Wednesday, June 18, 2008
Tuesday, June 17, 2008
Sheila Vuckovich said "I am blessed with seven planned, prayer-for and adored children. For some reason, the size of my family makes people think they can ask the rudest questions." Here is my Top 5 questions you should never ask a Mom:
1. Yes, they all have the same father (25 years of marriage and he still digs me!)
2. Yes, I know what causes it.
3. Yes, I would like to have more.
4. Yes, we own a TV.
5. No, one of us is not going to get fixed! (We are not broken).
Also replying was Julie Adams, mother of 3 children under the age of 4 (this sounds VERY familiar!!!). She says that she hears almost daily "You have your hands full!". She said she is tempted to respond by saying "And you don't! So be a peach and hold the door.".
This cracked me up - especially the last part. I'm not kidding - I hear that comment almost daily. I know we are quite a sight to behold - me and the 3 of my kids and sometimes an extra kid or two with me at the grocery store, or at the gym, or anywhere for that matter. But STILL!!
Saturday, June 14, 2008
Josiah and Coach Scott...first at-bat!
The game was very fun. The season was supposed to start back in May and run through the middle of June. It got pushed back because it coincided with another sport, and so this was the first week. The bummer of that is that Josiah will miss the next two weeks while we're in Florida, miss team pictures too. Oh well - I guess he doesn't know any better. He's been saying for the last two days that he plays a sport...he plays t-ball in REAL life!!! So fun!! After the t-ball game, we went STRAIGHT to a birthday party at the pool for Merideth Wiedmaier. The pool felt GREAT seeing as how we had the race and then the t-ball game. We finally made it back home at 3:30 pm (after leaving the house at 6:30 AM). Jacob & Callie fell asleep in the car. They're taking a nap now and then it's off to see David play softball! WHAT a day! We're not going to both games though - we'll go during the dinner break and then see some of the next game (perhaps!) We'll ALL sleep good tonight! Next week it's VBS and trip planning for Florida - yippee!!
Here are the kids with Miss Lindsey - she watched the kids for us during our race. She was wonderful! She had the kids near the finish line watching for us - it was the best - and they were all so happy!
David attaching his timing chip...these chips were very frustrating!!! For my half-marathon, we had to cross OVER a pad at the start for the chip to activate. I assumed it was the same for this race. So they blew the horn, and the crowd started moving. We didn't start running because we were waiting to cross the start pad. Well, after walking for 3-4 minutes, we realized that there was NO start pad, and that we'd just wasted those minutes!! So annoying. My sister said that for some of these little races, they start the chips all at the same time when the gun goes off, rather than for each individual runner. Oh well. It threw us off because then our pace was off and we weren't totally sure of our time splits. Oh well.
Here's the happy, sweaty runners!! It really was a great race - nice and shady for a lot of the parts of it. I LOVED running it with David - this was my first little "local" race and it was so fun...David's first race at all, of course and he did great. We both felt good and had a good strong race. Our time was somewhere around 46 minutes. Again, annoyed about that, but nothing we could do. We were hoping to do it in 45 minutes. A great 5 mile run though!
Jacob enjoying the post-race snacks! I ate a piece of pizza too - it tasted so good! I realize that sounds weird to most of you - to eat pizza at 9 AM, but after you've run for an hour, you'd be surprised ! Jacob agreed - he ate the whole piece! Then it was time to get ready for the kids' 1 mile fun run!
David and Callie, waiting for the kids race to get started.
Here's the whole Maggiore family!
The Schrodt family runners!!!! Josiah ran most of the race. It was pretty hot, so every now and then, he said he wanted to stop and walk for a few seconds. Literally - he'd say "let's walk for 12 seconds," then he'd start counting down backwards from 12. When he got to 0, he started running again. He did great!!! Jacob declared this morning that he did not want to run - he only wanted to ride in the stroller fast!!! So David pushed Callie and Jacob!!!
Here's Callie clapping for the runners as they finished up - have I got her trained well or what?
The boys and their finisher medals! I was so proud of them!!! It was SUCH a fun morning!! Then it was OFF to Josiah's first T-Ball practice/game!!!
Friday, June 13, 2008
First #2: This is actually happening tomorrow, but David and I get to run our first race together! We're doing an 8K (5 miles) in the morning to benefit our children's hospital here. I say "together" rather loosely, because I'm not completely sure that David will stay with me...meaning he may leave me in the dust!! He has been doing so great with his training, and his speeds on his short runs have really picked up, so he may leave me behind!! I'm excited though! Our poor babysitter is having to meet us there at 7 AM...that's rough isn't it!
