Wednesday, August 31, 2011
Friday, August 26, 2011
Thursday, August 25, 2011
Wednesday, August 24, 2011
We have been keeping busy! Ryan is in Asia somewhere...not sure which country at the moment.
The kids enjoyed playing with cousins late last week.
Lyla is showing Jackson how to toughen up....
We have kindergarten orientation this week and then I am headed back to CT this weekend.
Tuesday, August 16, 2011
Thursday is Ryan's birthday. While we were shopping this week, Aly found a magazine with cake balls on the front. She insisted that we buy it and make then for her dad. I resisted but she was pretty adamant that she knew this was the kind of cake that daddy would want.
So tonight we started the process...baking the cake. No joke, I think Aly sat and watched the timer and annouced all but about 5 of the minutes. If I only knew that they would watch the oven in earnest...I would be baking turkey dinners nightly.
Somehow I think tomorrow is going to include a lot of tasting and not a lot of dipping!
Tuesday, August 9, 2011
Last night I bought the girls boogie boards. Truth be told, I was not sure if they were going to be able to do it. The waves this am were pretty big..I think there is going to be a storm later this afternoon.
Well, they LOVED it. I stayed up at the condo while Jackson napped and Ryan took the girls. I came down to the beach and this is what was going on...
The waves were huge as the tide was coming in and we had a great time.
Monday, August 8, 2011
There is just something about the beach that makes everything okay. We arrrived this afternoon and headed to the beach right away.
We played in the HUGE waves and then came back to the pool at the condo...it was so fun. The water at the pool was bathwater warm and the kids loved it.
We headed down to the Wildwood boardwalk for dinner and to check out the rides.
More pics to come but blogger is SUPER slow here!
Saturday, August 6, 2011
Tomorrow I get to race. An Olympic distance triathlon close to home, both of these are new feats for me. When I picked up triathlon in 2009, after Brianna was born, it was due to peer influence. Girls night out = Team in Training happy hour and there you have it, I was signed up for St. Anthony's in Florida. Props to my friend Susan who got me into this stuff. I am not sure Ryan is really thanking you though ;)
The season was fun and very low key...at St. A the swim was cancelled due to the waves. So I came home and signed up for a local olympic, I wanted to at least do one Oly before I called it good. At that one I got a flat...I finished... but without the time that I hoped. In the end I completed the HyVee Oly successfully. Then I met my friend Erica, also a triathlete..and every morning no fail she was at my house. We either biked or ran or both. We never worried about pace or garmins or speed...we just chatted and trained. We finished the season together at the Hartford Womens Tri, a super fun beginners sprint. By then we knew we were getting relocated to Philly and I was pregnant with Jackson
In 2010, I lived through Erica...she finished two HIM and some local races..I sat on the sidelines waiting for Baby Jackson....hoping to jump into late fall stuff. Then I got really sick after he was born and it was all I could do to pick up running...so 2010 ended with no tris but the fire was burning.
So tomorrow I get to tow the line for my first Olympic of 2011. While Erica and I have switched roles, she is on the pregnant sidelines, awaiting their new arrival. I will wait for her to tackle the FULL one ;) In 2011, I wanted to become more serious and learn how to swim, bike, and run effectively. Using a coach has made a huge difference to the way I train. I have made some big improvements in running and I have actually gotten into the water prior to a race (In 2009 I only swam when I was racing). I won't lie and say I love the bike.....it will be happily put away for a good two months after September 10th, and maybe we will be friends in 2012...no promises
I am super excited to race tomorrow, even though the weather us supposed to be terrible. Then we are off to the beach. Ryan is off next week and his travel schedule for the next 4 months borders on insanity. I think he hits Hong Kong, Indonesia, Cambia, some part of Korea, and I am sure China will see his smiling face at some point. We will see each other in passing I think during the remainder of August and September. So we are going to enjoy next week as our little family of 5...after tomorrow.
Friday, August 5, 2011
We are back in PA...after a quick trip to NH...we headed to StoryLand with the cousins...and if I never see another twisty ride again, I will be okay!
and most certainly the turtle tilt a whirl that did Shelley in...I am pretty sure this will be the last solo girls trip to StoryLand..by the end of the morning the adults were too ill to ride with the not tall enough children.
Best of all we put them all to bed in one room...any guesses on who stayed up the latest. It might have been a tie between Jack and Lyla..but Jack managed to manuever his pack and play over to the door and open it...so he could see what was going on in the other room.
We did get to visit with Cinderella....which made Aly's day!
We are off to the beach next week!