Wednesday, June 29, 2011

I won!

I won! I won! I won!  Did you catch that?  

I entered Jen's contest for a $35 gift certificate to ToughChik and I won! 



Now, what to buy?  I've got some shopping to do...

Monday, June 27, 2011

Rail Trail 1/2

I have officially completed 3 half marathons!  Woo hoo!  I remember training for the first half, I thought 7 miles was a long distance.  My have things changed in less than a year.

Kennebec River Rail Trail


I was super excited about yesterday's half because it was on "home turf".  But this time we started in Augusta, ran through Hallowell, Farmingdale, turned around in Gardiner then went back to Augusta.   I made some changes to my racing plan in the morning.  I decided to not bring my Camelback.  Well, Ward suggested that I not bring it and I agreed.  But not bringing it did pose a problem.  Storage for my snacks.  I had planned on bringing Sharkies and Sportbeans.  I didn't want to pin both to my shorts because the bags can be quite cumbersome.  At the last moment, I decided to pin the Sportbeans to the inside of my shorts and put a blueberry (w/ caffeine) Gu in the little interior pocket of my shorts.  I’m thinking this is what did me in.  My stomach started feeling a bit queasy around mile 9 and it didn’t get any better for the rest of the race.  I felt sick for a majority of the day and didn’t really feel normal again until this morning.   I haven’t even tried Gu with caffeine before.  Why did I think I was going to try it in a race?  Not a good move.  




The race actually started at Fort Western in Augusta.  I must say I was a bit (okay, incredibly) disappointed with the start.  The director gathered the runners around the flag pole and went through the rules of the race, locations of water/gatorade/port-a-potties, etc.  Then went into the National Anthem.  Before runners could head to the starting line, where ever that was - the cannon went off.  It was insane. All of a sudden there were 200+ runners shocked that the race had started.  I could be wrong here.  Maybe there were 10 lucky runners to have made it to the starting line before the cannon went off, but I seriously doubt that.  

Anyway, I'm totally blaming the horrible start for my first mile.  As soon as Jess and I got to the bridge, I looked at my Garmin (which thankfully I got it ready prior to the National Anthem), I saw our pace was 7:03!   I totally knew I wasn't going to be able to keep that pace for the 13.1 miles.  Our first mile was 8:03.  Too fast.  The pace for my 1st half was 8:45 and the 8:27 for the 2nd.  No way was I ready for 8:03.  

I did have my iPod with me, but never turned it on.  Jess and I stayed together for a majority of the race.  She did leave me around mile 9 and that was totally fine.  I kept her in my sights for the rest of the race and that pushed me enough.  It was around that time that my Garmin also decided to reset.  What the hell?  I totally lost track of my overall time - so I was running "blind".  I opted to just turn it on again so I could monitor my pace.  

Because the race was close to home, it meant that Ward and the kids - my personal cheering squad - met me along the path a few times.  It was such a great feeling to see them each time.  My dad even came to take pictures and cheer me (us) on.  He showed up on the Gardiner end and then I saw him again at the race finish.  

Along the course, I also got to see my friend Sue, Jess's husband and kids, and Jill's husband and kids.  I have got to say my favorite part of the race was going down the big hill in Hallowell and seeing Joe, then Wade, then Ward drive by - honking their horns and cheering out of the windows and then seeing my husband getting yelled at by the police officer who was directing traffic because Ward wanted to wait for me to get to the cross and the police officer was NOT having it.  

While it felt awesome to have such a huge support team at the race, I felt horrible for Stacy because her family wasn’t able to make it. 

coming into Hallowell, seeing Ward and kids for the 1st time

Stacy - running strong & Sharon (owner of the KV Health Club)

In Farmingdale (1st time) - I don't normally run with my arms in the air - I was in the midst of waving to my cheering squad!

Farmingdale - on return trip - here I am tossing my iPod

Jess at finish

Me at the finish - what the hell is up with the my hat?  Is my head too big or something?

Finish time - another PR!  1:28 better than Race the Runways!

Jill @ the finish

Stacy @ finish

Here’s my niece, Scout.  She really enjoyed moving the cones around.  Perhaps she can be in charge of a race or two in the future. 

 Aside from the shitty start, I will note that half marathoners did not get medals at the end.  Maybe I'm spoiled.  I don't know.  But I was really hoping for a finishing medal like the past two half marathons.  


