Monday, May 19, 2014

First Communion

Emma, Will, and Grandma Cathy (that's my wedding veil on her head, yay!)

Hard to believe we have arrived at first communion already!
She was so excited.

We studied.
Memorized prayers.
Made crafts (Emma's teacher is amazing).
Did first confession.

And had a long talk about not making sour faces after tasting the communion wine.

Welcome to the table little one!




Friday, May 16, 2014

Let's Do it Again

Mile one, just for fun
Mile two, just for you
Mile three, just for me
Mile four, give me more
Mile five, I am alive
Mile six, just for kicks
Mile seven, I am in heaven
Mile eight, it feels great
Mile nine, I'm right on time
Mile ten, let's do it again

No one ever talks about miles 11-13.1! :)




pre-run selfie


A few weeks ago the boy and I ran the Safari Park half marathon in San Diego.  I have really been looking forward to this one!



I was pretty happy with this picture.  The only one I took while in motion, shot from the hip (literally...I had the camera tethered there).  I am always impressed by the runners who do the whole thing carrying flags!


That guy, on the right there, is running barefoot....he has his shoes tucked into the back of his shorts.  I can't even imagine 13.1 miles barefoot.

Now, I studied the course before hand, and knew it had three good sized hills, but it is something else entirely to be standing at the bottom and know what you have in store.


Quite possibly my favorite sign along the course!  There is truth in that.


Running through the park was pretty cool!  The elephants and rhinos were my favorite.

Only one half marathon left on the books this year.  I wanted to enjoy and sight see the zoo run so it was a little bit slower than I am capable of.  But the next one is going to be a time goal!

And then it's planning for next year, maybe next year will be the year for me to check a marathon off my bucket list.   I do love the half marathon distance though, the run at Mammoth is pretty high on on wish list too.  

Moms and their little boys



Here's a photo from a recent wedding we attended.  Bob was so excited to bust a move. 
This is the one picture I got of us dancing that wasn't blurry.

I kinda really like that little guy of mine!

Stumbling on Happiness

Can you predict what is going to make you happy?  Turns out humans are kind of terrible at that.  Daniel Gilbert's book is the non-fiction equivalent to Coelho's The Alchemist.

Using examples from psychology research Gilbert details why it seems we always pick the slowest line at the grocery store or how come that chocolate chip cookie never quite tastes as good as we imagined it would.

My favorite quote from the book, about determining our future with foresight...

Foresight is fragile talent that often leaves us squinting, straining to see what it would be like to have this, go there, or do that.  There's no simple formula for finding happiness.  If our great big brains don't allow us to go surefootedly into our futures, they at least allow us to understand what makes us stumble.

I've really been liking hanging out in the non-fiction section of the library.  Who know what I might find next to pick up!

Friday, May 2, 2014

Reno's Run or Dye

My little non-athlete watched his sister participate in two different 5K color runs.  He was pretty sure that we were playing favorites and so when then next one came around, Bob really wanted to run it.
 
 
He did awesome. 
We were a little slower than sister and Dad but mostly because Bob was on a mission to get as colorful as possible.


View from the top
 


The aftermath.
As the color swirled down the drain, little voices could be heard talking about "THE NEXT TIME...."
 
 
 
Never been to a color run?  They are pretty fun!  Here's our finish line party 
 


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