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1st Day of School - 2014

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

This year the kids went back to school on August 18th...which is really early for us! Typically we go back after labor day. I didn't get a group photo, as they scatter out of the house at different hours. Preston didn't get to sleep late because he was so excited, so I didn't want to wake him up early!
Emily leaves at 6:30AM, Chad at 7AM, and Preston at 8AM.
Carly has finally adjusted to Preston not being here with her all day, and it just being the two of us. It sure is quiet without our little buddy home with us. And he's really struggling to adjust to school, but he's getting there.

The first day of school was an emotional one for me. Preston was starting his first day of kindergarten. I was reflecting on Emily's first day of kindergarten, as she starts her senior year! Seems like it was just yesterday...






Carly got a new first day of school outfit too...


Waiting for the bus...

And coming home...

  
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AEROBISAURUS 10/9/2014 2:43PM

    Tell Emily I love her outfit!

Nice blog Beth :) I love getting to peek in on the special moments ya know.

I miss it.

Love ya woman!


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TWNOMWE 10/7/2014 2:52PM

    They sure grow up quickly.

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MUSICALLYMINDED 9/28/2014 12:20PM

    Cute photos! Hope you're doing well.

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DONNA47FMFL 9/26/2014 9:33AM

    Beautiful family!!! I hope Preston starts to enjoy school more and more. I'm sure it's hard for him to go knowing you and Carly are at home. I bet it is lonely for both of you too. I'm sure it's interesting with one on her last year and one just starting. Here's to a great school year!!!
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JSTCHLIN 9/25/2014 7:56AM

    Very nice. I'd be freaking out if I had kids in both their Senior year and Kindergarten (and younger) I give you so much credit for doing all you do AND graduating college. So why did you guys start so early?

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GABIBEAR 9/24/2014 9:55PM

    Thank you so much for sharing Beth!!! How wonderful! I forgot to mention that I think it is so great how much Preston and Carly love each other, it is so obvious in the pics!!! What a beautiful reflection on you! Great job mommy!!!

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ROSEWCI 9/24/2014 10:56AM

    Oh, how I remember those days! Time passes much too quickly......enjoy them now, while ya can! Best wishes for a successful year of school!

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NUOVAELLE 9/24/2014 2:48AM

    Awww! How can you not be emotional looking at all those faces? Carly looks like a big girl, too, as if she'll go to school next year!
Doesn't it feel like time flew since Emily's first day in kindergarten? It's like we blink and they're adults!!! That's why we should enjoy every single minute with them, even the hard ones. Precious, blessed moments...
Enjoy your time with Carly at home. It won't be long before you put her on this bus.
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BE-THE-CHANGE 9/23/2014 4:34PM

    What a beautiful family!

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CLAIREINPARIS 9/23/2014 3:41PM

    Awww it was a lovely blog, thank you so much Beth! I loved the picture of Carly, but on the one of Preston leaving for school he didn't look too happy. :( I am glad he is starting to adjust now.
Thank you so much for sharing these beautiful pictures of your children!

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MSHEL7 9/23/2014 3:35PM

    They all look wonderful. Your daughter is beautiful!! I'm glad that Carly got a new outfit too. She probably loves her time with mommy.

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My littles...picture blog!

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

OK, so I've been bad about blogging in recent months. Here is a compilation of some of my favorite pics of Preston and Carly over the last few months...enjoy!

May 2014
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August 2014


I sure do love this one...


And a group selfie!

  
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AEROBISAURUS 10/9/2014 2:38PM

    I see you guys! emoticon emoticon

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CHERIRIDDELL 10/3/2014 9:47AM

    These are gorgeous I love them ! Thank you!

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DONNA47FMFL 9/26/2014 9:27AM

    Adorable!! Wow they have grown so much!!

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JSTCHLIN 9/25/2014 7:52AM

    OMG they have grown sooooo much. As if I didn't know how time flies with my own but you can never tell with your own because you see them all the time. Preston is like a little man now and Carly... didn't you JUST give birth the other day? LOL. Thanks for sharing.

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GABIBEAR 9/24/2014 9:49PM

    Such beautiful pictures Beth!! I can't believe how big Carly and Preston have gotten!!! Thank you so much for sharing!!!

Gabi
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ROSEWCI 9/24/2014 10:54AM

    Awwwww, you have such a beautiful family Beth! Everyone is getting sooooo big! Thanks for sharing!

