Wednesday, June 27, 2012

...on the bac

What is a "bac", you may ask?  Well, for those of you who don't speak Jacksoneese, a "bac" is a vacuum.  It used to be call a "ba" and has recently evolved into "bac".  Jack has been into cleaning for a quite a while now.  He has loved brooms and brushes for quite a while now and has always had a kind of love/hate relationship with the vacuum.  Lately his feelings for the vacuum have turned into a bit of an obsession.  He checks on it through out the day and often asks about it "bac off?"  "the bac off"  "bac night-night?"  "where the bac?"

He still is a little bit terrified of the vacuum when it's on but is slowly warming up to it.  I'm not really sure why he has chosen to be so fascinated with such a random object but I just think it is one of his little quirks. 

Every now and then, though,  I think back to a segment that I saw on a talk show when I was little.  It was a little boy-about 10-who was on the show showing off his impressive collection of vacuums.  Even then I remembered thinking, "wow, I bet that kid gets made fun of".  I wonder what that kid is doing today?

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

...on final thoughts

I know this is a little after the fact but I wanted to share one final update on the race.  I posted this link to Facebook but I don't know if it came through quite right.  So, here is a link to the boy's thoughts on the race.

I think that Adam is still mulling through some emotions from the race and I know he is still waiting for the feeling to return in some of his toes.  The good news is, he is home, most of the swelling in his legs  is gone and his knee is feeling great!

And that's that!

Sunday, June 17, 2012


And it's over....not officially, of course, but for my outdoorsman-it is done.  The thing I love about this guy is that he started training for this race about a year ago...maybe not quite, and pretty much kicked the race's you-know-what until his knee pooped out.

I talked to Adam a couple of times today.  The first time was right after he finished and i'm not going to lie to you-he was not a happy camper.  It's one thing to quit the race because you are tired or cold or whatever, but it's quite another when you physically can not go any more because you are unable to walk.  My take on it, of course, was that he had just completed 48 hours of pushing his physical and mental limits with no sleep and (I think) little food.  Needless to say, I was and am immensely proud of him.  Fast forward a couple of hours and I get another phone call from Adam.  Man, I tell you what, it's amazing what a nice shower, a little food, and some clean, dry clothes can do for a guy.  He sounded pretty good and it was so nice to talk to him after three days!!

For those of you wondering about his knee...all I know is that it is swollen and pretty sore.  He said that if he had continued on it probably would have ended up injured but as of now he thinks it is just in need of some rest and a little TLC.   Again, proud of him for knowing when to say when.

I'm reserving my opinion of the race as a whole until it is officially over.  I know the theme this year was "Betrayal" but...well, like I said...I'll wait till it's all over.

Adam and the guys get back tomorrow night so I'll either post more then or I'll have him post on here what his experience of the race was.  I'm anxious to hear it, myself!  Thanks for all your support!  I know that Adam really appreciates it!

Saturday, June 16, 2012


All I know if I have never in my life spent more time on Facebook than I have today.  Seriously, I feel like a crazy person-constantly stalking random blogs and Facebook pages for any information on the race.  Honestly, the best I can tell you is that Adam is still in the race and is currently sitting in a pond.  Because who wouldn't want to be sitting in a pond at 1:00 in the morning in 40-50 degree weather?

I have decided that being a supporter of someone in the death race is enough to warrant some kind of big reward.  Kind of like a "push" present of sorts.  Not to worry, as Adam freezes his bum off in the middle of Vermont, I am mulling over what I feel my reward should be for supporting him.

In all honesty though, I'm so proud of him.  He has come so far in the last year and has worked so hard to get to where he is-the pond.  Kidding, kidding...

Ok, I'll post more tomorrow.  So, if you want more info just become a Facebook stalker like me.

Friday, June 15, 2012


Well, I said that I would try to update as I could throughout this race so here it goes!  My info is coming from Rob (their fabulous support crew) who is posting to FB and Twitter but I'll to my best to summarize everything on here.

Ok, so far they have done a swim test and a culvert test to see if they could fit.  They had to clean up a junk pile, chop a bunch of wood, and sew their numbers onto their shirts.  I think then they chopped more wood, carried kayaks and pipes to a pond and last I heard they were headed off on a 20 mile hike in teams with a kayak overhead.  Sounds awesome if you ask me.

I'm pretty much just summing up what Rob is posting on FB and Twitter so If you are really interested then go ahead and follow him on twitter.  @RogueClimber  On that note, I just signed up for twitter to follow him.  It's a totally foreign thing to me but I'm getting my updates so I don't really care!

I sure don't know how Adam and the guys are feeling but I have been GLUED to my computer ever since this thing started.  I feel like I am watching a high speed chase on TV and I just can't wait to see how it turns out!

Thursday, June 14, 2012

...on the big boy cut

For weeks now we have been saying that it's time to get Jackson a big boy haircut.  Part of me wanted to and part of me didn't.  He has this habit of twirling his hair when he is tired, though, and it has left a kind of short/bald patch right in the front.  We procrastinated so long to schedule and appointment that the sweet lady who cuts our hair went into have her baby and will not be working for a while.  Oops and also, yay!  As part of a last minute item on Adam's packing list for the race he had to take a bag of human hair.  What?  Yeah, that's crazy.  So...he snipped some of Jack's curls before heading out.  After this little haircut I decided I would just cut Jack's hair myself.  So today, that's what I did!



