June 7, 2019 - Greensboro, NC
After spending a weekend in March looking at 20+ houses, narrowing it down to our top 3 to see again, and then finally making an offer. I'm glad we finally got here and the house is now ours. One of the big deciding factors (outside of proximity to campus) was whether or not there were jogging trails. I know that might not be important to some people, but everywhere I've lived since I started running has had easy access to trails. I just couldn't see giving that up now, especially with the twins.
So we chose a place in SW Greensboro that has a network of about 5miles worth of trails. I can drive to the nearby longer trail or take sidewalks along the busier roads to get in my longer runs. Super excited about this.
The process however to actually buy a house is intense, stressful, and something I don't want to go again for awhile. From the inspection appointments to repairs, and all the documentation that the mortgage company needs... IT WAS AWFUL. We were rushing around at the last minute but thankfully got everything completed in time to close.
And now we are the proud owners of a 4bed, 2.5bath house in the suburbs of Greensboro. Come visit!
June 2, 2019 - Blacksburg-Christiansburg, VA
So I know I didn't announce it but the Caldwells are shipping out of VA and headed to Greensboro, NC!
Jon accepted a job at UNCG (on a contract that's more than just a year THANK GOD) so we will finally have some stability. We went house hunting in March, made an offer on a house, and close in a week!
In the meantime I've been slowly running and slowly trying to get my legs back and lose the extra weight I gained towards the end of the twins first year. I hadn't been doing really far long runs but decided before we moved I wanted to run our local trail (Huckleberry) in its entirety. They had just finished the upper end connector and I thought why not give it a shot? No time goal and could enjoy it while taking as many pictures as I wanted.
When I got out to the start- the views are beautiful but boy are they hilly!!! I got to run on the new boardwalk section through a marshy area which was fun and then I connected back to where I had run before. This end of the trail is especially hilly... almost to a cruel degree. But I told myself to just get through this and it will slowly get easier along the way. It was a hot, hot day but I got it done. 10 miles, 2 hours, lots of sweat and lots of photos.
Super proud of myself for getting it done. Check off the bucket list!!
May 24-27, 2019 - Rehoboth Beach, DE
First we drove down to Asheville, NC so Jon would have help with the twins for the weekend. Then I boarded a plane from Asheville to Washington-Dulles. It seemed easier to go this way than figure out driving. Plus this was my first real weekend away by myself with no twins, Jon, puppy, or pumping!!
I decided to go a day early to hang out with JJ :) so when I arrived in DC I got to take the bus from Dulles to the silver line train (one day it'll actually go all the way to Dulles - but that seems to be taking FOREVER). And then I metroed to Ballston where JJ picked me up. I got all turned around with the kiss and ride as they've redone the stop and it had been ages since I'd gotten off in Ballston. We had a fun morning - got our nails done, went to Target for baby gifts for Colleen and Baby Thalia, and after a visit with Colleen we grabbed some lunch at a cut cafe. I was feeling a little queasy so we took it easy at JJs when all of a sudden a crazy storm (complete with tornado warning) appeared just as we needed to head to the metro. The downpour was ridiculous but I ran quick from the car to the station. It was a long ride up to Maryland but I was headed to Cara in College Park.
Of course by the time I got up to CP, it was sunny and not a cloud in the sky. Cara grabbed me from the metro and we headed over to Annapolis (after a quick bathroom break... because that's me ha). I got to meet crazy Waldo and then we went out for dinner at a nearby BBQ place. It was super yummy! I had a sampler plate of goodness and tasted a couple of beers too. Then we watched some tv, relaxed, and called it a night.
Friday morning I got up and went for a run at a nearby park and then Cara picked me up and we headed to the airport to grab Campbell. Then it was time for breakfast where I stuffed my face (after the run), a quick shower back at Cara's, and wait for Wynsor (who was grabbing Elizabeth from the airport). Finally we were all united and it was time to head to the beach!!
