Last month, in early October, one of my dear friends got married at the Guy Harvey Outpost Islander Resort in Islamorada, in the Florida Keys. You’ve seen Jess in several of my running posts and if you’ve been reading for a while, you may have even heard us chatting with the Another Mother Runner ladies on their podcast last year. Jess was friends with my husband in college and she’s one of the many wonderful people that came into my life when we got together.
For as long as I’ve been a runner, I’ve been told that the one race you want to avoid running in Jax is the Marine Corps Half. Not just from one person, but from nearly every single person I know that has run it in the past. The main complaints are the terrible weather (it’s hot and humid!) and that the end of the course is brutal. You run up a pedestrian bridge, over the rail road tracks, then have to run down a spiral ramp. Then you run, in full sun, along the river. That part sounds nice, but not when it’s 85 degrees in full sun!
Early last month, I ran the Run Diva 5K as part of my partnership with Ultimate Racing. I’ve said it before and I’m sure I’ll say it again, but if you haven’t run any of the UR races, you’re missing out!
We’re going to play another game of catch up. I get so behind on these posts but my OCD tendencies won’t let me skip them, and I really want to write a recap of the race I did earlier this month, so today we’re playing catch up. Lots of pictures of what we did in September and October and maybe, hopefully, I won’t get behind again. I wouldn’t hold your breath though 😉
This is one of those things that should probably be filed under “not my best idea ever”. It worked out though and I had fun, so I guess it was not my worst idea ever. All I know is I was one tired mama the next day! So what was this silly thing that I did??
It’s time to go back to school! I’m sitting here wondering where the summer went, it seems like it just started and it’s already mid-September. Braden is in 2nd Grade and Kenz is in Pre-K this year. It’s kind of bittersweet – this is our last “first day” at the school the kids have been at since they were infants. Next year they’ll both be in elementary school.
I have this thing with my kids, I don’t want to be a controlling mom. I want to teach them to think for themselves, to make decisions on their own. I want them to learn that their decisions and actions have consequences. I want them to grow up to be adults that can gather information about a situation, assess it all, and decide on the right course of action.
These days, I see so many articles about the “Pinterest Moms” and how too much is spent on birthday parties. These articles argue that “going overboard” teaches kids to have such high expectations for everything and how it is doing such a huge disservice to them. I’ve read how it’s more for the parents than it is for the kids, how doing anything more than slapping a “Happy Birthday” banner on the wall and ordering pizza is just showing off and some sort of status symbol, how it isn’t about the kids. You know what I say to that? Whatever! 🙂
I feel like I should have written this closer to Mackenzie’s birthday (at the end of July), when all of those “oh my gosh, my sweet baby girl is growing up so fast” emotions were going crazy. They’re still there, but I’m past feeling the tears coming on when I think about it or talk about it. It is so surreal to me that I’m the mother at all, and to have these two walking, talking, opinionated, maniacs in my house (they are so much like their father, ha!) – it blows my mind!
I’m going to go ahead and warn you – this post has some really adorable baby pictures. Like, ridiculously tiny and cute and.. well, it may just make your ovaries ache. Adam and I decided three years ago that we were not having any more babies, but this little guy is just so sweet and snuggly and it really had me thinking that maybe we should just have one more. After how the rest of the weekend went though, I was cured.. mostly.