Sunday, May 27, 2012

5 years!

Yesterday was my husband my my 5th wedding anniversary.  It's hard to believe that it has already been 5 years.  I am so blessed-5 years, 2 kids and 1 on the way, a house and a dog.  I have learned so much over the time we've been married.

  • Marriage is hard.  It takes work.  You see each other at your best and definitely at your worst.
  • Sometime you have to choose to love.  You won't always feel like loving, and your spouse won't always deserve your love, but to honor your marriage vows you have to take the bad with the good and make a choice that "I'm going to love you no matter what.  You are worth it.  Our marriage is worth it."  Marriage is a picture of Christ and His bride (the church) and we left to our own devices do not deserve God's love, but He loves us anyway and gave His Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins, once for all.
  • Your spouse will not complete you.  I expected my husband to be everything for me--my husband, my lover, my best friend...and he is all those things sometimes but he's never all of them.  I need friends for conversations and needs that my husband can't.  And ultimately only God will complete me.  Donovan can't be everything and I need to be ok with that.

On a lighter note, Donovan and I were able to get away overnight.  My in-laws kept the boys so we were kid free (besides the baby in my belly :) ) for 24 hours.

We stayed in a hotel.

Ate at Red Lobster and Donovan tried crab legs and lobster.  I had their Festival of Shrimp deal with Shrimp Linguine Alfredo and Tequila Lime Grilled Shrimp Tacos.  We didn't finish all our food and were stuffed.

We went to a 10:00pm movie.  Donovan even liked it.  I laughed a lot and cried a little.

We're classy and drink our sparkling grape juice out of plastic hotel cups.

1:00 am Wal-mart run (fortunately it was only a couple of blocks away) when I realized I forgot my contact stuff and my glasses. 

We ate at Red Robin for lunch and split the Whiskey River BBQ Burger and some onion rings.

 Frozen yogurt from Cherry on Top.  Ingenious to let the customer build their own.  I had the strawberry and mango yogurts with raspberry syrup and a few candies and some fruit.  FYI jelly beans make awful frozen yogurt toppings...they get hard.

My gift to Donovan.  He loved it.

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

10 Reasons why I run

1.  So I can eat dessert.
2.  To be fit.
3.  No other exercise can replace my love of running.
4.  Running is a part of me.
5.  Running makes me happy.
6.  Sitting is boring.
7.  Competition.
8.  The scenery.
9.  I'm a nicer wife and mother.
10. I can't not.

See, running makes me happy :)

My parents used to have a poster of the poem hanging in our basement.  It had funny 80s cartoon drawing of people running as a border and I love it.  I wonder if they still have it....

Why Do I Run?
Why do I run?
'Taint no mystery -
Wanna have a good
Medical History.
Doctor told me
Runnin' is great-
Helps them, blood cells
Great for the lungs,
Great for the ticker,
Can't nothin' getcha
In better shape quicker.
Feels so healthy
Feels so sweet,
Pumpin my arms
And flappin' my feet.
Moldin' my muscles
Firmin' my form,
Pantin' like a pack mule,
Sweatin' up a storm,
Keeps me youthful,
Keeps me loose,
Tightens my tummy
And shrinks my caboose.
Beats being sluggish,
Beats bein' lazy -
Why do I run?
Maybe I'm crazy!!
Ed Cunningham

Saturday, May 19, 2012

Running Party of 5 and a Mini Fam Vacay

So I told you that I broke out the jogging stroller and I'm happy to report that we have taken it out 3 times this week with our party of five (me, the baby inside me, my 2 boys and the dog).  It amazes me how hard I have to work for those 2 miles.  The first time it took me 23:34, then 22:40, then 21:17.  I think I am learning how to better run with it.  I'm excited that (at least for awhile) I have the option to run when my husband isn't home.

We took a mini family vacation Thursday and Friday.  We picked up the new (to us) vehicle that we purchased (to accommodate our growing family) and then went to the zoo.  The boys did great...they loved swimming in the hotel pool, but the late naptime was a bit rough. (#2 was asleep before we left the parking lot)

Monday, May 14, 2012

The Beast

So I haven't run in.....well, a very long time now.  I had taken a week off when I was sick, but when I started up again, I was having problems with aches and pains that I just couldn't shake and knew shouldn't be hurting like that.  So more time off.  I finally ran this morning and because I can never do anything the easy way, I took my kids in the jogging stroller for the first time 15 weeks pregnant :)  We went 2 miles in 23:34 (alternating walking and running).  The stroller adds a lot to the workout.  This run made me tired :)  I have dreamed of a BOB jogging stroller, but my husband won't go for the price tag :( and kept reminding me I have one.  Well, this stroller is from the 90s era (free from my aunt and uncle) and it's a beast.  But the tires are no longer flat and I decided to suck it up and just go.  I loved the freedom of being able to run after breakfast, but in the morning.  It was great...and I think the boys enjoyed it too.

