Thursday, June 24, 2010

Happy Birthday J!!


To my sweet, sweet seven year old: Happy Birthday!


You have brought so much joy to our family from the moment you arrived! You were the best baby anyone could ask for. And you have grown into such a sweet, caring, intelligent young boy. I love watching you when you are determined to do your best . . . you are so focused. I love watching you helping your little brothers and playing with them, you are so good with them. I am so blessed to be your mom!

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Wordless Wednesday - Life abounds

I feel like the song, "The Circle of Life" from The Lion King is playing as we walk in our backyard. Our yard is full of new life . . .

Friday, June 11, 2010

7 Quick takes


Here are my 7 quick takes:
1. WE ARE DONE!! The school year is officially over for us. We finished up homeschooling last week and last night I had our portfolio review . . . . summer can start now!
2. Had my second appointment with the Sports Chiropractor today . . . I felt like I got beaten up! I have tons of muscle imbalances, not to mention carrying kids on my hips has done some damage to the normal running motion that I should have. So, I go to this Dr. for chiropractic and physical therapy . . . all of this pain so I can run a marathon and inflict more pain on myself???? I guess to a sane person that may seem crazy!!
3. And yes, I am signed up for the Marine Corps Marathon on Oct. 31. I am running for our Archdiocese as part of the Run for Vocations team. More on that another time . . .
4. My husband and I are off on an exciting, romantic trip to Fl! Unfortunately, we will be in Fl for less than 24 hrs. We have been asked to be a part of a video on the blessings of children to a marriage. And, we are leaving our little blessings behind for the first time ever!! I hope they will be OK! Really, I hope I am OK! I do not like leaving my little guys!
5. We have a Chia pet that someone gave us . . . anyone else ever have one?? Do not be fooled by the commercials . . . ours is straggly and looks NOTHING like they do in the commercials!
6. Speaking of pets, we have three new ones. Hermit Crabs! The boys love them and they are actually friendly. A huge bonus, they are so easy to take care of!
7. As a woman who loves clear signs from God to know what His will is and wishes she got them more often (a burning bush or big booming voice from the sky would be nice every once in a while), I enjoyed this article at Faith and Family, Live! about God's will and trusting Him.
Have a great weekend. To read other 7 Quick takes, head on over to The Conversion Diary.

Thursday, June 10, 2010

Have Hope

I am normally a very positive person. I try to be hope-full and joy-full most of the time. But if I spend any amount of time thinking about the direction our country is going in, our national debt, the Gulf Oil spill or any number of other things and I get full of despair and think the world is coming to an end.

The truth is, history is full of tragedy, natural disasters, horrible things. They will continue to happen. Many politicians will, unfortunately, continue to be corrupt. This is the country, the world, we live in.

But I am continually reminded to have hope. When I get down, when I wonder if it could possibly get any worse, I am reminded to pray.


A few years ago J got the book, Jacinta's Story for Christmas. The book is a story of one of the children of Fatima, who received apparitions of Mary, the mother of Jesus. The book does a great job of explaining the story so that kids can understand it, and this adult (me) got the message loud and clear too! Basically, Mary told the children of all of these things that would happen . . . lots of BAD things: wars, nations getting annihilated, etc. But, yes there is a but, all of those things could be avoided. Avoided through prayer. The Story of Fatima reminded me in the power of prayer and the goodness of our God.

We can change many things through our actions, but God can change the world when we pray. So, when I feel all hope is gone, I pray. I put my hope in the ONE.

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Wordless Wednesday: Our trip to the park

Last week we went to the park . . .
. . . and rode on the train

. . . and rode the Merry Go Round



. . . and took a hay ride
. . . and then went to the "farm"


Tuesday, June 8, 2010

ZOOMA Annapolis 10K Race Report


This past Sunday I ran in the Zooma Annapolis 10K. I had originally registered for the half marathon, but several weeks ago switched down to the 10K due to shin splints. I was nervous to run this race because I have not run more than 3 miles at a time since the GW Parkway 10 miler in April and I had to stop running in May for three weeks due to the shin splints (and waiting for a Dr to tell me it was OK to run). I can be very stubborn and I had planned on participating in this race even if I had to walk the whole thing. I figured that since I already paid for it, I was going to do it.



