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Goodbye, November!

Posted Dec 02 2013 6:00am

I have been neglecting this little blog, haven’t I? I always wondered (before I had kids) how moms of newborns could post regularly, but then once the babies grew into toddlers, they disappeared from the blog world. Now, I totally understand. Toddlers are different creatures- walking, babbling and definitely NOT napping for hours on end like they used to when they were infants. Anyways, I just wanted to come in to say hello and how you what we’ve been up to this past month before I put up ANOTHER monthly update! Miss Adeline turned 14 months yesterday, what in the world?!

Elf for Health has been so much fun! It’s a challenge that started the week of Thanksgiving and runs through Christmas. There are lots of fun daily challenges like tracking your water intake and doing 100 burpees (ahem, maybe that’s not so much fun). Check out our challenges:

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Every participant gets paired up with an “Elf Buddy” and I just wanted to brag about mine for a minute :) Katy over at Joy. Laughter. Sweat is my elf buddy, and she has been amazing! She even made this encouraging pic and Tweeted it to me on the day of my Turkey Trot! She also just put up an awesome looking leg workout, I pinned it so that I can check it out soon.

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Speaking of the Turkey Trot, I’m really proud of myself for sticking to the Hal Higdon 10K Training Plan . The plan was really easy to follow, and it definitely got me back into the running groove. I ran the Northeast YMCA Turkety Trot in Louisville, KY. I keep trying to remember how many years I’ve been a participant, and I think this was my 5th or 6th year doing this race! The weird thing about this race is that the distance isn’t exact- it is promoted a being a 10k, but each year, there is a contest to guess the correct distance. My RunKeeper app had the distance at 5.48mi. There were 9 of us who partipated, it was a CHILLY morning (23*) and the baby girls did great!

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Just try to stand as awkward as I do for photos, I dare you. I wanted to hang right at 8min miles, and I’m super stoked that I was able to do that. My official time was 43:18. I placed 4th in my age group (out of 49). I’m definitely proud of finishing my first postpartum race, but I don’t think I’ll be signing up for any races this winter, brrrr. I want to get back to some weights (with a sprinkle of running), but I am excited for running more races in the spring.

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In the picture above, 5 out of the 9 of us got sick with a stomach bug. I’m amazed that Daniel and Adeline are healthy! I’m definitely praising the Lord for that. I was sick on Saturday, I haven’t slept that much in a LONG time! A huge THANK YOU to Daniel for being daddy of the year while I rested in bed the majority of Saturday.

And one of my most FAVORITE reads from the week:  To the Mamas of Littles during the Holidays : Do Less Stuff. Here’s a hint- if whatever you’re planning on doing is likely to make you angry with your kids, it’s probably not that important. I’m eyeing you, super-cute Holiday Pinterest crafts!

December is one of my most favorite months: Christmas, my Birthday and the cheer that seems to linger in the air. This Friday is the annual Holiday Party with Daniel’s work! Last year, Adeline was just 9 weeks old when we took our first night away! What fun!

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I hope you had an AWESOME November, and I’m hoping to snap some pictures of Adeline soon for her 14 month update!

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