Thursday, March 05, 2015

January Fun

Lots of random fun in January in amongst all the travel...

Multitasking,,,drums, phone and guitar.

Tacoma childrens museum on an utterly rainy day.  This place is awesome but it gets so crowded on rainy days.  

Had to bribe Logan to leave the museum with yummy milkshakes from Shake Shake Shake in Tacoma.  Delish!

New (to us) play area down in Gig Harbor.  My little daredevil.  

Free Until Three - Day 3!!

So there we were.  Wet and exhausted at the end of our second day at Disneyland.  We had a half a day left since I needed to head to San Diego for work and Joe and Logan were flying home.  We were a little disappointed that logan only got to meet Lightning McQueen at California adventure,msp we made an audible and asked Logan who he wanted to see.  And he could only pick one - Mater or Elsa and Anna.  

He picked Elsa and Anna in a heartbeat, which was the  original plan.  It may not seem like it, but a properly organized Disneyland trip is not for the faint of heart.  I knew exactly what needed to happen to make visiting Elsa and Anna go smoothly, with minimal waiting.  Joe thought I was batshit crazy, but he knows my plans work when everyone supports them.

We got to the park early.  My task was to speed walk ahead everyone and get in line.  We got to the best gate, were near the front and I essentially power walked / jogged through the park to the holding area for the meet and greet near the partners statue.  The plan was to be one of the first 49 in line so that we could go directly in (basically) and not have to wait for another fastpass.  These fast passes are serious, people. They are given out entirely for the day within an hour of park opening.  

Logan strategy razed our route through the park, being an awesome kiddo for us.  And then we were led through the side of the castle to fantasyland.  We were here.  Logan was stoked.  There was no rushing going on at this character greeting (not that they really rush any of them, but this one even more so).

And it was our time.  

Logan was beside himself.  Elsa came over and walked him over and they started chatting.  Anna asked him about chocolate and hot cocoa.  They were so sweet and wonderful.  It was truly magical.

This is the stuff that makes people talk about pixie dust.

I could end the day there.  Logan was in heaven and that just made the trip.

Unfortunately, the rain returned just as were were riding Dumbo.  But nothing could dampen our spirits.

We were able to get a couple more rides in...Hanunted Mansion (not a hit, especially with the Nightmare Before Christmas overlay), Pirates of the Caribbean (meh), Autopia again to hit a highlight, and then Small World with the holiday overlay.

Logan loved small world and this is honestly my favorite time to ride it.  I love the Jingle Bells song blended with the normal small world music.  Logan wanted to ride it again...but we had other ideas.

The famous Disneyland Turkey Leg!!  I have no idea what they do to these things but they're insane.  We fed our entire family with a turkey leg and an war of corn.  Good stuff...

I said goodbye to logan and Joe....the end of another magical disney adventure.

Thursday, February 26, 2015


So, seriously, the weather has been amazing.  The trees are blooming about a month early and it feels like everyone is outside as much as they possibly can be to not let this slip by.  

Logan and I headed to the Silverdale waterfront to play, check out the blossoms and throw some rocks in the water...

Super Bowl Baby!

Well, the last minute party started with a Pinterest fail...oh well, it was a good try...

Logan was a stellar helper making cupcakes...he's getting more and more understanding with directions.  However, it's a constant battle to keep those fingers out of his mouth!

These guys.  Love how special their friendship is...logan was in seventh heaven and we hardly had to watch them at all...

Crucial moment of excitement....only to be so let down at the end.  until next year.  

Three and cavity free!

We've been doing to Kitsap Kids Dentistry for the last 18 months and Logan was due for another check up.   We had chatted the week prior that it was time for us to visit the kids dentist (the logan teeth doctor, as we started calling it) and luckily, the dentist does an amazing job making kids feel welcome.  The hygienists explain everything to the kids..I could have held him if I needed to.  But, he was a rockstar.  

Cavity free for another year!  Woohoo!  

Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend 2015

I am so fortunate to have been able to do the WDW Marathon Weekend AGAIN this year.  Planning for this girls trip started way back in April 2014 with registration and stalking computers when I should have been working.  

Training was...meh.  I'll be honest, I undertrained.  I feel like getting the requisite runs in during the winter here is just really hard.  Working, spending time with Logan, cooking, cleaning and THEN I have to get 10 miles in on the treadmill during the middle of the week somehow?  It didn't happen.  My travel load wasn't an excuse this fall...and I had Logan's babysitter come over so I could hop on the treadmill a couple of nights a week.  I just managed to miss or downgrade all of my big mileage runs and I knew I was in trouble when it was about 5 weeks to go and I hadn't done anything more than 16 miles.  Crap.  I ended up being able to get in about an 18 mile run.  Once.  Versus the 5 20 milers I had planned.  At this point I knew I could complete the mileage but that it would be rough.  Really, really rough.

It was a gorgeous morning.  Totally why #iflyalaska. I love seeing all the volcanoes down the cascade range. Spectacular sunrise.

Expo was the first order of business.  I had my 10k bib to pick up...and saw this guy on the way in!  Holy schnikey.  It's really here.

