Once again, this year I ran the Race for the Cure. My friends opted out of doing it, so my family came with me to be my cheering section. It was pouring down rain and we were all soaked to the bone by the end. My time was a little worse than last year, 33:40, but I haven't been running regularly like last year. It's not about the time, it's about doing it. I did it. I ran for hope.
After the race, I couldn't pass up the opportunity to take my kids to my favorite restaurant. This was their first tommy's experience! They each got tommy's famous milkshakes and got to try my pumpkin pie milkshake. They can't wait to go back!
I don't have resolutions. I also try not to set unrealistic goals. 2012 was a pretty good year for accomplishing and creating things. However, the last two months, I slacked off big time. This year, I'm creating a list of things I'd like to do. Here are my hopes for 2013.
Now the fun stuff. Here are the crafts/activities I would like to do this year:
There are also so many recipes I'd like to try, but I'll just highlight a few here:
I am realistic. I know I may not get some of these things accomplished, and that's fine. These are just hopes, not goals. If I don't, they go on the list for 2014. Even if I don't get one of the things on here accomplished, I plan on being happy, and that's what really matters most.
My first 5K that I ran the whole way is down. It was an amazing event. The amount of people and energy is like nothing I've ever seen. I've walked 5K's before, but never one of this magnitude. I am honored that I was able to be part of such an incredible event. I am also honored that was able to do this with three of the most amazing women I know. Thank you to everyone who donated to the cause. Thank you for donating hope.
Starting next week, for the first time in 6 years, I will have kid free time during the week. I have all these huge ideas of what I plan on accomplishing. I have these crazy plans of getting my house in much better order. Honestly, it's not bad now, but there are some things that just can't find homes. I plan on finding them homes. I plan on refinishing my hardwood floors. A couple of months ago, I tried this product called Restore-A-Floor on half of my downstairs hardwood flooring. It wasn't a miracle restorer, but it worked nicely. Gave the floor back it's shine. Due to children and lack of room to move furniture, I never finished the other half of the floors. So that's on the list. I plan on baking. I love to bake, but lack the time. I plan on exercising. I may not run since my race will be over in 3 more weeks, but I plan on doing yoga regularly now. I plan on finally painting my bathroom baseboards (that technically the contractor should have done 5 years ago). I plan on having more fun activities planned for the kids. Well, not planned, prepared is a better word. I'm constantly planning them, but we get into it and then I don't have one or two things we need. I completely plan on being better prepared for that! I plan on making some cute little homework/paperwork boxes for the kids, OK, really for Husband, to keep the kids' school work separate from all the other paperwork floating around the house. I plan on reading. I plan on finishing projects I've started but found I can't complete with the kids around. Sunshine's tutu is a great example. I started it 4 months ago, but every time I pull it out to work on, Sunshine plays with all the tulle and then I spend the next session of tutu making trying to reorganize it to cut. I plan on walking Puppy. Since the kids are learning how to ride bikes, Puppy hasn't gone for decent walk.
In reality, I'll probably get very little of this done. I'm pretty sure the first couple of weeks I'll be so excited to have "free" time, I'll sit and watch Glee. Then I have to factor in the every other week doctor appointments for my neck and the every other week volunteering in Monster's class. Let's not forget the weekly grocery shopping as well. Even though I tend to be a realist, I still l
It is no secret that I hate running. I find it to be a form of self torture. Yet, for the past 3 months, I've been training to run the Race for the Cure. Why? Because I believe in it. No matter how much I hate running, I hate cancer more. So, I'm running. I'm running for my mom. I'm running for my two aunts. I'm running for my mother-in-law. I'm running for a friend's good friend, Megan. I'm running in hopes that more lives will be saved than lost. I'm running for hope. If you are interested in supporting the cause, please check out my sponsor page at http://neohio.info-komen.org/site/TR/RacefortheCure/CLE_NortheastOhioAffiliate?px=13251749&pg=personal&fr_id=2549