Friday, June 22, 2012


After a little hiatus, I'm back linking up with Jeannett @ Life Rearranged for Insta-Friday!

Just a little glimpse of our week through the Insta-gram lens.

 My running partner and I had our longest continuous run to date. I much rather run without her, but sometimes it cannot be helped.  How excited she gets talking about our "runs" kinda makes up for the fact I have to push 45lbs. of wheel barrel jogging stroller while running that far. 

Her own little drive-in with her cozy coupe and the ipad.

 A Buggy Parade
Gotta love some of the randomness in our small town.

Celebrating with three of my favorite Dads on Dad's Day.  Yes, I made one of them handle the grill on his day of celebration, but I took care of the rest.

 At the end of my long run on Monday morning, I ran across some cheerleaders waiting on me to finish. 

 They even made a finish line for me to cross over! : )

 She stayed in this spot playing contently for over 3 hours Wednesday morning.  I won't lie and say I didn't wish we could have one of those play times at least once a day.  A mama can dream, right?

Playdough & pigtails.

After a little badgering, D finally took me up on a run. It was an "easy 3 miles" on the training plan and he did pretty good for a first time around the track, making about 2.25 miles.  We switched off each lap on who got to push the wheel barrel jogging stroller and I must say, I enjoyed that.  However, I did not enjoy running at night.  Since summer started, I've been getting up and going early before it gets too hot.  Last night as the sun was setting, it was still almost 90.  Not cool at all (literally). 
I'm actually ready for Fall this year, just for better running temps.

Our potty chart from the past few days.  She's rocking it!!! : ) 

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P.S.  When you get a moment, read Jeanett's post from Wednesday Be Kind Always.  It's one everyone needs to read for a little reminder.  Growing up with a bother who has Special Needs, I understood exactly what she is talking about.  I couldn't imagine experiencing it through a Mother's eyes.  
Go read it now, please.  
We could all use a little reminder every now and then.

Thursday, June 21, 2012


Here it is the end of another week, and I'm back again.

We've been busy this past week with those dreaded two words....potty training.

It has been a joy....not.

She's been ready for some time now, but I keep putting it off.  I wasn't ready.  When I decided I was, she decided she wasn't (that sums up our entire relationship right there).  A couple of weeks ago at her two & 1/2 year well check up, her Dr. informed me she thought she was more than ready, but being stubborn.  It's Olivia we're talking that's a shocker?  Stubborn is her middle name.

So this week, I finally buckled down and said we're doing this.  It hasn't been horrible and she's actually doing really well.  We're definitely on the "lets keep going with it" path rather than "just throw a diaper back on her" one.  It's just getting past these next couple of weeks.

My only words of advice for pt: the second day is the worst , but keep on trucking and the third will restore your faith.  Also, no child can be potty trained in one day regardless of whatever method that pinterest pin swears by. Trust me on this one.

Onto a totally different subject...

I've been struggling lately with how open we are with our lives.  Whether its through the blog, facebook, much and what should I be posting?

I'm naturally an open person.

If you ask me, I'll give you the truth. Whether its how much money we bring home a month, how much I weigh, how much we payed for our house, what I really think about the outfit you have on, or my opinion on this or that....I'll answer.  I'm not offended by pretty much any question.

Not only that, I'm one of those people who will answer a question......and then keep talking.  I'm an over sharer.  I have a sweet friend who shares this same tendency, one day we were discussing our struggle with this and she nicely described it as "I should have quit talking five minutes."  Yep, that's me.  I cannot tell you how many times I've been standing there "over sharing" with someone and Dave's standing behind them giving me the "shut it" look.

Dave and I have been having lite conversations about openness once or twice over the past few months.  After spending lots of time quietly thinking about this, I've stepped back from facebook a lot.  I do still check it daily, but I don't post as much on there as I use to.  Frankly, I've had to remove majority of my friends from my feed just because statuses got on my nerves, so fb hasn't been so interesting lately.  I'm sure many can relate.

I'm still on Instgram a lot.  I love posting random pics throughout our day for Dave or my parents to see what we're up to.  The fact its such a quick and simple way to document bits and pieces of our day, makes me love it even more.  I love going back and looking through my pics to see what we were up to six months ago.

So, that leaves the good ol'blog.

Last night at dinner, something came up about the blog and Dave's response kinda shook me.

"You cannot blog too much longer."

If you wondering where he's coming from, yes, it has to do with his job.  As his wife who is aware of the possibilities of what our future holds, I completely understand where he is coming from and what he means by it. However, there was a little part of me that was a little sad.  I know I won't blog forever, but for now its still something I enjoy.  Though lately I haven't been to good about it, I enjoy having some type scrapbook of Olivia's childhood. I enjoy going back and looking at how little she was and what we were up to that day.

So, I'm struggling with deciding what's being too open.  Finding a balance and trying not to be an "over sharer."

What's your guidelines? Do you even have any or you an "over sharer" like I am? Any advice is welcomed.

Sunday, June 10, 2012

You had me till #95.

I mentioned last month that in this new cycle of book club, we were all choosing a classic to read.  We're only two classics in, but so far, so good.

It's my turn to pick and though I've been pretty set on what I was going to choose, I thought there was no harm in looking to see if there was anything else out there we might enjoy reading.  One night while we were settled in and watching Duck Dynasty, I typed in "100 Greatest Novels" on the ipad and started searching a few different list that popped up.

As I was sitting there reading through the titles, the thought popped in my head that maybe I should print the list off and slowly start working my way through them.  Y'all know I love a good list and even more, marking stuff off a list.

Considering there where many titles that were repeats on several different list I pulled up, I thought that obviously they might actually be worth some time and let's be honest, I don't have very much going on in my life at the moment. 

