Part one of our Steve Harvey adventure will be airing today!
I know I said Monday, but the airing schedule got changed.
And then I can start telling you all about it!
In other news, while you're waiting on pins and needles to tune in (that's at least two of you, including my mom), have a peek at Dad's View episode 2. The one where mom is gone.
If you need to kill five more minutes, here is episode 3.
(I know, I know. I'm so behind.)
His attempted interpretation of Emily cracks me up. Spending all day with her I can totally understand her, his frequent traveling denies him that opportunity. He'll get there. Eventually.
He cut the part where I asked if the kids liked dinner. And the part where I was relieved that only a couple of them liked it because I thought it was gross...along with the part where he agreed with me.
Also, I swear Malia gets dressed in more than a giant T-shirt occasionally. And we give the boys hair cuts.
But yes, it's pretty much just loud here a lot of the time.
Tuesday, November 18, 2014
Part one of our Steve Harvey adventure will be airing today!
Posted by Catey at 12:30 AM
Monday, November 10, 2014
We have just returned from 12 days out of town.
Twelve epic days.
I know the word epic is overused, but it applies here.
A few months ago we were contacted by The Steve Harvey Show. A simple email turned into an amazing opportunity for our family!
We can't say much of anything publicly until it airs!
And it's SO HARD not to share things about everything that we were so blessed to experience!
Aaron and I were able to post a couple of little things on Instagram, but still have to stay very vague per our agreement with the amazing producers we worked with. If you happen to follow Steve Harvey TV on Facebook or Instagram....well....you might find little snippets of hints there...
What I can tell you is that I am blown away by the amazing people that work for Mr. Harvey. Every person we had the pleasure of meeting and working with was just wonderful! I truly cannot say enough good about all of them. We spent time with some truly awesome people who will forever hold a place in our hearts!
Then there is Mr. Harvey himself. The guy is just as funny in person as he is in all of the clips from his show and from Family Feud. Above that he is an incredibly kind, and generous person who does so much good. It really was such a treat to meet him!
With the first of the episodes that involve our family airing next Monday, details aren't too far off.
Check out steveharveytv.com to find out when it airs in your neck of the woods, then tune in Nov 17th and 21st for all the fun! I'm so anxious to see the finished product!
(and I hope I don't look like too much of a goof on air....)
Posted by Catey at 8:47 PM
Sunday, September 28, 2014
Over the years we've had a number of people say "I wish I could just peek into your house and see what goes on during your day." The proverbial fly on the wall to our typical chaos.
There have also been plenty of times that Aaron and I look at each other in the middle of dinner, amazed at the randomness of conversation, or the ridiculousness of something happening at the table, and wondered why we weren't filming it. Because some of it has definitely been worth preserving.
For years Aaron has suggested we set up a camera so that we can sit back and laugh at it later. If you're a parent you know there are plenty of things that aren't so hilarious when they are happening, but with a little bit of time and a perspective shift become pretty funny.
Thus we give you, Dad's view. You always hear from me, so now here are a few minutes of a peek into an evening in our family from Aaron's view. A little taste of the random weirdness that happens here.
A few thoughts; Yes, the musical chairs bit was real. If you ever have kids fighting over who is sitting where at dinner, I highly suggest it to diffuse things a little. And yes, the table is a little cozy right now, we're working on a fix that doesn't include buying new furniture. We finally figured out what we want to do, now it's just a matter of getting it done! The kids are super excited about the prospect of not sitting at corners. Also, I swear I do actually wear makeup, real clothes, and do my hair. At least occasionally.
Posted by Catey at 2:46 PM
Wednesday, September 24, 2014
Last October I ran the St George Marathon for the second time. (and never blogged about it. whoops.)
It was the perfect day to run a marathon.
Unlike the first time I ran St George when it was pretty darn warm, last year it was freezing at the start. Literally. It was right about 30 degrees. Sitting in sweats and wrapped up in a foil blanket next to a fire and snuggled up next to Aaron, I was still cold!
Though all that time sitting there waiting for the start was pretty uncomfortable, it made for nice cool weather for the next few hours, and an amazing race.
A race that landed me a new marathon PR by over 20 minutes, and a Boston Qualifying time of 3:38:47. I just squeaked under the cutoff of 3:40 for my age group. But considering that a couple of years ago I truly never thought I would ever run that fast, it was pretty dang thrilling! Qualifying for Boston was really never on my radar until a matter of weeks before St George last year, and even then it wasn't something I was willing to really seriously consider.
Like not seriously considering it until near the end of the race when I realized that it could actually happen if I could just hold on to what I had going.
