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Family Ties August 16, 2012

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We spent our last day in the bay area surrounded by family who couldn’t get enough of Miss Adele.
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Jake and Janie met up with us too!
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We continued the game of ‘Pass the Baby’ all afternoon!
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I think we tuckered the baby out!
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Sleep, little one!
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What an amazing weekend. We all had such a nice time. (And yes, I will be framing this photo!)
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The drive back to LA was perfect. Adele slept for 3 hours… woke up to eat…. and slept for another 3 hours til we got home!…. and then continued to sleep 8 hours straight overnight. LOVE that girl!

 

My Kelocity Baby: 22 Weeks February 2, 2012

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How I’m Feeling: Still feeling really great! People keep telling me how lucky I am that pregnancy has been so enjoyable for me. I think I have a pretty calm and chill baby in there who already loves his/her mama.
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I definitely felt a bit run down after a  crazy weekend last week though. Nothing bad, but I notice I can’t keep up with my old self any more. I have to start keeping that in mind when planning day-long excursions when I’m on my feet. 

But it was a fantastic weekend! We went to Buy Buy Baby, two Babies-R-Us stores and two targets all in one weekend. It was crazy! I think we’re starting to get all the pieces in order.
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It was all baby, all day long. Test driving strollers is hard work!
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At the end of the weekend, we even found and ordered the crib we love (it was on sale!!) It should be arriving in a few days! I don’t know what we’re going to do with it yet, but least we have it! So exciting!
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Weeks along: 22 Weeks

Pounds Gained: 12ish lbs Total
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Pregnancy Woes:

  • Round Ligament Pain. Can’t move too fast in one direction or my (non-existent) ab muscles will not let me forget it. My yoga teacher told me it was all normal and gave me a few stretches I can do to help. I thought it might have been Braxton Hicks, but I don’t think it is anymore. Just my body growing along with the baby. And anything that reminds me that the baby is growing is exciting regardless.
  • Slowing Down. I can’t walk around stores for 8 hours at a time. My dogs are barking by the end of the day and I slept well this week.
  • Reading about Delivery. I went to the library to get some books on preparing for labor, but after flipping through and seeing some of the pictures (ewwww!) I put them back on the shelf and walked out. Perhaps it’s better to go in blind. Ladi-ladi-da. Butterflies and rainbows, right?

Pregnancy Loves:

  • Yoga. It’s part workout. Part therapy. Part Childbirth Prep. Part “me” time. I always leave feeling strong, empowered, light and happy. It’s a total endorphin booster. This week we did a lot of things that will directly help with giving birth. And um… we did kegals!!? (TMI)  
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  • Red Grapefruit Cups. Irving bought some more this week. The world can turn again.

Items we got for the baby:

  • Crib & Dresser (That’s enough for one week!)

Goal for this week:

  • Attend a mom-to-be social hour

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Next Appointment: Valentine’s Day week. ❤

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Highlights of the Week:

  • Starting to Register
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  • Test Driving the Mazda 5. New baby = new car, right?
  • 6-Hour Road trip to San Francisco to visit Irving’s mom and grandmother
  • Booking a flight for my Mom to come visit in April

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Previous Baby Updates:
17.5 Weeks
19 Weeks
20 Weeks
21 Weeks

 

The Story of Three December 7, 2011

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So I can hardly believe it myself, but it’s true. We’re having a baby!!!! As of today, I am 13.5 weeks pregnant (a little over three months). And let me tell you, it’s probably the hardest secret in the world to keep.

Remember back in October we took a trip to Seattle? Well, we flew up there with a pregnancy test in our luggage hoping for some good news while we were there. Still makes me laugh when I think about this. A good mom is always prepared, right?!
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I was already five weeks pregnant when I took the test, so we were pretty sure we’d see positive results, but it was still an overwhelming moment to see it confirmed with a big YES! I cried and cried and I think Irving was just in shock. It was a moment I will never forget.

Then we spent the whole day in Seattle sightseeing and repeating over and over again “can you believe it, we’re going to have a baby!” Just felt so surreal.
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And then we proceeded to take pictures like this all over the city:
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The next morning, we ran out and bought one more test, because really, one is not enough. And then it was official!
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Flying home was fun because we knew once we stepped foot in our house again, we’d never be the same. We left as a family of two, and came back knowing we were now a family of three.
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Plus we’re getting the baby used to flying early so he/she will have a lifetime of travel. =)
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We kept our beautiful little secret to ourselves for a week. We’d find each other smiling back with silly grins once in a while and only we would know why. It was fun.

