HELLO!!! It feels like forever since we’ve caught up on life so let’s start off by talking about our Sunday!
Sunday morning Brooke rushed into our room with something that she made in school… breakfast in bed = an orange, a capri sun and a packet of oatmeal. She was so proud of her gift.
Knox made a card for me and he included cash. I can’t wait to go spend it;)
For my second breakfast in bread—> fruit with some waffle;) Why can’t this be my breakfast every single day?
We went with my parents and my sister’s family to church.
What our real height difference is when I’m standing up straight;) Okay, I did have heels on but still.
We had an extra lazy day at home.
Brooke included her tough look.
And then we went over to my mom’s house for dinner. Brooke thinks it is so funny when she tries to steal Andrew’s seat and then he sits down anyways.
Curly hasn’t been on the blog in quite some time so she asked to make an appearance. She is doing great and counting down the moments until summer break.
For dinner we had my mom’s lasagna, salad, garlic bread and this bowl of happiness that we brought. I think I would love winter a little bit more if these below items were more easily available during those months.
We also celebrated this little guy’s 1 year old birthday! We brought the Angel Food Cake too and please take time soon to have this in your life. I forgot how ridiculously good it is. Topped with strawberries and whipped cream… not much better.
I don’t have a lot of pictures from Monday but I do have a few. The day started at 5 a.m. for a treadmill run. My eyes are a little bit bloodshot. We had to leave by 6 and I knew that even a short workout would make the whole day go so much more smoothly (and I needed something to wake me up… ps I have never had coffee… running wakes me up instead;) One of the many things I love about running at home is that anything matches when you are at home, no thought on outfits necessary.
We drove up to Logan, Ut (my first time there) for a Nordictrack shoot that I did. They brought Jamba and I happily participated in that.
I even wore eyeshadow. I don’t normally do much in terms of make-up (mainly because I have no idea what I am doing) but it is always fun when somebody else does your hair and make-up. We got home around 6 pm and I was ready for food and bed;)
Something that I’ve been thinking a lot about lately, due to friends and people close to me that are going through some really tough stuff, is about whirlwinds. I read this quote below right after Brooke was born and it was one that has stuck with me ever since. It is one that helps me to remember during the really hard stuff in life that these winds/struggles/hard parts are only going to make my ’tree’ that much stronger. That I am going to grow (this goes along with this post last week, how our body/mind adapts) and get stronger for when things are calm and also for when the wind blows again. I’ll be able to handle the next obstacle that much better because my roots have spread.
“In nature, trees that grow up in a windy environment become stronger. As winds whip around a young sapling, forces inside the tree do two things. First, they stimulate the roots to grow faster and spread farther. Second, the forces in the tree start creating cell structures that actually make the trunk and branches thicker and more flexible to the pressure of the wind. These stronger roots and branches protect the tree from winds that are sure to return.” -Neil L. Anderson
The same goes for running, sometimes we just need to go out and fight the conditions. I have a really hard time doing this. My normal self loves to embrace my perfect running days when there is no wind or snow or hills and the temperatures are perfect. I almost gave myself a heart attack by signing up for my last half marathon when I knew going into it, the course was going to beat me up. But really, where does the growth come with training like that? It’s during those really hard runs where it feels like every part of the run is against us (headwinds, soreness, heat, humidity, uncomfortableness in the pace) that are the whirlwinds that are really going to shape us.
So in the next few months as the temperatures go UP, the humidity rises (in some areas) or those key workouts on your training plan are getting longer and harder… just remember, that these winds are what are forcing your insides to grow and not a lot of growth happens without that wind. And then when those fall races come along we will all be so much tougher than if we never went out in those tough conditions.
What are some of the whirlwinds in your running that has made you stronger?
Favorite type of berry or summerish fruit?!
Would you rather only be able to eat breakfast foods for the rest of your life or never be able to have any breakfast foods again?
Do you wear make-up each day? What are some of your go-to brands?