Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Climbing Back on the Horse

I'm finding that at 40 years old it is getting harder to climb back on the horse when it comes to running. I had a wonderful summer of running in 2010 and had a summer of injuries in 2011. I'm still recovering and very excited about getting back to running, but physically my body has weakened. I know I must build my body back up and I hope that my injuries are healed to the point that I can have a good summer of running. Mentally I'm ready to run for hours, but physically my body wants to give out after 45 minutes. I'm also nursing my left achilles tendon and I have to stop around every mile I run to stretch it. The plan is to slowly build myself back up and hopefully get a couple of half marathons in by November. I also plan to get my girls more active in running, by running a few miles with them twice a week. I'm starting off 2012 with strength training, hiking and slowly building up my running miles. Happy Running!

Monday, January 9, 2012

The Flirting Begins!

A father's worst fear happened this past weekend to my husband. His beautiful 11 year old daughter spent part of her Saturday evening flirting with an 11 year old boy at a party for my husband's work. As the mother, I found the flirting cute and sweet. This is just the beginning of her interest in boys, so as mom I just need to guide her on good choices. I'm not worried yet, because she isn't allowed to date until she is 16 years old. If you ask my husband, He'll tell you that she is never allow to date. This is just the beginning of our little girl becoming a young lady.

Thursday, January 5, 2012

Glenn Beck's War on the Girl Scouts

Yep, they are the next big threat to America. Those cookie selling little girls will be out for the next few weeks selling cookies, but if you buy cookies you are supporting the Big Bad Liberal Machine called the American Girl Scouts. They might look cute and innocent but they are after your money to support a cause of brainwashing young girls to become Anti-American Feminist. This was the evil plan that has been in place for a 100 years and started by the Evil Anti-American Communist Juliette Gordon Low in Savannah, Georgia. Who would of thought that the home city of Paula Dean had so much evil?

Hopefully everyone that just read this paragraph knows that I'm just kidding around and making fun of Glenn Beck. Yes, he is after the Girl Scouts, which is very petty of him. He has to attack someone so he can get media attention and can try to keep his God status. The only media outlet to talk about the story is FOX, not a surprise.

It's going to be interesting going door to door selling cookies this year. I wonder how many people will display their hate of the Girls Scouts fueled by Beck and FOX News to my little girls. This will just show my girls how many people can be brainwashed by the Media, which was one of the points in the Girl Scout book that upset Glenn Beck.

I just want to point out that I'm a Conservative Libertarian, that is Catholic, and a Stay at Home Mom. I'm a free thinking Conservative!

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Jamie Grace - Hold Me featuring tobyMac (Official Music Video)

Happy New Year 2012 and Good Bye 2011

It seems like 2011 is a year most people are happy to see it end, but for my family it was a good year. Nothing extremely terrible happened and we had some good moments.

Our year in review, with the good and bad.

In February, we took a family vacation to Disney World. It was a wonderful week of no crowds and little stress. Taking a vacation anytime during the year is one advantage to homeschooling. Jeff is not happy in his job and received a better job offer.

In March, my husband left a stressful job that required an extreme amount of travel, for a job with less stress, less travel, more pay and more benefits. He is happier and that makes his wife and kids happier. Emelie started Gymnastics lessons.

In May, my niece Lindsay graduated from high school and received an Army ROTC scholarship to Bowling Green State University.

In June, our homeschool year come to an end and I turned 40 years old. I celebrated my birthday with my best friend of 25 years Tina and her son Mikie with a trip to Virginia Beach and hiking in the Shenandoah National Park. I also hurt my Achilles tendon, which I'm still nursing and has limited my running.

In July, Jeff and I celebrated 16 years of marriage and to celebrate we bought a two year barrel owner membership to our favorite winery Barrel Oak Winery in Delaplane, Virginia.

In August, the girls and I spent quality time together and prepared them for private school. Susie started Irish dance lessons through a competitive school.

In September, Emelie turned 11 years old and declared herself a preteen. We celebrated at the American Girl Bistro. The girls started school at a nice christian school. It was very stressful for me to send them to school and not have the control of their education. I'm still currently worried about their education, because at times I feel that I provided a better curriculum through homeschooling.

In October, Susie turns 9 years old and we celebrated her birthday at the American Girl Bistro. Both girls ran in a school fundraiser Race for Education and out ran the kids in their grade levels. Emelie ran 5 1/2 miles and Susie ran 4 1/2 miles.

In December, Jeff received very positive feed back on his job performance.

What are our plans for 2012? I plan to get back to trail running. Hopefully start a career of my own. Jeff will receive his undergraduate degree. Susie will compete in her first Irish Feis. Emelie will join either the volleyball or cross-country team at school. We don't have any big plans for 2012, we mainly just live life. Hopefully 2012 is a good year like 2011.