Friday, April 30
In the meantime, Victoria took these pictures (that I love!!!) of our little family. Finley is wearing seersucker pants. Seersucker, kids.
And here is Finley with his best friend, the orange balloon. I am pretty sure this is what he looked like in the womb. It was pretty cramped quarters in there.
And HAPPY BIRTHDAY MOM! So glad I could spend it with you.
Thursday, April 29
As an almost experienced marathon runner, I recognize the importance of having a cache of excuses to fall back on, just in case I don't achieve my goal. (WHICH I WILL. Or I won't But hopefully I will.) Sol is out of town this week, which adds to my mental insanity--I need someone to remind me of all the miles I've ran, and I how hard I have trained for this. I'm pretty sure I can do it--I just need to be reassured.
In an effort to avoid the... umm.... upset stomach that occasionally plagues me during long runs, I gave up Diet Coke as of 12:45 today. Yes, that's how serious I am about this race. I have not had a diet coke since yesterday afternoon. Hydration is my friend. I also didn't have ice cream last time I went to Chick-fil-a. WATCH OUT PITTSBURGH.
I don't think you can follow my race with text messages this time, but I did sign up for the race to magically tweet my splits. So if you periodically check in on the blog Sunday morning, you can see my progress in the twitter section of the sidebar. See, twitter is good for something!
And Sol--I'm really sorry there are no pictures here. Finley has been a whiny baby (although Copper cried more than Finn while I was swimming tonight) and hasn't allowed me to take any pictures of him. I think his molars are coming in and he misses his daddy. I miss his daddy too. Hurry home.
Tuesday, April 27
Well, the first thing about the party is that I invited some people. I designed these super fun invitations in Photoshop. What's that? You didn't know I am obsessed with making things in Photoshop? Because I am. (PS This is a fake invitation. I don't actually live in Cowboyville, KS. Also, I liked this invitation so much I decided to try to sell it on etsy. I've sold way more than I expected!)
I also worked some Photoshop magic to make a banner of a picture for each month of his little life and a banner that says "FINLEY IS ONE" because "HAPPY BIRTHDAY FINLEY" was waaay too many letters. I punched holes in the corners and tied them together with jute. And then I had to tape the jute because it kept slipping through the holes. I did this about 20 minutes before the party started with wet hair. I was running a little behind. Whoops!
Clearly, there were still more things to Photoshop. I made little bags of trail mix that said "Happy Trails Mix" (oh I crack me up) and little cupcake toppers that ended up going in mini-hamburgers because I decided not to make cupcakes at the last minute. We made lots of food that I thought little cowboys would eat and gave them all silly cowboy names. Cattleman's Coleslaw, Rattlesnake Bites, Bronco Bob's Raspberry Black Bean Dip (courtesy of So Long!) and Lil' Cowboy Sliders. My favorite were the sliders--we made BLTs, cheeseburgers, buffalo chicken and Hawaiian chicken. I've been enjoying the extras for lunch--YUM. Also I made the most delicious and complicated cake I've ever attempted. I promptly froze the leftovers so I can treat myself after the marathon Sunday... and everyday I want to chisel off a little bit. Delish.
Because my cake was full of baby poison (chocolate and peanut butter) I made a few cupcakes for the little kids at the party. They were apple and delicious (Vic kept stealing them)... although Finley couldn't tell you that. See that speck of frosting on his finger? Yep, that was as much cupcake as he had. Not. Interested.
Even though he was oblivious to the sugar-y treat I lovingly prepared, he still managed to enjoy himself. He was happy and played the whole time and even shared his toys nicely with the other babies. And at the end of the party when it was time for him to meltdown and have a tantrum, for some reason, he let me hold him and he put his sweet one year old head on my shoulder. It melted my heart.
And his outfit? That was the most fun part of the party planning. I found darling cowboy boots at Gymboree and then set off on a quest to find him the perfect buckaroo outfit. The Wranglers onesie and belt buckle completed the look. He was adorable. But I guess I'm a little biased.
We had SO much fun celebrating with all our friends. We're so blessed to have so many people that love our boy! Thanks to everyone who helped plan/assemble burgers or came to celebrate.
That officially concludes all the birthday talk. Moving on.
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Sunday, April 25
Even though I feel like my life is slightly chaotic at the moment, I promised Sol I would post pictures of Finley often while he was gone. So here is the smiling chap:
I've discovered a super fun new website, I Heart Faces. If you take lots of pictures, this is the place for you. Every week they have some sort of theme where you can post a picture and then link to it from their site. Then people come tell you how great your picture is, and you get to go see other people's great pictures. It's a win-win. This week's theme is smile. And I just don't think you can beat that smile!
If you have a sweet smile of your own to share, or just want to check out others, go visit I Heart Faces to see more entries. You won't be disappointed.
Saturday, April 24
Wednesday, April 21
I've been trying to think of ways to make sure that Finley's birthday is fun for him--unfortunately, the things he loves (power cords, standing in the bathtub, pulling Copper's hair...) aren't really things I want him to be doing with today. I'm not sure how else to make sure its a perfect day for him... let him eat only yogurt and cheese?
