Friday, July 30, 2010

And then 37 hit...


Happy Birthday to me.... Yep. Its my birthday. I will relish in the fact that, for at least one more year, I can claim mid-30 status. Despite being so young :-) why does it hurt when I try and get up off the floor? One of life's little mysteries...

What a difference a year makes. Last year at this time I was a little anxious... okay, maybe moderately-highly anxious. On my birthday I had been hanging out at the coveted #1 spot on the waiting list for 28 days. Unbeknownst to me, I would remain hanging there for another 12 days before I would see Maeve's photo for the very first time. My days were somewhat consumed by thinking about my future daughter and preparing our home for her arrival. I would just think... so much energy went into wondering what the future would hold. It was a good summer... but, one that involved a lot of analyzing on my part.

Now, one year later, I am totally free of such grips. I am loving my new role in life and couldn't be more happy. I can't stop watching and loving on Maeve -- I am somewhat of an addict. So, at the risk of sounding cheesy, yet a true statement, the best gift I have been given, to date, is the chance to be Maeve's mom.


It was a great day.... it started with a pancake breakfast at Amber's. Yum. But, double yum came when Amy walked in the door with Top Pot donuts to start the Birthday off right. This afternoon several friends joined Maeve and I at the park for a picnic and hangout fest... The sun was shining, I had a hot dog for dinner, and my daughter and good friends were present. I received phone calls, text messages, photos, skypes, and emails throughout the day.... I love my community of friends and family. You really can't beat that... Thanks everyone for making my day great.


Jenn and Maeve hanging out...

Our picnic location -- right beside the playground. Perfect.

Picnic time. Bennett temporarily contained...

Kristen and David...

Mel and Maeve...

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

I Hate to Say Goodbye...

Cecilia is no longer suffering from cancer and passed away this afternoon. Although we all knew it was coming, it is so incredibly sad. I can't believe someone who was so full of life is no longer here. The world has lost an amazing person. A person that exemplified love and giving. She was so generous and was always laughing and smiling. You just wanted to be in her presence because she just made you feel so good.

I was lucky. I knew this incredible person my whole life. She was my Godmother... she truly served as my second mother. During my childhood I was at their house all the time with Ann being my best friend and we only had 3 houses separating us.

I am incredibly sad. And, I am so heartbroken for her amazing family, and how they have to carry on with life without her alongside.

I stole the first three pictures from her caringbridge site.

Cecilia, you were a huge light in many people's world. You will be missed. I am so thankful that you are no longer suffering, so that is the one positive.

Cecilia... always active and enjoying the outdoors.


Her amazing family (minus Zane)...


Phil and Cecilia... two peas and a pod.


I dug through the archives to find some old photos... this is an example of how involved Cecilia was in my life. (sorry about the naked baby picture, Ann...)


Our families took many camping trips together...

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Impromptu Cool-off...

Its warm these days, and we're not complaining. Maeve and I were out walking and wandered by this local park that have little water fountains that are perfect to play in. So, I stripped Maeve down and let her loose...

"I'm so glad mom woke me up from my nap so that I could play in the water... (this mom wanted Maeve to nap later in the day so we would both enjoy our progressive dinner plans tonight. And, we did)..."


Splashing is the best...


Maeve making friends... although I think this little girl was overwhelmed a bit by Maeve's excitement...


"Hey, check it out -- it feels really good to lay your head in the water too"...


Take a wild guess what she's signing... that she wants to eat more.
btw, diapers can hold a lot of water...




I think we've entered a puppy dog phase... Maeve crawls around with her tongue sticking out a lot these days. Its pretty funny actually.

Monday, July 26, 2010

Happy Birthday Nanny Annie...

What a difference a year makes in a friendship -- it has grown into such an amazing relationship. Thank you Annie for embracing both me and Maeve in your world of ridiculous giving and love. We love you and your family...



We will miss you guys while you're away on holidays. I guess you're allowed... I guess. :-)

Sunday, July 25, 2010

Kicking and Flying High...

Cooling Off...

How spoiled were we? Gran arrived on Friday and took us out for dinner that night and lunch again today. Maeve was such a ham and was bursting at the seams -- she was that excited to be at a restaurant. Maybe we should get out more?


Enjoying the sunshine on the deck of Dukes. Maeve is a seafood fan, as she should be.


Yes, I squeezed the girl into a 6-12 month bathing suit when she typically wears 18 mos - 2T's... I thought it would be flattering... Ha.


Someone can now say "dog", so I guess she was trying her hand at acting out her words...


Splashing is SO fun!


Its too bad that the local wading pool is underutilized...


Gran acted as lifesaver a couple of times. Maeve thought she could float on her back. She can't...


Isn't summer great?

What Does Concentration Look Like?





Saturday, July 24, 2010

Spinning...

Maeve's latest park discovery... who knew spinning could be as fun as swinging?

