What a Difference A Year Makes

So I began writing this post during the first week of the year.  I was getting pumped up to resume blogging and resume running.  Then, a few days passed and and then weeks and I still hadn’t started running again either, so it felt kind of strange to publish this, but here I go.  I’m so excited to be back and get back into the swing of things, with running, and with this blog.  On the blog front I have a TON of exciting giveaways planned over the next few weeks so stay tuned!

Funny how many times I can disappear into oblivion with this whole blog thing.  Funny how busy you can be and how much you can throw into one year.  Last year at this time, I was just returning from New Jersey where I spent the holidays with my family, the last year that they would own my childhood home.  I was right in the midst of training for a half marathon and getting ready to start a part time MBA program.

For as long as I can remember, I’ve had a thing for even numbers, and because of that, I’ve always favored even numbered years.  Weird, yes I know but we all have those silly things about us, don’t pretend you don’t.  I was born in an even year, and therefore all of my ‘big life events’ for my early life (graduations, sweet 16, etc) happened in even numbered years.  When I played high school soft ball my number was even and in some classes in school we’d be assigned a number for the year and because of where my last name fell in with my other classmates, that number was always even, too.

So that is a lot of gibberish to explain that I didn’t really expect much going into 2013.  I was getting into the groove at my job here in Florida and was excited to be back to running and starting school, but I didn’t expect it to be so monumental.  But life has a funny way of making the unexpected happen.  After being engaged for a while, we decided it was time to get married finally in a small wedding with our family and closest friends over Thanksgiving.  We were able to begin putting those plans together and book our favorite restaurant.  At the same time we had been getting frustrated with our living situation.  We were lucky to be rental a beautiful house, but weren’t able to fix things without going through the landlord and didn’t like paying rent and getting nothing in return when the message we were seeing every where was now is the time to buy!!  We were sucked in and started looking around our area for houses to see if we would be able to make anything work.  On top of all of this, the day after my half marathon, I found out that I was pregnant!

What began as an ordinary year quickly became absolutely insane.  The home buying process got extremely complicated and filled with hiccups and took until the end of September for us to close and move into our home.  Then on October 22, we welcomed Nolan, the sweetest and most precious gift I could ever ask for.

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Then, just 5 short weeks later, we celebrated Thanksgiving with our family and got married that weekend!

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Overall I’d say that last year was just a tad busy.  I was lucky enough to stay home from work for 4 months, and returned in the beginning of March.  It’s not an ideal situation but we do what we have to, right?

So with all of this, what about running?  Well, I was a pretty lucky girl this Christmas:

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Jeff got me a treadmill! And my first steps (I was just trying it out, no I don’t normally run in glasses!):

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Now the tricky part is finding time to use it.  I was able to get a pretty good routine down when I was home on maternity leave, but now that I am working again it is a bit harder.  Little man is not excelling in the sleep department yet so nap time has been a scramble to do chores around the house or shower.  But you can’t really get mad at this face 🙂

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Nolan is the sweetest, happiest, and funniest boy you can imagine.  He is always smiling and his laugh is absolutely infectious.  He just turned 6 months old this week and we have so much fun together!

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And one more just because 🙂

nolan beach

Well there you have it, a few of the things that have been keeping me busy and away from the blog world.  But I’ve found that it really keeps me motivated and I’m so excited to get back to running!

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