Friday, November 29, 2013

10 Months

It's becoming increasingly difficult to get Kai to stay still for his monthly pictures!

Weight: 22 lbs

Clothing Size: 12-18 Months

Playing with Laithe's toys
Cuddling with the dogs

Laying on his back
Being in the walker

Finally sleeping through the night
Has taken 4 steps (at once)

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

9 Months

I tried to get Kai's 9 month picture two different times.
The first time he happily ripped off the sticker and ate half of it.
The second time I chased him around the room trying to roll him over and get a quick shot.

Weight: 22 lbs
Clothing Size: 9-12 Months

Cruising along furniture


Friday, September 27, 2013

8 Months

Weight: 21 pounds
Clothing Size: 9-12 Months

Walking holding on to furniture
Pulling himself up

Being in the walker
Staying still

How taking pictures really goes-

Thursday, August 29, 2013

Back To School Cookie Giveaway!

I've linked up with Gourmet Cookie Bouquets to sponsor a back to school giveaway!

Cookies are the perfect gift, at any time, but especially for that special kiddo in your life who is headed back to school.  Three winners will be selected to receive a Back To School themed cookie bouquet like the one featured in the above photo.
Contest ends on September 8th and winners will be notified by email.

Gourmet Cookie Bouquets has tons of creative options for any occasion, I highly recommend you check them out! 

*Winner must be over 18 and live within the continental United States*

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Monday, August 26, 2013

One Time I Did A Triathlon-

And loved it!

But I never blogged about it, because I'm too busy running a billion miles a week and eating everything in sight. And every time I get the computer out the big kid takes it over to play PBS Kids. 

It was a sprint distance- 500 yard swim, 15 mile bike, and a 3.1 mile run.

(Cecelia & I checking out the lake)

(Me, Cecelia, & Becca)

I completed the swim in 16:46. I was really surprised at my time and felt a lot better than I thought I would. 
Bike portion completed in 1:03
5k run completed in 28:01

Definitely looking forward to completing more in the future! (And blogging about it in a more timely fashion...)

7 Months

Clothing Size: 6-12 Months
Weight: 20 lbs
Teeth: 10 (It's been a rough month!)

Stage 2 Baby Food
Swimming Pools

Taking Baths
Taking Naps

(Laithe is wearing the same shirt as last month, totally on purpose)

Monday, July 22, 2013

6 Months!

Wow!  It's hard to believe Kai is already 6 months old!

Clothing Size: 6-9 Months
Weight: 19 lbs!  Whoa!

Backwards crawling
Sophie the Giraffe

Sleeping through the night

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Chicago Women's Half Marathon

Last Friday we loaded up our entire house and headed for Chicago. Seriously, traveling with two kids requires so much paraphernalia! Strollers, pack n play, toys, etc. We stopped at the Shedd aquarium on our way into the city & Laithe had a blast. We checked in to the Hard Rock Hotel and headed out to eat dinner at Rainforest Cafe...because Laithe would not allow us to eat anywhere else. 

After dinner we made the 4 mile round trip trek to Fleet Feet in Old Town for packet pickup. Last year we got a yoga mat, this year a headband (which I'm loving!)

On Saturday morning my mom & sister joined us and we headed out to lunch at the Hard Rock. 
After lunch they went shopping and we took the kids to Navy Pier. We rode the Ferris wheel & Laithe went on a few other rides. We walked around while finishing off a snow cone, then headed back to the hotel to get some rest before dinner. 
We grabbed pizza for dinner and I attempted to eat all the food in the world. Carb loading? Haha.

