Sunday, May 15, 2011

Spring Soccer

Lydia's first season in soccer. Daddy was the assistant coach.
Heading toward the goal!

Lyds is a powerhouse on the field!


Video of Lydia's soccer game!

Monday, May 9, 2011

Mountain Goat Run, May 1, 2011

     I finished the 10-mile, hilly course of the Mountain Goat. It was my first time running it but it won't be my last. Next year I'll run it faster because I'll be that much of a better runner. I ran the Shamrock in March with my friend Emily, coaching me through it. I owe my thanks to her for getting my head on straight about my running. I ran the Mountain Goat solo. I did it!! No anxiety. Just a wee bit in the beginning and then around mile 5, I had a brief conversation with myself, asking, "What the heck did I think I was doing? Was I really capable of this?" Well at 1:48:24, I think I am! I did a lot of hill training with my friend and co-worker Margaret. Thank you Saturday morning Mountain Goat training runs. Thank you hills O 'Jamesville for our weekday runs. The hills still kill me, I'm not going to lie. I am not a fan, but at least I can manage them. I know I was stronger on the hills for the Mountain Goat than I was on the hills of the Shamrock. I did a lot more hill training for this race. My next running challenge is the 7@7 Cross Country Challenge in June...7.77 miles of a cross country course that includes "Hernia Hill," the steepest hill you will find in the history of Syracuse racing. When I asked my marathon training coach how long the hill was, his reply, “Carrie, About 200m. Short and steep. You'll be on all fours, so bring gloves!"  I'm looking forward to it. I am hoping to get a few runs on the course prior to race day. My marathon training starts this week, so hopefully this weekend's run will have us running part or the entire course. I'm ready.



Sunday, May 8, 2011

Mother's Day

Lydia made me a beautiful pillow for Mother's Day. She kept getting me to try to guess what she made me by saying, "Mom, it sounds like this, piiii---illl----ooow." I knew better than to guess because then she would have been mad that I guessed it before Mother's Day.
Lydia, my cutie-pattotie. She is at the stage of thinking she knows it all.
Jon, my little munchkin. He has quite the temper lately. Must be from his father.

Look at how sister and brother are looking at each other. I am so glad they get along...90% of the time.
Jon was getting grouchy at this point. I think the brunch at the Sherwood was a bit too long for his liking. He did eat a feasts worth of food though

Uncle Rudy and Ava.

 Let the temper shine! I'm not even sure what he was mad about.

Love this family photo!

Skaneateles Lake

Grandma VanLengen said he looks like a munchkin here. I think she's right. Maybe he can play a part in the Oz Fest this year.  We represent the Lollipop Guild
The Lollipop Guild, the Lollipop Guild.
And in the name of the Lollipop Guild
We wish to welcome you to Munchkin Land!

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Jon loves dogs!

Lydia gets in on the act but she's more unsure than Jon.

"Hey, my sister wants to come over to pet you. You think you can be nice to her?"

Cousin love. And this is what makes Mother's Day perfect every year...our beautiful children.