Silhouette “hug” quilt!

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I wasn’t able to do many handmade gifts for Christmas this year, but I did finish this quilt that I’m quite proud of!! I wasn’t planning on doing a tutorial when I came up with the idea. So I didn’t take many photos while making it, and this won’t be a “real” tutorial. But I wanted to share my idea and some knowledge I gained along the way!

I made this lap quilt for my father-in-law, and somehow conned my 20 month old into cooperating for the project. I didn’t even have to bribe her! It was a weirdly lucky day. Haha. It was also my first time ever making a legitimate quilt! *gasp*

I decided to make a quilt whose finished dimensions would be approximately 42″x60″ according to these handy guidelines. So for the quilt body I purchased 1 3/4 yds (or was it 1 1/2? 1 5/8? I can’t remember) of 45″ wide fabric – a quilting cotton for the front and flannel shirting for the back. The flannel shirting was soft and cozy, but the edges were super warped! Next time I would definitely go with a basic cotton flannel to avoid issues while aligning the edges. I also purchased the same yardage in a thin 100% cotton batting, and coordinating 100% cotton thread. This blanket is soooo organic ;)

To estimate how much contrasting fabric I would need for the “hug” silhouette applique (black quilting cotton), I measured my kids’ wingspan (fingertip to fingertip). It was less than 45″, so I figured I would just cut the applique out selvage-to-selvage. I then measured from the top of her head to mid-torso to estimate yardage. It was less than 18″, so I got half a yard of the black fabric just to be safe. It worked perfectly!

NOW, the difficult part…..tracing the child.

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I have an “aisle runner” that I purchased a few years ago for the specific purpose of tracing/creating patterns. It is a semi-transparent material that is similar in feel to non-fusible interfacing. It doesn’t tear as easily as paper, which is why I love it and why it worked perfectly for this project!

I rolled it out on the floor, said “Hey! We’re going to lay down like this *lies face down with arms outstretched* and draw around your arms, okay?! It’s a special picture for Grandpa!” And just like that, the kiddo said “okay!” and laid down exactly as I had done. I can’t guarantee the same results with other children, and I can’t even guarantee that my daughter would allow this to happen again either! Haha.
I used a washable marker to trace around her fingers/hands, arms, neck, head, and face as best I could. then I let her jump up and scribble all over it with some more markers (she was in heaven).

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Then I took a step back, realized it looked a little weird, and made some freehand adjustments. I even got the little one to lay down once more so I could re-trace her head in a different position. I decided to go for a stylized/cartoonish feel rather than trying to be ultra realistic. If you know you’re not going to be able to make it 100% perfect, it’s just going to end up looking stupid if you try to be uber detailed and all that. So go ahead and fudge it a little.

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I took one more reference photo so I could add the signature whale spout atop her head….

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And realized that I had taken a profile shot of her a few weeks before that I could use to freehand the face. Hallelujah!

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After she went down for a nap (which included much despair over being forced to put the markers away….), I cleaned my tracing up a little more and cut out a pattern. I then traced the pattern onto the black fabric with a pencil and carefully cut it out! Then I placed and pinned it to the quilt top piece.

I applique’d the whole thing using the applique stitch on my machine. It is SO not perfect. The fingers ended up a bit pointy. Some details were totally lost. But you know what? Nobody cares! It still looks great!

After the top was finished, I sandwiched the batting between the flannel shirting and the applique top. Trimmed up the edges. Pinned it in place. And began the lengthy process of machine quilting the dang thing! You can’t tell in most photos, but the quilt top actually has a herringbone pattern. I used that as a guide to sew straight vertical lines through everything but the silhouette. I freehanded some funky curves through the silhouette applique last.

