6'0 Tall wife to Muscle Man, mother of 3, full time career woman, with an addiction to running wherever her size 10's will take her.

Wednesday, December 30, 2009

333% Blessed

I do not believe one can give above 100% because that is all you have 100%. And giving 100% to anything is a very AMAZING and close to IMPOSSIBLE feat. So instead of saying 110% or something random I use my favorite 3's and say 333%..

This Christmas I was BLESSED to be surround by friends, family and these STUDS!!!
I know this photo needs some cropping, but heck my clutter is endearing right?? Well no, but I did not have time to crop before this post.. The house is loud with car races, there are toys EVERY WHERE, I hear the Star Wars theme song hummed numerous times per day...this is my life and I am BLESSED!!!
Last year in the after Christmas Clearance section I snagged this lovely lady ornament.. Note her race number, if you don't get it I frankly can't help you :) Although I was not "Born to Run" I am a Born Again runner and 2009 was my re-birth.. And through that passion I was showered with wonderful gifts and Bloggy love!
Muscle Man shopped online (easier for my stay-at-home hubbers) he found the CUTE Runner's Guardian Angel Pin which he wants me to attach to my running shoes. He also started a running charm bracelet and threw a key chain in the stocking. My Tall Parents gifted the AWESOME license plate frame.
The Tall Mom Christmas cards spread across the country and even into Canada :) Thanks to EVERYONE for the amazing cards in return. A few Bloggies even sent gifts. My adopted Bloggy Sister Lacey sent this fun gift including a handmade collage, vegan cookie and (oh how she knows me) Starbucks via coffee packets and more.... THANKS SISS!
A SUPER Surprise came from the Palouse in WA. Local Blogger Genesis, who I am PUMPED to meet in June at Rock 'N' Roll Seattle, sent a cute tin of tasty treats.. I may or may not have shared with my boys the treats were TASTY. Thanks GEN!!
I am a sucker for anything crafty and homemade.. So when Bethany and Ryan sent this handmade mitten ornament I promptly put it on the Tall Tree. Thanks Miss Bethany, we love it!! And my gift from the Bloggy exchange oh umm...it is at work, sorry Leana, photo soon, Thanks AGAIN!!
ON THE RUN TODAY:
It was 33' as we pulled into the park and trail lot, I am not making that up. Yes cold, but we thought the boys would use the wind shield and cover up with a blanket.. NO GO on either.. So they were a bit chilly on our almost 3 miler..
This is why I LOVE living where we do.. No snow on the path in late December and pretty pretty places to run. Please do not look at my knees, it will give you anxiety. Newtons are still in test mode.
Muscle Man sporting some new running gear (Top and pants) from Tall Mom Santa. On our family budget I shop at Target, good gear for a decent price. It is not the highest quality but will get him through training for his first Half Marathon.
I set off alone for a little bit and took a self portrait, ummm guess I forgot it was zoomed in. 333% dorky but hey that's me :) Maybe this will be the next Headsweats ad?? Hmmm?? A Mom can only dream.
This is winter in Puyallup, WA. I am sooo curious how pushing a HEAVY double jogger on most of his training runs will translate to racing without it?? Time will tell. I bet he smokes me! After all the race will be less than 2 weeks after my Marathon.
After the quick run we played in the park. See Muscle Man's shoes, did you know that Marshalls carries Underarmour shoes for $39.99? I have no idea if these are the best for running, but Muscle Man says they fit great and he is HAPPY!!
What next Rock climbing?? No my arms are far to weak for that, but I will be posting my 2010 Goals and Plans soon..
Running off the last bit of steam before lunch and nap time. Little Stud #2 tried so hard but kept falling.. Here is his latest joke, mind you he will be 2 in less than a month:
"Knock Knock."
"Who's There?"
"Bacuum!"
"Vacuum Who?"
"Yay."
Dimpled chubby cheeks and hands in the air..
Future in comedy?? Who knows?
Most days when we visit the <3>
Off to another day on HOLIDAY with my Boys.. Life is good!
333% Blessed!!
  • What Blessing do you have in your life today?

