I am ending this weekend feeling very, very loved!
It started with flowers on Friday for Military Spouse Appreciation Day – I think this is the first year Brian has remembered this day… 🙂 The flowers are beautiful but if you look closely, it looks like there is cabbage or something in the middle which made me laugh. B said it was called something like the Western Mountain Mix, so it is a good reminder of our time together at Malmstrom AFB in Montana ;).
I also got my favorite types of gifts – the homemade preschool Mother’s Day gifts! Audrey made me a votive candle holder and Caroline made me a sweet little trinket box.
On Saturday, something unusual happened: Brian and I each took one girl for the morning, so we got one-on-one time with them. Brian was volunteering at a rocket egg drop competition and since he & Audrey are space lovers/nerds ( 🙂 ), she went with him. Caroline and I spent the morning running errands, shopping at Target, making a Starbucks trip, and running around the playground.
This morning I started my day off with a 10.5 mile run (so hard, hilly, hot – ick! Good prep for Historic Half, hopefully), and then I came home to get ready for brunch with my ladies (and Brian) in Georgetown. After brunch, we walked around a little bit and visited Lululemon and Georgetown Cupcake, two of my favorite places. Lululemon was giving moms mini-Reisling bottles and dark chocolate. It’s like they knew I was coming – those are my two favorite things ever!
One thing that I have been working on since the New Year has been consuming less sugar. I guess it’s working because for the first time ever, I took a bite of my cupcake and couldn’t finish it. It was too sweet for me!
After we got home and napped, we whipped out the sprinkler! We had to practically drag them back inside – they loved it. I’m sure it will be out constantly from this point on.
It was a wonderful Mother’s Day weekend, and my sweet little things were so loving and affectionate. I could not ask for more – they are the best gifts!
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There is nothing quite like having a beautiful weekend to celebrate and relax! As I mentioned in the last post, free time is not something we get a lot of these days, so we really cherish the weekends with zero (or close to zero) major plans. And after last week at work,I feel like I really earned this weekend! Things have been crazy around here for a ton of reasons, including (but not limited to) the new construction going on in my particular office area and general end-of-the-semester craziness. Without getting into too much detail, I left work pretty frazzled almost every day last week.
On Saturday, B & I divided & conquered, with him taking Audrey to her gymnastics class and a friend’s birthday party and me taking Caroline to a girls’ brunch and grocery shopping. It was so nice getting to spend time with Caroline one-on-one since most of my one-on-one child time is with Audrey (since she and I go to work/school together). I rarely get that Caroline time these days, and she is really starting to turn into her own little person, so I loved every minute of it (and so did she!). She never gets to hang out with our friends while not in big sister’s shadow, so I think it was something she enjoyed, too. Also, she fell in love with grits this weekend!
Our Mother’s Day was spent relaxing & spending time together. We went to brunch at the Ft Belvoir Officers’ Club, which has a beautiful view of the Potomac River. Audrey and Caroline adored this meal, especially because there was a plethora of dessert options. Caroline now gets really annoyed if she can’t feed herself, so it’s a good thing there was a really thick, almost spill-proof mousse there because she was not letting me feed it to her. We capped it off with lots of playing outside, Audrey running through the sprinkler, Caroline trying it once and then deciding that, “no thank you, this is definitely not for me!” I don’t know, there isn’t really too much to summarize, but it was such a great weekend. Audrey gifted me with a homemade coaster and a potted plant in a pot that she decorated, and Caroline & Brian brought flowers home on Friday. All in all, it was a simple & sweet day with my girls, and that is all I wanted!
On the running front, since I am no longer in race/taper mode, I have been able to get back into more of a groove. This has helped my sanity immensely! I got in 30 miles this week, including yesterday’s 10.5 mile long run (hey, I had to earn my brunch!) My pace has been pretty decent, too, with Friday’s 5.5 mile run at an 8:12 min/mile, and yesterday’s 10.5 mile at an 8:27 min/mile. Instead of reaching for the Gu gel this time around, I had Jelly Belly Sports Beans during my long run instead. I definitely prefer these to Gu so far!
Their faces are enough of a gift every day