We had car snacks, stopped to potty at a cute ice cream place, pulled into the Dogfish brewery and tasted all the samples. Its crazy how crowded it is now compared to what it was like when we start coming 10 years ago. (Although I realize that makes me old!) Finally we were able to check into our weekend condo. It was really cute! About a mile from the beach and boardwalk area. First order of business was to hit up the grocery store for all the food and booze. Gotta enjoy the weekend right?! We ordered in pizza, played games and had a great evening our first night in town.
Saturday dawned with a cardio workout for me, Wynsor, and Cara. Gotta get the workouts in even while on vacay! Then we munched on breakfast while waiting for Campbell and Elizabeth to wake. We headed to down to Dewey Beach and Dewey Beer Co for a late lunch. Delicious sour beers - PERFECT for me - and I had an amazing lunch of chicken and waffles. Then we briefly walked down to the beach (it was a little chilly out) before heading back to our condo for more games and fun. Cara had brought 'Tiny Hands' which turned out to be HILARIOUS. Really hard to do some of the tricks with tiny and tinier hands. We cooked a yummy dinner and at all the snacks and leftovers before calling it a night.
Sunday - Wynsor and I got up early to get in a long run (8 miles) along the beach. We started pretty early but it was already hot and got even hotter along the way. So pretty though! Then we headed to the beach! It was a beautiful day and perfect for enjoying the sun, sand, and waves. That evening we took on the new Dogfish restaurant. It is huge! And so different than the older one. It doesn't feel quite as homey but the beers and food were still just as good. We wandered the boulevard afterwards with another beach stop before taking an uber back to our condo. What a day!
Finally on Monday, Wynsor and I went out for a much shorter run before heading back, finishing up lots of the food, cleaning the condo, showering and packing up to head back to DC.
It was a fantastic girls weekend, it had been two years since our last trip (hey babies) but we always catch up where we left off. It was also a much needed break for me - but I was still happy to see my babies when I got back. Mamas need self-care too. :)
March 17, 2019 - Waynesville, NC
Great Nan-Lou was going to be home from NYC so it seemed like a good time to go visit Grammy and Pops and see everyone on Jon's side of the family. And any excuse for a party right?!
The twins had a fun time celebrating with the family- got to wear some funny hats- and got to sit in their new adirondack chairs.
A good weekend with fun for all! And lots of pictures - enjoy!
Well- you know how good things were going this summer/fall for me in my return to running? Late fall/winter was NOT my friend. First we were traveling all the time for the holidays, then everyone got sick, then the semester schedule was different and left me no time to workout like before, and then we had to start weaning.
It was really rough. I was not in a good head space. Working out keeps me sane and with no time to fit it into my schedule like before I was feeling the effects. I thought after the holiday/sickness bouts I would be able to get back on track but once Jon went back to work after the holiday break, his schedule was different. Those 30mins that I used to have after the twins ate and before he went to work were gone. Their schedule was evolving and they weren't really sleeping during that time as before. That coupled with Jon's need to leave earlier left me stranded.
So no time to workout made me cranky, plus I was trying to maintain my milk supply until their 1st birthday which was proving to be a struggle. I was eating all the time. So no working out and lots of eating meant weight gain even though I was nursing twins.
I had thought once I started back running everything with my body would slowly go back to normal but instead it's been all over the place. After they were born I immediately dropped all the pregnancy weight and was back to my original size. Then I began running again and was feeling great about my progress. But in the fall my cycle returned and with that my milk supply was all over the place. Thanks hormones. So more eating and then with the inability to workout and run but still eating.... yeah. It's no wonder I've gained back about half of my pregnancy weight.
Their first birthday is coming up at the end of this month, and while I'm incredibly proud of my ability to feed them this entire time- I am very excited about weaning. I'm looking forward to getting my body back and beginning what I consider my real postpartum journey. I realize it's a year after most start but for me it will be when I can finally get myself on a schedule. I can get back to early morning workouts before the twins wake up since I won't need to drain the boobs anymore. I can regulate my diet as I won't have to supply food anymore. It is time. And I am ready.
Postpartum running has been anything but easy but I'm ready to start over again. Let's do this 2019.
