November 29, 2010

November Recap

 Luke used his birthday gift tickets from his beloved Mr. & Mrs. Marble Man (Thanks, Buehlers).  He and Craig enjoyed perfect weather watching a less than perfect game.
Craig told me it was a fun experience
(minus the sloshing beer and potty mouths).
This month had a remarkable hike in temperature.  We reached the seventies, and the kids and I couldn't help but get out a few more times before we're completely couped up for winter.  It also prompted me to go out and get Lydia her very first 2 wheel bicycle.  Look closely... it even includes a snap-on Barbie bike so Barbie can ride in style with my sweet baby cakes!
Craig finished his first full marathon (26.2 miles) on November 6th.
 It inspired me/us to have the kids participate in THEIR first "run".  Craig's been running in the Turkey Trot Race in Miamisburg, Ohio for a few years.  It's on the morning of Thanksgiving, and I registered the kids to do the 1 mile Fun Run.  We left Craig (who went on to run 5 miles at a fast and steady pace, placing #545 of 4649 runners, YAY)

The kids and I completed our 1 mile in just 22 minutes!
Luke started with a bolt, until I explained that it's not a race he can "run".  He of course completed the entire thing, but midway through told me,
"This is REALLY long!"  ha ha
I guess he imagined he'd be sprinting to a checkered flag.

Lydia was engulfed by the mass of people around us and took off with a steady jog right from the start.  She lasted a few minutes before I encouraged her to just walk.  (I posted the video below of her chugging along).  There were plenty of distractions, so she ended up walking at least 3/4 of the distance.  The other 25% of the time she spent in my arms.
At one point, I asked her if she liked this.  Her answer,
"I don't want to like it."
AWESOME ANSWER!  Who does?!?!!!
It WAS a fun experience though.  The temperature wasn't freezing and the rain let up for a bit, so we weren't completely soaked to the bone.
I believe we've found a new Thanksgiving tradition!
Gobble, Gobble
"I think I can.  I think I can."

November 26, 2010


I'm SO GLAD that on MOST days,
my children are  F R I E N D S ! ! !

November 17, 2010

Bad Winter? We'll see...

I just posted this on facebook.
I decided to also put it here on my blog, so I would remember to come back and check its accuracy once winter passes. 

"Wondering if it's true- Can a caterpillar's color predict our winter weather? I've seen 3 black ones in 2 weeks- a sign of a BAD winter.
Another supposed sign of a bad winter... excessive acorns. A friend just told me they had so many acorns this year that they needed a shovel to remove them from their yard! Anyone see 2 woodpeckers sharing 1 tree? This is strangely another sign (according to the Farmer's Almanac)."

November 12, 2010

If These Walls Could Talk

Lydia: Luke, will I be a big boy like you someday?
Luke: No. You'll be a mommy. About 100 years ago, Mommy was a little girl like you.  Then she grew up and turned into a mommy.

Awww..... cute!  Well, minus the 100 years ago part!

November 9, 2010

English is a Stupid Language.

Let's Face It... English is a Stupid Language.

There is no egg in the eggplant,
No ham in the hamburger,
And neither pine nor apple in the pineapple.
English muffins were not invented in England,
French fries were not invented in France.

We sometimes take English for granted,
But if we examine its paradoxes we find that:
Quicksand takes you down slowly,
Boxing rings are square,
And a guinea pig is neither from Guinea nor is it a pig.

If writers write, how come fingers don't fing?
If the plural of tooth is teeth,
Shouldn't the plural of booth be beeth?
If the teacher taught,
Why hasn't the preacher praught?

If a vegetarian eats vegetables,
What the heck does a humanitarian eat?
Why do people recite at a play,
Yet play at a recital?
Park on driveways and
Drive on parkways?
How can the weather be as hot as heck on one day,
And as cold as heck on another?

You have to marvel at the unique lunacy of a
language where a house can burn up as it burns down,
And in which you fill in a form by filling it out
And a bell is only heard once it goes!

English was invented by people, not computers,
And it reflects the creativity of the human race.
(which of course isn't a race at all)

That is why:
When the stars are out they are visible,
But when the lights are out they are invisible.
And why it is that when I wind up my watch
It starts,
But when I wind up this poem
It ends?

November 6, 2010

Run, Forrest... Run

Welp... he did it!
Craig completed his first full marathon this morning in Indianapolis!  He did great- finishing as place #1238 (there were approx 10,000 participants between both the half and full marathon routes).  The race started at a bitter temperature of 31 degrees and didn't rise above the 40's; the sun peeked out though, so that helped a smidge.
I went with the kids to cheer him on, yet unexpectedly we LOVED witnessing ALL of the runners accomplishing their goals.  What a tremendously inspiring sight to see!

November 2, 2010

Just Horsin' Around

Craig always coordinates his costume at school with the
other assistant principal.  They're so goofy.