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the applique is reversed from the pattern because I flipped the pattern piece upside down to cut it out! I liked it better with the head facing left, and it was easier to trace from the side of the aisle runner that didn’t have my scribbles all over it :P

detail on the applique and quilting

detail on the applique and quilting

Seeing as I had never finished a quilt before, I had no idea where to start with binding. Luckily this tutorial is amazing and taught me all I needed to know! Pro tip: there is a reason they recommend to actually use a rotary mat and cutter while cutting your binding strips….I ignored this recommendation because I am lazy. I ended up with a super skinny binding because I had to go back and even out my edges later, which took a lot of the width off. The skinny binding then led to sore fingers and a much more frustrating binding process. DO IT RIGHT THE FIRST TIME, FOLKS.

so. hard. to fit all of that edge fluff inside that skinny binding!

so. hard. to fit all of that edge fluff inside that skinny binding!

SO SKINNY.

SO SKINNY.

Once the torturous binding was complete, I threw it in the wash so it would quilt up a bit and bam! Done! Beautiful and cozy! Throw it in the mail! Grandpa loves it and I think it is coveted by Grandma and Auntie as well ;) This quilt size ended up being perfect for my father-in-law. He is tall and has a favorite recliner that he always watches TV in, so this is long enough for him to snuggle up in and still cover his toes!

Anyway, hope that was interesting to at least some of you ;) I’m bummed I didn’t take more photos, I really love how it turned out! So here is a repeated picture from above. Haha.

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love, Rach

Morning Sickness – Between Two Extremes

So, since I am pregnant and don’t feel like sleeping at the moment (thanks to my friends heartburn and SPD), I thought I’d talk a little about my favorite part of pregnancy: morning sickness! </sarcasm> I have found in my two pregnancies thus far that I tend to land myself somewhere between the two morning sickness “extremes”.

On one end of the spectrum, you have mild nausea that may or may not be accompanied by vomiting. It is typically alleviated by eating frequently and all of those “traditional” morning sickness remedies*. It usually disperses soon after the first trimester ends.
On the other is Hyperemesis Gravidarum – nausea that is accompanied by severe vomiting and the inability to keep any food or liquid down whatsoever. Women suffering from HG are at risk of severe dehydration and weight loss and are treated with anti-nausea medication (which may or may not work) and may receive fluids and nutrients through an IV. Hyperemesis Gravidarum may last the entire pregnancy.

Personally, I have never been diagnosed with HG, and from talking with friends who have, I don’t think my nausea is quite severe enough to even qualify as a mild case. But I definitely throw up more than “just once”, I lose a significant amount of weight, and I can’t get any of the typical morning sickness remedies to work for me. The only thing that has helped me keep my nausea at bay is Zofran, my Best Friend and Miracle Drug.

With my first pregnancy, my nausea subsided around 16-18 weeks, but I continued to take Zofran well into my third trimester (I just needed less frequent doses). With this pregnancy, my symptoms subsided around 13-15 weeks and I haven’t needed to take Zofran since week 27.

I know that I am not the only one that’s stuck being extra sick, but still “not that sick”. And now that I am far enough removed from the situation to be somewhat reflective about it, I have compiled a list for you! I like to call it….

