Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Easter Weekend

We spent Lucy's first Easter with Todd's family in Leetonia.  It was such a beautiful weekend outside and I really liked that Easter was so late this year.  On our drive up on Saturday, we made a stop for lunch at the Dalton Dari-ette.  This place has some of the best burgers and since it's a drive-in, it's not open year round so I always look forward to our drives up when we can stop.  It was sunny out but still was chilly with the wind so we bundled Lucy up in her coat and we enjoyed lunch outside at a picnic table.  Lucy lunched on pears while Todd and I enjoyed burgers, fries, and ice cream.  We were stuffed!
 
My sweet little family

A view of the Dari-ette from our picnic table

When we arrived at Todd's parents, Lucy was excited to hang out her with Mama and Papa for the afternoon.  We hadn't seen them since our trip up in February and Lucy has changed a lot since then.  This was the first time that she was finally okay with everyone holding her and not having to have me right next to her all the time.  This definitely makes life easier now!

Sporting her bunny onesie

Giggling and smiling like always

We met Todd's sister's family for dinner at Lock 24 in Lisbon.  I had my first real salad with French fries on it.  Todd has told me about these and we've made it a couple times at home but I was actually able to order one at dinner.  Apparently it's a Pittsburgh thing and has made it's way over to the Youngstown area.

Lock 24 is in an old barn

After dinner, we went back to Todd's parents to get Lucy to bed since it was already past her normal bedtime.  Todd & I went to bed shortly after and were pleasantly surprised in the morning when we woke up and realized Lucy slept through the night.  We weren't sure how she would do in another "strange" place since she didn't sleep well in Houston at all.  We got up and ready for Easter mass while Lucy played with Papa and Micah, the dog.  She was loving the dog! 

So excited when Micah would come over

Look at that big smile on her face while she watches Micah

Once we got Lucy ready for church, she was able to look for her Easter basket.  The Easter bunny hid it on the curtain rod so Todd had to help her get it down.

Lucy & Todd

Reaching out for it

Looking at all the goodies the Easter bunny brought her

Munching on her new flip flops

Family photo #1

Family photo #2

After mass, we went over to Todd's sister's house for more Easter baskets and lunch with more of the family.  It was such a nice afternoon with the beautiful weather, catching up with family, and spending time with Lucy on her first Easter.

I love this picture because it looks like Audrey, our niece, and Lucy were caught doing something they shouldn't have been doing

Papa and his grandkids

Family photo #3

Mama and Papa with their grandkids

Easter baskets from Mama & Papa

Cuteness overload with the bunny ears

Once we got all the family pictures we wanted, we did a quick outfit change, ate lunch, and headed outside to enjoy the weather and let Lucy swing.  My mom has taken her to the park and she told me Lucy really liked swinging so it was fun to finally be able to watch her swing.

Such a happy girl

Taking my turn to push her

and Todd took a turn too

Family hanging out on the back patio

We stayed until the late afternoon and then made the 3 hour drive back home.  The weekends always go so much faster when we're traveling but it's worth it to visit family especially now with Lucy.  She changes every day so we try to get up there at least every couple months so her grandparents, aunt, uncle, and cousins can see her.  We'll be back up in just a few weeks for our niece's 3rd birthday party!

Monday, April 21, 2014

Weekly Recap: April 14-20

I ran my longest run for my training for the Cap City Half Marathon last Friday when I did 13 mi and I hit 30 mi again for my weekly mileage.  I'll be up in Cleveland on Saturday for the Cleveland 10 Miler which I plan on running easy with Emily.

Monday: 4 mi (7:53 pace)

Tuesday: taught 1 hr Spin/TRX

Wednesday: 7 mi (7:32 pace w/ 3 x 1 mi @ 7:08, 7:03, 6:59)

Thursday: taught 1 hr Spin/TRX

Friday: 13 mi (8:10 pace)

Saturday: 6 mi (8:20 pace)

Sunday: REST

TOTAL: 30 mi

Friday, April 18, 2014

Lucy's Easter Baskets

Yes, you read that blog title correctly....Easter baskets, as in plural.  We had my parents over for dinner, birthday cake, and presents on Wednesday evening for my mom's birthday and they brought over presents for Lucy....her Easter basket!  We're going to visit Todd's family this weekend for Easter so we won't see my parents for the holiday.

Grandma & Lucy with the birthday cake 

Helping Grandma blow out the candles
 
Lucy dug right into her Easter basket and was very interested in eating the card....similar situation as Valentine's day

Excited for her first camera... picture taking clearly runs in the family

And more fun toys to play with and eat!

 I started getting things ready yesterday afternoon for our trip up to Leetonia and put together Lucy's first Easter basket.  She already has so many toys that we decided to go the more practical route and do a summer themed Easter basket.  She'll be getting a bathing suit with matching flip flops, a cover-up, sunglasses, and a sun hat.  We're going to start her in swim lessons at the YMCA in June so this will be perfect!
 
I couldn't resist the Pottery Barn Kids monogrammed basket & liner

I'm dying to see her in this flamingo bathing suit with matching flip fops

I'll have a complete recap of our Easter with Todd's family early next week! 

