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Luke’s 3rd Birthday Party {fire truck theme}

On Saturday, we had friends and family over to celebrate Luke’s 3rd birthday.

This boy is all about trucks and has been especially loving fire trucks lately. So, this party was everything fire trucks.

A huge thank you to my little sister, Laura, for helping with the party and for making all the decorations. She did such an amazing job. If you are interested in someone making super cute decorations or crafts for an upcoming birthday party or event, just shoot me an email and I’ll get you in touch with her!!

She made this cute welcome sign that I put on the front door.

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Luke was SO excited for his birthday party. It didn’t start until 4, so for the whole day; “Mom, is it my birthday party yet?”

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For the party favors, I bought kids fire chief hats online and then Laura put their names on the back.

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And then I found these cute puppies online too. And Laura made the adorable sign to go with them.

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And what is a fire truck theme party without some flames. Check out what Laura did on the window!

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And finally, she made the banner. So adorable. And amazing that I have a sister who is that crafty. Love it!!

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And OMG, I can’t believe I almost forgot – she also made his shirt! A fire truck with a “3” on it with his name.

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At one point, Scott said to me “Thanks for organizing Luke’s party and for hiring Laura as the party planner.” Winking smile

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And then it was time for the party. . .

play time with friends.

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We had pizza for dinner, with fruit salad and chips with dip.

Then, presents.

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And then cake! Jodi made the cake for us again this year and it turned out super cute.

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And all the kids. . .

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It was just wonderful. So much love and friendship for us and Luke. Thanks to everyone for coming and the great afternoon.

After everyone left, we let Luke play with his new toys for a little while and then it was time for bed.. .  while he wanted to take all his new toys with him to bed, we let him pick one. And he picked his new big fire truck.. . And we found him sleeping like this 5 minutes after turning off the lights.

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Such a big boy but still my little boy all at the same time. <love>

Linking up with Becky for TYT.

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Cheers to 34!

In honor of Scott’s 34th birthday today, I thought I would list 34 things that I love about him. Some are mushy, some are funny and some are just #truth. Winking smile 

1. his sense of humor

2. that he gets me

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3. his smile

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4. his compassion

5. that he always says nice things about dinner, even when it’s not that good.

6. his infatuation with Star Trek

7. being a Dad

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8. how he makes Luke giggle and giggle and giggle. 

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9. that he has so many nicknames for Abby. And loves her just as much as I do.

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10. that he can grow a kick ass beard in 2 days

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11. his silver hair

12. his love for all things sweet

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13. his addiction to maple syrup

14. that he does the “man” stuff around the house – takes care of the cars, garbage and shoveling

15. his hair colic

16. his obsession with picking up Abby

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17. that he makes waffles

18. that he can always make me smile.

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19. that he is very particular (which I equally love and drives me nuts)

20. that he supports all my crazy ideas – except when I thought it would be a good idea to get Abby a puppy.

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21. his hugs

22. that he puts toothpaste on my toothbrush for me

23. the way his butt looks in jeans

24. his patience with Luke

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25. listening to him read books to Luke

26. Listening to him say prayers with Luke

27. that we are usually on the same page

28. that he loves me more than birthday cake

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29. that he is who he is and owns it

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30. that he is still friends with his high school buddies

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31. that he puts frosting on his frosting

32. because we have both changed for the better because of each other 

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33. his laugh

34. because I cannot imagine my life without him

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Happy Birthday Scott.  XOXO.

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Weekend Update: 5/27/14–Memorial Day

What a weekend!! Scott and I took today off too – so we are still enjoying an extra long weekend around here.

My weekend started with Friday morning spin/bodypump – with just Becky and I. We got a great workout in and it was the perfect start to the weekend. Smile 

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Stopped at a friend’s house to visit their precious new baby and walked down to the local school for baby animal day.

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Spark fuel for the road trip to the Lake.

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The Lake. So happy!

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Of course we had to bring Luke’s tractor. . .

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Scott surprised me with a dozen cupcake from Buttercream for my birthday. YUM.

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We started with salted caramel.

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While Aunt Jenny and Lukie brushed each other’s teeth.

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And sang songs with Grandpa Tom before bed.

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Saturday morning at the lake always starts with doughnuts. <love>

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And we checked out the local Amish auction.

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Puppy nap time.

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Saturday evening run.

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Beach time.

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We celebrated my birthday on Saturday night. . .

A cute and clever card from my sister, Jenny. . . who gave me a pink calculator.

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And this beautiful card that Laura made herself!

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And from my parents. . .

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After Luke went to bed, we broke into the cupcakes again. We split most of them into fourths so we could each time a few bites of all the flavors. My favorite was cookies and cream!

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Sunday was the hangout day. . .

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Another run – 5 miles – on Sunday.

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Followed by more beach time.

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Monday, we headed back home. And stopped to get my birthday Caribou.

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Cute cards from friends. (Thanks Melanie!)

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And we finished the weekend and my birthday with a family run.

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A great weekend!! What were you up to?

Linking up with Becky for treat yourself Tuesday because ummm did you see those cupcakes? Winking smile

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26 things

My birthday is today – May 26th, so of course one of my favorite numbers is 26. For a birthday celebration post,  I thought I would give you all 26 things that you may or may not know about me. . .

