October 31, 2011

Fwd: Halloween Parade


> Ariel in all her glory (sans wig)

October 30, 2011

Trick or Treat

Halloween isn't until tomorrow, but we had trick or treat last night. They do it up BIG here...it's more of a party for the grownups than for the kids. So, it's best to have trick or treat on the Saturday night closest to Halloween. I picture parents waking up hung over while their kids are polishing off the last bag of M&Ms. I'm proud to say we didn't do either, but I do remember something about a jell-o shot, some really good guacamole, a lady mowing her lawn at 7:30 pm, and an apparent arrest of T-Rex and Scooby Doo.

October 16, 2011


Happy Birthday to our FAVORITE Grandpa! We hope your day is filled with ALL of your favorite things!!

October 14, 2011


Took a road trip to Chicago today to show Kanani her place of origin. We left having only spent $40 for a new outfit and glasses for Kanani and $24 on lipgloss for mom at Bloomingdales. Oops, delete......

October 12, 2011

The Farm

Today was the very first school field trip. We went to Green Meadows farm. It was great!! There was pumpkin picking, chick holding, pony riding, cow milking, and goat feeding. And last, but not least, on the way home, there was worn-out-kiddo side-ways sleeping!

October 9, 2011


Beautiful day for a hike!!
Also, Go Brewers!!

October 8, 2011

P- is for Pumpkin

We took our annual trek to the pumpkin farm today. It was an absolutely gorgeous day! We were in tank tops, shorts, and skirts. Last year, there were snow flurries. I like this year's version much better!


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October 5, 2011

26.2 (about)

On September 25, 2011, I decided I'd run a marathon; that's the good news. The bad news is that the marathon was on October 2, 2011. At the time, it seemed like a totally reasonable goal (yes, that is sarcasm) so I set out on Monday and ran 7 miles, a WHOLE seven miles. It went great and I figured I only had to run 19.2 more on marathon day. Piece of cake!

And it was a piece of cake, kind of, or was it that I ate a piece of cake at the finish?? I can't remember exactly, but I DID finish in 4:43:41. Now, I'm not one to toot my own horn (I find that tasteless), but I'm using this as an exception. I'm tooting it because not only did I run a marathon (actually it was more like 26.53 miles, according to my GPS watch), but I did it with NO training AND I had FUN, which is really the ultimate goal! My time will not go down in any record books nor was it even close to a PB for me, but time aside, it WAS a personal best. In the extra time I took to run this marathon, I was able to use the bathroom (on more than one occasion), text my favorite fans to let them know where I was, and I was able to take in the beautiful scenery. Equally important are the lessons I learned from running this marathon: I learned that I really am capable of amazing even myself and that when in doubt, I should always say YES when it comes to exercise. The elation I felt from finishing this marathon far outweighs any feeling I could have had from sleeping in, drinking coffee, and eating a cinnamon roll that morning. Therefore, my new motto is this: when in doubt, WORK OUT! Chances are you'll never regret it!

This race is a great one, and if you ever have the opportunity to run a marathon without having trained for it, then this is the marathon for you!!

Happy running, everyone!

October 1, 2011


We've been waiting a whole week for the sun to shine. We are soaking up every last ray!!