Thursday, September 25, 2014

Thanksgiving Thursday


For those of you that don't know what Thanksgiving Thursday is, it is the one time during the week where you stop and basically count your blessings. Even if you've had one of those weeks, I promise you can find at least one thing to be thankful for, no matter how big or small.

This week I am thankful for:

  • Scott and all that he does. Seriously do not know what I would do without him.
  • Aaron and his excitement.
  • Jillian and her new love of reading.
  • Family all around us.
  • Nights at the ball field.
  • Sing-a-longs in the car on our way to school.
  • Rainy Saturday mornings (every once in a while) that force you to sleep in.
  • Coffee...lots and lots of coffee.
What are you thankful for this week?

Monday, September 22, 2014

I'm Half Crazy

I'm in full on half marathon training...again. The difference is that I'm running more than one this race season (currently two, but possibly 4). I know! I'm clearly half crazy (see what I did there?).

Another difference is that Scott is running one of the races with me! I am so excited to see him complete his first half marathon. I remember the first time he crossed a finish line and the pride in his face. Amplify that by a million and that is what he will be like when he crosses the finish line in his first half marathon.

What else am I doing different this year? Well, to be honest, I'm taking it seriously. I'm eating right (says the girl who had a slice of cookies and cream birthday cake today), doing strength training and really focusing on consistency in my running. I am really hoping this is the season I come in sub 3 hours.

So am I saying I didn't take the other 4 half marathons seriously? Well, kinda. I mean I trained, but not really. Last year was the first year that I really applied myself and I hit the mark that I wanted to hit, so now it's about crushing that.

What else is this about? Ultimately, it's about being a role model for my kids. Ever since I really started running more than just a couple of races a year, the kiddos have been in to running as well. Jill wants to run all the time with me and our goal is to do one race as a family this year. I cannot wait for the four of us to cross a finish line together.

Are you a runner? Do you have any training tips that you want to share with me? I'm all ears!

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Thanksgiving Thursday


For those of you that don't know what Thanksgiving Thursday is, it is the one time during the week where you stop and basically count your blessings. Even if you've had one of those weeks, I promise you can find at least one thing to be thankful for, no matter how big or small.

This week I am thankful for:

  • Scott and all his help juggling the insanity that has become our weeknights.
  • Aaron and the joy that he is getting from baseball.
  • Jillian who has proven to be Aaron's biggest cheerleader.
  • Family all around us.
  • Friends that are like family.
  • The clarity that comes with running.
  • Quite possibly the best boss I have ever had in my life. I'm glad I was able to experience one month under his leadership.
  • What feels like the start of fall.
What are you thankful for this week?


Sunday, September 14, 2014

"What do you mean the ride is closed?!"

We had another busy week and weekend. Scott and I finished our summer running series this weekend and Michelle joined us.

Scott ran with me and it's been a few weeks since he ran. Friday night I asked him what his goal time was and he said he wanted to beat his previous time of 38:38, so that was what I worked with. I may have pushed him at points and he may have cursed me in his mind a few times, but we beat the time by a few seconds. He was even smiling at the end, see.

Michelle came in a few seconds behind us and I like to think that she was mentally thanking me for taking her on the course a few weeks before. That course was no joke. The first mile had four hills in it with the final hill being more of a mountain.

Oh, and take a look at my bib number. Not that I'm superstitious or anything, but uh...yeah I was a little nervous about that running with that number.

After the morning run and all of the normal Saturday errands, we went to Magic Kingdom for the afternoon/evening. I rewarded all of my hard half-marathon training with the most delicious strawberry shortcake sundae I have
ever laid eyes on. I would like to personally thank the person in front of us who ordered it because it encouraged me to follow suit. Seriously, look at that mound of deliciousness!

We were able to score some Fastpasses and go on a few rides without really having to wait. I would like to point out that one of the rides we walked right on to was Carousel of Progress at the kiddos request. Only my 6-year-olds would want to go on that ride.

We also took a ride on the other carousel. The funniest thing of the day happened while we were waiting in line for the ride. Jill mentioned that she wanted to go on the Snow White ride, so I asked if she meant the mine train and she said no, the Snow White ride. She then pointed to where the ride used to be like 2 years ago. I told her it wasn't there anymore and she said, "What do you mean it's not there anymore?!" I told her it was a princess meet and greet now. "I don't want to see any princesses! I want to ride Snow White!" I'm still trying to figure out where she has been for the last 2 years.

