A Happy Birthday and A Winner - Pampered Runner

Sometimes the best thing you can do is look back. Things are crazier than ever at work. I am stressed. I am having nightmares. But in the middle of all this I keep reflecting back to 4 years ago and I am randomly sharing my reflections with co-workers and family.

It isn't quite 4 years ago to the minute yet. I think the official time is 12:09 pm (Hawaiian time) but today marks one of the most memorable and precious days in my life. And it marks one of the reasons I wanted to host the Pampered Runner giveaway. Hang with me....I will announce the winner soon or skip to the end if you just can't wait one second longer. But what is right there in the front of my mind is that today is my darling daughter's 4th birthday. She is so excited about it not only because of her party tonight but at school she gets to wear a crown and doesn't need to wear a tag. This means, she gets to play where ever she wants. Plus, she gets to pick something out of the treasure box! Life is so sweet! She is the most amazing little girl I know (and yes, I am biased) and I am so proud to be her mom and to watch her grow up....temper tantrums and all.

C-section recovery took forever....I thought I was never going to be able to do this.

Yep, she would laugh and smile in her sleep.

Awww....one of my favorite stories to tell....how I would wrap her for bedtime

She kinda slept through her first beach day and still isn't a huge fan

Not quite 2 and telling Mommy how to cook

Turning 3 and posing a bit for the camera

Turning 4 and still my best cheerleader

I could get all sappy and tell you the million, billion, gazillion reasons I love my darling daughter so much but if you are a mom, you know. And if you are not, it is hard to explain why you will catch your child's vomit in your hands and shirt just to make her feel better. Thank goodness that doesn't happen too often. And how can you explain how each and every day she does something new to amaze you like wiggling her ears last night?! I can't do that. She had a ball trying to teach me....just push your muscles out....no mommy, you are wiggling your eyebrows, no mommy, you are wiggling your mouth. We were cracking up!

So in honor of this wonderful child's birthday, I am going to give one lucky person a Pampered Runner package. Please remember, I am not being paid by anyone to do this or to share any of the products. I am doing it out of the goodness of my heart. And don't worry, if you are not the lucky winner today, you  have another chance coming up on February 22nd. Go ahead and enter HERE.

The winner was selected randomly through Rafflecopter....

Congratulations to Jamie, From Couch to Iron Woman. Go check her blog out and she is hosting a virtual run in March to celebrate her birthday! What a huge coincidence! I can't wait to follow her journeys as she is brave enough to try to tackle an Ironman, train with her husband, and take an ice bath! Jamie, please email at lifeasarunningmom (gmail) by February 17th with your physical mailing address or I just may need to pamper someone else....but I think you may need to add some of the lavender essential oil to your baths!

Today I am grateful for:
  • My darling daughter
  • My mom's patience with me
  • Hosting a giveaway because really, through giving I find wonders....like a blog I didn't know existed!
  • Being able to party tonight! with a bunch of little ones
  • Being brave enough to run in the dark and wise enough to do so safely


  1. I saw your comment on my blog! Thank you SO much for doing this, it is really, really nice of you!

    Happy birthday to your daughter! She is really cute.

    I will go ahead and email you right now :)

  2. Happy B-day to your daughter! My daughter turns 4 on 2/18 ... I can agree with you on every aspect of why you love your child! www.dashingdiva.net

  3. Sorry about the stress and the nightmares. I hope it gets better.

    Happy birthday to you BEAUTIFUL little girl. I hope it is a wonderful and special day for both of you. Hugs!!!

  4. Awesome post. I just had to show that pic of your little chef to The Captain, too... such fun to have these memories and I know you are nervous and excited about the birthday celebrations... I just know it is going to be wonderful for you all.

    Congrats to your pampered runner!

  5. Happy Birthday to your little sweetie!

  6. Happy birthday to your little DIVA ;) oh my goodness I think she's a natural! all those little poses, you'd better get a cage for when she's a teen ;) and what a cute photo of her and you at her birth xo

  7. Happy Birthday to your young little counterpart. You are her cheerleader as much as she is yours. Live, love and enjoy! Aloha.

  8. Happy Birthday to your Darling Daughter!! Love the pics so cool to watch them grow up :) My baby girl will be 1 this month :)

  9. Belated Happy Birthday to your little one! Congratulations to Jamie!


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