Wednesday, February 29, 2012

The Makeover Continues...

Remember this...

The books were OVERLOADED on it, it wasn't using the space wisely, I need MORE storage (hidden) for the boys' games and puzzles, etc. At SOME age we'll be able to get rid of some of this stuff, right?

So, we're having a custom cabinet/shelves put into the space today. Here's the cabinet start...

And getting the start of the shelves added...

(Will finish updating as progress is made...)

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Obsession Confession

One of the blogs that I read just started a new series on obsession confession. Anything you love that you then become obsessed with. HA HA... this is so me. I don't do much half way. Here's my list of obsessions lately:

* blogs - seriously, won't even admit how many I follow
* running - e-mailing back and forth with a friend yesterday about my spring schedule and writing it all down made me realize I might be a bit insane ;) (schedule below)
* FroYo - well, except for February. I gave up sweets for the month of February and this is probably the only one thing I truly miss.
* Subway - First it was because it was $5 footlong February but now it's just because I love it, it's close to the house, and I don't feel guilty after eating it. Yes, I had a 6 inch for lunch today.
* My weight - Yeah... I go through spells of not caring and then obsessing... I'm currently obsessing (maybe I should lay off the Subway and FroYo, huh)
* Balego socks - seriously, don't wear anything else now

I'm sure I could go on and on... but I won't admit any more publicly.

Spring Race Schedule
4/14 - Rock the Parkway Half Marathon
4/21 - Garmin/Olathe Half Marathon (2:30 pacer)
4/22 - Kansas Half Marathon (2:25 pacer)
5/5 - Smithville 8 hour adventure race
5/13 - Mother's Day 5K
6/2 - Hospital Hill Half Marathon

Speaking of obsessed, Ross has now decided that he has to have a million things to sleep with. He has THREE blankets (four on weekends when his school one is home) and about 6 stuffed animals, etc. This morning when I went in to get him he was still SOUND asleep - unusual. I should have known then how the morning was going to go. He was GROUCHY! I got him dressed and off to daycare with pop-tarts in hand in record time... lol! Here's a picture of him all snuggled in with all of his "stuff"

Sunday, February 5, 2012

A room mini-makeover

A couple of weeks ago I went crazy and started re-arranging furniture. I moved our dark leather couch and chair to our front, unused living room (the loveseat went to our master bedroom). The beige over-sized furniture from the front living room got moved to the family room. The plan was then to take the beige to the basement and bring our sectional up but I've put that plan on hold. I LOVE the beige in our family room. For one, it's our most comfortable furniture and secondly, it just looks so much better where it's at now. That beige furniture set was our first furniture purchase when we bought our house in Olathe in 2001. We paid like $499 for a couch, loveseat, coffee table and two end tables... and they have held up better than most of our furniture!!

I also moved Ryan's easel and the train table to the front living room and surprisingly we've started using that room a lot more. Ross uses that room the most because that's where time out is... but that's beside the point.

Anyway, today I got my gallery prints of the boys and have taken down the picture collages I had up that were of Ryan at age 2 and Reid at age 5.

They look high in this picture but they don't look that high in real life. Here they are:

Ryan wanted to get a picture with his leap pad too...

This bookshelf is going away soon! Our friend, Paul, is going to come sometime in February to do a built in cabinet the entire width of the cut out. I'm thinking cabinet at the bottom and then shelves all the way to the molding!!

Our train table is also in the corner of this room. If you follow me on facebook, you know that I broke down and superglued the pieces together because Ross ALWAYS takes them apart. Well the little stinker... he has spent the last two weeks taking the pieces apart again. Now that they are glued it's like an extra challenge. He has to work super hard and then celebrates when he gets them apart. I put the track back together today and the boys did play with it for about 15 minutes as I laid on the couch recovering from my 10 mile morning run. LOL. I think I'm going to give up and just get rid of it... we'll see.

Thursday, February 2, 2012

Playing with numbers

I have a huge deadline at work tomorrow... so of course I'm spending today doing anything but work on what I need to be working on. This post is for Suzanne, my weekend running partner.

I went back to this time last year (on my Garmin tracking - I LOVE technology) to see how my running was. Here were 5 runs in a row around this time:

Date Distance Time Pace
1/29/11 9.92 miles 1:45:04 10:35
2/5/11 9.74 miles 1:49:57 11:17
2/12/11 12 miles 2:08:36 10:43
2/13/11 4.31 miles 51:57 12:03
2/16/11 3.55 miles 37:29 10:34

*I'm assuming the weather was bad and I was doing some treadmill runs mid-week because there seem to be some huge gaps here.

And here are my last five runs this year:

Date Distance Time Pace
2/2 6.0 miles 58:34 9:44
1/31 5.54 miles 57:03 10:17
1/30 3.01 miles 29:04 9:40
1/29 9.85 miles 1:41:16 10:17
1/26 4.0 miles 37:52 9:27
1/22 10 miles 1:41 10:05

Last year I ran the Rock the Parkway half in 2:06:17 (my current PR). This year the race is two weeks later on the calendar. I had originally said that I didn't have any time ambitions. Now I'm starting to challenge myself... could I do a 2:05???

Ok, enough playing around... back to work