One day while driving along with the kiddos, we passed two women running together on the sidewalk. Evelyn was all excited and yelled, "Look mommy, cool runner girls like you!!" :)

Monday, February 21, 2011

Outdoor Fun

The weather here has been beautiful the past few days --- cold -- but beautiful!!! I have been taking advantage of every minute of it :) Here are the kids playing with an awesome toy they got for Xmas (Thanks Melissa!). It is a Stomp Rocket --- the kids stomp on that red foot thing and the rocket goes flying up in the air (and then they chase after it, repeat over and over, and get really tired in the process). Highly recommend this toy --- Endless fun!!
Since Travis and I both had today off, we made plans to head to Snoqualmie for some snow tubing. We had a blast! I was surprised how big the hill was, and surprised how fast we went! We all rode with the kids on our laps (Jim and Lucy were there, too) -- and they were smiles from ear to ear :) We also got a workout -- instead of using the "tow lane" (which has hooks that pull you back up the hill), most of the time we opted to skip the line and make the trek back up the hill on foot... pulling the kids in the tube behind us!!

Noah totally reminded me of Randy from A Christmas Story...
Back to work tomorrow -- Travis has more travel again (he gets back Saturday)... so it is going to be a busy week!

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Rock n Roll, Running & Marriage Renewal

This picture is for my brother and dad -- Noah has two favorite sweatshirts, his "rock n roll" sweatshirt... and his 4-wheeler sweatshirt (I'll post a picture of that another day). He runs around saying "rock n roll" when he wears this one :)
This is my new running motivation. I came across this today -- I think it is an old Nike ad -- but I like it :) We only have time for what we make and find time for... no more excuses!

In other news, Travis and I are participating in a marriage renewal at our church this weekend. (just in time for Valentine's Day!) It is something our parish does once a year to support & promote healthy marriages. Childcare and all meals (for us and the kids) is provided -- so that is a nice bonus!! It is going to be a long weekend -- but probably worth it. Marriage is tough, ya know?! -- I think we could all use a little revival now and then :)

Thursday, February 3, 2011

Goodbye Rain... hopefully :)

We got a little glimpse of spring recently, and so I took the kids to the park to enjoy the beautiful, brisk day :)

Evelyn is always colder than Noah... hence the fleece-lined jeans. The kids ran around and had fun --- and I got a mini-workout by doing jumping jacks and other moves to stay warm, too!!
I am looking forward to leaving the "rainy season" behind -- and getting back into our "fun at the park" routine!! I need less rain... a little bit of sunshine... and longer days to enjoy it all (right now it is dark already when I pick up the kids from school)
I'm also in need of an exit strategy from my "funk". I need to stop turning to food (my pants are seriously getting tight, again)... and find a different outlet. I usually can work-out or run to release my stress... but with Travis traveling, and being overwhelmed with work (both job work and household work), I haven't been able to get my exercise & endorphine fix. Anyone have any alternate ideas for me???
I have a few ideas for this weekend: register for half-marathon in late April/early May, do laundry, house-cleaning, catch some extra zzzz's, and get in a nice, long run. Hope these tasks will get me back on the happy-train!!