Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Lupus and Mumford and Sons = Running Motivation

Today I ran my first long run.  I have been working out slowly and doing the Couch to 5k running program.  I have felt myself getting stronger and my endurance increasing.  I work out three times a week, trying for Monday, Wednesday, and Fridays.  I need to make sure that I have at lease one day of rest between workouts or I am too tired.  I also often take naps on the days that I work out to help me last until bed time.  I am enjoying the time to myself at the gym and Aubrey I think has just as much fun playing in the childcare.  After we drop Emma off at school Aubrey will always ask me, "Mom!  Gym?"  It is so cute.

I was pleasantly surprised today how well my long run went.  I ran for 20 minutes non stop (which for me is a little over 1.5 miles).  It felt good and when I was getting towards the end where I was beginning to tire a thought popped into my head.  It was such a motivational thought that it completely carried me through to the end. 

I have Lupus.  This time last year I could barely walk at the end of the day, hold Aubrey or just function as a wife and mother.  It is a privilege to run.  It is a privilege to be able to run and I am going to quit being a baby and run!  And I will continue to run until Lupus hits me again.  When that happens I will recover, again, and I will start all over.  God has given me the ability to run and I will!

This thought coupled with this song by the Mumford and Sons took me to the end of the run.  I was so inspired that I probably could have kept running but I did not want to over do it:)

Tonight I am grateful
for my medications
my doctors
for gym daycare
for a husband that is so encouraging
for my new mp3 player
for Mumford and Sons music
for my increasing strength
that I can run
and for a God that saw fit to give all of those things to me

Monday, February 13, 2012

Vacation is here!

February is here and Dan is on vacation!  We are pretty excited to have two weeks of fun even if it is in February.  Dan is pretty low in seniority so these past years we have had vacations in January and February.  We don't let the snow and cold from a Midwest winter keep us down though.

On Saturday Dawson had a basketball game.   He made his second shot ever and was so proud of himself.  After the game we came home and worked on the kids' Valentine boxes and treats for their class.  We always have fun creating Valentine boxes.  This year we did not use glitter glue but Emma enjoyed all kinds of colored feathers.

Instead of handing out candy Emma wanted to hand out juice boxes to her friends

Dawson wanted to hand out his favorite, peanut butter and jelly sandwiches

Dawson made a football field for his Valentine box.

Saturday night we watched movies together and had our favorite movie snack, popcorn with m&m's.  Sunday morning we were all up and off to church on time.  It was amazing!  We had brunch together at Cracker Barrel which is Dan and Emma's favorite breakfast place.  I always think that it is a little stressful eating out with three kids.  I feel like I need to hurry and eat because at any moment one of the kids are going to be done.  We all enjoyed our brunch though.  Sunday afternoon I took Dawson and Emma to see Star Wars in 3D.  Dawson had been wanting to go pretty bad.  We all put our Star Wars shirts on and had a blast together. 

Here we are waiting for the movie to begin.

We ended our fun Sunday with Just Dance 2 and lasagna for dinner.  Here is a little video of Dawson and Emma busting a move.

What a great start to our vacation!

Thursday, February 9, 2012

Today is not my day

Today has not been my day.  It started about 2am when Emma crawled in bed with me because she had a bad dream.  She was adamant that she could not sleep in her own bed again so up she climbed.  I am sure that you are saying to yourself, "what is the big deal about having Emma sleep with you?"  Let me tell you that it is not a Mommy and daughter in beautiful and peaceful slumber.  I thought that this captured the night perfectly.

We ended up over sleeping and were rushing around trying to get everyone ready and out the door for school.  There may have been some tears and yelling by more than one person.  Once we are loaded in the van I push the garage door opener, yell at Emma to get her buckle on and start backing out the garage.  Enough time has passed that I can back out right?  Um, no.  The garage door pinches the top part of the van making a dent, pealing paint and poking a hole in the top of the van from a bolt on the garage door.  I am surprised that the neighbors did not hear my yell of frustration.  We were able to get Dawson to school on time but Emma was late.

Aubrey and I then left to run errands after Emma got settled at school.  To say that Aubrey had a meltdown while we were in Hobby Lobby would indicate that it was just one episode.  Nope, instead she cried, threw things from the basket onto the floor (her arms are long enough to reach), and screamed, "MINE" the whole time we were there.  You would not believe the looks I got.  You know the ones.  The look that makes you feel like the worst mother ever and want to burst into tears.

I spend all morning worrying about telling Dan about the van.  It is just so ridiculous and I much too proud for my own good.  I talk to Dan on the phone (he is in North Platte) and tell him about my van stupidity.  He, as always, is kind and gracious.  It is terribly embarrassing to have to tell him about the van though.  I hate being such a dingbat.  Although I know this won't be the last time.

On the way home from getting Dawson from school I caught Emma telling me a lie.  She was sent to her room while I tried to figure out what to do with her.  Dawson in the mean time had lost his gloves and was stomping/whining around the house trying to find something else that will work. I ended up loosing it and yelling at him to just wear my white fuzzy ones or nothing at all.  He of course starts crying because he is just like me and hates getting yelled at.  It hurts his heart and now my heart hurts because I took my frustration out on him. 

Sigh.  Sometimes the days just do not go my way.   

The kids are outside playing and Aubrey is snacking while watching a Veggie Tale.  I am taking a much needed time out.  A Caedmon's Call song has popped into my head and I remember that everything is sacred even on the days that do not go my way. 

Saturday, February 4, 2012

A Super Bowl Funny

This is a conversation that Dawson, Emma, and I had about the upcoming Super Bowl Game.

Dawson:  Hey Mom, who do you think is going to win the Super Bowl?

Me:  I hope that the Giants do.

Dawson: I think that the Patriots are going to win because Tom Brady is better than Eli Manning.  Payton Manning is better than both of them though.

Me:  Well, I don't really like Tom Brady so I would rather Eli Manning win.

Dawson:  How come you don't like Tom Brady?

Emma:  Is it because Eli Manning is cuter than Tom Brady?

Me: (lots of laughing)  Tom Brandy is a lot cuter but...

So there you have it.

Dawson is cheering for the Patriots
I am cheering for the Giants
Emma thinks that whoever is the cutest should win