The Cleveland Marathon has always been my race
i love it, 
i love the city, 
i love the race, 
i love that the first time i ran my mom, sister, and cousin all ran it together

i love that i have run with friends

i love that its something that my boys see me train for and complete

i love the route
i love the spectators
i love the scenery
its my scene and i dig it.... A LOT!

last year i noticed that the race had official bloggers that you could follow and i started following a few of them . It was cool to see how they were training and the different things that they did to prepare and i remember thinking that maybe i could do that too. It looked cool to have people see how their training was going and get feedback and good ideas to keep them motivated. 

so, when the time came, i filled out my application fully thinking that there was no way that they would pick an averaged paced mom of two that trains in between nap time and on my work lunch breaks. 

but guess what?!?  they picked me!!!  I have never been more excited!!!!  
the phrase "fake it till you make it" is my life in a nutshell and i feel like i have finally faked it long enough and now, quite possibly, i have made it!  

i cant be more excited to be an official ambassador for this race that i love!!!!
i cant wait to meet the other 14 people that are ambassadors and hear thier stories and what they are doing to train.  

keep your eyes out for all of these awesome people!  check out their blogs, IG accounts, and twitter accounts too! show them a little love, and maybe a high five for being so awesome! 
you can see all of the links HERE

2015 is going to be an amazing year,
i can tell already!


it takes a village

I was at lunch telling a friend about what was new with the boys and telling that how grateful I was to our awesome daycare lady and how she is working so hard with Ryan with potty training. And then in the next breath I said that my amazing neighbor found Jack his Halloween costume, I just haven’t made the effort to go out and she came across it and it worked out great. And then i said it really takes a village. 
And even though I knew how true this statement was, IT IS TRUE!  It takes a freaking village!  And it’s a good thing!  I’m so damn lucky to have a village of willing participants to help with the kids. People that not only help but lovingly help and really enjoy spending time with them. 
No parents can do it all alone and you will kill yourself trying to get everything done and be everything to your kids that they need. And isn’t it wonderful that they have all of these people in their lives that provide all kinds of different learning’s and different ways to teach?
If I did the whole feeling emoji thing on facebook (and I don’t), I would be feeling grateful with a smiley face with heart eyes because I am so grateful for all of the people that love our boys and enrich them in ways that we can’t. I know that I have guilt when I’m not with the kids. I feel like working full time, the time I do get with them is precious. But, I am also fully aware that taking time to do things for me makes me a better mom.
I just thought it might be a good reminder to anyone who needed it today, because even thought I knew it, it was a good thing to re-learn today at lunch.
photo credit


race day

it never gets old
some people ask me what i'm running for, like for what cause
and then sometimes i feel like a jerk, because its for me
its the energy, a pure runners high
not that im not for running for a cause, but
there is nothing like a crowd on race day to make you want to run every freaking day of your life
the cowbells, the signs, the kids reaching to high five you....
it's the glory lap of all of you training

this weekend was no different
it was the Akron Marathon
i was part of a 5 person team that together did a full marathon!  i have done the relay twice before but this year i was able to do the last leg and it was my favorite. we were running along the same route as the full marathoners! it was insane!!!  these people are so motivating!  i started when these people were at the 20.5 mile, it blew my mind! and it makes me want to do it too! (maybe)
i finished the race up in the stadium and it was nothing short of amazing :)

my parents were there waiting with Ryan and a big sign and i got to do my leg with my good friend.
Ryan and the cute sign even made it in a story online!

it wasn't my best time, but it was probably the most fun i have ever had and im counting the days until my next race and ill see you next year Akron!
finish line selfie
my biggest fans!
we are done!
me and my best running bud!!!


Sleepy Heads

I have fallen hard off the blog wagon this year with this as my whopping second post of the year.... but, its a good one.

I couldn't help myself when I saw Katie start the Bower Power Picture Party. I love taking pictures, mostly of the boys and someday dream of owning a nicer camera to work on my craft. But, until then I have my trusty old point and shoot and it usually does this trick. This is one of my favorites and we used it on our Christmas card this year. After 2 rounds of Christmas Card attempts with no luck, I decided to throw some twinkle lights on the bed and put the boys all snuggled up together. Its a little dark, but it's still one of my favorites of them together.

