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Tuesday, August 30, 2016

It's Ok August 30, 2016


...that I wrote this post in the evening. 

...that because of Alan being out of town so much the last couple of weeks I have run three times in almost three weeks. I'm only slightly terrified of how I'm going to run two half marathons in just over a month. 

...that now that the Olympics are over, I've been at a loss as what to watch on tv. 

...that I had my first ever semi-professional massage yesterday. The local Ivy Tech campus has a free massage clinic where the students work on you. Free massage? Sign me up please!

...that even though we're not going to the lake over Labor Day, I'm glad we're getting out of town for the weekend regardless. 

What's ok with you this week?

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

What You've Missed This Summer

Since for all intents and purposes, summer is over now that the kids are in school. Don't even get me started on how this is so wrong considering Labor Day is the true unofficial end of summer... I thought I would catch you up on some of the things you have missed over the last few months. 

Ewan graduated Pre-k.

 He also played tball. 

 We got a dog!

 The kids did a Hogwarts summer program. 

 And we had fun at the lake!

What all did you do this summer?


Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Freeman Lake 10k

Friday night I drove to Elizabethtown, Kentucky to run a 10k trail race with one of my good friends. I ran the Anthem 5k and the Healthcare Classic 5k with her and when she asked me if I would run her first 10k with her, I was honored to do so. She's where I was last year in my running and I remember how nice it would've been to have someone out there running with and supporting me. If I can, I will gladly go and support her. 

When I arrived at her house Friday night, I found this in the guest room. She is such a sweet friend!


We started the race faster than I anticipated and when Mary asked me how fast we were going, she was shocked that we were running a 10:20 mile. We slowed down to her normal pace once we hit the trail portion and did a combination of walking and running to the turn around at the end of the dam. The race was an out and back so we were running single file for some of it as people were coming back and try as hard as I could, I wound up getting ahead of her at several points during the race. 


On the way back, I could tell she was really struggling and I was doing my best to get her to the finish. When we reached the point where the 10k and 5k split, we weren't entirely sure that we went the right way because the arrow that had been spray painted on the dirt was a little fuzzy from everyone running on it. So I just went the way we had come and hoped for the best. I was ahead of her at this point but I was counting off the miles as we hit them. When we were at mile 5 I told her that if she could run the majority of the rest of the race, she would finish under 1:40. Her PR was 1:48 and some change so I knew this would be huge for her. 

Right before we hit 6 miles, I stopped and waited for her because I was there to run with her and we were going to finish together. The race was actually 6.5 miles instead of 6.2, so we ran the last half mile together. And with about 0.25 mi to go, her family found us and had a sign cheering her on. 


That definitely bolstered her and we ran hard to the finish. Even though it was a little longer than a 10k, she shaved three minutes off her 10k and if you go by the actual 10k distance, she actually shaved almost 10 minutes off her time. I am so proud of her! We are going to totally kick butt during the Urban Bourbon in October. 

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

It's OK August 16, 2016


...that I watched synchronized swimming during the Olympics for the first time and I'm a little disturbed by it. Something about it just freaks me out. 

...that Alan is out of town for the next two weeks.

...that it's supposed to rain every day this week, which makes it interesting to take the dog out because she hates water!

...that speaking of the dog, we discovered that she has been peeing on our rugs in the living room and dining room. We've tried to get the smell out but we're pretty sure that we're going to have to trash them. We let her out a bajillion times when we're home and I run with her everyday so we're not sure what to do to get her to stop.

...that Ewan is almost finished with his August optional homework and it's only the second week of school. #mommyisanoverachiever

...that I'm sharing this offer from the Ohio Renaissance Festival with you. Get $4 off Adult and $2 off Child tickets by using Promo Code "castle" when purchasing at www.renfestival.com. Tickets good any day of the 2016 season (Saturdays, Sundays, and Labor Day Sept 3 - Oct 23). Online only and not good with any other offer. I have loved going to the Renaissance fair ever since I first went in the 8th grade. We are planning on going here in a few weeks and I cannot wait!


What's ok with you this week?

Monday, August 15, 2016

$10 at Target - August

For this month's challenge, I completed mine a little early. I was on my way to see Coldplay and I needed a small bag or wristlet for the concert. I used to have a ton of little purses but we got rid of them once I got my mom purse. So, I ran into Target to see what I could find. 

I was able to find a wristlet to hold my phone, id, debit card and some cash on clearance for under $4 and then I quickly looked around for a few other things. I grabbed some clearance nail polish and then a Coke Zero and some Sun Cups for the road.


The people in front of me and the cashier probably thought I was nuts for taking a photo on the conveyor belt.

Grand total: $10.42 I thought I was under, but the tax got me. Oops!

But, I had an awesome time at Coldplay!

Sweet Turtle Soup

Thursday, August 11, 2016

Cecily's First Day of Preschool

Today my baby girl, my best friend, my Little Sheriff started preschool. Ewan starting preschool and kindergarten was hard, but this was much much harder. Because she's my youngest. 

 

Poor girl has witnessed Ewan's first day and not been able to have her own. When we filled out her board the night before you could just feel how excited and happy she was for it to finally be her turn. She held my hand and just walked on in and started playing. In true Cecily fashion, she immediately started taking charge. Unlike her brother, she ran back for a hug before we left. 


