Week One and Done …

He is Risen!!! So Awesome. Happy Easter!!

Yesterday I completed my “long” run. 2.94 at 38 minutes. I need to get a pace going. I was very uneven. But it still felt good!!

Starting a New Blog

Not like I’m being oh so faithful to this one! But in order to collect (and collaborate) on the journey to the marathon, Bruce and I are going to do a #Roadtodisney blog.

In the middle I’m going to do a 1/2 - and hopefully get a better time than this January! as well as the Chicago Marathon in October. Then next January I’ll be doing the Goofy … a 1/2 and a full. Cuz that’s insane and I’m - well you get the point. The really cool thing is that my parents will be with us, so I’ll get to finish and see my Dad, and Bruce immediately after the half. Awesome. And the kids are doing the kid races.


Do something amazing indeed.

This morning was Day 2 of official training - 30 minutes. About 2 miles at a slow jog / walk. I have a long road but I will get there.

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New we are three

Hey you. I love you ;)

Journey to my Marathon

A week ago I made a decision that one of my goals for the 2014 - 2015 year is to run the Disney Weekend marathon. I’m so surprised that I am going to run a marathon, but here I am, 5 am, waiting for Bruce to finish his workout so that I can do mine. The difference between success and failure is planning and action. People who want to do things and do them have a plan and a dream. People who want to do them and wonder why they can’t, have a dream.

The last two half marathons I’ve completed have been walking _ running. My goal for this year is three fold. Have half marathon times under three hours and preferably closer to 2 1/2, and then to complete a marathon . the marathon. In Disney ;)

Having done half’s before teaches me that every work out moves me to my goal. Not just the long run or the one near the end, but the t25 this morning. So with my food. But one thing at a time ;)

2:50 and then it’s me.
What are you going to do this year? 52 weeks of Amazing and Here … We … Go!

Fest Time!

This weekend was a fest in our hometown and wow! If there is ever proof that you can have a blast without spending a dollar, this was it! Music Friday night, Saturday, and Sunday. Sunday we danced in the rain. That’s three days of live music, dancing, and seeing Grandma and Grandpa. And Saturday was paddleboats with Daddy.

Love love love love love being able to walk to music. I wish Fest time was every weekend … next weekend is Labor Day and parades along with friends … good times again but for now, work J

Happy Monday everyone!


watching Aaron balance on ice skates for the first time, topple, get back up, then pull me to the ice … well, definately a treat. I can’t wait until we go again. Maybe next time i won’t have to half carry him (his version of dancing) around the ice! I’m so glad he liked it though!!

just found out Cinderella is coming to a theatre near us right by my birthday. The Rodgers and Hammerstein version. Totally taking my brown eyed boy.

Happiness is this right here …

Thanks for reading about my amazing life.

How’s yours going?




we wrote a song …

Lots of times in the car Aaron and I sing. One of my goals (and I’m not 100% successful) is to spend the time Aaron and I have in the car - with Aaron. Talking, singing, looking out the window, talking about school - whatever. The goal - ultimately - is not to succumb to electronic entertainment, or me talking on the phone. Sometimes I have a call I have to take and on really long car trips (Florida anyone?) and once to school, I’ve given in to YouTube.

But I count those as failures and mostly we are engaged, and at most, he has books to read for entertainment when I don’t suffice.

The Wheels on the BUs get old after a while, so we, like everyone else in the world, have added people to the bus. Animals to the bus. We’ve thrown things out the second story window … THere’s lots of things we’ve done to make the songs slightly different. Well, last week we took the Ants go Marching in and made it all about Lions, then Hippos, then Dogs … Kind of like with the Farmer in the Dell.

Now we took the 12 Days of Christmas and made it into The First Day in the Jungle … it’s really cute. For my nephews birthday Aaron and I made it into a little book and that’s the card that goes with the present. Of course Aaron has his own copy. It’s just a silly little thing but it’s the first thing Aaron and I have done creatively together that I feel like he really took part in. I’m sure he won’t remember but for me .. you guessed it. It’s my amazing of this week.

Speaking of - Bruce ran 16 miles this morning. I did Kenpo X and then Aaron and I walked to the Farmer’s Market, watched Trains at the Train Station, and then all around our town. Now I’m watching them play Rock Band (Bruce is playing, Aaron is “playing” :-)), and next we’ll head to my nephew’s 4th birthday. What a blessed life we lead …

Thanks for reading. What was your amazing for the week?




the way i envision amazing

We went to Barrington to have dinner but found a farmer’s market because theirs is on Thursday night instead of Saturday like the one in our home town, or Sunday morning like the town over. We are becoming Farmer’s Market’s connesiours (geesh! that spelling!) Walking through it we found a car show that perusing, we found a lamborghini. Just a fun thing. On the street and heading for dinner none of us really wanted, we saw … wait for it … the Batmobile. Really. the 1960’s Adam West version. Pretty awesome. I have a pic somewhere of a cop standing near it, he looks like he’s giving them a ticket.

We had ice cream for dinner, Bruce and I talking while Aaron danced around in the window of a faded ice cream shoppe. Faded as in shabby chic, not really old.


We went to Arlington Heights intending to have frozen yogurt for dinner but after that (this was a week or two later), we heard music and started following the band, as it were. We found the fest they happen to have that weekend. There was music, outdoor vendors, and general fun. And a friend I haven’t seen in 10 years. Kismet? Fate? God?


Bruce was exhausted after running so after we dragged him to a farmer’s market, Aaron and I headed to the Renaissance Faire. We spent the afternoon looking at the frogs, sifting through sand, and wandering, talking to random faire goers and merry makers. It sounds expensive but we brought in his food and were only there a few hours, so it doesn’t end up being.


we could sit on the couch, and not do anything. Which is not to say that doesn’t happen. This past weekend Aaron was sick. Hand, foot, and mouth disease. All we did was sleep, eat, and hold him. Because sometimes that’s what a family does. But the rest of the time … the labyrinthe from your couch to amazing can be as easy to cross as walking out the door and down the street. How will you get there?

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www.thesimplificationproject.tumblr.com (day 2, week 2 p90x!)

Aaron and I spent Saturday morning volunteering for the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. If you are around on Sept 29th and able to walk a 5k - or just want to show up for support, come join us. Details at www.afsp.org. we accept donations for the silent auctions, for the cause, and offer support. I love taking Aaron to volunteer and hope that, as he gets older, he will learn about volunteering simply by it being a part of who we are. It is never to old to teach a child that some people need help and we can provide it.

The other pic is one of my cousin Paul with Aaron. They have a really special connection and I love watching them together. In addition to volunteering, we had dinner with Paul and hung out at the park. Plus a birthday party for one of Aaron’s cousins (my cousin’s daughter) put us around family again. Life is good :-)

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