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Great Pro-life Pregnancy Ticker

First, I am not pregnant! Just want to get that out there before anyone asks. But, I have been spending time reading blogs and forums for pregnant runners . . . did you know that you can run a marathon while pregnant?!?!? And yes, I am addicted to running!

Anyways, back to the purpose of this post. Through my reading, I have found this pregnancy ticker by Prenology and thought it was amazing. If you scroll down on the Prenology website , you can see the images that show up on the pregnancy ticker. What I like about it, is that most of the images are real!

Here is an example:



* To clarify: The group is NOT a pro-life group that makes this ticker. I just called it pro-life because the images are so beautiful, that it is clear that it is LIFE!

The First Step

They say the first step in recovery is admitting you have a problem.

Hi, my name is Katie and I am a runner.

I think I have a problem. I have become addicted to running. Now, I never thought this would actually happen to me. I figured I was just too slow to be one of those people who actually "needed" to run. I haven't even run for very long. But, here I am realizing that I may be addicted to running. And the only reason that I think this is because I have withdrawal symptoms.

I have been totally off of running for 2 weeks now and I still have 4 more weeks to go in my air cast before the Dr. gives me the OK to try to run again. Darn stress fracture! I am still working out; biking, learning to enjoy the elliptical. But, it is just not the same as running.

When I get to the gym in the morning, and walk past the treadmills, I look wistfully at the people running on them. I try to guess how fast they are going and I try to peek at the console to see how many miles th…

Sphere of Influence

Since starting to run, I have become a Runner's World fan. I rarely get a magazine subscription unless it is a gift, but I subscribe to Runner's World. And I read it, every issue, cover to cover.

In the magazine, there is a regular feature called the Newbie Chronicles. This past month, the author, Marc Parent, wrote a piece called A Mile in His Shoes. It is a cute story about how his 6-year old son asked to come running with him one morning. I loved this story and I highly recommend you read the whole article here. But, the last two paragraphs are really impactful (I have copied the last three below).

We finished together and collapsed on the lawn and slapped hands and howled congratulations. Later that week, Susan got him a trophy—a golden runner atop a wooden base with a brass plate on which was written his name, the date, and the words First Mile. By the end of the month, my two older sons were running at my sides with Susan and Will trailing behind. And it's true what th…

Win the Joggster X Jogging Stroller at Mom Trends

Wouldn't Baby A look so cute in this Joggster X Jogging Stroller with me running behind it? (After my stress fracture heals, of course!) I hope I win!

To enter go to Mom Trends.

In Praise of Sonlight

Homeschooling can be a challenge. From choosing a curriculum to the daily implementation and teaching, it can be daunting. But, I have found a homeschooling gem in Sonlight.

I am not a teacher by training. I have no idea what books to read my children. I could go into a library and search through books, but, I will be honest, other than the classics like Charlotte's Web and The Lion, Witch and the Wardrobe, I do not know what books to choose. I want to read my children quality books. Books that are well written, have rich story lines, incredible characters, and books that weave in positive morals and life lessons. Books, that Charlotte Mason called, Living Books.

I have been using the Sonlight Curriculum for a year a half now. I chose it because I liked it's science curriculum. J loves science and I searched for a curriculum that had a solid and extensive science program. I liked Sonlight enough to stay with it again this year for first grade.

Sonlight is a literature ba…

Yogurt; its what's for exercise

Since my leg injury, I have had to come up with new ways to exercise. The other day, K looked at me and said,
"Mom, are you going to do Yogurt now?"

"Yogurt, K?"

"Yes, Mommy, yogurt."

"Oh, Do you mean YOGA?"

"Yes, mommy, yogurt."

Yogurt. I never learned that exercise.



Movie Review and a Question

My friend Sam over at Thy Will Be Done does Movie Review Mondays, so I thought I would join in. This past weekend my husband and I watched Julie & Julia. And, I liked it! It was a cute movie, although my husband thought it was a bit slow moving at first. The movie follows the life of Julia Child as she learns how to cook and how she begins to write her book. At the same time, it chronicles Julie Powell, who is depicted as a someone trying to find herself and chooses to do so by cooking her way through Julia's cookbook and blogging about it.

I enjoyed the story line and how the movie parallels the lives of the two women. What I enjoyed the most was how the movie portrayed the marriages of both of these women. I like movies that show the day to day love between spouses, and also, the ordinary life of marriage.

I also found the movie to be funny. As a blogger, I could relate to Julie when she would get excited that someone commented on a post. But, as the movie went on, it r…

Honestly . . .

Thanks to Collen at Martin Family Moments, Alyson at Life's Little Miracles, and The Krazy Girl at Hang on Baby Jesus, this is Gonna Get Bumpy for bestowing this award upon me. I have been "awarded" this by these women over the last several months and am finally getting around to posting it.

So, in order to accept it, I need to share 10 honest things about myself and then bestow it upon 7 others.

So here I go:

1. I am a sucker for cheesy romantic comedies. I can watch them again and again. Need proof? I have watched Bride and Prejudice (A Bollywood version of Pride and Prejudice) 6 times . . . it is totally cheesy, with cheesy songs and dances, but I love it!!

2. I am not good in social situations. I try to be outgoing, but I am very shy and introverted. Thankfully, I married an extrovert who is so friendly and outgoing!

3. I have caved to pop culture and read two of the Twilight books. Oh, and I have seen both movies!

4. I love fireplaces and will sit directly in front o…

Simple Woman's Daybook - Back to School Edition

Outside my window...
It is cold!

I am thinking...
About starting up school again today . . . back the the "grind." I happy to get back into our routine again.

I am thankful for...
Having some time to sit and blog!

I am wearing...
Fleece lounge pants with little green frogs on them! I love wearing these when it is cold.

I am remembering...
All the great times we had as a family the past two weeks.

I am going...
To work on my long to-do list!

I am currently reading...
Nothing . . . I am in the mood for a good novel, but I am not sure which . . . any suggestions?

I am hoping...
That my leg heals quickly so that I can start running again this week. I have something called Anterior Compartment Syndrome in my left leg. I have not run much in the last three weeks and now I have not even been able to workout this past week (by physical therapist's orders). I miss running and working out. I am so much happier and easier to live with when I start my day with exercise.

On my mind...
I am really …