Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Run, Poulsens, Run!

Once upon a time, I thought it would be a great idea to run a half marathon. We signed up for it three and a half months prior and started training. Then we stopped. Then the date of the race came and we had clocked maaaaybe 12 miles each. In one-two mile increments.

BUT! We showed up bright and early and did our determined, albeit wimpy, best, and finished!

Our goals:

1) finish.
2) bonus if we finish in under the mandatory 6 hours.

And we succeeded! I think our time was like 3 hours 20 minutes or something hilariously bad like that (16 minute miles, y'all) and we were dead, but we were so proud of ourselves! Actually Austin was mostly just super ticked haha, he was sore and charlie-horsing and so done that he was just scowling for the next hour, ha! It was extra funny because he's normally so mild-mannered. The rest of us (Austin's mom, my dad, and our friends the Birdsalls) were feeling accomplished and satisfied but Austin was uncharacteristically crabby. Love you babe!

It was fun to have family and friends involved (everyone killed us - Renetta got first in her age group and Austin's mom and Dad also did extremely well, and my dad finished under 3 hours.) We saw some more people we recognized.

If anyone is interested in how to run a half marathon with zero training, here's how we did it:

THE POULSEN TECHNIQUE
*note: every time I say "run" I really mean "lightly jog"*
-run the first two miles without stopping
-walk for one (or two or three or four) minutes
-run for at least four minutes
-repeat walk/run until legs give out, then slog through however you can (this happened around miles 8-11)
-cry and lament every step for miles 12 and 13, praying for more water stations
-start running with one tenth of a mile left and look triumphant at the finish line

We were proud of ourselves for sure, even though we really were pathetic haha, but it was pretty embarrassing when we got passed by the first full marathon runner at our mile 4 and HIS MILE 9, what!? And then I'm pretty sure the rest of the full marathoners passed us by the time we finished. Not even joking.

It goes without saying that we got last place haha. BUT we had fun together and now I get to cross that off my bucket list aaaaand never do it again! : )

Also, my knee joints and every muscle in my body ached for like four days. Austin and I looked like we were 90 years old, hobbling around everywhere haha. We had people over for dinner that night (which, in hindsight, was not very good planning) and I was too tired to make the chicken for the tacos, so we got Chipotle. Win.

(I have pictures but they are hiding somewhere, so stay tuned...)

September DID Happen, I Promise

September flew by (I feel like I say that every post, with a different month. But it's true!)

I've really enjoyed walking group with the other friends in our ward - we go every Monday/Thursday in the mornings and walk to the park. I always feel boosted and enjoy spending time with everyone. The kids love it too, and get nice and tired for their naps!

A note about naps: aren't they sacred? I guard the two hours of actual nap time and the hour before/after like my life depends on it. Sometimes, it does. You can't be in the car too close to nap time because then they fall asleep en route, potentially earning you a shorter nap. You can't plan anything too close to wake up time because waking up a sleeping child is an international infraction, plus the children (at least mine) need some nap recovery time. You can't have anyone over during nap time - you need that for YOU time, and you definitely can't schedule any appointments or activities during nap time. Some of my friends are less rigid about their nap situations, but I'm a no-mercy nap enforcer. I don't always nap, but I ALWAYS need that time to myself.

ANYWAY - to the pictures! (I don't know why I didn't try some sort of collage program until now...sooooo much better!)

Looking at the fishies at Cabela's (the giant catfish are pretty alarming), Stockton's favorite activity of opening/closing drawers, my lovely tree-ful view from the front window, and my fun kids laughing when I jump at Target.
perfectly smoked ribs from Big Sexy, an authentic barbecue experience, playing at Mimi's, and an enormous plate of noodles from HuHot



my sweet Natsby : ) 

LOVING our backyard. lifesaver. and fun frolfing with Daddy. 




a zoo day in Omaha with friends!



moving woes: flooded laundry room Day 1, broken plate, and squished legs in the truck. Plus a sweet sleeping baby, reverent (and adorable) church friends, and fun with the Welches! (the boys play this game on the smooth part of a game board where they have to see who can blow the marble to the other side. it is HILARIOUS to watch - for some reason Ross has lungs of steel and produces a gale-like wind, creaming the competition.)

Phew! Still missing some details, but I'm feeling much better. I'm looking forward to actually blogging, as in writing, instead of just captioning pictures. 


Monday, October 6, 2014

Hello Again!

We've taken quite the break from the blog sphere the past month or two - I've missed it! I am ready to get rid of the nagging guilt of my accumulating pictures and events. It's always frustrating to fall behind on the blog because I never feel like you can quite catch up and do it justice. 

BIG HAPPENINGS: 

~we said goodbye to apartment living and are now happy residents of 331 S 54th Street - notice the lack of apartment number! first time in our marriage! it was a relatively easy move and we are very content with our new situation. more on that later. 
~Stockton turned ONE! what!? more on that later.
~Natalie started stringing words together first into phrases and now into sentences. She's such a big girl!
~Austin and I ran a half marathon together! I use the word "ran" loosely - more like "gently jogged and walked." more on that later. 
~my dad started his new job as the JROTC instructor at Lincoln Northeast High School, and he lives with us part time. So fun to have Pop-Pop around more often!
~my brother Sam got his mission call to Reno, Nevada, and leaves next month. Anyone have any Nevada connections? 
~we celebrated our 3-year anniversary with a trip to the temple together and dinner at the place we went on our wedding night. Love you babe!

We've spent time playing in the backyard, going to the park, enjoying our fabulous neighbors, and loving the fall weather. 

Ah, where do I start with pictures? Here's a random smattering:

they have NOOR but not JESSIE?

 pretty girl in the car : ) 


 cozy on a sick day 

we love PopPop!

it's rare that he gets to sleep in my arms anymore, so I soak it up : ) 

a nice stroll

 this table is from my Grammy Bee - we used it as kids, and my mom did too - lots of history!


 the sibling swing - so much (forced) love


 my happy fuzzy sweet handsome STOCKTON!



big thoughts at the mall play area


he loves raiding the book cabinet


 he's starting to like reading and looking at books - the best!

brother sister reading : ) 

watching conference

 on a walk between sessions - I think her with the leash is so cute

rock break
More to come later! Panera is closing so I have to stop here - we haven't gotten internet at our new place (we're seeing if we can live without it; hence, blog drought) so I have to mooch at other places.