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Races No. 23 and 24

Races No. 23 and 24

Just when I think I'm done running half marathons, I convince myself to run "just one more." When I learned ...
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The UK with Karin: Day 5

The UK with Karin: Day 5

Our fifth day in England was the most special. Not only was it the day that our driver showed up ...
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The UK with Karin: Day 4

The UK with Karin: Day 4

To Windsor! We hopped the train again, this time westbound to the tiny town of Windsor. Last year we visited ...
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The UK with Karin: Day 3

The UK with Karin: Day 3

When Karin said she wanted to see Hever Castle, I didn't mind one bit. Interestingly, it was on our third ...
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The UK with Karin: Day 2

The UK with Karin: Day 2

We both enjoyed every second of sleep we got that first night. It is definitely the trade-off for flying overnight ...
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The UK with Karin: Day 1

The UK with Karin: Day 1

When Karin and I met in 2001, we became fast friends. This is actually the same origin story for all ...
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16 and a quick trip to West Virginia

16 and a quick trip to West Virginia

I seem to average one post a month these days, so that's a good indication of how busy we've been ...
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August 2019

August 2019

We're only halfway through the month, but the momentum of the new school is already giving me whiplash. Is summer ...
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My Week Alone

My Week Alone

Earlier in the spring, my sister asked me if Jeremy wanted to join Owen on his summer youth trip, and ...
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Family, the 4th, and Starcourt Mall

Family, the 4th, and Starcourt Mall

My Uncle Bob and his wife, Carie, came to visit the week of July 4th, and I was more than ...
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Carillon Beach with Karin

Carillon Beach with Karin

I know, I know - we just went on vacation. BUT, Karin and I like to skip out of town ...
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2019 European Vacation: Day Eight in London

2019 European Vacation: Day Eight in London

As promised, we made sure the boys set their feet in London before flying back to the States. A quick ...
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2019 European Vacation: Days Six and Seven in Milan, Italy

2019 European Vacation: Days Six and Seven in Milan, Italy

The weather was a bit gray when we left Levanto, an indication that the remainder of our Italian experience would ...
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2019 European Vacation: Day Five in Levanto and Cinque Terre, Italy

2019 European Vacation: Day Five in Levanto and Cinque Terre, Italy

It was hard to leave France, if I'm honest. We had just found our stride with the neighborhood and language, ...
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2019 European Vacation: Day Four in Antibes and Cannes during the Film Festival

2019 European Vacation: Day Four in Antibes and Cannes during the Film Festival

We scheduled a morning to sleep in and take our time, which was necessary for happy moods and getting some ...
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2019 European Vacation: Day Three in Monaco for the Formula 1 Grand Prix Practice

2019 European Vacation: Day Three in Monaco for the Formula 1 Grand Prix Practice

If you'd have told me as recently as January that I would want to go to Monaco for a Formula ...
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2019 European Vacation: Day Two in Antibes, Cรดte d'Azur (the French Riviera)

2019 European Vacation: Day Two in Antibes, Cรดte d’Azur (the French Riviera)

It was a genius move to sleep in the hotel connected to Gatwick Airport because our Easy Jet flight from ...
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2019 European Vacation: Day One in Kingston-Upon-Thames and Brighton

2019 European Vacation: Day One in Kingston-Upon-Thames and Brighton

Last year, when Chuck and I flew to the UK, we opted for an overnight flight so we wouldn't lose ...
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So we went to Europe.

So we went to Europe.

At some point during winter, Chuck and I started talking about where to take the boys on a summer vacation ...
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Mother's Day 2019

Mother’s Day 2019

Several years ago, as a gift to myself, I decided that as long as we are homeschooling our academic year ...
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F1: A New Obsession

F1: A New Obsession

I don't know if this is a short-lived phase or the beginning of something, but I've become a Formula 1 ...
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Mumford & Sons on their Delta Tour

Mumford & Sons on their Delta Tour

When I became a Mumford & Sons fan, Chuck and I were in the midst of trying to move back ...
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Where in the world have I been

Where in the world have I been

In my former life, blogging was an almost-every-other-day thing. I had so much to say, so much to post, so ...
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First Snow Day of 2019

First Snow Day of 2019

We don't get a lot of snow around here, but when there's a threat of an inch, schools and businesses ...
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Gregory Alan Isakov in concert

Gregory Alan Isakov in concert

I have a short list of artists I want to see in concert. As a fan of not wasting time ...
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A perpetual gray cloud

A perpetual gray cloud

January is supposed to be an inspirational month, a time when folks have the most amount of resolve to improve ...
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Christmas 2018

Christmas 2018

Honestly, we did our best. It was a tough year, so it's hard to be festive during a time that's ...
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Medal No. 22

Medal No. 22

I signed up for the Santa Hustle Half Marathon in the Smokies back in the summer, not yet knowing that ...
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Thanksgiving 2018

Thanksgiving 2018

My parents are moving back to Tennessee, and since they are already in the process of the move, it made ...
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The UK Trip: Day 10 in Amsterdam

The UK Trip: Day 10 in Amsterdam

For a dozen reasons, we didn't want to leave Scotland. How can one look forward to a trip for more ...
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The UK Trip: Day 9 in Inverness and Banff

The UK Trip: Day 9 in Inverness and Banff

By Day 9, we were acutely aware of how quickly time was passing us by. It was an impossibility to ...
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The UK Trip: Day 8 in the Scottish Highlands

The UK Trip: Day 8 in the Scottish Highlands

Having spent one full day in Edinburgh and one full day in London, I for sure knew I was a ...
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The UK Trip: Day 7 in Edinburgh

