Runner Down!

What do you call yourself when you’re a runner who can’t run?! Really sad. That’s basically the best description. But don’t worry . . .ย  I’ll be back!

I knew it was bad when my ortho dr. called me on Saturday morning. And it was. Way worse than I expected. So what did I do you’re probably wondering? Well . . . I have stress fractured not 1, not 2, but 6 (that’s SIX) bones in my foot. Special. I’ve always been an overachiever. And I guess my injuries are no exception. I ran on it for 3 weeks, about 60-70 miles, after I first hurt it. That probably didn’t help things.

So now I have to use crutches and a walking boot for 6 weeks. Completely non-weight bearing. So that’s fun.

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As a runner my first question was “now what can I do?” And the answer was basically nothing. But not exactly nothing. I can swim. I can swim but I can’t kick. I have to use a Pull Buoy, which I learned is a foam flotation device that you hold between your legs to immobilize your legs. Also I can do weight training as long as it doesn’t require standing. No yoga, no barre, no squats, and of course no running or walking.

So I went out and bought a swimsuit. A one piece. And it’s a Speedo. But that’s not even the best part of my one-piece swimsuit story. I pulled up to the store (Academy Sports in Benton – super nice people) and a guy sees me getting out of my car and offers to bring me the motorized cart. I kindly declined. No thanks. But he wouldn’t take no for an answer. He had it waiting for me when I got inside. And he basically MADE me get in it. So here I am motoring around the sporting goods store shopping for a one-piece. In my work clothes.

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But I did find a one-piece. After trying on at least 6.

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I got this one. Dressing room selfies are cool right? Ha! Only if I’m laughing at myself. Which was definitely happening in this dressing room. I haven’t worn a one-piece since I was probably 9.

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And I got an awesome mirror selfie on the motorized cart. The first picture didn’t show my face and I was informed by multiple friends that it was not acceptable documentation of this amazing shopping experience.

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I had to back up to get the mirror selfie. Which caused some loud beeping. Because of course the motorized cart beeps when you go in reverse. Someone definitely saw me. I’m basically over being embarrassed luckily. Thanks kids.

Turns out swimming is hard. Luckily the cover is still on the pool so not many people see this disaster. I’m getting better thanks to a super nice cousin and the swim coach at the Athletic Club who has given me a few pointers.

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In other related news: If you’ve never used crutches consider yourself lucky. It’s basically the worst thing ever. Not to make light of actual disabilities, but I’m basically disabled. I feel like Michael Scott from The Office. I can’t do ANYTHING with crutches. Seriously. Nothing. Like I can’t carry my own coffee. Luckily Brian is an amazing husband and he’s taken over pretty much 100% of the family/household duties. I hope he doesn’t hate me before this is over.

Among the struggles with crutches . . . carrying a purse. Yep. My purse presents an extra obstacle. So I ordered myself 2 backpacks. One casual. One fancy-ish. The first one came today and Mason decided it belongs to him. Ha! He eventually gave it back after informing me at least 10 times that it’s too big for him.

I’ve also done a few home workouts. Otis isn’t a fan.

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So I’m a few weeks in of no running and I’m super sad. I miss it. I never thought I’d miss running, but I do. I’m crazy. I’m hoping 4 more weeks of non-weight bearing, then 1 week weight bearing, and then I can start running again. At the beginning. I’m missing 2 races between now and the end of May. Hopefully I’ll be back and ready for another 1/2 marathon this fall. But for now I’ll hobble around on 1 foot and swim.

Easter 2018

Easter is one of my favorite holidays each year. It’s also the one holiday that we host at our own house. But mostly I love Easter because it’s the start of Spring and warm weather. And it’s a spring weekend when we get to slow down and stay home and spend time with family. Also Jesus. Of course.

We woke up Easter morning to the sound of someone digging through Easter baskets (actually buckets, but whatevs). It was James. Ha! He was just looking!

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The boys LOVED Easter. They ate at least 1/2 of their chocolate BEFORE breakfast. And that was just the beginning. I only got pics of Logan, but his brothers ate almost as much chocolate as he did. Also, side note: if you haven’t tried Kinder Joy eggs run, don’t walk, and go get you some. You can thank me later.

After a slow easy start to the morning we got dressed and went to church. The boys wore seersucker suits. Because . . . well because. That’s all. They looked amazing. I actually bought these 2 years ago and they just now fit! And they may fit next year too. Yay!

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We tried to get a nice family picture after church. Didn’t happen. This may be better though. About as close to real life as it gets.

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I tried to get a picture of the boys in their suits too. Also didn’t work out. (I got one later though. Yay!)

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After church we had 20 people over at our house for lunch. And me . . . I made nothing. I do like to cook, but everyone else made the Easter food. #winning.

After lunch we did a HUGE Easter egg hunt for the little kids. 160 eggs I think. All filled with candy.

As you can see Mason stopped to eat candy as he went. And somehow he managed to find all the peanut butter cups. Lucky kid.

After we finished they went through their buckets to see what they got.

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And then Coco colored on Mason’s face with chalk. At least that’s the story I got from Mason.

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Nicholas tried to teach James how to skateboard. Seems safe right?

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And Grandpa tried on the Easter bunny ears and it was basically one of the best things ever.

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And I got a good picture of the boys in their suits. I’m so in love with these suits!

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And this one too. Actually lots of outtakes. But this is my fav.IMG_8046

And the best picture of the day goes to Lolo. So many things I could say about this one. But I’m definitely saving it for his wedding, high school yearbook, whatever opportunity presents itself.

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Oh and we dyed eggs.

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They were amazing. Read about that in this separate Egg Dying post!

Egg Dying

We dyed eggs a little differently this year! With Cool Whip! (You have to say it like Stewie of course. Addison had no idea why we were saying it like that. Ha!) This is seriously the best way to dye eggs. Waaayyyy better than using the dye tablets with vinegar that you have to let the eggs soak in for basically an hour to get the color you want. And these turn out so much cooler too!

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Here’s what we used (instructions at the end!):

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Brian made the boys watch a YouTube tutorial first.

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I think they paid attention. A little. They kinda understood what to do.

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I think Logan ate more Cool Whip than he used for egg dying.

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Then Mason tried to eat an entire egg. Kids are crazy y’all.

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After we cleaned up we had to eat the rest of the Cool Whip. Straight from the container of course. The way my mom taught me.

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So I’m going to teach you how to do this. Because you will want to do it next year.

  1. Boil your eggs like normal
  2. Soak eggs in a vinegar bath. This will help the color stick
  3. Make the dye trays – fill with Cool Whip, then drop food coloring throughout.
  4. Swirl the food coloring around with a toothpick.
  5. Roll the eggs around in the Cool Whip so they are coated.
  6. Let the eggs sit for 15 minutes or so.
  7. Rinse the eggs off with cold water.

Seriously that’s it. Best part . . . it’s edible. Which is a good thing because Logan ate at least half of his Cool Whip. Ha!