Monday, February 24, 2014

Happy 60th Birthday

My mom turned 60 this month and we took the family out for dinner and then came back to our house for cake.  My sister and I have her a packet of letters and cards from her friends over the years and she really enjoyed that.  Since it was close to Valentine's Day, the kids got a few gifts too!


Opening Valentine's gifts

Emma

My mom opening her cards and gifts


My mom with all of her cards

Olivia and my grandma

Even though it was late, Olivia ran...

...and ran!

Getting ready for cake

Of course Olivia stuck her hand in it!



Blowing out candles

Josh loves cake!

Emma loves it, too!

My Birthday

I turned 35 this month (which is officially "Mid 30's) and got to celebrate by being home from work a couple days and then having my family over.  Dan got me a pretty sideways cross necklace and I was happy to spend extra time with Emma and Josh.










Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Valentine's Day

We had a fun Valentine's Day. It was the first time the kids got to hand out valentines as they are now in preschool. They had a fun day at school and even gave me a rose when I picked them up. Such a nice day!
All the goodies set up

Josh's valentine

Emma's valentine

Emma

Josh

Monday, February 17, 2014

Run, Shannon, Run

I haven't really talked about it at all on the blog but about a year ago, I started running. It started off innocent enough. A couple miles on the treadmill a few times a week. Until I got it in my head that I would run a half marathon. And just like that, my world changed! Since then, I have become a runner. I get up early to run, check the forecast for a day where its going to be above freezing so I can get outside and constantly am thinking about what race I am going to run next. My goals this year are to run another 2 half marathons and maybe, if I can get the confidence, run a marathon in the fall. We'll see how it goes!

 Here are some pictures from my last half marathon- it was so cold and the wind was hitting my face so hard for the last 3 miles. I was able to finish only a minute slower than my previous race so I was happy with that







Wednesday, February 12, 2014