Joining the Circus?

Last Saturday Sarah and I spent our afternoon goofing around with a bunch of our fellow crossfitters. Our gym (Crossfit Works) rented a few hours of workout time at Gymnastics World in Tucson and we had a blast!

The skilled instructors led us through a long warm-up with stretching, tumbling, cartwheeling, jumping, and generally throwing ourselves around like 10 year olds :)
After the warm-up we were allowed to try any equipment we liked in the gym. Sarah headed right for the super-bouncy trampoline. She developed a mini workout of sorts and then moved on to some aerial stunts. Most of which (I apologize) were not captured on film. All of them were pretty sweet though!

I went swinging on the rings and then the bar. Below where I'm swinging there is a deep pit filled with foam cubes to absorb falls you take while attempting flips and whatnot. The fall into the pit was quite fun too!

Almost everyone spent some time learning the mechanics of hand springs, and while only two or so of our group actually landed any we all had a lot of laughs while trying!
The experience was a great rare treat. I think we were all sore in new places for the next few days:) Thank you to our coach Jenn for organizing the outing!

First Week With Our Puppy Girl Burren

Paul and I picked up Miss Burren from our breeder in Phoenix Saturday morning (after a nice visit to Paul's cousins, Eric, Casey and their two month old baby, Jackson). It was a morning filled with a baby and a puppy and I was not complaining. Burren was seven and a half weeks old when we got her. She is everything you'd imagine a puppy to be - soft, sweet, curious, sleepy, shy and floppy. She weighs about ten pounds and is around ten inches tall. We have devoted our weekend to her constant supervision and care. Quite the doting parents, we've focused on playing, eating, sleeping and of course - potty training. There have been only a few small tinkles inside and thankfully ALL poops outside (is that an overshare?)! Today we took Burren for a walk/carry on the bike path along our apartment and sat with her while we took in the sights of the farmers market down the road. There was a lot to see and take in so she was perfectly content sitting in our laps, watching the show. This afternoon we had fun playing tennis, just the two of us, while Burren napped in her crate. When she woke up we took her to the courts to run around off-leash and start to get the hang of chasing us around, which she is already quite good at! We are having so much fun so far and look forward to the joy and pride continuing to grow.

Sarah, Suz and Mel came to visit!

We just had a wonderful weekend spending time with some of my best friends, Melissa, Sarah and Suzanne. Suzanne was the first to arrive on Thursday afternoon. She rode over with Paul to pick me up from work. She got a sneak peak into my classroom and met some of my most charming and energetic munchkins. That evening we made a delicious pizza (mushrooms, peppers, onions, tomato and spicy ground turkey). After dinner Suz and I drove to pick up Sarah from the airport. We made it to bed around 12:30am without really waking Paul up. Friday morning Paul and I made breakfast. Afterwards us ladies went out for a long walk along the river path behind our apartment while Paul finished up some work. When he was done the four of us drove down to 4th Avenue for some window shopping, thrift store browsing, people watching, and outdoor patio noshing. We sat by the pool to read and sunbathe for a few before picking up Melissa on Friday evening. The 5 of us had a scrumptious tapas meal of lots of little plates including stuffed mushrooms, shrimp, chorizo, home-made cheese, and squash raviolis. We had a very fun evening out (back at 4th Ave) full of lots of dancing and lots of laughs. Saturday we enjoyed a relaxing and beautiful hike in Sabino Canyon before an afternoon of more sunning and pooling. We went to dinner at a fancy Mexican place and had another fun dance-filled night out. Sunday we had to say goodbye 'till next time. I love you girls.