Runner. Mother. Wife. I started running to lose weight. I have lost over 50 lbs. I have done 2 half marathons, one full marathon, a duathlon, and two triathlons. Next up? My goal is to be happy. Be healthy. Be active. Challenge myself in ways I never dreamed of until I started this journey. Running is what got me started, but I recently discovered I love biking. Who knows where the road will take me.

Breakfast with a side of cute pup.

We had a bit of thunder this morning and that makes Doodle a stage 4 clinger.

Today’s goals:
- don’t eat my emotions
- water water water
- take a deep breath and think before I react 
- push myself for my workout today, even if I don’t want to

Breakfast with a side of cute pup.

We had a bit of thunder this morning and that makes Doodle a stage 4 clinger.

Today’s goals:
- don’t eat my emotions
- water water water
- take a deep breath and think before I react
- push myself for my workout today, even if I don’t want to

Tonight after dinner, the husband went to basketball and the kids and I sketched for over an hour.

We didn’t have any music on. We barely talked. Everyone was happily doodling away.

Content.

When my husband got home, my daughter read a chapter book she co-wrote with a friend about a ladybug. It is complete with illustrations that are so thought out, it boggles my mind that two 6 yr olds did it.

The joy on her face as she read her book for the rest of us was something I want to remember forever.

Radiant.

My son sat next to me while she read the story, holding on to my hand. When it was time for bed, he gave me a hug and kiss and said good night before walking upstairs. He stopped, turned back, and ran to give me another hug. He didn’t let go. Melt my heart.

Love.

I ran. 2 miles, not the 5 scheduled.

But I moved my body and worked up a sweat.

L&C things have sucked the motivation right out of me and I have been eating my emotions.

Things will turn around. I have a few meetings set up for tomorrow and I had the start of a good heart to heart with C this afternoon.

I will not give up when it gets hard.

I will show them that it can be different.

Coffee, I can’t quit you.

Not much new to say today.  Work, and then work/run.

Happy Wednesday.

Coffee, I can’t quit you.

Not much new to say today. Work, and then work/run.

Happy Wednesday.

Utah trip just got more exciting.

My husband has officially purchased his airplane tickets!!!!!

This will be our very first trip together out of the state of Wisconsin or Minnesota BY OURSELVES without kids, ever.

We have been together for 10 years!

I don’t know why I hated squash. I just did. I never tried it, any kind, to give it a chance. I just hated it on principal.

Tonight changed my mind.

Not only was it delicious to me, IT WAS THE FIRST THING BOTH KIDS ATE OFF THEIR PLATES!!!! Before their garlic bread! They loved it!

I was so satisfied with my meal, I didn’t even reach for the garlic bread.

My husband? Still hates squash, but I did manage to get him to try a bite. I almost had to resort to the old “here comes the airplane” trick, but he tried it.

Spaghetti squash & roasted veggies

Spaghetti squash & roasted veggies

Sometimes a girl needs a sprinkled long john.

I will work it off later with my long gym session.

Sometimes a girl needs a sprinkled long john.

I will work it off later with my long gym session.

At the clinic with my sick one.

Feeling like I might be having a mid life crisis.

Should you know what you want to do for the rest of your life by the time you are 31?

I feel restless and uninspired with my job.

I want a change, but I have no idea what that change is.

But this person said it so much better than I.

We have hit a very rough patch with both kids. So much so, my husband and I sometimes feel like throwing in the towel.

My sister in law just sent me this article and it really hit home.