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NUOVAELLE 9/24/2014 2:56AM

    Cuteness overload again! I love the one with the book.
Just wondering, are they as loving and affectionate siblings as they look like? Because if they are, you'll have to tell me the secret!
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CLAIREINPARIS 9/23/2014 3:43PM

    Love love love these pictures!!! Carly has grown so much! Thank you Beth!

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MSHEL7 9/23/2014 3:35PM

    That Carly is sure growing up fast. Love the tongue picture, perfect!

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Summertime Fun w/Pictures

Wednesday, July 02, 2014

Good Morning SP Friends!
Yesterday we had a beautiful day, though very hot and humid. We headed out for a morning walk at 8:30, knowing that later in the day the only reason I would set foot outside would be to go to the pool.
Got this shot. Couldn't manage to get them to both look at the camera at the same time, but I really liked the way this one turned out...


Some of my long-time SP friends have seen many pictures of Preston on this rock, so it was cool to get both of them on it!

At 1PM we headed out the door to the pool. The temp was 89 with a heat index of 95. Gotta love the humidity in this part of the country! I lived in Sacramento for a summer, and although it was typically 100 every single day, there was no humidity and there is a BIG difference (think oven heat versus heat from a boiling pot of water).

Anyhoo...we worked up our appetite for the pool by walking up the big hill (me pushing the big stroller with baby and all the pool gear in it) and we had a great time. I took Preston's arm floats off him a couple weeks ago, as he can touch in half of the shallow end. He's never wanted them since and yesterday he really impressed me with how much "real" swimming he was doing. The boy is a fish. Big sis bought him a pair of goggles and he loves to go under water.
OK, enough rambling.
Here is a pic of the swimsuit big sis bought Carly this year.


Preston in the pool...


Carly snacking on apple slices and watching P swim...


Last week my mom was here all week and she took the older 3 to the pool in the afternoons while Carly napped and I worked on homework. Here are some great shots she got. Disclaimer: YES, we do feed Preston, LOL! The kid eats and eats, but he also runs nonstop!




Emily floating around...

Chad and Emily...


My brother even visited one day...


Here he is reading to the little ones...


My mom posted this on FB and said "Carly begging mommy for ice cream" Looks like she's praying, LOL!


For now, I'm passing on the ice cream, and trying my best to get my eating back in check. The scale hit 179 the other morning and I refuse to go any higher. Changing habits gradually and within 2 days have dropped 2 lbs. I got this.
My SP friend Debbie posted a quote Monday morning that really hit me...it said...


I have to learn how to handle stress better...eating it away does nothing...wait, that's wrong. Eating it away does do something...makes me gain weight and stress more!


I have to remember...


On that note, I'm off to face the day! Hope you all have a great one!
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CLAIREINPARIS 8/27/2014 6:17AM

    I cannot believe I didn't see this blog!!! I loved the pictures!!! And I also liked what you said about stress... so true... eating more doesn't take it away at all!!!
I am struck by the fact that there aren't many people in the pool at all, so the children can actually swim. That's great! Here in the summer, the pools are so full that it is impossible to swim!
Thank you for a lovely blog, Beth!

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NORASPAT 8/5/2014 8:03PM

    Oh it has been so very long now I found your blog.
Needless to say I rely on the computer telling me who is blogging.
I will subscribe once again. Carly and Preston are just so much changed since I saw recent photos. I shall take time to go over what I have missed.
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MUSICALLYMINDED 7/28/2014 5:40PM

    Love the family pics! Sorry I've been an absent Sparkfriend. I've been doing all my tracking on my phone because this wild toddler is keeping me running all day long! I hope you are having a great summer. Thanks for commenting on my blogs. I am going to try to get on my laptop at least once per day to check SP from now on. It's going to be tough with school starting back, though.

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ROSEWCI 7/12/2014 5:08AM

    Love the pics! The kids are getting so big! And yes mom, you can't do everything! Moms are always being pulled in many directions...& are always last on the list of "to do's". No wonder stress takes over! Just find a way to nourish yourself in other ways, along with the ice cream. Congrats on being down 2 lbs! You've got this, girl!!!

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NUOVAELLE 7/3/2014 2:44AM

    How much I enjoyed that blog, Beth! And you read my mind with this disclaimer, LOL! No, it didn't cross my mind that Preston is not properly fed, of course! I just thought that he looks really skinny in these pictures. What's his secret, can he share it with us?
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I guess he's not "eating his stress" like we do, right? But we're on the right track now, and that's what matters. You lost 2 pounds already! That's awesome! Keep up the great work! And an idea just came to me. Print the picture of Carly and yourself and put it on the fridge with this caption: "Carly begging mommy to stop eating ice cream!" How's that for motivation???
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BE-THE-CHANGE 7/2/2014 9:59PM

    Love seeing pictures of your kids! Carly is getting so big!

