Tuesday, October 30, 2012


Also titled: When my house most resembled a meth kitchen.   Much of my lack of posting lately is accredited to the fact that we have no place to call home currently.   We have done a pretty fine job of ripping apart our upstairs--and unlike our downstairs project, we actually USE our upstairs which means that we have no safe place for kids.* **

*Although lockjaw seems like an appealing parenting option at times, we are going to go ahead and skip the tetanus risk in favor for time-outs. 
**Matt's parents have been a very gracious host for the last couple weeks.  

Friday, October 26, 2012


So our sweet Daisy is starting that steady march into girlhood.  The other day she started "singing" along to the abc's- which really consisted of a soft hum with a consonent here or there.  Still awfully sweet. 

I am behind on the development shots but here is 6-7-8. (None of which were actually taken on time!)  

Friday, October 19, 2012

This Guy

We have had a lot of fun celebrating Matt during the last couple weeks.  For his 40th birthday, I took the day off as a surprise and we bummed around Stillwater.  For those of you with young children know, the idea of spending an extended period with your honey is pretty remarkable and beautiful.  So fun.  

We started the day with a trip to the spa-- we sat in a hot tub for a while -- which was awesome post marathon-- then got a couple massage.  Afterward we went to the Green Room for a pretty incredible lunch and then did some light shopping. 

We finished the day with seeing an afternoon movie (Looper).   Oh so much fun!

Not a day over 39.  

Last weekend we had a little gathering at Gastof's for Octoberfest.  I haven't done that in years- but it was a blast!   Thanks to all those who made it a special night for Matt!

I love birthdays and 40 is a legitimate one!    Matt has made me promise to stop asking people to sing to him going forward. . . . despite the fact that it's AWESOME.   So this is it-- Matt's 40!!!!!

Other reasons why we should celebrate Matt?  He took his boards yesterday!  Whew!   Matt is taking three boards in total but is deferring two until next year.  The one he took yesterday was the hardest of the three so we are keeping our fingers crossed!    Congrats Matt!

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Fun Times Had by All

Also titled, How I thought I couldn't run a marathon, but then did and had a blast. Also titled: Shut up and do it. Also titled: If you think you can't you're right. . . etc. etc.

Truth be told the marathon was a lot of fun.  We P-A-C-E-D ourselves the whole way and it worked-- no wall!   We really struggled to not speed up for the first 18 miles or so and the last 8 were filled with bathroom breaks and chats with friends* so the pacing happened naturally.  

Mad props to my sweet husband! I am amazed by this guy so often-- but especially after the marathon. Matt got hurt earlier in the 'season' and was only able to complete a handful of runs-- he planned to run the first 13 with me but then decided at mile 13 to just do another 13. Now that's gusto.

Earlier I talked about wanting to meet a specific goal.  I have to say in retrospect, not having a goal was a LOT of fun.  It meant that I didn't feel badly when this mom** had to go to the restroom a couple extra times, nor did I feel rushed when I stopped to talk to someone. . . but more importantly, I didn't feel like I was dying!  (Let's not understate this one) -- it was just a beautiful day to be outside trotting along with a few thousand  friends.  I am a big fan of the marathon because of the work that goes into you getting to the starting line-- but I am also thankful for the opportunity to be part of a big community of runners with varying degrees of skill-- it's a pretty awesome group of folks.    

 So so so glad I did it.  
The other note, is just a call out to those who helped make it possible.  As you can imagine, when Matt and I both want to do something we need a strong support team to get us over the finish line.  Special thanks to my mother in law who took the kids a couple times so that I could do my long run while Matt worked and to my cousins Jackie and Jon who baby sat (at the crack of dawn no less) our kids during the race.  Oh, and to the internets-- thanks for all the support and encouragement.  

I am not sure what the future*** of marathoning is for Miss Dana--it's awfully hard to fit it in with other life priorities but it was great post-baby goal and gave me a focus for the year of health!  Kicking ass makes you smile a lot.    ;)

*Thanks to those who came out to support us on the course-- you made our day!   **Kegels ladies.  . . .kegels.
***After the Monster Dash 1/2 marathon in three weeks.

Thursday, October 4, 2012

Baby's Got Some Bad Bangs

We are thinking about doing something about the bad hair situation. . . . Daisy has lost all her hair with the exception of the Lyle Lovett bangs.*  I googled bad bangs and got some pretty interesting finds. I dont' know if it is a class you want to group your baby in.   

*My kid is cuter than Lyle.  Not even close.

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

House Progress

As I talked about a couple months ago, with the interest rates being as low as they are, we have played with the idea of moving into a larger house that would accommodate a large family of teens. We did a little looking and just felt like we liked our house better than anything we saw. I did a bunch of contractor quotes and it turns out that it is a lot cheaper for us to finish some space as well. Win/ win! Well, after 4 months of conversations and planning we have kicked-off.

I thought I would give a little update into how the house is progressing. We are doing two projects at the same time as to disrupt our life as little as possible. Call it inertia- but it's almost easier for us if we just do it in one effort versus dragging it out over time. That said, we are going to be staying at my in-laws during part of this so that we aren’t trying to limp along without a water heater or other pleasantries.

Project 1: Finish the basement. I would like to keep working from home from time to time and we would like a way to have the kids home during the day at some point as well. (A nanny would bring us a substantial quality of life improvement and at 3 kids it’s a break-even). Goals: add a bathroom so that I am not up and down the stairs all day (and reminding the kids that I am there)—create a family room (this makes it easier to have our current family room serve as a play area), and 2 bedrooms.
This would make our house 5 bedrooms and 3 bathrooms—not a whole lot of square feet overall, but hopefully we are smart enough with the layout that it will work for the kids as they grow.

Here are the before shots (these are from when we moved in)

Project 2: We haven’t kicked this off yet, but we are hoping to bring more flow into our upstairs layout and better sight lines. Currently our main family room and kid play area is in a room where we need to walk down a hallway to have visibility into what the kids are doing. We also want to create a half wall by the stairs so that the awesome new basement seems more inviting.  Pictures pending !

We are stoked about this—I can’t wait to see it all finished!

Monday, October 1, 2012

Runners with Heart*

 I had a long talk with the coaches in my program and they think I can do it-- just need to adjust down a bit to feel more confident. 

So I am in-- I am going to start out doing a 12 minute mile which I am guessing is going to feel really odd after the speed work outs but eh- whatevs.   Most of my runs were very hit or miss- so my ability to stick at that pace will be dependent on whether or not it is a hit or a miss day.  The 12** minute pace gives me a little bit of a cushion to keep me under 6 in case disaster strikes.  Also, I am giving myself a back door-- if life just totally sucks early say before mile 20, I am giving myself permission to drop.***

James is wearing my new "racing" jersey.  He was excited about my new shirt so we are sharing.
Either way, I think I can finish and I am proud of that.  I was super preggers when I came up with this hare-brained plan and regardless of outcome I did improve my overall health a lot this summer which was my original goal.

So if you are free- come cheer.  My gals**** and I will be trucking along somewhere between 5-6 hours!

*The name of my running group. Appropriate right?

**The speed workout predictor indicates that  I should be able to do the marathon in 4:30, which i don't feel comfortable with-- so god willing this should be do-able. Inshallah.

***I am running the monster dash 1/2 in three weeks and I can always use that race as a goal race!

**** Katy, Britney, Carly and Lady G.