A Healthy U Conference + Memorial Day Weekend

If you are in the NYC area this weekend, there is still time to register for the 2015 A Healthy U Conference – I’m really excited to have been asked to speak/answer questions during the running portion of the afternoon! All information can be found here. 

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Despite the long weekend, I still feel like I needed a recovery from the jam-packed weekend we had – which was mostly filled with family activities.

Saturday, we spent the entire day at my sister’s home in NJ for a BBQ. It really was two bbqs – hot dogs, hamburgers, chicken and all that go with that (salads, macaroni and cheese, veggies, guacamole) around 2pm and then ka-bobs, pototoes, corn, etc around 7pm. And then dessert. Lots of eating!! But also lots of running around on her gorgeous 1 acre property – wiffle ball, volleyball, golf, badmitten.

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My husband and I had planned for Sunday to be a veg-kind-of-day – cleaning, laundry, relaxing and napping – but around 9am, my oldest son asked us if we could go to New York City – completely out of the blue. 20 minutes later, we were in the car, driving to the train station on Staten Island.

In all fairness, we had been planning to spend a day like this with our little guys for months – and we kept saying “when the weather gets nicer” – it was 70 and sunny on Saturday – you can’t get much nicer weather than that!

So we took the train to the ferry and the ferry to the city – which for the likes of a 4 and 2 year old is an adventure in and of itself. They played in Battery Park, we had lunch in a beer garden and then did the return trip home (with a stop at my mom’s for Italian Ice).

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Excited to wait for train in Staten Island

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Statue of Liberty from SI Ferry

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Playing in Battery Park

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Return trip on SI Ferry


Sunday started with a 13 mile run for me and 8 mile run for my husband and then the rest of the day at my other sister’s home. (I talked about the run yesterday.)

It was almost 90 degrees on Monday – so glad that her pool was open and ready for us to swim!

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Jumping from the shoulders of my husband

memorial day5It was the first time in the pool for the boys since last summer – and there was no hesitation to jump in and swim again! Both are little fish in the water – they love swimming under the water – with no goggles! And my 4 year old has made the transition to no swimmies!



Memorial Day Weekend is always a tough weekend for my husband and I. We don’t need a day to remember those who sacrificed for our country’s freedom, but we feel their loss so much more on Memorial Day.

We’ve lost an incredible number of classmates, coworkers and friends over the years. I just wanted to highlight a few of the ones who were closest to us.

My classmates – including Laura Walker (the first female from West Point to be KIA) and Derek Hines (one of my closest friends boyfriends (for four years) and my husband’s hockey teammate):

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My plebe/freshman when I was a yuk/sophomore – I was his direct superior and we had interaction at least 5x/day for his entire freshman year.


And Thomas Kennedy, my husband’s best friend since West Point and one of the kindest, funniest, most amazing men I have had the privilege of knowing.


I hope you had a relaxing weekend and that your week is off to a great start!


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    5 thoughts on “A Healthy U Conference + Memorial Day Weekend

    1. Your family is so beautiful! Also, I find it so admirable that you took time to post tributes to your lost classmates. We are thankful to them and also to you for your service.
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    2. Such a beautiful tribute. We are so thankful for their service to our country.
      God bless them and their families.

      What a wonderful weekend! Your boys are adorable!!!
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