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MRSP90X 7/2/2014 3:00PM

    Nice pics! My son looks like yours with the ribs showing. Very skinny, but eats and is healthy as a horse!

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KIMMAS82 7/2/2014 11:11AM

    Looks like you've been having a great summer!!

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MSHEL7 7/2/2014 10:37AM

    Great blog, love the pics, your kids are so cute. The pool looks so fun.

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NHES220 7/2/2014 9:08AM

    Love the pics! And it is so true about the stress. Hope school is going well. Enjoy the pool time with the kids. They're only little once!
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NATNOEL 7/2/2014 8:33AM

    That pool looks wonderful and your kids are beautiful !

I hit the 170's myself this summer and it does not feel good.... I will think of you avoiding the ice cream and do the same :)


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School...Summer break...Dare I?

Thursday, May 29, 2014

As if I have time to write this...but I really could use some input here. Though I think I know what I want to do. And I think I know what most of you will say...but here it is...

I have 12.5 weeks of school left...set to graduate Aug 25th. Ugh...graduate...that brings me to another point...let me rant and get that out a sec...
I didn't graduate from high school. I had Emily in the middle of my junior year, and was already home schooled at that point. Anyway, I actually finished my GED program before I would have graduated high school. As much as I didn't miss many things about HS, I did miss getting to wear a cap and gown and graduate. This is something I looked forward to with my college degree. I was asked if I wanted to walk (attend a ceremony) when I finished my AA 2 years ago. I said no, I'd wait til I finished my BS. Well my counselor called me a few months ago, said there was a ceremony in Cleveland (2 hours away) in June that I could participate in. I asked why there wasn't one in Pittsburgh. She didn't know, said she guess they hadn't posted a date yet. So I said I'd wait. About 2 weeks ago, as a date still wasn't set for Pittsburgh, I decided I would register for the one in Cleveland in June. Too late. The sign-up deadline had already passed. Are you kidding me? And Pittsburgh isn't having one. So again, no cap and gown for me. I know it may sound silly, but I really looked forward to it. To add to my "whine" train, there's been enough depressing sh*t in my life lately, and here is another.
I told Emily that I was ordering a cap and gown and I'd just wear it around the house on graduation day...LOL emoticon emoticon

Back on point...12.5 weeks to go. I am set to finish one week after the kids start back to school. My little man, Preston, starts kindergarten this year. Emily...my oldest...starts her senior year. I'm already emotional thinking about it all.

So I'm thinking I should take a break between classes...enjoy some summer time with them all. If I finish this class, and the next one, I could break for 4 weeks - from July 22nd to Aug 19th. Then I would just have 5 weeks to finish up my degree and be done.

I just have to decide, do I really want to take a break when I only have one class left? But at the same time, I feel like it's my last chance to have that time with my kids. Because come next summer I will be working, and all the summers after that, unless I should win the lottery...that I don't play...LOL!

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KIMMAS82 7/1/2014 3:58PM

    I've been so MIA. What did you decide?? Take a break or no?

PS: I had C just after my junior year! I was pretty lucky in that I could go back to school for the 2nd half of my senior year for mornings only and still graduate, and walk, with my class. Did you figure out a way to walk for college? That's a real bummer to miss out on something you were really looking forward to. I hope they made an exception for you!

And kudos to you for finishing college! I'm addicted to Teen Mom and 16 and Pregnant (wonder why?! emoticon ) and Dr. Drew said that only 2 percent of teen mothers will earn a college degree before they turn 30. I don't know what the post 30 stats are but I bet they aren't much better! Way to go for being one of them!

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CLAIREINPARIS 6/1/2014 12:16PM

    Oh Beth, OF COURSE you must take time with your kids! You can finish your degree later, there is only one class. Nothing can replace the special moments with your kids! I think you have made your decision already and I am glad!

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NONIE_C 5/30/2014 8:15PM

    I think you've made your decision, but sometimes it's just good to write it all out and get some validation. Well, I'm here to validate. It's not like you're putting it off out of laziness or fear - you want to spend a real summer with your kiddos (who are growing up too fast). That's legit! Also, if you wait to finish in the fall, could you potentially walk in the next graduation ceremony? Even if you can't, I LOVE the idea of having professional portraits taken in your cap and gown. Do that for sure.

