- These four started high school on Monday. Somehow, at the ripe old age of 35, I have FOUR KIDS in high school. Crazy. My kids are growing up way too fast and there doesn't seem to be a way to make them stop or even slow down. We have two freshman, a junior and a (gulp) senior this year. The five elementary school kids and two junior high kids start back to school right after Labor Day, and Noah gets to stay home with me. :)
|Good looking bunch, no?|
- SPORTS, sports, and more sports. Nate is playing high school football. Sadies is one of the team managers. Josh is coaching middle school football. Ryan is running high school cross country. Des is the team manager. Shane is running junior high cross country. They are BUSY. That said, I am a fan of busy teenagers. I think teenagers are like puppies - they are best behaved when they are kept busy all day and then all they want to do is eat and sleep. Keeps them out of trouble.
- August is the toughest month for me stress wise. Back to school for 11 kids is stressful emotionally, financially, logistically and every other way you can imagine. We have had countless sport physicals, well checkups, dentist appointments, eye appointments, hair appointments, and ortho appointments on top of all the "usual" medical stuff for Noah. And don't get me started on what it costs to get shoes, clothes, back to school supplies, backpacks, etc. etc. etc. etc. etc. etc. Do you hear that hollow, echo sound? That is my bank account.
- I hurt myself this week, but I am ok. :) I did something I do a hundred times a day - I picked up Noah. Noah is almost four years old, about 35lbs and has cerebral palsy and other special needs. His doctors have warned me that a lot of parents of kids with special needs like his end up with back injuries from lifting and carrying tall and heavy kids, and I am always very careful when I am lifting him. (And I do lots of core/strength training exercises to keep my core and back strong). I have never had any type of back pain at all, but I was hurrying and Noah was not cooperating... I lifted him quickly and OUCH. I had a sharp, blinding kind of pain like I have never had.
My first thought was to panic, but I stayed calm. It hurt to sit down, stand up or bend over, but I was comfortable once I got into a position. Josh worked on it for me that night, I stretched it gently and rested, and I hoped for the best. I got up the next morning and did a gentle warm up and stretching and decided to see what happened when I ran. It was fine! My back actually felt better after the run than it did before. There was still some stiffness and soreness throughout the day, but better than the day before and I didn't feel it all when I was running.
This morning I had my last long run before the Pocatello Marathon on Sept. 1. I had 14 miles, with two warm up miles, two cool down miles and 10 miles at 7:05ish in between. My back was much improved when I got up this morning from yesterday, but still not 100%. I was hoping to be able to do this long run and feel good. My back, legs, and everything else felt great the whole way. Whew. I was very relieved at the end of the run to be able to run a longer run and to run at a faster pace and feel good, and I am confident that this will won't be an issue for my race and will resolved completely in the next couple of days. Never a dull moment!
- One week from today I will be hanging out with my BFF Jennifer!! She is flying in to Salt Lake from Florida on Friday morning. I will pick her up - there will be much shrieking, laughing, and tears, and then we will drive to Pocatello to pick up our packets, meet up with some other friends, and have a restful night before the race the next morning. Besides rocking the marathon, we have big plans to get fun new pics of us together and she is coming home with me to spend the weekend at my house and get to meet Josh and the kids. YAY!
|In Disney, January 2012|
- My awesome husband and son went on a 12 mile trail run this morning with our black lab, Jazz. Here is a pic of where they were running (trails a few miles south of our house.) Yes, that is still snow. These mountains we live in are high.
and here is Jazzy cooling off after the run
- This weekend will be busy with a church pig roast/party tonight, birthday parties and family tomorrow, and church on Sunday, but it should all be lots of fun.
I will have a post coming up in the next few days about my goals, hopes, and thoughts about the race next weekend.
Have a great weekend everybody!