Thursday, June 26, 2014
Friday was Justin's Middle School Graduation. We got there on time and found a seat on the bleachers. The bleachers were packed with family and friends. The 8th graders made their way on the Track and we all went crazy screaming and clapping. It was time for the awards ceremony so we sat there and listened. Justin got the DAR Award, Education in Excellence Award, Social Studies Award, Technologies Award and his diploma. Danny leaned over and whispered in my ear "You did not tell me he was getting all these awards!!" I looked at him and said I did not know!!! As they were leaving the field we looked down at Justin wearing his aviator shades smiling from ear to ear!! How awesome is that!! We are all so proud of him and his accomplishments.
Justin walking on the field for Middle School Graduation
Monday was Danny's High School Graduation. My Mom and Dad came down and of course they ran very early. We got to the field early but I did not care, we were all together and that was all that mattered. Danny came down for some pictures with his cap and gown and it hit me. WOW this is really happening!!! He looked so grown up and so very happy!! He made his way out the field smiling from ear to ear which spoke volumes to me. Mom cried and of course I followed. I looked around as there were no dry eye on that Field. So happy and proud of Danny and what a fine young man he has become.
Here is Danny walking out for his High School Graduation
Between all this excitement we had the Chief's Challenge 5K on Sunday. Every year we have competed in this race we have had a lot of fun. This year was my fourth race and I had a blast. All the local residents just come out and compete and cheer each other on. The gun went off and I kept focused. I jogged then I would walk at a fast pace. The hills for me are still a challenge. Here in this town there are plenty of hills!!! I made it to the Track to jog my final lap. Justin ran to me and started yelling my time. I told him to please be quiet. I don't want to know. I did not want to stress myself out!! I kept focused and jogged. Everyone was busy talking at the end of the Track including my Hubby. He looked at me and then looked at the timer and was totally shocked. He jogged to the finish line. I looked up at the timer and could not believe it. I crossed, Hubby hugged me and told me how very proud he was of me. My goal was to up my pace, shave off a minute or two and I would be happy. Last year's time was 58:01/18:42 mi - This year's time ...... drum-roll ........ 53:39/17:18 mi. I accomplished my goal!!
When you say you can't do it. Just think of me coming in last again but improving my time. All that hard work is really paying off. Now go out there and join me!!!