Whatever you choose to do, and for whatever reasons, just make sure it's the right thing for you, so you will go into it feeling good and not second guessing yourself.

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NUOVAELLE 5/30/2014 1:34AM

    Who said it sounds silly??? I can sooo much understand this whole cap and gown thing. It used to be in my dreams, too - even though I never went to university or college but that's another story... But you are entitled to a ceremony, aren't you? There has to be another one in fall that you can register for, right?
So, answering your question, I'd say you take a break. Spend some summer time with the kids, enjoy their milestones, get as emotional as you want and make beautiful memories. And get the opportunity to properly graduate. In a gown and cap!
Did I tell you how proud I am of you? Soooooo proud!!!
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BE-THE-CHANGE 5/29/2014 9:17PM

    I love the professional portrait idea!

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ROSEWCI 5/29/2014 3:46PM

    I love the ideas of having a portrait done w/your cap & gown...girl, you've earned it! And deserve it! And do what you feel in your heart! Your children are only young once......& the time you spend w/them, will be treasured by all of you! Yourself included! Trust me! You have the rest of your life to finish school & work!

Good luck! And congrats!!!

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JSTCHLIN 5/29/2014 1:46PM

    It doesn't sound silly at all. If you wait would you then be able to register for a ceremony somewhere?! Preston is Kindergarten already? Time flies, why not step away and enjoy life a bit. (Knock on wood) The inevitable could happen tomorrow. As you know I was hit by a car on my bicycle on my way to work years ago... nothing is worth stressing about. Live life to the fullest is an understatement now.

Take care and stay healthy

~Mike

ps... whichever choice you choose, it's the right one!

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MSHEL7 5/29/2014 11:40AM

    I love Melissa's idea of the professional picture in your cap and gown. Or, can you take your last class over the winter and attend the graduation next spring? Of course if it was me and it was possible I would take the one last summer off. The more time with the little ones the better. I hate the thought that you will have to miss any time with them.

Carly is growing so fast, look at that beauty!!

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MELISSAWILKIE1 5/29/2014 10:49AM

    It sounds like you have decided. Are you looking for permission? Can you afford it? I would suggest a professional portrait in your cap and gown. That is a memory you want to etch in your brain. I would also suggest finding a major success image to put in your head every time you run the story about having your first child in your junior year, missing the cap and gown ceremony, etc....

Congratulations on being so close to your BS! I did not finish mine, so I am very proud of you for committing to and being so close to this goal.

Congratulations on being the mom to two wonderful children.

What ever you decide to do with the summer, maybe plan out some mini "staycations" Go see the sites that tourists would see in your area. Have picnics in the park when there is music playing. Do the fun things, make a calendar and plan them out so everyone can look forward to them!

You are a most amazing person. Keep up the good work!

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My Half Marathon...

Tuesday, May 06, 2014

Alright, there was no way to make this a short blog...sorry. This was by far one of the most amazing experiences of my life. It was not just the run, but meeting my best friend for the first time, and sharing the run with her. Though she slowed down for me, so maybe she shared it with me?
There are so many more things I can think of to share about the race...signs we saw, people we saw, etc. But I had to make cuts, LOL!
Here it is...my race blog.

Good Morning my friends! So here it is, the blog you have all been waiting for!!
The trip to Indy started on Thursday for me and my family. A 4 hour drive to Springfield, OH to drop the kids off with the grandparents (my in-laws). We stayed the day/night there to help the kiddos settle in. Friday around 1:30 we departed for Indy and arrived there 2 hours later. Found the hotel with ease and settled in and rested for about an hour.


After our rest we headed out for the Expo to meet Nikki and pick up our race packets.


Meeting Nikki was just as I had imagined…wonderful! We hugged and immediately headed off to pick up our race packets with our bibs!


I wish I had taken my camera along for the evening. After picking up our packets we headed out for dinner. Mind you, none of us had ever been to Indy. We must have stood outside the Expo looking at a map for 5 minutes before venturing in what we hoped was the right direction! I suggested a place called the Bru Burger Bar after seeing this is a magazine in my hotel room…


Even though Google said it was a 20 minute walk, we decided to go for it. Besides, we were running 13.1 miles the next day, so who couldn’t handle a 20 minute walk? Maybe the guys…LOL! I am really glad we did go, because it gave us a chance to really see the city, which I thought was pretty. Lots of cool buildings and such.



