Sunday, June 27, 2010

13.1 Miles, A Tight Bra, A Fat Lip And A Buzz-Cut

We did it...completed the Pacific Crest Half Marathon that is! This weekend the Rinabargers (also known as the Rina-Coffeys) came for a visit, and a short run in beautiful Sunriver. The views along the course were gorgeous, the weather was incredible, and the course was oh-so FLAT...we couldn't have asked for a better race...except for at around mile 8, when Coffs realized the brand new sports bra she was wearing was cutting off her circulation and she wasn't used to the 3,600 ft altitude difference. OOps, I probably should've warned her about that one, my bad. The sports bra problemo wasn't my fault though, that's all on her.
All in all though, a very good race. We had a blast and I couldn't ask for a better running partner. Looking forward to the San Francisco full with her this October (if she's not preggers by then of course)! Galen was so inspired by us that he's decided to train for the marathon too...wish us luck! We need it.

Pre-Race (about 6am) this was after a late night and some unnecessary carbo loading (beer of course)!


Along the last mile I found Galen, Steve and the kids. I'm going so fast my face is just a blur...or Galen isn't very good at taking pictures, but we can pretend I'm that fast.


Headed to the finish line. I won.


The Rina-Coffeys catching some sun in the back yard.


Miles ready to party. This was taken right before he fell on his face for the 5th time this weekend. This time he got a fat lip, he also had 2 bloody noses this weekend...such a Blyth boy.




Ava with one of her most favorite people in the world (she's been a bit spoiled the past few weeks)


Miles sportin his new do, and his first (of many I'm sure) fat lip. His hair was getting a bit shaggy, so we decided to buzz his hair off this morning. Now he looks even more like his Dad, but even more like his uncle Jason!

Friday, June 25, 2010

New Tricks

Have I mentioned that Miles is (FINALLY) walking?? I mean really walking, he's been taking steps for many months now, but it definitely wasn't his main mode of transportation. But about a week ago, he just stood up, and walked across the room...and hasn't stopped since.
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Please ignore the most annoying mom voice that ever existed and watch my kid wave.
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Wednesday, June 23, 2010

California Dreaming

I know, I know, why am I dreaming of California when we're having such a beautiful summer here in beautiful Bend? I don't know, there's just something about the smell of the ocean, the sand between my toes, the beautiful people...I would move back to the great state of California in a second if my hubby allowed it. No offense Bend, but I have to admit I was a little sad when we drove (yes, we drove!) back over the state line into Oregon on Monday. But I digress, lets get down to the real reason for this post. Our trip to Monterey!

Last Wednesday we made the 10 hour drive down to Cali to visit some of our favorite people and long time family friends, the Porters. Dan and Debbie graciously opened their home to 13 visitors (yes, I said 13 extra people, don't worry, their house is big enough to accommodate a small army)and what a weekend we had. The beach, the Monterey Aquarium with Ava, The US Open (during which I think I consumed about 100 beers), awesome weather, even better food, and some very late nights with the people I love. Could it get any better? I think not! The only downside of our trip was during the first day, Ava decided to throw sand at me while I was taking her picture, and broke my camera...so I only got a few pics, oh, and the 10 hour car ride with 2 kids and a dog wasn't all it's cracked up to be either. But we managed...and it was all worth it!

A very windy day at the beach


Trying to get a picture of this child standing still at the beach was next to impossible


Miles' first look at the ocean...and the sand...loved it!




Monty LOVED the ocean too. Until she got the squirts and covered the beach with poo.


Our wonderful hosts (and Ava's 3rd Grandma) Dan and Debbie

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Thong thong thong thong thong!

Is that song stuck in your head yet? If not, go here.
I swear there's a meaning for this post...this isn't just about me wanting to find a good excuse for putting the "Thong Song" on my blog...

So we're putting Ava to bed the other night (she usually sleeps in her undies and a tank top) and she gets up, pulls her undies right up her butt, puts her hands on her hips, and starts strutting around, shaking her bootie.

Galen said, "Ava, get your undies out of your butt, we don't do that!" and Ava said "But Daddy, Mommy has undies like this!"

Galen and I look at each other and try so hard not to bust up laughing, unsuccessfully.

I say, "Ava, Mommy wears those undies cause she's an old lady, only old ladies wear undies like that. You can't wear undies like that cause you're a big girl, not a boring old lady..."

Well, now every time Ava sees me in my underwear she points out that I have "Old Lady Undies" on. Guess the thong is the new Granny Panty.

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Look of the Week {Hiker Hottie}

Who says hiking gear has to be boring? I like to look festive everywhere I go, especially since my parents and brother aren't fancy at all...

This is me getting ready for our big hike last weekend.


Looking GOOOOOD (as usual) my secret? Mix lots of prints and DO NOT brush your hair.


Dad and Miles, in their usual boring clothes.


Mommy, Miles and Me. Who looks the best here? Me, obviously!


The view from our picnic spot. BEAUUUUUTIFUL!

Sunday, June 6, 2010

I'm So Lucky...

to have a best friend who's also a wonderful photographer!
Mrs. Erin Rinabarger (also known as Coffey) came down to visit Memorial Day Weekend. The Blyth brood was originally planning on making the trek to Spokane to visit family, but decided against the long drive and stayed home instead...what a great decision! Coffey decided last minute to make the 6 hour drive all by herself to come see us.
We spent the weekend with Auntie Coffey eating good food, drinking good drinks, laughing... a lot, and of course, taking pictures!!
Here are a few...






Thanks so much for coming to see us...and, as always, thanks so much for such great pictures! Next time we will have to get some of you! See you in a month friend!

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Oil Obsessed

Ahhh, our dear little Ava. Such a little sponge.

So, The other day it was raining (when isn't it raining here these days?) and Ava starts to whimper and whine. I say, "What's the matter Ava?" And she says, "Mommy, is OIL going to start falling out of the sky? I don't want the oil to kill our garden!" I said, "No honey, why do you think it's going to rain oil?" and she said: "Because rain comes from the ocean and there's oil leaking in the ocean."

Wow, so literal and so sincere. Kinda made me feel sad that she had to live in a time like this, happy that she cared, proud that my kid was so smart...Amazing!

We've been trying to explain to Ava what's been happening in the Gulf and why the animals and people are so sad since the this entire catastrophe happened. She's been asking me everyday if the mermaids are going to die because of the oil, or if the planet is sick because of the oil (she's been worried about the planet's health ever since I explained Earth Day to her and we went to pick up trash around the neighborhood for a few hours to help make the earth "healthy" again. Now, everytime she sees trash on the side of the road she yells: "Stop Mommy! We have to pick up that trash so the planet doesn't get sick!"

Anyway, nowadays, whenever the news comes on she says: "Shhhhhhhh, quiet guys! The oil is on, I need to watch this!"

Future Environmentalist or Future Weather Girl? I know what you're hoping for Dad.

Rain Rain Go Away

What do you do with a "high strung" three and a half year old on a rainy day?? Get creative my friends...

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She did this about 100 times.