Sunday, June 27, 2010

Jessica went Horseback riding!

We went on a fieldtrip to a local Ranch, where the kids got to pet the animals, learn a little about ranch living- and ride horses! There was supposed to also be a pony, but the pony got sick. So it ended up being two big horses!
Jessica answered one of the "Sheriff's" questions correctly (a horse's hair is called a mane) so she was one of the first kids to go!
Look how little she looks next to that horse! I was a bit of a nervous mama, but she was in good hands. The Sheriff walked beside her the entire time, holding her in place. And of course, she had that awesome spiderman helment on, too
Izzy got a kick out of watching her!
Jessica LOVED it!
Such a proud, happy expression on her face. So, so cute

She loved it- will horseback riding be in her future? We'll see- but either way, it was super cute seeing her on that horse!
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Tuesday, June 22, 2010

PoTD continues

Picture of the day. I'm seriously loving this project- I am about a month and a 1/2 behind on the scrapbook, but totally on top of taking pictures every day. I really, really love how its documenting my/our lives right now. And the best part, I just need a solid hour, maybe 2, and I would be completely caught up! Can't say that about any other scrapbooking project I have!

A lot of the past week were w/the other preschoolers. We had rainbow week at school- one of my favorite themed weeks- but that means a lot of the preschoolers were in the pictures so they aren't all here.
With out further ado.......PoTD (all kinds of out of order)

06-19-10: Visiting cousin Amanda's- Jessica playing w/Joshua!
06-17-10: Loving having Daddy home! Schooools out for summmmer!

06-14-10: Watermellon dresses for red day!
06-21-10: Officially summer- Wild flowers in the yard
06-20-10: Fathers Day @ the WAP: Daddy & his Girls

Monday, June 21, 2010

Friday, June 18, 2010

Life can get crazy

So, I realize I have been a horrible blogger.
Life has been insane, what can I say?
Having two girls 3 and under, working 50+ hours a week, owning my own business (which is why I work so much!), going to school (and getting all A's!), as well as joining the Board of the San Diego Family Child Care Association, doesn't leave much time for anything fun. Oh, I also was training for a 1/2 marathon.
So yeah, no me time- because really, the running is the "me" time. And with running I get up insanly early (um, 4 am anyone?).
So blogging and scrapping pretty much went out the door.
At least I am keeping up with my Picture of the Day project!

Anyways, so now I'm no longer in school (finally finished my AA!) and won't be going back for awhile. I want and NEED to get more fun me time. That doesnt' necessarily include blogging, but I do want to keep it up if I'm not going to be scrapping as much.

Just felt like I should fill y'all in on why I've been MIA

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

I did it!!!!!!

I ran my first 1/2 Marathon!!!!!! Yes, I said first- I plan to do it again. I have the running bug big time. I am loving it!

I signed up for the San Diego Rock & Roll 1/2 marathon back in January. I had gotten to my goal of running a 5k (the Oceanside Turkey Trot on Thanksgiving morning) and decided that I needed new goal.

My college roomies and I plan a get together every summer- every year since graduation (um, is that 6 years now??? I'm feeling old......). I lucked out that all of them are also doing the running thing and they agreed to run the 1/2 with me! I was going to be the only 1/2 marathon virgin going in to it, and they were all nice enough to agree to run my pace so I could actually finish it!

Dani & Amelia arrived Friday night (Julia had to pull out last minute. We missed her mucho!) Right away I was laughing so hard I almost peed my pants. Man, I love my college roomies.

We just chilled Saturday morning, and drank a ton of water. We left my house around 2 to head down to SD.
We checked into a fancy smancy hotel, Westgate hotel in Down town San Diego. FANCY. Like, too fancy for us rowdy girls. But we enjoyed- check out the view! And look Hammer, no marine layer!
We headed to the Expo to sign in and get our gear. Did a little shopping and browsing, then headed to Sammy's Woodfire Grill to carb up! I was able to get a gluten free, dairy free pizza there. And it tasted fabulous.

Walked back to the hotel, goofed around in our fancy hotel robes, and prepped for the next day.
We were asleep by 9:30 at the latest- we had to get up at 4:30 am for this dang race!!!!!! But we did it without grumbling, blasted some music and got ready!
We all ate our little breakfasts- mine was gluten free toast w/pb and 1/2 a banana. Then we walked to the start line- a nice little mile walk warm up. There were sooooooo many racers out walking around!