The sports chiropractor I saw on Thursday gave me the OK to continue running as long as I used the Jeff Galloway method, so I was set! I let go of any sort of time goal and just set my sights on finishing pain free.



I went to packet pick up Saturday and was surprised at how easy it was. Plus, I thought the bag that the bib and timing chip came in was cute! There were not tons of vendors, but since this was a woman's race, all the vendors were geared towards women . . . very nice!




Sunday morning I woke up early, 4:30 AM, way too early, to get ready for the race. Since this race was fairly close to home, there was no rain in the forecast, and I could park right by the start and finish, I did not plan on checking a bag or even bringing much, so I did not have much to do in the AM. I got to the Navy Stadium (start/finish of race) at 6AM and was shocked that so few people were there. But, by 6:15 AM, the runners started to pour in. Before the race started, I headed to the port-a-potties. This was the first race that I have been to that actually had stations to wash your hands at!

The race started at 7AM. The start seemed very crowded. I have been in larger races that did not seem quite at crowded at this one. Again, my ONLY goal was to finish pain free, so I started out towards the back of the pack. I decided to run 9 min, walk 1 min for most of the race, unless I felt pain in my leg. And, I stuck to that for most of the race. The first couple miles took us out of the Navy Stadium parking lot and on to the adjacent streets. I was really hoping that there would be more room to spread out and find a good pace, but the race was still too thick even after we hit mile two. And, truthfully, it did not seem to thin out until mile 4. This made it very hard to get into a steady pace.

When the race started, it was a bit overcast, humid and warm. But, about 10 minutes into the race, the clouds cleared and it began to get hot. Somewhere in mile 2, there was a cute little girl with her mom, in their front yard, spraying passing runners. Well, I was hot and thought it was a good idea. The several runners in front of me got sprayed mainly in their torso area. Me? Nope, I got it directly in the face. Now, normally I would not mind, but it must have shorted out the ear bud of my ipod on that side because for the rest of the race I could only hear music in my left ear!

In mile 3 we crossed a smaller bridge by the Naval Academy and then headed up to Memorial Bridge. I was doing fine, slow, but fine, but really needed a port-a-potty! (Why did I have to drink so much water in the morning!?!!). This was the first race that I have ever broken down and waited in line for a port a potty! The "pit stop" was just after the mile 4 marker and right before we run onto Memorial Bridge. Running on the bridge was nice. It gave runners a beautiful view of the Naval Academy and the river.

The 10K turn around was on the bridge and, for the first time during the race, I was glad to only be doing the 10K. By the turn around point, I was HOT and tired. Plus, right after the turn around, a runner was down, and another one about 1/2 mile from the finish. Seeing that made me realize that I needed to run smart and take it easy. The last mile of the race went by quickly, although I certainly was NOT running quickly. I did not really feel tired, but I felt as if I had nothing to give. Maybe it was the heat. My time was not great either . . . my slowest yet. And, my time on the race website is 3 minutes slower than the time I had on my watch. Not sure why . . . oh, well.

At the finish, I got my finisher's gift. The Zooma race gives you a necklace. I had seen last year's and was very unimpressed, but I liked this year's design that was tailored to Annapolis.







I quickly grabbed some food and hit the after party. I went to the wine area, drank a little wine, grabbed my boxed lunch and actually got a massage. That was another benefit of running the 10K . . . . when I got to the race after party, there still were not many people there, so I did not have to wait in a line to get my lunch and I only had to wait a few minutes for the massage!

Overall, I really liked this race. It was a good experience: there was tons of parking and it was close, the course was not too bad at all, and the after party was nice. I loved the fact that they gave boxed lunches. And I liked the finisher's necklace and the goodie bag (from packet pick up). There were only two things I did not love about it. First: the race shirt. I liked the design, but did not like the DRAB GRAY color (see top of post . . . it actually looks nicer in the picture). Second, it took too long for the field to clear out. There is not anything that the race directors can do about that, but it was a bit bothersome at times.

But, with that being said, I would definitely run Zooma Annapolis again.

Monday, June 7, 2010

Happy Birthday K!!


To my precious 4 year old!! I love you my sweet, sweet K! You have a heart of gold. I love how "all boy" you can be one minute and how caring you can be the next. You are a great big brother, a wonderful little brother and an amazing son!
Have a great day K!