August 20, 2014
August 19, 2014
shorts: loft tank top: old navy vest: justfab
I told you I wanted to wear this vest all the time and I think I wore it three days out of four last week.
Speaking of things I want, I wish the marathon was next week instead of two months from now.
I'd also like to buy at least one thing on groopdealz a day.
I wish a cold iced coffee would show up on my doorstep the minute after I put Addilyn down for her afternoon nap so I could drink it and watch another episode of Nashville on Netflix.
I'd like my vacation pictures to edit themselves and write a good post about how much fun it was and how much I miss spending all that time with my family.
I'd like these cookies to disappear from my kitchen so I wouldn't eat four a day until they were gone.
I also wish Chris would stop eating so ridiculously loud while sitting next to me right now. And that I could do a better job multitasking because I have no idea what is going on in the show that we are watching.
August 18, 2014
Addilyn's onesie: Courtney Bock Designs
56 days left until the big day. Part of me wishes it was next weekend, as at this point I know I could finish even if it meant I was more sore and slower than I'd be with two more months of training. But I know the training is a much bigger process and commitment than the race itself. Motivation is the biggest battle, as some days it takes a whole lot to get myself out on a run.
Here's few things that motivate me lately . . .
Breaking up my run into smaller chunks mentally. For my 15 mile run I tell myself I can do 5 miles. After that I get a drink of water and tell myself I can do five more. And then five more after that. It is seriously more a mental game than physical for much of the run. I'm well aware I'm running 15 miles, but by only thinking of five at a time, it feels much more attainable.
This adorable onesie is pretty good motivation too. If I'm going to dress Addilyn in it, I sure as better finish those 26.2 miles. Her onesie is from Courtney Block Designs, an adorable monogram shop that has all kinds of cute things from jewelry to kids backpacks and pjs and my favorite monogram lace sweatshirt (which is going on my birthday list). Courtney has been wonderful to work with and she's offering 15% your order using the code LAURENFORLAUREN15. If I could only make up my mind on a color, I would have already purchased this monogrammed baseball hat.
I can't wait to see her sweet face waiting for me at the finish line, wearing this onesie. Even more so, I can't wait for the day when Addilyn wants to go on a run with me or when we can cross a finish line together. She is pretty good motivation.
August 17, 2014
tee & sandals : old navy shorts: white plum
August 13, 2014
Don't mind the tongue. We make great first impressions. And if that didn't do it, maybe the fact that Addilyn and I both smelled like poop thanks to the worst diaper blow out in the car on the way, which resulted in some side of the road, two person clean up.
But thankfully Liz and Emma didn't seem to care. I've followed Liz and her blog since I started blogging. We got pregnant around the same time, although Liz's baby girl was born quite early and spent a long time in the NICU. I remember praying for Emma quite often, as I couldn't imagine going through that, especially after spending only one night home from the hospital without Addilyn. Liz is such an amazing example of trusting in God's protection and plan. Reading her posts and getting to know her has been an encouragement to me and my own walk with God.
(And p.s. I'm jealous of how cute she looks in hats.)
I had no plans of meeting Liz on our family vacation and didn't even know I'd be close to her until she messaged me when I posted a picture of us at the airport. So Chris, Addilyn and I drove back to Buffalo, NY during the week and I got to meet her and Emma (and Liz's sweet friend Brittany) for lunch.
And it was wonderful. When I got home my mom asked if it was awkward or if we ran out of things to talk about. Not at all. I'm pretty confident we could spend all day together and have plenty to talk about. I wish weren't so far away and am working on getting Liz and Emma to make a trip out to Chicago sometime!
Now I can't lie and tell you I didn't start thinking on the way home about what dumb things I might have said, or if I was a good listener or made a good impression. But Liz texted me and said she had a great time, so let's hope she wasn't lying.
Sharing your life on the internet is a little weird at times. Counting people you've never met as real friends seems strange. But what a blessing to connect with others that are in the same stage as you, to pray for and encourage each other and then to get to meet, hug and have your sweet girls meet too.
Thanks Liz for driving to meet us! We LOVED it.