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May 31, 2012

Nice weather

Someone besides me is enjoying the beautiful weather! Sitting outside, 61 and sunny with my Baby Gray.

May 24, 2012

The official times are in!

Every spring since 2009 I have ran in an event called '5K for the 3 Day'. An event that supports the Breast Cancer 3 Day Walk. My best time to date is 27:24 for the 5K (3.2 miles). But since I haven't been running or jogging, just walking lately, I decided instead of opting out of the race completely I would walk it. My friend Michelle even came to visit and walk with me. It was a beautiful day to walk by the lake with friends for a great cause.

I checked our time today and had a walking time of 44:29! That's a pretty good pace considering Michelle was pushing a stroller and I am pregnant (barely showing of course, but still pregnant). Just under a 14 minute mile is a pretty steady pace. So happy the baby got to participate in its first 5K and I'm hoping to run it next year with a jogging stroller!

Another activity I have done each year for the past three years is the Minnesota Law Enforcement torch run for Special Olympics. We run from Bagley, MN to Bemidji, MN (approximately 28.6 miles) alternating runners. I usually sign up to run 3 miles just because it seems to be a good number for me. This year I decided again, instead of opting out, to run 1 mile!  Some of the guys (mostly male runners) who run are so out of shape that this is the only time they run all year. If they can do it, I can do it. I feel like I'm in good enough shape to make it 1 mile and maybe 1/2 mile at the very end to run in with the group. So excited for June 15th!

This baby is sure helping good causes and starting out with a healthy lifestyle, love it!

May 17, 2012

May 16, 2012

Two Weeks

Last week baby was the size of an orange (Baby Oranjalo or Baby Navel). This week baby is the size of an avocado! (aka: Baby Ava). Each week is a fun suprise to see how big baby is compared to the fruit/vegetable. This is a great visual not only for Cole, but to explain to other people we see how big the baby is getting. The Baby Center has a cute little week-by-week chart

Also, threre is a great (funny) chart for dad's to better relate to. Compares baby to household items and tools! Check out this link!

May 15, 2012

Track and Field Day

The school district had Track and Field Day today. There were 4th and 5th graders from all of the elementary schools, I think there are 8 schools total. Lots of kids!  The activities included: high jump, long jumps, sprint races, long distance races, soccer punt, softball throw, team relays, and team shuttles.  What a great day!

Cole competed in the softball throw (did awesome!), soccer punt (little rusty), and 4x4 shuttle run (8 boys). The shuttle team got 1st place! The other two we won't know his place until the end of the school year. These were the same events he did last year. The same shuttle team got 1st, he got 2nd in soccer punt, and 4th in softball throw. 

Sadly, this awesome day is only for 4th and 5th graders, so this was the class' last year training and practicing for the event. The kids all had a great day!

Softball Throw

Soccer Punt
The Cole-man
Oh, and throughout the 5 hours I was at T & F Day, I took 218 photos of the kiddos!

May 8, 2012

May Madness!

May is one of our busiest months as a family. This is mostly self-induced, but some are unavoidable.

Baseball started last Thursday, which will now go Tuesday and Thursday games (with Sunday practices) through the end of July.  Just this month Cole will have a piano recital, school spring concert, track and field day, state park day, baseball tournament, Cub Scout cross over ceremony, and the last day of 5th grade! 

Not to mention we have registration for summer activities (summer kids program and basketball clinics), Jeremy's birthday, Mother's Day, our monthly checkup appointment for the baby, a gardening clinic, finishing planting in the garden, and I'm walking a 5k.

Think I could fit anything else in?!

May 3, 2012

Thursday Craving

We had an appointment yesterday! Heartbeat 160 and 14 weeks pregnant. Per, baby is the size of a lemon!  During the appointment I told my doctor I have been craving fruit, lots and lots of fruit. I told her it was better than Oreos! She laughed and asked if we wanted to know what Oreo filling was made out of... told us we might not eat them again if we knew... sure! Why not?! Can't be that bad right? Wrong. Turns out Oreo filling is made out of powdered sugar and lard. Ick! Pretty sure I'll stick with fruit.
Baby Lemony Snickett
I have been craving watermelon but have been unable to find a decent one. Of course that is because we live in norhtern Minnesota and it is the beginning of May. We brought home a honeydew last night but I didn't cut it up. I was craving salad, so I made a lettuce, avacado, tomato salad with a bit of Ranch... so good!  This morning for my 'first little meal' I'm having an orange, blackberries, chocolate pudding, carrots and water. 

Addition: Friday 'first little meal' consists of 2 cups of 'wagon wheel' carrots, Junior Mints, chocolate pudding, and an orange. I'm getting the feeling baby doesn't want me to eat real food as my stomach turns when I sit down to eat a sandwich or dinner-type food.

May 1, 2012


I haven't had any 'weird cravings' but these are my most notable cravings:

Oranges and citrus (lemons, limes)

Watermelon (need to pick up on the way home from the store today!)


Ice cream (no pickles added)