Running

I know you’ve been on pins and needles wondering how my running is going πŸ™‚

I’ve been sticking with it! Here is what I’ve done since last I updated you:

7/2- 5 miles

7/4- 2.1 miles

7/7- 2.1 miles

7/12- 2 miles

7/14- 2.7 miles

7/16- 6.5 miles

7/19- 2.1 miles

7/21- 2.3 miles

7/23- 6.7

6/26- 3.1

 

Saturdays are my “long” run days. I got up on Saturday morning and ran at 5:30. I hoped to do 7 miles, but finished with 6.7. I’m sticking with doing intervals of one minute of running and one minute of walking. For the most part, my body has been cooperating. My IT Band was starting to get tight toward the end of my last long run. We’ll see how it holds out.

Here’s a fuzzy photo from the end of our early morning run today:

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Photos From Georgia Trip

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Ethan is in that top photo. Don’t miss that πŸ™‚ Hee hee.

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Kids Trip To Georgia!

Since I have not written for a bit, I hadn’t even mentioned (I don’t think) that the kids were getting ready to leave for a week in Georgia.

Well, they went and now we’re all back home re-entering into normal life πŸ™‚

They had so much fun! We dropped them off a week ago Saturday. We met up with Kylene and Justin near Atlanta and gave them the kids and all their stuff. Lots of stuffed animals, clothes and bikes. It’s crazy how much three kids can pack. Strike that. It’s crazy how much one 9 year old girl can pack πŸ™‚ hee hee.

We headed home to a quiet house and they entered a week of non-stop chatter. I could hear every time the central air turned off and on. I’m not used to that. It was really strange. Of course, we do what all parents with small children do when they are suddenly left without them: we talked about how strange it was that they were gone, a lot. We also went out to eat a lot and took in a movie. The week wasn’t as relaxing as I had hoped. That was my fault though. I had scheduled some things that tied up a lot of my time. Monday was July 4th and we ended up without electricity for a bit, Tuesday I spent the entire day preparing to teach Bible Study the next day. Wednesday I taught the Bible Study class and prepped for a meeting on Thursday. Then I had that Thursday meeting which was a pre-meeting for a meeting on Friday morning. I left the Friday morning meeting early to get on the road, with Nathan, to head to Georgia to meet up with K&J and the kids. The drive took a lot longer because of leaving after that meeting. Rush hour in Atlanta is no joke. Leaving later added over an hour of extra drive time. Yuck.

We left Franklin at 10:30 CST and arrived at Kylene and Justin’s at 9:20 EST. 10 hours on the road.

We got caught up on hugs and kisses and stories and spent Saturday at Hilton Head at the beach. We had so much fun riding the waves up and down as they came into the shore. We did our best to avoid the spots where the waves would actually crash on top of us. We were mostly successful. Yesterday morning, we packed up and drove back home. The kids were sad to leave, but I know they were happy to be in their own beds.

Today we have a quiet day planned. We’re reading books, grocery shopping and planning out our week. It’s nice to be reunited. I missed them!

 

Early Morning Running

For the last several years, I’ve toyed with the idea of joining a running group here in Spring Hill. I always talked myself out of it because I’m not able to go very fast and I need to take walk breaks.

A couple of weeks ago, one of the members of the running group decided to work a little harder at recruiting people. He had taken time off running and was coming back to it and said he was also slow and doing run/walk intervals. A friend of mine decided to join the group. She was also running intervals. So, I thought it over and figured it couldn’t hurt to try it out.

The drawback was that they did their running on Tuesday and Thursday mornings at 4:45. Whoa! That’s a little earlier than I get up for the day. But, they go early to beat the heat and to get it done in time to get ready for people to head off to work. I joined them last week and had a good time! I ran on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday (we did 6:00 on Saturday). I missed Tuesday this week, but I did run today and I’m planning to run Saturday before we leave for Atlanta.

I’m slow, but I’m doing it!

6/21- 2.7 miles, 37:00

6/23 – 2.5 miles, 35:01

6/25- 4 miles, 54:49

6/28- 2.1 miles, 30:01

6/30- 2.7 miles, 34:59

Ethan Is At College This Week :-)

I dropped off Ethan at church Monday morning and sent him on his way to a middle school event at Johnson University near Knoxville. He’ll be back Friday afternoon. I don’t think he’s ever been away from us without family for this long. It felt strange driving away. Isaac and Audrey both were crying a little. I love that they love their brother so much!

I have not heard from him since he has no phone and it didn’t dawn on me to even give him one. This is a strange world we’re in πŸ™‚ I never called home when I was away on trips with church. I guess my parents figured no news was good news. These days, kids have phones and tablets to call or text. Ethan has a tablet, but I told him to leave it home because I didn’t want him to lose it. I have seen a few glimpses of him in photos and videos the youth pastor has posted. It looks like the kids are having fun. I expect he’ll be full of stories when we see him.

We had an emotional day with having therapy on Monday afternoon for Audrey. It was pretty hard for her and she talked about some difficult things. I feel like I’m a crisis counselor most days. I’m still trying to figure out what is the best thing I can do to help her without reinforcing the OCD issues and becoming part of routines that need to be broken up.

