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!
November 22, 2018 - NC Mountains
I just love first holidays for babies. Can't wait til we get to xmas but first Thanksgiving!
Now we're only starting on the solids game so the twins didn't get to have any turkey day goodies but they did get to meet a lot of family! We were staying at Jon's parents (since that was easiest) but we spent part of Wednesday and Thursday over at the Christmount retreat where my mom's side of the family has a reunion every other year. The twins got to meet lots of 2nd and 3rd cousins and Luke even did a little crawling for everyone.
We ate Thanksgiving lunch in shifts so they could eat and then we could. They had sweet potatoes and apples - close as I could get to a Thanksgiving meal haha. After a little more visiting we said goodbye and headed back to Waynesville for Thanksgiving #2!
More cousins galore to play with before some photos and then dinner. Similar to lunch but still keeping to the theme. :) And then a little bedtime story and these kiddos were out cold.
Another solid holiday this year!
July 14, 2018 - Waynesville, NC
Twins first wedding!
Jon's cousin Brennan was getting married and asked that the twins come to the ceremony so they could be in the pictures. We dressed them in cute sailor suits (from my grandmother) that were a play on what Jon wore with his Aunt (Brennan's mother) got married. He was a sailor too! Can't make this stuff up.
Anyway we weren't sure how it was going to go so we sat with them in the back of the church in case we needed to go out. In general Brennan and Daniel had asked for no children to be present so we knew we were a special case and wanted to keep them as quiet as we could!
It was a little warm in there and Luke got a tiny bit fussy so Jon took him out before he could make any real noise. And then towards the end of the ceremony another baby started to cry! It wasn't us though- because the twins were both really good.
Afterwards we got some nice photos with the wedding party and family, and then headed outside to do a few of our own. :) Then it was time to take the twins home to hang out with a sitter while we had a little break and enjoyed the reception.
Was really nice to relax for the evening knowing they were in good care. First wedding for them and first evening away for us -- both were a success!
July 12, 2018 - Asheville, NC
We weren't sure we'd be able to take time away from the twins to celebrate but thanks to my wonderful in-laws and some milk stash, Jon and I were able to get some time to ourselves for an afternoon away.
We headed to Asheville to see the Chihuly exhibit at the Biltmore first. [And I pumped in the car on the way there- a total first for me] Well, first we actually stopped by the winery on the property to start the celebrations :) After a lovely wine tasting we headed back to the main grounds to wander around. The exhibition was mainly outside - so after lots of walking (and sweating) we were happy to head into the house to see a few pieces there as well. It was beautiful! I had always heard how amazing Chihuly's work is but had only seen a ceiling in a Vegas casino. It was really nice to see more of his work.
We had a really nice time at Biltmore but dragged our sweaty selves back to the car for another pumping session for me before we headed to our dinner at Curate. Now- we had heard wonderful things about this restaurant and I was able to get us an early dinner session (4:30!) so we could make it back to get the twins into bed. We started with a nice red wine and bruschetta and manchego cheese. Delish. Then on to the Patatas Bravas (a MUST for me at tapas places) and a giant prawn for Jon. He then had muscles while I had a nice salad. (Got get some greens in!) And then we had the pièce de résistance - Iberico Skirt Steak. AMAZING. So worth it. I forgot to take a photo it was so good. :D And then of course to close we had to get dessert so we got two :) a cheesecake and a chocolate torte. Both were delightful- I think the cheesecake won. It was a wonderful meal!! And then our server surprised us with chocolate covered cherry popsicles. YES.
A wonderful 4th Anniversary with the only person I can imagine going through this life with. Love you J.
June 1-6, 2019
Now that we've got our travel legs it was time to head south to NC to visit all of Mommy's side of the family. First we were in Raleigh briefly and got to meet our Great Gammy (or GG). We also got to see our Great Aunt and Uncle, Libess and David. We've been working on tummy time so we did a lot of that when we weren't visiting.
Then on Sunday, we made the drive to Wilmington to see Granddaddy's side of the family. All of our cousins, great aunts and uncles were there and we got to meet our Great Nana for the first time. We even matched with our red stripes! It was nice to meet everyone and then we slept all of the way back to Raleigh!