Finally we arrived, probably a half hour later, and found the wait for a table to be 1.5 hours! However, on the way in I noticed tables outside were open and asked if we could get one of those. We were immediately seated and within 10 minutes we were all shivering. I was warm from the walk and kind of forgot how it was only 49 degrees, cloudy, and a bit breezy! We all laughed and said it would just be part of the memories. We treated ourselves to some Starbucks after dinner to warm back up and to start the long walk back to the hotels. Yeah, the hotels, plural. The Crowne called me Thursday to tell me they overbooked and bumped us to a different hotel. At least we were only a block apart.



So after dinner and all that walking (my Fitbit tracked it at about 4.5 miles that evening!) it was already after 8 and we decided to call it a night to ensure we got a good night’s rest. Something I had been excited about for a long time, because as most of you know, Miss Carly still does not sleep all night! By 10:30 I was out and by 1AM I was awake and spent the next several hours tossing and turning. Too excited to sleep I guess! Cool room though...


Wake up 6:15, breakfast (2 bananas, wheat toast, eggs, and OJ) and dress with as much pink as possible! Out the door at 7:45 to meet up with Nikki.



Line up at 8:00 AM and wait. The weather? Beautiful!


The crowd around was so pumped up and there was music blaring and the atmosphere was just amazing.


8:45 was our start time and while I have a cool video of it, I am unable to post it at this time. Hopefully soon I can share it. It took a while to get moving in the beginning. At the 5k mark (3 miles) we were at 33:53, so a bit over 11 minute miles. You have to consider the congestion at the beginning of the race too. Even with wave starts, it was crowded at certain parts of the race. Nikki and I did a great job at zig zagging around people and meeting back up!

At the brickyard…oh the brickyard…which is around mile 7.7, we were at 1:24:59, keeping to an 11 minute mile pace. So for those that don’t know about the brickyard, it is the start/finish line in the Speedway. The Speedway is 2.5 miles long!



Apparently it’s tradition to kiss the bricks. Not everyone does it. BUT, the guy right in front of me did. All the sudden he drops down right in front of me and I had to swerve to my right to not plow him over. This morning I found pictures to prove it on the marathon photo site, but as you can imagine they are copyrighted and I cannot share those here (bummer!!).

We were doing good, running great, consistent. I think I was still talking around this time! Eventually I got to the point of not talking anymore! My right knee started to flare up a little around mile 4 or 5, but I tried my best to ignore it. I just kept running, but by mile 10 it was really hurting. Nikki had asked me a few times if I wanted to stop and stretch it, but of course I didn’t. After crossing the 10 mile mark I knew I had to walk for a minute. But do you hear that? I RAN 10 miles straight!! I hadn't gotten that far in my training, so I was very impressed!

At the 11 mile mark we were at 2:02:49, an 11:10 minute mile pace, which was good considering it was after the 10 mile mark that I had to walk for a couple minutes. I don’t think Nikki let me walk more than 2 minutes. Seriously, best cheerleader EVER!
My favorite was in the last mile when she said "feel that finish line pulling you in..."

So over the course of the next 2 miles I had to stop to walk for 30 to 60 seconds about 3 or 4 times. When we hit the 12 mile mark I told Nikki that I was not stopping and to make me keep going. It gets fuzzy here a bit, just because the pain was pretty intense in that stupid knee! Mind you, my other leg felt great…my feet were fine, my breathing was fine. Just that darn right knee!!

BUT, at the 13.1 mile mark, we crossed the finish line at 2:27:26! This means that even during those last 2.1 miles we were at an 11:15 minute mile pace.


The medal up close…

I had a goal of finishing under 2 and a half hours, and I did it. I know Nikki could have finished at least 15 minutes before that, but she was right beside me the whole time, cheering me on, pulling me through those last few painful miles.

We hung out in the park for a few minutes and then had to head to our cars. Nothing like running 13.1 miles and then having to walk 12 or so blocks to get to your car, LOL!

It was so sad to split up and head home. It was the most amazing experience ever. I was so lucky to have met Nikki and to have run this awesome race with her. Just a short background: Nikki and I met through Spark. It was like meeting my twin. I think we spent nearly the first 3 months that we knew each other going “no way, me too”. It seemed like we had everything in common. Our upbringings were much alike; home schooled, BIG Tori Amos fans, track team members, and other things I won’t get into!!

