Friday, September 19, 2014

Dear Ella 2014

Dearest Ella:  

On the occasion of your 9th birthday I write this letter.  Wow, 9 years old.  It seems like yesterday you were a baby girl and no you're so big and definitely not a baby anymore.  

Where do I begin with you?  I love your sass.  


I think I like it because it's all pretend and not at all real.  Haha You're sweet to the core.  



You have such a caring disposition and are so compassionate about other people.  You have a constant regard for other people's feelings and seriously do not like it if someone's feelings get hurt (least of all yours).  


So yes you're caring and sensitive and those are some of your best qualities.  

What I particularly love about you is that you are your own person.  You like what you like and you make no apologies for it.  If someone tells you they don't like your XYZ,  you just tell them "well, I do."  I hope this does not change as you get older.  I hope you always stay your own person.  


You are definitely a girlie girl.  You love all girlie things.  You love makeup and nail polish, you love clothes and love to shop.  I have a feeling I'm really going to be in for it when you're a teenager.  Right now, you're into clothes that look like adult clothes.  You like to wear mini versions of what I wear and you love Maxi dresses.  


As much as you are a girlie girl, you love sports and adventure.  You're not afraid to try new things and you're probably my biggest dare devil.  




You never cease to amaze me when it comes to sports.  I expect you to be that sweet little girl that you are, but you're not afraid to get in there and get down and dirty.  I always sit there shocked.  It will just never seem right to me, but I like it!


You LOVE all the artsy fartsy stuff.  You love dance and I think it truly is your passion.  Your favorite is tap, with jazz and hip hop coming in just behind.


I personally think you're a beautiful ballerina and you're so graceful when you dance ballet.  You've started lyrical this year and I think it will become another favorite for you.


You've been taking guitar for about a year now and you're pretty good.  I'm sure you could be better if we made more time for you to practice.  I look forward to hearing what you've learned each week and I can't wait until you can really belt out a tune.

You also love art and love creating special pieces for everyone.  This summer you created art pieces for $5 each and donated the money to St Jude Children's Research Hospital.  Everyone was so moved by your project and you collected over $250.  I was so proud of you and how hard you worked to get all the projects complete.

I joke all the time about your carefree spirit and wonder sometimes what that will mean for you when you become an adult.  I hope it means you'll spend your life doing something you are passionate about and that which makes you happy.  I don't think you'd be content just doing a job, it will have to be something you have your heart in, so that you can enjoy it.



I know I'm your mom, but I just think you're a beautiful girl.  I know you're a blonde hair, blue-eyed beauty and, if I'm being honest, you know it too.  You love to look pretty, but I think that's ok because you're just being you.



So yes my sweet Ella girl, you are beautiful on the outside, but that's not what is so appealing about you.  It is really your beauty on the inside that is constantly shining through.  You heart is so big and so full of love and I hope that never changes.  I hope you always live big and with the happiness you possess right now as a child.



I only have one daughter and I wouldn't that.  I love that it's just the two of us girls and I look forward to many years of all the girl things together.

When God made you, he gave me a gift.  A gift of unconditional love, a gift of sweetness and kindness.  You, my dear, are a gift I'm not worthy to receive, but one I will forever cherish.   Thank you for forgiving all my bad mommy moments and thank you for loving me anyway. You are an amazing little girl and you inspire me everyday.



With all my love,

Mom



Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Wonder Mom Wednesday: Favorite Mom Moments Last Week

Hi guys, I'm linking up again with Amanda from Mom Who Tris and Sue from This Mama Runs for Cupcakes for Wonder Mom Wednesdays!  This week's topic is Favorite Mom Moments Last Week

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Ok so this week's topic is favorite mom moments from last week.  I'll admit, I'm not sure if these are all really last week, but perhaps the past two weeks.  

Spending Time with Jack alone.  It's not often that I get to spend time one on one with my kids, so any time I get to spend with each of them alone is a GREAT time.  Even if that time is at the doctor's office.  


Reading to Jack's class for his birthday and dedicating the book to the library.  Jack is still at the age where he WANTS to see me at school.  He actually smiles and acts likes he knows me.  His school allows you to come in on the child's birthday and read a book and donate it to the library and the birthday boy got his picture taken for the "Birthday Book Club."  It was a highlight for sure.



Picking out Ella's outfits in the morning.  If Ella's being picky, it can be a worst not a best moment, but when I pick out an outfit on the first try and she says yes it's always great.  I love how much she loves clothes and how she loves to be a little fashionista.  FYI I'd let her pick out her own clothes and wear whatever she wants, but she's so indecisive and NEEDS help.  Anyway... isn't she the cutest?


Watching the end of the summer fireworks with my family from the backyard was definitely a highlight.  Our township puts these fireworks on and they're truly amazing.  Probably the best I've ever seen.

Watching Nicholas master the pistol squat.    Ok his form isn't the greatest, but this is truly a really hard movement and he was able to master it.  It was a proud mom moment!



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Friday, September 12, 2014

5 Thing Friday


I was tagged by Melissa over at The Wheezy Runner to write 10 things about myself.   So I'm not really sure why this is a FIVE thing Friday thing when I'm supposed to write 10 things.  So we'll call it 5 Thing Friday times two.  Go with it, K?

I feel like I've been writing this blog for so long that I won't even be able to come up with 10 things y'all don't know about me.  I'm going to try.  Here goes.

1)  I have a freckle on the end of my nose and I hate it.  It wasn't always there and didn't appear until I was almost 30 years old.  People used to tell me ALL the time that I had dirt on my nose.  It made me stabby when they'd say it and I'd smile through gritted teeth.


