Mister Dash's Blessing Day!

Little Dash was blessed on Christmas Eve!  We had my entire family under our roof which was pretty great.  It was pretty much a perfect day that I wouldn't mind repeating time and time again.

We love you baby boy!

I didn't think of leaving Bentz in his church clothes, but at least he matched.  :P

Love this family of mine!!

Miscellaneously Christmas

We're still in January so I'm golden.

Even though it was just a month ago, it feels like it's been longer than that.  Last year I never finished my Christmas posts because I got sick, but THIS year I will complete my Christmas series.  AKA the journal of Christmas on the ole blogster.  

A Phoenix Christmas Eve

Christmas Eve.  I think it's quite possibly the very best day of the whole entire year!  So much anticipation, time with the family, and junk food heaven.

It was on a Sunday this year and church was just one hour and everyone was in extra cheerful moods.

This guy had three blowouts in that one hour thus he ended up in sweats.  So hoorah for packing enough extra clothes.  :)

I cut my hair OFF

All 18"!

And I love it!

Peekaboo purples

A Sunday photoshoot for your viewing pleasure.  A five second photoshoot before early church where I am hiding my croissant behind my back, so yes, I do have arms.  My sister happened to be wondering.  ;)

Ben keeps saying, "Your hair is suuweet!  You're hot!"  So I think he likes it.

I think I may go a hair (ha) shorter at my next appointment, but I am loving it so far!  It makes me look younger and frames my face better.  Last night I was leaning into the crib and little baby Dash didn't grab my hair, so hoorah!

Christmas Eve Eve PT II

We celebrated Christmas with my dad, on Christmas Eve Eve.  Bentz had spent weeks looking at presents under the tree that he was so excited to finally get to open some of them.

A name puzzle, a GREAT way to learn your name.

Loverboys.  <3

My cameo.  :P

Bentz was so excited about his motorcycle.  That is pretty much the rest of this post...

And he's off.  Gotta dig out his helmet and teach him good habits now.

Week 13/27 - 100 days to go!

This week we hit 100 days until race day!  My watch reminds me this every day.  It also reminds me what Bitcoin is at.  :P 

Annnnnd it tells me that the Olympics start in 18 days.

I like countdowns.

This week was better than last week and I had more energy on my runs (and I ate more CARBS).  When I am lacking in sleep, my diet falls apart or also lacks, so I paid extra attention to eating meals instead of focusing so much on my littles and my work.

Week 11 & Week 12 (of 27): Upping my mileage + Ben's Rock 'n' Roll AZ

Believe it or not, we're almost half way through 27 weeks, and I am finally starting to feel like my normal running self so that is perrrfect timing.  Most of my runs are still on the treadmill since the days are so short, but my long runs are outside...my favorite.

On the treadmill in a clash of beautiful colors...

The other week my coach sent me a message asking if I was ready to bump my mileage up since we've been working on a base for a little while.  I am excited to get my long runs into the double digits, it's been a whole year since I have run one.

A B3 Dream Come True -- Christmas Day!

For Christmas we got this family portrait from my brother in-law and sister to replace our old one that didn't include our latest addition!

Christmas this year we hosted and it was a lot of fun and snow-less.  :)  We had my dad and Laura come down early, then did a little parental switch-aroo on Christmas Eve.  Best of both worlds and pretty amazing that we worked it all out to have everyone in Phoenix, coming from three states.

Christmas morning B3 was SO excited and dying to go out and see if Santa came, but we had to wait for everyone else to be up so he had to be patient.  :)

Christmas Eve Eve - PANGAEA Land of the Dinosaurs

We went do Pangaea Land of the Dinosaurs when my dad was here for Christmas.  Bentz is OBSESSED with dinosaurs and has like 50 little figurines, dinosaur specific Legos, dinosaurs he's made out of Legos, dinosaur stuffed animals, grow-bigger-in-water dinosaurs, squishy dinosaurs, baby dinosaurs in little eggs, multiple dinosaur pajamas, dinosaur shirts, trex slippers, a dozen dinosaur books, dinosaur stickers, remote control dinosaurs, dinosaurs with wheels, dinosaurs you paint, dinosaur coloring books, and the list goes ON.  Thank you if you read all that.  haha

He's seen Jurrassic World and I think he knew how big they are, but we were curious to see his reaction to these animatronic dinosaurs at Pangaea.  It just opened up in December at the Odyssey Aquarium and we thought it was pretty fun.  I think he knew every single dinosaur in there.  Sometimes he asks me "what's this one??" and I say something like, "Brachiosaurus," and he's like, "no brachiosaurus mom, Apaaaatosaurus."

Week 10 of 27 - Getting my groove back.

Happy New Year!!  We celebrated it live with NYC at 10 because staying up until midnight I think is impossible these days.  :D  I currently am re-watching the aftermath concerts and such (on YouTube TV) since I missed these parts.

So week 10.  It started off on Christmas, so I busted out my Christmas tights for one more jaunt around the neighborhood.  One lady drove by me and practically hung out her window, "MERRY CHRISTMAS!!!" which was fun.  haha

I've been mostly running in my Kinvaras but acquired some new Triumphs for Christmas which will be my next marathon shoe.  Jared Ward wears the Triumphs for long runs so I feel pretty cool that my last four marathons were in them...

This hot air balloon was all over the place, I swear it was trailing me.  When I got back home I had thought it landed but turned around and there it was again.

This week was a good one and I did all my runs outdoors in the perfect weather!!  I had some pick-ups + hills + easy + easy long, and for the first time felt more like my old usual running self.  I can't begin to tell you how nice it is to finally feel like that, to even have my running cadence kind of where it typically used to be too.  My pace has slowly dropped into the high 9s from the 11s and my abs are getting stronger too and less noticeable.  It is amazing that I was hugely prego 3-1/2 months ago, and that my body can go from that mess, to now feeling a little more normal-er-ish-like ;) with my fitness.

I switched my watch face from Christmas to an official countdown.  <4 months to go.  Just a fun daily reminder since I no longer have Christmas to look forward to.  Sad face for that part.

Hope you have a wonderful first week of the new year!  2018 mileage starts today so I will get my run in here shortly to start it off right.