November to December to CHRISTMAS w/a Toddler

We are watching TREMORS right now (it is amazing btw) so I figured it'd be a good time for a quick pop-in since I have been a little preoccupied with work to post about Seattle!  Every time I think I'm catching up with work, another three projects roll in.  Right now I'm working on a Fire Station and an RC Willey in Cali!  Maybe sometime I will post some more about my job.

Anywho, I am officially a Marathon Maniac and got my number, #13405!  I also am about to order my pink singlet.  :D


We are practicing Christmas at our house in full force and aside from our green/red carriage lights, and little Christmas tree lighting up in the front window, we bought a reindeer which fills me with SO MUCH JOY.  We have been trying to move for a little while now so we decided not to buy more Christmas decorations until next year.  I can't wait to REALLY deck the halls like my mom does, and then also have a place to store it.  :D  Arizona doesn't have basements and we can't store in the attic (hey 403497 degrees in the summer), so storing things is a little more difficult.

Our Christmas tree is soooo pathetic.  I did put ornaments on the whole thing but that didn't last, so I said forget it and didn't even put the star on.  Sometimes I would randomly catch B3 with a candy cane.  lol  So it's not really worth the trouble this year, but it looks festive-ish when the lights are on.  haha 


Don't get me wrong, we're drinking s'mores and cookies 'n' cream hot cocoa, drinking apple cider, and smelling the season 24/7 when walking through our doors!  Plus ask Ben how many times I've put on a Christmas movie like Home Alone, and you'll come to realize how I decked the halls mentally a long time ago.

My mom's neighbors go waaaay out so she bought this reindeer that is seriously two stories tall (although it looks smaller here, it's NOT) and put up a ditto sign.  lol


Bentz is SO CUTE these days.  We're also back to him sitting on my lap for hours each day, and he usually also ends up in bed with us each night.  The other night he woke up at 5am so I flopped him into our bed and put a pillow barrier up while I ran to the bathroom, then as I was walking back to our bed I heard him rolling and I caught his foot as he face planted onto my night table.  :(  Poor guy.  #momfail


A couple things about him:

-Knows a lot of words/sayings by now, but still prefers to babble and ramble on and on an on and onnnn

-Loves to talk on the phone while doing other things, like putting toys away.  It's hilarious.  While on a conference call with Ben and our coach the other day, Ben and Charlie were talking so I muted me, and Bentley talked the WHOLE time too.  lol

-Loves bacon and is back on a mixed veggies kick.  Randomly stopped his obsession with bell peppers.

-Still loves his Pediasure everyday.  Juice please.  Or "duce deez."  He weighed in at 4-6% at his 2 year appointment so we're still Pediasuring it up everyday.

-Wears his Cars slippers all day long, every single day.  They were 8$ last year and man have we gotten a lot of use out of them.  Maybe we should buy him some more!

-I have no intentions of potty training until he's three (I like diapers more than cleaning my carpet), but he comes to me when he pees etc. and says "uh oh," and wants a new diaper.  "New diapuh."  We go through a lot of diapers sometimes.  In the morning the first thing he says is, "ohhh noooo," while grabbing his diaper.  Time for a "new diapuh."

-Has a big boy trundle bed but we haven't put him in it yet.  #1 I have to mentally prepare for the multiple night awakenings during the adjustment, #2 I will miss him in our bedroom.  I remember when he was a newborn trying to get him to sleep in his own nursery as quickly as possible because that's what I was taught to do in our classes.  Then we missed him and this past summer even moved his crib into our room.  :P  I LOVVVVE having him in our bedroom.  I admit I don't sleep as well when he's in our bed because I have to constantly make sure he doesn't snuggle/kick (sometimes that's synonymous) Ben's head because Ben has to get up early for work, but Bentz sleeps in my arm with his head on my pillow, and my hand wraps around him and rests on his belly.  We've done it for so long (since he was a newborn!) that when I put him in bed, he snuggles me and places my hand on his belly.  Sometimes I make is all night, sometimes I wake up four hours later with a dead arm, but it's the best!!  On nights he makes it through the whole time in his crib, I actually get a little sad.  :P


-Loves to watch dogs, "DAWS," on YouTube.  We can get him excited for bed if we tell him he gets to watch DAWS.  Sometimes he'll go get Ben's iPad and turn on DAWS for himself.  I have no idea how kids are so smart.

-Loves this blocks/#s/counting toy.  Plays with it for hours every single day.  He's sooo obsessed, and he gets it right every time too.  Now that I mention that he always gets it right, I notice there is a blue one out of place.  haha


He is so cute, I could go on forever and I need to more on my blog, because we treasure him so much and are blessed he calls us mommy and daddy.  "Mommie, daddia."

Awwwh!!  Time for me to go to bed before he falls asleep.
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Seattle Marathon!

