Thursday, May 31, 2012

May Photostream

It's that time of the month.  Oh don't worry, I'm talking about Photostream.  You know, where I share all the boring things I did over the month that you may have missed if perchance we are not Facebook friends and you don't blog-stalk me.  Chances are both of the former are true (meaning we are friends and you do stalk me) so this post has little significance.  I crack myself up!

Nevertheless here you go.  My mundane life in Pictures from May.

I bought a new pair of shoes for weight lifting.  Nike Free and they were just $30.  Want to know why?  Because they are YOUTH size.  Did you know a youth 6 is a women's 7.5?  I did!

I got George to hold a baby.  I thought he would have lost his touch, but he was a natural.  I guess men don't lose it either.   We all know I still have the touch.

I decided I should start wearing more dresses.  My friend told me they're more comfortable than jeans and you look so much nicer.

Ella presented her "Wal-Bug" (a Walmart bug) at her QUEST show.  FYI the Wal-Bug's enemy?  Why the Tar-bug of course (Target bug).   Where does she come up with this stuff?  Too cute!

Ella's art work, a self-portrait, that I really loved.

I relapsed and decided jeans are where it's at!

Restaurants actually served ketchup that isn't Heinz!  Blasphemy!!!

I discovered I have a sweaty band addiction.

 Ella held her first baby and she's in love (I know the feeling Ella).

I learned to cook enchiladas from "master chef" Karla.  Authentic mexican = OMG delicious.

Jack earned his second soccer trophy.  He was BY FAR the best player on his team and I'm not just saying that because I'm his mother.  I think only 2 other people ever scored a goal.  Ha!  

Nicholas performed in his class puppet show, puppeteering the eagle.  He was SO nervous to step out on stage and bow.  He's much better being the man behind the curtain.

Ella lost her first tooth.  She let me pull (push actually) it out.  She wanted it out so badly and she was very brave because that baby was barely loose.

Jack chooses creative outfits, but he's happy!

I started back to spinning as part of my marathon training.

Nicholas acted as Babe Ruth in a Wax Museum performance at school.  Once again, he was BEYOND nervous, but incredibly cute.

I started practicing for the Moms vs. Sons baseball game that will happen next month.  Beware!  That's all I'm saying 'bout that.

Ella galloped (and I mean galloped) on a horse (or is that a pony?).

I made the best decision of my life and stopped for a donut as mid-run fuel.  Tradition ladies?  I think it should be!

Ella rode in her first convertible.  It's hard being so beautiful, but all these gals got it covered!

Jack's outfits (which are actually all pajamas) are continually questionable.

Memorial Day family bike ride = time well spent.

I finally got to see Ella's artwork that was entered into the art show.  I don't think she'll ever forgive me for being in Pittsburgh during its showcase.  Isn't it awesome?

Well there you have it folks.  My May in pictures.  This is a better reflection of what I think is "important" in my everyday life.  haha I hope you've enjoyed my sharing.

Interested in more from this series?  Read the first installment below:

April Photostream

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

I'm Not a Flake

A while back I told y'all about a few things I had On the Horizon.  It was March 28th to be exact.  At the time, I told you I'd be running a Sprint Triathlon on Memorial Day.

As it turned out, I didn't run the triathlon after all.  In fact, I never even registered for it.  You see, I intended on doing it with my friend Kelley, but she decided she needed a little more time in the water before she tackled a Tri of that size.  Not wanting to do it alone, I didn't register.   I mean who wants to do a triathlon alone with no friends?  Not me that's who!


If there's one thing I pride myself in being (actually not being) it's not being a flake.  I don't ever like to go back on my word or talk just to talk.  I like to back up my talk with some action.  So yes, I felt a bit like a flake letting you all know I was going to run the CapTex Tri and then not even signing up.  Truth be told, I never felt like CapTex was the race for me.  There are a LOT of serious racers out there doing that race and although I do consider myself "serious", I'm not at the same caliber as some of those athletes.

I rather do a much lower key triathlon where this is a lot less pressure.  Enter the Georgetown Super Sprint Triathlon.  I'm officially registered!  Now don't go all rolling your eyes at me.  Yes it is a super sprint (200M swim, 7 mile bike, 2 mile run), but I intend to really race this event.

Honestly, I've never gone out there and actually raced a triathlon.  Most times I was out there trying not to die, but this time I intend to swim, bike and run hard (for me) and see what I've got.  I'm not trying to come in first (I never could), but I just hope to feel, in the end, like I gave it my all.  I don't want to hold anything back and I want to feel accomplished at the end.  I'm hoping to finish in under an hour.   Let's hope I don't flake!

Swim, bike, run for the win not coming in last.

Monday, May 28, 2012

Pinterst vs. Real Life

Ok so yesterday I told you there were 4 Pinterest projects in my post and asked if you could find them all. I feel like Pinterst is such a great place to get ideas, but sometimes I look at things and say, "yeah right, mine will never turn out like that."  So now is your chance to see if Pinterest really does convert to real life.

Ok truth be told there were 5 Pinterest projects in the pictures.  One was an epic failure so I didn't mention it, but I want to show you NOT ALL things translated.

This Pin:

My Result:

Yeah you see that dispenser of purple punch?  The theory behind this punch was that the sugar content of each liquid would cause them to divide out.  Red Hawiian punch on the bottom, Blue Gatorade in the middle and Diet Sprite on top.  Clearly it did NOT work.  Hmph!  The kids LOVED the punch however, so it was STILL a big hit.

This pin:

My Result:

I loved, loved, loved this simple idea.  I already had the jar so this project cost me about $6 and it was very cute.  I don't think anyone else appreciated it as much as I, but oh well.  It did it to make ME happy.

This Pin:

My Result:

There isn't actually a tutorial on the original pin that shows you how to make the paper pinwheels, but I was able to find a Youtube video and figure out how to make them.  VERY easily I might add.   You'll be seeing these pinwheels again in other party themes.

This Pin:

My Result:

Clearly I could have done a better job on this.  I didn't do good at the whole layering thing.  I took a much more haphazard approach, but I was still VERY pleased with the result.  Everyone loved this dessert and it was just so easy.  I didn't make a "cream" either as the original pin suggested.  I simply used whipped cream.  It was a lot quicker and easier and I'm all about quick and easy.

This Pin:

My result:

Even though this looks like it would be super hard it wasn't at all.  That's why I loved the pin in the first place.  Something that looks so great can be so easy (it just takes a little time).   Ella's hair is very thin so it's clearly not as awesome as the "pin model's" but I just love the way it looks.

So there you have it folks.  Pinterest can translate in to real life.  You just can't be afraid to try (or fail for that matter).  Things don't always turn out EXACTLY as you had planned, but they'll still be great and I, for one, had fun trying.

What Pinterest Projects have you tried?  Did they translate in real life? 

Sunday, May 27, 2012

Spot the Pinterest Project

Today I got up at 5:30, ran 10 miles and then hosted 40 people at my house for a Memorial Day party.  To say I'm tired is an understatement.  

I haven't blogged for 2 days (taking weekends off has been good for me), but I didn't want to leave y'all hanging.  So until I get my wits about me, I thought it would be fun for you to pick out any Pinterest projects you think you might see in the following pictures.  I report back tomorrow and let you know!  There are 4 can.  Can you spot them all?    

Photo inspired by Kortni