A friend of my mom's took pictures for us over Spring Break--I'll eventually blog some more of them, but here are a few of my favorites of just the birthday boy.
I can't believe how much changes in a year. A year ago, I had never kissed Finley's soft, soft cheeks or heard his little giggle. A year ago, he just laid in our arms and occasionally opened his eyes. And now he is a wild ball of energy and can not be contained. I can only imagine how much will change in the next year. What an honor and privilege it us for us to get to take care of this boy! As painful as it is to watch him grow, it also brings us great joy as he becomes who he was created to be.
Because if I'm honest with myself, I don't really want to be carrying him on my hip to the prom, or changing his diapers at his high school graduation. Growing up is a good thing.
Happy Birthday, Finley!
Tuesday, April 20
How did you get so big? I love you, little baby.
Monday, April 19
I'm currently training for the Pittsburgh Marathon which is May 2nd. I plan on kicking its hilly butt. It's my fifth marathon and the third marathon that I have trained seriously for. I realllly want to qualify for Boston, which is running a 3:40. I've finished in 3:47 twice but have trained better this time around. I ran 82% of the Charlottesville marathon (which is about 21.5 miles) last weekend with my friend Jenni, and I feel optimistic about my chances of qualifying.
I better qualify. I want to stop running and take naps after school. But I don't like giving up. (The back up plan is to run some marathon in the fall if I don't qualify.)
Some running stats...
- I run about 32 miles a week since Christmas.
- Since I started keeping track here, I've burned 276 donuts. Impressive, no?
- I've run .02 around the world.
- For this marathon, I ran 20 miles twice and 21 once.
- I ran a half marathon with 7:47 splits as part of my training.
- Monday: swim for an hour after Finley goes to bed
- Tuesday: run 5 miles after school
- Wednesday: run up to 10 miles... sometimes on the treadmill at the gym after Finley's asleep, sometimes broken up into two runs before and after bedtime
- Thursday: run up to 5 miles after school
- Friday: NO RUNNING!
- Saturday: run up to 20 miles (increasing 1 or 2 miles a week)
- Sunday: run up to 10 miles
Friday, April 16
Poetry aside, it is spring in NOVA. My seasonal allergies can confirm it. Victoria counted 6 consecutive sneezes on our drive into school this morning. My morning routine currently consists of prescription eyedrops, Claritin and occasionally a nose spray if I am feeling wild. I feel bad about all those years that I told Courtney that her allergies aren't real. I'm pretty sure they are.
But I think the pretty flowering trees and huge blooms in our neighborhood might make it worthwhile. I look forward to pushing a huge stroller 6 miles up and down the hills of our neighborhood a little more when I know that there are trees that smell like perfume-y heaven scattered around. Even when they drive me into a burning eyed, runny nosed mess.
And now I would like to leave you with Jack Prelutsky poem that I was obsessed with in first grade, and have re-written for this occasion.
Allergies! Oh, allergies!
I hate you! You stink!
I wish I could wash you away in the sink,
if only a bomb
would explode you to bits.
Allergies! Oh, allergies!
You're giving me fits.
Wednesday, April 14
Big Bang Theory and Brothers and Sisters are show that I will definitely catch up on this summer. They are both great shows, but because I have missed some of the earlier episodes, it's too much to try to watch them now.
American Idol--too much. TOO MUCH. I love just about everything about Idol and was so excited about Ellen, but really, it is just too much to try to watch it every week. Maybe next year?
And Psych... luckily it is done for the season. I know, cheap.
Shows I'm loving right now? The triumphant return of Glee, the promise of answered questions on Lost and the sweet end to Ugly Betty. AND I'm loving Arrested Development streaming on Netflix. Best. Show. Ever. (After Lost, and possibly Gilmore Girls and Veronica Mars.)
Tuesday, April 13
He also chose Baptism Day to learn how to wave--he waved at his reflection in the car on the way to church and waved at Victoria while we stood at the front.
Here's the whole crew (minus the photographer, Victoria) who came to celebrate the special day.
We missed the Cherry Blossoms this year, but there was a gorgeous flowering tree outside the church that we got a quick picture in front of.
Sunday, April 11
Oh, he looks so big in those jeans with his hat. We've entered into negotiations about the impending birthday; it does not look good for Team Mom. It looks like he is going to turn one and be a big boy whether or not I am on board. I'm re-watching LOST to try to figure out time travel stuff that may delay his aging. I need to go back in time so Jacob can touch him and he can stay this age forever like Richard "Ricardo" Alpert.
Or maybe he can grow up and I'll just get a new baby. I'll keep you posted.
Thursday, April 8
Here's some Finley trivia:
- Apparently, Finn is currently the 2nd "elite-est" baby name, right behind Henry. So hopefully that's good news for our boy. If elite means awesome then he is on the right track.
- There are 5 celebrities who have named their babies Finley. The three I knew were Daniel Baldwin (brother of my pal, Alec), Lisa Marie Presley and Chris O'Donnell. Although two of those Finleys were actually girls. Whoops.
- Finley is jumping up in popularity... but not as much as Finley for girls. Double whoops. Here's a view from my favorite baby website.
