Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Run for the hungry, Thanksgiving, & Harvest

For quite few years now Kristen, Jaime and I do the Run for the hungry 10K on Thanksgiving morning. Who else joins us every year always changes. It's always fun to get together before the big meal that day. They announced that last year they raised $63,000 for the local food bank, so thats always great to be a part of as well. This year Marla & Tricia joined us. Linds it wasnt the same without you!! Thanks for coming out girls!
KR snapped an action shot!
And Marla snapped one of us at the finish. The weather was COLD and KR and I were tired but we managed to fake it for the picture of course!!
Our families split up Thanksgivings which is nice for us all to only have one meal per day. My mom does Wednesday night. This year we remembered to take some pics. Everyone else(even Giada) smiled after the 1,2, 3 was announced....except my dad....shocker :)
Ran and Bud were celebrating with us too!
Giada was then going around wanting her picture taken with different people, and wanting to look at the picture on the camera saying "oh pretty"
Not sure why we didnt take any pics on Thursday with Mikes fam....I dropped the ball there!!
We usually head up to Graeagle this time of year, but we are in the middle of harvest. So we have been spending some time out at the ranch.
We are winding up the harvest this week...hopefully! :)

She is just tall enough to reach over...

And pull out all the olives....
Nonno let her stand in the bin and she was a happy girl!
Dylan came out to check out all the action at the ranch...
He too liked throwing olives.
Grandma Barbara and Nana

Monday, November 22, 2010

Visit to SLO, & random Giada pics!

This week Giada did some baking cupcakes with Nana...and of course wanted to eat all of them!

Nana and Giada also like to have picnic lunches on the lawn. So after hearing her say "nic" "lunch" I think I figured it out. Everyone was having a picnic lunch....duh!?!?

And her newest thing....closing her eyes while smiling when I want to take a photo. Kind of cute at first, but then I just really want a good photo with EYES open!
So I ask her to open her eyes....and she opens one all the way, one part.....argh!
And then I say open both, and she raises her eyebrows and opens mouth....geez! Good thing we have the Christmas card pic already for this year!
The Coldani's missed out on the trip to SLO this year for the annual softball girls reunion due to the Harvest party. So Giada and I headed down this past week for a couple days to play with the girls that live in town. Thanks Clarin's for letting us invade your house, and thanks Waylands and Shafers for hanging out with us!

The beach was pretty cleared out since the locals apparently don't go to the beach in November, but it was fun for us. We spent a morning in Avila, walking around, collecting seashells and chasing birds of course.
We checked out the Children's Museum too.
She jammed on stage with musical instruments...
Played dress up and wore the butterfly wings all over that museum...
Addy did some driving...
One of my requests was Farmer's Market, and it was great. Delicious food, good company and some shopping. Blake and Giada enjoyed dancing to all the live music.
We all celebrated Pubie Schubie's bday with breakfast at McLintocks. Yumm!
Joined by Jacks and Chloe
The Schafer Fam
And then we let the kids play in at Tom's Toys.
Cool store, has everything. Including toys for adults. :)

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Applesauce, Run for Her/Half Marathon, Baby Kerns, & Toddler bed!

Well since we went to Apple Hill we had to make some applesauce!
We hadn't made it in awhile and this year we had a little helper. I remember doing this every year growing up, so it was fun to start the tradition with Giada.

This weekend was the Stockton Half Marathon. It was also the weekend of my college friend Jamie Leffs families run down in LA. They support RUN FOR HER. And if you can't be in LA at the time you can register as a sleepwalker and run on your own that same day. They try to get sleepwalkers(should be sleep-runners) in all 50 states, not sure if they made it this year or not. But I'm always happy to support a friend and you not only get a shirt but running socks!! So anyway that's why I'm wearing the RUN FOR HER shirt. Anyhow this run was Stockton's first annual half marathon. I purposely didn't look up the route to be surprised and I was glad I did that. About half was pretty....ran through UOP for a mile or so, on the levee, and around Brookside, before hitting the area around Stagg High which was less than beautiful to look at!! I didn't know my mom was going to come cheer me on so it was fun to see her around mile 4 and about 5-6 other times from there on out. Gave me something to look forward to and a chance to sip cold water which I much prefer! Thanks so much mom for coming out!! xo! Mike made me a new play list which helped occupy my time, but I got bored about mile 6, and I still had a long way to go. I also got SUPER sore miles 11-13, which I'm sure was from my lack of training. It took all I had to pick up my feet to make it to the finish. Not a personal best but 2:19 is not so bad for little to no training. Oh, I almost forgot. One of the major things that kept me going was this girl running in front of me had the "Snooki poof" and from the back it would flop around with every step. After being behind her for 3 miles, I had to pick up the pace to stay in front of her the entire run, I couldn't stand looking at that for over 2 hours!!
So thanks Snooki chick for helping me finish the race!

Matt, Steph and Kyla ran the 5K so it was fun to have them to go to the run with and they met me at the finish.
All done! Hurting but managed a smile for the camera.

1100 people they announced!
Giada tried on my headband and finishers medal once I got home.
Welcome Aubrey Eva Kerns
On 11/15 the Kerns welcomed their daughter. It was a long day at the hospital but Nicole was comfortable most of the time and when the actual time came, she arrived quickly. I enjoyed the day visiting with the families and playing with Dylan waiting for the arrival.
Aubrey Eva Kerns 11/15 7lbs. 4 oz. 20 in. @4:54 - The whole family is doing well!
Dylan was so cute in the room, he wanted to take a ton of pictures!
He got a pretty good one of Kernal!
And give his sister kisses!

Giada is growing up before our eyes. It's SO strange that she is now in a toddler bed. She got out of her crib so we made the switch. It's going pretty well she enjoys putting all her babies, stuffed animals etc to bed all day. She has me turn out the light - it's pretty funny!
Besides playing she does some sleeping in it too! :)

Random pic from StrollerFit!
Giada LOVES crunching the leaves. The dog park is in a bowl, she'd run up
and down the hill as many times as I'd let her.
My parents are adding onto their garage so my Pops wanted Giada's footprints in the cement. She was less than thrilled, I think it was pretty cold...but none the less they are there!