Tuesday, September 13, 2016

My Ironman

My husband has been training for this past weekend LITERALLY for over a year, he worked his tail off and last weekend, he did it. He finished his first Ironman. {And for the sake of our family hopefully his only for a while - it was draining on us all.} We had a great time in Madison, we had a marvelous hotel located a block and a half from the finish line and we loved doing a little bit of exploring around the city. We went over on Thursday and my parents came over Friday night and we all left Monday. It was great to have my parents there to help with Lucy.  Some non-race highlights in Madison were: the farmer's market around the capitol on Saturday, the endless hours in the hotel pool, the divine food on State Street, and the time spent together.

He did well and I seriously couldn't be
more proud of him. He trained HARD for a year, with some weeks getting up and around 30 hours of training. He was dedicated and rarely missed a workout, even with his major bike crash a month ago, leaving him with a broken wrist he still kept training. He had to wear a wrist brace as a result, however, it didn't slow him down. Marc claimed after seeing the event and being around it and hearing all of the hype I would want to do it. While I have enjoyed a triathlon in the past, I have ZERO desire to ever do an Ironman at this point in my life. Maybe someday down the road when my days aren't filled with diapers, sleepless nights, mountains of laundry, and pure chaos.

The Ironman consists of: 2.4 mile open water swim, 112 miles on the bike, and a 26.2 mile run - the first cannon goes off at 7:00am and you have to cross the finish line by midnight! While it was fun and impressive to watch some of the pros come in early into the evening what was even more impressive was watching those who came in the last two hours and even the last half hour. There was a ton of raw emotion and endurance there that is over the top inspiring. Marc ran with two other guys from our area - these three men have been training together all year and they have worked hard to say the least! We were all very very proud of them all. On Sunday night when we all finally laid our heads to rest, I was exhausted from moving all over the course just watching them and chasing a toddler, I can't imagine how they all were feeling.

Thursday, September 8, 2016

Post #2

I am marking it down as pure victory that I have managed to even make it to a second post in two weeks, after a week gone, this is progress folks, I am taking it slowly but surely. Life this week is going okay, we kissed summer goodbye in our own traditional sense, living in lake country there is a constant flow of traffic of folks coming out of the cities to spend their weekends at the lakes. While yes, this grants us many amenities we wouldn't otherwise be able to have it also makes life for locals a little nuts. So on Labor day for dinner you can find many locals filling our favorite restaurants that are now emptied again. Our favorite is a local pizza/mexican place that sits on one of the lakes. We feasted on what is known as Macho Nachos {YUM} - it truly is magical.

Other than that our week has been fairly
uneventful. Luc has been SUPER into helping and so whatever we are doing in the kitchen or wherever, she is not far behind and wants to pull her kitchen stand up to the counter to help stir or whatever job we will give her. It has taken some getting used to having her "help" and I know some day she really will be a big help when it comes to cooking and other projects, now it requires patience and a positive attitude on my part, yes, I can get it done quicker by myself, no she won't learn how to do it, no she won't have the joy of knowing she helped, and yes, I will miss out having her by my side and seeing the pride as she knows she helped to do something. It is worth it - I keep reminding myself. Parenting is tough work, parenting is good work, parenting is endless work, and above all else parenting is indeed holy work.
Now that the weather has cooled off and the bugs are diminishing we are finding ourselves outside quite often: biking, walking, taking wagon rides, walking through the state park, & enjoying the swing set and fire pit again. We are attempting to soak this all in before we find ourselves buried under feet upon feet of snow {I am in fact looking forward to some elements of winter and am praying for at LEAST one massive snow storm that just shuts everything down for a day or two unexpectedly - living up this far north I feel like we should at least get one good snow storm to shut everything down every year}. I also find myself trying to soak up my last few months with only one kid, remembering that soon I will need to learn that balance of two kids, two mouths to feed, two tiny humans to love, I know there will be great joys but it will also be an adjustment for us all. Bring on Fall, bring on all things pumpkin, bring on the warm sweaters and the jeans & hoodies that have been hiding away in the closet, bring on the cooler weather, and all things fall. I am ready. There is at least a dozen Pumpkin Spice Latte's calling my name!

What are you most looking forward to this fall?

