Saturday, July 16, 2011

April 29, 2012 I will be….

Running a marathon here!!!! 








How lucky am I?!!! 

Big Sur International Marathon

26.2 miles:  Big Sur to Carmel!!!!! 


Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Ragnar Relay SoCal 2011…

Well the running adventure continued this weekend with the 200 mile, 12 person Ragnar Relay.  My team- “Slow Motion to the Ocean” was great!  Fun, energetic and relaxed people who love running.  We ran from Huntington Beach to Coronado Island in 34 hours.    Here’s some pics from the trip!



The start line.



The route



So happy to be done with my first leg- mid-day…Yorba Linda along the river. 



Some of my teammates at the 1st Major Exchange in Yorba Linda before we split up again.


The campground in Lake Elsinore. Chillin’ and waiting for Van #2 to finish its leg so that we can start on our second legs.


Patty and I getting ready to start on our 2nd leg in Murrieta.  How do you like our safety gear? Smile



Gotta have some bling.



The  driving range in Carlsbad where we “slept” from about 3-5am.


Last leg coming to the point at Torrey Pines.  So thankful that hill is over Smile 



We did it!!!! Go Team Go!



Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Fun with Chompy and Writing…

A couple of months ago I came upon this website:  Trekaroo.    (Image Source:


This site is incredible! 

Parents provide reviews and suggestions on activities, locations, lodging places etc. that other parents can refer to when planning trips or looking for fun things to do with their kiddos.

Since I’m trying to always be creative in what I do with Chompy, this is right up my alley!  I love looking through great, fun, safe options for Chompy.  I also really enjoy writing reviews and hopefully helping other parents through Chompy and my adventures! 


Check out some of my reviews by searching for MommasMosaic on the website or just look around for cool things to do! 

Maybe you’ll find a new adventure! 

The Big Sewing Project….

So, it was delivered to Lissa today, and therefore, I can post the pictures of my biggest project yet!!! 

I love how it turned out and hopefully she likes it too!  She picked out the best, swirly, fabric ever!

I think it looks pretty good in her beach-y, mountain-y, outdoorsy, beautiful sister’s room!



Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Celebrate the boy!!!

I'm in the middle of a BIG sewing project, but tonight, I decided that I needed to do a project that I could finish in 1/2 hour. So, in honor of the beginning of MADE's "Celebrate the Boy" I made Chompy a new bib. Even though he is 20 months old, he is a messy, messy eater who needs a bib. So, this can replace the itty bitty baby drool bibs that we still have around in our drawers.


Thursday, February 10, 2011


I was drawn to this blog post today, and cannot help but feel like my heart spoke through her.

I think this is why my mommy theme since Chompy was born has been "Always be on the lookout for the presence of wonder." E.B. White. In fact, it's framed in his room right now.

Sunday, February 6, 2011

Reasons for the lack in posts...

So now that we've been in the house for 7 months, I finally got the motivation to start organizing. So, that's where I've been hiding.


And Here:
(Thanks to my Aunt Danie and Uncle Tom for the AMAZING hand-me-down rugs! They make our floor so much more cozy to race cars and build duplos.)

And here:

And Here:
I've slowly been going through each closet. While they aren't perfect, they are much better and at least everything fits. 'cause if something didn't, then it got tossed or donated.

And...last but not least, in between Chompy and I sending sickness back and forth to each other, we've been trying to get in some good runs that end like this:

Sunday, January 2, 2011

2011 Improvements…It’s all about being a runner…


So, here are the goals for 2011.  I’m not very good at sticking with something as I have mentioned before on this blog.  However, I have been sewing now for 4 whole months, so that’s something.  But, I also am a runner.  I may not be consistent through the years, but I always feel better, more alive and healthy when I’m running.  This year is about being a runner in all aspects of life:  feeling better, more alive, and healthier!

With Josh going back to grad school, I feel the need to organize our lives in order to leave  the space that we will have for being together and playing together (see…do the dishes while he’s at work/school so that when he’s home, they aren’t waiting for us when we could be having a great conversation).   

I think this comes back to balance and motivation.  But, now that I have three “improvements” (albeit, vague, existential “improvements”) I’m sure that I’ll be able find that place of harmony, right?!  I’m so lucky that I get to work part-time and be home with Chompy most days, but I’ll admit that I get so tempted to play and play and relax with him, and leave any “chores” for another time.   The reality is there is not any other time…so Chompy and I are going to learn how to play more and cook healthy home-made meals;  run fast and jump high, and clean this beautiful home we’ve been given; use crayons, and shop for the fresh food to make our healthy mealsWe will read (board books and SW journal articles).  We will train (play with choo-choos and log in miles and miles).  We will stretch our creativity (play pretend, use play-dough, and sew and write).   We will of course, continue to be good at resting and being as well. Smile  

Ok, I’ll acknowledge that while these statements are pretty, they are not measurable, so what do I really hope to do in order to make my life and therefore my family better, healthier and more alive? 

New Things:

Finish the 1/2 Marathon with a PR.   

Finish the Full Marathon.

Be a better long distance friend.  I SUCK right now, and it’s not okay!  There are friends I dearly love whom I haven’t spoken with in so long that I don’t remember when we had our last conversation. 

Complete 1 University of Phoenix classes (if instructors don’t teach one a year, they lost their credentialing and have to start over). 

Start sticking to the budget…and using coupons and the envelope system to help (even if it hurts).  We have grad school to pay for and the threat of a car that’s about to die. 

Do the chores when the chores need to be done, not wait for it to get so bad that an emergency response team needs to be called in. (ok…I’m not that bad, but I definitely have some kitchen and cleaning-related procrastination issues).

Continue to:

Sew at least once a week.

Stop thinking and just play with my son, husband and friends!

Search for a community of faith that loves our family (and all of our crazy beliefs).  Winking smile 

Do something new as often as possible! Smile   Our Thursday Night friends still have the goal of 1000 new things!  Besides what a better way to feel alive then to expose ourselves to something different and out of our normal routine?!  Not only that, but Chompy has so much fun when he gets to do something new…his curiosity is the best motivation ever! 

Look for ways to be creative and stimulated.  And, place myself around people who make me feel that way as well.

I think that it’s going to be a really,

really great year!

An adventurous, enlivened year!