Doodle wanted to play Monopoly today. For some reason I spent most of my time in Jail. It was weird. We played for about 2 hours and I think I only passed Go three times. Needless to say, Doodle and Pickle were thrilled because they got to buy all the property.


We never lose our fascination with butterflies. Especially when they stay on our hands.


…for the ball to hit the pins.


Girlie and Doodle love exploring. Especially if it involves dirt, water and places where their imaginations can be free.

Daddy & Daughter dance

Thomas and Girlie went to a Valentine’s Daddy and Daughter dance. When they came home, she was all smiles. Nothing sweeter than a girl and her daddy dancing.

Homemade pine cone feeders

While Thomas and I ran the National Marathon to Finish Breast Cancer the kids spent some time with their Granny and Poppy. They came home with these homemade pine cone peanut butter feeders. The kids decided to put them out for our squirrels that live in our mailbox. We think the squirrels liked them, since they were gone the next day.

National Marathon to Finish Breast Cancer

Today Thomas and I ran in the National Marathon to Finish Breast Cancer. I originally registered for the 26.2 marathon, but a few weeks ago I pulled my hamstring. The week before the race I was still in considerable discomfort, downing Advil and toting the heating pad around with me. I was really nervous that I wouldn’t be able to complete the full marathon.

The morning of the race, I told myself that I would go as far as I could. If I got a DNF (did not finish), then that’s what I’d get. But I REALLY didn’t want that.

About 6 miles in, I was seriously doubting whether I’d be able to finish the 20 miles left. I was already hurting and my gait was affected. I made the decision to do the half marathon. 13.1 miles seemed totally feasible. Thomas went on to finish the marathon and made awesome time.

After making the decision to commit to the half, my spirits were much better. I didn’t feel nervous or upset or even preoccupied. I was more relaxed and able to enjoy the people running beside me and cheering us on. I was able to think about why we were running. Running for Breast Cancer. Running for our mothers, aunts, grandmothers, sisters, daughters and ourselves.

It turned out to be a wonderful day. And yes, I was hurting, so it wasn’t all peaches-n-cream, but it was totally worth it. And now I’m looking forward to next year.