Hello to another Monday and almost to August! It’s just now starting to really feel like summer…and like we’ve finally been able to enjoy it. So, it’s a bummer to realize that soon the kids will be back in school. Although, those in Bismarck get a break until after Labor Day weekend. I’m still not sure where I stand on that. It’s nice to get out earlier but on the flip-side, August is obviously more summer-like than the last weeks of May and into June. So, when would you rather be outside? Probably August, right? I’d be torn on how to vote for that one, I think, should the opportunity ever arise.
Anyway, we had a great past week as my husband took some vacation time. I actually worked some, while he had the kids with him. It was one afternoon, but one afternoon of pure bliss; no interruptions, just me and my editing software. I didn’t even listen to music while I worked!
One of the days this past week we took the kids to Aberdeen, which is something we try to do every year – hit the water park and maybe Storybook Land. We usually stay a night in a hotel, maybe do some bowling too. This year we just went down for the day. We got all the school supply shopping done and spent all of the rest of the day at the water park. It was so nice this year because two years ago, when we went, Jozlyn was only 3 and Xavier was the only one tall enough for the big slides. This year, he was still the only one tall enough for the big slides. You have to be 48″ and Alexandra didn’t quite make it, despite her efforts of drinking extra milk the week leading up to going. lol! Maybe next year but I’m thinking it will be two for her. And Jozlyn….well, she’s a little squirt so we’re probably looking at another 4 years at the rate she’s going! ha!
It was a blast though and Jozlyn was conked out not far out of town. The first set of images are pre-water park opening, just playing in the park.
And it’s so inexpensive to go too! I get asked if it’s better than Raging Rivers in Bismarck, but I can’t say as I’ve never been to Raging Rivers, but I can say that it’s cheaper entrance fee. You pay for all day, stay as long as you want and there is something there for all ages. There’s a sand playground area too, right there, with outside showers. It’s just relaxing, as a parent too because there are lifeguards EVERYWHERE. You just feel more at ease as a parent. They are constantly blowing their whistles too – no horseplay allowed, which is great too! There is also a separate huge pool as well with a high and low dive and more slides as well. I just can’t recommend it enough! If you go, take a padlock – they have outdoor lockers free to use! Read all about the aquatic center HERE!
This is a latest image from an evening run last week. This was the night I ran 6 miles. I had never ran that far in my life, ever. I never planned to this night either. I started out feeling pretty good, made my way out of town, thought “I’ll go three miles, then I’ll have no choice but to go three miles back.” The additional thought came to mind “well hey, I would have ran my own 10K. I had talked about doing a 10K with some friends coming up soon….why not?!” So, all this was going through my mind as I was running and as you can see, not something I planned to do even at the start of my run…probably not until a mile in. I knew my shoes aren’t the best, but I was feeling good, the weather was great, the wind was calm….why not?! About the third mile, the sun was starting to go down and I knew I needed to turn around or I would be stuck in the dark. At that moment, I only had about 10% left on my phone. Immediately after (and I mean immediately after) I saved the workout, my phone died. I guess 6 miles was meant to be that night.
I’ve been asked why I run. I run because I can. Honestly, it started out a year ago as a challenge from a friend to do a 5K…just for fun (thanks Jen). I hadn’t ran in many years and even back then I wouldn’t have called myself a runner. I would have rather gone to the gym and sweat it out doing cardio and weights for two hours than run for even 15 minutes. But as I’ve gotten older and (spiritually and mentally) matured, I have found running to be my favorite “adult me” workout. It’s my time of uninterrupted peace and is a reminder of what my body can still accomplish. I run because I am blessed with two legs and two feet to take me one step at a time. Each and every time I run (genuine truth here), I am reminded of all those veterans who lost a part of themselves while at war and the many who now walk/run with prosthetic legs. I run for my health and to help me keep up with all these young seniors and families and kiddos I photograph, while schlepping my gear. I run because of all the workouts I’ve tried and done over the years, it’s the one and only thing that shapes the two areas (many) women struggle with the most – thighs and butt. I run because it gets me out early, to start my day with a sunrise, or end my day with a sunset….it fills my heart every time. Nowadays, a beautiful, calm morning/evening is not only perfect photo session weather but also perfect running weather too.
I believe that any otherwise healthy human being can be a runner too. You just gotta start. And starting is always the hardest part. But boy, watch out when you start getting going! Nothing can stop you…but maybe hungry mountain lions….yeah, those might stop you. Speaking of which, I should probably start carrying some mace on me while running on country roads! lol! Need some motivation or an accountability partner? I’m here for you.
Enjoy your week. I plan to get a few runs in…how about you? Even walking is a start, not to mention good for your bones and your heart! And I know some speed walkers who kill it on a weekly basis on the app MapMyRun. Do it for you. What do you have to lose but your ass, right? lol!
*Disclaimer: You should probably get clearance from a medical doctor before starting any workout regimen, including but not limited to speed-walking or running.* Just had to throw that in there!
Blessings to you and yours this week!