Friday, September 2, 2016

A Nearly 1 Year Lapse

It has been almost year and I find myself missing this mostly quiet corner of the interwebs, and I am toying with the idea of coming back... how often, I don't know, but I think I am going to aim small so that I don't easily become overwhelmed and attempt to post at least once a week. Doable? Maybe.

A brief catch up, Lucy turned two this summer. I am not sure how that happened, but apparently time is flying by. Lucy is still on the small side, fierce, full of life, and has caught the love of Disney {which makes my heart sing}. She loves: Little People, books, Mickey Mouse Clubhouse, being outside, playing with her puppy, and being with friends and family. While I enjoyed the baby stage {who doesn't love the smell of a sweet baby and the nearly never ending snuggles} I am truly LOVING this stage of independence, even though there are days when it drives me nearly crazy. I love that Luc is developing a personality and has opinions about certain things. It now takes us 12 times as long to do nearly every thing because Luc wants to try and do it herself.
  In the midst of the past year I also discovered {in a bit of a surprise to us} that Baby #2 will be making an appearance {hopefully} in early December 2016 and not sooner. Let the chaos expand. Shortly after Lucy turned 1 we began the process to foster to adopt with our county and have had the opportunity to have a few kids in our home over the course of the last six months for differing time periods, anything from 24 hours to a week at a time. We aren't sure what exactly will happen there, time will tell.

Other than that I still find myself: crocheting, addicted to shutterfly, taking more photos of my daughter and golden retriever than I can even admit, working full time, and enjoying life. Of course there are still the days filled with: laundry, spilled milk, cleaning the house, and other misc. chores. Here's to more faithful updates on the blog and thanks for bearing with me in my absence {if anyone is still around}.

How are you?
What is up with you?

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

World Prematurity Day

Today in honor of world prematurity day I thought I would share our photobook from back when Lucy was in the NICU in her first 21 days of life. I continue to give thanks for the Doctors and Nurses who cared for Lucy during those early days of life. I give thanks for the people who helped her grow and be able to come home with us.
I give thanks for the doctors and nurses who tended to her as she battled RSV and so much more last winter. I give thanks for hand sanitizer that we nearly bath ourselves in cold and flu season in hopes to keep this sweet girl safe.

She has come a LONG ways from her early days and it is almost hard to remember her at 3 pounds. Thank God for medical technology and personal.

Friday, October 30, 2015

1 Week until Walt Disney World

Ahhhhh t-minus one week and I will be on a plane on my way to Walt Disney World with my parents, my husband, and our daughter. I AM SUPER EXCITED.

It is going to be TOUGH to work next week - must. focus.

In exciting news I think all of our plans are falling into place.
Photopass is reserved.
We are staying at Saratoga Springs in one of the tree houses.

Here is a glimpse into our days to come:

  • 11.6:
    • Dining Plans: Akershus Royal Banquet Hall
    • Fast Passes: The Seas with Nemo & Friends, Epcot Character Spot, Soarin
    • Other fun: Marc gets to attend the St. Jude reception for all those running for St. Jude
  • 11.7:
    • Dining Plans: late brunch at Chef Mickey's
    • Fast Passes: Buzz Lightyear's Space Ranger Spin, Seven Dwarfs Mine Train
    • Other fun: runDisney Wine & Dine Half Marathon {I AM RIDICULOUSLY excited about this}
  • 11.8:
    • Dining Plans: Mama Melrose's Ristorante Italiano 
    • Fast Passes:Disney Junior Live on Stage, Indiana Jones Epic Stunt Spectacular!, Toy Story Midway Mania!
  • 11.9:
    • Dining Plans: Be Our Guest Restaurant {Lunch}, 'Ohana
    • Fast Passes: Seven Dwarfs Mine Train, Peter Pan's Flight, Big Thunder Mountain
    • Other fun: Marc and my dad are golfing
  • 11.10:
    • Dining Plans: Teppan Edo
    • Fast Passes: Epcot Character Spot, Soarin, Spaceship Earth
    • Other fun: Lucy is getting her first haircut at the Barber shop on Main Street USA
        • Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party!
  • 11.11:
    • Dining Plans: The Turf Club Bar and Grill
    • Fast Passes: Kilimanjaro Safaris, Disney Pals at Adventurers Outpost, Expedition Everest - Legend of the Forbidden Mountain
  • 11.12:
    • Dining Plans: The Garden Grill
    • Fast Passes: Haunted Mansion, Space Mountain, Meet Mickey Mouse at Town Square Theater
  • 11.13:
    • Dining Plans: Coral Reef Restaurant
    • Fast Passes: Kilimanjaro Safaris, Meet Favorite Disney Pals at Adventurers Outpost, and Expedition Everest - Legend of the Forbidden Mountain
  • 11.14:
    • Early evening flight home

Sunday I am starting to pack since we are leaving immediately after work on Thursday.