2) Speaking of teeth, I had braces when I was young, but my teeth have moved significantly.  My bottom teeth have been overcrowded since my wisdom teeth tried to squeak in, but now my top teeth keep moving back causing my other teeth to overlap.  I recently went for an ortho consult and I'm probably going to do invisalign.

3) I grew up for part of my life (age 11 to 16) on a 135 acre tree farm in a small town in Ohio.  I HATED it.  I hated living in the country, I hated the outdoors, pretty much I hated everything about it.  Now I'd KILL to own that piece of property as I think it would be a perfect getaway place.

4) I learned to waterski (now I wakeboard) when I was about 17 years old.  My BFF's VERY patient grandfather taught me.  It must have taken me 100 tries that day and I got up twice.  After I learned I probably only skied a handful of time.  20 years later, I got out there and popped right up.  Skiing is like riding a bike, you never forget how.


5) I hated my wedding dress


6) On my first date with George he took me to a "fancy" restaurant.  Both of us were out of our element and I was trying to be a "typical girl" and ordered a chicken dish I hated even though I wanted a big ass steak.  George was trying to be manly and ordered the prime rib, which he hates.  These days I order the steak and he gets the chicken.  haha

7) During 9/11 I was working (as a pharmacist) at Walmart.  We were told a plane had hit the towers and we immediately turned on the radio.  I had to work until 9 pm that night and had listened to the radio all day.  When I finally got off work and came home and saw the TV, I wasn't prepared for SEEING it for the first time.  It was the most horrific thing I have ever seen.  

8) I'm severely allergic to shrimp, but can eat all other seafood. 


9)  I was blonde from the time I was 14 until the time I was 35.  It wasn't until recently that I went back to being a blonde.  I can't decide which I like better, but being a blonde is way too high maintenance.  


10) I wrote this post inspired by my Facebook profile pics.  Ha!  

I tag Kortni from Our Daily (G)Races and Tyly One Mile at a Time to 5 things Friday (X2) next!  

Tell me one thing about yourself that people would be surprised to know

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Ragnar DC Ready-- I Think

Leg 10:  2:52 pm Friday,  5.9 miles 





Leg 22: 2:58 am Saturday, 3.5 miles 





Leg 34:  12:52 pm Saturday, 7.2 miles 


Done!  

2 vans, 12 runners, 200 miles, 36 legs, 36 hours, countless memories. 

Let's do this!  













Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Wonder Mom Wednesday: Ways to Involve the Kids in Exercise

Hi guys, I'm linking up again with Amanda from Mom Who Tris and Sue from This Mama Runs for Cupcakes for Wonder Mom Wednesdays!  This week's topic is Ways to Involve the Kids in Exercise.  

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There are so many ways to get your kids involved in exercise.  There's the obvious ways like signing your kids up for sports and other activities as well as making them get off the electronics and encouraging them to get off the couch.  To me those seem obvious, but maybe not.  

My kids are VERY active.  They do play sports and Ella also dances about 8 hours a week.  I try very hard to limit their iPods and iPads and encourage them to get out there and just play.  You know-- be kids.  So there's that, but there's other ways too.  

When my kids were little I would take them to the gym with me.  Often times, 4 to 5 times a week.  We'd go to gym and they just knew it was part of their day.  They knew I was exercising and they knew I was doing it to be HEALTHY.  When they got old enough, I would push them in the jogging stroller and eventually they graduated to riding bikes or scooters with me while I ran.  To this day I still exercise WITH my kids.  

Running with Nicholas 

Swimming with Jack 
While all of that is nice, none of that is what I think has gotten my kids involved in actual exercise.  I can honestly say, I play a VERY ACTIVE role in keeping my kids involved in exercise simply by LEADING BY EXAMPLE.  

Yes, that deserves an ALL caps because I think it's oh so important.  Have you ever heard your child say a phrase and it sounds like something you always say?  Ever watch your kids mannerisms and think, gee he looks just like my husband when he does that?  There's a reason your kid sounds and acts like you.  It's because they're watching and they're learning and they do what YOU do.  They live what they learn.  

My kids have all done triathlons.  This one takes a little more coercing to get them to do it because they're afraid of the swim, but they always happy they did it in the end.  My kids would NEVER have even considered a triathlon had they not seen me doing it.  




The same goes for running races.  My kids are always asking when they can do their next race.  They love getting there bib numbers and timing chips and going out there and giving it their all.  There's something about a race that gets people excited.  Kids too!  Sign your kids up for a race.  I bet they won't say, "I never want to do that again."  



CrossFit-- they've tried it.  






By now, you're picking up what I'm putting down.  My kids have all naturally tried the activities that I do.  They watch, they learn, they do.  I talked about Why I Workout on the blog before and while it is for selfish reasons (to look and feel great), it's also VERY MUCH to inspire my kids to be healthy people.

I know when my kids come see me at a race it's boring for them, but it's also teaching them through seeing.  They know that I've trained and they know it's hard work, but until they've seen it, I don't think they really appreciate it.  So yeah, make your child suffer through a race or two of yours.  It will be worth it.  Who knows, you might actually inspire them.



I don't think the "do as I say and not as I do" mentality works when it comes to exercise.   My kids want me to be involved in things too.  They want a parent who can lead a healthy lifestyle with them. We do all kinds of active, fun things together as a family.  Most times, it doesn't even seem like exercise.

Hiking 
Zip-lining
Skiing 
So what can you do to get your kids involved in exercise?  You can get involved yourself.  Remember, monkey see, monkey do!  




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