Chelsea, Stevie and I ran in the 5K race while Grandma Palmer and Grandma Forgacs took care of Shyla, Zac, and Lilly!
The race was a success! We are still waiting for official times to be posted but we think Stevie did about 26 min, Chelsea did about 35 min, and I did about 31 minutes.
One of the great things about Race for the Cure is the huge expo following the race. There is lots of free stuff, lots of stuff to keep kids of all ages entertained, and lots of support for those with breast cancer.
Lilly got to pose with this duck!
Stevie and Shyla got to pose with Wilbur the Wildcat!
Later, we went to Gabi's house for Dash's 1st Birthday Party! It seems like just yesterday that Gabi and I were discussing our pregnancies. Then visiting each other in the hospital to meet to little ones. The walking Udall or Sabino Canyon trying to reverse some of the damage (Gabi has, BTW, reversed ALL the damage!)
Here is the birthday boy with his cake!
And Shyla with Dash in the pool! (notice her uber cute 2 piece? ...it was an ity-bity-teenie-weenie...)
Shyla and Dash played for a while here. I think she learned this move from Zac...
Fun in the sun!
And probably the creepiest picture ever! Shyla, drinking her bottle and gazing lovingly at Brian, while Andy creepily tries to get in the picture. Have I mentioned that Andy is not Shyla's favorite these days?
Up next for the Forgacs 3: continued "training" for San Diego Half-Marathon...another 1st birthday party next weekend...and as much time as possible watching Shyla learn and grow!
Easter usually begins with sunrise mass at St. Pius. This year, however, as I have mentioned, Shyla is teething. We had an especially rough night; up and comforting a baby in pain: definitely the toughest part of motherhood so far.
I felt/feel really bad about not making it to mass, but I couldn't pull myself out of bed at 5 and I wasn't about to get Shyla up when she was finally resting peacefully. Next year, we will be there for sure! We will be living about 30 minutes closer to St. Pius and Shyla will, fingers crossed, be sleeping through the night.
However, even after a hard night, when Stevie and I are walking around like zombies, Shyla wakes up cheerful and happy and ready for a fun-filled day.
She was ready to celebrate her first Easter!
We started with an egg hunt in our backyard. The Easter bunny (or in our case, probably Easter mouse) hid three large eggs in plain sight!
She found each one and tasted each in turn! They were each filled with a different Sesame Street character and she figured out pretty quickly that if she threw the egg, it would break, and the toy would pop out. She is awfully smart, although I'm not certain that learning the benefits of egg-throwing at such a young age is a good thing.
Later, she opened her present from Grandma and Grandpa Forgacs, who are visiting Aunt Kirsten and Uncle Jim this weekend. She will look so cute in the pink romper and bib but she especially loved the duck shaped bubbles tied to the outside of the package.
Then she had some play-time with the basket that the East Bunny left for her. It was filled with eggs, books, an outfit, 2 new rattles, and bunny ears.
Later Shyla got dressed in her Easter outfit and very first bow! This bow was made by our good friend Jessikah a long time ago, but Shyla just recently got enough hair to justify using it!
We had lots of play-time and lots of smiles!
Over at Grandma and Grandpa Palmer's house Shyla opened her Easter basket from the Easter Bunny who visits their house. It was filled with books, teething biscuits, eggs, and a lamb.
Then it was time for the East Egg Hunt with cousins Zac and Lilly. Of course, Lilly found the most eggs and Zac broke the most, but Shyla did find one and later decided that it was easiest to just take them out of someone else's unattended to basket. See, I told you she was smart!
The picture above shows our efforts at getting a picture of the 3 cousins together. And when I say "our efforts" I truly mean it was a team effort: me, mom, Chelsea, Aaron, Jeanette, and Stevie were all working together to get this shot. This was the best we could do.
It sure is fun to play in grass! Even artificial grass!
And the Forgacs Three!
It was a wild and hectic Easter filled with everything Easter should be filled with: laughter, family, and hugs.
A few things that I wish I had captured pictures of but didn't:
Stevie drinking straight from the wine bottle
Lilly shoveling rocks onto one of the lounge chairs
Chelsea hiding inside while Aaron chased both kids around
Yesterday was Good Friday. I was off work so Shyla, Chelsea, Mom, and I walked the Stations of the Cross.
All 15 stations, uphill, with Shyla in the ERGO baby-carrier. She did great. I don't think she really disturbed anyone's prayerfulness.
Then we went to breakfast at The Good Egg which is one of our favorites!
And later we tried to feed her again! I love the faces she makes, but she looks so grown up in the picture. I have a feeling I will be getting lots of looks like that as she grows up!
We rounded out the day with some playtime at Grandma's house, a trip to Costco, and then more playtime at Grandma's.
Thanks, Mom, for a GREAT Friday!
And then Simply Saturday!
We had running club this morning. Stevie and the rest of the club ran a hard 7 miles. A special, and very envious, shout-out to Candace who ran with her 2 week old beautiful baby-girl Taylor! We ran about 3 miles, with Shyla and I bringing up the caboose again. Shyla got a few minutes of playtime with Ayden, which always makes a girl happy!
Then we had a very special lunch-time visit from the god-parents Dan and Erin! We had a great time just catching up and letting Shyla entertain us!
Amongst other things, Shyla decided that Pancake's water bowl is a pretty fun toy. Poor Pancake, I guess nothing is sacred anymore.
We bought Shyla some teething biscuits and tried one out today. She liked it for a few minutes, then threw it away in anger. Like everything else, we will try again tomorrow. Isn't Erin pretty? And a natural with Shyla for sure!
After the water bowl playing we decided to go sans clothes. Here she is with the god-parents!
And here just a close-up of her being silly, and teething.