And then there were 4...

And then there were 4...

Sunday, March 24, 2013

If I Had a Wish that it Would Be...

My little boy is simply growing up too fast!  As bitter sweet as it is, I absolutely LOVE the stage that he is at.  He is funny, tenacious, spunky, a clown, adorable, and so lovey!  Pretty much the perfect package if you ask someone as unbiased as me.

This year for his birthday I originally wanted to do a mustache bash, but TJ nixed it because it was much to "trendy" for his taste :)  I decided to ask Dominik what he wanted (a novel idea in my opinion...definitely a risky business), and he opted for Superheros.  He loves EVERYTHING superheros, capes, swords, play fighting, etc...Before I would agree I had to check pinterest and see if Superheros was doable...It most certainly was!!!

I started planning the party a few months in advance and would do a little each day.  I knew I wanted a city scape backdrop for a photo booth, handmade monogrammed capes for each child, and a bounce house.  When I started looking into bounce houses I found that it was the same price to rent a bounce house as it was to buy one...Happy Birthday to are now the proud owner of a bounce house :)  Yeah...he is pretty spoiled!

The overall party was a HUGE success.  We had so much fun.  Grandma and grandpa were in town for the event and it went off without a hitch.  Almost all of D's best little friends showed up, and they had an absolute blast. 

When the party was over and we were cleaning up, Dominik asked me what I was doing.  I replied that I was cleaning up and he got a terribly sad look on his face.  He then exclaimed "NO, don't clean up my party!  I want my party back."  The next day he told all of his nursery leaders about his totally awesome superhero party...He definitely knows how to make his mama feel good!

Superheros from Left to Right: Liam, James, Emmeline, Dominik, Lucy, Henry, Grant
Back Row: Maddie holding Charlotte
Not Pictured: Graham
I now have an official toddler on my hands.  If age 3 is anything like age 2, this is going to be a great year!!!

Monday, March 18, 2013

Ready to Rock 'N' Roll

I have never really considered myself a "runner,"  even though I do enjoy a light run on a nice and sunny day.  Nothing too intense; maximum of 2-3 miles.  Just something to get the blood flowing and make me feel a little less guilty about eating that burger and fries the night before.  However, my bucket list has always included running a marathon/half marathon and more specifically, my new years resolution was to run a half marathon by the spring time. 

Therefore, when I was approached by a friend who registered for the Rock 'N' Roll half marathon but couldn't participate, I had to ask if I could just take her registration (saving $100!!).  On top of that, our friends parents were also unable to participate, leaving another open registration for TJ to take.  Not only would I be accomplishing my goal of running a half marathon, but I would get to run it with TJ!!

The first thing I did was find a 6 week half marathon training schedule which was going to be doable, but difficult!  It included a 5 day a week training program that entailed a good combination of running/walking, circuit training, non jarring activity, and a long run on Saturdays.  The first three weeks I practiced hard and followed the schedule to a T!  I felt good, was rarely sore, and I could feel my muscles getting more and more toned!  After that, I was a little less strict about training and got a bit cocky...definitely not a good thing! 

Race day came fast and early.  TJ, Steve, and I metroed down to the starting line at 6am on March16th and got there with plenty of time to check our bags, hit the bathroom, and get in line with our starting corral.  TJ and I  were in line with a bunch of women, and a group of 3 young guys pushing a stroller with a 24 pack of beer in it.  The wreacked of alcohol and were your typical young and naive boys...I thought about taking bets with TJ about how long they would last.  Sure enough at mile 3, one of them ran past TJ and I straight to the bushes and just started throwing was pretty gross! 

TJ was so bored that he engaged in some running photography :)

The race was going great up until mile 6...when there was a Goliath sized hill that was about 3/4 of a mile long!!  I made TJ walk up 1/2 the hill with me...which wasn't ideal, but did allow me to continue running as soon as we reached the top.  The rest of the race went well.  I did walk some parts, but ran the majority of the way.  Crossing the finish line felt amazing!  I accomplished a goal, and did something that I never thought I could.  Even better was the fact that I got to share it with TJ.  We did it in about 12 min per mile, finishing the race in 2 hours and 30 minutes.  I felt bad for TJ who at about mile 10 finally broke a sweat.  He stayed with me the whole time, pushing me, motivating me, and just suporting me!  Couldn't have done it without him!

A delicious post-race meal :)
I'm so thankful for the opportunity to compete in this race!  I definitely see myself doing more in the future; maybe even a marathon someday!