rays of sunshine

Things have been rather bumpy lately. {i feel like i say that a lot?} Frustration runs deep, and I am feeling the stress of having my husband home for a total of 4 days in five weeks. Some days it takes everything in me to parent, and I will admit sometimes I just fail. Things could be worse, but they could also be ohsomuchbetter. I need to work on that.

I haven’t been training for my 1/2 marathon like I envisioned. I use the shitty weather as an excuse. A lot. Yesterday was perfect. I asked the twins if they wanted to go for a walk, and they excitedly agreed. I have committed to paying $1.00 for every mile that our completes until our charity: water campaign ends on June 18th.

right now we have raised $878!!

We set out with the intent for a leisurely stroll… BB said he would go to Beau’s house {which is about 1/2 mile away}, Ashton wanted to do “the loop” with me {2.78 miles}. Well, we ended up doing a whole 5K {3.1 miles}! And there was barely any whining, which is a miracle in itself!

I left the boys home and set out for another 5K for myself.

Shortly before 8, Ash asked if I wanted to go walk/run a little bit more. How could I resist that?? We ended up doing a few more miles!

I am so proud of these little guys. I would have never even CONSIDERED doing two miles when I was their age!


  • Mom: 8.42 miles
  • Ashton: 6.02 miles
  • Bridger: 3.1 miles

Another $17.54 in the bank for our fundraising! Woot!

This photo? Priceless. The sun felt amazing. {check out the Garmin on his arm, he has totally overtaken it }

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  • http://swanvalleytammi.blogspot.com/ LaughingLady (ValleyGirl)

    Was your weather as gorgeous as ours this weekend?  Oh my goodness, it feels like it’s been FOREVER since I could go outside without at least a sweater!  Or wear flip-flops!!!

    I can’t believe your kids go with you ~ mine would whine all the way!  They even refuse to BIKE 2 miles with me!!  (though I’d be willing to bet they do several times that distance racing around our yard ~ silly kids!)

    • http://www.whereverimaywander.com Lissa_ShrinkingJeans

      It was so gorgeous yesterday, today the sun is shining but omg the WIND.
      It’s supposed to get yucky, yet again. :(

      Trust me, my kids definitely have their whiney times…. last week my
      daughter and the twins came with for 2 miles and I wanted to run away so I
      wouldn’t have to listen to the “my feeeeeeet hurts”s.

      • Anonymous

        that’s too funny, Lissa! I took my son to the nature preserve to hike/walk yesterday and he was whining about how far the trail was…it was only 1 mile and we had gone on the short part so that we were only going 1/2 mile….but he saw that playground and he was suddenly energized! 

        • http://swanvalleytammi.blogspot.com/ LaughingLady (ValleyGirl)

          Ha, funny how that works, eh?!  My girls are the same way ~ complaining the whole time if they’re walking or biking with me, but once we’re back on our yard again, they’re racing around, jumping on the trampoline, etc! 

  • Anonymous

    That’s too funny! My little guy has taken over my phone to play Angry Birds….any chance he gets!!  So proud of the boys for their efforts in getting ready for this run! 

  • keli hoskins

     oh this is so sweet :) and if you say that you fail as a parent one more time, then remind yourself of the END of this post. your boys are outside running with you. at an age when most boys start getting embarrassed of their moms. and at an age when most boys sit inside and play video games and ignore their parents. you are doing something VERY right. XOXO of their moms. and at an age when most boys sit inside and play video games and ignore their parents. you are doing something VERY right. XOXO

  • http://twitter.com/girlsworld Kirsten

     Love you.  Love your boys.  So excited to meet them this summer!

  • http://twitter.com/gettinfitbritt Brittany

     I’m so proud of ya’ll! I can’t wait to give you the biggest hug everrrrrr on Thursday!!!! LOVE YOU!

  • Heather

    You’re an amazing mom. Love you!

  • http://imadramamama.wordpress.com/ Thea

    You are doing the best you can. And trust me, the kids are not judging you as much as you are judging yourself. You’re amazing!