September 1, 2019
My return to running from twin pregnancy has been anything but linear. Last summer I was feeling pretty good as I got back into it, but then this past winter/early spring I felt awful and just couldn't summon up the energy to get it going.
Finally this summer I registered for the Richmond Half Marathon so I guess I have to start putting in more effort. I decided I would run at least 1 mi a day in the month of August to see if I could jump start my love for running again.
Now after 31 days of literally running every day I'm finally enjoying it again and I'm excited to build up for a race. And what's even crazier is that I hit 100 miles for the month. I've only ever done that one other time in all my years of running- and better yet I feel fantastic!
Finally, finally do I feel in a better place with running. I'm hopeful that coupled with weights, HIIT, and yoga I can regain my strength, and muscle, and finally shed the remaining baby weight.
Hopefully I'll have good news to report come November! Wish me luck!
8/27/19 - 18 MONTHS!
Holy cow! Where did the time go?! Suddenly we're now a year and a half old! Since our first birthday we learned to walk, started to say actual words, and did lots of fun things! We moved from Blacksburg, VA to Greensboro, NC. We got a new house! We celebrated St. Patrick's Day, Easter, and July 4th. We went to the beach for the first time for a week! And we also visited the NC Zoo for the first time- hope to have many more of those trips once we're a little bigger.
August 5, 2019 - Asheboro, NC
Jon's parents came to town, we celebrated Grammy's birthday, and then we decided to take a morning trip to the zoo!
I went to the Asheboro Zoo a lot as a kid with my grandparents so I was familiar but it had been a long time. We decided to visit Africa on this trip so the boys could see all the animals we'd been reading about in books. They still get in free (until age 2) after which we might get an annual pass if we come a lot- it's only 40mins away!
We saw elephants, zebras, giraffes, and lots of monkeys! Some of Africa is closed while they build an Asia section. And it's funny- what seemed so big as a kid felt a lots smaller as an adult. ha! Both kiddos loved seeing the animals. Graham was content to ride around in the stroller but Luke wanted to walk around on his own- Mr. Independent.
For lunch, we stopped at their chicken restaurant and chowed down. Twins are big fans of chicken nuggets and fries. They got banana and animal crackers too.
All in all a good first (of hopefully many) visits to the zoo!
August 7, 2019
We made it to year 5! Props to us haha.
We actually didn’t get to celebrate until early August as Jon was working band camp on our actual anniversary. But when we did we took a brewery tour of Greensboro and then followed it up with a yummy dinner at Green Valley Grill.
Our gift to each other this year is our new house because yes there went all our money 😂.
Cheers to 5 years and here’s to many more!!
July 4, 2019 - Raleigh, NC
We drove to Raleigh for the day for a cookout and to see family. The twins ate hamburger and baked beans as well as some tasty peach cobbler for dessert. And of course I took lots of photos so had to put those up!
June 22-29, 2019 - Kitty Hawk, NC
What a week!
Jon's family reserved a week at a beach house in Kitty Hawk. It was Grammy, Pops, Uncle Christopher, Aunt Jordan, the twins, and Jon and myself. Oh and of course all the puppies: Loki, Bama, and Ella.
The house was really nice, had lots of outdoor decks, two living areas, a pool, and fenced in backyard for the dogs to run around. We were about a mile from the beach but needed to drive due to the big highway! Most days started off with a run or walk for everyone (taking turns!), beach in the morning after twins napped and ate, and then pool in the afternoon. We ate out a couple of nights, ordered in a few nights, and had one kid free evening with just Christopher and Jordan. We also ate our weight in Duck Donuts. :D
The twins were hilarious. Luke was not a fan of the beach or sand (in his defense he was cutting his molars at the time) but Graham LOVED it. He wanted to run along the beach by himself, loved when the water rushed in on his feet, and like playing in the sand. They were also big fans of the pool and floating. They liked to relax, eat their snacks, and enjoy the afternoon.
It was trying at times, balancing what we wanted to do with what we needed to do to keep the boys on schedule but all in all it was a great week! Can't wait for next year!
June 30, 2019 - Greensboro, NC
Just popping in with some photos from playing in our new house. We've got our own (fenced off) room with lots of toys and we LOVE it.
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. :)