Thursday, December 25, 2014

Christmas 2014

Hello all! Just here documenting Christmas with the little ones.  Won't it be fun to look back in 2034 and see what my kids were into.  Will there be internet then?  I really need to turn this blog into a book... I digress.  

So Ella's loot.  A big pink unicorn that stayed at the top of her list for MONTHS.  There was no getting out of that one.  Santa made an impromptu purchase with the gymnastic mat and it was one of Ella's favorite gifts.  


Jack's loot.  That's a scooter in that big bag.  He HAD TO HAVE IT and barely looked at it.  Granted he'll probably be very excited about it when he can go outside, but as of Christmas morning he was more excited bout his Lego watch.


Why do I not have an up close of Nicholas' loot?  Slacker.  Thee's not a whole lot showing anyway.  Except that bungee chair, which Jack said was a trampoline.  You can imagine how that went down.

Guess what I did Christmas eve?  Are you guessing? I said guess damn it.  Ok fine.  I left my camera at my sister's house.  That means all iPhone on Christmas morning and that also means all blurry action pics.  *sigh*  First world problems.


This flat bill fitted Captain America Under Armour hat (that was a mouthful) was a find at Dick's on a whim and it was one of his favorite items.  I believe he said he was going to wear it everyday forever.    Forever started today.  We'll see if he wears it tomorrow.


Ella spied her gifts and sat right down and announced "I'm digging in."  It's such a mad rush in the beginning to soak everything in.  You want to tell them to take their time and let mom and dad absorb every moment.  Alas, it does not go that way.


At least Jack acts excited about clothes.  Not sure he really is.  He looks happy.  IDK.


Ella is coveting her Vera Bradley iPad case.  Got that on Zulily for like $12.  Score.


The Penguins third jersey was Nicholas' number one item on his list.  He looks less thrilled than Jack over his plain old Under Armour t-shirt.  Difference in personalities.


So happy about his first piece of North Pittsburgh gear (his hockey team).  It was supposed to be personalized with Tirch on the back. Don't ask!


Oh well, he and Nicholas both got Mars (their school) sweatshirts and they are personalized on the back.


Ella wrote a Santa list and she put on the list clothes.  Easy enough.  Well one day she came into me and said, "Hey mom, you know I have clothes on my Christmas list?  Well by clothes I mean ABERCROMBIE clothes."  Well then!


Lego movie game.


Feety jammies that aren't one piece.  Genius.


 Stitched Malkin jersey-- an unexpected find and really good deal.


This one was personalized and it will be a hand-me-down so Jack will eventually have a personalized one.  Ha!


There's the Lego watch.  Santa doesn't make the digital one he wanted, but he's actually telling time now (and every minute on the minute all day today).  "Mom, it's 3:02.  Mom now it's 3:03.  Hey mom it's 3:04."  You get the idea.


 Not Abercrombie.  Ha!


 Let's Go Pens!




I had these caricatures mades for the boys.  The left is Jack and the right is Nicholas.  I had a similar one done for Jack for his birthday (as Captain America) and it was amazing.  So I was a little disappointed with this one, then I realized it's a caricature from ONE picture sent to a guy that lives in India and cost me $10.  It's fine.



NPDA sweats (her dance studio).  SO excited over these.


Well, a box.  Just what he wanted.  Luckily there is a blue tooth speaker in there.


Your eyes are not deceiving you, that is goalie equipment, but never fear he's still a center.  This is for the outdoor ice rink we put up!  


Oh look Taylor Swift came to Christmas.  Oh wait that's Ella in in Tay Swift glasses.  Also came with tickets, which she was disappointed weren't front row.  One day she'll understand what I went through just to get floor seats.  I stood over George's shoulder and yelled and directed and yelled some more.  It almost ended in divorce.  I kid.  Kinda.  Ha! Nonetheless, there are Taylor tickets and one VERY happy little girl.  I probably could have gotten away with omitting the pink unicorn.  Damn it!



Oh what's this big bag?  I see handle bars.  Oh it's the scooter.  Move on.


Hillbilly boots.....


.... for everyone.   Actually George has these boots and the mini versions are so cute.  I don't even care if they're camo.  Great for walking the dog in snow, wet, mud.


