Walks and Warriors

Last weekend was full of driving. It was exhausting but a lot of fun.

We started out by heading to Atlanta on Saturday morning for the 2010 Arthritis Walk. I always love the energy. It really gets you excited.

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Braves legend Hank Aaron, who also has arthritis, was there, and as we passed by we got to shake his hand.

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After the walk, we headed south of Atlanta to meet up with my sister, brother-in-law and nephews who were in town for Jacob’s soccer tournament. My parents and brother came down from Chattanooga, so we had a lot of fun. We don’t get to see my sister often.

From there, we headed to Blue Ridge to spend the night at Joe’s parents’ cabin. On Sunday morning, we were off to Mountain City in Northeast Georgia near the North Carolina border for the 2010 Southeast Warrior Dash. It was insane. Most racers were dressed in costumes. I have never seen so many men in dresses before. The best costumes we saw were a group of what we think were frat guys with one dressed in a wedding dress and the others in bridesmaid dresses. And, of course, they all donned Viking hats.

Everyone who participated got a Viking hat. Lucy was a junior warrior. 🙂

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After the boys checked in, they got all decked out in war paint.

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The Dash included a 3-mile run and a bunch of obstacles, including wading through a lake, climbing a wall and cargo net, going through mud and jumping over fire. We were able to watch at the very beginning at the lake and the very end where the fire pit was located. It was hardcore.

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I can’t wait to see what costumes the boys come up with for next year.

After the Dash, we raced home to get ready for our LOST finale party. Lucy had so much fun playing with Uncle Randy and Aunt Lisa.

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It was a really fun weekend, but now I’m looking forward to catching up on sleep!

Lucy’s 5 Month Portraits

How did I end up with such a beautiful little girl? I’m so lucky.

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On Working Outside the Home

I have read several blog posts recently in which I felt the authors were criticizing mothers who work outside the home and basically saying they weren’t as good of mothers as women who stay home with their children.

One blogger in particular said that God intended for women to stay home, and that we will be judged according to how we choose to interpret His commandments which, to me, sounds like she’s saying that those of us who work outside the home just won’t get to go to heaven. I’m glad that isn’t something that my religion teaches. I don’t believe that God will punish women who choose to work or have to work. And, for the record, I don’t remember any of the 10 Commandments including forbidding women to work. If members of a religion choose to make something a commandment of their religion, they shouldn’t call it “God’s” commandment.

It is unfair for stay-at-home moms to judge working moms and say that we’re “bad” for having jobs. This same blogger said that women working outside the home for personal gain or fulfillment should be the exception and not the rule.

I’m not sure about other working moms, but I’m definitely not working for personal gain or fulfillment. I’m working because I have to. Sure, earlier in life, I was focused on my career as a journalist, but now, I would LOVE to stay home with my little girl and spend all day, every day with her. And, while I consider myself one of the lucky ones because Lucy spends fewer than 20 hours a week with the babysitter, it still hurts me to have to drop her off every day.

Am I a bad mom because I work? No. I’m a good mom because I’m doing what I need to do to help provide for my daughter. Do I spend less time with her because I work? Sure, a little less time, but she still is my entire world. Because I don’t work a 9-5 schedule, I get to spend time with her in the mornings before I go to work, I get to see her at times during the day, and Joe sometimes brings her by to see me after he picks her up.

Am I working by choice? No. Do I think that moms who choose to work are bad moms? Absolutely not. One commenter I read summed it up perfectly: My God loves me unconditionally, just as he does stay-at-home moms, and He doesn’t think I’m a bad mom because I work.

A Girl and her Cat

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They say that every little boy has to have a dog.

Well, this little girl has to have her cat.

Lucy and Callie are BFFs. Lucy *loves* to pet Callie (and she does a good job being gentle most of the time), and Callie is a really good sport and lets Lucy grab her fur. Many times, she’ll walk over to Lucy and nuzzle her head against Lucy’s hand.

Callie even hijacked Lucy’s 4 month photo shoot, since Callie loves being the center of attention and all, and Lucy was just enthralled by her. It made for some ridiculously cute pictures.

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And, the other night while I was holding Lucy, Callie wanted to cuddle with her, too (please disregard how awful I look).

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So, Callie definitely is Lucy’s cat, which is great because now we have someone to blame all the bad things Callie does on.

Every little girl needs a cat.

My Mini Moment

This is a Sponsored Post written by me on behalf of Dove Ice Cream. All opinions are 100% mine.

Now that I’m a Mom, finding time for myself is pretty rare. Not that I’m complaining because when I’m not at work I want to spend all the time I can with my little girl, but every now and then it’s nice to get some alone time for an hour or two. My mini moment, as alone time can be called, is a typical girly activity — getting mani/pedis. I love getting my nails done, and doing so makes me feel more put together and less like a “mom”.

And, lucky me, spa services for a year are just one of the prizes being awarded through Dove Ice Cream‘s “My Mini Moment” contest. The other two prizes are a mini-getaway to the Napa Valley and a mini-home makeover. You can enter by submitting a photo and short essay at DoveIceCream.com/myminimoment by June 7, 2010. I definitely would want to win the spa services for a year, although the other two prizes are pretty tempting as well. I love the Napa Valley, and I definitely would love a home makeover! However, I’m definitely leaning toward the spa services. That’s something I think every mom needs to make time for.

So, what about you? If you enter, which prize would you want to win?

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Working Out

I decided to hold off on joining Weight Watchers. I’d love to be able to lose the weight without paying the monthly fee.

So, I’ve really started to exercise more regularly. Sure, it’s only been a week, and even though my workouts tire me out, I feel good afterward. I’m still working on building back up to the amount of time I was doing before, but even though I’m only doing 30 minutes on the bike at a time, I’m working hard. Here’s my workout for the last week:

Monday: 30 minutes bike
Tuesday: 30 minutes bike
Wednesday: off
Thursday: 1 mile walk (was planning on doing 2 miles, but it was SUPER out outside)
Friday: 30 minutes bike

While we don’t eat badly, I’m making more of a conscious effort to get more fruits and veggies in my diet, such as taking broccoli and carrots to work for a snack.

I know it’s going to take a while to really see results, but I’m hoping I’ll notice a difference in a few weeks.