Sunday morning I got up at 4:30 & attempted not to wake up everyone! After getting ready I headed out to Grant Park to meet Cecilia at 5:30.  
We look pretty chipper for such an early morning! We lined up in the corral at about 6:15 & the race started right on time at 6:30.  I'm so glad the race started early, it was already getting warm. I felt good heading out and I never really hit a wall. As it got warmer I did slow down a little, especially miles 8 & 9 which were on the lake front in direct sunlight! I drank water or Gatorade at every aid station and on the second half of the course I drank 2 waters at each station. It was getting HOT! I was so thankful for the random aid station at 12.5, it definitely helped me finish the race! I set a new PR. 
An 8 minute improvement from 6 weeks ago, I hit my goal of 2:20 & I feel like I definitely could have came in under 2:15 if it wouldn't have been so hot.

Overall, I really enjoyed this race. Fleet Feet did a great job addressing bottle necking and overcrowding that happened last year. Once again the medal was beautiful! 
After the race we grabbed breakfast & then headed out to the beach-
After the beach we ate Sprinkles cupcakes and went to dinner. We ended the night with a carriage ride (while mom watched Kai in the room)

We had a great trip & I'm so happy my mom & sister were able to join us! I hope that we still live in Iowa next year so that I'm able to make it to this race again!

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

5 Months...while in Chicago's been a while!
I haven't blogged for a month.

We went to Chicago over the weekend for the Chicago Women's Half Marathon.  While we were there Kai turned 5 months!

Clothing Size: 6 Months

Sleeping: Moved into his own room and can sleep until 7

Teeth: 2

Playing in the exersaucer
Attempting to crawl

Baths (getting better!)
Not being looked at (seriously, this kid wants you to stare at him all day) least they are facing the same direction!

I'll be posting a recap of Chicago sometime this week!

Saturday, May 25, 2013

I want to do ALL. THE. THINGS.

I'm sitting at home tonight trying to figure out a training plan.
I have the Chicago Women's Half Marathon in less than a month. My best goal is 2:15, my good goal is 2:20 and my "I still did better" goal is 2:23.  Although I'm satisfied with simply crossing the finish line!
The weekend after I'm doing a Dirty Girl 5k which will be really fun and I'm looking forward to the atmosphere that accompanies that race series!

Quad Cities marathon training starts on June 2nd with the Cornbelt Running Club. Marathon training will then repeat itself immediately after in preparation for the Honolulu Marathon on December 4th.  In between I have the Bix 7 and the Rock n' Roll half marathon in St. Louis.

That's why....


500 yard swim, 15 mile bike, 5k run

on August 4th, right smack in the middle of marathon training.

I also enrolled in the NASM certification self-study course.

AND I still have two kids and a husband.

Surprisingly, I don't feel overloaded- yet.  I still want to do ALL. THE. THINGS.  Every time I see a race flier or a sign at the gym, I want to participate!  What's even harder is that I want Laithe to participate in everything too but I've resolved to only enroll him in two things at a time.  He just finished soccer and tumbling.  He will be doing swimming and tumbling beginning in June.  We're also going to sign him up for a few fun runs because he constantly asks to race. 

At this point I am going to refuse to sign up for anything else (unless of course it fits into my training plan, duh). I am hoping to volunteer at a few races this summer or at least cheer people on!

How do you pick and choose races?  Or activities for your kids?

Thursday, May 23, 2013

Four Months....and a day....

Clothing Size: 6 months (WHAT?!?!)
Major growth spurt!

Sleeping: Still wakes up at 5:30- TOO EARLY!

Anything and everything Laithe does
Our dog Annie, especially when she licks his face

Taking baths
Taking naps

Someday I am going to blog more than once a month.  I'm going to try to start now.
No promises.

Monday, May 13, 2013

Quad Cities Distance Classic Race Report

I can proudly say my first half marathon since Kai was born is complete!
Yesterday I ran the Quad Cities Distance Classic.
The course started in front of Augustana College and ended in the Augustana stadium.

