Home Safe!

Sky and I had an unexpected extended weekend thanks to a little snow storm in the passes. 

The Lex has a great traction control system, but it aint that great!  Wow is all I can say.  I feel bad for people who did get stuck in their cars/hotels/at the pass.  That possibility is what kept Sky and I safe at my Aunt and Uncles way past what was only supposed to be breakfast on our way back home. 

All in all it was a great weekend, and I didn’t mind the extra time with Paul and Candy.  The best part is Sky got lot’s of time with family on the other side of the state. 

The whole reason we even went over was to celebrate my birthday early with Dad and Val (I have some shopping to do!) and get a treatment.  Birthday dinner was amazing wine, perfectly cooked steak, and crazy good chocolate cake…the massage was amazing too, but not nearly as pleasant.  I thought I was going into this one without any issues.  Nothing hurt and nothing had been bothering me on my runs.  But, boy did some unexpected shoulder issues pop up!  I actually felt like I needed a barf bucket under the face opening on the massage table.  I’m thankful that we caught a few things early, and I know what to focus on with foam rolling and trigger pointing.

A few pictures from the weekend…

 Elya and I got in 8 miles before Sky and I left Friday morning.

I’m glad we ran before I left, and that I got back when I did, because I didn’t take my running stuff with me.  I thought I would only be gone 1 whole day, so didn’t think I’d need, or want it.  But, I did find two awesome trail running options for next time I’m there!  
Sky had ton’s of fun!  Dad and I found Trampoline Playground, and then a few days later I took her to the Cheer Academy for the open play time, plus she just has fun hanging out with family!
 She loves that green hat!

 Lunch with Grandma!
 The Cheer Academy is crazy fun!

Movie time!
I can’t tell you how much this stressed me out.  You can see that part of the beam has a raised platform with mats, so when you fall it’s not far at all, the second half is regulation with no fall protection.  The first 6 or 7 times she did this she waited at the half way point for me to hold on to her.  But, then she got brave and looked at me and said, “No mommy help, I do by self”.  What if she fell and ended up in a cast again?!  But, I stepped back and let her take on the balance beam all by herself, about 10 times, and she never did fall.  The smile on her face the first time she got to the end and jumped off all by herself was priceless!  
Top two pics are from the cheer academy and the bottom two are from Trampoline Playground.  It took her so many tries before she figured out how to make it to the top of the trampoline so she could slide down, but she kept trying and she did it!

 Sky did not want to leave her giant minion!

 Sunrise the morning we left, so beautiful!  

Got to play in a little bit of snow at my Aunt and Uncles, it didn’t last very long though.

P.S. I have to say not only was birthday dinner amazing, but breakfast the next morning was pretty great as well!  Dad makes the best hash-browns period.  Great smokey flavor and extra, extra crispy.  I was a happy camper!
Thank you to Dad and Val for hosting Sky and I, and for Candy and Paul willingly hosting us unexpectedly!  It was kind of a nice little vacation for me, but I’m glad to be back home and back to “real” life.  
Now, time to focus on running and training! 



Sleding For The First Time!

Just wanted to share pics of Sky playing in the snow this weekend!  I’m so excited we actually got enough to play in.  We talked about heading up to the mountain to sled, but this was so much better! 

 She wanted to pull it back up the hill by herself.  I tried helping her and she got PO’d!

Not sure who has the biggest smile, love those two so much! 
I almost feel bad that we have it so easy weather wise around here.  Sometimes the rain get’s old, but how nice is it that we got enough snow to have fun in, it lasted for one day, and is now almost all gone.  I’m sure there are some that would like to pelt me with snow balls for that…sorry!  For those stuck in the grip of winter with one storm after another hang in there, Spring is close!  

From The Kitchen – Moroccan Meatballs

Before I get to the yummy recipe I must share this picture of Sky.  I can’t put my finger on it, but it may be my most favorite picture of her, and that’s saying something given how many pictures of her there are. 

Maybe because it’s totally candid, she had no idea I was taking the picture, or that I had left the room to grab my phone even.  For the most part she is a rough and tumble girl, so maybe it’s the total girlishness of this picture that I love? 

All I know is that she was so excited about her dress, tights, and shoes.  She kept prancing around and twirling and showing off her dress to anyone who would give her 2 seconds of attention.  Thankfully she walked right up to Santa, asked him to look at her dress, and then climbed up and posed pretty as can be.  Not like last years crying episode at all. 

The crying came when it was time to be done with Santa and let someone else have a turn.  She took off at a full sprint through Nordstrom, crying and screaming her head off.  Sadly I was not in running shoes, so it took a bit to catch her.  Thankfully someone hip checked her and she went sprawling which allowed me to catch up with her.  Fun times…but at least the Santa picture is perfect!

On to Moroccan Meatballs!  Yet another recipe/reason why I must run my a$$ off!  I have to say everything I have made from Well Fed has been a keeper, and in most cases I make it again the next night because we love it that much!

You can find the original recipe on the Well Fed Blog, click HERE to check it out!  I served ours with Quinoa and it was really good!  Trader Joes has roasted, salted pistachios that put this recipe right over the top for yum factor!  Plus, they add the perfect amount of salt to the dish.  
Since it’s snowing here it’s going to be a non-running day for me.  Without a treadmill at home and no gym membership my only option is running outside.  With my knee feeling a little weak (running through Nordstrom in dress shoes didn’t help!) I’m not risking slipping and sliding around in the snow and twisting something.  More core work today, and hopefully I’ll get a run or two in over the weekend.  It’s supposed to turn to rain at some point and I really want at least one more solid run before taking off to visit family next week.  
I am excited to get Sky out in the snow and see what she thinks about it!  
Anyone else playing in the snow today? 


We have snow!!!  It’s only a very slight dusting, just enough to say it snowed, and bust out the champagne!  I love our champagne tradition every time it snows.  Last night I opted for a hot buttered rum though.  I really just wanted something nice and hot so I could warm up from the inside out.  

I guess a morning run with Sky, as in no stroller…Sky picks the trails and we pick up leaves/spin/skip/hop kind of run, is out.  She does not have a snow suite and is finally healthy, so don’t want to get her out in the wet and cold just yet. Plus, I’m running with the group tonight and don’t really want to start and end the day on a cold note.  

Speaking of being cold the heating system was broke at the gym last night.  Talk about a brisk soccer practice!  Since Mark was there to help keep Sky on track I was able to take some pictures.  In the nick of time too since it was the last class!   
You would think soccer would be perfect for her with all the running…except for she uses her hands instead of her feet.  So maybe playing goalie is in her future?  All three of us saw huge improvement from the first class to the last though.  She hardly used her hands at all last night, and she was very focused on the goal drills!        

 She looks so determined in this picture!  

Our happy little soccer player! 

I’m actually going to miss the class.  Since it’s a “parent and me” class I ran all the drills with her, and it ended up being a good 30 minute leg workout.  Lot’s of stopping and starting, and sprinting to chase Sky or an errant ball across the gym.  My legs got a bit of a different workout than they are used to.  Plus, Sky had just gotten used to coach Bret and would actually let him do drills with her instead of me.  That’s probably the most important achievement of the whole class! 
What sports did you play growing up?  
Anyone still participate in sports (other than running) as an adult?