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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.

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Going egg huntin’

What a beautiful weekend for Easter! I uploaded 48 photos from our weekend, so I decided to break it up into a few different posts!

Saturday we headed down to Roscoe to the Easter egg hunt put on by my girl scout troop, Mariner Ship 361. I helped to put on some of the first ever 361 egg hunts and they’re still going strong. We joined Cousin Tyler and Aunt Jeni and Uncle Dave for the festivities.
The great thing about this egg hunt, that I didn’t appreciate until I became a parent, is its not like the traditional “egg hunt,” which really isn’t an egg hunt as much as a stampede to grab as many eggs as you can.
Its worse when the kids are really small, because then its the parents trampling others to get as many eggs for their kid as they can!
But for this hunt, kids were given a ticket for a numbered egg, hidden around the church grounds. Kids hunted for their egg, and once they found it, turned it in for a basket of prizes.
Allie had a great time! We found her egg first, then we hunted for Peyton’s and Tyler’s eggs.
It took a little longer, but soon we found Tyler’s…
And then we found Peyton’s! And he sure loved playing with that egg!
We had a good time letting the kids run around a bit before heading off for lunch. We were originally going to get to the egg hunt at 10, but that turned into 11 because it took us longer to get out of the house than expected (story of our lives). So we headed to lunch around 12:15 or 12:30 to this Mexican place and were treated to some of the slowest service ever! It took close to an hour and a half. So instead of going to see Jeni, Dave and Tyler’s new house, we decided to head home because we were all exhausted and still had a lot to do on Saturday.

It was a really fun day though, minus the slow service! We wouldn’t have really minded the slow service if it weren’t for three tired kiddos. Oh well. Hopefully we’ll be able to come down to this egg hunt next year!

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Choosing my race

Running has gotten so much better since I’ve been able to run outside. I’ve gone from 9-10 miles a week to running 16 last week. That may not seem like much of an increase, but it is! My longest run is up to 7 miles. I’ve done it twice, this past Sunday and the previous weekend on Saturday. The second 7 was better than the first. I’m glad to see the improvement!

I’m slowly catching up to my monthly mileage goal. I’ve run 131.5 miles, or average 8.7 per week, which is still below my goal mileage of 11.6… but while I’m not sure of the calculation, I know I’ve improved that average since March.

I decided after I ran my first 7 that I’m not going to run the Madison half marathon on May 25, but instead the 10K the night before. I was so tired by the end and struggled to finish that 7 miles. I need to refresh my memory on proper fueling. I’ve always trained up to 12 miles for a half. That would have meant I’d have to add a mile to my long run every week. No room for cutting back or illness or life… and that doesn’t really work in my world right now!

The price for the Madison events increases tomorrow, so tonight I’ll be signing up for the 10K. I’m still hoping to sign up for the Crazylegs Classic, which is the weekend after next. But we’re still not totally decided on that. The Crazylegs is a fun race, but its really a logistical nightmare, especially if the whole family goes. I don’t even remember how many runners they have now, like 60,000 or more. I’m always in the slowest wave, so even though it all starts at 10, I don’t run until after 11. If Doug and the kids do the walk, they’ll be finished with time to spare before I even start. Its a point to point course so one of us would have to drop off the other and the kids at the start, go park at the finish and then grab a shuttle back to the start. So… I don’t know. I’d really like to run it for the simple fact that I want to run a race!

But I’m excited to at least have made a decision on the spring half marathon. And I’m not upset with my decision. I just didn’t have enough time by time I was able to start running outside and building my mileage. I’ll consider the Madison Mini in August. I’ve never run that half for various reasons… mainly because I’m not too keen on running a half in August, but some years its been nice for it! We’ll see! If I run the mini in August I can still run two this year, so that’s the plan right now.

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Playground fun

Our other fun activity of the weekend was going to the playground!
It was Peyton’s first time, and I think its pretty obvious that he loved it!
Pictures at the playground never get old.
Allie gets more adventurous every time she goes to the playground! I remember the last time I took her there last fall, I was helping her climb up that ladder to the slide. Saturday she climbed up many times like it was no big deal!
Such a cute playground outfit, ha ha. Saturday was Mama’s band concert, which was actually a children’s concert. Allie chose her Christmas dress to wear. We will have to find her something more Easter appropriate for this weekend!
The other equipment Peyton went on was the rocker race car. That was kinda gross though because he kept putting his mouth on the bar.
He loved that as much as the swing! It was fun having the kids riding together, although Allie was going a little faster than Peyton could handle!
Unfortunately we didn’t get to stay long as the skies clouded up not long after we arrived. I knew it was supposed to rain Saturday evening, so we headed for home. We could have stayed a little longer though, as it didn’t rain a drop by us until the middle of the night!