Saturday, May 24, 2014

Summer Swim Team 052314

This was the second swim meet of the year.  Last weekend was meet #1 - it was a good meet.  Here are the results as you can see it was definitely a learning opportunity:

Today was swim team #2 - it was a good time and a family event.  B helped me stroke and turn judge, K helped get Z&A to the events and took lots of pictures of Z,A & Jason!  Here's some of what she captured:

 And our favorite photo of the day....


Saturday, October 26, 2013

√ #4 on my invisible bucket list!

#1 - open water swim in a triathlon (conquered 06/20/10)
#2 - scuba diving with my son (06/26/12)
#3 - swimming with a shark (06/28/12)
#4 - HALF MARATHON (conquered 10/26/13)

Let me preface this with - I don't actually have a bucket list.  But sometimes things happen in my life that I think, "If-I-had-a-bucket-list-this-would-be-on-it!"  Today was one of those days.  I ran a half marathon, please read ran/walked! I started strong, running more than walking but then I got stuck in what seemed like the biggest curve toward the half-way point that did not appear to be ending, EVER!  It finally turned and I had reached the half-way point, turned around and realized that all those hills I had hauled butt down I now had to run up!  I ran, I walked, I ran, I walked, I made some friends.... At mile 8-9 they blend together, I hit "the wall" the only thing that got me through was knowing that B&K were at mile 11 waiting for me.  So I ran, I walked, I ran and ran some more.  I came up with witty comments that would make my kids laugh when I ran past them but then I could only say, "EVERYTHING hurts!  Everything!" when I got to them.  Witty comment #1 - dang how long is this 5K?!

Half Marathon = everything hurts!  I finally rounded the corner, I could see the finish line, I heard my friend Joy yell my name and then BAM - both of my calf muscles clenched up and instead of smiling sweet and yelling in victory I winced in pain and yelled, "mymusclesjustclenchedupohmygoodness!"  It sounded just like that all drawn together and no breathing because the finish line was right there and I wasn't stopping!

As I crossed the line all I could see was the banana in someones hand and I wanted one, 5 minutes ago!!!  So I went on a search for a banana!

That's my story!  I'm sticking with it - I completed a Half Marathon to raise money and sponsor kids that need to be adopted and I am proud of myself! 

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Butt First (ha ha ha)

The story behind the video!  B got a new camera - a go pro.  Underwater, sports, action camera!  Mucho fun!  This video was one of the first he took at the pool in our hotel in Springfield - when we sat down to watch it his response to this video was the best.  "Well, that wasn't quite how I expected that to come out!"  Hilarious!!!

Monday, July 1, 2013


I'm continuing to attend boot camp on a regular basis however in addition I have now added a half marathon training program.  I am excited to say that I have consistently pushed past what I thought I could do.  I've never been a runner (my high school classmates could attest to this).  I like to share that I was the one that always got in trouble during running because I wanted to walk and TALK!  Running was for when someone or something was chasing you!
Today I went to boot camp and we had our fitness test - the dreaded timed mile.  I have had good miles, bad miles and other miles that fit somewhere in between.  I knew today was a timed mile because I inadvertently saw it on facebook... dread!  I knew that pretty much everybody including my husband who has been coming to boot camp a lot more regularly lately) was going to kick my butt.  I try to remind myself that I'm just trying to beat myself but I've reached that time that I don't think that physics is on my side!
The run began and I was moving!  I took off too fast and could feel myself getting winded, I worked on maintaining speed and calming my body.  It worked and when I got to the end I gave the last little bit all I had left when suddenly someone was passing me on the right, just at the very end - Jason!  Flying past me to earn a 9min, 41sec and I came in right behind him at 9min, 46 sec!  The good news is that my last run was 9min, 57 sec!  11 seconds faster.  Three things: 1.) Proud of my husband, 2.) Proud of myself, 3.) Unkind murderous feelings for that goober that went flying past me in the last seconds!  ha ha!
Finally - today was a run day for my half marathon training. I was supposed to run/walk for 40 minutes and I hit right at 3.4 miles - SO... after my "fast" mile I was thrilled that I could even breath to do another 3+ miles!

By the way the half marathon that I have signed up for is:

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 I am praying that next week I can meet some of the children at For His Children that will benefit from this marathon.  I plan to put a picture of one these lovely children on my back and run for them. 

Friday, June 21, 2013

A - 5 Things

A - Day 4 of Challenge

5 Things
A #1 - She will always be the boss of BKZ and they know it even though she isn't aware yet.
A #2 - She joyfully helps fold towels.
A #3 - Her giggle makes everyone giggle.
A #4 - Reader!  She loves to read!
A #5 - She loves God and she will tell you so without any hesitation.

May 2007
April 2013

Thursday, June 20, 2013

Z - 5 Things

Day 3 of Bible Study Challenge

5 Thing
Z #1 - My Z-man is always full of energy.
Z #2 - He is sensitive and loves to give hugs and kisses.
Z #3 - He laughs all the time, sometimes at things I would rather he didn't laugh at, but we all love to hear his laughter.
Z #4 - Early bird - I never have to wake him up!
Z #5 -  My computer geek, Jason, has a mini me, his name is Z!  I love how similar they are in their passion for all things computer.

May 2005
April 2013

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

K - 5 Things

Challenge Day #2 (if you don't know the challenge review the previous post)

5 Things
K #1 - She shines from the inside out, her love of all people radiates!
K #2 - She's brilliant, but would never brag or show off.
K #3 - She's taller than me and this makes her smile and stand up even taller!  Be proud, oh tall one!
K #4 - She watches cheesy movies and TV with me and not only does she not complain she appears to enjoy our cheesy movie/TV time.
K #5 - Watching her love her younger siblings is a true and unbelievable treat.  She loves them with her whole heart and they are lucky to have her watching over them. 

January 2000
April 2013