Tuesday, March 4, 2008


26 days (2 of them in the air)...
If I was Eileen I would have packed 65 shirts, 75 shorts, 4 shoes, 18 sports bras, 91 under wears, a thong (she has too... long story...), and probably 9 dresses. Something like that. She is packing for me (everyone needs a friend like that)

This is what I packed- One Kainoa Wee

Oh, and a whole bunch of dehydrated kiwi's, apples, and bananas! (can't forget them!)

Today is going much better. The idea of leaving Kainoa is just insane! Next trip he is coming! Jim won't like that... but it will be a fun mother/son trip! I am so thankful for all the support, prayers, and awesome cheer up emails! You guys totally rock! 1 more day till blast off! I will be sure to post some photos and updates...



Blogger Mel said...

I think you need a BIGGER suitcase..If you think you are going to pull the kid in the suit case trick :) He is too cute!!!

Stay strong my little Wee buddy:)

March 4, 2008 at 5:37 PM

Blogger alison said...

quick warning...put the food stuff in your check-thru suitcase. i've tried to carry food on the plane before and had it confiscated, maybe it was too close to a liquid or something but i was super annoyed. not sure what they would think to find a little boy in your check-on bag! Have fun..get even faster~!

March 4, 2008 at 6:09 PM

Blogger Eileen Swanson said...

HAHAHAHA! Yup, you know me sis ;-) Reid had to help me pack and get rid of 40 outfits ;-0 AAHAHAHAHA!

Love you tons.... oh yea, I remember when we were surfing and that dude cut you off and I almost punched him out for ya.....


March 4, 2008 at 6:41 PM

Blogger Brooke Myers said...

So adorable... I miss you already Bree.. Can you take me too please???
j/k I have to stay here and keep busy...
Do not worry I will make sure to visit him while you are gone.. We will have an Auntie and Kainoa day....

March 4, 2008 at 7:44 PM

Blogger kerrie said...

have a great trip and make the most of it! what a tough decision....i know that it is going to be really hard for you(especially you!!!) and your family- but chasing dreams is never easy!

that being said, if at any point it doesn't feel "right", i know that your family will welcome you home at anytime :). i just wanted to say that since nobody had mentioned that- and give you "permission" to return if you felt you needed to - just take it one day at a time and see how it goes.... it is definately going to be a journey!

March 4, 2008 at 7:54 PM

Blogger Eileen Swanson said...

OMG Wee, I am still more outfit for you ;-)



March 4, 2008 at 8:19 PM

Blogger Marni said...

too cute! Have a safe trip. take LOTS of pics!!!

March 4, 2008 at 11:51 PM

Blogger TB said...

Train hard, stay focused and have fun.

Glad to see your spirits are higher.

Look forward to reading your daily routine.

March 5, 2008 at 1:42 AM

Blogger Beth said...

Good luck Bree!!! Can't wait to hear all about it!

March 5, 2008 at 2:07 AM

Blogger Pedergraham said...

Ummm, Kainoa is so darn cute. Lelia saw him in the suitcase and has invited him here to VT for a three week playdate. She was feeling very "generous" because she said he could even play with her dollies and My Little Ponies. If he's smart, though, he'll fly on over the Wlad household where Kerrie will make candy sushi for him and send him home with a few pairs of knit-to-order pants! He could teach Wolfgang how to surf...
We will all be cheering you and Eileen (and her outfits) on from here.

March 5, 2008 at 2:35 AM

Blogger Katie Weaver-Jongerius said...

Ssssooooo adorable! He will be happy to hug and kiss his Super Mommy when she gets back.

Be strong, train can do it Bree. We ALL believe in you...especially Jim and Kainoa!!!

March 5, 2008 at 3:19 AM

Blogger Bob Mitera said...

Bring it!

One month of hard work that will re-define your life.

The year we got married I was in 40 cities in 4.5 months working; while training for Kona. The appreciation I have for my wife great 100x.

March 5, 2008 at 3:21 AM

Blogger Bob Mitera said...

grew 100x...good thing English is my mother tongue.

March 5, 2008 at 3:22 AM

Blogger Trigirlpink said...

hummmmm deydrated fruit. I'm coming over there and you can detox me for a week or 2..or 3 and set me on the straight and narrow. I wonder how long I'd last without a Diet Coke? I got the low down on the juicer thing and where to get it. It's on the list for the weekend to do list. Bree Bread and a are INFLUENCING me and that's hard to do! Good on ya!I had a patient yesterday from Australia and I showed her where you are going. "BEAUTIFUL PLACE" she said!
Safe trip and take goofy fun pix.

March 5, 2008 at 4:02 AM

Blogger Marit Chrislock-Lauterbach said...

Okay Bree - you're up! I hope that you guys all have a BLAST!!! Yippeeeee! Very cute pictures - and its OKAY to feel like crap. We ALL do... and now YOU get to go on a fantastic adventure. Safe flight, have fun, train hard, eat good food, and live every day to the fullest. I'll be thinking of you on my long rides! AND take plenty of pictures.

PS - If Kiona wants a fat grey cat to keep him company, I've got just the one ;)

March 5, 2008 at 4:58 AM

Anonymous Naughty said...

Train, eat, sleep, train, eat, sleep........and being in the full time company with very, very like minded an athlete this is golden.......keep us posted on the journey and we will miss you in Kona:-) XOXO Naughty

March 5, 2008 at 5:29 AM

Blogger Eileen Swanson said...

Wee, it's E! I have a good one...remember when we did splash n dash 2 years ago and I tied your shoes together. HAHAHAHAHA! See you VERY VERY VERY SOON! Luv ya!

March 5, 2008 at 5:49 AM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

it was so cool to see your picture in the triathlete magazine holding your little guy. congratulations on the ironman ... that is sooo awesome!!!
their are about 15 alaskans coming down to do the lavaman ... i wanted to join them but my baby girl still needs mommy. (her name is kailee ... i spelled it that way because of kailua kona.) good luck and i hope i
get to see you next year. we are proud of you.
the runner from alaska

March 16, 2008 at 4:35 AM


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