First #3: Josiah's first t-ball practice is tomorrow also. He's VERY excited - should be a fun season! Pictures to come, I'm sure!
Thursday, June 12, 2008
Wednesday, June 11, 2008
Who doesn't love cotton candy?
Josiah and Alexander with Alexander's FREE sno-cone!! Alexander just got in line and the sno-cone lady gave it to him! Sue was SO proud! :)
Me and my boyfriend! :)
Jessica got to steal Madeline away for a little bit - I never did get my hands on her last night! Bummer ! :(
My boys shared some of their cotton candy with Cody - big hit!
Jacob - this kid cracks me up!
Highlight - at the end of the game, the let all the kids run the bases! Alexander & Bradley ran them too, but all the other pictures were fuzzy...I guess because our boys are such fast runners!!
I will say that I was relieved to collect them on the other side of the field!!!
Tuesday, June 10, 2008
We're making plans to go to the ballpark tonight. It's "Turn Back the Clocks" night there - all the hot dogs, soda, and popcorn (always STALE!) is only 25 cents! We go every year - sort of a tradition. Should be fun!!! The kids are all asleep now, the house is quiet....aaaahhhh....such a nice morning.
Monday, June 9, 2008
* When checking your kids into childwatch, the lady behind you says "i'm staying inside today because it's WAY too hot to run outside"...
* You don't see another single runner during your run, when normally you see 5-10 runners
* The FROZEN water bottle that you planted is completely MELTED and WARM by the time you get to it, at 3 miles into your run.
Maybe it wasn't such a great idea to do 5 miles outside again today...
Friday, June 6, 2008
And then it gets better!!! The week after we get home, my oldest sister Kim, her husband, and their 4 kids are driving up (they live in Tampa) to DC to see my mom and spend the 4th of July up here. My youngest sister is going to fly up for the weekend, so we'll all have a party again!!! I LOVE it - I'm trying to convince Kim to let me bring her oldest daughter (Mary is 11) home with me when we drive back from FL. I would love to have her with me for a few days, so we'll see. I'm just so excited - I've never gotten to see my family this much because they live so far away, so I can't wait! Yippee!
Thursday, June 5, 2008
The kids were up a bit early this morning, so I was out for my morning run by 7:30 am. I was all excited because I knew it was going to be hot and humid, and thought getting started a bit early would help with the heat. I was wrong - it was still SO hot and muggy. By the end of my 6 miles, I was totally drenched with sweat. Yuck. I even ran with gatorade the whole way so I wouldn't pass out. I've just decided that I am not a hot weather runner - I enjoy running MUCH more when it's 30 degrees outside. Go figure. David, on the other hand, is doing great! Maybe it's all in what you train in when you start - I started in the fall with my training, he's starting his in the summer, so it's all he's known. He's doing great with his training. He's already faster than me (not a huge surprise, but annoying none the less!) and will be running his first 6 miles this weekend. I'm SO proud of him! We are running an 8K next weekend for CHKD, so that will be fun! Speaking of which, I've got to figure out a babysitter for that.....
Wednesday, June 4, 2008
Grandmommy has acrylic nails and was scratching the boys' backs - they thought it felt GREAT!
As I was fixing dinner, I heard a song being PLAYED on the HARMONICA - I about fell out! Who knew - Grandmommy knows how to actually play the harmonica! Callie was very impressed as well!
We took Grandmommy to the beach on Tuesday afternoon and has such a wonderful time there. It was the first time we took the boogie board with us, and the boys had a ball with that.
Grandmommy and Callie enjoyed some cheetos together! A big hit with both of them!
David and the boys dug an AMAZINGLY deep hole....the kids all fit inside it and you could barely see their little heads! We dug so deep we hit water!! It was very cool!
Here's the boys with their new shovels - just like the ones that our friends Alexander, Bradley, and Grayson have. Since we had to buy a beach umbrella for Grandmommy to sit under, I thought we probably needed a real shovel for David to "plant" it with...and of course I had to buy 2...one for each boy. They LOVED them of course.
Monday, June 2, 2008
Jacob, Grandmommy, and David playing "Walk the Dogs" before bed. We just love this game!
David and his mom played Scrabble together while I cooked for a client. I was not sad at all to miss out - I'm TERRIBLE at this game. They grew up playing it and totally love it. David actually beat his mom 296 to 280 - or something crazy. I probably have never even gotten 100 points..I'm terrible, really. Don't have the patience for it, I think.