Thursday, July 31, 2008

Summer Days

So, I got a used Prowler bike trailer at a garage sale on Saturday. I have been wanting one for a while but never got one because we didn't have any bikes and we didn't really have the extra money to spend on one. Some of them are almost $500! Well, on Friday this lady was selling a really nice Bell one for $75, but that was too much. You can buy a new one, although, not extremely nice for $100. So on Saturday after my early runs, I usually walk around the neighborhood before I go home and check out the different garage sales. It is around 8:30am so I am there early enough where all the good stuff isn't gone. I went to this house that was selling tons of baby stuff and she was selling her bike trailer for $35. It looked practically new. There were no scratches or problems. So I ran home and told Scott about it. I hurried back and got it because I thought for sure someone would snatch it up if I didn't. I am so excited about it.
On Tuesday, my friend Emily and I went on this great bike trail with our kids. I borrowed one of her bikes. We biked about 5 miles and then stopped and had our sack lunches. We were going to go another 2.5 miles to Nine Mile Falls, but the kids were getting a little restless. It was already almost 1pm. So we just biked back and we were home by 2pm to get the kids down for their naps . It was so much fun and I forgot what a workout biking is, especially going up the hills pulling both the kids behind me.

On Wednesday I went to the recycle center and on the way home we hit the thrift store in our town that is only open 3 days a week. I like going there because I can always find cheap shoes for the kids, and the kids each get a free book. After I was there for a while this lady came in who said she had a bike to donate. She said she had only used it twice, and I kind of believed her because she was really overweight. As soon as they brought it in I went and looked at it. It wasn't super awesome or anything, but it was a nice "Huffy like" 15 speed purple girls bike. It really did look like it was in great condition, except for a little rust spot on the handle bars. So I bought it for $22! I was so excited. I have already used the trailer 3 times and the bike twice!
So, I got everything, including 3 bike helmets for $60! Isn't that great??

Tonight while Scott was having a meeting at our house, I took the kids to the park that is about 5 miles away. It was a good bike ride and fun for the kids. It is such a fun summer activity and I figure Kirye will still be able to go in it 2 years from now. Now I also have a bike if I want to do the triathlon that is coming up.

Tuesday, July 29, 2008


Can I just say how much I love bulk stuff! I almost wish I had a bigger family just so I could go and get a bunch of bulk products. Today after my run I walked past this garage that had some bulk toilet paper and kleenex and something else, and I just wanted to run to Costco and stock up. It's weird...I get this crazy feeling when I'm in Costco, like I have to have a 5 pound jar of hummus, even though we will only eat 5 ounces!! I do like getting toilet paper, paper towels, detergent, soap...things that won't expire. Oh, and don't even get me started about their bakery items. I can't walk by there without wanting to buy each different dessert. I usually can't get them though because they are so huge, and unless we have company over, there is no way we can eat it all.

So, last night I did the stair climbing machine and lunges, this morning I ran 8 miles, and then later my friend and I are going biking with the kids and the trailers. I have a feeling I am going to be sore tomorrow!

*****I forgot to post this yesterday.*******

I am totally sore today...mostly in my buttocks area....from all of the lunges I did at the gym! When I try to sit down is when it hurts the most.
My kids are on something already today. They both slept in until past 8:30, so I don't know what is up with them. I think I need to go put Kirye down for a nap, and Ryley needs to go run around outside.

Friday, July 18, 2008

Spidey Sense

Yesterday we went to Wal-Mart to pick up a few things. Ryley needed some new toothpaste, so I asked her if she wanted the princess kind or the Dora kind. She picked up another one and said, "I want the Spiderman kind." I don't know where in the world she got that. We have never watched Spiderman with her or any Spiderman cartoons, so I can only guess she got it from a commercial on Nickelodeon or something.
Ryley rarely watches tv anymore. She used to watch at least 1 episode of Dora a day. Now she either doesn't watch any tv, or a few clips here and there. She does like Funniest Home Videos, which I think is cute. On Monday I rented Alvin and the Chipmunks for her and she watched it 3 times in less than 24 hours. It is fun that she can start watching movies like that and making it through almost all of them. Scott took her to see Wolly the other day and she made it through about an hour of the movie.
Our friends Greg and Cory are having their baby today. I think they were at the hospital by 6am, so I am curious to know if the little guy is here or not. I need to go text them. Good luck guys. We love you!