"Oooo is your skirt a part of your fanny pack??"

"It's like you have a snackbar on your waist!" 

I heard both of these in the hotel lobby.  haha

The Seattle Marathon was amazing!  We flew out on Thursday (Thanksgiving!  hoorah for Subway being open for sandwiches!) and Ben's race was Saturday morning while mine was Sunday, so we had a little bit of play time.  More on that lata.

Friday night we were in bed and I was thinking about how the Seattle Marathon wasn't all that great about communicating because I didn't think I got one email from them about race day.  Then I was surfing Facebook and saw they had posted a link to sign up for tracking, so I tried to, but my name wasn't found.  I started to panic and I searched all over my emails and yup, never signed up for it!!  My heart seriously dropped.  The whole Seattle vacation was planned around the races and I signed Ben up for his but forgot to sign my own friggin' self up.  Gah.  Luckily their website said they had Expo registration, but I was pretty stressed until I got to it and they took my money.  Note to self, when you sign up for multiple races at once, make sure you double check you got them ALL.

Anywho, going into this race I was concerned about what to wear because the temperatures were nice for racing (low/mid 40s and cloudy) but the chance for rain was always so high and that could take a perfect temperature to FREEZING in just a few miles.  I get hot while running, in AZ I run in a tank all year round even when we dip below freezing (we're always sunny though), so I did not want to overdress, but I didn't want to end up cold and miserable either.  I went for a tank with arm sleeves and gloves, plus my tights I never get to wear (double hoorah) and I planned to wear a trash bag if it was raining.  :D  I also opted out of my wireless headphone JIC.


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We are Marathon Maniacs!


It happened!  Yay!!

Ben and I both ran another marathon within 16 days and became Marathon Maniacs!  We had a great time in Seattle and I will have more on it all as soon as I can catch up on all things reality.  I love running and all the places it has taken us, both in training and racing, now Seattle Marathon is my favorite race.

Time to get registered and my MM#.  And I want a pink MM tank top.
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OdySea Aquarium

Earlier this month my dad came into town and one day we went to the new Aquarium (✓32 while 32)!  It opened two and a half months ago so we were waiting for crowds to die down and all the exhibits to be filled before we ventured through it, and it wasn't crowded this day so the plan worked out fabulously.  It's always fun having my dad in town and Bentz sure adores him!


They have a big petting area and Bentz was pretty intrigued.  This is a really fun age to take him on new adventures; you can just see the wheels spinning in his head non-stop.


We walked by the penguin exhibit/show and our little sensitive guy looked up and saw the big penguin statues on the sides, and immediately got scared of them.  lol  It was sweet, he was hugging me sooooooo tightly and I couldn't get him to look up at the cute little penguins being fed so we'll try again another day.


These fish weren't even swimming, just chillin' there.  Grumpy fish.


The escalator went through a tunnel of fish which was pretty awesome.  I was wondering why it was such a slow escalator, but ..makes sense.


If I was a fish...


This was B3's favorite exhibit I would say.  He loved finding Nemo over and over and over and over again.  :)


This was a pretty cool exhibit (below).  It was a regular theater you sat in that would rotate like a carousel!  You would rotate to view different parts of this fish tank:  sharks, sea lions, turtles, etc., while learning about them.  For instance, they have two really big turtles that were both rescued!  One is missing two flippers and the other has a condition called "bubble butt" where he has too much air in his shell at the butt, and it causes him to have his butt float upwards as he swims.  :) 

The carousel was nice because you would rotate and stop for only about 3-4 minutes, then rotate again, and that was the perfect time for a toddler's attention span.


My dad always buys the pictures for memories sake, even if they did Photoshop my leg to be skinnier without my permission.  ;)


We will be back, probably when B3's a hair older so we can spend more time at each exhibit, but it was a fun day!
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Weeks 17 & 18: Race & Recovery

Not finished with this training cycle quite yet.  I know.  Still chuggin' along, so I wanted to post my weekly totals for the past two weeks:  race week, recovery week 1 of 2!

Revel added some more pictures including ones from the finish line:


Usually I take a whole week off before jumping back in to it, but this time I didn't have a week to take and started back on Wednesday.  My legs were sorrrre!  But they are doing much better now except I shortened my long run from 6 to 3.5 because I ran with Ben/B3 and we were tired plus I had a toe issue.  :P


So I made a couple of dumb mistakes at Revel which resulted in me jamming my toe on the steep downhill part, which hurt and got worse as days went on, to the point that I could hardly walk!!  Holy crap, toe pain is HORRIBLE.  It woke me up one night throbbing and it was all angry looking.  I couldn't sleep and had visions of when I was in elementary school and a tiny cut on my elbow got infected, and by the time I showed my parents, I had red stripes going up my arm and had to have an IV put in asap.  So with that, I sent a quick picture to my dad who called me right up and said I had an infection and needed to start antibiotics immediately.  Apparently infection from jamming your toe is really common because bacteria can easily get in under the nail, who knew.  Sooooo after taking them for a couple of days I am already doing SO much better, thus this week running should feel more comfortable and I shouldn't die either, so that's a bonus.  :)


This is the last week of my entire fall training cycle and I am starting to get a little sad already.  That was one nice thing about finishing Revel, there were no post race blues because it was immediately time to focus on the next one.  2016 has been an awesome year for running and despite my injury, I should still hit about all of my goals.  2016 has been a memorable one for sure!  Hopefully I can top it in the next few years!