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Picnic in the Park

I love summer. Maeve and I had a date this evening... we walked to the local fish and chip shop, got a "to-go" order, and then planted ourselves down on the grassy lawn at the park.

Maeve was a fan of our picnic...


And, she's pretty talented because she can raspberry while eating blueberries...

Toddleresque

So, enough about me, what's Maeve up to these days? I feel like she's becoming a toddler right before my eyes. She is a little person with a big personality, and I love it. She makes me laugh all the time... she is full of beans and is very expressive... and she continues to be the sweetest thing ever.

She is all over the place now and getting into everything too. She is full-on crawling and pulling herself up to her knees... and she is managing to pull herself to a stand on lower objects. She has just mastered the stairs, which is clearly super exciting because she laughs and squeals while she climbs. She can say "ball"... I recently realized that her babble is morphing into actual words. I'm sure she's saying other things, maybe I should start paying more attention. She can throw and play catch surprisingly well. She can point to her nose and her button... we're working on the others. She has a few signs that she uses all the time. Her favorite one is "eat" (shocking, I know) I can't go into a grocery store without her screeching the whole time because she's surrounded by all the food that she loves. Its, umm, pretty awesome.. (note: sarcasm) Ha. If we are out and about, she waves and talks to everyone, which can instantaneously create a fan club around her. She officially has four teeth and is working on one more right now as she sleeps. She still loves to snuggle. Yay for me. She's also a little Linus because anything soft that she comes across she will put it on the side of her face and suck her thumb. I saw her once cuddle a used fabric softener sheet for a good 15 minutes the other day. Oh Maeve.... you are pretty precious.

Monday, July 19, 2010

I Survived...

... and also had a great time. Its funny how you can sort of dread something, but in the end, there was nothing to really fret about. So, I can check STP 2010 off my list. Amy, Amber, Kolleen, and I hooked up with Andrew and Don and we all embarked on our journey south (along with 10,000 other riders). We biked 140 miles on Saturday and the remaining 64 miles on Sunday. I felt great on Saturday... On Sunday, I felt only 'good'. Ha. Good thing I have great friends that slowed their pace slightly (it makes me feel better if I say 'slightly') for my tired old legs and pulled me along into Portland. We were in the beer garden by 12:30pm, where we enjoyed some ales and I had a celebratory hotdog :-)

Maeve? She was being spoiled rotten by the Wilsons, once again. She went swimming a couple of times, watched some sporting events, went out for breakfast... and was thoroughly loved on. I heart technology because Annie was able to text me photos and videos of 'Maeve happenings' throughout the weekend.

Here she is cheering me on... although, I'm not sure she knows it...


The first rest stop... all the free food is the reason we do the STP


The end of day one. 140 miles behind us. Time for serious chillin'


We pitched our tent in Castle Rock...


And we were happy campers...


Perfect biking weather -- cool in the morning, and sunny in the afternoon...


Shortly after this photo was taken, we were all picked up and spoiled by 'Side by Side' friends who had in-laws that lived in Longview. We showered, ate a fantastic homemade dinner, and laundered our biking clothes...



Ready to conquer day two...


We made it to Portland!


Beer Garden cheers...

So, here I sit today fairly stiff and sore in areas I wished weren't sore... ha. I'm glad I did it and managed to raise a decent amount of money for Camp Side by Side also. Now... I guess I better start running to prep for Leavenworth at some point. I think I'll wait a few days though...

Friday, July 16, 2010

STP 2010...

T'was the night before the STP.... oh crap. ha.

Two years ago Amy and I rode the STP and figured it would be fun to ride it again seeing as we had such a great time doing it then. We rallied both Amber and Kolleen to join us. One thing not taken into consideration -- three of us have babies. Road biking takes time to train. I cannot remember the last time I've been this out of shape. I'm pretty sure I'll survive... pretty sure -- but I bought my STP shirt early, just in case I don't actually roll into Portland ;-)

I am riding the STP to raise funds for Camp Side by Side (along with a few other people who will be out on the road with us). If you're interested in supporting me in this quest, let me know and I'll give you more information...

And, what is Maeve doing this weekend?? She is about to be spoiled royally by the Wilson's... Annie is showing up at 5am to start her duties as Nanny. That is one amazing friend.

I've been watching the Tour de France. It makes me feel like I'm working out as I sit on my couch watching those guys kill themselves up the Alps as I shovel ice cream in my mouth. Today Maeve watched a bit of Stage 12 with me -- she kept turning around and waving at the athletes and clapped when she'd hear the crowds cheer the bikers on. She's funny.

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

One Year Photos...

One of the best presents I received, because Maeve had a birthday, was a photo shoot with Lynette Johnson (Thank you Nanny Annie and Dan!) Lynette is a friend plus a great photographer -- here is a sampling of some of the photos from the shoot. Isn't my baby so sweet?