A week later, we traveled again up to San Francisco for the Nike Women’s Half Marathon, and decided to tell our family then. Irving’s family in person…. and mine via skype. It’s hard being 3,000 miles away, but it was still exciting to “see” them.
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The next day, Irving and I walked 13.1 miles together, which flew by since we were chatting about the future.
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So there you have it, the story of how two becomes three and how our lives will never be the same.

 

2011 Nike Women’s Marathon: Race Recap October 17, 2011

Well, it was that time of year again!

2011 marks my SEVENTH time doing the Nike Women’s Marathon. I did the full in 2005 and then the half in 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009 and 2010. And here we are again! I can’t believe I’ve been running for 7 years.
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Irving and I drove up to San Francisco late on Friday night and arrived into the city at 1am. We fell asleep right away and woke up Saturday bright and early, just in time to hit up the expo as it opened.
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I have to say that after being at that expo 7 years in a row, the appeal has worn off. I’m not interested in the overpriced apparel, gimicky nike + promotions and hour long waits for free stuff. Nike has a captive, vulnerable audience and they’re not ashamed of taking your money and making it clear who their sponsors are. If you were a first timer, I’m sure it’s just as amazing as you’d think it would be. But for me, I think I finally got a little bored with it.

The best part? Seeing my friend Niki (who was running the full!)
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And getting free Keurig Coffee and Tea from their truck across the street (not affiliated with Nike).
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I grabbed my goodie bag and a few samples of Ghiradelli chocolate and left the crowds behind us in search of lunch.
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We met up with Irving’s mom and grandmother, who were nice enough to trek into the city to see us. We had a great meal together and hung out for the afternoon.
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After they left, we went in search of pre-race snacks and then hit the sack. We had an early wake up call the next morning! But since our hotel was LITERALLY right at the start line (we could see the corrals below us from the window!) we got to sleep in a bit longer! Score!
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Oh, didn’t I tell you? I had company this year! Irving decided to walk the whole 13.1 miles with me! I was so excited! I had fun showing him the ropes where to check our bags, how to fuel before the start and how to get pumped for the race.
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It was unseasonably warm this year! Didn’t even need a long sleeve at the start! (This was me in 2005… I had on two shirts and a trashbag to keep warm!

Anyways, before we knew it it was GO TIME! I told Irving to keep to the sides when we started or else we’d get trampled (since we were just walking it this year). But as soon as we started he took off running and it felt good.
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The surge of energy lasted about .2 miles and then we began to walk, but at a brisk pace.  We held a steady 17 minute mile for almost all of it.
This picture is so funny because everything is in focus except for Irving. haha.
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The miles were ticking by and we were chatting the day away. Irving grew up near San Francisco but we walked through parts he’d never seen before which was super fun.
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I love San Francisco. If I do this race again, it is because you just can’t beat these views.
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Oh, good morning Golden Gate Bridge! (There was ZERO fog!)
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A little while later and we were at Mile 12! You know what that means? CHOCOLATE MILE!!!
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Then we rounded the corner and headed to the finish! Here we come!
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Crossed the finish line hand in hand! (Can’t wait for the Pro Pictures!) And got my Tiffany’s Necklace handed to me by a firefighter in a tux. Mmm Hmm! (Oh, Husband is with me, darn!) Jk! Kinda.
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This was my 12th official half marathon (and 16th endurance race total). Whoop! Just Five more races needed towards my goal of completing 20 endurance races before I’m 30 goal!)

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Wanna see THE NECKLACE?
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Here she is! [FRONT]
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[BACK]
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Let me just add that to my collection of Tiffany’s Race Jewelry. This makes my heart happy. I’m so proud of these.
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The finisher’s shirt was pretty rocking this year. It’s a lightweight dri-fit and I love the yellow color. I actually don’t think I have a yellow drifit despite my huge collection.
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Official time: 3:45:51 (average pace of 17:14)
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Another 13.1 under my belt. done and done.

 

SF East Bay Hot Spots July 3, 2011

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Yesterday morning, I woke up bright and early at 7am. I could see the sun and hear the birds chirping outside. I love being in the bay area. After some breakfast, we headed to our first stop of the day: Sports Basement.
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I love this store. It seems that every time we are here, we stop and buy some new shoes. And this weekend was no exception. They just have the best selection and prices, you can’t beat it. I really loved my Brooks Ariels, but they changed the model this year and they didn’t feel right. They also jacked the price up to $115 and since I’m not really running munch anymore, I just couldn’t justify it.