The next couple of days we met some of Mommy and Daddy's friends and had so much fun playing with our Gammy and Granddaddy. On our last day we took our weekly picture and got to meet Lily! She's going to be one of our great friends when we grow up.
A good first trip to NC!
May 17-20, 2018 - Washington DC
Babies first trip!
Jon had a conference in DC and so we all made the trek (with the help of Jon's parents). Even Loki came along! We stayed just outside the city in Alexandria in a dog friendly hotel.
Once we were all checked in, we made sure Loki was comfortable and then we loaded up to head into the city. We went to the new Wharf area- it was built after I moved away. We were meeting my friend Kate for early dinner and so she could meet the twins. They were very snuggly and warmed right up to her! We also had a delicious dinner while they slept. WIN. Of course when we went to leave it was pouring so that was interesting but we managed to get to the car (with a quick detour for me to get some dessert from Milk Bar :)).
Only a couple of night feedings that evening thankfully and we got a wet interval run in the next morning. Then we decided to take the twins for a little drive over on the National Mall. Between rain we loaded them into their carriers and took them to the Lincoln Memorial and the World War II Memorial. Then back to the hotel for naps and rest while Jon went to his first conference session. AND Luke rolled over for the first time!!
On Saturday we said goodbye to Jon's parents and then headed over to Port City Brewing to meet up with lots of friends. Lots of baby snuggles for everyone and even Jon got to join in toward the end of our time there. An early evening for all of us as we started to get things packed up to head home the next day.
On Sunday we dropped Jon off for this last conference meeting and then headed over to JJ's to hang out for a bit until he was ready for pick up. We got to meet Zuni (Loki got super protective over the babies) but it was a nice visit before we swung back by the Kennedy Center, grabbed Jon and then headed down the highway to home.
A successful first trip!
Middleburg, VA - July 28-31, 2017
Last year I went to Southern Bird Camp in NC and made some great friends, had a wonderful time, and became a much better runner. This year I'm going in coming off injury, up to the DC area, and looking forward to spending time with old and new friends.
Let's just say there were highs and lows about this year's camp. I was super excited to reunite with a lot of the ladies I've met at the NC camp as well as through Instagram and up in the DC area. However the housing arrangements were spread so far apart and most of the activities took place up at the main area so it made for some difficultly AND not feeling particularly welcome. (which made me sad considering everything Oiselle stands for and everything I've gotten out of it so far).
Anyway, recapping from the beginning. I arrived on Friday in misty rain looking forward to catching up with friends and meeting new ones. I had convinced Wynsor to join the team this past spring and she got a last minute spot into camp! She arrived almost the same time I did. We ended up being in the same cabin and decided to share a bunk bed set. There was an optional first run on the first day that I opted out of. I figured coming off my injury and knowing I'd be running every other day at camp it might be best not to try the first day in the misty rain on slippery rocks. Brooklyn, MaryEllen and Amy arrived and they were staying down in the cabins as well. We all headed up for happy hour at the main lodge, followed by tasty dinner. The evening closed out with a welcome and talk from Haute Volee Becki Spellman. She talked about her story, how she came to run with Oiselle, and offered advice to us novice runners. We were supposed to close out with a bonfire but the weather was nasty so we headed back to our cabin to hang out and head to sleep.
Day 2 started with a quick breakfast at the main house, and then we climbed into cars to head to the W&OD trail in neighboring Leesburg. I ran 5 miles with Casey (a DMV bird from the Eastern Shore of Maryland) who was happy to go my slow pace. We all ran our own mileage and so had grouped up the night before based on our plan. Afterwards we headed to a breakfast place to fill up because we were all starving!! Then it was back for a late lunch at the lodge, showers and we decided to visit one of the local wineries as pool time was cancelled due to rain/cool temps. :( We were back in time for a core session with Becki and then it was time for Twilight Polo. I had never experienced this before but it was a literal polo match. We had yummy bbq and delicious wine while watching the horses. It was fun!
Day 3 it was finally sunny!! We opted for a short run on the grounds as we didn't want to drive again over to the big traill. Talk about gravelly! Then we got to experience how to do a real warmup with Erika Pierce. I had met Erika at Southern Bird Camp the year prior. She's a kick ass masters runner and SUPER nice. Then it was time for lunch! Of course we decided to visit another brewery/winery for the afternoon and then got a little pool time in. That evening was full of a trunk show (new Fall/Winter Oiselle) and a gear swap. We grabbed some snacks and headed back to our cabin to hang out before heading to bed.
