Monthly Archives: June 2014

Disney Princess Half Marathon 2015…it’s coming!

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Disney’s Princess Half Marathon will always hold a special place in my heart, since it was the first (and so far only!) runDisney event I participated in. A lot of races I’ve run feel competitive and intimidating to me, but not this one. This one feels warm and fuzzy and girly and pink and just super FUN! Not to mention, I’m a big fan of a race where you can wear a sparkly costume and not get funny looks from the other runners.

The date for the 2015 Princess Half Marathon Weekend is February 19-22, 2015. This year, you can sign up for the Disney Princess 5K, the Disney Enchanted 10K, or the Disney Princess Half Marathon. You can also register to run the Glass Slipper Challenge, which includes Saturday’s 10K and Sunday’s half marathon.

When is registration for this magical event? It’s coming soon! Registration opens on July 15th at noon EST. You’ll want to be at your computer ready to register on runDisney’s website if you’d like to participate. These events sold out super fast last summer!

Watch the blog for a fun giveaway in conjunction with registration day. You can also find me on Facebook as Audra Disney-Travel Planner Owens for updates on what I’m giving away and how to enter! 🙂

 

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Visit to South Dakota – Part 1

We’re back home! Instead of unpacking and washing our clothes, I’m playing with pictures. Yes, it makes perfect sense.

These photos are from the first few days of our trip. The last few days’ worth are still chilling in the camera. I’ll get to them. Don’t you worry.

This first round is from the Dinosaur Park in Rapid City, South Dakota. A few of these are repeats from the other day, but a few are new.

We also made the obligatory visit to Mount Rushmore. John is the only one of us who had ever been. Surprisingly, Neely thought it was cool, and Aidan was unimpressed. Go figure. It started raining on us as soon as we got there, so my pictures aren’t wonderful. They’re mainly evidence that we went.

On another rainy day, we visited Wall Drug in Wall, South Dakota. It’s about an hour’s drive east of Rapid City. The day we went, that’s all we did. We just needed something indoors and dry to do. We spent a lot of time wondering how exactly this place ended up in such a “random” location. It wasn’t until a few days later that I realized how close it is to the Badlands National Park, and it’s really the only place to stop and eat or use the restroom on your way to/from the park.

The kids’ favorite part was “mining” for gems in their little sluice box. If you have a kid who likes rocks, this part of the country will be equally wonderful/miserable for you. Aidan wanted to buy rocks EVERYWHERE. Actually, both kids begged to buy rocks everywhere. Don’t they know those are free off the ground outside? 😉

Another crowd favorite were the Reptile Gardens. I earned “Coolest Mom Ever” in their eyes by bringing them here. I may have gotten knocked back down a peg when I refused to let them have a pet snake ~ they loved Marilyn the Burmese python so much they decided we should have one of our own. They got stuffed snakes instead. A pet you have to feed live animals? No, thank you.

I figure that’s enough for you to mull over for now. I’ll get through the rest of the photos soon, because I’m sure you’re chomping at the bit for more. Ha!

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One from the road

I know you’re dying to know what we’re up to…if we’re not friends on Facebook and Instagram, that is. 😉

I uploaded my photos (so far) to the computer yesterday, so I’ll give you a little preview. Here are a few pictures from our visit to the Dinosaur Park in Rapid City, South Dakota. Who doesn’t enjoy climbing on concrete dinosaurs built in the 1930’s?

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My kids loved Dinosaur Park. After we’d been, we realized that you can see that big brontosaurus on the hill as you drive into downtown Rapid City. I have no idea how we didn’t notice it before!

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Friday Five!

It’s Friday. I haven’t written anything in a while, so random thoughts from the week are the order of the day!

1. Vacation Bible School – It’s VBS week at our church. Holy energy suck, Batman. I ran around with a group of about 10 kids all week…and another adult whose helper I was. I have a new appreciation for school teachers. You wrangle 25-30 kids every day for 9 months of the year? God bless you. I can barely hang for a week.

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2. Wilderness Escape – In the same vein, so really not so random, the theme for the week is Wilderness Escape. I have this slightly inappropriate urge to shout, “The wilderness must be explored!” on a daily basis. So far, I’ve kept it under control.

3. The toilet paper debacle. The other day, my son disappeared upstairs to go to the bathroom. A little while later, he started hollering down the stairs. I was far enough away that I didn’t hear/understand what he said, but John did. And he sent me to help out anyway. (The excuse was that it was Father’s Day, but whatever.) As I began climbing the stairs, this advice followed me, “You might want to take tongs!” Say what??

My son had taken a big #2, run out of toilet paper, and I guess got up from the toilet to change the roll of paper. When I arrived, the silver tube that holds the paper was lodged into the pile of poo at the bottom of the toilet. Tongs, indeed. Next year, I will make sure something equally nasty occurs on Mother’s Day. Be ready, Beaver.