As it's the first year for all holidays for the twins- we had to take some fun photos for their first Valentine's day. :)
We didn't do anything special, just enjoyed our day. But to everyone else we want to say HAPPY VALENTINE'S DAY Y'ALL!!
1/27/19 - 11 months old!
Happy first New Year! I rang in NYE with Grammy and Pops while Mommy and Daddy spent a few days in Asheville. Then we headed home for the first time in weeks and played with all our new toys. We tried a bunch of new foods and love peanut butter, eggs (are back!), bread and yogurt. We also absolutely love to pull up on everything. We are big fans of standing up! We also both learned how to clap!! Gammy and Granddaddy came for a visit while Daddy was out of town- we love having visitors! We also celebrated Mommy's birthday!
12/27/18 - 10 months old!
We celebrated our first Christmas! We spent a lot of time on the road this month - first we spent a quick weekend up iin DC again. We got to see some holiday markets, eat at a mexican restaurant, and saw the Obama portraits at the National Portrait Gallery. Then we headed South and were at Gammy and Granddaddy's in Raleigh. We met some of Mommy's friends, and then went on to Wilmington for Granddaddy's family xmas. Saw lots of people and it was a little overwhelming - but we got some super fun toys! Then we got to visit Santa!! He was funny looking and we didn't know how to react- but we didn't cry! We also got to play in a jeep- beep beep! Then it was christmas morning where we spent time with ALL of our family. It was a lot of fun
December 6-8, 2018 - Washington, DC
It is weird to put a travel header on a DC post but it's also crazy to me that it's been 5 years since I lived in the city!!! It's insane sometimes how fast time travels by.
Anyway, Jon had to be at University of Maryland for a concert - so we loaded up the whole gang (Jon's parents included) and headed up to the DMV. Even Loki came along.
It was a quick trip- we arrived on Thursday with enough time to feed the babies and then Jon left for rehearsal. His parents arrived around the same time we did (thankfully helped with unloading and the twins) and then we all went for a walk in the nearby park. We spent awhile out there before it was time to stop by UMD for a quick visit and meet Jon's colleagues and then head back to the hotel to get the twins ready for bed. We just ordered from a nearby spot for dinner and relaxed the rest of the evening.
Friday morning we headed back to the park- Jon's mom pushed the stroller, while the rest of us went for a run. I'm still turtle pacing over here so the guys left me behind but overall a nice run in the park! After that we headed back to the hotel to let the twins rest while we got ready. Then it was lunch time at Lauriol Plaza!! We brought the babies food so they got to eat and then play while we ate. It was super yummy as always. Really miss living around the corner from a place like this.
After we finished up lunch we loaded back into the car to head to the DC holiday market downtown. They have lots of cute vendors and what we were really there for: MINI DONUTS. YES!!!! So good. We also took a couple of pictures with the fun toy soldiers out on display.
Our last stop was the National Portrait Gallery to see the Obama portraits. They had been installed after I moved away so it was really nice to see those in person. :) Then we jumped back in the car and headed back to our hotel so Jon could change and head to his concert. We fed the babies dinner, did bathtime and got them asleep (phew) and then relaxed until Jon came home late from his concert.
Saturday morning we got on the road pretty early to get back as bad weather was expected. It was a really quick trip but despite all the crazy schedule maneuvers we still had a good time and got to experience a little bit of the city at the holidays.
Thanks DC for the whirlwind weekend!
11/27/18 - 9 months old!
This month we celebrated two big holidays: Halloween and Thanksgiving! G went as a Lil' Devil and L went as a Pumpkin. We were very cute and took fun photos for Mommy. We also went on a halloween stroller ride to see the neighborhood and all the other kids dressed up. We tried avocado and we hated it :( back to purees for us! Our newborn photographer was doing xmas mini shoots so we all went and had some fun holiday photos taken for christmas cards. Then it was time for Thanksgiving! We headed to the mountains to stay with Grammy and Pops. We had two big thanksgivings - one with all of mommy's extended family and one with all of daddy's extended family. Lots of new people!