Thursday, February 26, 2009
Our garbage can is usually about a quarter to half way full and our recycling can is always overflowing. So Aaron arranged to have our garbage can swapped out for a smaller one and an extra recycling can delivered too.
Our two "new to us" cans appeared curbside today. Owen was so excited to help bring the new cans up to the side of our house. "It's just my size!" he announced in reference to the garbage can.
Owen and the garbage can - so cute I had to grab my camera out of my bag and take a video!
Yesterday at Owen's doctor's
The Parking Garage at his doctor's office is so cramped and
Monday, February 23, 2009
A couple of weeks ago, at Owen's MY GYM class, the instructors had the kiddos jump on a mat with measurements in feet and inches printed on it. From a standing position, with his feet flat on the ground, Owen jumped forward a distance of 3 feet 3 inches! I was so impressed!
The only problem with this video is that Owen is not allowed to jump on the couch - tisk tisk Daddy.
Sunday, February 22, 2009
Saturday was a beautiful day. Cold, yes, but the sun was shining and the wind was not blowing! It was a great day for a run.
We ran 2.25 miles today. It was a bit more challenging than I expected. Not being able to train during the week due to wet and windy weather is definitely catching up with me! I've decided that I am a fair weather runner! I guess I'll have to adjust my expectations for the upcoming race. I am a teeny bit competitive and would have liked to have done better than last time but ultimately whether I run faster, slower, or at the same pace I'm having tons of fun with my team mates! Go Moms!
We were also able to take our team photo. Not everyone was able to be there.
After a run three representatives from a company called Juice Plus had shakes and samples for us to try. One of the reps, Leigh Hobson, is also the Lodi StrollerFit owner/instructor. She was super fun to talk to and very encouraging! She's been running for a little over a year now and recently completed her first half marathon.
More exciting team news - We're putting together a fundraiser to help raise money and awareness for NADA. Now through March 15th we're collecting donations for a raffle. We've already received some great prizes! Soon we'll be selling raffle tickets - 1 for $1 or 12 for $10. The night of the race we'll be drawing tickets!! All items donated are tax deductible and all sales of raffle tickets will go to NADA!
Friday, February 20, 2009
We all had dinner together the other night. The kiddos had so much fun playing together they almost didn't seem to notice that all of us parent types were even around. That is until Aly and I started throwing the word dessert back and forth!
Suddenly, like jet planes, three little people came whooshing up to the counter! So cute!
I’m also an emotional eater. I remember as a new mother being bombarded in books and magazines with the expression “self soothe.” Babies have to learn to self soothe was the message. Well, I “self soothe” with sweets. When the going gets tough, the tough get chocolate!
For these reasons when I choose to lay off sweets I prefer to go cold turkey – no chocolate, no sweets. Even the smallest taste releases the beast within me.
Now for my confession…
By the time anyone reads this the evidence will be long gone!
I thought I had made it through Valentine’s Day, the national holiday for chocolate consumption, when a package showed up in our mail box. I opened it to find a heart shaped box filled with See’s Candy. Hooray! My heart and taste buds soared – earlier that same day I had searched the pantry, refrigerator, freezer for something, anything sweet!
The part I feel the worst about is that I was alone when I opened the package and I quickly hid the box of candy away. Aaron would have gladly let me have the whole box to myself, not that he doesn't like sweet treats - he does, and yet I felt the need to hide it. Mine, mine, mine, mine…
Now, I’m not one of those dainty eaters. Women who eat just one piece every day or every other day, savoring it until the last piece is gone, oh no, that’s not me at all. Once I release the beast I must eat. Eat it all until it is gone. I wait until no one is around and devour the entire box or at least keep eating until I’m on the verge of feeling sick and then stop for awhile.
It took two days. Soooo Good!
Monday, February 16, 2009
I am soooo glad we went! We had a great time! All the kiddos and their parents were sweet and well-behaved. Owen really enjoyed the story and was excited to meet the big Cat. Owen walked bravely up to him and asked for his autograph, then posed for a picture! Yeah!
Maybe there's hope for a picture with Santa Claus and the Easter Bunny this year!
Sunday, February 15, 2009
We also had spaghetti and meatballs for dinner, just like Tramp and Lady. At Owen's request Aaron and I took turns singing Bella Notte!
Below, Owen after dinner, opening more Valentine's loot.
Sunday: Heart shaped pink pancakes! Yum!
Saturday, February 14, 2009
Wendy divided us up into three groups and we did some speed drills before our run. Today we ran two miles. It felt good to get a workout in.
Between team workouts I train independently on Mondays and Fridays, walk with Aly on Wednesdays, and consider my StrollerFit classes cross training. Of course I'm very grateful for all the rain we have been getting this week but it hasn't helped me feel very motivated to run on my own. On Monday, Owen and I ran a mile, then did some speed drills. On Wednesday, we went to Aly's house and played with Hailey. Aly made us all blueberry smiley face pancakes!
We're starting to brain storm ideas for supporting our Team Philanthropy. My friend and team mate, Natasha (Tasha) Price, is an independent consultant for Taste of Home Entertaining. She has pledged all her personal profit from Taste of Home purchases made now through race day to be donated to NADA, Northern Area Dietetic Association. If you're interested you may view the online catalog and Tasha's website by clicking on the picture below.
Thursday, February 12, 2009
Success! I've tried to post video to our blog before. For whatever reason it hasn't worked. Maybe the video was too long or my patience too short! I'd more or less given up on the idea until a few days ago. Our friend Tammy posted a video on her blog. It was so much fun to watch I felt encouraged to give it another try!
I have Daddy and Dr. Rick to thank for this adventure! It started out as some good ol' puddle stomping and ended with a splish splashing dash through the gutter. Take a look!
Owen's boots did a good job of keeping his feet dry but his pants got soaked! Good thing we were able to strip him down and take him inside!
Tuesday, February 10, 2009
Owen seems to be following in our footsteps! He frequently busts out with little songs of his own. I love them!
Today during lunch we were talking about water and being silly. I started singing a silly water song to the tune "If you're Happy and you know it." Without missing a beat Owen chimed in with sound effects! So fun!
Our song went like this:
Mama: If you're thirsty and you know it drink some water
Owen: drip drip
Mama: If you're thirsty and you know it drink some water
Owen: drip drip
You get the idea.
I went on to sing, "If you're hungry and you know it eat some food" and Owen said, "Munch Munch."
I almost fell out of my chair laughing!!
Saturday, February 7, 2009
Our local running store, The Running Zone, together with the River City Rebels Running Club host a 5k Fun Run Series consisting of 4 runs throughout the year. Today was the first one. Soooooo Aaron, Owen, and I participated in our first 5k of 2009!
We registered Owen because he always wants to run with us and he looks too cute with a racing number pinned to his shirt!
Today his time spent out of the stroller was short lived. He was very excited to run until the start shot. The loud noise startled him and he had trouble deciding what he wanted to do after that. We tried to see if he would recover but ended up putting him back in the stroller. We thought that maybe he would want to run more later on. However, as we approached the finish line, he looked way too comfy bundled up in his blanket while munching on a bagel to disturb! Maybe next time!