Weekend Update: 10/20/13–Des Moines

Hey there! How was your weekend? Mine was really good. Scott and I headed down to Des Moines on Saturday, ran the half marathon on Sunday and came back on Monday. Having Monday off made the weekend seem really long and it was pretty awesome. I am going to do a full race recap later this weekend, but for now, here is a weekend recap!

My weekend started with “just because” roses from Scott – in pink – my favorite!!


And then we decided that we needed to really try out the new Ninja blender – and made mint chocolate chip shakes. Ummm super easy. Ice cream and milk –> awesomeness. The perfect way to start the weekend.


Abby loves her new birthday toys from Laura.


Luke’s new favorite thing is to sit in this basket.


Luke and I did chores around the house. He LOVES emptying the dishwasher. And then he rode his pony in the kitchen. We put it in his bedroom every night and every morning he drags it back out into the kitchen. . .


One last run to stretch out the legs before the race.


Mom came down to watch Luke while we were in Des Moines and we went out to Axel’s Bonfire. Luke loved petting the chairs and watching them make pizzas.



And who doesn’t like make your own sundaes?


And I checked out jamberry nails. Much easier than I was thinking – and super cute. Can’t wait to check out the other designs. And peanut butter m and m’s that came with Abby’s birthday present from Laura. She knows me so well. They are my favorite!!


On Saturday, we took Mom out to see the house.  .  .


And then headed to Des Moines. First stop –> Palmer’s Deli.


Then, race packet pickup and expo. We hung out around Des Moines and went to my favorite Target ever – the Super Target in West Des Moines. When I lived here for medical school, I was within walking distance of this place and it. was. awesome.


Potato pancakes are the perfect pre-race dinner.


Early bedtime for the early wakeup call on Saturday.

And true statement that Caribou makes you run faster.


More race details in the recap but overall it went really well and we finished under our goal of 2 hours.


We spent most of the day watching football and lounging around.
And then headed to Red Robin for our post – race shakes and burgers.


And then walked around Lowe’s looking at light fixtures and kitchen options for the new house. <—being an adult is so exciting. Winking smile 

Monday morning means Panera. Cinnamon crunch bagel for Scott and cinnamon crunch scone for me and a caramel latte with skim milk to share.


And of course we couldn’t leave Des Moines without checking out this place.




YUM!!  –> Weekend perfection – running and cupcakes. Smile 

How was your weekend? Hope you week is off to a great start. Happy Tuesday!


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26 Responses to Weekend Update: 10/20/13–Des Moines

  1. Congrats on meeting your goal!!!!
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  2. I can’t wait to get the full race recap! Great job! Your weekend looks and sounds like it was absolutely perfect. I’m thinking I might have to try those jamberry nails. They are so adorable and love that you don’t have to paint them on because I am terrible at painting my nails! Peanut butter M & M’s are also my absolute fav. NUM! I actually can’t have them in the house because the whole bag will be eaten in approximately two days.
    Melanie @ BeautifullyNutty recently posted..Wicked and What I’ve Been Eating LatelyMy Profile

    • KT

      If I can put them on, anyone can put them on!! I can’t keep peanut butter m and ms in the house either – too dangerous. 🙂

  3. Can’t wait for the race recap! Wow, what a weekend! And so many good eats (marathon training is making me HUNGRY all the time!). LOVE PB M&Ms, Panera, and milk shakes. YUM! And so sweet of your hubby to get your roses.
    Nicole @ Work in Sweats Mama recently posted..Catcalls and ComplimentsMy Profile

    • KT

      I totally agree that marathon training is crazy on your hunger levels. You should get some peanut butter m and ms!!

  4. I seriously need to visit Scratch Cupcakery after hearing so many awesome things about it. Do you know if they have any vegan options?
    Hannah @ CleanEatingVeggieGirl recently posted..Slow Cooker Butternut Squash and Apple ChiliMy Profile

  5. Those flowers are so pretty!!!! What a nice just because gift!! Looks like you had a great weekend!! And congrats on the sub 2 hour time!!! My weekend was great… Very relaxing!
    Alex @ Alex Runs For Food recently posted..Weekend Recap 10/20/13 and Meal PlanningMy Profile

  6. So sweet he gave you flowers! How is it I grew up in Iowa and did not know about Scratch Cupcakes? A great race time and delish food sounds like a pretty successful weekend!
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    • KT

      I think they are new? So don’t feel too bad, but make sure to visit when you go back. Where did you grow up??

  7. I knew I liked you for a reason. Cupcakes, sure, but peanut butter M&Ms? Yes please!!

    Glad to hear you did well at your race and can’t wait to hear about it. All that food in your post looks amazing. Apparently I’ll need to visit Des Moines some day.
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  8. Argh, I was hoping for a race recap! 😉 Haha! Those Jamberry nails look especially good with those peanut butter M&Ms – my fav too… Were they easy to apply? I’m still considering ordering some but am challenged when it comes to anything with my nails.
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    • KT

      I am still trying to remember what happened and when!! And to have time to write it – this whole moving thing is getting in the way of blogging. 😉

  9. That looks like an awesome weekend! I also love your nails. So cute, I may have to get some of those suckers! And we both got flowers this weekend, score!
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  10. I was in Des Moines this weekend too, visiting family! Congrats on making your goal time! Oh and now you have me craving shakes and cupcakes 🙂
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  11. I cant wait to hear about your race!! Those nails are so cute. I love how Scott is waving to us at Panera too 😉
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  12. Holy cow soooo much awesome food in this post! That is so sweet your hubby brought you just because flowers 🙂
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  13. Um. Walking distance to a Super Target? That is beyond dangerous. Congrats (again!!) on your race… My goal is under 2 as well. Lets see if my lack of training will result in that :/
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  14. Looks like you hit all the hot spots, Palmers and Scratch! YUM! Just because flowers are the best. How did I not know that you went to school in Des Moines. Did you go to DMU? We need to chat about this something, perhaps a Google hangout?
    Gabe recently posted..Take Care of Yourself & Treat Yourself Too TuesdayMy Profile