Monday, October 31, 2011

Harvest Fest & Halloween!

Tis the season for trick-or-treating!  Marissa had a party at dance class last week and then we headed over to the Andover Community Center for their annual Harvest Festival.  Tonight, we of course went trick-or-treating!  It's been a busy couple of weeks since I got home from San Francisco but I'm looking forward to having life settle down a little bit before the holiday season starts!  Here's a few pictures from the festivities!

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Nike Women's Marathon!

I just got back last night from San Francisco so I don't have my picture downloaded yet but I just had to blog about the race quick!  We had an awesome, amazing, unforgettable weekend!  I loved every moment of San Fran and can't wait to go back!  The race was SO hard and I had to continue to push myself with everything I had to finish it.  I totally underestimated the hills we would be running.  My knee started hurting 20 minutes into the run and so I ran with extreme pain for 11 miles.  There was nothing like seeing that FINISH LINE!  WOOHOO!  The Tiffany necklace is beautiful and I'm SO glad this is finished!  Here's just a few pics to start with and I'll share more once I get them downloaded and organized!  13.1 miles is no small feat for this girl but I'm so glad that I did it and accomplished another goal!  I could NOT have done it without my running partner, Betsy sticking with me the whole way and crossing the finish line together!

Nike Women's Marathon Expo in Union Square

Running with 23,000 people.....pure CHAOS!

Betsy, Amelia & me at the start line before the race!

Beautiful Golden Gate Bridge

Amelia, Keia & Betsy at the bridge!

Thursday, October 13, 2011

San Francisco bound!

Tomorrow we fly out to San Fran and we are officially on our girls weekend vacation!  I'm super excited for the weekend but also have butterflies about my injuries!  I went to physical therapy twice this week but I'm not sure it was super helpful!  I really hope my knee hangs in there and that it is a fun race on Sunday!  I will write all about when I get back!  Wish me luck!

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Marissa's 1st Sleepover!

Well, we've begun a new stage in life!  Marissa had her first sleepover last night!  Emma spent the night at our house because her little brother had to go to an appointment early this morning!  The girls had so much fun and they actually did a great job with going to sleep!  It just brought back so many memories of sleepovers I had with my friends!  Here's a few pics from our night!

Marissa took Emma with her to Cubbies and it was PJ night so they had fun with that!  As a bonus to me, we didn't have to worry about getting their jammies on when they got home! :)

Ready to leave for cubbies!

When they got home, they were good about brushing their teeth and getting ready for bed.  We set up a cot in Marissa's room for Emma to sleep on.  They picked out books to read and then lights out time.  I loved hearing all the whispers coming from the room.  I heard Emma tell Marissa that she has a secret but I couldn't hear what it was!  HA! 

Ready for bed!

This morning, the first question they asked was "Do we have time to play before school?"  So right away they were up and playing Rapunzel.  Then they got ready and were off to school!  SUCCESS!  and now time for a nap for me!


Sunday, October 9, 2011

Pumpkin Patch 2011~!

Yesterday, we enjoyed a beautiful warm fall day and did our annual pumpkin patch trip with the Holgrimson family!  This year the animals were sparse and there was no corn maze so it was a little disappointing but the kids still enjoyed the hay ride and picking out their own pumpkins!  Here's a few pictures from our day!

Thursday, October 6, 2011


Marissa got a postcard in the mail today from her preschool teachers.  Yesterday, when I picked her up, Mrs. Lee told me that she was so proud of Marissa for noticing there was a girl who didn't have any friends to play with and asking her if she wanted to play with her.  Way to go Marissa!  Proud of you!  Here's a pic of the postcard:

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

11 days to go!

11 days until I'm running that half-marathon and now I have another injury.  I am SCARED because I am in so much pain!  I did something to my knee while running and I have really hurt myself.  So now I have a left knee that is in trouble and a right foot that still will I ever run 13.1 miles like this?????  I'm off to ice my knee and take some ibuprofen while Marissa is in school!!! 

Monday, October 3, 2011

Lazy Sunday?!?!?!

Is there such a thing as a lazy Sunday in our home.....not for the past 5 years there hasn't been!  Both the kids were up at 5:55 A.M.!!!!  So instead of lazing in bed, we got up and proceeded to get things done around house.  10 loads of laundry washed, dried and put away; the entire house cleaned; banana bread baked; two bedrooms furniture moved around; Sunday school attended; and then we brought the kids to Anoka County Farms for some fall fun.  Marissa enjoyed her 1st pony ride and loved the bounce house!  After some rest time, we then biked up to the park to enjoy the beautiful fall weather!  It was a busy day and now we find ourselves at the beginning of another busy week!  Next week is the big San Francisco trip so I hope this week goes by fast!  Here's some pics from yesterday!

Tony's 10K Race!

On Saturday, Tony participated in his first 10K (aka 6.2 miles) race in St. Paul!  I'm super proud of him for taking on the challenge and for finishing strong!  Now, I'm trying to convince him to do a half-marathon next year but he seems to be resisting that thought!  HA!  I guess he has heard me complain one too many times about the torture of running that far!  Here's a pic of Tony & John after the race!  Congrats!