  1. I have run 2 marathons – both in Green Bay, WI

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2. I HATE really really really don’t like going to the dentist

3. My favorite kind of ice cream is chocolate

4. I LOVE Super Target – probably my favorite store ever

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5. My Mom is a driver’s education instructor

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6. My favorite food is raspberries or cupcakes, depending on what mood I am in!

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7. I graduated from University of Wisconsin – Eau Claire with degrees in  biochemistry and molecular biology

8. I minored in Spanish and studied aboard in Mexico in college.

9. I graduated from medical school at Des Moines University

from my very first day in medical school. . . kt_firstday

10. I scrapbook everything

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11. I trained my husband for his 1st 1/2 marathon last summer in Chippewa Falls, WI  –> and now we have run 3 half marathons together.

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12. I am a HUGE Green Bay Packers Fan. . . GO PACK GO!

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13. My favorite color is PINK. . . I wear it all the time, it was even in my wedding dress.

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14. I am a reality TV show junkie, especially Survivor, Amazing Race, Project Runway, Top Chef

15. I have 2 sisters – Jenny is 4 years older and Laura is 6 years younger.

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16. I love that my initials are KT.

17. My favorite alcoholic beverage is a margarita. Extra salt please.

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18. My name is Katie – not Catherine, Kathleen, etc. which is one of the reasons we named Luke, Luke, and not Lucas.

19. I have run 7 half marathons and 2 marathons and have my Dad to thank for getting me into running.

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20. My all time favorite pizza toppings are pepperoni and pineapple

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21. Scott and I went to St. Lucia on our honeymoon

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22.  Abby and I lived with my older sister, Jenny, in Nashville for a while when I was in medical school and celebrated Abby’s 3rd birthday.

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23. I’m addicted to instagram

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24. Sometimes I snore. Winking smile

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25. I  have driven a white Saturn, grey Toyota Tercel, silver VW Jetta and now a white Lexus SUV. And I learned to drive on a manual transmission.

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26. I LOVE eating raw cookie dough. It. is. the. best.

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Hope you are having a great day!! Off to do more celebrating with my boys. Smile

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Friday Favorites: 5/16/14

Happy Friday!! What are you up to this weekend? Scott is planning to continue work outside on the retaining walls, I have to work, we have a get-together planned with a bunch of friends on Sunday, and I am hoping to be able to stop by and visit a friend’s new baby.

Here are my little things from this week that made me smile. . .

#1. Watching the trees get green. Warmer weather is coming!!

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#2. Being smoothie buddies with Luke.

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I cannot make a smoothie for myself without making one for him too. . . if I try, he wants to share mine and will pretty much drink the whole thing. . . “my turn Mommy.”

#3. Hanging with my sisters. We did Paint Night last week and it was awesome. I wish we got together more frequently.

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Ladies – we should get our next get-together on the calendar!

#4. Luke’s new toy bucket. A super cheap, easy party prop for his construction themed party and now the perfect place to hold all of his tools.

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#5. This AdvoBar snack – tastes like a milky way with 10 grams of protein.

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#6. An early birthday present.

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A new lulu top from my best blends (Becky, Melanie & Caroline)! Isn’t it so adorable? I wore it to teach bodypump on Wednesday night and loved it! Thanks again ladies. XOXO.

And now you tell me. . . what made you smile this week??

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Spreading the link love by linking up with Heather and Claire this week!

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My birthday wish list

Did you know that May is my birthday month? May 26th is the actual day. Smile 

I thought it would be fun to put together a wish list for my birthday. And maybe a little hint hint for my family and husband. Winking smile 

Bolder Band in pink paisley. Size small. So cute, right? And they promise to stay put or your money back!

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New crockpot. (Yup, I think this officially makes me an adult to have a new crockpot on my birthday list. . .) After making too many batches of balsamic chicken and sweet pork tacos, mine has a crack in it. And you know how much I love and use my crockpot, so that needs to be replaced ASAP.

Stitch Fix giftcard. With building the new house, budget has been tight and girlfriend needs some new clothes. And you know how much I love stitch fix. Having a personal stylist pick out and send you clothes that are perfect for you = yes please.

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This sign from Etsy. In pink. I think it would be perfect for my desk at work.

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Pink calculator for my desk at work. All pediatric medications are weight based, so I have to do a lot of calculations when prescribing medicines to kids. Right now I use my iPhone, but I think a pink calculator would be pretty fun and cute on my desk.

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This watch from Micheal Kors. Classic. Simple. Perfect.

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Jamberry Nails Strengthening Nail Polish – you all know how much I love my Jamberry’s and my nails aren’t the strongest, but I have heard amazing things about this strengthening polish!

Lululemon gift card –> yes. I am a lulu addict.

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Advocare spark. Yes, it’s on my birthday list. It’s that good. Smile 

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New kitchen and bath towels. With the new house, it would be really nice to get some fresh new towels to go with it.

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What’s on your wish list right now?

And I’m linking up with Becky today for TYT. Because any of these things would be a perfect way to treat yourself. . .

