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I Will Probably Never Win Any Races and That Really Is Okay

Sarah and I have both written about running here on Cap City Moms. It’s hard. For both of us. I don’t think it has ever been easy. I don’t ever expect it to be. In some ways, I never want it to be. I’m sure you all have heard me say: Running teaches and reminds me that I CAN do hard things. I still believe that. Maybe more than I ever.

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We are also a lot of fun and rad. Just sayin.

I think that’s part of the reason why I wasn’t expecting all the feels after reading this article. This letter to back of the pack runners. Because running, to me, is so personal, I wasn’t expecting to have a front of the pack runner even acknowledge we exist. Not that anyone has ever been mean to me. (You know, besides that douchebag cyclist that yelled at us one time. That was weird.) I most certainly never thought a slow runner would be inspiring to anyone. Don’t get me wrong, I’m proud of myself. I’m also so ridiculously proud of our #TeamCCM I can’t even see straight. But those hard-body runner types? I didn’t think they took any notice. I just thought we were so…different.

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I have never, not once, started a race with the hopes that I would win an age category or (OMG) win the entire race. NOT. ONCE. Making it through one miles at a time is what we focus on, people. I mean, each and every time I start the race I am at least somewhat nervous.

Or...look like I wanna puke nervous
Or…look like I wanna puke nervous

At every starting line, I wonder what the hell I got myself into. But the amazing thing is that at each and EVERY finish line, I’m reminded why I started at all:

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I do this for ME.

I’m so damn proud of ME.

(Okay…sometimes I do it for the “medal”.)

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Nike Women’s Marathon

Reading that article, interestingly enough, reminded me of that. I sat there with tears on my face because for the past couple of months, we have been working so (SO!) hard to get used to running again. We have walked and we have intervaled and we have woken up a ungodly hours and we have struggled and we have failed and gotten back on the proverbial horse. We have been frustrated and angry at our resistant bodies. We have felt self-conscious. We have stepped WAY outside our comfort zones. But we have also been so proud at even the tiniest bit of progress and consistency. We have cheered when we’ve upped our mileage or shaved a few seconds off our time. We are grateful when our bodies don’t resist QUITE as much as the last run. We are so proud of ourselves that we are getting out there, hitting the streets and we are getting it done. We are recognizing how damn hard it is and then DOING IT ANYWAY.

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THAT is why I don’t care if I ever win a race or an age group. That is why I’m so proud of how far we’ve come, even if it’s not as far as we once were. I’m proud of the WORK and the time we’ve committed to this. I’m proud of improvements, no matter how small. It’s why I can’t stop smiling when I talk about #TeamCCM and (hopefully) helping others believe in themselves enough to make their own goals and join us as we keep inching away at ours. No, it’s not easy. But damn, it really is worth it.

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A Much Needed Night of Magic {sponsored}

There has been a lot going on around our house lately.  Lauren started a new school, Ben is going to more preschool, Daddy is working lots, Mommy is working LOTS and, OH YEAH! Minor thing, Grandma just moved in with us. Saying that things are harried right now, is a bit of an understatement.  So, when the opportunity to put all that crazy behind us for a couple hours of magic presented itself, we couldn’t say no.  Last night, despite Daddy working later than he thought he’d have to, and there being a million crazy things going on at the house and in the office the four of us landed in seats at Sleep Train Arena to get a sprinkle of pixie dust magic at Disney On Ice.

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We needed a night of fun.  A night where there wasn’t homework to do or emails to return or dishes to be washed.  We needed a night where the four of us were together.  We needed a night full of laughter and singing and magic.  No one delivers that better than Disney.  And this show gave us all those things and more.  Watching the kids react to seeing many of their favorite characters was just the treat Daddy and I needed.Sarah Maren Photographers Sarah Maren Photographers Sarah Maren Photographers Sarah Maren Photographers Sarah Maren Photographers

