Saturday, April 30, 2011

Samantha's first 5k

Today Samantha ran in her first 5k! We took place in the CPCC Skyline 5k. We participated with our friends Ashley and Addie and Tara and Norah. It was a really fun race.

They started the joggers and wheelchairs in the front of the race which was a new experience. They gave us a couple minute head start. Us three mommy/daughter teams were there just for fun so were a little surprised when they started us and two men with joggers took off sprinting and then there was a woman with a double stroller that was following close behind. We felt like we needed to save face while everybody was watching us so we tried to keep up as best as possible. It was fun though having the road all to ourselves for a bit...then the masses came and passed us by. It was a pretty hilly race but it ended with a nice long downhill which was another new experience for me in Charlotte. I've never finished a race in Charlotte downhill.

We finished really well - 26:43. I really haven't done many 5k's but this is one of my fastest times. I looked it up - 24:10 was my fastest time in 2008. By doing this race in 26 minutes and pushing 20lbs of baby plus about 20lbs of stroller - I'm pretty impressed with us!

We celebrated with a breakfast out with the dads.

Tara and Norah

Norah and Samantha in their matching shirts we bought them at the New Orleans marathon

Me and my little racer

How do these things work?!

Later that night we went to our friends' John and Julie's house. John and Rick are high school friends. Scott and Marc - other high school friends - came over as well with their wives Kristy and Chris. Kristy and Scott have two boys...Dylan and Evan.

Here is Samantha hanging with the boys...and John...in the tent...I mean spaceship.

Samantha evidently likes younger boys...she put her arm around Evan and went in for a kiss. Evan wasn't too sure what he thought about this aggressive girl and started to cry! So funny.

Saturday, April 23, 2011

Happy Birthday Rick - Buffet Style

Rick just turned 36 on Thursday the 21st. To celebrate we met some friends out at a local restaurant to grab a bite to eat before getting on a party bus up to see Jimmy Buffett in concert! It was a great time and the bus was such a great idea.


Samantha at the pre-party

The crew - the before picture (we won't show the after photos)

Bethany, Brooke, Tara and the birthday boy

Colleen, Keri, Becky, Brooke and Tara

Right when we got up to the amphitheater

Me and the birthday boy

Jenn, Tim and Rick

Brooke and the birthday cookie cake

Geoff and Rick - I made him wear the skirt, but really didn't have to push too hard

Getting ready to go in


Tuesday, April 5, 2011

A visit to Chapel Hill

This past weekend Rick and I found ourselves with a weekend where we had nothing to do - very rare - so we decided to go visit his sisters in Chapel Hill. We had a nice relaxing weekend catching up with the cousins.

Samantha had a good time playing with all of the Moellers' toys...


Actually I think she tasted just about every single one of them...

When does this "everything in the mouth" phase end?

She's even got something different in her mouth in the background of this pic of Emerson who was showing off her awesome walking skills...

Samantha also got to play with Emerson's cousin, Hudson, who is 4 months older than Samantha

The weather was starting to get nice outside so Samantha got to sit in the grass a little bit - she only ate a little...

The cousins played....
Brigid and Emerson

Nathan and Declan

Ciaran won't drown on that scooter!

Nathan is safe on his bike


Samantha and Emerson

Friday, April 1, 2011

10 months



This has been a really fun month. Samantha is getting more and more busy and learning more and more tricks.

One of my favorite tricks...sleeping through the night consistently! She had slept through the night quite a few times in the past - even giving me 3-4 days in a row...but then she would follow that up with a wake up in the middle of the night for weeks in a row. Sometime at the beginning of March she started sleeping the whole way through the night. I wonder if it has something to do with being given more and more formula as I move away from breastfeeding.

Some other fun tricks...

She has perfected her crawling and loves playing underneath of things -- like the table.
March 7th

She also is pulling up on a lot of things and is starting to walk along the furniture.
March 12th

She is eating all kinds of foods now. We are introducing new things to her all the time. She LOVES bananas, avocado and cheerios. But we also get a lot of other great things too. When this picture was taken we were enjoying pancakes, eggs and blueberries. She does love some pancakes - who doesn't?!
March 6th

She is very inquisitive about electronics. Whenever she sees my cell phone she about breaks her neck trying to get at it. I also have an iPad that she loves playing with. I have downloaded some Sammie friendly apps that she can bang away at.
March 6th

She has also perfected the use of a sippy cup.
March 23rd

Something fun to watch is how she is interacting with Murphy a lot more. And he tolerates her very well. I would go so far as to say that he loves her. She crawls all over him and he will either take it and get some licking in or move away like a patient elder. He really is a great dog.

March 19th

Me and my kids - March 27th

Oh and he certainly doesn't mind the new influx of food that he is getting from Samantha...he's no dummy. He is always close at hand during meal times!
March 8th

Rick and I are so in love with this little girl Words cannot describe the depth of emotion we feel about being her parents.
St. Patrick's Day - March 17th

Favorite toys...
-her music/activity table - we finally were able to put the legs on for her to stand and play some tunes
-sorting blocks - this girl can play for hours with these blocks and the bucket and lid that it came with. In the bucket, out of the bucket, carry the lid here, crawl with it there...
-her music box - this is a toy that is getting some distance. its a little einstein toy that has lots of lights and plays classical music. I give it to her a lot when I go running with her. Its like my soundtrack for running.