Thursday, July 23, 2009

We've been busy

Much of last week was spent back in my hometown enjoying the county fair.

Despite being abnormally chilly and windy for July (it was in the mid-60s on Friday - brrrrr!) we had a great time.

The kiddo actually liked going around and looking at animals this year. He also was excited about riding the little train that goes around the fair. Last year he was too scared to ride it.

And, wonder of wonders, he even went on a few midway rides! Of course, he threw a fit when I said we were done and it was time to go home, but it's a definite improvement from last year.
Here he's enjoying the firetrucks (he really liked ringing the bell).

He was also navigator in a blue truck. He loved it.

My parents had a full house, too. Both my sisters and their kids came back for the fair and we all stayed at the farm. It was a little chaotic with five kids aged 10, 6, almost 4, 3, and 9 months, but everyone got along well and I think my parents secretly liked it (though I think dad could do without all the dirty diapers in his garage).

On Sunday, the entire family went out to eat to celebrate my parent's 40th wedding anniversary.
They were actually married on July 20, 1969 - the same day the man walked on the moon (which makes it easy for my dad to remember). I feel very blessed to have parents who are such wonderful role models for my own marriage. Things may not have always been perfect, but they worked through them together. Congratulations mom and dad. We love you!

They're leaving for a wonderful vacation in Ireland, England and Scotland. Do you think they'd notice if I stowed away in their luggage?

Things have settled down for a bit now, which is good. If only the weather would cooperate. It's been cool and rainy lately - I want summer back!

Monday, July 20, 2009

I heart faces, I mean feet!



This week on iheartfaces, the focus is on feet.

I love baby feet. They're just so precious and smoochable and tickleable (is that even a word?).

These are the kiddo's feet from a few years ago. His pants were always too long because he was so big, and I just loved the way his feet peeked out the bottom of his jeans in this pic.

Thanks to genetics, our poor kids will never have tiny feet, so I have to enjoy them while I can. I'm sure in about 13 years, the kiddo will have size 16 feet like his daddy.

Stop on over at iheartfaces to check out more feet pics!

Monday, July 13, 2009

i heart faces - pets!



This week on iheartfaces, the focus is on "sports in action" and pets. Seeing as how I don't have any action shots of any sports-related things on my hard drive, I'll have to go with a pet photo.

This is Ripley, our first "child."

She's a Rat Terrier/Spitz mix dog we adopted from the local shelter a few months after we got married. She's smart -- too smart sometimes -- and a great dog, even if she does shed. A lot.

She's not too fond of the fact she's been knocked down to 3rd child after the kiddo and kidlet (nor is she too happy the kidlet has discovered grabbing the dog's tail is "fun". She does like the fact the kidlet has started eating finger foods because more usually ends up on the floor than in the kidlet's mouth.). But she's a dear, and very protective of our family. How can you resist those eyes?

I can't wait until we move out into the country and Ripley has some room to run around and chase the squirrels. She won't know what to do with herself! Check out the other cute pet and sports photos at iheartfaces.

Sunday, July 12, 2009

Going the distance

Well, we did it.

My sister and I successfully ran a 5k this weekend.

See:

That's my sister in the white and green and me in the turquoise and black. We're about 100 yards (maybe?) from the finish line.



Here we are about 20 minutes or so after the race. Forgive the sweatiness and redness of our faces. I figured we're okay with not looking our most glamorous after running 3.17 miles.

We had two goals: to run the entire race - no walking - and to finish under 35 minutes. We managed both. We finished at 34:10, which is exactly an 11-minute mile pace. We won't be setting world records by any means, but it's not to shabby for two non-runners who just started training in May.

I don't know if we'll do another race soon or not. My knees and ankle need a rest. But it feels good to have accomplished this.

I'll keep walking, and I've also jumped on the 30-day shred bandwagon. One way or another, I'm going to lose all the baby weight I gained from the kidlet.