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Pool Running and More Elf Antics

I am still counting the days until I can run again. It won’t even bother me if it is really cold out. Well, maybe it will a little at first. But I can’t wait to get back out there. In the meantime, I am trying to make the pool my friend. Since I am not a real swimmer and am just getting my hour in so I won’t be completely out of shape when I can run again, I prefer an empty pool. Not too cold, thank you very much!


For my “injured runner’s workout” I have been alternating 15 minutes of swimming with 15 minutes of pool running. I use the kick board for some of the swimming too. This time confirms for me that I am not ever going to be a triathlete!

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You are supposed to wear this aqua jogger belt when pool running, but I gave it up. The one workout I used it felt like it wasn’t a workout at all. It is similar to a life vest and it really just makes it very easy to run. I guess if you are very injured, you might need it.


So I have been very laid back recently. My only goal is to spend a half hour swimming and a half hour running in the pool. I know (now) that most people count their laps or distance. I just do as much as I can and when I am running, I run hard – in the deep end. I guess some people run where their feet can actually touch the ground. I think the pool more than anything else is keeping my lungs in shape. I guess I will eventually find out. And my leg does not hurt from the pool like it did from hot yoga and the other workouts I was doing. So if you ever get injured, try the pool. (This is coming from someone who really does not like the pool, by the way).

December is such a crazy month! I can’t wait to tell you about our trip to Hershey, PA. But life goes on in between the craziness and those moments are fun too.

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Aidan has been doing school at home for the last couple of weeks. This has been a really great time for us. I love helping to teach him and he is so much happier and less stressed about his school work. He is home right now because of his leg, but we are giving serious thought to making this a permanent change. If you homeschool your kids, I would love to hear about your experience.

Basketball has started for Dane. I will never really understand why we start a sport in December when we barely have time for anything. But we are so lucky he has such a great coach and team. It’s going to be a fun season.


It has been so cold out lately! Aidan decided it’s best to wear 2 pairs of gloves. 😉


The cold weather always makes me want to knit again. Soft, colorful yarn and cozy projects. Now if only I could find the time to actually finish one.


Dane’s Scouting Den is working on getting their pocket knives. Tonight they practiced on soap and made their own snacks.


Sammy has been having more fun at our house. Here he is hanging from the chandelier.


Playing with the boys’ Legos on the mantle.

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Hanging out on the refrigerator door (an annual last minute favorite).


And toilet papering the tree.


Never a dull moment. Fezzy joined us for the Grinch tonight.

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And look what I finally remembered to buy!!! Wipers! Now I might actually be able to see out of my window when it rains/snows.


So, I am wondering, do you know anyone who homeschools their child? How is it going?

Last Basketball Games

This weekend we had our last basketball games of the season.  It was fun and a little bit sad all at the same time.  I am so glad I coached Aidan’s team.  I ended up enjoying it a lot and it was a special time for Aidan and I.  I also got to know some of his friends better.  I had a great group of boys on our team and I will miss them too!

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Aidan played a great game!  He made another basket too – this time off of a foul shot.  I can never take pictures of Aidan playing since I am coaching, but I had a photographer at this game.  Dane was in charge of all photos and did a great job.  This is a picture of Aidan’s shot going in.

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It was a good game, followed by trophies!  Always a highlight of any season.

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Dane had a great game as well.  He scored a couple of times, despite some drama on the court. 

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Dane had a great team as well – full of friends he has played sports with for years now.  The smile on his face pretty much sums up his basketball experience.

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He had wonderful coaches this season.  It is so nice when your friends coach your kids!

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Nana came to both boys’ games, which made the boys very happy.

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So proud of my guy, who really demonstrated his sportsmanship this season.  I have two wonderful boys!

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So, I am wondering, will it stop snowing in time for soccer and baseball seasons?

Game Day

It was game day today!  Basketball has ensured that we will not be sleeping in on a Saturday in the foreseeable future.  It is worth it though.  Dane had his first game early this morning.  His coaches and the referees are great at making sure it is a learning experience for the kids.  Dane had a great time and he was thrilled that his team’s uniforms are his favorite color!  He is number 10, same as his brother.  ; )

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From there we were off to Aidan’s game.  Our team played so great today!  I am so proud of them.

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We spent some time on gifts today.  I finally finished knitting my mom’s Christmas shawl!  Better late than never, I guess.  So we delivered that to her after the games.

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We also made a photo quilt online for someone very special to us who is very ill.  I hope it will cheer her up during the tough moments.  Grandkids do that best, I think.


So, I am wondering, what is your child’s favorite show?

Happy Friday

It’s Friday!  Yay!  We started today off with a surprise awards ceremony for Dane.  He won the character award for trustworthiness at his school.  I completely agree –  he is a kid you can really count on.

Daward2 .5.JPGHe had some idea he was getting an award because a little girl in his class who was receiving another award opened her secret envelope and read it to the class.  LOL.  I don’t think she is getting the trustworthy award anytime soon!

Daward3 cropSo both of my boys were recognized this week.  Time to redo the chalkboard.  Since it is Friday, it already has a couple of 100% tests on it in addition to their awards.

CB 2.JPGI realized today that basketball season is starting really soon!  Less than two weeks now for Aidan.  I decided to relax the “no balls in the house” rule for a little while to get prepared.  The boys are now allowed to dribble (no throwing!) their mini basketballs around the house.  They were thrilled with this news!  The pets on the other hand – not so much.  I may loose my sanity as well.  I guess we all better get used to the sound of bouncing basketballs though.

bball2Dane brought this picture home from school today.  I love my boys’ sense of humor.  It is timely too with my running club’s Thanksgiving 5k coming up.  Tara – is this your new catchphrase?  https://www.facebook.com/gobblewobble5kdrumstickdash

turkeySo, I am wondering, how many hours until Monday, when I can finally run again?!



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