Sunday, May 18, 2008

Ladies Man

I'm in love and
it's with this blue eyed
little man who thinks he's Spiderman
(he's never seen the show but he sure loves his jammies)
I walked in the door
and Adam said "Hey gorgeous" and
Beck enthusiastically repeats
"Hi mommy gorgeous."
He doesn't really know what
it means but every time
he does it I get
a huge smile on my face.
Ladies watch out cause this little guy
already has me feeling a little
flustered and I'm his momma.

Good bye Dino Nuggets, hello spinach salad

Spring is always a time when I get in the mood to be a lot more active and heavy comfort food sounds ... well heavy and fresh veggies sound perfect. Joanne was in town last week and I got the best recipe from her and her mom, Orva. It is a yummy spinach salad with fruit and no dressing. I was a little hesitant, but I made it for dinner and not only did I love it but my kids loved it too. I had to build momentum with Beck and explain that he had to eat a little piece of fruit with each "dinosaur leaf". After a few bites he was stuffing his mouth and laughing. He kept saying "I yike it". I want to explain that on an average day my kids will eat a piece of fruit, a healthy dose of ketchup and if I top the day off with a little applesauce, that is shamefully pretty much the extent of their daily contribution from the fruit and vegetable food group. The unforgivable part of this is when I actually try, they are both pretty good sports about it. I just need to be a little better. Thanks Joanne!

Spinach Salad

I bag of spinach chopped
( Chop spinach into small pieces)
1 cup of mixed berries, thawed (Costco blend)
1 orange chopped into bitesize pieces
1 banana sliced and then each slice quartered
1/4 cup walnets chopped

Mix all ingredients in a large bowl. Serves 2 (or 1 adult and 2 kids)
The most important part is cutting each ingredient into similar size pieces so the spinach blends well with the fruit.

Mission Completed

This weekend I completed the "Women of Steel" triathlon. Before anyone gets too impressed I should explain that it is a race you should train for but not one you necessarily have to be a great athlete to do. It's a sprint triathlon created for women only. It's a 300 meter pool swim, a 12.5 mile bike, and then a 5k race. This is my second year doing it and I can't say enough good about it. It's a great race that gets a lot of support from the community. It's all about women taking care of their health and the participants range from full blown athletes running a 5 1/2 minute average mile to women who may have overcome hard physical challenges and are possibly running/walking a 15 minute mile. I fall somewhere in between the two but being my second time it was fun to look back and try to beat my time from last year. (I did so this year was a success) For any of you that are interested they post all the information on in January. Hopefully I will see lots of you gals there next year. (Especially you Audra, Joanne, Amber....Mom!....I say we plan a sister trip around it.)
Audra just reminded me about the best part of the race. The last 100 ft of the race to the finish line I came around the corner and there was my little family cheering me on. All of the sudden I heard Adam yell "Go Addy Go" and my sweet Adalynn came sprinting up to me and grabs my hand and was literally pulling me as we raced to the finish line.
You get a cute necklace that has a tri figurine on it and she
has kept mine from last year and is excited about the one this year. She
is very proud that I particpate in these races and is for sure my
biggest fan.
During the race when it becomes sort of a mental battle, she is kind of my secret
weapon. It is very important to me that I pass on a positive body image to her
in which she values the body that she has been given and does what
she can to stay active and healthy. At the point when I need
some motivation I think of finishing strong for her and the race
becomes a cakewalk, at least mentally.

Wednesday, May 14, 2008

A little creepy

Last year Adam inspired me to train for a triathlon
and I found one that I can commit to each year.
It's a women's only sprint triathlon with all of the fun
and none of the testosterone. However, I have clearly not trained
enough in the swim this year
because when I saw a group of soon to be
certified scuba divers at the bottom of the pool last night
I almost lost it. (As in full blown anxiety attack).
I felt an uncontrollable urge to rescue them because
there was clearly no way they could breath at the bottom of the pool.
They were drowning! (I was delusional)
I tried to convince myself that they were fine but it didn't work.
The swim portion of the race is what I really struggle
with. I've heard some people talk about falling
into a rhythm but can't do it.
I get so tense while I hold my breathe.
I can't stop thinking about
I need some help or maybe just a good tranquilizer
which I'm sure I would love to have in my system while
"I'm swimming for my life!" (I convince myself
of this during my drills so I'll go faster but it probably
doesn't help the problem...)

Tuesday, May 6, 2008

Sand it is

We are currently in the process of putting
our landscaping together and we have been
debating about what to do in the play area
for a while now.
Wood chips, rubber,... sand!
I never thought I would see the day but
having kids changes you or at least it helps you remember
a little better what it is like to be a kid and understand
that shiny wood floors aren't that cool and a big
castle with a bridge and an underground tunnel system full
of water is a creation that you'll remember forever.....
You should see Adalynn's eyes light up when I tell her about the
things we used to build.
So I guess it's happy playtime for them and happy mopping for me.
(At least now I can do it with a smile on my face instead of disgust
because of all the dirt!)