Five on Friday!

Friday!  Friday!  Friday!

I hope you all had a great week.  Want to know what we’ve been up to over here?

Lucky you, it’s Five on Friday time!

Let’s do this!

Warning:  This is a long “Five on Friday,” so buckle up!


The Crim Festival of Races!
The Crim Festival of Races has taken place every year in Flint, Michigan for the last 37 years.  The races include those participating in the Special Olympics race, a Teddy Bear Trot, the 1 mile race, the 5K and 8K races and the 10 mile race.  Approximately 50,000 people from across the country/world come into Flint to join in on the festivities and about 15,000 of those people are participants.  For me, the amount of anticipation and excitement in the days leading up to the Crim are some of the most nauseating (in a good way) and exciting moments of the year!

My sister, Kimmy, and I have both participated in this race many times before.  The first time we ever ran it together was after we had both had our first babies back in 2011; our little boys were 3 months and 4 months old.  We didn’t run for time, rather we ran to prove to ourselves that we could make it to the finish line!  Haha

This time, we trained for this race together through MapMyRun, while living 2 hours apart.  We ran (and walked…#aintnoshame) the entire 10 miles together.  Our first 5 miles were great and we really held it together.  When the hills got tough at miles 5-7, Kimmy motivated me to stick with it.

When the race ended we hugged each other and told each other how proud we were of one another.  I then promptly found a place to sit, while Kimmy took off to run another 3 miles (crazy talk), which, combined, is essentially a half marathon.

Can I just say this – Even though my sister is three years younger than me, I’ve always looked up to her; she’s an amazing wife and mother, she works hard at her job, and she’s somebody who’s truly making a difference in this world.  She’s never ever been competition, instead, she’s an inspiration.  I’m so proud to call her my sister!  Thanks, for the run, girl!


Ready, set, goooooooo!

Medals Selfie!

On top of the run, I also went shopping with my niece/sister (she’s practically my sister) last weekend.  It seems as though my sister, Kimmy and I are making it a tradition to go shopping with our niece every year in August.  It’s always fun to watch the clothing she picks out over what the two of us would tend to lean towards, you know being a Mommy and all…LOL!  We had a great time!
Oh my gosh, the day after the race I was staaaaarving!  I was craving something delicious and Buffalo Wild Wings seemed like the perfect place to gorge myself.  During dinner, the kids were hilarious as always and Jon and I stuffed our faces as fast as possible!  😉

Henry’s 4 Year Old Preschool Open House.
Oh. My. Gosh, you guys…Henry’s Preschool Open House went sooooo well.  
Both kiddos demanded on wearing their new HUGE backpacks and they both had!  Henry even smiled when the teacher asked to take his picture, well, you know the smile with his hands up to his face that I’ve been showing you guys throughout the summer, but still, it’s better than nothing!  
We’re keeping our fingers crossed that this year will be better than last year.  Let’s just say that there was a lot of crying involved last year from both Henry and myself.  I know, I know – world’s smallest violin, right?
EEK!  Anyhow, I’m thrilled for him!  Only a couple more weeks until school begins.  Wish us luck.  🙂

Every week the kids and I get together with my girl, Sara and our friend Shannon for a play date.  We’ve been getting together weekly for over a couple of years now and we finally decided to take a few pictures of our kids.  What took us so long?
I love all of these kids so very much.  It’s been amazing to watch them grow and learn and play together.  I’m so fortunate to have found these two amazing Mommies.  They’ve taught me so much and I can’t tell you how lucky I am to have them in my life.  They’re the best.
Also, can we recreate this photo in 15 years, please?!

I hope you all had a great week and I hope you’re gearing up for an even better weekend!
Thanks for stopping by!
Marie 🙂
I’m linking up with, Darci, AprilNatasha, and Christina for the Five on Friday link-up Paaaaarty!
I’m linking up with A Little Bit of EverythingMomfessionals, and Grace and Love for my Friday Favorites!
I’m linking up with September Farm and The Farmer’s Wife for the Oh Hey Friday linky party!

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  1. P.s. So proud of you and Henry too!!! Also, how did Eliza get so tall?!? Beautiful babies…yes they are still babies to me 🙂 #proudestauntever

  2. Holy moly for a 10 mile run! Get it, girl!!

    We love BWW, too… I loooove their wing sauces! So good!

    The kiddos look so sweet in their giant backpacks! They both look like they're going to tip backwards! Lol.

  3. Awesome job on your run! The most I've done was a 5K and it was so hard for me! LOL.

    Love me some Buffalo Wild Wings too! I could eat that every day, no joke.

    Yay for Henry starting school! That's very exciting! And you are so lucky to have such good Mommy friends!

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