Thursday, October 8, 2015

4 Weeks until Walt Disney World

AHHHHH Disney is coming! I cannot contain my excitement any longer - four days from today we will begin our journey to WDW. We will travel to Minneapolis on the 5th and catch a ridiculously early flight on the 6th so that we can be to WDW by noon or so.

My travel companions are: Marc {YES, my husband actually gets to come along, he has only ever done WDW in a one day trip for school back when he was in high school}, Lucy {trip #2 for her to WDW}, my parents {they haven't been to WDW since I was in high school}, Suzi {fellow Disney fanatic}.

We have the memory maker reserved so there will be photo overload when we return.

The other exciting thing is that the Food and Wine Festival will be happening while we are there and we are running the Wine and Dine Half Marathon.

This will be an AMAZING trip.

November 5

  • Drive to Minneapolis and stay at a park 'n fly
November 6
  • Fly to Orlando on an early morning flight
  • Check into Saratoga Springs Tree Houses
  • get our Wine and Dine Half Marathon packets
  • Dining Plan: Akershus Royal Banquet Hall for Lucy, my parents, and me
  • Marc & Suzi get to attend the St. Jude's benefit dinner as they had to/got to register as St. Jude charity runners when the Wine and Dine filled RIDICULOUSLY fast this year. 
  • Fast Passes:The Seas with Nemo & Friends, Meet Disney Pals at the Epcot Character Spot, & Soarin
November 7
  • Dining Plans: Chef Mickey's {Disney's Contemporary Resort}
  • Fast Passes: Buzz Lightyear's Space Ranger Spin, It's a Small World, & Seven Dwarfs Mine Train
  • Wine and Dine Half Marathon
November 8 

  • Dining Plans: Mama Melrose's Ristorante Italiano {Hollywood Studios}
  • Fast Passes: Disney Junior Live on Stage, Indiana Jones Epic Stunt Spectacular, & Toy STory Midway Mania
November 9
  • Dining Plans: Be Our Guest {Magic Kingdom} & O'hana {Polynesian Resort}
  • Fast Passes: Seven Dwarfs Mine Train, Peter Pan's Flight, Big Thunder Mountain Railroad
November 10

  • Lucy's first haircut at Harmony Barber Shop
    • Lucy desperately needs a haircut but I have been holding out so that we can have her first haircut on Main street USA
  • Dining Plans: Teppan Edo {Epcot}
  • Fast Passes: Meet Disney Pals at the Epcot Character Spot, Soarin, & Spaceship Earth
  • Very Merry Magical Christmas Party
November 11
  • Dining Plans:Turf Club Bar and Grill {Disney's Saratoga Springs Resort & Spa}
  • Fast Passes: Kilimanjaro Safaris, Meet Favorite Disney Pals at Adventurers Outpost, & Expedition Everest - Legend of the Forbidden Mountain
November 12
  • Dining Plans: Garden Grill {Epcot}
  • Fast Passes: Meet Mickey at Town Square Theater, Space Mountain, & the Haunted Mansion
November 13
  • Dining Plans: Coral Reef Restaurant {Epcot}
  • Fast Passes: Kilimanjaro Safaris, Meet Favorite Disney Pals at Adventurers Outpost, Expedition Everest - Legend of the Forbidden Mountain, & Kilimanjaro Safaris
November 14
  • Fly home

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Find Your Parks

In exciting news I was selected in the top 250 photos for the National Parks Find Your Parks, Centennial Project contest!!! I am STOKED.

However, now I need everyone to vote to get us up in the top.

If you have a few moments and wouldn't mind voting - please go on and vote:

You can vote once a day until October 15.

Thanks in advance.