Sunday, July 13, 2014

Our Half Marathon

Bryan and I ran our first half marathon today! He did awesome and ran the race a full 44 minutes faster than me! Way to go!
Three of our friends, who originally talked us into running this race, also did great!

I'm totally spent...

We went to carb load at Olive Garden last night. MISTAKE. The trip started out ironically, but ended with us actually at Olive Garden, actually full of bread and pasta... blech


Pre-race

My pacing partner! Just kidding, she was way faster than me. :/

On to the second half of the race!
The half-marathon was sponsored by Narragansett beer company so there was a beer garden and all of the runners got free beer after! I didn't think I'd really want beer after running so far, but we all immediately crushed two or three of them! I was so hot and thirsty!!!





Right after crossing the finish line, I was handed my medal and high-fived by my friends. Bryan asked me if I wanted a banana, and I just burst into tears! I'm sure he was concerned, but really I think it just all came flooding out at that moment. I asked my body to do something really hard, something my mind really wanted to do, and I was able to accomplish it. I ran by myself on the coarse for 13.1 miles and I ran across that finish line to see my husband & friends waiting for me! It was a big deal for me!


The 'Gansett Girl let Brett put on the can costume! 


We went home, showered, ordered BBQ & Mac & Cheese and all headed over to John's house to watch the World Cup. I had to bow out a little early from the world cup frenzy... I think I've done all I can do this day.

I'm very proud of us all!

And after I take a nap, I'm sure I'll be ready for the next adventure!

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Summer in Boston

I know I've said it before, but Boston summers make up for Boston winters... when they finally arrive. It has been warm here for about two solid weeks!

This past weekend for the 4th of July, Bryan and I took advantage of the lovely weather and went camping up in Vermont. We went to Calvin Coolidge State Park and got a lean-to site. THIS WAS THE VIEW FROM OUR SITE! It was gorgeous!




We set up our tent inside the cabin. If it hadn't been so cold and windy the first night (because we got a hurricane in the Northeast the day before?!), we could have easily just thrown our air mattress right in the lean-to by itself.
We walked a little trail down to the stream, cooked over the open fire, and rented a boat to fish on Echo Lake all day Saturday before heading down to Mass MoCA (Mass. Museum of Contemporary Art) in western Mass on our way home on Sunday.

The little stream in the valley below our campsite.

We forgot matches... WHAT WERE WE THINKING WHEN WE PACKED?! Luckily Bryan brought his handy dandy fire starter and we didn't end up needing one match the whole weekend!

There's our match-less fire! And my wonderful wonderful Brimfield Dutch Oven!


chopping wood with his hatchet. You can do so many manly things when you spend time outdoors, I'm told.

We also forgot to pack cups... Seriously what are we? Amateurs? Luckily we had three water bottles so one, once emptied, was sawed in half and used for wine! We will always find a way to work out the important (wine) details...

Since I only get s'mores like once a year, I went all out! We made key lime s'mores (tasted like key lime pie!!), reeses s'mores, and kit-kat s'mores. These were not all the same night, but so what if they were?! 

He was lovely!
So, yes, I think I've finally rounded a corner for camping. I come from a family of city dwellers, you know. I just REALLY like being able to use the bathroom and take a shower WHENEVER I WANT. And I don't like fearing that mosquitos will bite my face while I sleep.

There are basically no bugs here (especially when compared to MS camping) and I'm getting used to the public shower thing...



Let's catch up quickly on the past four + months as well! I LOVE my new job! I miss my kiddos all the time, but still see them when I can! I hope I am friends with those girls for a long long time to come!
My job keeps me very busy during the day. I'm not constantly at a computer, but I'm in front of one enough to not really want to jump right on one when I get home (hence the lack of blogging).

Since I started my new job I have also joined a gym near my offices. I have gotten into a great routine of going every morning that I work before I go to work. I also got a personal trainer who I very much enjoy working with and have learned a lot from. I have lost 12 pounds and three pant sizes in the process so far and am really thrilled with the direction in which I'm moving!

