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Sometimes I just need to run...

It's almost a primal instinct when the urge arises. I'm not really a runner. I'm active yes, but I think there are people who are natural runners, and then there's the rest of us. (Though my friend Nick argues that all humans, by design, are runners.) But I find that sometimes at the change of the seasons or at times when my life is all crazy and lacking in order...I need to run.

It was cool today, 50 at best, but calm and sunny. So this afternoon I set out on my favorite route that after a few short blocks leads me out of town into the surrounding country side. Fields. Pastures. Farm houses. Cows. The gentle roll of the hills. I feel at home on this road. The simplicity of putting one foot in front of the other sooths my soul. No gizmos or gadgets, just me and nature.

Sometimes I need to run to get away from thinking. Other times I need to run to have time to think. It's not about the pace or the distance. The approximately 4 mile trek usually takes me an …

Sarcoma Update...

The update of the day is...there's not much to update. Jason's day today was filled mostly with paperwork and initial meetings. The pathology report won't be finished until tomorrow, but When I talked to Jason tonight he said his doctors were very optimistic based on the information they had received thus far. The tumor was small (2 cms at it's largest), caught early, and superficial. All point towards a good prognosis.

Tomorrow will bring more consultations following the completion of the pathology report. Wednesday he'll have a CT scan, chest x-ray, and leg MRI. Unless the tests uncover surprises, surgery to excise more tissue around where the tumor was removed will be scheduled for next Tuesday and because of the size of the tumor (again unless tests reveal unexpected findings) he shouldn't need radiation. Recovery from surgery could be painful since some muscle and tendon tissue will need to be removed as part of the safety margin, but he should retain …

Meet Edward...

Edward is a free spirit who loves adventure. His love of nature and the beauty found in the world around him inspires him to be an activist for the environment and the communities of which he is a member. While Edward loves to travel, he never forgets his roots and always comes home to those who he loves, and who love him.

Edward is the mini sock monkey I crafted as a travel companion for my brother Jason. (Lexi suggested the jingle bell necklace and button belly button.) His name was chosen in memory of our grandfather, Edward Reitz. A kind, generous, loving farmer who shared his passion for the simple wonders of nature with his grandkids. He passed away 14 years ago next month, but a little piece of him lives on in the many lives of those he touched.

Those who know him know my brother is somewhat of an adventurer himself. Not in a dangerous, thrill seeking way; just in a loves to experience life kinda way. He's very much like Edward. After almost a year of planning Jason was …

Fun Night...

Friday night was the annual PTO fundraiser at Lexi's school...Family Fun Night. CRAZY!

What is it about face painting that makes even the littlest kiddo happy?

(These pictures were taken at the end of the night. Can you tell the girls were winding down a bit?)



A couple weekends ago we visited the Blank Park Zoo in Des Moines. 60 degree temps. Sun. Everyone was excited for the warmer winter following a long snowy winter. (Humans and animals alike!) The lemur cage, one of the first habitats we encountered, was full of excitement and activity. This little guy however just sat calmly, soaking up the sun. Just meditating quietly. Pondering the current state of affairs of his world. We got a kick out of his calm quiet demeanor in the middle of such frisky cage mates. We even extended a little Om in his direction.

(Unfortunately my little point and shoot refused to focus on anything but the fence...I should have had Remy there, then I could have adjusted focus myself. But that's totally off the subject!)

Today I myself am quietly pondering. We're in the process of gathering some financial information in hopes of refinancing our house. A little debt pay down and some funds for a new roof, gutters, and siding are in our dreams. So t…


Brea and I took our lunch out to the backyard for a picnic today. Afterwards she played in her sandbox while I lounged on the grass, in the sun. I couldn't resist documenting the moment with my phone camera.



Spring Cleaning...

We started spring cleaning the yard today. The sun was shining, it was NOT raining, and the temp was just into the 40s...about as good as it's gotten thus far this spring. Lexi found this awesome leaf.

I'm amazed that it made it through the winter in such good condition given it's fragile state. Of course, I had to get the camera out. I've posted some shots from today's photo session on flickr.

Being that it was sunny, yet still cold (especially in the wind), Brea got to sport both her new sun glasses and her new stocking cap. What a goof.


Not for me, at least not right now...

I've been pondering my quest to turn Vegetarian a lot lately. (Well, technically Pescetarian since I was still eating fish.) It kinda all came to a head in my mind the other day when Lexi asked me, "Mom, why do some vegetarians like you sometimes eat meat?" Yeah mom, explain.

In the past 3 months I can probably count on one hand the number of times I've consumed a meat item. I haven't missed it and have been happy to discover some new foods that I love. Granted they're mostly all "meat substitutes", like Morning Star's spicy black bean burgers, corn dogs, and breakfast sausage patties, but tasty is tasty! I do sometimes worry that with my busy teaching schedule and need to fuel my body that I've been heavy on the carbs and a little light on the protein. For the most part I've felt good, but not really any different than during my carnivorous days. I mean there are professional athletes who successfully maintain a vegetarian diet while …

April Showers...

It's gray, cold, and rainy outside.

Brea has decided it's the perfect weather to curl up with a good book. Just some light reading.

I tend to agree.

(Yes, these are her favorite PJs. And yes, she tends to stay in them all morning if we're not venturing out of the house.)



Disclaimer: This post is simply an expression of thought, not a complaint!

Brea loves to help me with the dishes. (Notice the candy bracelets...they make her smell fruity. Fun!) Her job is to take the clean silverware items out of the basket (once I've removed any sharp knives!) and hand them to me so I can put them away. She simply hears the dishwasher open and she runs in shouting"Me help!". I wish at 33 I could find the excitement in doing the dishes that she has at 2.

Sometimes I miss going to my old job. Not the job so much as much as the sense of accomplishment. I miss working on a specific project (or more realistic projectS) and then once completed, checking that item off my "to do list" and moving on to the next project.

I'm not a huge list maker, but I kinda have a mental "accomplished" list. I find it hard to check things off that list in my day to day life. At home all my "to do" items are things that need "to doed&q…


Big news at our house...Brea pooped on the potty Sunday night! Now I realize to some this might not necessarily be blog worthy, but it was very exciting as a parent. Pooping on the potty was a big deal for Lexi when she was potty training. Brea's willingness to do so, and be so excited about it, is just one more example of how different our two girls can be at times! I in no way think this is the start of potty training, she just turned 2 for goodness sakes, but it's nice to know she's kinda getting the idea that the toilet is for more than setting your toys on (yuck...I really do try to discourage this!) when you have to wash your hands or see what mommy is doing in the shower.



It's snowing.


I'm so done with snow for this year.

DONE I say!

My poor little crocus...hope they have their mittens on.

On a completely unrelated and happier note...check out my cousin Nikki's blog. She had her baby on Tuesday!!! Happy Day! I want to go to Denver!


Brea turns 2...

My baby turned 2 last week.

Parties were had. Songs were sung. Candles were blown. Gifts were opened. Cake was eaten. Giggles, hugs, and fun.

Brea is pure sunshine. She brings so much light and joy to our lives. It's hard to believe she's already 2...yet hard to remember life before she joined us.

Happy Birthday Monkey. I love you bunches!!!

More pics of the festivities are posted on Shutterfly.