When Jim Leyland stepped down as manager of the Detroit Tigers I have to admit I was bummed out. Leyland grew on me. He was like the grandfather that I had for moments here and there. Gruñón. Now that he’s no longer the skipper, the nostalgia kicks in. It’s no longer 2006. Seven years have passed. Perhaps, the feelings of nostalgia are also there because it’s been a year that my grandfather passed away. Although I hate to admit it, I do miss him.
With the arrival of Abbey we’ve been holed up in the house, so it was definitly time to bring SJ back. It had been nearly six months since we had brought SJ for the first time. What a difference a few months make.
The Chaffee Zoo is a great place to visit in the valley. It’s not huge, but that’s what makes it special and one of the reasons we keep on coming back. The staff is welcoming and they do a great job with the upkeep of the zoo.
This time around the ooh and ahhs were great to hear. For a while now she’s been identifying animals by the sounds they make. Yesterday, she was calling them by name! Yea!
I can’t wait till Abbey is old enough to enjoy it as much as SJ. Well,…maybe I won’t hope speeding up time. It’s going by really fast as it is and there’s not much one can do to slow it down.
I am blessed to have a second daughter. Honestly, I can’t say that I wanted one or the other. I am just happy that Abbey is here. If we shoot for number three I am confident that it will be a girl. Keep in mind I have one brother-in-law with four girls and another brother-in-law that had three girls, went for the boy and ended up with twin girls for a grand total of five girls.
I ran my second 5K in back to back weekends this past Saturday. I have to admit, that much like some running shoe commercial, I really dislike running. I think runners are to a certain extent masochists.
I get it though. Once you’re hooked, you will continue to return to running. Since late January I have an urgency to “get it over with it” and finish my daily running. In recent weeks, I’ve been forcing myself to run a minimum of three miles five to six times a week. In April I have run the most I have ever run. I have to admit though, that my pace is quite embarrassing (9:15/mi.) BUT I don’t care. The goal here is to get healthy and fit. Ultimately, like my buddy Elena says, it’s all about you. Running is a competition against yourself and no one else. Can you beat your personal best? It’s a mind game and I think that’s why I continue to return to running.
With two 5Ks under my belt I’m on to readying myself for a 10K. And more importantly to me, with twenty pounds shed, I will continue with what’s been working.
SJ was in awe, watching the Tigers play the Angels at the big A. The beach though, was a different story. She wanted nothing to do with it. She better change the way she feels about the beach quickly because otherwise Hawai’i is going to be interesting to say the least.
Easter Weekend, a set on Flickr.
Random thoughts on Easter:
- What’s important is not what’s in the egg but rather that it’s plastic and it opens and closes.
- Don’t feed your baby junk food – that’s what all your relatives feed her behind your back.
- Why does it seem as though every holiday revolves around chocolate? It seems that when I fall off the wagon, it registers on the Richter scale. I cannot control myself when I am around chocolate eggs.
Random thoughts on Disneyland:
- I highly recommend taking your 15 month old to Disneyland. It is so much fun.
- Even though we don’t get on the so called fun rides because of the baby, it is still enjoyable getting on rides I had never been on (Small World for example). Well, the enjoyable part is looking at your kid’s face. Love it!
- Although the Pirates of the Caribbean ride is for all ages do not take your 15 month old on it. SJ started crying not on the first drop, but on the second because of the darkness and wind blowing in her face. I guess she can sense the feeling of falling? Well, I guess we all can right? Besides that, everything else was cool.
- The Buzz Lightyear ride was a lot of fun for Sonia. SJ really liked the joystick that makes the ride go in circles. Not so much fun for me. I kid, I kid.
- Don’t take your stroller! Rent one from Disney instead. So much more convenient. At the end of your day you can even drop it off at the exit. No need to check it in or anything like that. Oh, and if someone “accidentally” takes your stroller in the park or if it starts messing up, there are several places where they will give you a replacement (at no cost).
- I’m still debating whether to take my dslr to an amusement park again. Too much camera. At least I wasn’t the guy walking around with a speedlite flash attached to his Canon 7D.