Hi friends! 

I hope you’ve had nice weeks. Here’s what we’ve been up to!

First: we closed on our new house! We move in 2 weeks. Eek! #humidhair

Can’t wait to be settled and all done with the moving process after months of in between, although we’ll be sad to say goodbye to our first home, and the home where we first brought Riese home. <3

We will especially miss our deck, which we had built the second year we lived here (it’s been over 5 years – time flies). So worth it – it’s the best.

We will have a small patio at our new place but it won’t be quite as nice as this deck (though the rest of the house is definitely an upgrade)! We ate dinner out there this week as often as possible… mostly just the two of us (after Riese was snoozing), but we had my parents over for grilled steak and salad (and watermelon, duh) one night too. 

We fired up the grill another night to have grilled chicken, although it was dark by the time we ate so we had this meal inside.

With a side of farro, cucumber, and red onion dressed with some olive oil and lemon juice. Refreshing!

I apparently ate a lot of salads this week according to my photos – guess I was craving some greens in the hot weather!

This one had greens, leftover grilled chicken, avocado, leftover farro, string beans, and my usual homemade vinaigrette

I had a similar variation last night but with leftover steak instead of chicken – Matt was out at soccer so it was eaten in front of the TV. :)

As for fitness this week, I hit up a couple early a.m. yoga classes as usual, and also got in a super early run date with my friend Heather. 

With the recent heat and humidity I’ve kind of fallen off the running wagon since my trail race last month, but we had some big storms come through on Monday and I saw that the humidity and temps were going to be in our favor on Tuesday… had to get out there! 

It was still a little soggy out but overall a lovely morning for a jog, and much less swampy humidity-wise – hoorah!

We explored some of the Arlington trails while chatting away…

And ended up covering a little over 5 miles.

Longest run in quite awhile! I was struggling at bit for the last mile but proud I kept trucking. 

I hope you guys have a great weekend!

We have plans to go to the pool with Riese and friends both days and I’m excited about it. Riese loves the pool and we’ve been trying to make the most of our membership by going a ton. I took her twice this week – once just the two of us and then again for a big playdate with my mom friend group. So fun! 

And speaking of kids, I will leave you with what I thought was an interesting and useful article: “What To Say to Little Kids Instead of ‘Say Sorry’ “. I bought the bought they mention, “It’s Okay Not to Share and Other Renegade Rules for Raising Competent and Compassionate Kids” and am excited to read it… Riese is getting to the age where it’s time to figure out how to respond to this sort to stuff!

See you guys back here on Monday!


  1. 1

    Congrats on the purchase of your next home! It will be so good to be settled in the new place after a long period of transition. As I’ve mentioned, we’ve been house hunting for almost 2 years. We started looking when I found out I was pregnant and here we are, almost 2 years later, and we have not found a house. It has NOT been a fun process as inventory is super low and we are targeting a very very particular area. But hopefully our patience pays off in the end. I’m ready for more space. Since we’ve known we want to move for so long, we haven’t done anything to our house. I’m ready to be in a place where we know we’ll be long term so I can focus on things like landscaping!

    Great job on the 5 mile run! I took Tuesday off to get some things done and went for a 3.5 mile run in the morning. It felt great to run without the stroller for a change!

    I’ll have to check out that article you linked to and request that book from the library. So much of my reading/research has been around the baby stage and sleep so now it’s time to think about other things!

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    Ahhh! Congrats! Excited for you guys, sad that you won’t be so close anymore. It’s okay though, I will entice you to keep running with me by buying trashy (but good) romance novels. Haha! <3

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    Congratulations on your new home! Very exciting! And love the link about what to teach children instead of “sorry”. Have a great weekend!

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    Roadrunner says

    Exciting times ahead for you all, congrats!

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    Megan Ruth Rowlinson says

    Congrats on your new home!! How exciting! And I am sure it will feel so good to finally be settled after being back and forth for so long. I am moving also and we finally just got every last thing out of our house. It feels amazing! I’m sure you are feeling similar relief! Wilmington, DE

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    woooo hoooo!!! congrats to you guys! i’m moving too, multiple states, but only a (barely) 1 BR apt…cant imagine an entire house. but it’ll be worth it :)
    your #humidhair made me lol. my mom and i were totally that all week at the beach. i love and hate it–volume is a plus but oy the knots.

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