Wednesday, December 9, 2009
Wednesday, December 2, 2009
One calendar contains little doors for each day. I put a note in each door that tells the boys what activity we'll be doing that day. Our other calendar is the Playmobil lego-like type. Each day they open a box of lego-like pieces to create an entire scene by the end of the month.
Dec 1 - Eat dinner at Chick-fil-a and enjoy their Christmas lights and snow
Wednesday, September 23, 2009
Wednesday, September 16, 2009
Wednesday, September 2, 2009
Monday, August 24, 2009
Our first dance was to 98 degrees' I Do (Cherish You).
Thursday, August 20, 2009
Wednesday, August 19, 2009
Tuesday, August 18, 2009
I still need to buy a water cage and bottle for my new bike. I’ve been putting water in my mailbox but then that means a stop in my momentum. My DH uses a camelback but those things give me the skeeves.
Time: 45 min
Avg Speed: 13.2mph
Animal Sightings: suicidal black cat (he needed a reflective vest)
Friday, August 7, 2009
Here are my youngsters putting on their own concert.
Ok, so they need some work and real instruments but they have fun trying!
Thursday, August 6, 2009
My two riding partners got their road bikes this week. Tonight was their inaugural ride. I must say...we were on fire! It was a great ride! It's so much easier to GO and GO FAST on a road bike after riding a mountain bike. No wipe outs to report. I do need to review the directions for my bike computer. I tried to clear out the last ride's numbers and ended up wiping the entire thing. D'OH!
Time: 40 min
Avg speed: 15.3 mph
Animal sightings: big owl in the middle of the road, toads
Wednesday, August 5, 2009
Thursday, July 30, 2009
I love biking....have ever since I was a kid. I usually ride a mountain bike for recreation. I've never done any races. After running a couple 5k races, I've got the race bug. My hubby, cousin and I have talked about doing a sprint tri this fall. So recently I purchased a road bike.
Here's my new bike. Maybe I'll call it The Blue Blur. ;-)
It's such a smooth ride compared to my mountain bike. Tonight's ride around the neighborhood with 2 friends....
Top Speed: 21 mph
Not quite a Blue Blur, but I'll work on it!
Tuesday, July 28, 2009
Tuesday, March 10, 2009
I have never been a runner. I always wanted to be able to run…more than 100 yards. I can bike for miles, swim, but I can’t run. Since my friend Denise had come so far in her running, it motivated me to give running another try. My goal was to be able to run a 5k without stopping to walk.
This all started in about October 2008.
I found a great 10 week beginning running program on line. It was perfect for my level of training. The first week was one minute of running, one minute of walking for 20 minutes. Second week was two minutes of running, one minute of walking, etc until you built up to running 20 minutes. I trained on my treadmill in the house. Well, I slacked on the training program and never finished past 6 weeks. I was up to running 6 minutes at a time. I knew I could do more but I didn’t push myself!
I decided to register for the Gasparilla 5k and either be ready or die trying. My husband also registered and committed to running with me instead of leaving me in the dust. He was a runner since high school. A 5k would be easy peasy rice and cheesy for him.
Two days before Gasparilla, my last day to run before a day of rest, I thought it best that I actually ran outside at least once before the race. I ran 1.84 miles in a strong wind before I gave up and went home. See what I mean…you runners are probably laughing at my 1.84 miles! It’s OK…I laughed at myself. I also thought I would die running Gasparilla’s 3.1 miles. In all my “training” I didn’t even make it to 3.1 miles.
I was nervous Gasparilla morning. My goal was to finish the race in 45 minutes or less, not puke or pass out. I succeed in all three! Mike and I finished in 36 minutes 9 seconds. I did have to walk a couple times, but limited it to only one minute each time. The race was fun and not nearly as bad as I thought.
Or was it like child birth….adrenaline and time dull the memories of pain and suffering. Either way…. I finished my first 5k!!
Wednesday, March 4, 2009
Having never grown up with snow, I love playing in it! Fortunately, so do our boys! We visited Jodi & Bobby's new place on Christmas Day.
Bobby bulldozed through some earth to create a great sledding hill (it was done before we got there). I was ecstatic that the new house was just as much fun as the old.
Mike & Jared
Dylan with his sheet of ice
Tubing here we come! This was the first year the boys were old enough to go tubing on their own. Jared dove right in and loved it! Dylan needed to spend some time on the bunny slopes first but eventually made it to the big hills. I'm so proud of both of them!
Down came the rain and washed the snow away. On Saturday, it warmed up to a FL winter. We got a full day of rain. The snow pretty much melted where we were staying. I wanted to go to Niagara Falls that day. But we postponed the visit for Sunday. Mike wouldn't be joining us because he had tickets to the Bills game.
On Sunday came the hurricane force winds! It didn't seem that bad at the house so we braved the falls anyway. Whoa! The winds were 10x worse at the falls! I was afraid Dylan would be blown away.
What a terrific trip! A bit long but still enjoyable. Our pets at home were starved for our attention. We were all glad to be back in sunny FL.
Thursday, January 15, 2009
Jared's face and nose were cold. After much whining, he found a solution. He could see through the hat and walked around the streets of DC with it covering his face. That's my Jar!
Here we are in front of the Washington Monument. The boys obviously see something we don't.
The walk to the Lincoln Memorial. Little did we know, the individuals walking on the left of the reflection pond, chose their route poorly. Unfortunately we also chose the left and had to step over much duck doo. Blah!
One of Jared's friends from school and Cub Scouts was also in DC the same time we were so we met up with them for dinner and site seeing. What a small world.
The next day we hit the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History. Such and amazing place with so much to see AND free admission. One of my favorite sections was the Hall of Geology, Gems, and Minerals which included the 45.52 carat blue Hope Diamond. *gasp, ooh, ah* It was gorgeous and ginormous!
Dumb, Dumb - Give me gum gum !
The White House at Christmas time...a beautiful site. Although for us, it's our only in-person site. Notice the sharp shooter on the roof. Jared saw that too and excitedly shouted it to the crowd. Gotta love his energy and enthusiasm.
We had a great time in DC. Off to the snow storms in NY!