Monday, February 25, 2013

A Birthday Party

My birthday was February 8th and one of my friend's is the 22nd and another the 24th so we decided to have a joint birthday party.  It's a great excuse to get together and eat way too much.  As we were leaving Kylie's house way too late, Donovan and I realized that we had been there for 8 hours!  We decided those are good friends that you can spend that much time with and still get along :)  We invited a couple of other of our couples friends.

The birthday girls :)  We took this picture at the end of the night--next time we'll take it at the beginning.

Parties are really just an excuse for food!  We had so much and first the men stood around and ate while the women took care of babies and talked (Nolan is 4 months, Olivia is 6 months and Gideon is 5 weeks) and then we pushed the men out of the way and ate.  And thanks to Jordan and Jessi, I got my first taste of Trader Joe's (they live in a city where there actually is one and drove the 2 hours to see us.)

We all brought a dessert--I forgot to get a picture of my cheesecake and Kylie's amazing brownie stuff, but check out the sweet cookie Jessi brought.

What do you do for birthdays?

If you were taking a dessert somewhere what would you bring?

Friday, February 22, 2013

Snow Day

This was us yesterday.  I had been hoping that the forecast of all the snow would be wrong, but the weatherman were right.  I am getting antsy for least I didn't have to go anywhere.  We ended up getting about 9 inches of snow.

So today was a good day for staying home :)

We spend the day next to the fire and doing things like playing Chutes and Ladders and reading lots of books.  (Otis and the Tornado and We're Going on a Bear Hunt are favorites right now.)  Watching movies (Thomas the Train for the boys and Downton Abbey for me)  Knitting.

I got a run in (so thankful for the treadmill and this was my view instead of being out in it!)  I think I'm doing pretty well injury wise right now.  It just don't want to re-injure myself.  So I'm taking it easy even though I feel good.  I ran 2 miles at an easy pace...with no pain and no walking breaks!

And just because, a super cute baby.

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Happy {belated} Birthday to ME!

So good news!  I went and got a second opinion on my pain in my ankle/Achilles/foot whatever and he wasn't convinced that it was Achilles Tendonitis!  He said it was more likely Bursitis--which is no fun (and the same treatment as Achilles Tendonitis), but not  quite as freaky as problems with your Achilles tendon. :)  So I'm feeling a bit more optimistic.  I haven't run for 2.5 weeks and I'm completely resting until next Monday and then going to try this running thing again.

My birthday was last Friday and last Thursday my husband tried to surprise me with a day trip away (without the kids) and take me to get {new} running shoes

because my last new running shoes didn't work if anybody needs or knows of anybody who needs a pair of hardly used Mizuno Alchemy 12's size 9.5, I can hook you up ;)

However, we ended up with a sick kid so we had to reschedule until yesterday.  It was a great day--Thanks Honey for the great birthday present :)

I may have mentioned before that we don't have a running store anywhere nearby so we drove 2.5 hours to Omaha because I have a friend from high school who is now managing a running store there.  (So if you are ever in Omaha, NE and need running shoes go see Andrew at Peak Performance)  He has dealt with a lot of the same Achilles problems/pain I have so it was nice to talk to him about shoes, because he knew what sort of things I needed.  I was being a bit "shoe-shy" after the Mizunos not working out, thankfully he was super patient with me and I was able to wear the shoes I was looking at for quite awhile and even run on the treadmill in them for a few minutes.  I came away with...Brooks Adrenaline!  I'm a little nervous changing brands. I've run the last 7 years in Asics, but the Asics were too narrow for my funky toe on my right foot and the Brooks had a much better toe box for my foot.  Asics are more cushioned than Brooks and it will take some getting used to.

We went out to eat at The Cheesecake Factory (the first time for both of us and holy cow it's a lot of food!)  We were both stuffed (and I didn't even eat it all!) and didn't even get cheesecake.  But if I'm going to eat all the calories in cheesecake, I want to enjoy it and not just stuff myself.  I got the Renee's Lunch could I not :)  The soup was delicious!  It was a Mexican tortilla soup.  I was wishing I'd just gotten a bowl of soup and then cheesecake.  Next time I'll know.

Then we went to Mahoney State Park and climbed the tower and hiked around on some trails.  We live in a super flat part of Nebraska so the hills aren't normal for us.  We both had our North Face jackets on....and you know

So we did :)  It was great.  There wasn't too many people around on a Tuesday afternoon in February.  The weather was a bit windy but in the 40s.

We stopped for Sonic cream slushies since we hadn't had dessert.

Can't wait to try out my new shoes!  It was a fantastic day and I'm so grateful to my mother-in-law who kept all 3 boys.  She's a brave lady :)

Friday, February 1, 2013


I haven't been blogging much, not because I'm so busy (I am with 3 kids of course) or because I haven't been thinking about it (I do all the time), but because I just can't quite sit down and get the words on the page.  I have felt raw and overwhelmed lately emotionally.  Physically I have felt pretty good, though of course I'm still dealing with the Achilles Tendonitis.  I haven't been able to run much which never helps, but have been still staying active.  I just feel raw.  I have been feeling angry and mad at everybody.  Sleep deprivation, perhaps and perhaps hormones are out of whack.  But whatever it is, I hope it goes away.  I'm tired of feeling this way.  I'm tired of not being able to sleep when I'm tired.  I'm tired of dealing with injuries.

So yes, I am here, but I just can't quite write.  Hopefully, I'll be back soon.