shakes and gorillas

shakes and gorillas. you know you wish you were there! ha! there truly is no better DC fun day than visits to shake shack and the zoo. thinking of their custard makes me drool right now, and of course their burgers and fries. i’m so glad this NYC chain came to DC (i know as if we need any more burger, shake, fry places in DC; but seriously LOVE this place). they have their holiday shake/custard specifics and i got the frankenstein one, which as a pregnant lady (last year) attempted to get several times but always there on the wrong day.


my friend’s favorite animal is the gorilla and the sheer joy on her face when we visited them was priceless. bless you friend for making me giggle while holding a certain little lady that wouldn’t let anyone else hold her ALL day (stranger danger already?!).


auntie ashley was taking care of all the kids. better watch your kids because she may steal them :)



first race post-baby!

over the weekend, we geared up for our first race post-baby! we decided to take advantage of this beautiful fall weather and visit the army 10 miler expo to get our race packets, then head over to eastern market. i really love living so close to DC and able to visit the flea market and all the homemade items for sale. the bear shirt was pretty spot on for a gift to give my brother, blast they didn’t have his size!


we also stopped by for a bite at good stuff with uncle chris, goodness do i love that place. cheeseburgers, fries, shakes. the infamous toasted marshmallow shake is heaven with a straw in it. bless you spike and your creations! luckily, we were able to sit outside as it was kind of crazy with all the veterans in town for the race on sunday.


pre-race photo. we obviously all look very awake this early in the morning! and our survival photo, we don’t look too unhappy, right?



post-race brunch and beverages with poppop and nana. and our little miss in her first high chair! time is flying way too fast for us over here.


and to close our day, papa was not feeling well (which momma clearly did not know before the race OR somebody would not have been running it!) after the race and ended up with some sort of bug. he’s still home, not feeling great but he’s got a great nurse if i must say! visiting an urgent care clinic, is NOT fun with children. the end. haha!



tid bits of the weekend

again, i feel like i should say is it really almost the weekend because somehow these weeks are flying by for us (at least in this household). tid bits of this past weekend: family trail run in rock creek, post-run brunch at open city (have you noticed our frequency of visits lately? for some reason, their food + coffee, you just can’t go wrong! well also conveniently located at our running end spot), wedding on the river (yay! nobody got sea sick :) and a really special night out sans baby), thrifting and visits to del ray (also good coffee found). hope you’re kicking off the weekend right!




the week is over already?

can i tell you how much i wish sweetgreen had a frequent customer card? yup, because it’s really that bad of a habit. i’m pretty sure whomever came up with the concept of healthy salads to go is pure genius and has quite a money tree going these days. we took our little family of four (including the pup) to grab some delicious food for the evening before i worked all weekend, boo!

it really humbles my little heart when i get messages at work of husband and little miss having such a good weekend. these two, well, they just make me smile. first time on the swings (yes, i may have pouted and teared up missing this moment) with papa and all smiles (still toothless!). i hate missing weekends with them, but this helps a little. hope you’re off to some fun things this weekend! we sure are – wedding on a boat (let’s hope this girl doesn’t get sea sick, ha!), exploring rock creek, and i’m guessing a visit to a brunch place in the district. CANNOT WAIT!

just one

one tired little baby

one run with my little ones

one evening at a local favorite

one trail run with papa, little miss, and the pup.

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one picnic outside enjoying a fall day – bring on the pumpkin beers, cinnamon drinks, and cozy nights.

nom nom says baby!

we decided to start with purees instead of rice cereal at 4 months. everybody does it differently, so this is just what worked for our family. plus starting with avocados just seems more fun, doesn’t it? and this shouldn’t shock you, but we are making our own purees! we luckily got a food maker from my dear friend, ash, who wasn’t using hers and so we are whipping up some delicious goodies over here. i’m such a nerd, i was so excited about making our own foods for little miss. i mean SO excited.
miss avocado face, nom nom..
zoey, the pup, carefully studying this little human.
our little miss sure did love the avocado and did so well with it too! zoey has realized that little miss may be a future best friend as she kept her eyes on every dribble (probably hoping that there was some bit on the floor, crazy pup). papa has even fed baby and he did awesome, i was at work too! it’s taken some time for him to get comfortable with it, but he was a rockstar of course. we’ve done oatmeal and next up is bananas.