Saturday, June 25, 2011

CSA Pickup and Getting Ready


Friday is my regularly scheduled CSA pickup day.  We’ve had a few pickups already, but yesterday was the start of regular weekly pickups.  My CSA had an incredible season last year (for instance – we had 4 weeks of “take as much as you need to feed your family”) and I’m hoping for another great year! 

We’ve been getting mostly greens, but CSA greens always taste better.  Yesterday I walked away with 3 lbs of goodies plus a quart of strawberries. 

kohlrabi, oregano, lettuce, spinach


I am sad to report that most of the strawberries never made it home.  I admit, I did eat a few, but a certain little blonde hair-blue eyed girl in the backseat LOVED them.  I kept hearing “more please” and “done” as she handed me the green tops. 



The big day is tomorrow – The Kennebec River Rail Trail ½ Marathon.  Race time is 7:30 am; which makes for an early morning.  That also means I need to get my gear ready tonight. 

Here’s the checklist:

  1. add new songs to iPod
  2. charge iPod
  3. charge Garmin
  4. pasta dinner
  5. clean/fill Camelbak
  6. get Sharkies/SportBeans/GU/ Gum ready
  7. get shoes and outfit ready
  8. get camera ready for Ward (I bet he’ll forget it) 
  9. tomorrow’s breakfast: toast with pb/ chia seeds/banana
I don't think I'm forgetting anything.  

I’m also happy to report that my legs feel well rested at this point.  Three days of not running and practicing my yoga sequences have done the trick.  I feel ready to go tomorrow!  The only thing I’m NOT looking forward to is the weather.  So far the forecast looks “okay” – which is better than it looked earlier today.

Here’s was Accuweather says:



And here’s what Weather.com says:



I like Accuweather's forecast better!  

Oh and I need to post some awesome pics of some of the girls from last night when we went to Slate's last night.  

First, here's the little ones:

Izzy & Scout


And here's my running girls!  

Jen, Jill, Stacy & Jess

Friday, June 24, 2011

Final Thoughts


Thinking back to this past week of the Clean Food Challenge, as I drink my coffee with sugar (in the raw) and creamer, I realize it was the perfect time for a detox.  I found myself so caught up in the challenge and what I was going to eat, while pumping my body full of good-for-you foods, I almost forgot about the half marathon on Sunday. 

The last two times I’ve tapered prior to a half, I drove myself crazy and my family crazy.  All I wanted to do was run.  This week, I didn’t really care to run. I only logged 6.5 miles this week.  Really?  I did bike one day and I’ve done my yoga sequences. Was it the CFC? Or was my body really ready to rest – I mean, we’ve been training for one big race or another since December. 

My calves have been achy this week as well.  I am sure they are telling me two things – get new shoes and rest.  Rest – check.  I did order new shoes, they came, didn’t feel right, so I returned them yesterday.  I was being lazy.  I tried on Jill’s Saucony Guide 4’s, liked the way they felt and ordered them on Amazon.  I had a few Amazon gift certificates, so I thought I’d put them to good use.  What I did wrong was try on shoes that Jill’s been running in and are broken in and I don’t usually wear Sauconys.  I have had good luck with New Balance and Asics.  So why didn’t I buy them?  I am not sure.  My plan for new shoes is to wait until the LL Bean 4th of July 10K and see which New Balance shoes we get.  If those don’t work, then I’ll probably head off to Maine Running Company and get fitted again. 

In addition to the fact that the CFC challenge was fabulous for filling my body with good calories, I also lost weight.  The scale read 129 this morning – so that’s a 3 lb loss.  I wasn’t trying to lose weight, and I didn’t think I was going to because I felt as though I ate all day long AND I didn’t run a lot either.  I’ll take it.  I’m sure I’ll gain it all back tonight when the girls and I head out to Joyce’s or Slate’s for dinner tonight.  We’re celebrating Stacy’s birthday, only 2 months late.  Looking forward to an awesome night with the girls!  

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Hell Yeah!


I did it!  I bet you are all shocked that I had the will power to complete the challenge.  There were some days that I wanted to cave, but continued to hold strong. 

What did I learn from the challenge?  I read labels much closer and clean eating can be expensive.  There are not many coupons floating around out there for fruits and veggies. 

Will I change my diet forever?  Sorry, but the answer is no.  I love Starbucks and chips.  

Will I do another challenge like this?  More than likely.  I’m thinking if Emilie does another challenge this fall, I may be up for it by then. 