41 comments:

Katie A. said...

Yay first!
I am one blessed person too! Even though I am at work today and that blows, I am blessed that I am employed and do what I love.
I am blessed in so many ways and I count them everday - espcially when I am on a run :). You guys look like you were having a blast! And you are all TROOPERS for going out in that cold! Enjoy the rest of your holiday!!

Allie said...

Awww, you guys look precious! Maybe I should start pushing a stroller to train? Of course, my kids would drive me crazy on a run. Can't wait to see how Muscle Man does on his half.

Lacey Nicole said...

i am generally a happy person but i am 333% happier when i come here and read your posts!!!!!! i loooooooooooove all your photos!!!! my goal is to take more photos for the blog this coming year! and now i have a powershot instead of my oooold camera so i think this is do-able :)

YAYYYYYY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! you had a very full holiday, i love that photo of you all in front of the stockings :) stockings are such a christmas must :)

love you LOTS! and i lol-ed at "if you don't get the # i can't help you" ohhhh 12 25 christmas runner :) love her!!!!!!

Lacey Nicole said...

p.s. newtons= knee trouble/?????

onebadrunner said...

smart move with the dvd player for little studs. i never thought of that...of course mine were little back in vcr days - so maybe wasn't an option...

anyway, I feel BIG TIME blessed. I love my Runner family. I love working from home. I love having the legs to keep me sane.

Genesis said...

life truly is good!

im glad you guys enjoyed the treats. im excited about June too!

TMB said...

Love the family shot. We never get one where everyone is looking at the camera.

Today I am blessed with three healthy little girls who are actually behaving. And new knee high socks! Oh how I love them! (the girls and the socks).

Staci Dombroski said...

Love the pictures! My blessing today is being able to spend the time with my husband and kids! I love vacations :-) Five more days until I am back to work, then I will look forward to summer vacation :-)

Alisa said...

Yay for family. Your little ones are so precious. I hope I get to meet them sometime.

I love the runner christmas tree ornament. When we have a house and have a tree I have a feeling medals and runner stuff will make the tree =).

shellyrm said...

I love the "clutter." It shows you have a real home. Don't crop a thing!

All your goodies are great! You were blessed with lots of love!

I am still jealous of the family runs! Maybe after basic training my oldest will no longer "really dis-like" running and he will want to go with me. A girl can dream!

I love your pictures. WA looks beautiful! And I thought you would have snow!?!

Happy New Year...soon.

Morgan said...

This post made me smile! Love it! Thanks for sharing! Have a fab NYE Mel and cheers to 2010!

Sarah Jane said...

333% blessed is pretty darned blessed. Good for you, girlie.

PS - I LOVE the running lady ornament!!! I MUST find one!

Zoƫ said...

Great pictures! Love little Stud #2's vaccuum joke! :)

Mike Russell said...

Great photos. Being judicious with your money is just smart. Who cares where you buy your gear? It still works the same...

Suzy said...

Love, love Target! I wear the C9 exercise clothes for most of my exercising and it holds up just fine!

You are blessed and it is always great to remember everything we have. As for training with a jogger, I don't know about speed but mileage wise you don't have to put in as many miles.

Bethany + Ryan said...

ya thanks for hanging my ornament! :-) do you put pink laces on your shoes? I do, i couldn't tell but your looked pink too. I think you should try to run a marathon in 3:33:33. wouldn't that be cool? Glad you had such a wonderful Christmas! What a nice family photo too! Your boys both look like you but especially the younger on! So cute!! HAPPY NEW YEAR!

Bethany + Ryan said...

ya thanks for hanging my ornament! :-) do you put pink laces on your shoes? I do, i couldn't tell but your looked pink too. I think you should try to run a marathon in 3:33:33. wouldn't that be cool? Glad you had such a wonderful Christmas! What a nice family photo too! Your boys both look like you but especially the younger on! So cute!! HAPPY NEW YEAR!

Dion said...

