Sunday, July 11, 2010



Wow.... Little C when he was about 7 or 8 months old.... His facial expressions remind me of Baby doll now. What a happy happy boy!!!!

And do I look younger - I guess that is what 4 years and 2 kids does to you!
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Friday, July 9, 2010


Baby Doll had not one party this year - but THREE!!!! It was very important to Little C and Bean that she had a true party and lots of other birthday party stuff.

Little C helped me plan the whole thing. He picked out the food, invited the guests (his friends, of course), picked out the decorations and the birthday hats. It was a lot of fun to see him being so excited to plan a party for someone other than himself!

And of course, baby doll enjoyed every minute of every party! Cake 3 times - what is not to love. Here are a few pics from the different events. Baby Dolls style for eating the cake - dive right in!!! Very different from Little C (would not eat it) and Bean (finger picking & no mess).

My baby....

Hard to believe my baby is 1! How much she has grown and become such an important part of all of our loves.

And here she is one year ago. Amazing! Gotta love how much her hair has changed!

Wednesday, July 7, 2010


A few weeks ago, I achieved my goal - to run my first 1/2 marathon!

It was awesome..... I finished in 2:02! My goal was 2:05 and a stretch goal of 2 hours. So I was right on - and I felt great running!

As a family, we travelled to Chicago and had a blast exploring the city. We celebrated the Black Hawk watching the parade from our hotel window (with every other Chicago resident). It was crazy, and the kids loved all the excitment.

Went to a Chicago Cubs Game

I was lucky to have a friend in crime during the race and training. We did not run together as we had different training techniques, but it was great to have someone to hang out with before the race, and to celebrate our finish. Thanks Kim!

The kids picked up their friendships from summer's past. Little C still talks about Keaton and Pierson and when he will see them next! He can't wait to go to Ontario and see his friends.

It was a great weekend! Now, onto training for the next event - a triathalon