Friday, October 29, 2010
Wednesday, October 27, 2010
Monday, October 25, 2010
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Wednesday, October 20, 2010
Thursday, October 14, 2010
Monday, October 11, 2010
I'll be honest with you, I am beginning to feel a little burned out after back-to-back training programs. I have been training since April, with about a 6 week break after my 5K race, and before my 10K training started. With the busyness that school brings, three children's activities, and working full-time fitting in my weekday training runs has been harder this fall than last spring. The heat has finally let up and we've had exceptional running weather which is nice but the days are getting shorter and it gets dark relatively early, which makes it harder to run with kids in tow. My hubby started running too and is training for this crazy, 9 mile obstacle course race next April. We've been trying to run together, which means we run on a paved trail and the kids bring their scooters. It's less than ideal but we still get our mileage in.
I know I'll finish my 10K strong but I am beginning to doubt if I have it in me to train for a half-marathon in the spring. I know I do, but the early mornings, never sleeping in, and busy schedule are wearing me down. To be honest with you, I am looking forward to finishing my race strong and then having almost 6 blissful months with no structured training program, to run when I feel like it, to work on speed and endurance, but at my own pace. I hope after that respite and having Sunday mornings to sleep in, I'll be fresh in May to start training for a fall 2011 half-marathon.
Running is a lifestyle change, it is so addicting, you feel so good setting goals and meeting them, pushing yourself in ways you never thought possible. I know running will be part of my life going forward but you have to listen to yourself and say, "training was good, but breaks are good too.
To start this week off right I am going to head off on a blissful, 5K run, with no kids in tow, music blasting, just for fun. I know I'll feel better when I get back.
Friday, October 8, 2010
At the beginning of the year hubby was accepted to graduate school and hoped to start this past summer. After evaluating the costs and funding options, we decided it just wasn't possible right now. He went back and forth about whether the program he chose, while interesting to him, would lead to the best employment opportunities. We let it fall to the back-burner, but it kept coming up. How great would it be for my hubby to get a Masters in Biomedical Engineering from one of the top medical schools in the country?
I fretted about how we'd pay for it and if it was the best career move for him? I heard him say over and over how much he wanted to go to graduate school. A few weeks ago an interesting thing happened, I said, "go for it", do what you need to do to start school next summer, we'll figure out how to pay for it.
This was a big leap for me because we are not interested in student loans, both hubby and I have a TON of student loans and other debt from our undergraduate degrees. We are focused on getting out of debt, saving, and buying a home. Taking out more loans will put us further from our goals, not closer, but somehow we'll make it work.
It will be 2013 before hubby is done with school, who knows how long until we can meet our financial goals, and at least 4-5 years out before we can realistically have a baby, but you know what? I'm okay with that. I am trying to keep perspective and remember it is no way to live being dissatisfied with the present and only focusing on the future.
Today's a gift, that's why it is called the present, so instead of focusing on the future (or the past for that matter) I am going to celebrate today for what today is and enjoy every moment I have.
Monday, October 4, 2010
The real LA love story asked:
I am always curious about how people decide who to spend the rest of their lives with so do you mind sharing the story of how you and your husband met?
Hubby and I met on Match.com. We were both divorced and a little disillusioned with the dating process. I met him after 3 weeks on Match.com, he was the first person I went on a date with from the site. His Match.com experience was a little different, he had to kiss a few toads to find his princess. We were engaged after 13 months of dating and married 15 months later. There is more of our love story here if you are interested.
If you or your husband got a job opportunity that required a move overseas for a year, would you let your family experience a new country or turn down the opportunity and stay home? (I always think it's fascinating when people do this!)
I suppose a lot of factors would go into this decision but if it was a job my husband wanted to take and the money was enough I would jump on the opportunity in a heartbeat. I think there is something said for stability and keeping your kids in the same school but I would never pass up an opportunity to experience another culture like that.
How did you choose your kids' names?
Bethany also asked:
I use nicknames for my kids on my blog here but their names are not secrets. Hubby and I both like unique names since we both have uber popular names, Nathan and Michelle. We both hated sharing our names as kid and having to go by your first name and last initial. We don't have any kids together so we haven't named any together but he tends to like more unique names than I do.
Our oldest is Brennan. I knew a little girl from church named Brenna, when I was pregnant. Before I knew if Brennan was a boy or a girl, I had decided on Brenna Riley for a girl. When I found out he was a boy, every name I suggested his dad didn't like. Finally at about 6 months pregnant, Brennan's dad suggested his name. I liked the name but wasn't convinced it was the one. After a few weeks it stuck and we have Brennan. I love his name, I love that it is unique. I do not love that people cannot pronounce his name when said verbally, something I never thought of when naming him.
Our middle child, is Wynter. Hubby's ex-wife had read a book with Winter as the main character and suggested it to hubby. He liked the name and changed it to Wynter. You know, 10 years ago that was the trendy thing to do. I love her name, the most unique of all our children but I would've spelled it like the season to keep things simple.
Our youngest is Phoenix. Hubby and his ex-wife separated while she was still pregnant. They each made a list of names they liked and Phoenix was on both lists. Easy to decide. Almost 8 years ago the name was very unique and neither masculine or feminine. Over the last few years it has gained popularity as a boys name, although there was another Phoenix in her dance class of 10 girls.
I love talking baby names!
I hope you enjoyed reading and learned a little something new about me and my family. Thanks again to everyone who participated, it was a lot of fun!