Friday, March 23, 2012

Spring Break and more....

Alot has been going on but I have anything but time to blog. Lets see, this may be out of order but oh well. Craig an JTs seasons have both started so we are literally home maybe one night a week. It's a little too much sometimes but I know one day I'll look back and wish I had all this craziness back. JTs team won first place last wknd in the Van buren Tourn. He played great. He plays again this wknd in Alma and then again next wknd in Tulsa. Craig is out of town again this wknd for the third wknd in 4 wks. His team is playing in Jonesboro. Just glad they are having a good tournament.
Our spring break usually doesn't consist of anything to exciting bc of Craigs baseball schedule. We did manage to have two days of no ball so we made a quick trip to Branson. The Whittingtons went with us so we had a great time. It rained almost all of both days but it didn't stop us from eating, shopping, shopping, shopping, and playing! ;0) it was nice to get away even if it was for just two days. Great times with some great friends.
Ok, random thought but, growing up and really up till last year I have looked forward to summer not only for the heat (I hate being cold) but for the SUN! I loved to lay out and get as brown as a peanut. The older I get the more I realize just how ridiculous that was. Looking back I not only see how unhealthy it was but also unattractive. I mean really, what is attractive about looking like leather and just think what I would look like in 15 years. I think it slapped me in the face the other day hard when I saw an old friend of mine that literally looked 15 years older than what she should . You could tell it was not a spray tan. Its sad to imagine how she will look in 10 yrs. So, I now chose to be white!!!!! I love the sun and won't avoid it but I no longer have the desire to fry my skin just to look 50 when I'm 35. I just pray I haven't waited to long. I want to be around for my family for a long time. Skin cancer and wrinkles definitely are reason enough for me to protect myself. I also want to be a positive influence for my kids. Ok enough of my soap box. ;0)
I can't believe we are about to start the last 9 wks of school. This yr has flown by. Not that I'm Complaining but I would like for my kids life to slow down. I can not believe JT will be 12 in just a few months. Just doesn't seem possible.
Ok having trouble posting pics so next blog will probably be just pics.

Thursday, March 8, 2012

Little Rock Marathon 2012

I cant even began to describe how awesome my weekend was. Tara, Tessa and I left early Saturday morning so we could get up to the expo and check in. We shopped, ate, saw a movie and laughed all night! It was a great way to keep my mind off the whole reason we were there. Not that I didnt want to think about the race, I just didnt want to think too much about 26.2 miles. It definetly was a mental game at that point. I could have easily psyched myself out. So, we were up early Sunday morning. It couldnt have been a more perfect day. A little chilly that morning but perfect running weather. Tara was sweet enough to go along and be our number one cheerleader and picture taker even though she wasnt able to run. I had prepared and trained so hard for this moment and it definetly was everything and more than I could have imagined. I cant even start to describe the number of people there. It was shoulder to shoulder until we crossed the start line, which in itself took a good 4 minutes to even get across.
I have been going to therapy twice a week for months now for my hip issues and I worried so much that it would give me problems. Thankfully NO issues with my hip at all but unfortunetly about mile 15 my knee really started giving me problems. By the time we hit mile 18 I was in quite a bit of pain. It didnt help that mile 18-24 was a down and back which mentally was one of the toughest things Ive ever done. I had heard it was bad but nothing could have prepared me for just how bad it actually was. There was many times in those 6 miles that Tessa and I both wanted to give up but thank God we had each other bc that's the only thing that got us through it. We talked each other through it when we wanted to quit. We cried, we laughed, we gave each other some very stern pep talks. (some very choice words seemed to help too). lol
Now, we were at mile 24 and we saw the end in site, well thats until we hit mile 25----- A HILL. Seriously?? A hill at the end of an already tough course. We pushed through the pain and crossed the finish line together. We were both crying not so much from pain (which had a little to do with it) but just bc we both knew what an awesome accomplishment we had just made and all the hours of hard work to get to this point, paid off.
I have no doubt in my mind that without having Tessa there with me the whole race I would never have made it.
I dont know that I have will do another one, but I am proud to say I DID IT!!
Thanks Tessa, Tara, Jen and all the people along the way that kept us going. The atmosphere throughout the whole course was undescribable. One of the coolest things I have ever experienced in my life. Here are a few pics from that weekend.

Friday, March 2, 2012

Created by God

For the last 7 weeks JT has been taking a class at Grace Community church once a week called Created by God. It was a class for the kids to learn about the human body and ALL details that go with it.(a very detailed birds and the bees) He enjoyed going each week and I know learned WAY more than what I knew at that age. Although he NEVER would share what they talked about with us, we would always hear it from all the other boys. I trully believe this was one of the best decisions we made in having him go. They had a ceramony for the kids this past Wed night and presented them each with a purity ring. I am proud of how much JT is maturing and I pray he continues to lead a Christian life and waits for that special someone. (which I hope is still decades down the road :0) )

Basketball Season

After Tessa talked me into coaching Pate's basketball team I just knew we would be in for a long season. I had NO experience with basketball. Believe it or not we ended the season UNDEFEATED! The kids were great and we had a really great time doing it. Im glad she talked me into it.