So much time shopping, planning, wrapping and preparing and it was over in 22 minutes (from the time they woke us up until the last present was opened).  That's 22 minutes I'll cherish for a lifetime.

Merry Christmas from the very spoiled Tirch children.  I know I've made light of things in this post, but the truth is I try to make my kids aware of their good fortune.  I may have spoiled kids, but they are NOT brats.

Thanks for making it to the end of this post.  Sometimes I just have to document for me.




Friday, December 12, 2014

Santa on the Fire Truck 2014

I just want to document this night so I can remember because so many times have come and gone and I wish I had blogged about them to help me remember the moment.  

Tonight Santa came on the fire truck.  



We have 2 believers and 1 non believer.  I'll let you figure that one out.


Nicholas is such a good sport at playing along.  I just love him for that.  He could say, "I'm not doing that."  Instead, he is such a good boy and acts excited.


Jack asked for a "lego digital watch"  Um they don't make a digital Jack.  Santa is going to have to write a note.  Ella asked for Taylor Swift tickets.  She's gonna score!  Nicholas asked for the Penguins third jersey.  Can't tell you the outcome of that one as he's a creeper of my blog.


It was a fun night indeed.  So thankful to have these special nights with my three little munchkins.  They'll be gone before I know it, but I'll have this to remember.


Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Christmas Wish List for Runners (If I Had all the Money in the World)

When Christmas comes around I go crazy thinking of all the things I NEED to put on my Christmas list.  The things on my list tend to be a little pricey since they're not items I would probably buy for myself.  So don't think I'm Oprah with all her favorite things like a $100 candle, but I do love these items and think you other runners would love them too.  By the way, no one has paid me to say I want or like these things.  Although that would have been awesome, if I get any of these items they will be because I paid for them.  Ha!  

I instantly fell in love with these Dona Jo leggings when I saw them.  I was running the EQT 10 miler when I saw a girl in a pair and I immediately wanted them.  I also wanted her skinny backside, but that's a story for another day.  If you're local you can get Dona Jo at Mojo Running.  

DonaJoFitwear.com $69 
I NEED the Lululemon Vinyasa Scarf.  Ok I admit it's not a running item per se, but it's definitely something you could throw on after a run or workout to help with the chill after running.  I mean how cute is it?  I could totally see me wearing this ALL the time.  

Lululemon $48 

Ok so there I was at Dick's minding my own business when I happened to walk through to the women's department to get to the men's section (swear) and this vest jumped out at me.  I've been kind of looking for a running vest.  I want to add warmth without adding bulk and the moment I saw this vest, I knew it HAD to be mine.  THEN I looked at the price.  Holy @#$%.  Never mind that though, this vest is awesome and WE need to have the Nike Aeroloft 800 Women's Running Vest.  Notice I need not want!  

Store.nike.com $180 

Last year I was browsing through the Athleta catalog and I found these Toasty Buns Shorts.  They showed them on a skier.  I thought they were adorable, but with the $69 price tag, I couldn't justify them.  Then one day I was running and my butt cheeks were really cold and I thought back to the Toasty Buns shorts.  Still at $69, I figured I didn't NEED them.  THEN I was writing this post and went to the Athleta site to find the shorts to put on the list and they're ON SALE people!  Christmas came early for me.  I WILL have toasty buns. 

athleta.gap.com $29.99 

Things just jump off the rack at me.  I can't help it.  I see something and I immediately like it.  Often time I can just buy it, but these Nike Flash Running Tights were another item that gave me complete sticker shock.  Seriously though, these are some hot looking tights and who doesn't want to be reflective at 365 degrees.  I mean can we really put a price on safety?  I think not!  

store.nike.com $150 
Finally, this Fierce Forward Run Bracelet .  I was actually already gifted this bracelet from my friend Kim.  I love it so much.  I love the color and I love that it sticks out.  It's something there to remind me that I run and to live life fiercely.  Who doesn't want to be fierce?  There are tons of different styles and other charms, including "badass" and "believe".  Definitely a cute gift for any of your runner friends.  And this one does NOT break the bank.  Finally!  

Fierceforwardforlife.com $25 
So there you have it folks.  I promise I won't be mad if the people of Nike read this and send me those tights and the vest.  Hint hint.  Well them or Santa.  I believe!