Sunday, March 7, 2010
Garth is in China, the girls are in bed, and I'm avoiding the dirty dishes in my kitchen. I decided to check out some blogs and take a peek at my own since I had forgotten what it looked like. I discovered Hannah had played around with my blog and added the last two entries herself! What a little stinker. I guess that's what happens when you make your 10 year old daughter (who is now 11) an author on your blog! I've learned my lesson and just removed her. I am actually amazed at how computer savvy our kids are these days. I love you Hannah!
Thursday, December 3, 2009
Tuesday, December 1, 2009
Sunday, October 11, 2009
A week and a half before the Portland Marathon I decided to run the race. Since June I've run two half-marathons and one 10K so I figured now was the best time to run a marathon. I'm not pregnant nor do I have a small baby (my baby just turned 2!) and my body physically is in better shape then it has been in a long time. My goal was to finish the race between 5 and 6 hours and I reached that with 5 hours 34 minutes. A marathon has always been a life long goal that I thought I'd never accomplish, but I DID IT and it feels wonderful. Running the marathon was an amazing experience that I would definitely do again . . . but I'd want to share the experience with people I love. . . like my parents and Garth. . .hint, hint. . .you have a year to get in shape and ready to run/walk!! Thanks for all your support Garth and my girls. I couldn't have done it without you! Here's a little slide show from the event:
Tuesday, June 9, 2009
Monday, January 19, 2009
I'm a little slow, but I am finally getting around to posting about Christmas. This year we spent Christmas at home in Oregon. So here's the low down: Before we open presents we have a tradition to give a present to Jesus. We each write down our gift on a piece of paper and keep it in a special tin all year. While the kidos patiently wait to open presents we eat homemade monkey bread (like they won't get enough sugar from Santa! How did this tradition start?). Finally, time for presents. It was fun to watch Alizah get so excited about her gifts! The best part about Christmas morning is watching my happy, smily children open presents. Then they crash from the ultimate sugar high and I want to go back to bed. . . . . but instead we hop in the car and head 2 hours down to Eugene to be with Garth's family. I have 2 highlights from Eugene.
Highlight #1: White elephant gift exchange. The gift exchange is a fun tradition in Garth's family started last year. Garth got the best gift when he was in China. CHICKEN FEET! Real chicken feet to munch on. They eat them for a little snack. Yuck!! Garth bought them at a rest stop/convenience store. They were the treasured item of the evening! My contribution to the gift exchange was some "Vive Italiano" lip gloss I made from scratch with my sister when she came in town. (We added a little bit of garlic - well, actually a lot of garlic!) We are not completely mean so we also added other gifts to the pot, but I think we'll be remembered for chicken feet and garlic lips! What a great combo.
Highlight #2: Playing hockey. It's another tradition to play hockey the day after Christmas. I had an absolute blast and used muscles that haven't been used in a very long time. I was sore from my dairier down to my feet, but would do it again in a heart beat. My girls even liked it! Thanks Paula and Brad for the good time.
Overall Christmas was a success and I am grateful I shared that special time with family because family is where it's at - the fabulous, the good, the bad, and the ugly, but I'll take it all because I love my family!
Friday, January 9, 2009
Alizah's first true friend is JoJo, a mini dachshund! Our friends share her with us and we have "adopted" JoJo and love her as part of our own family. (Mother's Note: It's quite nice because we can dog sit, visit her anytime we want, and love her like our own pet without having to take care of her full time! Highly recommend it!) Today is JoJo's 1st birthday so I thought we'd walk down JoJo memory lane!
What a great friend!
We love you JoJo! Happy Birthday!