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3 Jul
2014
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Night Owl Learning to Like Mornings…Maybe

early morning sun seen over treetops

I was pulling on running shoes at 5 a.m. today and well into an over 4-mile hike by 5:30…in the morning.

I am a night owl, more accustomed to moon watching than sunrises. My second wind, more like third wind, for the day hits around 10 p.m. I take care of little things I didn’t get to during the day, open a book I don’t have to read out loud or enjoy the quiet of the house with my husband. Most nights you’ll find Craig and I sitting near each other working on his and her computers while discussing a myriad of topics.

sun beginning to color the early morning sky

I do not enjoy waking up in the morning. In a perfect world, I would turn in at night around midnight and wake up at 8 a.m. This is not the world I live in. During the school year, I’m up around 6 a.m. but summer pushes that closer to 7 a.m. I’m grateful to have children who have mastered the art of sleeping. Our tween would list sleep among his top three favorite things to do.

I’m difficult to schedule anything with. A friend and I hadn’t been able to connect. The consistently open spot in my schedule is when I’m sleeping, so early Wednesday morning hikes became part of the schedule.

sun beginning to illuminate the town as seen from mounatin trail

The night before an early morning, when I’m staying up too late for a 5 a.m. wake-up, I start to brainstorm ways out of the hike. I never send the text saying I won’t make it. My self-imposed guilt connected to my need to please people would be too much to bear if I backed out. Accountability is a strong motivator.

Sun shining on the town view from the mountain trail

I find myself wishing I was a morning person each time I’m out in town before the sun has fully greeted the day. I counted more antelope than cars on the road this morning. I watched the sun slowly rise and saw the town and wilderness come alive. Birds and a gentle rustling of leaves accompanied us as we trekked up and down a mountain. It was invigorating to start the day with a positive spin. Last night I was plotting ways to sneak a nap into today. Now I’m ready to tackle the to-do list for this 4th of July weekend. The first item needing crossed off…make coffee.


 
5K Color Run Triumph
By     |    Jun 17, 2014
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5K Color Run Triumph

I’ve contemplated running a 5-kilometer race several times over the last few years, never seriously though. I’ll read a poster for a 5K and think I should try that, only to remind myself of something very important. I’m not a runner. I enjoy exercise, just not running. Honestly, I’ve never given running a legitimate chance. It simply doesn’t appeal to me. We had several friends who went to color run 5Ks in bigger cities the last couple of summers, and... [Read More]

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Lucky 13 Years of Marriage
By     |    Jun 16, 2014
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Lucky 13 Years of Marriage

Thirteen years ago I said, “I do,” to my best friend. I was smitten, ridiculously in love and unable to contemplate living without him. Not until years later when we were raising two small boys, paying a mortgage and living hours from any family members did I realize the gravity of those two words said at an altar in the college town we met in. I never expected marriage to be easy. We’ve traversed boulders of despair and valleys of... [Read More]

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Perfect, Unplanned Summer Night
By     |    Jun 12, 2014
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Perfect, Unplanned Summer Night

It took a handful of text messages and an ordinary summer night was transformed into the perfect summer memory. Wednesday night, and the fistful of nights like it, are the reason I adore summer. We had no plans. Our days this week have been full and this mama has been running closer to exhausted than energized. Close friends are in town on vacation, and I could feel the countdown for when they were leaving looming. Getting together (again) was a... [Read More]

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Our Morning With a Bee Swarm
By     |    May 27, 2014
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Our Morning With a Bee Swarm

I was making breakfast and heard our third grader yell from our front room, “There’s a giant nest in our tree.” I dismissed the comment. Each morning there’s talk about some nest in some tree in our yard. Not until two boys came running into the kitchen proclaiming the “nest” was moving did I pay attention. My husband went to check out the moving nest and found thousands of bees crawling over each other in our ash tree. We had... [Read More]

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Finally, Signs of Spring
By     |    May 5, 2014
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Finally, Signs of Spring

It finally happened. This weekend, signs of spring were abundant from motorcycles to runners to the sound of lawn mowers and children playing. The yard has been mowed, more accurately, just the front yard. The backyard is a wasteland of grass desperately trying to grow and striving to live among the wild animal children who relentlessly stomp it down. The flower beds were weeded, again mainly in the front yard. The wasteland didn’t receive as much attention as the front. The... [Read More]

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That Night I Was Stuck in the Truck
By     |    Feb 26, 2014
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That Night I Was Stuck in the Truck

It all started with a vehicle door that wouldn’t shut. It was snowy and cold, the thermometer hovering somewhere around 0° F. I was late for a meeting, and the driver’s side door on our truck would not shut. I tried repeatedly shutting it to no avail. I locked and unlocked the door repeatedly. I even got out of the vehicle and inspected the door, as if that was going to solve anything. My husband had said he was having... [Read More]

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Less Than One Minute
By     |    Feb 20, 2014
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Less Than One Minute

It took just one minute from his night to utter one sentence to children he didn’t know. That one minute catapulted him to stardom in the eyes of my boys. Five months ago, in September, we were leaving a University of Wyoming football game at the Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colorado. We were there to celebrate our oldest turning 11. We had prime seats, the Cowboys won and our 9-year-old had just been high-fived by UW’s starting quarterback.... [Read More]

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You’ve Watched the Olympics too Much When….
By     |    Feb 10, 2014
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You’ve Watched the Olympics too Much When….

Disclaimer: I honestly don’t think I could ever watch too much coverage of the Olympics. I’m impressed with what people can train themselves to do. However, there is a chance my children may have watched the Olympics too much this weekend. My first clue was watching my youngest boys cram themselves into a smallish cardboard box to bobsled through the kitchen. They used what little momentum they could get from shifting their weight to move across the floor…scritch, scratch, scritch.... [Read More]

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Community Valentine’s Day
By     |    Jan 28, 2014
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Community Valentine’s Day

Our 5th grader brought home a note from his teachers  explaining a community Valentine’s Day project. I read it and wanted to drive back to school to tell them how much I appreciate their creativity and kindness. There are things broken in our public school system, and then there are people who make all the difference in the bureaucracy of education. There will be no cards handed out in 5th grade this year. No cupcakes, miniature candy bars and lollipops.... [Read More]

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Distracted vs. Busy
By     |    Jan 24, 2014
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Distracted vs. Busy

I decided this year I would make better use of my time. When I began critiquing my choices, it became evident there was a distinction between distracted vs. busy. I feel stretched too thin most days. There’s just not enough of my husband and I to go around, and no safety net of people to fall back on. Life needed to be weeded. Those things which were choking and constraining me while not feeding me in some sense, needed to... [Read More]

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Butter Brickle Pie
By     |    Jan 10, 2014
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Butter Brickle Pie

I have no idea where Butter Brickle Pie came from. My great grandma Nan made it. My grandma JoJo made it followed by my mom. I make it now and can honestly say I’ve never tried a pie that comes close to tasting like this one. It’s most definitely a special occasion dessert. There’s no redeeming health factor in this treat. The combination of family history and rarity of the pie ranks it among my favorite. This recipe makes me... [Read More]

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