Monday, October 29, 2012

Bringing you the "CH" sound...

Here is my little man yesterday, proudly displaying his Hershey "CH"ocolate bar.  He was so proud.  My mom brought it by for him as a special congratulations.  After a year of speech therapy he finally said the "ch" sound this last week.  Now, this isn't the first time he said a new sound, but this was a huge step for him.  You should have seen his face beaming.  He knew that it was a big deal.  And as you can see, we made it a big deal!!!

Saturday, October 27, 2012

Long Road

I snapped this picture early this morning when I was about 1/4 way through my 5 mile run.  The sun was just peaking through...but it was struggling.  We have Hurricane Sandy hanging around this weekend, so we had some wicked cloud cover.  And the wind.  Oh my the wind has been crazy.  Lots of rain last night, but tons of wind for the past few days.  We are just glad that we didn't get a direct hit from the hurricane.
Had a great run this morning.  Wasn't feeling it when I started.  But I went out because it was scheduled and sometimes you have to do what you have to do.  And about this point of the run I felt really good.  I knew it was going to be a good run. No struggle. No mental block. I felt good.  My body felt good. I am glad I persevered through the first step and ran. It made my day.
I guess that's how life is, right? The road looks long ahead.  You really don't want to push through and do it.  But then when  you start moving along your perspective changes.  And it becomes good.  Lessons learned on my running journey, lol. Hope you are having a great weekend.  Get out this weekend and move your body...a run, bike ride, a walk...anything.  It will make you feel good.

Friday, October 26, 2012

Embracing the Camera

Just a few shots from the past week.  Some of the kids...a game of checkers or two...a bike ride or two...a first run for my William (he wants to train for his first 5k)...Esther behind the camera planning her entry for the County Fair...and the girls and I wearing our boots for the first time this season. Take a moment and make those memories. It's worth every second. And check out Emily over on her page and see her Embracing the Camera.






Monday, October 22, 2012

Monday Muses

Happy Monday to you all!  Another Monday has arrived.  A good thing? Yes. A bad thing? No. We had an uneventful weekend...which is the way I like it.  We did a lot of hanging out...a little running...some watching of our new favorite show "Parenthood"...a whole lot of nothing.  Which for now, my husband is in the midst of his busiest selling season (medicare season), so he likes to lay low on the weekends because the weeks are so crazy.  And because my kids take so much of my energy during the week...so I like to lay low too.

I got to run 2x this weekend...which is nice.  I starting running at different times so that I won't have to run in the dark anymore.  So I did a nice 5 mile run on Saturday.  The temps were nice and it was the perfect way to start the weekend.  And then last night I did an extra short run (under 2 miles) but I was able to run my fastest ever.  It was a good running weekend.
So, what else happened?  Not much I guess.  I rode a bit with the kids on the bike.  That was nice.  My brother, nephew and my mom stopped by (at different times) on Sunday.  I love when people drop by.  Do you?  I think it is an art that has been lost.  People never stop by just to chat.  It's lovely.  I know a lot of people don't like it.  But I love to welcome people in my home and spend time together...maybe eat a little...whatever is happening at the time.  Oh yeah, I just remembered.  One of our dearest friends stopped by too this weekend...from North Carolina.  Our friend Nancy dropped by unexpectedly (insert picture here, lol).  We had a lovely visit...time to catch up. And then we mixed that up a bit with a visit to our favorite frozen yogurt shop...perfecto.
Anyway...have I bored you a bit yet? We seem like a rather boring family.  But the weeks in November and December will be rather busy.  We are visiting one of our favorite places in less then a month (so I can run my first 10k)...and we will get to tour the city with the kids (so excited to do that).  And of course our local FAIR is coming up...which the kids love.  And then all the holidays mixed in with that.  Good times.  So, what do you have coming up?  Anything exciting?

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Embrace the Camera

 Embracing the camera this morning.  Esther just snapped this picture of us this morning.  My little bear and I.  He just had me zip up his jacket.  I think my kids have been in Florida too long...if it's 70 degrees or below they think they need a jacket.  They are enjoying the cooler fall temps this morning...if they can get some fun time on the swing set before school, they go for it.  Anyway, love this little boy.  Gosh I am blessed.  Take a minute today and get in the camera with your kids...don't let the moments flash you by.  And stop over and see Emily and her crew.

