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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!

Race Day Eve

Yay! I finally made it to my next race!

Lets do this

It feels like forever since I have been at a race with the girls from my running club. Tomorrow will be an exciting, early morning. The swag from this race is the best. Hopefully the race will be as good.


I am so glad the course is not the same as the Rock and Roll Half in Philly. Hopefully this one will be a little more flat. Either way it will be beautiful running along the river. Wish me luck – I am going to need it. I got hit with a pretty bad cold yesterday. :-(

Hot chocolate course-1

Race day is always crazy, so I’ll wish you Happy Easter now!

Easter eggs

Here is some of the chocolate the boys will be getting. I always forget how long it takes to make chocolate. Happy Easter!

Easter candy

Best Bunny Pancakes Ever

The girls

I’m playing catch up again! Lots going on here, and thankfully that includes spending time with the girls. Today was a crazy soccer day for Eileen and I. Eight classes! It was such a beautiful day outside and we were both pretty happy to be out there.

Soccer shots beach

Eileen has been dreaming a lot lately (out loud!) about when she can get another Volkswagen beetle. It turns out that a lot of us had them before kids and gave them up for our kiddos. It’s pretty funny that all of us plan to get another one as soon as our kids start driving! Here is mine when Aidan was a baby. You should have seen me trying to fit his stroller in the front seat! It’s still the best car ever.

my green vw beetle

Remember when pictures had a date stamp? I guess now it’s digital? We have been really good about getting together to run this week. Monday Jeannette and I ran by the lake.

monday run

Tuesday Eileen and I ran the trail. Which reminds me that Runkeeper and I are having a little spat. Apparently lately she doesn’t like cold or wet weather and will only do about half of her tasks if I force her to run with me in “weather.” Sigh. Good thing Garmin keeps her in check. 😉 Belt and suspenders, baby. C’mon… I know all of you runners use both too.

tuesday run

Do you ever wish you could eat like a kid again? I really do like to eat healthy, but every now and then…

Kid food

I guess you don’t really have to be a kid to make these for Easter breakfast. I saw this posted on Facebook and had to share it. Now let’s see if I remember to make these with all of the “other” Easter stuff going on. I somehow managed to sign up for the Hot Chocolate 15k in Philly the day before Easter. Cross your fingers for me! I need to get this first race post injury thing over with already!

bunny pancakes


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