farewell, 2015

It's the final day of 2015, which means another year has come and gone way too quickly! It's been a hard year, but it's also been a wonderful one, and I'm so grateful for the enormous challenges that Ryan and I faced in this second year of our marriage. We've faced the joys (and agonies) of home-ownership, being new parents, a TDY and a 13-hour time difference, finding our way back to our church and really finding a new normal for just us.

There are a ton of things that I'm looking forward to in 2016, and I know that this will be our best year yet, so I'm putting on my big girl pants, dealing with my son's 213984209384th cold this winter and getting ready for the start of another great new year for the Moores. Here are just 10 things I can't wait for in 2016.

one // We'll be celebrating our second wedding anniversary next week! It's amazing to think of all we accomplished in the first couple years of our marriage, and I can't wait to see what's next. We'll really be tackling budget-making, planning and financial peace in 2016, so I'm interested to see where that takes us.

two // Though I'm 18 weeks pregnant, I'm excited to run more this next year. I barely managed to run while I was pregnant with Spencer, and I want to change that this time around. We ran the Lake Placid and Empire State half marathons in 2015...what will we do in 2016? 

three // Baby Moore #2 will be joining us in June! Will it be a boy or a girl?! (We already know, and we're meanies...keeping it to ourselves.)

four // Spencer learned to roll, crawl, walk and start to talk in 2015. I can't wait to see what he learns in 2016. Or, perhaps I should rephrased that. I'm cautiously optimistic of what he might learn in 2016.

five // My little sister is getting married to the sweetest guy ever on September 24, 2016, and I can't wait to celebrate her special day with her. It's been a long time coming for these two, and they've tackled medical school and law school together, so I can't wait to see them tackle wedding planning!

six // We're planning to travel mostly around our NNY region in the next year. We spent a ton of time visiting family in NH and UT this year, as well as made trips to NJ and PA - all with a baby - and it was hard. I can't wait to explore our area and have people visit us for a change.

seven // I started Weight Watchers in 2015 and lost 21 lbs from my pre-pregnancy weight with Spencer. I didn't reach my goal before getting pregnant again, but I got really close, and I'm excited to start working on my weight loss goals again after baby two is born.

eight // We have a ton of house projects we want to tackle this coming year. From putting in a backsplash in our kitchen, to building either a deck or a patio + pergola, to converting our upstairs bathroom to a dual vanity, we've got our hands full!

nine //  I'd like to up my freelance work game this coming year or, perhaps, take on another little business venture. Though I love what I do, I'd really like something else on my plate, as well, to take some of the stress out of the day-to-day work. 

ten //  I'm excited to see where next year takes this little blog. It's been an interesting transition year here, but I think I'm just getting my stride as a mama blogger...where will it take me next? 

Have a safe and happy New Years, my sweet bloggy friends! See you in 2016!

on the go

After what seemed like the world's most hectic build-up to Christmas, we finally got to spend our first Christmas in our own home as a family of three. We went to Utah to visit Ryan's family from the 15th through the 22nd, and we got home late, late on the 22nd. Here's how our travels coming home went:

  • Arrive at SLC airport for 1:20 PM flight
  • Flight is delayed for a 2:30 PM departure
  • Read that our connection at JFK is the last flight to Syracuse of the night - and we won't make our connection.
  • Change our flight to a flight departing at 2:15 and connecting in Atlanta
  • Flight is delayed to a 3:20 PM departure due to de-icing the plane and a sick child on board
  • Begin our descent into Atlanta, and Spencer poops, so we can't get up to change him
  • Land with 38 mins to our connection, and the jetway is malfunctioning, so it won't line up with the plane
  • 20 minutes pass and we quickly get off the plane, run to change Spencer (who has blown out all over)
  • We run from the E terminal to the B terminal, make it to our gate and quickly check the stroller
  • Make it on the plane with 12 minutes to spare before takeoff

Needless to say, when we finally arrived in Syracuse at around 11:30 PM, we have never been happier. Our bags came out quickly, Spencer was a trooper and slept all the way home, and we managed to get back to Black River by around 1:30 AM. 

So, as you can imagine, we were thrilled at the prospect of a quiet Christmas at home - and it delivered in spades. We really didn't do too much. We spent time with our neighbors who have quickly become family, spoiled our little boy and enjoyed the last vestiges of this mild winter - because it looks like it's going to cool off next week.

Needless to say though, I'm back, and I'm thrilled to be back on this blog. It's really hard to blog while traveling, so it's nice to be able to sit back, sip some tea while Spence is napping and jot down some thoughts. I hope you all had an absolutely wonderful holiday, too! xo

PS - If anyone wants to see us in 2016, it's YOUR turn to visit :D

what's up, salt lake city?

I've been missing the past few days because we traveled to Utah on Tuesday! Ryan and I planned an early Christmas here with his family in Pleasant Grove, and we spent most of Tuesday traveling from Syracuse to Utah. It was quite the journey. Spencer did great. He obviously got tired of being contained on the plane, but we were blessed to have wonderful fellow travelers that didn't seem to be too bothered by him. Plus, he managed to take a proper nap on both flights, and it was heaven! He fought it a bit on the first flight (hence baby scratches on me), but he slept over an hour. The second flight was a little more crammed, and he only slept about 45 minutes.

