Monday, February 22, 2016

Rookie Middle School Mom: Chapter 3

You just never thing it will happen to your sweet little boy.  You don't think he could become someone with attitude, eyes that roll, and snarky comments flowing from his lips.  But I'm here to tell you - it does.  There wasn't a little boy sweeter than my little Carson.  So fun loving and excited about everything that came his way........

This is what I experience from my "sweet" boy now - as evidenced by our car ride this morning to school.

  • Proclomation that he will not be taking his siblings to school when he is 16. (Um...thats in 3 years, and yes, yes you will. ) 
  • Proclomation that he is sick of his sister's musical choices on the radio and ear buds promptly insterted into ears.
  • Proclamation that he should be the only one to sit in the front seat because he is the oldest.
  • Proclamation that he needs yet more money for some upcoming middle school event.
Bye bye sweet Carson, hello cranky, entitled teenager.

Monday, February 15, 2016

Marathon Training Week #7 - When Amy got her groove back.

It's true.  I got my groove back.  And I owe it to Sam Hunt singing about breaking up in a small town, peppermint essential oil in my water bottle, and people who tell me I can't quit.

I'm almost at the halfway point of this maddening, rewarding journey.  For those people who told me the awful runs are followed by good ones - they weren't lying.  I won't say I love the long runs because I just don't.  But the weekly runs are where I'm feeling good.

Today I had to do 8 - our longest weekly run yet.  And after only a day of recovering from the longest I've ever run in my life, I did not want to lace up those shoes.  But when you have these 2 other people you run with, you somehow make it to the road at 5:30am.  I did have the thought that I could just turn around and go home, back to my cozy bed, as I was on my way.  But the fact remained that my running partners were going to be there and I didn't want to be the wimpy one.  I told them before they could even get out of their cars that I didn't want to be there.  And I whined to myself the first 3 miles.  I even contemplated just flat turning around and running back to my car.  Even the deer who ran across the trail before us couldn't cheer me up. But once we hit the road next to the lake I settled in.  And I actually started enjoying my run.  If you have never been outside when the sun is not quite up and it's just you and the empty road, and the lake, and a few other feet hitting the pavement next to you - you need to.  It's a somewhat religious experience.

And that is why I do this.  For those rare moments.  Worth it.  Totally worth it.

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

9 years of Karly

She's 9 today. And if you don't know her personally, let me hit her high points for you. Karly is a free sprit. Like her clothes land wherever she takes them off and it's never in her room. She can get distracted by the littlest of things. She has this belly laugh that makes you think of Santa. I have a drawer full of handmade gifts that are very impressive. When she tells you a story you are totally engulfed in the details because she is. She is the first one to say she will sit in the back seat when her siblings don't want to. She is quick to tell me when I am being too harsh and have hurt her feelings. She could make a 4 course dinner all by herself if I let her loose in the kitchen. And she likes to hang with me. I can't imagine life without her. 

happy Birthday Karly!!!!!

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

I don't suck at running!! - Marathon Training Week 5

I got to spend an extended weekend on the east coast for a little business trip/trip to see my sis.  After they got hit with snow the week before I was a little concerned but the weather was amazing and I could still look at the beautiful snow that was sticking around.

I heart Oklahoma.  But I'll be the first to admit it's landscape has very few pleasing things to offer, compared to other parts of the country.  So running in historic Williamsburg, Virginia was a pleasant change.  The weather was in my running happy place - the mid to high 40's. My sister jumped on her mountain bike and led me through 10 miles of beautiful trails winding through golf courses, historic houses, and ponds.  It was one of the best runs I've ever had, hands down.  And one of the most scenic. And it's obvious my own flesh and blood doesn't read my blog because she said, "you just keep going and don't even complain!".  HA!  Read marathon training week 4 sis.  So I've decided the cure after having a terrible run is to jump on a plane and travel to Virginia for the next long run.

Thanks Virginia for showing me I really don't suck at running!!