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Novo-can I get my face back

I went to the dentist yesterday to get a hole filled where some enamel had chipped off. My appointment was at 10 and I probably got my novocaine shot at 10:30. Well, I was numb for 5 hours! I didn't start feeling my face again until around 3:30! It stunk too because all I had time to eat before my appointment was a piece of toast. And you know when you are numb, if you try to eat it doesn't work that well.
Speaking of dentists, Ryley's teeth are looking a lot less grey. I am think the color might be slowly coming back in to them. Thank goodness. Ryley is just so cute. She is growing up so fast. I can't believe she is almost 3! She catches on to things so quickly and will say the funniest phrases. The other day she said, "Mom, Jesus likes when I give Kirye hugs and kisses." We are trying to help her be nice to her brother. Last week we took her to the track where I was doing some speed work. She decided she wanted to run like mommy, so she ran all the way around the track, IN HER FLIPFLOPS, without stopping. I was amazed! I hope I have a little runner on my hands.

Monday, July 14, 2008

Run Like A Girl

This weekend my friend Melanie and I drove to Portland for a 10K race called Run Like A Girl. It was an AWESOME weekend! We stayed with her mom and aunt and we had such a good time. We drove down on Friday and just hung out with her brother and some of his friends that night and Saturday night. Her family is awesome and they have such a close was just fun to be around them.

The race was on Sunday morning at 7:30am. That meant we had to be up by 6am, but it worked out fine, even though I only got 5 1/2 hours of sleep! The race started and I was up in front, and within the first 1/2 mile I was leading the pack. There were probably 200 other runners that started at 7:30 (there was another group of 450 runners that started at 9am). I didn't know this, but the 7:30am starters weren't being officially timed. I guess if you signed up to run early, people didn't care as much about being timed or "racing" per se. I kept thinking people would start passing me, but I won the race and I couldn't believe it. I ran the 6.2 mile course in about 53 minutes, but I think I could have run faster if there was someone in front pushing me to run faster.

After the race, I talked to the guy who organizes the race and he told me I should have run with the 9am group...but what could I do. Now I know for next year.
I looked on line this morning and found out that the top finisher ran in about 48 minutes. Out of the 450 people that ran later, I would have come in 17th place and finished 3rd in my age group. I was so happy with the race. It was so fun and the trails were crazy, but I loved it. At times I was flying so fast downhill I thought I was going to fall and roll down!! I can't wait to do my next 10K or half marathon. I am probably going to do a half marathon in September. Running just makes me so happy and when I race my adrenaline is pumping like crazy and I remember why I love to race competitively! Today I took the day off because I am a little sore from all the downhill parts, but tomorrow I am back on the road!

Tuesday, July 8, 2008

July 4th and Purple Teeth

Ryley at the parade.

Kirye would NOT look at the camera!

The Rock Band...Elyce and Kirye are groupies.

Playing outside

Notice the purse in his hands.

$1200 of fireworks!!

Ryley and her cousin Kaylee snuggling while watching the show!

We had an awesome 4th! In the morning we went to my sister's house and had a huge pancake breakfast with the works. There was a fruit bowl, scrambled eggs, and some really good turkey sausage. It was so good! Actuallly, before that they had a mile fun run. It started at 8am, so we didn't get there in time. I was up at 5:30 anyway for an 8 mile run, so I wasn't too sad I missed it.

Then was the parade. My sister organized it with neighbors and friends. It was so much fun and we even had people come out of their houses and watch. There were a lot of kids, which made it fun. We waved flags and rode bikes and strollers and threw candy and marched to patriotic music. And then all the kids had popsicles. It was perfect.

Later in the day, we had a bbq with my sister and our friends. I just love bbq's! Scott and my cousin Braden and our friend David played Rock Band for almost 2 hours. Scott was the lead singer and did a great job...and it was his first time!

After the bbq we all came home and slept. I was so tired. Later that night we had our friends over for fireworks. Our neighbors spent $1200 on fireworks, so it was like our own Stadium of Fire in our backyard! It was awesome. Ryley didn't go to bed until 11pm! I just love the 4th of July and I feel so blessed to live in this country!

So, about 2 weeks ago I noticed Ryley's teeth were looking a little grayish, purple. I told Scott and he looked online and we thought maybe she was getting too much flouride. Well, I wanted to be sure what was going on, so I got her in to the dentist pretty quick. Come to find out she somehow bumped her mouth and her 2 front teeth are half-way dead! I say half way because they took an x-ray and the root has not been damaged. I almost started crying at the dentist! I was so sad, but hopefully they will go back to her normal color. I was so scared the root was damaged and that she would have to go 3 more years without any front teeth. In the last post you can kind of tell her front teeth are discolored. Crazy huh?