Day 4 started with a prediction run... that yours truly won!! I predicted my time within 15 seconds. Boom. Mic Drop. Then a last breakfast with everyone, lots of hugs and photos and it was time to get back on the road. Love my Oiselle friends. Can't wait for the 2018 camp!
Charlottesville, VA - June 9-11, 2017
A weekend getaway with the college besties and their hubbies.
Caitlin's parents live in Charlottesville these days and opened up their home to us for the weekend. We were the first to arrive as C-ville isn't too far for us! They we nice enough to let us bring Loki along as well. All the other girls arrived shortly after and we ate a quick lunch before jumping in the pool for the afternoon. SO NICE. We even got Loki on the floats but in general he hated the pool and ran back and forth barking at everyone in terror.
That evening we drove up the mountain for a beautiful sunset with snacks and wine. The view was great and it was nice to catch up over a few glasses. Plus we got to ride in the back of a truck back and forth! We closed out the night with a late dinner and some cornhole. Great first evening!!
Jon and I got up early to get in a short run (which was quite hilly!). Of course Loki came along and he wanted to run ahead with Jon- I had to wrangle him to keep him back with me. ;p Then a light breakfast and showers before the gang piled into cars to visit Blue Mountain Brewery for lunch. The had a 10 sampler that I just had to try of all their tasty beverages and I had a delicious wrap for lunch. It was pretty hot out there but thankfully we got a nice spot under the canopy to enjoy our lunches.
Our next stop was over to King Family Vineyards where we hung out under the awning and sampled some of their whites and Crose. We finally got a table after stalking a group and really enjoyed our afternoon together. Then we headed back to the Lyttle's for an evening of croquet! I LOVE that they have a croquet court set up in their front yard. It's SO FUN to play! :) We then got to watch a beautiful sunset to close out the day. LOVE!!
Our final day kicked off with another run/walk before we packed up our cars to head to Monticello. We were walking from the grounds over to this cute restaurant spot for lunch. It was SO HOT out there and poor Loki managed to hike almost the whole way before Jon had to carry him at the end. Lunch was super yummy and ended in ice cream. Then we all said our goodbyes and it was back on the road to B-burg.
Great weekend catching up with some of my favorite ladies (and their hubbies!)
Asheville, NC - May 19-21, 2017
What was supposed to be a fun race weekend with the Oiselle ladies actually turned into a fun getaway weekend with no running to be had. HA.
As previously mentioned I was having hip issues and had started PT but wasn't going to be up to running the Biltmore Classic. I had originally registered for the 15K and then downgraded to the 5K planning to walk the three miles on race day.
Jon and I drove down from Blacksburg that morning- with him planning to drop me off in Asheville to meet up with Brooklyn, MaryEllen, and Amy for the weekend. He was heading on to his parents and would pick me up on Sunday after the race. We met up downtown, wandered a few shops and then ate some yummy lunch at Tupelo Honey Cafe. We decided to venture down to Wicked Weed for a quick beer before heading up to MaryEllen's cabin outside of Weaverville. And fun story when we got there- her keys didn't work to open the door!! It looked like a very nice cabin from the outside- haha. Luckily for us the official race hotel had a few slots left so we were able to get a room for two nights that her mom paid for since she didn't have the right key to get into the house. Doubletree even felt bad for us and gave us a complimentary cheese and fruit plate since we were homeless until they took us in! What a day! We crossed the street from the hotel to grab dinner at Texas roadhouse before calling it a night.
Day 2 dawned much better as we opted for a hike along the mountain to sea trail, before grabbing our race packets back at the hotel. Then we took quick showers and decided to do a little uber and brewery hoping that evening. Our first planned stop was to New Belgium but then it turned out that Tour de Fat was there and we didn't want to pay the cover to get inside. I got some local suggestions from Jon's Dad- starting with the Wedge across the street. We walked over the river and down to the brewery (boy was it hot out!!) before settling under some fans, in the shade, with a couple of pitchers of beer. RELAXATION YES.
