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Dressed in their Sunday best


Easter Sunday cuteness! We have the cutest kids on the planet!

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Easter eggs


We had a fun weekend with coloring Easter eggs and gifts from the Easter bunny. Peyton got in on the action a little. Allie really enjoyed coloring the eggs. Then she had a fun treat hunting for the plastic eggs the Easter bunny hid around the living room!


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Look who’s awake

I took out the activity mat this week. Peyton really seems to like it! He even reaches out to touch some of the toys and seems to concentrate on them.
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Maybe he’s not looking at them at all, but it keeps him occupied for periods of time. He’s started having more and more awake time each day. I can definitely say he’s awake more each day than his big sister was at this age.
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When he wore the outfit in the picture below on Tuesday on our trip to Dubuque, I could really see how much he’s grown the past few weeks. I thought I had another picture of him when he wore the outfit at one week, but I was wrong. Believe me when I say he’s definitely filling it out, especially with his growing belly.
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Its so hard to believe he’ll be six weeks old this Wednesday and then on Thursday I’ll be heading back to work! Where has the time gone?
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Runner’s high

I haven’t experience runner’s high in a long time. I can’t even venture a guess of when. But I did today, when I totally didn’t expect it.

Last week I bought a new iPod to replace my ancient mp3 player. It’s at least 6 years old and doesn’t have any storage compared to new models. I had about 500 songs in my Windows Media Player library, and if I tried to add new songs, it would just bump off old ones. Contrast that to the iPod Classic, the model I chose instead of iPod touch, which has room for 40,000 songs!

Anyway, I also bought a couple new albums to add to my music collection. One of them was this compilation called “Now That’s What I Call a Workout.” I took the iPod to the gym today and listened to that album, the first time I’ve worked out with music in a long time.

Oh. My. Gosh. This was seriously the best workout I’ve had in a long time. I really struggled the last few weeks I ran in pregnancy. I struggled even more with any kind of exercise after I stopped running. Today was my third run and even though it still wasn’t very fast or very long, it was amazing. I ran 15 minutes and let myself go a bit faster than I had before… 4.5 mph instead of 4.4. Wild, I know!

I had my goal of running 10 to 15 minutes. I made it 15, which was almost 1.25 miles! I wanted to run more but I stopped because I knew I wasn’t ready for that. I want to avoid the shin splints that derailed my plans after I had Allie. Then I kept walking 25 more minutes for a total workout of 45 minutes and 3 miles. I’m aiming to run a 5K in June… hopefully it continues to go this well! I know I surely will continue running with music!


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Family road trip

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Tuesday we embarked on an adventure… a family road trip to the National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium in Dubuque. It was a tough day, but also a lot of fun. Allie loves seeing fishies. Peyton slept the whole time, pretty much. Thats him in the carrier.

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Allie liked looking at the crawfish, but she didn’t want to touch it.
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She really liked the huge catfish!

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She would have sat in front of the big aquarium all day!

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She really liked this display that illustrated erosion. She called it the red barn house because there’s a barn in the middle. I think she really liked it because it looked like Applejack’s barn on “My Little Pony.”

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They had a special turtle display that Allie really enjoyed.
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They had a big turtle out to see and touch. Allie actually touched this one!
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We played in the River Boat Museum area too. Allie really liked steering the boat.

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We also hauled some cargo.
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It was kind of a bummer going on a cold day. There are a lot of fun outdoor features at the museum. Allie did want to stop and look at the big paddlewheel outside the front door.

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We’ve been disappointed that the weather has stayed so cold while I’ve been off work! So it was nice getting out of the house for a day. We’re looking forward to going back to the museum over the summer when it’s warmer.


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Family fun

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We had a lot of fun when the Durso side of the family visited two weeks ago. Wow, its already been two weeks since they were here!

Allie had a lot of fun playing with her cousins, and we all had fun playing together. Unfortunately Grandma and Grandpa Durso had to leave early.

A highlight was bowling! The bowling alley is right next to the hotel. We didn’t know how interested Allie would be in bowling and we were pleasantly surprised!
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047After dinner it was time to go home and go to bed. The kids and adults were exhausted!


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I RAN today!

Three months and one day after my last run… I ran today! I was going to wait a few more days, but its been on my mind since Thursday. And then I was posting in one my running Mama Facebook groups this morning about my plans. I drove to the gym and decided if my walk was going well that I would go ahead and try running.

I started walking for 15 minutes. Then I upped the treadmill pace and just like that I was running! It was just as one of my new mama running friends said… slogging through mud. My legs felt like stumps. My knees and shins hurt a bit at first, but where I really felt the impact was in my arms. I was holding tension the whole time. It might have to do in part with the chafing on my arms, but I do remember at times when I was starting to run again that I had to relearn running without that tension.

It wasn’t as good as my last run on Dec. 23… and that run wasn’t good! It will get better though. Perhaps one good part part… no round ligament pain! I don’t miss that at all! I suppose it remains to be seen if I end up with pain in my pelvis. That can still be pretty common with running post partum.

My goal was between 5 and 10 minutes. I probably should have stopped at 5 minutes, but I took it to 7, which amounted to half a mile! I’m sure I’ll feel it later. My legs hurt all night Thursday after my walk. And next time it might be better for me to keep it a little shorter. But I will just have to see how I feel.

After my 7 minutes of running, I walked for 17 minutes to round out my workout at 40. It was actually 40:30, 2.5 miles. So I’ve logged 5 miles this week! Last week I logged 3.5, so I’m making progress!

As much as I’d like to train for a half marathon this fall, I will probably keep my distance goals lower. While I know I c0uld train to the distance, I don’t know how hard it will be to train while also coordinating two kids. I haven’t figured out yet how I’ll get the workouts in after I go to work. So I’m going to look to a 5K by May or June and a 10K by this fall. Of course if training goes better than expected and handling two kids ends up being a piece of cake, that goal can be re-evaluated!