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Ordinary Days

It's four o'clock in the afternoon and it has been a fantastic day.  Started the day with wide open windows...the first time this season.  It is so refreshing, especially after being cooped up all summer with the A/C on.  It was actually funny to sit here during school time and hear all the little noises that the outside produces.  I actually kind of enjoyed it.
Had a short run this morning.  It has been hard lately.  I just hate the darkness.  I just don't feel comfortable running in the dark.  It is weird to be out there alone and you can't even see where your feet are.  It wasn't too bad at first because it was getting light around 6:30...but now it is closer to 7:00 a.m before it is getting light.  So, I turned around this morning after darting a dozen or so oncoming cars and decided that until the time changes, I will be an afternoon or evening runner (except for Saturdays).  The temps are much better, so I will be able to handle it.  And when the time changes in two weeks I will go back to my morning runs.  I much prefer it that way...get it out of the way and let it make you feel accomplished all day.
So, anyway...enough about running.  I feel like I think about running all the time.  Crazy, right?  So, last week I was getting a bit frustrated because I feel like I am out and about all the time.  Going here and there all the time.  And I just don't have the time in my house.  So, I changed my schedule around...and I am going to try to stay home on Mondays and Wednesdays.  No appointments...no nothing except home stuff. Today was my first day and it feels great.  I have got so much done it is crazy.  And I feel totally relaxed and ahead of the game.  Nice!  The other days I have to go places...we have speech therapy 2x a week...swimming...co-op days.  All those are unavoidable.  But my other days are home bound.  And I am going to love it.  I already have dinner in the crock pot ready.  Isn't the crock pot the greatest invention ever?  It makes life so much easier. On tonight's menu...my husband's favorite...white chili.  Looking forward to a relaxing evening at home.  I was thinking this morning...goodness, I am so blessed.  Not everything is perfect in my life.  But I am blessed to be living this life.  God is so good.  And I am honored that he gave me this life. Hope you are having a great week...take some time this week and stay home. See how wonderful it feels!

Sunday, October 14, 2012

Sunday Night Ride

This is where I was tonight...out with the best kids.  We went 2.5 miles and it was great.  No place I would rather be! Have a great week!!!

A Day With Nana

 Two of my boys were with their Nana for the day this weekend, and I thought I would post some pictures.  They looked so sweet and cute, so I had to put them up.  I love this one on the top when they went to get pumpkins.  One day they will be grown and the best of friends...
 This is a typical pose at our house...one trying to strangle the other...haha.  They are so sweet.
 Nana headed to Dunkin Donuts with them...their favorite hot spot.  They can eat some donuts.  I love  how Judah is looking at William
 Eating ice cream...they sure did a lot of eating.  The ice cream cones are huge! Looks yummy!
Now lounging in Nana's living room, watching Tom and Jerry.  They love their times there with Nana.  I know that I have some warm memories of me spending time with my Nana, so many years ago before she passed away.  It's all these lovely imprints that people make in our lives. So very important.  I appreciate the time my mother-in-law makes with them.  And we love the little break from the "energy" of our house.

Friday, October 12, 2012

The Picture Says It All

Yes, today is my day.  The day I have thought about for months.  I reached my 100 pound weight loss goal when I stepped on the scale this morning. It has been looming...teasing me for awhile.  My weight loss had slowed down a bit (I think because I wasn't eating enough and because my workouts were seriously stepped up)...so it has been a rough couple of weeks.  It doesn't matter now.  Today, I hit where I wanted to be.  Does this mean that I am done? Not a chance. I am continuing to live this lifestyle forever. It feels too good. I still have more weight to lose, but that will come.  I am on track with my 10k training (only a few weeks to go) and I am working out in other ways.  Including riding bikes with my kids in the evening.  Isn't this the best life?

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Out and About

 So, for my birthday my kids got a bike for me. I asked a million times and they listened. Of course, it was to their benefit because now I will take them on bike rides.  On the first cool night this week I took three of them out.  Three kids was a lot to take out by myself on the streets.  They all bike at different paces, so it was hard to keep track of them.
And then there was little boo-boo head (aka Judah).  He almost killed me a dozen times.  He couldn't go very fast (he didn't get much bike practice at our old house because of the soft sand) so I stayed behind with him.  You can see in the picture how far up the other kids are.  Well, he kept on stopping and I would almost plow into him or he would focus on something on the side of the road and steer into me or oncoming traffic.  It was a bit of a frightful scene. We turned around 1/2 way to my original destination...which I am glad I did because Judah's little legs got really tired.
Though I probably got a few more gray hairs that night, it was worth every minute.  I loved being out with the kids.  Free entertainment and lots of memories being made.