I got an ocular migraine yesterday. That’s a really strange experience. It happened to me one time before so I knew what was happening this time. It hits pretty quickly and, all of a sudden, I just can’t focus when reading and then my face/eye start to hurt for a while. A headache in my eye.

How about I wrap this up with a photo from Ethan’s trip? (Ethan is in the bottom right picture and only has half of his face out of the shadow!)

 

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Busy & Hot Week!

The kids had a week full of VBS and fun last week. They had a so much fun and I’m glad I signed them up even though it wasn’t with our own church. It was so miserably hot, it was great to have alternatives to fall back on.

On Saturday, we went to a birthday party for a friend. They rented a big, inflatable water slide.

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We were worn out after a day outside in the hot sun, but the slide was so fun! I even went down it before we left (several times). Nathan has a video of it somewhere πŸ™‚

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We have no big plans for this week. I have a lot of laundry that needs to be folded and there are chores that are calling to me. Right now, I’m doing my best to ignore their calls πŸ™‚

 

How Is It Almost The Middle Of June?

June is almost half over and I have not posted here since Mother’s Day. Yikes!

In the meantime, we made a trip to MN for our annual Henning Family Reunion. We had a lot of fun. The kids look forward to this so much. It’s so funny to me because they only see my cousin’s children once a year, but they love spending time with them and pick up like no time has passed.

This time we chose to bring Max along on our trip. It made our drive a little more tricky, but worked out alright. For the two nights we were at the reunion location, he stayed in a kennel. The rest of the time, he was at Dad & Β Joyce’s with us. I even bought a belly band for dogs to keep him from being able to mark anything in their house. It worked really well.

I turned 40! I have mixed feelings on it. Isn’t 40 sort of old? We spent the day of my birthday at Valley Fair. It wasn’t intentionally planned as a way to mark my birthday. It just ended up being the best weather day of the week to go. We had so much fun. No crazy rides. The wildest ride I did was the old 40-year-old roller coaster with my dad πŸ™‚

Last Monday night, I celebrated my birthday with a group of my friends. I felt so loved. My friend, Miranda, decided she wanted to do a party for me and took care of all the details. It was perfect.

Nathan worked a ton of hours last week. Even though he took a half day of vacation last Monday, he ended up working 56 hours (give or take) last week. The project they have been working on is mostly done.

Yesterday, after church, Audrey and I spent the afternoon together. We get a pedicure! Audrey chose pink and I chose blue.

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We’ve been spending time at the local pool πŸ™‚

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And just for fun, here is last year’s first day at the pool picture:

 

 

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And the previous year:

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Look at that baby face on Isaac. Crazy how fast they grow!

Mother’s Day Weekend

We had a busy Mother’s Day weekend.

The kids had their last Bible Bowl Round Robin of the year. Ethan’s team took 1st for the day (they were undefeated). Audrey’s took 2nd and she also took 2nd individually for a special competition they do at the beginning of the day. And then, overall, for the year, Ethan’s team took 2nd place! We were pretty happy with the outcome!

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Yesterday, everyone spoiled me with breakfast, and nice long nap and some new flowers.

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I’m thankful for all the great mothers that God has placed in my life. I feel like I’ve had so many wonderful examples and women willing to mentor me. So thankful that I get to be the mom to my three kids.

 

I started getting sick a few days ago πŸ™ The last couple of days, a sinus infection (or maybe just a cold) has been making me feel miserable. I’m resting today and hoping it passes soon. My head hurts, face hurts, sinuses hurt, ears hurt. . . Β It’s crazy how a cold can make you feel so icky.

Photos from Ethan’s 11th Birthday

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We had visitors for Ethan’s birthday. His TENNESSEE grandparents visited πŸ™‚

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We’re pretty excited that Nana and Bumpa could visit. We’re still wrapping our heads around the idea that they live only 5 1/2 hours away. It feels like we should be able to pop over there for an afternoon πŸ™‚ Compared to the previous drive, it’s short, but still not a there-and-back- in one day thing.

And if you wondered, this is the look of a boy shocked that he got a plasma globe that we warned him was highly unlikely!

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Happenings In The Last Month

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I have not been awesome at posting lately!

So, here’s what up in Tennessee:

*The weather is rainy today, but recently it has felt like summer. In fact, we already went to a friend’s house for a pool day once! That’s so crazy for me to wrap my head around. How does this happen in April??

*Ethan turned 11!!! He had the best day. He got to eat his favorite foods, received amazing presents, and enjoyed a visit from his grandparents. I have photos on the camera or other computer. Β I’ll have to post them eventually.

*We have finished our official school year. Wednesday, last week, was our 180th day!

*Today is May 2nd. On June 2nd, I will turn 40. Yikes!

*We bought a new dryer. Our old one stopped working. Our new one isn’t fancy, but it does dry the clothes after just once cycle. That’s pretty cool. The old one stopped running, altogether.

*We planted flowers in our flower beds. We need a few more and some mulch and it will look fabulous. That would be a nice Mother’s Day gift. πŸ™‚

I have high hopes of doing a better job at blogging in May!

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