Thursday, July 25, 2013


A few things....

We have been camping A LOT. In fact, for awhile, it felt like we were camping nearly every weekend. I am ready to take a break for a little while.

 I caved and decided to get an iPhone. It may seem hard to believe in our technology obsessed culture, but I haven't owned a cellphone in over seven years. I texted for the first time yesterday, and I must admit, it was fun! I am also looking forward to being able to snap photos without having to haul my massive digital SLR around.

 I missed an entire week of training after coming down with a nasty fever and flu. I am mostly back on track  and scheduled to run 26km this Saturday. Ack! We will be in the North Island for a wedding so I'm planning on download an app that will help me keep track of my mileage. Usually, I just plot out a route on Google earth or follow my training partner. Should be interesting, if not a change of scenery.

I have been painting and stripping furniture like a mad woman since my guests have gone home . There are cans of Annie Sloan paint everywhere. At the moment I am tackling a desk and a dresser. They are going to be fabulous!
My girls have been staying up incredibly late and sleeping in. I think I slept until 9am yesterday morning. Pure and utter *bliss*. My girls have almost always been up at the crack of dawn, so I am going to milk this for all that it is worth :0) 
Well, I'm sure that I could ramble on and on but it is nearly 11pm and I still have to pack, shower, and get my happy self to bed.

Monday, July 8, 2013

New kicks

Today I FINALLY retired my old runners and favorite socks. They have been through a lot with me..... namely my first race (10km), my first half marathon (22km), my first sprint triathlon (25), half iron man (113), and finally the past two months of training for a marathon. After a training run of 22km this morning and continuing knee issues, I decided it was time to bid them farewell
These are my new kicks and they feel like a dream. It took me a long time to choose the right shoe, but these took the cake for comfort and durability. I can't wait to take them for a test run.

I decided it was also time for a new pair of socks, since my old favorite had matching holes in the heels. They don't look so new in this picture because they accompanies me on my sweaty 22km this morning. They sure make a difference though. I think it is funny that something as simple as a new pair of "fancy" socks makes me SO happy!


Thursday, July 4, 2013

Norwex Baby!!!!!!

Check out this fun video my friend Nicole made. It is a fun little short film about some of the cleaning products she sells. A couple of months ago I ditched all the nasty, chemical laden cleaning products clogging up my laundry room and replaced them with some enviro cloths, cleaning paste and a mop.  I am a changed women. Let's just say that I actually enjoy cleaning my bathroom now.  I don't have to open all the windows when I clean the floors, and I only use  plain water. It is pretty awesome! If you want to check out the website, you can find it here. If you want to order something from my beautiful friend, you can contact her through her Norwex face book page.


Tuesday, July 2, 2013


The other day I was doing the dishes and inwardly grumbling that I rarely have time to pursue my creative pursuits...... feeling bitter that my children consume so much of my time and energy when I felt the Lord whisper to me " they are your creativity". My heart ignited. Of course they are my creativity! What a powerful realization. They are my DNA and heart expressed in the most intimate and tangible way. They are little sponges, eager to learn, clay for the molding, bright, living, learning creativity on the loose. God has given me the privilege of guiding these sweet, rumbustious creatures, and while it may be frustrating and downright exhausting, it is a blessing.