Thursday, June 4, 2015

27 Weeks

We clearly wore too much blue that day. ;)

Because IT IS A GIRL!!

I had my positive pregnancy test December 21st which made it fun telling family on Christmas.  Of course at first I wanted it to be a girl, who wouldn't want one of each, but Blaine wanted a boy sooooooo bad that I had convinced myself another boy would be easier and actually thought it probably was a boy.  I have had pretty much had the exact same pregnancy minus the fact I'm 5 years older and little things like a stiff back bother me much more.  Then of course the fact my belly is much larger this time around has made me ready to give birth like NOW.   I just want to fit in my normal clothes again and do normal things! 

Due date is September 2nd!  

Let summer begin! 

Sunday, January 11, 2015

Little Guy

I have checked in our owl boxes a few times since we saw the owl sleeping and hadn't seen anything again.  Well, yesterday I was in my living room and looked outside, noticing something fuzzy sticking out of the owl box.   Zoomed in with my camera, and BAM!  OWL!  These things really are tiny, considering the opening of the box is only 3 inches.  Nick snuck out and got the front shot.  Little Guy was trying to warm up up in the sun I think; it was only 3 degrees! 

Then, later in the day, I saw something fuzzy sticking out again! This time the little guy was awake! I think I'm in love! :)

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Addiction: Geneology

Back in college, we had a project to trace our family tree until we found who on each line came over to America. I found this task super fun, but SUPER difficult. I made it back at least 8 generations on most lines and still only found a couple "immigrants".

A couple years ago, I did the two week free trial of and filled in my tree a lot more in the time period.  I sort of put it on pause when the two weeks ended.

Flash forward to this year.  The township I live in is celebrating it's bicentennial and I'm on the committee for the celebration at my school.  I knew I had a great great grandpa who went to the one room schoolhouse that sits out front of the HS I teach at.  It was family legend but I hadn't found proof.  Well through visiting the historical society to prepare for the bicentennial, I confirmed he went to that school for at least 7 years. 

This family lived in the township I live in now.  Most of the kids went to the one room school house I was mentioning.  I definitely think the girls look brain dead, but I've seen pictures later in life to prove they actually look normal, lol

I also recently discovered which is an AMAZING site.  It is easy to say my favorite thing to do is scour old maps trying to find family farms. I've found properties all over.  I always thought my mom's side was the "local farmers who have been here forever" but I'm finding lines on my dad's side that had farms super close to here.  Even he had no idea! 

The furthest back I can find any ancestor in America is 1635 so that's exciting. 

I have so much more exciting things to blog about but let's save more for the future. Just wanted to share my latest obsession in life!

everyone makes fun of me for thinking my great great grandpa was hot

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Winter is here and so is an OWL!

Winter came early this year!  We had several inches of snow one day but it hit mostly in the hours AFTER the superintendent decided school would be OPEN.  Ha.  We also had some bitter cold temps; enough to freeze the ice thick enough for a morning of ice fishing before mild temps returned to melt all the winter goodness.  

In other news, we used an icefishing cam to spy on a few owl boxes we had put up this summer.  SUCCESS!  So cute to see a sleeping owl in the 2nd one we checked.  SO CUTE! I hope it sticks around and has babies this spring. :)

Speaking of babies, it was our goal to have a summer 2015 baby but things aren't working out so far.  Cross fingers for fall 2015!

Friday, October 10, 2014

Kent State University at Stark - Adventure Race

This first time event was held very close to home.  I was so excited to see it involved biking, canoeing, and running.  You had to be on a two person team and you had to use a canoe, not a double kayak.  Darn!  We got a double kayak this summer and it is wicked fast!  They wanted to keep the playing field competitive and keep it family friendly.   Nick had just done the Akron Marathon {whole!!} the weekend before and his knee had been bothering him.  Blaine had been puking all day the previous day and I had woken up with diarrhea.  Would be an interesting day for sure.

It started in downtown Canal Fulton with a 4.9 mile bike ride, then a 2.4 mile canoe downriver, then a 2.3 mile run back to where you started.  It was all on the towpath so they didn't need to worry about traffic.