And of course, since the challenge is over, I just stumbled across this blog.  Super cool.  I wish I found it a week ago!  J 

Breakfast:
oatmeal (cold) with almond milk and blue berries
coffee

Snack:
green Smoothie
cukes

Lunch:
mixed greens (from Stacy’s garden) w/ tomatoes, avocado, red/yellow/orange peppers w/ balsalmic vinegar and olive oil



Snack:
dates

Dinner:
black bean burgers from this blog (almost perfect, next time I’ll sauté the onions 1st) - Ward even liked them!
rice
cantaloupe
broccoli

Water Consumption:
132 oz  - how did that happen? 



I received a package in the mail two days ago from the Boys and Girls Club.  When I opened it up – there was a letter



And a medal! 



How cool is that? 


Can anyone guess what I'm going to do first thing tomorrow?  

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Day 6




Okay, I have one more day.  I can definitely do this and complete the challenge.  The hardest part for me is to not taste what I’m cooking for the family, not lick my fingers after handing over a glazed donut to one of the kids or just plain ol’ giving in to temptations.  I noticed today that I feel more energized.  I also noticed that my sweat isn’t so stinky after a run. 

Workout today – I got in a quick 3.5 mile run at 6 am this morning.  I had a beach day planned with Stacy and had my 1st yoga class tonight so I had to do it first thing this morning before Ward had to leave for work.  It was a good run, but my calves are feeling it.  I’m officially done running until the Sunday half marathon.  My legs need rest. 

Prerun:
Banana

Breakfast:
2 eggs
Green Smoothie
Coffee

Lunch:
Quinoa w/ roasted veggies (leftovers & super easy to take to beach)
Cukes
Cantaloupe & Watermelon


Snack:
Carrotts

Dinner:
Brown rice pasta with kale, tomatoes, onions, broccoli

Snack:
Edamame 

Water Consumption:
124 oz  

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Almost there – Day 5!


Okay, I think I have more energy.  I don’t feel so tired anymore.  I can take that as a plus!

Breakfast:
Oatmeal (cold) with Almond Milk, Chia Seeds, Raw Almonds, Dried Cranberries
Coffee

Snack:
Banana
TJ Roasted Seaweed

Lunch:
Salad with shrimp, cukes, lettuce and tomatoes & vinegar/lemon juice

Snack:
Dates
Strawberries
Melon Salad

Dinner:
Pineland Farms (grass fed) burger (no bun) - totally lean as well - I hope this counts!
Grilled Sweet Potato
Grilled Asparagus

Snack
Banana

Water Consumption:
124 oz  - close enough!


Today’s workout
Today was a Miss Karen day for Izzy, so that meant it was a Tucker and Mommy day.  We went for a walk on the rail trail today.  Tucker said he wanted to “walk far” today “like a mile”.  He then went on to say that we needed to walk up the trail a half a mile and turn around and walk another half.  (way to go with the fractions, buddy!)  He’s so cute.  Anyway, as we started out on the walk, he suggested that we “run hard for awhile”.   Then he told me to use my watch to see how fast we run.  I was not even closed to dressed for running (I had on a tank bra and a strappy tank shirt and some JC Crew shorts on – not exactly running attire) but I went for it anyway.  We jogged for a quarter of a mile and he decided that we were going to walk.   We walked for a bit, then jogged, then walked and then raced to the end.  He won, of course.  

I need some biking attire - the shirt is Ward's and I had to wear my running shorts -
I refused to wear Ward's biking shorts - they are definitely not cut for a woman!  


Later on tonight, I decided to get my bike out and go for a ride.  I had gone to the local bike shop today to get a new tube and a spare because I got a flat last fall and I just never got around to fixing it.  I need you all to understand that I know nothing about riding a bike.I know even less about riding a bike.  I just do what Ward tells me to do.   But I do enjoy it for the cross training aspect.   I brought my Garmin along for the ride.  I’ve  got admit, I was pretty impressed with the accuracy of the Garmin when riding compared to when I’m running.  I rode on my road, so I knew where the approximate mile markers were and sure enough, the watch beeped within a few feet of where it would when I was running.  I’ve been thinking about getting the speech/cadence bike sensor, but not anymore.  I got in 10.18 miles in 40:30. 

Are there any other Garmin folks out there who use their Garmin for riding as well?  What are your thoughts?




Monday, June 20, 2011

Day 4 - It's getting easier. I think.




My run this morning sucked.  My legs just didn’t want to move.  What’s going on with me? There were 2 parts of the run that didn’t suck – the weather, and having Izzy and Tucker with me – Izzy in the jogger and Tucker on his bike behind me.   We did get in 3 miles, which was nice.  My goal for the week is low mileage and a lot of resting.  I think I’m heading that way for sure.   


