Friday, September 23, 2016

Birthday Weekend

[Birthday Self-portrait at 28]
last year's here

My birthday weekend started out with some morning mountain biking with Tiffany.  It was such a great ride!  I loooooved it.  Then Amber and Evie rolled into town (from Texas!) and we made our way to Mad Tom's Apple Orchard.  It was a gorgeous day to be out gathering apples.

 We got Cilantro for dinner which is always my favorite!

Sunday was a relaxing day.  We went to church, took naps, collected eggs from the Finnegan's chickens, and ventured to Equinox Pond.

On Monday (my 28th birthday), we went out to breakfast at Up for Breakfast where I had a delicious meat lovers omelette.  Then we went to hang out at our local library which is AMAZING!  The kids' room is impressive... I know that Gwen and I will be spending some time there this winter for sure.

Then we came home, made an apple crisp, hung out, and had pizza for dinner.  Then we opened presents and had wafer cake!  It was perfect!
  2 and 8... get it?  Wafer cake is the BEST!!  even the GF version.

 Gwen thought my balloon was pretty awesome... I think she is pretty awesome!

What a year this has been?!  I opened my private practice last October and I brought Gwen into the world in June.  I am really living my dream.  I am truly the happiest I have ever been and I can't believe my life is turning out how I envisioned it.  God is good.  God is so so good.

Friday, September 16, 2016

3 months

This little girl has been Earth-side for 3 whole months.  She is the best!  She started giggling this week and her first all out giggle today.  I about lost it!  Gwen has been sticking her tongue out a lot lately and its also adorable.  She is sleeping like a champ still, going down about 9:30 and getting up around 7:00.  We continue to be obsessed with her.  Jeremy is quite the Gwen-hog when he gets home from work.  Luckily, I usually get her for the rest of the day.  

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Race Day!

On Saturday I ran a 5k and it was one of my favorite things of the summer!
I ran it with Catherine, Tiffany, and Laura.  Betsy and Nicole ran the 1/2 marathon - those super stars.  Here are some pictures from the race:

Gwen and Jeremy came to support me.  Cutest little girl!

 Here we are pre-race on the right: Me, Betsy, Nicole, Catherine, Laura, and Tiffany

 Stretching those muscles!

And then we were off.  The course was awesome.  It was pretty flat and had a section that went through the woods.  I felt really great the whole race.  I have been hiking a lot and running a little, so it was the first time in a about a year that I ran over three miles without stopping.  And I had enough in the tank to sprint to the finish:

 Here are the supporters and 5k finishers:
 Paul(Tiffany's husband), Dave(Laura's husband), Jeremy, and Gwen - Catherine's family got to cheer us on from their house, since we ran right by.  Paul rode next to us for portions of the race and we chatted (mostly about Stranger Things) and he of course also encouraged us as we ran. 

It was such a fun race! I seriously want to run a million more and now I have a time to beat! With 33.47 min, with a 10:15 pace, I placed 4th in my division and would love to medal at some point.  Wouldn't that be cool?!  I think I will stick with 5ks or 10ks.  I would rather focus on getting faster and faster than running farther - plus it's easier on the knees.  Can't wait for the next one! - maybe it will be a trail run.

Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Up North

For our Labor Day, we took a day trip up north to Burlington, Vermont.
We went primarily to see a baseball game (you know, to check it off of the bucket list) and exploring a new city was an awesome bonus.  We started at the Church Street Marketplace to do some shopping.

 Then we went to our baseball game - Vermont Lake Monsters played the Lowell Spinners.  It was a really good game.  We saw a bunch of great hits and even a home run. The Lake Monsters won 9-5! Gwen loved it, until each moment the crowd cheered really loud.  She definitely did not like that.  Those baby ear muffs would have come in handy.

 Look at those blue eyes!!

After the baseball game, we made our way to the Waterfront Park to take a look at Lake Champlain.

 It was gorgeous!  Check out those layers of mountains - they are my favorite.

We walked long the waterfront for a while and then got dinner at the Skinny Pancake - which was amazing.  Seriously.  Tons of crepes - savory and sweet, and even gluten free.  We of course, had to get a little of each.  It totally hit the spot.  

 And then we saw a sign for Maple Creamees and had to have some of that, too.  Turns out a creamee is just soft serve ice cream.  We were expecting a creamy popsicle... however, it was delicious.  I love maple everything.  Vermont is so great.

Sidenote: Gwen is adorable. Always.

 I fed Miss Gwen as we enjoyed the sun setting on the New York Adirondacks across the lake. Then we headed home and Gwen slept the whole way.  

It was a dreamy day trip.  Burlington, we are big fans.  Can't wait to come visit again!