Monday, August 23, 2010

is it taper time yet?

The Chicago Marathon is fast approaching! We have been back from our trip to Wisconsin/Minnesota for 2 weeks now and it has been really, really hard to get back into running in this heat.

On August 7th Mitch and I ran the Urban Wildland half marathon in Richfield, MN. The temperature was in the 70s, and it even rained a little. Perfect! We were able to run all 13.1 miles together, only stopping to walk through a few of the water stops. Mitch finished in 2:09:58 and I finished in 2:09:59, meeting my goal of a 2 hour, 10 minute half marathon almost exactly!

And now here we are back in Mississippi where it is 100+ degrees and nice and humid. Needless to say we've both been slacking in the running department. However, in less than 7 weeks we have committed ourselves to run 26.2 miles so here we are!

Really hoping for a cold front when we have to run the 20-miler next month...

Monday, August 16, 2010

school has begun!

We love it when school starts. For one thing, the kids are still young enough to love school. For another, they drive mama crazy during the summer. And lastly, it is a lot of work having 3 kids home all day, every day. Add to that having to pause what I'm doing every hour or two to feed Riley her meals and snacks and I can't get much of anything done during the summer. I tried to have a life of my own, dragging the kids to the gym nearly every day. But I feel guilty when I drop Riley off in the childcare because I know she'll most likely just sit in the same spot the whole time. And if she does get hungry the childcare workers have to stop what they're doing and feed her every bite, while trying to entertain the other kids that are in there and that's probably not fair to them.

So anyway, yay! School!

Addison started 2nd grade. Yes she wants to be called Addison instead of Addy now. Also, a Hello Kitty backpack and Barbie lunchbox are OK for a first grader but embarassing for a second grader. Who knew?

Riley was supposed to start kindergarten this year but they wanted to keep her in preschool another year since she just got her eyegaze communication device at the end of the last school year. They wanted to get more comfortable with her on it before she went to another school and had to start over. Mostly this is a good thing, delaying the stress of starting a new school and new teachers another year. But in a way for me, I wanted her to be in kindergarten because she was supposed to be in kindergarten! Oh well, in 11 years when Rett Syndrome is cured she will be the most popular kid in her class because she will be able to drive before everyone else.
I think Riley was a little jealous when Addison's bus came first


I wanted one more picture of Riley but she was pretty determined to get on that bus when it pulled up!

If you look closely you can see her BIG smile. I'd say she was pretty excited to be going to school again!

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Wisconsin Vacation in pictures (lots!)

Late July my mom, me and the kids drove up to Wisconsin.

Along the way we ate some throwed rolls....

and stopped at a park to run around a little




at grandma and grandpa's house we relaxed on the lake
and caught some frogs

built sandcastles for them to live in

Sadie jumped off the dock for tennis balls

the girls floated

we visited with cousins and went to a waterski show






did some paddleboating (and kayaking and canoeing)

everyone enjoyed the boat rides

Addy did lots of tubing and tried kneeboarding

we rode bikes


went on a boat ride with Nana and Papa

and had a sleepover with more cousins


Our trips up North are always very fun and go by very fast!!