Breakfast:
Oatmeal (cold) with Almond Milk, Chia Seeds, Raw Almonds, Dried Cranberries
Coffee

Run:
2 pieces of gum (again)

Snack:
Plum
Strawberries

Lunch:
Quinoa (w/ garbanzo beans & tuna)

Snack:
Dates
Strawberries

Dinner:
Quinoa (combination of Saturday’s – grilled concoction and today’s lunch)
Fruit Salad
Grilled Zucchini 
Cukes

Snack:
Grilled Mango

Water Consumption:
128 oz  (2 days in a row!!!)




Sunday, June 19, 2011

Day 3 – Check




Okay, this Clean Food Challenge is getting harder.  I am hoping I start to gain energy because all I feel is a total drain of energy.  I must have totally been fueled on processed foods and cheese before because my run yesterday was painfully and slow and today’s run was pretty tough too.  I won’t be running too much this week since it’s taper week for the half on Sunday.  I really hope the claim of more energy comes soon!   

Plus, Jill brought this over for dessert last night (for the rest of the family who is not participating in the CLC) and left it here.  It's been torturing me all day.  I finally had to push it to the back of the refrigerator! 


Snack (pre-run):
Banana
Coffee


Run:
Cheated – 2 pieces of gum (I HAVE to have my gum! Not an option.)

Breakfast:
Eggs with spinach

Snack:
Blueberries
3 Strawberries (from the Boudreau Berry Garden)

Lunch:
Spring Rolls (w/ cukes, avocado, carrots, and peanut butter)

Snack:
Roasted Seaweed
(I seriously wanted to eat a bag of chips!)

Dinner:
Salad – cukes, tomatoes, avocado, lettuce, rice, black beans & hardboiled eggs

Salad - minus the hardboiled eggs

Snack (yes, again!):
Strawberry/Banana/Almond Milk Smoothie (with a hint of agave to add some sweetness)
Almonds w/ dried cranberries

Water Consumption:
128 oz  (Goal Met!)

PS – I think I spent a majority of this gorgeous day in the bathroom.  

Saturday, June 18, 2011

Day 2 of CFC!

Okay, I have to admit, today was a little rough.  I think of myself as a pretty healthy eater.  But I also feel that because I run so much, I can eat whatever I want.  Which means I never turn down cheesecake or burgers because I know I'm going to burn off those calories anyway!  It was hard to not lick the knife as I cut through the cheesecake tonight for dessert.  At least my dessert substitute was delish!  (Thank you, Jill, for brining it over!)

Today's menu:

Breakfast:
Banana
Eggs w/ tomato
Coffee

Snack:
Banana

Lunch:
Spring Rolls w/ peanut butter, cukes, carrotts, sugar snap peas
Green Smoothie

the inside of my spring roll

my spring roll wrapped up - I need to practice!


yum!



Snack:
Watermelon, Honey Dew, Cantaloupe
Sugar Snap Peas

Dinner:
Quinoa with grilled eggplant, red/yellow/orange peppers, summer squash, spinach, and onion (sauted)
Salad with red wine vinegar
Melon

Dessert:
Pureed banana, date, raspberry - frozen
decaf coffee (oops!  probably shouldn't have - but SOOO good)

Water consumption:
120 oz - closer!!!!

Friday, June 17, 2011

First Day of CFC!

Okay folks, it wasn't as hard as I thought it would be.  I think the hardest part was having to drive past Starbucks this morning on my way to school (last day!).   Oh and when I went to Reny's and the cashier gave me 2 free chocolate bars - one of which was a dark chocolate bar.  Tempting, very tempting.

Anyway, Jill and I started off with a teacher breakfast.  It looked fabulous.  Great french toast casseroles, sausage and egg casseroles, quiches, and TONS of fruit salads.  We both had ourself a plate full of fruit salad and Mary brought us some jasmine tea.  (I forgot to mention, Mary is joining us too in this challenge! Yay, Mary!)  The delicious food was proceeded by many goodbyes to staff members who are leaving for a variety of reasons.  I was one of those staff members - as I'll be going to HBS this fall.  That part of the breakfast was a bit emotional, but at least I didn't have a meltdown.  (I waited until I got back to my room.) 

Here is what I ate today:  
Breakfast 
Green Smoothie, coffee with almond milk and agave
Fruit Salad
Banana

Lunch
Spaghetti squash with black beans and tomatoes

Snacks
Raw almonds and dried cranberries
Trader Joes Roasted Seaweed
Apricot

Dinner
Brown Rice Pasta with pac choi, spinach, tomatoes, onions, and black beans (really wanted feta with this, but I held strong!)