But, speaking of the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train...the line said 70 minutes almost every time that we went past it. We finally bit the bullet (after a mandatory potty break, because Lord knows I was not getting out of that line for anything) and jumped in line. We were in like for maybe 10 minutes before Jill had a "stomachache" and couldn't ride. The moment she stepped out of line with Scott she wanted to go on another ride. I think it was straight nerves. Aaron and I toughed out the line (only 50 minutes) and had a total blast. He was nervous when we got in the car and then literally screamed from the moment we took off to the moment we were back in the loading area. He even went on it again with Scott (who scored a handy dandy rider switch pass).


After the mine train, we all walked on to the speedway. Aaron chauffeured me and Scott took Jill around the track. Thankfully, I am not suffering from whiplash.

We managed to sneak out after the parade and before the fireworks, so it was a minimal wait to get home. We could not have planned that any better.

I'm loving these moments of fun during the hustle and bustle of daily life. We are definitely lucky and I am beyond thankful.

I hope you had a wonderful fun-filled weekend, too!

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Thanksgiving Thursday


For those of you that don't know what Thanksgiving Thursday is, it is the one time during the week where you stop and basically count your blessings. Even if you've had one of those weeks, I promise you can find at least one thing to be thankful for, no matter how big or small.

This week I am thankful for:

  • Scott and all that he does for us.
  • Aaron and his enthusiasm.
  • Jillian and her constant cuddles.
  • Family all around us.
  • Coffee and lots of it.
  • Long runs on my Saturday mornings with the bestie.
  • Sparkle mail.
  • What could have been a really awful situation being absolutely nothing at all. 
It's been quiet on the blog lately because we have been so busy. More to come soon, I promise!

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Thanksgiving Thursday


For those of you that don't know what Thanksgiving Thursday is, it is the one time during the week where you stop and basically count your blessings. Even if you've had one of those weeks, I promise you can find at least one thing to be thankful for, no matter how big or small.

This week I am thankful for:

  • Scott who somehow manages to juggle all of this right along with me. Trust me, there is a lot of calendar invites to make all of this chaos work.
  • Aaron who is so excited about baseball and is giving it his all.
  • Jillian and our evening chats. Sometimes there is nothing better than curling up and chatting with your little lady.
  • Family all around us.
  • Long runs with my bestie that don't feel like long runs.
  • Being able to meet up with family over the weekend.
  • Three day weekends spent poolside.
  • Coffee that is ready when I walk in the door in the morning. It's the little things people.
  • Peanut Butter. Do I really need a reason for that one?
What are you thankful for this week?

Monday, September 1, 2014

Holiday Weekends: Pools, Cheesecakes and Irish Pubs

I don't know about you, but I love a good long weekend. I actually was able to scoot out of work early on Friday, which made it an even longer weekend.

Friday night I met up with my friends Jesi and Amy. I haven't seen them in a month and it was a long overdue girls night complete with cheesecake.

That counts as carb loading before a long run, right?

It was so fantastic to have a moment to catch up with my girls. I cannot wait to have our next girls night/outing.

Saturday morning, as I eluded to, included a long run. I have a half marathon coming up at the end of October and it's definitely approaching a lot faster than I expected.

I have been upping my game in the training department. I really want to crush my best time (3:18) and ultimately come in sub 3 hours. I'm back on my 3-4 runs a week, cross training with walking on inclines and doing strength training. It's a lot and I'm really lucky to have an awesome support system. Now if we could just work on the humidity...

Saturday wasn't just about my long run, it also included an afternoon with Alex and Jenna. I'm so excited that Alex is stationed closer to us and cannot wait for more visits (you know, after those pesky deployments).

We had lunch at Raglan Road over at Downtown Disney. I love this restaurant, it's seriously one of my favorites.

The kiddos were pretty much attached to Alex and Jenna the entire time. Aaron even drew Alex a picture. .

The rest of the weekend was pretty much spent poolside. It's a tough life, isn't it?

I hope you are having a fantastic holiday weekend!

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