Marvelous in my Monday: Grateful Edition

I am linking up with the lovely Katie for another edition of Marvelous Monday!

I’ll be honest, this weekend had serious potential to be horrendous. It never fails that any weekend we have something big going on, another something big is happening. This weekend was no different, except the “something bigs” were on opposite sides of New England (or at least it felt that way).

Friday, Nick left work early so we could head to my home state of Vermont and see my nephew graduate high school. This event (more so than my 10 year high school reunion) made me feel old. I was 11 years old when he was born and here I was sitting at his High School graduation ceremony with my almost 2 year old on my lap. Weird.

The weather had the potential to be terrible, but it was a gorgeous day and the outdoor ceremony was beautiful, and B was on his very best behavior.

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B, Nick and I with the graduate! Congrats bud! {photo courtesy of my sister}

Saturday, bright and early, we met my dad and his girlfriend for a Father’s Day breakfast and some more personal family time. It was nice to get an hour to chat and catch up!

After breakfast we hit the road, 3 hours to Nick’s parents house, stopped for a bathroom break, and another 45 minutes to a birthday party. Nick’s cousin has twin boys and we haven’t been able to make it to any of their parties (since their first) because I was in the hospital (having B) or out celebrating my SIL’s bachelorette.

It was a lot of fun and B had a great time playing with the birthday boys and other kids. I didn’t get any pictures but it was another gorgeous day, perfect for a party!

We headed back to Nick’s parents to catch the Bruins game (a win for the B’s yes!) and then yesterday we had a surf-n-turf dinner with the family for Father’s Day.

Finally we headed back to our house and relaxed for a bit. We are so lucky that B is such a laid back kid, he barely fussed with all that car time and was so good at all the events, we are very blessed.

If you follow me on Instagram you already know the big gift I got this year. About a month ago my blender broke, and I was super bummed, I make a ton of smoothies, especially in the hot months, and we really couldn’t afford a good new one (I hate buying cheap stuff that I know will break!). Nick and I wanted a Vitamix but we thought we wouldn’t have to buy one for a few years, so this blender breaking was a shock.

My birthday is on Friday and Nick’s mom said I could open my gift early. She brought me this giant box.

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I was shocked. It’s expensive, I didn’t ask for one. But I am blessed, I know a lot of people don’t have great relationships with their in-laws, but my MIL is really a mother to me. I’m not just grateful because of this wonderful gift, but because of EVERYTHING she does for Nick and I (and B obviously). She puts everyone before herself and is one of the most selfless people I know. I hope one day I can be have the MIL she is!

Now with that said, link to your favorite Vitamix creations, I want to try em out!

Marvelous Memorial Monday!

I am linking up with the lovely Katie for a special edition of Marvelous Monday!

I want to start by saying a thank you to all service men and women who have given the ultimate sacrifice for our country, as well as those are still serving our country.

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There are many marvelous things going on…

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B is sleeping so well in his toddler bed, honestly, I thought it was going to be a difficult transition but he’s adapted so well.

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Under Armour sent me this great gear as part of the What’s Beautiful campaign. Everything is so comfortable and bright! Don’t forget to join the campaign!

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I was able to spectate many friends and family members running Boston’s Run to Remember. It was meaningful in so many ways. It was the first big run in the city since the Marathon. This race every year is to honor the law enforcement, and not surprisingly, it sold out after the suspect was captured in Watertown. The running community is a wonderful thing.

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Then we spend the majority of the long weekend with family in CT! I am so blessed.

What marvelous things did you do this weekend?

Marvelous Monday!

I am linking up with Katie for some Marvelous in my Monday.

I’ve got some pretty exciting things to share, and who doesn’t like good hearing good things on Mondays?

First, as I mentioned I am an ambassador for the Cape Cod ZOOMA race

ZOOMA is unique among other women’s races in that it is literally “run by women” (pun intended). It is a women’s race series that “celebrates the power and beauty of all women”. They focus on promoting women’s health and fitness by encouraging them to sign up for events.

The ZOOMA Chicago race will take place on Saturday, August 10th at Montrose Harbor! So why is this important?

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The Muscle Milk Light ZOOMA Women’s Race Series is calling all women runners to Run to Chi-Town for a fit girlfriends’ getaway this summer, and will award the grand-prize winner of a national sweepstakes an all-expenses paid trip for two to Chicago on August 9-10 for the inaugural ZOOMA Chicago Women’s Half Marathon & 10K, including luxury accommodations at The Langham Chicago, travel expenses, and a fitness-and-fashion makeover from the contest’s sponsors. The sweepstakes is sponsored by Oiselle (women’s running apparel), Sherpani (sporty bags), Handful (sports bras), and FlexPower (performance and recovery cream), who will be also be providing runners’ up prizes.

You have until May 3rd to enter and winners will be announced on May 7th on ZOOMA’s facebook page.

Go enter then come right back, I’ll wait.

This weekend was also the HLB Book Club meet-up. Not a lot of people could make it, so it ended up being Kristen, Nick and I. I really enjoyed the movie and got to spend some time chatting with Kristen afterwards.

The March book club selection is Julie & Julia. I haven’t quite decided on what to do for the meet up yet, but if you have some fun ideas let me know.

Unfortunately, that night we were supposed to go to a St. Patrick’s Day party at a good friends, but B was having a severe case of separation anxiety. He ended up freaking out until after 9 pm when he fell asleep out of sheer exhaustion, so we ended up not being able to make it to the party. Such is the life of being a parent.

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Fortunately he is super cute and hilarious. That’s one of my halloween costume hats.

 

Have you seen Oz? What did you think?