Other than the competition over which kid got to to snuggle with Andrew and then the tic-tac-toe mishap… Church went really well yesterday.
Sundays are my rest day from exercise so it always feels nice to sleep a bit longer and move slower in the morning. An added bonus, Sundays off always makes me that much more excited to run Monday morning.
Our afternoon involved a lot of rain so we stuck at home the entire day besides church.
The rain started to turn to snow and they were pretty excited about it.
We of course had our Sunday tradition of homemade sweet potato fries.
And then Andrew made sticky finger salad and it was SO good. He bought the breaded chicken breasts from Costco and then once they were cooked he cut them up and rolled the chicken in this sauce:
6 Tbsp Franks Original Hot Sauce
1.5 cups brown sugar
1/4 cup water
Combine, boil for a couple of minutes, let sit and it will thicken.
It tasted like treat chicken… I’m guessing that was because of the brown sugar;) He put it on top of lettuce, cucumbers, carrots, tomatoes and peppers.
That evening we got to baking Christmas cookies together. Because of the blended family business over here we are trying to be really organized with doing the traditions we want to on the days that we are all together.
The decorating part is by far their favorite.
Send me your address and I’ll just go ahead and send you this one:
A little bit of Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer watching, even Beretta enjoyed the flick.
Once the kids fell asleep (with her whole city set up around her… I don’t know how they fall asleep like this),
We watched Elf. But this picture is from Saturday night when we made Guacamole to eat on the rug while watching a movie.
PS I love when Facebook fills me in on some good memories. One of my favorite pictures of Brooke ever.
I’ve been doing more solo miles lately (outside or on the treadmill) and so I’ve been listening to a lot of talks while I run and one of them said this and I couldn’t help but relate the quote to running.
“No failure ever need be final”
Isn’t it amazing how with running (and everything really) that we get to just keep trying again and again. That a bad race or a bad workout doesn’t define us. That there is always a chance to keep trying again to get better. That we have the chance for another year of races, goals and starting lines?
Last December when I ran the Tucson Marathon, I finished feeling really discouraged and that discouragement lasted for a few months. I had trained my heart out for that marathon. After many marathons over the years of missing my goals due to injuries, heartache, stomach problems, crazy weather, mental weakness, sickness etc… it felt like I hit another failure in terms of running last December. The thing that I needed to remind myself was that none of those races were final. Those races (whether I didn’t hit my goal for the race or I never even made it to the starting line of the race) that I considered failures were not the end. And while my marathon time in St. George was not a PR this year it felt like a success in the way I felt during the race mentally and physically.
It might take 30 marathon failures before I get to my time goals, it might be 15… who knows. But none of our race failures ever need to be final. There are always more chances, more lessons to be learned, growth and more changing to do. I am just grateful that we get to keep trying and who knows what this next year has in store for our family (we aren’t really sure when we want to have another kiddo) but I love the fact that I get to keep trying and growing in terms of the marathon.
The past is to be learned from, not lived in—> One of my favorite life mottos:)
“It is not the critic who counts, not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena.” -President Theodore Roosevelt.
Just change the last sentence above to something like this—> ‘The credit belongs to the man/woman who is actually on the track/race course/mountain trails/treadmill.”
Run Happy this week!!!!
What is your running goal for the rest of 2016 (big or little… share them)!
What has been your hardest race? Best race?
What was the highlight of your weekend?
Best thing you ate this weekend?