Monday, May 24, 2010

Duathalon Duo

Earlier this month, Kyle and his sister, Courtney, participated in the Falls Duathalon. They competed as a team — with Courtney completing the running portions and Kyle completing the cycling portion.

By chance, they wore the same color shirts that day. And Kyle wore his new cycling outfit for the first time! Doesn’t he look cool? (I love how his arm is strategically placed in front of his ultra-tight shorts. ;)

Here's how the race went:

Courtney took off on a 2-mile run...and came back...

...and then Kyle took off on a 14-mile ride...

...and came back...
...and then Courtney took off on a 3-mile run...

...and came back!

Hmmm. I guess it was more exciting to be there.

And it really was exciting! Both Courtney and Kyle performed well, and it was fun to see them compete as team "Sibling Rivalry." Kyle placed among the top third of the cyclists, which made him (and me) quite proud.

When we arrived home, Kyle immediately began researching other racing opportunities. I think we’ll be busy at cycling events this summer!

Saturday, May 22, 2010

Feeding America Rummage Sale

Both the advertising gods and the weather gods conspired against us, but we persevered! Local bloggers from throughout the metro area raised more than $900 for Feeding America this morning.


One 50-cent piece of clothing at a time, that’s how!

My friend, Molly, organized a huge rummage sale with the help of more than 25 bloggers and their families. All proceeds went to Feeding America — a hunger relief organization that, locally, supports Second Harvest Heartland.

Although the event was a huge success, there a few hiccups (naturally). The signs Molly and I hung up the day before were promptly removed by a maintenance worker. Darn.

And the weather wasn’t what we expected (or, ahem, what had been predicted). Strangely enough, as soon as the sale ended, the clouds parted and the sun began to shine. Not fair.

But none of that mattered. People showed up and were eager to take home some great finds — and support a worthy cause.

I had a fab time and met some wonderful women while sorting through the baby clothing. Too bad the sale wasn’t a few weeks later! We still don’t know whether Bubs is a boy or a girl, so held back from making any purchases. I'm a disciplined girl!

Some snapshots from the day:

Molly, looking quite official at the pay table.

The stuff. Did I mention there was a lot of stuff?

Me with Kate and her adorable daughter, Grace. (I was wearing a hat to protect myself from the sun. They say the rays penetrate the clouds, right?)

Rowan and Kyle hung out for much of the morning. Ro conquered a seriously ginormous slide...

...and a seriously high web climby thingy.

Eventually, the rain came. And the wind. And the thunder. And the lightning.

In the end, though, our efforts will result in much-needed meals for hungry Minnesota children and families!

I'd sit for hours in the rain and cold for that anyday! (Especially among such great women!)

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Wordless Wednesday: Duathalon Dad

Expect more on the race and how Kyle and his sister did later this week!

Monday, May 17, 2010

These Buttons Are Bursting!

Wow... I think it's time to find some loose fitting tops for my expanding belly. Last time, I made it to 20 weeks before needing maternity tops. But sixteen weeks seems to be the turning point this time around.

Any tips on starting a maternity wardrobe? After five years, I feel like a newbie again!

Monday, May 10, 2010

A 3-Year-Old's Take on Sin

You never know when might find yourself engaged in a hilarious conversation with a child. But if you're talking with my niece, Avery, the chances are usually pretty darn good.

Me: "Did you go to church this morning, Avery?"


"Do you sit with your mom and dad and listen or do you play in the nursery?"

"I listen. I can’t go in the nursery."

"Are you too big for the nursery?"


What did the pastor talk about today? [Thinking it might be about mothers or Mother’s Day.]

"Our sins."

“Oh. What did he say about your sins?”

[Reaching one of her arms into the air and pointing to her armpit.] “They’re right in here.”

“Your sins are in your armpit?”

“Yeah. And then they come out my arm hole.” [Opening and closing her hand, as thought it’s talking.]

[Trying not to laugh.] “Wow. So do you do naughty things when your sins come out of your arm hole?”

“No, I do this.” [Wiggles her arm like crazy.] “And then they go back in.”

“Huh. Wow.”

I think I need to research their denomination. Sounds pretty interesting! ;-)

Avery tries to remain calm while Rowan lets his sins escape from his arm hole.

Monday, May 3, 2010

Breakfast in Bed? Not So Much.

I'm not sure why, but when Rowan woke up this morning, he was quite excited about Mother's Day. As is often the case, his enthusiasm led to a rather hilarious conversation.

Rowan: Is it Mother's Day today?!

Nope. Why?

'Cause daddy and I are going to make you breakfast in bed. You know, like when you lay around and eat in your bed so you don't have to walk to the table.

Wow! That sounds really nice.

But I have an even BETTER idea!

You do?!

Yeah, I was thinking we could maybe make you breakfast in the yard.

The yard?

Yeah. Like you could eat your breakfast while you pull weeds and work in the garden.

Oh, wow. Hmmm... You know, I'm not so sure about that.

'Cause Daddy said you want the yard to look really REALLY nice on Mother's Day!

Not really what I had in mind, I must say. ;) I give him points for being a very smooth delegator, though!
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