My Half Marathon Journey: Part 8

Follow along with me as I share my half marathon journey – I’ll be running my second half in Pittsburgh this May – with weekly updates. (*articles may contain affiliate links*)

half marathon journey

 

You guys. This week has been a true test. I got the sickness and simply couldn’t deal. Like sat on my bed and cried until I fell asleep couldn’t deal. Eep. Regardless, this Half is happening with or without me!

Training Plan Status

Saturday 4/15: Considering that I was the lone person in my house who had not gotten sick at this point, it took all I had to go for this 10-miler. I didn’t eat breakfast before (fail) and I didn’t hydrate during (because I was sold that if I stopped for my water I would stop for the rest of the run). I just listened to my heart and did what I could! Even though I do not love my pace, I love my stamina. Distance: 10 miles Pace: 13’41”

Sunday 4/16: Rest

Monday 4/17: Sick!

Tuesday 4/18: Sick!

Wednesday 4/19: The run. THE run. This might be the run that defines me as I grow in my running journey. I was super consistent, felt full of breath and life. Distance: 4 miles Pace: 12’37”

Thursday 4/20: I felt winded from my only full day in the office, but it was my BIRTHDAY WOD at YFit. This is the first WOD that I wanted to throw up in. Like had to wave my hand in front of my nose so I didn’t barf bad. Between feeling sick this week and my abs having been through the ringer and the temperature of the annex, I think I was just done. But done did it, all that in 37:28 then followed up with 34 weighted sit ups // 34 burpees (I did one to the ground then knew it was a bad idea so I went to a bench to modify) // 34 Russian twists. Ouch!

Friday 4/21: I’m still under the weather today, yuck.

Current Progress

February Miles (follow me on Nike+): 35.91
February Average Pace: 13:32

March Miles: 60.05 
March Average Pace: 13’21”

April Miles: 45.02
April Average Pace: 13’22”
Current Projected Finish Time: 2:55 (+2 minutes from 2013 pace of 13:13 / 2:53)

What’s coming up next? I’m supposed to do 11 miles tomorrow, but that will depend on how I feel.

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If you’re running in the 2017 Pittsburgh Marathon events, let me know. Be sure to follow along on my social media – I’ll be using #fitmomintheremaking #pghmarathon and #runpgh with my shares!

Read the rest of this series:

My Half Marathon Journey: Part 1 (March 3)

My Half Marathon Journey: Part 2 (March 10)

My Half Marathon Journey: Part 3 (March 17)

My Half Marathon Journey: Part 4 and 5 (March 31)

My Half Marathon Journey: Part 6 (April 7)

My Half Marathon Journey: Part 7 (April 14)

Read other Pittsburgh Running Blogs through Steff’s linkup: Run Steff Run


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My Half Marathon Journey: Part 7

Follow along with me as I share my half marathon journey – I’ll be running my second half in Pittsburgh this May – with weekly updates. (*articles may contain affiliate links*)

half marathon journey

 

When you have a goal in mind…big things happen.  And when you have God on your side? Those things are even bigger. This week wasn’t my fastest week ever, but it was a week full of heart.

Training Plan Status

Saturday 4/8: Oh, what a glorious day for a run! It was Evan’s soccer opening day but cold and wet in the morning so I held out until the afternoon. Thankfully my family met me on the trail twice with water because that sun came OUT. In fact, I have a not so lovely tan line from where my sunscreen wasn’t applied and the sun hit my back. Oops. And the shin? No pain. None. Nada. Zilch. Feeling so good. (Well…minus breaking in the new shoes and getting a heal blister – time for larger socks! – and realizing my broken toe from 2013 still hasn’t healed properly. Oops.)  Distance: 9 miles Pace: 13’15” (that’s -23 seconds per mile from last week!)

Sunday 4/9: Rode to Wisconsin and it was my birthday.

Monday 4/10: The hills were alive in Wisconsin. I used Map My Run and found a 4-mile path from the resort but it was more hill than I wanted to do. It was also almost 65 degrees at 8 in the morning and I was feeling it. This one included some getting lost and more walking than I’d done in a while. But that pace is a thing!  Distance: 4 miles Pace: 13’14”

Tuesday 4/11: You sometimes have to live. Today I lived and celebrated my birthday because Sunday wasn’t a great one. My exercise was walking around a zoo and feeding my belly with Wisconsin goodies.

