Saturday, April 30, 2011

Youth Fun Run

Today after the last marathon runner crossed the finish line, Faye and Drew ran in the Youth Fun run. It was a 1k around Memorial Stadium, with a finish on the 50 yard line.

Originally I told the kids they would run alone, but after talking with another mom, I decided I should probably run with them, or with Faye at least. I was told it could be a little chaotic, and of course with that many kids, it was!

Lined up to run!
I figured if we got Drew up in the front of the line and told him to run to the finish, he'd be fine. He has so much energy - he could be an awesome long distance runner even now at age 6! Next year I think I'll have him run the 5k and I'll probably struggle to keep up with him.

Drew running to the finish line

Faye had a little bit of a rough start, walking and running at first. I think she was a little overwhelmed with all the kids and parents bumping into one another at the start. But I kept cheering her the whole way, and once we turned the first corner and I held her hand she ran the rest of the way to the finish! She did great!

Faye running to the finish line

They both got medals for completing the 1k!

What's next?

I ran my first ever 5K last night in Urbana!

I had butterflies all morning yesterday, which surprised me a little.  I didn't think I would be so nervous about running.  After all, I signed up for the race just for fun and to try something new.  But the thing that was freaking me out was failing.  I set two goals, to finish the 5K, and also to finish in under 30 minutes, so I was nervous I wouldn't make it. But I met both my goals, finishing in 29.25. Race results are here.

Kids waiting at the finish line!
Almost to the finish line!
Honestly I think I could have cut one or two minutes more off my time easily.  I didn't want to over do it and not finish either, so I took it easy the first two miles. When we lined up to race, I started back with the 10 minute mile runners. The first half mile was so crazy, packed with runners, I could barely run.   Is it easier if you start up closer to the front, or only crazier?  I guess having some experience in running with crowds may be helpful.  The last turn into Memorial stadium was very narrow and there were lots of runners, so it was hard to get through there too.  I was expecting the 4,000+ runners, and I've seen races, but it is much different to experience it.

Now that my 5K is over, what's next?  I started running in January, and in these past 4 months I think I only missed 3 days of running that I had scheduled.  But I was very motivated because of this 5K.  I have really enjoyed running, but I know if I don't set another goal, I will not be motivated enough to get out there and run.

Saturday, April 23, 2011

What we've been up to this busy weekend

Decorating a bunny cake...

The kids had so much fun decorating this cake. It was super easy to make and perfect for little kids. I did not use a cake mix, but instead made a vegan carrot cake from The New Farm Vegetarian Cookbook that was delicious(we really love this cookbook, so many wonderful vegan recipes). Andy and I prefer it without any frosting, but the kids LOVE frosting, and to make a bunny you have to use frosting. They also love coconut, so the biggest challenge was getting them to decorate the cake before eating all the coconut. The floor was a mess, but they had fun - and you can actually tell it is a bunny!

The kids did not have school on Friday, and since it was raining, we decided to visit the Easter Bunny at the Marketplace Mall.

All of my kids are terrified of Santa Claus, but for some reason are OK with the Easter Bunny. Alex was a little leery, but he still got up there for a picture. He made that funny face the whole time though. The Easter Bunny gave all the kids bunny ears...

Alex didn't want to wear his bunny ears, but you can see him, or his blur anyways, running behind Faye and Drew.

Waiting for the egg hunt

He's ready!

There was an egg hunt this morning at Westside Park in Downtown Champaign. They separate the kids into age groups, so Alex was in the 0-2 age group, and Faye and Drew were in the 5-6 year old group. They let the parents help the little ones, so I helped Alex this morning. Unfortunately we weren't in the front, so we only got one egg, but he was thrilled with it! I was a little upset that some of the little ones had a whole basket full of eggs, when we were lucky, extremely lucky, that we found one, and there were some that didn't get any. Was it really the kids that were getting the eggs, or the parents? But either way he was happy with his two pieces of candy. Faye had the same luck as Alex, only getting one egg, but Drew managed to get over 10 eggs, so he shared them with his sister, with no complaints. They really CAN be such great kids sometimes!

Thursday, April 21, 2011

The first lost tooth!

Faye lost her very first tooth today at school.

She's very excited for the tooth fairy to visit tonight - let's hope the tooth fairy remembers!

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

The Tooth Fairy

Faye has her very first wiggly tooth! We were reading books before bedtime about a week ago, and Faye mentioned her tooth felt a little weird. I checked and sure enough it was wiggly! She has been waiting and waiting for a loose tooth since her friend Maddie from preschool got her first wiggly tooth. Almost daily one of the kids would ask me, "When are WE going to have a loose tooth?" Soon enough!

Drew is still waiting, and he doesn't seem too bothered by his lack of a loose tooth. I told him he was 7 minutes younger than Faye, so he may have to wait 7 days or 7 weeks or even 7 months for his first wiggly tooth. He seemed satisfied with that answer.

The very next day I started working on a tooth fairy pillow for Faye and figured I might as well make one for Drew too, as I expect he'll have a wiggly tooth very quickly. I searched online and found a few I thought were cute, and then set to work on them. They were very simple and easy, only took me about an hour to finish. The tooth is the pocket, and I also sewed a ribbon on the pillow so they can hang them from their doors. They both sleep really soundly, but I still don't want to be spending a long time searching through their beds for a tiny little tooth.

But what does the tooth fairy leave nowadays? I searched online for that as well, and the tooth fairly leaves anywhere from coins to about as much money as you can imagine. I read somewhere people were leaving $20 - $50 per tooth! Well, the tooth fairy that visits around here will leave $1 I think, or maybe some coins, or a pack of gum. Probably a different amount each time I would guess.

But what about a little trinket? Maybe some fairy dust in a teeny tiny glass jar? I remembered this from a blog I read, Pink and Green Mama, and thought it was just adorable and something my kids would love! It was very difficult to find tiny glass jars, but if you're ever looking, Hobby Lobby has them in the jewelry department.

Or some really tiny sea shells?

Maybe some tiny dried flowers in a glass jar (if the tooth fairy can find some)? I'll post a picture of Faye when she looses her first tooth. Its starting to get really loose, so maybe another week!

Sunday, April 3, 2011

Growing and growing!

I once again started the seeds for my garden early(March 1st to be exact)... and they are growing and growing! I planted tomato seeds, pepper seeds, and basil. Here is what they looked like on the 23rd of March...

Tomato plants

Cherry tomato plant
I took another photo today about 10 days later...

The tomatoes on the top have to be at least two feet tall! I hope the weather warms up so I can get these planted outside soon. I waited until today to plant the cucumber seeds, vining spinach, and more basil. We were finally able to get outside in our garden and plant peas, spinach, leeks, kale, lettuce and pak choi. In another month we'll get the rest planted. What are you planting in your garden this year?