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Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Dance Dare #3 - My Mother's Day Weekend

Hey Super Cool People in Blogland!

So the other weekend WOULD HAVE been the weekend of my first Half Marathon - taken place in Oregon... HOWEVER (those following my blog know what happened), instead we went on an AWESOME family camping trip.

It was SOOO needed and SOOO nice.  We procured a used tent trailer and headed out.  I was NOT going to feel sorry for myself and waste the weekend.  I don't know about other mom's out there, but often Mother's Day is hard for mom's.  Especially since losing my own mother so long ago - it's often been a hard holiday.  But I've learned that if I don't like something in my life, that I can CHANGE it.  I am thankful to BE a mother of four amazing kiddos!

We were able take some of our bikes and we camped by a beautiful lake.  My daughter and I climbed the nearby mountain for an amazing full vista view of the area.  The rocks were different shades of orange and brown making the area so vibrant.  We rode our bikes around the lake through little pathways barely big enough to walk, we paddled boats on the lake, played games in the trailer, celebrated my baby's 12th birthday, played with his Nerf guns throughout the camp, climbed some big trees, and took a ton of fun pictures.

I also wanted to shout out a big THANK YOU to Holly at 300 pounds Down for her kind comments and highlighting me on her blog post!  That was truly touching to me. 

I recently started a gratitude journal and it really helps me be focused every day on the rich blessings of my life.

Life is truly to be celebrated.  
Even when there is tragedy, there is ALWAYS something GOOD to find.

I've been LOVING my new running buddy and we've been getting out 2-3 times a week for 3-6+ mile runs.  I've got girls camp this summer with my girls and the other young women from our church and that's going to be awesome.

And of course MY FIRST HALF-MARATHON in July.  Woo Hoo!  
I hope I can rock it like my friend Joy has!!! :)

I CAN do Hard Things... and SO CAN YOU!

What are you looking forward to this summer?

Today, I put together my third Dance Dare Video for those who may want a giggle at my expense.



Connie said...

Love the dance dares! Jessica - way to go (both Jessicas). Funny to see videos inside the church building.

gracies tough journey said...

LOL that cracks me up. I think you ladies are having way too much fun!.

The camping trip looked brilliant. God Bless

Michele said...

Haven't stop by in awhile. Looks like things are going well for you. We always loved camping when our kids were growing up. Looks like you all were in a beautiful spot, too. Glad to see you are enjoying your good health and fitness.

For me and exercise: I have my sights set on two long bike events: 62 miles on June 2 and 67 on August 26.

Joy said...

You are crazy my friend!! Love the video!!!!

You can so do a 1/2 Marathon. You've got this!

Keep focused!

E. Jane said...

So glad you got to go on a much needed camping vacation. Love your photos! It's amazing how much we miss those people who are no longer with us. I understand what you're saying...

I'm looking forward to time at the lake with family and friends and just enjoying my family. I love watching the grandkids playing in our backyard. ...something special about that!

Holly from 300 Pounds Down said...

These are so funny! I love your enthusiasm for life. It is contagious!

Joy said...

You and me...heading out for another 1/2 Marathon this weekend. I've got your picture in my pocket and I'm ready to go. Because of you....I can do hard things!!

Keep focused my Friend!!!

Love and hugs!

Sarah Jones said...

You are officially banned from doing these dance dares! I laughed until I cried!! lol Tell your husband the Portland office says hello!