Happy Birthday to the current reigning youngest member of the family - Juliabug, who was born exactly one year ago today! I can't believe it's been a whole year since she made her spectacular debut, but here are some of my favorite memories that document her first 365 days.
RyGuy and I tried to make it home in time for the delivery, but the little rascal was just too quick for us. And we had to wait for visiting hours at noon anyway, so really we should have just slept in. Someday we'll tell her all about the day she was born and how she had the whole family up at 3am anxiously awaiting her arrival, only to keep us waiting until noon to see her. She already had us wrapped around her tiny little finger. Little bugger.
She was so itty bitty teeny tiny. And at two weeks old, already a victim of my love for taking wayyyyy too many pictures. You should see my iPhoto albums - I'm talking thousands of pictures of this lil' peanut.
I give her (and her parentals, the Beckster and JP) mad props for putting up with the wild and crazy antics of all her aunties and uncles. We love her. No seriously, I apologize for putting the baby in sunglasses but SHE WAS SO DARN CUTE I COULDN'T HELP MYSELF.
If it makes you feel better, Uncle RyGuy worked his magical baby soothing powers later that afternoon, so I'm pretty sure the trauma isn't permanent.
And it's not just brains and brawn, folks, this girl's got STYLE. When she rocks a swimsuit and floppy hat, she puts all the other babies to shame (I'm allowed to say that because there are no other babies in the family yet....at least until this summerrrrrrrrr!).
Her inner fashionista was still going strong at her first Christmas, when she stole the show with not one, but TWO fabulous red outfits. Seriously, she's so cute I wanna die.
After all that gushing (I would apologize but we all know that's not gonna happen), let me simply say...happy first birthday Baby Julia! Auntie Kara and Uncle RyGuy love you times infinity plus a million and one. Times twelve. Plus three. Okay, we love you a whole darn lot, enough said.
· Posted by Kara at 12:38 PM
(...anddddddd those photos were taken at mile 6.)
Here's the thing, though. We (and by we I mean I) have wanted to visit San Fran for years. So even though this is going to be pretty challenging for us as first-time marathoners, we (and again I mean I) are excited because it's going to give us the chance to explore the city and take in all the beautiful sights.
While dying a long, slow, 26.2 mile death.
Nah, I'm just kidding. Except we really are going to go slow. And if we don't survive, I bequeath my sewing machine to my mother. You're welcome.
Fortunately, the course is actually not as hilly as you would imagine, and the entire second half of the marathon is basically downhill. And it'll be a fun and inexpensive vacation for us, since we managed to book our flights using only the frequent flier miles we've accumulated over the years.
Despite all that, we've got our work cut out for us over the next few months. We've already started training, and right now we are following the infamous Hal Higdon's marathon program for novice runners. The training plan we're using is actually 30 weeks long, with 12 weeks of easy running to build up a base before the longer runs kick in. We're on week 10. If you'd like to follow along, you can visit Hal Higdon's website and see the training program in detail - it's the "novice supreme" one.
Wish us luck and keep your fingers crossed for us!