Friday, May 1, 2015

Taking Stock: Spring 2015

Spring 2015

making: no-bake cookies
cooking: old standbys – pork loin, tacos, pot roast
drinking: Nuun
reading: a few good books, but nothing mind-blowing
wanting: warmer days
looking: at the green haze on the bare trees – leaves are budding
playing: the new Colbie Caillat album
wasting: an entire week while sick
sewing: nothing wishing: time would slow
enjoying: longer days
waiting: for school to be over – only a few more weeks
liking: our new Casper mattress
wondering: if the girls will spend the entire summer at the treehouse/creek
loving: Trigger Point foam rolling set from AMR Retreat
hoping: our church remodel is complete in time for my brother's wedding
watching: the new season of Bones
needing: to get my butt in gear and get the spring yard work done
smelling: chicken coop – big cleaning this weekend
wearing: new Birkenstock sandals
noticing: again…our girls are getting so tall
knowing: I have a summer full of training miles ahead of me
thinking: about my niece who broke her foot falling out of a tree
feeling: that poor Dana is going to have a tough few weeks
opening: windows

Fall 2014 list is here.
Summer 2014 list is here.

Monday, April 27, 2015

Monday miles

Miles two weeks ago

Miles last week

Miles in 2015

Sunday, April 26, 2015

So…what's going on?

The germs I brought back from Arkansas kicked my butt. Then they kicked Kyle's butt. So far, the girls have been spared. (Thank God!) We've spent this last week battling multiple fevers, sore throats and exhaustion. Kyle didn't get out of bed Saturday until 4pm. Yes…4pm! I haven't had a voice since Tuesday – the girls are loving that one!

Today is Sunday and the sun is shining. I so badly want to run outside, but know my lungs can't handle the cool air yet. Maybe tomorrow. Until then, I'll do my best to rest another day and take care of my mostly happy little family.

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Retreat: Run + Refresh = AMAZING!

My three days spent in Little Rock, AK for Another Mother Runner Retreat: Run + Refresh were amazing. I learned so much about running, training, and myself while doing both of those things. It was exactly where I was supposed to be last weekend. Strangely enough, I didn't take too many photos – I was too busy listening and soaking it all in. But, I did take a few quick iPhone photos that will help tell the story of my weekend…

The AMR Retreat crew
Our first run Friday morning 
Friday morning's run group
Don't worry…not really using the historic outhouse 
My new friends Rachel and Julie at
Dunbar Gardens dinner Friday night.
Dinner at Dunbar Gardens 
Saturday morning 10.5 mile trail and bridge run 
The "Big Dam Bridge"
My first bathroom "selfie!" with SBS from AMR and my new friend, Liz. 
Pre-dinner Moscow Mule. Cheers!
My team winning the "American Idol" competition Saturday night

I can't wait to put everything I learned to use. Sadly, I woke up Sunday morning with a cold, and the stupid thing won't leave!! So, until my body is back to operating at 100%, I have plenty of time to review all the information I received and notes I took for making this next chapter in my running life the best it can possibly be. Sounds a little hokey…but so true!

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Retreat: Run + Refresh

After months of working my butt off, I'm leaving for Little Rock, AK to run my butt off for a long weekend. Well…not really. Yes, I'll be running with other Mother Runners this weekend, but I'll also be spending three days with the Another Mother Runner Tribe. After our morning miles we'll gather for sessions about nutrition, speed, strength, yoga and more. We'll enjoy meals together and possibly a little shopping and museum visits.

While I'm all about running this weekend, Kyle and the girls will be working on the treehouse. I'm excited about my retreat, but I think they are more excited about the treehouse!

Have a great weekend! Gotta run…

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Not a bar

This little gem needs a bit of an explanation…

This is a Daily Language Review worksheet that came home in Josephine's folder from school this week.

In question #3 she was asked to draw the statement "Todd used the bar of soap."

Below the sentence she drew:
a circle (bar of soap) and two odd drawings, one large, one small, with an "X" through them.

She got the question wrong.

When I asked her to explain the strange drawings this is what she told me…

The circle is a bar of soap. The other drawing is a bar. "You know, Mom. It's a bar of soap, not a regular bar."

Holy crap. It's a bar – complete with bar stools and a tap handle.

Again, Kyle and I are out for 2015 "Parents of the Year."

Tuesday, April 14, 2015


Saturday afternoon, Eleanor took her first riding lesson at Uncle Phil's house. Her soon-to-be-aunt Christa was a wonderful teacher! 

Getting to know "Gris"
Learning the basics of brushing off the mud 

Doing a great job walking through the cones

Monday, April 13, 2015

Monday miles

Miles last week

Miles in 2015

Sunday, April 12, 2015

Saturday, April 11, 2015

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