Tuesday, October 2, 2012


Hello blog world. I am alive. We were away in Lake Tahoe for 8 wonderful days. While we were there, Vans and I celebrated our 8th wedding anniversary. Eight wonderful years with my best friend. I couldn't be happier.

Well, I could have been a tad bit happier if the Peanut didn't wake up on our anniversary morning at 3 am vomiting. It happens. She recovered. We all did and we enjoyed our week regardless. The weather was fabulous.

I didn't do too much running. Mostly just a few 5 mile runs here and there and then one day I did 8 miles. I lifted some weights and did one day of circuit training. I think I needed the lower key week instead of a week filled with long runs.

I also think now that the girls are older, Vans and I have less "adult time" to do stuff like working out and instead had to figure out a way to keep the Peanut and Squeaker entertained.

I think we did okay though ... as a family we did the following ...

We danced at the festival in the village
We climbed on big chairs
We played on the swings
Rode the gondola
and were SUPER cute.
I really could go on and on with the photos. We also went on a nice long bike ride with the girls which everyone enjoyed. We visited the KidsZone Kids Museum in Truckee which was new to us and a hit for the girls.
Even if they broke the rules a bit.
Life has been hectic to say the least. Work is going well but sadly it takes me minimum 3 days to do a proper blog post ... not that I have much to blog about lately since I am only running one day a week right now. I continue to go to my strength training class which has kicked my butt this week. Taking a week off was not smart as I am hobbling today with the kind of muscle soreness that is so bad it aches just to use the restroom!
Later this week my new work group is going on a team building retreat to...you guessed it, Lake Tahoe! I will be back up there for two more days later this week leaving Vans with the Peanut and Squeaker. I will (hopefully) enjoy a full night of uninterrupted sleep in a nice big hotel bed ... all to myself .... complete with an uninterrupted shower! Heaven! Although I will miss the family.
I leave you with a few more photos from our week in Tahoe as well as a crockpot recipe as requested by Rain!
Goofy girls
Brave girl

Determined Girl
Crockpot Recipe
Sweet Potato Black Bean Chili
Source: My Own
Cook7 Hr
Servings: 4
  • 2 medium sweet potatoes diced
  • 1 small sweet onion diced
  • 1 red bell pepper seeded and diced
  • 1 (14 ounce) can black beans drained and rinsed
  • 1 (14 ounce) can roasted diced tomatoes drained
  • 1.5 cups vegetable broth
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 1 tbsp chili powder
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 1 pinch cayenne
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • 1 lime (for a splash at the end)
Combine everything (except lime) in a crockpot sprayed with cooking spray (or lined with a crockpot liner). Cook on low for 6 to 8 hours.


  1. Yum that does look like a great recipe! I will be trying it!

    And what is an uninterrupted shower? I don't remember those anymore! (Sounds devine though!!!)

  2. Wow, I can't believe how big JC is getting! And I will have to try that recipe too. AP

  3. Hi, Running Trail Mom!

    I am a runner, Mom & volunteer for KidZone Museum in Truckee. So glad your girls had a fun time and thanks for the shout-out! Check out my website to find some nice runs next time you are in Tahoe: http://www.TahoeRunCo.com/

    Happy trails!