This mama on the other hand. Well, she's had a rough day. The car just seemed so empty without her in it. I cried the entire way to work and then I got teary eyed anytime I thought about her during the day. Which was pretty much all day long. Thankfully the day went by quickly because I couldn't wait to hear all about her day. 

I just can't believe that my babies are so big.

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

The Kids Behind the Blog - Back to School Edition

I meant to ask Ewan these questions since he started school Monday, but he's been wiped every night and is already asleep! So, it's Cecily's turn this month afterall. I asked her these questions about her daycare teacher.


1. What was your favorite thing you did over the summer?
Play with a beach ball.

2. What’s your favorite thing to learn about at school?
Werewolfs at Hogwarts summer camp maybe?

3. Who is your best friend from school?
Adalee

4. What do you want be when you grow up?
A pumpkin ghost because Halloween is her favorite holiday

5. What is your least favorite thing about school?
Miss Ann taught us not to throw toys. I think that this is probably a good thing haha.

 

Tuesday, August 9, 2016

It's Ok August 9, 2016


...that I read Harry Potter and the Cursed Child last week and was really disappointed. It totally felt like fan fiction. Oh wait, it is because J.K. didn't write it!

...that Cecily starts preschool in two days.

...that I'm not ok with both of my babies starting school!

...that I'm really enjoying watching the Olympics every night.

...that my friend talked me into running a 10k trail race with her this weekend. We shall see how it goes!

What's ok with you this week?

Monday, August 8, 2016

First Day of Kindergarten

This morning I dropped off my baby boy for his first day of kindergarten.


When did this kid get so big?! It seems like just yesterday he was my little Captain Crankypants, my baby boy I could fit on one arm. 

He was so excited this morning and already didn't want us to embarrass him. He was all about taking photos at home, but no sir, not at school. He told us last night that we couldn't take his picture or give him a hug at school. I totally didn't expect that until a couple years from now. I did manage to get a photo of him at school, but not in front of his classroom. Only where no one could see him and he wasn't happy about it. 


Just like he did his first day of preschool, he took his teacher's hand and walked on up to his classmates, out into the world. He didn't even say goodbye. I wanted to stay for a bit, but Alan told me it's time to go, to let him go. 

You better believe I cried my eyes out as soon as he was out of sight. And all the way to the car and to take Cecily to daycare. I'm completely useless at work today because he's all I can think about. What I would give to be a fly on the wall in his classroom. Is he having a good day? Is he making friends? How is his teacher? I can't wait to go pick him up and hear all about his first day. Hopefully. He doesn't usually tell us what all he does in school during the day. I have been stalking his class website all day in the hopes that his teacher will post what they've been up to. I know that that probably won't happen the first day, but I can dream, right?

Today has been a very emotional day for me and I'm just counting down to 5 so I can pick up my boy. Because even though he's a big kindergartener now, he is still my baby. 

Sunday, August 7, 2016

What Was I Thinking?

Saturday I ran the YMCA 10k here in Evansville. It's one of the warm up races leading to the half marathon and one I was looking forward to running. In one of the running groups I'm in on Facebook, a bunch of us are doing this thing called #getyourPR where you pick a distance and a time goal to work toward this summer. I set my current 10k PR during the River Run in May and was hoping to shave off a couple more minutes. 

It's been crazy hot here and I really didn't have any desire to run in the nasty heat and humidity, even though it was supposed to be a little cooler. The morning of the race I woke up and felt off. Sure enough, I wound up throwing up before we left the house. I woke up hungry and didn't eat soon enough so of course I got sick. I was torn between not going at all and just doing a run/walk. At this point it was going to be what it was and I wasn't even worried about going for a PR. I decided to do the race since I did pay for it and it was just as horrible as I thought it would be.

I did a run/walk and for the first two miles I was fighting the urge. Once we got away from the riverfront it was awful. There was no shade or breeze on the highway and it was just so HOT. I finished in 1:26:01 - six minutes over the slowest I wanted to go.


I guess if there is a bright side, it's that my average pace was still faster than what I did the Evansville Half Marathon last fall. So my work on getting faster is doing something.

But honestly, I really had no business doing this race with how I felt. I really don't know what I was thinking.

Tuesday, August 2, 2016

It's Ok August 2, 2016





...that I'm in denial that it's August. Ewan may be excited and ready for Kindergarten, but Mommy so is not.

...that it has rained almost everyday for the past two weeks. So over it!

...that I'm determined to get to 500 km by the end of August in this running challenge I'm doing this year. The challenge is to run 1000 km in a year. I don't think I'm going to make it to 1000 but I do want to hit 700 so I need to get on it!

...that our dog got into the kids' rooms while they were sleeping last week and chewed the faces off a bunch of their stuffed animals, including one of my favorites from when I was a kid. My uncle gave me an Indianapolis 500 bear when I had the chicken pox in first grade and it quickly became one of my favorites. Ewan was not the only one that had tears.

...that I feel like no matter how much sleep I get, it's never enough. Maybe I'm still catching up from the Coldplay concert last week, but I am so exhausted. I feel like I could sleep for a week and still not be rested.

What's ok with you this week?
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