Thursday, April 29, 2010

Jennifer Aniston?

Adam Sandler and Jennifer Aniston are filming a movie on Maui and today we saw a set being hastily assembled in front of the Grand Wailea hotel while we were out walking. I can't tell you if she is pregnant per tabloid rumors but if I see her I'll ask for you. That wouldn't be awkward. I think the obsession with movie star's pregnancies is total whacked out.

Anyway! There are some beautiful resorts here and I like walking through them but I enjoy staying in a condo more. I feel at home when I can cook for myself and do laundry. I don't want to have to fix my hair to eat breakfast. I tend to measure the success of a day by whether or not I had to put a bra on. TMI?

Photo from the Four Seasons resort. Bill and my mom both had this look on their faces like they stole something while we were walking through the resorts. I don't think either one of them are comfortable with that scene. I think I could adapt to being rich, as long as I didn't have to put on makeup and do my hair. Based on the women I saw strolling around these resorts, I'm not measuring up if you know what I mean. Not too many of them could go braless.

What the heck am I babbling about?

Bill rented a bike today and rode most of the way up Haleakala. Unfortunately the wind was not as his back and he decided to turn around 10 miles from the top due to winds gusting up to 40 mph. Having a kid makes you rethink pushing through crazy things. He managed to get in 70+ miles riding and I'm not sure how much elevation. Over 5000 feet of climbing. I can't ask him because he's napping right now.

I haven't done any swims in the ocean yet and the race is in 2 days so he better wake up soon and take me for a swim before I panic. Too late!

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Windy day on Maui

It was windy yesterday here and there were high surf advisories on the beach so even though we went to the beach in the morning, I never ended up in the water. Well, I went to the awesome aquatic center in the afternoon for a workout so I did get in water, just not ocean water.

Did I mention the community pool has like 20 lanes, is outdoors and is free? Love it! The workout was my final push for this 1.2 mile swim we're planning for Saturday. I swam 4 x 500 as 7:56, 7:58, 8:05, and 8:15. Seems like I slowed down there a bit at the end but by all appearances, I should be able to swim 1.2 miles on Saturday. I found out about the swim 3 weeks ago so I'll just do the best I can, in the ocean, with local swimmers... it might get ugly for me but I'll get there!

Yesterday we had lunch at a restaurant on Kihei (Fred's... a view of the beach, always packed, and OK food) and then went shopping for some souvenirs. Liam charmed his way around the marketplace and the local shopkeepers were falling hook, line, and sinker for his charming smile. He got a necklace from one nice lady so now he looks like a local boy. A really white local boy!

After having an overpriced, not so tasty lunch, we were ready for some home cooking. Bill and I put together a feast for dinner: teriyaki chicken with quinoa and pasta salad featuring local pineapple. I made strawberry daiquiris and while Bill grilled the chicken, Liam and mommy swam in the pool.

It was a nice evening until Bill and my mom started playing Nintendo Wii. Bill loses all demeanor when it comes to sports and my mom is so competitive it gets heated quickly. Right now they are playing baseball and Bill said to her, "Are you pressing every button hoping you get a hit?" and she muttered some about "Ichiro being a dork". I'm not sure how many son-in-law/mother-in-law smack downs there have been in the history of vacationing but I wouldn't be surprised if it comes to blows soon. I think there is boxing on this Wii.

This morning Bill took my parents up Haleakala in the minivan. Liam and I stayed back in Kihei and went for a jog to the local mall. It's about 2 miles from the condo but I got dang sweaty in that short 20 minute jog there. I cooled down at an air conditioned coffee shop and then took baby around to some of the swanky art galleries there. Yes, I was wearing running shorts and a sweaty sun visor but Liam kept the dirty looks at bay. He loves art. And ladies in art galleries. He didn't managed to charm any freebies out of them but he did get plenty of smiles.

I have so much fun just hanging out with this kid. Why didn't we have him sooner? Oh yeah, that whole infertility drama. Seems so long ago and forgotten. Exhale.