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Lucy's First Trip to Houston

We survived our first "vacation" with Lucy!  Todd, Lucy, and I, along with my mom, left last Friday morning for a long weekend trip to Houston so we could visit family and they could meet Lucy.  I was really excited to see my family (Grandma, aunts, uncles, cousins) that I hadn't seen in over a year as well as see my brother and his girlfriend.  They live in San Francisco but were also flying in for the weekend. I was really nervous though to travel with Lucy since she'd never flown before.
 
Our flight on Friday was at 6:00 AM so I got up at 3:45 AM (really not that big of difference from when I normally get up though!) and got Lucy up at 4:15 AM.  She was wide awake all the way to the airport and even at the airport despite it being so early.  Luckily, she fell asleep on the plane right before take off, slept for almost an hour, was up and played in our laps for a little bit, and then fell asleep again when we were landing.  She was perfect and I couldn't have asked for a better flight.  
 
Boarding the plane

Playing with Todd

She was more excited about the magazines in the seat back than in her toys

Once we landed, we picked up our rental car, made a quick Target stop to pick up a pack of diapers and a present for my cousin who is pregnant (so excited for her & her husband!), and then did an early check in at the hotel to change clothes and reorganize the diaper bag.  We had lunch at Panera and then drove out to my aunt & uncle's house to visit them and my Grandma. 

Lucy was so excited to meet her Great Grandma
 
Four generations
 
Todd & Lucy walking around outside....the weather was perfect in Houston (80 degrees and sunny!) so we actually had to break out Lucy's new sun hat

We visited and hung out all afternoon and then headed out to dinner with them where we met up with my cousin and her husband as well.  We had dinner at Dekker's, which was literally down the street from my aunt & uncle's house, and had a great time.  I'm so glad that Lucy is able to sit in a high chair now because she is so much happier than sitting in her car seat or sitting in our lap.  It was a long day for all of us but especially Lucy since she was up so early and was totally on a different schedule than what she's used to.  She didn't nap quite as much as she does at home so she was ready to go to bed by the end of dinner. 
 
Dinner at Dekker's

It was a long night on Friday night because Lucy didn't sleep that well.  She was in a crib in our hotel room and woke up at 3:00 AM crying.  We got her back to sleep but she'd start crying as soon as we put her down in the crib.  I ended up sleeping with her on my chest in a chair and she was up for the morning by 6:00 AM.  Todd kept her entertained while I headed across the hall (the fitness center was only 4 steps away) to run 4 miles on the treadmill.  Once I was back and showered, Lucy was already ready for her first nap.  After her nap, we met my mom for breakfast at the hotel and waited for my brother and his girlfriend to meet us since their flight didn't get in until really late the night before.  Another one of my aunts also came to visit us and meet Lucy.

I think my brother was a little bit more comfortable with Lucy this time since she's bigger but he still seemed a little unsure about this whole baby thing

Lucy and Aunt Barbara

Uncle Jeff holding Lucy again (!) and Meghan keeping Lucy entertained

We went to lunch at Rudy's and met another one of my cousins there that I hadn't seen in quite a few years.  Lunch was going great until Lucy pooped on herself and needed an outfit change.  We were smart though to pack three times as many outfits on the trip than we really needed.

Enjoying some good Texas bbq

Eating & talking

Me & Lucy

Todd & I took a quick break from all the family time after lunch to go to the mall.  Of course, it figures that after we got back to our car, Lucy needed another outfit change.  We eventually made our way over to my aunt & uncle's house again for the rest of the afternoon and evening.  We were having dinner at their house along with a surprise birthday party for my mom who turned 60 on Monday.

Lucy with her Great Grandma and Grandma

My uncle getting the brisket ready for dinner

It was so nice to be able to eat outside and it was great to have so many extra hands watching Lucy so Todd & I could get a little break

Todd & Lucy walking around the yard again....she loves to look around at everything and soak it all in

Family photo

Meghan & Todd playing with Lucy

Birthday cake for my mom

Blowing out the candles

Everyone moved back inside for cake & ice cream

We were convinced that Lucy would sleep great on Saturday night but we were completely wrong.  She slept even worse than on Friday night and was up crying from about 1:00-2:30 AM before I put her in the ergo carrier and let her sleep in that which meant I didn't sleep that great.  She is such a great sleeper at home and I think the time change, her lack of naps, and being in a different crib/room all threw her off.  Heck, this was the first time she'd ever slept in the same room as us so we didn't even know how it would be.  I skipped my run on Sunday morning for more sleep since I was going on about 4.5-5 hours for the past two nights.  After we got ready and had breakfast, the family came over to the hotel for one last visit before we had to leave for the airport.

More snuggles with Great Grandma

Lucy was loving it

My cousin, who is due in October, held her

before being passed to my uncle & aunt

and ending with Jeff & Meghan

Family photo of Jeff, Meghan, Todd, me, Lucy, my mom, and Grandma
Jeff & Meghan's flight was around the same time as ours on Sunday afternoon so we were able to have a late lunch with them at the airport before boarding our plane.  Lucy wasn't quite as good on the way home but only fussed/cried a few times for a few minutes.  I think I was just ready to be home though and was tired so it was still frustrating but looking back, it could've been a lot worse on a 2.5 hour flight!

Hanging out with Grandma for a bit on the flight home

 I'm so glad we were able to make the trip down to Houston and I know my family was really happy to finally meet Lucy.  It's a lot different traveling with a baby than it was before so I'm not sure how much traveling we'll actually be doing in the next few months but I'm happy this trip went relatively well....besides the sleep issues at night!