note: she is in a bumbo, but is supervised and we are in process of getting safety belt for recall. 

holidays are for fun

like i’ve said before, i’ve been working so many weekends lately, it sure was such nice to have labor day off! i took full advantage of the day off starting bright and early. uncle chris met us for a morning run through rock creek park with little miss (god bless those jogging strollers because they are a sure bet way to get in a nap!).


we also brunched post-run at a city favorite of ours – open city. their menu has a great selection and really wonderful coffee.


we visited with some dear college friends. great company, good laughter, and delicious food. i mean delicious. they made a huge afternoon meal full of italian food, my stomach was so happy!


the next day, we had a morning breakfast and coffee date just husband and i at northside social (our favorite place for coffee, baked goods, and wine/beer). i think it might of been our second time away from little miss, which is kinda bad but so special because we don’t get many opportunities just us two.


and i totally caught these two reading stories. my heart is full! these two make it melt so easily. papa gets very into the stories as you can tell :)


when did we get so old?

kidding, kidding. but seriously who would of thought that getting the go ahead from our pediatrician to use the infamous Bob jogger on runs with little miss would be so exciting. i was so pumped i could of literally given a self high 5! although, if you know me well, you know that the second i get the pass to start something active, i’m already well on my way out the door! our first run was successful for one of us (momma nearly passed out after this, good lord does that make a workout even harder!).


we met up with some yoga babies for coffee at bayou and park playdates this week. living in a high rise apartment is tough to meet new moms and such, so i’m really grateful to meet up.



so glad it’s almost fall, i’m not very good with the heat and being indoors so much has been not that fun some days. who’s ready for apple picking and pumpkin spice bread? this girl for sure.


cheese, say what?

i cannot tell you how many people misspell my married last name (previous to that, it was johnson). i get it.. the ‘s’ and ‘c’ letters get a bit confusing and somehow they move around like musical chairs when people (including myself at first) try to spell it.

don’t get me started on how to pronounce it.. i have heard what sounds like: oaks, ox, o’cheese, cheese, ock, and och to name a few. as i started this family blog site, i’ve had a few people comment that it can be hard to find it if you don’t know how to spell it exactly right and that frankly sounds annoying to me too haha! husband and i were discussing last night that when our little miss starts to say her last name, what do we think it would most sound like? the answer: CHEESE. so why not refer to our blog as “love the cheese” for now? easy to spell, we all love cheese, and it’s not the first time our last name has been referred to this dairy goodness.

sounds easy enough, right?


love, cheese, and fun. xo. haha!

it’s the small things in life…



like making a homemade meal! we’ve been still kinda up-down-here-there with getting into a good routine as we both work full time. the juggling act of parent-worker bee-spouse-friend-superhero is something of a work in progress a lot of the time. so when i somehow come up with a meal that husband hasn’t cooked, it kind of makes me want to high five myself! husband cooks a lot for us and is kind of really big deal in our house.

mexican style cuisine night largely because of the rick bayless green chile enchilada sauce. so we start with vegetables of your choice (i chose yellow zucchini) and quinoa as the starch (can always substitute).


then we have our chicken, oven safe dish, and cant forget the sauce!



place desired serving of quinoa in the bottom of the dish and chopped vegetables on top


next, placed sliced chicken in the dish and complete the process with.. yes, you guessed it.. the sauce!


lastly, bake at 400 degrees until the quinoa and chicken are fully cooked. 20120828-111049.jpg

it needs no added seasoning and is a true life savor in this household because time is sparse these days. you can add as many vegetables as you want (i’m thinking we need bigger dishes so we can have more vegetables in there!) and the meal is gluten free which is a hot item these days! there’s no way this didn’t taste amazing, right??