4. Jamberry Nails – Who’s using Jams? I bought some several months ago and sort of forgot about them. I spent an hour in the bathroom last night putting them on my and Neely Bug’s nails. They’re so fun, and much more economical than paying for a manicure. I need to pick out some summer colors, though. While I dig the silver croc I’m wearing now, it feels wintry to me. I think I’ve found what I want next…

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I think Neely and I need those top two combos. I love them both!

5. Road trippin’ – It isn’t summer without a road trip! We’re loading up the car tomorrow and heading to South Dakota for a week. The man has to work, but the kids and I plan to be tourists and have some fun. I’m excited. This summer has been incredibly light on travel compared to last summer. It’s time for a change of scenery! I’ll share photos when we return home. 🙂

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A “chill” is in the air! “Freeze” the date of September 24th 2014! More “icy” details for this exclusive event, coming soon!

What can it be??? I promise, I will share as soon as I can. Just know that it’s exciting!

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The Fairy Garden

On my last visit home, inside Yarrow Acres, a lovely gardening shop on Main Street, I discovered something wonderful – fairy gardens. I know these are not a new phenomenon, but somehow, I had never seen one before!

I love all things miniature and really, really wanted one to call my own. My first step was to turn to Pinterest. I searched the web for all things fairy. There are all kinds of wonderful crafters on Etsy, creating tiny houses, furniture, animals, fruits and vegetables, everything you need! Another great resource is the dollhouse section of Hobby Lobby…just don’t forget your 40% off coupon!

When it came down to the wire, though, I wasn’t confident in my ability to plant the fairy garden. Accessorizing and decorating it? No problem. But no one has ever accused me of having a green thumb.

Enter Lowe’s Floral in Minot. Just before Mother’s Day, Lowe’s posted photos of a gorgeous fairy garden on their Facebook page. When John and the kids started making noise about buying flowers, I firmly hinted that a fairy garden would be a much better idea. 🙂

My garden was custom made, so I had to be patient. We picked up my lovely last weekend.

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I adore it! I added the little red wagon, the pennant, and the tiny gardening tools, but the rest is exactly the way it came from Lowe’s. I need to get some tiny flowers and maybe some veggies to add to the pots.

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And look! It even has a little gnome friend! He likes to drink coffee with me on the porch. What’s up, Gnomey? 😉

I love my fairy garden, and I’m really glad I didn’t try to tackle it myself. You’d probably be seeing me on one of those Pinterest fail lists if I had.

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Five-Mile Friday

Y’all, I am shocked. I ran five miles this morning before most of my family even thought about getting out of bed.

Some of you are probably thinking that’s not really a big deal. Five miles isn’t all that far to the super-dedicated.

Here’s the thing, though….I haven’t been super-dedicated in a while. Through the winter, I was only getting in one run a week…on a good week. Some weeks, there was no running. I did a lot of thinking about it and wishing it were warmer outside so that I might feel like venturing out of the house and heading in the general direction of the gym, but not a lot of actual running went on.

Spring finally took hold in May. Yes, May. North Dakota is a crazy, crazy place. Since we only get a few months of warm weather, we cram all of our outdoor activity in these precious months.

In the last few weeks, I’ve gradually been building my mileage again. My longest run until this morning was 3 miles. I’ve been running pretty fast (for me), so when I set out this morning, my goal was to slow down and find my long distance pace again. I didn’t set a distance goal. I just wanted to see if I could run for an hour. At 55 minutes, I’d run 5 miles. I was right by my street, so that was close enough to an hour to make me happy. 🙂

Also, today was bulk trash day for part of our neighborhood. In the event that I ever lose all my belongings, I’m pretty sure I could furnish a house for free from the things I find on the curb. Today, I saw 2 clothes dryers, a table, two mattress sets, two bookcases, three TV’s, a TV stand, a basketball goal, and 2 mini van seats. I could use those as a couch in a pinch. 😉 These are the strange things that I come up with while I’m running.

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The Boy’s Last Soccer Game

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This little man is growing up too fast. I don’t take nearly as many pictures of him as I do Neely. I’m aware that it’s a problem. Of course, he isn’t the one that’s with me 24/7 (although he’s about to be in a few days when summer break hits!), and he usually runs and hides when the camera comes out.

I was able to snap a few photos of him without much protest at his last soccer game. This was his first time playing on a team since we moved to North Dakota. The Minot Soccer program…it needs work, but Aidan had a good time running around with other boys his age a few times a week. He sure is a fast little guy!

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My Lil’ Graduate

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When Neely started her third (and last) year of preschool last fall, I knew the year would fly past. I knew I’d be an emotional wreck at the thought of sending my baby on to kindergarten and not having my little buddy at home with me most of the time. Preschool graduation came and went, and I was right. I’m still trying to get a handle on myself.

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Over the course of the school year, she’s grown a couple of inches. She’s gotten more independent. She was finally interested in remembering all her letters and what sounds they make. She can write her first and last name, count to 20, and she can spell “Aidan,” “Audra,” “no,” and “Beaver.” 😉 She is a good helper and a sweet friend.

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I think she really is ready for kindergarten. It’s me that has a problem. I’m not ready to share my baby just yet. I guess I’ve got two months to get used to the idea…and stock up on tissue.

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