EVERYONE was mesmerized by the show.  I will admit, the fairies of Pixie Hollow were my favorite part of the show.  It warmed my heart, made me reminisce about the Tinkerbell Half Marathon Jill and I ran last year, and I sang EVERY WORD to Fly to Your HeartLOUDLY.  But the VERY best part was when Ben told me how much he LOVED Queen Calrion’s voice.  Seriously, that kid!Sarah Maren Photographers Sarah Maren Photographers

When the Toy Story crew came out in the second act my heart did this little flutter thing.  We saw Toy Story 3 in the theater a couple days before Ben was born.  I sobbed, hysterically of course, during the movie.  Now, four and a half years later the kid in my belly was on my lap LOSING HIS MIND over characters he loves.  He held his Woody and Bullseye dolls up when they skated out and whooped and hollered with unabashed glee.  Those giggles, the hollers, the happiness – in the midst of ALL the crazy that is happening right now those things and all the magic they bring are JUST what me and my little (though very harried) family needed. Sarah Maren Photographers

There is still time to get your tickets to Disney On Ice presents Worlds of Fantasy now playing at Sleep Train Arena.

TICKETS: Price range from $17, $23, $42 (VIP) and $70 (Front Row)

Thursday, October 23 7:00 PM
Friday October 24 7:00 PM
Saturday, October 25 11:30 AM, 3:30 PM & 7:30 PM
Sunday, October 26 12:00 PM & 4:00 PM

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Tickets available for purchase online at Ticketmaster.com, charge by phone at 800-745-3000 or at the venue Box Office. *tickets may be subject to service charges, facility and handling fees.

For more information about Disney On Ice shows go to http://www.disneyonice.com/ or follow on Facebook and Twitter.

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DISCLOSURE: Cap City Moms is a Feld Family Ambassador, and in exchange for our time and efforts in attending shows and reporting our opinion, as well as keeping you advised of the latest discount offers, Feld Entertainment has provided us with 4 tickets to the event. Opinions are 100% our own.

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It’s Trivia Time, Babes UPDATED WITH ANSWERS!

As we get ready for Disney On Ice presents Worlds of Fantasy tomorrow, we love throwing out a bit of Disney trivia to start us off.  

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Many of these are easy. I expect you to ace them. However, two of these questions blew my mind and I need to know if it’s the same for you. This is important.  (I’ll post the answers Thursday!)

1) Name three of Tinker Bell’s friends.

Answer: Rosetta, Fawn, Silvermist, Iridessa, Terrence, Clank and Bobble

2) Which fairy does everything at top, lightning speed?

Answer: Vidia

3) What type of fairy gives fireflies their nightly glow?

Answer: Light Fairy

4) Where do Tinker Bell and her friends live?

Answer: Pixie Hollow

5) What type of fairy is Rosetta?

Answer: Garden Fairy

6) What type of fairy is Silvermist and what are her special talents?

Answer: Silvermist is a Water Fairy. She can control, move and manipulate water.

7) What is Rosetta’s home made of and where does she live?

Answer: Rosetta lives in a house made of flowers in Buttercup Canyon.

8) What type of fairy is Fawn and what are her special talents?

Answer: Fawn is an Animal Fairy. She understands and speaks to all animals.

9) Ariel has a fascination with what, in “The Little Mermaid?”

Answer: Humans or the human world

10)In “The Little Mermaid,” Ursula gives Ariel the ability to walk on land. How long is this ability supposed to last?

Answer: Three days

11) What is the name of Ariel’s best friend?

Answer: Flounder

12) What is the device that Ariel refers to as a “dinglehopper?”

Answer: A fork

13) What color was Tow Mater in “Cars” before he became rusty?

Answer: Baby blue

14) What does Flo sell in Radiator Springs?

Answer: Gas or “the finest fuel”

15) What type of car is Sally?

Answer: A blue Porsche

16) True or False: You never see humans in “Cars.”

Answer: True! Everything in the movie resembles something to do with cars. Even bugs resemble miniature

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17) What type of tires does Lightning McQueen have?

Answer: Lightyear

18) What does Flo’s license plate say in “Cars?”

Answer: “Sho Grl” or Show Girl

19) What is the name of Sally’s motel in “Cars?”

Answer: Cozy Cone

20) What is the road that Lightning McQueen finds himself lost on when he stumbles upon Radiator

Springs?

