This weekend was seriously awesome. There were lots of twos, so I figured I’d just go with it!
First, I had two GREAT runs, for different reasons.
The first was my long run for the week of 6 miles for half marathon training. It was early Saturday morning and the weather was PERFECT. I set out and just felt amazing during the entire run (besides the minimal self-peptalk time during the first mile), and I finished it faster than I’ve ever run before – an 8:46 pace! I doubt I can do it again, but it felt incredible at the end.
The second run was with my sister yesterday morning in Philly, and we covered 4 miles at a much slower pace. We had a dog and a baby in tow, and man do those two things slow you down! It still felt great, and I love running with my sis, so that’s a win.
Second, this little guy turned two!
Photo credit goes to Colleen, one of my sister’s close friends!
For those of you who have been following my blog for a while (read: two years), you might remember that my sister went into preterm labor at just 23 weeks and 1 day. Harper was born at just 1 lb 3 oz, and though it’s been a tough road at times, he’s now a chatty, amazing, and too-smart-for-his-own-good two year old! He truly is a miracle, and he is so awesome.
My two favorite dishes from the party:
Ricotta, honey, and seasalt bruschetta! My sister Heather made these and they were so simple, but so delicious. The secret she says is with good quality ricotta, and you just spread some on a piece of fresh baguette, drizzle with some honey, and sprinkle a little seasalt to finish it off!
Annnnnd vegan potato and caramelized onion knishes! These were almost too good because I ate way more than I was planning on, but they were one of the catered dishes from the party and were seriously amazing. I’m sort of glad I don’t have the culinary prowess to make these!
Kid birthday parties are SO fun. Especially where there are Elmo cupcakes!
Aren’t you impressed? My sister Wendy made them!
The weekend also had two PERFECT weather days.
The run outside and the party took up most of Saturday. Sunday, we got to spend a lot of time at the park in Philly, which was awesome.
That’s the birthday boy and his big cousin, Claire, who just started kindergarten.
I also got to spend a lot of time with my sister Heather’s two kids – Claire and Ben!
I seriously love being an aunt. It’s funny because growing up, my extended family was never that that close. We would spend holidays together but whenever someone said they were close enough with their cousins to consider them a sibling, I never really got it.
But now that I am an aunt, and see my sisters kids interact with each other as cousins, I can’t imagine NOT being such a big part of their lives.
Even if I can’t get everyone in a picture at once successfully.
Good thing this cutie pie likes to cooperate.