Thursday, October 23, 2014

Woah October! And something to look forward to in November!



This has been a crazy month!  It is hard to believe that we are staring down the last week already & I haven't even found time to share our news.  This has been a wonderful month in the life of Team Cotey.  I am going to share some photos of what we have been up to with 3 words per picture just to start updating!

Eloise turned 3!

Cool Cotey cousins!


Counter top sisters.

Running play dates!

Rainy day painting.

Flight school practice.

Army Ten Miler!

We want PEEPs.

Love my family!

Team Cotey #walk4lls!

Stroller or Buffet?



Games with friends!

Eloise turned three, we had an awesome visit from Cotey cousins, the girls and I have been running with our friends, we had the Army Ten Miler success, Light the Night with Aunt Annie and I tried spinning for the first time at Revolve DC.  There has barely been time to decorate for Halloween and go to the pumpkin patch!  I hope to update each of these topics over the next few days!  In the mean time I hope you enjoy the pictures!  Much love from Team Cotey :)

I also want to mention something really cool that Katie is hosting in conjunction with some awesome sponsors (BOB StrollersFit4Mom, New Balance and Linkoutoure).  On November 8th we (the girls and I) will be participating in:


Let's be honest.  All of my running days are stroller running days, my girls motivate my miles in a way that I could never self motivate.  I am excited to encourage other Mamas to get out there and get fit with their kids!  It is a minimal investment in your health and the health of your kids.  It is a great chance for me to bring my girls along beside me and to model a healthy lifestyle.  I hope to begin writing more about our running and this event is the perfect launching pad for that!  I run with my kids, not away from them!  You should too!

Thursday, October 2, 2014

A morning Under the Canopy courtesy of Arts on the Horizon

One of my favorite things about living in Alexandria with small children has been to explore the arts through their eyes.  We are truly fortunate to have so many opportunities in our home town.  Our favorite local find has to be Arts on the Horizon.

This morning we attended Under the Canopy, a play specifically designed for children under two.  The girls were very excited because they had loved Sunny and Licorice when we saw it this past Spring.
The Atheneum on Prince Street in Old Town.
On the way to the Atheneum Eloise and I discussed the perfect timing of the performance - two days before her 3rd birthday.  We arrived and had a seat.  The girls waited patiently and we waved at some friends from our new neighborhood.
Eagerly awaiting the show!
Soon the performance began and Eloise was enraptured.  She was focused on all of the movements and actions of the actors as they brought the rain forest to life before her eyes.  Isabel found the process of creation to be rather invigorating and she could hardly contain her desire to run into the performance and do and see and touch.

The show was around 20 minutes long - ideal for the focus length of under-twos.  Eloise was able to follow the narrative fully and both girls delighted in the beautiful puppets and props created by Worlds End Puppetry.

After the performance the children had an opportunity to interact with the actors and the stage.  Isabel and Eloise enjoyed sharing a vine and touching the different flowers and animals.

It was a lovely warm Fall morning in Old Town thanks to Arts on the Horizon!

We are all looking forward to Snow Day - this December's offering from Arts on the Horizon!