Sunday, August 28, 2011

Where have we been?

I haven't blogged in a few weeks because we have just been enjoying summer and I have been trying to keep away from the computer as much as possible!  I haven't been taking a lot of pictures either.  We have really been enjoying just being outside and being active!  Every night we go on a family bike ride to the park!  It's such a great time for us to just hang out and enjoy the beautiful summer weather!  We have been to Bunker Beach many times enjoying the pool time that we have left!  We have been busy working on our garden and we just harvested so many yummy veggies tonight!  Tonight we also enjoyed a campfire with s'mores!  I just downloaded the pics from my phone so I'll let the pics once again do the talking!!!

Another race accomplished!

I participated in another race on Saturday!  This one felt close to home since it was a race that is held in honor and to remember Officer Shawn Silvera.  He was a Lino Lakes Police officer that was killed in the line of duty back in 2005.  The money that is raised is donated to the organization that helps families of law enforcement that are killed in the line of duty.  Since my dad and brother are both in this field it feels like it hits close to home!  It was fun to have officers along the race path cheering us on!  Not only is a great cause but it was the race that our Moms on the Run group have been training for all summer.  Here's a few pics we got from race day!

Emma & Marissa came to cheer us on!

Marissa, Keia, Betsy & Emma

Betsy & I with our boys!

Moms on the Run group that participated on race day!

Thursday, August 11, 2011


We spent all day on Monday at Valleyfair with Grammy, Cam, Tara, Degen & Lukas.  It was such a fun day!  Lukas & Marissa had a great time on the "Little Kiddie" rides while Degen enjoyed the big roller coasters!  Highlight of the day was when we stood in line for literally 2 hour for one ride at the waterpark!  Here's our group picture we took!!!

Saturday, August 6, 2011

Foot Update.....

As many of you know I've been struggling with a pain in my right foot when running.  I've been to the doctor for an X-ray and MRI that came up with a "normal" result.  So yesterday, I had an appointment with a podiatrist to see if he could figure out what was wrong.  He diagnosed me to have Morton's Neuroma which is a problem caused by repetitive stresses caused by running.  The neuroma is a build up of scar tissue surrounding a nerve of the foot caused by repeated microtrauma to the nerve.  Which then puts stress on the nerve causing the scarring.  He is going to fit me for a custom molded orthotic to put in my shoe and wants me to buy a different running shoe.  The great news is that I don't have to stop running!  So at least I know what it is now and what to do for it!  My 13.1 mile half-marathon is only two months away so I need to get some relief to finish the training schedule for it!  So, hopefully these two things will be the fix to it!!!!  I'll keep you posted!

Monday, August 1, 2011

Another week....

Well another week flew by and we are recoperating for our busy weekend!  Good thing it's a rainy day so that we have a good excuse to just stay home and rest!  Marissa & Brody are playing so nicely at the moment so I thought I would take advantage to do a little blogging! 

We started off the weekend with a little date night.  After the kids went to bed, Grammy came over and we walked over to Caribou Coffee for some uninterrupted discussion!  HA!  I don't think we got the world's problems solved but it was so nice to have an hour to ourselves without little voices trying to talk to us!  Beautiful night to sit outside and enjoy summer!

Saturday, Marissa & I volunteered at our community garden's market stand.  She loved "helping" and even got the opportunity to see Emma for a few minutes.  Emma has been gone all week at her G & G's so she was really missing her! 

Emma & Marissa

Then we were on our way to Prior Lake for Abby's 2nd birthday party so we decided to swing through Shakopee just for old times sake.  We drove past our old house and by all of our old hangouts!  Everything looks the same but a lot of things have been built up in 5 years when we were there last! 

We then headed to the Whitmore's for Abby's party!  I don't know why I didn't take any pictures since I did bring my camera!  She had lots of guests and LOTS of presents! 

Sunday, I got up early to meet Betsy for our 4 mile training run!  It was SO HOT!  Glad we got it done early!  Then we were supposed to go to Como Zoo but it was way too hot so we spent the whole afternoon at Bunker Beach!  It was a much better choice then melting at the zoo! 

Here's a couple random pics I took this week! 

Putting on our shoes on the way out the door!

Fun times at the Y:  Marissa, Brody, Emma & Kolden

Playing in the "FORT"!

Brody's latest obsession!