Josh and five of the kids have started spring track (at the high school and junior high) and we have prom next weekend (Sadies and Nate both have dates and lots of fun planned). Sadies is graduating high school in May (crazy, crazy, crazy) and my parents and Jennifer are all coming out for that (yay!) so the planning has started. People tell you when your kids are little that they will grow up before you know it and you nod but don't really believe it... and then you blink, and they are getting ready to graduate.
Here is a quick funny story. A new kid just moved here and joined the track team. Josh is the throwing coach and the new kid came out to throw. He noticed Des (one of our African American daughters) calling Josh "Dad', and then noticed Sadies (also African American) calling Josh "Dad" too. Then he saw Ryan (our bio son) calling Josh "Dad". The kid finally said to Josh, "So, are we are all supposed to call you Dad?" Ha!! :) Josh explained that he could call him Coach, and said that only his kids called him Dad. He confirmed that Des, Sadies, and Ryan were all his kids, pointed out Nate and Shane as his kids as well, and told him that there were 7 more at home. The kid said he thought the rest of the team was just messing with him. Too funny. :)
I love St. Patrick's Day. Josh isn't Irish, but he makes the most amazing corned beef and cabbage, and if I do say so myself, my Irish Soda Bread rocks. I have not found a way to make it gluten/dairy free though. St. Patty's Day marks one week until my birthday - here comes 36. :)
I do have some good and exciting news related to my running, but that will get a post of it's own in the next day or two. I am feeling good - working hard and believing.
I am more than ready for some sleep, so I will leave you with some quote from the awesome Kara Goucher. Love her!
"Never underestimate the power that one good workout will have on your mind. Keeping the dream alive is half the battle."
"Progress is rarely a straight line. There are always bumps in the road, but you can make the choice to keep looking ahead."
"Don't try to rush progress. Remember -- a step forward, no matter how small, is a step in the right direction. Keep believing."
"Once you make the decision that you will not fail, the heart and the body will follow."