Wednesday 4/12: This time I conquered the path from Map My Run and did the whole four miles as prescribed. Up hills. Down hills. Up again. In the cold. I mean 30 degrees and the only thing I had on me for running was a pair of capris and some tank tops cold. Thank goodness I was willing to wear a hoodie because cold. But it moved me. And I spent some time talking to God about this whole running thing. I mean, who gets up on vacation and gladly runs four miles in the cold? A committed me.  Distance: 4 miles Pace: 13’04”

Thursday 4/13: Back home for YFit. Just when you think that the workout wasn’t that bad, the cash out is to run a mile and do 100 weighted sit-ups. Kiera gave the option for us to stay inside and do something on a machine if we didn’t want to run – and because I didn’t have my new shoes with me and am pretty convinced the shin splint is from my worn out shoes I had on me at YFit, I stayed inside and did my cash out on the bike (1 mile) then because I felt like I’d wimped out of running did 400 on the treadmill in 2:45 (so under an 11-minute mile pace). It still hurts to cough or laugh after those sit ups.

Friday 4/7: Rested but played some soccer with Evan.

Current Progress

February Miles (follow me on Nike+): 35.91
February Average Pace: 13:32

March Miles: 60.05 
March Average Pace: 13’21”

April Miles: 31.01
April Average Pace: 13’21” (-10 seconds from last week)
Current Projected Finish Time: 2:55 (+2 minutes from 2013 pace of 13:13 / 2:53)

What’s coming up next? 10 miles tomorrow!

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If you’re running in the 2017 Pittsburgh Marathon events, let me know. Be sure to follow along on my social media – I’ll be using #fitmomintheremaking #pghmarathon and #runpgh with my shares!

Read the rest of this series:

My Half Marathon Journey: Part 1 (March 3)

My Half Marathon Journey: Part 2 (March 10)

My Half Marathon Journey: Part 3 (March 17)

My Half Marathon Journey: Part 4 and 5 (March 31)

My Half Marathon Journey: Part 6 (April 7)

Read other Pittsburgh Running Blogs through Steff’s linkup: Run Steff Run


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Mother’s Day Virtual Tea Party with LLS

Today I’m sharing information about a way you can help make a difference through a Mother’s Day Virtual Tea Party with LLS (the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society). My friend Nicole shared the details below with me, but doing good for those with cancer is near and dear to my heart. Many of you may not know this, but my cousin Tracy lost her battle with cancer in February. This year, my cup of tea will be in her memory.

Mother's Day Virtual Tea Party

Mother’s Day Virtual Tea Party

As springtime is approaching, so is Mother’s Day. Traditionally, mothers look forward to spending this day with their children. For those impacted by cancer, Mother’s Day takes on a very special meaning. It is a time to be thankful and share the day with family and loved ones. It is also a time to be hopeful that many more Mother’s Days will be spent together.

Moms like Helen Berry. Helen was diagnosed with Stage III Lymphoma in 2012 and was in the fight for her life when, on Christmas Day 2013, she got the devastating news that her daughter Sarah had leukemia. With a renewed fighting spirit, mom and daughter took on the challenge of beating cancer together. Today, they are both finished with treatments and Sarah is an average 10-year old in dance and gymnastics classes.

 

We’re asking for your help this Mother’s Day so we can continue to gives moms like Helen many more years to celebrate with her beautiful daughter. Mother’s Day Tea is an opportunity for you to invite your loved ones to take part in a “tea party.” We are asking friends to have “a cup of tea at the hour of three” on Mother’s Day to honor those with cancer.

Here is how you can become a Hostess of our Mother’s Day Tea Party? Being a hostess for Mother’s Day Tea is easy – it doesn’t require you to attend an event, or even leave the comfort of your couch!

