Seems that I only knit for babies these days :) Luckily there have been quite a few babies born this spring and there are a few more due this summer. I've stuck to booties, and I think this is my new favorite pattern for little girls. They look so dainty!
Looking back through my blog posts, I realized I never posted on my fun encounter with one of our photographers at the Ripon Almond Blossom Festival.
Kori Heuvel took our family photos in the fall of 2011 (which I am just know realizing that I posted on FB and NOT on here~ how did I miss that?! I will go back and fix that ASAP!)
Anyway, Kori and her husband had a booth set up at the Festival and were doing quick photo shoots, with proofs available immediately for purchase (and really, who could pass these up?!)
She had the cutest old-timey props out for our selection and that completely broke the ice with Adaline. She thought the old tricycle was the best thing ever and immediately started talking to Kori about it. And when Adaline is relaxed and talkative, Spencer is relaxed and smiley. It was hard to limit myself to buying just four pictures, because I felt like there were so many good ones to choose from.
I think the idea of a quick photo booth is fantastic, and with Kori's skill, these amazing shots were taken within 10 minutes!!! It was so much fun, and I look forward to next year's booth :) If you live in the area, keep your eyes open for Kori and her husband and know that you're getting an amazing deal if you decide to participate! Thanks again for the opportunity, Kori!
So, did I mention I ran a half marathon in March? It was awesome. I have been running since I was in college- well, really, I've been running since junior high because of competitive soccer, but I started running without soccer in college. Started as a nice escape from one my roommates and her crazy ways, and turned into a nice habit. I go through cycles in my life of running and not running, and I knew that if I wanted to be able to run with two kids, I would have to start running again as soon as I could after giving birth. I had great plans to run through both pregnancies, but was only able to make it a few weeks into both pregnancies before the time was better utilized for sleep :)
Anyway, my doc gave me the all clear to start running again seven weeks after Spencer was born. I wasn't fast, but I was out there. I ran because it was something I could do for myself. So I ran. I continued to run all through the winter and then I decided I needed a goal. I had run a few 5Ks and they were fun, as they usually are, and my time was improving with each one, but I was ready for a new challenge. So I signed up for the Modesto half marathon in March and started training in January. Well, I should say Travis and I started training. It was a time and energy commitment for me, but it was a time and support commitment for Travis, too. Thankfully, he understands my hobby and my decisions, and he helped support me as I trained for and finished my second half marathon.
My goal was to finish in 2:10. My parents, my sister, Travis and our kids came to support and cheer me on at the finish line. I told them based on my training history, there was no chance that would finish the race before 2 hours. Well...to my surprise, my chip time was 1:59. 1:59!!!! I was under two hours!
I'm still running and I still love it, but honestly, I don't miss the long training days. At the bib pick-up the day before the race, I ran into an old friend's brother who is also a runner. He told me that I should train for a full-marathon, and I told him that wasn't for me... and I stand by that- 13.1 miles is far enough for me. I did it (twice!) and I may do it again in the future, but I really don't have the desire or the knee strength (thank you, soccer) to run for four hours. I admire all those who can and do multiple marathons even, but I'm happy as a half-marathon runner.
Thank you, Travis, Adaline, and Spencer, for understanding that Saturday mornings were Mommy's long run days :)
Thank you, Mom, Dad and Hayley for coming to cheer me on in the longest run of my life! I swear your presence in the last 200 yards are what gave me the energy to sprint in and make it under two hours (by seconds!!!)
My dad has been dreaming of driving the grandkids in Grandpa Great's Model T in a parade all winter, and since the summer parade circuit has started he finally had his chance!
It was already warm at 9:30, but they all piled in (expect Spencer, of course) and started waving...
Adaline was so excited to be apart of the parade. She was nervous, but sitting next to Grandpa made everything better and she could not stop talking about it once it was over. As she looked at these pictures with me today, she said, "I was scared of the horses. But then we started going and the horses were gone and then I wasn't scared anymore and it was FUN!" I don't blame her, there were soooo many horses and when you're barely 3 feet tall and still under 30lbs, a horse is a huge being.
We met back up with my dad and the kids at the Sonora fair grounds for lunch in the shade before the rodeo started. We weren't able to stay for the rodeo this time, but maybe next year!
Grandpa spent a little quality time with Spencer at lunch to make up for being too little for the parade and Spencer was in heaven :)
My mom made us promise not to throw her a huge party for her 60th birthday this year, which my sister and I agreed to...instead, my mom told us she wanted us all to go away to a beach house for a week. Um, okay, but only because it's your birthday, Mom! :P
She picked out a beautiful place in Carpinteria, and we all enjoyed every inch of the place (okay, truthfully, I would have enjoyed it more if i had slept through at least one of the nights- thanks, Spencer.)
It was a fantastic week away (even if we were sleep deprived). The area is beautiful, the weather was perfect, and the company was amazing. Happy birthday, Mom!
I know I'm a bit late posting about Easter, but better late than never...
We went to Santa Cruz for the weekend before heading to Southern California for spring break.
I struggle with traveling for holidays because I have such strong memories of being at home for my holidays. I still want our kids to experience all aspects of the holiday (even though we're not at home and they most likely won't remember it anyway because they're still so little), so I packed up their Easter baskets and plastic eggs and we had ourselves an Easter egg hunt!
Adaline was such a sweetheart, helping Spencer find and open his eggs. This was one of my favorite pictures:
She found one, gave it to him, and then leaned over and gave him a kiss on the forehead. I love her personality!
We had a nice Easter brunch with Travis's parents, and then we packed the car and took off for our first ever five-hour car ride with two kids. It went relatively well! It helped that the five-hour car drive ended with The Kids (my niece and nephew) pulling in right behind us and all of us running out the backdoor to the ocean! Pics of the week to follow...
We had a small party for Spencer (Grandma Great, Grandma and Grandpa Tornquist and Walsh, Aunt Sara, Aunt Hayley, Laura and Trace). We talked about having a big first birthday party for him since we never did follow through on having a Welcome the Baby Party when he was born, but neither of us was really sold on the idea of a big party because Spencer is so sketchy on strangers. I envisioned a big group of family and friends over and me holed up in the bedroom with Spencer because he couldn't handle all the people staring at him...didn't sound like much fun. Good thing we didn't because even with just the people that he already knows over, he spent the first hour clinging to me and not wanting to socialize. Thankfully, he finally warmed up and ventured out.
We had a yummy BBQ meal before we opened presents...
And then cake (which Spencer really didn't care for...)
and then a few more presents...
It was a nice and calm party and we all had a great time celebrating the fastest year I've ever experienced :) How on earth can our baby be a year old and taking independent steps?! How is he already only a few pounds lighter than Adaline?! Crazy, I tell you, crazy.