Friday, April 18, 2014

Easter Bunny!

Last Saturday we dressed the kids up in their Easter outfits and took them to take a picture with the Easter bunny. The place where we go visit Santa had a fake and a real bunny that you could take pictures with so we did pictures with both.

Adalyn is a fan of anything dressed up in a costume. (I'm not sure how she is my child!) so she loved the bunny. Cayden on the other hand was not a fan. The guy taking the picture kept trying to get Cayden to smile. I told him that I'm calling it a success that he wasn't crying and to just go with it. It did not turn out very cute but of course you have to buy the picture for memory's sake. Cayden was more than happy to say "bye bye" to the Easter bunny after the picture. Adalyn didn't want her time with the bunny to end and kept trying to have it come see their pictures on the computer when we were reviewing them.
Next they took a picture with a real bunny. Last year Cayden cried the entire time with the real bunny. This year he loved the bunny. The lady told the kids they could pet the bunny and they were so sweet with it. I don't love the tacky background, but I love how precious my kids look!
I hope you all have a happy Easter. I am looking forward to celebrating our risen Savior with my husband, kids and parents this weekend. Enjoy your families and the memories you will make!

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Egg Hunt 2014

Last Saturday morning our church held their annual Easter Egg Hunt! Each age group of kids was on a different ball field (thankfully we have a ton of property with soccer and baseball fields) so it was nice that big kids weren't trampling the little kids.

We had a beautiful day for an egg hunt. Perfect weather! Jonathan took Adalyn to the 3 year old field and I took Cayden to the 0-24 month old field and both kids had so much fun. Jonathan said that Adalyn didn't realize it was a competitive sport until some girl cut her off and then she realized it was on! Of course the 3 year olds cleared their field way faster than the babies cleared their field so they came to join us while Cayden was still searching for eggs. That boy LOVES eggs!  Here are some pictures from the hunt.
I love this bunny shirt I found a consignment sale!

Hold up. I have to flash back to last year and how big my baby girl has gotten. Where has the time gone? Yet, somehow she wore those same shoes this week! Our kids' feet grow slowly!
And in 2012 for her first egg hunt...
What other time can a little boy wear a shirt with a bunny on it? His shirt got lots of compliments. It was the perfect shirt for the event! (Another awesome hand-me-down!)

The church leaves the eggs empty and I love that! Between the two giant buckets that my kids gathered we would have had crazy amounts of candy. Instead they gave a little gift bag to each child. It had a stuffed bunny, a small bag of jelly beans with the meanings of the different colors and a foam craft to do at home with the real meaning of Easter. The kids loved it!

 After the hunt we had to get a photo-op with Eli and Emalyn. They were checking out all their eggs!

 Is it too much to ask for both kids to look at the camera and smile at the same time??
Ok. One more flashback. I can't believe how old both kid have gotten! Hold me! (Also, I'm so glad it was warmer this year!)
As we were walking back toward our car, we walked past our friends' backyard (they actually back up to the ball fields) and we decided to hang out and let the kids play together. There were 5 different families there and the kids were having the time of their lives. The adults had a great time talking while the kids were occupied!

We had such a fun festive day! Adalyn keeps asking if we're going to hide her eggs in our backyard so she can find them again! And Cayden keeps carrying his bucket of eggs all around the house. I'm so thankful for our church and our friends. Such fun memories made!

Monday, April 14, 2014

Sunday Pictures

This weekend was absolutely beautiful! We had the perfect weather for all of the Easter festivities we had scheduled. (Those pictures will be later this week.) Sunday I was able to dress the kids in summer clothes and it made me so happy. I'm pretty sure they loved it too!

Before church both were smiling and looking at the camera. It is kind of like seeing a pink unicorn! Of course we topped of Cayden's outfit with a seersucker driving cap. My little man:) I have always loved dressing Adalyn all up but I never thought I'd enjoy dressing a little boy as much as I do!
After naps we went outside to play in the sunshine! Cayden was given a couple of new outdoor riding toy hand-me-downs and both of the kids enjoyed them!
 We don't have a swing set but thankfully we have the worlds best neighbors and they let us use their swing set. Cayden has always used a baby plastic swing on our back porch but he kept telling me he wanted to swing like sissy. (Story of his life! Anything she does he wants to do...) So I was uneasy at first but this boy was SERIOUS about swinging and every time I asked him if he was ready to be done, he would shake his head "no". He was so good about remembering to hold on. 
 Oh and he has gotten quite opinionated about his shoe choice and he never wants to take them off.  Sometimes taking shoes off inside ends with a certain 20 month old on the floor throwing a fit. I got a bunch of hand-me-down shoes out of storage yesterday and he found these sandals and insisted on them over the tennis shoes that I had chosen. I think I've figured that he always prefers shoes he doesn't have to wear socks with. It's funny how kids can be so opinionated at such a young age. Sometimes I don't give the kids a choice, but other times I think it's fun to let them have their way:)

Adalyn was in her element. She loves playing outside! I'm so thankful that she's in an in home daycare and is able to spend spring, summer, and fall playing outside all day every day! We were working on Adalyn learning how to pump her legs to swing herself! She was pretty proud of it. (Of course brother was repeating "straight, tuck, straight, tuck" and thinking he was doing it too.)
This is just the beginning of our outdoor fun this year! The kids are at such fun ages and I'm so excited to spend more family time together outside this summer. (Daddy was outside with us too...he was working on cleaning up fallen tree limbs from the winter ice storm. The kids were big helpers as you can only imagine...)