  • Register at this link: http://events.lls.org/pages/wpa/MothersDayTea2017
  • Share your story about a mom who has made a difference in your life, or what Mother’s Day means to you now that you’re a mom yourself.
  • Invite and share with friends and family members who can make a donation to your Tea Party. Each person has the chance to contribute to help raise money for LLS.
  • On Mother’s Day, upload photos on your social media pages sharing your special tea parties with the hashtag #mothersdaytea2017

So easy, and such a wonderful moment spent with your friends and family all over the country, all while raising money!

New this year, we’re partnering with LulaRoe, which is donating fabulous prizes for all hostesses who raise $250 or more!

Each person who raises:

  • $250 by May 14th, 2017 – will receive a pair of leggings in their size
  • $350 by May 14th, 2017 – will receive a pair of leggings and $25 Gift Card to LuLaRoe Nicole Saville
  • $500 by May 14th 2017- will receive a pair of leggings and a $50 Gift Card to LuLaRoe Nicole Saville

So- the more you raise- the more you get!

LuLaRoe Nicole Saville will be hosting an Online Pop Up to support our fundraising efforts this year! LuLaRoe will match our proceeds that are raised that day to go towards our Mother’s Day Tea.  To find out more, how to donate, and where to shop, please go to the event page on Facebook.

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Thanks for all the details, Nicole! Hopefully you will all join me in the Mother’s Day Virtual Tea Party on May 14. Let’s help beat cancer!

 


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Just Between Friends: Pittsburgh East

This spring, I am partnering with Just Between Friends Pittsburgh East to bring you information on their seasonal children’s and maternity consignment sale events. All opinions are my own. (*articles may contain affiliate links*)

Pittsburgh – we are incredibly lucky to get another chance to check out the Just Between Friends sale this season. Jed & Kelly Robie, owners of Just Between Friends Pittsburgh, are bringing their seasonal consignment sale to the Monroeville Convention Center next week!

Just Between Friends Pittsburgh East

{The Just Between Friends Pittsburgh East sale will run from Friday, April 21 to Sunday, April 23 with pre-sale opportunities on April 20. Half-price shopping is available on the last day of the sale. Keep reading for your chance at 2 pre-sale passes and $25 to spend any day at the sale!}

Just Between Friends Pittsburgh East

If you’re in need of spring and summer clothing for your children (not just babies!), this is the place to get it. I was at the Greater Pittsburgh sale earlier this month and found great deals on spring outfits and swim suits for the girls – all in like new condition. The sale touts savings of 50-90% off retail for all things needed to have fun in the sun this season.

Shopping is free on Saturday and Sunday or $3 on Friday. You can get all the details about the schedule here.

To get you excited, I found this video from the JBF Pittsburgh East Facebook page:

What to Expect at Just Between Friends Pittsburgh East

While I can’t tell you anything that will definitely be for sale, I can tell you from experience that you can expect:

  • Deals! I bought swim suits for the girls that were “NWT” (new with tags) for $2 late in the day Saturday during the last sale. There are deals to be had all weekend, not just during the half-price sale on Sunday.
  • Toys! Outdoor toys (including sports equipment – don’t I wish I’d have known what size bat Arianna needed at the last sale!), games, and toys for all ages abound.
  • Baby Equipment! If you don’t have hand-me-down equipment from family or friends, this is a great place to get gently used baby gear. The JBF team is committed to making sure consigned equipment is not on recall lists and meets high standards to be on the sale floor.
  • Clothes! Way more clothes than you can imagine, from play clothes to gorgeous first communion dresses to maternity dresses. At the last sale, I saw sizes from preemie to teens (in both boys and girls). Twin parent tip – the clothes are hung by the sellers, so look through the whole size rack if you’re looking for matching clothes. I was able to find four matching outfits by meticulously looking through the 2T’s last time! 

I’m looking forward to this next sale, aren’t you? Enter through April 17 at 11:59 PM to win two pre-sale passes and $25 in JBF Bucks (a gift card to spend any day of the sale)! Good luck, and happy shopping.

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You can find out more about Just Between Friends Pittsburgh East on their website or Facebook.

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Happy Spring Break

The kids are officially on Spring Break and hoping for moments soaking up the sun like they did after the girls’ birthday party. Don’t they rock relaxation mode?

