Days Downtown – Summer Checklist

We have been able to slowly get more items checked off of the summer list.

Like:

Going to the Disney Store in downtown Chicago. Our girls like to go to to press buttons on the walls and watch the big tv. Lol.

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We also ate at one of big girl’s favorite restaurants: Big Bowl.

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The list thus far:

  • Make lemonade.
  • Eat at Big Bowl.
  • Go to Millennium Park.
  • Go to Adler Planetarium.
  • Get space ice cream.
  • Go to zoo.
  • Go to Shedd Aquarium.
  • Go bowling.
  • Make banana pudding.
  • Go to the splash pads downtown.
  • Play at Maggie Daley playground.
  • Go to Field Museum.
  • Go to Art Institute and do a JourneyMaker tour.
  • Go swimming.
  • Go to the Children’s Museum.
  • Play at playground.
  • Have a pajama day (with daddy.)
  • See a movie at the movie theater.
  • See a movie outside.
  • Go to the library.
  • Go to the Family Festival downtown Chicago.
  • Make cookies.
  • Read books at home.
  • Ride the train at the mall.
  • Go to the beach.
  • Have a picnic.
  • Go to American Girl Place.
  • Draw pictures and cut them out.
  • Play with legos.
  • Make muffins.
  • Make pasta salad.
  • Play with toys.
  • Go to a festival.
  • Try to go to a water park.
  • Go to the Disney store downtown Chicago.
  • Eat at Rainforest Cafe.
  • Eat at Labriola Cafe.
  • Bake an apple pie.
  • Play games on the iPad.
  • Play Mario game with daddy.
  • Go to the Morton Arboretum.
  • Go to Mimi and Pa’s house.
  • Go to Granny and Pa’s house.
  • Go on a hike.
  • Go to the Museum of Science and Industry.

Kick Starting 2017

A few months ago, my treadmill died…..and then grad school happened……and then the weather turned colder. All of these added up to me completely stopping my training. *sigh* So, after some important conversations and a visit to a local gym, we made the decision to buy a second (and much higher quality) treadmill. Important reason #1: this one is covered by a warranty for several years so if the motor dies on it, it can be fixed. Important reason #2: although a gym membership is enticing, any gym that we go to would be required to have child care on site because I would have to bring the girls. Important reason #3: the convenience factor of having a treadmill in our house so I don’t have to go outside (in weather) is pretty high.

So, here’s my new friend. I’m looking forward to working with her so that I can keep up with my training. Goal? I want to be able to register for any 5K or 10K that I want to without having to worry about whether or not I’ll be ready. And…..I am planning on doing the Glass Slipper Challenge in 2018. Run Disney, here I come!

Plus, it gives me a chance to catch up on my Netflix.....

Plus, it gives me a chance to catch up on my Netflix…..

Vacation Preparation – So Many Movies

Our guest room (also known as the grandparent’s room since that’s where they sleep when they stay over), has become the prep room for our upcoming Disney trip. There are suitcases stacked up, piles of clothes waiting to be packed, and toiletries in various piles. But, we’ve been prepping for this trip for the majority of the summer. We watch a lot of Disney films in our house but a lot of times we end of watching and rewatching and rewatching and rewatching the same ones over and over again (Frozen….Tangled….anything with Tinker Bell in it.) One of our Disney prepping activites has been to watch as many movies as we can.

So far…..

