Thursday, December 24, 2009
Monday, December 21, 2009
Maya did her best in trying to maneuver through the mountain of snow in our backyard...
Our "official" measurement of the day's damage...
The "calm" after the storm.
Saturday, December 19, 2009
Tuesday, December 15, 2009
Friday, December 11, 2009
Abby was working hard to feed the sheep although they seemed to be more interested in eating the hay off the ground than from her little fingers.
Wednesday, December 9, 2009
Monday, December 7, 2009
We put up our Christmas tree and decorations last week and it really looks festive in our home now.
Abby and Landon both enjoyed putting the few ornaments we have on the tree and dancing around to the Christmas music we had playing.
Monday, November 30, 2009
All six Cleveland grandchildren....Chloe (age 11), Paige (age 6), Abigail (age 3), Tyler (age 3), Coldon (age 1) and Landon (age 1).
On Friday night we celebrated an early Christmas since everyone would be spending Christmas day in separate places. All the kids loved getting a little taste of Christmas a month early!!!
The cousins all had such a great time playing with each other (most of the time at least!) There was some serious lack of sleep going on, since most of the cousins shared the same room, but it was pretty cute to listen to them sing and talk late into the night.
And of course there was lots of "cousin-lovin" going on too!!
Saturday, October 31, 2009
Sunday, October 25, 2009
Friday, October 23, 2009
Abby picked out her very own pumpkin...
Thursday, October 22, 2009
Tuesday, October 13, 2009
My sister Lara sustained a pretty severe hamstring injury just a few weeks ago which prevented her from running the full marathon. She did her own modified "marathon" that morning though, doing 20 miles on the stationary bike at the gym and then joining in on the last 6.2 miles of the marathon. Although she was disappointed with not being able to run the entire distance, I was so proud that she would even attempt to do what she did. Most people would have just bagged the whole thing!!
Me nearing the finish line...
The end is in sight...
My cheering section right about mile 9...
Don't let all my positive talk and smiles fool you though. This race was TOUGH!!! There were many times I would just repeat again and again to myself, "Just keep moving..." I had a really difficult time at Mile 12. It was kind of a boring part of the course, I had no music to entertain or distract me, my legs were starting to burn and I wasn't even to the halfway point. Talk about discouraging!! I started to let some of these negative thoughts in which of course dragged me down even further. Finally a clear thought came into my mind that told me very distinctly..."Yeah, this is tough. It's supposed to be tough. You knew it would be tough. So stop thinking about it being so hard and just do it!!" I realized at that point that I had two choices, I could wallow in the agony that I was experiencing at that moment, or I could acknowledge that it was tough and keep moving through it. Fortunately I chose the latter and ended up accomplishing something great. (Kind of like life, don't you think?)
Was running this marathon hard? OH YEAH.
Was it painful? VERY MUCH SO.
Did I ever want to quit? PROBABLY MORE THAN A FEW TIMES
Did I ever wonder "what in the world am I doing out here?" OF COURSE
But was it great... thrilling... exciting... wonderful... challenging... momentous... something I will remember and be proud of for the rest of my life? MOST DEFINITELY
So the question remains...will I do it again?
YOU BET!! CALL ME CRAZY, BUT I'M TOTALLY HOOKED!!