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Easter flashback

Because I love to revel in how far we’ve come (and how my kids are growing up so fast!).
Easter 2014 and Easter 2013
Just look how much bigger both kids are this year!
Peyton looks like such a big boy with his cute little suit. Of course the size and mobility differences are obvious compared to last Easter when Peyton was only a month and a half old.
And my grown-up girl.
She’s still quite the girly girl. Almost every day she wears a dress or a skirt or a shirt that she says looks like a dress. She looks so much wiser and like she’s having lots of fun!
Love these kids!

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Crazylegs Classic 2014

Saturday I ran my fifth Crazylegs Classic. I went by myself since it would have been too hard to coordinate getting the family downtown and Peyton needed to be home for his nap. So before I left we took our pre-race photo.
I was going to try and leave the house early enough to park by the stadium and take the shuttle to the start, but the parking situation for Crazylegs can be very difficult. I would have had to leave crazy early and kill a couple hours all by myself. Instead I decided to park in the downtown ramp by State Street halfway in between the start and finish. I figured it would be easier to park there and I wouldn’t have to leave quite so early. I was right. It wasn’t a bad walk to the start and it ended up only being a mile to walk back after the race.
I parked aroun 9:30. I still had plenty of time to kill before I started running. The race started at 10 and I started around 10:40. I got a latte and then walked around the Square taking in the scene. The kids would have loved it. Hopefully we can make it work next year.
My wave was jj. I saw that the waves went all the way to zz, so at least I wasn’t in the last!
The weather really was perfect. Considering it tends to rain about every other year on Crazylegs, I was surprised the weather was so nice. It was warm but still a little chilly with the breeze. So I wore long sleeves. That ended up getting a little too warm during the run, but it wasn’t too bad.

I started really fast. I always start races fast. The first three miles felt great. I walked up the worst part of Observatory Hill. That’s a long hill! In fact, I was surprised I continued feeling so good because I started feeling a little winded and overheated as I got to the top of Observatory Hill. But luckily I remember I brought water and that helped me to recover.

My run was feeling kind of rough though even in the first couple miles. I was having some breathing difficulty from acid reflux/allergies/asthma. Maybe it was from adrenaline too. By the middle of the race it was getting rough. The middle part of the course is around a big parking lot and it just feels long. My legs still felt great, but the breathing difficulty was getting to me. And the fast pace was getting to me. The first and third miles were under 12 minutes, which is unheard of for me at this point! My second mile was 12:35, and that was only because I walked up Observatory Hill.

I ended up walking more than I wanted in the fourth mile. I recovered enough for the last mile down Old University. That part is always fun because there’s a group along that stretch that always plays Eye of the Tiger and gets runner pumped up for the home stretch. Once I got past there, I made the turn toward the stadium. I had to walk up a little hill right after the turn, but after that I got back to running steadily and even sped up.

There’s not much that beats running onto the field at Camp Randall Stadium. Probably running onto Lambeau whenever I run Green Bay again. But Camp Randall is awesome too. The last part of the race seems even longer than the middle part in the parking lot… running outside the stadium seems to take forever! But then I finally made the turn to run onto the field. It was amazing to finish this race for the fifth time.

My official time ended up being 1:02:29. My last couple Crazylegs have been faster. If I could have kept up my fast pace in the last two miles I would have gotten under an hour. But this time is faster than I’ve been running at all lately! So I consider that a victory. It was just a bummer I was by myself.

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So much for the furniture barrier.
A couple nights ago Peyton discovered he could crawl behind the couch to get out of the living room containment area. When he saw the stairs, he high tailed it on over.
So now we need a new plan to contain the boy.

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His wheels are turning

Big news! Peyton cut his sixth tooth! This is a big deal because each tooth has been such a long drawn out production. And he cut this one in the last few days without any obvious teething issues! Maybe we’re growing out of the horribleness of teething? I wonder how many months his four molars take. This one took about three months.
He’s really trying to talk. He says a few short words, or at least sounds we consider the words. Our doctor wanted him to have 3 to 5 words by his 15-month appointment. That is in about a month. I think we’ll get there because he says these short little words and he’s trying to see others. Current words are “up” and “egg.”
He keeps doing that standing without holding on thing. He doesn’t seem to have any desire to walk. He’ll take a few steps with someone holding his hands. He cruises furniture plenty and he crawls super fast!
I love seeing his brain and skill development. Since we moved the furniture over to keep him off the stairs, there’s a bigger corner for toys. He just sits there and plays with the farm house and other toys over there. He really loves the plastic Easter eggs. He also loves music. Whenever a song is on TV, he stops and stares.
He gives open mouth kisses, and hugs too. I leaned over near his face while I was changing him before bed and he opened wide! When Dada is coming over to kiss and hug him good night, he reaches out and puts his arm around Dada’s neck for a hug.

I suppose when I list all this new stuff he’s doing, its not all that surprising that his sleeping has been so crazy. We’ve had a couple nights where he’s woke up in the middle of the night and started babbling. The other night he was up for about 45 minutes! He luckily went back to sleep though. We have mornings when he’s up way too early. Then he makes up for it by napping for five hours at daycare. Overall, his sleep is way better than it used to be. We were using sleep sacks up until a couple weeks ago, even though he was kind of old for them. We’d tried getting away from them in the past and he definitely slept better in the sack than without. Well a couple weeks ago I decided I was tired of the sleep sacks and stopped using them, and Peyton’s slept so well since! He’s growing up!

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More Easter fun

By the time we got to coloring our Easter eggs Saturday evening, we were all exhausted. Doug went to the grocery store to buy the supplies and I realized I should get the eggs cooked to save time… but we only had 5 eggs. Then one cracked while cooking.
But we made the most of it and colored those 4 eggs, one for each of us.
The funny thing is niether kid actually likes the boiled egg.
But we had fun coloring those four eggs anyway.
Unfortunately I didn’t think until it was too late that we didn’t have vinegar, and I think the vinegar works better with egg coloring.
We were trying to make blue, red and purple eggs and instead got one green and three pinks. The writing also didn’t turn out well. At least Peyton’s green one turned out green!
That night the Easter Bunny came.
Our Easter Bunny goes pretty minimalist. Last year we got more candy, and Allie ate it all way too quickly. So we prefer to get some little gifts and just a little bit of candy (and save the rest for Mama and Dada). Part of the fun we’ve found is that Allie likes to play with her basket throughout the year. So we’ve gotten her a different basket every year.
Peyton enjoyed his little bucket! He liked taking the plastic eggs out and putting them back in. And of course, chewing on them.
We got Allie the Frozen soundtrack and a horse toy, Maximus from Tangled. She loves them both. We’ve already listened to Frozen about a million times, and its only getting played in the car. The songs will be in our head forever…
The kids hunted for more Easter eggs, plastic ones we hid in the living room. Allie wasn’t too interested until she realized she’d get more candy.
Peyton “found” an egg too, but he was more interested in playing with his new phone and putting the eggs in the bucket and taking them out.