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Friday Favorites {#138}

Hello and Happy Friday!

Wow! I feel like this week flew by. Did you feel that way too?

As always, I’m linking up with Andrea and Erika for this week’s Friday Favorites.

Favorite Moment:

Last Friday, we headed to Knoxville because Hayden had a race on Saturday. This was the final race of club season, and he was running in the AAU National Championship.

Last year, the race was in Paris, KY, closer to home….but we’d had tons of rain which provided for a very muddy course.


While Knoxville wasn’t that muddy, it was muddy enough that Travis taped his runners’ spikes on their feet with duct tape. #protip.


When we were figuring out what time we needed to be there, I confirmed with Travis who said, “No, that’s when the 11-12 year olds run.” I looked at him confused, and he said, “Hayden is 13!” Well, I guess I’d forgotten that…and also didn’t realize he’d already bump up in age.

Hayden ran a great race and was one second off of a PR. That being said, the conditions and course was harder than where he ran the PR. Travis said he was probably 20-30 seconds faster than the PR race. Needless to say, we were proud of his effort and he placed 34th.

Thomson Training has running groups in Louisville, northern KY and Travis coaches one of the Lexington groups. He was proud of all of his runners. (only a few pictured below)

…and the 13-14 boys were the National Champions!

…and Thomson Training won overall National Champs!

So proud of all the runners, and Hayden capped off his season with a great performance.

Favorite Pic:

I love these pics of Hayden and Travis. It’s been so fun to watch Hayden improve while Travis has been by his side.

Fave pit stop:

On the way home from Knoxville, we stopped at Buc-ees because Travis and Hayden had never been. We picked up lots of snacks!

Favorite Food(s):

Hadley had told me about these cookies (I joked that they are when Pinterest and Tik Tok collide), and she made them on Sunday. You just buy the “break and bake” chocolate chip cookies, press them down, and add the Christmas sugar cookie on top. She wanted to find the Christmas tree ones, but all we found were elf hats.

Anyway, they were cute and tasty!

I made a bit stop in Trader Joe’s this week to pick up fruit…and realized I hadn’t shopped for some of my favorites yet this holiday season.

Last year, I missed out on Jingle Jangle, so I was happy to see they still had it in stock. The “Step Up to the Bar” mix and the mini iced gingerbread people are my two faves. I usually pick up Peppermint Joes, but decided to try these chocolate covered ones…they are so good too!

Favorite Kid Quote:

The other day, I picked Hayden up from school. As I turned into the median to merge, there was a car in the right lane. Hayden looked out the window, smiled, and said, “What’s up dog?” I didn’t think anything of it until I passed the car, and there was a miniature pinscher in the lady’s lap. I literally laughed out loud. I didn’t realize when he said that that there was an actual dog in the car. haha

Favorite Clothes:

Did you see my post on Wednesday? I can’t wait to wear my new sweater and cropped faux leather pants ASAP.

Favorite Mom Meme(s):

I do think this is what causes some of my anxiety/stress. Having kid with a November birthday followed by Christmas is always just a lot!

Hadley always wins for most amount of laundry…and I swear even if she wears something for a half hour, it goes in the laundry. Hayden probably does have a few things that just fall off the hangers into the dirty clothes!

Bonus Fave: Flashback Friday:

Have I ever shared this pic before? I don’t think I have? It always pops up this week in my Facebook memories. While Hayden came home from the hospital with us, Hadley stayed in the NICU for 13 days. Travis had gone with Hadley to the NICU right after she was delivered. I remember Travis and the dr. at my bedside while I was in recovery. The dr. said she’d probably be in the NICU for 12-14 days. Well, on day 13 she came home, and we were officially a family of four…at home.

Hayden weighed 4 lbs, 7 oz, and Hadley weighed 4 lbs. I had them at 36 weeks, and did think they’d weigh a bit more based on my appointments and ultrasounds in weeks leading up to their arrival.

Anyway, Sis has always been the sassy and self-sufficient one, and I think it’s because she started off being a fighter.

Weekly Recap:

I had a busy blogging week! Here are my posts:

Not Just a Mom:

On Monday, we have our final Not Just a Mom post of 2023!

This month’s topic is Loving Lately. If you have a blog, we’d love to have you join us on Monday.

What are your weekend plans? We have volleyball and a holiday party this weekend. We’re also hoping to tackle the science fair projects. *sigh* They get a bad rap…I know we need science (obviously), but for me it’s the timing. They are always due right after break. If they could do them in January, I swear I wouldn’t complain like I do. It’s just one more *big* task to tackle in an already busy season. (They do the work themselves, but they still need to get organized, buy supplies, type, print, organize the board, and more!)

One week from today starts our break…and I can’t wait. I keep telling myself, “I think I can. I think I can. I think I can.”

See you back here on Monday for Not Just a Mom. Thanks so much for reading.

12 thoughts on “Friday Favorites {#138}

  1. Congrats to the running team! I ate way too much of that Step Up to the Bar mix. So good! I have avoided TJ’s pretty much just trying to not be tempted and stick to my Kroger list, but I plan to go this weekend. So hard having one twin in the NICU while one at home. I am surprised they were that small at 36 weeks, too. I only made it 30 weeks and they both came home at the same time after 6 weeks in the NICU.
    Someone made those cookies for Spanish Club and I didn’t realize it was a TikTok thing. I liked the combo of sugar and cc cookies!

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    1. I realized this season that one of the Louisville Thomson training coaches is the Ballard Xc coach. The Louisville team practices at Ballard sometimes. It was really hard having one at home and one in the hospital. I could only occasionally see hadley since I couldn’t drive and we didn’t always have someone to watch hayden. Such a weird time to think back on. I remember you had them early but didn’t remember 30 weeks. Mine has both measured in the five lb range at an appt the week they were born so I was surprised with 4lbs. I’m definitely not going to run to TJ for goodies as much this year. Trying to be good!


      1. Oh cool! I have probably seen him around. That is so hard – I bet you relied on those wonderful NICU nurses to give you updates by phone. They let me call every night at weigh in to see how much mine had gained. I spent every day there from like 9-5 at least and pumped in a storage room.

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  2. That’s awesome that your son’s team did so great! I loved watching my boys do their “thing”, whatever that was. I think they did all the things at different times- soccer, baseball, basketball and lacrosse were what they played at different times in their lives. My Drew still loves basketball to this day and the rest of them love playing flag football on Sundays. They usually get a big group of guys together after church and play for a few hours, then none of them can walk right the next day. 🤣

    That is TERRIBLE timing for a science project! Who in the world thought of that? Ours was always in the spring and was mandatory participation. It was my least favorite thing they ever did! I hope you all have a great weekend…and that the projects get finished!


    1. Hayden has done all the things too and it’s been fun to watch him figure out what he really wants to do…which at the moment is run and play basketball.
      I know! I truly feel bad complaining but it’s just about the timing of it…& like I said, of course my kids do the work but they still need us to buy things, help them get organized, etc there’s incentive for extra credit if they get it in by next Friday, so that’s our plan. Otherwise, it’s due the day they come back in January


  3. Try having a birthday on Christmas eve! We have a family member born then and I always felt so bad for both her and her parents. It’s hard to make a birthday special when it’s over shown by the holidays.

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