I decided on a list that was a pretty general one and seemed to have a good variety (some list where very specific of time periods, countries the book was published in, etc.).  I ran to the computer to print it off and sat down to start marking off the few that I had already read.

Because I know you all are curious.....I have read 7/100 in my adult life.  There were about ten that I read in high school, but I honestly don't remember details of many of them, so I decided to read them again. 

As I was marking through, I get to #95 and honestly I almost tore the list up.

Yes, believe it or not, the Twilight saga was number 95.


Don't get me wrong, I read all of them. I even enjoyed them (the books, not the movies) and I realize they started a reading trend for nonreaders that had fizzled out since Harry Potter, but seriously, how does Twilight make a list with authors such as Steinbeck, Twain, Lee, Faulkner, Hemingway, Lewis, and Tolkien?

The only redeeming factor on the list was that the Harry Potter Series made number twenty-eight and that is one I won't argue with. So much so, I've decided to not mark them off the list so I can re-read them all.

Saturday, June 9, 2012


It's been an off week.

In reality, its just been a rough week.

I pretty much made myself a recluse this past week.  Not only on here, but in the real world also.

Dave left on Monday for a few days of Waffle Golf and since we've been on the go for the past two months, I decided Olivia and I were going to hole up at home and spend some quality Mommy/Daughter time.

Well, it totally backfired on me and I learned that we have only a two day limit before we go insane and kill each other. When Dave walked in the door late Wednesday evening, we were throwing knifes at each other (not really, but you get the point) and pretty much both in tears.

He immediately took us for ice cream.  He knows our love

Last night as I was drowning my sorrows to my bestie, I told her that Friday, "I just woke up and knew it was going to be a rough day."

Whether she was being honest or just trying to pacify me, she assured me I was not alone with those thoughts.

Olivia and I seemed to be butting heads all week and it just seemed to get worse as the week went on.  On Friday alone, she was the main contributor to a bad four mile run, dumped shredded cheese all over our master bedroom, broke my new Vintage Pearl necklace, and fought me for over two hours over taking a nap....she won that one.

On top of that, there was just other stuff in life that made me want to have a pitty party for myself. Stuff that in hindsight is stupid, silly, and petty, but enough to contribute to my already awful mood. I'm just going to chalk it up to a bad case of PMS.
Ever have one of those weeks? I know I'm not alone.

However, it was one of my best running weeks in awhile.  Minus the four miler with a complaining toddler who thought it appropriate to throw trash all over the track. 

After a night of girl talk with the best friend and two hour phone call with my favorite Mom-in-law, my attitude has been adjusted and I'm determined to have a better week. 

Which it would be hard not to considering we have special company this week, bookclub, and a possible girls movie date with some of my favorite cousin.

So, that's where I've been lately.

I'm off to see if there is another Duck Dynasty marathon on tonight.

Yes, we're loving that show.  Dave seriously cries from laughing so hard when watching it.  We may or may not have spent our Friday night watching the marathon.  Its a crazy life we live over here.

Happy Weekend! : )

Saturday, June 2, 2012

First Day June

 Our first day of June....

Linking up with Nicole:

Friday, June 1, 2012

Its getting serious.

This week puts me at exactly sixteen weeks till the half marathon.


So, after a crappy past three months with running....its time to get serious.

 I've been searching half marathon training plans for the past couple of months now.  I've found several on the internet through pinterest and through the few running books I've picked up over the past few months.

I narrowed it down to two and up until a couple of week ago, I was leaning towards a pretty straight forward simple ten week plan in which you run three days a week and increase your long run mile up a mile each week.

Then we went to Florida last week.

I would be dying and lying if I told you I didn't look around at those other ladies at the pool and felt a little frumpy in my one piece.  It hit me that if I put in a little more work & effort, I could be more confident in my two piece and could then happily hand over my one piece to them who needed it more.  Being honest.

Which that subject is a whole different post, but ladies....I'm not saying bikinis should be banned, but MODEST IS HOTTEST.

So I came home and went with the other training plan that is a 15 week training plan and not only requires three runs a week, but also three days a week of cross training/strength training. 

The training plan is from the book Training Like a Mother in which I spoke about a couple of weeks ago.  I'm not going to completely share the exact plan with you because the authors have an entire website dedicated to running and they do not share their training plans on the website for free.  You can only get them through their books, so out of respect for them and their hard work, I won't post it.  So please don't ask.

I will share with you that one of the biggest reasons I went with it (not only because I know I need to add some strength training in my routine) is because in all their training plans, they give you days to skip a workout if you need to and tell you what workouts you absolutely cannot skip.  I really liked that option because with our schedule, some days a workout just cannot be fit in.

Along with finding a training plan to stick with, I also broke down and bought some real running shoes.

I may have mentioned earlier, but back in January when I first went crazy committed to running the half marathon with my sister, I went to a running store and had my feet scanned.  Twenty shoes later, I couldn't bite the bullet (good running shoes do not come cheap) and walked out empty handed.

Since it was still early in the game, I think there was still a little part of me that was afraid to spend that kind of money and I not stick with it.

Heading into my sixth straight month of running, I was starting to feel it and decided I no longer had a choice. My hips and knees were starting to hurt after almost every run no matter how short or long the run was. 

This time, I went and didn't blink twice about forking over $110.
 I even smiled when I did it.  Which is hard when your cheap.

I even splurged and bought a lite weight ball cap for runs.  I have learned I cannot wear sunglasses when running.

Getting wild and crazy here.

I've only had one run in them so far this week and I can tell you its the best $110 I have ever spent.  This morning was my first run in a month that I ended it with no a single pain.

They were worth every penny.