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Showing posts from December, 2013

Hello, 2014!

Well, well, well it looks as though we have made it through another year (mostly) intact and with wonderful memories and lessons from the past 365 days. I, for one, am always excited for the New Year and look forward to making new goals and plans to work on as things start to get back to (our version of) normal after the holidays. I had a pretty rockin 2013 and now here is what I am looking forward to in 2014. Running has definitely taken a big spotlight for my goals of 2014; I am already signed up for the Hyannis Half Marathon in February, which is part of my training plan for the Maine Coast Marathon in May. I would like to complete at least one other full marathon in 2014 and am definitely going to try and complete the Cape Cod Half Marathon Trilogy to get one of those sweet jackets they give out. I am also hoping to branch out and register for a sprint triathlon, which brings me to a new goal for 2014: cross training! I love my yoga and spin classes but I really don't get

Farewell, 2013!

You guys, seriously, can you even believe that tomorrow is New Year's Eve? I sure the heck can't!  Someone asked me what the date was today and I said "I think, like, the 27th". What?!  This year has simultaneously flown by but also, wow, so much has happened. I just looked over the past year of blogs and Facebook and iPhone pictures and there was just so much good stuff, and one super older toddler! I love to look back at the fun we had and the adventures that are to come, so I figured I would break it up into two posts with these two days left (!!). I give to you, my year in review, 2013 edition. In February I ran my first half marathon, then followed up two months later with my second half marathon and then just said YOLO and ran my first full marathon in October. I put about 700 miles on my running shoes in 2013 and really, truly feel like a runner. Running is not something that I want to do or have to do, it is something that I do. Period. And until

Merry Christmas(time)!

I swear she was really excited to see him when we were in line! Ha! Hi everyone! I hope you all had a super, duper, happy Christmastime! We had a whirlwind time with Grandma and Grandpa in town the week before, Christmas Eve dinner at my AIL's with our niece, her parents and Kate and then Christmas Day at home, just the three of us. I love Christmas and experiencing it through Maddie's eyes makes it about a kajllion times better, but I am definitely at that point where I am just looking forward to things getting back to normal, schedules being consistent and a new year to tackle! I was very spoiled this Christmas and am extra thankful for my wonderful husband and his ability to give really good gifts as well as my Mama who  spoils me to pieces when she comes to visit us. It is literally the only time of year that I allow myself to get new things and I sure got some awesome stuff. I finally got a pair of leather boots and have pretty much worn them every second th

I'm Still Here!

Just wanted to let everyone know that I'm still here! Life has been a whirlwind lately and it seems like this holiday season has been busier than ever! I thought I'd play a little catch up and let you know what we've been up to around here.  Two Saturdays ago Matty and I attended his company holiday party at the MFA and got to see the Sargent watercolor exhibit that we've been dying to see sans toddler or big crowds. It's an incredible exhibit and I highly recommend seeing it before it leaves. Some of the paintings look more like oil than watcolor and there's some great stories about the artists life and travels. We also had really good food, lots of bubbly and a chance to dress up and enjoy each other.  The next day we decorated our tree, drove around and looked at all the pretty lights in our neighborhood and had a major cuddle fest in anticipation of me leaving on my first business trip away from home since Maddie was born. It actually went a lot smoother tha

How we are celebrating Advent

I love Christmas; always have and always will, and having a child has made this season even more magical and exciting because I am living it not just through my own eyes but also through hers. This is Madeleine's third Christmas but this year she is really showing interest and seems to know that there are special things going on around her. I wanted to do something fun to celebrate Advent and countdown to Christmas morning with her, so we hung a little calendar from Target that she can move the candy cane date marker around all by herself. We do this each night and then she unwraps a special book for us to read as her night night story. I checked out a bunch of books from the library about Christmas including ones about Santa, the birth of Christ, the Nutcracker, pirate gingerbread men and everything in between. Then I wrapped each one and put them by her tree for her to unwrap during our bedtime routine.  I must say it is pretty awesome watching her unwrap a little present