AZ is a changing us

Posted on August 22, 2010. Filed under: Me, Myself, and I, What she said | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |

It dawned on me this morning that Scottsdale is making it’s mark.

Last night I had a thought of MB and I riding down to Starbucks in the morning. She could ride her bike and I could run/walk with her. It is about 2 miles each way…and full of rolling hills. TB thought I was crazy. MB wasn’t so sure. So I said ok we can just drive.

Well this morning around 7am, MB woke me up and asked when we were going on our ride to Starbucks. I asked her if she was sure she wanted to ride her bike, or if she wanted to drive. She said no lets ride, we can take it easy if we need to.

So we got ourselves dressed and off we went. First off, we are up, dressed, and out the door by 7:30? Really..previously I would have been in my PJ’s for at least another hour. But we had to do this early if we didn’t want it to be hot.

The ride was great on the way there. A few times I heard her saying “I think I can, I think I can” as we went up the hills. Every few minutes she would point to a bird, bunny, or other creature on the path. We waved and said good morning to the various bikers and walkers. Happy happy calms we were. Oh I forgot MB had her camelback on and was keeping hydrated.

We ended up skipping Starbucks and hitting up the AJ’s bakery. Fruit salad to share and muffins for us both. We ate outside and enjoyed the morning.

Now the ride back wasn’t all happy. There was a little whining and a little I can’t do this, my legs are so tired. But we pressed on and we made it. She did awesome, I felt great having had my morning workout…and we both had enough fun that she wants to go back next weekend. Plus she added that we could do it one evening for dinner too.

I must admit that riding/running 4 miles first thing in the morning was not my previous norm. I would of never even thought of that as a way to start/spend the weekend. Things are a changing…and I like it. Love it even more that it’s not just me but the whole family!

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Because of me, of course

Posted on June 11, 2010. Filed under: What she said | Tags: , , , |

Ok so I know I have had alot of coffee posts lately…I can’t lie. Coffee is a daily must. However, this is a little less about coffee and more about how my little girl thinks.

The other day we were in Florida and after a long day at Disney and then a day of visiting family, I was in need of an afternoon pick me up before driving back to Disney for the evening.

So we hit the Starbucks drive through. I ordered my 3 pump iced mocha non fat and pulled around. I was greeted by a nice guy who handed me my coffee and wouldn’t take my money. He said don’t worry about it and waved me on. Now first it is amazing how a simple little gesture like that can make a highlight of your day. I have no idea why he did it, and I had my $3.50 ready, but just the same it was a nice little gesture.

I smiled to myself and said well isn’t that nice. Maddie immediately asked what- when I told her that he had given me my coffee for free. She said “that waaaassss nice”. I told her I agreed and said I wonder why he did that. Well no wondering for Maddie. She immediately responded, “well mommy he probably saw me in the backseat and thought I was a nice cute little girl”. Now I must admit for the last 3 hours she had heard from about 50 elderly ladies how precious and cute and sweet she was so it was ripe on her mind. But just to have a little fun I said, “maybe Maddie, but I don’t know if he could see you, maybe he thought I was nice and he did it for me”. Maddie wasn’t deterred for a moment, “Of course he could see me, look I am here. I am sure he gave you the free coffee for me being with you. People are always nice to me Mommy. I am glad he liked me cause he gave you a free coffee. That was nice of him”. Being caffeine deprived as I was had no quick comeback and so relented saying “thank you Maddie for being such a nice/sweet girl today and getting me a free coffee…now close your eyes and get some rest”.

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