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

The Road to Hell... I mean Hana

I'm blogging from the deck of our lovely condo in Kihei and if I can get 5 uninterrupted minutes, I will tell you about the drive to hell I mean Hana. Yes even on vacation, mommies get constantly interrupted I have discovered.

The road to Hana is a must drive on Maui, it winds through some of the most breathtaking terrain you can imagine. This was my 3rd, and possibly final time doing this drive unless the good people of Maui set out to improve the road around the south east side of the island.

It probably didn't help that I was in the very back of the minivan and it was Liam's longest car ride ever but surprise! Baby fared much better than mommy. He slept most of the way, even over the roughest and windiest roads. Super trooper!

Meanwhile, I'm in the back of the minivan enjoying lower back spasms from all the turns and bumps on the road. Seriously, I think the roads were "improved" by Capt. Insaneo's Paving Co. It looked like some crazy person patched every two inches of the road for a 10 mile stretch. Never again people. I will not do this drive again until I hear they fired Capt Insaneo and his crew.

The scenery was gorgeous, of course, and I would love to bike around the island but there are too many tourists, one guidebook said 1500-2000 people do this drive every day, and the locals drive so fast and aggressive that there is no way I would risk my life biking those particular roads. Most of it is wide enough for one car only and you've got idiots going both ways and no one paying attention. I actually think Kona offers better biking opportunities than Maui, Kona just isn't as pretty. So biking is probably out for me this week. But Bill will ride up Haleakala, probably on Thursday.

My favorite memories from the day were stopping at Waianapanpa State Park for a picnic lunch and meeting a ferret family who lived next to the picnic table we lunched at. Bill said to my mom, "Your job is to protect the baby from the ferrets!" and my mom says "Are they wild ferrets?" and Bill said "No, they're trained, they do a hula show every hour." HA! Actually my favorite memory was of the black sand beach there, it was gorgeous.

Bill and I got out for a hike together to go see the bamboo forest and we raced each other like kids while my parents watched the baby. Freedom! Delicious! Even though I enjoyed the time, I thought of baby frequently and how I can't wait for him to be big enough to race with us. Soon enough!

If I were to do the road to Hana again, I would stay overnight in Hana and drive back instead of going all the way around the island where the road turns to hell. Those are my conditions, are you listening Bill? I love the area but since I'm still nursing a sore back today, don't ask me about it for a few years.

Today we are going to hang at beach again and do some tourist shopping and tomorrow Bill is taking my parents up Halekala in the car. I'm going to stay back with the baby and swim with him at the pool. There is no shade on top of the 10,o00+ crater and that is no place for a baby. I'll skip the windy road and see it again later when Wittles can race mommy on the trails. Ahhh! I made it through an entire blog post! I think daddy got baby to nap.

Monday, April 26, 2010


We spent Sunday morning on Maui at picturesque Turtle Bay where there were no turtles and poor visibility for snorkeling. We didn't stay long. The water here has been amazing otherwise and I could spend every day just hanging out near the water.

Liam and grandma cuddling near the beach.

In the afternoon we took the baby to the pool and he had a blast swimming. I wish I had photos but I was too busy swimming with him. Next time! Today (Monday) we drove to Hana, I'll write about it tomorrow, I'm exhausted now but we are having a great time.

Sunday, April 25, 2010

Aloha from Maui!

We arrived on Maui Friday around noon and I was instantly relaxed by the warm ocean breezes. The first time I traveled here with Bill we rented a convertible to zip around the island but this trip we had our choice of minivans to rent. Times have changed! After loading up the sweet Kia minivan with our mountains of crap including a car seat, stroller, two large suitcases, two carry-ons, a baby bag, Boppy pillow, biking helmet, and laptop bag... we were exhausted. OK not really, but traveling with a 6 month old has to be higher maintenance then traveling with Paris Hilton.

We are staying at a condo in Kihei but we couldn't check in until 4pm, so to kill time Bill and I went to the aquatic center and took turns swimming 1000 yards each just to shake off the airplane stiffness. The pools here are large, outdoor, amazing and free! I will get a photo next time we are there.