We managed to all get into coral 19 together. We decided to skip the porta potties, cause man- they stunk. And the lines were insane.

The energy was awesome, I loved seeing everyone that was racing. People from all over the country! Its so awesome to see how runners come in different shapes & sizes, and different levels of seriousness. So many silly costumes, and also some hard core runners!

I believe it was 30,000 runners. Thats insane. Dude, we even got to run on the 163 (thats the freeway for any non-locals reading)
We keep our pace up, only stopped for a quick pee break right before mile 8. Right after that we were cheered on by Steve, Jessica and Izzy. That seriously made my run- seeing them gave me the energy to finish the race, and I was so happy that they came to cheer me on! (They couldn't meet us at the finish line because it was too hard to get to with 2 young kiddos)

Check me out- I was smiling, must be having fun!
Mile 12 was the only mile that was really hard on me, and I think it was because we decided to pick up the pace AND I just wanted to be done! In my head (and, I won't lie, occasionally out oud, too) I started to give myself this pep talk "you pushed out a almost 10 pound baby WITH OUT DRUGS. You can run one more damn mile." My friend Amelia ran right next to me and kept saying encouraging words to me, and that helped me get that crazy jolt of energy that made me sprint across the finish line
(I love that I look like possesed in that picture)
I finished!!!!! And I immediately burst into tears.
Because thats how I roll
Finished in 2 hours, 22 minutes and 9 seconds. About a 10:50 mile pace. Pretty proud of myself considering I have only been running less than a year :)

We had to stop and take goofy pictures afterwards. Love my neon pink face.
This one was for Julia. We are good flexers. :)
Making fun of the crazy subleasing roomate we had one summer. Cause we're mature like that.
After we made it back to the hotel and showered up, we headed off to get some much deserved lunch

Mexican food and Margaritas!!!!!!!

I had an amazing time, and it was made even better by my friends doing it with me. I cannot get over how amazing the human body is- dude, running for 2 hours + strait, and still having energy for the rest of the day? Crazy!

I plan on doing more 1/2's, and maybe even a full one day???? And I really hope to do more with my college roomies. Julia, you must be with us next time!

Sunday, June 13, 2010


Going to have to do a post on my 1/2 marathon, now that I have the "official" pictures.
Changed my PotD for
06-06-10: Right before the race!
You can find the next PoTD here: 06-08-10: My beautiful big girl Jessica

06-09-10: Mommy's battlewounds (losing a toenail from running!)
06-10-10: Izzy mixing up the art stations
always nice, isn't it?
06-11-10: Mommys' new obsession, kale chips
06-12-10: Orchid from Tashia for doing the 1/2! And thus my obsession with Orchids has begun....
06-13-10: Baking Gluten free zuchinni bread in matching aprons!
And let the next weekend begin.... Steve's last day of school is Wednesday, but he's still not sure what internship he will be doing this summer, so no idea how much he's even going to be home! I've got tons on my plate, as well. I will get to my 1/2 marathon post eventually....

Wednesday, June 9, 2010


Oh Miss Jessica Kathryn
You are SUCH a sass-a-frass
No other way to describe it.
We are loving your spunk, your sense of humor, but the sass?
Not so much.
When I saw these pictures, I couldnt' get over how much your personality shines through
Loving you so much
Miss Jessica Kathryn
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Monday, June 7, 2010

PoTD continues

Since my photoshoot, I've been playing around with the free editing on Picasa. Actually does a lot more than I realized! Maybe I won't need to teach myself photoshop- anytime soon anyway.....
05-28-10: so much drama.
05-27-10: Izzy loves opening the screen door
05-29-10: special day for naima's bday!
05-30-10: Water play!

05-31-10: Memorial Day BBQ w/the fam
06-01-10: Making gluten free chocochip cookies!
06-02-10: playing house with friends!
06-03-10: Watching the Gold Finches at the bird feeder
06-04-10: Naptime! Had to wake Izzy up for Picture Day!
06-05-10: Relaxing and pampering before our big race!
06-06-10: Margaritas & Mexican food after the race. We deserve it!
06-07-10: Loving the sign they made me!