The bike - They started bikers out in groups of four every 10 seconds are so.  I was nervous things would get clogged up on the trail because we started over halfway back in the field, but we ended up having no problems and were in first place by the end of the bike.    Our time was 16:05.

The canoe - OH MAN!  Things got bad.  Bad meaning wet wet wet.  My mom said it was hailing at home but we only had to canoe through pouring rain.  Eek.  Our time was 29:24.

The run - I was pretty cold and my feet were frozen by this point.  We just had to keep trudging because even though we couldn't see  anyone behind us, someone who started in the very back could have had a better time than us.  We finished the run in 19:33.

Our total time was 1:04.56 for first team overall!  I was happy but haven't been happy since.  I came down with a fever and sore throat the next day that I STILL HAVE!  I have never been this sick for this long.  I can't necessarily blame being out in the cold rain but it probably didn't help since I was probably coming down with the bug before the race.  Up next: recover from fever!

All photos credits go to Kent University at Stark - Fitness and Wellness and / or Ohio Race Day

Probably the best pic I have of us since our wedding.  We are wearing our prizes: Kent fleeces.  Ironic because we met and graduated from rival Akron. :)

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Portage Lakes - Sprint Triathlon

Photo credit: Portage Lakes Facebook Group

my fan club didn't get very good photos but they tried :)

After freezing my butt off last year, I'm not sure what inspired me to sign up for this race again this year.  Once again, it was about 39 degrees when I woke up and had to motivate myself to jump into water without a wetsuit. Luckily the water seemed super warm!

Swim - 750 meters.  Last year I did the "women's only" mini distance and they only sent off swimmers 2 at a time.  This was a mass start of women under 39.  The beginning was CHAOS and I was not having much fun at all.  I was out of breath from the panic of it all and couldn't really get into a good rhythm the whole time.  It was super foggy despite a 30 minute fog delay and sometimes I couldn't even make out the buoy.  I didn't swim very straight and found myself away from the crowd but unfortunately that meant I wasn't making the straightest path from buoy to buoy and know I went extra distance.  Time was 15:46.

Bike - 13 miles. I didn't get a chance to drive the course the day before like I wanted to but I like surprises.  I was pleasantly surprised that it had zero giant hills.  I train on giant giant hills and the course was just rollers.  I passed a ton of people and only got passed by men.  However, when I saw my time of 51:26 I was super mad at myself and confused at how I did that bad.  I had felt fast.  My time at the Mohican race was 43:07 and it was way hillier [in my mind].  Turns out everybody's time was much much slower on the Portage Lakes Course; the only people pulling out low 40's were the winners of the men's division.

Run - 5k.  26:59.  Just like last year, when I got off the bike, my left foot was 100% numb.  Running on a numb foot is impossible and horrible.  It took until mile 2 until I had feeling in it.  I tried going fast but tired legs and a numb foot made it tough. Luckily I passed a lot of men and women and only got passed by 1 man.

TOTAL:  1:38.  I got 5th in my age group so again I was down on myself and questioning my training / effort / ability until I got home and looked over the results to see that 1:38 would have placed top 3 in every single other age group; even would have won a few, including 35-39.  Of course!

I am looking forward to my next race that involves CANOE instead of swim. :)


My last post was in June and since then SO MUCH HAS HAPPENED!  Highlights include:

- We spent 11 days on the west coast
- We enjoyed summer
- Went to the Christening of the new Goodyear blimp
- Blaine got a professional haircut [!!]
- Blaine started preschool
- Nick quit his job
-Nick is training for his first marathon
- Blaine went to his first major league baseball game
- Blaine went to his first minor league baseball game
- Blaine jumped off the dock alone [still wearing floatie], but it surprised me because I was no where near him when he did it
- Mommy and Blaine mini vacation to a friend's lake house in Michigan

Back to school means back to the crazy life! I miss summer already!

Crabbin at aunt Lindsay's via paddleboard