Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Run Val, Run!

Yep. We're running again. It's funny how I get on a roll and then all of a sudden, poof! Part of my reason for quitting running was I started back up last spring with my neighbor and she tore her meniscus early in the fall. And so I was by myself. What a pathetic excuse. Not a reason-an excuse! But that's sad because I truly like to run. It makes me feel good, not only physically but I feel good "about" myself. I've accomplished something.
I ran Saturday and then again yesterday. It was blustery day yesterday but mild temps, around 48. I like to run at the park down the street. Sometimes they have the fountain going in the pond and with the ducks and geese, it's very pretty.


Paul likes to run around our neighborhood because he's a "people" person. Likes to see who's running and wave and say hi. I'm more of a soak up nature person. And he runs before the sun comes up so he avoids traffic. By the time I get out there, usually at sunrise, I have to run on the sidewalk if I'm running around the neighborhood because the roads are narrow and everyone is heading to work between 6:30-7:00.
So, I believe I need to run everyday. I know-I know! Everyone thinks you need a day in between to rest. Well you do if you're lifting weights for sure. But running? I've read quite a few blogs and articles of people who run daily. I think it would help me be more consistent.
So, as I write this I'm waiting to hear from Home Depot. Once I hear from them what time they're coming to measure the basement, I'll be off and running. Good for me!!

As always...

Saturday, April 18, 2015

The progress of things..

Our pergola is almost finished! Paul and I both think the upper tier is bit too high but the guy building it came over and said he didn't think so. Ok, why would he agree with us? Anyway. We'll get used to it. Now they just need to box in the poles and add some decorative curved support moldings. I can't wait to hang little lights etc. on it!


Notice the little bricks on the mat near the door? Winston has a bit of a hard time jumping that high to get into the house.

So, on to the basement. We have all the walls done and painted. Painted thanks to Paul (I only painted the bathroom). I love the colors, the main area is toasted wheat and the workout room is gray.

Wet bar is coming along.
Exercise room
I'm not crazy about the green, I didn't intend for it to be this dark but oh well, it's a basement.
As always...

Sunday, April 12, 2015

Easter in Virginia Beach

We left Saturday morning to head to Virginia Beach for Easter. Nicole and Deloise (and their 4 beautiful kiddos) live in Fredericksburg so we got to stop on the way and say "Hi" and give the little ones a few Easter goodies.

Either Cameron or Adrian (I think Cameron)
I think this is Adrian
Sweet Charlotte. They are so active it's hard to get a decent pic.
They loved the little wind up toys we got them, and of course the candy.

We got to Eric & Jessie's around 6pm.  I'm so glad they waited for us to color eggs.







Then Easter morning the kids got to do the egg hunt in the backyard.





We then headed to church and Jessie's sisters' house for Easter dinner.

Logan outside the Baptist Church
There were so many kids hunting for eggs at Jessie's sisters' house, I didn't get a chance to get a pic of Logan.
At one point on Easter Sunday, Logan and I were playing corn-hole. Just the two of us with miniature game boards and little bags. Logan was winning. 3-0, 7-0, 9-0, 13-0 and Logan was announcing and keeping score. He then turns to me and says "MiMi, you're gonna have to keep track of your own score". I have to admit I was almost done with my 2nd Sangria and I lost it. I was laughing soooo hard at what he said. He looks at me as serious as can be and asks "why are you laughing"? I said "because I have no score to keep track of". It was a funny moment I won't soon forget. THAT conversation will definitely go into my PL or Journal of some sort.

So, Eric and Jess had to work Monday and Tuesday soooo, Paul and I had Logan and Emmy for those days all to ourselves! We made sure we got a hotel with a heated indoor pool, The Hilton Garden Inn in Chesapeake.


Canon ball time! On your mark, get set...
I asked Emmy if she's every built a bear. Nope, she hadn't so our next stop was Build-A-Bear at the mall. 



I asked Emmy if she'd like to dress her. They had hundreds of outfits, anywhere from bathing suits to cowgirl dresses. Emmy said no. She wanted to feel her bear's softness. She did get her bear a headband and shoes. 


Meet Sylvia
While Emmy and I were at Build-A-Bear, Paul took Logan somewhere and got him some Hex battle spiders. I don't even know what they're called but we had lots of fun playing with them later. 


We took them to a park called Trashmore. Now this park was once a dump. They covered it with soil and it's now a gorgeous park! 

Paul playing catch with Emmy.

Logan playing with his remote control car.

W had a wonderful time and it was soooo good to spend time with Logan and Emmy. As always...


Sunday, March 29, 2015

My knitted socks.

Yes! I finished my first pair of socks. They're a little big and baggy on me so I had Paul try them on and they fit him beautifully...although I don't expect him to wear them. 



Paul turned out to be a really good sock model! Now I'm knitting Logan a Minion hat. Even though it will be for Christmas, I feel I owe him one. Last year I was knitting for my sister, Jennifer, Jessie and Bev and I never got around to knitting my favorite little people anything!! So, I know it's only March but I'm getting a head start. I'm going to knit Emmy a beautiful ear warmer with flowers on it.

So, I'm off for now and as always...

Thursday, March 26, 2015

A Smashing good time!

A few years ago I discovered Smash Books. I immediately fell in love but at the same time I was so caught up in my scrapbooks, babysitting, and other things I didn't actually play with the book I bought. I landed up giving it to my sister along with some items for her to get started.



In the meantime, I've been an avid journaler for years. I probably have 5 filled journals. Ever since I watched "The English Patient", I was hooked. But then, I discovered an easy way to not only record the everyday life stuff with pen, but to add smidgets too! Ticket stubs, pictures, letters, memorabilia..you name it! As I was writing in my journal one evening, the thought of a Smash Book came to my mind again.

I went and purchased a Smash Book.


I then covered it with this beautiful patterned paper I'd been hoarding forever, just waiting for the perfect use for it.


Years ago I bought a beautiful box from Joann's to keep my memorabilia in. I pulled that box out and went through it. I Discovered I had kept quite a few tickets from Indians Games so I thought I'd create a neat little place to keep them instead of inside the box.



I then made a page about our recent trip to NY. 


So, there you have it. So far I'm having a blast. 

As always....