Tuesday, January 27, 2015

13.1 x 2

I ended up running two half marathons over back to back weekends, the first one I took super mellow, knowing I wanted to put full effort into the second.  There is a huge difference in running 13.1 miles in a relaxed pace and running that same distance giving it all you've got.  Racing is HARD.  No matter how often you run.  I think people take for granted how much effort it takes to do this, they assume it's now "easy" because of all the training you've done, I assure you, it is not.
Can I just say I love my running group!?  They are such a great group of women.  I've really enjoyed getting to know them, and really look forward to building these relationships more in the future.  They are all so awesome and supportive of each other. 

Sunday morning we raced the Vancouver Lake Half, which is a flat, strange course that keeps bringing you near the finish line then takes you back out again.  Hopes up, and  But we knew that, and it was fine.  This race felt long to me, my energy was great the first 7 miles and then I got tired.  I started struggling to keep up my goal pace.  
I did hit my goal, even though I struggled the second half.  I ended up shaving about 3 minutes off my best time.  I finished with a time of 1:49:40, I'm happy with that.

The funniest thing happened at the race, this woman who had a great pace going stopped suddenly, dodging runners, all in an effort to pick up & move an earthworm off the path. The best part was these earthworms were EVERYWHERE, there were hundreds of them covering the path for miles and miles...only in Portland, haha
A big thank you to Jessica who always comes out to cheer me on, it really means a lot to me!! Best sister ever!!

Happy running!

Thursday, January 22, 2015

A week in photos.

Here are a few fun photos from this last week.  Love our little friends!!
These cuties just love each other!

Grandma Dorothy is our favorite! 
We went to a super fun birthday party at the movies for little Max.  We even got a tour of the projection area.  It was really cool!
Baby care, bear style.  Georgia is still part of our family.
Auntie does the best hair!
Grandma's birthday!  We had a great little dinner party here at the house.
This is how Ava set the table.  Bless her heart, she was so close!
Watching TV together
BFF Audrey. 
Norah's a ham.
I love their relationship.
Bagels!  Norah's top favorite food.
Shopping together.
Today was so beautiful we hit up not one, but TWO parks! 

: )

Friday, January 16, 2015

Norah's first haircut!

We started with a starbucks date with Grandma.  Talk of haircuts arose, both little people were freaking out, THEY DID NOT WANT A HAIRCUT!!!!
Then I told them that they could have a sucker if they got one and they were all for it!  haha
Both happy the whole time and super good followers of direction...
Such cutie pies!

They took about 5 inches off, still super cute!  I'm excited to see if it's easier to brush.  Norah's hair has always been challenging to say the least.
They are growing up so fast!!! 

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Just a few random pictures...

Love their sisterly-cuteness.  

Monday, January 12, 2015

Three cheers for cute!!

My good friend Gail hooked us up with this little outfit.  I was dying to surprise John with it on game day.  It did not disappoint.  : )

 We could barely stand how cute she looks.
John and I were much less excited about Ava's choice in outfits.  Barbie cheerleader is not our favorite.  Also donated to us, maybe shouldn't of let that one slide through. 
 Go Hawks!! 
Love our little fans! 

Friday, January 9, 2015

New Year's Fun!

We had the very best time over New Year's.  Lots of fun people came to ring in the New Year with us, it was perfect!  
I always make them run.  They loved it! : )
Me and my girl, ready to party!
Loved having Gail join us!  Her "living" down the street has been so great!  I love when the stars align and we end up in Lincoln City at the same time!
 A bunch of crazies. 
Seren is so pretty.
 There are 5 kids in this photo, can you spot them all??

 Cuter together.
 Games bring people together.  Right?
 I love how relaxed Norah was sitting on Tyler's lap.  She kept insisting he let her.
 Party animals.

 Cousin love.

 Keeley and Gail
 Nothing to see here, just Rhi dancing on her chair. 
 Vashi & Rick
 I love, love these people, and this shot.

 All four of us!!

 My little crazies.

 Tyler got woken up for the countdown and immediately asked to go back to bed. 
 A little cheesey. 
 Super Cheeseball.
 Family shot!

 Erik playing with the kids.

 The kids had such a fun night, it even ended with fireworks!
 This makes me smile.
Explaining the world, according to Norah.
 Such a great daddy and so handsome.

 Rhi braided her hair, Norah looks down and says "Oooh I have Elsa hair!!  Now don't touch it."
True to her tell-tail "Can't do my hair!"  : )
 Love my sister so much!

  I so wish I could see this wonderful woman more often!!
 Love Gail!
 Oh Erik...
 Silly boys.


 Beaver fans!
 How cute are they??
 Team work!
The modern play date. 
Ticket to Ride, Asia!!  So fun!
Vashi & Jessica
Family walk!
Love these ladies!
Her face.
A beautiful sunset that my phone just didn't do justice...

Have a great year everyone!!  As you can see, we are excited! 

Happy New Year!