  • Bedknobs and Broomsticks
  • Brave
  • Brother Bear
  • Brother Bear 2
  • A Bug’s Life
  • Cars Toons: Mater’s Tall Tales
  • Chicken Little
  • The Emperor’s New Groove
  • Fantasia
  • Fantasia 2000
  • Finding Dory
  • Finding Nemo
  • The Fox and the Hound 2
  • Frozen
  • Hercules
  • The Incredibles
  • Inside Out
  • Lady and the Tramp
  • Legend of the Neverbeast
  • Lero & Stitch
  • Lilo & Stitch
  • Lilo & Stitch II: Stitch Has a Glitch
  • The Lion King
  • The Little Mermaid
  • Kronk’s New Groove
  • The Many Adventures of Winnie-The-Pooh
  • Mary Poppins
  • Mickey and the Beanstalk
  • Mickey, Donald, Goofy: The Three Musketeers
  • Mickey’s House of Villains
  • Monsters, Inc.
  • Mulan
  • Mulan II
  • Muppet Movie
  • Piglet’s Big Movie
  • Pooh’s Heffalump Movie
  • Robin Hood
  • Secret of the Wings
  • Short Films Collection
  • Sleeping Beauty
  • Stitch! The Movie
  • Tangled
  • Tarzan
  • Tarzan & Jane
  • Tarzan 2
  • Tinker Bell
  • Tinker Bell and the Great Fairy Rescue
  • Tinker Bell and the Lost Treasure
  • Tinker Bell and the Pirate Fairy
  • Toy Story
  • Toy Story 2
  • Toy Story 3
  • Up
  • Wall-E
  • Winnie-The-Pooh

And…..countless episodes of Doc McStuffins, Jake and the Neverland Pirates, Little Einsteins, Octonauts, Sofia the First.

A lot of these are ones that we own, some we watched on Disney Channel and some were on Netflix. (Also, I love Netflix!!!)

I think we’re ready………Now to just get the actual packing finished…..

I did it!

It’s official. I’m a runner. I finished my first 10K! It was an amazing weekend filled with great food (it was at Disney after all.)

701947_10207920985363374_537805546160713003_oAnd lots of excitement…..

12764826_10207926827829432_8953796135603940764_oThere were times when I did doubt myself but I kept going and I ran faster than I expected to.

12747429_10207926829829482_3887288367225104056_oThis was my first Disney race but as soon as I saw that 5 mile marker I was already hooked. It had been a great experience up through that point. There were characters at every mile and that was fun to see. I didn’t actually stop, though, until after the 5 mile mark because I knew that once I made it that far, I was almost done.

My official time: 1:30:35  Not bad for my first 10K.

883611_10207926831029512_1268316121561734432_oAs soon as that medal was around my neck, I started planning my next Disney run. Unfortunately, they are crazy expensive so it’ll be awhile before I can do another one. But, I’ll definitely be back for another run. In the meantime, this week, I started training for a half marathon.

Just keep running. Just keep running.

When I was toward the end of my pregnancy with baby girl, I somehow got it in my head that I wanted to train for a 5K. For someone who has never run, who has never enjoyed running, who has never liked exercise…..this surprised…well…me. People who have been friends with me for a long time will recall that I would announce that “the only reason to run is if you are being chased.”

It seemed a bit daunting but I felt that a 5K was probably doable. Not too strenuous and I wouldn’t have to spend hours running.

Soon after I got it in my head that I wanted to run a 5K, I started to think that someday it might be fun to run a race at Disney World. I guess that I figured that adding the fun of Disney might make me enjoy the running, or at least not dislike the running. I shared that thought with Ryan. He agreed that it would be a good plan. My birthday present was an iPod and a card on which he wrote “if you run, we’ll fly” meaning that if I did the running, we would fly to Florida so I could do a Disney race.

*flash forward a year*

I did not get as much running/training done during baby girl’s first year. That first year of baby stuff is a tough one. Juggling baby girl, big girl, teaching, AND grad school classes meant that I had absolutely no time. But this summer, that changed.¬† I started doing a 5K training app and eventually I graduated from the 5K training and began the 10K. I still kind of have a hard time believing that I’ve been able to do this. I’ve noticed a difference in my energy level. I had noticed a difference in how my clothes were fitting…..until the holiday candies/foods started appearing in my kitchen. And, I’m doing all of this while raising money for Special Olympics. I’m actually looking forward to running. (Well….not every morning….some mornings I am definitely not looking forward to running. Especially now that the colder weather has appeared.)

I’m proud. I’m proud that I’m doing this. I’m proud that I’ve stuck to it. I’m proud that I’ve been able to do this for myself. I’m proud that I’ve been able to do this for my girls. And, I’m proud that I can do this for the athletes in Special Olympics.

If you would like to donate to my fundraising (any little bit helps!!), please click here. The link brings you to my fundraising page. I would also love to hear from anyone with stories about their training. How has it gone for you? What has been the hardest part? What has been the most amazing part?