Is it wrong that I want my children to feel greatness?
I want them to feel the joy of working hard and celebrating a win. Weather it is finding a job that they enjoy or winning in the Olympics/World Cup/whatever sport they excel in, I want them to WANT it. Making them realized they can do whatever they set their minds on.
I can sense greatness in both of them and it hurts when they cannot see it. It hurts when they give up because they think they can’t. It hurts when someone tells them they are not good enough.
I cannot shelter them forever. They will have to find that greatness in their own way. But the one thing I can say is I will be there all the way.
Wishing everyone a very Merry Christmas!
In 2007, a friend asked me if I was interested in running a half marathon. I thought about it and said sure, why not? Not knowing this was going to be the first of many.
But any whoo, during the training, she came across the Park Forest Scenic 10 mile and 5K race that fit right into our training schedule. I finished my run in 1:59:22. And here is the medal that I got.
I don’t think this race exists anymore. Sad because it was a really nice route. The run took you through a forest preserve and parts of Park Forest. I did find that 2007 was the last year they did the 10 miler. The next couple of years it was a 5 mile race and it looks like no more.
We went on a 15 mile bike ride on the lake front path yesterday. We knew by going south, it wouldn’t be as congested as going north. Once we passed McCormick Place, the foot traffic really dwindled.
As we were biking, I was trying to relay the rules of biking riding on the path to Diego: stay on the right, say “on your left” when passing, keep an eye for walkers, bikers, roller bladers, etc, etc. I think he is more confident biking now. Especially since he took out his new bigger Haro bike. I think the Gremlin is done and will be passed on to Mia.
We ended up by 61st Street. Then we turned around and had a picnic at the Promontory Point Park. Something we had promised the kids we would do.
When we arrived, Eric and the kids walked to the edge to check out Lake Michigan. It was such a beautiful moment. I love how all three are holding hands: Mia is holding Diego’s hand, Diego is holding Eric’s hand. *sigh*
We found two “treasures” while we were there. Had some chicken salad sandwiches and beef jerky with drinks. So nice to chill and hang with the family. After 45 min, we started our way back north.
The bike ride took us 2:15. I did not include the picnic so that would have added another 45 min. I am so proud of Diego. He did it. We are so ready for the Bike the Drive next week.
I just realize something. I have not put any pictures of any medals I have earned over the last six-ish years.
Let me get my camera out and start snapping away.
Today I attended the Basic Cake Decorating class at Give Me Some Sugar with my friend Stacy.
It was a lot of fun. Even though I knew the basics, this reinforced how to do it right. It started with how to frost a cake. We also learned how to make rosettes, lines and dots while holding the piping bag correctly. It was so nice for someone to demonstrate how to pipe frosting. The best part was at the end when we decorated our cakes with our new skills.
ready to frost the cake
ta da! completed cake
doesn't it look pretty?
I definitely need to go back and take another class.
My throat, head, sinus, etc, etc hurts. So no Shamrock Shuffle today. Really, really bummed about it too. I took Mia to dance that morning and the race went right by the building. She wanted to check them out. As I was standing there, I just wanted to jump right in.
I sure hope I am healthier for the Cinco De Miler. I missed that one last year due to illness as well. Keeping my fingers crossed.
NOTE: We did go for a bike ride later that afternoon. 10 miles at the Centennial Bike Trail. We drove to Romeoville, IL. Diego did all 10 miles. Mia did a mile on her balance bike. We also found three caches along the way.
I have to say biking 10 miles is nothing like running 10 miles. lol