Thursday, May 15, 2014

Ride My Bike with Mom

This may have been my favorite homework answer! I have always had my girls ride their bikes alongside me while I run.  It allows me to feel like I'm still hanging with them, even though I may be squeezing in some me-time or training for another race.  Meg has been riding her scooter and/or her bike with me for the last 8 years and now Bridget is doing the same.  You never know if they consider it boring or "work" or hate it, but when I saw it was her homework answer, I was thrilled :)

Monday, May 12, 2014

Oh Henry! And Candlemaking

Bridget and I met Megan in Columbus for a little "girls" time.  We try not to go more than two weeks without seeing each other while Meg's away at school.  We're a pretty tight knit group, you could say.  We decided to do dinner in the short north and wander in and out of their shops during their Gallery Hop weekend.  Bridget came across this little dog who was set on licking off all her leftover butter (from her buttered pasta).  I can still hear her giggling! We had a great dinner, enjoyed all the shops, and stumbled into this great little candlemaking shop.  We even got to make our candles with the owner, who is simply fantastic!

At the Candle Lab, you first spend time smelling all the different scents they offer.  I think there were over 40! You then narrow your favorites down to about 3-5 and the staff help you mix your own scent.  You even get to create your own label! We all left with our own concoctions and they smell quite good (shocking, right?).

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Another Daisy Field Trip - Planting Flowers

Growing up, I was in Brownies and Girl Scouts.  Loved what you learned and especially enjoyed the little field trips.  B's most recent field trip/learning experience was to plant flowers at the local park.  We bought colorful gardening gloves and a trowel (our current trowel is used for picking up dog poop - not exactly what I want her to use!). Such a fun afternoon!

Look at that smile - she's growing up way too fast!

Saturday, April 26, 2014

Hermes 10-Miler

Loved this race.  They changed the course and I couldn't have been more happy with the new layout.  We started at Edgewater Park, which is absolutely clean and beautiful now that the Cleveland Metroparks took over ownership of it.  The course ran along Edgewater Drive, through the Cleveland westside, circling back through Battery Park before slipping us through an underground tunnel and finishing along the lake. I had been running on the dreadmill all winter...especially since this was one of the coldest winters since I moved up here! I wasn't sure what to expect for a time as I didn't really have a benchmark.  I was thrilled with my time as it was just a hair over one minute off my PR at 1:47:28.  I'll take it.  We were treated with beautiful temps, a newly designed course, and wonderful goodies at the finish line.  Great way to get in a long run with about a thousand of my closest friends.

Love the skyline view of Cleveland!

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Easter Egg Hunts and Easter Tradition

Easter is one of the most underrated holidays.  I love seeing the girls wake up and find their Easter baskets at the table and see their excitement.  For little kids, Easter Egg Hunts are simply wonderful throw-backs to a simpler, fun activity.  We are lucky that we live in a community that still puts on egg hunts, encouraging the kids to bring their baskets.  And Meg, she's still using the same basket with the same grass in it (although the grass is dwindling in size over all these years!). Now that Meg is in college, she still won't miss an Easter weekend.

Sunday, April 6, 2014

My Little Keith Haring

I love kids art shows.  I'm not a fan of having to bring everything home and put it on display (who is, really?). But this year, I just loved B's version of Keith Haring's Blue Dog.  It's a keeper and will be part of our art collection.