The boys in The Beast

Then we picked strawberries when we got home and ate some for a snack.

P.S. Look at this cute cupcake that my 3 year old made for me in Sunday School yesterday for Mother's Day.  He wanted me to eat it right away, but I told him I wanted to take a picture first :)

Friday, May 11, 2012

More Tiring than Running

4 children 3 and under (all within 21 months of each other).  And now I'm extra glad that I haven't had 2 sets of twins.  I watched my friends kids yesterday...and by the end of the 7-1/2 hours, I was exhausted.  I am even more confident (than my already very confident decision) that I do not ever want to run a home daycare.  It really was a good day and they really are good kids, but kids at that age don't share very well...

The adventures of J, J, HJ, and J in pictures...

Can you tell I am feeding 4 toddlers?

I asked my 3 year old what he wanted to do while his friends were here and he said, "Have a birthday party!"  Well it wasn't anyone's birthday so we had an unbirthday party with angel food cake.

Mmmm...this cake made me happy :)

The whole gang :)

Monday, May 7, 2012

My New Favorite

When I find something I like to eat, I kinda get stuck in a rut, especially for breakfast.  I hate taking lots of time to find something to eat.  Because when I'm hungry, I want to eat now.  This has been my current favorite for the last week or so.

greek yogurt
frozen raspberries
Kashi Go Lean Crisp Berry Crumble

Yummy!  So good.

Thursday, May 3, 2012

Super Cool Running Products

1.  Are these not amazing!?  Too bad I can't justify over $9/pair (source: Rundies from Oiselle)

2. This shirt was my splurge.  I'm waiting for it in the mail now...I wish it would hurry up (source: Title Nine)
3.  This bra made running fun again after babies.  I only had to wear one instead of cutting off all circulation with 2 that didn't even do the job.  I'd suggest sizing down in the band though.  So I was a 36C, but I bought a 34D.  And they even have bright colors! Although I got mine locally on sale so mine are black and white :(  (source: Juno Bra from Moving Comfort)

Running in the Now---and now is pregnant

It is so easy to compare myself to myself.  To compare my current fitness to what I was able to do 5 years ago.  But the truth is I can't run those paces anymore, but I can run.  I can run at my current pace and I will get faster if I stick with it (well after Baby anyway). Sometimes I get discouraged, but I have to remember where I started when I started running 10 years ago.  I could barely run 1.5 miles, but because I didn't give up, within months, I could run 8 miles.  Running pregnant has been very hard for me.  I look at other pregnant runners and wonder why I even try.  I try because I love to run, because running is good for me and Baby, and because I am not them.  I am me and that's all I can be. I can run what I can, but that's all.  I am determined to continue on running pregnant (even though I have not run since last Saturday due to strep throat).  I will continue on.  And after Baby is born, I can go back to working on running longer and faster.

Running pregnant seems to be somewhat controversial.  I had a friend tell me I shouldn't run races pregnant.  She is not a runner and doesn't exercise at all.  I was very bothered by her comment, like I am doing something bad.  I have slowed down and I listen to my body no matter how hard that may be.  There's so much information out there on both sides of it.  But I really liked this article sharing motherly advice by Runner's World.  Everyone has to come to their own conclusions.  This is my third pregnancy, but I didn't run through pregnancy with either of my boys, but started again after they were born.

Janae at The Hungry Runner Girl also posted the same Runner's World article on her blog and there was a ton of great comments from people sharing their experiences.  For me personally, I love hearing what worked and didn't work for others.

Did you run during pregnancy?  What advice would you give?

Tuesday, May 1, 2012


No wonder I've felt like crap the last couple of 3 year old and I both have strep throat.  Thanks to Baby Bean I didn't beat myself up over not running yesterday.  Let's just hope we all feel better soon around that those antibiotics do their job.