But I did find the Asics GT-2130s on sale for $65! I used to run in these before switching to Brooks a few years back. They felt great too. Irving ended up with the same pair (in mens of course).
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Happy with our new purchases, we jumped over to a local farmers market. It was small, but very impressive. A little bit of everything and all the produce looked really good. My goal for the day? Find a fresh tomato. There’s nothing like a fresh one, remember? When I found one, I ate it like an apple. Hit the spot.
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We came back to Irving’s mom’s house and had a nice lunch and took a nap! Irving slept for two hours! I read New Moon for a while and then fell asleep myself.

Bad news: I started to get a headache and I was so frustrated. I hadn’t eaten sugar in almost a week, hardly any sodium…PLUS I’d been drinking more water than I ever have in my life….why did I have a headache? After a cup of tea and a nap, I realized it must have been caffeine withdrawal today.

Anyways, the tea cured it and when everyone woke up, we got out of the heat by heading to a mall. I scored a summer dress at Old Navy!
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Then we drove over the hill to Berkeley for dinner. Our destination was Pyramid Brewery (one of our favorites!)
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Irving and his mom ordered the Apricot Ale. I’ve had it before and it’s pretty incredible, but I didn’t want to drink for fear of the revenge of the headache. I stuck to water.

The menu is amazing. We think it’s some of the best American food menus out there. I ended up with a turkey club sandwich on a cibatta roll with avocado.
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And I subbed my french fries for a baked mac & cheese!! It came with bacon inside of it and I sprinkled hot sauce on the top!
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I ate a few bites before getting full, and I brought the rest home. I can’t wait to dig into it!!!

This morning, Irving and his mom went to watch the Wimbledon finals in theaters! They’re broadcasting it in 3D! It sounded really fun, but they had to wake up at 4:45am to make it in time!

 

This List is Bananas!

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We are up to San Francisco this weekend to see some family and escape the Los Angeles Heat (Rumor has it that it was supposed to be 110* there this weekend!!) But before we left LA, I had a schwaggle of errands to run first.

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PS…how does ‘bananas’ end up on my to do list. LOL If you’re wondering, I had to freeze some ripe bananas for smoothies this week.

Let’s see…. have lunch, put some receipts into Quicken, Pack for the weekend…. next up… bring all of our paper, cans and bottles to the recycling center. When it’s 92 degrees, it’s not fun being around sweltering trash piles and heaving box of newspapers into bins. But at least I am saving the environment… and I got paid a whopping $1.90 for my cans. I really wish my condo had recycling, because it’s borderline not worth it to even bother.
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Next up (ahead of schedule thankyouverymuch) was Costco to fill up my car for the 6-hour drive.
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Done and done. Then I went to Target to pick up a few things.
(What? Your target doesn’t have a palm tree out front?
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After that, I hit up Citibank quickly. And then snuck a quick trip to Trader Joes for some road trip essentials.
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I swung by and picked Irving up and we hit the road! We were expecting lots of holiday traffic, but it really wasn’t that bad. A couple of hours in, we broke out some homemade sandwiches (turkey and cheese on pretzel rolls!)
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We chatted so much that I forgot I was even driving. Soon enough, we were already at Harris Ranch (our favorite stop half way there!)

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When we got back on the road, Irving took over the driving and we broke out the pop chips! (Salt & Pepper flavor! Full review coming soon!)
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We arrived at 11pm and went to bed soon after.

 

What are your holiday plans this weekend?

 

Earthquake Country! November 30, 2010

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Sunday, we all wanted to get outside and get some fresh air!
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We gathered up the family and headed out on a 1.5 hour road trip to Point Reyes.
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What a good lookin’ bunch, yes?

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The drive up north was great, so much to look at. This is San Quentin prison! Yikes!
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We finally got up to our destination!
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Welcome to Earthquake Trail!
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This was a half mile educational loop filled with all kinds of info about how Earthquakes work. (All of us nerds loved it!)

EJ proclaimed: “Take a picture of this sign and we can read it later”. lol
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The hike itself was more of a stroll, but it was nice.

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And then we found this!

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Those blue posts mark the San Andreas fault!
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All I kept thinking of was Land of the Lost when they fall into the earthquake crack. LOL
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The best part was seeing this fence. This was once connected, but in the early 1900s, the plates moved 12 feet in less than a minute!
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Here is all four of us demonstrating how far apart the plates moved!
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After our geography lesson, we headed over to a history lesson!
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They have an old Indian Village that has been restored to it’s original form.
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This used to be how they lived!
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And they had Teepees too!
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Then we went inside the “Sweat Room” (not quite sure what that was for. lol)
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EJ running out of the Sweat Room. HAHA
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Then for some reason, I decided to jog back to the car.
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It was a fun way to spend the day.
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So much of this great state to explore still.

 

 
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