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This runner needs some Insanity in her day

It has been almost a full three weeks since I decided to up my workouts and revamp my eating.  It was not bad before, but I want to be a faster runner and I really wanted to be in better shape overall.  After some research, I decided to try Insanity by Beachbody.  I would NOT pay full price for it, so I watched it on ebay for a while and finally got it at a good price. 

I was attracted to Insanity because the workouts average 40 min, there are NO weights involved and it is based on high intensity interval training.  I had gotten bored with my regular weight training, so I needed something new.

After two and a half weeks, I have to say that I LOVE doing Insanity.  I have lost over 6 lbs already and I can see better definition in my legs and arms.  The workout involves a good deal of stretching and, this runner does not stretch nearly enough, so this is so good.  I have had lots of weakness in my hip flexors and during the first week, I could feel my hip flexors and core getting a good…

The Week of J

OK, on to brighter topics.  Last week should have been renamed "The Week of J."  It was certainly his week.

J spent the week at Cub Scout Camp.  This was his first year going and he loved every minute of it.  I spent the first day there as a day walker, so I was able to get some pictures.

Then, Friday was J's 8th birthday.  "Buffalo" Grandma and Grandpa were in town for a short visit and brought J and K and combined birthday present, an inflatable water slide.  Of, course they loved it!





Since J's birthday was at the end of a long week of cub scout camp, I decided NOT to have a birthday party for him that day or weekend.  But, I had offered to babysit a friend's kids (who happen to be J's best friends) and we had a nice night of eating pizza and water sliding!


After the cake, J opened his presents.  Then he got a surprise present!






 An archery set!  Since we have strict rules about when he can use it, J has been waking up earlier than his brothers so he…

A topic I do not blog about much

Before I got married, I could not imagine having more than two kids.  I guess since I came from a family of two, two seemed more than enough.  More than two seemed a bit crazy. Ten years of marriage and three kids later and I cannot imagine life without these three boys.  And I would love to have more kids.  It is not because I want to "try for a girl".  I really do not care if I ever have a girl.  It is because being a mom is the best thing I have ever done and I realize clearly that children are a gift.

But, for reasons I do not want to share or feel the need to explain, we are in a position that having any more children is not likely. About 90% of the time I am totally at peace with that and do not even think about the fact that my three boys are all that I may have.  But at other times it is hard.

We live in one of those rare communities where the teachings of the Catholic Church are celebrated and where children are not seen as a burden, but for what they are, a gift. …

Seven Quick Takes

1. I am not mentioning this again for shameless self-promotion, but because I think it is a great video and everyone should watch it.  The USCCB's Defense of Marriage Initiative has released the video "Made for Life" that my husband and I helped with a year ago.  I feel blessed to have been able to be a part of this project.  If you have 10 min, go watch it!  My husband and I are the first couple interviewed on the video.

2. Remember last week I mentioned that I was going to potty train A? Well, I dropped it completely.  Instead, I transitioned him to a toddler bed.  It is the first time in 5 years that we have not had a crib up in the house.  A is doing great in the toddler bed. I just tell him he has to stay in the bed during naps and at night and he does!!

3. Not only has A started to sleep in a toddler bed, but he is now sharing a room with K and J had a new room by himself.  J likes to read at night and he needed his own space to do that so as not to disturb his sl…

Getting Back on Track

Last week I had my homeschooling end of the year review with my supervisor.  Needless to say, I spent hours going through J's work trying to pick out work from the year that was a good representative of his work overall.

And I noticed something.

All of his work was so well organized in February, and March.  I had organized his work better. And, he got more done. Which means, I got more done.

We are done with school for the most part now, but most of April and all of May were a struggle. Not just in homeschooling, but in every way.  In my prayer life, in my workouts and in my eating.

I began to wonder.  What was different in February and March?

It was Lent. Yes, that is it. During Lent I made prayer a priority in my own life and in our homeschooling.  We did not start our school work unless we had gone to mass or prayed the stations of the cross and did our Lenten reflections. I had been praying before the boys even got up.

And because I was training for the marathon I got my runs …

One Thousand Gifts

I have noticed a trend lately on many blogs I read.  People are slowing down to catch the blessings.  It is quite amazing and beautiful.  And it has reminded me that the gifts really are all around us.

I have begun to try to take pictures of the blessings too.  To capture them.  To remember them better.

A inexpensive running skirt
Race through Colonial Williamsburg
Friends who brought us our Busch Gardens tickets
Family who got the tickets from our house
J being so good at mass by himself
Daily mass
An older couple who said "It'll get easier."
Friends
The beauty of the run
Not giving in, when mentally, I wanted to
Texts from my husband
Sleeping in
A sick day watching a movie with my boys
A clean laundry room
Organic goodness and an amazing farmers market filled with so many organic farm goods
beautiful weather
Laundry hanging on the line, blowing in the breeze
First run in Vibrams in months
Seeing so many geese families
Fun at the pool
Conversations with friends
Berries from a nei…

Zooma Annapolis! A great day for a race!

This past Sunday was Zooma Annapolis Women's Race Series 10K and Half Marathon.  I was blessed enough to be an ambassador for this race.

On Saturday, I headed down to the expo to pick up my packet and to help with packet pickup.  I ended staying the whole afternoon!  Packet pickup was swamped all day long and needed as much help as possible.  Plus, I was happy to stay.  It was so great to see the runners who had come out for the training runs and to wish them good luck!

Later that evening, I sat to work out my "game plan" for the race. About a week before the race, I had decided to switch down to the 10K, instead of running the half marathon.  When I signed up for this race, I had planned on helping a friend run her first half marathon.  But, early in the summer, she became pregnant (yay!) and could not run the race. Originally, I planned on still running the the half, but take it easy since I had run one just two weeks before.  And because I did not PR at that race (stom…

Happy Birthday K!!

Today is my K's 5th Birthday!

It seems like just yesterday he joined our family and now he has grown. It goes by so fast.  Before I know it he will be 15, then 25 . . .




So, for today, no long post about how much I love that little man. And how much God has blessed my life and our family with K's infectious personality.  Instead, I am going to savor this day with my K. And show him how much I love him!
Happy Birthday!

7 Quick Takes

1. We have one foot in summer and one foot in school.  We do school a few days a week still, but on other days, we just have to go to the pool.  We will officially be wrapping up our school year next week, but plan to continue some school throughout the summer.

2. And I ordered our curriculum for next year already.  Sonlight it is, again.  I am anxiously awaiting Box Day which really should be any day now.  J starts American History next year and since we live in such a history rich area, we will be doing lots of field trips.

3.  And, yes I am planning our school year for next year already.  We are going to have a tutor come one day a week for J so that I can use that time to spend with K and A who are anxious to read.  And, although we LOVED co-op this past year, I am not planning on returning to co-op next year.  Since I would like to do many field trips, I would like the flexibility of knowing that our Fridays are free.  That way we will be able to get all of school work done and d…

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