Have a wonderful week!!  Can you believe it's Thanksgiving??
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A Visit to Disneyland!


Some of my fondest childhood memories come from our Disneyland vacations!  I remember them vividly, even the hotel we would stay at, the waiter who would serve us at the same restaurant year after year, seeing Farley the Fiddler and having him do Turkey in the Straw (ha ha ha), and don't forget our matching UTAH tee shirts and fanny packs.  MEMORIES!!


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Revel Canyon City Marathon!

I wrote a "marathon goals" post last week, but I never finished it nor posted it because it was kind of a crazy week, but the benefit of that is you all don't know what my goals were for the race!  lol  Now that the race is over I should just go back and change them.  ;)


It wasn't a stellar race day for either Ben or I, but I managed to come in at my goal C, and Ben managed his goal E (which he was and still isn't happy about and has temporarily declared his retirement from running :P  ). 

This race I wasn't too stressed about, I was more stressed about logistics of it all and getting to the start line healthy, with ALL my gear, and not stressing about both of us being away from B3.  The most stressful part of the experience is the drive to Cali with a toddler and LA traffic though, but all went well.

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Week 16: It's the Final Countdown.

Week 16 was a pretty good week and the weather was b-e-a-utiful!!  It sounds like everyone on the west coast had a warm October, but we're now hovering around average temps thus the mornings are crisp and perfect for running.


We've been doing hill decline repeats once a week and we are supposed to do these ones outdoors so we can get our legs used to the impact of the road, and that's been a little tough for me to fit in right now because the days are so short.  (Our treadmill declines so I usually stick to it for elevation runs.)  One night I didn't get them in until almost 9pm!  I have had the boys come sit on the corner of the hill, and I get my repeats in while they keep me safe :) then they follow me home in the dark with the car flashers on.  :)

Man, nighttime running is sooo fun/cool/quiet, I wish that the world didn't have any creepers so I could do all my runs in the dark.

Bentz joined me a coupla times.  He insisted on bringing his ball with us.  He so cute!


I was doing my warm up on the treadmill around 5:30 and all of a sudden I see this little head peaking around the corner.  Awwwwh.  B3 doesn't yet understand the dangers of the treadmill so I usually can't run on it unless he's asleep or with Ben, but this time he let me get a couple miles in until it got light out, then we finished outside!  He watched "MININS."


I always carry mace yet never thought about using it, until this weekend!!!  Oh man.  I passed a guy who was clear across a very wide street from me going in the same direction, and he was just staring at me nonstop.  It was fairly early out and the sun hadn't peaked up plus I had just split from Ben, but there were already a bunch of cars here and there so I usually feel safe enough at that time of morning.  Still I was half expecting this guy to come runnnning at me, that's how creeped out it felt.  He looked so out of place and my alarm bells were going OFF.

So I rounded the corner and just kept my eye on him and eventually he was gone-zo.  Peace out.

45 minutes later I'm on my cool down and suddenly coming straight at me on the sidewalk, this guy!!  I ran a really random route so I have no idea how we met back up.  By then it was sunny and this was on a really busy corner so I kept going forward, trying to not be rude, and I told my paranoid self to stop judging creepy mccreeperson as ...creepy.  So I get up to him and kinda push myself in the bushes to the side as I pass, and said, "GOOD MORNING."  The guy stopped, took his hat off, turned as I passed while looking me up and down doing the eyebrow raising thing, and continued staring and I kept going.  He literally stood there and stared as I ran away.  It was so weird.  So I stared behind me for the next half mile.

The joys of being a female runner.

^^Moments before "THE ENCOUNTER"
So this is epic, though.  My dad has been here visiting and he went on a little run while we went on a walk.  It's not every day you see you dad running down the street!!  I miss the days when that was a case while growing up.  My dad is awesome.  :)


Only days to go.  Getting excited but also that nervous feeling where I kinda don't want to run this race anymore.  Does that happen to you??  I obviously DO want to run it and am stoked, but it gets overwhelming sometimes, at least the duration of time from now until about mile 5.  haha

Have a wonderful week!
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