12 Pieces of Advice for when Morning Sickness is Beating You Up:

  • Do not feel like anti-nausea meds are wimping out!!!! If they help you to function, you shouldn’t have to suffer. I hate being dependent on medications, so this was hard for me. But Zofran has worked wonders in my case and I didn’t hesitate to ask for a prescription this time around. It can be expensive, but there are off-brands available (the drug name is Ondansetron) and it is a miracle worker for a lot of women.
    1. There are three different ways Zofran is administered: a pill that you swallow, a pill that you dissolve under your tongue, and a liquid that you drink. There are pros and cons to all. I took the traditional pills during my first pregnancy, and suffered from headaches/migraines (a possible side effect). I took the dissolving pills this time around, and they taste AWFUL, but the drug takes effect almost instantaneously. I was almost to the point where I couldn’t handle the flavor and was going to try the liquid form, but never actually made the switch, so I can’t speak for the liquid form personally. But I’ve heard it’s fast acting with a better flavor.
  • Don’t be afraid of throwing up. Accept that it might happen, and don’t let the fear of it cripple you. I definitely made things worse for myself during my first pregnancy, because I would be so terrified of the possibility of puking that I would refuse to try to eat or do anything.
  • Try to eat every 1-2hrs. Even if it’s gross to you, eat it. Also, don’t worry about nutritional content. Your baby will live. Eat what sounds good….or rather, what doesn’t make you gag just thinking about it. Carbs will usually stay down, and protein helps some people as well. Simple foods tend to be best – toast, applesauce, ramen noodles, etc.
  • If a food is leaving a weird after taste that’s making you sick – brush your teeth and don’t forget to brush the roof of your mouth, too! Sounds odd, but flavors always get stuck there for me.
  • POPSICLES. POPSICLES. POPSICLES. I survived thanks to popsicles. Find a flavor you don’t hate, they usually stay down and keep you at least a little hydrated and give you some form of carbohydrate energy! (Since it melts down your throat, it lands a little gentler in your stomach and doesn’t “disturb the environment” too much).
    1. Other fluid tips: sip something between meals rather than with them. Try carbonation. Try adding a splash of juice to your water. Try Pedialyte.
  • Lie on your left side – this aids digestion. And for whatever reason, stuff doesn’t “flow” back up your throat as well when you lay on your left (as opposed to on your right side or your back).
  • Indulge in the antacid of your choice. Mine are #1 Zantac and #2 Tums. This may help decrease the acidity of your stomach and help food settle better. Also, I suffer from heartburn all 9 months of my pregnancies, so it helps with that too.
  • Gummy prenatal vitamins can be easier to stomach! They don’t include Iron, which can be difficult to digest and cause nausea. However it is important to be sure you aren’t anemic before cutting out the Iron. If you are, and an iron supplement is necessary, ask about kinds that are more easily digested! Iron comes in many forms.
  • Don’t be afraid to try taking stool softeners and use glycerin suppositories….it can be really difficult to poo sometimes and all that backup can add to the nausea. But BEWARE of bulk-forming fiber supplements! They require a lot of water to be effective, and if fluids are making you nauseous, chances are you won’t have enough in your system to get them to work properly. So you’ll just end up more constipated than you started. Talk to your doc!
    1. Walking/moving around can also aid digestion! The most I felt like I could do was walk a loop around my (very tiny) house. So that’s what I did. I’d walk a couple loops. And it usually helped.
  • Pressure points to alleviate nausea:
    1. On your wrist, about two finger widths below your palm. Use your thumb and press firmly. My husband would do this one for me when we were out and about, he would take my wrist as we were walking. It may look a little controlling from an outsider’s point of view, but hey! It helps! Sea Bands also achieve this same effect.
    2. Under your nose/above your lip. I think that part of your face is called your Cupid’s Bow? Press firmly with index and middle fingers.
  • If the smell of the grocery store makes you want to hurl….I have found that Target’s grocery department tends to smell less than your typical grocery store. No meat department ;)
  • Switch to maternity pants early on. The less pressure there is on your belly, the better. Wear soft bras or sports bras.

My number one piece of advice, though, is do not feel bad for doing what you have to do to survive. With my first pregnancy, I quit my job and dropped out of school. With my second pregnancy, I had to stop breastfeeding my firstborn before she was ready to give it up, because I was withering away. Other things I used to feel bad about include but are not limited to: frequently running out of rooms to avoid smells, letting my daughter watch WAY too much TV, buying disposable plates/cups/cutlery because I couldn’t stomach the dishes, letting my house get pretty filthy, and asking my kind neighbors to watch my daughter for a couple hours nearly every day.

But you know what I learned??? None of those things are really important, and nobody really cares or blames you for them. So you need to go easy on yourself.

What IS important is that you are giving up your life for a short while in order to give life to another human being. All of the embarrassing, uncomfortable, painful parts of pregnancy mean nothing when you think of the work that you’re really doing in the long run. No, you might not be able to see that in the moment (and if you can you deserve a gold medal!), but it’s the truth. Giving up your life and your body for a measly nine months in order to provide a full lifetime for another? Well, that’s worth doing a hundred times over, in my opinion.

