Thursday, March 29, 2012

$10 Tooth?

Another lost tooth. And this time Miss-Six-Year-Old wrote the Tooth Fairy a letter requesting $10 instead of the past $1 in exchange for her precious tooth. This is an Economist's daughter for sure!


Monday, March 26, 2012

World Vision Weekend

Viewers Beware- my uncanny ability to puff my belly out after carbo-loading to create the faux preggo belly. I am NOT pregnant. We were laughing so hard when I asked Ry to take a fake pregnant picture at sunset to send to Natalie. Freaky huh?
This past weekend Mimi & Papa drove from Michigan to spend the weekend with us. Ry and I spent Friday night alone walking around Tarry Town eating delicious, cheesy paninis, Greek salad, & coffee. Isn't the Tarry Town sunset so beautiful on the Hudson with the Tappan Zee in the background? Following sunset, we drove to the city and spent the night in prep for the World Vision Race the following morning. The race was fantastic but I didn't take a single picture! Ry's goal was sub 1:30 and he finished in 1:23!!! My goal was an 8:30 pace and my overall pace was 8:24, finishing at 8 min pr for me. The weather was perfect- warm (50), no wind, & a lovely flat course.
And...the long-awaited salon with Mimi in prep for the Father-Daughter dance. We borrowed hot rollers from Lindsay, painted nails, let the girls wear make-up, etc for this grand event. All the girls' friends were going to the dance, and I'm thrilled Ry was home & his dad were in town & able to take our girls.

Ellie kept begging Ry to get dressed & requested that he spike his hair like he does "for Momma." Then, she decided she had better style Daddy herself.

Saedi proud of her $18 corsage- yikes!!!

Off to the ball
And yesterday was a lazy day- church, Home Depot, lunch out, napping, playing, and the guys beginning on our garden!

We ended the evening with a small birthday celebration for Mimi-
chocolate gelato
sprinkled cookies
carrot cake

So thankful for family & a lovely weekend


Sunday, March 25, 2012

Flowers Make Me Happy

Breezes blowing thru open windows. Warmer, lighter nights. Sunny days. Happy smiles. Dirty nails. Ripped jeans. Baths. Later dinners. Picnics. Sweet popsicles. Sunburns.Tired children. Good appetites. Chirping birds. Hyacinth & Daffodil buds. Green grass. Flowers!


Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Mystic, CT Trip

Sunshine. Warm sand. Icy Ocean. Giggling. Wind. Freedom. Family. Friends. Picknicking. Lobster Rolls. Pizza. Exploring. Climbing. Running. Cuddling. Smiling. Shining. No whining. Spying. Ooohing & Ahhhing. Thankfulness.


Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Paint Makes Everything Better

I love to paint and since the weather starting warming up I've got the paint bug. Months ago, we picked up this piece for $25 in Newburgh off Craigslist. I'm a sucker for bookcases with glass doors and this piece was a steal. I lived with this the way it was for a while and then I got inspired to paint (after a LOT of sanding, of course)

Royal blue and true while are the colors I decided on. De-cluttered the shelving, bought a cute lamp from target, and displayed one of Ellie's paintings helped make this brighter. I'm already happier with the dining room. Now if only I could have a new table...:)


Monday, March 19, 2012

Lynette's NYC half

A while back I applied for the lottery to run the NYC half marathon. I didn't get in, but a couple of my friends did. Meghan & Sean got in and had a fantastic race. However, I'm mostly proud of Lynette who had never run more than 3 miles before December, and after only 3 months of training finished her 1st half marathon yesterday!!! For the past 3 months Lynette trained hard and changed her eating habits to more of a primal/paleo lifestyle and I've so enjoyed being with her thru this journey. Once I didn't get in the race I told her I'd do all I could to run it with her, and thankfully I was able to I run up to mile 12 with her without much notice.

We took the train into Harlem on St Patricks Day with was crazy. The train was packed with crazies but it was a fun ride. Ben met us at the Harlem station and he walked us to his place where we dropped our bags and then headed out for packet pick-up, lunch, browsing, etc. It's so wonderful having friends in the city who know their way around! We spent the rest of the evening gearing up for the race, eating dinner on Ben's apartment room, and watching movies. Perfect!

Up early the next morning and taxied out to Central Park to begin the 6 mile loop. Ben & Lynette doing some exaggerated stretching before the race.

Daffodils! Ben assured us that Lynette needed two coaches and ended up running the entire half with us as well. We ended up finding a few shirts that people discarded along the way so we used Ben to wear/carry the gear for us :)
Times Square section- loved the girl in the purple tutu.
A little entertainment
Battery Park. Almost to Lincoln Tunnel. Great view of Brooklyn Bridge. Almost done. Goooo Lynette!

My camera died from taking too many pics so I didn't get any of Lynette at the finishing line. Steven met us at the finish and got a lot of fantastic pics and Ben made videos documenting her progress throughout. What a fun first race for her!
Lunch at IHOP after with a delicious caramel hot chocolate.