Naming a baby is serious business. And we're so glad we picked Finley... and the whole slew of nicknames that have followed.
Apparently, it's not acceptable for me to post about Finley without including pictures. Here he is, exploring the slide at Chick-fil-A.
PS. He will be ONE in 13 days. It makes my stomach flip to think about it.
Tuesday, April 6
Last Easter, I was 1000 weeks pregnant and weighed 100000 pounds. Finley was due any day and we were so ready to meet him.
This Easter, I have the sweetest little boy in the world. And I weigh a reasonable amount.
Here's a few shots of Easter, past and present.
We felt like Easter caught us by a surprise this year--it was hard to focus on Easter coming off of spring break. My prayer is that even if my heart wasn't prepared this year, that every day I can remember Jesus on the cross, and the love that saves us still.
Monday, April 5
Without even trying, families share similarities in appearance and in actions. Who would have ever expected this… The "Final Four" (Mom, Dad, Dan and Ben) had a wonderful weekend exploring
I have worked for telecom companies for over 10 years. Telecom has been explained to me on fancy power point presentations and on bar napkins, but it is still a mystery to me. I pick up the phone and instantaneously, I hear a voice from thousands of miles away. The speed of sound is approx 768 miles per hour -- that rule obviously doesn’t apply. I have been told that voice (on a phone call) travels at the speed of light (which is 186,000 miles per second) because that “sound” has been converted to something electrical. OK – I guess that does makes sense… Sound becomes electricity but still sounds like sound on the other end. Mysterious! In addition to how fast it moves, every time that little electrical packet of sound crosses from one telecoms network to another – an imprint/record is made. We telecom-ers make money by billing other telecoms or customers for the calls that originate, terminate or transit our networks. Making all those records doesn’t even slow it down. I am a huge fan of phone calls because it pays the bills and it gives me a warm fuzzy feeling when I hear voices of those I love. But it is CRAZY… I still believe it is mainly magic.
Saturday, April 3
Spring Break is wrapping up and it makes me sad. It is just so lovely to get to take a break from our regular lives and get to hang out together as a little happy family. It's official--I can't wait for summer. I just want to spend every minute with Finley... and I want a tan.
Highlights of our trip:
- Having family pictures taken in Greenville, SC. I can't wait for more digital proof of how cute my little boy is.
- Getting to visit mini-Fenway--where the Greenville Drive plays.
- Our trusty 2005 Honda Accord turning 100,000 miles old. She's a beaut.
- Touring around Savannah, GA. Finley passed out on the trolley ride and Sol got to hold him while he slept--is there anything better than holding a sleeping baby?
- Sol getting peed on by Finley and pooped on by a bird within 5 minutes. Finley and I thought it was a hoot--we laughed and laughed.
- Riding bikes on the beach while Finley took the world's best nap. He loved sleeping in the trailer!
- Sol had 2 beers and 12 oysters for $9. This is why we love the south.
- Car rides together--Finley is a B+ car rider and Sol and I always love being stuck next to each other where we have no distractions and are forced to talk to each other.
- Eating Chick-fil-a 4 times. End of story.
PS. I'm super behind in my tv viewing. Expect the thrilling conclusion of March Sadness sometime next week.
Thursday, April 1
I started the blog to give me an easy way to share pictures and stories with friends and family. A year later, it has become more than I ever expected. Here's how:
- I've made "blog friends" who I have never met, but feel like I have. I've reconnected with old friends who have blogs. And tricked lots of current friends into starting blogs. Basically, I love to snoop in other people's lives and I'm pretty sure having a blog is like a free pass to stick my nose in other people's business. (Those hyperlinks are my blogiversary gift to you. Sorry if I forgot you. But I'm paying by for internet by the hour here.)
- I started RV Designs with Victoria. I never would have thought I would love blog design/html code so much. We are having a lot of fun and taking ourselves a little too seriously. But we are about 1/4 of the way to having enough money to buy ourselves new laptops--not too shabby!
- I've gotten some great advice. When I've had trouble getting Finley to eat/sleep or needed help picking out music for marathon running, the blog has been there. I've been so appreciative of all the comments, emails and messages from friends. Really, every time I get an email telling me there is a new comment, I just get so excited.
- I have a fantastic record of Finley's first year. Just today Sol said, "I'm glad you've been blogging about our life." And really, the blog is just a great reference for helping me remember stuff that I would forget otherwise. I honestly wish I had started it sooner! I know the blog is not always interesting, so thanks for sticking around! I promise that sometimes I will write about awesome stuff.
- I have a captive audience forced to listen to me ramble about my love for the 50mm lens, the Garmin, and all things Google. The number of people who I have convinced to buy that lens and GPS makes me feel like I am doing my part to help the economy rebound.
- It has turned me into a better photographer (I hope). If you cruise back in time, I think I am getting better. Proof: self-portrait while riding a bike. Plus, I look slightly crazy. Only a truly gifted photographer could do that.
So, really, this blogiversary is dedicated to you, friend/stalker/random googler, and to me. I hope that you have enjoyed the journey as much as I have.
And if you now realize you can't wait another minute to have a blog of your own, let us know and we'll hook you up.