Fall has arrived! The kids are in full swing at school and activities, and we have found our rhythm. The temperatures change, leaves fall, and fall break hits and throws the routine off. I am sure those with kids know exactly what I am talking about. Well we tackled this by escaping to Nebraska for a Thorson family reunion. The Thorson side of the family has members all over the world (literally...Hong Kong and Australia) and we were all ecstatic to get together for the first time in 2 years. The last time we were together was in Mexico for my sister-in-law's amazing destination wedding.
Now 2 more kids have been added to the picture! What a blessing to play with my gorgeous nephews and hear those baby giggles. My kids loved making Walt and Ellis laugh.
The Thorson grandkids all together
We all had an amazing 5 days together reconnecting and getting to know the new dynamics of our lives. Thank you Larry and Leslie for making it possible for us all to have this time together!!
The great grandmas were also in the house! Great Grandma Fox is turning 80 and Great Grandma Thorson just turned 90! Yes that means we ate lots of cake celebrating these amazing ladies and their legacies. I hope I look this good when I am their age!! and what a blessing to have women to be a part of our kids' lives. Happy Birthday Deloris and Eleanor! Thank you for the wonderful example the both of you are as Godly and loving women.
Joel's dad (Grandpa Larry) treated Joel and my boys to a Nebraska Cornhuskers football game. Words can not even explain the level of Cornhusker fandom that runs in this family. This was truly a special moment!! My boys still chant "Go Big Red" in the car and talk about all the details at Lincoln Stadium.
We also had a fun fall day at Valas Pumpkin Patch conquering the corn maze, shooting apple canyons, racing pedal cars, and having good old fashioned fun. It was so hard to leave everyone and go back to real life. We can't wait to be together again!
Running in Nebraska was a treat to my lungs. This was the first time we have left Colorado since moving just over a year ago. And wow, it is much easier to run with no elevation! Joel even joined me on all my runs and even he was amazed (he actually went 8 miles with me-I thought I had killed him but he did great!).
I am still in recovery mode after the 50K and trying to heal up some aches and pains before going into my next training cycle. Also trying to heal up my broken heart as I found out that I did not make it into the Boston Marathon. Although I received a Boston qualifying time in May, my time was not fast enough to make the 2016 cut off of 2:28 under the qualifying standard. Yes, this was devastating for me and I have had my pity party. I cried, a lot actually, and rethought through every detail of how I could have shaved off time in my last marathon. But I can't go back...only forward. And forward I will go as I fight for another qualifying time this year and a spot in the Boston Marathon 2017. I am officially registered for Grandma's Marathon in June 2016 and training begins in November! Not giving up.