strong and vibrant

My legs are sore in that wonderful way that makes me feel alive. Andy and I had a ski date on Friday and my daughters and I had a running date on Sunday. I am not in great shape right now. But, last weekend I realized that doesn’t influence the capability of my legs and lungs and heart and drive.

We skied hard, cramming in laps down the west bowl before we returned to our babysitter. My quads burned and I remembered, with fondness, how much faster and braver I used to be in that same bowl. Back when I skied five days a week and hadn’t grown two humans. I was cautious and kind to my body. Andy and I talked without interruption on the long chairlift rides. For that reason, I might have enjoyed the lift rides more than skiing.


And I surprised myself with running hard on Sunday. It started out as a mellow, gotta-move-my-legs outing and turned into me pushing my double stroller up hills while my lungs swelled with cold air and I smiled at my strength.

Running with the stroller is a wholly different experience than running with Alice. Holy cow is it entertaining as Margot narrates the entire run. Mama did you see that dog? The great, big dog? The black dog? I think she was a girl. Do you think she is a puppy? What a cute blue truck! Wish I could have a blue truck. Do you love Andy? I miss my friends. I would like to have a lot of those guys over to my house real quick. Hugo and Atticus and Moana and Eliza and Juice and Owen and Max and Graden and Amelia and Haley and Eliana and Lainey and Nella and Soraya and Cyrus and Grandma Joan and Neysa and Joey and Aida and Uncle Trav and Gram and Bakka. Just those guys. How about tomorrow? Or yesterday?

Did you know it is totally hot to match your shirt to your stroller? Just a little
heads up. It’s the new skinny jean.

Also, these two recreational experiences bookended a lovely night with lady friends. Read all about it in this week’s mama digs: shimmery eyes for my ladies. It was a good weekend. Strong and vibrant in the sea of January gray. Good stuff.

27 Responses to strong and vibrant

  1. Gramomster says:

    Love it, love it, and more love it!
    Margot’s narration cracked me up! That whole figuring out the order of the days thing is so great!! Can they come over yesterday? That would be awesome!
    And yay for Andy!! Rock on, Daddy-O!

  2. RMAinMD says:

    ,,,”Margot narrates the entire run…Do you love Andy?”,,,can’t ask for better conversation,,,i love nuggets before wednesday, it satisfies the craving,,,(smile)

  3. Julia says:

    A huge high five to Andy. I don’t know the guy but I am proud of him! And can I just say that I always grit my teeth in a really good way when I read posts that have “Margot-Speak” in them? It is just so cute I can’t stand it!

  4. joan says:

    So happy to see Grammas on the list of friends. That girl is funny and to have Andy just on the edge of being finished is fantastic. Love love it. It was also nice to hear you had a date. Very important.

  5. Maggie May says:

    brrrr!!! as a spoiled san diegan i feel freezing looking at your picture!

  6. TRB Holt says:

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  7. TRB Holt says:

    Blogger TRB Holt said…

    YAY a post! So SO proud of Andy! RUN BURB RUN! Margot, I ‘ll be there yesterday!

    xoxo, Mom/Gram

  8. sarah says:

    i love the matching combo. you need bright green sparkly eye shadow and the look will be complete.

  9. Brigitte says:

    Oh yeah I also totally rock the matching jacket and dbl-buggy look while running – red. Gorgeous. Matches my face at the end of the run…

  10. Kelle says:

    Catching up, Baby. And loving it. The ski picture of Andy. Your description of your girls night…and again, our parallel worlds colliding. Sharing together a ceremony of the women we are blessed to know.

    xoxo Glad to be back. Promise, promise, for good.

  11. Jennifer says:

    Sounds like my Saturday night, went out with friends, got dressed up and all the hubby could concentrate on was when I would be home and if there were going to be boys there! Glad you were able to get out and exercise physically and socially! So good for us mamas!

  12. Meghan says:

    Wagon Wheel. Such a good one. ♥

  13. nic says:

    you are an inspiration. (in a purely theoretical sense, not in a i’m going to brave the subzero temps and run five miles sense. just so we’re clear.)

    ps your daughter has impeccable humor–clearly genetic.


  14. Who makes that double stroller? looks like a good one?

  15. Becky says:

    You and I are the same page. Pushing a little harder exercising. We can do it!

  16. Jacqui says:

    Congrats to Andy!

  17. Tina says:


    Isn’t it amazing how revitalized you feel after a good night out with some of your most special and wonderful girlfriends? Don’t get me wrong, my husband and kids are pretty great… but sometimes it’s just really healing to get out of the house and be ridiculous with the ladies.

    One of these days, I wanna learn to play guitar….

  18. Terri Holt says:


    What a great way to start my Monday…..the party sounded like a blast! I too am so thankful for my girl friends, there are a few who I have known for over 40 years! They still have my back & I theirs… I love the beauty of friendship.


  19. KWQR says:

    Oh how I am hungry for a night like that with my home-girls. Way overdue in that department. Love the ski date too… burning legs, ski boot feet & the way the cold wind makes you feel so alive as you woosh down the mountain. Love it!

  20. Anonymous says:

    Hugo says yes, yes, YES to tomorrow AND yesterday! Another fun, vibrant post, as always. :)

  21. Melina says:

    I love this blog, and I’m so glad you and Andy got a ski date! Isn’t it amazing how one day of cold, stinging wind and powder can refresh you after weeks and weeks of work, chores, commutes, and bad sleep? That’s what I’ve discovered, anyway. All that fresh and cold and lactic acid just cuts right through everything else that’s built up.
    Good for you for getting out and kicking butt!

  22. Krystal says:

    Wanted to let you know about the P&T stroller recall…seems like a simple fix though ;)

  23. Jennifer says:

    I loved your matching shirt to the stroller! LOL I would have done the same, though I would have on purpose! Love how Margot narrates! Record it someday for us. She is a cutie!

    I need a girls night and a date night and so on and on….


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