Sunday, June 28, 2009

The Interview

I've seen this on a few blogs and got curious. What would my kiddos have to say about their dear, sweet mamma?
1. What is something I always say to you?
Max: "Stop that."
Cal: "Stop hurting Max and Elle."
Elle: "I love you."
2. What makes Mom happy?
Max: "When I'm nice."
Cal: "When I'm a good boy."
Elle: "When I eat all my breakfast."
3. What makes Mom sad?
Max: "When I'm mean.
Cal: "When I'm talking back."
Elle: "When Grandma died."
4. How do I make you laugh?
Max: "When you copy singers."
Cal:" When you dance."
Elle: "You tickle my feet."
5. What was I like as a child?
Max: "A good girl."
Cal:"A bad girl...a stinker."
Elle: "You played with girl toys and unicorns."

6. How old am I?
Cal: "35."
Elle: "8, 9, or 46."
7. How tall am I?
Max: 5'9"
Cal: 10'8"
Elle: "Big. 8 ft."
8. What is my favorite thing to do?
Max: "Baking."
Cal: "Jumping up and down."
Elle: "Going to sleep."
9. What do I do when you're not around?
Max: "Fun stuff with Elle."
Cal: " You go to Chuck E. Cheese."
Elle: "Be sad."
10. If I become famous, what will it be for?
Max: "A model."
Cal: "A singer."
Elle: "A dancer."

11. What am I really good at?
Max: "Baking."
Cal: "Making me laugh."
Elle: "Running."

12. What am I not very good at?
Max: "Boxing."
Cal: "Playing sports."
Elle: "Being mean."

13. What do I do for a job?
Max: "Teacher."
Cal: "You don't have a job."
Elle: "Making us go to sleep."
14. What is my favorite food?
Max: "Pie."
Cal: "Pizza."
Elle: "Cheese crisps, nuts, and cereal."
15. What makes you proud me?
Max: "When you try to be nice to me."
Cal: "When you tell me you love me.
Elle: "When you run."

16. If I were a cartoon character, who would I be?
Max: "Cinderella."
Cal: "Dora."
Elle: "Snow White."
17. What do you and I do together?
Max: "Go to Peter Piper."
Cal: "We go to Target and Peter Piper."
Elle: "We get our nails painted."

18. How are you and I different?
Max:"We have different colored hair."
Cal: "Your hair is brown and mine is blond."
Elle: "We have different hair and different faces."

19. How do you know I love you?
Max: "Cause your my mom."
Cal: "Because you give me kisses before I go to bed."
Elle: "My daddy tells me."
20. Where is my favorite place to go?
Max: "The mall."
Cal: "Target."
Elle: "The mall and the gym."

Monday, June 22, 2009

Another LONG swim season

Have I mentioned that my little family is challenged in the swimming department?

Well, my kiddos have always trailed a little behind the swimming curve.

Did you know that you can freestyle swim in place?

Oh, you can.

I painfully watched Max do it every morning during swim team practice last summer.

Cal, staying true to his no-care attitude, has spent the majority of his nearly six years completely uninterested in learning to swim. Lessons since 6 months old and NOTHIN'!

Why? Well, mystery solved.

On Friday, I decided to test my own abilities in the water. (I'm considering training for a triathlon and unfortunately, swimming is sort of a requirement.)

One lap and I was gasping for air and choking on water. How could this be? I just ran a marathon and I can't swim one lap!

Guess the apples just don't fall far from the tree.


I have come to conclude...

these apples should probably hang up the goggles and Speedos and comfortably stay put on land.

(*Just after posting this, Cal started swimming on his own this morning! Guess we're not ready to throw in the towel just yet.)

Sunday, June 21, 2009

Happy Father's Day

Happy Father's Day Daddy-O!


Tuesday, June 16, 2009


Brings me to tears everytime...

in a good way.

Monday, June 15, 2009

State Finals in Flagstaff

We spent this weekend up in Flagstaff for Lance's State Championships.

He did great and placed 3rd for the season!

We are so proud of him.

Friday, June 12, 2009

Dance, Dance

Elle had her first big dance recital tonight.

Aside from some initial stage fright and one small trip and fall across the stage, this little lady did a terrific job.
I'm so proud of you, my little banana.

Thursday, June 11, 2009

Fish Fry

Last year, my dad bought a fishing boat and planned to spend many of his retirement days relaxing on a lake catching loads and loads of fish.

And, many days my dad has spent... on a lake... catching... well... no fish.

But yesterday (after countless fruitless attempts), he finally scored.

6 big 'ole trout.

Today, I attempted to fillet and fry 'em up (and two little boys enjoyed every bit of the nastiness of it)!

And, as you can see, I managed to turn 6 big fish into a few battered bites.

Hmmm, my filleting skills need some serious work.

Hope it's not Dad's one and only catch.
I need some practice.

Any tips?

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Days of Summer

Yesterday, we spent the afternoon at Tempe Beach Park with Jennifer and Sam and all the kiddos.

After 3 hours of picnicking and water-sliding, we are all nursing some pretty bad sunburns today.

All worth it, though.

Saturday, June 6, 2009

Post Race Fun

After the race I was dead set on having an amazing dinner on the water. So, we headed to The Fish Market and I enjoyed the most wonderful giant Alaskan King Crab Legs! Everything after the marathon pretty much revolved around food and how I could get my hands on as much as possible (when you burn thousands of calories in one shot, you earn the right!). We spent the next couple of days biking around Coronado (my legs were hating me, but how could I keep my bicycle man off of a bike?), relaxing on the beach, exploring Balboa Park, and feasting on burritos on Mission. My legs didn't get the required rest after running a marathon, but this was a vacation and there were sights to be seen. Now that I'm home, my legs are on strike. They are living the good life after months of torture!