Answer: Route 66

21) What is Ramone’s job?

Answer: He owns a body shop called “Ramone’s House of Body Art.”

22) What is Andy’s last name?

Answer: Davis. It is written on his high school diploma which you see when he goes to the bulletin board to look at the picture of him as a child playing with the toys.

23) Sid Phillips, Andy’s next-door neighbor from the original Toy Story makes a brief appearance in the third movie as what?

Answer: A garbage man

24) The calendar in Andy’s room is always set to what month?

Answer: August

25) True or False: Lots-o’-Huggin Bear appeared in the first Toy Story movie.

Answer: True. A very early version of Lotso appeared in the original Toy Story film on Andy’s desk.

26) What is the name of the daycare center the toys end up at in Toy Story 3?

Answer: Sunnyside

27) How do the toys realize that Andy is looking for them in Toy Story 3?

Answer: Mrs. Potato Head’s other eye is still in Andy’s room.

28) Who saves the toys from the incinerator in Toy Story 3?

Answer: the Aliens

29) Where does Ken ask Barbie to live with him?

Answer: In his Dream House

30)In Toy Story 3, Lotso forces the toys to stay in what room of the daycare center?

Answer: The Caterpillar room

 

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For more information on how you can get tickets and original disclosure, visit here. Happy trivia-ing!!

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Halloween Costume Ideas

It is October 20th and the Halloween costumes I meant to purchase two weeks ago are still on the proverbial rack. I’m often a failure at Halloween costumes and I’m glad my kids seem to be used to expecting it. We’ve reached the point in Halloween preparedness called: Where Whatever You Have On Hand Plus Scary Make-Up.

Or: Where What Your Sister Wore Last Year.

I always have good intentions. Really. We first chatted about costumes nearly three weeks ago. Life, as it always does, takes over and then when you ‘come to’ it is all of a sudden the week before Halloween and you don’t even have a single spider web hung. (Of course, the ones that were already there can stay. It’s art.)

Since I’m absolutely no help (obviously) we have found some ideas from people who are much better at this than I am.

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DISNEY ON ICE PRESENTS WORLDS OF FANTASY

I’m a sucker for that look on a kid’s face when they see their favorite Disney character at Disneyland or on stage or, yes, on ice. When they see these character favorite come to life right in front of them and you can almost feel their joy? THAT.

I’m a joy junkie.

Next week, many of those favorite characters are coming to Sacramento. Disney On Ice presents Worlds of Fantasy features beloved characters from everyone’s favorite Disney stories—Disney*Pixar’s Cars, Toy Story 3 and Walt Disney Pictures Tinker Bell and The Little Mermaid. This all-new, magical production plays Sacramento’s Sleep Train Arena, October 22nd through 26th.

AKA: joy on a kid’s face. Yeah, I said it. (I’m a Disney joy enabler. I can’t seem to help myself.)

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Here are specifics and important details:

WHERE: Sleep Train Arena – One Sports Parkway, Sacramento, CA 95834

WHEN: Wednesday, October 22 – Sunday, October 26, 2014

TICKETS: Price range from $17, $23, $42 (VIP) and $70 (Front Row)

Wednesday, October 22 7:00 PM
Thursday, October 23 7:00 PM
Friday October 24 7:00 PM
Saturday, October 25 11:30 AM, 3:30 PM & 7:30 PM
Sunday, October 26 12:00 PM & 4:00 PM

Special Opening Night discount tickets are just $12 (select seating only; not valid on VIP/premium levels)

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Tickets available for purchase online at Ticketmaster.com, charge by phone at 800-745-3000 or at the venue Box Office. *tickets may be subject to service charges, facility and handling fees.

For more information about Disney On Ice shows go to http://www.disneyonice.com/ or follow on Facebook and Twitter.

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DISCLOSURE: Cap City Moms is a Feld Family Ambassador, and in exchange for our time and efforts in attending shows and reporting our opinion, as well as keeping you advised of the latest discount offers, Feld Entertainment has provided us with 4 tickets to the event. Opinions are 100% our own.