Birthdays Then and Now

Do you think birthdays are better as an adult or when you were a child?

For me, I don’t have any birthdays  from when I was growing up that stand out as “the best birthday ever!!”

When I turned 40 Chris and the boys planned a big surprise party for me (the only surprise party I’ve ever had:) – it was such a fun time!!!

Well, Chris got a birthday card the other day that made me start thinking about the differences between birthdays then and now.  Mostly thought, I just want you to get to enjoy the fun of the card!

Remember birthdays when you were still a kid?
You’d shove like ten slices of Pizza into your mouth - Screen Shot 2014-08-21 at 9.26.33 PMFollow it up with soda pop and candy and tons of cake and ice cream-Screen Shot 2014-08-21 at 9.28.16 PMand spend the rest of the night bouncing off the walls in a sugar-induced frenzy!!!
Remember how much fun that was?

Well, that ship has sailed.  Now sit down before you fall down and have a happy birthday!!!Screen Shot 2014-08-21 at 9.30.38 PM

HaHa – this just made me laugh!!!  I think it might be implying that Chris is getting old!!!   ;-)

Happy Fun Friday!!

Kim

Proud to be…

The word proud can stand for so many things.

Growing up I remember learning the verse – Pride comes before a fall.  (I think it’s from Proverbs.)  Screen Shot 2014-08-20 at 5.15.03 AMI always pictured it as a literal fall!!!!

But, there are other ways to be proud that I think are really great.Screen Shot 2014-08-20 at 5.16.58 AM

Sometimes we have accomplishments that we truly should be proud of – nothing wrong with having pride in ourselves!!!  We work hard and deserve to celebrate our success whether it is from a race, something at work, something to do with our family or anything else that we have really put our heart into.

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The other way that we express pride is in others.

Chris and I try to tell our boys often how proud we are of them because I think everyone needs to hear that they are making others proud!!!

Yesterday when Chris opened his birthday cards, I read what the boys wrote to him and it was so sweet.

Both boys thanked Chris for everything he does.  Hunter said – “I’m proud to be your son!”  He has heard us say how proud we are to be his parents and now that he is older, the feeling is mutual!!!

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What is the thing you are most proud of?

Happy Wednesday!

Kim

Chris is 46!

HAPPY BIRTHDAY to Chris!!!!

my boys
my boys 

I thought it would be fun to attempt to describe Chris - 

C – caring, compassionate, charismatic

H – hilarious, hard-working, happy

R – reliable,  reasonable (good thing since I’m not always), romantic

I – intelligent, industrious, inspiring

S – super, sincere, special

There are many more things I could say about Chris but the main thing is I’m thankful everyday that I get to share life with this guy -

all dressed up
all dressed up

Happy #46, Chris – I will ad a couple extra reps in honor of your day!!!

Happy Tuesday!

Kim

Are You a Player?

So….are you a player?  I’m not talking about being a  player according to Urban Dictionary.

I’m talking about someone who plays along with the  MANY things that are constantly going around in the social media world.

A few years ago there was the “color” game.  Women would just randomly post….Screen Shot 2014-08-17 at 8.46.35 PM Screen Shot 2014-08-17 at 8.46.13 PM Screen Shot 2014-08-17 at 8.45.40 PM

The color was supposed to be bra color (or something) and it was all for breast cancer awareness.

I’ve seen games that involve an elaborate story and if you make the mistake of commenting then you have to post the same story on your site.

If you spent any time on FaceBook over the weekend you probably saw multiple videos of people dumping buckets of ice over their heads.

The idea behind the ice bucket challenge is awesome – it is to raise money and awareness for charity.  It actually started as far back as June 8.  In the past week, this has been changed to raising money for ALS (Lou Gehrig’s disease).

Over the weekend, I saw lots of fun videos and even ended up being tagged.  Screen Shot 2014-08-17 at 8.58.52 PMBTW – when you get tagged you are supposed to complete the challenge in 24 hours or less.

Umm…..I think the cause is great and am happy to support it by making a donation but I did not dump ice water on my head.

I’m about as non-participatory as they come these days!!  That might make me totally -

Screen Shot 2014-08-17 at 9.03.29 PMbut I’m OK with it.

Do you take part in the MANY activities/causes that are always going around the FaceBook/social media world?

Happy Monday!!

Kim

Trying New Things (8/10-8/16)

As I’ve gotten older I’ve gotten more set in my ways.  However, I still like to try new things.  This morning I tried to make a GIF following the incredible instructions that Taylor (Lifting Revolution) shared earlier this week.  (I haven’t mastered it yet!!!)

I also like to try new moves and workout programs as often as possible!!!  I have a super fun new program to try next week!

Sunday 8/10 - 44 leg crunches while balancing on wobble disc.

ready
ready
in
in

I did keep my hands on the ground the entire time – otherwise I didn’t feel like I could work my abs or hip flexors at all because I just kept falling off!

Monday 8/11 - 44 sit-ups with feet elevated.

ready
ready
up and reach
up and reach

These are always hard for me!!!

I decided to switch my lifting program from Chalean Extreme to Les Mills Body Pump.  I started with Pump & Burn and I was definitely feeling the burn by the end!!!

After lifting I ran.
8 miles in 59:20 followed by 0.35 to cool down (I was out of time!!!).

Tuesday 8/12 - 44 kneeling crunches.

start
start
crunch
crunch

This is one of those moves that isn’t big and you have to really focus on the crunch to feel it!!!

Another day of running – 10 miles in 76:54 followed by 1.8 easy miles.

Wednesday 8/13 - 44 alternating straight leg/arm dead bugs.

right leg down, right arm back
left leg down, right arm back
right arm down, left arm back
right arm down, left arm back

I tried to make this a fluid motion and not let my hands or feet touch the ground during the down part!!  (Right leg extended, left leg extended =  1 rep)

Another day of lifting with Les Mills Body Pump - Pump & Shred.  Not gonna lie – body pump always makes me sore and tired!!!

I wanted a little cardio but not a run so I did Turbo Jam - Cardio Party 2.  Always a fun way to work out!!!

Thursday 8/14 - 44 extended plank with a wrist, elbow, shoulder touch. (Right hand touch left wrist, left hand to right wrist, right hand to left elbow…..for 1 rep!!!)

Ready
Ready
right hand to left wrist
right hand to left wrist
left hand to right wrist
left hand to right wrist
right hand to left elbow
right hand to left elbow
left hand to right elbow
left hand to right elbow
right hand to left shoulder
right hand to left shoulder
left hand to right shoulder
left hand to right shoulder

This move I got from Monique (Burpees to Bubbly) the other day as part of her 7 minute body weight upper body burner.  44 of these was a little ambitious but it was a great challenge!!!

And, 11 miles of running in 81:25 followed by 0.4 miles easy.

Friday 8/15 - 44 carwash sweeps while in plank on elbow.

I tried to keep my body as level as possible while sweeping my arms around!!  (a right sweep and left sweep = 1 rep)

I needed a little break from body pump so I did Jillian Michaels KickBox Fast Fix – love working out with Jillian!!!

Saturday 8/16 - 44 straight leg crunches with feet on a stability ball.

ready
ready
crunch
crunch

Today was another day of running (gotta keep my miles up a little longer!!!).
12 miles in 85:45 followed by 1.25 easy miles.

41 hard miles plus 3.8 easy miles for a close to 50 mile week.  Probably need to bump that up next week but the whole time factor gets in my way!!

Happy Saturday!

Kim

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