Hello friends! Our big excitement this weekend was that Matt and I ran the virtual Marine Corps 10k!
Is there anything better than post-race watermelon? So delicious and hydrating!
I’m continuing my partnership with The Watermelon Board this year, and as in year’s past they provided me and Matt with bibs for the race. We’ve run the 10k with them a number of years now – and I ran the full Marine Corps Marathon in 2016 with them, too! That was a TOUGH race, oof. Reminder to all: don’t climb an insane mountain the weekend before a marathon… 😉
Anyway! The race looked different this year since of course it was virtual! We missed the excitement of running in a crowd and finishing at the big arches up the hill in Rosslyn, but Matt and I still had a lot of fun running on our own. My mom came over yesterday morning to hang out with Riese so we could run, and we had absolutely perfect weather for it!
Such a treat to get to enjoy such a nice morning on the run with my best guy. Thank you again to my Watermelon Board friends for the bibs!
Anyone else doing the virtual Marine Corps 10k or full marathon this year? Or any other virtual races? How’d they go?
Our other big excitement this weekend was that Riese had her very first soccer class!
She had a blast and we had fun making a big morning of it – great weather to stroll around town!
After Riese’s class, we walked over to Swing’s Coffee – I’ve been hearing about their coffee for a long time now but we still hadn’t tried it! We both got mochas and loved them. I asked for half the sweetness because I always find they are too sweet, and it was the perfect amount!
Two thumbs up for Swing’s – we’ll be back, but next time we will be smart and order online ahead so we don’t have to wait! We were not the only ones with the coffee idea, apparently!
Sidenote – anyone else on team 1/2 caffeine for lattes? For the past few years I’ve gotten all my 2 shot lattes as half decaf, because 2 shots makes me super jittery. I also can’t have any caffeine after noon or else I can’t fall asleep at night. Guess I’m getting old!
We enjoyed our coffee (plus one of their blueberry lemon scones, which the 3 of us shared – super good) while walking to Evening Star cafe for an outdoor brunch.
We basically had the place to ourselves and their brunch hit the spot – I had the smoked salmon eggs benedict with home fries, and Matt and I shared some salad, too. Riese helped us with everything – we were all hungry!
As for other recent eats, looking at my pictures we apparently had a lot of eggs this weekend!
One night we did breakfast for dinner and had ham and cheese omelettes with some sliced green bell pepper – we didn’t feel like cooking and were hungry for something fast.
This reminds me now that it’s fall and apples are amazing I should make my Apple and White Cheddar Omelette again – an old fave!
Riese and I also had egg burritos with cheese, scrambled eggs, and black beans (with some red pepper and a little leftover kale for me too) one morning. I need to make more of my Make Ahead Breakfast Burritos for the freezer… love having a hearty breakfast option quickly at hand.
As for lunches, I hadn’t made a tuna salad sandwich in ages – this hit the spot.
I have also been really into fall-focused grain salad bowls with roasted squash! You can get all the details about the ingredients of this bowl on this recent Instagram post (plus there’s a giveaway you can enter)!
As for other dinners this weekend, we were making meals that I’ll be featuring on the blog later on, so stay tuned!
I will leave you with some questions, because we would love some advice from you fellow parents! Two questions:
- Riese says she is ready for a big girl bed, so we are looking into buying a toddler/regular twin bed for her. (The crib we have has a toddler rail we can swap to, but we feel like it makes more sense to just go all in with a big kid bed while she’s into it.) Any recommendations? We want a white one so it matches her other furniture but otherwise open to recs. Also would love recs for how to actually keep her in said bed vs. her getting out and trying to come hang out with us after bedtime. And thoughts on how to keep her from falling out! 🙂
- I think we are in the 3 year old sleep regression (is that a thing?) – it has been super hard to get Riese to go to bed lately. She comes up with every excuse ever once you do the whole routine and get her in bed (has to go potty (even though she still wears a diaper to bed), needs a snack, wants to come to our bed, she’s scared, etc. etc.), and lately she has also wanted the lights on so she can read all her books, but then she stays up crazy late and doesn’t want to go to sleep. The past couple weeks she’s been up until 9 or 10 a lot of nights, which is obviously not ideal for any of us (she doesn’t put herself to sleep when she’s done reading, but rather calls for us a lot). So… any thoughts/advice? We’re wondering if having a big girl bed may help because she can get out and look at the books she wants on her own (without calling us in every 5 seconds to get her more books), but how do we actually get her to stay in her room and also to go to sleep?! She is still napping, so maybe she’s not as tired by bedtime, but she really seems to need the nap still and is a mess without it (plus right now her nap time is my work time, so it’s kind of necessary for all of us). Her bedtime used to be around 8, but it keeps getting later and later and later!
Thank you in advance! <3 See you back here Wednesday with a cozy new recipe that I think you will love!