Happy 1st Birthday

Colin BirthdayHappy birthday to my favorite one-year-old.

One of my favorite photos from the last year shows off this sweet boy’s innocence while his parents decide he will be an irish fan. Those bright blue eyes and soft skin just make me want to touch his cheeks.

To my sister-in-law and brother, thank you for giving me the sweetest nephew. He is truly a blessing that has made all of our lives richer. We look forward to celebrating with all of you this weekend.

P.S. Matt and I wanted to buy Colin a puppy for his birthday, but we knew his dad would never let us see his son again if we disobeyed his number one rule: No Pets Allowed!

Boston is Booked

Our Boston trip is next month. I can’t wait!

Beside hitting one of the 300+ Dunkin Donuts around the city each morning, we have lots of fun plans.

Shamrock_Logo_2014_FINALFirst of all, we signed up for the Shamrock Series 5k Saturday morning. The race starts and ends in the Boston Commons, and it will take us through the historical streets of Boston. Since I’ll be 23 weeks pregnant, John has agreed to run with me. Ha!

The Notre Dame vs. Boston College game is Saturday night at 7:30. We’ll spend time around Fenway before the game and enjoy cheering on the Irish at the oldest ballpark in America.

The rest of our trip includes sight seeing a few of the spots we missed during our summer trip last year. I’m also excited that the holiday lights go up on Faneuil Hall and around the Quincy Market while we are there. There is an official holiday lighting ceremony and everything. I’m excited to take in the skaters at the Boston Common ice rink and begin some early Christmas shopping while the city is lit for the upcoming holidays.

Not to mention the fresh seafood I can’t wait to consume and some new fall flavors from Wicked Good Cupcakes. (Caramel Apple Streusel, Pumpkin Spice, and Sea Salted Caramel) Good thing we’re running that 5k…

Beer and Wine Tasting

We spent Thursday evening downtown with my brother Matt. The company he works for was putting on a beer and wine tasting social and he asked us to attend. The event was held in the recently renovated offices of NWM, which include gorgeous fourth floor views looking out to the river.

EP-150709847.jpg&MaxW=995&MaxH=500-2While John sampled the beverages, I was assigned to taste test the appetizers. All food was courtesy of Bistro on the River. Vegetable sushi, seafood wantons, chicken nachos and much more were included in the festivities. Everything was excellent. I can’t wait to go back and try a full meal in the restaurant.

This event also left me questioning why my brother hasn’t relocated to the CR area yet? I’ll keep pushing…

15 Weeks

I’m having a difficult time believing I’m already 15 weeks along in my pregnancy journey. My fall always goes fast, but it seems to be flying by extra quickly this year. I can’t even fathom that our calendars will read October next week.

686a5bb4a1064c3c117a5822d8b0f8f6Even though the temperatures are still hitting 80 degrees, the nights are cool. It’s my absolute favorite season to hit the trails. While I wasn’t sure about running while pregnant, my doctor gave me the green light as long as I slowed my pace. Slowing down has taken some getting used to, but it’s the perfect time of year to take in the scenery. However, I still think I need this tank top…

I even considered signing up for the November Turkey Trot, but then I remember that it was 12 degrees for last year’s race. I still recall the feeling finally coming back into my toes at mile two. With that, I think I have a good reason to take this year off.


Pope FrancisOn Tuesday afternoon, I was interrupted by an announcement over the intercom that Pope Francis had landed in D.C. I stopped and really enjoyed that moment. How many people work in an environment where this event was important enough for it to be announced building-wide?

I read an article about why people care so much about the Pope’s visit, even if they aren’t Catholic. The reasons included the fact that he’s popular. People like Pope Francis. He looks and acts friendly and approachable. His leadership in the church has encouraged people to return after many years away. The article also talked about how people like that he isn’t afraid of controversial topics. People have been eager to hear him speak to Congress because they want to see what he brings to the conversation.

It’s refreshing to see people of all ages excited about his visit. A bus full of students from my school will depart tonight to make the journey to Philadelphia for the weekend festivities. The students attending are pumped. When was the last time you heard students get excited about traveling through the night on a Charter bus in order to attend Mass multiple times? It’s awesome!

Not to mention, who doesn’t love Pope emojis.

Hall of Famer

IMG_1862How many people can proclaim their best friend is a Hall of Famer?

Friday was a special night for Katie as she was inducted into Mount Mercy’s Hall of Fame for cross country and track.

Here is the write-up for my deserving friend from Mount Mercy’s website:

Gaffney, a native of Manchester, Iowa, had a four-year career in women’s cross country and women’s track & field at Mount Mercy. She was a three-time academic all-conference selection in both sports (2005-06, 2006-07, 2007-08). In cross country, Gaffney was a three-time NAIA individual national qualifier (2005-06, 2006-07, 2007-08) and three-time NAIA all-Region VII standout (2004-05, 2006-07, 2007-08). The two-time MCC Harrier of the Year was also an all-conference performer three times (2005-06, 2006-07, 2007-08) and team MVP in 2007-08.

On the track, Gaffney was an NAIA national qualifier in the 3,000 meters and distance medley relay. She continues to hold school records in the indoor 3,000 meters (10:42.27) and outdoor 10,000 meters (39:27.36) and ranks in the top 10 in the indoor mile run, indoor 5,000 meters and outdoor 5,000 meters. Gaffney graduated in 2008 with a degree in education.

We were lucky enough to help Katie celebrate Friday evening with her entire family. I couldn’t be happier to see her hard work and SO.MANY.MILES. rewarded.

Baby Wagner

Baby WagnerWe couldn’t be more excited about the journey ahead. Thank you for your prayers and excitement. We feel blessed God is calling us to be parents.

When is my due date? March 18th

How did I tell John? I bought him a bunch of children’s books that all featured kids and their dad. His reaction: A huge smile while asking, “Does this mean what I think it means?”

How have I been feeling? The nausea vanished around 11 weeks, and I’ve been feeling great ever since.

Will we find out the gender? Absolutely!

Will we share the names we’ve picked out? Nope.

Do I have any food cravings? I can’t get enough salt. As for aversions, I can’t stand the thought of eating a chicken breast, especially grilled chicken. Gross.

What am I most excited about? Seeing John as a father. Just the thought overwhelms me with happiness.

Here Come The Irish

IMG_1828Colin seemed to know the Irish had things handled when he fell asleep before the 4th quarter. He was right. It was a great college football Saturday. Even though the 90+ degree temperatures made it feel like July, College Gameday delivered feelings of Fall.

After two full weeks back to school with students, I was excited for a long weekend without plans. We made the most of our empty calendar by soaking up some nephew time. Since his parents were cheering on the Irish in person, we made sure to uphold tradition from home. Check out those pushups for points!

Even though John and I won’t be attending any Notre Dame games in South Bend this year, we will get to witness the Irish play in November. We were lucky enough to score tickets (Thanks, Dad!) to Notre Dame vs. Boston College. The best part about this game is that it will be played at Fenway Park. We can’t wait to be back in Boston!

Looking Forward to Fall


Is there anyone who doesn’t like September? There is already a tree that catches my eye every morning on my way to work. The leaves are dark red, and it stands out even more next to everything green. It’s beautiful.

At almost 90 degrees, it’s a little hot for a pumpkin spiced latte. Instead, I plan to make these donuts this weekend to kick off the fall baking season.

What has you looking forward to fall?