Run Walk Run Walk Run Walk

My training has been a bit nuts this summer. We’ve been on two separate week long vacations and those threw my training off. (Although I did go to the gym one morning while we were at Disney.) Luckily, I was able to get most of my training done before the summer really got going so I’m kind of repeating a lot of what I’ve already done so that I’m ready for my first half-marathon….in just a little over a week! AAAAAHHHHH!!!!

I know that I can do it. Well, at least, I know that I can finish it. I don’t know what my time is going to look like. But it feels kinda crazy to think that just  a year ago I was getting ready to do my first 5K. And now, here I am….at a point that I never would’ve imagined….where I’ve completed several 5Ks, one 4 miler, two 10Ks,  and now…..now something with the word “marathon” attached to it.

Realistically, I’m as ready as I’m going to be….last Saturday I did 10 1/2 miles – my longest to date- and tomorrow I have one more long run …..but, please, do me a favor….think warm fuzzy thoughts on September 4th….. 🙂

 

Lunch Date

Recently, the girls and I had a lunch date at McDonald’s. The girls had Happy Meals and then got to play on the playground at McDonald’s. But, it was not as fun as I envisioned. First off, baby girl can climb up into the playground on her own but then had a hard time figuring out how to get down. Secondly, there were a lot of kids there and some were a little….well….pushy. And that stressed baby girl out a lot. Big girl ran off to play with some other big kids and the whole adventure ended with me climbing up the tube slide so that I could get baby girl and help her down.

Ryan recommended trying again in the afternoon when there won’t be as many kids there.

We’ll see……

Summer checklist thus far:

  • Go to the library.
  • Go to the pool.
  • Make banana pudding.
  • Ride the train at the mall.
  • Go to the playground.
  • Make cookies.
  • Go downtown.
  • Go on a hike.
  • Have a picnic.
  • Go to American Girl Place.
  • Go to the beach.
  • Go to the zoo.
  • Eat at Flat Top Grill.
  • Read books.
  • Eat at Noodles & Company.
  • Get ice cream.
  • Go to the splash pads downtown.
  • Go to the water park.
  • Go to a festival.
  • Go to the movie theater.
  • Play on the McDonalds playground after lunch.
  • Go to family fun festival downtown.
  • Go to the Art Museum and go to the kids area after looking at paintings.
  • Go to the dinosaur museum (Field Museum).
  • Go to the space museum (Adler Planetarium).
  • Have a pajama day. (Although big girl has now requested that we have 100 pajama days.)

Things I’ve Said

During our recent vacation to Disney World, one of my brothers-in-law suggested that I make a blog post of the random weird things that I’ve said during the week. You know those things that you say as a parent and you think to yourself, “I can’t believe I just had to actually say that.”?

Well, here we go with the first round of “Things I’ve Said.”

 

“Please stop licking the window.”

“You do not need to kiss the cat’s tail.”

“Yes, but I don’t want you to hit me with your sandwich.”

“Please stop shaking your sister’s food.”

“Why is there cheese in your hair?”

“Wait. What do you mean the pillow is ‘too complicated?'”

“Where did you find that pretzel? Don’t eat floor pretzels!”

“Don’t put the pancake in your eye.”

Carbs and more carbs

I love watching the Olympics! I love watching pretty much any event in the Olympics. But watching others people accomplish feats of strength, well, it doesn’t motivate me to get off of the couch. It doesn’t encourage me to get some miles in. I am not motivated to jump on the treadmill while watching Olympians run the track. I wish that it did!

Instead….

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Follow Me….

So, I’m on Instagram now. I’m still fairly new at it and I’m figuring it out as I go. Currently, I’m using it as an extension to my blogging. So, if you find what I write here to be somewhat interesting, you might find the pictures that I post to be somewhat interesting, too.

You can find me on Instagram @ frostonepurltwo

Yep. The most creative user name ever. 🙂

All Aboard!

One of the more specific items on big girl’s summer list was to go to the mall and ride the train ride. Although it may not sound very exciting or maybe might not even sound like a lot of fun, I remember that when I was little, things like riding the train ride or the car ride or whatever at the mall was a big deal and a big treat for me. I wanted to give my girls the same treat.

