Tuesday, December 17, 2013

fear of the gym

i am technically on PTO (paid time off) from work until the new year and needed to find a gym to go do my 30 minute workout.  we have a free trial for 2 weeks and today i went by myself... barely. i have a fear of gyms! the only reason i get to a gym everyday is because its at work and my co-workers go with me.

today i pulled into the parking lot and it was fairly crowed... almost turning around... i made a few phone calls to try and get my mind off of going in. finally mustered up the courage to get out of my car. i opened the door to the gym and AMEN... there were only 2 people inside! i'm not even sure why i am so afraid of the gym. i don't think anyone is looking at me or that i can't do any of the machines... i hate working out! this same feeling occurs every time i travel for work- i want to use the hotel gym and get the same pit in my stomach.

i tell gavin everyday to be brave and try new things... today i had to follow my own advise!

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

shopping day

this friday is our "shopping day"... i'm feeling a little worried that christmas is in less than 13 days. every year my famous words are, "i will try to be more prepared for the holidays next year!"

this year most of my worry comes from not knowing what to buy the kids. gavin really doesn't ask for much just more of what he already has (a million match box cars) and henry is busy playing with all of gavin's old toys. someone told me that they had the similar feeling for their second child and bought them a few things and then opened a savings account for them. i think this is a good idea and now i am considering buying fewer gifts for henry and adding the rest to his savings account... he is so young he won't really know.

maybe i need to take more advantage of black friday sales or online shopping? i was at the mall last sunday and it was a zoo... here's to hoping we we get out early and beat all the crowds.

Monday, December 9, 2013


a co-worker has introduced me to a whole new world of hash tag (#)... and i have enjoyed participating in #capturingdecember on instagram. i started late but have been able to capture the following:

Day 5 Today's Temperature

Day 6 Shopping

Day 7 Bright

Day 8 Ornament(s)

Day 9 Something you're reading ...TBD

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

gobble gobble - thanksgiving turkey trot

we signed up for the 8th annual thanksgiving turkey trot in ann arbor this year... it was our "first" thanksgiving trot! we really enjoyed the race and had a lot of fun- i have a feeling we will make this our annual event when we are together.

i've been running on the treadmill and in the back of my mind wanted to run this 5k.  i've only run one other 5k about 10 years ago- running is not my thing. i don't like it and i hate it! although, lately i've been trying to challenge myself to do things outside of my comfort zone.

my mom and gavin signed up for the 1 mile kids fun run and then my husband, niece, brother in law and myself all ran the 5k. i made it to the finish line in 33 minutes- i thought it would take me at least an hour! the course was tough - it was snowing and up a few hills (going down was easier). we did run right by the michigan football stadium - that was super cool.

not sure if i plan to run another 5k in the next 10 years but, i was happy that i completed this goal i had for myself on thanksgiving day.

Monday, December 2, 2013

thankful for good friends

my good friend devon is a great photographer and she gave up some of her sunday to meet my family out and snap some photos of us. we have been trying to do this for over 2 years! she not only captured some awesome pictures but made us all laugh and smile. thank you so much devon- i am so lucky to have you as my friend!