Snack
Raw almonds and dates  
Strawberries

Water Consumption
96 oz of water (3 nalgene bottles) - not a gallon (5 nalgene bottles worth) - tomorrow I'll try for 4!  

My thoughts - not bad.  I do love all the food options.  What I missed most were: numerous coffees, cheese, and chips.  Tomorrow I'll make Kale Chips because they usually get me through chip cravings.  Oh and I missed eggs.  I love eggs and have plenty of those around here.   Why are they not clean?  Does anyone know?  

Anyway, good night all!!!  Tomorrow - day 2 of CFC and a big yard sale here.  Fun times.

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Clean Food Challenge




Many big things going on – school is almost over, KRRT ½ Marathon next Sunday, 16 weeks until I run a FULL marathon, AND I’m going to join in on a Clean Food Challenge. 

My lovely sister-in-law brought it up yesterday morning after reading Emilie’s blog.  Eating “clean” (i.e. non-processed foods) is supposed to give you more energy – with all this training going on in my life right now and a summer full of fun ahead of us, I need more energy, so why not. 

When do I start?  I’m thinking either Friday or Saturday.  With this being the last week of school, there is a department lunch on Thursday to say good bye to some of the Special Education Staff who will not be working at BJHS next year (myself included) and there will be a End-of-Year Staff Breakfast on Friday.    The plan is to be done with the clean food challenge by next Saturday so I can “carb up” for the KRRT 1/2.  Keeping that in mind, I should definitely start the challenge on Friday then, right? 

So, what exactly is a Clean Food Challenge.  Emilie sums it up very well on her blog.  



I also did some searching and came up with a shopping list.  I love most of these foods, so it shouldn't be too hard.  Right?

Emilie’s Clean Food Challenge Rules are:
-   no dairy
-   no sugar
-   no alcohol
-   no gluten
-   no processed anything

Only eat:
-   fruit
-   veggies
-   whole grains
-   fresh-pressed juices
-   green smoothies (yum!)
-   1 gallon of water per day (128 oz – that is my purple Nalgene bottle filled up 4 times! – hello potty)



Also, Emilie also allows herself to drink 1 cup of coffee a day.   This part is going to hurt, big time.  I can easily down 4 cups a day.  This also means no Starbucks.  Shouldn’t be a problem because school will be over and I won’t be driving by one daily anymore (well, at least until summer school starts!).  I do have to do some research on how to sweeten my coffee – possibly with agave and coconut milk.  


While I do not have a Clean Food book to go by, I do have a Everything Raw Food Recipe Book.  I’m thinking I’ll pull that bad-boy out of the cabinet and take a look to see what I can find. 



To hold myself accountable with this new challenge, I’m going to have to blog about it everyday and share what I eat/drink.  This way I won’t be inclined to cheat! 




Go here to check this book out. 



What I do know for sure is that I won't be eating these for the challenge!  


Goodbye processed foods (well, at least for a week!).  


Monday, June 13, 2011

Day 1 of Marathon Training

It's official - we are 16 weeks from the Maine Marathon and I'm OFFICIALLY in training mode.  Technically, I'm half-way there already as I'm just shy of 2 weeks from the KRRT 1/2 Marathon.  Here's a picture of me at the Maine (1/2) Marathon...I'll cross that finish line again!  Only time as a 1st time Marathoner!

Maine 1/2 Marathon - October 2010


The Yoga To Run plan for this week is:
Monday: 3 miles
Tuesday: Cross Train/Yoga
Wednesday: 4 miles
Thursday: 3 miles
Friday: Cross Train/Yoga
Saturday: 5 miles
Sunday: Yoga
Totals: 15 miles w/ 3 yoga days, 2 cross train days

Unfortunately, I've already altered the plan.  Ward had soccer at 6 tonight, which meant he had to leave by 5, so that meant no run for me tonight and to do the Tuesday plan on Monday night.  No biggie. My mileage is also going to be a bit off as well, as I've been averaging somewhere in the 28-31 miles/week range.  There is always room for flexibility in every plan.  Right?