You are blessed! Merry Christmas, Mel and Happy New Year.

I'm blessed today, 'cause I got the see the twinkle in my girls eyes while they watched Sesame Street Live! Fun morning.

Robin said...

Happy "On Holiday" friend... look for a package from Orlando sometime next week. :-) Just a little New Year's love from our neck of the woods.

I am blessed in so many ways and try to reflect my gratitude daily -some days more successful than others!

Love the runner ornament. Asked Santa for one, but didn't find one (yet), as this was my year of 'birth' as well. Will do some online research and find something.

Details coming out Jan 1st regarding our 500 Mile Club in 2010(for those not quite ready for your 1000+ challenge yet!) - with an added bonus of Paying it Forward. :-)

Hugs...

Julie said...
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Julie said...

Mel,
I love the pictures!! I am so jealous of your snow free park paths! Keep smiling:)

Stephanie Nichole said...

awwww too cute! Hope Tall Mom Santa and family had a wonderful Christmas and will have a wonderful new years!

Amanda said...

Aww this post gave me the warm fuzzies. Great pictures and I love family days too!

Tricia said...

I am blessed with a supportive hubby who has posted a training shedule on the refrigerator and has decided to do it with me.

And of course I'm blessed with the most adorable 26 month old (carefully phrased...that way you can have the most adorable "almost 2 year old") :)

Teamarcia said...

I love the happiness you always exude when you post! I'll bet muscle man has an awesome 1/2.
Today I am blessed with the culmination of my ice skating sherpa mom duties. Thing 1's Holiday On Ice show is tonight and I've been busy with costumes, hair, makeup, skate polish, bouquets etc. you name it, I love it. So darn proud of her!

Melissa said...

Looks like a fantastic day. I had an awesome day with my two angels who were actually very well behaved. I love days like that!

Rio said...

I've learned to embrace clutter over the last few years! I am blessed that I'll soon be leaving for the airport to pick up my hubs and kids!

Kelly said...

That family pic is amazing! Your kids are so adorable!

Alicia said...

The family pic is tres cute! Such a sweet little family.

I'm feeling blessed today to have had all day with my little boys, my hubby and my dad. We went bowling and I got 3 strikes! But I digress...

Badgergirl said...

Love the family pic!

And feeling blessed that the bosses at work are giving me the OK and the time to do a big project at work that I'm super excited about!

Jill said...

I love your family shot and what adorable little boys for sure!!! I have 3 very healthy and doing well in life. That I am blessed for...amongst many other things! Happy New Year. I look forward to sharing the 2010 road with you!!

Melissa said...

I am blessed with a fabulous family, a truly wonderful boyfriend, and a great set of friends.

I love your runner ornament.. how cute!! HAPPY HOLIDAYS!!

onelittletrigirl said...

I feel blessed to have legs that run and people to support me :)

Jo Lynn said...

Oh my gosh, it looks SO cold there.

Rookie on the Run said...

You got lots of fun running-related stuff! Kudos to Muscle Man for the angel and the charm.

Your family picture is SO good! You have an adorable family... and you have one of the best smiles ever!

I'm blessed to have my wonderful boys, a supportive husband, and health for us all.

Mary said...

I love the family shot and I love all your blessings and gifts! 333% all the way! I love the runner ornament too! Clutter? What's that? Best, happy new year Mel!

sam said...

I love all your posts. To me they are always so upbeat and encouraging! I too am blessed! I could make a list of why but that would go on for days!

I am looking forward to hearing your 2010 goals!!

Christina said...

the runner ornament is awesome.

Oz Runner said...

love the runner ornament...sounds like you're having a great christmas break with your family...have a safe and happy new year!

RunToTheFinish said...

you have made such great connections with so many bloggers, it's really amazing to see.

looks like a super duper wonderful holiday to me

Marlene said...

What a wonderful Christmas! Sounds like it was enjoyed by all. I'm WAY late getting around to commenting, but I was thinking of you over the holidays.

I always love reading about your fun family runs and seeing the pics.