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

San Diego Marathon

They say it's all about finishing...

and that was going to be good enough for me.

A week before I was set to leave for San Diego, my kids got a terrible case of the flu. I did everything possible to avoid it, but the inevitable happened and days before the race I was still trying to recover from it. I took some Compazine on the drive to California hoping it would relieve some of my nausea. It helped.

As we drove into downtown San Diego, my excitement grew and I soon felt great. No nausea. No headaches. We arrived just in time to check in at the marathon expo. On every corner, there were San Diego Rock and Roll Marathon flags. People were flooding in and out of the convention center with marathon goodie bags in tow. I've come to realize that runners come in every shape and size. Some runners are easy to spot. They just look the part: their lean physique, their stance. They scream runner. Then, there are the people that you would never guess could run. They don't have that runner look. I think I fall somewhere in the middle.

After collecting as much free stuff as we could at the expo, Lance and I met up with my dad and sister for some carb-loading in the Gaslamp Quarter. Mushroom ravioli and a coke and I was set. We even had time for some Urban Outfitter shopping. And, the best part...I was not nervous at all.

4:15 wake-up call and an hour later, I was on my way to the start line. I looked for corral #8. #8 was for those who had a 4 hour goal time. Up until a couple of weeks ago, that was my goal. However, after struggling through leg injuries and fighting the flu, I had decided that my new goal was to simply finish. I joined 16,000 other runners at Balboa Park for bagels, bananas, bathroom breaks, and some serious adrenaline. Being surrounded by so many hyped up runners was exhilarating. There were elite runners from around the world and 1st-timers like myself, all of us equally excited.I joined my group and waited...

After the start, it took a whole four minutes for me to cross the start line. The beginning was slow, dodging and weaving, trying to find a niche to stay put in for awhile. After a couple of minutes, we came to the first band. There were supporters lined up along both sides of the streets screaming and cheering. A group of men dressed as cheerleaders with boobs and wigs were kicking and jumping. I already knew this would be fun.

At mile marker one, I ignored my time. At mile two, I had to look. I calculated my pace and realized I was slower than my normal 9 minute pace. It wasn't supposed to matter, but it did. A goal of finishing wasn't going to be enough. I kicked up the pace to make up some time. By mile 6, I was right on target for a 4 hour goal and I fell into a groove. So much for just finishing.

Occasionally, other runners would comment on my shirt. You look like your mom! What a great cause! Melissa Etheridge's I Run for Life would play on my ipod. There were a couple of times that it just got too emotional for me. I would get choked up and couldn't breathe. I actually had to stop thinking about why I was running to get through it.
At every mile I calculated my pace and stayed consistent. But, at the half-way point, the math got too hard. Luckily, I had caught up to a pacer (a track club runner carrying a 4:00 sign). Perfect. I would stay with him for the rest of the race. I had pain along the way. It started in my right knee...expected. Then, my left shin...also, expected. When my ankle started to hurt, I got nervous. I knew I could run through most of the pain, but that ankle pain had stopped me in my tracks on a couple of long runs.

Mile 14

Lance, my dad, and my sister were waiting for me at mile 14. They had bananas, water, and energy bars . I snatched just a little and ran off explaining, "I can't lose my pacer!" I felt great! I was surprised at how much energy I still had and I thought... I love this!

I kept strong until mile 17. All of a sudden I just felt tired. Nothing in particular hurt. My lungs were strong. My body was just plain tired. I told myself to count off every two miles now and forget about how many miles were left. At about mile 18, we started climbing a hill and as weird as this sounds, I felt it in my teeth. It was as if all of my blood rushed there and I clenched over and over trying to make it go away. As soon as I came to the top of the hill, it disappeared. The next few miles were hard. Lance came riding up behind me around mile 22. He asked if I needed anything and I just snapped, "I just need this to be over." (Sorry, Babe. I guess I'm grouchy at 22 miles.)

Mile 22

As soon as I saw the mile 24 marker, I knew I would be fine. I still had the pacer in my sights, although he had put some distance between us. I was ok with that. As long as I was close to my goal time, I would be happy. At mile 26, we rounded our way into the military base. All I could see was the finish line. I tried to look around for somebody I knew, but couldn't make out anyone in the sea of faces lining the path. I crossed the finish line. Ahh, made it. Someone immediately directed me out of the way. The medics were helping two people off on stretchers and another vomiting. Someone put a medal around my neck and handed me an ice-cold rag. I draped the rag on my face and stopped walking. Mistake. I tried to take another stop and my legs wouldn't move. It's weird how you can run for 4 hours and the moment you stop, your body decides it's done working. I worried how I was going to find everyone if I couldn't move. Then, someone came over with two small bags of ice. I asked them to wrap them to my calves. Suddenly, I could move again. Someone handed me a Nestle Quik chocolate milk and without really thinking, I just downed it (I know this sounds strange, but it was soooo good)! I found my sister, wrapped myself in a mylar blanket, and sat down to ice my feet while we waited for Lance and my dad. As tired as I was, I still felt the adrenaline running through my veins.

I later learned I'd made it in 4:02. I am really happy with that time.

This was easily one of the most exciting and rewarding things I have ever done. I felt the support of all of you and most of all, my mom. for doing it again.

I can't wait!!

Thank you.
Thank you.
Thank you.