Category Archives: Family

Yes, I’m a bit of a nerd. However, I’m not too bad looking, I’m smart, I work out and I managed to marry a beautiful woman! This is where I talk about all things related to family, parenting, and relationships. I also write occasionally about my faith and dealing with divorce because blended families are a fact of life. You will sometimes see crossover here with other categories.

LEGO Master Builder Academy Set #20200 MBA Space Designer Kit 1

I have been playing with Legos for a long time, but I was never able to design my own stuff that was anywhere near as cool as the kits I bought or the things I saw that were built by official Lego Master Builders.  So I was shopping at the Bellevue Lego Store a couple of months ago when I stumbled upon the Lego Master Builder Academy Kit 1 and holy cow! This thing is cool! First of all it has plans for three space ships (And a jetpack for the limited edition minifigure)  included in the box of parts making it a good value already but more importantly the book includes detailed instructions with tips from Lego Master Builders on things like locking and sideways building. If that wasn’t enough it also includes instructions for building several more models online as well as access to cool videos and tips from real Lego Master builders and an online community to share your creations.

Here are some pictures of ships I built with kit 1:

Lego Master Builder Kit 1 SpaceshipLego Master Builder Kit 1 SpaceshipLego Master Builder Kit 1 SpaceshipLego Master Builder Kit 1 RocketLego Master Builder Kit 1 Rocket with Alien Encounters Tripod WalkerLego Master Builder Kit 1 SpaceshipLego Master Builder Kit 1 SpaceshipLego Master Builder Academy Kit 1 Minifigure with Jetpack

The Master Builder Academy also has an option to subscribe to a service that will send you the next 7 Lego MBA kits (Micro Building, Robots, Flight, Creatures, Auto, Adventure, and Outdoor Adventure. Each of these kits will build on the skills used in the kits before it teaching you new building styles and expanding what you though was possible with Lego bricks.

I am a BIG fan of this kit. I learned a lot about building and how to use some of the specialty bricks in new ways and I had a great time building with my wife and daughters. As you can see in the background of some of the pictures we build together and I feel like this gives us a lot of quality time together many families are looking for. So if you are looking for something do that will pull the family together and is also educational give Lego a GO! I’ll make sure to include updates to this post as I complete the optional online builds.

 

-Brad

Day 16 – LSD Run With Sophia

Today was the first time I have let Sophia go with me for a Long Slow Distance (LSD) run with me. She has been such a trooper with runs up to 3 miles that I though we could head out for 5 and see how she did. If it got to bad we could always call mom to come get her right? So, out the door we go… I was keeping her speed in check knowing we had a LONG ways to go today. Sophia was REALLY excited about running all the way to the fruit stand as as I plodded along she was racing all over the place hopping over logs and playing. About 2 miles in she fell on her bum, and we had a short break while I convinced her this wasn’t the end of the world and we talked about how important it is to be careful and pay attention when you train if you don’t want to get hurt. After about 2 minutes she was off again with no complaints. At the turn around point she was still going strong so we kicked up the pace a bit… and headed home. I feel bad because I accidentally turned in towards the house at my 3 mile turn shaving .7 off and hosing her out of her first 5 miler. 🙁 Still, she got 4.25 miles in, she had a ton of fun and went out to play while dad showered and relaxed! I am kind of curious how far she will run before she complains even a little bit at this point. today she really did slow me down a bit, but my knees and back are hurting a bit so I think it was good to slow down and just have fun. Next week will be an early recovery week to give my body some time to heal after 16 consecutive days. Overall I feel fantastic, but I also know I am going to hit a wall if I don’t slow down and rest. A normal training cycle would be 3 weeks on 1 week recovery, but since I am still adjusting I am going to do a couple 2 week on and 1 week cycles to make sure I get enough rest and recovery time. All my runs next week will be 1-2 miles and I’ll be focusing on nutrition and stretching. 🙂

 

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Day 15 – The Great Trash Run of 2011

After a long week I was ready for a short fast run. Sophia and I suited up and headed out the door at a fairly good pace. However, less that 100 yards from the house she stopped to pick up a piece of trash and told me all about how bad littering was. I applauded her commitment to the environment and encouraged her to continue on. About 15 paces later she found a Wal-Mart bag and I knew it was all over… from that point on we both stopped to pick up everything we found around our 1 mile loop. I was a bit annoyed at first because I was ready to run, but her saving the earth song brought a smile to my face… I wonder how much nicer everything would look if everyone who ran took a day a month and picked up their usual loop? Mine looks pretty good right now!

