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Kip Moore and Kid-Free

Guys.

Last week was aMAZing.

Dave’s parents came into town on Wednesday afternoon for a visit and to watch R and J Thursday to Friday so Dave and I could have our first kid-free overnight trip. I love traveling (in fact, it was my dream to be a travel writer) and before we had lil R, we’d traveled to France, Switzerland, Germany, the Netherlands, Turks & Caicos, and more. Where did we go last week? An hour south to…

Morgantown, West Virginia!

Kip Moore is my absolute favorite artist and he had an acoustic concert at the Metropolitan Theatre Thursday night, so on Thursday afternoon Dave and I grabbed coffee and donuts from Dunkin and headed south for our first kid-free getaway.

We stayed at a hotel that was straight out of the movie Clue and I felt like a guest at the Hollywood Tower Hotel, except the staff was extraordinarily friendly and the elevators graciously didn’t go rogue. It was kind of awesome, although could use a few updates.

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Anyway, as soon as we got into our room we took a naptime (#parenthood). Then we cracked open the Booker’s straight bourbon Dave got me for our wedding and enjoyed it while we got ready.

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For dinner, we walked to the Morgantown Brewing Company which had a Mad Mex vibe to it even though it wasn’t really anything like it. We ordered burgers and drinks which included me going big and trying Old Forester 1920 which was delicious. It was so nice to sit there and talk and not, in the back of my mind, worry about getting home and back to the babies.

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After dinner (by which point I was feeling nice and warm), we walked to the Theatre for KIP MOORE! We were in the balcony, but it’s a pretty small theater so we could still see and hear him perfectly. Muscadine Bloodline was his opening act. I’d heard of them before, but didn’t know many songs. I’m a fan now for sure.

Then Kip Moore came out. Just him, his guitar, and a red Solo cup. He talked a bit and sang a few songs, then the rest of the Slowhearts came out.

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Here’s the thing about Kip Moore’s concerts. He doesn’t just come out and sing and hype up the audience with bro country beats in too-tight jeans and cowboy boots. He’s the real deal. Before most songs, he stopped and told the story behind them, how they came to be, or related back to another audience on his tour. He actually chatted back and forth with the audience and took requests. I was so overflowing with happiness, I almost cried. (cheesy as hell,yes, but here we are.)

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And he played our wedding song, Hey Pretty Girl. I cannot put enough heart emojis in here to describe how happy that made me. <3

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Friday morning, we checked out of our hotel, grabbed some lunch at Panera and headed over to the Forks of Cheat Winery for some wine tasting. Then on the way home, Dave wanted to stop at the Tanger Outlets to look for pants so, hello, I got to go child-free-outlet-shopping! The Under Armour Outlet is a glorious problem. Smile

I didn’t realize how much getting a break would affect me until we got back to our babies. I was so excited to hug and snuggle them and watching them play Play-Doh didn’t seem boring or frustratingly messy. My energy is revamped and my cup is overflowing with happiness.

Mamas- have you ever taken a child-free getaway? Did you like it? I feel like I’ve been a much better mom the last few days for it!

Anybody like Kip Moore? Who wants to go on-road and be a groupie with me? haha I kid, I kid…

Don’t Stop (get it get it)

Well hi again!

Six months ago,  I was stoked after reading Rachel Hollis’ Girl, Wash Your Face  and determined to stop starting over, to work for it, to grab life by the horns.

And then I haven’t blogged since.

Oops.

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So, how successful have I been? I guess that’s open for debate. I had a temp freelance job writing social media for a communications company for five months. I joined a gym with childcare. I finished crocheting a blanket for R and began one for J. I’ve made progress on my novel. I’m training for another marathon.

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In that regard, I have been. But generally speaking, I don’t feel any different. I don’t feel any more accomplished and I certainly don’t feel like I haven’t wanted to start over once a week.

Maybe that’s all part of it, though? That even though my life is moving forward and I am trying, I definitely have room to improve upon my goals and consistency, but that doesn’t mean I’m failing. It doesn’t mean I need to start over. I need to realign and keep pushing.

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How about you? How has your life been moving forward? What are your goals?

I look forward to chatting a lot more often!

