Sunday, July 05, 2015

emily runs

so this july 4th, i ran my first 5k.

those of you who have known me for some time will know how adamantly, for many years, i have eschewed personal fitness. but after turning thirty-one and delivering my fourth child and not being able to walk up the stairs without feeling winded, i finally thought, "shoot. it's time to get in shape." 

my weapon of choice has been p90x, which i have loved and followed religiously. but there's also a group of kick-butt ladies around here who are avid runners, and they invited me to run this 5k in carnation, wa on july 4th. 

i decided not to train specifically for the race and instead see what my baseline time might be under race conditions without having prepared (i went out for a run for the first and only other time about two months before this). it was a fascinating experiment, but probably not one i'd recommend outright. 

my friends vickie and joanne (shown running below), who could have schooled me twice over in this race, stuck with me to the end, and i reached my goal of coming in under thirty minutes.

i'm still not sure i hear the siren song of running, but let's just say "the run" and i learned A LOT about each other yesterday, and i can totally see how this stuff gets addicting. now that my first race is in, i'm already raring to see if i can do better. 

vickie, joanne, and me nearing the finish line.

part of the crew after the race: joanne, brittany, erin, me, and vickie.

and a big shout out to my husband, my kids, and my parents for making it out early in the morning to watch me cross that finish line! mwah!

from sea to shining sea

happy fourth!

Friday, June 26, 2015

swim lessons

summer and afton are in the thick of round two swim lessons (last year here) with their friends maddy and cami:

both are enjoying the socks off spending time in the pool and learning lots of new moves.

Thursday, June 18, 2015

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

school's out for summer

yesterday was summer's last day of first grade. (next year, the girls will finally begin and end on the same day, hooray!)

topped off by root beer floats at the bus stop and oreos in the backyard.

here she is on the first day (left) and last (right):

hopping off the bus with her last day treats from her fun bus driver:

and now, for reading, playing, messing, eating, loudness, laughter,
sunshine, boredom, and everything else a summer should be.

Monday, June 15, 2015

kindergarten wrap up

today, afton wrapped up her kindergarten school year.
on the left is her first day, on the right is her last:

with her teacher, mrs. pearia

off the bus for the last time as a kindergartener.
the wind in her hair; the world at her feet.

Thursday, June 11, 2015

lipstick on your collar

let's just say that the ruined tube of (new!) twenty-dollar lipstick was the least of my concerns after i tallied up the damage here:

not pictured: lipstick handprints all over the carpet, lipstick handprints all over the hardwoods, lipstick handprints on the walls, lipstick handprints on various hard and soft toys, lipstick handprints on me. you know, just your typical toddler-gets-a-hold-of-a-tube-of-lipstick-and-mom-thinks-he's-just-playing-innocently-in-the-next-room kind of stuff.

and also, before anyone goes around thinking that i'm a "cool mom" (ha!), rest assured that after assessing the scene, i stomped around and let out several good screams to the universe before stopping to take this picture to add to my ever-growing collection of "fond memories of toddlerhood" that i know i'll (blessedly) remember with nothing but humor twenty years from now.

until then, elbow grease, ho!!

Monday, June 08, 2015

walker, dallin wheeler

i know everyone has been waiting around, biting their nails, and checking the blog *daily* to see if dallin is walking yet.

and i guess the short answer is: sort of.

dallin is what we like to call "a baby's baby." if aliens were to come down from outer space and select a specimen of human babyness, they would most certainly choose dallin. he just really digs the whole being a baby thing. the snuggling, the soft blankets, the being carried everywhere, the cute babbling, the rompers, the screaming and getting whatever you want, the wispy curls that we may never cut off. the whole nine yards.

only, ready or not, his baby days are numbered, and he's bout to be flung into the not quite so tender loving arms of toddlerhood. 

but first: the toddling!

at 16 1/2 months, dallin is by far my latest walker. he's a darn fast crawler and so has not really been interested in the slow unsteadiness of early walking. i would say he took his first steps about a month ago and has been slowly, slowly adding on to the point where just yesterday at church, he began walking the length of entire rooms.

i wouldn't say walking is dallin's primary or preferred form of transportation yet, and we'll probably still carry him around and take in lungfuls of that pure sweet baby smell a bit longer, but he's getting there.

soon to rule and reign with caleb as the kings of utter chaos!


Sunday, June 07, 2015

is it summer yet?

because these kids are ready.

Sunday, May 31, 2015

Friday, May 29, 2015

dress alike day

today was dress alike day at the elementary school, and these cuties
rocked it with their matching handmade stamped t shirts and smiles:

Thursday, May 21, 2015

on maui, part three

the epic conclusion.

kayaking and snorkeling in turtle town:

hike to punalau falls:

side note: it was raining a bit, and unbeknownst to us, there was a flash flood feeding into punalau falls, making it so that we apparently should not have done this hike. when we looked up other pics of the falls, we were all, "wait a minute, that's totally not the same one" 'cause the waterfall we were in was a rager, and we had to jump rocks through waist deep water to get up to it. 

even still, one of our favorite excursions. thanks for the tip, em kev!

a hui kaua (until we meet again), maui:

the end.

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

on maui, part two

ka'anapali beach and nakalele blowhole:

waihee ridge trail:

and our favorite refreshing treat:

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

on maui, part one

whenever i go to write about a vacation, it's like a total brain cramp for me. too much happened in too short a period of time, and it's all sensory overload up in here.

luckily, we take our fair share of pictures, and word on the street is that those suckers are worth a thousand words (each!), so, phew, someone else can do the talking for once. 

at our resort in wailea:

sunset at haleakala