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7 Quick Takes

1. This week is the first week of the summer that we have had NOTHING to do.  No camps, no lessons, no trips.  And it has been . . . . WONDERFUL.  I purposefully have kept us home most of the time.   It has been great too because one of my children desperately needs some consistency and this week has provided that.  It has gone so well, that we may just need to do this again next week.

2.  I am not running right now.  Shocker, right? Problem, too, especially since I am supposed to be training for a marathon.  It is a long story, but to make it short . . . I have had chest pains for the last several months.  I do not feel chest pain while doing Insanity or any other exercise EXCEPT running.  And it is not bad while running, but it is miserable for the rest of the day and night after running.  I have been to the Dr and he is convinced that it is somehow caused by scar tissue build up that is pulling on my rib cage causing a lot of muscle tightness and he says I just need 'body work…

7 Quick Takes - Steubenville edition

1. My hubby was at a conference at Franciscan University of Steubenville this past week.  He flew out on Monday. I really wanted to see the campus again since it has been about 8 years since we have been back, so I drove out with the boys on Wednesday to spend the day there and then the whole family would drive home together after my hubby's talk on Thursday.

2. It was great to be there. Within 5 minutes of being on campus, I was at the conference mass.  My husband watched the boys (there was no way they could sit through mass after being in the car for 5 hours) and I was able to go to mass ALONE!  It was an amazing mass!

 3. Later that night I was able to go to the conference praise and worship (once again alone).  Being a Catholic girl who had her "reversion" surrounded by pentacostals and charismatics, I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE praise and worship.  It has never gotten "old" for me.  Plus, today's praise and worship songs are just so beautiful.

The praise and wo…

Fair Weather Runner

I rarely use the "H" word, as in strongly dislike.  I think it is over used and a bit too strong for most situations.  But, after this past week, I think that I could use it for one thing . . .

Summer Running
Now, I love to run. But after a run in the middle of the day in the Maryland heat and humidity I think I could use the H word for it.  I know it was not the smartest thing to do . . . head out for a 4 mile run at around 11:30 AM, just when the sun was getting warmed up to reach its peak.  But, I figured that I should try to run in the heat.  After all, I am running the Annapolis 10 miler at the end of August . . .it cannot get any hotter than that!  So, I decided to run in the heat of the day.

A mistake. A very bad mistake.

3 miles into the run, I shut off my garmin and WALKED. I walked for about a half a mile before I decided that I should run again just so I could get home sooner.  It was hot.  I was soaking with sweat and I had drunk most of my water bottle.


While run…

Wordless Wednesday: Because it is just too hot!

Thanks Buffalo Grandma and Grandpa!!!

Extreme Makeover: Table Edition

I finished refinishing our table about two weeks ago now, but am just getting around to posting about it.

This table was given to us (freecycle), so it was worn when we got it.  The table is a solid table, but not the most beautiful table. I will be honest, from the moment we got it, I was thinking of the day that we could get rid of it and get a nice, new, pretty table.  But as time went by and the boys added to the scratches and gauges, my desire for a new table faded.  But, this summer, I decided enough was enough.  I was tired of the ugly, scratched up table and decided to refinish it.








I am not going to sugar coat it, this was a difficult project.  I had delusions that I would have it done in one week.  After four weeks, the family began to get restless eating at a card table and so I was forced to spend any spare time tyring to get it done. 

The sanding was the most lenghty part of the project.  About 80% of the sanding was done by hand!  Then, I borrowed a friend's electric s…

Everything You Do

I heard the song "Everything You Do" by Stephen Curtis Chapman today on the way home from the pool.  After spending all morning running the boys to tennis and swim lessons, I needed to hear this song today.  And I think it instantly became a favorite of mine.  So, take a few moments and check it out.  The lyrics are on the video.  And Moms, you will totally be able to relate to the first verse!

Raising a missionary?

Sometimes I am struck by the things my 8 year old ponders.  The other night, we were watching this video, Lift the City and Catholic Eucharistic Flash Mob.  As we were watching it, J asked a couple of questions about the Franciscans in the video.  My hubby and I answered them and then, out of no where, J says,
"You know, sometimes when I am at Sunday mass, I think about becoming a missionary and doing that."

What? Really?  I was amazed that my little man of 8 thinks of going to other countries to spread the gospel and share God's love.  I have no idea what God will call him to, but this I know, that that little boy will do it with great love of Christ.

7 Quick Takes - Some Friday Randomness

1. Marathon What??
I think I am in denial. In 120 days, I am going to be running in a little race (just 26.2 miles) with 30,000 of my closest friends.  I should be training for this, right?  I really need to get my training schedule put together and get my body running.  I mean, I am running now, but I really need to RUN.  By next week, the training schedule will be done and on the wall.

2.  No more laundry Our washing machine has been slowly breaking over the last month and it washed its last load two days ago.  About a month ago the sensor that sensed when the washer was full of water broke.  How did I find out?  By the inches of water on the laundry room floor that even seeped out of the foundation of our house to the outside.  Well, after procrastinating in getting it fixed and just hanging around the washer to manually move it to the next cycle, the motor burned out.  The washer is done for.  We need to go buy a new one this weekend before we have no more clothes to wear.

3.  Our do…