My going in plan for the 10k was to take it easy, get my legs loose and just enjoy the scenery...Elsa and Anna in the course of the 10k.  On both the 10k and full, they were up high away from people.  Else I'm sure they would have been mobbed. It was snowing under them...honestly, it was so chilly that they didn't need the snow...brrr...

My absolute favorite part of the 10k is running through Epcot with World Showcase all lit up, the dramatic music playing.  It's an awesome feeling as you come in seeing the fire and Spaceship Earth.

Saw these guys on the way out of Epcot just prior to the finish.

So, about that plan for the 10k.  Yeah, I failed miserably.  I checked out my pace a couple of times and went (even after taking some pics), wow, I'm doing really well here.  I need to keep picking and try to PR.  After I had this picture taken, I didn't even out my phone away, I just bolted.

And, came in just over 1:01.  A great time for me.  But, a mistake that I would pay for dearly on Sunday during the marathon.

We toured around a bit on Friday post 10k.  Went to Expedition Everest in Animal Kingdom. Disney imagineering at its finest.  The theming of the queue, the ride, everything is perfect.  And the surprises are great, if you don't expect them.  We rode twice...and this was our attempt at staging out photo for "bored".

Does anyone not know what a dole whip is?  For the unitiated, it's basically soft serve frozen pineapple  sorbet.  It's oishi (delicious) and only found (officially...I've read of a few places that have them unofficially, but they don't call them Dole Whips) at the Dole Pineapple Plantation on Oahu and then Disney parks.  At Disneyland and Magic Kingdom, they're found in Adventureland near the Enchanted Tiki Room.  Served either regular or in a float with pineapple juice.  They're amazing.  You can also find this version at the Polynesian Resort.  But do you know what makes them amazeballs?  


And you can only get them served with rum during the Epcot Food and wine festival...and at Animal Kingdom.

It was a chilly morning, but the rum warmed us up and the whole concoction did not disappoint.  

Friday night we went in the hot tub at shades of green.  If you don't know the resort, I'm not surprised. It's the Army MWR resort in the disney campus and you can only stay there if you're active duty, reserve, retired or a DOD civilian.  It's a very nice nice resort with huge rooms at a super reasonable price.  We chatted in the hot tub with a double amputee who was racing in the hand cycle division on Sunday morning.  We saw a lot of veterans with similar situations at shades.  It was a reminder of the sacrifices so many have paid for us...that's why it's so awesome for this resort to exist.

We laid low on Friday night and then we were up cheering for Karen on Saturday morning for her half marathon.  The major downside to the disney runs at WDW is you have to be up so stinking early.  On a bus for the start line no later than 3:30.  AM.  Which for us west coast people, really blows..

But, there we were....and I had almost everything I brought with me and a hat that needed to be purchased for this occasion.  Do you know how hard it is to blow a quicker for that long?  It required a lot of air....but it's a unique caller (lots of smiles and laughs)... That plus cheering for all the people in costumes, "Go Elsa!  Go Ariel!  Go beer! ( yes, someone dressed as beer)" makes for a fun morning.  

Lunch on a really chill day was at Raglan Road in Downtown Disney.  My first time here and definitely somewhere I'll have to take Joe and logan when we go back.  They had a live band and Irish dancing for the brunch time.  Wonderful stuff.  

Early to bed and then.....


I tell you, it's magical having each corral get their own fireworks sending them off.  I was a little further back than last year, but it goes very quickly.  

You run through all four parks during the full.  I adore heading through Magic Kingdom at dawn.  The castle is stunning...

All smiles...although my legs are tight and a little tired from about the four mile mark due to pushing so hard on Friday.  It wasn't bad at this point and definitely something that I could ignore and just kind of go "yep, still tight.  How about that."

Elsa and Anna again at Magic Kingdom.

Park number two is Animal Kingdom.  I regretted not stopping with these cuties last year and knew I was going to pause.  All the animals they have in their petting area come out and wear bibs for the marathon.  Pigs, goats, miniature donkeys and sheep.  So cute!

I was keeping an excellent pace of around 10:20 minutes per mile up through mile 21.  I was walking through most of the water stops, eating well and found my friend the Toy Story Green Army Man.  Luckily, he didn't stop to have me do push ups.  

And then....I started falling apart.  I was holding on after a bit of walking to finish with the 4:45 pacer.  I kept with her through Hollywood Studios and thought I had a chance.  Side cramps hit around mile 23-24 and it was over.  I lost 6 minutes in the last couple of miles.  I did not enjoy epcot...the world showcase never ended.  But, I finished!

4:52 and change.  Only a couple minutes slower than last year...not bad!  And immediate icing for those poor legs was in order.

What do I do after showering?  Head to magic kingdom with compression socks to help recovery!  No rest for the weary...

I was happily, not too sore.  I finally got a chance to FaceTime with Logan...which made my day.  

Monday was our fun day...we had seen big hero 6 Saturday and I found this cute banana cupcake at the park.  Yum!

Our frozen sing along.  We all sang...but it was a little sad how few adults were singing.  Shockingly, I didn't need the words...amazing how well I knew the songs.  There was an element of live action which was fun...but no "people are better than reindeer" which I was really sad about.

And, snow!  We were right below one of the vents, so our group got snowed on pretty well...

Proud peeps.another awesome marathon.  I swore I was off marathons for a while...we will see how long it lasts.