Monday, November 29, 2010

Last weekend of November

We had such a great little weekend.  Aaron and I went to the Thanksgiving Parade downtown on Friday.  Afterwards I took a class here! I love Barre3.  The Pearl district location is so great because they have childcare while you workout too. here   Aaron and I went to lunch at Olive Garden and then met his friend Max at open gym here.  The boys played for hours so Aaron went to bed early.  After work on Saturday I got to work on organizing my pictures on the computer and messing around with this new program for picture editing my Dad had installed on my computer.  Sunday Aaron and I had a yummy breakfast out and bike ride.  I got the lawn mowed and house cleaned.  Then I brought Aaron here while I saw the movie Burlesque.  It was such fun to go to a movie with my girlfriend while Aaron was having a ball playing.  We went home for yummy shrimp dinner, where I got to finish the movie  Eat Pray Love with Dave and early bedtime.

Tuesday, November 23, 2010


1. My Thanksgiving plans this year -will include spending the day before Thanksgiving with my mom and pop, uncle and aunt and dear sisters. We will sample the turkey and rolls a day early, play at the park and play some cards. In the morning sissy Shelly and I will do a long run and play with our boys then off to the mother in laws for the afternoon feast. 

2. My favorite Thanksgiving was -well I think it will actually be this year. Aaron's 5 so he feeds and entertains himself which means I get to eat my meal hot. It feels like this year is going so well and we have so much to be thankful for and it's nice to get to spend quality time with both families this year.

3. My signature Thanksgiving dish is -cleaning the hosts house before and after the event and bringing wine. I don't like cooking but lovvvvvve eating. 

4. My favorite Thanksgiving food is sweet potatoes with marshmallows on top and fresh cranberries-i like the really brightly colored foods. 

5. Thanksgiving free association! mom's rolls, naps, togetherness, fresh made cranberry sauce, turkey, movies, sweet potatoes,chilly playtime in the park.

6. Thanksgiving is my most favorite holiday. It's like Christmas with all the delicious food and family time, but minus the commercialism. It is a time to stop and pause to be thankful for the things that I have .

7. I am thankful for a father that lived through a motorcycle wreck this summer, a funny little dog, celebrating 10 years married to my favorite person, my best friends three-Shelly, Mama, and Lauralea.

Monday, November 22, 2010

My Weekend

We are getting into the holiday spirit here at the Gander house.  This weekend I got a little tree for Calvin and Aaron.  Aaron went right to work putting his ornaments up.  We even went to Urban Outfitters to get him his traditional yearly ornament which was a ornament of Jean Simmons from Kiss.  Not my favorite choice but it made Aaron so happy.  He stared and stared at his new ornament.  Calvin on the other hand gets Elmo!  We went to the mall Sunday to see Santa but we didn't sit in his lap because we weren't dressed for pictures (in fact Aaron had on two different shoes which he thinks is fun to do because his friend Max does it) and the line was sooooooo long. We are listening to holiday music and because of the nasty weather playing bored games.  Aaron beat me at Sorry on Sunday.  We also enjoyed a couple movies-The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe-which Aaron loved, and A Christmas Story with Jim Carry.   My highlight of the weekend was probably a great yoga class on Sunday and watching Aaron during his lesson at gymnastics.  He is improving so much.  I can't wait to see how he does this next week with the preteam boys.  His coach Dale is amazing.  I really need to get some long runs in so I'm looking forward to the holiday this week. Shelly and I plan on a good 12 miler on Thanksgiving day. 

Aaron's ornament:

Saturday, November 20, 2010

Little Winter

I got to go here on Saturday with my dear sister Lauralea to see crafters at their finest, selling gifts for the holiday.

Monday, November 15, 2010

Happy 41st Birthday David! We love you

Dave's poker birthday party with friends:

I frosted the cake before it was cool and it Did Not turn out-oops.

Poker and drinks and fun though.

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Happy highlights from the last couple of weeks since I missed a few

  1. Finishing my first ultra marathon and the great massage I had after. Marathon info-here.
  2. Watching my little flying monkey from Wizard of Oz  go trick or treating.
  3. Another long bike ride in Forest Park on a perfect fall day and lunch at our favorite pizza place after.
  4. Getting to shop and buy fun things for the sister's winter wardrobes.
  5. Warm fires in the morning made by Aaron and Dave and the great waffles/pancakes/and breakfast sandwiches Dave makes for us.
  6. The show Cougar Town-my absolute favorite.
  7. Celebrating my sweet husbands 41st birthday with a fun poker party.

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

This boy has always loved to paint!

My Little Artist

30 miles since I'm in my 30's-November 2010

Saturday my sister and I ran a 50k -31.07 miles-we went a little off course for a bit so thus the 32 miles.  The Autumn Leaves race put on by Oregon Road Racers Club was amazing.  The race was at  Champoeg Park, which is a beautiful location in the farmlands of the Willamette Valley.  Our job was to run five 10 k loops.  We were upbeat and quick during the first couple of laps, chatting, playing little games etc. However, after 3 was done we were losing steam.  We did it though and felt so successful on that final lap.  Because we moved at such a relaxed speed we aren't even too sore.  A wonderful heat massage the next day was our reward.  Our first ultra was a great success.  Shelly got 30 miles in since she's 30 and I was not about to run an extra mile since I'm 33 so I say instead of running our age in miles I'm running about 30 miles since I'm in my 30's.  Otherwise this goal is just going to get harder and harder:)
Race info