The time has arrived!

I have been a bit absent from my blog, sorry about that. And I am not going to get any better in the near future because…

We are off to FLORIDA!!

The half marathon is in four days. I have two more runs before the big race. And instead of on a treadmill or in the snow I will be running along the waterfront in Florida! It is very gratifying that it finally snowed here so we could actually escape from the cold weather. I am also grateful that all the snow has now melted so we can get on our plane without delay.

The last couple of weeks have been filled with running, trip planning, and enjoying time with an almost 18-month-old. We went to Florida last year to stay with my uncles when Dash was 5 months old and it was a much needed respite from our sleep struggles. The warm air and the caring family seemed to have a calming effect on all of us and shortly after coming home we found the strength to tackle the sleep issues in our house.

This year we are all in a much better place and I’m so excited to visit with family, enjoy the beach (and my ridiculously dark first-ever spray tan), and really be able to reflect on and enjoy my time with my little family of three.



Sweet treat.

After a 10 miler this weekend blogging is still a little beyond my grasp, but I can muster enough strength to give you a little photo montage of me and my bud sharing some frozen yogurt at Costco. Vanilla fro yo may not fix dehydration nor be great nutrition for someone coming off a hunger strike from a busy weekend with lots of family, but it was a super fun sweet treat that we both enjoyed.

The Super Bowl is coming.

We don’t let Dash watch TV. That is to say he only watches basketball, football, golf, and the occasional Blue’s Clues. One day when he got up from his nap I had Project Runway on to see who had won at the end of the Miss Piggy episode. I figured the cross-cultural episode would be ok for the 5 minutes that were left. Dash came in, sat in his little chair with his cup of milk, stared at the TV for about 30 seconds. Then he turned to me and asked, “fu-bol?”  Could he be anymore like his dad? He now can say Tebow and Manning. My pride overflows. (I kid. It is really cute when you ask, “who plays football?” and he answers, “Tebow!”)

Anyhow, we will of course be watching the Super Bowl this year and Dash I’m sure will be taking it all in with his dad. At least until bedtime.

“Practicing” for the big game:

Moves like Jagger.

Dash is a tiny man with many moves. Here is his go-to move the fast march. Or maybe it is a merengue?

Then yesterday he started some balancing and tumbling moves. We can’t figure out where he picked up his moves, but they are daring and hilarious. He’s probably headed to the Olympics. Probably. In golf and gymnastics. He’s like Bo Jackson.

If you want to see the other videos click the feed link on my youtube channel to see more of his impressive feats.

For those of you who think you have seen enough I will leave you with this:

This tiny man has flair.

Christmas 2011

Christmas 2011. Here it goes:

Friday morning “Christmas morning” in KC. Homemade cinnamon rolls.

Christmas pjs and present opening for the first time in our new house.

Friday afternoon. In the car to Omaha. Broken portable DVD player means game 2 1/2 hour game of catch.

Walking tour of Christmas lights in my parents neighborhood.

Saturday visit with an old friend and a new baby. Baby 10 months younger and 2 pounds heavier than our “big boy.”

Back in the car. On the road to Fremont and the Christmas Eve celebration.

Football with the cousins.

Christmas carols. Accompaniment by the toddler.

Family. Crab legs. Homemade crescent rolls. Peppermint pie.

Gift opening. All done in time for a 7:30 p.m. bedtime.

Christmas morning. Pancakes with great-grandma’s recipe made by three generations of family members. And enjoyed by the youngest.

In the car. Back to Omaha for Christmas day gift opening.

Christmas afternoon nap.

Enjoying time with family and new toys.

Monday. Back in the car to KC. Christmas 2011 done. Enjoyed by all.

Embrace the Camera.

The Christmas celebrating begins tonight in our house and I am so excited to start some new traditions in our new home.

Anyway, today Dash is 16 months old which seems like an impossibility. In my hopes to keep him a one year old for the whole year here are some family snaps from almost 3 months ago. Yes the TV is on and no none are in focus.

Merry Christmas if we don’t see you until after the big day!