Sunday, May 22, 2011

Kay's Visit

My li'l sister Kaylee came to visit at the end of March. Dale took some pictures at the park one of the days, and I just like these ones.

It's like GQ for babies... Seriously love this one.

Mason and Kay doing the scrunch face.

Mason giving hugs, with Brighton. And notice the couch- it's been sitting in my dining room for months! So glad it's done.
Brighton (with a cape today), Kay and Mason.

Kaylee cut my hair and colored it for me. She's so awesome.

I mean, yes, we're awesome.

Kay, I miss you! I had so much fun with you here- thrift store rummaging just isn't the same without you! I mean, it's still fun, and I'll go, but a little more fun with you around.

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Yakima Marathon

**I saw that I never actually hit "publish post" for this way back when I first wrote it- oops!**

I ran my very first marathon in Yakima, WA on 02 April 2011. Here are the highlights:
It was a gorgeous sunny day, a chilly 50 degrees, and a little windy (thanks, Yakima) but felt like great running weather. I was just glad that I'd sacrificed fashion and had invested in a nice pair of running sunglasses a few months ago. We stayed the night in Ellensburg, right by the starting line, and Dale woke up early to walk me to the start. That's me- right there in the black capris and jacket with the white hat. I was getting so nervous!

And waiting...
Getting fired up with a little Brittany Spears.

My race number!
And we're off!
Getting lost in the pack.
Rounding the first turn, and then we were on a completely closed course following the river.

I felt awesome. I got to mile 14, took a bathroom break and tried to eat something. Looking back, I should have eaten a little earlier to get me through those middle miles. The theory behind my training plan (article read here, more info here) was training for the second half of the race and to teach me how to run on tired legs. I felt great and totally prepared, so if you're looking for a plan, I really REALLY liked this one and will probably stick with it for the rest of my life. I just had to keep telling myself, "You've trained for this. You're stronger than you think you are. You can do hard things." That mantra, and my music, are what got me through.

I felt really good and strong until about mile 22 when it started to go uphill and my body literally felt like it was shutting down. My goal was to not walk at all, but I could not will my legs to run. They felt so heavy! So I alternated- ran 1 minute and walked 30 seconds- until I got to the top of that hill (3 miles uphill, thank you very much) and once I got to the top, it was downhill to the end.
My awesome family waiting for me- little Mason.

Brighton and my sister, Kaylee. They made me some fabulous signs! I wonder if Chuck Norris has ever run a marathon? Maybe I've got him beat : )
Mason running up the hill.
Brighton, I don't know what she's doing.
Kaylee and Brighton with signage and cow bell.
Dale and Brighton.
There I am coming up the final mini hill, in the blue.
Do you know how much energy it takes to wave at the end of a marathon? I probably should have saved it to keep running...
Oh no! Double wave? What was I thinking? Oh yeah- I'm freakin' awesome!
Trying to focus and finish strong.
Final wave, and across the finish!

I got a pink rose, a medal, a space blanket and several glasses of water after that...
Dale asks me at this moment, "Are you ever going to run a marathon again?" to which I reply, "Well, not anytime soon..."

My goal was to finish under 4 hours, and I'd trained to keep about a 9 minute/mile average, and I finished in 3:53:18. That's an 8:55 average pace! I'm pretty proud of myself for maintaining that same speed over the entire race.

It was a smaller race with only 485 people- 301 of them being men, 184 women. I got 128th place overall, 28th place in the women, and 8th place in my division- 25-30 year old females. Oh, and I passed a whole bunch of men! (Not gonna lie, that made me feel really good.)

It was totally awesome and I'm so glad that I did it. I'd wanted to do one since I was in high school, so it felt really good to check it off my list- but don't worry, there will be plenty more marathons in my future!

Earth Day

I think it was Earth Day, I could be confused, but either way, Dale and Brighton came home with some trees and planted them together.
Brighton helped pack the dirt around.

And then she started talking to the tree, telling it how cute it was, and so little.

Now for the second tree.

Quite the little gardener we have.

Time to water!

"I can do it by myself, dad."

All done!
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B and M's Fashion Corner

Mason looks so handsome here, in a shirt my dad wore when he was little. So cute.

Every now and then, Mason will dress up, or allow Brighton to dress him. She went with a fireman hat, cat neck pillow and two scarves. Excellent choice.

Brighton just went with a tutu today, but the tape measure and dinosaur were the accessory choices for the day.

Oh, and her ballet slippers, how could I forget!?
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On A Walk

We enjoyed some of the random sunshine of April with a walk down to the park. Brighton was in serious mode and wouldn't kiss me.

But she did pretend to be flying.

Higher and higher!

Then we helped her climb a tree.

The kids and I ran back and forth across this field until Brighton said she "needed to rest."


It was another cold and wet Easter (surprise, surprise) and the kids were kinda sick so daddy stayed home with them from church. Mommy went in her fabulous red dress (I love LOVE this dress, I wish I could wear it everyday) and gave a talk and enjoyed church all by herself. But the Easter Bunny still came! Rain or shine, I love that rabbit. He actually called Dale while I was upstairs with the kids and told him that he just came, hid the eggs and left a surprise on the back porch.

The kids were so excited! Brighton got a big smile and was like, "what!? the Bunny was here, and I missed it?!" and ran downstairs. He left us some baskets full of fun stuff!

There were recorders (you blow in the other end, Brighton),

And darts (not for your ear, mister).

And some yummy treats.

That bunny was so silly! He hid eggs in the house! In the kitchen,

Behind the chairs,

And even in the pantry.

Some of the eggs were filled with candy (that was probably too big for baby mouths. Think about that next year, bunny.)

And some had raisins and homemade chocolates!

We found all the eggs!

Time to play with our cool new toys!

These dart guns were such a huge hit,

Even dad wanted to play.

Hope you all had a fun Easter too! Family, we missed you!
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