My parents didn't arrive 8pm and Liam greeted them appropriately. We were all exhausted and 3 hours ahead so we made it to bed at a reasonable hour which was good since Liam was up at 5am Maui time.

We spent Saturday morning at the beach with a some nice locals who were getting drunk at 9am. They were friendly drunks so it was cool. We found a spot to setup under a tree which was key because we have to keep this baby out of the sun. So far, so good.

I brought a beach tent but it was so hot on the beach we set it up in the shade in the grass for Liam to nap in. He is traveling really well, he seems to enjoy every new environment and I don't think I've seen him happier. This morning he learned to clap his hands together for the 1st time. Now we can share applause with him. Island life suits the baby!
In the afternoon we drove to west Maui and went to the Lahaina mall (air conditioning) and then to Ka'anapali Beach Hotel for a steel guitar festival. They had hula dancers for some of the tunes and a guy with a beautiful tenor voice. It was a nice welcome to Hawaii, my only sadness was there was not more people there to enjoy the free, amazing music. I will update our trip photos in my online photo gallery daily.

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Sleeping pill

Swimming talk first and then we'll get on to the baby pics! Things are going well in the pool even though I usually can't stay for the entire swim due to work and daycare. On Friday we had a 12 minute warm-up and then we got to see how far you could swim in 15 minutes. Of course I lost count of laps (I am sleep deprived if this is your first visit here) but I needed the continuous swimming since I haven't exactly trained for this 1.2 mile swim I want to do while we are in Maui. Next we swam 20 x 50 on 1:00 and I held :45 pace easily enough. I'm not going to say my face wasn't red but I held it together. Today we swam 12 x 100 on 1:45 and I held 1:30 pace for most of the 100s so it looks like there are no more excuses for me to not swim a 500 in 7:30. I just need to find time to do it. It wasn't that long ago that my 100 pace was 1:45, now that's my take off time, so I'm happy to report I'm swimming faster than ever post baby! Yeah!

Last night I took 1/2 of a sleeping pill and went to bed at 9pm since I had not slept in about a week. Even when Liam is sleeping well, I still wake up because I'm so used to waking up with the baby. The past 2 nights he has only woken up once, but the days leading in were brutal. Bill took over for me last night, thank you honey!

If you think this looks cute, you should come over at 12:30am, 2:30am, 4:30am and 6am.

Liam giving his crib a raspberry. That's actually pretty cute.

Playing with a baby doll.

Notice smiley boy's tongue, it's constantly touching that tooth that is coming in. Poor guy!

There are some airplane tickets to Maui burning a hole in my pocket!

Monday, April 19, 2010

Flipping out

We had awesome weather on Sunday so both Bill and I got our bike rides in and enjoyed the sun. While Bill was out riding I took baby to the park and he sat up on a blanket for about 40 minutes straight. I think he's sitting up pretty well now. I enjoyed watching him look at the trees and try to pull grass and eat it when mommy looked away. The simple things in life are so much more enjoyable in the company of a happy baby.

Too bad baby isn't very happy right now! This first tooth is taking forever to make it's grand entrance and it's wearing all of us out.

Liam is waking up every couple of hours and to make matters worse, he is practicing his roll overs every time he wakes up which makes him even more upset. He's flipping over so much we're leaving him on his belly as much as we can so he gets used to it and stops crying when he does it.
Today we put ice in this little hand-me down gadget we got from one of the Fleck sisters and he seems to like the ice so we'll keep this up even though his little hands were cold from holding the ice part.
He's tired from flipping and fussing all night long. The other big thing we did this weekend is start packing for our trip to Maui! I have been thinking about this trip every night for weeks now and I have a lot of time to think in the middle of the night so I'm ready!

Friday, April 16, 2010

6 months old

Turn your speakers on and enjoy the slide show...