I’m going to end now because I have pregnant brain and can no longer tell if my paragraphs are forming complete thoughts or if I’m merely repeating myself in new and interesting ways over and over again. Goodnight everybody!

love, rach

*Traditional morning sickness remedies include: eating crackers, eating before you get out of bed, eating every two hours, eating only proteins, smelling or sucking on fresh ginger or ginger candies, drinking ginger ale, smelling citrus, sucking on sugar-free candies, exercising, taking Vitamin B6……honestly I can’t remember them all. But there’s a lot out there!

Cloth Diapers.

This is a very “only Moms will care” post, be forewarned.

I use cloth diapers. And I love the heck out of them. When I was extremely nauseous/sick earlier this pregnancy I just couldn’t handle them [too many smells! too much work!] and it saddened me.

The #1 reason I love them??? THEY ARE COST EFFECTIVE. Seriously, you can pay less than $500 to diaper 2++ kids. And you’d be out $500 in just 10 months of diapering one child in disposables (if you’re averaging one $50 case of diapers per month). Yes, there is more work required, but with kids you’re already doing tons of laundry so…what’s the diff? That’s how I feel anyway.

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first day in cloth, 3 weeks old!

There are a bajillion cloth diaper blogs and resources out there, which is why I haven’t felt the need to post anything about my routines and such. However, I have noticed a trend in these online sources….THEY ARE SO WORDY. Granted, there can be a lot to say about cloth diapers and wash routines if you care or are trying to solve a problem. But if you’re just curious or are a new Mom just starting out??? You don’t need to know all of that crap! [ha. ha. ha.]

So I present to you:

Rachel’s Condensed Cloth Diaper Guide [or, how I contain my child’s excrement in a sanitary fashion]
complete with links to specific products, if you’re interested!

  1. I use covers and prefolds [or inserts].
    • Covers are waterproof and re-useable, as long as they are not slathered with poo inside
    • The prefold or insert is the absorbent part that collects the pee/poo. This is the part you swap out during a normal diaper change
    • I have about 5 covers in each size.
    • I have about 12 inserts for my 20 month old, and 18-24 prefolds for when she was younger
    • There are other types of diapers. All in Ones [AIO], All in Twos [AI2], and Pockets are the most popular.
  2. I also use cloth wipes. They are made of flannel cut into squares, and baby washcloths.
  3. If baby is exclusively breastfed, I don’t rinse the poo. It’s water soluble.
    • If baby is eating solids, I dump what I can into the toilet, I don’t worry too much if something won’t come off
  4. I store the diapers in a hanging wet bag, which I wash with the diapers.
    • I own two, so that I can have a clean one hanging while the other is in the wash
  5. I wash dirty diapers every other day. Here is my wash routine:
    • Dump dirty diapers into top-loading washing machine
    • Set water level to low, temperature to cold
    • Add a towel if there aren’t enough diapers to make up a small load (you want it to be like diaper chili, not diaper soup. but don’t take it all the way to stew, either. too much OR too little water can prevent diapers from agitating properly. HE/front loading washers regulate this for you automatically)
    • Sprinkle a small amount of regular Tide detergent, run a “casual” cycle (AKA quick cycle)
    • Add a full scoop of Tide, run a “heavy duty” wash cycle
    • Take diaper covers out to line dry, put inserts and everything else in the dryer
    • Run for 1-2 cycles on bulky/high heat
  6. If the diapers ever smell a little stinky after they’re clean, I dump some bleach into the bleach dispenser in the washing machine during my normal wash routine.
    • If that doesn’t take care of it, I soak the clean diapers in bleach for 30mins and run a wash cycle without soap
    • For a bleach soak I use approx 1T bleach per 1gal water
    • You can do a bleach soak in the bathtub or in a top loading washer

 

Ta-da! There it is. The condensed how-to guide, according to me. There is a LOT more I could say, but I won’t unless you’re curious! Feel free to ask any questions in the comments. I loooove talking diapers so much. So so much.

love, rach

Happy Halloween [and a playlist, too]!

Happy Happy Halloween, blog friends!

I hope you have all had an awesome time dressing up and eating candy. I know I have! I binged on candy all week and now I feel a cold coming on….coincidence? I’d like to think it is, because even if the candy thing is directly related to the cold thing, it ain’t gonna stop me from eating more Halloween candy ;)

Firstly, our costumes this year:

The Hundred Acre Wood gang (well, 3.5 of them)!