We made it though, and we were so glad to be off the plane and in some fresh, cold air. It's definitely colder (and snowier) out here, and I'm loving it. Spencer's getting a kick out of seeing the white stuff on the ground, as well as seeing his Grandma and Papa on something other than FaceTime. 

Yesterday, we treated my mother-in-law to an early Christmas present and took her to an early (surprise!) gender ultrasound. Baby Moore #2 was moving and shaking in there, but despite the fact that it didn't want to, we totally managed to see the goods! We're pretty sure we're keeping it under wraps though, besides family, because that's just how we roll!

Peanut looks perfect though, and I can't wait to see the gender confirmed one more time on January 12th with my normal OB. This was a place in Utah that solely does 3D and gender ultrasounds. We chose to do a 2D, but we did the gender determination, and I'm pretty glad we did! Any bets on what this biscuit might be?! And no, you can't see any determining factors in this picture ;)

baby moore: 15 weeks

Second trimester bliss is in full swing, so I figured it's time to give another brief update on wee little baby Moore part deux growing over here. It's crazy how fast time flies the second time around!

How far along: 15 weeks

Size of Baby: Orange

Gender: We've decided to find out this time! For practicality's sake, I think it will help in knowing what we can reuse, as well as what we need to (read: what I want) to buy new this time around. We have our anatomy scan on January 12th, so it's just around the corner! 

Weight Gain: I had an appointment on Tuesday with my OB, and I hadn't gained any weight from the last time. I'm still 4 lbs up, and I think that finally feeling better and being able to run again has helped level out that immediate weight gain, thankfully.

Movement: I haven't felt anything yet, but I remember that I didn't with Spencer until about 16 weeks. I finally have that weird little bump when I lie down though from my uterus moving up a bit, and I think that's about the time I started feeling flutters the first time around. We'll see!

Sleep: Sleep has been a little better! I still average about 3 potty breaks over here, and I do one wakeup with Spencer, but we're working on weaning that out soon. Logically, I know he doesn't need it, but it saddens me to make him cry and retrain him that way overnight.

Workouts: It feels so good to run again! I did a 4 mile indoors on Monday at the on-post track, and I did 3 miles outside yesterday. I feel energized, and that's the best feeling ever.

Maternity Clothes: Do the leggings count? I can still fit fairly comfortable into my normal clothes, but I love the leggings, so I'd be lying if I said I wasn't wearing those a lot already.

Cravings/Aversions: I still can't really do chicken. I also hate the taste of vinegar right now - and this is from someone who always loved the taste of apple cider vinegar and oil + vinegar dressing. I want to eat all the clementines though, and I'd give my left leg for a sausage biscuit.

Best Part of the Week: Feeling less nauseous and getting to hear the baby's heartbeat again! It's still a little surreal knowing we're having number two, so hearing a steady heartbeat of 147 bpm made me one happy mama.

Can't Wait For: Feeling the baby kick! And, I'm really, really looking forward to finding out the gender in a month! 

bits of cheer: my running wishlist

Today, I'm linking up with Jessica over at The Newly  since Christmas is almost upon us! I decided to go ahead and share my ultimate running wishlist because, let's be honest, Christmas is about practical gifts lately. There was a time when gifts were about extravagance as a child, but now, it's about functionality (for the most part, of course!) 

Since I plan to run through this whole pregnancy, I really need to up my running apparel and gear game if I want to keep going though. I found that when I was pregnant with Spencer, my running tights didn't stay up, my shorts were too snug and I just didn't hydrate enough. I compiled a list of some gear I think will keep me comfortable, hydrated and going through the next 25 weeks.

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// An Aquazinger - This awesome gem is designed to help you drink more water while reducing food cravings. Plus, it will help you replenish your electrolytes by infusing fruit flavors into your water. You can add everything from cucumbers, to lemons and limes, to mint and basil. I think it will help convince me to keep drinking.

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// Yurbuds - I've seen these highly recommend by runners, and I'm intrigued! I usually rely on my trusty Apple earbuds that came with my iPhone, but Spencer thinks they're tasty now, and they tend to short out on runs. Plus, if it's raining or snowing outside (and I actually manage an outdoors run), they short out. I hear that Yurbuds don't, and I really need my music to keep going.

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// Maternity Support Belt - I didn't have one of these when I was pregnant with Spencer, and as my belly grew, the pressure on my bladder became too much to bear. A running blog I followed recommended this highly, with or without the top strap, to reduce that extra pressure, and I'm sold. I want to run consistently, and if these keeps the pressure on my back and bladder manageable, sign me up, please!

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// Long Tops & Compression Bottoms - I managed to squeeze into my old faithful Nike Pro capris last time in Arizona, but the waists never stayed up, and I felt super uncomfortable. My tops fit, but they felt weird on my growing belly, so I'd like to get some long tops and proper maternity active wear like these from Old Navy this time around to accommodate the changes. 

