. . . for Lauren and Lauren

August 31, 2014


Well it's been almost a month since our vacation and I am just now getting to editing our pictures.  I took pictures with only my phone on our trip and it's such a pain to get them onto my computer, compared to sticking in my camera card.  Plus days when we see one of the most beautiful landforms, I'm wishing I would've had my real camera.  It's one of those things that is just crazy to even comprehend how God made something that big and loud and beautiful.  It's breathtaking to watch it, and kind of scary to stand next to it.  

I miss our vacation and want to go back.  I'm determined to go through the rest of my pictures this weekend and share more of our week in Canada.  Hope you're all enjoying your weekend!

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August 27, 2014



Thank you so much for your encouraging and sweet words after my post last week.  We're headed to the hospital tomorrow morning for a few tests for Addilyn.  I'm dreading them because I know she'll just scream and cry during them.  Chris was out of town at the beginning of the week, Addilyn has had a nasty cold, plus got hand, foot and mouth disease on top of it.  I have felt tired, overwhelmed and anxious.  I am so ready for this week to be over.  To have negative test results and know that our little girl is just little and gets colds easily.  

I have been comforted and encouraged so many times through this online community and have seen many prayers answered, the biggest being our Addilyn Jane.  So please pray for tomorrow to go quickly, for Addilyn to take the tests like a champ, for peace for myself and healthy results.  

Thank you over and over.  

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August 26, 2014

Things that make me do this . . .

Ruining a dessert.  Like forgetting the flour in a whole batch of cookies.  

When a customer service rep won't return or exchange something or understand the perfectly sensical thing I'm asking.  

When Addilyn takes a 25 minute nap or wakes up at 6:00 for the day.  Why does 6 seem worlds earlier than 6:30? 

Ordering something online and it not fitting.  

Taking out the laundry and finding a shirt that has shrunk or inherited a mysterious stain.  

When our cat pees somewhere besides the litter box. 

When I lose followers on social media. 

Chris saying he is "so" sick

Too bad I don't look nearly as cute when I cry.  Now tell me things that make you irrational cry? 

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August 25, 2014

In Rotation

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tee, vest & shorts: old navy   necklace: groopdealz   sandals: loft   sunglasses: kohls

After my new found love for my denim vest, I've resorted to putting a vest over every outfit and immediately feeling like I'm wearing a "real" outfit.  At least I have another vest to rotate.  It's a shame I didn't figure this out earlier in the summer because I do feel like it makes my normal jean shorts and tee look much more put together.  And still just as comfortable.  

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August 24, 2014

Look like a runner

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Apologies if you're getting sick of marathon type posts.  A month and half left and I'm pretty sure I won't be writing about a marathon for a long time.  If I mention thinking about doing it again stop me please.  I am not running another marathon for a very long time.  

Getting started.  As long as it works out with Chris' schedule, I run first thing in the morning.  We're getting to the point where training is taking up so much time.  The midweek runs are up to 9 miles, which is an hour and a half to me.  Weekends up to 16, which means almost three hours of running. The time commitment is huge and it's starting to take more and more motivation.  I can't not think about what I'd rather be doing like watching tv, reading, or just sitting for that long.  I've been tempted to run to dunkin donuts and just sit there for two hours instead.  The hardest part is getting started, which is why I like to get it over at the beginning of the day.  

Eating and Drinking.  I don't remember having this problem when I trained for the marathon last time.  I know I'm not old, but I honestly think the 5 years older is making a difference.  I can't seem to find the right things to eat and right amount of water to drink, before, during and after.  I either feel starving and thirsty or sick to my stomach from eating or drinking too much.  Please share your pre race meals with me!  While never a big fan of gatorade and nutrition bars before, I think that these may have helped me after my last long run.  

Looking like a runner. For the first many many weeks of running I honestly felt like I looked like I was going to die when I was running.  I'm surprised multiple cars didn't pull over and ask if I needed help.  After a month or so I finally started to feel like a runner.  There's an extra confidence and motivation that comes when you feel like you look the part.  My stride gets bigger, I move a little faster, and I'm happier when I remind myself to look like a runner.  Having cute workout clothes makes this easier! 

Tracking your goals.  Clearly I have a goal in mind, but once the marathon is over I don't want to lose all the running and training.  It's easy to be burnt out and I will definitely be taking some time off running, but I want a new goal, as it really helps me to stay motivated.  The last two marathons I was so sick of running that I didn't for so long and it's amazing how quickly you get out of running shape.  I don't want this to happen again, so I plan on keeping up to at least five or so miles frequently.  

Keeping track of your progress is so motivating.  When I passed 100 miles, and then 200 miles it's a rewarding feeling.  I've been logging my runs and following the hal higdon training program, but I recently was told about the new Walgreens phone app.  First of all they have all kinds of sections, like shopping list, prescription refill app, coupons, scanner (my favorite) and even an pharmacy chat. Makes it pretty convenient to ask about dosage for over the counter medicine or other related questions.  But they also have a place where you can log your daily physical activity.  This would be great once I'm done logging my runs in my training app. 

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And a bonus is that you can get balance reward points for logging your goals, which means I started logging my runs here too.  When I logged into my account I was less than 1,000 points away from my next reward. After logging my runs for the next week I reached 5,000 points and earned $5 off my next purchase.  Which means free gatorade and power bars. (Or nail polish, make up or candy.  It's all about balance right?)  You can also log sleep hours (no points for moms with new babies in that category, right?), weigh ins, and heart rate.  Get 250 points for downloading the app, and then another 250 for setting your first health goal.  Check out other ways to earn points here.  

It's super convenient to have it on your phone.  I am a balance reward member but have no idea where my card is, but now I have it in the app on my phone.  Makes it super easy to look up coupons, ads and scan my reward card when I headed to the one down the street, the day before my long run to buy gatorade and power bars.  

After the run. There are so many lessons I've learned through running.  The biggest I think is to take it day by day and be proud of your accomplishments.  It's easy for me to think ahead and wonder how I'll finish longer runs, when I struggle with the milage for that day.  It's easy to be discouraged when I run takes me longer than I hoped or when I felt slow and out of breath.  But I know it's so important to feel proud and celebrate my accomplishments.  And reward myself with a little ice cream too. 

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