Monday, May 30, 2011

Looking back at yourself....

Every now and then, you have these moments where you look at your kids and realize you're seeing a piece of yourself in them... It happens to me all the time as Sam refuses to eat the food that's put in front of him.

In attempts to assure I'm not projecting myself on my daughter I've been talking up fall soccer all spring. It's time to sign up so I've asked Addie consistently for 2 weeks if she wants to play soccer this summer. Every time...I've gotten the same response. "No Mommy. I don't want to get my legs muddy/dirty."

Who can blame her? Despite my insisting lots of fun people play soccer (like Aunt Shell and Uncle Steve) and it's okay to get muddy...she just looks at me and shakes her any moron would know that soccer=muddy.

I tried. :)

Saturday, May 28, 2011

Le Artist

Sam's learning how to paint. Addie was painting the other day and same came over and grabbed my legs and said, "paint, paint." So I set him up with some finger paint, a brush, and some paper and let him go at it. I walked away for literally 40 seconds. This is what happened:

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Friday, May 27, 2011

Choo Choo

My Mom & Dad treated us to tickets to see (& ride) Thomas the train last weekend. I think we have official train fans for life. Look how impressive Thomas looks....totally legit...
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Addie's Post:

"Jacky, I love you. I love you so much, Jack. I like when I put rabbit ears on you.
I love you that you sleep up in my room. I love you all-a-bunch."
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Thursday, May 26, 2011

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

2011 Rite Aid Half Marathon Race Report

For the annals of history, my race report from the 2011 Marathon.

Rain was in the forecast for Sunday's race and it must be that fervent prayer from myself and other racers led God to stay his hand. We had a pretty good day for running - not perfect, but not bad either. The temperature was around 57 when we started, a little overcast, slightly drizzely.

Steve, Michelle and I got downtown around 6 and jogged to the Stadium for our warmup. It was cool because we got to stretch inside the stadium which was open for all to use. The bathroom situation was a bit of a disaster - lines out the ying yang. By the time we were making it to the line at 6:50, the place was PACKED. Seriously, next event I'm at the start by 6:40 minimum. We found the pace group we wanted to start with (3:30 marathon time, which would yield a 1:45 half marathon, 8:00 miles).

The first miles were very difficult because it was like the running of the bulls in Spain... we were packed in there like sardines. You can tell by our mile time - 8:35. It is tough - you don't want to be rude, but there are so many people to pass who really should start further back in the pack. We crossed the start almost 1 minute exactly after the gun. To get an idea of what the start was like, check out this video (you can see me around 1:12, green shirt, sideburns):

Steve and I stuck with the pace group for the first 4 or 5 miles, which worked out because they were actually cruising a little below 8 minute pace. We saw my family, waved to the kids, etc at 4.5, right around the turn at W 110th. It was great seeing them there.

Around mile 6, the pace group really started sticking to 8 minute miles so we left them and began pulling away, dropping our mile times down to around 7:30. Steve and I both agreed that we were feeling great. The temp was good, my legs felt good, the course was good, and by this point the pack had thinned out a bit so I didn't have to concentrate as much about not stepping on people.

We saw the family again around mile 8 in Tremont, where Steve Olayas ran with us for 100 feet or so - he was showing Jen and crew where we were so they could be prepared to get some pics. I'll post these here later. I was thinking, "Who the hell is... oh, it's Steve!" Fun moment.

Things went great until mile 11... which is the Carnegie bridge. Got a good taste of a sidewind here that cooled me off. Also the temp must've dropped a little by this point because it is the only time I remember even being aware of the weather at all. The bridge is easily the longest mile on this course. But we ate up mile 11 and kept a strong pace. Same for mile 12.

As I crossed 12, I thought to myself, "You've been training for this for a year... you'd better have nothing left when you cross that finish line." I kicked it up and managed to pull out a sub 7 mile (6:48) to the finish.

Official time: 1:39:36.

The Garmin watch I got the previous day (I'll post about this guy soon) was indispensable during the race. Here is the data from the GPS watch:

I'll post pics once I get 'em!

Great race - thanks to God for a great day and strong body!

Saturday, May 14, 2011


How is my little man already two!?! My sweet, sweet Sam is officially a little boy. We loved celebrating with our family! Thanks for rearranging your schedules after our first party was canceled!

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Math Lesson....

Pretend you're in my first grade class.

Pretend it's math time.

Pretend I'm launching a lesson about adding multiples and counting by 2's.

Suppose I say, "Boys and Girls, what are some things in our world that come in 2's....??"

Students reply things like:

Pretend a naughty boy raises his hand and says,


and I say, "You said boots, right?"

and he says, "No I said boobs. You know, boobs."

Pretend you're me turning your back on the students and writing "boots" on the board without laughing, smirking, or even getting mad but calmly replying,
"I'm sure you meant boots because anything besides that wouldn't be appropriate."

19 days left.
But who's counting?

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Royal Wedding

Addie likes to play wedding with her princesses or little people. You can see the wedding cake in the picture. Every time she plays Mike (see below) insists on being the "uninvited guest" that storms the altar and declares love for the bride during the "Is there anyone who sees any reason why these two shouldn't be married?" part. I die laughing everytime...Addie just looks at him strangely. The intruder varies. At this wedding, it was clearly a scorned zebra.

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Sunday, May 1, 2011

stuck at home

This is what you do when you've been trapped inside all weekend with sir poops a lot.

Jen what you can't see is Addie playing with her princesses on Daddy's special designed castle. He's such a good Daddy!
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