Saturday, April 19, 2014

Running Momma Spring 2014

Shaping Up 2014 continues to move ahead!

I completed my first and then second 5km road race in April. The first was planned and took place in a small town within the limits of Mannheim. A dear friend and running partner did the race with me. She came in in less than 30 minutes - go GIRL! - and I finished in a little over 34 minutes. The weather was decent and I was proud to share the experience with my friend and my family.

Getting our numbers

Getting ready to go

PJ was sad that he couldn't run with me :(

Which made me a little sad.

The path was pretty boring; it went in one big circle through empty fields and then a short period through the little village.

First came Mama Bear...

Then a bit later, me!

The finish line - feeling proud

And feeling exhausted!

And getting a massive hug from my little man.

Afterwards we enjoyed some time off and cake. 

The second 5k race was a lovely surprise and took place in our little town...actually on my training grounds. All of the starting places for the 5k had sold out (in less than 2 days!) months ago but when the Mr. went to pick up PJ's number for the kids' 500m race, the organizers had one starting number for the 5km that someone had cancelled. Lucky lady, I am!

PJ was excited about running a race "like mommy", so we got dressed up in similar outfits. His "running shirt" is actually the top of a two piece swimming outfit. Thankfully we both have grey pants!

At home, proudly showing off our outfits

At the castle's gardens, proudly showing off our numbers
The first race was PJ's 500m; my little guy doing his first road race at the ripe age of 2.5! At first he wasn't too excited about it but after a little bit, he insisted that he do it himself, following papa's lead. (I'm pretty sure this is also the Mr's first road race ever.)

PJ and the Mr. headed to the finish line.

PJ crossing the line - check out how big those other kids are! 

And then I was up. I was so excited and proud that I could just hop right into a 5km race with just one day's notice.
At the start line... one km... kiddos waiting at the finish line... finally getting there (it was hot!).
This race was a little more interesting that the first one and there were many more people out to cheer us all on. Running around a castle garden isn't so bad either. It was pretty hot though; I was thankful for the water station! I did push myself a bit more than usual and was rewarded with a new personal record: 33:47!

Again I was proud and excited to share this experience, this time with my little boy. Together we can build healthy habits and hopefully a joy in movement and exercise. PJ was extremely proud of his medal - he even took it to his kindergarten the following week to share with his friends.

The Running Steinbachs


Monday, April 14, 2014

Washing Fun x2

Babies have a thing for washers, eh? When PJ was a baby, he got really excited watching the washer. My little Jelly Bean almost instantly falls asleep.


Saturday, April 12, 2014

The Temperatures Are Rising (sick)

Ugh. The past two weeks haven't been too much fun around the Steinbach clan. We've been passing around a virus from one person to the next. It started with PJ and his request to sleep while on the way home from kindergarten...cause little man isn't one to sleep.

The next day we were off to the doctors; PJ got to stay home two days with Jelly Bean and I while fighting off a light virus, or maybe just really strong allergies.

The kiddos watching Frozen together. 
Right when PJ returned to "work" (his word), Jelly Bean started showing signs of a viral infection. But she was still pretty content, slept a little bit more but nothing serious, so I stuck to more natural remedies and lots of fresh warm, bundled up tight.

A walk, all bundled up on a cooler day.

Another walk on a much warmer day this week.
Little lady feel asleep on the floor.

But then last night she started to have a rattle or a wheeze or a - man, I really need to practice descriptive language for doctors - something in her chest. She was still happy and still eating, so I decided to wait until the morning to return to the doctors. 

Jelly Bean at the doctor's office.
Turns out that my still laughing, still smiling, still easy-going little girl has a double ear infection, a 'medium' bronchitis, and a "raw" throat.

Poor, poor, poor thing. 


Friday, April 11, 2014

Jelly Bean: 6 Months!

My baby is six months old today. That's half a year. WHAT?!?!?! Tomorrow she will be closer to one year than to her birth.

This past month has been full for our little girl. Poor Jelly Bean has some seriously sensitive skin. After some trial and error, we moved to cloth diapering. To say it has been frustrating and time consuming for me wouldn't *quite* cover it but this month I finally figured out how to cloth diaper overnight (most of the time). Now that's it is working - and more importantly, her skin is finally healing - cloth diapers aren't soooo bad. They can be adorable actually.

Jelly Bean in my favorite cloth diaper.

