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March 30, 2010

It was a Happy Birthday

After a wonderful weekend with some of my best friends and family and an awesome show at Go! Comedy, I returned to Minneapolis on my Birthday for more excitement and work wonder.  Thanks to Facebook, everyone who’s anyone remembered that it was, infact, my birthday, and tagged my wall like a flock of gang kids who had found a free case of Krylon.

An excellent day was made infinitely better by a birthday serenade from my two favorite little ladies.

And I capped it all off with a stop at the grocery store, a light dinner, laundry and an early bed time.  I know it doesn’t sound like much, but really, low key was exactly what I was looking for.

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March 29, 2010


Happy birthday to my handsome husband. I love you, you know.

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March 28, 2010

What delights me?

Inspired by the list 100 Ways to Be Delighted I made my own list in February of 2008. I decided I should update my list since I have a new wonderful baby to be delighted about too. I'm working on my list. How about you?

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March 27, 2010

Happy Birthday Dad!

I love you.
chicken dinner

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March 23, 2010

Today's Workout, Skills work and really enjoying myself

I was over at CrossFitMN today for my lunch time workout and I was convinced to do as many rounds of the WOD as I could in my VFFs.  I didn’t too poorly, although I definitely knew when it was time to take the hit on my score and change back into my running shoes.  I solidly finished 800m in the VFFs before my calves suggested that I shift back to my running shoes.  I blame this mostly on the asphalt and really uneven parking lot (and my weak legs…jeez…).  That being said, this is the second WOD of outdoor running that I’ve done in the VFFs and I’m not in much more discomfort than after any normal day at the gym.  The trick now is to increase my distances gradually while not impacting my times too much.  I don’t have a lot of time for extracurricular running at this point, but I might need to find some time on the weekends to get some 400m/800m/400m splits in at the track.  The warmer weather means I can take Rachel with me to the middle school and she can run around until Dad’s winded.  I have a feeling I’ll be done before she is.

I really enjoyed myself today.  Not that I don’t every day, but I’m starting to find a good rhythm. Also, it’s hard to not feel a part of the group there.  Everyone is supportive, friendly and motivated, which really is the recipe for a great community. 

My enjoyment today blossomed out of time.  I had enough of it after the main WOD to work on some of my Olympic Lifting skills, which always need work.  Skills work is different than the WOD.  It’s not (as) grueling, it’s not for time, it’s just exploration.  Not that it’s not work, not true by any means; I was push jerking decent weight for a good 15 minutes, but it was a different focus.  I got to critically analyze someone else’s form and apply it to my own movements, not to mention I received focused coaching on my form, which it desperately needs.

Damian took us through the CrossFit Kids Push Press / Push Jerk evolution and you could see the lights going on in people’s eyes (including my own) once they got under the weight and applied it.  A great day all around.

    AMRAP in 20 minutes (4 rounds of running, 3 rounds of wall balls):
  • Run 400M
  • 40 wall balls

Followed by

    Push Jerk form work:
  • 5x5x5x5 of light to moderate weight (95 lbs). 
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March 22, 2010

Thank you Mom and Dad!

I love you. You made my week a little easier.

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March 21, 2010

Happy Birthday Birdy!

troy and birdy

Happy Birthday Birdy!
Fancy Nancy birthday party

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March 17, 2010

Spring is in the air

We've had near record temperatures here this week and have been taking advantage of the nice weather. "The sun is up. The sky is blue. It's beautiful and so are you."

early spring puddles
melting snow = lots of good stomping puddles

my handsome husband

an afternoon walk
a beautiful day for a walk with the family

enjoying the great outdoors
Miss Julia enjoying the great outdoors

one of Rachel's favorite warm weather activities

play ball
the snow is gone and the pigtails are out

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March 1, 2010

Julia is 6 months old

The stats:
weight - 19lbs 12ozs
height - 26.75 inches
rolls all over the place
can sit for short periods
says Mama
just got two teeth

the jumperoo
big sister, Rachel
her toes

being away from Mom

in the jumperoo

in her BumGenius diaper and striped BabyLegs

hmmm, so we meet again
saying hello to Sophie the Giraffe

first bite
first taste of solid food

little toes peeking out
snuggled in tight after her bath

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