I'm sure my list will grow & change as I move along with this pregnancy, but it's important to me to stay as active as possible this time around. I lost 20 lbs from my pre-pregnancy weight after having Spencer, and I don't want to squander that! So, here goes nothing :)

once in a weekend

It was a fun, busy, bustling weekend in the Moore household! For the first time in a very long time (read: I believe, 6 months), we actually got a babysitter to come over and watch Spencer so we could go to Ryan's Brigade Ball. We don't get to dress up too often, so it was a great chance for me to utilize Rent the Runway and borrow a stunning Monique Lhullier dress for the evening. Despite a fisaco in the dress actually arriving (read: UPS had it locked in their facility until 2 hours before the ball), I managed to pull it together, have one of the sizes fit my growing belly and have a blast.

The ball, itself, was a bit blah, but we had so much fun with friends. We got to sit with Ryan's immediate boss and his wife, plus his First Sergeant and his wife and one couple we didn't even know. It was fun to see the men really enjoy some pressure-less time together, and we laughed the whole way through the rigmarole - barring a few serious moments - like the table for fallen and MIA soldiers. The grog ceremony though? The 15 different toasts? Absurd. We also didn't get to eat until almost 9 PM - and we were all tempted to go find some fast food. #hangryprego

On Saturday, Spence was feeling a little under the weather, but we managed to do a tiny bit of decorating around the house, and we got to pick up our first real Christmas tree! Last year, mid-PCS with a brand new baby, it just wasn't an option. This year, we were so excited to live it up and enjoy a fresh-cut tree that we could string with lights and decorate ourselves. We aren't finished yet - the star for atop the tree has failed me twice. Third time might be the charm?

Ryan goes on leave tomorrow through the 22nd, and I can't wait! We have a lot of little projects we want to tackle around the house, and I think we might actually make some progress while he's free. We also leave for Utah next week, but that's a whole different story there. Oh, the holidays!

1 year of spencer bruce

Dear Spencer Bruce,

Today you are one year old! It's hard to believe how quickly time has flown this past year, especially when I think that at this time last year, we were eagerly anticipating your arrival. You came screaming and crying into this world at 4:39 PM in Sierra Vista, Arizona, and our lives were forever changed for the better. You are, and will always be, my precious baby boy. My firstborn. My sweet little man who made me a Mama.

You went from being my little tiny sugar biscuit that waves his hands at his toys on his play mat, to rolling over, to crawling like the little Army baby that you are. And, before we knew it, you took your first steps and started walking for Oma and Opa just two days shy of your 11-month birthday.

Spencer, you have such a sweet, but fierce spirit, and I hope that I will always foster that in the very best way possible. You know what you want, and you're a smart little man; you know how to get it. You talk a lot! You're favorite words are Dada, doggie, Stella-cat and, unfortunately, die. We don't know where that one came from. We're still working on Mama, but I'm okay with being called Dada, so long as you'll still snuggle with me in our glider until you're 20.

You absolutely love your bath time, and from the beginning, that's been such a joy for this mama to share with you. We went from your first baths in Arizona, to little tubbies in Oma's sink, to sitting with Mama in the tub with you. Now, you play with your toys, stand and make declarations, and you swim around in your tub all by yourself. It's one of my greatest joys seeing this love you have for the water, and I can't wait to get you into swim lessons, as it was such a huge part of my life.

Baby boy, above all else, I'm so proud to be your Mama. I never knew that I could love someone so much, or that you could make me love your daddy even more, too! Thank you for beating birth control, coming in God’s perfect timing and making our little family more complete.

Happy first birthday, precious Spencie!

Love always,


back in new hampshire

We spent the Thanksgiving holiday in New Hampshire with my family, and it was so fun. Nikki had to work on Friday, so she and Adam drove back down to southern NH. My mother also had to work, so it was just Kristina, Ryan, Spencer, my father and myself for the day. We decided to go ahead and take a little walk in Lincoln Woods, which is about 45 minutes from where my parents live.

We walked about 3 miles in the nearly 50 degree weather, and Spencer loved it. There were so many doggies on the trail, Aunt Kristina was making tons of silly faces and the weather was perfectly fall…despite how close we're getting to Christmas. I'm secretly hoping for snow, but I'll take these last vestiges of fall while we have them!

After the pseudo-hike, we drove the rest of the way into Lincoln and ate an amazing restaurant called the Gypsy Cafe. If you're ever in the area, I definitely recommend it! They have all sorts of foods with international flair, and now that my palette can finally stomach a little bit more, I was loving it. As an aside, this is the first time we've taken Spencer to a restaurant since he was about 4 months old, and I was really nervous that he'd disrupt other patrons. I really didn't want to be those parents. He did so well though! The owner actually gave him some cars to play with, and he was happy as a clam the whole time.

All in all, it was really just a relaxed trip back home - despite the 7 hour drive, which I loathe. We're heading to Utah to celebrate an early Christmas on December 15th, too, so we'll get some time with Ryan's family, as well. It's a busy, bustling, family-filled season, and I couldn't be happier. Right now, this hormonal momma just needs to make it through Spencer's first birthday tomorrow!