Just in case you missed out last week, the top 3 most viewed posts last week were:
*Friday Favorites + Runner Gifts #2 ( + Run Angel Giveaway)!! <—I’m choosing 2 winners tonight so you can still enter today.
Skye’s face perfectly explains our confusing feelings about the temperatures of Utah in December. PLEASE STAY LIKE THIS.
The dress that Skye wore yesterday was Brooke’s when she was her age. I think I called her Brooke about 10 times because she kept reminding me of Brooke in that dress.
The majority of the day was spent on the couch relaxing. Besides church and my sister’s house… this is where you could find us. I take my rest days very seriously!
It makes me happy to see these two playing together. Skye already worships Brooke.
For dinner my sister had us all over.
We partied hard.
I have a few random things to share today through bullet points:
*The way we know Skye wants to try whatever we are eating= she spits her binky out on the ground and crawls turbo speed to the person eating something and sits on her knees waiting for food. Beretta does the same thing.
*We created a store. The kids have a store at their school. We see how it really motivates them so we wanted to try it as a reward system at home. They get a jelly bean for things like completing their after school routine (a chore/homework/reading/room) or when we see them do something really nice for somebody else… jelly beans can also be taken away. I’ll let you know how it goes over the next few months but so far it’s the talk of the house.
*I saw this step at my sister’s house yesterday and it brought back all sorts of memories. This was the step that she had for when she would do her The Firm workout VHS tapes. Anybody else do The Firm? She now uses it a lot when she is renovating things in her house and needs to step up but at one point it was used for our VHS cardio/weights fixes.
*YES YES YES YES. What’s your Target love language?
*Josse signed up for an IRONMAN!! (Ironman Boulder)… Look at us both branching out of marathon training?!
*I saw the Kid Runner on Shark Tank the other day… has anyone ever tried one of these?
*Off for our 1st long run of the week today! Our long runs are all over the place depending on when we can have Skye nap at my mom’s house and the big kid’s schedule. The temperatures are looking great for today.. I’m excited to run on more dirt than snow. Below picture from a few weeks ago.
*Crossing all of our fingers that we get the Olympics here in 2030. Andrew and I have already created a list of the events that we would have to see if they come here.
*We forgot to bring the stroller to go shopping this weekend. Skye refuses to be held…
And wants to walk the whole time we are out.
*I hadn’t seen this documentary on the Breaking2 project so Andrew and I watched it the other night. It was really good! If you have a long treadmill run coming up, bring this with you to make the time fly by.
*My mental health tip for the holiday season —> This tip is for anyone that is going through something rough right now (which I know a lot of you are right now because you email me about some really tough stuff). If life is awesome for you right now, just feel free to skip down to the questions.
If you are feeling lonely or hurt or lost or any of the other million feelings out there that hurt, stay away from social media <– That was one of the most beneficial tips I have ever been given from a therapist. If you are feeling alone at all or wishing your life situation was different, take a step back from being online. Every single person on social media is going through hard things or has in the past, but it doesn’t look that way as you are scrolling through (and it would be kind of a downer if we all posted every hard thing we were experiencing on there) and it can make you feel more alone. I’ve had a few really hard holiday seasons over the years and this year we are really going to be missing Brooke and Knox so I’ll be following the same tip.
Take time this season to serve (as my mom always says—> By helping other people with their problems we magically fix some of our own), to learn something new, to dive deep into a hobby, to read things that uplift you, to meditate, to binge watch Hallmark movies, to get in some endorphins from a run, to take care of yourself and to feel what you need to feel. BUT don’t let social media make you feel more alone if you are struggling right now.
I REALLY hope and pray that your holiday season is amazing, filled with so much love and all of your people, but if it’s not… you aren’t alone in that, I’m here for you.
On another note… just go easy on yourself. Whether that is feeling you aren’t sticking to your training or you aren’t able to give all of the gifts you want to or you aren’t making a 12 course meal on Christmas Eve or you’ve been living off of peppermint bark for the last week, be kind to yourself. You are enough, you are doing more than enough and enjoy every moment of this beautiful time of year. Like always, I’m always here to email if you are having a rough time!
Long story short, I’m thinking about you and there is so much brightness up ahead!
I’ll miss these two little ones but we are going to have a heck of a December 20th celebrating together.
I think our family just needs to get used to celebrating holidays on different days anyway once Andrew starts working as a nurse and on many of the holidays:)
Have any mental health tips to share… things that help you to take care of your mental health in the good times or the hard times?
Parents reading… what sort of reward system do you have at your house? Allowance? A chart? Other?
Ever been to any Olympic events?
What are you looking forward to this week or what was the best part of your weekend?