I’ve got a new pregnancy update up today—> HERE!! Not sure how many more of these updates there will be before she comes which is beyond exciting for us!
Our tree is up and ready to go! Our house smells amazing… I should have put up a Christmas tree during my first trimester of pregnancy to avoid smelling anything food-related that made me sick.
My Wednesday run included the treadmill and a date with This is Us. There won’t be a new episode of This is Us (this one was the fall finale) for a while and I’m taking that as a sign that I’ll have this baby before next Wednesday so I don’t miss my weekly run with a new episode. The show will start up again after I’m done recovering (I’m taking 6 weeks off from running). They will be supporting my time away from running.
Just a belly shot because I felt like it. 5 miles @ 10:00 pace! If my prediction is correct, I will get in 27.1 more miles before she comes;)
Brooke was pretty excited by the frost on the ground in the morning. She really wants it to snow and this is a sign to her that we are getting closer.
Just caught her casually smelling the Christmas tree. I totally get it. I bet you can guess where we got our tree! I’ll give you 2 hints: 1. It is the same place where we buy all of our food and it is the definition of heaven to Andrew. 2. It ends with an OSTCO.
Knox came home and I had some Santa slippers waiting for him. It feels so good to have his energy/personality/sweetness here again.
He came with me to pick up Brooke from school and I wish you could have seen their excitement to see each other.
Lunch was from Costco of course. I’m a big fan of a good salad kit and this one is excellent (I added the chicken)! A big cup of hot chocolate and marshmallows came after the below scene.
After lunch we got to work decorating the tree and house!
I found Andrew’s first marathon medal while going through some boxes. He ran his first marathon before I ran my first marathon (I did in 2010)! And his first one was St. George… I think we were meant to be because that is my favorite marathon. Andrew said next year when we don’t have the older kids for Christmas we should do a running medal tree instead of normal ornaments… I think that is a fabulous idea. We will feel so accomplished each time we walk by the tree.
We made it over to the doctor’s office to check on the baby! Everything is going great, her heart rate is 138 bpm but who knows when she is going to come. The kids have learned to pack a bunch of toys for the doctor’s office to avoid complete boredom that they encountered the first 20 appointments.
We hit two traditions last night after the doctor’s… They each picked out a Christmas book for us to read a billion times before Christmas.
And they each picked out an ornament too!
I had a few other things for dinner but the star of the show for me were cinnamon rolls straight from a Pillsbury can. They were delicious and everything I wanted them to be. Breakfast foods have been my thing this pregnancy, that is for sure!
I saw this on IG last night and I NEED THESE NOW. It might be worth the 30 minute drive this morning just to get these for breakfast.
PS this is how I found Brooke and Beretta on Tuesday night. Beretta understands the importance of using a pillow to support her head at night too. Our kids take sleeping with Beretta very seriously so we found the most ‘fair’ method to be that Knox gets to sleep with Beretta whenever he is sleeping at our house (which is 50% of the time) and then Brooke has her the nights he is gone. Andrew thinks we just need to get another dog so that they both always have a dog to sleep with… I think we will wait on that for a while because there is a whole ‘figuring out a newborn’ thing coming our way;)
Super excited to share your amazing accomplishments today (normally I do this every Friday but this week is different:)… If you want to be featured then send in your accomplishment to [email protected] !
Tanna!!! “I turn 30 on December 31st this year, and to celebrate that, I asked my best friend to run 30 miles with me sometime before then. We have both only completed 2 marathons, so 26.2 miles was the farthest we had run before Wednesday. We both work at a local high school, and Wednesday was the first day of our Thanksgiving break, which also happened to be the only day that we could complete this before my birthday due to Christmas vacations. We got up super early (I also had a goal to run on our local trail in the dark- so we knocked it out as well;) ha!) and headed to the beginning point of our run (my father drove us there and stayed with us to make sure we were safe). We ran pretty much all day, stopping every 7-8 miles or so to have a mini picnic provided by my parents (who stayed near us all day to keep us fueled and hydrated-they’re the best!). I felt awesome for the first 22ish miles- better than I ever have in a marathon! I hit the dreaded wall at mile 23, but we still managed to finish the complete 30 miles!! I was so excited!! I couldn’t ask for a better best friend- one who agrees to run 30 miles- how lucky am I?! I feel incredibly blessed to have reached this milestone, and even more blessed to have the friends and family God has given me who support me and my crazy dreams!!”
Chelsea (writing about her daughter’s accomplishment:)!!! “My husband and I ran the Des Moines Turkey Trot 5k on Thanksgiving with our two oldest children. We were proud of both of them for their effort and attitude, and had so much fun doing the event together. I especially loved training with my 8-year-old daughter Grace on weekends (and even one morning before school!) in November and running the race with her. She ran strong the entire course, hills and all, without even considering a break to walk. Her time was 14 minutes faster than her only previous 5k that we jog/walked together six months ago! She finished in 30:19 with a huge smile, knowing that her hard work paid off and that she could go even faster next time. The only downside is that now I’m afraid I might not be able to run races with her much longer because she will be faster than me!! It was a great holiday.”
Katie!!! “I’ve been running for over a decade but somehow have never done a Turkey Trot! I rectified that this year. I went into it assuming I’d just be running on my own (my family never wants any part of getting up early to run- or run at any time, especially when it’s 27 degrees out. But unbeknownst to me, a childhood friend was back in town and she was running the 5k, as well! We’ve been friends since we were two and our moms are still best friends. My friend and I have long since moved out of our hometown and so it was awesome to reunite in our old “stomping grounds” for a holiday run! She beat her goal time by two minutes and I found I cared a heck of a lot less about not PRing because I was just so happy to reconnect with an old friend. It certainly puts things in perspective- running is awesome, running with friends is awesome, but friendship trumps all!”
Just another reminder that I’ve got a new baby update for you HERE!! 38 Weeks + HOW DID YOU KNOW?! (I need to hear your stories please)!
Ever run your new birthday age in miles before?
-I’ve always wanted to but I never have… too bad the numbers just keep getting higher, I should have done it in my 20s!
White lights or colored lights on the Christmas tree? Do you always stick to one or switch it up each year?
Marathoners—> What year was your first marathon? PS when do you think marathons really started getting popular?
People with dogs… where do they sleep?
What is your run today?