Recent highlights: weekend away, week off + Thanksgiving

Oh hi, guys! It’s been a hot minute, huh? Well here’s a glimpse into what we’ve been up to…

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Last Friday – the one BEFORE Thanksgiving – Vera’s daycare teachers gave her a ponytail…haha such a cute but pathetic attempt. She’s working on that hair but we have a long way to go. I have a feeling that ponytail up, soccer ball at her feet will be happening a lot in our future though 🙂

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I left the next morning for a quick trip to DC to visit my friend and meet and snuggle her baby boy, Ryder. He’s the sweetest. I had a blast – doing not much of anything :). My friend Lisa and I got to go out for dinner on Saturday night – it was amazing to catch up and talk momhood and life. Sunday we all went for runs – I did 3 hilly miles – and my friends went out for a date lunch while I hung out with the kiddo.

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Oh darn 😉 He slept most of the time so my job was cake. In between eating, running and baby snuggles, we took it easy, which is just what this mama needed!

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This is what Vera, Dada and Elmo were up to while I was away 🙂 I arrived home at 9 am Monday morning and we spent the rest of the day swapping furniture with my in-laws and organizing around the house.

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On Tuesday afternoon, Vera and I ventured out to the library for some playtime and to check out some books. I took her there once before but this time she was a few months older and MUCH more into everything. Win!

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Our Wednesday afternoon adventure was a trip to the Children’s Museum! It recently reopened and it was AWESOME. I wasn’t 100% sure it was going to be good for Vera’s age (almost 18 months) but she had a blast. Yes she was one of the few her age and it was teaming with older kids, but she held her own.

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She loved the farmer’s market area in particular as well as the rope climb (with help) 🙂

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On Thanksgiving morning, I ran a 5-mile turkey trot with my sister-in-law and her husband. It was cold but a nice day actually. I went slow and steady and it was a good time!

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My active little toddler wouldn’t let me get a great picture of her in her Thanksgiving outfit, so this is the best I could do (getting ready to put a headband on Brown Bear). But I had to share because the dress and tights came in her Mac & Mia bundle, which we loved! I would definitely do it again but probably only for special occasions.

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The highlight of Thanksgiving for my little turkey was this life-size Minnie Mouse doll her cousin brought over. I’m pretty sure Vera’s mind was blown 🙂 We had a great holiday overall though – dinner at my grandma’s with my dad’s side of the family and then a quick stop at Mike’s aunt’s house for dessert.

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Our Black Friday was pretty low key – I started the day with online shopping, we tackled the Christmas decorating and goofed around 🙂 Then we took Vera to my parents’ house for a sleepover while Mike and I were at a Murder Mystery party with Mike’s family and our friends. I’ve never done anything like that before and it was entertaining!

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The next morning, Mike and I took advantage of being child free for the morning and went out to breakfast at Jack Flaps. I tried the Apple Bourbon waffle and holy yum was it delicious! Unfortunately, I spent the rest of the morning on the couch with a headache, but the upside is that I got to watch a couple Hallmark Christmas movies 🙂 I picked Vera up around noon and we made baked veggie risotto for dinner and finished decorating the tree that night.

Sunday morning, Vera and I ventured out to a couple actual stores – I know! – to do some quick Christmas shopping. In the afternoon, we went to my in-laws’ and then my parents’ – as usual.

In between all that, we took photos of Vera for our Christmas cards – woop! – baked muffins for Vera, cleaned the house (me) and winterized the yard (Mike). Workout wise, in addition to my DC and Turkey Day runs, and I ran another 4 miles, did several rounds of a yoga workout to balance out all that running, and yesterday, started my day with kickboxing.

All in all it’s been a great week-plus, and while it’s tough getting back to the grind today, I am feeling refreshed and have a full heart.

Hope you’re feeling the same!

-Stephanie

 

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