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Easter and Hot Chocolate…15k


Happy Easter! We hope you had as wonderful of a weekend as we did.

Easter morning


We didn’t have the usual crowd this year – we missed you guys! – but we still had a great day. There were egg hunts, of course…

Cousins at Easter

And also Nerf wars and ball throwing clinics. These boys will steal your heart, they are so sweet.

Nerf boys

Of course we had Easter bread for breakfast. And after breakfast snack. And afternoon snack. 😉


Every year we make Easter bread with my mom the Saturday before Easter. It is a fun, all day tradition that we always look forward to and the bread is amazing. This year the boys took my place since I was at the race. They did a great job and I will be back to bread making next year!

Dane easter bread

Our breads have always been braided, but the boys had the idea to make theirs Easter themed. Dane made a bunny and Aidan made an egg. Kids really make everything even more fun.

Aidan easter bread

While the boys were baking, I was in Philadelphia with the girls from my running club for the Hot Chocolate 15k.

SOL Sisters

I can’t even tell you how much fun it is to race with these girls. We get up super early to drive to the race, then stand around freezing and excited waiting to start. We pretty much laugh the whole time. This race sold out with 15,000 runners, but did a really good job with their corrals. It was a crowded course though! We started in the 3rd or 4th corral and ended up playing leap frog right through to the finish line. I guess we should have moved up a corral or two. This was our view from the starting line.

Hot chocolate starting line

I did not like this course at all at the Philadelphia Rock and Roll half marathon, but I loved it yesterday! I knew where the slanted hills would be this time and did my best to avoid them. The weather was great. A little windy to start and warmer than we have been used to, but overall a great day to run. Here are some views from the course.

Philadelphia hot chocolate race

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You really never know what you will see at a race. This is a first for me! I guess he was going swimming in the river after the race.

Speedo guy

Boathouse row is so pretty on a sunny morning! Too bad on race day it usually coincides with a killer pitched hill leading straight up to the finish line. Definitely the hardest part of this course – but good scenery!

Boathouse row philly

I felt good the entire race, which is pretty amazing considering I am still battling this cold!

Hot chocolate medal

Since it was the day before Easter we collected our bling,


and our chocolate goodies and headed home to finish up Easter stuff.

Post race goodies

This is how tired I was the rest of the day, but it was so worth it.

Post race


Hope you had a great Easter weekend!

Easter Bread Day!

The Saturday before Easter is Easter Bread Day in our family.  All of the girls get together and spend the day catching up and making a lemon yeast bread.

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This bread takes about 4 hours to make if you are making only one bread.  This year we made 8 breads!  So we take our time and enjoy each other’s company.

Easter Bread collage

My mom and I started making this bread in 1980 to have for breakfast Easter morning.

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We have made it every year since.  We used to be very good about waiting for Easter morning to eat it – not so much anymore!  After spending the day in a house that smells of fresh baked lemon bread, it is too hard to wait!  Thankfully, we make enough to have both days.

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It is a fun, special day.

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The guys have their own fun this day – doing guy things.  This year they went to the park and played sports.

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So, I am wondering, do you have any special ester recipes or traditions?



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