Not too bad, huh?  It's a little bit short in the front but, overall, I think I did a pretty good job!  He looks like such a big boy!

Race Update:

I dropped Adam off at the airport this morning bright and early.  He and his buddies have safely arrived in New Hampshire and will soon be driving to Vermont.  The race starts sometime tomorrow so tonight they are shopping for food an last minute supplies!

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

...on Facebook no no's

I have no idea what brought this on but I was thinking earlier today about certain status updates on Facebook that just make me want to scream.  I'm sure everyone has their own special list so I thought today I would share mine.

5.  Yay!  My baby is five days old and he is already sleeping through the night!
      -Well, while I am very happy for you and your sleeping child, for those of us whose children did not sleep through the night until 10 months-it's not so encouraging.
4.  Well, hello pre-pregnancy jeans-and my baby is only five days old!
     -Again, very excited for you but also kind of disliking you at the same time.  I'm pretty sure I forced my pre-pregnancy jeans at three months and most of the time left them unbuttoned.
3.  My boo sent these flowers to me at work (picture included) for our one week anniversary!  Awwwwwwwww, he is the best!
      -So, so many things wrong with this one.  I mean, "boo"?  Really?  Do people really talk like that?
2.  Ugh!  So frustrated!
     -Ok people-apparently there is a term for these oh so annoying posts.  Vaguebooking.  Clearly you are wanting people to ask you what is going on so why don't you just come out and say it already?  Don't want people to know?  Don't post it!
1.  Woot Woot!
     -I feel this one needs no explanation.

So there you have it!  What are yours?  Come on, you know you have one...or two.  Or, maybe you have better things to do in your day then stew over annoying Facebook posts.

Monday, June 11, 2012

...on a little craziness

Well oh my goodness.  For the sake of keeping this short and sweet I'll just sum it all up by saying that I was put on bed rest last week.  Baby is fine but my body was being a little uncooperative.  Talk about bad timing.  Not only am I only 24 weeks (at least the pregnancy is viable!) but Adam is leaving on THURSDAY for his big race!  I'm so excited for him to go and compete in this craziness but we have all been a little distracted about everything else that has been going on.  We went back to the doctor today and things looked much, much better!  I'm still on modified bed rest but I don't feel nearly as much of an emotional wreck as I was last week.  The good news is our little guy is in the 50th percentile, weighs 1lb 8oz and is 12 inches long!  And, he is head down!  I know this could change at any time but Jack was NEVER head down.  Ever.

Our little Jack-man has been such a trooper.  He has been spending a lot of time with Hammy and, of course, chose last week as the week that he learned to open doors.  Awesome.  The other morning I went to the bathroom and when I came out I couldn't find him anywhere.  After searching the house twice I finally walked out in the garage and found him playing-happy as could be!

So, I guess I'll be taking it easy from here on out.  No more gym for me (at least for now) and I have decided that I am going to read as much as I can because I don't really want Jack to be in front of the TV all the time.  Anyone have book suggestions?  Here is a belly pic from sometime last week...

For those of you interested in Adam's race-I'll do my best to post updates as I get them!  The race starts sometime Friday and ends sometime Sunday-we think!  

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

...on the race

The death race, that is.  Some of you probably know that Adam and some of his friends have been training for this race over the last year.  It's kind of a big deal.  You can read more about it HERE.  Here is a little glimpse into the insanity of the race.  In order to participate, you have to get an article published in a local publication.  If you don't get an article published you are awarded a penalty before even starting the race-a 12 mile swim.  Translated:  If you don't get an article published you may as well just stay home.

So, HERE is the article that our boys got published.

I'm not going to lie-I'm pretty proud.  Adam has worked so hard and has pushed himself beyond what he ever thought he could do and he's done a pretty great job.

Monday, June 4, 2012

...on a big weekend

What a good weekend.  Don't you just love weekends like that?  Nothing too exciting happens or is planned but the weekend turns out to be so fun?  That's kind of how ours was.  I think what made the weekend so fun was that it was FULL of family time-just the three of us.  Something we have really been needing lately.  

Saturday afternoon I had a baby shower to go to so I left Adam and Jack in charge at the house.  Turns out, they are a great team!  Jack slept for a little bit and Adam (my hero!) started to sand and prime Jackson's new furniture for his new big boy room!  It was such a great surprise to come home to!  

Adam found out just how much Jack loves to you can see...

We all continued to work on the furniture Sunday and I am happy to announce that it is almost finished!  This means that Jack will probably be moved into his new room shortly after Adam gets back from the race (more on that later, too)!  Just for the record, I was super hesitant to let Jack paint the dresser by himself but it ended with a perfect little masterpiece that we are not going to paint over.  Thanks to Adam for convincing me to let him at it! 

 Not only did we have a great weekend but we have also had a really enjoyable Monday so far.  We went grocery shopping then popped over to Starbucks for a treat!  Seriously, this kid....I just love him.  When he lost the straw inside of the milk carton we had to go get him a cup, instead.  I think he liked it even better because he could pretend that his milk was "coppey" (which, of course, is his word for coffee).

Have a great Monday!