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The 2017 Baltimore Running Festival & Jack’s 1st Race!

23 Oct

After years of doing the Baltimore Running Festival – whether it be the 5k or the Team Relay Marathon with my siblings – this year was super special. Jack had been asking to do a fun run race for a couple months and we decided that this would be a great first race for him. The races for the Baltimore Running Festival tend to be towards the more expensive side, but the Kids Fun Run was actually quite a deal. For $15, Jack received an Under Armour running shirt, his own crab medal and snacks at the finish line.

It was a super early morning and we got to see the sun rise over the Baltimore Inner Harbor on our way to the start line.

I ran the 5k first with Travis and Jack cheering me on. It was an okay race for me and I finished 3117 out of 5344 participants. This was also my first time running as a 40 year old, and I placed 162 out of 314 in my new category of Females 40 – 44. Here’s a look at how incredibly crowded it was at the start of the race:

After I wiped the sweat off me, we made our way over to the other side of the Inner Harbor with plenty of time to spare for the kid’s run. Kids 8 – 12 ran the longer .38 mile course and age 7 and under ran the .14 mile course. There were a ton of kids there, so Jack decided that he wanted to hold my hand and run the race together.

It was a total mess at the beginning with kids running every which way. One kid decided a few steps in that she hated running (I hear you girl…) and collapsed to the ground crying for her mom to pick her up. Once we broke free of some of the pack, I asked Jack if he wanted to go faster… which he did. So, we kept going faster and faster until he was basically flying at the end of it. He was super proud of himself and VERY happy to have his own medal like mommy’s!

And of course, I needed a photo of the two of us to celebrate the moment!

Jack has already asked when he can do another race, so I think it’s safe to say he will be doing the Baltimore Running Festival again with me next year. Race season in Maryland is coming to a close, but I will definitely keep my eyes open for some more fun run’s in the spring!

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Movie Talk: My Queue

12 Oct

We have finally been making some headway on our queue lately, so I wanted to share with you some of movies we’ve really enjoyed…

Table 19

I love Anna Kendrick, so when I saw that she was in a wedding comedy, I immediately added it to my queue even though I hadn’t really heard much about it.

Here is the synopsis: After her boyfriend dumps her via text, Eloise McGarry finds herself demoted at the wedding of her ex’s sister, from maid of honor to a seat at the table reserved for guests of little consequence. But Eloise soon realizes it’s the best table of all.

I loved the different wierdo characters, laughed a bunch and even cried a little bit. So yeah, even though this one ended up getting mixed reviews I thought it was great!

Kingsman: The Secret Service

Photo courtesy of Fox Home Entertainment

When Travis and I were at the movies, we saw a preview for the new Kingsman movie (The Golden Circle), which made us realize we never saw the first one. We got it last week from our membership and we thought it was awesome! It’s basically like a funnier/bloodier James Bond. If you have a Colin Firth crush and want to see him as a total badass… add this to your queue ASAP!

Here’s the synopsis: Seeing untapped potential in a wayward teenager, veteran secret agent Harry Hart recruits the young delinquent and schools him in the skills that will ultimately transform him into a superspy.

Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 2

The whole family loved the first Guardians of the Galaxy movie, so I knew that Volume 2 would be a hit. Travis and I saw it in the theater because we weren’t sure if it would be too scary for Jack. After watching it, we decided it would be totally fine for Jack to see… so we’ve been anxiously waiting for it to be released on DVD. Jack loved Volume 2 even more than the first – mostly thanks to Baby Groot. I think I might as well just buy both movies, because they are both fantastic.

Here’s the synopsis: Set to the all-new sonic backdrop of Awesome Mixtape #2, Marvel Studios’ Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 continues the team’s adventures as they traverse the outer reaches of the cosmos. The Guardians must fight to keep their newfound family together as they unravel the mystery of Peter Quill’s true parentage. Old foes become new allies and characters from the classic comics come to their aid as the Marvel Cinematic Universe continues to expand.

Oh, and Jack is a proud owner of this “I am Groot” t-shirt.

Photo courtesy of DreamWorks

Next up in our queue:

The Boss Baby
Let’s Be Cops

Do you have a movie recommendation that we should add to our queue?


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Jack’s First Day of Kindergarten

5 Sep

It’s here. Jack’s first day of elementary school…

Jack will be taking the bus to school two days a week and going to before/aftercare the other three days, so he won’t actually ride the bus for the first time until Friday. Today, I walked him into his before care at the school and signed him in. The assistant director greeted Jack and showed him where to store his backpack until school starts.

I started to lead Jack to an activity table, but he immediately brushed me off and told me to get going to work. I did get a kiss and a hug before he shoved me on my way. I glanced back as I reached the door and saw Jack plop himself down at a table with a similar sized kid, introduce himself and start playing.

Yup, he’s ready.

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We Couldn’t Have Done it Without Mimi & Dippy

29 Aug

Any of my long-time blog readers remember when I posted about being pregnant with Jack? Or when I was like, surprise I just had a baby at 31 ½ weeks! How about my letter to Jack on his first birthday? Or when our first childcare choice ended up to be a hoarder? Our various trips to the pediatric ER. Remember the end of Daddy Wednesdays? How about all those potty training shenanigans? Or our kind of weird bedtime routine. So many of you have been reading along, leading all the way up to Jack’s preschool graduation.

I’m so glad that my blog has captured so many little pieces of Jack growing up over the years. Some days it feels like it’s gone so incredibly slow (like the potty training saga) and other times the days and months have flown by. And now, Jack is starting Kindergarten next week.

With all the craziness over the last 5 ½ years, we could not have done it without my parents. Jack calls them Mimi and Dippy and they have been there for us every single step of the way.

My parents were at the hospital with us when I gave birth to Jack. I was so scared to go into a labor that couldn’t be stopped so early, and my mom literally held one of my legs as her first grandchild came into the world.

When I called my mom crying that our daycare choice didn’t seem safe, she immediately took Jack in and cared for him four days a week so that Travis and I could go to work. Once Jack started preschool, he still looked forward to his twice a week visits to Mimi and Dippy’s house. Often when we would try to pick him up in the evening, Jack would be outside playing with his Dippy and refuse to come home!

My parents have gone totally above and beyond, and we feel so lucky to have them so involved with caring for Jack. On days that I have to go out of town for work, my parents step in and keep Jack at their house so that Travis can get to his own (super early) job on time. On days that Jack comes down with a fever and can’t go to school, my mom drops everything to help us out. When we found out at his kindergarten assessment that Jack needed to work on his letter recognition, she immediately bought flash cards, prizes, and started with a plan to teach and review them all over the summer.

With Jack going to Kindergarten, this will be the first time in his life where he won’t be at Mimi and Dippy’s house every single week. Over the past couple years of preschool, those Mimi days have sustained him. At Mimi and Dippy’s house, Jack gets to play and snack all day and take marathon naps in the afternoon. It’s going to be a huge change for him to go to school five days a week. For him and for all of us.  We are hoping to do a special Mimi and Dippy weekend once a month where he can spend the night and hang out with them… but it will still be so different than his weekly grandparent’s schedule.

So, it’s the end of another era. And I don’t think it has hit any of us yet.

I don’t know if I could ever properly thank my parents for all that they do. We are so appreciative that we have them nearby and we are thankful to have them help us raise our little boy.

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