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Living Vicariously Through My 3 year old

Some parents wait until their children are older until they try to live vicariously through their children, but I guess I get to start now . . .

Ever since I started running two things have happened: (1) My boys want to run with me and they want to run races and (2) After each race, my three year old's first question to me is "Mom, did you win?"

Since I just ran a race this past weekend, the boys have been focused on running. My oldest has been asking to run a race with me for a while and this weekend just renewed his energy to keep on asking. So I have been looking to find a 1 mile fun run that we can do together. While searching this week, I found a kids race that is not too far away. They have a Toddler Trot, a .5 K, 1 K and 2 K for the kids. J, my oldest wants to run in the 1K with my husband (parents can run with their kids), so I told K that I will run the toddler trot with him.

Now, since I told him about the race, all K says is "I'm going to run the r…

GW Parkway 10 Miler

This past Sunday, I ran in the GW Parkway Classic 10 mile race. This was my first race since my stress fracture and I was very nervous. In the weeks leading up to the race I began to worry if I could even finish the race. I was running, but really did not know how much my leg and body could take. To put my mind at rest, two weeks ago I ran 10 miles for my long run. I felt great afterwards, so I knew I would be OK. Sunday morning I had to wake up a 4AM!! The race started in front of the gates at Mt Vernon and went along the Potomac River on the GW Parkway into Old Town Alexandria. Since the race was a point to point race, you could not (and would not want to) park by the start, so you had to be bused to the start. This race has several thousand people in it, and the buses take you to the start beginning at 5:30 AM. So, I had to drive myself to Arlington to get the shuttle to the bus. I was at the start by 6:30 AM (1 1/2 hours before the start!). Unfortunately, it rained pretty much the …

How does this boy come up with these things?

Tonight, I was putting the finishing touches on dinner. I called the boys to the kitchen. My three year old comes up to me and in an angry tone says, "Mommy you better apologize."

I look at him, a little confused, "Apologize for what, K?" "For making THAT for dinner!" . . . I have no words . . .

Happy Birthday Baby A!

You are 2 today! I guess I cannot call you Baby much longer! You are a sweet little angel and are a perfect gift from God for our family.
You are a great little brother . . . J and K adore you and so do your mom and dad! You jump right into playing with your brothers as if you were as old as them. It is so cute to watch you try to play light sabers and to try to carry around a toy rifle that is larger than you!



You are my silly little man . . .



with an infectious smile!



I love you my little boy! Happy Birthday!

The art of flower gardens

(This is a post I wrote almost two years ago! After spending a great deal of time weeding my flower beds, I decided to repost it.)

Lately I have really missed my grandmother. She died 7 years ago and was like a second mother to me. I miss her smile, her bright eyes, the way she would look at you and hug you when you left her house . . . I miss you Grandma.

My grandmother had the most beautiful flower gardens I think I have ever seen. I remember walking around in my grandparents' back yard surrounded by hanging flower pots, half-barrel flower gardens and beautifully manicured beds, one with a fountain in the middle. As a child I would imagine I was in a walking garden in a European country. I do not even remember a weed in sight . . . I think there was so much beauty there, that a weed dared not to spoil it.

Now, as an adult, with a house and flower beds of my own, I think back to my grandmother and her flower beds differently. I LOVE to garden . . . I love to plant flowers and watch …

Wordless Wednesday - May the force be with you

No New Taxes!

Our children have been getting a lesson in economics and on taxes lately. My oldest son was saving up money to buy a Bionicle. I took him to the store so that he could see how much it cost. He looked and said, "$12.98, Mom, I am almost there." I then had to explain to him that it would cost more due to tax. This launched a whole lesson in taxes. Since that day, my oldest has been going around the house complaining about taxes.

Then, over the last few days, my husband and I have been finishing up our taxes and also talking about going to a Tea Party Rally. My three year old must have been listening in on all of these conversations, because today at lunch, he goes:

"Mommy, when we get to the tea party I am going to yell 'I don't want your taxes. We have too many taxes already!'" Yes, that is my little political activist!

Our Trip to the National Arboretum

I feel very blessed. I live in the metro DC area; one of the best areas to homeschool in. We are a short drive away (as long as there is no traffic ;0)from the Capital, numerous museums, historical landmarks, homes of our nation's founding fathers, and many battlefields. But, just two weeks ago, we found a hidden gem: The National Arboretum.


Buffalo Grandma and Grandpa (as K likes to call them) were down for a visit. I was trying to think of a good place to take them. A place that they would like, the boys would like and that we would not get stuck in traffic going to and from. We have driven past the Arboretum a bunch of times, but I had not given it a lot of consideration before. It is not in the best part of DC and, from the road, it looks pretty bare. But, I thought it might be a good place to check out. It was a nice day and at least the boys would enjoy running around outside.









Well, it was a hit! There is a Koi pond (and you can feed the fish!). There are many walking trails (…

Wordless Wednesday - His smile just makes my day

While You Were Out

Well, it should be while I was out, but you get the idea!

Happy Easter everyone! So over the last few months, this is what happened in our life:

1. All the snow I mentionedhere, has melted, the flowers are in bloom and we are enjoying beautiful 85 F weather!

2. My air cast is off and I am running again. I am up to 5 miles and I am using the Jeff Galloway training method. It is a run/ walk method and I am hoping to avoid injury. Surprisingly, my pace is not much different with the run/walk method than just running . . . many runners had told me that. I just did not believe it until now! I am also praying about running in the Marine Corps Marathon in October with the Run for Vocationsteam for the Archdiocese of Washington. There are a lot of "ifs" right now, so I am not sure, but I am leaning towards registering!

3. Our little monkey ,that finally started walking on Super Bowl Sunday, is now off to the races. Within a month of qualifying for the county's infant and toddler pro…