Life

Kids- The Powers That Be

I love my girls dearly! I can’t imagine life without them, even when they push me to the edge, and let up just in time for me to regain whatever sense of composure I may have.

When I started running in October of 2016, I wanted to be fit, not growing ever softer and plumper, and I wanted to do it on my terms. I started run walking and slowly built up to being able to run continuous miles. My husband and I signed up for the Eau Claire Half Marathon, to both run our own races and challenge ourselves at our own levels.

Since this time, our girls have been my biggest cheerleaders and motivators. After I was able to run continuous miles and worked at building milage and speed, they were always impressed. There were days when I didn’t want to, but I wanted to show them that working hard, and putting your mind to it, you can do anything. I also work hard at reminding them that for most of us, the race is a race against ourselves, what we can do, how much faster or further we can go. I will not be on a podium anytime soon, but each race I finish, I am a winner because I pushed through something.

Ok- Now that all that sappy (but completely true) stuff is out of the way…

Last night the girls wanted to go on a “Daddy is gone for the weekend date” to our local Japanese/Sushi place. I hadn’t run yet, and realized it would be a very late supper if I ran first. As I was trying to figure it out, I decided to just end my run streak, because time with them was more important, and I made it to the end of January – my goal. The girls about lost their mind and started yelling at me to keep it going, not to stop, and that I could do great things.

We went for supper, I vowed to eat lightly, and run later, well… I almost at just a little… almost. Three wonderful miles happened later in the night, as did one mile this morning before we go and spend a wonderful day outdoors. I am proud to say that my little Powers That Be kept me going this time, showed me how strong I could be, reminded me to see just how much I could do if I put my mind to it!

Who motivates you? Keeps you working at your goals?

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Cheer them on

It’s been quite some time since my last post. Much happened since then, most has been unimportant and everyday, but fills up the time nonetheless.

One factor to the long break was a rant from the hubby as to how “EVERYONE HAS A BLOG THESE DAYS” and it somehow makes them an expert.  I have to admit right here, that I haven’t told him about this little page, and it has forced me to sit and figure out my why. REALLY figure it out! I write to help figure things out, and to let my customers and followers have a better idea of who I am, and maybe, what makes me tick.

Someday, I would love to have so many orders, things that people think of, then think of me, and say- “Hey, could you make this for me?” and I’d jump in and save the day and figure it out! All of these orders have to come from people trusting my work, and me enjoying what I am making. These are reasons why there is a smattering of different items in my Etsy Shop and why i sometimes feel like I am jumping around from thing to thing.  Just sewing stuffed animals, or knitting scarves, or crocheting afghans, and only doing one thing, would squish my creativity in a quick hurry.

Currently, many of my orders and products available, come because friends or friends of friend, mention something they would like, or share a pattern with me. These ideas spur me like nothing else. Projects like that include First Communion dresses from mom’s wedding dress (it is scary to cut apart another woman’s wedding dress!!!), weighted blankets (next in line), washcloths, Swiffer covers, stuffed giraffe, shawls, giant donuts…

My why is also that I’m not just a #mommymaker, I’m a runner, I love to cook, I also love to read, and camp, and chat with my friends. I keep lots of little people alive day in and day out, getting to play (and clean up poop), while moms and dads have to go to work. Many of my creations are for, tested or inspired by these little people. They help me pick out colors, and yarns. The older ones are asking to learn how to make things like me-It melts my heart every time.

Am I an expert? No! If I keep working, maybe someday I will be!
Do I expect to end up on the Today Show, teaching people how to make it big? No! If this ever happens, will have exceeded my wildest dreams, but I hope to embrace it and everything that brought me to that point.
Do I hope to inspire others to do what makes their hearts soar? YES! If you like to run, do it! If you like to create, do it! If you prefer to buy things other people make, do it! If you love to cook or bake, do it! Just remember, we are all different, and we can all offer support to those around us!

As I look at this, long and rambling, post and see I wrote “I am a runner” I am amazed! Two years ago, I was sitting on the couch, gaining inches, hating my body and needing a change. October 29, 2016 I started a Couch To program and haven’t turned back. Since that day, I ran my first half marathon, full marathon, marathon relay, Ragnar relay. This year, I still have a 5k and a road and a trail Ragnar scheduled. When I ask people to join me, they tell me they can’t. I let them know that they can, but I will never force them. I let them know that I will run with them, at any pace, and I will be there to listen to them. A friend was there for me as I progressed-Cheered me off the couch and onto the road. If you don’t want to run, or lift weights, or crochet a bear- be the person to cheer on your friend who does, but might be afraid to, or is struggling to remain motivated.

 

 

Knitting, Life, Running

Wonderous Weekend

It is hard to believe it was snowing and miserable a week ago! We spent the weekend outside, with almost no snow left! The Sprinting Turtles came over for a fire and a meeting. We were going to make signs to use at Ragnar, but it was soo nice out, we didn’t get to that! Some of the team brought their kids and everyone was able to run and wear themselves out.

