lucky stars that she’s been sleeping through the night. She’ll go to bed around 7:30 and wake up at 5. She seems to like that amount of sleep, too, because yesterday she went to bed at 6:30 and woke up at 4. And she always wakes up happy. I love seeing her smiles from the crib. ๐Ÿ™‚

Likes: Going out in the stroller, being carried while we walk around the house, eating, standing up on our laps, bath time

Dislikes: Not being held for long periods of time, being confined to the carrier for too long (she loves being held at the same intensity that she loves being free; I guess it’s all a matter of the length of time :-))

Port Wine Stain: She has responded so well to the laser treatments for the birth mark. She has had 4 so far and it’s already lightening up. She has one more today and then we’ll reevaluate to see if we want to continue the treatments.

IMG_1308

Mobility: She isย so close to rolling over. She can get on her side but just can’t quite get that arm under her. And she has great head control when she is on her stomach.ย Gotta love the little spit-up just as I was taking the picture.

IMG_1334

How I’m Doing: I’m doing pretty well actually! I’m back to work full time (as I’ve mentioned before), but being away from home for 12 hours each day has become a bit tiring. I’m jealous that David gets 5 days with her and I only get 2. ๐Ÿ˜‰ I’m in the throes of half marathon training, and I love that I’m back out on the road. I’ve had no issues or felt any pain while running, and I’m confident that I’ll have a good race in October; slow, but good.

So that’s the latest on our little girl! I just love watching her discover new things each and every day (especially her hands and feet)! We absolutely adore her. ๐Ÿ™‚

Any readers out there have kids around this age? Any advice on what we can expect next?ย I’m still waiting on that 4 month sleep regression.

Family Day in Boston

For the past 10 years, I’ve been a member of an amazing organization: the Greater Boston Concierge Association. And every year, they provide a day for the concierge and their families to enjoy the sites of Boston. Since David works on the weekend, I decided to partake in this years events. My mom and sister-in-law accompanied Eleanor and I on a Duck Tour, lunch in Faneuil Hall, and the New England Aquarium.

2017-08-26 09.50.58

2017-08-26 09.56.45

2017-08-26 09.57.14

2017-08-26 11.32.53

Eleanor did great during the Duck Tour, but became a little overwhelmed at the aquarium. ๐Ÿ˜ฆ We were able to get in a great afternoon though. The weather was absolutely perfect, and it was the best day to be a tourist in my own city.

It’s Myrtle the Turtle! She’s 80 years old and over 500 pounds. She’s lived at the New England Aquarium since 1970.

Sunday was a great day: went for a 5K run, grocery shopped, and cleaned the whole house. Now it’s time for another work week. ๐Ÿ™‚

How was your weekend?ย 

A Musical and Some Family Time

Since going back to work in July, the arrangement that my husband and I have with our daughter is that he will stay with her during the week, and I’ll have her on the weekends while he’s working. For the most part, our weekends have consisted of grocery shopping (if you follow me on Instagram, I post the weekly haul in Insta-stories, along with our menu for the week), going for long walks and runs (David and I are training for the Ramblefest Half Marathon in October!), or visiting with the grandparents.

This past weekend was a fun one; it consisted of a musical, a long run, and time with both my parents and David’s parents (No groceries this week since we already have so much in the fridge ๐Ÿ™‚).

Saturday

On Saturday, my mom and I went to the North Shore Music Theater to seeย Young Frankenstein: The Musical. I absolutely love the classic Mel Brooks/Gene Wilder movie, so I was intrigued to see how they would make it into a musical.

The verdict? It was pretty hilarious. The gentlemen who played Frederick and Igor were quite spot on, and I enjoyed Inga and Elizabeth. Of course, no one can compete with Gene Wilder, Marty Feldman, and Madeline Kahn, but they all did an awesome job. Ah, who am I kidding, the woman who played Frau Blucher (*horse neighs*) was hilarious too! Not as much as Cloris Leachman, but overall, I very much enjoyed it.

Before the show, my mom and I enjoyed some chicken quesadilla’s and a beverage in their Garden Cafe.

During the afternoon, since David was at work, his parents watched her and they had a blast! And I love the fact that they take pictures of their afternoon; I love seeing her little smiling face.

I think my daughter looks like Curly from the Three Stooges. Ha!

After the show, I had dinner at their house, and then it was back home for her bedtime.

Sunday

Sunday was my long run day! The plan had 6 miles, and we ended up doing 6.5 with run/walk intervals. I have to say, it’s a lot of fun running with the stroller. I feel like it actually pulls me along on the road. And for the most part, Eleanor enjoys the runs too.

In the afternoon, we met up with my parents to have lunch and check out their new house under construction. That night, when we got back home, I watched Young Frankenstein (of course!) and gave Eleanor a bath.

Overall, a very enjoyable and activity-packed weekend. ๐Ÿ™‚

How was your weekend? Doing anything fun as a wind-down to summer?

 

I Love Maine

Weekend #1 | Bangor

18

19

20

21

22

My aunt held a late birthday celebration for my Grandpapa this past July (his birthday is in April) at her house and it was, quite possibly, the most perfect day. The weather was amazing, and there were so many wonderful members of the family to celebrate with. (My Grandpapa is an only child but he has an abundance of cousins. My great grandmother – I believe – was one of 12.)ย The food was delicious (the potato salad up there was garnished with curry) and the beverages were refreshing. And the first picture makes me smile every time I look at it. Now that’s a look of love for his great granddaughter. ๐Ÿ™‚

Weekend #2 | Rangeley

15

16

5

17

This past weekend was the wedding of my sister in law, Grace. The wedding took place at the Farmhouse Inn, and I have to say that it rivaled the weekend before it in how perfect everything was. The venue was gorgeous, with the lake views and the open field, and the weather was a beautiful 70 degrees with a partly cloudy sky. I actually broke out my fancy camera (with some iPhone photos thrown in there), and it’s encouraged me to get out there more and test what my Canon Rebel can do. ๐Ÿ™‚

While most of the family stayed at the Farmhouse, David and I stayed at the Rangeley Inn down the street. The location was perfect, staff were friendly and accommodating, the rooms were spacious and clean, and they offered a free continental breakfast. I would definitely stay here again if we ever traveled up this way.

Have you ever traveled to Maine? If so, what’s your favorite area?ย I am partial to Bangor but I also love visiting Bar Harbor in the fall.