During the 2+ years Nikki and I have known each other we have helped each other through some dark times. We have shared some awesome times too. We have pushed each other to do things we might normally not do. We have encouraged each other and supported each other in regard to physical fitness. I was there “virtually” when Nikki ran her first ½ marathon and then her first full marathon.

Even though I swore during the last mile of this race that I would never run a ½ marathon again, we tentatively scheduled another one together, in 3 years, in Colorado by the time we had walked to our cars!

I cannot thank Nikki enough for being so awesome. She’s always awesome, but she was particularly awesome on race day. If not for her, I would not have met my goal of finishing under 2.5. She was the BEST!! I also have to thank all my wonderful SP friends who have been so encouraging through all my training. I LOVE SPARK PEOPLE!!
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I learned so much through this experience about myself. I learned that I am capable of way more than I give myself credit for. I am stronger than I give myself credit for. I learned that no matter how much you have going on in life, you have to make time for you and you CAN make time for you. I went through so much in my personal life during my training for this. I am not sharing those details, but trust me if you knew, it would give you even more inspiration to push yourself!!

The possibilities are endless my friends. Push yourself, you won’t regret it!



P.S. This flower was sent to me by another SP friend (thanks Donna for your endless support, motivation, and assistance..i.e. shin splints!!). If you are not familiar with these flowers, check it out at:
fellowflowers.com/the-flower/

  
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ROSEWCI 5/8/2014 4:08AM

    AWESOME GIRL!!! You are AMAZING!!! You're an INSPIRATION! WOOHOO!!! Celebrate you!!!

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GABIBEAR 5/7/2014 11:32PM

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Sounds like you had the best time!!!! I am so very happy for you!!! Congrats on making it through the end!!! You did such a great job in getting yourself ready for this!!! Keep up the fantastic enthusiasm you put into this race and you will always reach the finish line in all of your endeavors!! God bless you!

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RUFFIT 5/7/2014 3:55PM

    Way to go Beth!! So very proud of you!! Huge hugs, Moni emoticon emoticon

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LISBETHSALANDER 5/7/2014 1:14PM

    Congratulations on your accomplishment. You and Nikki have inspired all of us and each other. Thanks for sharing!

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NHES220 5/7/2014 1:09PM

    Way to go! Nice finish! I'm going to be training for my half starting in July - the half is in November.

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NORASPAT 5/6/2014 10:34PM

    Well done young lady, Very well done. emoticon

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HUGS Pat in Maine. Congrats to you and NIKKI. emoticon


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CLAIREINPARIS 5/6/2014 3:19PM

    Good for you Beth! Nikki and you even look alike! I am sorry for all the hard times you have been through, I am glad you found support! emoticon

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MISHAMW 5/6/2014 3:17PM

    Awesome job and congrats to you and Nikki!

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AEROBISAURUS 5/6/2014 1:08PM

    Love you girl! You are truly an unstoppable Wonder Woman. emoticon

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HOPEFULHIPPO 5/6/2014 12:20PM

    Beth, school, kids, AND a marathon! There is NOTHING that can stop you. You are simply: emoticon

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MSHEL7 5/6/2014 12:19PM

    I'm so proud of you, you did great and it sounds like it was a lot of fun as well. I'm so glad you have found such a special friend in Nikki. Congrats to you both.

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BE-THE-CHANGE 5/6/2014 11:46AM

    Awesome, Beth!

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GAMMY98 5/6/2014 10:10AM

    fantastic Beth very proud of you.

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DONNA47FMFL 5/6/2014 10:09AM

    I love love love this blog! What a great story. You are truly and inspiration and WAY stronger than you give yourself credit for!! I'm so proud that you were able to finish and reach your goal! Nikki sounds like an awesome friend! emoticon

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TARANITUP 5/6/2014 9:29AM

    You rule! What a great accomplishment!!

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BAZOOKABOBCAT 5/6/2014 9:23AM

    Oh my gosh, Beth. I LOVED THIS. And I'm so excited for my own half marathon, now. I can't wait to have this experience!

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NUOVAELLE 5/6/2014 8:45AM

    I am so proud of you Beth! And even though I enjoyed reading all the details of the race and your trip, I got teary-eyed when I reached the info on your friendship with Nikki. I've known you both for the same amount of time and I know how connected you are - "united" just like the meaning of the flower in your hair! What a great idea that was, by the way!
I've always known you are strong and you can do anything that you set your mind to.
Keep on believing in yourself.
Keep on inspiring us.
Keep on sparking!
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