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Kanga+Roo, Pooh Bear (the nose picker), and Christopher Robin!

And secondly, the thing I am stupidly excited about right now and what I have spent all of naptime compiling:

THE BEST CLASSIC ROCK HALLOWEEN PLAYLIST EVER

[and a link, in case the embed code isn’t working for you:  Classic Rock – Halloween ]

All of the best Halloween-esque classics. Spooky, weird, slightly creepy…this is my kind of Halloween soundtrack. It’s probably ridiculous how happy I am about putting this together. But anyway. You should listen to it, because it’s good stuff yo. Word to your mother.

be safe and have fun tonight, trick-or-treaters and party goers!

love — rach

Numba Two!

So I think I’ve told most people that read this blog already, but it may be a surprise for some of you….we’re having another baby! He’s due on February 24th (and we aren’t even telling our own mothers his name until it’s on the birth certificate ;) ). Woohoo! This somewhat explains my blogging hiatus, as I felt particularly awful for the first 13 weeks. Dairy made me sick for the first little while too, so even my ice cream reviews had to stop. I was also unable to exercise for a while so of course that Triathlon in August didn’t happen, therefore there was not much training to discuss. But I did become quite the Popsicle connoisseur, and nobody died! Success!!

Here are some photos and a pregnancy survey (yay surveys!), because I can’t think of an eloquent segway right now:

20 Weeks, Baby #2

I feel like I make this face a lot lately. Staring blankly at nothing...haha. My brain is a little slow sometimes.

I feel like I make this face a lot lately. Staring blankly at nothing…haha. My brain is a little slow sometimes.

How far along? 20 weeks (21 on Monday)
Total weight gain: I’m not sure, and I don’t really care. I don’t own a scale. I do know that I lost about 5-10lbs during the first trimester but have been gaining since then!

Maternity clothes? I’m actually buying some this time! Haha. See photos for evidence of my most recent purchases.
Stretch Marks? Just all the leftovers from Daisy :) no new ones yet, but I’m sure they’ll come.
Sleep? Still decent! I recently caved and bought a Snoogle. I don’t care if it’s a stupid expensive pillow, that was one of my top 5 life decisions.
Best moment this week? Daisy likes to sing “Happy” by Pharrell when she is in the bathtub. She has an octopus that is particularly happy (apparently), so she will pick him up and start singing “Happy! Happy! HAPPYYYY!” to him in her little singsong voice. Tonight I played the song for her and she went nuts. I laughed so much. I love her and I want to hit the pause button on life…well, on her aging process at least :)

Miss Anything? So I’ve got this Symphisis Pubic Dysfunction that’s been going on for about 6 weeks already. I miss being able to put on pants and shoes while standing up (balancing on one leg hurts like the dickens).
Movement? Yep! Been able to feel him for the past 6 weeks, too! It’s really neat.

Food cravings: Salty and vinegar-y, with the occasional “oh I need to eat that right now” feeling. Like today, I saw a bottle of Ranch dressing in the store and wanted some pizza + ranch to dip it in. The other day my neighbor talked about tuna sammies and a chocolate shake (not eaten together, haha) and I found myself wanting both foods shortly thereafter.
Anything making you queasy or sick: smells, when the Zofran is wearing off. I still take it about once a day. Miracle drug.

Gender: BOY!
Labor Signs: I can feel Braxton-Hicks occasionally, but that’s not really a labor sign (thank goodness. it’s still a bit early for that.)
Belly Button in or out? In…ish? My ultra-innie was superbly stretched last pregnancy and looks a little funky and folded now, so I can’t quite tell what it’s doing. Haha! I love my funky belly button.
Exercise? Walking as often as I can and running after my 19 month old err’day :) I was in a good yoga routine a few weeks back, I should get back to it…
Wedding ring on or off? On…sort of. I lost so much weight at first that it fell off constantly, so I took it off. Thought I stored it in my jewelry box. Went to put it back on a couple weeks ago, and it’s not there. So, I’m wearing a fake one…
Happy or Moody most of the time: Happy! Infinitely less moody than my previous pregnancy. Hallelujah.