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

My First 7 Mile Race - Run the Bluegrass

You all. I did it. I know for many runners, 7 miles isn't a big deal. But for me it was a huge deal. Let's rewind a bit. Before I had Adalyn I had been running for a couple years and had just told my girlfriends that I would train with them for a half marathon. (Thankfully I hadn't actually signed up for it yet.) I can still clearly remember the day Billie and I went on an 8 mile training run. I remember feeling weird and not knowing why. The next day I took a pregnancy test and yes, I was pregnant. I tried running while pregnant, but that didn't last.

Fast forward 3.5 years. Jonathan was signing up to run the Run the Bluegrass Half and asked if I wanted to sign up for the 7 miler. Even before kids, the longest race I ever ran was a 10K (6.2 miles). Plus it is a known fact in the running community that Run the Bluegrass (RTB) is one of the hilliest and most difficult races you will ever run. Sounds fun, no? I decided it would be a good goal for me so I let him sign me up. But I was scared!!!

Fast forward to last fall when I was running at least 3 times a week and feeling really strong. RTB joined with the Derby Mini to do a race series where you could get an additional medal for completing both races. And RTB still had the ability to change races from a 7 to a half. I seriously was considering switching it. I felt confident in my running. But I didn't make the switch. I decided to just keep with the 7.

Then December hit. And the most miserable winter decided to hit the bluegrass state with wrath. I'm pretty sure it was making up for the lack of snow for so many years. There was so much ice that I just wasn't willing to try to run outside. So I took a bit of a break...that turned into about two months. When I started back running in February, it was like starting from zero. (So thankful I hadn't switched to the half.) I seriously was running 2 miles at a time and it was so frustrating. I was also nursing an injury from January when I tried to run with Lindsy at the Lakehouse.

Thankfully I was able to get enough training in before the big race and as of the weekend before, I had run 6 miles in my neighborhood. Now, by most people's standards my neighborhood is quite hilly. (I have proof of elevation from my gps watch!) So I thought I was doing well to train on the hills. Little did I know what the hills in RTB would be like. I honestly don't even have a description for them.

The week of the race arrived and it was supposed to be sunny and nice on that Saturday. The closer to the day we got, the colder and wetter the forecast was. It ended up being 100% chance of rain with a temp in the 30's I believe. I had joked earlier in my training that in order to conquer the hills I had heard about, I needed near perfect running conditions. I honestly don't know if there could be WORSE running conditions than what we ran in on Saturday. It was absolutely miserable. I am thankful that it was only slightly sprinkling while we were waiting in our corrals. But when that rain came down during our run, it was so windy that it was an angled rain.

The week of the race a girl I know from church noticed my pace on fb and realized we had a mutual friend who had the same pace who was running the 7 miler. I was so thankful to hook up with Nikki before the race. We stuck next to each other the entire race. It was so helpful to have someone next to me pushing me to not ease up on my pace. There were some really congested spots in the beginning of the race before the half runners split off to a different street. I would start weaving through the crowd and when I would pop out on the other side, Nikki would still be by my side. It was awesome.

Let me just state for the record that the hills were more than killer. (And the 7 mile course didn't even have the biggest hill!) I'm pretty sure there were zero flat stretches. If we were not running up a hill, we were running down a hill. It was like nothing I have ever experienced before. (And my shins and calves were feeling it later that night even with my compression sleeves on.) There was a huge hill about halfway in that seriously almost made me stop to catch my breath. It HURT. That's when I'm glad Nikki was there. I didn't want to slow her down so I just sucked it up and kept going.

I had to add this elevation map. (This is obviously for the entire 13 miles but you get the idea.)
See? I wasn't being dramatic. There is not a flat portion in there! You can see where those two halves almost touch and that is where the 7 mile course connected. (We just did that bottom loop.) It makes me long for the flatlands of Ohio. (Except then I'd miss the beautiful scenery of the world-renowned horse farms.)

