Crazy Summer Days: Niagara Falls Edition

Crazy Summer Days: Niagara Falls Edition

We took a short vacation to Niagara Falls, Canada this summer.  There were really only 2 weeks between school ending and Summer Dreamers starting (that’s the skills-retention camp that the public school has — my daughter doesn’t have problems retaining skills and she’s becoming increasingly bored with the program… a week into it!) so it felt really squeezed in! Read the rest of this entry

“If this isn’t nice…”

“If this isn’t nice…”

This was a great weekend.  In fact, it was the kind of weekend where I kept waiting for something to happen.

A meltdown.

A dumb disagreement to escalate into a dumb argument.


Whatever.  It’s always something, isn’t it?

But on and on it went.

Saturday started with a mediocre run, but I was glad it was over.  Four miles for the books.

Came home, got cleaned up, and then we went to the Kids Build at the Home Depot. All the kids made great little pencil holders shaped like lawnmowers.  It’s such a fun program and they always have a blast.

Then the boys got haircuts… by their requests.  I hated to let my shaggy boys get their hair get cut but I let it go.  Deep breaths.  They look adorable and this was a tear-free haircut duo, which in itself was a miracle.

Then, the neighborhood Yard Sale.  Thanks to my husband’s taking one for the team, Middle Child was able to go home and chill out and play video games when after a half block he got tired of it. The Bookends and I got some good stuff cheap!  My favorite buys were a pair of $2 shirts.  The Little Guy found an Angry Bird plush and my daughter got a bracelet (and used her money to buy a doll for a friend).  And I found a Skylander for the big guy… he was excited!

We came home and cleaned… and another miracle, the boys actually did what I asked them to.  It was kind of creepy.  And we just relaxed the rest of the evening!

Sunday was ALSO great.  I did my 7-mile run and really felt great.  It was the first run in a while where I didn’t have bloody toes, chaffed thighs, or peed pants, and my longest run since last year’s half… and average 11:39 pace!

The kids were nearly cooperative getting ready for church.  And somehow we were able to transform a crisis about wanting to wear socks with Keens into a grand hunt to see exactly who was or was not wearing socks at church (and for the record, the minister was not).  I met a new friend at church too!

A few shopping stops and lunch after church and… still no problems!  We made it out of THE BOOKSTORE without getting one thing for the kids and even went for Middle Eastern food and even if they didn’t eat their food (for lunch anyway) they were all GOOD.

The kids and I hung out at home and my husband went for a bike ride…. where he saw a home run hit at the Pirates game AND a BALD EAGLE.

Round out the day with a drama-free cello practice, bedtime that wasn’t horrible, and watching TV with my husband (even if it was Game of Thrones, which, God, I can’t even.) and a change in the weather letting us sleep with the windows open — it was the perfect weekend.

And now we’re on to the week!  And this week has a tough act to follow!

Catching Up!

Catching Up!

It’s been a pretty busy three weeks or so since I’ve touched base!

I ran in the Pittsburgh Marathon’s 5k — and was able to meet in real life an online friend!  It was a great day — beautiful weather, wonderful course (we ran over the Warhol bridge which is my favorite), and a joyful spirit. Once again, Boston was on my mind and it felt good to be surrounded by other runners!  I had a great run — my GPS time was better than my chip time sooooooo let’s go with that:  3.55 miles in 35:09 for a 9:54 pace.   I then met up with my kiddos for their 1-mile run.  They love this event and it’s a lot of fun for them.  I think next year the little one will be able to join us.

kids marathon




The next day I walked down to the nearest portion of the marathon course and I really enjoyed seeing the wheelers and the elite runners.  Here’s James Kirwa running incredibly fast between miles 20-21.




After that I got down to business on two big projects: training for a half marathon in September and planning a surprise party for my husband’s 40th birthday.

He’s incredibly difficult to surprise and of course I did not succeed in that BUT it was still a really fun party!  There was a fiesta theme and it worked out great.  I was so thankful for some friends who showed up a little early to help out.  I learned a LOT about quantities and I think that next time I do this I’ll quadruple the guacamole and quarter the meat!

As far as the half marathon, I’m training for the Montour Trail half marathon in the beginning of September.  It’s supposedly a pretty, flat, boring run.  I like all those things.  Hopefully it won’t be TOO TOO boring but I think it’ll be very nice and it will be pretty nice temperature-wise due to the foliage.  Since I had a really terrific run a week or so ago with 10-minute miles for 6 miles, I decided to find a sub-2:30 half training program and that’s what I am shooting for!

My husband is gearing up to ride 150 miles on his bike to Lake Erie, raising funds for the MS Society.  He got a speedy new bike that he loves a lot, so he’ll have an awesome time in June, I’m sure!

My kids’ school years are coming to a close… and that means field trips, parties, ceremonies, and concerts.  A busy time indeed!  Since the plan is that this is my last year being a stay-at-home mom, I really want to be able to do as many of these things as I can this year.  But man, has that been keeping me busy!

And finally, we’re running around trying to pull together a short family vacation to Niagara Falls in June, after school lets out and before their summer camps start.

It’s been a busy month!