Monday, August 26, 2013

Weekend roundup: parties, picking, and paddling

What a weekend!  Saturday I woke and did hot yoga.  When I was thoroughly de-stressed, the day was a double doozy with two 4-year old birthday parties.  The first was a golf party just down the hill from us at Interbay Golf course.  Such a cute idea ("Happy fore-th!")  Cole was totally into it and got a couple hole in ones both left handed and right handed.  Wilson on the other hand mainly wanted to see what was up with the water flowing through the course. 

After a quick nap, we were off to party #2 - a super hero theme.  The mom amazes me at her crafty-ness - she made capes and masks for every kid, decorated the entire house, and had more super-theme sweets than I could have ever imagined. 

Sunday we went blueberry picking with Nicole and RJ in the morning.  The boys were still wearing their masks ...

That afternoon we brought some friends who have newborn twins dinner and then went to a tri shop (I now have in my head that I need to do a tri soon).  I rented a wetsuite and we made our way home.  After dropping the boys off at home, I went to Green Lake to test the wetsuite - the water was nasty, but it was pretty fun swimming in the lake and not getting cold.

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Weekend roundup: camping!

I never thought I'd love camping, but I'm growing to love it.  Last weekend we went to OR with my mom, her sister, my cousins and their kids for a great long-weekend of camping ... or should I say "glamping."  We had the entire camp site to ourselves with leantos along a beautiful river.  My aunt Laura cooked breakfast, lunch, and dinner daily and it was awesome - my style of camping!  Between hiking, art projects, games, and swimming, we had some great R&R time.

Wilson and Cole rocked the tank tops by the water:

The boys could have spent all day playing in the river - Matt and I on the other hand ... uh uh - it was cold!

And of course there were smores - can't get better than that!

I even made it out for a long run through the hills which was amazing - no cars, no people, only lots and lots of mosquitoes ... and a great view.

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Pain in the B

By B here, I mean back... I took a 2-week hiatus from running (primarily from being too tired to run in the morning before work, but being just a-ok to do the elliptical and catch up on the news in the morning).  Last week I started having crazy back spasms and pain down through my knee - ouch!  I went to a PT and she kept pushing me for "what did I do?  No really, what did I do?"  I had no idea.  Piecing back time, I realized it was what I didn't do - run.  Well, that and the elliptical.  I think that I over-elliptical'd with bad form in the mornings and just stopped rotating my hips / natural motion thus tweaking everything just a little bit out of whack.  Not fun.

So now I'm back to trying to figure out how to fit it all in.  Lucky for me, we're going camping tomorrow so I can re-convene with nature and hit some trails for runs while I'm at it.  I do believe that while running isn't always the greatest for the body, natural motion is good.

Sunday, August 11, 2013

Weekend roundup: good times!

What a busy but great weekend.  The weekend kicked off Friday night with a concert in the park with some friends from pre-school.  We had thought the music was kid-kind, but we were wrong ... the band was called "Chastity Belt".  Guess I should have paid closer attention to the lineup.  We were with a couple other families from school and there were a total of 4 4-year old boys.  Wild!  First, Wilson noticed a man (I'm guessing was high) was dancing around with no shirt on - after that Wilson refused to wear a shirt.  Then, at a breaktime for the band, the dads took the boys to go racing to burn some energy - somehow they found an outdoor Zumba class where the boys decided to try to shake booty along with the class.  Oh boy.

Saturday was the Amazon party at the football stadium downtown Seattle.  It was fun but super packed!  We were happy to meet up with a couple friends, enjoy three bounce houses, and get some facing painting done ... but after Cole sprung a bloody nose on a spinning ride we were done.

Saturday evening was date night and Matt and I took in "The Way Way Back" at an awesome theater downtown called The Big Picture

This morning we kicked off the day with brunch with some other friends from the boys' pre-school down by the water.  In the afternoon we took in some bike riding then made our way to a friend from work's house for dinner along with another couple.  All of the other adults at the dinner were no-kid families so I think they were a little thrown by the boys.  We tried plugging them in with kid-friendly apps (thus feeling like horrible parents) but the boys preferred to pickup small antique looking violins.

We're ready for a weekend to recover from this weekend - but so fun!

Monday, August 5, 2013

Weekend roundup: exploring Seattle


This weekend felt like summer finally came to visit Seattle.  Saturday we rally'd around the house to clean and then clean some more.  Saturday afternoon, after a failed attempt at a nap, we made our way to the Mounger pool in Magnolia (funny name, awesome pool) where the boys went off the kid water slide about 100 times.  

Saturday evening we made dinner for our friends who just had twins (this was week three actually, we've been doing dinner's every Saturday in honor of our pal Emily who coordinated something similar for us).  This week is was lamb, stir fried vegetables, brown rice, and tomato salad.  

Sunday we rose early and while the boys enjoyed a nice pancake and egg breakfast, I made it out for a short run breaking my running sabbatical.  As soon as I got home I found the boys dressed to go out - they were ready for blueberry picking!  I quickly changed and we made our way to Larson Lake blueberry farm.  Awesome.  That's all there really is to say about it.  We picked for over an hour and gathered nearly 2-lbs worth (or $3) of the best blueberries ever.  After picking we strolled through the farm house where we stocked up on fruits and veg for the week.  The grand total?... $12.  Seriously.  Awesome. 

Sunday evening was mostly laying in the grass reading while the boys did tricks on the swing.  Then I walked up to the butcher for some great local beef and we BBQ'd sharing the grill with our neighbors - a perfect Sunday dinner with local vegetables, fruits, and meat.
 All in, a pretty rad weekend.  I'm ready for another!

Saturday, August 3, 2013


Another week, another overdue post.  Is it possible time is speeding up?  I think so.  Last week Matt's parents were in town, and with his parents came big fun and something new for the boys ... big boy bikes!