Just Keep Swimming

To sum up how we have been since my last post in two words: extremely busy.

Between finishing my Master’s degree, working, juggling everyone’s schedules and the holiday season it feels like I am finally just starting to be able to come up for air. Here’s hoping that our 2014 will be a little more stress free and full of amazing adventures.

Things that we have been able to squeeze in during our free time:

  • Attend three super cute kids birthday parties
  • Took the cutest trash can and ladybug you’ve ever seen trick-or-treating
  • Ran another 5k that benefited the Woodland Park Zoo
  • Had a nice visit from my Mom and step-dad Gary for a long weekend
  • Took Jimi and Cecilia to their first movie in the theater
  • Celebrated James turning 30 years old with a jam session and an old fashioned house party
  • Take Jimi and Cecilia for a trip on the Santa Train on the Snoqualmie Railroad
  • Had a nice surprise visit and dinner with James Aunt Ali and her boyfriend Dan
  • Celebrated and early Thanksgiving with my family
  • Had a date night via Jimi’s preschool’s parent’s night out
  • Stated taking Jimi to speech therapy once a week (hopefully I’ll get to another post on that soon)
  • Had a fun and delicious Thanksgiving with James’ Dad, step-mom Karen,  his Jennifer, and Grandma Dorothy
  • Traumatized Cecilia and made Jimi’s dreams come true simultaneously when they both met Santa
  • Enjoyed a lovely Christmas Eve with James’ Mom, step-dad Jamie, and Jennifer
  • Spent Christmas with my Dad, his girlfriend Ann and my sister’s family

know there is more but my brain is fried. If I forgot anything super awesome that we did with you, please forgive me.

And just because I love looking at pictures of my cute family over and over here is a little slide show of the last few months. Enjoy!

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Inadververntly Teaching Our Kids

In March I signed up for my first 5k since Cecilia was born so I started getting pretty serious about my quest to get back in shape and lose the baby weight. After I completed that race I signed James and I up for the “Yankee Doodle Dash” in Everett for the 4th of July. Around that time I also started a post-natal workout series called “Pretty Fierce Weight Loss“. The program is pretty intense and will kick your butt, but I highly recommend it for anyone trying shake the baby weight or just wanting to get toned in general.

The Yankee Doodle Dash was James’ first 5k so he started joining me on runs, which meant we had to take the kids along with us in our super sweet double jogging stroller. Pushing the stroller while running without being able to use your arms is not super sweet, however. At the end of each of our runs Jimi would ask to get out and run with us. Then he started asking for running shoes and doing my indoor workouts with me. I commented to James that I thought that was pretty funny that Jimi was so interested in all of that. James pointed out that it’s because Jimi sees us doing it and that we were setting a good example.

And there you have it, an inadvertent life lesson. I hadn’t thought of it like that but James is right. In our own quests to be healthy and active, we have without trying, begun installing that in our kids. And I think that is pretty cool. I hope that as they grow they will continue to be healthy and active and will maybe even find a sport or activity that they are passionate about.


The four of us after James and I finished our 5k.


Sleepy girl after one of our morning runs.


Jimi running circles around the house with his scooter.

By the way, James finished the 5k (which was really 3.5miles not 3.1 because of mapping error) and did amazing, finishing under his goal of 30 minutes.