Today was my running club's 10 mile race and since I'm due in like 2 weeks, I decided to do the smart thing and volunteer instead of running it. It's a beautiful race that almost entirely on the water and today was a perfect day weather-wise for running so I was a little jealous of all the runners, but I can look forward to running it next year!
Since Peanut is a giant pain in the ass about me leaving early in the morning (translation: she whines nonstop), I brought her with me so she could whine nonstop while I handed out bibs and did race day registration. At least this way she wasn't keeping anyone awake! If you ever want a quiet dog, don't get a hound.
|Hounds: Nature's way of reminding you of the merits of an "outside dog"|
Peanut attends quite a few running club events, so she's had a chance to suck up to people and she unexpectedly got to run quite a bit today. She did warm up runs, then she did a run/walk with me during the race, and then she did cool down miles after the race. It was a pretty good deal for me too because I only took her for 2.5 miles and she's exhausted! She was actually pretty well behaved (for her) and didn't even steal any hamburgers from the post-race cook out...she only stole some bun pieces that were left unattended.
When I ran/walked during the race, I was grateful that I hadn't signed up for the 10 miles. I've been getting strong Braxton-Hicks contractions during exercise, but not every time, but today was one of those "Wow, this is uncomfortable" days. Peanut seemed disgusted with my need to walk, I guess running with faster people can make her cocky pretty quickly.
We went back to the pumpkin patch today because the realtor who sold us our house had a party for her clients there.
We made crafts:
|Faith is thinking, "I had nothing to do with these unimaginative crafts, Mommy cramped my style"|
Unfortunately there were a ton of flies in the barn and Faith got really scared, so we couldn't stay long. We went outside where the wind kept the flies away.
|I'm taking my balloon for the road|
Faith likes trains, so we took her on the hayride (it's really a tractor, but they have it make train noises, so close enough). When we first sat down before it started moving, she was not a fan.
|Uh, there are other CHILDREN on this train. Unacceptable.|
We tried to cheer her up.
Don't worry, the key to toddler happiness is seeing this:
|No one ever expects to see this|
Faith's real unexpected delight was winning a toy in the party raffle: what may be the world's creepiest robot chipmunk!
|It randomly chitters at you|
It moves and sounds like a rodent, so I'm not sure how Peanut is going to take it so I figured this might be one of those toys that has to be put away when Faith isn't playing with it.
For my husband and myself:
Our lovely child has a fun habit: shoving things up her nose. She is really quick about it too, so I've actually gotten quite good at pulling things out with tweezers. We didn't realize she had a foam sticker (from the craft time at the pumpkin patch) in her hand and then on the way home, she shoved it...FAR up her nose. I could only see a tiny bit of it and she couldn't stop sneezing, so it was obviously bothering her.
It was a real delight to discover that two adults could barely restrain a panicking toddler, but after some struggle, I got it out! I really, really didn't want to have to go to the ER for a sticker-related issue so I'm glad we got it done at home. I wish I could get her to stop putting things up her nose, but I guess I can't expect a 2 year old to learn from experience and I'll just have to be better at never letting her have stickers when I'm not actively watching her. She's always looking for a safe spot to stash a sticker.
You can tell by her sweaty flushed face and messed up hair that it was a real battle:
|I don't know WHY Mommy wanted to steal my sticker.|
Did your weekend have any unexpected delights?