Wednesday, March 27, 2013

First Half of my Spring Break

I have had such a good Spring Break so far!

The very first day, Friday, we went on a long bike ride and walk (hubby bought a new mountain bike last week!)

I thought I'd be able to do 10 miles easy-peasy, but that was stupid. We did 8.25 miles and I was pretty sore afterwards. I decided I am going to walk/run a half marathon (I say walk/run because I have NO INTENTION of running the entire thing. I do not think I'm a runner at all) in October after a work friend convinced me that the training program she used was really good. I think I'd be able to walk 13 miles (with some training), but I'm not sure I could run any. We'll see. I want to challenge myself to once-and-for-all lose this stinkin' baby weight. 
 
On Saturday, my brother and dad went on a 17 mile bike ride around the American River on a paved trail. Of course they didn't take any pictures, but they all seemed to have a great time!
 

On Sunday, the kids wanted to run around outside. It's been hard to in the past because my parents have a pool with no fence around it. But now that the kids are old enough to understand to walk away from the pool, we've been spending our Spring afternoons outside. This particular day I was sitting on the bench in the sun, while the kids ran and played on the grass behind me and then eventually sat at the jacuzzi and put their feet in the pool. Such a beautiful day. 
Such beautiful weather:
 
I took this video while I was sitting in the sun watching the kids play. My dad was laying out next to me and I tried to avoid filming him, but I couldn't help it at a certain point. The twins were completely talking back and forth (of course, when I started filming, they sorta stopped) and playing with each other. I just love that!

While I was with the kids at home by the pool, Mr. Howard was mountain biking with his friend!
 American River:
Later on Sunday, my sister and Denny came over

It's Aiden's week for therapy and so he had speech therapy and met with the childhood development specialist and I got to be there for both appointments. Aiden was making the funniest faces in therapy. He was gasping and saying "Whoa!" What a little crack up!
My brother is on Spring Break from Law School and he has been studying for the MPRE (the ethics test for the Bar), so we've been able to hang out a lot. I've also been thankful he brought his dog, so that Harley could have a playmate. Harley's been pretty sad about Jake not being with him.
Here he is studying:
 
One evening this week, with all the beautiful weather we were having, we all (Mom, Me, Mr. Howard, the kids, Katie, Denny, Colin, and the dogs) went on a walk/bike ride. It was just gorgeous out.
 
Because I have decided I am going to start this half marathon training in August, I decided that while I have the time off from work, I'm going to try to walk a little more. While the kids were in school, I went on a five mile walk. It's the first time in probably years that I've gone on a long walk by myself with music. I forgot how wonderful it is! For the last mile I got a little bored just listening to music (usually I'm talking to a kid or two and solving fights and telling someone to hurry up or not to throw that rock) - so I caught up on blogs.
 
There are some MAJOR perks about living with your parents when you have kids. When we put our kids down for bed at night, my mom doesn't mind if we run to target or ice cream. It's been such a blessing to get a little quiet time together by ourselves. I am looking forward to having my own space in my own home with my own rules, but I am seriously going to miss parts of living with other adults. One night this week we had a little target date night and then went to a creamery and got ice cream. Hubby got this ridiculous ice cream:
 And I got a chocolate chip mint malt. I only had about four sips of it (it was SO filling), but it was ridiculously delicious!
On Tuesday I picked up the kids from preschool from their Easter Egg Hunt and they were SO tuckered out. They had all jogged to the park and back earlier that day. No longer than five minutes after I picked them up, two out of three fell asleep in the car.
 

3 comments:

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Ha that ice cream is AMAZING! Looks like a wonderful week:) Oh and training for the half marathon that is AWESOME!

mandygraham311 said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

I agree with Tesha.. That ice cream looks so good!! :)

Kristy said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

Sounds like a fun spring break! Yummy, ice cream! I have up ice cream for lent and can't wait to be able to enjoy it again!

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