weekend of firsts

With a baby, almost every weekend involves firsts.  While MacKenna didn’t hit any new developmental milestones this weekend (although she’s thisclose to learning how to sit on her own), we did celebrate several firsts this past weekend.

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My weekend actually started on Friday because we didn’t have school!  Love having random days off that don’t revolve around holidays (not counting Cinco de Mayo).  We took advantage of the day off and headed to Noodles & Company for lunch for the first time.  The closest Noodles & Co. is 20 minutes away from our house, so that’s why it has taken me so long to have their delicious food.  I decided on the Bangkok Curry bowl, full of veggies + tofu with a slightly spicy curry sauce.  It was light and refreshing and absolutely delish, perfect for the heat wave we’ve been experiencing the past few days.

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After lunch, we visited Faust Park – my first time to the park (known for their carousel + the Butterfly House, neither of which we visited on Friday) and MacKenna’s first time to a playground!  I have been dying to take her to a park to go on the swings and slides since the weather has gotten warm.  Since she’s still not quite sitting up on her own yet, she really only got to experience sitting in a swing, not actually swinging.


The swing practically gobbled her up!  She wasn’t too sure about the swing or the slide, but I’m sure a few more trips to the playground and she’ll be in love.  (Did I mention only 14 school days left until summer?!)



Saturday morning started with my first long run in the St. Louis humidity (and it’s only the beginning of May).  Even at 7:30 in the morning, I was drenched in sweat a half mile into my run.  It was one of those runs that I just didn’t want to do the whole time I was running.  I got about half way into my 7 mile run and decided to let myself walk a little every 1/2 mile.  My pace was slower than I would have liked (7 miles in 60 minutes), but I just couldn’t handle the heat.  I need to stop avoiding the heat in the afternoons so I can get acclimated for summer training.  Luckily, I had a smoothie in a bowl to cool me off after a sweaty run.

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After getting cleaned up, MacKenna + I headed to Costco to stock up on some pantry staples and to meet a local celebrity at a book signing.


I’m not going to lie – I have a little bit of a crush on Dave Murray.  Yes, he’s older than my dad, but I love smart men and I love weather.  Thus, my crush on Dave Murray.  (We’re not quite on first name basis, yet.)  So, when I found out he was signing his new children’s book about weather (with his wife) at the Costco we frequent, I absolutely had to go.  I had MacKenna in the sling for the first time (wooohoo for hands free + baby wearing) and when Janis Murray saw how adorable she was, she insisted we get a picture with Dave.  You don’t have to ask me twice!


Ah, I die!  I swear she knew his voice too since we watch him every single night on the news.  I have a feeling MacKenna’s first crush is on Dave Murray… 😉

After meeting Dave + Janis, we headed over to my parents’ house to celebrate MacKenna’s first Cinco de Mayo!


OK, so we typically don’t go out of our way to make a big stink about the 5th of May, but it was a good excuse to get together with my family and avoid the drinking crowds at the local restaurants.  We ate, drank margaritas, socialized, and played the pinata – most of us, for the first time!


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We finished our weekend with our first family photo shoot with Matt’s super talented sister.  I’m so thankful to have a family member who is such an excellent photographer and willing to take our pictures for free!

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We also took some 6 month pictures of MacKenna.  Seriously, is she not the cutest baby ever?!



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Did you do anything for the first time this weekend?  Did you celebrate Cinco de Mayo this year?

  • Oh, Kristen. That picture of MacKenna is absolutely, positively PRECIOUS! Her smile, that outfit – gorgeous! That’s one for the walls, for sure!

    I also must second your crush on Dave Murray. I have one, too! He’s my main weather man. 🙂
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  • She is so adorable! Our weekend was spent celebrating my nephews first communion and the Kentucky Derby, our little mans first though he missed the race thanks to being a grouch.
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  • Alex

    Looks like you had a great weekend! I absolutely love costco but am always too intimidated to take Liam (5 mo.) with me when I go. I will have to try wearing him next time!

    Oh, and the 6 month pics are soooo adorable!! My gosh, what a cutie!!

  • Love the first pic of you two!! And the 6 mo ones as well 🙂
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  • How did you know that all I needed this morning was a picture of a baby wearing a sombrero and a huge smile?? Amazing.

    Sounds like a great weekend! I don’t think I had any firsts, but I *did* startle myself by how exciting I found the Kentucky Derby to be. Man, what a race!

  • Brenda

    Rofl! I grew up in St. Louis, so hearing about your crush on Dave Murray cracks me up! Personally, I loved the holiday season on Channel 5 because they showed pictures of the anchors with their families. I had a crush on Mike Bush’s son. Lol.

    Love that baby sombrero! MacKenna looks so cute in all of the pictures. The last one is especially

  • Haha, I love the baby somebrero!
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  • Jen

    M is just too darn cute! You look great, too, girl! The humidity is killing me lately too. Not a fan of summer running at all.
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  • Katie

    She is so precious! Great family pictures!

  • Kristen’s Mom and M’s Gigi

    Yep, I agree — she is the most adorable baby EVER! It was also her first Kentucky Derby, but we didn’t have a horse to take a picture with! 🙂 It was a fun family day!

  • Your Cinco de Mayo looked so fun!
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  • Adorable! What kind of sling is that? Did she like it? I have had no luck in the babywearing department!
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    • Kristen

      It’s a Munchkin sling from Target. She didn’t fuss in it, so I’m going to say she liked it! 😉 She’s not great with the babywearing stuff – she has to be facing out because she’s so darn nosy!

  • Mary Kratochvil (Kristen’s great aunt)

    She certainly is a cute baby. I love her pictures and the family pictures. We spent Saturday at Eastern Illinois University for their first graduation ceremony of the day – 9:00 a.m. Roger had to represent the Board.

  • MacKenna is such a cutie! Love her big bright eyes. And that first picture of the two of you is stunning! So pretty.
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  • The 6-month pictures are too cute!
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