Looking forward to: Everything! I’m so excited about life and so happy not to be feeling disgusting like I did almost my entire last pregnancy. But the next specifically new baby related thing I’m stoked about would probably be getting the cribs for the kid’s room! It’s going to look great. Fingers crossed Daisy continues to not know how to climb out of her crib. I’ll keep her in a cage as long as she’ll let me ;)

love, Rach

HALLOWEEN!!!

So guess what, guys. It’s my favorite season.

The season of PLANNING AND MAKING AWESOME HALLOWEEN COSTUMES!!!!!

I love love love the dressing up portion of Halloween. It is my favorite. And now that I have a husband and child to dress up in themed costumes with me?! MY LIFE IS COMPLETE.

While thinking about the costumes I am going to construct this year, I realized I neglected to post any photos of last year’s phenomenal family costume on the blog! The photos themselves are not very phenomenal — next time we’ll have to remember to take decent ones, but OH WELL.

Without any further ado, I give you….

KRONK, YZMA, AND BUCKY (squeak squeaker, squeak squeaken)!

 

First up - the most adorable Bucky the Squirrel ever. (her first Halloween!)

First up – the most adorable Bucky the Squirrel ever. (her first Halloween!)

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Close up of my Yzma makeup!

Close up of my Yzma makeup!

And my best Yzma face (I felt like I wasn't allowed to smile in this costume, haha)

And my best Yzma face (I felt like I wasn’t allowed to smile in this costume, haha)

obligatory adorable squirrel shot

obligatory adorable squirrel shot

the gang!

the gang!

my hubs is such a champ for wearing a skirt (don't worry, he had shorts on too)

my hubs is such a champ for wearing a skirt (don’t worry, he had shorts on too)

So, there you have it! The only photographic evidence in existence that we actually dressed like this in public. Haha!

The sad realization we had with these costumes, though, is that The Emperor’s New Groove is not NEARLY as universally well-known as it should be (in my humble opinion). I received many compliments along the lines of “I don’t know who you’re supposed to be but you look great!” and several people asked my husband if he was a Nephite. Luckily Bucky was usually correctly identified as some type of adorable rodent, even if she was confused for Chip&Dale a couple times. (Interesting observation: most kids would immediately understand if we merely said “Squeak squeaker, squeak squeaken!” )

I’ve saved the costumes of course, in hopes that one day we can bust them out again in a more cultured area where people know their Disney canon properly ;)

Here’s a clue about our costume theme this year:


if the original youtube uploader is infringing on Disney copyright by putting this video up I’m sorry for using it!

What are YOU doing this Halloween?!

love, rach

Oh and here’s a list of things I made for the costumes, for those who are interested! If you are trying to make a costume yourself and have questions, leave a comment!
KRONK: Crocheted hat (with floral wire and felt for the “stem”). Muscle shirt with felt appliques. Felt+velcro arm bands. Elastic waist wrap skirt. Long sash. He wore athletic shorts underneath and regular tennis shoes, because my hubs doesn’t ever wear sandals.
YZMA: Collar (made with floral wire, craft feathers, LOTS of hot glue, reinforced fabric, closes in the front with a snap). Painted cardboard earrings. Head wrap from an old t-shirt. I wore two sets of false eyelashes, and a black maxi dress borrowed from my Mom.
BUCKY: Hat (fuzzy fleecy fabric with ears attached and felt applique for the face). Puffy body (fuzzy fleecy fabric lined with an old t-shirt, sewn like a bubble skirt. Stuffed tail attached in the back). She wore a onesie and tights underneath.

The Neon Run!

So, two Saturdays ago, I ran my first 5k with some friends!!

It was a super fun neon-dance-party-pseudo-rave kind of thing. AKA, untimed, and a BLAST. (But I did still kind of try to time it and I think we completed it in 40ish minutes! Which is pretty dang good in my book. Haha). It was at Candlestick Park (where the 49ers used to play), and we even got to run through the stadium at one point! Not ON the field though…that would have been cool. And not on the stairs either…that would not have been cool. Hahahaa.