So far, this is my "actual" plan:
Monday:  10 minutes yoga, 30 minutes of Jillian Michaels
Tuesday: 3.5 miles
Wednesday: 4 miles
Thursday: 5 miles
Friday: 6 miles
Saturday: 3.5 miles + yoga
Sunday: 8 miles (long run with the girls) + yoga
Totals: 30 miles, 3 yoga, 1 cross

Very similar plans (we'll see how well I stick to my plan...I'll share later) - shorter/medium/long runs w/ yoga and cross training.  I just really need to keep my mileage up!  It will dip next week for sure as it's taper week for the 1/2!~

Happy Monday!  Only 2.5 more student days!

Oh and I should throw it out there, I'm noticing a sweet increase in my followers.  When I hit 50 followers - there will be a giveaway.  I'm not sure what yet!

Sunday, June 12, 2011

Go Fat Girl, Go

ygp2BC4 by mainerunningphotos
ygp2BC4, a photo by mainerunningphotos on Flickr.


Last night Ward and I were sorting through the totes in the attic because we're going to have a yard sale next weekend.  We came across a box of photos and near the top was a newspaper clipping with this picture on it.

I couldn't remember which year we did the Unity 5k, but after a little researching on Maine Running Photos - found our names and my 1st (I think) time ever - 31:09.  I've come a long way, haven't I?  

It's downright scary looking at this photo of me.  This is my inspiration to NEVER stop running EVER. And what's worse?  Ward looks exactly the same.  Well, maybe he has more hair.  


Oh & Jill totally smoked me in this race!

Too Much Purple?

Ward says I need to venture out and add another color to my garden.  What do you think?







Thursday, June 9, 2011

The Newest Girls...

I got the call first thing this morning that my new girls were delivered to the feed store.  What I really wanted to do was skip the whole work thing and go home and get them set up.  But, I waited it out and had Ward get the new girls on his way home.


Aren't they cute?  Too bad they aren't really pets, they are our meat birds.  


As an attempt to feed my family food that isn't pumped with growth hormones and raised in horrible conditions, I opted to raise our own chickens.    I have high hopes here!


Raising chicks is super easy.
Supplies:
- waterer
- feed dish
- chick mash (feed)
- brooder/box/fish tank/storage tote - some type of enclosure to keep them safe
- cover (to keep out predators)
- light bulb (preferably a 250 watt bulb but at 125 watt bulb should be good for June chicks)
- thermometer*
- flooring (not pine shavings in the beginning - they can eat it and it will kill them, I know from previous experience) - you can use newspaper, old towels, hay/straw, or soil

*A note about temperature:
It's important to keep the temperature in the brooder between at around 95 degrees for the first week, then you can reduce the temperature by 5 degrees each week.


As soon as Ward got home, I really wanted to get the new girls set up in the barn BUT I was forced to wait because we had one heck of a thunderstorm come rumbling through and we lost power!   Which meant, no heat light for them.  We thought it was best to just leave them in the box in the car until we were totally ready to put them in the box.

We finally did get them set up.  They seemed happy moving around in their "new" temporary home, drinking water, eating, and making the cutest little chirping sounds.  I cannot wait to check on them tomorrow morning.

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

It's almost here!

The weather this week has been incredible.  I love hot, sunny weather.  I really do.  The hotter the better.  I hate snow and ice, so I do not complain about the beautiful weather when we (finally) get it.  What's torturous about this weather is that while it's gorgeous outside, I'm stuck inside.  Thankfully, I only have 5 1/2 more days with students.  I think I can. I think I can. 

Anywho, I was looking through some pictures I downloaded from my camera and I founds these awesome pictures of the boys - Tucker and Jackson and some of Izzy from Memorial Day.  


The boys absolutely love the sprinkler.  


Izzy wasn't very impressed with it.   


But, she's still cutie.  Maybe sometime this summer she'll come around.  



Monday, June 6, 2011

House Island

Today I had the opportunity to go on a field trip with my advisee group to House Island.  Today was the absolute best day ever to take a boat to an island, with a fabulous group of kids and adults.  The temperatures were in the high 70's, the sun was shining and there was hardly a breeze.  Perfect summer Maine weather.  In my opinion anyway!

The team took two busses to Portland this morning and we boarded the Chippewa.




My group sat on top of the boat.  As soon as we left the dock, we saw a seal.  My absolute favorite animal of all times.


On the way out to the island, we saw three lighthouses.





My mom would have loved this trip.  Visiting lighthouses was one of her most favorite past times.

House Island has a great history.  The website doesn't include all of it.  Our tour guide - aka "The Captain" added so much more to the details.



Fort Scammel and some other views around the island.  We even saw 8 deer!  (Sorry, didn't get a picture of that!)







This is where I ate lunch.  I wish this was my view every day.