Wishing all of you, even if you aren’t on spring break, a week of fun, laughs, sun, and family time. Happy Spring Break!

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My Half Marathon Journey: Part 6

Follow along with me as I share my half marathon journey – I’ll be running my second half in Pittsburgh this May – with weekly updates. (*articles may contain affiliate links*)

half marathon journey

 

Whoa, buddy. This has been a week. It’s probably the most emotional week yet in terms of beating myself up for timing. Perspective, I need to keep in mind the bigger picture.

Training Plan Status

 

Saturday 4/1: I will probably never do a “hey it’s raining and not my day to train” run again, at least not until after race day. Pulling off an 8-miler after a cold, rainy run the day before just didn’t feel great. Set the headphones on medium, the prayers on high, and might have cried a bit during this one. In the end, I was pretty consistent with my (crappy for me at this point in training) pace. Two of the miles took over 14 minutes – GAH. The final, right in my sweet spot for race day, was 12’57”. Sometimes we need these runs, eh? Distance: 8 miles Pace: 13’38”

Sunday 4/2: Rested it up.

Monday 4/3: Today I ran off some frustration around coordinating all the things for kids’ activities. First mile was definitely in anger, logging a 12’55”. After that, I slowed it down and listened to my shin. Ouch.  Distance: 3 miles Pace: 13’15”

Tuesday 4/4: YFit. It was a birthday WOD for Chris, and I’m so glad for it. With 400’s and 49 reps, this one burned in all the right ways. Sadly, I couldn’t do the weighted step-ups on the box and had to revert to the metal dowel-rod type bar for the last set of hang cleans because my shin was just done. Done.

Wednesday 4/5: This run about did me in with the trail. My gut told me not to go past the sewage plant toward Ford City, so instead I ran along some businesses, tried to navigate the FLOODED park sidewalks and stopped for at least two minutes at the Market-and-Water intersection. I was not happy and I should have been. That sun! That sweat! (That sunscreen in my eyeballs…) Lessons learned, yo. Distance: 3 miles Pace: 13’27”

Thursday 4/6: Rested vs. cross-training. Tara prayed for my shin at Women’s Ministries and it felt amazing – I wasn’t about to risk it. Good choice! This is about way more than the run.

Friday 4/7: Resting again today unless I decide to put things together to co-sign.

Current Progress

February Miles (follow me on Nike+): 35.91
February Average Pace: 13:32

March Miles: 60.05 
March Average Pace: 13’21”

April Miles: 14 
April Average Pace: 13’31” (+10 seconds last week)
Current Projected Finish Time: 2:57 (+4 minutes from 2013 pace of 13:13 / 2:53)

What’s coming up next? 9 miles tomorrow!

HELP ME! Thinking about buying this compression sock for my shin – thoughts?

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If you’re running in the 2017 Pittsburgh Marathon events, let me know. Be sure to follow along on my social media – I’ll be using #fitmomintheremaking #pghmarathon and #runpgh with my shares!

Read the rest of this series:

My Half Marathon Journey: Part 1 (March 3)

My Half Marathon Journey: Part 2 (March 10)

My Half Marathon Journey: Part 3 (March 17)

My Half Marathon Journey: Part 4 and 5 (March 31)

Read other Pittsburgh Running Blogs through Steff’s linkup: Run Steff Run


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Our Two Are Two!

Today we celebrate two special girls. Our two are two!

Happy Birthday, Ava and Isla. You light up our world with your grace and joy. Mwah!

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My Half Marathon Journey: Parts 4 and 5

Follow along with me as I share my half marathon journey – I’ll be running my second half in Pittsburgh this May – with weekly updates. (*articles may contain affiliate links*)

half marathon journey

You guys. I had all the things to write last Friday, but my husband had different plans for us that evening. (If you haven’t read about my surprise, you should. He’s such a romantic and I’m so blessed to have him.) The days that have followed have been full of happy, too, but I’ve also had some catching up to do. Thus my results from the last two weeks will be in today’s wrap-up.

Psst…can you believe there are only five more updates until race day?