Bryan and I have also been training to run our first half marathon this coming Sunday! WHAT?! I really hate to run. I've gotten so much stronger and know I can do this race, but running never clicked into the "this is easy and I love it" category. It's hard work and it's hard on my body every time. I'm pretty excited for this race, though, and hope to run the whole thing in less than 2.5 hours. Bryan is hoping for less than 2 hours. As I was thinking about my goal, I realized that the winner of the Boston Marathon this year ran THE WHOLE MARATHON in less than 2.5 hours--- which means he was running more than twice as fast as I can run. CRAZY!

Bryan and I went to Paris for our vacation this year! That is a whole blog post in itself... I'll post about that very soon.

For now, I'd like to end with a Birthday shout out to my sweet sister, Aimee! Happy 23rd, kiddo! I love you!

xo
Ashley

Sunday, February 23, 2014

A New Adventure

I start a new adventure tomorrow! I have a new job! 

I'm so excited to move back into the business world and start something new, but you all also know how much I have loved working with kids the last 5 years so this transition is incredibly bittersweet for me. There were definitely some tears shed last week.

I have so enjoyed my two and a half years with Lily and 13 months (all her life) with Mia and their family! I'll still see the girls so that makes things easier and happier all around. They are off to Spring Training for a month in Florida this week, and I know they will have a blast swimming and being warm! 
Here are a few pictures from the last week with the little ones!

Mia tries a strawberry cupcake at our playgroup Valentine's Day party


Lily loves using her snow man kit. I'm terrible at rolling snow into big balls... so this is how we make the best of both!

Mia slept right through our lunch out. I guess the zoo was too much to take in!

My lunch date on Thursday after the zoo

School Vacation Week Ice Cream Social

Our last lunch together

Our farewell lunch! Notice the drips of chocolate ice cream from the party!
I love these girls so so much!


My new position is with a management team for an international luxury residential properties brand. I've heard such good things about the company and know a couple people who work for them. My new office will be right in the heart of Back Bay, so I'll be taking the train to get there. I've dug out all my old work clothes (and quickly realized that most of them were ill fitting (most likely they were ill fitting when I last wore them, just at that time my husband had fewer opinions about what looks good on me, which I appreciate)), I've got some new high heels to break in, and I'm ready for tomorrow- I hope!

I really am excited! I'm sure I'll be able to share more, soon! 

Much love to you all!
Happy Sunday!

Sunday, February 16, 2014

True Love

With that title you might expect me to pour out my heart over how much I care for and love and adore my sweet husband. I do, but I can give an example that truly exemplifies this.

After having a lovely valentines weekend, I find my self so so ill that I can hardly get to my feet today. Having someone who truly loves you through illness is kind of amazing the more I lay covered with no less than half a dozen blankets and think about it. I know I've just got a virus and that we're not in for anything major, but it still amazes me that he's doing anything I need him to do today. He walked through the winter to get me Gatorade and sprite. He exchanged my crackers for pretzels when I noticed a slight sesame flavor that is currently extremely off putting. I laid in bed and listened to him clean the whole house! I love my guy. And I know he loves me because he doesn't just tell me so, he shows me daily.

I hope you all had a lovely Valentine's Day Weekend!

XO

Thursday, February 6, 2014

Digging Out... Again

After the storm (well after the major part of the snow), I suited up and shoveled the car out so that I could come to work today!
It's really good cardio, you know.

I think we ended up with almost a foot of snow.

All clean!



Hope you're having a less chilly Thursday than we are here in New England!

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Winter Storm Nika

When my 3 year old friend wants to go outside to play, I say 'yes!' but I don't always say "and I'm coming with you!" Mia and I just stayed inside and watched 'the Lily show' while she played in Monday's snow storm.

Today is a new snow storm... worse than Monday's. We are forecasted to get a foot of snow today. 
I'm over it. It's beautiful, but seriously, let's have blizzards on Saturdays when no one has to go to work.



I love this bug! (and she crawled this week! It was a modified 'crawl' but I cried and her Physical Therapist teared up! It was a huge deal. Something we've been working on for months. I couldn't be more proud of her hard work or more thankful for an amazing PT!)

It's tough to be a kid.


Sunday, February 2, 2014

I love this city

My view of the frozen city this morning on my run. It actually turned into a beautiful day with sun shine and highs in the 40s! I even came home to my Love making waffles!
Lovely Sunday wishes to you all!
xo