Tuesday, September 29, 2009

September Sum Up

I would really like to be more consistent at posting, but since that has not recently been the case I find myself so often trying to sum up a whole month in one post.

September just flew by and I think it was because we were all back to the routine. The girls both started school at the beginning of the month. Aly is attending a Co-op I put together with a group of other moms, she goes twice a week. My sister-in-law Shanda started a Montessori preschool/toddler class in her basement, so Aly attends the Montessori school one day a week and Brooklyn attends Shanda's toddler class two days a week. Both of the girls are loving school. Despite the two very different learning styles Aly really likes going to both of her schools.

Photo of Aly's first day of school (I stole this photo off my friend Valerie's blog because I am such a photo slacker I did not have any photos of Aly's first day, but I knew I could count on Valerie for a great picture and sure enough. Thanks Valerie.)

I completed my first half marathon on Labor Day, it was definitely more challenging than I expected it to be. Part of the problem may have been splitting up a lot of running training with triathlon training, I had not done as many longer runs as I would have liked. I definitely need more practice on hydrating while running, I am horrible at hydrating like I need to. I very rarely drink anything while running and this was the first race that it really affected me. I cramped up from about mile 9 until mile 12 which really hurt my time, but still a great race.

Me and a couple of my running buddies at the starting line.

Gay, Julie and I after the race with Judy our running group coach she was nice enough to come cheer us on.

Alyson also started gymnastics at the beginning of September and she loves swinging on the rings and jumping on the trampolines.

Our little Gymnast Aly

I took a little mini vacation with the girls, Grandma and Aunt Ann to go visit Aunt Jenice in Kansas. The girls loved it, Jenice has a lot of property and the girls loved being able to play outside. Her propery is right next to a church that has a playground set and swings in the yard, Aly was so impressed she kept saying "Aunt Jenice has a park in her yard."

Uncle Dan even came up from Oklahoma and spent the day with us and it was good to see him too.

They also got there first chance to go horseback riding and they loved it when I rode with Brookie she didn't want me to hold on to the raines at all, she was determined to do it herself.

Monday, September 7, 2009

Good times Doing Nothing

August is over and I am so sad because I had a list a mile long of all the great things I wanted to do this summer and only crossed off about a handful. We have been trying to cram in as much summer fun into the last few weeks as possible.

We spent our traditional week in Vail, the best way to sum up what we did is to say ABSOLUTELY NOTHING!! well we went swimming. We go every year so we have already done a lot of the things that there are to do, but mostly after me quitting my paper out and Foote having some hard weeks at the office the most appealing vacation was one in which we did nothing. We spent our days taking naps, swimming and eating and that is about it.

Swimming at the time share we only had one scarry near drowning experience with the girls and considering we were probably in the water at least three hours a day I guess that is not bad.

Camping With the Family

We also have done a couple camping trips. One with the extended family, it was fun to have Dan and Natalee come and spend time with all of us. After all the years of camping in Colorado and constantly being warned about bears and hearing all the stories they use to scare you into making sure no morsel of food can possibly be found in your camp. We had our first bear visitors in our camp this year. Only two small black bears and they ran away as soon as we walked towards them. They were very persistent and kept coming back until they had checked out everything they thought might be holding food.

Aly loved Grandpa's hat and wore it around for most of the first day of our camping trip she didn't want me to take her picture so she refused to smile

Preston, Shanda and Dan playing with the kids in the lake when we tried to do some swimming to cool off.... that is before we got told by the campground Nazi that there was no swimming in the lake. I really wanted to ask if wading was aloud, but since there was no sense of humor detected I figured I better not.

Aly and Talia playing in the Hammock. Cousins are the best.

Brooklyn and Dad sharing some love

Our second camping trip was with my brother Preston and his family. My brothers are big hunters and spend a lot of time planning and preparing for their big hunt. So this was a family campout/scouting expedition.

Everyone trying to warm up by the fire after a cold night.

Our Beautiful campsite

Take me Out to the Ball Game

My friend Angie and I attempted to go watch the local semi-pro baseball team, the Skysox but it rained out so we swaped our tickets for another game. We chose kids eat free night and did a girls night out. The girls loved it they clapped and cheered and could not keep their eyes off of the mascot, Socks the Fox, who even stopped to say Hi. Brooklyn was brave enough to give him knucles but Aly, who is always terrified of mascots kept her distance.

The girls didn't mind the rain at all and could not figure out why everyone else did not want to come out and play in the rain

Our Second Attempt it was a beautiful evening and the girls had a great time.