August 22, 2011


This weekend I finished my first marathon POST WEE BEAN.
The Edmonton Derby marathon started at 7:30 am and it was already HOT!!  By the end, I felt like a piece of bacon left on the frying pan.  It was so HOT HOT HOT!
I am really lucky to have great support from Darcy and often Grama and Joy (our new found Nanny).  BLESS them all, they've enabled me to get a few (and I mean very few) long runs in.
I went into this race undertrained and all around not mentally ready.  I suffered from the nastiest of all nasty flus a couple of weeks ago that took me out of any training for two full weeks.  Unfortunately they were my two biggest weeks of training, I was just too ill.  I had a time goal in mind, to qualify again for Boston. I wasn't able to run it when I qualified in Dec 2009 thanks to the arrival of our sweet little man Andrew (he's so worth missing a marathon for!).  Every race has a goal but this one was simply 3:45:59!  Nothing less, nothing more.  Unfortunately Sunday was just not my 'feel good' race day.
In the end I finished the marathon but it wasn't pretty and I crossed just over 4 hours.  :(
I had a few visits with the port-o-potties along the way and I think I walked as much as I did for my ironman marathons.  However, I crossed that finish line to see my favorite boys waiting with smiles!  And I am realizing just how fortunate I am to be able to RUN!
I can't lie, the city of Edmonton made me super happy to live in Calgary but it was a great adventure and now I have no where to go but up. FASTER!  Now which one to do next.....??

A few little tid bits I took away from the weekend.

** I am so lucky to be able to put one foot in front of the other.  Health is so important, I'm so grateful to have mine and I hope I never take it for granted.
** Marathon training, or training of any kind, is not just about the athlete.  It is about the sacrifice your entire family makes.  I've spent hours and hours away from Darcy and Andrew and left them to pick up the slack.  They make it easier.  Everyone gives.
** Running makes me happy.  Why would I ever give it up?  As long as I can move forward I will feel alive (but I still need that BQ time damnit!)
** Being active is a way of life.  I want Andrew to know all about this.
** The City of Edmonton is my new least favorite place on the planet (did I mention that already?)  I have my reasons, honest.
** NO MORE GATORADE... EVER!  Gatorade has never worked for me in the past, why would I think it would work for this race.  Duh.
**  People that come out to cheer on racers early in the morning are Saints!  It was great to see smiles and happy folks along the race course.
**  Most memorable moment of this race was high 5ing my little (and big) man at 22 km.  I won't forget it.
**  Race morning is even more hectic with babies.... but you make a list, be organized and it all comes together.

PAIN really is temporary (and there was a LOT of it on Sunday).  I didn't achieve the time I'd hoped for but I have another 42.2 under my belt.

This was the crib the hotel offered.  REALLY?  Would you put your baby in this?  GAH!
We stuck with our playpen.

Thanks to party central none of us slept much the first nite.  This is Andrew's sleepy look at breakfast.  Poor dude!

Andrew loves Curious George (thanks Lisa)

Andrew checking out what this hotel has to offer and showing off his standing alone moves.

Soooooooo KEWL!

Daddy and Bean planning race day strategies.

Race package pick up racing!


Daddy's old house at the U of A campus.  So neat to see this.  Darcy took us on a campus tour. We had a Subway picnic on the lawn in the shade.

The nite before park time.
LUV my boy.

My reward at the finish line.

WE are so tired!  A round of showers and naps please!

August 19, 2011

FRIDAY Favorites!

Grama LUV!

Hamming it up!

Gotta taste test!

Making Banana Bread

Bringing in the horses


Making fence gates with Grampa

August 16, 2011

Through Laurie's Lens...

Pictures mean the world to our family.
The photos below say so much and the model is a little bit of a dream.  He brings us amazing amounts of joy, blessings, and love every second of the week.
Laurie Souchotte has become our personal photographer and we are so grateful.  I met her through her hubby Joel, who I used to train with. She is a delight and I feel like she is one of Andrew's Aunties.  Not sure why but I feel like I've known her my whole life.  Ever met someone like that?
She has done sessions with wee Bean since he was only days old and we are so lucky to have Laurie capture our special little man and so many of his smiles.
Through Laurie's Lens has become a part of our family  You can also find her on Facebook.
Laurie is fairly new at photography but has a rare talent and continues to develop her amazing skills.  She sees life through her lens, things most of us would just pass by.  Even more special, she has a fabulous way with little ones.  She is patient, funny, and so understanding of the ups and downs of our mini.  Please check out her fabulous blog, her photos make me sigh. I look forward everyday to see what she posts.  Her blog captures a little bit of everything, people, critters, countryside, activities, you name it.
Here are a few of her photos of the famous WEE BEAN ANDREW!  (She gave me the OK to post her work.)

August 14, 2011


Andrew officially has TWO teeth!!
I'm told the bottom two are the first to "usually" arrive but the Wee Bean does things his very own way.
One on the bottom and one on top... in that order.  My guess is the second tooth on top will arrive this week.  Andrew has been a super trooper about it, so far anyway.
HUGS to our wee man.  It seems he is more of a little boy than a baby.  How does that happen?
Hope you all had a nice weekend.
Good nite!

One tooth on the top, one on the bottom!

When did our baby turn into a little boy?

August 13, 2011

Ahhh summer.


SUMMER is my favorite!

Now if I could just get that camera in the water with me!

Watching the big boys.


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