Thursday, January 27, 2011


This has been one rough week in the Trailmomma household. That "wonderful" birthday bounce party that the Peanut attended last weekend was purely the gateway to world of germs and miserable times. The Sunday following that party, the Peanut started coughing sporadically and her nose a-dripping.

Monday she seemed fine so we took her to school. I honestly thought I'd be getting a phone call at some point in the day asking to pick her up but nope, she made it although not without a few accidents. That's a sign.

Monday night? Bring on the mild fevers and the horrific coughing. Tuesday? Staying home with Daddy. She was congested on Tuesday and the fever was definitely mild so we assumed one day of rest at home might be enough to kick this little bug in the butt.

The hair-style is compliments of Daddy Daycare

Vans entertained her with a trip to Target (new puzzles and coloring place mats obviously made their way into the cart) and then home for arts and crafts.

Along with a little tv watching apparently

Yes if you're quick, he is letting her see Sarah Palin's new show. Oh the things Vans will do when Trailmomma isn't around! She would never be watching that show if she was home sick with me!

priceless expression

Needless to say, her facial expression says it all. Way to go Peanut! Yes that is just horrible tv. Shame on Vans.

When I made it home from work the both of them had gone stir-crazy and Vans left me a message that they were down the street at the park. So I threw on my running clothes to join them. Only it wasn't the kind of park that I typically "enjoy" and actually I was quite petrified just being near there.

way too close for comfort

Those freaky ducks were outta control. They thought the camera was FOOD and therefor were chasing ME! Vans and the Peanut had to save me more than once.

Wednesday brought high fevers and an even worse cough for the Peanut. I ended up staying home from work with her and we just hung around and watched The Muppets, Curious George and other odds and ends I found on tv. She was too weak and too tired to do much more than sit on the couch and "snuggle" with her momma. Who was I to object to that?

Come Wednesday evening though I was going a bit stir-crazy and needed some outdoor exercise. Vans came home from work after 6 pm so it was dark. I was desperate. I pulled on all the reflective gear I had including a headlamp and flashlight and I ran around my block FOUR TIMES! Talk about going crazy. Four times around equals 3 miles though and I was safe and sound and within reach of a bathroom should I need a pit stop. It wasn't as horrible as it sounds although I won't be doing it every single night. I was desperate and I have one or two major hills on my street. I walked the BIG hill but ran up the rest.

However, in hindsight . . . maybe not such a great idea. Shortly after I got home and showered, my nose started dripping and my throat started tickling. Uh-oh. Not a good sign. The Peanut crashed by 8pm which is unheard of for her only to wake up with a 102 fever every 3 hours last night. Poor kid. I woke up stuffy, congested, coughing and miserable. Yet I had to go to work. No fair.

Glad I got my run in when I did but I wonder if I hadn't run if I'd be feeling any better? I am sure the germies were already planted being that I wiped two year old snot all day yesterday. Sigh. It seems the Peanut may also be staying home tomorrow as well. She is still coughing a lot and really not feeling well and neither am I. It looks like it might be another mommy/daughter day at home . . . hopefully there are enough tissues to go around.
Lunch outside in the sun with dad.
Anything for fresh air!

Saturday, January 22, 2011


Today the Peanut went to a friend's 3 year old birthday party at a local bounce place. Bounce place and party are the Peanut's favorite words.

She had never been to this bounce place before. I dragged Vans along with me because I wasn't about to climb some of the bounce towers being that Trailbaby is on its way. I think Vans enjoyed himself as much as the Peanut.

I apologize for the fuzzy photos . . . bouncing and sliding is hard to catch with just a regular point and shoot camera.

going up the big slide


oops someone let go!

Dad to the rescue!

Soon the Peanut got the courage to venture out on her own

having a blast

giving mom and dad a break

but not for long, tired daddy!

bouncing followed by pizza and cake!

What an exhausting afternoon for all. Bounce houses are always great for exhausting any 2.5 year old however, I think the cake and sugar should be served first instead of last because after a big piece of cake and some apple juice the Peanut turned to me and yelled "Mommy! I wanna go BOUNCE!" 

Thursday, January 20, 2011


Ssssssh I'm the secret

Time to announce the news I suppose. The Peanut is going to be a big sister come June. I'd like to introduce "K2" or Trailbaby as it might be affectionately nicknamed on this blog since well, everyone gets a nickname by Trailmomma sooner or later.

This will probably explain my lack luster running posts the past few months. An ultra/marathon runner can only hide her not running behind "moving into a new house" for so long before people really start to question.

"Why is Trailmomma all of a sudden becoming Ellipticalmomma?" That just doesn't sound right does it? Or perhaps I've lost a few (ahem) followers because well, Trailmomma has been missing on the trails and therefore this blog has been B-O-R-I-N-G unless of course you're Jersey Dad or the rest of my family who really only "tune-in" to see the Peanut and her adorable expressions. I can't say I blame them.

Wednesday, January 19, 2011


We came back from Tahoe on Monday and our guests left on Tuesday. What a vacation. Here are some more photos from our trip and our final days in the snow. SOMEONE keeps asking to go back! Love it.

Peanut's first time on ice skates!

Her friend from Whistler was a natural

hanging out on the snowmobile

riding the gondola to the top of the mountain

time for some sleigh riding!

there they go!

AND here they come

the kids taking the easy route of course

then some snowman time (Peanut LOVES snowmen)

the Dads found a "jump" to try out

which naturally the kids wanted to try too

look at that air!

a quick stop for lunch while looking stylish

then back down the gondola (bffs)

time for some sushi (ahem and french fries)

of course the kids eat first and get bored...
enter the iphone and its wonder powers aka MOVIES on the phone!

back at home ready for bed

The Peanut really enjoyed having a built in playmate for a few days and I enjoyed having a running partner. Now it is back to the grind and typical "Peanut ways" . . . she was up from 2 am to 5 am last night and only went to bed at 10:30 pm! Needless to say, I have been up since 2 am. I saw no point in going to bed for 30 minutes. So if this post is incoherent and nonsensical . . . that's why.

Saturday, January 15, 2011


first a little of this

then a little of this

then a walk around the village

a pouty face

then a ride up the gondola

a refreshing drink at the top of the mountain

beautiful views

followed by some time in the snow

then finding daddy

the sun came out and it got WARM

fun for the adults!

back to building snowmen

family photo

then back down the gondola

Naps were shortly after this and now we've had dinner and are hitting the ice skating rink. Hopefully everyone sleeps well tonight. We're on Tahoe Time and it has been a great day so far.

Friday, January 14, 2011


The Trailmomma family has visitors in town for a few days. Today we headed to Tahoe for an extended weekend of fun, snow and hot chocolate. We are staying in a super sweet condo right in the village of the Northstar Resort. This is a first for us.

We have four adults and two kids on this trip so it required two sets of cars. The boys left early to hit the slopes and the girls stayed home with the kids. We did manage a nice 3.5 mile run and a trip to the park.

Once we arrived in Tahoe though the excitement was in the air and the kids were no longer suffering from their tiny car naps.

playing on the luggage cart

playing on the chairs

Peanut having a blast

The whole crew

Tomorrow we have a "schedule" to follow apparently. The mommies are heading to the resort gym for an hour workout and the boys are doing daddy daycare. The kids are just content running around and making a mess in a house that is not their own.

Have I mentioned how much I love Tahoe?