1. My five year old told me this morning that I was ruining her life. All because I vetoed her restaurant of choice for lunch. (She was kidding as she said this, but I envisioned the future and teenage years and it wasn't pretty!)
2. In my real life, I am the library media specialist (new, fancy title for librarian) at our school. Next week is the book fair, so I'll be super busy. I have a blog for our library, too. If you're interested, check here.
3. The weather has been gorgeous around here lately. In Alabama, you never know what the next day will bring, so we've been enjoying it as much as we can!
4. On Thursday, as we walked out the door to school, Max followed. He jumped in the car with the girls and it took me a full five minutes to get him out. He really wanted to go to school with us!
5. While watching youtube videos on the top books from 2013, I saw the Clockwork Prince 'series' pop up several times. I've read several books by this author before, so I started Clockwork Prince this week. So far, it hasn't disappointed me!
I'm shaking things up around here a little bit and doing a "From the Camera Roll" post on Wednesday instead of Friday. I do what I want, yo :)
A teacher at our school has a corn snake as a class pet. Wouldn't you know it, my girls LOVE Roxie! They want to hold her ALL the time, and bring her to the library so that I can love on her too! Oh boy!
Due to snow days, the Valentine's dance at school was postponed until this past week. Libby was too young to go, but Kyndall had a terrific time with all her friends!
On Sunday, the whole neighborhood took advantage of the gorgeous weather. Cohen and Micah came down and all the kids road their 'green machines' around. We even let Max out, with his shock collar but without his leash. He did SO well, and loved being FREE!
The pond in front of my parents house always has ducks. Almost year-round. We went to eat there last night and counted 7 geese and around 25 ducks. We even had to stop going up the driveway to let the geese waddle by!
I love running. I love most physical activities, but running is definitely my favorite. That being said, it is SO hard to get back into the habit of exercising after a break. (Or get started, period.). This is also the time of year when all those New Years Resolutions start sliding. You were doing so well working out then the cold weather put everything on hold. Now you're trying to get back into the habit.
After the half that killed my hip three weeks ago, I've run a grand total of three times. My hip is better. It didn't hurt on any of those three runs, but it does ache when I'm sitting still. It's especially rough on long car rides (which I've had several of lately) and right before I fall asleep at night. With all that, I've gotten out of the habit of exercise.
With my next half being two months away, I've GOT to get back on the training plan. If it's this hard for ME, someone who generally loves exercise, to restart my running plan, I can only imagine how tough it is for those of you who don't enjoy sweating. So for all of us, here are my tips to start (or restart) an exercise habit.
1. Just go. Go in the morning. Go in the evening. Go on your lunch break. Just go. Don't talk to yourself about it. Don't let that time be optional. Look at your calendar, find a time that works for you, and go!
2. Find a partner. Or two. With the weather slowly getting nicer, I'm rounding up some friends to meet me for early morning runs. Having accountability is the number one way to ensure you won't skip a workout.
3. Have a motivational wall. Whether it's a physical wall or a Pinterest board, gather together some things that motivate you. It doesn't need to be all photos either. Seeing a super toned female in a bikini is not my motivation. Yes, I want to be super toned, and I'm proud of that girl for her achievement, but I don't want to motivate myself by the success of someone else. I prefer my motivation to come from quotes. You can find my motivational Pinterest board here.
4. Make it fun. Even though I love running, it can get boring if I do it every day. Find something you love, but still mix it up. Try new things. Do what you love a different way. I can run for fun, train for races, or work on speed. I also like to throw in yoga, spin, kickboxing....anything to change up my routine so boredom doesn't set in.
I'm trying my hardest to get back in the habit this week.
Kyndall's 2nd grade program was this week. The theme was "Famous Americans." The kids chose which famous American they wanted to be, and Kyndall chose Pocahontas. She was gorgeous. And I'm not partial at all.
She did SO good saying her part. She said "I am Pocahontas. My real name is Matoaka. I am an Indian princess who assisted colonial settlers at Jamestown. I was one of the many daughters of a powerful chief named Powhatan, who ruled more than 25 tribes." Beside Kyndall is the above photo is Lora Beth Weatherly as Annie Oakley.
Posing with Mrs. Stephens. Kyndall has been SO blessed with wonderful teachers in her short school career!
Left to Right: Gavin Walden as George Washington, Blake Suggs as Theodore "Teddy" Roosevelt, Harrison Johnson as Abraham Lincoln, Kyndall as Pocahontas, and Peyton King as President Barack Obama.
Left to Right: Stella Hill as Sacagawea, Lily Anna Dutton as Laura Ingalls Wilder, and Kyndall.
I was so very impressed with this program. They had every famous American you could think of--from Olympic athletes to Martin Luther King, Presidents, Presidents' wives, George Washington Carver. And every student came up with a costume to go with their part. Super cute and lots of fun!
Personal note: During the program, Kyndall kept trying to talk to me. Now, keep in mind, she is standing on a podium in front of several hundred people. I deciphered the message that she wanted me to take lots of pictures. One time, she was doing all these crazy hand signals and I had no clue what she was trying to tell me. After the program, I found out she wanted me to get on to Libby, because she thought Libby was being loud. Libby was sitting quietly, but was apparently mouthing the words to the song. Typical Kyndall :)
With all the traveling we've been doing lately, my clean eating train has been derailed. I've done pretty well through the week, it's the weekends (when we are traveling) that get me! Eating clean on the road is TOUGH!!
We fully intend to stay home the next few weeks, so I'm jumping back on the clean eating train. I'm even going to ATTEMPT to take out that pesky daily Dr. Pepper. No promises, though. :)
In addition to clean(er) eating, I'm gearing up for my next half marathon--the St. Jude Country Music Half in Nashville, Tennessee. If you've been reading my blog, you know that I had major hip pain after my last half three weeks ago. I haven't run much since then, but what little I have ran, there has still been hip pain. Nothing too bad, but enough to make me worry that it'll get worse once I start longer runs. I've spent a lot of time the past few weeks stretching, and I really thing that is helping.
I'm also going to make a point to cross train. I think that was part of my problem as well--those hip muscles weren't used to anything other than a steady run on a treadmill. I'm going to run 3-4 days a week, with one long run on Sunday. The other few days, I'm going to do my friend Jillian Michael's Yoga Meltdown DVD (which I love) and attempt lifting a few weights.
Hopefully, when I check back in with our progress, I'll have some good news to report. And maybe even a few good recipes to share!
(I really hope you sang the title to this post instead of just reading it. Does that song tell my age a little? If you have no clue what I'm talking about, go here. But don't judge me--those WERE high school days.)
This week, Kyndall has been attending a volleyball clinic hosted by the WM Varsity volleyball team. (Now, when I was in high school, volleyball was my THING. It was my favorite, and I always said I would like to coach one day. <--Thus, the "Get it from her mama" reference.)
The morning after the first day, Kyndall woke up and was SO sore. She was stretching her back out and rolling her shoulders--it was too cute. I know it took a lot of effort for her little self to get the ball over that tall net!
On the last day of the clinic, they played games and invited the parents to come watch. I was pretty impressed. For a second grader, my girl was good. Interesting fact: the coach at the high school (the one who is in charge of this clinic) was MY coach in high school.
She bumped, she set, she spiked....and even made it over the net a few times. (Seriously, a lot of the 2nd and even the smaller 3rd graders couldn't get the ball over the net.)
The best part of all? She LOVED it. And that, ladies and gentlemen, is what we're here for.