Then we ubered over to Salvage Station as our second stop, another round of beers and some exciting scenery/music. This place was huge!! After that we decided to grab food just down the road at White Duck Taco. SO FREAKING GOOD. I ate two amazing tacos, took a quick break with some water before it was time to head to our next location: Burial Brewing. Our final stop of the night as we were supposed to be at the race the next day (oops). We had another round before throwing up the white flags and uber-ing back to our hotel. More snacking (thanks to our grocery run prior to realizing we were locked out of the cabin) and I took some flat runner photos before we passed out asleep.
The next morning we woke up for the race and it was monsooning outside. Like thunder, lightning, downpour the whole nine yards. We though for sure the race would be cancelled but they claimed it was going to pass and still be on so we finally got dressed and headed out the door. We got to the start line- where it was still pouring and decided to hard pass on this one. I wasn't really looking forward to walking the 5K alone and they weren't interested in running the 15K in rain and mud. We headed back to the hotel, took quick showers, opted for breakfast at Biscuithead (also amazingly delicious) and then Jon picked me up and I said goodbye.
So while not the weekend we expected by any means, we had a blast anyway!! These Oiselle ladies are some of my favorites- glad the NC team brought us together :)
Wimberly, TX - May 4-8, 2017
Reuniting with the grad school ladies for a weekend of relaxation and fun!
On Thursday morning I flew out early from ROA to head to Dallas. Most of us were arriving in Dallas and Campbell was nicely driving all of us around. :) I was the first pickup out at DFW before we grabbed Cara at the Love Field airport. Wynsor was coming in a little later so we ran by Campbell's house (got to see Q and meet Pippa!) before grabbing her at the airport too. Then it was time for the first of many Mexican meals!! Lunch time marg? Yes please.
We were headed to Waco for the evening to cut the drive in half from Dallas. Which meant we were stopping off at Magnolia Market (home of the Fixer Upper folks). Being as I don't have cable I don't watch a lot of HDTV but apparently this place is a mecca to home design. They have a fun store where you can buy home decor as well as an outdoor area where they show movies at night. It was cute but apparently not as exciting as everyone thought it was going to be. I was helpful in finding us a local brewery (Bare Arms) to stop at after this :). We did a sampler and hung out there for a bit before wandering just across the parking area to get BBQ (when in TX yes?!) And then called it a night back at our hotel.
Wynsor, Cara and I got up early the next morning to get a little working out in before we got on the road again. Just yoga for me since the hip was still not the best. And then for breakfast we got breakfast tacos!!!! from Torchy's. DELICIOUS. I would eat breakfast tacos every day I think if I lived in TX. SO GOOD. Then it was on the road to Wimberly. Campbell had found us a cute house to stay in for the weekend that had river access so we could float :) Once we arrived we had about an hour until Eliz got there- just enough time to decorate and get ready for the impromptu shower we were throwing her after finding out about Baby Frels a few days earlier. She reacted just how we thought she would once she arrived- excitement followed by tears. :) Presents, games and cake ensued. Then we decided to check out our river access and headed across the street for the views. Dinner and games took over our evening with a final spot at the firepit outside- a great first day in Wimberly!
The next day we did a quick core routine with one of the videos I brought (can't stop working out just because I'm on vacay!) before homemade breakfast tacos (YUM) and then it was on the markets. We got to experience some of the most interesting flea market items while wandering the rows in the hot summer sun. We headed back for a quick lunch and some relaxing before our evening jaunt to Gruene. We found another tasty Mexican restaurant for dinner and then wandered around town. I found some hula hoops (yes please) and we visited the infamous dance hall. The show was much later that evening but that didn't stop us from having a little fun on the dance floor. Always a blast with these ladies.
The next day dawned with another quick core workout, breakfast tacos, and time for river tubing! So nice and relaxing and a great way to start our day. Then we opted to go for a drive to some local wineries- and found a brewery (Twisted X) on the way! First stop there, followed by Duchman Family Winery afterwards. A nice leisurely afternoon. Back at our little house an awesome sunset took place that evening so we wandered back down to the river to get some fun shots. Followed by dinner, games and fire pit s'mores.
Our final day in town I woke up to do some light stretching and clamshells and we opted to float one more time down the river before packing up, cleaning, and heading back to Dallas.
A wonderful weekend indeed. Can't wait to plan next year's vacay!