/> SLO in Arkansas: November 2012

Sunday, November 25, 2012

December is coming

 I got an early Christmas present from Silas this year.  A new tree!!!  I have been been more and more disappointed each year as I pulled out my old tree.  The poor branches were broken and hanging down and half the lights would not come on.  I loved that tree, but it was on its last leg.  Silas told me last weekend that I could go pick out a new one, so we had a fun family day of Christmas tree hunting:)
 It's pretty much like my old tree, just a little bigger.  And all the lights work!  The boys love it and of course cannot keep their hands off it.
 I finally got it decorated after having it up for a week and I love it.  I can't believe December will be here in just a few days!!  I run a marathon on December 1st, and I just can't believe it's almost here.  I haven't really had much time to think about it with traveling and all the holidays.  I guess it's time to get my head in the game this week and focus.  I just looked up the 10 day weather forecast and there is a chance of rain on race day, which would not be good.  I am hoping they are wrong and we have a beautiful and cold race morning:)
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Sunday, November 11, 2012


I am a  little tired of running.  There, I said it.  Not that I hate running or anything, but this has been a very challenging marathon cycle.  I am just not feeling it right now.  Both my regular running partners have gotten pregnant in the past year, and as a result I have ended up training for this race alone.  All alone.  I am sooooo lonely!!!  I absolutely love running physically.  It is my stress relief and makes me feel better.  But I equally love running for the "girl time" it has provided me.  The time one-on-one with a friend to just talk things out over the miles and visit.  I have been running for months now all by myself, and let me tell you, it's just not as much fun!  My running has become more of a chore than an outlet, and I just hate that.  Since it has been so dark in the mornings, I have fallen on my only option I feel safe with at 5am, the treadmill at the gym.  Wow.  If that doesn't scream exciting I don't know what does:)  I run for an hour several mornings every week before work at the gym, and that is just boring!  The only run I get outside is my long run on the weekends.  And while I love being outside in the fresh air and sunshine, running 18 and 20 miles by myself is not that much fun either.  I have found myself dreading Saturday mornings and piddling around the house just to prolong having to go run alone for hours.  Somehow I have pushed myself through this training cycle and am getting close to the end, thank goodness!!  Almost every weekend I decide to just quit and not even run the race, but somehow I carry on and get the miles done.  I hit the wall this weekend physically and mentally.  I had a bad run.  I was supposed to run 16-18 miles, but ended up calling it quits after 12.  My pace was spot on so I knew it wasn't physical. I just could not get my mind to cooperate.  I just did NOT WANT TO RUN.  I was so disappointed in myself.  But I am just exhausted.  My day starts at 4:30am almost every single day, and 3 days this week I have worked all day and then been out after work until bedtime.  I know that I only have so much physical energy, but it stinks when you need to get something done and are just too tired.  I am worn out.  Training is tiring, work is tiring, and I am tired!  My marathon is in 3 weeks, and I am hoping to find a good balance between training consistently and letting my body rest between now and then.  I am looking for some motivation and inspiration, so if anyone has any feel free to send it my way!!  Hopefully my excitement will pick up closer to race week and I will find my running groove:)

Saturday, November 10, 2012

Loving Fall

 I just love this time of year!  This fall has been so beautiful here in Arkansas, and I am so thankful.
 My mom was sweet a took a few pictures of us while we were all together.  It is so rare to get even one with our whole family in it.
 My little stinkers.  At least they are looking at the camera.
 Sweet little boys.
 Another rare shot of Silas and I.  Tyson has been practicing some with the camera, so I am hopeful he will be able to take more pictures of us in the future!
 My mom and I.  I really hate that the pictures just do not do justice to how beautiful the leaves on the trees are.  We live in a beautiful area, and one of my favorite parts of our neighborhood are the trees.  Our street just seems to light up in the afternoons when the sun is shining on them and it makes me so happy:)  This is such a fabulous time of the year and we have really enjoyed the nice weather and being able to do lots of things outside.
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Tuesday, November 06, 2012

Girl Get-Away

 My mom and I made a quick trip to the Red Apple Inn in Heber Springs this past weekend.
 It was so much fun!  We had made this same trip before, exactly 6 years ago!!  The last time we went, I didn't have have any kids.
 We had a fabulous room with an awesome fireplace.  Too bad we couldn't figure out how to get it lighted:)
 The weather was just perfectly gorgeous.  The leaves were brilliant colors and everything was beautiful.  We could not have picked a better weekend to go!
 We stuffed ourselves at dinner in the dining room and it was soooo good.  This was our view from breakfast looking out over the lake.
 I officially became one of those weirdos who works out while on vacation too!  I got woken up at 5:30am by a random text on Saturday morning, and figured mom would not be up for a while, so I changed clothes and set out to find the exercise room at the Inn. Yes, I did plan ahead enough to bring my running clothes:)  Everything was closed, but I had a code to get in, so I turned on the lights and got in a quick 5.2 miles on the treadmill.  I was creeped out the whole time, which made me run faster!  I got to enjoy the sunrise following my run, and ended up showered, dressed, and eating breakfast by the time mom got up.  We were both happy with our mornings...mom got to sleep and I got to run:)
 We spent the rest of the day shopping in all the cute shops and boutiques down in Heber, and got some cute stuff.  It put me in the holiday spirit since everyone had their festive Christmas stuff out.  Mom and I had a great time catching up and I am so grateful to Silas for keeping the boys and holding down the fort while we were gone.  It was a much needed little get-away.
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Sunday, November 04, 2012

Happy Halloween

The boys are at such a fun age for the holidays this year and we have been having lots of fun! 
We had a fabulous night at our church's annual Fall Festival last Sunday night.  They boys dressed up, played games, went on a hay ride, jumped in the bounce house, and ate tons of candy:) Silas did a fantastic job making pumpkin spice muffins for the bake sale:)  They were so good!!
 Tyson decided to be Captain America this year.  He was so cute!
 Our annual Fall Festival family picture.  This was the first year the boys did not want to dress up as firemen:)
 The boys with their church friends.
 Tyson and Chloe.
 Tyson was so pleased to get to ride in the front during the hayride.
 And Jace had a ball riding with the big kids and eating his pixie stick.
 My little pumpkins:)
 Jace dressed up as Ironman for his dress up day at school on Halloween.
 He wanted to be the "mean scary bad black spiderman for actual trick-or-treating.  He had a mask to go with his outfit, but never ended up wearing it.  We spent Halloween evening with some friends in town.  We trick-or-treated with them last year as well, and it was so fun to carry on the tradition of getting together this year.  The boys had so much fun and we all enjoyed the holiday.  If only I could stop eating their candy everything would be ok!!!
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