The UK Trip: Day 7 in Edinburgh

We arrived in Edinburgh Thursday evening just as it was getting dark. We were fortunate to find our Airbnb apartment ...
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The UK Trip: Day 6 in Northern England, Alnwick Castle, and Bamburgh Castle by the sea

The UK Trip: Day 6 in Northern England, Alnwick Castle, and Bamburgh Castle by the sea

The night in Horsley near Newcastle was a delight, and the Airbnb apartment where we stayed was in an old, ...
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The UK Trip: That one night in Newcastle

The UK Trip: That one night in Newcastle

Of all the unpredictable details of our anniversary trip - the pleasant weather, the ease in which we navigated the ...
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The UK Trip: Day 5 in Oxford and the Cotswolds

The UK Trip: Day 5 in Oxford and the Cotswolds

The plan for Wednesday, October 10, was to spend the morning walking in Oxford and driving through the Cotswolds before ...
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The moment I thought all was lost

The moment I thought all was lost

Last week I had a near heart attack when this site went blank. A corrupt plugin (or perhaps a plugin ...
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The UK Trip: Day 4 in Windsor and Dorset

The UK Trip: Day 4 in Windsor and Dorset

Originally, my plan was to drive to Brighton, then Dorset and up to Oxford, but when I couldn't find room ...
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The UK Trip: Day 3 to Rye, Dover, and Canterbury

The UK Trip: Day 3 to Rye, Dover, and Canterbury

Every day we spent in England was meticulously mapped out to make the most of our limited time. Scotland was ...
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The UK Trip: Day 3 at Hever Castle

The UK Trip: Day 3 at Hever Castle

We visited more than just Hever Castle on Day 3, but my affection for Queen Anne Boleyn warrants its own ...
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The UK Trip: Days 1 and 2

The UK Trip: Days 1 and 2

I've already confessed to the number of photos I took throughout our 12-day trip. I'm not embarrassed or ashamed, but ...
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700 photos later...

700 photos later…

In 2006, Chuck and I started talking about taking a trip to the UK. Until last week, it had always ...
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When you don't take your own advice

When you don’t take your own advice

Chuck and I are going on a trip, but before we leave I have eleventy billion tasks to complete. I'm ...
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The Possum Chronicles

The Possum Chronicles

It began on Tuesday night, September 4, when Major lost his mind. Evenings are typically low-key for our blue tick ...
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Summer is in the rearview

Summer is in the rearview

We are fully immersed in the fall schedule - homeschool co-op classes, soccer for Jeremy, another round of equine therapy ...
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Brewers vs. Braves: A Victory

Brewers vs. Braves: A Victory

We'd gone out to dinner one night this summer to one of those restaurants with TVs scattered throughout the room ...
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Equine therapy and Jackson's first horse show

Equine therapy and Jackson’s first horse show

Last fall, after Jackson finished nearly three months of occupational therapy to help with his spatial awareness, fine motor skills, ...
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Santa Fe with Michele

Santa Fe with Michele

Earlier this year, Chuck started asking me what I wanted to do to celebrate turning 40 years old. Figuring that ...
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We rented a boat and loved it

We rented a boat and loved it

We've caught a bad bug. Something happened this summer, and I can't necessarily pinpoint when everything shifted. The idea of ...
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The week that went by too quickly

The week that went by too quickly

While our lifestyle affords us plenty of family time, Chuck and I don't get a lot of time just the ...
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Container Gardening + Plant Collecting

Container Gardening + Plant Collecting

Typically, by mid-June, I'd be nurturing a well-groomed garden and plucking off a zucchini here, a tomato there. In previous ...
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Jackson turns 12

Jackson turns 12

The first time Jackson asked to repaint his bedroom, which had been a shade of light blue since buying this ...
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Girls Weekend June 2018

Girls Weekend June 2018

The original idea for one our 2018 Girls Weekends was to reunite in New York City where our friendship really ...
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Summer break so far

Summer break so far

The moment we finished our last day at the homeschool co-op where the boys attend and I teach, my brain ...
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Medal No. 20

Medal No. 20

Eleven years ago I entertained a personal physical challenge: could I run 13.1 miles?ย  For some, that was a reasonable, ...
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Twelve Years Later

Twelve Years Later

There are good things that happen during a time of mourning - favorite stories are told, family members gather to ...
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Papaw

Papaw

I don't remember the first time I met my future father-in-law, but it was sometime in the early spring of ...
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A Midday Escape

A Midday Escape

Yesterday was a bad day of school. Those days happen. Sometimes it's on account of bad moods, other times it's ...
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Medal No. 19

Medal No. 19

Are you ready for the longest race report ever? There are a dozen reasons why I shouldn't have run this ...
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Jackson goes to Disney World

Jackson goes to Disney World

After our day at the Wizarding World of Harry Potter (and subsequent day of rest by the pool) it was ...
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Diagon Alley

Diagon Alley

Previous post: Hogsmeade Village After lunch we walked through Universal to reach the discreet entrance to Diagon Alley, which was ...
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Hogsmeade Village

Hogsmeade Village

We had one full day at Universal, and that limitation required careful planning in regard to arrival time, meal time, ...
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A second spring break

A second spring break

As homeschoolers, we do what we want. It's glorious. It's magnificent. Our first spring break was spent at home, and ...
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My Least Favorite Question: "How is the writing going?"

My Least Favorite Question: “How is the writing going?”

Five years ago I was accosted by a girl in my head. She showed up uninvited, as if she'd been ...
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That time I was questioned by the police

That time I was questioned by the police

A couple of days ago I was on a six-mile run while listening to West Cork, an Audible True Crime ...
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Part Three: Don't Waste Time

Part Three: Don’t Waste Time

You can start here if you like. You can also start with Part One where I talk about the importance ...
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