Liam turned 6 months old this week and just in time for his well baby Dr appt. a little tooth poked through on his bottom gum. Poor kid had to get immunizations, a flu shot, and sore gums to ring in his half year. Daddy was out of town on business the past few days so he missed that and some severe constipation. The good news is Liam has been sleeping better and is only waking up once a night again, well, except last night he woke up 3 times and I'm about dead tired right now but really, I swear, he has been sleeping better.

Despite all the drama this week, he is still the best baby I could have ever dreamed of and I can't believe he is real. If I would have known how wonderful he was going to be and how totally in love we would feel then I never would have worried a single day while waiting for him. Life is a dream right now and it's time for me to go get some dreams while sleeping too!

To all my friends and family out there who have been there through the hard times and supported us when things didn't look so good, thank you.

Thursday, April 15, 2010

Blue ceiling

I sang with a band last night and it didn't go horribly wrong! That blue ceiling is wrong though, I never noticed it until I saw this photo. Yesterday was so busy that I was relieved to just get to the restaurant and focus on performing. And drinking a beer and socializing. I enjoyed myself and I was glad that I challenged myself to get out of my comfort zone to do this. Hopefully I will get invited back to sing with them again. If not, then we'll know how I actually did...

I want to write about Liam but I will make it a topic all it's own tomorrow. We had nice weather today so I got out for a run today with the baby in the stroller again and did a much more reasonable 9:30 pace. I have not gotten out on the bike this week but I did start bike commuting to work. The weather is finally reasonably warm enough to get on a bike first thing in the morning which I really enjoy. As soon as I say that it will start raining buckets and I'll be back in the car in the morning.

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

I'm with stupid

I'm with stupid but I'm by myself! You do the math. Last week I ran with baby in the stroller, he was awesome, but I was running 10 minutes miles which isn't quite a happy pace for my goals. After that run I set a goal to run 8:30 pace in the next few weeks which would have been fine except today I put the baby down for a nap and then went for a run by myself. Without the regulator (stroller) I went all out. Since I haven't been running that much I have no idea about pace based on feel. I wanted to run 3 x 10 minutes hard (8:50 pace) with a few minutes rest in between to get my heart rate down. According to the GPS, I ran 7:57 pace for the first 10 minutes and then I died.

I couldn't get my heart rate back down below 100 so I set out running again and within a few minutes I knew I couldn't keep it up. I quickly changed the workout to 2 x 5 minutes and ran 7:44 pace which is just way too fast for my fitness level. I walked home after that. Now that I know what sub-8 minute pace feels like, I will stay above it for a few more weeks while I build some fitness. Stupid workout, I hope I proved something to myself.

I think Liam has his daddy's eyes...
I took this photo at night with a flash, imagine how enjoyable that was for daddy.

See! I am tired, I need some eye makeup remover, and my skin has significant sun damage. I will remain white for the rest of my life. No more tanning! Check out my pupil.

Cassie waiting for dinner (now)

Katty has lizard eyes

Marshall wants to go for another run, I think we can do 7:30 pace.

Monday, April 12, 2010


Darn it. Corvallis hosted the Oregon Master's Swimming Championship this past weekend and I didn't participate. Several people got PRs and I stopped in with Liam to watch on Sunday and it didn't look high stress at all. Shoot! I bet the event won't be back in Corvallis for a while. Bummer. Lesson learned: if there is an event in town I'm doing it.

Which means I have to sign up for the Heart of the Valley triathlon at the end of May. I rode the bike course on Saturday and it's pretty challenging for a sprint triathlon. Hilly! I'll ride it again and report on the elevation. I am just going to have to get over my competitive streak, otherwise I won't be doing any events this summer and that would be a bummer as stated above.

I made some flannel pants for Liam, he keeps growing out of his clothes and I found some fabric for $2.50/yard, so minus my time they are a good deal! They took about 1 hour to make. I will do an overview of the construction when I get some time. Of course Bill didn't get the memo that they are PJs and took him straight to daycare wearing some pants I made that have peace signs on them. Oh daddy. Liam has a Dr appt on Wednesday, I can't wait to see his height and weight measurements, this kid is a beast. One thing I have no regrets about is this kid.