I was worried about my run as my IT Band has been complaining as of late. I have 2 weeks until the EC Marathon Relay and 4 until Ragnar- I can’t get hurt or sick! I just can’t! I headed out in the sunshine for my run yesterday and figured I’d hit my short 2 mile route, if I had to walk home, so be it. At .4 miles I was hurting and defeated. I stopped and stretched my calf and hamstrings, and tried again. It felt much better so I kept going. I had to stop and stretch one other time, but managed 6 miles.  I need to run almost 9 for Ragnar, and have run 7.5 so far this training season. I should be good to go.

I did take a little relaxation time and cast on for a fantastic Wonder Woman Wrap. A really is into super heros and was beyond excited to see the pattern. Little does she know, this will probably be her birthday present. I will make it in front of her, and then tell her it was for someone else. So mean, but she already put it on her birthday list, and there is little time I could work on it without her knowing.

Have a great week!

Life, Running

TGIF

Friday is here! I am beyond excited about it, although I am feeling a bit grumpy. This was supposed to be the weekend I ran the St Louis 1/2 marathon. Although I wish I would have pushed harder, it was the right decision not to run it. The concussion and stomach bug after that both knocked me back.

This week I was able to run 6 last weekend for my last run with my gym membership. Monday I headed outside, in the start of the snowstorm, ran 2.5 miles to a Hip Hop workout class, and got a ride home from a friend.

Since Monday, my right shin has been bugging me, and I have been too afraid to run. I think it’s a tight calf, but initially I could only feel it in one spot and was worried about a stress fracture (I tend to overthink everything). On top of being afraid to run, we had a multi-day snow event with wind, hubby had a stomach bug, and last night I had an event for the Octoberfest I help plan in our town. (Really, I let my life get in the way of my running as an excuse).

Tonight I’m hoping to plug a few miles in between running kids.

May will be busy now that I’m filling in on a relay team for the Eau Claire Marathon Relay, and Ragnar Chicago.

What do you do to help get past your brain blocks in training? What are your favorite late winter/early spring running tips?

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Where I’m at Wednesday

Yesterday was a snow-day and I only had my niece for daycare kids. As lay awake before 5am, wondering if there was going to be school, I started to think about all of the things I could finish and check off my list.

Turns out my kids all played wonderfully, but my niece was a handful (18 months old, who would have guessed she’d be a handful?). When there is a house full of other kids, she is distracted and I can SOMETIMES get something accomplished. Not yesterday!

To top it off, I spent nap time blowing off a layer of snow before more heavy stuff came down and he winds picked up. All in all, the weather was not as bad as expected.

I did manage to make a little progress on a few different projects though!

I took apart the seams on my moms poncho so I can close up the neck a bit.

I finished the last couple pieces of Chameleon. Now to see him together!

Edged 1 of 3 receiving blankets.

Finally- I cut out all of he letters for the banner I was asked to make for A’s school music program. Maybe today the glue gun will make an appearance!

Ok- I guess I really did get a fair amount done (even if I did all of that over 16hours)

What projects are you trying to finish? Did you get snow yesterday too? How many of you are ready for spring?

Crochet, Knitting, Life, Running

Return to reality

Oh, a week in the sun, sand everywhere, and waves galore! Vacation was wonderful! Now I need to get back in the swing of everything!

I was happy to be able to run outside on vacation a few times, and even managed a run on the beach one morning. The beach run was a struggle- I was barefoot and it was 15-20 mph winds coming off the ocean. I’m happy to say I’ve run on the beach, but probably won’t do it again!

Laundry is almost caught up, groceries are purchased, daycare kids are back and we are all readjusting!

While on vacation, I managed to finish my campfire blanketshawl. It is pretty, but probably very impractical. I started my Chameleon and am hoping to finish it soon!

If the kids request one, I’ll make them their own shawl, but I’m not sure I want to make 3 more!

A downside to vacation was realizing a customers order had been lost by USPS and trying to fix the problem while not at home.

Life, Running

Frantic Friday

Well, it’s apparently been one of those weeks! After being sick on Monday and having to cancel daycare 40 min before kids started showing up, then recovering slowly, I am apparently all thrown off!

I made it to the gym on Wednesday with hopes of getting 2 miles in- I made it 3! And managed some stairs, crunches and push ups (out Y does a fun March Madness bingo and I’m determined to earn a new T-shirt…).

Yesterday I posted a WIP Wednesday post- I honestly thought it was Wednesday until about 2pm!

N has a mild concussion, I think, after getting hit in the face with a bad-mitten Raquet during Phy Ed on Tuesday. She got an immediate black eye. She is not happy with having to take it easy and that makes life even harder on the rest of us!

Hubby has been working on repairing our bedroom wall that was damaged in an electrical fire a year and a half ago. Our room is in shambles with all of the furniture covered in plastic. This as sent us to the guest room and sharing a full size bed. We WILL be getting. A new mattress for our bed in the next 6 months and the guests will get upgraded to our old queen mattress.

He told me last night I should write a book. I apparently make him laugh with my stories of waking up mad because he left me in my dream, hen being panicked because these are the types of dreams I have when I’m pregnant… I’m not, but there was an hour of worry at 4:30 am a few nights ago.

Today I’m rocking my new dinosaur shirt- when you daycare toddler boys, you need a dino shirt! This makes me smile and smile and smile!

I’m really hoping to get a few things done today so the weekend can be fun and preparation for vacation!

Did anyone else have one of “those” weeks? Who has fun plans for the weekend? Any tips for a 24 hour drive with kids?