Training Plan Status

Saturday 3/18: 6 mile run day. I took to the trail again and found a rhythm. This run was pretty steady paced, finding my sweet spots in the 13:17 and 13:34 paces. Most of it was negative splits, too. Distance: 6 miles Pace: 13’25”

Sunday 3/19: Just like God intended, rest day.

Monday 3/20: 3 miles at lunch, 13’10”. Nothing is standing out about this run, but look at that pace change from Saturday!

Tuesday 3/21: I stayed at work a little longer than I planned because I got in a flow. Luckily, the sun was shining and my legs were happy for a run (though my arms were missing YFit). I set my clock to 30 minutes and figured I’d do what I could. There were babies at home waiting for snuggles! Distance: 2.34 miles Pace: 12’54” (I was whoa’ed!)

Wednesday 3/22: Another lunch run, another 3 miles. This one had me jumping up and down at the end. Pace: 12’45”.

Thursday 3/23: DOUBLE DAY. My boss proclaimed it was a great day for work run club. I was able to sort of keep up with them for the first 0.6 mile then I hung back to work on my breathing and ended up catching another co-worker to loop back to the office together. Distance: 2.37 miles Pace: 12’06” That evening I was so glad to be back at YFit…and then Kiera wrote on the board. MORE RUNNING! Actually, I was happy with this, ended up logging about another 1.25 miles and felt GOOD doing it, even if I couldn’t keep up with anyone.

Friday 3/24:  This was stretch day, but Greg had his surprise. We went for a 3 mile bike ride on the trail.

Saturday 3/25: Ran with Greg (he did 5k) then kept at my training plan to finish out 7 miles. It felt AWESOME. Distance: 7 miles Pace: 13’18”

Sunday 3/26: Rest and buffet life.

Monday 3/27: I felt the buffet life impacts. This run was my 31st street bridge loop. Ever since, my shin has been hurting pretty bad (but I am so grateful that Anna reminded me about KT Tape last night – now to find mine!). Distance: 4 miles Pace: 13’24”

Tuesday 3/28: YFit. 1050 single jump ropes. Did I mention my shin was hurting Monday?

Wednesday 3/29: The weather got a little cooler, but I was ready to push my limits. Distance: 4 miles Pace: 13’09”

Thursday 3/30: YFit. It looks easy. I thought it was…then I sweated like crazy. And I was so glad when it was done. But I made some personal gains!

 

Friday 3/31: Today was a stretch day, but the trail was calling me. Off I went, running in the rain to meet 60 miles for March. Accomplished! Distance: 1.7 miles Pace: 12’56”

Current Progress

February Miles (follow me on Nike+): 35.91
February Average Pace: 13:32

March Miles: 60.05 (+ 34 since my update two weeks ago!)
March Average Pace: 13’21” (-16 seconds from two weeks ago!)
Current Projected Finish Time: 2:55 (+2 minutes from 2013 pace of 13:13 / 2:53)

What I’m listening to: TKO (Justin Timberlake, do I even need to explain?!)

What’s coming up next? 8 miles tomorrow!

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If you’re running in the 2017 Pittsburgh Marathon events, let me know. Be sure to follow along on my social media – I’ll be using #fitmomintheremaking #pghmarathon and #runpgh with my shares!

Read the rest of this series:

My Half Marathon Journey: Part 1 (March 3)

My Half Marathon Journey: Part 2 (March 10)

My Half Marathon Journey: Part 3 (March 17)

Read other Pittsburgh Running Blogs through Steff’s linkup: Run Steff Run


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Spring has Sprung with JORD

(*articles may contain affiliate links*) JORD has teamed up with me to tell you about a women’s watch that is going to have you wanting spring around all year long!

JORD Watch

Finally. Spring has sprung! The skies are bluer and the birds are singing. And the trees? They’re blooming and budding. Doesn’t it feel great to finally be at this point in the year? I know I’m ready to dive into all that spring has to offer.

Spring brings so much promise and shine. I’m reminded to bring out more color in my wardrobe (putting away those navy and black and bringing out my pale blues and corals). I’m spending more time in the fresh air, savoring moments.

You can’t help but to feel connected to the nature around you, right?

