Goodbye, Second Grade; Goodbye, Kindergarten

Last Day of Kindergarten

Today we waved goodbye to another year of school.

BigBrother finished up the second grade.

End of Second Grade

LittleBrother completed his first year of elementary school, Kindergarten now behind him.

Last Day of Kindergarten

Individually, these two did amazing things in their classrooms. Each earned special awards at school. Their end-of-year report cards, while not surprising given the previous three, showed that they worked hard and did their best. They each brought home backpacks full of amazing artwork, great journal entries, projects, and happy memories from the year.



They each made new friends this year. And perhaps most pleasing to me, they each loved their teachers with a love reserved only for the best of teachers. Each boy lucked out in the teacher department, being given a teacher that met him right where he needed to be met. With love and challenge, the boys’ teachers helped make this year a success for the two of my sons.

Goodbye, School

All that said, I’m glad school is over.

That long winter killed sucked the life out of all of us, I think, and I’m ready for our summer break. I’m ready for school to not run and own our family schedule. I’m ready for lazier days, for later nights. I’m ready for fireflies and thunderstorms, ice cream and corn on the cob. I’m ready for travel and new places and memories.

One of our lunch ladies asked if I was ready for vacation when we stopped in recently. I admitted that I was most definitely ready. She remarked on how that’s not the normal response she hears, that she’s normally met with groans from parents who don’t want their kids home. While they’ve already talked my ear off in the six hours since they’ve been home on break, I can’t imagine dreading summer break with these guys. I’m sure I’ll be ready for bedtime more than one night each week, but I’m ready to have a fun summer with both of my sons, with my husband, with our various family members and friends. I’m ready to read books and keep up with math facts, but I’m also ready to learn in different ways—at COSI, in the yard, on trips, in the kitchen, wherever we so choose.

We’ve grown a lot this school year. I’m excited to grow this summer, too.



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I Hate Summer Running, but I Love Streaking

#RWRunStreak Day One

I decided to streak again.

Run streak, that is.

I successfully did the Runner’s World RunStreak from Thanksgiving Day to New Year’s Day in 2013. (I failed in 2012, though I ran frequently during that time period.) The holiday RunStreak is great for me because: a) I love cold weather running, b) the holiday season stress relief is almost necessary, and c) I love cold weather running. It’s not hard for me to throw on one layer (as opposed to everyone else’s multi-layers) and go run as little as one mile. I loved it.

I didn’t know that another RunStreak in the summer, from Memorial Day through July 4th. I found out the day before Memorial Day. 40 days of running. In the heat. In the humidity. In the thunderstorms. In the heat and humidity and awful disgusting heat and ohmygoodness I hate running in the summer. I don’t like the heat. Give me Polar Vortex any day (minus the unnecessary days off from school) over the heat. I overheat in 40 degrees! And apparently you can’t run naked. It’s frowned upon. And chafing.

Needless to say, I struggle with summer running.

The Columbus Marathon is still 21 weeks away, so I’m not yet training.


It would be super easy for me to just stay inside and not run. Not move. Not do anything. In fact, I’d really rather. But I learned about the RunStreak and figured it would be motivation to keep me moving for the next 40 days. Even though I have a vacation in the middle of that time period. Even though life is kind of stressful right now. Even though I have all the excuses.

I ran two miles yesterday.

#RWRunStreak Day One

I planned on running three miles today, but a thunderstorm rolled in during LittleBrother’s t-ball game. I cut it down to one quick mile, holding my breath as lightning danced around the area.

#RWRunStreak Day Two

I’m sharing a photo every day on Instagram, either of something seen on, afterward, or before my run. I’m going to shy away from sharing running selfies on Instagram during this challenge and focus more on my surroundings, more on telling the story of each day, of each run, of what runs through my mind while I’m out running during the time of year I least want to be running. I will update here—maybe weekly, maybe biweekly—and will add in any selfies or other pictures taken on the runs, talk about pace, about goals, about perceived failures and subjective accomplishments.

I’m excited for a new challenge. I’m not really excited about the heat, but hey. Streaking.