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Day 14 – 3 miles with Sophia!

I know I go on and on about this, but I can’t tell you how much I enjoy running with Sophia. We really have a LOT of fun and she may slow me down sometimes, but this early in the game it is more important that I get out regular than it is to be fast or log a ton of miles.

Today we ran down the Centennial Trail. I usually run on a short flat section of this trail right in front of my house, but today we drove down to the big trail head and took a different route for a little variety. Walking in the forest was a lot of fun, because it was a cool teaching opportunity for us as we discovered new birds and plants. We also had a great conversation about cougars because of the big orange warning sign. This route had a much bigger hill that slowly climbed 390 feet over about a mile. It’s not a huge hill, but it is LONG and steady. It was nice to get a change-up from the short steep hills around my neighborhood. the details are below:

Day 12 – Running with my 6 year old!

Today was an exhausting day… All week has been building to an operational review with the company COO. As I sure anyone knows this type of thing causes a lot of stress. Things went ok for me all things considered, and it is a BIG relief to not have to think about it any more. I swear when I left the office at 6:30 I was about to fall asleep at my desk as a few days of stress and sleep deprivation have started to catch up with me. On the positive side, when I got home at 7PM I was greeted by Sophia who was rip-roaring to get out of the house and run. Mom was leery because it was 30 minutes until bed time, but she acquiesced to the request and let her go with me.

I have to say, one of the BEST things to come out of this running challenge has been the quality time I spend with my oldest daughter Sophia. Today’s workout was short, and not very fast, but we had a GREAT chat about eating healthy food and how some people go without… This lead to a talk about charitable giving, why it is important, and how we should be thankful for the many blessings we have received in our lives. We also talked about the value of education and hard work why dad is still in school and works so much. That’s a LOT of deep topics for a 6-year-old, but she was up for the task and really into the conversation. She ask good questions and had a lot of solid input. I don’t think enough parents get to spend this kind of time with their kids and it makes me happy she is so excited to get it. I dread the day she becomes too cool for me; but I am happy to know I have had so much quality time like this to help prepare her to make good decisions as an adult. I have a belief that our job as parents isn’t just to get our kids to 18 and out of the house, but to get them to act like adults and prepare them to take care of themselves because someday I wont be there to solve all her problems. Anyways, this is a running blog, so enough of the parenting philosophy… except to say if you don’t run with your kids try it. Its awesome! 🙂

Here are the details of todays workout:

Day 8 – Another workout with Sophia!

Today was a good day… After a very busy week today I got some good rest! The day started with breakfast with some friends at The Buzz Inn Steak House. I had eggs benidict that fore some reason I was able to tolerate quite well. I got home, played some games for a bit and did a little reading. The the entire family went shopping for dinner and some new running shorts. I had a bean burrito for lunch, and a few hours later went for a nice fast walk run with Sophia through the hills in the neighborhood. We had an awesome time and spent most of the time talking and goofing off. Its nice to enjoy time with my children and still get a good calorie burn, and I was excited to hear sophia wants to run track. At 6 this is a ways off, but she knows what training is, and seems to be taking her new goal quite seriusly!

For dinner I made an awesome stir-fry with chicken, tofu, red cabbage, spinich, carrots, broccoli, onions, garlic, water chestnuts, and bamboo shoots. Krisy had hers chicken free, but the girls and I ate the meat version. Awesome stuff and lots of good nutrition in there! 🙂

Here are todays run results:

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Day 2 – Running with Sophia

The server crashed last night and I lost all the data associated with the site except yesterdays post,  so I am playing catch-up to get all my runs logged here. Whenever you start something new there are always bumps in the road, so I am just rolling with it. I changed the app I was using to track my runs from Runkeeper to Runtastic. So far I am very impressed with the Runtastic app for the iPhone and am especially happy because they have blog widgets to share my stats. It also has a cool feature that lets people cheer you on while you are running by clicking a link that appears on your Facebook wall while you are running.

Anyways… Todays run was with Sophia my 6-year-old. We didn’t set any world records, but that’s not the point at this stage of the game. all I am trying to do right now is get in the habit, have a good time, and get the body used to running daily. Most importantly, Sophia had a GREAT time!

 

April 10th run details with Sophia.

 

 

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