My plan on Saturday was to stretch, foam roll, hydrate, and rest.
I didn't really accomplish any of those....Laithe had a soccer game, Andy took him while I stayed home with Kai and cleaned the house.  Then Laithe and I went to packet pick up.  After we got home we quickly ate dinner and then left to go to a River Bandits baseball game.  On our way home from the game Andy suggests TACO BELL, which we never eat- great idea before a race!  Haha.  Of course I couldn't resist and ate two Doritos tacos.
I was really nervous all day on Saturday.  My stomach felt like it was in knots and I kept thinking about the race.  My husbands reassured me by talking about all my training, the fact that the last half marathon I did I was pregnant, and reminding me that I literally have to just put one foot in front of the other.

I set all of my gear out so that I would be ready in the morning.  We've been running in temps that have been in the 60's and 70's but Sunday morning was going to start off in the 30's!  So it was back to running in tights and a light jacket.  I also brought a pair of gloves.

I went to bed around 10:15 and of course I couldn't fall asleep.  I would guess that I got about 4 hours sleep, I kept waking up and checking the clock.  Hopefully now that I have this half under my belt I will lose some of the race day jitters in the future.  I finally got up at 5.  I drank 2 cups of coffee and read the news, trying not to worry about the race (yeah right!).
I ate a Luna bar and a banana and headed out to pick up my friend Jamie.

We got to Augustana at 6:45 to pick up our timing chips.  We had plenty of time to stretch and try to talk away some of the race day nerves.

The race started a few minutes after 7:30.  After about a half mile I was starting to feel warm and wanted to trash my gloves.  I kept them on until I saw a trash can at mile one and I set them on top (because I'm super nice like that).  Right after the first mile is a giant hill.  Ugh, it was a killer.  A lot of people were walking up it, but I managed to run up the whole thing.  Then I felt like I would die.  Haha.  The first two miles of a run are definitely the hardest for me.  Shortly after mile 2 I had to take off my jacket.  That was a little bit of a struggle since I had to pull it off over my hat while trying to hold on to my arm I was already super sweaty so it was sticking to me.  Good thing the guy taking pictures was right there...

I knew that after mile 3 there was a good downhill section and I was already really looking forward to it!  I was getting pretty tired by the time I hit mile 4.  I took my first Gu right before the water station at mile 5 and I could feel a difference almost immediately.  

At that point we were running through downtown Rock Island and I was looking forward to the portion of the course that ran on the Mississippi river front.  As soon as I hit mile 7 I thought "Yay! Only 5 more miles!"  Then the realization hit me that 7 + 5 is not 13.  Hahaha, it was a defeating feeling to say the least. The 7-9 miles were through Sunset Park.  At about 7.5 miles there was a TREE down over the course that you had to climb over or go around. Mile 10 ran on the path directly on the riverfront...the part I had been looking forward to...was so windy and so cold.  There was dust flying everywhere and I was so thankful that I had my sunglasses.  I took my second Gu at the 11 mile marker/water station.  I like Gu, but I think I'm going to try some other things while I'm training for the Chicago Women's Half.  With Gu I feel like I have to stop and drink water or I'll die, maybe the chomps?

During mile 11 all I could think was "This is so stupid, I don't even like running this much."  Then I hit mile 12 and I was happy again.  Especially when I saw people walking back with their medals!

I crossed the finish in 2:26.  I had made my public goal under 2:30, my secret goal was under 2:25, so I was really happy with my time!  After I got my medal I grabbed a cookie and a drink and sat down for a while.  You may be wondering....why wasn't Andy there with the boys?
Kai has been sick and since it was cold I told Andy not to bring the boys out.
Luckily when I got home I got to cross another finish line-
I didn't get emotional crossing the half marathon finish line, but I definitely teared up crossing the one at home!

After stretching and taking a long hot shower, we headed out for Mother's Day brunch where I ate ALL. THE. FOOD.

Good thing my medal matched my outfit!

We finished out our day by relaxing and reading stories-

It was a great Mother's Day and I'm looking forward to running in Chicago next month!

Also....we are registered and our flights are booked to run the Honolulu marathon in December!
Marathon I come!

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