Week 1: Mother’s Day, Workouts, and Humira

Hey, all!

So this past week has not gone exactly as planned, but it still went really well!

Mother’s Day

For a workout last weekend, we spent the entirety of Saturday doing yardwork. I mean that counts, right? We planted literally 100+ flowers. Sunday was Mother’s Day and my darling husband made adorable peanut butter and jelly labels of our kids. Maybe I’ll post them sometime, but they are downstairs andd I’m currently holed up in our bedroom because if my son sees me, it’s all over. #mamasboy

Anyway, it was the cutest gift EVER.

Also, since my iPhone 5s was on its way to cell phone Heaven, my hubby took me to the Apple Store to buy an iPhone X. I feel so spoiled!! The difference in picture quality between the 5s and X is ridiculous.

 

Workouts

Let’s see. Monday I went for a 4.5 mile run around 9:20 pace then did 80 Day Obsession Total Body Core.

Tuesday I did 3.1 miles at around 8:25 pace. 80DO got cancelled because my son was having a rough time teething and I wouldn’t have started working out until 10pm. No thanks.

Wednesday, I convinced my husband to run with me and we took the double jogger on a trail run for 4 easy miles. I pushed the first two miles, he pushed the second two. Then we let our daughter get out and run because she soooo wanted to. A-Dor-A-Ble. Again, no 80DO because kids.

Thursday was a rest day.

This morning, I took the kiddos on a double jogger run for 3.2 miles then we played at the playground for a while. It was super fun. I doubt I will lift tonight because I have a 10-miler scheduled for tomorrow.

Humira

Wednesday, after two weeks of back and forth with the Humira people, I finally had a nurse call me to schedule injection training. The only day she had available before next Wednesday was yesterday morning, so fortunately Dave was able to come home and watch the kids while the nurse trained me on Humira injections. I was on Humira 3 years ago, but stopped for my third trimester with my daughter and wanted a refresher course. The loading dose is 4 pens and they still hurt like a B.

Anyway, one of the side effects is that it can make you tired. Now, I don’t know if it did or not because I’m already perma-tired (thanks, kids), but I decided to chalk Thursday up as a rest day. Honestly, I think the emotional stress was worse than anything. I hate the idea of biologics with all the potential side effects, but since my ulcerative colitis wasn’t getting under control with other medicines, it was time to step it up. Here’s hoping it all turns out well.

That’s all I’ve got for today. I’ve got to go work on a post for Pittsburgh Moms Blog now while sipping on cold brew and listening to the delighted squeals of my babies playing with their daddy. 🙂 Make sure to check out my latest on PMB next Wednesday!

How was your week? 

P.S. If anyone can school me in why my iPhone X only downloads some images if I copy a folder, but all the images if I Ctrl+A copy the pictures within the folder, that’d be great. Oh and why there’s like three different files of the same photo? I’m so confused. lol Going to be a work in progress…

Working on My Follow Through

I’m a dreamer. I have these big ideas of things I want to do and projects I want to complete and I get all excited thinking about them, devising plans, creating lists, and envisioning the end results. But my problem is on the follow through. I’m terrible at it. And I’m beginning to get annoyed with myself for starting then stopping, beginning but not completing.

I want to run and lift more consistently.

I want to take my kids on more adventures.

I want to clean up my diet.

I want to write a novel.

I want to actually write in this blog regularly.

I want to stop starting over.

Change is hard. Especially the beginning stages where you have to work up the momentum and work your way into a groove. But maybe I can use my stubbornness to my advantage and finally follow through.

I ran my fourth marathon April 22, so after a few weeks of low key exercise and recovery I’m ready to start training for the Pottstown Half Marathon July 14. I started training this past week and beginning on Monday I will be doing 80-Day Obsession to add strength training to my routine. I’ll be modifying it, both in the exercise and diet aspects since I’m running and still nursing my baby boy.

For the family side of things, I’m creating a Summer Fun list for daytime adventures with my kids so we don’t spend too much time watching Paw Patrol.

As for the writing, I definitely want to dig into my novel writing, but instead of overwhelming myself right out the gate, I’m going to start with my family and my health/exercise.

So join me on my adventures! What are some goals you want to achieve? Let’s hold each other accountable!