This spring, I’m feeling inspired by the weather and my new JORD women’s watch. It is made of natural wood, a constant reminder to me of the natural beauty that abounds this time of year.

women's watchThe tiny pops of color in the Zebrawood grain reminds me of the rays of sun that come peeking through my desk window, begging me to get out and enjoy the time I have. And the turquoise face has me yearning for time by the water,  relaxing and taking it all in.

women's watch JORDIsn’t the Cora simply a stunning watch? I’m digging how it works paired with my chucks and an iced coffee (two of my favorite bits of spring). And bonus…all three go perfectly with my 5-year-anniversary ring (which I’ve been wearing lately because non-scale victories!). 

JORD brings closeness to nature with every piece of their collection of unique natural wood watches for women and men. These watches make statements and are good for dressing up or dressing down. Features like scratch-proof glass, no battery (they automatically self-wind if you wear it often enough), and water safe (as long as you don’t submerge it) make it easy for a mom or dad to say yes to wearing around their ‘lil ones. (The watches also come with a 12-month warranty, just in case anything should go wrong.)

If you’ve fallen in love with JORD women’s watches (or men’s!), perfect. They are offering a giveaway for a $100 credit toward one of their unique time pieces. Every one who enters (but doesn’t win) will receive a $25 credit. This contest (click that link!) ends April 9 (my birthday!) at 11:59 PM. Credits must be redeemed by June 30, 2017. Good luck!

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The women’s watch featured in this post is the Cora in Zebrawood and turquoise. It also comes in rose and rose gold options.

wood watch


Watch Gift Ideas

 

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Seven Springs Surprise

Friday was a positively gorgeous day. I enjoyed a few moments after work with my co-workers, treated myself to an iced coffee with coconut milk, and headed home. I had no idea what Greg had waiting for me.

Usually when I open the door I am greeted by the Bigs and the dogs, one or all of them typically pushing the Twins out of the way to get to me first. On Friday, I was greeted by silence. The house smelled incredible and everything was in its place. Assuming the Twins were napping and the kids coloring, I snuck to the living room to find no babies. Greg was in the kitchen smiling like a kid on Christmas.

He’d surprised me, planned a Seven Springs surprise getaway on his birthday weekend. After some stressful months and almost two years with no more than a handful of (non-consecutive) nights away from the Twins, it was time for us to get some alone time.

I cried.

Then I asked if he was kidding.

Nope. He’d planned this all behind my back, conspiring with my parents and brother to take care of the kids. We’d been saving some gift cards I’d won in a few contests for just the right time and here it was.

Friday night we stayed home and enjoyed a 3-mile bike ride, time in the hammock, pizza, and some tv. Saturday morning he woke with me and the sun for a run (3.1 for him, 7 for me). It was amazing to run with him and not worry about the kids and their bikes, we hadn’t done that in almost three years.

We headed up the mountain I grew up on and enjoyed a sunny, warm, and beautiful ride into God’s masterpiece. Along the way we talked, really talked, about things that didn’t have to do with work, money, diapers, or our hectic schedule. I felt so alive.


His plan to have some laughs played out- we made it in time to catch about half of the Pond Skim. I’ll admit, it was hilarious and I know he enjoyed it tons.

Next, I was whisked away to the Trillium Spa where I had an afternoon of treatments. I was spoiled (and reminded “happy wife, happy life” when feeling guilty over it being his birthday). The spa is the best I’ve ever been to and service was like no other. In fact, I still feel chill days later. A bath, wrap, and massage later, I met up with my husband who got to catch a nap.


After enjoying some views of the slopes (people were skiing in t-shirts!), we had dinner (which promptly made me curl in a ball because I couldn’t resist the gluten, lesson learned).

Sunday was a leisurely morning of breakfast and heading home. Reality set in when we had to stop for diapers, but gosh did we miss those girls and their sister and brother. Soon enough, we were enjoying time with them at our (Greg, Ava, Isla, Mom, and my) birthday dinner at Fortune Star, a family tradition.

This surprise was exactly what we needed…and we hope to continue to get the chance to sneak away every now and again. Thanks, Dad, Mom and Jack!

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