Last week I was able to apply for the Boston Marathon with all of the rest of the people who qualified by less than five minutes. I've been waiting for a week and a half to hear if I made it in, knowing nothing more than the fact that more people applied than there were available spots, and that last year if you didn't qualify by more than 1 minute and 38 seconds faster than your age group's qualifying cutoff, you didn't make it in.
Knowing that it would be announced today, and knowing that my friend Heidi qualified by over a minute more than I did, I was periodically checking the entrants list at the BAA website to see if *her* name was there. Because if she didn't make it after qualifying with 2+ minutes to spare, I definitely hadn't made it.
And then this afternoon, I found her name.
And braved searching for my own.
And I found it.
This lovely little email dropped into my inbox a short time later.
I'm going to Boston!!!
By 11 seconds, I'm going to Boston.
They had about 2000 more people apply this year than they had spaces available, so those who qualified by over 1 minute and 2 seconds made the cutoff for available spaces. I qualified by 1 minute and 13 seconds. ELEVEN seconds cleared me. Count out 11 seconds. Over the course of a 3 1/2+ hour run, 11 seconds is a blip. 11 seconds is just a few steps of walking at an aid station. A bathroom stop would have been well over 11 seconds. Stretching my calf for just a tiny bit longer around mile 18 would have stolen 11 seconds. Letting my mental monkeys get the best of me in the last mile instead of pushing till the end would have killed those 11 seconds.
I'm excited to do some base building over the next couple of months. I'm excited to pick through training plans again and choose one to use for this next 26.2 experience. I'm excited to sneak away for a few days with Aaron for this little adventure! I'm excited to (hopefully) meet up with a few online running friends who are also going to be there. I'm excited to experience first hand this epic race that I've watched from home for the past couple of years and cross that famous finish line!
Posted by Catey at 9:27 PM
Sunday, September 21, 2014
People sometimes ask me if in the chaos of daily living I ever reach a breaking point. Sure. I definitely have triggers. Wednesday alone often does it for me.
Posted by Catey at 7:48 PM
Monday, March 31, 2014
I'm sure it's been covered before, but I don't nest like a normal person. Normal pregnant people clean and organize and things like that. I do things like build patios, stock up on running shoes and repaint most of my house. At least we've come to know that this is normal for me.
I've been itching to hit a few house projects for a couple of months, but with the crazy of life and adjusting to Aaron's travel, it just keeps getting put off. Enter a rapidly approaching third trimester (27wks today! yay!), and "let's get this done!" has kicked into high gear.
First up, the main bathroom.
Oh, this poor bathroom.
It's seen a couple of changes over the 8 1/2yrs we've spent here, like painting the vanity, and little things like changing the shower curtain. But it had been beige in there for way too long.
I found a rug I loved a couple of months ago, so I bought it with changing the bathroom in mind. Slowly stocking up on the things I would be using to change it up in there got me to the point where it was go time.
And so two weeks ago I went for it.
Bye bye beige!
It always takes me longer than I anticipate to finish these projects, but this time, it was done in just over 24 hours. Ten people using one bathroom is some serious motivation!
Painting, replacing hardware, repainting the vanity...plus way more deep scrubbing than I expected. It was harder for me to deep clean the shower and tub than to run 9 miles the weekend before. Not sure what that says about me. Or about the bathroom. I'm just going to ignore that and move forward.
Went a step further than I anticipated and the light fixture as well. Good choice, long overdue. Super happy with how it turned out, loving the change!
And yes, I restricted my children from using it the day I finished so that Aaron could actually see it done, and still super CLEAN, when he got home.
Especially loving the hooks behind the door for towels, for some reason my picture of that won't load. huh. I'm having all sorts of blog upload success lately. Anyway, similar to this:
We have tried a number of different hooks in the bathroom and in bedrooms to keep kids' towels from piling up all over the place. The 3M hooks that work great in our master bathroom keep getting broken in the main bathroom. I hate the over the door hanger things. This has been fabulous! Granted it's been a whopping week and a half, but it is super sturdy and provides more places to hang than any other alternatives we've tried. Not to mention it looks a little nicer!
Big project number one crossed off the list, and now, on to the next one!
Posted by Catey at 3:22 PM
Wednesday, March 26, 2014
Nothing like a random smattering of posts as far back as August. About half of the posts stuck in draft mode for so long have finally published (yay!), though some have weird placement, especially where pics are concerned.
Hopefully the rest will cooperate before too long.
I'll have to add it to my list of nesting projects.
Posted by Catey at 8:54 AM