Monday, October 13, 2008

Update!

I think since I have joined Facebook, I have barely posted anything on my blog! Well, here is a quick update:




I did race the Long Beach Triathlon and amazingly took second place for my age group! It was nice to know that I can still do a triathlon after two years off. The race was tough for me with only about a month of training, but I managed to post the same time as two years prior, when I was much fitter. I think this one was all mental. :)




Jay loves OCHSA and is doing well. The teachers are phenomenal and the work is so much more creative than that given in the typical public schools around here. He is enjoying his art classes as well. Here are a couple of recent sketches:


Stephen is enjoying some aspects of his freshman year of high school, but his school is quite demanding (to put it mildly...let's just say that college will be a breeze!). He sings with an awesome men's choir of 85 guys and they are wonderful! Their next concert is on my birthday and I am very excited to hear them!!!
With hubby traveling a lot and having a new school schedule to get Jay to his art school everyday, time for exercise has been much reduced. Unfortunately, I did not really adjust my diet to the lesser caloric demands and now I am feeling even pudgier than I was a few months back. I told my girlfriend Barb today that I would post a new training and nutrition plan for her to give me some encouragement on! I need it....and here we are heading into the holidays very soon........which is this household seem to stretch from early Halloween until well beyond the New Year. Time to get busy. Hopefully there will be improvement by the next time I post!!!

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Triathlete again?


It has been two years since I have done any racing! I really felt that, after 5 years of racing....22 triathlons (including 2 IronMan races), 15 half-marathons and a stand-alone marathon...I was truly done. I just did NOT want to swim endless laps in the pool and train the run hard anymore with my left knee constantly acting up unhappily. But this summer I began riding my racing bike again...mainly to help another friend train for a century ride and to keep her company and help her feel safe. However, a funny thing happened. I began to really, really enjoy myself for the first time in what felt like FOREVER. Real, true, simple JOY. And so the seed was planted and I realized that I am still a strong cyclist with some oomph left in me after all. Then the idea of racing a short distance triathlon would not go away! I did fight it, but I finally found myself searching for a late season race that I could possibly enter. :) The only problem was that the only race that had room, was reasonably close to home and that worked with my family life was SOON...very soon...like 4 weeks away soon. Let's see........no swim training, no run training, but I can still ride a bike.......was that good enough? Well, it will have to be because I went ahead and signed up. The race is in a month and I did my FIRST SWIM IN 2 YEARS TODAY!!!! This ought to be a most interesting ride. :)

Sunday, August 17, 2008

MONO LAKE AND THE SIERRAS






SUMMER 2008

Here are a few photos from this summer. I hope to get back at the blog soon as I truly love writing. I suppose I fear sharing my disappointments and trials, but few people really read this blog and the act of writing always does me good so onward I go... :)



Tuesday, April 8, 2008

BIG NEWS!

Jay was accepted to the Visual Arts Conservatory of the Orange County High School of the Arts (OCHSA) as in incoming 7th grader for the 2008-2009 school year! I so incredibly proud of him!!! Now I just need the wisdom to make a final decision to send him there since it is a big place with a completely different style, but as one of my wise friends said "I'd like to think you will accept God's gift and talent and let Him take charge of Jay. It would appear He's opened a door for your son's uniqueness."


Thursday, February 21, 2008

BEAUTY

Jay took this photo today while he was home sick from school. Actually, I had both boys home with what appeared to be two different types of illnesses! Meanwhile, I am sucking up zinc and Airborne as preventative measures. I do feel a bit tired, but isn't that typical of a working mom with a fitness addiction? :)

I went to the mailbox eagerly awaiting news that my mammogram was clear...but it was not to be found there. Two days ago, however, there was notice in that very box that Jay was granted an audition for the art school/OCHSA. He seems exicted and his portfolio looks to be WELL above average, but hey I am his biased mother, right? The whole thing is in God's hands anyway.

My older son Stephen has been so appreciative of me lately. Thanking me for things that normally would not require such, hugging me, listening to my advice for his life a bit more. This is such a hard stage for him, trying to manage all that he has on his plate. It is quite a bit like riding a roller-coaster with him and always has been. He was brutally disrespectful just days ago, resulting in a huge argument between he and Rich. Stephen does not see how condescending and rude he appears, even in his nonverbal behavior. And then the pendulum swings and all is right in his world and I notice how gorgeously handsome he is becoming and how tall and beautiful...but there is such a long way to go. However, I praised both boys today telling them how honest they are and how I like the way they are both growing up.

Tomorrow I have a huge work day and I need to be very vigilant and on-task there. I should pack up my lunch tonight and get everything organized to help me get out on time in the morning. My eating has been quite off lately, which just results in nothing positive, especially in my attitude. Both kids should be well enough to be back at school and Rich is flying in from a business trip....now. PTL.

Friday, February 1, 2008

My Precious Child





Yeah, I am emotional right now and have been for several days. Instead of handing my cares to Him, to "be still and KNOW" that He is in charge, I choose to worry and fret.






Whenever I look at the video on this site I cry: www.ocsarts.net/ And whenever I walk by the Junior High School that my son is scheduled to attend next fall, I shudder. I don't even want to look at it and yet my older son attends there and loves it. The school is academically insane with respect to the brutal amounts of homework and treating the kids as if they were near finishing college. That's fine if you are academically gifted and an incredible super-star with organization and time management. But when you are a dreamer, unorganized, drawing cartoons all over your work and notebooks instead of paying attention and studying....well that makes things tough. If it were a school of more average students, a more mixed population, more accommodating teachers, more fine arts.............then I would be happy. But it is a school which then feeds into one of the "best" high schools in the state, complete with those stupidly high test scores and an overwhelmingly huge percentage of serious college-bound kids, Harvard and Dartmouth included. Grrrr.......




I recently had a nightmare about this son in which he was half eaten by a shark because he could not swim fast enough to escape. And I watched the entire thing from a dock in horror. Lord! What does this mean? Can I not help him enough? Is he not fit enough to survive? In addition to nearly scaring me to death, I was quite TICKED when I was awakened in the middle of the night by this monster. How dare my unconscious fears intrude in such a horrific manner!




My son is aware of how deeply I love him. He knows I am worried about next year. He sees how exhausted I get with all I need to do to hold everything together at work and home and still help keep him afloat academically.




I have informed my son that I will be looking at two private Christian schools soon to see if I like them for him for next year. He is not thrilled because he is very social and has many, many friends. And there is the art school lurking in the back of my mind. I have the application and a letter of recommendation from one of his art teachers. But the truth is that I am not sure he has quite what it takes......at least, not yet. That's why I cry when I look at the OCSHA info. Maybe it is a bit of a loss...that he is not quite talented enough academically and he is not quite talented enough artistically. Always in the average or on the stupid fringes as far as the world is aware. But those close to him know of his unique gifts and purposes....of how wonderful, kind, and loving he is. How clever and creative. He makes me feel like I am the best parent in the world even when I feel I am failing miserably.




So we will march forward. In the meantime, I will take prayers because I need them. I need Him.
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