Archive for May, 2011|Monthly archive page

My new favorite iPhone app!

In Uncategorized on May 31, 2011 at 4:27 am

I’m addicted to this new picture app. I know, I have no life! ha ha!

 Sophie @ the park.
 Washington Monument – May 29th, 2011
 Just me.
 Our “first” baby.
Our Sophie baby.

Summertime & the living is easy…

In Uncategorized on May 31, 2011 at 4:17 am
More Sophie updates…

The Waiting Place

In Uncategorized on May 29, 2011 at 1:44 am

So I’m feeling slightly dramatic… 😉

I was reading one of my favorite books to Sophie earlier – Dr. Seuss’ “Oh, the places you’ll go”. I received it as a graduation gift from a HS teacher/friend/second-mother, etc… (love you Sherree!) Anyways, I love pulling it out even 7 years later and still reading through it…there is always some point in the book that I can relate to. I can find peace and understanding in the funniest places. Here’s what it says:
“You can get so confused that you’ll start in to race down long wiggled roads at a break-necking pace and grind on for miles across weirdish wild space. Headed, I fear, toward a most useless place. The waiting place.”
It goes on to say that the “waiting and staying” place isn’t for you and once more you’ll be on your way – oh, the places you’ll go (or run. 😉 ) I was reminded of this Bible verse…
“However, I consider my life worth nothing to me; my only aim is to finish the race and complete the task the Lord Jesus has given me—the task of testifying to the good news of God’s grace. -Acts 20:24”

I consider myself to be in a “waiting” place right now. Still trying to nurse a leg injury and not running. I have pity parties and hate that I can’t run. Reading the verse from Acts really put things in perspective for me tonight. I may not be running in the physical sense right now…but I’m always running the race in the spiritual sense. And honestly, that’s the only race that matters. I’m far from perfect, but I do hope and pray that my life reflects God’s glory and grace. I thank Him every day for giving me a passion for a healthy lifestyle and strong legs!
So like the book says, once more I’ll be on my way!

Sophie & the park

In Uncategorized on May 29, 2011 at 1:38 am

D.C. National Arboretum

In Uncategorized on May 29, 2011 at 1:30 am
So we marked off another “to see” place in D.C. while Taylor’s parents were here last weekend. We visited the National Arboretum.

Sophie insisted on walking everywhere.


In Uncategorized on May 19, 2011 at 1:57 am
Just a few pictures…

I made it!!
Last mile…all smiles!

Last 1/2 mile…still smiling!

Run this town.

In Half Marathon, Running on May 19, 2011 at 1:13 am

As many people know a little over a year ago I started on a quest to “get fit”. Long story short, I lost 40 lbs in about 8 months and maintained my “goal” weight along with building muscle. After reaching the goal I of course started setting new ones…one of them being – running. I’ve never considered myself a runner (at ALL). I could never pace myself and therefore never really enjoyed it. But I was determined to run. So in January I signed up for a Half Marathon…crazy right? I couldn’t run more than about 3 miles at the time, but that didn’t stop me…only 10 more to add on. Easy! I joined a gym and started training. My timing has never been perfect. I decided to take on running while my husband was away training. So my daughter joined me on most of my outside runs…that was hard. I didn’t enjoy those runs pushing her…but she was always perfect, so I shouldn’t complain. She made me faster and stronger! My first “training” run was 2.25 miles and my average pace was 11:29…27 minutes. Just 2 months later I ran 6 miles at a 9:11 pace…I was getting better/faster and was so encouraged by my progress. Shortly after that I ran my first road race, a 5k (3.1 miles) benefiting The Wounded Warriors Project. I averaged an 8:06 mile and couldn’t have been more happy with my 26 minute finish.

The Wounded Warriors 5k Race
Just 2 months after that race, I finished my first ever Half Marathon!!!!! And I’m proud to say I ran EVERY step of it. Up until the race, my longest run had only been 10 miles. But I felt that I would be able to finish it and tried not to worry. My goal was 2 hours, that didn’t happen, but I really don’t care. I finished in 2:15:58…I was thrilled. Just 4 short months ago this was just a dream. Running has changed my life. It’s helped me live healthier and I hope I’m setting an example for my daughter. I hope from my running/training that she learns to work hard towards her dreams and strives to be her personal best. 26.2 here I come!!!!!

Welcome to "Toddler-ville"

In Uncategorized on May 19, 2011 at 12:38 am

Just some recent photos of Sophie.