As we were rounding the last turn and we could hear a band playing (even in the pouring rain) it was the best feeling knowing that I did it. Nikki and I crossed the finish line together and it was amazing! We finished with a time of 1:10 which gave us a 10:00/mi pace which I was pleased with considering the conditions we had run through. I finished 82nd overall and 10th in my age group. I was actually hoping for a 1:15 finish, so I was happy that I did better than my goal! Here is a picture from the race photographer. (Not flattering! But I was sprinting to the finish and giving it everything I had left in me.)
(I never run in a hat. I didn't even own one and actually had to buy one at the Expo just because I knew I needed something to keep the water out of my face. But now when I see the pictures I feel like it doesn't look like me!)

Jonathan wasn't far behind me. He finished the half in 1:32 which is amazing (which put him 9th in his age group and 40th overall)!! He's an all-star! We went inside to get out of the rain and cold. We both brought dry clothes (that we checked in the gear check) but didn't feel like it would help since we would have to walk back outside and forever away to get to our car. But we were shaking we were so cold! We didn't stick around for awards even though J earned an award for improving his time over his time from last year. We got a picture in front of the official backdrop. Of course since it was inside the lighting was poor and I had my hat on so you can't see my face:)

We did ask someone to take a picture with my phone, which I think ended up better than the official pictures.
 And after we made what seemed to be an unending journey to our car, I took this picture to show what the weather was really like that day. HORRIBLE!
We received a discount code for next year's race. Is it crazy that I'm actually pondering whether I want to sign up for the half? I mean, those hills are still in my recent memory. Am I crazy that I am thinking about doing that course plus 5 more miles?? Probably. But next year HAS to be better weather conditions. That should help. Right?? There is no description of the feeling you get when crossing the finish line after you tackle a goal that was bigger than you thought possible. Which is why I now need a bigger goal! :)

Jonathan posted these pics on instagram, but I have to share them here too. It's amazing what a difference a year can make. I remember being at J's RTB half last year and looking at the runners thinking "these are my people but you wouldn't know it looking at me." And I remember feeling like I would never be at a point where I could run even the 7 miler. I think that's why it's so emotional to me to think about how I crossed that finish line on Saturday under my goal time.
 (Look at that beautiful sunny day and my tiny babies!)
I am so glad that I took my health seriously last May. It's amazing the difference a year can make! I wish the kids could have been there this year but it was just too cold/wet. Maybe next year they will be there to cheer us on!
And now we both have medals hanging around our necks! 

Thursday, March 27, 2014

My Little Runner

It's no secret that we are a running family. I love that Jonathan and I have the same hobby. I feel like to kids "normal" is whatever their parents do and I love that we are showing our kids a healthy lifestyle. When the weather cooperates, we love going on family runs. Jonathan pushes the kids in the stroller and as he follows me I can hear the kids cheering for me and singing songs. It's precious. So on a beautiful afternoon you won't find the Burns family at a park. You'll find us pounding the pavement. And the kids love it!

Adalyn always talks about when she's old enough to wear numbers and then her hair will be long like mommy's and sway from side to side when she runs. (So funny to see life through the eyes of a kid.) At one of the consignment sales I found a Nike pink running skirt in Adalyn's size. I knew this would be her favorite piece of clothing and it was only $5! Can't beat that! In warmer months I always wear a running skirt. I find them more comfortable than shorts, so she always sees me in my skirt and was so excited to have one of her own!

After our 5k/10 miler a couple weekends ago Adalyn asked to put her running skirt on and then I pinned my numbers to her shirt. She thought she was big stuff. She ran so many laps around our house that I lost count. She was out of breath by the time she stopped.
Cayden did NOT want a shirt on. Whatev. His inner "boy" is coming out! But he did want to be in ALL the pictures with Sissy.

I have a feeling that she will be just as competitive as her mommy and daddy. I love it! It'll be fun to enter her into some 1 mile kid races in a couple years. These things are caught not taught!

Since we have our big race this weekend. I thought this was the perfect post for today! Right now there is a 100% chance of rain with a high of 50* during my 7 mile and J's half marathon this Saturday! I am so worried. I really need near perfect conditions to conquer the insane hills that we will be running on! I'm hoping that in the next two days that forecast will change! I'd really love for the kids to be able to come to the race. They LOVE going to races and cheering! Here's hoping I will have a happy post next week about my longest race ever!

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Cayden - 18 Month Pics

So I realized that I never posted any of Cayden's 18 month pictures. Since he turns 20 months today, I figured I should post his 18 month pictures:) The first outfit was the first day we tried to do pictures and he was getting over being sick and was not feeling a photo session. We decided to try pictures the next week and Cayden wasn't sick anymore but he also didn't feel like smiling. Little stinker. Thankfully Meghan was so patient and had the idea of doing pictures in his room to make him feel comfortable. She was able to snap some cute pics!

I posted this on instagram last night but I'll say it again. Adalyn was 20 months when Cayden was born so it is surreal to me that Cayden is now 20 months. I can't imagine him being the "big" sibling. He's still my baby. I can't believe Adalyn was the "big" sister at this age!