I’ll let the pictures tell the story:

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Shari, getting her war paint on

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Jayna, Shari, myself, Arica, and Brittney!

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Blacklight glow zone!

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Arica looked SO awesome. And her gel nails were glowing like crazy.

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BOOM.

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Dance partay!

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It was pretty awesome. And pretty much the closest any of us Moms are ever going to get to a rave…on a church night. Hahaha :)

Seriously, these ladies are awesome. I am so lucky to live exactly where I am, surrounded by them and countless other fantastic friends! Jayna and Shari are pretty much pro runners, Brittney has some impressive races under her belt, and Arica and I are super slow newbies. But they all slowed down to jog beside us (and encouraged us to try this whole running thing in the first place, haha)! Also I wore my craptastic old running shoes (glow paint was EVERYWHERE), and they were killing my feet/ankles halfway through. So Shari found out we wear the same size and she up and traded shoes with me so I wouldn’t hurt myself. Talk about giving the clothes off your back. Pretty sure I shed a tear for that one…or maybe that was just eye leakage from the wind in my face. Either way, I was touched : )

And as for that triathlon training….well, it’s going! This week was kind of a bust. But the two weeks prior were pretty decent! Brittney and I are training together. We run on our own, but we’ll swim and go on bike rides together after our kiddos are asleep. Actually, we’ve just done it twice so far….dang, it is so hard to feel like biking and swimming after a long hard day chasing kids. And it’s even harder to get the training done in the wee hours of the morning when your kids aren’t reliable sleepers yet. But we’ll work it out….I’m just happy to be training and to have a goal  to work toward! Someday I’ll complete a triathlon, even if I’m not ready this August.

Hope your summer is off to a fantastic start! We’re off to a family camping trip next weekend, I’ll be sure to take lots of pictures and tell you all about it ; )

love, Rach

Who AM I??

So, let me tell you all about how my life got flip-turned upside down…

Okay so it’s not really THAT dramatic. I didn’t get into any fights and I’m not moving across the country. I’ve just had a major change of heart.

Allow me to wax nostalgic on you here for just a sec.

When my sister was in middle school, she joined the track team and ran hurdles. I was inspired by her athleticism, and decided I should start running too. I had always hated running, but had gotten to the point of ALMOST not hating it once, when I had a friend to jog with in gym class.

So, I decided that my sister would run with me and that I would totally be the star of my high school track team next year. I started off with a great runner’s high!

I made it less than two blocks before being completely and totally wiped out.

And no, I’m not talking about city blocks. I’m talking neighborhood blocks, in our funky Seattle suburb, which really amounted to less than 100yds. More or less. I had no desire to go on, or to push through the pain, and I developed shin splints.

That story basically sums up my lifelong relationship with running.

But today – I find myself having gone running consistently for two months, beginning triathlon training today, and running my first 5k on Saturday. Also I went to a fancy running store and told them to tell me why my feet were hurting and then bought some expensive shoes (which I love).

WHO DO I THINK I AM?!?!??!?!?!!?!?!?

Now, this does not mean I am fast or athletic. I am down to a pretty consistent 12 minute mile, and that’s probably where I’m going to stay. I rarely run for over a mile, 2 miles is my max at this point, so yeah I’m a little nervous for that 5k. I still have little desire to push through the pain — I think my pain threshold might be slightly altered after bearing/birthing a child and this is why it’s easier for me ; ) Also, I have the raddest group of friends here, who are always encouraging me to be healthier and joining me for slow-stroller-jog-walks!

ANYWAY. Just wanted to let you all know I’ve apparently lost my marbles. Hopefully I’ll be able to take a break from my insanity often enough to update you on my adventures! Thanks for reading this blog of mine. You’re the best.

love, rach

TQFTMDMCCIC: In Space! [and a GIVEAWAY!]

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Okay, so this won’t be nearly as exciting as Muppets In Space, or as intense as watching Gravity in IMAX, or anything like that…But it’s still pretty dang interesting. I have eaten astronaut food, without even leaving the atmosphere. Or … Continue reading