 Now, if only they would always look this peaceful!
Can't wait to see what Katie's theme is next month!


Happy birthday Jack!

Tomorrow Jack is one! I have been meaning to write about his actual birth day for about a year now also. I just don’t want to forget all of the details of one of the best days in my life. I feel like Sophia from the Golden Girls now, but here it is…..

Picture it, Newton Falls, March 17th 2013. At about 7 in the morning my mom and dad came over to spend the day with Ryan. I was supposed to check in at the hospital at 8 to be induced.  I was really crossing my fingers that it would work and Jack would officially be a St Paddy’s day boy!

From the moment I knew my due date, I was really hoping that I would have a St Paddy’s day baby! It’s always been a very fun and special holiday for my family so I knew it would be extra fun to have him then!  And who wouldn't want that as a birthday? So, my awesome Dr agreed to induce me. I was really hoping Jack would be on board with being born on time since my actual due date was not until the 20th.

We made it to the hospital and up to our room by 8 and discovered that I was in the exact same room that I had Ryan- Room #6. Also, interesting to note that 6 has always been my luck number (birth date 6/6). I was feeling lucky, so I was hoping that Jack would be too. I was a little hesitant to pick an induction date because I felt like I was tempting fate, but it was really handy to have it planned so I wasn't going into labor in the middle of the night and needing to have someone come over to be with Ryan at 3 in the morning!

My nurse Gayle was the best!  She helped me thru step by step and we had a good morning with not too much action. When I arrived I think I was maybe 2cm. I knew I had a long way to go. And based on my history with Ryan, I knew it could be a very long wait until Jack made his grand appearance. I was also VERY concerned that Jack was going to be larger than Ryan. Ry was a whopping 9lb 11oz and it took for-ev-er to come out!  My Dr assured me that Jack was smaller, but I was still a little leery.

By about noon there was still not too much happening so Dr D came in and broke my water, hoping that would get things moving along. I now had 12 hours to get Jack out. I had some visitors stopping in to check on me. Mom and dad had dropped off Ry at Thad's moms house so they were there.  Thad’s best friend Jonathan was there most of the day too, he has spent the entire day that Ryan was born with us too at the hospital and wanted to be there again. My bestie Missy stopped in for a little bit too. I also got a visit from a real leprechaun!  I was having decent contractions and I told Gayle that I was ready for some pain meds. So, sometime during the time that Missy was there, I was given Nubain for the pain and things started to get a little fuzzy. The best description I could say was that I was feeling buzzed, It was hard to focus on conversation and I was feeling super sleepy and everything was pretty hilarious. About an hour later, I was given the epidural and I was only 4cm. I wasn't sure at this point if Jack was going to arrive by midnight. It was already close to 5pm, and it wasn't looking good.

An hour later the nurse came in and asked me if I felt any pressure or the urge to push, and I said that now that she mentioned it, I did. She said I was at 10 cm already and they were calling the Dr in. I was there and so so excited to get this show on the road. Thad has just stepped out of the building so it sent everyone in a little tizzy to find him. They turned on those incredibly bright overhead lights that I totally forgot about until that moment and things were getting going. Thad walked in with Dr D and we were mentally preparing ourselves for awhile of pushing, since it took 4 hours with Ryan. 

The nurse said I could start pushing and it took 3 whole pushes and at 6:07pm our family grew by one sweet Jack! We were all so shocked how quickly he arrived and I was surprised at how tiny he seemed. He was only 7lbs and 4oz. So teeny tiny compared to what I was prepared for!  He cried right away and then as soon as they handed him to me he calmed right down.  That moment was very telling of his temperament. This whole first year he has been a very calm little guy for the most part. He has his crazy moments but he is so sweet and we couldn't imagine our family without him.

It’s hard to believe that it’s been a whole year since he came into our lives and I’m feeling quite nostalgic. But, I’m also so excited to see what this year has in store for us and to see the boys start to become better friends.

Happy First Birthday to our sweet Jack Sullivan! We love you more every single day!