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Luke’s 2nd birthday party

We celebrated Luke’s 2nd birthday with close family and friends on Saturday. It was a morning party. . . in order to not miss afternoon naps. Smile 

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Party favors. I bought a Home Depot canvas tool belt for each kid and filled it with fun treats. Luke loved his – especially the hammer.

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Party prep.

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Presents.

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New tools, a tool bench, books, trucks, and this. . .

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A riding lawn mower from my parents. This kid was in heaven.

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Jodi did an awesome job on his cake.

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family picture.

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checking out the cake.

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Luke with my parents.

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Pouty face when all of these pictures are getting in the way of eating cake. . .

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Thompson family.

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And the after party.

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Scott’s family stayed after the party to help with some projects around the house and Luke was more than happy to put Uncle Adam to work putting together his new toys and playing together.

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Overall, it was a great day. I am so thankful that we have such a great group of friends and family who love Luke as much as we do and take the time to celebrate with us.

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Friday Favorites: 4/18/14–Luke’s Birthday Day

Happy Friday!!

The house is starting to have less boxes, Abby is getting used to the wood floor, and I am in love with  my kitchen. All is good. AND I took off Wednesday and Thursday off of work – Wednesday for Luke’s birthday and Thursday spend more time with Luke at the new house and to continue going through boxes.

My favorites from this week are the memories we made with Luke for his 2nd birthday. Both, Scott and I took the day off of work so we could hang out with Luke. A trip to the MN Zoo was the only thing on the to-do list.

Sign for Luke at daycare this week. . .

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super cute card from Laura. . .

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the birthday boy (and a puppy nose)

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Peek-a-boo bunny Jamberry accent nail for Easter.

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birthday smoothies from Panera.

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birthday haircut (his 2nd one!)

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MN Zoo. . .

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All tuckered out. . .

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a trip to his favorite store – home depot. . .

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and a necessary trip to IKEA after you move into a new house. . .

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the day finished with teaching BP89.

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Such a great day and all of my favorites from this week!

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What are you favorites from this week? Easter plans? We are headed to the cities to celebrate with my parent’s on Saturday night and Scott’s family on Sunday.

And finally, the winner of the Feetures giveaway –> congratulations to Kate!! Email me at running4cupcakes@gmail.com!!

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Weekend Update: 2/23/14

Whoa. . .  weekend update on a Wednesday? Better late than never, right? Am I the only one that needs a vacation when I get back from vacation? Between catching up on Lukie snuggles, laundry, work and sleep. . . I have had no time this week!

But, I still wanted to share my weekend with you all. ..

AND wish my little sister a very happy golden birthday!!

We made the most of our last day in Maui on Friday checking out the views. . .

on our run:

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on the way to lunch:

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chilling in the lobby.  ..

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Then, we took the worst flight ever – an overnight flight to Phoenix.

A large caramel skim latte was #necessary.

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And after 12 hours of traveling.  . . we were finally back home. It was great to get some hugs from this guy and that puppy!

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And then we hung out to celebrate Laura’s birthday early.

She made her own cake! With Luke’s help. . .

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#socute

Unfortunately, Luke isn’t on Hawaii time so he was up bright and early on Sunday morning. So I grabbed my coffee and tried to make the most of it.  . .

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Then, back on track with meal planning and the grocery store. . . but I totally had the hardest time coming up with meals for this week .. . Thankfully, I had pinterest for help.

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And I LOVE getting the mail when getting back from a trip – so many fun things, including the latest influenster box!!

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5 miles on the treadmill during nap time.

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And lots of laundry, followed by lots of quality time with Luke.

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And finally, the popchips giveaway winner is:

Hannah! Please email me at running4cupcakes@gmail.com and we will get you hooked up!!

And I never heard from my 2nd Cub Foods giveaway winner, so I picked someone new. . . nicole –> please email me too and I will get that giftcard to you ASAP.

Hope you had a great weekend!! And are having a good week too! What have you been up to?

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Happy 9th Birthday Abby

I can’t believe that my puppy is 9 years old today!

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It seems like just yesterday, I was bringing her little puppy butt home

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She has been with me through everything. We started together in Des Moines, while I finished my first 2 years of medical school. . .

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then, she traveled
with me to Michigan for 2 months for pediatrics and OB/GYN rotations,
then she lived with Jenny and I in Nashville, while I did a family
practice rotation. And she hated the elevator! England_045

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2007 –> graduating from Better Dog

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We lived at my parent’s house together for about a year before we moved down to Mankato.

She was there when I married Scott.

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And she has been a really good big sister to Luke.

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She still has all of her puppy energy.

She loves to play tug. And always has a toy in her mouth, even sleeping, just in case you want to play. She also likes to collect socks.

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She has “her” spot on the couch.

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And loves being next to Luke’s highchair during mealtimes.

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And over the years, she has accumulated a lot of nicknames. . .

So. . .

Happy 9th Birthday to our Abby, Abigail, Mrs. Peepers Puppy, Juju bee, big baby girl, Abbicus, puppy doggy, moonbeam, Chinese date, such a silly puppy dog, baba ganoush, puhpa (from Luke).

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