This month she also started to regulate her own bed time to be in line with PJ's. Sometimes she's even awake long enough to read books with PJ. Usually we each have one of the kids on our laps and then we read three books outloud before the kids go to bed. I treasure that time and I am enjoying giving both of my kids the pleasure of reading.

I think we all enjoy that time together.

Jelly Bean also started to join us at the dinner table. We've had more success with baby food than with PJ but out of convenience and plain fun, we're continuing Baby Led Weaning

Jelly Bean chewing on a pretzel while out and about.
And, finally, she's gotten quite good at yoga. 

"Like my cobra? You should see my downward dog!"
I have so many other pictures and fun stories but I just don't know how to get the pictures from the camera onto my laptop without crashing both. Maybe soon!


Thursday, April 10, 2014

Fasching 2014

Yeah, I'm not doing a great job of actually publishing adorable pictures anymore. But that's cool because the kids are adorable anyways.

Fasching (or Mardi Gras or Carnival) has already come and gone. While my family in Ohio was getting pounded with snow and ice, we enjoyed the easiest winter and earliest spring ever. That translated into outside fun during the Fasching season and also gave us all a bit more flexibility in costume choice.

It started off with a Fasching parade in the Mr's hometown village like every year (and I just realized the YEAR is wrong on the first does THAT happen?!?).

The Mr threw together a goofy customer; Jelly Bean got all dressed up as Eeyore; I went in my traditional costume (which is to say, none); and PJ was a clown. He was super excited to wear it...until it was time to wear it.
So cute, so warm!

At first he was only willing to wear the pants...

...but finally he was willing to put on the pants as well. 
Of course, there were alcoholic beverages enjoyed. And since we're in Germany and Germans aint got no shame, said alcoholic beverages may or may not have been carried in the diaper bag.

In my defense, there was water in there too.
Jelly Bean and PJ both enjoyed the parade but I'm pretty sure PJ's favorite part was the electric car one of the other kids brought along. 

Totally adorable. But please no one get any ideas. 
The following week was Fasching at PJ's kindergarten. This time he went as a fireman. I don't know which part is the best: the hat, the shirt, the hatchet, or the boots. 

Me thinks the boots.

And, finally, we wrapped up the Fasching celebrations at our little town's parade. We were pleasantly surprised to realize the parade all but goes right by our house - which makes potty training so much easier - and had over 100 different floats and groups throwing candy. It was REALLY loud.

Contrary to his face in the picture, PJ had an excellent time. 
This time he got into his costume quickly and accepted any and all accessories.

Jelly bean decided to sleep. Through all that noise. One word: precious.


Wednesday, April 9, 2014

For The Record: Puzzles

It turns out that it is less stressful for me to watch my 18 month old ride a zip line on his own; or soothe with a baby fighting a 102 degree fever; or balance getting both sick kids down for a shared nap...than to "help" a toddler complete a puzzle.

For the love of Pete, kid!!! The right piece is right there! Right there! 

Walk away, mom, walk away...

Interestingly enough, I've also learned that I can't have an incomplete puzzle laying around the house. Cannot. Have.


Saturday, March 29, 2014

Mice Will Play (Frozen)

The Mr. got to run away for a full night of sleep - he called it a "business" trip - and while he was away, the little mice decided to play. It started with a continuation of the model contest (the winner is no longer clear, I'd say).

After kindergarten, PJ and I made a guitar together. Little Man is still really into music and has been asking for a guitar. I'm not a huge fan of toys that make noise; cardboard, tape, and string to the rescue!

Projects are fun.
Afterwards, we made a cheese pizza; poured a glass of wine for mommy and a glass of 'kinderwein" (grapejuice) for PJ; and turned on Disney's Frozen.

PJ had already seen Frozen with Daddy in the cinema a few months before and had been talking about "Ana" and the "Ice Queen" since then. For the first few minutes, he had no idea what movie we were watching but then it suddenly clicked. He turned to me and whispered with great excitement, "Mommy, it is the ice queen."

Totally worth it.

During the movie, PJ sang and accompanied the songs. 

It was a fabulous night until all hell broke loose at bedtime. Sorry, no pictures. It ended with me sandwiched between two crying babies, both fighting sleep and kicking and smacking me randomly in various body parts as they both slowly sank into sleep eventually...cause its all gotta stay balanced, right?

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