Monday, October 8, 2012

Monday Muses

Oh Monday...how sweet are you? Or sour? It is hard to come to Monday when you had such a great weekend.  I think I would have liked to have stopped it last night and enjoyed the last few moments. To freeze time? Just for a day.
It was such a great weekend...a four day weekend of celebration.  I had such a glorious birthday...spending time with my family.  We ate pizza from my favorite place around here...oh my it was so yummy.  And then we finished off the evening with lovely Carvel cake...it so brings me back to my childhood.  It had all the little chocolate crunchies in it.  It was so delicious. It was the first time my kids had ever tried Carvel cake...and they loved it.  My kids put their money together and bought me a bike.  Not much of a surprise...since I asked for it a ZILLION times.  It was sweet though for them to pull their money together and give me a present that I really wanted.  And of course it benefits them because now we can bike around our new neighborhood.  Matt also graced me with a beautiful bracelet and an ice cream maker.  All things I really wanted.
And then on Friday night we had friends come over and celebrate.  A little food and fellowship always makes this girl happy.  And boy there was a ton of food.  And it all tasted so good.  Ask friends to bring a dish and they go all out. And Matt made the most delectable cake ever. White cake with peanut butter (my favorite) frosting...topped with Resees pieces. Oh my, it was so delicious.  And since I don't eat cake much anymore...it was the perfect way for me to celebrate.
The rest of the weekend was just lots of family time and togetherness.  All good stuff right.Last night got a bit marred though by the neighbor kids jumping on our dog (by accident, he was excited about reaching a new level on the wii) Mia and breaking her leg in 2 places. Not the best way to end the weekend.
One thing that has come to mind though when I was thinking about Mia and how horrible it was to happen. I had posted something on Facebook the other day about what one word would I want to be remembered for...and my word was FAITHFUL. And as I thought of that today, it goes for me as it goes for the Lord.  I am to be Faithful, because he first was Faithful.  And He will be Faithful once again in this situation.  Hope your weekend was good. Have a great week!

Sunday, October 7, 2012

Six Miles!!

On Friday I ran my first consecutive 6 mile run!!! Yahoo!!! WooHoo!!! It was awesome. I can't believe it!!! I ran my first 5 mile run about a month and a half ago. And my goal was to run the six miles once I hit the month of October. And that day came quickly. And it landed on the most perfect day...the day after my 37th birthday. It was a true reminder to me of how far I have come since my last birthday.  I am so amazed by how far the Lord has taken me.
When I was about 1/2 mile from home I actually started to tear up...I felt overwhelmed by the Lord's presence.  It was like he totally was running right beside me and cheering me on...patting my back.  It was an awesome moment.  I couldn't have done this without him.  I love it. This truly has been the most amazing year of my life.  My 10k is 5 weeks away...so I will be training hard until them. Working on sprints on my short runs and doing one long run per week.  And I will cross training on the other days. So, how are your physical goals coming along? Keep me updated!

Thursday, October 4, 2012

Watch Out 37!!!!

Today is my day.  My favorite day of the year! It's my birthday.  Though I don't like the number I am turning...how is it possible that I am 37...I am so blessed and excited for life!  This past year has been ONE of the best years of my life.  I can't remember having a better year.  I am so excited for the future and I am truly experiencing freedom.
This is the first year in my life that I am no longer being controlled by food.  That feeling is awesome.  I am in the best physical condition that I have ever been in.  I found a new passion...running.  Never thought I would be a runner, but I am loving it.  And I love how it makes me feel.
God told us that we were entering a new season...and He has been so right.  It's been an incredible start and I am ready to push forward and see what He has for us.  So, Happy Birthday to ME!

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Morning Date

This morning Matt and I took William for a quick date to one of his favorite places, Dunkin Donuts.  He had been working on a certain behavior and after he was able to go a whole week with his change we took him out for a quick breakfast as a reward.  I have found in the past 15 years of being a mom that incentives work like a charm with my kids.  The reward doesn't have to be food or even cost any money.  It can be a special outing or an evening watching a movie in mom and dad's bed. 
William worked hard on his his goal...he stayed focused and really wanted to change.  And he was able to accomplish what he set out to do.  So, this morning he got to enjoy 2 donuts and a hot chocolate with mom and dad as a reward.  You should have seen his face beaming.  He loved being there with the two of us.  He felt special.  He knew that he earned every bite and every sip.  And we made a point of encouraging him and pointing out what he accomplished.  And of course we talked about his next goal and what he has to do to get there.  It was a fun time.  It's hard to do.  With 5 kids, homeschooling and everything else life throws our way it is hard to carve out time.  But Matt and I make a point about doing it.  And we encourage all the other parents to do the same.  It's kind of like your birthday...it's all about you. Even if it's for only a few moments.

*Head over to my favorite blog, www.vitafamiliae.com and see the snippets she has to share about parenthood :)

Monday, October 1, 2012

October

I have to post something today, because today is the first day of the best month of the year.  October, how I love you.  I adore you. And of course this is the month of my birth....so you are incredibly awesome.  Haha.  I know I love it so much because of my birthday, but I know I like it more because of my early memories growing up in New York.  It was simply lovely then.  The leaves were changing.  The air was crisp and cool.  Oh, I could get lost for a moment here.  But I won't...focus Allison, focus. 
Simply stated, this is the best month.  It is the pathway to the holidays and for cooler weather.  Which we really appreciate here in Florida.  Happy October to you!!!

* I am posting a picture I sent my husband the other day...don't pay attention to the price tag...I was just showing him what I want by our front door. When I see a cluster of mums, I think OCTOBER!