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A Week Off


A week off of blogging… That is the longest break I have taken yet! As you can probably guess it was not a week off of anything else. Lots of things going on! Here is what’s blogworthy.

Running in humidity

Running has been tough! Between the sudden heat, humidity and the clouds of pollen blowing by I have not had my best performances. I am still thankful to get out there considering this crazy schedule. I have even been able to run with friends lately! So much fun. :-)

My mom

Mother’s Day was so much fun. We had an amazing brunch at my parent’s house and got to relax and have fun together.

My boys 3

My boys planted the whole front garden for me (with help from Nana!) and it looks so pretty! I am very thankful too. I have no idea when I would have had time to do that!

Then we were off to Soccer Sunday! My Hurricanes made all of their moms’ proud and played an awesome game.

My soccer boys

I really do love coaching these boys.

Hurricanes 3

It is really great to have Aidan as our team scorekeeper this season. Finally, he can be a part of it with us. :-)


You can’t ask for much more than time with your most important people on Mother’s Day!


I love coaching these guys too. They are little sponges and they have such a unique perspective on the world. Plus, they are silly.

soccer shots kids

There are so many good things going on with Soccer Shots right now. I’ll tell you all about it soon.

Today I went on the 5th grade class trip to see some of the historic sites of Philadelphia. I love being able to share these times with my kids.

Liberty Bell

We saw the Liberty Bell, which I must not have seen since I was a kid because I remember it being much larger!

We visited Betsy Ross’s house.

Betsy Ross house

And saw money being made at the US Mint.

US Mint

But mostly I loved hanging out with my guy.

My Aidan

We were passing my favorite falafel truck as we were getting ready to leave. That’s fate or something, so I had to stop. I can’t even look at this picture without  wanting another one!


That’s it for now. Catch you later!

30,000 Steps

Saturday was a 30,000 step day. It started out the best way possible for any day to start – with an early run with friends. Most of you know that I am really not a morning person. But getting up to run with friends is totally worth it. Great exercise, great conversation and you feel very accomplished when you are done before breakfast! Plus, the sunlight in the morning is amazing. Seeing this picture is making me want to go for another early run with these girls!

12 miles

Saturday is a soccer shots coaching day for me. We have a lot of kids come out to the park to learn soccer and it is a lot of fun. We were down a coach, so I recruited my guy to help me. He did such a great job with the kids and felt so proud when we were done. I’m looking forward to many more days of Soccer Shots with my boys.

Assistant coach

We have been having trouble catching up with our Scout friends with everyone’s different sport schedules, so we planned a weekend hike. It was a beautiful day for a picnic and football too!



From there we went to see the professionals play soccer. We love watching live sporting events, and we have been catching a few soccer games lately. This time we saw the Philadelphia Union play Toronto in Philadelphia. If you haven’t caught a professional soccer game yet, you should go.

Philadelphia Union

Philadelphia union game

This is how it became a 30,000 step day before it was even over. 

30000 steps

I’ll have to tell you about soccer Sunday later. Hope your weekend was great!

Race Recap and Other Fun Things

Half marathon time

What an amazing weekend! The April Fools half lived up to all of my memories and expectations and I was able to come home with a new PR by 2 minutes. The day started super early, as usual, with a sleepy fun car ride with Tara, Dawn and Kim. We all have our own pre race checklist and they are all so different. Coffee, oatmeal, pb&j sandwiches, hard boiled eggs, Ucann. I guess it goes to show that you just have to know what works for you because we all ended up having a great race.

SOL running club

We met up with the rest of the girls and enjoyed the pre race craziness. It was a beautiful day! I love being part of a running club/community. We are so lucky to get to share something that we all love to do.

Atlantic city boardwalk

This course is really beautiful! You run the length of the Atlantic City boardwalk then through Ventnor, Margate and to the end of the peninsula in Longport – then back. I really like out and back courses. It’s nice to have a feel for how much further you are running and I always get a huge rush of energy when I hit the halfway point. Next year I hope more of our running friends can make this race. Yes, I know my Runkeeper time is off of my chip time a little bit. I don’t stop my gps until I am past the finish line.

April fools half medal

The boys had a great time at the local amusement park with Nana while I was running. I am so lucky that my parents have the boys sleep over the night before a race. I get a great night’s sleep and the boys have fun with Nana and Popop. Thanks mom! They hit the jackpot in tickets on this game. They went home with shopping bags full of their prizes. :-)

Nana and boys

And of course there are rides.


I got to meet them there for a little while before we had to go get ice cream.


Saturday was soccer day. The little ones and my big guys. A perfect weekend.

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So, I am wondering, how old were your kids when they started their first sport?

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

Rocket Run

You have to run on the first day of spring, right? I totally dismissed the weather reports right up until the first snowflake fell. Unbelievable!

first day of spring

Running in the snow is really beautiful though and hopefully I won’t get to do that again until next year. So I took advantage of it. The cold, wet weather definitely made it a rocket day, and I’m not talking about speed! TMI, I’m sure, but all runners know that running doesn’t have to be glamorous to be good. Amazingly, my leg didn’t hurt after I was done and after putting 21 miles on it over the week. :-)

recovery drinkThis is a sight that makes me happy. My favorite recovery drink is getting so hard to find in our stores! When I see it, I grab a bunch. Sorry Eileen! You should probably get dibs since you introduced me to it!



Aidan talked us into getting up early on Saturday (when will we ever get to sleep in again?) to go to a radio giveaway at the mall. We didn’t win the big prizes, but it was fun to see the boys excited about it. And now we have giant yellow bee shirts. 😉

Soccer is really back in our schedule and our weekends are going to include Soccer Shots as well as our travel team games for the rest of the spring. It’s a fun time of year.

soccer shots


The boys finally got out on their new bikes too! I see some bike runs in my future.

new bikes


hard makes it great

What did you do this weekend?

Bag Heaven

Today I went to browse in one of my favorite places. I could literally spend hours here.

vera bradley

Vera Bradley bags just make me happy and I knew they would make it feel even more like spring. The Manor House Shops has an entire large room that overflows into the hallway that is dedicated just to Vera Bradley. The boys had a half day today so they came with me. I probably should have thought that one through a bit more. Bag shopping is not their favorite pastime – but they were good sports.


I’m pretty sure I know which one I want…. Maybe. I did get a new bag today though.

soccer shots

It is so much fun coaching the little guys at Soccer Shots. I can’t believe my guys were ever that little anymore! Since it is St. Patrick’s Day I had to wear green for them. I am so glad I did! One little girl (in a green tutu and a green leprechaun hat) called us twins for the whole class. 😉


Today was a big day for my “little” guy. Dane traded in his glasses for contacts. Do you remember the feeling when you first got contacts? His smile was priceless. I love seeing my boys so happy. Life doesn’t give us enough of those moments of pure joy.

new contacts

He was a champ learning how to wear them. And since we were at the mall, I thought I could talk the boys into a picture with the Easter Bunny. Nothing wrong with mixing holidays, right? This is as close as they would get.

easter bunny picture

Hope your day was as good as ours!


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