so I just went and bought some new running shoes. I am excited. I went with asics again… I always try on a bunch of different shoes, made by different manuf. and then I always end up with asics. I have them on right now… breaking them in. guess what: they are pink. (well, white – with pink and black – they had my name written all over them!)
I also got a new pink watch. It’s not a trendy, cutie watch- it’s more functional like for timing intervals, stop watch and it even keeps time for 2 time zones… perfect for when eric is traveling in china. I love it. it was on clearance! My body is still struggling with the ‘body-transformus-back-itis’; characterized by extra pounds, continued cravings, aches, bags under the eyes and perpetual tiredness… and the baby is almost 10 weeks. i find myself wondering if I will ever feel normal again!?! Takes time I guess!
Well, that is not all I have been “up to!” … this week was the memory trends trade show in las vegas… the show thing is stressful. This time, we had a small and simple release…so it wasn’t too bad! it is fun to see all my friends in the industry… good time to have meetings, talk about opportunities and imagine what the future holds… I am so very lucky to have such wonderful people on my team- I mean REALLY on my team. People who believe in me, more than I believe in myself. none of my crazy imaginations would go anywhere without them. it’s stunning to think about all that we have accomplished and learned. today I received a package containing several pieces of our CHA winter release… (already!?) always so FUN to see the stuff I have been imagining come to life. and the perpetual cycle continues as I am busily working on designs for CHA summer. Quite a ride really. here are some quick shots of MT. i never take as many photos as i would like. i get way too distracted. so KARA… i don’t know where you were during this photo. but… left to right: Stephanie Sassoville and Nichole Smith both work in Florida at Advantus as brand support… they are awesome and so great to work with! then Janet Hopkins- lives in Dallas, and just came on as Education Coordinator… and you know Em. if you want to see me being a total dork talking about our new release, you can see it on Monique Mclean’s blog… they made me to this little podcast, and it’s actually kinda funny! thanks Monique for making my new calendar the "favorite find".
Speaking of QUITE a RIDE!!!….. it was the kids’ fall break Thursday and Friday, and being at the show all week, I was experiencing a large dose of ‘mommy guilt’. I really wanted to come up with something fun that we could do that would be fun and memorable for the kids. Fall is finally the time that people can actually spend time outside, so we decided to go camping. I gave the green-light to getting some motorized vehicles. I have been the party-pooper on getting the boys into dirt biking. (it scares me). I mean, my boys are crazy enough on bicycles…I have been very hesitant to put a turbo engine on the backs of their bikes enabling them to ride farther, faster and jump higher. (can you blame me!?) however, it’s in their blood… it’s inevitable. We rented 2 quads and 2 little 50’s (dirt bikes) and headed out for an adventure. And ADVENTURE we found. We live right in Saguaro National Forest. (Saguaro Cactus are the big tall cactus with the big arms… the ones straight out of the Road Runner and Wylie Coyote cartoons). Spectacular really… it’s the most unique, rugged, and beautiful desert anywhere (in my opinion). We drove about an hour or so east of our home, and back in where there are just miles and miles of off-road trails. This was the first time the boys were on dirt bikes, although it’s been their dreams since they were 3 and 4 years old… maybe earlier. I was nervous… but they both did GREAT! Eric has been in the scouting program for the last 8 or so years, so he has every piece of camping equipment known to man…the cool thing about camping, is that when the sun goes down, it feels like you should be in bed! The kids were so tired… so we were all tucked into our sleeping bags around 9pm and I slept like a log. (I can sleep anywhere, and usually don’t hear a thing). eric wasn’t quite as lucky- he was in ‘protective dad mode’ and heard every car, stereo and bike that drove by. Let’s put it this way, we weren’t the only ones with the bright idea to go camping for the weekend. This morning, after breakfast we went for a long ride and we all had a blast. i heard the boys saying to each other “wasn’t this the best day of your life?”… they loved every minute. I think that so much of my attention has bee focused on the little baby, that it was so great to spend time focused on the older kids, doing something they really wanted to do! I think it gave me some newly found leverage!