Although, riding the train is not very expensive (I think it’s only $2 to ride), on Tuesdays riding the train is free at the mall. So, the girls both rode on the train, then we stopped so that we could get dinner at Noodles & Co. (yay for buttered noodles), and then the girls both rode on the train one more time before we left the mall.

The summer checklist thus far:

  • Go to the library.
  • Go to the pool.
  • Make banana pudding.
  • Ride the train at the mall.
  • Go to the playground.
  • Make cookies.
  • Go downtown.
  • Go on a hike.
  • Have a picnic.
  • Go to American Girl Place.
  • Go to the beach.
  • Go to the zoo.
  • Eat at Flat Top Grill.
  • Read books.
  • Eat at Noodles & Company.
  • Get ice cream.
  • Go to the splash pads downtown.
  • Go to the water park.
  • Go to a festival.
  • Go to the movie theater.
  • Play on the McDonalds playground after lunch.
  • Go to family fun festival downtown.
  • Go to the Art Museum and go to the kids area after looking at paintings.
  • Go to the dinosaur museum (Field Museum).
  • Go to the space museum (Adler Planetarium).
  • Have a pajama day. (Although big girl has now requested that we have 100 pajama days.)

 

Banana pudding – Checklist Update #16

There are some things on the checklist that, honestly, I’m not sure where they came from. Big girl isn’t really a big fan of stuff in pudding. She normally picks it apart. And, although delicious, I have actually not made banana pudding for her so I’m not sure where she got the idea about making banana pudding. But, it’s on the checklist. So, we’re going to do it. 🙂

I wanted a super simple recipe since I was going to have the girls help me as much as possible. I found this one and thought that it would be really easy and simple enough for two little kids to help with.

Big girl helped by cutting all of the bananas. She was really excited because it was the first time that she was in charge of doing the cutting. Thankfully, butter knives cut through bananas really easily.

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Baby girl helped by putting the cookie layers into the bowl. She liked counting out each cookie before she put it in the bowl. Then, when all of the layers were done, all three of us added the Cool Whip to the top. All in all, not bad. Not bad at all. 🙂

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Summer checklist so far:

  • Go to the library.
  • Go to the pool.
  • Make banana pudding.
  • Ride the train at the mall.
  • Go to the playground.
  • Make cookies.
  • Go downtown.
  • Go on a hike.
  • Have a picnic.
  • Go to American Girl Place.
  • Go to the beach.
  • Go to the zoo.
  • Eat at Flat Top Grill.
  • Read books.
  • Eat at Noodles & Company.
  • Get ice cream.
  • Go to the splash pads downtown.
  • Go to the water park.
  • Go to a festival.
  • Go to the movie theater.
  • Play on the McDonalds playground after lunch.
  • Go to family fun festival downtown.
  • Go to the Art Museum and go to the kids area after looking at paintings.
  • Go to the dinosaur museum (Field Museum).
  • Go to the space museum (Adler Planetarium).
  • Have a pajama day. (Although big girl has now requested that we have 100 pajama days.)

 

A Morning at the Playground – Summer Checklist #15

Going to the playground was one of the easiest things to check off of big girl’s summer checklist. We are very lucky to live basically across the street from a great playground. There is equipment designed for little kids and equipment that is better suited for the big kids. It’s a little scary for me, though, because both of my little girls believe that they can conquer the entire playground……and they do! They can do it! But, it sure scares me……  🙂

The summer checklist thus far:

  • Go to the library.
  • Go to the pool.
  • Make banana pudding.
  • Ride the train at the mall.
  • Go to the playground.
  • Make cookies.
  • Go downtown.
  • Go on a hike.
  • Have a picnic.
  • Go to American Girl Place.
  • Go to the beach.
  • Go to the zoo.
  • Eat at Flat Top Grill.
  • Read books.
  • Eat at Noodles & Company.
  • Get ice cream.
  • Go to the splash pads downtown.
  • Go to the water park.
  • Go to a festival.
  • Go to the movie theater.
  • Play on the McDonalds playground after lunch.
  • Go to family fun festival downtown.
  • Go to the Art Museum and go to the kids area after looking at paintings.
  • Go to the dinosaur museum (Field Museum).
  • Go to the space museum (Adler Planetarium).
  • Have a pajama day. (Although big girl has now requested that we have 100 pajama days.)